Blog Update!

Hey guys! Wow, it’s been so long. I know I haven’t blogged in forever. My excuse sounds sterotypical and stupid, but honestly it is the truth! I am just so busy. I have zero time to blog, and with the few hours I have on weekends, I’m just too tired and exhausted from the week. So I’ve decided I’m going to officially start blogging again (full time!) when summer comes around. There will be no school for me and I have lots of time to blog and dance.

But I have some exciting news! I got chosen for another VoxBox from Influenster a few weeks ago and it just came in the mail. I’m going to be reviewing the box and uploading it onto my blog this week. I don’t want to make a sucky blog post with very few pictures and swatches so I’m putting some effort into it haha!

Also, I’m thinking of turning this blog into a beauty and dance account. I could blog about dance advice or questions people may have, and it gives me more topics to blog about! So during the summer if you see this blog drastically change into a dance and beauty blog… that is why! I know you guys won’t mind and it would be cool to see non-dancers get a look inside my everyday world.

Thank you for being patient and thanks so much for reading!

See you soon!
xoxo

Sofia

Influenster Jolly Voxbox 2013 Review

Hey beauty bloggers! Wow, I haven’t blogged in FOREVER. I am so sorry – I just haven’t found the time and I was running out of ideas to blog about. But, here I am with an exciting blog post! Today I received a the Jolly Voxbox from Influenster. I am so excited I qualified and I hope I qualify for more upcoming boxes!:)

If you don’t know what Influenster is, check out their website for all the information here.

Now, let’s get started with the review!

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The first item I received in my box was the NYC New York Color HD Color Eyeshadow Trio in the color Long Beach Sands. It says the eyeshadow delivers high intensity color with a silky soft texture and the lightweight formula blends effortlessly for the ultimate smokey eye look. Is it just me or does it kind of remind me of the Wet N Wild eyeshadow trio in Walking On Eggshells? Huh.

Well, the eyeshadows are definately very silky and smooth! While swatching them, they seemed to blend easily too. These eyshadows are not very pigmented, though. I would recommend using a good primer too so the eyeshadow doesn’t fade during the day. I’m glad Influenster gave us some neutral colors because if they gave me a trio with green or purple I wouldn’t be using them as often! The first color in the trio which is a highlighter shade is a very pretty champenge color. I see myself using this shadow often in the future. It’s perfect if you want a little shimmer in your inner corners! The second color is the darkest shade in the trio and the most pigmented. I like this shadow and I’m excited to experiment with it. Once again, I wish it more pigmented and a little less sheer. I see myself using it as a natural crease color to give a little bit more definiton to my eyes. Or, if I’m going for a smokey look, I’ll definately use this! The last shadow is probably my least favorite and the least pigmented. I don’t really know what I would use it for – an eyeshadow base or a crease color? It seems too light to be a crease color and I wouldn’t use it for my lid either. But, I’m excited to try out a makeup look with this trio and maybeI’ll use it for Christmas Eve tomorrow. It’s great if you want a nice natural look and you can even darken up some of the colors by building it up and using a good primer.

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Next I got the new Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer. The description says it is an intense rich colour of a lipstick combined with an invincibly smooth lacquer shine. I received the shade Stargazer. At first, it appeared very metallic on my lips but after I blended it out it was a pretty shimmery champange color! I feel like this would go well with the NYC trio too! This is the perfect gloss if you have a smokey eye and want to finish your look with a natural shimmery gloss. I’m really pleased with this product and I’m going to use it quite often!

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Next I received the Skinny Cow Candy in the flavor peanut butter creme. You get six packets of yummy chocolate, and each packet includes three little chocolates. These are perfect if you’re craving something sweet or you want a little snack. I also really like these because they are only 130 calories! Wow!

Now about the taste… I really liked them! I shared some with my family to get their opinions, too. My 9-year-old brother said it was “okay”, rating it a 5 out of 10 stars. Maybe he doesn’t like peanut butter? The rest of my family agreed it was an 8 out of 10 stars. I liked the peanut butter flavor, but I’m wondering if they have carmel ones too! But, if you don’t like chocolate or you’re allergic peanut butter, these probably aren’t your favorite in the box.

I would recommend these because they are super yummy!

