Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Earth Tones

You're getting ready for your next show,
Rat bones to earth tones, concrete to cobblestones.

-- Kid Dynamite "Breakin's A Memory"

    Last I checked on Instagram earth-toned makeup seems to be all the rage right now, thanks in part to the ubiquitous Kardashian clan I guess. It's the power of social media I think, that posts after posts of Kylie lip kits and the likes had me curious and yearning for a brown-toned lipstick too. When I came across a brownish liquid lipstick at an Essence counter the other day, I couldn't resist picking one up and experimenting on a color scheme almost totally new to me.

    最近社交媒體上土色系妝容真的好紅,大概跟無所不在的Kardashian一家很有關係吧 XDD  在網路上被一波又一波的Kylie Lip Kit跟類似唇膏的實擦試色不停生火,搞得我也好好奇好想試試土色系唇妝。於是某天經過一家藥妝店的Essence櫃發現了這支土土的液態口紅時因為超便宜就忍不住入手了,想說來嘗試一下不曾試過的眼下最夯的吃土妝  : P

    To be honest I'm a tad unsure about the shade name, the tube came swathed in literally bundles of cellophane tape and while I was zealously removing them the sticker with the shade name on it came off with the tape. That said, I did a check online and I feel pretty confident this is 07 Nougat Kiss. It is a well-pigmented brownish nude with a tiny hint of red and has a shiny lipgloss-like finish. It's quite sticky though and has a sweet peanut candy-like fragrance which is a drawback to some I guess, but considering its next-to-nothing price it's absolutely worth a shot if you like brown-based nudes.

    其實我有一點點不確定色號,因為買來的時候唇膏整條被店員用膠帶包得木乃伊似的,在我拔膠帶拔得抓狂的時候寫色號的貼紙也嘶一聲跟著膠帶一起被我拔掉了 XDD  不過網上查了一下大概有9成把握這支是07 Nougat Kiss。它是帶一點紅調的土色,雖然叫液態唇膏但是質地像唇蜜是偏水亮的妝感,但是遮蓋力又滿好的這點又像唇膏。這支其實有點黏,然後帶有點像花生糖(?)般的甜味可能有人不喜歡,不過看在它這麼便宜的份上如果想要嘗試吃土色這支完全值得一試啊  >///<

    I did a basic earth-toned eye makeup with this Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette to complement the lip colour. I bought this palette quite a while ago solely for the sleek packaging and the matte shades, but never really got to using it because frankly the colour payoff is mediocre at best. Still I had to finish off what I started so... (shrug). As the colour payoff is not too good and some shades are actually more sheer than the others, it takes a few more strokes than usual to achieve the desired intensity, but, oh well, I do like these practical shades well enough to live with the extra effort I guess ; )

    為了襯托這個土色唇妝這次用了Maybelline The Nudes眼影盤畫了個很基本的大地色眼妝。這盤當初完全是被排得整整齊齊的一格格大地色給誘惑,為了看起來很俐落的外表跟裡面幾個霧面色而買的。但其實買一段時間了都沒怎麼用它,因為老實說這眼影顯色度真的非常一般 orz  不過買都買了怎樣還是得用掉啊  T_T  ←所謂的自食其果(不要亂用成語  ...嗯,因為顯色度真的不太好而且有些色比其他的透很多,大概要比平時多疊擦幾次才能達到想要的飽和度,不過我想擦起來的效果還ok也夠實用,有空大概還是會努力刷它挽回票價吧 XDDD

    1. Sweep A generously across entire lid.
    2. Apply B on the area depicted above, i.e. the area within the crease.
    3. Blend the edges of B with a blending brush.
    4. Apply C over the outer 1/3 of upper lids and outer 1/4 of lower lids. 
    5. Similarly, blend out the edges with a blending brush.
    6. Using a tapered brush, apply C along the lower lashline as eyeliner, leaving the inner 1/3 untouched.
    7. Apply black eyeliner on the upper lid, winging it about 3mm beyong the outer corner.
    8. Apply mascara and the look is done.

