intro

Hi and welcome! This is Black Saliva, a style focused blog written by Viivi Vanessa R.

I'm a 24 year old girl from Helsinki, Finland and this blog is my own little space on the internet where I can share my thoughts, outfits and write a bit about my life and stuff that I do.

For first timers, I'd say take a quick look at ABOUT ME and get to know me a little before browsing through my posts.

Anyway, I hope you like my blog and leave me a comment.
Enjoy your stay!

 

visitors visitors since started

twitter

search

popular posts




id inspiration

Blog Archive

TAGS

109 (1) accessories (29) aina (1) alsdead (1) animecon (2) anna sui (9) annyeong party (5) ask (14) bags (9) bday (5) beauty (30) björn borg (1) blog (18) blue moon blue (3) book (1) boy london (1) buzz spunky (1) casino (1) cecil mc bee (2) chanel (1) clothes (53) coal n terry (1) cocktails (1) cocolulu (8) contact lenses (9) cosmetics (37) cosplay (1) cottage (1) cryx (1) deco-den (7) disneyland (1) DIY (3) ed hardy (1) egg (8) electronics (12) expo (2) extensions (2) fall (1) fashion (46) flea market (2) food (64) friis company (1) ghost of harlem (10) gigs (10) glad news (5) gloomy bear (1) gosh (1) grimas (1) guess (5) hair (49) halloween (8) hanami (1) hats (12) home (6) inspiration (2) interior (1) interview (1) intro (1) ipad (2) ipad update (1) iphone update (2) ivory jar (1) japan (26) jeffree star cosmetics (1) jeffrey campbell (8) jelly (1) jsg (1) juicy couture (15) karaoke (2) keywords (1) kyary pamyu pamyu (1) lashes (6) lifestyle (29) lime crime (3) lipstick (2) liquid lipstick (4) liz lisa (1) lolita lempicka (7) long clothing (1) lookbook (28) lush (2) mac (4) maison gilfy (3) make up store (1) marc by marc jacobs (1) meetup (11) meme (6) merchandise (1) midsummer (2) money (3) monki (1) movie (2) nails (84) nars (3) nelly (1) onlineshopping (20) outerwear (2) outfit (142) parfum (4) party (39) personal (1) piercings (1) pool side (1) popteen (1) prisila (1) purikura (10) random (117) rant (10) report (2) review (15) rilakkuma (2) rose fan fan (1) scan (1) school (10) selling (8) shake shake (1) shoes (39) shooting (9) shopping (1) sponsor/advertorial (38) spring (6) starbucks (2) studio (1) summer (14) sunglasses (1) tan (4) the gazette (3) thoughts (2) tips (1) too faced (1) top 10 (1) top 5 (1) tracon (2) tralala (2) translation (1) travel (2) traveling (53) tsukicon (7) tutorial (20) twin style (1) twisty (1) ugg (1) unif (10) urban decay (1) valentine's day (1) valentine's high (1) vappu (4) versace (1) video (41) vivienne westwood (2) w♥c (1) wig (6) wishlist (14) work (1) xmas (10) y.r.u (1) year summary (4) yesstyle (1) yumachi (1) yumetenbo (3) yves rocher (1)

ads

  

instagram

facebook

FOLLOWERS

2013/12/01

sweeter than chocolate?

What's up guys? Have you opened the 1st hatch of your christmas calendars yet? I opened mine right after the clock passed midnight because I was so eager to find out what will I get! My calendar is not filled with chocolate tho, but something much better and more suitable for me.

idkuva
It's a frickin' nailpolish christmas calendar by Ciaté!!! I was actually thinking about buying this last year already when I was checking all kinds of cosmetic calendars etc, but ended up not getting it.
I had been planning to buy it online this year (because as far as I know, we didn't get these to Finland at all), and when I found this at Åhléns during my Stockholm trip, I didn't have to think twice.

Each day you'll get a mini size Ciaté polish (or well, on some days you'll get caviar pearls, glitters and so on) and on the 24th, you'll get a full size bottle. Today's polish was an iridescent flakie glitter polish, so cute!

On the back you can see which colors you'll get. The 24th polish is secret tho, but as the curious little shit that I am, I already checked online what it's gonna be like :'D I like to know what I'm paying for haha.

The price for the calendar was 570 SEK, which is around 67€. I think it's not a bad price at all when you're getting so much stuff!

