Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Review by Kelsey Hamaguchi

Hello, it's been awhile since I've done a product review, or even updated for that matter. I got to try out two Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayons thanks to Crowdtap. I was sent the colors (earth) quake 41 - dark brown and Pink of Me 59 - powder pink, pictured below.

 

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When it comes to eyeliner,  I never venture away from buying blacks. I owned a purple eyeliner by Urban Decay years ago, but I haven't used any colored liners since. I was really excited to try these liners out because I've read good things about them. The reviews are true! These liners apply so well because of the gel formula. They glide right on with no tugging. The packaging is sleek and convenient with the twist up crayon and sharpener. I haven't worn eyeliner much lately since it's been so humid and I don't want to end up looking like a raccoon by the end of the day. I decided to try these out and they didn't budge! I applied the dark brown to the top of my lid and used the powder pink on my waterline to help brighten and widen my little Asian eyes.

 

I know it's hard to see the liners, but it's there! Dark brown on the top lid and powder pink on the waterline.  

I know it's hard to see the liners, but it's there! Dark brown on the top lid and powder pink on the waterline.  

Overall I'm very pleased with these eyliners. They're on the pricier side at  $25 a liner, but I think it's definitely worth it! I will probably be purchasing more of these in the future since they're creamy enough to also be used as eyeshadows. Five out of five stars from me!

 

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Acceptance. by Kelsey Hamaguchi

Alright, it's been a good two months since my last post, and no, this isn't a product review. My heart has been so heavy lately in light of all the recent events that have been happening in the world. This blog however, has nothing to do with any of that. Sorry for the misleading start, but I've never been a good writer and it's been forever since I've written anything other than an email saying "Please see attached. Thank you!" 

I just wanted to take some time to write this post about acceptance. What I mean by acceptance is accepting yourself, flaws and all, for who you are. I have always had anxiety over my appearance because of the way people treated me while I was younger. I hated my flaws (and still kind of do) and desperately did what I could to change them. I straight-permed my frizzy wavy hair, I shaved my too hairy arms, and I hid behind my hair because "my nose is the size of Jupiter." (As Georgia said in Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging). I was young and naive and just wanted to fit in. I wanted to be treated like my peers and not be called names associated with my flaws. I believe these taunts and insults contributed greatly to my depression and my lack of self-worth. However, once I accepted myself for who I am, all I could do was laugh at the insults. I know I'm never going to have silky smooth hair, arms that don't grow hair, a nose the size of a button, a flat toned stomach, or boobs that aren't as flat as a twelve year old boy's chest. However, I accept myself for who I am. I am unique and I am me. While yes, I still flat iron my hair, contour my nose to the best of my amateur ability, and workout here and there, I accept myself. Nothing anyone says or does can change that. Remember, you are beautiful. You are your own person and as long as you accept yourself, who cares what other people think? People still come at me with comments about the size of my big ass nose, but you know what? I don't give a flying fuck. Yeah, I hate the size of my nose and know it's enormous, but I'm okay with it. If I were to do something as drastic as getting a nose job, then I'd only be giving in to those who insult me. I'm fine with who I am and if people can't accept that, then I don't need that in my life. If you're going to message me out of nowhere talking about my big ass nose, you best believe I'm just going to roll my eyes and laugh. If you're so petty to think that making a comment (especially when it's been months since we've talked), a cheap shot at my looks are going to break me, you're wrong. As hard as it can be to remember sometimes, I am beautiful and I am strong. I want you all (or whoever is reading this) to remember that. You are strong and you are so fucking beautiful. You don't need to rely on those who don't matter, who try and tell you who or what you are. Yeah, you may be flawed, but that's okay. Aren't we all?

