Thursday, December 21, 2017

Clean & Dry Makeup Brushes in 20 Seconds Flat?!


I am one of the worst people out there in regards to keeping my brushes clean. I don't wear a full face of makeup anywhere near as often as I used to a year or so ago, but I'm still really crappy at remembering *coughbotheringtocough* to clean my brushes.....

This nifty device may be changing up my bad habit, this can actually clean and dry a brush in under 20 seconds; hand on my heart it isn't clickbait!

This was surprisingly fun to use, I was also shocked at how fast it spins! I used roughly a teaspoon of baby shampoo with warm water to clean the brushes. If you watch the video above you can see a brush immediately after I remove it from the cleaner, I'm impressed by how bone dry the bristles were even after being soaked!

To give you an idea of how fast this thing gets, I snapped a pic of one of the first brushes I cleaned,  as you can see from the picture below it was completely flattened out from the speed. This is from the brand Kesouli; I have a strong feeling this is meant to be a knockoff of the StylPro cleaner that was making the rounds this summer, and I'm perfectly fine with that, because fifty bucks is just too much, enough said.

The only brushes I couldn't fit into the rubber caps were my skinny unicorn brushes, and that's probably a blessing in disguise because they came from a super cheap shop and I've already had issues with shedding, so the "spin cycle" would've definitely spelled their doom. It works amazingly on big powder brushes, but not so much on anything really small or with tightly packed bristles like a concealer brush, which makes sense since it's relying on moving the bristles around and not actually using any friction to get the job done.

What's your preferred way to clean your brushes? Let me know!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cosplay Wig Hacks

Hi there!

I've always found wigs to be the hardest piece of a cosplay to put together, especially when you're dealing with funky hairlines or multiple colors of hair. I cosplayed Tohru from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid at the last con I attended (Kumoricon), and I really wish I had put more thought into the wig I chose. I bought her wig from Amazon for around $30; it was decent considering the price, but I wasn't 100% satisfied.

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I've decided to change up how I go about putting together a cosplay going forward. In the past, I've always created a costume with a specific con in mind, and set the date I needed it completed by hinging on the first day of con.

I'm throwing that mindset out the window, and even though it's the dead of winter and the next con I want to attend isn't until mid-spring, I'm going to make decisions now so that I can put the proper time into each piece.

 I have a talent for falling in love with characters with strange hair parts like Victor from Yuri On Ice above, and unless you buy a wig that was manufactured with a specific character in mind, it's a huge pain in the neck to style a regular wig to have a part down to the hairline. 

 The other day while researching cosplay wigs, I ran across a type of wig I had never seen before, they're called U-Part Wigs and the wig actually has a U shaped space where you can incorporate your own hair to create a more natural look. They're in a higher price range than a typical wig, but I'm thinking they would be really useful for those tricky hairlines. 

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This wig is from Addcolo, they manufacture their wigs in-house and offer a ton of personalized options. For example on this blonde wig, you can specify the hair length, choose a left, right, or middle location for the U-Part, and even choose the hair strand density which is awesome for those really floofy characters like Sakura (Naruto) below. You can also choose your cap size which I love, finding the right size cap is an on-going battle for me since every brand has their own strange sizing.

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You can also specify the depth of the part, so for instance, if you were going for Nana you would want a very short opening for her style.

If you've never worn a U-Part (like me), here's a handy video showing how they work, I found it pretty useful.

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I'd love to hear if anyone has worn or heard of this style before, drop me a comment!

This post was sponsored in part by Addcolo <3

Sunday, December 10, 2017

3 Beauty Products That Are A Ripoff (or just plain useless)


I've started browsing a couple product review sites regularly to get a feel for what's being released;, Influenster and to be specific. I find myself coming across more and more strange or just plain crazy beauty products, and I felt like shedding some light on these shady products. Most of these ideas have been floating around for a while; they're not by any means new to the beauty game, but I still wanted to chip in my two cents.

