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x Solar Flair Bronzing Powder in Universal Mocha (Satin) $5 
x Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Rosy Brown (Matte) $10 

I’ve never been the sort of person to collect makeup from one brand and have an entire shelf from them. I always pick like a couple and stick with my eclectic collection. But this line, makes me want to buy every single shade. I wish they would go on sale. I know it’s only “$9.99” but that’s not what shows up in the register if you buy the whole line. Sometimes, I wish I was sponsored or on H&M’s PR list. 

I think I’ll just collect these slowly, one by one. Because I do like the packaging. I like how light and slim it is.

Very tempted to collect everything, but sadly, I’m not ready to see $100+ as a grand total purchase on my bank transaction summary. 

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Best wishes, 

Mari xx 

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Sakura Deck - Tarot Love Reading



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Disclaimer: This is a general reading. Please only take what resonates. I am only a beginner in reading Tarot so please enjoy this content, more in an entertainment manner rather than an informative one. With that being said, I have three piles for you to choose from. Each holding four cards. The left card reveals the past and the right card reveals the future. The two cards in the middle describe the current situation. I’ve set down charms on top to help you decide on which pile you’d like to choose.  I completely forgot to put down charms on top of each pile. I'm so sorry. I'll do it in the next reading. 

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I had pink nail polish on, I put the cards directly north where the rest of the light, and also placed the reading near pink containers. So overall, I think I did my best to bring out the best love reading ritual process I could muster according to the Clow Card handbook which insisted on wearing something pink or be near something pink during the love reading. 


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Pile 1 | The Song, The Sand, The Big, The Sweet 

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This card, your very first card, The Song, is a very good sign and a good indicator of happy things. In regards to love, it means sharing your happiness with someone.  The Sand, according to the handbook means you have an admirer :) This person who is thinking about you, thinks you’re very important.  This card also means, if you had a fight with you’re SO, you should try reconciling. The Big, means a huge possibility of things happening. So whatever you’re dreaming of, whether that’s travel or wanting something to come true, this card is saying that the universe will have your back on it. You can also think of this as an innuendo. Whichever way you also interpret or resonate with the cards is ok lol. Brought it up because I know it’s gonna get brought up lol. The closing card is The Sweet which is a really nice card to have as an ending card. It means new love, stable love, and a person who you like softens your heart just by being near you. Aww Pile One, you have such nice cards. I’m very happy to do your reading for you.


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Pile 2 | The Shadow, The Time, The Cloud, The Rain 

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Please don’t be alarmed. I know the first card drawn looks ominous. But according to the Clow Reed handbook, it actually means finding a solution to a problem. I think this is similar to the Devil Card or the Death card in the Tarot. It looks very bleak pulling this card out, but if you read stories behind the cards, you’ll find that it’s actually a very comforting one. Like the universe playing a little playful joke on you. So when it comes to love, I feel like this may be more like a Three of Swords kind of problem. Where there’s either a third party or a misunderstanding inside the relationship. Or if you’re single, things just aren’t clear to you yet. 

The Time means that every event has a message attached to it. These could be lessons or things you may need to reflect on before trying to problem-solve. 

I’ll read to you directly what The Cloud means in relation to the two previous cards: “Choose your decision carefully. Relax and open your heart before judging a situation. If you make the best decision, your heart will be at ease.”

The Rain also looks like such a bad forecast for this reading, but I promise you it’s not. This card means things are finally taking a turn for the better. Rains are often symbols of blessings. Things that you classify as “misfortunes” are often exercises that will strengthen you as a character and painful experiences are often temporary. 

So relationship-wise, maybe it’s an NC (No Contact) or there’s some distant going on right now, but it should sort itself out soon where it will bring happiness to both parties whichever shape or form that may be. 

I hope you liked your reading Pile Two. Let me know in the comments below if it resonated.

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Pile 3 | The Glow, The Freeze, The Shot, The Mist

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The Glow is a good luck sign and in regards to love, it means all hesitation is lost. Similarly to how The Fool in traditional tarot, takes that “leap” of faith and is ready for a new adventure. So if there were some hesitation before, with this card it seems like your person is becoming more open. 

