Friday, 27 January 2017

The Actual Diary Bit Vol. 5 | 16th Jan to 22nd Jan

Monday, January 16th || I had my interview today! I had to drive for about half an hour or so to get to the place, but I don't mind this because it's far enough from where I live that I shouldn't be running into anyone outside of work hours. It's awkward when it happens. I think the interview went as well as it could have, all things considered -- I'm not confident that I'll get the job by any means, but I don't think I completely tanked. I went to the library afterwards, met up with my brothers there and kept reading Brooklyn, which has been the next book on my Reading Challenge list. That ending. :| Another little piece of info: I was asked by another place to come in for an interview! Even if I'm unsuccessful at all these places, it'll be great experience.

Post-interview ramen.
Tuesday, January 17th || Wanted to blog, but was just not feeling it! I did some laundry, made some chocolate croissants again -- only eight this time, though -- and, despite the 38 degree heat, huddled up on the couch with a blanket because the air con was turned up so high. I've been watching cop shows lately on Netflix, and I ended up napping while one of them was on. What is it with me and napping lately? I should find out tomorrow whether or not I've gotten the job that I had an interview for yesterday. I don't think I have, because one of my referees told me she'd message me if anyone called her, and I haven't heard a peep.

Oh well!
Look at that warm, chocolatey, croissanty goodness.
Wednesday, January 18th || Didn't end up hearing anything about the job, but I guess that's to be expected to a degree. They always take a long time at these things. I was also hoping that some of my stickers from Etsy might arrive -- two orders were shipped out on the same day last week, but I only got one yesterday. Even so, no luck for me!

Etsy goodness!
Thursday, January 19th || It was another uneventful day for me. I did a whole lot of housework and I prepared for the interview I have tomorrow. I had cop shows playing throughout the day again, but at least I didn't nap as well! I had work as well that evening, so I couldn't afford to sleep and be late. To include a little makeup talk (because I really have nothing else!), I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I'm getting a little bored of the palettes that are in my rotation so I'll have to change it up soon.

Friday, January 20th || The day of my second interview! I thought it went alright, and I was told that they wanted to make a decision by the end of the day, possibly early next week if things slowed down. I figured I might hear back next week, considering I haven't heard back from the first place, but I found out two hours after my interview that I didn't get the job. That being said, they gave me really good feedback, and I think the experience will just make me better prepared for future interviews, you know?

Post-interview karaage.
Saturday, January 21st || Today marked a momentous occasion! I introduced my mother to How to Get Away with Murder and she absolutely loves it. I haven't finished the first season yet, but we binge-watched the first half and the only reason why we didn't keep going after midnight was that I have work at 8am tomorrow! Hopefully we'll get to watch some more tomorrow after my shift ends.

Sunday, January 22nd || Had a long, uneventful shift at work today. I've begun thinking that I might need to cut down on the length of my Sunday shifts. It will mean needing to pick up another shift in order to keep my contract, but my back seems to get worse after so long on my feet. It can take a day or two to clear up, so it's something that I have to think about.

Some kind of delicious chicken pasta dish Mum made from leftovers!
Anyway, that's what I got up to in the previous week! I want to know: Have you watched any good TV shows lately? I'll run out of things on Netflix eventually!

This post was brought to you by a woman who ate a lot of tasty food.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Actual Diary Bit, Vol. 4 | 9th Jan to 15th Jan

Monday, January 9th || Monday was a good, busy day, blogwise. I'd spent the night before making a To Do list, at the top of which was editing a whole heap of photos. I got that done, and managed to fix up a couple of posts, but I forgot to hit "Publish"! Oh well. I didn't get as much social networking done as I'd wanted, as we had someone come round to the house to fix our aircon system.

I won a giveaway over Christmas and I received my goods!
Tuesday, January 10th || What a day! It was so hot overnight that I couldn't sleep, so by 4am I decided to just stay up and maybe nap at lunchtime. As it happened, I passed out at 7.30am and was forced awake at 10.30am by my phone ringing. Man oh man, was I tired! I then had to make up a shopping list and go grocery shopping -- the whole thing took three hours to do, and I was not happy. I've offered to cook tomorrow, which I hope will kind of lift my spirits a little bit!

