Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Makeup Favorites!

 ... Okay. Please don't kill me. I know I haven't posted anything since last year. I'M SORRY. 

...okay. Actually, maybe you can kill me because I'm pretty ashamed of it myself. I have no excuse other than I'm just a lazy, lazy sod. I'M SORRY (again). Hopefully, this will make up for it? 

Anyway, this post is going to be about my makeup favorites. Since I haven't posted for a while, I thought that I'd do something that you guys have been requesting for a long time. You guys ask me all the time what products I use on a regular basis. And I've finally listed them down for you. Some of them I've been using for ages and I can't live without. This is gonna be a list of my all-time favorite makeup products + a mini review of all of them.




Primer


First up is the Benefit the Porefessional primer. Now, this one is a bit higher end, so it's on the expensive side, but to me, it's totally worth the money. I've been using this tube for ages, so a little goes a very long way. I definitely see the difference when I have this on under my makeup. It keeps my (really oily) skin matte for longer, it helps my makeup stay on, and it minimizes the appearance of pores. When I don't have it on, my face just gets so much oilier and my makeup doesn't last as long. So, if you have oily skin like me and makeup doesn't stay on your face and you want to save up and splurge on something higher end, definitely give this a try. Or have someone give it to you as a gift! ;)

Foundation


Okay, so, I have three foundations to tell you about, which is a bit much, I know - but I do love all three and I use them alternatingly.

when worn: NARS Sheer Glow
+
Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All
+ IN2IT Brow Pencil and Powder
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
+ Maybelline Gel Liner 
The first one I'm going to tell you about is probably my all-time favorite foundation; it's the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi. This one is quite high end and quite expensive, just a little disclaimer. This is probably the most expensive thing in my makeup collection, but my love for it knows no bounds. As I've said before, I have oily skin, but I do hate matte foundations. They look cakey and patchy on me and I just don't like matte finishes, I think they make skin look flat and dull, so I tend to go for a more glowy foundation. The Nars Sheer Glow isn't a super dewy finish, which I love, because as much as I love a glowy finish, I don't really want that overly-shiny-almost-greasy look. It has a satin finish, just the right amount of glow that makes skin look healthy and nice. And it looks like skin. It has a medium to heavy coverage depending on how you build it up, but I tend to go for a lighter coverage. I don't really like to pack this on my face, I like the look of it when I just put a thin layer on because it looks so natural and skin-like. This also lasts ages on me which I don't really expect with non-matte foundations, but it does. Since it is quite expensive though, I don't really use it every day. More on special occasions or just days where I need more of a pick-me-up. I always say, though, if you're gonna splurge on something, splurge on foundation. You can always find really good drugstore/cheaper dupes for other makeup products but foundation, I think, is just something to splurge on if you want a really good one. I bought mine from @as_cebu (on Instagram) because it's super hard to find my shade in Nars outlets, they're always out of stock, so I decided to special order mine online since they were taking so long to restock.

when worn: Revlon Colorstay
+ NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up
Next up is another favorite of mine, the Revlon Colorstay Foundation in 150 Buff. This one is a lot cheaper than Nars. They're not similar, but if you want something less expensive but still good, Revlon is a good one to pick up. Some people say that this is a matte finish on them, but I don't really get that with this. It's more matte than the Nars one but it's not completely matte, it still has a glow to it. This one is heavier on the skin, not as light as Sheer Glow and it definitely looks like you have something on your face. It doesn't have as natural or flawless a finish but it's not bad at all. The staying power of this is incredible. I don't wear this one every day either because it is a little bit heavier on the skin, but I tend to wear it when I know I've got somewhere to be that I need my makeup to stay. Like when I know I'll be sweating or there'll be some... challenges for my makeup like going to a music festival, a concert, a shoot, stuff like that. Or if you even want to do one of those waterproof makeup challenges. I did a pool/swimming shoot wearing this and it did not budge at all. Me being a shorty as well, when I hug people, my face goes on their chest most of the time so if you don't want your foundation rubbing off on their shirt, this one has no transfer. Which is awesome.

