Friday, 19 December 2014

Memebox #56 ~ K-Style 4

Hey guys, sorry for the major lack of posts recently. I've been super occupied with College and work, but the main reason is I've just been lacking a little inspiration. But, after taking some time away from blogging I'm back full of ideas and things I'm excited to write about. I just hope everyone hasn't forgotten about me >.<

I have been meaning to write this 'review' or unboxing for a while, but on the plus side I've had a good chance to test all the products and find which ones I really love, and which ones I don't. This was my first ever Memebox, I took so long deciding which one to get! I like the idea of these beauty boxes a lot, and the fact you have a selection of boxes to choose from sets Memebox apart from other brands. But I'm always hesitant I won't like the products inside, and I'll feel like I wasted my money.

Luckily, I got the chance to try one out for free after winning a giveaway, so without further ado here's my review of the #56 Memebox.

1. Revecen Volumising Mascara
Double the volume of your lashes with the Revecen Volumising Mascara. It's completely waterproof, smudgeproof, paraben free, and made from naturally derived vegetable wax, vitamin, allantoin, collagen and vegetable squalane.

Honestly I wasn't incredibly impressed by this mascara, though I will still use it for sure. The packaging looks expensive and it's surprisingly heavy, I hoped that the quality of the packaging would reflect the product inside but unfortunately it didn't quite meet my expectations. The wand is nice, it has a curved brush so you can get right into the roots of your eyelashes, but the formula just didn't do that much for my lashes. I wouldn't say it was volumising in the slightest, it only added a little length. However, it was waterproof and lasted all day without smudging, so even if it takes a lot of coats for me to be satisfied, it is worth putting it on.

2. Shara Shara Petit Friend Matte Lip Crayon
This auto-type lip crayon glides smoothly onto the lips, leaving a highly moist and supple yet soft and silky finish. The colour ranges from natural nudy pink to hot, savvy shades for featuring a signature lip makeup.

It's just coincidence that the first two products on the list are ones I didn't like, I promise this whole post won't be a negative review>,< But this is the product that disappointed me the most, purely because it broke before I could even test it. All I did was take the cap off, but the whole lip crayon came with it and got stuck in the lid. I tried really hard to get it out but eventually I just got frustrated and threw it away - that's why I don't have a picture! Sorry I can't give a better review, I don't know if it was just my one that was faulty, but either way I'm not going to repurchase it haha.

3. Shara Shara Triple Shine Colour Shadow
A baked type, silky textured shadow palette offering 3 shades of a colour that helps create naturally blended eye makeup. For instance 04 White Pink contains a white base colour, a lighter pink for graduation, and a darker pink for point makeup. The shadow is also infused fine pearls that adheres well for a long lasting, silky finish.

Because this was the same brand as the lip crayon I was very careful opening this product, in fear of it breaking. Thankfully it didn't, and I'm glad because I actually quite like this little palette. It's pretty small, but the colours are super shimmery. I got 04 White Pink like in the description, which I'm chuffed about because that's the one that caught my eye. The colour payoff it really not bad, and although I haven't used all three colours together, they are really pretty as base shades, and the white is a super cute highlight colour. I didn't notice any creasing when I wore it either so overall I'm pretty impressed!

4, Revecen Face Control Foundation #002 Violet
This unique face control foundation works to cover up skin imperfections and control dull yellow skin tone for a more refined, evenly balanced, and healthier looking finish to with base makeup. Plus, it contains natural preservatives such as green tea extracts and magnolia extracts, and thus gentle and suitable for all skin types.

I like the idea of this product, and I've used things with a similar concept, but sadly this made basically no difference to my skin. I don't know if my complexion isn't yellow enough to need correcting, but I saw no improvement to my skin, and I tried this multiple times putting on different amounts. Plus, it's quite hard to apply because it's like a solid foundation - it doesn't spread over the skin very well either.

5. Beauty People Miss 100 Auto Gel Pencil Liner 
Feature a sophisticated point eye makeup with Beauty People's gel liner pencils that come in 3 delicate pearl shades - coral, bronze and brown - and can be used as both a liner and a shadow. They're auto type liners that easily glides onto your eyelids, making them easy to use even for makeup beginners. Plus, there's an eye liner sharpener attached on the end for your convenience.

