Wednesday, 14 December 2011

TLC for hair...

Hello bloggersphere!

Having dropped off the face of this earth and turning hermit for the past month(ish), I am finally back after taking a battering from lack of sleep, lack of a social life, and the entire loss of sanity.

Unfortunately, for the past 3 months, I have totally disregarded my hair after having it cut just before Africa (*cough* more than 3 months ago *cough*).

So the state of my hair has come to this *sigh*

Every Christmas for the past few years, I have gotten so fed up of the way it is and will promptly take some scissors and chop it all off. But then when I do,  I tend to lose 5 years off my age and look very 'asian'.... (see below)

Does anyone have any recommendation about where to get a nice and clean haircut or whether to chop it off at all? I'll be in London over Christmas, I always go to this Japanese place off Tottenham Court Road who cut it veeeeeery nicely for me but I'm always up other places!

My hair is fighting with the elements and losing fairly badly, it needs some serious TLC from products that will protect it from the wind, rain, dryness, and cold.

Can any recommend anything?

I will be back soon with more reviews, I have a week to go crazy, I hope it's enough time to accumulate pictures for Christmas!

How is everyone out there?

Friday, 28 October 2011

Canmake Cream Cheek Blush

New review time! I'm sorry I don't blog as much as most people in the bloggersphere but lately I'm hardly finding time to do laundry, eat, or sleep. Most of the time, I'm giving up eating for sleeping and sleeping for working... it's a crazy life yo! Needless to say, my skin is suffering and paying for my lack of sleep and one facemask a week does not to the job =(

So moaning aside, this is a review of a really awesome blush from the Japanese brand, Canmake. You can check out there english website here and a link to the blush I'm reviewing today is here. I have 2 colours, number 3 (Strawberry Whip) and number 7 (Coral Orange). I'm using number 3 today.

This is the packaging. It's a beautiful little compact and lightweight plastic container which is sturdy enough to travel with me in my bag. It doesn't look too flimsy as if it would fall apart either.

The lid opens to reveal a very pigmented baby pink colour which, even though you can't see in the picture, has very fine speckles of glitter which I have found to look beautiful in the sunshine.

This is a swatch at the back of my hand, if anyone has any advice on how to get better swatches, send me a message!

The cream blush is lightweight and blends in beautifully with the skin to reveal a lovely cute bit of colour on my cheeks. It's very natural looking and can be used everyday on top of base or you can layer it nicely for that night out!

Since natural light is found rarely these days, the pictures I took of me wearing it are a little rubbish but I hope you can see something out of it! My next blog post (which will be sometime this weekend) will be about things I have come across on my adventures and also this sheet face mask that I used the other day....

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Love is such a strong word.

I love London. I can't begin to describe how much I miss that city since moving 'up north' to Warwickshire. The transport links (though not great all the time), the scenary, the people, the food, the culture, I love it.

So after a month, I was glad to set foot on familiar ground, arriving at Euston station to the hustle and bustle of one of the capitals train stations. Last weekend, after years of saying that I need to see it, I finally went to watch The Lion King musical! As expected, it was breathtaking, just the way the cast mould together, bringing to life one of my first and favourite Disney movies. I like how they did not sway from the plot and how I was able to join in with some of the songs, Timon and Pumba were great and I found myself laughing and enjoying the scenes. Sometimes I felt as if there was too much going on that I didn't know where to look. We were sitting in the grand circle at the very top, in the first row. Sometimes, I felt as if it was too high so that we could see how the special effects were made and from such an angle, the dancers looked a bit weird but for the price, it was definitely worth it. Being short, it's good not to have anyone sitting infront of me haha!

Then I went to one of my favourite places to walk around, South Bank. It's really nice how if you walk along the sandy 'beaches', you feel like you're not really in the capital city anymore, it's lovely and serene. It also has one of the best and cheap gelato places that I know of. One scoop is huge and every flavour that I have tried is SO scrummy, HIGHLY recommended people, especially if you're near Tate Modern or South Bank. It's called Cafe Alba, under the OXO tower.

Here is my awesome strawberry cream gelato <3

There was also this cool hotdog van, there seemed to be a food festival going on with lots of delicious food that made my stomach growl like a madwoman:

The most surprising being Biltong. The first I had was in Zimbabwe but we have a similar one in China which is dried pork with some honey on it.


And ofcourse, a few pictures of scenary:


Legere - White multi BB cream review

Hi everyone!

I hope people in the UK are enjoying the blissfully wonderful indian summer weather! I have tried to get out as much as I can during the weekend and am absolutely loving being able to walk out of the house not wearing thick tights!

Today's review is on Legere's White multi BB cream.

Again, they're very generous with their outside packaging and the actual BB cream tube is just rolling around inside. This comes in a 50g tube with just a simple twist cap, so far, it's doing the job as I can still keep it clean after every usage.

This formula contains Arbutin which is extracted from the bearberry plant inhibiting the formation on melanin. Melanin is the pigmented cells on the skin and thus more melanin = darker skin. It is a silicon-based formula, the first of it's kind that I have used and I have found that it's rather hard to smooth out on my skin as it's thick.

