October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween~


Hope everyone is enjoying there Halloween this year. Sadly, I couldn't due to having night classes and having to study for an Exam early tomorrow morning. Curse you, College, Curse you. *shakes fists*

Although I knew I wouldn't particularly be able to celebrate today I gave a couple looks a shot last weekend, plus I'm throwing in a old photo.

Skeleton girl

-Based off Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" makeup and Rick Genest's tattoos

Cheshire Cat

-Just my on rendition of a humanoid Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

Death Eater Initiate

August 20, 2013

First YesStyle Haul

Here is my very first ever YesStyle haul~ You probably can't imagine how LONG I've always dreamed of getting things from here. The only thing I'm not showing is the black hat at the top because my friend ordered it.

To me honest I'm never the one to splurge on cloths or rather, on individual items of clothing. I'm a bargain shopper, the sales rack is my go-to. My philosophy for clothing shopping is that you can always find cute things for cheap and you can buy more of them instead of splurging on a single item. So spending so much to reach the free express shipping kinda hurt my conscious a little. This has been the most I've ever spent on a clothing purchase (excluding prom).

Bird Patch Pompom Beanie

Not going to lie, I've been on a crazy beanie kick lately. Just this summer, I crocheted or knitted 10 beanies, getting prepared for winter I guess. Although I have yet to buy one before or make one this color, plus I had no clue how to make this style so I bought it.

The main design is exactly like the model picture, but the pom poms are made out of a thinner thread, which I actually liked more. The hat itself seems made quite well, seems like it would be warm, and fits nicely on my head.

Two complains: One of the pompoms on the ear came off after I tried it on, but it was a simple fix. I was hoping to take the owl off once I got the hat if I didn't like, but it seems like they hot glued it. It would've been nicer if they stitched it on.

Side-Button Capelet

It is made of really soft fleece and is lightweight. I have yet to ever give into the batwing sleeve trend, but this was quite adorable and you'd probably never find anything like this in a store here in America. I can't wait to layer it over some of my winter clothes, if it ever gets relatively cold enough in Florida that is.

Definitely no complains here.

Zip Detail Shoulder bag

THIS was the reason built up the guts to finally order from YesStyle. I was in desperate need to get a bigger and more versatile purse and I had yet to find one that I liked from any stores near me or clothing websites. Of course the $10 shipping fee annoyed me so I ended up raising my order to get the most for my money. 

It's a very spacious purse, but this had a list of problems.

-There are 3 different tones of accent gold on this: Rose gold, Light gold and Yellow gold. It wasn't a big deal but I found it a little odd.
-The purse liner was crappily sewn together so at the bottom threads were everywhere and they didn't sew it completely all the way so there was a hole at the bottom. This annoyed me, but it was on the inside of the purse and was fixable with sewing. 
-It stunk SO bad of Rubber for the first month, but it did eventually go away so now it's just a fate odor.
-The leather strap bits attached to the purse itself detreaded itself and came off. I had to reattach it onto the purse with sewing. Now, I can started to see he second one coming undone so I'm probably going to have to do the same with that side.
-The main zipper is quite hard to zip up too. It has become a bit easier to zip, but still a hassle every time.

Despite the multiple problems, I quite like the style and other features of this.

Crochet Inset High-Top Sneakers

 I had ordered a size 37 and I'm normally a 6 1/2 in US sizes, but they were a little snug so I suggest going a size up. They feel comfortable despite the size being a little small, but they aren't cushioned at all.

The only thing that annoys me about these shoes is the fact that the Tongue is so short and deep into the shoe that you have to hold it while you put them on to prevent it from being bunched.

These aren't exactly the most slip resistant shoes either. So far they are holding up pretty well and aren't getting super dirty.

Overall: I recommend, received a bunch of complements on them from friends too.

Drawstring-Waist Hooded Parka

This was my most expensive Item I purchased in the haul. I love the versatility of this. It can bring a little masculinity to feminine outfits, like how the model is wearing it. The drawstring is nice to bring back some definition to your curves as well.

The outer material of this Parka is almost suede like. I was expecting this to feel a bit more heavier, but it honestly feels similar to a wind breaker.

Drawstring Cropped Harem Pants

Ever since EXO's song History came out, I've been dying to get myself some harem pants so I can shake them too. If you have seen the music video you know exactly which part I'm referring too. 

They are very comfortable and made out of a stretchy cotton material. I'm still a bit confused with how I'm going to style this because these make my already big hips look even larger. 

Print Pleated Culottes

 These were a lot thinner than I was expecting. its very flowy so it is good that it comes with inner shorts as well.  The thin material makes these a really nice piece for Spring and Summer still.

