Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Fasio BB Cream Review

Hi everyone! I have a BB cream from Fasio, a Japanese brand, to review for you today which I picked up in Japan for around $11 on sale. I remember using Fasio mascaras back in my Singapore high school days- I loved how waterproof and curly (albeit a bit crusty) they made my eyelashes! 

I threw this BB cream in my basket after I saw they had a range of shades: 01- Bright beige, 02- Natural beige and 03- Healthy Beige. I have the darkest shade, 03 Healthy beige which matches my NC30ish skin tone quite well. This BB cream contains mattifying powders and 'sebum resistant' silicone polymers to adhere to skin to conceal pores and even skin tone to a silky smooth finish. If I had been able to read this information in Japan I probably would not have bought it because my dry skin is not a fan of matte products. Read on to see how it performed!


This product is tiny and contains only 30g of product, half the size of a regular full sized BB cream. The small, flat tube and secure twist top make it lovely for traveling! It also contains a whopping SPF50+ making it very suitable for sunny climates.

 

This BB cream can be likened to a foundation- I find it thick yet easily blendable and the medium to high coverage it provides is very impressive. As you can see, the tiny smear on my hand in the above picture blends to cover a lot of skin! True to the claims, this BB cream adheres to my skin brilliantly and blends seamlessly to a matte finish, unlike most BB creams which are creamy and leave a dewy finish. There is a very slight greyish cast when it's blended but this is hardly noticeable on my yellow skin. 
 

Apologies for the chapped lips... They're going through a temperamental phase.
Take a look at how well one layer of product (applied with my fingers) covers up the darkness around my mouth and the capillaries on my eyelids! Although the coverage is medium to high, my skin still looks natural and the product feels so light and smooth on my face. I have dry skin and find that this product does not emphasise any flakes or dry patches at all which is so rare in mattifying products, so the formula is indeed super impressive! 

When I use this product I do not need any setting powder because the product sets itself and lasts all day (8 hours +) without any shine to be seen. I believe girls with any skin type will be happy with this product as it does not emphasise dry skin yet it provides excellent oil control!


I completed my makeup using only 1 layer of the Fasio BB cream all over my face with no concealer or powder. 

Overall I give this product a whopping 9/10. It provides a high SPF, medium to high coverage, a decent variety of shades and a perfectly smooth matte finish without feeling heavy or cakey! The product lost 1 mark because of it's small size and lack of skincare factors eg. whitening and wrinkle care, that we expect of modern BB creams.

The Fasio BB cream is available on Ebay here for $18. I highly recommend this gem of a product!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Pinnacles OOTD- Desert Roadtrip

On Easter Sunday we took a 3 hour drive up North of Perth to see the pinnacles for the first time- day trip photos will be coming soon! This is what I wore and it happened to be very dessert appropriate. A skort to keep decent during gusts of wind and an appropriately sheer lacey top to keep my cool in the heat. I kept it untucked and the sleeves rolled for a relaxed silhouette to match my holiday mood.




This top made its round through Aussie boutiques last year where it retailed for $50+! I suggest you buy it off Ebay for $10 like me right here.

Lace crotchet top from Ebay
Skort from Holly Hoque boutique
Livnow sunnies from Quay eyewear
Boots from Lipstick shoes (similar)
Rose gold necklace from Tobi

Stay tuned for an upcoming 'Picnic at the Pinnacles post'!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Celebrations! Pear and Almond Cake + a Sunflower Pie!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely time with their friends and family! We celebrated with a super chilled out pot luck dinner with some friends at our place. Yanto was absolutely set on making a 'sunflower pie' once he saw this recipe (it's worth the click!). I decided on making a slightly fancier pear and almond cake over my usual gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate brownies. Read on to see how our cooking endeavors turned out!

The first step in preparation for guests is washing Pika pomeranian after her daily visit to the park. She's so adorable that no one really minds the task of washing her because she just stands in the sink patiently the whole time. No fussing at all!


