Wednesday, July 30, 2014

lil makeup haul

Hiiiiii lovelies,

I'm going to straight up admit that I have a makeup addiction. (I blame Boots/Superdrug on my exchange with all of their 3 for 2 sales even though makeup was like double the price lol.) A small beauty outlet near my house was going out of business. I happened to pass by one day while I was thrifting and picked up a few things for super cheap!

Bought these 3 things for about $10!! Pretty good considering it would normally cost maybe $25 in total at Walmart or something.

I can usually find a way to justify buying new makeup. Needed new mascara because my current one (mini Benefit They're Real' sample that I got with a magazine or something) is running out. Wanted to try the Baby Skin primer but didn't want to pay the $10 for it because I have a mini Benefit Porefessional sample (also from a magazine, do you see my problem) that I'm still getting through. I can always justify a shimmery champagne eyeshadow because it's what I wear every day.

I really like this eyeshadow pot! I've never tried any of Maybelline's Colour Tattoo line but I've heard some pretty good things about it! I got this eyeshadow pot in the colour 55 Barely Brazen, It's a super shimmery nude/champagne colour. I usually wear it to set my Bourjois Shimmer Shine cream eyeshadow in beige metallique. Very pigmented, I like it.

As I said before, I picked this up solely because it was on sale ($4 as opposed to $10). It's a clear primer that aims to hide/minimize pores and grant the look of soft baby skin. I haven't used this on my entire face yet, just on my cheeks and on the sides/around my nose. I don't really know if it's helping my makeup stay on properly but I guess I'll test it out some more.

I swear, this mascara is super hyped up. I watch a ton of beauty gurus on youtube and all of them (especially my favourite, Ingrid/MissGlamorazzi) swears by it. When I saw this on sale, I figured there must be some proof behind the hype!! 

Kinda disapointed when I saw the brush. I was kinda expecting something with longer bristles at least? I guess in my mind, I was expecting it to be like the Benefit They're Real mascara. I got the waterproof formula which I never really buy since it's such a hastle to take off!

I'm not sure if it's because I have straight asian eyelashes or if the formula is too wet, but it doesn't work as well on me as it does on others I guess. Didn't really hold curl, made my lashes a little longer but nothing amazing. Oh well, just gonna use this up and then go back to Benefit or L'Oreal!

Glad I didn't end up spending a ton of money on this - this haul is an alright sacrifice for $10. At least the eyeshadow is nice!

Have you tried any of these? Do they work on you?
Any recommendations for other mascaras/primers would be appreciated as well!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Works @ Hamilton

Hiya lovelies!

This past Sunday, I was in Hamilton for Con Bravo! A very last minute decision to check out the small convention. I've heard some pretty good reviews of it, so a few friends and I drove down to hang out! Didn't cosplay though.

Since there wasn't much to do at the convention (everything was being packed away since it was the last day of the con), we decided to wander around. Went out to grab lunch at Jackson Square. Decided to check out The Works - a gourmet burger join that had some great reviews!

The Works is located right across the street from the Hamilton Convention Centre.

The front of the restaurant isn't flashy, its a boring grey building with a simple sign. Doesn't look like much, but it's quite cosy inside. Staff were really chill and friendly as well!

This whole section of the menu was for burgers! So many interesting options! Elk patties, poutine burgers, avocado and cheese and peanut butter... I'm sure they're all great! But I opted to play it safe haha. On Emily's recommendation, I got the Teriyaki Melt ($13.76), featuring fried mushrooms, teriyaki sauce and havarti cheese on a chicken breast patty.

Drinks came in measuring cups? Haha we all thought this was quite interesting! At least you could track how much you were drinking. A lengthy debated ensued as to how the restaurant was able to store all of these, especially since they're not easily storable?

Derpy faces with Emily! So lovely being able to hang out with her again after not seeing her in almost a year! We've got quite a few new cosplays planned, I'm looking forward to it! :D

Changed my case to a white rubber cellaris phone case that came with my phone since my other ones were dirty. 

Aaaand the burger arrives! So good but so filling omg. The patty was thick, the mushrooms and cheese worked really well together. Super filling though, I could only finish about 2/3.

Aaand what's this?? A lightbulb?

Yup, lightbulb salt and pepper shakers! Wow so hip!!

Loved eating at The Works, definitely going to come back sometime soon and try out another type of burger on their menu! :D

Monday, July 21, 2014

the summer swatches

Hiya lovelies!!

Now that I've returned from England / finished making cosplay / Anime Expo in LA, I finally have time to sit down and blog! I've returned back to my boring everyday life...sitting at home, drawing, working the part time summer job in retail...zzzzzz

Over the past year, my nail polish collection has exploded. My addiction got even worse when I went to England for the school year and had access to Barry M!! (Best nail brand ahh) Here are some of the colours that I've been wearing non-stop~ Pretty colours for summer!

 Barry M nail paint in Arabian, Barry M Gelly nail paints in Dragon Fruit and Guava, Rimmel 60 Second nail polish in Rose Libertine, and Seche Vite clear top coat (not picture because it's clear~)

I've been wearing these colours all through late spring and summer! Arabian is a really pretty blue/green duochrome polish. Dragon Fruit and Guava are Barry M's attempt at 'gel finishes', promising long lasting and glossy colour. Rose Libertine really is the perfect coral colour, a true mix of pink and orange! For some reason it photographed much darker, but the colour looks like how it appears in the bottle.

And of course, trusty old Seche Vite! I really can't use any other top coat. Seche Vite dries your nail polish very fast so you don't have to wait around for it to dry! Also protects from chipping, etc.

Which one is your favourite colour? :D 

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