Monday, April 30, 2012

4.52 A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

There are many different ways you can define and measure success in life. Most people measure it through money and wealth, others may measure it through fame, prestige, education, skill, marriage, number of friends you have... etc. I personally measure it through happiness. If you're happy doing what you're doing, then you've succeeded in my eyes. I always was the "work to live" type instead of the "live to work" type. I think I finally realized that I will never find my true niche in the workplace because it doesn't lie in what kind of career/job I have. I just want to be happy... and happiness is created and obtained through many means for me. Hoorah for happiness!

Outfit: Bluenotes tee | Vero Moda Jeans cardigan | Esprit Five Slim pants | Dollhouse flats | Esprit Collection bag | DIY necklace | BCBGeneration Dream Affirmation bracelet (rose gold).
I wish I had a big mirror like this at home.

Here is a closeup of the necklace I repurposed. I love how a simple necklace like this can bring some more interest to an otherwise normal tee. I'm not very fashionable so to speak, so wearing a necklace such as this really pulls my look together. I only wish the chain was a little longer, but what can you do.

And since we're on the topic of jewelry...
I bought another necklace, er... two to be exact since it came as a pair. It's okay though because it was only $7.95, right? XD

I saw this necklace before but passed on it because it was nearly impossible to see what the length of the necklace was. But when I saw it in stores again, I was determined to untangle it and find out the length. I stood there for a few minutes and finally was able to get it loose.

I love this style of necklace. It's simple and complements an outfit well.

I could pair these two necklaces together or wear them separately. This was a really great buy and I'm glad I took the time to check it out.

With all the gold jewelry I have now, can you believe that I didn't own a single piece of gold jewelry a couple years back? Silver was the "it" colour for me. Now look at me!

I found this awesome studded faux leather wrap bracelet but I don't think it's actually made by Expression. Someone might have just stuck it on there because I didn't see a price for it. That and I didn't see any other similar styles by Expression around (I could be wrong though). I didn't get it though because I was too lazy to go find someone to price it for me.

Went and looked at the BCBGeneration bracelets again. This time I spotted this dainty gold bracelet. With 20% off it was only $20. I didn't get this either because I noticed the right side band was a little lop-sided. Plus I didn't think $20 was justifiable for this piece (it didn't feel that sturdy). Cute though.

What type(s) of jewelry are you into lately?

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

4.51 Cosmed Facial Puffs + My Beauty Diary Masks, Orange Blossom & White Lotus Moisturizing Mist + Lancome Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water

I recently made a trip to T&T and purchased a couple of things.

Although I use cheap cotton rounds from Dollarama to remove makeup, I like to use nice facial cotton to apply my toner. Since I ran out and didn't want to spend $8 on those nice Shiseido cotton squares, I purchased these Cosmed Facial Puffs. Little did I know the cotton would be like this. It's so weird! It's not as thick, good quality, or absorbent as the Shiseido cotton squares... but it'll have to do for now. 

And yes, I picked up some MBD masks. I admit that the packaging, names, and scents were the reason I picked them up. Although I know that the smaller packages cost more per mask than the bigger boxes, I didn't want to commit to a larger box not knowing if it'd be worth it or not. Curiosity also got the best of  me and I ended up picking up the Orange Blossom & White Lotus Moisturizing Mist as well.

Orange Blossom & White Lotus Moisturizing Mist. I'm impressed with the pump because it evenly distributes the product in a big circle- as in it covers my whole face wheras other pumps will spray vertically, horizontally, or only in one spot. As for the product itself, I'm left disappointed. If I spray in the day, it makes my skin oilier later in the day. If I spray it at night, I wake up as a grease ball. The smell isn't that nice either (smells a bit like alcohol/chemical) and the faint smell of orange blossom and white lotus disappears almost immediately after you spray it. Not a fan of the product but a total fan of the packaging (the cap fits snug and snaps into place). I'll most definitely keep the bottle and refill with something else when I'm done with it.

Lancome Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water for face, eyes, lips. I was suppose to review this Lancome Cleansing Water because there's a really great gift with purchase is going on at The Bay but I forgot lol. The event hasn't ended yet so I'll let you know now. I love this stuff. I use it as part of my "double cleansing" if I wore face makeup during the day. I squirt 3 pumps on a cotton pad and wipe my whole face clean prior to using a cleanser. It takes off foundations, powders, eyeshadows, and lipsticks extremely well. I think it works good on mascara too (not waterproof though) but I prefer to use an eye makeup remover for that. The liquid is similar to water and it smells very pleasant too. The pump I'm not too fond of, but it works. This is my second bottle actually- I love it that much. I should have done a demonstration but I'm ill-prepared, sorry!

