Monday, November 30, 2015
The last book I purchased was the complete collection of H.P. Lovecraft. The book.... is a heavy and bulky piece of artwork. I was at a doctors office and I had so desperately wanted to continue reading through some stories but I also wanted the option to read a book called Rasputins Daughter which isn't so bulky but it still is an average book.
Can I just say how pissed off my arm and purse were at me? It was so uncomfortable carrying both books (especially that H.P Lovecraft hardcover book!) that I almost regretted bringing books along with me.
And on top of that, when I finally went home after that appointment to put my books back I realized how much space my books take up! It's become an inconvenience for me to have a moderate sized book collection.
As soon as I received my Kindle, I felt so much less limited with space and books! Regardless of how many pages the books I get on Kindle have, the weight or size of my Kindle never changes. This is a huge plus since I am one of those girls that enjoys carrying her house around in her purse for no apparent reason. I carry my wallet, makeup bag, pads/tampons cough drops, hand cream, water, protein shakes, receipts, keys, sometimes food to name a few things and of course reading material. The last complete collections/work that I purchased was Lemony's Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events. Try carrying all thirteen books at once in your purse! So it's great that I have the option of essentially carrying as many books as I want.
Another thing I enjoy about my Kindle is I am able to get free books at reduced prices for all my books and reading material and while we are speaking of reading material, may I add that you are also able to read newspapers and magazines on your tablet of your choice? It's awesome.
I would say the only downside that I know with the Kindle is that it must be disposed of properly due to the ink it contains. If you wanted to throw it away, Best Buy has some recycling bins for electronics.
-reduced price in books
-must be disposed properly and not simply thrown away due to the ink (Kindle)
Sometimes, technology isn't so bad after all.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
On a weekly basis I feel that my skin has a build up of dead skin and it ends up feeling pretty dry and rough. This interferes with my makeup application especially on my T-zone and everyone knows that half of the battle of flawless makeup application is skincare. Lancer's The Method Polish is a wonderful finely milled skin scrub that works well on sensitive skin. It didn't leave my skin either dry or oily.
I will update you guys on how they compare and which one is a keeper!
Know any good face scrubs? :) Let me know which one is your favorite!:)
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Hey my beautiful peeps! Hope you all have been doing well. I do want to apologize for being MIA. I've had a pretty crazy week but I am back and I am finally on my Thanksgiving weekend holiday! :) And I have officially started my holiday shopping since Monday. I got such a good deal on The Body shop with their black friday tote plus some holiday sets plus $25 off $75. Hell to the yes!
Speaking of holiday sets, this here is Ciates London Liquid Velvet three piece set featuring three deluxe liquid velvets in the shades Diva, Pin Up and Swoon. Each container consists of 0.067 oz. This set is an exclusive to Sephora and retails for $22 and has a value of $33. This is limited edition.
|Diva, Pin Up, Swoon|
Pin Up- Deep mauve with berry tones (exclusive to the set)
Swoon- peach nude
Overall, I really like this set. I am always skeptical of paying for deluxe sizes but I did anyways because ever since I got the Ciate Liquid Velvet in 2015's Sephora Give Me More Lip Favorites, I have been tempted to try some more out. The texture of these are really interesting. They feel plushy with a mousse-like texture, almost as if they were whipped. Very soft, very creamy and insanely pigmented. I mean, one swipe and you get pure crisp color. I would consider these satins for sure even though they are marketed as mattes. They never dry down to a complete matte but retain some of that shine. That being said, they do transfer a little whenever eating or drinking. My only complaint is that they do dry out the lips and will cling to any dry cracks on your lips, so soft and smooth lips are a must for these to look their best. Do check them out!
-(cute packaging! had to say it!)
-long wearing, at least 8 hours
-good for gift giving
-two out of the shades are permanent
Any thoughts? Let me know :) Hope you all are doing great!
P.S. Check out Temptalia for the hottest beauty deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday;)
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hey peeps! I'm back again for one more late night post. The way I am working from 6 am to 6pm, I really only have time to take photos on the weekends when the light is still out and write my reviews during the week which explains how I took these... during the day. Anyways, I came across another could be dupe which includes my forever beautiful and stunning MAC's Rose Pigment and of course I ended up picking Makeup Geeks Duochrome Pigment, Wildfire when I ordered from them not too long ago. I swear I am addicted to the same colors over and over again. But are they the same colors...? Keep scrolling to find out :)
|Makeup Geek "Wildfire" left, MAC pigment "Rose" right|
|Makeup Geek Duochrome pigment "Wildfire" left, MAC Pigment "Rose" right|
If you already have one of these pigments, you may or may not need the other. It really just depends how picky you are with colors and if you are that kind of person that has 5 different blacks and can tell the difference between them all (where are my makeup fanatics that can never have enough makeup?!?) They are essentially the same shade, tone and shimmer except Rose is darker. In swatches on the hand, you could see the difference that WILDFIRE does have more of that gold reflex but on the eyes you would have a lot of difficulty telling them apart. ROSE is a true rose shade while WILDFIRE leans a little more pink due to darkness difference. I do also think that the makeup geek duochrome pigments are more sheer than the MAC pigments. They are both great pigments (brandwise) to have and I do enjoy them both but I do enjoy the quality of the MAC ones more.
MAC PIGMENT in ROSE:
-Chunkier but softer texture
-not cruelty free
-less gold reflex compared to Wildfire
MAKEUP GEEK DUOCHROME PIGMENT in WILDFIRE
-Finer but drier texture
-according to makeup geeks website, the following is stated: "Jars are rated for 3 grams of product weight (which is required listing for jar and box), but the jars may actually contain about 6 grams of product."
