Friday, May 22, 2015

Why I've been absent. Trigger warning: Fire

I've been struggling on whether to post this or not after being asked if I've stopped blogging quite a few times, and I've decided to go ahead with it. I know I'm not one of the best bloggers... I'm definitely not one who can sit down and review and write a post every week or two weeks like clockwork. I like to sit down, write a detailed list of why I like it or why I didn't like it, take photos of before and after and most things I use are skin care items. I like to use those for at *least* a month before writing them unless I see such amazing results that I just can't hold back from shouting it to the world. Also, I'm fairly good at translating but I like to send my things off to my friend and have her double check my work. Although, her telling me google was correct in saying that 향료 was actually spices was kind of mean >_> (It means fragrance).

But, something happened a few months ago that drastically changed everything and has put a definite hold on blogging, at least a little while anyways. Links to photos are in bold. Fair warning as they might be graphic to some.

March 14, 2015 my studio apartment caught on fire and I lost almost everything I owned aside (luckily) from my clothes. I lost my four pets - I went in to try and save my baby rats and I remember it was just so dark inside and I could barely breathe. I had to run outside twice before I made it to them. They didn't make it. I lost all of my inheritance kitchenware (my grandfather had silver with our family last name initialed on the pieces. It sounds shallow, but they're the only things I had left of my dad or my grandpa.) when the smoke damage was just too much and etched into the silver. Also, other kitchen items melted on top of them, Restoring them was just too great of a cost and I had to throw them away. Also, I lost my home. My home of four years. My everything.

My cosmetics I put on a table that was near the kitchen (in a studio, everything is near something!) and they were either scorched, burnt or were so covered in soot that they were impossible to use. I had to throw everything away as I was afraid to even touch a lot of things to my face.

I had to quit my job and move to a different state as my SO and I had no other place to go. This was so drastic and sudden that I didn't even know what was going on. I still don't know what's going on. I'll still wake up from nightmares where I'm trapped inside and can't get out and they haunt me for days.

I'm not trying to make this a sob story or to remind people to replace their smoke batteries (although you should!), I just want people to understand why I've been absent and may continue to be absent for a while. Please bare with me for a bit longer and I'll try to come back full force. I still post random tidbits on Instagram some times. I'm trying~

I just need to heal :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Review: Shara Shara's Honey Bomb All In One Ampoule

Sorry this post has been a long time in the making and I apologize about that. I've been getting requested a lot at work for specialty items, so they've been scheduling me quite a bit lately and will continue to do so in the future (T___T). As you can tell, this has taken quite a toll on blogging, Instagram and (sub) Reddit. I've almost disappeared lately!

In November, Glow Recipe sent me a few things to review and this would be one of the items. It's been almost four months so I can definitely give some report back on how this fairs with my skin, how I use it and if it's worth purchasing!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Review: Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

Product Info:
Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

Where to get it:

They have over 50 shades with tons of finishes ranging from matte, shimmers to metallic and ultra metallic. I currently own 17 shades and one of their Lippie sticks. Although they do have a matte collection, I haven't heard much about it and honestly? I'm more interested in shiny, sparkly things! They're all over YouTube, blogs and vlogs all over the internet and they keep getting bigger and bigger every time I order. I've done two orders and both take quite a bit of time to process before they ship. It takes anywhere from 8 to fourteen days for it to finish "Processing" and then ships. USPS states that they put 2-day shipping but both times it's taken 6-8 days to get to me in Portland, Oregon from Santa Monica, California.

I first heard of these through KathleenLight's Youtube and then started the hunt for my own collection. I have to admit, Kathleen is a Youtuber who is just so kind hearted and wonderful! I hate to say it, but when she says a product is good and solid...I buy it >_> So when I first saw her video on the review and swatching of ColourPop I knew I needed them! You can check it out for yourself here

Now lets go to my swatches! Some of these swatches were blurry on purpose to show the different shades of glitter or to show you how MUCH glitter is in them. Also, they were kind of a pain to photograph in general! Shadows with glitter are always a bit more difficult to capture :/

Fair warning...this is going to be VERY heavy on photos!