Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Kayla is giving away the whole China Glaze on Safari line at her blog! Such an amazing prize! Check them out below:
There are also swatches on her blog if you are interested!
Anyways, make sure to enter soon if you’re interested since it closes August 3rd!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Chelsey over at Industrial Dime Store Magic is holding a giveaway in celebration of her birthday AND her blog’s first birthday!
There wasn’t a picture to pull out and show you guys, so I squished them all together with my expert knowledge of Microsoft Paint:
- Annabelle Glitter Liner in Violet Venus
- L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara
- CLEAN Shower Gel & Lotion
- Bath & Body Works Dancing Waters Body Lotion
- Maybelline False Lashes
- Revlon Nail Polish in 120 Cupid
- Fusion Beauty LipFusion in Screen Siren
- Almay Intense I-Color Palette in the winner’s eye colour
- Bella Pierre Makeup Sample Pack
- John Frieda Makeup Bag
So click the link above, check out her great blog, follow, and enter!
The contest is only open to Canadian readers. Sorry. Giveaway closes August 14th.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I just wanted to show you the very simple dot manicure that I did a few days ago. I decided to try this out, because they always seem to look so good on other people, and I really liked the outcome!
The blue I used was Sephora by OPI in Blue Grotto, and the green was OPI in Did it on ‘Em. I used a dotting tool I bought at Sephora for the dots, but you can also use the head of a pin, a toothpick, or a bobby pin for pretty much the same results.
What do you think? What have you got on your nails right now?
Thanks for reading! <3
Friday, July 27, 2012
Okay, it’s been more than three months since my first Fashion Pet Peeve post. I meant for this to be a weekly thing, however obviously that isn’t going to happen. This time, I’m going to propose that I will post one of these a month, and we’ll see how that goes. Anyways, this month’s topic is:
Leggings as Pants:
I know that a lot of people love wearing leggings because they are stretchy and comfy. And I’m not going to say to never wear leggings, because they definitely have their place, however, you need to know how and when to wear them, and not allow yourself to get lazy. Let’s get one thing straight first, however:
Leggings ARE NOT pants!!
Leggings are tight, they can be very unforgiving, and hug every little bump you should probably be trying to hide. They also show crazy panty lines, if you don’t cover up your butt and choose to wear a non-thong underwear. Want an example? Here’s a pretty convincing one:
Image from fitsmi.com
Perhaps you could make a convincing argument that a skinny girl can pull this look off, but honestly, you just can’t. Maybe with yoga pants, since they flatter curves, however leggings just make chubby or fat girls look like balls walking around on sticks (I don’t exclude myself from this category), while skinny girls just look long, lanky, and awkward. They don’t flatter anyone!
Another bad thing that people do with leggings is to wear them too loose. Usually its stick-thin girls who fall into this, and I almost sympathise, since I have a hard time sometimes finding clothes big enough, and I’m sure they have the opposite problem sometimes of finding clothes to fit their teeny tiny frames. However, if you can’t find clothes to fit you, then this isn’t the trend for you. Learn to move on.
The last thing (that I can currently think of) that really bugs me about leggings as pants, is when girls wear leggings that are not opaque! I really hate when some girl pretends everyone can’t see straight through the tights she thinks can be pants. Here’s an example:
It just looks so trashy, and like you actually forgot your pants. Please, please never do this, even if you choose to disregard my hate of leggings as pants.
As for acceptable ways to wear leggings, there are a couple. Pairing leggings with a skirt or dress when it’s too cold for bare legs can be great, either with simple black leggings, or a very cool patterned pair like these under a black or denim mini:
Image taken from galaxyleggings.net
I actually really love those galaxy ones, and I have seen them on posts on Reddit, on blogs, and on a girl at the mall the other day! You can also pair leggings with shorts in a similar way, but this can end up looking very childish if you do it wrong, and is usually best done with translucent or semi-opaque tights.
Another mostly acceptable way to wear leggings is under very long shirts or sweaters. An example is tunic shirts like this one:
Image taken from chictopia.com
Also, finally, please please always pair your tights with boots. The way the tightness hits the ankle is generally really unflattering, and this is a great reason to add boots to your outfit, since there are so many great styles of boots! For reference, here’s a picture of Lindsay Lohan doing leggings as pants correctly (it sounds wrong to say that Lohan did something right, but she looks good here!):
Image taken from x17online.com
Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for these posts, in the comments!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Hello again! I’ve been waiting a while to post this, mostly because I had been waiting for the final things to come in the mail, but now I have everything. I have a bunch of things to show you from the past couple weeks, some beauty, some fashion, and a bunch of it was actually purchased for me by my boyfriend at random because he likes to buy me things, especially when I can’t buy things on my own.
