Friday, July 18, 2014

Perfume Collection

Photo tips on taking reflective surfaces? I had three to battle with. =_=;; 
I don't have an extensive selection of perfumes. I can think of a number of reasons why I don't, namely I use them sparingly and don't bath myself with them. I tend to invest the few I think appropriate for my age and to suite a variety of occasions. Though, not to shoot myself in the foot, I'd like to invest in a new scent later this year or next, depending on how the current collection cleans up and how much room there will be on my vanity. I'll try my best to describe each, but I am not that versed in the world of perfumes!

 Be Delicious - DKNY
This is a very refreshing scent with a certain uniqueness of apple with blended flowers and wood. A favorite of mine during summer.
Notes:
American Apple, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Candid Magnolia, Tuberose, White Muguet, Rose, Violet, Sandalwood, Tender Skin Accord, Blonde Woods, White Amber.
Style:
Free-spirited. Refreshing. Unique.
Princess - Vera Wang
This was the first "real" perfume I've ever owned. I still have it after many years and I haven't even hit the half-way mark, yet (just shows you how often I wear scents). I think having vanilla in perfumes makes them a bit heavy and sickly sweet, but somehow it works for this one, for me at least.
Notes:
Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Musk, Chiffon Vanilla
Style:
Sweet and dainty.
Light Blue - Dolce & Gabbana
This is a gorgeous scent, its feminine with refreshing scents and with a certain deepness to it. This is my most recent purchase having worn this on my wedding day. I received complements all day on smelling great (not sure if it's because I was the bride or cause I showered... I jest, I hygiene myself regularly ;p). It's a all time favorite now and reminds me of my wedding day each time I wear it.
Notes:
Sicilian Citron, Bluebell, Granny Smith Apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White Rose, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk.
Style:
Deep and true.
What is your current favorite perfume? Have you tried any of the ones seen here? Do you wear them often or not for you? Haha... so many questions, write me a novel!!

XOXO,
Carolyn

P.S. Anyone know a good blog design, website, or affordable service I can used to build or pull code from to make one myself? I haven't coded since my neopets/xanga/gaia days over 10+ years ago!! HTML, CSS... wut?

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{Essentials} Summer Tan


I remember a time in my young life when I bared orange patchy streaks on my legs and arms, my bed sheets stained with orange and wore that faint smell of DHT. Ahh.... 

Well at least those days are over (right?)! I went several years sans tan and still longed to go a teeny bit darker. Exposure to sun only burns me so I constantly lather on SPF 30+. I've had a few sunburns in my life and I'd never like to encounter another (I got a nasty one on my stomach and back a few years ago and I hope to never have that again). Since then I've hunted and tried on different self tanners to develop a solid routine.

To prep for my tan I will exfoliate with a sugar scrub like the one from Tree Hut (Honey Almond is my favorite) and I find that this is more delicate on the skin than a salt scrub. I do also like the mineral body exfoliator from AHAVA, but it is more pricey. Following that I use Nivea's Extended Moisture Body lotion. This lotion is fantastic as it sets in quickly without stickiness and leaves my skin soft and nourished feeling until my next shower.

After moisturizing I follow the instructions per the St. Tropez bottle. I find that apply this in the evening after showering is best so I'll just rinse off in the morning. I haven't had a problem with color transfer to my sheets, but my sheets are a dark grey color so nothing would be too apparent. Additionally, to extend the tan that St. Tropez lends me I'll supplement with the Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer. I find that this combination works well and appears quite natural.

This routine worked well for me last summer and continues to this summer. I would like to continue this routine during the school year, lets see how far I can get, but it can be a bit time consuming adding up all the prep time and waiting time for the mouse to dry to the time it takes for the Jergens lotion to set. I guess if you are concerned with having a tan then the time wouldn't bother you. For me, meh. idk, its good for these few more weeks of summer I have. HAHA. I have read and seen loads rave about Xen Tan and I'd like to give that a try in the future, time permitting obviously.

Do you use any products for tanning? What are your thoughts on this silly business?

XOXO,
Carolyn

P.S. This post would have been up sooner if I had planned better prior to embarking on Part 1 of my honeymoon! Part 2 will be following shortly at Universial Studios Orlando with HARRY FREAKING POTTER.Thanks for all your comments on my update post too! I means loads to see so many people excited for HP, like me.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hold on to your Brooms!


