Thursday, July 28, 2016

Colourpop Creme Gel Liners

colourpop creme gel liner

Let me tell you right off the bat that I wasn't really into pencil or any stick-form eyeliners. I found them difficult to manoeuvre and disaster ensued whenever I attempted to draw the simplest of lines across my eyelids. 

As a fan of KathleenLights on YouTube, I am constantly exposed to Colourpop videos and tutorials. A while back she created this stunning makeup look, using the creme gel liner in Zulu. Intrigued by the bright mermaid-esque teal, I decided to try out my luck by ordering some liners. 

colourpop creme gel liner

The colours I picked up are (from top to bottom): Zulu, Dirty Talk, Get Paid, HoneyDude. Zulu is described as vivid pastel sea foam green; Dirty Talk a soft metallic gold; Get Paid a metallic rose gold; HoneyDude a creamy warm nude. 

colourpop creme gel liner

I ended up loving these liners! They are so smooth and pigmented, and lining my eyes did not end up with me in tears. Whether I'm lining my lids or waterline, they apply extremely well. Did I mention they're waterproof? Perfect for the icky summer days and my sweaty af dance classes.  My absolute favourites have to be Zulu and Get Paid, but honestly I love them all. When payday swings round, I am determined to get my hands on more shades!

Colourpop now offers shipping to Hong Kong, but truth be told it is considerably pricey. I bought my liners off of an Instagram store that helps transport US products to HK. If you check out the hashtag #colourpophk, you'll find a handful of accounts that sell Colourpop products. Prices will range form store to store; I bought mine at $55 each. 

I wholeheartedly recommend these Colourpop gems to you, even if you are a pencil liner skeptic. They make applying eyeliners a dream, and there is literally a rainbow of colours to choose from (something I love about Colourpop is that they don't shy away from colour). Inject some summer brightness into your makeup collection by picking up a few - or a dozen! Pencil liner skeptic or not, you are sure to fall for these creme gel liners. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Etude House's Lip Tint Eraser

etude house lip tint eraser

Something I love about Korean cosmetics brands is that they frequently come out with products that make a beauty regime a whole lot easier to execute. An impromptu shopping trip in Mong Kok yesterday resulted in me discovering this gem: Etude House's new Lip Tint Eraser. I'm sure this product isn't a totally new invention, but it's the first time I've actually come across one.

What it is is basically a lip product remover. The product is clear and lip gloss-like in consistency. You take a small drop onto your fingers and massage it into your lips, then rinse off everything with water. Since lip tints are difficult to remove, this product should come in handy when removing stubborn lip products. 

etude house lip tint eraser

While I'm not as interested in lip tints, I am an avid user and consumer of liquid lipsticks and matte formulas. I tested out the Eraser on four lip products: Colourpop's Ultra Satin Lip in Botanical; Nyx's Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi; Mac's Whirl; Too Faced's Melted Lipstick in Melted Fig. Products like these are known to stay on the lips and require oil-based removers for removal.

etude house lip tint eraser

I took four small drops for each individual stripe of product, massaged it in (making sure that the entire area of colour came in contact with the Eraser), and rinsed with water. 

etude house lip tint eraser

I am quite impressed with how the product worked! Typically I would use a makeup wipe or an oil-based remover to remove my lip colour at the end of the day, but I sometimes have to scrub into my lips to get everything off. The lip colours came off my hand at ease, and didn't require any scrubbing.

Should you buy this product? While it's not an absolute necessity, I would say go ahead! It's a less painful method of lip product removal, and the Eraser contains Shea butter to help moisturise the lips. At $42, it's a very inexpensive product that could help you out during tough times.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Purchase From claddagh ring

After reading many, many bloggers praising, I knew I had to check it out. The site offers an extremely wide range of jewellery in different finishes, and for a while I've had my eye on this particular Claddagh ring. Though the site offers worldwide shipping, an opportunity allowed me to skip that £4 fee and have it delivered to me directly. claddagh ring

I am without an ounce of Irish in me, but I find the origins and meaning behind Claddagh rings absolutely beautiful. The design in itself is quite unique and eye-catching on the hand. If you're interested on more detail behind the history of Claddagh rings, this site offers a detailed rundown.

