Hello all, forgive the lack of original posts lately. I have been a little swamped with uni and other life matters recently and unfortunately the drought will continue for a while longer. Hopefully once things clear up I shall return with more things to blog about :)
Hello! Apologies for the long silence, got caught up with the whole Christmas, New Year and family thing. But now that I’ve had sometime to settle I thought I’d make a quick update.
So the biggest news is that there are two new family members.
Say hello to Muffins and Puddles!
Arn’t they just the cutest things? : D Muffin is the Brown one and Puddles is the White Butterfly one. I think they’re Dwarf x Mini Lops, not entirely sure but that’s what they told us. Besides, who cares? They’re still undeniably adorable!
In other less exciting news, I bought a dress during the Boxing Day sales in hopes to wear it on New Years, but there was a change of plans so I ended up picking something a little more casual.
Hopefully I’ll get another chance to wear it out soon, it’s much too beautiful to leave collecting dust in my cupboard.
Well that’s all I have for now, I’ll wrap up with a few more photos of my bunnies ^^
And that’s all, until next time… <3
Hello! It’s been a while since my last post, got caught up with other things such as Uni and my mom coming down to visit. Also I couldn’t think of anything worth blogging about, until this week after stumbling across a new little clothing boutique down in the basement of Melbourne Central. The shop’s called Estina and they mainly sell dresses and some accessorries from Korea. I’m not sure if the name is an homage to the Korean accessories brand J.Estina or if it’s just by coincident, but the clothes are really something worth taking a look at if you are into Asian fashion. The prices are a little high, but I’ve paid a lot more for much less. You can check out their Facebook, but there’s not much there yet.
Anyhoos, so after rummaging through all they had to offer, I finally settled on a very cute and very elegant beige dress with very beautiful detailing along the bust-line and sleeves.
I also received a pair of diamante chandelier earrings as a complimentary gift. Although I had a little trouble thinking of what else to pair it with, whether I should pick something with diamantes to match the earrings or something to match the dress. In the end I chose to go with a pearl necklace I had made for me last time I was in China and my old Longines watch that I got for my 18th birthday.
As for shoes, initially I thought just a pair of gold sandal heels would suffice but unfortunately mine didn’t quite match the colour of the dress. So on the weekend I had the pleasure of going shoe shopping. It took all day to find something that not only did I like but also agreed with my budget. But my patience and determination to find the perfect shoe paid off and I walked away with not one but two pairs of shoes for only $60.
Both of them are from the Windsor Smith store in the South Wharf DFO. There were tonnes of amazing shoes all around the same price and it was so hard to not just hand over my debit card and deplete my entire bank account. But I didn’t, I managed to refrain myself. Besides, I already have plenty of shoes.
Now a question, in terms of matching accessories and shoes, I opted for the safe option and stuck to similar neutral colours. But I was wondering what colours would go well with a Beige dress? Any suggestions?
Anyhoos, that’s all I have for now…
Until next time… <3
Look Of The Day
Hello! Today’s post is mainly about my hair. Not sure what compelled me, maybe it’s because I just had my re-growth re-dyed, but regardless, I feel like sharing a few tips and tricks that I know and just my overall experience being blonde.
Now if you’ve been following my blog or you actually know me in person, roughly around this time I started my transformation in becoming a blonde. I won’t go into too much detail over the process because I’ve already blogged about it before, so if you’d like to, feel free to go back and take a gander at my previous post.
These days I get my hair done professionally every two months or so at one of those super fancy Korean Salons. The one I go to is Sui, which has two Salons one on Russell St, the other in the 206 Bourke St mall. It costs around $200 each time but it includes toner and a haircut. More importantly they get it right every time so I don’t have to fear for my hair.
In terms of treatments, I know I’m supposed to go for a salon treatment every so often, but to be really honest I don’t feel it does all that much to help. Unless I’m meant to go every week but I’m not Paris Hilton and I can’t afford the time or the expenses. Also my hair is pretty tough and can take quite a beating, so despite it resembling something like tumbleweed at the moment thanks to all the bleach and toner, some spray-in moisture treatment usually does the trick and after two weeks it’s back to manageable.
In addition to that I use an Anti-Snap Treatment, which helps stop my hair from breaking as much when I try to brush it.
This I use probably every second day for the first week after re-dying my hair, then I drop down to maybe once a week. It costs about $28 retail or maybe a little less depending where you buy it from.
On occasion, whenever I find the time or I feel my hair is having one of those days, I use a mask also by Redken.
