Manga Review | Futaribeya by Yukiko

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Dear Reader,

So, I was on the lookout for cute yuri (Girls Love), and I saw Futaribeya at my local B&N, which I was drawn to immediately. The cover is pink which is my favorite color, and it’s super pretty and girly with flowers and lace. I really love the art! I’m a sucker for aesthetics, plus the pastel pink and cute girl’s spoke to me.

The story starts with Sakurako Kawawa who has moved into the dorm. Her first time away from home, and the beginning of her high school experience. Then, she meets her roommate, Kasumi Yamabuki. Who is super pretty, but kind of an airhead. The two become quite the duo, as they navigate school and living away from their families together.

I honestly thought this was a duology, but after looking it up it seems there are currently six volumes out in Japanese, which will also be released in English later this year. I’m super hyped about it, because I’ve become super attached to our two main characters. I can kind of see myself in both girls, Sakurako who is smart and responsible, and also Kasumi who is hard working, but also a little bit clumsy.

I would totally go back in time and redo high school if my experience was like theirs! Honesty from what I’ve read so far, the series is super wholesome and kawaii. I’m always blown away from the aesthetics. Their hairstyles are always on point, their outfits are soooooooo cute!

They also make friends with their classmates and dorm-mates. The series is slice of life, so really not much drama ensues, which I appreciate. Slice of life is one of my favorite genres, because I kind of like seeing people’s normal everyday life. Like Horimiya, which you can read my review on here. 😄

The days of youth, sweet and exciting haha. Of course, I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll leave you guys with this!

Reasons to check it out:

  • Aesthetics
  • Girls being supportive friends 💖
  • Cute plot
  • Really, it’s a feel good manga!

So, my only complaint would be the panelings, because I’m not used to reading straight panels. It’s a bit confusing sometimes, but I got used to it. Honestly the story and characters are soooo cute, so I can live with it~

Catch the series here:

Amazon, B&N

9/10 stars!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this mini review! Check out my Instagram on the side bar if you want to see more cute manga pics!

Love,

Rin

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Skincare Review | &Habit Black Tea Kombucha Mask

Dear Reader,

As you may know, Japan is famous for having those everyday face masks, which is a replacement for your everyday skincare routine. You use it for one minute, and then put on your makeup. It’s nice for people who are really busy, or for people need that extra five minutes of sleep in the morning.

Saborino is famous for their line of 1 minute masks, and they have a larger variety. However, I personally have never used them, because I was satisfied with my previous skincare routine. The reason why I tried out this line from &Habit is because the idol Jaejoong, shared it on his Instagram. And let’s be real, why else do I try out most beauty products?

Anyway, I searched high and low for this product, but I could only find it on an (indie?) Japanese makeup store I had never used before, or on the &Habit website, which is completely in Japanese.

Product links:

Kirei Station: http://www.kirei-station.com/product/2154

&Habit: https://andhabit.com/shop/%EF%BC%86%e3%80%80Habit/g/gahb002-ahb18002aa/

Product Description (please note I had to pull this from the website, and translate it myself because it’s not a product sold in many English speaking stores, and my Japanese is only subpar):

  • Apply 1 minute before makeup for beautiful skin.
  • 1 sheet has 6 roles, you can quickly do your makeup even when you’re busy everyday. 6-in-1: cleansing, booster essence, lotion, moisturizer, serum and cream.
  • Filled with kombucha serum, cucumber fruit extract, bilberry leaf extract, hawthorn extract, nutmeg fruit extract, grapefruit fruit extract, apple fruit extract, orange juice, lemon juice and lime juice, for moisturizing and nourishment.
  • 32 sheets.

Review:

So, you can use it everyday, but I jut use it on days when I’m super busy. I also don’t think it’s moisturizing enough during the winter months, so I add extra lotion. However, I think if you live in a humid place this should be perfect on it’s own.

I also wash my face the night before, so I’m not that sure what it means by cleansing? I think that’s a bit weird for a face mask, but I’m sure they have science behind it.

I do like fermented skincare products though, so I was intrigued by the kombucha aspect of it. Fermentation is good for helping the skin absorb products better, anti-aging, skin brightening, among other things. I will say that I left it on for longer than 3 minutes, and my skin started to tingle. Probably from the kombucha, but it didn’t irritate my skin any.

Oh, and the mask also smells very nice, kind of lemony? I really enjoy it, because it isn’t over powering.

Overall, I’d give it a rating of 8/10. It was a good product, but not a holy grail for me. It did, however, expose me to the world of 1-minute masks! Once I finish it I may try another brand.

