Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Seeing Stars

Seeing stars but I'm not dreaming,
Sinking in this empty feeling.

-- Army of Freshmen "Talk of the Town"


    It's probably been a millenia since I last did an outfit post. In this timespan fall and winter has come and gone, blossoms have unfurled overnight (like they always do as if upon an enchantment -- where have all the buds gone??) atop luxuriant spring foliage and a pastel obsession seemed to have kicked in in regards to the sartorial choices of random pedestrians (yours truly included, of course). I have taken to wearing this light grey bomber jacket made of an almost suede-like material (exact nomenclature unknown) from Pazzo, pairing it with vibrants and pastels in turns, and occasionally draped over drab PJs when Sunday morning cravings demand a McBreakfast takeaway ; ) 

    For this look, I hasten to admit, it was a bit of an impromptu. The hair I just haphazardly threw on with the aid of my car rearview mirror, and it inevitably disintegrated into frizzy wisps as I hurtled to and fro the camera trying to make quick work of this roadside shoot. Despite that and the half-hearted effort at makeup, the delicious contrast of electric blue and pink still made my heart skip a beat, who knew an electric blue hue would be such a great match in spring!  : )

    大概有幾百年沒拍穿搭寫穿搭了吧!這段空白裡秋冬悄然走了,然後樹梢的花感覺就像有什麼魔法一樣突然就一起一夜盛開了,這種時候走在路上的行人在服裝上似乎也都不約而同的愛上春天的淺色調(當然我也是 XD)。最近喜歡穿的是這件淺灰色的Pazzo飛行外套,材質是太空棉(但摸起來有點像麂皮),有時搭鮮豔色有時搭粉彩色,甚至偶爾在周末早晨肚子餓時會直接套在居家服上出門買麥當勞早餐  : P

    話說這天拍攝其實有點即興。頭髮是在車裡靠著車子的後視鏡手忙腳亂的夾起來的,然後在我來回調定時自拍時它就不可避免的崩塌成一團亂了 XDD  不過即使如此,看到電藍跟嫩粉的對比還是覺得蠻喜歡這次的照片的,大概因為沒有料到那麼濃郁艷麗的電藍色也是可以有春天的一面的吧  : )

Bomber jacket and top :  Pazzo
Skirt :  Belle.Perle
Shoes :  Grace Gift
Earrings :  Cor-date (here)


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Boho Colours by Ungrid

    Yes, I've fallen prey to yet another furoku (Japanese magazine freebie) trap!!! This one felt too good to resist though, a rare makeup collaboration between Japanese boho brand Ungrid and fashion trend magazine Gina. The set consists of 5 glosses that can be used as eyeshadow, cheek colour or lip gloss, in a range of warm orange-y tones that seem to be all the rage now, complete with boho-ish names like earth and sunset and meteor  : )

    是的,我又中了日雜贈品的毒啦 orz   雖跟自己說化妝品爆多了要手但是這次的誘惑太大真是忍不住啦!Ungrid跟日雜Gina四月號的合作,是難得的Ungrid彩錄。送的是一組5支的3-way gloss,可以拿來當眼蜜、頰彩或唇彩。色彩方面也是最近大流行的橘紅色系,配上earth、sunset、meteor之類波希米亞風滿滿的名字  ; )

    01 earth (a pinkish brown shimmer) -- this comes off as a pretty warm brown on the eyes, as a lipgloss it is more of a metallic nudish brown. 

    02 sunset (a wine red gloss) -- a deep red on the lips with a very glossy finish, this gives a flush of red to the complexion when used as a blush. It is a bit more tricky to use on the eyes but can be pulled off with some patient dabbing.

    03 meteor (a glittery clear gloss) -- a plain clear gloss with prismatic glitter bits that adds a glossy shine wherever you apply it, be it on the eyelids, on the lips or even on the cheekbones as a highlight.


