Friday, August 30, 2013

Make Up Wishlist #1

Hello my blooming buds!

I have so many beauty products that I want to try out, but don't have the extra money to purchase them. I'll keep a little list of them here and hopefully you guys can give your opinions on them.

1. Maybelline Full N' Soft Waterproof Mascara: I've read a lot of reviews about this mascara and although I love my Falsies Flared mascara, when I actually do wear mascara, I should try to branch out to find better.

2. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder in Translucent: I just love the packaging of this powder with the little hearts! The translucent color would probably make a good highlighter.

3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains: I want a few colors from this line. The swatches I saw look so pigmented! I've always wanted to try something that's similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks.  

4. NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in Love: This looks like such a lovely coraly peach color that might look really good on cheeks. 

5. Ecotools Flat Foundation Brush: I've been using those make up sponge wedges to apply my liquid foundation and I need an affordable, but good quality foundation brush. I've heard good things about Ecotools brushes and I've been dying to try them out. 

6. Mac Lipstick in Vegas Volt: I have never used a Mac product before and I think I could only really get into their lipsticks. This shade is supposed to be really close to Revlon's famous and sadly discontinued Strawberry Suede.

7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful: I've swatched a couple of these blushes in store and they were super glittery. I'm hoping that Blissful isn't really glittery.

8. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink: I love gel liners and I think the Maybelline one is my favorite since it doesn't dry out as much as the Loreal Laquer one. I've been wanting to try this high end one to see the different between it and the Maybelline. I have really oily lids so I hope it's a lot better.

What are the beauty products on your wishlist?

Buh-bye xo

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School Nails!

Hello my blooming buds!

I'm going into my fourth and final year of university for my bachelor's degree and I couldn't sleep. I got the wonderful idea of painting my nails with my tired hands. Luckily it turned out pretty decent. I did baby blue toned pink and then made my left ring finger more decorative.

I did a french tip with the silver and then dotted black flowers with a toothpick. When that all dried, I used silver again for the middle of the flowers. I didn't do a top coat since I was just going to wear it for one day.

I only had two classes on my first day, Christology and Juvenile Justice. The next day will have Criminal Law and History of Rock and Roll. As you can tell, I'm running out of classes to take to be a full time student so I filled it with meaningful and fun classes. My Christology class professor is the only one I haven't had before so this semester will have a mostly familiar feel to it. I'm going to try extremely hard not to procrastinate on my papers since I have multiple 10+ page papers this semester. I might work a little less to make more time for research and doing my job well as Vice President for my school's chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and being President for the Criminal Justice club. I can feel that it's going to be a hectic semester already!

How did everyone's first day back to school go?

Buh-bye xo

Monday, August 26, 2013

How To || Making Your Lipstick Matte

Hello my blooming buds!

Did you ever wish you could wear your favorite lipstick with a matte look? I'll show you an easy way you can make almost any satin, creme, glossy lipstick into a matte one.

All you need is your lipstick, I have Revlon's Kiss Me Coral, and a couple blotting papers.

First, apply your lipstick like you normally would.

Take a sheet of blotting paper and lightly tap it on your lips so that it absorbs the oils from the lipstick. Carefully peel it off. Reapply your lipstick and then repeat this step with another sheet of blotting paper.

After the second blotting paper, you should be left with matte lipstick on your lips! The photo here is a bit washed out, but in person it is just as bright as if I applied my lipstick normally. This process makes your lip color last longer and makes it more wearable every day.

I hope this was helpful in your lipstick endeavors!

Buh-bye xo

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday for the Soul #3

Hello my blooming buds!

We're still in the Parish Hall for Sunday morning worship! Next week we'll be going back to the Sanctuary and be able to see the new organ screens! 

Today's sermon was about breaking the Sabbath. Jesus was at a synagogue on a Sabbath day and saw a woman that had been living with her back bent forward for 18 years. He healed her and a priest exclaimed at the woman that she shouldn't have come to the synagogue on a Sabbath day to be healed since it was a day of rest. Jesus said to the priest, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water?" This is a lesson in compassion for others so that we can help those less fortunate or with discomfort be able to rest on the Sabbath day like those more fortunate like ourselves. 

Do you, of the Christian faith, keep the Sabbath day holy by making Sunday your day off?

Buh-bye xo

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lip Glosses Review and Swatches || Itching to get more

Hello my blooming buds!