The third foundation I'm gonna be talking about isn't really a foundation. It's the FACEit Aura CC (Color Control) Cream in 01. This one is a bit more expensive than Colorstay but less expensive than Sheer Glow. This one is more for everyday use. It's the dewiest finish out of the three because it is a Korean brand and we all know Koreans love their dewy foundations. This one doesn't last as long as the other two on me because really, it's not meant to. It's a CC cream so you can't really expect it to act like a foundation. It's light coverage if you put a thin layer on but you can build it up to a full coverage which is actually really surprising since it's supposed to be a light coverage CC cream. I do have to put primer on under this and a lot of powder on top because it is so dewy that I tend to look like I can fry an egg on my face if I don't. There are a few things I don't like about it like; the color's not the best on me - it's a bit pink, I do like the finish though I wish it didn't look so shiny on me but that's just because I have oily skin, the staying power is good but it gets cakey and greasy if you don't touch up with powder for a long while, and the cream itself is a bit sticky, but it's probably the best CC/BB cream I've tried so far and it's fine for everyday use.

Concealer


I have two things to put on here, but the first one I'm going to be talking about is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair. This is a drugstore brand so it is super cheap but it's probably my favorite concealer. The coverage is amazing. A little goes a very long way so don't put too much on or it'll get a bit cakey, however, if you put just the right amount on and blend it, the coverage and finish is really nice. It also stays on for ages and doesn't move around. It's great if you want to hide a spot or brighten and cover up your undereye circles. It's an amazing concealer and it's so inexpensive as well! The one con about this concealer, however, is the availability. I used to be able to buy this in Mercury Drug outlets, the Ramp, and Trinoma, but after a while, when I ran out and went to get some more, their stores just randomly disappeared. I went as far as emailing Collection because I kept looking for other branches and I just couldn't find any. It turns out, they've pulled out all their Collection branches here. However, they said there was going to be a sale on CashCashPinoy for a brief amount of time so I stocked up on the concealer while I could. Unfortunately, though, I have no idea how I'm gonna get another one once I run out.

The next concealer favorite is a classic, but a lot more expensive than the Collection one. It's the MAC Studio Fix concealer in NC20. This one is easier to find obviously, just go to a MAC store and they'll have it. The finish on this is great, less matte than Collection and the lasting power isn't as good but it's not bad at all. I mean, it is MACThe color is also a perfect match for me because MAC just excels at color-matching. But we all knew that. This also lasts ages. One pot has lasted me so long, so it's definitely worth the money. I've had this for a long time now, and I haven't even hit pan.


Powder


I have two powder favorites for you. The first one is a classic and you either love it or hate it; it's the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC20. Now, I say that you either love it or hate it because I have had tons of friends that didn't like this powder at all, but also a lot of friends who swear by this powder. I, myself, love this powder, however. Yes, it is a heavy coverage powder but I don't really like to use a lot of it. I just dip my brush in once and dust it all over my face and I'm done. You can build it up, of course, but I prefer to keep it lighter. I know some people hate that it's so heavy on the face, but I don't really get that if I just put a thin layer on. It's MAC so it is high-end and bit expensive, but again, it lasts ages. I did hit pan on mine already but I bought this a long time ago, and I use it almost every day so it's definitely worth the money. 

The second powder I have for you is gonna be a bit of a weird choice. It's the Pigeon Baby Powder Compact or whatever it's called. I can't really tell because all it says on the compact is Pigeon and then it's all in Japanese. This is just a translucent, white powder (like baby powder) pressed in a compact. For days I don't really want much coverage, this is the powder I use because it's super light but it keeps my face matte for longer. I tend to use it with the CC cream, because that stuff gets super greasy on me and this powder does a lot to prevent that. This is actually better than MAC at keeping my face matte. I don't really know how much this costs because it was gifted to me but I would imagine it's inexpensive because it's Pigeon.

Brows


I have two brow products I use on a regular basis. Sometimes, I alternate them and other times, I use them together. Both are inexpensive and from the same brand. The first one is IN2IT's brow pencil in EBT 02 Dark Brown. I'll be honest, I bought this because I needed a brow pencil and while I was browsing through the beauty section, this was the first one that was offered to me. I bought it, and I have to say, now that I've been using it while, it actually a good brow pencil. The tip part is soft enough to give a lot of pigment so I tend to apply it with a really light hand so I don't get really intense, crazy-looking, drawn-on eyebrows. It's not waxy like other brow pencils I've tried before, so the product glides on easily. It stays on really well, too. I used to use this on its own for a while but now I use it just to outline my brow shape and fill in my brows with powder. 

