HELLO JAPAN

That time I casually ended up in Japan.

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MINI REVIEW DUMP | ANTIPODES

#skincaresquad
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HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?

Warning: this post contains 'adult' themes. And by adult themes, I mean 'dating', 'feelings', and 'communication'. Should also prepare yourself for some second hand embarrassment.
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DIGGIN' THIS ARTIFACT

The fact that 'Artifact' is now stocked at 'Anthropologie' is SO PERFECT TO ME AS AN ANTHROPOLOGY GRADUATE. IT'S JUST SO FITTING—"artifacts" as something Anthropologists study....GEDDIT?? GEDDIT?????
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FIVE REASONS TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK

When I was younger, I wanted to be ~badass~. Unfortunately, these days I'm mostly just 'ass' due to how much time I spend on the couch, but y'know.
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PLS DON'T MELT | THE SUMMERY CORAL FACE

Another "FUQ U, SUMMER" post featuring orange-y corals, my messy hair, and me roasting in 30+ degree temperatures.
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FUQ YOU, SUMMER | SKINCARE FOR MY SWEATY FACE

Like a true Canadian, when warmer weather starts rollin' in, my body goes "NOPE" and starts revolting—Canadians are not built for heat, my friend.
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THAT TIME I MET CHARLOTTE TILBURY

CT'S MAKEUP LINE IS FINALLY HERE IN CANADA AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW LONG I HAVE WAITED FOR THIS.
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TAG | ADDICTED TO BLUSH

AKA the post you never knew you wanted from me.
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MAKEUP SWAP | SHERI OF BEHIND THE FRAMES

Sometimes I get jealous of the parcel boxes I ship out—I MEAN, THEY'RE MORE WELL-TRAVELED THAN I AM, AND WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO GET SENT OFF TO AUSTRALIA?
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WELCOME TO THE HOME OFFICE v1.0

If you see anything you like in here, it's probably either from IKEA or Target. Or stolen.
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VANESSA HAS A SPENDING PROBLEM | #OOAKS15

Otherwise known as "Vanessa can't get her sht together and is covering an event from three-ish weeks ago".
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THE TAMING OF THE BROW

FUN FACT: IT'S THE ERA OF THE BROW, AND I LITERALLY ONLY HAVE THREE BROW PRODUCTS. OBVIOUSLY I HAVE MY PRIORITIES MESSED UP.
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BRACE YOURSELVES, WEDDING SEASON IS COMING

Otherwise also known as "time to get my sht together and/or lie about what I've been up to as of late and/or fend off "do you have a boyfriend yet" questions" season. (Sidenote, shout out to my mom for countering "does your daughter have a boyfriend yet" questions with "BUT SHE'S ONLY 22??¿?¿¿¿?" Only. Only. Only.)
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"YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY" | DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS #2

MY NAME IS VANESSA NGHIEM. FOR THREE YEARS I WAS STUCK IN WITH A GIANT MAKEUP COLLECTION WITH ONE GOAL—USE SH*T UP.
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WHAT MAKES A GREAT BLOG PHOTO?

I feel like this post title is click bait-y, BUT HERE'S A ROUNDUP OF OPINIONS ON WHAT MAKES A MAGICAL BLOG PHOTO.
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YOU DON'T NEED A DSLR TO BLOG | BLOGGERS AND THEIR CAMERAS

I think more than anything, people are more in love with the idea of a DLSR than the actual thing. I mean, those heavy muthaf%$#$r$ GIVE YOU INSTANT STREET CRED AS A PROTOG, MAN.
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THOSE FEBRUARY FAVOURITES

GUESS WHO'S EMPLOYED NOW?
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SOME DERPY PHOTOS OF MITTY

A lighthearted post today, as I share some of my favourite derpy photos of my dog, Mitty. JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!
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THINGS I'VE LEARNED AS DSLR OWNER

When I got my first job, one of the first things I ever ~bought with my own money~ was a point and shoot. I've since then upgraded to a DSLR, but there just some things they don't tell you when you finally get around to owning one of those HEAVY MUTHAF%$#$R$.
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HOW DO I EDIT MY PHOTOS IN PHOTOSHOP? ERM...

I have to admit, I am quite hesitant to do this post because I am really quite fond of my current 'secret recipe' for editing photos, but...FOR THE COMMUNITY!
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DIY PRINTED WOOD PHOTO BACKGROUNDS

The one where I talk about faking wood ;)
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IN MY PROP WARDROBE

In a perfect world where I am rolling deep in cash, I'd have enough decor bits and props to make my house look like a Anthropologie store. Or a flea market. But alas, I am a peasant stuck in a near empty room that I try to pass off as 'minimalist chic'.
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TESTING, TESTING | HERBIVORE ACTIVATE MASK

Damn, Vanessa. Another mask? WELL, THE MINIMALIST PACKAGING SUCKERED ME IN, ALRIGHT?
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MINI MASK REVIEW DUMP | FAB, INNISFREE, ORIGINS, REN

"Why do you have so many masks, Vanessa?" WELL, MAYBE BECAUSE MY PORES ARE LARGER THAN KANYE WEST'S EGO, ALRIGHT?
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MAKEUP SWAP | Shayne of Queen Of All You See

Believe it or not, I actually got this box back in August ._.
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CANON DSLR REMOTE SHOOTING VIA COMPUTER

Since I'm a cheap bastard, I'm always baffled when people don't know they can shoot remotely by tethering their Canon DSLRs to their computer. I'M 30% SPENDY, 70% THRIFTY.
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NOTHING'S QUENCHIER. IT'S THE QUENCHIEST!

Basically the only two face masks in my ginorous mask stash (well, ok, I only have nine masks) that I actually love and recommend to everyone/anyone.

(Also, if you don't get the title reference, you obviously have a great television series to jump on now)(As in, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
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THOSE 2014 BEAUTY FAVOURITES

SPOILER ALERT: THERE'S ONLY FOUR PRODUCTS IN HERE.
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THAT TIME I MET PIXIWOO

...back in November. Let's take a moment to laugh at how much of a trainwreck I look compared to the Chapman sisters, aite? (But to be fair, anyone would)
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FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

I'm not even going to sugarcoat it—I have impeccable taste in television. And with most shows on winter hiatus right now, I'VE GOT YOUR BACK BY RECOMMENDING YOU SOME OF MY FAVOURITE ALL TIME TV SHOWS, AITE?
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HOORAY, 2014 WAS NOT A TRAINWRECK!

I was ready to pass off 2014 as just another trainwreck of a year...until I realised, holy frickcakes, 2014 has to be of the best years of my life.
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ON BEING M.I.A + SOME CHANGES

Things that are more uncomfortable than my dog shamelessly begging for belly rubs: me not blogging for 2-ish months, and me trying to blog after 2-ish months. DON'T JUDGE ME ;-;
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