Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Liebster Award ♥

I was nominated by Sammi of Sammi's World to do the Liebster Award (like a month ago... hehe...thanks babe!) Go check out her blog if you don't already know who she is :)

What is the Liebster Award? 
You have to answer 11 questions that are given to you. Then you make up a whole new set of 11 questions and nominate 11 people to answer those questions! 11 is the magic number.

Questions

1. What is one snack food you cannot resist? Cookies!

2. Do you have any siblings? If so, are they older or younger than you? I have one sister, Olivia who is 2 years younger than me.

3. What is your favorite quote? Hmmm I don't really have one?? I'm not a quote person.

4. What is one of your favorite blog posts you've written? (link it up!) My fave post I've written would have to be my "OOTD: Boyfriend Jean Shirt and Tribal Leggings!!" post. I just love that jean shirt and I would honestly wear it once a week last summer hahaha! Check it out here :) 

5. What is advice you would give someone having a bad day? Eat some sweets and watch your favourite show. Tomorrow will be better. Don't let the small things get to you!! :)

6. What is the best thing that has ever happened to you? Oh boy how can I say this without being cheesy?? Meeting my boyfriend! He is my best friend and I'm so lucky to have him :)

7. Do you have any pets? What are they? I have a tortie kitten! Her name is Stella :)

8. What is your idea of a perfect Saturday night? Haha being a couch potato watching a marathon of whatever show I'm in the mood for and pigging out on junk food ;)

9. If you were automatically given one skill, what would it be? I really wish I could dance. I have ZERO rhythm!

10. When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up? Haha I wanted to be an astronaut. YEAH RIGHT.

11. Would you ever consider plastic surgery? Hmmm I feel like I might consider Botox if I get really wrinkly, but plastic surgery seems quite invasive. But who knows??

My Nominees:


**New Questions for my Nominees:**
1. What is your guilty pleasure song at the moment?
2. What are you excited to wear this summer?
3. Would you rather give up eyeliner or eyeshadow?
4. What is your favourite snack?
5. What is your go-to nail polish colour?
6. What is your favourite candle scent?
7. Diet soda or regular soda?
8. Are you a scarf person?
9. Combat boots or girly boots?
10. What is your favourite lip product?
11. What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?

Thanks for reading loves and I hope you have fun answering the questions!! :) xo

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Another Spring OOTD: Mint Dress And CREEPERS ♥

Hello babes :) Here is another spring ootd for you. I wore this last Thursday but I was too caught up watching Criminal Minds to post it until now. Yes, Criminal Minds is my latest obsession! I haven't watched any other show for almost two weeks now. Anyway back to the outfit: it's another dress from Forever 21. I don't think I can ever have enough of them! What makes this outfit special is my creepers!! I love how they give an edge to this girly outfit.

(Horrible mirror pic so you can see the full outfit... sorry!)
-Dress: Forever 21
-Cardigan: Fairweather
-Tights: Calvin Klein
I straightened my hair for the first time in months!!! 
Love the pattern and the black stripe ♥ 
My creepers are from Truffle. They make me an inch taller without killing my feet!! 
For my nails, I used a grey polish from Forever 21 and added a glitter top coat. 
My ring is from Suzy Shier.

Thanks for reading! xo

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Spring OOTD: Floral Sneakers!!

Hello loves. YES I AM OBSESSED WITH ALL THINGS FLORAL PRINT! I recently purchased some adorable floral shoes by City Sneaks at Payless, and the weather is nice enough for me to show them off!

-Tank top (it's blue and hard to see under my blouse): Suzy Shier
-Blouse: Suzy Shier
-Cardigan: Old Navy
-Jeans: Bluenotes
-Shoes: City Sneaks from Payless 
I love the pink laces!!

Would you wear floral sneakers?? Thanks for reading :) xo

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mascara Combo: Maybelline The Mega Plush Volum' Mascara And Covergirl Clump Crusher By Lashblast

Hello beauties :) I love trying out new mascaras, and I recently used up two tubes: Maybelline's The Mega Plush Volum' Mascara and Covergirl's Clump Crusher By Lashblast.

First let me discuss Maybelline's The Mega Plush Volum' Mascara:
The brush is large and made of regular mascara-brush bristles. The formula is on the wetter side, which is the formula I prefer. However, since this mascara is supposed to be "free of heavy waxes" it seems to me like it lacks something. My lashes are long and voluminous but they are missing that wow-factor.

