Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

                                           Hey all!                                 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families, friends, or girlfriends/boyfriends!
(If you're not a person to celebrate Christmas then happy holidays!)

                                             
As previously stated, my last post was actually timed because I've been working on an exam paper almost the entire December month. I turned it in on December 19th and after that I needed a serious break from typing on my computer, which explains why I haven't put anything new up yet. 

                                             I'm slowly getting over myself so fret not!                                       
A new post will be up within the next few days~  when I have healed since I'm sick at the moment.

Until then, enjoy the rest of the holidays and these pictures of the snowy landscape the Danes woke up to this morning.
I'll see you soon!
(੭ु ◜◡‾)੭ु⁾
Hvid jul 1 juledag
(Photo by Roland Jensen: source
sneen falder
(Photo by Natascha Jensen: source

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

[Review] - Missha In Shower Comfort Hair Removal Cream for sensitive skin

Hey girls 
(This is a scheduled post since I'm currently working on an exam paper and won't be back before December 19th. I will come back and answer comments by then. Please take good care of yourselves until  ^-^)

Today I'm going to do a review on the In Shower Comfort Hair Removal Cream (for sensitive skin) from Missha
Although there is no way in heaven I'll be going to the beach to flash my legs around this time of the year (mainly because it's freezing cold and going outside like that would be pure suicide), I still want to have nice legs for the few parties I attend or for the days I want to wear dresses.
But, let's be honest, I hate shaving my legs and who doesn't? 

While the side effect vary from person to person, most people I know find that shaving leaves the skin dry and often with those red bumps. The "new" hairs grow back darker than we want them to and don't forget the obligatory cuts everywhere. Oh and then they grow back after a few days and we have to shave again - What a drag!
On the other side, I'm a big fan of waxing my legs during summer time but it takes time since I want to do it thoroughly and I don't feel like going through the pain for the few days I need nice legs during fall/winter.

So when I found this cream I was all up for trying it!
But enough with the back story, let's start the review~

First the package:
The creme comes in a plastic box with a really neat closing mechanism. Sadly I threw it out long ago (before I got to take pictures).
In the box is the cream itself and the sponge that you will be using to remove the hairs with. The sponge it really hard (almost like a foot file) but becomes soft as a marshmallow you put it in water.
The first time you use it, you will have to take off this protective seal. I really like when my products have this because I then know that my item hasn't been used before. I feel like it's extra "clean" although I would never doubt the quality of Jolse's products.

Below are some pictures with information about how it works, the ingredients, and how to apply it. If you want to skip directly to the review then go ahead but I would suggest you read the application method thoroughly if you are considering buying it :)
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[I don't know Korean grammar so my translations might not be 100% correct but I've tried my best]
Speedy: Quickly removes hair. Mild: Mild and irritation. Aromatic: Fresh scent with a pleasant feeling. Rinsable: Shower type. Rinse with water. Treatment: Moisturizing sensitive skin with aloe vera gel, licorice extract and chamomile extract.
Maximizes contact Melts fast + spreads lightly
             Optimal penetration Softening oil: softens hair. Softening actives: softens cuticle and makes it flexible
Cuts hairs Thioglycolic acid: effective hair cutting
Coats skin surface Coating Film: Skin moisturizing & soothing ingredients

A mild concentration of thioglycolic acid makes it an effective way for a quick and easy hair removal.
02 Main components [calming and protecting components]
Wild chamomile extract prevents skin damage. Aloe vera gel soothes skin. Jojoba oil creates a flexible shield on the skin. Licorice extract relieves skin irritation. Avocado oil protects skin layer.

