Thursday, August 2, 2012

NOTD -- Blue Gradient Fishnets

Back in May, I tried creating a fishnet manicure using some holographic polishes I had bought from Llarowe along with some striping tape. It was my first time attempting anything with striping tape, and I tried to do a gradient as well.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Zodiac Collaboration: Cancer

I'm excited to present my part of another collaboration with awesome blogger ladies! This time, we took zodiac signs and interpreted them. My birthday was the 10th, so I am a Cancerian.

Friday, July 6, 2012


I have such a bad case of backlog. These photos feel so old, and now I'm at the point where I hate the way I look in them. I need to remind myself to smile more and remember take goofier pics. I'm always looking real serious more often than not. Anyways, F took these photos back in February for me. I miss Chicago dearly, can't wait to go back.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Saying Goodbye -- tokidoki x Sephora

It has come to my attention that Sephora's collaboration with tokidoki will be coming to an end, so the remaining products in the line are heavily marked down. Not everyone likes the aesthetics of tokidoki, but I have been a long time fan and have hauled a lot of things in light of the major discount.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Nails of the Day -- 4th of July

What's this? A themed post that went up on time..?! Here are my nails for Independence Day!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

NARS Diablo x Orgasm

After seeing this powderdoom post last week, I wanted to enter the NARS Instagram contest but found out that the submission period is now over. I didn't know when the final deadline was and looked up the terms and conditions late Tuesday night. What a mistake that was.. Limiting myself from the internet has handicapped me, I say! Here is my entry anyway, even if it doesn't count. Plus, reviews on the NARS products I used.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nails of the Day -- ManGlaze X

This was one of the first manicures I did upon finally receiving the ever coveted indie polish Connect the Dots from Llarowe a while back. I honestly don't like it that much, but can't get over how much effort it took to do the accent nail that I can't help but shamefully post it.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shell Yourself

I've been feeling pretty down about myself lately, and overall rather uninspired to play with makeup, let alone even blog at all. I'm probably most active on Instagram, but that isn't saying much. Maybe I'll write up a post about it in the future, but I do have a some posts lined up. Anyway, here's a look I did on for a Royal Caribbean contest. The prompt was just to submit a photo of yourself with a shell (or something similar), but I wanted to do a coordinating beach themed eye look for it and this is what I came up with!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jawbreaker by Pretty & Polished

Last month, I bought my first four nail colors from Pretty & Polished. Chelsea Marie hand makes every polish, fulfills all orders, and inquiries herself. For this post, I'll tell you about my personal experiences with her shop and my review of Jawbreaker. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

MAC Scan-delicious

I recently discovered that I own about 5-6 different lip products by various brands that are all essentially the same color.. I don't know why I'm so attracted to fuchsias (cause I can barely pull off wearing it), but I am. This is the last of the three MAC Kissable Lipcolours I'll be reviewing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shot of the Day featuring "Alive" by Big Bang

If you didn't know already, I love Big Bang and 2NE1. A fair amount of the YG Family to be honest, especially since they've got Tablo now too. I've always loved K-pop, even when I got made fun of for listening to Shinhwa back in high school. It may seem silly to have been in 'the minority' for something like a music genre, but it's almost a little strange to see it be so recognizable these days. It feels like many non-Koreans listen to K-pop more than ever before, and even know more than I do about the scene. Same goes for Korean dramas too, the last one I watched was My Name is Kim Samsoon, and that was several years ago.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Urban Decay 24/7 Travel Pencil Set in Electric

I generally like Urban Decay eyeliner sets and this one's at an absolute steal right now on HauteLook for 19$, down from its original 32$ price tag. Hit the jump for more product shots and swatches!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Villain Edition of Sailor Moon Collaboration: Snow Queen Kaguya

For the second and final half of our collaboration, we chose villain color schemes. I ended up going for Snow Queen Kaguya or Princess Snow Kaguya, the villain from Sailor Moon S: the Movie. She is an alien ice queen who collects planets by freezing them.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Makeup Challenge: Day 5

Today I'm going to tell you about my five favorite makeup brushes! If you look at my face, my eyes are rather small and don't have a lot of lid space, so bigger brushes end up being a lot less helpful than I'd like them to be. I've also really liked detailing my eye makeup lately, so I prefer my smaller, more precise brushes.

