Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bntgirls is now Recruiting!

Hi everyone, if you are a beauty blogger with a passion for Korean cosmetics, don't hesitate to apply to be a Bntgirl! I have had such an amazing experience working with Bntnews and would recommend it in a heartbeat. I was just recently announced as the Best Bntgirl along with Joanne and they split the prize between us- I received a $500 Stylenanda voucher! Stylenanda is my favorite clothing brand and their cosmetics are top notch too, I could not be happier! I mean being rewarded to review the hottest trending Korean products? Not to mention they consistently publish my reviews on their main website, helping me advertise my blog. 
 

Sunshine Blogger Award- Get to Know me!

Thank you so much Rini for nominating me for my very first blogger award! *feels special*

The rules:
1. Post a picture of the Sunshine Blogger Award
2. Post 11 random facts about you
3. Answer 11 questions from the nominating blogger
4. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
5. Nominate 11 wonderful bloggers, that you feel bring sunshine to the blogging world (be sure to notify them).
6. Write 11 questions for your nominated blogger

11 random facts about me!

1. I cannot leave the house without a water bottle in my bag.
2. I have a 'pointy' heel shape which means I cannot wear any sort of pumps or shoes that do not have an ankle strap.
3. I am a massive Les Miserables (the musical) fan.
4. My drink of the month is hot water with lemon juice with a dash of pink salt.
5. I have never ever watched a movie/dvd by myself!
6. When I was 8 I was a blue belt, black tip in Karate (Goju Kai style). I recently took it up again at age 23!
7. My mother is a skin cancer surgeon.
8. I love aquariums but I have a huge fear of open water and sea creatures that are... not behind glass. Lol.
9. You probably already know this, but I have only read fantasy books for the last 5 years. My favorite series is the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson. 
10. My favorite character from Game of Thrones is the Hound. I also had a crush on Khal Drogo. Everyone laughs at me when I tell them this!
11. I can do the splits all 3 ways, hold a handstand and elbow balance (for a long time!) and do an aerial cartwheel!


Proof from today at the park ^^.
My answers to Rini's questions:

1. What is your biggest fear? I would have to say old age.
2. Do you prefer rainy or sunny day? Sunny of course! Rain is only good for sleeping.
3. Cupcake or macaroon? Definitely cupcakes. I have never tried a macaroon because they look so dry haha.
4. What is your favorite anime? You know, I have never got into anime or manga! The female characters always tend to annoy me for some reason. I would have to say Pokemon, I enjoyed that immensely as a child.
5. What is your dream when you was a child? To be a dancer. Which was coming true before my dream changed! Plus, I have flexible flat feet which made going en pointe extra hard.
6. Basketball or football? Neither! I dislike most sport!
7. Your daily makeup product? Etude House Bright Fit BB cream.
8. What fashion style are you most comfortable with? Either girly or grungy depending on my mood. The outfit must involve flat shoes though.
9. When did you start using makeup? Around 12 for dancing shows.
10. Do you have any city you wish you could live in right now? I would love to live in Japan or America for some part of my life!
11. Lollipop or bubble gum? Neither because they are bad for your teeth. *shakes finger*


Now I nominate the rest of the Bntgirls:

I haven't been on the blog scene for very long so I haven't met many other bloggers :(. So whoever else reads this, I choose you!

And my curious questions are:

1. Which hairstyle have you always wanted to try but didn't have the guts to do it?
2. Who was your favorite Spice Girl?
3. What are your thoughts on durians?
4. What is your least favorite cuisine?
5. Whats next on your travel plans?
6. Peaches or plums?
7. Dogs or cats?
8. Your favorite hair product?
9. In your opinion what is the most important quality a person can possess?
10. Skydiving or Bungee jumping?
11. Any special talents we don't know about?


I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Fasio BB Cream Review

Hi everyone! I have a BB cream from Fasio, a Japanese brand, to review for you today which I picked up in Japan for around $11 on sale. I remember using Fasio mascaras back in my Singapore high school days- I loved how waterproof and curly (albeit a bit crusty) they made my eyelashes! 

I threw this BB cream in my basket after I saw they had a range of shades: 01- Bright beige, 02- Natural beige and 03- Healthy Beige. I have the darkest shade, 03 Healthy beige which matches my NC30ish skin tone quite well. This BB cream contains mattifying powders and 'sebum resistant' silicone polymers to adhere to skin to conceal pores and even skin tone to a silky smooth finish. If I had been able to read this information in Japan I probably would not have bought it because my dry skin is not a fan of matte products. Read on to see how it performed!


This product is tiny and contains only 30g of product, half the size of a regular full sized BB cream. The small, flat tube and secure twist top make it lovely for traveling! It also contains a whopping SPF50+ making it very suitable for sunny climates.

