Friday, January 17, 2014

new home and old home

hello loves! 
i've been so, so conspicuously absent lately and i just wanted to let you guys know about a new project i've started. it's not so much about fashion blogging (i'll still come here for outfit posts, when i post them) and much more about crafting and DIY projects that i undertake and teach myself. 

you can find it here:


hope to see you there!

xoxo
l

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

REVIEW: Belgian Egg White Soap

Hello hello
So carrying on with some skincare stuff
I have been meaning to try Belgian eggwhite soap for a while. I don't remember why but I've had it on my Amazon wishlist for ages, and I was recently shopping online at Urban Outfitters and needed to buy something small to get free shipping and since they had a bar of the soap for like $5 (link here) I decided it would be a good time to try it!

Basically, what it is is a bar soap made with egg whites (and the one I got has chamomile in it, too--I think they all might but I'm not sure). It's supposed to make your skin look "radiant" and help to hydrate and smooth your skin. 
This is what I look like immediately after washing it off. 
I've been using it pretty much daily since I got it, and I love it. I really do think my skin feels smoother and softer after I use it, and although I'm not sure whether it was this or the other products I've been using, but my breakout from earlier in the week has calmed significantly.
You're supposed to lather it on your hands and rub it all over your face and then wait a few minutes until it dries off, then rinse it off. 
I really, really like this product. It makes my skin feel really clean after I rinse it off, but not dry or tight like some more astringent products can do. I'm not sure if it makes my skin more radiant because I'm not entirely sure what that means, but my skin has been pretty calm since I started using it.

It's relatively inexpensive, although I've never seen it in stores. It definitely seems like it's going to last a while. On the Amazon page (link) for a six-bar box, it says this constitutes a six-month supply, but I can see a bar lasting a little longer than a month. 

Verdict: this is probably one of my favourite new skincare things I've tried, and I definitely recommend it!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

REVIEW: Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

I have had bad skin since puberty. Like, really really awful horrific bad skin that made me want to burn my face off with acne creams and ointments just to make the stuff on my face go away. Luckily it's improved a lot as I got older and started using products recommended to me by my dermatologist, but it's never been that great, and I've been starting to get fed up with it. So I decided to start learning more about skincare and the different things I can do for my skin to make it a lot nicer.
This is a fairly accurate picture of how my skin was throughout high school (it was much worse in middle school when I first started getting acne, but I avoided cameras because of it and don't have any pictures); I had a lot of redness and breakouts especially on my cheeks and chin but it was seriously just all over my face. It was this bad even with treatments (antibiotics and topical stuff) given to me by a derm, and I was pretty fucking miserable about it.
It's since gotten a lot better but I still have good days and bad days. 
 This is what I would consider a good day for my skin, as you can see there's still some redness/splotchiness but I don't have very many obvious blemishes.
This is me on a bad skin day (today). You can tell I have some blemishes on my cheeks and chin area (I also have a cyst on my forehead, but that's not really visible so much as tangible).

Anyway, now that you know the entire history of my epidermis, I'll get to the point of this post:
I've been checking out some resources such as the skincareaddiction subreddit and other skincare sites and have come up with a long list of things to try that I think could be good for my skin. First up is the Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask. It looks like this:
(yes, I know I need to clean my windowsill)
I got it for $4.29 at Rite Aid (obviously, since I left the price tag on) and it seems to be a decent size for the price. I've seen other Freeman masks in stores and found that this one was harder to find when I was looking for it specifically--it seems that their cucumber mask is much more commonly stocked, but wasn't what I was looking for. 
It is meant to absorb nasty junk from your skin (the function of the charcoal) and also exfoliate (the sugar). 
Note: THIS STUFF SMELLS SO GOOD. I kind of wanted to eat it. It has fragrance added, and it smells AMAZING. Not flowery or anything, to me it smells sort of like Earl Grey tea!
Here is the list of ingredients:
I'm not a total expert on what these ingredients mean, but most of them seem to be natural and there's nothing that I consider a red flag (like alcohol or sulfates) included.
I put it on my face (all over) and left it on for about 10 minutes while I watched Parks and Recreation. This stuff is certainly very scrubby, which comes from the sugar--it did feel a little abrasive on my skin but not too much. Because it is abrasive I don't think it's something I would use more than once or twice a week. Physical exfoliants on the face are not for everyone, but sugar is a much better option than some of the ingredients other products use (like crushed walnut shells, which basically just scratch the hell out of your face--they're in St. Ives' apricot scrub, among other things) because it is a bit gentler. 
The instructions recommend that you leave this on for 5 to 7 minutes and then scrub it into your face for 1 to 2 minutes, which I didn't do because I felt like that would be way too harsh on my skin. Instead I let it sit for a little longer and then washed it off with warm water and a gentle washcloth.
Honestly, I can't see a difference in my skin, although it did feel very clean. It feels really soft to the touch, which is nice. Any half-decent exfoliant will have that effect temporarily, though. 
It didn't do anything for the blemishes that I have, but I'm not sure it's really supposed to.

