Friday, November 30, 2012

Girl in the Mirror

         So after weeks and weeks of non-stop assignments, projects, and exams, I’m finally done with all that was thrown at me. Well…not all, but most. Anyways, here’s an OOTD from me after what seemed like a million years. Felt a bit on the street side of fashion today so here’s an outfit featuring pretty much most of my favourite colours: black, white, taupe, baby pink, pastel mint, and silver. The thing I like most about street fashion is you can be comfortable in your own skin with whatever you choose to wear. It's simply a style that'! I just love the combination of baby pink with baby blue or mint. Oh and earlier this week, Doris and I decided to walk through Whyte ave during one of the coldest days in Edmonton. Being such dorks, we “forgot” that we would probably be freezing our butts off since we would be outside half of the time. So therefore we decided to hop right into Loft 82, and each grabbed ourselves one of their super warm toques! I was debating between a cream shade or black. I guess it’s obvious as to which colour I decided to stick with. Guess which shade D got. She’ll probably be wearing it for our next post. Everyone else up here in the north, stay warm!

PS: I should really consider cleaning my room one day. My carpet is starting to disappear…

PPS: The leather bracelet I'm wearing is pretty much one of my all time favourites. I think I will seriously wear it until it literally starts coming apart.

Photo credits: Doris

 Toque  Loft 82
Tights ebay
Jeffrey Campbell Spiked Litas Solestruck
Black hooded vest Aritzia by Corpus clothing
Pull over sweater Forever 21
Bag gifted
Nail colour  Essence in you belong to me

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Topbox November 2012

Having tried Glossybox which is a $15 subscription every month, and not liking it very much, I decided to try Topbox. I finally got a spot after being on the waiting list for a couple months. Each topbox is only $10, comes in a classy cylinder box and contains a lot more luxury brands which you can see in the link above. It also comes more personalized as well arriving a lot earlier in the month than compared to glossybox.

Included in this month's topbox:
- Benefit They're Real! Mascara
- China Glaze A selection from the On Safari Collection (mine is in Jungle Queen)
- Cuccio Naturale Butter Blend
- Roberto Cavalli Deluxe Miniature

P.s. Changed the layout, wasn't feeling the old one at all, way too pompous. And also tried to minimizie the spacing between photos as it was driving me crazy. Oh and Carmen will be back soon (she's drowning in the amount of stuff to do atm) !

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turquoise Moonlight

This is going to be just a quick nail of the day to share with you guys :) Just incase everyone has been bombarded with plums and reds...I present to you, Turquoise Moonlight! A polish part of the Canada exclusive collection done by Orly for Quo (only in Shopper Drug Mart). I never really pick colors like these to wear on their own, as I feel they are a bit more mature. However, while Turquoise Moonlight is super pretty on it's own, I chose to top it with a glitter coat and I could barely capture it on camera as it just shimmered and glistened in every angle. The application was quite smooth, and I only had to use two coats! :)

rimmel london base coat top coat pro
quo by orly in turquoise moonlight
needme glitter coat in 59

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


All the picture colors turned out slightly different because the sun was going down at an alarming rate haha. After lightening up some of the pictures, something really freaky happened to my face, like I look super pixelated and grainy but it's okay because the sunset is all that matters! When I went to Korea, I remember the Dr Martens store was so striking because the whole store was in some shiny white plastic, but everything was ridiculously expensive like around $300 and up for a pair. There was also so many knee high plaid boots, it was so cool.

I got my first pair of Dr Martens coincidentally during their 50th anniversary, and they took so long to break in, but after breaking in, they were super comfortable. Not to mention, so ideal to wear during winter because of the grip. I love the look of polished black leather, so I always try and shine them up when I get a chance. Mine has slight scuffing near the front because I don't really look where I'm walking most of the time, so I just keep tripping and tripping...

beanie from a hong kong boutique
wool coat from an online site that shut down LOL oh its on ebay
top via ebay
generic nylon tights
dr martens from gravitypope
bag from loveien19

Monday, November 19, 2012

Daul Kim

Exactly three years ago this day, Daul Kim (20 years old) was found dead in her apartment. Suicide, they said. I, myself, had only discovered her blog a couple days before her death and was quite shocked. Having heard that, I went back and read the entire blog. Then it didn’t seem so sudden after all.  

