Sunday, 23 January 2011

Outfit Of The Day: let's play smart casual




halloo, beautiful people!

this is the outfit i wore when i went out for lunch with a side order of shopping after ;)! hehe. i am in love with this top, and mentioned it in this post. i didn't think it was worth the price so stepped back into Topshop to return it.. but found myself walking out. i couldn't do it! it's simple but such a statement. AND THE COLLAR! i love it!

by wearing the top and skirt, it helps to hide my problem areas that i hate due to the different materials overlapping. the top is cropped but loose, in comparison to a bodycon dress which would highlight the areas more! i usually love wearing black, but this top stands out with the block colour, whilst allowing me to maintain my love affair with black. woohoo! i love that it's smart but casual enough to wear in the daytime without looking too formal :)!

i kept my make up simple and was inspired by Angelina Jolie in The Tourist for my hair. by the way, i totally recommend the film if you haven't watched it - absolutely amazing and her clothes are beautiful! and her hairstyles, makeup, jewellery... 

the brogues were actually from Primark for £8!!! what a bargain?! i did spend ages deciding whether to get them due to that being an extra £8 on top of the amount i spent that day.. but after walking into Topshop and seeing a pair nearly the exact same for £30.. it was mine. i love them! they're very, very comfortable to walk in as it's slightly padded and has an adorable floral print inside :)

enough with the rambling!
here's the video incase you're interested :)
enjoy!

OUTFIT:
black cardigan: primark £15
shirt: topshop £32
basic skirt: h&m £2.99
shoes: primark £8 (BARGAIN!!)

FACE:
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solution in 'Sand'
MAC studio finish concealer in 'NC42'
MAC natural skin finish in 'Medium Dark'
L'Oreal voluminous mascara
L'Oreal brown eyeshadow for eyebrows
MAC 'All That Glitters' eyeshadow
L'Oreal brown eyeshadow in quad
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in 'Bourbon'
Topshop cream blush in 'Nutmeg'
Natural Collection 'Moisture Shine in Fig'
Lipsmacker 'Coca Cola'

I also uploaded a video on this outfit below!

hope you're all well! x

Friday, 21 January 2011

Initial Review: Bulgarian White Rose Mask (My Beauty Diary)

hallloo beautiful people!

this is a review of the 'bulgarian white rose mask' from 'my beauty diary', a company from Taiwan. this is my first review! i'll be going in-depth with what the company states, how to use the mask and my initial thoughts!

(packet of the mask)

what they say:

this face mask is part of the natural key line with 'effective nourishing extracts from nature' to 'meet the needs of facing varieties of challenges under different circumstances and weather conditions'.

it 'offers radiance with translucent, glowing look of skin by its softening effect. moisturising, smoothing, firming. for use on normal skin, especially recommended for dull skin lacking radiance.'

the main ingredients are:

bulgarian rose hydrosol which soothes, refreshes and moisturises.
liquorice and kiwi which whitens skin.
aloe and cucumber which calms and smooths skin as well as moisturise.

how to use this product:

this mask comes with a plastic layer when you first remove it from the packet which protects the cotton from ripping. there is a lot of product packed into this mask and it's quite runny, but it won't drip onto you. when you put it on, it has a slight cooling effect so it's very refreshing. it's great for when you come out the shower, in the bath or on a hot summer's day! you're meant to use it after cleansing and leave it on for approx. 20-30 minutes, i left it on for 45 simply because of the amount of 'essence' in this mask. i use my hands to pat the mask onto the face to ensure that it's on properly and that my skin is drinking it all up! you'll feel the mask dry up after a period of time and then peel away!

you don't need to wash it off after, but massage the residue gently into your face and neck. continue with your usual moisturiser (i'm trying Laneige Water Sleeping Pack exp at the moment, amazing!)

my thoughts:

after i massaged what was left of the mask into my skin, i noticed an immediate glowy and bright complexion. i felt my skin after it was properly absorbed, and oh my, it was sososo smooth! my pores seemed to have shrunk too and gave me an even skin tone. it's left my skin feeling supple, soft and hydrated. it has a slight hint of a rose scent which isn't overpowering and actually very calming and lovely.

beware: SCARY PHOTOS!!

1) with the mask on. it makes my face look so long, not the most flattering photo, haha! the shape was generally a bit big for me but meant that most areas of my face was well moisturised :)

2) the mask after. it collected up dirt and remains of my make up. eww.

