Monday, January 27, 2014

Do want

Sometimes when I'm doing/not doing my homework I like to online window shop, usually on Wanelo or Pinterest. One website in particular that I was lead to by Wanelo is How have I never heard of this site until now? How do I explain it....It's like Pinterest that you can buy off of. You can search by what type of item you're looking for (dresses, headbands, shoes...etc) or search by a particular style. I like to search the 'harajuku' 'kawaii' or 'gyaru' tag and when I: a. lose more weight b. save money and c. it gets warmer out I want to buy clothes from one of those shops. I just browse through their selection and siiiiiiiigh.....

I just love stuff like cute and feminine. <3

I need to step it up when it comes to my style. I dress like a high schooler. Hoodies (typically of the LOVE PINK variety) t-shirts, leggings and Ugg boots (yes i wear uggs sue me). Have you thrown up in your mouth yet? I fear the day I am nominated for a What Not To Wear type show. XD I don't know why i dress the way I do. It's mostly out of comfort and I am currently in the process of losing weight and liking my body so whenever I go out shopping for clothes I gravitate toward things that are not form-fitting.  You all know that I am very fond of the 'gyaru' style, so I want to start incorporating more pieces like that into my wardrobe. <3


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

canmake perfect stylist eyes in shade 05

Hi all. I bought this little palette after many months of wanting it and broke down and bought it off of eBay. Granted, it may not seem like a *big* purchase (14 bucks with like $2 shipping?) but with my budget the way it is it sure feels big. :x That's what she said! Anyway, I am a tad let down because I ordered Shade 01 in Sweet Pink. I am a BIG pink eyeshadow wearer and it's hard to find pink eyeshadow in the states! And instead of receiving Sweet Pink I got Shade 05? Which I have no idea what the fuck the shade is even called because I can't find it anywhere on the Internet, it was like limited edition or something. I actually like the colors but it wasn't what I ordered. I contacted the seller and they haven't said anything to me yet....grrr. I'm not about to send it back for a refund because it would just cost more time and money. The seller is in Japan so I'm just going to use it up. It cutes up my makeup bag anyway so whatever. 

The packaging is very cute and compact, not very sturdy since Canmake is a drugstore brand in Japan. But I love how it comes with all the shades I use on a daily basis. You've got a cream colored base, two shimmery shades one of which is a champagne color and the other rose. It also has a dark brown which states on the packaging is supposed to be the liner, but I need more definition. It looked pretty and natural, I just like to be a little more dramatic when it comes to eyeliner. AND it has a glitter shade, marked "Jewel Topping". You know I am all about that glitter. 

They go on VERY silky and actually lasted throughout my entire sweaty 6 hour shift at the restaurant. Don't let the fact that it's a drugstore brand fool you, their staying power is no joke. 

This is my everyday eye look. You probably can't see it very well but I always line my lower lash line with a glitter eyeshadow and pat the glitter on my inner corners. ^-^

At the end of the day, would I repurchase this? Most definitely! I think the packaging has a little something to do with it though. I'm such a sucker for packaging, it does not even matter to me if the product is bad. :x  But these eyeshadows are excellent quality and would make a nice little addition to your vanity! 

xoxo Lara 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Favorites!

This month's favorites can pretty much be found anywhere- Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, et cetera and are perfect for back to school, especially if you're on a budget, like me! 


L'Oreal always hits it out of the park for me when it comes to eye makeup. They make some of the best liners, mascaras, and eyeshadows that you can find in the drugstore. My staple liquid liner is their Carbon Black Lineur Intense. I decided to switch it up a bit and buy this one, since I can't resist new product launches. This is almost exactly like Lineur Intense except it has an even skinnier felt tip. The pigment is incredibly rich and smooth, no drag at all whatsoever. It also has a nice little grip for those with shaky hands (who doesn't?) so if you're a liquid liner novice or just want more control, this is for you!


I have to admit this has become my new go-to moisturizer. It leaves your face feeling so silky and plump, they're not messing around when they say it's hydrating. It has a lovely cucumber melon scent which I love, especially in the morning because it wakes you up. ^-^ It's a wonderful treat on hot days because it has a slight cooling effect. Super lightweight, and great for under makeup. I can definitely see this being my year-round staple moisturizer. Will definitely repurchase this! 


