i mean, even i'm tired of me!  i tried to write a post about all the fun aerial things i did last saturday, but it all sounded like the last post and the last post and the last post...
instead, i present you with a guest blogger, Ms. Coffee Sunday!  she is a stylish motherfcker who knows her way around a make up store.  i always go to her for beauty advice.  i love how she mixes some fancy make ups with stuff you could also find in the drugstore.  i feel like... I CAN DO THIS!  after reading her posts. please check her blog for more wit and wisdom if you like this post.  :D  

and if you'd like to be a guest blogger, comment here or contact me!  you know i'm all about octopus and bicycles and dead things and circus things and science things but really, you could write about whatever you want. :D 

now, without further ado... 

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When Codi asked me to write a guest post, she left the subject totally up to me. So, I’ve decided to do something makeup-related, since that’s the focus of my blog, coffee sundays.( A disclaimer if you do click over: I suck at updating regularly.

I recently made an international move, from Honolulu, Hawaii, to London, England. In addition to my passport, I also had to apply for a student visitor visa, since I’ll be staying here for six months, and taking a couple short professional courses to fill the time.

There are many things you need to consider when applying for a passport and/or a visa, but the one I’m going to discuss today is the picture, and how to do your makeup for it!

Now you might be thinking, why bother with makeup? Who cares? Well, maybe I’m vain (I am), but this is going to be an official picture ID for the next ten years! I want to look nice.

However, my goal isn’t to look like an ultra-glamourous bombshell (no offense intended if that's your personal jam. You do you). I just want to look like a better, more polished version of myself.

Case in point for the power of “no-makeup makeup”?

passport photo no makeup

passport photo with makeup

See? I still look like what’d I’d look like on any given day, but it's a more put together illusion. (Honestly, I’m usually a hot mess.)

Counterintuitively, I find that no-makeup makeup is actually just as challenging as glam makeup. The idea is to make it look like you’re not wearing anything, as if you actually #wokeuplikethis. Your goal is to convince people that you don’t need makeup… with makeup.

passport photo base makeup

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I started with a primer, to ensure that the foundation applies evenly. I rarely remember to use a primer, but everyone seems to like this one. I like that this one doesn't feel super silicone-y, the way that most primers do.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle liquid foundation mixed with LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint

foundation with liquid highlighter

This particular foundation gives a rather flat look to my face. To counteract this, I mix a little bit of LUSH's Feeling Younger Skin Tint, a liquid highlighter. It's very lightweight, almost like lotion. It imparts a subtle sheen that brings life back to the skin.

Pixi Peach Corrector

I use this on my dark circles. The peachy color cancels out my purple tones.

BECCA Dual Coverage concealer

I use the medium coverage side under my eyes, and the extra coverage side on my spots.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Flawless Face Powder

Light dusting of this all over to set the foundation.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Impalpable Finishing Powder - Diaphanous

This goes on at the very end, after blush, etc. I know it seems like overkill, but this powder blurs fine lines and pores beautifully, and I really only use it when I know I'm going to be photographed.

passport photo color makeup

Now, onto color that looks like I'm a naturally healthy, radiant human being!

Shiro Cosmetics Burn the Heart Out of You

I use this as a contour powder. It's tricky to work with a loose powder, especially for something that's supposed to be undetectable like contouring. It's a great color, though. When looking for a contour powder (or cream), keep in mind that you want to mimic shadows, as if your cheekbones are so damn chiseled, they could provide shade for someone on a hot summer's day. So look for cool colors, with some gray mixed in.

Wet n Wild ColorIcon bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana

I have no idea why they call this a bronzer. I use it as a highlight, and I'm quite pale. The finish is satin, and subtle, not frosty or metallic.

Korres Zea Mays blush in Natural

I didn't open the compact for the picture, but it's a peachy brown color with a bit of golden warmth. In all honesty, I'm not entirely convinced I even like this blush, but it's called Natural so…? In hindsight, I should have used something with a bit more color, because the tiny ass passport photo gets washed out and shitty anyway.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

I actually have naturally dark brows. But for pictures, they look 100% better when they're filled in. My whole face seems to snap into focus.

