Just like the 90% of other women out in the world, Forever 21 is one of my go to stores for fairly affordable but trendy outfits, so as you can imagine, this WHOLE OUTFIT was from Forever 21. I was low-key going for a 90’s-esque – “‘sup b, I’m going to school” type of look since it was approaching the “back to school” season anyway. I’ve tried to commit to looking presentable at school every day (since I am there literally everyday) and I haven’t faltered yet! Normally leggings and a beat up oversized sweatshirt with my denim jacket is what I go with, but I’ve been trying to hold up my name to my love of clothes with my collegues. Anyhow, main point to get across from this post: this was all forever 21 – so it’s affordable and YOU can get it at your nearest store and/or online.
I am an avid liquid liner user, and have been using liquid liner for…. I want to say 5-7 years now (basically starting somewhere in high school to the present where I’m like on year 6 of college). I’ve tried many different types of eyeliner products i.e. pencil, gel, dip, etc. but ended up really sticking with liquid liner. Below are 5 liners that I’ve tried with my personal opinions of each. Keep in mind, they are truly MY PERSONAL opinions. Everyone has different skin types, diets, activities, etc. So these opinions are coming from the experiences I had while using these liners.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner & Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner
I know that everyone really loves these liners. I have a roommate with generally dry skin that really loves the Kat Von D liner as it truly is waterproof for her and stays on all day through the sweat etc.
But for me, I have incredibly oily skin, especially right in the crevices of my Asian eyes. Both of these eyeliners, although the application is crazy easy and looks amazing when first applied, easily smudges off my eyes and goes on the top of my lid, and when I went swimming with it, it was one of the first things to wash off, even though they’re supposed to be water proof. Ultimately, as much as my eyeliner looked on fleek when I put either of them on, neither of them never lasted on my eyes. (Also the tip dries pretty quickly too!)
In a post from last year, I showed that I used the L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Precision Liquid Liner. I used it until I finished it, as it was a good liner! The only problem I had with it was that it too would get to the top of my lid eventually making me look like a raccoon because of my oily eyes. So during the day, I would have to wipe my eyelids to take the excess liner off. As for it being waterproof, I don’t remember it staying on in the pool.
Earlier this year, I bought the Ultra Liner Waterproof from Maybelline because my bff used it and she said it was amazing. I bought it and it proved to be one of the best eyeliner formulas I have ever used because it stays on all day, it never gets on the top of my lid and it proved to be waterproof. It has a kind of “glossyish-matte” finish on the eye which is why I think it works so well and it looks very clean. One thing I don’t really like about the eyeliner itself is the applicator. The picture makes it look like a small felt tip brush that looks like it has precision, but it’s a false picture, it’s an actual little brush. Like imagine a nail polish brush, but thinner and shorter. That’s what it looks like. So mistakes when putting the eyeliner on is really easy, but once it’s on right, it looks awesome. I still haven’t perfected the art of evening my eyeliner/wing with the little brush, and I don’t know if I ever will, but I hide the un-eveness with my mascara hehe! This is one of my TOP favorites because of the formula and the fact that it’s a drug store brand so I can find it anywhere for reeeeally cheap ($5.49 at Target girrrl)!
So I’ve always been eyeing the Make-Up Forever Aqua liners for SO LONG, but I could never bring myself to buy it. Then they came out with the Aqua XL liners and so I just decided that now might just be a good time to try it since I’m going so many different places this summer that needs a good waterproof liner. What interested me the most about these is not only have I had test-lines of this formula on my hand for days at a time, even with washing my hands, but the fact that it has a felt tip applicator which I LOVE because it makes it so easy to put on the eye. So I bought it and tried it, even wore it to the hottest concert I’ve been to in my life because it was so crowded and it stayed on PERFECTLY. This is the other TOP favorite, alongside the Maybelline Ultra Liner, due to it’s amazing all-day-stay formula and because the applicator is a easy-to-put-on felt tip. A drawback from this is just the fact that it is pricey because of its brand-name.
All in all, my favorite eyeliners (especially for oily skin and eyes) are the Maybelline Ultra Liners and the Make-Up Forever Aqua XL Liner! Definitely try them out!
Feel free to comment on this post to share your reviews/experiences on these products or other eyeliner products that you enjoy! ❤
As I do, at least once a year, I went to my happiest place on earth, Disneyland! Below are my 3 looks I wore the days that I was there. Each look consisted of a Mickey Mouse item!
I normally add links to the items of what I wear or find links of similar items, but unfortunately I am limited on time as I am SO POOPED from a long day of running a kids Vacation Bible School Program and I have to rest real soon for volunteering tomorrow for 6 hours…. ALL I WANNA DO IS SLEEP IN AND RELAX MAN, hahaha. #whydoidothistomyself
This was my look for the first day. It was oddly cold for a June day in Southern California, so I went with full length jeans)
Shirt: Neff x Disney California Adv. Exclusive Shirt (Bought 2 years ago, I don’t think they’re selling it anymore)
Bottoms: Thrifted Zara Denim
Shoes: Nike Air Max Theas
Accessories: Choker from Classic Loot
Top: Ross (Only $8! But, I saw helllaaaa people with this shirt & IDK how you all feel about commonality of pieces).
Shorts: Thrifted Bongo Denim
Shoes: Converse High Tops
Accessories: Urban Outfitter Red Lenses, Classic Loot Choker
Clearly a warmer day!
