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! ♥

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Icicle Fairy Tales

Oh, what do I care if icicles form?
I've got my love to keep me warm.

-- Billie Holiday "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"

    Earlier this year I came across a Sephora annual sales event, and believe it or not, this gorgeous limited edition BECCA Après Ski Face Glow Palette was marked down at half price. Of course I had to get it, considering my weakness for pretty packaging and this palette here is probably the prettiest face palette I've come across. Echoing the winter theme of its namesake Après Ski (French for "after ski"), the palettes are housed in a silver reflective mirrored case bordered by blue frost motifs, which does conjure up pictures of a silvery white winter wonderland (but, to tell the truth, that reflective case is a true fingerprint magnet, mind you ; ) )  

    今年年初剛好碰上Sephora大特價,看到這盤美翻的聖誕限量BECCA Après Ski Face Glow Palette竟然半價,二話不說就打包了 ( *´艸`)   一如既往的外貌協會如我這次也人設不崩,這盤大概是我見過包裝最美的打亮盤了@o@  因為這個系列名為Après Ski,即法文滑雪後的意思,包裝採用銀色鏡面搭配冰藍雪花的邊框,確實很有一片銀裝素裹的雪景意境(不過那個鏡面真的超容易沾指紋就是了囧)。

    I think this palette is quite worth the price even if it isn't on sale. Usually a normal-sized BECCA highlight costs US$38 at 8g, with this palette you get six shades comprising of highlight, blush and bronzer at 2.55g each for US$54. And when it's at half price there's no reason not to grab one, none at all! Shade-wise, there's Rose Quartz (permanent highlight), Icicle (limited edition highlight) and Winter Berry (limited edition blush) from the top row, and the bottom row (from left to right) comprises of Blushed Copper (permanent blush), Opal (permanent highlight) and Bronzed Bondi (permanent bronzer). 

    我覺得這盤就算不半價也還是蠻超值的,畢竟BECCA一顆正貨打亮8g38鎂,這盤共六色每色約2.55g涵蓋打亮、腮紅、修容打折前只要54鎂,半價換算台幣千元有找不買說不過去好嗎?XD  色號有上排(左至右)-- Rose Quartz(常態打亮)、Icicle(限量打亮)、Winter Berry(限量腮紅),下排(左至右)-- Blushed Copper(常態腮紅)、Opal(常態打亮)、Bronzed Bondi(常態修容)。

    Even though I'm mighty pleased with this purchase, there's just this teeny tiny bit of a bummer when I found that only one out of the three highlighters can be used as highlighter on fair skin. (I'll upload a video of the arm swatches later, if you're interested you can head over to my Instagram @bonjourjasmineblog to get a better feel of the prettiness of the GLOW ; ) )

Arm swatch (left to right) :

Rose Quartz (highlight) -- a very pretty shade with a warm pinkish glow, too bad it's a bit darker than my skintone. It would look like a misplaced blush if I apply it on my cheekbones, but its texture works quite well as an eyeshadow.

Icicle (highlight) -- my most anticipated shade, and easily my favourite in this palette. True to its name, this shade is very white and very cool-toned with a flash of blue. It has an Ice Queen feel to it, but not too dramatic. Perfect for cool-toned eye looks, and for impersonating Elsa while belting out "Let It Go" in a dozen different keys.

Winter Berry (blush) -- a berry red with a matte finish. It's supposed to give you that fresh-faced glow after an afternoon skiing on the slopes, hence the name of this palette. It does give the cheeks a natural rosy flush, but this blush is pretty pigmented. There's just this fine line between Snow White with the rosy cheeks and a baboon's backside, so you'd want to use a light hand with this. 

Blushed Copper (blush) -- a warm copper-brown shimmery shade that's probably difficult to use as a blush for fair skin, or, for that matter, yellow-toned or dark skin as well because it's really too shimmery for a blush. However the texture is soft and smooth and pigmented, it applies as an eyeshadow just as well.

Opal (highlight) -- one of the iconic BECCA highlighters, it's a beautiful nude gold. Unfortunately it's also too dark to work as a highlight for me, but fret not! For it has a lovely texture similar to Blushed Copper's, and works well as both as an eyeshadow or an eyeshadow topper.

Bronzed Bondi (bronzer) -- a matte warm brown, but the colour payoff is less satisfactory compared to the other shades. It could be a pro though, the mediocre colour payoff, keeping it less prone to heavy-handedness. It can also be used as an eyeshadow of course, but considering the texture and its so-so pigmentation, it might be harder to blend on the eyes than the other shades. 

