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10.05.2014

Hey YOU!

Well lookie who the cat dragged in?!?
What's up y'all? Miss me? I know it's been a looong minute since I've posted, but I haven't gone anywhere. Just takin' care of biz outside of the internet, ya'know... that stuff.

So I was actually contemplating about shutting this blog down for good, buttt... who am I kidding? Once the blogger bug bites you, you're always gonna be a blogger. Heck, that's how I've met so many amazing people that I can truly consider 'real-life' friends, so why should I turn my back on something so wonderful?

Anywhooooz... Plus I was contacted by the lovely Miss Hazel Basa to try out this product that so many of y'all are going gaga over. However, I do realize that some people are still a little hesitant to try it because it seems too good to be true. I mean, come on... falsies without the hassle of falsies? Fa'real? Lucky for you, you know your girl keeps it real so I'm going to give you a very detailed review.

I'm talking about the
Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique.

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What it is:
Simply put, it's fiber extensions for your lashes. The set comes with 2 tubes: a transplanting gel (essentially the glue that's going to hold the fibers to your lashes) and the fibers themselves. The tubes are packages in a very chic but very sturdy quilted case. The claim is that these can dramatically enhance the look of your lashes, similar to falsies but w/o the fuss of applying them like falsies or fear of falsies falling off mid-party.

Where can you get it:
From any Younique rep like Hazel =)
(clicking the links will open up a new window to her website)

How much:
$29

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What do I like about it:
I truly love it. Like seriously, top to bottom, I LOVE it. I was first very impressed by the packaging. The case itself is totally reusable for other things. The tubes are also packaged quite nicely and not at all like cheap plastic that'll crack if you close the cap too tight. It took a couple of tries to really get the product to look the way I wanted it to look, but once I got my method down, it was LOVE. Also, the product doesn't feel heavy at all, so that's always a plus.

What could be improved:
The gel's wand is a little big for my taste, but not something to make a big fuss over. I just wish it was the same skinny wand like the one the fibers come in.

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The top pic is with one coat of my regular mascara.
The bottom pic is after 2 coats of the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.
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I'm a little disappointed the camera didn't quite capture just how long and lush my lashes actually looked. But I'm sure you can see that there's a very big difference between the pictures. 

Overall:
 Try it! I think anyone can benefit from this product especially those of us with short stubby lashes, or very thin and sparse lashes. The end result kinda reminds me of those wispy style falsies, except with this you can control how much 'wisp' you want.

Application is very, very easy. I personally would not recommend rushing while applying this product. Trust me, you don't want those fibers flying around everywhere. Take your time and thoroughly coat your lashes, especially that last coat of the gel which will ensure all the little fibers will stay put.

Keep in mind though that the fibers are black and so is the gel so for best results, your mascara has to be black too. I have to include that because I know a few girls that either love playing with colored mascara or use brown because black is too harsh/dramatic for them naturally. Another thing to keep in mind is that I didn't test these out while wearing contacts, so I can't comment on how safe these are for regular contact lens wearers.

If you're interested in purchasing this product, or any other products by Younique, head on over to:
Hazel's Younique Website


She's a very sweet girl so don't hesitate to contact her if you have any questions about the product, or comment below if you have questions about my experience with it. 

That's all,
TOODLES!

 
[note: i was sent this product for review]

1.01.2014

Happy 2014!


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12.31.2013

Best of 2013: Memories

This past year has been a whirlwind of some awesomely good and awefully bad times. All in all, I've learned so much and I'm so grateful to have shared it with my family, friends, and followers. Here is a glimpse of some of the best ups and downs of my life during the year =)



My Friend's 80's Themed Party.
I love playing dress up! If I can't fully execute a costume for a party or any get-together, I just won't go. I don't like half-assing, so when given the chance to go all out on a crazy shindig, I went all out.
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My Trip to the Bay.
To see the full post, click here and here.
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Stop Over in South Korea.
I didn't get to stay long, but this country has definitely made a good impression on me. I'm definitely making it a mission of mine to come back and perhaps stay for a week or so. This place is absolutely amazing!
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San Diego
I've been to SD a few times, but this year was special. This year, I was able to witness a baby panda and his mother. Aaaand this year, I was able to play tourist all around Balboa Park.
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My Trip to Cebu.
If you didn't already know, early in November of this year, the deadliest typhoon on record hit the Philippines. I was caught in the middle of it. For me, the area I stayed in wasn't hit as hard. Thousands of my fellow Filipinos were not so lucky. It was definitely an eye-opening experience and I still pray for those who were affected.


These next 2 pictures were taken before the typhoon hit. From my home, this was what I woke up to every single day.
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This is the view from my drive to the city. A beautiful horizon right next to the highway.
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This was taken at Sto. Niño Church. The church was closed due to the damage from the recent earthquakes that occurred, but the candle-lighting area was still open for the public.
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Afrojack Concert at CSUN.
Such a fun night filled with good music and lots of food trucks!
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Dinner Date at Jazz Cat.
Lots of laughs and a no holds barred trip to Target with (from L-R) Vanessa from NessasaryMakeup, Lena from LadyLOnline, Jackie from JRoseOnline, and Joey from One Among the Fence.
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Last but not least, my hike during sunset.
I have been hiking many, MANY times before, but never during the afternoon. During this trip, I was able to witness a very clear, very breathtaking sunset.
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That does it for some of Best of 2013, til next time...
TOODLES!