 

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The next item in my box was the Puffs Ultra Strong & Soft To Go Tissue Pack. These are definately softer than normal tissues and are perfect for on the go! One thing I don’t like about these is the pack only comes with 10 tissues. I feel like I would use up those 10 tissues very quickly and I wish there was more in a pack. But, these are perfect right now because it seems like everyone is getting sick or catching a cold.

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The next item surprised me a little! The first thought I had was: Since when is ducktape a beauty product?

Well, I know someday it will come in handy and I’ll be thankful I have it! The design is cute – blue and purple cheetah/leopard print. I will definately use it when I’m hanging up a poster of a celebrity or something haha. It’s a mini roll of duct tape and the descriptive claims it tears easily by hand without curling and it conforms to uneven surfaces.

 

In the end, I am really pleased with the Jolly Voxbox! There are some really good products that I’m excited to try out. If you want to sign up for Influenster, leave a comment below with your email because I still have a few invites left!:)

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!

 

*disclaimer below*

I received these products complimentary for review purposes and testing purposes from Influenster.

What to Expect at a Brandy Melville Sale

I’m back! Today I have an informative blog post about Brandy Melville sales. I went to a Brandy sale today and it was quite the experience. If they are having a sale soon in your area, you may want to consider reading this before making plans. I will post a separate haul tomorrow if you are interested! Let’s get started.

First. How do you find out about a Brandy Melville sale?

Check their Twitter and Facebook! Brandy will start tweeting about a sale usually a week before. Details follow on Facebook a few days later.

Second. Where is a Brandy sale?

This is a popular question. A lot of people automatically think that Brandy sales are actually inside a Brandy store… but that’s not true. They are usually held at colleges. If you’re planning to go, create some directions to the location before hand so you don’t get confused or lost.

Third. How early should I arrive?

Early. Arrive as early as you can. If the sale starts at 10, get there at around 3 or 4 am. You will probably be at the front of the line! Alright, now here’s a little story about what happened at the sale today. Brandy Melville specifically said on Twitter AND Facebook that if you line up before 6 am, you will be escorted off the college. So instead of coming at 4 am, my friend and I came at 5:45 and was surprised by a huge line (over 200 people). We were the fifth group to go inside and we waited for about eight hours. They tell not to line up before 6 and when we come at 6 there’s already a million people in line?! NOT OKAY! If you’re going to a Brandy sale and they tweet something similar like that – don’t worry about it. Come as early as you want to because you won’t be “escorted” off the property. If you’re not an early bird, that’s kind of a problem. If you come too late (like 7 or 8), you’ll be near the back of the line and you may not even get to buy anything because everything might be sold out.

Four. What should I bring?

I brought several different things to the sale. I brought a little synch bag and in the big pocket I packed a blanket and a towel to sit on. If you go early in the morning, it will be cold so it’s a good idea to bring a blanket. It is also a good idea to bring a towel to sit on because you definitely won’t be standing the whole time and it’s better than sitting on cement or grass. In the front pocket I packed my wallet, headphones, snacks, iPad, phone, and gum. I should have brought a water bottle too now that I think about it! Headphones are also a must because you’ll be waiting in line for hours and it’ll kill time. Make sure to keep your things safe so nothing gets stolen!

Five. Any extra tips?

There’s a lot of extra tips! If you’re thinking about cutting  in line, think again! Employees hand out colored wristbands an hour before the sale begins to ensure that no one cuts the line. So if you’re saving a spot for a friend in line, make sure they get that wristband! Next, when shopping, the merchandise is all inside big boxes. Get ready to dig! You never know what kind of treasures you’ll find at the bottom of those boxes. But, look carefully before you buy anything. Most of the clothes were misprinted, have huge holes, are fading, or the zipper was broken. I found this amazing top but as I looked more carefully, there was a huge hole in the side. Do they really think we are going to buy clothes with HUGE holes in them? No. We are not. Another way to find good merchandise is looking in people’s “no” piles. Employees give you trash bags and you stuff everything you find in the bags, and later you find a spot and sort the clothes. If you don’t want it, make a no pile. You can find all sorts of things inside no piles, so look carefully! By the end of the sale, clothes are all over the floor and there are empty boxes everywhere. Talking about damaged merchandise again, almost everything was had a hole or was stained. You can find this perfectly good crop top but then it has a big blue stain in the back. It’s really unfair and stupid that Brandy brings a ton of damaged merchandise to the sale.

