My favorite magazine – ageha

There is one magazine that I buy religiously every month. It is called “Koakuma (little devil) ageha”

What makes this magazine different is that most of the models are “Mizushobai” girls. What is mizushobai? Please look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizu_sh%C5%8Dbai
Basically they provide companionship to men in special bars and clubs.

Of course they are very beautiful girls!!! I love this magazine because it is so outrageous. The hair and makeup is waaaaayyyyy too out there for me to wear everyday.

Still, there are a few tips I can get here and there and I LOVE this magazine!!!

How this girl puts on makeup…

A comparison on different girls’ eyeliners

Eyebrows…

Clothing…

Hair color…


This magazine is becoming so popular now and it has a big impact on mainstream Japanese makeup/fashion. For example, falsies are very popular for everyday use because these girls use falsies all the time!

Isn’t it interesting how we all want what we can’t have? I’ve seen American girls buy Japanese magazines ($8 in Japan) for $15 in the US, and some of my Japanese friends buy Cosmo & Glamor for $10.

Me? I have a yearly subscription to Allure. Yeah, we all want what we can’t have!

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My dark pigmented lips…

I have a small problem with my lips, or rather, with choosing lip products.

Apparently my lips are super sensitive. When I use a product which does not work for me, the skin on my lips peels like hell until the product is gone.

I guess I’m lucky that it doesn’t make me break out or bleed or anything like that. My skin just sheds!!!

This makes looking for lipsticks a huge pain. Some lippies just make me shed so much that I cannot use them. Most long-lasting lipsticks are like this. Max Factor’s Lipfinity? The first time I tried it, my lips shed and the color flaked away like the way my nail polish chips away! Ewwww…

The other problem I have is that my lips are darkly pigmented. I have pretty typical Japanese coloring, and the last time I was color matched at MAC I was NC 20.

But this is the color of my lips:
And this is my naked lips! It looks like I’m wearing something, doesn’t it????

Because of this, I have a very hard time finding lipsticks which show up on me. If they do, they are usually really red or something…

Lately, I have begun to wear concealer on my lips, but for previously mentioned reasons, I have to be very careful or else the concealer will flake off…

Here’s a picture of my concealed lips!

For my LOTD pics, I’ll try to show one with concealer and one without!

I like the shape of my lips, and I like that I can wear just a gloss on my lips and it will still look good. Still, I’m envious of all the girls who can just pick up a lipstick and it will look the same applied to their lips as it does in the tube!

Do you have anything special you need to do when you apply makeup?

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Wish list

Note: This is not a “could you buy me this in our swap?” wish list. It is a “Oh, I need to buy this next time I’m in the US!” wish list so that I don’t forget what to buy on my next trip


MAC 109 brush / 129?
MAC 219 brushMAC eyeshadow – Brule, Green Smoke, Swish, Stars ‘n Rockets, Cranberry, Silver Ring, Gorgeous Gold, Swimming, Expensive Pink, Pink Venus
Microplane zester (this one)

My Bath & Body Works wish list is here
MUFE  HD Microperfecting Primer- Neutral
Smashbox Photofinish primer light
UDPP
L’Oreal Voluminous  Waterproof Mascara – Carbon Black
Cover Girl Lash Blast Waterproof (I can only wear waterproof mascaras!)
Urban Decay’s 24/7 Pencil Liner – Zero
Stella by Stella McCartney Eau De Toilette
Lush – Brazen Honey Fresh Face Mask, Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask, Herbalism cleanser, Angels on Bare Skin cleanser
Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector

xoxo, K

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for real this time! YUMMY!!! 餃子 Gyoza (potsticker dumplings)

A few people have asked me about my burn… thank you for your well wishes! It’s about half healed now! And to as what I was doing when I burned myself…

I was making gyoza! Gyoza are Japanese dumplings filled with pork & vegetables. I think they are similar to Jiaozi in Chinese cuisine, since the characters are the same – 餃子. Please forgive me if I’m wrong!

