Don’t Mesh with My Heart

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What we wear can say a lot about us. In literature, clothes can make or break the portrayal of a character and color schemes constantly become symbols or motifs. Would Danny Zuko and the rest of the T-Birds be as threatening and cool without their leather jackets? Would Will still be as fresh without his bright 90s printed garb but instead threw on a sweater vest like Carlton? The answer is obvious. After all, we have an entire holiday dedicated to the purpose of dressing up and taking on another identity.

My sense of fashion for the most part has never been static. One day I could be something out of the Harajuku district and another day I’ll be a character out of a modern day prep academy comedy. I think one of the best things about clothing is we decide what we wear and how we want to express ourselves. This is very important nowadays, especially since we live in a time where commercialism and corporations try to sell us identity in 2 for 1 deals during flashes of 30 seconds.

If I had to describe my sense of fashion– I’d have to say some sort of melting pot of street-grunge-kawaii-collegiate-beach-california vibes? I guess that didn’t clarify anything at all. As I mentioned in my previous post, I love love love Valfre. Ilse Valfre, designed a line of clothes based off her drawings and it’s amazing. In her interview with Nylon, she explains that these girls are all her inspired by different points and times in her life. This completely resonates with me, as I also find that at times we have different identities which can be heavily inspired by our environment and feelings during a time.

This photo shoot features my fabulous blogger friend, MissMissChelle, whom fashion taste vastly contrasts mine. She’s more boho-girly-chic, and as we see, we express ourselves and our identities differently using the same medium. Isn’t fashion awesome?

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This dress, the Matilda dress, takes LBD to a whole new lolita lovel. I have a fierce love for bows, I don’t care how old I am! Mesh is so hot right now. All the lovely fashion bloggers I’ve seen wearing this dress are simply wearing a lacy black bra underneath which is a bit too daring and sexy for my everyday outing needs, so I threw on this bralette.

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MissMissChelle wears brighter, crisp, boho colors!

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A Soft Mesh Lullaby

Dress- Matilda Dress from Valfre
Bralette- Brandy Melville
Shoes- DSW

To see more of my OOTDs, follow my insta @cosmicleanna !

Another Song About California

Midsummer 2016… new hair, more self-love, and big ol’ mom jeans.

I wanted to do a typical self-encouraging, motivational “new year, new you” post during New Years but in all honestly I didn’t actually feel that way at the time. I was actually feeling really low and I couldn’t bring myself to lie about feeling great, even though I did really want to convey the message of self-love.

But where, has the time gone? It’s the midsummer, and the living is somewhat easy. A lot has changed, and I’ve definitely made some hard choices to improve my life for the better. But I think I’ll elaborate on that in a later post. ❤️

I’ve wanted to do my hair ombre for years now, but was always afraid of looking unprofessional and possibly damaging my hair by bleaching it. But you know what? I did it! And I couldn’t be happier. You should be judged by your skills, ability, and hard work– not looks. I’m glad to be somewhere that does so. I got my hair done at my usual salon, and it turns out they only had to bleach the tip of my hair, so if it is damaged, it’ll grow back!

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Yup, repping more pussy power with my statement feminist clothes. I’m a huge fan of Valfre and get really excited when they have sales. The highest discount I’ve ever seen from them was 40% for Black Friday, but I am more than happy to support feminist indie designers instead of fast fashion chains!

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MMM I LOVE HAIR YUM YUM

 

I don’t know why, but I became infatuated with high-waisted mom jeans and decided to buy a pair. I’m about 5″3 so I thought they might make me look even stumpier than I am, but you know what? YOLO! I don’t have that seamless hourglass look that I see all over Instagram, in fact I got more rolls like La Boulangerie, but I only have one life to live, so why be afraid of fashion?

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Here’s a close-up of my locks! I call it sunset hair! Where do I get it done? Chinatown, San Francisco.

