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Aug. 15th, 2011

Getting My Punk Rock Back

 
Hey, guys. Been a while, as I promised. However, I did do one massive haul, very recently. I justified that I'd still be left with half a grand to go towards tuition . . . However, I know it was against my better judgment. But after breaking up with my boyfriend of 3 years, now ex, I needed a change. A personal change that would bring me back to who I was before I met him. Before I wore nothing but black nail polish, if ever. I wore T-shirts with a comfortable fit. They certainly did not squeeze the life out of me. I wore baggy jeans and cargo pants found in the boys section. I wore sneakers, not heeled boots. I never cared about who was offended by the way I looked. In fact, I considered those who were offended a bonus. So. Here's my haul: 

hinged armor ring - Mine is a similar design in gold.  It's not being worn correctly in the picture.  


Full Tilt leather jacket - I bought this jacket in a size Small.


Fashionista black skinny jeans - I bought these in size 0.
Mia boots - Size 5.5 I couldn't find the particular model number, so I didn't find a picture. But they're a very cute combat boot, black leather, very plain. No fancy buckles. Already received the ring, which is totally bitchin'. I can't wait for the whole outfit to arrive!!

I also recently bought Clinique's Almost Lipstick in "Black Honey." This is a cult favorite, and seems to just be a really lovely deep berry tint, more towards blackberry berry colored rather than raspberry or strawberry tinted. I think I'm going to really like it, and will be perfect for Fall when I don't want a full on lipstick, but need the richer more vampy tone for colder weather.

Jun. 30th, 2011

Newfound Love for A|X Armani Exchange

 



I really like the styles and fashion at Armani Exchange.

Yes, I still believe a ton of it is waaay over-priced, but they have awesome discounts and deals from time to time. They're still having their summer sale event, which gives up to 70% off on items' msrp.

Completely vegan in its 100% PVC material, it looks very well made. I love edgy hardware, like grommets, locks, metal buckles and D-rings, etc. I don't particularly like studs, because most designers get overly happy with the gun, if you know what I mean.








This is just a gorgeous little bag. Both colors are made of PVC material, in case the nude color looks like canvas. It was ordered with standard shipping, about $7 (plus the discounted price at $49) and was already written in as being ready for delivery yesterday evening! That's less than three days from Jersey to Michigan. Very, very impressive, despite the fact that the bag was in stock to begin with.

The design is absolutely lovely, very detailed quilted stitching, and there's just ever so slightly enough shiny bling with the O-rings and padlock plaiting! I absolutely love it. It just looks so plush and luxurious, which is ridiculous for $49. The MSRP had it marked at $88 originally, so that tells you this is not a normally-made plastic bag. With the intensive stitching and width of the bag, it's going to be more durable than others, as well as incredibly fashionable. I feel that while this is a trendy bag, worn with more classic lines, this could be an ageless piece.

 

Jun. 25th, 2011

No Buy Challenge

 




Heeeeey, guys.

I am officially putting myself on a "No Buy" for the next two months. If I make it those two months, I'll go another one. I really need to save up and not be enticed to buy so much. And this "No Buy" was realized after purchasing:

NYX Jumbo eyeshadow pencils in "Black Bean," "Strawberry Milk," and "French Fries"
Avon True Color Quad in "Mocha Latte"
Essie nail polish in "It's Genius"
CQ nail polish in "Idyllic"
Revlon nail polish in "Gold Rush"
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation in "Sand"
Burberry Beauty's Soft Satin Lip Cover Lipstick mini in "No.4 Rosewood"
Lush Cosmetics bath bomb "Cinders"

I have yet to recieve the last three items listed, but I know I'll love them. I know myself pretty well with things I purchase versus things I know I will not personally use.

The Avon Quad is fantastic. Very pigmented. People seem to not like the highlight color so much, but it's lovely. Why do you want a chalky, white shadow that goes on opaque for a "highlighter?" People are just bad at applying makeup, and especially terrible at looking at their own face and deciding what is appropriate on it. I don't mean "appropriate" in a polite way, I don't mean you should only wear conservative, sophisticated colors. I mean that with your personality, you should have knowledge of how to wear makeup so that it only emphasizes what you naturally have. Otherwise, that's a hot, sloppy mess.

LOOOOVE CQ nail polish. I have one of their wonderful duo-chrome polishes. This one looks like a combination of a gorgeous burgundy wine and a bit of light orange-gold. The two phaze in and out of each other as the light hits in on your nails at different angles. I had a whole set of prism nail colors a long time ago that were my favorite. I think they were Sally Hansen. Just amazing colors. Just about everyone has done their own duo-chrome polish, but this is the first one that has really got me interested in a long while. Could be my ever-maturing sophistication at large.





 

Jun. 18th, 2011

Lip Balm Overview

 






Hey-ee, dudes.
So many posts!
You can tell when I'm avoiding doing something important.
Or when I am hella boooored.
Anyway, I like chapstick/lip balm. I used to absoutely hate the way it felt on my lips, but my lips were almost always cracked and bleeding. I'm OCD and seem to have internally hidden anxiety issues, so I often times peel the skin off my lips as a nervous habit.

I finally decided I didn't want to do that. And there was quite a lot of incentive when I eventually acquired a boyfriend, which made me all self-conscious about how I looked and felt. Only that I had never cared before. I used to abhor makeup, and still kind of do. What I like about it now is that BB Cream heals the skin for a ton of things, and I like looking different than what people expect me to like or do.