My other brow favorite is IN2IT's waterproof brow colour in ER 01 eyebrowns. It has three colors in it: a really light brown that's good for people with light or even blonde hair, a reddish brown, and a really dark ashy brown. I like to mix the light brown and the dark brown for my brows. If I feel like getting my brows really on fleek, I use the pencil to outline them first and use this to fill them in. If I don't really feel like doing too much to my brows, I just use this on its own. The lasting power of this is also quite good and surprisingly, it is waterproof! I know it actually says it's supposed to be waterproof, but I've just never encountered a powder product that's actually waterproof, but this does a good job staying on even while swimming.

Eyeliner


My fav eyeliner so far has been the Maybelline Gel Liner in Black. Surprisingly, it works better than any high-end waterproof eyeliner I've tried. They all seem to smudge on me and at the end of the day, I look like a panda or like I've had no sleep. Which is a bit crappy because I payed a lot more money for those high-end ones I tried first. I bought the Maybelline one for half the price and it does a way better job of staying on where I actually put it even if I'm sweating or my eyes water a bit. And yes, if you cry, it still stays on! 

Blush 


I'll admit, I'm not that picky with blushes nor have I bought and tried many. I mostly just used a lip and cheek tint and one powder blush. The powder blush I use is the BH Cosmetics Blush Duo in Daisy. It has a matte, neutral pink blush and a gold, champagne-y highlighter in the palette that you can use separately or together to create a shimmery blush color. I love the blush, it's the perfect color for my skin tone, and it gives a healthy flush to my cheeks that looks really natural. I love matte blushes so I like using it on its own. I use the highlighter just on the top of my cheekbones. I don't use highlighter much because I do have oily skin and that in itself is like a natural highlight, but I do use it on special occasions where I want my highlight to look nice in photos. The staying power of this blush is good. It wears away a bit but it's still there at the end of the day. It also got a little bit hard after a while so I had to get a really dense brush in there to get the pigment but then again, I have had it for ages so that's understandable. I got mine as a gift from @vivastyleph (on Instagram) and I've used it for my every day makeup ever since! 

My lip and cheek tint fav has just recently run out but it's the Ever Bilena Lip and Cheek Tint. It's super cheap but so far, this is my favorite lip and cheek tint. I used to use the The Body Shop one but I liked this one better because of the color. It's a red-orangey tint that I think looks best on me, I don't really like the purple-y red tints on me. The staying power isn't that good, I do have to reapply once or twice during the day, but I don't really mind that. I'm hoping to try that organic lip and cheek tint everyone's been raving about! So I might have a new lip and cheek tint fav soon! 

Mascara 


I have one mascara fav that is also my Holy Grail mascara so far; that's the Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara in Black. Again, I've tried a lot of high-end waterproof mascaras before this, but I guess Maybelline jut does waterproof the best. I wear this for shoots and tapings and I can cry (like a lot) without this smudging and running at all. This also gives my lashes a lot of volume and length which I love because my lashes are basically nonexistent, but this makes them look awesome. Once I run out, I might try the Maybelline Lash Sensational since it's been getting so many good reviews, but the Falsies is definitely my Holy Grail mascara so far.

Lipstick 

when worn: NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up
+
IN2IT Brow Pencil and Powder
+ Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Lipstick, oh lipstick. I have a few favorite lipsticks and I'm gonna tell you all about them. The first one is a recent find but it has quickly become my every day lipstick and my favorite. It's the NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up. I have another fav lipstick which I'll tell you more about later that's just the perfect nude for me, in my opinion, and this is like, the liquid lipstick version of it. Although it is called a liquid lipstick, the consistency is a bit more like a mousse. The staying power is awesome, it doesn't smudge or budge at all when it's dry. It does wear away a bit on the inside of the lip with oily foods but then again, I've never encountered a lipstick that survived oily food. I do wish the wand could've been a bit better (shorter, fluffier), but so far, this has been my go-to lipstick every day. I got mine as a gift from @the_coralreef (on Instagram) and I've loved it ever since.


