Ok I really shouldn’t write up what I’m making for gifts…but I waited too long so most everyone is getting hats!

So what’s been going on lately? I’m a sucker for turn based strategy games.

This past weekend was the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I didn’t take any pictures though. =( Boo, I totally should have. The Unipiper was there, huge gaming arcade was there, KILLER QUEEEEEEN, and I managed to only buy two games this year, both for my 3DS. (In anticipation of the Nintendo Switch being backwards compatible, yes?)  Continue reading Christmas Plans

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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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I’m not feeling it.

I’ve always believed local government was more productive, more willing to listen, more able to act at a moment’s notice. The past year has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and dos and don’ts. All of this culminating in what I’d like to be proud of my city for, but I’m not.

  • Our state governor is so ineffectual, he let his dick make costly decisions on our behalf. He’s been governor before, was a very popular politician, and should have know better than to stick his dick in crazy.
  • Our city mayor is so ineffectual, even he knows it. He didn’t even bother to run for a second term.
  • Our police is so ineffectual, even they know it. They’re underfunded, overworked and under paid, given contradictory orders, given hell and then some by us for being mindless sheep, and no one wants to be a police officer.

I’m not feeling it.  Continue reading Not Feeling It.

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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.

Skincare:

Face:

Eyes:

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!

Lips:

Cheeks:

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: http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/
  • Chemical check: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
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How to gently snuggle Lucy in various ways for various purr sound-effects.

1. The Basic Snuggle

The basic snuggle requires little to zero interaction. This is when Lucy is either nestled close by or partially on top of the lap. Her purrs at this point can either sound like a concerted effort or a small snorting type exhalation purr where the purr itself is a little harsh and easily heard between breaths.

2. The Hard Purr

The hard purr is much louder than the basic snuggle purr and is usually audible in the same way as the basic snuggle. The different being that it’s louder and comes about when one shifts or moves while Lucy is in a basic snuggle mode.

3. The I HATE YOU

Yes, Lucy purrs when she’s about to attack you. This usually comes about when she’s in any of her snuggle modes and you are moving too much for her to be comfortable. If your arms are moving at a rate she doesn’t like or in a motion she doesn’t like. The purrs get quieter and quieter, and when you least expect it. BITE.

4. The Eyes

Her most gentlest of purrs happen when she’s either fallen asleep or she’s making eye contact/blinking at me. This phase comes right before reaching extreme comfort mode and she falls asleep.

5. The Chest Purr – the rarest of purrs

This is her most rapid purr. To achieve this purr, one must gently accept the Lucy onto ones lap. And then if she wants a head or cheek rub one can gently snuggle Lucy’s head against the chest with both hands while keeping an eye on tail and ear signals. The purr is loud and rapid, which is different from the Hard Purr where it is just loud and sounds like she is laboring to purr as loud as possible.

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Have you ever worked with lace weight yarn and found it to bring out the hater in you?
Have you ever worked with lace weight 100% mulberry silk yarn and found it to break your knitting spirit?

I think for this entire year I have a grand total of 5 FO’s compared to last years almost double digit number. Granted, a lot of them are hats and small shawls, but still FO’s!!

So here it is, the glorious lace weight silk masterpiece that I’ve been working on as a sample.

Also, my unimpressed Lucy cat.

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The Gehry Wrap consists of two sections: foundation and window.

Pro-tips:

  1. Use alternating sets of stitch markers. You really need A and B markers so you don’t get lost. Do not use all markers of the same color/type. You will get lost.
  2. When working the wrong side of the rows, that is when I would place a marker. This made it easier for me to whip through each row without having to double-triple count the number of stitches I needed before a wrap/turn.
  3. Double wrap the working yarn around your pinky. This is particular to us that throw our yarn when knitting versus those of us that knit continental style. Since it is 100% silk  it will help you not only hold the yarn, but keep tension as well without straining your wrist.
  4. The piece will block out.

With the Gehry Wrap out of the way, I plowed through the rest of the Mayu Sweater. The last parts required were the sleeves, which is my least favorite part of knitting. To circumvent the lack of size 15 dpns, I decided to do make a few changes.

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  1. Since I had messed up and somehow managed to be 2 stitches short of what I should have been at the sleeves for the size I made, I cast on 1 more on each end of the sleeve underarm. This is cast-on, not pick-up and knit.
  2. To even things out I added 1 more stitch at the end of the row. Where I should have had 30 stitches, I did 31. (3, 25, 3) Half a stitch is taken on each end of a row when seaming, so the 1 extra stitch essentially disappears.
  3. I knit stst until desired 8″ length careful to count as I go so that I could duplicate the correct number of rows for the second sleeve. After the third decrease, switched to smaller needles, purl 1 row (ws row), begin cuff ribbing (rs row).
  4. Seam up the arm from the cuff, seam the underarm, block, enjoy!

I’m currently wearing it and since it is made of a slick, yet puffy, superwash bulky weight yarn (Biggo from Knitpicks), it grew quite a bit after washing. While drying it I was almost afraid it was going to be dress length! Luckily for me, it grew just the right amount. =)

I now have a nice puffy cozy sweater for fall!!

 

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