A sketch of a small Hokkaido style ramen restaurant we ate at the other day. I took some photos of the storefront for my next series, but as I had no photos of the interior I wanted to do a quick sketch while I still remember the layout.
Medium: WATSON white watson 190g
Sketch: 2B Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil
Colours: 38 color Schmincke set + 2 custom greens.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been following a routine derived from the 10-step Korean skincare routine.
The key to remember is to layer all the products from thinnest to thickest consistencies. I’ve been seeing a huge improvement in my complexion; super excited to see what future results will bring!
Step 1: Cleansing Oil
This is the first step of the “double-cleansing” technique. At first, I was very hesitant to use an oil-based cleanser seeing as my skin type is oily and acne-prone. However, using this in conjunction with a foam cleanser for the next step addresses that issue. I’ve been using the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil to remove all my makeup easily. Works like a charm!
Step 2: Foam Cleanser
Not only does the foam cleanser remove the rest of the makeup, it makes sure to also remove the remaining oil cleanser from your face to prevent breakouts. I’m currently using Kracie Naive Cleansing Foam Peach, and I like to exfoliate and further scrub off dead skin using my Konjac activated charcoal facial sponge. It makes my face feel super clean and smooth afterwards.
Step 3: Toner
Western toners are also known as astringents, which can be harsh on the skin and dry it out. Asian toners are also called “lotions”, and is of a watery consistency. They are meant to act as primers to balance out the skin’s pH and to help the additional products better absorb and penetrate into the skin. I really like Hada Labo Shirojyun Albutin Lotion. Albutin has a whitening effect on skin as well!
Step 4: Sheet Mask (optional, night time only)
Once a week, I like to use a sheet mask to give my face additional moisture and to target additional problems. Skin masks are pre-soaked in essence, and there are a large variety of masks out there that I can go into further detail in another post. I don’t have a regular brand of skin mask that I’ve been using since I like to experiment with the varieties of different ones.
Step 5: Serum
Serums also address specific issues such as wrinkles, dark spots, brightening, etc. It’s like a lotion, with thick consistency. Skinfood Peach Sake Pore Serum is great for my acne-prone skin since it works to minimize excessive sebum and large pores.
Step 6: Tretinoin Cream 0.025% (night time only)
I’ve also been using a dermatologist-prescribed cream to get rid of annoying hormonal breakouts and to improve skin texture. This is a tricky product to use as the side effects include peeling skin, causing redness and dryness for several weeks. It also makes my skin very sensitive to sun. This is optimally applied on completely dry skin, so I usually wait 30min after my previous step before applying tretinoin.
Step 7: Moisturizer
For night time, moisturizer is the final thing that locks in all the products on your skin. I just started using the widely popular Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream. Containing 74% of snail secretion filtrate, this product can reduce redness, acne marks, diminish wrinkles, lighten scars, and improve complexion overall. Really excited to see this in action!
Step 8: Sunscreen(day time only)
One of the reasons Asians are known for their incredible skin is definitely due to sunscreen. Japanese sunscreens are highly rated and very effective. My favorite is Hada Labo UV Creamy Gel. With SPF50+ and PA++++, this sunscreen effectively protects against both UVB rays and UVA rays, respectively.
If you have any skincare recommendations, please let me know! I will love to test new products and review them here. :)
Them doing the dishes together with some jazzy background music, until Ivan pries the plats from Alfred’s hands and sweeps him away in a complicated tango, their gazes gentle and lips quirked up.
Both getting ready to go to work in the morning; Ivan’s sleepy bedhead, Alfred wolfing down his breakfast as he chatters on and on about everything he’s got planned for the day, both checking the other’s tie and giving a quick goodbye-kiss before they leave in opposite directions.
Alfred singing loudly (and off-key) in the shower and Ivan sitting downstairs, reading a book, grinning unabashedly or putting the book away to join his lover.
Ivan coming home from work, more quiet than usually, and Alfred giving him a back rub because he knows it’s been a tough day. Alfred is always very vocal when he’s the one having it.
Taking turns grocery shopping, washing the car, “fighting” over who gets to take care of dinner (”No Alfred, we’ve already had McDonald’s twice last week.”).
Sleeping in on the weekends, Ivan dragging Alfred back to bed every time he tries to get up.
Ivan making sure to remain extra quiet as Alfred falls asleep against his shoulder or with his head in his lap.
I can’t wait to live my life with you.
I want to wash your clothes, shop with you, dry your hair, watch TV with you, go cycling with you, cook with you, go to the park with you, wait at the train station with you, tidy the house we live in together, make our bed in the morning…
I want you near me.
Exo reaction to fiance running away after finding out they’re in a gang
Can I have a au gang of Exo and Bts reaction of their fiancé running away after they found out they their husband’s job is?
