February/March 2017 empties

Yay, empties!

In February, I only used up a mascara. I didn’t think it was worth writing an entire post on one item, so I grouped it in with March’s empties.

There was a lot this month, but I still have plenty to get through!

Makeup empties

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation & Concealer sampler card – There was only enough product for a jawline swatch for color-matching purposes. None of the colors matched me. I’m not even remotely interested in learning more about this foundation or trying a larger sample. Sorry, Smashbox.

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara – I finished this in February. I really like this mascara. It smudged a bit in the beginning, but as the formula dried out a bit, it became perfect. I’d consider repurchasing this. I’ve seen it at the Keeamoku Walgreens and Salt Lake Target, for any Oahu readers who are curious about the UK brand.

Innisfree Natural Oil Control paper – Picked this up in Korea over the summer. I had run out of my e.l.f. ones. These are pretty decent, and I like the dispenser. However, all blotting papers perform are more or less equal in my eyes, so I’ll just use whatever’s available.

Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale – I really liked this fragrance. It was juicy and fresh. It’s spicier than the company’s other citrus offering, Orange Sanguine. I wouldn’t mind a mini of this one day. Here’s the Fragrantica page on Mandarine Glaciale.

Skincare empties

The Body Shop tea tree oil – I’ve been using this for years. Although I said I wouldn’t be including it in future empties, this was a jumbo size and it feels like a bigger accomplishment? Plus, I’m trying to get rid of as many extras and backups as possible before the big move. I still have way too much stuff.

Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash (And the longest product name in the world goes to…) – I’ve had this bottle for years. It’s supposed to be a deep clean product: you slather it on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes before washing off. It did a good job of bringing any gunk in my pores to the surface, and it also worked well for any flakiness. However, when I say deep clean, I mean DEEP. My skin felt squeaky after this — too clean. It definitely strips everything off and I had to moisturize almost immediately after stepping out of the shower. The consistency of the product was weird too, kind of goopy and runny at the same time. I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil – I love this makeup remover. It gets off every last bit of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, you name it. The only gripe I have with it is the packaging. The pump leaks, and it gets messy. I actually prefer the solid cleansing balm, because the results are the same but the product is neater. Still, I’d repurchase this if the balm happens to be sold out (which is why I bought this one in the first place).

Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover – This is a pretty standard bi-phase makeup remover. It does its job and doesn’t leave a film around the eyes.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil – I really like this oil. This was a gratis when I was still working there. I’ve already bought another one. First, I spray a face mist, which helps this oil to spread better. Then, after it absorbs, I pat on some moisturizer.

Bodycare empties

This is kind of a creepy picture. I also used up a jumbo shower gel, and a body butter, both from The Body Shop. Not sure why I only decided to include this one? Whatever.

Nature Republic Real Squeeze Aloe Vera Peeling Foot Mask – The first time I used this, a lot of dead skin peeled off. It was both gross and satisfying. But the past few times I’ve used this, I didn’t get as much peeling. So, it was mostly gross but less satisfying. I want to try the Baby Foot one next.

What have you used up last month?

Coffee Sundays, 04.02.17

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Hello, internet friends! How is your Sunday going? I realize it’s quite late for almost everyone else in the world except Hawaii. Time management is not something I excel at.

I haven’t done a non-makeup post in awhile, so I thought I’d show you some cool stuff I found around the interwebz.

McMansion Hell

Fellow architecture nerds, this one’s for you! McMansion Hell is a great website that explains why big, ugly houses are so ugly, using the language of design and architecture. Complete with pictures, thorough explanations, and hilarious captions! If you care at all about design, interior or exterior, you must give her a read.

Image via mcmansionhell.com

Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling is new only to me, apparently. Their catchy tagline is “The analog system for the digital age.” Basically, it’s a journaling system that keeps all your information together, for those of us who suck and coming up with an organizational system on our own.

I’ve been journaling since February. Mostly I use it to keep track of makeup related things, both blog-related and personal. Other areas of my life are overwhelmingly uninteresting, so the daily log mostly consists of inane thoughts and how much Netflix I’ve watched that day. Ha.

However, I can’t get behind its acroname, BuJo. To me, It just looks and sounds too much like the slang term for, um, fellatio. Maybe I have a dirty mind.

Learning the Dvorak keyboard

On Friday, I had run out of things to do at work, so I decided to take a typing test to figure out my wpm. Verdict: average 75 wpm. Not too shabby, tabby! I learned touch typing in school, around 5th grade, on the QWERTY keyboard.