when worn: Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All
Okay, the other fav lipstick I was talking about before is the Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All. This is the normal lipstick version of the NYX Lip Lingerie, basically. I've been using this one for ages and it's also the one I use for shoots or tapings where they require a really natural, no-makeup, makeup look. The staying power isn't as good as MAC or liquid lipsticks, obviously, but the color and consistency is just really lovely and it's also super cheap. Both Push Up and Bare It All have the same peach-y, brown-y, pink-y nude. That's the best I can describe it, and I think it's just the best nude for my skin tone since I'm really pale and I tend to look dead with a lot of nude colors. I bought mine from an online shop that doesn't sell anymore (it's even cheaper online!) but you can definitely find this in Wet 'n Wild outlets really easily. 

when worn: Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi
+ FACEit Aura CC Cream
The next one is another nude (can you tell I love nude?), and it's the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi. I got this without actually swatching or trying it on because there were no testers and obviously, I wasn't allowed to swatch the sealed ones, so I just Googled the swatches and decided that okay, I can work with that and got it anyway. The first time I tried it on, I was a bit horrified. I looked dead. I was disappointed as well because I had wanted a Colourpop lipstick for a while and the first one I got was completely the wrong color. Or so I thought. It took a couple of tries and a couple of different techniques, but I finally managed to make it look nice on me. Midi is a really picky color so definitely swatch and test it on your lips before buying it, but I found out that if I put some Chapstick on before and apply it in a thin layer, it actually looks quite good! Midi is a very pale nude pink with a blue undertone, so you can understand why it's a bit of a picky color in terms of skin tone. Once I managed to make it look good though, it actually became one of my all-time fav lipsticks. It's not an everyday shade, but I do wear it to parties and other special occasions where I have a bit of a smokey eye. It goes particularly well with a brown smokey eye! I got mine as a gift from Uniqube at the University Mall in Taft, but they also have an Instagram which is @uniqubeph.

when worn: MAC Viva Glam III
The next lipstick favorite is on the high-end side and - surprise, surprise - not a nude. It's actually far from a nude; it's the MAC Viva Glam III. This is what some would call a "vampy" lip color. It's a matte  brown-ish, plummy color and when I wear it I always think, "I look like I've just freshly eaten a person" which I love. It's limited edition in MAC which is appropriate because I've never tried or seen a color like this before, it's super unique and I love it a lot. Obviously, I don't wear this every day, but when I'm feeling a bit vampy, like I need a bit of "freshly eaten a person" vibe, a night out, or slap on some sassy sunnies and this lippy and I immediately feel a little bit more badass.

My next lip favorite is not a lipstick but a lip tint. It's the Peripera Lip Marker in Red. First of all, it literally looks and acts like a sharpie. It has a felt tip and you just kind of draw on your lips which is kind of awesome. It's smudge-proof but it does wear on the lips after a while. It's a bit of a berry red which means it does have a purple-y undertone but in this instance, I do like it. I wear this when I don't really feel like wearing lipstick but I don't really wanna look pale af so I just dab a bit of this on and go.

Lip Balms


Lip balms are a must for me. Since I was just a wee child, I've had the problem of itchy, irritated, burning, swollen and after a few hours of that, dry lips. I've never really gone to the dermatologist about it but it basically happens in cold weather, if I've been in an air-conditioned area for too long, or if I eat salty and spicy food. It's really annoying, and I've tried so many expensive, medicated lip balms to try and get rid of it. You know which one that worked though? Good old Chapstick. Yes, that's right. I've tried just about every lip balm out there to help my lips out a bit when they get irritated, but the only one that actually worked was good, old-fashioned, cheap-as-all-heck, Chapstick. I do sort of dislike the artificial smell of Strawberry and Cherry, but this is the only one that can handle my super sensitive lips and I'm just gonna have to deal with that.

