Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fashion Love- Maxi dresses, fur collars, peplum jackets

Currently loving : Maxi dresses, Fur collars, Peplum jackets

Okay I know I caught on a little late, but I am sooo in love with maxi dresses at the moment. I think I only realised their 'greatness' now is because I just didn't like most of the designs I saw. Most of the styles on the high street are either empire wasted or the fitted tank type. Both styles I tried on, and both were not flattering.

Realistically, I don't have a supermodels body, so there is a constant danger of clothes clinging at the wrong places. So I never really got into the maxi dress trend. I used to always pick above knee dress or skirts, in the hope that my legs seem longer.

British summer has always been a gamble, and this year it seems particularly cold and wet. I have yet to take my summer cloths out for a spin. The reason I am now so obsessed with maxi dresses is not only the amazing alternative styles I just discovered, but also the new found convenience of not having to wear leggings underneath. Yes guys, I'm still wearing leggings during summer!

These are the super gorgeous dresses I discovered online:



Gathered-Waist Off-Shoulder Chiffon Long Dress
The pretty details and colour makes the dress so fairytale like and light. It is so different to all the dresses on the high street. I always think asian clothes have more cuteness about them. When it gets chillier, you can always throw a chic biker jacket over it to balance out.


SO Central

Short-Sleeve Maxi Dress (Belt not Included)

 The dress doesn't come with the necklace or belt. But I find the style itself very unique and very chic. I like the whole idea of the dress billowing behind whilst you walk. Actually, I love dresses with splits.-this is probably my second current fashion obsession. ( I have strange fashion obsessions haha )  The colour and style is versatile. You can add a pop or colour to it with a bright coloured bag or lipstick. For casual wear, pairing it with sandals makes it look more laid back. For dinner/ evening wear, you can always wear your hair up, add some dazzling earrings and wear high heels.

I just find that online clothing retailers have so much more alternatives, and I like to look different fashion wise. Sometimes, online shopping really is the better option for clothes shopping. Just be careful to not over spend!!

My style is forever evolving, and right not I ', drawn to the grown up, chic look mixed with cutesy, pretty elements.

Another of my current obsession, is detachable faux fur collars. It reminds me of glamorous, vintage movies, with perfectly coiffed hair heroines, with red lipstick and sky high heels, wrapped in luxurious fur.  In modern times, I would like to think fur collars are the closest alternative.

You can simply wrap the fur over a coat or cardigan, it keeps you warm as well as look glamorous.

Pieces Fane Faux Fur Collar

I think this one from asos is very versatile and snugly. Perfect for the oncoming colder months.

Another item I would like to talk about is the peplum jacket. The stlye again is very vintage, when I look at it, I think of the ultimate, beautiful , modern power woman.

They accentuate your curves, and hide what you don't want others to see. I think they looks perfect with everything. Surely a must in everyones wardrobe!

ASOS Peplum Hem Jacket
For me, I think it's always important to highlight your best features. Remember clothes can sometimes make a huge difference. By buying clothes that suite your body shape and not because everyones else's wearing them is the first step forward.

Please share your thoughts below :)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Importance of groomed eyebrows

Strong brows are part of the new Fall trend, spotted on many a catwalks. It fits in perfectly with the stronger woman image! By shaping and grooming your eyebrows can add a lot to your appearance. Emphasising them using eyebrow pencil, eyebrow/ eye shadow, and eyebrow gel can really make a difference.

Before eyebrow grooming
For me, I think it gives the illusion of larger eyes, which is very important for me.

The best way to achieve natural, yet defined brows is to try fill in with eyebrow shadow or eyeshadow. DO NOT choose black, either a murky colour you use for contouring or a brown eye shadow will. Using a angled brush, fill in from outwards( hairline) inwards. This means the inner brows will have less colour, which looks more natural. Now hold the hairs in place by slightly brushing with eyebrow gel. I suggest a browny, reddy gel.

Everyday Brows
If you are after a more defined look, use concealer to first shape the area underneath and above your brows. It will make the lines sharper. Then using a eyebrow pencil, starting filling inwards.

Remember aways to start light because less is more.

I think it gives a overall stronger look in general.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Beauty LOVE

Having seen many a korean celebs using pretty, feminine hand held mirrors, I instantly liked the idea. The idea of handheld mirrors is so kitsch and retro. I came across the 'sold out' Anna Sui, black handheld mirror.

The whole design is so pretty, so glam. The size is also travel perfect. I wish they were still instock.

Another I came across was on Stylenanda. This is my favourite retailer at the moment. Their models look fabulous, their products look fabulous, everything looks fabulous. I am in love with the whole site.

I would say Stylenanada is my inspiration at the moment for makeup, looks and attitude to things.

Unfortunately I am still looking for my perfect handheld mirror. Will update as soon as I find the perfect one!

Another new product I will be trying is the double eye lid tape. I do have double eyelids, it's just they are very near to my eyelashes, so they're not obvious. Previously, I didn't want to use them due to the sticky nature, and horror storries about saggy eye lids after using them. But I think it's time for me to give them a try. Will review them as soon as I  recieve them :)

Flawless Foundation

Woman like to have the perfect base set, because having flawless skin can bring confidence. If unfortunately like me, you have a few stubborn blemishes that you would love to cover then read down for the perfect coverage.

Now everyone has different areas they would like to cover, but I think the main problem areas are : acne, scars and bags under eyes. I will also include the .... PERFECT BASE!

PLEASE remember to thoroughly remove makeup before bed! Or ever better, take it off as soon you get home. Minimise the damage makeup chemicals do to your skin, let your skin breath once in a while.

