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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Sakura Frappuccino, Galentine's Day at Noa Cafe & I Was A Valentine's Kitty at Raul

It's February 15th, and in Japan, that means it's Sakura Frappuccino day! Whooooo! Plus, some quick details about Valentine's weekend past the jump.

It's my first year getting to try one of these bad boys and I was a little disappointed.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Planner Addiction & Life in Tokyo

Hi, guys!

I've been living in Japan for 6 months, going on 7! The following post is going to be about a lot of things: my new planner, stickers, some quick notes about depression and my transition to life here... but makeup isn't really one of them. I've been wearing it so little, I really think makeup might become a bit of an afterthought on my blog. I one hundred percent forgive you if you find it boring, but please be nice to me! (And I do have some fun Etude House products I plan to write about soon!)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet

I wish I could explain why I'm just so darned comfortable in purple lipstick, but I can't. I just love it. Do I really need an excuse?

Smashbox's Be Legendary Lipstick in Vivid Violet is a lovely iteration of a shade I find myself reaching for again and again.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Foundation Quest: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Sand, Golden, Honey, Caramel)

Using the utterly non-scientific 'this internet swatch looks like a swatch for other foundations that match me' method, I got a deluxe sample of Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Sand. I figured from the start it wouldn't be perfect (only 3 shades were available for the sample, and the other two were very light), but I didn't expect it to be so light on me.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Teavana Stainless Steel Tumbler

I love tea. Love it! And over the years I've bought and tried a lot of different vessels for steeping some on the go--for me an infuser is an absolute must, as I'm terrible at planning ahead of the exact moment I'm running out the door in the morning.

I bought this tumbler (with a built-in infuser!) one at some point last year at my local Teavana on clearance (over a third off, if I recall correctly) and for the last year (possibly a bit more) this has been my go-to running-to-work/class/romantic picnic for two mug.

Monday, July 6, 2015

All Hail The Queen by Butter London

Are there any products you like despite knowing that they have a humongous objective flaw?

That's what All Hail The Queen is for me. It's such a beautiful shimmery beige, and I think it looks wonderful on my skin tone. My sister said it was, "like nude, only not at all."

It's one of the few polishes I wear often--every few weeks, in fact! The only (huge!) problem is that the formula is really thin.

It Was Time For A Change! What Do You Think Of The New Look?

Hey guys!

Just a quick heads up that I created a new background image (getting it to tile like that was WEIRDLY hard) and did a new banner and changed up the color scheme.

I'm going to miss my old banner and background image, but I was itching for a new aesthetic. The old color scheme just started feeling too a little too familiar.

The artwork took forever, so obviously I'm hoping all that work paid off. I also increased the width of the blog to 1200 pixels, as there was a lot of empty margin space on my own current display, but obviously if this looks too wide, please let me know and I'll shrink it down a bit as soon as I can!

Finally, I'm having some issues with blogger screwing up my header, so I manually entered the HTML for my banner image into the template. This has the unfortunate side-effect of making the mobile site look AWFUL, so I'm updating the settings to show the desktop site on mobile devices.

I might re-do the banner again, as I'm not totally happy with the way the orchid (could you tell it was an orchid?) came out, and my sister says my first font 'doesn't go' (I have to agree!)

Hope all of you had a happy Independence Day and a good weekend!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Macarons, Honey Rose Rainbow and Spicy Cumin Seitan at Taste Asia!


One of the best things about living in a city like New York is the cultural diversity--not to mention diversity of food (yum!). Last Friday and Saturday there was an Asian food and culture and food festival spanning about a street in length in Times Square called Taste Asia.
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