Thursday, July 31, 2014

Escape



1 - Versailles selfie
2 - Python Celine Box Bag
3 - Versailles cat
4 - Miu Miu glitter heels in black
5 - Anna Wintour being escorted out of a show I no longer remember
6 - Grace Coddington's back
7 - Outside Chanel
8 - Miu Miu glitter heels in gold

This is a Throwback Thursday post of some sort, featuring some pictures from my 2011 Paris trip which I like to think about when I daydream. Putting this post together is getting me excited to see Dior & I and Yves Saint Laurent as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. 

Have you seen any of the two films? What are your film festival picks? 


Extra Viewing: Dior Secret Garden III - Versailles 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dior Addict It-Lash


Mascara is something I don't get too excited about. These feelings always come with a story so hear me out. In Filipino culture, there's this cruel cruel practice of trimming a baby's eyelashes so it would grow back longer and fuller. My mother, who is just as squeamish as I am, made my godmother trim my lashes when I was a baby. Take it from me, it doesn't work and I have the shortest lashes.  I recently caved and got the latest mascara offering from Dior - Addict It-Lash... 

On the outside:

  • Great packaging.
  • Handle is easy to grip.
  • The wand itself has a rounded end which is aimed for the roots. 

So what does it promise?

  • Volume, length, curved doe like lashes 
  • Easy to layer in order to achieve 'intensity'
  • Easy to remove and can be rinsed off with lukewarm water






And what does it actually do?



Length - Adds length but nothing miraculous. 

Volume - One coat looks natural. Two coats is dramatic but can potentially get clumpy and spidery. 

Curl - It definitely gives a slight lift to uncurled lashes and it holds quite well. 

There was very little smudging after approximately eight hours of wear. There was very little transfer onto my under eyes (mind you, I only lightly applied it to my lower lashes - not a fan of mascara for bottom lashes)


Here's photographic evidence when I used the rounded end to start coating the lashes from the root. 







Forgive the shiny nose but the rest is: Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream in Beige, MAC Painterly, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, Hourglass Arch Brow in Dark Brunette, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, Maybelline Baby Lips Glow in Baby Pink

My conclusion: 

I like it but it's not ideal for my short lashes but the hefty price tag means I'm going to continue using it. 

Price / Availability
NZ$63 from Farmers 
US$26 from Sephora


Would I recommend this? 
Yes but only to those with longer lashes. 


Have you tried the Dior Addict It Lash mascara or any other mascaras from Dior? 



Friday, July 25, 2014

What's in My Bag


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Canada




Mango faux leather quilted moto jacket, Acne Canada scarf, Karen Walker tweed coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour bag

Things I have learnt so far this winter:
  • Cold is not the answer to "How are you?"
  • Don't complain about the cold to people from the South Island or Canada.
  • Brownies can be made with apple puree instead of butter or oil. I tried this recipe here and it was delicious. I did use Mork Chocolate though coz you know #fancy. Available from Pinguino Gordito
  • The couch makes a great wardrobe. Let's call it couch-drobe. 
  • Possums can be cute - check out the Lemuroid Ringtail Possum
  • Instagram is great for cute pets and all but there is a sad hash tag #lostdog. Don't look it up. Also, don't look up 'free dog' on Trade Me unless you are really looking for one. 
  • Also on Instagram, I learnt that travelling around Europe is best done with your best friend. Especially if your best friend is a corgi named Sailo
Is there anything you want to share? 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Winter Skincare Survival



This just might be the post where I write the most (in word count) about skincare. Winter has so far been about survival. Moods are low, power bills are high and lips - well chapped. I have rounded up all the skincare products that have been making a difference for me.  

A bit of background on my skin: 
I have typical combination skin that is dry in some patches, oily around the t-zone, stubborn spots / blemishes and leftover scars from adult chicken pox. There's also the once every blue moon eczema breakout. 

Also, a disclaimer: What works for me may not work for you, so do your research especially before you hit the cosmetic counters. For advice on anything skincare related, head over to CarolineHirons.com or her YouTube channel where industry experts make guest appearances. For example, this one here featuring Dr Marko Lens (Zelens). Your "wipes will do" or "I'll be okay without sunscreen" attitude will never be the same again. 


So back to the products...


Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil 
The Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil has been in my skincare rotation since the end of April / start of May. Initially, I only used this in the evenings but my regular AM cleanser - the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser, has been a bit harsh, leaving my skin feeling stripped. I now use this oil twice a day and it is best applied to the face dry. It then turns into a milk once you introduce a bit of warm water and it breaks down makeup, including mascara. This is 100% gentle enough to use around the eyes. Using a warm face cloth or muslin cloth helps to remove the dirt, makeup and SPF. This is ideal for double cleansing as well. The face does not feel stripped after and you are left feeling clean and nourished. 

Aesop Parsley Seed Mask
My Instagram tells me I purchased this Aesop Parsley Seed Mask from World Beauty 17 weeks ago, captioned "Skincare pick me up" which could be translated as I was feeling spendy on my lunch break. Depending on the state of my skin, I would put this on once a week - Sunday seems to be the perfect day for a mask while you do the laundry. There are some weeks which require two masks but this can also be applied to just the troublesome areas.  This mask doesn't feel tight compared to other bentonite masks like the Tailor Mask. I leave it longer than the recommended 15 minutes and rinse it off with a warm face cloth. The skin feels refreshed after. If you use this as a spot treatment, you can expect volcanic looking spots to appear calm and less inflamed. 

