Friday, August 31, 2012

Fashion Pet Peeves #3

Looks like it’s time for another of these! When you’re reading this, I will be making my way through masses of awesomely nerdy people at this year’s PAX Prime in Seattle, but I wanted to make sure this got posted. Anyways, this month’s topic is:

Lace shirts over just a bra:

Thankfully, Seventeen magazine agrees that wearing a bra under a lace shirt is a no-no, as I found out looking for pictures for this post:

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I really hate to use her as an example of bad fashion choices, since I love her so much, but in this outfit, Leighton Meester looks just awful:

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Ignoring the terrible pants and how weird her face looks, let’s focus on the shirt. At this point, I’m honestly not sure why she bothered to throw one on, because it hides nothing. This look basically screams trashy, or at the very least, half-dressed. It’s like she forgot her shirt before she walked out the door!

Here’s another example, this time from Kristen Cavallari:

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This isn’t a trend, either. This picture was from three years ago, the Leighton Meester one was from 2010, and others were from this year. I started noticing it most last summer, and, sure enough, when the good weather hit this year, the girls seemed to decide, once again, that shirts weren’t necessary. I’ll make this one easy for you: in public, shirts are always necessary.

This is either unfair, because the girl can make lots of things look perfectly trashy, or else a great example for the same reason, but here’s the look on Miley Cyrus:

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Try to ignore the atrociously loud shirts, and focus on how terrible those shirts look. I don’t care if you think she’s hot or like her new hair, I hope you can admit she looks terrible in this “style.”

I’ve never seen anyone pull off the style. Some people are more attractive than others, and so they technically will look better half-naked than others, but when it comes right down to it, there are some places where it is acceptable to be nearly naked, and those places are the beach/pool or the comfort of your own home. If you’re going up, please cover up. This also applies to the male half of the human race, who (in my opinion) shouldn’t be walking around shirtless, no matter how hot it is outside unless they’re at the beach.

There are, of course, cute and acceptable ways to pull off a sheer or lace shirt. If there weren’t all the stores wouldn’t be selling them! However, you have to put a little thought into how you style it, to make sure you come off looking sexy not trashy. Here’s one cute example:

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I’d personally pair that shirt with either a black or coloured cami to make the pattern pop a bit more, but this does have a soft, romantic look.

A sheer lace shirt can also look professional and put together, as proved in this look:

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Please let me know whether you agree or disagree with me in the comments! I’d love to hear your argument if you like the nothing-but-a-bra look, and am always glad to have my opinions validated by those who agree with me! =)

Don’t forget to check out my other FPP posts:

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Orly “Mermaid Tale” and “Spazmatic”

Yesterday I finally received these lovelies in the mail. I won them from Ina at My Nail Polish Online’s last giveaway. And they are absolutely gorgeous! They’re my first ever Orly polishes, and I’m in love, especially with Mermaid Tale. Take a look:




100_1458Blurry on purpose, so you can see the holographic bits!




Nail wheel swatches, both one coat. As you can see, Spazmatic is less concentrated with glitter, and also has blueish duochrome microglitters. Mermaid Tale is much denser, and has large and small green hex glitters, some of which are holographic:


And, although I wasn’t planning to redo my nails before my PAX mani, my butter LONDON Chancer mani started chipping (as usual, terrible quality polish, but beautiful!)… so I couldn’t help myself. Here’s two coats of Mermaid Tale over my bare nails:



What do you think? I love the density of the glitter in Mermaid Tale, and Spazmatic is a gorgeous, deep TARDIS blue! These polishes are definitely going to get a lot of love! Thanks Ina (if you’re reading this)!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

My Current Nails: Almost Metallic

Hello! I wasn’t planning to post this mani when I started, but the combination ended up looking fantastic, so I had to.

I used my usual base coat: OPI Nail Envy for Sensitive and Peeling nails, then I did two coats of Essie’s Power Clutch. Which is a simple medium grey colour (and the one I’m holding in the last picture). Over that, I added a thin coat of the Collection 2000 Sparkle Top Coat that I won from Louise at GretalRabbit Writes a few months ago. This was the outcome (pre clean-up):



An awesome, almost blue-grey metallic look with an insane amount of sparkle! I am so in love I just keep looking at my nails. I will definitely repeat this combination in the future!

After clean-up:



So, those are my nails now. What are you wearing? Lemme know, and thanks for reading!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Batman Nails!

I went to go see The Dark Knight Rises on Wednesday, so I did Batman nails Tuesday night. Unfortunately, I don’t have a yellow polish. I’ve never thought of it, because I don’t really like yellow, but maybe I should get one for nail art… this isn’t the first time a lack of yellow has limited my options!