Smashbox eyeshadows

I always come back to this trio when I want a natural eye (which you can't even see in the picture because I have hooded lids, so never mind).

Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Demolition

For softer, natural makeup, I prefer a dark brown eyeliner over black.

Urban Decay Subversion mascara primer, The Body Shop Divide and Multiply mascara, Urban Decay Perversion mascara

I went all out with my mascara for my passport photo. I have super puny lashes, and they need all the help they can get. Mascara primer, and two different mascaras! Please say you can see the difference. Don't let my hard work be for naught.

Jouer lip gloss

No idea what this lip gloss is called. It's a sheer flesh color, with golden shimmer.

So! Once your makeup is done, you can head to Costco or wherever they do passport photos. Or, if you're a bit of a control freak, you can take your own picture at home and upload it to, which is what I did. They give you tips on how to take an acceptable photo (white background, no hair in your face, cropped to the shoulders, etc.), and they'll even print it according to which country you need the photo for. US passport size is different from the UK passport size!

Fun fact: I stressed out so much over whether or not my photo would be acceptable. When I went to my biometrics appointment as part of the visa application, they took a photo of me there (I had my makeup done very similar to what I did here). When my visa was approved and my passport sent back to me, I saw that they didn’t even use the picture I sent in, but the one that was taken at the visa center! So now you're the only ones who get to see all my hard work. You're welcome.


my typical saturday... 

9:30 yoga! 

dorian just got back from a hatha teacher training in india.  he was very energetic!  we did a lot of things i've never done in his- or any other- yoga class before; several partner adjustments and things against the wall.  it was... challenging!  lots of hip openers.  i can tell it was good practice, though, because i have never been able to do a very good mandukasana (frog pose).  but in that class, i was able to get a nice spider pose against the wall, and a pretty nice center split against the wall.  i forsee a better mandukasana in my future. :)  also, i am not really into partner yoga (i'm so embarrassed people have to touch me when i'm sweating buckets) but the lady who partnered with me cracked my upper/mid back and it was AMAZINGGGGGG.   now i can see why people like getting massages!  i've never had a massage, myself, but one day i'd like to try. 

walked across the street and had lunch at nijiya market after that.

$6 chirashi bowl, so goooood!  usually, i get tea (at taste tea) after yoga but i was... hungry.  this was so tasty, i might make nijiya part of my regular saturday routine. :9   kani, ikura, ahi, shiso, ginger, rice.  can a gal ask for more?!  also, you can eat inside the grocery store where it's air conditioned!  super like the air conditioning after yoga. ;) 

went to catch the bus at ala moana but first, stopped at the post office to pick up the new peanuts stamps for my mom.  the ice skating one is my favorite.

eating sakura mochi at the bus stop. 

i'm like fat fuu, can't help it!  love to eat! 

i like to hang out outside when i get home.  absorb some sunlight and enjoy the breeze.  

hello hamstrings!  since i'm all stretched out from the morning yoga, i can do all kinds of amazing things in the afternoon.  it's that perfect hour when you've recovered enough from the morning but are still bendy.  by sunday morning i'm too achy to do crazy cool yoga poses! 

after that i rinse all the sweat out of my mat.  because i am a microbiologist.  and i know what normal flora is. 

and then i shower myself off. 
and then laundry. 

and then homework.  and guava toast (with spreadcheese). and coffee. 
this is why i need to exercise #alwayseating 

and then bed time!   i know... only 7:30pm.  but it's late for me!

off to work at 11pm.

i'm a hematologist, and this is my new baby, sysmex xn!

i'm also in charge of blood banking when there's only two techs on

yeah, i'm ballin, keeping an AB platelet in stock.

when i'm at work, i'm all about the socks.

i get off work at 7am. 
then i get home at shower off the hospital germs.  because i'm a microbiologist. ;)
(if i had a home incinerator and could burn my clothes like in gattaca...)

on sundays i hide out in my room after work... (#fuckyeahblackoutcurtains) 
i drink coffee and play records while i take my computer down and back up all my hard drives.

We are still here laughing with injuries

and then finally another short and blissful nap until the sun crawls out and even my dark curtains can't stop me from seizing the day. 

and that's what my weekends are like.




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