Halloween 2017 ♡ Snow White Inspired Makeup & Costume

Tonight I am sharing with you a makeup look that I have created inspired by Snow White and the costume shown here is what I will be wearing this Halloween, I am so excited! 

Just incase that you are wondering, I bought this Snow White costume from Taobao and in my previous post here I have explained how I shop on Taobao from New Zealand. Unfortunately NZ Post has announced they will no longer send parcels from China after this October, so I am gonna have to find another good mail forwarding company to ship any future purchases here.

Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume
 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume
 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

♥︎ PRODUCTS USED ♥︎

There are so many versions of Snow White on the internet, but in my head she has this flawless porcelain like skin. Since I don't own a foundation that is very light in colour with a full coverage, the closest one I can find in my collection is the MAYBELLINE Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (not shown in photos) and the shade I used is #120 Classic Ivory. I find that this foundation works the best without primer, it has a matte finish and it makes my pores looks invisible, but the foundation is not long-wearing and my face turned oily fairly quickly.

 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

I have mostly natural looking false eyelashes in my collection, but since this is a Halloween inspired makeup look and I wanted something as dramatic as I could get, I end up using the HUDA BEAUTY Classic Lash in #9 Carmen. These falsies are so sexy, they are thick, long and they give you that full volume look. The only thing I dislike is that the eyelash band is very thick and it took me forever to apply them.

 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume
 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

To be honest I had no idea how my eye makeup turned into what is shown in these photos. I originally planned something more natural with loads of shimmer because Snow White is more natural on the eyes and bold on the lips.

Firstly I used the TOO FACED Shadow Insurance (not shown in photos) as the eye shadow primer, then I used the shade Ginger Cream from the TOO FACED Gingerbread Cookie Palette all over my eyelid, from the same palette I applied Maple Syrup on the crease and outer corner, then I applied Winter Dream on the lid. To finish off the eye look, I used the KYLIE COSMETICS Eyeliner (not shown in photos) in the shade black to line my upper and lower lash lines. Can you see that I attempted to do a wing and it turned out not that bad.

 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume
 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

GUERLAIN Meteorites Pearls is literally THE BEST EVER if you are looking for something that makes your face looks absolutely flawless!

 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

As mentioned, Snow White has flawless skin, natural eye makeup and a bold lip, and let's not forget she has the most gorgeous flushed red cheeks! I used the ETUDE HOUSE Berry Delicious Cream Blush in shade RD301 in this inspired makeup look, the blush is a bright reddish coral in the pan and it's very pigmented, but you can choose to go light-handed for a naturally flushed look or you can build up the shade for a vibrant look. I love this blush and it has been my favourite since my purchase last year.

 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume
 Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

Last but not least, TOO FACED Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade Lady Balls is the perfect red shade use for this inspired makeup look. I love everything from its' colour to its' formula, it dries completely matte, but it's not drying on the lips and it wears for long hours!

Snow White Inspired Makeup Look & Costume

TAOBAO Haul ♡ ft. Kawaii Tees & Girly Bows Heels

**UPDATE AS OF WEDNESDAY 04/10/17**
I received an email from NZ Post stating that YouShop China will no longer be available to ship parcels from China to New Zealand after 31 October 2017... boohoo! Just when I finally find an affordable trustworthy service to use and recommend, they stop operating! Grrr ~ 

It's been a long time since I last shared with you a fashion post and I thought right now it's the perfect timing to share with you some cute cartoon tees and girly high heels because I have recently purchased a bunch of clothing and accessories from TaoBao! 

Just incase that you have never heard of TaoBao, it's pretty much like Aliexpress, but in a Chinese version. Awhile ago they have introduced global shipping, but I've always had trouble with it because the shipping price to New Zealand is just too expensive. I have tried a couple of mail forwarding companies, but I have never been happy with their fees and assisted shopping is always a hassle. I end up using YouShop China and majority of my transactions has been successful. The only time YouShop China is difficult to deal with is when I buy cosmetics, either liquid or solid products, they will always mark it as prohibited and trust me, all those emails back and forth with NZ post is a waste of time, even when I tried to argue that the items I purchased aren't listed in the prohibited items list, they will always make an excuse to say that they cannot send that parcel, because they are stubborn.

