Monday, 16 January 2017

2017 Spring/Summer Makeup Trends

We may only be two weeks in to 2017 but I hope you've had a bright and happy start to the year! I had exams the day after New Year's so I had to pass on some of the festivities. But I got good results so I suppose it's was worth it. Anyway, the month of January has us layering up and furiously applying lip balm every morning, I for one find I have less motivation in the winter. Something to look forward to however is the upcoming Spring/Summer season, for which fashion and beauty houses are already churning out new collections. I love this season, so to psyche myself up for it I'm bringing you a taste of what you can expect to see more and more of as 2017 progresses.

These days I'm trying to focus more on the beauty and makeup side while writing my blog, so today I'll just be introducing these trends. But maybe I will do a post about fashion too if this one goes well.

1. Lip Gloss
Anyone can tell you 2016 was dominated by matte lips, and although you don't have to put your Kylie kits away, try picking up a lipgloss and trying something new this year. Shiatzy Chen, Maison Margiela and Dior are among some of the brands that sent high shine gleaming lips down the runway. I think it's a fresh concept and an alternative to matte finishes that gives so much more dimension to a look.

2. Pink
If given a selection of colours I usually find myself grabbing the pink option. Looking at my blog too I think it's pretty obvious I'm partial to a pink hue. So you can imagine how excited I am to see Spring collections and work this colour into my makeup looks. In particular there were a lot of pink eyeshadows popping up from brands such as Tadashi Shoji and Anna Sui at NYFW. I'm excited to pink up some new rosy shades and try it out myself!

3. Glitter Lips
New Year may have passed but that doesn't mean you have to hide your glitter makeup until next year. Fendi and DKNY in particular surprised and delighted with full on glitter lips as the point makeup for the Spring/Summer collections. Although not an everyday look, it's fun to see extreme makeup looks on the runway, it's certainly eye catching.

4. Dewy Skin
If you like the moist, dewy skin look that many Korean base products these days set out to achieve, you can rejoice for cushion makeup will be your best friend this season. Along with the fall of matte lips, matte finish foundations are also being put on the shelf this spring. Whip out your highlighters and illuminating primers to achieve a soft, glowing skin look as seen on models at Isabel Marant, Prada and Lanvin.

5. Heavy Blush
Another eye catching trend was the extreme blush that Kenzo was turning heads with. There were other more subtle approaches in collections for Chanel and Fetty Puma but whatever the case prepare yourself for some bright blushes, as well as matching lip colours in some cases. 

What do you guys think about these new trends? Will you be trying any of them? If you have any comments, suggestions or questions please leave them below! ^^ Thank you~

Friday, 13 January 2017

COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol: Review

Good morning! 

It seems winter has finally hit Seoul this week, thankfully it's not to harsh at the moment, though I got caught in the snow on Friday morning. The unfortunate thing is my skin is struggling to adjust to the changes in temperature, so I'm trying to amp up my skincare routine. 

As I'm sure many people with an interest in Korean Skincare will tell you, if you're having skin troubles a good brand to reach for is COSRX. They're particularly famous for the pimple pads, but I was curious to see what other products the brand has to offer. So during a minor shopping spree in A Land I picked up the Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol to help get rid of some blemishes. This product is applied like a toner after cleansing skin and helps to clear pores like a chemical exfoliator. It's designed to be gentle and suitable for sensitive skin.

Here is some detailed information about the product:
'This formula contains 60% Black Bee Propolis to soothe, repair and hydrate skin while inhibiting bacterial growth - perfect for breakouts and acne-prone skin. Natural AHAs and BHAs also aid in controlling excess sebum, clearing impurities and dead skin cells, and helping your skin cells renew so your skin becomes clearer and brighter while maintaining natural moisture retention.'

Because I too was unsure, I looked into the benefits of AHA (Alpa Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid). AHAs are natural derived from fruits, sugars and milks while BHAs are naturally derived from tree barks. Both are often used in chemical exfoliators. They work on the top layer of skin to remove dead or damaged cells and help the growth of healthier skin underneath. They are also used to treat acne as the chemicals unplug clogged pores and stop the overproduction of sebum.

My experience with the product has been pretty good so far, it's been about two weeks of using it and I can see a difference in my skin. Most noticeably I have hardly seen any new pimples appear, which is the thing I wanted to control the most. Although not drastically, I do also think it's helping to reduce the redness of my already existing trouble areas. So I hope with continued use of the product I can clear up my skin. It's easy to use and absorbs really quickly so it doesn't get sticky. The solution's consistency is very watery and thin, and a small pump will cover your entire face, meaning the product will last a long time!

The downside comes from the scent, since it does smell quite chemical-ly. But it doesn't make the product unusable. Also the very sensitive parts of my skin sometimes sting a little when I apply the solution. But I believe the benefits outweigh these negative aspects.

You can buy this product in A-Land for around 15,000won (a little over £10.00) or many online Korean cosmetic retailers now stock this products - though the price range varies.

Thank you for reading! 

Monday, 2 January 2017

Klairs Mochi BB Cushion Pact: Review

Welcome back, today I'm writing a quick post to give you my opinion about a new Klairs product that has been gaining attention thanks to it's cute packaging. The Mochi BB cushion pact has a similar formula to the already popular Klairs BB cream but this cushion claims to have a formula with higher coverage and a slightly different finish. I actually won this product at a meet and greet with some famous Youtubers, rather than buy it myself, but my opinions would be the same either way!

