Monday, 24 October 2016

Kiko haul!

Hello beautiful strangers, I just got back from my vacation in Italy, and when in Italy - you go and check out Kiko cosmetics!

During the two days I had free in Bologna I made not one, but three visits to the Kiko store. There's even one at the airport - how could I not? So I thought I would share my loot with you and tell you my initial thoughts.

Let's start with the best bargains - the smart nail polish (€2.50). The colour range is decent, there's about a good 30 shades. I picked up a burgundy #14, because it's Autumn, a tomato red #10, which I've been searching for since last summer, and a lovely peaches & cream shade #8. I've only used the red so far and on initial application - I really like it! The cap is easy to grip and the brush is the perfect size. The polish glides smoothly and doesn't dry streaky. What impressed me most was how fast my nails dried!

But because it was my last day and I was doing a lot of packing and maneuvering my luggage up and down stairs, on to buses, etc... my nails pretty much chipped immediately. I'll try it again with top coat and see if it sticks around for a little longer. I also picked up a nude shade #27 from the higher priced power pro line (€4.90) to see if price makes a difference. I shall report back soon :)

On to the lipsticks (€8.90) - how chic is the packaging! I was in the mood for some nudey shades so from the Gossamer Emotion creamy lipstick range, I picked up #102 and #107. They glide on with ease but I feel like they sit on top of the lips rather than meld with your lips. I'll update you though when I've actually worn them out and about. The other nude is the Glossy Dream sheer lipstick in #202. It's very glossy and pigmented but there's shimmer in it and it's still stuck to your lips after you're removed your lipstick, grrr.

The packaging for the Velvet Passion matte lipsticks is different and has a magnetic closure rather than a click mechanism like the previous ranges. Do I need another bold lipstick? Probably not but I couldn't pass up the Charlotte Tilbury-esque squared off tip. I'll let you know how well it wears after I've given it a proper go.

Watch out for the eye shadows in part two, hope you're ready for some bombtastic sparkly goodness! Thanks for sticking with me x

Monday, 29 February 2016

High Tea at The Ritz!

Hello beautiful strangers, happy leap day! Hope you all had a lovely weekend, the weather here in Hong Kong has been absolutely lovely. 

Last week I went for afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton hotel with my lovely friend Anna. The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong, situated on the 102nd - 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre, is the highest hotel in the world. Afternoon tea is served at Cafe 103, 425m above sea level... and if that isn't High Tea, Idk what is.

We'd booked two weeks in advance because we really wanted a window seat, and we're so glad we did. No matter how long you've lived in HK, that view just never gets old. I'm so glad the weather was decent that day, or else we would have missed that spectacular panoramic view of Hong Kong's harbour.

It was Thursday afternoon, so it was pretty quiet. Something you notice right away is that Cafe 103 is really short-staffed. We waited for almost 30 seconds before someone noticed us and took us to our table, and the waitstaff always happen to be inconveniently missing whenever you need to ask for something. Anyway, on to the food...

It was a chocolate themed afternoon tea set, so we were served chocolate scones with marmalade and chocolate mousse - I would have much preferred clotted cream instead as the chocolate on chocolate combo was too much. For drinks, Anna had a coffee and I ordered a "signature hot chocolate" which I found underwhelming, the hot chocolate I had at Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon was better.

We started on the bottom tier with the savories. There were three types of sandwiches but the flavours weren't very distinct. The salmon was good, but we didn't know what was in the middle between the bread. The one on the left tasted like some kind of dry cured ham with pate spread? It was really hard to figure what the flavours were because there was so little of the filling. though the bread was quite nice. The roll next to it filled with sundried-tomato cream cheese, and while it was quite tasty, the shocking red colour was off-putting.

The desserts shone so much brighter than the savoury items! They were all very good but also really rich. The lemon tart was my absolute favourite, the lemon curd was zesty and smooth, contrasting nicely with the crunchy tart base, it was so so yummy! The berry mousse in the glass was very well constructed, while the mousse itself was quite heavy, the layers of tangy berry compote and sauce really helped cut through the richness, there was a generous amount of it too, which I liked.

The choux puff was alright, with a generous amount of cream, but the pastry was a little dry. The rose macarons were huge, with a good shell to ganache ratio, but I really don't like rose flavoured things. The chocolate cake was super rich, I was very happy to taste passionfruit, but there was also hazelnut praline and that is definitely not a good combination. Lastly, the chocolate lollipops were a good blend of tangy berry and smooth rich chocolate.

 At first it didn't seem like that much food but it was in fact so filling that I didn't have dinner that night. I really enjoyed my afternoon, there's nothing better than a stunning view accompanied with sweet treats. I had a relaxing and wonderful catch up session with my bff,  and this is something that I would definitely recommend to everyone! The only downside is that it's eye watering-ly expensive at $608 for a tea set for two on weekdays, and $628 on weekends. But mind you, it did keep me full until the next morning, so really you're getting two meals for the price of one?

I can't believe it is March already, it's scary how fast time pass when you grow up. Until next time my beautiful strangers :)

Monday, 22 February 2016

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush ~ the most beautiful thing you'll see today

Hello beautiful strangers,

seeing as the weather is super gross in Hong Kong, here are some very overdue pictures of the limited edition Sunkiss Ribbon blush harmony to brighten up your day.

Chanel's exclusive creation for this Spring consists of five different colours in an intricate ribbon design creating a blush harmony that brightens your cheeks with a warm coral glow. The powder blush is smooth and blends out without looking patchy, one swipe of the brush over the blush gives me a warm natural flush while two gives a beautiful pop of colour. I've been wearing it all through the Chinese New Year and it adds warmth to my deadly pale complexion and a look of healthy radiance that does away with any signs of late nights and too much partying.

While the Sunkiss Ribbon blush comes with the very steep price tag of $540hkd ($70usd), it's absolutely massive with a net weight of 11g, compared to the standard 4g of Chanel's Joues Contraste blushes($395hkd). It comes with a slanted angle brush in it's own little velvet pouch as there isn't a slot for it in the compact. I've used the brush to apply and it does a very good job, and would make a great contour brush too.

I love the look of the Sunkiss Ribbon blush on my cheeks, but what excites me even more is that the beige ribbon makes the prettiest warm brown eyeshadow! Hopefully you can get an idea of what it looks like in the shifty-eye selfies below.
Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon blush harmony on the cheeks, and beige ribbon as eyeshadow

Thursday, 14 January 2016

December 2015 Favourites

How are you, beautiful strangers? Hope the new year is kind to you. 

I feel like I've started off the year more of a wreck than I was last year... Since I was 12 my new year resolutions have always been:  1. be nice to people, and 2. refrain from swearing. But I've rang in 2016 feeling bitchier than ever, swearing like a sailor and being lazy af. I told myself that this year I would be good and sleep before midnight and develop a regular sleeping pattern, and that has certainly not been happening... I'm a bit of a hot mess really, but I digress, this post is about my December favourites so let's save my problems for another time.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Baublebar Favourites!

Baublebar has become one of my absolute favourite websites to procrastinate on, I mean, who could resist browsing beautiful affordable jewellery for hours on end? Now that Christmas is near, I'm going share with you some of my favourite picks from baublebar in the hopes that it will spark some gift inspiration for yourself your girlfriends :)

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet swatches: Fu(n)chsia & Pink Pong

I've never liked liquid lipsticks in the past so I didn't try the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks until recently. Bourjois released two new shades into their Rouge Velvet line for Autumn, and so I finally bit the bullet and picked up one of them, Fu(n)chsia and the cult favourite, Pink Pong.