Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Liebster Award


Ah! I have been nominated for the Liebster Award, which is a unique Blogger Award series where you get to know more about your fellow bloggers! This award is given to up and coming bloggers, to encourage hard work and help network with other bloggers! I was nominated by Almu from the blog Feel Bella. Thanks Almu! :D

11 random facts about me:
1. I was Editor-in-Chief of my high school's Newspaper and I considered doing Journalism before science.
2. I was born in Cyprus.
3. I grew up in Massachusetts
4. I moved to Los Angeles for Grad school in 2011 and I love it.
5. I also lived in the UK (Brighton and London) for a couple of months.
6. In 2011 traveled across the world -- I traveled to Hawaii, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, London and Cyprus.
7. I enjoy painting -- I have decorated my apartment with my own paintings :)
8. I LOVE working out --it helps me deal with stress
9. Last year I lost around 15 lbs and have gotten much stronger -- I can actually do regular and tricep pushups and I am working towards doing pull ups.
10. I have a black kitty named Luna.
11. I can't afford to pay for cable so I've been watching several series on my handy Roku on Netflix.


    My Questions:
  1. What was your first MAC product?  I have an eyeshadow in a dark green/black shade :)
  2. What is your favourite blush of all time? I don't really use blush so I'm not sure.
  3. Name a beauty product you can't live without. I can't live without my mascara and black eye liner.
  4. What is your favourite drugstore brand? Maybelline or L'Oreal
  5. How many languages can you speak? Three!
  6. What is your favourite Disney movie? Aladdin
  7. What’s your favourite dessert? Hmmm too many to think of, but I love anything chocolate!
  8. What’s your favourite month of the year? December, because all of the holidays!
  9. Romantic movies or horror movies? I'm a hopeless Romantic!
  10. What’s your favourite high end make up brand? I absolutely LOVE my Dior Show Blackout Mascara. I have also fallen in love with Urban Decay.
  11. What is your favourite red nail polish? I love a nice cherry red! so classy!

        My 11 questions to bloggers:
  1.       What motivated you to start your blog?
  2.       What is your most beloved beauty product you can't live without?
  3.       What is your favorite nail color?
  4.       Lipstick or Lipgloss?
  5.       What is your guilty pleasure show to watch?
  6.       Favorite hobby?
  7.       Favorite type of music?
  8.       If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
  9.       Best part of blogging?
  10.       Favorite accessory/piece?
  11.       Any pets?

Rules:
  1. Each nominee must mention and link back the person who nominated them.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs who have less than 300 followers for this award.
  5. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  6. Inform your nominees that you have nominated them.
My nominees:
Okyu Moda
Hustla, Baby
La Bella Vita x0x
All Things Beautiful


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Lspace Swim 2014 Trunk Show

Yesterday I drove to the Beverly Hills Bikini Shop on S Beverly Blvd to check out the L*Space Trunk Show! I was really excited to see the selection and try some pieces on because I have been eyeing them online but never really sure what size to get or how they would look on me. They had this cute little set up with snacks, some drinks and a raffle if you tried on a suit! And they had a free gift of a makeup bag and luggage tag with purchase! 


These are the suits I tried on (these are from the website, not on me, haha!)
I really liked this Strap Back top in Plumage -- it was really comfortable and really cute while still showing a little skin. The back part was my favorite, as it was three straps, and adjustable ties around the neck. I really liked the pattern "Wild and Free" but it wasn't available in my size to try on or buy -- it's a new very popular top so I tried on the Plumage top and ordered the same size in the Wild and Free pattern! The best part of this top is that it is reversible! So it basically functions as two tops! The other side is a solid color, so you can have two tops! The Wild and Free top reverse side is black, and I have a black bottom to match -- so it was perfect! Also, the print isn't set, based on which part of the fabric they cut it from, each piece is unique with a different part of the pattern!
I tried on the suit with the Estella bottom which was super cute! I really like the side cut out and the back coverage was great! Although I was a little hesitant to buy the bottom since I already have two black bottoms.... But it is on my list to buy soon since it was a great fit!

Strap back top in Plumage

Strap back top in Wild and Free

Back view of the Strap Back top

Strap Back Top in Wild and Free on the rack!

Estella bottom in black



I had also tried this Ariel Bandeau in Celestial print -- it was beautiful! I really love this print, it's so glamorous! I needed to go a size down, but I decided not to get it even though I loved it since I already have a strapless top I bought last weekend from Victoria's Secret. Maybe I'll buy it later this year. 



I also tried on this Audrey Fringe Top in the Celestial Print (not pictured here, but this is the style, the print is the same as the bandeau top above ^^ ), and it was perfect! BUT if you have seen my past posts from the summer, I already have the Audrey Fringe Top in white, so I didn't think it was worth my money to buy the same top in a different pattern since I am on a tight budget.


Since I made a purchase, I got the free gift, a cute yellow makeup bag with gold detailing and a cute luggage tag!

