Halloween Sugar Skull Nail Art #NOTD


Hiii :)

Halloween is just around the corner and although I'm not that big on Halloween, I couldn't resist but challenge myself with what seems to be this year's favourite design: Sugar Skulls! I'm not into skulls in the slightest! but for skulls, these are actually quite pretty!

halloween nails nail art sugar skull

halloween nails nail art sugar skull

I used Models Own polish in Snow White as my base which is a really great white; opaque and ready to go in 2 coats :) 

Hope you like :) 

What are you wearing on your nails for Halloween?! 


How to look Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed :) #FOTD


There's nothing I like more in a daytime look than looking wide awake, fresh and radiant. Especially if I'm not feeling particularly perky from, say, celebrating my birthday the night before.....?

There are a number of things that I love to do on a "morning after the night before" to get myself looking and feeling much better :)


I usually can't bear to splash water on my face on these kinds of mornings but going through a good few cotton pads of a micellar and toner makes me feel refreshed and I make sure I take off any stray bits of mascara or liner that may have survived from the previous night. Today I used Bioderma and The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, which smells delicious.

If I've been good then I've remembered to put some cotton pads dipped in water into the fridge or freezer the night before. The likelihood is that I haven't and so I'll shuffle downstairs in my slippers and pop some in the freezer now. After around 5 minutes, take them out and put them over your eyes. The cold should take down some of the puffiness or redness and just feels relaxing.

Now I like to add some much needed hydration to my skin. I usually like to just rip open a sheet mask, pop that on my face, put on a little too much lipbalm and lie around for 10 minutes; minimal effort. Today I used the My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid sheet mask and Chanel's Rouge Coco Baume so I didn't have to stick my finger in a pot of lipbalm!


After 10 or so minutes (or however long it takes you to persuade yourself to get up again..) my skin is feeling so much better than it did when I woke up; now onto makeup.
Less. Is. More. Honestly, you'll feel even worse trying to just cover everything over by smothering your face in makeup! I choose a light, nourishing base like Olay's Total Effects CC cream (check out my review because it is the most fabulous thing ever!) and if I can be bothered, add a teensy bit of concealer on any blemishes. (Today I've used Vichy Dermablend) With any luck, my skin is looking glowy from the previous 3 steps and so I don't bother with highlighter or blush. I would recommend you use these products if you usually do and they make you feel better. Some people can looked washed out without blush; I think I have enough rosyness in my cheeks as it is!


For eyes; anything to make them look round. Add a thin line of liner if you want to add some definition. I've been super naughty and left my individual lashes I was wearing the night before.. but otherwise i'd curl my lashes a lot and focus a little mascara on the center of my eye; top and bottom, in an attempt to open my eyes up a bit.


The next tip is a godsend. A pale liner on the waterline makes allllllllll the difference! I don't do this everyday by any means but when I'm looking bleary-eyed and my eyes look all red and tired, this somehow just magics it all away! I never use white because it's far too harsh but Stila, Rimmel, MUFE all do good nudes/champagne colours. Today I've used MAC's Chromographic pencil in NC15/NW20 and Chanel's Waterproof liner in 102 Beryl which is the prettiest pale lilac colour.

To finish off the eyes, fill in your brows if you usually do and dab a pale, shimmery colour onto the inner corners; a famously favourite trick to open up the eyes. I've used Benefit's Shimmer Powder in Miss Moon but I often switch it up with Stila's Kitten shadow or MAC's Phloof/Nylon/Vanilla pigment.


You can wipe off the excess lipbalm now. I reach for something light, nourishing and restorative, in today's case it's my go to lipstick by Boots 17 in Belle with a dab of Estee Lauder's 31 Wild Lilac lipgloss on top. More often than not I just stick with the lipbalm :)

And tadaaaaaa, I look normal again and not dead :) I'd also recommend tying your hair back as getting it off your face makes you look more awake. 

Hope you've enjoyed and let me know if there are any things you do to feel and look bright-eyed and bushy- tailed!