Anyway, thanks for tuning in~ see you later!

Love,

Rin

My Travel Essentials 2019

This post is NOT sponsored.

Dear Reader,

So, I’m finally back from the Philippines! I wanted to get this out before I left, but I got busy and it didn’t happen… However, it’s here now! This is a lifestyle blog, so I figured I would share my travel essentials, and travel blogs/vlogs are my fave to watch/read. 💖

Pictured above is the bag I brought on the plane, where I put most of my stuff. It was Christmas gift from my sister, and the thing I like most about it is that it’s theft proof, so the zipper is in the back instead of in the front. Link: Amazon.

Inside, I have my lotion, wet wipes, earphones, and passport in the front. I bring disinfecting wipes with me on the plane, and on vacation, because the tray tables are sooooo dirty. I have an extremely susceptible immune system, so I like to be on the safe side. I also like to keep my passport in a cover to keep it clean and dry. One time my dad ruined his when he put it in his backpack with a bottle of open water. Yikes. I really like this cover because I love Pusheen!

Then, I have my sunglasses (this is a brand new pair because I crushed my other ones l o l). I also have my makeup pouch and a coin purse. I’m not sure where the makeup pouch is from because I got it for Christmas from a friend. And my fave Sanrio character is currently Aggretsuko (Link: Sanrio Store)! She’s so cute, and relatable~ ⭐

Inside my makeup pouch, I have a mirror, eyebrow duo kit, my fave lipstick from ysl, a travel size bottle of my fave perfume, the Kiss Me Heroine Smooth Liquid Eyeliner in Brown, the Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara Advanced Film, and the I’M MEME I’m Tic Toc Lip Tint Cashmere. Which are my makeup basics! I usually use the Em Cosmetics felt tip eyeliner, but recently I’m been using the Kiss Me Heroine eyeliner and mascara because they sponsored Blackpink, and who am I, if it has Blackpink’s face, I’ll buy it. And honestly, I really like them!

And in a ziplock bag, I brought my skincare! I used the Chia Seed Hydrating Emulsion, Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner, and the Cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask, on the plane, because the air is soooooo drying. I know some people like to use sheet masks, but that only lasts for 20 minutes, and after a few hours your skin is dry again. I’m not a fan.

I also the brought my klairs vitamin c serum, and a limited edition of some Suncut UV Sunscreen (here’s the closest thing I could find of it), for when I got off the plane. Sunscreen is super important because it protects your face from damaging UV rays, so I brought some SPF 50!

And in the back, I have some playing cards, and a sleeping mask. I didn’t really watch movies on the plane, and I just wanted to sleep. I also forgot to include this in the pictures, but I brought a BB cushion with me. I used the Moonshot Face Perfection Balm Cushion, and my shade is in 201. I like taking BB cushions on trips because they have the foundation and puff in one case, so it’s super travel friendly.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, I tried to provide links to everything I could, from the exact stores I bought them from. One more thing, none of these products were sponsored, I’m not a big enough blog for that 🙂

If you wanted to know more about a product I mentioned, feel free to DM me on instagram! Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you later!

Love,

Rin

Where you At??

Dear Reader,

Ah yes, she fell off the face of the planet again. I’m always like, oh I’ll blog later. Oh, that’s a good idea I’ll have to blog it. I need to review this or that, but I’ll do it later. Well, my last post before my return with a short review of a one episode j-drama, was during Halloween. It’s now Chinese New Year! *nervouse laughter* I’m so great at this!

Anyway, a quick update, I’m off to the Philippines in about a week. So, I really need to get back on my travel blogs. I also need to review the Japanese Online Makeup shop I’ve been promising my IG followers since like November.

Sooooo, I’ll try my best to update again on time. Until then check out my lastest post, a review of the j-drama: Wedding Bells for Otaku?

Thanks again, see you monday with a new post!

Love,

Rin

J-drama Review |Wedding Bells for Otaku?

**This post is NOT sponsored.

Dear Reader,

So, I posted a picture on my Instagram stories about a short one episode drama called “Wedding Bells for Otaku?” that I was going to watch. Several people DMed me about it, so I thought I’d make a little review blog about it, and share this cute story with everyone!

The story begins with our heroine in the middle of a battle field. . . No seriously, when they said love is war they weren’t kidding. Our beloved otaku, Fujita Haruko (Kuriyama Chiaki), must battle her way through the scary and perilous 婚活、aka marriage hunt. Where people go to group meetings to find a potential marriage partner, usually via a dating or marriage agency.