I'm not a big fan of lip glosses, but sometimes I do like to wear it. I just hate when the wind blows my hair into my lips and then blows again so that it touches my glasses, leaving thin lines of lip gloss in my vision. Trying to wipe them off is such a pain too. Any who, here's the four lip glosses I own.

From left to right: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in 010 Shine City, C. O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint in No. 1641 Magenta Mint, Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked, Stila Lip Glaze in Joy.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in 010 Shine City SPF 15: This is a clear gloss with shimmers in it. It smells like a combination of candy and coffee to me. It has a nice doe foot applicator that makes it easy to apply. I love how the packaging seems high end. I'm going look for this in the color Kiss Me Coral to match my lipstick!

C. O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint in No. 1641 Magenta Mint: This is my all time minty lip gloss! It gives a sheer magenta color while giving you a super tingly mint feeling. This says that it's mint infused to give you fresh breath, but it really doesn't unless you're constantly licking your lips. The applicator is in a slanted lipstick shape,but hard plastic, at the end of the tube. You just squeeze out the amount of product and apply. 

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked: This is another minty lip gloss that came with my Naked2 palette. It looks like a really dark browny mauve, but comes out very sheer. This claims to cool and plump your lips. I don't see the plumping, but it does cool them. It has the same applicator as the Mentha Lip Tint above.

Stila Lip Glaze in Joy: I got this as part of a gift bag for Christmas. I found out that this is part of the Christmas set of lip glazes by Stila, and since my name is Joyce, I was given the color Joy! This is a lovely light hot pink that I like to wear during the winter and spring for a girly look. It's a click pen with a brush tip to make application precise.

Got any lip glosses you recommend for a mint lover?

Buh-bye xo

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lip Balm Review & Swatches || I may have a lip balm problem...

Hello my blooming buds!

Continuing on with showing you my collection of beauty products, I bring you my lip balms! I love lip balms for their moisturizing properties, SPF, and sheer colors. The best thing about tinted lip balms is that you don't have to be precise in application to get a great color! I carry four lip balms in my purse at all times for variety on the go! I didn't do lip swatches since there were so many and my lips were so sore after just the lipstick swatches.

From left to right: Maybelline Baby Lips in 10 Peppermint, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Jolly Rancher Apple Lip Balm, Softlips in Winter Mint.

Maybelline Baby Lips in 10 Peppermint SPF 20: After buying my first Baby Lips (Peach Kiss), I wasn't all too impressed enough to buy another one, but my friend from university was totally loving the Peppermint Baby Lips. I do love a tingly mint lip balm so I caved in and bought it. That was when my love for Baby Lips blossomed! I love the feeling of minty lip products and this one applies like butter and feels light on the lips.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15: I got this one as a part of the birthday gift from Sephora. I have not felt a lip balm like this before! It feels like a waxier version of a chapstick, in a really good way. It's lemon scented, like most of the line, which I like. It does feel a bit heavy, but it's like I can feel the good that it's doing for my lips, like a face mask for your lips. The full size is super pricey so I wont be actually purchasing this when I finally run out.

Jolly Rancher Apple Lip Balm: This one was bought when I was in that green apple loving phase (I do still love green apple flavored things!). There's no sheen to this at all so it stays looking natural. Of course there's no real benefit to wearing this as it is more for novelty.

Softlips in Winter Mint SPF 20: I bought this as part of the limited edition winter collection. I love mint so I caved in an bought this and the vanilla one (I have no idea where it went). It's very soft so you don't have to push down too hard when you apply it. That little nub sticking out of the tube is all that's left. There's really not a lot of product in there. This is a sweet mint flavor that I love. I'm not too sure if this comes out every Christmas season since I bought this ages ago.

From left to right: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom, The Body Shop Delipscious Tinted Lip Balm in Watermelon Crush, Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment, Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom: This is my one and only Burt's Bees product I have and I love it. I do want to get more colors in this line, but they are pretty pricey for drugstore lip balms. This is a lovely sheer pink that almost leans mauve. It's a standard lip balm texture, which I have no problem with.

