Happy Aloha Friday: Shooting the Stars

Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone!

Any plans?  If the weather is clear, I’m going to try and get some Milky Way pictures.  Here’s my last attempt:



The colors came out but hoooo, da blurry (my pidgin is atrocious)….Last time, I forgot my remote.  I had to hold it open for 3 minutes by pushing the trigger.  So imagine this: It’s 50 something degrees on the mountain, it is windy and I am shivering….I have my finger on my camera…. *sigh*  Camera shake was inevitable.  Oh well, it was a good test run.

Do you guys take night pictures as well?  It’s actually a bit hard to take pictures like this on Oahu—the light pollution from the city is ridiculous in some areas.  I have to go to the other side of the island, practically.

If night pictures aren’t in the schedule, I guess sunrise/sunset works just as well?  Here’s a shot I got last time:


It’s so beautiful up there!  And yes—we did throw that hard packed snow at each other.  Haha!  Have a great weekend, everyone!


Total Beauty Grab Bag Review – Bombshell/Anti-Aging/Summer Prep

Woo-hoo!  So I got my Total Beauty Collection Boxes (or rather, bags)  in the mail.  I ordered 3 of them (and paid only $20, score!)—-the Bombshell, the Anti-Aging, and the Summer Prep Grab Bags.

I was super curious about Total Beauty—I’ve seen them around but I don’t really see any reviews for them…And $20 for 3 bags with 4-5 items in it (mostly full size) sounded way too good to be true!



I opened the box….and it was a bit of a mess.  B was there—he made several jokes about something throwing up.  *SIGH* Man humor, sometimes.




I was really hoping that the products would be….I don’t know.  In bags?  But I guess not—everything was thrown in (a bit carelessly) so I have no idea what products go with what grab bag.  Supposedly, this is $60 worth of merchandise.

I grouped them as best as I could:


  1. Kitsch Hair Tyes
  2. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Pink Lemonade
  3. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Sorbet
  4. Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in Sea Mist
  5. Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Tradewinds
  6. NYX Roll On Shimmer in Light Blue
  7. Skiinshop Soothing and Smoothing Eyecream


  1. Cotz Healthy Mineral Complex (x 2)
  2. Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer Packets (x 4)
  3. Elan Veda Skim Renue Anti Aging Serum
  4. Juara Candlenut Body Creme
  5. pur-lisse pur-protect Essential Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (x 2)
  6. Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm
  7. Gleam Body Radiance Self Tanner


  1. Semi di Lino Diamante Illuminating Hair Serum
  2. 100% Pure Honey & Virgin Coconut Restorative Shampoo
  3. Nelsonj Argan Oil 7 Styling Conditioner
  4. Nelsonj Argan Oil 7 Hair Masks (x 3)


 That Cotz packaging is so strange!  Inside, it says that you can buy the product at TotalBeauty.com….but this is a sticker, covering up the Birchbox label.  So does Total Beauty get Birchbox seconds, or what?  I really like the Cotz BB Cream because it’s SPF 40 and it’s really smooth—it gives my skin an airbrushed effect with the awesome bonus of sun protection (or is it the other way around?  Haha) but now, in the back of my mind, I’m wondering about the age (and effectiveness) of some of these samples.

Can you kind of make out which items go with each grab bag?  I can!  I’m glad that the Summer Prep included all those sunscreen items—sunscreen is a MUST HAVE for my beauty regimen.  I was rather happy to get 2 tubes of that purlisse sunscreen (their website quotes this product for $55!  What?!  Ridiculous!!!) and those hair masks—it’s been so stinking humid/hot here (90s still!) that I’ve been swimming more.  Chlorine.  Blech.

The Revlon items were just okay for me—I think I might gift them or put them up on a swap site.

So overall, what did you guys think?  I feel like I definitely got my money’s worth (esp with 2 purlisse tubes haha), even if the presentation was a bit lacking.  Not sure if I would subscribe to a regular box/bag service from Total Beauty but I would definitely purchase grab bags again if they did another promo like this one!  Did anyone else place an order?  There were several bags that I was hoping to get but were sold out at the time I placed mine~

Japanese Makeup Review: Dolly Wink Lashes

Dolly Wink is a brand started by Japanese celebrity, Tsubasa Masuwaka, a very popular gyaru.  Gyaru is Japanese Street Fashion, and the term is also used for fashion/pop icons.  To imagine gyaru, think….big, teased bleach hair and LOTS of falsies + wigs!

