Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review: Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit SPF30 N02 Light Beige

I tried a sample of Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit in Shade N02 Light Beige the other day so I thought I'd write a quick review of it whilst I'm enjoying some frozen raspberries - I'm trying to eat healthier and be a bit more active recently, to try and lose weight/'tone up' so I can fit clothes better in Japan haha!

Brand: Etude House
Name: Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit
Shade: N02 Light Beige
Price: $12-$20 - although it looks like it's discontinued, a few stores seem to be selling it still. Saying that, I don't know if they actually have it in stock, and may just refund you after placing an order. That has happened to me a couple of times when trying to purchase discontinued products.

Bright Fit is the type of this BB Cream - there is also Cotton Fit, Perfect Fit and Blooming Fit; Bright Fit is brightening and moisturising, Perfect Fit has slightly higher coverage and Cotton Fit is oil absorbing. It's not clear to me what Blooming Fit does, it says it brightens, moisturises and has a 'light, silky feel'.

There are four shades - N02 Light Beige, W13 Natural Beige, W15 Sand Beige and W24 Honey Beige. In terms of BB creams, they usually only come in one or two light shades so I think this product is a little more versatile and the darker shades could be worn by more tanned people. I know a lot of darker skinned people have trouble wearing Korean BB creams due to Koreans affinity towards paler skin.
This is the sample packaging, quite pretty as far as samples go! The classic Etude House style of pretty. I cut open the sample and squeezed out as much as I could into a small pot.

This is the full sized packaging. It's quite cute and pretty.
This is the BB cream partially rubbed in on my hand.

The photo on the left is my untouched, makeup-less face - the second photo is with a light layer of the BB cream on, with a little more added on to touch up like I would with any other foundation. The lighting has made it look quite grey, and I guess it looks a little grey in the pot but it evens out and adjusts to your skin in a minute or so. It gives medium coverage and looks quite nice on the skin. It just evens everything out for a natural look. This is shade N02 Light Beige, which was absolutely fine for my pale skin tone. It wasn't as pale as I'd normally like but it's a natural shade and fine for everyday wear.

Squeezing the sample sachet into a small pot gave me enough BB cream for 3 applications. The BB cream feels lightweight on - since I wear quite full coverage foundation most days, I think nothing of what a foundation feels like on the skin in terms of 'weight' (like, if it feels heavy on the skin or like you're wearing a mask) but this reminded me how lightweight a natural coverage BB cream/foundation can be. I set it with my regular powder, added blush, contour, concealer and highlighter and off I went on a day of errand running.

The colour doesn't oxidise on the skin throughout the day, and it still looked nice and even after a day of wearing it. A little had worn off on my nose through touching it, everyday wear and perhaps my nose being a bit oilier than the rest of my face but it wasn't very noticeable at all.

This BB cream is a nice, lightweight BB cream perfect for natural, flawless coverage. It had quite good staying powder on my dry-normal skin type, didn't change colour throughout the day and didn't wear off much at all (y'know how you can wear some BB creams/foundations for a whole day, and at the end of it it looks like you didn't even put anything on!?). It was absolutely fine for a regular day of errand running, where you don't need a full coverage foundation. I would consider purchasing this if it weren't discontinued, although I'm quite curious to try Etude House's other BB creams, since I hear they're all quite good. I give it 4 stars out of 5!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hyper Japan 2015 and updates~

Hello everyone! Wow, it's been a long time since I blogged again, I'm sorry ;w; I was very busy leading up to Hyper Japan but now it's over, and I have a couple of weeks until my next event, Tattoo Jam in Doncaster, so I'll show you what I've been up to!

I was preparing a lot leading up to Hyper Japan, as it's one of my biggest events of the year. I was looking forward to seeing my friends there, and I discovered Die Milch were attending and performing, so I was looking forward to seeing Coco again and meeting Mocha for the first time!

Me, Mocha and Coco! They're both so cute and talented! I bought their new album, Imperial, got it signed and chatted with them a little but I got a bit nervous and stumbled over my words >_< I was able to chat more than last time though, so at least I've improved!

Me and the lovely Christy! I haven't see Christy in a while since I haven't attended many local meets so it was so nice to see her again! She was helping a Chinese indie brand, Long Ears and Sharp Ears, have a stall at Hyper Japan. Ignore my fringe, it looks so gross here because it was so hot all weekend... ;w; I tried to keep as cool as possible and brush my fringe but it looks gross and sweaty XD

I also saw other friends I didn't get to take photos with! >_<

I don't know if you remember but at the last Hyper Japan summer event, I mentioned that I met a super lovely and awesome girl called Tina, who was with the Joshibi University of Art and Design. I didn't know if she was coming again this year though. I went to get my exhibitors passes on the Thursday (when exhibitors can set up their stalls/booths) and the Joshibi University booth was right next to the exhibitors office...my heart literally stopped for a second as I saw Tina at the booth! She was doing something so I got my exhibitors passes, made sure I didn't look all sweaty and then casually browsed the stall until she saw me (totally not a creeper... >_>;;) I was so so happy to see her, and I hope she was happy to see me again too haha~ I had to go set up my stall but we chatted for a bit, squealed and hugged for a bit more, then I said I would definitely see her later! I got to see her over the weekend and it was so nice! She has a very similar fashion taste to me (although I don't have many dresses until I go to Japan) and really likes my jewellery, creepy things with eyeballs and insects on, etc!

