[Photoshoot] Snow Dot Chiffon

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Over the summer, I had my first New York City photoshoot! Xin Lolita Photography captured these lovely photos of my Snow Dot Chiffon coordinate. (Shoutout to my awesome friend Terry for letting me borrow her BTSSB parasol! <3)

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The coord was simple but quite comfortable. It was a really hot day, so I was happy to wear a onepiece dress.

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Although, to be honest, it was really hot out and I felt like I was constantly sweating. I was so sure I would sweat off all my makeup… Thank goodness for blotting sheets.

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Central Park was way larger than I thought it would be! I knew it would be huge… but I felt like I would get lost if I wasn’t following someone who was familiar with the location. I had no idea where I was this entire time. Am I still in Central Park? Yup.

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The next photo is my favorite one from the photoshoot:

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I’m so happy Xin was able to capture a jumping photo! I love seeing photos of people in the air, mid-jump. It’s amazing to see a photo of myself mid-jump as well. I’m also surprised I don’t look awkward… Since I felt like I was making weird faces of deep concentration every time I made a jump. xD;

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This photoshoot was a lovely experience despite the summer heat, and I would love to work with Xin again in the future. Now that it’s winter, I really miss summertime… I would prefer the blazing heat over the freezing cold any day! (It snowed today in my town, and now I’m upset at the weather. I was hoping for no snow this winter, but alas, it always snows in New England.) Do you have any favorite summer memories?

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Coord Rundown:

❀ OP: BTSSB

❀ Hairpiece and Necklace: Vintage

❀ Rings: Offbrand

❀ Parasol: BTSSB

❀ Socks: Bodyline

❀ Shoes: Offbrand

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Christmas Beauty Questions Tag

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Hi, everyone! I read Denise’s blog post responding to the Christmas Beauty Questions Tag, and she invited everyone who read her blog post to do this questionnaire too. I love reading Denise’s beauty reviews, and she also has really cool photo diaries. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I’ve always enjoyed giving holiday presents to close friends. Christmas doesn’t feel like a special day to me; it’s no different than any other “normal” day. To be honest, winter is my least favorite season (because I hate the cold), so I am not fond of December but I try my best to stay positive! And giving winter holiday gifts to others is definitely a great way to add some positivity to the shivering cold weeks.

Without further ado, here are my answers to the Christmas Beauty Questions Tag!

1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?

I have been naughty… Very naughty. I really should take better care of my skin, but I’m always stressed and busy during academic semesters, which spurs on skincare laziness due to lack of free time. Although skincare should be a priority… But nope! And even during the summer, I didn’t take very good care of my skin since I had an internship and was busy. I am guilty of rushing through washing my face at night… and not removing makeup properly. I also rub at my skin roughly when I apply face cream; my mom scolds me every time I’m home and I do this because she says it looks painful. On a “nice” note, I always apply face cream at night and I use acne spot gel when I have breakouts (which happen a lot due to stress).

2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup or skincare product you would gift to your family and friends?

It depends on who I’m gifting to and what they like! For some friends, perfumes would be the perfect gift because they love fragrances. For others, lipstick would be a better choice. My mom doesn’t wear makeup, so if I were to choose a gift for her, it would be a skincare item such as a cream or cleanser.

3. Do you mind gifting high-end products or rather drug store products to others?

I have gifted both high-end products and drug store products to others in the past. I think real friends would appreciate the gift regardless of the price or where it’s from; it’s the thought that counts!

4. What are the beauty products you’re hoping to get to see under your Christmas tree this year?

I don’t have a Christmas tree and my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas… So I am not exactly “hoping to see something” unless it’s something I buy for myself (and I really want to try more sheet masks and eyebrow pencils). However, my friend Terry got me a gift and made me promise not to open it until Christmas day. And she heavily implied that it was a beauty item… (This is the same Terry who got me my first Korean eyeliner! Read my review here.)

