Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Philosophy | Micro-Delivery Overnight Peels...as you sleep!


Philosophy MicroDelivery Overnight Peel Review

If your daily sleep time is just about sleep... well, you are missing out. Though I adore my sleeping masks for a little extra TLC, I've recently been trying out an overnight peel that's redefining my beauty sleep. If you've been a fan of Philosophy's exfoliating products, their latest Micro-Delivery Overnight Peel* is certainly worth a peep. 

Philosophy MicroDelivery Overnight Peel Review

THE BASICS
Brand: Philosophy
Product: Micro-Delivery Overnight Peel*
Size: Step-1 Peel Solution 50ml, Step-2 Night Gel 60ml
Price: $92/set
Availability: Sephora, Philosophy online/in-store
Would I (re)purchase: Yes!
Let me start off by saying I am so glad I decided to give Philosophy a second chance after a not so smooth experience (quite literally) with their Hope in a Jar series. A friend of mine told me I had it all wrong and that Philosphy's cornerstone are their amazing exfoliators so this time around I went straight for the gold. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I made a... wooly cardigan | Winter Sewing


NewLook 6378 Wool Cardigan


If you haven't noticed with the recent amount of fashion posts, I'm currently pushing through with my fall and winter sewing plans with great determination but I thought it would be a more satisfying experience to start with something fool-proof. Granted, I'm known for biting off more than I can chew in a project and then end up feeling completely frustrated and defeated before I get to the end and leaving the piece in a pile in the corner. This season however I thought things through a little better and decided on this NewLook 6379 cardigan that I can wear right away and would pair well with everything from jeans to a winter skirt. 

THE DETAILS
To take update this summery design for the West-coast I decided on a wool blend sweater knit ($6.99/meter) which just so happen to conveniently match my current colour palette. Dressew, my local fabric shop gets random stock now and then so I try to make a stop every time I am downtown because you never know what treasures await in the depths of the aisles. Now while I don't ever foresee myself taking up knitting, I do love the coziness of sweater knits (hence my ridiculous sweater collection). 


Because this is a very basic design, I decided to use to practice some new skills. Observe my attempt at stabilizing the shoulders with some scavenged grosgrain ribbon which now that I think about it, can easily be used on the outside for the same purpose but adding a sporty look. I've also recently been loving top stitching, since my new machine makes it so much easier with its adjustable needle position function. For a thick knit like this, it also suffices as a raw edge finish since it's not likely to unravel. 

NewLook 6378 Wool Cardigan


Lastly, I am super proud of my first attempt at bias binding! I've seen this technique used frequently by other sewists for a fuss free (read: no facing) quick and polished look on everything from armholes to necklines. Admittedly I was very slow at the pinning and stitching around the entire perimeter of the cardigan but now that it's finished, I can certainly appreciate the effect. 

What's next on my agenda? A couple of pencil skirts which I am not quite looking forward to because of the need for zippers but I've also been really distracted by the need to have a few fitted sweatshirts in my wardrobe. I've just printed out the Seamwork Astoria pattern that needs some taping up. On the other hand I've just cut out the pieces for a faux wrap dress from the Stylish Part Dresses book that looks like it will come together easily. So many lovely things and so little time, sometimes I wish I can sew in my sleep.


Chat soon,


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Video Tutorial: Chic Metallic Liner for Autumn


Metallic Liner Autumn Makeup

Metallic Liner Autumn Makeup

When it comes to makeup, I'm certainly a creature of habit and while winged liner is my signature look nowadays, switching things up for a little subtle update is certainly welcomed. Enter this metallic liquid liner from Elizabeth Arden (available in London Drugs or your local EA counter); which I realized as I was filming this look was the very first time I've ever used one! The effect here is chic with that touch of sparkle but still completely appropriate for daily wear and might I say even a bit softer than pure black. For a more seasonal pairing, I've also pulled out a gorgeous rosy matte lipstick from Burberry.



PRODUCTS USED

  • RIMMEL | Lasting Finish Foundation "#103 True Ivory"
  • SKINFOOD | Salmon Dark Circle Concealer "#01"
  • MAYBELLINE | Superstay Concealer* "#20"
  • PHYSICIANS FORMULA | Mineral Glow Pearls "Translucent Pearl"
  • H&M | Pure Radiance Blush "Apricot"
  • TOO FACED | Shadow Insurance*
  • ANASTASIA | Brow Wiz Pencil "Dark Brown"
  • ESSENCE | Make Me Brow "02 Browny Brows"
  • EVERYDAY MINERALS | Mineral Eyeshadow "She's Inspirational"
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN | Bold Defining Liquid Liner* "02 Gilded Brown"
  • PRESTIGE | Total Intensity Liner "Bold Brown"
  • MAYBELLINE | The Falsies Push Up Mascara WP*
  • BURBERRY | Lip Definer Pencil* "03 Garnet"
  • BURBERRY | Lip Velvet Lipstick* "#421 Rosewood"


Chat soon,

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall Sewing Pattern Haul


Vintage Sewing Patterns

As I'm writing this post right now, I am also recovering from an afternoon of sewing. Why recovering you ask? My goal for sewing this year was to practice more on technique rather than getting too caught up in the beautiful fancy things. This means, working on patterns which at first may seem too easy or boring but learning to add the finer details in craftsmanship from bias bound hems to clean crisp top stitching. Looking for something to practice my skills and being looped into a few recent online sales resulted in this large sewing pattern haul.


I'm quite excited that most of these styles can be redone in thicker winter friendly fabrics despite the spring appeal on the pattern drawings. In fact, I've been really enjoying the creative hunt of mixing up my fabric and pattern pairings for something that looks unexpected. My latest fabric store runs have been spent scavenging for affordable wool blend knits and soft drapey wovens to be turned into swirly skirts and cozy wraps. At the same time, my priority is still sewing for my fall wardrobe and I will have the first item checked off in the next few days - Instagramers, you've already gotten a sneak peak! Now the question is...which one of these pretty things to sew up next?

Chat soon,


Thursday, September 8, 2016

#RimmelKate15 | When good things collide


Rimmel KateMoss Lipsticks

Spokesmodels come and go frequently these days in the beauty industry but if there's one ultimate collaboration that lasts the years it would be Rimmel and Kate Moss. That's right, we're talking 15 years and that's longer than all the years I've been wearing makeup. In fact, Rimmel was the one to ignite my love affair with lipsticks and to this day they are still some of my drugstore favourites.

Rimmel KateMoss Lipsticks

Rimmel KateMoss Lipsticks

Monday, September 5, 2016

Makeup Look | Soft Pink Monochrome


Soft Pinks Asian makeup 01

Soft Pinks Asian makeup 02

Soft Pinks Asian makeup 03

PRODUCTS USED:
  • LANEIGE | BB Whitening Cushion*
  • LANEIGE | Shadow Bar* "Humming Coral"
  • ESSENCE | Eyeshadow Single "Shrimp me up"
  • THE SAEM | Artlook Eyebrow*
  • DOLLYWINK | Otona Lashes
  • TOO FACED | La Creme Lipstick "Taffy"
I'm waving goodbye to the last days of summer with this pretty monochrome makeup look. Actually, you'll rarely ever find me in this much pink altogether but it started out with that Laneige Shadow Bar (totally cool) then one thing led to another and before you know it, I had piled on the pink blush and lipstick too. When I was a teenager, my mother actually really opposed me wearing makeup (partially because it was the 90s and I tried to tell her that a bright copper was a neutral) as she always said makeup should look pretty and natural. Indeed, this floral inspired mix looks natural all the way down to the false lashes; well then, this one is for you Mom.


Chat soon,