Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ulta Haul

Whooo! I'm back in New York with a friend and it feels awesome! I feel like I've spent my entire summer here actually! In just less than 1 week, (ekkk!!) I'll be moving into college and gosh am I nervous, but excited. This summer has flown by and soon I'll be a freshman once again. 
While I was at home, I was frantically running around and picking up all the necessities of college! Everything that I got is laying in my home and the first floor of my home literally looks like an explosion of college supplies. Whoops... I'll be going back home the night before move in day so I think that will be pretty interesting. haha. I'll be tired, but the excitement of getting my new room, finally meeting my roommate in person and welcome events will keep me awake! 

Ulta Haul

For my post today, I am doing a haul from Ulta. I actually got these products a while ago, but I've been too busy to actually show them! I'm pretty pleased with the items I got here and I use most of them quite often! I sometimes visit ulta's website online, but I rarely go into their store for some reason. I'm glad I did though since I got to pick up a variety of new beauty products to try for myself!

anastasia eyebrow powder review

anastasia eyebrow powder medium brown

The first product that I got is the Anastasia Eyebrow Powder in the color granite. This eyebrow powder comes in a very cute and sleek package with a beautiful rose gold A on the cover. Inside the eye powder compact is a mirror which makes me love the product even more! This brand of eyebrow color has quickly become my favorite due to how perfect the color is for me. I find that this powder looks very natural and flattering on me and can resist fading throughout the day! (huge plus especially in the summer!) I like how the powder gives me the ability to mix two shades to get the perfect match! The dark color is a medium/dark brown while the lighter color is a light taupe color. Usually I'll put the darker on the inside of my brows and fade it out lighter using the lighter shade. 

lorac duo 3d lustre liner review

The next product that I picked up comes from Lorac. It is the Lorac Duo 3d Lustre Liner in Diamond/Black Ink. These liners are truly gorgeous and stunning combo of colors. One side of the liner pen is a similar to a black liquid liner injected with glitter while the other side is an intense shimmering white packed with chunks of sparkle. The liner comes with a small thin brush making it easier for application. For me, I simply use the black liner first and after it dries, I place the white right above it for a stunning 3d effect! Despite the beautiful finish, I do have to say that to achieve a beautiful look, it might take some patience and practice. The liner takes 2-3 minutes to completely set and if you aren't careful (like me the first few times..), you may end up with a messy eye! 

stila stay all day eyeliner bright teal review

Stila is one of my favorite brands for lip products so I was pretty pumped to get to try one of their new liquid eyeliners! I have to say that this line from Stila has some very lovely colors. I was stuck between a few colors, but this teal color was just calling my name. A pop of teal on the eye just screams summer to me and there was no way I could resist it! In the summer, I tend to go very light/no makeup at all. I'll probably just do my eyebrows and eyeliner at most! One thing I do have to warn you about with these liners are the tip. They are much stiffer and harder than expected. You need to press down pretty hard to get enough pigment out of them.

nivea caramel lip butter review

The next item is a classic. It is the Nivea Caramel Lip Butter. This chapstick was more for my sister since she has always wanted it. She tried her friend's Nivea lip butter in caramel and fell in love that she wanted a tin of her own! I'm not the biggest fan of caramel, but she loves it. The lip butter has a very pleasant, but not overwhelming scent in the tin. The scent reminded me of caramel popcorn in a way lol. When applied to the lips, it's not as noticeable. The color of this lip butter is basically clear. On the lips, the balm goes on smoothly without feeling too greasy and the staying power of them is pretty nice!! A word of caution though about these is that they tend to melt very quickly so keep this out of the sun!

the body shop lip butter pink grapefruit review

The Body Shop Lip Butter Pink Grapefruit is the next item that I got. I love the body shop and have always been curious about their lip butters. This little balm comes in an adorable, tiny pink tube which is cute, but hard to use. When I have to apply the balm, I have to dig my fingers in which can be a bit gross. The actual formula of this lip balm is very thick, similar to butter. It is hard, but melts easily with heat when applies to your lips. The scent of this lip butter is just amazing. It smells fruity (like a grapefruit), sweet, and delicious enough to eat! For me, this lip butter last 2-3 hours!

pacifica hawaiian ruby guava roll on review

The last item in my haul is Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava scent! I opted to get the roll on of this scent instead of a spray since rolls on's are much simpler to carry and they don't give off an overwhelming scent! The specific scent here is very tropical and instantly reminds me of summer when rolled on. It is a very sweet smell, but not too sweet, but rather a fresh beachy scent in my opinion. I usually apply this scent to my wrist and neck and the smell last the whole day! I can still smell it before I shower at night hehe! =)

Today is Saturday and in 6 days, I will be moving in!! I honestly cannot believe it, but I am so excited!! I've been chatting with my roommate over text and we seem to click pretty well!!! =) I can't wait to meet her in person!!