We eventually come to find out that Haruko is a BL Mangaka, so for those who don’t know what BL is, she writes manga about Boy’s Love, or romantic relationships between male characters. With the support of her trusty sidekick and asisstant writer, aka the super cute Tachibana Kiriko (Sano Hinako), she attends many different kinds of marriage hunt parties. Which makes her all kinds of uncomfortable. . .

Ah yes, that familiar look of dread and anxiety. Me too. Me, too. I really like Haruko, because even at 34 she’s still out there trying to find her destined one. She never really focuses on her age, she’s getting left behind by her peers, but it’s not really about her age, just the fact that she’s lonely, and spends her days drawing about characters that always get a happy ending. If she’s destined to be alone, so be it, but she wants to at least try. Which is so cute!

However, her main dilemma comes back to the fact that she draws BL, which men don’t find attractive at all. She goes on all these dates, but gets rejected time and time again. With this profession, will she be able to find love? Of course! I wouldn’t recommend a drama with a sad ending. . . or would I?? I’ll leave the rest up to you!

Rating: 9/10! It was cute and cheesy, I almost wish it was longer, but honestly it was also the perfect length!

Find the drama at viki.com: Wedding Bells for Otaku?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you late!

Love,

Rin

Halloween-ish K-Pop Playlist!

 

Dear Reader,

As Halloween is upon us, and because I have no blog scheduled today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite spooky or supernatural themes kpop songs! Hahaha–yes I know I’m right on top of things. So anyway, here we go!

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Janus by Boyfriend – if you like angels and demons, we watch twins Youngmin and Kwakmin as they handle rejected, like two sides of a coin. Tbh, this is one of my top ten kpop songs, and I wish more people knew about it and Boyfriend!

 

Full Moon by Sunmi – before she was a Siren, she was a Vampire. Full moon came out while she was still with JYP, and it’s sold gold.

 

Growl by EXO – okay, I know they’re just dancing in a basement (parking lot whatever), but I always imagined they were werewolves in this MV, so I have no regrets in including it🤷

 

Married to the Music by SHINee – just some classic monster throwing a party lol.

 

Error by VIXX – are cyborgs considered holloween-y? I’ll say yes, but either way this song is a bop.

 

Black Tinkerbell by Chocolat – okay, the rest of the world might have forgotten about Chocolat, but I most certainly have not. The song is about a jealous Tinkerbell, so I’m gonna say fairies are definitely Halloween worthy.

 

You and I by Dreamcatcher – so this is kind of witches meet dimension hoping meets haunted house, and tbh I’m here for it.

 

Hobgoblin by CLC – this is probably the most hip-hop song on my playlist, but CLC is soooo underrated. If you’re looking for something mischievous checkout their MV!

 

Like a Cat by AOA – spies, werecats, must I say more? (okay I don’t think they were aiming to be werecats, but we love it)

 

Okay guys! I hope you enjoyed the songs on my playlist, and have a spooky week everyone!!

Love,

Rin

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How I Edit my Instagram Pictures

Dear Reader,

Someone DMed me on IG and asked me what I do to edit my Instagram pictures, and LOL let me tell you, I am the laziest Instagrammer out there. Like, I take a pic, run it through an app, and BOOM post. But that’s for my manga account, honestly I still haven’t figured out what to do for my insta_rinnn account, but I’ll let you know when I do.

Anyway, here’s what I use for my manga IG @love_rinnn!

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Camera: I have the iPhone 8 Plus, and I just used the camera that comes with the phone. I usually select the square function, because it’s easier to see how it will look on instagram that way. I know some people will take the photo, and then crop it, but I like to take it as a square because it saves time. Plus, I think it looks nicer.

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Photo Editor: I use the foodie app to add a filter and brighten the photo if it needs it.

The Foodie app is the yellow app at the bottom. Then, I upload the photo I took, and used the YU5 filter. I used to use the YU2 filter, but these days I like the way the YU5 filter smooths out my pictures. If you think your picture needs to be brighter, use the middle button to do any adjustments.

So my picture came out looking like this:

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So, yeah! That’s how I edit my pictures, super easy right? Also, here are some tricks I’ve learned about uploading pictures.

Tips:

  • People are attracted to bright colors, so try to use a bright background. I use white because it’s basic, and matches most any other colors I put on top of it. Like purple or pastel pink.
  • Take pictures in natural lighting, you’ll have to brighten your pictures less that way. Which is what I did in my sample picture, after that all I had to do was add the filter and call it good. Plus, there’s less shadows. Shadows ruining my pictures is the bane of my existence tbh.
  • Don’t be afraid of experimenting and finding the right style for you! IG is about having fun, so have fun and don’t worry about what others think! ❤

So, there you have it!

