Sakamoto Maaya, Part 2 of 2: Singer-Songwriter (03/27/13)

Haha...Part 1 of 2 for this topic, found here, was posted a month after the album release date...and now my thoughts on the songs are being released more than a month after that...oh dear.

Anyway, this is the second post dedicated to Sakamoto Maaya's latest album, Singer-Songwriter, known best as the first album written and composed by her. I did purchase the LE/First Press edition of this album, so if you're interested in more pictures of the special casing/extras, again, all of that information is in Part 1. Otherwise, this post, scarce in pictures, will discuss each of the tracks on this album, as well as my thoughts on Sakamoto's progression (IN MY OPINION) regarding her musical compositions.


Kellogg's Family Rewards and Nicole By O.P.I. Nail Polishes

Hi all. This wasn't planned at all, but receiving a certain package in the mail definitely helped with the fact that I'm on a no-makeup period for the next week and a half or so. Which, I may add, really, really sucks, especially since Mother Nature is finally being kind towards the hell that is NYC (today was perfect) and bright pink would look that much prettier in the sunlight.

But my skin continues to be a bitch, and tests haven't helped thus far, so I have taken measures into my own hands. No makeup and fingers crossed for my dermatitis rash to resurface regardless...

So the picture above probably makes it clear that I'm going to be talking about nail polishes, but aren't you curious where I got them?! Maybe, maybe not - but if your answer is the former (or if you just want a closer look at them!), then keep reading. :)


Lips: Revlon's Colorburst Lipglosses in "Atomic Pink" [LE] and "Pink Ice"

The product being reviewed in this post was purchased by me with my own money. The opinions stated further are my own opinions. I am not affiliated with the brand featured in this post.

Hi everyone. I was having trouble deciding what to review today (or write about in general, actually) and for some reason I kept gravitating towards products I don't grab for much. In the end, I decided on a product that I was excited to buy but pretty disappointed with after trying it out some weeks/months ago. That product is Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss.

To be honest, I was never really excited about the Colorburst Lipglosses in general. I was simply excited for one color specifically that came out with a collection this past winter - something like Nude Tips and Neon Lips, I forget. Anyway, the color I wanted to try was not surprisingly "Atomic Pink," the 'neon pink' of the collection. I also ended up purchasing, at a later time, a color from the permanent line: "Pink Ice." I needed a pink gloss to add some life back into a too-nude lipstick, and thought "Pink Ice" would do the trick.

In the end, though I'm not entirely disappointed in the line of glosses as a whole, I was let down by "Atomic Pink" and remain indifferent to "Pink Ice."


Lips: Yet Another Maybelline Color Whisper in "Sienna Sands" (Summer 2013 [LE?])

The product being reviewed in this post was purchased by me with my own money. The opinions stated further are my own opinions. I am not affiliated with the brand featured in this post. 

This post sucks for those of you that hate the Maybelline Color Whispers and are sick of everyone talking about them, haha. I do like the Color Whispers for days when I want to wear a lighter-feeling lip product, though I don't make it my goal to own every color, LE or not, from the line. In fact, I almost passed on all four potentially limited edition colors released in the Summer 2013 collection: "Nude Shimmer," though a pretty light pink in the tube, was sure to turn up clear on the lips (think "Twinkle" from the Maybelline LE Baby Lips), "Ravishing Pink," my initial choice, looked far too similar to the already-permanent "Lust for Blush" (and after a previous experience with LE Maybelline lip products, I passed), "I Crave Coral" just didn't interest me at all, and "Sienna Sands" was interesting but I wasn't sure if it was worth buying.

In the end, I did decide I wanted to own "Sienna Sands," the color this post is dedicated to. If you're interested in my thoughts on the Color Whispers in general, view my initial Color Whisper post here and, for more swatches of other colors, view this post.

TL;DR: On Dermatitis [UPDATED 06/04/13]

If you've read any of my previous posts - specifically the beauty reviews - you've heard me complain about my skin. My complaints started showing up on my blog beginning with 'severe chapped lips' - this IceBlock post here is in fact completely dedicated to the solution I found for them, after nearly two months of being unable to wear lip products (they looked disgusting on my lips). In reality, my problem started before though, although it wasn't annoying enough for me to think much of it. It began with a dry patch on my left cheek - one that I kept picking and scratching at whenever it itched or got drier than usual. I thought it was just dry skin, and perhaps it really was, but once 2013 came around, that patch turned into a whole rash on my face that would soon be diagnosed as dermatitis.


IMATS Haul + [Some] First Impressions

IMATS NYC 2013 was roughly a month ago - you can read about my experience as a first-timer here. This post is dedicated to the products I purchased at IMATS, with basic pictures of the products (no swatches) and some first impressions/comments on these products. I say 'some' because I haven't tried them all yet thanks to my skin being a full-fledged bitch.

Onto the haul! :D