Call In The Submarine

Metamorphose Princess Wardrobe JSK and bow - Peacockalorum underskirt - Hush Puppies shoes - vintage blouse - offbrand socks
The Midlands comm went to the SeaLife centre! I twinned with a friend, with both of us wearing Metamorphose's Princess Wardrobe. It's such a comfy dress, I definitely want to collect the black version too.

Shark tunnel! I was really impressed with the SeaLife worker who told us lots of information about the different species, and the specific animals they had in there. My favourite animals were the penguins.

Starfish! These ones look like they belong on some sort of science fiction film as an alien species.

Chirpin' Like A Bird

Chirp Cosmetics Company are my new favourite make-up brand! I say new - I ordered from Chirp in December 2015 and have been hooked since then. With my latest order I'll have all the eyeshadows I want, but they keep releasing new sparkly colours that I know I'll struggle to resist... I'm wearing Rumple and Burned above, without a primer. The colours are definitely more vibrant with a primer, and since I learned that it's better to pat than swipe loose eyeshadows, but I'm really pleased with all my orders so far. I'm not swatching them, but here's some of the things I really like about Chirp.
I had rubbed my eyes by this point, which is why there's a big patch without eyeshadow.

Things I love about Chirp eyeshadows:
- sparkly colours! I don't think I'd ever tried a duochrome until now, but I really love the mix of colours and Chirp have picked lovely ones that work together
- the website is easy to use. I'm making a switch to vegan cosmetics, and the vegan ones are clearly labelled and have their own section on the site, which makes choosing what I want a breeze.
- communication is excellent - I messaged Chirp on Facebook with a question about ingredients and they got back to me really quickly - within three hours.
- I've found the shades to be really long-lasting - I've worn Twilight Sky as a liner without primer for 12+ hours. I get some creasing with all of them, but that's something I get with every eyeshadow. I think from reading reviews there were some issues with the formula at first when the shades were worn without primer, but the owner is always looking to improve and I've noticed no issues.
- The packaging is cute, and I like the art. I chose Chirp over other indies in part because I preferred the packaging - I knew both products were quality eyeshadows, so why not go for the one I liked the look of the most?
- free samples to try out new colours - I probably wouldn't have got Rumple without getting the sample. This is also a negative, because then I realise that the eyeshadows are much more beautiful in person and I have to make another order soon. Also, all but one of my first samples have been vegan shades too, which shows that there's a lot of attention to what I've ordered!

Clockwise from top - Emerald, Gold Leaf, Azure, Tapestry, Whisper.
- I don't like the smell of my Storm eyeshadow. It doesn't smell bad, I just don't like the smell of the product in the pot (and I can't smell it on me once I've used it). I'm fine with every other eyeshadow I've had from them, it's just that one.
- Flat rate shipping means there's not a lot of point in ordering one item when you're an international buyer (it's very reasonable flat rate shipping, but at $10CAD it's more than one eyeshadow).

Like The Thumbprints Of The Sun

Emily Temple Cute cardigan - Le Carrousel dress - Swimmer bag - everything else offbrand
I've been dressing up lots lately, but I haven't had chance to get enough photos to make a blog post worth it! I made a special effort today to visit a local craft fair, because I've had a couple of new pieces arrive that I wanted to try in my wardrobe. I've decided not to buy any lolita dresses for a bit, but I've been carrying on with cardigans and accessories to bulk out the outfits I can wear.

Mako the alpaca - gotta match your alpaca to your outfit!
I asked my brother to take some pictures of me with the alpacas today - we've been halter training them and Mako stood so nicely for the photos! Alpacas are seen as a very kawaii animal, so I couldn't resist the chance to dress up with them.

Mako is a cuddler
Spring has definitely been in the air lately, so I went with a pastel floral print. Two months ago I said I wanted to review the Le Carrousel dress, but I still haven't gotten around to it - hopefully now there's longer days and more chance to take photos I'll get it done!

I've bought a lot of new makeup lately, and some of that's been in spring colours too - I've been loving Chirp Cosmetics so I'd like to write up a review of their eyeshadows. I really love the cardigan, especially the bow details on the sleeves. I'm glad this shot shows it off.

Perhaps they're not the most practical boots (I usually wear walking boots when I'm working out in the alpaca fields), but they look cute next to the snowdrops!