Wednesday, January 11th || I feel like I didn't achieve very much today! I wasn't exactly feeling 100% great, and it turned into light nausea by the afternoon. I don't know what's causing it -- perhaps all the yoghurt I've been eating lately? I had a nap around noon. I love napping, honestly, but I get so mad when I do because then I feel like I've wasted time, which I do not love. I crocheted a little bit, and I decided to make "American-style" burgers for dinner. What. A. Failure. They tasted good, but they fell apart. Le sigh.

A delicious, delicious fail.
Thursday, January 12th || Today I woke up at 5am, made breakfast for myself at 7, and then promptly went back to sleep for a few hours. It was another one of those days where I didn't achieve a great number of things but was still productive. The weather is beginning to turn; it was nice enough, sunny and all, but not hot by any means. My family ordered pizza for dinner while I went to work -- which is odd, because I thought my brother was supposed to be cooking? Also, I did a bad thing: I ordered the Violet Voss Ride or Die eyeshadow palette. $140. Sheeeeez.

I did a bad thing.
Friday, January 13th || Went to the doctor today! That sounds so much more exciting than it was, but the doctor gave me some medicine for some reflux I've had lately. I also found out that some stickers I ordered from Black Wombat AU on Etsy had arrived yesterday, so I spent today putting them into my diary! The stickers I ordered were for public holidays, as well as school term weeks -- just cute, handy stickers to have!

Cute, adorable planner stickers!
Saturday, January 14th || Today I was meant to prepare for an interview that I have next week. I did a little preparation, but then I went back to what seems to be a favourite past time lately -- napping. I also started watching A Series of Unfortunate Events with my family. I've enjoyed it so far; I was worried that Neil Patrick Harris wouldn't make for a convincing Count Olaf, but he's done a decent job.

Sunday, January 15th || Work again today! Had my regular long shift, and afterwards I got to see my grandparents -- always nice -- and then I began preparing for my interview tomorrow. I'm not sure that I did as much as I should have. There is only so much I can do, considering that I've only had one interview in the past. Even if I don't get this job, however, I still have work lined up for me once the school year starts, so there's plenty for me to be thankful for.

Actual photo of me checking my bank account after the events of this week.
Source: Kanahei Account phone app.
That's all that I got up to in the last week! I want to know: What was the tastiest thing you ate over the last week? Maybe it was something bought, maybe it was at a restaurant, or perhaps you made it yourself! I'm getting hungry.

This post was brought to you by a woman who has almost zero kitchen finesse.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Lip Monthly | December 2016 (The Final One)

Here it is, guys: my final Lip Monthly post ever. Granted, I've not been the best at posting about my deliveries, what with the hectic year I had last year, but as I'm pretty happy with what I received in my final bag, I may as well give a service overview too, right?

Lip Monthly: December 2016

The December bag for Lip Monthly was a deep blue with sky blue scribbly stars smattered across it. To me, it kind of gives the impression of a wintery cold evening, which fits with US weather at the moment. It has a kind of plastic-y scent, and the product card was kind of stuck to the inside, but that's been pretty typical of the last few bags I've received.

Lip Monthly December 2016

Inside the December bag was:

  • City Color Cosmetics Lip Gloss with Argan Oil - "Girl Next Door" || This looks like a peachy nude gloss which may contain just the slightest amount of shimmer in it. I think it's a great shade for both summer and winter.
  • Cougar Beauty Mineral Lipstick - "Sangria" || What looks like a deeper mulberry-toned lipstick, it's actually more of a raspberry that I think a lot of people with different skin tones will find wearable. This type of shade is a typical choice for the spring, but I'll probably wear it all year round. It seems you can't buy these lipsticks individually, but in a full set of 5 shades.
  • Crazy Rumours Hibiskiss - "Tropical" || I kind of don't know what to make of this! To me, it's your standard lip balm, but it's marketed as a "lip colour" -- and one that's hibiscus flavoured at that. When was the last time someone ate a hibiscus? If Google is to be believed, it's eaten quite often in China and India, so surely it's gotta be tasty. It has a bit of a medicinal scent that I find off-putting, like whenever I receive anything "cherry flavoured", but it doesn't linger on the lips.
  • Chapstick Total Hydration Conditioning Lip Scrub || Make no bones about it, I love Chapstick. Other than Maybelline Baby Lips, I have not found a more reliable lip balm on the market. I'm particularly excited about this lip scrub because my lips do like to dry out if I don't have a balm handy, even in the summertime -- and it's peppermint flavoured, which I cannot get enough of!
Lip Monthly December 2016 swatches