My other lip balm fav is the EOS Lip balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew. Now, this doesn't work as well as the Chapstick in terms of healing my irritated lips, but it does work, just not as fast or effective. If my lips aren't irritated though, this works super well at just moisturizing my lips. It's not as sticky as Chapstick as well. And the smell. I absolutely love the smell of this. It tastes and smells like Melona ice cream which is my fav. And EOS also only uses organic ingredients which makes me feel better about putting it on my lips because while Chapstick heals my lips a bit better, it does have still have some chemicals in it. I got this one as a gift from @the_coralreef (on Instagram) as well.

And... That's it! That was a long one, wasn't it? But those are my makeup favorites! I'm gonna keep updating these as I find new products that I love and maybe turn this into a monthly favorites type thing? Let me know what products you love and maybe want me to try out as well. Maybe it'll end up on my next favorites!

Love,



PS. My Twitter got hacked and it'd be great if you followed my new one: @maelizapineda.



Disclaimer: This post contains products that were kindly gifted to me, but of course, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Books, Books, and More Books: Top 10 Edition

Hi, there. So, I’ve been getting messages, suggesting that I share with you guys my top ten favorite books and novels. I thought it was a good idea, and it was. It really was. 

But holy cow, did I almost get a hemorrhage trying to decide between all my favorite books. I feel like I’m cheating on some of them for not mentioning them. 

Is it healthy to be this attached to books? Well, yeah, I already know the answer to that, but that’s another issue. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Here are my Top 10 favorite books and novels, in no particular order:
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis (I am going to count trilogies as one.)
  • Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore (These are also three books, but I didn’t count the last one Bitterblue because it kind of disappointed me. Regardless, the first two books are still a favorite.)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman
  • Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Langdon Series by Dan Brown

Let me just say; you have no idea how much this stressed me out. This genuinely made my brain hurt. I’m kind of embarrassed of how much I stressed myself out thinking about this. You would think someone asked me what the meaning of life is. 

I don’t even know. 

But that’s it for now. If you guys decide to check any of these books out, message me and tell me how you liked them. I would fangirl really hard with you. 

Until then. Adios, bookworms.



Love,



A Random, Eclectic Playlist: Vol. 2




So, I’ve decided that it’s time to make another one of these since I’ve acquired some great music lately. 

I’m just going to put a * beside the ones that are my favorites.

Here is another random, eclectic playlist: 

Fix A Heart - Demi Lovato * // Heart Attack - Demi Lovato // Nightingale - Demi Lovato (Can you tell I’m obsessed with her?) // Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd * // Time - Pink Floyd // Us and Them - Pink Floyd (Their whole discography, really.) // Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes * // Control - Garbage // Burn - Ray Lamontagne * // Stay - Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko * // Daydream Believer - Mary Beth Marziarz *// Mirrors - Justin Timberlake * (If you couldn’t already tell with my recent tweets, I’m in love with this song.) // Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake // Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (I’ve been rocking out to this song a lot more lately. I don’t know why.) // I Do - A Rocket to the Moon // New York - Angel Haze // Angels - The XX // Whispers - Dave Baxter // Revolution - Dr. John * (Love this one.) // The Ugly Dance - Fulkultur // Pompoms - Jonas Brothers * // Remember - Kari Kimmel * (Love this one also.) // Walking Backwards - Leagues // Bottled Up Tight - Luke Sital-Singh * // Ball and Chain - Martin Harley // Never Stop (Wedding Version) - Safetysuit * (I LOVE this one.) // Run Away Heart - The Strange Familiar * // How You Like Me Now - The Heavy * // Terrible Love - The National // Constant Conversations - Passion Pit *


So… This has been another compilation of the songs I’ve been listening to lately. Check them out. Enjoy! 

Listen to this playlist on Spotify.

Follow me on Spotify.

Love,





Saturday, 24 October 2015

Kind Of Jacket Weather


Jacket weather or sweater weather doesn’t often happen in the Philippines. It’s a shame because chilly, drizzly weather is my absolute favorite, and I love dressing warm. I love wearing jumpers, jackets, knits, and cozy clothing. I just think it’s so comfortable but also really aesthetically pleasing. Don’t you just love looking at people in nice, cozy jumpers and instantly think how cuddly they look?

When jacket weather comes around in the Philippines nowadays, it’s not exactly that chilly or cold. In fact, it’s still quite hot, but I had to take advantage of the slightly colder weather and put on a jacket.

