Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Spring Sephora VIBR Sale Purchases


Post originally published by Jennifer X on Born Jennius, 30 May 2017.


Last year, there were several makeup launches that I definitely didn’t want to miss out on and I also purchased a few things for friends. Therefore, by the end of the year, I qualified for the Sephora VIB Rouge tier for the first time. I don’t plan on making it a second time, at least not anytime soon.

I thought I would make good use of the Rouge status while I have it, except for the complimentary makeovers because I don’t go anywhere and probably won’t have much use for them. The Spring Sale is for 15% off.

Rouge started shopping on the 18th of April, with VIB on the 19th and BI (for 10% off) on the 20th. Rouge and VIB could keep on shopping the sale until the 24th; BI could shop the sale until the 23rd. A lot of numbers, I know.
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The first items I purchased online because they weren’t available in stores. They were two of the Viseart 12-color eyeshadow palettes in 02 Bohême Dream and 09 Bijoux Royal. I’ve taken note of the favorable reviews of these eyeshadows but what really pushed it over to the “Buy Me (Eventually)” list in my mind was a video that Stephanie Nicole did: [Viseart & Muse Beauty Pro Interview w/ Demo of New Theory Palettes]. To hear about how the company works and how choice the products are among professionals, I was very much intrigued. Eyeshadows are one of my weaknesses when it comes to cosmetics.

Viseart 02 Boheme Dream & 09 Bijoux Royal
The palettes are pricey up front, and so I had originally planned to buy them in the fall, which tends to have better deals. However, Viseart posted in a few Instagram (IG) photos that these two particular palettes (there are 8 others, permanent, I think) are Limited Edition (LE) and will be going into the vault at the end of the year. Also, these two were the only ones that had been on my wishlist for months. I didn’t want to chance them being sold out during the fall deals, so I bought them now. My eyeshadow inventory is starting to be overwhelming for me, so these might be the only two I ever get, but there are others that I might want (much) later.

The Bijoux Royal came with the insert popped up, but I just snapped it in. If I press on it, I can tell that it’s a little loose but I don’t mind it. The shadows came intact, which is the important thing. I didn’t realize the insert was loose until I opened the palette. They’re almost too pretty to touch, but I also can hardly wait to dig into them!
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Rouge could go in store on the first day of the sale, bring a friend who would also get the 15% whatever their Sephora level, and receive a special tote. I don’t have any friends who would be interested in coming with me for such a thing as far as I know, so I went during lunch to the store in the Ala Moana Center (AMC), mainly for the free tote. I’m running out of the color corrector that I have, so I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach, and the free tote. [Note, 20 May 2017: it seems that the color corrector that I’m using up is either being discontinued or repackaged, so it might turn out to have been a good idea that I picked up the UD one at this sale].

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Peach &
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Medium-Light Neutral
I had planned to get at least a drink from Gloria Jean’s, but it’s not there anymore! I’m very certain that I saw it at the AMC last year in the newer section. We used to have one in Pearlridge Center (PRC) years ago and the only thing I would order when I went was their frozen chocolate drink. Maybe I just imagined that they came to the AMC. This has nothing to do with the Sephora Sale, but I wanted to mark it.
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After work, I went to the store in the Pearlridge Center. I usually don’t care for double-redeeming freebies for anything, though I don’t think Sephora has an official policy about it. To me, it’s like taking advantage of a privilege. However, I did so this time with getting another free tote, this time from the PRC store. Since I’m Rouge status for the first (and likely only) time, I didn’t want to miss out on the tote (why I went at lunch) and wanted to see if the PRC store would still have it in stock if I had only gone after work instead – they did.

I had an idea going in on what I wanted to buy, but when I got there, I couldn’t decide on it. In the end, I bought the Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb and a travel size Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer.

Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb
I had used up a sample of the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb earlier this year and liked it. In reviews on YouTube (YT) it seemed like people suggested the Moisturizing Bomb for those with dry skin, which I have. The Aqua Bomb is like a soft gel-like consistency whereas the Moisturizing Bomb is more of the traditional cream as far as I understand. I have two other moisturizers to use first, so I’m going to hold off on using this until probably the late summer when I finish one but I’m looking forward to it.

