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6.27.2011

Life update.

Okay, I haven't been seen very often. I'm telling you, I am alive, but with no photographic evidence. LUCKILY, my insurance check from the bus fire came in this morning. I can't disclose how much it is, but first things first, I'm purchasing a new camera. I have so many things to tell and show you. I have so many new things (but I'm not going to be that narcissistic), and experiences that I wish to reveal.

In a week and a half, I'm be disappearing with a reason: I'm going to Mrytle Beach for vacation! My family always does a vacation. Three times we've went to Wildwood NJ, one time we went to Atlantic City (COMPLETELY AWFUL [soexpeeeeeensive :( ], and this time Mrytle Beach. The most into South Carolina I've been was when I went to Florida in 4th grade & we stopped at the Mexican restaurant border thingy between NC & SC.

I'm going to be spending my birthday there and I'm hoping to buy a new camera once the check clears before we leave for it. I swear, when I come back, I will flood this blog with so many entries (especially overdue Nylon issues (April to July issues! FOUR ISSUES!).

The only things I've done so far is watching tv, hanging with the boo, crochetting, DIY-ing, and emptying out my closet. I'm trying to start a more mature and "easy to be chic" closet. I also did some online shopping for the first time: So. Rad. And tomorrow, I'm taking my permit test (because it's so cool to be one month from being 18 and not knowing anything about a car other than how to back it up properly and crash it into a tree the moment the gear shifts to Drive.)

So yeah, that is my life up to this point. Hope everyone else is having a good summer so far! :)

6.15.2011

Clean & Clear Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer Review

You have surely seen the skin care aisle and your eyes caught glimpse of the pretty case. Clean & Clear had extended their acne line and dabbled in normal beauty products. I say normal meaning those who are blessed with very few acne or acne-free who just want products that keeps down the oil or shrinks their pores. Clean & Clear came out with the Pore Perfecting Cleanser, Even Tone Cleanser, and the Finishes Moisturizer. Pictured above is one of the versions of the Finishes Moisturizer, the "mattifying" one.

Mind you, this isn't meant for acne-prone people. While it is oil-free, this will not help your acne whatsoever, this is purely to keep the oil at bay. I am acne-prone myself, but I stand by Clean & Clear (seriously, I've tried a big amount of their products haha) and dabble in products not meant for my type of skin (tans easily, VERY quick to oiliness and shine, bumps all along my jawline and various spots on my cheeks).

I purchased this at my local Rite Aid for about six, seven dollars. A little much compared to my four, five dollars spent on my normal acne-moisturizer, but price isn't a consideration right now. 

It comes in a very cute box with all the ingredients listed on the bottle. Comes with the bonus of SPF 15, so I don't have to slab on non-friendly sunscreen on my face (ones meant for the face are usually too expensive for me, but I'm trying to get used to splurging). It's not a pump moisturizer (like my acne moisturizers), so you can really make sure how much you want.

First impressions
First thing I noticed when I squeezed a bit out is that it's liquidy. I think that's good to spread about. The second thing is the scent. I'm used to chemical scents, so when I take a whiff, the scent is a bit thick. It reminds me of those deeply scented lotions and powders your grandma puts on. It doesn't bother me much since it fades quickly.

Application
The way I apply moisturizer is the Dot method: Dot of product on my forehead, dot on my cheeks, dot on my chin, then a tiny dot on my nose. Usually that's enough product to cover my whole face (I have a tiny face). I did the same thing with this and well... it didn't turn out well. While it's liquidy in form, when you spread it around, it spreads very well, but also gets thick. If you don't spread it quick enough, it forms this white cast over your skin. Seriously, it well turn you a few shades lighter. It also absorbs really quick, so you better have fast hands to cover your needed places. A little goes a long way in this example, so be careful not to overuse.

Aftermath
I have larger sized pores, so the way it sits in my skin kind of turns me off, however it does reduce shine pretty well. A little gives you a few hours of no shine. If you plan on a full busy day when you can't reapply, you may want to apply more and use foundation to cover up the white cast and there will be no face glistening. 

Warning, if you're only wearing the moisturizer, try not to rub your face too much. Since it absorbs so quick and leaves the white cast, too much rubbing with rub the cast off and make your face look like it's shedding. Now that isn't attractive, right?

So, overall pros & cons?

Pros
+ SPF included
+ Easy to use bottle
+ A little goes a long way
+ Keeps the shine away for hours
+ Thick sweet/floral scent (if you don't like chemical scents)

Cons
+ Absorbs VERY quickly
+ Leaves a white cast
+ Thick sweet/floral scent (if you don't like strong scents)

Overall, I think it's a really good product. It's going to be one of my daily products since powdering stops my skin from oil for maybe only two, three hours. I'm not entirely sure how it'll react with my acne, but if there's any problems, I'll edit this review to include my skin's reaction to daily use.

Thank you for reading :)

6.08.2011

Camera update

So, I lost my camera like, weeks ago due to an awesome bus fire and I've been posting old photos here. Well, my mother recently bought a new camera... for herself. So as a result, I get the old, crappy camera of hers. When I say old, I mean, Kodak EasyShare C340 from like five, six years ago. We all know that we consider anything from early 2000s old, but technology improves everyday so fast, this is ancient tech now compared to iPads and touch screens.

