Saturday, December 27, 2014

Trend: Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

It has been released that next year's Pantone Colour of the Year will be Marsala -- a brownish red similar to that of Maroon which they describe as a "naturally robust and earthy wine red".


This is not a groundbreaking colour but it is an elegant choice. It's a colour that can go well with the interior of a house, in both male and female fashions and also in cosmetics with an autumn theme. Perhaps there'll be more of the dark lip in the summer months or colours of eyeshadow for spring in the colour of bruised fruit.

I can definitely see myself wearing this colour because it leans quite neutral and red is one of the prominent colours in my wardrobe. This was not the case for the current year's colour, Radiant Orchid. This year's colour prompted me to try more purple hues in my makeup but I was not too fond of the colour in clothing. Marsala is also easier to match with a variety of colours, whereas I found orchid to be more limited.

I hope to see more of Marsala in 2015.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Baublebar

Just in time for the ball, I received my package from Baublebar. I purchased it but opted for a forwarding service so I could trial it instead of using their international shipping. I'll admit there wasn't any savings to using the forwarding service but this is ideal for shopping from websites that don't offer international shipping.

Baublebar generally offers a wide range of styles, perhaps most famous for how fashion savvy they are and consistently collaborate with celebrities, Youtubers, bloggers, designers and other individuals of note. When I saw the Phased Out Bangle Set from the Emma Roberts collaboration, I couldn't get my mind off of it and thought it would be a good birthday gift to myself. I don't normally spend that much money on costume jewellery either, so it was a little pricy for me.

The open box
The bangles
Closeup when worn 
When I worn them to the ball.
I liked how the bangles could be snapped into place and the shape of them are great for people who have small wrists (which I don't have much of a problem with). I had high hopes for the bangles and was slightly disappointed when I received them. They looked much better on the website but that's thanks to great lighting and a good photographer. Nevertheless, the quality of the jewellery is good but I'd say you get average value for money here.

I admire Baublebar as a company, providing great customer service and implementing a loyalty program. They have stylists available to match pieces of jewellery to what your style is. They also have a strong social media presence.

Would I repurchase? Probably not. They don't cater many designs to my taste. However, if I ever come across another piece that I love and cannot get my mind off, I would buy from them again.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Event: End of Year Ball

I attended the End of Year Ball held by the medical science society I am a member of. It was somewhat of a large gathering of students in various years of their program, majority of them in their 3rd year. We shared a meal and dessert before dancing to some music and drinking. So naturally at the end of the night, I looked like a miserable mess but I had a lot of fun.

Most people don't even notice the perfume but for me, the scent is the most important aspect of the outfit. I chose Guerlain Shalimar because it was just one of those scents perfect for a formal occasion. It smells a little bit old fashioned for a modern gathering like this but I loved it.

As for my clothes:
I'm the first on the right.


Clothes and accessories:
Necklace: ASOS
Bracelets: Baublebar Phased Out bangles and braided bracelet was a birthday gift
Top: Kmart
Skirt: Op Shop (Mr K)
Shoes: Miss Shop
Clutch - Marco Gianni

Since the clutch had limited space, I had to carefully choose what to bring. Of course, I needed my ID, my ticket, my phone and some extra cash. I kept my iPod in there too for the trip to and back. Lastly, I needed the lipstick I was wearing, a lip brush since I prefer a cleaner look for a red lip and some facial spray. The facial spray was heaven sent for someone who's just exited the dance floor all hot and sweaty and needed to cool down.

As for hair, I just made a haphazard attempt to curl it. Makeup-wise, I had planned out what I wanted a month prior.



Makeup:
Primer: Laura Mercier Oil Free
Foundation: NARS Sheer Glow in Fiji
Setting powder: Besame Violet Powder
Eyebrows: NARS Coconut Grove
Eyeshadow base: Maybelline Barely Branded Color Tattoo
Eyeshadow: Illamasqua Femme Fatale (all four colours)
Eyeliner: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner
False lashes: Model Rock (with Duo glue)
Mascara: L'oreal False Lash Wings
Blush: Sleek Rose Gold blush
Bronzer: NARS Laguna
Highlighter: NARS Albatross
Lipstick: Illamasqua Maneater
Nails: Essie Ladylike

I'll miss them all.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Event: Birthday

For my birthday, I celebrated it like any other birthday -- with a dinner in the company of a few friends. Followed by a lunch the following day for those who were unable to attend the dinner.

My outfit for the day was:

Dress: Paper Scissors
Shoes: Doc Martens
Bag: Coach (mother's)
The festive season is finally here and I usually enjoy seeing the decorations of the Swarovski tree.


It's very tall. Spans over 3 levels

I thought I'd share the gifts I had received here. I'm ever so grateful for the things I was given. All of them had a lot of thought put into it, be it from the choice of wrapping paper, the time it took to make it, the words written on a card or even the gift itself took time to find.

Anti-clockwise from top left corner: vintage bracelet, Lush 'Let the Good Times Roll', birthday card, Batwoman Elegy, grater from Pylones, handmade bracelet, Truman Capote 'In Cold Blood'.
I also received a belated present after a week. My best friend got me a new corset. My first corset.


Aside from the gifts and the joy I shared with my friends, I learned more about them. Every time we gather, we catch up on good times. We learn of each other's concerns. We learn of our ambitions. Sometimes I feel like my birthday is simply yet another reminder that I have yet to accomplish the things I want but it also shows me how much of a support system I have with my friends.