Sunday, 29 December 2013

Korean Skincare Secrets

Have you ever wondered how your favourite Kpop idols or Korean actresses always seem to have such glowing and flawless skin? I've always been totally jealous, but it's becoming easier for those of us not living in Asia to pick up some of the products and techniques that are popular there. I did a little bit of research into the subject, and I'm going to share a few of the things that I think you might all be interested in! Let me know what your skin and routine is like in the comments, and perhaps even recommend some of your favourite products^^ Thanks for reading!

Im Yoona

Song Hyekyo

1. Number of products used

First of all, I'm sure that like me, many of you have skincare routines consisting of three products. I cleanse, tone and moisturize my skin every morning and evening, thinking that I didn't need anything else. But many Korean women use between five and ten products every day! Usually this will include: Cleansing Oil, Foam Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Cream (often more than one) and sun protection. Sheet masks are also becoming more frequently used, as well as sleep packs.

2. Attitudes

Part of the reason Korea's skincare is so advanced, is that there is a much higher demand for it. Where I live, more girls would choose to buy makeup instead of high quality skincare. The theory is that the better your skin, the less makeup you need~ and the more naturally beautiful you are the better! This makes more sense to me, and now I question why I buy so much makeup.

3. Ingredients

I found that on multiple sources, it is said that Korea is around ten times ahead of the UK and US in terms of skincare. Another reason for this is that they use lots of new ingredients that we don't have. An example being snail slime, which my Mum was horrified at when I got a sample of some with a Yesstyle order one time! Because of this, you can actually find that some high street brands in Korea have products that rival the expensive high end ones in the UK.

4. Diet

Korean women tend to avoid very salty foods to keep skin healthy, as well as drinking plenty of water every day. It's said also that spicy food isn't good for the skin - but these things are generally known all around the world.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

17th Birthday Haul + First Ever Giveaway Winner!

I'm super sorry for not getting this post out to you sooner, but there were some issues and events that caused the delay:P The worst being the rate at which it's getting dark in the UK. I don't get back from College until 5.00, and by then it's already too dark to take decent pictures>_< Secondly, I went to the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham on the Sunday after my birthday, and I wanted to wait so I could include the things I bought there in this post(: There's quite a lot of things to show you now, so I hope you guys can forgive me hehe, and still enjoy the post. Thanks for reading! 

Topshop Dress - £46.00
 This is the only picture I have of me wearing this, but it's quite simple so I'm sure you get the idea. My favourite part of it is the colour and the neckline, both of which you can see^^ The bottom is just like a normal skater skirt and comes above my knees. It's quite pricey for a plain dress, but since it was my birthday I decided to splash out because the cut is so flattering and the material is super nice.

New Look Coat - £40.00
 Many of you saw my last post, which included a furry white coat. It's been quite a big trend this winter in the UK, and I really wanted one for myself. I found that a lot of them did not suit me at all, primarily due to my tiny physique lol. But I tried this one on and really liked it, it's super cute and very cosy too!

Crop Jumper and Miniskirt from the Clothes Show

 Both these items came from the Clothes Show, the jumper is super fluffy and it's cropped so it looks great with anything high waisted. Also, it only cost me £5:O The miniskirt cost me about £15, and I love the pattern on it so much! There were so many designs to choose from and it took me ages to pick hehe~ but I'm glad I got this one in the end(:

Jumper - Clothes Show
 Originally this was supposed to cost £8, but I managed to get it for £5 because the stall lady was very kind^^ I really love the daisy print on it, and it looks super cute with denim jeans or skirts. It's not that thick, but I like that I can wear it through into Spring as well(: 

Dress - Clothes Show
This Paisley print dress was one of the things I was unsure about getting. The bad thing about the Clothes Show is that you can't really try things on (though some women were, just in the open*-*). It was only £15 and it's a nice quality dress, so I just bought it. When I tried it on at home it fits me fine, the length is a bit longer than I would have liked, but with heels I think I can get away with it!

Jelly Pong Pong Concealer Palette and Lip Crayon
 Has anyone else heard of this brand before? I knew it, but no one that I speak to does:P They had a really good deal at the stall where you could get four items for five pounds. So I gave two to my friend as part of her birthday present and kept these two for myself. I really like the concealer, and the lip crayon is a nice formula, but I'm not super keen on the colour (maybe I can wear it more in the summer though).

Miffy Slippers
 How cute are these?! My best friend knows me well, she bought me these alongside a few other smaller presents. They're are seriously super soft on the inside, and I wear them everyday now^-^ I've no idea where they're from or how much they were so sorry guys!

I also got a few other things, one of which is this laptop that I'm writing to you now from! I can't include all the little things, and I have some money left so I'm going to look into buying more Korean Cosmetics or something.

Giveaway Winner!

