(:CHOCOOLATE top, Sheinside jacket, Soeurs shorts, FashionCookie ShoeAvenue wedges, Forever 21 bag, EMODA earrings) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Hair curled with a triple barrel curling iron that I got from my salon (Indigo Salon).
Cats are everywhere on this blog! They’re on my wedges, on my headband, on this shirt, on my favorite shirt (1, 2, 3), on my platform heels (1, 2), on my sweater, and on my skirt. And this still doesn’t include the things that I haven’t taken photos of.
Cats will always tickle my fancy, it seems! I think I would survive, if someone were to dare me to inject at least one feline element to my daily outfits. I don’t even know when my penchant for cats started. I’ve also never had a chance to own a cat before. There’s just something about them that draws me in. I just turn into a little ball of fluff when I see cats on the street or at friends’ houses. <3
My friends in high school used to tell me how I reminded them so much of cats. I guess I’ll have to admit that I may have odd cat-like behaviors at times. I’m a creature of the night, and I’m always lazy and sleepy during the day. I can be really silent when I move, and I am very obsessive-compulsive. Being alone doesn’t bother me either - it has never been an issue for me to go to shop or even eat alone in public places. If I’m busy, I prefer not being pestered into doing things I don’t like. I don’t normally have a lot of energy, but when presented with something I really like, my enthusiasm can shoot through the roof. Some may think I look snobbish, but I’m just really shy around strangers. And based on my nail pictures on IG, I obvs have a special relationship with my nails…
Changed my eye color for this entry to get light blue-gray cat-like eyes! Thanks to Japanese Candy for the COCORO GRAY lenses. :3
All the talk about cats in this entry was brought about by the cat print on my shirt! I have a similar one that I’ve posted a number of times before, but this one is not sleeveless and has “MEOW” spelled correctly. :CHOCOOLATE, where this shirt is from, is a brand that you can’t miss if you go to Hong Kong (or Macau). They have this lovely minimalist black and white store design that complements all the clothes that they sell. They have wonderful selections for BOTH boys and girls - my mom and my brothers would always find something they like in this store. :D They produce really good basics and classic patterns that will surely last a long time in your closet. Even their packaging and window displays look cool.
Boyish outfit for a change. A predictable me would’ve worn this with a girly skirt and platform heels, but I realized I should wear my shorts, boots, hoodies and leather jackets together more often. How do you like the change?
It’s been 7 months since my last make-up tutorial, and my technique has changed so much since then! I can’t wait to show you guys how to do this kind of eye make-up because it’s really fun to do and it creates such a unique look.
Not quite sure if this is universally flattering as I don’t personally know anyone else who does this kind of make up, but I do think you have to have a certain eye shape to begin with so you can pull this kind of make-up off. If you have tapered eyelids or monolids, you have to invest in eyelid glue or eyelid tape for this to work. I already have somewhat parallel eyelids, as you can see below, but I still don’t think it’s enough for this style. Thus the eyelid tape in the first photo and the “after” photo right after this paragraph. I get mine from The Face Shop or Etude House, fyi. They’re really easy to use once you get the hang of it.
Before and after. Haha, my left eyebrow in the bottom picture has a life of its own. Also the first time to show my no make-up eyes, I think. This is to show you the magic of make-up! Even false lashes make all the difference in the world. I’m also using Kumicky’s Girly Chip Soy Latte Brown lenses (thanks to Japanese Candy) to create an innocent look since my favorite light gray ones tend to create a more mature look.
Interested to try this style out? Here are the steps to achieve big, droopy, gyaru-inspired eyes:
Step 1: Apply eye primer! I ran out of Urban Decay Primer Potion recently so I got a dupe at Etude House. Primer prevents your eye make-up from creasing or smearing and makes your eyeshadow color appear brighter.
Step 2: Apply eyeshadow. I’m using the green one from my tokidoki x Sephora Sandy in the City palette. You can actually use any color since the magic of this make-up style doesn’t rely heavily on eyeshadow.
Step 3: This is where the magic begins. I’m using Dolly Wink’s liquid eyeliner to create a thin, defined line. You have to wing your eyeliner DOWNWARDS. You can extend it even further if you want your eyes droopier.
I know it sounds silly to make your eyes appear droopier, but there’s something about it that makes you look more doll-like!
Step 4: Apply mascara on your top lashes. I’m using my favorite Dolly Wink volume mascara. This part is optional since you’ll be putting false lashes anyway. I just like to do this step because I feel better with mascara on (lol)
Step 5: This step is super important! After you’ve done your droopy wing and it’s finally time to apply falsies, you have to follow that downwards wing instead of your natural lash line.
It might feel and look weird at first, but I swear it works like a charm! I’m using Decorative Eyelash falsies I got from Fukuoka last December.
