Friday, 10 July 2015

YSL Touche Eclat Foundation Review


Today I'm writing this review because I recently invested in a new foundation, so I wanted to share my experience and opinions. I'm definitely not an expert in high end or premium makeup, but I do occasionally splash out if I want to treat myself! I have a few YSL products now, and I really love all of them, and think they're definitely worth the money - plus they look so pretty in my makeup collection^^


I use my Touche Eclat highlighting concealer religiously, and so I was very curious about the rest of the range. I was on the hunt for a new summer foundation so I did some research, the reviews for the YSL one were generally very good. I spent plenty of time searching around for advice about what shade to get, the effect on different skin types and the kind of formula. I really recommend doing this if you're thinking of investing in an expensive product, if you can speak to staff at the cosmetics counter, that is also very useful and they may give you samples!





My Verdict:


My nervousness about buying an expensive foundation disappeared as soon as I put this product on my skin. It's not a product I would use everyday, partially because it's expensive and I want to save it. For summer, I really love the finish of the foundation - it's pretty lightweight but the coverage is definitely buildable for those slightly worse skin days. The thing I like the most however, is the super glowy and bright look thanks to the illuminating formula. Although I like to dust a little powder on my oily T-zone, I'm happy to leave the rest of my skin powder-free because it looks so healthy.


Here is a swatch on my skin, as you may be able to tell it is a foundation with beige undertones. For me my shade is BR10, and I will quickly clarify the way YSL organises the shades. There are a lot of colours, which are split into three categories: B (beige), BR (beige-rose) and BD (beige-dorĂ©), these basically refer to the undertone. DorĂ© means golden in French for those wondering. Within these categories the shades simply go from light to dark, I use the palest shade which I find is pretty perfect for me. 




Overall:

Perfect glowy finish for summer
♥ Good coverage
♥ Wide range of shades
♥ Luxurious packaging

✗ Pretty pricey
✗ Perhaps not great for very oily skin or those who dislike a dewy finish


Thanks for reading my review, I hope you liked it! Let me know in the comments if you have a favourite YSL product, or any other foundation that you love to use in the summer^^

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My Top Five Summer Makeup Essentials~

Hey guys remember me? I have to apologise for the severe lack of updates on my blog for the past few months, I've been studying hard for my final A-level exams and took a break from my blog since it was just one more thing distracting me from revision. But I've finished now, and have buckets of time with heaps of inspiration, a perfect combination! I hope the rest of you who have been/are in exam mode are doing ok, it's a stressful time but it'll all pay off in the end.

During my semi-hiatus, the seasons have definitely changed over here in England. We're finally getting some summer weather, and now I have time to fully enjoy it, I've been revamping a few aspects of my makeup collection and skincare routine. Recently I've been testing out a lot of new products and have found some new favourites which is exciting. Some of these new discoveries have been added in to this list of beauty products I tend to reach for when the weather is warm and sunny.

1. Precious Mineral Any Cushion - Etude House


I've been showing off this cushion foundation to my friends, telling them it's going to come to the Western market soon, just so they know I had one first. I carry this little baby with me everywhere in the summer, it's so convenient and I think it's my favourite kind of foundation for an everyday look in warm weather. The coverage is light but buildable, and I just love the finish of the product on my skin. I use the shade 'Light Beige No2' if anyone was wondering - but I am now on the prowl for some different kinds of cushion products, if you guys have any recommendations I'd love to hear them in the comments!

2. Touche Eclat Highlighting concealer - YSL


I don't own a huge amount of high end makeup, but this is something that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good product to invest in. I never really bothered to highlight my face, but actually in the summer I think a little glow can look really pretty. I like how easy this is to use, and just generally I think this is a really good product. I also have the YSL touche Eclat foundation, which I think I might review separately, if anyone would be interested!

