Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thrifted OOTD

Hello lovelies!

I thought I'd try a different kind of post today, I've starting hitting up the thrift shops and good will bins more often as of late, and this dress was one of my favorite pieces from my last haul. The shoes are an old pair I thrifted years ago, and the belt is actually off of Amazon, the vendor sent it over for me to try out.

Pickedresses Prom dresses Canada

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

listening to: Lily Allen
watching: Vlog Brothers
eating: lemon and raspberry cake
drinking: earl grey jasmine green tea
liking: overcast days
finding: less and less time for nail art :(
wanting: more of the above^
on my nails: Nina Ultra Pro Purple Xing
wearing: pjs to work for pajama day
slices of the internet:
looking forward to: Kumoricon!
planning on: making more time for sewing and working out patterns
working on: cosplay plans for con
feeling: too busy

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic

Good evening lovelies!

For the past couple months I've gotten extremely lazy with my skincare routine, I'll wash my face, and moisturize, and that's it....

I've been ignoring my numerous face masks and scrubs, and my toners and serums have been sorely neglected. But recently I received some new toners and lotions in the mail to review and they've made me realize how much I miss spending a good chunk of time pampering my skin, so I'm hoisting myself back on the horse, and I'm going to start implementing my skincare stash!

A German brand called Gotz sent me this unique toner to try out, it's called GÖTZ BAD ISCHL Oxygen Facial Tonic.It's a dark tinted gentle toner with a subtle herbal scent, and it comes in a glass bottle with a spray pump. I usually spray it onto cotton pads and then use the pad to apply it liberally to my face. I let that soak in and dry a couple moments before moving on to moisturizer, I've been trying not to rush through things as much lately. 
My skin has been clearing up on it's own as of late, but this definitely gave it a pick me up, and has been very refreshing and enjoyable to use each night.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

What's the story, morning glory?

listening to: Cheap Thrills
watching: Stranger Things, Log Horizon, Bleach
eating: sugar cookies
drinking: black tea
buying: some new pinstripe shorts
liking: this coconut soap, it smells awesome!
finding: more cute skirts I need in my closet
wanting: this winged backpack
on my nails: Sally Hansen Petal Pusher
wearing: sweaters 24/7
looking forward to: October
planning on: drafting the pattern for my Hungary cosplay soon
working on: cosplays for Kumoricon

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Some products mentioned were sent to me for review

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What's up buttercup?

listening to: Gasoline by Halsey
watching: Stranger Things
eating: cheddar bacon fries from Carls Jr
drinking: dr pepper
buying: a new phone finally! (Moto X Pure if anyone cares)
liking: that it's cooling off a bit
finding: no time to catch up on tv :(
wanting: ^more time lol
on my nails: floral lace
wearing: my comfy new crop top that was sent to review,
looking forward to: the state fair this weekend
planning on: doing some watermarbling soon
playing: Pokemon go for the first time
feeling: tired after running on four hours of sleep

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Making new habits

Morning all!

Well hey there, long time no see..... sorry about the radio silence! I decided making mini posts for every nail design is redundant since I post almost the exact same thing on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so I'm going to start only posting long wordy things here in bloggy land, and keep my eyecandy over on my other social media. *cough-check out the handy dandy buttons on the side for all my profiles-cough*

I've gotten into the bad habit of only using jojoba oil for my skincare routine and that's it. I dropped using any serums or lotions, and barely use any of my face masks. So needless to say my skin is not too pleased with me; I'm going to try to not be quite so lazy moving forward.
Lately I've been using this toner from Valentia, it has witch hazel + tea tree oil, which I use all the time so this actually makes my routine go a bit quicker by combining the two. And then as far as cleansers go, I'm using Swissvita's Cleanser Cream, it's a super gentle thick cream that foams into a cleanser. I use a pea sized dollop of the cream with warm water each night. I'd compare this to Cetaphil in terms of gentleness, but with a bit more oomph. And also since it's such a thick cream, a little goes an extremely long way, this 3.5 oz tube will last me ages.

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I received some products mentioned above free to test and review, but all opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Thermal Fun

Morning all!

I'd forgotten how fun thermal polishes are, I haven't played around with one since December!
This is from the same line polishes from BPS, this is #8 from Blue Sky.

It's a bright cotton candy pink while warm, and then blackened chestnut brown when cold.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beauty Ally Makeup Brushes

Hello all!

