Thursday, 29 November 2012

Review: Missha Signature Radiance Makeup Base

Hello Lovelies!

It is getting SUPER HOT in New Zealand right now and I'm desperately trying to stay out of the sun! I love being a pale girl (Personally think I look awful with a tan) but somehow nearly every summer my face ends up being tanner than my neck and ... err ... chest. >< This summer I have been trying to be extra cautious to keep my face pale, but somehow its already tanner than my neck! NOO! I'm sure for most people this wouldn't be a problem, but when I try to match foundation to my skin, I always end up looking like I've had a fake tan on my face but not my neck ... Not very attractive.

Thankfully while I was in Auckland I found the Missha store! I'm not sure how many Missha stores are in New Zealand, but this is the only one I've seen so far. While I was in Taiwan last summer I picked up Missha's Signature Complete BB Cream after reading rave reviews on their BB Creams. I love love love Missha's BB Cream, so I decided to try out some more of their products!
I picked out the Signature Radiance Makeup Base in Green. Why? Because I don't actually own a makeup base, and sometimes my skin tone can get very uneven with pink blotches. Green makeup (concealers, bases, foundations etc) are known to minimize redness and even out skin tone. 
 Shiny ^^

For $46NZD I got 35ml. The packaging is effortlessly beautiful and has pretty little engravings on the top of the cap. It has a pump applicator, and I find that one pump is more than enough to cover my face.
 The colour is green (well, of course!) and you can see the patch where the base is applied on my hand is whiter and brighter. The texture of the base is very smooth and reasonably thick. It feels very moisturizing, but not oily, which is super important for me and my oily prone skin.

No Makeup
  With the makeup base
Keep in mind that this is a base that is meant to go underneath foundation. I think that it is a really good base for me, it pales out my face (even the tan!) so I'm able to match my foundation easier, it also helps cover up my acne scars on my chin and cheeks. Its coverage is amazing, sometimes I even skip my foundation if I'm running out of time! As with all of my other foundations, I set this with my favorite Transparent Finishing Powder from M.A.C.

 Makeup Base
 Everyday Makeup

Excuse my nose stud hole! ><
I found that the base is not great with dry skin. Sometimes I have dry patches around my mouth and in between my eyes, and the base emphasizes any flaky skin. Like most foundations or concealers I own, it bunches up around pimples, but it's not awful. 
Overall, I love this base! ^^ For me it feels like I get to start with a blank canvas when putting on makeup with this base, rather than trying spending time trying to conceal redness or scars. I think it is a very good product for a reasonable  price, although it is slightly higher than I would usually spend. I feel like it helps me stop getting as oily in my T-Zone than I usually would. I also don't have to use as much foundation as I usually use, which is kinda like saving money! I love saving money! 
Things I Love
  • Classy Packaging
  • Easy Application
  • Minimizes the redness of my skin
  • Helps with oil control
  • Moisturizing
  • Great Coverage

Things I Dislike
  •  Slightly pricey, but nothing too extravagant
  • Emphasizes dry patches

I have always wanted to try Lioele's Dollish Veil Vita BB cream which comes in green or purple, which was on Yesstyle's site briefly, but I always thought it might be too expensive to risk since I can't test them out to see about the oil control. Has anyone tried this one?

Hope your all having a wonderful day! ^^

Monday, 26 November 2012

Review: Sock Dreams and DIY Fitted Socks

Hello Lovelies!

Today I will be reviewing a cute online store called Sock Dreams! I found this site through Pastel Cutie ( I actually think it may have been her Instagram photo) and she was wearing THE cutest pink thigh high socks from Sock Dreams! I fell in love with them immediately.  I love wearing thigh high socks, but I find that in NZ the "thigh high" is more like knee high and they don't generally come in pink! Disappointing!

I searched through the site, and settled on the Ribbed M Stockings in the colour pink and natural.

The socks were $10USD each with $15USD for shipping. They took just under a week to arrive and were well packaged, well presented and undamaged ^^
 According to the website, these socks should be 45 inches from toe to top, and in comparison to my Cotton on socks (grey) and Glassons socks (navy) they are huugeee!  
For me, (and my chubby thighs ^^) the tops are really well designed because they do not have tight elasticity at the top of the socks. This means that I don't get that little thigh muffin top that the other tight socks give me. 
These socks should fit US Women's shoe size 7-12, but since my feet are more like a 5 to 6 the foot of the socks is huge! Unfortunately they are unwearabley huge for me :c
 See! Chubby feet. They look even worse when I try to wedge them into shoes hehe.
 I decided to alter them myself ^^

It is very simple to alter too big socks. 
Firstly I put on the socks inside out, pulled the excess material out and pinned around my feet. After sewing a straight stitch where the pins were, I put the socks on again to check the fit.
After deciding they were tight enough for my little feet I cut the excess material off and used a zig-zag stitch to secure the loose threads.
 Easy Peasy!

They look so much better once they have been altered! I really love the design of these socks, and I love to wear them scrunched up or cuffed. 
Things I Love
  • Wide tops
  • Quick shiping
  • Huge colour range
  • Soft material (super comfy)

Things I Dislike
  • The huge feet! (although this is only because mine are small)

Go and have a look at Sock Dreams and see if there are any socks that take your fancy! 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

OOTD: Mesh and Ruffles

Hello Lovelies!

This is one of the dresses I picked from Yesstyle, which I initially was not going to buy because I thought it looked too childish for me because of the high neckline. Turns out this is one of my most favorite items I've ever bought from them! Funny how life works sometimes ^^

I'm also using Skinfood's Byulsatang Eye & Lip Tint which is also one of my favorite items from Yesstyle. Since my lips are naturally a pinkish red, I found that the lip tint paled them out to a cute baby pink colour.
The eye tint is also very good, although it is not as subtle as the Etude House Tear Drop Liner because it contains larger sparkles.
Hopefully I can do some more posts and reviews soon! 

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