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8.15.2018

Favorite Gothic Rings


Valencia is my top favorite ring ever. I was tempted to buy it for myself at one point even though it's marketed as an engagement ring lol. I love the white gold the most with the black rhodium bat. There's another one within the same price range and it's rose gold.



This is another ring from Sapphire Studios! I originally saw Prism first on Facebook. It's a Sailor Moon styled ring. I think it looks best as white/yellow gold or white/rose gold. I do find the full white gold pretty but the extra color really makes the details stand out.


I randomly came across this Emerald Bat Ring and love it. It's more on the affordable end when comparing to the above rings. This one is made to order due to the details that need hand sculpting.


I love this purple and black ring from Alien Forms Jewelry. It's also availabe in other gemstones.

This blood red garnet ring has 4 skulls surrounding the stone. It's from the shop KIPKALINKA. It looks pretty from all angles. Sometimes rings that have skulls on it look too bulky.It also has various stone shapes and colors available!


"Till Death do us Part" ring has a black stone being held by skeleton fingers. The metail is available in white gold, rose gold and yellow gold!

Vidar Boutique has so many flower engagement rings with different band styles and various color combinations. This ring has a more simple band compared to the others. Some of the leaf designs are very detailed.. This shop has lots of rose gold options!


Another unique bat ring! This one is called Nocturne. It's a made to order item so you can choose the metal, finish and gemstones. Both bat heads have a stone in the mouth too.

8.08.2018

Vegan Goth Bags & Wallets

Here are my favorite finds for black, goth inspired bags and wallets!


I've never been a fan of those tiny backpacks so this really appeals to me. It's not super huge and the size still makes it more portable than lugging around a beast on your back. I'm really drawn to the lace!



Black and purple with a batwing design? YES. This clutch has a built-in makeup mirror and a large interior compartment. It has a removable strap as well as a back zipper compartment.

Avelina De Moray offers "Lay-Buy" for her international customers (like the US) and you can split payments across 2 months. Below is another product from her website:



This item is on my wishlist right now. The second round for preorders has started and it will go into production after hitting 75 preorders. A change that isn't pictured is the interior zipper's color will be black. I love the variety of materials used. It has PU leather, matte leather, and black velvet. My favorite part is on the inside. It's lined with red suede leather, has a photo ID section, many card slots and a zipper portion for coins.




The shape of the bag is cute. It has that coin purse clasp at top. It has moon shaped hardware and a black bow at the top. This comes with a detachable strap.



This has multiple compartments for cards and cash. It's all black and has a classic shape. The only hardware would be the heart in the center and the studs.




This bag is 8.2 by 5.9 inches. You can choose to order it with a chain, strap or both. In order to maintain the design of the bag, the closure flap has velcro. If you don't want velcro, apparently you could contact them about it.



Chandeliers and Spiders Handbag
The colored fabric on the bag is made of cotton. The rest of the bag has vinyl and the interior is black cotton. It has pockets on the side and a zippered pocket inside. I like the diamond rivets to secure the handles in.

8.02.2018

Fitness: BBG Month 1



The first month has been completed! I've been doing BBG for 8 weeks already. This wasn't too bad. Just when you get used to the routine, it gets harder. I surprisingly didn't get much soreness but that might be a result of taking protein powder.  Leg days were always horrible for me but I prefer those days over arms now because my legs don't feel like falling off. I'm going to add in my stats below so it's easy to track from the beginning to each month. If you missed the results from pre-training then click here.

STATS
6/3/2018:
Heaviest weight: 132lbs
Waist: 29"
Stomach: 34"

Pre-training 6/18/2018: 
Weight: 124-125lbs
Waist: 28"
Stomach: 31.5"

Month 1 7/17/2018:
Weight: 122 lbs:
Waist: 27.5"
Stomach: 31"

I've lost 1" off my bust, legs, and arms. 
A total of 10 pounds down! I did drop about 5 pounds within the first week.  Since that time, there has been at least 1 pound loss every week and then maintaining it off. I've probably hit a plateau for now at 122lbs but I'm not actively trying to lose more. I'm not counting calories since I have a good idea how much I'm eating now.

I'm not sure what my goals will be. I don't really care for the number on the scale but I'll like to lower my body fat a tad more to see if abs can come through. I'm planning to go heavier with lifting soon. BBG is really good for shedding fat off so I don't want to focus on lifting gains too much. I remember this program got really hard towards the end.





