This post is dedicated to what I'm absolutely in love with right now. Check them out!
My Miley Cyrus x Converse Chucks. When I first saw these being teased back in November, I took a screen shot because I knew I would need these in my life. Miley has toned herself down, but more importantly, she's a vegan! And a very dedicated one at that. So, even if I don't care much for her music (it's just not what I listen to), I do respect her as a vegan. This collection has a mixture of low tops and high tops. They even have some clothes as well, socks, sports bras, hats, and backpacks that took A LOT of restraint not to buy. The collection is a little pricey; these shoes are about average at $65. The design is meant to express yourself and be bold and outspoken. I love that, and I love these shoes!
If you know me, you know avocados are life. I eat them a lot, sometimes one a day. I eat them in tacos, plain with a spoon like an avo boat, on toast with Everything But The Bagel seasoning, with burritos, This shirt allows me to show my avo love, and it's soft, and better yet, it's gray! So, it fits my color palette (which consists of black, white, and gray) pretty much perfectly. Target FTW, as always!
My new Love Pain and Stitches bag. Quick background: all their bags are handmade by a mother and son duo, so each is unique. They have multiple designs, color ways, and styles. They use all man-made materials for their bags too! My friend Clair recently went to Drag Con and LPS was a vendor there, and they had sooo many bags. I have a regular sized one that's orange with a black face; it's the traditional one and I got SUPER lucky when I got it because their bags are literally IMPOSSIBLE to get. But I wanted another one, a smaller one, since I primarily use smaller bags when I'm out and about, and since I have the traditional color way, I was prepared to go a little outside the box. Pastel goth, if you will. It's a lavender background with blue shimmer, with a pastel pink face with pink/silver shimmer. IT IS PERFECT! I've managed to downsize my other bag and fit all my necessities in here so this is now my every day bag, and I couldn't love it any more than I do. Even better? Me and Clair are LPS twinsies! We got the exact same bag, and we kinda feel like the coolest kids on the blocks. Although her block is in Cali and mine is in Pennsylvania. Either way, still the coolest!
Lastly, this is one of my (many) makeup bags. This was from the KVD x Too Faced collection, and I prefer the KVD side because it's got a cute little drawling of her kitty on it. The other side has the owner of Too Faced's puppy on it. The heart shape is added fun, and it's flat, so I can fit what I need in it and fit it inside my jack o' lantern bag perfectly.
That's it - these are a few of my favorite things! =)
In one of my past lives, I'm fairly positive I was a mermaid. I may have a fear of big bodies of water and not be able to swim.. but if it's mermaid related, I am there. The background I used for the photos you're about to see is my mermaid pillow that my Goddaughter got me for Mother's Day. #mermaidlife Tarte's mermaid collection, in particular, is amazing. Check out this beauty..
Tarte actually isn't a go to brand for me. They used to be, years ago, but I saw this eyelash curler at Ulta, with a deluxe size Lights, Camera, Action mascara (which actually is really good mascara), for $20, and I was like, SOLD!
Does it work better than any other eyelash curler? No, it doesn't. But, is it prettier than any other eyelash curler? ABSOLUTELY! The colors, and the textured handle, mermaid tail style.. I mean, come on. It's beautiful! I'm not even convinced it works that well. My metal one works better, and I usually use that as my after mascara curler, whereas I use this on my bare lashes pre-mascara. It just really pretty to look at.
Did I need it? No, of course not. I've got like 4 eyelash curlers already, but when you see it in person, you're just like instantly in love and you don't care that you have 4 at home already because you need that 5th one when it looks like this. Do I recommend it? I have to, based on looks alone. Performance? Nah, it's not amazing. But when it's that pretty, I wasn't nearly as concerned about that lol. At least go see it in person and decide for yourself!
So, this is more of a reveal than a review really because I own like 10 shades of OCC polish, and these were the last two I bought before they closed forever =( They're not at all my typical shades, but I was like, hey, why not?
John Doe is the lighter shade, and Mein Herr is the darker shade. As an unrelated side note: I will never find a nude shade of polish that actually matches my skin tone. My skin tone is hard enough to match in general, so I've basically given up hope on finding nude shades of anything that match me.
I actually like these shades more than I thought I would. I used both at once because It was just easier; two reviews in one ya know? Plus, I thought the contrasting nudes would add depth and complement each other, which I thought they did. Kevin said they look like a latte, so this was the "basic white girl manicure" lol. I do love all things pumpkin spice so he might not be wrong!
I thought the shades popped against my sweater and against the white table clothe. The lighter shade, John Doe, is a little too light. Mein Herr is darker so I like it better, but it's an odd shade. Kevin isn't wrong when he says it looks like a latte lol. But, I still didn't hate them. They're not colors I would wear often, but I did like them better than I thought I would. Like all OCC nail polish shades, they lasted pretty long on my nails before chipping. They were only $5 each, so no harm no foul for that price. I probably won't use them often, but I have them for when I do, and I'm good with that.
