September 27, 2014

OOTD: Feeling Nautical

jumper: Zara Kids, jacket: H&M, jeans: ASOS, bag: Givenchy, sunglasses: Karen Walker, oxfords: Jeffrey Campbell
I usually wear sneakers day in, day out - I forgot how much I loved these oxfords, the cut out is such a nice detail (especially when I wear cute socks with it) and the wooden sole looks so nice against the white.
One perk of being so tiny? Fitting into kids sizes in clothes and shoes. One of my favourite places to shop is actually Zara kids, especially in Hong Kong when there are always so many bargains. I should have photographed the actual sweater because it is the cutest knit! There's a slight split on the sides and star studs along the shoulder on both sides ^^ I often fit into Grade School sizing for sneakers too, this means cheaper kicks :D
This being said though, I can't seem to stop buying mens streetwear. A lot of my clothes are actually mens pieces. I just picked up a mens jacket from the Helmut Lang x Uniqlo collab and I am in love.
It seems that when I'm not buying ladies clothes, I'm desperately trying to fit into kids and mens sizes. The most outrageous sized item I own is probably one of my adidas t-shirts which is a mens XL, insane because I'm usually the absolute smallest size for ladies clothes. You can usually get away with wearing items that fit a bit looser when it comes to streetwear though, I do like it when it's oversized :3
You may have seen me post this photo on instagram a while ago:
I had to go to Box Hill, one of the most asian suburbs in Melbourne, to go to the dentist and I was having a massive sulk because I already hate being there but there were people everywhere for the mid autumn festival. Plus I realllllllly detest the dentist. I'm super nervous because I have to get my wisdoms out soon eeek! I'll be getting all 4 out and going under. 

Have you guys had your wisdoms out? What was your experience like? Any tips for post-surgery?
No scary stories please haha!



September 25, 2014

What I've Been Wearing: Everyday Make Up

My make up routine has been more or less the same for the past 5 months (can you believe that?) so I thought I would do a post on it. I'm really happy because I have found a base routine that works perfectly for me and all of the products are from Make Up Forever (MUFE)! These are the products I use on most days:
Starting off with foundation - I love the MUFE HD foundation, it is the only foundation I've ever repurchased. So on my last trip to HK, I decided to pick up their Face and Body Foundation as well. I don't think I've used another foundation since because I just love it so much! I think out of all of the foundations I have tried, this is my holy grail. It just does everything I would want a foundation to do.
I remember one of the things that really sold me on this foundation is the fact that it's 80% water.

