Lately, 05.14.17

I didn’t realize that it’s been nearly a month since I’ve posted!

First things first: Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there! My mom and I had brunch yesterday, to avoid today’s inevitable crowds.

A little life update: I sent in my UK visa application last week, and it’s already been approved! It’s an EEA Family Permit (non-settlement), which means once I arrive in the UK, I have to start on the permanent resident visa. But at least we’re now one step closer!

Lastly, my obsession with Japanese makeup brushes just keeps growing… Expect a brush haul post and comparison pictures soon! With that said, I will leave you with my latest craving:

This is the Koyudo Somell Garden brush collection. I can’t read Japanese, but basically these brushes are inspired by fruit. Their wood handles were chosen to enhance the colors of the dyed bristles. From left to right: Peach x Keyaki blush brush, Orange x Hard Maple blush brush, Blueberry x Walnut highlighting brush, and the Lemon x Walnut face brush. All links go to CDJapan’s website. Each brush is under $35 USD, and I shamelessly want all of them. Because LOOK AT THEM. How freakin’ cute are they??

Images via koyudo.co.jp

I shouldn’t, but I’ll probably end up buying all of them eventually. *__*

I’m back from the (walking) dead!

Please excuse the awful pun in the post title.

I took an unexpected hiatus when I decided to start watching The Walking Dead on Netflix one day. Two weeks later, I had fully caught up to the current season and am now (im)patiently waiting for each week’s Sunday broadcast. That’s a lot of zombies!

Binge-watching a post-apocalyptic zombie show does weird things to your mental state. Nevertheless, I am slowly disengaging myself from that and rejoining reality. Thank God society hasn’t collapsed in the real world. Err, yet.

Anyway, I got a job as an emergency hire office assistant for the next three months. Hopefully it will keep me busy. At the very least, I’ll be earning some money again. Being unemployed for a year and a half, especially while you’re willing and able to work, is just awful. I miss the day-to-day drudgery.

Since February was a quiet month on the blog, I will be more active here in March. I did a fair bit of hauling for my birthday, but I’m currently back on a no-buy until April. What kind of posts do you guys want to see, by the way?

Coffee Sundays, 1.22.17

Serious question: is it the height of vanity to have a blog series named after your own blog? Then again, this is a beauty blog, so maybe that’s a moot point.

ANYHOOT. I haven’t had one of these chatty, rambly, non-cohesive posts for awhile, so I thought I’d just barf up a bunch of words and see what happens. Here we go!

I learned a new laundry trick

I recently tried this method for getting rid of oil stains in my shirt. My stains were way more prominent than the ones she has in her post. Quick backstory: we give my dog fish oil to help with her itchy skin and maintain her soft fur. One day, I happened to squeeze it ALL. OVER. my favorite tank top! The top is from Everlane, and they sadly no longer make that particular style.

I had resigned myself to the fact that it was probably impossible to get the stains out, and so the tank joined the pile of old t-shirts to be used as cleaning rags. When I found this on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try since I had nothing to lose anyway. If you don’t want to click the link, here’s the TL;DR version: Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stains. Add some dish soap, and top with baking soda. Scrub it up into a paste, and let the mixture sit for two hours or so. Then, wash as normal.

I wasn’t expecting much. At most, I hoped that the stains would have faded a bit. After all, the oil stains had set FOR MONTHS already, and had been laundered at least once, if not twice. Imagine my surprise and delight when my tank top came out of the washing machine absolutely spotless!! This method works BRILLIANTLY. I’ve filed this trick up my sleeve for when I need to prove that I am, in fact, a functioning adult.

I am currently on a no-buy

And it’s going surprisingly well!

During the holiday season, I went a little crazy and got swept up in the frenzy of sales and limited edition items. I’ve ended up with so many new products that I’ve barely touched, even now, a month later. This has almost completely killed my desire to buy more, more, more. I don’t even blink when I see the latest releases from brands that I love. I think I’m finally oversaturated, and overwhelmed.

Over the years, I’ve talked a lot about how I want to downsize, shop my stash, project pan, etc. And every year, I move further away from that resolution and instead continue to buy more things I don’t need. I will never be able to finish all of my blushes. Or highlighters. Don’t even get me started on eyeshadows. Basically, I will never truly “want” for anything.

So this year, instead of just a project pan, I’m also going on a series of no-buys. My last makeup purchase was December 28, and it’s been a pretty easy road so far! There were a few temptations in the beginning, but I’ve learned to recognize my shopping patterns.

I emotion-buy: when I’m happy, sad, or even angry. I realized that I kept buying crap hoping that it’d somehow make me feel better, that it’d magically transform me into a projection of what I want to be instead of who I am. Does that make sense? Is that sad? Maybe. But it’s less sad now that I’m aware of it, I guess.