Blah and blah.

Onto it, already!

(left to right)
  • Vintage Sister lip balm "Rootbeer"
  • Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip balm "Golden Pink"
  • C.O Bigelow lip balm "Lemon"
  • The Body Bakery Lip Slick "Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee"
  • Korres Lip Butter "Plum" and "Guava"

Out of these, I like them all except for the TBB Lip Slick. It sucks. Don't buy from that awfully over-priced company. I had a horrible experience with the owner herself.

Anyway, the C.O Bigelow and Palladio actually provide the best results for my lips. The Korres is good, but it's kind of thick and sometimes does not penetrate into my lips if they're not exfoliated, so I just wear it at night after my other lip balms have kept them soft and non-flakey throughout the day. The C.O Bigelow and Palladio lip balms actually act as types of exfoliants.They soften the cracked skin on your lips, and then afterwards you can rub the skin off and be left with smooth lips. Wearing these two lip balms after the peeling of skin just keep them veeeerrrry soft, the process doesn't just keep occurring.

Oh! And these all smell and taste good, except for the Palladio, which is amazing that I still like it as much as I do.



(left to right)
  • EOS SPF 15 "Lemon Drop" and "Honeysuckle Honeydew" (no SPF)
  • e.l.f Candy Shop Lip Gloss "Berry Pop"
  • The Pink Sink Hempjoba Lip Naturals "Black Pepper"
  • Honeycat Cosmetics "I'm in Heat Warming Cinnamon Lip Balm"
  • The Body Bakery Lip Butter "Dark Chocolate Mint"
  • Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
  • Yes To Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tint "Chocolate Kiss"
  • Sweet Breath Lip Flavors Lip Conditioner "Menthomint"

My favorites here are The Pink Sink, Honeycat, Burt's Bees, and the Yes To Carrots.
All of these smell and taste good, but not all actually work for my lips like these select four do. And again, hate The Body Bakery. So not worth it. Much better,non-chemical-smelling-tasting lip balms out there on etsy alone. Don't waste your money, or venture at your own risk.

You also might be wondering where there's a lip gloss in here. Well, while it is more of a gloss, when I put it on, it also feels thick (not sticky) like a lip balm, and it seems to treat more like a lip balm than most glosses I have.

I don't actually know if this is the best idea, to post this overview before I even get my other lip balms from Ophelia's Apothecary (etsy), but eh. Thinking about it, it takes time to know if you truly like something, that it works for you in the present day, as well as five years from now. So, I'll just review and post as they arrive, I suppose.


Anyway, hope that was . . . kinda helpful. It wasn't very detailed, but it's late and much of my descriptions for each of these lip balms is approximately the same. In telling you my favorites of each grouping, basically means which ones I use the most, and that the others just hang out in my large-ish makeup bag (pewter-colored square bag from e.l.f).


 

Jun. 15th, 2011

Cats and Snakes

 









Hello, everyone! First of all, this is an eye look I've been really liking lately. I don't really like light colors on my eyes, pastels and whatnot, it just doesn't suit my skin nor my typical clothing style, so I go dark no matter the time of day. Onto the sortakinda tutorial:

Following the contour of the top of my eye, I use "Fer-de-Lance," a pressed eyeshadow from Venomous Cosmetics. It's a nice mildly shimmery deep brown. I didn't know I liked wearing brown until this shadow. Then I blend it out to keep the edges soft. I usually deepen just the outer corner with more "Fer-de-Lance," but sometimes my hands feel like monster claws and don't do exactly what I want. But I'm also kind of insanely OCD about particular things.

Moving on, I then use "Stiletto Snake" loose powder, which is THE blackest black eyeshadow I've ever seen. It's so easy to work with, it's even matte. I use it wet on the outer third of my lash line and extend it up just a tad bit, I also go back over that with more of the same shadow but dry to help keep it in place. And I line the outer third of my lower lash line, also taking it out just a couple millimeters. But for my eyes, I do not take those extended lines with "Stiletto Snake" and make them meet to a cat-eye corner. That makes my eyes very narrow and kind of scary and intense, so I take the top line and flick it up ever so slightly, and take the lower lash line of black and flick it out. They can be parallel lines or flare away from each other, but the point is that the "Fer-de-Lance" shadow is already so deep, the black only creates depth. I don't actually want the black to appear like liner, more like kohl.

It's, so far, my favorite eyeshadow pairing for my eye shape and skin color. Monolids are difficult to work with when everybody else is busy doing tutorials for double-eyelids, and let me tell you it absolutely makes a difference, whether or not you have a crease to work with. First of all, my eyelid is like . . . a goldfish mouth. The part of the fish's mouth that extends from inside the "beak" to catch food is how my eyelids work. So, actually, if I pull my top lid up just a bit away from my lash line that it covers underneath it, I in fact then have double eyelids. I don't know how other monolids work, but it seems the typical tape tricks wouldn't work for me. Not that that matters, I don't care about having double lids. The world of the double-eyelid versus the monolid just fascinates me.

Bah, 'nough of that. I just thought I'd share a look, for once. And I reeeeally like these Venomous Cosmetics shadows. Very pigmented, soft, extremely easy to blend (matte or shimmery/glittery), and way more affordable then MAC, YSL, Guerlain, Chanel, and those other high-end brands I can only afford once every blue moon. lol

~Lata!

P.S - The cat hat I'm wearing is from Forward Motion Art on etsy.com! ^_^



 

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