Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mood for Retro

Wait, I hear another song, Insomnia About the days I wasn't tired, And doing that fun, retro look. -- Silverchair "Insomnia"

    Well, I think I owe BECCA an apology. Some time ago I wrote a post about the limited edition Apres Ski Face Glow Palette, and after swatching the colours on my arm I decided (rather rashly) that probably only the ice blue highlighter Icicle in the top row and the berry blush Winter Berry would suit fair skin. Both Rose Quartz (top leftmost) and Opal (bottom center) were a tad dark to be used as highlighter for me, and the bottom leftmost Blushed Copper, a shimmery bronze chockful of glitter bits, was so pigmented and dark-ish I could not imagine it working as a blush (I had a swatch video on my Instagram previously, you can revisit to see how glittery it is LOL). Anyway, I was mistaken. The other day right before cleansing I thought I would play with this palette a bit more, and swiped that copper blush right on the cheeks ~~oh my, that's a terracotta blush right there, and a lovely one at that! The glitter bits which I was worried about were almost imperceptible except at a very close distance, and they gave the blush a soft sheen. Layer on with Rose Quartz on the cheekbones and you get a sophisticated earth-toned glow. I used Bronzed Bondi (bottom rightmost) and Opal on my eyes to complete the look, and the outcome was a rather retro look that somehow reminded me of the visual ads a few seasons back with 3ce's Mood Recipe campaign. 

    嗚嗚嗚我要跟BECCA道歉啦~~!前陣子介紹了這盤BECCA的限量打亮盤Apres Ski Face Glow Palette,那時手部試色後覺得這裡面大概只有上排中間的銀白色打亮跟右邊的腮紅適合白肌使用。因為上排最左的打亮Rose Quartz跟下排中間的Opal作為打亮對我來說都有點深,然後下排左邊的Blushed Copper古銅色腮紅刷起來很深很顯色而且亮片很多,怎麼想都覺得無法當腮紅(IG之前有放手臂試色影片,可以回去看看那個亮片的量 XDDD)。但是對不起我錯了 ^^"   某一天卸妝前想說拿這盤來玩玩,就拿古銅色腮紅往臉上一刷~~媽啊原來就是土色腮紅啊怎麼那麼好看(自己說)??!!原本很在意的亮片刷開後其實遠看就看不出了,近看會看出些微亮片,但也因為有亮片會有淡淡的光澤感,這時候再在顴骨處疊上玫瑰金打亮色Rose Quartz就非常搭。後來再用下排最右的修容Bronzed Bondi跟Opal完成眼妝,整個妝感尤其腮紅莫名有種復古感,讓我想到之前很喜歡的3ce Mood Recipe視覺海報的氛圍   : D

What I used for the look :

A :  Opal -- a pale gold highlighter
B :  Bronzed Bondi -- a warm contour shade with specks of glitter, but applies to a matte finish
C :  Blushed Copper -- looks super glittery when swatched, but when blended out it's a luminous terracotta blush with a soft sheen.
D :  Rose Quartz -- a rose gold highlighter with a pale pink hue


A:Opal 淺金色打亮
B:Bronzed Bondi 肉眼看帶零星的亮片顆粒,但擦起來偏霧面妝感
C:Blushed Copper 試色看起來超閃的古銅色,但是刷開來是帶淡淡光澤的土色腮紅
D:Rose Quartz 帶淡粉色的玫瑰金打亮

    For the eyes, as this is ultimately a face palette, it lacks some basic eyeshadow shades such as a matte base colour, so I used a pale beige from another Tarte eyeshadow palette as the base. Then I applied A on the inner 2/3 of the eyelids and added B on the outer 1/3. After blending out the edges, I layered on a little bit of D for some extra sheen, I also used D for the lower lids. Throw in mascara and a classic winged liner et voila! The eye look is complete, very simple, non?

    眼妝部分,因為這盤畢竟是修容盤,少了打底的霧面淺色眼影,所以我有另用Tarte眼影盤的淺米色先打底。之後用A打在眼皮前2/3,再用B疊在眼尾1/3並暈開。暈染後在眼皮中間疊一點D增加光澤,下眼影部分也是用D打在臥蠶處。最後畫上粗眼線跟睫毛膏,眼妝就完成了,就這麼簡單 XDD

    For the face, it's even easier. Simply sweep C over the cheeks, patiently blending the colours out so that it doesn't look too garish or harsh. Layer on D on the cheekbones with an angled blush brush for a subtle highlight. 


