April 2016 Favorites

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Today I’m going to share with you my April 2016 favorites! There are a few new things I’ve been loving beauty-wise, so I’m really excited to share them with you today!

April 2016 Favs

Beauty Favorites:

My first favorite is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette! I bought this during the spring Sephora VIB sale since I’ve had my eye on it for a long time.

TF Chocolate Bar

And I’m happy to say that I’m sooooo glad I bought it! I’ve been using this almost nonstop since I bought it. The shadows in this palette are all great quality and very pigmented! And the chocolate scent is really cool too, haha. Every time I open it up I get a whiff and it’s so awesome! But that’s probably cause I love chocolate.

My next favorite is a dry shampoo! This is the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo.

Living Proof Dry Shampoo

I’ve been trying to go longer between shampoos the past few months and this dry shampoo really helps with that second day grease, haha. I feel like it’s done better at making my hair look cleaner than other dry shampoos and the smell is really nice. I also appreciate that the smell isn’t as strong as other dry shampoos, because I feel like sometimes they can be overwhelming.

Non-beauty Favorites:

My first favorite is a cd! It’s GOT7’s new album, Flight Log: Departure.

GOT7 FL:D

All of the songs are really catchy and if you’ve seen my blog posts before you’ll know I’m a big fan of GOT7 in general. The album art is also quite pretty! It appeals to my love of girly things, hahaha. I do recommend giving them a listen if you haven’t before!

My final favorite is an app called Memrise! I’ve been learning Korean on my own and this app has been really helpful for learning vocabulary. I also use it to keep up with my Japanese, as over time my vocabulary has definitely decreased, haha.

It makes learning a lot of fun because it’s like a game, so I really recommend it to those learning a language!

So that’s it for my April Favorites! What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments!

Jolse Cosmetics Haul

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Today I’m going to share what I bought from Jolse Cosmetics. I heard about this website through YouTube quite a while ago, but I hadn’t bought anything until recently.

I’m pretty happy with my experience ordering from them as there weren’t any issues or anything. I’ll probably use them in the future for other orders too!

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Now onto the haul!

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My Trip to Portland, Oregon!

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Since our spring break was in March, my sister and I decided to go on a short trip to Portland, OR. We spent 3 days there and had a lot of fun!

Since I had so much fun, I decided to share some pictures from the trip. If you’ve never been to Portland before, I highly recommend it! Especially if you like eating and nature, haha.

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March 2016 Favorites

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Today I’m going to share with you my March favorites! I’ve definitely been super busy with school, so unfortunately I didn’t blog much this month. Or the past few months, really. But I do have a few favorites I’d like to share with you!

March 2016 Favs

Beauty Favorites:

My first beauty favorite is this foaming cleanser I bought when I was at Marukai, which is a Japanese supermarket. I’m not really sure if there is a brand name, because even the super market just called it Whip Premium, haha. It was on special for only $5!

Whip Premium

This is the first foaming cleanser (and first Japanese cleanser) I’ve tried, and I really love the texture! It lathers up really really well and I feel like it does a great job at getting all of the dirt from my face after a long day. It also works well with my sensitive skin, which is another huge plus!

My next beauty favorite this past month has been the Urban Decay Naked Palette!

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I found myself gravitating towards this palette all month, and in particular to the shades Sin and Naked. I use Sin all over the lid, with Naked in the crease, and they’re perfect for everyday makeup looks! Like the other Urban Decay shadows I have, this palette’s shadows are high quality and highly pigmented. They’re super smooth and easy to blend too!

My last beauty favorite for this month is the Canmake Your Lip Only Gloss in 01.

Canmake gloss

I bought this lipgloss when I went to Japan last year, and lately I’ve really enjoyed using it over various lip tints! It’s a clear gloss that turns pink on the lips, which looks good over my pink lip tints. The texture of this gloss is also really nice, as it’s not sticky and feels slightly moisturizing through the wear as well.

Non-Beauty Favorites:

My non-beauty favorite for this month is a new place that I visited: Portland, Oregon!

There were so many different things that I loved about this city! It has awesome public transportation, great food, and lots of parks to take pictures in.

One of the things I really loved was Washington Park and the Japanese Garden nearby! Both were so beautiful and very peaceful.

Washington Park Japanese Garden

Left to Right: Washington Park, Portland Japanese Garden

The cherry trees were also blooming and it was so pretty! I had never seen cherry blossoms in person before as they don’t grow where I live, so I was really happy that I got to experience that.

Cherry Blossoms- Portland

Another standout was the food! My sister and I ate so much, haha. We tried Voodoo Donuts as well, which was awesome! I love sweets, haha.

