Thursday, 10 September 2015

Misc | Kawaii Box GIVEAWAY!

Hi all!

Did you see my previous post of my Kawaii Box review? Well, I mentioned to stay tuned as I would be hosting a Kawaii Box giveaway soon, and here it is!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

These are all incredibly adorable items that anyone would love. I wish you all the best of luck!!  ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Misc | Kawaii Box Review

Hello lovelies! Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend so far  (☆^ー^☆)

A few weeks ago I contacted the lovely folks over at Kawaii Box and asked if I could review a box for them; to my surprise and joy, they said yes! Kawaii Box is a monthly subscription service, where you receive a box of adorable Japanese and Korean stationary and other cute items each month  (。♥‿♥。) Think I frightened my mailman half to death when he delivered it, I was so excited ahaha.

So, here's my box review! Be warned: super photo heavy post!

1 - Kawaii Neko Plush (Cute Cat Plush)

2 - Tin Dinosaur Pencil Case

3 - Macaron Ink Pen

4 - Cloud Memory Letter Set

5 - Korean Deco Tape

6 - Polka Dots Shoe Laces

7 - Popsicle Squishy Charm

8 - Mini Animal Spray Bottle

9 - Alpaca Tin Case

10 - Puffy Paradise Stickers

11 - Naru Naru Gumi Nomi DIY Candy Kit

Sooooooo many photos ahahaha! Ugh, everything's so cute it's unbelievable!

Since receiving this Kawaii Box I've already started using a few items, such as the Macaron Ink Pen. It's cute and colourful, and as I'm constantly trundling off to interviews or meetings with recruitment agencies, I need a pen attached to my Week by Week Diary at all times to note all of these appointments down.

I'm also using the Popsicle Squishy Charm, and the Puffy Paradise Stickers. My boyfriend broke the little keyring I was using to keep my housekeys together, so I've started using this really big H&M Tiger Face keyring so that my keys are easy to find in my rather large and cluttered messenger bag. The Popsicle Squishy Charm has now joined the Tiger Face, and now my keys are unmissable in my bag ahaha 'cause this charm is so fat! It even smells kind of sweet ahaha, but the downside is now I keep finding lots of little sprinkles in my bag that have fallen off ahahaha. Meanwhile, some of the Puffy Paradise Stickers have made their way onto the back of my phone, and so far I'm impressed with their staying power! They really cheer my phone up ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆

There are a few things I'm planning on using as well, such as the Kawaii Neko Plush which will probably join Tiger Face and Popsicle on my housekeys. Also the Tin Dinosaur Pencil Case as soon as I can be bothered transferring all my stationary from my old pencil case, the Cloud Memory Letter Set as both my father's and boyfriend's birthdays are in the next three weeks and I'm making home made cards 'cause I'm so unemployed and poor ahaha. The Mini Animal Spray Bottle too, as I want to transfer some of my perfume into it (currently using New Look's Pure Blush; actually smells so nice!! Quite sweet with a subtle floral undertone, not overpowering in the slightest) so I can have some in my bag, but I can't unscrew the top of the bottle ahahahaha (T▽T) Can't wait to use it when I finally manage to unscrew it though ahahaha!

All in all, I'm sooooo pleased with this Kawaii Box, I didn't think I'd get this much use out of all the items! I'm so happy and thankful that they sent one to me, and I'm 100% going to sign up for a subscription as soon as I get a job 'cause all the items are super cute and useful!

Stay tuned as Kawaii Box are also providing me with another box for a giveaway on my blog!  o((*^▽^*))o

Have you had a Kawaii Box before? Are you a fan of how adorable everything Japan and Korea makes is?

Let me know in the comments below!

Bye! x
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Beauty | Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion Review

Hey there, gorgeous people!

So as you maybe saw in my earlier haul post, I recently made quite a large purchase from Boots, including a re-purchase of my HG moisturiser, Soap & Glory's The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion! Honestly my favourite moisturiser to date (○゚ε^○)

Absolutely 100% my holy grail moisturiser. The moisturiser to end all moisturisers. One moisturiser to rule them all. Etc etc ahahaha (o≧▽゚)oニパッ

No, but seriously ahaha. I always avoided mositurisers up until a couple of years ago, because every experience I've ever had with them has ended up with me breaking out in spots within 24 hours of using it. Awful, awful, awful. But then... think in a movie, where the rain clouds part to reveal a rainbow and streams of sunshine, a group of choirboys singing, birds tweeting... that's what happened after I used this Soap & Glory Fab Pore Daily Moisture Lotion because, wait for it, I didn't break out!

This Moisture Lotion is lightweight and breathable, which I think is crucial when it comes to spot-prone skin like mine, as it doesn't clog up my pores. It absorbs easily within a few seconds, so there's none of that heavy, sit-on-your-skin feeling like you get with some moisturisers, but it still does the job! My skin is soft, for the most part spot-free (bad diet, whoops), smooth, and after all those bonuses this Fab Pore Moisture Lotion still does the essential task of keeping my skin from drying out after cleansing  (⌒▽⌒)☆

Have you tried this Soap & Glory Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion? Are you loving anything else from Soap & Glory right now? Let me know in the comments below!

