Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Makeup Tutorial: AOA Seolhyun 'Heart Attack' Music Video


Hello lovelies! Here is a quick kpop makeup look tutorial, inspired by AOA Seolhyun in their new 'HEART ATTACK' music video. Hope you enjoy! Below are some AOA Heart Attack music video captures of Seolhyun that I made to use as references. 

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Product list down below!

Discount code for Korean makeup can be found at end of blog post







FEATURED ITEMS:

Aritaum Mono Eyes in 14 After Hour. Review here.
Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 in Buck, Half Baked.
Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 in Dark House, Creep.
Lengthening false lashes
Heroine Long and Curl Mascara
Aritaum Honey Melting Tint in 05 Apple Tart. Review here.
Irresistible Me Hair Extensions in Silky Natural Black. Review here.

WHERE CAN I BUY KOREAN MAKEUP?

I got these products from:

JOLSE 

W2BEAUTY -
Use code: 04161007 and get $5 off on an order of at least $30!

IBUYBEAUTI










Until next time, annyeong~

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*all content are my own

Monday, 22 June 2015

Review and Haul: iHerb | Real Techniques Brushes and E.L.F Cosmetics


Hello lovelies!

It's time for a haul from iHerb! This is my first time purchasing from iHerb so I'll also do a quick review for you guys. As well, I have a iHerb discount code/coupon for up to $10. Let's get started~

Order date: 15th of June
Arrival date: 22nd of June
Discount code for up to $10+: Enter "WWF997" at the checkout

Everything is packaged neatly in a medium sized cardboard box! There is an inflated iHerb plastic bubble (?) to help protected the products during the shipping journey.



 Received free measuring cups along with the order!


ORDERED PRODUCTS:
Real Techniques Blush Brush
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
E.L.F Studio Angled Contour Brush
E.L.F Studio Eyebrow Kit in Dark

The Real Techniques and E.L.F brushes came in their original packaging and the E.L.F Eyebrow Kit came with bubble wrap. I assume because there is powder and it is prone to cracking during transit.

Real Technique brushes in Australia are extremely expensive but luckily we can get them on iHerb. And even with Priceline 3 for 2 deals, it is still way cheaper to get Real Techniques on iHerb. So for my Australian readers, do check out iHerb for Real Techniques and E.L.F!






I purchased the E.L.F Angled Contour brush because I was looking for a nose contour brush. Reviews on iHerb said they used this for nose contour so I grabbed it. But looking at it up close... I'm worried. The angle is extremely flat and seems too big for nose contour... However I will have to play around with it to make an accurate judgement.

There will be a Real Technique's brushes review when I manage to try out all the brushes.

In conclusion... iHerb.com is a splendid site to shop from. The products arrive in perfect condition and the shipping to Australia was quick (exactly 7 days). Definitely recommend!

*Remember you can use code "WWF99" for up to $10+ off your order*

So that's it for today.

See everyone later!

Until next time, annyeong~

*not sponsored

Korean Vs Japanese Makeup | BEFORE AND AFTER MAKEUP TRANSFORMATION VIDEO



Hello lovelies!

Today I have a fun video where I demonstrate the differences between Korean and Japanese makeup! This is inspired by the popular Korean VS American makeup videos but I've decided to do a Korean vs Japanese take on it because I like both styles. This is a BEFORE AND AFTER MAKEUP TRANSFORMATION where I show you guys my interpretation of these makeup styles.

In the beginning video, I have a base + eyebrow video which is pretty much similar in Korean and Japanese makeup (flawless base and straight eyebrows). Then we move on to the Korean makeup which focuses a lot more on the eyeliner and a natural look rather than eyeshadow play and false eyelashes like with the Japanese makeup (inspired by Himekaji/gyaru/popular teen makeup).

