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13 September 2014 @ 08:27 pm
As some of you may be aware, Arashi is performing in Hawaii next week. For the month of September, there's a pop-up shop in Shirokiya where you can get concert goods. I bought a bunch today, so I have some samples to show.

I'm taking orders for these IF:
1) You live in the US, or have someone in the US I can ship to
2) You can pay me upfront for goods/tax/shipping. I will probably ship everything in flat-rate boxes because it's convenient, fast, and cheap compared to most shipping, so please assume shipping will be $10-$15, unless you buy something really small that fits in a small box. Payment will be through Paypal.

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I didn't buy any shirts, but the size is on those pamphlets. They looked to be size small from what I saw at the shop.

Here are prices with tax:
T-shirt: $33.51
Aloha shirt: $35.60
Uchiwa: $7.33
Clearfile: $7.33 each
Penlight: $19.90
Temporary tattoos (set of 3): $4.19
Tote bag: $21.99
Hooded towel: $34.55
Scrunchie: $10.47
Playing cards: $6.28

The Arashi store is open until the 28th, so please get me your orders some time this week, so I can pick them up before it closes. If for any reason what you want isn't available, I'll refund you. :) Please don't pass this around - this offer is only for people I know here, Twitter, or Facebook.
this wizard is a bastard~!
09 September 2014 @ 06:04 pm
Trying to get back into blogging by talking about things I'm interested in, so let's talk skincare!

Moving to a new climate/location really killed my skin a few years ago. I had had some problems before, especially with dry/flaky skin, but it wasn't too bad. But then I moved to a warm, tropical climate, and my face exploded. My t-zone got all oily, my scalp and eyebrows started to get some dry patches (and I mean patches, where the pieces of skin flaking off was the size of a grain of rice or more... ehm, tmi?), and I started breaking out more than I had in years! Trying to find a solution, I stumbled onto Skincare Addiction on reddit.

Yeah, I know, reddit. But like many parts of the internet, there are shiny pockets of awesome to be found among the filth. Reading up, I learned that my skin was dehydrated, and I really needed to reassess how I treated my face. Here's what I've found that works for me:

1) Cutting out physical exfoliation! I had been using the ubiquitous St. Ives scrub for your face. Bad! The crushed-up shells found in the scrub are too jagged and abrasive, and can cause microtears in the skin on your face! (It is good as a foot scrub, though, so that's where the rest of my bottle went.) I've switched to chemical exfoliation, which is a lot nicer on my skin.

2) Oil cleansing! Cutting out cleansers (or only using them to clean off oils) has done wonders for my face. There are numerous methods, but I just massage my face with oil for 30 seconds or so to remove dirt and makeup, then use my cleanser to clean the oil off. My face feels fresh and clean, and not stripped and squeaky.

3) Sunscreen! ...Yeah, I know. I live in Hawaii, but I wasn't very diligent about putting sunscreen on my face. But now I use it every day!

This is my routine as of now.

*Cleansing: Splash face with water OR if my face feels gross and sweaty after sleeping, use an emulsifying oil cleanser. I'm using Julep's Bare Face Cleansing Oil at the moment, because it came in a box.
*Exfoliating: Paula's Choice BHA 2% lotion. I just started using this, so I'm not quite sure how I like it yet. The lotion is nice, but it's a bit difficult to rub into your face without getting white streaks, and I'm not sure how effective it is against spots yet.
*Sunscreen: Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel SPF50PA+++. I'm on the fence about this one. I bought it while I was in Japan, but I think this is causing me to break out a bit more than usual around the jawline. I'll finish this bottle, and then go back to the Biore Sarasara UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++ which I adore. If you've had trouble using sunscreen on your face (and especially under makeup), give this one a try. It's amazingggggg.

*Cleansing: Oil cleanse with baby oil. Clean off with Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash. I've learned that my face does NOT like any kind of foaming cleanser, so this works well for me. Once my bottle of baby oil runs out, I might try the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil (which has now been discontinued), which I bought months ago and then forgot to return, so it's just been sitting in my house, haha. It works well to remove makeup, but when you add water to remove it it turns into a lotion-y consistency, and is really hard to remove. I hope using it to double cleanse (oil cleanse + facial cleanser) will make it usable.
*Exfoliating: Paula's Choice AHA 8% gel. I LOVE THIS. It makes my skin so soft and dewy.
*Moisturizing: Cerave Moisturizing Cream. /r/skincareaddiction swears by this cream, and I can see why. It's super moisturizing, but isn't greasy at all. It's really awesome. I've hooked my husband on it, too. :P

I tend to try new options when my old ones run out, so I may touch on this again when things change. What about you guys? What's your skincare routine?
this wizard is a bastard~!
29 July 2014 @ 03:00 pm
I've been seeing more and more people posting life updates, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon!

• My parents and sister came to visit in May. It was the first time I got to see them all since the wedding. It's fun when they're here because it's an excuse to go do all the touristy things I never do... like go to the Dole Plantation! I also hiked Diamond Head for the first time, which was not as bad as I was expecting.