Bye! x
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Friday, 28 August 2015

Beauty | Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Deep Cleansing Oil Balm Review (Korean Skincare)

Oh heeey~ ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆

I'm so annoyed with myself. After finally getting back into a good habit and routine with my posts, I managed to fuck it all up, as per. My Polish friend from Uni came to stay with me for the past 2 weeks during resit period as she had two exams eleven days apart, and couldn't afford a hotel for that long. I'm surprised University doesn't offer some form of accommodation for international students that have to travel back for resit exams, some of which are several weeks apart, that's quite rude and incredibly inconveniencing for them! It's not like anyone's using the accommodation over summer, it's so dumb. I feel really bad for students who have to travel from further away than Poland. Co kurwa  (;¬_¬)

ANYWAYYY ahahahaha! Well, today's post is on the Deep Cleansing Oil Balm of the Pig-Nose Clear Black Head series by Holika Holika! You can find my previous review of the Perfect Sticker review, and my original haul post here.

I adore this Deep Cleansing Oil Balm! First off, it smells super refreshing, with a lemony citrus scent which smells just lovely (o^∀^) Given that I was rubbing this all over my nose for the past few weeks, I can tell you right now I really appreciated that it smelled nice ahahaha.

It's a fantastic balm that just melts into your skin, really. Again, I wasn't expecting any dramatic improvement given that my blackheads are so deeply ingrained into my pores that I doubt anything's going to ever really get rid of them (sigh), but I did see a small but pleasant improvement in their appearance. They seemed to look less dark and even a little bit smaller, and with the stage my blackheads are at, that's something I really appreciate! Unless I find a miracle product, I will have to be happy with tiny improvements such as these, and honestly I really am. y(^ヮ^)y

Any improvement, no matter how small, is still an improvement! Overall, I'm not expecting dramatic changes, and even a vague diminishing of the appearance of my blackheads gets a thumbs up from me ahahaha.

Have you tried this Pig Nose Clear Black Head Deep Cleansing Oil Balm? Are you a fan of any other Holika Holika products? Let me know in the comments below!

Bye! x
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Beauty | Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur and Brighten Crayon Review

Hellooooooooo beauties!

How are you all this lovely day?

Another item from my Boots haul is this Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur and Brighten Crayon! For the past year or so I've been pretty obsessed with Soap and Glory's products, especially their Kick Ass range, and as I've been desperate to find a concealer that's lighter than my skin tone, I thought I'd give this crayon a go ヾ(´▽`*;)ゝ”

It's actually bright! It's actually what it says on the tin ahahaaha. Not only that, it doesn't just produce orange smudges when applied to my problem areas or dark circles like 90% of other concealers I've tried. It's actually lighter than my skin tone, so dark circles and blemishes actually disappear!

Plus, it does actually blur as well! It has a light texture so after blending out what I put under my eyes, it covers my nose, where it covers my pores and blackheads, which is incredibly useful for me ahaha as I have terrible pores/blackheads on my nose. This Blur and Brighten Crayon is fantastic for adding just that little bit of extra blur to what I would consider my worst-afflicted skin, making it look poreless and smooth (´ω`*)ネー

Have you tried this Blur and Brighten Crayon? Are you a fan of Soap & Glory's Kick Ass range? Let me know in the comments below!

Bye! x
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Fashion | Liz Lisa (リズリサ) Autumn 2015 Collection (Japanese Fashion)

Hi all!

I honestly had no idea you guys liked my Japanese fashion posts so much, until I saw that my 2013 Liz Lisa post was one of my top 10 most popular posts! So, thank you, that's awesome  *(*´∀`*)☆

So, here's my follow up! Liz Lisa's Autumn 2015 collection, which boasts the theme "Innocent French Girl". Let's take a look d(^^*)

Phew! One thing I don't like about these Japanese fashion posts is that the pictures on the websites are always blocked or grouped together, so 90% of the time, no matter what brand I'm doing, I have to do a vast amount of cutting and resizing in order for the pictures to look good on my blog.

But I digress ahahaha. Look at how pretty this Autumn collection is! I'm loving how much of a transition this collection offers for people, with clothing you can wear at the end of summer until the beginning of winter. It's all about the transitions! Darker floral patterns, sweatshirts and jumpers, and layering, including THOSE TRENCHCOATS, oh my god ahahaha  (。♥‿♥。)

I'm usually not that big a fan of Liz Lisa clothing as it's just too much on the feminine and frilly side for me, but this Autumn collection is just so nice! Although, the skirts are a little much for me personally. I like the muted, neutral tones combined with the darker maroons, navies, and black, I think they provide a nice contrast as well as showing that transition from summer colours and clothing to autumn and winter colours and clothing. I think they offset each other really nicely to make a lovely outfit, and with the right layering you could wear any of these items of clothing at any time during the year.

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Liz Lisa's clothing? Are there any brands (not just Japanese!) with Autumn/Winter collections that you're loving right now? Let me know in the comments below!

Bye! x
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