It applies quite dark compared to other BB creams that I use and once spread, has a very unpleasant white tinge which does seem to settle quickly once absorbed into the skin. This BB cream, like many, has sun protection, make up base, skin cover and foundation for 24hrs. It does not seem to have whitened my skin but my skin seems to lap up the sun and tan ridiculously easily. It does however provide a lovely natural looking cover for my face and quickly too so I've really nothing to complain about!

Please excuse the goofy looking face but this is so I could also show you guys the lovely eyeliner I got from Yasumi's blog sale, it's so easy to use and a great product! It lasts for an entire day without smudging and very easy to apply!

Look, you can see a reflection of my contacts!

My next post will be available soon and it will talk about The Lion King musical which I went to last weekend and also how much I love London *swoooon*

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Like a zombie I aimlessly walk

Hi all,

Sorry for the lack of postages yet again! I haven't really been up to anything exciting lately and so hence the lack of postages. The only thing I have done a lot of is eating (as you do) but in the next week or so I'll be reviewing a face mask or two as I think my skin is really in need of one!!! >_<

So in the meantime, enjoy pictures of food and some new additions to my room :)

Leicester Square Haagan Daaz is one of my favourite haunts in London just because the atmosphere is awesome and they have green tea ice cream. Surprisingly enough, my friend said that there's not much calories in this one and since it tastes absolutely delicious, how could I resist?!?


I went to Ikea to hunt for some things to decorate my huge room with. I figured as soon as I can keep this plant alive, I can move on to the next step, a kitten :D and then kids *cough*


This evening, my housemate and I decided to bake a cake because she doesn't know how to bake cakes which to me is a big shame because it's so much fun and the satisfaction at the end of it is just AWESOME. I'm such a big fan of baking and having a sweet tooth means that I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen :D It's an almond and chocolate cake filled with freshly whipped cream and strawberries.


It is decorated with chocolate ganache and toasted flaked almonds :) It's a Delia Smith recipe, that woman never fails me!


What do you like to bake?

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Etude House - BB Magic Cream

Well the title says it all, this is a review on Etude House's BB Magic Cream. Etude House is a korean make up brand (out of many!) and I've read some good reviews of their products and wanted to try this out


Next to Missha 20ml for size comparison. I was quite disappointed by the size of this product as the box makes me think that it would be quite a lot but at 35ml size, it's not much more than the Missha BB Cream.

I got this in Moisturizing which does not seem to have any SPF. It's more for dry skin whilst the other one in this series is called 'pure' and for more oily skin. I had a dilemma as I have combination skin but in England, my skin tends to be more dry than oily. The english on the packaging is as follows:

Sorry for the terrible quality of picture but the packaging makes it really hard on my little compact camera to get a good shot without some 'rainbow' effect getting in the way!


The application is a kind of pump but I find that one full pump is actually too much for my face. Also, if you don't use it often, I'm afraid that the hole might dry up and I'll have a hard time trying to clean this product. (You'll find the same with toothpaste if you've not used it for a while)

There is only one shade but apparently it blends into different skin tones. I was quite scared as although the product is quite dark, initial blending gives a white sheen but if you keep blending and waiting, the colour settles and you are left with this lovely even coverage. It blends into my skin tone, I've tanned a bit over the summer so I'm currently using Missha BB cream in no.23 but as I pale up, I change to no.13 so I'll be curious to see if this BB cream blends into my skin tone then.

The coverage is medium, it doesn't cover my heavy eyebag days but for every day use, it's perfect.

It has a strange medicinal/floral smell when you first apply it which quickly goes after application and blending.

Overall, this is a really lovely product, not oily on the skin, not too much sheen and it's really good for those office days or day where you want to look flawless without too much heaviness on your skin. I have very sensitive skin too and have had no breakouts since using this product.

I'm sorry I've had a bit of a hiatus but it's because uni has been crazy. My timetable does not even allow me to take pictures of some products in daylight but I think I'll need to write reviews during the weekend and stagger my postings during the week hehe, please bear with me!

How has your weekend been? Can you recommend any BB creams?

Friday, 2 September 2011

Skinfood- Green tea bubble cleansing foam

So I'm like the biggest sucker for anything Green tea. Even the colour green I find myself gravitating towards O_O This must be an asian thing right?

SO, when picking out something from the Skinfood cleansing range, I saw the words green tea and my bank balance did not matter anymore. I wanted something besides my normal scrub, something that would be less harsh on my skin and this is the product that I have:


The description that they provide is:


Skinfood is a korean brand who sell products from BB creams, to brushes, to skin and body care. They use natural ingredients and try to provide nutrition for the skin in as less a harsh way as possible.

The cleansing foam looks like this:


and one squirt is enough. I find that the smell is rather soapy and fragranced and couldn't really smell the green tea. After rinsing however, my skin felt hydrated, smooth and smelling so fresh. The residual smell is more of green tea than when you first pump it out, I'm just hoping that the goodness of the stuff gets eaten up by my skin *slurp slurp*

You can buy some Skinfood products on eBay and to look at their vast range of products, head on over to their website here.

Do you own any Skinfood products or love green tea as much as I do?