Monday, 9 January 2012

The enchanting Book of Shadows

Oh siren, I have finally succumbed to your song. Like many before me, I will be yet another dead sailor drowning in the massive ocean.

But at least I will have died at the hands of great beauty, products that is. Sephora!

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I purchased my first eye shadow palette on Friday!

The Book of Shadows volume IV by Urban Decay.

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This is a limited edition release of their Book of Shadows collection. Came out just before the holidays, the palette comes with 16 colours as well as a few extras. Their infamous primer, the self curling mascara as well as a full size liquid liner. Oh, forgot to mention, it also includes a plug in speaker to amplify sound of any digital device.

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Since I am a near virgin to such complete make up products, I approach the box with trepidation. What could be waiting for me on the inside?

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A plumage of butterflies popped up and I squealed with excitement. *cue, laughter from boyfriend*

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Inside the "Get the Look" pouch there is a card of make up tutorials you can scan and download using your smart phone. Beside the mirror on the lid, there is a holder for the smartphone to rest while the makeup tutorial or anything else you like is playing. It's like your little personal makeup desk/DJ booth.

As I slid open the drawer that holds all the goodies, I squealed again.

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Packaging gets to me every time! I love how everything is packed so nicely.

Here are what the colours look like on my skin. I feel so sophisticated doing these swatches. I have always admired make-up bloggers and the service they provide. Hope I did a good enough job here.

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From left to right, Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra and Baked

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From left to right, Bender, Gravity, Lost and Hijack

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From left to right, Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo and Crystal

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From left to right, Bust, Missionary, Skim and Zephyr

*phew* that was a lot of work, but fun :)

This will by no means be my last palette, maybe I will be NAKED in the future?

This was yesterday, I wore Gravity from inner corner to about 2/3rds of the way and Gunmetal from there to outer corner; and I wore Cowgirl for under eye. This is after a day of wear. Pretty pleased with the staying power. It's all in the primer.

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The primer makes the shadow stick better, it also makes the eye liner glide better. Although I do find that the Urban Decay liquid liner is too watery, when I was lining close to the inner corner, some run into my eye and it stung. Other wise, it's very fine and dark, just the way I like it.

I like the mascara as well, I have straight and stubborn Asian lashes which need to be coaxed into curling by heat and the lash curler. But I did see a slight lift after putting the mascara on. Since I have surrounded to my lashes on making them curl and behave, I just wear falsies anyway, so couple of coats of this mascara is enough as a base.

This is what I am wearing today.
Hijackoops, it's actually Crystal from inner corner to about 2/3rds of the way and Blue Bus from there to outer corner; and I am wearing Zephyr for under eye. This time I applied them using my fingers.

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Best part about this purchase, it was on sale! After taxes it came to $58.00. It used to be $77.00 before taxes.

The colour palette is well balanced with neutrals as well as many daring colours. It suits me well since I am pretty eccentric when it comes to my wardrobe.

A few criticisms, the drawer is not that easy to slide out and once it is fully out, it does take up a lot of space. It is almost impractical to hold it and apply make up at the same time.

But over all, I would definitely recommend this product, especially since the sale price is so fantastic.

Hope you all had a great Monday.

Man, never thought taking self portraits would be such hard work.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Yearning for SUNmer

Hump-day is a real thing! Even though Wednesday was my day off, it still did not help to lift the everlasting dread placed upon me by the endless grey weeping sky and post holiday blues.

Strange, I never had a case of the SADs this bad. It lead to over rest during the day and then under rest at night. Insomnia has a new name. Or, it's because I have a bunch of socks in my hair.

Sock curl tutorial video


Just learned how to achieve dolly curls without any heat from YaYa Lifestyle. YaYa has amazing hair and she does the best hair tutorials. Anything that will save my time in the morning and won't damage my hair I am all for it.

So the new name for insomnia really should be "beauty". *chuckles at irony*

I guess I will know in the morning if it works.

Anyway, what I need is some sun, and today (I mean Wednesday), I have chosen to artificially create it by escaping into some past photos.

