Review: M.A.C. makeover? :: Monday, January 30, 2012

SOoooooo~ For Christmas, I got a $50 M.A.C. gift card. I was pretty thrilled about it because I've heard such great things about M.A.C. products and I was excited to get to try some things.
My friend uses the foundation and she just absolutely raves about it, and all the girls I work with think the eyeshadow is the best EVARRR!!!

So, after work Friday, I stopped in at the M.A.C. counter with the thought that surely the staff girl can help me spend this gift card! I only had an hour because I was meeting my parents for dinner, but I really didn't think that would matter. The staff girl, named Emily, greeted me when I came up and was excited to help me! But, first she had to check in with a couple of the other customers who had just walked up and she'd be right back.

Unfortunately, after making 2-3 laps around the counter, looking at everything the place had to offer, and chatting on the phone with my mother for 20 minutes...the staff girl still hadn't gotten back to me. Not only that... but she had been doing mini make-up tutorials for women who had come up after me. \(.~.)/
Fed up, I walked up to Emily and let her know I couldn't stay any longer because I had plans. She apologized profusely saying 'I just got caught up!' and told me to come back 'tomorrow' and she would take care of me personally!

So, I came back Saturday afternoon after work. Emily was there... but honestly had no idea who I was when I first walked up. I had to explain how I'd come the day before and had a gift card, yadda yadda. She apologized again, and started taking me around to explain their products. Then informed me that, 'oh! if you use your whole gift card today, I can give you a total makeover! It only comes with a $50 purchase though, so you have to spend it all today.' lol.
Well, because I'd planned on spending the whole thing and I didn't have any makeup on (at all), I didn't mind agreeing, and why not get a total makeover!!!

So, Emily sat me down and we started chatting about what I usually did for makeup. I showed her this picture and explained that I was hoping to get some new products to replace some of the ones I'm running out of.
She told me that she totally knew what would look great on me and couldn't wait to get started. She brought over, first, some foundation. I told her that the foundation she brought over was way too dark for me, that she was probably going to have to use the lightest or 2nd lightest tone for me because my skin is really pale. She assured me that it was the right color. It... was not. AT ALL. So she had to take it off.
She had to go down to.... dun dundundun DUN! the 2nd to lightest shade. I explained to her that my face is actually a shade darker than the rest of my body and that my neck was really what needed to be matched.... (isn't that something a makeup artist is supposed to know?)

Anyway, as she continued with the makeover, we chatted about gyaru and lashes, circle lenses and Japan. She totally knew what I was talking about... well she was familiar with ganguro. I had to explain to her that it was a really old style, and that Japanese gyaru have evolved... lol.

The makeover really only took maybe 20-30 minutes. I figured that was fine because she was a professional. Right?

Well, let's just say, after she gave me the mirror... I couldn't get out of there soon enough. I ended up buying some things (I had to spend $50 after all) and then went straight home to wash my face. LOL!

So, somehow, this picture:

translated to this in Emily's mind:

I mean, I'm not wearing lenses or lashes... and I know I have one eye smaller than the other... but Emily made the problem not only more noticeable... but WORSE! She put a thicker line on the big eye... and then winged the smaller eye less. Not only that, but she barely put any mascara on my top lashes.. but spent forever on my bottom lashes. ('omg they're so long I just love playing with them' says Emily) Also, she went to town with the blush and (though you can't see it in the picture) I totally had drag-queen blush going on. It, like, arrowed right to my ears.
Plus, she didn't put any eyeshadow or eyeliner on my lower lid... though we discussed it and she walked away (for 5 minutes) to grab something that would work.... um.. scatter-brained? or did she get distracted?

Awful. So...

Customer Service: C-
I was thinking maybe a D, but really, Emily was very nice, she did apologize for getting caught up... and did "take care" of me personally when I came back.

Makeup Artist Abilities: F
After talking to her the whole time about makeup and what I was interested in and SHOWING HER A PICTURE, she completely missed the mark. What she did to my face was NOTHING that I wanted. Honestly, I don't think she listen to me at all.

Makeup quality/variety: C
The foundation was very drying and cakey before I managed to get out to my car... which is a feat within itself because I have combination to oily skin and tend to get an oily t-zone very quickly. The blush was actually quite light, even though Emily kept adding to it and adding, you still can barely see it in the picture. And, the colors in the eyeshadow were... average at best.

This might just be the counter I went to and all due to the quality of the staff. If, perhaps, I'd had a more experienced artist, or someone who actually listened, my review would be better... but this was my experience!!!

I will review the items I bought shortly. On the plus side, I really like the items I bought.

