Sunday, October 16, 2016

Gunmetal Grey

I remember black clouds blooming as I shouldered the blame,
The gun metal grey on that trembling day.

-- OTEP "No Color"


    I'm back at last with an outfit post, and I'll admit it :  I've lost touch. Months and months of procrastination and inaction have rendered my pen blunt and my vocabulary sparse. That said, I finally bit the bullet, discarded my iPhone (and the J-drama I was watching on said phone) and on this glorious day headed outside for a photoshoot in my flashy new gunmetal grey loafers. Not that new actually, I bought them months ago when Grace Gift had a clearance sale or something. I've not bought from them in ages, but this pair was surprisingly comfortable from the get-go. By the way, please overlook that awkward legs-planted-wide-apart peasant pose, there was a bicycle coming my way and I had to have my stance ready for flight lest it comes crashing through the gates  ;  )

    終於生出篇新穿搭文啦 (〒︿〒)  太久沒寫筆鋒生鏽詞彙匱乏,簡直是拖延症的現世報。不過可喜可賀上週某天終於咬牙放下了手機(以及手機上看著的日劇 ←重點),到外面去把拖了很久沒寫的亮閃閃槍銀色樂福鞋拍一拍。其實並不是新鞋,大概好幾個月前Grace Gift的換季特價入手的。已經超久沒光顧,這次的樂福鞋擺脫以往的印象,意外的好穿,完全不用磨合ヾ(●゜▽゜●)♡   然後那個...請忽略腳開很大的尷尬站姿,因為當時有腳踏車迎面而來,我一邊聽著相機定時自拍的倒數聲一邊要準備好隨時可以閃開的架勢真的非常不容易_(:3 」∠ )_

Jacket :
Skirt :  Alexandra Grecco
Shoes :  Grace Gift
Ring :  Cor-date


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Rosy Eyes

Now you can have the girls with rosy cheeks,  
The ones that coo like turtle dove.

-- Ernest Tubb "Give Me a Little Old-fashioned Love"

    Not long ago I saw a makeup post entitled "Rose-coloured Girl" and for some reason the idea fascinated me a lot. I've done pink eye makeup before, but this time I was tempted to try a deeper rose shade, which I thought I have but really don't.

    記得不久前在美妝板看到一個「玫瑰色女孩」的標題,不知為何就對這個標題印象深刻以至躍躍欲試 XDD   其實之前也寫過粉色系眼妝的文,不過這次很想嘗試那種比較深的玫瑰粉色系 ... 然後一開始我以為我有這種顏色的眼影,結果找了一下並沒有 orz

    Being reluctant to add to my stash of rarely used eyeshadows, I decided to mix my own rose shade using the ZA Eyes Groovy 07 palette and the IN2IT Waterproof Eye Colour 03 palette. That said, the IN2IT palette is a curious one, the middle shade on the top row that looks like a warm brown actually translates into a burgundy red when swatched (the middle shade of the swatches above).

    因為實在不想再堆積一堆少用色系的眼影,於是決定用現成的眼影盤調出想要的深玫瑰色。這次用了 ZA時尚派對眼影盤07 跟 IN2IT防水眼影盤03(這個是泰國平價彩妝品牌,台灣好像沒進我就直接照英文名翻了 : P)  是說IN2IT這盤眼影真的超微妙的,上排中間那個看似暖調棕色的眼影擦起來是不折不扣的酒紅色(上圖紙上試色的中間色)。

    These are the shades that were used this time. I mixed the colours C and D to get the rose shade I want. On the other hand, shade B is a warm pink which you can see leftmost on the paper swatch above, and shade A on the far right is a very light beige that is utterly convenient for highlighting and base (as evidenced by hitting the pan LOL).

    這些是這次使用到的顏色。我用了C加上D來調出這次登場的玫瑰粉色。另外色號B其實就是個暖粉色(紙上試色的最左邊),而紙上試色最右邊的色號A則是超淺的米色,拿來眼頭打亮或是眼皮打底都非常好用(看看那坑 XDD)。

    1. Apply A over the upper eyelids encompassing the area shown in the picture above.
    2. Apply B from the outer corner of the eyes working inwards, until about 2/3 of the eyes.
    3. Reapply A over the inner 1/3 of the eyes, blending between the 2 colours.
    4. Mix C and D and apply over outer 1/3 of the eyes, extending about 4mm beyond the outer corners.
    5. Dab on C+D over crease line with a tapered brush to emphasize the creases.
    6. Apply black eyeliner, winging it at the end about 2mm beyond the outer corners.
    7. For the lower eyelids, apply C+D over the outer 1/3 of the eyes.
    8. Use A+D over the inner corners and blend between the colours.
    9. Curl lashes and apply mascara.

