Thursday, December 29, 2016

December Looks: Velvet!

The big new trend right now has got to be velvet! So many stores are stocking up on their velvet dresses and there is really no reason why not. It is such a fall/winter material and the sheen of velvet makes any outfit pop. It is perfect for the festive season or to dress up a classy outfit. 

The recent trend for dresses also comes in the form of skinny straps and dip backs. This makes it perfect to wear over a shirt on colder days or if you just don't feel like showing so much skin. 
They can be dressed up or down with sneakers but I personally think that they go great with strappy heels and over the knee boots - both of which I lack in my closet so I just wear them with my buckled booties.
The back of this dress is seriously my favorite because of the exposed criss cross design but it is also hard to wear a bra with it so I'm glad the shirt under a dress style is a thing for now. 
You can definitely wear short sleeved tees under instead of long sleeves like I did but I think high necklines is what you should be looking for when styling your tees with the slip dresses. You don't want the necklines to be too low and distracting from the dress' neckline. 
Another fun way to wear velvet is to find similar colored tops and bottoms to make them into a two piece set. Off shoulders are so girly and velvet just makes it all the more classy.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Collection

My blog has recently been overtaken by ColourPop because I buy something there every other week and so I have a ton of products to swatch. Here, I have 18 lip swatches of their Ultra Matte Lips from their permanent line. You can watch the video to see the detailed process of applying the lippies or just refer to the pictures here for the color :)

Times Square
"You'll always be bright in this muted pink beige that never sleeps"
I was kinda scared of this shade at first because it seemed so light and nude. It's a nice beige with pink undertones and it turned out pretty well on me! Definitely going on the favorite nudes list. Does not transfer.

"Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me in this greige rose"
This is slightly darker than Times Square but it still has that pink undertone to it so it does pretty well with my skin tone. Does not transfer.

"Get moves like Jagger in this soft mauve"
This seems to me like a lighter version of Clueless. It's a nude light pink shade which is very sweet and I'm glad it didn't wash me out too much. Does not transfer.

Lumiere 2
"Meet Lumiere's new sister, a deep dusty mauve"
I gave this color another go and I have actually come to like it very much. It still wears slightly purple on me but I am loving purple lips recently so I'll let that go. The lasting power is pretty strong but you definitely will need to reapply after a meal. My only other complaint would be that my bottle was not filled up to the silver line, so it looks like I've used up 1/4 of the bottle even though I've only used it like 5 times. CP's been cheating me? Does not transfer.
Cheap Thrills
"$5 dollas will make you holla in this dusty lilac"
Well, technically CP's liquid lipsticks are $6 so the description is inaccurate here. This is definitely more purple than Lumiere 2 and it does dry down darker than in the tube. I think it is a pretty cute color nonetheless. Does not transfer.

"Never look like a full-on Monet in this dusty mauve"
If you love pink, you'll love this shade. It dries slightly darker than the tube and makes a great pink lip that lasts all day (except through meals). However, it does tend to stain the lips bright pink so that's just weird. Does not transfer.
Teeny Tiny
"A little name with a lot of heart you'll love this deep greyed out plum"
This one is like a brownish-red. It's a very interesting color because it is a really dark nude with red undertones. As you can see, it dried darker than the tube. Does not transfer.

"Not the douchey kind but a dusty burgundy"
This color actually looks darker in person but I am in love with it. It's a nice dusty red with a tad of brown so that it is not fully red. Pretty accurate to the description and lasts all day. Transfers slightly.
"Everyone will bee buzzing when you wear this warm rose"
I wouldn't call this shade a rose color because it looks like a full on bright orange on me. Okay fine, if I look closely, it is like a bright pink with orange tints to it so I guess "warm rose" is pretty true. I'm not a fan of orange shades so I'm not sure how often I will use this color. Does not transfer.
Love Bug
"Everyday is Valentine's Day when you wear this rich mahogany"
I'm thinking if you mix Teeny Tiny and Bumble, you'd get Love Bug. It's a dusty brick red with warm undertones and the consistency of this seems to be slightly thicker than the rest. Anyhow, I used quite a thick chunk of this for my swatch and dried really heavy and chalky on my lips. My bad. Transfers slightly.