03 Application method
  1. Apply the cream gently with your hands on a completely dry area (before taking a shower/bath) to remove the hair.
  2. Wash it off your hands right after application.
  3. Leave on and after 90 second to 3 minutes, remove the hair (going in the same direction as the hair grows) with the included sponge and rinse thoroughly with water afterwards. 
  4. If the hair is not easily removed, allow the cream to stay a some 2-3 minutes more (depending on skin condition) and continue removing the hair. Do NOT let the cream stay on more than 5 minutes in total!
  5. Clean off any residue cream in the shower after hair removal. Let the sponge stay wet for instant use. Clean the tube and keep it closed when no longer in use. 
[Terms of use]
  1. It is recommended that you test the product on a small area of skin at least 24 hours before use. If no skin irritation has occurred, you can use the cream. 
  2. The hair removal cream is sensitive so please do not expose to strong sunlight.
  3. Do not use if you are a pregnant, breastfeeding, or nursing mother.
+ Including an advanced plump and fluffy marshmallow-like sponge~ to gently remove hair without irritation. 
Overall
I am generally very pleased with this product!
Due to the fact that absolutely nothing was written in English on the package + bad translation, the cream didn't work the first two times that I used it because... I didn't know how to use i properly. One of the times I stepped into the shower and used it while my legs were soaked and the other time I forgot, but it doesn't matter now.

Oh and the smell was terrible! It was like a mix between farts and paint. Gross! 
I had almost given up on this product and was about to write a review on how it didn't work and blabla but decided to sit down and properly translate everything thoroughly. After that I tried using the cream one more time and I was so surprised with the outcome!

My legs were extremely soft and there was no hair to be seen: it literally fell off when I brushed over my skin with the sponge. When I first applied it, my legs felt slightly warm but it wasn't bothersome at all. As I worked my way up my legs, I found that, personally, it works best for me if I wait at least 3 minutes. 
Instead of doing my entire leg at once, I parted my legs in smaller areas (like lower tibia, upper tibia, knee, etc.) and applied a layer that was slightly thinner than shown in the picture above.

I think they forgot to list the ingredient "magic" because when I washed my legs after "shaving" with the sponge, the smell was gone and replaced by a fresh, clean smell! (The cream still smells when you apply it though so I'd advice you to open a window while doing it).

Lastly, would I buy it again? 
I'd like to try out some other hair removing products to compare the effect but I sure am happy with it.
So I suppose that would be a yes.

If you'd like to try out this product, you can buy it from Jolse's eBay store HERE.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PinkyParadise - Black Friday Sale (more lenses added)

So as you read in THIS post, PinkyParadise is having a Black Friday sale where you can get 50% off the price on selected lenses. In my other post, I showed you which lenses were included in this sale but yesterday I got a mail from PinkyParadise saying that they had added more lenses to their list on selected lenses to the list! 

Therefore, I present you the new and updated list!
NOTE: The prices listed are the original prices and you will only get the 50% off if you apply the coupon code below when checking out~

Happy shopping <3

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PinkyParadise - Black Friday Sale!

Helloooo dear readers <3
I have something exciting for you today!

Do you know what Black Friday is?
Although I was in America during a Black Friday, my first host family decided it would be too dangerous for us to go so I never got to experience it first hand (I don't blame them!). But basically it's a day where most, if not all, American retail stores stay open and have some massive sales going on. Hordes consisting of hundreds of people line up for hours and suffer from lack of personal space and the smell of other people's unwashed hair.

But why go through all that when you can sit at home in your comfortable pyjamas, drink hot chocolate with baby marshmallows, and enjoy PinkyParadise's Black Friday sale where you can get 50% off on selected lenses?  
Geo Nudy Series Circle Lenses
You can find the rules at the bottom of the post. Remember to read through them.
The 50% off coupon can be used on these different lenses. If you find one that you like, simply click the name or picture of the lens to go directly to their website to see more information and view pictures.

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Princess Pinky Eclipse Violet                  Geo Angel Grey                  Geo Angel Brown
                                                    

Princess Pinky Eclipse Pink                  G&G A21 Grey                  G&G A21 Brown
                                                    

EOS Ice Green                  G&G Shiny Aqua                  Venus Eye Blue
                                                    

EOS Ice Blue                  Venus Eye Aqua 
                          

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Rules:
  1. This code is only applicable to selected Black Friday discounted lenses only. Any other products such as cosmetics will not be included.
  2. Don't forget to insert coupon code "PPBLACKFRIDAY2014" on the check out page to get 50% off the selected products.
  3. This code can be used from November 25th, 2014 and will expire on December 9th, 2014 (World Time).
  4. This code is only available for one time purchase per customer and has a maximum limit of $200 per purchase.