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DIY infinity scarf and skirt from Talize
John Richmond Aviator Sunglasses from Zoe Boutique, their Granville location no longer exists.
Shirt from Urban Outfitters


Flower dress, flower belt, Gentille Alouette, yellow daisies

Dress and belt from Gentille Alouette my of my absolute favourite stores. Which reminds me, I am about due for a visit.

No joke, thinking about a warmer place and/or time did get me through the day slightly easier. Summer, you are both past and the future, soothes me in knowing that the cyclical nature of the season will unite you with me again. I can't wait to dress for the warmer months again!

All this day dreaming put me in a real shopping mood. I decided to visit one of the stores that I haven't gone to in a long time, Turnabout Clothing. The Granville location is their biggest store, it is also where I first dipped my feet into designer handbags. The store rarely does me wrong. Although, to consign with them is another story. Be prepared to lug your entire net worth there if you want to open an account. Okay, that was a slight exaggeration, ha! But, they do want the consignee to make at least $300 a season. Their consignment split is 60%/40% in their favour, and they also routinely mark items down, so, you do the math. The problem with me is, I never want to get rid of any of my expensive things.

This visit was quite fruitful, I came home with many items well under their retail value.

First are these lovely American Apparel tights.

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Don't fret, these tights were not used. They were new. $7 dollars each, instead of $26.00.

So was the next item, which is a Solo Moda vest. I didn't actually take a photo of the vest, but I assure you it will turn up in future posts. Please stay tuned. Since it was new it came with a tag, it said it retails for $80, after discount, I got it for $20.

And I saved the best for last!

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Ah yes, the lovely Gwen, is there anything she can't do? I have always loved her style, I was very excited when she launched L.A.M.B. and now I am so excited to have my own piece of it.

What a great piece to start my collection with?

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First of all, STUDS!

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Also, over the KNEE! Got these babies for $150! Not bad for a day's work.

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Now that my day of spending is done, I can't help but think of this Andy Warhol quote.

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Though I'd hardly call it wasting money, since it did cure my rainy day blues!

(It's now Thursday) Oh, sock curls totally worked! Yay heat free dolly hair! Totally check out YaYa on her YouTube Channel

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I will still need some more practice to have it look as perfect as YaYa's, but it's a start.

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Shirt from Obakki
Tiffany and Co. necklaces.


And what do you know, the sun responded to my yearning after all.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Dress hemming DIY, Prada and Suspenders

Happy Monday!!! I hope most of you are cozy at home enjoying the last stat before you set out to start "real life" again.

I am at work already. Don't feel too bad for me though, I didn't have to start that early.

It's already been a pretty productive start to the year.

We made our first video! It can also be found at the right hand column. That's where all the future videos will eventually rest.



The footage for the opening sequence was shot awhile ago. Finally, we had the right topic and the video was born!

It's a tutorial video on how to hem a dress without cutting and sewing. I am pretty lazy when it comes to altering clothing. I also don't like to make permanent changes; therefore, I try to look for the easiest possible way to change something that doesn't actually require me to do anything complicated. I don't even own a sewing machine anyway.

Hope you guys enjoyed the video. The end result of my DIY hemming accompanied me to a wonderful day at Granville Island.

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It was a brisk and cloudy day. Once again, this outfit is mostly "sponsored" by Talize. The velvet jacket, scarf and what's underneath are all from Talize. The suspender tights are from Urban Outfitter. Though I don't think they sell them anymore. But ASOS still has them. I should get myself another black pair and make sure I don't rip them this time. The shoes are by Rocket Dog.

I love the purse! I got it from Ann's Fabulous Finds. This amazing designer consignment store ran by wonderful people!

The briskness finally got to me, need to head inside to warm up. Hmmm, Mint Mocca!

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Also a great opportunity to reveal the dress that I hemmed without sewing!! I absolutely love the way it looks, especially paired with the wide flower belt I got from one of my favourite local boutiques Gentille Alouette

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Good, now I am warm enough to brave the outside without the protective layers.

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Brrr, cold, time to leave.

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Such a great day, wonderful way to start the new year, hope you are all enjoying yours.