Hahahah, I’m happy you were the first person to request an exo reaction, thank you, and here you go <3
Suho’s whole schedule had been packed this week. An unwelcome guest had appeared lately, one that caused a lot of trouble for him. Today though, he had handed all of his work of to a trusted partner, excitedly making his way home to spend some time with you.
You hadn’t been replying to his attempts to reach you lately, his phone void of any message from you since last Wednesday, so as he pulled into the driveway, getting out and walking in, it wasn’t the largest shock in the world to find the place empty.
He made his way around the house, only checking to see if any of your items where there to humor himself. After making sure that it looked like he was a single man living alone, he headed back to the manor, one word gathering everyone before sending the away.
To say he was proud of you for keeping his men searching for a few hours would be an understatement, your ability only making the wine he was sipping taste even sweeter as he waited at the large dining table. Seeing you escorted in, Suho could only smile, a motion for you to sit down at one of the many empty spots followed by you doing so before he spoke.
“I was going to wait to show you the manor till after we got married, but now that you’re here- welcome home.”
Xiumin sat at one of the far booths, the aroma of coffee filling the air around him. He waited in the familiar cafe, a small smile on his face as he looked out the window. The shop was on one of the middle floors of a tall building, the people walking along the streets looking small beneath him. He didn’t mind though, his smile turning to a smirk as he could still make out all their features.
At times like these, he was grateful. His well trained eyes giving him the ability to keep his mind busy as he waited for you. After a few minutes, he finally spotted the one he was looking for. A gummy smile spread as he saw you, the casual attire of black jeans and a simple shirt being enough to make him want to jump out the window and hug you. Sadly he would have to wait, your drinks and cookies being prepared at the moment needing him there so they had an owner to go to.
Still, he kept his eye on you. Small chuckles left his mouth when he notice you spotting him, your arm going up in a motion ready to wave before you abruptly stopping. Xiumin watched with a curious gaze as your hand went into your pocket, pulling out at phone before bringing it to your ear.
The once happy smile you wore was gone, a look of panic replacing it for a second before you attempted to hide it. He watched as you started hurriedly walking away from the shop, confusion washing over him as you rounded a corner, leaving his field of sight.
Taking out his own phone, he opened an app he never wanted to use on you, holding the phone up to his ear and hearing the same words you were at the moment.
“He’s lying to you, make your way to my place if you want to be safe.”
That was all he needed before calmly standing up, feet carrying him to the place he knew you were heading to right now.
“This type of work really isn’t something I need right now.”
Baekhyun and you had both been out shopping the entirety of the day. Both of your arms were filled with bags upon bags, all the stores putting you at the top of their customer list as you almost bought out entirety of their merchandise. A coffee in his hand and a mango smoothie in yours, he purposely caught you mid sip, relishing in the way you went wide eyed and tried to swallow faster causing your voice to come out in a funny way that only happened in times like these.
“So, which store next?”
“T-that one.” You pointed to an in style clothing shop, one that had outfits matching what you were wearing at the moment. Leading the way in, Baekhyun followed after you, happily choosing some items for you that he knew you would adore.
With your hands full, you made your way to the dressing room, Baekhyung being left to sit on his own and guard your possessions. He waited for you to come out and show him what you were trying on, his favorite part of shopping with you always being when an outfit would fit you so well, other males heads would turn, their faces dropping when they saw you were taken.
In the off chance that one of them would try anything with you, he would give them a look, one he only used while on the job or in dire times- shut as those.
Luckily for him, you were oblivious to that side of him, a side that he was planning on keeping locked up until you were properly his. Still, as you didn’t come out to him as you normally did, he started to get an uncomfortable feeling, one that was all to familiar that told him when something was wrong.
Making his way to where you were supposedly changing, he knocked on the door, easily opening it when he found it unlocked, revealing an empty room without you there. About to turn around in search of you, he heard a buzz, eyes guiding him to the sound where he spotted your phone.
Picking it up, he read the texts, displeased with the words on screen that caused him to curse to himself. Leaving the room and forgetting about the bags outside, he made his way out of the shop, spotting your scurrying form in the mass of people as he did when searching for his target.
“And this is why you shouldn’t be so curious kitten.”
Jongin had been happy ever since this morning after receiving your text. Even after all the work he had today, moving the body’s from one place to another, cleaning off his blood stained face and disposing of his once white now red button up shirt, the little message and smiley face made him hum a happy tune as he made his way up the path to your shared home.
He had been away for a week, eager to surprise you by coming home early tonight and spending a couple of relaxing days with you before his next call to work. Deciding to knock on the door as to keep the game of the person waiting on the other side as someone else, he looked down at his hand, a wide grin coming on his face as he saw the wedding ring he had been wearing for months.
