Pixie Cut Update

It’s about three weeks since I got my pixie cut.

And, being with someone that has a lot of hair with volume…

This pixie cut ain’t working out for me.

Literally, I wake up with hair standing up and I need to spend time fixing it before heading out, and I hate it.

I don’t regret cutting it short… but let’s just say that, I just wish my hair would grow out by now. I can’t stand waking up to see hair standing up.

I had to buy hairspray just to hold those hair in place!

And I haven’t purchased hairspray since Stuff by (Hilary) Duff product lines were on the shelves.

Manicures on the go!

I’m no beauty guru, or have a bank account with disposable income, and with a few months left until school is done, I don’t have the time to make an appointment for a 2 hours manicure session. 

Plus, most of the time, I’m not really down to make small talk with people.

Which is why I resorted to using imPress press on manicure nails for those times that I feel I need to spice up my nails.

I’m not going to lie, I’m never a fan of fake nails but when they said no glue and only takes a few minutes to apply, I was interested.

First off, I love a product with good packaging. Like the imPress nails. The plastic nail polish bottle to hold all the nails are super adorable and easily reusable for the next batch of nails.

Another reason I tend to stay away from fake nails is due to the fact that I have small nails and most of these pre-made nails are usually on the larger side. A part of be was set to accept the fact that most of these might be too big, but to my surprised, when I lined up the cuticles, I had an extremely easy time finding nails that fits mine!

As a small girl, can you say, jackpot?! 

The application process is literally less than 10 minutes, and 5 at the most. Once you sorted out all the appropriate sizes, tear off the plastic cover and line it up on your nails. Once satisfied, apply pressure!

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 

Instructions on package.

As a broke college student with limited time on my hand, I would definitely recommend these fast and easy press on manicures. Another big bonus is once you’re tired of them, you can quickly take them off.

Not to mention that these nails are durable. After hours of putting them on, I took a shower and much to my surprise, the nails stayed on. They didn’t slip, they didn’t feel loose, they just stayed put.

*Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Influenster and imPress nails. However, my opinions on the product(s) remains 100% honest and unbiased.

I got a pixie cut!

#nofilter

If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll know that last night I chopped off my hair and went brunette!

Based on my last post, I’ve been eying a pixie cut for a while day and since my professor let us out early yesterday, I decided to visit my local salon (Modern Beauty Studio) and get a new do.

So… yes, essentially this new do happened spontaneously! And I’m happy because I love change and “risk” taking (because apparently cutting off all your hair is risky business!). Speaking of change, it’s also my first time ever dying my hair brown (Ash Brown). Originally, I wanted to add highlights in but the stylist recommended me to go brunette.

Old pic

Old pic. #baseballcaplyfe

Hair colour in natural lighting – few hours before chopping it all off.

No longer spotting green/blue hair, even though I still loved it when they cut it off. No more long hair to dance in the wind when the breeze blows this summer.

Instead, everything is lightweight (and cold).

I love the results and lucky me, I guess short hair suits me too. Although many of my friends can’t see it, I thank them all for their wonderful comments ^__^ #blushin.

Have a happy Wednesday/Thursday!

#2014BloggerChallenge – Cut it all off?

I want a pixie cut.

I haven’t had a pixie cut since… the third grade or so? So, naturally, you can tell how nervous I am thinking of chomping it all off.

But, since I’m getting tired of long hair and tired of switching from my regular hairstyle A to B, I want to switch to hairstyle C – something that I’ve never done before.

The shortest I’ve gotten my hair cut was back in 2011 when I was vacationing in China and my relatives told me to get an “Asian hairstyle”.

Glorious, eh? It grazed just above my collarbones and I had a permanent Japanese straightening done to it.

So yes, that’s the shortest I’ve done since my pixie cut days.

However, now I want to switch it up. I mean, it’s summer, it’s a season of fun and chances. I’m also starting co-op/internship soon and need to present myself much more “professional”, so I’m planning to get rid of the green dye in my hair. And finally, worst case scenario, I don’t like my pixie cut, my hair grows pretty fast.

But, at the same time, I’m a bit hesitant to chop it all off. I think of the summer breeze and my hair flowing in the wind. I think playing with my hair when I’m bored. In a way, my hair gives me confidence and it’s something I’ve always got compliments on.

I talked to my friends and they all agree I should give it a go and I’ll probably look “really cute” with one.

Who knows? I might just be getting one sometime this week! 😮

Product Review: Dorco Shai 3+3 Razor (LSXA1000: Soft Touch™ 6 Blade System for Women)

With warmer weather coming around, it’s getting pretty obvious it’s time to whip out that best friend you call a razor!

Recently, I’ve had the privilege to be contacted by Dorco to review one of the best selling razors: The Dorco Shai 3+3.

Upon first review, the packaging is quite simple. Like any razor, it proves to be a bit difficult to open up. The back of the box explains the razor’s top features such as 6 blades, lubricating band, and ergonomic handle for every turn.

Gorgeous colours! I love pink feminine products. It comes with a nice home that you can stick on your shower, however, for me, I keep my razors out the shower until I use them.

