OH BOY. I can’t believe comic con only happened a week and a bit ago and I feel SO EMPTY STILL! This was my first time going to a convention out of Vancouver and I went to the mother of conventions, San Diego Comic Con. Those of you who know me personally know that I have a huge ‘geeky’ side. (Is it even geeky anymore? I feel like that this is now a lifestyle and it’s COOL to be nerdy and part of this fandom culture.) I had plenty of nerdgasms (I was literally screaming ahhh ahhh ahh BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) throughout this amazing event; though I didn’t get to do everything I want, it was a blast! I’m not sure how I wanted to break it down in a post so it’ll mostly be an overview of my thoughts, experience at events and places, plus some advice at the bottom! [Read more…]
Sudio Sweden Klang Earphones
As Valentines Day is slowly creeping up and if you want to shy away from the traditional gifts, a more practical AND chic gift idea would be a pair of Sudio earphones. Stylish, clean and sleek- how can one resist a beautiful piece of technology?!
Being a frequent commuter and having the privilege to listen to music during work, I am used to having earphones on me at all times. Not only are they good to keep me entertained, they’re also really useful when it comes to avoiding strangers. I’ve been using my Apple earphones for a long time (and I think most people can agree they are rubbish,) and so glad to have switched to the oh-so-pretty Sudio earbuds.
Gwen Stacy Makeup Tutorial! You don’t need Spiderman to steal her look!
Sure, I’m not as smart as Gwen Stacy. (I do have a lab coat!)
Sure, I don’t have a Spider Man.
But, who says you can’t dress or steal her makeup style? This is a just-for-fun makeup put together to look like Gwen Stacey. So, there are major differences between me and Emma Stone who plays Gwen Stacy- I’m Asian and I’m blind as a bat without wearing glasses. But, I just tried to mimic her makeup since I really liked how simple it was! (Thanks to jsleigh14 for inspiring me to do this post)
Plus, there’s going to be a Spiderman sequel for sure, and if I go see it at midnight or on the first day, I would definitely like to dress up as Gwen Stacy! I state- this makeup tutorial is nothing fancy, no tricks or anything. In fact, this look can probably be a good night-out look or day look!
Makeup Items Used:
Bare Esecentuals Prime Time Foundation primer
Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals) Mineral Veil
Benefit High Beam
Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colour- RD 103 (Petal)
Essence 3 in Concealer
Shu uemura Eyelash Curler
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes in 01 So Black!
Maybelline Dream Lumi touch Highlighting Concealer
Essence Liquid Eyeliner
Urban Decay Naked Palette- Virgin, Naked, Half Baked
Maybelline Coral Lustre
Victoria Secret Perfect Lipstick Be Mine
Okay, that seems like a LOT of products to put on your face, and I usually do not wear this much stuff, and in fact, you can skip some of the items- it depends how comfortable you feel in them! And luckily, half of the items were bought by my mom (bare Minerals/ bare escentuals) and I just borrow, and some items were GWP (Lancome, Shiseido).
So to prep my face- I started with the foundation primer and then I used Mineral Veil to give myself a clean canvas. I actually don’t use foundation, so I would skip this step, but it’s your choice! Afterwards, I used Maybelline Dream Lumi touch Highlighting Concealer to put on my undereye, to highlight the area. Then, I used Benefit High Beam to highlight the area where my eye socket is, above my cheekbones. I also used a bit of High Beam on my nose bridge, since I have a fairly flat nose. Additionally, I put some Essence concealer on the sides of my nose to hide redness/blemishes (this step is skippable if you have great skin around the nose!).
Emma Stone is wearing a peachy coloured blush, and luckily, I had a Shiseido satin blush I got in a GWP in a peachy colour (RD 103- Petal). I love this blush, it looks natural, feels silky, and I love the glimmer it has when light bounces off of it. I used a angle contour brush (spa essentials contour brush from Walmart) to put some blush on my cheekbones.
