OOTD & Makeup: 7 Month Dreads & Dress Lily Review

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Hello, everyone!  Today marks the seventh month of growing my dreadlocks.  I can see them growing, little by little each month.  So exciting!  I also wore the new dress that I bought at Dress Lily.  You may have seen their advertisements floating around Facebook and other places online.  Their prices are low, but how is the quality?  Here is my review for the dress, and also for a pair of pants that I bought from Dress Lily.

Before we get started with my review, here’s what I wore on my face yesterday.  Very simple makeup, highlighted by a moon stamped on my forehead:

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I wore the dress to work yesterday and I think it’s pretty cute.  I love the color! The dress is made out of a lightweight, polyester material.  I think this dress would be more appropriate for Spring or Summer, but it still works for cool weather.  My lace shirt and black leggings underneath added some warmth.  I was also worried that it might be too long, but as you can see in the photos, the length is just right (I’m 5′ 3″ / 160 cm tall).

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Bohemian Style V-Neck Solid Color Sleeveless Women’s Maxi Dress” in size Large, $19.31 USD. Lace top purchased on Ebay.

 

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Choker with O-ring: Ego Driven (Etsy), Crystal point pendant: Kalani’s Gems (Etsy)

 

Pros: Comfortable, great color, length is just right, lightweight

Cons: Wrinkles easily, low quality fabric

Dress rating: ****4 out of 5 stars

 

Here are the pants that I ordered along with the dress.  I’m not too happy with these, unfortunately.  The colors are printed on (the inside of these pants are plain white) and they’re not that vibrant.  They feel comfortable, but look horrid on me!  It would have been nice if the pants had a bit of flare at the bottom, although they did say that these were straight-legged pants.  I think these would look better on someone who is slender.  I have too much “junk” to get away with these.

"Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women's Exumas Pants" in size Large, $15.16 USD
Fashionable High-Waisted Printed Loose-Fitting Women’s Exumas Pants” in size Large, $15.16 USD

 

close-up of pattern
close-up of pattern

 

Pros: Good length, comfortable

Cons: Unflattering on me, dull colors, would look better with a wide- or flared leg

Pants rating: **2 out of 5 stars

 

I had no issues ordering from Dress Lily and my items arrived within 2 weeks after I placed my order.  They do sell wide-legged, flared pants so I may place another order with them. Dress Lily is located in China and I’m in the US, so I thought the shipping time was good, especially since shipping was free.  The quality of the clothing is okay, but I don’t expect them to last very long.  Oh well, I got what I paid for.

Would I recommend purchasing from Dress Lily?  If you have a few bucks to spare and you don’t need your items by a specific date, I think they’re worth taking the chance.  However, other reviews are mixed.  I didn’t look at the reviews before placing my order, so I’m not sure if I just got lucky or if it’s a bit of a hit-or-miss with this company.  You can check out some of the reviews here.

FINAL RATING (out of 5 stars):

Dress: ****4 stars

Pants: **2 stars

Shipping time: ****4 stars

Average rating: ***3 stars

 

And last but not least, here’s how my locs are progressing:

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My locs are starting to grow downward, which means they’re getting longer.  Woo hoo!  You can check out my video review on my Dress Lily purchases, below my signature.  TTFN!

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

No More Fake Eyelashes!

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OK, I lied.  Sorry about that.

I have a love-hate relationship with false eyelashes.  I’ve been wearing false lashes off and on for years, even though I really only wear false eyelashes (we’ll call them “falsies” in this blog post) for dance and other occasions.  I love the way they look – they really make my eyes stand out.  Unfortunately, they can be a pain in the ass to put on and also, time consuming.  There are women who can put on false eyelashes without much effort.  I will forever be jealous of their ability to do this.

A work colleague of mine, Stefanee Nimetz, started selling the Younique brand mascara.  It’s a gel and fiber formula and it’s DA BOMB!  $30 for mascara is pricey, but sometimes, you just have to spend the money.  And this stuff is worth every penny.  Seriously.

Here are how my eyes look with varying degrees of eyelashes: natural/none, regular mascara (Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes®), gel and fiber formula (Younique), and false eyelashes.  In all of these photos, I’m wearing at least my basic makeup: foundation and blush.  I also curled my eyelashes before applying mascara.

– NO MASCARA –

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– REGULAR MASCARA (MAYBELLINE) –

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Falsies® Big Eyes mascara by Maybelline and Lash Primer Plus by Estee Lauder™

 

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Here's a close-up of me wearing "regular" mascara
Here’s a close-up of me wearing regular mascara

 

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with full makeup

 

– EVERYDAY MASCARA (YOUNIQUE) –

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Younique mascara system, which consists of the “Moonstruck Transplanting Gel” and the “Moonstruck Natural Fibers”. Also comes in a case.

 

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Close-up of me wearing Younique mascara

 

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with full makeup

 

– FALSE EYELASHES –

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Maybe I’ll experiment with wearing falsies without eye makeup, but it seems pointless to me.

 

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Falsies are always worn with my ATS® dance costume.
Falsies are always worn with my dance costume.

 

Here’s a comparison of my eyes, from top to bottom: no mascara, wearing Maybelline mascara, wearing Younique mascara, and wearing falsies:

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A big thank you to Stefanee and Younique for giving me eyelashes!  I’m still getting the hang of wearing 3D gel mascara.  My eyelashes are so short and close to non-existent.  WAAAAH!  The Younique brand is similar to Avon and Mary Kay Cosmetics – you can’t get these in stores; you will need to contact a representative to order.  You can inquire and order Younique from Love My Own Lashes.  There’s also a tutorial by Sasha McCracken, below my signature.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

 

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