Saturday, October 11, 2014

Long Time no see!! This is what I've been up to~

I've been working on my halloween costume, and parts for my friend's costumes, this whole month and a half~
Roxanne, from a goofy movie<3
[and her friends~ Pistol, Beret Girl, and Stacey]
4 years ago, my friend did Roxanne and Stacey and had such a great response that we wanted to remake it, and improve it~
So, last night we finally had our big night and got to wear our hard work to Mickey's Halloween Party, at Disneyland. And I was so happy at the reactions we got and the really amazing people we met! It was so worth the hard work and planning put into our costumes.


 I also have to say, the best reaction was from Chip and Dale, and it was amazing the love we got from them, and so extremely flattering!



I also shot my first photoshoot for the costume in Roxanne's 'Max's Nightmare' scene.
I'm happy to say my whole group, and the my other friend who was unable to join us as an extra special character will be shooting a legitimate photoshoot for our costumes in the coming month [when we have the time to], so we can have beautiful copies of our costumes.

But yeah, basically this was the reason of my impromptu hiatus. SO, it's nice to be back on my blog, and thanks for the patience!

<3CarisseIris

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flower Crown~ DIY

I know, I'm a bit late to the flower crown trend, but with pretty things like this~ It's better late than never, right? Haha..
But I've been eyeing flower crowns since spring, but I kept putting off buying one because the really full and pretty ones are so expensive, and I don't have that cash to just spend on a seasonal accessory like that.
So, after watching so many tutorials on youtube, I decided to just make one myself since it will be cheaper, I have more control on what my flower crown looks like and I learn a new skill to put under my belt. It's a win win!
So, let's get started~

What you will need:
Thick floral wire~ mine is wrapped in a natural coloured twine.
Pliers
Scissors [strong enough to cut your wire and the plastic flower stems]
Fake flowers~15-30 flower heads per crown, is a good estimate if you want a very dense crown.
Hot glue gun

Optional:
Items like crystals, pearls [or starfish] to further personalize your crown.

Step one: Behead all the flowers. So, just take your scissors and cut off all their heads, or pull them off the stem if you can. 

Step two: Take your wire, and wrap it around your head, once you get that measurement, leave an extra two-three inches and cut it. 

Step three: Cut two other wires the same length as the piece you just cut~ You will want three wires of the same length.
Step four: Braid your wire, to form a secure base for your crown, when you're done, use your pliers to wrap the ends around each other, and tuck all remaining wire around it's self so you have no sharp pieces sticking out.

[Optional, you can cut a small 3-4 inch piece of wire to wrap around your end to make it look neater and to cover any sharp wire ends you can't conceal~ It can also serve to make the end even more sturdy.]
Step five: Now is the fun part, you can lay out your crown design, and map out how you want your crown to look!
Step six: Hot glue your flower heads to your crown~ This step takes the most time, and it's a lot of adjusting and probably burning yourself every so often.
I like to start where my crown is the most dense, which tends to be near the front, then work out.
I put my main flowers down first, then, if I fill it out with smaller ones, I do that after the crown is mostly covered.

Step seven [optional]: decorate your crown with bling or other accessories~ I attached all my extras with hot glue since it's fast to dry and pretty stable. If you want more stability, you can use epoxy, but that takes time to fully cure.

That's it!

It's a fairly simple process, but it can be a bit time consuming depending how voluminous and/or how detailed you want your flower crown to be.

I ended up making two crowns with how many flower heads I had. 

My mermaid crown^^

Then, my massive flower crown, with lots of embellishments^^

I am a bit more biased to my mermaid themed crown~ It makes me feel absolutely magical!
I think it goes quite well with my mermaid tee from Brandy Melville, haha..
Flower crowns are a pretty and delicate accessory for any season [probably with seasonal blooms and colour schemes for times like fall and winter]~ They can take any look to another level, and are real attention grabbers. Not to mention, they are pretty easy to make by yourself and to fit any budget.
 

