Thursday, August 30, 2012

Don't Let Go

Before my summer internship becomes an irrelevant topic on this blog, I wanted to share the design I created for my program. The purpose was to create a design that speaks out about a certain societal issue or charitable cause. There was a competition for best design, and though I did not win, I really really enjoyed this project and what it did for myself personally.

The topic I chose was something really close to me, depression.

Don’t Let Go: In a day and age where so much is at our fingertips, there are still millions of people suffering from depression. And thousands of people who commit suicide every year. Whether it is because of bullying, societal pressures, failure or love, it is all such an agonizing feeling. People are put down by societal pressure, familial pressure, and above all, internal pressure. We have come so far, and yet we are so fragile. I am trying to speak to these people and tell them, Don’t let go. Don’t let go of your life. Don’t let go of your love. Don’t let go of everything you’ve worked for. Don’t let go of your dreams. Don’t let go.

This was such great therapy for myself. I've come such a long way, struggled so much, and I don't want to waste all that I've done for myself. This surprised me because it helped me think about so many things.

I pulled images I found online and did this all on Photoshop over the span of a few days. It was actually my first time using Photoshop too. It was such a learning experience both personally and technically. Despite my whole description, what does this design say to you? I would really love to know.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Instant Happiness

I went to HMart (a Korean supermarket) this past weekend for the first time in forever. HMart is always so generous in giving free samples for customers to try. I went out on a mission to try all their offerings on the floor. I sampled udon noodles, dumplings, more dumplings, some salad, and a bunch of other things. As long as it was food and free, I shoved it all into my mouth. I was in heaven. Delicious, Korean heaven.

And then I found this.
And I sampled it.
And I threw it into my shopping cart.

It? What is it? It is this. This. This is instant tteokbokki. *cue dramatic the heavens have cleared music*

From my experience, actual tteokbokki usually consists of rice cakes, fish cakes, and sometimes cheese and noodles, all covered in a sweet and spicy sauce. It is a magnificent concoction, and I cannot make it. I've tried...and failed so so miserably. So when I saw this, I was immediately drawn to its microwavable (!!!!) capability. Whoever thought up this idea is a damn genius.

The little pack comes with a bowl, rice cakes, sauce, and a cute little fork. The bowl has a lid with a whole in the middle for steam to circulate. Following the instructions on the sleeve, I prepared to devour this spicy, chewy goodness.

First, you dump the rice cakes into the bowl. Then, you add the sauce. I only used half of the sauce packet and that was more than enough. Lastly, you put the lid back on and pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds. You take it out, mix it all up, and dig in!

I can only imagine how healthy this is for you, but all in moderation, right? I shared this with my mom. It's nice to satisfy those occasional, sudden cravings once in a while! ;)

Also, I made a new banner! How does it look? I'd been wanting to make a new one for a while, but never got to it until yesterday. Still not very satisfied with it, but it will do for now until I make one with actual polka dots! Have a great week ahead!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

An Outfit at Sundown

Okay, first. Stop what you're doing. And click play on this video..


Think about the world. Think about your life. Think about your friends. Your family. Think about all the sweet memories you've made. And all the sweet memories you're going to make. Go out, stare at the sky for a few minutes. Listen to the bustling city. Listen to the trees swaying in the wind. Listen to each breath you take. Take in all the sights and sounds of your life, your neighborhood, your town, your city...and cherish it. It's quite beautiful, isn't it?

Now proceed and have that playing in the background while you read this post. :)

The sun was about to set, so I thought it would be nice to take some pictures of my outfit. The pictures would have this nice romantic glow to them because of the setting sun. And for once, I was wearing an outfit that looked decent...although I kind of just slapped it all together. It seems the best outfits are always an accident for me?

My hair is getting quite long!

A nice Boston sunset.
Shadows of the jungle gym -- I took these pictures in a playground.
Sorry about the naked face.
You can see my TOMS tan line!
I tried to pose, but ended up just looking quite awkward. // The clouds are perfectly wispy.

Cardigan - American Eagle, T-shirt - H&M, Floral skirt - Forever 21, Flats - Old Navy, Satchel - H&M.

I hope you're having a great weekend! Yesterday was the last day of my internship and it was quite sad. I'm not very good with goodbyes and I just didn't know what to say when I parted with my co-workers. I really can't believe this summer is already over. It’s a peculiar thing getting to know other people for this short period of time, starting to like them, and then having to leave at a designated time. You knew that last day would come eventually, but you really didn’t want it to come. There’s this fixation that you don’t really want to let go of just yet. It was only 7 weeks and yet I grew attached to this place and the people in it. Handshakes and hugs and thank you e-mails…it’s all over now. And I’m just thinking, was it all a dream?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Magnetic Magic

What is this!? A rare nail polish post from Maggie? 


Enter: 17 Magnetized Nail Polish in Grey. I received this from Jian a while back, but me not being a nail polish person, never got to trying it until today. I mean, the only thing I ever do to my nails is cut them. (Alas, I am too lazy.) I guess I was feeling a little curious today. Sorry about the sloppy application by the way, I literally have not painted my nails in years.