3. Hoola Bronzer - Benefit


I think a trusty bronzer is pretty essential on holiday or during the summer. I know a lot of people who swear by the Benefit Hoola box bronzer, and I can see why, I rarely reach for any other bronzer. The application is easy and looks so natural - it can be hard for me to find bronzer that looks pretty on my pale skin, but this really does the job. 

4. Lip Pigments - 3 Concept Eyes


Currently I have two of these, one in Electro Pink and one in Bright Orange. I want to try more colours, but these two in particular are really nice to wear when the sun's out. They last a long time which is great, and the colours are really pigmented. I especially love doing a gradient lip for everyday makeup look - I find using a small lip brush is the best way to apply them.

5. Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil - Beauty People


There's nothing worse than makeup melting or smudging during the day. I got this eyeliner pencil in a Memebox, and it's by far the most smudge-proof pencil I've used. Mine is a really pretty brown colour with some subtle sparkles, I tend to reach for browns in summer since I prefer a natural makeup look - but there are other colour options with the same formula.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Irene Kim Appreciation Post~

I wanted to write a quick post dedicated to one of my favourite fashion icons, Irene Kim. She's a gorgeous model and fashion blogger, but you might have seen her presenting a show on K-Style that airs on Mnet America. Her personality is so bubbly and sweet, and all aspects of her fashion sense are flawless, that hair as well is to die for! In my eyes she can do no wrong so I made this post to give Irene a but of love and show you guys how awesome some of her outfits are! 

Let me know in the comments who your biggest fashion inspirations are^^







Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Things I'm Going to Save Up For

First of all I'd just like to thank everyone for all the support and encouraging comments on my last post. I was really blown away by all the sweet messages, I'll be sure to keep my blog updated as my trip approaches and while I'm there^^ You guys have made me even more excited to go, and I'm less nervous knowing you're all there if I need advice or anything - I really appreciate the kindness! <3

This post is going to be about things that I would buy if I was rich. Well not really, but it's a little list of things that I plan on saving up my money for. Most of you reading are probably around my age and know how hard financing can be while in school/college/university. I work usually two days a week and I'm at college for four days, so I have enough coming in to warrant spending money on myself every now and then! 

I hardly ever buy myself expensive things, usually I'll wait until Christmas or my birthday to ask for it or for money to go towards it - and if it's something I really need my parents are always happy to help me out which I feel really lucky for. I know some people (not most of you guys hehe) don't agree with spending a lot of money on material things, and I used to think the same, but if I earn the money I will spend it on myself if I want. I'm sure most of you feel the same way, to an extent treating yourself with things you really want isn't something to be ashamed of! ^^

Anyway here's a list of some of the fashion, beauty and lifestyle things I would like to use as goals to encourage me to save my money. This way I can start buying things for their quality instead of in quantity because they're cheaper. Let me know what you guys are saving up for, and if you have an opinion on this topic I'd love to hear your stance! Thanks for reading<3



This is the bag I've been swooning over for a while now, and it's nowhere near as pricey as other designer bags so I'm quite serious about buying this for myself! It's the Ted Baker Lilley small crosshatch shopper - I feel like it's my perfect bag, I don't have a classic black handbag and now I'm eighteen I feel like I need one. It comes with a removable pouch which can be used as a clutch or as a pocket inside the bag which I think is so awesome. I really can't wait to get my hands on this!



Some of you might already be ahead of me and have these, but I'm dying to get my hands on one! For those of you who are unfamiliar, these are the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid cameras. They are the cutest things ever and I love the idea of keeping little polaroids in an album. With my six month trip coming up, I'm trying to think of a cute way to document my time so I can remember it forever, and I think one of these babies would be such a good way to do so. And of course I'll get the pink one because if pink is an option I have to have it lol.



These pictures are just to represent this, but I want to start purchasing more Mac lipsticks. I have one, that's it. I really love it but I'm only just getting into more high end makeup - and wearing lipstick regularly as well. I just love the colour and finish variety that Mac offer, and I feel out of the loop not having a collection of them lol. If you have a favourite Mac lipstick shade I'd love to hear it and check it out because I'm trying to decide which ones to get! If you're wondering, the shades picture are Impassioned (which I've ordered!) and Russian Red.