The jacket I’m wearing is from JEWELS. I got this jacket a while ago and I absolutely love the color and style. I’ve been looking for a jacket like this for so long and I have found some similar ones in more high-end stores, but they were just so expensive, and I didn’t think investing that kind of money in a jacket I won’t even have the chance to wear too much is a practical thing to do. So when I saw this in JEWELS, I was so surprised at how affordable it was compared to the ones I previously saw and I just had to get it. Now, it’s become a staple in my wardrobe. Whenever I need a jacket, I immediately just grab this one.

The camisole I’m wearing is from Forever21. They had a huge sale on camis a while ago (I think P100 for one?). I loved the fit of their camisoles because most camis don’t fit well on me. This is probably TMI but having a big chest area makes shopping for well-fitting clothes really hard. I mean, these problems exist, right, ladies? Might as well get real about it. This cami is very fitted but also stretchy so naturally, I bought multiples (lol). It also does well tucked into some highwaisted things because it’s so fitted, it won’t give you any unflattering bumps of fabric inside your shorts.

I wore these shorts from @jukaykayatbp (on Instagram). I decided to wear highwaisted shorts with this jacket because as I’ve said earlier, jacket weather isn’t really jacket weather here so I decided to not be too covered up. And it just plain looks good with the jacket and cami, doesn’t it? The blue denim and army green complement each other well. And I like the proportions of the hightwaisted shorts with the tucked in cami and long jacket.

Not seen in the picture, I was wearing white Converse which are my most favorite shoes to wear because they go with everything.

The accessories I’m wearing are my Daniel Wellington Classy St. Mawes watch which I am absolutely in love with. It goes with just about every outfit ever (and I will be doing a separate post on it very soon!). And my pretty quartz bracelet from @pinkoutsidethebox (on Instagram). I love the contrast of the white quarts with the brown band and Swarovski crystals on the watch.

It’s the ber-months already! Can we please have more sweater weather?

Love,





PS. You can use the promo code ELIZA4DW on Daniel Wellington’s website: danielwellington.com and you’ll get 15% off any watch you want! It’s only until the 30th of November so better take advantage of that discount!



Friday, 23 October 2015

A Cure For A Bad Day

Sometimes, I have bad days. There are days where I’m just in a bad mood for no reason and things just kind of inexplicably annoy me, and then there are days where I’m feeling alright, but something happens, - a rejection, some really bad news, or something that I really got my hopes up for only to be let down, - and I end up feeling a little bit lost. I’m quite good at hiding my disappointment or how much stuff really affects me, but I do get affected, much more than I should, probably. And I end up thinking much worse thoughts just because of one bad thing that has happened. I’ve learned from my experience with this though, so when I’m having one of “those” days, I do a couple of things to make me feel better.

I have a safe haven. It's weird and childish, but it’s a place I feel safe in. It’s a small space that I can make and take down whenever I want, its walls and ceiling are a soft fabric and it’s not held together by anything, only hung or draped over some chairs. Sometimes it’s blue, sometimes it's yellow, and sometimes it has more than one color. I like using blankets with multiple colors best. My favorite one has a pattern of different colors, it has green, blue, yellow, red, and white. When the lights are on or the windows are open and the sun is out, it makes the colors on the blanket glow and I feel like I am inside a kaleidoscope. I get this feeling when I get inside it, like I am safe, like the world outside has paused and it will only continue when I come back out, like I’m in my own little universe where time doesn’t exist, like I am alone with my thoughts. The nostalgia is always strongest when I am that cocoon of cloth, flashbacks of making it and playing in it as a child make me feel as if I am back there again. I remember thinking about pirates, treasure maps, princesses, princes, witches, and knights. Going in that space, it’s like I’m entering a time machine and going back to my childhood. The worries and stress all suddenly fade away, and I can conjure up all those carefree feelings I used to have that I so badly want to hold on to. I can escape, if only for a little while.