"Sleep all day, stay up all night in this deep brick red"
This is my super please face at this perfect shade of dark red. I'm seriously in love. It seems to be a little bit patchy but I don't care. Transfers slightly.

"We are pretty positive you are going to love this deepened raspberry"
Another big love because this dark raspberry red is perfect. It can be a bit patchy sometimes but otherwise, this is the kind of color that would look great on any skin tone. Transfers.

"Put a little YOLO in your solow in this flamingo pink"
This is the brightest pink so far. Sorry for the super bright photo but the sun was a bit crazy and it was playing hide and seek with me while I was filming, but it is really a bright flamingo pink. No lying about that. Does not transfer.

"You’ll really want to sink your teeth into this true dusty rose"
If you could only choose one pink shade, I'd say to go for this one. This is the most beautiful dusty rose pink from their permanent line and would look great on so many skin tones. I seriously can't imagine it looking bad on anyone. Transfers slightly.

Are N Be
"ARE you ready to BE fabulous in this rich mauve"
LOL sorry for the messy swatch here. This is a slightly darker and more purpley version of Viper. It's also really pretty but it does transfer slightly.

Bad Habit
"This dusty mauve pink will be a bad habit you don't want to kick"
I wish this shade looked darker and more like the swatch photo on their website but it is still a very nice muted fuschia. I'm pretty sure the color difference is a result of a formula change but if you are going for a bold lip, this is perfect. Transfers slightly.

More Better
"Girl you hot now, but you'll be looking more better in this deep wine"
Another perfect raspberry pink! I definitely need more of this color. Nothing much to say about it because it is simply perfect. Transfers slightly.

"Keep it real in this classic blue-red"
Honestly, it seems to have a little bit of warm undertones to it but it may be due to the lighting. In person, it seemed like a neutral red, albeit bright. It wore very very lightweight on the lips and very comfortable on the lips. It literally felt like there was nothing on my lips and I almost forgot about it. Transfers slightly.

There will be a part 2 to this because I forgot to swatch one of the shades and I have more coming in soon plus I plan on purchasing the other crazy colors such as Dr M to try out for fun.

Just in case you were wondering, my top 5 shades in no particular order would be Avenue, Notion, Viper, Tulle, More Better. I will definitely want to stock up on these.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

DIY Levis/RunwayDreamz High Waist Shorts

I always get a ton of questions about my shorts whenever I post a layout picture on Instagram. "Where are those shorts from?" "Where can I find those shorts?" 
So, to answer your questions, I did a short video on how to find and make these tumblr af Levi's high waisted shorts.

You can turn any pair of denim jeans into shorts simply by cutting them, but if you want the super tumblry kind that you see all over the Internet, then you'll be needing some Levi's. You can visit your nearest thrift store to see if they have any. Otherwise, I like to hunt for them over at eBay. They shouldn't cost more than $10-20 for a pair so it is relatively cheap and simple to get them. 

For reference, I am a size US 0 (24" waist). For my size and frame, I find that the boys sizes fit best because they already come in with a mid-high rise as compared to girls sizes. I find that 10R-12R/25W work best for me. They fit just right at the waist and not too tight or too loose at the hips. It is advisable to ask about the actual waist measurements of the jeans because the tagged size does not always mean that the actual waist measures the same. You may end up with something too loose or too tight and Levi's denim do not have much stretch. 14 Slim works for me as well but 12 Slim is a tad tight at the hips. If possible, I like to go for those that are tagged "relaxed fit" since they have a nice shape to them.

Cutting them is easy peasy. If you plan on simply cuffing the shorts, then leave at least 3 inches of inseam so that you have enough to fold. No rocket science involved in this. You can simply cut them diagonally upwards and fold them or cut the front slightly shorter than the back and fold. 
If you want to make frayed shorts like those you'd find on RunwayDreamz, then cut the shorts slightly shorter. You'd want to focus on making the front part shorter than the back. The shorts curve at the front to give the illusion of longer legs and also have a slant at the sides. 

