Thursday, September 8, 2016

Biteki



    I've always been fascinated by Japanese magazine freebies (or furoku as they're referred to locally), but lately my interest is flagging as the freebies get monotonous -- always the cute bags and totes and pouches with an occasional card holder thrown into the mix. And also, I rarely write exclusively about these furokus on the blog, usually they just pop up in my outfits like a little footnote. Nevertheless, this month's issue of Biteki, a Japanese beauty magazine, really took me by surprise with their variety of furoku that I felt compelled to write about it  ; )

    其實我一直以來都對日文雜誌的贈品(所謂的雑誌付録)莫名感興趣,不過近年真的因為贈品來來去去都差不多 -- 總是可愛的大包、小包、化妝包,偶爾來個卡夾 -- 所以也沒那麼熱衷於此了。說起來,我也很少在網誌特地介紹雜誌贈品,通常它們就像個腳註一樣默默出現在我的穿搭文裡。不過這個月的日文彩妝雜誌《美的》的付録真是滿讓我意外的,覺得有必要寫一寫介紹 ; )



   There are 3 furokus in total, all packed up in this pink cardboard box.

    總共有三項贈品,全裝在這個雜誌大小的粉紅盒子裡。




    The first of the freebies -- four sachets of Hydro Genius, Benefique's new moisturizing serum that's purportedly designed for fall and winter skin conditions. According to the accompanying pamphlet, this product is lightweight, infused with a soothing floral scent and absorbed surprisingly fast due to its nano-sized particles. I haven't really tried these samples out yet and honestly they're not the point of this post, so I'll just leave it at that  : P

    首先,第一項贈品是四小包的碧麗妃新出的Hydro Genius高保濕精華液試用品。看隨盒附上的DM說明,這款產品是為了改善秋冬氣候的肌膚狀況,質地輕盈,帶有花香,然後因為其納米顆粒特別容易穿透角質層被皮膚吸收。嘛~其實我還沒開始用啦,也不是本篇介紹的重點,使用心得什麼的就先放一邊囉 XDD



    The second freebie is a double-ended lip brush in a simple matte black plastic casing. On one end is a retractable lip brush, while the other holds a sponge tip lip applicator. The lip brush is, of course, used for applying lipstick with more precision. The sponge tip applicator, on the other hand, has a soft blunt tip not unlike those cushion blenders found on Maybelline Lip Gradation and, according to the magazine, ideal for applying cream lip-and-cheek products that are all the rage now.

    第二項贈品是一支雙頭唇筆。外殼就很樸實的黑色霧面塑料,一頭是可旋轉伸縮的唇刷,另一頭則是海綿狀的唇筆。唇刷可想而知就用來上一般唇膏,可以更精準的描繪唇形。海綿那頭其實類似媚比琳的氣墊唇筆,雜誌上是說適合用來上現在很夯的唇頰霜,可以代替手指更衛生也更均勻的把霜狀唇彩上在唇上。



    I almost never use lip brushes frankly, but I must say using a lip brush simplifies the onerous task of lining the lips tremendously, especially when you need to be meticulous while applying loud colours. It does help me line the edges of the Cupid's bow much faster and infinitely tidier (forgive those white dots around the philtrum, that's not uneven lipstick application -- just reflected light ; P ). I do not have lip-and-cheek products at the moment (surprise surprise), so the sponge tip end will have to wait another day, but I think I'm happy enough with just the lip brush.

    我平時幾乎不用唇刷,但是必須承認,唇刷在上鮮豔色彩唇膏需要仔細描繪唇形時真的是大功臣啊!這次用贈品的唇刷那端上桃紅色唇膏,確實上唇線描的更快而且整齊多了(人中那裡的白點不是唇膏上得不均而是反光喔 ; P)。然後驚覺有一段時間曾是腮紅控的我竟然沒半個唇頰霜,海綿那頭只好暫時擱置啦 XDD  不過我覺得唇刷確實好用所以滿足了  : ) 



    Last but certainly not the least, a furoku that has me agape like "Huh? This, a freebie?" -- a 2-in-1 smartphone clip-on lens. I know this has been around for ages and really inexpensive too, but I consider it rather superfluous and was never really tempted to purchase one. As a freebie that comes with a 650yen magazine, well, that's another story ; )   The freebie includes two types of lens -- a macro lens and a 0.67x wide angle lens -- and a clip printed with Haruna Yamakawa illustrations of a lipstick and lips. Usage is simple -- just screw on the lens you need and clip onto your smartphone lens and you're good to go.

