Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Beauty Trend: Asian Cosmetics & Skincare

Feeling clean and fresh
(Light, natural  all-Korean-makeup look.)

 Hi Guys,

Here's a quick post on one of my favourite beauty trends, Asian beauty products. The Asian skincare craze has been around for a while, but I never really got onboard. It seemed pretty expensive and complicated to find, so imagine my surprise when I found out how simple and affordable it is. (and how it branches out into more than just skin care!)

Cleansing and moisturizing wasn't doing it for me so when I heard about certain brands of face masks for tired, sensitive skin, I wanted to try them out.

Whats great about the masks is that they are made for sensitive skin and are very gentle. They average at about $1 - $15 depending on where you buy them and what the mask is supposed to do. Also, the packaging is super cute and they have a mask for every occasion. At one of my favourite Korean stores, Holika Holika, they have masks for after studying, before a date, after working overtime, after hitting the gym, the list goes on.

Some of my favourite face mask brands:

  • Etude House: has amazing masks with gorgeous packaging. I posted pictures of two of my favourites, the Acai Berry and Vita Complex masks. The Vita Complex  mask is literally vitamins for your skin and does wonders for tired skin. 
  • Holika Holika: has super moisturizing masks for every occasion. They have different lines of masks for any skin concern. (tightening, brightening, whitening, moisture, elasticity.) 
  • SOO: A personal favourite and the first brand I ever tried. Bonus points because they smell AMAZING!
  • SkinFood: Great masks, simple ingredients and a good rep with big beauty bloggers. 

The Dream Team
Holika Holika favourites
After becoming a face mask devotee, I started wondering about my makeup routine in general. A lot of the brands I was using were pretty expensive and definitely not naturally made. They often left my makeup dry and cake-y and without careful cleansing, caused horrible breakouts. (also, I'm really pale, so finding a shade that fit naturally is tough.)

I stumbled upon Korean cosmetics next and here are a few personal 5 star faves:

Holika Holika: two words, LIP-TINT. The lip tint is super moisturizing and gives your lips the perfect berry stain for the day. 
Freebie for those of us with small eyes: the under eye pencil is amazing. 

TONY MOLY: an awesome brand carried at Sephora. The strawberry pore strips and Face Mix Cover Pot Concealer are really good. (Think a cute version of Biore) 
The Panda under eye circle correcting line and the Aloe line are great if you like the products. 

It's Skin: A high quality brand ranging from super cute basics to hard core face-fixing serums. The BabyFace line is my personal favourite. It works really well and the packaging is the cutest!

Pictured below are the petit mascara, highlighter puff and makeup setting spray (smells like pear!)

It's Skin, BABYFACE line

Now the main question: where do I get these? The fastest way to get them is Ebay. There are wholesalers from Korea who ship the authentic products for free (and they usually arrive in a week of two.) Another way is to find stores that carry these products. If you live in Toronto like I do, you can find these at T&T Supermarkets, Pacific Mall boutiques, the Holika Holika in the Eglington Centre  and the Jealousy Japanese beauty store on Queen West and Spadina.

-Jöelle (wearing her face mask while composing this really long post)

And so it begins....

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Look at Minimalism

Hey Guys,

Here's the long awaited look at minimalism:

Minimalism is one of the easiest ways to always look chic and unbothered. Minimalism ensures you have a certain Je ne said quoi and that you wear your clothes and not the other way around. It's very versatile, looks good on everyone and looks timelessly cool. It's also a pretty catchy trend, street style wise.

Ok, enough said.

Minimalism is pretty easy to master. It starts with basics and how you style them. I have attached a Polypore set of some of the basic pieces one should have to achieve the look.

Minimalism generally requires neutral colours arranged in interesting ways. A white blouse, leather, some fur and a camel coat and you've got a sharp outfit that can take you from day to night. It's all about layering and mixing in aesthetic ways. All of the items below are mix and match basics that form super chic outfits. (For inspo, think the olsen twins and off duty models, Korean fashion, etc.)

Inner Minimalist
Minimalist Basics: leather jacket, turtleneck, grey, sneakers, plaid, scarves, camel, button downs.....

Here are some of my most-liked outfits on my feed and how I did them:

A pop of colour
 This outfit was a basic ruffled grey sweatshirt with a layered oversized button down, leather leggings and super comfy suede Vans.

(Shoes on sale from ShoeMe.ca, free shipping)

I updated the look with a pop of orange to liven it up and added silver aviators.

A major part of the minimalist aesthetic is in the details. A necklace, hat, bag, fur etc. all add a polished look to an outfit.

Metallic sweater and colour-block sneakers 
 This look is a very popular one on my Instagram feed. It was a mix of navy, metallics and grey to form a layered look.

The leggings give the outfit a sporty vibe and the sparkles add excitement to the look. (That being said an all black look is cool too, but I usually add at least one statement.)

The greyish hue of the sneakers ties in the sweater, the white backs match the button down and the navy sweater coat pulls everything together.

This look centres on layering a comfy grey Clu USA ruffle sweater with blue and grey pinstripes at the bottom, with plaid. (I love stripes and plaid together.)

The leather leggings upgrade the look and add an edge while the plain black colour palette keeps things chic.

The last two looks feature basic coat styles and scarves as attention pieces.

That's all for now, for those with questions, feel free to DM me.


Classic coat and scarf combo

Lace up details and a draped scarf

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year, New Styles: Denim Leggings

Hey Guys, 

First post of the new year!

A lot has been happening to this little blog and with the new year just begun, I think it's appropriate to turn a new page and try new styles. 

I've been getting some DM's regarding tricky styles and how to work them. Here's a post on one of those trends I had to try for myself: denim with a skirt.

I started by assessing the colour of my denim leggings and figuring out how to pair them best with the basics already in my closet. Leggings available here: (http://www.hue.com/denim-leggings/hue-original-denim-leggings-denim-washes.htm)

My leggings are a blue-grey colour so I opted for a heathered grey skirt and coordinating tasseled scarf. To tie the look together and make it a tad less boring, I layered a navy galaxy print blouse under an olive green sweater. 
Lastly, I added my super comfy new leather moccasins in the same hue. (Available at Joe Fresh for only $11!) The trick is to keep the tones in the same colour family until you're ready to be a bit more daring. 

Here are some quick shots of the look. 


The Full Look


View from the front

View from the back

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