Now what you've all been waiting for. I was quite overwhelmed by the response that I got from this giveaway, and I'm really touched by how kind all your comments were! I want to thank all you followers, new and old, for your support and encouragement~ I hope that you can continue to do so in the future, then I can host bigger and better giveaways for you all^-^

The winner of the Etude House Pink Play Party Mask Set is *Rhia*, congratulations! I've sent her an Email, and if I don't get a response by Saturday I'll have to pick a new winner. 

Once again thank you all for participating, I wish I could have had more winners! But I'll keep planning more giveaways and fun posts for you all! ^-^

Friday, 6 December 2013

White Winter

There's a little bit of a delay with the birthday post, sorry guys, it's taking longer than I expected! I hope you can all keep looking forwards to it^^ I didn't want to leave you without a post, so here is a quick Korean fashion one that hopefully you will like. One thing that's often popular in winter is to wear simplistic white clothing - it's a beautiful colour and gives a super festive and wintery feel to any outfit. I put together a few pictures to show you what I mean. Let me know what you think in the comments, have you got any pretty white pieces for this season? I know I have hehe^-^ x

Furry Knit Sweater - 45 SEVEN - £27.00
Buy here.

Bicycle Print T-shirt - CLICK - £9.00
Buy here.

Bow Accent Top - SUVINSHOP - £44.00
Buy here.

Faux Fur Jacket - Chuu - £96.00
Buy here.

Flap Pocket Coat - I PENNY - £116.00
Buy here.

Skinny Pants - Dodostyle - £32.00
Buy here.

Frilled Hem Dress - SUVINSHOP - £68.00
Buy here.

Distressed Sweater - REDOPIN - £30.60
Buy here.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Park Shin Hye for 1st Look

I'm sure there are some of your out there who have been watching the Korean drama series 'Heirs'. It stars several famous actors including Lee Minho, Park Shinhye, Kim Woobin, f(x)'s Krystal, Z:EA's Hyungsik and CN Blue's Minhyuk. It's a fairly predictable series, featuring the classic 'rich hot guy falls in love with poor girl' scenario. I didn't think much of it at first, but it really picked up at the third/fourth episode once more characters are introduced. I find all the sub stories and links between the characters really interesting and addiciting hehe! 

But today I just want to share some pictures that I came across recently of the lead actress Park Shinhye. I always thought that she was a good actress, but I never considered her to be particularly pretty. That was until I found this spread in first look magazine. I was quite staggered at how fresh and pretty she looked, and I really love the outfits! 

It's by no means a recent photoshoot, it's from quite a few months ago, but even so, I thought I'd share them with you guys! So let me know what you think about the drama and the photos in the comments^-^ Thanks for reading! x

This is my favourite picture hehe^^

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Review~ Tokyo Toys

Hello everyone! First of all I'd just like to quickly thank you all for such an enthusiastic and supportive response to my giveaway, I wasn't expecting that many entries at all hehe^-^ But today is another exciting post for me, because it's my first sponsored review! 

The products were sent to me by a company called Tokyo Toys, who are based in England. They sell a huge range of Manga and Anime collectables as well as some cute fashion and accessories. There's so many awesome products on their site, so I really urge you to check it out, especially if you're interested in Japanese things hehe! 

For my review today they very kindly sent me two pairs of adorable tights to review. They offered me some circle lenses too, but since I don't wear them I can't really review them well enough~ Both pairs of tights cost about £10 and they are very good quality, I wore them all day and there are no ladders or tears at all.

Both the tights came in really cute packaging, with information about the sizes on the back. They sent me both in M-L so I was a bit worried they wouldn't fit me, but they were fine~ perhaps Asian sizes are a but smaller than those in the UK.

Fashion Tights - Kitty Mock Thigh High Tights

This is my favourite pair out of the two, they are just too cute! I love the tails on the back especially hehe^-^ The cats come up quite high on my short legs, so if I wore a longer skirt they might not be shown, but I can wear them with miniskirts or shorts too so it's not a problem at all. Like I mentioned before, these tights are very good quality, the black parts are quite thick and warm too.

Fashion Tights - Totoro Mock Thigh High Tights

The second pair of tights features Totoro! I'm sure most of you know who he is, but if not, Totoro is a very famous Anime character. These tights in my opinion are maybe not as wearable as the kitty ones, but they are still super duper cute^^ There's even Totoro's little friend on the foot, and I love it. These ones come lower down on my legs, so they can be seen easier with longer skirts. 

Basically I have nothing bad to say about the company or the products! The shipping was fast, the items are great quality and I've never seen such cute tights in all my life hehe:D Thanks for reading guys, let me know what you think in the comments!

