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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pedicures In The Winter: Do or Don't?


I used to not know what all the hype was about with pedicures until I got my very first one over the summer (I know, shocking!) and I realized how relaxing the whole experience was. I mean you just sit there and let someone else do all the pampering for you and even though I'm all about DIY these days, a pedicure is just one of those things I don't WANT to do by myself. Now that we're heading towards the fall/winter season, I no longer have the excuse of wearing open-toed shoes as a reason for getting pedicures yet I'm still wishing to go get them done again. Is that weird? I mean it's not like anyone's going to see my feet! But still! Is it strange to walk into a salon in the fall and just ask for a pedicure and not be expected to get pressured into getting a manicure also? Cause you know they'll ask!

I think that's one of the reasons why I like doing my gel manicures at home, it's so much more convenient, saves money, and you're in the comfort of your own home instead of having to deal with other people (wow you can really tell I'm an introvert! haha). With a pedicure, it just seems to be different. You go to the salon to de-stress (especially at my nail lady's salon which is actually in her home! so much more cozy) and you let the other person make your toes look pretty. No matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to do the same pedicure at home that my nail lady does!

But how often should you do it in order for it to be worth it? Especially if you're in college like me and only have a part-time job? These days I'm wondering if I should start saving up for the future and stop spending money on things that some people would say is "frivolous". Even if it is a little winter pedicure, those things add up over time!

What do you think about pedicures in the winter? Are they pointless? Would you rather save your money for other things?

Until next time lovelies,

-Ruya
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

 Decided to throw out all my old mascaras and to only buy one mascara at a time (I'm not sure how well that's gonna work!) and thought I should take my chances with Too Faced Size Queen. The description says that it's a "keratin-infused, curl-setting formula that works synergistically with the gigantic, dual-helix brush to create big lashes". The first thing you'll notice when opening the tube is how huge the brush is! It's basically bigger than the size of my eye so I was confused on how I was supposed to use this mascara. As you can see, the brush is a corkscrew shape with two different types of bristles on it and in case you're wondering the formula contains vitamins C and E along with red algae to keep lashes healthy and flexible. This mascara retails for $21.00 at Sephora and is 0.5oz which is packaged in a pretty pink and black tube.





Although the biggest problem with this mascara is how big the brush is, I was pleasantely surprised at the results! I did have to go back with a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover and remove all the spots on my eye that I got mascara on but I think the pro's outweighed the con's with this one. I received compliments on my lashes the whole day the first time that I wore it which never happens so I don't mind! Just don't try to apply this mascara while driving cause you'll most likely poke your eye out!

What I loved about it is that you only need one coat to define your lashes and give them volume while at the same time it gives your lashes a curl that I've never seen before! The curl held up all day and I think that's why people were complimenting my lashes even after an 8 hour shift, it's long-lasting! It also felt very light-weight on my lashes and didn't make me look like I have racoon eyes but gave me a natural look so that's always a plus. I think the reason why this mascara is able to hold such a good curl for a long amount of time is because you only need one coat and any more than that would weigh lashes down after a few minutes. It also might have to do with the brush having two different types of bristles in it in order to get the best of both worlds. There's not too many mascaras out there that can volumize, define and lengthen lashes at the same time, it always feel like there's something missing but with this one they managed to perfect it.

Overall, this is my new favorite mascara and I'm glad that I took the risk for once instead of spending hours researching every product that I buy because well, I'm paranoid. Sometimes it's nice to take risks, no matter how small they are :)

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Monday, October 7, 2013

House of Versace Movie Review


Happy Monday to everyone! I hope it's pain-free as possible! Did anyone else watch the House of Versace on Lifetime over the weekend? Surprisingly I did even though I'm not one for cheesy lifetime tv movies, but Versace has always been one of my favorite labels and I couldn't help but be curious about the movie. Mind you, I'm no movie critic and I'm sure you'll be able to find better reviews than this but I thought I'd review the movie from a fashionista's point of view. The movie's plot is based on the book "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival" by Deborah Ball so it isn't a completely accurate concept of what really happened and funny enough, the Versace company rep was quoted as saying "the movie should only been seen as a work of fiction" so keep that in mind when watching this movie!

 The movie to me was satisfactory, it told the story and although at times it got a little boring, it did keep me entertained for an hour and a half on a Saturday night but then again I'm bias because I love Versace. If I watched any other movie on Lifetime, I would've switched channels in a few minutes because the movies are just so campy! If you're into fashion and have nothing else to do on a saturday night then go watch this, sure it's no an Oscar-worthy movie but hey it's somewhat interesting.

