Hard Candy House: First Batch (2)

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Here’s Part 2 of my review for Hard Candy House! If you want to read Part 1 (about the Good Girl collection), check it out here. Now, let’s look at items from the Cherry Tart collection.

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This is the adorable bracelet that they sent me! I love the chunky chain style of the bracelet, and the large charms are too cute. The fuzzy heart is my favorite charm! Everything on this bracelet goes together so nicely.

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The clasp is really easy to use, and I was pleased with the fit. It was not too big for my wrists, which is an issue I’ve encountered before with bracelets. The construction is sturdy and there was no fraying on the ribbon.

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The choker necklace is equally adorable! I love the bit of lace trim along the edges. The dangling cherry charm is the perfect touch!

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The clasp is adjustable, so this choker will fit a variety of sizes. It’s comfortable to wear since the fabric is soft.

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Below, you will see adorable cherry earrings that match the other accessories I got from the Cherry Tart collection. Unfortunately, I have sensitive ears, so I can’t wear these earrings. However, I’m happy that Hard Candy House chose to use fish hook style earrings for this design since I find fish hook earrings to be the most comfortable to wear! If you like these earrings and don’t have sensitive ears, you should definitely try them.

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When I first received the package from Hard Candy House, I filmed a video featuring some of their items:

In conclusion, I love both the items from the Cherry Tart collection and the items from the Good Girl collection that Hard Candy House sent me. If I had to choose a collection I prefer, I would choose the Cherry Tart collection (because red x black is my favorite color combo!). Which collection do you prefer?
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If you want to buy something from Hard Candy House, be sure to use the 15% off coupon code “XIAO150603” ~! They also take commissions, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you want a custom-made item.

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If you like these accessories, check out these other items from the Cherry Tart collection:

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Use the coupon code “XIAO150603” to get 15% off at Hard Candy House!

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Hard Candy House: First Batch (1)

Hard Candy House sponsored me for the first time! I love their products, so I was flattered when they decided to sponsor me. They make so many super cute accessories that fit a variety of styles. Check out their Etsy store too!

Even the packaging was cute: Check out the cute heart tape! I was really excited to see this package!

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Everything was safely packaged; there were no damages to the items. I was very pleased with the care Hard Candy House took in their packaging.

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When I opened up the mailer, I found a package wrapped in polka-dot tissue paper! Upon opening this inner package, I found more packaging. Each item was wrapped in its own tissue paper and plastic bag.

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As you can see above, Hard Candy House provided a coupon code: you can use “XIAO150603” to get 15% off! This is an amazing deal!! (NOTE: in the above image, the coupon code is incorrect. To get 15% off, you must use the code “XIAO150603″ — Let me know if you have any issues.)

Now, let’s go through each item in the batch! I noticed that the items seemed to be in one of two categories: an exclusive set of pink items from the Good Girl collection, and a set of cherry-themed items from the Cherry Tart collection. All items from these collections are one-of-a-kind! First, let’s take a look at the Good Girl collection!

Below, you’ll see two photos of a necklace taken in natural lighting.

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When I first unwrapped this necklace, I thought it was a hairbow! The jumbo bow pendant is super cute. I love the details such as the heart charm and the string of faux pearls. The print on the bow is cute and versatile as well! I think this bow could work for sweet lolita, classic lolita, and even hime gyaru fashion! This necklace would be a great statement piece with a simple outfit as well.

Here is a photo of the necklace taken in indoor lighting:

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The construction is sturdy, so don’t be afraid to wear this outside!

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The next item in this pink collection is a flower accessory that can double as a hairclip and a brooch!

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I love how some of the petals use the same fabric as the bow on the necklace. This little detail really brings the set together. The string of pearls and the color scheme also add consistency; if you wear this hair accessory with the necklace, it truly is a perfect match. If you wear them separately, they would still be super cute!

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I’m glad that the backing has a French clip as an option! This is one of my favorite types of clip because it’s sturdy and works well with thick hair. You can use clip this flower into your hair or your wig, or you can pin it to your top, skirt, dress, purse… you name it!

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The next accessory is absolutely adorable: a bow with generously dangling charms that you can clip onto your backpack or purse! Now, you can bling out your bag to match your outfit and other pink accessories. This bow looks almost the same as the one on the necklace, and it uses the same fabric. The charms include faux crystals, faux pearls, a flower bead, and a cute fuzzy teddy bear (and more!)!

