Sunday, March 22, 2015

Beauty Confession #2: Girl Stuff Nail Polish review

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Hi dahlings,

Taking a small break from my usual outfit posts, it's going to be a beauty post. Today, it's all about the nails. 

I love nail polish and freshly painted nails. Especially if they're designed prettily. I always try different nail polish brands to see which works for me. As I always love to multitask and do something while my nails are drying, I want something fast drying and opaque . Something like the Girl Stuff Nail Polishes. Girl Stuff is a nail polish brand that is made and imported from France.

I've seen them before when I would go to The Philippines and see booths selling them. I've also heard about them from a close friend of mine (*cough* Jesa) who raved about them to me. I never got around to picking one up until Vivian of Girly Bliss gave me a few samples to try out. I've been trying them on and off for about a few months now to really see what I think of them and here are my thoughts:

Upon first application, I was blown away by how opaque it was and how it did not streak on my fingernails as you can see from the picture below. On my 2nd coat, my fingernails were fully covered and shiny. It dried pretty quickly compared to other nail polishes I've tried. Not only is the formula amazing in terms of consistency and drying time, it is free from harmful chemicals like Toulene, Formaldehyde, dibutylphthalate, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Some of  those chemicals are found to be toxic and even carcinogenic, so being free from these harmful chemicals makes it safe even for pregnant mommies-to-be and children. I also don't have to worry too much now about my sexaaaay nails turning yellow or being damaged as much as if I were to wear regular nail polish. 

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Pros
  • Easy to use; good length of nail polish handle
  • Opaque
  • Fast -drying; compared to other nail polish brands I've tried
  • Free from harsh chemicals; safe for children and pregnant ladies
  • Provides an expiration date at the bottom of the bottle
  • A shiny finish

Cons
  • Not easily accessible because not a lot of places in Hong Kong sell Girly Stuff but for the betterment of your nails and its appearance, it's worth it for me to go and get some from Girly Bliss. For more about Girly Bliss, click here.


Overall Thought

It's brilliant and it's a healthier option for your nails. I end it here with a recommendation that you at least try it once in their best-selling shade "Scarlet", which is this beautiful red that I have on. I promise you, you won't regret it. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fashion Confession #39: Blanketed in Pink

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Hi Dahlings,

        As the temperature gets chillier again in Hong Kong, I've been dreaming of the cliche scenery as the colder weather takes effect. Imagine a warm, cozy ambience, fragrant candles burning, hot chocolate by the fire, a book in hand and in comfortable pajamas wrapped in soft fluffy blankets on the sofa at home.

       But, alas, that cannot happen too easily. When you're in a fast-paced city that demands to be alive and bustling with working people and students, there isn't a lot of time for my daydream to materialize. So, I've decided to bring it with me instead. For my cliche scenery "on-the-go", I brought a book in my bag for my commute, a hot chocolate to go whilst wearing a warm comfortable turtleneck and soft socks that feel as comfortable as my pajamas. To top things off, I blanketed myself in my pink trench coat. And voila, I've turned my daydream into reality.

        And as Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I think the outfit fits perfectly with the holiday's theme. With my cup of hot chocolate raised high, here's hoping that you all have a Valentine's day as warm as I'm feeling in this outfit or at the very least, without sounding corny, show yourself some love and turn your daydreams into reality.

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| Turtleneck: Bossini Ladies (Borrowed from Mom) | Jeans: H&M | Boots: H&M (Gift) |
| Gold Choker: Accessorize | Bag: Michael Kors|

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fashion Confession #38: Little Black Dress Inspiration

Hi Dahlings,

Pink. Yellow. Red. Black. Oh, the colors. The luxurious fabrics. The swish of the skirts and the fullness of the gowns. Those were the things the 7 year old me would dream of after reading about princesses and watching fairytale-themed movies. Dresses were big and beautiful and colorful.
To the 20 year old me, wearing huge, full-length ball gowns as everyday wear isn’t particularly appropriate in the busy, crowded streets of Hong Kong. Oh no. To the 20 year old me, it’s not about having the fullest skirts or the brightest of colors anymore. It's now all about the elegance and the regality with a dash of mystery. It's all about the Little Black Dress or, as we so graciously shortened to, LBD.
A little black dress, unlike the ball gowns, is versatile in where it can take you from casual to dressed-up and from day to night. I've styled and curated two (yes, two, you lucky monkeys) different outfits, taking you from day to night with a little black dress I found on Dailylook as the focal point of the outfits.The day look is what I would wear to go shopping or to a movie with my friends while the night time look brings me to celebratory parties. 

I sign off now with the hopes of inspiring you to take your own little black dress and magically transform from casual chic to night time princess. Now, where is my white horse?



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What do you guys think?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fashion Confession #37: Black and White



Hi Dahlings!:)

        I know you've missed me. (*cough* , haha) I've been inspired to do a black and white outfit ready for the chilly winter ahead. Inspiration can be found everywhere especially in a city like Hong Kong, bustling with a lot of people so diverse and different in terms of their fashion styles, each unique to their own. I get mine everywhere but when I want inspiration immediately, I get it online from Tumblr, different fashion blogs, and even shopping sites like Cross The Line.