First of all, the claims of this product are as follows:

♥ Natural, light to medium coverage
 Colour Correction
 Silky Smooth Finish

Here are some pictures of the product so you can see how cute the packaging is for yourself. The pact is fairly lightweight and has a good twist seal that clicks into place to keep the case clean and stops evaporation. The big downside to this product however is that like with the previous Klairs BB cream, there is only one shade available. So unfortunately, my skin tone is a little too fair to use this product as intended and I think many people will experience the same problem. I hope in the future the brand will come to realise there are many skin types and shades out there and release more colours to compensate!

The actual product however is pretty good, if it fits your skin colour. The finish is very silky and applies smoothly on the skin, with a natural coverage that is relatively buildable. It won't cover harsh scars or acne but if you don't have really troubled skin it does a nice job of evening out complexion. 

Bearing in mind the only available shade does not match all skin types, I recommend you test this product out if you get the chance. If nothing else it will look adorable in your purse or makeup collection!

Thank you for reading, please leave any comments/questions/suggestions below! ~
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Heimish Dailism Mineral Rich Lipstick: Review

Hey! Sorry for the obscene delay since my last post but my life has been completely changed (for the better) in the past few months, resulting in me being unbelievably busy and preoccupied. After moving to Seoul in order to study I'll truthfully admit blogging was pushed to the back of my mind, but I've found new inspiration and some free time where sharing my thoughts and experiences will hopefully become a regular thing again! I can make a more detailed post about what I'm doing in Seoul if there is interest but for now I'll jump right into this review.

Today I'm going to be sharing with you some products from a relatively new brand in Korea called Heimish. I heard about them through social media and being the packaging magpie that I am, I was instantly seduced by the sleek design and gorgeous pink/rose gold colour palette that runs throughout the collection. After some research online I discovered the lip products in particular had good reviews, and since I was looking for some new excitement in that area of my makeup collection I ordered a few to test.

The name of the product is Dailism Mineral Rich Lipstick and the colours I received are as follows:

#MRPK01 Happy Day
A extremely vibrant and intense electric pink that really turns an everyday make up look into something head turning.

#MRCR01 Working Day
A fairly neutral coral shade that leans towards the pink side. Easy for everyday wear if you're looking for a little bit of colour.

#MRRD01 Hard Day
Classic Tomato red that makes your teeth appear whiter than normal. A great colour in any season really but especially perfect for wearing over the Christmas holiday period.

The finish of the lipstick is very creamy, and I didn't experience my lips being dried out even after a long day of wearing them. Pigmentation wise, the colours come out vibrant although they are buildable if you prefer a gradient lip look. This lipstick range contains eight colours in total, with some being easy to wear with everyday makeup looks and other more extreme shades perfect for an occasion or just when you want to bold lip to stand out.

Overall my review is very positive and I recommend you try these lipsticks out if you can get your hands on them. Due to Heimish being a new brand it can be a bit difficult if you live outside of Seoul, but Style Korean carries them and so does YesStyle. I'm not sponsored to say that, just trying to give you some help if you're interested in purchasing these lipsticks or other products from the brand. Personally, I'm looking next to test the eyeshadow palettes because I have heard good reviews and thanks to the packaging it would look so cute on my vanity! ^^

Thanks for reading, please leave any comments/questions/suggestions down below~

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Innisfree Jeju Sparkling Mineral Cream and Essence Review

Today I'm bringing you another review, this time for some skincare products that I picked up during my time in Jeju.  I liked them so much that I repurchased them before I came back so I could continue using them in England. This cream and essence are both from the Jeju Sparking Mineral range at Innisfree. Keep reading to learn more about these products, and find out why I like them so much! If you've used Innisfree before, let me know what your favourite products are, makeup or skincare!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

My Japan Haul - Christmas 2015 ♥

I was lucky enough to take a two week trip to Japan last Christmas, which was so so exciting and I want to write more posts about it in the future! I'd been dying to visit for ages, being a big fan of Anime and cute things~ I had the best time with my two friends, and basically got to see and do everything I'd dreamed of doing since I was little ^^

The most unfortunate thing is that because I was hopping over from Korea, I could only take my little cabin bag. It was the most practical for travelling around the country, and I didn't want to bring my enormous one ._. In retrospect I wish that I had just bought a medium sized one to take with me, because I really couldn't buy very many things to bring back :( I'm grateful to have loads of photos and amazing memories from the trip, but it would be nice to have bought more souvenirs and merchandise! I hope to go back to Tokyo in the future though, so maybe I'll be more prepared ^^

Monday, 22 February 2016

CLIO Mini Haul and Review

After a few months in Korea, I found myself in need of a new foundation. Luckily I had a trip to Seoul lined up at the right time, so scheduled in an afternoon in Myeongdong. This is a really nice shopping district well known to many foreigners. It has all kinds of shops and stalls but is arguably most famous for the cosmetics and skincare shops that seem to appear every few metres. If you ever go to Korea I really recommend you visit, there are always people standing out in front of the shops handing out free facemasks and samples (even if they do practically force you inside once you take them!).

I ended up making a stop at one of the Clio stores because I'd heard quite good things about the Kill Cover foundations. It was really small and cramped but I managed to test some of the finishes and shades to work out which one I wanted. As it turned out I also quite liked the concealer from the same line, and I grabbed a new mascara on the way to the checkout. This was my first time buying products from Clio and actually I'm very satisfied with them!