Monday, October 5, 2015

A Photo An Hour | Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

10 AM: My makeup stash. Messily organized as per usual. 

I haven't done one of these in ages. The first one I did, I did with my iPhone 4S but since then, I've upgraded both my phone and digital camera. The other day I had a few errands to run and since I basically worked every day this past week, I thought about bringing this type of post back. I might have missed an hour or two though. Woops. It gets hard to remember photos when you've been...having fun? Nah, I was drinking and stuff and ended up forgetting. If you guys want any recommendations on fun bars to check out in Sacramento, I'm always happy to help although I always go to the same places. And also, if you have any questions about any makeup in the above photo, please feel free to ask.
 11 AM: Just left Ulta. Had to head over since they were having a sale and I had hoped to pick up Stonefox from NYX's new liquid lipstick line. They were sold out and now they're sold out online :'(
 12 PM: Prepping to work on a new illustration for #Inktober.
 1 PM: Got around to watching "Tomorrowland" because Michael said it was good. I thought it was funny and generally watchable, but like 75% of it was bad. 
2 PM: Finally done drawing out what I want. Getting started on inking it out now.  
 3 PM: Checking up on one of my favorite blogs. I love her new site layout. It's so simple and puts her (and her husband's) photography as the main focal point.
 4 PM: Finally finished. It takes me forever to draw and ink something but I love it. Feel free to like the picture here :)
 5 PM: Finally ready to go and meet Maritza for a night out on the town. Kind of? Hah.
 6 PM: Met up earlier but ate a bit and now we finally made it to The Merc for some AMFs.
 7 PM: Long Islands are deliciously alcoholic.
 8 PM: Touching my lipstick up before we left for some karaoke at The Distillery. I was wearing "Teak Petal" (I think) by Revlon.
 9 PM: Karaoke just got started and The Distillery isn't hopping...YET.
 10 or 11 PM: I might have missed an hour, I'm not a hundred percent sure. Anyways, here's a friend, Charlie, and my boyfriend Court (in the white) singing some "Under Pressure". It was glorious. 
12 PM: It rained and there was a lightning storm last night. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oufit Retrospective | Favorite Fall Looks of 2013

 So I've been fairly silent here for the past couple of weeks (or months, not really sure how long it's been...oops!) and I thought it'd be a nice idea to do a new kind of post called an "Outfit Retrospective" where I look back at my small archive of outfit posts and pick some of my favorites. Since fall/autumn has already begun, I decided to do a post centered around the theme of my favorite fall looks from 2013. If you're wondering about the lacks of coats and such in some of these pictures, keep in mind that I live in Northern California where cold temperatures don't really hit us until late October-mid November. Please enjoy this little retrospective of a time when I had no job and was just being an introverted homebody. To be honest, I still wear these outfits whenever I'm able to. I'm so predictable. Once I like an outfit, I will wear it all the time. It's true. Just ask anybody who works with me. Anyways, check out these looks and be inspired to wear colored tights and cozy cardigans this fall!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review | Secret Kiss Chubby Jelly Tint Long-Wear Lip Tattoo in "Cherry Red"

Product: Secret Kiss Chubby Jelly Tint Long-Wear Lip Tattoo in "Cherry Red"
Price: $6.65
Link: BeautyNetKorea
Review: I originally ordered this because I saw so many videos of the Cocoon Lip Stain Peel but I couldn't find anywhere to get it so when I saw this in a couple makeup videos from some Korean vloggers, I knew I had to have it. The color swatches looked so pretty and natural but still opaque enough to show. So when I discovered BeautyNetKorea and their great prices, I went ahead and ordered Secret Kiss's jelly lip tint. From what I saw, it was fairly good tint and for that price, I decided to take the plunge. I also received an additional 50% off due to a coupon code, so it didn't cost me very much. Shipping took a while but that's most likely because they ship the products from South Korea. When it did get to me, it was in good condition. No samples though. I think you have to order like $20-$30 worth of products to get samples. Anyways, now to the product itself. I found it interesting since you apply a gel to your lips, let it set for about 10-15 minutes, and then just peel off the now dried gel to reveal a tint on your lips. The first time I used it, I had completely primed and moisturized lips. Despite this, applying the gel to my lips was difficult. The applicator is a hard plastic that the product clings to so it's hard to properly and evenly apply the gel to your lips. I found myself trying to apply an even coat only to pull at and mess up areas that already had product on. I wasn't able to really layer the gel onto itself to get a bigger color payoff because of that. In terms of longevity, it lasted a couple hours before it completely came off while I was eating dinner. I won't be repurchasing this product again. I have longwear lipsticks that last longer, tint my lips well enough, and last through eating. I think the concept is really cool but I think the applicator doesn't help at all. I also found that not a whole lot of product came in the tube. I'm happy I ended up not spending a lot on this product because it definitely wasn't worth it.
Rating: 2.5/5

 A swatch of the gel still drying. 
 A swatch of the tint right after pulling the dried gel off.
And this is the tint with some clear lip balm smoothed over it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Outfit | Spotted Moth

