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 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 a 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.
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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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Friday, 14 April 2017

Dubai Photo Diary

Last month, I jetted off to Dubai to visit some friends and see more of the U.A.E than just the inside of their airports. I was reunited with Monisha, my awesome friend from uni, and Swetha, another friend I met while she was studying here. What Monisha didn't know is that our other friend Faaizah was also coming along with her sister. I don't know how we managed to keep that a secret until the surprise (I almost let it slip several times) but we did.
madinat jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah
madinat jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Let's get lunch

Shirt & Jumper - Emoda / Skirt - H&M / Shoes - Topshop
I asked my mum to take my blog photos recently and she said sure, we can take some and get lunch after. Thinking I had gotten myself another regular victim photographer, I got all dressed up to meet her after work and take some outfit shots. However, my dream was short-lived with my mum taking about 5 photos before asking 'are we done? Let's go eat'. I got her to take a couple more before promising I'd never make her do it again. She works hard - who am I to stand between her and her lunch?

I picked up this Emoda jumper in Japan after trying a few things on in the store and deciding it was too cute to leave behind. You can actually wear it two ways - one side has a v neck while the other side is square. I prefer the v neck so I pretty much always wear it that way. Although the day we shot these photos was lovely, it was still quite chilly so I put on a ruffle neck shirt underneath, also an Emoda piece but from a few years ago. I wore this H&M skirt which I wear all the damn time right now (prepare to see it a lot on this blog) and my Topshop mules.
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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Nowhere in particular

Jumper - Murua / Skirt - Mango (old) / Shoes - Topshop
Photos by Faaizah

I feel like I look like I stepped out of a Cos lookbook here. Although, would Cos put their models in uncomfortable shoes? Probably not. Not that these Topshop mules are terrible, but this was my first time wearing them and I have the blisters to prove it. Will that stop me from wearing them all the time? Absolutely not.

I got the jumper on my recent trip to Tokyo. I love the oversized fit of it, and because it's thick it keeps its shape. The hoop earring is also from Japan from Emoda, one of my favourite brands. One of the pair broke when I got home, so I'm really glad I'm a fan of the one earring look. Other than that, I kept everything on the minimal side.


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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Kamakura Photo Diary & Vlog

kamakura

During my time in Japan I visited Kamakura, an old feudal capital by the sea. It's about an hour away from Tokyo making it a perfect day trip out of the city. It's packed with beautiful shrines and temples, so many that I didn't manage to see all the ones I wanted to. But the ones I did see were incredible.

If you get the train to Kamakura station, there's a tourist information office by the exit where you can get a map and recommendations on what to see and the best ways to get there.


We started off with Hokoku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple a short bus ride away from the station. This was probably the temple I wanted to see the most because of its bamboo garden. It's even famous for it and often called Take-dera which means bamboo temple.

bamboo forest

They really tower over you.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Meet me on Cat Street

Dress - Zara / Necklace - Accessorize / Shoes - Topshop
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll know I recently got back from a trip to Tokyo! My dad wanted to go away for his birthday and eventually decided on Japan. Since this was my second time in the city, I was the tour guide. I think I did alright although a big part of that is down to Google maps and the pocket wifi I rented.

I gave my dad a quick lesson with my camera before we left so I could get some outfit photos in Tokyo and I have to say he did a really good job. These were taken on Cat Street in Harajuku, a cute street with some really pretty stores. If you're spending the day in the area, it's nice to stroll down the road from Harajuku to Shibuya. It's also a perfect place for photo opps - I saw plenty of other people taking photos. The All Saints shop made a good background for this black Zara dress. I got it back in the Black Friday sales and it's possibly the comfiest dress I own. I also love the bell-sleeves and need more of them in my life - they're so cute. I paired the dress with some slip-ons because I have to wear comfortable shoes on holiday (and most days really). If only I had a bomber jacket and an Anello backpack, I would've been on trend in Tokyo.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Review: 3ina Longwear Lipstick in 501

Review: 3ina Longwear Lipstick in 501

I love a good lipstick. And I love them even more if they stay put. 3ina's longwear lipstick promises not to budge, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The product: A liquid lipstick that dries matte.

The packaging: Matte black plastic with a clear section at the bottom so you can see the product. It looks great, although mine has two dots on the front that look like they came from a marker for some reason.

The pigmentation: *Thumbs up*. I told the sales assistant I like my lip colours dark and bold and she recommended this one to me. You can even build it up to go a bit bolder.

3ina longwear lipstick
The application: It's got a doe foot applicator so it's easy to apply. The formula's pretty thick but easy to spread.
3ina lipstick 501
The colour: It looks purple on the website but in person it's more of a dark pink. It's also a bit more vibrant looking than in the photo above.

The road test: The first day I wore this I was so excited because it did so well against my multiple cups of tea, but once lunch time came around it started to disappear. It doesn't fade completely but make sure you're ready to re-apply it after eating.

Overall: For £7.95 I'd say it's a good buy. It's a great matte lipstick and it stays put pretty well; you only have to check it after eating. If dark pink's not your thing, 3ina do this in a bunch of different colours too.
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Review: 3INA Ulti-Matte Lipstick in 600 (Gold)

Review: 3INA Ulti-Matte Lipstick in 600 (Gold)
3ina ulti-matte lipstick
I made the great decision to walk into the 3INA store in Covent Garden whilst I was Christmas shopping last month, a time when you're supposed to be buying presents for other people. I'd never been in the store before so I went in out of curiousity. There was no-one else inside so I had the undivided attention of a sales assistant. She was really informative and helpful, and once we bonded over dark lipstick there was no escape. I walked out with 3 3INA products to try (and review of course) so here's the first of them.

I've been wanting a gold lip product to layer over my reds for a while so I picked up the Ulti-Matte Lipstick in 600.

The product: A matte, metallic lipstick 
3ina ulti-matte lipstick
The packaging: Plastic with a twist top. You're all reminded of 3CE too, right? I know it's what's inside that counts, and I absolutely love minimal black and white packaging, but I'm starting to wish a new brand will launch with completely different packaging to everything else out there.

The pigmentation: Sadly it's not as pigmented as I hoped. I tried swatching it on my hand but it was hard to get the colour to show up well on camera. If you're after a subtle gold shine on your lips then this is perfect but if you want something that stands out more you have to layer a lot.
3ina ulti-matte lipstick
The application: Inside the lid is the product, and you push the brush into it to get the product out. It has a pointed sponge which I guess works for it.

The colour: Gold. 3ina also do a red and burgundy.
3ina
The road test: I wore it over a red lipstick. I put on quite a lot to get it to show up on camera and it still looks really faint! It is more noticeable in real life but I was looking forward to taking photos of my gold lips. It also fades throughout the day and doesn't stand up too well against food sadly.

Overall: It's a gorgeous colour but the pigmentation lets it down. I'm gonna continue my search for an in-your-face gold but if you only want something subtle, 3ina's Ulti-Matte might suit you just fine.
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