I really don’t use this one all that often, maybe once every two/three weeks. It just helps to soften and moisturise my hair.
As for shampoos and conditioners, if you invest in good treatments, then this is where you can skimp a little. I usually just pick anything that says moisturising. I do recommend though, to stay away from grocery store shampoos just `cause they’re not all that great, but if you really are on a tight budget the one I recommend is the L’Oreal Elvive ones, they’re not too bad.
From everything I’ve just said, it sounds as though being blonde is a wallet drainer and really time consuming but in comparison to when I had red hair, it’s definitely not as bad. It cost me the same amount to re-dye my red hair at the salon, and I would have to do my whole hair not just my regrowth because the colour fades so fast, which in the end is just as damaging as bleaching it once in a while.
Anyhoos… I think I’ll wrap it up now.
And that’s all for now,
Until Next Time… <3
Hello! And so it was my birthday last Friday and I’d like to thank all the people who cleared their schedules to see me for a couple of hours, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately I don’t actually have any photos because I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered… lol… No seriously, I hate having my photo taken anyway unless I’m the one in control of the camera.
The next day I took a road trip with my significant other down to Port Campbell, which is just a little bit off the Great Ocean Road. For once the weather was actually half decent, still a little cold but at least it wasn’t raining and there were moments of sunshine, so I went a little nuts with the instagram.
Anyhoos that’s all for now,
Until next time… <3
Hello! So one of the latest crazy trends amongst asians these days is to have porcelain doll like skin. For most asian girls and boys, it’s not all that hard to achieve, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones like me who has to constantly battle with their skin just to keep it presentable, then it’s a whole new war. On the bright side we get to play with all the cool and funky makeup products out there.
As I said once before I never really used a base but I thought I’d try it out for a change and after browsing through the tonne of choices out there I settled with Koji’s Real Doll Love Skin Veil Makeup Base from Japan, which I purchased online months and months ago but never got around to using. Now that it’s Summer I thought it would be a good time to road test the stuff.
I don’t know where it’s going with that ridiculous name but what sealed the deal for me on this one was the “Stretch Powder” feature that’s supposed to help minimalize smile/frown lines around the mouth. Now I had no idea how to use this (and I’m still not too sure) and so I just went for it and threw it on like I would concealer, which was probably not the best idea and I ended up with very clumpy skin. The second time I went to use it however, was definitely more of a success.
I took this about 4 or 5 hours after I’d been running around the city on a 28oC Summer’s day and without any photoshopping or tweaking, my face was still there!
Although, to say that it absolutely works 100% perfectly is a lie. I did have to smooth out my smile lines once or twice and there was a little bit of build around my nose, but in general it held my face together very well indeed. They key is to use it SPARINGLY! Do not load your face with the stuff no matter how tempting it is or how bad you think your problem areas are. Also keep in mind it is only makeup and not photoshop, nothing is ever going to be a perfect fix, it only helps to make our problem spots look less obvious.
To complete the Doll Skin look I used my favourite foundation by Dior, a little bit of concealer by DHC to cover my blemishes and some pressed B.B powder by Skin 79 to keep my skin nice and matte.
Well that’s all for now,
Until next time… <3
Heya! Yes I know it’s been an age since I’ve posted, but I have my reasons. Anyhoos, so Summer has finally arrived in Australia, the days are getting longer and my weather forecast app has far less little rain clouds now.
In preparation for the warmer days I’ve rearranged my wardrobe accordingly and put away my wooly jumpers and dragged out the shorts and pretty dresses!
I know heaps of people say they prefer the cold winter over summer but it’s Summer hands down for me.
Well that’s all for now, I hope to be back with more updates soon.
Until next time…. <3
Hello! I promised another update soon and so here it is, although there’s not much to say as I’ve been living rather quietly lately. My dad’s down from China to help with some house issues and various other things. In other news, Manifest is coming up again! And this time I think I might start preparing now as opposed to two days before the event… ^^; Usually I don’t divulge the details of my costume until the day but I’m in need of some help this time. So this year I’m going as Poison Ivy, or at least my own doctored version of her, but I can’t seem to decide in which corset to buy.
I’ve narrowed it down to three:
I’m leaning towards Corset A or C but C apparently will take three weeks for C to be made and I don’t really want to risk it just in case it doesn’t arrive in time. But leave a comment and let know which one you think would be best.
