4 Years with WordPress

Last week I reached 200 followers. I came across another blogging milestone a few days after when I got this notification.

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I can’t say that I’ve spent these past 4 years actively posting on here, but I greatly appreciate the connections and followers I’ve met here. If I could do this on a more regular basis, I would. I do try to get content out there when I can, but I also want to make sure it’s of good quality. Here’s to 4 more!

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Tagged: 15 Beauty Questions

It’s been ages since I’ve posted a blog tag! Hey Sharonoox put this up the other day, and I wanted to share my answers as well. I’ve also included links to the products I use.

 1. What is your daily skin care routine?

Morning – I cleanse my face with micellar water (Bioderma Sebium is my HG). Once dry, I apply Lush’s Grease Lightning on my T-zone. Last but not least is the moisturizer. I currently use one from Cetaphil.

Evening – If I’m feeling lazy (yes, it happens), I use micellar water again and that’s it. Otherwise, it’s either Cerave’s Foaming Facial Cleanser or The Body Shop’s Tea Tree face wash. This is followed by an eye cream (currently using the Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream from Rodan + Fields) and my customized treatment from Curology (I’ll write a post about my experience with them in the near future).

2. What is your weekly skin care routine?

While in the shower, I’ll either use St. Ive’s Green Tea Scrub or my Clarisonic Mia with a foamy cleanser. Right now it’s the Naive Peach one. Just a little bit creates a good amount of lather. Love it!

Although I have quite a few sheet masks on hand, I don’t get around to using them. I’m lucky if I do that even once a month. I should also get back into using pore strips on a weekly basis.

 

 3. How do you prep your face for makeup?

Cleanse with either micellar water or facial cleanser, moisturize with Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream (another HG of mine), then apply primer. I alternate between primers for my face (Hourglass and Wet n Wild), and use Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion for the eyes.

4. How do you take off your makeup?

For light makeup – This Garnier micellar water is great for removing waterproof mascara and liquid lipstick. I follow this with my Body Shop facial wash. Technically I don’t have to wash my face afterward, but seeing as this particular micellar water is bi-phase, I do feel somewhat of a residue after I’ve removed everything. This is why I only use it for this purpose and not on my whole face.

For a fully made up face – The eye makeup and lip color are the first to go with this awesome Clinique remover. Then I use Yes to cleansing wipes  for the rest of the face, followed by a facial cleanser.

5. What are some DIY face masks?

This is not an area of expertise for me, but I’ve tried one using egg whites, honey, and oatmeal. I honestly forgot what it helped with since I tried it a long time ago.

6. What are some inexpensive makeup brushes?

I’ve had my misses with this brand, but e.l.f. brushes are actually pretty good. Been reaching for their blush brush often when I actually take the time to apply makeup.

 7. Do you prefer matte or shimmer eyeshadows?

I am mad about matte when it comes to certain makeup products, but I don’t mind a little shimmer as long as it’s not overpowering or heavy. I own a few of Urban Decay’s shadow palettes, which have just the right amount.

Current fave: Urban Decay NAKED3 Palette

8. Do you prefer matte or dewy skin?

Having combo skin, I constantly keep my t-zone area in check (gotta love that midday oil slick *sarcasm*). I don’t mind a bit of dewiness on my cheeks since that area can get dry, especially during the cold months.

9. Do you prefer matte or shiny lipstick / lip gloss?

 With liquid lipsticks being recently high on the hype radar, I’ve been experimenting with a few brands. Majority of them are matte and tend to be drying, so I don’t usually wear them unless I’m not at work. Despite that, I’ll always have a devotion to glosses.

Current fave: Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

 10. Lipstick, Gloss, Lip Stain, Balm, or Lip Liner?

 Lipstick for special occasions/when I feel like it.

Lip balm everyday, especially one with SPF.

Lip liner is a must for me before applying either tube or liquid lipstick.

Lip gloss whenever, if I happen to have it with me.

 

 

11. What type of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

If I don’t have to use it, then I won’t. But I do have it on hand for special occasions. I prefer medium coverage. Otherwise, I prefer a BB cushion if I want enough coverage just to even out my face.

Current faves: Mary Kay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liqid Foundation, Laneige BB Cushion

12. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try, but haven’t?

I’ve grown interested in Korean beauty after trying out a few brands. Etude House and Holika Holika are on my list at the moment.

 

13. Do you wear fake lashes?

Hardly ever, but I own at least 5 pairs of them. I don’t have the best hand at applying them. Eyelure’s pre-glued lashes came in very handy  when I wore them along with my cosplays at SDCC. I don’t see them around much anymore.

 

14. What type of product do you buy the most of?

Easy, anything for the lips. I own more lip product than pairs of shoes or black items of clothing. Seriously!

15. Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I’ll sometimes come across something from a trusted brand that I’d like to try out. I’d purchase it and either alternate using it with a similar product I already have, or finish the previous one beforehand.

I won’t be tagging anyone in this post, but I’d love to know your answers if you decide to fill this out as well.

 

Urban Decay Mini Haul

I’m currently in the midst of a no-buy for this month, and I’ve been doing a-OK (I do, however, have a list going of things I’d like to get once it’s done). I wanted to share a few items from Urban Decay that I made sure to order before the end of January.

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L-R: NAKED Nail Color in Instinct, Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet, Vice Liquid Lipstick in Trivial

NAKED Nail Color in Instinct – I was happy to see the nail color I wasn’t able to get in a previous order back in stock. The shade is described as a medium pink taupe with a hint of pearl. Very pretty.