5. What is the beauty product that you’re dreading to receive for Christmas this year?

Not dreading anything. And as previously mentioned, I don’t celebrate Christmas.

6. Are you are beauty blogger participating in Blogmas this year? If so what is the post you’re most proud of so far?

Nope! I actually had no idea what Blogmas was until Denise explained it to me. Maybe I can participate someday!

7. Do you remember the first beauty product you received as a Christmas present? What was it and did you enjoy it?

I am not sure if I have ever received a beauty product as a Christmas present… But WishTrend sponsored a Klairs skincare set around Christmas time, so if that counts as a present, I definitely enjoyed it! It was fun writing the review and I’m still not done using all the products.

8. What mini size product would you recommend as a great stocking stuffer?

Lipsticks and eyeliners are lovely small items that would fit nicely into stockings! Small eyeshadow quads would also be really cute.

9. Would you rather you friends and family ask you gifts you wanted to receive or have them surprise you?

I don’t mind either way. I honestly feel awkward when people ask me what kinds of gifts I want since I don’t want to ask for things that will inconvenience my friends and family. It’s the thought that counts, so I appreciate any gift, as long as the gift has good intentions.

10. What is your favourite way to show Christmas spirit through your look or outfit?

My favorite color is red, so Christmastime is yet another excuse for me to wear lots of red! I haven’t tried to pull off a Christmas fashion look yet, but I did attend an Ugly Sweater Cosplay Meet recently and designed a really silly ugly Christmas sweater. Before this year ends, I hope to wear a Christmas-y Lolita coordinate! In 2013, Terry invited me to go with her on a winter Lolita adventure on Christmas Eve. My Lolita coordinate wasn’t exactly Christmas-y… but it was red!

Anyone who would like to do this: YOU’RE TAGGED! ^_^

Here’s the list of questions in case you want to copy and paste them onto your blog:

10 Christmas Beauty Questions Tag

  1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?
  2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup or skincare product you would gift to your family and friends?
  3. Do you mind gifting high-end products or rather drug store products to others?
  4. What are the beauty products you’re hoping to get to see under your Christmas tree this year?
  5. What is the beauty product that you’re dreading to receive for Christmas this year?
  6. Are you are beauty blogger participating in Blogmas this year? If so what is the post you’re most proud of so far?
  7. Do you remember the first beauty product you received as a Christmas present? What was it and did you enjoy it?
  8. What mini size product would you recommend as a great stocking stuffer?
  9. Would you rather you friends and family ask you gifts you wanted to receive or have them surprise you?
  10. What is your favourite way to show Christmas spirit through your look or outfit?

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LBC: How Will I Change My Wardrobe?

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This week’s prompt for Lolita Blog Carnival is: What Changes Will You Make For Your Wardrobe In The New Year? 

Hmmm… Let’s think! In January, I would like to go through my wardrobe and sell pieces that I no longer like or I never wear. There are actually a few pieces I have never worn (or haven’t worn in a very long time), but I still want to hang onto because I know I would still like to wear them. I haven’t been able to wear lolita that much this year since I studied abroad in the spring (and couldn’t bring any lolita with me), and I had a busy summer with an internship, and this semester has been brutal. I should go through my wardrobe in January and seriously think about what I want to keep and what I would be better off selling.

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I am still debating whether or not I want to leave sweet lolita… I still really love sweet lolita, but I notice that I feel awkward if I wear it alone. If I am honest with myself, I would say that I only feel comfortable wearing OTT sweet lolita if I’m with other lolitas or if I’m at a convention. I still love sweet lolita though, so I’m not sure if I want to leave it, but I might try to sell some of them. I have the most sweet lolita accessories though… so I’m not sure what to do with those. Maybe I could sell them in lots? Or keep them to wear casually? (Although some of them are difficult to wear casually since they’re so over-the-top!) Now that I’m writing this now, I think I would like to hang onto sweet lolita a bit longer. Maybe I can leave sweet lolita in a year… or a few years? I’m always so indecisive since, to be honest, I love all the substyles of lolita!

