14 July 2014

May/June Photo Diary

I'm back attack with my bi-monthly photo diaries and I've kicked off my summer proper. I think...


I got myself a new top from Her Universe and it's become one of my favorite purchases this year.


On Mother's Day, our family had a huge water balloon fight that ended with nearly everyone soaking wet. Absolute fun.



San Diego suffered an intense heatwave and half the city was literally in flames. That's not even one of the bigger fires, but that's how close I was to it at one point.


I finally got a bob! This is the shortest my hair has been in two years. However, it may be the last time as I'm actually really missing my long locks.

Our family got bigger. My cousin's dog Mia had a puppy. World, meet little Harvey!

I made a trip out to the San Diego County Del Mar Fair. I wish I took more pictures, but I kind of just wanted to hang out and experience everything without worrying about making digital memories.



It looks like I'm happy and excited, but really I was about ready to crap my pants. I was riding the gondola when I took this photo and nearly had a panic attack.


View from the top of the scariest ride in the world: The Ferris Wheel

My old highschool now has a Doctor Who Club. Totes jelly!

Props to the artist. This drawing is divine!
I went to a Padres game with my bezzie love and had a blast.

I ate a popsicle that made me cry.

My other bezzie Steffi sent me her extra Drogon and I couldn't be more excited. Seriously, you should've seen me when I opened the box. It was like Christmas!

And last but not least, I got my first sunburn in years. Yeah, I'd say it's been a successful summer so far.

Keep checking back for more photo diaries. The next one will probably be on Comic Con since that is next week! I also finally got myself a proper camera so there'll be tons more pictures than last year's post. Ciao!

09 July 2014

FOTD - Runway Wannabe


This FOTD was inspired by the make-up from the Anna Sui Fall 2013 Runway Show and by my recent obsession with make-up looks from the sixties. I toned it down a bit because I wanted it to look more subtle and slightly look more "wearable." Though honestly, I can't see anyone walking around with that much black eyeliner on their lids.

This look really is all about the eyeliner. Little attention is given to the lashes or even the rest of the face because of how bold the liner is. I used two different kinds of eyeliner: liquid and gel. I used the liquid eyeliner mainly to outline the shape. The gel liner was used to fill in the lids and also to apply the three strokes on the lower lash line.

Anyway, I know I'm not a model, hence I've called it "Runway Wannabe." And also, yay for taking photos in the bathroom! Hahaha! If it isn't already obvious, this look was thrown together quite quickly. However, I intentionally wanted it to have that relaxed and imperfect vibe. I love when make-up looks a bit rock n' roll.


PRODUCTS USED
Face:
-Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Beige
-Soleil Tan de Chanel
-Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in Apricot Glow

Eyes:
-e.l.f. Eyelid Primer
-e.l.f. Essential Liquid Eyeliner
-Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
-L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara
-Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Mascara

Lips:
-Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss #109 (applied very lightly)


08 July 2014

Review | Birchbox - Spring Forward


The March Birchbox was all about ringing in Spring. I know, it's already Summer. Just hang in there. I know I'm slow with these reviews, but I'm going to keep them coming.
  • COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face - Pretty straightforward and I found nothing special with it. Obviously, it has very minimal coverage and doesn't make much of a difference when put under foundation. The only "special" thing about it is that it's made with 70% organic ingredients. 
  • DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew - Oh gosh, I should've known better. Oil-free moisturizers are always a miss for me. But before I go on, I should start with the good stuff: it's lightweight, no smell, fairly mild. Now the bad stuff: I got a rash on my forehead and jaw. It has a weird, almost gel consistency and absorbs quickly. I didn't feel like my skin was moisturized, but rather there was this filmy layer on top of my skin and I absolute hate that feeling because it feels like my pores are getting clogged. It didn't mesh well with any of my foundations. After a couple of hours, my foundation slid off. This thing was no good. 
  • English Laundry No. 7 For Her - I'm not a perfume expert and I kind of just stick to what I know (D&G Light Blue fo' lyfe) so I don't have strong opinions about this. I can say though that it has a very sweet smell, probably due to the fact that it has hints of pear, jasmine, melon and apricot.
  • Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Body Lotion - This lotion has a very fresh, clean smell. It's lotion. Let's move on.
  • Ojon damage reverse Restorative Hair Treatment - Lately, I've really been into hair products. Anything to make my hair look fierce with minimal effort, I'm all for it. Plus I will try anything to make my blue panels not feel as weak or dead. This product hydrates, repairs and restores. The smell is very nutty, but not overwhelming. It's a pre-shampoo treatment that you leave in your for about 20 minutes. I did exactly what it said to do on the tin and made sure to cover my entire head, while also concentrating on my blue panels. Below is what the product looks like.



