YES this is a scheduled post!!!

I got tagged by Diana, Crystal, Shar and Diana! Yes, I got tagged by both Dianas!! Woohoo!!

What is your current obsession?
Trying to find a new neutral palette. The lead contender is Visee Blackish Eyes B-1

What is your weirdest obsession?
I cannot stand it when my nail polish chips. I cannot stand even one chip. This is why I almost never wear nail polish.

What are you wearing today?
Right now, a T-shirt and shorts. I’m getting ready for bed.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Rice porridge, but made with broth instead of water.

What would make today special?
It is special already. I got a very, very special package from a very, very, very special friend.

What would you like to learn to do?
Do my hair & makeup better.

What’s the last thing you bought?
A mother’s day card

What are you listening to right now?
The fan on my laptop

What is your favorite weather?
Sunny with a slight breeze. The temperature should be warm enough that I can wear short sleeves, but cool enough that I’m not sweating.

What is your most challenging goal right now?
Trying to become a better person.
Interacting with other bloggers has helped, since I am interacting with a wide variety of people. Thank you girls!!!!

What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Diana (mayaari) – I feel a connection with her for a lot of reasons. Thank you for being my twitter buddy!!!
Crystal – a very talented girl! I wish she would post more about her musical abilities!
Shar – I am SOOOO looking forward to meeting you girl!!! (scheduled post, remember?)
Diana (paperdollrevenge) – we’ve been chatting a LOT recently and I LOVE IT!!! Woohoo!!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
The suburbs of NYC, where I spent my childhood. I really miss NYC (the atmosphere and the food the most!!) Either that, or Oahu, Hawaii.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
an announcement saying I’ve been promoted would be nice

If you could swap lives with anyone for one day who would it be and why?
I would love to swap lives with Mona or Fuz and walk around in their shoes! Their beautiful, stylish shoes… ::drool::

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Go shopping at Target in the US

Which language do you want to learn?
Chinese, because it is the most useful language for me at work.

What do you look for in a friend?
Someone who accepts me for who I am, regardless of how fucked up I am.
Someone who I can talk to for hours at a time.

Who do you want to meet in person?
Any of the beautiful blogger ladies!

What’s your favorite type of music?
Alternative Rock. Would it surprise you if I said I was in a rock band for 6 years?

What is your favorite piece of clothing you own?
I don’t have one anymore ::sigh::

What is your dream job?
I am living my dream career right now, including the different assignments that I get within my job.

Any favorite models?
Nope, unless Fuz counts

If you had $100 now what would you spend it on?
I’m going to be hauling more than that in K-Mart alone in Guam. Please don’t ask me what my total hauling amount is going to be! Yes girls, I’ve promised to take a picture with the hauling pose…

Thing you wish you could change in your past?
I have no regrets about my past. It is all part of who I am, and I believe I have made the right choices in my life.

Fashion pet peeve?
I honestly don’t care what other people wear. I’m immune to the girls in China, even the ones who wear bright blue tights with red pumps and have purple hair which is half permed and half stick straight (REALLY, there are girls like this).

My pet peeve about appearances is guys who don’t cut their nose hair. Seeing cute guys with nose hair is soooo disappointing!

Do you admire anyone’s style?
Out of the beauty bloggers…
Pink, for rocking out just about anything. OMG, her contest entries can only be described as ART!

Describe your personal style.
Uhhh…. When I’m at my best at work, I’m covered in grease… so, um, engineer chic?????

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with chocolate, although fruit sorbets are wonderful as well

What is your favorite makeup brand?
I haven’t tried enough brands to have a favorite. For eye makeup, Visee or Kate.

Do you get enough beauty sleep? Yes or no, and why?
No. I have a very good friend in the US who likes to call me during lunch, which is in the middle of the night for me. I wouldn’t have it any other way though, because it is the only time of the day that we get to talk. Getting to talk to my friend does so much more for me in terms of stress relief that I would be devastated if it were to end.

Why did you start your (beauty) blog?
This is another story for another time… because I’m planning to use it for a contest/giveaway!!!