On Instagram I dubbed this my "holy grail" summer foundation. Could be good for winter too, since it isn't drying in the least bit. It has an anti-shine core built into it, which sort of acts as a primer. It also gives shockingly excellent coverage, I didn't even have to use a concealer with it. So it's safe to say that this is a 3 in 1 foundation, definitely saves ya some bucks in the primer and concealer department. ^-^

That wraps it up for August favorites, stay tuned for another post next week <3

xoxo Lara

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Needing fall, Europe, & Victoria's Secret Fresh Face Brightening Cream Review

So this is going to be kind of a long, random post, as I have a hard time focusing on just one thing, not just when writing a blog post but in life in general. I think it's more fun that way though. At least for me it is. I am a heavily ADD riddled person and the blog posts I enjoy reading are always all over the place. If you want to imagine what it's like to be in my head, just think about how it feels when you have too many tabs open. All. the. time. That's me. I have taken medication for it in the past, but prescriptions like Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin have a zombie effect on me. I'm just no fun. The only benefit of being on those medications was that they made me lose weight like CRAZY. Because I was ALWAYS doing something productive and never eating. It murders your appetite. Sigh....why don't they make something like that over the counter? XD 


Some exciting news for me: A few weeks ago I found out from my boyfriend that we are going to EUROPE next summer!!!! I have never been outside the US so you can imagine my excitement. Our friends whom Jon works with are going with us for a boat tour that goes from Europe to Scotland....from what I've heard its a type of mini-cruise, almost like a houseboat that we'll be sailing on for a week to get to Scotland. Ahhh fuck I'm going stir crazy just thinking about it. I am also nervous because I am a white knuckle flyer. I can't even handle a 3 hour flight let alone one across the freaking ocean. I'm gonna need some good meds or an abundance of alcoholic beverages to calm me down. It'll be so worth it though. ^-^


On my last trip to Victoria's Secret I picked up a hoodie (duh) and the Fresh Face Brightening Gel Cream. Mind you this was a while ago but I am just now getting around to reviewing it. It comes in a convenient tube and is about 1.1 oz. It has quite a lovely scent, almost coconut-y and beachy. It's very summery. It gives a nice little cooling effect on the skin and has tiny gold and pink glitter particles. It's wonderful for under makeup and gives a nice airbrush effect, glowy but not overly so. It's good for tired skin and fair skinned girls who look dead without makeup (like me.) Likey! 


I'm so damn done with summer. Here in Indiana not only is it hot as balls but the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife. I hate summer to begin with but we are in the DOG DAYS and I feel like it's been summer all year. I just want leggings, scarves, sweaters, pumpkin scented everything, pumpkin beer, bonfires, boots, Halloween, the Renaissance Faire, and cold morning runs. I need to move up north to Canada, I am built for the cold. Put me in a fucking igloo, I don't care. 


Yes I know everyone is talking about it, blah blah blah, but Orange is the New Black is one of the best shows I have seen in a looooong while and is now added to my list of favorite shows. I have a select few TV shows I watch, I won't watch just anything. The shows I do watch I have a creepy and slightly unhealthy obsesssion with. Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, and Legend of Korra are my "core" shows. Now Orange is the New Black is added to that list. It's like Girl, Interrupted in television show format. When I first started watching it I didn't think I would like it as much as I do, I can't get into shows that take place in the "real world". I'm all about dat fantasy. And if it's not fantasy it must either be British or take place in a different time period. I'm a picky little bitch. But yeah. I watched it in a week like an idiot and now I has a sad. All of my favorite shows are on hiatus. Well, Legend of Korra comes back on September 13 so that's excited, and of course the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. :DDD

That's about it for now....I don't feel like taking pictures of myself today because I'm sweaty. I'm sure you all are devastated. BUT. I made a vow to be better about blogging recently. I'll have a couple more reviews/ramblings soon. Byes!

xoxo Lara

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Chicago Trip

Every year around Memorial Day my mom takes us on a little vacation. Last year it was Arizona, the year before that was Cleveland and this year it was Chicago. I am originally from Chicago so it's always been my favorite city to visit. many memories in Chicago. We visited my grandparents whom I haven't seen in a while and went to Wicker Park and Chinatown. Most of the time when we go to Chicago we stay downtown, but we decided to be a little more adventurous and go to the not-so well known areas. Here are some pictures from my trip. ^-^

             Car tuneage and Ocarina of Time for my 3DS. I got through the Forest Temple on our way there.

                                                                Rollin in. 

         A magnet at Rudy's Roundup. It's this kitschy store in  Wicker Park that sells fun little vintage inspired knickknacks. I don't know why I didn't buy this because Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is one of my all time favorite movies.

A glimpse of what Rudy's Roundup has to offer. Super friggin cute in there and they're always playing 80s music. They were playing Go-Go's when we went in. ^-^
Tuna salad at Santullo's. It had mozzarella which was AMAZING on their bread. Reminded me of caprese.