The liquidly consistency separates when it's just sitting in the bottle so it requires a good shake before every use. I love that it comes with a pump for obvious hygienic reasons but also because it makes dispensing the product much easier. 1 pump is usually perfect for me, sometimes I use an extra half pump as coverage is buildable. Despite being such a lightweight, water-based foundation, it evens out my complexion so well! On top of that, it feels super lightweight and blends very naturally without emphasising any of my imperfections. It actually looks like my skin; not a layer covering it. The only cons I can think of with this product are 1.) that it comes in a glass bottle and 2.) MUFE isn't the most accessible brand in Australia.
I usually use the Face and Body foundation for everyday and switch it out for the HD foundation when I need a bit of extra coverage (e.g. nights out/when I know I will be photographed).
Using my foundation only to even out my face, I follow up with the MUFE Full Cover Concealer on any troublesome or red areas that require that extra coverage. The name of this concealer sounds intimidating but it does its job of concealing my dark circles and imperfections flawlessly without looking cakey. It's rare that you can find a concealer that can do both these tasks. It comes out of the tube in a thick consistency so the littlest bit goes a long way, and that is the key! Less is more. I usually warm it up with my fingers to a creamy consistency and dab it in the areas I need and it doesn't seep into the fine lines or crease underneath the eyes.
Brows are a must!! The creamy formula of the MUFE Aqua Brow, when used with my angled liner brush from MAC, gives me the perfect filled in, defined brows that stay put for the entire day. I get so many brow compliments because of my brow routine, and let's be honest, brow compliments are the best compliments! I'm curious to see how the Anastasia Dipbrow compares to this because they sound pretty similar in concept, just that one is in a pot and one is in a tube. If we are only talking about packaging, I definitely prefer a tube. Then i use the MUFE HD powder on my T-zone and concentrating around any other areas I have concealed.
Oh! And another thing I love about MUFE products? The staying power is amazing - water and sweat proof!
Onto eyes. On lazy days, I usually just curl my lashes and pop on a bit of mascara. My favorite mascaras are Dollywink and Fairydrops mascaras. I just find that these asian mascaras do the best all-rounder job of holding my curls, lengthening + volumizing my lashes. Other days, I would use my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and a bit of liner. This has to be one of my most-used palettes ever and I actually use every single color regularly, which I can't say for most of my other palettes.
On a daily basis, I will use Venus on my inner corners, pop Foxy all over the eyelid and blend Faint into my crease as well as on the bottom outer lash line - a pretty subtle and natural look. I am a black liquid liner girl and I've been using the Heroine Make Kiss Me/Dollywink liquid liners interchangeably for as long as I can remember. Recently I've started using the Dollywink brown liquid liner though.
As for blush (my favorite part of my make up routine), I'm usually not fussed which one I reach for because I love love love all my blushes! This year, there has been about 3-5 blushes on heavy rotation (I'll probably do a post on that in the near future!) In this post, I'm wearing NARS New Attitude, one of my favorites.

For lips on an everyday basis, I stick to neutral pinks or tinted lip balms. Some of my favorites are the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 (pictured left), the 3CE Jumbo Lip Crayon in Bohemian Pink (pictured right) and the Dior Lip Glow. I didn't get a photo of the latter but it's not the most obvious color on the lips, I just like it because it gives the tiniest pink tint but it also makes my lips look so supple.
On some days, when I can be bothered or I'm just feeling fancy or I gave myself more time than I thought to get ready, I would use a bit of highlighter and/or bronzer. My go-to products for this are NYX Mosaic powder in Highlighter and Benefit Hoola.
I've never been that much of a highlighter girl, it's just an extra step that I've never really cared for. I honestly don't even remember buying this highlighter. It's strange though, like a month ago, I couldn't stop using this but now I've stopped. Hoola however I love, it was the first bronzer I got and one of the first products I ever hit pan on which is super exciting. When I'm done with this, I might have to give the cult NARS Laguna a go just because :P
And voila! Honestly on an average day, if I'm only going to uni or work and especially if it's early in the morning, I don't give myself that long to get ready because I would rather snooze, even for that extra 10 minutes. I've got my everyday routine so down pat, this only takes me about 15 minutes and like I said, I do skip some steps. 
If I only had time to do a few things in my routine, it would be brows, concealer and blush. I think these 3 things are the most important for me when I want to look somewhat put together. Lipstick is my bonus because I always carry at least one with me so I can apply that on the go even if I'm running late :3

What are the essentials in your routine if you only had a few minutes to put yourself together?



