Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Stylenanda Beauty Tips #3

This post is going to feature something that has intrigued me for a long time, how to achieve the gorgeous glowing skin that is so popular in Korea at the moment. I'm sure you've all seen actresses or idols with flawless skin that is so radiant, and shines in the most beautiful way. Today I'm sharing tips and products that can help you master this look~ all of which are thanks to 3 Concept Eyes, the cosmetic line from fashion brand Stylenanda. Let me know what you guys think of the look, and any products you use to create it.

3CE Liquid Foundation
This product comes in two shades, one for pink undertones and one for yellow. As you can see from the picture, it's a super lightweight and moisturising foundation, and it has an SPF of 20. Stylenanda beauty experts recommend applying any foundation with a makeup sponge, in order to get a 'light, luminous, and long lasting' application. 

3CE Back to Baby BB Cream
 I'm really considering buying this product, as you can see the model's face here is not as shiny as the foundation~ but it still glows and looks super natural. I am a BB cream junkie, I wear it 90% of the time instead of foundations. It might not give as much coverage as foundation, but for the summer season especially, it's so light and natural.


 This image is just showing swatches of two 3CE products, you can see how much coverage they give - much more than the average BB cream right? Although the prices of these products might be a little more expensive, but you should save up if you wish for quality in your makeup!




Monday, 24 March 2014

Next~

I've recently started working as a sales assistant in a shop nearby me called Next. So far I really like it, and I'm hoping that my temporary contract will be extended at the end of April, so that I can continue working there^^ Next is a UK company, but their online site ships items all around the world, so there's a chance that some of you guys have heard about it before.

I'd like to share some of the products that the company are stocking for Spring/Summer 2014, that can be found on the website here. There are multiple collections so depending on your tastes or needs, there should be something that you all like^^ I'd love to hear from you all in the comments, let me know if you've heard of Next before, and which of the products you like(: Thank you so much for reading! x

The Tailored and Smart Collection:


The Casual Collection:
 

 The Jeans Collection:


Signature/Occasion Collection:
 

The Shoe Collection:
 

The Swimwear Collection:
 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Girl's Generation Mr.Mr. Makeup Collaboration~

Today I'm sharing with you all my contribution towards a beauty blogger collaboration hosted by Lala from Lala's Wonderland. I'm so happy that I had the chance to be involved, this is the first time I've put myself forwards for something like this, because I don't think I'm that good at makeup>.< But I couldn't pass this one up because the theme was Girl's Generation's (SNSD) new music video 'Mr.Mr.', which I really really loved.


The member whose look I have recreated is Seohyun, and I hope that I have done it some justice~ because she looked super amazing in the MV^^


And here's my finished look with a tutorial to follow:


Tutorial:


1. Create a relatively flat, Korean style eyebrow. Brush the hairs across and up then fill in with powder or a pencil to create a straight line. I used a No7 Brow pencil and some brow gel to fix it.
2. I chose to apply some eyeshadow, but this is kind of optional. Just keep it simple with browns, a light colour for the lid, middle for the crease and dark for the outer v. I used shades from my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. 
3. Apply the first layer of eyeliner, liquid or gel liner is probably best for this. Wing it out at the ends and extend slightly over the inner corner. Use your favourite liner, but mine is the No7 Stay Precise felt tip liner.


4. Apply some eyeliner on the lower lashline, joining it up with your other line to create a triangle. I used pencil liner for this because it looked a little softer~ But I'm sure other types would work nicely too.
5. Put on your favourite mascara or false eyelashes (I used Lancome Doll Eyes mascara) and draw a little pretend mole under your eye with one of the eyeliners you used before.
6. Find a fairly dark red lipstick and apply it all over your lips, preferably with a lip liner if you plan on wearing the makeup for a while. I used the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in shade 01.

And that's it! 

I really hope you liked this post, I'm a bit nervous about sharing it because I don't do many makeup tutorials. I'd love to hear some feedback in the comments, any improvements would also be gratefully accepted^^ Please go and check out the other ladies involved in the collaboration, all the links are below. Thank you for reading!