There is a thing I take with me in my little hideaway place. The letters, colors, size, and weight differentiate depending on which one I choose to take with me, but somehow, they are all the same. There is that familiar weight and thickness in my hands, the roughness of the papers stacked together that sometimes gives me paper cuts when I am not too careful, the flat and smoothness of the front and back cover. As I open it, the distinctive and weirdly intoxicating smell that haunts libraries and bookstores wafts in my nose. The smell of pressed ink, paper, and adhesives with a hint of must mixed in is one of my favorite smells in the world. I hear that unmistakable crack and snip as I turn the crisp pages. The sight of black ink, off-white pages, and words that make up sentences, paragraphs, pages, chapters, and stories causes a flutter of excitement in my belly. The story can be about love, magic, dragons, vampires, werewolves, wizards, and it can be about a normal person with a normal life. It can be tragic, funny, happy, romantic, exciting, thrilling or sad. When I want to escape the world and hide in my little sanctuary though, I tend to pick the funny, romantic ones, or more often, the ones with dragons and magic, and excitement. The romantic comedy ones always makes me feel good and hopeful. I get this giddiness reading about people falling in love. I feel the butterflies right along with them, my heartbeat quickens and stutters when theirs do, I fall in love with the characters just as they fall in love with each other. But there is really nothing like fiction and magic and fantasy to ease away real life troubles. On the other hand, when I read about those fantastical people in a magical universe, I get excited, I feel as if I am in that universe, and that I am the hero. Suddenly, I'm having all of these crazy adventures and feeling all of their emotions. I fear when they fear, I gasp as they gasp, and I rejoice right along with them when they succeed. Although, in a way, it almost makes me feel insignificant. Here is this person with this amazing and exciting life, with the weight of the world on their shoulders, and my problems suddenly seem so inconsequential compared to theirs. It's weird because I know it's fictional, but still. This is why I like the thick ones best. The ones that I can barely wrap my hand around, with small, packed letters, a heavy weight that strains my arm when I carry it. The longer the story, the better. I always get so sad when I see that there is barely any paper on the right side of the stacked pages. When I finish, I’m usually left to ponder the ending for a little while. I shut my book with a breathy thump and lie there staring at my kaleidoscope ceiling thinking about the story until I finally have to come out.

There another little thing I take with me and that makes me feel better on any bad day. Even without the other two things that I mentioned, or even if I’m just a bit cranky or sad, it will brighten my mood. The wrapping crackles as I open it, and I reveal the brown indulgence inside. I like it best when it's soft and melty. As I take a bite, I taste the creamy sweetness with a hint of bitterness, and it melts in my mouth. I savor the flavor on my tongue every bite before I swallow, the pleasure of tasting this amazing treat washing over me. By the time I finish it, it will have melted on my fingers already. Some may find it a bit gross or unhygienic, but I think it is one of the best parts. I suck on my fingers to get the melty, brown, tastiness off of them. Always a mood lifter, this sweet little bar of happiness.

When I do come out of my little safe haven, I come out feeling relaxed and content. There is still that little hint of anxiety when the problem that I wanted to escape in the first place pops in my mind again, but it is eased quite drastically just from doing my little “bad day” routine. For about a year, all I did was worry, overthink, and stress about this stuff. I just about made myself crazy. Now, when I can sense all that emotion threatening to drown me, I take a step back and try not to let it overwhelm me. I do the things that calm me and make me feel better, no matter how small or silly. 



PS. This was for school so if my prof reads this (hi, ma'am), this wasn't plagiarized! It's me! Lol. 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

A Lazy Girl Outfit For A Hot and Humid Day


Oh, summer’s day. Oh, how you stifle me. Oh, how you fill me with heat and irritation.

Very hot and humid days will never be my favorite. It makes me just want to put on the rattiest, most hole-y, oversized t-shirt I’ve got and stand in front of the air conditioning all day. On days like these, it’s just so hard to put decent clothes on (or any clothes at all) and go out into the day. But sadly, some days, you can’t just sprawl out naked on your bed trying to cool yourself down. Some days, you have to go outside and face that stifling heat and actually look decent.

I’m gonna be honest, I was really tempted to just put on shorts and an old band shirt this day because I just wanted to be comfortable and not think about what I had to wear, but at the same time, for some reason, I wanted to be a bit “fashionable” and look cute that day and not just wear a band shirt and shorts. And I’m gonna be honest again, I got a few new things in the mail and I really, really wanted to wear them out.

