Monday, 10 July 2017

My Pink Bird Experience - Working With Etude House

Hey hey! Regular readers will know that for the last few months I got to work with Etude House as part of their Pink Bird programme. This programme involves a bunch of bloggers and YouTubers being selected and a box of products released by Etude House sent out for the purpose of review. This is to help promote Etude House and their products to an International audience. For me, being a massive fan of Etude this was a dream come true and I couldn't believe my luck! Today I want to talk about the experience I have had with them and I want to highlight both the positive and negative aspects of things as I feel it's important to be transparent in my views and things I have experienced. Any negative points mentioned are not intended to bash Etude House or to steer people away from them, but pinpoint aspects that I believe could be improved on.
Wednesday, 28 June 2017

An Overview of the Emotional Journey of Prompto's Discovery of His Origins

Final Fantasy XV was a game that I had anticipated since it was first announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII back in 2006, when it finally came out last year it was the first time in a long time that I fully devoted a lot of my spare time to a single game. It ended up being the first game I got a platinum trophy for as well. While the game was met with a bunch of mixed reviews, I myself thoroughly enjoyed the game and would definitely have it in my top 5 Final Fantasy games. I admit the story lacked a little but the character development has been one of my favourites in the series. When FFXV was released, there was the option to purchase a season pass for £20, this would give you additional content such as the Holiday event items and DLC episodes for each character. Earlier this year we were given Episode Gladiolus, while it filled in the hole in the story, it wasn't overly enjoyable to me and it lacked a lot of depth. Out comes Episode Prompto, following our upbeat blondie photographer and his journey into discovering where he came from. Not wanting to spoil details of the main game nor the Episode, I'm going to just talk about some elements and what feelings I took away from it and try and keep this spoiler free.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Review | Etude House Wonder Fun Park ♡ Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Chiffon - PK034

I know my blog is just crawling with Etude House posts and lately they have just been my Pink Bird posts, but I have one for you today that isn't! Following the release of the Wonder Fun Park collection, I got to sample some of the products from the range through the Pink Bird programme back in February, but I wanted more! So I went ahead and purchased 2 more lip products, one in lipstick form and one a warm shade of the lip tints. Today I am going to talk about the lipstick I chose, as it was released in Etude's Chiffon formula which is one I hadn't got around to trying and I was intrigued as to how it would perform in comparison to their previous lipsticks. This came in 5 shades and while, as per usual, I was gravitating towards one of the more orange shades, I thought I would get myself a lovely little pink shade perfect for spring time. I've been wearing much softer make up looks lately so this seemed like it was going to be a perfect fit. 
Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review | Etude House Pink Bird Box May 2017 ♡

It's hard to believe how quickly these last few months have gone in regards to the Pink Bird program I have had the privilege to be a part of this year. Next month is the last month! It's quite sad but I am seriously grateful for having the chance to work with Etude House, it was a dream for me! This month I am putting all the products together in one post instead of individually and to tie in with this post I will also be holding a giveaway featuring two of the items I am sharing in this post! 

GIVEAWAY ♡ Cherry Blossoms and Romantic Frills with Etude House

Yay yay yay! It's giveaway time! 

Today I am so excited to share a little giveaway with you guys and I'm tying it in with my current collaboration with Etude House through the Pink Bird program. All of these products have been featured on the blog lately!
Thursday, 11 May 2017

Review | Etude House Super Slim Proof Liners ♡ Etude House Pink Bird Box April 2017

Today I have the fourth and final blog post for the products featured around the Pink Bird box I received for April. This time I am sharing with you two eyeliners from Etude House's latest line of liners. We each received two, one in black and one in brown and one being a brush type liner and the other being a pencil. Eyeliner is a major part of my make up routine and I very rarely go a day or make up look without it, so it was exciting for me to try these out and see how well they lasted and applied onto my eyelid.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Review | Etude House Any Cushion All Day Perfect - Vanilla ♡ Etude House Pink Bird Box April 2017