The Freeze is very appropriate for wintertime. Reading straight from the guide book, “winter is a gathering of strength.” I think when it comes to relationships, a pause or taking things slow isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When I see the Freeze I always think of pomegranates being preserved. I’m not sure if that resonates with anyone. But it makes me think of keeping something special that future, daily events won’t be able to corrupt or taint those special moments you’ve collected and turned them into ordinary, mundane things as well. I guess what I’m trying to say is that spark at the beginning becomes preserved and doesn’t fade. 

The Shot can literally mean shoot your shot since everything is ready lol. It could also mean that if there was an unintentional hurt that’s been done to either party, you may go ahead and humbly apologize and try to smooth out any ruffled feathers. 

The Mist card looks like a scary way to end the reading, but it’s actually saying to the viewer and the tarot reader, to be calm and ascertain the current situation. And in doing so, the “mist” surrounding you will turn to good weather eventually. 

Let me clarify The Glow and The Mist for you by pulling out more cards. 

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We end up pulling The Voice and The Float. 

The Voice really wanted to come out for this reading. Because I remember re-shuffling several times and it would always pop up. All that I have for my notes with The Voice card is that it reiterates The Glow is a good luck card. So double luck for you Pile Three. Let’s see what The Float has to say paired with The Mist. 

The Float says “liberation from restraint” so I think that just emphasizes bad weather clearing from The Mist card. It’s also a warning card in regards to romantic relationships. Keeping an eye on someone drifting away from you.

But I don’t think that’s the case for anyone, because the other three cards previously didn’t carry any other warnings. If it did, then I would have to end this reading in a bad note. But I didn’t have to, so hooray :D 

I hope you enjoyed your reading, Pile Three. 

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I’m thinking of doing the Casanova deck next since one of my niches is relationships. Hopefully, Google doesn’t get angry that the deck contains explicit content. I mean, they don’t seem to take down videos on Youtube as of yet, so I think I’ll be okay for now. 

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing extended readings at this point. I'll open up shop and announce it maybe in a couple of months. The format will be the same as this one, except more cards will be unfolded and I’ll probably send it via email and the transaction will most likely be done on PayPal instead of Etsy, if you guys are interested. 

I was hoping that more of the female persona of each element would show up, but they didn’t. I’ll either have to do more piles or clarify each pile. I only did so for Pile Three because it was a little bit vaguer than the other two.

Take care, 

Mari xx 



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First Declutter I ever did for my make up collection was about five years ago when I was 21. It was a bunch of Maybelline lipsticks and old nail polishes that have started to separate. I wish I documented it, but decluttered weren’t a thing back then. I would have liked to re-purpose the lipsticks as cream blushes, but unfortunately, I tend to break out using cream blushes. And cream blushes also tend to take my base off, so I couldn’t have done anything but declutter it. That was undocumented so this is the documented declutter. 

So we’re going to do Lush today. I know, I know it’s really gross. Because organic stuff has to be consumed between 3 weeks to 6 months. They have faster expiration dates. I’ve had these guys for 3 years. Super gross. But I haven’t seen anything grow out of it with lots of legs. So we’re in luck. Still not gonna open it because we never know if something might jump out. So for safety reasons, I’m only showing you the outside part. 

LUSH make up never did well. I gave them a try, because my lifestyle three years ago was a fitness addict, who was transitioning to clean brands, along with a vegan diet. 

I fell off the wagon, doing light walks now instead of lifting weights and doing yoga. The vegan diet was too extreme for me. I should have started with a vegetarian diet first, although to be fair, I’ve been a vegetarian my whole life because I don’t really fancy meat all that much. I still need it because I can’t find any plant-based products to sufficiently replace meat. I don’t eat meat for pleasure. I do it because my system couldn’t handle it. My body could never adjust to it. I like vegans that are more understanding of how their chosen diet is not for everyone. Shame on the bad examples of vegans, who think they’re better than people who couldn’t successfully transition to a plant-based diet. Because if God himself said it was okay to consume animals after the Flood, what gives you a higher authority than God, as a judge-y vegan??? 

