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


Friday, December 23, 2016

The Lady in Red

The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek,
There's nobody here, it's just you and me.

-- Chris de Burgh "The Lady in Red"

    Lately I've rekindled some love for Tonymoly, a Korean cosmetics brand with budget-friendly pricepoints. There used to be a Tonymoly store right opposite National Taiwan University when I was still studying there, but not once did I enter and look then, haha! Recently I've read some positive reviews about their products and decided to try out some. One of them is this Tonymoly Kiss Lover Style M lipstick in RD03 (the M implies a more matte finish, and there's another S series which is more shimmery). This red shade was touted by online bloggers as a close dupe to MAC Chili, but I think the latter is more bright and orange-y. This Tonymoly one, on the other hand, is a bright red with just a tinge of orange, and when applied thickly like I did it came off as just a classic red that is flattering on all skintones.

    最近好像又重拾一點對韓國平價彩妝Tonymoly的愛了 >///<  以前在台大念書時其實對面就有一間店的,時候根沒踏去過 XDD  不過最為看到一些對岸的微博主推薦他們家幾樣產品就好奇買來試試了。其中最熱門的品項之一就是今天介紹的這款 Tonymoly Kiss Lover Style M系列唇膏(M表示偏霧面質地,這款還有另一個S系列就是水亮質地的)。這系列的RD03號稱是很接近MAC Chili的色號,不過我覺得MAC的比較亮比較橘一些。而這支M RD03比較是帶一滴滴橘的正紅,像我那樣厚擦的話會顯得更深更紅一些,但是這個紅感覺滿顯白的。 

    As I vowed to use this rather blah Maybelline palette more often in my last makeup post, here I am using it again for this old staple brown-toned look.

    1. Sweep A across entire eyelid as a base.
    2. Apply B within the crease line and blend in the edges with a crease brush.
    3. Apply a bit of C at the outer 1/3 of the eye and pat on a little B and blend.
    4. Apply C at the outer 1/3 of lower lash line with a liner brush and slightly smudge.
    5. Line the upper lash line with gel eye liner, finishing with a wing.
    6. Line the outer 2/3 of lower lash line as well.
    7. Apply mascara and voila!


    1. A掃過當打底。
    2. 在眼摺內擦上B,在將邊緣用刷子好好暈開。
    3. 在上眼皮外1/3處疊上C,再派上一點B混合暈染。
    4. 將C用眼線刷畫在下眼線外1/3處,並稍稍暈開。
    5. 用眼線膏在上眼皮畫上上揚眼線。
    6. 下眼線外2/3也一併用眼線膏畫上眼線。
    7. 最後擦個睫毛膏完成眼妝。

    The colour payoff of this lipstick is quite good, but to attain that saturated red shade a thick application is essential. And do keep in mind to use a lip brush for that, as a messy application of such a bright shade might render you a clownface if you're not careful. As you can see, though it implies a matte finish, it's not the kind of absolute-matte-to-the-point-of-dry finish you get with a lot of US brands. There's a nice bit of gloss to it, and I really do like this kind of semi-matte look. 

    唇膏的話這支顯色度蠻好的,但是要達到飽和的正紅必須要厚擦。這支厚擦絕對要用唇刷,不然會邊緣不夠整齊看起來超~像~石榴姊的 T__T   可以看到他雖然標榜M是霧面但其實不是歐美很霧很乾的那種,還是會一點點一點點的光澤。總的來說這種半霧面的唇妝質感我還蠻喜歡的 <33

    ( I hardly used photo filters this time, just a bit of tweaking with brightness and contrast)   

    Oh, and sorry for the sullen face overload  :P  This shade of red is kind of empowering so I got carried away with the femme fatale impersonation, haha!  I guess it would be a bit too much for a friendly neighbourhood Christmas gathering, so I'm going back to earth tones probably.   


    不好意思啦臭臉有點多 orz ...因為這個紅色真的滿霸氣的不知不覺就惡女上身了 XDD  聖誕節這個妝好像很有事,我還是回到我的低調土色系好了 :P  

    As usual, I'm ending the post with a medley of Instagram pics ( @bonjourjasmineblog ), I'm into clean tones lately :P

    照例來個Instagram照片的拼圖當結尾(帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog),最近好像走較乾淨的色調哈哈  :P


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