Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Makeup Review ~ Sleek 'Blush by Three'

I haven't done a product review for a long time, so I thought I'd write about one of my new favourite products at the moment. I'm not sure if the Sleek brand is available outside of the UK but I picked up one of their blush palettes in Superdrug. I chose the Lace 367 palette, which consists of the colours Crochet, Guipure and Chantilly. They have other choices and you can purchase the blushes individually, but I got the set of three for £9.99 instead of buying a single one for around £4.49.

It comes in a perfect sized palette with a mirror too
 At first I wasn't sure about the colours, especially the orange because it was very bright on my pale skin and looked really odd. But as I persevered and got familiar with the product, I found a little goes a very long way. With a good amount of blending, the colours come out pretty on my cheeks ~ I tend to use them when I'm dressing up a little more though, they aren't really everyday shades.

From left to right: Chantilly, Guipure, Crochet
Chantilly is actually a lot brighter than this picture seems, it is a matte shade and compliments cool skin tones like mine quite nicely. The middle colour is my favourite, it's a rose pink base with a gorgeous gold shimmer running through it. I don't own anything quite like it, the shimmer makes it perfect for special occasions or even to spice up a more neutral look. Crochet is again brighter than shown, but I didn't have any coral blushes, and this one makes me want to try other shades! It's a matte colour and I imagine will become a staple in my makeup collection.

Sorry about the quality of this, I couldn't find good light
Have any of you tried Sleek products, or are there any other brands of blushes that I should try out? Let me know what you think in the comments^-^ Thank you for reading guys!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Etude House

I've promised that should I ever get to visit Asia, specifically Korea/Japan, I will rush to the closest Etude House in order to satisfy the longing I've had for their products. I see other beauty bloggers gush about how much they love the products and I can only sit in front of the computer inventing various schemes in order to get my hands on some ~ most recently it's to wait until I finish my exams, my dad agreed to give me a cash reward based on how many As and A* I get. I just have to work super hard then I can buy what I like!

This post is just going to be about which products I would love to try, I have no experience with the brand at all ~ I just admire the pictures^-^ If anyone does have opinions or recommendations about any Etude House products, I would love to hear them - since I can't purchase all the things that I want... Any comments are greatly appreciated (:

Precious Mineral BB Cream
This BB Cream is quite possibly the thing that I have heard the most about, and that I am super keen to try for myself. Of course it's hard to buy foundations/concealers online because you can't match the colours ~ so I think it would be wise to order some samples first, even though I'm often the lightest shade in UK terms, I am unfamiliar with the scales in Asia. I've heard it has wonderful coverage and lasts for a long time without a primer. I've not been too impressed with BB Cream in the UK, but this one seems like a winner!

Lovely Cookie Blusher Puff
How adorable are these?! I'm such a sucker for cute packaging if I saw something like this in a drugstore, I might not be able to stop myself buying one! This is of course impractical, but I have heard good things about these particular blushes and I especially like the look of number 1 and 2. I don't tend to spend much on blushes, but I feel in need of a really good staple pink one.

Dr Lash Ample
The fact that this was the first Etude House product I heard about purely through 2ne1's endorsement does not make me biased at all. Ok, well maybe a little. I'm usually doubtful about this sort of product, it claims to lengthen the lashes but I can't imagine by an extremely significant amount. It is an expensive product, so perhaps not something I would buy for myself. Apparently many Asian girls suffer from short, downwards lashes, so maybe this product helps to counteract that ~ I don't really have this problem though, my lashes are just quite sparse.

Dear My Blooming Lips
The picture isn't easy to see, but you can find it easily if you'd like a closer look^-^ The final product that I wish to talk about a little is the lipsticks. I get easily confused when it comes to lipstick, there are so many colours and formulas about these days it's rather overwhelming. Saying that, again, I've heard wonderful reviews about this particular lipstick, and some of the colours look super pretty on Dara in the ads (not that they would look like that on me but hey, a girl can dream right?). The peachy shades really catch my eye the most, closely followed by the light pinks like Dara wears here.

Friday, 3 May 2013

The Liebster Award ~ Thank you Tina! ^-^

I came home to my computer to find some news that really made my day. The lovely Tina at Be Bold Be Beautiful has nominated me for a Liebster award. I wasn't really sure what this was, but I was excited nevertheless! I believe now I have to answer the questions she wrote, write 11 facts about myself, tag 11 other bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer ~ I'd better get started then^-^

Questions from Tina:
1. What are you wearing right now? - My standard Friday night attire, jeans and my favourite Topshop jumper.
2. What time to do go to bed at? - I'm don't really stay up late very often, so weekdays usually between 9.30 and 10.00, any later and I'll not be able to heave myself out of bed the next day!
3. Where do you get inspiration for writing your blog posts? - I do love to take inspiration from other bloggers, but I have a little book where I note down anything I see that I could write about whether it's from a conversation, internet articles or a new Kpop video that's coming out(:
4. What's the most exciting thing happening in your life right now? - Right now it's nearing exams, so my social life is put on hold for a while. As well as stressful, for me this is exciting, my performance now could decide what path I take in the future, gets me thinking where will I end up?
5. What is the biggest achievement you've gotten so far in your life? - I like to think I've achieve quite a lot in my life so far, but for me the time I felt most touched was being chosen to be a senior prefect at school. I was picked for a team of sixteen from my entire year group ~ that made me feel pretty special inside^^
6. Do you like elephants or giraffes more? - I can't even think of giraffes anymore without being reminded of Kwangsoo from Running man, and he's hilarious. Sorry elephants.
7. Are you a messy person? - I'm pretty meticulous when it comes to being tidy, I like to be as organized as possible in all areas of life, gotta be prepared you know?
8. Would you ever dare to bungee jump? - It's something I would really like to do, just to prove it to myself.
9. What book do you recommend others to read? - Lord of the Rings and Sherlock Holmes books(:
10. Write down three words to best describe yourself - be honest. - Tough one ~ determined, fun and strong-willed.
11. What is your favourite weather? - Sun Sun SUN :D

Facts about myself:
1. As you may know from my blog, I am a big Kpop fan. However, I never share this with my friends because I'm scared it's too different. That's why I love being online here to find people like me.
2. Going with that, the only person in my life who knows about this blog is my mum.
3. My dream job would be to become a fashion journalist and travel the world.
4. Like most people, I have days when I just can't tolerate some of my friends ~ even though they're friends.
5. I like to imagine weird little scenarios before I sleep so I can use them as conversation starters.
6. I often get excited and overdress for unimportant occasions.
7. My favourite song and bands change so frequently it's crazy.
8. I want to go on holiday to Japan before I die, if only my family or I could afford it-_-
9. I'm looking forwards to leaving school and moving on to college, I don't think I'm going to be that sad in the last days.
10. I love taking photos with friends, capturing memories as they happen is important to me.
11. Small things matter to me, like every new follower I get makes me really happy ~ and I'm really thankful to you all for giving me a reason to write this blog. ^-^

Now the 11 questions for the blog's I've chosen (wish I could pick more!)
1. Who is your celebrity role model?
2. Following from that, who or what is your biggest style inspiration?
3. What is the most played song at the moment?
4. Do you think you're a good secret keeper?
5. If you could put yourself into any movie, which would you choose?
6. Is there anything that you have become a die-hard fan of?
7. Your worst fashion related disaster?
8. What's your most worn perfume?
9. If you don't have it already, what is your dream job?
10. Do you play any instruments?
11. What motivates you to keep blogging?

Phew ~ that was a lot of writing! But it was worth it, good luck to anyone who continues on this tag post^-^ x