After doing the face, I did the eyes. I forgot to put eyeshadow primer on my eyelids, but technically you should to prevent creasing. Anyway, being the unskilled eyeshadow person I am, I only blended Naked and Half Baked (Urban Decay Naked Palette) on my eyelids. Emma Stone’s eyeshadow looks very subtle and nothing showy. I also dabbed a bit of Virgin on my browbones. Next, I curled my eyelashes using Shu uemura eyelash curler. The eyeliner I used is Essence’s Liquid Liner and I kept the liner close to my lashline, then drew a it a bit past my eye. After, I used Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara on my top and bottom eyelashes.
For the lips, I think Emma is wearing a peachy-coral colour. I didn’t have a similar colour, so I first wore Victoria Secret Perfect Lipstick in Be Mine, then dabbed it with Maybelline’s Coral Lustre lipstick. I don’t think I was very close, but it was better than the lipstick I had alone.
The hair is simple- ponytail. I don’t have straight bangs, unfortunately. Then I just popped on my chemistry labcoat from high school and ta da, transformed into my own mini Gwen Stacy. Sorry, the lighting is not the best! I hope I don’t look too “oily” !
What do you think? Would you dress like Gwen to a premiere?
The Rants, The Thirst Quenchers, and The Amazing Spiderman
Hi all! This is just a post to catch up on the crazy (I made crazy into a noun) in my life, rather than me showing you random things and reviews! It’s always fun to share me times via blog!
So I have been working at UBC as a workstudy student, and it seems that UBC payroll are having a kick at not paying me on time. I have sent my timesheets to my supervisor, and he has sent them to UBC payroll (the department that manages paying poor students like me) and they currently owe me 80 hours of pay right now! I’m in angry-rage-sue mode! Seriously, I pay my >$5k engineering tuition (ON TIME), buy the occasional, inflated textbook at the bookstore, and suffer from continuous tuition increase costs and extra walking around construction sites (which increases safety hazards) and UBC cannot simply pay me on time!
Not to mention..student loans never come on time either.
What’s with big corporations (or schools, but UBC is almost like a business, isn’t it?) refusing to give money on time, but demand hundreds of thousands of other citizens to bow down beneath them and shower them with our hard earned money.
Translink, translink- it’s a love hate relationship; but mostly hate. Went to wait for a bus yesterday (aka Sunday) and it was CANCELLED. On sundays, my bus (401) comes every half an hour, so Translink was sending me an invisible message saying ” I LIKE TO RUIN YOUR LIFE BY MAKING YOU WAIT ANOTHER HALF AN HOUR FOR THE BUS.” I had a mini tweet war with translink. Apparently the bus had mechanical issues- but I swear I’ve had this excuse for the past 10 buses.
Seriously – increase your service. No wonder the city refused to let you guys increase your fares- your quality does not match the price of it. Instead of wasting money on RCMP-ers to check the ticket of EVERY, SINGLE, PERSON who gets on the bus- get some new bus drivers.
The Thirst Quenchers
So, when summer time rolls around, companies play battle of the cheapest drink.
Mcdonalds – $1 ANY SIZE soft drink or iced coffee. Gawd, I love these.
Tim Hortons – $1 SMALL Frozen lemonade that tastes good, a but a bit artificial. They say it contains real lemon, but I highly doubt that. Maybe 1% lemon juice. Why do I doubt that? The “real fruit” smoothies is supposed to be 2 servings of fruit…but looking at the nutrition info, a 10 oz smoothie (without yogurt) only has 4% vitamin C, 0% iron, 0% vitamin A, and 130 calories that I assume comes from sugar. Definitely does not replace any fruit.
Waves: Waves are having a promotion for a limited time- Buy 1 Rooibos Shaken Iced tea and get another one at equal or lesser value for free! I had a Mango Rooibos Shaken Iced Tea the other day, and it was absolutely delicious and refreshing! You can choose different flavour shots. My friend and I got two for $3.86! This saved my life when I was walking home from Steveston – a 50 minute walk!