The finished product!!

I had some of the stuffing left over from the previous time I made them, which I had frozen. Yeah, actually I just ran out of gyoza skins last time hahahaha.
The stuffing contains ground pork, minced cabbage, and grated ginger (REALLY important to get rid of the porky smell!!!). I also add some soy sauce to mine. Typically, people add chopped nira (garlic chives) but since I put them in my bento… um, I don’t want people around me to say I have stinky breath!!!

I used the “regular” size gyoza wrappers. Since I crimp my gyozas closed, I can usually only put like a teaspoon of filling inside. If you just close them, you’ll be able to get about 1.5 teaspoons of filling in.

Oh, and the crimping? It’s not difficult, it just takes some practice. My practice comes from helping my mother from a young age…


But I never helped my mother to pan fry them, so I used to be HORRIBLE at this!!! I was never sure how to do it!

Preheat your frying pan and put a bit of oil inside.
Put the gyoza in the frying pan, and add some water so that the bottom of the gyoza is submerged. Put the lid on and cook the gyoza on low heat until the water is gone.
They are cooked through if the skins are translucent.

Then drizzle some oil around the edges of the pan and spread it around – this is what helps to make a crunchy bottom and to make sure they don’t stick to the pan!


I’m not good with non-stick pans and I’m not sure if cooking spray works for the last part!

YUMMY!!!!

I like making these because they keep well in the freezer and I can just pop a few into my bento.

What is your favorite recipe to make? What do you usually eat for lunch?

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MY FAVORITE AGE IS 26…27?

I’m biting the bullet and joining Kristine’s contest. Click here for details!
MY FAVORITE AGE IS 26…27?
I turned 27 a few weeks ago. Last year was the best year of my life, but every year has been greater than the one before, so I expect this year will be even better.Sound cliche? Maybe, but it was really a fantastic year. I had so much fun at work and in my private life.

1. WORK
(for those of you who don’t know, I’m an engineer in a certain manufacturing company. I won’t tell you who I work for, but I’m 90% sure you have one of our products at home. I start up production lines)My 26th birthday was spent on a business trip to Germany, visiting one of our production sites. Since I didn’t know very many people there, I thought I’d spend my birthday alone. It certainly didn’t turn out that way – see the picture below!

One of the girls decided to throw a party for me (I’m 5th from left)


It was great working in Germany – very different from what I’m used to. I spent a month in a certain factory in a very small town in southern Germany!

Another thing that went great was that I finished my project in China! It went fantastically well, even though everyone I worked with was younger than me (HORROR!!!!), they all tried their best. The best part was that they made me feel very welcome and we were really one great team!

Me with my team



2. LIFE
My passion is traveling. Along with my business trips last year, I got to go to so many places and do so many things. IT WAS THE BEST.

Where did I go?

GERMANY

 

PARIS
(Eiffel tower, sorry I’m not in the picture since I was there alone!)

This is a biking tour through Paris – I highly recommend this!!
(I don’t know the people in the pic. They were just in the same biking group)
BEIJING
(Great Wall, and right before the Olympics!)

 

Tiananmen Square

Part of my pearl haul… only part of it!
(excuse the shine. Go to 紅橋市場 for great pearls and great bargaining!!)

 


TIANJIN

(China – I worked there on and off for nearly 6 months!)

HAWAII
(Yes, that’s me scuba diving with sea turtles)

GOA (India)
HONG KONG
(I took these pics from a moving ferry. Sorry if it’s out of focus!)

3. FRIENDS
I made so many good friends last year. Isn’t that the best thing ever?

Some are old friends…

Scott lives in Canada and I only see him rarely – but we met up in China!


Some are new friends…

Amber was one of the girls I worked with in China!


So yeah, last year was truly a fantastic year for me! I’m gonna do my best to make sure that my 27th year is better than my 26th so that next year I’ll be able to say “My Favorite Age is 27…!!”

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