Friday, December 31, 2010

Elizabeth Arden Swatches!

Wow, two posts in such quick succession? I'm on a roll!

But alas, not for long. This is going to be a short entry, mainly because I finally remembered I had pictures of these from forever ago.

I really like this palette, despite the case being yellow. I'm not too fond of yellow; I'm not that fond of bright colors in general, actually. But that's ok because the actual eyeshadow colors make up for it. I've found myself getting more into the neutral, taupe-y colors lately, and this is a great palette for that. (Sidenote: Speaking of neutral-y colors...curses, I must stop myself from being tempted with Urban Decay's Naked palette. B...b-but it's just too pretty! ;o; )

Ahem. As I pry myself away from UD's website...

Picachuuurz! (Sorry, I forgot what the name of the palette was. Or even if it had a name.)



Aren't they such pretty colors?


Love.




Wednesday, December 29, 2010

eBay will be the death of me...

Haha seriously. I should not be allowed to shop online. I just want everthiiiing .___.;

I mean, geez, LOOK AT THESEEEE

NYX Lot 1

NYX Lot 2

*whimpers* So tempting...! But no. No. I will hold on to my self control. ....and save these for later. Besides, I've been wanting to make a NYX haul for a while...

Curses, why must they have such awesome things! D: I'm trying to limit myself to 3 lipsticks for now, so I'm trying to pick which 3 I will probably love and use the most.

...

Alright, time to force myself away from the entrancing grip of eBay. MUST. LEAVE. NOW.

I'll go get my caffeine fix. I'll put up pictures once my order gets here~

(Oh shit. That reminds me that I still have to put up pictures of the Urban Decay 24/7 Jackpot set. Er. Yeaaa...)

Um. Derp? (C'mon, you can't be mad at such a cute face, now can you? )

Bye for now!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fyrinnae Robot Takeover & Avenging Salem


Time to review some of my Fyrinnae haul! Eventually, I'll get around to all of them (hopefully, ha.) For now, here's two of 'em~ Warning: Lots of picture spam.

Avenging Salem is a dark shadow with sparkly magenta, uh, sparkles in it. Very pretty shade, and I like using it as a liner or on the outher corners of my eye. Mostly as a liner though, 'cause I'm not one for extravagant/super hardcore makeup. I love dark shades, but I tend to use it for a gently/small (small? Does that make sense?) smokey eye look. Me being me, I forgot to take a picture of it the two times I used it so...that'll have to wait. Eheh. I'm rather fail at using pigments, so hopefully by the time I remember to take that picture, it'll be a pretty decent look. Practiceeee! .___.;;







Next up is Robot Takeover. I absolutely LOVE this color! It's like a really, really sparkly silver teal. In the jar, it looks really dark, but it isn't. I think it adds a really nice touch to the eyes. (Pst! Fyrinnae's swatch photo of it is so much more accurate. My camera and lighting are fail. Sorry.)






Aaaand I actuay remembered to take pictures of it!

This is generally how I wear my eyeshadows, even the darker ones; very lightly/minimally. No mascara in this picture (I put it on later) because I didn't want to take away from the eyeshadow.

Inner corner/half is Kat Von D's First Class (Metal Orchestra palette) and outer corner is Robot Takeover. Eyeliner is Urban Decay 24/7 Binge.




For some reason, the white and blue blend together and look the same in the photos, but it was more obvious IRL. It adds a really nice sparkly teal effect. So pretty~~ *Q*

When I run out of Robot Takeover, I'll definitely be getting more! I just love the range of Fyrinnae colors. I'm already making a list for a second haul, haha.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OPI & China Glaze


Sooo. I finally caved and bought the constantly-praised China Glaze Ruby Pumps, along with another long lusted after polish on my list: OPI Black Cherry Chutney.

I absolutely LOVE BCC. Ruby Pumps is pretty too, but I actually didn't really have any vampy colors like BCC, so once I wore it, I fell in love. It's just amazing.

太漂亮了!!


China Glaze Ruby Pumps

OPI Black Cherry Chutney


(Sorry for the messy application; this was pre-cleanup)
BCC on all fingers except ring finger; ring finger is Ruby Pumps over a coat of black.





Ahhhh I can't get over how awesome this looks!



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Canada Trip!

I'm baaaack! Hi?

*ducks*

Ahem. Sorry for the sparse posts; I've been busy getting stuff ready to move back into the dorms and then a couple of days ago I just got back from a trip to Canada. I went a little camera happy, especially in the Pacific Mall and Chinatown. Asian stuff? I'M SO THERE.