1. Lip Plumpers

The most recent lipstick I've tried that has fallen into this gimmick is Nakeup's Liptoxtic line. Liptoxtic uses the chemical Volufiline, but most plumping products use irritants like menthol, mint extract, cinnamon extract, or even capsaicin (the main ingredient of pepper spray). Too Faced released a lip plumper using capsaicin; I've been finding it used all over the price spectrum, both high and low end products have used this trick.
These aren't dangerous per say, but I find it scary that these products are basically causing a minor allergic reaction just to plump your lips for a few minutes.

2. Breathable Nail Polish

Before I jump into my thoughts on these products I just want to add a side note, it's wonderful that these permeable formulas have become readily available for those who cannot wear standard lacquers due to religious reasons, my beef is only with the benefits that brands associate with these formulas. 

Orly released a Breathable Treatment line last year, and in press releases they claim that the permeable formula allows oxygen through the lacquer to the nail bed, and that this will strengthen and nourish your nails??

First off, from a medical standpoint, your nails are made of dead keratin cells; the exact same as a strand of hair. There is absolutely no benefit to be had from letting your nails "breathe" because they physically can't do it! Now if you're worried about staining from constant use of dark polishes, that is a real result of non-stop polish use. My nails have been stained a light peachy orange the past couple years because I constantly change colors, and to be honest it doesn't bother me in the slightest. SimplyNailogical published an awesome video explaining how our obsession with white nails is actually damaging, if you haven't seen it yet I highly suggest it!

3. Oil Infused Nail Polishes

Argan oil seems to be plastered everywhere you look nowadays, and of course brands like Sally Hansen and Nails Inc had to get in on this fad.

Straight argan oil is amazing when applied directly to your nail, I've used it as a cuticle oil and have seen amazing results in my cuticles and nail health. But when it's blended into nail polish, you're not going to see any of the benefits of the oil. My number one concern is that alcohol actually dissolves oil, and secondly the nail polish to oil ratio is so low that you're barely getting any oil contact with the nail.

Racked wrote an article testing 10+ nail polishes that range from boasting almond oil to activated charcoal, and across the board they unfortunately give insignificant results.

What are your pet peeves when it comes to products hopping onto the trend of the day? 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Upgrading My Perfume Bottles

Hey there!

For the most part, I can successfully avoid B&BW's and their lovely scented but unattractively packaged body sprays/perfumes. But every once in a while they have this 75% off everything in the store clearance, and I always find myself buying more....
Combine that with receiving body sprays almost every year from well-meaning relatives and I'm left with a drawer full of ugly plastic spray bottles. 

A couple years back, I collected Avon bottles and ended up with a respectable collection that's now gathering dust in the attic. I used to hit up estate sales and garage sales like crazy all summer, and people typically let these go pretty cheap. I don't remember exactly what I paid, but I most likely got the group below for under four bucks.

I have a semi-vintage theme going in my apartment and vanity area, so I decided to get some use out of these old Avon bottles by emptying out the stale perfume and decanting new scents into the bottles.

I let the bottles sit for 15 minutes full of soapy water to encourage the old scents to fully dissipate, and that worked perfectly, but I ended up gassing the entire bathroom... I had the overhead fan on and a window open, but two days later it still smells like noxious Avon.
My recommendation for anyone reusing old perfume bottles, empty them outside!

I have some huge bottles that I'd like to reuse as well, things like pianos, seahorses, an Aladdin lamp, that kind of thing. I don't have enough perfume to use them, but I'm trying to think of a way to convert them to a different use? If anyone has an idea, let me know!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DIY Mermaid Scale Blush

Hello, Lovelies!

I shattered my favorite blush a couple weeks ago by dropping it on the counter, and just now had some time to fix it. The mixing broken makeup with rubbing alcohol trick has been floating around for ages, but I've added my own twist onto it today.