Sorry, I went off on a tangent, but that was the only reason why I gave them a try even though a lot of people did agree that it wasn’t Lush’s best line that they’ve released.  And I think a lot of brands that claim to be clean, and I think the general consensus also agrees, that vegan brands are really expensive and most of them don’t work. Price is not worth it, at this point in time. Maybe in the future, yes. 

Getting really nostalgic in writing this post. My first ever, toner. I loved this little guy, I wanted to save him up forever. Even the preserved roses wilted and turned black though. He’s only about $1.50 or something when I bought him. Shipping was really expensive at the time because I don’t think I had a LUSH established yet near me. Now that I think about a steam toner is quite expensive if you add it up for a month or even a year. Glad, I got to give it a try. I hope they didn’t discontinue him. 

And the third item is a sample. I never really liked coconut scents. So I didn’t get to use this up. I did appreciate LUSH for giving me a good amount of samples back in the good old days. Now they changed the container to a smaller one. Like how it’s the mini version of the bigger containers though. I sort of stopped shopping at LUSH because there was this mean employee who tried to give me crumb samples. I used to get my samples filled up to the brim. Maybe it was the new store policy. Anyway, I couldn’t test out the stuff for a week. It was only for one use and I couldn’t really tell from that amount if I wanted the full size. And I was a loyal customer of LUSH for quite some time because of the nice sample policy they had. It worked really well when I was beginning to get into skincare and Korean skincare. 

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I also decluttered nail polishes that were too dry and no longer pretty to take photos of so I'm just gonna go ahead and list them down:

x Taupe To Go - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (Only had this for less than a year and it dried up. Not going to repurchase this line even though I love the shades)
x Slick Slate - Sally Hansen
x Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat - Sally Hansen
x Adore-a-ball - Essie (Weird black spots started showing up at the bottom. Does anyone else have this problem with their nail polish? It looks unsafe to put on your nails)
x Ladylike - Essie
x Fiji - Essie ♡
x Ladies Who Lunch - Defy 
x Go Ginza - Essie ♡
x Barefoot in Barcelona - OPI ♡
x Wasa-Be With You - Wet N Wild (Too sheer and runny. Formulas is not good. )
x Limo-Scene (Another black little soot showing up at the bottom. Not sure if it's bacteria or what o _ o)
x In Nude-Tral - Sally Hansen ♡
x ORLY Won't Chip Top Coat - (Brownish color at the bottom. Not sure if it's from other polish or it's another creature growing in there) 

I put hearts next to the light pastel nail polish that I liked. It has sentimental value but I can't keep it anymore for safety reasons. Might repurchase in the future? I really liked Go GInza and Fiji for when I adored having short nails three years ago. 



What are your favorite LUSH products? Were there ever LUSH products you had to declutter too? 



Take care,  

Mari xx 





Pretty Packaging

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12/09/2019


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Not going to list every single product that you see here because that would be psychotic. I don’t know why I hoarded so many packaging this year. It must have been my inner graphic designer that has been wanting to keep them forever and never put them in the trash. Because every time I try to do it, my brain goes “Oh, but look, it’s so pretty, don’t throw it away. We could study it for our future graphic designs we’re going to make. Or we could feature it in a review, even though I’m not into doing swatches anymore.” (: Do you see my problem? Fell in love with graphic designing during my junior year of high school. And I think that was when my packaging addiction started. I remember the first time I decluttered the Naked palette outer packaging by Urban Decay, I was secretly crying on the inside. I didn’t even take photos of it which stung even more. It could also be my inner archivist/historian that prevented me from throwing away this stuff. That’s a fancy word for saying I may have a hoarding problem, I need to get on top of. 

Anyway, if you learned anything from this post, it’s that I’m a sucker for packaging. 
No that wasn’t an innuendo. 

Also, I hope no one is offended when I labeled this as a "giant trash post" on one of my pin adverts. When I say trash, I really mean recyclable and I don't have room for it in such a tiny studio. You get a peek of my tiny studio floor near the bottom of the post c:  

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Take care, 

Mari xx 

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