Floral/Poppy Nail Art #NOTD


These nails are the perfect floral "print" for the end of summer and start of fall. I wanted something floral on my nails and was tempted to do bluebells but they're so springlike! So I plumped for poppies instead :)

Nail art floral nail of the day nails poppy NOTD

Nail art floral nail of the day nails poppy NOTD

Nail art floral nail of the day nails poppy NOTDNail art floral nail of the day nails poppy NOTD

I don't know what nails to do next! was thinking something more chic and simple, or maybe galaxy nails?? What do you guys think???

Hope you're all having a lovely dayyyyy :)


Korean/Asian Skincare Haul: PART 2

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Hiii :)

So as you can see from the title, this is Part 2 of my Asian Skincare Haul, click here to read Part 1, where I go through Cleansers/Peeling Gels, Eye Products and Serums, first if you haven't already done so :)

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands Etude house skinfood laneige innisfree mybeautydiary my scheming


Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands biore uv aqua rich watery essence spf 50 pa+++
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++

I did think that the RMK UV face protector (reviewed here) was my HG sunscreen. It is brilliant but having read reviews of this Biore Sunscreen, I couldn't resist. The product itself (excluding delivery) cost me around £10 which is half the price of the RMK sunscreen to start with. But the main attraction to me was the super light texture it promises to have, even though it has an SPF of 50 and PA+++ UVA protection! 

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands skinfood platinum grape cell white sun essence spf 50 pa+++
Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell White Sun Essence SPF 50 PA +++

This sunscreen promises a high level of sun protection but with similar ingredients as the rest of their Platinum Grape Cell White line; that is brightening and anti-ageing effects.

Sheet Masks

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands tony moly im real sheet masks lemon brightening tomato radiance
Tony Moly I'm Real sheet masks in Brightening Lemon and Radiance Tomato

Much like my DIY Papaya and Pineapple brightening mask, I have another DIY remedy involving tomatoes (comment if you'd like a post on it?) and wanted to get tomato sheet masks because they're just so easy. One of the most important things is to be consistent with beauty products or a beauty regime. Unfortunately, that's so much easier said than done and I am definitely guilty of not doing it! Sheet masks however, are so ridiculously easy, and there's no faffing around taking clay mud off your face at the end that there's really no excuse!

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands skinfood gold caviar nutrition omija whitening lettuce and cucumber essence sheet masks
Skinfood Sheet Masks
Gold Caviar Nutrition, Omija Whitening and Lettuce & Cucumber Essence

These were given as samples but I find any good quality sheet masks are beneficial to the skin. Even just 10-15 minutes once a week can give your skin a boost!
(Edit: In fact I have since found out from my mother that she bought these! I did think Gold Caviar masks as a sample was a bit generous!!)

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands my beauty diary hyaluronic acid apple polyphenol my scheming silk collagen green tea barley ascorbic acid sheet masks taiwan taiwanese
My Beauty Diary Hyaluronic Acid & Apple Polyphenol masks

My Scheming Silk Collagen Whitening mask
My Scheming Green Tea & Barley Whitening mask
My Scheming L-Ascorbic Acid Whitening mask

Whereas the previous masks were Korean, these are from famous Taiwanese brands My Scheming and My Beauty Diary. I've tried masks from My Beauty Diary before and really like them. They're incredibly inexpensive and whilst I've found that they don't stand up to major skincare claims, they are very nourishing and hydrating. I haven't tried My Scheming before so will let you know what I think of them :) I drink Green tea with Barley a lot so thought why not have it in a sheet mask?! 

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands innisfree rice adlay lemonlime sheet masks korean korea
Innisfree Rice, Adlay & Lemonlime masks

Back to Korean sheet masks, these are from the Korean brand Innisfree. Rice and Lemonlime claim to brighten skin and Adlay (sometimes known as Chinese Pearl Barley) purifies and adds vitality to the skin. 

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands skinfood black sugar tomato broccoli sheet masks korea
Skinfood Black Sugar, Broccoli and Tomato sheet masks

These were more samples. (this is another thing I love about Eastern skincare, they're not stingy with samples! Aside from the fact that it's really nice to receive something extra for free, if the product is good and you've been allowed to properly try it, the likelihood is that you'll go and buy the full size! It's sometimes difficult to warrant spending a lot of money on a product when you have no idea what it's like.) I know very little about the Black Sugar mask and it's effects on skin but I'm excited to try all of these!

