Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Arabian Nights


 
    Instagram is a very dangerous thing. Some time ago, while browsing through some random posts, I noticed a new eyeshadow palette released recently by Sleek on one of the pages. That opened a whole new world of i-Divine palettes for me, and after relentlessly perusing reviews and swatches and musings and whatnots, I ended up with this Arabian Nights eyeshadow palette that is as enchanting as its namesake a fortnight later.

    Instagram真的是很可怕的東西。不久前在IG上隨意亂晃不小心瞄到Sleek這品牌新出的一款眼影盤,然後就一發不可收拾了 XDD  被這家的i-Divine系列眼影盤燒到不行,在努力不懈地看了不少心得啊試色啊跟一堆有的沒的後,終於在兩個禮拜後入手了這盤如一千零一夜的故事般迷人的Arabian Nights眼影盤。



    The eyeshadows are housed in the usual flat black palette of the i-Divine series and come with a double-tip sponge applicator and a large mirror. I've come across reviewers finding the box hard to open, but I'm glad to say I have not encountered this problem so far. The shades are a collection of rich jewel tones and golds and bronzes, with one matte and shimmer aplenty.

    跟Sleek其他i-Divine的眼影盤一樣,眼影們包裝在俐落的黑色扁平盒子中,隨盒附上雙頭海綿棒跟一面大鏡子。之前有看到一些心得文提到盒子難開的問題,不過所幸我目前為止都還沒遇到,就跟一般眼影盒一樣容易打開。眼影顏色方面大多是艷麗的寶石色調跟金銅色系,幾乎都有珠光或亮粉亮片,大概只有一個是完全霧面的質地。



    The top photo is, I think, a pretty accurate representation of the colours under sunlight indoors. Most are very pigmented, apply like a breeze and last quite long, though the gold glitter shade Gold Souk has some fallout issues. I'm sorry the colour swatches do not translate well on paper and you can't perceive the shimmer or matte finishes from the picture. You can find a lot of lovely swatches and reviews of this palette on the web, though. 

    上面的第一張照片我覺得就是眼影盤在室內自然光下的樣子沒什麼色差喔!大部分都很顯色,易上色也蠻持久的,不過問題最大的金亮片那色 Gold Souk,色澤很美但掉粉有點嚴重。不好意思顏色上在紙上好像不太顯色也拍不太出來各色的質地(沒有微距模式加上手抖 XDD),不過網路上有超多這盤的超美試色跟心得文,有興趣可以搜尋看看喔!


Top row, from left to right :

    Scheherazade's Tale :  light peachy gold with metallic finish(有金屬亮澤的蜜桃金)
    Gold Souk :  pure yellow gold with glitter(帶亮片的黃金色)
    Aladdin's Lamp :  metallic bronze gold(有金屬亮澤的古銅金)
    Sultan's Garden :  khaki green with gold shimmer(帶金綠亮粉的卡其綠)
    Hocus Pocus :  Jewel green with metallic finish(有金屬亮澤的寶石綠)
    Simbad's Seas :  Bold rich deep blue with purple tones(色彩濃烈的帶紫深藍)

Bottom row, from left to right :

    Genie :  warm bronze with reddish undertones(帶紅感的暖銅色)
    Black Magic :  black with navy blue shimmer(帶深藍亮粉的霧面黑)
    Stallion :  matte burgundy brown(純霧面的暗紅棕)
    Sorcerer :  black with purple shimmer(帶紫金亮粉的霧面黑)
    Valley of Diamonds :  matte plum with a bit of gold shimmer(帶少許金色亮粉的梅子色)
    1001 Nights :  satin black with a pearly finish(有珠光亮澤的純黑)



 

    1. Apply Scheherazade's Tale over eyelids.
    2. Apply Simbad's Seas from the outer corner of the eyes and dab towards the center.
    3. Layer Hocus Pocus next and use an eyeshadow brush to blend between the colours.
    4. Apply Gold Souk from the inner corner of the eye to the center.
    5. Blend between Gold Souk and Hocus Pocus by layering Scheherazade's Tale in between.
    6. At the outer corner of the eye, apply 1001 Nights upwards to accentuate the crease.
    7. Apply black eyeliner fully on the upper lids and 2/3 lower lids.
    8. Dab a little Scheherazade's Tale over lower inner corner of the eyes.

    1. 用Scheherazade's Tale上在整個眼皮。
    2. 從眼尾開始上Simbad's Seas,並往中間疊擦暈開。
    3. 接著疊上Hocus Pocus的綠色,並用眼影刷暈開兩色交界處。
    4. 從眼頭開始疊擦Gold Souk,同樣往中間暈開。
    5. 在Gold Souk跟Hocus Pocus間疊擦一點Scheherazade's Tale並用眼影刷暈開交界處。
    6. 在眼尾處用1001 Nights往上勾勒來達到讓雙眼皮更明顯的效果。
    7. 在上眼皮畫上黑色眼線,下眼皮由外向內畫到眼睛2/3的位置。
    8. 在眼頭處擦上Scheherazade's Tale就完成啦!



    That's it, really! Overall I'm pretty pleased with my first Sleek palette, especially when you consider the colour selection that is rarely found in drugstore brands and the relatively low price versus the quality and quantity of eyeshadow you get. By the way, I'm in love with rich plum lips right now, so I think I'm going to try emulating the plump lips look of Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara next, haha!

    這次就醬啦!整體來說我對於這第一盤Sleek眼影蠻滿意的,尤其是考慮到它的色彩選擇一般開架上很難找到,以價格來說眼影的量跟質都很不錯。題外話,最近超愛這種帶紫桃紅的唇彩,下次好想來個石原里美風的厚唇look啊啊啊  >///<!


 
 
Bises!
 
 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Loggia


 
A cottage small just built for two,
A garden wall with violets blue.
 
-- Willie Nelson "Who'll Buy My Memories?"
 
 
NOTES
 
    One of my favourite part of the Hever Castle was its beautiful Italian Gardens and the adjoining loggia. From the loggia where a fountain peopled with intricate sculpture resides, you could see the tranquil Hever Lake and on sunny days take a trip on a rowing boat or on the pedalos parked across the banks. The day being young and the castle not yet open to the public, I had the chance to explore and shoot in these picturesque grounds almost in solitude. These photos were mostly taken in the Italian Gardens, where every turn might reveal a lovely spectacle, whether it was a marble Aphrodite gazing over the rose bushes, a pristine swan gracefully treading waters below a stone bridge,  or the sprinkling of cascading wisteria from above the arched walkways.
 
    在赫弗城堡小住的幾天裡,最喜歡的景點之一還是那裡美麗的義大利花園跟連接花園與湖區的涼廊。從裝飾著精緻雕像與噴泉的涼廊上望去,可以看見赫弗湖的靜謐湖景,或者在天晴的日子裡,可以租一艘划槳船或腳踏船,悠然細賞煙綠湖面的浮光躍金。當天為時尚早,園區還沒開放給一般遊客參觀,也因此我有機會幾乎一人獨佔這處美景任意拍照。這些照片大部分是在義大利花園拍的,那裡每個轉身都能發現如畫的景緻,不管是玫瑰園裡一尊百年眺望的大理石維納斯雕像,還是一只純白的天鵝在石橋下怡然劃水的倩影,亦或是略抬頭,從拱廊上傾瀉而下的紫藤花瀑。
 
 
 
 p/S You can see more of the trip on my Instagram (@bonjourjasmineblog) !
 
 
Shoes :  via Taobao (here)
Necklace :  Cor-date
Headband :  Accessorize


Bises!