    雖說買了不後悔,但我主要是為了BECCA的打亮慕名而來的,結果有點小哀傷的發現三個打亮裡只有一個能作為白肌的打亮 (^_^;)  (ins上會放手臂試色影片可以更好的感受一下各色的光澤跟質地,有興趣的話可以看看啦~帳號是 bonjourjasmineblog)


Rose Quartz(打亮):粉晶色光澤超美,但是因為它比我的膚色深一些,我擦在顴骨上如果光線沒打到就會有一條明顯的膚粉色塊在那裡,很像腮紅上錯位置 疊在眼影上倒是效果不錯。

Icicle(打亮):最吸引我的一色,也是本盤最愛。Icicle是冰凌的意思,色如其名很白很冷,白到有點發藍的冰白色。我覺得擦上去有種冷冽(?)感,但是不會不自然。特別適合搭配冷色調眼妝,cos冰雪女王唱let it go首選(別鬧。

Winter Berry(腮紅):莓紅色霧面妝感。這盤主打的滑雪後好氣色主要是在講這色,薄擦在蘋果肌會有冷天裡白裡透紅的妝效。但是!這色非常顯色,失手會變成紅屁股,白雪公主跟狒狒屁股只差一線間,請斟酌力道。

Blushed Copper(腮紅):白肌大概難以當腮紅用的珠光古銅色,黃肌跟小麥肌要當腮紅用可能也有點難因為太閃。但是這色粉質綿密光澤細緻又顯色,請不要放棄它,拿來當眼影也超美的。

Opal(打亮):BECCA打亮招牌色之一,是美麗的膚金色。可惜對白肌來說也是有點太深,但跟Blushed Copper一樣天生麗質難自棄,不能當打亮拿來當眼影一樣器用(豎起拇指)。另外還看到有國外部落客推薦輕輕疊擦一層在霧面的Winter Berry腮紅上會非常好看,不過我還沒試過XD

Bronzed Bondi(修容):霧面偏暖的棕色,算是這盤裡比較不顯色的一塊。往好處想作為修容不容易失手也是好事(攤手)。也是可以當眼影使用啦,不過我覺得粉質跟顯色度真的還好而已 ()

    As I only used Icicle from this palette for the look, there's only one detailed on-the-face shot for Icicle this time. The glow is definitely delicate yet deep impact, the hue undoubtedly a cool white, and it does not overly emphasized pores, I think. Oh and just to be clear, this Icicle shade gives a pearly sheen finish, it does not have chunky glitter in it. The few large-sized particles that you see on the photo above actually comes from those white frosty flowers I used for the product flatlays LOL.

    這次妝容因為只用到這盤的Icicle,所以只有Icicle的上臉近照。整體來說打亮夠高調但是妝效相當細緻,顏色非常冷非常白,顯毛孔程度我覺得還好。另外說明一下這色是珠光,並沒有大亮片,上面照片有幾顆看起來比較大的亮粉顆粒不是來自這盤,其實是從前面擺拍用的道具花掉下來的,被我沾到臉上了(眼下也有一些 XD)。

    The look. Of course it had to be icy, considering the name of the highlight. And when you speak of icy, blue comes to mind. Unfortunately, blue eyeshadow, in Asia at least, has such a stigma around it, probably gaining its bad rep from hostess sterotypes and washed out celebrities. Honestly I think that as long as you don't wash the entire lid in blue you'll be good, but here's one failsafe way to master that horror of an eyeshadow colour -- use it as an eyeliner colour, it really adds a pop to your look. I used a silvery white eyeshadow to complement the blue eyeliner, and with the aid of Icicle on my cheekbones and nose bridge, I daresay there's an element of frost in this look  (and this combination reminded me a bit of Swan Lake so I took the liberty to dress like a ballerina, sort of ; P )  

    這次呼應打亮Icicle的名字想來個看起來冷冰冰的妝容(笑) 既然是冷嘛,當然要來用一下藍色眼影。想當年大家提起藍眼影都會想起純美姊(還有人記得她嗎?)或是酒家女,然後藍色就變成了很多人避之不及的顏色 (T__T)  其實我覺得只要不要大範圍的上應該就不會太過慘烈,一個零技巧的駕馭藍色眼影的方式就是拿它來畫高彩度眼線。這次使用了銀白眼影 x 藍眼線的配色,搭上Becca的冰白色打亮(打在顴骨跟鼻樑上)應該很有點冰冷的感覺(然後因為覺得這樣的配色很天鵝湖就自顧自的弄了個仿芭蕾舞者的造型 XD)。

    That's all this time, hope y'all are freezing (just kidding)! Actually I just want to show off this very white and very cool Icicle highlight, and while doing it, to find an excuse to put that huge (but mostly inutile) feather of mine into use LOL.

