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I always feel more comfortable with myself if I make expensive-ish things for myself instead of buying them from the store: wool sweaters and accessories mostly. A lot of where I shop doesn’t exactly scream haute couture anyways and it’s a hunt to find a good quality sweater that isn’t 100% acrylic, fashionable, and doesn’t cost $80.

Bring in the yarn. So I went to RCYC this year. Managed to hit up 3 stores with the helpful enabling of my friend @kathynancegirl. First up was a large purchase at Close Knit. I won’t disclose how much I spent, you can figure that out on your own…but lets just say that I bought $90’s worth of 1 sweaters amount of yarn.

But Marilyn! That’s more than the $80 you didn’t want to spend on that other pre-made sweater!! Continue reading Rose City Yarn Crawl 2017

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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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Hi there, so last year I was getting Ipsy bags. $10 a month, cute little makeup pouch + 5 samples with 1 being deluxe size. I really liked these bags, but realized I was quickly collection a lot of makeup samples that I would never use. After a few months lurking on /r/AsianBeauty I came across some rather interesting alternatives for my monthly fix.

  • With some basic Google-fu I came across Beeju’s website that has a great subscription box directory. Some are subscription and some are curated packages so you know before you buy. There’s a large range of prices, product, and type to fulfill all your snail mail desires!

I decided to go with WIN: What Is Next after I saw a few posts on Reddit. It’s $14 a month, no hidden shipping fees, and it comes with 5 samples and a makeup pouch. Granted it’s $4 more expensive than Ipsy, but the items you get are specifically Korean brands only and are skin care rather than makeup.

We’ve been having some really terrible weather lately, so I only just received my first January box. Super excited!

Continue reading WIN 2017:K-Beauty January Bag First Impressions

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Hey there. I spent last weekend up in Seattle with my lovely friends Izi and Rocko…I mean Noriko and Ari. =D

Izi is a mega-derp-a-licious cat. And Rocko is a haphazardly Chi puppy who desperately wants to play with Izi…who refuses to have anything to do with him besides the occasional BAP.

But anyways. I was up to assist my friends with their booth at the Fiber Fusion at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe Washington. Yay! My people have a booth! The week leading up to it I couldn’t remember where exactly we were going. Monroe? Who’s ever heard of this place? Not me apparently. And despite my name, I couldn’t remember it in casual conversation.

So what did I come home with? FIBER!!! Fibah….FERberrrrhhhh  Continue reading My Name is What?

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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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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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Ever since I was a small child I’ve wanted to wear earrings. Little bits of sparkle always caught my eye. My grandmother wore these really gorgeous gaudy large earrings…well large jewelry anyways, and my mother has a collection herself that she now never wears.

Unfortunately, by the time I was old enough to make that decision of self-mutilation for the sake of beauty….lets stop here for a moment. Yes, piercing your ears is a body modification. This isn’t a natural part of the human body, but is a natural part of the human condition.

So anyways, I got my ears pierced at the local Claire’s at the mall. Problem #1. Problem #2 is that they were not done correctly. My piercings are not centered and are not horizontal. This has caused me no end of trouble finding earrings with back posts or back loops long enough for normal wear. Commonly, most if not all end up appearing lopsided.  I had and have no interest in re-piercing or expanding into gauge territory, so lets not even go there as possible solutions. The only recourse I had was to either not wear anything, or wear the smallest earrings possible.

Problem #3 is where things get incredibly depressing. I’m allergic to nickel. Surgical steel can be as hypo-allergenic as it wants to be, but alas it does not work with my allergy. A positive result is that I can wear 18k or better gold earrings, silver, and platinum…but that gets rather expensive…so maybe it’s not a positive thing after all.

And now we get to the point of this little tirade: Nail Polish Top Coat

That’s right! In particular the Seche Vite dry fast top coat. Not only is this a wonderful product for finishing off a manicure, but it is what is saving me from tossing all my jewelry out a window. I first got the idea to coat my posts with this from a youtube diy video. There are a lot out there, but unfortunately I can’t find the exact one that I saw that uses the Seche Vite. But, needless to say: it works!

I bought some cute little post earrings from VincaUSA. They’re a company based out of Austin, Texas and all products are made in the USA. Now, they do use surgical steel grade posts, which I knew were going to cause my ear lobs to turn red and puff up a little bit. So after trying them on and confirming that in fact I am allergic to these I went ahead and applied my Seche Vite.

VincaUSA

Results? YAAS!

These super cute earrings take care of Problem #2, lopsidedness because they’re different shapes for each ear! These are so stinking cute that I just had to have them. The tea pot is slightly big for my ears, but tipping it sideways as if to pour tea out of it seems to work well.

And Problem #3 is pretty much non-existant! The nail polish is doing its job as a buffering layer between my skin and the metal post. I’m super excited about this!

I did have some worries about the polish being in my ear, but after over an hour of wear I feel nothing. And after taking them out, there’s no residual or weirdness about my ears at all! Worried about it flaking off? Not really. I just have to remember not to push the backing all the way down the post when I’m not wearing them. =D

Now this won’t really do anything about the dangly type earrings I already own. But at least it’s a first step towards being able to wear all the cute unique post earrings!!

 

 

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