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Despite the huge amount of charms, it doesn’t feel too heavy. I don’t think the charms will rip the bow. The clip on the top is easy to use!

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Hard Candy House also sent me the following pair of earrings from the Good Girl collection. They’re super cute and I love how the tiny bows use the same fabric as all the other accessories in the collection. The construction is sturdy and the design is lovely!

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Unfortunately, I have extremely sensitive ears, so I cannot wear these earrings. (I can only wear sterling silver or gold earrings.) But if you don’t have sensitive ears, be sure to check out Hard Candy House‘s earrings! They have so many pretty designs. DSCN0614

I was lucky enough to schedule a photoshoot with Studio du Petit Oiseau to feature the items from the Good Girl collection! Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot:

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And here’s a great shot of my full outfit that the photographer captured:

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What do you think? I love how the Good Girl hair accessory and necklace bring out the pastel colors in my t-shirt. Check out more photos from the photoshoot in this album on my Facebook page.

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Hard Candy House also sent me some items from the Cherry Tart collection, but I will review those in a separate post. You can see the flower accessory from the Good Girl collection and two items from the Cherry Tart collection in this gifset I posted on my Tumblr. You can also check out this album for clear photos of the products themselves.
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Here are some great items you can check out from the Cherry Tart collection in the meantime:

Look forward to Part 2 of my review for Hard Candy House! Let me know what you think of the accessories you’ve seen so far.

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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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Review: Mashmallow Octopus Necklace

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Happy New Year, everyone! How is your 2015 going so far? I’m really sick right now, so I’m glad I took these photos before I got sick… In any case, I can still blog in my sickly condition, which is nice. I hope I feel better soon… (I think I just have a bad cold, but it might be something worse.)

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I got an octopus necklace from Mashmallow, and I absolutely love it! I decided to review this product for all of you since I already have some photos.

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Here is what I saw on my doorstep when the package came in:

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Here is how the necklace was packaged:

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There were no damages to this item, so I was very pleased with the product and product packaging! Instructions and warnings were included in the box. Keep this necklace away from extreme temperatures!

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The octopus pendant is a bright neon pink, and the octopus even has cute little black eyes. It’s a very well-crafted pendant, and the black cord is also high-quality!

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Isn’t the octopus adorable? I want to name her, but I haven’t thought of a name yet. Feel free to suggest names~!

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I wore this necklace with a mostly-black outfit. I love the stunning bright color~! It truly stands out against my black top. Both the pendant and the black cord are sturdy. The clasp is easy to use as well! The length of the necklace is perfect, and I plan to wear it with my casual outfits since it’s so easy to wear.

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Seriously, check out Mashmallow for all your adorable octopus needs!

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TeaCupCastle: Stormborn Claw Necklace

Today I am going to review a lovely necklace for you all: the Stormborn Claw Necklace from the Etsy shop TeaCupCastle. TeaCupCastle has a variety of handmade jewelry using vintage findings.

The Stormborn Claw Necklace is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen (one of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones!!). If you love Game of Thrones, you should check out TeaCupCastle’s other Game of Thrones-inspired jewelry, like the Night’s Watch Ring and the Lannister Lion Crest Pin.

Now, onto the review!

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TeaCupCastle mailed out the package in a bubble mailer. The mailer arrived completely in-tact, with no tears at all. Inside the mailer was a coupon, a business card, and a box sealed with cute tape. The necklace was safely nestled inside the box on a fluffy bed. The pendant was even tucked inside a small plastic bag for added protection!

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I love this necklace and hope to wear it many times in the future.

For this sponsored review, I incorporated the necklace into a lolita coordinate. I love how it looks with the gothic lolita aesthetic!

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Here is the coordinate rundown:

Necklace: Tea Cup Castle

Hair accessories: Offbrand

Blouse: Metamorphose

JSK: Chess Story

Socks and Boots: Offbrand

Rings: Offbrand

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The pendant orb of this necklace is a gorgeous deep purple that seems to change color slightly, depending on the lighting. Sometimes, it looks so dark that it is almost black, and other times, it looks like a vibrant shade of purple. Upon close observation, I noticed bits of green that slithers its way around the orb. The green is not too noticeable from a distance, but up close, it looks really cool. It reminds me of a mystical planet or (dare I say it…?) a dragon egg! I can just imagine the orb cracking along the green veins.