Anyways, instead, I decided gold would work, and I used my China Glaze Fast Track as a base, then my Fascino gold glitter. The two together made a pretty good gold base. Then I used my OPI Black Onyx polish and a tiny paintbrush to draw the Bat Symbol on my nails. I went for the classic one on my left ring finger, which turned out not bad:


On my right hand, since I am not left handed, I thought the more modern logo might be easier, but I pretty much messed it up:100_1430

So those are my Batman nails! I might be redoing the classic Batman logo again in a week or so for my PAX nails, since I’m planning to do a different geeky/nerdy logo on each nail. If you have any suggestions, lemme know. =P

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I know its not cosmetics, but fashion counts… Fossil Watch Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

Nancy over at is giving away this Fossil Stella watch with a leather strap! I’m not even all that into watches, but I like this one. Take a look:

This contest is open to Canadians and Americans until August 31st at 12:01am. For more information, and to enter, click the link below:

Tokidoki -- Sandy

As you probably know by now if you’ve been to Sephora, r/makeupaddiction, or many makeup blogs in the past couple of weeks, Tokidoki is leaving Sephora, and so there’s been a big sale on. The amazing glitter polishes were down to $4 (from $12, I believe), and though I’d never tried them, I had to have this one! (So, just like the OPI, this was a bit of an impulse buy. But I’m going to be good now until Seattle!)

This is Sandy, which is a really boring name for this polish, which features gold mini glitter, gold bar glitter, and blue holographic bar glitter. Love!! Here it is:




And it came with a couple nail stickers:


As a glitter gradient over OPI German-icure:


Two coats, plus one coat Sephora by OP topcoat, and one coat Seche Vite. This is a fantastically dense polish:




Did you pick up any of the sale Tokidoki products from Sephora? Let me know.

Thanks for reading! =)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

German-icure from the OPI German Collection

I’m absolutely in love with this colour!! I know I’m not supposed to be spending money right now, but I absolutely fell in love, and it was $9.50. I figured I could spare it. What I didn’t know, and felt silly for not knowing, was that the Germany collection, which it’s from is a new one from OPI, but I found out when the cashier had a hard time scanning it since they had just got the colour that morning, and the barcode wasn’t in the computer yet! Haha!

I’ve painted my nails with this twice in a row, which is something I almost never do, so you can see how much I love it. It’s such a wonderful deep deep red colour. I couldn’t figure out at first what made this look so different, but with the first coat I realized it’s because this polish has more of a dark brown base colour. This is also really obvious on the cotton pad when you take it off; it’s kind of weird! Anyways, here it is on my nails. This is two coats under a coat of Seche Vite.





Have you tried any other colours from this collection, or fallen in love with a polish colour lately? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 2012 Glymm Bag (and why I’m disappointed)

***Edit: added screenshot of product information “card” as well as estimated uses (using the uses per sample from the info card and the powers of math)  for full size products***

Hello again. Sorry  it’s been so long since my last post. I have a couple new polishes to show you, which should be up sometime this weekend or next week, but for now, I wanted to post my August Glymm review. As you probably guessed by the title, I wasn’t too impressed.

This month’s bag, as usual, came wrapped in tissue paper. The box, I noticed even before opening it, was really light, which is always a little worrying/scary, but isn’t always a bad thing. This time, however, it was basically foreshadowing.


The August bag is deceptively cute!


Maybe they knew they wouldn’t really have anything good to put in the bag, so they made us a really nice one, as consolation. However, I don’t really feel consoled, because I wouldn’t have spent $10 + tax for this makeup bag alone ($12 + tax for new subscribers). Here’s a peek inside:


Now, before we get into the regular products, I want to show you the one that made me kind of mad:

The Laundress Delicate Wash – Lady:



Full size: $22.00 for 500 ml (approx. uses: 33)
Sample size: 15 ml
Approx. Sample Value: $0.66

Are you bloody kidding me? They sent us FANCY LAUNDRY DETERGENT?! Why in the world do I need special, extremely expensive, laundry detergent for my underwear? I think this is ridiculous. And in a program which is supposed to send me beauty products, I think this is completely unacceptable. Technically, this is sample #6… and since the bag is supposed to be 4-5 a month, this is probably an extra. However, I hate the next sample so much (and both this and the next one are so small and cheap) that I really don’t count it…

Anyways, in case you are wondering and couldn’t guess: I will never buy this product, and I’m even guessing I’ll probably never use this sample. I just have no use for it. Ugh…

Mai Couture Foundation Power Papier in Nude Glow:



Full size: $19.00 for 50 sheets (approx. uses: 100)
Sample size: 2 sheets
Approx. Sample Value: $0.76

Here’s another product I’m really not impressed with. This is the second time that Glymm has sent out these stupid blotting papers with makeup on them. And although their packaging is better this time (it was in a mini ziploc bag in February’s Glymm Box), once again, there only 2 of these pathetic little papers, which are valued at under a dollar. Finally, once again, these papers are not actually useful, at least for me. They are extremely glittery, as were the “bronzing” papers in February. At least these are the colour of foundation powder! I would probably be a little less angry about these if they called them highlighting sheets, because I can’t imagine them being useful as anything else.

