Sunday, 28 February 2016

February Favourites

Monki Shirt
I've decided I've been neglecting a monthly favourites feature for too long. I've always hesitated to write them since I don't regularly buy beauty products or clothes every month but then I thought why not just include all of the stuff I've loved during the month. So here are my various February favourites.

I popped into Monki on February 13th and found this wonderful t-shirt. There was a special 14% off offer in celebration of Valentine's Day so how could I say no? I love the illustrations on it and I can't wait until the weather warms up so I can wear it. It's gonna be a while though I'm sure. Screw you English weather, screw you.

I started Ms. Marvel with Kamala Khan a while ago and read the two most recent volumes this month. Kamala Khan is the new Ms. Marvel, a Muslim Pakistani-American girl who one night finds herself with the ability to shapeshift. Being a huge fan of superheroes, she takes on Ms. Marvel's name as her secret identity. The comics are as much about her fighting crime as they are to do with her being a teenager and having to deal with strict parents, school, and boys from time to time. She's a great heroine and someone that a lot of people can relate to, which is why I've stuck with the comics. Some pretty huge things happen in the two latest volumes and I'm really looking forward to the next one.

I got around to playing the gem that is Undertale and it definitely lives up to the hype. It's a retro style RPG with buckets and buckets of personality and charm. You play a human who falls down into some ruins where monsters were sealed away long ago as the result of a war between the two species. As you try to find your way home, you can choose whether you want to kill all the monsters you encounter or settle things peacefully. I played as a pacifist because I wanted the happy ending. Also, the battles for the pacifist route are great. Complimenting frog monsters, petting dog monsters, flirting with a skeleton...good times! The story is also wonderful, the characters are unforgettable, and I'm going to stop now before I fill the whole page with my love for Undertale. Check it out on Steam if you're interested!

Where do I even begin?! This month I've been enjoying Season 2 of Agent Carter, started Twin Peaks again, been slowly getting through Mad Men (and I mean slowly) but I think I'll just talk about the two shows that I actually finished this month.

The first is Over The Garden Wall, a cartoon miniseries that aired on Cartoon Network in 2014. There are only ten episodes which are ten minutes long - perfect for someone with my attention span. It follows Wirt and his younger step-brother Greg who are lost in the woods and trying to find their way home. I loved the old fairy-tale-like feel to the show with all the creepiness left in, and boy does it start off on a creepy note. There are lighthearted episodes to balance it out though, which is nice since the show can actually get kind of scary. It's a little sad that the series is so short but seeing as it wraps up wonderfully at the end, it doesn't feel like it needs anything more.

RWBY Season 3 also ended this month. I'm not sure if I've mentioned the show on the blog before but I am a big fan. RWBY (pronounced Ruby) is an animated show from Rooster Teeth which started out with our teenage protagonists going to school to learn how to fight Grimm (creepy monsters). This season, however, took a very dark turn. It was cool to see things get serious, especially as it is a show with deadly monsters (and people!). If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend it. The first two seasons aren't even that long so it's easy to catch up.

And that's it for this month. Maybe next month I should buy a tonne of stuff to write about. Hopefully next month I'll have some stuff to write about. See you in March!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion Review

I finished my bottle of Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion so I thought now might be a good time to write a review. It's probably the most expensive toner I've ever bought and I was quite happy with the product overall.

For reference: I have combination skin and I get spots every now and again.

Directions: Use a cotton pad to swipe the toner lightly over the skin, once in the morning and once before bed.

How I used it: I did start out using it twice a day but in wanting to make it last longer I just used it nightly after the first 3 weeks. The bottle lasted around 4 months.

The scent: You can smell the alcohol for sure. It's not terribly unpleasant but it is a bit like a very, very subtle nail polish remover.

The road test: For the first week I was using the product, I saw almost no difference to my skin. It made my face feel a little bit softer; however it didn't immediately destroy the spots that were threatening to set up camp. I was a little bit disappointed but I realized you can't expect every product to work wonders overnight.
After about two weeks my spots had subsided and all was well. It was very effective for the first two months and kept my skin pretty clear. I did notice that if I ever forgot (or was too lazy) to use it before bed, my skin sometimes looked like it was about to breakout. This might have been due to using the product just once a day instead of twice like they recommend. However, as soon as I started using it again they would fade. Around the third month it still kept my spots under control but the redness lingered a little longer than before.

The verdict: It is a great product that does its job, however I feel like there are other toners or products out there that do the same job for less amount of money. I am curious as to whether its more effective if you use it with the other products in the line but I think I'll save testing that out for when I have more money to spare.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

East Asian Brands To Watch

Recently, I've been looking to more and more East Asian brands for style inspiration (and to feed my online window shopping addiction). I thought I'd share some of my favourites:

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J KOO was started by Korean designers Jinwoo Choi and Yeonjoo Koo. The pair both graduated from Central Saint Martins and launched their brand in the UK. I haven't managed to find where they're stocked here though. The designs give off a modern, low-fuss chic feeling which I think really gives the brand its edge.

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I was reading an interview with Chinese designer Masha Ma where they mentioned her line MA by MA. The brand is an effortless blend of sporty and feminine styles. My one question is: when will this be available in the UK?

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I discovered PLAYNOMORE through their collaboration with rainbow-haired model Irene Kim. Covering gorgeous leather bags in cute illustrations, they're a brand that injects a lot of fun into their fashion. The Shy Girl seems to be on its way to being the new It Bag. I've even spotted a few in London recently!

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Olivia Yao

Olivia Yao is a Tawainese jewellery designer who makes delicate but awesomely unique pieces. I saw this brand in Taiwan at an Eslite and immediately fell in love with the collections on the tiny stall. The best part is there's an online store where you can order them!
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