Not once did he dare to take it off, the small but meaning full item always getting him through the day when things got harsh but as he stood standing there, he realized you were taking far longer to greet him then normal.
Attempting to gain your attention again, he fail, ultimately causing him to pull out his own key and walk inside. The lights were still on, tv playing one of your favorite shows as he walked around in search for you.
“Y/n?” He called out, making his way around the house before reaching your bedroom.
It was a mess, the closet left open with some of your clothing missing. Items were thrown around as if you were looking for something in a hurry. Walking to where your traveling bags normal were, he notice one was missing, a scribbled note left in it’s place written in a way only you did with the words ‘I’m sorry’
Breathing out in annoyance, Jongin went back to his car, angry with understanding keeping him calm as he started driving.
“This isn’t the time to be running away from me”
Sehun had just finished his last order for the night, the remnants of the job still prominent on his shirt. He was worn out, ready to just go home and crawl on your lap, your waist seeming very hug-able and inviting at the moment.
The feeling of being on you filled his senses, feet walking a little bit faster to get home. Once he did, the first thing he spotted was the back of your head, eyes glued to the tv as he shouted a quick ‘hello’ before making his way to the bathroom to clean up.
He took of his shirt in the bedroom, walking to your connected bathroom and stepping into the warm shower. It felt nice against his skin, his muscles being soothed underneath them from the strenuous day. He didn’t stay under the water long though, the want to be with you cutting his time short as he started to get dressed.
Making his way down stairs, he was surprised when you weren’t in your original spot, the guess of maybe she’s in the kitchen leading his feet to the room in question. Once there though, you were no where to be seen.
Sehun started to get nervous at that, his first move being to check the whole house- to which he came up empty. He was about to call your phone, the devise to his ear when he saw something where you were sitting.
Picking up the item, he saw it was his shirt, a knowing thought filling his mind that was only amplified when you didn’t pick up. Sighing, he sat where you were before, pulling up a GPS and before texting your whereabouts to the person who he knew would get to you the fasted.
Turning on your favorite show, he waited patiently, happy when he heard the door open and saw you walk in.
“The new episode of your favorite show just started so- why don’t you take a seat.”
Chen had been resting all day, the pain in his side not subduing from the day before. Groaning as he rolled over, he reached out in an attempt to grab you, upset when he felt nothing. Opening his eyes, he saw that it was still dark outside, the time reading 2:19am. He started resting once more, sure that you were just in the bathroom.
Silence filled the air far too long for his comfort though as he decided to get up and see if something was wrong- and to his surprise, there was. You were no where to be found. Grumbling, Chen noticed how some of your items were gone, the overnight bag you owned not in it’s usual spot.
He was annoyed, the usual calm nature he had around you being replaced with his work attitude. Punching a near by wall, he called up a friend.
“Oooo, someones angry.” Chanyeol teased, only to get a large blow to the arm in response.
“Just drive.” Chanyeol did as he was told, taking Chen to the mansion where he requested for you to be located. In a matter of minutes, you were found, Chen being left to calm down until you came back.
With a drink in hand, he sipped slowly, cooling his head at the thought of you.
“I don’t want to loose her, she’s the only one I would never hurt.”
Chanyeol had pounced on the opportunity to go home early, the box of chicken in his arms slightly burning his skin, making him rush to you that much faster. You had greeted him excitedly when he got home, not expecting him to be there, but welcoming it with open arms.
You both set up a movie, plates of food taking up both of your laps as you ate in comfortable silence. The movie was halfway through by the time you were both done with your meals, a large smile on Chanyeol’s face as he handed it to you.
Reaching up to give you a kiss, he was shocked when you jerked away. Shaking it off as ‘not feeling good’ he let you go to the kitchen, focus veering from the movie as you took too long to come back
“Y/n?” He called out to you, surprised when you didn’t answer back. Getting up, he made his way to the kitchen, a scowl on his face when he saw the back door open with you nowhere in sight.
Sighing, he walked out the door himself, annoyed at the night as he mumbled to himself.
“A dine and dash- how darling.”
Watching an action movie on his computer, he waited for you to come home. Work had been somewhat harder today, the screams of the people that he had the pleasure of meet still audible in his ears- or maybe that was just the screen.
Easily though, he shrugged the thoughts away, just ready to see you, the only person who could cure him of strenuous days like today. Finishing the movie though, Kyungsoo realized how late it was, a deep frown forming on his face as you should’ve been here by now.
Checking for any missed messages, he pushed the worried feeling down when he saw you had told him you were getting dinner, the reason being good enough for him to start another movie. But as that one finished, he realized something was off, opting to call you and make sure everything way okay.
