Saturday, 24 October 2015

13 Halloween Questions Tag


I saw this fun meme posted on The Everyday Goth so I thought why not? Halloween is just around the corner so here are some fun related questions! Feel free to post them yourself, I'd love to read your entries!

1. Favourite Halloween song?
Oh that's really hard! I really love 'Soloween' by Aural Vampire but I also love Tommy Heavenly6's entire Halloween album HALLOWEEN ADDICTION, especially 'I'm Your Devil' and 'Lollipop Candy Bad Girl' (the main song mostly).

2. Witch or Vampire?
Again, so hard! I love witchy fashion and the feel but there's just something about being ethereal and immortal that is hard to resist! I'd have to say vampire!

3. Favourite thing about Halloween?
It makes me really happy that everyone enjoys being as spoopy as they can for a month. It seems every year people get more and more involved, planning parties, elaborate costumes, watching horror films, etc. It makes me happy because that's how I feel all year round, so it's like everyone is finally catching up to me haha!

4. Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
Halloween party, definitely! You can have a scary movie marathon any time, and I love a really well put together Halloween party, with themed decorations, food, music and everyone in costume! It's been a while since I've been to one!

5. Skeletons or zombies?
I think skeletons. Zombies are cool and there's more media stuff about them but I love skeleton and bone motifs for my fashion, like skeleton print tights and bone hair accessories!

6. Favourite Halloween candy?
The UK doesn't have much Halloween-centric candy. You can only really buy candy corn from import stores or very large supermarkets. I think my favourite Halloween candy is toffee apples (candy apples), which are more for Bonfire Night in the UK but since the holidays are close to each other, you can buy them around Halloween too!

7. Favourite Halloween movie?
Now, are we talking about a Halloween themed movie or the best scary movie for Halloween? I really like Donnie Darko for a Halloween movie but for the best movie to scare you witless for Halloween, I like Lake Mungo, Pulse (Kairo in Japanese) and Event Horizon. I also really like to watch Ravenous around Halloween too!

8. Favourite Halloween costume?
I like a good vampire or witch costume if it's done right, and I really like super gross special FX makeup and injuries!

(C) Freakmo

9. Favourite Halloween store?
To be honest, the UK doesn't have that great a selection. We have Halloween ranges in places like Poundworld, Tesco, Home Bargains, etc. I think it'll have to be H&M for their wearable Halloween cuteness like this bat headband Adora and Victoria are wearing!

10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
Definitely yes! I haven't carved one myself in years but they're fun, especially if it has a gorgeous intricate design on it! The traditional triangle shape faced ones are cute too!

11. Bats or black cats?
For fashion, bats always but if I could own one, it'd be black cat, definitely! I adore bat motifs like tights, hair accessories, earrings, etc. but black cats are so cute and,

12. Is Halloween your favourite holiday?
Yes yes yes! Like I mentioned above, it's nice to see everyone as spoopy as I am for a month! XD

13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
I don't think I've ever tried a pumpkin spice latte so I'll say hot chocolate. You can never go wrong with hot chocolate!

I won't tag anyone in this, everyone is free to do it! Put your blog posts in the comments and I'd love to read them!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Review: Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser

Today I'm doing a review of Clinique's Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser. I have so many reviews I would like to do so I'm trying to power through some ones I think that would be useful! I also hope to do some fashion stuff soon!

Brand: Clinique
Name: Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
Price: £17
Where to buy:,, Boots, Clinique counters worldwide.

Clinique says you can use this as a makeup remover but I would rather do a regular double cleanse, with this as the second cleanser. I don't trust rubbing soapy foam into my eyes to remove eyeliner and mascara...It says it can be used for any skin type and leaves skin feeling moist, clean and fresh.
I got a travel sized tube of Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser in a bonus time gift. The packaging is almost exactly the same except the full sized tube has a green lid. The tube is soft plastic and I cut it in half after I couldn't squeeze any more cleanser out so that I could get the remnants out with a cotton bud. It gave me about a week's extra usage!
Here's the cleanser when lathered up with hands. It produces quite a thin yet creamy foam. You can control the foam by how much water you mix in. If you just wet your hands, it creates a thick, ultra-cleansing foam but if you 'dilute' it more, it produces a light, bubbly foam.

Here is the cleanser on Clinique's Sonic Cleansing Brush. It has a mousse like texture when squeezed out.

I apply a bit of water to the brush head and the cleanser goes into the bristles.

This is the cleanser after it's been worked into a lather. It produces a thicker, creamier lather than using your hands alone.

