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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Small Life Update

Hello lovelies! Yes, I'm alive. Sorry for the long hiatus, there's been a lot going on in my life so I took a break from everything. I'm going to try and keep this short and not ramble.

tl;dr - Life happened but I have a lot of posts in the backlog so I hope to roll those out once everything settles down a bit.
Last month my grandma passed away and it was very hard for the family. We had a service for her and it was the first time my family had reunited in a while. It was nice to see everyone but I wish it was for something less heartbreaking.
I had my birthday on the 20th and I celebrated with 2 dinner parties. We went to some very lovely restaurants and I made lots of great memories with some of my most favorite people.

I also got my first tattoos:
They didn't really hurt as much as I anticipated. I'd say it was an uncomfortable experience, as if someone was scratching me. I don't believe in every tattoo having a meaning, but these two are very special to me and I think my artist did a lovely job.
Since the game I worked on has released now, I'm moving to a new project at work and I'm very excited for it. I've already moved desks (I got a window seat!) and everything just feels like it's falling into place. I really love what I do and I hope that I can continue working up with the momentum I've built so far.
Overall, the last few months have been a blur and just a terrifying emotional journey. I have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this year so I'm trying to keep my chin up. Thanks for sticking around, I'll try to throw out my old January posts soon lmao.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream Review

Hey everyone, I hope you're all doing well. Today I'm going to review my current favorite BB cream of all time, the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB cream. I've been using it for the past year or so now and it's become my staple foundation. Please keep in mind that this is not a sponsored review~
I bought this off eBay for about ~$12 after hearing lots of rave reviews. The packaging looked so cute I just couldn't resist! Although I have not used BB creams in a long time (the last ones I used were the Skin79 ones and they're pretty much used up/don't match my skin very well anymore), I thought I would give this a shot because foundations just weren't working out for me.

This product contains SPF 20 and comes in 2 shades. I bought it in the lightest shade, #1 Aqua Beige. It comes with 40mL of product and a sponge (I don't have pics of it because I threw it out due to the awkward wedge shape making application difficult). Here's what it looks like:
Cute little box~
The little glass bottle
It looks really orange in the above pictures but the color is more accurate here when the lid is off:
The texture is sort of like a jelly/pudding. It's a bit thicker than the BB creams I've used before as they usually feel like tinted moisturizers. This feels like something between a tinted moisturizer and a foundation.
I tried using the sponge it came with but I really didn't like it so I just use my own sponges. Here's how it looks on my skin:
Bare skin
Aqua Petit Jelly
Powder on top
As you can see, the product does leave your skin a bit dewy. If you're into that kind of look then you can just leave it at that, but I have oily skin so I always put powder over top~
Color/Pigmentation: ♥♥♥♥
I think this is the best BB cream I've used. Most BB creams oxidize and can become gray or orange. This one stays pretty true to the application color, at least for me. I haven't experienced it changing colors throughout the day so I'm really happy with it!

This BB cream has really good coverage. I would say you could get medium to full coverage with it, depending on how much you apply. My skin has gotten a lot better in the last year so I don't require such a heavy base makeup routine anymore. I do have breakouts here and there but this BB cream along with my concealer keep it manageable.

Texture: ♥♥♥♥
I can't even begin to explain how moisturizing this product feels on your skin. Usually my skin feels a bit heavy after skincare & base makeup. This leaves your skin feeling supple and bouncy. When you go outside, it often feels like you only applied skincare and you skipped foundation. My skin always feels fresh and hydrated!

This is my favorite BB cream of all time and I will definitely repurchase it in the future. I love that it makes my skin feel like I am not wearing any makeup. This was particularly good in the winter months when the air was cold and dry. My skin always felt well hydrated and taken care of. Although the dewy finish isn't for me, a good powder over top remedies this in no time. The packaging is great too. I love that it comes with a little spatula built into the lid so you can keep things clean and you don't have to make a mess getting the product out~
I hope you found this review helpful! Thank you for reading and I'll see you next time ♥

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

▲ Goodbye 2015 (ft. Gyaru Improvement Meme) ▲

Hey guys, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's. 2015 went by so fast, I honestly can't remember where half that year went haha. 

I struggled a lot harder than I thought I would but thanks to the wonderful and supportive people in my life, I somehow survived it. This is going to be a pretty long post so let's get to it.
I found out my grandma has stomach cancer so November was particularly hard to get through. I took a few days off work to see her in the hospital. Unfortunately the tumor is very large and because of her old age, there isn't much we can do. I don't want to talk too much about it, but I heard from my aunt last week that she's not doing so well now so that's something I'll have to deal with in the very near future... I've already come to terms with it long ago and my family is prepared to handle the situation. It's just an unpleasant situation to go through even though it was inevitable. Life is so unbelievably temporary.
Other than that, I've just been drowning myself in work so I can avoid thinking about things haha. My social life has suffered greatly and I spend most of my days sitting at home after work just lying in bed listening to my new obsession, BIGBANG.

I'm hardly even motivated to put on a face anymore, which sucks cause I can't stand the way I look without makeup lmao. Fashion-wise I've become so boring and basic, I often find myself looking at old pictures and wondering what killed that part of me. I'm also starting to abandon circle lenses, opting for more natural looking (without the crazy patterns and enlargement) prescription ones. I still have 2 pairs of the G&G Aurora Tri-Color lenses and I'll wear them here and there, but for the most part I don't plan on wearing CL anymore. 

