YUMMY! Empanadas!

LOOK!!!

Don’t these look YUMMY????

I tried my hand at making empanadas! I guess empanadas are stuffed pastries made in Latin America and other countries…??? Please correct me if I’m wrong!

One of the non-beauty blogs I read is smitten kitchen. This recipe was taken from there!

The filling contains ground beef, onions, tomatoes, chopped olives, and chopped hard boiled eggs.

I also made the pastry, but I couldn’t take any pictures. Taking pictures when both of your hands are covered with flour is just too difficult for me…

Apparently I have a thing for dumplings!!!

Hmmm… what to make next week???

xoxo, K

BIG ANNIVERSARY!!! ::applause::

This past weekend was a big anniversary for me.

My 1 year smoke-free anniversary!

Yes, it’s been a whole year since I picked up a cigarette!!!

I’ve never been a big smoker. I used to smoke a cigarette when things weren’t going so well in my life and I was really stressed. I’d have 1-2 cigarettes a day for about a week and then I’d throw the rest of the pack away. I’ve never smoked an entire pack of cigarettes.

The legal age to smoke in Japan is 20, but…yeah, you get my drift. I’m 27 now. You can do the math.

My best friend has a huge impact on my life. He is the one person I can talk to about anything, good or bad. He would tell me he was proud of me when I did well, something no one has every said to me, even my parents (yeah, typical Asian parents – I know you guys understand!)

One day, when I was having a lot of trouble at work, I told him I wanted to smoke again. He then told me something I didn’t know before – that a few years ago he had lost his father to lung cancer. He said to me, “I’ve lost one person I love to cigarettes. I don’t want to lose another.”

That was all it took.

A few days ago, someone at work who I used to smoke with offered me a cigarette. They were really expensive cigarettes (like x10 the normal cost) that someone had given him. I realized then that I hadn’t smoked in an entire year. I could look him in the eye and say, “No thanks, I’ve quit smoking and I’ve been smoke-free for an entire year.”

If you are one of the lucky people who has never given in to the temptation of smoking, I applaud you. Staying smoke-free has been very difficult to me. I did not think I was hooked on to nicotine since I was never a heavy smoker and I never had trouble throwing away a pack of cigarettes. What I didn’t realize was how the addiction was really in my head more than in my body.

It’s still hard not to smoke when someone offers me a cigarette. But I know that my best friend will be there for me so that I don’t give in. And I know I will not smoke again.

You know who you are…
If you ever come across this…

THANK YOU!!!!

xoxo, K

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!

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?

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