This cleanser does a good job of cleaning your skin but it's a bit drying for my skin type. I have to dilute the cleanser to make a very light foam in order for my face to not feel squeaky clean or stripped. I can't use this cleanser like my regular one, twice a day every day, as it's just too drying. Small dry patches appear on my face if I use it regularly. I took this cleanser when I went travelling and used it up that way.

Compared to the Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap, this soap is a bit stronger and more 'cleansing'. I can use the Foaming Facial Soap daily, unlike this one.
This cleanser is effective but a bit too drying for my skin (I'm a Type 1-2 in Clinique terms). I couldn't use it regularly on a daily basis so I wouldn't buy a full sized version. This cleanser gets 2 stars out of 5 from me.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Review: The Face Shop Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Toner

Today I'm here with a review of a toner I've just ran out of, it's The Face Shop Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Toner. I got it in a small Koreadepart order - my Korean cosmetics orders have been cut back so much since saving for my Japan trip, I can only get the essentials now haha... ^^;; I can't wait to buy cosmetics in Japan though! I really want to see the cute Etude House stores~!

Brand: The Face Shop
Name: Calendula Eden Essential Moisture Toner
Price: $7-$12
Where to buy: Sasa, Pretty and Cute

The Face Shop's official website recommends this toner for dry to normal skin in need of nourishment and moisture. It contains hyaluronic acid, which was a big selling point for me, and calendula flower extract to keep skin moisturised for a long time.
The toner comes in a large glass bottle with plastic packaging on it. It is frosted and opaque so you can't see inside the bottle. It has a small opening protected by a small rubber inner lid when you first open it. You get 150ml of toner so it's a good sized bottle and quite heavy, which you might want to keep in mind for shipping costs.

The bottle size compared to my hand.

The back of the bottle.

When you first use the toner, not a lot of product comes out. It eventually eases up and can be easy to pour a little too much into your hand.
The toner has a consistency like water and spreads really easily. It absorbs super quickly in my skin and feels cooling, hydrating and soothing. I love that it has hyaluronic acid in it so that my other products are held into the skin better (hopefully). The toner is very light and I would recommend this for many skin types.
The scent of the toner is floral. I'd wager that it smells like calendula flowers, hence the name, but I don't know what they smell like so I can't comment. It's not an artificial, chemical floral scent though, I like it.
This toner is a lovely moisture toner perfect for prepping my skin for the other skincare products. It lasted me a long time, was a great price and I never had a problem with it. I'm so sad it's discontinued from Koreadepart though! I give this toner 5 stars out of 5 and recommend to anyone!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

How to Insert the Clinique 3 Step Skincare System into a Korean Skincare Regime

I used Clinique's 3 Step Skincare System a while back and when I first got the items, I wanted to try inserting them into my pre-existing Korean skincare regime. I found it a bit confusing at first, and it was a bit trial and error with some unfortunately breakouts as a result. However, I'm pretty confident I know what goes where now so if you're looking to insert Clinique's 3 Step into your own multi-layered skincare routine, look no further!

Please note I'm not sponsored by Clinique to do this (I kinda wish haha). I don't actually use the 3 Step any more but I wished there was a post like this when I first started using the products, so I figured I may as well go ahead and write it.

Also note that all skin types and regimes are different - we all use different products, probably in a different order so read on and see what information you can use for your own skincare regime. You might want to try inserting one product into your skincare regime at a time, for a week or so, so you don 't overwhelm your skin with lots of new products and layers.

Reviews for the Extra MildMild and Foaming versions

Step 1 - the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap can be used in place of your foaming cleanser in a Korean skincare regime. Clinique's soaps were neither here nor there for me so I went back to Korean foaming cleansers after using up mine. These Clinique soaps don't replace the first step of double-cleansing though, which is makeup removal/oil cleansing.

Reviews for Type 1 and Type 2

Clinique's Clarifying Lotion is an acid/BHA toner (also called a peeling toner in Korean skincare). In a Korean skincare regime, it would be used after double cleansing and before using an AHA serum or moisture toner. Unlike using a moisture toner, I recommend using cotton pads or balls to apply this since the sweeping motion helps get rid of dead skin cells.

Review of DDML

Depending on your skin type and preference, you might want to use DDML as a light lotion/emulsion, or if your skin is more on the normal-combination, or even oily side, you could use it as your last face cream or consider using the oil-free gel version instead. I use this in place of an emulsion such as The Face Shop Calendula Essential Moisture Emulsion. I then follow up with a more emollient cream like Secret Key Snail & EGF Repairing Cream.