    01 earth--珠光粉棕色,上在眼皮上是溫婉帶光澤的暖棕色,作為唇蜜單擦的話比較偏帶金屬光的裸褐色。

    02 sunset--水潤酒,上在唇上是非常水潤的深紅,點一點在臉頰上推開的話就是顯氣色的正紅腮紅。其實也可以拿來當眼影,不過太水潤比較難上需要耐心用指腹點拍著上。

    03 meteor--透亮片,就般帶七彩亮片的透蜜,想要哪裡有水潤感就往哪擦,甚至可以上在顴骨處當打亮使用。

    04 sunrise (a clear orange gloss) -- looks bright tangerine in the bottle, but the orange pigmentation is minimal. Adds a very slight orange tinge and glossy shine but not much more.

    05 twilight (rusty orange shimmer) -- my favourite shade of the five, it's a very trendy burnt orange shade and the gold iridiscent shimmer adds a metallic sheen to the lips. Can be used as eyeshadow as well.

    04 sunrise -- 透橘色,瓶子裡看起來是很亮的柑橘色,但是用起來比較像帶點橘的透明唇彩。可以用來增加一點橘色調(比如疊在其他唇彩上)或是增加水亮感(臉部或唇妝都適用)。

    05 twilight -- 珠光橘棕色,是5色中的最愛。這個顏色是現下還滿流行的鐵鏽橘。因為帶有非常細緻的金色珠光所以用在唇上會有點金屬光澤。當眼影用也很好看。

    The applicator looks just like any others, no complaints there as I find it quite handy. The bottom picture are the swatches on paper, in numerical order from left to right. Sorry about the middle swatch, I spent a bit of time trying to adjust the lens focus and the clear gloss simply seeped into the paper and turned into a glorious beglittered water stain.     

    刷頭就一般的毛毛刷頭,用起來滿順手的。下圖紙上試色由左到右就01、02、03、04、05這樣。03那個是透明唇蜜,不過不好意思有點拍不出來,因為是拿單眼拍的調對焦調的有點慢,它直接滲進紙張變成了帶亮粉的華麗水漬 T__T

    For the eyes, after priming the lids apply 05 twilight liberally over entire lid, layering on more gloss until desired colour payoff is achieved. Apply 02 sunset over outer 1/3 of the eye by patting on the colour with fingers. Wait a moment for the glosses to dry down slightly, then blend along the edges with fingertips. Add black eyeliner and mascara et voila!

    眼妝的部分,眼皮打底後先在眼窩範圍內豪邁的用指腹擦上05 twilight,並重疊拍上直到足夠飽和。眼尾1/3再用指腹輕拍疊上02 sunset。待稍乾後用指腹將邊緣輕輕暈開,再畫上黑色眼線睫毛膏就完成啦~: )

    For the lips it's fairly simple. Simply apply 05 twilight over the lips, I find the enclosed applicator quite easy to use. As you can see, this rusty orange shade has a lovely metallic sheen up close, though it does accentuate lip lines a bit. 

    唇妝就超簡單,直接用附上的刷頭刷上05 twilight,我覺得刷頭其實還滿好用的。可以看見這個鐵鏽橘色上在唇上有點金屬光的感覺,不過會有點顯唇紋就是了  : P

( ↓↓↓ 全妝照,慎入)

    Look 1 is basically an orange-and-red toned look, along with the glossy finish of the base makeup and eye and lip colours (and probably the sea-coloured nails too )  a picture of one's sunkissed beach vacay evening comes to mind.

    Look 1主要走一個橘橘紅紅的路線,橘紅色的眼妝唇妝配上底妝跟眼影的潤澤感(還有海水綠色指甲油 : P)莫名有種黃昏時分的海邊度假氛圍 XDD 

    Look 2 is solely about deep red lips I guess. 02 sunset is really really glossy, and fairly pigmented for a watery-type lipgloss. Still, it takes about 2-3 coats to achieve the payoff in the photo above. Not surprisingly though, it's a bit tricky to line the lips using this gloss due to its watery nature, and careful application is of utmost neccesity to avoid the dreaded awful "clown" lips.