The Body Shop Delipscious Tinted Lip Balm in Watermelon Crush: I saw that the Body Shop was having a clearance sale so I decided to pop in and have my first look at the place. I went immediately for the tinted lip balms they had. These are discontinued, but they have another Delipscious line of sheer lip colors still on their website that are on clearance. I got this one because of the cute baby pink color. This was when I learned that baby pink colors like this are a big no no for lip balms. This accentuates every wrinkle in my lips and the milkiness of the formula make it SUPER smushy. When you twist it up, it wont twist back down. I really hate it the darn thing. It does smell fantastic, like watermelon candy.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment SPF 15: This is just like the clear version in smell and texture that I mentioned above except with a nice sheer pink tint. It's a "barely there" color that's easy to wear for tinted lip balm beginners.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry: I love colors with the word strawberry in them! This has a great color pay off and like all Clinique products, it's unscented. This is one of the four that I carry in my purse at all times. I love the twisty pencil packaging on this. I haven't tried any other lip balms in this sort of packaging before, but I might have to try them after this success with the Chubby Stick.

From left to right: Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet, Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in 85 Oh! Orange!, Maybelline Baby Lips in 30 Peach Kiss, NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Big Apple Red, NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Applelicious Pink

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet: After hearing all the rave about the Lip Butters when they first came out, I went and bought my first one! I didn't own any red color lip product so I gathered some bravery and bought Red Velvet. I love how opaque this is! Like the Burt's Bees tinted lip balm, I have not bought another one because I feel that it's pricey for a drugstore lip balm. I will go out and get another once the hit of buying textbooks has died down. The texture is like thick butter and it smells like a cake with caramel.

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in 85 Oh! Orange!: I really hope that the Electro line of Baby Lips is permanent! Since I'm still on my orangey coral kick, I chose to try out Oh! Orange! first to see if the formula was changed at all. It's pretty much the same and the color really shows! It's still sheer so on your lips it doesn't look like you painted your lips orange. It smells like artificial oranges too. I really want to get more of these! These are so affordable and great for your lips!

Maybelline Baby Lips in 30 Peach Kiss: This will probably be the only disappointing Baby Lips I will have bought in my lifetime. I was looking for a nude lip balm so I got this one. It smells great, but there are shimmers in here and it has that milkiness that brings out your lip wrinkles.

NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Big Apple Red: Another affordable lip balm here with great color pay off! This was the first one I bought after walking through the make up section at Walmart. The cute apple shape that goes through the middle of the stick of lip balm is so adorable! These even smell like apples too! Big Apple Red is a sheer jelly looking red. I would say that these feel like the Maybelline Baby Lips.

NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm in Applelicious Pink: A couple days after buying Big Apple Red, I bought Applelicious Pink. This is a hot pink, almost fuchsia color. It has the same texture and smell as the Big Apple Red.

Well that was a handful! I hope you enjoyed this mega review. Up next are the few lip glosses I have!

Buh-bye xo

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

E.L.F. is at Walgreens!


I've heard that E.L.F. products are coming to Walgreens and I used their store locator here to see if it was true. It's at the closest Walgreens for me! I can't wait to stop by and raid it! I've always wanted to order some of their stuff online, but I was worried that it would be cracked or melt by the time it got here. I'll be sure to write up a blog post about the display and a mini haul (Mini since I'm broke from university expenses).

Look out for E.L.F. products at your local Walgreens!

Buh-bye xo

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday for the Soul #2

Hello my blooming buds!

The Sanctuary has been under renovation, mostly the organ screens, so we met where the contemporary worship service meets, the Parish Hall. 

The layout was very reminiscent of Fellowship Church in Miami, a contemporary worship styled church that I was extremely fond of during the months I stayed in Miami. 

Today's sermon was titled "Interpreting the Time". It was all kinds of aspects of time like how religion in modernizing and the way you spend your time for God. Now days it's becoming more and more common to see people converting religion. Like for us, we saw a man from the Islamic culture convert to Christianity. It may be a welcome thing here, but the times are still different in the Middle East. It's frowned upon and a lot of times to the extreme. Even throughout all the political problems the U.S. is facing, we should still count our blessings to be free to choose our religion and not be afraid to be attacked (Depending where you live, of course). 

Another aspect of time was the limited time that some of us have. Do we do the bad things that we are sometimes tempted to do with the little time we have left or live it to the fullest in the name of God? You should choose to live it in God's name! At the end of the line, right before you ascend to eternal life, you realize that you should have been living like that all the time instead of just that short period. It's hard to live how God wants us to, but the harder we try, the better we feel in the end.

What's one way you can use your time better for God?

Buh-bye xo

Friday, August 16, 2013

Lush Product Review || The Comforter Bubble Bar & Avobath Bath Bomb

Hello my blooming buds!

Last week I went into Lush for the first time after doing some research on what I should choose as my first purchases. First purchases are important since they make the first impression of everything else for me. I decided to go with a bubble bar and a bath bomb. I don't take baths that often since my tub is small, but I do enjoy bubbles, especially if it comes with benefits. 