June 30, 2013

NOTM: Prom nails and/or Colored Glitter Gradient Tips

 Yep, these nails are from around 2 months ago during my High School Prom. Oh the memory. It was one of the nicest and worst nights of my life. Big last minute rush for everything. I was stuck being the designated makeup artist for a couple friends and I ended up having less than 5 minutes to do my own before getting rushed. *sigh* On the upside the venue was very nice and fancy. They also had chocolate fondue with the most ripe strawberries I've ever seen. Long story short, I was glued to it for a good 15 minutes. ^^;

 This was probably my first time ever accomplishing free handed French nails so NEATLY. Then again my actual nail tips grew long enough to acted like an outline. I quite like this look. It's very clean and sophisticated, but still fun because of the glitter.

Nail polish Used:
Sephora by OPI - Already Famous
KleanColor - Holo Chrome
Sephora by OPI - Only Gold for Me

AND because I was so fond of this nail style, I recreated it using red tips and fine holographic glitters.

Nail Polish Used:
Sephora by OPI - Already Famous
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps
Sephora by OPI - Meet Me at the Disco

June 29, 2013

Review: Urban Decay's Vice Palette

I was going to post this review some time mid-December, but my laptop died. >___>; Then right when I got a new one, life hit me pretty hard. But enough with the excuses, here is my LONG put off review.

Product Range NameUrban Decay: The Vice Palette
Retail Price: $59
Amount: 0.8 g/0.03 oz. each
What is it? 20 piece Eyeshadow palette with duo sided eyeshadow brush.
Where to get it? Limited Edition at Sephora and Ulta 

Packaging: 9/10 I actually quite like it. Having had it for months already, it's still as good as it was the day I got it with its durable rubbery plastic. The only problem is that because it's rubbery, it attracts powder like crazy so it's not as clean as it once looked. The raised acrylic/plastic jewel is a nice touch to the sleek purple packaging too.

I love the fact that the lid slowly opens on its own once you push latch button. The Vice palette also has a HUGE mirror, which is convenient.

Brush: 7/10 In general, I'm not a fan of double sided brushes because of the awkward storing options. That being said, the quality of these is really excellent for something that comes included in a palette. The synthetic bristles are as soft as they come. The blending side is quite spares and is nice for sheering out the pigmentation. The other side on the other hand is very dense and stiff, which does pack on colors well. Yet, I still don't reach for these much, but they are good if you don't have many eye shadow brushes to begin with. Still, I would've preferred an eyeliner. 

The Swatches (with and without flash):

L-R: Desparation, Muse, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane

Desparation: Dark grey with a very subtle sheen. Okay to work with and the pigmentation is okay.
Muse: Matter dark brown base with notable bronze glitters throughout. This does have a bit of fallout and the pigmentation is a bit weak.
Jagged: Deep slightly greenish antique gold. This is a nightmare to work with: fallout, not pigmented, ang gritty. It's a beautiful shade, but it takes a load of work. I recommend to use it wet and on a sticker base.
Blitz: Very bright metallic gold.
Penny Lane: Light shimmery golden orange.

L-R: Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

Junkie: Shimmery greenish teal. Drop dead gorgeous color.
Chaos: Matte Pacific blue. Somewhat patchy and a wee bit hard to blend.
Occupy: Shimmery dark blue tinted gunmetal with silver glitters.
Unhinged: Shimmery sky blue.
Black Market: Close to matte Black. Not the Blackest of black or the most pigmented, but still easy to work with.

L-R: Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor

Provocateur: Super glittery silver lavender. Expect major fallout, so it's best with used wet with a sticky base.
Rapture: Shimmery dusty purple.
Vice: Shimmery medium purple.
Noise: Hot pink with a sheen and chunky gold glitter. I'd expect the glitters to not show up because they easily fell off.
Armor: Dark gun metal with silver glitter.

L-R: Nevermind. Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

Nevermind: Frosty brown taupe.
Echo Beach: Shimmery beige.
Anonymous: Matte creme.
Freebird: Shimmery light pink with chunky glitters. This is quite chunky in general so with this expect fall out.
Lace: Matte pink toned beige.

Quality: 8/10 Generally speaking, most of the shades are very pigmented and easy to work with, except Muse, Jagged, Provocateur, and Freebird. . There is a consent look out for fall out with many of these shadows. Personally speaking, despite Jagged and Provocateur being a mess, they are very worth the effort to make work because of how nice the shades are.