And now... pic spam. Deal with it *(^_^)*


It was freaking gorgeous outside today! I didn't even really need a coat (I was still wearing one, mind you). And, I really enjoyed hanging out and frolicking outside!

And playing with my kittie! (he's actually biting me in the first picture, lol) His name is 'Black Jersey' See... we have another tom-cat who's name is 'Jersey' because he looks like a Jersey cow... well, because we are SO original, because Black Jersey kind of looks like a more black version of Jersey... he was named... Black Jersey. (yeah I know, lame. But that's how we roll)

Finally... soccer hurts me... a lot.

posted by l0ckheart @ 3:24 PM


       Geo Xtra Dreamy Brown Lens 15mm, New Layout, etc. :: Friday, January 27, 2012

SO MUCH THANKS to Rox's sponsored giveaway and Lensvillage, I am a proud owner of a much needed new pair of circle lenses!

I decided to try the Geo Xtra Dreamy Brown Lens 15mm
These lenses arrived about a week or so ago, and since, I have tried them a couple times and must say that I LOVE them!

Beautifully packaged with Animal case.

Life Span : 1 Year Disposable
Power Available : Plano / 0.00 Only
Diameter : 15 mm
Base Curve : 8.6
Manufacturer : GEO Medical , South Korea

Natural Light One in

Flash One in

Natural Light, both in

Flash both in

Flash w/ makeup both in

First of all, I really love the pattern on these contacts. Since my last brown pair of lenses expired, I've been searching for a new pair of natural lenses that have everything I want. These have exactly what I was looking for. They aren't an incredibly artificial pattern like so many of the circle lenses out there. But, the pattern isn't boring either. Also, the color blends so well with my natural eye color, it's unreal!
Cosmetic: 5/5
The size is nothing to sneeze at either. I have a couple other pairs of 15mm lenses and sometimes I feel like they're just TOO MUCH for average days... but these I feel have the perfect amount of enlargement. They are big enough without being alien-like.
Enlargement: 5/5
Also, the fit of these works really well with my eyes. Some lenses you can feel that they aren't actually cupping your eyes correctly or can feel them sitting a bit off. With the Dreamy Brown lenses, I haven't had any of these problems. They fit on my eyes well, don't droop off my iris, and sit right where they belong!
Fit: 5/5
AND~ I can barely feel them in my eye! The longer I wear them, the less I can feel them until it's like they aren't even there. These are honestly the best feeling lenses I've worn yet.
Comfort: 5/5

Overall: 5/5
These lenses are just exactly what I was wanting. For a natural looking lens, I would definitely reccommend them for girls with naturally dark eyes. Plus, because the design is such that I think they would blend really well with all eye colors.

My more "natural" makeup with them in :)

Outfit for the day. Just a lazy day. xD Ignore the mess in the background... laundry day :)

And then yesterday I did a darker more 'gyaru' type makeup.

OOO~ Look, clean room!

A couple more things....

Cecil McBee Fukubukuro coat. I am so in love with this coat. It is really really warm and comfortable... and I think it's style is really versatile. Love it :)

OH... and yeah... new layout :)

posted by l0ckheart @ 11:53 AM


       Japan Adventure Part 4: Finale :: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 10: Shibuya... AGAIN!
I don't think I've been in Shibuya so many times in such short succession EVER! I feel like every other day we went to Shibuya. What is funny about this is Shibuya is actually our least favorite city. There is nothing wrong with it mind you, but we prefer Ikebukuro and Shinjuku over Shibuya. (all the same stores are in Shinjuku/Ikebukuro and there are less people in the way)!

This time, we needed to come to Shibuya because we had a session live for the vocalist Ikkou from Tokyo Micheal and also all the boys from Clearveil would be there that night and Nicole wanted to stop in at Zeal link to pick up some cds.

So, we wandered around, shopped a bit, ate lunch, went to the live, and then finished with dinner in gusto.

Outfit. This was by far my laziest outfit day (other than the last 2 days). By this time, very little sleep and being out from very early until very late every day was starting to really take it's toll. I just DIDN'T CARE what I looked like. Yeah, we were going to be in Shibuya... and yes, we were going to a live.... but, eh.

I took a ton of random pictures though while walking down the street...

Mostly creepy covert pictures. Yup, I was being that kind of foreigner. lol.

Dinner from Gusto. Curry rice, kani cream croquette, cabbage salad, and spinach. YUM!

And a sign about being annoying that is posted in Tabata's train platform. LOVE IT!

Day 11: Harajuku, Meiji Jingu, Shinjuku instore, and SHIBUYA CLUBBING!!

