Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Circle Lens Review Preview #2

EOS Adult Gray
("Newer" version -- Compare to "older" version)

Wore for 9+ hours today with barely any discomfort other than the eventual (for me, at least) SLIGHT dryness, and very slight blurring due to the dryness. Now I am definitely convinced that these are the most comfortable circle lenses I have ever tried. Color shows up very nicely (not uber vibrant but not unnoticable either) and looks natural. Photographs very well! :)

Stay tuned for full reviews on EOS Adult Brown, Gray, and Violet!
Big thank you's to Kiwiberry 1's Collection!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gorgeous Necklace from Georgie Elysee, FOTD feat. Rock & Republic All Nighter, Preview of Circle Lens Reviews

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to show you all this gorgeous necklace from the super sweet Jill Ng of Georgie Elysee (also on Etsy)! She specializes in 100% handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry -- necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and hairpins! She was SO sweet to surprise me with this unique, custom piece! Adorable white bows and swarovski crystal hearts! Most of you know I love all things kawaii/hime style and this necklace is perfect (: Thank you so much, Jill!


A little camwhoring :P

Definitely check out Jill's gorgeous handmade jewelry,
you can click the image below to visit her blog/store (:



Here's some of my favorite pieces of hers:





(my necklace was based off these earrings ^^)





Super sweet & sophisticated pieces! ♥



Also, I'm wearing Rock & Republic's All Nighter on my cheeks. It gives a fresh flush of orange-coral with gold sheen.

And this is only LIGHTLY tapping my blush brush to the blush. This is why you need to use a VERY VERY VERY light hand -- The pigmentation is so insane! Will definitely last me a lifetime!

What else am I wearing?
EYES
  • Physician's Formula Brow Pencil in Dark Brown
  • DHC Eyebrow Perfect Powder in Brown
  • ELF Shimmer Eyeliner in Boldly Bronzed and Gunmetal on lid
  • Shimmery pearl highlight shade & bronze shade above crease from Wet N Wild ColorIcon Vanity Palette
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero to tightline
  • Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner in Black to line lashline, waterline
FACE
  • EDM Pressed Powder in Light Golden
  • ELF Tone Correcting Concealer in Light Beige
  • NYX Concealer in a Jar in Beige
LIPS
  • Burt's Bees Repleneshing Lip Balm
  • NYX Round Lipstick in Orange Soda
  • MAC Cremesheen Glass in On The Scene


Also, you may have noticed by now that my eyes are different colors than they normally are XD
I just got my lenses in from Kiwiberry1's Collection! These are EOS Adult Browns. I have been wearing them for the past 5 hours and I must say these are the most comfortable lenses I have tried so far. A tad more comfortable than my Geo Angels (which used to be my favorite). So far, I have had no discomfort other than the usual dryness and very slight blurring due to the dryness. Not intolerable after 10 minutes like my Geo Twins. The color is also very nice and I like that the enlarging effect is not huge so it still looks relatively natural.
I will also be reviewing Adult Gray & Violet. Stay tuned!

[edit]These are the "newer" version of EOS Adults, which is why they look different than a lot of the images you find when google searching. The color, pattern, and limbal ring is a lot different than the "older" version.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Review + Swatches: Rock & Republic Blush in All Nighter

Hey everyone! I know, I know... reviews and swatches of these Rock & Republic blushes have been buzzing around the beauty blogosphere for quite some time now... but I just wanted to share my two cents on it ;) I made my order on 8/3/10 and it came in yesterday, 8/23/10. So it did take quite some time to get to me.

Price: I got mine from BeautyStory.com when they were holding a R&R sale, and the discount price was $20.20 (regular price from Rock & Republic is $40). I also found a promo code, so I got an extra $15 off! So I got a $40 blush for ONLY $5.20 ($11.70 including shipping)!!! SCORE!



It comes in a large outer box.



What's in it:(click to view larger)

The real deal.
This packaging just oozes LUXURY.


The back.


Open:


What they say:
  • Smooth, silky texture
  • Available in three finishes: matte, shimmer and translucent
  • Can be used to highlight or accent


The good stuff:
  • Many shades to choose from
  • Packaging is weighty and luxurious
  • Lid is magnetized, not hard to open but isn't flimsy at all
  • 9 grams of product
  • Pigmentation is FABULOUS
  • A little goes a VERY long way
  • Silky smooth texture
  • Long lasting
The low-down:
  • Very expensive
  • Packaging is a little bulky
  • Can be hard to blend
My take: Um, let's start out with the obvious: this shade is TERRIFYING in the pan! Err, well... to me, at least. It's literally a super vibrant, safety-vest ORANGE with gold shimmer. Holy crap O__o

One LIGHT finger swipe:
HOLY MOLY CRAP!