Voodoo Donuts

Powell’s Books was also amazing! I didn’t take pictures inside because I was just so amazed at how large the store was, but I did get a cute t-shirt!

So that’s it for my favorites this month! What have you guys been loving? Let me know in the comments!

February 2016 Favorites

Hey everyone!

I have a few favorites to share with you this month, but I almost didn’t share any because it’s mostly stuff I’ve mentioned many, many times before.

But, there are a few things that I truly have been loving, so I figured I should still share them!

February 2016 favs

Beauty Favorites:

My first favorite is a shadow from my much-loved Smashbox Beauty Exposed Palette, in particular the shade Marble (very center shade).

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I love this palette a lot, but this past month in particular I’ve been wearing Marble almost every day! I like to wear it all over the lid with an inner corner highlight and a darker brown on the outer corner of my lash line. I’ve mentioned it many times before, but I really love this shadow and the rest of the palette too. One of my favorite purchases!

My next favorite is the brushes I use everyday! They are my Ecotools brushes.

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I have two sets, one that has two double ended brushes and one that has some that are travel sized. I use the ones shown here the most. In particular, I like using the fluffy double ended one with my Smashbox eyeshadow!

These brushes are super soft and stand up to washing very well, so I definitely recommend them! Plus, they’re super affordable too, which is always a plus!

Non-Beauty Favorites:

My non-beauty favorite for this month is the K-Pop group Ladies Code!

They’ve been a huge favorite of mine since they debuted, and when they finally had a comeback this past month after being gone so long I was super excited!

Ladies Code- Galaxy

I love the concept for the whole Mystery album as well. It’s both mature and very unique. Very reminiscent of the kind of style/concept for “Hate You,” but much more mature and grown up. I missed Ladies Code so much, so I am glad that they decided to remain in the K-pop industry. I am really proud of how strong they have been.

So that’s it for my favorites this month! What have you guys been loving? Let me know in the comments!

Huge Japanese Magazine Haul!

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Today I’m going to share with you the huuuuuge Japanese magazine haul I did over the past month and a half. I didn’t buy all of these at the exact same time, but since it was all close together I decided to show you guys!

The first round of magazines I purchased were from Amazon Japan, and it was the first time I had ever bought anything from it before. These particular issues were fulfilled by Amazon, so they shipped very quickly, which made me happy, haha.

Amazon Japan Box 1

I was also really impressed with the packaging! They seal the magazines in plastic onto a piece of cardboard, which is then put into the box so that they don’t move around and get bent during shipping!

Amazon Japan box 3

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J-Magazines round 1

I got: Ray Nov. 2015, Non-no Jan. 2016, and Non-no Dec. 2015

The next round of magazines I purchased at Kinokuniya and Book Off! I kiiiinda maybe went overboard and bought 5 at one time, but I say it’s ok cause two were only $1! So cheap! But that’s cause they’re really old, but they were issues that I was missing in my collection, so I was really happy to see them there.

J-magazines round 2: Book Off

From Book Off I got: Non-no Oct. 2014, Ray May 2014 (Both for a dollar!)

 

J-magazines round 2: Kinokuniya

From Kinokuniya I got: Ray, Ray Feb. 2016, More Feb 2016

Tights from More

This issue of More came with a pair of grey tights from 17°C!

After using Amazon Japan successfully the first time, I got a little magazine-crazy and decided to buy some older issues from late 2015 (cause I had missed their release before) from a third-party seller that offered international shipping! The shipping was kinda expensive, but since several of the magazines were only 1 yen, I figured it was ok, haha.

J-magazines round 3

I got: Non-no Sept. 2015, Oct. 2015, Nov. 2015

Can you tell that Non-no and Ray are my favorite? Hahaha!

More recently I also bought 2 more that were fulfilled by Amazon.

J-magazines round 4

I got: Ray Jan. 2016 and Non-no Mar. 2016

So that’s it for my magazine haul! Can you tell that I might have a magazine addiction? Hahaha. I know this is quite excessive, but I collect these magazines and display them, so that’s why I buy so many. And although I bought so much recently, I know I will probably buy more within the next few months.

Do you guys read Japanese magazines or collect other stuff? Let me know in the comments!

Memebox I’m Lip Liquid Review and Swatches

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Today I’m going to review the Memebox I’m Lip Liquids that came in my K-Drama Makeup Box! I received two beautiful, bright colors, PK603 and RD600.

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Memebox describes these as intensely pigmented glosses that you can wear blended out for natural looks or fully layered for a more intense look! And boy, they aren’t kidding about these glosses packing the pigment! You can blend a few small dots of these onto your lips and they will cover them completely in a super smooth, pigmented layer!