  • tokidoki Siberia Blush Brush - beautiful dip-dyed synthetic bristles, dense, doesn't shed, feels surprisingly soft on the face, love the way it applies color
  • tokidoki 24k Edition Eyeshadow Brush* - soft synthetic bristles, packs on eyeshadow color effortlessly
  • Crown Brush Chisel Fluff Crease Brush* - tapered shape is great for applying color in the crease and inner corner areas
  • Sigma E20 Short Shader Brush - short, dense bristles, perfect for setting or smudging out color on the lower lashline
  • Urban Decay Wonder Brush* - soft synthetic bristles, versatile in application for either eyes or lips

Products marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased with a brush set or are discontinued.

I'm not a 100% positive I named the pink Crown brush properly as none of them actually have names on the brushes themselves, so it can be kind of confusing. I can't say enough good things about tokidoki brushes, I literally love every one I have. They're decently priced and the first Pittura set has stayed durable through deep cleansing washes and maintaining their shape since I got them initially. Below (and from left to right) are frontal and profile views of the four eye brushes from Urban Decay, Sigma, Crown Brush, and tokidoki.

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MAC So Vain

The second Kissable Lipcolour I have for you is So Vain (19$ for 0.17 oz), a color MAC describes as a "muted dirty coral." Personally, I thought this color was the least wearable on me because it makes me look really washed out. Upon testing it though, I think it looks alright after a few hours of wear.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Makeup Challenge: Day 4

Whew, I'm cutting it close today! It's currently 30 minutes before midnight as I type this right now, and I need to tell you about four makeup products I can't live without!
  • mixing medium & tray
  • oil-based makeup remover
  • Guerlain Parure de Nuit Pressed Powder and Blush
  • NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Mirror Crush

I officially present to you, my first attempt at a tutorial! I wanted to take a chance on the NYX Face Awards and this is what I came up with. Previously, I had submitted another tutorial, so it's technically my third attempt, but the quality wasn't very good, so I wanted to try again. Filming and editing videos is difficult and very time-consuming! But I could totally get used to it, finally having an edited production in the end feels rather rewarding. My video doesn't have the best lighting as I messed up several times and spent most of the day recording. I am however, proud of the makeup and believe it represents me while showing a certain level of skill. I was able to borrow my brother's D7000 (which is freakin' sweet!), struggled throughout the whole process, and am excited to post this up now. I know it's a bit rough, but I hope you like the video! Let me know of any feedback you have, and please give it a thumbs up to vote for me in competing for National YouTube Beauty Vlogger of the Year! Click the jump for a full product list and more photos~

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Makeup Challenge: Day 3

Today is essentially wishlist day! Likely unbeknownst to you, my wishlist page is constantly updated and edited for everything beauty that is coveted by this addict. Often times I delete recently obtained products just to shorten the list, whereas sometimes I don't. The underscores are there for things that were limited edition, and therefore I probably won't ever find myself in possession of anytime soon. Here are just three makeup products I dearly wish I had:
  1. Guerlain Christmas Holiday Météorites Perles de Nuit
    • I mainly just love the color of the tin and want it to match my Parure de Nuit compact in its peacockiness.
  2. MAC Ripe Peach Blush
    • I actually own the Estée Lauder version that is more expensive and in 'old lady' packaging, but I just can't get enough of MAC's ombre blush packaging, and of course, the color itself is quite pretty. I keep hoping they'll repromote it.
  3. Sugarpill False Eyelashes in Porcelain, Angel Baby, Spark, and Whisper 
    • The most reasonably attainable of the three! Their lashes are actually really affordable as well, which is probably why nearly all the ones I want are currently out of stock.

I wanted to include a couple of fashion items that have been on my mind for a while now (re: seriously lusting). Honestly, I'm trying to save for everything, but it's hard, especially since each is priced around 100$ or more.

Okay, actually making this post kind of got me depressed over how broke I am right now (and all the time..) /creyz

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ManGlaze Fuck Off and Dye

Another older release from ManGlaze is Fuck Off and Dye. It doesn't have the nicest polish name in the world, but it is a great matte. I received it back in the summer of last year (late postings, much?) because they felt bad about how long my order of Matte is Murder took to arrive. It actually didn't really bother me in the first place as it wasn't even their fault, but since then, the company has always had a special place in my heart.