But not to fear, once blended out, it is a GORGEOUS shade of orangey-coral with a golden sheen. Super pretty and surprisingly, super wearable. I can see this being an everyday go-to shade of blush for me. It gives a nice fresh flush of color. To me, it's reminiscent of MAC's Marine Life High-Light Powder, except more orangey/less pink and a lot more pigmented in one swipe.



WARNING:
This blush MUST be used with a light hand unless you want to end up looking like a clown!


Now that swatches are out of the way, let's talk about this blush for a bit!
First off, the packaging. It's as gorgeous and luxurious as everyone says it is. Admittedly, it is quite bulky and not that purse-friendly but still... It's just nice to stare at and hold. The thing is HUGE! As large as my palm. You get 9 grams of product (compared to say, MAC Powder Blush, which is 6g).

The blush is silky smooth and is VERY easily picked up by my EcoTools blush brush. This is hands-down the most pigmented blush I own and have ever come accross. Just a light touch to the surface of the blush gets me almost TOO much color for my cheeks. I would suggest using a VERY light hand when using this shade. If you start off with too much on your brush, it'll make you look like a clown and will be harder to blend out evenly. So I very, very VERY lightly touch the surface of the blush and quickly swirl it around on my cheeks to get an even application. And because you need to use so little of this blush per application, I can see one pan lasting, well... forever, pretty much :P

On to the price. $40 is damn steep for a blush, even for a growing blush-addict like me. I would highly suggest waiting for discount beauty sites to hold R&R sales, and also find promo codes. I suppose you could say the price is justified by the packaging and the fact that the product is amazing, but still. Forty dollars is kinda ridic for just a blush.

Would I repurchase/recommend?: Yes, I would like to try more of these blushes but I will definitely wait for more sales and promo codes. There is no way I would pay full price for this, not because I have any doubts about the product... but only because I wouldn't be able to bring myself to shell out forty whole dollars (plus shipping!) for just ONE blush. However, I would reccomend this blush to anyone who's not on a beauty budget and is looking for a HIGHLY pigmented blush housed in some haute packaging!

The Rundown:

Packaging:
5/5
A sturdy, weighty compact. A little bulky, but oh so luxurious!

Product:
5/5
You get A LOT of product, and the pigmentation is out of this world! Silky smooth texture, not powdery or chalky at all.

Price:
1/5
While the quality is phenomenal, I still wouldn't want to pay a whopping $40 for this blush. Wait for sales and promo codes!

Overall:
[ click here to read about my Review & Rating System ]


NOTD: Winter Party Nails [Glitter Tips]

Hey everyone! Semi-random NOTD title today :)

I did some simple glitter-tipped nails using NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel in 105A Starry Silver Glitter and topped it off with NYC Long Wearing Nail Enamel 271 Extra Shiny Top Coat. I built up several layers of the glitter polish so that I could get an even distribution of the larger circle glitters. I also did 2-3 layers of top coat so it would be extra-extra shiny.

The glitters reminded me of... party confetti. But the colors reminded me of winter time. So there you go -- Winter Party nails! ^.^ I like doing glitter french tip-esque nails because it's so easy and you don't need a crisp, defined line like with traditional french tips. It's a fun twist on a classic :)




Friday, August 20, 2010

Review: Lovelyshoes.net Shoe & Bag Haul (pic heavy)



Hey everyone! I was contacted by Lovelyshoes.net AKA Lovely Fashion awhile ago to see if I'd like to particiapte in their affiliate program. For those of you who haven't heard of them before, they are a company which sells "Made in China" shoes and bags at wholesale prices. I was a little hesitant because I had heard quite a few less-than-thrilled reviews about inconsistencies in their quality, packing, shipping, and customer service. So I decided that I would make an order of my own so I could judge the quality and service for myself. And I am pleased to report that my experience with Lovely Fashion was a great one and I would not hesitate to order from them again :)

I ordered 2 pairs of flats, 1 pair of wedges, 1 pair of boots, and 2 bags so I could have some variety. One of the items I origianlly wanted was out of stock (even though it went through when I placed the order), but I was in contact with a customer service rep the entire time and was easily able to switch items. I was kept informed of my order status throughout the entire ordering process. The reps were all very helpful and accommodating (despite the Engrish! :P). It does take a few days for them to process your order (collecting all the items that you want from different suppliers) and can take longer if some of your items were out of stock and you choose new ones.

Shipping is both good and bad. Because shoes and bags are quite heavy and take up a lot of space, shipping ends up being expensive -- sometimes, almost as much as the total of the items you order. While it does seem a bit disappointing when you see the shipping cost, it actually is fair because the shoes and bags are only around $8-15, so, when the shipping is factored in, it's like you're paying, say $15-17 per shoe... which is great compared to how much shoes normally cost at someplace like Macy's. I've bought regular Roxy slippers from there for over $20 and the quality is just as good as from Lovelyshoes. The good part about the shipping is that I went through UPS, and my package got to me (Hawaii) from China in SIX DAYS. I thought it would take like... a month. So I was VERY pleased with how quickly it got here :)

My order came stuffed in a small, thoroughly taped up box. I had heard often that the shoes come squished out of shape, sometimes with rhinestones and such falling off, or fabric creasing. I was a little worried about that.


Each shoe was individually wrapped in plastic and neatly stacked on top of each other. The bags were also wrapped in plastic (not shown in the picture below). For me, everything came intact. Nothing missing, falling apart, creased, etc! Everything was kind of squished, but easily straightened out. The rhinestones on the pair of flats in the top right of the picture below were even wrapped up in tissue paper -- a thoughtful touch.

I got all the shoes in size 36, which is equivalent to a size 5.5 -- I usually run anywhere from size 5, 5.5, or 6, depending on the type of shoe / brand. 36 fits me pretty well. All the shoes fit perfectly except for the wedges, which were just a teeny tiny bit too big.

Another thing to note, once the box was opened, there was a really strong chemical scent. It was mostly from the bags, rather than the shoes, but they all needed to be aired out for the smell to fade.

And here's what I got!

2010 hot demanded star models of Roman style low-heeled plus size women’s sandals Z-XSD-318 (lol, what is up with the name?!)

Stock picture from the website:
What they look like in real life:


What they look like on:


Overall: 4/5 -- I like these flats a lot! I chose them because they were unique looking (to me) and are totally different from anything I currently own. The back is zippered so you can easily slip your feet in. I think they look pretty much exactly like the stock picture and are very comfortable. The only thing is that the bottom of the flats is uneven... like... not totally FLAT. So they kind of rock from side to side. But it doesn't affect my ability to walk in them at all. It just feels kind of weird if you're standing still :P

Chief cute flower diamond decoration flat heel slippers
Z-WLY-B-6 rice

Stock picture from the website:

What they look like in real life:


What they look like on:


Overall: 4/5 -- These flats also look pretty much just like the stock picture. They are super cute and also a unique style to me. The only "flaw" was that the rhinestone strips are noticeably crooked... not perfectly centered on the strap. However, all the rhinestones were intact and none fell off. Also, these flats are really rigid... the soles don't bend or flex at all, so they are a tad uncomfortable at first. I did wear them all day yesterday though, so they just take some getting used to.

Lovely bowknot decoratived boots
QZ-MY08 black

Stock picture from the website:


What they look like in real life:


What they look like on:



Overall: 4.5/5
-- I really wanted to get these boots because I thought they were just too cute! I've only had one pair of boots before these, believe it or not. Well, I mean, where and why would I need to wear boots in Hawaii anyway? :P But they're adorable and I've been wanting me some cute ankle boots for awhile now. They're made out of a cheapy suede material which will probably become really gross if they come in contact with water and looks like it can get dirty easily. But other than that, they are solid black (flash washed out the first picture) and look exactly like in the product picture. They fit perfectly and are super comfortable. The bow decoration in the back is perfect and looks just like in the stock picture too. There is a little bit of visible glue attaching the heel to the boot itself, but I only took off .5 for that because it's not visible unless you're looking at the bottom of the boots.

Wedges QZ- WLY888-1 white

Stock picture from the website:
What they look like in real life:


What they look like on:



Overall: 4/5 -- Most of you know that I pretty much never wear heels anymore because of falling down a few more times than I'd like to admit :P But I still drool over heels all the time. Other than heels, I love wedges. But still, not HIGH ones. These wedges are the perfect height for me... about 2 inches, so I don't feel like I'm going to be tripping in them. I thought they were going to be solid white, but they are this kind of silvery metallic white color. Still, from afar, they look white. They are super adorable with the bows, however, the size of one of the bows is uneven (no biggie, because they still look like the stock picture). Also, these shoes had the most imperfections, they were several marks on the back of the shoes (small marks, but still marks nonetheless). They are also a TEENY TINY bit too big. I still can walk in them though and they are very comfortable, but if I had to walk really fast, my heel would probably slip out of the shoe.



And now, on to the bags! First thing I wanted to note is that they bags are made out of what I think is faux-leather... pleather? It is very soft and doesn't hold the shape of the bag very well. Also, the bags have a slick, almost oily feeling on the surface... dunno what's up with that :S I've been airing them out for the past few days and the chemical smell and slick surface are starting to dissipate... but I think they'll take quite some time more before they stop smelling entirely.