The main difference has been my stomach. I've gotten a better handle on my bloating. Pants no longer feel constricting so that's the best part for me. I used to hate getting dressed for work! I'm not expecting much with other areas yet. I still have 2 more months to go so I'm assuming there will be more loss coming up.

Squats were becoming too easy for me so I contacted X Bands to place an order for only two of their resistance bands. I got 15lb and 30lb bands. I use the 15lbs for most squat moves for an extra challenge.

I did measure myself occasionally and at one point my butt went up to 37.5"-38" before dropping back to 37" lol

I've always had weak arms so my goal was to go hard this round. I increased the weights to 12lbs from 8lbs. I didn't want to do modified versions, especially with push-ups. By the end of Week 4, I was able to do more reps at one time instead of breaking it up. I could barely get in 4 pushups in a row without my arms killing me. Now I'm able to do more and sometimes up to 10. The same thing happened with burpees! I remember being so out of breath after a couple and having to take a second before resuming.

*I'm holding the 12lb dumbbells at my sides when I do lunges and knee ups.*

EQUIPMENT USED:






I've been biking as my form of LISS. I was worried about not finding an upright bike that would work for my height. I'm barely 5'2" and I can reach the pedals fine on the lowest settings. It even has a remote control holder that you place in the center but I usually put my phone in there. I always try to aim for the same amount of miles every time within 45 minutes.

7.27.2018

Amazon Finds: Black Everything


This measures 7" width x 6" height. It has a 3.5" depth.


This is tempting to get for extra storage for other items

Dishwasher and microwave safe 15 oz mug

This looks super cute with the embroidery. It's faux leather ♥



It looks cute. Not sure how comfortable those handles would be haha This is also dishwasher and microwave safe.

This is a huge zipper pouch. Based on the reviews, it supposedly fits 8 x 10 papers!


There's only one left in stock. Check out their canvas tote here.




I love No Face! You can scroll down and view similar items to find it for your phone

4 Piece Bathroom Accessory Set
This set is actually translucent instead of being solid black. 
"Good Luck" Cat Pin
For Black Friday and allllll the days!
"Not A Ghost, Just Dead Inside" shirt
Need.
What have you found on Amazon? Share it in the comments!

7.22.2018

Everyday Makeup

This is my go-to everyday makeup look. I usually swap out lip products and stick with the same products for everything else. I went overboard with all of the nonstop sales. It was easy to keep up with it thanks to r/MUAontheCheap. I also used CouponCabin for all my cashback! If you have Chase bank accounts, you can shop through them as well for your Sephora purchases. I recently bought from Ulta and Tarte for the first time. I managed to pick up so many things that I ended up loving and will have to wait to repurchase because paying full price sucks. I'm all for those savings.



List of products!

BROWS:
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black
ABH Dipbrow in Granite

I had trichotillomania for a large chunk of my life so I relied on gel liners and later Dipbrow to create eyebrows. Now I'm able to use a brow pencil for the first time and NYX is my top pick!

EYES:
Two Faced eyeshadow primer
ABH Modern Renaissance in Raw Sienna, Cyprus Umber, Primavera and Vermeer
Essence Lash Princess mascara
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes mascara

SKIN:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 2.0YG
Tarte Shape Tape in Light Sand
Lisa Frank x Glamour Dolls- Bronzer
NYX blush in Soft Spoken
Tarte highlighter in Exposed
Makeup Revolution - Luxury Banana powder
NYX Matte Setting Spray

LIPS:
Wet N Wild catsuit liquid lipstick in Berry Recognize




I was unaware of ABH releasing more shades for Dipbrow. Mainly because this product takes forever and a day to use up completely. I decided to go after the shade Granite and I really love it! I also wanted to try ABH's brow pencil but after seeing how little product is in that thing... I passed.

I ordered NYX's micro brow pencil instead and it's amazing how I don't need a powder to set it. I'm really loving brands that come out with black shades. No charcoal grays or dark browns because nope, my eyebrows are still dark and black. I can't use shades that are medium brown/red/gray without it looking extremely odd.

As for mascaras, I've tried many recently. I'll probably make a separate post about that. My favorite natural looking one is Tarte's Lights, Cameras, Splashes. The wand is great for giving some length and spreading the lashes apart so I use this one first. I top it off with my absolute favorite, Essence's Lash Princess. I can see a huge difference in thickness. It adds some extra length but provides that thick darkness I wish Tarte had. I wish the Essence mascara was waterproof!

