I was so naughty the past few months! It must have been the fact that I've started purchasing magazines from my local newsstand, that generates all this inspiration and that need for a new closet.
I've practically revamped my entire closet with everything I need - from knitwear, jeans/jeggings, accessories and even got my hands on a pair of shoes (staples!). I knew I just needed to breathe some color in my wardrobe, as well as some fillers to pair certain items with (do I really need more excuses?).
I put together a 'lookbook' of outfits I've created completely out of this insane shopping that I did - all outfits are basically what I wear on a day-to-day basis - simple, fast but still (hopefully) stylish!
I've also branched into a new editing style and would love your opinion! Let me know what you think, and if you'd like me to review all the online fashion shopping destinations I've tried?
It has been a LONG time since I spent my birthday in Hong Kong, so I decided I wanted to spend it simply with my family. I chose the restaurant Petrus as I'd heard of many great reviews on OpenRice so we all dressed up and had an amazing fine dining experience. I was particularly impressed with the bread basket and the butter selections - I have to say that even though it's already been a week, I'm still reminiscing that soft buttery dough of the bread and the perfectly salted seaweed butter. Everything else was lovely including the service, the wine and of course, the company.
I spent the last few hours of my actual birthday chilling with Elizabeth (practically my new YouTube BFF) at Al Pasha in K-11. This has been my all-time favorite spot to chill because the food and drink selection. I also just love the whole ambience but it does get noisy when they have their scheduled belly dancing performances. We ended up getting the Strawberry-Milk shisha (my all-time favorite), a Rosebud tea and an Apple tea. The rose tea was pretty much tasteless, but the apple tea is now definitely going to be 'my drink' starting now. It's very sweet and is just perfect to relax the throat after shisha. We also got a little hungry and ordered chicken kebabs (again, one of my favorite dishes).
All in all, I had a great birthday! I hope you guys enjoyed this lifestyle-y post! I'll be doing more of these soon (but my life is really not that interesting... Anyway, I'll try.)
After my obsession with the Banila Co Kissest Glossy Lip Crayons, my love for lip crayons/balm stains have strengthened and you can't blame me - most of them are pretty moisturizing, easy to apply and super handy and convenient for on-the-go application.
I first picked up Tease, which is a lacquer balm, giving the lips more of a glossy finish. I loved it! I have to say it is quite a dark orange, so I went out again and picked up one with a Matte finish to try out.
I tried out Elusive which was a very natural light dusty pink color. And after this, the addiction begins.
A couple of days ago, whilst browsing the drugstore, there seemed to be a magnetic force drawing me to the Revlon shelf, and I found myself swatching more and more colors. They are seriously addictive, and I must have swatched them over and over again until I decided I should resist and only allow myself one color. I finally decided to get my hands on Audacious, which has become my FAVORITE shade so far. It is a bright neon coral and surprisingly looks amazing with minimal makeup. It also reminds me of one of the lip colors Cheon Song Yi was wearing in the K-drama "You Who Came From The Stars". It effortlessly brightens up the complexion and wakes you up.
Moreover, I prefer the matte finishes over the lacquer finishes. Although less hydrating, I love the matte finish - it has more of a youthful look overall.
In terms of formula, I find these sufficiently hydrating for approximately 4-5 hours. I have naturally dry lips, and the weather in Hong Kong doesn't help the condition of my lips. Although the balm stains do tug onto my lips, I remind myself scrubbing my lips with a lip scrub and I'm good to apply - I do not need a lip balm underneath which helps me to avoid slapping too much on my lips.
The colors begin to fade approximately 3-4 hours later, but a hint of color still remains. If you are going to eat or drink, I would still recommend touching up.
Would I repurchase?
YES. In more shades please.
Would I recommend them?
Yes. I think they are just super handy to have and to stick in your handbag. It may not be the most hydrating balm stain, but I do love the pigmentation and its selection of colors.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know which product you'd like to review next!
*All products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are 100% my own.