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Showing posts from May, 2014

Trends: Bags

Way back in high school, I remembered the trendiest bag to have was one of those Country Road duffle bags made of canvas. I never succumbed to the trend mostly because I thought it was impractical to be carrying around a duffle filled with schoolbooks and pens. They came in different colours and patterns and it wasn't just us girls using these. Boys had them over their shoulders too. I am not sure if these are even trendy anymore since they peaked around 2008-2009 in school grounds.

As a uni student, I have seen many girls carry Michael Kors totes but many women carry around Michael Kors Selma satchels too (which I'll give props to that because they're in good taste). If not Michael Kors, Longchamp's Le Pliage is the second most prominent.

There has been a surge in shoulder/cross-body bags, which has always been my preferred type of bag for going out casually.

Finally, there's the backpack. Perhaps not the best choice if you're already out of school but it'…

My Style: Fragrance Wardrobe

I have briefly discussed my love for fragrances here but for today, I'll share my collection so far. I think my perfume collection is quite modest but I do have more than the average girl. I have a mixture of niche and designer fragrances and one celebrity fragrance. The appeal of niche perfumery is mostly exclusivity - you're not going to smell like the next girl (well, there's less chance you will). If you are deep into the art of perfume, you'd appreciate the unique compositions and the quality that it offers but niche can be a hit-or-miss. They generally are more expensive but you get what you pay for.

The fragrances I own are lean towards autumnal. They don't work well for the hotter months, only because some of these scents can be overpowering in the summer.

1. Dior J'adore: My very first fragrance. A heady sophisticated scent with jasmine and magnolia but there is a subtle sweetness from the melon. I wore this during high school. Sweet fruity florals were…

My Style: Dark Lip

It's all about nudes this autumn and winter but darker lips are appropriate for the colder seasons regardless of trends. I opted for a balm-type lipsticks because I'm not ready for the full opaque lip.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 2 Pourpre Intouchable

This had a mango scent. I love mango but I'm not loving the scent. I'm partial to the subtle rose scented lipsticks.

Out of the two, this is the sheer option in terms of pigmentation. The name roughly translates to 'untouchable purple' and is more of a plum on my lips. It doesn't leave my lips as shrivelled up as Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, so I like this. I just wish I could have the faint rose scent instead of the mango.

Dior Addict Lipstick in 991 Perfecto

There's a slightly sweet scent with this but I think it's mostly the typical lip balm scent without fragrance added. This offered more pigmentation and is a wine-red, burgundy colour. It is still less intense than an opaque lipstick would offer.

The pac…

My Style: Search for Red Lip

Pulling off a red lip requires confidence. It'll make everything look elegant and refined - whatever you wear. It's a classic that intimidates those who prefer a more subdued lip, like me. I'm quite fond of MLBB (my lips but better) shades and the thought of having a full red lip scares me. If I were to opt for a red lip, I'd go for the sheer formulas like Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine.

Monte Carlo is a pink-red but it's more of a pink in my books. Pinks are fun and flirty. I can wear pinks just fine but reds intimidate me. There's only one way to wear red lipstick: perfectly. You need precision when you apply a red lip and that means no slathering on straight from the bullet.

I searched a few brands for red and settled for Illamasqua's Maneater even though MAC's Russian Red caught my eye first. I adore the matte finishes and Illamasqua is a little less expensive than MAC here, so that's what I settled for. It's a "classic cherry red" …

Inspiration: You Who Came from the Stars/ My Love from Another Star

The world has witnessed the power of product placement, after many of the lipsticks worn by Cheon Song Yi (played by Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun) were sold out and has a wait list. This includes YSL Rouge pur Couture in #52 Rosy Coral, which had been sold out worldwide. It was later released that the lipstick shade in question was made from various products and none were from YSL. AmorePacific was one of their sponsors and provided most of the products used while YSL just got a free ride. Nevertheless, Rosy Coral was a popular shade prior to the drama release but it probably wouldn't have sold out if it weren't for the rumour circulating.

I've put some time aside for a drama marathon and watched all the episodes. I joined the masses of people, swept in the craze to purchase what she wore and even to eat her favourite food & drink: chicken and beer. I think it's mostly Jun Ji-hyun's charisma that sells these products. While I don't feel compelled t…