You can purchase the kitty tights here for £9.98 and the Totoro tights here also for £9.98.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

150 Followers Giveaway!

Today I am opening up my first ever giveaway! I reached 150 followers the other day which might not be much to some people, but it really means a lot to me^-^ I've made so many awesome friends online and I really appreciate all the support and encouragement I get from you guys, so I wanted to give something little back as a thank you!

I've always wanted to host giveaways and give you guys awesome prizes, but frankly I don't have the money to do that very often. So for this reason the prize isn't particularly spectacular, but I hope you guys like it anyway and join in! I know many of you are interested in Korean beauty products, and also many of you are fans of Kpop. I decided to combine the two so hopefully this prize will appeal to everyone! 

If you get lucky, you can win an Etude House Pink Play Party Mask Set. It has seven cute masks in it, and is endorsed by the SHINee boys, Sulli from F(x) and Kevin. The packaging is super cute, and I'm really excited to give this away to one of you!  

The giveaway is open internationally, and the only thing that I ask is that you don't just unfollow me once the giveaway ends because that's not fair! I'm sure I won't have to worry though, everyone I've met online so far has been super kind and nice^-^ 

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener Review

Today I'm writing my review of the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener. They have a whole line dedicated to reducing pores and oily skin, but I decided to buy the toner/freshener first because I heard a lot of good things about it, and I was running out of my usual toner anyway! I bought my bottle for just over £8 from an Ebay seller called bhg8988a - it was very quick shipping and my package even included a few free samples! I've been using this product for a couple of weeks now, and so far I really like it! I would have liked to include lots of nice pictures in this post, but there wasn't really a lot to show (>_<)

The freshener claims to have seven benefits in one, and these include:
Deep cleansing pores
Maintaining a PH balance of about 4.5
Controls a large amount of sebum
Minimize appearance of pores
Refine skin tone
Keep the elasticity of pores
Moisturize inside and outside of skin

I use this every morning and night after washing my face, I like to put a little bit onto a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. I wasn't expecting any miracles to happen to my skin, since this is just a toner, but I actually noticed a difference after a few weeks of use! I feel like my skin has gotten less oily already, and I don't notice any large pores (not that they were particularly bad before). I've had no breakouts or anything after using it, and it feels very refreshing and pleasant on your skin when you apply it.

I don't need a lot of the product each time I use it, so I think this bottle will last me quite a while, but I think I'll repurchase it even once it's finished. For me, there are not really any faults with the product. It doesn't smell delicious or anything, but it doesn't smell bad in my opinion - but it's a refreshing, 'clean' scent if that makes sense. Plus the packaging is typically Etude House, so cute and pretty! I like having it out on my dresser because it looks nice hehe, I don't know about you guys but I'm a huge sucker for cute packaging!

Basically I really like this product and now I want to try some of the other things from the Wonder Pore range! I will continue to use this for a long time, and hopefully I will continue to love it(: Let me know in the comments what you think, have you ever tried anything from the Wonder Pore line? Thanks for reading guys!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Etude House Haul + Samples!

I'm here today with an Etude House Haul, I picked up a few things that I've been dying to try out from various places. I made purchases at Yesstyle and also on Ebay, though in retrospect I wish I'd bought everything from Ebay since it was cheaper and the service was better (-_-). Basically I was excited because Yesstyle were giving 20% of all Tonymoly products, so I wanted to buy one of the cute blushers. But after I paid they told me it wasn't in stock but they would order it in as soon as possible. A month later they sent an Email saying they couldn't get it, and THEN they dispatched the rest of my order. Omg it took so long to get here... On Ebay though, both sellers got my item to me in perfect condition in less than two weeks.

All Products and Samples
 The samples that I received from the various sites include:

Tonymoly Aqua Aura Mask Sheet (it's got JYJ on it too hehe)
Tonymoly Tomatox Magic Massage Pack
Hanskin Gold Caviar Nutrition BB Cream
Skin79 Super BB Cream
Skin79 Snail Nutrition BB Cream
Skinfood Honey Black tea BB Cream

If you want to see my first impressions of any of these, let me know in the comments^^

The products that I puchased
Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener

Etude House Dear My Jelly Lips - JPK002

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream - W12
Let me know which products you would like me to review the most, and I'll get a full review of the most requested ones up within the next couple of weeks! Thanks for reading guys^-^

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips Review

On my makeup haul post, a lot of you left comments asking for a review of the Maybelline Baby Lips which are so popular in the UK and US at the moment. I'm not that great at writing reviews, and my camera isn't that good either, but I'm still going to do it! I picked these up pretty recently at Boots because my friend recommended them to me, and they were so affordable, costing just £2.99 each /( ^o^)/ a huge plus when buying makeup these days (I swear it's so expensive now -_- ). 

