Friday, 13 November 2015

Ice queen winter playsuit realness with Luxemme ♡

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Playsuit // c/o Luxemme // Leather jacket // Topshop // Beanie // Forever 21 // Boots // Topshop

Hey guys! Its been about ten billion years since I've done an outfit post but here am I today because the lovely guys over at Luxemme sent me this really cute playsuit to review. Normally halterneck styles don't suit me because of my boobs but I actually found this one very flattering, I dressed this for a more casj day look with a beanie but if you wore this with heels and upped the make up (I'm thinking silver glittery eyes for ice queen vibes) this would be fab for a night out as well. The material is pretty light and linen-y so this would be really nice for keeping you cool in summer as well, I definitely can see myself getting a lot of use out it next year with white sandals and a tan (hopefully).

They have loads of cute bits on the website and I believe they are Manchester based so well worth supporting! I definitely recommend checking them out. xx


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Nivea Men sensitive post shave balm as a primer | Review

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Nivea Men sensitive post shave balm

So after seeing one of my fav YouTube beauty gurus Nikkietutorials rave about this for ages I decided to buy it and see what all the fuss is about - and I'm so glad I did! For some reason I never really got into primers, despite having pretty oily skin and always finding my foundation applied patchy in places no matter what brushes I used. This stuff makes your foundation apply far more smoothly (I literally noticed this instantly), and buff properly into what are usually problem areas for me like my nose which foundation will usually refuse to sink into. 

It has a very light typical 'man product' scent which isn't obvious and goes away after make up application, and you get quite a lot of product and need to use very little. Plus, because this is designed for sensitive skin I find it doesn't break me out, and if anything gives me extra moisture. Also you can use it for it's actual purpose of being a post shave balm, especially on areas which are really sensitive to shaving like the bikini line. I got this in Sainsburys on offer for £3 and will definitely be buying again! I'm just worried now Nivea will realise the product's popularity and raise the price...

Have you guys tried this?

Thursday, 22 October 2015

4 prom dresses under £50 ☆

How cute are these prom dresses from PromTimes.co.uk? These are crazy good value, all coming in under £50 and are perfect if you have any winter formal events coming up.I thought I'd pick some of my favourites to share with you guys. The above left would be super cute with simple black strappy heels and personally I would even toughen it up by throwing a leather jacket over the top if it wasn't too cold for it. I would give the dress on the right a 90s spin by accessorising with a black velvet choker, and you could even wear it with docs if you want to go all out princess-meets-grunge. 
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These last two are fairly formal Kate Middleton types, I have to say I’m a sucker for lilac which is why I chose these two! Either could be styled to be uber glam, although because both have beading personally I wouldn’t go overboard with the accessories. I would accessories the one the right with pearl studs and maybe a plain silver bangle because the beading round the neckline is already quite a lot. However with the dress on the left it would look fab with a really delicate necklace and some tiny hoop earrings (currently obsessed). 

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While I think all four of these are absolutely perfect for prom, you could also wear these to any formal events like black tie balls, weddings, smart parties or as bridesmaids dresses as they are easily styled to be more or less casual.

PromTimes.co.uk also have a selection of bridesmaids’ dresses under £50 too so don’t hesitate to check it out!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Make up and skincare shopping in Japan ♡ Sailor moon eyeliner, circle lens etc

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I thought I'd take some pictures of what make up shopping is like in Japan, because I know people are interested in Japanese make up, but also there are some pretty interesting differences between British and Japanese make up.

    For starters, my friend advised me to bring matte eyeshadow with me because it's hard to find in  Japan due to the popularity of sparkly, shimmery, fairly un-pigmented eyeshadows. Also if you          are into super bright, highly pigmented eyeshadows (same with colour variation in lipstick too fyi) they're also pretty hard to find from the mainstream Japanese make up brands because this just isn't the 'normal' look girls are going for.


Quality, but for cheap. In the UK I would probably always avoid crazy cheap make up unless a blogger had recommended otherwise (i.e MUA), but due to Japanese product quality in general being good I've often been surprised by how high quality things like cheap nail polishes are.



Packaging, too much of it but it's seriously cute. Again this is the same with a lot of Japanese products, presentation is everything in Japan so I often feel like the amount of packaging used is wasteful but aesthetically looks great.



Stunning fake press on nails (see above) and huge nail art/design sections (lots of gel nail and UV lamps on sale for example). Japan has some of the best nail art in the world at their salons and it's reflected it what you can buy pre-made in shops.



Very high quality eyeliners - I'd say the eyes are definitely a focus for Japanese make up, and Japanese eyeliners are seriously good.