Moving on to Covergirl's Clump Crusher By Lashblast mascara:
 
This mascara has a plastic brush, which I prefer to the bristle brushes. The formula is on the dryer side but I found it did a better job at separating my lashes. The mascara lived up to its name: I had no clumps!! 

Both mascaras were okay on their own but I used them together to see the effect they would give. I loved it! Each formula made up for what the other formula lacked. 

I applied one coat of the Mega Plush Volum' Mascara to my top and bottom lashes, then added one coat of the Clump Crusher mascara to my top lashes only. My lashes were voluminous and very long! Using both mascaras together definitely gave me the wow-factor I was missing!

What is your favourite mascara combo?? Or are combos not your style? Thanks for reading! xo

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Essence Nail Art Stampy Set Review!

Hello loves! I've been wanting to buy a nail stamping set for a long time but was undecided on which brand to try. I was browsing the makeup aisle at the drugstore last week and saw this Essence Stampy Set for really cheap so I decided to try it out!

The set comes with one plate, the stamper and the scraper. 
I love the cute designs! My favourite is the big "hand-drawn" style heart :) 
Here is the finished look! 
I used three coats of this Orly polish in "Green With Envy" as a base colour. 
I used this Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear polish in "White On" to stamp. 
Finally I used a coat of this "Colour & Go" topcoat by Essence.

I had fun with this set and I really liked the end result. It does get a little messy and you need to have nail polish remover nearby to clean the plate and stamper between stampings. The scraper does accumulate polish too so it needs to be cleaned every 3-4 stamps or so. I used regular nail polish but I think there is special polish designed for stamping you can use as well, maybe it would be less messy? Overall I would definitely recommend this set!! 

Thanks for reading :) xo

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

OOTD: 08/04/14

Hello loves :) I wanted to share this special outfit with you. Why is it special?? Because my boo Amber has the same dress!!! TWINSIES!!! Check out how she wears hers here!
Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Jacob
 
Giving the camera some attitude ;) 
My tights are from Calvin Klein (yes it's still cold enough for tights here!) 
My earrings are from Call It Spring!

Thanks so much for reading! xo

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Book Review: Into The Labyrinth by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Hello loves! Today I have a book review for you: “Into The Labyrinth” by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (1993). 
**SPOILED ALERT**
I picked up this book from my local Chapters without realizing it was the 6th book in a 7 book series (the Death Gate Series)! However the books are written in a “stand alone” manner so the reader can still understand the story without reading the books in chronological order (luckily for me). The reader does have to read all the books to discover the full story, however. This book ends on a cliff-hanger! I was never really into fantasy books, but this book has changed my opinion completely. It was such a fun read. There is never a dull moment; the story is filled with excitement and adventure.  The series contains the usual fantasy races: humans, elves, and dwarves; plus two races unique to it, Patryns and Sartans (these races are superior, God-like. They refer to the lesser races as “mensch”). Sartans and Patryns possess magic which they control by using “runes” (magical symbols) drawn in the air and on the ground. They can also trace runes on buildings to protect them, or on weapons to enhance them. Patryns also tattoo the runes onto their bodies (sigla): these glow to warn them of danger.

Here is a brief context overview (keeping in mind I only read the 6th book!): The Sartan and Patryns were at war at the beginning of time. The Sartan “sundered the world” in an attempt to end this conflict and separated it into four worlds according to the four elemental elements: Chelestra, a world of water; Arianus, a world of air; Pryan, the world of fire; and Abbarach, the world of stone. The Labyrinth was also created, meant to serve as a prison designed to correct the Patryns.

I will give you an overview of a few important characters appearing in this book:

Xar: Also called the Lord of the Nexus. Xar is a powerful Patryn who escaped the Labyrinth and saved other Patryns. However the bulk of the Patryn race still remain in the Labyrinth. He wishes to rule over the mensch on all the other worlds and has an elaborate plan to create armies of “lazars” (people (could be of any race) brought back to life before the soul has had time to leave the body completely). He must locate the seventh gate in order to accomplish this.
Sang-Drax: A dragon snake and counsellor of Xar. Dragon snakes are very powerful and evil creatures which can take on any form, but their true from are giant, poisonous, toothless serpents.
Marit: She is another Patryn who escaped the Labyrinth through her Lord Xar’s help. She is faithful to Xar and wishes to help him in his plan to “take over the worlds”.
Haplo: Also a Patryn and servant of Xar, he is considered a traitor because he has not followed Xar’s plan to “stir up trouble in the other worlds so Xar can come “save” them and take over”. Haplo has an intuition that Xar is being led by evil forces (the dragon-snakes).
Alfred: a heretical Sartan who was against the Sundering. He has great power and can bring people back from the dead and transform himself into a dragon.
Hugh the Hand: a human assassin, whois condemned to eternal life by Alfred.
Paithan: an elf trapped on Pryan, who is obsessed with the Star Chamber.
Aleatha: Painthan’s sister, an elf who gets what she wants by using her beauty. However she is misunderstood and lonely.
Rega: a human trapped on Pryan, in love with Paithan.
Roland: Rega’s sister, in love with Aleatha.
Drugar: a dwarf trapped on Pryan, who is the last of his kind (or so he thinks).
Zifnab: A very powerful wizard. He is completely insane and provides comic relief to the reader! He is one of the heretical Sartans who were against the Sundering, and was cast into the Labyrinth as a punishment. He was the first person ever to escape.

This is a super summarized version of the story, I left out a lot! Just to give you an idea:
The book starts out in Abbarach. Xar is trying to discover the location of Sartans so he kill them and raise an army of lazar. Xar learns that Haplo has betrayed him and sends Marit to kill him. Marit leaves Abbarach and searches for Haplo on Arianus. Hugh the Hand has also been sent out to kill Haplo by the Kenkari (powerful elf leaders). Hugh is armed with the Cursed Blade. Hugh nearly kills Haplo but ends up dead himself (not for long, since he is cursed with eternal life). Eventually Marit finds both of them and attempts to kill Haplo. However, the Cursed Blade is “programmed” to kill any Patryn (it was created with Sartan magic) and both are in danger. Haplo attempts to stop the blade by landing Marit’s ship on Chelestra, the world of water (the water nulls Sartan and Patryn magic). This turns out to be a horrible plan as the Blade summons a dragon-snake and the ship is destroyed! When all hope seems lost, Alfred saves them and brings them to the Vortex, a one way portal at the center of the Labyrinth.

Meanwhile, on Pryan, Paithan, Aleatha, Drugar, Rega and Roland are constantly quarrelling over the dwindling food supplies. They are the only five people remaining in the Citadel, the only safe area in Pryan, which is covered in a vast jungle. This jungle inhabited by tytans, giant eyeless beasts who will trample them if they leave the Citadel. Paithan is fascinated with the Star Chamber, a room at the top of the Citadel containing an apparatus from which an extremely bright light sometimes shines. The tytans seem to be mesmerized by this light and are harmless when it is shinning. Xar and Sang-drax arrive on Pryan in hopes of finding the Seventh Gate. Xar plans on killing the mensch so he can use them to distract the tytans. Meanwhile Drugar discovers the role of the tytans: they control the Star Chamber. Zifnab and his dragon manage to save the mensch from Xar, but Drugar unfortunately dies. Aleatha allows the tytans to enter the Citadel, and the other mensch hiding in the jungle can now return without fear. Everything then seems to end well on Pryan. Xar steals a Sartan amulet from Aleatha and uses it to enter a Sartan ship deep within the jungle, which he uses to return to the Labyrinth.

Alfred, Marit, Haplo and Hugh set off to travel through the Labyrinth to hopefully reach the Nexus to escape. Travelling through the Labyrinth is extremely dangerous but they are left with no other option. Eventually they reach Abri, a strong city built by Sartans and Patryns who overlooked eachother’s differences and worked together. Marit overhears Sang-Drax and three other dragon-snakes who have been posing as Patryns reveal their plans to attack Abri and seal the Final Gates, preventing the Patryns from escaping forever. Haplo had been right! Sang-Drax was using Xar all along for his own motives. Marit warns Vasu, leader of Abri and by working together, the city manages to defeat the armies of the Labyrinth. Alfred turns into a dragon and is a great help in the battle. However, Xar arrives and kidnaps Haplo who is very weak from fighting. And although Sang-Drax has been defeated, there are other dragon-snakes who are on their way to the Final Gate… Marit and Hugh leave Abri to find Alfred (who is missing) because he is their only hope to prevent the Patryn’s destruction.     

As you can see this series is quite complicated with the numerous characters and many worlds but once you get into it, it’s quite addictive! I will definitely be reading the other books in the series!!