-more gold reflex compared to Rose
Do you have one or the other, or both? Let me know which one you prefer!
The creme gel colour comes in a pot form with 1 oz. and retails for $6 each.
The creme gel liner comes in a twist up pencil with 1 oz. and retails for $5 each.
Both are now available online Colourpops website.
|Creme Gel Liner (twist up pencil), Creme Gel Colour (pot form)|
|Creme Gel Liner (twist up pencil), Creme Gel Colour (pot)|
|Creme Gel Liner (twist up pencil), Creme Gel Colour(pot form)|
|Creme Gel Liner (twist up pencil), Creme Gel Colour (pot)|
|using Creme Gel Colour in Piggy Bank|
Another thing I noticed with the particular shade "Piggy Bank" was some serious staining around the eye where I applied the color, including the waterline. Piggy Bank is a purple and the stain it left was a pink/red. I looked freaking crazy the day after I wore Piggy Bank. So I would be careful with the colors that have a red or blue base to them as those pigments are the colors that tend to stain skin the most. I did not have any allergic reaction but the stain was pretty noticeable. I did not see any staining with Exit or Beesting. I did however see a slightly less noticeable stain to Boots.
ONE last thing was that there was an inconsistent amount in the jars. I would really like to hear your comments if you had one that had too little or too much because EXIT was half of what the others had. I am left to assume I just... had a dud?
I would also like to thank Colourpop for having excellent customer service. I've ordered from them quite a few times before and this was the first time I received an order wrong and they responded and resolved my issue promptly. Mistakes happen and thank you for making this hassle-free.
PROS for the Colourpop Creme Gel Colour
-easy smudging/blending out before it sets
CONS for the Colourpop Creme Gel Colour
-very noticeable staining of eye area for certain shades
-inconsistent product amount
PROS for the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner:
CONS for the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner:
-lots of breakage
-slightly less pigmented than the creme gel colours
I definitely recommend the Creme Gel Colours over the Creme Gel Liners!
Hope you ladies and gents have a wonderful rest of the week! :) Any questions, comments or concerns? Please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible :)
Monday, November 9, 2015
"The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world". -Marianne Williamson
|On my way back home|
|At Disneyland with friends celebrating their 60th anniversary|
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
|Photo taken last year at the Los Angeles food market near Beverly Hills and yes, the tree was huge|
I think it's really important to be completely honest with you all, not just in my reviews on beauty products but in real life as well. The holidays can be just a mess for some people and I know I struggle with them as well. I do wish everyone stays safe and happy during they most hectic time of year. So I want to talk to you guys that do have some trouble with staying afloat during the holidays and offer you a (hopefully) helpful checklist to keep in mind while you are out during the festivities :)
Here are ten ways to keep sane. Yup. Sane.
This is often very frequently overlooked during the holidays until January 1. Exercise is not just about losing weight or looking sexy. It's about helping you feel better. It does not have to be an hour of cardio. When I say exercise, it can be anything from just walking, stretching. I personally love yoga. Mind you I suck, but what matters is the effort you put into it and I promise you will see progress!
This is so important on so many levels. It can be anything from food banks, shelters, animal shelters, churches, hospitals, senior citizens care centers, donating blood. The list can go on, and on about how much there is to do.
So easy to talk about. So hard to do. But it's true. Have a budget and stick with it! Money is money and only you know how hard you worked for it and what other responsibilities you need to take care of first! Your budget can be $10 for your entire family by making christmas cookies or a pie. You don't need to be buying ipads to make it a "good" christmas gift.
4.Take a Time Out
Take one day or a couple hours of the day JUST FOR YOU and do whatever it is you want to do. If photography relaxes you, go take some pictures. If playing music makes you happy, go make some beautiful music. If playing with makeup is your happy time...then go for it. Make time from work, chores, appointments, family meetings, to just relax.
5.Know Your Limits with people
This includes your family and close ones. Don't let people pressure you into doing things that you can't handle or you feel that it's too much. Don't volunteer to cook the turkey when you know you don't have time to do so. It's okay to say no.
6.Eat right and don't eat out
Goes right in with budget. Eating out is not only expensive but can also contribute to feeling tired as it is most likely junkfood. Look up some recipes online and grab some healthy snacks and water on the go.
7. Don't isolate
For many people, the holidays are the most depressing time of the year for different reasons. Whatever the reason is, it's easy to get caught up in negative thoughts. Many times, people would rather isolate themselves from loved ones. Remember, there is a difference between just wanting some alone time and wanting to distance yourself from the "happiness" of the holidays so to speak. If parties aren't your thing, that's okay. Grab a friend and go do something simple like have a coffee date.
8. Write handwritten cards
Most people appreciate receiving cards. It means you thought of them.
9. Get plenty of rest
Sleep is so important. It's easy to get caught up staying up late during the holidays whether it's because you are traveling or because you have company over. Don't neglect on your beauty sleep because it will catch up to you! No one likes being near a grumpy person that didn't get enough Zzzzs...
10. You are not alone
Remember...the holidays are hard for A LOT of people. Some people have lost people during the holidays. Some have had something traumatic happen. Others may not have money. Some are alone, really alone. But most people envision their holidays to be something magical and beautiful and the truth of it is, sometimes you don't feel that it is all that magical for you. You begin to wonder why it isn't working out for you and why everyone else is happy but not you. IT'S OKAY! YOU ARE NORMAL! It's an incredibly emotional time and it's going to be okay.
Thank you everyone who stopped by and please let me know what you do to keep sane during the holidays. Stay safe everyone!