I bought this from Twylite (4 kensington ave., toronto, ON), or as I like to call it, my local lolita store. This headband is high quality, there’s velvet, and plastic flowers and a tiny strawberry, the ears are stiff and have velvet and red bows on the back. Despite the amount of decorations on this headband, it is still light weight. I love unique pieces, and when I saw this there, there was a dress I had in mind for it. Plus, I’ve always wanted to try deco-lolita style. I can begin to look for more accessories to create a deco-classical lolita look with this piece. In the past, I have purchased a few items from this store, the lady who owns the shop is very kind and considerate.
You can check out the Twylite facebook page here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twylite-fashion/116183778419662
I’ve heard lots of bloggers and youtubers using naked3 and creating as many looks as possible as they can. I was curious about what it would look like on my eyes if I putt all 12 colours on at once and blend them in. This was the look I created with the Naked3 palette using all 12 shades. I used the darkest shade: Blackheart on top of my black liquid liner.
Yesterday evening, after my friend got off from work we met up at Pmall and did a bit of shopping before the mall closed up for the night.
I picked up a few items before my friend arrived (trying to save time and get everything checked off my list).
I went to Market Village and I picked up some SeaChem root tabs for my aquarium plants from the aquarium store on the second floor. I also bought two boxes of My Beauty Diary sheet masks in strawberry yogurt and aloe. I’ve bought these in the past, and I love using them. When buying sheet masks I want something that is very moisturizing for my face, which is why I chose these two flavours. My Beauty Diary sheet masks come in a large variety of flavours and the packaging is super adorable.
We walked around Pacific mall afterwards.
I went into my favourite beauty store: Pheonix Beauty Lounge and I picked up two NYX retractable lip liners: fruit punch and peony. They are both waterproof, creamy and long wearing. The cashier was also in need of change.. lots of change. And I so happened to have $60 worth of change in a ziplock bag. I tried putting it in the bank but the teller wouldn’t accept it unless I put all the coins into coin-rolls. So, everyone won. The cashier exchanged all my coins for bills. I also have the VIP 10% off card from Pheonix, which you can get when you spend $50 of more in one purchase.
I also picked up oil-blotting paper from The Best Shop that opened up recently on the second floor where the chinese restaurant used to be.
I had bubble tea with my friend and we discussed false eyelashes most of the time we were there, we ended up buying a pair each.
Some shops had closed up early for the day, I guess the mall isn’t very busy until this weekend, when all the elementary and high school kids are on holiday. My last purchase was not really expected. I bought a navy blue handbag from De Su. I like the look of it, its rather minimalistic (for me) but it works well. The size is big enough for me to put everything I need in it but it doesn’t look overly big for me, because i’m a small person.
Until Next Time,
I love the rose hued neutrals that are girly but wearable. You can create so many looks with the 12 shades (including 3 matte shades). So far, I’ve only used the palette once, but the colours are beautiful, much more sparkly than it shows up in my pictures, especially the red sparkles in Blackheart. The palette also comes with a dual ended eye brush (flat eye shadow brush and stiff domed blending brush) plus 4 different UD primer potion samples: original, eden, sin and anti-aging. The dual ended brushes is actually not bad quality. It works well with the product and it is soft but firm and really blends and packs in the colour on my eyelids.
The case for the eyeshaodws is so cute, it looks like a children’s water colour painting tin or pencil box.
The naked3 palette has also just hit sephora stores for the 2013 Christmas season (dec 12).
I ordered the palette the day it came out online in sephora dec 6 (i believe) and it arrived surprisingly quick for the holiday season.
I did order 2 other products with the naked3 palette so I could get the free shipping deal, and sephora always gives 3 free samples of products with every online order.
There was one item I decided to throw into this because its make up related but I got it from Amazon: the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual.
Items I bought:
Price-wise, I was actually a little skeptical about spending $62 +tax on the naked3 palette. I was also afraid that the colours wouldn’t work on me and look really awful. I have a cool undertone and my skin is somewhere between light and medium. I’ve used Strange, Buzz and Factory on my eyes for more of a neutral look (not too much pink), then I lined my eyes with Black heart. The colour selection of this palette allows users to have a neutral brown look as well as a super pink or smokey-eye look or something in between. Some of the medium shades are also great to be used as a single shadow alone. Plus, the dual-ended brush and eye primer samples helps give the product a little more value for your dollar.
I tried out the naked3 palette and the stila collage palette today, and I LOVE them.
For the Stila palette, it is super creamy and looks so natural on the cheeks. I’ve tried the lightest shade on my cheeks and it gives me a natural light pink flush to my cheeks. The colours are buildable and blendable. I haven’t tried the product on my lips yet, but because its a cream product, it should be moisturizing (especially since its winter).
I will also be doing a book review on the Bobbi Brown make up manual soon.
The term is finally over, which means I actually have time and energy to spend on blogging!
Until Next time,
YAY! finally. I began constructing the outfit for this cosplay over 2 summers ago.
I handmade the dress myself. It was my first time making a dress,I kept making mistakes and after a while I made a crucial mistake that really made me give up on it. That of course bothered me, but after a year, I picked it up, threw it on myself and figured out ways to alter the dress without deconstructing the entire garment.
I also did not realize I had made the final length about 6 inches too long for my body, so the over the knee socks (in this case, tights) would not show. Luckily, the black fabric I used for this dress folds well and is able to stay in place for short periods of time. Perhaps I will one day sit down and alter the length.
White Turtle neck Long-sleeve: It was from my high school winter uniform.