Now this is by far my favourite product in the box. I literally used this everyday for three weeks I like it so much. I received the 'Gleam Brown' shade, which was great because I've been searching for a good dark brown eyeliner for more natural looks. Basically this is literally one of the best eye pencils I have used. It stays on all day, with no smudging at all, and it applies like a dream. The colour is pigmented and has a little shimmer in it which is super pretty but subtle on the eyes. My only tiny quarrel is that it's a twist up pencil, which although is practical, means you loose the sharp point when you twist it. This just makes application a little more awkward, mainly because it's hard to get a sharp cat eye when the end of the liner is rounded. But that doesn't deter me from using it, and I'm definitely going to look for more colours of this eyeliner!

6. IdeeB Real Triple Rouge 02 Shine Pink
Plump up dry, chapped lips with the all in one Real Triple Rouge that combines the functions of a lipstick, a lip tint and a lip gloss in a single item. It adheres tightly onto lips without dehydrating and creates a shiny suppleness and a long last radiance.

And finally another item that I fell in love with. I really wasn't expecting the pigmentation of this products to be so good, but it's super vibrant. Because it has elements of a lipgloss, the formula keeps your lips moisturised all day long, and the colour stays too. The packaging is super cute, and it's kind of a coral colour which I think would suit a lot of skin tones. I genuinely have no complaints with this product, it's really good and I plan to research the brand a little more in light of this Memebox!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Innisfree Olive Real Cleansing Oil Review

Sorry for the lack of posts recently everyone, I've just been real busy with College and work~ I'm sure most of you know how it is! ^^ Today I wanted to review a new addition to my skincare routine, the Olive Oil Cleanser from Innisfree. I have been looking for a good oil cleanser for a while, and this is the best one I have tried so far~ and it was really affordable as well so I think I will stick with it for a while!

Since winter is coming, I wanted to change up my skincare routine a little, mainly to find some more moisturising products so my skin doesn't get dry. Oil cleansers are good because they are the best way to get rid of all your makeup, as well as any sebum or impurities in your skin. But they also will not dry out your skin and can be used by all skin types, even sensitive skin won't be irritated by most oil cleansers. I use it as a cleanser every evening, and although this product alone is probably enough, I still like to use my Laneige foaming cleanser afterwards to just remove any residue.

This Innisfree cleanser is made with good quality extra virgin olive oil, which can help protect your skin from UV. It's known for being very moisturising, and even though I haven't had it for long I already noticed how soft my skin feels.

The way to use it is firstly spreading a small amount of product all over your face before getting it wet. I take off my makeup with a wipe first though, so most of my makeup is gone. After massaging it in, dampen your hands slightly and continue to massage the oil. Then wash it off with warm water.

After using this product for a few weeks I can already see a noticeable difference in the softness of my skin which I really like. I also find with my new skincare routine, I haven't had any pimples for a while, which I believe is down to me taking off my makeup properly. Not only that, but it feels really nice to apply the oil and massage it in, and it just smells like olive oil, which I personally quite enjoy!

I'm really impressed by the quality of this oil because I only paid about £10 for it. I would really recommend it to anyone looking for a good cleanser especially during winter. Let me know in the comments if you've ever tried out this product, or another oil cleanser~ Thanks for reading! ^^

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Stylenanda Fall Fashion

It's that time again, new season means new lookbooks for all my favourite brands. The most anticipated one being Stylenanda, since as I'm sure many of you know, I'm a big fan of their styling. As soon as payday comes around this month, I plan to place and order and get a couple of new pieces for Autumn, if you guys would be interested I could make a blog post about it. 

