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Monday, October 29, 2012

❅ Collective Fall/Winter Haul ☂

皆さん こんばんは〜 (good evening everyone)! Today I'm doing another collective haul post. I bought a few things near the end of summer and my Asia Fashion Wholesale with Terry came in as well! Just a heads up, this post might be a bit photo heavy~
I guess I'll start off with my group haul. I placed a group order for AFW with Terry and another friend of mine. Here's what I got (stock photos only cause my camera is dead and I'm lazy lul):
Graphic shirt
Lace design leggings
Pink shorts w/ belt
Cute school bag
Thick knit sweater
Knit jacket w/ faux fur lining
Cute lace shorts
Black cardigan
I'm still very satisfied with this website. The shipping is relatively quick and the products are of decent quality. I just wish shipping wasn't so expensive haha (but that's what group orders are for!). My advice for anyone ordering from AWF is to get clothes that are made with a lighter material (chiffon clothing is hit or miss on this site I hear). Anything bulky like purses or sweaters will cost you a little more. If you order lighter things you can get more items! (¬‿¬)
I was browsing around London Drugs the other day and I saw that they were having a sale on Physician's Formula brand makeup. I've always wanted to try this brand but the products are just too pricey. I grabbed this neat blush/highlighter bundle for around $20 so I was really happy to try these out. I believe the highlighter alone retails for about $17~ or so depending where you get it. You can imagine how happy I was to see this bargain haha.
I really do like these products a lot. I read online that the highlighter can be a bit of a glitter-bomb though if you are not careful with your application. I can do a more detailed review of this duo if requested!
The next thing I picked up was this super popular bronzer by NYC. I've been looking for it everywhere NYC products are sold but I've never been able to find this bronzer in stock. It's the NYC bronzer in Sunny. The bronzer is matte and it's just beautiful. It's a very flattering shade on my skin and I can see why this is never available in stores. 
The last few clothing items I got are from a Facebook group. They were having a sale and I spotted this cute pair of DreamV shorts. 
The next item I got was a flowy, over-sized tank top with a cute bow design on the front.
Next I got was this sweet floral babydoll. It reminded me of Liz Lisa so I picked it up hoping to pair it with my replica boots. I was really disappointed when I got this though because it's too big for me. I think I'll just put it in the sales column on my blog (´∩`。)
Those were all the things I got from Facebook. I also went shopping at Metrotown with Terry and picked up this cute pair of high waisted button shorts from Urban Planet.
Sorry for the blurriness T___T
They're really comfy and stretchy. The only problem is that now it's too cold to wear them! (FML) Hopefully there will be a few days where I can just slap on some tights underneath these babies and not turn into a popsicle.... ( ̄◇ ̄;)
I got this stunning pair of boots from Justfab.com. I saw that Terry had a lot of cute shoes from there so I decided to check it out. I picked out these boots for my first time purchase discount and I have to say, the quality is amazing! The boots are really comfy, despite being rather high for my liking. The detailing is just so pretty (´ ▽`).。o♡
Picture from my instagram because I'm too lazy
to watermark it Q___Q
These boots were apparently designed by Avril Lavigne!(*´▽`*)
Anyways, that's all for now! Thank you so much for reading until the very end! I've been pretty busy lately with my new job so my updates are even worse than usual ヘ(>_<ヘ)

I'll try to make time for smaller updates whenever possible~ I have another AWF haul coming (I need to stop. Someone stop me.. ;___;) so please look forward to that! See you in my next post!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Life Update!

Hello everyone! I've got some super exciting news to tell you in this short little update post. I had an interview at Forever21 last week and today I got a call back saying I got the job! I'm really happy about this because I've been jobless since January. It's been tough trying to get interviews but all that hard work finally, and I mean FINALLY, paid off.

I'll be having an orientation this Thursday. I'm super excited! I hope this job will be more stable than my other ones. If all goes well, then I'll be saving up for my very own car~
In other less happy news, I've been sick for like 2 weeks. I rarely ever get sick, but when I do it's for a super unnaturally long period of time >__<;; Actually now that I think about it, it's only my second time being sick this whole year! But yeah, it sucks. I hate having a sore throat, I think it's the worst part of being sick. Oh well. I'm feeling much better now. I guess that's all that matters.
I know my updates haven't been that frequent lately. Don't worry though, I haven't forgotten about this blog just yet! I'm currently working on a very VERY delayed fall haul post so please look forward to that. Anyways, it's getting late so I'm going to head off.