Only reaching your voice mail, Kyungsoo quickly dialed a number he didn’t want. Hearing the line click, he started speaking, not wanting to speak to this person longer than he needed to.
“Where is she?”
There was a loud chuck, the sound bringing wrinkles to Kyungsoo’s face as his eyebrows came together in frustration.
“Gone you moron.”
Already knowing the true meaning behind those words (storing the information of being called a moron away for a later time) he hung up, dialing a third number of a person who didn’t want to die.
“Find her, or your your life will go back to the hell it once was.”
Yuuri moved to Russia with Viktor. That means we have a small eternity in the timeline to imagine the kind of domestic bliss going on over there.
+ Viktor dragging Yuuri ALL OVER St. Petersburg as soon as Yuuri is no longer jetlagged, showing him everything
+ Viktor sitting in bed with a laptop while Yuuri slept, trying to see if there were any Japanese restaurant with high ratings around because he knew it’s a guarantee that Yuuri will miss home
+ petty arguments over whose turn it is to wash the dishes
+ always shopping extra for groceries because despite all of his complaining Yurio never fails to show up at their place for dinner at least three times a week after moving his home rink to St. Petersburg
+ “I survived in Detroit for five years, Vitya, I’m okay without Japanese food,” Yuuri says in amusement as Viktor dragged him out to eat. But he’s touched anyway and hey, food’s actually pretty damn good!!!
+ Yuuri actually using the kitchen appliances in Viktor’s old apartment
+ Yuuri becoming the neighborhood mystery and every granny and Viktor’s neighbors are Determined to catch him in conversation at least once a day, and Yuuri is terrified because his Russian is broken at best
+ “Alexei (the local butcher) congratulates on ‘finally finding the one after seven tries’,” Yuuri says one day as he returns to Viktor’s apartment with their grocery. “You sure are determined, Vitya.”
+ “I have to be a role model for Alexei, because he gave up after two,” Viktor replies grandly and comes over to give Yuuri a full body hug and a giant sloppy kiss on his cheek and a “Welcome home.”
+ YUURI LEARNING RUSSIAN (Viktor is Delighted)
+ Yurio is horrified when Yuuri repeated some of the things Viktor told him in bed and didn’t tell him what they meant. Yurio signed Yuuri up for a language learning class the day after and Yuuri is too mortified to protest.
+ Yakov invites Yuuri out for a drink and a talk. Yuuri seriously wondering if he should get a will put together in case Viktor’s old coach delivers the shovel talk but just stops at the “shovel” part
+ “Don’t worry, Yakov won’t hurt a fly,” Viktor tells him with barely contained mirth when Yuuri tells him this. After a moment, he also adds, “Besides, his legs are short. You should be able to outrun him.”
+ “Just watch out for the little pistol he has in his coat pocket,” adds Yurio, who is a complete shit
+ Yuuri calling Yurio “Yurachtka” instead of “Yurio”, figuring it’s a tad more friendly. Yurio pretends to blow a gasket over it but is secretly pleased; only his immediate family ever called him that, and Otabek was too formal for it
+ suspiciously, at least half of the fridge is full of things Yurio like to eat. There is a guest room that also has too many animal print stuff in it to belong to either Yuuri or Viktor. Nobody remarks on this
+ Lilia terrifies Yuuri, but they quickly form an amicable (“amicable”) student-teacher relationship after Lilia commands Yuuri to show up at her studio and dance for her. That was how she ended up getting introduced to Minako as well, who is ecstatic
+ the younger kids under Yakov flocking to Yuuri because he’s as talented as Yurio but is so much nicer. Viktor stands on the side of the rink being absolutely Smug
+ MILA AND YUURI FINALLY MEET, hitting it off right away after half a bottle of vodka. Mila has 50+ embarrassing pictures of Viktor and Yurio collected on her phone over the year. Yuuri is in awe
Mortal AU. Will Solace is the new employee at the local car wash shop. Nico is the newly turned regular who all of a sudden volunteers to get every person he knows who owns a car and have it get washed.
He volunteers out of his own good will and simply not to discreetly stare at the blond car wash boy. Seriously, what are people talking about?
day 1// July 24th - reincarnation // favorite scene/interaction
The time passes with little to no fanfare. First, it’s just days. They visit the celebration happening in Trafalgar Square following the end of the war. Etta hears about the memorial set up for fallen soldiers and the crew goes to see it all. Diana walks by celebrating young lovers, a child propped on his father’s shoulders and her heart breaks more and more with each step. The pain floods back to her and she falters as she approaches the board of soldiers’ photographs. She sees Steve again and it takes all the strength she can muster not crumble to the ground. Unshed tears form in her eyes and she tries to smile at Steve’s picture but she can only manage a slight upturn of her lips before she has to turn away.