I'm very pleased with the overall experience shopping through Granted I myself was not on the receiving end of the package, but from what I know the process was quick and easy. A slight challenge was choosing the size of the ring. The site offered to send a free ring sizer to accurately obtain my ring size; I wasn't able to find the page to do so and I wasn't sure if the offer was extended to outside of the UK. With a bit of luck and some twine, I luckily ordered a size that fit my ring finger perfectly. 

Shop my exact ring here or have a look around the site here!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mac Halsey Lipstick | Ka-pow in a Tube

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Hello all!

Exams are almost over and I can't wait to get back into the blogging scene. I was going to wait until exams were completely over to do this post, but I simply can't wait any longer. Nobody puts this tube of glory in a corner!

You've most likely rocked grey nails, maybe grey eyeliner, but get this: a statement grey lip. The past-me would probably have gone yikes and returned to the comforting embrace of a peach lippie, but the present-me has thought, I could give that a go

This lipstick is part of the four-piece Mac Future Forward collection, a collaboration with four rising music stars. Alongside Halsey, artists Tinahe, Lion Babe and Dej Loaf have released an eyeshadow palette, a Lipglass, and a gold eyeliner, respectively. 

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Enter the Halsey Mac lipstick: a slick AF blue-toned grey with a matte formula. One swipe delivers pretty good pigmentation, but the colour can be built up to give an opaque lip. The matte formula is not drying whatsoever, a quality I'm glad is present in all of the matte Mac lipsticks I've tried. 

mac future forward halsey lipstick

The lipstick comes housed in a gorgeous blue paint-swirl box with what seems to be Halsey's signature in white. It's a nice touch that personalises the lipstick, as typical Mac lipsticks come in plain black boxes. 

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Once the announcement came out on Instagram, I knew I had to get my hands on the lipstick. I absolutely love Halsey as an artist and a fashion/beauty icon, so it was kind of a no-brainer. Well, except for the fact that the lipstick was grey... it's not exactly your conventional lip colour. Eventually, I somehow justified placing an order.

I'm so happy to say that I love this colour! I've been playing around with more crazy colours recently (Nyx's soft matte lip cream in Moscow anyone?), so I was pretty excited to get my hands on this lipstick. In the pic below it's a little lighter and shinier than the arm swatch because  I a. left my lip balm on when swatching on my lips and b. applied with a light hand. I suppose it's way to test the waters, as it's not as in-your-face as a BAM grey. 

I like that the shade is not a Halloween-y shade; it's wearable without you looking like you're prepared to go trick-or-treating. When this shade's on my lips, I feel as empowered as Khaleesi burning down the Temple of Dosh Khaleen.

mac future forward halsey lipstick

Don't mind the dark circles, that's what staying up late waiting for the release of Zoella's new collection on Superdrug will do to a gal (and yet I never made it).

So allow me to explain the ordering process. When Halsey released her own Instagram post, slaying everyone in the lip colour, she (at the time) specifically wrote that the lipstick would not be sold in China. It had something to do with how the lipstick was not tested on animals but China condemns testing, or something to that effect. I was hoping that HK would be counted as an independent country in this case, but alas the verdict was no. *tear*

I went through the Instagram tag #machk and eventually found an account that helped people order products from the US and had them delivered to HK. Typically, a Mac lipstick costs HKD$155; my total, including the local postage fee, was $167. Not bad at all, considering markups can be a lot higher! I ordered the lipstick off this Insta. The girl who runs the account was super friendly, and the lipstick was delivered to me at ease. Everything from start to finish took about 3-4 weeks, so if you're interested in ordering just bear that in mind. 

In conclusion: Halsey is queen, she and Mac have totally nailed this lip colour, and I will definitely be using this in the near future. World, get ready for this bold, beautiful lipstick!

Have an amazing day! x

Monday, March 28, 2016

DIY: Jewelled Rings

diy jewelled wire ring

Hello all!

I have not blogged in ages as exams are approaching soon and I've been knee-deep in notes, flashcards and textbooks. Nonetheless, I have a really quick DIY for you today to satisfy any crafty cravings and to prove to you that yes, I am still alive!

You will need:
- wire
- wire cutters
- superglue
- jewel beads
- some round object the size of your finger

diy jewelled wire ring

Let's begin!