    1. 在上眼皮如圖所示的範圍中擦上A。
    2. 由外向內疊上B,範圍如圖大概是眼皮的外2/3左右。
    3. 從眼頭開始再次疊擦A,在A跟B的交界處用眼影刷或手指輕拍暈開。
    4. 混合C+D,疊擦在眼皮的外1/3範圍,並且延伸到眼角外約4mm左右。
    5. 在眼摺處用扁平刷疊擦C+D來強調眼窩。
    6. 畫上揚眼線,在眼尾處往外延伸約2mm。
    7. 下眼皮的部分,眼皮外1/3的範圍擦上C+D。
    8. 混合A+D,作為眼頭跟臥蠶的打亮,並且在跟C+D的交界處用眼影刷暈開。
    9. 夾睫毛﹑上睫毛膏就完成了。

    The key to this look I think would be the area of application for the rose shade. I tend to keep it within or near the crease because for Asian eyes when you blend it too far above the crease it would appear unbearably puffy. Emphasizing the crease line by dabbing on the deep rose shade also helps. Anyway, hope y'all enjoyed this rosy look, I'll be off to a full day on-call duty now so wish me luck it's a cold night today!  : )

    我想這個妝容的關鍵是掌握上玫瑰色的範圍。我大概都會儘量擦到眼摺附近或以內,畢竟對亞洲眼型來說,把粉色系或玫瑰色系暈得太高很容易顯得拋。在眼摺處疊擦深玫瑰色強調雙眼皮摺也有點幫助減少拋感。這次的玫瑰色妝容希望大家喜歡啦,現在要準備去上一整天的值班,祈禱今晚病人不要太多啊 >_< 

    As usual, I'm ending the post with a medley of Instagram pics ( @bonjourjasmineblog ), coincidentally I've been posting rosy-themed photos quite often lately it seems  ; )

    照例來個Instagram照片的拼圖當結尾(帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog),剛巧最近感覺也是po了不少玫瑰粉色系的IG照 XD


Thursday, September 8, 2016


    I've always been fascinated by Japanese magazine freebies (or furoku as they're referred to locally), but lately my interest is flagging as the freebies get monotonous -- always the cute bags and totes and pouches with an occasional card holder thrown into the mix. And also, I rarely write exclusively about these furokus on the blog, usually they just pop up in my outfits like a little footnote. Nevertheless, this month's issue of Biteki, a Japanese beauty magazine, really took me by surprise with their variety of furoku that I felt compelled to write about it  ; )

    其實我一直以來都對日文雜誌的贈品(所謂的雑誌付録)莫名感興趣,不過近年真的因為贈品來來去去都差不多 -- 總是可愛的大包、小包、化妝包,偶爾來個卡夾 -- 所以也沒那麼熱衷於此了。說起來,我也很少在網誌特地介紹雜誌贈品,通常它們就像個腳註一樣默默出現在我的穿搭文裡。不過這個月的日文彩妝雜誌《美的》的付録真是滿讓我意外的,覺得有必要寫一寫介紹 ; )

   There are 3 furokus in total, all packed up in this pink cardboard box.


    The first of the freebies -- four sachets of Hydro Genius, Benefique's new moisturizing serum that's purportedly designed for fall and winter skin conditions. According to the accompanying pamphlet, this product is lightweight, infused with a soothing floral scent and absorbed surprisingly fast due to its nano-sized particles. I haven't really tried these samples out yet and honestly they're not the point of this post, so I'll just leave it at that  : P

    首先,第一項贈品是四小包的碧麗妃新出的Hydro Genius高保濕精華液試用品。看隨盒附上的DM說明,這款產品是為了改善秋冬氣候的肌膚狀況,質地輕盈,帶有花香,然後因為其納米顆粒特別容易穿透角質層被皮膚吸收。嘛~其實我還沒開始用啦,也不是本篇介紹的重點,使用心得什麼的就先放一邊囉 XDD

    The second freebie is a double-ended lip brush in a simple matte black plastic casing. On one end is a retractable lip brush, while the other holds a sponge tip lip applicator. The lip brush is, of course, used for applying lipstick with more precision. The sponge tip applicator, on the other hand, has a soft blunt tip not unlike those cushion blenders found on Maybelline Lip Gradation and, according to the magazine, ideal for applying cream lip-and-cheek products that are all the rage now.


