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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone!  Wanted to do a quick post to wish everyone a Happy and safe Halloween!  Hope everyone had a fun day with costumes, candy, friends and family!  I posted a few pics of my "costume" on Instagram and Twitter, but also wanted to share them with you here. ^__^  Not too many, and it's a super simple makeup more so than costume.  I hope to have a few reviews and more mani Mondays soon!  My work schedule will be changing soon temporarily because one of my co-workers is leaving for maternity leave! ^__^

I totally forgot to draw myself a kitty nose this morning as I was in a hurry to get to work (as usual) haha!  Borrowed eyeliner from a buddy at work and completed the look in the last pic!  Also, I mentioned in a response to another blogger that I have never EVER dressed up for Halloween in my life, nor have I ever been trick-or-treating!  I have always wanted to, but never really got around to getting prepped for costumes or accessories and makeup like this.  My parents were super traditional and don't really celebrate holidays much, so they never took me trick-or-treating.  Oh well, I suppose I appreciate it more now haha.  I still got tons of candy though, from school activities and friends and stuff, just never had to go out and work for it I guess haha! XD

Let me know in the comments what you did today or if you have any Halloween party plans for the weekend!  Would love to know what you are planning and what you dressed up as! ♥

Monday, October 21, 2013

[Manicure Monday] Halloween Edition and Aki Con

Hi everyone!  It's been a while since I did a Manicure Monday!  This week, in celebration of Halloween I went with an appropriate theme with black, orange, gold, glitter, cats and spider webs!  It was fairly simple, but definitely time consuming.  I'm fairly satisfied with how it came out! ^__^  I hope you enjoy it too!

I took inspiration from a few different Youtube videos as well as nail art on Pinterest.  The only thing I wish I did differently was the spider webs, I wish they were a bit thinner. ^^;

My favorite part of this manicure was the kitty!  It was surprisingly easy to do all of the nail art you see here.  This picture and the first one is my left hand.  (I'm a righty!)

These two pictures are of my right hand.  It was really hard doing the webs with my left hand, I started over on one or two nails before I got the hang of coordinating my left hand.  I kept it simple, and would have liked to add more Halloween elements like pumpkins and ghosts or something, but didn't really have the time, so maybe next time!

What did I use for this manicure?

I used a dotting tool and a nail art brush for the spider webs and kitty.
I used a makeup sponge with a white and orange polish for the orange gradient behind the kitty.
I also used white acrylic paint by Americana to do the webs.

Nail polishes featured:

Black base - Essie Licorice
White base for kitty - Essie Blanc
Spider webs - Americana acrylic paint in White
Fine glitter - China Glaze Fairy Dust
Gold glitter on accent nail - OPI for Sephora Only Gold For Me
Base coat - OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener
Top coat - Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat

I was mainly inspired to do a Halloween themed manicure after watching elleandish's Youtube video.

I don't have any holiday konad stamping plates, so I decided to do my manicure freehand.  Her video is super cute, and I think I'll have to get me some holiday plates for fast and easy mani's in the future.  I then spent the rest of the evening looking up different Halloween nail art videos and decided to go with the spider web as my main design. ^__^b

I really wanted to do something Halloween themed and decided to give this a go, also because the hubby and I are celebrating our 5 year anniversary by going to our local Aki Con anime and video game convention this coming Saturday!  *U* I'm super excited, we have not been to an anime/video game convention before and are looking forward to the new experience!  We've been to plenty of Comic Cons for the past few years and wanted to give Aki Con a go. ^__^b  I'll be sure to do a full post, hopefully loaded with pictures of cosplayers and fun stuff!

Are you guys doing anything fun for Halloween?  Are you doing a Halloween themed manicure?  Let me know in the comments! ♥

Sunday, October 20, 2013

[TAG] Procrastinating Beauty Blogger!

Hi again everyone!  Was able to catch up on homework for the week and got everything turned in!  *Phew!*  Now, next week will be a bit of a doosie since it's finals week and the last week of my programming and Photoshop classes.  My programming class has really kicked my bum and I'm passing, however I was aiming for an A (so my GPA stays at a nice level).  Amazing what paying for school drives you to do huh?  (Back in high school I did really well, but I didn't try harder because it was too easy at the time.)  Now that I'm challenged, it feels more rewarding to know I actually earned an A.  Anywho, onto the tag!

Jen at frmheadtotoe shared this tag and I thought it would be really fun to fill in my own answers! ^__^  Also, I think tags are fun posts to do and read!  Be sure you guys do it too and leave your link in the comments! (^.~)v  Let's get to it!

[Found this image on Pinterest]

I'm an aspiring beauty blogger, but it's mostly a hobby ^__^  It helps me relax and it makes me happy.  As a beauty blogger, I really want a vanity!  I feel like vanities are things that make a woman or girl feel really feminine!  I just wanted to share a random beauty related picture, so I guess I felt the need to provide a quick blurb about it haha! ^.^;;

1. Name a beauty regimen that you rarely do? 

This picture was from one of my small hauls.