This is only quick, since I don't want to bombard you all with fall fashion posts, but I was just really excited to share my favourite looks with you all. I'd love it if you commented below which ones are your favourite in the comments, and if you like fashion posts like this one let me know ~ I'll keep 'em coming. ^^ Thanks for reading as always! x

All images are taken from the Stylenanda official website 

   Simple Modern Colored Loose-Fit Knit - $60.33 (£37.42)

Simple Coloured Full Flare Skirt - $53.83 (£33.39)

Black Coated Daily Shorts - $31.71 (£19.67) 

Slit Cut Gray Jeans - $43.82 (£27.18)

'5' Patched Boxy Shirt Dress - $76.84 (£47.65)

Coloured Cable Knit Top - $20.81 (£12.91)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Five Fall Fashion Trends 2014

I haven't written a proper 'fashion' post in a while, so I thought it was about time since the fall weather has started to make an appearance~ at least here in the UK. I've picked out five of my favourite trends for this season, and I wanted to share them with you all, perhaps give some of you a little inspiration for what to buy for fall. BUT please keep in mind this is a list of things I would wear, it is of course driven by current industry trends, however I'm no expert~ this is just me expressing how I would interpret some of the Autumn trends. I hope you all enjoy this post, let me know what you think in the comments, and what your favourite fashion to wear for fall?

1. Oversized

This is a personal favourite of mine since I have no motivation to exercise properly in the cold weather haha. Oversized clothing is super forgiving and if do right can look so cute. In some cities like London it's more popular to wear it in a 'chic' way, but in other places like Korea for example, looking cute and cosy is more popular. Here are a few pictures which will hopefully explain what I mean:

2. Gold

At first glance it seems like it would take a lot of courage to wear metallic clothing, but when I see it outside of the catwalk, I want to try it more myself! Wearing too much or certain pieces can look a little tacky so I think it's important to be sparing. I picked out a few examples that I like, but I know this look isn't for everyone~

3. Turtlenecks

Nothing says cosy like a nice knitted turtleneck, though I don't think it will suit everyone. For me, I don't like to wear chunky turtlenecks but instead maybe a thinner, ribbed top underneath something else. Layering is a must in cold weather so I think a top like this should be an essential in every fall wardrobe.

4. Army Print

Camouflage and khaki will always be a great thing to wear in this season (in my opinion) because there are so many opportunities to incorporate it into an outfit. Personally I love jackets and coats like this, partly because it's so easy to combine with the oversized trend I mentioned earlier. Like everything I know some people won't be as keen on this, but unfortunately for them I'll be working it all winter haha.

5. Nordic

Anything fairisle printed or Aztec patterned, especially in a cute knitted jumper is the best thing to wear if you want to look cosy and a little festive when it comes to Christmas time. I don't think many people can disagree that these patterns scream winter, and it's so wearble even with just jeans and trainers it looks cute.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Beauty Blogger Tag!

I got nominated by my good friend Mindy from the blog Welcome Home to do this beauty blogger tag! Please go and check out her blog because she is so nice and cute and her posts are really great as well^^ I don't really consider myself a beauty blogger because I'm not that great at makeup and reviews, but I do have a lot of interest in the area so I thought it'd be fun to answer these questions since I haven't really addressed a lot of  these areas on my blog before! I hope you enjoy reading the answers, I'd love to hear some of your responses to some questions in the comments too(:

Getting to know you
Post 3 random facts about you:

  • I am a really clumsy person, I fall over a lot and always embarrass myself by like walking into things*-*
  • I like my job a lot but mostly because I like the clothes we sell and I can shop for myself while I work lol
  • I have quite a girly and cute style but I hate romantic and sad films, I would much rather watch an adventure or an action film

Here are the tag questions 

 What country do you live in?
-  England

☆ What's the meaning behind the name of your blog?
- Literally it's my name, my first name is Emily and my middle name Marysia (which is Polish) ~ My surname is Thomas but that sounds horrible so I used my middle name instead. =^-^=

☆ Why did you start blogging?
-  I don't have any friends who have the same interests as me, so I wanted a way to express what I like away from them, because I was always embarrassed that people would think I was weird~ but the internet is a good way to stay pretty anonymous at first.

☆ Makeup

☆ If you could live off one foundation which one would it be?
- I would pick BB cream over foundation anyday, but my most used foundation is the Bourgeois Healthy mix one because it's quite light and I like the finish a lot.