Anyways, there are a lot of products, so this will be a very picture heavy post. I would have liked to do this as a video, but I don’t have anywhere to film. So, I’m going to present everything in a pretty arbitrary order, since I can’t remember the order everything was bought:
Seacret Nail Care Collection (aka, a little evidence my boyfriend is crazy):
Seacret is apparently an Israeli company, and was being sold at one of those little kiosks in our mall. One of the salespeople jumped on us like salespeople often do, and tried to sell us these manicure kits, and while I would have been perfectly happy to say “no thanks” and move on, my boyfriend just kept listening and talking to her. She offered two of these and an additional buffer for the price of one box. Maybe because his younger sister is obsessed with Israel and Dead Sea products like this, he actually went for it. I still can’t be sure why, because just one box is $80! Anyways, the second box went to me, so I mean, if he wants to spend money I can’t stop him, and I now have nice hand lotion and cuticle oil… I’m really not complaining.
First we have the buffer, which isn’t really any different from other nail buffers as far as I can tell, but if you want one on it’s own, its like 35 or 40 dollars (I can’t remember which). The only interesting thing about this one is, if you need a new one in the first two years, you can take it back to the kiosk and they’ll hand you a new one. I obviously haven’t tested this, so I can’t tell you if it works, however.
Next is what looks to me like a very cheap emery board. Since I have my nice crystal file, I will literally never use this. Maybe I should give it to my sister or something, because it is useless to me. I always feel like boards like this rip my nails apart.
This is probably my favourite product from the box. This is the cuticle oil. Nothing super special, but it does smell pretty good and its super moisturizing. This is the other product in the box that the sales girl said that we could bring back within the two years if it runs out. Again, I clearly haven’t used up a bottle of cuticle oil yet, but we will see how that goes if I ever do.
And finally the body lotion. I got the Milk & Honey scent, because I liked it and it reminds me a bit of the Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey lotion, though its less sticky. There were four scent options, one with something pomegranate, David’s sister was given one that was called something like “ocean mist", and I can’t remember the last option. The only thing I have to say about this is actually because they girl was so happy to tell us about parabens and why they are bad and that some other product she was trying to sell didn’t have any. However, by reading through the ingredients, this lotion does contain parabens. I don’t really mind, but I did think it was funny, and proof that you can’t trust a company to never use parabens just because they claim a couple products are free of them.
Above are two pairs of platform flip flops from Ardene, which my boyfriend bought me. They were 2 for $10, and I really bought them for the black ones, which are more comfy and pretty. The pink ones amuse me, though, and remind me of Lizzie McGuire, but are way less comfortable.
The three above pictures are shirts that I bought on super clearance from Zellers last week. They’re all just very basic, but they were also all either $2.50 or $3.50, so great deals. The burnout tanks in the last picture are great for wearing in pairs, so they aren’t see-through!
This sweater is from American Eagle, and I am absolutely in love with it. As you can see, its a dark grey, three-quarter length sleeve sweatshirt with an awesome lace accent on the shoulders and arms. Its really nice and light, and comfy, and it’s so great for the cool nights we’ve been having lately, since it isn’t too warm, and not too heavy to carry around while its hot during the day! It costs $40, but I had a $10 off $40 or more, so it was actually more like $30, especially after my SPC discount. This is also purchased for me by my boyfriend, and I have to admit I had been lusting after it for a couple weeks.
Richmond Night Market purchases:
Here we have a pink mechanical pencil, a cute package of .5mm lead, and green, pink, and black pens, and a tiny, cutesy, anime girl notebook. All of this was only $2 at this little shop at the Night Market!
And this bag… I completely fell in love with it. It’s from the same store as the pens and such from the other picture, and it was only 2 bucks! Its pretty small, and obviously cheaply made but definitely worth the $2, at least in my opinion! Who doesn’t want a cute little bag covered in rainbow Austen Mini’s and a Union Jack?!
Also, I just wanted to mention how awesome the Richmond Night Market is, and tell anyone living in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia that, if you have time this summer, to go check it out. It only costs $1.50 to get in, and then there’s tons of cheap products and food stalls!
Perhaps he’s crazy, but my boyfriend decided I needed a gold eyeliner, and that it should be from Urban Decay. He told me I should go find one, and that he would pay me back if I found it… Obviously I wasn’t going to turn down free makeup, and I really love the soft gold colour of this liner, which is called Eldorado. This liner gives a really natural, bright look to my face when I wear it, but it does not work as a waterline liner, at least on me.