It's a really funny story.  I really like make up and beauty/cosmetic related things... but I believe I only ever wear makeup oh... max two times a week!  So, I'm not sure if this counts, but I rarely actually wear makeup at all during the week haha!  Because of time constraints (I never give myself enough time to get ready in the morning before work) and lack of sleep and um... because I really love to sleep; I get up as late as possible before I have to go to work... and I suppose you could say that I just roll out of bed and on into work.  (I know, totally unprofessional, but I don't have a job where I have to work with people face to face or work in a formal work environment.)  Don't judge me!! T^T

So if that answer didn't count, I have never used or worn an actual foundation.  I've only ever used BB creams and don't really plan to switch over.  I don't really see a need to because I don't need much coverage and BB's work great for me. ^.^;  OH!  I have never contoured my face before during a typical makeup routine.  I don't have a bronzer or contouring powder and have never found the need to.  I've thought about picking one up and contouring just to see what it looks like, but eh!

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something that you do regularly?

This photo was from my review of Bubbi's Brushes!

Urm... since I do not do my makeup often enough.. I guess my answer to this question would be no, more so than it would be yes.  (I know!!! Shame on me!! OTL)  I know how bad it is for your skin (especially my skin because I'm sensitive and breakout prone) but not only am I lazy, but I forget that I should probably wash them every week even though I don't use them often.  However!!!  *saving face* I do try to wash them really well or do a deep clean at least once a month.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

You can find a post about this manicure here

If there's one thing that I am totally not lazy about it's my nails.  My only real dilemma with nails is finding the time to spruce them up!  With my full-time work and school schedule (granted school is only online) most of my free time after work is taken up by classes and doing homework, school projects and school related reading.  However, I usually do my nails once a week or once every two weeks.  I'm a bit "polish ADD" and change my nails or manicure often so my nails don't get too bad unless I have been really super busy!  Doing my nails is one of my favorite things to do, so it's easy for me to keep up with them.  But if you must know, I have gone a long time without doing my nails before, so long that all my polish has chipped off half-way down my nails! *shudder*  I don't like when they look that bad, so usually once my nails start to chip, if I don't have time to do a new mani, I just remove the polish and sport a bare nail for a while until I find the time. ^__^b

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

Well, honestly I don't really need any of the makeup/cosmetic or beauty related items I have/own.  I mean, I go bare-faced usually 90% of the time anyway.  So, I can go a very long time without buying or replacing an item.  I have never hit-pan on anything (eye shadow, blushers, powder), but I have used up tubes of mascara and lip gloss and things of the like before.  With that being said, I go as long without replacing or repurchasing an item as long as I can.  I'm on a very tight budget because I am the only one working between me and the hubby.  (He hurt his back about a year ago and hasn't been able to find part-time work, so he's been focusing on school. ^^b)  I only ever purchase items that I use regularly like the mascara pictured above (You can find my review here.) and things like eyeliner, lip gloss and skin care products.  I also have made it a habit to purchase things that I want when they are on sale or when I have a coupon.  This strategy helps me keep my spending in check, and I am also naturally a very frugal person haha!  ^.^;;  Ask anyone who knows me personally, and they'll tell you, I'm very responsible with money, especially when I need to be.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?

This picture is from my experiment with the anti-acne honey and cinnamon mask I tried.  I don't break out often, but when I do, it's sucks and it's the kind of breakouts that are painful. T^T

Hmm.. I feel like, sadly there's a few habits I should probably not have!  My number one worst habit?  Probably picking at my breakouts.  I already know how bad it is to pick or squeeze and scratch, but sometimes I just forget and do it unconsciously and other times, I just can't help it! XD Lol.  Especially with the acne I have on my shoulders/back... it just get's so darn itchy! T___T  My breakouts are also a tad bit abnormal, I get really bad cystic breakouts that hurt and are extremely painful to the touch sometimes. (The kind of breakouts that are underneath the skin).  And this may be TMI or totally gross, but sometimes they need to be... purged? ..Anyway, moving on!! >__>

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?  

Cleaning my room.  I am notorious for getting mail, or any paper items and leaving them on the floor of my bedroom (of all places!) thinking that I'll pick them up and put them away or toss them later... and then I don't.  They sit on the floor for weeks... and accumulate!  It's horrible! T^T  I have a problem! haha!

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?

