Born Pretty Store Make-Up Review

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's kind of insane that I haven't done a beauty related review post since a little over a month now and I truly need to get back in the game. And that is what I'm doing right now. Getting back in the game. Yes. Anyways, let's get on with it. 

Born Pretty Store contacted me a while back asking if I'd review some of their products and even left me a list of two-three products that I could choose from. After choosing only one from their list I looked around their huge online store with many, many things that I found to my liking and chose only two of them. It was quite impossible not to choose everything because they have a wide range of beauty related items for affordable prices and free shipping. Beware though the shipment took a little over a month to get to me. They also provided me with a 10% off coupon that you guys could use. How cool is that? You can find the code on the left top side of my blog if you want to purchase from there.
Lip Crayon 09: The packaging of this product is the reason why I was so interested in it. ISN'T IT ADORABLE?! I have used crayon type lipsticks before and still do so I knew it wouldn't be a dissapointment. I went for a reddish color again. When applied to lips it's more lighter than how the color looks on here and it's quite sheer. The lipstick is soft and sleek which is great for winter (you don't want dry lips) and summer... and also it's a bit sparkly. I don't have any sparkling lipstick so this was totally a great pick. 

Powder Puff: I have seen so many people use this when applying their foundations on YouTube and I always wondered on how effective it was on blending. Now I have tested it and it does make a difference. And it's only about $2.50 in the Born Pretty Store and that is quite cheap for this kind of quality. I mean I have never used one of these before but this is so soft and the foundation washes off from it quite easily when cleaning. 

Matte Long Lasting Balm 28: This product was the one from their list and it's going to be quite tricky to review. So it will go like this: The pros are as follows; awesome vibrant red, definitely matte, no risk of having it on your teeth because it's dry, you won't even leave a red mark on anywhere even if you tried, long lasting for sure. The cons are as follows; it's too dry and you can't blend it once it's all dried up, too difficult to take off (most likely waterproof), starts to crack after a long use. So I'm definitely half/half on this one. I won't quit on it just yet.

Elif x

Movies, Movies, Movies!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I only watched three new movies this whole month which is so unlikely of me. One of the movies is a Turkish remake of a Korean movie named Always (Only You). I will get more into them in a second but I just wanted to say thanks for sticking around. I got lots of new posts coming up and you don't want to miss them!


12 Angry Men: I had had this movie on my watch list for the longest time and I finally got to watch it. This movie was really something. I thought it would bore me but it didn't. I was actually quite excited throughout the movie as the jury got to question the "facts". Music was played seldom which led to a quiet and serious setting but the subject was no joke anyway. I really enjoyed the jaw-dropping moments as well. This movies goes on the top of my list for sure. Definitely a must watch.


Sadece Sen / Only You: Turkish sinema involves original content as well as many remakes. This one is a remake of a Korean movie of the same title. The story is a about a blind girl that meets a guy with a dark past. You will be excited to know how two different lives are intertwined with each other. 


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I remember watching 'Rise of' and developing a bond with Caesar. His intellegince in this movie is no less and you can see how true a leader he has become. Of course the special effects are top notch in the movie. I mean the apes really do look like apes. And the acting is pretty good too. A great film from Matt Reeves.

Did you watch any movies? I would love some recommendations.

Elif x

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I think November has been the worst month in terms of planning so far. I didn't have any time to plan posts or anything else in my life. I have been busy with presentations and now it's midterm week. Good thing the month is not over yet and I still have about 20 days to get my shit together. But I thought I'd stop by today to list a few things that has been happening in my life, because I'd like to show you guys that I still exist:

 Bloglovin is blocked and this is one of the main reasons why I haven't gotten around to reading blogs and commenting on them. I actually had to change my DNS server today so I could access it. After my exams tomorrow I will go through all the posts, yay. 

 I have been spending some time exploring Istanbul. I visited Hagia Sophia. The last time I went there I was a freshman in highschool and now I'm a senior in university, so thats a lot of years. And the funny thing is it is extremely close to my university but this is the first time I actually went inside. I also went to a flee market and I happened to spent a bit more money than I had planned on spending there.

Two tourists asked me the way to the flee market and it was a big coincidence that I was also going there so I helped them out. We chatted on the way, they were from the Netherlands. 

 I got two new vinyls from the flee market: Pretty in Pink soundtrack and The National Boxer album! I already had a few faves from the Boxer album: Slow Show, Fake Empire, Start a War and listening to them on my record player was just incredible.


♡ My instagram addiction is still at its peak, I just reached 400 followers which is awesome. And I am totally diggin the new update.

One of my photos on VSCO got picked for the curated VSCOgrid. This was a great motivation for me and I will never forget it.

 I had Starbucks for the first time after almost 3 years. I went for hot chocolate because I hadn't had any for a while and I realized that I had really missed it. I really want more now because I reminded myself of it, damn. 

I went to the book fair but I didn't like it as much as last year. I usually stop by the second hand shops and I return with a bunch of books but this year I only found one. In total I got 2 books (one second-hand the other new) and my mom got 2 books so it wasn't for nothing. The author of one of the books my mom got was her childhood friend, whom she is still in touch with. She was there that day and we got the book signed!! 

 Midterm week has started and my first exam was today. There will be many more to come but I'm already pretty exhausted.

What have you been up to?

Elif x