Have fun shopping, girls! 

Black Friday Coupon
Read more HERE

Saturday, November 22, 2014

[Review] - Geo Starmish Brown circle lenses (on light eyes)

I'm trying out a new layout for my lens reviews so, if possible, please leave some feedback telling me what could be done better and also which swatches you'd like to see (indoor, window light, yellow light, etc.) It would be much appreciated! ♡

Also, thank you for checking back! I know so many bloggers tell their readers to keep coming back for more but I never thought somebody would actually do that for me ;-;
I promise I will try to blog as much as possible even though my exam paper is coming up.
Thank you!
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It's been a while since my last lens review, hasn't it? 
Today I'm back with a new review for you girls on some lenses I bought for my Konan cosplay!
This will be a review on the Geo Starmish Brown circle lenses from HoneyColor!

The lenses came in a sweet box like this~ aaaand the reason for that is because, at the time of my purchase, HoneyColor was having a "buy one pair, get one free" offer so I actually got two pairs that day. I will save the reviewonf the other pair for later on~
As always, the lenses came with a cute animal lens case. This time I got blue... bears I think?
The rip was there already when I opened the box. I don't know how ;;
And at last we have the lens in its vial. The colour they are on this picture was exactly what I was looking for so of course I was very excited to try them on.

I feel like I should have taken more picture on different light (oh well, I can do that in my next review). So this time I will have to do with these three taken outside, in window light, and yellow light (in that order) 


Comfort   
The first time I wore them was in school. Since I was going to use them for a convention, I wanted to make sure that they were comfortable enough for me to wear. I put them in around 7am but already started to feel a slight pressure around 11am and around an hour after I had gotten a pretty bad headache. So I took them out and noticed a red halo around my pupil (look to the left of and below my pupil).
(darkened to show the red)
I have earlier experienced problems like that (even my normal daily lenses) so the day of the con I decided to use eye drops right before putting them in. After that, I completely forgot that I was wearing them because they were so comfortable! 
I wore them for way longer than what is recommended (I know, shame on me) and it wasn't before many many many hours had passed that my eyes began to feel tired. So yes, very comfortable. I wouldn't bash them because of my first try with them because that clearly was my own fault for having dry eyes.

 Enlargement    ( 4½)
Having a thick, black limbal ring really helps these lenses are larger and I love it! There's not much more to say. My friends say I look like a doll when I wear them.

Colour   
Since the lenses were bought solely for the purpose of cosplay, the colour was the most important factor. I looked through countless (not even exaggerating here) of pairs of lenses but either they were the wrong colour, an ugly design, from a sketchy website, or simply like those cheap halloween lenses that don't come with prescription. Then, after days of looking at them, I decided to buy this pair and I truly believe this is the pair of lenses that come closest to the desired amber colour (although they are more of a medium dark honey brown). They're quite vibrant on my light eyes but they seem to be even more vibrant on dark eyes. When not in direct sunlight, they cover my entire iris, making it look like a have naturally big brown eyes.


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Overall
 (4½)
Geo Starmish Brown was my second pair of lenses and the first pair ever that I bought specifically for cosplay (Konan - Naruto).

I won't say that they have the amber colour I was going for but they certainly are vibrant and much more natural looking than the other lenses I compared them to. Because of them not being too orange, I would seriously consider wearing these for every day use (I have to use my other pairs before they expire though).

