At the end of last month I took a short trip up to Seattle via Amtrak to visit my friends. We hit up two famous places: Churchmouse Yarns and Uwajimaya. Yes, there is an Uwajimaya here in Beaverton, but holy smokes this places was about twice as big in all respects: larger grocery, larger home goods area, larger Kinokuniya bookstore.

Here are the pics of the AB products I got at Uwajimaya. I’ve already detailed them in IMGUR so I’m not going to duplicate that content here. Enjoy! Continue reading Seatle Jan-Feb Photo Dump: Cats, Food, Fun!

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This is just a list of my makeup collection with a few notes about my preferences. I generally don’t do full on reviews of products because I don’t have that big of a collection, nor do I spend my hard earned cold hard cash on random “oh look shiny” makeup products…I would totally waste money if the TonyMoly Pokemon Pikachu compact came to America though…also anything Sailormoon packaged…

My face:

Normal generally, very oily eyelids, and redness in my cheeks (to the point that sometimes I skip blush if I don’t wear foundation or cushion). I don’t have super enlarged pores, overall oil issues, acne, or blemishes (lucky, I guess). I do get dark spots now when my whiteheads heal which didn’t happen before (yay, getting older). Because of that I’ve invested in trying out concealers and primers this year more-so that I have in the past.

I purposefully don’t wear full coverage makeup. My husband likes my freckles, so I let them show through. I also have a very dark mole on my left cheek, no way in the Grand Canyon would I ever waste product to cake layers just for that. Beauty mark? Beauty mark. XD

I’m also fairly picky where it comes to what I put on my face. If it breaks me out, it usually does so within a few hours which is painful and embarrassing. This is one of the reasons why I tend to wear expensive products from Sephora and Ulta instead of drugstore brands at Target and CVS/Wallgreens. I also don’t wear makeup every day, which extends the life of my makeup as well as makes the purchase more worthwhile. Wearing every other or third day with expensive brand products without breaking out vs every day with drugstore brand products and potentially breaking out…I haven’t done the exact math, but speaking in generalities I think it’s worth it.

I also don’t have a lot of money so I don’t like spending it on products that I will end up hating or never using. I take the time to read reviews from various retailers as well as subreddits: r/asianbeauty and r/makeupaddiction

** Anything marked with the double asterisk is a sample size/Ipsy deluxe sample unless otherwise noted.

{{ Anything marked with the double curly brackets is something I absolutely love.

## Anything marked with double pound sign comes in a smaller (cheaper) size option.

^^ Anything marked with double carrot is a Korean/Asian beauty product.

<< Anything marked with double less than sign is generally manufactured vegan/cruelty free.




I don’t use an eye-primer because I’ve never found one that works. The Colourpop shadows are very smooth and the color payoff is really good. The one downside to the SSS is that if they dry out they are harder to get product into a brush. These do go on much better with a finger, but I prefer to use an angled fluffy brush, synthetic fibers only!



Ok to be honest, I don’t own any blush that is labeled as blush. The DLS is the one I use the most often because it’s pink and convenient. I would use the Jelly Pong Pong duo more often, but it’s much more pigmented and I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the blush brush. And the container is kinda small, so getting the product is a little obnoxious. Duos are cool, two for the price of one, but not if I can’t get myself to use it. It was an Ipsy item, so I’m not super crushed that it cost me money, because it didn’t!

I scored on all three of these cheek products though really. All are full size samples and I use them frequently. So apparently also “strobing” is a thing? I’m not 100% sure what it is, but maybe I’m doing it in accident since I use a colored highlighter as a blush and then typical highlighter after that….hahaha

Makeup Tools:

Other products and samples. A lot of these I got as a part of the Ipsy subscription. The great thing about Ipsy was that it is only $10/month and you get a cute makeup pouch and 5 decent sized samples, some full/deluxe! Anyways, on to the list:

