Monday, 30 November 2015

TWO SUMMER OOTD LOOKBOOK W/ BOOHOO

Hello lovelies~

I was contacted a while ago to participate in Boohoo's #WeAreSocial Summer campaign and could pick pieces to style. Here are my two summer oufit stylings and why I think they are perfect for the summer season.





Shoes: ASOS

This is what I usually wear during the hot weather. I pair my tennis skirt with just about everything. The Boohoo Libby Off the Shoulder Frill Crop Top has a bardot feel and great for showing off the shoulders during the summer season. As well the top is so light/flowy and not restricting at all. The styled the off the shoulder top with a wide brim fedora and a saturn choker because these are my favourite accessories for the season. Plus the white heeled sandals from ASOS makes sure your feet can breathe. A quick review of the eBay Tennis Skirt: these skirts are very short so make sure to wear something underneath.



 Top: Cotton On
Bag: Colette
Hat: Valleygirl

 Culottes have  been a big hit during this year and I have always wanted to try styling one. Culottes are a lovely versatile piece which can be worn casual, as shown, or more formal. For a more formal look, you can pair it with a low cut crop top or a tight fitting blouse. These Boohoo Molly Textured Creped Culottes are so light to wear, perfect for those summer days and nights. If these had pockets, it would be even more amazing. I accessorised the black culottes with a black floppy hat to shield my skin from the sun and a monochrome bag to keep the colour palette of this look.

Not all of these items have links available so sorry about that!

Check out more pieces from Boohoo's holiday store here

I hope you enjoyed my styling of the two Boohoo pieces.

HERE IS MY 10 SUMMER ESSENTIALS POST. 

If you want to know my picks for the Best Korean Makeup and Skincare Products for Summer, click the videos down below!




Until next time, annyeong~

*Sponsored by Boohoo

10 Summer Break Essentials ☀




Hi lovelies!

It is almost summer here in the southern hemisphere yet funnily enough, I swear that it is already here. What was up with 40°C+ weather last week? Anyways, since I am on summer break now from university studies I thought it would be a great time to share with you my essentials for summer and hot weather!

Let's go.

Summer Sunscreen Essentials 



 Neutrogena Beach Defence Sunscreen

 The Neutrogena Beach Defence is my favourite sunscreen for the face. The lotion type absorbs quickly and does not leave an oily think film on the face. Perfect for use under your makeup. Plus it has SPF50 Broad Spectrum (UV+UVB) protection.

Summer Skincare Essentials

 Mamonde Rose Water Toner

This light toner is refreshing on the skin and the nose. The Mamonde Rose Water toner is made of 90.89% Rose water rather than the typical aqua. Amazing for days where you are feeling fatigued because the natural rose scent isn't over empowering and just stimulates the senses. Can also be used as a facial mist, just pour some toner into a spritz bottle and pop it in our bag! Full review here.


Burt's Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm

This is my favourite Burt's Bees lip balm as it nourishes your lips and gives a lovely subtle red tint. It is thick enough that you do not have to apply constantly but thin enough to make it feel like nothing on.

Summer Makeup Essentials 

 
 The Face Shop Face It Aqua UV CC Cream

A CC cream is lighter than a BB cream and foundation, and has more skin benefits than typical base makeup. This CC cream is extremely light and feels natural on the skin while keeping you matte. Great as a matte base for your foundation but also amazing on its own. This is my favourite Korean CC cream.

Summer Book Essential Reads 



 Brother Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Leather bound)

Out of my book collection, the Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales is my most prized due to its' leather binding and extensive collection of childhood short stories. This includes Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White etc... but in it's original gruesome form. A perfect read for the summer break. Purchased from Booktopia.

 Summer Food Essentials


 Kasugai Lychee Gummy Candy

Lychee is one of my favourite summer fruits. This candy has a very natural lychee flavour and a translucent gummy body. Perfect for everyday snacking. Another favourite I love is the Sanitarium So Good Soymilk. Love soymilk!

Summer Hair Essentials


Batiste Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo is a cult favourite all over the world. I use Batiste religiously and great for people who get oily hair quickly or want to lessen the number of hair washes a week. The travel size is less than AU$5. My favourite scent is the floral one. Easy to use and my recommendation for the summer!

 Summer Nail Polish Essentials






Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

This top coat is great for the gel nails look.. but without the need to visit the salon. The claims that it prevents chips for 14 days is false but gives a glossier coat than normal top coats.


Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish in 300 Easy Going

A light pink nail polish that is a dupe for the Essie Fiji (but with a greater formula), and for the fraction of the price. Lasts for a relatively long time and can be easily matched with all colour fashion pieces.

Fashion Summer Essentials




Missguided Pink Wide Brim Fedora hat and Paper Scissors Back Wide Brim Fedora Hat

Both of these hats are my all season fashion favourites. I use both interchangeably and the wide brim is grat for shielding your skin from the harsh summer sun. For more summer fashion items, check out Boohoo's holiday shop here. I will have two summer fashion looks up soon with Boohoo so please anticipate that. Can't wait to show you the summer pieces I picked up from Boohoo.


