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31.8.15

MAYBELLINE CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICKS UK EDITION

The Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick has finally arrived in the UK after the extremely long wait, as a London Fashion Week Limited Edition set. Available in 6 shades: Nude Embrace, Rose Rush, Magnetic Magenta, Craving Coral, Siren In Scarlet and Divine Wine.

MAYBELLINE CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICKS UK LONDON FASHION WEEK

28.8.15

TOP 6 PICKS FOR THE KHAKI GREEN MILTARY TREND

Green is my all time favourite colour, with pops of khaki green coming back all over the high street, we know that the military trend is back. These are my picks for inserting khaki green into your wardrobe. 

THE TRENCHCOAT MAC
PARKA JACKET


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If you have already seen  THE WARDBROBE EDIT #1 I have already purchased a khaki item.  These  picks would just add to the collection incredibly. First with 2 pieces of outerwear.;

-The trenchcoat (£75.00), is a great transitional piece for this autumn/winter season instantly sprucing up your outfit. With being a statement item already, simplicity is the word that should be your focus. 

- The parka jacket (£69.99), with being a lightweight piece, is perfect for layering. With it's oversize style it creates an edgy, grungy and casual look. Making an effort without trying too hard. 

- The side split t-shirt (£9.99) is a perfect match for those black waxed effect jeans you may have lying around your wardrobe. The leather/black detail with khaki is a boundless look.  Which is an style to start off with.

-The jumper dress (£18.00). I have fallen in love with this jumper dress, with it's oversize style, it creates a relaxed look, the chunky ribbed knit will keep you warm in the cold season and can be layered or dressed down for the transitional season. This dress paired with tights and boots are foolproof.

The scarf (£18.00). Don't want to buy too may items? Look at accessories, this oversize and reversible scarf with give create a dimensional look, and add colour to those who like to wear all black. 

The military shirt (£22.99). This shirt has a suede effect touch which is extremely soft and addresses the dimensional look in different lights. If you were to buy any item from these suggested picks, this is the one.

Do you like the khaki trend or want to see more? Leave me a comment. Until next time. 
Joyce x


24.8.15

BARBARA HOFMANN SPECIAL BRUSH CLEANSING SOAP REVIEW



For make-up applications we use many tools to apply foundation, concealers and powders onto our face. One of my favourite application methods is using a stippling brush or a beauty blender, they are incredible for creating a flawless base, but can be difficult to fully cleanse especially with a beauty blender, as they soak up a great deal of product into the sponge. 

21.8.15

SUEDE UPON US | TREND

Welcome to the 70's, suede has trickled back in full swing. Designers such as Chanel, Burberry and Jason Wu have designed amazing pieces such as a-line skirts and suede shirt dresses,that is all the fashion, but until we can afford that price tag, take a look at my inspirational pieces from Pinterest.

SUEDE OVER KNEE BOOTS

18.8.15

HOME INSPO

After my holiday from Hong Kong (See blog post here), I don't have any travel posts to share, so today, I am sharing what the title suggests my Home Inspo. I'm sure everyone like decorating and creating their own personal space to relax and create a place where we call home. This is my take on what inspires me and ideas that will hopefully one day come true.

15.8.15

THE VANITY EDIT #1

Welcome to THE VANITY EDIT, sharing all relating to NEW skincare, body, make-up and haircare items.

BARBARA HOFMANN MAKE-UP BRUSHES AND CLEANSER
I placed my first order from BeautyCrowdpicking up some amazing items/brands that aren't available in the UK, or brands that I have never heard of. I bought the following makeup brushes;

11.8.15

THE WARDROBE EDIT #1

Welcome to THE WARDROBE EDIT relating to new additions in my wardrobe.

THE WARDROBE EDIT #1
After I cleaned out my shirts/tops draw, I decided I definitely need more basic tops... or tops in general that is. Which will be my top priority when I shop. quite frequently I have to admit . I just keep on wearing the same v neck t-shirts that I have on a routine basis.