Alternative name: KOREAN ULZZANG VS JAPANESE GYARU MAKEUP | BEFORE AND AFTER MAKEUP TRANSFORMATION






✮ FEATURED ITEMS ✮

Skin79 Orange BB Cream. (Review and Skin79 BB Cream comparisons here)
Rimmel London Radiant Concealer
Aritaum Full Cover Concealer. Review here.
Skinfood Eyebrow Pencil
Missha Color Setting Brow
KOJI Eyelid Glue

Discount code for Korean makeup can be found at end of blog post

KOREAN MAKEUP PORTION



Urban Decay Naked Palette
Aritaum Mono Eyes in  14. (Review here)
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner. (Review here)
Canmake Highlighter
Heroine Long and Curl Mascara
Etude House Dear Darling Lip Tint 02 Real Red (Review here | Korean lip tint comparisons)
Aritaum Honey Melting Tint in 05 Apple Tart (Review here)
Etude House Nymph Aura Volumer in 03 Transparent (Review here)

 JAPANESE MAKEUP PORTION



Urban Decay Naked Palette
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner
Napoleon Perdis Set Contour & Highlight Palette
Shara Shara Aurora Liquid Highlight in 01 Pink
Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher in 06 Edge Rose. (Review here)
VDL Expert Color Lip Cube in 107 Secret Gown. (Review here)
The Face Shop Lovely ME:EX Lipgloss in 04 Sugar Cherry


CIRCLE LENSES
from www.geocolouredlenses.com

1. Korean Makeup: Geo Eyevelyn Brown (review and more photos)
2. Japanese Makeup: GEO Fresh Brown Lenses (review and more photos)

 WHERE CAN I BUY KOREAN MAKEUP?

 I got these products from:

JOLSE 

W2BEAUTY -
Use code: 04161007 and get $5 off on an order of at least $30!

IBUYBEAUTI

THANK YOU GUYS!



Until next time, annyeong~

*video and post not sponsored ^_^
*post contains affiliate links

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Review: GEO Big Grang Grang Brown Lens | The Most Comfortable Circle Lens!

 My review on the GEO Big Grang Grang Brown Lens. The most comfortable circle lens I have ever tried!


 Hello Lovelies~

Today I will be sharing another circle lens review! But I'm really excited to share this one with you because it managed to triumph over my Geo Eyevelyn circle lens (made with silicone hydrogel) which I absolutely adored. Let's welcome GEO Big Grang Grang Brown to my collection.



Brand: GEO Medical
Name: Big Grang Grang 
Colour: Brown
Water Content: 38%
Diameter: 15mm
Base Curve: 8.7mm
Prescription? Yes



A lot of websites and blogs say that the diameter of these lenses are 14.8mm but they are really 15mm.

Comfort: 10/10

These are by far, the most comfortable circle lens I have ever tried! Which is surprising considering I have tried circle lense with a smaller diameter and also higher water content. 

Once in the eyes, you can not feel them at all. And usually with circle lenses, the edges of my vision is a little blurry but these are perfectly clear. I cannot fault them at all.

I can wear these for 6 hours without feeling my eyes feeling dry and in need for eye drops (something I don't have.... but will buy soon).




Design: 9/10

How cute are these animal lens cases that are shipping with Love Shopping Holic orders?!

 The limbal ring is a dark brown rather than a black to give a more natural colour effect. The design of the lenses allow the colour to blend beautifully and seamlessly with brown eyes and is not strong or prominent enough to give you "alien" eyes.

I was reading an article on limbal rings and apparently, we unconciously judge an individuals attractiveness by how prominent their limbal rings are.... Very fascinating. The darker it is, the more white your eyes appear. Limbal rings are the sign of youth as it fades as you age.

 But I tend to find circle lenses with dark limbal rings too unnatural so I prefer a design like this. 

If you like a more dolly and big effect, find lenses with black limbal rings!

Enlargement: 9/10

The GEO Big Grang Grang lenses are 15mm and even without dark limbal rings, definitely enlargen your eyes. These are big but still look fine even if you are without eye makeup. Love these! 