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands beautymate refining smooth mask sheet masks taiwan asian
BeautyMate Refining Smooth Mask

These masks are from another Taiwanese brand, BeautyMate, although I believe I am right in saying that their parent company is Japanese. These masks claim to improve skin texture and elasticity and I got them slightly on a whim but having read the ingredients, there are some pretty nice things in there! I'll do you a quick list :)

Sodium Hyaluronate (a humectant), CoEnzyme Q10, Aloe Vera, Japanese Arrowroot, Chlorella algae, Truffle, Deep Sea Water (what exactly they mean by that i'm not too sure..) and Peony; my favourite flower!

Sleeping packs

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands laneige water sleeping pack
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

Super famous, this product is one of Laneige's best sellers. (Pack is interchangeable with mask in this context) It's supposed to restore your skin over night whilst adding a lottt of hydration, and claims to brighten skin. This is a light, gel texture and really wants to be the last thing you apply on your face at night, but you leave it on, don't wash it off until the morning :) Also, how cute is the little spoon it comes with?!

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands skinfood platinum grape cell white sleeping pack
Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell White Sleeping Pack

This is one of Skinfood's versions of the above Laneige sleeping pack. You use it in the same way; the only real difference is that this one is creamier in texture. This one also comes in a pump bottle so no cute spoon but hygienic all the same :)


Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands korea innisfree green tea mineral mist
Innisfree Green Tea Mineral Mist

This is one of those aerosol-style refreshing sprays. I picked it up because I thought it would be a convenient and easy way to get some antioxidants on my face, especially if i'm out and about in hot sun and would feel more reassured against sun damage by spraying something on myself!

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands laneige moisture care water bank essence power essential skin refiner water sleeping pack
Laneige Moisture Care Miniature Set

I got this set of minis from Laneige, mainly because I wanted to try the Power Essential Skin Refiner (essentially a glorified toner) and couldn't decide between the 3 different varieties Laneige offer so didn't want to commit to the £20 price tag. The set also includes the essence and sleeping pack (both of which I picked up in full size) and the Balancing Emulsion from the same range. Granted the serum is a standard sample size, but I thought 50ml for each of the toner and emulsion was a pretty decent quantity! (The full size toner is 200ml and the emulsion 120ml.) This set cost me £12 and I think it's a really nice way to try products before commiting to the full size. 

Korean/Asian skincare haul review brands red lip lipstick palette

Hwajin SexyLip lipstick quad

I am a sucker for packaging; how gorgeous is this?! Granted I think "sexylip" got lost in translation somewhere but it's so dainty and pretty and wonderful! The leftmost colour came out rather pale for some reason but in the palette it's much more of a peach. It has everything you could possibly need in a "handbag item"; a chic exterior so you can get it out in public and an adorable retractable brush that lives in a compartment behind the mirror!

And finally we reach the end of my haul! (I congratulate you if you got this far!)
Hope you've enjoyed reading and let me know if there are any particular products you'd like me to speed through a review on :)

Also I'm thinking of doing a giveaway for my followers when I reach 50 of you lovely people! that will include some of the stuff from this haul so if you like my blog and want to be involved, please follow and you could be in with a chance of winning some goodies :)


Korean/Asian Skincare Haul: PART 1

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So you may or may not have seen me tweet and instagram sneak peeks of this post but it's finally up! My lovely mother got me quite a lot of Korean/Asian skincare goodies for my birthday (in person from Korea and also ordered online via Yesstyle and Ebay) so time for a haullllll :) 

Now to prevent this post from being epic-ly long I'm going to split this haul into 2 parts. Today's Part 1 contains Cleansers/Peeling Gels, Serums and Eye Products.

Part 2 will contain Sunscreens, Sheet Masks, Sleeping Packs and Miscellaneous items.

(I forewarn you this post is quite image heavy!)

Korean asian skincare haul beauty products review

Cleansers/Peeling Gels

Korean asian skincare haul Cure natural aqua gel review
Cure Natural Aqua Gel

The cult Japanese exfoliator/peeling gel. Peeling gels "ball up" as you massage them into the skin, lifting away dead skin. I had to try this as I am starting to resent abrasive exfoliators. Free from preservatives, parfums or alcohol, this product is supposed to be super gentle yet effective on the skin.

