Are you a smoker?

Are you a smoker? If so, what made you begin it in the first place?
I guess that’s the question that’s bugging me the most.
Yes. I smoke unfortunately. It’s been almost a year and a half and I still haven’t done anything about it, even though I’ve been telling myself (like many smokers do) that I would quit as soon as the first semester is over, and then the next, and then the finals,..and I never stopped.
I wanted to start this subject for a while now. I’m really embarrassed that I’ve even started smoking, because I was always the “non-smoker” in high school and look at me now! :(
me in Costa Cafe

Yup, that’s me.
I started it when I enrolled second year college. And I was never that kind of “why are you smoking. it’s really bad for your health and complexion” kind of friend, I just didn’t do it for my own personal beliefs.
I’ve noticed that no matter how people feel about their smoking problem, there’s always something that’s stopping them from trying to solve it. I decided to do something about it because it’s not just an annoying habit, it’s draining my budget. The price has been raising steadily from 2$ to 3.2$, it’s quite overwhelming for me to pay that much while I’m on a budget, a really small one, to be precise.
So, I bought this book, “Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by Allen Carr. I’ve read many reviews and they’ve encouraged me to buy it. I’ve had it downloaded on my Kindle app, but I wanted to get more serious about it and buy a real book. it’s not expensive so I’ve had my doubts about it, but I’m gonna give it a try. I’ve started reading the first chapter and I couldn’t get any further because this semester’s finals have come and basically all I’ve been doing is reading, reading, and some more reading about history of Japanese civilisation. bummer.
But I’m honestly hoping to make some progress about this stupid habit. I’ll let you know when I finish reading the book and I’ll write a review about it. Has anyone read it? I’d like to hear some opinions.

Smoking Marlboro Gold

Potato’s current make-up bag

There’s nothing wrong with putting a little make-up on that potato face every day. With the right tools, even a lazy potato can find pleasure in applying blush and mascara. My make-up bag got a little bit bulky lately (Thank you grandma for your NY money present!) and here’s what I got.

Make-up bag

I was a bit lazy to wipe my shadow palette and bronzer, but bear with me.

1. YSL Shocking Mascara
It makes your lashes really long and eminent. It’s really black and leaves your lashes quite dramatic and bold. Pesonally, I don’t mind that it clumps a little bit. But yeah, it’s true, it clumps, as you can read from many reviews. I like it anyway.

2. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

This is just rad. It covers up pretty well and the shades are perfect. You can easily find one that matches your skin tone. Besides, it’s really affordable. So, thumbs up for this product!

3. L’Oreal Super Liner

It comes with a really thin and precise brush and it’s durable. But I noticed that it dries up pretty qucikly. I’ve applied it couple of times and it got dry, I have to dip the brush with every line. On the other hand, I’m really clumsy with eye liners and this one does the job for me.

4. NYX eye shadow Primer

This one is pretty cool. It’s cheap, it does its job, what else can you wish for?

5. Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

I’ve seen this one on many blogs and everyone seems to recommend it so I had to try one. When paired with Shiseido Ibuki Eye Cream it does wonders. Shiseido really lightens up the area around your eyes, and the concealer evens out the colour. It has just the right tone and it’s not that expensive.

6. NYX blush

I don’t know if it’s because of my clumsiness or this blush, but it’s somehow really pale when I put it on my face. The colour is pretty bold, but it’s somehow brash when applied. I wouldn’t repurchase it again, but I’m going to continue to work with it. Maybe I end up loving it in the end. :)

NYX Blush

7. Shiseido Ibuki Eye Cream

I bought this because I have really dark circles under my eyes and this deffinitely works. I was impressed how it neutralized the darkness around my eyes, it’s really awesome. It comes in a small tube but even the really small amount is enough. I apply it every evening and every morning after I was my face, and you can see the results after only two days.

8. Avon Eye Shadow Palette

These colours are just lovely and they last all day long. They don’t crease and I really love this neutral one. There are other shades, and they’re on a discount right now!

 Avon Eye Shadow Quad

9. Essie – Afterschool boy blazer

This dark dark blue shade is perfect. It’s almost as black but it’s blue :) It has flawless texture and can be easily applied.

I am no make-up artist but I wanted to share my experience with these products. If you have any comments, leave them down bellow :)

Yours, Shinigami :*

by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

More culture time please!

