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30.8.13

[Review] Sephora's Give Me Some Lip 2013

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Ahh damn! I knew this blog every other day thing wouldn't work out! Haha, it was cool while it lasted, definitely got me into blogging more. I've got a lot to talk about in upcoming posts, especially for my upcoming exchange to England! :)

Anyway, today is my birthday! It's been pretty chill, just went to the mall and bought a new point and shoot camera for vlogging and taking pictures (since my DSLR is quite heavy/takes up a lot of space.) By the time this post comes out, I'll be out having dinner with friends. Woo Pickle Barrel! :D

My good friend Mika ordered this for me from Sephora for my birthday! It's a value lip set, containing different deluxe size samples from popular makeup brands. You can find it here - it retails for $30 in Canada / $25USD! We were actually surfing r/makeupaddiction on Reddit and came across a really good review.. I kinda said that I wanted it without thinking and Mika was like "I'll get it for your birthday!" Yaay!! :D


 It includes 6 products - one of which is full sized! (Tarte Lip-Surgence!) This is great for somebody like me who hasn't really explored in the world of lip glosses, haha. I think lip products are my addiction, I have so many!

It's funny because the card that came with the order said "Hope you'll get lots of kisses with these in England."

....Hahaha fat chance *forever alone*

Anyway, on to the review! The first one, the Fresh Rose tinted lip treatment isn't pictured because I already reviewed on this blog. You can read the review here! 

 0.10 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Pink - This is a really pretty neutral pink gloss! It has a really strong scent, kinda smells like vanilla cupcake? Or cake batter or something? I typically don't like this strong of a scent but I really like the smell of this one, and the colour is so nice! A very pretty nude-pink.


 0.07 oz Buxom® Full-On™ Lip Polish in Dolly - Medium pink gloss with subtle shimmer. I've never tried a Buxom gloss before! These are well known in the makeup community because when you apply it on your lips, you get a tingling feeling! It claims to plump your lips up. The cooling sensation is really nice! Lovely colour as well. 
 0.14 oz NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight - W-wait... what's that black blur in the corner??
 It's Happy! Every time I try taking blog photos, she get's a sudden urge for attention and always walks into my photos. Here she is modelling the Nars gloss, haha. The gloss itself is a pale pink gloss. I was very skeptical when I saw this because I typically don't like very pale colours, I don't feel like they suit my skin tone that well. However, I found that a little bit goes a long way - using just a dab across the lips gives a nice pale colour without being too light.

0.05 oz Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb - Glossy lip pencil. As the name states, it's very pigmented! Lovely rhubarb colour. Haven't really worn this much, but I feel like I'll be wearing this a lot in the fall!
0.10 oz Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Luster in Glitzy - Full fized product! This is like a glossy lip crayon, a bit more of a smooth texture than the Bite pencil. Medium (slightly copper/orange-toned) pencil with shimmer. I also think this will be a nice fall colour! And it's full sized, which is even better!

Now, for swatches.
My favourite colours at the moment are the Laura Mercier and Buxom glosses! However, I really like all of these colours and I feel like I'll be getting a lot of wear out of each of them. It's great that these are also deluxe sample sizes! I'm not a religious wearer of lip-gloss, so this is a nice way to try out products (for such a good price, I mean $30 for 6 products!!) All of the colours look great across bare lips as well. Haven't really tried layering them on top of lipsticks yet though because I pretty much only have orange lipsticks at the moment haha....

If you want to see what the colours look like on actual lips, check out this review! This was the review that my friend and I found on Reddit that kinda prompted me to fall in love with it. Glad I did! :)Which one is your favourite?

Definitely recommend this set! If you're thinking about it, definitely try it out! (The price is great as well!)

I'll be posting soon when I start preparing for my exchange to England! :D Seeya~!

15.8.13

summer wishlist

hello!

I've been doing an unhealthy amount of window shopping - both online and in-store. I like to wind down in the evenings after work but reading blogs and collecting outfit inspo on lookbook! I would really like to level up my wardrobe as well, been packing away/donating old clothes that I haven't worn since high school.