7.8.15

THE FINALE | HONG KONG

THE FINALE
LAN KWAI FONG
The second week is where all the excitement is. I made plans with my best friend who lives in Hong Kong (I'm very very jealous) to get our hair done and to go to LKF on Saturday. LKF abbreviates for Lan Kwai Fong which is the clubbing and party district of Hong Kong. I remember having such a good time last year making some many memories, So I went this time again.

LAN KWAI FONG                                                                     (SOURCE:GOOGLE)
When you go out in LKF, don't expect people to be dressed up. The girls literally wore trainers, a pair of shorts and a tank top. Me and my best friends looked at each other and were like 'we are soo dressed up.' When we go out in the UK everyone makes an effort, therefore it's eye-opening in terms of culture and night life

Now let's talk clubs, there was no door charges to go into a club, but there were queues, depending where you went. My best friend took me to Levels which had an elevator that leads you to the club, we got in, walked around a  lap and walked straight back out. The music was really bad and the layout of the club was not that good. We were thinking 'where is the dancefloor?.' And  moved on to Magnum and Beijing, which are clubs more appropriate for us in terms of music. It was quite packed, so be prepared to be shoved around. If your a girl, there might be a lot of hand grabbing, and you get surrounded by boys. So stay safe! 

In terms of drinks, it can be considered as expensive, my best friend advised me to take $500hkd, but I don't drink much, therefore spending less. Regarding bars, we went to Insomnia before heading to the clubs, the place has a really good atmosphere and the live band is amazing. You find a lot of international people and tourists here, so if your looking for a place to hang around or start the night,  I definitely recommend here.

We had a great night and went home with blisters on our feet from our heels! Needless to say, it's one of the best locations if you are looking to relax and enjoy night life.

SALON VISIT
Getting back to the hair. Now, if you look back into my pictures - my hair is pretty long, and what I wanted was to go lighter and have about 3 inches took off, so eventually I can have a silver/ash blonde ombre thing going on with healthy ends.

It didn't happen. The place I went to was a local salon called Fit Salon in Sai Kung, and my best friend has had her hair cut there a couple of times before, so she suggested there. The owner of the store said he was the colour expert and knew EXACTLY what I wanted the previous day before I went and said to trust him because he knows what's he's doing. BIG MISTAKE!!!

So in the consultation he said he is going to highlight my hair, so he can achieve that ombre look. - there's me thinking, I didn't come in for highlights, so I was like WHAT?? and he was like 'oh trust me, trust me, I know what I'm doing'. So I was like okay.... and he then he said to put another dye on it to blend in my hair..... ( By the way I wanted my natural roots, so I don't need to colour my roots all the time) for it to become a shade lighter and become more even. ( And I SAID that's not what I want and he just kept repeating 'I know what I'm doing, trust me, trust me'). So then I was like alright do it, and we'll see how this turns out. 


Some time later, that felt like forever, the lady washed my hair out,  and my hair was yellow, with brighter yellow bits. You can obviously understand I was fuming and he just walked right over to me and was like ''your hairs done'  WHAT THE HELL!!. So then I pulled out the picture and was like, 'does this look like anything like the picture?' 'I am not walking out of here with yellow hair!'


His reply: 'the colour will look better once your hair it's dry' and 'you just need to move your hair around so the colour is evenly distributed'. *moving my hair around*.


I was at the salon for about 3 hours now -.- , fuming and ready to flip. And I repeated 'this is not what I wanted, you don't know what you are doing'. His reply 'this is what you wanted',   'I need to cut someone else's hair, they've been waiting a long time, I'll come back .' and walked away.

A LONG TIME?? I arrived at the salon at 11am !!  He should of listened to how I wanted, having asian hair I know what works out and what doesn't! It's all about canceling the tones. Therefore the time he spent with someone else, I was looking through colour charts to tone down my hair.

