Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tokyo Otaku Mode April Coupon ♥


Hello cuties! Tokyo Otaku Mode was kind enough to give me a coupon for all of you~! ♥ I wanted to make a blog post in case you frequent this blog more often than my tumblr. Let's get right to it~


Don't sleep on this deal! You can use my coupon code "PastelcutieApril" for 10% off any item in the TOM Premium Shop~! 



This coupon code is only valid until April 30th so, take advantage of it while the coupon is still active~ Because who doesn't love getting their J-fashion items, plushies, figures and all the things they love at a discount, right?


This message was brought to you
 by Isabelle (just kidding~!)

Just a reminder, the code is

PastelcutieApril 

for 10% off any items in the TOM Premium Shop until April 30th!


SHOP UR FAVES


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I GOT SCAMMED? ~ Mercari App Review ♥


Hello cuties~! This isn't click bait, I actually got scammed. Let me tell you how. So, basically I read about this app called Mercari on twitter. It's basically a similar app to Depop Market. By that I mean, you can buy other people's things for less than retail. I found out about this app and read that I could buy Brand New makeup for less than retail. I thought it was too good to be true but, I decided to order, anyway. 


The first item I ordered was a Stila Bronzer. This bronzer retails for about $34 (according to my sister) and as you can see, I bought it for $14, shipped. The item was advertised as new by the seller. When it arrived, I could tell it was either slightly used, or swatched. Though, it appeared used. I sadly do not have photos of this because I got a new phone and lost all of my photos. But, I decided to disinfect it and give the seller a poor rating instead of reporting it because it wasn't THAT big of a deal to be considering the price. Also, as a note in the photos it did not appear used. Though, the photos are low-res. So, that was my first experience with shopping with Mercari. 


I decided to give Mercari another shot, the deals were  too good to pass up. This time I was more careful and examined the photos, had my friend look at the photos, and checked the seller ratings. All of the ratings were positive and my friends gave me positive reassurance so, I went ahead and ordered what I thought was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. 



I purchased this item which was advertised as authentic by the seller. When I got it, it didn't smell as strong as I heard it did. (This palette is meant to be chocolate scented.) The palette still smelt sweet to me so, I figured maybe this palette was a year old which is why I got it for so cheap. It was being sold for $34 plus shipping. I wasn't under the impression that the product was a fake. I actually didn't even know Too Faced fakes existed. The differences are very subtle which is why I didn't notice.

  

I went to Sephora yesterday and I saw the Too Faced Chocolate Bar in person. The shades seemed a lot more pigmented and shimmery in person. So, when I got home I examined my pallete. I swatched one of the shades that I remember being shimmery and mine weren't as pigmented. This lead me to do research on how to tell a Real Too Faced Palette vs. a Fake Palette. There are very subtle differences. The palette itself is a little bit lighter tone of brown and the "Chocolate Bar" text on the bottom corner is a more true gold. My palette is dark and the gold appears to be sort of washed out. 


What really threw me off was the fake (bottom) has an authentication code. I compared it to my Too Faced Bon Bons Palette (top) and they both have a code so, I figured it couldn't possibly be fake. 


What really convinced me that I had bought a fake is the next thing I noticed. My Bons Bons palette has an authentication code on the back near the bottom corner.


I compared my Bon Bons palette to the fake Chocolate Bar and as you can see, there is no code on the back. At this point in my examination I realized that I did in fact purchase a fake, The differences are so subtle that being someone who has never owned this product or had seen it in person until yesterday, couldn't recognize. Once I confirmed that the product I had purchased was indeed a fake, at first I felt a little sad for not realizing. But, the differences are so subtle that had I not done researh, I wouldn't have known.


In conclusion, based on my experience, I will not be purchasing from the Mercari app again. I am not going to discredit the app entirely since, it's made up of various sellers who may or may not be reliable, I wouldn't know. But, I would say that when buying makeup or anything second-hand online, be careful! Do research, read reviews, and if it seems too good to be true, in this case it probably is.


I apologize for the poor quality photos. Once I made this realization I really wanted to get this blog post up as soon as possible. So, I just snapped them quickly with my phone.

As always, much love and thanks so much for reading! ♥


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Saturday, March 26, 2016

I got my dream dress? + Plushies! ♥


Hello my sweet cuties! I have some exciting news. First off, I was able to get one of my dream dresses from Angelic Pretty. I had been looking for the AP Candy Fun Fair OP in mint for over a year until a friend of mine recommended a secondhand seller to me! Luckily, I had some money saved at the time and I was able to get it! The seller was extremely friendly and I got my dress within a week or so~ Since then I could not wait to wear it! I'm going to show you all some photos today!


Here it is! The beautiful Candy Fun Fair OP in mint! I can't even tell you how excited I am to own this dress. I never thought I would own it but, I am so grateful that my dream has come true! In case you don't know, Angelic Pretty can be a little more high end than other brands. But honestly, it's so worth every penny! The shirring in the back makes it fit perfectly, and the sleeves are stretchy, as well. This dress also came with a detachable bow which, I neglected to wear because tying a lolita bow is harder than it looks.. aha The print is vibrant despite my washed out photo~ it feautres so many of my favorite things! Carousels, sweets, gummy bears, party balloons oh my.. I'm in love! So happy to finally wear lolita outside of modeling, as well. I hope to make it a semi-regular thing ^^ ♥



In case you weren't aware, sloths are my favorite animals! I posted a link to these huge sloth plushies on my tumblr [link ♥] and ever since, I have been dying to get my hands on one! I was lucky enough to receive the Namakemono no Mikke Mattari Hi Plush Collection from Tokyo Otaku Mode


There are two types of this plushie. The first type is Mikke (brown plush) and the second type is Momoko (pink). These plushies are Big as described and super soft! You can purchase these plushies separately or as a set! If you purchase these plushies as a set you get a free mini plushie (randomly selected)!


