Daiso Haul! Super Kawaii!

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I am really lucky to live in the super culturally diverse Bay Area, California.  As a result of the diversity, there are tons of different culturally centric stores around.  My husband and I happened to be in the Fremont area when I remembered there was a Daiso store nearby.

If you’re not familiar with Daiso, it is a Japanese dollar store.  Almost all of the products in Daiso are $1.50 unless otherwise marked, and the selection of items available is awesome.  They carry kitchen supplies, household items, garden supplies, a gift section, and a BEAUTY SECTION!  You know I made a beeline to the beauty area.  

HAUL TIME!!!

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  Here Are My Purchases All At $1.50 Each:

Three pairs of eyelashes.

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Four Eyelash Cases.  Each case hold 3 pairs of lashes, and a small bottle of lash glue.  I purchased four cases because that is what they had left in stock.  I am looking to keep one or two cases and sell the others because I know this is a desirable case and a lot of people are not fortunate enough to live near a Daiso store.

 

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Two dual eyeliners and two mascaras.  One of the mascaras came with a mirror built into the tube.  The dual eyeliners have a pencil liner on one end and a liquid liner on the other.  

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One BB Face Mask pack.  This is a sheet mask and I’ve been wanting to try one for a long time, I will be reviewing this item separately when I try it.

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Two pack of blackhead clearing strips.  I got these for my husband to try out, I will also review these separately.

 

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One face cleaning brush.  It’s just a pod shaped silicone face brush with a handle on the back.  Not sure how my face will like this but I figured it was worth a try.

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One bunny coffee cup for work.  I loved this mug because it has a ceramic lid I can put on when I am away from my desk.

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I also purchased two folding fans to keep in my purse because I am always hot, and folding fans are classy.  

 

How is your long weekend going?  Have you ever been to Daiso?  Have you tried any of these products before?  Talk to me!  

 

 

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To Fill or Not To Fill In Eyebrows, That Is the Question

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Let’s just start off with a minute of silence and a kowtow to Anastasia.  She IS the QUEEN OF THE EYEBROW.

This woman is the epitome of class.  All hail the queen.

This woman is the epitome of class. All hail the queen.

Well okay, now that we have that out of the way, I’d like to talk about the rest of us, who are likely not queens of the brow.  Even though I wear a full face I do nothing more than use a clear brow gel for my little eye shades, but I have always wanted to do more.  I just don’t like an unnatural brow look, and I don’t trust myself to not be heavy handed when filling my own set of eye shades.

This is what I use.  I was  recommended this by my waxer at European Wax Center.  It works for me.  You can get it here: http://www.waxcenter.com/products/shape-it

This is what I use. I was recommended this by my waxer at European Wax Center. It works for me. You can get it here: http://www.waxcenter.com/products/shape-it

Ever since I have been on Instagram, I have noticed a lot of beautiful brows and crazy technique. Most of these girls are using Anastasia products, most using the Dipbrow Pomade.  This looks like an EXCELLENT product.  It seems like you can do so much with it.  (Get it here: AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

Have you seen the insanely good looking (and insanely bad looking) faded brows?

Bad, bad, bad.

Bad, bad, bad.

Good, good, good.

Good, good, good.

Brows are so incredibly important, and not all brows have to look like the one in the above picture, that’s just what is aesthetically pleasing to me.  Brow shape depends on you face, and/or your style.  But if you’re going to do a particular style of brow, you need to do it good!  

 

 

 

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I really want to learn, but I don’t know where to start.  I guess I need to watch some more Youtube videos and practice on the weekends.

 

Do you do anything to your brows?  If you do, how did you learn, and what products did you use?

My Makeup History: A Retrospective.

How young is too young to start wearing makeup?  If you wear makeup yourself, would you restrict your own daughter? 

As I have said before, I started wearing makeup when I was 12 years old toward the end of my 6th grade year.  I wasn’t full-face then, I started out wearing Bonne Bell Lip Lites in Mocha to the skating rink on Friday nights.

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I didn’t have to sneak around wearing makeup, because my mom encouraged it.  I went into 7th grade wearing Covergirl powder, Covergirl liquid liner, curled lashes, and burgundy Wet n Wild lipstick.  Go big, or go home! 

7th Grade Hotness

7th Grade Yearbook Photo Hotness. I am sad about my self hate words though. 😦  

I greeted 8th grade with a familiarity with blue and white eyeshadow…Yes blue and white.  Even though it was the 90’s it was still pretty garish.  However, my mom did not say a thing and let me continue experimenting. 

 

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I’m 100% sure this is the same exact Covergirl palette I used.

