Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Beauty Blogger of the Month Award Tag

I love doing tags, I think they are much fun! Thank you to the lovely Anna Luisa who tagged me in her post. Check out her blog, Lots of Girl Stuff here!

1. Where does your makeup inspiration come from?
Usually Youtube or Instagram. If I see a pretty make up look that I like, I will usually channel the same look the next day! Kpop videos are another great source of inspiration.

See my AOA Hyejeong 'Short Hair' make up guide here!
2. What are 3 of your makeup Holy Grail products you cannot live without?
BB Cream- Lioele Beyond the Solution (at the moment), eye liner- K Palette, and mascara- Maybelline Colossal Lash Waterproof.

3. What is your makeup signature look which you have on most of the time?
Dewy skin created with a moist BB cream, highlighter and straight medium thickness brows. I gravitate towards bronze toned eyeshadow all year round and define my eyes with black or brown eyeliner and a super natural pair of false lashes. I am usually a lip gloss girl because my dry lips need it, so I always have a nude gloss on hand. My current favourite is Luk Beautifood's Mint and Lemon natural lipstick, which wears more like a balm. 

My quintessential everyday look.
4. Let us know your favorite makeup brands?
Difficult question. I am not a collector of brands and my stash is made up so many different brands which I sadly don't have much loyalty to. Let's say 3CE, Physicians Formula, Urban Decay, K Palette and Missha?

5. Your ultimate makeup pet peeve?
The caked on, powdery foundation that I see too many girls sporting in Australia. Unfortunately the dewy skin trend hasn't quite kicked off here!

6. You’ve heard about all the hype on this makeup item, bought it, tried it and don’t understand what all the fuss is about…Name that product!
Essence brow gel- it did absolutely nothing for my brows! Thank God it was only a few dollars. 

7. Concealer OR foundation ONLY for the rest of your life. Choose one and tell us the reason!
I would actually pick BB cream? So I guess the closest would be foundation for the obvious reason that it can double as concealer.

I nominate:

Make sure to visit Celia's Corner Beauty Blogger of the Month for the original post and rules!

Monday, 28 July 2014

OOTD with Derek Cardigan Frames 7027 in Dark Timber from Clearly Contacts

Remember when I became a Style Ambassador for Clearly Contacts Australia? Well they kindly sent me out another pair of frames of my choice! Thank you Clearly! It was a tough choice but after I experienced the quality and sturdiness of my first pair of Derek Cardigan's, I had to go with DC frames again. I chose an even larger frame this time, the 7027's in Dark Timber.

As before, my package came within the week in a sturdy box complete with cleaning spray and a cloth. The shipping time is truly impressive! When I saw my glasses, it was love at first sight- they are bigger, nerdier and exactly I wanted. I prefer these to my previous 7004 frames, just sayin'.

Enough with the talk, let's see these frames in action! I think they suit my face shape perfectly and make my jawline slimmer. They also match my new red hair!

I am wearing:
Forever New Necklace
Derek Cardigan 7027 glasses

Now to get back to studying! Thanks for viewing everyone!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Redraw: Physicians Formula Giveaway :(

As this was my first ever giveaway, I made some mistakes and as a result, have had a steep learning curve.

This is what happened:
I drew the first winner by random through Rafflecopter and the entry said she had followed me on IG. I checked, her username was not on my follow list, so I disqualified the entry.
I then drew another winner and the same thing happened!

The next winner, was Teri C who had entered by leaving a blog post comment. I announced her as the winner because there was a user 'TC' who had commented on my blog post. After lots of miscommunication and some super sleuthing, I found that they were different people and the winner had not actually commented on my blog :(. So I had to disqualify the winner I announced. 

I am so sorry to TC, for asking if you were Teri!

I felt sad that out of the 3 winners I drew, none of them had actually followed me or left a blog post comment :(. I am trying to reward my readers who have come back to read my blog because it means so much to me, but no use crying over spilt milk. 

I had no choice but to be fair and redraw another entry. The next entry was also null, she did not follow me on Bloglovin'. So then the final and 5th entry I randomly drew was:

Amber H 

Whom I checked and actually is following me on Instagram!
Congratulations Amber! 

Thank you for everyone who did enter correctly!

Don't be disappointed if you didn't win, because I am having another Physicians Formula Giveaway soon! And I have learnt from these mistakes and will triple check each entry I draw to make sure everyone has entered correctly.

In other news, I finished my first exam today. 3 More to go and then I am going to Melbourne for a much needed break! Hurrah!

Friday, 25 July 2014

BornPretty Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette Review

Good day everyone! I'm currently slogging through study week at the moment, thankfully this trimester we only have 4 exams, a whopping half the usual number.

Thankfully there's always pretty eyeshadow palettes to cheer me up. The product in question is from my newest sponsor, BornPretty store! They have also kindly offered my readers a 10% discount code, simply enter KIMH10 at checkout. All the items on the site are extremely affordable and the quality of the two items I received is truly amazing considering the price.

I chose to review the Shimmer Eyeshadow Earth Toned Palette with Mirror in shade #3. Visit the product link to see the selection of 8 colour palettes. Firstly, I'd like to point out that not all of the 8 palettes are Earth Toned, plus there is no mirror in my product. 