This specific brand is from the UK (I'm assuming), but these magnetic nail polishes have been popping up in drugstores over here already (I know Sally Hansen has some). The cap comes off and there is a magnet on top. There's also this very helpful little thing-a-ma-bobber jutting out of the cap for you to lay on your finger, which keeps the correct distance between the magnet and your nails. I was pretty doubtful about whether this measly-looking magnet would work...but boy, was I proven wrong.

The nails seem to be reaching for their lovely faucet counterpart.

The color of the nail polish itself is a nice steel gray with a fabulous metallic finish. It applied very smoothly and was opaque in 2 coats. I do quite like it on its own. It's a nice dark color, which is probably not the most fitting to wear while it's still summer but I digress.

Left: 2 coats un-magnetized, Right: 2 coats magnetized.

When magnetized, that distinct tiger bead-like pattern magic! I was so amazed at every single nail when I lifted up the magnetic cap. It turned into more of a black with gray currents rather than the original gray with black currents. 

Two things though: 1) you have to do one nail at a time, or else the nail polish will dry up before you get to magnetizing it, and 2) "hover" the magnet stationarily. I figured these out too late, hence my entire left hand.

Yeah, that wasn't on purpose. 
But yes, I will be wearing my nails like that. Have you tried magnetized nail polish yet?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

3 Looks, 1 Infallible

Remember how I raved about some L'Oreal Infallibles a couple months ago? Here I am today to show you just how much I love the one in Smoldering Plum. It is so unbelievably versatile. I created 3 looks using solely the eyeshadow (and of course, a few different lip products).

Feast your eyes on this chameleon of an eyeshadow!

1. bold purple winged liner, 2. an actually "smoldering plum" smokey eye, 3. everyday brown.

Sorry about the weird scowl in the middle picture. I was trying to look fierce and angry or something...yeah, that happened. I wanted each look to have a different feel: the first would be bold and edgy, the second would be sexy and more undone, and the third would be light and refreshing. I even put on different shirts for each look! In all three looks, though, the focus was on the eyes.

Here are the products I used:
  • L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Smoldering Plum
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre (look 1)
  • Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Soft Nude (look 2)
  • Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Born With It (look 3)
  • Maybelline XXL Pro Volume Waterproof Mascara in Very Black (look 1+3)
  • A variety of brushes (ecoTools, Essence of Beauty, The Body Shop)

Look 1: Bold Purple Winged Eyeliner
Here I used Smoldering Plum as eyeliner. I used a thick eyeliner brush to build up the intensity of the eyeshadow, and then a thin eyeliner brush to get a more precise wing. I also used the thicker brush to drag some of the color down to the bottom lashline. The focus was the eyes, but I wanted the lips to still have a little bit of color with Revlon's Nude Lustre.

Look 2: "Smoldering Plum" Smokey Eye
In this look, I used the Smoldering Plum as a dark, pigmented eyeshadow. I packed on the color with a flat shader brush and blended out the edges with a fluffy rounded brush, creating a nice gradient effect. It was a rather (intensely) "undone" eyeshadow look so I skipped out on mascara.

Look 3: Everyday Brown Eyeshadow
I went for a more toned-down, everyday look for this last one. I used Smoldering Plum as both eyeshadow and eyeliner. I dabbed just the tiniest smidge of color with my fluffy blending brush and buffed it out all over my lid, which created the prettiest purpley brown. I used the thin eyeliner brush again to apply the eyeshadow as eyeliner onto my bottom lashline. Then I applied mascara to the top lashes only and a bright lip color, et voila!

This was one heck of a workout! Changing shirts and doing my hair and doing all these looks -- but it was so much fun! Do you see how awesome this eyeshadow is? I shall stroke it lovingly! Anyway, I CHALLENGE YOU to do 3 looks with ONE EYESHADOW (only)! Well, if you want to, I mean, I'm not forcing you...but it's totally worth it!

In other news, I am finally braces-free!!! I got my bottom braces off yesterday. 5 years and 3 months, and I'm finally FREEEEEE (with straight teeth)! So I'm sorry for the yellow teeth, I will be working on that in the coming weeks and months, hehe. It feels so weird having an entirely normal, metal-free mouth now. 

I hope you all had a great weekend because well, you know I did.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Hey y'all! 

I can't believe summer's almost over. I don't want to go back to school and go through the dreaded college process yet! This summer has definitely been one of the most different summers for me yet. It's been such a new experience for me. And it's gone by SO fast. Excuse me while I go grasp onto as much of the summer I have left as possible. Here are some recent happenings in my (sadly ending) summer.

Recently listening to:
Passion Pit's new album Gossamer; this album is just amazing. Period. I've been listening to it on repeat for the past two weeks. Above is one of my favorites from the album (though they're all basically my favorite).

Recently purchased:
Dunnies; I collect mini toys (mostly Domo), and my friend was selling his repeat Dunnies so I decided to get some of his. They're so adorably small and intricate at the same time.

