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.

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