To view the Best Of from previous years, click here.

12.30.2013

Best of 2013: Products

It's that time of the year again!
So what made my list for Best of 2013 Products? Keep reading to find out!



Express Woven Satchel, originally featured here
I, literally, have used this bag every single day since I bought it and it still looks good as new! The faux leather hasn't changed any sort of funky color and none of the threading outside or in the interior of the purse has come undone. I ADORE this purse!
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Reebok UrLead Mid.
These kicks are super lightweight and they are incredibly comfortable for all day wear. They are made for dancing but I wear them any chance I get because that's just how much I love them.
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Wet'n Wild Fergie Center Stage Perfect Pout in Bebot Love.
My absolute favorite nude lippie. Evarr. Just the right amount of pink and beige, and absolutely LOVE on the lips. It's glides on like a dream and stays on. The finish is semi-matte and at just under $4, how can you not be in love with it?
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Wet'n Wild Fergie Center Stage Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas.
This is an absolute dream! It didn't matter how frikken hot or humid the weather was, this baby did its' job right. Even after an uber sweaty day, I still had to use makeup remover to take off my eye-makeup when I used this.
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Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation in 5, originally featured here.
My new HG foundation! I was skeptical at first because it was described as semi-dewy finish. However, I read somewhere that it was like an IG filter for real life, so I knew I had to give it a go. And I'm so glad I did because I have fallen so deep in love with it!
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Etude House Oh M'Eye Line in Black, originally featured here.
I have never loved a liquid eyeliner so much until I got this. It's not labeled as waterproof but trust me, it is! It's one of the darkest, most pigmented black liquid liners and it's super user friendly. It's seriously fool-proof! My only regret is that I didn't purchase a backup.
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Zara Double Zip Booties.
I thrifted these early during the year. I haven't worn them that much, but the days that I do, I always get such great compliments on them. They go with just about anything, plus with the thick heel, they are quite comfortable.
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MAC Hayley Williams Collection in Sounds Like Noise, originally featured here.
My summer staple. Scratch that, my new staple!!!
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To view the Best Of from previous years, click here.

12.28.2013

Woody Time!

Just bought myself a lil' sumthin' sumthin'...


I'm not really big on time pieces, but I do admire them on other people. Recently however, I found myself feeling the need to own a statement watch. I'm not sure what provoked the need, but somehow it led me to this.


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The Woodman Watch by Bewell
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As big as it is, it's surprisingly very light. It's for men so it's naturally very big on my small wrists, but I like the loose, chunky look. It's made with bamboo and other recycled/repurposed materials. Eco-friendly AND fashionable... sign me up anytime!

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It came with simple and easy to follow instructions on how to take out the links if the band is too big. Thank goodness for that because I ended up taking out all 4 removable links and moving the screw on the clasp to the smallest setting.

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That's it for now folks,
Toodles!



(note: i purchased this piece with my own money)

12.26.2013

Brush Overload

Okaayyy... so this is a super late post! A few weeks ago, Groupon had this amazing deal on Beauté Basics 24 Piece Brush Set.

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I already own a brush set from this brand (see review here) and because I really liked that set, I decided to give this set a chance. In the previous set, I mentioned the brushes were definitely not pro quality. With this new set however, the quality is much more comparable to more high-end brands. The bristles on the face brushes are all very soft but not at all flimsy. And for the price of $29.99, it was definitely a steal!

 Here is a list of what comes in the kit (in no particular order):

Powder brush
Bronzer brush
Angle blush brush
Buffer fan brush
Foundation brush
Deluxe shadow brush
Concealer brush
Chisel Fluff brush
Square camo brush
Angle fluff brush
Blending fluff brush
Crease eyeshadow brush
Chisel blender brush
Brow/lash grooming brush
Mini camo brush
Deluxe fan brush
Mini smudger
Angle brow brush
Lip brush
Angle liner brush
Lash fan brush
Detail liner brush
Smudger
Mascara brush
24-slot makeup case


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So would I recommend this item? Definitely! I love the black and red combo, and the brush roll that it all comes in looks and feels durable. So even if the brushes end up not lasting as long as I hope they will, I know I can get my money's worth using the roll for my other brushes.

If you're on the market for some new makeup brushes, definitely check this set out! I don't think I would pay full retail price for it, but if you can get it discounted, go for it! I wish it came with a stipple brush though, but that's okay... maybe the next deal will have it.

That's all for now,
Toodles!


(note: i purchased this item with my own money)


12.25.2013

Merry Christmas!


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(fyi: if you didn't know, that's my lil girl Lola)