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I’ve been working for about a week now as a sub teacher, so today being a national holiday I decided to treat myself to some products that I’ve been eyeing for a while. (Also I was encouraged by the final season of Parks and Recreation where Donna and Tom Haverford do what I like best, under the universally accepted declaration- TREAT YO’SELF!)

Plus, everything was on sale. It was just a winning combination.

I haven’t started using any of these products yet but I did sample what I could in store so here is my honest review:

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These cute little egg shaped puffs (what a jumble of words) I got from Tony Moly with no obvious reason but that I needed something to apply my etude house blur cream. I like that the packaging comes in a sealable bag, which I might use to keep these things clean should I be on the go. I like the feeling, it’s very soft and moist almost, but the smell! Phew. It smells strongly of plastic. You can smell it mostly when it’s right by your nose, which, unfortunately, is where these little bitties are supposed to be used. It’s durable. It could be better.

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Next, the Tony Moly back gel eyeliner! I’ve finally jumped into this bandwagon. I’ve continuously heard that this little magical eyeliner pot right here is one of the most affordable and beloved eyeliner products in Korea. I was looking for something softer than my bold black liner, so I picked up the common brown one right here. I like how they smell the little pots of product without the top (which is a brush) for cheaper. They had various shades of basically the same thing, three versions of brown and three versions of black that didn’t really appeal to me. Just a straight brown. All I need.

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Makeup shopping in Korea is impossible for the indecisive ones since nearly all the shops are side by side, each blaring their 30~ 50! 70% sale signs! After hesitation (and exiting the store) I returned to get this little eyeshadow here. It’s in the shade ‘tea rose’ and to me it’s a beautiful mixture of pink and brown that I think will be perfect as a base or a simple and light eyeshadow look.

IMG_9842The design imitates pantone’s color palette chart. It’s pretty cute. If anyone wants to see a swatch leave a comment and I’ll get it for ya.

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Next! (The rambling continues) I got the Missha Professional eyelash curler. They offered two types but the assistance promised that this one was muuuuch better. I believed her. It comes with two extra black rubber things to replace it with. I got it because my plastic Innisfree one broke and I heard that this was the cheaper Shu Uemura option. I believe it. It fits my Asian eyeshape perfectly, lifting up my stiff lashes into a gentle c curl. However, it is a little stiff and small on my hands, which I find hard to believe because my hands are particularly teeny. It might be challenging for people with even normal sized hands to use it with maximum comfort.

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Next are some fashion pieces! I got this beautiful lace clutch bag in the Accessorize sale. It’s got a clean silver chain which I’ve tucked away inside. I think it’s perfect to add some class to evening events.

IMG_9831IMG_9832The bracelet with the cute tassels I received as a gift from my cousin who stayed with me for a couple of days. I’ve been loving the tassel detailing in the jewelry nowadays and the sweet soul actually remembered me saying this. The handmade bracelet is vibrant and should be a perfect pairing with my affinity for dainty silver jewelry.

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I got this white doctor’s coat looking shirt/jacket from a Valleygirl sale. It’s clean cut and professional looking in the front, but I love the parting on the back with the little lace detail that shows through. I thought it would be perfect for a summer dress cover up or with the casual skinny jean.

Finally, one of my favorite products, a folder of Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki! His productions are the summary of my childhood, and though I was mostly startled and afraid of them, my mom would only rent out his animations, perhaps to make me feel more close to home. Anyway, Princess Mononoke, even at a young age, I knew was a straight up #girlboss.

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And that’s all folks.

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Incheon, Korea//Date on the Moonlight Path

Hello everyone! The weather in Korea is steaming hot, but it’s definitely better than to all my summer breaks here. Maybe it’s because I go about building-jumping between air conditioners. Anyway, this got me reminiscing of early spring, on one of my dates with my lovely boyfriend when he taught me how to long board.IMG_6030

He left the longboard for me at home to try out but I’m too scared after hurtling down a small but significantly terrifying hill.

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We decided to take a stroll away from campus after a long week of college toil. The beautiful flowers were just beginning to fully blossom and the colors were just stunning! The trail is actually a bike trail that follows a little river, and the sight of people gently canoeing down the stream and pet owners jogging their dogs made for an energetic and peaceful afternoon.IMG_5998          IMG_5919

I recommend this path during the budding seasons to clear your head after being cooped up all day.

This abundance of flowers allows for a unique and heartfelt flower ring!    IMG_5928IMG_5916

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HRE Zimbabwe// Day amongst the flowers

Confession: I have a strong affinity for flowers. So imagine the delight when I finally returned home to Zimbabwe for a sunny winter, quite different from the shivers in Korea! I visited the local organic market held nearby my house where the ordinary parking space was dotted with homemade pastes, cookies, meringues…homegrown flower pots and all the sort!