Price: $12.95 US
Lip Monthly Bag Value: $25.57 US

Overall, I'm happy with December's bag. This was the first month where all the products I received were lip products -- there's usually one that marketed as being lip and/or blush item, typically -- so it makes me a happy camper. Checking out their Facebook page, apparently they had some issues with this bag where they had to change products quickly; perhaps that explains why the bag value is so low, as in the past they've been worth twice as much.

Lip Monthly December 2016 products

Service Overview
From memory, I think September's bag was the only one that left me feeling unhappy; excepting that month, I've been really happy with everything I've received! The December 2016 is, however, my last Lip Monthly bag. I received a twelve month subscription for Christmas in 2015, and I chose not to receive another. While I have really enjoyed Lip Monthly and the products I've received, I have an insane number of lip products now -- I really don't need more! Being in Australia, the bags usually got their way to my towards the end of the month; this one made it to me just after New Year's.

If you're a hoarder lover of lip products like me, Lip Monthly is a fantastic service and you'll love it. If you're getting into makeup and want to build your lip collection, or if, like me, you live in Australia and want to get your paws on a few different brands, it's also for you. There are so many brands out there that I didn't know existed, and it's been fun trying them out!

Do you have any beauty box subscriptions? Are there any you're thinking of trying out? Let me know!

This post was brought to you by a woman who has over 300 lip products. Seriously, it's a problem.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Actual Diary Bit, Vol. 3 | 2nd Jan to 8th Jan

Monday, January 2nd || What a way to kick off the new year!! I decided at 12.30am that it would be a great idea to look for some stickers on Etsy for my planner -- and I kept browsing and adding stuff to my cart until almost 5am. I knew it was time to shut the laptop and go to sleep when I heard my brother's work alarm go off. It was also Mama Bear's birthday today, so my stepdad cooked everyone a nice breakfast and we all gave our gifts to her throughout the day. I bought her a few Korean skincare items that I recently introduced her to -- essence and sheet masks -- from a Korean beauty shop in the city, as well as a Sephora voucher. Mama Bear tried her first sheet mask yesterday, and I'm so glad that she enjoyed it -- although, if she hadn't, I just would've kept the masks for myself!

My new desk calendar!
Tuesday, January 3rd || I feel like I had one of those days where I didn't do very much. I woke up with a cold, so it really slowed me down. I worked on a couple of posts for a little bit, but mostly I think I played Kim Kardashian: Hollywood on my phone. I re-downloaded it, after having played it for months and lost my save progress -- twice. First world problems, y'know?

Wednesday, January 4th || Today was another day where I achieved much without doing too much -- if that makes sense! I went out and picked up some really cheap yoghurt, did four loads of washing and folded it all, and I worked more on the blog! I'm trying to be a little more active in my writing, so that I can hopefully have a few posts banked up for when school goes back and I begin to get more work.

When you're sick, watching Pokémon YouTube videos is the way to go.
Thursday, January 5th || I made chocolate croissants for the first time today! I cheated, of course, by using ready-made puff pastry, but I experimented with different kinds of chocolate -- some were dark, some were milk, and some were Nutella! A sheet of pastry yielded about four croissants; I think I made about 40 all up! They were really delicious, but oh boy were they filling. With three brothers and a stepfather, though, I don't think they'll see the end of tomorrow. I also ordered a whole heap of stickers from Etsy to decorate my planner with!

Friday, January 6th || As predicted yesterday, only three croissants remained when I got up this morning. What in the what? Unless I'm working, Friday tends to be Library Day, where I go and hang out for a few hours to work on whatever it is that needs my attention -- today it was the blog! One of the reasons I enjoy going to the library is because it's a prime spot for Pokémon GO. The GPS can't quite pin down where I am, so I can sit at a desk for a few hours and my little avatar just walks around while it tries to find exactly where I am! I know, I know, it's cheating -- but I wanna find a Pichu, and soon, dangit!