Overall, I think it's a pretty good product for the price. It didn't seem overly drying or anything, and I really loved the smell. I don't think this is going to do anything dramatic for my skin, but it's nice to use and doesn't seem irritating or detrimental. I'm probably going to use up this tube, but I don't know if I'll buy another one--I guess I'll see, but it looks like this one is going to last me a while. 

Verdict: buy it if you want to; it's not a miracle product but it's nice if you want to take care of yourself for a day.

xoxo
mouse


Saturday, September 14, 2013

you are bewitched











so i recently got an iphone and with it instagram--here are some of the pictures i've taken! i'd love to follow you guys, if you have instagram let me know your username in the comments and i'll follow you.
i've been pretty busy lately, i'm starting my last (hopefully, if i don't fuck anything up) year of college and i've been making more things. i'm trying to revitalize my etsy once again but there don't really seem to be enough hours in the day. 
i hope you guys are doing well! every so often i get the urge to make a reappearance here. i'd love to blog as regularly as i used to but i just don't seem to have the time!

xoxo
mouse

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

today was a good day

so i was in pennsylvania for the past few weeks and it seems like every time i'm there there's some weird drama with friends or whatever that i get stuck in the middle of, which sucks. so that happened. but then i came home.
and my friend who was babysitting my fish had cleaned my apartment (she is amazing). 
and i got a card from ally which made me incredibly happy, because she, too, is amazing.
and i posted a picture of my new tattoo on tumblr:
it's the seven sigils of the endless from neil gaiman's sandman comic books, which were the first comic books i read at the ripe old age of 12 and they sent me headlong into a lifetime of nerdery.
and neil gaiman liked the post

i know this is pretty minor for probably all of you but i'm SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED. i saw the notification and burst into tears. i know he runs his own blog which means he saw it and appreciated it and i'm so incredibly happy. 

and i love the tattoo, it's my favourite (right now, but of course i got it yesterday, so that could change but i'm not sure it's going to). it was designed by a really good friend and the work is amazing (some parts in the picture look a bit lumpy, but it's still swollen and healing, so that will get better). 

and... yeah. today was a good day.

xoxo
mouse

Monday, May 20, 2013

you'll minimize some stranger's sadness with a piece of wood and plastic--holy fuck, it's so fantastic!

 i got this amazing betsey johnson dress at beacon's closet (the girl there said that someone who used to work for betsey comes in all the time to donate clothes, so they often have a good stock). it fits like a glove and reminds me of a cross between a ballerina dress and a costume from deadwood.
 it's really short though! i know i have some tall girls following me who know the pains of a perfect dress that shows just a little too much leg. and normally, in my book, there's really no such thing as too much leg, but i'm in danger of flashing my butt in this thing if the wind picks up even a little!
of course, i got it anyway. guess i'll just wear it with tights ;)

xoxo

Friday, May 10, 2013

don't break my heart, and i won't break your heart shaped glasses

 i took a break from making stencil stuff for other people to make myself a shirt. i just... really like bats



i have to go to the salvation army to pick up some more stencil design shirts, but i'm hopefully going to be able to start putting them up for sale on etsy or something soon. they're really fun to make and it's a good way to let off some steam from finals (which aren't over for another week... ugh).

xoxo

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