Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's been a while!

It has literally been FOREVER. Having a tiny tot doesn't really help me much when want to write. You know how it goes: "WAAAAAAAH!" and off you go to stick some milk-dispensing device in the little one's mouth.

This post is mostly going to be a reminder of sorts to myself as to what topics I want to research and write about... when I find the time. Also, these are things I've "gotten into."

- cloth diapering
- bare minimum clothing
- barefoot walking/running
- babywearing
- attachment parenting
- squats for beginners (#buildabooty!)
- stretching for flexibility and health

Other things, other things. I've gotten into spinning! I should really blog about all the yarn I spin.

Gotta study for a test right now. And then wash some diapers. And... God knows what else. Vocalise probably.

Seeya later!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lime Crime Velvetines matte lipstick in Suedeberry, swatched and reviewed!

I've been yearning for a new lipstick for quite some time now, and since I'd been eyeing Lime Crime's Velvetines, I thought "why not?"

Velvetines is a matte finish liquid lipstick; and when they say matte, boy, do they mean matte. I ordered Suedeberry, which is listed on the site as a "warm, vibrant strawberry red". It is in NO WAY a strawberry red. It is more a salmon color, which is practically neon, a characteristic aggravated by its matte finish. I don't have a problem with the color being more a neon salmon than a strawberry red, but it looks nothing like this:
which is the swatch from the Lime Crime Facebook page.

It came in a really pretty box, which I was forced to destroy to see the application tips. I could have very well googled the tips, but I was excited to see them for myself, forgetting how sad I would be once I tore the box open and ruined some perfectly beautiful packaging.

It's also rather small, and not a lot of product for what you pay for it (although there a definitely other makeup brands that charge you more for about the same amount).

I started out by applying some lipbalm, then applying two coats, letting the first coat dry before the second application. I wasn't able to achieve full opacity until the third coat, of which I have no picture.

Looks nothing like the official swatch now, does it? It is still by all means a very pretty color, but definitely NOT strawberry red. But since I've been looking for a pretty salmon/coral lipstick for a while, this was definitely still something that made me happy. Since it wasn't a slick feeling lip product, and knowing that it was matte and dry, I didn't lick or press my lips together as much throughout the day. My lips were not dried out though, as one might expect from a matte formula.

Although touted on the website as "touch-proof", it isn't exactly that.

Pardon the bleary eyes, I'd been out and about from 11am-10pm. So much tired :(
I was tempted to touch my lips to feel the finish (I just LOVE that it's matte and not slick or sticky) and to my dismay, color came off on my fingertips. I don't think it affected the look of it on my lips though, so it wasn't that bad, just slightly alarming. It is also NOT kiss-proof, unlike what some reviews I've read say. And no, I did not snog anyone violently before making this statement, I lightly kissed my husband on the cheek to discover that I left a pink, powdery lip print. Despite this, I did not have to do any touch-ups at all for nearly 12 hours, and this was even after eating big greasy slices of pizza.

As for removal, I had tested the product on my mother prior to using it on myself. She said it was difficult to remove, even with soap and water, and was scrambling all over our apartment in search of makeup remover wipes. In my case, I used my regular facial wash, and it came right off.

Would I repurchase this product? DEFINITELY. I love the color, I love the consistency, there is nothing I hate about it in the least (aside from the false advertisement as strawberry red).


Monday, May 6, 2013

Reviews due soon!

I recently got my hands on a tube of Lime Crime's Velvetines Suedeberry, Ever Bilena's Advance Whitening BB Cream, and Etude House's Cool Fix Sun Precious Mineral BB Cream.

When I get a break from my knitting, I'll be sure to post reviews!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Just my views on this sentiment (rant)

I have plenty of atheist friends. Plenty. And I don't really care about that. I love them! Well, most of them. And I have plenty of friends who believe in deities too. I really normally don't care about religious preference. But this, this sort of thing, sentiment, mentality, call it what you want, PISSES ME OFF.

I think this is a little boxy and stupid.

Atheism is, and yes this is stolen from Wikipedia for the precision of the statement:

"... in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities."

I could be atheist and hate gay people not because of morality but out of sheer preference (not that I do, but it is an example. Putting this here because some people love to take examples literally). I could be atheist, believe in souls and not in an afterlife or heaven and hell to be exact, but rather, that the body is just a shell and consciousness is just an energy (and we can bring science into this, with the law of conservation of energy). F*ck yo' box. Atheism isn't all of the things in the picture below. The things in the picture below could be resultant of being atheist, but not always and not strictly.

Just, f*ck yo' box.




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

EzFlow Pro Shine buffing block review

I have been looking for a nail buffer, and the first one I bought (by TRIM) was such a piece of crap, the only side I liked was the smoothing side for removing ridges. I decided to google "best buffing block" and the results turned up a rave review by beauty addict about the EzFlow Pro Shine buffing block. I decided that it was worth a shot, and it's pretty cheap on eBay. I spent under $5 for the thing, including shipping. The results, however, are priceless.

I actually saved the plastic film the block comes in, since I plan on popping it into my bag, and I don't want random things wearing the block down faster than it should.