For acne:

It is best you try to cover your skin with as little makeup as possible. By clogging more pores or perhaps inflaming the acne will not help. Try use only dot on concealer on specific areas rather than cover the whole face. For camouflaging, I use benefit's Boi-ing Concealer. Using my fingers I dab a little unto the area. Benefit markets is as 'indsutrial strength' so it does cover up pretty much anything. This is also PERFECT for under eye bags or any discolouration.

 However, if acne is wide spread then cover with tinted moisturiser or lighter foundation. A perfect light weight foundation I discovered is the Maybelline Mineral Finish. It feels super light and doesn't clog pores.

For Scarring:

It is better to use concealer or tinted moisturiser underneath foundation,  for that extra coverage. I use the Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser because it contains SPF and doesn't feel too thick on my skin. Using primer first will also smooth out the skin, for a less bumpy effect when foundation is applied on top.

For Under Eye Bags:

Do this after you finish your entire eye makeup.

Try picking a strong concealer close to your skin colour colour. There is no need for foundation, you only need coverage for under your eyes. Use a concealer brush or your fingers ( which ever you find blends better) then lightly dab underneath your eyes. And blend outwards towards your hairline. Use a powder next to set the concealer because you don't want creasing to occur throughout the day.

And lastly, that perfect base:

A lot of girls like to have perhaps a smaller, or more defined face. This can definitely be achieved through clever use of contouring and base. Firstly, you should have 2 close colours of foundation. One darker than the other. Dot the dark colour onto your face first, around the outside of your face. Then add the lighter colour towards the centre of your face, thoroughly blend both colours keeping the darker tone on the outside. This means the light will focus on the centre of your face which is lighter. Creating a illusion of a thinner face. If contouring, use a murky coloured blusher ( or a brown eyeshadow will do) lightly dust along just underneath cheekbones. Add highlighter to the top of the cheekbones and along your temples up to your browbones in a C shape. Contouring can be done on both sides of the forehead and nose too.

Please share your thoughts by commenting below!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Sweeps Like A Dream

FINALLY! I bought the long awaited BOBBI BROWN brushes!

The set includes a lip brush, foundation brush (much needed) and a eye shadow brush. A cosmetic bag also came in the box.

These brushes should be the basics, if you don't want to invest in too much brushes. I usually apply my foundation with just my fingers, because it warms the foundation a little, making it easier to blend. However, I find the coverage uneven sometimes, so I thought I would apply with a brush first and then dab with fingers.

The set retails for around £60. BUT, I bought it for £30!! There's a amazing shop called the cosmetic company which sells Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique, Estee Lauder etc and everything is at a reduced price. Makeups from seasons past can be bought here, as well as skincare and perfume. If you live near one of the stores , why not give them a visit. You don't know what you will find.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Shoes obsession - Take 2

I don't know if it's just me, but I have a tendcy to get millions of blisters after walking. Most of the shoes I tried are just so painful to wear. As a university student walking around is essential. So I first decided to invest in some casual walking shoes.

After many hours of research/thinking ( I'm very indecisive) I decided to purchase TOMS. I bought the pink!

They are very well known due to their policy of donating a pair of shoes to those in need when you purchase one.

They only came in the mail yesterday so I have yet to walk around in them. The thing is they start off very snug, but I think with wear they stretch out a little.

Wish these are comfy!

Shoes obesession

I have a sudden shoes fever! Some of my heels I wear for clubbing are unfortunately near the end of their life. There is a tendency for crazy drunk people to pour alcohol all over the floor and all over the person next to them. Luckily, only my shoes so far have taken the hit. Sometimes they an rescued with the almighty makeup wipe ( a trick I learnt at uni, makeup wipes can clean everything....usually) but the messy stains and sticky grunge on the sole can't be ignored further.

I am now in major need of new shoes!! I do have a amazing backup pair from china but these feel ultra painful after 10 minutes of wear. I think these are only good forr looking at!

At the moment I have my eyes on Jeffery Campbells. Their extravagant, original designs and fairly reasonable price are favourites amongst the fashion pack.

Two I really have taken a interest in :

Add a little colour into your summer wardrobe. They can be paired with anything from jeans, skirt, shorts etc. And wedges are usually more comfy.
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Another I quite like is

 Spikes are so edgy, although potentially dangerous if you accidentally back into someone. I guess no pain no gain!
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Monday, 13 August 2012

Thinking Corner- 亲人









Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Thinking Corner- you are not alone

Everyone has their story, everyone wears masks. Sometimes it's difficult to let those close to you see the real you. It may be you don't want them to worry, or that you think they will see you differently. I know I for one use another persona to cover the real problems. Of course its always better to let it out.

But- what if you can't? Sometimes the problem can be very severe, or difficult to understand.

Joining a community/forum which deals with the specific issue helps because these are people experiencing the same problems as you. Believe me, talking to people will always make you feel better.

If you just want to discuss something, anything ,  feel free to comment here anonymously or message me :)

GUYS it's time to turn that frown upside down!!


Monday, 6 August 2012


I've been having a tough time recently, but this video reaalllyyy made me laugh. PSY is a comedy genius! His compilation of poker straight face, lyrics and hilarious dance moves makes the MV very enjoyable to watch. This is the first time I've seen a PSY MV but I can tell why he's such a famous artist now. The guy who can bring the laughter- Carry on the good work!

Keeping Moving Forward

Life is often compared to a roller coaster, you experience the thrilling blissful highs as well as the depressive pessimistic lows.

One low roller coaster bend happened to me recently. And it only made me realise how I shouldn't taken everything for granted. Yes the this 'dip' was life changing. I honestly don't think I'm the same person anymore. I feel more grown up and more aware.

Now, I am so much more determined to make most of life and this mysterious roller coaster ride. After all, what is there to be afraid of? The seat harness will never let you fall. So don't be afraid to become the person you've always wanted to be.  Let your light shine!

Good Luck!!