I got the Comforter bubble bar and the Avobath bath bomb here. You can see that I've used a chunk of the bubble bar. I have since used the bath bomb as well.

The Comforter: This is the most popular bubble bar that Lush has and I can see why. I decided to get this one since it was more bang for your buck. I can get four baths out of this.  I thought it was just going to be a lot of bubbles, but it comes with benefits as well. I crumbled the bar slowly  under running water and watched as it bubbled magnificently with such a lovely smell. It's good enough to eat. I was tempted to lick the water. As I soaked in the pink bath water amidst the bubbles, I felt so relaxed. When I came out of the tub, my skin was so soft! Not only that, the dry patch on my left elbow was gone! I kept touching it to make sure it was really gone. Needless to say, I will be repurchasing this.

Avobath: The sales associate at Lush recommended this one since I was looking for a bath bomb that didn't leave big chunks of glitter or seaweed in the drain. I loved the smell of the lemon grass and green that it turned my tub. It was very pleasant to soak and smell the lemon grass. It felt moisturizing as I was in the tub, but after I came out, my skin didn't feel as soft as after I had used the Comforter bubble bar. That was surprising to me since the bath bombs are supposedly more "treatment" than the bubble bars. I wont be repurchasing this particular one for a while. I'll have to try the more flashy bath bombs first.

I did receive samples of the Dream Cream body lotion and Coconut deodorant powder. I really like the Dream Cream, but the smell is just bearable. The Coconut deodorant powder on the other hand smells funky, in a bad way. I dislike coconut already, but this smells like the shell of the coconut after you scrape out the coconut meat. I have not used it and probably will not.

I'm looking forward to visiting Lush again to try out another bubble bar when I run out of the Comforter!

What's your favorite product from Lush?

Buh-bye xo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lipstick Review & Swatches || The Collection So Far

Hello my blooming buds!

I've got a small collection of lipsticks so I thought I would share all of them with you in one go. It's still image heavy so get ready for this!

From right to left and bottom: NYX Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Daiquiri, Shiseido Advanced Performance Lipstick in 108 Mauve Breeze, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 070 Airy Fairy, Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in 109, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 750 Kiss Me Coral, NYX Slim Lip Pencil in 824 Orange.

These are my bare lips. Dry, uneven, chapped, dead skin covered, mismatched colored, and all.

NYX Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Daiquiri
I've heard many raves about NYX lipsticks and decided to give it a try with a matte one. This is a strawberry pink that is more flattering with those that have lighter skin. I find this color to be great for an everyday look, but it's also very drying. My lips are already dry so this accentuates them. However, it looks great with a lip balm under it. I'm not a fan of the packaging on these. It has a really cheapy feel. I'll have to try the NYX black label and round lipsticks in the future.

Shiseido Advanced Performance Lipstick in 108 Mauve Breeze
I found this gem in my mom's make up cabinet of forgotten-ness. This isn't so much mauve as it is pink, but this shade is my perfect natural color so it's great for everyday wear. This is also incredibly moisturizing and is light weight on the lips. Sadly this is a discontinued line for Shiseido so I will be using it with care!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 070 Airy Fairy
This is another discontinued lipstick from Rimmel. Airy Fairy is a shimmery pink nude which looks best on lighter skin folks. I personally don't like the formula of this since it accentuates the dead skin and dryness of my lips, but I do love the color.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in 109
I've been eyeing this one for a while since I heard that it was supposed to be a close dupe for Revlon's Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Suede. This is a brighter version of the NYX's Strawberry Daiquiri, though more coral. This isn't as matte as the NYX lipstick, but this is more moisturizing. I really love coral colors and the packaging of this lipstick. It makes it feel like a high end lipstick.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 750 Kiss Me Coral
This is my all time favorite lipstick that I own. It's a bright orangey coral with a creme finish. I've been wearing this out a lot lately on it's own or mattifying it (I'll do a little tutorial on that soon). This picture doesn't do it justice on how bright and fun of a color it is. Even though the fall is fast approaching, it's always a summery weather in Hawaii so pulling off this color is a breeze!

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in 824 Orange
I was wondering whether or not to bother with a lip liner, but I decided to try it out since I have some bright coral lipsticks that need a bit more precision. This is a perfect match to Revlon's Kiss Me Coral and goes well with Rimmel's 109. It applies smoothly and has a matte finish. This is not an automatic liner so you will have to sharpen it. I'm glad I got this lip liner because I can wear it on it own for a super light weight feeling.