Look at Pichu! IT'S SO CUTE! (Source.)
Saturday, January 7th || Today was a pretty relaxed day. I wrote out a job application, and went to work on a few more blog posts, and I napped -- a lot. I think I must have had three or four naps throughout the day! Not even 25 yet, and I'm already like my grandpa.

Sunday, January 8th || I had work today! It wasn't too bad, honestly; it was really hot outside but my work is always really cold, so it was pretty nice -- I wore a jumper! I started reading Jane Austen's Persuasion, which is causing me to try and work out if a Reading Challenge I found recently is worth attempting... Perhaps it is! I also made a wonderful, wonderful discovery: I discovered Pentatonix's cover of "Jolene" featuring Dolly Parton, and I love it. It's magic in my ears, I tell you!

A few of the Kylie Cosmetics holiday collection items.
That's all I got up to in the past week! I want to know: What was your greatest achievement in the last week? Perhaps you marathonned a TV show, tried a new recipe that really worked -- or maybe you just bought yourself some cool socks! Who doesn't love socks, am I right?

This post was brought to you by a woman who just really, REALLY wants a Pichu.

Friday, 6 January 2017

That Personal Update | A Check-in on my 2016 Goals

It's been really busy over here in my personal world.

I finished my Masters degree in June. I was completely mentally burnt out, so I went on holiday for a while. I started working two jobs in October, and it got to the point where I was working six days a week, sometimes both day and night.  There wasn't a whole lot of time for so much as thinking about Diary of a Beauty Padawan, let alone planning posts and taking photos.

Yes, I got the date wrong. Shhh.
I made the following goals at the start of last year:
  1. Vary the content that I churn out
  2. Post regularly -- ideally, at least twice a week
  3. Participate in regular blog chats on Twitter
  4. Inject more personality into my Facebook page
  5. Increase my viewership
Honestly speaking, I didn't achieve any of these.

In some respects, it's been kinda hard: my 2016 blogging goals had already been thrown out of the window by the end of March, so the struggle to try and stay relevant recently has felt like a bit of a futile task. It got to the point where I seriously considered shutting the blog down, because what was the point of keeping it around if I couldn't write anything?

After a long, hard chat with myself, I've decided to keep the blog around, but I'm going to take it really easy. I don't have the time or energy to keep up with all the blogs that are out there, and I'm not very aggressive in promoting my own, either. As long as I don't lose sight of why I began to blog in the first place, and ensure that it doesn't turn into a chore, I should be able to have some fun no matter what the future throws in my way.

That's essentially what blogging is all about, isn't it?

This blog post was brought to you by a grown woman who spent the day in her PJs.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

What I Got For Christmas: 2016 Edition

I think, for those who celebrate it, Christmas is more or less the same thing: getting together with your family members, eating loads of delicious food, having more fun with everyone than you'd have at any other point in the year, and, at some point, exchanging thoughtful gifts.

Last year I was emanating that Grinch attitude all Christmas season, but this year I really got into the spirit. I found gifts for my family members that I knew they would appreciate, I counted down the days until I could wear a Christmas t-shirt at work, and I eagerly looked forward to piling up my plate with my nanna's roast potatoes and timpana.

Christmas Haul 2016 - featuring my brother's legs
Sorry, Mum, but Nanna's timpana really is better than yours. Don't worry, though, because yours is still better than mine.

My family are typically very good at gifting presents, whatever the occasion, and this year was no different. Have a look at what I received, and let me know what you received as well!

From my brothers


My brothers know how to buy me gifts. It's impossible for them to go wrong with buying me DVDs because they know that it'll be a hit so long as there's at least one actor or actress in it that I like. You'll see Sisters here, starring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey -- I was too busy when it came out to watch it in cinema, so I'm happy to have it on DVD. The same goes for Bridget Jones's Baby -- I was waiting to see it with my best friend, but by the time she was available, it was too late. I love Bridget Jones, and anything with Colin Firth will have me going "YAS!" so it was an easy pick.

You may have noticed an adorable Pikachu chilling nearby. It's actually a portable charger designed to give your phone an additional three hours of battery power with the aid of a couple of AA batteries -- great for if you're in a pinch. It also has a bag strap, so that you can hang it from the zipper of your bag or backpack. I will be absolutely be giving this a try the next time I go Pokémon hunting in the city!

