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! (links coming soon)

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?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

March Favorites 2014

I did take these photos at the end of March but this post got delayed because of exams. Better late than never! I don't have many favorites because I was in a killer exam period and was sticking to the basics in my beauty routine.


1. Yesstyle Printed Pullover- It's been getting a little colder (sort of) in Perth and I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold so I proclaimed it sweater weather time! I love this sweet pastel jumper because it is so soft and warm and is really easy to pair with florals or white for a super girly look. Unfortunately this item is no longer available, boo. I actually had a pretty terrible experience with Yesstyle- I hate Toll shipping and I had to return a pair of shoes which cost me $14 for the return postage! Not happy. 

2. Un Jour a Biavitz Perfume- My Mum bought this for me in France from a little indie store. I'm terrible with perfumes, having owned literally 4-5 in my life time, all of them being gifts so I won't try to describe the notes. I stopped wearing perfume a year ago because every perfume I tried gave me a headache! This one smells really strongly (sweet and musky) but I don't any bad reactions to it and it smells amazing.

3. Verikos Collagen Tightening Cream- Another one of my past Bntnews face creams that I fell in love with all over again. I remember liking it at the time, but after trying it again, I love it! It is a really thick, luxurious lemon scented cream that really feels like it's plumping and firming my skin. I love using this as a night cream.

4. Macaron ring case from Forever New- I picked this up in store some months ago and have been using it to store my used false eyelashes! Isn't it adorable? It looks so cute on my shelf and makes me happy every time I open it.

5. BRTC Jasmine Moist Pact- Simply the perfect powder for dry skin. Click on the link to read my rave review!



6. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson- I mentioned the first book of this series in my February favorites. Me and my fellow fantasy friends were squirming with anticipation spren (lol) months before this book was set to be released. We had it pre ordered and picked it up the very day it was released in Australia and devoured all >1000 pages in mere days and it did not disappoint! This series remains my favorite fantasy series of all time over Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles series. So goddam EPIC and so well written with the best character development and flashback scenes, this series earns a rave review from me!


The book is so large that everyone who sees it usually retracts with shock/disgust.


The art within the book is plenty and so beautiful! It really helps the imagination flow.

I hope you enjoyed my sparse favorites for March! Lots of love!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Free Glasses?! Clearly Contacts Derek Cardigan 7004 Fog Review

I have a complicated history with my eyes, long story short- I switched to soft disposable contacts lenses and thus needed a pair of glasses for convenience. There was a Facebook ad for Clearly Contacts Australia that said you could get your first pair of glasses free so I snapped up a pair straight away! Note the only thing you need to pay for is postage, unless you want fancy transition lenses or something.

The offer is only applicable for certain frames but there are still heaps to choose from- see all the eligible frames here. They have a really neat 'Try On View' which allows you to choose a model with a similar face to yours, or upload a photo of yourself and view the frames on your face! Unfortunately this doesn't work with all the frames but I found it really useful in narrowing down my choices. 

I finally decided on the Derek Cardigan 7004 frame in Fog because I wanted the nerdy safety glasses look. The order process was so easy- simply enter in your glasses prescription, choose your frills (you can get all sorts of fancy lenses, but these cost extra so I didn't get them), put in the coupon code 'FPF' and then pay for the postage which is $9.95. The original price of the frames is $79- the deal is almost too good to be true!

 

My package came within 5 days which is freakishly fast considering they had to make my lenses! I was so excited when I saw this neat little box- idk why but I was expecting a shabby parcel with my glasses taped in to some bubble wrap.


I was so surprised at what I found inside! More free stuff to go with my free glasses! I almost felt bad that I didn't have to pay for this.


The case is super sturdy and pretty nice quality if you ask me.


All of these 3 items fit perfectly into the tiny case on the left! That's a full size lens cleanser, lens cloth and a key chain screw driver! Pretty amazing.