I’ve been unemployed for a year and a half now, entirely through my own decision. As a result, I’m utterly bored and feeling unfulfilled. I’ve channeled those feelings of frustration into shopping and hunting down “the next best thing.” It’s no coincidence that in the past year and a half, I’ve impulse-bought makeup far more than I did in the years prior.

I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s time for a detox.

Since the last few paragraphs totally went off into the deep end, I’d like to introduce you to a new (to me) YouTuber I discovered: Kimberly Clark! Her anti-haul videos are such a breath of fresh air, and exactly the type of rhetoric that I need to hear right now. I understand that her style is not for everyone, but for me it’s been so helpful as I plan my no-buys.

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Coffee Sundays, 6.5.16

a beautiful mess aeropress

Image via A Beautiful Mess

Welcome to another nonsense post in which I blather on about random things! First off, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY JUNE?! JFC.

  • Continuing on with my newfound love of podcasts, I found one called The Beauty Brains. Two cosmetic scientists answer questions and dispel common beauty myths, and explain the science behind it. Really cool to listen to, and they have a blog, too: The Beauty Brains.
  • Another tech find: Zombies, Run! My friend told me about this app. Basically, it combines game play with exercise. I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems fun and silly. They even have race training plans, so I’m going to train for a 10K using it. I hope to be ready for a 10K or even a half marathon by December, because…
  • Albert and his parents have booked tickets to come to Hawaii during Christmas! I’m so excited! It’ll be his parents’ first time here. We still have to work out the other expensive things (Air BnB, rental car), but it’s something to look forward to nevertheless!
  • Let’s chat about beauty stuff again, because that’s clearly my favorite. What do you currently have your eye on? For me, it’s Japanese makeup brushes. :X I bought the Chikuhodo Z-2 and Z-4 using my tax refund money, and I’ve fallen IN LOVE. They’re in a completely different league; I even store them in a separate cup. Now, I also want the Z-8 and/or the Wayne Goss 00 brush (in white, plskthx). I’ve already decided that I’m going to treat myself to the Wayne Goss collection when I finish the online interior design course.
  • Speaking of my interior design course, I’ve just completed module 5! Still moving along at a snail’s pace, but at least I’m moving along at all. I’ve been consistently getting good marks on my assignments too, including the last one, which was on lighting. It was such a drag and I had to force myself to finish it. :X However, this next module is on color, which I am very much looking forward to!
  • Lastly, a couple weeks ago I dragged my ass over to the library to get some work done outside of the house. I signed up for a library card since the one I previously had is a) lost and b) bears an approximation of my signature as signed by my eight-year-old self. The librarian explained the resources available to a card holder and holy shit: I had no idea that the state library system was so amazing. In particular, I was most interested in the free e-courses offered, and I promptly signed up for a couple, including one on learning to use a DSLR. I hope to improve my photography skills for this blog! Libraries rawk!!

What have you been up to lately? Also, a coffee related question: how much coffee, if any, do you drink a day? Or do you drink tea? Do you eschew caffeine altogether? Myself, I have about a mug and a half. I like tea and I’ll drink it on occasion, but I’ll almost always prefer coffee.

Coffee Sundays, 4.24.16

This isn’t going to be a coherent, cohesive, comprehensive post. At all. You have been warned.

  • Tweexy Nail Polish Holder – I first saw this on Hautelook earlier this week. All I can say is wtf? I didn’t even know there was a market for this!

tweexy-in-spa-green-open-nail-polish-bottle-with-one-hand

I don’t even know.

  • On a related note, I just replied to a Craigslist ad for an interior design intern. I’m probably not qualified, but at least I tried. The worst they can do is reply and say no.
  • I just did a major purge of makeup, mostly eyeshadows and nail polish. I’m letting go of a lot of pretty colors, some barely used. It does seem like a waste, but it’s also not serving me by sitting in a drawer year after year. I think I’ll feel much better once I get rid of them, and then I can focus on the products that I truly enjoy.
  • I finally colored over my awful orange hair. Krystal came over to help me out. It’s now a very deep, dark blueish purple. I think it looks more blue than purple, honestly. I mixed Manic Panic’s After Midnight with Purple Haze and a tiny bit of Fuschia Shock. Here’s a picture from my Instagram:

I may do a post on it, but I can’t seem to get color accurate pictures. Just know that it no longer looks like barf. *yay*

  • I’m going to attempt the Pomodoro Technique again. So far I’ve been timing my reading and working on assignments in 20 minute blocks, but I’d like to use the technique more effectively. I think it would help with my blog, too!

That’s it for this week, friends. Have a good Sunday!

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