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As for what to add to my wardrobe… I really want a stiff bonnet of my own! The only bonnet I own at the moment is a floppy small red-and-white gingham half-bonnet. I would really like a nice stiff bonnet with a big brim! I want one in black, so that’s my next goal for a wardrobe addition.

Do you want to make any changes to your wardrobe?

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LBC: Your First Impression Of Lolita Versus Now

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This week’s prompt for Lolita Blog Carnival is a fun one:
Your First Impression Of Lolita Versus Now!

To be honest, I can’t quite remember my first impression of lolita… It was a really long time ago. It was probably when I was 13 or 14 years old? I was definitely in middle school at the time.

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Photo taken by my friend Camille

I stumbled upon a Gothic & Lolita Bible one day in a bookstore, and that’s how I discovered lolita fashion. I’m not exactly sure of my first thoughts about the fashion, but I think my initial impression was lolita as an over-the-top and absolutely beautiful aesthetic. I did not know the term “alternative fashion” at the time, so I am pretty sure that in my mind, I thought of lolita as – gasp – a costume. It was definitely outside the mainstream, and even though I loved the style, I couldn’t imagine people wearing it on a daily basis.

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In addition to this, I think my understanding of the fashion was simply in terms of “Gothic Lolita” versus “Sweet Lolita.” I knew about “Old School Lolita,” with its rectangular headdresses and eyelet lace and all, but I wasn’t quite sure about other styles that fit into lolita. I also had little to no knowledge of other J-fashions.

When I became interested in learning more about lolita fashion, I purchased my first Gothic & Lolita Bible! This is the one I got:

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It’s Volume 4 of the English language publication by TokyoPop. I still have this book on my shelf at home! After reading through this book, I was hungry for more, so I started to look for places on the Internet where I could see more examples of the fashion. At first, I had no idea where to start and was quite clueless. In high school, I discovered the EGL community on Livejournal, and that was really helpful! At first, I felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information (and especially: the rules!). Eventually, I felt more and more comfortable with the fashion style, but I still admired from afar since I wasn’t sure how I could afford anything lolita.

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Now, my impression of lolita is very different! I learned about other alternative fashion styles since my first encounter with lolita, and I now understand that lolita is not a costume. It’s a fashion style: with its trends, its “popular” brands, its indie brands, its sub-styles, and its quirks. There are people who wear lolita everyday, there are people who wear lolita every week, and there are people who wear lolita once in a while – and all of these are totally acceptable. Lolitas also don’t have a “type.” You don’t have to be “ladylike” to be a lolita. Your gender and gender presentation does not correlate with your ability to dress in lolita. There are lolitas of all personalities too! There’s a great deal of diversity within the lolita communities, both online and offline, and I think that’s one thing I’ve enjoyed most by learning more about lolita fashion.

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There’s one last discovery I would like to share about lolita: lolita fashion in its simplest form is clothing and accessories that people coordinate together to form cohesive outfits. But in the end, lolita clothing is just clothing. You don’t have to wear the clothing pieces as lolita. For example, it’s easy to wear a dress from a lolita brand without a petticoat and pull off otome style. The same goes for the reverse (I’ve used an otome dress for lolita before). If you have a lolita headdress, that doesn’t mean you have to use it exclusively for lolita. It could go well with another outfit too!

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Vannak Photography: Just a Dream Away

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Day Dream Carnival: Just a Dream Away…

As you know, Angelic Pretty’s Day Dream Carnival is one of my dream prints! One of my dream dresses is the Day Dream Carnival JSK in sax blue. Over a year ago, I found the headbow in sax blue on Mbok, and that was the first Day Dream Carnival item I owned. I coordinate it with some Bodyline things, but I wasn’t able to find the dream JSK I wanted. I still have yet to find it, but I did snatch up this salopette! I was worried about purchasing it since I’ve never worn a salopette before, but it was too tempting since it came with the tights and the seller was able to do a payment plan. It took me a while to pay for the set, but I am so glad I finally have this. Maybe someday I can find the JSK… But for now, I love this salopette! I wasn’t sure if I could pull off a salopette, but it’s comfy and cute.