Thank you for your continued support~ I'll talk to you all very soon!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

。◕ ‿ ◕。 Circle Lenses & You 。◕ ‿ ◕。

Hi hi~! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week. This post is going to be about circle lenses (shortened to CL for this post)! I went to the optometrist a few weeks ago and I received some shocking news.

I learned a lot about circle lenses and just eye care in general. I think a lot of people are unaware of the risks with circle lenses so I'm going to share some of that information with you today, as well as provide you with some alternatives.

In no way am I bashing CL's, in fact I am a CL wearer myself. I think you just have to be smart about what lenses you choose. Remember that your eyesight is precious and your health should always be a priority over vanity.
F.A.Q
1. What are Circle Lenses? (shortened to CL for this post)
Circle lenses are special contact lenses that can alter the appearance of your eyes. They can give your eyes an "enlarging" effect, (usually these have a thick black ring around the outside). CL's also come in a variety of  sizes, colors and designs.
A popular CL series designed by Tsubasa Masuwaka herself.
I have used both of the bottom ones.
2. What's the difference between CL's and regular contacts?
CL's provide enlargement and better color/designs than regular colored lenses as regular lenses act to only enhance your natural eyes. You care for them the same way you would regular lenses. They are cheaper than regular lenses but they will put your eyes at risk to certain health concerns that I will explain later.

3. Can I get CL's with a prescription?
Yes. They are also available without a prescription.

4. How long can I wear CL's for?
I would say that you shouldn't wear them as long as regular lenses. Absolutely no more than 6 hours tops as the likelihood of your eyes becoming very dry and irritated increases the longer you have them in.

If there's anything else I need to cover, please let me know. I'm going to leave this FAQ open.
The Concerns
As many of you may (or may not) be aware, CL's can pose some pretty serious health concerns. Most CL's are made in Asia where the materials used to make the lenses are not approved by major health administrations (FDA, etc). In fact the Princess Mimi lenses I showed above are an example of lenses made with a material called "Phema". The use of this material is illegal here in Canada, and I believe in the US as well because of the health risks. 

To put it simply, it's a type of plastic-like material which limits the oxygen flow in your eyes. Our eyes don't have blood to supply oxygen so it absorbs it from around you. By placing a lens made of this material, it inhibits your eyes' ability to diffuse in oxygen which can cause Corneal Neovascularization. This is where the blood vessels in your eye grow into the cornea (ew.), which leads to vision problems later.

Another condition you could get is Giant Papilary Conjunctivitis I'll let you read the wiki because it's too gross for me to describe. I will say though, the shocking news I received is related to this. If you develop a severe enough case of GPC, you will never be able to wear contacts for the rest of your life.

These are just a few of the serious health concerns related to CL's. This is mostly due to the lack of quality in the materials they are made of. Hopefully in the future someone will be able to make CL's that are safer so that we don't have to risk our health for looks. If you ever want to know more, don't hesitate to contact your local eye care professionals.
My prescription lenses~
The Alternatives
Of course, the best alternative is to stick with normal transparent lenses. However I understand the need for color and enlargement, especially if you're into styles like Gyaru. There are brands like FreshKon and FreshLook that make lenses similar to CL's. The enlargement is obviously incomparable, but some of the colors actually look pretty similar! I was surprised when I tried a sample grey lens. It looked almost exactly like the Princess Mimi lenses in Sesame Grey. I'll have to make another post later to compare the colors because I haven't ordered them from my optometrist yet.

Another thing you can do if you choose to wear CL's is to replace them often and wear them less often. What I mean is, although CL's are disposable yearly (which my optometrist told me is also illegal/not done anymore) you should change them perhaps every 3 months. You should also only wear them when you really have to, maybe once or twice a week, as opposed to wearing them daily.
Conclusion
Circle lenses are pretty and fun but you should always remember your health comes first. Along with the alternative options, regular checkups with your eye care professional will help ensure your eyes last for the rest of your life. I understand that it will be hard to part with all the designs and colors. Even I won't be able to stop wearing them completely. I believe that everything in moderation is a really good rule of life, which is not limited to things such as alcohol or sweets. So if you use CL's in moderation, you'll be able to doll yourself up as well as save your eyes from a lot of potential damage!

I hope you found this post helpful and informative. I didn't mean to scare you off from CL's at all. I felt that after receiving such valuable information I was obligated to share it with everyone out there.

If there's anything that I should add or change about this post, please let me know! Don't hesitate to share it with fellow circle lens users. You could help save someone's eyes!

Until my next post. Take care everyone!
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