I just wanted to take some time to write this post about acceptance. What I mean by acceptance is accepting yourself, flaws and all, for who you are. I have always had anxiety over my appearance because of the way people treated me while I was younger. I hated my flaws (and still kind of do) and desperately did what I could to change them. I straight-permed my frizzy wavy hair, I shaved my too hairy arms, and I hid behind my hair because "my nose is the size of Jupiter." (As Georgia said in Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging). I was young and naive and just wanted to fit in. I wanted to be treated like my peers and not be called names associated with my flaws. I believe these taunts and insults contributed greatly to my depression and my lack of self-worth. However, once I accepted myself for who I am, all I could do was laugh at the insults. I know I'm never going to have silky smooth hair, arms that don't grow hair, a nose the size of a button, a flat toned stomach, or boobs that aren't as flat as a twelve year old boy's chest. However, I accept myself for who I am. I am unique and I am me. While yes, I still flat iron my hair, contour my nose to the best of my amateur ability, and workout here and there, I accept myself. Nothing anyone says or does can change that. Remember, you are beautiful. You are your own person and as long as you accept yourself, who cares what other people think? People still come at me with comments about the size of my big ass nose, but you know what? I don't give a flying fuck. Yeah, I hate the size of my nose and know it's enormous, but I'm okay with it. If I were to do something as drastic as getting a nose job, then I'd only be giving in to those who insult me. I'm fine with who I am and if people can't accept that, then I don't need that in my life. If you're going to message me out of nowhere talking about my big ass nose, you best believe I'm just going to roll my eyes and laugh. If you're so petty to think that making a comment (especially when it's been months since we've talked), a cheap shot at my looks are going to break me, you're wrong. As hard as it can be to remember sometimes, I am beautiful and I am strong. I want you all (or whoever is reading this) to remember that. You are strong and you are so fucking beautiful. You don't need to rely on those who don't matter, who try and tell you who or what you are. Yeah, you may be flawed, but that's okay. Aren't we all?

(Sorry for the random photos, I just need something to break up all this text!) Even though my tenses are a jumbled mess, I just want to be sure that I'm making the slightest bit of sense. I want to be sure that everyone realizes that they're unique in their own special way, even if no one else sees it. And when all else fails, there's beauty in the breakdown. When you finally get to that point of hopelessness, sometimes it's easier to see what you've been missing all along. Take it from some who's been there, someone who's beyond flawed physically and emotionally. You are beautiful. You are so fucking beautiful.

(Sorry for the random photos, I just need something to break up all this text!)

Even though my tenses are a jumbled mess, I just want to be sure that I'm making the slightest bit of sense. I want to be sure that everyone realizes that they're unique in their own special way, even if no one else sees it. And when all else fails, there's beauty in the breakdown. When you finally get to that point of hopelessness, sometimes it's easier to see what you've been missing all along. Take it from some who's been there, someone who's beyond flawed physically and emotionally. You are beautiful. You are so fucking beautiful.

o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons by Kelsey Hamaguchi

Haven't posted a review in a long time since most of the product I've tried out recently were gummy vitamins. Lol. Anyway, here's a semi-awkward product review. I'm here to review o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons. I have no problem with talking about feminine products, but I know a lot of people who are ashamed/easily disturbed. 

Anyway, I received a box of the o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons (pictured to the right). As you can see, the tampons are very discreet and tiny, which is why 40 of them are able to fit in this small box! Personally, I've always been a fan of tampons with applicators, but I have heard a lot of good things about o.b. as well. Smiley360 gave me the opportunity to test it out and see what the hype is all about.

Here are some things about o.b.® Original™ Super Tampons:

  • For moderate flow days (between 9 and 12g).
  • The soft, classic feel of o.b.® Original™ Super tampons—sometimes it’s good to stay with what you love.
  • o.b.® tampons are designed to help stop leaks by expanding all around to custom-fit the shape of each woman, all in a less wasteful no-applicator design.

The verdict?

I can't say I liked these tampons. I was super excited about having less waste and being able to fit more in my purse, but when it came to the actual product I was disappointed. Maybe it's just me not using the product correctly, but after testing it out for a week, I just missed my Platex Sport tampons :( The one concern I had was not having an applicator, which seemed unsanitary to me. While I didn't get any blood on my hand while using the product (thank goodness), it is likely it could happen by accident. Another problem is that cotton (or whatever material is being used to make the tampon itself) does not "glide" like an applicator. What that means is if your flow isn't pretty heavy chances are this is going to hurt a bit going in/won't go in all the way. I had the issue of not being able to comfortably position the tampon no matter what I did. It's probably just user error and I will definitely try again next time around, but overall, I'd have to give this product a 3/5. Thank you to Smiley360 for letting me try this product out for free!

Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan Review by Kelsey Hamaguchi

I'm back with another Crowdtap review! I've been testing out the Almay Healthy Glow Makeup + Gradual Self Tan foundation for about two weeks now and I'm ready to write my review.

I received two different shades: light and light medium. I tested out both shades, but found light medium works better with my skin tone. I was intrigued by this product because it's something different - a foundation that's supposed to gradually give you a tan!

Here are the benefits/claims taken from the Almay website:

  • Makeup benefits:
    • ‒ Medium coverage foundation perfects skin
    • ‒ Skin looks flawless and luminous
    • ‒ All day wear
    • ‒ Broad Spectrum SPF 20
    • ‒ Dermatologist tested
    • ‒ Hypoallergenic
    • ‒ Available in 3 shades: Light, Light/Medium, and Medium
  • Gradual self tan benefits:
    • ‒ Natural, healthy glow remains after makeup removal*
    • ‒ Overall appearance of bare skin is improved
    • ‒ Long-lasting, beautiful results remain up to 3 days after discontinued product use
    • ‒ Natural looking color
    • ‒ Low to no odor

Now for my review. Pardon the before photos with no makeup on. Haha, I know I'm wearing the same tank top. Anyway, Personally, I don't see much of a difference. Maybe it's the lighting, but even in person, I don't see any changes. The consistency of this foundation is my least favourite thing. It's so heavy and TACKY. I honestly cannot stand when foundations are sticky when I apply them to my face. I have combination skin, leaning more towards being oily. I always apply a primer before my foundation and found that no matter which primer I used, this foundation would still sink into my pores and fine lines. I'm already self conscious about my pores, so this is definitely a negative. The last negative thing I have to say about this foundation is that there is a distinct smell that I guess is the self tanning product? I've never used any self tanners, so I'm not too sure...the smell is definitely more prominent in the light/medium than in the light shade. I don't want this review to only focus on the negatives, of course. I do like the glow that this foundation leaves when applied and I also like that there's SPF in it. Overall, I really wanted to like this product, but it just didn't work for me. It's a really neat concept, and I'm sure with a little work, it will be an effective product in the future! Thanks Crowdtap for letting me try this product for free (:

 

the first two photos are from about seven days of using the foundation and the last two are from this morning, which is almost two weeks of using the foundation.

I'd give this product three stars out five.

Product Reviews? by Kelsey Hamaguchi

Recently I've been into trying out new products and have been able to do so thanks to sites like Crowdtap and Bzzagent. I figure I can post my reviews here since I rarely update anymore...I need to get my creativity back and create new content. In the meantime though, why not do some product reviews! Haha.

Crowdtap gave me the opportunity to try out Silk's new Protein Nutmilk. I already purchase Silk soy milk and almond milk, so I was excited to try out this new product. I received my coupon for a free carton and went to Safeway to redeem it since I was out of almond milk anyway. I finally tried out the Protein Nutmilk last night when I got home from the gym. I had a killer shoulder/tricep workout and needed my protein shake. I've been using Optimum Nutrition Gold Mocha Cappuccino mixed with either soy or almond milk in a Blender Bottle. Mixing the whey protein with Silk Protein Nutmilk is now my favourite way to drink my post workout shake! The texture is so light and fluffy and the flavour is so creamy and delicious! I'm obsessed with this products and definitely will be repurchasing over and over again :D 

"I am constantly torn between wanting to improve myself and wanting to destroy myself." by Kelsey Hamaguchi

Just read this quote a little while ago and it really resonated with me...I've been so focused lately on trying to get my life together. I think about the time I wasted over the past three years...pretty much destroying myself. I graduated, came home, and continued living like an irresponsible preteen. I put off the job search after being rejected and pretty much gave up, settling for the restaurant industry...a job I hated that made me miserable all the time. I put the job search on the back burner, not even applying for ones that appealed to me because I didn't want to be rejected. I convinced myself I wasn't good enough, yet I looked at everyone else getting hired at jobs similar to ones I've always wanted and wondered why I couldn't be as lucky. I fell into the trap of making fast money and not not being conscious of how much I was spending. I'm kicking myself for not saving the entire time I was making good money. However, I'm grateful for the experience I had because it gave me the opportunity to work on my weaknesses and helped me come to the realization that money isn't everything. I know, I just talked about saving and what not, but I'm so much happier doing the things I enjoy that the lack of money almost makes up for it. I've had to do a 180 with my lifestyle and am still in the process of changing, but that's how life goes. You need to constantly change and grow to adapt with whatever situations are thrown your way. Anyway, now I'm focused on improving myself. I want to be better for me. I want to prove to myself that I'm capable of doing all the things I've always wanted to do. However, I've been so busy playing catch up with my finances and getting my responsibilities in check that I've thrown myself back into depression. I'm happy with where I am in life, yet I'm too busy worrying about other things to just enjoy it. I'm destroying myself again. Now that I recognize what I'm doing, I can work on fixing it. 