    1. 不用客氣地在整個上眼皮刷上A。
    2. 在圖中所示的區域(即眼摺以內的範圍)疊上B。
    3. 用暈染刷把B的邊緣暈開。
    4. 把C疊擦在上眼皮的外1/3跟下眼皮的外1/4。
    5. 一樣用暈染刷暈開。
    6. 以小扁刷在下眼線擦上C,內1/3的區域留白不畫眼線。
    7. 上眼皮畫上粗黑眼線,並且在外眼角處延伸大約3mm。
    8. 擦上睫毛膏,眼妝部分就完成了。

    As for the lips, I applied the Essence Liquid Lipstick thickly over the lips with the applicator, but used a lip brush to get tidier edges. While I think the coverage is fairly good in that the earthy colour actually shows on the lips, it does appear deeper on my naturally dark lips than lip swatches done on paler lips that I saw online. Also, as you can see it does not conceal lines and has a glossy finish, but in some of my photos below it looks more matte because halfway through the photoshoot I applied some loose powder on the lips to mattify it. I like it both ways, I think  : )

    至於唇妝部分,我用Essence液態唇膏上附的海棉棒厚塗了一層,但是邊緣處還是需要借助唇刷才能刷得比較乾淨整齊。雖然我覺得這支遮蓋力不錯,土色在嘴上都有好好的顯現出來,但是跟網路上我看到的淡唇色的試色比起來,到底在我深唇色人身上塗起來還是會比較暗一丟丟。然後大概可以看出來不遮唇紋,而且是水亮妝感,下面全妝照中有些看起來像霧面是因為拍一半時我試著上了點蜜粉讓它霧面化,我覺得兩種妝感我都還蠻喜歡的  : )

    As this is an earth-toned theme, I intend to stick to the colour scheme all the way up to my attire and nails and hair. This look is a tad darker and more sophisticated than what I usually attempt, and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I hope you like it too, do try out such neutral brown looks during this season ... it's all the rage after all  ; )

    因為是吃土系女孩,所以從衣服到髮飾到指甲都要土色 XDD  這個妝容比起我平時嘗試的妝暗一些也成熟一些,不過畫出來的效果我還是滿意的。希望你們也會喜歡啦,這個秋冬不妨也來嘗試看看,一起當一當最夯的吃土系女孩吧! ; ) 

    As usual, I'm ending the post with a medley of Instagram pics ( @bonjourjasmineblog ), this time a mix of recent ones and ones with earth tones  ; )

    照例來個Instagram照片的拼圖當結尾(帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog),這次除了近期的ins還有加一點土色系照片應題  :PP


Monday, October 31, 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

You're a midsummer's dream 
Under a star soaked sky.

-- Lonestar "You're Like Comin' Home"


   It's that time of the year again, when one can dress as whimsically or as impudently as one wishes. To be honest, this year I really was pulling it off at the 11th hour -- by the time I even decided to do a Halloween post, there was literally no time to shop for props. Eyeing my little niece's butterfly wings stashed in a corner -- it really was a stroke of luck there -- and recalling my yellow-green dress by Mercuryduo and my band of floral crowns, voila! Everything is at hand for Titania from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (pic inspiration here).

    As usual, these photos were taken using a self-timer and a tripod so please bear with me if there were issues with focus and details resolution. 

    又到了一年中唯一可以任由自己穿的誇張奇幻的一天。今年根本是臨時抱佛腳啊,在決定要來篇萬聖節穿搭並且有空拍的時候卻已經沒剩什麼時間逛道具了。然後一不小心瞥見姐姐女兒丟在一邊的玩具蝴蝶翅膀,然後又熊熊想起這件黃綠色 Mercuryduo 長洋裝跟我那一堆花圈頭飾 -- 鏘鏘鏘~馬上可以組成一套陽春版仲夏夜之夢的妖精女王泰坦尼亞(靈感參考圖片→ 這裡)。

    這次的照片一樣在老家後院用腳架跟倒數計時自拍,所以有些對焦問題跟細節解析度不好的問題就請多多見諒啦 >_<

Dress :  Mercuryduo
Sandals :  from
Earrings :  Cor-date x Ayako
Floral crown :  AmoreBride (via Etsy)


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Love in the Moonlight

Magic is the moonlight,
On this lover's dream night.