Blenz- Just got word that Blenz is selling a regular sized Hibiscus Burst Iced Tea for $1.99! Definitely will be getting myself one of these soon!
The Amazing Spiderman
I’m not one of the fangirls who fangirled over Andrew Garfield after watching The Amazing Spiderman. No, I was a fangirl when I watched Andrew Garfield in an episode of Doctor Who ages ago, and when the Social Network came out two years ago, and very few people agreed with me.
So I watched The Amazing Spiderman yesterday, and I was amazed. This is a summer of action hero movies and Spiderman made the cut. Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spiderman) did an excellent job! I can’t quite remember the previous Spiderman movies with Tobey Maguire, since I haven’t watched it in a while, but both movies had different approaches and different story lines – it’s like comparing two different fruit. Andrew Garfield’s chemistry with Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) was sparkling during the movie- no wonder they hit it off with an off-screen relationship!
In The Amazing Spiderman, Peter Parker is a bit wittier, a bit funnier in this version- so I had quite a few laughs out of this. Plus, Andrew Garfield is incredibly adorable, and he gives a quite a few of those big, dorky, I-know-I-did-something wrong smiles. He also looks incredibly good in glasses.
Andrew Garfield does a spot-on job for his role as a geeky, bullied, high school kid. He’s 28, but he passes as an awkward 17 year old easily (not sure about his age in the movie, just assuming!) His crying scenes were well done- and I love his shyness when he was trying to ask Gwen Stacy out.
If you watch him in interviews (or seen that episode of Doctor Who) he is an American-British actor, so he has a bit of an accent! British accents are always a +10000!
The animations were pretty good in the movie, and the motions of Spiderman was fluid. There some scenes I was freaking out because I was worried the worst was going to happen, so it’s good to know that the movie keeps you on the toes for a bit! The soundtrack was okay, it could’ve been a bit more epic, but it was stunning in some really great scenes in the movie (like the construction workers- if you have seen the movie.)
And everytime I see Rhys Ifans aka Dr. Connors/The Lizard was on screen, my mind kept shifting to good ol’ Xenophilius Lovegood. I wished his lizard face looked less human.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet- go see it right now!! And remember to stay for a bit when the credits are rolling for an additional scene!!
Prepare to fall for the gravity of Andrew Garfield.
Thanks for reading all of that random stuff if you did! All posts will resume to normal 🙂
Fifty Shades of Grey, MEME style
When I first heard that a book had outsold Harry Potter, I was intrigued to find out what it was. Harry Potter is, and will remain, my absolute favourite books in all eternity. Nothing can ever surpass is, so I had to check out this new book! The book on the market was “Fifty Shades of Grey” so I picked it up at Costco to see what the hype was about. If you don’t know the plot, read it on Wiki here– since I want to keep the post kid/teen-friendly. 😛
First off, here’s a summary of the book between the two protagonists :
Christian: Hi, I’m Christian.
Christian: EAT YOUR FOOD
Christian: I’M ANGRY
Christian: Let’s Kiss and snuggle
Christian: We are going to take off our clothes, but DON’T TOUCH ME! I WILL LOOK LIKE THIS
Christian: Apart from my private helicopter and giant apartment and that I can buy you a car and a macbook and a blackberry and an ipod, here’s $500000000 worth of clothes!
Ana: How come you can give me this?
Christian: I’m rich.
I can go on forever, but you get the idea (I hope.)
Many people have noted that this book is similar to Twilight. Funnily, the author actually started her story writing a fan fiction based on Twilight, but she got criticized and moved her story to her own site. The original title was called “Master of the Universe.” Before judging any book, I will most definitely read it. I’m not a fan of those Twilight/Harry Potter haters, since half of them probably only read one or the other, or just seen the movie. Books need to be read and thought about before giving them their final verdict.
