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.

IU
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! 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Runway Bandits Haul and Review

Today I'm going to share with you all my experience with Singapore based online shop, Runway Bandits. I've never ordered from them before, but the clothes are so pretty and cool I couldn't resist getting a few things! Because of the location, shipping costs were a little higher that I'm used to since I don't often order clothing from abroad~ but it definitely wasn't unreasonable and honestly I was expecting worse. However the individual items were very very affordable, I ended up paying forty pounds for four things all of which I was happy with^^ 

The best part however is that my order arrived in just six days after I placed it even though it came from Singapore. I had a tracking number and even after paying a small customs fee (which was not the fault of the company) it came so much quicker than I thought.

Here's some pictures of what I bought, and how it looks on. Luckily everything fitted me perfectly and is just how I wanted it to be! (:


HITE PRINTED FLORAL SKORTS - BLUE



This skort is probably my favourite item that I ordered, it's so pretty and the quality is really good as well. I was worried that the length would be too long, but it's pretty short which is good for me because I'm only little. I really like the idea of skorts because it feels much more secure hehe^^

Buy Here for S$24.50 or £13.20


WOLCOT FLORAL ROMPER SET - BLUE



I had to cover my face in this picture because all my other expressions were horrific haha. I got fed up taking pictures so I just left it like this>.< But you can still see the clothes I think. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the price of the set includes both the shorts and top because I thought I'd have to pay separately, but they come together which makes the price even better! I could happily wear these items together or on their own because they're both super cute^^ I think I like the crop top the best though, it looks so pretty with just jeans or a basic skirt. 

Buy Here for S$24.50 or £13.20


ARLEN CASUAL BUTTON DOWN TOP - WHITE



This shirt is just a plain white shirt which I needed because I stained the other one that I had-_- But I like this one because it has a boxy shape and it's pretty sheer. I like to wear baggy shirts on casual days and since this one has a little collar I think it'll be nice to keep layering it throughout autumn/winter.

Buy Here for S$25.50 or £12.70

Friday, 1 August 2014

July Beauty Favourites~

July has been a super busy and exciting month for me, usually my summer holidays are pretty dull and uneventful but this year it's been great so far! However even in the midst of all the madness I've managed to try out a few new products that I'm really excited to share with you guys^^ They're all beauty related, but I do plan to write a couple of haul posts for some fashion items that I purchased over the last month. I hope that you all enjoy this post, and let me know which products are your favourites this month in the comments!

Baviphat Apple Sleeping Pack
 First up is a product that got sent to me by the lovely Sarah from Littlemissdreamer when I won her giveaway a little while ago. I didn't start using it properly until now because I wanted to use up my last sleeping pack first. I love this stuff much more than my other ones though, first of all the smell is amazing, apple scents are my favourite anyway but this smells so good I can't even tell you! But I also noticed that my skin feels very soft and looks bright when I wake up, over time I think that it's definitely improving my skin's condition^^ 

W7 Nail Polish - No Name
 I picked this nail polish up while I was rushing around the sale at work last week, they'd been reduced to a pound and I'd heard they were quite good so I just grabbed one without my thought. But the colour is so gorgeous and perfect for summer, it's like a slightly neon lemon yellow which makes your hands look more tanned and goes well with most other colours whatever outfit you wear! It does need two coats though, but then most polishes do.

Revlon Colourburst - Coquette and Audacious
 Next up are these lip balms that I bought in Superdrug, they were on offer so I bought two for about £8 which is pretty good for Revlon products. They are different formulas though, the shiny pink one is much more sheer and more like a lip balm, and the orange one is much more matte and pigmented. I think I prefer the orange because the colour is more vivid and statement. However, both are very long lasting and the colours are nice, I know many people prefer more sheer products for everyday looks^^

Soap and Glory Mist You Madly Spray 
I never used to be good at remembering to pack a nice spray or perfume in my bag, and I always regretted it because smelling good is important right? I hate putting glass bottles in my bag because they're heavy and I'm scared they'll break and leak. But this one is the perfect size and comes in a plastic spritzer, plus it smells delicious! I'm usually a big fan of Soap and Glory products, especially the bath and body stuff because the scents are always so nice.

3CE Cream Blushers - Baby Peach
I got this item really cheap on Depop from a local seller, the box is a little grubby but it's still a full sized unopened product so I think I scored with this one haha. The colour is a light peach and it looks so gorgeous on a pale skin tone, plus it'll last me forever due to the high pigmentation. As always I'm a huge 3 Concept Eyes fan and this product did not disappoint me! ^^

Monday, 28 July 2014

MUA Undress Me Too Palette Review

July has been a pretty hectic month for me so far, but at last I've had the chance to sit down and write this makeup review. I was talking my friend Mindy, another beauty blogger recently and she mentioned the MUA eyeshadow palettes, asking if I'd tried them. Until she brought it up and told me that they had good reviews I was completely unaware that they were worth looking at since I always walk straight past the MUA counter in Superdrug. The brand is so cheap over here I guess I just assume bad quality, but I was pleasantly surprised by these shadows ~ and at four pounds for twelve colours, you can't really afford not to give them a go! 


