Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekly Favorites #5

If you have not noticed, I've been pretty lazy as far as posting makeup tutorials and reviews on my blog. I have been really minimal with my everyday makeup, which explains why I haven't posted many reviews. I have been sticking to foundation, powder, mascara, and a bit of lipstick/gloss for the past weeks; nothing too exciting as far as makeup is concerned. This week I stuck to the same routine for the most part but I changed up a few of my products. For starters, I purchased a new CC cream, the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I heard really great things about this CC cream on Youtube videos and I decided to pick it up at Ulta for a hefty $38. So far, I really like it but we will see if it lives up to its hype. While picking up this CC Cream, I saw the IT Cosmetics Tightline Mascara Primer. I remember hearing great things about this one too so I got it as well (damn Youtube making me want to buy stuff!). I've used it a few times this week and, holy cow this stuff is great! This is awesome for people who want a non-white mascara primer that makes the lashes look freaking amazing. I am really starting to like IT Cosmetics! These are my first two products from this brand and so far I have great impression!

Besides the two new makeup products, I started using two other products that were already in my collection: the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in 'Diffused Light' and the NYX Butter Gloss in 'Merengue'. I stopped using 'Diffused Light' for some time because I completely forgot about it, but I fell in love with it again this week. This is a great setting powder for yellow-toned skin as well as a beautiful subtle highlighter. This is really pricey, but the product is amazing and the packaging is superb. I also starting using one of my least used NYX Butter Glosses in 'Merengue' and I can't believe I haven't used it more. It is a cool pink with lavender undertones that looks really good on my skin tone. All NYX Butter Glosses are beautiful and I love them so much ♥ I used this shade in my latest tutorial.

My last favorite of the week is actually not a makeup product, it's a book! And not just any book, it is the newest addition to my Tolkien collection! This is the translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien and now published by his son Christopher. I really liked Beowulf back in high school and it is really great to read it again~ I am really excited to read this classic piece and have translations and comments from Tolkien. It's also so fascinating reading one of the things that basically inspired Tolkien to begin to create his own myths and stories, which basically lead to him creating what we know as Middle-Earth today!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Kill la Kill Series: Harime Nui

"All memories are lost the moment a girl changes her underwear.

Ah, Harime Nui. You were a delightfully bat-shit crazy character in Kill la Kill. Without giving any spoliers, I'll say to not let her cute appearance and demeanor fool you. She is insanely cute, and insanely...well, for a lack of a better term, insane. She was a very refreshing character and I enjoyed seeing her scenes because she has a hilarious personality! For this look, I wanted to do something kind of cute, but also a little edgy and fun (just like her!). And for the fun of it, I decided to add her signature purple eye patch ( it is in the shape of the Japanese katakana character for the sound "nu" and "i" combined, cleverly forming her name). It is so wearable (note: sarcasm)! I'm totally going to work like this xD

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: L'oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

Greetings from the Dark Side!

Today I bring you a review for a product that has been gaining some serious hype in the beauty community as of late: the L'oreal Miss Manga mascara. If you want to know my thoughts on this drugstore mascara, please keep reading ^_^

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Few Updates: Series Challenge, Graduation, Anime Expo, etc.

Greetings from the Dark Side!

I wanted to come in a give you all a few updates. This past week was a super insanely busy week. I had to work, prepare for my graduation, and prepare to say good-bye to one of my best friends. As such, I did not post my Week 2 look for the June Series Challenge, but it will be posted up by at least Wednesday. Since I will be posting this look late, you are also welcome to post Week 2 and Week 3 looks by the end of Sunday. 

My best friend of almost 7 years is moving away to Boston tomorrow morning and I want to spend these last few hours with her. It would be an understatement to say that I am devastated by her moving away, but I am also happy to see her doing something new. I have plans to visit her in Boston and go to New York in the fall so that will be really exciting! If any of you are from the Boston or New York area, please let me know of any thing I must absolutely visit! 

In other news, I officially graduated this weekend! I had my commencement ceremony for UC Davis on Saturday and it was a really exciting day for me. My family and friends were there and I was just so thrilling to see everyone cheering for me. Thank you to everyone who supported me through my college years! ♥ I had a fantastic 4 years at UC Davis and I will remember them for the rest of my life! 

I think I have already mentioned this a few times, but I will be going to Anime Expo July 3-July 6! I am still working on some of my cosplays, but I just recently decided to dress up as Konan from Naruto. I haven't gathered all the stuff I need for this cosplay, but I have gotten a few things. It is going to happen though :D I will keep you guys updated with my cosplays and I will do my best to get the posts up for my cosplays before Anime Expo! 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kill la Kill Series: Matoi Ryuuko

To hell with your opinion! I'll take my own path no matter what anyone else says!” 

Matoi Ryuuko is the main protagonist of the anime KILL la KILL. She is a tomboy who arrives at Honnouji Academy searching for the other half of her scissor blade, a clue that will help her find the person who murdered her father. Throughout the series, Ryuuko is a freaking badass character! I really loved her as a character and enjoyed seeing her in the show. She is a tomboy at heart, but she also displays a heartwarming girly side. For this Ryuuko inspired look, I decided to go for a darker blue and red look, since blue and red are her signature colors. I also added a bit of yellow from the yellow of her outfit (aka Senketsu's eye). I hope you enjoy this look!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Series Challenge: Kill la Kill

Greetings from the Dark Side!
For an introduction of this Series Challenge, go HERE. Otherwise, welcome to another month of my challenge series! This month's theme will be: Kill la Kill!  For weekly dates and inspiration pictures, keep reading!

Road Warrior Miss Fortune (LoL) Cosplay Part 3: Guns

Greetings from the Dark Side!

If you are new to this cosplay series check these posts out first:

This post is solely focusing on the Miss Fortune's guns. I've really loved the guns from this artwork compared the guns that she actually has in-game. These guns are more intricate and look way more awesome! I have been in love with them since I first saw them. I wanted the guns to be super cool and to be pieces I actually could have on display in my room, so I did not make them myself. I employed someone else to make them for me. This is where GS Props comes in. I basically commissioned the guns from a prop maker. GS Props has made some really awesome props so I decided to spend a little money to get some really cool guns. The result was amazing! I am so happy with how they turned out. The handle is real wood and everything else is made of...well I have no clue but it turned out really well!

The guns are pretty big (about the length of my arms) but they are very lightweight! I received so many compliments on them when I went to Fanime! I need to look for a good picture of me holding these so you can see how big they are! But for the mean time I leave you with the picture above from GSProps!

Thank you for reading!