Monday, May 18, 2015

My relationship with fashion & the future of this blog

Hi everyone!

As you might or might not have noticed, I haven't been very active on this blog in last few... years? Ouch. It's cruel but it's right, I officially suck.

I've been thinking a lot about this little blog baby and also about my interest in fashion, makeup and all that fancy stuff in general, more specifically, how it changed over years of blogging. And how it's mostly gone by now, which is the main point of this post.

I started as a 16 years old kid trying too hard to be different, a beginner lolita, which was a huge part of my style and life back then. I think, but that's only my opinion which could be completely wrong, that both my daily and my lolita style got better and more presentable over time and so did this blog. I don't know if there are any of you who have been following me since my very start but if there are, please let me know.

I left lolita fashion last year and since then my interest in alternative styles, which I have always represented, began to decline, I started to dress more "normal" and my outfits got too mainstream and boring to post. I also had less time for the blog due to graduation and life changes. And sometime this year I stopped giving a heck about my appearance completely. And I mean it, I even bought a pair of leggings to wear them as pants, boo.

Don't get me wrong, I still like to dress up sometimes. Sometimes my outfit even makes people look at me the way they used to when I walk on the street. But most of the time, I dress either in a very decent way, or outright ugly. This way I don't feel like putting my energy into doing outfit posts and all that. There are so many mainstream bloggers that look alike, wear the same clothes and blog about the same things, that I wouldn't bring anything new to the table. I'll just leave it to others.

I've been thinking about... idk, kinda retiring from the blogging world for a long time and right now I'm going through some personal changes and I figured this would be the best time to do so. Despite all I said before, this blog won't stay completely dead. I'm still in the circle lense biz so there will be reviews. I also have few photoshoots in mind and if I manage to arrange them, I'll post the pictures here, too. And ultimately, I'm still very much active in cosplay so I could post something about that here as well, if you guys would be interested. I'll leave that up to you.

If anyone would be interested in following me on other platforms instead, I'm active on Instagram and I'll be returning to my Facebook page when the time comes. Oh and my Ask is still there as well.

Thanks for staying with me for those long 4 years :')

Love,
Stella
A newer selfie so this post ins't so boring

Friday, March 13, 2015

GEO 2 Tone Luna in Green [review]

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Today I'm gonna be reviewing anther pair of circle lenses from Lensvillage. This time it's GEO 2 tones Luna in Green.



These lenses are very natural looking, the color is not intense and the enlarging circle is very subtle, only slightly darker than the rest. They only come in plano (no prescription), I got them so I could wear them with glasses I'm planning to buy (last time I had actual glasses on was like grade 6, I'm extremely insecure about how I look with glasses so I hoped these would help me get more confident eventually). They'll also be good for cosplay or photoshooting. 

The first thing I realized about these is that they are extremely soft, almost to the point it's kinda hard to put them on. But once I managed to do so, I was overwhelmed. These are easily the most comfortable circle lenses I have ever had. I couldn't feel them in the eyes at all, I'd even say they're more comfy than my regular lenses. 


Color wise, they don't pop out very much, they blend perfectly with my (naturally green) eyes and enlarge them only a little bit, giving you a very natural look. Just as I wanted, they make my eyes look a bit paler, but the difference isn't very noticeable and in the pictures, it's almost invisible. 



I got a DSLR! I'm still learning but the pictures are 100% better than ever already, don't you think?

overall impression
  • color 4/5
  • enlargement 1/5
  • comfort 5/5
I recommend these to people who are looking for comfortable and natural looking lenses. Wouldn't recommend to people with very dark eyes, the color might not show on your eyes at all. 

You can get the lenses HERE

Sunday, March 8, 2015

popular products - (un)impressed

This post will be a compilation of short reviews on some products I've tried recently. Because all of these things are already pretty popular and tons of reviews have been written about them, I felt like it would be unneeded to write a whole long post about each.

So, which products met my expectations and which ones disappointed me? Read on!