I saw these eyelashes in a Japanese department store (Hawaii gals—I saw these at Don Quixote once!) and I just had to try them!  The style I decided to try was 09 – Natural Dolly.





And here’s what they look like on:



Please excuse my weird eyebrows.  I’m in a growing out phase!  Haha.  But anyway—these lashes are GORGEOUS.  They’re really natural looking and they’re really comfortable to wear (the strip was super flexible and easy to place).  I love how the ends of the lash tips are tapered because I feel that they look less ‘fake’ then lashes that are thick all the way down.  Natural Dolly is one of Tsubasa’s milder styles—the lashes weren’t too dense or too long, they were PERFECT for everyday wear.  And they really remind me of my lash extensions…awww, I miss those so much.

The Dolly glue was just okay….I prefer Duo adhesive better.  But overall—very nice, Tsubasa!   I would definitely buy these again!

I bought these lashes (came in a set of 4) for about $20.00 but I found them on Amazon for roughly the same price, if you want to try~



DIY Printed Clock

This DIY by PS I Made this (which is one of the coolest DIY Tumblrs) is genius in its simplicity. Seriously! It’d also make super cool (plus easy heehee) housewarming gifts.


Calling all analog girls living in a digital world: put a little boom in your tick tick with this wall clock makeover! We gave a plain old timepiece a graphic upgrade with some rooster print wallpaper from Voutsa; it adds major face value and instantly wakes up any wall.

To create:  Disassemble the clock by removing the cover, clock face and hands. Use a pencil to trace the clock face onto the back of the printed wallpaper, then cut out the circle with scissors. Adhere the printed clock face to the base with double sided tape. Reassemble the rest of the clock, insert batteries and hang where desired.

Isn’t that neat?  Just brainstorming, here:

  • Walmart sells lots of plain, black framed plastic clocks for cheap.  Target has some cheaper black clocks but they also have a small collection of affordable, neat colored ones, too!   I have a green clock from Target, I know they make white, teal, red, black, and…silver?  You’ll have to check your local store or online.
  • I’m thinking that it’ll be easier to switch out that wallpaper with regular scrapbooking cardstock.  Or fabric.  I think cardstock would be easiest.
  • Cool way to dress up your new clock: put accents where the numbers are supposed to be!  I’m thinking flat-backed crystals, some metallic scrapbooking elements…Ooh, this will be fun!

This project is definitely up there in my DIY queue.  Fast, easy, and cheap!  Those are my favorite criteria, haha.  If you do end up making this clock, I’d love to see it!  :3

September 2014 Birchbox: Fashionista Forward Box

I feel like whenever Birchbox offers a special curated box (and gives the option to pick it vs. a regular box for that month), I HAVE to pick it.  I just have to.  I kind of feel that BB makes these special boxes….special?

This month, BB offered the Fashionista Forward box—they partnered up with Fashionista.com!

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What do you guys think?  I’ve actually gotten two of these products in the past…two months or so: the CR Eyeliner and the Naobay lotion.  I actually really like the eyeliner, even if it is in silver—it glides on really smoothly!  I wish it was waterproof though.  I normally wear it by drawing a rough line then smudging it, then neatly defining my lashline with black.

I’m REALLY excited for that dr.brandt kit—I’m hoping that it’s (generous) samples of every item in that kit!  I’m rather fond of dr.brandt products…plus, I’ll be going on a week long business trip and you know how much I love it when BB helps me pack.

Interesting—that conditioner looks like hair spray, but it’s not.  Supposedly it cleans and volumizes at the same time.  Neat? And that mascara—it promises to fulfill the 3 golden ideals of mascaras: curl, length, volume!  We’ll see (I’m partial to Japanese fiber mascaras.  To be fair, I’m using the Makeup Is Forever mascara that came in Sephora’s Birthday Kit for this year and I like it a lot!)

Did any of you guys get a regular BB this month?  I’m kind of jealous!  It’s BB’s anniversary box so they’ll be sending out specially printed ones.  So neat!  🙂