Step 6: Time to apply lower lashes! I’m using Crayon lower lashes I got from Watsons (Eastwood) some time ago. YES, WE HAVE LOWER LASHES AVAILABLE LOCALLY! And they’re pretty affordable too, compared to Dolly Wink which is a little too overpriced. I can’t wait for a future where they decide to bring Diamond Lash and all the Japanese lash brands in here. /cry
Anyhow, this is the last of the 3 most important steps in this tutorial. Don’t follow your natural lower lash line. Instead, use the downwards wing as a point of reference and connect the top and lower lashes there. It’s hard to explain but I put a green line so it’s easier to understand.
And that’s it! I put purple and green lines to illustrate the effect of doing your make-up this way. The purple line is the “before” while the green line is the “after”. I hope this proves to be useful to those who want to make their eyes bigger by just using eyeliner and false eyelashes. No complicated eyeshadow blending and yet it’s possible to create an illusion of a totally different eye shape.
If you have any questions and tutorial requests, feel free to comment on this entry. I can’t really do complicated ones with lots of colors and blending, but I’m all for ulzzang and gyaru-inspired ones. If anyone gets inspired by this, take a picture and let me see! Hope this tutorial helps. <3
P.S. I’m wearing extensions in the first photo to give my hair more volume. Thanks Cotton Candy Hair Extensions!
I missed doing these kinds of posts! Very reminiscent of my entries back in 2009/2010, yes?
Anyhow, here are all the 4 circle lenses that I’m using at the moment. You will see that for once I’m not wearing any contacts with bold limbal rings or patterns! It has actually been months since I outgrew my Popteen phase, so I’m trying to look a little less cutesy/cartoony now (or maybe this is also a phase that I’ll also eventually outgrow).
All the circle lenses I’m wearing below are tri-color ones that have yellow inner rings that mimic the effect of naturally colored eyes. Unlike my past experiences with bolder and bigger circle lenses, I don’t have to put on too much eye make-up when wearing these. However, you might want to invest on different colored lipsticks to complement your eye color!
As usual, I have my forever circle lens sponsor Japanese Candy to thank for all of this. I’m wearing brown wigs in all of the pictures because my blonde hair can be overwhelming in tight shots like these ones.
I hope you guys find this entry useful if you’re planning to purchase any lenses soon!
PUFFY 3TONES GRAY (14.5mm) - My favorite of the bunch. At first I was a bit freaked out by how light they were from inside the bottles, but they turned out so pretty in the end! Also haven’t experienced any discomfort with these babies so far. These are definitely a must have! They go with different kinds of make-up… smokey, natural, colorful, etc. (What is this sorcery?!)
Lipstick used: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Peach 075 + Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brulee 095
Thanks Elle Poupee for the floral hippie band!
GOSSIP 3TONE BROWN (14.5mm) - I love these lenses! Lovely shade of brown that’s not too yellow and not too red. The only downside is that I feel like they’re not big enough and that I was slightly tricked (lol). The lens itself is 14.5 but the print is just as big as any normal 14mm lens. You can still see that there’s a bit of space left from the edge of the design to the edge of the lens. :(
Lipstick used: Maybelline Color Sensational in Angel Rose
Thanks The Style Machine for the Hello Kitty glasses!
CRYSTAL 3TONE GREEN (14.5mm) - Same size issue as the brown lenses above, but these are slightly more acceptable, for some reason. The color is on the darker side and they make your eyes look like your normal eyes but a lot shinier! I don’t know if I can recommend these ones and the brown ones to anyone since they kind of defeat the purpose of getting circle lenses, but perhaps if you’re looking for ones that aren’t too obvious or if you’re looking for your first pair of lenses *ever*, these might be best for you. The colors aren’t too overwhelming too.
Lipstick used: Prestige Lipstick in Romantic Red LCL-07
Thanks Miss Sartorial for the detachable collar!
SASSY 3TONE BLUE (14.5mm) - My alternative to the gray lenses above. These blue ones are quite suitable for anyone who wants to achieve a dolly look without having to resort to the ones with bold limbal rings. Lovely effect if you pair them with pink cheeks and lips. The combination makes you look younger and more innocent (haha)
Lipstick used: Maybelline Watershine Pure B24
Today I can don romantic lace and ribbons from head to toe. Tomorrow I can wear combat boots with crisp, preppy shirts. Such a bipolar personal style calls for versatile clothes, like this pair of studded high-waist shorts that I wear a lot nowadays. It has just the right balance between femininity and masculinity, shorts looking like a skirt but with studs to keep it kickass and all.
Yesterday I challenged myself to wear the same shorts on two different occasions. During the day, I opted for my usual retro-girly look:
Like these pictures? I have to thank my boyfriend for helping me take my pictures outdoors this time. He takes wonderful pictures of everyday life and writes interesting stuff about them, and we always joke about collaborating for my blog.