    These photos were taken near golden hour, hence the slightly warm tone which incidentally fits the vintage theme, I think ; )  By the way I've put on a vintage-patterned dress and brown-hued nail polishes for that additional retro vibe.

    因為是接近黃金時刻拍的照片,光線偏暖拍出來的色調意外的滿有復古的氛圍(自己覺得啦  : P  另外為凸顯復古風還特地搭了淘寶的復古印花洋裝跟土色指彩 XD 

Bises! ♥♥

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Sweetheart Tree

Big blossoms of white will burst into sight,
And your love will be true.

-- Johnny Mathis "The Sweetheart Tree"


    Lately the weather has been rather lovely here, albeit occasional bouts of afternoon downpour. On this recent Sunday, I took out my new rattan weaved bag into the garden for a simple little photoshoot alone. If you have been following fashion through Instagram you might have seen such a bag on the shoulders of many a fashionista blogger. I guess I can be counted a brainwashed victim of its ubiquitous presence on social media, but truth be told this bag is also something that's very much my aesthetic. It's the right size, the right colour, versatile and affordable. For the sake of my long forgotten romantic obsession, I've donned a peach pink floral maxi, and on this morning despite the sun forcing me into the shades for fear of overexposure (and because I could hardly open my eyes anywhere else), with my little bag in tow and the sun seeping through the summer foliage I felt carefree and blessed, brainwashed or not  ; )   

    最近這裡的天氣好好,只是偶爾下午會下個雷陣雨。前不久的一個周日,看著陽光好我就帶了腳架跟新入手的藤編圓包到院子裡簡單拍個穿搭。如果你有在Instagram上追蹤時尚趨勢,十有八九你曾在時尚部落客身上看過這款包的蹤影。我也是被這包的無所不在給漸漸洗腦而入手了 XDD  不過說真的,這包還是滿對我味的,無論是大小顏色還是實用性,價格也便宜。這次穿搭我想著好久沒有偏浪漫風穿搭的外拍了,於是搭了這件蜜桃粉色的印花長洋。雖然後來太陽大到我不得不一直躲在樹蔭底下拍(不只是怕過曝,而是樹蔭外我大概全程無法睜開眼睛 囧),但拎著夏天的小包在庭院裡晃,陽光疏疏落落的穿過枝葉繁茂,還是有種歲月靜好的喜悅。

Bag :  Instagram seller
Shoes :  Bata
Necklace :  Cor-date
Earrings :  via Taobao


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sweet Pastels Season

In the pastel shades of sunlight I have wandered,
With my eyes, my ears, my heart strained to the full.

-- Joan Baez "Turquoise"

    I know this post is a little late in coming (actually, a few months late tbh), but this is one Japanese magazine furoku that I absolutely love and want to recommend -- a set of 7 pastel nail polishes in a semi-translucent pouch by Snidel that comes with the April issue of Sweet magazine. There's also a booklet included with various suggestions of nail patterns and colour schemes. The colour selection was what drew me initially, but I certainly didn't expect the formula to be so up my alley. These pastel polishes are one of the rare ones with which I don't end up with annoying little gas bubbles on bumpy nail surfaces. These apply smoother than a lot of other polishes that I've used and also dry up quite speedily -- another important pro. Here I've created four looks with this set of pastel polishes, and that's a big deal when you've got clumsy fingers like me, LOL!

    我知道這篇心得文大概來的有點太晚了(晚了好幾個月  囧>) ,但是這次4月號的Sweet雜誌跟Snidel合作的贈品 -- 一組七色的粉彩指甲油外加一個Snidel半透明印花袋子 -- 我真的太太喜歡也太太推薦啦~~!隨雜誌還附贈了一本指彩小冊子,提供各種畫法竅門跟配色參考。當然可愛又春天的指甲油配色是當初被這套吸引的主因,但是沒想到他的質地卻意外的好刷。手殘如我用很多款指甲油都會出現惱人的氣泡浮於甲面,這一套卻難得的不太會有氣泡問題。對我而言這套刷起來比許多買來的指甲油更加順手,重點是效果好又還滿快乾的。這次用這套弄了四種不同的look,其實都超簡單基本,但是對於我這手殘人來說我已經盡力啦~~大家別嫌棄太陽春,將就看看啦 ^^P

    This is one of the looks included in the booklet tutorial, these wide pastel stripes are perfect for a spring afternoon tea or summer fete in a girly pastel dress. I've uploaded a (very grainy) video tutorial of this look on my Instagram, feel free to head over if you're so inclined.