DSC_2157 Final verdict on this necklace: ☆☆☆☆☆ out of ☆☆☆☆☆ ! I have no complaints whatsoever. The necklace is easy to wear, everything is well-constructed and sturdy, and it’s truly beautiful. This necklace works wonderfully for lolita fashion, but it would also be easy to incorporate into other fashion styles and even casual wear. The necklace would really stand out against a plain t-shirt, for example!

You should all check out TeaCupCastle for awesome jewelry and more~! If you want to make a purchase, feel free to use the following coupon code for 15% off: “XOXO15”

Bonus picture:

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My friend Terry let me borrow her offbrand umbrella! I love how her umbrella has cute ruffled detailing along the edges.

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Find more photos of this lovely necklace in this album on my Facebook page, Alice in Lolitaland.

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Sugar Pop Party Shop: Jewelry Review

Sugar Pop Party Shop gave me some jewelry to review. I chose two necklaces and a ring, but the shop also threw in two cute bracelets as freebies for me. Check them out on Etsy and Storenvy!

Now first things first: let’s talk about the package! 

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The package I received was a sturdy bubble mailer. There were no rips or tears, and the package was easy to open. Good choice in packaging, Sugar Pop Party Shop! 

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Here are the contents of the bag:

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The necklace’s pendant, the drippy “Kawaii” text, snapped in half. I emailed Jamie immediately to let her know that the necklace was damaged, and she responded quickly and said she would ship out a replacement. Jamie also assured me that she always replaces any item lost or damaged during shipping, so you can rest assured that Sugar Pop Party Shop will take care of any damaged items you receive.

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I received the replacement necklace in a timely manner and was very pleased! It was completely intact and I have no complaints. The necklace is super cute and easy to wear. 

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Photo taken with Flash

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Photos taken without Flash

For this sponsorship, I decided to model the jewelry in two pastel-themed coordinates. One of them is a sweet lolita outfit, and the other one is just a cute harajuku-style outfit (inspired by both gyaru and fairy kei). Both outfits include the bracelets and macaron ring as accessories. You can find all jewelry pieces in Sugar Pop Party Shop’s Etsy and Storenvy.

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Let’s start with the non-lolita outfit, featuring the Kawaii necklace! 

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 I love this Kawaii necklace! It’s very pink: there’s a pink chain, a hot pink bow charm, and the super sparkly “Kawaii” pendant! The pendant is very clean-cut and vibrant. The glitter does not rub off, which is great! The necklace secures at the back using a lobster clasp. It was a bit too long on me, but I was able to make the necklace shorter by clasping it on one of the chain links. It’s easy to adjust the length!

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In the above photo, you can see the mint macaron ring and the two beaded bracelets from Sugar Pop Party Shop. All these pieces of pastel jewelry are well-made and too cute~! I’m very pleased with the bracelets because usually bracelets are too large for my wrists and slide off constantly. These bracelets are small enough to fit my thin wrists, and they are also stretchy, so I can easy put them on and take them off without worrying about ripping the bracelets. The macaron ring is on an adjustable band, so it should fit a variety of sizes. The detail on the macaron ring is incredible! The texture of the cream in the center looks almost like real cream, and the color choices are superb. Pink, mint, and red are such a great color combination! 

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Now let’s talk about sweet lolita, featuring the chocolate bar necklace! 

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The chocolate bar necklace is adorable. I love the gold chain; I think gold suits this necklace best! The little heart and bow at the top of the chocolate bar pendant is a perfect addition too. The necklace works well as a statement piece, and I think it would go great with sweet lolita coordinates and otome coordinates. This can also be worked into classic lolita, and I can see it working for aomoji-kei. 

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I would highly recommend Sugar Pop Party Shop for anyone interested in J-Fashion or alternative fashion, or even sweets enthusiasts or people who love cute things! This shop has a wide variety of adorable products to suit different tastes. Check out what’s in stock at their Etsy and Storenvy! Even though this was a sponsored review, keep in mind that the opinions expressed in this review were thoughtful and honest. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me! 

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I love Sugar Pop Party Shop! 

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You can check out more photos of Sugar Pop Party Shop’s lovely items in this album on my Facebook page, Alice in Lolitaland.

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