When I started reading, I could notice the similarities in Twilight almost immediately. Extremely good looking man that takes every single girl’s breath away, a girl who consistently thinks she’s never good enough for the man, but he thinks he is not good for her. We have Christian Grey, who reminded me of Edward Cullen, and Anastasia Steele as Bella Swan. Even when reading, images of Edward/Bella popped up in my head.This story focuses on the world of Christian Grey, a domineering man with secrets and darkness, and the one and only girl, Anastasia Steele, who manages to bring him to the light.
I could seriously depict my emotions through memes.
Anastasia (Ana) Steele:
Despite the raunchy descriptions of the happenings between Grey and Steele, their conversations and witty banter via email was a nice delight to read. However, beyond that, everything else is questionable. Oh, Anastasia Steele, how glad I am to not have met anyone like you, and I hope I have the fortune to never meet anyone like you.
How many pages have I read on girls who see themselves with no value? I can see a bit of myself in Ana’s perspective, but I don’t think I would be naive enough to be her. So many pages were full of “why me?” and “I can’t fulfill your needs” and “I will never leave you” – I wanted to yell at her to set her mind straight. Reading enough stories like this in the past, I can already predict where the story is going.
She yells at Christian being controlling, yet she lets him be controlled. I think the writer writes it in a way to make you think Ana has her own independent thinking, but she ends up fulfilling Christian’s wishes every, single, time. She’s pretty much like a funnier version of Bella Swan. What happened to the Hermione’s of the world?
Other things that annoyed me:
- Why couldn’t she use her freaking blackberry? The guy emails her at least 20 times telling her to use a blackberry, a blackberry is sitting right beside her, and I would freak if I knew my emails were to be screened so I would never email such obscene stuff via a work email anyway!
- Her inner goddess- I seriously think of a gymnast when Ana brings her conscience up.
- Eat the food. Seriously. I was getting bored reading how much she doesn’t eat.
- She questions Christian about friends, and I’ve only read like 2 friends she had in the story.
- If you don’t want the macbook, sell it on craiglist.
Plus, who wears pigtails when they’re in the final year of university? I can’t wrap my head around this.
No, girls, do not delude yourself. Do you really want Christian Grey? He’s a sadist, a masochist, and definitely messed up. Put together a man like that and Anastasia Steele, you get a cliché. He’s as controlling freak, and states that all he wants to do is protect Ana.Oh, apparently he can buy everyone and everything. Next time he will probably buy a million dollar spoon that’s only used for caviar.
Conceptually, I can see the addictiveness of the book,but the general plot and style of the writing is overused and overhyped. It’s slightly entertaining, but horribly written. What bugged me the most was the repetitiveness. I started to wonder if the author was running out of words cause everything seems to repeat themselves. If everyone took a shot everytime he made Ana eat, and everytime she refused, everytime she bit her lip, everytime he widens his eyes, everyone would just die from alcohol consumption and the human population would be wiped out of existence. The whole relationship/conversation between them ends up being a cycle, and I’m rereading a sentence I read a couple pages before. I’m reading a book on a 27 year old man, and a 21-22 year old woman; but I feel like I’m reading a book on a 50 year old man and a 12 year old girl. My face after reading this book:
There were also many grammatical errors (not that my grammar is perfect either, but at least close some quotations and add some commas,) and I find the prose lacking. Being a fan fiction writer myself (yes, I write for fun, and I tell no one my pen name) I could make out the plot line so I wasn’t gasping or being shocked at anything.The element of surprise was absent to me. This book is sort of therapy for the teens who loved Twilight, but are getting old.
If the future of the world rests upon the past of Twilight, I am seriously, very concerned.
Fifty Shades of Grey vs Harry Potter? Harry Potter. And I’m pretty sure there’s fanfiction on Harry Potter better than Fifty out there.