Also, here's my current nails that I made a bit over a week ago. What do you think?

2013/11/30

a couple new things

Hi guys! I just flew back to Helsinki from Stockholm couple days ago, since I had a mini holiday from work and decided to go see my bff Alex for the first time after he moved to Sweden. I spent the first three days at his place in Stockholm, partied a little and just had good time cathing up with everything. The other three days, aka the rest of my teeny tiny holiday, we joined some friends and went on a Stockholm-Tallinn-Stockholm cruise.

I had brought my camera with me, but I didn't take any pics with it lol, so I only have some crappy iphone/ipad pics. I think I'd rather post those on twitter/instagram instead of my blog, so if you wanna see random shots from my trip, please keep an eye on my accounts! I already posted a few pics :)

Since I'm lacking pics from the actual trip, here's what I wore on Monday (the first day of the cruise) and wore it again today so I would get outfit photos, haha. I've bought some new pieces lately, and favourite of them is this Psychic Poncho by UNIF and oh my god can I just tell you it's the coolest, yet comfiest thing ever? I love it so much I feel like wearing it everyday.

Also, the shoes are new! I've been looking for some platform sneakers and finally came across a pair when wandering on the streets of Stockholm and saw these in a store window of Scorett. I dragged Alex into the store with me and tried these on and decided I just had to have them. I rarely find shoes irl and order most of my stuff online, so I was really happy with my find. The details are so nice and the shoes are super comfy too!

idkuva
cardigan unif dress unif shorts unif shoes tiamo/scorett necklace gina tricot
bracelets sokos, spirit store, gifts from bf rings empire helsinki

2013/11/17

home sweet home

Umm, hi. I'm sorry it took such an awfully long time for me to get this post done, but here it is - finally!
I know many of you have been waiting for this post about my apartment for a loong time, and I just want to say thanks for being so patient with me, haha.

Well anyway, as I've told you earlier, this is a 35,2m2 studio apartment in Kamppi, Helsinki, so the location and everything is great. This was the fifth apartment I went to see, and the second one that was offered to me. The first one wasn't that great, so I'm glad I declined, because soon after, I got a call about this apartment and became so happy that I got it! Not even in my wildest dreams would I have dared to dream about getting an apartment from Kamppi! The layout of the apartment is good and I live 3 blocks away from the center, so I can basically walk everywhere.

This post is gonna be super image heavy, I hope you don't mind! Let's start with some photos that I took of the apartment before I moved in!

...yeah. I knew right away that there was gonna be a lot of fixing this and that in the apartment, but I think that was also a good thing, because that way I was able to customize it more for my liking. I mean, just look at those damn ugly dark blue and grey walls! No way I would've been able to live with those, and luckily the landlord was more than happy to hear that I wanted to paint the walls.

The first pic of this bunch (top-left) was taken on the day I went to see this apartment, so it has the previous tenant's stuff in it too. Ugh, what a taste...

Haha, this is how my first night in the apartment looked like! Me and my dad had painted all the walls, using white and light grey paint, while mom was cleaning up everything else.

I think at this point we already had moved most of my stuff here from my old place.

And here's my kitchen! Or well, was. The kitchen was in a really bad shape. The sink wasn't attached properly and it had caused water damage to the surface and made it all decayed and shit. Not to mention everything else was really old and worn out too.

Luckily I got the landlord to pay for my kitchen renovation, so in August, I had couple guys come here to fix it and in about two weeks, they redid everything. And I got to pick colors for the new kitchen!


AND NOW, photos of the apartment after all the painting, fixing, decorating etc. Enjoy! :3

This is how it looks like from the front door. On the left there is a closet where I keep some outerwear, shoes, and cleaning stuff.

..and on the right, there is a coat hanger with some outerwear and shoes of the season. And shoeboxes....

The door to my bathroom is right next to the mirror (in the previous pic). My bathroom is nothing special but I wanted to include a pic of it in this post anyway.

Here's my sleeping area! Since my apartment is like uhm, one room, I wanted to separate my bed from "the living room", so we put a wardrobe in between. This way it feels like I almost have two different rooms!

On the wall I have some wigs, because I thought it would be logical to put them there, so they're near my clothes and makes it easier to decide which clothes and hair to wear in the morning.

Here's my "bookshelf" filled with anything but books, heh.

Here's the "living room"!

Dining table!