Me and Tina on the Saturday! She's soooooo cute *0* We said we will definitely write this time and I will hopefully see her when I go to Tokyo in December/January! \*0*/

I will also count this photo as an outfit shot haha, as I didn't take many other photos of my outfit on Saturday >_<

Blouse: Offbrand
JSK: H.Jelly & Honey
Belt: eBay
Petti: Classical Puppets bell-shaped
Tights: eBay
Butterfly hair clips: Handmade

Tinaaaaaa~ <3

My outfit on the Sunday:

Blouse: Offbrand
Bustier: Charity shop
Skirt: Taobao
Black feather cape: Taobao
Bustle belt: Taobao
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Bodyline
Deer antler headdress: Ciciworks on Taobao

On the Sunday of Hyper Japan, Tina visited my stall again with Yoko and another girl from Yoshibi (the girl wearing the hat, I didn't catch her name unfortunately ;w;). We got a photo together <3

Then we took lots of selfies together later on mwahaha~

In the top photo Tina is wearing one of my rings she bought last year~ >___< I really like the bottom photo, I look as happy/pleased as I felt haha, but in a nice way (like no goofy smile or laugh lol)

A selfie from Tina's camera~

When the show ended we had to say goodbye again, but not for long - only until December/January! And I will definitely write to her very soon~ <3 I was so so so happy she came to Hyper Japan again! She is graduating from Joshibi next year so she may not be able to come next year - I'll just have to make sure I go to Japan regularly to have a chance to see her haha!

I had another great year at Hyper Japan, I can't wait for the Christmas event. Now I'm preparing for Tattoo Jam in Doncaster but I think I am getting better with preparing stock for many events - I still have lots of stock left over, even though I did well at Hyper Japan. I sold out of all my black heart chokers, garters, pentagram garters and padlock chokers, as well as the pink, white and blue variations of some so I am busy making those again!

Here are some more photos from recently~

Me and my aunt had a cheeky Nando's after Hyper Japan! So tasty!

My current nail colour - I have never had nude nails before but I actually really like them! I feel very classy and sophisticated haha~

I made Jayde some badges for her birthday and I made myself a Hate Heart badge to experiment! I really like it haha, I plan to make more!

Have you seen the Chanrio character maker Sanrio has released? You can make your own cute character and if you scan a code, it will take part in the Puroland parade at Puroland, the official Sanrio theme park in Japan! I made me as a Chanrio character heh heh.

I went to the York International Tattoo Convention in June. I took a selfie waiting for the train, of course! XD

Selfie from when I went to visit my mum one day. In all these photos I am wearing the same foundation, Dermacol Make-up Cover but it looks different in all these photos! XD Sometimes it looks natural and sometimes it looks super pale! I inadvertently went for a 'sickly' makeup look here but I really liked it haha.

Found a selfie from a while ago and went all Warhol on it.

I am still obsessed with saving money for Japan, selling all my possessions/shop stock, and learning Japanese, but I'm also addicted to playing Fallout New Vegas at the moment >_< I will try to take some time out to blog more often now!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Lolita Blog Carnival: Favourite Taobao Shops and Pieces

It's been so long since I've done a Lolita Blog Carnival topic so I decided to kick my butt into action and get this week's done! This week's topic is 'Favourite Taobao Shops and Pieces'! A topic I am well versed in and passionate about.


HMHM has been one of my favourite Taobao brands since I first discovered Taobao, yet I own nothing by them yet! That would've been a good entry for last week's topic, 'Favourite Brand You Own Nothing From'! Their items look so high quality and as such, their prices are a little more expensive than the cheaper Taobao Lolita brands (although still not as expensive as brand obviously!) but I am 110% sure you get what you pay for with HMHM.

I have wanted this blouse for a while now. It'd be so good for sneaking in gold elements into any darker outfit! It also comes in white, I'd actually love to own both colours haha!

Again, I've wanted this velvet bolero for a while now! The bolero comes in a multitude of colours.

This skirt is absolutely gorgeous as well! HMHM is very detail and construction orientated, rather than being print-orientated. I think that is what always pulls me to these brands, it's the same with Atelier Pierrot and Atelier Boz. There's just something about a beautifully constructed skirt or JSK that makes it timeless and better than a print in my opinion.

