Thank the gods and goddesses for Ethony for coming up with an amazing deck that focuses on women empowerment! I guess I'm fangirling but really, it's legit. I am in love with the Bad Bitches Tarot! I spill the tea on my thoughts about the deck and also providing a bit of life update in the video as well. Hope y'all enjoy! Be sure to check out Ethony's website at http://ethony.com to purchase the Bad Bitches Tarot.
Magnetic False Lashes seem to be pretty inventive. At best, it can solve the issue for folks who have trouble gluing them on. Here's my honest review about the product via YouTube.
Have you tried these? I would love to hear your thoughts!
It's been one hell of a ride. Dealing with two eclipses back in August made me think things in perspective. Since I became a contributor for SheOwnsIt.com, I've been writing more. One day, I wanted to channel out my stress and find a way to relax.
So, I picked up the pen again and drafted my first post for my online fiction series.
Introducing...The Bruja From Customer Support
Based on my experience as a customer support agent, the character is a single witch who creates diary entries ("Diario de Chismes") where she blogs about her job, witchcraft and figuring out the meaning of love.
You can check out the website at http://csbruja.com
At the moment, I don't have any intention on selling the book. However if you happen to like the series, feel free to donate at http://ko-fi.com/dianarchin
Blogger's note: I received this box for free from the good folks at Influenster. All opinions are mine!
Hi loves! I'm super excited to do a quick review of the Simple Water Boost VoxBox from Influenster. I've been a big fan of Simple skincare since I discovered them about two years ago. My skin isn't super sensitive, but I definitely appreciate the formulation and care behind the brand.
One of the items that came in my VoxBox was the Hydrating Booster. And it came right on time! My skin has been feeling parched due to the weather. Though my skin is on the combination side, I find it difficult to get a good balance on what type of moisturizers will benefit my skin without feeling dry or overly heavy. I tried this for one night (and so did my husband - he has sensitive skin) and so far, we're pretty impressed with the consistency of the Hydrating Booster. I haven't used it as a primer, but I'll do so much later (that's if there are any more left).
Highly recommend the product! Be sure to check out http://www.simpleskincare.com/ for more information on their new product line.
I had the pleasure in reviewing Liz Worth's book Going Beyond The Little White Book. You can check out my YouTube video to find out more about my initial thoughts.
When the Universe hits you hard, it's time to humble down.
Over the past two years, I've been feeling comfortable. Maybe too comfortable in my day job position. With experience in customer support and troubleshooting the mobile app and website, I felt that this was the most I can do in terms of my ability.
I've been often reminded by my husband time and time again to get back into front end development. Looking back now, I can appreciate his nagging (in a nice way, of course).
A little backstory about my husband and I - we've always worked together in website projects. That's actually how we first met back in college. My husband ran a club and he needed a website done to promote his new venture. And the rest, they say, is history.
Fast forward to now and I've been stuck answering customer complaints on numerous issues revolving their app. I sometimes try to imagine what life would be like if my patience level was not stabilised. Then I realised that it might turn out into a five star police rating in Grand Theft Auto Online where I'm running away after committing murder before I get sent to jail. No thanks - I rather deal with my fussy toddler.
Back to the point.
It took a lot of willpower, tears, consulting my tarot cards and spirit guides (who were half drunk on some days) to wake up and realised that I shouldn't have killed my inner programmer.
The more I surrounded myself with newer technologies, I've began to yearn in going under the hood. No you sicko, I'm referring to the source code. The meat and bones of the functionality behind the UI.
I guess you could say fate has a funny way of reminding me where I had a lovely friend asking me if I'm still providing my web services. I wanted to say yes badly. But I felt really depressed, knowing that I may not live to her expectations. I declined and she understood.
I won't go into detail on the thought process. But I can assure you that having met a couple of supportive folks in the field helped me realised that programming is challenging, fun and rewarding (assuming that I won't throw out my MacBook).
So here I am - ready to give this another shot. I've started taking my courses to refresh and learn new skill sets. I'm forever thankful for finding Brad Hussey's courses via CodeCollege.ca and being able to connect with the good folks at Rocket Squirrel Slack Channel.
As the old saying goes, there's no place like 127.0.01
Hi folks! The good folks at Earthen was kind enough to send me this box for free. I rarely use exfoliating masks, but I was intrigued on how their item works.
From their website:
I did a full unboxing on how the package looks and the application. You can check out my YouTube video below:
Purchase the #InstaPeel product here: https://earthenskincare.com/collections/frontpage/products/instant-peel-exfoliant
Social media and influencer marketing relies on the power of image and video. Not a day goes by where I'm almost suckered into buying a subscription box filled with sugar gummy bears to improve my hair quality. All because of a couple convincing imagery from top influencers.
I have to admit - it did pull my interest. But like a good witch, I resisted.
You might be wondering - how can I achieve that epic pull and win my clients over to give a crap on my content?
