Tuesday, 6 June 2017

And again

Shirt - Forever 21 / Jeans - Topshop / Fishnet Tights - Japan / Shoes - Topshops
Photos by Faaizah

I haven't blogged here in over a month and the first post I come back with, I'm wearing the same jeans and shoes as the last one. So I'm not winning many points for variety but I hope I've styled everything differently enough to warrant this new outfit post. I've been wanting to wear these fishnet tights since I bought them a few months ago but between the cold weather and being in a styling rut, I hadn't gotten them out until now. I only recently realised the slit in these jeans would be perfect for showing them off, and thus this outfit was born. I went with my 'goodbye' shirt from Forever 21 for the top, only tucking in half of it because I spend too much time browsing Stylenanda and their influence is rubbing off on me.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Jean Blues

Shirt - Zara  /  Jeans - Topshop  /  Shoes - Topshop (all don't seem to be in stores anymore)
I have to admit, when all the new denim trends started to make their way into stores and onto my Instagram feed, my reaction was 'cool, but why?'. I mean finding regular jeans that fit me is such a mission; I didn't wanna think about long frayed hems or embroidery or whatever else people were pulling off and looking amazing in. Then a trip to Topshop happened and I found myself staring at these jeans on the sale rack. It was more out of intrigue than attraction that I tried them on, and even then I wasn't sure whether I liked them. But they were interesting, they were on sale, and they kind of fit. So now I own jeans with front slits and frayed hems.

I haven't been able to wear them much lately because UK weather doesn't seem to understand how spring works and I don't want my ankles getting cold when I go out, but here's what I would be wearing if it was a little bit warmer. I kept things simple with a striped navy t-shirt and my mules which seem to be becoming a regular fixture of my outfit posts.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Review: COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pad

COSRX pimple pad
COSRX pimple pad

Allow me to introduce you all to the new man in my life, Mr RX. A lot of you are probably familiar with him, but for those who aren't he's the mascot for COSRX, a Korean skincare brand that's been quickly gaining popularity for its acne destroying products.

When my friend Faaizah recently visited Hong Kong I asked her to keep an eye out for COSRX skincare. She brought me back the One Step Pimple Clear Pads and I've been using these for about a month now.

The product:  70 soaked cotton pads that claim to clean pores, prevent spots, and control excess sebum. Also I just want to mention that I love the packaging. Mr RX looks pretty fabulous on the lid.

COSRX pimple pad

The application: After cleansing, take a pad and gently wipe it on over the face. Use the embossed side first to exfoliate then flip it over to the smooth side to hydrate. I use one pad every night, usually waiting about 10 minutes before continuing with the rest of my skincare routine (or less if I just really want to go to bed).

The scent: Strong, mostly of tea tree.

The road test: My skin hasn't been that great for a while now. I'm still not sure what's causing it but I can say that the pads are helping. The morning after I applied the pads for the first time, my skin was noticeably clearer. Aside from a few stubborn pimples, it's kept most of my spots at bay so far and my skin has been smoother.

As for pore cleaning and sebum control, I can't say I've noticed a huge difference. Maybe if I used the pads in the morning I would be able to see if it helps with oil control throughout the day, but they leave your face feeling sticky so I prefer to use them before I go to bed.

One thing to note is that the product does sting a little when you first apply it but this seems to be quite common. I'm glad I knew this before I tried it out, otherwise I would've been worried.

The verdict: While the pads haven't completely cleared my skin, they have made a significant improvement. The pre-soaked pads are so convenient to use so I'll probably be repurchasing after I run out. I might even get a few other COSRX products to try out too!
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