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Now let’s talk about pricing. Bracelets, graphic tops and shirts were $5. Dresses and skirts were $10, and flannels, sweaters, and pants were $15. Almost everything at the sale was graphic tops. There was no sweaters and very few skirts. There was a good amount of flannels but the sizing was hugeThey carried a lot of purple floral dresses and some black dresses. I was really disappointed when I didn’t see any sweaters! :( Also, in one big box there was just bralettes which looked like they could fit an 8-year-old. Whaaaa??? I noticed that people who were first in line got really good stuff – so arrive as early as possible!

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Pictures? Of course I had to take pictures! Take a look at the craziness below.

 

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Waiting in line at 5:30 am. A ton of people were already at the college!

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A few hours later, we were closer the the front of the line! The line kept getting bigger and bigger. There was so many people!

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People sorting through clothes and boxes.

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Clothes were on the floor everywhere. It was crazy.

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This was taken around the end of the sale where a lot of the good merchandise was already bought. You can see some empty boxes too.

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This last photo was taken at the end of the sale when I left. As you can see, it’s cray.

If you want to see more photos of the sale, head over to Instagram and look under the hashtag brandysale. :)

To conclude, the sale wasn’t worth it, but then again it was.  I bought four things, at full price would’ve cost over $90, but I paid only $25. I’ll be uploading a haul tomorrow so stay tuned!
If you have any questions about the Brandy Melville sale, feel free to ask in the comments below! And if you’ve ever been to one of these sales, tell me your experience!:) Brandy sales may be different for everyone, but this is what I experienced at the sale I went to.

Thanks for reading!
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Mini Shopping Haul!

Yesterday my close friend and I went to a popular mall and shopped… for six and a half hours. Yes, that long! I was so tired when I came home at 10 PM and immediatly fell asleep, so that’s why I’m uploading today! Even though we shopped a little too long, I only got a few things because I was a bit limited on money haha. I had so much fun so let’s get started with the mini haul!

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I only got two things while inside Forever 21, but I’m happy and excited about my purchases! I first saw the cutest bow ring and had to get it. It’s a silver bow and I think it’s adorable! This ring was only $1.80.

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Next I bought a pink bow necklace. I actually have matching earrings but they are a different color! I think this is the cutest necklace (ever) and I had to get it. They also had other colors such as black and mint. I think I’ll be getting more of these necklaces because they are only $1.80!

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When my friend and I arrived at the mall, we immediatly went inside Brandy Melville and shopped in there for almost two hours! It was fun trying on $60 sweaters that we both couldn’t afford or their overpriced Heather skirts. Speaking of overpriced… Is it just me or is Brandy getting super expensive?! Everything in that store isn’t the best quality, yet they still slap a big price tag on it. I still love Brandy Melville, but I just wish everything wasn’t so expensive in that store!

I bought one thing in Brandy and it is a grey-ish, light brown shorts that are so soft and really cute! These were about $13. I think these could look great in a Brandy crop top or a knit sweater for the fall! And yes, I’m wearing a shirt in the second picture.

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Lastly, we went inside Charlotte Russe to take a look at their $10 graphic tee sale. I decided to get this tank top and I totally forgot what the design is called. Peace? Nirvana sign? I’m having a brain fart and I apologize. THis is orginially $14, but thanks to the sale I grabbed it for only $10!

Thank you for reading my mini haul and if you have any requests for blog posts or reviews, let me know in the comments below! Byee!
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Simple Glitter Nail Art

Today I have another nail art inspired by a post on Pinterest! This is super easy (even for beginners!) and I hope you try this out! It’s a simple pale manicure with some glitter and silver gems for a glamorous touch. Let’s get started!
The original picture from Pinterest is at the bottom of this blog post. Credits to the owner!

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First, paint your nails a pale, pink color until opaque. This may take two or three coats! After the polish had dried, take a striper and some gold glitter polish. Create curved lines coming from the top of your nail, ending at the bottom! Mine turned out more straight, so feel free to experiment and make funky, curved glittery lines! Next, apply some silver nail art gems anywhere on the gold glitter line. Place the gem near the top or bottom or even in the middle of the line! Apply a shining top coat and you’re finished!