1) my face after the mask. as you can see, it's glowing and the skin tone is more even! please excuse these photos, no make up was worn and had a tiring day!

2) ehe..
verdict:

definitely will repurchase! i will be trying this a few more times to properly review it :)! you can buy samples of 2 off ebay, or a pack of 10 from yesstyle. in my case, i will be asking my mumma to kindly purchase some more when she goes on holiday next month ;)!

product website:


have you ever tried this product? if so, what are your thoughts on it? if not, will you be trying this? please leave any feedback in the comment box below :)

hope you're all well! x

Thursday, 20 January 2011

let's do this: running!

halloo beautiful people!


we've heard it all before, "my new year's resolution is to lose weight/keep fit/do more exercise" and how many of us actually end up nearly giving up after a few weeks? *raises hand*


i started on the 30 day shred and was nearly on the second level before uni deadlines came round, and i decided to spend all of my time on that instead. now, i'm determined to get back on track! thankfully, i've still been eating healthily since new year's, and trying to swap fizzy drinks and biscuits with water and fruit! it's going well :)


to try and go that one step further, Jordan encouraged me to take up running - and he'd join me also. i made my excuses, "i don't have the right gear", "i'm not going shopping anytime soon to get them.." to "but everyone will laugh at me". through the beauties of sales and online shopping, he soon resolved those issues and motivated me to give it a try. a few miles just to get my heart pumping and to release endorphins after the running.. it'll be good for me, right?! after further research on the internet, cardio is indeed one of the best ways of keeping fit. hopefully, the gear purchased will arrive in time while i'm still in this mindset! hooray!


here's what i purchased at very cheap prices!


1, 2, 3

click on the links if you're interested, and they can be purchased from Sports Direct :) they're very inexpensive products as i don't want to spend a lot of money on them, only to give up after a few tries! hopefully i won't though ;)!

do any of you guys run for fun?
what are your thoughts on it?

hope you're all well! x

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Outfit Of The Day - Loungin' Around


halloo beautiful people,


i uploaded an outfit of the day video last Monday on my fashion/beauty channel, which can be viewed here. it's a very, very simple outfit so it's nothing special! however, although i've kept it casual, the print of the jumper, (i bought a few sizes up to make it oversized, bonus points for extra comfort!) the shorts and woollen tights means that you can keep warm, whilst looking a bit more stylish in comparison to wearing a hoodie and pair of trackies!


the jumper was on trend when i bought it, in the fairisle pattern. it's very festive and captures the winter spirit. i love how minimal colours are used with black on white with a pop of pink - yay! the pattern is very cute by keeping it simple with just polka dots and scattered stars and snowflakes. it's nice that the main features of this jumper isn't repeated throughout - that would've made it a bit too over the top.


i just teamed it with some denim shorts (cut off from old jeans) and grey woollen tights! by wearing this, you can lounge around the house and quickly pop out without feeling too frumpy and blah looking! win ;)!


i'm not wearing a lot of jewellery, just the pearl necklace i always wear and a swallow ring (£2 from Primark!!). it makes your outfit just a bit more special without it being too much. hair wise, i also made a tutorial video on how to style your fringe into a french plait, which can be viewed here. it's very easy to do and takes hardly any time :)! it adds a girly twist and gets your fringe out of your face during those days where it just doesn't want to cooperate with you!


outfit:
jumper - primark £13
denim shorts - cut off from jeans
tights - primark £2
ring -  primark £2

face:
mac mineralise skin finish natural - medium deep
mac studio finish concealer in nc42
topshop cream blush in nutmeg
clinique blush
mac all that glitters eyeshadow
illamasqua art of darkness precision ink
bourjois les nudes lipgloss in rose mythic

I also filmed a video for this, check it out :)!



hope you're all well! x

Sunday, 16 January 2011

peterpan invasion

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

halloo there, beautiful people!

this post is about a new favourite of mine! like them or not, i don't think peter pan collared themed clothing are going to go any time soon! every high street store i've popped into this week have had at least one top gracing this beauty :)

there are good and bad points to this style however:

good:
this style is adorable whilst maintaining a sense of femininity at the same time. it's different and i like how the collar is the statement, so it's not necessary to wear necklaces and earrings to make it stand out. of course, do so if you wish :)! for me personally, it makes me nostalgic from when i was a child as these collars are on a lot of children's clothing!

