Thursday, June 26, 2014

OOTD: Studded kid

Hi dolls! I hope you are all having a fabulous day! Today I have a new outfit for you. I know it's been almost a year since I last posted any outfit related posts, but today I was very inspired and shot a couple of looks. So here it is!
Top: Zara
Skirt: American Apparel
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
Sunglasses: Material Girl
Lips: Revlon lip butter in raspberry pie
Bracelets: Ali Express

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beauty review: SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Shine Lip Gloss

Hi dolls! I hope you are all having a fabulous day. Today, I would like to share with you all a lip gloss that I am absolutely obsessed with. Usually, I am not a lip gloss kind of girl. My lip gloss collection is maybe 1/5 of my lipstick collection, just to give you an idea. However, this lip gloss completely blew my mind and it was definitely love at first sight. Without further ado, let me introduce you to this fabulous lip gloss: SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Shiny pin-up pink.

First of all, I got this product as a 100 point perk at Sephora. Like I said, I am not really into lip glosses and to be quite honest with you, majority of my lip glosses are gifts from friends. My collection was missing a bright pink one and I thought since it’s free, why not give it a try. Surprisingly, it’s absolutely brilliant! I’ve never tried anything by the Sephora brand, so I wasn’t sure what I should be expecting. It comes with quite a unique hourglass shape applicator, which makes it really easy to apply to the lips. 

Like the name suggested, this lip gloss gives a beautiful shine. Even though this particular shade doesn’t contain any shimmer or glitter, it’s so glossy and shiny that it adds a perfect amount of poutiness to your lips. 

natural lighting
under bathroom light 
I wasn’t wearing anything underneath the gloss, and this is only one layer. I think the picture speaks for itself. It’s too good to be true! It doesn’t really have any scents, which is great because I have very sensitive lips and I never know what could irritate them. It’s not sticky at all yet it stayed on really well without bleeding or smearing. All in all, this is just a fantastic lip gloss and I would definitely purchase it once I run out of this small sample size. So what do you think? Let me know some of your favorite lip glosses. Until next time,

Stay Chic

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How to get blonde hair from black

Hi beautiful! As promised, today I will be telling you how I achieved my blonde hair at home.

 I understand this is a very controversial topic, and I am only sharing with you all what I did to get what I wanted. So don’t say I never warned you because I am telling you that everyone’s hair is different, what works on me might not work on you. And of course, I am not a certified hairstylist by any means; therefore, what I did is probably incorrect. Oh well, it worked so that’s all good.
Before you bleach your hair at home, and yes, I said bleach, unless your hair is already close to blonde, those box dye is not going to get you anywhere, make sure that you really think it over. You have to know that your hair is going to be damaged, no matter what you do. So maybe have a wig on hand, or a box dye of your natural hair color, having a backup plan is always a good idea. Now, what you will need to get blonde hair are the followings (I got all of the products at Sally’s beauty supply store):
-Powder bleach, I used the L’oreal quick blue one. If your hair is naturally quite dark, you will have to bleach it more than once, therefore, I totally recommend getting the big bucket one instead of packets. I learned this the hard way. It’s much cheaper to get the bucket. (HERE to purchase)
-peroxide developer, I used volume 30. After doing some thorough research, this is the level most people recommend, so I went for it. (HERE to purchase)
- purple toner, I used the shimmer lights shampoo, however, I don’t think it works that well. But still, have one just in case is always a good idea. (HERE to purchase)
- purple semi-permanent hair dye. I know this sounds crazy, but initially I wanted to have blonde hair so that I can have pastel lavender hair. However, since I haven’t yet achieved platinum blonde, pastel purple doesn’t really show up that much. I used only a little bit of the purple hair dye mixed with tons of conditioner. During the first couple of days, your hair will have a purple tint. However, after the first wash, it completely neutralized any brassy or orange tone in my hair. So it’s all good. (I used both THIS in purple and THIS in ultra violet)
-of course, you will need your typical tools: some mixing bowls, brushes, measuring cups, clips to section your hair, aluminum foil (the kitchen one works just fine), shower cap to lock in the heat, old t-shirt and something to cover the area that you will be working
Now that you have everything that you need, it’s always a good idea to have someone to do it for you. My mom was nice enough to do it for me, however, if you can’t find anyone, definitely have two mirrors on hand so you won’t be missing spots on the back of your head. I totally bleached my hair twice, three times if you count the quick touchup I did for some spots that I missed. I just followed the instructions on the bleach and went ahead for it. 