Haha I cannot get over how funny she looks without all her fur! She is seriously 70% fluff, 30% dog. 


Much better ^^. My little angel!

It was time to start baking my gluten and dairy free pear and almond cake. I used this easy recipe and I highly recommend it because it was super easy and everyone loved it. I love lazy recipes that don't involve any electronic beaters- this one was purely mixed with a blender. This cake is extremely rich in protein (8 eggs + almonds yo!) and will definitely leave you feeling satisfied! This is what it looked like before baking.


Selfies with my cute $2 oven mitts from Daiso Japan whilst my cake bakes!


I noticed some girls on Get it Beauty (a Korean beauty talk show) were wearing their hair in this cute half updo bun, so I decided to try it! I simply separated my hair into two sections and pinned the top half around my bun donut. I think it's a really cute and fun hairstyle to try out, especially if you suck at doing hair like me. 


Annnddd this is how my cake turned out! Charred on one side, but that didn't stop anyone from eating it all up! The cake was extremely dense and not too sweet. My friend said it had the texture of 'that green Malaysian cake that isn't pandan' (lol)- a Google revealed he meant kuih seri muka? Another gluten-free, dairy-free recipe to add to my collection after this success!

And this is how Yanto's spinach and ricotta pie turned out on his first attempt! Yes the pastry is also hand made with spelt flour to make it gluten free. Doesn't it look amazing? What a talented dude :).


Our group of usuals brought chicken drumsticks, home made hummus, pasta and a packet of chips. There's always that one person who brings chips -__-.  All of our friends happen to be nerds so we played a ton of Tekken Tag Tournament, had a cute Easter Egg hunt and finished with an intense round of Settlers of Catan!

We were left with a heap of uneaten Easter eggs because everyone is too darn healthy! Not that I can complain, I didn't eat any either. I love hosting get togethers and making people eat whatever my mediocre cooking skills produce muahaha.

Hope you guys don't mind this casual post! How did you celebrate Easter?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bntgirls Collaboration! Girl's Generation/SNSD Yoona Mr Mr Makeup tutorial


This has been a long time coming and now it's finally up! I'm so excited to present my first ever blogger collaboration- the Bntgirls SNSD Mr Mr makeup collaboration! Thank you very much to Rini for coming up with the idea and Carina who made this awesome collage.

From left to right, top to bottom:
Rini as Jessica
Carina as Seohyun
Mariana as Sooyoung
Joanne as Sunny
Alene as Taeyoon
Me as Yoona

Make sure to visit all the Bntgirls for their looks!

I chose Yoona because I loved her smokey cat eye eyeshadow, fierce eyebrows and matte red lips. This sort of look is definitely very sexy and not something I have ever tried before. If you have been following my blog for awhile you will know I tend to steer away from red lips! I suppose you could say I chose Yoona for the challenge- could I manipulate this makeup to look good on me and stay true to Yoona's look?



Here is my final look and comparison:


Considering we have a very different face shape and features, especially the lips, I think I did quite well! Here are the steps I took to achieve this look.

Face
Etude House Bright Fit BB cream #3 Honey Beige- applied generously over the whole face for medium coverage.
BRTC Jasmine Moist Pact- to provide a bright and velvety matte finish. 
Sleek Contour kit- lightly applied under the cheekbones and jawline to give the impression of a smaller face.
Canmake Glow Fleur cheeks in 04 Pink- very lightly on the apples of the cheeks.

 


Eyes
I only used 2 eye shadows for this look! 

Visee Eyebrow- to make brows straight, strong and thick! 
Greymelin 7 day Tatoo- draw in hairs to make the eyebrows more realistic.