Top: Forever 21 Mickey Crop with Mock Neck
Bottoms: Vintage Esprit Denim
Shoes: Nike Air Max Theas
Jacket: Uniqlo Windbreaker
I seriously am failing to fulfill my many of my new years resolutions, but it’s not because I’m slacking off (that’s… only partially why, but there’s a reason for that too!). I’ve been working really really hard in school; possibly the hardest I’ve ever been working in school because I think it’s hit me that I am taking incredibly hard classes so I try much harder, and so far I have straight A’s which I pray and hope I am able to keep throughout the semester to fulfill that bit on my academic/career resolutions. I pretty much study all day, then work, then study, then work, and when I have free time I either take a walk or do absolutely nothing because I’m sooooo pooped out from everything else.
But here is a little outfit post from about 2 months ago when I went to SF Museum of Modern Art with Jamesy-poo. It was a surprisingly nice day in SF because it wasn’t crazy cold and there was sun! If it was any colder, I would’ve worn many more layers.
Denim Jacket: Zara
Black Turtle Neck: Forever 21 – ONLY $7!
Black Knee-Ripped Jeans: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Suns: From a shop at Venice Beach (it’s actually a pair I bought for my boyfriend)
Purse: It was a xmas gift, I forget what the brand is
Lipstick: Milani Matte Lip Creme
James and I have pretty bad habits of 1) not eating healthy which is normally due to a fact such as 2) not eating 3 meals a day since 3) we always seem to be running late to everything. I do not recommend you all to follow our ways of life BUT something I do recommend trying is ROAM Artisan Burgers.
So we had just finished walking around SF MoMA and I was literally starving because it was dinner time and we didn’t actually eat a breakfast or lunch (just lots of snacks and eggo waffles, again, don’t be doing this). I remembered my roommate, Jane, taking me on Fillmore before and we walked past so many cute (but expensive) little shops along with lots of different kinds of restaurants. He and I drove there with not much expectations except the fact that he knew he wanted a burger, none of the little wimpy ones form fast food chains; a real burger. Roam was the burger place in sight once there and it was honestly so good to a point where we didn’t even finish and we are people who can eat a lot (clearly, because we don’t eat enough).
What we ordered:
Sweet Potato Fries
The Classic (with the addition of avocado) – Beef – Medium
French and Fries – Beef – Medium Well
Chocolate Hazelnut Shake (seasonal)
The sweet potato fries had THE perfect balance of sweet and saltiness. Definitely try! The classic fulfilled it’s name as a good ‘ole classic burger. James ordered the French and Fries, he said the sauce and the caramelized onions had lots of flavor but he got full fast from it but he loved it. I wasn’t able to try the shake since I’m allergic to hazelnut, but James was incredibly please with it and didn’t hide that pleasure with every sip by saying “dude, this is so good.”
Thanks Roam Burgers for a yummy dinner (:
Lately (probably just because of my super retro circular prescription sunglasses or because I watch FRIENDS too much), I’ve been really into 90’s inspired looks that are just easy to wear. And currently been in love with red-lipsticks since my natural hair is black and I cut off all that brown hair off at the ends, the classic red hue stands out more.
The Look Deets:
Glasses – Ray-Ban
Flannel – H&M || style 1
Tank Top – Forever 21 || style 1
Jeans – Pacsun || style 1
Booties – DSW || style 1 style 2 style 3
Purse – The Higher || style 1
Lipstick – Milani Cosmetics Amore Matte Lip Creme #14
Growing up, I’ve had a real attachment to my hair. I think it’s because I decided to cut it in middle school one time and then everyone mistaken me as a boy…. I’m dead serious – even when I was wearing a red Minnie Mouse Shirt and a black hat that clearly read “Princess” on it, Princess Jasmine looked me in the eye and said “come here, sir” at Disneyland (scarred me, but I don’t hold any grudges on her). Thus began my oath to long hair forever.
I loved styling my hair in all kind of braids, curls, and crazy up-do’s because it was thick so you could do so much with it. But the maintenance was crazy: The constant shedding, the fact that even when I brushed my hair – 5 minutes later, a new tangle would surprise me out of no where, pony tails gave me headaches, but hey…. it looked cute! (no pain, no gain ?) So out of stress in 2014, I chopped it off myself in front of my mirror at home (I honestly DO NOT recommend this).
Then of course, I missed my long hair, and it grew to the length of the picture to the above left. And no, the brown hair wasn’t an ombre, it’s just that the long black part before the brown were my roots. When it became too much for me again, I freaked out and went to the hair salon and told her to cut it all off even when the woman beside me cringed at my words asked me, “Are you sure you wanna do that?”
After the chop, it’s been only a couple of days and I felt iffy about it at first – I loved it and didn’t like it at the same time because it was different. But now, I’m crazy happy with it. I don’t even have to take 20 minutes to brush my hair anymore! In fact… I DON’T EVEN NEED TO BRUSH – just wake up and done! Time in the shower is shorter, my head feels so light so good bye headaches, and the styled cut is incredibly versatile for all the different outfits I often wear.
I’ve learned that hair is hair. Depending on your health and how much you can take out of your day to care for it, the length is up to your discretion. No matter what you choose, it’s beautiful either way. We live one life, and we often to get chances to make much change in our life and experience as much as we want to. But with your hair, if you wanna try a new color, try cutting it in a way you’ve never had it before: do it. It’s the easiest thing you can change about you without changing you; a way to experience doing something out of your comfort zone without much risk. It’s just like fashion or make up: it’s a “to each their own” type of thinking. You wanna have a grunge day and maybe throw on some black lipstick? Why not? Bc you can always just go home and change and throw on another look the next day to be or feel like a different you.