I feel like some of these are a bit generic, but whatever. I own a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Lita look-a-likes from H&M that you might have seen in my 'What's in my Closet' post. I love those boots to death and I find them so comfortable and easy to walk in even though they look a little daunting. But I've always wanted a proper pair, the pink ones especially are so so cute, but I'd probably get more wear out of the brown ones...



As I mentioned, I'm only just getting into high end makeup, but I've already built up such a big list of things I want*-* This eyeshadow palette is from Lancome, it's the My French limited edition palette. The colours are so wearable and look gorgeous, but I won't lie the biggest pull factor here is the beautiful packaging. It's so pretty but it is limited edition so I don't know how long it will be available for. It might be a little dangerous to let me loose near a lancome counter if these are on display!



I feel like this last one doesn't fit in at all with anything I've mentioned previously, but I included it anyway because it might be interesting for some of you! Basically now I'm driving my own car, I want to build up mu CD collection so I can jam out on the way to work or whatever. I have a pretty odd taste in music, I like Kpop as you all know, but outside of that I really enjoy more alt. rock and some hip hop as well - if you guys would like to know what else I like I can write a whole post about it(:

Monday, 26 January 2015

I Have Some Exciting News!

Hey everyone, I feel like it's been a while since I blogged about anything that's a little more personal. It's probably because my life isn't particularly interesting, and I don't feel like people would want to read about every little thing that I do~ but today is different because I have some actual news. I put off mentioning it to most people until it was confirmed, but now I know for sure so I can share it with you all!

*Apologies if this post is a little wordy~ I'll go back to normal after this*


To start the story off, I'm currently 18 years old and in my last year at College. I know the education system works differently in every country, but in England, I'll finish this year with three 'A-Levels' and then I'm supposed to go off to University and do a degree of some sort, or perhaps an equivalent qualification depending on what I want to be. The problem is that I don't know what I want to be*-* I applied for University and got offers from all five choices, but truthfully I don't feel comfortable going because I don't have my heart set on anything. 

I'm sure this is common for anyone my age, but the College and education system push quite hard for students to go to University, and I feel like that's wrong. Unless you know exactly what you want to become, why waste so much time and money doing a degree you don't truly want to be doing? So with that being said, I basically decided I need to take a Gap year to figure out where I want to be, before I make such big decisions.

But of course I don't want to waste my time off, I want to make the most of it. So, I applied for a place on a Gap year program about three or four months ago, and I'm so happy because I found out today I got a place! To put things short I'm going to be spending six months working abroad in South Korea. It's at an international school where I'll be working for a while just as an assistant, but my duties include things like helping with lessons, organizing activities and working with the other people on the program to help the daily running of the school.


The school is on Jeju island, which looks so beautiful and I'm super stoked to be working there. To me it really sounds too good to be true, I will be staying in my own studio flat on campus with meals and facilities all included. I don't have to pay for anything, and on top of that they pay each member of the program for working there every month. 

I don't know all the details yet but I'll definitely keep you all updated if you'd be interested in reading about it - I feel so blessed to have this opportunity, and I want to start packing my suitcase right now! 

Monday, 19 January 2015

What's In My Closet?

I believe this was a tag circulating around the blogging community a while ago, but I wanted to do it myself since I think it's a super cute post especially for fashion bloggers. I know I'd be interested to read what other people might answer to these question since I'm pretty nosy when it comes to other people's clothes hehe^^ I don't have a particularly big collection of clothes, but I recently had a clear out so now my closet is free of a lot of clutter ~ so what better time than now to do this post? If you enjoy it please let me know, and if any of you would like to have a go yourself don't hesitate to leave me a link to your post because I would love to see your answers!