Korean asian skincare haul Skinfood Fresh apple mild pore peeling gel
Skinfood Fresh Apple Mild Pore Peeling Gel

This is a cheaper alternative to the Cure Aqua Gel and something I thought I would try as a comparison, as the Cure version is relatively pricey.

Korean asian skincare haul Tony moly lemon seed foam cleanser
Tony Moly Lemon Seed Foam Cleanser
I like to switch up my cleansers from nourishing, balmy cleansers to something a little more clarifying. For the latter category, I wanted a lemony cleanser to promote bright skin and this one took my fancy as it contains a lot of natural extracts. It hasn't actually arrived yet! hence the stock photo.

Eye products

Korean asian skincare haul Skinfood salmon brightening eye cream
Skinfood Salmon Brightening Eye Cream

Skinfood salmon brightening eye cream

I've heard that this is one of the few less expensive products that is able to actually lighten under eye circles with Arbutin! So I definitely couldn't pass on it as dark circles are one of my major skin concerns. Also when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find it contained 30g of products which is a lot for an eye cream!

its skin etude house collagen eye mask sheet patch
It's Skin Collagen Eye Mask Sheet

Etude House Collagen Eye Patch

These are like the conventional sheet masks but only cover the under-eye area as opposed to the whole face. I'd never tried under-eye masks like this and wanted something to nourish the area under my eyes. The ingredients in these are super nourishing and are supposed to really help with dehydration. Dehydration can cause little fine lines to appear under the eyes but over-moisturising with heavy creams can cause milia (sigh - it's a minefield out there!) so hopefully these will be just right :) (Is it just me that thinks of Goldilocks and the porridge there?)


Korean asian skincare haul Laneige water bank essence
Laneige Water Bank Essence

I think I've mentioned in a previous post that I don't think dehydrated skin is well enough catered for in the Western drugstore skincare market. I therefore plumped for this Laneige serum as Laneige are pretty famous for their hydrating products. They are self-acclaimed "moisture specialists" and their website has a lot of scientific-sounding jargon basically saying "it's very hydrating" so I hold out high hopes :)

Korean asian skincare haul Innisfree Green tea seed serum
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum

In my RMK sunscreen review, I mentioned the use of antioxidants in tandem with sunscreens to prevent sun damage. Green tea is an antioxidant that features in this serum (which you probably didn't need me to tell you as it's on the bottle!) and it's extract is the foremost ingredient! The only potential drawback is that green tea can irritate the skin? But i'm hoping that won't happen.. I shall let you know in due course!

Korean asian skincare haul skinfood platinum grape cell white essence
Skinfood Platinum Grape Cell White Essence

This serum supposedly brightens skin and lends to anti-ageing and hydration. It has extracts of Platinum, which sounds awfully fancy, and Grape (which is another antioxidant) and you probably know by now that I love serums. My mum got me this from Korea as the lady in the store recommended it for my skin!

Korean asian skincare haul skin79 white reviving solution
Skin79 White Reviving Skin Radiance Solution

This serum is supposed to brighten and even out skintone and claims to help create that clear, milky, translucent skin that is super popular in Asia! This is the other item that hasn't yet arrived, hence the stock photo. P.S you can't see from the photo that it does, but is it just me that loves serums that come with a glass pipette?!

And with that I bring Part 1 of this haul to an end. Hope you've enjoyed reading and look out for Part 2 "coming soon to a town near you!!". No but really, I'll be uploading it soon :)


Evening/Pin-up/Birthday makeup :) #FOTD


Hiiii :)

Just thought I would do a quick post showing you what makeup I wore for my birthday a couple of days ago :) This is a really quick, simple makeup that doesn't take very long to do and you can easily swap out the items for other brands because the look is so classic and timeless!

This look is all about "liner, lips & lashes" which makes the rest of it really simple. 

Coastal Scents BR-C-S28 brush

Prestige Lipliner in L.209 Tomango (which I think has been discontinued but Poppy would be a good substitute)

17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in  Showcase

MAC Omega Eyeshadow (for brows)

I also added a couple of Liz Martins Individual Eyelashes to the outer corners of my eyes. (the box of which I threw away because I'd finished them! hence they failed to make the picture :) )

No cheek colour or highlighter in this look as I have a natural colour to my cheeks that I most certainly do not want to eccentuate! and my skin was already feeling quite glowy thanks to my wonderful DIY sheet mask I did earlier! 

