Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Updates! Name Change??

Big News!!

I just finished the last exam of my undergraduate degree! But the real big news is, if you haven't noticed already, I changed my URL and my blog name to....


I thought my old name was kind of bulky and hard to say so I decided to come up with something new and also take my blog to a slightly different direction.

I am hoping to add to my blog about things happening in Vancouver so it's relevant to local readers even if they are not super into makeup. 

Alsoooo....

I decided to finally join social media for my blog so now you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Hurray!


@raincouverbblog

http://instagram.com/raincouverbeauty/

raincouverbeauty@gmail.com
You can email me about anything! :)

I'm excited to finally have a set of coordinating usernames and hopefully get better at social media! Please give me a follow on any of these platforms if you are on them!

What do you guys think of the new name? Hope you like it!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Look of the Day: Graduation Dinner

Two weekends ago was my graduation dinner and I want to share some photos and how I got ready! This event is planned by students and features a dinner at a downtown hotel plus an afterparty at a pub. It's a really fun event to look forward to and a great reason to get dressed up! A bit late but better late than never right? 

Makeup


I wanted to do a pretty classic face with nice contouring and smokey brown shadows. And then I picked my favorite bright lipstick to add some fun to the look.

Key Products
Urban Decay Naked Foundation
Urban Decay Naked Palette
MAC lipstick in Style Curve
MAC lipglass in Narcissus

Hair


I curled my the bottom half of my hair with loose curls. My friend told me to unscrew the clamp of my curler to get a more smooth look and it totally works! Then I took a strand of hair and put some wax on it to give it more texture. I braided this piece and put it across my head and bobby pinned it behind my ear! Then I hairsprayed everything to set it in place!

Products
Got2be Guardian Angel
Dove Hairspray

Outfit

All done

Dress- Ever New - Similar
Heels- Nine West- Similar
Earrings- Swarovski- Similar
Bracelet- Forever 21- Here
Watch- Michael Kors- Here
Bag- Tory Burch- Similar

Pictures

My boyfriend and I!


Trying to be all fancy drinking wine.

My beautiful friends also wearing white dresses!

Do you love getting dressed up for special occasions? What's your go to store for dresses and shoes?
This is my first time doing an outfit post and it's kind of fun! Look out for more fashion posts this summer!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Giveaway ft. Rose Wholesale

Now that you read my review post, here's your chance to win an item from Rosewholesale!

Although the prize is small, there are so many items at this store that you can pick for under $15! They will pay for your shipping so don't worry that cost!

What would you want to pick?

$9.5

$13.14

$13.30

The winner will be picked next Tuesday when I return from my trip to San Francisco!

P.S. I know lots of people have accounts just to enter giveaways but I'd really appreciate it if you actually stopped by and read some of my posts! Or drop back to my blog after you entered and see what else is new. That's the whole point for me to say follow me in order to enter :) And why I made it 5 entries just to leave a nice comment on another post. I really hope you guys can take a minute and read some of my posts instead of just pressing "enter" :) Mucho loves!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Edit
After posting my review, I read online that there's lots of negative content about this retailer. I had no problems with shipping and they got all my items correct but it seems like many people didn't get their orders how they wanted. Additionally I didn't have to enter in a payment option as many people said they had problems getting refunds.

So please use caution when ordering. There's nothing bad to report from my experience but it's quite disconcerning reading what other people wrote!

On a lighter note, you can try them for free with my contest ;) And you don't have to worry about payments, returns, or shipping!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Rose Wholesale


Rose Wholesale is an online store specializes in trendy items at the lowest price. They sell women's and men's clothing as well as tons of accessories. 

Recently, I had the chance to pick some items from Rose Wholesale. I had $25 to cover the items and shipping and I walked out with four items! Read on  to see what I got and what I think of the store.


Tri-toned Clutch $9.35
This clutch was a lot bigger than I expected but that's my fault for not checking measurements. It's super cool though because now I feel like I'm on top of the "envelope clutch" trend. I love the different colors and I actually had a really hard time looking for a colorful clutch at the mall. 

Pro: Unique style that I haven't found at F21, Aldo etc
Con: PU Leather smell, the chain catches my hair

Set of rings $3.73


I've been looking for midi rings everywhere!! I love the design of these and the smaller fit. My favorite is this inverted triangle and also the bow. I do find the quality is a bit lower than those found in F21 but it really varies. Some of the rings in this set look well cut but others would have some irregularity.