There goes my lips! They're a bit red and swollen from all these swatches. If you've got suggestions of coral shade lipsticks, let me know! I'm always on the lookout!

Buh-bye xo

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nail Polish Swatch & Review || Maybelline Color Show Nail Laquer Polka Dots in Blue Marks the Spot

Hello my blooming buds!

I finally got my hands on Maybelline's new polka dots nail polish in one of the colors I wanted! They've been sold out at my nearest Walmart, two CVS stores, and a Walgreens. The only colors they had left were the orange and clear ones. I'm still on the look out for the pink and green one. I'm kind of jealous that the UK versions of this nail polish have darker shades, but I would rather have the US version over the UK version. 

Blue Marks the Spot has black and white matte glitters in different sizes in a sheer milky blue jelly base. This is my first jelly type of nail polish and I really love the "glitter sandwich" look. I put on three coats of this to achieve this opacity. The only gripe I have with this polish is that I wish that it didn't catch so much of the glitter per coat so that I can build up the color without have a mass amount of glitter. But if you like having a lot of glitter applied per coat, this is for you. I bet it would be great as a top coat on white polish.

What do you think about the glitter sandwich look on nails?

Buh-bye xo

Tag || This or That

Hello my blooming buds!

I saw this fun tag on The Face of Grace's blog so I thought I'd share it, although I wasn't tagged. :P


Blush or Bronzer- Blush. I've never tried bronzer yet as I'm afraid of looking like I have dirt on my face. I will do a bit of research for drugstore bronzers before trying them out.

Lipgloss or Lipstick- Lipstick. I love wearing minty lipglosses, but when the wind is blowing at my hair touches my lips, it gets on my glasses. ):

Eye liner or Mascara- Eye liner. Again, because of my glasses I don't like to wear mascara since my eye lashes tend to touch my glasses when I wear it.

Foundation or Concealer- Foundation. I don't like the heavy feeling so I just wear foundation. Luckily, my skin is horrible so I don't have much to cover up.

Neutral or Colour Eye Shadow- I wear mostly neutral/natural eye shadows, but I love bright colors. I just wish I could pull them off more.

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadows- Pressed. The only semi loose eye shadow I like are the Loreal Infallible ones. Other than that, I would much rather pressed or cream.

Brushes or Sponges- I like using sponges for applying foundation, but for everything else I use my finger or brushes.


OPI or china glaze- OPI. I've never tried a china glaze polish yet, but I love the brush and application of my OPI polishes. 

Long or short- Neither. I like having my nails at a medium length. If it's too short or too long, it hurts to do everyday things and I end up scratching people by accident. xD

Acrylic or natural- Natural. I can't justify shelling out that kind of money for something I can't wear more than a couple days because my part time job prevents me from wearing polish to begin with.

Brights or darks- Both. I love bright colors for solid color nails and dark colors to put special effect top coats on.

Flower or no flower- Flower. When I have the time, I love the look of simple daisys.


Perfume or Body Splash- Perfume. They last longer and have a more adult smell to them. However I do use body splashed more since they are a bit cheaper. My body splash has great staying power since it was on the pricier end.

Lotion or Body Butter- Lotion. I don't use lotion as much as I should though.

Body Wash or Soap-  Both. I use body wash for my body and to shave with, but I always have my trusty Dove soap for gently cleansing my face. I also really want to try Lush soaps when I can afford to splurge a bit.

Lush or Other Bath Company- Lush! I tried them out for the first time recently and looove it!


Jeans or Sweat Pants- Jeans.  I really dislike seeing people in sweatpants out in public unless it's for going to the gym. I do own sweatpants, but they are super skinny ones that look like leggings. Even then I don't wear them out.

Long Sleeve or Short- Short sleeve. Not like tank top cut, but like a regular tee length sleeve.

Dresses or Skirts- Skirts. I love to wear them, but I don't have many tops to wear with them. Dresses now days are cut so short (I'm 5'8") that I feel like I have to wear shorts under them.

Stripes or Plaid- Both! I have more stripes, but I absolutely love plaid!

Flip Flops or Sandals- Flip flops. In Hawaii, we call them slippers. No one says flip flops here unless you're a tourist. xD It's easy to find cute slippers and they're easier to slip on in a rush.

Scarves or Hats- Scarves. Although I never wear them, I look better in a scarf than in a hat.