"If you don't like your life story start telling a different one." - Brian Piergrossi

Saturday, April 28, 2012

4.50 Rose Gold Love - BCBG, H&M + Rose Gold Nails

I am loving rose gold jewelry this season. Am I trendy or what? I never thought I'd see the day that it'd come to this. I have Lisa to thank, she has got me turning!

BCBGeneration Dream Affirmation Bracelet.
If you recall from the latest shopping post I did, I mentioned that I took advantage of the 20% off sale at The Bay on jewelry. I picked up the BCBG bracelet I was eyeing for a week or so after I saw it while shopping with my sister. The bracelet was originally $28 but I got it on sale for $22.

It's a more subtle rose gold colour but I like it that way because it's not in-your-face or anything.

I love how well it fits my wrist. Some bracelets are too big on me but this one couldn't be more perfect. It's also versatile because I could even wear the gold band facing outwards if I didn't want the words "dream" to be showing.

H&M Rose Gold Bangle.
This H&M bracelet has more of an obvious rose gold colour. I first talked myself out of picking up this bangle because I was trying to be a good girl (it was only $7 for goodness sakes haha). But I then eventually caved in and got it a week after. I was a bit worried because you never know with stores like H&M and Forever21. If you see something you like, get it immediately! I was lucky. The first time I saw these in stores there were a ton of them available, but after a week, almost all of them were gone. I was even luckier because I needed mine to be in XS/S since anything bigger would just slip off my arm. It's great because I don't even need to unlatch the bracelet as my hand fits right through.

I love layering this with my black chained wrap bracelet I made.

Taking my rose gold obsession to a whole new level. Isn't it so pretty? I think it's the closest I've seen on the internet to being a true rose gold I think. You might see a little more pink than usual in the above pictures because I messed up and put too much gold, which I then was forced to put another coat of the pink.

What did I use? Essie of course!
Two coats of Essie "A Cut Above" and 1-2 coats of Essie "As Gold As It Gets" on top depending on how much you coat. Just don't overdue the gold because it can easily go from rose gold to a bronze gold- which is pretty too if that's what you're going for. I think bronze gold would be great for the fall season.

And since we're on the topic of Essie Luxeffects polishes... I recently traded my backup of "As Gold As It Gets" for my sister's "Shine Of The Times" backup bottle (farthest left). We both had backups before we knew the Luxeffects became permanent lol. I suggested the trade since we're far from finishing a bottle of polish. But as you can see, I did use quite a bit of my gold polish already, so maybe I will!

"My goal is not to wake up at forty with the bitter realization that I've wasted my life in a job I hate, because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens." -Daria 'Daria'

Sunday, April 22, 2012

4.49 Repurposed Jewelry - Rustic Industrial

I love watching LisalisaD1's videos. I'm always eagerly waiting for the moment her next video uploads on her channel. I've been completely obsessed ever since she jumped on the fashion wagon. I love her sense of style. I've even picked up a few fashion tips from her. I've never been the trendy type, I've never paid attention to celebrity or runway fashion, and I've never given the time of day to analyze how fashion works. But after watching Lisa, I've picked up on a few trends and I'm even noticing them now too! Lisa gets her style inspiration from celebrities, magazines, as well as from many other places I'm sure. Lisa is officially my first fashion muse.

One of the jewelry styles I've admired from Lisa is the rustic industrial look. You might have remembered me blogging about some of the Laura Lombardi pieces I was drooling over some posts ago (the post has been taken down since I thought it was pointless). Laura makes the most beautiful repurposed jewelry I've ever seen, but unfortunately the price point is completely out of my budget. I've had a hard time trying to find cheaper alternatives because I haven't come across this style of jewelry in a form that fits true to my taste. But I wasn't ready to give up due to money limitations. So, I decided to create my own.

This is one of the necklaces I repurposed. It used to be arrow shaped and have 3 blue stones hanging from it. I basically turned it from a tribal-esque piece to a vintage/rustic/industrial piece. I love it so much and it didn't cost me a fortune!