If you want to see my list of the best / top Korean makeup and skincare products for summer, check out my YouTube videos here!







Until next time, annyeong~

*sponsored by boohoo

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Review: The Saem Eco Soul Tint In Oil PK02 Bad Coral

* The Saem Eco Soul Tint in Oil PK02 Bad Coral review *


The newest craze in the tint world are oil tints and The Saem Eco Soul Tint in Oil is a great alternative to the $$$ higher end brands. Read below to find out my opinion/review and more pictures and swatches!



Brand: The Saem
Name: Eco Soul Tint In Oil PK02 Bad Coral
Type: Korean lip tint
Price: US$8~
Shades: 6 shades. 
OR01 Orange In Red
OR02 Your Orange
PK01 Cherry in Pink
PP01 Wild Berry
RD01 Thats Red
PK02 Bad Coral
Where to buy: Jolse, w2beauty, beauty net korea, ebay




Packaging:

The tint itself is fairly big as there is an obvious thick layer of plastic surrounding the actual product. However it feels sleek and easy to pop into the bag. The packaging is pretty standard with the doe foot like applicator. The applicator has a flat tear drop shape with a hole in the middle. This allows the product to be evenly applied as opposed to one huge dollop. The shapr had also lets you apply with precision and shape your lips.





Product:

PK02 Bad Coral was featured in Hoversjelly's youtube video and that's how I found out about this product. When I first received it, I wore it every single day. The oil tint is not sticky nor does it feel like a thick layer on the lips. It is so light even though it does not get absorbed quickly. I actually like this because it gives extra hydration and a lovely glossy shine. The hydration is given by the nourishing oil complex in the tint in oil featuring macademia, jojoba, apricot, carthamus and borage oil.

After around 20 minutes is the oil completely absorbed and the colour seems to get more intense. When you think of coral, you think a mixture of pink and orange. However PK02 Bad Coral is pretty much a true light pink. It is not in-your-face, so it is perfect for every day wear. The tint itself lasts for a very long time, way after the glossy oil shine has disappeared (around 5 hours before I suggest you reapply). The formula is comfortable and smells like candy! I will definitely repurchase this. It is great for all year around, especially if you like glossy lips.

The Saem Eco Soul Tint in Oil is very easy to apply as it does not stain quickly like some lip tints (TonyMoly.. Etude House Dear Darling tint...). So you can apply this without a mirror as it is great to blend with. Best part... No obvious stain on your fingers!





I've been loving it for more dramatic eye looks

I really enjoy this product as it does not feel heavy and leaves a lovely pink tint on my lips. Highly recommend!

Until next time, annyeong~

*product sent for review by jolse
*all content are my own opinion

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence

 *Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence Review*


It's spring here in Australia and usually after the cold winter months, I want to change up my skincare routine. Today I am introducing a new product I received and have been loving! The Skinfood Royal Honey skincare line is one of my favourites, their moisturiser (review here) is amazing. And luckily, I was able to try the Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence in the same line for this review.

Let's get on with the post. 


Brand: Skinfood
Name: Royal Honey Propolis Essence
Type: Skincare (for all skin types)
Price: US$26.38 (roughly between $24-$28)
Size: 50ml
Where to buy: Jolse, ibuybeauti, w2beauty.

Packaging:

This product is a little more expensive than some other Korean beauty items I regularly use, and this is definitely reflected in the packaging. The glass bottle has a lovely dark honey to light gold gradient, reminds me of Japanese/creme caramel puddings (does anyone know what I'm talking about? :p) Because it is made of glass, it is quite heavy and not suitable for travel. However you can always use the small travel sized bottles that are easily found at general stores.


 I am not kidding you when I say that I am pretty much in love with this packaging. You can tell when the product is closed properly when the pump is closed. However when you twist the cap, the pump pops up. This movement creates a suction that allows the propolis essence to travel up the dropper. And when you close it and the pump falls down, the excess product is ejected back in the bottle. That's neat! No need to pick up any product by yourself, the packaging does it for you. The dropper is glass as well.



Scent: 
 A light.. medicinal smell. It's extremely light and it doesn't exactly smell medicinal but I couldn't describe the smell in any other way. But it is not heavy and unnecessarily artificially fragranced.



 Product:

Ingredients list:
Propolis extract (50%), royal jelly extract (20%), honey extract (10%), glycerol, dipropylene glycol, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea extract, arginine, beta-glucan, disodium EDTA, Sodium hyaluronate, hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol (taken from retsun on asian beauty subreddit)


Essences are part of an extended skincare regime. Usually it is applied after toner/lotion. Lotion in Korean skincare is basically toner in western society, just a heads up. The Skinfood boasts about this product to provide skin protection from environmental factors and moisture. The simpler the claims, the better I feel about the product.

There is black bee propolis extract 50%,  royal jelly extract 20% and royal black honey extract 10%. Propolis is produced by bees from the sap of needle-leave trees or evergreens. It is produced by bees to coat their beehives and has been used as a skincare ingredients for years. Propolis is popular for its' medicinal and antibacterial properties, Egyptians used it for the embalming process of mummies!



