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Sunday, June 22, 2014

NYX Natural Eye Palette

 Hey guys! I picked up a NYX eye palette in 'Natural'. I actually have no eyeshadow palette in my makeup collection (like I said before, I hardly ever wear shadow). This was an impulsive buy because I was intrigued by the easily wearable colors and I tend to be attracted to NYX products.

As you can see, all the colors are matte, everyday colors except for the second from the left, which is a light golden shimmer.

The pigmentation of these shadows were slightly disappointing. I expected them to be softer and have more color payoff but most of them were pretty chalky, particularly the shimmery one. This is unfortunate since these shadows are really nice natural colors.

This palette is alright and I don't exactly regret the $8 I spent, but I'm sure there are better options for the same or less amount of money. 

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My Thoughts on "The Fault in Our Stars"

Nowadays, I'm not usually moved by films. I think I've gotten my fair share of movies that have moved me in some way and it gets increasingly difficult for the next film to beat the preceding one.

But you have got to be living under a rock if you have somehow evaded the ubiquitous buzz regarding "The Fault in Our Stars". I never read the renowned novel and had relatively low expectations except for the fact that I would cry my heart out after this. And I did.

This movie was a serious tearjerker. I have never bawled my eyes out as much as I did during this movie. Not from The Notebook, Titanic, Schindler's List, Forrest Gump, Up, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, etc. No. TFIOS was seriously the biggest bitch of bitches for my tear ducts. I hated it. No, what am I saying? I loved every second of this masterpiece.

This wasn't some cheesy, tragic, sugarcoated, unrealistic love story. It was raw and portrayed life and cancer in such an insightful, real way. Life is not some grandeur, YOLO adventure; sometimes, you're slapped with cancer and you cannot control your fate no matter how much you want to.

I fell in love with the love story between Gus and Hazel, portrayed excellently by Ansel Elgort Shailene Woodley, and the theme of TFIOS. As promised, I cried for the whole second half of the movie. The theater workers standing near the exit definitely got some entertainment watching all the audience members exit with smeared mascara, bloodshot, watery eyes.

This film was so artfully done and had a profound effect on me. I am beyond lucky to say I have never been directly touched by someone with cancer (although I've had distant family members succumb to the disease) but I know a majority of people have. This film was beautiful and tackled on the serious subject of the disease in such a different way. Sure, there was the typical melancholy tone but John Green and Josh Boone did it in such a light-hearted, unsentimental way, it ironically emphasized the gravity of cancer. TFIOS undoubtedly touched many hearts and has cracked my top 5 movies.

If you do watch this brilliant film, I highly suggest bringing tissues with you. There won't be a dry eye in the audience by the end of this tearjerker. 

“Men at sometime were masters of their fates. / The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings”

Okay? Okay.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NOTD: Sally Hansen Triple Shine in "Sparkling Water"

Hey guys! I feel like I have not posted a Nail of the Day in a very long time (then again, I was on a blogging hiatus for some time). I recently received this Sally Hansen Triple Shine polish in "Sparkling Water" as a gift. I never owned a polish from this line before and the bottle made the polish look like this enticing dark aqua blue with a sparkling sheen. It definitely looked like my cup of tea.

I ended up using my Ciaté nail polish in 'yule rules' on my ring finger just to add a subtle extra sparkle. 
I used two coats of "Sparkling Water".
The formula for this polish is quite thick, something I wasn't too used to after religiously using Essie nail polishes. It was still quite easy to work with and I liked the flattened brush. 

The polish thankfully didn't come off as some over the top, tacky, sparkling extravaganza. Although it does give off some reflective sheen, it is quite subtle, which is why I felt an accent nail would be okay. The beauty of this polish is not completely revealed until it is viewed under the sun. The beautiful aqua shimmer of the polish reminds me of some enchanting sea in some far away mystical land. It is stunning. Overall, I'm quite happy with this polish.

I apologize for the mediocre photos but I used my iTouch to take these photos because I was too lazy to take out my camera.

What's your favorite nail polish line?