Sunday, August 4, 2013

Face of the Day (FOTD)

So today, Casey (my boyfriend) and I decided to drive out to Sunbury for a few hours. I wanted to try and recreate something by Cora (VintageorTacky on YouTube), so I chose her Sugar Rush look. She used the Sugarpill Heart Breaker Palette for the look, but since I don't have it, I just used eyeshadows similar to the colors in the palette. I used some from Urban Decay, Nyx, and Physicians Formula; here is my finished look:

Here's the breakdown of the makeup I wore today.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance (eye primer)
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Flash (in the crease)
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Chaos (also in the crease)
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Anonymous (for blending around all the colors)
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Junkie (on the outer half of the lower lash line)
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese (as a base for the lid color, and the inner corner highlight)
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lime (as a base for the lower lash line)
Nyx All I've Ever Wanted Box (pictured below)—the brown (top middle) was for my brows, the blue (right) was used on my lid, and the purple (left) in the crease
Nyx Slide On Pencil in Jet Black (for the waterline, top and bottom)
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, Pop Collection—the top white as the brow and inner corner highlight, and the 2nd color (the green) on the inner half of the lower lash line
Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black (winged liner)
Maybelline the Falsies Flared waterproof mascara in Very Black

Clean & Clear Advantage Daily Protecting Moisturizer SPF 15 (all over the face and neck)
Retinol-X Anti-Aging Firming Eye Lift (under my eyes and on my crow's feet)
Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Fair (used in place of foundation)
Physicians Formula Concealer Twins in Yellow/Light (light shade under my eyes, mostly)
Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Loose Powder in Translucent Light (to set the concealers)
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface (cheeks)
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray (all over the face to set everything)

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Pink Punch

So that's it! Leave a comment, if you have any questions or thoughts on the look.

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Experience with

Recently, my glasses were permanently butchered in an unfortunate accident. Okay, so maybe it wasn't that unfortunate. I actually hated my old glasses, but that didn't mean I felt like having to dish out money for a new pair, when my old ones were perfectly fine (mostly, anyway).

I'd heard of through a few friends on Facebook, and I knew they had a "FIRSTPAIRFREE" promo code for new customers, so naturally, I ended up on their site almost immediately upon realizing my glasses weren't able to be fixed. I called up Sears Optical to have my prescription sent to my house, and the rest of the weekend was spent figuring out which frames I wanted. Their handy "try-on" feature, which allows you to upload a picture of yourself and virtually try on frames, ultimately made my decision for me. I wanted the Love L736 Purple frames, and nobody could change my mind. Yes, you read that right—purple frames!

Once my boyfriend got paid on Friday, July 12th, I made my purchase on the website. My order came to a grand total of $14.67, after shipping and handling. I couldn't believe I was able to spend less than $20 on a brand new pair of prescription glasses! (Keep in mind, my old glasses were closer to $200.) After submitting my information, I received a confirmation number and e-mail. My order was shipped on Monday, July 15th, via USPS. It was estimated that I would receive my package 7 days later. However, my glasses arrived only 2 days after being shipped from Washington state. I was extremely surprised they arrived so soon, and I was over the moon with excitement! A hard glasses case, cleaning spray, cloth, and a mini screwdriver on a key chain were included, too. I thought that was a nice touch. The best thing was that my new glasses fit even better than my old ones, and I adored them! They were so much better than I could have imagined! Overall, ordering glasses from was a great experience, and saved me lots of money, too. I would definitely recommend it!

Here's a few tips that really helped me choose frames that fit and look great:

  • Look for frames that have the same or similar dimensions (bridge width and arm length) to your current glasses. This will ensure your new frames fit well, like your old ones. The dimensions of your frames are written on your glasses—you just have to know how to read them!
  • Upload a photo of yourself to use the feature to virtually try frames on. It gives you a much better idea of how your new glasses will look on you, and it should help to narrow down your favorites.
  • Find out your pupillary distance (PD) from a professional, if possible. They ask for your PD to make sure your lenses are formed correctly, and your pupils look through the right place in them. Your eye doctor may not include yours unless you specifically ask for it. I know mine didn't! There are ways to measure it yourself, but it's a much better idea to have a professional do it, because it's super easy to mess it up.
  • Read reviews about the frames you like. If people talk about them breaking easily or anything about them being flimsy, you might want to steer clear. Aside from that, you can also see what others like about your favorites!
  • Check, double-check, and even triple-check that you entered in your prescription correctly! It would really suck to receive your new glasses and find out they're not right for your eyes. If you're unsure of anything on your prescription, call your eye doctor—don't just guess! You could easily end up with a useless pair of glasses, so be careful!

If any of you have ordered glasses online, tell me about your experience! I'd love to hear some stories, whether good, bad, or indifferent. Also, here are before and after pictures of me in my glasses. Do you like the change?

Before (October, 2011)

After (July, 2013)