Right after first time, still wet

gross orange hair

purple hair dye with lots of conditioner

light brown hair

right after second bleach, ughh yellow hair

purple hair dye with lots of conditoner

for some reason, the sunlight makes my hair extremely purple, it's way more silver in real life
exactly the shade I like

The first time around, I had this medium brown color that is quite pleasant. I am even considering dying this color once I go back to school. The second time I was able to get to this lighter yellow color. Like I said, when I first used purple hair dye, I have purple through my hair, but after the first wash, it was all blonde and no purple. I know my hair is not an even color, either it be that my natural color wasn’t even to begins with or my mom didn’t apply the bleach evenly (probably a combination of both), I think having some darker strands and lighter strands makes it look more natural.

my current purple hair :P

If you are wondering, I actually dyed my hair purple recently. I was so frustrated that I wasn’t able to get the Nicole Richie locks, I went ahead and dyed my entire head purple. And to be honest, I quite like it. I haven’t washed it so far, (other than right after I dyed it), and I’m excited to see how this will look after a couple of washes.
So yeah, that’s about it! Make sure you watch some youtube videos so that you may get a hang of how to apply the bleach, but really, it’s quite straightforward. Do keep an open mind though, you might not end up with what you initially wanted, but in my case, I liked how it turned out. As for maintenance, surprisingly, my hair is still really soft and silky. I’m just using the cheap L’oreal conditioner from the drug store, nothing fancy. I do treat my hair in coconut oil once a week, so that probably helps. Try not to wash your hair that often, I’ve always been washing my hair only twice a week, so it’s fine. But of course, if you can afford it, try to invest in some good hair masks. I’m sure that helps as well. That’s about all the information that I can tell you for today, if you have any questions, definitely leave them down below, I will be happy to answer them. Until next time,
Stay Chic

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Is Nasty Gal Really Worth the Hype?

Have you ever shopped at Nasty Gal? If not, I'm sure you've been tempted by their trendy pieces. Well, I was not able to resist the amazing sales they have. From time to time, they have  50% off their already reduced products! So today, I would like to go over what I think about this website so far.
Back in the days, they had free Canadian shipping over $50. Those were the best day. However, they changed it to over $150 now. To some of you, it might be easy to buy over that amount, however, since I'm still a student with limited budget, I don't splurge on clothing that often. With that being said, let's first discuss about their clothings. One word sums it all: disappointing. I hate to be negative and whiny, but to be quite frank, their clothing pieces do not live up to my expectations. You might say that I shouldn't complain about things that I paid so little on, fair enough. But in my opinion, those clothings pieces were sold at a way higher price point early on, and there are definitely people who go out and buy those at the original prices.  I mean, I gotta say that nasty gal has the best web design ever. It's clear and welcoming, it makes me just want to add everything to my shopping cart. However, almost everything that I've gotten so far, ranging from chiffon shirt, dresses, sequin pants to rings, they all look quite cheap, not well-made at all. For example, I recently bought a pair of rose gold sequin pants, as soon as I got it, I took it out of the bag and the sequins fell everywhere. I haven't even worn it out and this already happened, I am a bit terrified that one day, I will see one giant whole with nude lining and no sequin on top. How dreadful!

Furthermore, they charge very bizarre border fee. I recently bought only $25 worth of clothings and guess how much I was required to pay? $16! When I contacted them, I was told that they have no control over duty fees, which is reasonable. However, when I went to my local post office, I was told that this fee is not duty, it's charged by a third party called Landmark global. I was again told by Nasty gal that this company pays duty and other fees first so our orders can go through borders quicker. I cannot shake the feeling that Landmark global charges extra fees just for that service. On the website, it's stated that "All applicable customs and import duties and fees, taxes and any other charges and fees are the responsibility of the customer (even if you refuse any shipments upon delivery).We ship your package DDU, "duties and taxes unpaid", and we do not collect the VAT, duties and/or taxes and cannot predict what your particular charges may be. If your order does require these additional charges, they must be paid by you in order for your package to clear customs." Landmark global is nowhere to be found and I think it's quite unacceptable that I am charged by a third party that I was completely unaware of.
Having said all of that, I do not discourage anyone from shopping there simply because of what I experienced. Either this is a usual case or I just got unlucky, we'll never know. So those of you who live in the States, I am extremely envious of you because NG's sales are amazing from time to time! But after this experience, it's totally not worth the time and effort and money for me to ever shop on that site again. Who knows what amount I will be charged next time? Better be safe than sorry. So, have you ever shopped at NG before, if so, how's your experience?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My fully raw vegan lifestyle experience