    Taking a cue from my own maxi dress, this look is all about that speck of green in the midst of fiery red blooms. The pale purple shade, I have to say, is really pale, so much so it borders on pinkish white under sunlight, repeated application of 3-4 layers is needed for that purple hue to show through. (Btw this look was also present in the previous Daxi grey dress post, and the colours were more clearly and accurately shown then.)

    這個配色就比較鮮豔些,主要配合洋裝來個萬紅叢中一點綠 XDD  這個組合中的淺紫色真的非常淺,陽光下甚至有點像粉白色,要多擦幾層才比較有紫調。(話說這個look在前一篇大喜洋裝的穿搭文有放過,顏色也拍的比較清楚,有興趣可以參考看看)。

    Of course, a macaron-inspired colour scheme is a no-brainer with the selection of pastels in this set. Couldn't resist pairing my super-colourful mani with my equally colourful capsule toy earrings though.

    既然是粉彩色的指甲油組合,不來個馬卡龍配色指彩就太說不過去了。因為指尖色彩繽紛,忍不住在耳邊也搭了對同樣繽紛的毛球扭蛋耳環 XD

    A departure from the vibrant looks previously, the pale pink and the dusty pink shades in this set allow for a more subdued palette. However as nude hues alone felt a tad boring to me, I added a splash of red for some extra kick  : P 

    上面都是色彩繽紛的配色,其實這個組合中也有淺膚粉色跟裸粉色可以作比較氣質的指彩。但是因為覺得單只有粉裸色系有點單調所以硬是加了點紅色點綴 : P

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    Well, that's that this time! I'm sorry if the focusing on the fingertips leaves something to be desired, that's the problem with self-portraiture by means of a self-timer and a tripod. And now quietly ending this with a greedy little eat-while-you-work GIF  :D

    這次先這樣啦~!抱歉因為都是腳架自拍,指尖的對焦可能美中不足請見諒 ^^"  最後以一個邊拍邊偷吃馬卡龍的gif作結束 XDD


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Grey Swan

As he looked on the lake, a swan glided by,
And the sun slowly sank in the grey of the sky.

-- Peter, Paul and Mary "Polly Von"


    As the warmer seasons step forth, so does the blissful chiming of wedding bells beckon. I used to prefer floral prints and lots of lace for wedding party attire, but lately (perhaps an obscure sign of age) I'm more into solid colour with a bit of romantic detail. This dress does fit the bill on both counts, but sadly it's not as dreamy as advertised. Perhaps it was the photo filters on the retail site that render the faults imperceptible, but frankly this dress has the most obstinately wrinkly material I've ever come across. I do love the colour and the cold shoulder styling with its lace adornments, but the bumpy lace along with the wrinkles that cannot be tamed by repeated sessions of diligent ironing really spoil the party. I guess I'd still wear this to parties anyway, but just between us I would not recommend getting it if you, like me, are susceptible to internet celebrity hype.

    By the way, I used "Grey Swan" as the title alluding to the colour of the dress and the pendant I had on. The term "grey swan" has another usage though, it implies a known but rare, even unlikely, event normally used in financial lexicon. Just a sidenote ; )

    春暖花開的季節,意味著收紅色炸彈的日子又到了(泣)。以往參加婚禮都比較喜歡穿有印花圖案或很多蕾絲的洋裝,但最近心境老了XD  比較想找純色洋裝,卻又希望有點細節。這件洋裝倒是兩樣都符合了,只可惜網美照片跟實品還是有差距的。可能是賣場照片的濾鏡把缺點都修沒了,但是這件的布料真是我遇上史上最難熨平的 囧>。我是滿喜歡這件的顏色跟蕾絲點綴一字領的設計,可是那個熨不平整的蕾絲跟布料真的很扣分。雖然我應該還是會穿去參加婚禮,但如果你也跟我一樣容易被網美迷惑,這件我真的不太建議入手啦 ^^"

    話說,這次標題用 "Grey Swan" 是因為洋裝的顏色跟項鍊吊墜的緣故(抱歉黔驢技窮想不出創意一點的標題 XD),但是英文裡 grey swan有另一個含義喔。指的是已知可能發生但實際上不太會發生的事件,一般用於經濟領域。題外話小聊一下 : P

Dress :  大喜自製 (here)
Shoes :  Vincci
Earrings :  Cor-date
Nails :  Sweet x Snidel

Bises! ♥

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