I may have mentioned before that I had finally run out of my first bottle of Seche Vite. Luckily, I was able to find this lot on EBay (I think, it might have been Amazon) for two bottles of Seche for only ~$10! I paid for this mostly with free money I had on my PayPal account from filling out surveys (on SurveyHead, if you’re curious), and David paid the remaining balance (which wasn’t much). Now it’ll take me twice as long to finish my topcoat, and for 2/3 of the price of my first bottle!
Finally, these two adorable buttons! I got them from Zelas’s shop on Etsy. If any of you are gamers, you may recognize the top one, but for those who aren’t that is the Pyro from Team Fortress 2; he likes to burn people, in case you hadn’t noticed. The second is from an anime. I’m not much of an anime fan, though I did really like Death Note, but this little guy was just so cute. His name is Boota, and he’s from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which is one of my boyfriend’s favourite animes. I also bought my boyfriend a Medic (also from TF2) and Kamina (another character from Gurren Lagann), and my best friend got a Ponyo, and two characters from Hetalia (another anime): Russia and England. If you like anime, definitely check out this shop, as he has a huge selection of various anime characters from tons of shows, as well as several other games or nerdy shows/movies!
If you want a look at the other buttons on my bag, which I know I would, here they are:
So what have you been buying lately? Have you used any of these products? What geeky things do you love? Let me know in the comments!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Hello everyone! Just an update before I get to my box: you may or may not have noticed that the deadline on the poll for the giveaway prize keeps getting longer, and that’s because, first of all, I want to make sure that everyone who wants to votes, and secondly, I just don’t have money right now, so I figured it would be better to wait a while and get a better prize, rather than get a very small prize for you right away. Because of this, I will probably wait until the end of August to purchase the prizes and post the giveaway. However, I’m so grateful for all of you, my lovely readers, and am so happy that I have received another 2 followers in the past week or so. Thank you all so much! =)
Now on to the box/bag… thing:
This month’s bag: orange! This is what I was expecting because Glymm has orange, blue and pink in their store, and we already got the other two. I don’t like this colour, but my sister was more than happy to take it off my hands!
This month’s little special coupon, since there’s one pretty much every month, was a 25% off code for nail polish in the Glymm store. I probably won’t use this because a) Butter London and RGB polishes are very expensive, and b) you can’t use the coupon with your points. Boooo!!
Mereadesso Beautiful Body Balm:
Full size: 200 ml for $54.00
Sample size: 30 ml
Approx. sample value: $8.10
So, I’m not sure why this cream is so expensive. I’ll admit that it is moisturizing, and it soaks in fairly quickly. It also smells a bit like lemons, or maybe lemon meringue pie. However, I don’t think I’d ever spend $54 on a body lotion! I don’t have anything bad to say about this, but I also don’t have anything great to say; this is just sort of a “meh” product, and although it adds $8 to the value of the box, I don’t think it was a great addition. I would have preferred makeup!
Mane Teeze Social Butterfly Hair Perfume:
Full size: 50 ml for $34.00
Sample size: 8 ml
Approx. sample value: $5.44
Hair perfume? Weird right? I’m not sure why this is a thing, but apparently it is. I’m also not sure this is really anything special, and there are probably some people who wouldn’t like this, but I actually quite like it. It smells very sweet and summery, like pina colada and vanilla. I will definitely use this, but I’m sure I’d never buy it.
Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe:
Full size: 150 ml for $25.00
Sample size: 50 ml
Approx. sample value: $8.33
This is probably one of the products I’m happiest about in this month’s box, even though it is a hair product. This is a deep conditioning treatment that you leave on your hair 3-5 minutes before rinsing out, but the best part is that this is a real sized sample, not some stupid foil package! Also, Joico is a pretty well known salon brand, so I’m excited to try this out.
Cyberderm H2O Hydration and PM Anti-Age:
Full size: 50 ml for $60.00 (for H2O Hydration) & 50 ml for $115.00 (for PM Anti-Age)
Sample size: 5 ml each
Approx. Sample value: $17.50
Finally, there were these two syringes full of moisturizer. I’m a little disappointed with this, because I was excited when I was thinking they were sunscreen… I mean, The Sunscreen Company didn’t send sunscreen? This makes no sense to me. I' don’t care about getting anti-aging products, so this is really boring to me, though I’ll admit the packaging is cute. Also, the size of them wasn’t on the packaging, but these are proper medical syringes, and by peeling back the label you can see that they are full to the 5 ml line. Anyways, I’ll use these, but I’m not particularly happy or excited about them. And I’m guessing Glymm counts these as two separate products, but I count them as one.
