Sunday, 8 November 2015

21!

Shirt - 3.3 Field Trip, Skirt - New Look, Shoes - Topshop
Well, I guess I'm officially an adult. So as a responsible grown up, I've dressed up in the sparkliest shirt I own. I think it's safe to say this was my best find in Hong Kong's A-Land. I mean I'm pretty much covered for every special occasion this Christmas and New Year.

Last year was pretty amazing for me. I got to go live in Hong Kong, travel around Asia, meet some awesome people, got a wonderful boyfriend, and I'm going to stop there before I fill the page. Thank you to everyone who made that year awesome! 21, you've got some big shoes to fill.
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Sunday, 18 October 2015

I like the way you move

Jumper - Monki (old), Trousers - Twist + Turn, Shoes - Topshop
I have found my happy place and it's in this pair of giant trousers. I spotted these navy Twist + Turn babies in Topshop's basement and after some encouragement from my friends, I decided they had to be mine. Spinning and jumping around in these is ridiculously entertaining, as I have shown my friends with mini renditions of the can-can. Minus ten points to dignity. Anyway, I paired the trousers with some simple pieces to keep them the main focus of the outfit (although it would be hard to take any focus away from them). I like the colour combination of navy on navy, and this jumper adds some texture to the outfit. I went for slip on shoes for comfort but I think these trousers would look great with some wedged sandals. Now to fill my wardrobe with five more pairs of wide-legged trousers.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition


Last week, I visited the brilliant Series 3 exhibition in London. The exhibit spanned two floors, taking you from the history of Louis Vuitton all the way up to what the brand is today. The displays in each room were impressive, if a little disorientating at times, and there was a perfect mix of technology and creativity. However despite all of the futuristic displays, my favourite part was getting to watch the craftspeople making the bags by hand.

There's still a little bit of time left to see it so I definitely recommend going.

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Librarian Style

Jumper - Global Works (old), Skirt - Max Mara (very old), Belt - H&M
Gucci's recent collections have had me wondering why I don't dress like an eccentric librarian more often. After rummaging through my wardrobe, it became clear is that I just don't have the all the clothes for it. However, I managed to put together this much more muted outfit which will make do for now.
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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Simple Nail Art

Barry M - Black 47, Innisfree eco nail colour pro - 118
This back to school season, I went with something simple for my nail art. As this is probably my last summer holiday ever, I made the most of it by being as lazy as possible after my internship ended. I think this spread to my creativity since an easy diagonal design was all I could come up with. Despite that, I really like how these colours work together and think they're perfect for the autumn/winter season.
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Paris Photo Diary

Dress as top - Monki, Skirt - Mercuryduo, Shoes - Topshop

Last week, I hopped on the Eurostar to visit Paris. It rained every day when I was there last year but this time it only rained half of the time, so I was lucky enough to enjoy the Eiffel Tower in the sunshine. It wasn't a well planned trip; we had long lazy mornings full of 'Where do you want to go?' 'I don't know where do you want to go?' until a decision was reached. Even though I've been before, Paris is always a lovely place to be in.

I'm making this fake leather skirt a fixed part of my travel wardrobe. Any creases that form after being stuffed in my suitcase sort of look like they're meant to be there. It's also so easy to match with my other clothes so I don't waste time thinking about how I'm going to coordinate everything. For the first night, I paired it with my black Monki dress and Topshop flats for a simple look. Not quite as chic as some of the Parisians I saw but hey, I tried.
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Etude House Play 101 Pencils 22 & 25 Review and Swatches

 I've been interested in the Play 101 range ever since Pony filmed a few tutorials using them (links to those videos here). The idea of having a whole line of makeup pencils that you can use for your entire face is pretty genius. A lot of the colours are really versatile so you can use them on your eyes, cheeks, and lips if you want! I picked up shades 22 and 25 because I think they make gorgeous lip colours.

The product: Twist up pencils that are both in Play 101's 'glossy' category. According to the Etude House site, glossy pencils have a 'moist texture' and they recommend using them for lips and cheeks.