I've always heard great things about Shape Tape but that price tag is so ridiculous. I managed to buy 2 for the price of 1. It's definitely the best concealer for my combination skin. It dries down so fast. Usually, other concealers remain wet looking then crease immediately. I've had to deal with concealers that would immediately crease a second time even after a touchup. I only got the shade Light Sand out of a recommendation for NC20ish skin but I'm probably in-between NC20-25. It looks really light but I suppose that's great for the purpose of highlighting the undereyes anyway?? (Edit: I eventually ordered Light Neutral and it matches my skin tone exactly).

What are your favorite daily makeup products?

7.19.2018

Affordable Workout Clothing

I did weeks of research through youtube videos and reviews to get a better idea of quality and fit. I wanted multiple items that I could wear nearly every day of the week and not be broke over it. I did look into those expensive brands like Lululemon, Gymshark, Athletica, Nike and Victoria's Secret. Those brands just weren't anywhere near my price range. If you're looking for more affordable options then stick around for my list!

1. Old Navy

Always wait for the sales to happen. Usually, you can get around 20% off on already discounted items. I often got my leggings for around $10-$19. Some tops I got for $2-$6. Old Navy has plus sizes available from 1X-4X.

Plus High Rise Leggings $15
High Rise Mesh Panel Leggings $25
Plus High Rise Mesh Trim Leggings $18
Mid-Rise Floral Leggings $14.97

SALE: They are doing 30% off your order including sale items until 7/20/2018
  • Compression Leggings: I own several pairs of these in the mid and high rise. My favorite is their high rise because the compression holds your stomach in and looks flattering. The waistband stays up instead of rolling down. Their mid-rise tends to roll down a bit. I'm barely 5'2" and I own the regular length, 7/8-length, crop and petite. Most pairs are in black but I do own a gray and green. The material is not see through. These leggings have their "Go-Dry wicking technology". These are comfortable to wear and pass the squat test. 
  • Yoga Leggings: It has no compression but the same wicking material. I got their high rise one here. It's thin compared to the other leggings. This has an elastic waistband but it was too loose and rolled down. I wonder if sizing down would have worked. This would be great for light activities or lounging around
  • Sports Bra:

I only own one because their reviews didn't give me any helpful information. I generally fit into small/medium tops so I tried to play it safe with getting a medium to accommodate my bust. This particular style was very tight but had no support/cups. I managed to fit into this better after 2 weeks due to losing an inch off my bust. I don't know if it was supposed to tight for "compression" or if the sizing is off. I did wear this one during cardio and had no issues with it.

If you're busty then I wouldn't recommend ordering these online without trying it on first. It might not have a great fit if you're past a DD+ cup.
  • Other picks:

High-Rise Side-Pocket Compression Shorts for Women (5")
Relaxed Hi-Lo Tank for Women
Racerback Performance Tank for Women

2. Forever21


  • Sports Bras: 

    I own one medium impact and two high impact bras.  All of these are racerbacks. The black is the medium impact and looks like a crop top. It has no padding, cups or support. It's pretty thin compared to the other two. This would be best for low-intensity workouts or weight lifting. There is a high impact version here.

    The other two are my favorites because it has compression, removable padding cups, and a better elastic band.  The material for both has various percentages of Nylon/Polyamide and Spandex/Elastane. Due to my bust size, this at best is a medium impact and I've successfully done high-intensity workouts comfortably. It's not 100% compression. Not sure if I could've sized down in these but there was loose fabric above the elastic band.

    Size reference: 35" bust with bra size 30FF UK. Size mediums
3. Joylab



I came across this brand a couple of times. People have mentioned their sports bras are decent for those who are busty. There are several styles for medium impact sports bras for straight and plus sizes. Personally, I haven't had a chance to try any activewear from them yet. They seem to go out of stock pretty fast. Joylab has plus sizes available from 1X-4X. You can buy it from Target.


Plus Long Line Crop
Plus Floral Print Sports Bra
Seamless Sports Bra
Plus Swirl Print Scoop Sports Bra


Old Navy has frequent sales so this would be the cheaper option. Sometimes Forever21 has some of their sports bras on sales but usually, most of the sizes are out of stock at that point.
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