Have you tried any of the products above?
Do you remember your first days of college?
Have you ever had a roommate? This will be my first time truly sharing a room with someone for so long so I'm kinda nervous! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To The Brooklyn Bridge!

This week has been quite frantic for me! That explains missing my post yesterday.. I actually think I may have to go off my Sunday + Wednesday schedule for the next month or so as I'm travelling and moving up to college! I might just end up posting once a week or so when I have time! I will continue my blog no matter what though!
These past few days, I have been running everywhere picking up stuff for my dorm room haha! I've gone online and hunted down a few "what to pack for college" list and used them as the basis for my list. As of today, I've gotten the majority of my items. I've decided to try and just bring the "basics" first and then build up my dorm room from there! I'll be doing a college haul/packing post later so I'll talk more about those items later! =)

Brookyln Bridge at Night

manhattan skyline at Night

My post today will be part of my vacation recap (part 1 here)! I have been looking through my photos and I can't believe how fast the time went!! I'll be back very soon, but time feels so weird to me right now. I think it's because I know there are big changes up ahead so things just feel odd.. haha.
One place that we visited while I was in NY was the Brooklyn Bridge! We actually went there twice so the pictures that you will be seeing here come from both visits. The first time we went to the bridge, we were just under it walking around the park. It's actually a huge park and super relaxing. The second time that we went, we took the subway to get to the bridge. Once there, we went to walk across the bridge!! Being on the bridge gives you an amazing view of the city!

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Climbing down rocks near the park!
Brooklyn Bridge East River

Brooklyn Bridge East River

The view at both the morning and night are amazing!! I could see all the buildings and I have to say that there are a lot of people there! The streets in NY at night are busier than the streets here during the daytime! While I was out and about, I depend on my cell phone's camera lot! That's actually where the majority of my photos for this post come from.. my cell phone!!

Brooklyn Bridge Walking


Brooklyn Bridge at night

On the night that we walked the bridge, we also got to see the streets under the bridge. I didn't know this before, but I had been to a lot of places before. I just didn't put the locations together to realize that all these places were connected!! For example, I've been to the marry go round before, but I never noticed that the ride was right under the bridge until that night! It's so cool how everything is connected!! I definitely enjoyed being able to see everything in person. It's so much cooler!! Everything is just so alive in the city even at night time! 

Brooklyn Bridge Pizza



Brooklyn Bridge Factory Ice Cream

After our walk around the park the first time and on the bridge the second time, we got ourselves some dinner! Both times, we visited a nearby pizza shop known for it's pizzas! (though I don't know the shop's name at the moment!..) The pizza was ohh so good!! The crust was on the thinner side which I liked since that gave more flavor to the toppings! The second time that we visited, we picked up 4 huge pizzas to split among 8 people, two of which were little kids lol! That night, I think I had 5+ huge slices of pizza... ! It was very tasty though!!
The first time that we went, we ordered just enough pizza for us to be satisfied but not overally full which left room for ice cream!! We got out ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The ice cream that I chose to have was the butter pecan and gosh was the ice cream delicious. It was pretty surreal eating ice cream and pizza under the bridge at night hehe!

Have you ever been to the Brooklyn Bridge?
What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Any tips for what to pack or what not to pack? I have a feeling I am probably over packing some things and forgetting others lol. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Living in the Present + Eshakti Review

"Cherish every moment, even if you lose it in the end, don't let it become a regret."
    Since coming home, I've been quite busy everyday shopping, building a new hamster home, hanging with friends for the last time, etc. I'm trying to make the most of my week back before I am off. I know that once I leave for NY, I won't be back home til the day before my move in day. This week is basically my last week living the "life I knew." Despite being so busy, I have been doing a lot of thinking about things. I'm just the type of person who thinks way too much for her own good. I've just been thinking back on my life, where I am now, what I have to do, and the future. It's hard not too. I feel like big changes are ahead.