The packaging: I really like the stylish look of these pencils. I'm not always swayed by Etude House's cutesy packaging (unless it's too adorable to resist) so I'm glad they went with a chic look for this product.

The pigmentation: They are bold colours but it takes a few coats to until they look really vibrant on the lips. This does add to their versatility though - you can use the pink shade as a blush if you apply it lightly and blend.

The application: I love using makeup pencils since I find them easy to use. The Play 101 pencils are no exception - it's easy to be precise and the formula means they just glide on.

The colours:

22
22 is a darn good classic red. It bothers me when I swatch red lipsticks in stores and they end up being on the pink or orange side but this one did not disappoint me.

25
25 is a lovely bright pink. Both of these are build-able so you can go for a toned-down look if you wish.

The road test: This would have been a glowing review but sadly these pencils aren't very long lasting. Normally, this doesn't bother me with my lip products as I'm always prepared to reapply. However, these normally rub off in the middle of your lips so you're left looking like you're just wearing lip liner. I'm not really a fan of this look, so if I use these pencils I have to keep checking my lips to make sure they look okay.

Overall: I would completely love these pencils if it wasn't for the way they fade throughout the day. However, since the Play 101 range is really simple to use, I would love to try some of their other pencils for blush and eyeshadow.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Too Cool For School Milk Tint in Milky Lavender Review



I've had a thing for lavender beauty products for a while now. I think it started when I saw girls wearing lavender blush in Japanese magazines - it just looked so cute! While I haven't been brave enough to try lavender blush yet, I did get this cute tint from Too Cool For School.

The milk tint lives up to its name in that it actually contains milk! Supposedly this helps soften dry lips.

The packaging: Simple and adorable! I really love the font and the milk bottle on the front.

The pigmentation: It's pretty sheer, although with 'milky' being in the product's name means I probably should have expected it to be. I do have to build it up before the colour becomes noticeable on my lips.

The application: It has a very small doe foot applicator which makes it easy to apply. The watery texture also makes it easy to spread out.

The colour: After about 2-3 coats, I really like the subtle purple colour this gives my lips.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about it since I've never tried a colour like it before. However, I have warmed up to it as it's a pretty cute shade.




The road test: This tint does not cooperate with dry skin on the lips so make sure your lips aren't chapped before applying. Once it's on, it isn't drying and it even feels quite softening. I guess the milk works! On the downside, I didn't find this to be very long lasting.

Overall: This tint has been a welcome addition to my collection of mostly dark coloured lip products. Despite not being 100% sure with the shade at first, I am really happy with it now. I only wish it had some more staying power on my lips.
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

3CE Water Tint in Dark Fuschia Review



Time for another 3CE review!

I'm a big fan of lip tints so I picked up this one whilst I was in Hong Kong. 3CE's water tints claim to be highly pigmented, long lasting, and moisturizing, so how could I resist?

The packaging: It's no secret that I freaking love the look of 3CE's packaging. The bottle is made of plastic so it's not too heavy.

The pigmentation: Just as 3CE claim, this is highly pigmented. You can even build it up for a really vibrant colour.

The colour:
2 coats
The water tint collection may be small but each of the colours are gorgeous. It took me a while to decide which one to get but eventually I picked Dark Fuschia which is a lovely dark pink.

The application: 
Not what I'm going for
This may just be me screwing it up but whenever I apply this in a rush, most of the product just ends up on my bottom lip! While this can look kinda cool, it's not usually what I'm going for. To get around this, I've been applying the tint to my top lip first and then waiting a few seconds before rubbing my lips together. The sales assistant also mentioned that this product is good for doing gradient lips. I've tried it but I just don't think the look suits me.

The road test: I've noticed that the tint still looks pretty vibrant after I have lunch but it does fade towards the evening, so it's definitely one to have in your bag so you can reapply it in the afternoon. The formula isn't too drying but I wouldn't say it's moisturizing either.

Overall: The main problem I have with this product is that I have to take extra care when applying it. I also wish the staying power was a little better but it definitely beats all of my lipsticks. Aside from those issues, I really do like using this product because of its awesome colour.
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