I think this is a really easy and elegant look and the gems add a glamorous touch! I love this nail art and it’s really pretty ! :)

Let me know if you recreate these nails and be sure to share it on your blog!

Aside from the nail art, I haven’t been blogging these past few days and I’m really sorry! I’m planning to upload on the weekends, like Friday and Sunday, when I have time to blog! Another reason I haven’t been blogging as often is because I’m short of things to blog about! Grrr! I know! Please give me some blogging ideas in the comments below!:)

Thanks for reading and Jasper says hi! <3

If you’re new to this blog and don’t know who Jasper is… click here to find out!

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Mini Haul! (Fashion & Dance wear)

Today I did a little shopping and got a couple of things that I’m really excited about! I won’t be naming the shops because they are local, but I’m sure you can find similar things near you!:) Let’s get started!

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I first went inside a local boutique and saw that they carried some NYX shadows for only $4! Of course, I had to get one! I picked up a beautiful, light shimmery shade that is perfect for highlighting your browbone or inner corner. This eyeshdow is called Vanilla Sky and I recommend trying this out!

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At the same boutique, they carried so many cute clothes and… I wanted them. ALL of them. I wanted the hi-low skirts, the sweaters with crosses on them, the tribal leggings, the crop tops, EVERYTHING. And it was all at an affordable price! But, I wasn’t ready to go on a shopping spree, so I picked up this flowly, floral top for only $8. It has adjustable straps and it’s super cute! I’m really excited to wear this because the weather in California right now is unbelievably hot.

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Lastly, I needed a new leotard and some tights so I went to a local dance-wear shop. I got regular Bloch pink ballet tights, but the real star of the show is… this beautiful leotard with lace at the top! Oh em gee. When I first walked in, I knew that this leo was going to be the one. It is absolutely gorgeous! Of course, it looks way better in person and on myself, so next time I go to ballet maybe I’ll snap a picture and upload it!;)

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Alright, so I tried taking a picture with an iPhone while I’m wearing it, but it didn’t turn out so great, but basically this is what it looks like when I’m wearing it! The lace goes down a little past my elbows, so it’s almost a long-sleeved leotard, but at the same time it is not. I’ll defintely try to take a high quality photo when I’m actually going to dance LOL. I think this leotard is absolutely gorgeous and I know I will be wearing it often!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!<3

Good luck in school everyone!

Milani Glitzy Eyez Glitter Retractable Eyeliner Review

Today I’ll be reviewing the Milani Glitzy Eyez Glitter Retractable Eyeliner! These eyeliners are heaven – with a touch of glitter! I highly recommend these and I hope you enjoy the review!ImageImageImage

Packaging: The packaging is like every other eyeliner – sleek and small. The Glitzy Eyez eyeliners also come with a built-in sharpener and soft smudger. I personally don’t ever see myself using the sharpener, but I think the smudger is great!

Price: $5.79, from CVS. I’m sure you can find lower prices at other stores too! But, at my Target, these eyeliners were on clearance for only about $3! It’s even on Target’s website! I was so surprised and happy to be getting these eyeliners at a super cheap price, consdering the quality of the liners are close to Urban Decay!

Product: Here comes the rave! These eyeliners are so fabulous and amazing. The pigmentation is fantastic and the quality is close to Urban Decay. When I first swatched these, my heart almost stopped because it is so smooth and creamy and pigmented! I have three of these eyeliners: Purple Quartz (which looks black in the second photo LOL), Blue Topaz, and Terra Brown. Purple Quartz has more glitter than pigmentation in my opinion, and it’s the least pigmented in the group. It is still a beautiful color and I love it because I can use it for a nice pop of color! Blue Topaz and Terra Brown are equally pigmented and just gorgeous. There isn’t too much glitter and Terra Brown is probably my favorite. These eyeliner glide on smoothly and are retractable too which I really enjoy. Retractable eyeliners are so much easier to use in my opinion because sometimes sharpeners can cause the pencil to break or worse. Also, these are cruelty-free! YAY!

Have you tried these eyeliners before and do you think you’ll be purchasing any? If you are looking for an eyeliner, I promise you these will not disappoint! I guarantee that you will love these.

Thanks for reading! See you again soon!
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