8th Grade

8th Grade

High school brought me into wearing liquid drugstore foundations along with everything else I had already been wearing, and why no one ever mentioned I was wearing the wrong shade from Freshman to Sophomore year is beyond me.  Let’s just say I was very… Pink.

I was on the learning curve...

I was on the learning curve…

Junior and Senior year of high school, I finally got a clue.  My older sister entered cosmetology school, and introduced me to a new better world of makeup.  I started wearing MAC StudioFix powder in NC42 (which I continue to wear to this day.)

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Junior Year. Better, right?

Me on the right, senior year.  Better over time.  I attribute this to starting young, and practice!

Me on the right, senior year. Better over time. I attribute this to starting young, and practice!

Sometimes it amazes me that I have been wearing makeup for a whole 17 years now, and my face hasn’t fallen off!    On a serious note though, because I have been wearing makeup for so long, it is hard to not wear it.  I wake up extra early everyday to put on a full face for work, I wear makeup out on the weekends, it’s rare that my face gets a break. 

I am grateful I was able to start experimenting with makeup from a young age, and not have to sneak around to put it on.  My mom set me up with a positive makeup experience, which is probably why I still enjoy wearing it today. 

Current day everyday makeup look. (No filter)

Current day everyday makeup look. 

If I have a daughter one day, I will let her choose what she wants to do in terms of makeup.  If she doesn’t want to wear any, that’s fine, and if she wants to experiment that’s fine too. 

Did you start wearing makeup at a young age?  At what age did you start wearing a full face?

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Has My Dark Circles Running Scared

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Since my post yesterday was so uninspired and blah, I thought I would try to redeem myself today. 

(Note: I am super passionate about concealer so you will see a lot of CAPS!)

I have STRUGGLED my whole life with DARK CIRCLES!  YESSSS STRUGGLED!  I have always had dark skin, but my undereye circles have always been darker.  I could get ten hours of sleep, and I guarantee you my poor eyes would still look like I really got 3 hours of sleep. 

Always on the hunt for the best undereye concealer, I was in Sephora one day looking at the Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, when a Sephora associate steered me straight to the Nars display. 

I can’t thank that lovely lady enough!

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She showed me Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel.  It was GORGEOUS!  The formula of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is ridiculously thick but in a good way.  It is not a dry formula, so even though it is thick, it does not look cakey.   I have used some concealers that end up drying really matte and settling in my fine lines and making my eyes look more tired and aged.  Nars concealer does not do that.

After using this concealer a few times, I realize that Caramel, which has medium dark yellow and golden undertones is just a bit too dark for me, as I was color matched according to the makeup I already had on, which was a full face.  Side note:  Don’t you hate when they do that?  I like to highlight my undereye area, and not just blend it in, so I think a better shade for me would be Ginger which has a golden undertone for medium complexions.

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This concealer comes with a doefoot applicator which is perfect for me because i can apply it so precisely. 

I love this concealer because I am a full face kind of girl, so for those who don’t wear a lot of makeup, I’m guessing this thick formula might not be for you, however, if you’re good at blending, then it would definitely work out. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer retails for $29, so I suggest you play around with it in store to see if it would work out for you. 

Concealer and foundation are the two items I don’t mind shelling out dough for, and I usually have no regrets.  Will I ever find the perfect foundations and concealers?  Nah, but it doesn’t hurt to keep trying.  😉 

Do you have dark circles?  Do you treat them, or do you cover them up?  Any favorite concealers out there?  Let me know!

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple: AKA My Favorite Red

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Photo from cailyncosmetics.com

I am my most confident and radiant when I have a good red lip on.  I will wear anything from a deep burgundy to a light a bright red and feel great.  

My go to used to be MAC’s Russian Red, until I received Cailyn Cosmetics Lip Balm in Big Apple in my Ipsy bag subscription months ago.  

The title of this lippie is quite misleading, I would not categorize this product as a lip balm.  I imagine they call it a balm because it comes in a pot, but it is not as soft or “greasy” as a traditional balm.  Caily Lip Balm is matte on the lips and this shade is super pigmented.  Also, it comes with its own lip brush built into the packaging!  

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Big Apple smile at my bridal shower last year . (Those are not baby clothes, they’re cat clothes ’cause I’m a crazy cat lady.)

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Always beaming in my red lip. If I was wearing a nude, I guarantee the smile wouldn’t be as wide.

A red lip is good for eating pizza too!

A red lip is good for eating pizza too

The shade of this Cailyn balm is a true red, but can be versatile depending on the shade of lip pencil you use beneath it.  I heard that some people have found this formula to be very drying, but I haven’t had any problems.  I line my lips first, apply a layer of chapstick, then add the Cailyn Lip Balm.  I usually don’t have to apply all day unless I eat something like bread that will touch my lips, or drink from a paper coffee cup.  