From Left to Right - Pink Punch and Cherry Me
I picked up two because they were so cheap, the colours were Pink Punch and Cherry Me. They sell other colours too, but a few of them are colourless and are to be used as lip balms I guess, but that's boring! I wanted ones with colour, and I'd definitely recommend these two if you want the same^-^

The packaging is really cute, and I like that it's a twistable tube (probably not the right word but whatever lol) since it's more hygienic and easy to apply. They are fairly small and designed to fit in your handbag or makeup bag without taking up much room, which is a plus for me since I have a habit of filling my bags with stuff I don't even need! They act very much like tinted lipbalms, and feel really moisturizing when you wear them - even after a few hours my lips don't feel dry like they do when I wear stains or tints(:

Cherry Me and Pink Punch
Sorry about my hairy arms lol, that's the drawback of Macro mode on cameras -_- But at least you can see the colours a bit better right? It took a few swipes of product to get this payout, and as you can see they are actually quite pigmented - more so than I first thought. They are pretty easy to build up on the lips, and as long as you reapply once or twice they should stay like that for a while. Saying that, they don't really last all day, I find they rub of quite easily which is annoying for me since I'm in lessons a lot :l

Here they are swatched on my lips, as you can see there is definitely some colour there, the pink one especially comes out well. I like that they are quite sheer because it means I can wear them with everyday makeup, and if I need to reapply without a mirror (basically all the time thesedays omg) then it doesn't matter because it won't show if I'm not perfect. I think they really do rival the Revlon Lip Butters, though I prefer my lip butters because of the colour range~ but the price is most definitely a downside.

Final Verdict:

So cheap
Pretty pigmented
They taste yummy!
Small and hygienic packaging 
Buildable and easy to apply

Cons -
Don't last all day without reapplying
Not a big range of colours (yet)

Overall Score: 4/5 (^-^)

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Makeup Haul ~ Lip Products

I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone for leaving such kind and positive responses to my last post, it was my first proper FOTD and I was a little nervous about putting it up because I wasn't sure what people would think. But I am so happy that you guys are always so supportive and sweet of me, and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to connect with you all through my blog! 

Anyway, today I'm going to share my most recent makeup haul - as I briefly mentioned before I went to a local fashion show at the weekend. While I wasn't allowed to photograph the actual show, I did get to go shopping afterwards, so I have a few things to make a post out of! I did buy quite a lot, but I wanted to show just the lip products today, since the majority of my beauty purchases fit into this category. Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these products before, or if there are any I should really be looking into! I hope you enjoy this post guys, thanks for reading! ^-^

Maybelline Baby Lips - Pink Punch and Cherry Me
I finally got my hands on a couple of these Baby Lips! They've been so popular lately but I never got the chance to get some for myself, since they are so cheap (only about £3) I picked up two. My first impressions are quite good, although it isn't as pigmented as I imagined, they are super moisturizing and are so easy to wear and reapply. My favourite is the cherry colour, just because it's more noticeable on the lips.

Revlon Colourstay - 35 Backstage
Secondly, I got sucked in by the sales assistant at the Revlon stand and I ended up buying this lipstick. The colour is so nice, although it looks kind of brown in the tube, the actual colour is a pretty dark mulberry. I just thought it was perfect for fall, and it's supposed to last all day too - but we'll have to see about that hah.

Rimmel 1000 Kisses - 130 Don't stop blushing
I do still have the intention of buying some lip tints online from Etude House or Tonymoly, but I wanted to try out some of the Western brands beforehand. I picked this one mostly because the colour is super pretty, but also because the felt tip applicator intrigued me! I've only had this for a few days but I've used it to create a gradient lip look (which I'll post pictures of sometime) that I wore twice to College. I got quite a lot of compliments about it, and it seriously does last all day, but I recommend topping it up after eating.

Soap&Glory Lip/Cheek tint - Rosy Glow
There's a few of these out there in the market now, but I picked up this one because the packaging was cute, and it wasn't too expensive. It looks bright in the tube but it blends fairly easily, as long as you don't let it dry first! The only thing I'm not too keen on is that the taste is very bitter when you first apply it. However, once it dries the taste fades, and it does last for a long time, though I've yet to try it on the cheeks.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Face of the Day ~ Ulzzang Inspired Eyes

Sorry for the lack of posts this week guys, I've just been a little busy that's all! But I have an exciting fashion show trip tomorrow, so hopefully I can get some pictures from that (even though I'm not allowed to take them of the actual show._.). Today I thought I'd write my first 'Face of the Day' post, which I haven't done before because I'm really not that good at makeup lol. I tried my best to create an Ulzzang inspired look, with plenty emphasis on the eyes^-^ I did it first without false eyelashes because I wasn't sure if they would stick or not, I have a real love-hate relationship with eyelashes omg >_< I hope you enjoy this post, let me know if you like the Ulzzang look and what products you use to recreate it! Thanks for reading guys^-^

If you are curious about any products I use just ask me in the comments and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!