I usually give myself a lot of time, so I don't have to rush and I can take my time while getting ready.  Especially during special events like weddings, parties and so on.  If I'm just going out to dinner or lunch really quick with the hubby or family, or running to the store, I can be ready in like 10-20 minutes.  However, if we're in a big hurry I usually just skip makeup and hair.  This is when you'll usually see me sporting my glasses. ^__^;

8. Can you commit to spending bans?

Sort of like the previous question that was similar to this one, yes I can commit to a spending ban.  Considering a spending ban sounds very self-explanatory, I've never been on an official spending ban before, but I think I do this pretty much all the time.  I am very particular about how money is spent and I'm responsible with knowing that there are other more important things to spend money on.  Bills and things of that nature always come first.  Once I have all of my bills paid off, depending on what the hubby and I have left to use as we please is how I distinguish or justify spending "willy nilly".  Both hubby and I love to eat out, and have pretty expensive hobbies; I have my makeup and he has comics.  If I or he feels we are low in our account, we will take a look at what we've been spending our money on and decide what to cut back.  Eating out is very expensive, especially accumulated over time.  So from time to time, since we are on a budget and we are a one income family, we've "banned" eating out or buying things that aren't necessary for months at a time.  It's not very difficult, but it can take some getting used to if you are used to buying things when you want them on the spot.  What I have been doing for a long time is, if I want something that is not necessary, I usually will save up for it.  I feel like doing this not only helps me keep track of money and save a little, but helps me to appreciate the item or product once I've finally purchased it. ^__^

9. How organized are your makeup and nail collections?

I'd say they are generally organized.  They're by no means organized by color or anything of detail like that.  I simply have a drawer for all of my nail polish and I've resorted to organizing my makeup where it fits.  My hubby and I do not currently have our own place and we live with my in-laws, so you can imagine trying to cram all of our belongings and things in our bedroom.  The fact that we don't have much of our own space has also helped me save money, because I don't buy things since there's no where to put anything.  All of my makeup fits on top of my dresser and the items that I do not reach for or use on a daily basis are stashed in my makeup train case.

Well, that was it for the tag!  *Phew!*  I apologize if this was way to long and drawn out, but I'm notorious for over explaining things. ^^; 

Hope you enjoyed this tag, it was a lot of fun! I hope you decide to take part in this tag also, I'd love to read your answers so make sure you comment and leave a link to your post! ^__^  Let me know if you guys are procrastinators too!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Asian Hair Dye

Hi everyone!  Sorry I've been MIA again.  I wanted to share a quick post with all of you.  I recently had this crazy urge to dye my hair!  I remember dying my hair when I was in high school and didn't like what all the bleach and processing did to my hair.  Since products have developed and are more advanced these days, especially Asian hair dye products meant for Asian hair, I am feeling like I should give it a shot.  Don't get me wrong, I really love my natural hair color super dark brown/black but I just kind of want to experiment a little, plus I can always dye it black again right? ^.~

This one is Palty: Bubble Pack Chocolate Waffle [image from Pretty and Cute]

I thought instead of going all out/all crazy from the get-go, that maybe just lightening my natural hair color would be acceptable.  Also, this is a really gorgeous brown color.  Not sure how much this would show up on my almost-black hair though.

This one is Palty Dark Ganache [image from Pretty and Cute]

I thought this was also a really gorgeous, more "natural" hair color to go from almost black to.  I like warm colors and the dark brown would be lighter on me, but subtle enough to catch people's eye (that see me everyday).

This one is Fresh Light Blythe Bubble Hair Color Kit in Berry Ash [image from Pretty and Cute]

I thought this was a really pretty color going from black hair to the Berry Ash color.  From the picture, it's definitely a nice "ashy" color, but I don't see much berry?  Anywho, I thought this would be a really pretty color to get used to, especially with it being so much lighter than my natural hair color. 

This one is also by Palty and the shade is Raspberry Jam. [image from Pretty and Cute]

This would be the crazy BAMINYOURFACE color that I would want to try and just go all out.  (Even though it's not all that crazy, it's crazy for me lol)  I think it's a really cute and fun red shade.  It's still quite brown so it wouldn't be totally unnatural, but I'm still not sure. 

Have any of you used any Asian hair dyes?  What were your experiences?  Which shade do you think I should try out?  I think I'm just going to dive right in, I can always dye my hair black again. ^__^;  Let me know what you think in the comments!

*SIDE NOTE*  Wanted to let everyone know, I finally joined the high-tech world and got myself a brand-spankin' new smartphone!  I now have Instagram and will begin sharing photos of daily life, beauty related stuff and most likely randomness with you soon!  Feel free to follow me, I've been having fun with cute deco pic apps!  Let me know what your favorite photo apps are, I'm totally dying to try new ones!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

[Review]: Benefit Rockateur blush

Hi everyone!  I'm so sorry I have been away for quite sometime!  Took a break from nail polish so I apologize for the lack of Manicure Mondays lately.  I wanted to give my nails a breather, and let them settle down from all of the polish I use so frequently, I like to rock bare nails for a week or two just to keep the health of them decent. ^__^b  I have also been busy with the usual; life, school and work. -___-; *Being an adult ftw!* (not...) >_>;

So anywho, I picked up Benefit's Rockateur blush from Sephora about a month or so ago, and have NOT been able to put it down!  It's been my go-to blush since I bought it!  I really love the natural and glowy flush it gives me, and besides, who doesn't like rose gold?  I've been a little bit obsessed...

[image from Benefit's website.]

Find out what I thought about Rockateur after the flip!

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