K-Beauty Shopping List

Dear, Klairs – Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream SPF40 PA++

This is a best selling BB cream in Korea. I had a free sample and was really impressed by it. It has good coverage and feels just like moisturiser when you apply it. It has colour correcting qualities and is also cruelty free.

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By Wishtrend – Vitamin 75 Maximizing Cream

I also had a free sample of this and it’s like a gel consistency. I think this would be good for morning when I don’t want a thick cream. I think gel creams can be quite hydrating which was the impression I got from my sample.

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Holika Holika – Piece Matching Nails Lacquer

I’ve not really heard anything about these but I liked the colours especially the light blue.

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COSRX – Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

This is supposed to be good and it’s quite affordable. It is described as a morning gel cleanser, possibly comparable with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I’ve been looking into gel cleansers because I want something light and refreshing in the morning and not too stripping.

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The Face Shop – Rice Water Bright Light Cleansing Oil

In reviews this cleansing oil apparently works really well. Having run out of my The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil I am in need of a new one (The Body Shop one has awful packaging). I had a sample of the DHC Cleansing Oil but because it is olive oil based I wondered why it was so expensive. To me it seemed so similar to olive oil I couldn’t justify the price.

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Missha – Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Intensive Moist

This essence is supposed to be dupe of the SK-II Facial Essence so I really want to test it out.

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3 CONCEPT EYES – Maison Kitsune Primer Setting Powder

The packaging of the Maison Kitsune collaboration is so cute that I want to own at least one thing from the collection. This powder seemed most useful to me but I did just buy one so I may consider something else like the Soft Cheek tins.

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CLIO – Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Ampoule Cushion Special Set With Refill SPF50+ PA+++

This cushion foundation is meant to be high coverage and long-lasting. I just bought the Pony Effect Everlasting Cushion Foundation so I will probably order this when it runs out.

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Etude House – Bling Bling Eye Stick

These eyeshadow sticks seem so affordable and a decent dupe for those expensive Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour. I’ve not tried an eyeshadow stick before but I feel like they would be so quick and easy to apply.

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Innisfree – Skinny Waterproof Microcara Mascara

This has a lot of good reviews. The brush is so skinny that it seems foolproof to apply and good to get into the really small lashes. I think it could be used just for bottom lashes if the formula is more lengthening than thickening.

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3 CONCEPT EYES – Mood Recipe Gel Crayon Eye Liner in Bonnie

I think this is fairly expensive for what it is but the colour Bonnie seems so perfect to me. A really nice warm light brown. Sometimes I buy cheaper eyeliners hoping for this sort of colour so I feel like I would save more money in the long run if I just spent more knowing I’d get the right shade.

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Have you tried any of these products and what did you think?

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Long Lasting Lipliner Hack

This idea came to me as I woke up. In a recent post on here I raved about the long-lasting formula of the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks but how I thought the shade range wasn’t great. I loved how they last all day and that I didn’t need to worry about touching up my lip line – I am fussy about wanting a fuller looking shape.

I decided to use the Maybelline product as a lip liner – simply using a lip brush and applying the product precisely as if it were a liner. I used the shade Seductress – a browny nude. Then I went about using a different lipstick. This nude shade works with most beige/pink colours.may.pngTherefore throughout the day I kept the shape of my lipline in tack but only needed to reapply the lipstick. This is good for me for two reasons. One, if I had applied the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink all over it becomes quite thick and does start to bunch and come off in the middle of the lips. Using a normal lipstick means being able to apply a fresh coat. The Maybelline product is very difficult to remove. Secondly, I can choose a different lipstick shade that I prefer more.

This led me to think about applying the Matte Ink with only a lip brush all over and seeing if it looks better because of it being a thinner coat. I will have to experiment with this too.

Let me know if you tried my hack and what you think. 🙂

Casual Tulle – Create the Look

A few years back I saw a lot of these tulle dresses for sale online. I even bought two from Zara which I ended up selling on and never wearing. I was drawn in by images like the ones featured below.

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I feel more confident in my style now and I think I could give them a go again. What I like about the styling is the way they can be worn with a casual outfit, over a t-shirt and jeans or with a jumper. The femininity of the tulle is made more modern by dressing it down.

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On the runway

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Molly Goddard

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Simone Rocha

Shop the Look

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Simone Rocha White Dress £595 – Zara Lace Dress £25.99

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Ganni Maxi Skirt £595 – H&M Flower Tulle Skirt £79.99

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Zara Polka Dot Top £9.99 – House of Holland Spotty Shirt £250

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Mango Purple Embroidered Dress £59.99 – Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Red Tulle Top £220

Would you wear this look?

Recent Beauty Makeup Buys – My Impressions

These are some recent makeup purchases and my thoughts on them.

Pony Effect – Everlasting Cushion Foundation SPF 50 in Natural Ivory

I bought this a few months back. The shade I chose was perhaps a little on the light shade but depending on how much you apply you can fade it out so it pretty much matches. The actual cushion is quite hard so you really have to press your sponge into it (I use a Beauty Blender). The coverage is actually very good. I can apply it lighter if I want a natural look or really build it up. The long wearing formula is accurate. So often my foundations will have almost completely disappeared by the end of the day but I found this actually stays on. The high SPF is great too for summer. It came with a free refill which is good but with all cushions I worry about how much product is really in it.