It's a long chained necklace. I really love the stacked metal look.

Do you remember the time I bought earrings from Talize for only $1 or $2? I bought them because I wanted to make a necklace pendant out of one of them. This piece has a more vintage feel to it. 

It's also a long style chain. I bought the chain separately for $3 at another store. 

This chain was a part of another layered necklace that I wasn't really feeling. I had the necklace for a few years now but never came around to wearing it. I thought it'd be nice to repurpose the necklace and finally put it to good use! Wrap bracelets are really in right now and I love how well it layers with other pieces.

I always love gunmetal chains too so this was perfect. I prefer to layer this than wearing it alone.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." -Andre Gide

Monday, April 16, 2012

4.48 I Love To Browse

Six degrees of separation couldn't be more true- and that degree is even less now thanks to social networks such as Facebook. That's why you should forget about making enemies and leaving a bad impression all together. You might think you'll never see the person again but you never know, right? I recently found out that the son of my next door neighbour (who moved in a couple of years ago) used to go to the same high school with me. I didn't recognize him for a while though since he changed his appearance. But after some time, a light bulb went on in my head. I only remember seeing him occasionally around school as I don't personally know him. What a strange small world it is.

On another note, if you've been watching Judy's vlogs you'd know that she's pregnant! I had a feeling but obviously I knew that the first trimester should pass before safely announcing it. Some viewers (probably young and don't know any better) were so pushy about the topic these past couple months. It was so annoying. Thank goodness the comments won't be filled with pregnancy rumours anymore because the news is out!

My Esprit pants I got from their 50% off Closing sale a few months ago. I can finally wear it because the weather is warmer. This year I'm diving into coloured bottoms (before I would only wear blue jeans).

If it's a store I love (like The Bay) I can literally spend hours browsing in there. That's why I find it best to shop alone because not many people like to browse. The Bay has their Bay Days going on right now and that basically means sales galore!

I love the Coach gathered leather bags. Of course I can only admire them because the bag shown above "Madison Gathered Leather Lindsey Satchel" is $598(!!). It's such a beautiful bag. I love the color and everything about it. 

I can't remember what brand this bag was but it definitely caught my eye.

Steve Madden casual cross shoulder bag.

You should know by now that I love Expression Jewelry. Great accessories at great prices!

BCBG jewelry. I actually picked up a BCBG bracelet since they were on sale for 20% off. It's not in the above picture, but I'll show you guys soon!

I also went to T&T supermarket recently. They still sell Naruko products there (but the selection is somewhat limited). It also seems like they exploded with My Beauty Diary products. They're now carrying a bunch of other MBDM products and had new sheet mask flavours available too.

I wanted to try the Rose and Water Peony Sleep Concentrate but I wasn't sure if it was cheaper online or not (found out T&T is cheaper from the ebay seller I buy from)- maybe I'll come back for it. The Orange Blossom and White Lotus Mist also intrigued me but I didn't pick it up this time.

There were also a ton of special or new scented masks. Is it just me? Or is it ever hard to keep up with the new masks MBDM keep coming out with? I've lost count.
 "Olive Leaf Mask", "Luffa Mask", "French White Lily Mask". The Lily mask sounds so nice.

"Royal Jelly Mask" definitely want to try this one day.

"Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask". I need this in my future haha.

It must smell so good!!

Earl Grey Tea and Macaron sounds so lovely and the packaging is super cute. I'm surprised I was able to walk away from all the masks. I might not be so lucky next time.

Update with the vitamins I'm taking daily. I've now added Vitamin B-6 (since I want to increase my metabolism because I'm fat haha) and Vitamin D (since it's double duty with the Vitamin A). I'm taking 5 vitamins daily!

I'm even surprised at myself for keeping up with the vitamin intake. But it's true what they say about making something routine. If you stick to a routine, it'll soon become a habit. So if you want something to stick, keep at it until you don't even need to think about it anymore. Just do it! 

Has anyone heard of the Google Project Glass? Read up and watch the video here: Interesting concept but if it does ever kick off, there better be laws against wearing that while driving. People will be connected everywhere they go o__o

I NEED to see these. Battleship sort of looks like a rip-off of Transformers but I'm cool with it. I noticed that I'm more willing to go pay and see a movie if it's action-based or sci-fi.

"Life is like photography we develop from negatives." -Unknown