Apart from the cosmetics issue with YouShop China, I actually quite enjoy using the overall service. There is no hassle of going through an assisted shopper, you can use your own TaoBao account to shop and review items. The shipping prices to New Zealand is charged by weight, but you can get discount if you send a few parcels at the same time. It takes approximately two weeks from when you pay for the shipping cost to your parcels arriving at your doorstep. I pay for my item on TaoBao with Alipay and most of the stores on TaoBao offers free shipping to the YouShop China warehouse.

♥︎ KAWAII TEES ♥︎

shop here14.90 each = approx NZD $3.12 | shipping to NZ $31.50 for 13 tees
all tees shown are in size M and I normally wear NZ size S/M or 8-10










♥︎ GIRLY BOWS HEELS ♥︎

shop here77.56 each = approx NZD $16.25 | shipping to NZ $45.75

I have small feet and I normally wear size 35 / UK 3 / US 5 shoes; so buying the perfect pair of high heels in NZ has always been a struggle because majority of the stores I visited only carries size 6s' as the smallest sizing. Therefore, I had to shop online for the perfect pair of shoes.

TaoBao has a lot of cute girly high heels that really fits my personality, they also have classy ones that is suitable for office wear. Most importantly, the stores carries many smaller sizes because Chinese girls has the typical small feet (hopefully none of you is offended by this, but it's a true fact). 











I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have further questions regarding TaoBao, feel free to ask me and I will try my best to help you!

I also have a couple more parcel from TaoBao which I will blog about them in separate posts (I have a total of 9 parcels as I am writing this) and just incase you're wondering, I wasn't paid to post about this nor was I sponsored by TaoBao or YouShop China (I wish though, they should pay me advertisement fees haha). I share these simply because I am a shopping addict who is trying to cut down on the spending, but obviously cannot keep to my own promise because I love shopping, plus a few people has asked about where I bought all these cute clothes and sharing is caring, right?!

Everyday Makeup Favourites ♡ ft. Farsali, Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Etude House, YSL, Laneige + More!


Being a beauty blogger and a makeup hoarder means that I have a huge collection of makeup, I am trying to keep up with new trends and I am constantly buying new makeup to try. People often asked if I struggle to choose what products to use in the morning and my answer is always NO, although I do own a lot of makeup, the products shown in this post are the only products I reach for everyday.

These are my everyday favourites, as well as holy grail. Some of these products has been mentioned plenty of times on my blog, or I have already done re-purchases on them, so you can already tell that these are not just current favourites, but they are all time favourites!

MAKEUP BRUSHES

I have all types of makeup brushes in my collection, with different brands from high-end to drugstore; my most used are face brushes and I have a few sets that I change regularly. 


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

 REAL TECHNIQUES Duo-Fiber Face Brush is described as to use for lightweight application and for blending of face powders and pigments. I use it for bronzers and I love that it delivers the products subtly even with bronzers that are very pigmented. 

 Pink Heart Shaped Brush is unbranded, I bought it from Aliexpress and I use it for blushes. 

 KAT VON D Shade + Light Contour Brush is a dual-ended brush with an angled end for contouring and a tapered domed end for highlighting. This is my NUMBER 1 reached for makeup brush, the bristles is so soft and it blends the products (any powder products, it doesn't have to be KVD) beautifully! I use the angled end for bronzing and contouring, and I use the tapered domed end for highlighting or setting the under eye area.

 DIOR Powder Foundation Brush is literally the BEST for setting powders! I have used this brush for many years and it's still going strong. It doesn't matter what setting powders I use, high-end, drugstore or whatever, the brush makes my face looks FLAWLESS! 

 JESSUP Flat Top Foundation Brush is best for applying liquid foundation and I find that it makes my skin looks very smooth. I love all types of flat top foundation brushes, it doesn't matter what brand it is, I feel like they all works the same. I used to have a xoBeauty one that I used to love but it broke and I just haven't got around to buying another one. 

 SIGMA Large Angled Contour F40 Brush is recommended use for applying blush or bronzer to cheekbones, the one I have is from the Mrs. Bunny Essential Brush Kit, I'm not sure if the set is still available to purchase as I bought it years ago, but this brush can be purchase individually, just not in the blue packaging. I think Sigma makes the best makeup brushes, I love all the ones that I own.

 ETUDE HOUSE My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 160 Duo Fiber is recommended for highlighting, but I use mine with bronzers and it pretty much does it same with the Real Techniques Duo-Fiber, except this one is less fluffier and the bristles aren't as soft as the RT.