RunwayDreamz shorts have very thick frayed edges so keep that in mind when cutting the shorts or you'll end up with something too short. Go in on the edges with your favorite distressing tools. I like to dig at the edges with my fingernails to loosen and separate the white and blue threads before tossing it in the wash. This ensures that the edges become really really frayed after it comes out of the wash. It will definitely be a little tedious and time consuming - which is why RunwayDreamz shorts are so expensive. 
You can continue to cut and make distressed patches on the shorts and stud them to achieve a more tumblr look. I made this pair using shorts from Forever 21. The hems definitely still need a little more fraying but I think I've done a pretty good job so far. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

ColourPop Holiday 2016

Limited edition packaging and colors? Hell yeah! Time for another order...

I got everything in the 2016 Holiday Collection except for Sleigh (eyeshadow), Fanny Pack (highlighter) and Knotty (Ultra Matte Lip) but I am thinking of adding the former two to my collection. So, if you were to get the entire collection, that would total up to $174. They have since added new kits to their holiday collection and I will be getting the Blues Baby kit in my next purchase. 

In the meantime, they shipped my order in a huge box this time with a cool retro red design.

Let's start with the sets first since they are the main attraction of the collection. It is designed and packaged like a vinyl record. The external sleeve is a thick glossy cardboard decorated in retro leopard prints and roses. The blue parts of the box are metallic foil so they are reflective. The shade names are printed on the back of the sleeve box. The record kits are also a thick cardboard box so it is pretty sturdy but it would have been cool if they were metal. I guess ColourPop's products are too low cost for such fancy packaging. 

Never Not Chillin
There are a total of 6 shades and they are not your typical festive colors but they are absolutely beautiful. I swatched them really lightly so if this is the kind of color payoff that I can get, that means they are really pigmented. 

Peekaboo (Metallic)
"Metallic ivory with silver glitter"
This is a beigey yellow shade with silver glitter. It's a nice sparkly shade to highlight the inner corners or brow bone. It kinda blends with my skintone because asian. It's got decent but not superb pigmentation and that could be because it's a lighter shade. 

Patchwork (Ultra Glitter)
"Ultra-glitter turquoise with duo chrome glitters"
This shade is so pretty! It's like blue and turquoise but also duo-chromed so it also looks purple in other angles. This one is packed with turquoise, purple and silver glitter. It is super sparkly, very very pigmented and also very creamy. 

Thirsty Girl (Metallic)
"Metallic bronze with multi-dimensional glitter"
Definitely not as glittery as Patchwork but still dazzled with tons of silver sparkles. It's a goldy bronze. A little went a long way with this one too. 

Desert (Satin)
"Satin warm bronze"
This one is exceptionally creamy and moist. I was quite taken aback. Since this is a satin finish, there is a sheen to it. It picked up and applied really well. There are some pink tones to this one so it looks like a warm light brown. This looks great as an eyelid base or crease color so I like to go over my lid with this before working any color on top.

Babykins (Ultra-Metallic)
"Metallic burgundy with pink glitter"
ColourPop calls it burgundy but I like to just call it plum. It's drizzled with tons of pink and silver glitter so it's shiny like Thirsty Girl. It's an ultra metallic but I don't think there are more sparkles in this than Thirsty Girl. Again, this is very very pigmented so you definitely do not need a lot to get this on. 

Fairfax (Matte)
"Matte black brown"

This is a deep cool toned chocolate brown. At first glance, it reminded me of Mittens but Mittens has more reds in it while this is a true dark chocolate brown. It is very creamy as well and the payoff is intense so I only needed a bit to swatch it. You can definitely use this shade to darken the crease or build it up to smoke out the outer corners. 

Definitely digging all the shades in this kit. Once these shadows set, they are definitely quite budgeproof and the base color does not transfer. I can't say that about the glitter portion about the shadows because a bit of loose glitter is bound to happen unless you use a glitter glue primer. They left a good stain on my arm even after I had washed it with soap and water. 

Kiss And Tell
(Ultra Glossy Lip)
There are 5 Ultra Glossy Lips in this set and they are all in metallic finishes. They are generally pretty sheer with the exception of Furry. You can wear them on their own or top it on top of a lip color for extra shine and dimension.

