21 September 2014

August/September Photo Diary

My summer has definitely been quite eventful. If you follow me on Twitter, then some of this might be old news. But for those who don't, hope you enjoy!

In the very beginning of August, I had the opportunity to see Jay-Z and Beyonce's On The Run concert at the Rose Bowl with one of my bests, Genesis.

We made a trip out of the whole day while we were out there. He took me to one of his favorite places to eat called Aroma Coffee & Tea in Studio City. We also visited Trisha at her new place and I met her for the first time after being friends on Twitter and via Gen for years. It was definitely a highlight of my day. The show was great and I really enjoyed myself, even though it was a little awkward to watch at times with all those divorce rumors going around. I likened it to watching your best friend and her husband quietly throwing shade at one another at a dinner party they've invited everyone to. 

If you didn't know, I temporarily went back to having blonde panels. And also turned into a giraffe.

But after two weeks, I quickly grew tired of it and went back to my hairdresser's and told her to dye everything to dark brown. Oddly enough, my appointment happened to be on birthday. Hair appointments are like mini Christmases to me so basically it was Christmas on my birthday. Best day ever.

Oh and did I mention I also got a fringe?...

And momentarily transformed into an Asian Daisy Lowe?

Side note: You know you're getting a little old when the most exciting thing you've done in years is get bangs.

Anyway, I went to the beach in September for the first time this summer, which was technically the second but the other time was at a bonfire at night.

My niece turned 3 this year and her parents threw her a party at the Bahia. And yup, I got on one of those stand-up paddle boards... except I didn't actually stand, haha.

We also had some visitors from Missouri ;)

My bestfriend Steffi and her fiance (YES FIANCE!) visited from Missouri for a weekend and stopped by the beach to hang out. Can you tell how happy I was??

Lots of awesome Padres fun happened too. I unintentionally attended a Seth Smith autograph signing at the Sony store at Fashion Valley.

I finally made it out to a day game to watch the one and only Bobby Cressey play the oregonorgan.

So serious.

Seriously, I love this place.

And lastly...

Tommy and I took a picture for our Save the Date. Just kidding. But this was a pretty awesome day. And yes, he's even prettier in person.

I hope you guys enjoyed this photo diary. I know September isn't over yet, so I may add more pictures to this later on. We shall see...

NOTD | essie - Bobbing for Baubles

Bobbing for Baubles a dark navy shade. I've had this in my collection for ages, but never actually used it. When I searched for a swatch on the internet, it looked very blue, but for whatever reason my one looks like it has some gray in it. I don't know. I love it either way.

31 August 2014

Swatch | MAC Lipstick in Lingering Kiss

Lingering Kiss is part of MAC's new collection called A Novel Romance. I am sucker for anything dark and vampy, if you didn't already know, so I knew I needed to add this to my growing collection. I don't think I have anything similar to it, other than some WnW one that I have never worn.

As far as longevity goes, it does okay. I feel like no matter what, if you eat, your lipstick will come off. I ate some pizza after this and the corners and inside part of my lips obviously feathered. I usually don't like lipliners, but I think it's a must of you want to wear this color.

As a bonus, I did a little test run of a look that is inspired by Gotham Academy's Pomeline Fritch. The book isn't actually even out yet, but Brenden Fletcher tweeted a picture of Pomeline and I instantly vibed with her. She's described as being "fond of demonology books, silver jewelry and anything by Francis Bacon." I'm assuming they mean the artist, Francis Bacon, but I mean she could be into the philosopher too haha. I guess we'll find out on October 1st!

I'm not actually into demonology or even Francis Bacon, but I'm usually drawn to really dark, mysterious characters and Pomeline seems like she is that type. I'm really really really excited for Gotham Academy to come out and see what she's about.

22 August 2014

Swatch | Topshop Lipstick in The Damned

I mentioned in a previous post that my mum sent a care package containing some Topshop goodies, which included this lipstick. I had no intentions of getting it. I just happened to be browsing around the website and saw it. To be honest, I was mostly drawn to the name.

With a name like The Damned, I thought it'd be a bit darker and more vampy, but it's actually a cool-toned berry shade. The Topshop website says it has a matte finish, but I kind of disagree. I think it is similar to the MAC Satin lipsticks. It definitely lasted through a cup of tea and it didn't dry out my lips. It stayed on for a good 5 hours on me and left a nice stain. The corners feather after awhile, but I'm sure that's nothing a good lipliner can't fix.

The Damned is available on the Topshop website for $12 (£8).

13 August 2014

Review | Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

I've always been under the impression that most black eyeliners are created equal, to a certain point. I never thought I'd actually to come to strongly dislike something so trivial as eyeliner, but I think the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On eyeliner takes the cake. It was so... not everything I thought it would be. I have the original UD 24/7 eyeliner in Zero and I LOVE it. It has a great formula, glides on easy and lasts all day without smudging or transferring. I once wore it, watched an episode of Doctor Who, cried like a baby and it didn't fade or smudge. It's incredible.

Before I go off on the the 24/7 Velvet eyeliner, I'll point out some of the good stuff. It has good pigmentation and the shade Black Velvet is actually a nice dark black.

I did a side by side swatch with the regular 24/7 liner in Zero and you can definitely tell there's a different finish. The Velvet liner looks more matte, which I actually really like. Too bad it's just chalky as hell.

L: 24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet   R: Original 24/7 Liner in Zero

And because it's chalky, it tends to flake. I've only worn it out once because the flaking was SO bad.

It's not cute when you've got a bunch of smudgy black dots all over your face. Apart from the chalkiness, it's also very soft. Here's the aftermath of my swatch:

At first, I thought I might've gotten a busted one, but I did a little research and found that many people had the same problems with this eyeliner.

In short, I would NOT recommend the UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil! Stay away! It sucks balls. Don't waste your $20*. But if you really want to spend $20, get the original 24/7 eyeliner. And if you want something cheaper, the Milani Liquid Eye Pencil is a good alternative.

*I didn't spend $20 on this eyeliner. It was included in one of my Ipsy bags.