Etude House cushion

Everybody just loves it. Practical packaging, easy application, good BB cream. I'm sad to say that it doesn't work for me very well. Although I have the moisturizing version (Precious Mineral Moist Any Cushion if anyone wondered), it leaves my skin dry and ugly. Plus the cushion thing isn't really my thing, I'll stick to applying makeup with my fingers I guess.

verdict: unimpressed

source: tumblr


Lush bath bombs

First I have to say I'm not a big fan of Lush. I think their products are not worth the price and their staff terrifies me to death. And I don't even bath very often, I'm a shower person. But Lush bath bombs are really popular right now (everyone on Tumblr knows...) and I wanted to try one so much. I ended up trying two (Blackberry and Space Girl) and although the bath was pleasant, it just wasn't what I expected for so much money. I didn't even get the nice color effects everyone posts :(

verdict: unimpressed

source: tumblr


Lush bubble baths

After the bath bomb fiasco, I didn't really want to give up my newly found type of relaxing and looked for other bathing options. I decided to give Lush one more try and purchased a bubble bath. This series of products seems to be so much better, not only that unlike bath bombs, they are for multiple use, but they also make whole lot of bubbles and my skin actually felt nice when I got out of the bath.

verdict: impressed

EOS lip balm

This damn thing is so annoyingly popular, at least here in the Czech Republic. I suspect the only reason people like it so much is that it's American and it's not available here. But I got fed up with my miraculous Oriflame balm (i mean you have to put your finger into it, what if your hads are dirty?!?!) so I purchased EOS solely for its easy application. And I have to say I LOVE it. I have the Honeysuckle Honeydew flavor and it applies easy, smells and tastes great and makes my lips really smooth. The only flaw I found is that it got dirty just from laying in my (new!!) handbag and it doesn't look so cute anymore :C

verdict: impressed

source: beautyshopph.com
So, what are your thoughts? Have you recently tried some popular product that disappointed you? Do you ever buy something just because everyone else has it and claims it's awesome? Are there any products that you think that deserve to be more popular?

Tell me in comments <3

Love, Stella


Saturday, February 14, 2015

wishlist - spring 2015

It's a long time since I last made a wishlist. But spring is almost here (it's not but let me live in my dream, we had nice weather yesterday) and with new season always comes new inspiration and need for new clothes.

Right now I'm in a phase of not caring about what I wear. Sweatshirt, leggings and beanies are on my daily routine. I almost stopped wearing skirts, not because I wouldn't like them anymore but because I always run out of tights very quickly. But when the annoying winter ends, I'd like to fix my style once again.


Lonely Hearts Club pin | Eyecandy - I started listening to Marina and the Diamonds recently, i love her lyrics and she really inspires me even style-wise, especially her Electra Heart alterego. This rosette is awesome & I need it.

oversized denim jacket | choies  - The times when I used to hate denim are long gone.

kimono | Sheinside - Kimonos are beautiful... definitely gonna buy one for spring

pompom earrings | Eyecandy - Pompoms are now a big trend in Larme-kei and other Japanese styles and I love it! I'm probably going to DIY them though.

white huge platform sneakers - Jeffrey Campbell style. No link because I don't know where to buy them for a reasonable price.

plain black handbag - I realized that nothing says "I'm secretly a 5 years old" like my handbag collection. I really need to buy a more mature one. I don't really care about brands, I'll go with whatever in this style as long as my school stuff fits in there.

Illuminati backpack | balubunny - It's perfection. I love the Illuminati. Enough said.

___

What items do you want to buy right now?
Do you already have a wishlist for spring? Post it in the comments!



Saturday, February 7, 2015

[Review] TONYMOLY Banana Sleeping Pack

Hi! Today I'm reviewing first item from my recent beauty haul!

Banana Sleeping Pack is the newest product from the popular fruit series by Korean makeup brand TonyMoly, along with their banana hand milk. I've always wanted a product from this series because the fruit packaging is really hard to resist, but none of the previous fruits were suitable for my skin or I just didn't need them.

