Sunday, May 10, 2015

Prom, e.l.f., LUSH, & Avengers

I'm over a week behind on my posting schedule, and so much has been happening that I haven't been able to keep up with individual posts for each, so instead, here is an amalgamation of multiple posts would otherwise have taken way too long to schedule out and be very unnecessary.

Senior Ball was May 2 at the Fairmont Hotel. To be honest, it was actually quite boring, but the centerpieces looked cool, with floating candles in tall glasses. I was tempted to take one of the roses (they were real!) and stick it in my hair, but they were too heavy.

 The pre-prom photos also turned out really well. Credits to Diana for my hair and makeup!

After the dance, we went to C.R.E.A.M. The line was long, but it was worth it. I got a scoop of strawberry between two snickerdoodles. We ate in silence in the car and headed home, too tired for anything else.

Going out of chronological order, I also received my e.l.f. shipment a few days before prom, just in time to test out all of the stuff. It was a fairly small order, but I'm pretty satisfied with everything I bought. First up is the 12-piece brush set. I know e.l.f. probably isn't the best quality, but I've bought an e.l.f. eyeliner brush before, and it wasn't that bad at all. I thought a prepackaged set would probably be a good place to start off, since I have no idea what I'm doing in regards to makeup. I don't know how to use half of them and I probably didn't even need to buy all of them, but it's not like I would want to practice with nice brushes and ruin them before I even really understood what to do with them. They're normally about $3 a piece, but in a set, they're only $1 each. The brushes are individually packed in a cover with descriptions on the back – good for beginners. Each brush is also labelled on the handle for future reference. Straight out of the package, a couple of hairs fell out for one or two brushes, but it's not a big problem. They also kind of smell a bit weird and chemical-y, but I assume that goes away over time with a few washes. Diana used them to do my makeup, and she says they're actually fairly decent in quality, preferring them over some of her own brushes. (5/10, simply because I don't know if I'd want this exact set again.)

Second is the lip exfoliator. I've heard that it was one of their best products, so I didn't hesitate to try it out. It has a sweet taste (and a hint of lemon) as sucrose is the first ingredient, and it does not contain petroleum jelly, which I think I might be allergic to. It's pretty much the handy solid form of a sugar scrub in a lipstick tube, which makes it less messy to use and carry around. Overall, it has been effective in getting rid of dry skin on my lips and moisturizing. 10/10!

I also got the powder – just in time to keep everything in place for prom. The container was a bit confusing to use. First of all, it's a twist off top. Then there's a thin plastic film on the top of the cover; to use the powder you have to remove that plastic film, not the entire cover, which I made the mistake of doing and subsequently got powder all over the place. I don't normally wear a lot of makeup, but it works well for setting eyeliner. I've tried using black eyeshadow to set my eyeliner before, which works, unless you're in a rush in the morning and all of a sudden the black eyeshadow is everywhere instead of just on the liner. It looks like it'll probably last a long time for me, so until then, 7/10 would buy again.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention when I first did this post that there is a code for free shipping on orders $20 and up. Use the code "PLAY" up to June 30, 2015 when checking out. Hope that's helpful!

I also had a bit of a LUSH splurge yesterday as I wandered the mall waiting for Age of Ultron to begin. At the bottom of the overview picture, you'll also see something called the Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. I've sampled this product multiple times in the store, and every single time it has not failed to instantly heal my dried, cracked cuticles. I have a huge problem with hangnails, so it was a must-buy for me. A little bit goes a long way, but when it runs out, it's a 10/10 will buy again.

I'm desperately trying to fix my clogged pores, so I had a lengthy discussion with one of the employees, going through nearly all of the products. So far out of the masks I've tried, the Brazened Honey mask was my favorite, but I still wasn't entirely satisfied. The Imperialis moisturizer was also really good, but it didn't do much to fix my skin as it just kept it from getting worse. I hate buying anything and finding out that it doesn't work for me, so I had to ask for so many samples (which I also hate because I feel like I need to buy something to not be a mooch). Here I have the Oatifix, Cupcake, Love Lettuce, and BB Seaweed face masks, as well as the Celestial face moisturizer.

Going through each of them quickly, Oatifix is one of the few face masks designed for dry skin. It smells like a cookie and is probably going to be the one best suited for my skin. Cupcake is a delicious chocolate scented mask that is more designed for oily skin (my little sister was actually the one that wanted it, but I get oily around my nose, so I'm going to try it there). Love Lettuce has ground almonds to help exfoliate and fight clogged pores, but it doesn't say if it's supposed to help with dry skin (my skin used to be oily, it's dry now but still has clogged pores underneath the dryness). BB Seaweed is another one my little sister picked up, but it looks like it might actually be really good for my skin too. It's exfoliating and calming, so I'm excited to try it out. The Celestial moisturizer already looks incredibly promising, and smells like vanilla (always a plus!). It is also designed for sensitive skin so I'm hoping it's a more intensive version of Imperialis, which will help me moisturize the dry skin without feeling heavy or oily.

Next up are the bath bombs. The only bath bomb I've bought before was the Dragon's Egg, and I wasn't hugely impressed with it. I much prefer bubble bars (picture at right, and that's from only about a fifth of one of their tiniest bars), but I decided to give bath bombs another go, so here are Sakura and Space Girl. My little sister bought the Sakura, so I won't review it, but I will definitely post on the Space Girl. It looks purplish blue, but I've seen pictures with a strong red tint in the water. It's sparkly, but I've read that there isn't a lot of glitter in it, and it doesn't stay bright in the water for long (should have read reviews instead of buying on a whim). From what I've seen, their Christmas bath bombs are definitely the best, so I'm going to stick with my bubble bars until the winter.

Last but not least in this very long post (maybe putting everything together wasn't such a great idea, oh well) Age of Ultron! OMG I have too many things to say about this movie, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so GO WATCH IT NOW and then come talk to me! On a side note, I now have a serious obsession with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and I ugly cry every time I see his signature line ("You didn't see that coming?") and hear it in my head in his precious adorable accent. I thought I wouldn't have any other crushes in the Marvel Universe except for Tom Hiddleston, but he is just such a beautiful human being (I mean look at that face). I literally squeaked when I saw it pop up in Google images. Too bad he's married to Sam Taylor-Johnson, who's 48 years old (I sure hope that I'm as lucky as she is when I'm her age [actually no that's kind of weird, she old enough to be his mom] but he's 24).

If you've made it all the way to the end, congrats! Lesson learned, do not lump events together no matter how tempting it may be. Ending this before it get's much longer than it already is, toodley-pip! ◊

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