Not the typical post that would be here, but it is totally worthy of it's own space.

It's here! I've been following the news on this park for several years now, and it is finally here. Yesterday during the live stream covering the media event happening in Universal Studios it was announced that the new expansion of Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando would be opening on July 8th! Start getting your vacation panties ready, and I suppose your wallet too.

Here is the flash video that will pop up on the site when you go to Universal Studios: Animation
Also, a visit to this MuggleNet article will allow you to see some event photos and videos from the media preview currently happening.

What is to be offered in this new expansion? The list is quite extensive.
+ Weasley's Wizard Wheezes: A joke shop by the Weasley twins
+ The Leaky Cauldron: Typical British pub
+ Ollivander's Wand shop: Hogsmead has a smaller version, I heard this is to be larger
+ Scribbulus: WIZARD STATIONERY.
+ Madam Malkin's: Wizard's robes and character costumes
+ Quality Quidditch Supplies:  Sport shop
+ Magical Menagerie: Toy shop
+ Florean Fortescue's: Sweets and ice cream, including Butterbeer flavor!
>>> Gringotts Bank: "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" ride is housed within, more information about the ride can be found here. Also, I've heard talk to exchanging muggle money for wizard money, the purpose??
+ Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment: The gift shop after the Gringotts ride
+ Knockturn Alley including the dark magic shop Borgin and Burkes
What else can you expect to visit whilst in this new area?
"There will be two live shows held in the shopping area called Carkitt Market [...] The first show will bring to life two fables from "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," from the seventh film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1." In the second show, guests will hear never-before-heard songs by The Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.
From what I've read about, this market and the shops and items found in here are all creations of J.K. Rowling, not just the creative heads at Universal Theme Parks. This is exciting because it means even more territory to explore in the new expansion and new items to be discovered.

You can also catch a ride on the Hogwarts Express from King's Cross Station if you have purchased the 2 park pass ticket. This train ride will take you from Diagon Alley in Universal Studios to Hogsmead in Islands of Adventure.

There is definitely enough to do in the two wizard themed parks alone that could take you the whole day to explore. I'll be planning my trip for mid July to early August. Will you have an opportunity to visit this new theme park soon? What are your thoughts on the new expansion?

XOXO,
Carolyn 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Tag

 I saw this new tag on Makeup-Pixi3 beauty blog and thought it would be a fun activity to do while taking a break from organizing my hard-drive!

1.  What's your favourite thing about Summer?
Being able to do whatever I want and not worry about course work! Also, I enjoy the freedom to be able to take trips.
2.  Do you have a favourite Summer drink?
I've been enjoying iced soy chai lattes and iced soy green tea lattes.
3.  Is there a location you like to go to each Summer?
Recently it's been to Florida to the beach and to either Disney World or Universal Studios, but really like being able to travel in general.
4.  Favourite makeup look for Summer?
I cannot be bothered to put on makeup as of late, but I am in love with  big volumized lashes, a bronzed face and a bold lip.
5.  Dresses or skirts?
Either is nice, though I usually stick to shorts or jeans.
6.  Sandals or ballet pumps?
I like both, depends on the day, weather and what I am wearing!
7.  Do you prefer to wear your hair up or down for Summer?
I usually like my hair down, but if the weather is particularly hot or I'm at the pool: it's gotta go up!
8.  Deep smokey eyes or bold lips?
Eyes!
9.  Favourite perfume for Summer?
 DKNY - Be delicious
10.  Last but not least, favourite music for Summer?
House or dubstep. Loud, beats, fast = Summer. 

Who to tag? Anyone is welcome! Let me know in the comments below and I'll link you in this post.

Friday, June 13, 2014

{NOTD} OPI - Barefoot in Barcelona



I attempted to find a more neutral pink mauve color, but it was a epic fail! I really do not like this polish that much at the moment. I feel like it makes my hands look so much older. Honestly, probably due to the fact one of my elementary school teachers, RIP, used to wear a color similar to this.

The color is gorgeous in the bottle, but I don't think it works against skin at all. Maybe my mom will like it (HAHA). At the moment I am loving bright colors, pastels and cleaner lighter colors. I'll be posting more of those in the future!

Have you tried this color by OPI? What your current favorite colors for the summer season?

XOXO,
Carolyn