Thursday, November 10, 2016

Summer Portrait Photography

Taken on the Nikon D5300








Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

lost

Hi Everybody, long time no blog post I know I promised to post more frequently throughout the past year however not succeeded, I think the lack of motivation to be creative and provide inspiration on my blog has taken awhile to come back to me. 

With so much on my mind with university applications, what i want to study in university, personal statements, school assessments I really don't know what I am doing or what I am working towards. I think for awhile I really started to put things off just because I was too lazy to do things and not doing things because it wasnt normal within my school environment. After long long long months of just doing what is expected of me and still not succeeding the expectations of my parents I just come to realise that I'm lost, lost in terms of now knowing what i am doing or what i am doing in the future.

I really don't know what this post is for, I am currently in work experience working at this Hong Kong Company that does printing for example: calendars, cards, red packets, notebooks, etc. I think over my time here I brought back the creative side of me. The other day on pinterest (more like a 3 days ago) I discovered film photography now Ive seen my friends in my old school get back into film photography and that inspired me to dig out my old camera to investigate how this works, discovering print shops in Hong Kong, buying film and everything to do with film this just interest me. Now I've been told that i shouldn't be spending money on this passion just yet because i don't know whether i would like this. However Ive been keeping this as a secret in a way since I have such a big interest in film how it works and capturing images. I know it is pricey in the long term in comparison to a DSLR and you may forget the photos you take 36 shots ago but I think thats the beauty of film photography just recalling memories and being in the moment instead of the 1000 photos you will never look back on you DSLR. Not to say I wouldn't use my DSLR anymore but I will capture memories and moments I want to last forever using my film camera, because each photo tells a story and they way you capture the image knowing you have 36 shots only you would choose to take certain photos wisely.

I feel like as I am typing this blog post up it is really just me talking about film haha. I just think this is just a point in my life where I know for sure I want to look into this passion of mine. If anyone else is lost right now or under the stress, try doing the one thing that makes you happy. What I learnt this past 6 months is that no matter how much your passions differ from one another, I think it should be looked at deeper because you never know what you may find.

Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nars Orgasm Blush

Recently I did a big splurge in the Nars makeup store in Hong Kong, my experience with many companies products always ended up breaking out my skin maybe from the ingredients that were in it (LOVE MY SENSITIVE SKIN) I used a range of companies blushes like Loreal, Rimmel, Maybelline, Seventeen, etc. I ended up trying out my friends Nars Orgasm blusher and was surprised that I didn't break out after that, so I decided to splurge and purchase this holy grail blusher.

The cult beauty, must have product has been known to be the most universally flattered colour in the makeup industry and the most recent limited edition collection presents a bigger size of the well loved Nars Orgasm blusher, the only difference with this product to the original is the amount of product and the packaging where it has the Orgasm written on top of Nars and the #whatmakesmeblush written in white letters on the mirror.

Mars always have their makeup products spot on, it incorporates pigmentation and buttery products so its easy to spread all over your face preventing that patchy and blotchy look. I think especially with the orgasm blush you really just need a light hand as you can go overboard with the blusher and then look like a sparkling disco ball with apple red cheeks, but if you do like that look you do you! makeup has no rules, and thats why I think I've fallen in love with it more over the past year or two, when dusted on the cheeks it just adds that tint of life back into your face and adds a highlight on top of your cheek bones to really represent that glowy appearance in your skin.
Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Loccitane Body Salt Scrub

I have been using Loccitane products for over many years since I was small, I think with their products especially its a treat that can feel very satisfying as it makes you feel brand new in your skin. The product that I will be talking about today is the Sels Exfoliants Pour Le Corp Body Salt Scrub. The main reason why I picked up this product in the first place is that I realised I started to have some ingrown hairs under my thigh from shaving and its really not that pretty to look at especially after it becomes infected and turn bright red, so I thought and exfoliant would really do the trick.

The product itself is as the name calls it sea salt it has large piece of salt that will really target those flakey area of skin and scrub the dead skin cells off your body, this is also paired with the moisturising oil that penetrates into your skin leaving it prepped and ready for either shaving or your scented body lotion. I don't really use this product that often maybe every couple of weeks when I want to pamper my skin or that one day when your can't bear with the hairiness of your legs 
Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Clinique (All About Shadow Quad)

I was recently gifted this eyeshadow palette as a parting gift from my neighbours as they are moving back to Singapore. I think they chose this palette for me as purple is my favourite colour and is a palette where you can make a certain pop of colour stand out from your makeup.
This Palette comes with 4 pigmented shades, all of them have hints of purple and aspects of purple tones in the shade. Once swatches these products are considered high end and luxury and not chalky or not pigmented at all. I didn't have that much high hopes for this product as I haven't properly tried their eyeshadows but I have tested their shadow smoothie which was very pigmented but not that long wearing. I have also tried their cult favourite lotion which ended up leaving my skin irritated and  sticky feeling making my experience with clinique not that amazing, as much as I tried liking this moisturiser I felt like that product was just not worth the money. 
However after trying this product I will definitely try more products from Clinique and give their skincare another shot.
Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Haul [Summer Makeup Haul]