Working with small business owners and some members in the community, I've noticed a couple of things that I can summarise as the top three fatal mistakes when promoting your content. Regardless of what industry you fall under, here is my take:
The Clash Of The Font Stacks
One of the first key things when I look at a post on social media is the usage of typography laid out on the image. These days, it’s common to see a Helvetica Neue pop up on the design for the sake of simplicity. But what about those far out fonts? You know, the ones where they decided to mix sans-serif with serif?
Consider apples and oranges. They’re both fruits, but they have different textures and flavors. Same goes with the usage of the font stacks. I’ve seen where people would lovingly abuse a variation of the Brusher script with another script font and that’s a recipe for disaster. Not only it looks tacky, but it makes it hard to read if you’re trying to promote your brand. I would suggest taking one over the top font for a bold emphasis and leaving the rest of the text simplified to match up with the theme.
There’s a reason why people love the phrase “Less is more.” When you’re working with images (no matter the size), take into consideration with the real estate of the design. I’ve seen designs where it looks like a whole novel was written in those tiny dimensions. Sort of like packing a bunch of sardines in a can (minus the smell, of course). As a result, there’s no white space left and you’re left with a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. Rather than fitting everything into one shot, use this time to use key words that grab the client’s attention. Do your research on certain “buzzwords”. If needed, use the opportunity to expand more in a written post so that people can see why the image was posted.
When Harry did not meet Sally because they didn't have anything in common - Mismatched Colour Palette.
Yes, what I wrote on the title is a mouthful (and probably considered vomit text)…but hey, you get my drift.
If there’s one thing that irks me the most, it’s the poor usage of color palettes. You simply cannot just slap a color or two and call it a day without having some thought. A good understanding of color psychology and the color wheel is crucial if you want your message to be heard. Evoke people’s feelings, not turn them away. If you're having trouble coming up with a concept for your design posts, I encourage you to check out Coolors.co, which is a color schemes generator.
Hope this helps! Let me know what you think in the comments.
I've seen a couple of videos (whether purchased or DIY), there's been an ongoing trend in using blackhead charcoal peel off masks. Some claimed that it helps remove the blackheads a lot better compared to regular ol' Biore strips. Believe it or not, my nose has the largest amount of blackheads. Though I strive to clean it on a weekly basis, sometimes it can be a hassle.
When the company decided to send me the product, I figured it'll be a good chance on trying out this beauty trend. I really didn't want to resort using Elmers Glue and charcoal powder. The directions were pretty straightforward. I've noticed that there's a heavy emphasis on putting a light layer and I can see why. There were some areas that couldn't dry completly within the 10-15 minute time frame. The good news is, majority of the areas were peelable and I managed to rinse off the residue with warm water. I definitely did enjoy the Rose Hydrosol as an additional measure to help tighten the pores.
Bonus points - my husband also tried it and did noticed that his skin was glowing. It's definitely a win for the both of us! Be sure to check out my video below on the full spectrum on my unboxing.
You can purchase the product here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071H6VXR8
What if I were to tell you that building an iOS app can be done over the weekend? And without any coding involved?
Yep, you've read that right. And it's damn possible to do so.
Eons ago (actually more like four years, to be exact) - I've developed simple and cute game apps catered to kids on the iOS platform. It was fun while it lasted. After realising that my apps wouldn't comply with the newer requirements on the App Store, I decided to pull them out and convert them into HTML5 games and had them hosted on Game Jolt for free.
I did miss creating mobile apps but I was hesitating if I should drop $100 to renew my iOS Developer license. Then came iOS 10, which introduced sticker packs.
I thought it was ridiculous at first. Who the hell wanted to make sticker apps for iMessage? Out of curiosity, I started to do research on what it entails. Thankfully, the iOS developer website actually had an FAQ on the creation process and where to start.
Pretty soon, I became intrigued with the idea of developing an app without coding, while focusing my time on designing the stickers. And guess what was my first sticker app on? My pet stuffed animal cow Betsy.
My weekend project scope went like this:
- Renewed my iOS Developer license.
- Designed the individual stickers on my iPad using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro before transferring them to Adobe Photoshop for resizing.
- Set up the Xcode environment on my MacBook.
- Set up the app profile ID associated with the sticker pack.
- Acquiring a unique certification via the iOS developer panel to have it on my machine.
- Importing the graphics on Xcode and making sure that the icons were in individual sizes.
- Validating the package file.
- Uploaded the package file to my iOS developer account
- Adding details to the sections
- QA'ing the app using my iPhone 7 and hubby's iPhone 6S
- Take screenshots showcasing the app usage
- Submitted it for approval to the App Store
- Burned palo santo and prayed to Lakshmi for some good vibes.
By Tuesday, I got a notification from the App Store that it was approved to be placed for sale via the vendor. I didn't pour any wine. Instead, I just did a silent happy dance, while watching my son wrecking havoc on his toys.
So there you have it. If you're looking for some good resources on where to start, check out the links below. I'll also include my two sticker packs in case you wanna download them to your phone. Feedback is appreciated!