Recently read:

The Stranger by Albert Camus; this was one of my summer reading books for school. It was surprisingly a really really good, "short and sweet" read. The story progressed quickly and the whole mood of the book was quite...unsettling. It made me think and made me not want to think at the same time, yet I really enjoyed it a lot. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, but intense/involved read.

Recently been enjoying:

Painting!!! I found this untouched set of watercolors from one of those kiddy artist sets lying around my house. They actually aren't half bad! Blasting music while painting has been such a great escape for me lately.

So that's what I've been up to this past week. What have you been up to recently?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Rose Gold Craze

I've noticed that in the past year, rose gold has become quite popular amongst bloggers, Youtubers, and well, general trend-conscious people. I see countless videos and posts with recently acquired rose gold accessories and bloggers dawning said rose gold accessories (namely those Michael Kors watches). And even more recently, the obsession has crossed over into makeup.

Rose Gold
I cracked open my Polyvore I hadn't touched in 2 years for this. Can you feel the dedication?

Lately, I've been hearing and reading a lot of bloggers ooh-ing and ahh-ing at how such and such makeup product "looks almost like a rose gold color." It's a pretty interesting obsession. I personally don't own any rose gold things (though it'd be lovely to own just one), but I can see why it's getting so crazy.

Rose gold (also known as red gold and pink gold) is a metal mixture of gold and copper, which explains the rosy hue. The more copper there is in the mixture, the more intense the red color is. So with that in mind, I decided to mix up some "rose gold" myself...using makeup. Shall we begin?

And indeed it created some rather pretty pretty shades.

Center: L'Oreal HiP Shadow Stick in 'Unmistakable', Clockwise from top: MAC 'Springsheen' blush, The Body Shop 'Sundown Glow' Trio, Benefit 'Nice Melons' eyeshadow, MAC 'Evening Aura' eyeshadow.

I used Unmistakable as a base to create the rosy hue. I then layered the products over the red base. I chose these more orangey shades instead of an actual gold eyeshadow because I felt that a gold would just completely mask over any red I'd add to it.

For the Sundown Glow trio, I swirled all three shades together to create a pretty bronze color to lay over the base. This little experiment produced quite the variety of "rose golds." I was already ooh-ing and ahh-ing by the time I laid the first shadow over the red base.

A tiny bit of fun: I just had to do a mini photo shoot with this little structure I made with the products. Balancing the eyeshadows on top of the rounded top of the trio proved to be quite the challenge. But I conquered it in the end, huzzah!

Now, finally to the swatches. Feast your eyes on some lovely rosy metallic-ness!

 L-R: Sundown Glow, Springsheen, Evening Aura, Nice Melons, all on top of Unmistakable.

The Sundown Glow trio created a really gorgeous rose bronze. The Springsheen combination turned into a pinky rose shade with a gold sheen. The two eyeshadows produced much more "rose gold"-like shades. Evening Aura leaned more gold with an understated rosy undertone. The combination I liked the most was Nice Melons on top of Unmistakable. Not only did it create the best "rose gold", it also had the prettiest finish. Nice Melons itself already has *the prettiest* iridescent sheen, and so paired on top of the red base, it created a phenomenal, glowy rose gold. 

So, now I must ask, have you tapped into the rose gold craze? Do you have a rose gold-like makeup product?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Remember when I went to Puerto Rico?

Remember me? Yeah, I don't either.

Hi! Hey! Hello! Howdy! I'm aliiiiiive! Sorry for the sudden disappearance, everyone. Things started picking up really quickly at my internship and well, the Olympics started so...there was no blogging for me! I'm loving it at my internship, though. I'm soaking in SOOO much. I've definitely gotten a taste of the work world and (hopefully) what my future will be like.

Anyway, back to the post...the long-awaited Puerto Rico travel diary post!!! (Note the multiple exclamation marks. Hence, you should be very excited.)

It's your lucky day because you're in for a bunch of photos!

The gorgeous beach.
Garlic chicken and chili, I believe?
I fell in love with their narrow streets and colorful houses.
Old Fort San Juan.
Inside one of the dark was oh so ominous and spooky (not my cup of tea).
For some reason, there was an iguana roaming around the fort!
Crashing waves are gorgeous, no?
Old men socialize at a cafe during lunch.
An authentic Puerto Rican dish: Mofungo (it was very yummy).
Gift shops are always so overpriced. I thought these were pretty cool.
And these masks too.
Their water system is quite interesting.
"The Cloud Forest" was eerily beautiful.
L: these newts were everywhere! R: The waterfall was absolutely breathtaking.
Our hike to the waterfall was well worth it!
I just love this shot...not even edited at all! The water lookit lookit!
Had a layover in wonder it's called the city that never sleeps.

And looky looky, I made a video too! Experience 5 minutes of my 5 days in Puerto Rico (yeah, I totally planned that). Kind of like a vlog but not really because I don't speak in it, still do watch! Puerto Rico's definitely a beautiful place: full of character and friendly people.


I hope you got a gist of my experience in Puerto Rico through this post. If you ever get the chance to, definitely definitely visit it one day. It may be rough around the edges in some areas, but well, any place is.