Colour: 10/10

The GEO Big Grang Grang lens range come in two colours: brown and choco. Choco is a darker brown while brown is a honey brown.

On brown eyes however, it does darken quite significantly. It isn't light enough to look artificial but isn't dark enough that you can't see the colour change.




I'm not very good at blending hair extensions heheh'


I got these lenses from the lovely team at Love Shopping Holics! Get yours now for $22.90 @ Love Shopping Holics.

Until next time, annyeong~

Hair extensions worn in these photos have been reviewed. Click here for my honest opinion on the Irresistible Me Hair Extensions!

*product sent for review purposes
*not paid to make posts and all content are my own



Sunday, 7 June 2015

How To: Get Clear Skin (ft. Clearasil and Korean Skincare)



Hello lovelies~


Today I have a different blog post from usual. I thought it would be a good idea to write about my tips on how to get clear skin using skincare products everyone can incorporate into their beauty regime.

I will be featuring products from Clearasil and Korean brands! All the products are affordable and will not break your bank.

Firstly I will talk about the most important tip anyone can ever give you regarding your skin health.

Eating healthy: Your skin, the largest organ in your body, reflects your internal system. If you treat yourself with good healthy food, you end up cleansing your body from all the toxins that end up in your skin texture. I am sure most of you battling with acne have seen the chart of acne that shows you the correlation between problems in your body with the part of your face acne breaks out from. It is a good way to tell you that what you put in your body will have a powerful influence on the way you look and feel.



Sun Protection: Everyone has heard about the importance of sun protection for your overall health and skin. I believe it's an essential to always be protected from the sun due to the dangers of UVA and UVB rays. For more information, head to Clearasil's informative website on Summer Skin care!

QUICK SUN PROTECTION TIPS

Ultraviolet A rays, or what I call UV Aging, is what causes premature aging because it penetrates deeper into the skin.

Ultraviolet B rays are what people typically use sunscreen/sunblock to avoid. UV Burning (these are not scientific terms) usually only penetrate into the epidermis (outer layers) and causes sunburn.

✰ Sun Protection Factor (SPF) mainly refers to protection from UVB rays.

Broad Spectrum Protection refers to protection from both UVA and UVB rays. 

Did you know the PA+ PA++ PA+++ and so forth rating system is not approved by the FDA? So I always use sunscreen that says Broad Spectrum Protection. However this is the system used in Japan/Korea commonly. Each country have different standards for their different climates. Just like how the British Standard for sunglasses is lower than the Australian/NZ standard because our sun is more harsh.. Your sunglasses should be labelled with the Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1067:2003. If they don't they are only fashion spectacles.

Always wear sun protection if you are outside for longer than 10 minutes. Doesn't matter if it's cloudy or if it's winter! UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate through glass in your office or home.

A lot of people have asked this before and it's the question of... when do I apply sun protection? Before or after makeup? I personally apply it after moisturiser and when it has already dried. Just so I can avoid any chemical mixing that may minimise sun protection.

✰ Sun Block acts to block out the sun rays from penetrating into the skin. So typically people associate sun block as thick and gives a white cast.

✰ Sun Screen acts as a screen and deflects sun rays, though it is not 100% successful so some still penetrate through 

✰ Remember to apply enough sun protection. Two milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter of skin is what usually testers for sun protection use. I talk more about this in the bottom of the post. 

Always apply sun protection throughout the day! It does not stay effective for long

MedicationThere are prescriptions available from your dermatologist in severe cases.

 I understand there are different cases with different individuals so I am not saying that following these steps will absolutely without a doubt give you clear skin. However for the majority who are looking for skincare tips and tricks to maintain healthy better skin, these are the products you can look into.

Clicking on the bolded product name will bring you to my separate review.

Cleanser:

The first step in the skincare routine is facial washing! Cleansing is important to remove the pollutants, makeup and bacteria that accumulated throughout the day. It is especially important to remove makeup thoroughly before you go to bed each night because makeup that stays on your face end up enlarging your pores and stretching your skin, with a loss of elasticity imminent.



