Sunday, April 17, 2016

glosser - skin first, makeup second.

I'm horrible at blogging. One of the discouraging things about Blogger is the fact that the image quality isn't great when I try to upload my own. But aside from that rant I'm able to step away from life and talk to you guys about this new brand I have become obsessed with, Glossier. They are based in New York and I love their philosophy basically less is more and that skin comes first and smile always.

For skin care, I tens to stick to one brand. I have this little pet peeve of owning too many brands for skin care and would prefer to have all of one brand just to be consistent? Makes no sense but I am just weird like that. I got my hands on their Milky Jelly cleanser, Priming Moisturizer, Rose Face Mist, Generation G in Cake, and Balm dot com. All I can say is that I give Glossier a full on five star review. I use everything to the point where it has become a part of my lifestyle.

The cleanser does the job, it is light, jelly like textures, removes excess makeup and smells great. The moisturizer does exactly what it is suppose to and I always apply a generous amount before starting my makeup routine. The mist itself smells like roses and I always spray it on every morning and after I cleanse. Generation G lipstick I got in Cake comes off very natural but is not long lasting. Although it is not long lasting it still gives a nice moisturized feel.

Glossier is a must.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

eos fairy grey review.

I know it's been quite some time since I have last done a circle lens review but PinkyParadise recently sent me these lovely lenses. They're called EOS Fairy grey lenses. So let us begin.

The details:
Diameter: 14.5mm
Water Content: 38%
Base Curve: 8.8mm
Life Span: 1 Year Disposal

They come nicely packaged and sealed away with the manufacturer warranty sticker on it as well. The lenses itself were produced in Korea. Generally I never did so well with colored contact lenses I usually wore GEO lenses but I have noticed that those tend to make my eyes more dry.

Comfort: 3.5/5 because although they are more comfortable than other brands after 4~6 hours my eyes are exhausted. I know generally you're not suppose to wear them for that long but after a while they do start to irritate your eyes. I recommend carrying some eyedrops if you're planning on wearing them for a while.

Enlargement: 4/5 only because I feel like they enlarge a bit too much. At times I feel like they're too big giving some people an un natural look. However these are only 14.5mm base curve but come off at 15mm.

Color: 5/5 I love the color! I selected grey but at times they give off a soft blue tone under certain light conditions. I am in love with the color and would most likely stick to this.

Overall: 4/5 I would definitely recommend these for people with darker eyes (I'm not sure how they would look with lighter eyes. I feel that these can come off as dramatic but still a unique look to the lenses. 
Final image with me and the lenses and my strange blue-purple hair. Thanks again Pinky Paradise !
You can grab a pair of these lenses here. xox

p.s. sorry i used my iphone for these images it's a bit difficult to take self portrait photos with my heavy canon. Hopefully in the near future I am able to obtain a tripod and tae these photos more professionally. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

I'm back again. coping with anxiety.

I know that I am really bad at keeping up with other blogs and writing. I am kind of a potato when ever I have even an ounce of free time. This post is going to get a bit personal so please escape while you still can. 

One of the reasons why I have avoided my blog for basically the entire summer is because I have been coping with some anxiety and a bit more. I know that there are many people out there like myself that are quite introverted and do not necessarily know or have the skills to cope. Over the past few months I have tried a few techniques that I have found uplifting and gave me that extra boost I needed.

1. Hobbies. A lot of people assume that photography is my occupation but it is actually a side hobby. I just graduated with a degree in biology and am currently transitioning on applying for a graduate program and working basically full time. I found that working and studying take so much time away from photography so I decided to donate more of my time to photography even if it means less work hours. And although I may not be making as much as I could I found that I am overall happier I can bust out my camera or even iphone photos whenever I got the chance to. I've met some very encouraging friends and I've been constantly supported by my boyfriend. I'm starting to take on more booking and actually making time to go out and even shoot with film again. Lesson learned, don't stop doing what you are passionate about.

2. Yoga & Exercise.  I might not exercise everyday but I get myself to run to the beach a few times a week. I am not as active as I was in high school but the reality is that although it is tiring some physical exercise gives you that mental boost. My best friend always motivates me with exercise tips that work for me. Sometimes finding people who have a similar goal helps you motivate one another. I have gotten into the habit of doing yoga almost every day whether it is for 15 minutes or an hour and if I really have the energy I would start pilates for that extra exercise. I am not 100% caught up but I also started the Kayla Itsines workout back in May. Although I do not follow it everyday just doing it every other day works perfectly.

3. Reading. Okay first of all I am very picky about what time of genre to read. I generally enjoy psychological thrillers when it comes to reading out of interest but do not be afraid to start small. I'mm keep up with issues of Kinfolk, which promotes simple living and more. Their most recent issue 16 is one of my favorites which talks about a sense of belonging, essentials, and taking life as it comes. I also want to recommend a quick read that I finished in 25-30 minutes called A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen. Find small ready to stimulate you mentally if you cannot bring yourself to do something physical.

4. Talk. Talk your heart out. I have learned this the hardest way by making the mistake of constantly keeping to myself. I am telling you now that it is okay to ask for help. You are not a burden unless you constantly tell people that you are. People will listen and the right people will stay. I made the mistake of keeping this to myself and the result was an outburst of thoughts that were not mine. It takes a toll on you and I know that if you are anything like it, it is difficult to reach out. Do your best and do not give up. Talking it through is another step to understanding ones self. 

Lastly I would like to conclude this post with my favorite quote from Anna Quindlen's novel:
"Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of grey cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves how to live, really live... to love the journey, not the destination"


Just wanted to do a quick post about this lovely geometric statement necklace. Whether you are wearing colors or not this can be topped with a simple outfit and bring some more style into it.
You can grab one here courtesy of sheinsider 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

sweet lil' succulents.

I'm not really good at being consistent, especially with blogging. I wanted to just take some time out to share one of my newfound obsessions, plants. Although I had difficulties raising small animals when I was younger (i.e. my hamsters *sad face*) I wanted to try taking care of small plants.  My coworker said they were ideal for me since they're low maintenance but still require work. They're lovely and I find comfort in seeing them flower. 

Pretty little succulents from the little shop Brattle Square florist.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

pretty little things.

Iconemesis is a lovely British online store selling you creative and fashionable cases by many artists and illustrators. So happy to have one of their cases to feature, however I recently got my hands on the iPhone 6. This case is available on the 5 & 6!

Friday, May 15, 2015

lovely boudoir & petite cherry.

Lingerie set from Kaur's Laurel but now called Petitecherry.

You guys can snag $5 off any 2 bra sets with the discount code HELLOEMY.
Follow them for more cute & sexy lingerie.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

simply lovely white.

I'm not sure if it feels more like spring or summer here in Boston. Flowers are finally blooming but this heat feels like a hot summer day in Florida. I had the honor of receiving a beautiful necklace and top from a beautiful online fashion store with a variety of clothing and jewelry. 

Top can be found here & necklace can be found here.
Both courtesy of Sheinside