Tight Fit
"Light peachy pink in a metallic finish"
Since it's pretty sheer and light, it does go on with a tint of pink with pink and silver glitters.

"Light gold topped with silver glitter in a metallic finish"
There's a slight yellow tone to this one but it generally still looks pinky. 

"Rich burgundy in a metallic finish"
I love this one because it goes very well with my skintone. It is the most pigmented of the lot and contains red-pink glitter. Reminds me of dark cherries. 

"Mid tone gold with multi dimensional glitter in a metallic finish"
This is a true gold bronze with warm undertones and kinda reminds me of Maneater but this is definitely more yellow. 

"Cool-toned silver taupe in a metallic finish"
I'm not a fan of greyish shades because they look sickly so I think I will be using this as a lip topper. It definitely has a taupe base so that does give it some color. 

To And From
(Lippie Stix)
Again, there are 6 different shades in this set. They are in the Matte and Matte X finishes so if you are a fan of matte lips then this kit is for you. It's got a good range of nude pinks to purples and reds. Plus, their matte lippie stix go on very creamy and smooth (contrary to what they look like). They do not dry down to a transfer proof lip unlike the Ultra Matte Lips so there will be some transfer and wear over time, but they are small and portable enough to bring with you everywhere to touch up. 

Parker (Matte)
"Mid-tone warm nude"
I must admit that I did not have high hopes for this one because of the word "nude" but it wore as a nice nude peach on me. It looks good against my skintone so I'm happy. This one applied creamy and smooth. 

Cami (Matte X)
"Mid-tone mauve"
This is one of the shades that I already own in my collection so this is not new to me. It appears as a darker rose pink, almost berry pink, on my lips than a mauve. It's in their new Matte X formula which is supposed to be matter than matte but it applies very creamy and smooth too. Still transfers but slightly less.

Baewatch (Matte)
"Dusty rose"
I thought this looked more like a dark rose pink with purple tones. It's a beautiful color and the formula is very moisturizing too. 

Pack Pack (Matte X)
"Deepened dirty plum"
A deep purple with some red tones. This one applied patchy though. It was a tad dry and the application wasn't as smooth as the previous three. I couldn't seem to layer up the patchy areas.

Weekender (Matte X)
"Warm true red"
Oooh lala. Who doesn't like a classic red lip? This one has slight orange tones to it. Ever so slight. This applied nicely!

Tutu (Matte)
"Blackened red violet"
Love the color but hate the formula. This is another one of those perfect vampy shades. It's a dark maroon but the formula was so sticky and patchy! It didn't dry down as the other matte shades did and there was a sheen. It felt so tacky and heavy just sitting on my lips. Ugh!

That's a wrap for the record kits. Now on to the single products.
There are four festive eyeshadow shades to choose from but I only have three of them over here. From left to right: Just For Fun, Tinsel and Koosh. I'm missing Sleigh but I think I will be purchasing that soon. The packaging of these are in the same retro theme. The blue roses are metallic foil so they are reflective. I found that these eyeshadows did not have the same moist and creamy texture that the record kit eyeshadows had. They felt drier and more like pressed powder which is quite unusual for ColourPop because their shadows are usually moist and bouncy. 

Koosh (Ultra Metallic)
"Icy silver taupe"
Ultra metallic indeed. This is the brightest and most metallic shade of the lot. It's a taupe but it kinda looks like it has some warm purple tones in it. The pigment and shine to this is intense. Love it.  

Just For Fun (Metallic)
"Soft pink with a bright gold duo chrome glitter"
I think this one looks like Tea Party but more pink. I'm not sure though because I don't own Tea Party. It is a true sheer pink with gold glitter. The color does show but it is more on the sheer side. Not quite as pigmented. 

Tinsel (Metallic)
"Grayed out icy lavender"
This one is a nice plummy pink and kinda reminds me of their Ultra Metallic Lip 3-Way. It's very sparkly too but I had expected to be more pigmented since it is a rather dark shade. 