The grey side for smoothing ridges... I wouldn't even have known that it was "rough" if I hadn't applied it to my nail! It is such a fine grit, and I don't know how it would have performed if I hadn't used the TRIM block prior to it, but I loved the performance anyway. As for the white, buffing side... don't get me started! Buffing with this block is almost effortless...

Here are the results of the EzFlow (left nail) versus the TRIM block (right nail). As you can see, the left nail is crazy shiny, it's almost as if I used a top coat! The right nail, not so much.

Another pic of the difference, TRIM on the left, EzFlow on the right:

I love this buffing block so much that I might buy a couple more, for just-in-cases! Already, my mother's resistant fingers  have snagged on the smooth white buffer surface, and I'm afraid it will happen again. It's not the block's fault though, my mother was like "meh!" and not really letting me manipulate her hand -.-


Monday, November 26, 2012

Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit in Honey Beige Review

I purchased this maybe a couple months ago, but only last week had the chance to try this out and make a review!

For about a couple dollars more than the BB Magic Cream, you can get almost twice as much product with more benefits! There is 35ml in the BB Magic Cream, while you can get 60ml with the Bright Fit BB. The Bright Fit BB cream has sunscreen, anti-wrinkle and lightening properties. It also comes in 4 shades: Light Beige, Natural Beige, Honey Beige and Sand Beige.

I decided to purchase Honey Beige, since I was afraid that Sand Beige would be too dark on me.

I'd learned my mistake from the last BB that I bought, and pumped the product with the nozzle on the bottom. It only took me one try to get the product out of the container, as opposed to the last time. The BB cream has a very slight scent. It is also noticeably darker than BB Magic.

Honey Beige!

Size comparison
BB Magic for $11, Precious Mineral for $13

I used BB Magic a a highlighter on my forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin. The Precious Mineral BB was a perfect match for my skin tone. This meant I could always add a bit more on areas I wanted to conceal without looking like a blotchy ghost. The product glided on smoothly when I applied it with my fingers, and blended well. It held up pretty well over 5 hours, and only the BB Magic cream on my nose slightly wore off. It looks kinda ashy with the flash on, but in other kinds of lighting, it looked pretty natural.

sorry for the derp eyes, I wasn't sure where to look.
I give this product a 4/5, and I would definitely repurchase it! By the way, the retailer I got it from is on eBay, and This seller is based in Korea, so the prices are much cheaper than what you would normally get, plus the seller always includes free samples! You can get makeup cheaper on the eBay store, but the cosmetic-love site has a membership and allows you to accumulate points, and even become a retailer (to the best of my understanding.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Introduction to Bra Sizing and Marks and Spencer Limited Collection Pushup Plunge (T81-098448282P) Review

Hi guys! You might be wondering why I'm going to be posting pictures of me in my underwear here! Well, I wanted to inform you all about accurate bra sizing.

In this picture, you can see I'm not really packing much in the chest department. I'm not wearing a bra of any sort, by the way. You would probably guess that I'm an A-cup if you already know how to properly fit bras, but I actually measure at 24F.

Yes, duckface. It's supposed to be a ridiculous picture

With my measurements of 24 ribcage and 31 bust, I get the size 24F. Wait, what? 24F? Do they even make this size? Yes and no. The size exists, but currently only Ewa Michalak (a bra manufacturer) makes this size, and even then it's a custom size.
Bra sizes are normally made in 28 bands and onwards, in 2-inch increments. Cup sizes are determined by how many inches the cup size differs from the band size, in simpler words, cup size is relative to band size.. In my case, 31-24=7. According to the chart below, a 7 inch difference is an F cup.

Click for a larger view! courtesy of a redditor from r/abrathatfits (name will be edited when I check it!)

Sizing isn't about how big your boobs look to you or others. It's about how the bra fits on you! Different manufacturers size bras slightly differently. Even bras by the same manufacturer may vary in size depending on the model. So you might be wondering, how can I find out if a bra fits? Busty Resources can point you in the right direction with a guide on how to measure yourself to find a starting point to finding your perfect size.


Since the 24F I should be wearing is kind of expensive if I custom order it (currently the only way to get it), I ordered a couple Limited Collection Marks and Spencer bras in 28DD. 28DD is the sister size of 24F, meaning if I go up in band sizes but want to keep the cup volume, I add two to the band size and go down a letter (or double letter, as in the case of Ds, Fs, Gs etc).

Sorry about the unshaved pits, my husband is living No Shave November vicariously through my armpits
As you can see, a 28DD is nowhere near humongous. This is a push-up bra, too. I will restate this: cup size is relative to band size.

My thoughts on this bra:

The straps are waaay too wide set for me. I don't feel very comfortable with the strap placement. The band is snug, and does not ride up when hooked on the first one (Ladies, that is how you can tell if the band fits!). I don't experience any quadboobing, nor gapping (how you can tell the cup fits). It's a pretty good bra, and I can only imagine that the bra would fit much much better on someone with a 28 inch rib cage measurement.

I would buy maybe another of these bras, I feel like I look fantastic in it :3

More reviews to come!

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