And it finally happened. It was fun to teach him how to take portraits like this since he hasn’t really tried it before. One of my most favorite outdoor outfit shoots to date, this turned out to be. You’re such a natural!
Anyhow, this is so blinged out and sparkly that I decided to keep my wrists and fingers free from any other accessories.
Circle lenses and bottom lashes from Japanese Candy.
My hair is fading back to bright blonde again. Itching to touch-up the ash I got earlier this month.
Very unique-looking shoes an online store sent me last Christmas!
When evening arrived, I opted to wear something more polished and preppy:
Managed to somehow pull it off without being too explicit with the shorts. I actually cheated by showing the studs on the shorts in my girly outfit, while hiding them in my boyish outfit. Ironic, eh? These small details make all the difference in the world. :)
So which of the two do you like better? Are you only inclined to either girly or boyish outfits, or are you bipolar like me?
Halloween’s just around the corner, and for those who aren’t the type to go all out on grand costume parties, here’s a lulzy idea on who you can go as - your best friend! In my case, it’s oh-so-bubbly Crissey who loves everything cute, pink and sparkly!
For the record, she has also tried to dress up as me countless times in the past, but hasn’t really tried imitating my make-up style to complete her transformations! I’ve spent so much time with her all these years and nothing has changed when it comes to her taste in make-up. There always has to be white glitters! I tend to gravitate towards black liquid and pencil eyeliner, but Crissey is all about looking like an innocent little girl by using a lot of pink and white! Her recent entry made me so inspired to create a “Crissey” look of my own:
Step 1: Prime your eyelids! I’m using Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. This prevents your eye make-up from creasing or smearing. It also makes the color of your eyeshadow pop out more!
Random note - I didn’t get my eyebrows bleached because my brows aren’t too dark and thick anyway! I just use the Kiss Me HEAVY ROTATION Coloring Eyebrow Mascara in 01 Light Ash that I got from Sasa last summer (because even back then I was already set on going blonde!) to make my brows this color.
Step 3: Apply white eyeshadow on the inner corners and blend it with the pink. I’m using the silver-white eyeshadow from Catwalk Cosmetics. This is to create the illusion of brighter, more animated eyes.
Step 4: I’m using Dolly Wink’s liquid eyeliner to create a defined wing. Normally, people would wing their eyeliner upwards, but I like winging my liner downwards for a more dolly look!
Step 5: The most important step in creating the fresh “Crissey” look. I’m using Palty Glitter Pencil Eyeliner (in silver) for my waterline to make my eyes look bigger and more awake!
Step 6: Apply mascara on your top and bottom eyelashes. I’m using Majolica Majorca’s Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara which is my all-time favorite!
Before and after. I added some natural-looking falsies to finish the whole look since I made this tutorial with wearing Crissey’s signature glasses in mind.
It was so much fun to do this, especially since I only normally use brown, gold and other neutral shades for my eyes. I know Crissey would cry buckets first before trying this tutorial out - I remember she would always end up tearing up whenever someone would try to line her eyes, but I still hope she likes this and hope that this can also inspire you to try pink and white eyeshadow combinations out!
Special thanks to Japanese Candy for my Geo Princess Mimi Apple Green lenses. <3
This tutorial is inspired by the Japanese Mori Girl subculture. Mori in Japanese means forest, and this style is characterized by organic, flowy, layered fabric, as well as earthy tones reminiscent of the trees, flowers, fruits and animals that we see in fairytales. Most Mori girls usually don’t wear a lot of make-up, and everyone knows my style is more retro-girly gyaru, so this look is just my personal non-expert take on the trend. Hope this helps as much as my previous tutorial!
Step 1: Apply gold shimmer on your eyelids. You can use a shimmery brown eyeshadow too, if you want to add more depth to your eyes. I like to keep it simple by just using a barely-there color. Here I’m using the second darkest shade in Majolica Majorca’s GD886 Jeweling Eyes palette.
Step 2: Highlight your brow bone. I’m using the second lightest shadow in Majolica Majorca’s GD886 Jeweling Eyes palette. Sometimes I skip this step if I’m feeling lazy but this really helps in creating a more polished make-up look.
Step 3: Instead of using black eyeliner, try other colors like dark purple or olive green for a fun, refreshing change. You can wing your eyeliner in any direction you want but I like it a little bit downwards to create a more dolly effect. Green would be perfect for mori girls because it’s the most dominant color of the forest!
Step 4: This step is my most favorite part of this look. Since Mori girls wear a lot of light colors, a pop of wine red on your lower lashline wouldn’t hurt.
The inspiration for this? The apple in Snow White, of course!
Step 5: Majolica Majorca’s Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara is my new favorite! It’s not so intense compared to other mascaras but it does the whole lengthening trick perfectly.