Vice Liquid Lipsticks in Amulet and Trivial – I didn’t go too crazy when these released since the shade selection wasn’t as wide as its regular lipstick predecessors. But I will say that these have awesome staying power and comfortable wear. Yes, I do have Amulet in both tube and liquid forms because I love this brick rose shade so darn much. You can’t blame me once you see the swatch! Trivial is a pink nude, and much pinker than I had expected. I unfortunately experienced the dreaded “look at all my lip lines” result with this one since it’s a lighter shade. If you’re reading this post have a good rec on a lip primer/filler that can lessen this issue, I’d really appreciate it! I tried using it again over UD’s Ultimate Ozone pencil, and it looked only slightly better.

 

 

Moondust  Eyeshadow in Extragalactic  – This was thrown into my order as a bonus item. Described as black with red sparkle, it’s a beaut to look at. As for wearing it, I’m not sure if I’d be able to pull this off. Maybe I’ll try it blended into my lower lid. I giggled to myself when I saw the shade name because it made me immediately think of Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys.

 

Check out the swatches:

 

Have you tried any of these products out? If so, let me know what you think of them.

Kira Kira Crate, Volume 3

The 3rd crate for this subscription will be the last one for me. I’ve accumulated so much product between this and past beauty subscriptions that I can take a break from them for a good while. For those unfamiliar with this crate, it is the latest to be added to Japan Crate’s lineup of subscription boxes. Every month, between 6-8 products are delivered to your door directly from Japan. Sometimes there’s a few Korean beauty items thrown in as well. A booklet with information about the products and how to use them is also included. The price for this subscription is $29/month before shipping and taxes.

 

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What’s inside:

Avance Tweety Eyeliner – As cheesy as it seems to have a cartoon character on a makeup product, this looks pretty legit. I’m not the best with handling pen liners, but the felt/brush tip on this one might make this one easy to use.

Biyou Shoukan Towel Set – They look like wipes, but instead they’re cloths meant for drying your face after washing it. I like that there’s a good amount in the package (20 sheets), so I plan to take this with me on an upcoming trip.

Dear Laura Lip Gloss – This reminded me of a Caboodles lip gloss that I used to own years ago, except the packaging of the tube was different and it was Strawberry flavored. This one is flavorless, fragrance free, and leaves a slight pink tint. I dig the cute bunny on it.

Hot Gel Face Mask – The initial question to myself when I looked at this was, “Why on earth would I want hot gel on my face?”. It’s actually a warming mask that can be used on the face or upper body, preferably while taking a bath. I tried this while in the shower and felt the warming effect immediately, which was tolerable and not anywhere near hot (thank goodness). My face cooled down when I massaged it before rinsing the mask off, and it felt wonderfully smooth afterward.

Mebika Hair Care – This packet contains a shampoo and conditioning mask. Unfortunately I couldn’t tell one from the other since it has Japanese written on it. I’ll eventually find out once I decide to use it.

Pure Smile Red Wine face mask – Another face mask to add to my growing collection. I’m intrigued by this one, but I’m probably going to be disappointed in that it doesn’t contain any actual wine. Could you imagine how relaxed you would be if it really did have it? OK, maybe not that much. Why not take it up a notch and actually have a glass while you wear it? I like that idea.

Teapod Hand Cream – In addition to face masks, I’ve also managed to gather up a small arsenal of hand cream. I should be using them since my hands have been getting drier than usual due to the cold weather. This was offered in either Earl Grey, Lemon, or Rose scents. I received the rose one which smells like the real deal. I’m curious about the Earl Grey since I love the tea itself. Maybe I’ll snag it if I ever come across it.

The variety in this box was nice compared to the first 2 boxes I received for this sub. I’m sad that I’ll have to discontinue it, but I feel it’s good for the price, especially if it includes free shipping from another country. Do you subscribe to this box? Let me know what you think of it. More info about the Kira Kira Crate subscription can be found here.

Japan Crate Mini, Volume 19

The theme for January’s mini crate was Indulgence. The items in the crate were curated to make you “feel like royalty”. OK, that’s stretching it a tad, but I will say they were all pretty good.

 

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What’s inside:

 Double Ice Cream Lollipop, Chocolate & Vanilla – Ever had a Chupa Chups lollipop? This reminded me of it. They suggested putting it in the fridge prior to eating it to have an experience similar to having actual ice cream, but I was too lazy. Anyway, it was fine as is.

Fruit Donuts – This made me laugh. It basically looks like the Haribo gummy rings that I see almost everywhere. I thought this would be apple flavored, but it turned out to be lemon-lime.

Kajiriccho Grape & Soda Soft Candy – This chewy candy stick was grape flavored on the outside with soda flavor in the middle. I have yet to have a grape flavored candy that I didn’t like.

Umaibou Chocolate – The maker of those puffy snack sticks from previous boxes I’ve received also has sweet ones. This corn snack is covered in chocolate. Too bad it was smaller than the other sticks I’ve had. I finished this way too quickly.

Umai Ring Mentai Flavor – This product is also from the same company that makes the Umaibou sticks. Mentai is marinated fish roe, said to be popular in Japan. The resulting flavor is pretty unique, but I’d describe it close to the masago that often tops sushi rolls, if that helps at all.

 

The mini crate is 1 of 3 subscriptions available. Check out Japan Crate’s website for more information. If you choose to subscribe, you can get $5 off either your first Original or Premium box by using code MSA5 (code courtesy of My Subscription Addiction).

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