The grip of the razor is amazing! I think it’s one the best razors I’ve ever held. I don’t know about you but I love having that sense of control and grip when I shave. In my previous encounters with some razors without the grip, I’ve manage to make a few cuts here and there.

How well does it perform?

  • 6 blades made my shaving process super smooth and slightly faster than the other razors. The rubber grip around the razor combs the little hair up to get a closer shave. This is the first razor that shaved so close to my skin that I didn’t need to go over the area with a tweezer. It also didn’t miss any hairs whatsoever!
  • The ergonomic handle was pretty cool too. I think it’s the first razor that I’ve seen that actually bends on its head to match your body’s curves. Unlike previous razors, I had to nip a few hairs around my knees but this ones glides over it without any cuts and shaves off the little hair around the area.
  • However, the lubricant is lacking. I have had the Venus razor and that was insanely lubricant that I didn’t need any shaving gel. This one however, despite the mention of a lubricant brand, doesn’t give out any lubricant when wet. I was disappointed with the lack of lubricant because as a lazy person, I like my products to have a 2-in-1 sort of deal, especially when it comes to shaving as we all know shaving can be a hassle.

Overall, for the price of the razor, it’s quite comparable to the top names, if not, slightly better. The rubber guard proves to be a great additional feature for combing up hair for a closer shave, but I wouldn’t use this razor to shave my bikini area, solely for the reason of the rubber. The rest of the body such as legs and underarms is a definite win!

Close up of the blades and rubber guards.

Final verdict?

  • Ideal for legs, underarms, not for bikini area
  • Cheaper than leading brand names. If you don’t care about name brands, you can save a ton of money without sacrificing quality.
  • Have a can of shaving gel in handy in case your razor doesn’t provide much lubricant. 
Product: Dorco Shai 3+3 Razor / LSXA 1000: Soft Touch 6 Blade System for Women
Brand: Dorco USA
Price: $5.95
Rating: 4.5/5
And now, Dorco has given you guys a 20% off coupon on their already low prices!
Enter the coupon code: N1WO575O37W2 for a discount amount of 20% off. Limited 1 per customer, valid until 5/31/14.

DorcoUSA offers three shipping options for their Canadian customers. The first would be “Canada Econo-Shipping” which is a flat rate of $9.99.

The second option would be “Standard to Canada” which is based on the weight of the package, as well as the destination. The price for this option is calculated at checkout based on the items in the cart and the shipping address.

Lastly, all US orders over $25 and all Canadian orders over $40 qualify for free shipping.

*This product review was provided by Dorco USA but all opinions are 100% mines and honest.

MUST READ: Elizabeth's "Your femininity is not defined by body hair"

If you haven’t checked out Bloglovin’s popular page, I suggest you do to find new blogs and fantastic new entries. One in particular came across my attention and after reading it, I just HAD to share it with you guys.

Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky recently posted an entry titled “Your femininity is not defined by body hair“.

And, if the title isn’t a dead giveaway, Elizabeth voices her opinions on why we shouldn’t let our body hair dictate if we’re sexy or womanly enough in today’s culture.

Seriously, it’s a really good read that shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.

I shave/epilate my legs, armpit, and upper lip facial hair. From my personal experiences, I’ve my shares of being hairless “down there”.  And, honestly, if you asked me, I did it because a guy told me so – stupid right?

The first time I went completely hairless was back in senior year. When I finally saw the results of being hairless, I didn’t feel any better. Shaving my legs gave me wonders when I pulled on shorts or leggings, but being hairless didn’t change the way my underwear felt (is that just me?).

Instead, I felt slightly… uncomfortable. I didn’t feel like I was myself. I wish I can describe how I felt, but there’s no way of putting it to words. It just didn’t feel as good as I thought it’d be. However, obviously, the guy liked it.

There was one guy that made me felt the worst about it, but, he sort of helped me find my grounds in maintaining my body hair. Long story short, he made me feel dirty and disgusting because of my pubic hair. Trust me, that’s a shit feeling and for those whose been through it, you know what I’m talking about. I eventually went hairless again just for his sexual desires.

Eventually, somehow, I didn’t go hairless anymore. I grew it out and learned to maintain it – as in, trim and get as close to the skin as possible. That’s my preference – groomed and trimmed. I didn’t want to look like a pornstar or felt like a little girl (I say that with all due respect to those that wax everything off).

For me, it makes me feel comfortable. To be honest, having hair down there makes me feel like a woman so when I choose to groom my lady part instead of being completely hairless, gave me a good feeling waxing never did.

If you read Elizabeth’s blog, you’ll understand that she has said everything and I got nothing left to say.

The only thing I can share from my experiences – wax it off for yourself, not for a man. Don’t make the same mistake that I did. I’m sorry but if a man can’t accept the fact that a woman has hair, he’s either A) too immature to realize that not everyone has/wants the body of a pornstar, B) he doesn’t appreciate a woman and her body, and/or C) he doesn’t love you enough to look past natural biology.