i really love how you can dress this up or down.
it can be appropriate for day wear with some shorts, tights and a cardigan or blazer. change it up for the evening with a black skirt (e.g. high-waisted). 

bad:
although this makes me nostalgic, it also reminds me of school uniforms with the buttons and collar. it can be a little bit too formal looking. i purchased the top from topshop today (3rd top, top row) and although i fell in love with the collar, the style and the way it felt on my skin when i tried it on - i couldn't help but think that i looked either like a waitress or a primary school student. sad face. i shall be returning this :(

i think it's important not to overdo it, let the collar do the talking!
haha, that is so cheesy now i'm reading that back but i'll keep it in anyway! keep it simple with minimal accessories unless you don't want to, of course!

what are your thoughts? do you like peter pan collars?

p.s. the 6th picture is actually a maternity top from Topshop, it's currently in the sales! i can't wear it obviously but i really loved the style :)

hope you're all well!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

topshop dresses wishlist - january 2010


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

my favourite things to wear are dresses. so simple, just sling in on, add a cardigan (woollen cable knit ones for me in this weather - brr) and an optional waist belt and i'm good to go! i'm slowly going towards the top and jeans combination (i recently bought my first pair of jeans in 3 years, so proud) but they won't be the first things i'll click on when i'm browsing Topshop's website anytime soon!

i've now grown into the habit of going onto the website whenever i'm bored (thanks to my little sis, who goes on it 5x a day, i swear!) and always check the 'new in' tab, or look at my favourite garments over and over again. being a uni student living in London means that most of my student loan and personal savings goes towards things like rent and food etc. but it doesn't stop me from lusting after these items! who knows.. i may treat myself to a dress, or three..

the first dress wouldn't usually be the immediate thing i'd pick out, and that's due to the polka dot pattern.  something about this makes me smile though, whether it's the neutral colour, to the cute collar or maybe the 50's vibe that it gives out.. i want to pair it with a head of curls, some cute pumps and a daisy filled field spinning around and around in the sunshine..

i have a lot of white/cream dresses already but my mind still tries to justify this one, "it has embroidered mesh detailing around the neck", "it's flattering" and "there are tiny flowers on it"! i'd keep it simple with nude pumps/mary jane flats with a beige cardigan and a floral headband! much like the one i recently bought in Primark that i've yet to blog about..

with the third tea dress, the sleeves and the waist detail just made me envision images of this going in in all the right places, a figure-hugging dress - always good. it wouldn't be the first thing i'd pounce on though, but i thought it was worth a mention :)

the fourth and sixth are basically the same but i can't stop clicking on them to look at. i love floral patterns and there's something about this that would fit in on a hot summer's day in Spain, Italy or France.. i'd wear the fourth one with a curly loose updo with a thick bow headband. i keep conjuring summer outfits in my mind, i really dislike the winter! to make it a bit more suitable for this weather, woollen tights (i'm really into grey ribbed ones at the moment) and a cable knit cardigan will have to do!

i fell in love with the fifth dress, there's a grecian feel about this and it just looks so elegant to me. everything from the cornelli trim details, to the colour, to the material to the fact that it's cinched in at the waist just made my tummy squeal a little bit with excitement. at the price-tag of £75 though, i don't think it'll be in my wardrobe anytime soon.. sighs. 

what's on your wishlist at the moment?
do you like these kind of posts?

hope you're all well! x

Saturday, 8 January 2011

halloo!

halloo!


my name's Shu. well, my full name is Shu Shi. yep, it's basically 'sushi' with an extra 'h' and pronounced 'shoe she'! nice to meet you (if anyone is actually reading this, ehe).
this is my first post on this blog! i've had several before but this year, i'm determined to update regularly etc so wanted to start fresh! i make videos on youtube under the username, 'shulikesclothes' (haha, so original ;)). i've got two other channels, 'letsnomfashion' and 'dejashu'. one was my old fashion/beauty channel which mainly consisted of collective hauls and outfit of the days. after a while, i grew tired of the name incase people expected me to be an expert at fashion (which i'm not) and i wouldn't live up to it, haha!


the other is a vlog channel where i upload random trips, and times where i'm just in a ridiculously good mood and want to share it with the internet! subscribe if you're interested!


i want this channel to be concentrated on hauls, outfit of the days, reviews and posts on different styles etc! hopefully all will go well and i'm inviting all of you to join me on this adventure!


off i go to do the 30 day shred, shower, get ready, film a few videos then head off out! :)


hope you're all well! x
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