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30.7.14

lil makeup haul

Hiiiiii lovelies,

I'm going to straight up admit that I have a makeup addiction. (I blame Boots/Superdrug on my exchange with all of their 3 for 2 sales even though makeup was like double the price lol.) A small beauty outlet near my house was going out of business. I happened to pass by one day while I was thrifting and picked up a few things for super cheap!

Bought these 3 things for about $10!! Pretty good considering it would normally cost maybe $25 in total at Walmart or something.


I can usually find a way to justify buying new makeup. Needed new mascara because my current one (mini Benefit They're Real' sample that I got with a magazine or something) is running out. Wanted to try the Baby Skin primer but didn't want to pay the $10 for it because I have a mini Benefit Porefessional sample (also from a magazine, do you see my problem) that I'm still getting through. I can always justify a shimmery champagne eyeshadow because it's what I wear every day.

I really like this eyeshadow pot! I've never tried any of Maybelline's Colour Tattoo line but I've heard some pretty good things about it! I got this eyeshadow pot in the colour 55 Barely Brazen, It's a super shimmery nude/champagne colour. I usually wear it to set my Bourjois Shimmer Shine cream eyeshadow in beige metallique. Very pigmented, I like it.

As I said before, I picked this up solely because it was on sale ($4 as opposed to $10). It's a clear primer that aims to hide/minimize pores and grant the look of soft baby skin. I haven't used this on my entire face yet, just on my cheeks and on the sides/around my nose. I don't really know if it's helping my makeup stay on properly but I guess I'll test it out some more.


I swear, this mascara is super hyped up. I watch a ton of beauty gurus on youtube and all of them (especially my favourite, Ingrid/MissGlamorazzi) swears by it. When I saw this on sale, I figured there must be some proof behind the hype!! 

Kinda disapointed when I saw the brush. I was kinda expecting something with longer bristles at least? I guess in my mind, I was expecting it to be like the Benefit They're Real mascara. I got the waterproof formula which I never really buy since it's such a hastle to take off!

I'm not sure if it's because I have straight asian eyelashes or if the formula is too wet, but it doesn't work as well on me as it does on others I guess. Didn't really hold curl, made my lashes a little longer but nothing amazing. Oh well, just gonna use this up and then go back to Benefit or L'Oreal!

Glad I didn't end up spending a ton of money on this - this haul is an alright sacrifice for $10. At least the eyeshadow is nice!

Have you tried any of these? Do they work on you?
Any recommendations for other mascaras/primers would be appreciated as well!



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23.7.14

The Works @ Hamilton


Hiya lovelies!

This past Sunday, I was in Hamilton for Con Bravo! A very last minute decision to check out the small convention. I've heard some pretty good reviews of it, so a few friends and I drove down to hang out! Didn't cosplay though.

Since there wasn't much to do at the convention (everything was being packed away since it was the last day of the con), we decided to wander around. Went out to grab lunch at Jackson Square. Decided to check out The Works - a gourmet burger join that had some great reviews!

The Works is located right across the street from the Hamilton Convention Centre.


21.7.14

the summer swatches


Hiya lovelies!!

Now that I've returned from England / finished making cosplay / Anime Expo in LA, I finally have time to sit down and blog! I've returned back to my boring everyday life...sitting at home, drawing, working the part time summer job in retail...zzzzzz

Over the past year, my nail polish collection has exploded. My addiction got even worse when I went to England for the school year and had access to Barry M!! (Best nail brand ahh) Here are some of the colours that I've been wearing non-stop~ Pretty colours for summer!

 Barry M nail paint in Arabian, Barry M Gelly nail paints in Dragon Fruit and Guava, Rimmel 60 Second nail polish in Rose Libertine, and Seche Vite clear top coat (not picture because it's clear~)

I've been wearing these colours all through late spring and summer! Arabian is a really pretty blue/green duochrome polish. Dragon Fruit and Guava are Barry M's attempt at 'gel finishes', promising long lasting and glossy colour. Rose Libertine really is the perfect coral colour, a true mix of pink and orange! For some reason it photographed much darker, but the colour looks like how it appears in the bottle.

And of course, trusty old Seche Vite! I really can't use any other top coat. Seche Vite dries your nail polish very fast so you don't have to wait around for it to dry! Also protects from chipping, etc.


Which one is your favourite colour? :D 

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19.7.14

Syndra (League of Legends) Completed Cosplay

Hiya lovelies!!

Here are pictures of my "completed" Syndra cosplay. Completed in quotations because I didn't actually finish the skirt, I didn't have time so I just cut a few pieces of black fabric and tucked them into my shorts haha. Sssh don't tell anyone!!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)


I'll be completing them for the next con that I wear Syndra to! :)

Here are pictures of my completed cosplay! Starting off with the makeup and circle lenses. Armor and outfits can look cool, but you can't forget about your face!

All of my armor placed together! 

17.7.14

Syndra (League of Legends) Helmet and Claw Progress

Hiya lovelies! This is part three of my Syndra cosplay tutorial. You may want to check out these posts first if you haven't already! 

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)


Helmet


Another part of Syndra's character design that proved to be quite challenging. The Syndra from MCM Expo made her helmet out of EVA foam! I hadn't even thought of that, and found her progress pics after I started making mine (haha too late!) Instead, I decided to use the expanding foam method. 

This is one of the only parts of my armor that I am a little bit unsatisfied with, as I started this helmet two days before I was supposed to leave. So in result, it is a little bit messy. Still turned out alright though!! 

I used a can of "Great Stuff" expanding foam for gaps and cracks. It's comes in a can with a small plastic spout.


Made the base shape out of cardboard! Then I covered it in expanding foam and let it cure (which the bottle says to leave for about 8 hours). It foams up when first applied but don't put on too much at first!


15.7.14

Syndra (League of Legends) Creating and Painting Body Armor

Hello lovelies! This is a continuation of my Syndra - League of Legends cosplay progress series. We are now on part two - creating the body armor and priming/painting the armor pieces!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)


Body Armor

I've seen a few different interpretations of Syndra's top, and most people seem to make it out of fabric. I chose to do an armored top because 
1. I suck at sewing
2. I've made craft foam armor in the past so I have a bit more experience
3. Armor looks more badass!!


Belted the foam mat to my body and sketched out the basic design! Happy helped out, hahaha.


13.7.14

Syndra (League of Legends) Bracers and Shoulder Pauldrons

Hi lovelies!

It's been a while since I've done a proper cosplay post. I mostly save all my cosplay stuff for my Geek and Sundry vlog show but some of my viewers prefer written, photographic progress posts because they're easier to follow than videos.

Also apologies for the image quality, as most progress photos were taken with my iPhone.

I recently cosplayed Syndra from League of Legends. After cosplaying Bloodmoon Akali from League (which turned out horribly because I didn't have any materials or space to work on it, student halls etc.), I really wanted to make something big. I've been out of the North American cosplay scene for almost a year, so I wanted to come back with a bang! Syndra seemed like the perfect outfit - complex yet simple, cool design, and eye- catching. Plus she's really fun to play :D


This was how my cosplay turned out for Anime Expo. Not completely finished, but pretty good for working nonstop for 8 days!


11.7.14

dreamy summer days

Hiya lovelies, I'm finally back~ Back from England, back from LA, back from Anime Expo.

My dad got a couple of new lenses for his camera so I decided to try them out! I've always wanted to try doing more fashion posts, and I think fashion photos always look best when there's more of a blurry background. Tested out dad's 50mm 1.8!!

Really casual look, not sure if this even worth doing a style post haha.


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