This bag is so cute! Simple and sturdy. The shorts are lovely as well, I saw them in store and the wash is so nice!! I've hardly worn shorts at all this "summer" because the weather hasn't been too good. I'd like at least one pair of high waisted shorts though because I think I only have 2 pairs of shorts in total and they're both low waist.


instax mini 8 instant camera / real techniques makeup brushes
I'm pretty sure that most people out there love the idea behind instant, physical proof of memories. (Strange way to put it, I know.) I'd love to have an instant camera... There's something so special about having an instant, in the moment photograph with only one copy!
I have the Core Collections set of the Real Techniques brushes, and they are amazing! I'd like to get some more but shipping is expensive and they only have a few sets here in Canada :[

ostrich nap pillow / herschel bird print backpack
Ok yeah I know, the nap pillow looks ridiculous. BUT GUYS THIS WOULD BE AMAZING!! I'd want one just so I could stick my head in it and ignore the world and nap and ugh it would be amazing. The top even has arm holes for if you decide to sleep on a desk or something! :D
Also yeah, another bag. I have a huge thing for bags! I saw a guy on the bus once with this bird print bag and it was really unique. Would really like it but it's really expensive and sold out almost everywhere. I don't need a new backpack since I have my sturdy swiss army backpack, but it would be nice to have a good quality one as more of a fashion bag!

black boots / yotsuba revoltech
everybody needs a pair of super cool black boots, yo. These are the Avery boots from Doc Martens, but I'm not particular on brand. Anything black that can match well with clothes and up the edginess vibe :] The flower pattern is nice though!
And I NEED THE YOTSUBA FIGURE!! I don't really collect figures any more because I can't afford it, but I do love revoltechs because they're easy to pose! She can sit and drink tea with my Professor Layton revoltech! :D The summer edition is really cute, but it's sold out (waaaa).

But yeah, hooray for wanting things that I don't need! Although I like to think that I need them... Window shopping it is then! Haha. Gotta save up for England!

What's on your wishlist? :]

Seeya soon! 

13.8.13

Centre Island


Hello lovelies!

Two weeks ago, I went to Centre Island with my parents! It's an island that's located right offshore from downtown Toronto. It is full of attractions - Centreville (small amusement park, mainly for small kids), restaurants, parks and beaches.

In order to get there, you need to take a ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (9 Queen's Quay West)! If you're walking from Union Station, just walk south along Bay Street to Queens Quay and you'll see it.

I was really happy because I've been working full time since I got back from SDCC and haven't really had a chance to go out on the weekend. The weather was beautiful which was great considering we've had a really crap summer so far, mostly cloudy days and rain.

11.8.13

[REVIEW] Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

Heyo lovelies!

I follow a lot of beauty bloggers and vloggers. I mean, a lot. Name one, and I probably follow them. I like watching reviews and makeup tutorials and reading blog posts with lots of photographs! I've seen many of them raving about Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream as a sort of "holy grail" item. I was in Winners one day and saw they had a brand new box of it it on sale for $10! I decided to try it out.

 Hyappy is a wonderful model ;D
 I hadn't read any reviews or seen and videos about this item - just heard that it was a fantastic product. I didn't really have any idea about what the texture was going to be like - just thought that it was going to be another white potted cream. I was quite surprised to find that the cream is more like an orange gel. It applies quite thickly, and it is quite sticky.
I've been using it for a week now and I've definitely seen results! I've been experiencing a stupid heat rash on the inside of the elbow, with a big patch of dry skin. ;_; Within 2 applications (before bed), it was greatly reduced! Very moisturising! There are lots of different uses.
-Rubbing into cuticles;-Use as a face mask in the evening;- Remove tough makeup, like waterproof mascara;- On feet (such as hard or cracked heels);- Protects skin from drying, sun, wind, central heating and air-conditioning;- Apply around the nose if you have a cold;- Use as a highlight over makeup. On the lids, cheekbones and lips;- Use a tiny amount to tame frizzy hair;- As a lip balm for chapped lips;- Apply to very dry or chapped skin. Like the hands, elbows and knees;- Can be used on eyebrows to hold them in place;- May be used on abrasions, irritations, scrapes,burns and insect bites;- Can be used to banish blemishes;- Use to add a sheen to the legs.
I can see what all the hype is about. If you're looking for a product that does all of the above, look no further!