Anyway, that was a long boring blog post. Here are some photos I took a couple weeks back at Wa'ahila Ridge, all shot with the Rokinon 14mm lens. Unfortunately we started the hike later in the day and the sun was setting when we reached the top, making it difficult for me to get the right exposures. Pretty bummed golden hour happened while I was surrounded with trees and I was more concerned about getting back to the car before the park closed. Haha. Oh well, it was fun and beautiful, and I definitely want to go back again!

Lanikai Pillboxes by Kelsey Hamaguchi

I wanted to upload these photos earlier, but I forgot...as usual. I went out to Kailua on Christmas Eve and hiked Lanikai Pillboxes. Unfortunately I had to turn around after the first pillbox since I was short on time. Either way, it was still beautiful, as usual. I tested out my new 14mm lens for a bit and I'm not really satisfied with the photos that I took. I'm hoping it's because I'm terrible at manual focus and just need to practice. Here are some panoramas I took. Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas! (: Can't believe it's almost New Years already...

Three days have passed... by Kelsey Hamaguchi

And I haven't updated like I said I would. Haha, typical Kelsey shenanigans. I don't have much content to upload here and I really don't have anything worth while to write about either. I did however get my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens in the mail today! I'm pretty stoked to start playing around with it. I'm so used to only shooting with my 50mm, so this is a huge change. I needed an affordable wide angle lens and this seemed to be the best option. I need to get used to manual focus though, which is hard cause I always think I'm in focus, when In reality, I'm not. Hoping to try it out tomorrow or next week (: I'm super bummed my Amazon package isn't arriving in time for Christmas. I placed the order a week ago and it didn't ship till two days ago. I have Prime, but it doesn't matter since Hawai'i doesn't get the same advantage of 2 day shipping :( UPS got my hopes up and I got an updated arrival date, which was supposed to be today, but then somehow my package went from Washington to freaking KENTUCKY! That's the opposite direction! Now it's not scheduled to get here till Tuesday :( I guess I lucked out with my camera lens since it was supposed to arrive on Tuesday. Shout out to Adorama for quick shipping! (: Anyway, this is just a jumbled random post, so I'm going to end it with some photos from Canada. Lots of noise in the photos since they were mostly shot at night with no tripod and my shaky hands. Enjoy!

It's been a while... by Kelsey Hamaguchi

Well damn, the last time I posted on my blog was two years ago! Two whole years has come and gone already...Can't believe the last post was during Hawai'i Fashion Week. Can't say I've done anything as creative as I did back in 2014, but I'm hoping that'll change. Just to add some content, I decided to do some edits of when I went to New York/Canada/San Francisco back in June for my sister's graduation. Here are some random photos I took of her during the trip. I'll be sure to update more often! Not that anyone reads this...hahaha.

Conscious Designers Hawai'i Fashion Show by Kelsey Hamaguchi

This past week has been chaotic, full of sleepless nights, but overall an amazing time! I have never experienced fashion week before, so this was definitely new to me. I have never given up so many shifts for work as I have over the past month or so, but it was well worth it. Now that it's all over I'm able to finally get some rest and get back to working and making money, cause Lord knows I need it. Anyway, I'm really blessed to be a part of Conscious Designers Hawai'i and thankful for everyone who helped to make our progressive launch party a successful one! Can't wait to see how CDHi progresses in the future (:

Here's a photo set from our fashion show this past Saturday. Thank you to all the designers, models, hair stylists, make up artists, and volunteers! (: