Sunday, March 15, 2015

Natural Looking Full Coverage Makeup Base

What You'll need:
Concealer
Face powder [if you want more coverage a matching powder to your skin tone will help]
Foundation brush or stippling brush
BB cream or tinted moisturizer
Optional~
Makeup sealer [I really love Ben Nye's Final Seal]

So, I'm sure those who follow my blog are aware I don't really have the best skin, but I do know how to cover it well enough. Since I hit the gym every day, I do feel more confidant working out with natural looking makeup on to just cover up my blemishes a bit. And yes, I know it's not the best to go to the gym with makeup on, but I still do it. But I thought it would make for a good tutorial for those who do need a bit more makeup coverage and don't want to have a full 'cake face' going on.
1. Concealer. Use a bit of concealer to cover up problem areas on your face, and if you need to, a bit of your dark circles. I use the ring finger on my non-dominant hand to blend it out, since that finger will have the gentlest touch and won't over blend out all the product I put on.
2.Powder. Just apply powder on top of the areas with concealer, to make sure your concealer is set into place. I like to use a makeup sponge or powder puff to press the product really well into the skin.
3. BB cream or tinted moisturizer. This step will take away the matte look of the skin from the powder and make your complexion look more even, and natural. So, using a dime sized of product, give or take, and your foundation or stippling brush, tap on the product onto your skin and over the areas you concealed and powdered. Areas that you didn't touch you can gently buff the product into the skin. Tap and buff around until you are satisfied with how your skin looks. You don't want to blend or drag your brush over the areas you covered or else you will disturb the makeup and can end up removing the work you previously put down. If you applied a bit too much, just gently dab it with your finger pad or with the brush. When you are done, you should have a relatively dewey and natural looking finish to your skin. 

4. Spray a makeup seal onto your skin. Especially useful on hot days, if you plan to swim, or if you are going to work out. It'll keep your makeup on your face and in place.

Finish off with brows, a touch of mascara and lip balm if you feel you need them.
That's it. Full coverage, and a decent natural finish, that will last throughout the day.

<3CarisseIris

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

runDisney and New Balance~ Cinderella Running Shoes

The newest trend in magical glass slippers~

 So, I've decided to start amping up my exercise routine and lifting every day and doing either running, kick boxing or zumba every day.  It's time to get fit again. So, my friends and I were looking to doing the runDisney Disneyland Marathon, but didn't have the funds to sign up this year, but while looking things up, my friend came across some pictures of official runDisney shoes by New Balance.  [There's like, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie... etc~ kind of shoes, so there's a decent selection]
And so, these shoes you can get by either signing up for the marathon and buying them after registering or by going to specific conventions and purchasing them there. Honestly, the later was too much of a hassle for me, and I NEEDED these Cinderella shoes, and you'll see why below. 

Anywho, I found a pair on eBay, bid and bought it at a decently inflated price.
Not even a day after, these shoes were at my door, and how uncanny they came in the same day as my Cinderella MAC makeup. It's all in perfect timing. Like, fairy godmother magic, but like, I paid for...
Now, how pretty and magical are these shoes?  They're a pastel blue ombre, with sporadic silver sparkles and glitter stamps. The shoe bottoms look like Cinderella's dress and it's gorgeous. 

Above, are a few details on the shoes that I loved. The shoes had some glass slippers on top, a magical pumpkin carriage inside the shoe tongue, pretty magic sparkles everywhere and a Cinderella picture on the heel. Just perfect, and not too obvious it's Disney from afar, at least to me.. Though, I ordered a good few Cinderella tops to exercise in, so it'll obviously be overkill later on. 

But, the shoes are comfy and perfect for exercising. I always love how New Balance supports my feet when I exercise, so no complaints coming from me. They're the perfect fit, like they were magically created for me. Though, I highly doubt they will fall off, like the glass slippers in Cinderella's story. 
And, unlike those, these shoes were made for running away in style and comfort.

I'm excited to use them tomorrow for my morning work out. 
<3CarisseIris

MAC Cinderella Collection~ My haul

 Well, all I can say is I'm a sucker for cute looking makeup.
So, I bought a good chunk of pieces from MAC's Cinderella collection, and wow, I am in love with the packaging. The items all come in this powder blue packaging with a baby pink duo chrome layer on top. It's absolutely gorgeous! I'm not swatching or reviewing the pieces yet, I'll do it when my nails look nice, so in a few weeks probably. My stance on my makeup itself is in the air I need to experiment a bit with it because I'm unsure how to make all the pieces work for me in a complete look. I tried today, and I wasn't satisfied with how it came out, in all honesty. So, for now I'll just show some pretty pictures, give a light description and we'll save the rest for another day when I have a better opinion on the makeup. 
MAC Cinderella Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess~ A silvery pinkish-beige highlighter.
 MAC Cinderella Iridescent Pressed Powder in Coupe D'Chic~ A shimmery golden-peach facial highlighter? blush? both? I'm not quite sure, honestly.


MAC Cinderella Eyeshadow palette in Stroke of Midnight~ Shades include Vapour, a light peachy-pink; Phloof!, a frosty off-white; Omega, a beige-taupe; Quarry, a plum-brown; Satin Taupe, a silvery taupe, and Stroke of Midnight, a black sparkly plum, which is the only colour in the palette that's a special edition shade for this release.

MAC Cinderella Fluidline in Little Black Bow~ A silvery-gray cream eyeliner.

MAC Cinderella Glitter in Reflects Pearl~ A fine loose white glitter.

 Both lipsticks in the collection side by side.
 MAC Cinderella Lipstick in Royal Ball~ A nude-pink lipstick
 MAC Cinderella Lipstick in Free as a Butterfly~ A sheer golden nude lipstick.
MAC Cinderella Lip glass in Happily Ever After~ A cool, shimmery pink lip gloss.
I'm happy to have gotten the collection, and probably pretty lucky as I was able to snag them when it went up online at 4am, PST~ So, I'm pretty happy. I just need to play around with it a bit.
Again, I think the collection is just gorgeous visually so I'm excited to display it on my vanity. Not to mention, Cinderella one of my favourite Disney movies, and I can't wait for the live action film to come out.

<3CarisseIris




Monday, March 2, 2015

What's on my NEW Phone~ Samsung Note 4


I've had a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for a few months now, and I absolutely love it.
My previous phone was a Galaxy S3, so I'm quite familiar with it's features and already had an attachment to Samsung technology.
I am particularly fond of the larger screen, especially since I edit a lot of pictures on my phone and enjoy the expanded space. Also, the HD screen is to die for if you take advantage of it, I've used it to view a few high definition photos and videos and they are quite impressive~ but I will say for photos that aren't in HD, the screen can warp the colours and contrast a bit on them;; But it's kind of something you get used to after awhile.
I 'm not sure if it's Note 4 specific or other smart devices have the same features, but I really appreciate you can have multiple windows open at once, and you can crop and resize each window to your liking too and at the same time you can scroll, type and click on item within those windows while they're resized and/or cropped. It makes life a lot easier~ Or, me lazier? Something like that.
Also, the quick view button that shows all active windows makes flipping though open apps or pages really convenient. I actually take advantage of that option quite a lot, more so than having multiple windows open on my screen at once.
I also noticed that the battery retention of the note is a lot longer than my S3, which is pretty great.
Last but not least, I can't forget the stylus. I LOVE having a stylus, it makes typing with long nails a thing of the past, and it makes editing photos super easy.

So, onto my apps.
Above, is my main screen and lock screen, I went with a Daisy Duck theme to match my case, which I'll cover at the end of this post. I used a Dodol Launcher theme for my phone's main layout, and a Style Locker theme for my lock screen. Since I was set on a Daisy wallpaper to match my phone, I created my own on Meitu~

All the apps I use are free, unless I mention a price in it's description.

Customization:
To customize my phone, I use an app called PhoneThemeShop
It's a Korea based app, but it's pretty easy to navigate because the main features are translated to English. The app and most all the themes are free and if you want a paid theme, which are few and far between, you buy beans which are a steal, and you get a lot of beans for your buck~ You can download full packages, or search for your needs; icons, widgets, lock screens, keyboard themes, wall papers, SMS themes and contact themes. If you're unsure if you have the required launcher for a theme you want, PhoneThemeShop will link you directly to the app you need to download and makes the whole customization process extremely easy. 

To customize my keyboard, I used to use Phone Theme shop's keyboard but since I needed a Kan/Hira keyboard besides English, I upgraded to Simeji keyboard which I customized with my own Meitu creation that matches my theme.

Chat:
I actually use LINE over  the standard SMS, since the program is so easy to run and the themes are so clean, pretty and there's a good few to pick from. I also really enjoy the group chat functions and you can create basically your own facebook type feed for the members of your chat where you can store and share photos and files. Also, the Line stickers are addictive and extremely emotive and custom for your personality. I have and use a TON of them in my chats, so I take a great deal of advantage of them. I like them over standard emojis any day.

Camera/Photo Editing:
 
 I replaced the phone's standard camera with Camera360, because I have an addiction to their Sweet filter and I need to use it on everything.
To photoshop my photos, I use Meitu BeautyCam app, instructions on how I use it are in my blog post [here]
 After everything, and if I feel I want to add stickers to a photo, up the clarity or create a collage, I use LINEcamera. It's the perfect camera and photo app because it can do anything and everything and has a huge assortment of filters, stickers, photo editing tools and basically, anything you can think of~ If anything, this would be my go-to camera application.

Misc Apps:
Besides my what I consider 'standard' apps of; Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and MyFitnessPal
I have the above applications on my phone:
Coletto Calendar- A cute and girly schedule keeper and calander
Waze- A much more fun and interesting social based version of Google Maps/GPS [if you use it, you should totally use the Boy Band voice for navigation, it's the most entertaining thing to my friends and I.]
Eat24- making ordering delivery or take out a breeze, and without any social interaction, because who needs that.
Snapchat- kind of like intagram? but you can control how long a friend can see a photo and it dissapears, and the receiving company can't save a photo and if they print screen you are notified of the fact. If you want to follow me, my sn is CarisseIris.
LINE PLAY- my favourite social app, and kind of my addiction. [blog post inspired by it here][my tumblr lineplay tag] My user name is Carisse Iris if you want to add/find me. I actually actively update my diary on the app too.
TsumTsum- a cute Disney game where you connect like items and compete against your friends.
Yelp- my most used app when I'm with friends, you can look up and leave reviews of cafes, shops and even parks and beaches. It's a great app if you don't know where to go or are curious about places near and around you.
Hulu/Netflix-  monthly paid apps I use to watch tv shows and videos on my device
I also bought a wonderfully cute Daisy Duck phone case on eBay. I buy all my phone cases on eBay because there's a huge assortment to pick from. My phone cause is pretty bulky but I got used to it very quickly. The whole case is silicon and pretty sturdy and because of the bulk, it is a great case that keeps my phone safe when I drop it, which is embarrassingly quite a lot. The case also came with a chain and hole to attach said chain if you want to use the case as a purse to carry around your phone, great for days when you don't want to carry a purse or wallet. On those days, I actually just stick my credit card or a $20 bill behind my phone and tucked in the case for safe keeping.

But there you have it, my apps I use and what I think is a pretty good overview on my phone.

Hope you found it useful!

<3CarisseIris


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Romantic Disney Eyelashes by Sho-Bi~ Review

I've been eyeing these Romantic Minnie and Romantic Daisy lashes by Sho Bi for awhile.
The collection consists of 8 types of lashes for different looks but I felt the No.3 Dolly Eye and No.7 Sexy Eye would fit my preferred lash style best.

The lashes remind me a lot of Jumily lashes, their construction is quite delicate and the lashes themselves are very soft and lay on a thin clear strip. I love these types of lashes, Dolly Wink I would put in a similar category [but I find Dolly Wink brand is a bit more durable than Jumily lashes, and in turn same as this brand.]
 The No.3 Dolly eyes are quite similar to Dolly Wink #2 but in comparison, are a bit more even with the lash dispersal, and not as long as Dolly Wink lashes.

In general, the lashes are quite dense, which I was surprised with after application. 
The lashes are quite light and yet still have a thick and very apparent false lash appearance. 
The shape of the lashes are great for my eye shape since they open up the appearance of my eyes, with the tapered shape, and winged appearance. The spaced lashes near the center are what give off the dolly visual and add a very cute touch to the eyes. The thing I like most with this pair and also why I love Dolly Wink #2, is that the center of the lash is it's thickest part in regards to the amount of lashes concentrated there. With the heaviest part of the lash in the center, the eyes have a very doe like appearance and look and make my eyes look more rounded and larger.
For an every day lash, I think I will happily wear these. They look quite close to a stacked lash in regards to density and have just enough flair to be enhancing without going overboard, just passable for a day time lash. It's a great mix of cute and intense for lashes and great for those who enjoy a dramatic eyelash.
I tend to stay away from lashes that seem to be the same thickness throughout because I always fear they will look too heavy for my eye. But, with the No.7 Sexy eye lashes they are the more natural lashes of the two. Actually, apart from say House of Lashes Sweet Romance [I  wore for halloween since I was dressed to look younger], these might be the most natural lashes I've worn to date.. They actually remind me of how my lashes looked when I had lash extensions.
From it's appearance on the tray, these lashes are quite deceiving! These lashes are so light, they remind me of butterfly wings, and they are not as thick as you would assume, or at least I assumed when I bought them. They did give me a bit of trouble applying because they were so delicate and I accidentally was able to slide the lashes out of place on the lash band with my tweezers. I also had a bit of a problem controlling the lash, but when I finally got them on my lashes, I was blown away with how elegant they looked. 
 Because of the even lash dispersal of these lashes, they give the eyes a more sleek and cat eyed appearance. The look and shape is further enhanced with the heavier outer lashes that rather than enlarging the eye shape like the dolly lashes, work to elongate and compliment my eye's natural shape. In retrospect, I wish I work more natural lower lashes with them as the ones I wore above don't have the same feeling as the Sexy lashes and actually work against the beauty of these lashes. So; for note, Dolly Wink #13 bottom lashes and this pair are a bit awkward with each other. Shame on me, I just found I had a pair of #12's in my lash case after editing these photos;;
In person these lashes are perfect for a daily look, even for those new to lashes or want an enhanced natural look. They actually come in brown too which would look even more natural and are quite tempting to me to try out! I'm actually shocked how much I love this pair, and they make me feel so sultry and effortless. Hands down, I'm so glad I tried a pair like this and they would be great for daytime and days where you want noticeably thicker lashes but want to avoid bulky lash bands and looking too over done.

How I feel overall about these lashes are I love them. It's very rare that I would hate a lash, but I avoid the types I dislike~ Mostly those that feel overly synthetic lashes or ones with overly thick lash bands.

Since this brand is comparable to my fave two lash companies it's safe to say I can add Sho-Bi's Romantic Disney to my list of my lash staples.

They easily get a 5/5 in my book.
 I'm not going to lie, I was actually pushed to get the lashes finally because I have a new phone case and phone theme that went perfectly with the lashes.
You can find these lashes on eBay [here] if you are interested in purchasing a pair.

I hope you enjoyed and found the review helpful,
<3CarisseIris