I'm Lip Liquid PK603 pic 1

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Memebox also says that these glosses have 3 different ingredients to nourish your lips: Manuka Honey, Argan oil, and Rosehip oil. Personally when you wear them sheered out, I don’t feel like these are all that hydrating, and if your lips are already dried out (like mine are right now), it can be uncomfortable. But I will say that they wear very comfortably when my lips aren’t as dry as the Saharah! And when you wear them fully opaque, that’s when you feel the hydrating powers of the oils! They wear very comfortably for around 5 hours with minimal eating/drinking, leaving behind a pretty staining effect.

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Left to Right: PK603, RD600 in artificial light and natural light, respectively.

I will say that they don’t really set at all, so they transfer to other things really easily. I would be careful when wearing this cause if you absentmindedly touch it, it may smear all over the place, haha.

The Verdict:

With all that being said, I really do enjoy these (PK603 is my favorite!) and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a glossy liquid-lipstick type of product. And these are so amazingly pigmented too!

Have any of you tried these before? Do you want to try them? Let me know in the comments!

January 2016 Favorites

Hello everyone!

Can you believe that the first month of the new year is already over?? It went by so fast!

I have a few things that I really enjoyed using over the past month that weren’t the same-old-same-old stuff I always talk about in my favorites, so that’s what I’m going to share with you today!

Beauty Favorites:

January 2016 Favs

First up is the Soyoung concealer that I got in my edition of the K-Drama Memebox.

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I have the shade #01 Lovely Beige and I have to say, this is the perfect color for my skin right now! It can be hard to find base makeup that isn’t too dark for me (because I’m super pale, lol) and doesn’t also have a funky undertone, but this is just perfect! It also has pretty good pigmentation and is about medium coverage.

I’m not sure if I’m going to try other concealers when I run out of this, because I really really enjoy this formula. But we’ll see when that happens, hahaha.

My next favorite is also from the K-Drama Makeup Memebox, and it’s the Memepuffs (set of five).

Meme Puffs

I finally got to try these kinds of airpuffs, and let me tell you, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to try them! These make blending in both foundation and concealer so easy! I don’t want to use anything else any more, haha.

The only thing I don’t like is how hard they are to clean, but that’s something I’m willing to live with, hahaha.

My third favorite is actually two I use together! It’s the Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Tint in The Neutrals: #19 Peony and the Holika Holika Heartfull Glossy Lipstick in PK122 Humming Pink.

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I use these two products to do a slight gradient lip effect that I’ve been really loving lately! This month I wore this combo at least 3-4 times a week cause I love it so much! In fact, I’m probably going to wear it a lot this month too, haha.

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How it looks on me! Told you I was pale, lol.

Non-Beauty Favorites:

So I’ve been really into Japanese fashion magazines for a long time (my favorites are Non-no and Ray!), and I figured out that I can actually buy them off of Amazon Japan!

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Because of this, I’ve been doing a lot of shopping, haha. I only have bought and received magazines from amazon directly (I have one order from a third party seller that ships internationally and it will come within the next week or so), so I haven’t used any forwarding services yet.

But I digress! I am so happy with the orders I bought that were fulfilled by Amazon! They come so fast and are packaged very well, so I know I will order from them in the future!

My last favorite for this month is the cell phone game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector!

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Omg guys, this game is just amazing. You leave out food and “goodies” and different cats will come and visit! You can take pictures of them and when they leave, they give you fish so that you can buy more goodies! My sister told me about this game, and now I’m absolutely addicted, lol. It’s available for both iPhone and Android, so now everyone can get addicted like me! Hahaha!

So that’s it for my favorites this month! What are some things you have been loving? Let me know in the comments!

Memebox K-drama Makeup Box Vol. 3 Unboxing

Hello everyone!

This post has been a long time coming, but I’m finally going to show you what was in the K-drama box from October! I had purchased it for my mom to give it to me as a Christmas gift a long time ago, but now I am finally able to show you guys!

They do update this box from time to time, so if you purchase this now, the contents won’t be exactly the same. It will be a good deal though!

K-drama Makeup Box vol.3

Onto what was inside!

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2015 Favorites!

Hello everyone!

My goodness time has just flown by! I can’t believe it’s already 2016! Anyone make any New Years resolutions? Mine is to blog more often!

Speaking of blogging more often, today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite products for the whole year of 2015. I really tried to limit how much I picked, cause otherwise I would be here all day! A lot of these will be familiar to you guys already, but I feel like it’s worth bringing up why I like them so much, haha.

On to the favorites!

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