    Look 2直接以酒紅唇為重點。02 sunset真的非常水潤,以水潤型唇蜜來說顏色算是蠻飽和的,不過還是要疊個兩三次才能達到照片裡的飽和度。另外因為太水潤有點難畫好唇線,不小心翼翼的描畫的話很容易就畫出界變小丑妝QQ

( ↓↓↓ 全妝照,慎入)

    On a sidenote, these 2 looks featured today were really the speediest I have been in recent makeup post endeavors. While the lips might have taken a bit longer, the eye makeup were simply just dot and pat and blend all the way. For Look 2, I simply applied a few dots of 01 earth on the lids and blend with the fingers, then I repeated the steps on the outer corner of the eyes for 2 more times et voila! I think it took less than 2 minutes max  : P   Also used 04 sunrise on the cheeks, but this shade is practically an orange-tinged clear gloss so not much of the colour showed after I blended it out ...but hey at least I got a dewy glow out of it  :D 

    不是我要說,今天的兩個妝容大概是我近期分享妝文以來畫的最快的了吧!唇妝可能花了稍微比較多時間,但是眼妝真的就是用手指豪邁的上豪邁的推開這樣。Look 2 的眼妝就是用01 earth點幾點在眼皮上然後推開,眼尾再疊個兩次加強一下 ...眼妝大概兩分鐘不到吧 XDDD  另外臉頰有擦上04 sunrise,不過這隻本身就顏色很透,推之後橘色太清楚,不過倒是可以看到水潤的光澤哈哈 : D

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    That's all this time! There're so many possibilities with these 5 glosses, 2 looks felt a bit paltry but oh well, I'm being lazy so that's that then  ; )   Oh, and this magazine costs just about 780yen, it'll not set you back considerably so I really think if you come across one there's no harm in trying them out.

    這次就這樣囉!這組5種顏色又可以多用真的有太多的排列組合可以嘗試了,2個妝容反而感覺有點稀少 ...不過再拍好麻煩就請將就一下我這隻懶蟲吧 QQ  對了,這本雜誌價錢是780日圓(博客來好像賣NT300多),等於一支60幾元加一本雜誌,有看到可以買來玩玩看啦!

As usual ending the post with a medley of Instagrams, it's April and pink is in the air! (@bonjourjasmineblog)



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Snowflakes in Spring

When snowflakes fall in the summer,
You'll be true to me.

-- The Everly Brothers "When Snowflakes Fall in the Summer" 

from Instagram ( @bonjourjasmineblog )

A simple weekend brunch spent in the company of my new arm blings  ; )

簡簡單單的周末早午餐,與最近收到的新歡們相伴  >///<

Snowflake ring :  Cor-date (here)
Leaf bracelet :  Cor-date (here)
Leather bracelet :  Forever 21


Sunday, January 29, 2017

4 Looks with Emoda

    Oh dear, I find myself increasingly hooked on Japanese magazine freebies (furoku) of late. EMODA Cosmetics, of which I'm writing about in this post, has been collaborating with JELLY magazine for quite some time now, but their past freebies consisted mainly of nail polishes and clear lip glosses so I wasn't exactly tempted. And then one day I came across a post about their November issue collaboration cosmetics kit on a furoku-related news blog and the whole thing was totally right up my alley. The practicality, the design and the colour scheme ...I was sold on the spot and promptly pre-ordered through Amazon Japan.

    啊啊我覺得自己最近真的對日雜贈品有點上癮啦哈哈!這次介紹的EMODA彩妝已經不是第一次跟JELLY雜誌合作送贈品了,不過以往的彩妝贈品以指甲油跟唇蜜居多,對我而言不是很生火也就pass了。結果後來在日雜贈品部落格上看到JELLY 11月號的贈品圖透⋯當下覺得「哇好實用喔~而且色系都是我的菜 ❤️ 」就立馬上日本亞馬遜預定了(腦波弱  XD

    The freebie cosmetics set included: a makeup palette consisting 6 eyeshadows, a black gel eyeliner and a lip-and-cheek cream, and two nail polishes. I have to say this is by far the best collaboration furoku EMODA has come up with. As the Chinese New Year draws near there has been endless discussions on beauty forums about which makeup items to take home, this all-in-one makeup palette would have solved that dilemma easily. 