Here I am featuring Clearasil’s Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash. This Clearasil has been on the market for a long time now and is an affordable product to try! Gel cleansers are a great choice for combination skin as it is designed to remove excess surface oils, but any skin type can use it. Check out Clearasil's Skin Care guide which can help personalise your daily routine. Cream cleansers might be more beneficial for individuals which very dry skin.

The Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash works fast due to salicylic acid which is a pimple fighting ingredient. This product is also dermatologist recommended, meaning it was tested in the laboratory. The best thing is that there is no alcohol in this product!


Toner:

Toner is the most debated product out of the simple cleansing, toning, moisturising routine. Some people swear by toners while others argue the benefits. I personally have lived with and without toner, trying to see if there is a visible difference in my skin if I did or did not use it.

The answer: Yes there was a difference. And it had to do with the hydration level. I found that using toner helped promote moisture in my skin. However this will be a different story if you choose to use astringent which is heavily alcohol based and mainly for refining pores.

Moisturisation is key in maintaining healthy clear skin as it keeps the skin from drying and producing more oil in order to balance skin texture. More oil production can lead to blocked which eventually turn into pimples and bumpy skin.

Toners also work to remove the left over cleanser residue and balances your skin pH.


Recommendation: Etude House Wonderpore Freshener Toner (click for review)




I have been using Etude House’s Wonderpore Freshener for almost a year now and really like it as a gentle toner. It did not break me out even though my skin is sensitive to new products.

Note: Toners are sometimes called ‘lotions’ in the Chinese, Korean and Japanese beauty industry.

Serum:

Serum is not part of the basic skincare routine but I believe is a good product to incorporate into your daily beauty regime. Serums contains high concentrations of skin beneficial ingredients and penetrates deeper into the skin for a more effective result. Serums have a heavier texture compared to ampoules or essences, and are formulated to target specialised areas.

This is especially good if you have a certain skin concern as there are a numerous amount of serums on the market that cater to many individuals.

Recommendation: It's Skin Power 10 Formula LI Effector





My current concern mainly on facial and acne scarring so I have been using It’s Skin Power 10 Formula LI Effector which is an ampoule, but is similar to serums.

Moisturiser:

I mentioned why moisturisation is important in the Toner segment. It is extremely important for you to moisturise even if you feel like your skin does not need it. Keep your skin supple and you will be rewarded.


Recommendation: Skinfood Royal Honey Hydro Cream



This is a hydrating treatment cream with royal honey and royal jelly extracts to get you a moisturised and translucent complexion!

Extra treatments

Exfoliation:

Important for scrubbing away the dead skin cells that accumulate daily. Regularly dead skin cells make your skin appear dull and can lead to blocked pores. It also helps with fast product absorption.







Clay/mud masks:

 Draws up the impurities from your pores for deep cleansing! Best used after steaming your face with a hot towel or steam machine. Also, by extracting excess surface oils on the skin, pores are minimised.




Recommendation: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Spot treatments:

When you have stubborn spots you need to go quickly, whether it is for an important event or in general, spot treatments are amazing at targeting the site directly and drying up the acne to heal quickly.

Dual spot treatments that are both makeup and skincare can be a lifesaver at times.

Recommendation: Clearasil Daily Clear Tinted Pimple Clearing Cream





 Pores need to be kept clean in order for skin to be clear of acne. This fast absorbing cream penetrates deep into the pore removing bacteria while acting as a cover up. Fast absorbing products are great for busy people as it does not leave an unsightly residue.

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So there you have my simple guide to clear healthy skin. Please use this guide with discretion.


Until next time, annyeong~

P.S. I am now on my short 2 week hiatus for my uni finals!
P.S.S. If you have been a long time reader, I wrote a short series with "HOW TO: ___" and now after 2 years, I am writing another one! 

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