I recently scrambled upon this makeup store that sold makeup that I have never seen before in other local drugstores in Hong Kong (Specifically NYX products and some other products from other brands like Loreal) When comparing the prices of other products in the range to the products that I purchased in this store, I will be defiantly be coming to this store more often as I only spent a total of 300$ in this store- excluding SASA products if you look into the picture.
(From Left to Right; Etude house Fresh Cherry Tint, NYX butter gloss Vanilla Creme Pie & Creme Brûlée, Canmake Flaring Curl Mascara, Nuxe Reve De Miel, Loreal Volume Supreme Millions)

The first product that I picked up was this Fresh Cherry lip tint from Etude house, I first heard about this last year on youtube when peel off makeup was first introduced and I heard that some you tubers were talking about this product and saying how the lasting power was really good. (I also agree with them when I did my swatch and tried to remove it for the upcoming photos it left a stain and only came off when i took a hot shower that night)

The next product that I purchased was the Volume Supreme Million Lashes from Loreal, I have heard a lot about this mascara from other people saying its the best mascara for separation and volume, and since my lashes are really sparse and don't have that much length I thought I would give this mascara a try.

I think I have looked at over 5 different stores in Hong Kong that sells NYX products for these butter glosses, and this was the only store that carried this specific range of products, the oh so famous butter glosses. I tried to look and hunt down for this product ever since I heard Claudia Sulewski on youtube first use these products in her video, I think it was the way that it looked so perfect and the lasting power of this lip product was really well formulated. OMG and lets talk about the smell for awhile, cake and everything sugary that I can think of but not sickly smelling like other products.

MY NEW FAVOURITE LIP BALM, I used to use the Nivea Lip Butters for the past 3 years, but I only noticed now it didn't do much for my lips apart from making it chapped overnight, although that product is better than other chapsticks that I owned I didn't really like how it left that white cast look on the sides of my mouth in the morning if I apply too much product not that attractive. I ended up picking this holy grail product from NUXE who Essiebutton swears by, the product itself is very thick and definitely something to get used to but if you prefer having a lipstick over your lip balm this product is a must have as it glides on like no other.

The last product that I picked up was this from CANMAKE, this is the first every product that I purchased from them, this is a tiny mascara that contains fibres in it to extend the appearance of your lashes. In the past whenever use fibre mascaras it seems to extend the length of my lashes even after removing it with and oil based eye makeup remover, however one negative thing that I have to say about my experience with fibre mascaras that if you have sensitive eyes like myself you might get irritation and be prone to styes and infections.
Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Thayer Witch Hazel

Nowadays I suffer from uneven skin tones as well as acne scars, and I was wondering what was I doing differently in comparison to before. After many months of testing and trying new skincare products that I used to use in the past I finally came back to this product.
This product itself is very refreshing, lightweight, and not irritating to the skin which tends to be the main problem with my oily/combination skin. I usually apply this toner with a cotton pad (LEEDs Beauty Puff) and apply generously all over then following up with a gel cream. The pack itself comes in a fancy packaging and Im glad that they save the amount of materials used in this product from using the double side sticker on one side you have the name of the product and the other has the list of ingredients contained.
The product contains 355ml of product with a retail price of 75HKD, I think this product is definitely worth the money not only it is a better alternative from chemically made toners, but it also lasts a really long time with a bottle like this I ended up using this product for 11 months interchanging toners (in the mornings i use simple's kind to skin soothing toner- on that I've been using for over 2 years now, and at night I use this toner!)
Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Toni & Guy Classic Shine Serum

Couple months back I purchased this hair serum from Toni and Guy and it has really changed the appearance and the quality of my hair prior using this product, since last year I haven't really changed my hair routine however I think this product has replaced my must have hair oil which is the (OGX-Renewing Argan Oil Morocco). I was really interested in this product as Hong Kong drugstores usually never carry toni&guy and you would have to go to the actual salon to purchase their products, so once I saw it in my local drugstore i knew I had to go and pick up one of their products. 
This leaves my hair nice and shiny and soft basically everything you would ask for right, however one con that I have experienced with this product, I am not sure whether you can see this in the image is the oil leakage, I dropped it once (small drop) and since then it has never stopped leaking. I feel really sad that it kind of in a way broke but the product is still amazing and I will continue to repurchase this product. 
Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Utena (Magiabotanica Skin Conditioner)

Post mock exams time to repair all of the acne that was caused from the stress of school. If you been reading my blog for awhile now you would know that I take the "IB" programme which is a pain in the arse and also kills your brain internally and externally. If that wasn't bad enough you also get stressed over the little things in life that used to make you happy, although this could have been caused from the lack of sleep I have been getting I decided to invest into skincare again. Back to basics, I am now limiting the amount of makeup that I wear just so my skin can get better again rather than me covering all my acne scars everyday.
I decided to pick up this product, Im not sure what the name of this product is but what I saw is that it was affordable and cheap, On the back of the bottle you can actually see a girl placing this product on a cotton pad then placing it on her face as a face treatment. Based on my research this claims to have some benefits to the skin, that include "Large-sized lotion combined with adlay extract and 6 types of herb extracts to condition and produce healthy skin. No coloring or mineral oil added. Patch tested."

