Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow Palette + Cocopanda store!

Hello sweeties ~

I thought I could do a review of this one amazing eyeshadow palette I bought during new year! ^.^ It's the Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow Palette from theBalm, yay!

Let's start the review ~

As you can see the packaging is amazeballs it's really stylish, funky and unique! I like how the artwork gives off the vintage vibes too. This is my very first theBalm product and also my first eyeshadow palette and I must say that even though I can't compare it with anything I am really in love with this one!

I've actually been hoping to find a good eyeshadow palette with only matte nude shades for a while now and, well, I'm pretty confident that I scored the jackpot with this one!
Before I splurged and bought this palette I did some quick Google searching for other customer reviews and, on a quick check, I could only find rave reviews about it so I thought "hey, at least it can't be bad!" and decided to go for it. Good call.

The colors are all beautiful and highly versatile shades that can be used for daily wear as well as parties and even costuming, as in my case. ^.-
These eyeshadows go on smoothly, blend with each other to create great transitions, are very long-lasting and pigmented. I can't call myself a makeup guru but I honestly can't find a single negative thing to say about this palette; it's stunning in every way possible and what it delivers is pure professional quality.

Close-up of all the shades.
Personally I tend to prefer matte shades over shimmery ones, maybe partly because I'm a guy and don't always want my makeup to be super noticeable and glittery – even though I do occasionally dress in really flashy and occasionally androgynous fashion styles (j-fashion etc) so yeah, it doesn't really make sense. x) I do honestly like shimmery eyeshadows too; I just thought I might get more use out of matte ones currently. I also bought this palette with cosplay in mind, thinking that it could be great for doing different looks to my eyes and so on.

Swatches on my arm (order: top left to bottom right). Excuse the messiness.
note: no priming or anything. Directly on skin.
I've been using this palette for a while now and it's such a pleasure to work with because it's so smooth to apply. Sometimes I think applying makeup is so tedious and such a bother but this eyeshadow palette makes it a hassle-free blast and *le gasp* actually enjoyable!

There really is no reason not to buy this set if you are a fan of matte colors I wonder why I have not known about it earlier!
But seriously, if you are interested in Meeting Matt(e) then what are you waiting for? Go and buy yourself this piece of awesomeness now! You won't be disappointed!
If anything, then the price might feel slightly expensive to some but I dare say that it's well worth the cash. I don't think I will be needing to even look at another nude palette for a long time to come this one has it all! Go go go!

*~** Cocopanda mini review ahead *~**

Oh and yeah, I bought mine from Cocopanda, a Swedish beauty and makeup store. I had never bought from nor heard of them before this but the site looked professional enough for me that I decided to give 'em a go. ^^
I placed my order on 31st December 2015 and it was shipped on 3rd January. It arrived a few days later directly to my mailbox.

This is what the shipment package looked like.
My order came in that cute bubblewrap package and it arrived with no damage. I had no issues with my order whatsoever and everything was handled professionally. I would recommend Cocopanda to other Swedes since they provide quality service and have a lot of products on their site. They're really smooth to do business with, from my experience. :)

Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful. ^_^

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Field day with school in Riekkola

Hi guys!

This whole week has been one of those theme weeks in my school – this time the theme was openness. :) All students got divided into groups and had to, within one week, do some sort of project around the theme that they'd present to the rest of the school on Friday. My group decided to do several short videos about different scenarios relating to the theme.
But yeah, that's not what I wanted to talk about. xD You see, during these theme weeks we also have one day on which we have a field day or we go and visit an art museum etc. This time we went to the nearby Riekkola nature reserve to spend the whole morning there!

Riekkola is a nature reserve that is open for anyone to visit. It's a popular place for school field days, skiing, walking on nature trails, bird-watching and so on. Many people come here for exercise too because there's a lot of nature paths you can take through different terrains.

Soon there!
Our day started at 10 instead of the usual 08:30. But because I live in the direction of Riekkola (seen from school) I had pre-agreed with the teachers that I'd skip going to school for the morning gathering and instead go straight to Riekkola because well, that would save me like half the walking distance because I live half-way between my school and Riekkola, lol.

A map over the area.
Riekkola is nostalgic to me because in my earlier school years we would go there with the class, have some activities (often those quiz papers hidden in the forest) and then grill sausages in the cottage.
I haven't been to Riekkola on a field day for yeaaaars so yeah, it felt kinda weird to be back here, just like on the old days except with adult students this time.

Hill leading to the cottage area.
But yeah, I was just chilling around and most of the time I spent photographing what others did. The weather was not the best though because it was snowing almost the whole day and it was fairly cold; my hands hurt so much at the end of the day that I had to take a warm shower as soon as I got home to thaw them.