Recently I've talking to a friend about this who quickly came to tell me that I am over thinking and I should try to live in the moment instead. That I need to make the most of each experience I have and not worry about what the future will bring. I am excited, but super scared by the changes that will come. I feel like I could gain so much, but the thought of losing what I have now is painful. That is when I came across the quote from above. It actually comes from an asian drama called "The Way We Were." The drama is similar to another one on my too watch list called "In A Good Way." Both these dramas I feel depict what I am feeling and I'm quite interested to give them a watch! I'll talk more about these shows at the bottom.

eshakti dress review

eshakti Nautical anchor embellished dress

When I got home last Thursday, I was surprised by a few packages that had come for me while I was away. One of those packages was from Eshakti. Right before I left, I noticed I had an email from Eshakti asking me if I wanted to cooperate with them. I took a look around and fell in love with a lot of the dresses that they sold. (I am a huge dress person!) I said yes and as I picked out my dress, I noticed that on the site, they had given us an option to personally customize the dress that we chose! Shipping for the dress was about 2 and a half weeks which was great especially for it being customized!

eshakti Nautical anchor embellished dress

Nautical anchor embellished dress

For our dresses, you could start out by picking a standard size ranging from 0-36w or you could go ahead and type in eight of your own measurements. After that, you were asked to give your height. I actually really like the idea of asking for height since I've noticed that a lot of clothing seem to be made for taller people. Being on the shorter side makes it hard for me to ensure that the clothing will fit me correctly since I'm proportioned differently. If that isn't enough customizing for you, Eshakti also gives you the option to choose your dress length, from mini to calf length, as well as the length of your sleeve! If your dress had embellishments or pockets, you were even given the option to remove them if you pleased! How crazy is that?!

eshakti dress review

eshakti dress review

Nautical anchor embellished dress
The dress that I chose to be sent to me was the Nautical Anchor Embellished Dress. When I first opened the package for the dress, I quickly loved it. It looked exactly like it did online from the color to the design! The material that it was made of was also comfortable and of good quality! My favorite thing about this dress had to be the color and design. The combination of red and gold is one I find quite flattering on me and the anchor embroidery and adorable anchor belt stole my heart!
For this dress, I opted to go along with the sizes rather than measure myself. I originally wanted the dress to be completely customized, but then I realize that I am terrible at measuring myself and that I might mess it up. I felt that for me, it was safer to get a pre-made size rather than make it myself lol. Plus, my body tends to fluctuate a bit, so I know that this dress will always fit me .. hopefully. =) I did however choose to put in my height so the dress would be the proper length! The dress I knew was on the longer side and though I had the option to make it shorter, I chose to keep it a bit longer since I rarely have longer dresses. This dress also looked too classy to be made into a mini!

Predictions black flats

White Infinty Bracelet

Along with this dress, I chose to wear a pair of simple black flats and an infinity bracelet. You may be able to tell from my pictures, but when I was taking pictures today, the weather wasn't quite cooperating. I had gotten all my gear outside and then it started drizzling! I was determined to get my photos done though so I opted to grab an umbrella to put on top of my camera as I snapped pictures! =)

Dress- Eshakti
Bracelet- Kohls
Flats- Forever 21

Back to the two shows that I mentioned in the beginning of my post. I definitely want to try and find time to watch both of them!
The Way We Were talks about 5 friends who met in college and we follow them and as their relationships change over the course of 16 years from 1998-2014. I've seen a few trailers for this drama and I have to say that this drama seems very realistic (especially when compared to other dramas) and I could see myself in one of the characters positions right now. The quote from above comes from this drama!
In a Good Way is about a women who is know grown up, but chooses to return back to the place that changed her life. The summary of this drama quotes that "Most people can pinpoint a time in their lives that sets their future trajectory which may be very different from what they had envisioned." I can also say that this has happened to me already and I see myself changing in a different way than I imagined!

I need to find time to watch both these dramas!! =)

Have you heard of Eshakti before?
Are you a fan of this dress?
What is your opinion on my quote and the two dramas I am dying to watch? =)
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