-- Esquivel "Other Worlds, Other Sounds"

    Ciao again! Today I'm going to emulate the look of Kim Yoo-jung in the dance scene of the Korean drama series "Love in the Moonlight". To be honest I didn't watch it, someone commented on my last makeup post and said it looks a bit like the look on Kim in the series, so I was a bit piqued. I Googled it up and the look was so romantic I simply had to try it  : P

    耍廢了一個禮拜終於趕在上班前生出新文 orz  今天想要仿韓劇「雲畫的月光」裡面金裕貞跳舞場景的眼妝。其實我沒看這劇,因為上一個玫瑰色妝容有女生推文說有點像雲畫的妝所以我就好奇了 XDD  然後搜尋了一下,啊啊畫面太浪漫啦整個變得躍躍欲試  : P

(photo credit :  MEPSI)

    As I didn't watch the series, I simply Googled some screenshots of the dance scene for reference. Perhaps it was the low light on the spot that makes Kim's eye makeup look pretty light-handed, but when you increase the brightness of the screenshot you can see that some deep shades were used to emphasize and elongate the eyes.


    I'm using my BH Cosmetics 120 Colours Palette and a matte cookie brown eyeshadow from Tonymoly. The colours used are as shown and numbered alphabetically.

    這次用了超方便的BH Cosmetics 120色眼影盤跟一顆Tonymoly的橘棕色霧面眼影。有用到的顏色都有用字母標示起來了。

1. Sweep A across the lids and apply B within the crease.
2. Apply C on the inner corners of the eyes.
3. Apply C n the outer corners of the eyes, dabbing on repeatedly to get the desired effect.
4. Brush on D on the center area and blend.
5. Apply A on the lower lids, and blend with C at the outer corners.

1. 用A上在整個眼窩,然後B打在眼摺範圍內。
2. C輕輕刷在上眼皮的眼頭處,不用刷太深。
3. 用扁刷在眼尾 ">" 部位打上C,反覆疊擦達到想要的深度。
4. 在上眼皮中間部分刷上D並且暈開色塊交界處。
5. 在下眼皮刷上A強調臥蠶,並且跟眼尾處的C融合暈開。

    Up until now we've accomplished Kim's everyday look in the drama series, basically an orange-y brown look. The dance scene, however, involves using eyeliner to elongate the eyes.


6. Using a black gel liner, line the upper eyelids and extend it at the end about 4mm beyond the outer corners.
7. Similarly, line the outer 1/3 of the lower eyelids.
8. Use E to lightly blend the extended part with the brown shade.
9. Apply mascara and voila!

6. 用黑色眼線膏畫上眼線,在眼尾處往外拉長大概4mm左右。
7. 同樣用眼線膏畫下眼線,範圍是眼尾1/3左右。
8. 用E輕輕將橘棕色部分跟黑色眼線部分稍微暈開。
9. 上個睫毛膏眼妝就完成啦!

    The completed eye makeup looks somewhat like this. And here's a warning, I'm going full-on pretentious in the photos below, complete with purple veil and butterflies and all  : P

    完成的眼妝大概長這樣,眼睛條件不夠好不像請別見怪 <(_ _)>  然後下面有拿紫色面紗自嗨的瘋子 ...大家現在逃還來得及 XDDD

    Well, that's all for this time! I think the key to Kim Yoo-jung's look is her smiling eyes though, you can't fail with that kind of eyes really (bawls).  Anyway, this is another shift duty day for me, so I would be a wee bit late to reply if you have any questions or comments  ; )

    嗨完真開心(喂)  這次仿妝就到這邊啦,覺得金裕貞的眼妝重點是臥蠶,只要臥蠶大感覺眼睛就很好看啊  T__T  然後今天還是個要去值班的早晨 ...所以回覆什麼的會慢一些喔 >.<

    As usual, I'm ending the post with a medley of Instagram pics ( @bonjourjasmineblog ), naturally it's been dominated by fall colours these days   ; )

    照例來個最近的Instagram照片的拼圖當結尾(帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog),現在po的默默都變成沉穩的秋冬色系了 XD


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