On the other hand, I have never tried a sleeping pack before so when I first saw this, I knew I have to try it.


Like any other sleeping pack, you're supposed to put this on as the last step of your evening skincare routine, after washing your face and right before you go to sleep. In the morning, you should wash it off your face and find your skin nourished and radiant.

It contains banana and chamomile extracts, banana for skin nourishment and chamomile for calming effects and good sleep. TonyMoly claims everywhere it contains 10 000ppm of banana extracts, which, in case you were wondering, equals to 1%. I'm not sure about how much banana extracts work, but I'm sure that chamomile does have effects on your sleep. That is, if you drink it in a tea. I'm not that sure if it has any effects on the skin. However, I don't think you can ever go wrong with chamomile :)

The advertisement also claims it does not contain any parabens and other "uncool" ingredients. You can read the whole info HERE


As for the packaging, it's obviously supposed to look like a banana but in my opinion, they didn't do such a good job on this one (unlike other TM fruit products). First of all, I was actually really surprised that it doesn't stand on its own, when ordering it, I thought it had a flat bottom. Secondly, the tube doesn't really resemble a banana, apart from its color and the sticker. Shape-wise, it looks more like... idk, a cucumber?


The container itself is a squeeze tube which makes it really easy to use, you just squeeze and apply on your face with your fingers. The smell is a typical artificial banana smell, but a bit more pleasant than that, maybe thanks to the chamomile (god I really hate them ultra-artificial fruit scents).

The consistency of the sleeping pack is just right, at least for me. It's a little thick, but easily spreadable. The color is yellowish white. When applied, it creates a tiny film on your face, which is a bit sticky but nothing that would feel uncomfortable or that would distract my sleep. In the morning, it's usually all absorbed and you don't feel it on your face anymore.


I didn't really expect much from this. Actually, I expected I'd wake up with a rash, which is something that unfortunately happens to me very often when I experiment with skincare. Since it's a pretty new products, there aren't many reviews around so it was really quite a risk for me. But it was a really pleasant surprise! Since I started using it, my usually dry skin has become much smoother and looks healthier and overall better. It only has positive effects on me so far!

After washing it off in the morning, I immediately apply my Lipobase, which is basically just a plain cream packed with fatty components (I have it prescribed by a dermatologist and get it from pharmacy), the only skincare product I use regularly, With this simple treatment, my skin has gotten much better!

Overall rating: 5/5 so far. If you have dry, scaly skin, definitely give it a try!

Hope this was helpful!
Stella


Monday, February 2, 2015

Disney tag

Something a bit different today. I don't usually do tags because I can't imagine someone would acutally read that stuff, but I saw this one on Haily's blog and I found it quite interesting. Plus she encouraged me to do this so hey, why not. 

I'm pretty sure I've seen most of the animated Disney movies when I was a kid. I've also seen a lot of older Pixar movies like Finding Nemo, but I'm not going to count them in. I don't watch Disney anymore because I don't like the "new" animation, so don't expect to find Brave, Tangled or Frozen on the list. 

Q. A scene in any Disney movie you wish you could experience

Well, that's a no-brainer. Who wouldn't like to experience a magic carpet ride across the shining, shimmering, splendid whole new world? 


Q. What non-Disney song reminds you or brings back memories of Disney?

None, really. I'm not that much of a fan. 

Q. Which Disney princess has the best dress?

Tiana. I haven't seen the movie but her dress is the bomb.

Q. Favorite Disney song?

How could I possibly pick one? I love pretty much every Lion King (including the sequels!) song, 
majority of Mulan songs, Little Mermaid songs... ugh I could go on and on for days. If I had to pick just one and try not to be really obvious, I'd say Not One Of Us from Lion King 2. 

Oh and honorable mention goes to Pink Elephants On Parade from Dumbo, the ultimate kids-do-not-drink song. When I was little, I loved the song although it scared the shit out of me at the same time. Well, nothing has really changed. 