Ingredients:Adlay Extract, Cornflower extract, Calendula officinalis extract, Roman chamomile extract, Chamomilla recutita extract, Tilia cordata extract, Hypericum perforatum extract.

 I have to be honest with you with this review and I had an horrible experience with this product, it burned my skin leaving it red and flakey as well as brought up some now spots in the following morning, even though this was the experience with my skin it doesn't mean that the same would happen with you. Just a reminded I did do a patch test on my skin prior putting it on my face but I had no reaction to it so I proceeded applying it on my face.

I really wished this product would have worked on my skin, because I remember couple years ago I watched michelle phan apply a treating skin lotion onto a cotton pad and applied it on her face and after 8-10 minutes her skin looked so refreshed and soft (not like it wasn't to begin with).

Thank you for reading! kaseyx.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Haul [Summer Glow Edition]

Todays I will share some new products that I recently picked up for the upcoming summer months, I have recently been loving the glowy summer look that is really popular every summer, however since I have always have oiler skin I wasn't too fond of this trend. But ever since using differn gel for my acne my skin has dramatically changed from oily to combination skin. 
Products from Left to Right
(Clinique Lid Smoothie, The Face Shop Gold Highlighter Beam, Max Factor Eye Luminizer, Shu Uemura ME Light Gold)

The first product that I picked up was this glittery gold shadow, at first glance this product wasn't that appealing to the eye as it was yellow and I didn't know when would people use a yellow eyeshadow unless it was for a specific look, but after awhile in the store I realised that I it would be a shade just to add some shimmer on to your eyes something minimal and something shimmery on your eyelid making your eyes stand out more and look bigger.

The Second Product that I purchased was this lid smoothie, this basically acts like a primer for the eyes to prevent any shadows from creasing, although I dont wear eyeshadow that often I think this would be great for a summer day out just to add a little sparkle to your eyes when you're out. Although the function of this would be the same as the shadow that i hauled earlier, I think this would be more of a subtle look just for those days where you wear mascara and this shadow on your eyes.

The third product that I bought was this Gold Liquid Highlighter from the face shop, after 2 months of searching for an cheaper alternative highlighter apart from high beam from benefit I stumbled across this highlighter from The face shop, since I didn't want to splurge 300+HKD on a highlighter in comparison to this one which was 100HKD. I usually like to use this to apply on my cheekbones  (3 dots on each cheek bone) I find that I wear this most when I decide to support a matte look.

The last product that I purchased was this eye luminizer, I use this over my "NYX colour corrector"  on a day to day basis and thats the only thing that I wear on my face. This is just to add some brightness and cover up the orangey tones to fake that I had 8+ hours of sleep. I like to apply this in big triangles that also hit my cheekbones to help highlight the upper parts of my face as well as cover my dark circles. 

Thank you for reading!
 kaseyx.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

HEALTHY ACAI BOWL

Following the new years resolution of 2016, I have to admit I haven't been really successful of being healthy. I think this is mainly because I don't have the time to spend 20-30 minutes creating the perfect acai bowl, or smoothie that contains multiple ingredients. However I still like to have a healthy snack whenever I get home from school, I like to use ingredients that are from my house and do not like to spend outrageous amounts of money on fancy ingredients that everyone seems to have nowadays
The smoothie contains a total of 4 Ingredients (this includes the toppings) 
- Apples
-Frozen Strawberries
 - A Various Mix of seeds 
- Acai Powder

For the base of the Acai bowl. I blended a cup of frozen strawberries with one big apple (diced pieces) together then added a one table spoon of acai powder to give me nutrients for the day as well as thickening out the texture of the  smoothie so its more of something that you can chew and eat than a liquidly texture of a smoothie. 

The toppings for the acai bowl is definitely the best part of making these acai bowls, because decorating is so much fun and you can organise it in a way to be presentable for your instagram game. The way that I placed mine is placing the various mixture of seeds down the middle of the Acai bowl then adding more sliced apples around the seeds. 


Thank you for reading! 
 kaseyx.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Towelettes

Coming home late from night out with some friends, you never seem to have the time to take care of your skin. As you all know makeup can clog pores which can lead to bad breakouts or making your skin look tired. I recently picked up these packs of makeup wipes in hopes that this would solve the problem of late nights, might I say this is very helpful for nights like this because you don't have to worry about sleeping with makeup or making sure your makeup is fully off when you're half asleep once you arrive home.
Overall my thoughts on these makeup wipes is a must have it removes majority of your makeup,  but not some parts of your makeup that may include, waterproof products, and skin products, etc. I would recommend not to rely on makeup wipes to be part of your skincare regime. I would also recommend not to place these makeup wipes anywhere near your eyes specifically mascara as I experienced stinging with this product. If any of you guys are interested in seeing my skincare routine,  or you have any specific posts you would like to see comment down below  :) 

Thank you for reading! 
 kaseyx.
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