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??

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

I’m going on an adventure!

hobbit adventure

But first, I need to pack.

Quickie update! In form of a bullet list because it’s easier to read than a paragraph!

  • My visa went through without any hiccups (but I did pay for expedited service, just in case).
  • I’ve quit my job!
  • I bought a lot of “last minute” makeup that I most likely do not need, at all.
  • Came to the realization that I have a lot more makeup than I thought (and this is probably the case for most of us.) Currently, my packing progress looks a bit like this:

packing mess 2

My desk is usually some form of All Fucked Up, and it looks like this:

packing mess

I very naively thought I could bring all of my makeup, so I could continue blogging while in London, but I’ll have to settle for about half.

I leave for New York City in about 4 days! Adventure is out there!

Let’s pretend this never happened

If this blog were a bona-fide operation with expectations like regular postings, I would be fired. It’s now been nearly two months since my last post, with nary a peep from me here, nor any of my other social media outlets.

However, despite whatever productive and positive qualities that I lack, I do still have a shred of self-preservation. And since I am the editor-in-chief of this train wreck, I can’t and won’t fire myself. So, I’m just going to resume posting as if I didn’t just drop off the internet for two months.

Things that happened while I was gone!

1. I’ve been promoted!

While I certainly don’t want to pursue retail management as a career, it’s a good step forward for me. At least I can prove that I’m able to step up the ladder. Anyway, until I figure out what the hell to do with my situation, it’s as good of a job as any, and at the very least, I have a wonderfully supportive group of co-workers, and I can honestly say that I like each and every one of them.

2. Our other location, at Pearlridge, has closed.

Which means we are no longer short-staffed! Hooray! And we’ve hired seasonal help! Double hooray! Which means I am finally back down to part-time hours, 20 hours a week! WHICH MEANS I CAN BLOG AGAIN, Y’ALL. WATCH OUT.

3. Albert has come and gone for his annual visit to Hawaii.

This time, we rented an AirBnB apartment in Waikiki for the two weeks he was here. It was amazing to have a place for ourselves, and even though I had to work while he was here, we still managed to spend quality time together, including trying a bunch of really fantastic restaurants. I plan on visiting him in London in April. Sigh.

4. I cut my hair again, and dyed the nape of it.

I was going for something like this:

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However, it has since faded to a reddish, brassy brown. I need to touch it up again. Also, my bangs are wonky. My never-ending quest for fabulous hair continues.

5. I bought hairstyling products.

not your mothers dry shampoo beach babe shampoo conditioner sea salt spray it's a 10

Related to my quest for fabulous hair: my first foray into hairstyling products. I’m normally a wash-and-go kinda girl. I do own a curling iron and I love having loose curls/wavy hair/anything that isn’t my usual straight air-dried boring-ness. I’ve been looking for a new flat iron, though, to try flat iron waves. It looks easy enough. I could probably manage it. Right?

6. I bought shiny new things.

ipad mini 2 lorac pro palette

I’ve been hemming and hawing over both of these purchases for awhile. The iPad mini, I’ve asked my mom, sister, and Albert to chip in for it, as my Christmas/birthday gift. The LORAC Pro Palette was a reward for surviving Black Friday, ha. And to make myself feel better after Albert left. (Again with the retail therapy, Jen! CUT IT OUT.)

So, that’s what’s new with me, more or less. I’m happy to be blogging again. I actually took a ton of pictures for posts during my hiatus, so I really have no excuse to leave you guys hanging again.


A quick update!

This past Friday (the 13th, lucky!), I got my acceptance letter via email for graduate school!!! I am currently freaking out over how the hell I’m going to afford it, as this university doesn’t participate with US Stafford loans. Cue MASSIVE anxiety.

Beauty related updates: I finally cut my long hair! I traded my long layers for a blunt cut and bangs:


From my Instagram. Before and after picture by my stylist here, from his Instagram. I’ll do a (only slightly) better, more detailed post later, as I did take before pictures before my hair was washed. :P

Also beauty related: I’m trying to grow out my brows. They’re not overly plucked or anything, but I’ve never had them professionally shaped and I want to try threading, so I’m growing them out as much as possible so they have more to work with. The first week or so was hard, but I’m starting to accept my crazy caterpillar brows. It’s been about 3 weeks so far, and I’ve decided to grow them out until August, when I’ll be leaving for London (pending funds. Gah).

So, that’s why I’ve been away for a bit. I’ll be back as soon as I figure out how to fit in blogging time with work, figuring out my finances, and preparing to move halfway across the world. Have I mentioned yet that I’m having a lot of anxiety over this?? What the fuck have I gotten myself into?