ipsy May Glam Bag – Jetsetter

The timing for this bag was impeccable! I tried everything I received prior to my trip a week later.

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What’s in the bag?

  • BellaPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil – This was the one thing I didn’t bring on my trip. I was able to smudge it out after applying, and it lasted for the time I had it on and didn’t transfer to other parts of my eyelids.
  • CoTZ Face Natural SPF 40 – Very happy to get this since I needed face sunblock for my trip. It had a slight tint and felt like a primer when I applied it. Sure enough, the product information stated that it could be used by itself or under makeup. There was the occasional need to blot, but overall a great product and the first of the ipsy products received that I plan to purchase in its full size.
  • Luxie Beauty Tapered Blending Eye Brush 205  – Always love being able to try a new eye shadow brush. The bristles on this were soft and the brush itself worked great with blending. I can never have too many of these, yet. This is only the 3rd or 4th blending brush I own.
  • St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion – I don’t think I want to wear anything that shows even a bit of leg nowadays without first applying something that’ll add a little color to them. This went on nicely and dried quick, so I was able to get changed right away. Wash your hands well after using it, because they will look funky. 😛 Wouldn’t say the color pay off is as great as Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs, but it also washes off with soap and water, which is nice.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil + Bonus Revolution High-Color Lipgloss – THE best items out of the May bag! The glosses came in Bittersweet and Failbait. The lip pencil is a must with these or any type of color rich gloss because it really does what it’s supposed to do…keep them in it’s place! For someone who doesn’t really love brights, I couldn’t get over how pretty Bittersweet was. I emptied out both samples into small travel containers and will use them until they’re finished. I wouldn’t be happy wasting such an awesome product. The texture is a bit sticky, but it kept my lips hydrated. I will definitely be getting the pencil and possibly Bittersweet full sized as well in the near future.
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Bottom – Bittersweet

Overall, ipsy did darn well with their May bag. Another thumbs up for 5/5 items! 😀

I’m Back!

It’s been a long day of flying from New Orleans to San Francisco. Even stopped at San Diego before finally heading home. So exhausted, but grateful for a few days exploring a new place with friends. Will have a few posts about my trip up within the week, but for now sleep!

Tip of the Day #15: What Kind of Bag Do You Need?

Happy Tuesday! Here’s another SDCC tip from Tony of Crazy 4 Comic Con. I started re-posting these tips later down the list, so feel free to visit the main site at https://crazy4comiccon.wordpress.com/ to view the rest.

Crazy 4 Comic Con

a.aaa-Chinese-backpackFor today’s tip, we’re going to be talking about something simple but can still have a huge impact on your Comic-Con experience- your BACKPACK. I know what you are thinking, “what’s the big deal? Well, there is actually more to it than grabbing your pack from college and hitting SD for the week. During the grueling 4-days in San Diego, there is no companion more faithful to you than your backpack. It will be there for you during the good times and bad- it will never leave you nor forsake you. Besides carrying your prized SDCC Exclusives, it will also be filled with much needed food, water, and other con supplies that might make the difference between life and death (ok, not really death but how about a really bad day). Here are a few tips to consider when choosing a carrying companion.

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Tagged: Love/Hate

I was one of the bloggers picked by Stash Matters to do this tag. Please pay her a visit when you have the chance, because she’s awesome!

Rules:

Share 10 things you love and 10 things you hate, and nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

Things I love:

  1. Chocolate
  2. The color black
  3. Studio Ghibli
  4. Winnie the Pooh
  5. Traveling
  6. Sushi
  7. Spending time with friends and family
  8. Afternoon tea
  9. Corgis
  10. Badtz Maru

Things I hate (although I think it’s a strong word for this list, I dislike these things enough to almost hate them):

  1. Spiders
  2. Lamb
  3. Taking selfies
  4. Drivers who don’t signal before changing lanes
  5. Hang nails
  6. Waterlining
  7. People who constantly flake on plans
  8. YOLO
  9. Walking through a casino in Vegas, and it reeks of cigarette smoke
  10. Any bitter vegetable

I tag you 10 (Apologies in advance if you’ve previously been chosen for this tag):

  1. Tiahn – Tiahn Write
  2. Isabel – Styling Canvas
  3. The World of Cos
  4. thebeautydorkk
  5. Living Disrobed
  6. The Beautified Blogger
  7. Chey Chey from the Bay
  8. Shay Play
  9. Make Up World
  10. Hope – Lancora Perla

Tip of the Day #14: Your Comic Con Survival Kit

SDCC is almost here! I wanted to share this post from one of my Con sources, as it may be helpful for those attending this year for the first time, and for seasoned attendees that may want to update their list of supplies. I remember suggesting deodorant in Tony’s article last year. So funny, but definitely a Con essential.