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

This might be affective writing, but still (!), I feel the urge to make a statement about our college. For those of you who are not familiar with our studies, we’re attending Japanese language classes, and the full name of the course is “Japanese language, literature and culture” (read: overwhelming). I think four years are not enough to cover all those things that come with the concept of “Japanese culture”, and there are two reasons:
1) Living in Serbia as it is, we’re the hell far away from Japan and everything we learn is so abstract that we have to “google” every other thing mentioned. For example: I’ll never in my life get the opportunity to actually see a six-panel folding screen, or “kairo”, which is a small pocket warmer.

from: japanstyle.info

“kairo” pocket warmer

Most of us won’t even get the opportunity to set their foot in Japan.

2) There is “too much” culture.

Y U SO meme

The second reason is why I actually love Japan at the same time. I can’t think of another country I’d devote my college years to. And that language! Believe me, one day I will be able to speak it, no matter what it takes. So, now that I feel relieved in a way, I might go on with studying for my exam about arts during Heian period. If you’re unfamiliar with Heian culture and the tradition of that period, make a comment below, and we’ll soon make an outline based on our studies. ;) Wikipedia might be useful as well.

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Knez Mihailova

Knez Mihailova

College is eating away our souls. And while we’re not in a situation to go out and have fun (read: we don’t leave our houses), there are some nice things about college, like this view when you get outside. Luckily, the college building is in one of the greatest streets in town.

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Saturday: Market Day

Here in Serbia, Saturday morning is usually meant for going to the market to get your weekly or weekend stock of fresh vegetables and good quality meat. It’s quite busy and there’s a lot of people going around, searching for their lunch. I went there this morning with my mom, as usual, to get my eggplant, spinach and mangel. Guess it’s gonna be a healthy lunch :D

Being picky about your peppers is totally cool

Flowers

Egg prices

Fresh vegetables

Peppers in a flowerpot

I really liked these small peppers in flowerpots :) they’re adorable

I don’t know why I’m so attracted to markets. There’s something special about those stands with fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, vintage clothes, smelly cheese and everything. There’s also something about the crowd and old people trying to bargain.

Outfit of the day

I guess an outfit photo rounds this report up. I really liked the pieces I picked for today. It’s fall and this colour combo somehow represents my vision of fall: a bit dark with some florals and cosiness. :)

Zara Suede Ankle Boots

Little Fall Shopping Haul

Hey everyone! We weren’t very active lately, but with the fall just around the corner, it’s time to get settled, abandon hard-core partying and get organized for the upcoming semester. You all know how the story goes: it’s a beginning of a new season, new school year, new trends, new stuff, blah blah. With everyone rambling about fall and new trends, I felt like I had to invest in some good pieces this year.

We all know the thrill of buying/getting something new. I’ve been talking about getting a leather jacket for years, but always had some other more important stuff to spend on. This time, I got it. And I was so happy to spend hours searching and secretly hoped not to find it so that my shopping journey could go on and on for days. Unfortunately, I’ve found it really quickly :D I’ve checked out jackets at Zara, Mango, Pull&Bear etc. I was particularly obsessed with one jacket from Zara, but it turned out it didn’t look good on me at all. The quilts on the shoulders were making some weird shape, so I decided to let it go. After trying on tons of leather and buckles, I’ve stumbled upon a jacket from Bershka, which was pretty much the same as the one from Zara except it didn’t have small belts and buckles on both bottom sides. And that’s how I fell in love.

This is the outfit I was wearing. I tried to make a set out of items that look like mine the most.

Leather Jacket – Bershka

Striped Tee – Zara

Denim Shorts – Women’s secret

Leather Tote – David Jones

Polka Dot Tights – Pull&Bear

Sneakers – Converse 

Sunglasses – Ray Ban

Studded Leather Wallet – P.S. … Fashion

It was exhausting, so I had to get my dose of caffeine from Mc Donald’s :)

After that, I went hunting the perfect pair of ankle boots. I’m a person who always ends up buying black even if I say next time I won’t :D I was brave enough this time to buy somewhat neutral suede ankle boots with big chunky heel from Zara. I liked them so much that I ignored the fact that I will be in agony when trying to put together an outfit.

I hope you guys like it. Feel free to share your thoughts with us.

Love from shinigami <3

August 29 in my “lonely heart”

August 29 in my "lonely heart"

Zara dress
zara.com

Rails white top
shopthetrendboutique.com

H M denim jacket
$39 – hm.com

H&M high heel ankle booties
$46 – hm.com

LK Designs chain bracelet
$120 – pret-a-beaute.com

Ray-Ban acetate glasses
net-a-porter.com