Sunday, 25 August 2013

Mustard Fashion

As I'm sure you all know, colours tend to be seasonal, for example pastel colours will always be in for spring, and neons are often trendy in the summer. As much as I hate to admit it, summer is drawing to a close here in the UK, and even though that might not stop me wearing pastels completely, I still want to get a few new pieces for the coming season.

Something that has really been catching my eye recently is the colour mustard, which I associate with fall fashion. I'm not really sure if it's considered a fashionable colour this year but quite frankly I don't have the time or money to worry about that ~ if I like it and it looks pretty, I'm going to wear it. After a quick Google search I came across a fair amount of outfits from all over the world that feature this colour. I put together some pictures for you guys to look at, just be sure to let me know which ones are your favourite, and which colours you're going to be wearing most next season! Thank you for reading ^-^

Korean Fashion:
 The thing I love most about the Korean outfits pictured is the simplicity of them, all the Mustard pieces are plain but just pairing them with a patterned top or dress really makes the colour pop. These are the kind of outfits I could wear to college, and I think that's why I'm taking so much inspiration from Korea at the moment.^^

Japanese Fashion:
In comparison to Korean fashion, the Japanese are so good at pulling off more statement outfits, as I'm sure some of you already know! I also really love it, perhaps it's not as casual but sometimes I want to look a little more dressy than what I might wear everyday. I particularly like the hat in the last picture, I am definitely going to try and get my hands on a mustard beanie or bobble hat!

Western Fashion:
 I'm not totally sure where in the world these pictures are from, but it doesn't really matter. Mustard coats seem to be perfect for Autumn, you'll be warm and cute since the weather isn't going to be fantastic. The blazer also seems like a good option because the sleeves can be rolled up in slightly warmer weather - if I get the chance to buy one of these items I'll be sure to update you guys if you'd like(: 

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Good News! ~ Plus My New Two-Tone Hair

Hey everyone, today has been a bit crazy but I have plenty of good news to share with you all! First of all I got my GCSE results back, and despite my worrying I got better than I expected~ 9 A*s and 4 As so I can't complain at all really! I know in the long run GCSEs perhaps aren't the most important part of my education, but seeing so much hard work pay off is very rewarding and lets me get into the courses I want at college.

Secondly, the other day I hit 100 followers on my blog~ something I would have never imagined when I first started writing! 100 is the first big milestone and reaching it makes me want to keep blogging and improving more and more. It's all down to you lovely readers, I appreciate all of you, new and old ~ the comments I receive literally make my day, you guys are all so sweet and I've met so many wonderful people online - so thank you everyone and I hope you continue to support me!

Finally, I'm sharing my new hair with you all. If you've been reading my blog for a long time and have a good memory~ you might remember that I dip dyed my hair green last summer. I wanted to try something new this year, especially since now I can keep it at college. But omg I went in to school to get my results this morning and SO MANY girls had dip dyed their hair colourfully - the colours were nice and all but it didn't seem special or cool since it was a trend last year and the sheer amount of people doing it took away the uniqueness. 

After consideration I opted to dye the ends of my hair light blonde. My hair is already pretty blonde but I went for a platinum colour on the ends so it really stood out, it's not really ombre hair so I'm just calling it two-tone for now hehe! I'm very happy with how it turned out~ so here are some pictures, let me know what you think in the comments ^-^ Thank you so much for reading guys! x

Jessica's look I was going for


Saturday, 17 August 2013

Review ~ Real Techniques Eye Brush Set

After reading lots of reviews about these, I finally decided to purchase my first set of Real Techniques brushes. If you don't already know, they were created by Samantha Chapman who is a makeup artist and also part of the Youtube channel 'Pixiwoo'. I've wanted these for so long but I could never fully justify buying a whole set ~ but I recently found myself in need of new eye brushes so I just took the plunge. It's not like they're particularly expensive, this set of 5 brushes cost me £21.99. Let me know if you've used these brushes or any other brands that are good in the comments, I'd love to hear what you guys use! ^-^

I must admit I had high expectations for these brushes, and they did not disappoint me at all! If you've been considering these like I was, I urge you to just buy them because you won't regret it. The brushes are so soft, they are made with Taklon bristles which means it doesn't trap makeup like natural brushes do, wasting less product. I haven't washed them yet but I've heard that they keep their shape well and stay soft. 

The set also comes with a case which turns into a stand. I probably won't use the stand but I like the case because it provides extra space for other brushes too, so I can use it for travelling. I think I will use these for a bit before I decide, but I have every intention to purchase the set of face brushes in the future. I haven't tried that many brands of brushes, but these are definitely the best ones that I have used so far!