This balm is a little pricey at $19 a pop, but there are 18 shades to choose from, you get a lot of product in the pot, and each one comes with a lip brush.  Give it a try!

You can snag them here: cailyncosmetics.com

 

Do you have a color you lean towards?  A certain product you covet?

Makeup Organization-Taking Advice From Other Bloggers

Another blogger posted her tips for organization, and I was completely inspired. (AKA I had to run out and buy exactly what she had.)  

About a year ago, I bought two acrylic cases for my makeup, and I used to keep it on my bathroom counter top, My husband HATED the look of it of the counter, so I had to compromise and take them down.  The cases were really cute, but just did not hold a lot, which was a pain.  I had to store all of my non-essentials elsewhere.

A picture of my small acrylic cases from last year when I had them stored on my countertop.

A picture taken from my personal instagram of my small acrylic cases from last year when they were stored on my countertop.

I started storing my cases in the cabinet below one of the sinks in our master bathroom.  Once it was there, I stopped keeping it organized, and in the last year I accumulated a lot more products. I have so much overflow of makeup the acrylic cases just did not work for me anymore.

My acrylic cases yesterday  right before I reorganized.

My acrylic cases yesterday right before I reorganized.

My overflow goes into my MAC traincase, a basket, bathroom drawers, and a Hello Kitty bag.  It’s just a mess.

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After seeing a blog post about cheap organization from blogger faceoftheday7, (original blog post here), I was inspired to fix my own disorganization problem.  She mentioned she got her own plastic cases from Target, that were twice the size of what I already had.  I went to Target yesterday and picked them up.  

The small case was $6.99  The large case was $9.99

The small case was $6.99
The large case was $9.99

DONE!  I fit so much inside, it's  organized, and there's still room for more.  I do still keep my overflow in the other areas, but I can access more of my makeup easily with these larger cases.

DONE! I fit so much inside, it’s organized, and there’s still room for more. I do still keep my overflow in the other areas, but I can access more of my makeup easily with these larger cases.

The drawers of the new cases are wider and deeper and I don’t have to hide so much of my makeup elsewhere.  I still have overflow, but I have faster, easier access to more of my makeup which is wonderful.

The blogging community is awesome, and I’m glad I could find such an inexpensive solution for my disorganization problem through someone else’s post.  

Where do you keep your makeup?  Are you organized?

Ugh! Coconut Oil For The Hair *Sigh*

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Today I was in the zone.  The house cleaning zone.  When I’m doing a deep clean of my house, I try to multitask, and part of my multitasking today was letting coconut oil sit in my hair and moisturize while I cleaned.

Badddddd idea.  

I get that coconut oil works great for some people, it did nothing for me.  As soon as I applied it to my hair I knew it was going to be a bad idea.  The smell of the coconut oil did not mesh well with my body chemistry and just smelled terrible.

Since I assaulted my hair with my homemade sea salt spray the other day, I thought that it would be a good idea to add some moisture back in.  

My hair before the coconut oil treatment.  This is having slept on it in a claw clip.

My hair before the coconut oil treatment. This is having slept on it in a claw clip.

 

Just applied the coconut oil, already regretting that decision.

Just applied the coconut oil, already regretting that decision.

After applying the coconut oil, I rolled my hair into a claw clip, added a little heat from the blow dryer, and snapped on a shower cap. After letting the coconut oil sit in my hair for a while, I took a long shower, washed my hair multiple times, and let it air dry.

After air drying for a while, I decided to style my hair as I normally do.  I have naturally thick and curly hair, and I normally flat iron it straight.  

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After flat ironing: Gross-ness

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I am super unhappy with the results.  My hair is still heavy and oily at the roots after washing it multiple times.  When I wash and style my hair normally, I usually add Argan Oil to the bottom half of my hair and then heat style and it works out nicely for me.  The coconut oil is just too heavy and did not make a difference in how my hair feels, so the trouble wasn’t worth it for me.  

After styling.  It is hard to tell in the picutre, but my hair is super oily at the roots and heavy,  Not flowy at all  I guarantee if I went outside in the heat, my hair would become an even oilier mess!

After styling. It is hard to tell in the picutre, but my hair is super oily at the roots and heavy, Not flowy at all I guarantee if I went outside in the heat, my hair would become an even oilier mess!

However, coconut oil treatment will work for someone who has really dry hair and scalp.  Since I tend to get oily at my roots two days after washing, I did not need the extra moisturizing.  I will stick to my normal routine.  

 

Have you used coconut oil on your hair or skin?  Is there a lighter homemade hair treatment you suggest?  Will you be washing your hair two days in a row like me?  

Happy Saturday night!