The first thing I saw when I got up the hill was the sledding hill that some teachers and students were preparing. Soon enough the first group got there and the laughter and screams started sounding as people slid down the hill on whatever glide-friendly that was available. I'm pretty sure there was some competition going on with who could go the farthest too.

You might think that adults are too... you know, adults... to enjoy this kind of "typically reserved for children" activities but hey, guess what? Fuck that. :DD

Preparing to go down...
Extra speed pushes for everyone!
Looks like fun, right? :'D
Everyone got a ride!
There was a lot of silly landings and people falling off those plastic "rump gliders" (what do you call them in English??). xD I have no idea who got the farthest record or if there was a prize to be won but oh well, it was fun to watch others have fun. Yeah, I actually didn't take a ride myself...

Someone even struck a pose for me, whoa!
You know, most people just went down the hill the normal way but there were these two guys who clearly thought that just sitting on your ass was too mainstream...

Gather speed, soldier!
Let's ride! FUCK YEAAAAAH. 8D
Okey, they're cheating a little because the bottom guy with the green jacket has one of those gliders under his belly. xD But still, they were hilarious and they got surprisingly far to boot.

But they weren't the only ones spicing things up.

I laughed so hard to these guys, they were the highlights of the day!! They are the real reason I regret not going for a ride myself cuz that must have been insanely funny! Those gray mattresses seriously had the best glide, by far.

This one guy with the black coat who was pushing everyone for extra speed also deserves some creds... even though he got all snowy, haah.

Yo man, you did well.
We had some other activities to do too but because, for some reason, I was never assigned a group I didn't have to participate in anything. xD The atmosphere was very relaxed; no one forced me to do anything if I didn't want to etc. It was comfy and I actually enjoyed myself more than I thought I would; I honestly normally don't like this kind of group things because I'm not very good at making friends nor do I feel comfortable around strangers.

You could, for example...

Build the highest snow pillar in 15 minutes!
Play ball!
Or do some wrestling in the snow!
(bonus points for taking off your jacket)
We finished the field day in the warmth of the cottage. We got the fire to burn without problems and started cooking some coffee over the open fire. Everyone said the coffee was delicious and that it had a completely different taste from your normal brewed coffee but yeah, because I'm not a coffee drinker I can't say anything about it. I did get two hot dogs though. Worth it.

The cottage.
Coffee in progress.
Because of how the wind was blowing all the smoke kinda stayed inside the cottage and got into everyone's eyes and oh lord, it stings! I guess my eyes had the color of lobsters at some point because so much smoke and ashes coming my way...

Sausage grilling, aww yeah!
My main teacher is a really funny guy called Göran. He has the best humor, very easy to approach and sometimes I wonder if he has any shame. xD He's the kind of guy who pulls sex jokes/references whenever a chance is given during his classes, lol. He also laughs at his own jokes and is just incredibly funny all around. :)
Why I'm mentioning him is because he was assigned the role of the grill maister victim and was basically the one staying in the cottage and preparing all the provisions for everyone. A joke soon enough surfaced calling the whole cottage "Göran's hotel & grill service", lol. :'DD

Always-happy Grill Maister Göran.
The school foods included hot dogs (both normal and vegetarian!), coffee and apples. There was also saft ('mehu' in Finnish) but I have no fucking idea what it's called in English, sorry.  ^^" It's that concentrated "juice" that you mix a small amount of with water and that comes in countless flavors...

The field day lasted from 10:00 to around 12:30 something. I stayed a bit longer because I asked for a ride home from Göran since, as I mentioned above, my hands were so frozen I had problems moving my fingers. >_> I did get a ride back, yay!

The weather, of course, finally cleared up when it was time to go home.
When I got home the first thing I did after locking the door after me was to prepare the shower I was so cold and wet! I actually hadn't realized until I got home that my ass was soaked, all the way to my boxers, from having been sitting on the snowy/icy bench on the cottage. Oops...
Another goodbye gift from the trip was the smoke smell that I can't seem to get rid off, lol.

My pants got a little bit wet... :DDDD
That's about all that I have to say about my school day today! Thanks for reading ~

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Monster Hunter Raging Brachydios mascot plush keychain!

Hi hunters!

Ever since I was a kid I've been loving plush dolls and even today I can't resist them most of the time. xD I'm especially fond of Pokémon plushies and –lately– Monster Hunter. I'm a huuuuuuuge MonHun fan and veteran hunter and of course that means that I'm hoarding MonHun merchandise. xD
I've lately been collecting mascot plush keychains of the different monsters, especially those that I like. I plan to hang them from my school bag, convention bag etc so yeah, I've bought plenty because I like to over-decorate my bags, lol. 
This post will feature the Raging Brachydios mascot keychain and, believe me or not, this one I actually bought to give as a gift to one of my long-time friends who *surprise surprise* also happens to be a big MonHun fan!
This is an officially licensed Monster Hunter item.