Studs or Dangly Earrings- Studs. I don't like dangly ones getting caught in my hair.

Necklaces or Bracelets- Both. Necklaces don't get in the way as much as bracelets do, but I love jingly bracelets. 

Heels or Flats- Heels. Even though I look like a giant with heels on, they make my calves look nice and transform a casual look to be girly.

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots- Cowboy Boots! I don't own any, but I love the way they look.

Jacket or Hoodie- Hoodie. It's usually too hot to wear a jacket so a hoodie is better for the rain. My favorite hoodie is like a thicker fabric plaid button down with a giant hood. It's a mens hoodie, but I love it so much.

Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe- Forever 21. They have more variety in styles so there's something for everyone.

Abercombie or Hollister- I much rather Gilly Hicks (Biased since I work there). Gilly is the cheapest brand in the company. I hate the stereotyping of people who shop here. People automatically assume only preppy/attractive/skinny people can wear their clothes. Absolutely false. I'm a size 12 and I'm not even the biggest female employee there that can wear the clothes.

Saks 5th or Nordstrom- Nordstrom. Their outlet stores have such great deals on high end make up like Urban Decay, Stila, Anatasia, and more!


Curly or Straight- Straight. I've got the typical black, thick, straight, Asian hair going on.

Bun or Ponytail- Ponytail. I cannot make a decent bun for the life of me.

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips- Butterfly clips. I normally don't wear anything else besides a hair tie, but butterfly clips are great for those half up do's.

Hair Spray or Gel- Hairspray, although I don't use it.

Long or Short- Long. I stupidly cut my hair extremely short, like a guy, twice in high school. Now my hair is pretty long and I love it. 

Light or Dark- Dark. I have black hair. I wouldn't might getting highlights, but my job doesn't permit unnatural looks.

Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs- I would like side swept bangs, but I have a middle part and grown out bangs.

Up or Down- Up. I look a lot prettier with my hair down, but I cannot stand the heat with it down unless I'm in air conditioned rooms.


Rain or Shine- Rain! It's so comforting to snuggle in my couch my the window and read a book while hearing the rain.

Summer or Winter- Winter. This is Hawaii's rainy season. I have never seen snow in my 21 years of living. ):

Fall or Spring- Fall. I like the cooler months.
Chocolate or Vanilla- Both. I like eating chocolate, but I would rather vanilla ice cream.

East Coast or West Coast- Neither! Pacific over here! I do rather like Miami though.


That was interesting to do! I tag everyone who wishes to do this. It took a while to fill out so my fingers are cramping.

Buh-bye xo

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Palette Review & Swatches || Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Hello my blooming buds!

This past Christmas, I received a Naked2 palette from one of my besties that works at Sephora. I was pretty excited since I did not own any Urban Decay eye shadows at the time and saw all the hype with the Naked line. 

It comes in a nice metal case with a mini sized Lip Junkie in the color Naked. The case feels very solid and durable, unlike the original Naked palette which is a cardboard material. There's a nice size mirror, like usual, and dual ended brush with soft bristles. The brush that comes with this palette is my go-to brush.

Here's some palette to swatch comparisons. These were swatched without primer.

Foxy: Matte light cream. Good brow bone highlight.
Half Baked: Shimmery golden bronze.
Bootycall: Shimmery beige. Another good brow bone highlight and for inner corner.
Chopper: Metallic copper with a bit of silver micro glitter. Darker than Shag from the Deluxe Shadow Box.

Tease: Matte mushroom brown. I really like this color for an everyday look. Probably my favorite color in the entire palette.
Snakebite: Metallic dark bronze. A lovely crease shade.
Suspect: Metallic muted gold.
Pistol: Metallic gray brown.

Verve: Shimmery muted grayish beige.
YDK: Metallic cool toned bronze.
Busted: Shimmery dark brown.
Blackout: Matte black. This is just as black as Make Up Forever's eye shadow in Black 4. As you can see it has broken due to someone bumping into the table my palette was on. The whole pan has come off, but I put it back in to take pictures. 

 The Naked2 palette retails for $50.00 USD. Looking at the original Naked palette and this one, I do like the Naked2 better, but having both palettes would make a complete set for natural/neutral colors. I personally would not pay the $50 it costs since I'm a broke university student and it kills me to spend that much money at one time. But if you have the money to spare, I would recommend it. Urban Decay eye shadows are always so pigmented and long lasting, even without a primer.

Which do you like better? The Naked or Naked2 palette?

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