        I stumbled upon the site quite a long time back, having discovered it from other fashion bloggers and my brilliant curiousity, before Joe from Cross the Line reached out to me about their website. 

        Cross the Line is an Asian designer platform founded by Joe and his two friends where they gather up and coming designers in Asia. They currently have 14 designers; 7 from Hong Kong and 7 from Taiwan and have many more lined up waiting to join their platform and have their designs be recognized and sold. Not only do they keep my wardrobe and I up to date of today's fashion with the designers' eclectic, one of a kind, fashion-forward pieces, but they also provide a whole section dedicated to their inspiration of the month which serves as inspiration to all us viewers of their site, too. For more on their site, you can check it out here

        Cruisin' through their inspiration pages got me inspired to do a black and white outfit for my next blogpost and voila, another outfit for you.


So, what do you guys think?

|Necklace and Shoes: Topshop | Sweater: Forever21 | High-waisted pants: H&M |
Infinity Love Ring: Concoralhk | Bag: Michael Kors |

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fashion Confession #36: Summer Snoozin'


Hello Dahlings!:)

        While the summer ends and goes to sleep, I went on a holiday last weekend with my family for my brother's birthday savoring the last few days of summer with its exotic palm trees and glistening swimming pools. It was such a nice escape from my busy schedule to paradise. From the beautiful promenades to the water-park and boat rides to my very first time watching a circus, it definitely was an unforgettable experience. 

         I wanted to be comfortable but still look put-together while we walked around exploring the huge hotel (Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel) so I wore my most favorite style of crop tops (I have it in  6 colors. I know what you're thinking; I be cray.) with my long, soft, blankety-feeling slit skirt and sandals. Topped it off like a cherry on top with my heart shades and I'm ready to cruise around before summer be a snoozin'.













| Top & Bag: Topshop | Skirt: F21 (old) | Sandals: H&M | Glasses: Aldo||

Friday, October 10, 2014

Beauty Confession #1: Mask of Magnaminty

Something to consider:

Skin: Combination, leaning more on the oily side (dry around my mouth and chin, oily everywhere else)

Routine: I normally use this mask once a week.


Hi Dahlings:)

        I know you were not expecting this. It's not another fashion confession, it's a beauty confession. Surprise! You're now all gorgeous witnesses to my very first beauty confession. I know some of you have been waiting and asking me when and if I'll ever go through with it and like I said in my blogaversary post here, I will. And voila: here it is.

        I've used Lush products before and have loved them but I have never tried their face masks. After hearing a lot of good things about it, I caved in to its tempting, seductive self and decided to pick it up and try it (& also a small sample of the "Charity Pot" lotion, heh).


        Mask of magnaminty is a creamy, grimy concoction of green goodness. Upon first application, I obtained a rather specific craving for mint chocolate chip ice cream because of the mask's identical scent. It smells delicious enough to eat. I almost licked it.

        It goes on really smooth and you have to wait 10-15 minutes for the mask to harden. Before this, I haven't been using masks for years just because I deemed them a luxury and not a necessity that one must have so I was a little taken aback as I was not used to the dry, face-almost-cracking feeling anymore as it hardened. After a couple of uses, I didn't notice it so much anymore. This turned into a gentle exfoliating scrub as I washed the mask off.

Pros
  • Smells delicious; like mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Refreshing; leaves a minty, clean, fresh feeling on the face
  • Really works at keeping zits at bay
  • Really cleans face and gunk out
  • Made of mostly natural ingredients except for one which is a safe synthetic
  • Does not test on animals
Cons
  • More expensive than regular drugstore scrubs but worth it
  • Can make the sink a little messy but nothing to bring out the gloves and soap for. A little bit of running water will do.

Overall Thought
     
        I've finally used up a whole pot of it and I have to say, I love it. Every time I feel a zit coming and have a little red bump about ready to emerge into a nasty pimple, I pop it on and it goes away and leaves no trace of an almost pimple surfacing. It's fantastic. I would absolutely buy it again. So, I say yes, let them take your money. Get it. Your welcome.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fashion Confession #35: Dark Florals


Hello Dahlings!:)

        This season, dark florals are still very much on trend (See Christopher Kane and Dolce & Gabbana). The floral print have turned from sweet and pretty to rocky and edgy and from pastels and brights to rich, opulent and dark colors signifying Fall's arrival this year. 

        I've incorporated a dark floral print into one of my outfits during my time crunch this past month (You know, just doing things like jumping off a building and growing out my pink fairy wings) and this is the fail-proof and still on-trend outfit I've put together. The soft, breezy pieces I have lets me feel comfortable in this still-hot-weather without having to compromise me looking fabulous as a Fall garden fairy with my dark floral shorts. Okay, probably not as fabulous as one but hopefully somewhere close.



| Top & Bag: Topshop | Shorts & Necklace: Forever21 | Sandals: H&M |