 ETUDE HOUSE My Beauty Tool Brush 140 Powder is recommended for powders or mineral foundation, I have tried it the way Etude House recommended, but it's too small in my opinion. I use mine for blushes.

FARSALI UNICORN ESSENCE

Farsali Unicorn Essence is MY MAKEUP DRUG! I am obsessed with it and it doesn't matter if I was wearing a full face of makeup or I am on a makeup-free day, it has to be involved in some way.

I see the Unicorn Essence in my Instagram feed almost every day and before I tried it myself I couldn't under the hype on this product and I thought it's just one of those products that companies pays bloggers to rave about, but the actual product is crap... (you know one of those)... but, NO! NO! NO! UNICORN ESSENCE IS REALLY MAGICAL!

Farsali Unicorn Essence is described as a water-based, dual-purpose serum that helps protect the skin from radical damage, while preparing it for long-lasting makeup application. It can be used on its' own as a daily serum, or it can be used as a makeup primer.

I use the Unicorn Essence as a primer, but then I also use another primer on top of that, so... actually, I have no idea what I use it as, but I know that it makes my makeup last FOREVER! I have oily skin and normally I would avoid serum because most of them makes my face feels greasy, but this one is an oil-free serum, I could feel it absorbs into my skin quickly and it keeps my face hydrated throughout the day without producing more facial oil.

Also, can we talk about how unicorn-ish this smells?! It smells like fairy-land, candy floss and just overall very girly! The smell is not over-the-top sweet, it's subtle and it fades as it absorbs into the skin.


ETUDE HOUSE FACE BLUR

Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur is a face primer with a lightweight creamy texture that aims to reduce pores, soften skin and brighten up skin tone for that natural, flawless look. I am obsessed with this product, not only have I re-purchased this, but I have mentioned this many times on my blog.

I use this primer as a second step in my makeup routine, right after I use the Farsali Unicorn Essence. It doesn't matter if I have used this with or without Farsali, I love that the Face Blur instantly brightens up my face, it covers pores and it literally makes my face looks flawless.

I am not a morning person and I am always in a rush in the morning, so when I don't have time to apply foundation, I would always skip it and go straight into the bronzing, blushing and highlighting. I find that when I wear this primer without a foundation, my skin still looks flawless and refreshed. This primer also helps to keep makeup on all day, although I do get oily throughout the day, especially around the T-zone, but it's not as bad as when my face is completely bare.


LANEIGE BB CUSHION PORE CONTROL

Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control claims to make skin feels moisturised inside and look matte outside for long hours; and I couldn't agree more! Ever since I bought my first Pore Control BB Cushion from Laneige last year, I haven't looked back and I have been re-purchasing the refill over and over. As much as I love full coverage foundations, I find that I always go back and reach for this.

My favourite thing about this BB Cushion is that it has the whitening effect that brightens up my complexion while looking natural. It covers pores and makes my face looks absolutely flawless. I have once gave this a 12 hours wear test and it did such a good job that I was really surprised my face still looks smooth and flawless by the time I remove my makeup.

The one I am using at the moment is a newer version and I feel like the cushion itself is a little harder to press onto as compared to the older version (which I can no longer find online), but the formula hasn't changed and it still works as amazing as the first time I tried it. The case I have on at the moment is from the Laneige x Lucky Chouette collection, the owls are so cute.


URBAN DECAY DE-SLICK SETTING SPRAY

I have been using the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray for years and I absolutely love that stuff, I love that it makes my makeup stay for longer hours and it never comes across my mind that there would be a setting spray out there that works better than the one I've been using... Until I tried the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray.

This setting spray pretty much delivers the same result as the All Nighter, except that it REALLY DOES CONTROL FACIAL OIL! It makes my face looks matte and I only had to blot my face once or twice throughout the day. Ever since using the De-Slick, my face has been looking fresher and less shiny, it smooth my skin and makes my makeup look less cakey on days when I wear powders.


MAC LIP SCRUBTIOUS

I had my doubt in the MAC Lip Scrubtious when I first tried it, because it has an oily sand-like texture that I didn't think it would scrub my lips properly as compared to the one I was using at the time, it was the Lush Lip Scrub; that one has a rough texture that I was able to scrub easily.