Although I've used up all of my Clinique 3 Step items now, my Korean skincare regime would look like this with the items inserted:

Oil cleanse > Clinique Liquid Facial Soap > Clinique Clarifying Lotion > AHA serum > Moisture toner > Eye cream > Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion > Facial oil (at night) > Face cream

That might seem like a lot of products but I have dry skin and they're all quite light, highly absorbed layers. In the morning after my skincare routine my face doesn't feel greasy or oily. My skin feels a little oily after my night routine but only because of the facial oil which is more intensive for night time. It has alllllll night to soak in and get to work, baby.

I hope this post has been helpful to anyone looking at using the Clinique 3 Step in a Korean skincare regime and if you have any thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator

Today I'll be reviewing Clinique Moisture Surge Intense cream. It's recommended for people with dry to very dry skin but can be used by all skin types as it is oil free.

Brand: Clinique
Name: Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator
Price: £34 for 50ml or £5 for 15ml (which doesn't really make financial sense?!)
Where to buy: Clinique counters worldwide,,, Boots, Amazon

This product is a mix between a gel and a cream, and is oil free so any skin type can use it. It claims to give your skin hydration for up to 24 hours, and helps fortify and repair the skin's moisture barrier as you use it daily.

The 15ml/50ml thing doesn't really make sense - if you bought 4 15ml tubes, it'd give you 60ml of product for only £20, whilst a full size tub is £34? However, the 15ml tubes are out of stock at the moment so they might have cottoned on...
The packaging is a frosted pink jar with a silver lid and white writing. Compared to Clinique's other product packaging, I prefer this as it's prettier and looks more chic in my opinion haha. I think their green packaging looks outdated and their silver/white packaging (like on the Even Better line and Smart Serum packaging) looks like it's trying too hard to look clinical and 'effective'.

The packaging has a bit of weight to it so it feels high quality. It comes in a standard green Clinique box but I threw that away right away haha. The tub also has an inner lid to protect the contents.

The cream is very much a light, airy gel-cream hybrid like the product describes. It has a very pale, milky pink colour which I find pretty. It doesn't smell of anything because Clinique is fragrance free.
The cream spreads really easily and absorbs fast. It has an amazingly addicted powder soft feel, but whenever I saw the two Moisture Surge products compared (Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and Intense), people preferred the feel of the regular type and said this one felt too sticky or greasy. My skin drinks it up though, and it feels great after using it. It feels hydrated, smooth and plump but I wouldn't say the effect lasts anywhere near 24 hours like the product claims.

I think you can apply this a bit thicker than usual, like a sleeping mask like the regular Moisture Surge.
This cream is really nice and one of my favourite items from Clinique, but it's pricier than what I'd pay for unfortunately. However, I would consider buying the 15ml £5 tubes haha... I give this product 4 stars out of 5, with one taken off for the price.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Event: J-Con 2015

I've been a little ill recently so apologies on the blogging delay. Last week I went to J-Con, the largest anime/manga/sci fi convention in the East Midlands. As always, I trade there and as always, I have lots of fun! This year really outdid itself because for the Friday band/chill out night, we were able to book FUCKING SAVLONIC.

They're an electro-pop trio from the UK who are technically ran on MrWeebls YouTube page along with his other stuff. Although Weebl usually does funny songs and jokes, Savlonic songs are far more legit in terms of real music. They have an album out funded by Kickstarter and another album on the way. Me and Rob adore them so late last year we thought it'd be amazing to at least try to get them to perform at J-Con, only hoping that they'd actually say yes!

Here they are on the Friday night - I think it's so so cool that they had their videos playing behind them, and then they're actually there in the front!

I got a selfie with friend Angie/Johnny Reaper.

Unfortunately my bestie Jayde couldn't come down to J-Con so I didn't really take any photos, or even use the free purikura booth we have! ;w; Johnny did take a photo of me, Suzy and Adele at the Lolita tea party though.

I'm on the case you can't tell...

And my lovely friend Lauren also took a photo with me. My outfit was a bit 'blegh' that day...I was supposed to wear a chain belt that I was supposed to fix that morning but I felt a bit ill and was unable to fix it. I also totally dipshitted out and forgot to put something on my head! >_> Urgh fail Lolita...although I wanted to wear a hairbow Jayde is giving me, and another friend was supposed to be giving me a hairbow at J-Con, so I ended up with neither...

Outfit rundown:
JSK: Innocent World
Lace bolero: eBay
Belt: eBay
Choker: Atelier Pierrot
Accessories (not pictured): 8th Sin

J-Con was really fun and I had a good time with friends I haven't seen in a while. My next event is Belfast Film and Comic Con on October 31st so I'll try to post more between then!