    壓軸的是讓我驚奇「這個也能當贈品?」的智能手機專用鏡頭。雖然這東西好像出很久了也很便宜,但因為我覺得有點雞肋所以平時也不會特地花錢買。然而拿來當一本日幣650元的雜誌的贈品時我就有點心動了 XDD  雜誌送的是2合1的鏡頭,有微距鏡頭跟0.67x廣角鏡頭兩種。就跟市面賣的差不多,是夾式的(夾子上還有山川春奈的口紅和紅唇插畫),裝上要用的鏡頭夾在手機鏡頭處就可以使用了。


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With Biteki 0.67x wide angle lens


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With Biteki 0.76x wide angle lens

    As you can see from the two sets of photos taken from my phone, the lens does widen the view but not to the point where it is severely distorted to the point of a fish eye lens. Rather useful if you want to squeeze in lots of people into your groupfie. There's no discernible dark edges (the darker corners in these photos are due to a LOMO filter that I used, and are perceptible in both sets of photos with or without the attached lens) or light points, even when used on the front lens. However it does compromise image quality and sharpness a bit.

    這兩組照片都是用我手機拍的,可以看出視野的確是變寬廣了,雖然不是超廣角但是好處是不至於變形到變成魚眼效果。如果要在集體自拍多塞幾個人進去大概可以派上用場。另外也沒有明顯的黑框或亮點(照片右上角比較暗是因為套用了手機的lomo濾鏡,四張照片都有,不是黑框喔),有另外試在前鏡頭上也沒有黑框。不過大概可以看得出來畫質會變的比較糊,成像銳利度也稍減。


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    Here is a picture of my raw quartz bangles. This is the closest I'm able to capture the aqua quartz clearly with my phone alone, anything closer would at once turn into a blurry mess.

    這是我用手機拍的原石水晶柱手鐲們。要拍清楚右下角藍綠色那顆水晶大概這個距離已經是極限,再近一點成像就會整個糊掉。


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With Biteki macro lens

    As you can perceive from the two pictures, with the aid of a macro lens you can get really close to an object to capture its finest details. However the focal point is right in the centre and the edges will blur out like some sort of weird bokeh. As the magazine suggests, though, you can use the macro lens to capture your eye makeup or observe your skin condition to its minutest flaw (blackheads and large pores and dead skin, anyone?) . I have much fun capturing the textures of different fabrics and paper in macro, strange really, how these things can be so enthralling  LOL

    上兩張對比照片可以看出來,用微距鏡頭真的可以靠得很近拍到最小的細節。但是因為之對焦在中間,所以會變成中間很清楚但是周圍會糊掉(當做另類的淺景深 : P)。雜誌建議可以用微距來拍眼妝或是透過微距鏡捕捉最細微的肌膚狀況 -- 比如粉刺、黑頭、毛孔跟死皮 XD  不過我用它來拍各種布料紙張的質地,真的覺得莫名的治癒啊哈哈 >///<



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That's all for now, I guess! I'll end this post with a macro shot, can you guess what it is?  ; )

這次先醬啦!最後用一張微距照做結尾 ... 猜猜是什麼? ; )

   



Bises!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beautiful Things



The world is full of beautiful things,
Butterfly wings, fairy tale kings...

-- Bobby Darin "Beautiful Things"



    Just received the most delightful handmade earrings by Cor-date x Ayako in the mail. Can't resist taking a zillion close-ups, look at those delicate wings and the dreamy hues! I'm being my usual sloppy self today so outfit posts with this dainty thing will have to wait till a little later ( ... or a lot later, hah!

    剛值班回來就發現來自 Cor-date x Ayako 的手作耳環寄到了(灑花  。:.゚ヽ(*´∀`)ノ゚.:。  太美啦忍不住拍了開箱跟一堆近照 XDD ~看看那精緻的翅膀跟夢幻的暈染色  ♥   不過因為今天還是邋遢上班的那個我,所以穿搭照什麼的請再等等 ~(*´艸`*) 


Bises!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bohemian Blues



Your soul, a bohemian river,
You flow and a fragile connection is born.