    這次隨雜誌送的彩妝組合如上圖:一個含黑色眼線膏、唇頰霜以及6色眼影的彩妝盤,以及兩罐指甲油。不是我要說,這個組合大概是JELLY x EMODA彩妝贈品的巔峰了吧!最近一直看到大家分享帶什麼彩妝品返鄉,說真的我覺得光帶這一盤大概就可以搞定80%的彩妝了(底妝不算 XDD)

    According to the magazine, the 3 earth-toned shades in the upper row are meant for daily fall eye makeup while the more colourful bottom row is recommended for night outings and Halloween parties (←word for word there, LOL). There's also a black gel eyeliner and a lip and cheek cream in a fuchsia pink hue. A double-ended applicator, one side sponge tip and the other a slant-edged liner brush, is also included. Apart from the pale pink shade which applies more chalky than the rest, all other shades has good colour payoff with near effortless application. The shades can be built up with repeated layering, and I especially love the darkest brown shade -- the colour payoff is great and excellent as an alternative to eyeliner. The gel eyeliner is passable too, black enough for me and surprisingly the included liner brush ain't bad at all. I haven't tried the lip and cheek cream on the lips, but as a cream blush it gives a healthy rosy cheeks effect which I really like, but a little goes a long way so you might want to ease up on application to avoid looking clownish. (I'm sorry the colours don't really show up too well on the paper swatches, I did a very short swatch video but  for some reason just couldn't put it up on Blogspot  : (   I uploaded the video on my Instagram though, you can head over there to see more accurate swatches if you 're interested, IG handle is @bonjourjasmineblog  )   

    彩妝盤的話,看雜誌的說明上排三個大地色適合秋冬日常使用,下排含桃紫色跟流行的紅色系則是適合萬聖節夜遊(?)←雜誌說的 XD  另外有一大格黑色眼線膏跟一大格桃粉色唇頰霜。另外還有附一隻雙頭刷具,一邊是海綿棒一邊是斜角眼線刷。除了淺粉色比較不顯色也比較難上之外,其餘的眼影都表現蠻優秀的,尤其最深的深棕色真的非常飽和顯色(但會飛粉),畫日常妝我都拿它當眼線色畫非常好看。另外眼線膏也很不錯,對我來說不太暈而且夠黑,意外的是附上的刷子堪用不雞肋,雖然小但是還蠻容易掌控力道的。唇頰霜我還没用在唇上過,當腮紅的話這個桃粉色上在蘋果肌有種透出肌膚的紅潤感,不過很顯色要小心著用。(眼影在紙上都不太顯色 orz  我有拍了手部試色小影片但是一直放不上blogspot,有放在ig上了有興趣可以去看看比較準確的小試色  → 帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog

    The shades of the freebie nail polishes are gorgeous -- a very dark chocolate brown and a gold glitter one. These are perfect for fall and winter, whether worn alone or together. I don't know if it's just me, but unfortunately the polishes I got tend to thicken with wear at an alarming rate. Which is a pity, really, beacuse that gold glitter shade is just so lovely : ((  

    指甲油的部分是很深的咖啡色跟金色亮片各一瓶。這個顏色組合非常適合秋冬,單擦或搭配在一起都很好看,但是不知到是我拿到的有問題還是怎樣,這兩罐都有越刷越稠的問題。有點可惜,因為金色亮片那罐擦起來真的很漂亮我很喜歡  T__T

    I admit, I like this palette so much I don't think one single look can do justice to its overall practicality, so for this post I give you 4 different looks : P   All the eye makeup were done with this palette, and I used the cream as a blush once but haven't tried it on the lips.

    我真的太喜歡這個彩妝盤啦,覺得單單一個妝容無法體現它的好用,所以這篇一口氣寫了4個妝容啦(也就是為何這篇會難產這麼久...照片拍太多簡直不想去碰啦 XD)  眼妝幾乎都是只用這一盤完成的,唇頰霜有當腮紅用一次,不過還沒試在唇上。

    For this look, use D as a base and sweep across the lid. Apply C within the crease and layer B on the outer 1/3 of the eye, sweeping inwards and upwards with a blending brush to blend with C. Use a tapered brush to apply A as eyeliner, winging it around 4mm beyond the outer corner . Mix C and D and apply on the lower lids before lining the outer 2/3 of lower lid with A. 