Now let's get to the details, I have to say that the casting and makeup for this movie was brilliant especially when it came to Gina Gershon being cast to play Donatella Versace. Everything was on point and it was uncanny at times at how well Gina was able to portray Donatella's character. Even her body shape and her walk was just like Donatella's! Impressive. As for Gianni and Donatella's daughter Allegra, I thought the casting was excellent as well because they looked like their doppelgangers! Kudos, on casting. It's always annoying seeing an actor look nothing like the actual character that they're playing so I'm glad they took the time to find people who looked like them. 

Pros? Well Donatella was entertaining and her one-liners such as "I was crazy before the drugs" made me laugh so that's always nice. Other then that, I did like the outfits that she was sporting such as the white suit or the "Versace" bag she was carrying while wearing all black. As for scenes that really stood out to me, there weren't many but the rehab scene where she's talking to her kids made me a little emotional and I can totally see the strong bond that the Versace family had together.

As for the cons, I was a bit disappointed in the way they portrayed Gianni's death, it's like one minute he was there and then the next he gets shot and then it's onto the funeral. I did like the way they shot Donatella's fall once she heard the news of his death in slow motion, but other then that I wish they would've done more with it. There was a bunch of cheesy scenes which I'm not even going to talk about cause what do you expect but the biggest con was the way they portrayed the Versace clothes and the fashion show sets, I mean I know they have a low budget for these Lifetime movies but come on now! It just looked so tacky! If you're going to make a movie about a designer label then at least portray their clothes in a good way! The only thing that struck me as odd was how they didn't mention anything about Donatella's plastic surgery or Allegra's anorexia even though Donatella's drug addiction was a main part of the movie. Mhm...

Like I said, not the best movie ever but it's not completely horrible. Kinda made me sad that I had nothing else to do on a saturday night haha. I'd love to hear some thoughts from other people so feel free to comment below!

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya 

(image belongs to mylifetime.com)
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Best Lush Products For Dry Skin

Whenever I have an issue with my skin, the first place that I always go to is Lush. No surprise right? One of my biggest problems, especially in the winter time is my horrible dry skin! I've used countless products from the drug store yet nothing seemed to really work until I tried Lush products. Here's my list of the best products for dry skin from Lush and even though there's no way to actually "cure" your dry skin, these products do make you come closer to not having to use lotion so much.

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

 
Hands down, the best product I've ever used for my dry skin! It's holy grail material! This is the reason why I never use body lotion anymore! You simply slather this on in the shower, let it sit for a few seconds and bam! Smooth, moisturized arms and legs without even stepping out of the shower! The best part is that it doesn't leave you feeling greasy while the delicious scent of rose and cocoa butter leaves you feeling like you're in heaven! My skin's never felt so soft! 

Aqua Mirabilis Butter Bar


Most of the time, dry skin is quite sensitive especially to scrubs yet Aqua Mirabilis is designed for exactly that. It takes away all that flaky, dry skin and actually leaves you with moisturized skin! You can put some lotion on afterwards but I never really feel the need t. I tend to only use this once a week since it's not good to over-exfoliate and I do think this is a gentler version of Lush's infamous Buffy which everyone raves about (too greasy for me!). It does have an almond smell which I can tolerate but some people might not like it so make sure to try this in stores first!

Dream Cream Body Lotion

 
If you're looking to for a good body lotion, then I'd defiantly recommend giving Dream Cream a try! It has a thick, cream-like texture and smells like lavender and rose and a little goes a long way with this one. All you need is a thin layer and it absorbs in seconds making itchy, red, irritated skin disappear and I even made my mom try this (she has eczema) and she said it didn't bother her at all despite it having a fragrance.

Tiny Hands


This product is seriously a miracle-worker and just look at how adorable it is! It's a solid bar that you rub into your hands and melts into your skin but the con is that it does take a while for it to absorb and leaves your hands a bit greasy in the meantime. I only use this when my hands are looking insanely harsh and even then, I only use it before I go to bed so it works throughout the night. The results are incredible though and after using this, I don't feel the need to use lotion for the next couple of days! 

Butterball Bath Bomb



Now this wouldn't be a Lush post without mentioning some bath bombs! Butterball is my favorite for dry skin because it moisturizes skin without leaving you greasy and the vanilla scent makes you feel so relaxed! This one doesn't really turn the water into a bunch of pretty colors but hey if you're in need of a quick fix for dry skin then you'll like it despite that, plus you won't have to clean your tub afterwards!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know if you've tried any of these products!