The palette only costs $6.90 and with my discount code it costs even less! I was apprehensive about how well the shadows would perform- could something this cheap compare to my higher end products?

The palette comes in a black box which shows the colour combination through the plastic window. My box was a bit scratched but the product inside was pristine. On the back of the box there is a diagram showing you where to place the colours on your eyes for a complete eye look. 

The packaging is extremely compact and there is no space wasted on frills. You get 6 large pans of eyeshadow inside a clear case. I like the bold 'smokey' graphic across the front, it adds a little more drama to the packaging. There is also a thin slot for a double ended sponge applicator. 

The case feels quite sturdy and there are no issues with opening and closing the palette. It probably would not survive a drop though. 

The colour combination I chose is so typical of me! I can't seem to get past the bronzes, sigh. This is a warm toned palette with a variety of bronzes and taupes complete with a highlight and dark crease shade. I love that this range of colours can be used for a full day or night look! 

The eyeshadows have a hard texture and the colour payoff for the first 3 shadows is excellent! The fourth and sixth colours are slightly less pigmented, but do pick up better with a brush. 

The dark navy colour is the least pigmented and took 2 swipes of my finger to produce the above result. Applied with a brush on the eyes it did seem to show up better. 

All of the shadows are shimmery, but the first three really pack a punch! 

The shadows pick up even better with my Sigma brushes and transfer to my lid with great pigmentation. There was no fallout at all and the shadows blended easily. I have absolutely no complaints about the eyeshadows at all and overall I am very impressed with this product!

I had no problems with the colours fading or creasing during the day, however I do have dry skin so creasing is never a problem for me. Below is my completed eye look using all 6 colours which produced a natural, yet defined look perfect for every day or night time.

The beautiful Kardashian-esque eyelashes I am wearing are also from BornPretty and I will review them soon. 

This product is a perfect example that affordable does not mean lesser quality. I was super impressed by the cost, packaging and quality of this product and I would definitely recommend it! I can imagine taking this travelling with me due to its versatility and compact size. I give this a 9/10 because the darker colour turned out sheerer than the rest. 

I like saving money, so I also like to see you saving money. Don't forget to use my code KIMH10 for 10% off any product at BornPretty- take a look at their accessories too! They also offer FREE shipping worldwide.

There's a great discount on lipsticks on BPS now, here's the link for you to see whether you like them or not. 

Have you tried any cheap makeup products that surprised you?

*I received this product for free for review purposes. All my opinions are 100% honest.
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Black to Burgundy Red Balayage Hair!

Hi all! It's exam time again which means I'm tired, stressed and generally not putting any effort into my appearance. A typical day involves my onesie, greasy hair in a 'study' bun, glasses and lots of tea. It's not pretty. Thankfully I was forced to use my Scoopon for Hair Halo because it was going to expire, and believe me, my hair (and my self esteem) needed it! Unfortunately the Scoopon is no longer available because I waited around 3 months after purchasing it to actually book an appointment. Sorry!

This was my hair before stepping into Hair Halo. I hadn't done anything to it for 8 months, except for hacking away my split ends with paper scissors. I had a full 4 inches of black regrowth and my dyed hair was hollow looking and a rather fetching shade of orange- brown.

My Scoopon was $80 for a cut, foils/balayage, treatment and style- a pretty amazing deal if you ask me. That's literally less than half the price of what some salons charge! There are numerous Scoopons for hair salons going at all times so I highly suggest having a look because anything to do with hair is expensive!

Hair Halo was a very clean, small salon that smelt nice. I haven't been sleeping well lately so I was incredibly tired when I went for my appointment. The owner was a nice down to earth lady who was exceptionally skilled with my hair. I asked for a burgundy red belayage and for my black roots to be lightened a smidge. I also wanted my one length hair evened out from my self cutting and some layers around my face. 

2 and a half hours later, this was the result! I am so happy with the colour transition from the roots to tips- it's the most even and gradual balayage I have ever had. I also love how bright the burgundy turned out!

Can you tell how tired I am?

Outdoor light.

I love it! It's the brightest colour I've ever had. Thank you Hair Halo for doing such an amazing job livening up my dry, brittle hair. I am so jealous of the girls who have hair sponsors- having my hair done just made me feel 10 times better!

Do you guys like it? Or do you think it's too bright?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

AOA Short Hair Hyejeong Inspired Makeup Look

Hi everyone! I don't follow Kpop that regularly, but I saw AOA's Short Hair MV (Go watch! It's adorable) last week and immediately wanted to recreate some of their make up looks. I loved their bold makeup and wanted to recreate the boldest look of them all- Hyejeong! No point recreating a 'natural' makeup look, in my opinion ^^. 

I took some screen shots of her makeup for reference. The reason why I called this an 'inspired' look is because I didn't end up looking quite like her due to lighting differences and slight makeup variation. 

I love that you can only see a little bit of her eyelid makeup when she is looking up, but when she looks down, her bright red and pink eyeshadow pops! I also love the bottom eyelash detail that many of the other members were sporting as well. 