I hope you enjoyed this little post, and feel free to DM on insta with any questions you have! Like always, this post isn’t sponsored, and I’ll catch you guys later! Bye~~

Love,

Rin

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Review |Horimiya by HERO x Daisuke Hagiwara

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Series: Horimiyahorimiya

Author: HERO

Artist: Daisuke Hagiwara

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance

Published(eng): Oct. 27, 2015- present

Status: Ongoing

Catch it here: AmazonRightStuf

At first glance, the ultra-popular Hori-san seems like a frivolous high school girl, but in reality, she’s plain, pragmatic, and family-oriented. On the other hand, the bespectacled Miyamura-kun comes across as an average, gloomy high school fanboy, but he’s actually an attractive young man who has a bad-boy streak and is covered in piercings and tattoos. When these two unexpectedly similar classmates have a random run-in outside of the classroom, a bubbly, sweet tale of school life begins!

Dear Reader,

So, today I’m bringing you a review on Horimiya! My cute babies!!

I would definitely say that Horimiya is my favorite high school romance manga, and I was actually still in high when the series started coming out in Japanese. I would check whatever manga reader I was using at the time, to see if the next chapter had come out yet, and sometimes it would take the fan translator a while to upload so I was always left in suspense.Image result for biting nails gif

Then, one day, Yen Press copyrighted it, and I was forced to wait for every volume to come out just like all the mortals. That’s okay though, I like being able to support the author!

Anyway, Horimiya is a cute Slice of Life manga about Hori-san, a responsible older sister, and Miyamura-kun, an emo boy (what? he is🤷) who dresses like a nerd at school.

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Hori-san is actually very cool and chic at school, but at home she dresses and acts like a middle aged mom (my aesthetic too tbh), because she is helping her parents raise her younger brother while they’re busy with work.

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I like Horimiya because the romance doesn’t happen to quickly, everyone know’s that Hori and Miyamura are going to end up together (I mean I hope), but the series takes it’s time bringing them together. Also, all the side characters are super cute! And they actually serve a purpose (aka, the best friend, a potential love rival), while not being annoying about it.

We get to watch Hori and Miyamura gradually realize their feelings for each other, and experience jealous, while also being “just friends.”

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Miyamura even adopts Hori’s younger brother as his own, and the three of them become a cute little trio!

Oh, I will add that while Hori’s parents are absent a lot, at least they’re in the story. Like, Hori’s dad! Who likes to tease the pair, but is also very protective of his daughter.

Honestly, the whole series is super light, fluffy, and wholesome. I wish my high school experience was even 1/10th this nice honestly! Also, I wish they would make an anime of this already! There is a small OVA series based off the original webcomic (Hori-san to Miyamura-kun), but I need a full on 20 episode series people! *long drawn out disappointed sigh*

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So, to conclude.

Reasons why you should check the series out:

  • Cute couple, who start off as friends!
  • Nice side characters everyone will love 🙂
  • Cute art~
  • Complex characters
  • Nice family dynamics
  • and more!

Hope you liked my short review! Check out my IG for more kawaii photo’s @love_rinnn Thanks for reading ❤

Love,

Rin

 

 

 

 

September Favorites 2018

Dear reader,

So, I’m trying to get back into lifestyle blogging, and I wasn’t really sure what to post? But someone on Instagram suggested I start doing monthly favorites! Which is definitely doable, as I’m always trying new stuff. So, without further ado, here’s what I loved during the month of September!

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Beauty:

I did go on vacation in September for a week in Las Vegas, and it was so hot! I honestly didn’t’ wear tons of makeup, but I wouldn’t have been able to live without my sunscreen. I used the Skin&Lab Dr. Vita Clinic Fre C Sun Lotion, which is a Korean brand of sun screen. What I person liked about it was how light weight is was, and it didn’t leave a white cast nor was it greasy. Major A++ in my book. Even my mom liked it!

On that note, I seemed to like a lot of Vitamin C products this month because I also loved the Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops. It’s a very light serum that brightens your complexion and leaves you skin feeling super soft!

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As for makeup, I really liked the Labiotte Wine Lip Tint in CR01. which is a pretty coral color. I would basically wear eyeliner and lip tint everyday and call it good. But when I wanted to be extra, I really enjoyed using a tiny eye shadow quad from Canmake. I used the Perfect Stylist Eyes 14, which was just some purple and pink and a glitter shade.