1. What is the oldest item in your closet?

The oldest item I have that I still wear is this T-shirt that I got from Disneyland Florida, back in like 2006 or something. It was on a family holiday and me and my brother picked our favourite rides to get a T-shirt from as a souvenir~ this was my mine, but I also really love the psychedelic print on it and I'm going to make an effort to actually wear it this summer. The reason it still fits me is because I didn't grow a lot anyway, but it was a lot baggier when I first bought it, with the intention being I could wear it for a while.

It carries a lot of really great memories for me, and even though it wasn't expensive or super fashionable, I think it's one of my favourite pieces of clothing just because of the sentimental value.






2. What is the newest item in your closet?

I bought this a couple of weeks ago from Yesstyle.com, it looked so cute on the model and I was making an order anyway so I just chucked it in the shopping basket. It was one size, and I always worry I'm too small to get one sized clothes online, but this top is super tiny! It's tight on me and I'm an XS haha~ but I wanted it bodycon so I'm very happy, plus the colour is really nice. I think I'll wear it out to parties or meals, since the off-shoulder cut is a little more dressy.

I was looking for something off shoulder for a while, but I wasn't sure if it would suit me. I chose this because it was a little more casual than some of the tops I was looking at ~ if you're interested I think it cost around £15 with my Yesstyle member discount.







3. What is the most expensive item in your closet?

This is definitely my Pandora bracelet that I received from my parents as an 18th birthday present. I really really love it and wear it all the time, I'm super grateful they got it for me because I can keep adding to it and make it full of memories. I don't even know the exact price but I won't disclose it since it doesn't really matter, but it's a piece I wouldn't go and buy for myself ~ it's something really special to me!











4. What is the most affordable item in your closet?

If I picked the cheapest thing it would be like hairbands or something and no one cares about that. Instead I picked something I think was a good price for the amount I use it. That was this lemon yellow Primark bag. It's pretty small but I don't always need a proper handbag, and this one does the job perfectly. The colour is adorable and it cost me around £5 if I remember correctly, so I think that's rather good value!

They did have a baby pink and blue version, and I genuinely considered buying all three. But they turned out to be super popular and they sold out really quickly in both my local stores!








5. What is the biggest bargain in your closet?

In England we have things called charity shops, I'm pretty sure they're similar to thrift shops in America. Basically people donate things they don't want and any money made goes to charity, even the shop assistants and volunteers. I love to browse through them because you can often find some great bargains and you're giving money to a good cause as well! This dress came from one nearby my College, and cost me £4. I think the cut is really interesting, and although it's a little more revealing in some places than I'm used to, for an evening out I think it would look really nice!










6. What is the biggest waste of money in your closet?

I got rid of some of my old items recently so this probably isn't the worst thing I've ever bought, but I kept it anyway. This skirt is from Jack Wills, and although it's not horrible, it was more expensive than I would have liked. I've worn it maybe once or twice, and I don't think it looks very flattering on me at all~ I do like the colour and crochet detail so perhaps I'll learn to love it, but for now it's just collecting dust in my closet...

I have found that throwing on a gold detail belt and some chunky gold jewelry makes it look better, I don't really know what it is I don't like about the shape though. I think because I have quite wide hips, looking back at pictures I think it makes me look wider? I don't know aha.









7. What are your three favourite items in your closet?

For my three favourite items I picked firstly my velvet patterned leggings from Topshop because they're so comfy but just on their own they look exciting and make an outfit not boring. I wear these so much, since they can easily be dressed up or down^^

Then I got out another item from Topshop, my cropped stripey turtleneck. It's ribbed and form fitting so I think it's really flattering, and it's so versatile and easy to style.

 Finally I picked my H&M platform boots because that's what gets the party going. I always wear these to house parties or events because they're cute and make me so much taller!







8. What is the most outrageous item in your closet?

I'm not an outrageous person when it comes to fashion, so this skirt might seem a little tame to many people, but it's the best I could do! It's from New Look, and it's pretty old, but I quite like it to wear on holiday or on a summer evening. The pattern is bolder than most things I own, but I think it's good to have a few statement pieces that can be styled with plain clothes.