    這次就這樣啦,希望大家有覺得冷(喂) 其實只是想秀一下很白很冷的Icicle,順便用一下我一直派不上用場的雞肋大羽毛 XDD

Bises! ♥

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Thousand Paper Cranes

Keep this paper crane, one of a thousand. 
There never was a guilt to burden myself.

-- Heaven Shall Burn "Passage of the Crane"


    Lately, I've been rather drawn to earrings with a childish quirk, and this pair of green origami cranes was one of my recent finds. Despite its utterly low price, I find the earrings reasonably well-made in terms of sturdiness and comfort. I paired these with a cheongsam adorned with painted birds and blossoms for a photoshoot with a decidedly oriental flavour. Of this cheongsam, I received many compliments when I posted this photo on my Instagram during the Lunar New Year, and also many requests for the link to this dress. However ethereal it looked in the photo, I must say I don't really recommend it. While I love the bell sleeves and the lightness of the printed pale blue chiffon (which the website showed inaccurately as more like a bluish white), there are some serious issues with the sizing. This cheongsam is really, really short, and the S size is really, really tiny. I'm a legit hobbit at around 150cm, and this dress is halfway up my thigh, with the lining about 2-3 inches shorter (much shorter than what the website's photos implied). It makes for a really awkward length to be honest, and I had to wear a satin underdress with a ruffled hem with this on Lunar New Year for the length to look respectable enough for the family.

    p/S  Sorry for the lack of detailed shots of the earrings, I took these photos myself with a self-timer and it was difficult to focus on such a tiny thing that keeps swaying! LOL

    最近突然很愛帶有童趣風的耳環,而這對綠色千紙鶴耳環就是我最近的淘寶戰利品之一。雖然超便宜但是我覺得質感還不錯啦,我本身沒有耳洞所以買耳夾款,因為紙鶴是塑料的很輕所以戴起來沒什麼負擔感。這次搭了前幾個月入手的花鳥印花雪紡旗袍,想來個東方風的主題拍攝 (*´艸`*) 關於這件旗袍,其實是因為新年的時候我在ig放了這張照跟實穿的限時動態,很受好評之餘也收到很多求旗袍連結的私信(到最近還有人在問 XD ), 但是這件旗袍真是太一言難盡了,覺得需要寫一下來警世(喂)。首先,我是滿喜歡這件旗袍的材質的,淡藍色的花鳥印花雪紡配上五分長的水袖看起來有點仙卻又不會over到像是從古裝戲棚走出來的(官網的實穿照看起來像偏藍的白色不太準,實品是淡藍色的)。可是!這件的size跟設計有極大的問題!這件的長度非常非常短,S號也真的非常非常小件。我是個150/38的純正哈比,但是這件旗袍的長度只到我大腿的一半,然後會透出來的內裡又比全場短了2-3吋(這跟官網實穿照也有出入)。這個長度真的是很尷尬,完全就是上半身是仙女下半身是車展女模的即視感 囧>  過年時穿這件我是自己再加了一件有緞面下擺的淡藍色內搭裙才讓這件衣服的長度過了長輩那關的 XD

    p/S 抱歉耳環實戴照比較少,因為我是用三角架定時自拍的,這副耳環又太輕一直搖晃超難對焦,我真的盡力啦~(攤手)

Cheongsam :  Dreamscape
Shoes :  DashleyT
Earrings :  via 淘寶 (here)

Bises! ♥♥

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Summer Mood Eyes


Summer's here and we'll agree, by and by,
with the summer sunlight in our eyes.

