Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Anime | Currently Watching: Free!

A different kind of post today; I know I normally post about beauty and fashion-related topics (mainly wishlist due to my poorness and my spending ban), but the whole reason I named my blog Neko To No Tanoshii (Fun With Cat), is because I don't want my blog to be pigeon-holed as a certain "type". My blog is not a beauty or fashion blog, it's what I find fun! Hence, today, I'm going to talk about Anime.

For those of you who don't know (although if you're bothering to read this then you probably do), Anime is Japanese hand drawn animated productions, and is one of my favourite things to watch no matter what the subject, if not just for the visual quality as the drawings are amazing. Anime is the abbreviated version of animation, and I think that my favourite kinds would be Shōnen and Shōjo, but I always like an anime/manga that features some kind of fantasy element. What's the fun in watching a "cartoon" if it's based on real life?! Well, apparently there is some fun in real-life themed anime, and that's where my most recent addiction comes in.

Free! is a shounen anime that revolves around four high school students who are obsessed with swimming - absolute no fantasy themes involved, so this is a first for me. They all met at a public swimming pool when they were kids, where they joined the swim club and win a relay tournament together as a team. However, one of them then left for a swimming school in Australia to train as an Olympic swimmer. The show is set in high school, and the main character, Harakua Nanase, is a peculiar guy; very quiet, and literally OBSESSED with water and swimming - he wears his swimming trunks under his clothes 24/7, takes really long baths, jumps into any volume of water, and his best friend's (Makoto Tachibana) reactions to him constantly taking off his clothes in public is hilarious, I'd watch it for that alone.

So far I'm only up to episode 5, as this anime is currently airing, which I'm not too pleased about because I hate waiting for new episodes of things!! The basic premise is that three of the four all go to school together, and the fourth who went to Australia (Rin Matsuoka) comes back home to attend a different swimming school. This sparks an old rivalry between them (mainly from Rin's side, as Haru doesn't care for racing and just likes to swim), and as the trio's old swimming pool has been shut down they start their own swimming club at school, with a new member. That's the basic gist of it all :)

It's all about SWIMMING (obvs), rivalry, friendship and making new friends, and boys taking off their clothes, kind of ahahahaha. I realllyyyyyyyyyyyy like this one, I was gutted when I realised not all the episodes had aired! It's really fun to watch, it looks incredible, and it's just generally quite a happy show. I've become quite attached to the characters, which is impressive considering I've only watched four episodes, and I've found myself really rooting for them when they're trying the best, like when they cleaned up the school swimming pool, and when Rei was learning to swim. It should appeal to most people (mainly those that like anime already ahaha), and to be honest, I'd highly recommend it!

Plot: ♥♥♥♥ (only up to episode 4, so can't judge plot too much)
Visuals: ♥♥♥♥♥
Audio: ♥♥♥♥
Recommendation: YES!!

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Beauty | Lioele Under the Eye Light Concealer Review (Korean Cosmetics)

I'M BACK! Bet you all missed me ;) Let's get straight into it with a review, shall we?

So, I have to say... this Lioele Under the Eye Light Concealer (updated link; original no longer available) is my favourite concealer by far. Easily the best one I've ever owned! I'm ridiculously pale, and this pink-coloured liquid concealer is exactly what I've been missing in my life. Previously an owner of Rimmel London's Hide The Blemish Concealer, I always found that it showed up really yellow on my skin, and this did nothing to neutralise or even my skin tone, given its contrasting colouring.

I like that it's a pen-style concealer, as you squeeze the "pen" bit of the tube, and the product comes out of the "nib". It comes out quite quickly, so don't go nuts with your squeezing! I find that it dries quite quickly, and also the pen is not the best tool for spreading the product across my need-to-cover areas, so I tend to squeeze it onto my face via the nib, then use my fingers to spread it around and cover my dark circles and blemishes.

Overall, this Under The Eye Light Concealer from Lioele is amazing! I use it not just under my eyes, but also practically all over my face because I love it so much; it's essentially become my primer as it really does even out my skin tone, banishes red blotches and spots, and also makes my pores invisible. I've essentially given up make-up at the moment due to general exhaustion and lack of caring for work, but when I do wear it (say for a night out), I always reach for this concealer, as I feel it really does brighten up my face and just generally makes it look better, plus it makes for an excellent base for my BB Cream or drugstore foundation.

Have you ever tried this Lioele Under The Eye Concealer? Do you own any Korean cosmetic products? Are there any you'd like to try? I'd love to hear what you guys are using right now!

Bye! x
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