Monday, July 14, 2014

I know, I know.

I'm the worst fashion blogger ever.

Blame Business School and its neediness.

Entry coming soon, I promise.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NARS Eye Makeup: Two Easy Day-Time Looks

Basically, I have been swarmed with assignment deadlines, dissertation work and job interviews lately, on top of ridiculous sleep patterns (thanks to NBA Playoffs games that start at 2 am) - my life is pretty much all work and little play. I felt like I was in a rut, so I randomly thought it was probably about time I learned one thing or two about make-up; my excuse was that it would be required when I land my first proper job anyways, so why not start now? Little did I know, using my eyes as canvases could be so fun; this is exactly how I see make-up: it's art.

In this post, I'm going to showcase two simple day-time looks created with NARS products.

Look 1: The Just-Dramatic-Enough Look (professionally done by NARS make-up artists)

A look created by the NARS make-up artists
Please bear with me, I'm as shocked as you to see myself in make-up. In all honesty, I still prefer the way I look without make-up, but this "art project" is such a great procrastination tool. So the above look is created using the following NARS products:

Pandora Duo Eye Shadow Palatte, Eyeshadow Primer & Abbey Road Eyeliner
Step 1: Apply a small amount of eyeshadow primer on eyelids.
Step 2: Pat (don't paint!) the white all over eyelid and near the inner eye corners.
Step 3: Use a smaller brush to pat the black at the outer eye corners.
Step 4: Use a blending brush to softly rub (or blend) the two colors together, pushing the black towards the inner eye corners, until eyeshadow appears grey.
Step 5: Finish with navy blue eyeliner at the waterline.

She also put the NARS Illuminator and a bit of lipgloss on me, but I don't really think the Illuminator makes that much of a difference (for that price anyway). 

Look 2: The 5-Minute I'm-In-A-Hurry Look

No eye-shadow needed!
I think I've found my day-to-day routine: eyeliners and eyeliners only. The trick here is the experimentation with colors, which is the reason why I enjoy playing with make-up. I have simply applied a navy blue eyeliner at my upper lashlines and I "winged" it out a tiny bit; then, I applied a light green eyeliner at my waterlines. I haven't put on any eyeshadow but as you can see, this look is making a statement as it is.

If you are experienced with eyeliners, this will literally take you five minutes (or less). I'm definitely going to try out different colored eyeliners to create different looks - this is literally my latest obsession. At this rate, I will never be able to save up for my Louis Vuitton Alma BB.

Abbey Road Eyeliner and Barrow Street Eyeliner

I hope my first beauty entry has been okay, if you have any questions about any of the products that I've used here, do leave me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Style Diary: Manchester Shopping Spree

This was the day when I released all the stress built-up from business school...

Trafford Center
For those of you who aren't familiar with the U.K., there's one thing worth noting before you come over to shop - we don't have that many shopping malls here. Instead, we have "high streets" full of shops, where we usually get soaked because they are obviously outdoor and the U.K. (or at least Glasgow) is notoriously wet. Therefore, whenever I do go to a huge shopping mall such as Manchester's Trafford Center, I go mad; it is very much a luxury to have shops and restaurants under one roof.

Moreover, Manchester is probably second to London when it comes to shopping; it is close enough to Scotland and has tons of shops that Scotland doesn't have (Ahem, Victoria's Secret, Selfridges, anyone?). Yes, I'm trying to justify the horror you are going to witness below, my wallet was not happy at all, but at least I was!

There's also a Lego Discovery Center in the mall for all you Lego freaks (I am one) out there!
Hoxton Monument Coat, Basso Tee, Biker Leather Skirt, Bonny Cuban Boot (all by AllSaints)
Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires NM
I wanted to be comfortable that day, since I knew there would be tons of walking. Hence, I wore all my trusty favorites; I did not mean to wear head-to-toe AllSaints but I guess they really are my staple pieces. Again, I cannot recommend the AllSaints Hoxton Monument Coat enough; it's simply perfect all-year-round in the UK because it's lightweight, yet very substantial and well-made. In the colder months, you can easily layer knitwear underneath to keep warm.

Yes, I know I went all-black again (no, it wasn't intentional) - apologies to those color fanatics out there. However, I do like that it makes my Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires NM stand out; the spotlight instantly goes to it since the rest of my outfit is dark.

The Damage (I swear it wasn't as bad as it looked!)

You know, I have been very active on the Purse Forum and I have been following Louis Vuitton reviews on Youtube recently. This is merely an idea but I might do reviews on my LV items on here. We'll see. Anyways, I've got more miscellaneous photos from this shopping spree after the jump. Check them out!

More photos this way...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Currently Coveting: 5 Summer Essentials with an Attitude

Technically, it's still Spring; although Scotland only got like a week of it, it's never too early to start building the next season's wardrobe! I have picked out five types of summer must-haves that make my heart beats faster. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these beauties.

Also, if you want to raid (part of) my closet, check out the items that I'm auctioning on ebay.

1. Backless Dresses

It's difficult to find a backless / low-back dress that's un-trashy or meant for going to the club only, but I have managed to find these gorgeous ones that are synonymous with summer.

Splurge: Free People Victoria Mini Dress,

For Love and Lemons Love You Madly Dress,

Steal: Native Rose Lace Swing Dress,

2. Flat +Sandal Hybrids

While sandals are considered Spring / Summer staples, I often struggle with their lack of ankle support. These flat / sandal 'hybrids' are practical and right on-trend for the warm weather.

Splurge: Valentino Rockstud Ballet Flats,

Chloe Bells Suede Pumps,

Steal: French Sole Penelope Flats,

3.Shorts that are more than mere destroyed denim hotpants

Nothing can be more boring than denim cutoffs in the summer; I am looking forward to styling these classy polished shorts.

Splurge: Thakoon Addition Jeweled Plaid Shorts,
AllSaints Livie Shorts,

Steal: Zara Mini Skorts,

4. Flowy Tees (that won't stick to your skin when it's hot)

I never get the appeal of wearing fitted tees in the summer. These flowy tops are the basic items to keep in your closet. If I were to go on a tropical summer vacation, I could easily wear the Sportmax top or the AllSaints tee as bathing suit cover-ups on the beach. They are oh-so-versatile.

Splurge: Sportmax Silk Chiffon Top,
LNA Cape T-shirt,

Steal: AllSaints Rika Tee,

5. Carefree Crossbody Bag

Since we are supposed to go out and be active all the time during the summer, what's more annoying than a hand-held / shoulder bag? A leather crossbody bag is the ultimate summer essential.

Splurge: Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag,

Louis Vuitton Eva Clutch in Damier Azur,

Steal: Russell and Bromley Zip Code Crossbody,