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A Surreal Photoshoot with Vannak Photography

Vannak Photography traveled to my campus for this photoshoot. I truly appreciate his time and efforts! We took most of the photos in the Botanic Gardens, but we also shot by the dorms. I definitely enjoy shooting on campus since I’m familiar with the environment (and the gardens are absolutely beautiful, especially during the summer time).

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The photoshoot took a few hours, and I tried some new things I’ve never done before. The end result was a total of five beautifully edited photos! Each photo is absolutely stunning, which doesn’t surprise me since Vannak’s work is always impressive! You should definitely check out his website.

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I even brought macarons with me to eat during this photoshoot! It was a hot summer day and the cream in the macarons melted everywhere, but they still tasted delicious. The tree in the above photo (the one with the swing) is one of my favorite trees on campus.

Below, you’ll see my favorite photo from this photoshoot! Vannak Photography brought a stool, and I sat on the stool for the photo. Leaning back and sticking my legs out like that was actually quite a workout… I felt so out-of-shape. But it was worth it: the end result is so dream-like!

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Here’s my coordinate run-down:

☆Headbow: AP

☆Star clip: Offbrand

☆Necklace and bracelet: Un-Re Designs

☆Cutsew: BTSSB

☆Salopette: AP

☆Tights: AP

☆Rings: Offbrand

☆Shoes: Offbrand

☆Umbrella: Offbrand

If you want to check out the photos on Facebook, here’s the album! I hope you like the photos as much as I do. ^_^

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LBC: Your Signature Look

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This week’s theme is Your Signature Look! I’m not sure what my signature look is since I dabble in different substyles of lolita. Even within the realm of sweet lolita, I have a varied style: I sometimes wear casual sweet, OTT sweet, or classic sweet. One thing I noticed that is consistent throughout most of my coords is this fact: mix of brands! I usually coordinate a mix of brand, offbrand, and sometimes vintage for my lolita outfits.

Here are some examples of coordinates that feature my “signature look:”

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Here is my coord for the 2014 winter ILD meetup. My JSK is from Innocent World, but the blouse and socks are from different Taobao brands, the shoes are offbrand, the hat was commissioned from an Etsy seller, and the jewelry and gloves are vintage. The pieces from this coordinate came from a wide variety of places.

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This coord features a JSK from Chess Story, with a Metamorphose blouse, offbrand jewelry, and offbrand socks and shoes. The parasol is offbrand as well, but I borrowed that from a friend. The roses and bow are all offbrand too! I enjoy incorporating offbrand items into my coordinates since I don’t wear lolita every day. The offbrand pieces I have are easier to coordinate into casual outfits or other alternative fashion styles in addition to lolita fashion.

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This coordinate has a JSK and headbow from BTSSB, but the socks and shoes are offbrand and the blouse is from Fanplusfriend. The jewelry is offbrand and the wrist cuffs are from Bodyline. The dangly hair clip is from Sweet Mildred.

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Here, you have my favorite coord from the summer! This coord has a lot from Angelic Pretty (salopette, headbow, and tights), but you can also see other brands represented. The cutsew is from BTSSB, the jewelry is offbrand (from an artist that makes lots of cute fairy kei jewelry), the umbrella is offbrand, and the shoes are offbrand.

Here are some other coords:

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LBC: What Would You Like In Future Prints

lbcThis week’s prompt is what I would like to see in future prints… And I know exactly how to answer this!