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Passed by a beautiful flower shop in Arundel village that’s been open all throughout my childhood

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Right next door, in a beautifully quaint cafe we ordered some deliciously frothy chocolate milkshakes and croissants filled with fresh vegetables. An aesthetically pleasing day all round.

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Korea: Gwanganli Beach and Dadaepo Beach, Busan

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When I first came to Korea, I made an obligatory trip to the second biggest city in Korea, Busan, where I was born and raised till 3, and most of my family resides.

My cousin (who shares a whopping 16 year old age gap with me) treated me to lunch at a bustling double story cafe right in front of beautiful Gwanganli beach. The toast, omelette and sausages were reminiscent of home, and the atmosphere was relaxed for couples and families. On the beach, there always seems to be a lot of functions, such as beach volleyball or mini music concerts going on. I think it will be useful to check the events out to determine which ones you want to attend (and similarly, what to avoid!)

As night began to sweep into the sky, there was a sudden emergence of many provocatively cladded young women and men, who were probably looking to have an enjoyable evening in the notorious line of bars and clubs.

 Meanwhile, at Dadaepo Beach they were hosting there Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dreams festival, an hour long water show, dancing flamboyantly to some of Korea’s most known and beloved tunes.

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  • Free admission
  • First come first serve seating
  • Relaxing, magical and perfect for chasing the heat away!
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Vibes

Today I woke up in a fairly good mood. I rolled over, picked up my phone, and was instantly thrown off-multitudes of messages glared at me and bleated angrily for my attention. My sister confessed recent challenges to the family, my friend stressed over her injury which she partially blamed me for, and everything seemed pretty gloom and doom. Almost immediately, 5 minutes into my day.

I admit one of my weaknesses to be being easily affected by the moods of others. I know the coin phrase nowadays is ‘good vibes’, but I’m understanding it’s importance increasingly so. Even if the person lives in a different continent across the wide sea, their bad day instantly permeates and makes my day alike.

It is pretty pointless to let myself be so vulnerable to the emotions of others, especially when it is so personal that it is difficult to know how it evolves for them. They may be over it in a few hours, but it will cloud me the entire day.

It’s important for me to find an equilibrium in myself. To find the balance of peace and happiness that cannot be dismantled by my love and feelings for others. It’s a challenge to do, but I guess the best option is to just shake it off (yay T. Swift, ever the poet)

I read in The Happiness Project that my relationship should not be the dumping grounds of emotions. It rang in me because often I’d fully lay bare all my emotions to my boyfriend, thinking that it was necessary and easier for him to understand why I’d be in certain moods. However, I just realized that I’m doing the same as others are doing to me. I find it tricky also the difference between confiding in someone and dumping your negative energy onto them.

I’m not sure, I’m just trying to figure things out.

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Hello World

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It’s been almost a year since I’ve properly updated this blog. It’s been a long time coming. There were times where I’d recall with quite the pang how much I enjoyed and needed to express myself in a blog, but I was often too busy and many times too afraid to come back to this platform. I’ve just returned from my trip in Busan a week into finishing my first year at Yonsei University. I finally found the soul’s leisure to pick up some books from my to read list, and top of the list was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Now, though I would call myself a scholar I admit that it is difficult to force down informationals in a summer read, especially on arbitrary tips on ‘how to be happy.’ However, I’ve heard some rave reviews about it, and I must say that I do agree. It is simplistic, experimental, and life changing.

It is pretty tough trying to stay afloat as a new adult, thrust into the city alone and unknowing, and often against my will I find myself feeling grumpy and defensive against the world. Reading this book reminded me of the little pleasures I have in life, and what keeps me gentle and humble. It struck me how similar my life is to that of the author, having an affinity to the languages but directing myself towards law instead, the short anger spouts and most of all, simply trying to live and enhance a life that is already pretty worth living.She started a blog despite her doubts, and so I’ve decided to do the same.

It is a great summer read, and recommendable to anyone.

Look forward to my Busan trip post!

Thank you everyone who has stuck around,

Sincerely,

Me.

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Timidly greets with one paw

It’s been forever and a half years since I’ve written on my blog. So many things have happened, regards to school, family and people in general that it’s impossible and dreary for me to even think of trying to summarizing it again in one blog post.

Most excitingly, I believe I am in love, an emotion unfamiliar to me when it is shared with a lover.

My third nephew was born tonight, a few hours ago but I am, unfortunately, half way across the world and unable to gaze upon his little face.

Things are going well at school.

All is well.

And that’s all there is to life right now, at this present moment. Just throwing out my little content paws into the universe. Yes life, I embrace you.

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