  • {{ Nivea Creme
  • Makeup Forever HD Powder (I’ll use this again if I get a bottle of foundation, not bb/cc cream)
  • ^^ Shisedo Urban Environment Face/Body Sunscreen ($32, but a little goes a long, looooong way)
  • {{ ## ** Boo-Boo Coverup Concealer
  • {{ Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment
  • << ## Kat Von D Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick
  • ** Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry
  • << ** Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer
  • ** Benefit The Porefessional
  • {{  ** Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter brush
  • << ** Urban Decay Lipstick in Naked
  • ** Model Co. Lip Laquer
  • << ** Tarte Lipsurgence in Wonder
  • ** Benefit Stay don’t Stray in Medium/Deep
  • ^^ ## ** SKII R.N.A. sample from Sephora Soko to Tokyo Summer edition
  • {{ ## Living Proof Style Extender
  • << {{ Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Cleanser
  • {{ ** Trustfund Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye (this is actually pretty great Ipsy full size sample, just expensive so I don’t think I’ll ever purchase it on my own.)
  • ^^ Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Brachiosaurus blotting paper

What I Carry in my Purse:

I usually keep a few lip colors, a mirror, my blotting paper, and a handkerchief in my bag collected in a little makeup pouch. I had an Ipsy account for a few months, so I just use those little pouches.

Youtuber Beauty Vloggers I follow:

Meejmuse – Lives in South Korea, from Australia so she has an interesting accent. Almost exclusively K-Beauty products with some Japanese and American brands thrown in there.

Edward Avila – HAA…just realized his username is mrpanda101. Anyways, fun to watch and in South Korea. Gives zero shits.

Morgan’s Beauty Breakdown – Korean American, lives in California, very relatable. Good variety of products reviewed, first impressions, hauls, etc.

Xteeener – The first beauty vlogger I watched starting back in 2005.

Princess Mei – I started watching her channel because of her halloween makeup. Lives in So-Cal, gives very little shits, but very into sweatshop free and vegan products.

I’ve yet to find anyone in Portland doing beauty vlogging which is a bummer. The weather conditions here are very very different from South Korea and California. Oh well. No I’m not going to do it myself because, No.

Shopping Pro-tips:

  • Don’t buy the full size of something new and/or you’ve never used before
  • Sephora has some really great sample gift sets
  • Sephora also has samples out on the floor of all their products, go test it out!
  • Some products are sold in smaller sizes. I take advantage of this when I want to try out a product before committing to a full size and a full price.
  • Cruelty free:
  • Chemical check:
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Two weeks into our third year of marriage and I have to say I’ve gotten two things that I severely needed, more than jewelry, more than yarn (yep):

  1. Emotional support
  2. Family time

At the beginning of the month we had a surprise visit from my cousin Janet and her husband Kannan. We had just seen them in California the weekend before for their wedding. Later, her sister Laura flew in and we all went out to lunch! omnomnomnom, Thai street food!

Kannan, Janet, Laura, JD

And of course, my husband has to make a weird face. lol

Laura stayed a few days and we hung out talking about everything from makeup, to family, to life in general. Made me so happy to be able to reconnect with my cousins even though we haven’t had quality time since…I don’t even remember. It’s been too long! I sometimes play with the idea of going south for the winter to see my family, but something always manages to come up, distract, or drain my holiday funds before I can settle on an itinerary.

The next day we went around and showed Laura Mississippi Ave and walked around for a little bit. I found some HUGE textile bobbins at a shoes store!

textile bobbins textile bobbins

all the tokyo milk

We also happened upon a shop that sells the entire range of Tokyo Milk! This pretty much sets me up for life for gifts for a particular friend. Never have to worry about what to get her ever again and I get to support a local small business! Double win for me! =D Flutter also has an assortment of cute hair accessories, notebooks, magnets, and other useful house ware nick-knacks.

As we wandered we ran into a friend of ours, Lauren. She was there with a friend on the hunt for lunch. Laura later noted that she really liked the fact that one could wander down a street and run into someone you know. That’s something I feel is very positive Portland and common for smaller-mid size communities.

Though we’ve had a huge influx of people over the past 5 years that small-town feel is somehow surviving. I’m happy that there’s still some positive in the sea of overwhelming negative (homeless population in Portland seems like it’s about 20% because of how much it is reported, and how little the city is active in improving the situation).

Anyways, after my cousins visited that Tuesday the 6th was our 2nd wedding anniversary!

Lucy on the toilet

Lucy also enjoys the toilet on occasion. She sat and waited while we were getting ready to go out. She doesn’t like being left out of the know. Her mood since we’ve been back from Europe doesn’t seem to have changed as much as when we left for a week last year for Costa Rica. Maybe 2 and a half weeks is too long and she forgot about us?