☆ What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
- Probably the Naked 2 eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay.

☆ Which product have you repurchased the most?
Maybelline's fit me concealer is my absolute favourite, it's so good and I've bought it like two or three times now - the colour matches even my pale skin and the coverage is really great!
☆ Smokey and Sexy, Girl Next Door or Bright and Bold?
 - Girl next door for me, I can't pull of anything sexy or bold at all hahaha

☆ Biggest Blogger/ Youtuber Inspiration?
- I don't know if it counts but the Korean makeup artist Pony makes amazing makeup tutorials on Youtube, I get really inspired with makeup looks and techniques from her videos.

☆ Drugstore or High End?
- I buy most of my makeup from  Korean and Western drugstore brands, I have very little high end makeup because I can find products I like in these places.

☆ Bronzer or Blusher?
-  I can go without either, but I use blusher more, I only recently got into using bronzer so I'm not very good at it-_-

☆ Skincare

☆ How many times a day do you wash your face?
- Twice a day, unless I take my makeup off halfway through the day in which case three times.

☆ Biggest Skin Struggle?
- I used to be really self conscious about the fact I get a little bit oily on my T zone if I wear makeup for a long time, but I don't really worry about it too much anymore~ besides the odd pimple I don't think I have anything I really hate about my skin.

☆ What's your favorite way to pamper your skin?
- Sheet masks! :D

☆ What's your skincare routine?
- I wash my face with a Laneige deep pore cleanser, then I use the Etude House Wonder Pore Toner, the first essence serum from Etude House as well and then a Nivea moisturiser in the morning and a sleeping pack at night 

☆ Are you confident to go without makeup?
- Not really, I can happily go out with natural makeup like no eyeliner or foundation but I always feel gross if I go out with nothing on at all, unless it's somewhere I really don't care about like walking my dog in the village.

☆ Hair

☆ Favourite hair product?
- Probably the Head and Shoulders apple shampoo :p

☆ First day hair or second day hair?
I like first day hair so much more, I often wear a hat after two or three days because it can be all over the place unless I have time to style it.

☆ How many times have you dyed your hair?
 - I dip dyed my hair green two years ago, and then I had the ends bleached for about a year until I cut my hair short. But I never dyed my whole head because I'm too scared!

☆ Fashion

☆ Neutral or Bright Colours?
- I like bright colours at parties or in the summer but I'm usually a pastel/neutral girl.

☆ Winter or Summer Fashion?
Winter because I don't have to show as much skin haha, and it's always more cosy than summer stuff.

☆ Jeans, Shorts, Skirts or Dresses?
- I love skirts and skorts the most, but I do wear jeans a lot to college because they're comfy. Given the choice though I really love to wear a pretty skirt.

That's all the questions, so thank you again to Mindy for the nominations! ^^ Most of the bloggers I would have nominated have already done this tag so I will just say to anyone who wants to answer them, I nominate you all even if you're not a beauty blogger and just like makeup! If you do it send me a link because I would like to read them. ^^ x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Gift Swap With Mindy (MyMyChen) ^^

Recently I was talking with Mindy, a friend of mine from the blog Welcome Home, (please go and check it out because her posts are so cute and she's so sweet as well^^) and we decided to do a package exchange with eachother! I really like getting post and parcels so you can imagine how excited I was when it arrived, I couldn't contain myself haha>.< But I was blown away with how thoughtful and cute all the items she picked out were, we've never met but I feel like she knows me well~ I'm so so thankful and happy that I have a friend I can swap gifts with, thank you so much Mindy! 

We already agreed we would both blog about it, and so I'm just going to go through some of the things I received and why I like them hehe~ Hopefully this will be interesting for you all to read, if you like Asian makeup/beauty products then stick around! Thanks for reading^^

This is what the box looked like before and after I opened it, isn't the wrapping so cute?

My Beauty Diary sheet masks - there are so many of these! I already used one and it was so nice, I like to use sheet masks but I don't usually buy them for myself, so it was so good to have some I can treat myself with^^ I always wanted to try this brand as well which is a plus!