I love new small businesses. I was tagged by a fellow IG friend on this new page called The Wildest Kind, a small indie company from Canada that's all about: mind blowing sex and stopping animal abuse. I mean, who can't get down with that?! I entered the contest and was totally bummed I didn't win, but SURPRISE! She did a second drawling for a winner, and that winner was me! =)
I was SO excited because I really love what this company represents. It's still very taboo in today's society for a woman to take control of her sexuality, let alone wear shirts about it and express themselves that way. But it's 2018, and women can do whatever they wanna do. Don't like it? Don't care. That's just me being honest! Plus, this company is all about helping animals as well. I'm so about that life.
I chose the "I Taste Better Than Meat" shirt and after talking to her, I chose the Medium.
The medium is a little big on me, I have plenty of space. However, the shirt is 100% organic cotton which means it'll shrink. She did say the shirts run small. There is some stretch but not a whole lot, and it's soft enough. I'm going to avoid putting it in the dryer, except for maybe like 5-10 minutes to get the wrinkles out, and I wash all my clothes in cold water already anyway.
Like how cute is her little note? And how much do you love the logo, with the little cat ears?
Be sure to follow @thewildestkind on IG, and buy a shirt! They're cheeky and they're for a good cause. What more could you want?! Dorothy is bold and daring, and I am 100% behind this movement she's created. And you should be too. Because if we can't help save animals and get to enjoy awesome sex, what are we doing with our lives? xx <3 xx
Let me first state, that I am a sad sad girl that OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) has officially shut down. It was all very low key, and they had a big sale when everything was $10 and I practically kicking myself because I wish I would've bought more. A lot of times, companies have sales like that to clear out old inventory and make room for new inventory, and because I didn't see anything about them closing, that's what I anticipated. But alas, I was wrong. Last month, they basically shut down their social media accounts randomly and then there was a tweet by the founder saying they were done. So, these reviews don't really matter, because you can't buy them anymore =( There might still be some stock left in other stores, maybe even Amazon, so I would Google it if you're interested. I'll be doing that myself.
Anyway, pointless or not, let's chat about some OCC products. First up is their colored pencil in Tarred.
The cool thing about their colored pencils was that they were multi-purposeful. They could be used as an eyeliner or a lipliner. Depending on the color, they stated which they didn't recommend for eyes, so that was helpful. I use Tarred as an eyeliner. I use KVD Tattoo Liner for my cat eye, and line my inner rims, top and bottom, with Tarred. The black is dark, and it glides on smoothly. It doesn't smudge or leave raccoon eyes that I've noticed, and I spent my Friday moving desks by myself that are much bigger than I between offices and believe me when I tell you, I worked up a sweat. Overall, love the formula and I'm glad I purchased it. It's a great eyeliner.
I have polishes to blog about too, but I haven't had the chance to use them yet, so I'm going to talk about their ready to wear Lip Tar in Pagan. Whereas their other Lip Tars were in a tube and came with a brush for applying, this ready to wear Lip Tar comes in a lip gloss like tube with the little sponge on the end to apply it, just like KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick does.
I know in this photo, in non-natural light, it looks black. Pagan is actually a blackened purple and is literally my most favorite color ever. I took a picture in natural light too so you can see the color better.
It's blurry, but you can see the color much better in the natural light. Let me first state, I think with this Lip Tar, it was part user error and part product that kinda turned me off on it.
Let me state the pros:
1) The color will forever be a pro. It's friggin beautiful.
2) Easy to apply.
3) Keeps lips feeling moisturized and shiny, like a gloss but not.
4) Highly pigmented.
5) The color literally stains your lips. Long lasting doesn't cover it. I removed it last night when I came home from the show, and my lips were still pink, and even today, they still have a more than natural pink hue to them.
6) Has peppermint oil as an ingredient, so it's cooling and smells yummy!
Now, the cons:
1) It stains everything it gets on; skin, clothing, bag... everything. My finger is still stained.
2) It transfers onto everything it touches almost immediately. Definitely not drink or kiss proof.
3) It's runny.
4) It bleeds rather quickly.
I'm used to KVD, I know how much to apply, know how it's going to look, it never bleeds and always holds up nicely. I think, personally, I used too much this product because I was applying it like I apply my KVD. I also didn't use a lip liner, even a clear one, simply because I never have with her lipsticks. So, I didn't even think twice about this one. This is much runnier than the KVD formula, but I like the actually feeling of it on my lips better than I do the KVD since KVD is matte and I prefer a glossier finish. I hate dry feelings on my lips, so even with KVD, I apply lip balm on top of it. But even at that point, it doesn't bleed. This lip stain bled almost immediately. I have read some other reviews, and other people had similar complaints, so I think I'm going to get a clear lip liner, and try that before using this again. By the end of the night, it was a runny mess. We had gone to a show; my husband, sister, and myself, which I was dragged to, because I don't like the bands playing, yet somehow at the end, while making my sister go meet the singer (she thinks he's a babe), I ended up in a photo too lol.
I'm forever a little goth girl on the inside, what can I say?
Back to the Lip Tar, I'm going to give it another shot with the lip liner and applying less, and maybe blotting it a little bit. I'm so obsessed with the color, I couldn't bear to not wear it again!