September 12, 2014

Wishlist ♔

1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1. I've been really into girly reads lately and I came across this article on i-D and it's got me very interested in this book. Written by a french model and her 3 girlfriends, they talk about what it means to be a "Parisienne woman", the book gives insight into culture, fashion, lifestyle, men, etc. I think it will be a really lighthearted, entertaining and enjoyable read and I know they say to never judge a book by its cover but the cover looks so chic!
2. Never would I have thought I would be coveting a pale pale lilac-almost-grey colored lipstick! I've seen this look amazing on some girls. Definitely isn't a color for everyday but the pastel hue of it would be perfect if paired with a dramatic smokey eye or even as an alternative to the traditional nude lip. A strange color but weirdly it works. This was the photo that caught my attention a couple of months ago.
3. This transparent rain coat is part of the Rita Ora collaboration with Adidas as part of the Black Pack. When the lookbook came out, I decided I had to get my hands on this piece but so far it is absolutely nowhere to be found and I'm so gutted! I have not seen it online anywhere even though Adidas has released the rest of the collection online and Australia isn't getting much of the apparel in the Adidas Original stores apart from the accessories and shoes :c I have to get this, it's so sick!
4. Oh my god. I nearly cried when I missed out on the release of these Nike holographic blazers but I LOVE AIR FORCE 1s! They were my first sneakers when I was a little girl, such a classic shoe.
5. I really need a proper wallet. I used to have a Comme des Garçons wallet ages ago in white which I loved (it's not white anymore) but now every second person has a Comme des Garçons wallet so I don't think I will be buying another one. After my Comme des Garçons wallet, my mum gave me a Tory Burch red patent continental wallet, with a giant Tory Burch emblem/plaque in Navy. It was gifted to her and she didn't like it so she gave it to me and I used that for a few years. Everytime i pulled out my wallet, it felt so ostentatious though so this time round, I just want something basic, black and classic. The Alexander Wang Fumo is what I've got my eyes set on.

What's on your wishlist at the moment?



September 8, 2014

OOTD: MSFW 2014 - Outfit, New Hair + Runway 4

A long but a fun post, might want to make yourself a cup of tea c:

My lovely workmates surprised me with tickets to MSFW's Runway 4 show for my birthday this year. They picked this show especially for me because it featured some of the quirky Australian street labels I love such as Gorman, Kuwaii and Limedrop. 
I was pretty stressed for time on the day of the show on Friday. I had to buy my pants before class and after class, I had a really hard time getting home because all the trains on my line were expresses and skipped my station! It took me about an hour and a half to get home in the end (which is ridiculously because I live 20 minutes from the city).
I showered and got ready in such a rush because I had to have dinner with my family before heading out to meet B.
blazer: Topshop, croptop: Topshop, pants: Zara, necklace: Dallas and Carlos, shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, bag: Givenchy, ring: YSL
I knew I wanted to wear my Jeffrey Campbells so I started with that and just worked my outfit around it and ended up with quite a minimalistic but sharp ensemble. I paired it with a classic red lip - MAC Russian Red.
I actually had a mishap with the pants I was originally going to wear and on Friday morning, I went into Zara and thank god they had a few pairs of white pants on offer. I love the ones I picked up and I think I'll be getting a lot of wear out of them, definitely an item that can be dressed up or down. I love the fit of them and how they cuff at the ankles, they're going to look so good with a pair of kicks!
Because the show was at night, the lighting wasn't ideal for taking outfit photos but oh well! Here are a few more photos from my iPhone:
B wore her stunning new Sretsis lace jacket, AA riding pants, Prada Saffiano, Mimco flats and Limecrime Wicked on the lips.
I have changed my hair yet again LOL. The ash grey was just getting too high maintenance as much as I loved it and it didn't look as good after I chopped my locks and the regrowth was awful. After having had so many colorful hairstyles in the past, I wanted something a bit more classy but still edgy (knowing me, I just can't settle for a black or a brown haha!).
So I dyed my roots a blue-black, and got the hairdresser to blend it out from the roots so that it gradually turns into a grey. Eventually, as I wash my hair, the overall look should fade and the ends will turn to a lighter grey.
And now, onto the actual runway...
I think any of the seats in the house would have offered a great view of the show however my seats weren't in the best spot for photographing the items. All the landscape photos are mine and the close up photos are from trendspotter and the MSFW facebook page.