 The essence has a light viscosity, thicker than water but not as much as a cream. Compared to other essences, this does have slightly thicker formula for your information. If you have used an ampoule, it is exactly the same. Sometimes when I use this, I give myself a short facial massage because it doesn't absorb immediately like toner. This texture makes it easier to absorb into the skin and apply. I love how even though this product is light, it provides a slight moisture barrier (seen from a small sheen) when blended into the skin. After a short while, the product is completely soaked into the skin but still feels hydrated and moisturised to the touch. As well, one pump of the essence is enough for the whole face. I have been using this for around 3 weeks everyday after my Mamonde Rose Water Toner and I still have a lot of product left.

I expected this essence to be thicker so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is not. That being said, I do not think this is fit for winter. This is definitely a summer, spring and autumn product as it is not thick enough to provide intense moisture.

Another plus is that this product has not broken me out, or given me any other skin troubles. In fact, I think this product has brightened my skin.

The line gives you a short 'pamphlet' on the product
Because it is spring right now in Australia, I have been loving the Mamonde Rose Water Toner and this Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Essence. It is perfect to use with a light moisturiser.

I definitely recommend this product if you can splurge a little more. It fits all skin types due to its gentle formula. However this is not a necessity for your skincare regime. This works wonderfully due to the simple premise but definitely not a miracle worker that makes all your skin troubles disappear. I hope thsi review was useful for you!

Until next time, annyeong~

*product provided for review by jolse
*all content are my own



Monday, 16 November 2015

Review: Mamonde Rose Water Toner


Hey guys! I am back with a Korean skincare review featuring the Mamonde Rose Water Toner. I have been playing around with the settings on my camera so these photos look a lot different from my typical photos. Do you like it? Should I keep this setting? Let me know c: (I took the first two photos and the rest of the post at two separate times hence the cooler saturation in the later photos... THE FIRST TWO PHOTOS ARE SUPER PRETTY THOUGH)

Anyways, here is the review!


 Brand: Mamonde
Country of Origin: South Korea
Name: Rose Water Toner
Price: US$16.98
Size: 250ml (500ml available)
Where to buy? Jolse, w2beauty, cosmetic love, ibuybeauti, beautynetkorea



Packaging:

The Mamonde Rose Water Toner is in a gorgeous transparent light pink plastic bottle. The design is quite simplistic with a rose printed label and white top/writing. Mamonde is quite known for their minimalist branding and packaging as opposed to to some high end brands. Mamonde is manufactured by Amore Pacific, the same as Laneige, Hera, Sulwhasoo, Etude House and Innisfree for example. There is a significant amount of product in the bottle which is great since their pricng is higher than such brands like Etude House and Tony Moly.  Mamonde has repackaged this line, I have the upgraded version hence the different packaging if you google it.

Old packaging: taken from Mamonde Facebook
New packaging with Mamonde model, South Korean actress Park Shin Hye

SNSD's / Girl's Generation Yuri was the past Mamonde brand ambassador.




90.89% of this toner is rose water (instead of regular water), something you can definitely smell. It's very light and fragrant, not headache inducing like some artificial perfumes.

Product:

The toner is clear and reminiscent of water. It claims to have a soothing effect and offers deep hydration. I have been using this toner for a month now, every day after cleansing. It does a wonderful job at removing any left over cleanser residue and any dirt that has been left on my skin. However it does not have any makeup removing properties. This Mamonde Rose Water Toner also helps keep your skin pH levels balanced, which is often made unbalanced with cleansers. Having your skin at the optimal pH 5.5 (roughly) levels maintains supple skin.

It is very hard for me to find skincare that does not break me out. So if you are like me, I definitely recommend you give this a try! It expires 12 months after it is first opened.  This is the first Mamonde product I have tried and I am looking forward to purchasing more of the brand.

I have not broken out from this toner yet because it is so gentle on the skin. It feels refreshing on a hot day and it leaves a slight hyration and fragrance afterwards. The natural rose scent does dissipate rather quicky, perfect for people who do not like fragrance in their beauty proucts.

Plus the Mamonde Rose Water toner is mineral oil, artificial colouring and animal by-product free. Dioxin is a toxic environmental pollutant that is dangerous for your health in significant doses.

Ways to use the Mamonde Rose Water Toner:
1. After cleansing, use a cotton pad and saturate it with the toner. Use light sweeping motions.
2. Spray as a mist
3. Soak a sheet mask with this toner and use it as a soothing pack
4. Pour toner with a facial oil into a small bottle and use it as an oil mist. 7:3 ratio.
5. Soak a makeup sponge with the Mamonde Rose Water Toner and use it to apply your base/face makeup.



All in all, this is a great gentle toner perfect for all year around and all skin types. I definitely recommend this product! However if you are looking for something that specifically targets problem areas, then I am not sure if this is the product for you as I have not seen any actual impovements to my skin yet. I do feel like it has lessened my redness but that's about it. Thanks to Sunnydahye on Youtube for recommending this product.

Until next time, annyeong~

*product sent for review purposes
*all content and opinion are mine
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