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I’m honestly sooo basic. I watch so many makeup videos, and I own a lot of eye shadow palletes, but I end up using like the same three colors over and over again (usually copper, taupe, or brown).

This month I forced myself to do use different colors, and the results were okay (lol). But my go-to colors are still brown and copper.

This is why I’m not a beauty guru lol.

 

Anyway, moving on from beauty stuff.

Fashion:

Lol, I’m not the most fashionable person, because I live in Alaska and I don’t really care (there’s no one to impress here). But I am a handbag person, so for my birthday I bought myself some bags!

My favorite was this cute Michael Kors bag, that’s shaped like a backpack (but it’s a crossbody)!

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I’m super obsessed with it, and I use it everyday. It came in several colors, but I bought it in black for everyday use. 10/10 would recommend.

Books/Music/Media:

So, while I received manga for my birthday, I didn’t really read any. I was so busy in September (and a bit sick), I didn’t have that much time.

But I did read the The Governness Game: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa Dare, and tbh it was so good I read it in two hours. Tessa Dare is such a great writer that all of her stuff is an automatic download for me.

Meanwhile, for TV shows, I was OBSESSED with the Chinese drama Ashes of Love! Deng Lun is honestly so attractive I was drooling the entire time.

As for music, I really like Deja Vu by Wengie, the MV was super colorful, and the aesthetics were on point. I also liked Puzzle Moon by GWSN, which is a super cute song from a recently debuted kpop girl group.

 

Anyway~ those were my favorites from September! As always, the products listed were not sponsored (I mean I wish they were), and also, leave me a comment down below about your favorites from the month of September!

Thanks for reading my word vomit, and I’ll catch you later!

Love,

Rin

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Links:

Skin&Lab Fre C Sun Lotion

Labiotte Wine Tint

Klairs Vitamin C Drop

Canmake Eyeshadow

Ashes of Love

The Governess Game: Girl Meets Duke

 

 

Review | The Water Dragon’s Bride by Rei Toma

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Series: The Water Dragon’s Bride

Genre: fantasy, shojo

Published (eng):  April 24, 2017 – present)

Status: Ongoing

Catch it Here: VIZ Media | RightStuf | B&N

The Water Dragon’s Bride volume 1 features story and art by Rei Toma.

In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?

A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive, or will she end up being sacrificed?

**PSA: This is not a sponsored post, but it would be nice if it were! Links provided are for your leisure.

Dear Reader,

So. Today I’m bringing you my first manga review. Currently, there are only 6 volumes out in English, but the next volume is set to drop soon! Honestly I really, really enjoy this series. The story, the art, everything about it is so cute! We have Asashi, a strange red haired girl from the present, thrown into the past (or maybe a different dimension, not 100% sure, but ya know).

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So, then, she meets Subaru, who is a cute little village boy. Sadly, even though he does his best to protect her, his mother– in an attempt to save his sister, sacrifices Asashi to the Water God.

Luckily, the Water God is kind? Well, he’s an ancient relic who doesn’t know what to do with a bride, let alone a child…😅 Anyway, our first impression of him is that he’s an old dude who doesn’t know anything about humans, so he comes off as kind of cruel, but he’s a god, so it’s to be expected.😱

Even though he doesn’t understand humans, he grows fond of Asashi, and decides to spare her. They have a rocky start, but as he learns more about humans, her grows to like her, and even saves her from a fever.

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I personally really like the Water God, especially as the series progresses. Although he becomes more human through Asashi, and more empathetic, I kind of like his initial character. He’s really secluded, bored, and cold– which means he’s lonely, watching the humans from a mirror in the god’s world.

However, I will say “poor Asashi.” She’s really young, separated from her family, sacrificed to a god, and made an outcast by the villagers. Although, you really grow respect for her, because she keeps trying. Even though she dreams of home, she makes the best out of her situation and survives. wdb 1.JPG

Really, the true hero of the first volume is Subaru for always trying to take care of and save Asashi, not just from the clutches of the Water God, but also from his own mother–and the nasty villagers. He’s really a good friend!

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So, I won’t go any farther, because I don’t want to spoil anything!

Reasons to check the series out:

  • Cute art
  • A super cute protagonist
  • A fantasy world that will take you away from you’re everyday life
  • An attractive Water God, who is mysterious and alluring
  • A brave hero
  • And a fun story!

I hope you enjoyed my little review, and I’ll catch you later! Make sure you check out my manga IG for more kawaii photos @love_rinnn Thanks again!

Love,

Rin

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