I don't really like any kind of paintings nor do I want to hang them on my walls. But I do enjoy some fancy looking frames! And then I also have my nailpolish wallracks, which I think look quite nice when you color coordinate them.

These frames were a find from a second hand store. I love them!

The only thing missing now is a TV.... I've never had a TV before, but I think it would be nice to have one on the wall above my laptop.

Now here's a few pics of the kitchen, after the renovation! The difference is huge! And even tho the new cabinets and drawers take more space than the previous ones, it still looks like my kitchen is bigger now.. It must be because of the white color!

If you have read my old apartment posts, you might now I have a habit of keeping small stuff like clothing tags, stickers, concert tickets, etc. I wanted to have a more "adult-like" apartment this time, but still keep a little something where I could put some of this small stuff I tend to collect.

These bulletin boards were found from Granit and I think they do the job perfectly.

And then I have this cute and tiny balcony too!

idkuva
Soooo, I think that was it! I hope you had the time to browse through this post, even tho it was a long one.
If you have any thoughts or questions of the apartment, please share! ^^

2013/10/21

I CAN EXPLAIN!!

Yo! It's been a while, huh? Well, I have a perfectly good reason for why I have been absent lately. I just finished working 3 weeks in a row (yes, weekends included) and last weekend was finally my first one off in a long while and I just felt so tired and decided to rest and do nothing, haha. Sorry not sorry, but I think I deserved that.

Here's some pictures I've snapped with my iphone and ipad during these few weeks, enjoy! I'll get back to you soon with a more proper update, I just want to get this done so I can move on :)

Anyway, I was working my ass off with this beauty expo thing called "I Love Me" that we attended with CesarsShop. We were there last year too, see my post about it here. The main idea was to sell nail products and aside with that, we did some manicures etc. It was so much fun! I was mainly chatting with people, telling them about our products and on Sunday, I got to do some nails too!

I was so happy when many of my blog readers came to say hi to me and even wanted to take pictures with me (omg!) aaaah, I hope I didn't look terrible or give a bad impression of myself.. :D And you know, we had work outfits so my look was kinda boring haha. Anyway, it was nice to chat with you all, thank you so much I hope you had good time at the expo as well.

I also had a bit shorter nails for the expo so I was able to handle money faster. I mean, it's not impossible with my long nails either but coins can be a bit tricky and it takes more time. Well.. I got bored to having short nails already and I made longer ones last weekend... :'D More about them later!

Some of the graphics at our booth was made by me btw! Like the wall you can see on the bottom left picture.

On the same weekend as the I Love Me -expo was, there was a blogger event arranged by TradeTracker that I attended. It was same event that was held last year too, and based on my previous experience, I was really looking forward to it.

I was upset that it happened to be on the same day as the first day of the expo. It started really early too (2pm) and my work didn't end before 5pm. I had to rush from the expo to home to change clothes, fix my hair and make up and then hurry to the place where the event was held.

Well... when I got there, I must say I was a bit disappointed. I know I missed the official part so I have no idea how that was, but like when I got there, everybody was super drunk already. I got drinks thrown at me during the first 10min of my stay and it was overally just badly arranged. Like, last year you got your goodiebags when you left and went to get your coat, but this year they had laid them on the tables who knows how early, so everybody had taken whatever they wanted and there was almost nothing left when I got there..
Well, I managed to find a bag that had a random necklace in it, some magazines and a watering can(?!!). Umm, ok.

I know I shouldn't complain about getting free stuff but last year I carried three bagfulls of stuff home and actually have found really good products I still use, because of it. I have no idea what I should do with this year's stuff. If someone who's reading this post attended too, please share what you got! I have a feeling that everybody got totally different things.

Anyway, the event wasn't a total disaster, because I got to meet my fellow blogger girls again and also made new friends and had a lot of fun with them! Luckily we will meet soon again!

Oh yeah, we had name tags too. The funny thing is that my name tag had my old blog address and even that was written wrong. Lol.

Aaaand to another blogger event! I got invited to LUSH's pre xmas party where they told us about their new products for Christmas season and it was really interesting! I'm not really familiar with LUSH and everybody else who were invited, were beauty bloggers and seemed to already know everything about the brand and their products, so I felt a bit out of place there, hahah...

I'm not so interested in the soap stuff and I don't have a bath tub so I have no use for their bath bombs, however they're super cute and everything. Instead I got some samples of their hair products that I was really excited to try out! I got samples of their silver shampoo and this conditioner. So far so good. Ofcourse the silver shampoo doesn't give my hair any color because I need a lot stronger products, but it's a good one to use in between!
They also had lip scrubs and lip tints I'm interested in trying. Maybe in the future, hmmm.