Hey guys! It's been quite a while since I've posted an outfit/personal style post here. Things have been quite hectic and on the days that I have off from work and/or school, I usually spend with friends or relaxing with my boyfriend. Because of that, I haven't really had the energy and time to contribute to shooting outfits for the blog, which sucks because I've had some pretty cute outfits in the past couple of months. I also feel like my style has changed since my last post. While I still tend to go for dresses with a cinched/nipped waist, a full, flare, or pleated skirt; cardigans, and cute blouses, I've also kind of branched out to high waisted shorts (which I had been talking about wanting for months a while back), high waisted pants, sneakers, and crop tops. I feel like my style has become slightly more urban. Working at Crossroads has definitely opened me up to more personal style tastes just because everyone that works there and that I've met through there has such a distinct style. It's so inspiring and has inspired me to branch out of my comfort zone a bit. 

For example, this outfit. I've fallen in love with looser silhouettes. I used to be all about that fitted/nipped waist and fuller skirts, but lately, I've been reaching for babydoll dresses and looser fabrics. When I found this dress at Forever 21 for $13, I waited about a week before purchasing it because I figure that it would show up at my work (Crossroads) but it didn't so I ended up caving and buying it. At this point, the majority of my wardrobe is coming from work. I don't have an issue with that since I'm getting such nice clothes in fairly good condition for a fraction of the original price. Now, it drives me up the wall when I see instagram closet sales and see the sellers pricing items way more than they should and then seeing people paying that price. It's ridiculous. It's almost as ridiculous as the poses I'm doing in today's photos. It's been a while since I've photographed myself and I feel like that rustiness and anxiety comes across in these photos. No big deal. I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things.
 Outfit Details:
Dress | Forever 21
Socks | Crossroads
Shoes | Crossroads

Also, look at these cute cats that Court and I became attached to while living in Davis the past year. The white one is Kit Kat and I named the black one Panther. They're community cats so everyone in the community feeds and takes care of them. We were told that Kit Kat was originally abandoned by her original owner. Her owner just left her here when she moved! I wish I could take Kit Kat home. She's such a sweetie little kitten. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review | Too Faced's Melted Liquified Lipstick in "Melted Berry"

Product: Too Faced's Melted Liquified Longwear Lipstick in "Melted Berry"
Price: $21.00
Link: too faced | sephora
Review: So I'm very late to the bandwagon for this product, but I was always turned away by the $21 price tag. As a moderately poor college student, I just couldn't justify spending more than $10 on a lip product and even then, I have to research and research like crazy before even spending that much. Anyways, I was always very happy with my NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (which I didn't even like that much at first) but soon, I started wondering about Too Faced' Melted lipsticks and other liquid lipsticks. Everyone was raving about them so I decided that before buying one of these, I would test them out in store. I was always putting it off because I was either in the middle of a time constraint or I was with my boyfriend. Then, my chance came when a friend of mine wanted to go to our local Ulta and buy some makeup for some weddings she's attending this summer. So we went and while she was getting help, I was testing out some of the Melted lippies. I tried out the darkest shade "Villain", "Chihuahua (I think that's the name?)", "Fig", and the red shade that's darker than "Berry". I immediately loved the texture of these and the pigmentation. So intense. As soon as these touched my lips, I knew I was going to be buying one of them. I decided on getting "Berry" because it's a color that I'm comfortable wearing in my daily life. These last for a long time. I left the store with "Chihuahua" on my lips because it ended up being a pretty neutral/nude on my coloring and I didn't want to wipe it off my lips. I wanted to see how long it would last. Like I said, it lasted a while. I even napped with it and it was still on my lips when I woke up. Staying power is A+ and the pigmentation stays strong. With eating and talking, the color faded slightly but it was still noticeable and very pretty. I can definitely see myself buying a Melted lipstick every payday. I now understand why so many people were raving and spending the money on products like this and the Anastasia, Jeffree Star, and Dose of Colors liquid lipsticks. These things are amazing and so perfect. It's still pretty expensive though so I'm not going to go too crazy with purchasing these guys. That's really the only reason I knocked off a point for my final rating. I want products that are affordable, great quality, and long lasting. Too Faced is just a tad bit too expensive to check off that affordable box. Other than that, it's a really good product and the applicator is soft and applies evenly. Make sure your lips are properly primed and moisturized. These can be a tad bit drying. I'd say the finish is semi-matte. I've seen it look like a MAC satin-finish lipstick on some people and matte on others (like myself) so I'm not a hundred percent sure, but you could easily apply this and top it off with a clear gloss. If you do want a more glossy finish, Too Faced does have a line of Melted lipsticks called the Melted Metal line which is essentially the Melted lipsticks but with a more glossy finish. Also, you can totally wear these without a lip liner. I didn't find that it bled at all when I wore it, but you can still wear a liner underneath.  
Rating: 4/5

This is just one layer of "Berry". I put a layer on top of the layer of "Chihuahua" and it looked really good. Again, make sure that your lips are properly primed and moisturized because this product can be quite drying. I do like that I can make it more day-time wearable with just one layer and then layer it up later on in the day for a more evening-time look. 

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