I took some photos of it before I gifted it away, enjoy!

As you can see it comes with a strap so that you can attach it to many things!
Size is approximately 11 cm in height and 8 cm in width.

Some detail photos!

Head and eye close-up. The eye is embroidered on.
The head... dick... thing.
Back details.
I have a habit of always taking photos of the paper tags and the tush tags, just to show its authenticity and so that others can, if necessary, compare theirs to the real deal.
I bought this from a big Japanese online site, by the way.

Tag photos!

Tush tag.
Paper tag, front.
Paper tag, back
It's a really cute addition to the collection of any MonHun fans, especially for those who like the Brachy! This one is sure not to deliver any explosive punches or sticky goop your way so yeah, you can enjoy it without needing to equip for a hunt! ;)

When held by the strap.
Do you also love Monster Hunter? Keep an eye on my blog in the future as I have a lot more mascot plush monsters to show you guys!
Thanks for viewing and byebye! Shiro Samurai out.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Self-made simple leather bracer!

Hi there all crafty souls!

Yesterday in school, during my handcraft class, I had nothing to do so I went and checked the scrap fabric closet in the corridor. I'm always first drawn to the scraps of leather in there that have been recycled from old couches etc and after digging through the pieces I found a leather piece that I saw instant use and potential for!

This only took me about 15 minutes to make and most of that time is for hand-sewing the big button on and for measuring where to put the button hole and the button itself.

I didn't modify or add anything to the leather, save for the button. I wanted to keep it as rough and "natural" as possible, to give a simple feel to it. I like how it looks used. :) I'm thinking about using it for some fantasy outfits and alternative fashion looks.

Bracer spread out.
This is just to show the underside.
This didn't cost me anything to make, except a bit of my time. As I said the leather is just a scrap piece from my art school's leftovers and the button I found in a big box in the handcraft/sewing room. I used a thick black "bear thread" (literal translation from Swedish and Finnish; seeems like the proper name is "patent strong yard"?) made out of polyester to sew on the button.

Button close-up.
I sometimes get sudden ideas and inspirations and then I end up making stuff out of recycled materials I like gives old things new lives and purposes!

Thanks for reading my blog! ^.^

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dear bitch in my art class...

I hope you are aware of what risks you endanger others with when you decided on the morning that it was a good idea to go to school, even though it's obvious that you're not perfectly healthy. I asked you "have you caught a cold" and you choose to completely ignore me, even though since the second you walked into the classroom you've been pulling your snot back into your nose every third second. Literally.Your voice didn't sound fresh either, to be honest.

Did you know that you're a walking danger to people with poor immune systems?
Did it cross your mind that, even though what you're carrying might not be dangerous for you, it could be for someone else?
Did you know that now, during the peak season of the yearly influenza, you might even end up killing someone out of your selfishness and lack of awareness?

I am one of those people with a poorer immune system... and horrible luck.
I am one of those people who, exactly five years ago, unknowingly encountered another careless stranger, like you, in town – one who also thought it was no big deal to go on about their daily life, even though they carried active bacteria that potentially spelled disaster to someone they met.
Someone like me.

I experienced the worst fever of my life.
I completely lost my voice for more than two weeks. 
I had to stay in hospital for a week.
I ended up with my lungs so infected that I couldn't breathe in enough oxygen on my own. 
My constant coughs hurt like a thousand knives stabbed me in the chest. Every time.
I couldn't get up from the hospital bed without collapsing.
I was shaking and crying myself to sleep.
I honestly thought that I would not wake up the next morning – every night.
The doctors did not know what I had. 
My stamina and durability were zeroed and crippled for years after.
And, maybe most of all,
I had to be away from school for a month... just because someone else didn't want to be away for one day.

You might think that I'm overreacting.
Too bad for you that I am not. I am serious. I am living proof.
It can happen to anyone and you, the carrier, will most likely never know.
Think about the consequences.
Think a bit further away than just your own nose and your own needs.
Be a good human being and think before you act.
It can save lives. Literally.

Don't be like that stranger who forever made February a synonym for immense fear to me.
You don't know how painful those memories are. So please, don't remind me that I need to consider every person with a running nose a threat to my life, again.

Feeling death's presence so close is something I don't want to experience again.

Oh, and yes – I left art class earlier today on purpose and, even though I pulled a white lie to the teacher, my real and sole reason was only to avoid you. That's how scared I was.

Regards, a former patient who's mind is at least one of the things that was left permanently scarred after February 2011.