 

This BB cream can be likened to a foundation- I find it thick yet easily blendable and the medium to high coverage it provides is very impressive. As you can see, the tiny smear on my hand in the above picture blends to cover a lot of skin! True to the claims, this BB cream adheres to my skin brilliantly and blends seamlessly to a matte finish, unlike most BB creams which are creamy and leave a dewy finish. There is a very slight greyish cast when it's blended but this is hardly noticeable on my yellow skin. 
 

Apologies for the chapped lips... They're going through a temperamental phase.
Take a look at how well one layer of product (applied with my fingers) covers up the darkness around my mouth and the capillaries on my eyelids! Although the coverage is medium to high, my skin still looks natural and the product feels so light and smooth on my face. I have dry skin and find that this product does not emphasise any flakes or dry patches at all which is so rare in mattifying products, so the formula is indeed super impressive! 

When I use this product I do not need any setting powder because the product sets itself and lasts all day (8 hours +) without any shine to be seen. I believe girls with any skin type will be happy with this product as it does not emphasise dry skin yet it provides excellent oil control!


I completed my makeup using only 1 layer of the Fasio BB cream all over my face with no concealer or powder. 

Overall I give this product a whopping 9/10. It provides a high SPF, medium to high coverage, a decent variety of shades and a perfectly smooth matte finish without feeling heavy or cakey! The product lost 1 mark because of it's small size and lack of skincare factors eg. whitening and wrinkle care, that we expect of modern BB creams.

The Fasio BB cream is available on Ebay here for $18. I highly recommend this gem of a product!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Pinnacles OOTD- Desert Roadtrip

On Easter Sunday we took a 3 hour drive up North of Perth to see the pinnacles for the first time- day trip photos will be coming soon! This is what I wore and it happened to be very dessert appropriate. A skort to keep decent during gusts of wind and an appropriately sheer lacey top to keep my cool in the heat. I kept it untucked and the sleeves rolled for a relaxed silhouette to match my holiday mood.




This top made its round through Aussie boutiques last year where it retailed for $50+! I suggest you buy it off Ebay for $10 like me right here.

Lace crotchet top from Ebay
Skort from Holly Hoque boutique
Livnow sunnies from Quay eyewear
Boots from Lipstick shoes (similar)
Rose gold necklace from Tobi

Stay tuned for an upcoming 'Picnic at the Pinnacles post'!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Celebrations! Pear and Almond Cake + a Sunflower Pie!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely time with their friends and family! We celebrated with a super chilled out pot luck dinner with some friends at our place. Yanto was absolutely set on making a 'sunflower pie' once he saw this recipe (it's worth the click!). I decided on making a slightly fancier pear and almond cake over my usual gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate brownies. Read on to see how our cooking endeavors turned out!

The first step in preparation for guests is washing Pika pomeranian after her daily visit to the park. She's so adorable that no one really minds the task of washing her because she just stands in the sink patiently the whole time. No fussing at all!


Haha I cannot get over how funny she looks without all her fur! She is seriously 70% fluff, 30% dog. 


Much better ^^. My little angel!

It was time to start baking my gluten and dairy free pear and almond cake. I used this easy recipe and I highly recommend it because it was super easy and everyone loved it. I love lazy recipes that don't involve any electronic beaters- this one was purely mixed with a blender. This cake is extremely rich in protein (8 eggs + almonds yo!) and will definitely leave you feeling satisfied! This is what it looked like before baking.


Selfies with my cute $2 oven mitts from Daiso Japan whilst my cake bakes!


I noticed some girls on Get it Beauty (a Korean beauty talk show) were wearing their hair in this cute half updo bun, so I decided to try it! I simply separated my hair into two sections and pinned the top half around my bun donut. I think it's a really cute and fun hairstyle to try out, especially if you suck at doing hair like me. 


Annnddd this is how my cake turned out! Charred on one side, but that didn't stop anyone from eating it all up! The cake was extremely dense and not too sweet. My friend said it had the texture of 'that green Malaysian cake that isn't pandan' (lol)- a Google revealed he meant kuih seri muka? Another gluten-free, dairy-free recipe to add to my collection after this success!

And this is how Yanto's spinach and ricotta pie turned out on his first attempt! Yes the pastry is also hand made with spelt flour to make it gluten free. Doesn't it look amazing? What a talented dude :).


Our group of usuals brought chicken drumsticks, home made hummus, pasta and a packet of chips. There's always that one person who brings chips -__-.  All of our friends happen to be nerds so we played a ton of Tekken Tag Tournament, had a cute Easter Egg hunt and finished with an intense round of Settlers of Catan!

We were left with a heap of uneaten Easter eggs because everyone is too darn healthy! Not that I can complain, I didn't eat any either. I love hosting get togethers and making people eat whatever my mediocre cooking skills produce muahaha.