Crazy 4 Comic Con

As we are closing on just 6 week away from Comic-Con, it’s time to start assembling the core supplies and equipment to survive the crazy week at SDCC. So I present to you the Comic-Con Survival Kit! Here is everything you might need to navigate the convention center for 4 days. For you SDCC vets, leave a comment below about what is in your survival kit. Special thanks to the awesome Shout! Factory– check out past shows and don’t forget to subscribe!

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The Lipstick Tag

I’m beginning to like these blog tags, so here’s another one. I was one of 3 bloggers chosen by The World of Cos for this tag.

Rules: 

1. Tag 3 bloggers to answer the same questions.

2. Those 3 bloggers will tag 3 more bloggers with the same questions and rules.

3. No tagging back the blogger who tagged you.

Questions:

1. How many lipsticks do you own? 24

2. What was your first ever lipstick? The earliest I can remember using was Toast of New York by Revlon back in middle school. I remember how hard that color was to find, and it’s still currently available.

3. What is your most worn lipstick? M.A.C. Syrup.

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M.A.C. Syrup

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks? M.A.C. for dept. store and NYX for mass retailer/drug store.

5. What is your favorite finish? Big fan of the Lustre finish from M.A.C.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought? NARS Semi Matte in Red Lizard

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? Just 2, Baby Lips balm and Julep lip gloss in Charming.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip? I have a few options for this. Either the color from question 6, M.A.C. Viva Glam I, or Maybelline Super Stay in All Day Cherry.

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Clockwise from top left: M.A.C. Viva Glam I, NARS Red Lizard, Maybelline Super Stay All Day Cherry

9. How do you store your lipstick? In a zippered makeup bag, which connects to the inside of a larger storage bag similar to this one from Sephora.

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over? I just tried out NYX Intense Butter Gloss last week. It’s amazing stuff. I want to buy at least 1 more color of it.

Tag, you’re it!:

1. The Life of Kristyn

2. Dorkchops

3. With All My Affection

I look forward to seeing your answers! 🙂

Current Thoughts on Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley

I’ve been looking forward to my HBO Sundays for as long as I can remember. Although, I hate to say that my excitement for it hasn’t been as great lately. Game of Thrones is more than half way into its 5th season, and I keep wondering, “When is it going to get better?” Really, when? Past seasons have had escalating twists and thrills that kept viewers like me on the edge of my seat. This last episode was a little boring, although the Sand Snakes first fight and Sansa’s nightmare of a wedding night were the only things I considered highlights. (Sorry for the spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet.) I guess I’ll just keep hoping that the remaining episodes will prove me otherwise. Until then, color me confused.

Silicon Valley, on the other hand, has stayed interesting as the fellas from Pied Piper continue to get screwed. They lose their chance at finally promoting their platform not only due to a contract conflict; the company they are contracted with decides to collaborate with someone else, who happens to be one of their competitors. (Again, sorry for the spoiler).

Whether or not you’ve seen it, they have an actual link to the condor cam that was featured in the episode. Hilarious! At least one of these shows is showing some progression, if even a little.

Tag – Get to Know Me (Beauty Edition)

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Here’s another tag that I came across on jaanethough‘s blog. I won’t be tagging anyone. Just liked the questions that were asked.

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

I had an interesting phase with my hair growing up. When I was younger, it was straight and curled slightly at the ends. Then puberty hit and it became extremely thick and wavy. It’s toned down a bit since then. Thank goodness.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

I’ve only had it colored at a salon once. I do my hair coloring at home. I’ve moved from the boxed kind to purchasing the developer and color separately at a beauty supply store.

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?

I don’t wear the same style everyday due to work, but when I’m off, I keep things casual. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of person.

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

When I actually get around to it, I do it on my own. The only time I’ll hit up a nail salon is when it’s prior to a special occasion. When that happens, I usually opt for gel/shellac nails with a French tip.

5. How often do you change your nail polish?

Not very often seeing as I don’t use it much.

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?

I’d say year round, but again, it depends on when I decide to use it.

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?

Under 10 minutes if I plan out what I want to use ahead of time. If not, then under 20.

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?

Eyes first. It’s easier for me to wipe off any shadow fall out or fix any smudges.

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?

Oh man, this is grounds for a future post! I did collect makeup from a popular brand several years ago, but since then, I’ve tried my best not to splurge. Now I only buy what I feel is necessary, but I will grab an item or two if it’s new and I want to try it out.

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

Rarely. I have a few pairs that I have yet to use. I save those for special occasions as well.

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?