Step 6: Apply mascara on your bottom lashes.
Step 7: Finish the whole look by applying false eyelashes. You don’t want the plastic-y ones gyarus use, so opt for natural looking ones like these for this particular mori girl look.
Products used: Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Neo mascara, Puff de Cheek blush in Strawberry Macaroon, GD802 Perfect Automatic liquid eyeliner, RD505 Jeweling Eyes pencil eyeliner, GD886 Jeweling Eyes palette (I used the lower left gold shimmer for my eyelids and the upper right shimmer for highlighting my browbones), Rouge Majex BE210 lipgloss, MAC Playing Koi lipstick, Candy doll face powder from Crissey’s Online Shop, Luminous Change eyelashes from Japanese Candy
It’s also my first time to show you photos of myself without enlarging contacts. These are Freshlook Colorblends Amethyst. They’re the same size as my normal eyes, and they look very natural under normal lighting conditions. If you’re iffy about contact lenses, Freshlook is a trusted BFAD/DOH-approved brand that you can easily purchase in optical stores around the Metro.
Also, I’m totes on a roll! Finally got to update my YouTube channel after a year. Here’s my Perfect Donut Hair Bun Tutorial that’s been widely requested since forever:
If you have any questions and tutorial requests, feel free to comment on this entry. I can’t really do complicated ones with lots of colors and blending, but I’m all for ulzzang and gyaru-inspired ones. If anyone gets inspired by this, take a picture and let me see! Hope this tutorial helps. :)
Finally got my hands on two of Tsubasa Masuwaka’s designs - Bambi Sesame Gray and Chocolate. I’m saving the latter for the future since I have so many circle lenses opened at the moment! Apparently, these are the most popular designs in Japan right now, and you can see them all over Japanese magazines such as as Popteen and Popsister. These are 15mm, perfect for people who really want their eyes to look bigger. IMHO, Geo makes the best lenses and this pair isn’t an exception in terms of comfort and design. They take a bit of getting used to if you haven’t tried 15.00mm lenses yet, but after a while you won’t feel anything anymore because they’re so comfortable.
The yellowish ring inside gives a lot of depth to these lenses, since there are a lot duller designs out there that only make you look like you have dead fish eyes!
It’s super cute how Mimi Cafe lenses are named after coffee! The designs are most probably made to resemble how your coffee cup looks from above. These ones that I’m wearing are 15.00mm Macchiato ones with a cute swirly design. Here’s a better photo:
These would make great everyday lenses! You can wear them with or without make-up and they would never look off.
Thanks a lot to Cherry Pacheco for the wonderful make-up and to Japanese Candy for always sponsoring my lenses. You can check out their website for more details. If you missed some of my old reviews (here to provide good pictures, more than anything else), you can find them here.
First time to combine two lenses in one post. I’ve had these lenses for a while now but since I haven’t been in the country to shoot properly, I’m only posting the obligatory circle lens review and photos today! Thanks to Japanese Candy for always sponsoring my lenses. You can check out their website for more details.
These are 14.50mm Natural Brown lenses, which are my first ones that have a super thin black ring around them. It took a bit of getting used to, since I normally opt for ones with thicker rings or those with no dark rings at all. The dolly effect is really subtle, and it’s perfect for those who want to try something other than the usual brown lenses like Angel or Nudy. I prefer this over the last brown lenses I reviewed, mostly because they’re not freakishly Twilight-bright. It has a super interesting pattern and gradient starting from pale olive green to a nice shade of light brown that isn’t too overpowering. They’re called NATURAL for a reason. :)
Have been wearing these often and have experienced no discomfort at all. Just be careful to not leave them on for too long (I’m talking about contact lenses in general, not just this particular pair) or else you might damage your eyes. You only have one pair of eyes to last you a lifetime so make sure you clean your lenses properly too with clean hands and proper solution.
On the other hand, these are 14.50mm Super Crystal Green lenses that I just decided to try out for the heck of it. I’m always wearing gray or brown ones so I figured I should save at least one pair for special occasions. This proved to be a surprise! Never really imagined it to be this bright compared to photos I’ve seen online. It’s different and I actually don’t hate it? It’s a little loud for my usual taste but it works with super heavy eye make-up as seen in the photo below. It’s ideal for people who want their eyes to emphasized and not other parts of their face. The pattern is already busy on its own so a bold, black signature circle lens ring may just eat up space intended for the crystal effect. These lenses are definitely not for conservative circle lens wearers, but totally recommended for those up for something unique.
Been eying Tsubasa’s Bambi series since forever so I hope I can get my hands on Sesame Gray and Almond since they’re already available in the website. And oh, my lipstick is MAC Freckletone which is my current fave.
If you missed some of my old reviews, you can find them here.