Q. If you could choose any of the characters to be your best friend who would you choose?

This might seem a bit weird but in Disney movies I have always preferred animals to people. Their characters seem usually much deeper and more relatable than the human ones to me. I don't really think befriending a Disney princess would be fun and this has also much to do with my love for the original Jungle Books, but I think that having Bagheera, Baloo and Kaa for friends would be awesome!
I have always cried when finishing the book, the poem where Mowgli parts with the jungle and his friends is just too much for me.


Q. Which Disney prince would you date?

None. I find the princes in Disney movies to be very generic and their characters flat. And every grown up male character who isn't a prince is kind of a douche (Hercules, Tarzan...). I actually wish there was a Disney movie focusing on the prince instead of the princess. I mean come on, the closest they ever got to this was in Emperor's New Groove.

Q. Who is your favorite Disney princess?

I love Mulan, although she's not a princess. Princess Jasmine is my second favorite. 

Q. Most Memorable Disney villain?

Again, I can't pick just one. I recall loving Cruella when I was little, I love Scar and Zira and their evil songs, but I'm gonna go with Frollo. Most memorable villain song I can imagine. 



Q. What is your favorite Disney movie?

For me, a movie is as good as the songs are, so again Lion King, Mulan and Aladdin. From the non-musical movies it's Alice in Wonderland (the animated one!)

Q. Most underrated Disney movie?

Atlantis. Among my friends, I'm probably the only one who knows that this movie exists. 

Q. Favorite live action Disney movie?

I don't have one. I find them all quite awful. I get the feeling that I might like Maleficent but I haven't seen it yet.

Q. Favorite animated non-Disney movie?

Surprise, although I watch quite a lot of animated stuff, I'm gonna go with my childhood memories. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! It's my favorite Christmas movie as well. It's actually very similar to the old Disney stuff, the plot is cute and the songs are catchy. It's funny I love it so much because here in the Czech Republic we don't have Santa Claus so I don't even know how could I relate to this back then? 




I hope you guys enjoyed this!
Would you like me to do tags more often? Which ones? Feel free to tag me!

Love,
Stella

Sunday, February 1, 2015

3D Bat Lens in Brown [review]

Hi everyone!
Today I'm going to review my new pair of lenses I got from Lensvillage - the 3D Bat Lens by DollyEye.

3D Bat Lens:

lifespan: 1 year

base curve: 8,6 mm
diameter: 14,8 mm
water content: 38%

They come in prescription as well!




First of all, the design of these lenses is so beautiful and unique, I absolutely fell in love with them. As you can see they have some kind of a lace-y pattern on them. The color is a light, yellowish 
brown. 

The coverage is medium I'd say, they're not super opaque, but they do make your eyes look brown. However, the pattern could be bigger and blank center a bit smaller in my opinion, this way your natural eye color is showing way too much (unless you're on drugs and/or have huge pupils, that is).

The enlargement and brightening effect is huge on these, They don't even have that big diameter, but they sure look like they do. 



When worn, they feel really comfortable. I did experience some itching while wearing them, but I'd blame that more on me being tired rather than on the lenses. 

This is how they look worn, picture taken with flash on. This picture is pretty extreme, in reality they look more opaque and brown, plus I have extremely small pupils here because of the flash. Anyways, my green is showing a lot in here. 

Here are some shittier pics without a flash:




instagram bonus picture: me & my sis

overall rating
  • color 4/5 (minus one point for insufficient coverage)
  • design 4/5 (beautiful pattern, point down for the blank center)
  • comfort 4/5 (not the most comfy lenses I've ever had, but still comfy enough!)
  • enlargement 5/5 (they really make your eyes pop out!)
I recommend these to anyone who wants unique lenses with a beautiful pattern. Might work better for light brown-eyed people, since they're a bit see-through. I can imagine they'll be perfect for photoshoots! You can buy the lenses here.

That's all, hope it helped!

Love,
Stella