    What I noticed when I was washing it off was that the water/suds turned a dark color. It wasn't the usual blue that I'm used to seeing when I wash my hair. It might've stripped some of the brown off my hair, though I can't quite tell. That's the only reasonable explanation that comes to mind. I washed my hair pretty late at night so I slept with it wet. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out since my hair seems to always look Hagrid-like when I sleep with it wet. To my surprise, it wasn't a big ball of crazy. All I needed to do was blow dry it for a few minutes, just to tame the fly-aways. My hair felt so light and bouncy. It also had a bit shine to it. I felt like the oil acted as a relaxer, almost. Below is the result.

    Sorry for the puffy eyes, it was early in the morning :)

    I was utterly shocked to see how manageable my hair was. I would say that this rivals the amika Nourishing Mask. I'd like to try it again to see if I get the same result.

I actually wasn't too fond of this box. What saved it was the Ojon Hair Treatment oil, but everything else was pretty useless in my opinion. 


P.S.

I just realized that I didn't talk about the piece of chocolate that came in my box. I'm not into dark chocolate and fruity things with my chocolate so it was left untouched.

07 July 2014

June Favorites

  1. L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara & Maybelline Volum' Express Falsies Mascara - I've combined the two because I use them together. Alone, the Maybelline one doesn't do much for my lashes. The L'Oreal mascara does fine on its own, but I always want that extra umph when it comes to my lashes so I top it off with the Maybelline one. False Fiber Lashes adds volume, while Volum' Express Falsies adds length and curl. Neither one flakes or smudges onto my lower lash line so it's quite nice. Great duo!
  2. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze - I've praised this product before in the past. It really is one of the best cream shadows out there. I've been trying to add just a bit of color and depth to my lids lately, but I wanted to do it with minimal effort. Bad to the Bronze does the job for me. Best of all, I don't need to use any brushes to apply it on, which makes my routine that much quicker.
  3. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer - Who knew this was actually decent? This past month, I've been putting more effort into using my eyeshadow collection. I finally took it out of the Maleficent Disney Villains palette and gave it a go since the only other primer I have is the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. It is not too shabby. It prevents creasing, even on a really hot summer day.
  4. e.l.f. Essential Liquid Eyeliner - I've really been into 60's make-up lately and I've been relying on this eyeliner to give me the perfect wing. For such a cheap product, the formula is impressive. It stays on all day and does not crease. I haven't used liquid eyeliner in a long time so the first few days were touch and go, but I'm more comfortable with the applicator now. The brush isn't too flimsy or too firm and the handle is the perfect length.
  5. Forever 21 Chunky Flatform Sandals - These sandals have been my "default" since the summer began. They're so cute and uber trendy, I really couldn't resist getting them. You can go full-on casual with them (as I've done below) or wear them with a summer dress. They're incredibly comfortable and easy to walk in. I wore them to the fair and was on my feet for a good 5 hours and my feet didn't hurt once. I wish I could buy another pair as a back-up. That's how much I love them.
Yay for photos taken at the office!!

25 June 2014

NOTD | Amy Pond Series - Amy's Choice

In this NOTD, I'm taking you to 7th episode of Series 5. In this episode, the Doctor and the Ponds find themselves in bit of trouble with a Dream Lord. They're forced to choose between two “realities.” In one reality, Amy and Rory finally get married and settle down in a nice cottage in a little village. Oh and not to mention, they're expecting. In the other reality, they're stuck in the TARDIS heading towards a cold star, unable to steer themselves away.

Anyway, there's old people, aliens, old people aliens turning children into dust (I'm not making this up), the dude from The Hunger Games shows up and Amy pretends to go into labor. Just your run-of-the-mill Doctor Who episode really.

Promo photos from whoiskarengillan.com
In this episode, Amy was not wearing any sort of nail polish. Well, not that I can remember at least. So I decided I'd match my nails to something in the episode and I decided on Amy's sweater.

I'm wearing butter LONDON in Queen Vic. This color is so divine. I think it's a pretty close match, don't you think?