Eyelash heaven - the variety of eyelashes on sale is insane compared to what you will find in the UK next to the tweezers and make up brushes in Boots. Prepare to feel the strong urge to buy them all.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

5 beauty favourites | July 2015

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Original Source Vanilla & Raspberry shower gel // Contour brush // Sailor Moon eyeliner // Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir // Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade

Back on the favourites train! This Original Source shower gel is literally like my crack, the smell is kind of like white chocolate and almost smells edible. Plus these shower gels are usually only £1 in Boots so deffo a fav by my standards. Click on the links above to see my review of the contour brush and the eyeliner, the latter is just so pigmented and precise I can't even. I was looking for a new hair oil and grabbed this Frizz Ease one the other day and it seems really good! 

I had been using coconut oil on my hair til I was informed it's actually meant to be used as a hair mask and washed out, which is explains why my hair was looking so greasy after using it...Regarding brows I'm so in love with DipBrow, it does work best when it's kept in a slightly higher than room temperature environment as the product does get a little stiff, but it's still workable and gives fab brows everytime. What products did you enjoy last month? xx

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Leaving Japan and returning to the UK


So where have I been? Apologies for the extreme lack of posting! I got somewhat caught up in end of year exams, then 'shit I've been in Japan for nearly a year and haven't done anything and I'm about to leave' / 'shit I'm about to leave Japan and I have a crapload of preparation to do' mode started. After I came home it was a blur of seeing family members I hadn't seen for 10 months, visiting friends and family and then heading off to Spain on a family holiday for a week. But I'm back now! I've been back in the UK for nearly 3 weeks now and I've readjusted alarmingly quickly, although some things have stuck from being in Japan - it took me about a week to get used to pounds and pence again, a bus driver asked me for 10p and I gave him a 2p coin (which look like 10 yen coins) and he looked at me like I was the dimmest person ever...

I'm going to do some posts on it but there's definitely some things I was glad to return to in the UK and some things I wasn't, the lack of politeness and efficiency compared to Japan has been getting on my nerves a bit, not that we're bad at it but Japanese standards are insane! The picture was taken by my friend who's a talented fashion photographer, check out his insta @danielhirozawa xx

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Synthetic kawaii pink 24 piece make up brush set | Review

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Recently DressLink very kindly sent me these brushes to try out. My brush collection is actually pretty small for a make up fanatic so I was uber pleased to receive these. Because they are synthetic I was worried they'd have that scratchy texture but these are so soft! I did some make up on my friend recently (see above), and she had zero complaints at me blending like crazy because of how soft the brushes are (btw we put lipgloss on her eyelids so this has made the blending look a little off). There's a really good selection of brushes, especially for eye make up - down to ones that are small enough to use to apply gel eyeliner etc. My absolute fav in the set is the angled blush brush which I use to apply cheek contour, before I was using a freebie Lancome brush but this new one has upped my contour game like crazy. 

The only thing really lacking in this set is a foundation brush in the stippling style, a flat style one is provided but I find them useless because I always want to buff my foundation in rather than 'paint' it on. The set is cray cheap at around $8, plus shipping and converted back to her Maj's pounds and you're looking at around £15 for 24 brushes and them shipped to you - uber good value. Keep in mind though DressLink is based in China I think though so shipping is usually around 2 weeks unless you pay for a faster method. Overall I'm very happy with these brushes! xx

Friday, 29 May 2015

Summer trends with Apparel Candy, daisy print and asymmetric hems ♡

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Hey guys! Just a few bits that have been on my wishlist recently from Apparel Candy. They're a site specialising in wholesale clothing and they have some seriously cute pieces. I picked some of my favourites that would be perfect for the summer. I'm always stocking up on skirts like the one above, cute floral skater skirts are super easily styled with a cropped white t-shirt, and keep you cool as it gets hotter. 

I love the wrap/asymmetric hem style of the dress above, the navy detailing as well is really cute and adds a twist to the normal floral print. This dress would be perfect for summer nights out, but you could also keep it super casual with trainers for daytime wear. Their wholesale tops as well are really easily styled, they have a variety of crop tops in different colours as well as tops in prints like the one above I picked, daisy print is so perfect for summer and the slight peplum shape will be flattering on anyone. I would style it with denim shorts but it would also look fab with a denim button down skirt and sandals for 90s vibes.

What trends are you loving for summer at the moment? xx

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Kusama Yayoi polka dots/light room inspired nail art/manicure | Nails


Hey guys! Here's some super quick nail art I did loosely inspired by Kusama Yayoi's light room (click here for pictures of it, it's absolutely stunning - I saw it in London when her exhib was at the Tate Modern I think). This is really easy to do, the nail polishes themselves are all Japanese brands but the nail pens are Models Own and Barry M (Barry M ones are the best nail pens I've tried, thoroughly recommend these). I'm off to go re-dye my hair now, hope everyone had/is having a fab weekend (the UK time difference always confuses me) xx

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tokyo bits and bobs: Visiting the Lost in Translation Park Hyatt Hotel, exploring Kichijouji and Shibuya | Japan

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The food above is fake, it's called サンプル (sample) and you see it everywhere in front of restaurants and cafes in Japan.
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View from the Park Hyatt's New York bar

So recently I've been up to interesting (read: getting drunk) things on Sundays, last weekend I went with some friends to the New York bar in the Park Hyatt Hotel to listen to some jazz (I'm so classy I can't even handle it). The hotel and the bar are used in the film Lost in Translation so it was pretty exciting to visit, plus the views were insane. Also while we were there Nicola Formichetti (Gaga's ex stylist and creative director of Diesel) walked in for dinner! He was also joined by Kiko Mizuhara who is G-Dragon from Big Bang's (Kpop band) girlfriend and a really popular model in Japan - not bad for a celeb sighting imo.