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Outfit:

Tee- Valfre

Jeans- American Apparel

Milk: Tattoo Stamp Review

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Milk Makeup is an up-and-coming contemporary beauty brand that hit the shelves sometime early this year or last year. If you take a gander at their Instagram or website, it’s easy to see that they have a modern, artistic yet functional feel. Most of their products come neatly sealed in a plastic tube with their brand name in a sleek white or shiny silver holographic font. They really try to exude an effortless feel with products such as Spray Nail and Cooling Water Stick.

Their makeup displays at Urban Outfitters or Sephora say something along the lines of, “Milk girls get ready faster.”

To which my boyfriend asked, “If I buy this for you, will you get ready faster?”

“No. Good luck with that,” I replied.
Anyways, I’m here today to review their Tattoo Stamp. When I first saw the product at Urban Outfitters, I gushed. It reminded me of the stamps I played with as a kid, and of the oh-so-beautiful Marina from her album cover for Electra Hearts.
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Marina of Marina and the Diamonds

So how did it fair?
7/10- I really like it, but I don’t love it!
Pros:
  • Definitely a really cute playful idea
  • Easy to use and apply
  • Instant and easy to wash off

Cons:

  • It was easy to apply on the body, not so much on your face. Especially if you’re trying to place it near your eye, the way your hand is angled makes it hard to achieve a perfect shape since it’s a long pen
  • This is a pro and con, but it came off fairly easily– easy to smudge

Here is how it came out on my face:

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As you can see, it got a little smudged since our faces are not flat surfaces! But I am eager to try again, and place it a little lower like Marina, instead of a gangster tear drop. Oops.

Yes, It is Wrong to Assume I like K-pop

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Minzy – Source: YouTube

“So you like K-pop.”

“Uh… no? Why?”

“You look like you like K-pop.”

“I do?”

“Yeah. Your hair. And your makeup. You have the K-pop look.”

Yes, it is wrong to assume I like K-pop. Do I actually like K-pop? Sure, why the hell not? I mean, I’m not really a fan but I don’t hate it. I can name about eight songs off the top of my head, and in that limited eight-song-knowledge there are artists I prefer more than others, but that’s beside the point. Saying I like K-pop because of the way I look, is like assuming any person with blonde hair and blue eyes likes country music.

Read the rest on Medium.

Here’s What Happened at a VIB Rouge Event

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Today I was lucky enough to attend a VIB Rouge event! For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s the top tier of Sephora’s rewards program. Admittedly, I spend way too much of my paychecks on beauty products and believe me, everyone loves teasing me about it. I’ve never had perfect skin. I’m very sensitive and prone to breakouts. I have adult acne and cystic acne every so often, (and I thought I could say goodbye to pimples when I tossed my fingerless gloves away years ago) so I end up having to buy pricier skincare regimens.

I had never been to an exclusive VIB Rouge event before. It was a before store hours private shopping session / new fall line preview and I wasn’t really expecting much. If anything, I was going to get a free makeup bag for attending, so why not?

Here’s what normally happens at Sephora:

  • It’s PACKED.
  • All the beauty advisors are so busy they zip past you. Unless you open their drawers– then they get pissed and finally ask you if you need help. (This happens to me a lot.)
  • The checkout line is modeled after Disneyland rides.

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Here’s what happened at the Rouge event (Note: I had no makeup on and was wearing my gym clothes):

  • Since it was an RSVP event and before store hours… it was EMPTY! There was more employees than customers. No waiting for anyone to finish swatching so you could move in.
  • A million employees complimented me and asked me if I needed help or wanted to try anything.
  • They also kept offering me free food!! A beauty specialist even poured me coffee and put cream and sugar in it for me.
  • Essentially, rock star treatment.
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Yay for free stuff!

In conclusion, I got a major ego boost and a beauty advisor helped me find a new moisturizer!

 

 

On Fleek: Anastasia Beverley Hills Eyebrows Review

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(Photo Source: Anastasia Beverley Hills Facebook)

Full, defined, arched eyebrows are the hottest look. It would be nearly impossible to scroll through five photos on your Insta feed without seeing a perfectly thick curved eyebrow perched over a winged cat eye staring at you.

Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) is a well known beauty brand that makes a wide array of eyebrow products. When I first decided to venture into the world of groomed eyebrows, I browsed the ABH aisle at Sephora. I’ve tried a few different ABH products throughout the years, and found some treasures that my brows are thankful for, and some that I can do without. I know how great it is to have your makeup slay for the day, but, I also know what it’s like to live on a budget. So, I’m gonna highlight some ABH eyebrow cosmetics that I absolutely recommend and some that I think be replaced with a cheaper alternative!

Yas List:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – $21.00

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(Photo Source: Anastasia Beverly Hills)

This thing is slim and tiny, which may make some people question its worth, but trust me, it’s the perfect tool! Imagine you’re an artist and you need to paint teeny small strokes on your canvas. Well, the canvas is your brows! This little number allows you to define your brows very carefully and the color is nice and pigmented.

Anastasia Beverley Hills DIPBROW Pomade – $18.00

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(Photo Source: Anastasia Beverly Hills)

I do not use the term holy grail lightly, so believe me, this product is the holy grail of eyebrows. This stuff can shape, fill, define– its a one woman team! All you need is an angled brush (I just use one I picked up at Target) and the possibilities are endless. Also, mine has lasted me MONTHS. If you’re afraid it’ll come out too dark, just pick up a spooly and brush it out.

Ditch This, Try That:

Clear Brow Gel – $22.00

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(Photo Source: Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Of course brows wouldn’t be complete without holding them in place with a clear gel. ABH makes a clear brow gel for $22– which is a little, or a lot, steep.

Alternative:

Mialni Brow Shaping Clear Gel – $4.99

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(Photo Source: Milani Cosmetics)

You don’t need to use a lot of brow gel to hold them in place, so I suggest Milani’s Brow Shaping Clear Gel that works just as well– and is a steal for $5!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Definer – $23.00

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(Photo Source: Anastasia Beverly Hills)

I was unfortunately unimpressed by this product. The packaging is a really cute pink shiny box which drew me in, along with this promise of an innovative triangle tip. However, the triangle tip didn’t do anything for me. If anything, it was harder to use than the Brow Wiz. Also, this may just be me and my super strength but the triangle tip kept breaking off and I ended up wasting a lot of product.

Alternative:

Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Duo – $10.40

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(Photo Source: Amazon.com)

Korean beauty brands are all the rage now, with Etude House being one of the most well-known. Their Drawing Eye Brow Duo also features an edged tip with a spooly to blend for almost half the price!

The Third Eye & The Mime Who Spoke

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In Buddhism and Hinduism, there is the concept of the third eye. Not to be mistaken for the Eye of Providence, also known as the Illuminati all-seeing eye, the third eye is the idea of an invisible eye that is able to see beyond reality.

Depending on the belief, the third eye represents a state of enlightenment, where one can perceive beyond our reality, perhaps even the supernatural. Although, I admit, enlightenment is not the easiest thing obtain.

I believe it’s important to recognize the concept of this “third eye” in our every day lives. We are so busy living our mundane schedules, it easy to become trapped in our existence. We often fall complacent, decide to settle, accept unhappiness. However, there are moments in our lives that sometimes transcend us beyond our own thoughts. Some are moments that test our emotional strength, some are more common occurrences that may simply lend us another perspective to a situation. We’ve probably all heard the phrase to “step outside yourself” but it’s a lot harder to do than say.

However, if you’re like me, we make problems a lot worse in our heads than they are in reality. We are so stuck in our ways, in the very specific way we may see something, that sometimes we miss a solution that was in front of us the whole time.

So if you’re stuck in a rut, take a deep breath, give yourself some time, and try to think about the situation from another perspective. Human beings are amazingly malleable creatures. We have an almost uncomprehensible ability to survive, to adapt, and in the end, always be okay. ❤️

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I saw this quote on tumblr that I think speaks to seeing things from another perspective… “You are so used to your features, you don’t know how beautiful you look to a stranger.”

Thanks for letting me “enlighten” you with some of my ramblings! Here’s my weekend brunch outfit that I call, “The Mime Who Spoke.”

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Outfit:

Cropped Turtleneck – American Apparel

Cardigan – Abercrombie & Fitch

Pants – American Apparel

Shoes – Express