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TAG: What I look like right now

I was tagged by the lovely M and Crystal to do this heart-stopping tag.


I’m at Kansai Airport in Osaka, waiting for my flight… so here we go:


I travel a lot for work, and this is my basic travel attire. I’m lucky that I work for a company that does not require me to wear business attire while traveling.

Navy blue polo shirt
Black hoodie
Puma Slip On Shoes

I know a lot of people say not to travel in jeans, but I really don’t mind.
Here’s my face:
Skinfood mushroom BB Cream (thanks Wuzzy!)
concealer & loose powder
eyebrows penciled in lightly
Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick (ALMOST my HG… if it didn’t smell like rose water…)

I like the Skinfood mushroom BB cream that Wuzzy sent me a sample of, but I do need to wear concealer and powder to hide the redness around my nose. BRTC seems to have better coverage.
Paperdollrevenge mentioned that my eyebrow color is light – as you can see, in this lighting, my hair color is quite light as well.
EOTD is a basic neutral eye using Kate Gradical Eyes in BR-3 (I think), black eyeshadow in the outer corner, eyeliner, mascara primer, and mascara.
I think I want to try a new eyeliner because my Kate gel eyeliner seems to be wearing off easier than it used to. My GR-1 (an olive green color) is OK, but the BR-3 (black with blue glitter) wears off pretty quickly… no idea why.

Sorry M, no “haul pose” since I did not buy anything at the airport, even food…

I was going to buy the Dior 5-color palette I’ve been lemming, but they are $60 at the duty free when they are $56 at sephora.com (which doesn’t ship to Japan).

I promise I’ll take a “haul pose” pic in Guam!!!!

Some people have asked what I put in my plastic baggie to carry on to the plane.
A: Perfume (Dior Addict 2) – nice smells relax me on the plane

B: Sunblock (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70) – the UV rays are strong in an airplane!! Yes, this is smaller than 3.3 fl oz (100ml). It is 3 fl oz (88ml). Of course I’ve checked.
C: ear plugs and eye mask – I’m on a 3.5 hr flight arriving in Guam at 2 AM. I need sleep. I love these ear plugs with strings so that I don’t lose them. I have like 3 pairs on me at anytime. I even use them at work.
D: toothbrush
E: makeup remover – I don’t like the makeup remover sheets that are sold here. I don’t think that they contain enough liquid to remove my makeup gently.
F: Chapstick – with SPF 15. Again, to protect my lips. I like how this smells citrus-y. However, I do not think that it keeps my lips moist.
G: moisturizer – this is from a swap with Linda
H: contact lens case & lens – I wear hard contacts most of the time. I’m not wearing them on the flight, but I do not like to pack them separately for fear of losing them.
I & J: Tylenol – for emergency use. One of them is nighttime tylenol. I’m not sure why I packed a different amount of daytime/nighttime pills. I like to stock up on medicine when I’m in the US because Japanese medicine is around 50% less effective (due to belief that strong medicine does harm to your body).
K: Lipstick – Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Lipstick (what I’m wearing today)
L: Skinfood BB cream
M: vaseline – yes, I wear vaseline on my lips. It is also good as an emergency moisturizer. It’s greasy, but it lasts the longest.
N: Lipgloss – I think this is a Canmake lipgloss, but I’ve had it so long that all the printing has worn off
O: disposable contacts – 1-day Acuvue Define. The ones that make your eyes look bigger. I wear disposable contacts when I’m traveling overnight.
P: Toothpaste
Q: eye drops – Rohto Z Phi. As LadyL says, “it’s like your eyes are on crack.”
As you can see, I pack a lot of stuff in my baggie. Most of it is either for my lips or for my eyes, since those are the two things I really need to take care of.
As for makeup & skin care that I bring in my luggage, I will show that in a separate post!
xoxo, K
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I’m biting the bullet and joining Kristine’s contest. Click here for details!
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.

(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

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?



(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)
(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!!)