One of my brothers also bought me a Lush gift box! It's hard to go wrong with Lush items for me, because I will use it no matter whether it is for the bath or the shower -- though I tend to bathe more in the wintertime, for my back. This pack with a tub of Reindeer and Robin Fun (whatever "fun" is), Santa's Belly shower jelly (which had unfortunately melted a little!), a bottle of Bubbly shower gel, and a bar of Baked Alaska soap. The soap especially smells amazing for this time of year -- light and citrus-y, it's perfect for the scalding Aussie summertime!

From my parents

As I opened up the box this was all packed in, I thought my parents had made a relatively large MAC order -- and that in itself would've been huge, because they typically don't like to buy me makeup. When I saw what was inside, I was so surprised that I couldn't breathe for coughing; I needed Ventolin! I was so, so lucky to receive the entire Kylie Cosmetics holiday collection -- I don't have anything from Kylie Cosmetics, so I was beyond thrilled!

There were three Christmas tree decoration items: a metal liquid lipstick (Dancer), and two glosses (Jolly and Naughty). There were also three crème shadow: Yellow Gold, Camo, and Golden Plum. I haven't tried Dancer or Jolly yet, but Naughty was a really beautiful pink-based red, which faded more into pink as time faded and the gloss wore off. The crème shadows were kind of light and somewhat moussey to the touch -- not super creamy or thick like other crème shadows I've stuck my finger in, and while they're not intensely pigmented to start, you can build them up.


There was a Kyliner kit in the shade Snow, described as a "crisp matte white". I haven't tried the gel liner or the pencil liner yet, but the formula for the latter in particular seems really nice and creamy. There were also two Lip Kits, called Merry and Vixen. I haven't tried either shade yet, but the Vixen lip liner reminds me a little of MAC Currant.

And then...

There were two holiday lip sets, one that contained six mini liquid lipsticks featuring both permanent and limited edition shades, and another, a four pack that had two full-sized liquid lipsticks and two full-sized lip glosses. The mini liquid lipstick set contains Moon (wasn't that a Halloween shade?), Ginger, Kristen, Angel (a Holiday shade), Love Bite, and Vixen (another Holiday shade); the four pack contains a full-size Angel, Blitzen, Cupid gloss, and Noël gloss -- all Holiday shades.

While I haven't yet tried any of the minis, I have worn everything from the four pack excepting Blitzen. Angel is a beautiful nude shade that looked great at work and wore really well throughout my shift, Cupid is a gorgeous pink gloss that really adds something special to the everyday look, and Noël, while looking super gold in the tube, sheers out quite nicely for those who don't want a colour that's "out there".


The Holiday Edition Kyshadow palette. I've tested out a few different shades from this so far, and I don't know if all of the Kylie palettes are like this, but... the quality is not great. I expect more from a much hyped brand that chooses to charge almost $50 US for an eyeshadow palette. The swatches might look alright, but Gingerbread -- that nice metallic gold you see -- was the only shade that swatched well on the first swipe. The two mattes in the top row, Sugar Cookie and Chestnut, swatch OK for matte crease shades, but the others were underwhelming.

Even with a primer underneath (at the moment I'm going through MAC Soft Taupe), the application is so-so. The shade Mittens, in particular, was kinda awful. The majority of these shades are definitely helped by the crème shadows, but I feel like it's kind of a cop out to need them when the products are just so expensive. I'm going to keep testing them to see if they work better with different primers, or if they apply better with natural instead of synthetic brushes, but... yeah.

This eyeshadow junkie is kinda disappointed.

The box also came with a super soft, snow white Kylie sack to pack all your goodies in, as well as a makeup purse with the signature "dripping lips" image. I forgot to take pictures of both!

Lastly, my parents gave me the NYX Liquid Suede Lip Vault -- this one, at least, I knew about, having snapped it up on sale for them. I know, I know, I'm a very considerate daughter.

NYX Liquid Suede Vault
NYX Liquid Suede Vault
This lip vault contains minis of every single shade from NYX's Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick line. As you can see, you've got plenty of safe, traditional shades mixed in with some crazy, crazy colours. From a dusty pink to blinding orange, bright blue to jewel-toned navy -- whatever colour you like, the line has it all!