    I almost never use lip brushes frankly, but I must say using a lip brush simplifies the onerous task of lining the lips tremendously, especially when you need to be meticulous while applying loud colours. It does help me line the edges of the Cupid's bow much faster and infinitely tidier (forgive those white dots around the philtrum, that's not uneven lipstick application -- just reflected light ; P ). I do not have lip-and-cheek products at the moment (surprise surprise), so the sponge tip end will have to wait another day, but I think I'm happy enough with just the lip brush.

    我平時幾乎不用唇刷,但是必須承認,唇刷在上鮮豔色彩唇膏需要仔細描繪唇形時真的是大功臣啊!這次用贈品的唇刷那端上桃紅色唇膏,確實上唇線描的更快而且整齊多了(人中那裡的白點不是唇膏上得不均而是反光喔 ; P)。然後驚覺有一段時間曾是腮紅控的我竟然沒半個唇頰霜,海綿那頭只好暫時擱置啦 XDD  不過我覺得唇刷確實好用所以滿足了  : ) 

    Last but certainly not the least, a furoku that has me agape like "Huh? This, a freebie?" -- a 2-in-1 smartphone clip-on lens. I know this has been around for ages and really inexpensive too, but I consider it rather superfluous and was never really tempted to purchase one. As a freebie that comes with a 650yen magazine, well, that's another story ; )   The freebie includes two types of lens -- a macro lens and a 0.67x wide angle lens -- and a clip printed with Haruna Yamakawa illustrations of a lipstick and lips. Usage is simple -- just screw on the lens you need and clip onto your smartphone lens and you're good to go.

    壓軸的是讓我驚奇「這個也能當贈品?」的智能手機專用鏡頭。雖然這東西好像出很久了也很便宜,但因為我覺得有點雞肋所以平時也不會特地花錢買。然而拿來當一本日幣650元的雜誌的贈品時我就有點心動了 XDD  雜誌送的是2合1的鏡頭,有微距鏡頭跟0.67x廣角鏡頭兩種。就跟市面賣的差不多,是夾式的(夾子上還有山川春奈的口紅和紅唇插畫),裝上要用的鏡頭夾在手機鏡頭處就可以使用了。


With Biteki 0.67x wide angle lens


With Biteki 0.76x wide angle lens

    As you can see from the two sets of photos taken from my phone, the lens does widen the view but not to the point where it is severely distorted to the point of a fish eye lens. Rather useful if you want to squeeze in lots of people into your groupfie. There's no discernible dark edges (the darker corners in these photos are due to a LOMO filter that I used, and are perceptible in both sets of photos with or without the attached lens) or light points, even when used on the front lens. However it does compromise image quality and sharpness a bit.



    Here is a picture of my raw quartz bangles. This is the closest I'm able to capture the aqua quartz clearly with my phone alone, anything closer would at once turn into a blurry mess.



With Biteki macro lens

    As you can perceive from the two pictures, with the aid of a macro lens you can get really close to an object to capture its finest details. However the focal point is right in the centre and the edges will blur out like some sort of weird bokeh. As the magazine suggests, though, you can use the macro lens to capture your eye makeup or observe your skin condition to its minutest flaw (blackheads and large pores and dead skin, anyone?) . I have much fun capturing the textures of different fabrics and paper in macro, strange really, how these things can be so enthralling  LOL

    上兩張對比照片可以看出來,用微距鏡頭真的可以靠得很近拍到最小的細節。但是因為之對焦在中間,所以會變成中間很清楚但是周圍會糊掉(當做另類的淺景深 : P)。雜誌建議可以用微距來拍眼妝或是透過微距鏡捕捉最細微的肌膚狀況 -- 比如粉刺、黑頭、毛孔跟死皮 XD  不過我用它來拍各種布料紙張的質地,真的覺得莫名的治癒啊哈哈 >///<

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That's all for now, I guess! I'll end this post with a macro shot, can you guess what it is?  ; )

這次先醬啦!最後用一張微距照做結尾 ... 猜猜是什麼? ; )



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