 Naked Palette Half Baked- all over the eyelid and lower lash line for a natural gold shimmer.
Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in Black- smudged along the lashline as a base for the black eyeshadow and on the lower waterline.
Naked Palette Creep- smoke out the top lash line horizontally, not upwards. Smudge along the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line.
Canmake gold glitter liner- apply generously underneath the black eyeshadow on the lower lash line for some sparkle!

Finish with mascara on the top and bottom lashes and a pair of long eyelashes!

Lips
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love that Red- this lipstick is almost a perfect match for Yoona's look. I concealed my lips and applied the lipstick smaller than my natural lip lines with a prominent cupid's bow to match Yoona. Tip- Blot with a tissue and then reapply and blot again for long lasting matte lips!




I know, it looks like I'm naked, but I'm wearing a tube top!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Was the look accurate enough? Would you try this look?

Lush American Cream Conditioner Review

Did you know all my haircare products are from Lush? Since I reviewed my very first solid shampoo so very long ago, I have exclusively used these nifty bars to clean my hair, trying out a new one each time. Only recently did I pick up another Lush conditioner (after hating the Jungle bar conditioner) and  American Cream is a winner for my dry, damaged hair.

American Cream is one of Lush's bestsellers and with good reason! This is the second bottle of American Cream we have gone through because the boyfriend and I love this stuff. It comes in an easy squeezy plastic recyclable bottle (no frills here!) which works well as the product is runny enough to succumb to gravity when you turn it upside down.


This 500g bottle costs $34 and is enough to last two people (I have long hair and Yanto has half a head of shoulder length hair) around 2-3 months. 



Hardworking Kale makes most of the Lush products we purchase! Good on you Kale!
 

The conditioner is quite rich and is a medium thickness- as you can see it is running down my hand. Surprisingly you need very little of the product to coat your hair compared to a normal silicone conditioner. I use half a palm of conditioner to coat my long hair from ears to ends and then indulge in the sweet strawberry cream scent as I brush my teeth/wash my face before washing it out. My hair absorbs this stuff like crazy, so much so that there is hardly anything left to wash out! I have never experienced this phenomenon before :O. This also means that my shower floor does not get coated in slippery silicones, hurrah! 

My hair is left feeling really soft and nourished from the inside instead of feeling coarse and 'coated' with a slippery barrier. Since I started using this conditioner, I find my hair dries a lot smoother and straighter if I brush it when it's damp and leave it to dry naturally. Not to mention the smell lingers for a good few hours after. Sometimes I can still smell strawberries the day after if I consciously give my hair a whiff!

Look how soft my hair looks! Photo from my Koogal clothing post.
Overall, I LOVE this conditioner and it has changed my hair for the better. Never has my hair felt this soft and healthy before! This product is definitely for you if you have dry, damaged or colored hair. I top up my hair routine with a Retread mask (review coming soon) every week which really helps my hair retain its softness.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you tried American Cream?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

March Favorites 2014

I did take these photos at the end of March but this post got delayed because of exams. Better late than never! I don't have many favorites because I was in a killer exam period and was sticking to the basics in my beauty routine.


1. Yesstyle Printed Pullover- It's been getting a little colder (sort of) in Perth and I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold so I proclaimed it sweater weather time! I love this sweet pastel jumper because it is so soft and warm and is really easy to pair with florals or white for a super girly look. Unfortunately this item is no longer available, boo. I actually had a pretty terrible experience with Yesstyle- I hate Toll shipping and I had to return a pair of shoes which cost me $14 for the return postage! Not happy. 

2. Un Jour a Biavitz Perfume- My Mum bought this for me in France from a little indie store. I'm terrible with perfumes, having owned literally 4-5 in my life time, all of them being gifts so I won't try to describe the notes. I stopped wearing perfume a year ago because every perfume I tried gave me a headache! This one smells really strongly (sweet and musky) but I don't any bad reactions to it and it smells amazing.

3. Verikos Collagen Tightening Cream- Another one of my past Bntnews face creams that I fell in love with all over again. I remember liking it at the time, but after trying it again, I love it! It is a really thick, luxurious lemon scented cream that really feels like it's plumping and firming my skin. I love using this as a night cream.