Essence – Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara in Blondy Brows

I bought this because I wanted to try a lighter brow mascara than my actual brows to see if it would lighten them and this was a very cheap option to test it out. For the price I am very impressed. It lightens them and provides some hold. Although there doesn’t appear to be much in the bottle as it is very small, I would probably repurchase it again.

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Peripera – Ink Color Cara in Black Maple Road

I use this on my bottom lashes and I love it. I have ordered another shade because I think this colour isn’t that suitable on my top lashes. I would recommend this shade for people with ginger hair as the colour is a warm orange. The formula is really amazing, the best waterproof mascara I’ve tried. I’ve not seen any smudging. It is probably more of a lengthening than volumising formula. The price is great and I like the small dinky bottle.

Peripera – Ink The Airy Velvet in Legend Brown Red

This is so comfortable on the lips, it is like a watery liquid lipstick – a very unique formula. The smell is fruity but in a pleasant way. I have already ordered another shade called Dry Rose Brown because I like it so much. The shade I own is a reddish brown that probably doesn’t suit me that well just because I prefer more pinky shades. However I would recommend this for anyone to try.

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Essence – Eyeshadow Box in In Love With Rose

I found this in a small shop whilst in the Netherlands last week and had to buy it because of the cute packaging. I have only used it once so far but the shadows are extremely buttery and I love all the shades. I am always loving glittery pinks. They are better applied with fingers than with a brush to get better pigment but I think for the price and packaging it is worth trying out.

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L’Oreal Paris – Infallible Eyeshadow Paint in Nudist

This was an impulse buy that I hadn’t heard much about but the colour really drew me in. Nudist is a warm brown, perfect for everyday. Just the shade I am always looking for. This is such an easy product to use and great for lazy days. I apply it over eye primer, just swipe it on above and below the eyes and blend it out with a brush. I would say the formula doesn’t last intact all day on me even with primer. It does start to move around and crease but for the ease of use and the colour I would happily continue to use it and buy other shades.

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Maybelline – SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Seductress

I already have two other shades in this and I saw they had released new colours. I think the shade range is so off in general. All the colours are in my opinion terrible which is a shame because the product is so interesting. You apply the product and it lasts all day without having to touch up. It is great for me because I dislike having to touch up lip liner and I always worry about the shape of my lips not looking as full as I want. With this product it just stays there. I love it for days out when I may not be able to touch up my makeup or I just don’t want the hassle. I’ve not used any product as long wearing as this before. It does come off a bit in the centre of your mouth but in a nude colour you can’t really notice. The formula is very odd, you have to apply it and not touch your lips for nearly half an hour but they can remain a bit sticky all day. The smell is not great, a kind of cake-like vanilla scent. The colour I recently bought in Seductress is better than the other two I own in Loyalist (very pale nude) and Lover (dark mauve) but it is a very brown nude that I don’t love. I would recommend this to someone who wants a long lasting lipstick but I do think the colours are not great.

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Recreate Three of my Favourite Spring Runway Looks

I thought I would recreate some of my favourite Spring/Summer runway looks using more affordable dupes from the highstreet. What were your favourite shows and what ones should I do next?

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1. Plain Wrap Skirt £24.50
2. White Denim Skirt £49.99
3. Pink Fluffy Cardigan £19.99
4. White Silk Shirt £79.99
5. Geometric Earrings £12.99
6. Toe Loop Sandals £46.00

Prada

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1. Striped Blue Shirt £25.99
2. Mickey Mouse T-Shirt £15.99
3. Yellow Ribbed Top £19.99
4. Yellow Bodysuit £12.99
5. Spotty Skirt £42.00
6. Red Studded Bag £79.99
7. Bow Heeled Shoes £29.99

Louis Vuitton

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1. Floral Smock Blouse £29.00
2. Lounge Shorts £18.00
3. Embroidered Waistcoat £69.99
4. Blue Bermuda Shorts £25.99
5. Black Trainers £110.00
6. Navy Waistcoat £29.99
7. Jacquard Blazer £48.00

Spring Transition Style Ideas

Living in England Spring can still be a relatively cold season, apart from this small heatwave we’ve had the past few days. This will often impact on my styling ideas for this time of the year. So many times I’ll be exited to buy t-shirts after months of wearing thick jumpers and thermal layers. This year I’m trying to be more sensible with my purchases because my ideas will change by the time Summer comes around.

These are my main influences on my Spring wardrobe. Only since having a blog have I thought of outlining what I want to wear and buy for the upcoming months. I feel like this is a great way of planning purchases and not wasting money buying impulse buys that don’t actually fit with the aesthetic I want.

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From the pictures above I can outline quite a few styles I like. Longer dresses in light often floral material. A-Line skirts and longer ones in satin or silk. Wide legged or straight trousers with high waist bands. Vinyl and patent leather before it gets too hot. What changes are you making to your wardrobe for Spring?

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Floral Dress £69.99
Tropical Vans £49.99
Rose Print Trainers £25.99
Small Black Bag £17.99
Black High Waist Trousers £29.99
Black Old Skool Vans £54.99
Satin Shirt £49.99
Pleated Trousers £35.99
Black A-Line Skirt £19.99
Blue Floral Dress £39.99