After clicking around a bit (like you do) I ended up on this website that trains you to use the Dvorak keyboard. The Dvorak keyboard is an alternative alphabet layout that’s supposed to increase speed and reduce errors and finger fatigue. It was patented in the 30s, but never really took off. However, most computer operating systems gives you the option to change the input if you’re so inclined.

Image via tvnz.co.nz

What I like about the learn.dvorak.nl website is that it includes keyboard mapping, so you don’t have to change your input on your computer until you’re ready and comfortable with the new layout. So far I’ve finished lesson 1 and am working my way through lesson 2. I think I’ll continue Dvorak training at work, whenever I run out of things to do. Which almost never, ever happens. ;)

What are you watching on TV tonight? Do you like architecture? Do you keep a journal? Are you a touch-typist?

Red Lips District: Urban Decay Vice lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd

I have such a brain block when it comes to trying to write this post. Red lipsticks may never go out of fashion, but my enthusiasm and energy for writing about them is certainly waning. Let’s just get straight to it.

This is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714. It’s a holdover shade from the Revolution + Gwen Stefani line. Incidentally, I recently saw this very shade on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for $9. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714 swatch

urban decay vice lipstick 714 swatch

714 is a bright, intense red. To my eye, it leans a little orange, which is super flattering on my skin tone. Unlike the previous red I wrote about, Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary, I definitely feel like I need to dress up somewhat for this red. The day I wore this, I actually changed out of my sweat pants to walk my dog, because I thought the disparity between my face and my clothes would be too great otherwise.

The look

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Instead of the predictable sharp winged liner, I opted for a soft bronze-y haze. The orange tones in the eyeshadow complement the warmth of the lipstick, don’t you think? I added some trio clusters to balance the eyes with the strong lips, and kept the rest of the face minimal.

This was my first time trying the new matte Vice formula, and I really think they knocked it out of the park! It’s comfortable to wear, and it stayed put throughout a meal with very minimum fading. I used a clear lip liner around the outside edges and didn’t experience any bleeding. If and when I ever run out of this lipstick sample, I may consider buying a full-size. I’m glad there is a long-wearing option for those of us who dislike liquid lipsticks!


The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
Soap & Glory Glow All Out
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


Phee’s Makeup Tips – Sphinx
Makeup Geek – Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean
Too Faced – Coffee Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil – Demolition
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara
KISS Trio Lashes – X Short, Short


KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd products used

FOTD: Grey and Night

I’m in my first full week of work after being unemployed for a year and a half! It’s taking me some time to get used to waking up early and doing things all day long (vs. waking up when it gets too bright in my room and watching Netflix for hours).

Unfortunately, this means I’ll have less time to do looks and prepare posts for the blog. Which kind of sucks because I’m finally seeing an increase in traffic after plodding away at this self-hosted thing for years. *womp womp*

Anyway, I wanted to give this Bourjois quad a go, even though I knew I probably wouldn’t like it much. I was right. Gray eyeshadow doesn’t particularly flatter my coloring. I don’t think it looks terrible, but overall the whole look is kinda meh.

Bourjois Glamour Look Kit (Superdrug GWP)

This was a gift with purchase at Superdrug when I bought a couple Bourjois foundations. Honestly, I had half a mind to tell them to just keep it, but I didn’t want to be rude. Luckily for me (and her, I hope!), my friend who has a completely different coloring, likes the way gray eyeshadows look on her, so I’ll be passing along this entire set to her.


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Sephora Birthday Gift 2017

sephora birthday gift 2017

Let’s take a look at the Sephora birthday gift 2017: a mini tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and a tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit!

First things first: can I get a pat on the back for posting about this in a timely manner? Last year, I finally got around to posting swatches in December. This year, it’s only been one month since my birthday! At least some things have improved in 2017, right? ;)

Sephora gives you three choices for your birthday gift this year. This one, a Caudalie skin care set, or a Jack Black cleanser and moisturizer duo. Obviously I chose the makeup one. It comes with a mini blush and a mini matte liquid lipstick.

Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 – tarte

So weeny and cute! The blush weighs in at 0.05 oz or 1.5g, compared to its full-sized counterpart at 0.2 oz or 5.6g. I pulled out my one full-sized tarte blush for comparison:

1.5g is about the size of an eyeshadow. I find it pretty generous! Personally, I don’t see myself ever finishing this entire mini pan of blush (even though I really love this shade). However, if you aren’t crazy like me and own a normal number of blushes, then maybe you might. Should you find yourself unable to live without this color, you can purchase the full-size. Same goes for the liquid lipstick.

tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit – Swatches

sephora birthday gift 2017 swatches

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