Thursday, April 24, 2014


Your beauty comes like sunshine after rain, so warm
An unexpected spark to wash away the dark.

-- Elvenking "Swallowtail"


    Yes, yes ... I'm so not over the Elvish / Arabian makeup thing, and I decided to discard the headscarf and tone down the contouring a bit. I got this swallow headband (or chain?) from Romwe a while ago, I think it is not overly gaudy that a costume ball would be the only place to flaunt it. I mean, it is simple enough for music festival getups and boho stylings à la Free People, yet still maintains an ethereal quality that would suit my occasional whim for dreamy fanciful dresses. And speaking of fanciful dresses, this green chiffon dress by Dazzlin' with its lovely bell sleeves is a favourite of mine in terms of dreaminess. I think I really got a bargain as it was purchased during sale season in Japan three years ago, it is still as good as new despite a few outings during this time and just as beautiful as when I first laid eyes on it.

    好吧好吧~其實我還沒對可惡的精靈/阿拉伯主婦妝死心啦(詳情請見上篇),這次忍痛捨棄了頭巾跟減少修容來重出江湖 XDD  這個燕子頭飾是之前在 Romwe 入手的,我想這個款式不會過於華麗到只剩下化妝舞會可以戴上它。畢竟這款設計相對簡約,大概可以在音樂季穿搭或是 Free People 式的波西米亞穿搭中用得上,但是又保留了一點奇幻的氛圍,讓我這個浪漫風穿搭愛好者可以解一解饞 :P  說到浪漫風,這件 Dazzlin' 的綠色雪紡洋裝大概是我衣櫃中數一數二夢幻的啦~重點就在那歌仔戲般的飛袖啦!XD  不過我覺得真的很划算,三年前趁日貨折扣季的時候入手的,經過幾次穿出門加上洗滌依舊完好如新,也一如第一次見到的時候一樣美麗如昔 >///<

Dress :  Dazzlin'
Headband :


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elves and Daydreams

    Some time ago, I bought this makeup guide by Korean makeup artist Pony (you can find it here) and was totally entranced with the exciting looks this book offered. It featured quite a lot of celebrity-inspired makeup, in fact nearly half a book of them, from Tang Wei's barely there makeup in Lust, Caution to Kristen Stewart's sultry look in Twilight to Audrey Hepburn's iconic look in Sabrina. It's not just all about recreating celebrity looks though, there are whole chapters on achieving different kinds of foundation effects, tips on contouring the face and applying the blush and shaping different kinds of brows. It is a pretty enjoyable book to be sure, and pretty to look at too ;)

    前陣子我終於入手了韓國很夯的彩妝師 Pony 的第三本彩妝書《閃耀明星妝》(網址點這裡),真心覺得這本真的很精彩。顧名思義,這本幾乎有半本以上都是仿妝,從湯唯在『色,戒』中若有似乎的淡妝到 Kristen Stewart 在『暮光之城』中的煙熏 style 到奧黛麗.赫本的 Sabrina 經典造型樣樣都有。不過這本其實也不只是仿妝而已,除了仿妝過程傳授的小技巧外,也有幾個章節探討各種不同妝效的底妝,還有打亮修容及腮紅上法,以及如何修出各類型的眉等等。這本真的是滿好看實用的彩妝書,就算不仿妝當圖書看也頗賞心悅目 XD

    This is the look I was trying to emulate in this post, it is Arwen's look from a scene in the final Lord of the Rings movie where she was preparing to leave the shores of Middle Earth for Valinor. I think Pony did the look quite well considering the limitations of  her Asian features. I, on the other hand, look inexplicably like an Arabian lady in a headscarf  LOL.

    這就是我今天要仿的妝啦!這是『魔戒三部曲.王者再臨』中,精靈公主 Arwen 準備離開中土世界的造型。我覺得 Pony 真的仿的很好,雖然是東方人的五官卻可以感受到那意境。結果我東施效顰仿出來比較像戴著頭巾的阿拉伯女人 orz

    For the base, as I was going for a slightly matte look, I mixed some Matte Foundation from Mary Kay with Fly-up purple base to achieve a more porcelain, less yellow skin.

    底妝的部分,因為想要達到的是比較霧面無暇的效果,所以用了 Mary Kay 的 Matte Foundation(手邊唯一偏霧面的粉底)。為了解決面色臘黃的問題,我在粉底液中混合了 Fly-up 的紫色隔離霜,擦上後顯得比較粉嫩白皙。

    Next, I covered up any other imperfections such as dark circles with a cream concealer. I also applied it thinly to the lip edges to make way for plumper lips later, haha.