In other news I recently ventured up to Sydney and Gold Coast for a short getaway. The first day was lovely but then it rained and we tried to make the best of it but it was just too wet… but Sydney was lovely, aside from the traffic. Note to future self, never drive around Sydney ever again…
I’ve also been going out a lot more recently, sort of trying to get back in touch with the whole clubbing thing but then I remembered it was Melbourne and the clubbing scene is next to shit. On the other hand it did give me an excuse to dust off and put my extensive wardrobe that was gathering dust to good use, and it gets me out of the house. Although either I’m getting to old for clubbing or I’m just over it, I just like the getting all dolled up part.
Anyhoos I’ll wrap it up for now and leave you with a bunch of pretty pictures.
Until next time… <3
Hello this is a quick post to shake any thoughts that I’ve died or abandoned my blog. I know it’s been an age since I last posted but I’ve been a little pre-occupied but as things are clearing up I should have some more time on my hand.
Well that’s all I have to say for now, but I will be back soon with a proper update I promise!
Until next time… <3
Hello, today’s post will be a review on the Candy Doll Foundation range, which I recently managed to get my hands on. I may or may not have previously expressed my love for the Japanese brand Koji and their Dolly Wink line of cosmetics, which have become quite a hit on the Asian cosmetic market. Although, for me its more curiosity as to what the hypes all about and coincidentally I end up quite liking the products.
As you can see it comes in Liquid, Loose Powder and Compact form. Oh and yes I bought an eyebrow liner as well but there isn’t really much to say about that other than it matches my hair. Now both the Liquid and Compact foundation comes in 3 shades, staring from 1 being the lightest and 3 being slightly darker. Considering Koji is generally speaking exclusive to Japan and Asia, it’s probably a good assumption that the target audience for their products are most likely Asian girls. Therefore the colour of the foundation is a little yellowish to match, as well as pale enough to fit in with the whole whitening craze a lot of girls are obsessed with, me included. Although I can’t really say if anything’s made much of a difference considering I was reasonably pale to begin with.
The Liquid Foundation comes in a little tube that stand at about 4 or 5cm high and is priced around the $25 mark, which I find is an exorbitant amount of money for such a tiny bottle. To compare, my Dior Forever Nude Liquid foundation cost me $70 and is almost double the height and it’s the one foundation I swear by. But putting that aside, the actual substance is to be fair it’s a lot better than I thought it would be, but not as not as good as all the magazines have been going on about. One thing that is somewhat impressive but also something to be mindful about is that a little bit does go a very long way. I made the initial mistake of squeezing out waaay too much and I hate to waste so I tried to use it all and ended up looking like I’d fallen into a cement truck of the stuff. So yeah… be careful. On the other hand, it is pretty light weight so it didn’t really feel like I was wearing a lot, or at least no more than any other brand of foundation that I have used in the past. To be honest, I don’t really use foundation all that much these days but since my BB Cream ran out I thought I might look int it again.
Now, I have a rather sad and embarrassing confession to make… I don’t actually know how to use Loose Powder. So I won’t really comment on the Candy Doll one just because I don’t really know what I’m doing with the stuff.
The Compact foundation is pretty standard I suppose, nothing terribly spectacular… it is a little drying so I suggest moisturise well before hand. As for giving a “Marshmallow, porcelain-like” finish to my skin… I don’t really know about that… felt pretty cakey just like any other brand of make up if you wear enough of it, at least to me.
There is also a base and a concealer that completes the set which I didn’t bother to purchase because I don’t usually bother with them and I have a specific medicated one because of my blemishes.
Overall the Candy Doll foundations all give really good coverage and are reasonably comfortable to wear for prolonged periods without feeling like your face is about to crack or melt and turn to goo in the sun. In terms of affordability, they each cost around $25 to $30AUS, which is not terribly expensive compared to a lot of other brands on the market. Even despite the size of the Liquid one, it’s still quite reasonable considering you don’t have to use as much as most other brands of foundations. The one major draw back to the Candy Doll foundations is that because it is a Japanese brand, it’s clearly targeted towards Asian girls that follow that “Porcelain Dolly” kind of look, so the colour range is fairly limited and aimed for lighter skin tones. However, if that’s what floats your boat then by all means go and try these out.
Now I would show photos with before and after stages, but I’m a little too ugly and self-concience for that so I shall refrain lol :P Besides, everyone’s different. Just because it works well for me doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for everyone else. Thus the only way to really know, is to just have a play around and see for yourself.
Okay, I think that will be all for today.
Until next time… <3