Sadly, the colour variation for these lenses is not so great compared to others. They come in this brown colour and  black and I have read that these brown ones have a better enlarging effect than the black ones. Perhaps I should try those too one day?
This marks the end of my review on the Geo Starmish Brown circle lenses from HoneyColor!
I hoped you liked the new "layout". Please tell me if there are some things you think I could do better (^◡^)

You can buy these lenses HERE on HoneyColor and also on PinkyParadise HERE.
If you decide to buy from PinkyParadise, don't forget to use my code

"beautywithlucy" 

to redeem your own free mystery gift!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

This was supposed to be another product review but the truth is that I haven't had the time to finish it yet. ~
*Bows deep in apologize* 

The most important event for our charity group will be held Wednesday and I've been busy making preparations for it.
I have been terrorized by gruesome nightmares almost every night the past 3 weeks, causing me to wake up several times each night only to fall back asleep into new nightmares and now experiencing fatigue due to lack of sleep. 
Our big and scary exam-paper-assignment has begun and since it's such a huge assignment I need to prepare a LOT (which I haven't yet, shame on me), and then there is also the next convention coming up next weekend aaaaaaaand I haven't even finished my costume yet!
Stress level: over 9000! ヽ(*´Д`*)ノ

So yea... I still have to take care of all these things before I can sit back down and make a proper post again. I promise I will do my best! Expect the next post in around 2 weeks time unless my luck suddenly turns.
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October 31st is probably the one day a year I most genuinely wish I was still back in America
- Not because I want to beg candy from strangers but because I get to dress up and/or truly challenge my make-up skills!

......Buuuuuuuut *reality check* I'm staying in Denmark now and although Halloween has grown more popular the past 5 years or so, it still isn't widely celebrated and dressing up would, therefore, still be considered weird.
So instead of celebrating all hallow's eve last Friday, I actually went to an 80's party as school...
I would have LOVED to make an awesome costume and really get into it but this year I neither had time, money, or a reason to do so.
Lame excuses, I know, and I'm pretty disappointed with myself too. I did, however, get to play with make-up a little due to a sudden urge (probably a side effect from listening to this song on repeat for days). The outcome was this: 
I would love to one day be able to really get into it and make it look more real and scary but for this year, it's all you get~

I'm still practicing my photoshop skills so no way on Earth I'd leave you without a few other versions!
The original~
I'd originally wanted to remove my iris + pupil to make it look like I was wearing a white sclera lens but something went wrong and I accidentally ended up with this cat/snake eye .__.
I had to take the picture in bright light to get the highest picture quality but I like this dark version MUCH more!
Now, I won't say I wasn't proud of this when I took the picture but I will strive to make this even better next year! Wait for it! Only 363 days to go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Class trip to Granada, Spain 2/2

The other post was getting too long so I decided to split it in two. Here is the second and last post about our senior class trip to Spain.

Tuesday we had four things to see (after the obligatory morning run) and the first being the tombs of the catholic king and queen, La Capilla Real. We weren't allowed to take pictures here so... I didn't.

Next was La Catedral. Outside we were disturbed by 2-3 overly rude gypsies. One tried to tell Maiken about her future love life when Rikke told Maiken that she would have to ignore it or else the woman would ask for money. The woman apparently understood and HIT Rikke(!?!) while yelling something that meant "no! bad, bad!" in Spanish. Later the two gypsies started yelling loud at each other because one of them succeeded in getting money while the other one didn't.

Anyways, we went in and the catedral was HUUUUGE!

Imagine getting married in this church ._.
There were 4 of these huge organs!
While walking around in there, I looked down at my feet and saw a skull was carved into the coffin-sized area I was standing on. I STOOD ON A GRAVE!!! Ohmygosh! Sorry dead person!!
As I jumped away in shock/fear and made a sound much like what you hear in this clip at 1:58, the girls saw me and laughed.. (/(エ)\)
Such a pretty ceiling~
That day we also saw an old Arab bath and walked El paseo de los tristes. I didn't get any pictures of these places though.. 
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*Le once again skipping to next day*
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Next day we went on a hike to Museo Cuevas del Sacremonte.
The buildings here had been carved into the mountains and clay painted.
The distinctive blue colour was to find everywhere~ 
Going up~

