Sunday, 16 June 2013

Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream

So I'm just sitting around thinking about Hong Kong again. I miss being there, going to new places, finding out new things and feeling like I was doing something worthwhile with my life and my time. I'm thinking about it again now because I finally found my Ruby Woo lipstick which I thought I had left there somewhere. I was almost disappointed to find it. There was something quite nice, and admittedly quite ridiculous, about thinking "Well, I've lost my very expensive lipstick in Hong Kong, I guess I'm just going to have to go back and find it..." Alas. 

Speaking of cosmetics and Hong Kong and all of that kind of thing, I didn't actually bring much back with me. I imagined myself walking through the equivalent of Boots and Superdrug, sweeping my arms across the shelves, knocking EVERYTHING in sight into my basket like a woman possessed. That didn't happen, however. Don't get me wrong, though; I'm pretty sure I visited every SaSa, Colormix, Watsons, Mannings, etc. store they had in Hong Kong, but I found that I was able to resist. It's like that stuff didn't really matter to me any more because I had discovered a new place and new people and other things I had never seen before. 

I did stumble upon some pretty irresistible hand creams though. They're both from Tonymoly and they are possibly the most beautifully scented creams I have ever smelled. They are both shaped like the fruits they smell like, and I still can't believe how to true-to-life the scents are-- I love walking around all day smelling like apples and peaches. They cost 55HKD each, so about £4.50. Just look at this packaging:

For anybody interested, you can click here to buy the handcreams at YESSTYLE for £8. Womp. 

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Review: GHD IV Styler

For Christmas last year Jonathan gifted me my first ever pair of GHDs: the IV Salon Styler, which I reviewed here. I had coveted a pair of GHDs for a VERY LONG TIME--probably since an obsession which begun in a girls' bathroom sometime during secondary school-- and I wasn't disappointed when I was given my own pair. The IV Salon Styler is brilliant at tackling my thick and naturally curly hair, and I manage to get through the whole straightening process very quickly thanks to the added width; HOWEVER, 6 months later, with hair that is probably over 6 inches shorter, I felt that the original IV Styler would suit my CURRENT needs better. 

So, why's that then? There are two main reasons:

  • Getting to the root of things: The GHD IV Salon Styler has more of a 'lip' either sides of the plates, which makes it SLIGHTLY more difficult to get close enough to the roots. This probably isn't that big of an issue for most people, but because my curls start immediately at the roots, there are some very curly areas which require very close contact. I feel that the original IV styler is much better at this due to the less pronounced lip on either side of the plates.

  • Combating the Curl Problem: I HATE completely pin-straight hair (on me). I love a little curly and movement towards the ends, but due to the rectangular shape of the IV Salon Styler, it is nigh impossible to produce anything more than a subtle wave, which, I found, dropped within 20 minutes. The original IV styler has a more petite curved barrel which makes for easy and effective curling! 

Half Term Happenings -- Photographs

Beautiful 1950s-style kitchen in Basildon House. There was actually somebody making shortbread here but alas... Bloody coeliac.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Review: MAC Chile Lipstick

A beautifully matte, beautifully chilli, paprika-looking red. I'm not sure what made me pick this lipstick up because it looks bloody intimidating standing there on the shelf in all of its bright red glory... but I'm glad I did. I feel like Chile compliments my skin tone well, and somehow manages not to look like too much while still being stunningly vibrant. I like to pat a little of this on and rub it in for a more casual look, though. I don't know if I'm quite ready to leave the house with a full-on red lip just yet. Give it time.

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