This is the mini plushie that I received with my set and I am so happy I got this one because I was actually looking at it yesterday on the site and I thought it was THE CUTEST! I love the pastel yellow color, too!


Ultimately, I am very happy with thee plushies! I actually buy many of my plushies from TOM so, I knew to expect good quality, as always! They're also really affordable honestly and as a set, it's an even greater deal! If you love sloths as much as I do, I highly recommend you purchase these cuties!



Also, if you're a fan of Japanese fashion, you should really check out TOM. They have many official brand items from popular J-fashion brands like Milklim, Swankiss, KOKOkim, Bonbon21, Listen Flavor and more!

You can view my recommendations page 


Which plushie is your favorite? Mikke or Momoko? Let me know down below in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you have a super fantastic day!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cute TV Series to Watch ♥

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Hello hello hello! I've been taking the time to focus on my physical and mental health lately which is why I haven't blogged too much, recently But, since I've had a lot of downtime I have been watching a lot of really cute shows! I decided to make a post about shows I've started watching that I really like. They're all very cute and fun which is necessary at times you know, sometimes you don't want to watch something really serious or emotional. So, I've put a list together and I'm going to talk a little bit about these shows!

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Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse

This show is an animated series based on the iconic Barbie and her friends! In this series the characters are fully aware that they are dolls which in itself, can be really silly! What I love about this show is Barbie showcases her many talents and skills to solve everyday problems. She also takes the time to spend with her friends! There's also Barbie's sister's Skipper, Stacey, Chelsea and their pets Tawny the horse, Taffy the dog, and Blissa the cat. AND OF COURSE Barbie's Dreamhouse! [src.]


You can watch this series on Barbie.com, Netflix, and Youtube! I've only watched the first episode but, this is such a cute show and I can't wait to watch more! ♥

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir

Miraculous Ladybug has quickly become one of my favorite shows ever! The theme song is so catchy and the characters (the evil characters especially) are all very goofy, in a good way! This series is an animated Television series set in modern day, France. Marinette is definitely the star of the show (In my opinion, anyway...) She has a huge crush on her classmate Adrien who is secretly a superhero named Cat Noir. Cat Noir and Ladybug are oblivious to each other's secret identities and work together to defend Paris from the mysterious villain Hawk Moth, who attempts to steal their powers using his akuma, butterflies infused with evil energy designed to influence and transform everyday civilians into supervillains, [src.]


You can watch this series on nick,com, Nickelodeon, and Youtube, You can also watch Miraculous Ladybug in English (dubbed), Korean (eng sub), or French, (eng sub). There also might be Spanish subs but, I'm not entirely sure!

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Ever After High

The Ever After High Series is based on a line of dolls by Mattel. It is a companion line to the Monster High Dolls (which I'm sure most of you know about, already!). Unlike the Monster High dolls, these dolls are based upon characters from popular fairy tales. These characters are teenage children of fairy tale characters. They all attend Ever After High, which is a boarding school located in the fairy tale world. Are they destined to follow in their parents footsteps or will these characters create their own destiny and Happily Ever After? [src.]


This series can be watched on Netflix, and everafterhigh.com I'm only on season two but, my favorite character is C.A Cupid! She's so cute and pink. I definitely want to do a look inspired by her character! If you watch the show, who is your favorite? Also, if there are any shows you think I should watch/would like let me know in the comments, as well! After this show, Monster High is next on my list~! Also, did you like this post? It's a little different from what I usually post so, I hope you do!

As always, thanks so much for reading! Love you! ♥



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Too Faced Bon Bon Palette Review & First Impressions~ ♥

Hello everyone~ I have a very special post for you all today. I'm going to review/give you my first impressions on the Too Faced Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette! Now, let me start off b saying that I've wanted this palette since before it came out and I actually was lucky enough to purchase one on it's midnight release! This is my first makeup review/impressions post so, I hope you like it!



Can we all please just appreciate how beautiful this packaging is?! Baby pink with hearts is my aesthetic~ As soon as I saw this packaging I KNEW this palette was made for me!! ♥ The shades for this palette are mostly shimmery shades which I absolutely LOVE! But of course, there are a few gorgeous matte shades so, you can create any kind of look you want. This palette is as sister palette to the very well loved original Chocolate Bar. I don't have the original Chocolate Bar Palette so, sadly I cannot compare the two.  I do know that both palettes are made with coca powder so, they're actually scented! I expected the Chocolate Bon Bons Palette so smell more like chocolate but, it still smells heavenly!~



The Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection features 16 shimmery and matte shades.Each shade has the name written next to it which is super helpful! There is also a marble effect on the pan of the palette which is beautiful. The little details that went into this product are everything! There's also a magnet closure so, you can carry it in your bag without worrying if it's going to open in your bag. This palette is such amazing quality and I'm really impressed! 



I did swatch thus palette for you guys but, unfortunately they didn't show up very well. :c But, when I used this palette the other day the shades were SO beautifully pigmented. I think I'm just not very good at swatches since I've never done them before! Practice makes perfect, right? My favorite shades are Satin Sheets, Cotton Candy, Molasses Chip and Malted. I did a look with this palette the other day which you can find on my instagram! It's the most recent photo of me~ I;m still very new to eye shadow but, there were extremely easy to work with and blend! I'm very much obsessed with Too Faced and I would buy it all, if I could! I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone who is a beginner like myself. It is a higher end product but, it is very much worth the price!

I hope you all enjoyed this review/first impressions blog post. This is my first post like this so, if you would like to see more posts like this let me know in the comments or you can message me on my tumblr or instagram. As always, thanks for reading. Love you ♥

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