Random Updates (Finally!)


So yeah, even though I mentioned in my previous post that I'm gonna update my blog, I kept putting it off because honestly, I wasn't even sure how to start! There was a huuuge gap between my last decent post in 2013 and the first one this year, and a lot of things have happened, I can't seem to make up my mind which to post. Heheh... *nervous laugh*

So, here we go!

We moved to a new apartment shortly after the New Year. It's a bit farther away from my workplace than the previous one, and there's not much going on here. Quite unlike our last apartment where Araneta Center and EDSA are just a tricycle ride away. But this one's got a lot more space (this is the first time I rented a place with a bathtub yo!) at a lower price, and I'd say it's brighter and more cozy here. I actually like it! And I'm not alone anymore -- I now come home to le かれし and our two dogs -- Kuroko the siberian husky and Yumi the toy poodle. We're like one big happy family, heheh!

But wait, there's more!

Speaking of Kuroko, just this June, she became a husky mama to four super-cute and adorable puppies. They're actually five, but one died during birth, and another one (we named Kira) also died before he turned two months (that was a really sad moment for us)... Only one remained with us, our blue-eyed copper-and-white baby husky, Kaoru.

And since I'm with le かれし now (meaning I can no longer subsist with just instant ramen and canned food or takeout heheh...) I learned how to cook and make something decent. Well, aside from sinampalukan or adobong manok, they're mostly Japanese-inspired fare -- nikujaga, tamagoyaki, onigiri, karaage, kitsune udon, teriyaki rice burger, and katsu curry. Oh, and I also learned making risotto (been watching too many episodes of Hell's Kitchen, hahaa).

Then there's cosplay. After Kenshin Himura back in 2013, I had a lot of cosplans but only a couple of them made it to reality. There's Ririchiyo Shirakiin of Inu x Boku SS (whom I cosplayed, with le かれし as Soushi Miketsukami) for Toycon June 2014, and Tetsuya Kuroko for Ozine Fest 2015. My Lili Rochefort is still sitting in my closet, with only her gloves as the missing part. Hopefully I can complete it and wear it for this December's Toycon. But before that, I still have Final Fantasy Type-0's Queen for Fantasy Quest, and a planned Rize Kamishiro for later.

Finally, what's an update post without showing how I look now compared to two years ago? Nah, just an excuse to post my shameless selcas. もしわけありません...

That's all for now! I'm really sorry for the lack of updates but I'll definitely try to make up for it and squeeze in some time during this week for my next post~



And the Angel has Regained Her Wing...

...and finally made a comeback post, hahaa! Though heck, I'm not even sure how to start.

It's been almost two years ago since my last post in this 'online diary of mine'. Since then, a lot has happened and a lot has changed. I got more preoccupied by other things (priorities, priorities...) but most of the time I'd be just -- well, plain lazy to hit the keys and type something. I mean, I would sometimes feel that composing a single blog post that's worth reading is mentally and physically taxing. I guess I'm the only one? Hahaa... And another main factor is that for some reason, my line of thinking changed a bit. I've even cut down on my ridiculous purchases of makeup and vanities or other things that I'd have minimal use for later on. Now, I let majority of the stuff in my makeup kit get almost empty before I buy a new one. I learned to save and not splurge (or think thoroughly first before I do, LOL). Became a bit more practical I guess?

But you know, it never left me. Blogging, I mean.

I still log in everyday and read the blogs I follow. I never stopped taking and editing photos of events or products (or any other stuff for that matter) that I feel I can write about and share. I'd often draft posts in my head (but unfortunately, never made it to the keyboard). I even changed my layout to get me even more motivated. And then finally, it hit me. I viewed my own blog and upon seeing my old thoughts put into writing, it brought me back to what made me create it. Then I realized I can never really abandon it. This blog is my personal space. This blog is a part of who I am.

Anyway, enough of the drama. I wanna thank all the followers and readers of this tiny blog - old and new, GFC and Bloglovin - for staying. I deeply regret that I was unable to reply to your comments in my posts.

I'll do my best to keep this going - so let's get a move on! An update post of some sort is in order, no?

PS. Hitting that Publish button just feels so great, hahaa~


The Versatile Blogger Award


Heh, I think this the is the longest time I've been MiA. For like what, more than a month? Urgh... I got caught up with a lot more things for the past few weeks, and I have tons of backlogs now that I need to get posted. Heehee...