-- Tammany Hall "Summer Song"

    Well, well, I've fallen for another Japanese magazine freebie, yet again (sigh). This time it's the 11th collaboration between Jelly magazine and Japanese fashion brand EMODA, consisting of a 10-shade eyeshadow palette, a lipstick and a lipgloss. Lately I've been feeling quite indifferent about these "furokus", but the shades in this palette are so summery and such a departure from the usual bland earth-toned offerings that I was sorely tempted (and the very existence of this post proved I finally caved in ...obviously LOL) 

    是的各位,我又被日雜彩妝贈品迷惑了。這次是Jelly雜誌跟日本潮牌EMODA的第11(?)次合作,贈品是10色眼影盤+唇膏+唇蜜的3set。原本已經覺得沒什麼贈品可以打動我了大概可以戒掉日雜了,但是天殺的這盤眼影的配色真是太夏天啦~~然後突然就心動了 XD 加上之前入手的也是JELLY贈品的EMODA多功能彩妝盤(這裡)其實還不錯用,基於好奇我還是不爭氣的下單了(*´艸`*)

    Let's start with the eyeshadow palette then, shall we? Of course what drew me in in the first place was the shade selection, you could do colour-blocking or just an everyday brown-toned look with this palette. It also comes equipped with a mirror (a rarity for furokus) and a double-ended brush with a sponge applicator on one end and an angled liner brush on the other. Truth be told however, a freebie by any another name is still a low-cost freebie, the case feels really plastic (well, it is plastic) and the mirror looks as though it was attached to the case with an indifferent glue gun. The colour payoff of the eyeshadows are really not that great either, and there's a little powder fallout issue too. If you're going for positivity I'd say the colours are actually buildable and easy to use, but if you're accustomed to the pigmentation of cult brands like Tarte or KVD this might test your patience ^^"  Below is a swatch of the shades, unfortunately there's a little focus issue as I'm using a self-timer here with a DSLR, and it's a bit difficult to catch the slightly duochrome effects of some of the shadows, so I'll post the swatch video in a short while to my Instagram (@bonjourjasmineblog), you can see the swatches in clearer view there if you're interested.
    先來說說眼影盤吧!配色完勝許多日雜贈品的萬年安全牌大地色系彩妝,可以玩跳色眼妝也可以打造一般日常的大地色look。眼影盤附有鏡子跟一支有海棉棒跟斜角刷的雙頭刷具,but贈品始終是贈品,包裝其實頗簡陋(鏡子感覺是用熱融膠黏在盒蓋上的),眼影本身也略飛粉而且不太顯色。往好處想很清淡可以慢慢堆疊不易失手,但是用過歐美牌的大概會上的很不耐煩 (>_<)  下面手臂試色抱歉因為是單眼自拍可能有點失焦,也拍不太出來一些珠光色的光澤感,我晚點會上傳試色影片到ig(帳號 bonjourjasmineblog),有興趣的話可以去看看啦 (^-^)/

From left to right (the shade names are direct translations from Japanese) : 

Eyeshadow Base - A pearl white shimmer base, which as a base I feel is mediocre, but it works surprisingly well as a highlighter. The base applies onto the skin smoothly, and does not overly accentuate pores. This has unexpectedly become my go-to highlighter lately (in the completed look below I used this shade as the highlight on the nose and cheekbones). 

Chrome Green - The shade that drew me in initially, for a freebie palette I was surprised to find a nice metallic finish to this shade despite its indifferent colour payoff. This might not be obvious in the photo, you can head over to my Instagram for the short swatch video for a clearer notion.

Saffron Yellow - Despite its name, I think this is more of a green-tinged yellow (a rather ambiguous description, I'll admit)

Pale Beige - A shimmer ivory beige shade, handy for brightening the lower lids.

Resort Orange - A golden orange which, apart from using it as an eyeshadow, I find quite pretty too when worn as a blush on fair skin (shown in the completed look below).

Blossom Peach - A peach gold with quite a handful of chunky glitter. Due to the light-reflecting nature of the glitter particles, it, to some degree, resembles water droplets reflecting light a little and gives the eyes sort of a wet look when worn on the lids.

Amber Brown - A golden brown glitter shade, and which according to the magazine is a brown that would suit any skin tone.

Pumpkin Brown - A matte pumpkin orange brown, this shade is a bit dry and the colour payoff is not that good so it needs to be layered on. Can be used as an brown-toned blush too.

Matte Brown - A grey-toned cool brown with a matte finish, according to the mag this shade can also be used as a brow powder. It's too light for me for that purpose, but it does work very well as a nose contouring shade (I mixed this shade with a little Pumpkin Brown for the nose contour in the completed look below).

Nuts Pearl Brown - The quintessential safe earth-toned shade, a cool-toned brown shimmer.