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

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

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

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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Wow, I’ve been super bad about updating… But then again, I haven’t bought anything recently!!! LOL

My best friend from middle school emailed me yesterday asking to come over TODAY. She lives in Tokyo (500 miles away) and I haven’t seen her since I graduated from high school. Obviously I’m in a rush to clean my house!! I am so excited to see her later today!

My first award from MiuMiu! Thank you!!!
List 7 things that you love, and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you love! Be sure to tag them and let them know that they have won. You can copy the picture of the award and paste it on your sidebar letting the whole world know…you are Kreativ!
1. Makeup & skin care, even though I’m still learning
2. Traveling! I went to India in February. It was FUN!
3. Shopping!!!!
4. Eating!!
5. Cooking / Baking!! (it goes hand in hand with 4 hahaha)
6. Jewelry!!
7. Talking!!!

Thank you valiohh for this next award!
This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.
When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!”

ten things about myself;;
1. I drink my 2 liters of water daily. It is entirely water or tea. I try not to drink sugary drinks!
2. I have a very big collection of pearl jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, and earrings). I bought them at a market in Beijing, China. Bargaining is the best part – I got most of my stuff for under $5!
3. I moved to Kobe from near Tokyo. This area is similar to the southern US – it is a totally different culture! (and I LOVE it!!!)
4. I read all the blogs in my blogroll daily… but I can’t seem to remember to update daily…
5. Headaches are a part of my life. I love Excederin and I stock up on it when I’m in the US. Recently L introduced me to Aleve. It may be my new love.
6. When I put on my makeup in the morning, I’m usually watching a DVD of CSI.
7. I don’t own a TV. I don’t miss it at all.
8. The first beauty product I ever bought was mascara.
9. I love to see everyone’s EOTD. I try to copy your eyeshadow techniques but I’ve got a long way to go since I used to only wear very natural eyeshadow
10. I recently found my holy grail of pinky-beige lipsticks. LOVE
I’m not tagging anyone since I think everyone has done it already!
Since I’m not wearing any makeup right now (HORROR!!!!), here’s my jewelry from yesterday.
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A quick meme about me!

What’s your favorite eye shadow color to wear?
brown & taupe! I just recently learned what “taupe” looks like… it’s not something you learn at school!

What’s the one product you wouldn’t leave your house without?
vaseline or a similar lip moisturizer. I will buy one if I forget it.

What’s your favorite makeup look – high drama OR natural?
Natural. I still need to build my makeup skills before I can go high drama!

Which feature do you play up the most?
Eyes. The first makeup item I ever bought was mascara.

Which feature do you try to downplay/cover up?
the redness around my cheeks and nose. EDM intensive concealer does a great job!
(yes, a review is coming!!!)

Your favorite makeup brand, if you could pick only ONE to exist?
Kate. Yeah, I know I should say some high end brand, but with Kate I am never disappointed.
I am looking forward to reviewing my Kate eyeshadows, eyeliners, eyebrow mascaras, etc…

Which product have you re-purchased OVER and OVER again?
Clinique moisturizer (the yellow one) in gel formula : Japan doesn’t seem to have non-oily moisturizers…
Hadaken keshosui (“beauty water”) : the big difference between Asian skin care and Western skin care. I really want to do a post about keshosui.

Which product would you NEVER repurchase again and why?

I don’t really remember products that I hated…

One beauty treatment you would always PAY to have done?

One beauty treatment you would NEVER pay to have done?
I am not a fan of facials!

One beauty trick you can share with everyone:
Blast your eyelash curler with air from your hair drier, or run the curler through the flame of a lighter before using it. It will help the curl to keep longer. 5-10 seconds will do the trick, and remember to check the temperature with your hand/wrist before using it. Those things can get hot quickly!!!

Best advice you’ve ever been given regarding beauty and makeup?
Wear sunscreen! Although I have been wearing sunscreen religiously since college, I didn’t wear it in high school and now I have a lot of sun damage.

Hoped that helped you know a little bit about me! xoxo, K

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