REN Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream
I crack open this REN Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream every time the dry patches and eczema like conditions start popping up. This came in super handy when I got a reaction from an eye cream, possibly targeted for the younger market. This eye cream which I'm not ready to talk about yet, started making me dry all over the lids. The skin around my nose was really dry too and ordinary moisturiser was just not cutting it. This thick cream soothes and provides relief for dry patches and I fully recommend this. Expect to feel and see a difference after regular use. By that I mean, you can't just use it once and expect it all to be fixed. You need to use it over a few days but the relief is almost instant. 

Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner
Toner is one skincare step I take very seriously. I don't know why but I just do. It's the most boring of all skincare steps but I like toners that do more than just act as the first step of hydration after cleansing. I've been using the Kate Somerville Clarifying Treatment Toner once a day for over three months now and this one definitely has its pros and cons. I like it because it's like a baby exfoliant, containing a small amount of alpha hydroxy acid (I still haven't ventured that way but we'll get there). However, the witch hazel is causing some discomfort with my winter skin. I get a slightly tight sensation straight after application. This was working so well before the temperatures dropped but I'm going to persist as the next two products in this post help balance everything out. 


Aesop Fabulous Face Oil
Caroline Hirons said in this Top 10 post for Cult Beauty last year that the Aesop Fabulous Face Oil would be her number one choice if she was stranded on a desert island.  That stuck with me and I have been using this non-stop since I got it in May. I use it two ways: on its own or mixed in with moisturiser. The ingredients list includes Juniper Berry which is apparently used to treat stubborn skin conditions like psoriasis. While the Ylang Ylang in this blend adds to the calming fragrance. Interestingly, I've been complimented on 'my scent' but I really think it was just this. This also doesn't leave the skin looking shiny. 


Skinfood Nourishing Moisturiser
I treat the Skinfood Nourishing Moisturiser like an overcoat to an outfit. It locks in moisture and seals all the previous steps I've just done. The fragrance is something to look out for if you have sensitive skin but the smell is nothing too overpowering. This on top of the Fabulous Face Oil leaves my skin looking juicy and alive, instead of prune like. 


Extra Viewing: How to Give Yourself a Face Massage with Alexandra Soveral via Into the Gloss YouTube and How to Give Yourself a Head and Neck Massage via Vogue Russia YouTube. 




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ohayo


Isabel Marant Etoile pink sweatshirt


This post is to express two things that make me sad:

1. Nothing has really replaced The Marant Philes since its end last year but the next best thing I have are these Instagram accounts here: Ukraine fashion editor Aliona Gluhih and this well dressed mother Marcjune25.

2. I can't remember any of the Japanese I once studied except for the silly stuff like "Neko desu" and bits and pieces of this cute song

The Good Morning Tokyo jumper from Isabel Marant Etoile is perfect for shameless Japanophiles. This is still currently discounted on Forward by Elyse Walker




Monday, July 14, 2014

Edit

As someone so easily persuaded to buy new beauty products, I think it is important to edit the daily makeup bag frequently. There are some things that are non-negotiable. Think your current foundation or tinted moisturizer and of course brow products. When it comes to mascara, I'm a one trick pony and only ever buy one at a time. It really is the least used in my stash because of my watery / eye rubbing tendencies. 

Blush of the Moment - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
This one always gets looked over when next to my NARS regulars.  It's described as 'soft plum' making it the most wintery blush shade I own. Application is something I'm still getting the hang of and is harder to apply compared to the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Blushing Bride - and we all know how pigmented those blushes are so that's saying something...

Eyebrows on the Go - Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette
A daily staple that is easier to apply than the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade + MAC 266 combo. The effect is softer too, like Anja Rubik in any Chloe ad.

Bronze Smokey Eye for Dummies -  MAC Paint Pot in Eclair (limited edition)
It's annoying how this is limited edition considering it got perfect marks over at Temptalia. This is the kind of eye makeup I love wearing for long days and it doesn't slip and slide like other cream based formulas, even without primer or powder over the lids beforehand.

Concealer - Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque
In an effort to 'conserve' (lol what is this energy? Water?) the always sold out NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, I have been whipping out the more effective BB corrector. This is hands down the best concealer to suit the most discoloured part of my face (my eye bags). This made a comeback now that my winter paleness makes my under eyes stand out more than usual. This can be an absolute mess when left unpowdered, as if you aged like that time Fred & George tried tricking the age line in The Goblet of Fire. Yuck. 

Lip  Nourishment - Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Nobody's Baby
This is one of the more pricier lip conditioners I own but I can say it is totally worth it. Nobody's Baby is like a "your lips but better" shade but that doesn't even matter because you should get it for the nourishing qualities. The lips feel instantly smooth, providing relief to that tight feeling when you forget to put a lip balm or salve before bedtime. Available from BeautyMART or Net-a-Porter.

High Shine - BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rebel
This is the lip gloss for non lip gloss fans. It's not sticky and is sheer which makes it perfect for layering over another lip product like Ilia Nobody's Baby. The minty fresh flavour is quite calming too.

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite lip gloss right now?