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22.7.16

Round 1 Arcade & Japanese Purikura! | A Week in California


Round 1 Arcade

Round 1 is a large arcade, offering everything from rhythm games, dance games, bowling, karaoke, driving simulators, crane games...and more! It's always a highlight during my trips to California because it's so bright and exciting. It's especially interesting because it offers a selection of Japanese and Korean arcade machines, including...purikura!!

I had one mission in mind...to do some more purikura! Purikura are japanese photobooth machines, with extra eye-enlarging, leg-stretching, and skin-smoothing filters. The photos are taken against a green screen, which is substituted with various cute backgrounds! Once the photos have been taken, you head to the side of the machine and decorate/doodle on the photos! I did two sets of group photos with my friends - keep reading to see how they turned out...


18.7.16

Visiting The Getty Museum, Galleria, and Gardens | A Week in California


A Day at the Getty


For the past four years, I have made the trek out to the beautiful and sunny state of California! The main purpose of my trip is to attend Anime Expo, but I usually like to stretch out my stay and fit in a bit of sight seeing here and there.

On the second day of our trip, we headed to The Getty Museum. I remember seeing photos of the museum's fantastic architectural design on tumblr and longed to visit... now I can finally cross it off my bucket list! The gallery itself houses many iconic works and sculptures by the likes of Van Gogh and Cezanne, as well as impressive gardens and a breathtaking view of the city below.

Admission is free, and there is a small tram that transports visitors from the lower parking area to the upper galleria and museum.

14.7.16

TheFaceShop Mango Seed Skincare & BB Pact Review | ft. BBCosmetic


TheFaceShop Haul with BBcosmetic



I'm sure by now, you all know how much I absolutely loooove TheFaceShop! A few weeks back, I went on a big skincare shopping spree (read about it here) and picked up the Mango Seed discovery kit, which featured the toner, lotion, and facial butter. When popular online Korean cosmetic and skincare shop BBcosmetic reached out for a review, I leapt at the chance to try out some more TheFaceShop products!

Today I'll be reviewing two items from the Mango Seed skincare line, as well as the My Other Bag x TheFaceShop collaboration CC Moist Cushion Foundation*!

20.6.16

COVERGIRL x Katy Perry | Demi Matte Lipstick Collection (Review + Swatches!)


COVERGIRL x Katy Perry - Demi Matte Lipstick Collection


Back in March, I was invited to attended the Toronto launch of the Covergirl x Katy Perry lipstick collection! Matte lipsticks are all the rage these days, however many women find that mattes can be incredibly drying! Covergirl's demi-matte lipstick range claims to offer the coveted matte lip look whilst retaining moisture within a creamy and moisturizing formula.

A wonderful little box full of goodies arrived at my door containing the full set of Katy Perry's collaboration with the brand. This collection contains 11 demi-matte lipsticks and two mascaras. Keep reading to see swatches of the entire line, as well as my review of the colours and formula!

15.6.16

A Rather Large Face Shop Haul | The Smim, Face Masks, and Mango Seed Skincare



I'm obsessed with Korean skincare products.


Recently, my skin type has become quite dry and sensitive. My usual skincare regime hasnt really been doing much for me, so it was time for a shake up! Luckily, The Face Shop has storefronts in almost every major mall around me! Korean skincare has never been more accessible, and the price point isn't that different from major online Korean Skincare shops. I went into The Face Shop to pick up a few face masks, but walked out with a few extra bits. Keep reading to see what I picked up!

11.6.16

Basic Cosplay Staff Tutorial (ft. Sailor Pluto's Time Key)



Basic Cosplay Staff Tutorial (ft. Sailor Pluto's Time Key)


If you've been following me on Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, you'll have seen me posting about my Sailor Pluto cosplay! Sailor Pluto is my third (and probably last) Sailor Scout cosplay, following Sailor Jupiter and Mars. I wanted to go out with a bang, featuring a large prop!

Today, I'll be teaching you how to make a cosplay staff. The materials are all pretty basic and accessible, and it doesn't cost a whole lot of money either! Keep reading to see how it's done...