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My dream print is a snake print because snakes are my favorite animals. I’ve been searching for a snake print, but I have yet to find one. If you know of one, please let me know! I think it would be so cool to have a snake slithering up the skirt in the design! Another cool idea would be to have the snake circling the hem of the skirt (perhaps even biting its tail like the Ouroboros?). My dream dress with this print would be in a black colorway, with the snake printed in gold. Perhaps with gold flecks in the fabric as well? This would be really pretty as a JSK, with lace-up detailing in the front. Detachable waist ties would be a plus!

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Another print idea would be a forest theme with different animals, including at least one snake! An underwater theme would also be really cool… With a water snake, of course!

I can even think of cute sweet lolita print ideas with snakes. A pastel print with snakes wearing different hats would be too cute!! (Google snakes with hats if you have no idea what I’m referring to. My heart melts every time I see a snake wearing a hat.)

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I just really want to see a snake in a print. It could be a skirt, JSK, OP (or all three!). I think snakes are the most beautiful animals. ❤ (The above photos are of snakes at Zoo Zürich in Switzerland!)

In the photo below, I threw all of my snake jewelry together for the coordinate! This was what I wore on Halloween in 2013. I had a snake bracelet, a snake ring, a snake necklace… I’m always on the lookout for snake-themed items to wear.

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I hope that someday there will be snake lolita prints!

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As for other things I would like to see in future prints… I want more macaron prints! Macarons are my favorite desserts and I think they look adorable. Prints of macarons in boxes, prints of macarons piled on a platter, prints of someone eating macarons… Maybe even a print of the sky raining down macarons! There are already some macaron prints out there, and I own one JSK that has macarons in the print, but I would love to see more macaron-centric prints.

What would you like to see in future prints? Is there something you want to see more of? Feel free to comment below!

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Amethyst Ways Fairies: Vampire Blood Necklace

Amethyst Ways Fairies is a wonderful shop with many lovely handmade items! Amethyst blesses all the items under a full moon and infuses them with Positive Magick. She sent me a cute necklace to review: the Vile of Vampire Blood necklace. If you’re interested in buying something from Amethyst Ways Fairies, be sure to use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more.

She mailed it out in a 3M mailer:

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Inside the mailer, I found a cute wrapped present with a sticker on it that read “UNIQUELY HANDMADE.” The tissue paper was easy to open.

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The necklace itself came in an adorable black box with this vampire icon on it! You can tell right away that the item inside is somehow vampire related… Mmm, vampire blood.

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And now, without further ado, the box opening:

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Nestled inside this tissue-paper-lined box was the necklace! The pendant is a vial of (fake) vampire blood, and it comes with a nice black cord with a clasp. The bottom of the box has an image of a vial. How cute!

DSC_0009No complaints here! Shipping was prompt and the product was undamaged. As you can see above, the pendant is very detailed. There’s even a sticker on the surface with a bar code and text noting that the blood sample is A positive. The vial is filled with red liquid (and glitter!). I really love Amethyst Ways Fairies‘s work.

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Here is Amethyst’s brand story:

“Welcome to Amethyst Way Fairies, where everything is magical and just about everything has Fairy Dust on it. All my items are handmade with the utmost care, positive energy, and love. I give my all to every piece I make.

All jewelry has FREE shipping!

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I’m a third generation witch, Witchcraft is a very sacred art to me. I see the Divine Spark in all things. I’m a Child Of Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Justice and Protection.
I’m also a Intuitive Empath, and Master Reiki Teacher and light worker. I help where and when I can. Through Etsy I hope to share my positive energy with you through my uniquely handmade items. All my items are Blessed and Consecrated under a Full Moon. The Divine Mother is in all my work.

My Soul Sister known as Queen Bee is my assistant, together we are known as the Amethyst Sisters. She is also a Child Of Hecate, helping me to bless all of the items we make.

Each item is unique and different. I make items for everybody in all walks of life, various cultures and beliefs.

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I custom make items. It would be my honor to make a custom piece for you. You do not have to be a Pagan or a Witch for me to make you an item, I can customize to fit your needs and style.