This weekend that just passed my friend and I spent some time in Kichijouji which is a up and coming 'trendy' spot in Tokyo, it has a lot of nice shops and bars and usually we go there for karaoke. We were actually searching for locations to do a photo shoot which had a kind of tacky/run down vibe to it so I got some interesting reference photos. Continuing the fun Sundays theme, I also went to a Tinder hosted rooftop party in Odaiba yesterday which was pretty interesting. It was windy as hell and they had girls in neon bikinis pole dancing on a pole which was swaying dangerously in said wind, and we were also given a lot of free vodka/gin/tequila so needless to say I didn't go to class this morning...

Let me know if you guys like these sort of Japan posts interesting! xx

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Red evening/formal event dresses ✰

Today I'd like to introduce these gorgeous dresses from the site WeddingShe. With summer coming up it's the perfect time to start wearing bright colours, and nothing stands out more than a classic red carpet style red dress. Both of these designs are beautifully simple and easy to wear, especially in summer where you might still be dealing with hot temperatures despite it being evening - the open back detailing and sleeveless nature of the dresses make them perfect for keeping cool.



Despite the amazing design of these red evening dresses, you will probably be surprised at the price. Red evening dresses of this quality would usually be quite expensive, but these two are an absolute bargain. As usual, cheap evening dresses of WeddingShe are not only highly discounted from the market price, but also completely customisable in terms of colour (they have lots to choose from for each dress) and size (they are tailored to fit your measurements if desired). Cheap evening dresses of WeddingShe at the moment have up to 70% off the price so it is well worth looking at the site if you are searching for a glamorous, colourful evening dress for the summer.

For these dresses to help keep the minimalist theme you can style them with fewer jewellery and accessories, as they make a statement in themselves. I especially like the fact that the second dress has surprise lattice detail in the open back of the dress, so you can skip jewellery completely and just have the embroidery as your accessory. The first dress also I feel would better styled without a necklace because of the high neck, although and update and some statement earrings would really make the dress stand out even more.

Which dress is your favourite?

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Black Liquid Eyeliner / セーラームーンリキッドアイライナー | Review ☾



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Until I bought this eyeliner I actually hadn't bought any in Japan as I bought 4 with me to Tokyo, but apparently Japanese liquid eyeliners are amazing so I decided to get one! The one I originally bought came without the cap that makes it looks like a Moon Stick so I went back and bought another eyeliner with the cap haha (dedication).

This eyeliner is definitely very Japanese style, a lot of girls just do an extremely fine line and not much of a flick/cat eye - so this brush is a crazy thin 0.1mm. This means for a thicker western cat eye you do a bit of filling in but it's easier to be precise with the thickness of the line and you can get your eyeliner wings uber sharp.

It also says it's waterproof on the packaging but then removable with hot water (lol), if you aren't looking up at the sky during a downpour it really stays put and super opaque during the day. However, occasionally my right eye does this 'oh hey thur I see you made effort with your eye make up today, let me ruin that for you' thing where it waters out of the right corner like mad, which does cause this eyeliner to sort of dissolve (but not run, which is a positive). However to combat this I just go over the wing part of my eyeliner with MAC Liquidlast cos that shit does not move for anything.

Mainly I'd recommend this eyeliner to Sailor Moon fans, as there are better fine line Japanese eyeliners on the market in terms of staying power. There's also a version with the Cutie Moon Rod cap you can buy, they're actually being sold on eBay for only about £5 more than they in stores in Japan so definitely worth investing if you're a fan (sold HERE and HERE, seller is based in Hong Kong though).

Any sailor moon fans out there who'd buy this? xx


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Dresslink 90s Summer ♡ Wishlist

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Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a few bits from Dresslink, who you may have heard of before (they've been doing a lot of collabs with some of my favourite youtubers recently). They're very kindly sending me the brush set and dress to review so I'll let you guys know what the quality is like! I had the above dress in my eBay watch list for ages so when I saw it on their site I was soo happy, reckon it will be really cute for summer nights out with a choker and platform sandals.

It's a national 3 day holiday at the moment called Golden Week here in Japan (it's not a week though really) but I've been basically bed bound since last Wednesday with a nasty case of Tonsillitis/Glandular fever which has completely knocked me out. So annoying! I'm thinking of asking my GP for my tonsils out when I return the UK cos I get issues like this a lot, has anyone had theirs taken out? xx

*This post is sponsored by Dresslink*

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