drying dome

So the lantern in your heart won’t fade

MP100 Valentines Week
Day 6; Comfort

pairing: terumob

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The park is empty in the rain, lamps looming eerily through the stormy-dark evening, and Teruki’s sneakers slap across wet sidewalks as he runs towards an out-of-the-way park bench tucked into the quietest corner.

It’s one thing to get a call from Reigen – the man’s mild tone and manner of speech as he asked “Have you heard from Mob today?” made it impossible for Teruki to determine if something was wrong. Ritsu’s name on his Caller I.D. within the hour, on the other hand, was enough to light little fires of worry in Teruki’s brain before he could so much as answer the phone.

Is my brother there? He’s been acting strange since he came home from work last night, and the school just called and said he didn’t show up for class today. He doesn’t have his phone, and I can’t – my powers are still just – I can’t find him. Is he there with you?”

Teruki was out the door not even a minute later, with barely the presence of mind to grab a coat.

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Playing with resin today. I got some new.

The baubles are scenes I am working on. Crossing my fingers they turn out. I played with some new colors I got. Also, this new resin takes FOREVER to dry and has no dome. I’m not in love with it so far. I think I need to use the smelly resin in these bases so they dry fast enough to create a scene in. I’ll see how these dry and hope I want to finish them haha.

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I made this template for anyone that wants to make a very simple DIY monster hunter item box. Make sure you scale the image in accordance to your box size. For me, I was able to get away with using only 1 regular size printer paper. I bought this box from Michaels for about $1.75 USD. It’s pretty much an average (medium) size box. Not huge, but big enough to but some trinkets in.

Materials: Acrylic paint red, wooden chest, paper, printer, glue, scissors, and mod podge dimensional magic (optional)

1. Paint the box red and let it dry.

2. Cut out the stripes.

3. Glue the gold stripes on all four sides and the top part of the box.

4. Glue the red stripes on all four sides top and bottom. (see pic for reference)

5. Add the Monster Hunter stamp. (I tried to cut as close to the outline as possible).

6. Add the brown stripes. (see pic)

Optional: I used mod podge dimensional magic to make the small domes BEFORE sealing the whole thing with it. Be sure to leave about an hour or so to let the domes dry first before sealing the rest of the box with the podge.

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Shu Uemura “the lightbulb” oleo-pact review (plus a preview of a couple of Fall 2014 “Brave Beauty” products)!

Here’s a quick peek at 2 products from the upcoming Brave Beauty collection, which features intensely strong colors and beautiful printed packaging. But this post is really about the lightbulb oleo-pact!

I’ve spoken about Shu Uemura’s the lightbulb foundation and powder foundation before, but I’m not joking when I say the new oleo-pact launching in Sep 2014 is my favorite of the bestselling series so far.

The original Lightbulb foundation is better for dry skins and dry weather; I loved it when I was traveling in Japan. In warmer weather or on oily skins, it can feel slightly heavy cos of the different oils in the formula, doesn’t really set and has a tendency to shift or smear off after a few hours.

The Lightbulb powder foundation I’m afraid I never quite liked as much because I personally don’t like matte full-coverage powder foundations, and I could never get this powder “glow” with the buffer sponge.

The oleo-pact combines the best of both worlds. It isn’t as dewy as the liquid foundation, isn’t as matte as the powder, and comes in a convenient portable compact for touch-ups on the go. 

Texture:

Satin finish (natural-looking glow)

Lightweight feel; not as heavy as the liquid, but not as weightless as the powder of course

Coverage:

This has less coverage than the original liquid foundation, but it’s still buildable to a respectable medium coverage.

Lasting power: 

I tried this on normal/dry skin in humid weather without any powder and it stayed quite fresh for the whole day (about 10 hours) without oxidizing; no oil-control but it didn’t get dry or cakey on my skin either.

Pros:

  • Sustained natural glow and good skin-evening coverage without being heavy or unnatural
  • Reasonable lasting power for normal-to-dry or combi/dry skins
  • Lightweight and non-greasy feel
  • Skin-conditioning
  • Stays fresh-feeling even after experiencing some humidity and sebum over the day; didn’t bleed, streak, or cake up after sweating even without setting powder
  • Good for normal to slightly-dry or even slightly-combi/oily skins

Cons:

  • Contains oils so it won’t last extremely well on oily skins, although it would do ok on combi skins if set with some powder
  • Won’t be hydrating enough if you are extremely dry
  • The dense slightly-domed bouncy sponge is a PAIN to clean, just like the other lightbulb sponges. 
  • Not enough coverage to cover more prominent blemishes; a separate concealer would be needed
  • Not refillable; I’d like to purchase a refill for a reduced price instead of throwing out the compact and paying full price each time

The Lightbulb Oleo-pact will launch in Singapore on 1 Sep for $75.

i think i see the future

@natsumeweek 2017
Day 5; Ten years later

pairing: nishinatsu

and this is the end! you can read the previous chapters on tumblr here or on ao3. (the rest of them can kind of stand alone, but this one refers back to the previous chapter pretty heavily so i would read that one first ;;;) 

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“I’ll see you again on Monday,” Satoru promises, meaning it. The boy clinging to his knee looks up at him with solemn brown eyes that peek wide and lamplike out of a round face. “Hey, don’t look at me like that. It’s only three days away.”

Words notwithstanding, Satoru crouches and offers one last hug. Susumu lunges for him, attaching to his chest like a limpet, small hands folding into fists in the back of his shirt.

The tiny body in his arms doesn’t tremble at a touch anymore, has stopped flinching at every sudden movement, and it only took seven long months and two different foster homes to get to this point.

Satoru is Susumu’s third social worker, assigned after the first two washed their hands of him. Susumu is the twenty-sixth or so child to land in a heap of files on Satoru’s desk, and quite possibly the most endearing little person Satoru has ever met.

“You’re such a good kid,” he says, so full of fierce affection he might come apart at the seams with it. “There’s a place for you somewhere, and I’m gonna find it.”

The woman fostering Susumu steps out to take his hand and draw him back into the house, and Satoru tries not to feel bereft as they go.

“See you Monday,” Susumu calls softly over his shoulder, more of a plea than a reminder.

“You’re not supposed to get attached,” Satoru reminds himself sternly, for the one millionth time, on his way back to the car. “You’re never supposed to get attached.”

It gets harder and harder to leave every day.

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