Jessica - Lala
Hyoyeon - Nella
Tiffany - Dewie
Sooyoung - Anne
Sunny - Delila
Taeyeon - Dina
Yoona - Lyne
Yuri - Nurina

Friday, 7 March 2014

K-Drama Fashion~ Yoo Rachel's Style from Heirs

I know it's been a while since Heirs finished, so hopefully many of you have watched some of the episodes - even if not all of them. I have spoken about the actual drama and what I think about it before, but I've wanted to write this post for a long time. The show might have ended, but some of the fashion featured will continue to inspire me for a long time. I've picked Kim Ji Won's character, Rachel Yoo to focus on in this post, because I love her luxurious and feminine style~ 

I've picked out what I think are the keys points of her outfits, and then found some similar pieces from Yesstyle.co.uk for those of us with a smaller budget. I really hope you guys enjoy this post, let me know what you think in the comments^^ Thanks for reading everyone! 

1. Embellished/Embroidered Collars

I am a big fan of collars, especially for the spring, I think they are so cute on dresses or under jumpers. But I only really have simple or plain ones, no decorated ones like Rachel's. I often thought that they would look a little tacky, but in actual fact with the right piece, it looks super chic and interesting. I've picked out a few examples of collars that have a little bit of sparkle or embellishment for you all^^


Styleonme - £36.90, Click - £37.90, QZ Lady - £12.90

2. Luxurious Coats

Ok, this is definitely not something specific to Rachel, all the characters in Heirs wore so many gorgeous coats. I was left swooning over so many, but especially the block colour coats, which Rachel sported quite often. Pink is a big trend this season, so I decided to find some of my favourite pink coats from Yesstyle to hopefully give you some inspiration!



SO Central - £29.90, Naning9 - £88.90, Mooiee - £53.90

3. Girly Lace Tops

Nothing says spring to me like lace, and since spring is on it's way here in the UK, I'm already out looking for some new bits and pieces. For those of us with girly and cute styles, it's easy it incorporate it into the wardrobe. Here, Rachel's is actually from Valentino, but I could never afford that haha. I think they're a pretty staple piece in many girl's closets, but if you haven't found the perfect one yet, take a look at the ones I've found below^^

Ringnor - £14.90, Styleberry - £33.90, Styleonme - £42.90



Thursday, 27 February 2014

2NE1 Crush Comeback

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been blogging as much as usual lately. I'm just a little preoccupied with school, work (yes I finally got a job omg) and driving lessons too>.< But I'll try and get back into it as soon as I can! I'm sure everyone understands, I just wanted to let you guys know what was going on(:


Anyway, if you're even a little fan of Kpop you've probably heard about 2NE1's recent comeback with 'Crush'. Girl's Generation also released Mr.Mr. recently, but I'm a fan of both groups so was equally excited for both! If you've heard it, please let me know what you think in the comments, I'd love to know^^ The tracklist is as follows:

1. Crush
2. Come Back Home
3. Gotta Be You
4. If I Were You
5. Good To You
6. MTBD
7. Happy
8. Scream
9. Baby I Miss You

The thing that I like best about this album is that it's so 2NE1, if that makes sense. I mean, I respect that there are people that don't like the style of music that they tend to put out, but I like it ~ and all the songs suit them so well. I much prefer 2NE1 songs that are edgy, fierce and upbeat. Although they do sing some nice ballads, I prefer this style (saying that there are a couple of very pretty slow songs on the album).

All the songs are super addictive, but I love Come Back Home the best, I was so impressed by it! Not many groups could sing it well, and I really admire how 2NE1 bring something really unique to Kpop. It's been stuck on repeat on my Ipod since it was released hehe^^ Which song do you guys like the most?


I'm also really digging the fashion in the promotional photos, the galaxy concept especially is so cool! Especially Dara omg, I know some people didn't like the image of her in a beanie with blue hair~ But I think she looks amazing:D Although she always looks perfect in my opinion. However, I don't know if you guys agree with me, but I feel like Park Bom's doesn't look as pretty as she used to... But thanks for reading guys, don't forget to leave a comment to tell me what you think^^

Friday, 21 February 2014

Stylenanda Beauty Tips #2

This post is going to be about how to achieve the straight Korean-style eyebrows. Of course there is more than one way to do this, but Stylenanda have really straight forward and simple steps. As many of you know, the most popular shape of eyebrow for Korean women is straight and thick, which gives a very youthful and fresh look.

It's important that the eyebrows are nearly straight, have a straight line along the bottom, but make a little edge on the top. If the ends of your brows draw downwards, it can actually make you look older. Here's a step by step guide with pictures showing you how to shape you brows before using products~ don't do this too close to when you apply makeup, because tweezing can cause skin to turn red and a little swollen.

After tweezing and shaping the eyebrow, you can use products such as brow powder or pencils to draw and fill in your brows. Stylenanda recommends if you have naturally thick brows, use a powder just to fill in the gaps, and a mascara if you wish to lighten them. For those with sparse eyebrows, draw extra hairs in with a pencil and then use powder to fill in the gaps for a more natural look.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Girl's Generation Mr.Mr Teasers

It's not news that I'm a fan of Girl's Generation. So you can imagine how excited I am about their next comeback! Although there's news about it being delayed because of technical issues or something, I don't mind waiting a little longer~ because I know it'll be worth it^^ The teaser has been released, and I've been swooning over the still cuts of each member. The concept seems pretty sexy, but in a glamorous and classy way, which I love! I'm getting a bit tired of all the overexposure in the music videos that other girl groups are releasing recently. But let me know what you think of the photos and the teaser, which members look do you like the best? Thanks for reading guys^^

Hyoyeon
 I love the Hyoyeon is still blonde after all this time, it really suits her well~ the hot pink colour looks awesome too. I especially like the coat she is kind of wearing, and I hope we get to see more looks like this in the real music video! 
 
Jessica
 To me, Jessica's outfit is more classy and cute than some of the other girls~ but it still looks gorgeous. I'm a big fan of collars, and the white and pink together looks really nice with her dark hair. That look is one that I would actually wear myself if I had the clothes haha.

Seohyun
 She's wearing black and white here, but the pink theme is kept alive with the addition of a fluffy pink rug. I'm not used to seeing her with concepts like this, but maybe that's because she's always been the youngest and cutest. Despite that, I think she looks amazing, her makeup especially is really nice.

Sooyoung
 I like this a lot, Sooyoung's messy beehive is so cool and glam. It matches her outfit too, which has kind of a retro feel. This kind of style really suits her in my opinion, not sure why though! Picking two different shades of pink looks really nice, and demonstrates one way to wear it in the coming season - since pink is the next big trend.

Sunny
 I think Sunny's is the only photo I'm not really sold on. I don't like her hair in that style at all~ and although the dress is still quite pretty, I don't think it suits her that well. But that's just what I think, and she still looks great. Hopefully in the full video there'll be other outfits that I like more^^

Taeyeon
 You can't see much of her outfit here, but Taeyeon looks super pretty with bright lips like that right? I always like her hair, and recently got my fringe cut to look like hers:P I don't doubt that her outfits and vocals in the full version will be outstanding as usual.
Tiffany
 If you ask me, Tiffany is the most glamorous member in SNSD. She just always looks so classy and really suits concepts like that. Her sparkly red dress is so gorgeous, and her hair as well is pretty. I'm not sure who that man is yet, but he's a lucky guy hehe^^

Yoona
 This picture proves why Yoona is so often referred to as the visual right? Major props to the makeup artist here, the eyes in particular are done so well. She looks really slick and striking in this picture, I really want to try and recreate this look in the future - maybe I'll make a post on it:p

Yuri
Finally Yuri, who's not wearing pink at all. I'm not sure I like that corset over the top of a shirt - but it doesn't matter because Yuri can work it haha. She looks like a doll, and I can't wait to see the rest of her outfit. Perhaps not the most stand out picture of the bunch, but even so pretty perfect huh?