I'll eventually give every shade a go, but there are a couple there that are either seasonal (that dark, vampy jewel-toned purple ain't no good for this bright, blinding Aussie summer) or just too alternative for me -- I can't see Little Denim Dress being used at all, and I absolutely despise Respect the Pink.

That's it from me for this year! I know I have a couple of other things coming -- one of my brothers bought me all the Sailor Moon POP Vinyls -- because both Sailor Moon and POP Vinyls are LIFE -- but at time of writing they have only just arrived, and I don't want to delay this post any more than it has been delayed already.

Let me know all about what you received for Christmas! Or, alternatively, let me know: what was the last thoughtful gift you received? I want to read all about it!

Until next year!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Japan Haul Pt 2 | Stuff, Glorious Stuff!

Going to Japan, I had one thing and one thing only on my personal shopping list: makeup. Yes, makeup might mean dozens and dozens of items, but it really was the only thing I had any interest in purchasing for myself. I knew there were items from brands like Rimmel and L'Oréal that I wouldn't be able to get in Australia, and I figured that there were other brands waiting for me to discover them.

With makeup on the brain, I'd completely forgotten about Japan's ability to create something else that I have a deep, undying love for (besides tonkotsu ramen): stationery.

Yep, in today's post you're going to be treated to all of the different stationery that I bought for myself, despite not needing any of it. There's other stuff in this post too, like charms from temples and Disney themed jewellery -- but yeah, most of it's stationery.

Let's take a look!

Australian origami crane || I thought about buying this, but it was actually given to me as a gift by an old man when I bought something from his store in Koyasan. It was very sweet of him, and I couldn't not include it here.

Year of the Monkey charm || I bought this from Kaminarimon in Asakusa on the second day of my tour. I was born in the Year of the Monkey -- which 2016 also happens to be! -- so, y'know, I couldn't pass up the opportunity! I bought other Chinese Zodiac charms for my brothers too, and they really liked them.

Eeveelution container || I got this from the Pokémon Centre in Ikebukuro's Sunshine Mall. The first time I went, I passed it over -- how on earth could I justify 500 yen plus tax for an empty box? The thing is... I saw this picture on all kinds of posters around all sorts of stores. I even noticed a promotion for what looked like a loose powder compact type thing at a store called It's Demo, but they didn't have any left, so when I went back the Pokémon Centre a few days later...

It turned out to have biscuits in it, so it wasn't as much of a waste as I thought. XD

Kiki's Delivery Service hand towel || I'm actually not that into Studio Ghibli, but when buying a whole bunch of stuff for one of my brothers, my eyes kept coming back to the adorable little cat from Kiki's Delivery Service. I settled for the hand towel because it's practical and I felt that I might actually need it during my trip -- and the cat on it is sooo soft! I kinda don't wanna use it, so that it stays soft forever!

Sailor Moon Miniature Tablet || Swear to goodness, I almost lost my nut when I saw this! I'd seen these reviewed on YouTube but they were one of those things that I never actually thought I'd ever see in person. There were others from the set in the store, but this was the nicest one and I was exercising an odd sense of self-control -- buuut you're about to see why.

Hellooooooo, stationery! I bought the abovementioned Sailor Moon thing at It's Demo, and the reason why I went easy on buying things from that collection was because I went to town on the notebooks!

The little Post-Its that you see are actually from Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, not It's Demo in Ikebukuro, so they don't count in the 'going to town' sense of this haul, but aren't they just adorable?! Then there are the things that did come from It's Demo: the cute Eeveelutions, Stitch covered in kisses, and Pikachu with sunglasses!

My heart! It beats!

And how adorable is this Stitch notebook? I think this was the first one I actually picked up in the store. It was the gateway notebook -- I saw this notebook, touched its cover and then before I knew -- BAM! -- notebooks everywhere! Pikachu on the surfboard is also super adorable, chilling out there like she's got all the time in the world, and while Jasmine isn't 'my' Disney princess, I just thought that the design was so elegant that I couldn't help myself.