Point is, I have a camera and I will start to take photos again. Now since school is over, I can have regular outfit posts which is what I've been craving to do. You'll be able to see my actual closet and not just the same polos over and over again.

Huzzah! Well as another little update besides that, I'm gonna put a list of things I want to get accomplished this summer as another page. Keep up with what I'm doing with my life on Twitter and inspiration photos on my Tumblr.

Have a good day y'all!

6.06.2011

Wanna win some cowboy gear?

Yeah, I know I'm rather half-heartedly posting on this blog. I'm probably going to get a camera sometime this month (hopefully). While that's occuring, prepare for some contests to be here too haha.

This contest is being sponsored by Langston's Western Wear and hosted by Wild & Precious. Just enter the contest with the needed information and you'll be able to wear your own wicked piece of western wear :)

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6.05.2011

Deftones.

Okay, so on May 10th, my boyfriend, my friend John, and I went to Philadelphia at the Electric Factory to see Deftones. Great band, great concert. We left my house around 5. We stood in a long line outside for quite a bit. I was wearing a red plaid shirt with a black vest, white tee, dark jeggings, and sneakers. It was really fun in the beginning. 

Funeral Party opened (btw, so much better live than on album. See them in person and you can REALLY feel the power behind it. Their albums are so edited, the lead singer sounds like a sixteen year old than a twenty-something). People applauded, it was nice. Then Dillenger Escape Plan came out. Oh. God.

Here are a few facts about my concert experiences:
1.) I've never had a concert experience.
2.) This was my first concert.
3.) The closest thing I've been to a concert is Warped Tour where my worst concern was being stepped on by drunk people.

Now Deftones is a heavy band, you know? Not like UBER heavy, but will have a bit of an aggressive crowd. Dillenger Escape Plan is beyond heavy. They're mathcore. MATH. CORE. This meant fists flying & bodies smashing in a crowd (or for the little "hxc kidzzz", windmill kicks across the face) with music playing so loud, it's hard to understand that it's music. I've never experienced the pit. I lost my boyfriend and kept getting pushed. I was being shoved and I was on the outskirts. Then some dude got lifted up to crowd surf & his foot kicked MY GLASSES OFF! >< People around me are sumo wrestling next to me and I have to search the ground looking for my black glasses. Luckily, they were caught onto my foot. As soon as I got them, I ran to the back with my friend John while my boyfriend stayed in the pit.

After that was over, there was about ten, fifteen minutes of waiting for the preparation for Deftones. All of a sudden, a huge crowd of frat boys (polos with popped collars, backwards baseball caps, cargo pants, and Nikes, muscled and yelling "YO -insert generic white boy name-!" across the venue) and pairs of lesbians/bi-sexuals females (it was always a pair with one blonde, one brunette. The brunette has a backcombed rat nest with a t-shirt that's too tight and dark skinny jeans. The blonde has way too much makeup, hair cemented in place with her tits hanging out her tank top). They cut in front of us and we were getting pushed back and then pushed forward by the people in back of us. They hadn't even come out yet XP

THEN they come out. The crowd shoves us forward with a big intensity. The pit opens again and pushes the people by it even more back. We were being squeezed in ten different directions. I was like begging my boyfriend to head back. Luckily, a big large man was pushing through us. Obviously EVERYONE had to move for this man, so we followed the large path behind him. We were now standing in the back, where guys were bobbing their heads, but not violently and they stayed in one place. The venue is really great too because they play the video of the band on the walls so even though we were far, on the screens, it was close up. I really recommend Electric Factory if you don't dig being up close by the stage where hell occurs. I really loved their performance of Cherry Waves.

The last song they did, the lead singer from DEP performed with Deftones. It was pretty good. OMG and Deftones did a cover of "Firework", it was hilariously rad.

This is me afterward. It was 2 in the morning. I was sooo dead.

I had my hair braided into a pseudo-hairband to keep my bangs out my face, but they rolled in as soon as I got the first pit shove XD

My boyfriend bought me the tee at their merch stand.

And this was my 1:30am gas station recharge: NutriGrain for the fiber & Canada Dry for the perk up. Needless to say, I died the moment my body hit the sheets.

Overall, it was pretty fun :)

milk.

I wore this to school a month ago. I had braided my hair around my head and it felt weird not having long flowing hair to play with haha. I also wanted to wear my miniskirt, but I needed something underneath. I couldn't find my flowy skirt, so I pulled an Ivania & used a t-shirt as a skirt. It was my gym shirt and since I don't have gym class anymore, it worked well. 

tomboy.

I wore this a month ago. I know I said I wouldn't be putting up new uniform pictures, but it is true. This is old. Anyway, I wore this a month ago. I loved this outfit. I was classy and tomboy-ish. There's something cool about wearing a ponytail, blazer, capris, and tights. It's so boy-ish (minus the tights). This day was when I went to my Deftones concert. It was greaaaat, but more on that later.

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