I also met up with super sweet Alexandra before she left Finland once again and I'm glad she managed to arrange a little time for me in her busy schedule. It was nice getting to know her better, since we always seem to meet eachother in different events but never had any alone time before.


Yeah, that's it for know! A lot has happened and now I finally have time for blogging again, yay!
See you later!

2013/10/02

the best gig ever

Hi guys! I have been an emotional wreck since last Sunday and that's why there hasn't been any updates for a while. Last Sunday, 29.9, my ultimate favourite band of all time, the GazettE, played in the Circus, Helsinki and I went to see the gig with my friends.

I don't remember if I've ever written about my music taste in this blog and I'm not sure if it will even fit the theme of my blog, but fuck that for now, ok? I just need a way to let out my feelings about the gig!

For those who are unfamiliar with the GazettE (tho I doubt that), please watch this quite recent live below to get the idea about their music!


When the band first announced their World Tour in March, I was beyond excited! I bought the tickets as soon as the sale started and was happy to get my hands on the tickets, because they sold out really fast!

I bought a regular ticket at first, but almost immediately regretted it... I had seen couple gigs in the Circus before, and I've been at the back and at the side of the venue and I don't remember ever seeing the stage clearly, so I panicked. I didn't wanna risk not SEEING my favourite band play, so I started searching for a VIP ticket and it was really hard because they were all gone. It took months, but finally my friend Sari texted me that she knew someone who decided not attend the gig after all, so I bought her VIP ticket and sold my regular ticket, phew.

The gig day was finally here. It felt so unreal and I didn't really realize it before the band came to the stage. Anyway, the weather was soooo cold and we weren't aiming for the first row, so me, Tuomas and Veera decided not to queue to the gig at all. However, we came to check out the line around 2pm and say hello to friends who had been queueing since 8am. All my respect to the people who did!

We went to have some food before the gig and finally joined the line around 5:20pm when they started letting the people with VIP access in. It felt so good having the VIP pass, because we had enough time to check out the merchandise table before the gig and explore the venue and find the best spot.

idkuva
Pics stolen from Tuomas, haha.

Our spot at the venue was in the middle of it because we figured out it would be really good to sit on the rail they had there in front of the mixing table. It was an awesome idea and I'd say we got the best spot right after the first row. We were above everybody else's heads and were able to see the stage really well and not have people jump all over you!

I'm not gonna write anything specific about the songs they played, but I was really satisfied with the setlist and went through all kinds of emotions while listening to them, headbanging and doing furis. But I must say (as I tweeted earlier), I had really hard time holding back my tears when they played DRIPPING INSANITY and UNTITLED. You can see the full setlist here!

Here's some merchandise I bought before and after the gig! I was actually only after the iPhone case in the first place, but ended up buying the studded slippers and iPhone accessory set (it has 3 different dust plugs and a home-button sticker) as well because they were surprisingly cheap!

I personally am not a fan of merchandise that screams the band's name, and that's why really like the fact that the GazettE has Black Moral as their merchandise brand. I like having band related items to show off my fandom but in a sophisticated way!

And not to mention these slippers are so awesomely cool and warm and comfy and everything, ah.

Here's me and my friends after the gig! I had to take the pic with my iPad because my phone's battery died during the gig haha. Talking about phones, I'm really proud that almost everybody followed the rule and the band's wish not to film or take photos during the gig. I only heard one guy being caught and dragged out of the venue and one girl who tried to take photos, but the other fans stopped her before the band noticed anything.

After the gig we went to have drinks with couple friends and to talk about how awesome the gig just was. BUT! My experience didn't end there!

After the gig, I got asked if I wanted to be part of the Tour DVD the band was filming during their World Tour and ofcourse I did! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be featured on your favourite band's DVD so I couldn't possibly decline.

I was really nervous after these news and when I got back home, I didn't know how to be or what to do, not to mention I was an emotional mess just after the gig. I spent some time cleaning my aparment because I was told the band's STAFF would come over to my apartment the next morning to film the video. Oh my goooood, I asked couple hours off from work and luckily it was okay and my boss was very understanding and I'm so grateful about that. I had trouble sleeping that night due to the nervousness but I managed to sleep a few hours anyway.
 