Featured Photo at Di Depux's Etsy

Despina of Di Depux liked one of my photos from the Sailor Moon Collaboration that she featured my face in the listing for her custom color Wings in My Heart necklace! I placed my order back in December and haven't done a full review of her shop, but I wanted to share this bit of news, as it is quite exciting for me. There's only been a couple of times where someone has asked me to use my photos, so I feel rather honored by it. I've been loving the two necklaces that I bought from her shop, and Despina is very responsive to custom requests. I'll eventually review the items I purchased and her shop, but in the meantime, you can keep up to date with her latest creations on both twitter and Instagram.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Makeup Challenge: Day 2

For today, I am supposed to name two makeup products that I would not recommend. The first are NYX Liquid Crystal Liners, and the second is an Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlight.

Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection

I am forever late posting reviews. I have so many backlogged that I should just stop mulling over my photos, and simply make myself post more regularly. I've had this anniversary palette from Urban Decay since August(?!) of last year and it's my favorite 2011 release from them. I've been using it a lot in conjunction with my ever constant Sugarpill colors.

Halloween { Part 2 } -- Sailor Girl (and Britney Spears)

Late as ever, here's the second part of last year's Halloween costumes. Fair warning that my skin doesn't look too great in any of these photos.. While in Chicago, we spent Saturday night at Ohm that weekend.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bold Lips for Nymphette

Nymphette's Challenge Calendar is back for April, and I decided to participate for the first. Not sure if I'll keep this up, but I feel like I've been rather productive in terms of blogging today, so yipee~ ९(ेᗢ॔)७

Makeup Challenge: Day 1

I saw this on tumblr the other day and decided to attempt it for the next week or so and see if I can actually keep it up. Ten days isn't too long of a commitment and the questions seem easy enough, so here's the first day! The prompt is to name one makeup product I use everyday.

I don't really wear makeup everyday, but do constantly have something on my lips, whether it's a lip product or balm. I have awfully sensitive lips and they dry out very easily. Typically, I'd use Vaseline, but it isn't as hygienic or travel-friendly as a lip balm in a tube. I've tried all the flavors listed over at Sephora, and Jack Black's Lemon & Chamomile is my favorite! It's pictured here with my Filthy Magic camera ring.

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MAC Flaunting It

Part of my (epic) MAC haul were three Kissable Lipcolors from the Shop MAC collection: Flaunting ItSo Vain, and Scan-delicious. It is my first time trying this product, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nail Colors Galore!

I finally got around to swatching all of my current nail polishes and decided to put up a mega post. It helps me keep track of the brands and colors I own, but I also wanted to see if readers would want to see reviews or even just actual nail swatches of particular colors. So if you see anything that peaks your interest or have any questions, do let me know! Listed from left to right, most swatches are alone, but sheerer polishes (like glitter top coats) have an additional swatch over Black Taxi, which is an opaque, creamy black.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shot of the Day {New Header}

lippy roll

During my last week in Chicago at the end of February, I went to a MAC Pro store and got myself a huge haul--the most I'd bought from MAC, ever. I'm usually uninterested in their collections, but ended up really loving the aesthetic of the Chen Man one: the promo images, the colors, the packaging, and the actual products themselves. The lip colors appealed to me most, and I was able to nab all of them. Plus, there were already a few other things I'd been coveting.. Anyway! I had fun shooting my newly acquired MAC products and posted a new header. Picnik was used to add the text and small designs. I'm actually kind of sad that we'll be saying goodbye to Picnik soon, I used it quite a bit, even a year ago. It was fun using it today, and it will be missed. (︶︿︶)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Auto Blue

Above is the look I wore to the Chicago Auto Show last month. It's a rounded and blue-based look, where the appearance OCC's Mirrorball is very subdued. Hit the jump for more photos and a list of products used!

Shot of the Day

Dish It Up

Nails of the Day -- Minky Mani

Towards the end of January, I wanted to try a manicure using tape for a design and some ManGlaze colors. I absolutely adore the color Mink Mitten, so I wore that again with a few accent nails.