I've used loofahs before to add mermaid scales in nail art; I figured it would work just as well for blush! I've made a little tutorial below so if you shatter any makeup compacts (although I hope you don't!) you can kill two birds with one stone by fixing it + adding in some mermaid magic to your favorite makeup.

See you later mermaids~

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Eye Makeup w/ Jeindeer

Morning everyone!

It's finally warming up enough to ditch those heavy winter clothes, and I wanted to celebrate by whipping together a simple springy pastel makeup look.

All the products I used are shown below, minus an e.l.f eyeshadow primer that somehow escaped the pile. I'd completely stopped curling my lashes months ago, due to a mix of laziness, losing my curler, and never buying a new one. Then a couple weeks ago Jeindeer (UK), (Germany), sent over their eyelash curler for me to try out. As curlers go, it's pretty basic, but it's made me realize that I should have never dumped my curler, curled lashes are really the cherry on top of any makeup look.

See you next time~

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Splat No Bleach Color Designed for Brunettes

Hello Lovelies!

I've been chasing the perfect dark purple hair dye for about a year now. After a couple hits and misses I'd finally settled on using Schwarzkopf Ultime in Amethyst Black, I've used that shade three or four times now.

 A couple days ago an ad for Splat's new line of hair dye caught my eye, it claims to be designed with brunettes in mind and promises bright colors with no bleach.
I knew there was no way in hell my hair could go to a bright purple, but it would at least be a fun experiment in my quest for the perfect inky indigo. I went with the shade Midnight Amethyst.

The picture on the right is the before, I'd gone about 4 months from my last dye job so I was working with about 1.5 inches of natural root. 
The left is after, I snapped that picture real quick before running into an anime convention, I apologize for the shoddy driver's seat selfie. I was cosplaying Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service (also the main reason I touched up my hair color, haha).

This is an incredibly pigmented dye, which I should have expected from the no bleach needed slogan. So needless to say this stained horribly; it was worse than any dye I've used before.

I was not a smart cookie and skipped putting Vaseline around my hairline and on my ears, do not follow my example! It also took ages for the water to run clear while I was rinsing the dye out, probably three times longer than usual. But it definitely gave an impressive color payoff, it's a lovely dark purple. It looks even better in sunlight, the purple really pops. I was shocked that the dye had no scent to speak of, it was almost truly scentless. 

I'm planning on re-purchasing this depending on how the color holds up, I'll update this post after a couple washes and let you know how it's doing.

~Edit~ 3/15/17

This has gone through about six washes and I'm not impressed. My roots a.k.a virgin hair still have a dark purple tint, but the rest of my hair has completely reverted to what it was before. After the first wash there was a huge difference. Even though I washed with cool water this bled horribly and did not have any lasting power. I won't be using this again, I'm definitely going back to my tried and true Schwarzkopf Ultime in Amethyst Black.

See you later~

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rainbow Unicorn & Rose Gold Makeup Brushes

Hello, Lovelies!

It seems like the two top trends that are battling it out at the moment are mermaids v.s unicorns. The latest I've seen are these mermaid tailed brushes, and although they are drop dead gorgeous, I think the clunky handles push them into the impractical zone.

These brushes have got the best of both worlds, they've got magical unicorn horn twirled handles, and you can actually hold them comfortably!
A lovely gal from the site To Save emailed me a couple weeks ago about reviewing some products from the site, and I just had to pick these amazing brushes.

They have synthetic bristles, and you can definitely tell they're plastic by the feel, but when it's 5.87 for a set of twelve, you won't hear me complaining.

They pick up pigments easily and are amazingly soft; I especially love the eyeshadow brushes.

I also chose this 'lil rose gold kabuki brush. I always seal my makeup with a loose powder and this is just the brush for the job. The bristles are super dense but soft and distribute loose powders perfectly. And the cherry on top is this guy is only 4.87! If you want to check out this site, click here.

See you later~

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy (belated) Valentines Day!

Wet n Wild French White Creme
Zoya Jules
China Glaze Strawberry Fields
Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger
Wistonia W315