I’m going to start with the skirt. Oh, the skirt. Once I saw it in the mail, I immediately tried it on and fell in love. It fit so perfectly and was so flattering (the picture doesn’t actually do it justice! It looks so much better in person.), I immediately wanted to wear it out. Oh, and a cool thing, this skirt is actually named after me! It’s called the Eliza skirt and it’s from @nixclothingph (on Instagram). They approached me a while ago to be one of their ambassadors, and naturally, I said yes once I saw all the amazing designs they’ve got. They also gave me the chance to name a piece after myself. I chose this skirt because it’s just so me, and I’m absolutely in love with it, especially after I tried it on. It’s simple, it’s casual, but can also be dressed up, and it’s so flattering. I decided to go casual this day and this skirt was just the perfect thing because it’s casual but still cute enough to seem like I actually put effort into dressing myself that day.

As I’ve said, I wanted to go really casual that day, so I decided to compromise and pair that gorge skirt with a ratty, old t-shirt (lol). For some reason, they worked together! I can’t tell you where I got this shirt, because it’s literally just an old, white t-shirt that I had from ages ago that I cut into a croptop. But again, it worked. I wanted to wear something really light and breezy up-top and it dressed the skirt down a bit.

Since I was feeling very summery because of the heat, I decided to go with some sandals, which I actually rarely do, but as I’ve said before, I’m a bit bipolar with my fashion choices sometimes and I wanted to wear sandals this day. These are from @tequilacrafts (on Instagram).

The accessories I’m wearing are my Daniel Wellington watch and a quartz bangle from @pinkoutsidethebox (on Instagram). I love this combo, both have rose gold accents and go so well together. And it dressed my outfit up a little bit! Accessories do make a difference.

It’s hard to find the motivation to dress yourself when it’s so hot and humid, but if you find the right outfit, it definitely makes you feel a bit better about yourself throughout the day.



Love,





PS. You can use the promo code ELIZA4DW on Daniel Wellington’s website: danielwellington.com and you’ll get 15% off any watch you want! It’s only until the 30th of November so better take advantage of that discount!

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A Random, Eclectic Playlist




So, for anyone who’s been reading this blog or following me on Twitter for a while, you all know about my really eclectic (sometimes weird) taste in music. And because I’m bored, I thought I’d give you guys a playlist of what I’ve been listening to most lately. Usually when I’m getting ready after a shower or basically just any free time that I have. Getting ready in the morning is always more fun with a little music to bop to:

Changed the Way You Kiss Me - Example // Read All About It Part III - Emeli Sande // Just Friends - The Jonas Brothers // Where Is My Mind - Pixies // Closing Time - Semisonic // Love On Top - Beyonce // Walking Blind - Aidan Hawken and Carina Round // Away FRM U - Oberhofer // Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars // Young Girls- Bruno Mars // When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars // Shake Me Down - Cage the Elephant // Catch Me - Demi Lovato // The Thread of the Thing - Fay Wolf // Kickstarts - Example // Day ‘N Nite - Kid Cudi vs Crookers Remix // Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men // Shelter - Birdy // Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap // Take A Walk - Passion Pit // Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve // Thinking About You - Frank Ocean // Too Close - Alex Clare // Ungodly Hour - The Fray // The Cross - Within Temptation // What Have You Done - Within Temptation (Basically anything from them.) // I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys // When the Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys (Basically anything from them too.) // A Swan Song (For Nina) - Clint Mansell // Dream House - John Debney // Summer Love - One Direction // Save You Tonight - One Direction (Anything from them too.) // Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners // Heroes - David Bowie (Basically anything from the Perks of Being a Wallflower Soundtrack. Seriously, get it, It’s genius.) // Miracle - Hurts (ANYTHING from them. Seriously.) // Ho Hey - The Lumineers // Submarine - The Lumineers (You know how this goes. Anything from them.) // Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys (Get their whole album. They rock.)

There is One Direction and the Jonas Brothers in there but I also got the Pixies and Arctic Monkeys and Hurts. I don’t even know. 

Anywho, that’s my random, eclectic playlist.

Enjoy.

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Love,