Pro: The style and the fit, super cute designs
Con: One of them had rough metal, one had weird english words, and one's too big

Chunky gold necklace $2.71



This looked exactly like the picture on the website and I think it's a really trendy piece that could work as a statement piece even though it's smaller. I really like the design but it does smell a bit like metal. This would be really cute to wear over sweaters, dress shirts, or with a cute spring dress.

Pro: Looks just like in pictures. Good cross between statement making and low key. Good weight

Con: Smells like cheap metal.

Blush Brush $1.33



I think this was the disappointing item out of the bunch. It's too bad because I've been needing a new blush brush and I thought this would be perfect. Unfortunately the brush itself is a bit too small and the bristles are not soft at all. I don't think I will be using this. Best bet for cheap brushes are by ELF!

Pro: None
Con: Too small, rough bristles, shedding

My Opinion

Overall the best things about Rose Wholesale are the amazing selection, trendy designs, and cheap prices!
The things you should watch out for are the materials they use, and read the measurements carefully so you aren't surprised when you get your items!
My tips: look for items with free shipping as that will really reduce what you have to pay! And also make sure to read what materials make the product. Just remember, the prices are so cheap so the quality is kind of what you pay for.

Shipping took about 2.5 weeks which is average I'd say for the goods to arrive from overseas. I'd suggest not making an order if you need it for an event that's coming up in the near future. But otherwise, it's kind of a nice surprise and almost feels like an accidental present when you do receive it ;) Many jewelry items were free shipping but otherwise it's clearly calculate for you before you check out so you don't get a surprise.

I had so much fun picking out the items and they really have so many items to choose from. It's great for those who like to window shop online. Check them out on FB here!

Have you heard about this company people? Let me know what your favorite item is from their store!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sephora VIB Haul + Birthday Gifts

I headed to Sephora last week to pick up a few items while taking advantage of their 15% off sale! I picked up a few items and also want to share a couple things from my friends for my birthday!




Bare Minerals Beauty in Bloom Set
bareMinerals - Beauty In Bloom

I got this to try out the brand and thought this was such a great value.


The blush and eyeshadow are in the same size packaging! I thought it was nice they included an instruction card too.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation
Laura Mercier - Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15

Been looking for a good powder foundation and this one seemed finely milled and not too drying for my skin.

Buxom Hot Escape Bronzer in Tahiti

Buxom - Hot Escapes Bronzer
I realized all my bronzers were for contouring and I wanted to get one that I can dust all over my face for a golden glow.

The bronzer looks really dark here but it actually is very light and I'm having trouble getting it to show on my face. I love that both have a mirror.

L'Occitane Hand Cream

L'Occitane - Hand Creams


I've been out of my L'Occitane for a long time and the bath and body works hand cream just isn't the same!


Sephora Sharpener
SEPHORA COLLECTION - Colorful Dual Antibacterial Sharpener
I had to get a sharpener with a bigger hole to fit my lip crayon.


My friends got me a Smashbox lipstick and this cute braided necklace. Thanks you guys if you are reading! My boyfriend made this super cute box containing fun things to do in San Fran!

Can't wait to try out these new products :) Did any of you pick up some items recently?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Birthday Wishlist

There's lots of exciting events coming up. I am graduating from university this term and it's our grad dinner this weekend! Which means last day of class next week! And on top of that my birthday is also next week. So with all these occasions, I decided to do some window shopping. Most of these are pretty pricey but a girl can dream right?

Unrealistic Wishes

Here are some gorgeous bags from Nordstrom. From Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spad, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs
Accessories from Nordstrom






Powder Foundations

I've always stayed away from powder because my skin is dry but I'm on the lookout for a good powder foundation and bronzer.


Face products from Sephora





Sephora Sets

Sephora is usually so expensive so I like to take advantage of their value sets. It's a great way to try out products at a lower price.


Kits and Brushes from Sephora





Little Things

And lastly, a couple realistic things I want to pick up. I need a good headphone, a sharpener big enough for my lip pencil, and some pretty sandals for the summer!

Birthday Items




What's on your wishlist?

P.S. I set up a new instagram account just for this blog so I separated my personal account. Follow me at http://instagram.com/notanobsession and you can get one more entry to my giveaway!