Beach Essentials!

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Hello! I’ve come back with a new post, a topic I’ve wanted to do for quite some time (since it’s summer here in Aus). Thank you to Tripping.com for suggesting the idea!

Okay.

So your friend called you up for a last minute beach trip on the weekends, but you’re stuck on what to bring! Well, rest assured, I got you ^_^

 

fashion

My dream swimsuit has to be this DelMar one sported by Emily Ratajkowski. It’s a one piece but looks like two piece- and the mesh is to die for! A cover up is definitely an essential when shopping around the nearby stores or buying a drink at a nearby cafe, and this lace one is understated and gorgeous! Other standard pieces are sun protection glasses, a sun hat and flip flops. I love how the sequined sun hat from Neiman Marcus and diamante flip flops from M & Co add sophistication to the beach chic outfit.

beauty

In terms of skin care, you definitely you need to stock up on these essentials:

  1. Facial Sun Screen (much less oily than body sunscreen)
  2. Scrunchie hair tie (it’s much less damaging to wet hair)
  3. Water bottle (fill it with water, juice or coconut water!)
  4. Body Sun Screen (make sure you reapply every 2 hours no matter what SPF because sweat and sea water wipes it off.)
  5. SPF lip balm (yes, lips need protection too!)
  6. Waterproof eyeliner (an essential if you’re obsessed with eyeliner)
  7. Summer Fragrance (if the smell of the beach and or sweat irks you)
  8. Beach Towel (duh.)

I love this multi-strap beach bag from Vix but any tote bag should do!

to do

Hmm.. what to do… what to do! Here are a few essentials that you might consider!

  • Bring a kindle! A kindle is much lighter than carrying several books.
  • Bring a camera! I prefer retro cameras more, but digital cameras are quick and easy!
  • Bring a Journal! I remember going to the beach and saw a guy writing what I assume to be thoughtful notes and drawing a few sketches. The beach never lacks in inspiration 🙂
  • Magazine! I prefer physical copies because I love the photographic clarity in the pages, however subscribing via your kindle is very common!
  • Snack? I would personally buy a snack at the \cafes near the beach because of convenience, however, a little homemade fruit salad or muesli won’t hurt!.
  • Your phone. I know only a few people who ditch their phone at home for a relaxing day at the beach, notification free. However, if you’d like to browse through social media and chill listening to your favourite playlist- don’t forget to bring it along with a pair of headphones!

And that’s it! I hope you found this post helpful for your next beach trip. If you’re looking for a  beach holiday getaway, don’t forget to check out vacation rentals in Florida, US thanks to Tripping.com!

Have a great day!

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Photoshoot Plan #1: Autumnal Warmth

I love fashion photography, but I rarely do photoshoots because of how expensive the equipment is, the amount of clothes that need to be purchased and my downright awkwardness in shooting in public.

So, I thought it’d be a really creative idea for me to pretend to plan for a photoshoot I may or may not potentially do in the future. It was fun experimenting with a few looks and collating a mood board together- I hope you enjoy reading through it!

Also, I have no damn idea why I’m preparing for a fall shoot when it’s 30 degrees celsius right now.

Playlist

It doesn’t get any more autumnal than this y’all. Shout out to Jack Terrence Nugent for a bomb playlist and the ‘Now You See It’ YouTube Channel for suggesting it.

Get ready for a cozy musical experience fam.

Mood Board

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Pictures collected from tumblr (except for nyx lip creme swatches)

 

Hair and Makeup Look

looks

For the fall theme, I liked the idea of warm tones on the face, hence the contouring, bronzer and rouge blush. I loved the subtle pink and orange tones of the eyeshadow which works so well with the warm liquid lipsticks. For the hair,  I was obsessed with Bella’s hair and wanted to recreate the voluminous wavy look with slight waves, even though a voluminous head of curls (à la Selena Gomez Revival Tour ) would also be a fun look.

Look #1- Cafe

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When I think of a cafe, I immediately think of study (lmao). I kept it bookworm chic with a backpack and a black textured high neck sweater paired with an orange/tan a-line skirt. To add a bit of edginess to the outfit I added thigh high boots since not a lot of walking will be done. Not gonna lie- it’s one of my favourites.