In any case, I think from now on we’ll only do a week at a time if possible. She’s getting older, and calmer thankfully, but still a wiley little butt-munch that needs our full attention, when she wants it, at her convenience, because cat.

2nd wedding anniversary

We dolled up and headed out to Hokusei, which is now Fukami. Had geoduck and Uni nigiri for the first time and I think I’m hooked! Geoduck is much tastier than muscles, scallops, clams, surf clam, and ika combined! It’s like all of them in one gloriously sweet and savory semi-solid textured omnomnom. And Uni. omg Uni.

Fukami itself is a really great experience. There are two menu items and a nigiri menu. They had real wasabi root that they ground fresh for each piece of nigiri as well as a curated set of dishes and a dessert. The dining room is limited to the counter and one 4-top table. It’s very intimate and you get to chat with the chefs too.

This past weekend we also went out and walked around a bunch, just my Jonathan and me. The master plan was to hit the Rose City Comic Con, but we didn’t quite make it there. Instead we did about 30 miles of urban exploration over two days.

I’d post our route, but I don’t want to publicly post where I live…so…just trust that we walked a lot haha.

The community mural on 39th between Belmont and Hawthorne has some new additions:


All the Toast Ghosts had different quips and one liners. This one is my favorite of the loaf.

Obnoxiously, it seems some pea-brained gangster-wannabe spray painted a gang sign over an actual art piece that was posted up there. =( Fortunately there are plenty of other contributions that don’t appear to be negatively affected.

…now that I look at it I should have gotten a better shot of the mountain and moon triangle piece in the bottom left corner. Oh well, it doesn’t look like it will rain soon so I may be able to get back there in time for a good photo of it.

At the waterfront I finally decided to take a picture of this weird sticker. I’ve seen it before on a few occasions, but yesterday it really was shouting out to me. How can I say no to neon and clip art?

I can say no to going to their website. Anyone out there brave enough to grab some screenshots for me?


Also, Mr. Grumpus


At Mt Tabor yesterday there were also a lot of photo opportunities. I got a few shots of the reservoir and the downtown cityscape behind it.


So I don’t consider myself exactly photogenic, but I enjoy the occasional couples selfie. Husband…not as enthusiastic. haha
img_5126 img_5127On our way down to the lower reservoir the road twists around the northern part of the park towards a switchback to get to the upper reservoir gate. There a Caterpie pokemon spawned at the same time I saw a real caterpillar in the road! He was quite a fat and juicy looking specimine that probably fell off of a tree branch high above us.

Naturally I wanted to save it. I like small weird squishy bug type things (spiders not included).

It was decided that the little guy was not a Caterpie, but a Weedle. As Jonathan went to scoop it with a leaf it flailed quite wildly and almost pricked him with the horn on it’s head.

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A caterpillar with a horn, definitely a Weedle! He tried again with a stick, and the caterpillar struck again at the stick. Pokemon: the struggle is real, in the wild. Unfortunately, with direct sunlight the camera app in the Pokemon Go game is really terrible. The graphic for the Caterpie is pretty good while the fat, juicy, green caterpillar is all washed out. It was nearly as green as the Caterpie.


Finally reaching the lower reservoir via some precariously steep and narrow concrete access stairs I grabbed another shot of the area. I’m not sure who’s idea it was that our reservoirs look like castles, but I thoroughly enjoy our gothic looking architecture. I think these may have been built in or around the same era as a lot of the work done along the Historic Columbia Highway, Highway 26 to the coast in the Cascade mountain range, and Route 101 along the coastline. There are very similar ramparts along the roads at various vista points and pullouts.

Work has begun on the technical spinning project I have planned. So far so good on the Zwarbles sample I have. It’s surprisingly incredibly easy to draft!

Here’s a few upclose shots of the fiber:

zwarbles sample zwarbles So far it seems the fiber has been expertly prepared. I’m excited about this because I like spinning natural fibers to ply against more colorful custom dyed commercial tops.

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Hey there here there!

Over the past few days I’ve been trying out the IOPE XP cushions in C23 and N23. More Korean cushion foundations!

Because of the increased prevalence of South East Asian makeup that is available I feel more confident going out and trying them and knowing that I’m not going to waste my money. I have yet to find a Korean tinted product that does not live up to it’s name. I do my due diligence watching youtube reviews, reading product comments, and making sure I am purchasing through a legitimate service. I would never recommend purchasing any cosmetic product without doing those three tasks thoroughly first. I would also never recommend purchasing a cosmetic product meant for a specific trouble area that I do not have. I’m very careful to not buy acne medicine or products for dry skin types; acne meds mean it’s drying, dry skin types means it’s going to be oily, yuck yuck yuck!