Enjoy~


First we went to Niagara Falls. Looks pretty awesome at night. It changes colors! (Well, the lights. Not the falls themselves. Though that'd be pretty epic.)


Day time!


My favorite part--PUPPY!


Awesome guy making hand blown glass!


Oldtown Montreal (I think?) Gorgeous place. If only I spoke French. *sigh*


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Best 龍鬚糖 ever! For those who don't know what this is--er, well, I don't really know how to explain it. It's translated as Dragon's Beard Candy by the way, and the white hair-like strands are kind of like spun sugar and they're powdery. Inside, there's bits of peanut butter candy/brittle. Delicious stuff~

This is their metro in Montreal. How cool is that?



The ever-famous Notre Dame...


...which looks a lot more impressive inside. O__O


Below are pictures from Toronto! I find it ironic how my best and worst memories are from there. More on that later.

Pacific Mall in Toronto! My favorite place ever. (This is the best memory, btw) This beats Niagara Falls any day. 400+ Asian stores in one place? HEAVENLY. Plus there's all sorts of awesome food here.

Oh wait, tangent time--speaking of Toronto. (TLDR at the end) If you are ever there, DO NOT stay at the Radisson. They have the worst service I've ever seen at a hotel. I've stayed at Radissons in the past, and they've all been very helpful. Not so for this particular one. First, for whatever reason, our card key stopped working after we got in once, so we asked for help. They gave us a new one, and that didn't work either. By this time, I expected someone to come up with us to see if something was wrong with the door. Nope--they just kept giving us new cards and sending us up to try it agian. Once, I can understand, but NONE OF THE THREE CARDS WORKED. When we suggested that perhaps we could change to a different room, they were reluctant and kept saying how they'd fix it or find what's wrong with it or whatever. Yea ok. We went to the mall and back--door still wouldn't open. The cleaning lady was much better in my opinion, especially in terms of personability. At least she had some sense and let us into our room (after making sure it was indeed our room, of course) while whoever runs the place was nowhere to be seen.

It gets even better. When they finally sent a guy up to fix our door, he looked like everyone owed him a million dollars and would rather be anywhere than here. Let me tell you something; that is not a good front for a hotel. For ANY place of business, actually. His attitude clearly said he did not give a shit, and if he had his way, we'd probably be stuck outside the door the entire day. The only good thing that came out of it was that the door/lock was eventually fixed.

Lo and behold, morning comes and we're ready to get the hell out of there. Of course, our car decides it wants to break down and die right there. Again, the ever-so-helpful staff moseyed around before a guy finally came with this ANCIENT generator power thing. Which didn't work at all, of course. At least this guy was nicer than the last one. We tried calling some towing company, but they stood us up, making our hour and half wait for them completely useless. (Meeting two utterly useless and very unhelpful companies in a row. Figures.)

What finally happened was that we met the best taxi man ever. This was pure luck, too. We almost missed him--we caught him as he was about to drive out of the hotel. Seriously, this guy was so nice and helpful I could almost forget about the very bad impression I had from the hotel and towing company. He took my dad to go buy a battery and when they came back, he helped us put it in too! Plus he didn't drive all around Toronto and back to rack up the taxi fare. Unbeatably nice guy, right there. They should let him run the hotel instead.

TLDR; I have never met such unhelpful and arrogant, rude service anywhere, much less in a hotel. Don't go to the Radisson in Toronto. (It's the one on Hallcrown Place) Save yourselves the headache.

Side tangent #2: In contrast, when we stayed at the Hyatt in Montreal, the service was excellent. When I found out that the room we were in didn't have shampoo, I went to the front desk and asked the lady. She was so nice (plus had the patience to put up with this man who's been at the desk for ages. Seriously, he had the lady pull up a map and actually walk him through how to get to places to eat. It's a map. Read it yourself. Or invest in a GPS.) and when she found out there was no shampoo at the front desk, she told me not to worry and that she'd send up soneone right away to drop it off. I expected to wait maybe half an hour to an hour, but whoa--not 15 minutes later, there came a knock and my long-awaited shampoo. Hyatt @ Montreal, you get two thumbs up. :)

Oksrybacktopics.

Anyway. Continue to bask in the glory and excellency that is the Pacific Mall!


This is actually INSIDE the mall. *w* Someone pinch me, 'cause I think I'm dreaming~


I thought this banner was cute. Lookit the bunnies!


HA. HAHAHA. TRUE HEAVEN! I can't believe there's actually a Danson poster here--I never find posters of him! *paws at store window* And there's Show, and Fahrenheit, and Jay Chou, and--*rambles*


Above the food court.


No seriously. I'm in heaven. Not even kidding you.