• Japan was lovely! I got to stay with snowqueenofhoth, and also reconnect with pixisticks and shabzilla and daelite. I also had my first Airbnb experience, which worked surprisingly well! I don't know how comfortable I'd feel using the service in some other places, but for Japan it was fantastic.

My research there was kind of a bust. It didn't help that there was an attack on some of the members the day before I got there. Security was very tight, and I was unable to procure a ticket. Plus, on one of the big days I needed to be out and about, I had a migraine and needed to cut my fieldwork short. :\ I may have to go back in the fall, but hopefully not! I'd rather use the money on a trip back to visit family in NY.

• Work is going okay. I came back from Japan to find out a) my company had doubled in size the month I was gone, and b) my role in the company was changing completely. I'm now a project manager, dealing with regulations and other not-too-fun things, but it beats doing Accounts Receivable! Plus I can still work 30 hours a week, so it gives me plenty of time to work on my thesis.

• ...Let's not talk about my thesis.

• Gaming!! Larry and I got a Wii U, so we've been playing a lot of Mario Kart 8. :D It's one of the few games that I like playing online - I think the fact that you can only speak to other players in prescribed phrases (Okay! Hello! Good game!) is really appealing. We've also been playing Pikmin 3, which is one of the cutest and most beautiful games I've ever played. On the 3DS side, I am working my way through Bravely Default (I am in the really slow second half of the game) and the fan translation of Ace Attorney Investigations 2. Both are really good, but in completely different ways. I'm really impressed by the AAI2 fan translation. I think it might be better written than the official Capcom releases. I also tried to play Dramatical Murder so I'd know what 4_03_am and phonestrap are always flailing about, but the Mac port does not work at all. So I watched a let's play instead... now I know what you all are talking about! :P

That's about it with me. How are all of you? Who's still reading this thing, anyway? As always, if you want to find me in places where I hang out more frequently, you can find me on twitter or instagram or facebook (ask me for the link).
Current Location: Honolulu
Current Mood: contentcontent
this wizard is a bastard~!
04 May 2014 @ 08:32 pm
(Sorry if you see this twice - DW crossposting seems to still not work for me.)

I am off to Japan! I will be in Tokyo from May 27th to June 16th. This is my first time traveling there alone, so I have some questions - any thoughts you have will be great. :)

1) Is Suica or Pasmo the better way for getting around? I don't see myself having to leave Tokyo, so the JR Pass isn't worth it this time. Is one better than the other, in terms of universality? Also, getting to and from Narita, do you have to buy tickets for N'EX or are there other trains to take? (On a related note, what's the best way to get from Tokyo to Narita, as N'EX is only the other way around?)

2) I don't have a smartphone in the US, but I figure I'll need to have something while wandering around, especially since I'll be balloting for tickets and such and will need a way to be contacted. Do any of the combini sell pay-as-you-go phones, or does anyone know of cheap phone rentals? I was looking at some of the phone rental places at Narita, but they seem either confusing or expensive (is it really going to cost ¥100 per character to text?!)

On a related note, how is Tokyo in wifi availability, or does no one know because they always use their phone plans? XD

3) Lodging! Does anyone have any good recommendations? I was looking at this place, but I need to see if they have room available. Ideally, I don't want to spend more than ¥4000 a night, if at all possible. Or... if anyone has a couch I can crash on for even a couple of the days I'm there, I'd be very grateful!! I can pay for food/utilities/whatever. :D
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
this wizard is a bastard~!
06 January 2014 @ 07:09 pm
(This apparently didn't crosspost from DW, oops!)

I opened Dreamwidth, and it asked me if I wanted to restore a partial entry called "It's... May?" Obviously journaling in 2013 was a complete bust. I do want to get back into it for 2014, as I think this will help keep me sane through the thesis writing process. We'll see. As always, the best way to keep in contact with me is through Facebook (ask me for the link) and Twitter (@musikologie).

Since I posted absolutely nothing last year, let's do the year in review meme! 2013 in review.Collapse )
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
this wizard is a bastard~!
01 December 2012 @ 07:01 am
As an FYI: I've privatized most of my entries on LJ. I just want to start fresh :) If there's a post you had bookmarked or needed, let me know and I can change the privacy to f-lock.

I used to do uploads of Christmas music in December past. I'm not going to promise every day (that worked out so well last time...), but I'll try to post at least a few! This first one is a version of "Silent Night" by the Makaha Sons. In this version, the song is sung in English, German, Ilocano (I think, Larry agrees that it's some Filipino language but not Tagalog), and Hawaiian. Enjoy!

Current Location: Honolulu
this wizard is a bastard~!
20 August 2012 @ 09:06 pm
In case you may not have seen, je_holiday is currently accepting sign-ups. They're running until Wednesday. Response this year has been lackluster, shall we say, so please spread the info to any people you think would be interested!
this wizard is a bastard~!
19 June 2012 @ 08:41 pm
I love all of you. <3
Current Location: Honolulu, HI
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic