Tuesday, May 24, 2011

sally's beauty - deal

Buy any 2 Ardell lashes, get 1 bottle of China Glaze free.

I've only tried the Ardell Wispies, and wanted to try the Demi Wispies, so I thought this was a good deal. The demis look quite nice ~ http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1024&bih=649&gbv=2&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=ardell+demi+wispies&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

Went in knowing I wanted "Peachy Keen" (http://bit.ly/iDKXLM) , but they didn't have it :( So I picked "Japanese Koi" for my free polish. I was initially attracted by the name, but this is really such a cool neon polish! It reallllly pops ~

ELF coral on the left, China Glaze "Japanese Koi" on the right. Makes the coral look dull in comparison! The color just screams summer and sandy white beaches.

China Glaze "Flip Flop Fantasy" (another neon) also looks really nice ~ http://bit.ly/mMnZDF
It's much more neon looking in person.

Monday, May 23, 2011

tucking in and colors.

I remember in h.s. my dad always told me to tuck my shirts in and to wear a belt. I thought that was so lame, and so "old people". And look at me now.. Sign of aging I guess. Next thing you know I'll be carrying around a handkerchief.

Color blocking with ultraneon colors is a lil much for me, but I can handle it w/neutrals.

Am totally inspired these days by "J's Everyday Fashion" for work outfit ideas~ http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/ Aren't her outfits great?

Got all dolled up one night (rare) and this is the only pic snapped.. I finally tried Ardell Wispies, and they're awesome! Super wispy as the name implies, and they create an incredible profile. Just sucks that American lashes are so much more fragile and can't be reused as many times.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


If you can donate, $1, $0.50, $0.25, whatever, please do. It's really easy if you have paypal - just sign in, enter amount, and BAM it's done. 100yen=$1.25USD as of today. I know people are constantly asking for your money. I know. But, they truly need the help. Truly. They are doing serious work. If you don't have the means to donate, please try to spread the word to your friends who are animal lovers or pet guardians. I'm just trying to spread the word. Don't take this as anything else. http://arkbark.net

From an email from ARK (to clarify, they didn't email me to solicit $. They emailed me as an update b/c I've been donating to them, and they understand that when people give them $ they want to see how it's spent and where it's going, what they're doing.. making sure they're not using the $ to go to Disneyland..) :

Update 20th April 2011

Four more dogs in yesterday.

HARLEQUIN female Setter
TRUE BLUE male Beagle
FAIRWAY female Beagle
VANILLA old male Beagle given up by owner

Boys also returned for a break, they have been on the go without a day off for over a week now.
They brought back photos, some very distressing; small dog left in cage which the owner had asked them to pick up, already dead of starvation; others dead on chains, their bodies just skin stretched over bones showing they died of starvation, cats and dogs dead in the road, some hit by rescue vehicles. There are estimated to be 2000 evacuation centres in Fukushima prefecture, some huge gymnasiums, others smaller, like temples or private facilities. Now that the school year has started, evacuees have to move out of schools to other evacuation places. Most pets are not allowed in any of these so people keep them tied to cars or in cars. This will be dangerous as the weather gets warmer.

When talking to evacuees about why they haven't been back to rescue their pets they answer as follows:

*many people have no transport; they were bused to the evacuation centres by the authorities. Even if they have a car, they have no petrol. There is no public transport.

* When they were evacuated, they thought it would only be for a couple of days so they left their pets with enough food and water for that time.

* they are constantly told of the dangers of radiation and prevented from going back home. This is of course a real fear because nobody knows how much radiation is in the air or on the ground.

After the boys rescued animals, they and the animals had to be checked for radiation. To make sure that animals were free of radiation, the boys shampooed and washed any that were especially dirty before sending them to Osaka.

In yesterday's update I said that the period of danger from radiation which prevents people from being able to return home, even though their homes are not damaged, would be 6 - 9 months, this is unlikely. People are now predicting one year or two before it is safe to go back and many places will become uninhabitable for ever.

Total of rescued animals to date: 71 dogs, 15 cats, one bird.

Elizabeth Oliver ARK
Animal Refuge Kansai - ARK
Web Site: http://arkbark.net

How to donate: We have two ways to donate, the first being Paypal, if you follow the link
from the English http://arkbark.net site it will take you to Paypal in English. Another
option would be International Postal Money Order sent to:

595 Noma Ohara, Nose-cho
Toyono-gun, Osaka-fu 563-0131

Animals are so special, so precious. They are our children too, and they need our love and protection.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

makeup tip-lipstick as blush

my first wordy post in a long while...

credit for this makeup tip goes to the MUA Wayne Goss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEtHO3i6SLA

I watched this vid today and was soo excited! You see, I have a bag full of unused lipsticks, mostly frosty pinks, which look horrid on the lips. But after watching this vid I realized they wouldn't go to waste b/c they can double as blushes!

Example: NYX Baby Pink

ghastly on lips~
(poor picture quality, sorry. it's similar to Harmonica, good swatch here
http://kechi-kechi.blogspot.com/2010/05/nyx-lipstick-swatcheswmv.html ff to 0:41)

on the cheeks~

A major issue with blushes for me is that they tend to pull red. Even the R&R lilac looking blush is red on me. The only powder form I've found so far that works is La Femme eyeshadow in Rose Petal (effing amazing. La Femme color range is amazing). Blush colors are pretty limited, but lipsticks come in like 50 bajillion colors. I can't wait to hit up my local NYX shop to look for lilac-pink, super cool toned pink and even blue toned pinks to try on my cheeks :)

Pros of lipstick as blush:
*inexpensive (NYX circle l/s are $1.50)
*more colors available
*easy to toss in purse
*wax in the l/s allows it to blend beautifully on foundation
*won't emphasize wrinkles

*can melt in purse on a hot day

Some words on this MUA~
If you scour YT for makeup reviews, tips and tricks the way I do, then I'm sure you're tired of 99% of the MUAs doing sponsored reviews and not really sharing anything useful. I stumbled upon Wayne Goss when I was researching Graftobian (fucking amazing, esp considering the price), and from there I couldn't help but watch all of his videos. He's articulate and to the point. Absolutely NO sponsored videos, just his honest opinion and products he likes and doesn't like.

Speaking of Graftobian, if you live in SoCal and like makeup, go to Frends in Studio City. You will shit your pants at the glorious selection of makeup. They carry Ben Nye, Graftobian, La Femme, Kryolan, RCMA.. these are brands that REAL makeup artists use (I'm talking on the set of Real Housewives, Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl.. industry folks who KNOW their shit and make a living doing makeup). My sister and I picked up Graftobian glamour HD foundation and La Femme blushes. Out of this world. Seriously. And all those brands are cruelty free.

p.p.s. still not styling my tresses hence the lion look. People are so right I feel a big difference.. hair is much softer and healthier after 1 week of not applying heat. Downside is going to work looking a lil crazy and unkempt. Can't win 'em all.

Monday, April 18, 2011

city of angels

la ♥

The Standard phone

fruit cart on Robertson. mango, jicama, coconut, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber. add juice of 1 lime and pico de gallo (the powder not the salsa)

there's no better place than la to make you realize what your own city is lacking, or what you have to be thankful for..

case in pt ~ horrendous smog:

See the green mountains there? Look realllly hard

Thursday, April 14, 2011

don't do what i did

when on a self-imposed shopping ban, do NOT try on clothes. you will inevitable fall in love with something and hate yourself.

called the "lace" dress but it's not lace.

i fell in love with the long length and high neck.

cute ruffle hem!

i like this with flats and not heels.

Monday, April 11, 2011

goorin hat shop in north beach

after having a yummy cappuccino (i like it dry double nonfat) at cafe roma in little italy and listening to the sounds of stevie wonder my cherie amour (la la LAA la la la) and the beatles strawberry fields, we wandered up and down Columbus Ave,

to come upon this darling hat shop called Goorin! I think I'm in love with these 2 hats but I felt like such a character...

all kinds of hat from felt w/feathers to fedoras to the panama hat (which is a misnomer). I was surprised by all the locations, didn't realize hat shops like this are so popular! Melrose in LA, Yaletown in Vancouver, Newbury in Boston..

Sunday, April 10, 2011

silly little girls

sometimes I think we're 16.
you had to have been there to know what I mean.

scrumptious red velvet

Saturday, April 9, 2011

discovering my city

If you come to SF, you must stop by the George Lucas digital art center in the Presidio (old military base)! The grounds are gorgeous. And there's a Yoda fountain! There's a breathtaking view of the Palace of Fine Arts. Seriously, the grounds are beautifully manicured and it's just so aesthetically pleasing. If you're not into the cheesy touristy areas and want to find a hidden gem go here.

Friday, April 8, 2011

still loving instagram

the friday staple

Did any of you watch Anne of Green Gables when you were little? Remember when Anne beat Gil in the spelling bee with chrysanthemum? :)