Will never purchase. Might try using these as a highlighter, on a day when it doesn’t matter if I’m too glittery.

Atelier Cologne in Vanilla Insensée:





Full size: $70.00 for 30 ml (approx. uses: 400)
Sample size: 1.5 ml
(? estimate; it doesn’t say,
but I guessed 1.5 for the last Atelier sample)
Approx. Sample Value: $3.50

This is the second time that we’ve received an Atelier Cologne (the last was in April), however I’m way less unhappy about this sample. Although I’m not big on perfume samples in general, both of the Atelier Colognes I have received so far smell amazing, are extremely concentrated, and come with an adorable photo postcard (since each fragrance comes with a scene/story). This smell is fantastic, especially since I adore vanilla! According to Glymm, the other notes in this fragrance are: “jasmine and fresh lime to bond with rich oak moss, woods and spicy coriander.”

I doubt I would purchase this perfume, since is is so expensive, but if I ever received it as a gift or in a giveaway, I would be exceptionally grateful!

Naked Princess Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss in Barely Nude:






Full size: $26.00 for 2.96 ml (approx. uses: 173)
Sample size: 0.24 ml
Approx. Sample Value: $2.11

I think if this were a bigger sample, it would likely be my favourite of the box. However it’s so tiny!! I have a hard time calling this a “deluxe sample,” but I do admit that it’s really nice. Its supposed to plump without irritation, but I don’t really see any plumping effects. That said, that isn’t something I look for in a gloss, and I’m really glad that it doesn’t irritate or burn my lips. Its very smooth, not sticky, and smells (and tastes!) like chocolate! Its a very neutral pink colour, as you’d expect from the name. Nothing special, but pretty.

I probably wouldn’t buy this product because it is so expensive, and because I have way way way too many lip products. I wish the sample size were bigger, I’m going to go through this so fast!

Vitamine & Sea Mineral Clay Mask:



Full size: $62.00 for 210 ml (approx. uses: 63)
Sample Size: 10 ml
(estimate; again unstated)
Approx. Sample Value: $2.95

I like receiving masks because they really aren’t something that I buy on my own because they tend to be quite pricey, and I’m not sure I trust the cheaper ones (if you know a good drugstore one, let me know in the comments!). This is made with Dead Sea clay, which, if I remember correctly, is supposed to be fantastic for your skin. It’s also loaded with vitamins (B1, B2, C, A, D and E) from the sweet almond oil, which is probably also the general scent of the mask, along with the sweetness of the honey, which is supposed to “protect from daily free radical damage and balance your skins moisture.”

I’m looking forward to trying this out, but for $62, this would have to work miracles to make me buy it. I would like to get a mask though, so let me know of any good, affordable ones!

Bentaberry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream for Boys and Girls – Regulating Line:


Full size: $22.00 for 30 ml (approx. uses: 70)
Sample size: 3 ml
Approx. Sample Value: $2.20

Aside from the products that made me angry, this is probably the product that I’m least excited about. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but its just another face cream, and they send us a new one pretty much every single month. I like he one I have and use now (Sephora’s Instant Moisturizer), and I’m not interested in any of the creams they send us. I really want them to switch it up with some more makeup, too. Anyways, back to the product. This is 100% natural and has lots of good things in it, and is supposed to mattify your skin. So we’ll see how that goes.

As I mentioned before, this is unlikely to wow me, and thus I am unlikely to purchase the full size, but I shall try it out.

In case you’re interested, here’s the product “card:” (click for full size)

august 2012 glymm product card

Approx. Total Value: $12.18

This is another reason that I’m extremely disappointed in this month’s products. For me, that’s only 98 cents more than I paid for the box, and for new subscribers, this is more than a dollar LESS than they paid for the box, after taxes! This is completely ridiculous! Usually, even on a lame month, the value of the box is $25 or up, but this s really really sad. There were some very expensive products in this month’s box, but the samples were so small that it still didn’t add up. Only two of the products even count as deluxe as far as I’m concerned – the face cream and the mask – and the rest you could probably get for free elsewhere!

Also, why do we only ever get lip products, skin care, perfume, or hair products? What about something new? Send me some eyeshadow, a liner, foundation, bb cream, blush!! Come on. Also, there used to frequently be a full sized sample! My first month (last October) I got three! Several other months there were two. But the last full size of anything was a lip balm/lipstick duo two months ago from a company I’ve never heard of!

Glymm, you’ve managed to learn to ship on time, now I need you to start sending the products I want to try out. More makeup. Some cool full-size stuff? Preferably not lipsticks? Please?

I remain subscribed for now, because I hold out hope they’ll get better again, and because I want to accumulate enough points to get the stuff I want from the shop… But I might have to leave if they can’t get it together.

If you want to subscribe through my link, click here:

Did you get this month’s Glymm? What did you think?


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