    One thing about these eyeshadows is that most can be individually layered on to create a lovely gradation effect, as I did with shade B.  This look is relatively casual, and lining the eyes with a dark brown eyeshadow creates a more subtle and gentle look than using a black liquid or gel eyeliner. 


    Similarly, sweep D across entire lid. At the outer half of the eye, layer on E and blend outwards and upwards. Repeat layering and blending of E at the outer 1/3 of the eye to achieve a gradation effect. Pat a little D on the center of the lid if desired for some added shimmer. Using the included slant-edged brush, apply G along the lash line and wing it about 3-4mm beyond the outer corner. Apply D on the lower lid, line the lower lid with A using a small tapered brush if preferred.


    The lilac shade in this palette calls for a sweeter, more spring-time look. When applied on the eyes it looks more lilac pink than true lilac as seen in the pan. Nevertheless, this is a lighter look with relatively pale colours, so I blended the lilac shade beyond the crease so that the lovely colour would still be visible when eyes are open. Also, I used the lip-and-cheek cream from the palette as a blush in this look, love that rosy glow effect.


    Apply D over lid. Apply A over outer 1/3 of upper lid and blend inwards towards the center. Apply C over inner 1/3 of lid and similarly blend towards the center. Using B as a transition colour, blend between the colours so that the shades mix seamlessly at the edges. Repeat layering and blending of colours to get the desired saturation. Line the upper lash line with G. Apply C over inner 1/3 and A over remaining 2/3 of the lower lid and blend.


    Like the Casual Look, I used the 3 browns in the upper row for this look, but by blending the dark brown more extensively over the lids a smoky eye look is achieved. I paired the eye makeup with deep brown-toned lips and a camel trenchcoat to give the overall styling a fall metropolitan feel. 

    跟Casual一樣用了上排的三個大地色,不同的是運用深棕色的大片暈染畫出濃郁的煙燻妝。特地搭配深色的類土色唇膏跟駝色風衣,讓整體感覺比較有點都市秋冬氣息 >///<

    Sweep D lightly across entire lid as a base. Apply C within the crease and blend over the edges. Layer on F at the outer 1/3 of the eye, blending upwards and outwards as usual. Repeat layering of F to achieve the desired gradation. Create a winged eyeliner using G and the included brush. Apply D over lower lid and line the outer 2/3 of lower lid with A.


    Finally using that burgundy red shade for a look fit for the Jazz Age Lawn Party! The opulence of a red-and-gold combination, paired with bold red lips, felt so very 1920s I was compelled to don that feathered headpiece and just let go and channel my inner flapper. For the nails I did an easy chocolate-and-gold half-moon manicure with the two freebie polishes.

    後用那美麗的酒紅色畫了個適合參加爵士派對的妝容 XDD  喜歡紅 x 金這個配色的奢華感,配上大膽的紅唇很有20年代的氛圍,於是偷偷穿起了亮片洋裝跟羽毛頭飾小小滿足一下自己對flapper girl的時尚憧憬。 指甲也是用了贈品的兩色做了超簡易的深棕 x 金半月指彩。

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    That's all this time, I guess. Please excuse my frizzy unkempt hair as I was running to and fro the camera setting up the self-timer and there was no time to tidy up! Still, hope y'all enjoyed this post, which look do you like best?  ; )

    這次就先醬啦!不好意思照片裡頭髮都超毛躁的,因為要設定時自拍一直在相機間來回跑又沒時間整理好亂髮  T__T   不過還是希望大家這篇看得開心啦~你們最喜歡哪個妝呢? ; )

    As usual, I'm ending the post with a medley of Instagram pics ( @bonjourjasmineblog ), these days I'm all for loitering in cafes on off-duty days and trying out previously-disfavored cappucinos  :P

    照例來個Instagram照片的拼圖當結尾(帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog ),最近值班後都只想在咖啡館放空神遊,以及嘗試以往不是很愛的卡布奇諾  :P


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