Surface Spell

I own a blouse from Surface Spell and it is lovely. Surface Spell are again, very high quality and detail/construction orientated.

This dress is just absolutely beautiful. The pattern on the bodice is embroidered and it is the perfect combination of Lolita and Dolly Kei for me. I love the medieval inspiration and tassel belt! Just to die for *0*

This dress reminds me very much of Antique Beast, Excentrique and general Old School Gothic Lolita vibes. It's great to see a slightly Ero-inspired Gothic Lolita dress nowadays, I love the belt!

Classical Puppets

Classical Puppets is well known for their petticoats, and indeed I have owned two bell-shaped CP pettis since I started getting into Lolita fashion. I knew they were some of the best quality and inexpensive petticoats around at the time so I wouldn't settle for anything less to start me out. Nowadays they have some gorgeous ranges in Lolita dresses and skirts, as well as gorgeous blouses and a lovely collection of unique shoes.

They do a gorgeous bustle back petticoat for Victorian and Steampunk inspired outfits! I think that's a very unique and lucrative idea, as they are accessible to buy from (either using a shopping service or a reseller like Qutieland) and inexpensive compared to speciality shops like period and Steampunk stores.

This bustier is to die for and reminds me of the street snaps of Gothic Lolita and Japanese Goth girls coming home from events like Tokyo Dark Castle and Tokyo Decadance.

I think I'm really into the old school Goth vibe at the moment! It has just been awakened through this post~

This skirt has the old school Gothic Lolita vibe to it but it's also very Dolly Kei-style. I think a all-over brocade or damask pattern is timeless in Gothic Lolita and Dolly Kei fashion!

Mu Fish

I've bought from Mu Fish before and they have an awesome selection of printed tights, socks and general accessories and jewellery for Lolita (as well as cosplay) outfits. I don't condone their Grimoire replicas but they do have original printed tights as well, which I hope is the direction they're going in! I have a pair of their original printed tights and always get compliments on them! They've also started doing embroidered handbags for Gothic Lolita which look absolutely gorgeous (see below). I'd love to get my hands on one after my trip to Japan.

This is the gorgeous Rose Cross bag they have made recently. It looks really roomy, a much better alternative to all these cutely shaped yet impossibly impractical bags you see in Lolita.

They also do a matching beret, so cute! *0*

Mu Fish also do the cheapest ball-jointed doll tights I've seen. I have a pair and they're thick, high quality and very cute. I prefer the white BJD tights to flesh coloured ones personally, but they do sell both colours!

Cici Work

Cici Work have some of the best Lolita accessories I've seen for amazing prices. They're all handmade and whenever I've bought from them, they've sent me free gifts and in terms of the deer headdress I bought from them, they sent me extra spare sprigs of moss and glue just in case. Their items are gorgeous quality and quite unique so prepare for a spam of beautiful headwear!

This rose corsage headband is very beautiful. It's a classic Gothic Lolita staple! The roses Cici uses are always beautiful quality, thick, soft velvet and in an array of colours too!

This rose veil headdress would be beautiful for a bridal inspired or Shiro Lolita coordinate! I love the chequered ribbon Cici uses in their items!

Sweet Jesus I need this ram horn headdress so badly *0* I don't even know what I'd wear it with, or what theme I'd go for, or even if it'd suit me but I don't care! This is a new item since I last browsed! It also comes in white too!

It's hard to find a good witch hat for Lolita coordinates without it being tacky or costumey looking. This hat is absolutely gorgeous and you can pick from black, red or blue ribbon lacing.

I saw these rose crown hair clips around a while before I bought one - off the top of my head (derp), I saw Hello Batty wearing one. You can actually change the rose inside the crown - I thought the silver crown had broke but the top part actually pops on and off. I'm sure last time I checked you could just purchase the roses separately from Cici so you can change the rose, rather than having the crown 10 times with different roses. The crown has two hair clips on it but Cici also includes a high quality double faced satin ribbon if you like the headdress look. I own these in black and red.

This Classic Lolita headdress is absolutely gorgeous! The colours are so soft and muted. The lace Cici uses is very high quality. I also love the organza ribbon used! Okay, this post is sounding like it's sponsored by Cici Works haha, but I swear it's not! I just love her stuff, it's inexpensive, unique, beautifully handmade and it's always nice to support handmade artists.

So there you have my favourite Taobao brands and pieces! I haven't bought clothes or accessories from Taobao for such a long time as I'm saving for my Japan trip, but I swear once I have lots more pretty Lolita clothes from Japan, I will do a shopping spree of cute and unique accessories to take my outfits to the next level.

Lolita Blog Carnival is a group where you vote on and write about a Lolita topic once a week! Here's the other bloggers who participated this week!

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