3 Concept Eyes Back to Baby BB Cream and Lip Pigment in #Brightorange - I don't think it's a secret that I really like 3CE makeup, but I was surprised that she put in two of the products I most wanted to buy. I mentioned a while ago in a post that I planned to get the BB cream but I didn't, and I'm so happy that I have it now! The lip pigment as well is in the colour that I liked the most so I don't know how she knew that>.<

Selection of sweets and chocolate from Hong Kong - I'm so jealous that Mindy went on holiday to Hong Kong but I'm happy because it meant that I get to try some yummy sweets! I already ate some and they're so good, I really enjoyed the little chocolates with gummies inside^^

Etude House eyeshadows and eye primer - Another brand I love is Etude House, but I've never tried the eyeshadows from there~ I am in love with the colours that Mindy sent me, the brown especially is so pretty and I'm using it everyday^^ I haven't tested the primer yet but I've heard great things so I'm  excited about that!

If you want to see what I got for Mindy, click here ^^ 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Fall Airport Fashion~

The Fall/Winter collections are starting to hit the shops in full force, and I keep finding myself heading for the knitted jumpers and jeans even though August isn't even over. I'm a big fan of cold weather fashion, there's something so comforting and fun about wrapping up really warm instead of having to make sure your legs look presentable in case of super hot weather~ I'm sure more than one person can understand me hehe^^ 

In preparation for the coming season, I'm already starting to find some inspiration to spice up my shopping list and find some cute ideas from my favourite Kpop idols (always my number source of fashion inspiration aha). I've put together some of my favourite airport outfits from various groups, purely because airport fashion is always more wearable, and I see so many outfits I want to emulate there as opposed to in music videos! It's not a long post, but I hope you guys enjoy it, be sure to let me know which outfit is your favourite in the comments^^

2NE1 - Dara, Park Bom, CL
Out of all the girls in 2ne1, I think Dara's style is the most cute and wearable, she often sports pretty grungy outfits, but in a really casual and chic way. I think the trick is to have one key piece like her oversized flannel shirt above, and then match it with simple pieces so that it's not too much. This sort of outfit is perfect for college or school if you don't have uniform~ wearing a beanie as well can help hide any messy or unpleasant roots!

4Minute - Gayoon, Hyuna, Sohyun
Considering Hyuna's usual look is either super sexy or hip hop, I'm really surprised how chic she looks on her days off! I really appreciate that travelling can be stressful and the last thing I would want on a long plane ride is uncomfortable clothes. But a nice loose jumper is perfect for any days when you want to look put together but super cosy, the neutral colour also screams Autumn and I think it compliments dark hair so well.

Of all the idols I think IU is one of the girls whose style I envy the most. It's so adorable and cute but doesn't look over the top or uncomfortable, a trait I think South Korean fashion demonstrates time and time again. I am so in love with the middle outfit, I mean shorts might not be ideal for cold weather but you could easily replace them with jeans or wear tights underneath. It's just so pretty, the handbag especially really caught my eye hehe^^

Miss A - Suzy, Fei, Jia
I could never pull of something as edgy as Jia in the right hand picture, but I still really like it! I was thinking maybe the same dress with a cardigan or jacket on top would be a bit less loud, maybe mute the pattern a little. However, the black and white theme is really nice, I don't actually own that much black, but I definitely want to find a few more key pieces soon. I have lots of white though, so hopefully I can make up some outfits for a blog post sometime.

Girl's Generation - Tiffany, Jessica, Taeyeon
As many of you know, none of my fashion posts are complete without a bit of GG. I just think all the girls are so stylish and I'm never short of cute airport outfits when I'm searching for fashion inspiration online. It's partly down to the way they wear the clothes, like Tiffany's outfit is so simple but it looks so good*-* If I saw a cardigan like that in a shop I'd probably walk straight past, but SNSD really open my eyes and make me want to try new things! ^^

It's been a while since I've written a post like this and I hope that some of you like fashion posts since I enjoy writing them so much!