I look forward to sharing my magic with you. Love and light )0(”

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I think it’s great that all jewelry items have free shipping! Free shipping makes me so happy. Shipping fees can make something way more expensive… So with free shipping, you know exactly what you’ll pay! Feel free to contact Amethyst Ways Fairies to commission a custom piece. Amethyst is a very sweet lady, and she’ll be open to hearing your ideas and making your vision come to life.

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Remember that you can use the coupon code “20Off” for 20% off an order of $5 or more at Amethyst Ways Fairies! Check out my Facebook album featuring this vampire blood necklace too. I hope you enjoyed this review! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions.

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Review: Sweet Pink Dreams

Sweet Pink Dreams sent me a package of lovely items! You should check out their shop for cute items~! They sell kawaii handmade accessories as well as new and pre-owned Japanese stationery. They even sell awesome false lashes!

The package I received in the mail looked like simple brown packaging, but when I opened the outer layer, I found a Priority Mail bubble mailer. Even though the outside layer got dirty during transit, the Priority Mail mailer was a clean inner layer that protected the contents well.

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Inside the Priority Mail package was another layer of protection: a cute plastic bag with a spider print!

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Here are the contents of the bag:

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The package included two jumbo puffy hair bows, two sets of eyelashes, one bat necklace, two sweets rings, and one twin-star brooch.

Here are the two sets of false lashes:
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They are both really cute! I love the designs~! I usually prefer dramatic spiky lashes over the simple one-length lashes.

Here are the rings:

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They’re both covered in a glaze of glitter! So they’re sparkly and shiny. I think they’re both cute jumbo rings that would work well with sweet lolita or fairy kei (or just casually when you want to add some cuteness to your outfit!).

Check out these cute accessories:

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They both remind me of cookies! The twin-star brooch has rhinestone details and an adorable string of pastel faux pearls. The bat pendant is a vibrant lime green and the necklace chain has miniature stone beads accenting the area near the pendant. Both the brooch and the necklace pendant are covered in glitter! The glitter didn’t shed too much, which is great; I think the glitter will stay on even if you wear the accessories for long periods of time.

Here is a photo of the two bows with flash:

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And without flash:

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The bows are both very puffy, and they feel soft, not hard. The clips in the back are sturdy and attached securely to the bows. I love these bows!

SweetPinkDreamsIf I had to choose my favorite item out of this lot, it would be the bow I wore for the above look. Take a look at Sweet Pink Dreams; I’m sure you’ll find things you like! Check out my Facebook album for photos of these products.

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Resting Petals: Hair Accessories

Resting Petals is a shop that has cute accessories and trinkets inspired by vintage fashion and J-Fashion styles such as mori girl and natural kei. They sent me some cute accessories for review, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

The package I received from Resting Petals was a nice USPS mailer: DSC_0037 Nothing was damaged, and everything was in mint condition. No flaws or loose threads in sight. Here is a photo of the products without flash: DSC_0038 And with flash: DSC_0040 Resting Petals also included a business card for me! The two bows have alligator clips attached to the backs. The brooch can be worn as a brooch or a hair clip; there’s both a pin and an alligator clip on the back. Here’s a photo of me modeling the brooch: edited And you may recognize the set of two pastel bows… I wore it with a super pastel outfit the other day: DSC_0095 You can see the bows holding my wig hair at the bottom! I tied hair elastics onto the wig first, and then clipped the bows to the elastics. DSC_0098 Aren’t these bows so cute? I’m not sure if the bows will stay in my real hair, since I usually need bows with French clips or alligator clips with strong teeth (my hair is very straight and very thick), but these bows work just fine with wigs like this one. editDefinitely check out Resting Petals for more adorable hair accessories! If you love their work, like their Facebook page too. Click here to see my photo album dedicated to Resting Petals. I hope you enjoyed the review!

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