First thing I noticed when I visited the counter was that there is a surprisingly wide range of colours and lots of palettes to choose from. However, the most hyped ones are the 'Undress Me' palette and the one I went for, the 'Undress Me Too'. I think drugstore brands must be running out of synonyms for the word naked. Anyway I only chose this one because I liked the colours more, but I'm going to return for sure and pick up the other version so I can have all the neutrals>.<


Like many palettes this one comes with a little sponge brush that I probably won't use but it looks pretty just in the bottom there. The packaging is pretty plain but I don't like the fact that this one is white (all the other MUA palettes were black) just because it's so easy to get dirty from excess eyeshadow. It's plastic so can be easily cleaned, I would just prefer not to have to clean it!

As you can see there's a mixture of matte and shimmer shades, as well as a selection of cool and warm tones. They all have names but I don't think I need to write them all out for you. The colours that caught my eye the most were the gold and copper metallic shade which look so gorgeous in the palette, here's a swatch of some of my favourites:


The pigmentation of the shimmer shades is quite shocking because they look so pretty. I'm less impressed by the matte shades, especially the lighter ones because they don't show up as much~ but I would have bought this just for that gold on my middle finger because it's amazing. But I've found in the past a beautiful swatch can sometimes still be mediocre on the eyes, so I've done a really quick and basic smoky eye using some of the colours. I wanted to do a nice tutorial but I thought this would be better than nothing even if it is messy haha.


I used a matte colour (shy) all over the lid, then a light brown metallic (wink) in the centre. I used the matte black shade (corrupt) on the outer corner and lashline, and finished with a dap of the gold shade I like (devotion) in the inner corner. My eyebrow is also filled in using an MUA eyebrow pencil that I picked up at the same time! 

Overall I'd give the palette a 4/5

Bullet Graphics Super pigmented metallic shades
Bullet Graphics Ridiculously cheap
Bullet Graphics Blends easily
Bullet Graphics Simple but pretty packaging

X Matte shades are disappointing
X Doesn't really last all day without primer
X Easy to get messy

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

F(x) Sulli ~ Red Light Makeup Look!

Hey guys, I have an exciting post for you all today, so I hope you enjoy it! A couple of weeks ago I got together with Charmaine to create a pretty spontaneous collaboration, which developed over our mutual love for F(x) and their new song 'Red Light'. If you've seen it, let me know what you thought in the comments^^ But this isn't a review oh no, myself and four other beautiful bloggers have worked together to bring you a series of makeup looks/tutorials inspired by each of the members. I chose to do Sulli's makeup, despite the fact our hair and features are completely different~ I just liked the mysterious and sultry look her makeup had, and I wanted to try and recreate that on myself.



Here are the other girls and their blogs so go check them out too!

Charmaine - Krystal

April - Victoria

Aimee - Luna

Mindy - Amber


Also, the plan for this post was to do a tutorial alongside, but that didn't go very well at all>.< Basically it took me a few attempts to be happy with my makeup, and when I was happy it was a result of literally just blending a bunch of dark colours together until it looked right - no method involved whatsoever! Since the focus of the whole look is on the eyes, I decided it would be better to leave out the tutorial and just share the end result. 

If you do have any specific questions about products, tools or techniques I'll be more than happy to answer them in the comments~ so don't hesitate to leave me one! Thanks for reading guys^^ 

Here's her teaser photo that I was trying to recreate


As you can probably tell our eyes are differently shaped, and I found that if I covered my whole lid in black shadow and eyeliner like Sulli, it looked pretty comical, but this is an 'inspired' look so I hope you guys can appreciate that haha>.<

Basically the trick to the eye makeup is to use a mixture of deep purples and blacks, putting on a little bit at a time and blending like your life depends on it. I found going straight in with the black was messy and very hard to blend~ so be patient and go slowly!



Here's a quick picture and list of all the products I used:
Etude House Precious Minerall BB Cream
No7 Face Powder Compact
3CE Cream Blusher in Baby Peach
Jemma Kidd Lip Gloss
L'oreal Super Liner
Max Factor Lipstick in Rosewood
17 Eyeshadow in Broken Hearted
Redherring Eyeshadow

Friday, 4 July 2014

Battle of the BB Creams

When it comes to face makeup, I'm a total BB cream junkie. I have a few foundations but I only wear them on pretty special occasions~ this is primarily due to the fact that I love the easy application and skincare benefits that come with purchasing a good BB cream. The Korean ones in particular give a lot of Western foundations a run for their money when it comes to coverage, hence why I'm now a total convert and would never swap my precious BB's for a cheap foundation alternative from the drugstore.

I wanted to write this post to introduce you to some of my all time favourite BB creams, and hopefully break it down so you can find one that will suit your personal preferences. I haven't tried all the BB creams out there (yet) but I like to think I have a fair bit of experience with them, so hopefully this can be of use or just interest to you all. All the brands I've chosen are Korean, purely because I think they make much better skincare products than those you might find on the UK highstreet. I really hope you enjoy this post, let me know in the comments what your favourite BB cream (or foundation), because I'd love to know hehe^^




(These are just in alphabetical order by the way, not order of preference or anything). First up is the Etude House precious mineral bright fit BB cream, I use shade W13. You can usually purchase these for £8-£10, depending on the site. As with most Etude House products, the packaging is adorable, and is a much loved BB cream among many beauty bloggers, including myself!