-- Fans of Jimmy Century "Delicate Fever"


    I think I'm growing increasingly inept at writing these makeup posts. I finished uploading the photos ages ago, but churning out actual words had me stumped. Anyway, summer always had me in a fitful yearning-for-boho mode -- fringes, headband, ethnic embroidery and an abundance of eye-catching teals, blues and greens. I laid my hands on an electric blue eyeliner pencil last month, and it would be a waste not to do a Bohemian Girl look inspired by one of Pony's makeup tutorials.

    最近發現自己寫妝文越來越詞窮。老早上傳了照片,可是到了真的要寫的時候卻停滯不前(T_T) 是說夏天一到我就會時不時犯上想走波希米亞風的病 XDD -- 流蘇啦、髮帶啦、民族風刺繡啦 ... 以及一抹不可缺少的搶眼的藍綠色。上個月入手了一支靛藍色的眼線筆,所以想物盡其用來用它畫個以Pony其中一篇教學文為靈感的波希米亞女孩妝。



    I used the shades Scheherazade's Tale (A), Aladdin's Lamp (B) and Genie (C) in the Sleek Arabian Nights palette. In the swatches above, the colours are A, C and blue eyeliner from left, but the eyeshadows do not translate well on paper unfortunately. 

    眼影部分我用了Sleek Arabian Nights眼影盤中的 Scheherazade's Tale (A)﹑Aladdin's Lamp (B) 跟 Genie (C)。在圖二的試色中,左起為A﹑C以及藍色眼線筆,不過粉狀眼影用在紙上都不太顯色(泣)。



1. Apply A generously over entire eyelid (but not up to the brow areas), taking care to layer repeatedly over the outer 1/3 of the eyelids until a slight gradient effect is achieved.

1. 將A大範圍刷在眼窩處(但是注意不要刷到眉骨部分),在眼尾1/3處重複疊擦直到有點漸層效果。



2. Apply B over outer 1/3 of the eyelids, blend with a blending brush. Then layer C over B, extending C outward to elongate eyes and blend similarly.

2. 在眼尾1/3處疊擦上B,用暈染刷將B與A的色塊暈開。接著在B的範圍疊上C,把C的範圍往外延伸以製造拉長眼睛的效果,一樣在色塊間用刷子暈開。



3. Line the eyes with blue eyeliner starting at around the outer 1/3 of upper eyelid with the width kept within the creases. Take care to extend outward around 7mm and wing it at the end.

3. 大約在眼尾1/3處開始用藍色眼線筆畫眼線,大約雙眼皮摺的寬度就可以了。後面記得往外延伸約7mm的長度,以上揚的貓眼線做收尾。



4. Similarly, line the inner 1/3 of the eyes with blue eyeliner with the width kept within the creases as well. Apply A over the middle 1/3 of the eyes. Then apply C over the outer 1/3 of lower lids and slightly blend out to create the effect of shadows. Lastly frame the eyes with black eyeliner and the entire look is done.  

4. 在眼頭1/3處畫上藍眼線,一樣是雙眼皮摺以內的寬度。之後在中間的部分刷上A。下眼皮部分則是在打亮臥蠶後在眼尾1/3用C暈開打造陰影感。最後畫上黑色全框式眼線就完成了。



    I'll admit that it would've been better if the lip colour weren't so vibrant in the first place so as to keep the point of focus on the eyes.  While doing this look I decided to try out a new lipstick and had not the least idea the shade would turn out so loud on my lips. And indulge me my affinity for blues and golds and greens at the moment, my forays into bohemian style somehow always end up in a plethora of these hues  ; )

    說真的我覺得如果這次唇色用得淡一點會更好,比較能把妝容的重點放在眼妝上。不過在用這個妝時我想說難得好好化妝不如來試試最近剛買的新唇膏,結果沒想到那色在我的唇上這麼鮮豔 T_T。。然後雖然那一堆又藍又綠又金的小物似乎太過了點,就原諒我吧~每次波希米亞病發作都忍不住想要狂加入這些色彩的我已經沒救了  ; )



    As usual, I'm ending the post with a medley of Instagram pics ( @bonjourjasmineblog ), a sun-drenched summer is the way to go!

    照例來個Instagram照片(帳號 @bonjourjasmineblog)的拼圖當結尾,夏天就是要滿滿陽光照耀啊~♥




Bises!


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