Look #2- Park

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I wouldn’t normally choose a peter pan collared dress, but for the sake of fall- why not. The dark brown long sleeved cardigan and the camera bag add to the “school girl aesthetic” without being too girly. The black booties have a low heel to help with the walking and the round glasses, watch and leaf ring add elements of chicness to the outfit. I also really love the orange-red lip, which makes a statement in contrast to the dark coloured outfit.

Look #3- Market

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Low heel black booties are a given when you’re  walking so there’s that. The overalls combine with the shoes to create a black base, then I simply added autumnal tones to the outfit such as a red beret, orange/tan scarf and a light brown sweater. To keep it simple, I added a few gold accents and a dark nude lipstick.

Look #4- Biking

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Fun fact- I can’t ride a bicycle lol, they still look cute,though! Fall would not be complete without flannel- so a v-neck long sleeved top would be perfect as it’s relaxed yet still a little sexy. Jeans are a given when riding a bike so I chose a black distressed pair to show off the top’s plaid print. Any sneakers would do fine, so I chose converse and a backpack was a given anyway (imagine riding a bike with a tote lmao). Then, I simply added gold accents and a berry lip to add autumnal chicness to the outfit.

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading the post. Have a lovely day.

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Eclipse Nail Polish: Review + Colours + Nail Painting Tips?

 
This is my first pair of nail polishes! EEEEK! I’ve been waiting for some time to get them, and as soon as I saw that four letter word (SALE of course), I was leaping to get them in my hands!
Alright, let’s get to it 🙂 *hurriedly types*
 
 I got these from Morning Glory, also known as that super mega “kawaii” store with approximately 20% k-pop, 40% cute vintage inspired stationary and 40% of things you never knew you needed but YOU GOTTA HAVE THEM ANYWAY (ie cute little mugs or landscape phone stands).
Excuse me, I digressed slightly.
 
Anyway, I picked up these two colours for a “2 for $5′ deal which didn’t seem so bad at the time. The colour choices weren’t that bad either. However, 99% of the shades were literally the shimmery kind of nail polishes (see the rose gold) and the only colour that came in the glossy kind was white.
So I went straight for the classics and metallic and as you can see, I picked up the staple glossy white and the super trendy rose gold.

The rose gold was absolutely amazing to apply. It was smooth, didn’t dry super fast and didn’t create bumps during application. I only needed about 2 coats. Wouldn’t it look so cute with a Christmas or NYE outfit?
 
The white one however, was a little tad bit of a nightmare. It dried fast- the minute you took the brush out of the container it was like a rock, and when applying, it created bumps along the surface that was so frustrating, especially when I was painting on my right hand haha. It needed about 3 or more coats, and I still couldn’t get it right.
 
The only nail that worked was my pinky, and I’m guessing when you’re dealing with crappy nail polishes like these (understandable because it was so cheap), it’s best to work on small surfaces. Maybe next time I should use this colour for a French tip style don’t you think?
I’m a bit of a noob at this sort of thing, so after my first experience at painting these bad boys (aka nails) I’ve picked up on a few lessons.
 
 
Always make sure to file, smooth down and shape your nails perfectly before painting.
 
Add a protective layer over your nails using a clear top coat. It’d really help during those activities that really put pressure on your nails (dishwashing, cooking etc). You can also use a topcoat underneath as base coat, apparently it really helps with those stains you get with darker nail polishes.
 
 This was a huge barrier for me to paint the other hand. You know. THE OTHER HAND.
I asked for advice from my best friend Alysiah, and this is what she said.
 
 
Well gee thanks for the enthusiasm. Luckily I have something that might help. It’s called the “Away and Towards”. What you do is, when painting the sides and majority of the front (of the nail), pull your palm away from your body, faced on the table, flat. Carefully move your finger left and right to catch those sides.
 
When painting the annoying bottom of your nail (near the skin part), it might help to move your palm towards your body, cupped in a fist, the same way I posed in my first photo (excluding the thumbnail).  Then, fill in the bottom parts carefully (slightly moving the brush up into the little crevices) and you’re done!
 
I know you feel a bit hasty sometimes but this one is a must. ALWAYS make your coats thin, it dries much faster and avoids most lumps and thick layering. Usually it should take 2-3 coats.
 
And that is pretty much it! Tell me what are your tips and current favourite colours?
Good luck with nail painting!