Total Approx. Value: $39.37
While the price looks good—I mean it’s almost valued at three times the cost, if you’re paying $12 a month (and I’m only paying $10 still)—I’m not actually impressed with this month’s products. There are three moisturizers and two hair products, while I buy this box for makeup and the occasional nail polish… so needless to say, I’m pretty disappointed. Even the makeup bag won’t be of any use for me, though as I mentioned, my sister is enjoying it. There isn’t anything in this bag I won’t use, except for the coupon code, but none of it is anything special. Disappointingly, the hair products are my favourite things in the box,, but even they aren’t that great. The hair perfume is way too expensive for what it is, when I could use a body spray or regular perfume for the same thing, and a conditioner is a conditioner as far as I’m concerned. I hope they do better next month. I would love to see some makeup products, and not just one (or none like this month)!
Did you get this month’s Glymm? What did you think? Have you ever tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comments!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Hello everyone! Sorry its been so long since I last posted, but I’ve had stuff to do. Even right now I shouldn’t be posting, since I have a presentation and debate to prepare for, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to write up a quick post to share this awesome contest with you all.
Nail Polish Canada is holding a giveaway for one lucky person (from Canada or the USA) to win a 25 year supply of CND Shellac gel nail polishes, which includes 33 bottles of Shellac, a 36 watt UV lamp, 5 each of the Shellac top and base coats, and “Scrub Fresh” (which I’m pretty sure is the gel polish remover). Such an amazing prize! Take a look:
If you want to enter, you just need to go here, fill out your first name, email address, and (optionally) website, and explain how winning a lifetime supply of polish would change your life. Don’t worry, though, that part is just for fun! The winner will be randomly selected on August 7th. More information is available on the page linked above. Also, I’m sorry to any of my readers not located in Canada or the US, since you won’t be eligible for this one, as I mentioned before… =(
To everyone else, good luck! =)
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
My boyfriend’s birthday party was on Sunday, and so I let him pick what I should do to my nails. Oddly, he decided I should number my nails with Roman numerals. Why? Not sure, but it seemed simple enough, and I got to include some glitter, which is always a good thing. Perhaps more oddly? My best friend’s boyfriend complimented my nails at the party saying that they were really cool. Why do nerdy boys like Roman numerals?
Anyways, here they are. You can’t tell, but the base is China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, with a coat of L.A.Colors in Star Light, and for the numbers, I used my L.A. Colors white striper:
Sorry about the blurry right hand, it looked clearer on the little screen…
So, what do you think? =)
Friday, July 6, 2012
I originally started off not liking this trend very much. I didn’t have anything particularly against it, but I didn’t think it was something I wanted to try. My basic reasoning was: “If I’m going to paint all my nails different colours, why not make them completely different?” But after seeing lots of people showing off their ombre manicures in various gorgeous colours, it has really grown on me! Also, it sorta seemed like a challenge to see if I had enough similar colours to find 5 that were close but not too close to make this look work.
I think I did pretty well, so I present to you my blood red to coral-y orange ombre manicure:
What’s weird is that the coral nail looks a lot closer to the orange in person, but my camera insisted in making it look pretty pink. Also, I know the pinky colour is too dark, however, while I did have closer reds, they are all shimmery. Oh well.
In case you want to know what polishes I used, here’s a list:
- Pinkies: RGB in Oxblood
- Ring fingers: OPI in Keys to My Karma
- Middle fingers: Essie in Too Too Hot
- Pointer fingers: Sephora by OPI in Caliente Coral
- Thumbs: Wet’n’Wild Wild Shine in Blazed
Also, this mani completely finished up the last of my first bottle of Seche Vite! I actually ha to add a tiny bit of remover to get enough topcoat for my last 3 or 4 nails, and, as expected, this made this mani chip a lot faster than usual. Luckily, however, instead of having to shell out a bunch of money I can’t afford on new topcoat, I had some free money left on my Paypal account, and I found a set of 2 bottles of Seche for approximately the price of one in store, so I just have to wait for those to arrive! Until then I guess I’ll have to suffer with my old, slow drying Sephora by OPI clear… =(
Are there any nail trends you were skeptical about at first, only to fall in love with them later on? Or make-up or fashion trends for that matter? Let me know in the comments, an don’t forget to vote on the poll!
Sorry to keep reminding you, but I do want to get a rough guess of how many people really read the blog and are likely to enter the contest!
Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great weekend!