Monday, June 24, 2013

HAUL | Forever 21

It's kinda weird but I always find that I order from Forever 21 whenever they have free shipping on their website. Plus, their shipping is super speedy so how can I not? They did have free shipping not too long ago so I went for it and ordered way more things than I needed, yay!

I don't know why but I kinda went with a black and gold theme this time. I guess it was my subconscious yelling at me to buy it. In total I spent $58.47 for everything (with tax). I ended up getting 2 nail polishes, 3 headbands, 2 bracelets and 3 earrings and I love every bit.

When I was younger, I used to wear headbands all the time but I guess I kinda fell out of that stage, but it's started grasping me back lately. I think they're all so lovely and delicate but very royal-looking. The super cluttered gold, black and pearl headband ($6.99) was definitely eye-catching and I thought would look really lovely with a loose updo. The second hairband I chose is the white crocheted one ($4.80), which looked just so delicate and beautiful. Plus, I'm a knitter, how can I not buy anything crocheted? And finally, the last headband is more certainly my favourite! The ruby chain headband ($4.99) is just stunning. It looks a bit like a tiara but it's strong and reminds me a lot of old, vintage outfits. I wore this one to work and everyone called me a princess, so I approve.

I'm a fiend for earrings and I usually always get a pair... or two.... or three, whenever I do some online shopping. I got pretty much 2 of the same earrings in 2 different styles, so that counts as one, right? Right?? Following the gold/black theme, I've also really been into geometric shapes and aztec-like prints and designs. These earrings are gold framed triangles ($4.80) with black pleather triangles, joined together to make a diamond and they're definitely my favourite. The second earrings are pretty, blue dangly earrings ($3.99) that are metallic and grow in size as they drop. And the last earrings ($3.99) are the same stone concept as the dangly, blue metallic, but are more chandelier-esque and with added pearls here and there.

I think it's safe to say that the two bracelets are my favourite, but the arrow one a tiny bit more. The thin, arrow bracelet ($6.80) quickly caught my attention and was in my cart before I could take a breath. It's just so beautiful and unique, and I love that it has 2 adjustable snaps on it so I can wear it tight on my wrist or loose after my watch. The only, only only problem I have with it is that the little arrows move around and sometimes they awkwardly overlap each other, but it's easy to move them back into place. The thicker, more rocker bracelet ($7.80) is definitely something I wouldn't pick out at first glance, but have grown to love. I don't really have a 'set style' for myself, some days I want to wear something a bit darker and more punk, other days I'm a beautiful flower princess. I suppose a punk outfit came to mind when I saw this bracelet.

And lastly, there's no way I can order from Forever 21 if nail polish ($3.80) is not involved. I have a bit of an obsession with their nail polishes, probably owning around 15 of them? Honestly, they're not the best, best quality but when I pound-on the top coat, they last just like any other nail polish. This time, I got the colours Mauve and Bronze, which I absolutely adore! Mauve is definitely one of my most favourite colours, and I just love how this colour looks on the nails. And when I saw Bronze, I literally gasped. I have yet to wear it on full-nails, but it just looks gorgeous on the ring finger with Mauve.

Overall, super duper pleased with my haul!

Ada xx

Sunday, June 16, 2013

TUTORIAL | Easy Day Smokey Eye

Hello lovelies! After an extended leave from Youtube, I'm excited and really happy to say that I am finally back! It's been a super long time and I'm shocked that I still have subscribers, but mostly I'm honoured. I decided that I've done too many chatty videos in the past, so I just went right into the tutorial. It's my official first makeup tutorial and I really hope it gets some good feedback cause I have lots more ideas to come! As usual, all products are listed below.


  • Quo BB Cream in Light/Medium
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW20 (as a concealer)
  • Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in 01
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
  • Madison Street Beauty bronzer in Rose Bronze
  • Jane Cosmetics blush and highlighter in Copper Mountain
  • Sleek MakeUP i-Divine palette Oh So Special in The Mail
  • Sally Girl eyeshadow in White Chocolate
  • Maybelline eyeshadow quad in Chai Latte (taupe and dark brown)
  • Sleek MakeUP i-Divine palette Au Naturel in Taupe and Nouggat
  • Rimmel London Extreme Definition Two-Tone Eye Definer in City Girl (grey)
  • Kala eyelash curler
  • Benefit Badgal Waterproof mascara (upper lashes)
  • Benefit They're Real! mascara (lower lashes)
  • NYX The Runway Collection in Champagne & Caviar palette (dark brown & black)
  • Quo brow gel
  • MAC creamsheen lipstick in Cream in Your Coffee

Everything Else:
  • Blue Nails: China Glaze in Bahamian Escape
  • Silver Sparkles Nails: Forever 21 in Front Row
  • Earrings: Forever 21
  • Bracelet: Forever 21
  • Watch: Gift
  • Top: GAP

Sunday, June 9, 2013

FOTD | Seashell Blues

Hi everyone! I'm so sorry about my prolonged absence! I recently sprained both my ankles, so it's been a bit difficult to get around, especially to put on make up and take pictures. But they are finally, if not extremely slowly, healing and I'm getting back on track. Work has been a little killer for me because it requires me to stand on my feet for hours at a time and use many stairs to get to the rooftop patio when the weather's nice, but the management has taken mercy on me and is giving me a bit of a break when it comes to the job. Although swollen, I'm on the right track to recovery.

And now on to the look! Opal is my absolute favourite eyeshadow at the moment and I've been wanting to play around with different looks just so I can wear it forever. This is the current look I've come up with. Initially, when I look at it, I see the pinks and blues of cotton candy, but the crease is a bit too red and the eyes aren't blue enough, so upon further inspection, I think of those beautiful seashells that change colour in the light. This is a great day look because you get a pop of colour without it looking too crazy or overdone.

I went in with Opal all over the lid and around the tear duct area and then I used a reddish-toned eyeshadow in my crease to blend everything together and give my eyes some dimension. I then went in and highlighted the inner corner over-top the Opal with a white eyeshadow to keep the colour, but add more light. I then blended in a very light and shimmery brown to my outer V. I tried to keep the mascara light and natural, but definitely impactful. I wanted my face to be bright and glowy, so I went in with a shimmery bronzer AND blush and made sure to really buff them into my skin so I wasn't super sparkly. I kept my eyebrows the same as I usually do them and lightly filled them in.

  •  Quo BB Cream in Light/Medium
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW20 (as a concealer)
  • Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in 01
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
  • Mineral Wear bronzer in Warming Glow
  • Sleek blush in Pomegranate
  • Mai Couture highlighter paper in St. Bart's
  • Madison Street Beauty eyeshadow in Opal
  • Sephora eyeshadow in Nutty Brownie N°16
  • Madison Street Beauty eyeshadow in Manzita (outer V)
  • Quo Naughty palette (white)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (waterline)
  • Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty waterproof mascara (top lashes)
  • Benefit They're Real! mascara (lower lashes)
  • NYX The Runway Collection in Champagne & Caviar palette (dark brown & black)
  • Quo brow gel
  • MAC Cream In Your Coffee
Ada xx