                        
I'm so happy to finally have a flower crown to call my own!

I hope you could find the tutorial helpful!
Make a flower crown, not just for yourself but for the lovely people in your life, everyone enjoys a fun flower crown~~

<3CarisseIris


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mini Vacation~ San Diego [picture heavy]


So, I guess if you follow me on my other social networks, you might know my friends and I went on our yearly San Diego stay for a small summer vacation type thing.
It's the one trip I look forward too since, a bunch of us gals pile into a car and pretend we're room mates for a week and just relax at the beach and pool.
This year, we had a bit more of an adventure, and it was well worth it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Updated Room Tour

 Well, it's another room tour! Recently, I got a new couch and bed and it changed the feel of my room to a more mature girly feeling.
 My same shelf desk~ which I will be replacing hopefully before school starts in fall... I'm looking in antique stores for a 'gossip table' or 'telephone desk' that I want to update to match my aesthetic<3 But, I still make due with the desk I have.
 From the last room tour [link] I got rid of and replaced a lot of my stuffed animals, not only for more space, but to coordinate with the rest of my room. Also, my collection of molang plush is growing.
 My side table, equipped with my morning necessities..
 Detail of my 'new' bed... Honestly, it's not actually new, it's just my bed from my mum's other house.. During moving, the bed was missing parts so I had to make my own bed slats and use a box spring to ensure my mattress would be secure so my bed is a bit over 4 ft tall... I have to use a stepping ladder to get up on it since I'm just about 5'3" in height;; I'm still getting used to the height of it, but it kind of feels like a throne~
 My ever growing vanity.
 I have a new edition of shelving since I needed a place to organize all my books, magazines and little bobbles that were cluttering up my room.

 My plat de rĂ©sistance, my new couch and canopy.
I'm so glad I finally replaced my couch from the unformfortable wicker throne which kept snagging my hair,  to my lovely plush settee.
I then threw together a diy canopy made from ikea curtains on an embroidery hoop and hooked it up to my ceiling. 
 It's also been my 'go to' place to take pictures for blog posts and even my selfies.
 My final wall, that has my closet. Not seen are my bathroom and body mirror, that I usually use for ootds.
I'm still in the process of organizing my closet, but it's getting there. Also, if you can't tell, my clothing is very ill suited for California summer weather. I really have quite a growing collection of sweaters haha.

Hope you enjoyed my updated room tour!
[if anyone's curious this is my initial room before and after]

<3CarisseIris

Monday, July 7, 2014

Disney's Ariel Makeup and Acessories, Walgreens Exclusive

'Look at this stuff, isn't it neat?'
 Through a trickle of pictures I've been seeing pop up online, I found out that Walgreens [a US based drugstore] has now released an exclusive Disney's Ariel, the little Mermaid, line. The products come from multiple and well known brands to create a full set of beautiful and magical products for summer.

There are hair care, perfume, makeup, bags and accessories available in store. [website link]

Happily, I went straight to my local Walgreens, but products weren't available in store yet... SO, I journeyed to four other shops to fill up my treasure trove. Most stores I visited just had their shipment arrive in this morning, so I was able to see all the products available in bulk since they took out what they had in the stock room for me to peruse... I'm happy to say, I was able to find all the items in the collection I wanted to get my hands on!
Disney Ariel Lash Kit, by Ardell 
This kit is the piece that drew my attention to this series! The packaging is AMAZING, like I'm in love with the shell shape it's in, plus, it seems like it can be reusable since it can fit Ardell's standard lash stands.. It's actually pretty sturdy and plastic, so I know I'll be using this as my travel lash case.
The kit comes with two Ardell lashes, the case and some glue. There are three different kits available, all of them come with one pair of Ardell's 'Demi Wispies' and a pair of their 'Double Up' lashes...  I believe I purchased kit #1 and #2, that come with lashes 203 and 204~ For in store and online, kit #3 looks like it has lash number 205, but I can't confirm that;; 
 The next product I purchased was the Ariel Nail Polish 5 piece set.
 I actually didn't notice till I brought it home that the polishes are scented! Truthfully, the scents are kind of gross to me except for the 'vanilla' scent which is the colour 'For Shore'.
Above, the colours in order:
High Tide, Blueberry
Sea Breeze, Cherry
For Shore, Vanilla
Surf's Up, Strawberry
Tropical Wave, Grape
e.l.f Disney Ariel Lip Stain and Super Glossy Lip Shine Set.
The packaging is very cute, with the monogram 'A' and shell that goes with the theme of all the products. It's very classy and looks really pretty. The colour of the stain is Petal Pink and the glosses are Sunrise and Sunset~ Both are the same colour but one is sheer, and the other opaque with gold shimmer bits.
e.l.f Disney Ariel Eye Collection set.
In the kit, it comes with a waterproof black eyeliner and two eyeshadow duos. The teal/gold set is called 'High Tide', while the pearly muave/bronze duo is titled 'Coral Reef'~ both duos are different colours from the other shadow kit in the series. I really like all the colours except the muave shade, so it was a bit anti climactic. On another point, I was pleasantly shocked at how nice the liquid liner in this kit is! It's smudge proof and pretty darn opaque for the price.. 
 e.l.f Disney Ariel Treasure Within Beauty Book set.
 This book is the neatest thing in the collection, hands down~ I guess it would be the key item to get...
It comes with 9 eye shadows, two blushes, a lip gloss and two brushes~
 Following the example of other Disney inspired sets, the names of the shadows are really cute~
Sand Dollar~ a light cream shadow with a very fine dusting of shimmer, it could almost be matte.
Coral Reef~ a frosty light lemon shade
Tropical Wave~ shimmery aqua
North Star~ shimmering light grey
For Shore~ frosted gold
Siren Song~ metallic copper
Seaweed~ pearlecent green
Seashell~ electric purple with a light dusting of shimmer, which is more on the matte end
Brilliant sea~ shimmery blue

Conch Shell~ Dark tan blush
Tan Lines~ Golden blush

Go on and Kiss the Girl~ baby pink lip gloss

I'm not so impressed with the eyeshadows because all the shimmer and pearl is a bit too much for me~ But I absolutely love Sand Dollar and Siren Song. They are so pretty blended with the Conch Shell blush used as an eyeshadow~
I really like both the blushes, and they make a pretty decent contour if you can get past the shimmer. They both blend amazingly too so it made the purchase of the booklet worth it!
The book comes with an instruction/guide on how to create a day and night look using the palette, and both looks are very pretty and the advice can be used as an outline for beginners with eyeshadow because the guide is quite easy to follow.
e.l.f Disney Ariel Bronzer and Kabuki Brush set
Hands down my favourite purchase from the collection! I adore the packaging and the bronzer makes a beautiful contour shade!!! Wow, I'm in love~ The only downside is there's a LOT of fall out if you use the provided kabuki brush~ The brush might be a bit too stiff for the product I think, so it was a big mess until I switched to my normal contour brush.. 
e.l.f Disney Ariel Crystal Brush Set
I bought this out of curiosity on how e.l.f brushes fare in my kit.. Also I lost my blending brush on vacation;; The brushes are pretty decent and look quite pretty~ So it's all good. I really like the travel pouch it comes in, it'll be great for trips and bringing in my makeup kit.
Conair Disney Ariel Wrapped Headband
It's such a pretty headband! When I wear it, it looks like I've donned a tiara! Like, a crown fit for a mermaid princess~ It's really subtle.

 I used all the products for fun, and loved the result~ I used the wispy lashes, blush, provided eyeliner, contour, liptint/lipgloss and Siren+Sand Dollar+ Conch Shell for my eye shadow. I'm mighty impressed with how good it all looks especially for drugstore brands.

I love the Disney Ariel collection, and it was my day and money well spent scouring the seas for~ Haha, or along the 605 freeway at least... 

<3CarisseIris