Thanks for reading, see you guys soon! 



7.8.13

[REVIEW] Pinkicon

A while ago, the new circle lens and wig store called Pinkicon contacted me, asking me if I'd like to review some products for them! They are a promising new store located in Hong Kong, and have a variety of items.

I received three different packages from them. They were sent by EMS and arrived within a few days. Communication was super fast, and I always got a reply within a day. Customer service was great.
The first package one contained two different pairs of circle lenses!
Starmish Brown are 14.5mm lenses. They are a fairly bold orange-brown/copper colour. The colour is quite striking! I love the look of this colour on my eyes since I've never really tried it before. Reminds me of cat eyes haha!

Dali Heart Brown are dark brown lenses that have a subtle heart pattern. I typically don't like darker brown lenses (because I'd rather have yellowish eyes hahaha) but these are quite nice. If you have dark brown eyes and want a big dolly enlargement, these would be ideal.

Magic Magic is a Japanese falsies brand. I've never heard of it before (Well, I'm not exactly up the biggest connoisseur of gyaru lashes), but the designs are really cute.

Magic Magic false eyelashes -- I was sent two different types. Not too sure about the names. The first one in the purple package sports more of a cat-eye style. Lashes are fairly natural but have more of an accent towards the ends. The lashes in the pink box are fairly natural but have smaller accents on both ends.

I prefer the cat-eye style!

The lash also came with lash glue. The glue was pretty weak and didn't stick very well. Bit of a miss for me. The cool thing about this though is that it's kind of a tinted color? Like, the glue itself is a white colour but looks kind of blue and purple from different lights/angles, if that makes sense.

The next package contained the wig. It's a pink-ash milk-tea brown color. This wig is soooo soft! It has some curls but the curls disappear once you brush it out, which is kind of sad. But man, the quality of this wig is lovely. It doesn't tangle at all! It's not the most flattering colour on me since I tend to rock the darker colours, but this was a nice change! The package came with a wig cap and brush. You can see how it looks on me in the video below :D


The last package was a wig stand. It came in three pieces - two main body pieces and a top ring. You cross the two body parts over and then secure the ring part along the top! This is great. It's light and easy to assemble. Definitely going to bring this with me to cons, since we usually never bring wig stands with us because they take up so much room.


I actually posted the review video a loonnnnggg time ago, but totally forgot about the blog post! Whoopsiiii~~

Anyway thanks for reading, seeya the day after tomorrow!

5.8.13

Niagara Falls trip



Hello everyone!

I found this photo set while cleaning out my computer... I think this was back in May... My parents decided that we were going to do a spontaneous Niagara Falls trip! Toronto is about a 2-2.5 hour drive  to Niagara Falls. We've been down there so many times (at least once a year for as long as I can remember), so we've already seen most of the touristy events. It was kinda just like a little get away from the big city. :D

3.8.13

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON ~ RECAP

Wow, another blog post?
Yup, I kinda want to try blogging every 2 days now! To make up for all the blog posts I should have been writing before. So on every odd numbered day in August, I'll do a blog post! :D

Also changed my layout a bit, what do you think? Less monochrome now!

Also apologizing in advance, all of these photos are from Instagram! I didn't bring my T3i with me on this trip because it was way to heavy and I didn't have room in my luggage. :< Vlog camera takes poor quality photos, so these will have to suffice~

Now continuing with the July recaps, I only had a week to rest + get my second cosplay ready for my next con.... San Diego Comic Con! Yessir, back to LA! (Honestly I've done more travelling this summer than I have within the past 5 years, haha) Geek and Sundry asked me if I'd like to go to SDCC as well, which of course resulted in more happy dances and rolling around on the floor/foaming at the mouth with excitement.


1.8.13

ANIME EXPO ~ RECAP

Hello everyone~

The month of July has been insane so far. I've been busier than I've ever been in my entire life so far! But it's awesome, I'm not going to complain or wish it was any other way. I don't have many high res photos so you'll have to do with some instagram photos, sorry!

(Wooo thanks G&S for choosing such a bad thumbnail :P Also fun fact: I filmed this vlog with a realllly high fever, I felt like I was dying on the inside haha! )

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