I bought a Snow Miku figurine! She's so adorable. I want to eat that ice leek. Nendoroids are hawt.

Whew~ Ok, that's all for today! Wow. This is the longest post I've written in years. Gotta go get me some coffee.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fyrinnaaaaaae


!!! My Fyrinnae order came today~~ =D I'm so happy. It came a lot faster than I expected--I ordered a bunch of stuff for myself and a friend's birthday, so I made sure to order it really early in case so I could be sure to have it by then. It arrived with plenty of time to spare! (Now I can take a bunch of pictures and whatnot before sending them to her, hah)

The packaging is so cute--mine came in a silver drawstring pouch with zebra tissue paper and 2 little sticker things; ghosts and a panda in a curry container. XD! Adorable. I really like the actual pigment containers too, though I found that some of them are incredibly hard to open (which makes sense though, as you don't want them to accidentally open up and spill everywhere). I must've looked really funny sitting on my bed and clawing at these little containers. I think it took me about 10 minutes to get Biker Chic open (a couple of them opened more easily though. Whew.)

I also finally caved in and bought Kat Von D's Metal Orchestra. I wanted to test out Adora too at Sephora, but apparently, even though the Adora palette is available online already, it's not going to be coming to stores until August. D: But I was freaking out that since Metal Orchestra is limited edition, they'd run out of that first (even though it's been around for forever, I think? Though I believe it's beacuse it disappeared for a bit and then Sephora brought it back--iunno, but it's listed as LE on the website). I have to say, I'm in love. I would totally buy another palette just for the packaging. It came in this really cute boxy-envelope-ish thing with flaps, and then the palette itself is wrapped in a thin paper with a KVD sticker. Prettyyy~ I felt bad about opening it. I managed not to rip the paper though! I'm a packrat at heart and rarely throw out anything anyway, but I'm definitely not letting these go. Kat Von D's packaging is amaaaazing~~~ Plus I really like black and edgy designs.

Pictures sooooon. In a meantime, here are some pictures from Taiwan back in winter '10 that I finally uploaded.


Love this store. 雜誌風 (Magazine Craze) is a place I always visit whenever I'm back in Taiwan. Added Hershey Kisses and a strawberry milk candy because they're cute and I like sweets.


Really pretty packaging and design, but it didn't taste as good as I thought it would. Certainly wasn't bad, but kinda expensive...I expected more of a 'wow!' factor. Kept the box though ;)

Aww, it has little stubby legs! This is a dessert that has red bean and strawberries wrapped inside powdered white mochi skin. Delicious.


OM NOM NOM

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fyrinnae and Jrock

Wow, I'm so bad at this. I keep forgetting to mention this even though it happened like...last week. Something amazing happened last week. Seriously amazing. Like, more amazing than vanilla lattes with peppermint sticks.

It was that...

I finally got a chance to see my favorite singer, Miyavi, live! In New York! YESSSSS <3 This was my first ever concert too! ...yea, I know. But I'm happy Miyavi has my concert virginity ;)

It was seriously the most awesome thing that's happened to me in a while. Miyavi's really, really good live, and his English was surprisingly good too! It was so worth the wait and the sweltering heat. I definitely want to see him live again, and this time, I will get my damned T-shirt! D: (Couldn't get it at this concert because we had to leave ;~; But next time...!) Hopefully this time I'll be closer up front or on a platform or something so I can see more than his upper torso and up for most of the concert. ...I suppose being 5'0'' doesn't really help, does it? *sigh*




Moving on--my random tangent about Miyavi actually isn't that random. I recently placed my first order at Fyrinnae! (Ooh, another first~) I keep hearing and seeing lovely swatches about this brand on a lot of blogs, and I really wanted to try some of their colors. Being the procrastinating ADD child that I am, I kind of uh, forgot until now. I would browse the colors and 'ooh' and 'aah' over them and get SO CLOSE to ordering! --and then somehow getting distracted by Rainbow Unicorn Attack. So then it'd be midnight and I'll be in bed and go "Oh shit I forgot to order again!"

...tirade aside, yes, I finally placed my first order. And I can't waaaait! They have some gorgeous colors. Plus I really like the names.

OH! Right, speaking of the names--this is where it ties in with Miyavi, sorta. I've heard that one of the Fyrinnae guys really likes visual kei. I DO TOO! :D It shows since a lot of their eyeshadow names are Japanese and sometimes reference visual kei things, and even more obviously, their Lip Lustres do it too. Speaking of these, I need to get one of these next time. They look pretty...

Now I'm waffling as to whether or not to order both the Kat Von D Adora and Metal Orchestra palettes. Ffffssss.

Until next time!