The UD Concealer was a last-minute decision. Now, the travel-size one is not a deal ($12 for 0.06 fl. oz., at $200/fl. oz.); the full-size is the better value ($28 for 0.16 oz, at $175/fl. oz.)(if I’m doing that math correctly). Another way to look at it (the way I usually think about such things in store) is that it would take 3 travel-size ones for the same fl. oz. as the full-size, but it would cost $36 total, more than the $28 of one full-size (rounded for whole product; technically 2.67 for $32.04). The same would be true if I bought the full-size @15% off; the full-size is a much better deal.

The reason I still bought the travel-size is because the last concealer that I had a few years ago I had tossed; I didn’t use it enough and it went bad. If I remember correctly, I didn’t like using it because it was quite thick. I intended to try another concealer at some point, and thought it would be the UD one, so I decided I would try it at the same time that I try the Color Correcting Fluid. The travel-size is in case I don’t like it or don’t use it often enough. Small price to pay for trying it out this time, in my opinion.

The travel-size only comes in two of the shades currently. I got it in Medium-Light Neutral, which I think is a good match (I swatched the testers in store). If it didn’t come in a good match for me, I would’ve gone for the full-size instead, even though the reasons given.
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I recently got an email notice about the grand opening of Sephora at the Ka Makana Ali‘i location on the 28th with an opening celebration on the 29th. I might go to it, and if I go, I might pick up another item. I haven’t decided yet, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to a store opening for any brand. [Note, 20 May 2017: I went, so I’ll work on posting about it sometime].

Either way, that is all I bought with the 15% off. All products in this post were purchased and paid for by me. Non-affiliate convenience links:
  • Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes - [Sephora]
  • Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb - [Sephora]
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid - [Sephora]
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (full-size) - [Sephora]

Certain items may be available at other retailers; these links are to the retailers that sell these items and where I have shopped.


If you’ve bought something from the Sephora VIB Spring Sale, let me know in a comment below. Otherwise, have a great day and thank you for coming by!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Ridiculosity Report: May 2017


Post originally published by Jennifer X on Born Jennius, 22 May 2017.

Seriously, what is my problem?! It’s MAY. Mid-May. Where’ve my posts been?

I have started and typed out this first and overdue update of the year several times – and not posted, obviously. I could list all the surface stuff that’s been going on, but it’s not the reason why I’ve barely posted anything so far. The beneath-the-surface stuff, I’m not sure I know what’s going on there either.

It’s not that I don’t want to post. I’ve written, I’ve taken the photos, I have things pretty ready to post. I’m just not posting.

I’m still working under an internship at an office; I’ll be full-time through the summer. I’m still into most of the things I’ve been into, like reading, writing, makeup, walking around and taking strange photos, etc. Everyone’s still kicking. I could stand to lose a few or more inches, health- and comfort-wise.

Everything is pretty much good. More or less.


Maybe that’s the problem. I don’t know what to do with “good”.

No, I don’t know. Maybe I just went a bit wild on social media over the Holidays (yes, I mean around Christmas time of last year). I love Christmas time. It seems that I tend to be more social on social media at that time. Even Twitter. Definitely Instagram. However, lately, I have sort of not wanted to be social barely at all besides what I’m obligated to endure. I’m... all social’d out?

It’s also a lack of energy. I’m trying to work that out. The new-to-me doctor had some tests run but they pretty much came back as not concerning, which is good I guess. Still, I feel off and unusually tired, so I’ve been trying out a few things. It could also be that we’ve had vog lingering around lately (a few months ago now), and that tends to give me headaches and make me sleepy. I’m also still dealing with a skin issue, but it’s been much better.

I have had some private issues going on, but isn’t that just life? I’m not able to elaborate further on the private stuff at this time. Typical.


Anyhow, the state of mind I am in currently might also have to do with the recent election cycle and the processes that follow. It was rough on a lot of people, no matter where one stands on any issue, wasn’t it? It’s even rocked our usually non-argumentative household some. It’s not like I’m a non-confrontational person but what really bothers me most is how uncivil the monologue-masquerading-as-dialogue and actual dialogue have become. Maybe we just verbalize/ type it out and share it more with more people with less thought now. I don’t know.