I’m sorry, but that’s the way I see it. Sure, a guy can prefer to be with a hairless woman, but if he tells you it’s a turn off, it’s not sexy, it’s disgusting, etc. he’s not a keeper, and not respectful towards your decisions. It’s like having a preference towards men with blue eyes but you ended up meeting someone with brown eyes. You’re attracted to the boy with brown eyes and eventually, love him enough to realize that you don’t care if he doesn’t have blue eyes.

*No intended insults for those who are hairless.

My "Less Than $5" Look!

Yeah, I GIF-ed myself. Deal with it.

Did you know that my look from Arcy’s birthday was done with products that costed me less than $5?! (aka the look from above).

Natural lighting with no edits. Kept everything pink-ish and light to match my dress. You can see the little bits of bright pink eyeshadow, and I’ll explain why I don’t wing my eyeliner or go outside my eyelid.

When it comes to make-up, you probably know that I don’t splurge because I’m not a make-up person. So, naturally most of my looks are simple and settled. I don’t wear make up on a daily basis so when I do wear make-up, it will dramatically changes enhances my features to make me look new, fresh and a “new person”. To be honest, during my selfies spree, there are times when I don’t even recognize myself. Isn’t make-up a funny thing?

But, I do wholeheartedly believe that make-up should be used to enhanced your beauty and not transform you. I have friends that I don’t recognize without their make-up, and that’s probably the saddest part. Without make-up, people should still recognize you easily.

You guys probably just want to jump into the beauty aspect… I mean, less than $5?!

My secret is shopping on eBay. Don’t panic like your hair is on fire. The make-up I purchased from eBay are completely new and sealed. They’re from China, but they’re not unhygienic or contaminated. I’ve been wearing “cheap” make-up for years and have done no harm to me. Plus, my relatives overseas often buys cosmetics for me to use.

“Lidanxui” eyeshadow. One of the blue shades got broken when they shipped here. I didn’t want to wait for another replacement (despite it being free) because I have a similar colour from NYC.

I also have another palette (neutral colours) that I got off eBay. The top palette costed about $3.30 while the neutral palette about $2.90.

So, how does it compare to worldwide brands? Well, in comparison to my mini Too Faced palette, the Lidanxui colours were highly pigmented, just like Too Faced. I loved that so much. It’s more pigmented than Forever 21 and much cheaper too. It can literally last me an entire day and very few eyeshadows last long for me!

The only thing that got wiped off was my lipstick. Excuse the horrible angle and lighting!
The pictures made it look a bit dull, but the pink was still vibrant as earlier! It never lost its colour throughout the night. My blush actually lasts all day too – and that was only $1.

The GIF above demonstrates how my eyeshadow looks. Because I don’t brush past my eyelids, it’s a bit hard to see colours when my eyes are more open. However, when I’m glancing down or close my eyes, my eyeshadow will show.

Why don’t I cover past my eyelids? I’ve had a(n) horrible embarrassing experience with eyeshadow back in 8th grade. For dance performances, we were required to wear bright make up that can be seen from the very back of the auditorium. In 8th grade, I never touched make-up, let alone owned any palettes or anything. So, my friend (Arcy, actually, hahaha), offered to do my make up. Let’s just say… she ended up painting bright purple eyeshadow up the my eyebrows. And we did this last minute so I didn’t even have a chance to check it out because the next performance was due to be backstage. However, when I left the dressing room, my classmates went “Wow… too much, that’s too much” and I took that as a compliment – I trusted Arcy’s make-up skills! Hell, I trusted anyone’s make up skills since I didn’t have any. 

Literally, my first eyeshadow experience was like this provided by Arcy. Just imagine the pink as purple!

The worst part? I had two classes after the performance and NOT ONE person told me my eyeshadow made me look like a clown. Not even my best friends! Ever since that experience, I never got my eyeshadow past my lids (professionally done or not). I don’t care if people can’t see any colours unless I lower my glance, but I just can’t do that… not after my clown look.

Why don’t I wing my eyeliner? There are days when I want to wing them out but I never got the hang out it. Although it looks fine to other people, I criticize it so much, I just think the “winged” part looks ugly, so I got the point where I just line my lids, and that’s it. It does make a big difference, given my eye shape, and it’s noticeable so I don’t worry about making anything more dramatic with the winged look.

What else is on my face? I noticed I talked a lot about my eyeshadows. To complete this “look”, I wore local drugstore Vitamin E moisturizer, followed by Rimmel London Stay Matte Power. I covered any redness and breakouts with L’Oreal True Match foundation. Aside from my eyeshadow, I used Revlon liquid eyeliner and Lancome Hypnose Star mascara (seriously, the best thing ever). To finish the look, I brushed ‘Qianle’ blush on my cheekbones ($1 for a super long lasting pigmented blush!) and wore Rimmel London Lasting Finish lipstick.

I know the products seem more than $5, but being the smart (and cheap) shopper I am, most of these were purchased on sale. The Lancome mascara is actually a sample size from my mum’s lavish Lancome purchases and the L’Oreal foundation was purchased by my mum.

Teehee, I love how I can look great without breaking the bank!

Do you have any “cheap” make-up that you use regularly? What’s your make-up style like – light and bright or heavy and dark?