Hope you like :)


Where To Buy Asian / Korean Skincare??


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^above haul post soon!!
Asian skincare unfortunately isn't the easiest to get hold of if you're living outside of Asia. It was my birthday yesterday (yay!) and part of my presents were a whole lot of Korean/Asian skincare! (Haul coming up soooooon :)) To precede that post I thought I'd try and help out those (esp living in the UK) having trouble finding retailers, so here's a small list to contend with:

Yesstyle: If you're in the UK, this is a great one as standard shipping is free! Expedited shipping is free for orders over £89 or £8.99 otherwise. They have a pretty vast selection of not only beauty products from Korea and other Asian countries, but also stock Asian fashion, jewellery, accessories and lifestyle items. I've purchased from them before and my (expedited) shipment arrived really quickly with everything present and correct :)

P2bus: These guys have a store in London (and is just about the only store I can find in London that sells just Asian beauty products) in China Town, but they also have a website. The store assistants are always really helpful and the shelving units are crammed full of beautiful products so you're likely to find what you want. Prices can be pretty high but that's really to be expected for the luxury of being able to see the products before you buy them.

KoreanKosmetics: This online site often has free shipping to the UK. Whilst the range of products isn't as big, they stock some products from popular Korean/Asian drugstore brands such as Skinfood, Etude House, Innisfree and The Face Shop.

Sasa: With over 270 stores and counters in Asia, Sasa's prices and shipping aren't the cheapest but they have a hugeeee amount of stock and ship to most countries in the world!

Ebay: Ebay isn't my favourite place to buy Korean/Asian cosmetics because of the risk of unreliability but I have bought from these 2 sellers before and have had good experiences with both; each with pretty quick shipping and competitive prices:


Selfridges: I just added this on the end because they do sell brands like Suqqu, Erborian, Sensai by Kanebo, Shu Uemura and RMK.

Hope this helps!!

Comment, follow, subscribe etc :) and look out for the Asian skincare haul in the above pic coming soon!!

Have a lovely dayyyy :)



REVIEW: Best foundations: My favourite 3 with swatches :)


Foundation is hands down the item of makeup I spend most money on, I see it as an extension of skincare in a way! Consequently I've tried out a lot of foundations, some have been hits, others have been oh-so-terrible misses! Here are my absolute favouriteeeeeeeeeee Top 3 that I just keep coming back to :)

Best foundations, top 3 swatches

1) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

This is my go-to for photos. It's one of the not so common foundations that don't have SPF meaning no white cast in flash photography yay! The coverage is a little heavier than what I usually like but that's ok for evening wear. The finish is also more matte than I usually like, but again, that's favourable for photos :)

Best foundations, top 3 swatches Giorgio armani luminous silk

2) Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

This is one of my favourites for daytime and another that I'm sure many of you have tried and love! I love it because it feels like you're wearing next to nothing (cheeky!) and the finish is velvety and like a second skin :) The colour selection is good for mid-toned neutral skins. I'm sure you guys all know! but it's a water-based product (which helps it feel extra light) so make sure you shake it well. I would definitely say this is my favourite liquid foundation. 

Best foundations, top 3 swatches Chanel vitalumiere aqua 

B40 up top, B30 below.

3) No7 Mineral Perfection Powder Foundation

This is one that not so many of you may have tried. It's available in Boots in the UK but I have bought it off eBay becauseeee... This is what really annoys me! Boots used to do quite a wide colour range but since their foundation upheaval, they now only do 1 colour!! (10 new ivory) Fortunately if you have a skin tone like mine, it's still good, but still very annoying. It's also worth mentioning though that their one and only colour blends well into a (albeit small) range of skin tones and almost adapts to your skin tone after a little while.

I much prefer this to the Bare Minerals mineral foundations, it's not as heavy coverage and has a more natural finish. It's also quite difficult to put too much on and look like you've trowelled it on!

Best foundations, top 3 swatches

Best foundations, top 3 swatches review

Hope this helped and if you have any questions, just ask below in the comments! Otherwise, let me know what your favourite foundations are! (My search is never over haha)



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