The Vice Palette has a variety of finishes and colors to mix and match. This palette may seem like it's geared toward the color-lovers, but more than half of the shades are neutrals. The Packaging is a plus compared to Urban Decay's usual cardboard. The drawback of this palette was the fact that it was expensive compared to the other palettes out at the time
Would I Recommend this? Yes, for the people out there that want to spice up their neutral looks with a bit of color.

May 27, 2013

Life Update: Growing up

I'm not dead, but This year has been a whirl wind of realization and changes.

Early College.
Well Technically early admission. It's a program where seniors in high school attend college like a freshmen in college earning college credits but also earning high school credits at the same time. It was the biggest decision of my life.

 I was torn away from the ability to see my boyfriend and friends as consistently as I have, and experience my senior year. When I hear that we were on our own, I never thought that that also meant I would never be informed about any Graduation things such as my yearbook, cap and gown, or prom things. Luckily I had friends to inform me.

On the upside I was able to earn half of my AA for FREE. I've mentally grown quite a bit being around older people that are actually serious about school. The atmosphere was a ton calmer, which I believe cleared up my face from my horrible acne. I guess it was just all the stress and hormones involved with high school

I got a job busing tables at a Chinese restaurant. Sure it's not the most glamorous job, but I get paid over minimum wage at least. I love my coworkers and I've learn so much about my culture and how to socialize with strangers on a day to day bases. Prior the idea of speaking to adults scared and intimidated me to no end.

The mixture of work and going to a completely separate school from my boyfriend was taking a toll on our relationship. We had different schedules for work too.

3 years. Three years of my life was spent dedicated to loving this single person. I was basically with him for practically four because we were together since the middle of our freshmen year. We went through our highs and our lows.

We were complete opposites. Music, food, tastes, likes, dislikes, and personality-wise. We believed that it was our strength. We were wrong. We realized we had grown into completely two separate people with different paths to follow. Ironic because of how typical it is of high school sweet hearts to break during graduation time.

The health of our relationship turned sour. I wasn't able to give him the proper attention he deserved and wanted and he never stuck with his promises to me. Every night would end with a phone call of misery as one or both of us would leave upset.

I had seen the end coming near. So many signs were put forth, but I still had a death grip on the shred of good memories and hope. After he brought up how he lost his love for me due to those reasons, we mutually agreed that breaking up would be the better for the both of us. Now it is time for me to let that shred go, and I will.

He was my High School Sweetheart and first of everything. Despite many regrets, I've experienced and learned so much being in this relationship. Now it is time to move on. Coming out of it, I learned how to respect myself, not be a pushover, and to be less naive.

New Horizons. 
It's time to start a new chapter of my life as I enter a university and move away from a county I've lived 18 years of my life.

March 15, 2013

NOTM: Saran/Plastic Wrap Duo-Chromes

I found this amazing idea from a discussion post in the Makeup Alley's Nail board. It looked so complex and possibly water marbled, but to think that it can be achieved so simply. This technique is so easy, mess-less, and cheap that it was dying for me to attempt it.

 (Sorry for the chipping. Second day nails and after busing tables)

This beauty is a mix of:
2 coats of China Glaze - Rare & Radiant
1 coat of China Glaze - Deviantly Daring

Both Polishes are from the Bohemian Luster Chrome collection by China Glaze.

To get this look, all you need are 2 varnishes of your choice and as bit of saran wrap.
1) Lay down your base color.
2) Wait for that to dry
3) Lay down a coat of your 2nd color.
4) Quickly before the 2nd color dries, dab the loosely clumped plastic wrap onto the nail.
Wah-la~ That's it.

On their own, I was quite displeased with the strength of the duo-chrome in these polishes. To me they pretty much look like regular metallic polishes. Still pretty, but SUCH a disappointment.

March 9, 2013

NP Swatch: China Glaze - It's a Trap-ese!

"Jelly Sandwiches" are just one of the many crazes happening in the world of nail polish fanatics. It's hard to find a premade Jelly Sandwich from a non-indie polish brand, so I was pleasantly surprised and immediately on the hunt for China Glaze's Cirque du Soleil collection for It's a Trap-ese!. 

It's A Trap-ese!
- Densely packed opaque (pink, yellow, green silver, blue) circular and hexagonal glitter that are suspended in a milky white base.
- Apart of the China Glaze's Cirque Du Soleil collection
- $6.59 from Sally's
- 1 to 2 coats to be opaque
- 2 coats pictured above
- It's a Trap-ese! is a bit thick because of the density of the glitters.
- Luckily, it doesn't dry abnormally slow despite the thickness.

-I absolutely adore this polish. This might be odd, but It's A trap-ese! reminds me of my childhood. My thoughts every time I see it go back to early mornings before school eating Trix or Fruit Loops with milk. Yummy sickly sweet goodness.