4. Macaron ring case from Forever New- I picked this up in store some months ago and have been using it to store my used false eyelashes! Isn't it adorable? It looks so cute on my shelf and makes me happy every time I open it.

5. BRTC Jasmine Moist Pact- Simply the perfect powder for dry skin. Click on the link to read my rave review!



6. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson- I mentioned the first book of this series in my February favorites. Me and my fellow fantasy friends were squirming with anticipation spren (lol) months before this book was set to be released. We had it pre ordered and picked it up the very day it was released in Australia and devoured all >1000 pages in mere days and it did not disappoint! This series remains my favorite fantasy series of all time over Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles series. So goddam EPIC and so well written with the best character development and flashback scenes, this series earns a rave review from me!


The book is so large that everyone who sees it usually retracts with shock/disgust.


The art within the book is plenty and so beautiful! It really helps the imagination flow.

I hope you enjoyed my sparse favorites for March! Lots of love!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Free Glasses?! Clearly Contacts Derek Cardigan 7004 Fog Review

I have a complicated history with my eyes, long story short- I switched to soft disposable contacts lenses and thus needed a pair of glasses for convenience. There was a Facebook ad for Clearly Contacts Australia that said you could get your first pair of glasses free so I snapped up a pair straight away! Note the only thing you need to pay for is postage, unless you want fancy transition lenses or something.

The offer is only applicable for certain frames but there are still heaps to choose from- see all the eligible frames here. They have a really neat 'Try On View' which allows you to choose a model with a similar face to yours, or upload a photo of yourself and view the frames on your face! Unfortunately this doesn't work with all the frames but I found it really useful in narrowing down my choices. 

I finally decided on the Derek Cardigan 7004 frame in Fog because I wanted the nerdy safety glasses look. The order process was so easy- simply enter in your glasses prescription, choose your frills (you can get all sorts of fancy lenses, but these cost extra so I didn't get them), put in the coupon code 'FPF' and then pay for the postage which is $9.95. The original price of the frames is $79- the deal is almost too good to be true!

 

My package came within 5 days which is freakishly fast considering they had to make my lenses! I was so excited when I saw this neat little box- idk why but I was expecting a shabby parcel with my glasses taped in to some bubble wrap.


I was so surprised at what I found inside! More free stuff to go with my free glasses! I almost felt bad that I didn't have to pay for this.


The case is super sturdy and pretty nice quality if you ask me.


All of these 3 items fit perfectly into the tiny case on the left! That's a full size lens cleanser, lens cloth and a key chain screw driver! Pretty amazing.


 Tadahhh, these are my glasses and I likey. They feel really well made and resistant to damage- I think it's the whole clear acetate frame vibe.


On me, they are really big which is exactly what I wanted! It felt like I was looking out of a fishbowl for awhile, but I think that's normal when you are not used to glasses. I feel like I will always look better without glasses, and considering this, I think these suit me quite well. 

FYI I have a smallish head and an oval face. Fellow Asians, do not fear, this style sits on my non-existant nose bridge quite comfortably and does not touch my cheeks at all! Here's some angles for inspection:




Even better, Clearly offers a 30 day free trial even for free glasses. If you don't like them, you can exchange them for a different frame, and you do not need to pay the return postage fee. My goodness, it's just such a good deal- which is why more people should know about this company!

Disclaimer- This post is not sponsored by Clearly Contacts. I am writing this review simply because I had an amazing experience with them. Everything went perfectly and I am a happy customer ^^.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! 


Fun fact- Pika pomeranian (freshly bathed here) shares my seat with me every time I go on my laptop. Actually, she sits on my lap every time I sit down, including meal times. And no, she doesn't beg for food, she genuinely just wants to sit on my lap just because! *dies from cuteness overload*.