This is less of an intelligent review, and more of a "ooh pretty brushes" spam, I hit that perfect golden hour while taking these pictures, and these brushes are too gorgeous to only have one or two pics.

Beauty Ally sent these over for me to test and review, the set has 10 brushes, a mirror compact, and a carrying case that snaps together to keep the brushes safe while not in use. 

These are synthetic bristles, but they're super soft and I only noticed a couple loose stray hairs when I first took them out of the packing. For some reason in sunlight the bristles look blue, but in normal lighting they're just an off white which is kinda strange.
These are very dense and pick up product easily, I've been using the eyebrow brush and eyeshadow blur brush the most~ I wish the powder brush was a bit larger, but overall I love each of these brushes and I expect to get a ton of use out of them.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pastel Matte Florals

Morning all!

I was in a pastel matte mood, used the polishes nearest to hand, and it didn't end up looking too shabby! I just now noticed I have some cat hairs stuck to the edge of my nail, hopefully the pretty glitter outshines them, haha.

Mani Ingredients:
Wet n Wild Megalast Candid Affair 
Maybelline Color Show Gilded Rose
OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland
Pure Ice Frost Finish Matte Topcoat

Wistonia plate W314

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Hearts & Glass Perfect Kiss

Morning all!

I found this polish on clearance at Grocery Outlet, the brand is called Hearts & Glass, I love that the bottle is actually heart shaped! This shade is named Perfect Kiss, the finish reminds me of A-England Briar Rose. I still haven't gotten around to buying any A-Englands, I basically want every polish they've ever made, so I'll need to start saving up.

Born Pretty sent me these cute vinyls which I used with OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonterland. If you get to shopping around, this code is good for 10% off: ALBK31

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

L'Oréal Voluminous VoxBox

Morning all!

I was so excited to open this voxbox, Influenster and L'oreal were extremely generous this time around, and I got quite the haul of makeup goodies~

I get the feeling the Voluminous Mascara and Primer are meant to be the stars of the box, but to be honest I was more excited to try the Brow Stylist Kit, it actually came with a mini tweezer, and combo spoolie/angled brush which are too tiny to actually use, but definitely a cute touch!

I used all of these products in the look above, I'm very happy with the brow kit, and the Infallible Eyeliner was great for my tightline. I've never used a lash primer like this before, it definitely boosted the length and volume of the mascara, but made for some major clump-age.
I was disappointed by the two eyeshadows, these came in the shades Paris Beach (the nude pink) and Pain Au Chocolat (the bronze shimmer), they go on super sheer and are not pigmented enough for my liking. So I went in with an old Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette over the top to boost the color.

I gotta give them props for the packaging, I'm digging the matte gold color scheme, very old school glam.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Nail Diaries: Length Update

Morning lovelies!

This is just a little update on how my nails are looking after the big chop, I'm slowly working my way back towards my original coffin shape. I've started using glass files to shape my nails, as they're gentler and seem to make for cleaner finish. And I've also been going crazy with jojoba oil to keep them hydrated and prevent breaks.
The file is from Germanikure (cute name right?), they sent me the "Books and Coffee" design which is pretty fitting for me, I think it's going to live on my desk at work, because god knows I have enough files at home.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

We were only trying to drown her

Morning all!

I wish I could wear mermaid everything, but for now I'll have to make do with my nails :) That darker shade is actually a textured polish, I was going for a scaly sandy look, but somehow it didn't dry textured?? Still looks cute though!

Born Pretty sent me these scale nail vinyls to review and I immediately knew I had to paint some glittery mermaid magic with them.

Mani Ingredients:
RGB Mint
L'oreal Hidden Gems
BPS Nail Vinyls
China Glaze Luxe & Lush
Pure Ice Frost Finish

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Friday, July 8, 2016

BornPretty Chameleon Swatches

Morning all~

Today I have some swatches of another chameleon polish that BPS sent over for me to review, this is the shade #224!
This is a tricky one, in the bottle it shifts from bright emerald to teal, but it's almost impossible to catch on the nail. I have so many polishes that look gorgeous in the bottle and reflect practically the entire rainbow, but once you get it on your nails the polish clams up and will only show one shade :/ Camera shy maybe?

Here's the link to the polish, and if you get to shopping around, this code is good for 10% off: ALBK31

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