August 3, 2015

I dyed my hair blood orange!

Red just wasn’t doing it for me. It was too cool and sexay for my image, and it wasn’t my original goal anyway. I wanted orange to begin with! Orange feels like the spunky younger cousin to glamorous red.

So after a quick trip to Sally’s I bleached my hair blonde and then dyed it orange. This is the result from using one tube of Ion Color Brilliance Neon Brights Blood Orange all over my head:

The color is basically what you’d expect from the name Blood Orange. It’s a warm, reddish orange, although in some lighting it looks straight-up orange.

Here was my outfit from today! I decided to go for a youthful, comfy look:

I look like Chucky, haha~
Shirt: Forever 21
Overalls: Korea
Socks: Korea
Shoes: Aeropostale

You ever get that feeling that certain genres of outfits bring out certain sides of your personality? For example, if I wear pretty things like dresses and heels, I want to act graceful. I walk slowly and generally act reserved. If I wear baggy, youthful clothing like this, I feel energetic and clumsy! I want to run around and play, sing aloud while I hop along, and then finish off with some scrumptious snacks taken from my goody pack. :3


Oh, and quick story! I don’t usually talk about my life here (since it’s not that interesting), but I wanted to jot down this fun coincidence ^^

Last Friday, I met a couple of my bf’s coworkers. They had wanted to go to this local brewery for its Friday night/live music/family event type of thingy and told him to bring me, so he did. It was…alright. These people were like, legit adults, if that makes any sense.

They weren’t mean or anything! We talked fine. But you know, there are some adults who are still relatively young-at-heart and easy to talk to, and then there are the ones who make you feel like you have to play up your seriousness to talk to them. Anyone else ever feel like that?

Anyways, moving on past all the cringeworthy details, we did discover a couple of interesting things! Turns out, my bf went to the very same high school as his coworker’s wife, and at the same time, too! She was a senior while he was a sophomore.

And his Dutch coworker (who looks like Napoleon Dynamite) actually went to the same school as me! He did a study abroad program while I was there. I never knew him, of course, but it’s cool to think that if you were to rewind back in time, you’d probably be able to find us both wandering the same campus.

Such a small world! I thought it was cool. ^^ Thanks for reading!

August 1, 2015

A shopping service for international peeps who want to buy US products!

If I understand correctly, a lot of US goods that I (admittedly) take for granted are actually pretty hard to come by outside our borders! Things like Sephora (that’s a big one) Bath and Body Works, Apple—or at least, Apple at a reasonable price—and sometimes even Amazon.

So to all my international friends out there (and heck, maybe even myself, considering I might move abroad again this winter), I present to thee a US shopping service called US Go Buy!

US Go Buy is a shopping/forwarding service that caters to hundreds of different countries outside of the US:

I think most of us here are familiar with what a shopping/forwarding service is, seeing how we all know about Taobao and how to order from there. But basically, US Go Buy acts as your middleman to getting US products. Since a lot of US brands don’t ship internationally, you ship it to them first (by checking out with the address they provide to you), and then from there, they ship it to you. That’s their Ship For Me service.

(a picture of their warehouse, taken from Facebook)

Or, if you aren’t even able to buy the products yourself due to compatibility issues with your credit card, you can pay USgobuy and they will buy it for you. That’s their Buy For Me service:

A couple characteristics of USgobuy:
  • No service fee for the forwarding service; you only pay the shipping cost.

  • Shipping options include USPS, DHL, and Fedex.

  • For their shopping service (where they buy for you), their service fee is 5%. Less than the 10% that a lot of Taobao agents have!

  • You can store your items in their warehouse for 3 whole months for free.

  • Any leftover payment from your shipping fee is credited back to your account, whereupon you can use it in your next order or request a refund.

  • Good English: The stress of miscommunication is always a valid concern, especially when it comes to forwarding services like this. But in the back-and-forth email exchange I had with them, their English was solid. Not eloquent, no, but everything I said was understood perfectly.

So the next time America you want some delicious Sephora goodies and handbags (perhaps during Black Friday), consider looking into US Go Buy!

Please note: This was a sponsored post. Everything I have written is taken directly from their website and paraphrased. I have not used their service personally and therefore cannot speak as a true customer. I always advocate being a proactive consumer, so please keep this tidbit in mind!

July 30, 2015

For baby soft skin! Guerisson 9 Complex Essence (Horse Oil Serum, dry skin review)

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For baby soft skin! Guerisson 9 Complex Essence (Horse Oil Serum, dry skin review)

I love this product! This is the essence/serum from the same line as the Guerisson horse oil cream. This product makes my skin incredibly smooth and soft, to the point that my makeup has improved greatly. The only downside is that it doesn’t do anything for moisture (hence the -0.5 stars), although I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

Brand: Guerisson (parent brand Claire’s)
Name: Guerisson 9 Complex Essence
Amount: 120mL
Actual Weight: 316g
Current Price in Korea: 26,970₩

Once again, I will be including lots of pictures of the packaging, just in case there are any fakes out there and people need something to compare against. Mine is authentic and was sent over by a friend who had purchased it from Olive Young. Olive Young is an official retailer for Guerisson products in Korea.