Bùl opened the show with a very laid-back, grey toned collection. Very simple, clean and feminine, which is what made it so charming! Such a great way to start the night. My favorites had to be these 2 outfits. The earthy jumpsuit with the chic white loafers and the adorable babydoll shirt-dress with the crisp cuts. The whole collection just reminded me of freshly pressed bedsheets and there's nothing better than that.
Livia Arena followed with a girly and swishy runway. The first half of the collection had the perfect balance of soft pastels and metallics. The sporty style of the items balanced out the girliness of the color palette. I was also super excited to see Nike's Iridescent Pearl Air Force 1 collection in action because I had only seen photos of it. The second half of the collection included darker shades such as navy and black and didn't jump out at me quite as much. My favorites were the metallic pink shorts and the baby pink (rain?)coat:
above. was the most pleasantly surprising label of the night. I had never heard of it and it was definitely one of my favorites. The entire collection consisted of muted tones. The pieces had a loose fitting but still retained clean and structural cuts. Most of the models had giant, sheer bow scarfs in black or white, a delicate and stunning touch!
One of my favorite items of the entire night had to be the shirt-dress from above. It comes in a light khaki green and white.
Kuwaii wasn't as impressive as I had hoped it would be. From memory, there was a lot of pastel blue, white and pale orange - a strong seaside vibe. I don't really remember most of the collection but this white dress did stick out. I have a thing for white at the moment, can you tell? This is my dream summer outfit really.
Chorus had mostly a neutral color palette and spiced up the outfits with some bright orange here and there and their accessories. The colorful "judo men" embellishments on the clothing, shoes and jewelry was unique and whimsical! Loved it!
The night took a colorful turn when Limedrop presented their collection. The jewel toned kaleidoscope print looked amazing with solid color-block pieces. Favorites were this lilac mid-shorts jumpsuit, the long-lined pink/black vests and the sunnies!
Those heart shaped reflective sunglasses need to be on my face for this summer! I snapped a photo at the perfect moment when the model turned around, look at that reflection!
Leonard St had many vibrant prints for their spring runway. They did a lot of layering with their overalls, camisoles, dresses, midi/long skirts and jumpsuits. Not really anything I'd wear but I loved the color combination on this dress:
Gorman, as expected, featured many vivid patterns and bold colors from start to finish. I'm loving this midi-skirt and shorts trend at the moment but I'm probably too short to pull it off! They presented the prints from the Kate Kosek x Gorman collaboration, as well as some tropical palm/animal prints. Here are some of my favorites from them - The mod sunglasses, mustard sweater, graphic midi skirt and brogue combo; the Kate Kosek x Gorman spray jacket; the monochromatic giraffe print pants, and the bejewelled 2-piece set.

The last two labels were Tettmann Doust and Matcho Suba, I didn't photograph them. These were very interesting to look at but not very wearable on a daily basis. Tettmann Doust showcased a variety of sheer, flowy dresses and outfits. The first part of the collection included some very detailed and full-on prints. The last few dresses reminded me of something from Game of Thrones.
Matcho Suba, a designer from Project Runway, came out with a pretty heavy collection - black, neon orange and red were chosen as the predominant colors. There was a range of interesting textures such as metallics, leather and mesh. Some of the items were inspired by Melbourne, the city itself - such as the MELBS clutch and the Luna park necklace and headpiece. Loved champagne-colored t-shirt dress, the back of it was black.
A loud finish to the night but it was really different! After the show, I had an intense craving for a milk tea from Gong Cha (by far my favorite tea joint) and B wanted some fries. Fashionable end to the night LOL
Overall, it was a really fun night, I didn't realise how much I would enjoy going to these shows and picking out what I did and didn't like. I might go to more of them in the future. I think the night had a very good mix of neutrals and vibrancy for spring. A few standout items caught my eye. My favorite collections of the night would have to be above., Livia Arena, Limedrop and Gorman.

Sorry my blog has been so fashion-orientated lately. I know most of you probably started reading my blog because I did mostly beauty posts. Beauty is something I really love and I still do but fashion is something that I've always been passionate about and I wanted to share more of that with you all. It is also much more interesting to document because I've been wearing more or less the same make-up routine for the last 5 months (so boring, I know). I do have a few beauty posts coming up though! 

If you've made it this far...thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! ^^