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Everyday Beauty Essentials

I've really been loving these products recently, so I thought I would make a post on the beauty/skin products that I'm currently using.
 My holy grail item - the NAKED Palette (Urban Decay). I use it almost every day, whether it's for a darker eye, or just for a sheer shimmery wash across the lids. I first discovered it through various Youtube Makeup gurus who were raving about it, but didn't actually try it out until Sami let me see hers at Otakon! I love it, totally worth the money! Sometimes I use darkhorse and smog as liners if I want something softer than liquid liner.
 Fresh's SUGAR lip products. I use all of them because they are so wearable! Swatched them here. I use Rose the most because I like it the best, although I have been using the clear lip treatment (dark red tube) and patting some peach blush over the top to get a nice matte peachy lip.
 I've actually taken these pictures a while ago, so I've actually switched out my Maybeline Dream Matte Powder (in Sand) to my Luview Pressed Powder Compact because my skin is getting lighter for winter.
 Also using Imogen Rose solid perfume from LUSH quite often for a lovely rose scent. Right - my makeup bag!
Top is my Lioele Eyeshadow Trio - mainly use it for the shimmy champagne shade as an inner corner highlight. Whenever I use contact lenses, or if I have red eyes in the morning, I use my Rohto Lycee eye drops. (Love them!) As for liquid liners, I use Dolly Wink and Maybelline's Lash Stiletto. I use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion to prime my eyeshadow, but I only use it if I'm going out/want the shadows to last for long periods of time. Top is my Skinfood Dark Circle Salmon eye concealer, it's got quite heavy coverage and hides my eyebags (no sleep in university, cry). Finally, a black kohl eyeliner pen (not sure about the brand, it rubbed off.)
 Maybelline's Megaplush Volum' Express Mascara. It's great for lengthening. Doesn't really volumize, but creates nice fluttery eyelashes!
These St.Ives Fresh Skin cleansing cloths do a great job of removing face oil and makeup, but aren't too drying! Also decided to try out Pond's dry skin cream as the change in weather is really drying out the skin on my face. It's probably the best cream I've tried out so far, super moisturising! Definitely recommend it! (It's pretty cheap too, I think it was like $7 at Shoppers Drug Mart)

What are your favourite everyday beauty items? :D




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Abandoned Textiles Factory

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to explore an abandoned textiles factory as part of a design project. Our major assignment was to explore an area and document different elements of design. Later on, we'll have to create artistic pieces inspired by these elements of design. I went with my design professor to explore this abandoned factory, known as the Cannon Knitting Mill.

Here are some of the photos that I took!

It was a very interesting experience since I've never actually explored an abandoned building before. The last time I explored an abandoned house was back in grade 12 when my group communications technologies class made a documentary on ghosts. (It was a huge house in a very rich area that was abandoned and boarded up, so we did some ghost hunting, it was awesome!).

It was good photography practice, although I was just taking quick shots on automatic mode since my battery was dying. (Stupid me forgot to charge my battery........orz) I'd love to try shooting in places like these again, especially with proper lenses and not my kit lens! :D


[REVIEW] AngelContacts Circle Lens

Hello darlings! I'm back with a circle lens review. Hopefully I'll be able to get a few more of these up soon!
I get loads of questions about what lenses I wear in my videos/photos, as well as where I get them. The lovely people at AngelContacts let me choose two pairs of lenses to review! I chose GEO Fresh Brown and Nudy Blue.

Communication was extremely fast - I would receive a reply to my emails within one day - sometimes on the same day! They really value customer service, which adds onto the pleasant shopping experience.
In terms of packaging, AngelContacts has probably been the best I've seen so far! My package arrived in a bubble-wrap envelope. Contacts were packaged in these little plastic cases, with business cards inside. They also included a little booklet showcasing the different designs, which I have never seen a circle lens store do!
GEO FRESH BROWN - Recently, I've been looking more at lenses that would be suitable for every day wear. I feel like 14.5mm/15mm lenses look a little too surreal for daily wear at school. I don't wear lenses very often at school, only on days that I want to look extra nice, or for special events. I was searching for a natural brown coloured lens that would enlarge my eyes and help to achieve a dolly eye effect! The fresh series caught my eye - it has a very natural design with subtle enlargement.

These are probably my favourite natural lens so far! The design actually reminds me a lot of my favourite lenses! My 'signature' circle lenses, aka GEO Cafe Mimi lenses in Latte brown, are a little too big/alien for regular daily wear, so these are a great alternative.

Next, I decided to check out GEO NUDY BLUE. I've tried the Nudy series before, but I have to say, the blue color is definitely my favourite. (Review for green and violet).
In natural and artificial lighting, these lenses tend to appear as a turquoise color! I love this effect. 
Nudy lenses are famous for giving a 'sparkly' eye look, and are great for blending into one's natural eye color. They stand out nicely on dark/medium brown eyes. I'm sure they would look great on light eyes as well!
All in all, I love these lenses! Especially in love with the Nudy blue lenses because they are the most flattering blue lenses that I've tried so far! Despite being 14mm (same size as the brown ones), they give me more of a 'dolly eye' look. I think I'll use these for my Hilda cosplay when we have photoshoots!

If any of these lenses caught your eye, head on over to Angel Contacts!


[REVIEW] LUSH - Sakura Bath Bomb

Went to LUSH last weekend to pick up a relaxing bath bomb~ The bath/shower in my current house is kind of gross therefore I refuse to have a bath in it, only showers. Since I was going home for the weekend and had just finished a wave of projects, I wanted to sit down and relax! (You guys know how much I love my bath salts hahaha!)

Picked up the Sakura Bath Bomb ($6.45).
When the blossoms burst forth in spring, it’s a tradition to take a picnic and bottle of sake and enjoy the beauty. Noriko, one of our product inventors, hails from Japan and this beautiful Bath Bomb represents what it’s like to be in a park while the breeze blows through the blossoms in the trees. Instead of heading to the park, lay back in serene waters while the gorgeous scents of mimosa and jasmine envelop you to give you the joyful feeling of springtime. Sakura: simple, elegant, and enduringly beautiful bathing. - LUSH website

The smell was quite nice, but that's about I really have to say about this. Not really sure what I was expecting with this, but I didn't feel anything extra for my skin. The smell didn't last too long, and no water effects (thickening, heating, etc) like my bison bath salts. To be honest I felt kind of bad because in my opinion $6.45 is quite expensive for a bath bomb. The only once that I've tried so far and loved was Pheonix Rising

Hopefully one day, I'll be able to try out the other products, such as the masks, shower gels etc. I have Lush solid perfume (Imogen Rose), and previously used their solid shampoo bars! I might stay away from the bath bombs for a while though... I'll stick to my bison salts :D


Youmacon 2012

Hey guys! Sorry for not updating in forever. I'll try to update more frequently! I'll be uploading a few reviews within the next two weeks so please look forward to those.

Last weekend, I attended Youmacon in Michigan, Detroit with Sami and Genie! This was our first time travelling by ourselves (just the 3 of us, without our usual group of friends.) I slept over at Sami's house the night before, which was really nice because it was the first time in forever that I actually got to spend some girly time with her ;_;

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