Here is the box it comes in and its corresponding dimensions:

The front of the box and its logo:

The back:

A closeup of the back's text (notice the Guerisson sticker on top):

The product amount is written here:

The barcode on the bottom of the box:

The top of the box:

The inner flaps has the word Guerisson on it:

The bottle is made of sturdy glass and the logo is slightly embossed:

Here's the back of the bottle:
I didn't include a closeup of the text, but it's the same as on the horse oil cream, with no capitalization on "made in korea."

Here's the bottom:

And the cap, which is made of aluminum:

The bottle's opening is quite wide:
Because of this, it's easy for a lot of product to spill out. Pour slowly and tip it back as soon as you have a little on your hand!

It has a medium-strong scent of animal fat. It reminds me of cutting beef, but I don't find it at all off-putting. It’s not a “sharp” scent; it doesn’t smell like perfume, herbs, or chemicals.

It’s a thick, goopy, clear liquid. It drips out slowly and forms viscous puddles in my hand.

viscous puddles:

dripping down on my hand:

how it looks when I smear it:

How it feels on my face: It doesn't absorb particularly fast. It also doesn't feel hydrating or moisturizing. It does, however, feel a little mattifying. Since this is a thick liquid, it sort of absorbs the wetness from my previous toner and my Honey Bomb. Here's how it looks when I apply it (and only it):
Not much added moisture or dewiness, as you can see!

My skin felt much smoother the very next day, and even more so during the next few weeks. Whenever I’d go to wash my face, my entire face (including my flaky nose) would feel incredibly soft and velvety. However, if I skipped using it for a day, my skin wouldn’t feel as soft that day. It would feel soft as soon as I started using it again, though.

After the first 2-3 weeks, my skin no longer felt wowingly soft like it had before. Not to take away from this product, though; it was still very soft! And my skin would continue to feel soft even if I skipped a couple days in between. Here is how BB cream, which usually looks terrible on me, compares after using this product for 1.5months:

a closeup:
I think the pictures speak for themselves here! My makeup applies a lot nicer now.

I love it and highly recommend it! Here’s to hoping it works as well on you as it did on me. ^^

Thanks for reading ^^

July 29, 2015

The power of eyebrows (Me with 5 different eyebrows)

I had some fun playing with different eyebrows the other day! Eyebrows play a large part in our expression, and I think the following photos illustrate that well. Here is me with 5 different eyebrow variations, and looking quite different with each one:

Eyebrow #1: The Mona Lisa
Okay, technically, this is No Eyebrow #1!

This is me before brow makeup. People act like having no eyebrows is the worst thing in the world, but to be honest, I don’t think it’s that bad! It could be that I’m so used to it by now, but I think it has a unique appeal to it. It’s expressionless, so it’s almost a bit “clean” in that aspect (minus the hair growing in, lol.) I've gone outside like this before, except with bangs. It reminds me of Ben Linus from Lost XD

Eyebrow #2: The Asian
I hope it’s not racist if I call it that. Certainly anyone can have these eyebrows; I just associate them most with Asian makeup, that’s all. ^^

I’m not a huge fan of these brows on me, simply because I have a low brow bone. The eyebrows end up being quite close to my eyes, and it looks a bit…manly. If you stare at me long enough, I almost look like a boy with long hair!

And with the contrast against my round eyes, I also feel like Bernie from Sesame Street:

Eyebrow #3: The Pinocchio
These eyebrows started from my Pinocchio look from last Halloween.

Unlike the last pair of eyebrows that contrasted against my eye shape, these eyebrows accentuate them. They give me a soft, docile, almost surprised look. They also make my face look narrower than the straight-across brows, which made my face look flat and wide. (Scroll up and check--they do!)

These are my personal favorite! They do look a bit cartoonish, but I like that sort of thing.

Eyebrow #4: The Scarlett Johannson

These eyebrows give a somewhat intense, “electrifying” gaze. I personally think I look angry, as if I’m about to pounce on you for offending me. XD These brows were inspired by this picture:

Eyebrow #5: The Ginty Banks

These eyebrows are an in between of all the ones before it. They’re not too strong, and my expression looks pretty neutral overall.

They were inspired by Annie Rose Buckley, the actress who played Ginty Banks in the movie “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Which one is right?
I personally think that #5 looks the most harmonious against my facial features, HOWEVER! I also genuinely believe that there are no rules when it comes to makeup. People should just do whatever makes them happy. Some people want to look trendy, and others want to look their optimal selves.

For me, it’s about expression. So instead of which eyebrow is "right," it mostly depends on what look I’m going for that day, be it androgynous, cartoonish, serious, or just “pretty.” Each aspect of your hair and makeup goes into creating the image you are embodying that day, and eyebrows are but a mere piece of that puzzle.

And at the end of the day, trends change, moods change, and faces age. So whatever your priorities are, it's good to re-examine your brows and play with different shapes every now and then, just to make sure you're in tip-top condition. That’s my opinion, at least! And plus, it's super fun :3