    接著,把剩下的,粉底蓋不住的瑕疵(比如黑眼圈)用霜狀質地的遮瑕膏遮起來。我也把唇線用遮瑕膏稍微這一下,等一下要畫麗芙.泰勒的豐唇比較方便 XD

    I set my under eye concealer with some translucent loose powder. Then I finished off the base makeup by dusting a thin layer of powder to set everything.


    Well, to be honest, I think I overdid the contouring as I did not expect the colours to be so vivid on camera. I brushed the white colour in the palette on the left under the brows and on the inner corner of the eyes. Then I mixed the two browns on the rightmost of the right palette and applied it on the sides of my nose. I darkened the brown slightly and used it on the area from the inner end of the brows to the inner corner of the eyes (and actually both the browns are too dark for me, doh).

    老實說,我覺得修容的部分有點失敗了,因為以為相機會吃色結果下手過重 T_T  我是先用左邊的眼影盤中的白色打亮在眉骨及眼頭部份(據 Pony 說,這樣會有開眼頭效果?)。然後再用右邊眼影盤的最右兩格棕色混合後,打在鼻梁兩邊。稍微加深一點再刷在眉頭至眼頭外的位置(不過不得不說我這次混得太深了 囧>)。

    The eye makeup is kept simple by using matte brown all the way. I first applied the rightmost brown of the right palette over the entire upper eyelids. Then I dabbed a mixture of the two browns on the outer half of the eyelids, forming a "<" shape on the outer corner of the eyes.

    眼妝部分相對簡單,就用了霧面棕色走天下。最先是用右邊眼影盤的最右格淺棕打在整個上眼皮。然後混合兩個棕色後上在眼皮後半部,並且在眼尾處形成 "< " 形。

    For the blush, I used a lavender-hued pale blush and sweep it over the cheeks and cheekbones. Then I used a more vibrant bright pink blush and sweep it over the apples of the cheeks.


    I think the Revlon lip balms have a rather nice plumping effect on me, so I shaped the outline of full lips with it, apply a thin layer overall (the red looks rather dark but a thin layer is actually quite sheer). Then I dab another layer of bright pink lipstick by Topshop, followed by another layer of Revlon lip balm to plump up. Dab off the edges slightly so that the outline of the lips look more natural and less sharp.

    我覺得露華濃的唇筆對我來說有一點豐唇的效果,所以這次我先用這支唇筆畫出唇的輪廓,並且讓顏色稍微溢出原本唇線(這樣才能使薄唇 → 豐唇)。接著我用了 Topshop 的粉紅唇膏把唇塗滿,再上一層露華濃的棕紅唇筆。完成後將唇線稍微暈開,讓唇形輪廓看起來不那麼銳利而自然一些。

    After all the efforts, I look rather more like an Arabian housewife than an elvish princess LOL. I can't help it, "elvishness" is not in my genes, haha.

    經過那一番折騰,結果照片我覺得還比較像阿拉伯主婦 XDD  哎呀~我沒辦法啦,先天沒有精靈基因(攤手)。

As usual, I do give warnings of disaster on my Instagram (@ bonjourjasmineblog), haha!

然後照例的放上 Instagram (@ bonjourjasmineblog) 拼圖,我都會先給災難預警喔! XDD


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beetles in the Garden

After a summer shower when I saw you standin'
In the garden in the garden wet with rain.

-- Van Morrison "In the Garden"


    It is springtime, the perfect time to break out the flowers and the bugs! A while ago, I retrieved from the post office a boxful of Cor-date jewellery, and I spent a night oohing and aahing over the ravishing sparklers with my friend. One of our favourite pieces is this lovely scarab beetle necklace, which is available in an assortment of stone or pearl settings. The work is exquisite, and it is surprisingly versatile despite the fanciful design. Here I pair it with florals, but really it goes well with many things, even denim. You can find more looks with it on my Instagram (@bonjourjasmineblog) !

    春天來了~是時候讓花朵與昆蟲們出來透透氣啦!前陣子我從郵局那裡領回一大盒 Cor-date 的飾品,結果我跟一起買的朋友一整個晚上對著那閃亮亮的美物們在發花癡 XDD  我們的最愛之一就是這條《童話故事,尋覓》短鍊,上面的金龜子可以選擇各色天然石或珍珠。 這條項鍊的作工很細緻,而且雖然花俏華麗卻意外的好搭 >///<  這裡我是搭印花上衣,但實際上它跟很多風格都撘得來,甚至是丹寧也沒問題喔!(偷說其實我已經在 Instagram 放了不少這條項鍊的照片 XDD):)

Top :  Nicole
Skirt :  Taobao
Necklace & Earrings :  Cor-date
Shoes :  Vincci