Here is my recreation:

1. Blend a light pink eyeshadow all over your lid slightly over the crease.
2. Pat a red eyeshadow on the inner 1/3 of your lid. Not many people have as bright a red as what Hyejeong wore in the MV, me included, so I used Stylenanda's 3CE Burgundy eyeshadow in #Saturn.
3. Line your eyes with a thick line of black liner and wing it only 2mm past your upper lash line.
4. Curl and apply lots of mascara to your eyelashes and apply a wispy pair of natural false eyelashes. 

Contacts are Freshkon Colorblends in Grey
5. Apply a natural matte brown eyeshadow to your lower lash line for slight definition.
6. Take your single lower lashes and glue 4 bunches a few mm below your actual lower lash line for the illusion of bigger eyes. *I actually painstakingly trimmed my clusters in the middle to make them shorter and look more like Hyejeong's. 
7. Draw a straight line over the 'root' of the bottom falsies so you end up with a 'dashed' line, just like Hyejeong's.

Gluing the bottom eyelashes on was definitely the most time consuming part of the process! I don't know how some girls do this every day. It almost took all of my patience!

Finish off with a peachy pink lipstick, a touch of rosy blush and highligher along your cheekbones and nose bridge. 

Please let me know if you would like me to post all the products I used!

I hope you enjoyed this guide! 

PS. Yesterday I ordered a ring light from Ebay so hopefully there will be more even lighting in future blog posts. Fingers crossed shipping is fast!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush Review

I was sent a box of Physicians Formula products a while ago and I decided to give them all away (join the first giveaway here!) except for 2 products which I am going to review. The first is the pH Matchmaker pH Powered Blush.

The blush only comes in one shade, 'Natural' because the idea is that the blush automatically adjusts to any skin tone. Interesting eh?

  • Makeup Powered by You!
  • 1st Ever Blush with pH Power Complex transforms into your perfectly personalized hue.
  • Fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect blushing glow.
  • Photochronic Powders-light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.
  • Look your Best in Every Light!
  • Hypoallergenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free. Non-Comedogenic. Dermatologist approved. 

  • I'm not sure about the whole 'adjusting to your skin tone' idea, but the blush actually suits my skin tone very well. Photo evidence ahead! 

    The packaging is black and pink and looks very chic! The pink circles remind me of dressing room mirrors backstage at a burlesque show. 

    As with the other PF products I've reviewed, the compact is quite chunky because it has a bottom container which holds a brush. Again, I'd prefer for the compact to be slimmer and not include a brush because I never use them! 

    Inside there is a generous mirror. Note the light switch on the right side? When you switch this on, bright lights come on either side of the mirror. When I say bright, I mean bright! I switched this on for the first time in the day and my eyes started watering as I tried to apply my blush using the mirror. Perhaps this would come in handy if you want to touch up your blush (I personally never do) at an event where there is err... No light I suppose. Personally, I think this feature is unnecessary. Tell me- do you touch up your blush?

    As you can see, the bulk of the compact comes from the brush container! The blush pan itself is very shallow in comparison. Again, I wish they would ditch the brush!

    No matter how or where I photographed the blush, I couldn't capture how vibrant the colour is! I would describe it as a slightly cool toned hot pink. It looks washed out in every photo and the colour you see on the website (included below) is a lot more accurate. I apologise for this- I have yet to come up with a way to photograph blush colours more accurately!

    The blush came with white shimmery glitter pearls around the outside, which rub away very easily. What you see above is the result of a week's worth of use. 

    The blush itself is extremely pigmented and powdery. It kicks up a lot of powder when you use a brush and transfers from the pan to your tool VERY easily. I touched, not rubbed, two fingers to the blush and this is how much product transferred to my fingers! 

    Due to the texture, it is very easy to go overboard with this product just as I did on my first use. That being said, the blush is surprisingly easy to work with once you get used to it. Just touch your brush to the pan, make sure to tap off the excess and the result is beautiful! 

    This is how much product the brush picks up when I press it once into the pan.

    Because the blush was so pigmented, I was worried that it would look patchy on my cheeks, a problem I've experienced with some highly pigmented blushes I've tried before. I was wrong! It blends really well providing an even wash of colour and a rosy silky smooth finish with some shimmer. I like to pat it on my cheek bones and then blend it out with a circular motion. It gives me that rosy-cheeked glow similar to how my face blushes when I'm out in the cold, but a touch brighter. It looks surprisingly natural.

    This photo was taken with diffused window light.

    This one was taken with more direct sunlight.

    I think this blush would match most skin tones, depending on the amount you use. At the moment, I have pale Winter skin so I only need a touch of this colour, otherwise it would be overwhelming. Generally, I don't like my blushes too pigmented but I have to make an exception for this one- I absolutely love the result and have been quite obsessed with it!

    It's my favourite blush at the moment, despite the bulky packaging and unnecessary features. I would be very interested to see how it looks on different skin tones! 

    You can buy the pH Matchmaker Blush from Priceline for $21.95, which is fairly standard for Australia. I think it's worth it!