Resources On Creating Your Own Sticker App:
Cannabis cream is a real thing, y'all. I had my skepticism at first. But the company that provided the cream to me at a discounted price was nice enough to let me do a review on their product. I'm at an age where I take my skincare very seriously. So when I discovered that their cream was derived from hemp oil, I was pretty intrigued.
Along with my face cupping routine, I decided to use their cream right after my massage. I started to notice the results within 2 days. My skin feels more firmer and tighter. In terms of my breakouts, it help minimised the scarring that I had on some acne spots below the chin. I definitely love the grassy and clean smell from the cream! The consistency of the cream is just right - not too heavy, not too light. Even though the price $99 sounds steep, it's actually worth getting it for those who are serious about their skincare and anti-aging routine.
Purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XWWLK3G
I've always heard a lot of great benefits with salt lamps. When the company reached out to me in trying our their product, I was estatic. A bit of a side story - I had to wrestle with my local post office since one of the carriers were either lazy or totally forgot about my package. After rescheduling the delivery twice in a row, it decided to arrive this past Saturday. I was concerned that the salt lamp would be damaged. Thankfully, it was pretty intact.
Upon opening, the first thing I noticed were the amount of salt crystals that spilled across my table. Not to say that it was a lot. Inspecting further, I noticed that the manual was slightly damaged. Though I can see that the box was decent in size to hold the salt lamp, I do wish that they had a good padding structure on separating the plug and manual from the salt lamp.
Setting up the salt lamp was pretty straight forward. After removing the wrapper, I went ahead and inserted the bulb into the salt lamp. What I found nifty was the dial that you can control the intensity of the light. Since it was the first day, I can't say anything about any positive effects. However, I'm anticipating within the next couple of days, I'll be able to notice something.
Overall, it's a nice chunk for the value that is being sold on their Amazon page.
You can view my unboxing video below. Also, please check out the listing if you're interested in getting a salt lamp: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017XXNGHK
Coloring books are awesome. Having a decent set of coloring supplies to make the experience is worthwhile. I received this set for free from the company in exchange for an honest review. If you want to learn more on my first impressions, be sure to check out my YouTube video.
In a nutshell - these markers are good for those who travel a lot and don't want to carry their expensive set of supplies. One of the nice things about the marker set is that it's non-toxic. Some of the markers that I've tried usually have an awful smell that makes me dizzy. I haven't had the same reaction for this set of markers, so that's a plus.
One of their biggest selling points is the ability to blend the marker colors using water. The only problem is that you don't want to blend the colors on standard paper. It's advised that you should work with watercolor paper in order to take advantage of the blending process. The other nice thing about this marker set is that it doesn't bleed through the pages. Case in point - I was using these markers when coloring in the Magician from The Tarot Lady's Tarot Coloring Book.
At a reasonable price under $30, I would say it's good for those who are getting started into adult coloring books and don't want to shell out too much money for fancy art supplies.
I went on vacation with my husband this past week to Seattle, WA. It was pretty nice! Here are the cards that I pulled based on my traveling progress:
I'm a gamer at heart. I've always loved playing video games since I was 6 years old. Shoutout to my parents for introducing me the NES! I did a quick unboxing video, showcasing from beginning to end on what you can expect when receiving this adorable item.
One of my first impressions about the device is how lightweight it feels. The biggest selling point is the amount of games included in the device. Upon opening, I do see a couple of familiar ones - Super Mario, Tetris, Contra, for example. The only thing that I wasn't too fond off is the screen size and resolution. I think the inclusion of the adapters to connect it via a monitor makes sense since there are those (like myself) who finds it hard to use the screen due to the glare. Some of the games were in either Japanese or Chinese characters, which I'm not able to read. It's a great time waster without the expense.
You can purchase the item here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y43QHPZ
What I love about the 4 Spray Hand Shower is how lightweight the handle, compared to other extensions that are heavy. Not to mention, the width of the shower head makes it better for washing hair quickly. I usually color my hair and previously used a small hand shower that took me longer to wash out the color from my hair (about 20 minutes). With this handle, I managed to wash off my hair color at a faster rate (7 minutes). I love the massage setting on the handle. Very convenient to press on the button, instead of using a clicker on the side. Highly recommend!
PURCHASE HERE: http://www.ipshowers.com/hotelspa-new-ultra-luxury-handheld-shower-with-revolutionary-push-control-oval-square
I love facial masks. They're very convenient and less messy. iBeautyLabs was kind enough to let me try out their facial masks - one in aloe vera and one dead sea. The first thing I've noticed was that the packaging was big. Usually, I'm accustomed to facial masks that are smaller in size.
I decided to try out the dead sea mask. Applying it was easy. But I noticed that it kept slipping off. Not to mention, there wasn't much essence involved on the masks. Still, I did noticed a cooling effect. They're pretty decent, but I wouldn't consider them life changing. They're good if you want to minimize any puffiness or prep up the skin before makeup without any residue.
If you happen to purchase their product, be sure to use the hashtags #iBeautyLabs #facemask #Beautytips #Lookyounger #Beautifulskin #Facemask #DeadSeaMask
Sultry nighttime look using products by @illamasqua.
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