    In a nutshell, I think this palette is quite blah in terms of eyeshadow pigmentation (and speaking of this I highly recommend applying it with a wet applicator, it improves the colour payoff drastically), but it works surprisingly well in other faculties i.e. as a blush, highlighter or even as nose contour, so much so that it has replaced some of my higher end cosmetics as my go-to items lately (a short adios, for the moment, to my Fenty highlighter and contour stick LOL). 


Eyeshadow Base - 珠光白的眼影底膏,作為打底我是無感,但是拿來打亮完全讓我驚艷的自然好看。膏體滑順當打亮容易上手,并且不黏也不太會顯毛孔。結果最近日常打亮都換用這個了。(下面妝容用的就是這色當打亮)

Chrome Green - 當初最吸引我的一色,雖然也是不太顯色需要疊擦,但是意外的以一個日雜贈品來說這色的金屬光澤效果還滿美的,不過照片看不太出來。

Saffron Yellow - 日文直譯是姜黃,但實際上是帶點草綠的淺黃珠光色(好難形容 orz

Pale Beige - 珠光淺米白,適合用來打亮臥蠶。

Resort Orange - 帶點偏光的橘金色,除了拿來當眼影之外,白肌拿來當腮紅也是相當好看。(下面妝容有用這色當腮紅)

Blossom Peach - 亮片有點大顆的蜜桃金,因為大亮片反射光的效果,其實蠻適合用來打造濕潤感的眼妝,會有點水光粼粼的錯覺。

Amber Brown - 一樣是亮片偏大的金棕色,看雜誌說是任何膚色都適用的金屬棕(但這色我還沒用 : P)。

Pumpkin Brown - 南瓜橘棕色,霧面質地,略乾需疊擦,可以當土色腮紅使用。

Matte Brown - 霧面帶灰的冷調棕色,雜誌上是說除了當眼影也可以當眉粉,但是對我來說太淺了不好用。倒是非常適合當鼻影(下面妝容使用這色混一點點隔壁的南瓜棕當鼻影)

Nuts Pearl Brown - 就安全的必備大地色,偏冷的珠光棕色。

    總而言之這盤給我的感覺是,非常清淡須疊擦(強烈建議用眼影棒濕擦,手指乾擦基本悲劇orz),作為眼影是滿雞肋的,但是其他功能比如打亮、腮紅、鼻影意外的好,好到最近取代了我其他更高價的彩妝品成為日常妝容的常駐成員(暫時再見了Fenty的打亮棒跟修容棒XDDD ( ̄▽ ̄)

    Apply (1) all over the lids. Then apply (7) over the area within the crease and blend the edges. Next, layer on (5) at the outer 1/3 of the lid. Dab a little (6) in the center for a slightly wet look. Wet the included eyeliner brush, swipe (2) along the upper eyelid and extend outwards around 5mm. For the lower lids, I simply apply (4) on the inner 2/3 of the eyes. 


    For the lips I used the freebie lipstick in Blossom Peach (I didn't use the lip gloss though). The shade, a bright coral orange, is quite flattering with good pigmentation and coverage.Though it does not alleviate lip lines, it does not make the lips look dry either.

    唇彩也是用這次贈品的唇膏(色號名 Blossom Peach,沒有用唇蜜)。唇膏是明亮的珊瑚橘色,發色度跟遮色力都不錯,顏色也相當討喜顯氣色。雖然不太遮唇紋,但也不會顯乾。

    Apart from the aforementioned eye and lip makeup, I also used (5) as a blush, (1) on the cheekbones and nose bridge as highlight and (8) + (9) as nose contour in the look below. You could almost say this is a single palette look, I guess : P

    下面妝容除了上述眼妝跟唇妝,有用(5)當腮紅、(1)當顴骨跟鼻樑打亮、(8)+(9)當鼻影。大概可以說是一盤完成的妝 XD

    Due to the excellent lighting conditions on this day, these photos did not require any correcting filters or even adjustment of brightness and contrast. They are taken under natural light by the window. And also because of the excellent lighting conditions, I think I got a little carried away shooting, hope you don't mind LOL.

    因為這天光線超好這次的照片都沒有加濾鏡也沒有調亮度或對比,都是在室內窗邊自然光下拍的。然後也因為這次光線超好所以拍多了請見諒 XD  

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    As usual my Instagram medley, pink for spring? Groundbreaking. (in Meryl Streep's dripping-with-acid tone)


Bises! ♥♥

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