Claims
Bullet Graphics SPF30 and PA++
Bullet Graphics Whitening 
Bullet Graphics Anti-Darkening
Bullet Graphics Anti-Wrinkle



Next, the Liole Beyond the Solution BB Cream. Unfortunately I have no idea what shade I have because I didn't purchase this myself and it doesn't seem to say on the product. It's a similar price to the Etude House one, with prices averaging around £10 online. There is very little English on the back, so I had to research this a little to find out it's claims and information>.< An important thing to note with this is there is no claim to have SPF, which some people prefer, but don't forget to wear sunscreen underneath this one!

Claims:
Bullet Graphics Moisturizing
Bullet Graphics Smoothing
Bullet Graphics Soothing
Bullet Graphics Oil-Control
Bullet Graphics Long-lasting



This is the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, which I'm using in NO.21. This is my most used BB cream at the moment, I've not had it for that long but I read so many good reviews about this~ I'm not sure why I didn't buy it myself before! The packaging is not the prettiest so that's probably why I wasn't drawn to it (bad I know haha) but don't let that fool you because the product inside is awesome! I also find this one to be a little cheaper, with prices starting at £5 and going up to around £8.

Claims:
Bullet Graphics SPF42 and PA+++
Bullet Graphics Lightens Skin Tone
Bullet Graphics Anti-Wrinkle
Bullet Graphics Whitening
Bullet Graphics Hides Blemishes
Bullet Graphics Anti-Aging


 Finally this is the Skin79 Super+ Blemish Balm with triple functions~ again I don't know the shade, this one was a Christmas present^^ As you may have noticed this one doesn't come in a tube, which is different from all the others. This is good if you store your makeup standing up because it's so stable, but bad if like me you use drawers because it might not fit in! This one seems to be the most expensive one, prices are often upwards of £10, and I've seen some online stores selling it for around £20.

Claims:
Bullet Graphics SPF25 and PA++
Bullet Graphics Whitening
Bullet Graphics UV Protection
Bullet Graphics Wrinkle Improvement

 Now for the Comparisons!

1. Coverage~ Depending on the season and condition of your skin, you might not necessarily be choosing the BB cream with the most coverage. For example, in summer, it is more detrimental to layer on heavy face makeup since your skin could get hot and cause your pores to open up and produce more sebum.


These swatches above are when I apply the BB cream over some super black gel eyeliner, no one has blemishes that dark but it's just to allow an easy comparison. From highest to lowest coverage, the ranking is as follows: Missha, Etude House, Liole, Skin79. However, as you might be able to see, the Skin79 and Missha creams have a much better brightening effect than the others.

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2. Colour ~ What I mean by this is that like with foundations, different brands of BB cream have different undertones, that suit cooler or warmer toned skins. Contrary to what some people seem to think, this undertone does not change even if you use a darker/lighter shade. It's become accepted that cooler toned people should stick to yellow undertones, and warmer people to pink. But I've heard from some makeup artists like Pony, that yellow ones are better for everyone because they are more brightening and are less likely to age you.


From what I can tell, the Etude House and Missha creams have a very definite yellow undertone, though in the image above the Missha one looks a lighter, when on the skin you can detect the yellow tones. The Liole one is possibly a little more pink, but I don't find it to be a bad thing, even though I'm cool toned. However the biggest issue that myself and many other people have with the Skin79 BB cream is that it has a tendency to look a bit grey. Since it's light coverage I don't put enough on to notice it enough, but after a couple of layers the grey tones become more obvious~ so I suggest testing this one first to see if it looks ok on your skin!

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3. Lasting power~ This is a factor that I'm sure many of you are curious about, since it's something that you have to see for yourself. Depending on the climate of the countries you are all living in, the other makeup you use in conjunction with BB creams and the sorts of everyday activities you do will greatly affect how long your makeup last, so I can only give you my personal experience with each product. To give you an idea, I live in the UK where it's currently supposed to be 'summer' but the weather fluctuates. I wore these for a full day at college where I didn't do anything too strenuous or out of the ordinary^^

I found that the longest lasting one when I got home was the Missha one, closely followed by the Liole (which kept my skin more matte in comparison with the others). The Etude House one had reasonable lasting power, but it definitely looked better in the morning! Skin79 was trailing behind again though, probably due to the low coverage.

Overall

Etude House - 9/10
Looks great on the skin, brightening, very affordable, cute packaging
Doesn't control oil very well, may not last all day with reapplication

Liole - 8/10
Affordable, good coverage for summer, stays matte the longest
No sun protection, not brightening, no English translation on the product

Missha - 9/10
Great coverage, brightens skin tone, very affordable, high SPF 
Pretty boring packaging, prone to not lasting on hot days

Skin79 - 7/10
Lighter coverage, UV protection, unique packaging
Can have grey undertones, awkward shaped container, not very brightening