It wasn't expensive so I just bought it impulsively (I think it was in a sale or something). I don't wear it as much as other items in my closet but at the end of the day if I like it then it has a place in my wardrobe! Do any of you guys wear bold patterns like this a lot? I always wanted to be able to but I'm not that brave with a lot of things hehe^^

Friday, 16 January 2015

Recent Beauty Purchases

I know it's not a conventional time to be talking about my beauty favourites, but frankly I'm just excited to share my love for these products with you all! Some of these things I got as gifts for Christmas, but the majority I bought myself. Usually I just stick with drugstore makeup and don't buy myself anything too expensive (I save that for when people ask what I want for a gift or something). But recently I've treated myself to a few things I've been after for a while, and I'm happy that I did because I've been really loving some of the products I chose! ^^ I'd love to know if you've tried any of these products, or if you've recently discovered something you really like~ thanks for reading! 

'In the Light' eyeshadow palette - Stila


I know I might be a little late on the bandwagon, but I already have quite a lot of eyeshadow and I don't use a lot of them often. But I really wanted to try out this palette for myself since it always has such high reviews, and Stila is a brand that I generally like a lot.

The colours are really pigmented and pretty, I particularly like using the shimmery ones for parties and nights out! The shade 'Kitten' is probably my favourite though because it's such a beautiful highlight colour, I use it regularly in the corners of my eyes. The shadows stay on all day without smudging or creasing, and application can be done wet or dry which is super cool ~ like everyone else, I would highly recommend this product!

Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick No.8 - YSL 


Yet another product with a lot of hype, I'm constantly seeing beauty bloggers gush over new ysl lipsticks and I couldn't help but get jealous*-* I managed to find one in an online sale with about £10 off the original price, so I just went for it. I was so excited when it came in the post, like I opened that package so carefully.

The colour is quite a warm pink, and suits my skin tone well as quite a neutral shade. It's very wearable for many occasions depending how the rest of your makeup looks, and works well with some of my other lip liners and glosses. The formula is super moisuturising  and long-lasting, plus the packaging alone is just incredibly luxurious. I love it so much I have plans to try one of the non-shine versions as soon as possible, since they look super pretty too!

Princess - Vera Wang


This isn't something I've recently discovered actually, but I only just got the bigger size. When it comes to fragrance I'm no expert, but I prefer lighter scents that I can wear everyday. I always knew I liked this Vera Wang one but I realised I don't think I've mentioned it on my blog before. In fairness the reason I was attracted to it the first time was because of the adorable bottle, but I actually really love the scent, and pretty much the only one I use nowadays.

Gel Liner in 'Glitter Black' - 3 Concept Eyes



Any frequent readers of my blog won't be surprised by this one, since 3CE products always seem to creep their way into my favourites posts! I've been after a good gel liner for a little while, since the one I used to use wasn't that great and smudged quite easily. This is perfect though, I really can't fault it, and I'm super tempted to go ahead and order one of the more exciting colours just to try it out. It was very reasonably priced, and like I say, I'm never disappointed by Stylenanda cosmetic products, so I have high hopes!

Play 101 in shade 2 - Etude House


Keeping on the eyeliner train, I bought this to try out on a whim, since the current black pencil liner I was using occasionally has almost run out. If any of you know who the Korean makeup artist Pony is, you might have seen some of her videos with Etude House using the Play 101 pencils. Basically every video left me with an almost uncontrollable urge to buy all the colours and hoard them all. I thought if I tried the black one and liked the feel and application of it, I could go ahead and get some more. So it looks like my bank account might suffer a little in the coming months*-*

I was shocked mostly at how good the lasting power of these things are, I swatched it on my hand when I first opened it, and that line didn't come off easily after it dried. There was no smudging at all and the pigmentation is super awesome too. The one I have does contain a little bit of glitter which I really like, but I'm sure they have a matte one if you'd prefer that.