I understand. I can get hot-headed at times too. And I’ll want to just unleash the nightmare that is my thoughts and feelings, but I’m not really a talker and so I keep it in – most of the time. I don’t like to interact with others unless I’m calm and have a reasonable expectation of maintaining my calm, even if disagreeing, even if the other person is not calm.

Maybe I think too highly of myself and everyone else would say I’m a hot-head in general. (I don’t really think highly of myself much at all, but, perception, you know).
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My book piles have grown, so I told myself to READ SOMETHING! I was at the library, looking through some sections about Hawai‘i, and I guess the attack on Pearl Harbor was in the back of my mind because I borrowed a book about that event grounded by the letters of a Japanese couple living through the aftermath in Hawai‘i. I’ve read the first three chapters in March, about halfway through, and it is fascinating on several levels. I’m enjoying it and hope to share about it with you after I’ve finished. [Note, 8 April 2017: I just finished it last week and so… should be working on a book report for it]. [Note, 20 April 2017: I’ve finished another book, The Story of Reality by Greg Koukl]. [Note, 11 May 2017: I’ve finished another book! I’ll have to work on posting something about them because they’ve been good reads.]

Something you might not know about me yet is that I like getting into classics (literature, film, etc.) in order to follow references and because classics usually become classic for good reason. Earlier this year, I’ve found several Akira Kurosawa films for borrowing at a particular local library. I’ve watched 4 of them so far: Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Sanjuro. I enjoyed all four. Kurosawa films have inspired others to make their own versions, and so I would like to see if I can find and borrow some of those next.

I wish I had paid more attention in Japanese School. Or to my grandparents.

Last year, I bought a Ziploc Space Bag for storing my comforter. I was hesitant about it because space bags that we’ve had in the past didn’t work that well after some time. The Ziploc one worked very well. If any bit of air snuck back into the bag, I couldn’t say. I was looking to pick up more to store other things but it took me a while, and then I checked for it in a different retail store location and they had some on clearance that day for a great price! I picked up more than I had initially intended to, but I am making use of them. Even though they’re meant to be used with a vacuum to suck all the air out, I enjoy just squeezing the air out myself. I find there is something satisfying in seeing how much I improve in getting air out each time I use one.

I’ve been thinking of a series talking about the things I enjoy and appreciate, besides just makeup products. Things I’ve wanted to share about include the Vera Bradley Glenna bag, the owl coin bank, microfiber bed sheets, Maui Mike’s chicken, places, and more. I don’t know what to call the series. Or maybe I should just go for direct no-fuss titles like whatever the item is called, but refraining from the goofy titles would be difficult for me.

I’m also conflicted about sharing where and how I spend my money and such. Obviously, I do share some about things that I’ve purchased, like above with the Space Bags. I don’t know. I think it’s the aspect of appearing to try to sell something to you. I’m not a good salesperson. It rubs me the wrong way. And I have been a sales associate, but I gladly did not work off commission. I do like to recommend and share about things though.
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I am dealing with an unpleasant situation regarding my student loans. I have been working on paying things well ahead of the due dates, paying more than the minimum, etc., things have been going smoothly, and then WHAM! Problems. On their end. [Note, 11 May 2017: After more than a month of dealing with this, trying to get the error corrected, it has been done. Thank goodness.]

I’ve been working on those things (paying extra, etc.) as part of being more responsible with my financials in general. On a good note, I was checking one of my accounts and realized that I have been paying it on time for at least a little over 5 years. That is 60+ months of being very good with the payments; that is so encouraging to me because I guess I figure I would drop the ball on things at some point, so to see that, no, I CAN be consistently responsible is a good thing to know.

I wonder how long it’s actually been since the last late payment….
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I still mean to post things that were meant for 2016. I don’t like getting out of order for certain things, but this does serve as a kind of record of my life, so 2017 looks to be the year of dis-order-liness in posting. I’ll also post more currently timely things. I have to do this journal my way, so please bear with me as I go through this… weird… phase.

I might just scrap all the old stuff. Who knows at this point?

Possible future post subjects (currently in varying degrees of completion):
  • Fukubukuro 2017 experience
  • Using products geared towards men
  • Recent beauty products I’ve been enjoying
  • Healthy Go
  • Finances stuff
  • A year of Teri Miyahira Beauty
  • Simplifying
  • Sephora opening celebration experience


Not promising anything, but if something on that list interests you, let me know in the comments below – it will be a motivating factor. I don’t like to rely solely on motivation, but obviously, I could use some at this time.