MAC Lip Scrubtious is described as a sugar-based exfoliator that gently buffs away dry and flaky skin. It comes in five flavours and I have the Candied Nectar which is sweet and delicious. As mentioned above, it has an oily sand-like texture and to my surprise, it does the scrubbing job perfectly while smoothing and moisturise my lips at the same time. I don't get the rough feeling during use and I don't have to use lip balms afterwards.

EYE STUFF

A year ago when I go out in a 'no makeup' makeup look, it literally means... NO EYEBROWS and NO MASCARAS! The reasons behind that is because I really sucked at doing my brows (I still am but it's getting better) and I felt like no mascaras in this world works for my short Asian eyelashes...

All these changed until I found the below items and nowadays when I go out in a 'no makeup' makeup look, it really means... PRIMER, FOUNDATION, EYEBROWS, MASCARAS, BRONZER, HIGHLIGHTER, BLUSH.


 BENEFIT Goof Proof Brow Pencil claims to have a 12 hour waterproof formula, I love that it has a slanted shape that makes the shaping and filling in easy and it does wears for long hours; but it's not waterproof at all as I went swimming one day and as I got out of the pool, checked the mirror, my brows has disappeared...

 CHOSUNGAH 22 Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker features a mascara-like bristle and a pointed sponge tip. The brow gel is claimed to be waterproof and sweatproof. Although I reach for this everyday, I am still not used to the weird applicator. I find the sponge tip useless and the spoolie is just too chunky. The overall application is awkward, but everyone seems to love this product and I just don't understand the hype?? I thought maybe I could give it a few more go to decide if I like this.

 KISS ME HEROINE MAKE Long And Curl Mascara is the bomb.com and you need this in your makeup collection if you struggle with short and stubborn eyelashes. This has changed my eye makeup life and I cannot live without it! I love that my eyelashes stays REALLY CURLED throughout the day, it wears for as long as I have it on for (I have tested 12 hours) and my eyelashes looks very long. Whenever I use this mascara, it makes my eyes looks very awake.

Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara is super waterproof and it's not something you can just removed with water or makeup wipes, I have tried removing with an oil-based eye makeup remover and it works okay, but not as great as the mascara remover from the same brand (as shown in the pink packaging, far right).

 KISS ME HEROINE MAKE Mascara Remover is a life saver if you wear only waterproof mascaras, it has a mascara wand applicator that allows you to brush on as how you would apply mascaras and it is easily removed with a cotton pad. The product allows you to remove without pulling or damaging the eyelashes.


LIP PRODUCTS

It may seems like I am bragging again, but I can't think of any other ways to express my love for the two lip products shown without telling you how many lip products I own, if that make sense?!

These are the ONLY lip products I have been using in the past month and I love both equally.


 YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain (such a long name) is like a lip stain with a glossy finish, the thing I love about this is how lightweight it feels during wear, it smells like watermelon (my favourite fruit) and it wears for long hours. The texture seems to melts immediately upon application, it doesn't emphasise dry patches or lip lines and the colour can be vivid or subtle, it's all under your control. The shade I have is #07 Corail Aquatique (click here for my first impression).

 INNISFREE Eco Flower Tint Balm is like a lip stain and a lip balm, this is my ultimate favourite and it's one of those products that you can kiss someone without transferring all over their face. I love the vivid shade and I love that it wears for very long hours. This product comes in five shades, I have them all but my favourite is #3 Camellia (click here to view all swatches).


CT FILMSTAR BRONZE & GLOW

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is probably my most talked about product on this blog, I love it so much and if I could only use one makeup product for the rest of my life, no doubt I would choose this bronzer and highlighter duo!

The Filmstar Bronze & Glow is luxury inside out, everything from its' formula to its' packaging looks and feels expensive. This is perfect for those who is wanting a glam and subtle look. I love that the bronzer doesn't look muddy or orangey on me, the colour payoff is subtle and it also allows you to build up the pigmentation. The highlighter is absolutely gorgeous, it also has the subtle effect that you can build up for the wow-in-your-face look, but it never looks so shiny that it seems fake.


HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush is one of those products that I love but I don't use it too often and if I do end up reaching for it, it means that I will only use this blush for the next few months and that is how this product made it into my current favourites as for the past few months, this is the only blush that I have been reaching for.

The shade I have is Luminous Flush, it's described as a champagne rose and it looks like a pinkish coralish shade on me, the shade shown as a natural flush and it wore for up to 8 hours on me. I love that it has a smooth and very soft texture that blends like a breeze.


have you tried the products mentioned?
what is your current favourite makeup product?