Hi dolls, how are you all doing today? Lately, I’ve been trying out this new lifestyle called Fully Raw Vegan. Basically, everything I eat is vegan and raw, nothing cooked or processed whatsoever.
The reason that I decided to try out this lifestyle is because I saw a video by Kristina on YouTube. Her channel is called Fullyrawkristina. She is such a lovely girl with so much positive energy and I would love to be like her. I feel tired and bloated really easily, even though I eat quite healthy to begin with. Kristina started this 14 day challenge where she would post each day’s meal plan and work out schedule. So far, it’s been 10 days into the challenge and I would like to share with you all what I think about it at this point.

watermelon juice - my favorite

Here’re some of the photos I took. Usually, a day starts with 32 oz of juice, it can either be fruit juice or green juice. 

frozen banana and strawberry smoothie
Lunch is consisted of lots of fruit or fruit smoothie and dinner would be a huge salad. 

fruit platter

rainbow salad
To be quite frank, I haven’t seen much difference in my body, I have either shed any pounds or gained anything. It’s very difficult for me to eat as much as she recommends, but since I’ve been staying at home all day, I don’t really need that much fuel anyways. I know this is a really short post, but I just want to check in and let you know that I am not totally impressed with the raw vegan diet, and eating so much fruit has been making me craving savory food like crazy. So after I finish this challenge, I would probably just go back to eating healthy and normal. Not vegan or raw, it’s a bit too extreme for me. With that being said, if you’re on a raw vegan lifestyle and you absolutely love it, then go for it! Life is all about finding what you enjoy the most and live it to the fullest. So that’s all for today! Until next time,
Stay Chic


Friday, June 6, 2014

Vintage nail design tutorial

Hey dolls, I know it’s been a while since I last posted a nail tutorial but today, I decided to do another for you all. It’s this vintage floral and stripe and glitter nail design haha what a mouthful!

I’ve seen this picture all over we heart it and I absolutely love the design so I decided to recreate it for today.
You can use any color that your little heart desires.

 As for the base color, I used Essie borrowed and blue, China Glaze for Audrey, Sally Hansen mint sorbet, and China Glaze peachy keen.

So first paint your nails a solid background color. For thumb, I used a mini nail brush and dip it into peachy keen to create the diagonal stripes. This is quite self-explanatory so just make sure that your hand is steady, it’s easier to rotate the nail than rotating the brush. You can always go back with borrowed and blue to clean up the line.

my recreation :)
Next, same thing for your index finger, just vertical stripes this time. I used OPI alpine snow to create the white stripes, again using a mini nail brush. I personally found vertical stripes so much easier than diagonal ones.
As for middle and pinky finger, you would want a chunky glitter polish to coat your nails. I used Essie luxeffects in set in stone. When working with chunky glitter polishes, it’s easier to pat than swiping the polish onto your nails. Patting ensures that most of the glitters on the brush will transfer onto your nails.

ring from Nastygal
As for your ring finger, this is definitely the focal point. It’s actually a lot easier to create the vintage floral patterns than you think. All I did was using a dotting tool, or in my case the ball shape thingie on the pen (ugh I honestly don’t know what they’re called), I dipped it into peachy keen and immediately swirl a bright pink polish into it to crate the petals. Sorry that I didn’t have pictures of my nails while I was painting them. But you can find lots of tutorials on youtube on how to create floral patterns on your nails. Lastly, I just created some leaves using the mint polish. And voila!

I hope you enjoy this quick nail tutorial. Let me know what you think in the comment down below!

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