Unfortunately, RIP OCC =,(
These things happen; makeup companies open and close all the time. They had a long run, lasting from 2005 I think until this year. Like I said, I have polishes to talk about, so this isn't the last you'll be hearing about OCC yet. I'm going to do some Googling and see if I can find any remaining stock at a decent price anywhere. I'll update if I find anything!
Tired shopping is a thing, I may or may not have bought an annual subscription to VeganCuts Beauty Box one night while being sleep deprived, overworked, and stressed out. Let's just say that I did, and I got my first box and wanna show you the goodies because it was a good box!
If we've done our math correctly, this box is valued at $132. Although I am gonna say, I'm hard pressed to believe a blending brush for eyeshadow would cost $29. But, that's neither here nor there. Shall we proceed?
Remember, this is just a reveal. I'll do a reviews later, fear not. This bronzer looks like a good shader light-medium skin tones. It's semi-matte, so there's some shimmer in there, due to the mica. Personally, I'm not fan of shimmer bronzers, but I am a fan of bronzers, so I'll use it regardless. This is only like the 5th bronzer I presently have lol. Depending on the darkness, I think it could be a great eye shadow too. I love to multipurpose my products!
This shade doesn't look pretty, but it's actually really pretty. I've already worn it, but forgot to take a picture, because I'm a dumb dumb, so the review will come later. I really love what Thrive represents: for every purchase, Thrive donates a product to a woman "thriving" through cancer or domestic violence. That's a cause I can get behind. I'm going to check out more of their products too, specifically for that reason. I love anything with a purpose and a good cause.
I've used Emani's eye products before, like eye shadows, but never their mascara. Granted, I have 3 mascaras already, this is my 4th, but I'll try this one before I use my other ones, after I finish my current tube. Mascara makes me nervous because of my ultra sensitive eyes and eyelids, so I'm hoping this one won't cause any reactions like others have in the past.
This palette has a lot of neutral shades, which I love, a little shimmer (I feel like it could use some more but that's my personal opinion), and I think it would look nice on all skin tones. Speaking of, I do feel like there's a little too much skin toned colors in this palette, but again, that's just me. I do thing it's really pretty though, and I'm looking forward to trying it out.
Seriously, there's no way this basic eyeshadow brush is $29. I'm sorry I can't get passed that! I always appreciate another eyeshadow brush though, since I wear eyeshadow pretty frequently considering I have entirely too much of it. I'm not a fan of white bristles, but that's just personal preference. I think white bristles do help to show that you've gotten the color out adequately before switching shades, so that's a plus. I think it's just so perfectly white, I don't want to mess it up by using any other shade than white on it lol.
So there you have! Overall, pretty great box. I didn't think I'd get this box because of when I purchased the subscription, I thought I would get the summer box. But, I'm pretty happy with it. It's well rounded, and that I like. Reviews coming soon!
Sometimes I go to Ulta for one thing, like shampoo, and I successfully walk out with shampoo. Just like sometimes (on maybe one occasion in my life ever), I go to Target for toilet paper and leave with only toilet paper. Sometimes I go to the store for one thing, buy everything else, and forget what I originally needed in the first place, until I'm home and it's too late. In this instance, I went to Ulta for shampoo, had a 20% off coupon (for prestige brands too!), and ended up walking out with shampoo, as well as a few other things and spent like $60. It's called balance.
AT LEAST I GOT SHAMPOO! I've already reviewed Pacifica's lotions for you guys, I have a separate post set aside for the shampoo, and that mermaid beauty in the top left side will also be a separate post. So, for now, let's discuss Hardcore Happy perfume by Pacifica.
Let me first state, I am an avid fan of crystals. I thoroughly believe in the healing power of them. So, the crystal infused concept is a winner for me. There were different scents with different crystals, but this one A) smelled the best and B) I love quartz. Plus, I love anything micro-batch made, since to me, that's made with more care, attention, and love. This was $24 for 1 oz. Really, not absurdly priced either. Plus, my 20% off.
When it's empty, I'm absolutely going to take the quartz out of the bottle and put them in like a necklace or something, I love to repurpose things naturally, but I'll never let quartz go to waste. I'm an energy person, as an empath, I feel energies constantly. Honestly, it's exhausting. Healing crystals are a GREAT way to defend yourself against negative energies. Do some research. Let them (and yourself) recharge under the full moonlight, and you're good to go. Compassionate Paws is my go to for healing crystal jewelry, as a side note.
Back on task, this perfume smells SO good. You can get each layer: the vanilla, coconut, and tuberose. Fortunately for me, the tuberose is not very strong, and it blends well with the other fragrances. I don't like florals, so if I do wear them, it's minimal. My only actual complaint is that the scent isn't long lasting at all, but I sure do feel happy when I spray it on me and smell it. There is a texturing hair spray, a shimmering hair and body mist (hello early 00s, I've missed you), and a roll on oil you can get as well. Presently, Ulta has buy one get one half off for Pacifica too, so I would get your roll on (pun intended), and scoop up some goodies!