I ordered from Desio a while back. when they had a buy 2 get 2 promo. I've been wearing these lenses every day since I got them. I'll do a full review post later but so far I'm really liking them, they're really comfortable and the color payoff is amazing.
I didn't do much for the holidays. Like I said, I worked a lot and most of my friends were busy with family anyways. We had a team holiday party at work and that was the extent of my celebrations, apart from family dinner.
It was kind of sad and lonely, but I'm grateful for the time I did get to spend with my friends when they were free. My friend Jeremy from Calgary visited again this year and we had hotpot.
I got some super thoughtful gifts and they really made my holiday this year. Special shoutout to Kim and my Senpai for being sweethearts and surprising me with these amazing gifts ;^;
I still cry every time when I wake up and see Aomine on my desk. Fuck. I can't wait to own the rest of the Generation of Miracles. I gave out quite a few thoughtful gifts myself and overall, I'd say Christmas was tolerable. New Year's Eve was a whole other kind of awful lol.

Bonus clip of me unrolling my new GD&TOP poster:
I spent Christmas day with my mom and sister. We had a nice dinner at her bf's daughter's place. There was so much food left over, it was insane. Props to people who can make dinners like this for every big holiday. I don't think I'd ever be able to put something like this together haha.
Some pictures of my makeup for that night:
Me and my sister
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day weren't great for me so I won't talk about it. I don't do resolutions, but this year I've resolved to be more secure. I spent most of 2015 pretty unhappy and I really want that to change. I'm going to learn to be more secure emotionally and mentally, meaning I'll take more time for myself and learn to say no to people/things. I want to try and be more secure in my looks too since I really hated myself, especially the last few months.

With all this death and sadness looming over me in the last couple months, I also thought about all the things I wanted to do with my life. I was always a relatively simple person. I never had grand plans for my future but I manged to come up with some dreams and goals I hope to accomplish in the next 5 years (in no particular order):
  • See BIGBANG in concert with my Senpai
  • Travel to Korea/Japan/Hong Kong with friends/Senpai
  • Pay off my student loan
  • Buy a car
  • Move up into a leadership role at work
5 years is a long time and a lot can change, but I know that if I work hard enough I can definitely accomplish everything I listed. 
Okay, so I'm going to wrap this post up with something positive: a brand new gyaru improvement meme! I made a few adjustments to Lizzie's template so that it was easier for me to read (I just added a pattern and gave the font an outline lol). You can see my previous ones here.
I think I changed a lot this year. My makeup was so sloppy in the earlier half of the year lmao. I sort of fell out of gal makeup in June/July and November, but I'm glad I bounced back.

I've been doing that inner point thing again (I feel like I say that a lot LOL). I think I got it down and now it's one of those habit things I do. I can't do my makeup without it orz. I didn't do anything really interesting this year other than straighten out my brows.... quite literally. No more exaggerated lower lashes like the previous year. I line my lower waterline pretty tightly and I've ditched the circle lenses.

Overall I'm actually pretty happy with my progress this year. September was probably my favorite look. I was sort of torn about my brows but I think the less arched style makes me look less scary lmfao. My resting bitch face game is way too strong.
Anyways, thank you all so much for following me and reading all the nonsense I spew here. I hope 2016 is kind to you and that you accomplish everything you set out to. Let's kick some ass this year.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

[Sponsored] Born Pretty Store - Fluorescent Lasting Lip Gloss, Moisturizing Lipstick Balm, and Foundation Sponge Review

Hello everyone, it's been a long time since my last post. I'm back today with a sponsored review from Born Pretty Store. As always, you can use the coupon code CHUH10 for 10% off your order! Today I'll be reviewing 3 items: A foundation sponge, a moisturizing lipstick balm, and a fluorescent lasting lip gloss.
I'll review the makeup sponge first! I've been really into using sponges for my concealer and foundation/BB creams nowadays because I feel like it's faster than a brush and I get better coverage. I usually take the sponge and dampen it before application (under running water, squeeze the sponge a few times until it expands).

This one I got from BPS is shaped really uniquely. It's not like the Beauty Blender which is more of a teardrop shape. This one has a smaller end which really helps you get into the smaller spots of your face (like the sides of your nose or under your eyes).
Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Overall I really enjoy using this sponge. I think the shape is really user friendly and for $2.24 you really can't complain. I highly recommend you try it out!
Next I'll review the lip products. I'm going to combine these reviews as I bought them with the intention of wearing these two products together. I got the lipgloss in #11 and the lipstick balm in #1
Here's what the packaging looked like:
Here are some swatches and how they look on my lips:
Gloss on top, lipstick on the bottom
Bare lips
Lip liner
Lipstick on top
Gloss on top
Full makeup look:
I think the colors were really pretty in the stock photos but I was kind of disappointed with the actual product. I'll start with the lipstick balm.

It applied smoothly and lasted okay. It came off a bit when I drank or ate but I didn't really mind. The color was pretty but it wasn't as vibrant as I wanted it to be. As you can see in the pictures above it's quite light. If you build it up, it starts to feel a bit greasy which I'm not a fan of.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Overall I'd say it's a nice product for the price but I've definitely used better. I think this product in a darker or bolder color might be more pigmented than the lighter, natural shades so if you try this out, pick one of those instead!
The lip gloss was about the same as the balm but the color was really not as pigmented as the pictures. I had to apply it multiple times to get a good swatch. It goes on quite sheer and the formula isn't as thick as I would like it. I think it would compliment a darker color better because it washes out light colors very easily. It's not sticky (which is always a good thing!) but just like the lipstick balm if you apply too much it definitely feels greasy.

Rating: ♥♥♥
I didn't dislike the product but I didn't love it either. I took it down an extra heart because the color was definitely not what I was expecting at all.
Thank you for reading and I hope you found these reviews helpful. Once again, thank you so much to Born Pretty Store for giving me this collaboration opportunity. Be sure to check out there website here and use the coupon code CHUH10 for 10% off your order~ See you guys in my next post!
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