I  finally chose a level 7 ash brown to tone the yellow down, and just left it at that as my scalp was really sensitive. And then he cut my hair, I wanted about 3-4 inches cut off and when he bought  forward my hair ...... 6 inches was cut off. Let me repeat 6 inches. Can he not measure? It took me a long time to grow my hair that long. (See here for before pictures)

I just wanted to leave and got up and went to pay. He was like 'it's $500 for the highlights, $500 for the colour and $135 for the haircut. I already haven't charged you for the second colour.' I was just gobsmacked. Paid and left. My advice: just don't go. I am NEVER going back again. I left the salon at 7:30 pm.

KING'S LODGE -RESTAURANT 

KINGS LODGE
KINGS LODGE
This meal was after my night out, I was extremely tired and dehydrated, so I drank loads and loads of tea before any food actually arrived. I think the waiter looked at us funn due to the amount of times we asked to refill the teapot haha. In the restaurant we ordered some of the following dishes: Fried Fish in Sweet an Sour sauce, Pork Dumplings, Peking Duck, Sesame prawn toast and a lot of other dishes.

 I found the fish to be fishy (sounds silly) as they haven't gotten rid of the sea smell. The Peking duck was extremely crispy, one of the best dishes that was recommended.  The Pork dumplings was the store specialty, but I found it to be average tasting, but better than a previous restaurant we tried (here) The overall experience was satisfying, so definitely a good try. It's the locals favourite, so you can't go wrong with food choices.

TAI KOK TSUI MRS MC DESSERT

TAI KOK TSUI MRS MC DESSERT - MANGO SAGO WITH POMELO
If you have a sweet tooth like me, you need to go and have dessert every night. I am mango and watermelon obsessed, and I order anything that contains them in. One of my favourite desserts and Hong Kong's best is the Mango Sago with Pomelo, that I am craving right now! A must try from me! 

LANTAU ISLAND

LANTAU ISLAND - BUDDHA
This is the week where we went to do touristy thing and went to pray and see the Buddha. (See my full experience here!)

HONG KONG KFC, SUSHI & T8

On the last full day, signal T3 was put up in the morning, which is to acknowledge a  typhoon storm is coming. And I was told to keep an eye out on the weather to make sure we were able to get home safe since we went to Mong Kok to have a last minute shop. While we were walking to a Korean restaurant (Seoul near ladies market) , I kept catching snippets of people's conversation saying signal T8 was going to be issued, therefore shops are going to close early.

So the end story of the Korean restaurant is: no photographs of my meal, because I wanted to get away. so me and my little sister walked extremely fast towards to direction we called home. The shops near where we stayed started closing the shutters before 4pm, so workers can get home safely. We were going to eat out on this last full day, but instead we opted for KFC and Sushi which we picked up.

HONG KONG KFC AND SUSHI
HONG KONG KFC AND SUSHI
HONG KONG KFC AND SUSHI
KFC in Hong Kong is soo different from the UK, instead of fries you can chose mash potatoes with gravy, mushroom rice, chicken rice or criss-cut fries. The option to also purchase egg tarts as a snacks (which I have to say is delicious) and many different flavours of chicken such as BBQ, Flava Crava ? and chicken wings in a snack box. One of the best things? KFC and McDonald's deliver o you home.

HUGE MANGO
AROME BAKERY
For dessert that night we had mangoes, fruits and a range of different cakes. The above pictured is a cheesecake which had a biscuit crust, which was delectable and smooth. And we played majong until 1/2 in the morning.

3.8.15

MAYBELLINE BOLD MATTE LIPSTICK

MAYBELLINE BOLD MATTE LIPSTICK
Scouring through the make-up aisle in Watsons and Mannings (Equivalent to our Boots, Superdrug/drugstores) I was crazily searching for the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte  Lip color (20 shades) which have been all the hype over YouTube and the blogosphere world.  The UK still does not stock this and it's been bought out for a while now, so I am extremely annoyed! (Still waiting for day!)  So when I stumbled upon the Maybelline BoldMatte Lipstick , I could not wait to get my hands on it. This retails for $98 hkd which is approxiamtely £8.

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