1. Take your length of wire and wrap it around your round object, forming an O.

diy jewelled wire ring

2. Slide that O off the object and cut down the middle as indicated below:

diy jewelled wire ring

You should end up with what is essentially a massive jump ring.

diy jewelled wire ring

3. Open the ring as you would with a jump ring, and slide your bead onto the ring. 

diy jewelled wire ring

4. Close the ring and superglue both ends together. Slide the bead over the two glued ends and add a drop of superglue into the hole of the bead to fully seal everything. 

diy jewelled wire ring

VoilĂ ! You're ready to rock your jewelled ring!

diy jewelled wire ring

I was inspired to make these rings because I have just finished watching Star Wars Episodes 1-6, and - aside from being fully caught up and psyched up to join the fandom - it got me thinking about character aesthetics and what colours would represent them. The black ring was made with Darth Vader in mind because when watching RotS, I remember thinking, "That is one hella shiny suit!" Keep up with my Star Wars obsession here on my tumblr c:

Anyways, I've been and will be posting considerably less due to exams, but a cheeky post may spring out once in a while. Be updated every time I post by following me on Bloglovin here or subscribing to the mailing list on the side bar!

Have an awesome day x

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The 88th Academy Awards | Favourite Looks

The internet has been buzzing over the past few days with news regarding the recent 88th Academy Awards: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and their astounding 6 wins out of 10 nominations, Stacey Dash's unexpected appearance, Leo winning his long-awaited, well-deserved Oscar (when we found out, everyone around me leapt up and started cheering, I kid you not)!

Between Chris Rock speaking out on diversity, Lady Gaga's beautiful performance of 'Til It Happens to You', and Jacob Tremblay's utter adorableness, stars showcased all sorts of beautiful gowns on the red carpet. Here are a few of my favourites!

1. Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne in Alexander McQueen

Honestly, when have they ever disappointed? By this point I am probably biased because they have appeared in many of my favourites, but, to follow Scotty P's mantra, I have "no ragrets". Like last year's ceremony, they came, posed, and conquered. Hannah Bagshawe always manages to amaze me with her effortless style, and enough can't be said about Eddie Redmayne in a tux. They are everyone's couple goals, and true Hollywood royalty. 

2. Alicia Vikander in Louis Vitton 

I'm not a big fan of warm colours, but this is something else. Alicia Vikander totally rocked this twinkling LV creation, giving off sunny vibes on the red carpet. While the bubbled high-low shape of the gown says 'princess', the embellishments take it to another level. I have yet to watch The Danish Girl but after watching the trailer yesterday, I am determined to do so. Congratulations on the Best Supporting Actress win!

3. Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein

First, a very necessary PA: Brooklyn is incredible and you need to see it. Now back to the look.

Saoirse Ronan is devastatingly gorgeous, especially in her custom Calvin Klein. Everyone has been comparing her to the Little Mermaid, but I like to think her more of a glittering, Slytherin-esque goddess. If looks could kill, hers would slaughter you like a basilisk (ayyyyy). From the sheer skirt you can see that the sequins are arranged in a swirly pattern, reminiscent of the backdrop of van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'. Very, very nice!

A short but sweet compilation of my favourite looks from the Oscars. What were your favourite looks of the night?

Lots of love! xx

Monday, February 15, 2016

Viola Beach

Hey guys.

Today's post will be short and a little different to what I usually talk about. While on Facebook this morning, a news report from BBC caught my attention; it reported the death of the English indie band Viola Beach and their manager in a car crash very recently.

I had never heard of Viola Beach, nor ever heard their music. I really wished I had though, because their music is amazing. I've never really felt too much about the death of famous people and such, but today's news has hit me and I can't stop thinking about it.

My friend Ruby said this, and I agree with her: it's sad how people only get the attention they want after they die. My thoughts go out to the family members and friends of Viola Beach and their manager; I can't imagine what they're going through. 

I'd like to say that I'm a fan now, as I truly enjoy their music. It's sad that this incident has made me become one because I mean it when I say I would definitely have been a fan of theirs had I known about them earlier. 

So here's to Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin, and Craig Tarry. RIP and let your music live on.

I'll see you next time x

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