More to the right there were caves with real people living there! We actually saw a true "caveman"!
To the left in this picture is the Alhambra and further away is the city
The man working at the museum told us to sit down so he could tell the story about why Granada was so heavily influenced by Moor culture and about all the gypsies and people living in caves there. All the Spanish people we met spoke so fast but he managed to tell slowly in very clear Spanish and he used his body language a lot for us to better understand. Our teacher stood beside him and translated into Danish so she could make sure we had understood everything. But really, this guy was so good that I understood most of what he said. We were all very impressed with him and hoping that the next class going to Granada would have him tell them that story too.
He drew in the sand with his fingers to better show us how the history had happened.
When he was done talking we went into the "museum" which was actually just a group of cave houses/rooms. My friend Monika was very excited when she saw a picture of an owl and proudly stood by it when I told her I was going to take a picture.
We had lunch at a restaurant on our way down. Well.. it was more like tapas but I didn't like mine.
 There was the sweetest little white cat running out looking at us and meowing for food. Some of us fed it and at the moment we had put our food on the ground, it ran over to grab it and run to the corner to eat in peace. I was heart-broken when I asked my teacher if people were nice to these stray cats and she simply said: "No! If Spaniards see them, they kick them". Poor kitty 
After we had fed the first one, which had seemed really desperate for food, a second one showed up. It was around the same size and had the same colour so my guess is that they were from the same litter.
There wasn't much food left when it showed up and the first one growled at it when it came to have some of the already thrown food.
Again, I swear if I lived in Spain I would have taken these with me ㅠㅠ
At least most of my classmates acted like normal rational human beings and were nice to the cats.
Once again we continued walking down to visit a traditional Arabic tea house.
The place felt a bit packed when we had all sat down and there was only one waiter to our large group. They had so so many different kinds of tea! While some of the girls I was sitting with ordered tea with stuff like pomegranate and rose petals, I ordered a more simple Japanese tea. 
Each one of us had our tea served in a metal teapot and they were burning hot to touch ;-; We also each picked a dessert~
That evening I went out with Monika and Mette for dinner and a drink. I think I accidentally ordered breakfast for dinner but it was good nonetheless (except for the shrimps, bwadr).
We had also planned for dessert but we were all so full and ended up not having drinks either.

Last day there started out with some "street workout" in a park with "machines" specifically for that. We got quite the attention from people there. But okay... imagine yourself doing your thing and suddenly a large group of, clearly foreigners, begin training out of nowhere right in front of you.

We then went to a real bull fighting arena and had a guide there bringing us around. I'm very much against killing animals for entertainment so I wasn't very fond of the place.
This was where they kept the bull before the fight. In a 9m2 room.
Later that afternoon a bunch of my classmates and I went to Hammam Al Ándaluz Granada, an Arabic bathhouse to enjoy ourselves and have massage. It was a great experience and I would strongly recommend going there if you ever get the chance. 
It was dark and quiet in there. We were not allowed to talk at all (barely whisper) and the only light was from candle lights or the sunlight coming through star-shaped holes in the roof. There were different basins with both hot, ice cold, lukewarm, slightly warm, etc. water. There was also tea placed around the place and although you could only have peppermint tea, it was one of the best teas I have ever had. There were also a room with four different candles with oil in. The oils came in pomegranate, hibiscus, rose, and lavender. Here you could decide which oil you wanted to be massaged with later on~
The girl massaging me was so sweet and I swear I could have fallen asleep if she had kept going. 

My last two pictures were from a stoplight somewhere in the city.
They looked quite different from the ones we have in Denmark. In Danish we have a saying "rød mand stå, grøn mand gå" (red man stay, green man go) and the more I looked at it, the more I thought the red man looked like a gingerbread man which then would break into an epic dance whenever it would turn green
Hombre rojo: quedar
¡Hombre verde: bailar! 

Okay lame joke over... 
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