There was a lot of speculation and grey area around her death. Many thought that since she was so high up in her career as a model, she was afraid she would fall. Another theory was that she was already self-harming herself (the name of her blog was I like to fork myself), and just couldn’t take it anymore.

Whatever the reason, Daul Kim remains as one of my five most favourite / influential people. I can relate, from her taste in minimal trance, to her love of Chrome Hearts. In any case, I thought it was only fitting to share some of the incredible works she has done. Daul, may you rest in peace.

All pictures are taken from tumblr.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Butterfly Effect

So to contrast with D's shoot, I decided to go with a cooler palette. Since the main colours of her shoot consisted of red (which flatters her skin tone), I opted for blue (which flatters mine). The eye makeup was definitely inspired by those magical butterflies you see in movies…the ones where they leave a trail of shimmer whenever they flutter their wings. Oh and yeah, the head wrap turned out to look like a towel and the white shirt turned out to look like a bathrobe. But please don’t mind it. Focus on those butterflies please :).

PS: Applying creative makeup on yourself is legit harder than I expected.

Makeup, nails, and hair: Carmen
Photography: Doris

Products used:

- skin79 super bablesh balm triple functions
- garnier anti-dark circle eye roller
- tony moly baby doll pot concealer in 1
- estee lauder bronze goddess in soft matte
- dior beauty confidential 001 sun illusion

- tony moly backstage gel eye liner in bk1
- generic 120 eyeshadows palette
- confetti and rhinestones for nails
- generic thick eyelashes

- disney cinderella collection moonlit kiss in "pumpkin" and "my moment"
- three custom color specialists l/g in mod 1960

- rimmel london top coat base coat pro
- essence you belong to me
- rimmel london black satin

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

100th Window

We suddenly had this enormous creative motivation to do a post. We had agreed on fierce as a concept beforehand, but then as I was putting the makeup on Doris...things sort of changed and we just went with the flow and improvised.

Butterflies started to randomly inspire me. And not just any kind, but Monarch butterflies in particular. You know, the poisonous and colourful kind HAHA!

Hair styling, editing, and Model: Doris
Photos & editing, makeup, and creative directing: Carmen

As I have mentioned countless times, Doris' unique features can bring out any type of makeup stunningly. Of course, it's more difficult on monolids, but once you get it, no words can describe how well the makeup comes out. I started off by using a black eye shadow to outline the butterfly wings on the outer edges of the eyes. I kept blending inwards to get a gradient effect. After getting the right shape, I used a liquid liner to define it even more. Then to make the eyes even more 3D, I popped in a shade of gold from the Too Faced Sweet Indulgences palette. Make sure to use Urban Decay's primer potion to make the colours stand out more! Afterwards I dabbed a bit of eyelash glue on lids to stick on some nail confetti. The lip shade was kept a subtle red color, and the face was contoured with a warm color from the same palette. Lastly, highlighter was used generously for a shimmery prismatic effect.

The only thing I did this shoot: my nails and my hair. I took forever putting it into a decent bun, but you can't really tell because the headscarf blocks it. Basically, I just assumed my regular post as a ragdoll hahaha.

The title 100th Window is one of the albums from one of my all-time favourite groups Massive Attack if you were to listen to any song on that, I'd recommend Small Time Shot Away. Anyways, we'll be getting together a bit more now, so expect another post from us soon. Have a great week everyone!

Products used:

- clinique moisture surge cream as base
- skin 79 super beblesh balm triple functions
- tony moly baby doll pot concealer in 1
- too faced sweet indulgences palette (papa don't peach and candlelight glow)

- koji dolly wink liquid eyeliner in deep black
- kanebo kate gel eyeliner in bk-1
- urban decay primer potion
- too faced sweet indulgences palette (black sugar, cherry cola, copper peony, gum drop, lovey dovey)
- generic thick false eyelashes
- etude house petit darling eyes in cream shimmer white
- confetti for nails

- kiss me heavy rotation lip concealer
- tarte lipsurgence in sweet
- yves rocher l/s 103 tomette

- rimmel london base coat top coat
- rimmel london 270 steel gray

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