 Tadahhh, these are my glasses and I likey. They feel really well made and resistant to damage- I think it's the whole clear acetate frame vibe.


On me, they are really big which is exactly what I wanted! It felt like I was looking out of a fishbowl for awhile, but I think that's normal when you are not used to glasses. I feel like I will always look better without glasses, and considering this, I think these suit me quite well. 

FYI I have a smallish head and an oval face. Fellow Asians, do not fear, this style sits on my non-existant nose bridge quite comfortably and does not touch my cheeks at all! Here's some angles for inspection:




Even better, Clearly offers a 30 day free trial even for free glasses. If you don't like them, you can exchange them for a different frame, and you do not need to pay the return postage fee. My goodness, it's just such a good deal- which is why more people should know about this company!

Disclaimer- This post is not sponsored by Clearly Contacts. I am writing this review simply because I had an amazing experience with them. Everything went perfectly and I am a happy customer ^^.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! 


Fun fact- Pika pomeranian (freshly bathed here) shares my seat with me every time I go on my laptop. Actually, she sits on my lap every time I sit down, including meal times. And no, she doesn't beg for food, she genuinely just wants to sit on my lap just because! *dies from cuteness overload*.

Friday, 11 April 2014

ISOI Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care Serum Review

The ISOI (I'm SO intelligent) 1st class Bulgarian rose blemish care serum is the most recent product I have adopted into my skincare routine. The serum contains rose oil to promote moisture, clarity and whitening properties in the skin. It also contains Asiatic pennywort extract which enhances recovery from acne and treats and calms active blemishes. The main function of this serum is to prevent and treat blemished skin.


The bottle is a lovely shade of purple and although it is quite simple in design, it feels and looks expensive. The box doesn't really match the feminine feel of the bottle- I would have expected a prettier, floral design especially as this is a rose product! But hey, no matter; this product costs around $40-60 on some sites and I am glad that the the money went into the product, not the packaging!


The pump top is secure and easy to control. I find that one full pump is needed to cover my whole face. I have used this product for 2 weeks directly after washing my face, however I generally don't get pimples so I needed another test subject to test this products' claims (I like to be really thorough!). 

My sister currently has moderate to severe active acne, so she was the perfect candidate for this product. She has used it for 3-4 weeks every morning and night.
 
1 pump.
Immediately after spreading.
3 minutes later.
This serum smells delicious, exactly like turkish delight, and is thankfully quite mild. It has a watery texture and spreads on the skin easily and my skin drinks it up within mere minutes which I love! I have dry skin so I was worried that this sort of watery, quick dry serum would not provide much moisture but it exceeded my expectations and provided more hydration than expected. I follow up with the dregs of my Nature Republic aqua cream and my skin feels adequately moisturised. In terms of claims, all I can say is that this product does not make me break out and that my skin feels and looks calmer after application. I really enjoy using this product though and it will remain in my skincare routine.

As for my sister, unfortunately the product did nothing to prevent new pimples or reduce the ones she already had. After a month of use she reported no change which is sad- however her acne is caused by hormone imbalance so I suppose we cannot expect an external serum to work wonders.

Overall, I like this product a lot- the smell, the experience and the soothing effects it has on my dry, sensitive skin. Look out for this one, because you just might love it too!


*I received this product for free for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Japan Dreaming

I'm down 4/8 exams so far so I thought I'd take a quick half way break to write a blog post about how much I would love to be in Japan right now. I mean seriously, I've whined about it at least once a day to who ever happens to be around me (usually Yanto) and I suddenly remembered that I never posted the pictures of one of the most heavenly meals I've had in my life!!

We spent one happy day in Akihabara, Tokyo and it was one of my favorite places because it was so different! From massive electronic stores, maid cafes and speciality yoyo stores, every corner was a surprise. I remember poking around in a random comic store and heading up the stairs with Yanto before suddenly realizing that all the posters plastered on the walls depicted naked girls with massive boobs! I was super shocked and embarrassed so we quickly stumbled right back down the stairs :P.