There were other Disney princesses there too, but alas, no Snow White. The whole watercolour design for Disney princesses seems to be really popular in Japan at the moment, and I really could've bought so much more than the store had.

I couldn't pass up on the hardcover books either! Pikachu chilling at the beach... Pikachu with a couple of Eeveelutions on a surfboard... I really like hardcover books for work particularly, because they're just that much more durable. I typically don't have to worry about them about them bending or getting out of shape or being crushed by whatever farm tools make their way into my handbag...

I'm joking about the farm tools.

The Sailor Moon notebook probably pushes my limit for cutesy, just a little bit. I got it from Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza (that was a whole adventure in itself), and with my love for Sailor Moon, it ended up in my arms relatively quickly. It's no secret that I enjoy cute stuff, but there is a limit to how much I can take, so it wasn't an immediate given as soon as I saw it.

How freakin' adorable are these?! I saw these at the Pokémon Centre as well, and didn't get them the first time around because I had other stuff I wanted to buy -- but I couldn't resist the second time! I'm not gonna lie, I have absolutely 100% no idea as to what I'm going to do with these but I just don't care.

I will find a use for them. I will find a use for them all.

Yep, I got one of each Eeveelution.

No shame.

No regrets.

And how adorable is Pikachu clinging to the SkyTree Tower? This was a double pack, which I hadn't been too sure about until I actually opened it up, so it came with the folder of the little Starter Pokémon SkyTree Towers as well.

Then you've got Pikachu dressed up as Rayquaza -- I mean -- it's just -- how can your heart stand it?! There was loads of items as Pikachu dressed up as something or other, but for me this one just took the cake!

I bought the file on the left when I was in Koyasan, from a shop run by a little old man who gave me the Australian origami crane. There were four different folders, one for each season, but I held back and settled for just picking the one for winter.

Then, on the right, you see... a Sailor Moon Black Moon five-part folder. Is that a chorus singing hallelujah I hear? I just -- you know -- my heart. It's not often that you get goods with villains on it, and especially something that, to me, has a bit of a classier feel about it. Will I be rocking this when I get full-time work? Hell yeah.

I don't think I've been to a Disney store since that time I passed by one as a little girl, saw a Cruella de Vil plush and refused to let go of it. Going to the store in Ikebukuro was like heaven. Seeing the jewellery, there was no way I couldn't not get some of it, so I settled for several pieces that I thought were kind of understated -- just the way I like my fandom merch.

There's a Mickey Mouse ring, which I really like because the fact that it is Mickey isn't too obvious until you actually get a proper look at it; if you're glancing at it, it looks something more like a crown or an old-school castle wall. There's also a tiara ring, and for some reason I had in my head that it was Princess Aurora's tiara, but it really isn't, is it? I've been trying to wrack my brain to figure out who it belongs to -- someone, help me out!

What is indicative of Princess Aurora are the earrings -- really cute studs with her actual crown and a pink gem the colour of her official dress. The back of the earrings are nice and long too, so they're going to be less likely to fall out. That's not to say that I have fat ears, by the way, but I do have an amazing ability to lose earrings while wearing them. It's pretty much a gift.

Let me show you some close-ups!

Last, but certainly not least, there's something I bought that got me so excited I had to have a private fangirl moment when I got back to my accommodation in Ikebukuro.

Yeah, it's a mug. No, it's not just a mug.

I went to a café in Omotesando called LATTEST and I actually got to meet a girl who works there who's kinda famous. She was on a Japanese TV show on Netflix called Terrace House, a show that I've really gotten into, and I could hardly believe that I got to meet her. I was tossing up whether or not to buy a mug from the café as a memento, but someone (maybe my best friend? I can't quite remember. Probably my best friend.) told me to just go for it!

Not gonna lie, was absolutely surprised and 100% excited when I realised she'd written a message on the box.

Does that make me kinda lame? Maybe. It doesn't matter.

Either way, that wraps up the collection of wonderful, wonderful stuff that I got while I was overseas! I feel like I picked up so many adorable things, and even if they weren't exactly needed, at least I know that they'll get used in the future. (Note to self: don't buy yourself stationery for another seven years).

If you want to take another look at the makeup that I bought while I was there, you can go here and check it out.

Did anything here catch your eye? Do you have a stationery obsession too? Let me know!