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Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Kimchi Doll and Rodeo Drive Review

May 26, 2015
I finally have the time to type up this review. 
So for those that don't know, Sophia Chang aka fashionista804 launched her own lipstick called Kimchi Doll with Gerard Cosmetics a while back. I managed to snag myself one with her signature! I got the two-pack deal and I chose Rodeo Drive to be my second lipstick. 
I was so excited to try her lip color out since it looked so good on her.
 Also, I wanted to support a fellow 804er. 
I absolutely love the packaging. These gold bullets look so classy.

Swatches of both colors

KIMCHI DOLL
BARE LIPS WITH LIP BALM     |     ONE LAYER     |     WITH NUDE GLOSS
Kimchi doll is a peachy-nude color with a creme to matte finish. It does have the typical sweet makeup scent which I am usually not too fond of, but it does go away. I found this color somewhat hard to apply. The formula is a bit drying so if your lips are not completely smooth and hydrated, any cracks or dead lip skins will be very visible which isn't attractive. To minimize this, I recommend to do a lip scrub before hand or actually pick off any dead skins. (Yeah, it's kind of gross, but it works, too!) Also, because this color washes me out, I like adding a gloss on top to give me a bit of color and to reduce the likeliness of seeing any cracks or dryness. Other than that, I find it to be quite long lasting and a very pretty nude to wear. I feel like it gives my look a bit of "sexiness". One last tip for this lip color, I do not recommend layering too much because it will end up looking messy. Trust me, I've experimented and learned haha. I would go at most two layers and on the second layer I would dab on the color instead of swiping.

RODEO DRIVE
BARE LIPS WITH LIP BALM     |     ONE LAYER     |     TWO LAYERS      
Rodeo Drive was my second pick because I love mauve-y pinks. This is a great "my-lips-but-better-shade". The formula is slightly different compared to Kimchi Doll. The finish is creme with a bit of a satin sheen. This also has a typical sweet makeup scent. The color is a lot easier to apply since the color is basically an enhance version of my natural lip color; however, it is still more drying than other lipsticks I have tried. Again, I will still recommend to hydrate and make your lips smooth before applying any lipsticks. I would say that these Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks are a little less forgiving on dry and chapped lips, but because of the lack of moisture, it does help extend the longevity of these lipsticks. I do find that this color is a lot easier to layer to create a more vibrant color, and it wears nicely throughout the day. It creates a nice stain on the lips. 

I hope these two lipstick reviews were helpful! 
I believe Sophia (fashionista804) has a discount code on her channel if you are interested in purchasing these. Please check her out :)

     
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OOTD: First Beach Trip of the Year 2015

May 14, 2015
Every year me and my usual peeps try to hit the beach at least once during the summer, and this year a few of us went for an afternoon trip. Diana and I had a mini photoshoot as you all will see soon. Mindy and her boyfriend were busy tanning and didn't want their pictures taken which I took it up as a challenge to get a few good shots of them. I succeeded of course! But pictures aren't posted here on my blog for their privacy. 
Anyway, we were only there for a few hours since we arrived in the late afternoon. Plus, the water was too cold so there wasn't really much to do but tan and take selfies - which I didn't mind! 
See the couple tanning on the right? That's them.
Yes, I'm still wearing these sandals! Still on the look out to find a nice pair like these.
This bish keeps dodging the camera
Mindy (left): Urban Outfitters Kimono cardigan | Forever21 Swim top & bottoms
Me (middle): Charlotte Russe Sunglasses | Forever21 Swim top & bottoms | H&M Romper
Diana (right): Forever21 Top | Forever21 Swim top | Walmart Bottoms | Forever21 Shorts

We also stopped by Jollibee because we were hungry, and I heard from a friend that they have very good halo-halo. I've never had halo-halo so I was excited to try.
Don't they look pretty?! 
Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert.
It's similar to the Vietnamese drink/dessert chè which if y'all don't know is one of my favorite desserts. The main difference are the mini scoops of ice cream on top which I think is ube (purple yam) and jackfruit and a chunk of flan pudding on the side. I should have taken a bird's eye view shot to show it, but totally forgot. Goes to show how excited I was to try this haha! 

There will definitely be more beach trips this summer so I plan on posting some more beach related things; stay tuned for those!

     

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Klenspop Circle Lens Review: EOS Jewel Brown

May 12, 2015
Hello! As you can tell from the title, today I will be doing a circle lens review. It feels like ages since I last did one. This time around I will be reviewing EOS's Jewel Brown that was sent to me by Klenspop. Klenspop offers a variety of circle lenses and most of them have prescriptive degrees.

Brand: EOS 
Diameter: 14mm 
Water Content: 38% 
Base Curve: 8.6mm 
Life Span: 1 year (Max) 
Country of origin: South Korea

DESIGN&COLOR: 
The design is the usual gradient sunburst. The outer limbal ring is a purpley-brown color which is the first I've seen and it fades inward to a golden brown. Because the outer ring is not as thick or dark, it appears quite natural. The overall appearance of the lenses on my eyes are a reddish brown. The colors used definitely enhanced my natural iris color.

COMFORT: 
Very comfortable. It does not irritate my eyes and I am able to wear it the whole day without major discomfort. Like all circle lenses, I don't recommend wearing for more than 8 hours and to apply eye drops when it's needed. 

ENLARGEMENT: 
These lenses are 14mm which are pretty standard for normal contacts. If you don't particularly like a dramatic enlargement, then these are the lenses for you! They do enlarge slightly which is perfect for my preferences!

OVERALL:  (4.5)
I would have given these lenses 5 stars, but I tend to like my brown lenses to be have a yellow/beige base rather than red. They do, however, enhance my normal brown irises to give them a bit of sparkle. Definitely recommend these, if you want a bit of sparkle in your eyes without it looking too unnatural.

I hope this review was helpful!
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Do you guys have any circle lenses recommendations or lenses you are curious about and would like for me to check out? Let me know!

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