Video Diary of Our Trip to Long Beach (Goonies Pics Included!)

For Christmas, my parent's purchased everyone a getaway trip to the beach, which was sooooo generous and awesome! A few weeks ago Aaron and I took our trip to Long Beach Washington and stayed at an incredible little place called Inn At Discovery Coast. It was a glorious getaway~ quiet, relaxing, and super fun.

Here's the video Aaron made of our trip:

Music: "A New Horizon - Tavnazian Archipelago" composed by Mizuta Naoshi

Big, big, BIG thank you's to my parent's for making the trip possible!!! ♥♥♥

I Learned How To Do Makeup From Japanese Fashion Magazines

The title is a true statement.

While I went to a couple Mary-Kay parties in high school, I didn't actually learn how to get the cute looks I saw in Teen Magazine to transfer from the pages to my face. I wasn't allowed to read Vogue and Seventeen, so I can't comment on their makeup tutorials for younger gals, if indeed they had them.

Fast forward a good couple of years, Aaron and I are in Osaka Japan for our Honeymoon. In what has come to be my most favorite shopping area ever I've ever been to in my life, I came across and open aired bookstore with dozens of fashion magazines out front. There on the table I saw magazine after magazine that looked like the Japanese counterpart to Vogue, Cosmo, and the like, but there was one major difference: some looked liked they were stuffed with tiny boxes with large rubber bands around them to hold them close.

Assuming the items that were featured in a bubble next to the cover model *might* just be inside I decided to buy a couple. I mean, if this magazine really had a pair of flip flops inside, and if that magazine had a cute little tote bag inside... well.. I'm down! Turns out, I was completely right!

Not only did I score of the awesome loot that was included in the magazine, I found multiple makeup and hair tutorials. And by tutorials, I mean 4 - 12 picture step by step instructions. And my many, I mean 3-4 makeup tutorials and 4-5 hair tutorials.

I have never seen this in an American magazine. That's not to say they don't exist, because I don't subscribe to any so I have no idea. has some video tutorials, but that's all I know.

Anyways. Back to the topic at hand. I brought a couple magazines back from Seattle and I wanted to share them with you.

I actually don't know the title of this magazine, (I've never bought it before) but it has Koda Kumi (who I dig) on the cover. Plus neat loot so I had to grab it.

What is in this the box!?

A bag! Yay!

Like this cool cape? Here are three different ways to wear it.

This sweeping braid super pretty. Want to know how to do this look?

Read right to left. There ya go. Quick and easy. Add a flower bow or lace hair clip for accent.

Curious how to get this hair AND makeup look?

Here's the item's used for the look, and step by step instructions on how to get the look yourself.

Cute braid! Want! Subtle makeup! LOVE!


What's going on here? I see cute braids, but not quite sure how...

Don't be intimidated!! You are four easy steps away from having your hair look this great!

Getting a bit hungry from having your mind blown from all this awesome stuff?! No worries, this mag's got you covered.

Cut, bread, fry, saute, serve, done.

What do you guys think? Isn't this really cool!? I have two more magazines with pictures I want to post, but I will save that for a part TWO blog post later on (sometime soon). It's, like, 11pm and I want to go spend time with Aaron. Hope everyone is having a super duper Wednesday night! Love you!

P.S. I filled my bag!

Late Edition of Makeup Monday

First off, how can I begin to thank each and every one of you for your incredibly awesome and supportive comments on my last blog post?

That post was a little bit hard to write- I hadn't posted something so personal to me before. Between the comments here, tweets, emails, and phone calls, I know it was the right thing to do and feel encouraged and pumped about it.

Thank you! Thank you! I love you!! ♥

The Self Love Revolution reminded me of something I wanted to post about for a while~ Benefit's lip and cheek stains. I have been wearing these for a while paired with Neutrogena MoistureShine lip gloss for a while now and love it. Today I figured I would feature these in a makeup tutorial.

For this tutorial, I am wearing Benefit's ChachaTint, which is a peachy-orange color and Benefit's newest tint, with matching Neutrogena's MoistureShine in "Smimmer" lipgloss.

A: cream-pink eyeshadow
B: dark brown-gold eyeshadow
C: brown eyeliner
D: brown mascara
E: Benefit ChachaTint
F: Neutrogena MoistureShine in Shimmer

With A cover your entire eyelid. Add B On the outside corner of your eyelid. I was going for a "cat eye" look so I went up and out at a slight angle. Using a clean finger, blend the dark shadow inwards, creating a gradient effect between the two colors. Make sure to blend any harsh lines.

Next dab a little bit of the Chachatint (E) onto your finger. A little goes a long way with this stuff so if you are nervous start with tiny amounts and work your way up to an amount that you are comfortable with. I use my middle finger for this part.

Put half of this amount onto a finger from your other hand and apply lightly to your cheeks. Use your ring finger to blend blend blend. If you have any extra on your fingers, apply this to your lips. Add more tint if necessary. Then add the matching gloss (F) and you're done!

This look is pretty bold for me, but I think I'll get used to it the more I wear it. Lipstick Revolution GO!

Peach lip color is really popular in Japan and isn't seen often very much over here. Maybe I like it because it isn't a color you see a lot of women. I often use peach-orange lip and cheek color when I'm wearing clothes with dark blues or olive green colors, but I think it could look great with other colors as well.

Do you have any certain colors that you wear when you are wearing certain clothes?

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