Anyway, to kick-start things off again, this post is about the award I received from Arya of The Certified Latebloomer -- The Versatile Blogger Award! Yay! Thank you so much Arya!

The rules for this award are:
- Thank the person who gave you this award.
- Include a link to their blog.
- Select 15 blog/bloggers that you've recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile blogger award.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you, 7 things about yourself.

Okay, shall we start?

Once more, thank you Arya, for this nomination! This is really much appreciated, and to be honest, quite unexpected. Heheh~
Guys, please do check out her blog!

Now, for my nominees:
Ekai of Space and Randomness
Reika of Cosplay Rune
Hainrihi of Hainrihi's Discoveries
Winona of Sashimi Dolly
Ile of A Hint of Sunlight
Ada of Ada no Nikki
Bunni Hunni of Bunni Kisses
Arian of Dolcellita
Misha of The Touch of Yellow
Life as Art
Danitza of nyan-dany's blog
The Girl Can Rock
neeyd of mykawaiisecret blog
Thuy Vu of miss17february

Hmm... Seven things about myself?
1. Even though I have verrry oily skin, I seldom get breakouts.
2. I have this habit of picking (though not biting) at my nails when they get long.
3. I like wearing Chuck Taylors with almost anything. Yes, even with skirts and dresses.
4. I wanted to play drums more than anything else, that I considered buying a kit at one point (but it's damn expensive). Now, the only drums I can play is DrumMania. Hahaa~
5. I've always wanted to watch a rock concert. But sadly, it hasn't come true yet. Another entry in my bucket list, heheh~
6. I was a heavy drinker during my college days, heehee... But though I still drink, I now have low tolerance to alcohol.
7. I'm extremely shy and an introvert by nature, but when I'm with the people I like -- it's a riot! LOL!

So, there you go! And also, please do check out the blogs I nominated 'cause they're absolutely awesome!



Rin's Thoughts On: Maple Ice Flower (Bambi) Gray


Happy Sunday, みんな!How's your weekend? It's the start of another workweek tomorrow, ugh... But it's okay because it's gonna be payday for us, heehee~ Which means, I'm gonna be able to buy stuff for our tiny little kitten MiMi. やった!Anyway, I'll make the most out of this Sunday and try to post whatever I can. And hope that I don't get lazy, heheh~

So here's another circle lens review!

Honestly, I can get pretty biased with brands. When it comes to circle lenses, that would be GEO for me. But local online stores only have very limited on-hand stocks of various kinds of GEO lenses in my eye grade, and I'm not particularly one for waiting via pre-orders (unless I really, really want the item). So I took a different turn this time while browsing JapaneseCandy's catalogue, and decided to go with this pair of Maple Ice Flower in Gray.

Maple Contact Lenses are manufactured by Four Vision, a Korean company based in Daegu. It's not well-known yet compared with GEO, and I don't see a lot of their products locally, but it's registered with ISO and CE certifications so I can trust their products.

I got this pair last December, along with another pair of GEO Princess Mimi Chocolate.

I'm blind as a bat without my eyeglasses or lenses...

Comparison with my natural eye. I've got small irises, and these lenses enlarge them well as you can see. In fact, when I inserted one of the lenses the first time I was like "Holy crap! It's freakin' huge..." and thought about not getting 15mm-diameter lenses for a while hahaa!

Natural indoor light

Artificial light

With flash

Closer look...

I've been using this pair since December, and here are my thoughts (with ♥♥♥♥♥ being the highest)...

Maple Ice Flower Gray
Manufacturer/Origin: Four Vision Korea
Diameter: 15mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 38%

Color: ♥♥♥♥
The gray part of the lens looks transparent in the container, but still shows quite well on my dark brown eyes. I actually like it, though I think it would be better if the gray is a tad more vivid. If you're looking for subtle gray lenses, you may consider these.

Design: ♥♥♥♥♥
It certainly doesn't look like a flower to me, it's more like a burst of gray with tiny specks of black near the center which helps in blending with my natural eye color. I think it'll look quite different on people with light-colored eyes. I really like the pattern, especially the thick black limbal ring which makes for more dolly-looking eyes.

Enlargement: ♥♥♥♥♥
The comparison photo above speaks for itself, yes? My GEO Princess Mimi lenses are also 15mm but these definitely look larger. The edges don't show even when I open my eyes real wide, heheh~  Eyemake is a must if you don't want weird alien eyes...