The STAFF (two japanese cameramen and a translator) arrived to my place around 11am and they wanted to interview me a little about myself and what I do and then ofcourse about my opinions about the band. They filmed my apartment (and were in awe lol, I have no idea what they were expecting... :'D) and I showed them most of the GazettE related items I have. I also got to know they had been filming 1-2 fans in every country during the tour.

I think you other fans might be interested in what kind of questions they asked me, so here's some:
  • Who are you, how old are you and what do you do for living?
  • Do you live alone or with someone? 
  • What do you like the best about Helsinki? What do you think of the old buildings in Helsinki? They wanted to know because they don't have anything similar in Japan.
  • Show us something special in your aparment? I showed them my nailpolish wallracks, wig collection (they thought it was for cosplay at first) and for some reason they were really interested in a photo frame I have and filmed it (it's an electronic one that rotates pictures), because my friends had Visual Kei inspired looks XD
  • Which is your favourite the GazettE related item?
  • What do you think of the GazettE's album art? Which is your favourite and why?
  • Who is your favourite member and why?
  • What do you think makes the GazettE special compared to other bands?
  • Which japanese bands are the most popular ones in Finland?
  • How big is the GazettE's fanbase in Finland? 
  • So, you have been to Japan once. Are you planning to go again? Is the GazettE the main purpose of your trip?
  • How much time it takes to make one costume? I showed them some old cosplay pics I had where me and my friends are dressed as the band members haha.

I have a bulletin board on my kitchen wall that has some concert tickets and mostly the GazettE related things in it. They filmed it and I told that I used to have my walls all covered with the GazettE posters and pictures when I was younger, but nowadays I want to express my fandom in a more mature way.

After we were done with filming at my place, they wanted to go film a bit at Tavastia (the venue where the band played 6 years ago) and asked me to introduce the place. I did what I was told and explained how I queued over night and was in the first row during their first gig in Finland.

Then we also went to check out Keltainen Jäänsärkijä (a CD shop next to Tavastia) because they had heard they we're selling Visual Kei CDs. I introduced the VK section in the store, but they didn't have any the GazettE CDs XD We figured out that they must be so popular so they have nothing left anymore haha.

And finally they wanted me to act like the gig was still ahead and asked about my feelings about the upcoming gig. They told me they wanted to start the DVD with my comment about the gig, but idk.. We'll see XD I was told it's not sure yet wether it will become a DVD, or a TV Show, but the band will watch the footage anyway and I can just hope I didn't make a fool out of myself.... I'm feeling very nervous about the result, but oh well.

I will let you know if I'll ever get my hands on the footage they shot with me! I guess this is all I had to say and I hope you had the time to read it. I wanna say thanks to the band for the best gig ever and also the fellow fans making is so awesome! Thank you.

Also, this:

2013/09/27

I love my new shoes!

Here's a few photos I snapped at the Kookenkä event on Wednesday evening. I don't know if any of you remember, but the same kind of event was held this spring as well, see the post about it here!

The evening was really nice and the two hours passed by really quickly while enjoying the treats, chatting with other bloggers and searching for the perfect pair of shoes. Yep, we got to pick a pair of shoes again! How awesome is that?

I'm really picky when it comes to shoes, but I managed to find a pair I liked! In the 3rd picture you can see the shoes I picked first (on the right). But then I laid my eyes on the pair in middle and it was love at the first sight! They weren't part of the selection we were asked to choose from, but I asked if it was possible for me to get them anyway. I wanted to get a pair I would actually wear often, so I was really happy to hear I could get them!

They were more than double the price than the other shoes, so I ended up paying a little for them, but hey, the original price was 109€ (and the other shoes were around 40-50€). These are genuine leather and they feel (and look) awesome when worn and you can definitely feel and see the high quality of them. I decided to wear them yesterday, so here's some outfit pics for you:

idkuva
jacket gina tricot sweater unif blouse gypsy warrior pants gina tricot necklace ebay
bracelets
sokos, present rings empirehelsinki shoes kookenkä

I looove the golden details in these shoes! In my opinion, majority of the shoes, sadly, look boring due to the lack of details in them. Luckily that wasn't the case with these babies. I had been looking for shoes with some golden details, because I have a lot of golden accessories, but none of my shoes have gold in them. These were a great find, so now I can be all matchy-matchy, yay.

What do you think about the shoes? Have you made any good finds lately? :)