What’s up in your corner?

Thank you for stopping by. Jennius, out.
(I mean, this isn’t goodbye forever).


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Month’s Peeks: December 2016

Post originally published by Jennifer X on Born Jennius, 22 February 2017.

I know – at this rate, I’ll be into 2017 posts in about 5 months. Sigh.

Yet, we carry on. Moving forward slowly is still moving forward.

I might start to pepper in a few 2017 posts while I catch up with the 2016 ones because even I’m annoying myself with how long this is taking. I haven’t really worked on posts since the last one that went up, just growing the list of things I’d like to get to.

Anyway, thank you for coming by and putting up with my ridiculosity.

Here are the Weeks’ Peeks from the weeks of December 2016.





My first makeup purchase from Chanel.* The Architectonic Eyeshadow Palette. First, the name – hello…. Second, eyeshadows. Third, blues and grays. I hate saying it but, “I had to”.

For any more recent visitors, I’m an intern in architecture, eyeshadows are a weak point for me, and especially including blues and grays. Yes.







Church library. 2 Full shelves of books on “Marriage”. 1/2 shelf of books on “Single” (singlehood). Hmm…. I think I’ve found the topic of my next book….






My poor Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. * I gave up on using it up completely because it was just not having it any longer. If I repurchase it, it won’t be anytime soon as I have others to use up for now.


Time to be a seahorse.


They are trying so hard for my $!



Fun with Dummies! Nah, updated CPR lesson. This was so much less awkward than pretending to give CPR to my friend Crusty (many years back).




I… might be starting an addiction…. *


Got a free lunch, and I ate it… for like 3 separate meals – buggah’s loaded!



Parking in the shade – priceless.


Seriously, my $$$! So far, staying strong, have not given in… yet….




She’s “helping”.







Hm. TheBus is getting smaller. Competition with Uber…?


So, the lady in the picture was walking around Downtown, taking pictures of the Christmas displays, as I was walking around Downtown, taking pictures of the Christmas displays. I literally stopped walking at one point so she could get her shot and get out of my same shot! Haha! At least now I feel less alone in such activity.




Okay, so, we’ll be seeing less morning makeup selfies for awhile, as there has been a new employee who sits right there and usually gets to the office before or at the same time as I do, so my blank wall has been taken away. Also, it’s been really dark in the mornings, so the more natural light is gone as well. This was the rare free moment, but see how dark it is. We’ll see how things go along.



Phew! I thought they were here for me.




UFC/ BJ Penn gym. I haven’t signed up, and I’ll probably regret it later.




Tried out the Gardein Crispy Tenders. Meatless. It was just okay. Probably a better alternative to chicken tenders from fast food places, so I’ll probably get more for those too-exhausted-to-really-cook or we’re-out-of-everything-else times. *







Goodies from Mrs. A!


The Christmas Lights Drive-By Photo-Shooting face.


Having worked retail during holidays, I go back and forth on going places during holidays. This time, Christmas Eve, I went in and left a good tip. If they’re being made to work, I figured I’d try to make it kind of rewarding. Idk.



“WHERE’S MY BLANKEY!!! WHO’S MAKING ALL THAT RACKET?!?”





Majesty.







Decluttering Swatches. They’re a thing.


Sanitizing the things being passed on to family friends.


Best Grilled Cheese I’ve had in a long time.



I have a theory: The car salesman’s birthday is February 29th and so refuses to put “3/1/xxxx” on the temporary plate. Couple days later, brother saw a car with the same temp. plate date.





The Identity Eyeshadow Palette by Persona Cosmetics, launched last December. Persona was started by makeup artist/ YouTube-r, Sona Gasparian and her husband. I purchased mine during pre-launch and have been enjoying it since it arrived. All of the colors are beautiful, works well individually and together, yet my tops are Maverick, Bombshell, and Seductive. *

Congratulations, Sona and team – can’t wait to see what else is to come!



Well, hello – here for a swim?




Mmmm, Maui Mike’s! *


My tradition – drink and poke for the New Year! E & J XO Brandy, Tako Poke, and Ahi Limu Poke. *




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