Comfort: ♥♥♥♥
I sometimes feel the lenses shifting in my eyes after inserting them, but it disappears after a couple of minutes. Though the lens itself can be a bit flimsy because it's so soft. Good thing is, I don't feel the edges even if they're 15mm, and they're pretty comfortable that I sometimes forget I'm wearing them. I still need to use my contact lens drops once or twice though, mainly because I'm looking at my PC monitor most of the time which makes my eyes prone to drying and stress.

Overall: ♥♥♥♥♥
I love these Maple Ice Flower lenses! Enough for me to use them almost every work day or when I go out. So yes, this pair made it to my favorites list. And would I recommend them? Heck, yeah!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!



Going Pink Brown ~ Richenna Bubble Color in Pink Brown


Back with another hair color post! Looks like someone's getting kinda addicted here, LOL!
One of the reasons I started coloring my hair is to prepare it for a DIY ombre. I already colored my hair natural brown about a month ago but thought it was still a tad dark, so when I saw boxes of Richenna Bubble Color at Watsons Robinsons Galleria, I thought I might as well change it to a lighter brown. However, this color caught my eye and made me think twice. Pink brown, anyone?

This made-in-Korea bubble hair color boasts of a packaging that is too cute not to be noticed! Seriously, this product has got to be one of the prettiest packaging I've seen. I mean, just look at that kawaii anime/manga-inspired girl! Well, I guess that's just me being an otaku girl talking, hahaa!

The box is well-sealed compared to Etude House's bubble color. It also shows the manufacturing date and shelf life.

The kit costs Php350, and it contains the following:
- a plastic mixing bottle with pump
- a 50g bottle of bubble colorant
- a 50g bottle of developer
- a 7mL sachet of henna therapy conditioner
- a pair of latex gloves and a plastic cape
- instructional leaflet

The texts on the box itself is pretty informative already, and the instructions on the leaflet gives more detail. And everything's in English (yay!), which of course is a plus in my book.

My hair before Richenna Pink Brown.

After putting on the cape and the gloves, I again made sure to apply some petroleum jelly on my forehead, ears, and sides of the face so the color won't stain my skin.

Customary photo before the operation, hahaa! Actually turned this hair coloring session to a sisters-bonding moment...

The instructions are pretty much the same as Etude House Bubble Hair Color. BTW, this is also done on dry hair.
1. Pour the colorant into the white pump bottle, followed by the developer, then cap it tightly. The guide tells you how much is needed depending on your hair length: 25g each for short hair, 50g each for medium-length hair, and 75g each for long hair. I just used 50g because even though my hair is kinda long, it's got a really layered cut so it's not thick.
2. Tilt the bottle sideways to mix everything, make sure not to shake it vigorously. It'll get warm when ready.
3. Start pumping out the foam.
4. Apply the foam on your hair from roots to tips, as if you are shampooing it, making sure to cover everything.
5. I also let the formula sit for 1 hour, while the instructions said 20 minutes. Again, not for more than an hour though.
6. Wash your hair. It will be very rough and coarse, so it's time to use the therapy conditioner. Rinse your hair thoroughly afterwards.

See the results!

In my case, there's not much change but it still depends on the lighting. Sometimes, I can see the pink/red tinge but it's really not noticeable. Either way, I'm still okay with it!

As for the product, I'm pretty satisfied with it. It's just a tiny bit cheaper than Etude House's though they both do the job quite well. It's absolutely affordable and it's got a lot of product -- the whole bottle was enough to let me color my hair and my sister's (the one with the short hair). My hair, except for a bit of the lower part (which is still quite dark), was still colored nicely and evenly. I also didn't experience any allergic reaction or itching, but then again make sure to test it first.

I only have a couple of gripes here. One is, the color stains the scalp a little (though it fades after some washing). Also, be ready to see pink brown-colored water when washing off the color, and may also stain your towel even after rinsing your hair thoroughly. Now, this I don't remember experiencing with the Etude House Bubble Color. Another thing is the henna therapy conditioner. My hair still felt coarse and a bit stiff after using it, unlike the Silky Perfumed Treatment, so it's a minus for me. And don't forget that chemical smell...

I'm not sure if I'll repurchase though, because I'm now planning to go ahead with my ombre. I'm already okay with this as my base color. But for anyone who wants to try this, why not? *wink*