No way! If it’s more than my moisturizer, it’s either BB cream or a bit of concealer on my face. Otherwise, lip gloss is the most makeup you’ll see on me on a daily basis.

12. Do you wear makeup when you’re home alone or with family?

That’s just weird. If I do wear any makeup at home, it’s because I’m trying out a new product and didn’t feel like going out. When I’m out with family, I don’t need to make myself up. A swipe of gloss is plenty.

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?

Yep. I do it most often when I have to get to work early in the morning.

14. How many high-end products do you have?

I would say enough. Honestly, I haven’t visited a makeup counter in years and I really don’t need to.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you’re getting dressed?

It’s usually the latter.

16. How often do you change your handbag?

I try to rotate my bag weekly. Sometimes I just forget because the one I’m currently using fits everything. When I do change it, I have to not do it while in a hurry. You’re bound to forget at least one item that was in the bag you last used.

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?

During the week, I sleep at around 12:30am and wake up at 8:15am (with the addition of hitting snooze a few times, haha). It varies on weekends.

18. How often or when do you workout?

I’m lucky if I can work out at least twice a week, and when I do, it’s during late afternoon or early evening. I’m so lazy.

19. Left handed or right handed?

Lefty. Southpaw for life!

20. How tall are you?

5’1″. Proud member of the vertically challenged society. XD

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Very little Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish (thank you, high school).

22. How many pets do you have?

None. Last time I had pets was 3 gold fish back in elementary school. They all lived almost 2 years.

23. How often are you on Blogger?

Blogger? Never. WordPress? Once a day.

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?

I read them on others’ and mine, and I try to reply when I can. I like interacting with other bloggers.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?

If liking posts for future reference counts as keeping a list, then yes, I do.

26. How did you come up with your blog name?

All 3 initials of my name begin with the letter R. A few friends have referred to me as R Cubed, so it stuck.

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?

I take all my photos with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S5). I’d like to eventually purchase a new digital camera to use for better photos.

28. How often do you clean your house?

I leave that up to my parents. I take care of my room and my bathroom, which is several times during the week.

29. What’s your favorite color?

Black

30. Do you swear?

Once in a while. Definitely not a potty mouth though.

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Running errands, eating, packing for my trip next week,  and most likely watching shows on Netflix before going to bed.

SDCC Updates and Another Contest

It’s less than 60 days until SD Comic Con. I can’t even wrap my head around that right now! I’m currently gathering a few things together for a cosplay that I’m planning for this year. Last year I retired one that I loved and went out with a bang. For any of you who have heard of or watched the anime Soul Eater, then you should recognize this.

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Maka meets Baymax. No big deal. 😛

I really liked Maka’s character in the series, and her scythe is just plain bad ass. I’ll share a funny story about when I dressed up has her for the last time. I was walking to the convention center from my hotel. Before hanging a left to get there, a girl stopped me. She was out of breath and said, “My friend and I saw you from across the street and ran. Can we take a photo of you?” Of course I said yes. After the photo-op, one of them pulled out an autograph book and asked if I could sign it as my character. “Sure!”, I said. Although I have no idea what Maka’s handwriting looked like, it was an awesome request. Seeing the smiles on those 2 girls’ faces really made my day and rounded out my Con experience.

Anyone who’s dressed up for these types of conventions know the rush felt when others recognize who you are or show any interest in your outfit. I even had a few attendees yell out my character’s name, and I made sure to acknowledge them. Plus, walking around with a huge weapon does make you stand out a bit. Just sayin’. I will surely miss being her for 3 years that I’ve attended SDCC, but it’s about time to do something different, and also something that doesn’t involve hauling around a massive prop. I had to hoist it up while walking around inside of the convention center so that I wouldn’t poke people. Another funny thing happened when I joined friends for happy hour at a nearby hotel later that day. The person checking IDs saw that I had the scythe with me and asked if it would be OK that I “coat checked” it. I couldn’t help but laugh, and it was cool that they didn’t mind watching it for me.

Pieces of what I’ll be wearing this year are slowly being delivered. I do hope that some day I’ll make an effort to take up sewing so I can make my costumes. A friend said it’s not too difficult when using a pattern. I’ll be the judge of that once I’m actually able to use a sewing machine. Speaking of SDCC, I came across another contest to win a trip to the event. The prize includes round trip airfare and hotel accomodations, plus spending money and VIP access to Nerdist’s Comic Con party. If you’re a fan of Chris Hardwick (best SDCC panel moderator ever, and hello Talking Dead?!), you should enter this. Contest is open to US residents and entry period ends June 14.

Follow this link:

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If you’re wondering about whether or not I’m excited, it’s getting there. Planning will keep me occupied until then.