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.