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya

(all photos belong to Lush.com)
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beauty News: Tory Burch Makeup

When it comes to shoes and bags, I'm a huge Tory Burch fan yet only own a few pieces because of the expensive price tag (college kids are always broke! ugh) and when I heard that she was coming out with a perfume, I was excited to try it out! NOW that I heard that she's also coming out with a makeup line, I'm beyond excited! Just look at the packaging! How gorgeous would that look on a vanity?!

image: shefinds.com

The collection is all about the saying "Less is more" and focuses on enhancing one's natural beauty with only a few essential products. I do like her philosophy and I think it's great for the everyday women who doesn't have much time to get ready in the mornings yet needs that little something to make her feel glam. The only problem I have with the line is that it's supposedly scented with her new perfume that came out so some people might have problems with it if they don't like the smell of the perfume or have allergy problems.  The collection features a face brush, bronzer/blush palette, cheek/lip tint, and the designer's signature lipstick. 

The line is already on sale in Tory Burch boutiques and on the Tory Burch website yet surprisingly I didn't see much of the collection online when I looked it up. Could it already be sold out? I'm assuming that this is a limited edition collection since I haven't seen anything about it being a permanent line.

I'm not too sure that I'll be picking up anything from this collection since it's a bit hard to buy makeup online without testing it or seeing swatches for yourself in real life so I'll skip this one. I'm actually not surprised that she came out with a makeup line since Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors have had so much success with their own. I just wish that it was being offered in more places such as department stores in order for everyone to get a chance to see it.

What do you think of this collection? Do you like the idea of top fashion designers creating their own makeup lines?

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Glam DIY Halloween Costumes

Happy first day of October everyone! Surprisingly today was a warm 75 degrees and didn't feel like fall at all but hey I'm not complaining! Fall is defiantly my favorite season along with Halloween being one of my favorite holidays! I thought why not start planning Halloween costumes right now? It's never too early right? Here's some of my favorite DIY costumes that are quite fashionable and affordable at the same time so you'll have an amazing Halloween without having to break the bank! Even if you're not someone who's super creative, these costumes are simple enough to create at home and a lot of these things you'll probably have in your wardrobe. Enjoy!

Mary Poppins


I love Lauren Conrad's website because every year she holds a Halloween contest and shows pictures of costumes that she's created herself. A few years back, I saw her Mary Poppins idea and thought it was super stylish for Halloween! All you need is a white collared shirt, black skirt, red bow tie, black hat with some flowers on it and an umbrella! I love how Lauren's skirt is shorter to give it a more modern look while still making the costume recognizable. Wish I thought of this when I was in high school!

Poison Ivy


Poison Ivy makeup tutorials are everywhere yet I never see too many costumes for it. Kim Kardashian's version of the costume is probably the best one I've seen and so simple to do! She's actually wearing a green corset and a short sarong skirt with hers but if you can find a green dress or even a green tutu for the bottom it would also work! Afterwards, get a variety of green leaves from the craft store and simply use fabric glue or a hot glue gun to attach the pieces onto the clothing. Lastly, a red wig is needed to complete the look and you're all ready to go! 

Audrey Hepburn


Every Halloween I always see at least one celebrity sporting an Audrey Hepburn costume and it's for a good reason! It's such a classic and iconic look and if you're looking for a last minute idea, this would be it! All you need is a black dress, long black gloves, a chunky pearl necklace (or a few wrapped together), a small jeweled crown with your hair up in a high bun and that's it! If you have some ray-bans even better!

Peacock


Back when Ashley Greene first wore this costume, I had never actually seen a peacock costume before so I thought it was very unique! Last year I did see a peacock costume at the Halloween store but it sure wasn't as good as this! She's wearing a black corset but a strapless shirt will do along with a black tutu. From the craft store, get peacock feathers and also black feathers to glue onto the front of the top and to create a peacock headband like she did.

Bonnie & Clyde


If you feel like doing a couples costume then Bonnie and Clyde is an easy look that makes anyone look classy and sophisticated in seconds! All you need for the Bonnie costume is a pencil skirt, turtleneck, silk scarf and the infamous beret. If it's cold on halloween night, you can always add a trenchcoat to the outfit too since Bonnie was frequently wearing those!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and hopefully got some ideas from it! Creating the costume is half the fun! The other half is doing the makeup for it! Haha. 

Until next time lovelies, 

-Ruya
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