A display at Super H Mart, which is the Korean equivalent of Walmart. Oh, Psy, you rascal. We wanted to stay there longer but it was flipping COLD! I also wanted to save my money before we went to Chinatown, because I always end up spending too much money there. -_-

On the way to Chinatown...I promise I was more excited than I look bahaha 

                     TOTORO BACKPACKSSSS. God I wanted one so bad but I wanted to save my money for the candy store and Judy's Cosmetics.
I am such a child. There was a little girl in the store FREAKING OUT over everything and I was like....I know that feel, little girl. 
Instacollage of candy store and Sanrio gift shop. I'm trying so hard not to go into a diabeetus rage and eat the whole bag of candy from Ichiban but I promised I would give it to Jon. Those little strawberry shortcake squares are amazing, though. And they look soooooo cute. <3

We went to dim sum at Phoenix after the candy store. If you've never been to dim sum, you are missing out. It's a super fast paced dining experience. Basically the people wheel around carts of food and you pick what you want from it and pay for it all at the end. The lady wheeled around these egg custard/donut things but my mom was telling us to slow down, lolol. I thank her for that- my eyes are bigger than my stomach.
                       After dim sum, we went to my favorite part- cosmetics! I bought the red wine My Beauty Diary sheet masks because I feel like I need to start aging prevention. It was a tough choice, between this and the Arbutin Whitening ones. My skin is so blotchy with ugly dark spots, ugh. But I talked myself into the red wine because it'll be better for my skin in the long run. ^-^

I'll end with a picture of my mom and I. She has such a wonderful sense of adventure, and I love taking time off of work to go on trips with her. ^-^

xoxo Lara

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Life updates + Skin79 BB Cream Set

So after many months of tinkering my wonderful boyfriend got the laptop to work!! I'm so happy I'm finally able to start blogging regularly again and upload the pictures I've been taking with my new camera! For the record, it's a Canon Powershot SX260. Super nice and takes high quality pictures. I know work is not terribly interesting but I have been quite enjoying my job at Domo Japanese Steak and Sushi house. The first few months were rocky as I was nervous about starting a new job and the prospect of messing things up, but I feel like I've got the hang of everything. I've also gotten raises extremely fast, so I know I've been dool oing a good job. =^.^= I started school on the 14th, I don't even know what year/semester I am because I've been so on and off. :/ I feel like I want to pursue the criminal justice field. I came to this conclusion after realized how obsessed I am with following trials and watching those crime shows on Dateline ID hehe. I want to put bastard murderers away! Doesn't sound like a bad career to me. :D

Anyway, a couple weeks ago I ordered the Skin79 BB Cream Miniature Set off of Amazon for like 5 bucks (not including shipping) as a little impulse buy. I've been DYING to try Skin79's BB creams as it seems to me they are the 'king' of all BB cream brands. (Feel free to correct me on that....) And what better way to try their line than to just buy the variety pack? Here's my thoughts:

                                          The swatches are in the same order below, from left to right:
                                        Super+ Beblesh Balm, Super+ Beblesh Balm Triple Function, The Prestige    Beblesh Balm, Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm

I love the consistency of these! This is what a REAL BB cream should feel like- thick and creamy with full coverage. I have tried many American BB creams and all they are is a glorified tinted moisturizer....aka they're runny, don't give full coverage, don't have skin brightening properties etc. These BB creams claim to 'whiten' skin over time with use and offer SPF 25. I go apeshit over anything that promises a more even skintone, I simply cannot get enough. They have a very comfortable feel, they moisturize well enough but my skin is sooo dry right now I must wear moisturizer underneath. Its coverage is so awesome I can even put it under my eyes and go without concealer and NOT look like a corpse.

My only problem? The shades. I feel like all of them with the exception of the BB Diamond look almost greyish on my skin? I am incredibly pale with yellow undertones which makes me one of the hardest people to color match. Of course, this is my preference so if you don't have that problem, you'll love Skin79's BB creams. These would be PERFECT and I would wear them every day if they would just match my skin tone! >.< Overall, I loved the formulation and just wish they were a little more yellow. That's all. I highly recommend this product for gals who have a cool/neutral undertone.

I'm going to end this post with a couple of gratuitous pictures of myself and birthday pictures! =^.^=

xox Lara

Friday, January 18, 2013

Instagram!!! Who has it?

I've been so addicted to Instagram ever since I got my iPhone. Everyone should follow me :)


Xo Lara