Tights: Kuma false over the knee tights. I bought this new from a flea market. Although, I know you can buy it online.
Shoes: Toms- classic chocolate.
Shawl: just a regular brown plaid pashmina (I got this from a thrift store)
I think in total it cost me under $20 to make the dress + shawl. The bear tights I got under $10 and I just had the TOMS.
For the longest time I’ve been trying to avoid the need to buy an actual eyeliner sharpener. As shown in the picture in the left corner, it was not working out. I finally purchased the NYX eyeliner sharpener and it works SO WELL. I spent a total of $8.10 on the sharpener, a bit expensive in my opinion but really worth it. I guess when people recommend NOT buying an actual eyeliner sharpener, they mean for the eyeliners that are made of the same wood as regular pencils. So now i’m not losing more product trying to sharpen my eyeliners to a fine point. A unique thing I’ve noticed about the NYX sharpener is that it opens up from the top as well as the bottom of the sharpener. I guess it is so you can better access the blades and little crevices to clean it out. The sharpener was made in Germany, and that speaks for itself. I hope to enjoy this thing for a long time.
Until Next Time,
I guess it’s time for another rant.
Today’s topic: bubble baths.
As the workload piles up for my third year of university, the last thing on my mind is relaxation, but I know it will greatly benefit my health to take time off for myself. Bubble baths are great and everything; they help relieve stress and are so comforting and fill up extra time you have on the weekend. Who doesn’t love a bath?I figured since my rent was high and I don’t have to pay for water and I have a tub in my bathroom, why not put it to good use? Okay, the bubble baths in my head never turn out exactly as I hope they would in reality. Am I the only one who can’t get it right? First of all it’s troublesome to have to clean out the tub before a bath, but it’s so worth it. Nobody wants to have a bath in a dirty tub, plus you get a squeaky clean bathtub afterwards(sort of). I always have to leave the fan on after cleaning the tub because of the chemical smell the cleaning agent leaves behind. So, I have to wait a while before actually taking my bath. Then when I am setting up my bath, I can never get the water temperature right. Back in September I made my bath too hot, and that wasn’t fun at all. This time I didn’t make it ht enough, so throughout the film, Garden of Words (Makoto Shinkai <3), I have to continuously add more hot water cuz it was getting cold. Plus the LACK OF BUBBLES. baths suck without bubbles. I’m completely out of my Philosophy Love Sweet Love sample which is a bubble bath, shower gel and shampoo 3-in-1. It sucks as everything except a bubble bath, well I guess it works as a shower gel. But Definitely sucks as a shampoo, trust me, I’ve tried it. At LEAST i got the amount of Bath salts right, I hope! I hate it when I run out of bubbles before my bath’s over. this time was the worst. I find that the Avon bubble bath solution I have back at my parent’s home is pretty decent. And the amount the label tells you to put in for a bath, is NEVER the amount that you need. you need like maybe 5 times the amount. I just keep pouring more until I’m satisfied. It’s so much work just for a little relaxation! Kind of contradictory…. But I seem to be able to relax more and feel much better afterwards, so I MUST be doing something right.
I don’t know why whenever I want to blog I don’t have my camera to visually depict what I’m talking about, Sorry!
Until Next Time, Catherine.
So for two weeks of my life, I became the owner of two baby chicks. Both female.
For those two short weeks I learned a lot about chickens, and I will forever remember them and their non-stop peeping sounds. I named them Betty and Veronica, like the comic-book characters.
I found a forever home for them on a brown egg chicken farm owned by a lovely elderly couple who live with their disabled daughter. From the pictures I have received back after sending them off, I feel relieved that they will be well cared for and that they are happy and better off. They have so many other chickens to interact with as well.
So here are some photos of them:
Last Saturday was the annual Friends of Merril Sci-fi and Anime Flea market at the Toronto Reference Library.
I was kind of nervous about being able to break even in sales and make a profit, or even to make my trip and work organizing and preparing for the flea market worth it.
I don’t have a picture of my table, unfortunately. But if you did go there, I was the first table you see when you walk in. The one in the corner near the doors in the middle section. Yes, the one with mostly fabric.
I had a 2.5Gal betta kit, leftovers from my baby Starburst and my bro’s betta Dragon. For that I traded it for 8 Yotsuba mangas- vol 1,3,4,5,6,7,8. Took a bit of negotiating skills to do it. I knew I definitely did not want to bring the betta kit home on the subway with me, so I REALLY had to get rid of it somehow, without giving it away for free.
I made a good profit, sold enough of my old anime merchandise that I am not planning to go back next year. I just don’t buy as much unnecessary things like anime/manga stuff anymore. I’m financially tied down by school debts. :(
I met some interesting people there and other vendors. I did take some of my profits and purchase things from other vendors. I think I got a good deal on the three items I purchased: A wind-up chick, a hand-made necklace, and a pair of bear tights.
After the flea market ended, we went to a thrift store: Kind Exchange, to try to thrift some of our leftovers. I traded my blue hello kitty messenger bag for store credit and paid $1.10 for a brown plaid pashmina/shawl/scarf that I needed to complete my cosplay as Shirori from Kanon. I will do another post on this cosplay look.
The thrift store was an interesting experience. But it doesn’t guarantee that you will find what you are looking for. I feel it’s more of a random shopping spree if you really wanted to go there and purchase items. The prices are alright, I wouldn’t say super pricey or super cheap. The scarf was actually $6.
It was a pretty good weekend to end my first week of class :D
Until next time,