For lunch we chanced upon this place advertising relatively cheap food (around $7-10 AUD) so in we ran. Oh the life of a student. It was the sort of food that is right up my alley- I love nothing more than raw seafood on a bed of rice with some wasabi and soy sauce! Not so much Yanto's thing- he likes his meat... cooked may I add, but I'm glad he humored me because he loved his dish too. This is what we had!

My combination seafood don!
 I can't get over how good this was. The freshness of the seafood and the perfectly cooked rice, so full of flavour! Words can't describe how I felt at that moment, being in Japan for the first time, eating the food I love and just being on holiday after studying for 18 years straight! It all combined into one giant ball of happiness. Everything in that bowl just melted (or popped) in my mouth and it was the perfect size to leave me feeling super satisfied. I could eat this every single day, no joke.

Yanto's broiled salmon.

The salmon was super soft and so so tasty! I prefer my salmon raw, always, but I remember this dish being amazing as well. Yanto went into his 'heaven' mode when he was eating it, which actually resembles a sort of absence seizure. That's how good it was.


This is what it looks like from the outside- nothing much right? We could have so easily walked past it! I can't read the name of the shop, but if you go to Akihabara try and find it if you can- you won't be disappointed!
 

One thing I have to say though- the service was not really friendly at all which is quite unusual for Japan. Is it because we were annoying gaijin? Who knows, but I didn't mind because the food was literally like a taste of heaven.

We loved it so much we wanted to go back on our last day, but as these things go, there wasn't enough time so we missed out. Till next time Akihabara!

See the rest of my Japan travel posts here!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Etude House Golden Ratio Face Glam Review

This one's been a long time coming seeing as I got this product on my Japan travels during December! Whilst browsing at Etude House the unique box caught my eye- This is not the typical Etude House's cutesy, princessy packaging but more akin to Benefit's quirky, retro packaging.

The idea of this product is to highlight your face in accordance to the age old rule- the golden ratio or rule of thirds. It contains 2 products, a cream eye brightener and a liquid highlight to accentuate your features according to 'ideal proportions'. Well, highlighting can definitely help to add dimension to the face, not sure about helping you achieve the golden ratio though! The product comes in #1 Gold and #2 Pink, today you are seeing the gold version. 


The actual product is nowhere near as pretty as the shiny golden box. Something about the off yellow color and font makes it look cheap. 


The top flips open and contains the eye brightener with a small mirror which I appreciate. The lid snaps open and closed nicely and feels quite secure. 


The liquid section on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. The top twists off to reveal a rather large opening which is neither practical nor secure. When I unpacked this product from my suitcase, a copious amount of highlighter had leaked out despite the lid being screwed on tightly- you can see the reminants in the above picture. The paddle is really large and picks up far too much product and is messy to work with as you need to scrape it on the side of the opening and then swipe it across your face. 


The eye brightener is swatched on the left and has a strange, greasy, thin texture that does not blend well on the eyes. The highlighter looks promising in the thick swatch- like a rich molten gold, however blends out to almost nothing on the face! 


I used the eye brightener on the eyelid and under eye where it creased immediately. I never have problems with eye shadows or concealers creasing on my dry skin so I was quite surprised! You can see the creasing under my eye above which was taken immediately after application. 

I tapped a copious amount of the liquid highlighter on my cheekbones where it blended out to well... almost nothing. It gave my skin a slightly 'wet' look with a slight golden sheen. Personally, if I wear highlighter, I want that high beam, super glowy Kim Kardashian look! These photos are the result of turning my head at every angle trying to catch any color or shine given off by the highlighter- these photos best showed the maximal effects of the product.


This product left much to be desired. The messy and unattractive packaging, dud eye brightener and mild highlighting effects did not do it for me. I would not recommend this product- you can easily find better highlighters out there that pack more of a punch plus come with prettier and more convenient packaging! You can find this product for $15.25 on Cosmetic Love.