Brushes from left to right:

Deluxe Crease Brush - 'Soft, oversized design for effortless contouring'.
Base Shadow Brush - 'Applies a smooth, flawless foundation of colour'.
Accent Brush - 'Designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging'.
Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush - 'Tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application'.
Brow Brush - 'Distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows'.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Tag ~ Shop My Stash

I was tagged by the lovely Laura from MuShii's cozy world to do the 'Shop My Stash' tag. It it basically going back through your beauty collection and finding the products that you stopped using for whatever reason ~ I thought that I wouldn't find anything because I use most of my makeup, but actually I was surprised when I found things that I forgot I had! I don't know how many people we're meant to tag, but I think that I will just tag anyone who reads this and wants to try, I think it's quite a good idea! ^-^ 

L'oreal Super Liners
 Considering I'm a regular liquid liner user, it's a little surprising for me to find some that I don't use! I think it's because I stick to the same products if I like them, but I will definitely try to start using these again because when I swatched them I saw how pretty they were. On the eyes they look mostly black but with a subtle colour in certain light. The green colour is called 'Emerald Black', the purple is 'Amethyst Black'.

Collection 2000 Lipstick
 This lipstick is in the colour 'Sugar Pink', and I think I bought it at a stage in my life when I didn't wear many lip products. However I found this buried under all my new lipsticks and glosses, since I wear them more now, I'm sure this rediscovered product will be in my makeup bag more often!

Stila Cream Blush
 I got this little pot of blush free when I bought a Stila foundation, and at the time I kind of pushed it aside because I was unfamiliar with cream blushes. I didn't have the heart to get rid of it, and I'm going to try it out a bit and try to get used to it. The colour is called 'Waterlily' and it didn't come out well on camera, but it is a very pretty colour on the cheeks.

Barry M Nail Polish
 I've worn this polish once before, it was during my winter formal event back in December ~ I wore it as an accent on my ring finger but for some reason that was the only time I used it. I don't usually accent my ring finger but sometimes I think a metallic colour like this one would look quite nice, so I'll have to go through and match it to some of my other nail paints.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Cute Hip Hop Fashion

I think my interest in cute hip hop fashion became apparent after Girl's Generation released 'I Got A Boy' near the beginning of 2013. I'm aware the style has been around in Korea for a while, but it only caught my attention in the music video. I remember watching it for the first time and being completely in awe of the colourful street style outfits, paired with the cool choreography, this music video quickly became one of my most watched Kpop videos of all time! Following the release, I started to notice the cute trend in other videos (new and old) and also on websites like Stylenanda. Today I will share just a few of my favourite pictures with you, so be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!

This is just another outfit from 'I Got A Boy', I was particularly drawn to the baseball jacket. I like how Girl's Generation showed yet another side of themselves with this comeback. We've seen plenty of cute, sexy and glamorous looks which I have no quarrels with whatsoever, I just liked the fresh concept.

I really like superheroes and comic book style things, so this outfit really appeals to me. Over-sized shirts can be difficult to pull off if you're small like me, but I think with tight trousers or shorts, most people can wear baggy clothes and still look cute! 

One essential feature of the hip hop trend is a hat. I see them all the time in Korean fashion, but a lot less around the UK, especially on girls. I don't know, I feel a little odd walking round in a snapback given my usual style and size. I guess this sort of cute trend hasn't really hit the UK, which sucks for me aha.

I've also been drawn to slogan and numbered T-shirts recently, I guess because it fits in with the whole hip hop vibe. Though I have to admit nowadays it's hard to find a slogan that doesn't sound stupid or pretentious in England. I never liked the 'Geek' shirts that were so popular for a while. Perhaps because they were popular but most likely because they featured words that had no association with the wearers who certainly weren't 'Geeks' hah.

One of my biggest fashion inspirations to come out of Korea is Hyuna and she is always rocking hip hop style. She always looks so good in outfits that would never look good on me, being such a talented rapper/dancer helped her pull of the style even better. But I guess that's just Kpop for you right?

I know a few of my readers are 2NE1 fangirls, and I'm certainly not ashamed to admit that I am too! Their music is so cool and totally fits the hip hop style. I'm fully aware that 2NE1 were rocking this style long before Girl's Generation, but I think the difference is that GG leaned a lot more towards the cute end of the spectrum, whereas these girls always look super cool.

Alongside being a massive fangirl when it comes to various Kpop bands, one thing I seriously couldn't live without is Running Man. I posted about this show numerous times, but I can't even explain how happy it makes me! Song Jihyo is the only permanent female and although her style might not be as edgy or outlandish as Korean idols, I totally love it ~ especially the vast collection of cute caps she seems to own. Seeing her bare faced and casual makes her style so so wearable and transferable to England.

This is the only cap I own lol