So I am really excited for my top to come in! They ordered it for me at the shop and I will pick it up when it comes in, probably in the first week in March since it has to be made!

Ah! Love love love these suits! They are a little expensive but definitely worth the money!

xo Andrea


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Swim 2014

So this weekend I went shopping last minute with a friend and came home with some major deals!!
I opened a Victoria's Secret Angels credit card in December and so I got some coupons in my email and mail. I also had a $20 gift card to VS so I went in the store looking to buy something and I had been eyeing their swim suits! I hate ordering things online because I'm never sure of the size. So this VS in Santa Monica had swim! I tried on this cute strapless top and it was perfect! I am never one to buy a strapless top but this one has the right support! And the bottoms I had the exact same in solid black.
This top was originally 32 dollars, and the bottom was 24. Using my $20 gift card, 20% off one item, and 10 dollars off for my "Birthday Month," My total for this 56 dollar suit was $24 !!! AND I got a free tote bag! It's huge and retails for $75. Not sure if anyone pays that much or even buys it (I wouldn't pay that much for it), but it was free!




This is the alternate bottom for this style from VS. I couldn't find it in store, but its so cute with the hip ties! 

I have also been eyeing these swim pieces from L*Space! I love love love the fringe top, I actually have the Audrey Fringe but in white. I love the Celestial pattern, and the bottoms are so cute too!
I also love mint color for this season! And in a swim suit!!! I love the Chloe Wrap top, I have been on the lookout for a similar suit! AH I WANT THESE!!!
There is an L*Space Trunk Show at Beverly Hills Swim Shop this Saturday in Beverly Hills, maybe I'll stop by! It will be fun and hard to not buy anything! 



Can you tell I can't wait for summer and the beach?!?!
:D 
Are there any swim brands you love? Any specific style you like? let me know, I love to look at new styles!

xoxo Andrea

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What I'm wearing right now!



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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Divergent Movie Screening! -- NOT!

So this isn't very fashion related, but tonight after work I am going to an advanced movie screening for Divergent! Have any of you read the books or are excited to go see it?!? I know I am!
I recently got into the series and am currently on the second book. I was really excited when I found out the movie was coming out March 21. But then, one of my friends got an email for free tickets to an advance screening of the movie tonight in LA! So I am going to see it, so excited!!

(http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/divergent-photos-set-shailene-woodley-574441)

Oh Tris and Tobias!! :)

It's a great way to relax after I had back to back presentations of my research yesterday and this morning (reason why I was going crazy, so much preparation and work!).
I will post a review (maybe) soon, and review of other items I have recently purchased when I get a chance!

xoxo
Andrea

2/13/14
UPDATE: We went to the theater and apparently they overbooked the theater. So we ended up waiting in line for over an hour only to not be let in. And the people there organizing it just kept us in the dark, telling us we were getting in only to stand around. And when we asked them why they didn't tell us, so we were waiting for nothing, we got a RUDE backlash from a very unprofessional person who worked for Lionsgate, saying that we chose to wait. I was so upset. I tried to tweet to Lionsgate but they never responded to me.
Gah. Oh well, guess I have to wait tip the movie comes out next month.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Urban Decay Friends and Fanatics Event!

Hello readers! Sorry for the lack of posts! I have been crazy busy with grad school and work, I have been going insane with experiments and presentations. But I have still been on the lookout for new makeup and deals. I went out last night for a friend's birthday to a club in West Hollywood, it was really fun and I needed a night out! I did my eye makeup using the Naked3.

I have recently come to LOVE Urban Decay Makeup. I am in love with the Naked3 palette, and in one of my past Ipsy Glambags (I still have to review January's bag, oops! post soon!), I got a sample of the UD Revolution lipstick in Anarchy. You might remember my review and how I fell in love with it! It is so creamy and moisturizing, and the color is so bright and lovely!! I have been looking for an excuse to buy these lipsticks, and at $22, it is a little steep, but I think it is well worth the price!
and Lo and behold, UD is having a sale! AND there is early access to the sale, where you can get 20% off any makeup (excluding the Naked3) by using the code "FFSPRING14," from now until Valentines day!!

I'm really trying to decide if I should just buy these from the Urban Decay website or Sephora.... hmmm.... which would you order from? There's no 20% off on Sephora but you can get a lot more free goodies and I would get my Birthday gift (My Birthday is coming up at the end of the month!!) and Beauty Insider points.... decisions decisions.... what would you do??

Here is what is in my cart at UrbanDecay.com:






I saw reviews on these colors from a blog, I don't remember which one it was! But the blogger did a great job with showing the shades with swatches and these were my favorites! I also tried these shades when I went to Sephora recently, and I fell in love.
The mascara looks great as well, it has really nice reviews and I like the wand. Although I am hesitant to leave my DiorShow BlackOut Mascara, since I am in love. The mascara is $20 compared to my Dior mascara at $25, but I may just try it.

Do I press check out or wait??!?! Anyone know how often Urban Decay has sales like these?
What do you think about my picks?


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Friday, February 7, 2014

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