R491 Sweet bowknot square bag

Stock picture from the website:


What it looks like in real life:


Overall: 3/5
-- I had originally wanted this bag in black, but it was out of stock so I chose brown. As you can see, the color is quite different from the stock picture. Don't get me wrong, it's still a nice taupe shade; but it's just not like in the picture. For the most part, the bag itself does look pretty much exactly like the stock picture. It's just that the material is so super soft that the bag won't hold its shape like in the stock picture (unless that bag is stuffed). Also, the print on the inside lining of the bag is blue in real life. In the stock pic on the website, it looks more dark gray to me. Still, it is a nice, roomy bag with pockets on the inside and outside. The last "flaw" I wanted to note is that the braided handles are inconsistent. One strap's braid really tight, and the other is loose; making the handles slightly different lengths -- Not terribly noticeable from afar, but still bothered me a bit.

Lovely fashion Bow diagonal belt bag
L513 M

Stock picture from the website:
What it looks like in real life:



Overall: 4/5 -- This bag pretty much looks just like the stock picture, except the bow on my bag is not as tight as in the stock picture. It's still very cute and roomy though. And pink pattern interior! Pink = always a plus. Very cute. Not much else to say about this one... I love how it looks. If only it wasn't for the strong smell and slick feeling of these bags, I would have liked them a lot more and worn them right away :(



The last few things I wanted to note before summing up my shopping experience with Lovelyshoes.net were some things I learned while keeping in contact with a customer service rep:
  • They have recently cut back on some of their suppliers due to quality problems. Maybe this explains why some people in the past had poorer quality items? I was quite satisfied with mine.
  • They are working on improving packing methods in order to pack the shoes better for the same shipping cost. International shipping is very expensive, but they are trying their best to keep the cost as low as possible while still safely packing your order.
  • There is no longer a minimum order amount. Maybe if you've visited the website in the past, you would have seen that you had to purchase a certain amount or else pay higher shipping costs for less pairs of shoes. Now, you can buy however many items you want at all wholesale prices.
I really do believe that they have been doing their best to improve the shopping experience with their customers. I honestly thought I might end up being disappointed because I had heard about other people's bad experiences in the past. But it was the exact opposite -- I was very pleased and happy with my order -- which leads me to believe that they really are following through with all the things they told me because I had MINIMAL problems with quality, fit, and the way my order was shipped.

To sum everything up:
  • Their customer service is very helpful and accommodating. They do write in "Engrish" though it is not hard to understand :P
  • They keep in constant contact with you to update you with the status of your order.
  • It takes a few days for them to process your order.
  • If there are out of stock items in your order, they will email you and you can have the option to choose another item or get a refund for the OOS item.
  • Shipping through UPS can seem pricey, but is actually fair AND fast.
  • Shoes are packed neatly, though only in plastic wrapping. Rhinestones and delicate detailing will be wrapped in tissue paper to prevent falling off.
  • Great wholesale prices. Very affordable yet the quality is still good.
  • Shoes/bags have a strong chemical smell that fades.
  • "Leather" bags can have a slick, oily feeling and stronger smell than shoes.
  • Shoe and bag quality is generally very good, inconsistencies were minimal.
  • Sizing equivalent is accurate and actual shoes do look nearly identical to the stock picture.
  • Most shoes were comfortable or easy to get used to.
  • Nothing was missing or ripped or falling apart or dirty, etc.

The Rundown:

Packaging:
4/5
Bare minimum, but sturdy and safe enough, keeps the price of shipping as low as possible.

Product:
4/5
Despite the strong smell and weird feeling of the bags, the items I ordered were all nearly identical to the stock photos and had minimal flaws. Shoes were comfortable and/or easy to get used to.

Price:
5/5
Wholesale prices -- very affordable. Shipping seems high but in reality, it's like you're paying $15-17 per shoe which is fair.

Overall:
I would not hesitate to order from them in the future :)
[
click here to read about my Review & Rating System ]

I hope this post will be helpful if you've been interested in ordering from Lovelyshoes.net but was unsure if it would be worth it or not. I think the best idea is to try to pick styles of shoes that are unique to you or you think you wouldn't be able to get in the USA. I think to get your money's worth, it's best to buy different types of shoes (flats, heels, wedges, boots, etc.) and bags so you can see the differences in quality and which kinds you like best. While the product pictures are probably taken from Japanese/Korean fashion websites, the actual shoes themselves are pretty darn identical to the stock photos and the quality is rather good. However, the color, especially, can be quite different so don't expect EVERYTHING to be perfect -- Remember to take the wholesale pricing into consideration.

Here are some other reviews of Lovelyshoes.net which I found particularly helpful before I made my order :)