Moving on, I got one of the two highlighters:

Strapped (Pearlized)
"Soft cool toned pink with a silver flip"
I honestly do not know how ColourPop gets away with misrepresenting the colors of their shades on their website. What I received looks vastly different from the pink that they showed on their site:
It's a dark blue pink in this stock photo but what I got was more of a soft peachy pink. Also, my highlighter arrived warped and slightly shrunk. The formula of this was intensely moist and creamy though. It applied very smoothly and because it's a pearlized finish, it gave more of a sheen than brightening effect. Since it's a pink, it doubles up as a nice blush to add color and highlight to your cheeks. 

The single lip products are packaged in the same retro print themed print with leopard prints and blue roses. The ultra mattes have red tips and the satins have pink tips while the glosses have green tips.

Nonsense (Ultra Glossy Lip)
"Lavender and pink duo chrome in a silver sheer finish"
I'm glad the base color is a sheer finish because that would just look weird on me. The glitters in here are very pretty and you can definitely tell that it gives a pinky purple sparkle.

Kink (Ultra Glossy Lip)
"Pink and violet duo chrome in a sheer finish"
Hot pink fuschia with tons of glitter. It's got more pigmentation but it appears slightly muted on the lips since it's a sheer finish. The glitters give it a very pretty sheen.

Wink (Ultra Satin Lip)
"Deep pinky plum"
This is a beautiful dusty berry pink shade and it is just perfect for the season. Transfers.

Bijou (Ultra Satin Lip)
"Cool toned rose"
I guess cool toned rose = purple? Because that is what it looks like on me. There are more purple tones than pink so it looks like a dark mauve. Transfers.

Embellish (Ultra Matte Lip)
"Deepened blackened brown" 
Brown lips are in but I'm just not feeling it. If you are into it, this is a nice cool toned dark chocolate brown. This one is rather patchy and it somehow just won't sit on my inner lip. Does not transfer.

Wild Nothing (Ultra Matte Lip)
"Dusty plum brown"
This one seems like a dusty rose with hints of brown. It's a very wearable shade and also falls under the natural spectrum so it will definitely suit a lot of skintones. Does not transfer.

Perky (Ultra Matte Lip)
"Warm toned muted rose"
This one wore as a nice and natural rose pink. Very wearable for the daily and will also suit a lot of people. Does not transfer.

ColourPop released some full sized liquid lipstick sets shortly after their holiday collection - Blues Baby, Forever or Never and For Fox Sake. The latter two sets contained shades from their permanent line which I already owned so I got the Blues Baby set which has three new shades!

All the lippies in here are in their Ultra Matte Lip formulation and the three new shades are Mink, Smitten and Play Date. I'm not sure if they are completely new shades but you can't get them as singles at the moment. As usual, the box is in the same retro blue rose theme as their holiday collection and the bottles are in the black frosted packaging. The shades in here are really dark and lean more on the vampy spectrum so if you are a fan of dark lips then this set is for you. However, I do find that most of them dry patchy which is just embarrassing because the colors are gorgeous. 

Mink (Ultra Matte Lip)
"Plum brown"
I honestly wasn't expecting this to be so dark and brown but you can definitely notice the hints of red in their to give it that plummy color. It's not patchy and streaky and applied evenly for me. Does not transfer.

Smitten (Ultra Matte Lip)
"Deep wine"
I am smitten with this color but the formulation of it is sooooo sooooo bad. It dried extremely patchy and it was just awful. That is with one coat so if you dare to layer it then go for it but I generally do not like the idea of layering a second coat because nasty things can happen when a matte liquid lipstick gets too thick (ie. crumbling and flaking). It's just embarrassing to walk around with a patchy dark lip so.. :/ Does not transfer.

Play Date (Ultra Matte Lip)
"Blackened magenta"

The term "blackened" makes it sound as if the shade is going to be extremely dark but it really isn't. it's like a very muted fuschia which is very pretty. I attribute that tiny light patch in the middle of my lip to bad application and pursing of my lips before it dried (or it could really be the formula) but it is actually much better than Smitten. Love the color and does not transfer.

Avenue and Notion have already been reviewed in my UML collection post here