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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

☂ Birthdays, Books, and Lash Extensions ☁

Hi! Did you lovelies have a good weekend? Over the last two weeks I caught up with a lot of old friends, as well as spent quality time with some new ones!
I finally got the chance to hang out with Sharon. We met a long time ago at my best friend's birthday party years ago but we never really spent any time with each other after that. We had been talking a bit and decided we should meet up for lunch! Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures together because we were so busy chatting but here's a picture of her and just omg look at how stunning she is ;____;
I also went to a birthday party at a pizza parlor downtown. It turns out a good high school friend of mine works there so I got to chat with him a bit. What a small world! Here are some pictures~
Me and Szeki
The birthday boy Keith (far left)!
My friend Carly asked for eyelash extension models on Facebook the other day so I volunteered! She needed to practice and since I've always wanted to try them I thought, why not? 
Here's a picture of my non-existent lashes
Here's what she ended up giving me:
They're so long! I thought they were going to be a lot more dramatic but I'm glad they turned out so natural. They require a little bit of extra care but if you're really on top of things, these babies can last 2-4 weeks!

Afterwards my friend Branden picked me up from the salon and we walked around downtown a bit. We came across this really cool store that sold a bunch of things from furniture to bookmarks. I took a few pictures to show you guys~
A badass lizard letter opener
We also stopped by the book store for a few hours. I've been meaning to get back into reading but I'm so picky with my books it's almost ridiculous. Here are a few I thought were interesting, let me know if you've read them or if you have any book suggestions!
This one is about a man who loses his father
and abandons his life by moving to the wilderness.
He ends up adopting a baby elk and they end up
becoming friends.
This one is about a perfumer who is
also a murderer.
This one is a romance novel about a girl who
is sold to a mafia family and she falls in
love with the son of the family.
This week I'll be going for DineOut Vancouver again so I'll be updating about that later! I have a few backlogged posts that I meant to make a while ago so I hope to get those out to you as well. Until next time! Have a great day~

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Choies.com Spring Inspiration

Hello everyone! How have you all been? I've been doing pretty well personally. Right now I'm just looking for full time work in my field. I had an interview last week so I'm just waiting to hear back about it but for now I'm still looking at other options.

Today I'm going to talk to you about a site called Choies. I was approached by a representative and they asked me to browse the site and blog about some of my top picks, so here they are! I compiled the items into little collages and all the links to the items are below the pictures.
We're coming out of winter so it's time to brighten up that wardrobe! This spring I'm definitely leaning towards more flowy feeling outfits, and I'm feeling like creams and pinks are the way to go. By that I mean oversized/draping cardigans and lots of ruffles and loose fitting dresses or rompers. (All pictures were taken from the website~)
Dress | Purse | Coat

Dress | Shoes | Blazer | Purse
Dress | Cardigan | Shoes | Bag | Necklace

Dress | Bag | Shoes | Tights
I'm quite impressed with the amount of selection of items on the Choies site. I think the items are reasonably priced, and from the looks of some of the reviews, they seem of good quality. I'll have to try their items first before I can say for sure!

Which outfit or item did you like most? Let me know! Until next time~

Sunday, January 4, 2015

▲ Gal Makeup Progress ▲

Hello again lovelies. It's that time of year again where I get to pull out this nifty meme that Lizzie created! You guys should go check her out cause she's such a sweetheart and her blog is really great to read ❤ You can check out the posts for previous memes here and here but I'll post them below as well so you can see the progress~
My first year
My second year
This year!
Ah looking at all these makes me feel a little nostalgic haha. Anyways, here is the breakdown of my makeup journey. This year I focused a lot on brow and eye shape.
January - February
Brow game is hella weak. Looking back they're like cheetos LOL WHAT WAS I THINKING. Way too thick and short. I'm glad I changed that. I was really into doing droopy lower lashes for some reason, I thought it made my eyes look bigger along with a more rounded liner. Most of the time it just looks like my lashes are falling off because I didn't throw in any liner or shadow to help the lashes transition better.

Figured out those brows and started playing with contour. Still can't get those lower lashes to sit right. I started to miss my winged liner so I began ditching the rounded look.

One of my better looks I think, especially compared to the ones before it. I winged out my liner, lined my center lower lashline to help the lashes transition, and my brows are on mad fleek.

Tried to straighten my brows out a little more to see if I liked them better that way. I got really into putting shimmery pearl/champagne shadows on my lower lashline instead and doing an aegyo-sal type shadowing in brown under that in place of lining my center lower lashline (god that was a lot of words).

I put the shimmery shadow back where it belonged, in the inner corner of my eye LOL I also pulled my lower lashes farther away from my inner corner. 

I missed my April look a lot. I noticed I started to leave this gap between my upper and lower lashes where they meet at the outer corner (which looks really weird and sloppy to me) so I started applying them a bit closer together. I also brought up the lower lashes closer to my lashline as got closer to my inner corner. This was probably the only decent look I had since April haha.

Went back to fiddling with my brow shape. I also realized that I was being pretty heavy handed and they ended up looking kinda gross so I took more time in shaping them and making sure not to over-cake my brows. Needless to say my eye makeup went to shit because god forbid I focus on two key points of a look at the same time lol

I outgrew the droopy lower lash look. After reflecting at old pictures, I decided that wasn't for me (even though it looks amazing on other gals who can pull it off). I starting bringing my lashes back closer to my natural lashline, particularly in the inner corner. I stopped cutting my lashes (both upper and lower) and used the full band instead.

Now that's the shit I'm talking about. I was super happy to finally figure out my brows and eyes all at once. I think this was one of my more well put together looks so I started to work on contour a lot more.

I played around with darker looks because I was going through a lot and also it's fall so cutesy/natural looks didn't appeal to me much. I don't know if you can see but I also worked on contouring here (I apologize for the 8 million filters I have on).

Here I'm trying out that "point" on the inner corner again. It's another one of those things that looks great on other people but looks kinda stupid on myself (basically the droopy lower lashes all over again zzz)
Overall I'm pretty happy with the growth I've made so far. Although my progress isn't as fast as I'd like it to be, I'm glad that the progress exists haha.

Thank you guys so much for reading, and thank you Lizzie for making this meme! It's super fun to make each year  Don't forget to check her out if you guys haven't already and I'll talk to you all very soon~ byebye ❤❤❤

Friday, January 2, 2015

★ Happy New Year! ★

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful year. Even though 2014 was pretty bad for me, I managed to tough it out. I definitely have to thank my friends and all you sweethearts for helping me through Hopefully 2015 will be nicer to me~!
I celebrated my New Years with lots of friends so I was quite happy with how things ended. I might have partied a little too hard cause I don't really remember too much about my second party (or how I got home, took my lenses out, took my makeup off, and changed into PJ's LOL I'm so much more productive when I'm drunk???) I took a lot of snapchats but I don't remember taking them HAHAHAHA but here are some photos that documented my night:
My makeup <3
The first party
The second party
I clearly have no idea
what "drunk" means
Or maybe I did LOL this is my only
outfit pic ;____;
I had a lot of fun and it was great being surrounded by so many beautiful and supportive souls in the last few months. Thank you all for sharing your time and coming along this journey with me  Let's knock 'em dead in 2015.

Strawberry On Top Of Cupcake