Another reason I’m more willing and have been collecting makeup recently is that the price has gone way waay down. I used to buy very very limited quantities of drugstore brands and stretch their lives way past the expiration (yes I know bad, but it was mostly eyeshadows). My experiences standing in front of a giant wall of cosmetics at Walgreens have mostly been overwhelming and disappointing. I never bothered to try foundations because I knew the one yellow tone was going to turn my face mustardy brown, and I never bothered to try the higher drugstore brand items either because I didn’t want to spend $25 on a product I knew was going to make me into a cupcake. So, now in my 30th year, the world is catching up to me and my needs. Yay! Another hesitation is the fact that I got lucky and matured through my teens without acne. I have no acne scars on my face and I rarely get pimples. There was no real reason to spend time I could be sleeping in bed in the morning on putting makeup on. (mega-nerd status probably influenced this decision as well.)

So, how did I end up with two IOPE cushions? Accident. By accident, I’m telling the truth!

Ok, so really the reason is that there is this guy named Edward…and yeah, dude is a k-model. But. He is very straightforward about his reviews on Korean cosmetics which I really enjoyed more than the ones by Xteener, Meejmuse, and Morgan. I love those girls, but really Edward blows them away and is incredibly fun to watch! Granted he has access to Korean products and spa treatments because he’s actually living in South Korea, but in reality all the products are available, to anyone with internet access, and a little plastic.

These are the 4 main youtube channels that I watch:

Xteener: I’ve been following her since 2006. She was the first Asian American that made me feel like it was ok to be weird looking, use drugstore brand makeup, and overall just be happy with my inner me.

Meejmuse: I’ve only started recently watching her channel. She is an Australian Korean and I really enjoy that she likes the higher end products and is really honest about what does and does not work for her. Also she and I have the same eye shape, so I like watching her eye makeup.

MorgansBBD: Also, another youtuber that I recently discovered. I think she is Korean American. I like her reviews because she is really thorough and her skin type is very similar to mine.

I ordered IOPE XP C23 after watching Edwards huge 18 compact review. Yeah, 18. But, I figured since I don’t have acne and I don’t have regular occurring hormonal pimples I should try the N23 instead. Amazon nope’d my request to cancel, they had already packaged it and shipped it out! Ahh, Amazon Prime…how I love thee. (Legitimate sellers on Amazon, with Prime shipping are cheaper than MEMEBOX, go figure).

Each packaged arrived the same day, sealed and wrapped in the beautiful, luxurious IOPE navy blue boxes. My C23 even came with a little sample of Etude House BB cream! I’ll break it down for you with pros and cons of each together, and then my oppinion individually for N23 and C23 separately.

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cc cushion back

IOPE XP Air Cushion C23 and N23 Pros –

  1. Case is nice and sturdy
  2. Cushion sponge holding the product is dense, much denser than my Amore Pacific
  3. Don’t have to press down hard to get the product
  4. Each came with 1 refill
  5. Both are lightly scented which goes away after application

Cons –

  1. Cases are identical! I have to read the bottoms to know which one I’m holding
  2. Applicator sponge is hard, I have to remind myself to pat gently so I do not end up with a black eye
  3. Requires powder to manage the dewy-ness and transfer. I live on the north side of a mountain, I have hair, it’s windy here….etc.

IOPE XP Air Cushion N23 –

  1. Color match is pretty good
  2. Does have a bit of a white cast to it, but since the color matches me so well it seems more like a gentle highlight.

IOPE XP Air Cushion C23 –

  1. Color match is very good
  2. Does not have the white cast to it that the N23 has
  3. Has more coverage than the N23 AND is very similar to my Amore Pacific 204!
  4. I do have to be careful and use a bit more measured movements when applying powder


October 3rd UPDATE ——–

A few things about these cushions as I wore them this summer:

  1. Do not wear sunscreen underneath and powder on top. Cake city.
  2. After a few wears, the amount of product coming out of the cushion is much less sticky/slick/dewy.
  3. N23 does tend to disappear after 5+ hours of wear (as MorganBB reported).
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