"Since you cannot read all the books which you many possess, it is enough to possess only as many as you can read."
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Would You Want To Guess Which Colour Collection Lip Perfection Shade I Grabbed?

  

Sample Room has introduced quite some interesting products lately, some of which went out of stock immediately just minutes after posting and announcements. I was lucky to have sampled two shades of the latest Colour Collection Lip Perfection lipsticks with Argan Oil by Sample Room.


On the left is a peach and nude shade, Crema, that goes well with formal looks and conservative work environments. I find that it takes at least two coats to give my lips good colour and it has a somewhat sheer finish. As for the shade on the right called Bella, it's a bright pink that packs a punch and will look great in the evenings. It's also for those who want attention-grabbing lips apart from red. It has a generous amount of colour and has a semi-matte finish.

As for lasting power, it can easily come off after having had food. I prefer to use lip balm before swiping lipstick back on because it seems like the consistency is the same as that of the Colour Collection lipsticks I've tried from Sample Room.


I like the white and gold packaging, it gives a fresh appeal to lipstick junkies out there. However, I would like to see how the brand can design a sleek and slim lipstick, after all, space savers are a plus. Something tells me that I'll be reaching out for Crema in the weeks to come until I've abused it enough.

Did you get a chance to experience Colour Collection's Lip Perfection? Which shades did you get? Have a fab weekend!

Friday, 18 July 2014

I’m Not Used To This New Life



It was my idea after all. I wanted this. But I’ll admit it. 

I’m not used to this new life.

I get up at 4 AM, make my breakfast, sort out my things, put my hair up in a bun and get dressed in my uniform. By 6:30 AM, I am waiting for the bus to take me to one of  the biggest public schools in my city. Upon arrival, I line up with the rest of the teachers, and after the morning assembly, I make my way to the faculty passing by my classrooms where I spend teaching hours, encouraging Grade 8 kids, helping them make alien connections in the English language, helping them establish relationships with verbs and clauses, seeing my strategies fly to see my classroom management techniques become rewarding. 


I’ve started teaching kids, and I can see how they are doing. I’m coping as well, I am readjusting with how to modify my learning targets and my supervisor can tell that I am still adjusting and getting to know my kids. I did admit to my supervisor that I’m still nervous every time I stand in front. She told me that it’s all part of the teaching experience. Even veteran teachers are nervous when supervisors sit at the back of the class and observe. 

I’ve had the odd day and the best days. 

There are a lot of stories in my kids’ eyes. 

But I’m glad to be their teacher.

(So now you know where I’ve been.) 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

2014 White Homecoming Dresses By DressV



Are you getting ready for homecoming? 

I think the best colour to wear to homecoming is white. 

There is something timeless and unrivalled with the pure and pristine colour of white. There is a difference between wearing white from wearing beige or ecru or champagne; white comes out as crisp and just plain classy. It must be why on most debuts in Europe, the debutantes line up in white dresses and flowers in their hair, making these formal occasions one of the glamorous and memorable events of the season.



Why else would white be the appropriate colour of wedding dresses to bring out the glow of brides on their special day? It only proves that white is a timeless colour and is great for either short or long dresses.

As for this year’s homecoming, a 2014 white homecoming dress can be a good match with any modern or vintage style tuxedo. Whether you are an alumni or current student of your school, you can’t go wrong with a 2014 white homecoming dress from DressV of the right style and cut to accentuate your figure and highlight your assets. 


 Matching 2014 white homecoming dresses is easier than you think. You can always wear pearl earrings that can make your skin glow, or even diamond style earrings for a luxurious and dramatic look. If you are one who fancies flowers, you can wear them on your wrist. 


As for your hairstyle, you can sweep up your hair and clip tiny flowers or also beautiful tiny crystals that sit on your hair, you can go for an elegant style or a simple one. If you are comfortable with adding a dainty bow to your dress, then you can add contrasting colours but be sure to keep your overall look consistent. 

White homecoming dresses can be paired with shoes that are of appropriate height, choose ones that you are comfortable walking in.  


You can choose the right 2014 white homecoming dress in DressV's extensive selection here: 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

OMG Accessories: Gold Galore by Born Pretty Store + Review


 A galore of gold accessories greeted me when I opened my parcel from Born Pretty

Born Pretty first offered me to review their products last month and it took about a month to arrive in my city, they offer worldwide shipping. My haul includes two gold rings and two necklaces. My first impression? Cuties! 

Let’s go over them one by one shall we? 


On the left is an owl ring featuring a clear crystal gem in the middle and two white opaque white eyes and only one foot has a pink extension. It does look unnecessary, it also cheapens the look. The eyes look uneven. On the right is an emerald bunny ring, it’s gem is ovate and the cut around the gold ring makes it look like it is studded in little crystals which I fancy on top of the four more little stones on the ears. I think it’s a nice touch. Both rings are adjustable which means that I can wear them anytime I like immediately without having to go through resizing them. I particularly like the emerald ring because it is my birthstone and it makes good costume jewellery.  




The cat necklace is cute and will make for good everyday wear. The clasp is also attached to an extension the length is similar to that of a choker. It’s very lightweight and I am afraid that the clasp is not so secure, there's a good chance it will fall off before I notice it. The pendant is cute and is about half the size of a 5 Peso coin. I like that it's shiny and clean, not to mention super adorable!
 

At first look, the design is rather attractive and it comes in an antiquated gold look. What put me off was the presence of some mouldy substance on some branches of the pendant. Otherwise it could have been a very nice necklace that could add a nice touch to a plain tee. I tried cleaning it with dry tissue paper but  it won't come off. It also has a leaf attached to the chain, I don't really know what effect it should have achieved though. What I really like about this necklace though is that it has many inspiring inscriptions written on it, my favourite words are trust, concern and believe.

 

 Looking back at the pieces, it looks like it is a nature haul with a bunny, owl, cat and a tree. I like the selection sent to me and these pieces are glamorous that can add nice details to even the simplest of outfits. I will be mixing and matching them soon. My personal fave is the cat necklace and I have a soft spot for the emerald bunny ring because it's my birth stone, talk about biased. =)