Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick Review (Sepia & Pure Hollywood)

To say the least, this past week was an utter disaster.  Unfortunate events occurring one after another with one being eye stye!  It's one of those weeks where you've had to many things happen that you fear for even stepping one foot out that door and decide to hermit at home.  I'm sure everyone has that one week, month, or--god forbid--year that nothing just doesn't seem to go right.  Just as though you and everything around you were spiraling down a toilet bowl.  Things just seem so tight and tense. Currents too strong to withstand to the point where you simply just have to stop fighting it and let everything flow naturally. 

Into the sewer.

I'm currently out of the sewer and going through some emotional ups and downs.  I started to question if there were any deep explanation to last week's brutality while I stand still amongst the wreckage.  Alright; maybe I'm over-exagerating.  There are a bunch of elements that occurred recently to have me pondering on my life thus far and what is to happen next.  Is this what they call mid-life crisis?   

I feel like I'm digging myself into a depressing post to cutting short, I've been trying to center myself with yoga and occasional retail therapy.  I recently have gotten tired of trying to run through my MAC lipsticks and decided to try something new.

Anastasia's liquid lipstick line is the best thing ever.  I'm not sure how long liquid lipsticks have been around but I have to say that I prefer these rather than the traditional lipsticks.  

Most of the time out of laziness, I hardly wear lipstick.  My lips naturally have a rosy pink tone to it so I end up wearing light makeup and lip chap.  But when I grow tired of my lip color, it's always nice to play around with new pigments.

The first test was Pure Hollywood.  With one application, my lips turned dusty rose nude.  I applied the lipstick as I would with lipgloss; tracing the lines of my lips with ease.  Needless to say that lip liners are not necessary.

A before-after collage.  Middle photo taken indoors and far right photo taken directly in sunlight.  

Here is the color after two applications.  It's almost as if I have no lips HAHA
Although, I do like the nude, no-lip look.  Especially since I sometimes wish I had smaller lips.  

A swatch of Pure Hollywood and Sepia #nofilter

So, Sepia is a more drastic color that seems like a mix between purple and brown upon one application.  

I am quite fond with this color to be truly honest!  I've always been more attractive to darker tones rather than bright colors like hot pink or fire engine red.  

This was taken after I had a meal and drinks.  You can see that the outer lines stay on which is amusing seeing that I did not even use a liner.  Wasn't the darker outline a fad back in the 90s?  Maybe it's time to bring it back 8)

Albeit, there are some pros and cons for this line:

- Long-lasting color even after having lunch
- Easy application
- Liners optional.  I could do without it anyway

- A bit drying.  As you can see in the photos above that there are evident cracks in my lips. 
I will probably have to invest in a primer before anyone quotes me on this.
- Lip markings are left everywhere as would lip gloss.  

What do you guys think of these shades?  I'd love to see more people wearing these lipsticks and hear their feedbacks!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Photoshoot Vlog at Kakaako!

During our photoshoot in my previous post, Julio brought his GoPro Silver to document the whole day.  I've been watching his GoPro videos as well as other travel GoPro videos and it inspired me to get back into Vlogging and I actually did purchase my own GoPro HERO 4.  

I'm super duper stoked to use it during my trip next month to Tokyo.  I haven't been back since I moved to Hawaii and it has been a very long 4 years.  I'm still in the midst of planning it out because it'll only be for a brief week.  Going back through my old post, I really do miss blogging about life in Japan because it was so exciting!  Every corner you turned was a new adventure.  Hawaii is beautiful; but I must say that I'm much more of a city person.  Oh goodness . . .I will stop right there before I ramble on about my life and just get onto the video:

Thanks again, Julio!  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Day Time Photoshoot in Kaka'ako

Bonjour, mes lecteurs belles!
It has only been a brief time since my last post which I am most proud of.  The days are still oh-so-very humid & hot but it doesn't stop me from my weekly sessions at hot yoga.  I finally got back into yoga and promised to commit to it this time.  Not only did it help me lose a couple pounds in the past month, it also helps me release all the stress from the week in a healthy and spiritual manner.  Not to mention that I want to fulfill my lifelong dream of being able to do the splits.  Wish me luck, guys!

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

I had the privilege of another photoshoot this year with my two bros, Julio & Eric.  It's always fun to shoot with these two because I feel like we have a lot in common.  Julio and I are crazy cat humans and would do anything to save all the homeless kittles right meow.  Eric and I share similar interests in Anime and video gaming (although the degree of obsessions differ). Let's just say that we both have Filipino blood in us.

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

We decided our shoot to be in Kaka'ako in an area called "Pow Wow Hawaii" where you can find street art everywhere.  It really makes for some great backgrounds.  It was unintentional how my outfit seemed to go well with these walls.  I tried to wear more colors other than black and white for this shoot.

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

But then again, I can never seem to stray away from my dual-chrome of black and white everythang.  You'd be surprised that this whole outfit--minus the pencil shirt--is from Forever 21.  

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

These days, I find it difficult to pick out anything from there but whenever I do find something, I never question the quality nor price of them.  

Photo by Eric Baranda

And conveniently . . . a black and white wall!

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

I've always found smoke to be very mesmerizing how it clouds up and trails out in little cotton trickles.  Don't worry! There was absolutely no nicotine involved in this.  I've never even smoked a cigarette in my life.  I wonder if that's surprising to everyone who knew me during my rocker/visual-kei days . . .

Photo by Julio Uyesugi

This isn't me but I just had to share this amazing capture that Julio got of his car.

Photo by Julio Uyesugi featuring my new car, Luna

Speaking of cars, I traded in my old Lexus IS for this beau!  You can barely see the car in this but it's a Mazda Sport GT and I love it.  I named her Luna after my cat that passed away just 3 years ago.  I believe that this is the reincarnation of her.  No judging.  And I apologize for the terrible photoshop cover of my license plate.

Photo by Eric Baranda

A near sunset shot by Eric.  I might as well have titled this post as Monica & the cars in her life.  


Photo by Eric Baranda

The shoot was never ending as we decided to get dinner at Kaka'ako Kitchen.  The chicken was really yummy.  I can't wait for our future shoots whenever that may be.  A big "thank you" to my bros for coming out to do this shoot for me so I can have something to post on my blog. 8)

Photo by Eric Baranda

Bonus derp shot. :B

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