Hope you guys don't mind this casual post! How did you celebrate Easter?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bntgirls Collaboration! Girl's Generation/SNSD Yoona Mr Mr Makeup tutorial


This has been a long time coming and now it's finally up! I'm so excited to present my first ever blogger collaboration- the Bntgirls SNSD Mr Mr makeup collaboration! Thank you very much to Rini for coming up with the idea and Carina who made this awesome collage.

From left to right, top to bottom:
Rini as Jessica
Carina as Seohyun
Mariana as Sooyoung
Joanne as Sunny
Alene as Taeyoon
Me as Yoona

Make sure to visit all the Bntgirls for their looks!

I chose Yoona because I loved her smokey cat eye eyeshadow, fierce eyebrows and matte red lips. This sort of look is definitely very sexy and not something I have ever tried before. If you have been following my blog for awhile you will know I tend to steer away from red lips! I suppose you could say I chose Yoona for the challenge- could I manipulate this makeup to look good on me and stay true to Yoona's look?



Here is my final look and comparison:


Considering we have a very different face shape and features, especially the lips, I think I did quite well! Here are the steps I took to achieve this look.

Face
Etude House Bright Fit BB cream #3 Honey Beige- applied generously over the whole face for medium coverage.
BRTC Jasmine Moist Pact- to provide a bright and velvety matte finish. 
Sleek Contour kit- lightly applied under the cheekbones and jawline to give the impression of a smaller face.
Canmake Glow Fleur cheeks in 04 Pink- very lightly on the apples of the cheeks.

 


Eyes
I only used 2 eye shadows for this look! 

Visee Eyebrow- to make brows straight, strong and thick! 
Greymelin 7 day Tatoo- draw in hairs to make the eyebrows more realistic.

 Naked Palette Half Baked- all over the eyelid and lower lash line for a natural gold shimmer.
Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in Black- smudged along the lashline as a base for the black eyeshadow and on the lower waterline.
Naked Palette Creep- smoke out the top lash line horizontally, not upwards. Smudge along the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line.
Canmake gold glitter liner- apply generously underneath the black eyeshadow on the lower lash line for some sparkle!

Finish with mascara on the top and bottom lashes and a pair of long eyelashes!

Lips
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love that Red- this lipstick is almost a perfect match for Yoona's look. I concealed my lips and applied the lipstick smaller than my natural lip lines with a prominent cupid's bow to match Yoona. Tip- Blot with a tissue and then reapply and blot again for long lasting matte lips!




I know, it looks like I'm naked, but I'm wearing a tube top!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Was the look accurate enough? Would you try this look?

Lush American Cream Conditioner Review

Did you know all my haircare products are from Lush? Since I reviewed my very first solid shampoo so very long ago, I have exclusively used these nifty bars to clean my hair, trying out a new one each time. Only recently did I pick up another Lush conditioner (after hating the Jungle bar conditioner) and  American Cream is a winner for my dry, damaged hair.

American Cream is one of Lush's bestsellers and with good reason! This is the second bottle of American Cream we have gone through because the boyfriend and I love this stuff. It comes in an easy squeezy plastic recyclable bottle (no frills here!) which works well as the product is runny enough to succumb to gravity when you turn it upside down.


This 500g bottle costs $34 and is enough to last two people (I have long hair and Yanto has half a head of shoulder length hair) around 2-3 months. 



Hardworking Kale makes most of the Lush products we purchase! Good on you Kale!
 

The conditioner is quite rich and is a medium thickness- as you can see it is running down my hand. Surprisingly you need very little of the product to coat your hair compared to a normal silicone conditioner. I use half a palm of conditioner to coat my long hair from ears to ends and then indulge in the sweet strawberry cream scent as I brush my teeth/wash my face before washing it out. My hair absorbs this stuff like crazy, so much so that there is hardly anything left to wash out! I have never experienced this phenomenon before :O. This also means that my shower floor does not get coated in slippery silicones, hurrah! 

My hair is left feeling really soft and nourished from the inside instead of feeling coarse and 'coated' with a slippery barrier. Since I started using this conditioner, I find my hair dries a lot smoother and straighter if I brush it when it's damp and leave it to dry naturally. Not to mention the smell lingers for a good few hours after. Sometimes I can still smell strawberries the day after if I consciously give my hair a whiff!

Look how soft my hair looks! Photo from my Koogal clothing post.
Overall, I LOVE this conditioner and it has changed my hair for the better. Never has my hair felt this soft and healthy before! This product is definitely for you if you have dry, damaged or colored hair. I top up my hair routine with a Retread mask (review coming soon) every week which really helps my hair retain its softness.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you tried American Cream?