One of the last days we were in Japan... and man did we have a lot to do! We needed to head out to Harajuku to go to Meiji Jingu to get New Year's charms, had an instore event in Shinjuku 0101 ONE, AND had plans to go clubbing AGAIN!

SO, let's get started!

Outfit featuring Draco. I just wanted to be cool enough for the club later that night. AND, I was NOT going to wear another dress because I had too many guys trying to pull my skirt up while I was dancing before... You get groped a lot more in Japanese clubs if you have a dress on.

Wore my sunglasses 90% of the time this trip because my eyes are so sensitive and I HATE squinting!

Harajuku station, Takeshita Dori, and right outside the station... This is normal for a Saturday!!!

Here's a video of the crowd that Nicole took! And... yeah, I AM that short. At one point... you can see where the top of my head comes up to on normal sized people. lol!

The sign actually says "watch your step" but I was just trying to take a picture of the crowd.

Meiji Jingu

After Meiji Jingu, we headed over to Shinjuku for the instore in 0101 ONE Zeal Link. We were going for a band called 次世代エキサイト which is a TINY band whom we know the vocalist, Kirio. We stood around and talked to him (and the rest of the band) for a little bit, then headed down and sat in the "Lady's corner" on one of the Lolita floors while we waited for Dawn and Michiko to join us.

Then we headed over to Shakey's (or as we call it, Sharky's) which is an "American" pizza place, that has all you can eat order Viking course. SO YUMMY!

We're all so tired already!

Then back over to Shibuya to meet up with Nichole, do some karaoke, and then head to the club until 5:30am!

109 at night.

Random graffiti

All tarted up! Pulled bangs back again. So many girls get SO sweaty at the club, and have their bangs down and look NASTY! I decided I wouldn't be one of them.

I wish I would have gotten a picture of us all tarted up... but I never did :(

Day 12: Last Full day - Oedo Onsen Monogatari

Since we didn't get home until after 7am again, we slept most of our last day away. We only woke up some time around 3 when the kuro-neko delivery guy came by the pick up our suitcases and take them back to the airport for us.

Then, we slowly got ready to go out to Yokohama to go to our favorite artificial Onsen in Tokyo. Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a wonderful Oedo themed onsen with cute shops, massage places, gardens, etc. I LOVE going and relaxing there!

Yup, that's me :)


US, before the baths. No makeup, FOOD TIME!

I had Tendon again. IT WAS DELICIOUS! I also had tuskemono (Japanese pickles) which I love SO much!

The last thing we did before we left to catch our last train was use the Dr. Fish. These little fish eat off the dead skin and callouses from your feet. At first it feels kind of ticklish... then it starts to feel kind of good... then for me at least, it became quite painful.

Tokyo tower and Yokohama bridge as seen from the train platform.

Homeward bound!

There is nothing more liberating and camaraderie building as sitting around chatting with friends while completely nekkid!!!

Day 13: Last Hurrah

So, we had a bit of time in the morning and afternoon to hang out, do some final shopping, and eating before we had to head to the airport. And, we decided to catch the bus out to the Kita-toda AEON. (It's a shopping mall that's very close to where we used to live)

Not too many pictures this day. Too tired, and had way too much else on our minds other than taking pictures. Actually, looking at them, the camera was out at lunch and once in the terminal... xD

Lunch. Saizeria again. (3rd time this trip, what can I say? WE LOVE SAIZA!) It is a Hamburg-steak with vegetable salsa with egg and corn. YUMMMM!

Evil had a hamburg-steak too, but just a normal one... and Dawn had Spinach and cream pasta.

Really happy about my food.

THE MOON! Right before we got on the plane. :)

That ends my trip! I actually stayed up in Chicago for a couple more days after we got back to the States. Then, the day I got home... I came home to this!

AND~~ Finally, some of the buys I got that I either didn't wear, or haven't shown yet. :)

Polka-dot tank, Polka-dot cardigan, and navy high-waisted shorts featuring Draco.

Ma*rs fukubukuro coat!! Ma*rs isn't really my style most of the time, but the coats they had this year were just FANTASTIC! This one came in the fukubukuro... and was the only thing I really wanted to keep.

My new favorite character, Sentimental Circus! Such a cutie!! I bought my new makeup bags with this pattern. One for my purse makeup bag, and one for my normal makeup bag. LOVE IT!

New Rebecca Taylor wallet. I got this for half price at the New Years sale! Very cute!

New accessories. You've seen the star for sure... I wore it like every day after I bought it! And the heart earrings as well.

Lastly, new lashes! The Cecil ones I was actually wearing in this picture.

That's it! If you guys have any questions about my trip, then feel free to ask! I'll get back to my regular scheduled blogging after this post!

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