I'm still a bit of a noob when it comes to cushions having owned maybe a total of 6 in the past but from my experiences, I've always found them to be a handy little carry about when I'm out somewhere, easy touch ups and convenient packaging and having to take one less make up brush with me. 3 out of the 6 cushions I have previously owned have been ones from Etude House and while I had success with one of them, I found the other two I used didn't quite meet my expectations. So when I found out I was getting this Any Cushion All Day Perfect in my Pink Bird box this month, I was both excited and anxious about it as I was really hopeful that this was going to be another successful cushion for me. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Review | Etude House Fix and Fix Primer - Mint ♡ Etude House Pink Bird Box April 2017

Primer is something I use pretty much everyday and I'm usually one for a brightening one to help my rather dull skin look a bit healthier. That combined with a nice bright blush seems to give me a healthy complexion that I'm frequently complimented on. Thanks to Etude House, I was able to try a colour correcting primer for the first time in January in cushion form and I was quite happy with the results so I was more than excited to try a different form of the product. When asked which colour corrector I would like I chose Mint because I suffer from redness in my face and redness that increases as the day goes by. Etude House's Fix and Fix Primer shares its shades with the cushion (aside from the strobing one is changed up for one that seemingly acts similarly to the Benefit Porefessional). But this time it comes in a tube form and a liquid-cream formula.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

First Impressions | Etude House Honey Cera ♡ Etude House Pink Bird Box April 2017

Hey guys I'm back with my newest Pink Bird post, as with the previous month I am splitting them into separate posts just for the sheer purpose of adding focus into the products. I'm starting again with the little skincare sample set that we got and as with the Soon Jung line, I will only be giving my first impression, so this will be written as and when I use it for the very first time. While I am quite good at making samples last me longer than they should, I don't feel like it's fully enough time to get a proper review of a product out to you guys. And I promise, within the next week I will have a post that isn't my Pink Bird stuff! 
Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Guest Post | Raising Awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum ♡ Elle May

It's been a long time since I had a guest post featured on my blog, mainly because I found the blog posts I was getting weren't overly related to my blog itself. However, I came to my dear blogger friend Elle to write a post for me about Hyperemesis Gravidarum to help her raise awareness for this condition that affects a lot more women in pregnancy than you may think! This is something I have always had awareness of, but something I haven't experienced. Elle is also raising money in support of raising awareness and you will find the link in this post if you would like to donate any amount towards the cause, she's over halfway towards her goal now! The following words are that of Elle.
Monday, 24 April 2017

Review | Etude House Glass Tinting Lips Talk & Cases ♡ Etude House Pink Bird Box March 2017

I'm back with the final part of the March Pink Bird Box and this is probably the biggest part of it and it took me the most time to get organised for you guys but it's finally here! The last aspect of the box involved us receiving 3 of Etude House's new Glass Tinting Lips Talk range in a variety of shades and these also come along with mix and match lipstick cases that you pop your lipsticks into! I think this is a really neat concept and one that really lets you personalise your lipsticks to suit your own style and taste. It is also beneficial as it means you just have to pay for the lipstick part and not pay for both the lipstick and case when you want to replace it after you've finished!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Review | Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask ♡ Etude House Pink Bird March 2017

Hey hey! I'm back with yet another Etude House Pink Bird Post! I'm sorry that these seem so clumped together and that there's not a whole heap other content on the go but I am working on fixing that! This is the second part of the Pink Bird March Box and this post is centred on the Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask, we each received three in our box (if I remember correctly we all got different types!). The purpose of this mask is to be thin enough and delicate enough on the skin to be able to be used daily, since sheet masks tend to be added as a last step of a nightly skincare routine in Korea. Some sheet masks can feel heavy on your face so it's interesting to see if a 0.2mm mask would feel any lighter or if it was going to make no difference at all.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

First Impressions | Etude House Soon Jung ♡ Etude House Pink Bird March 2017

I'm doing something a little different this time around when it comes to the Pink Bird box and I am reviewing the products seperately! I feel this will be beneficial in the sense that I can be indepth and break things down better without my readers having to read one massive long post. Plus, due to the fact that this box comes both with a focus of skincare and lip sticks, I wanted to be able to highlight both aspects in their own right.

Etude House recently released a new skincare line called Soon Jung, the focus of this skincare is for those with sensitive skin and to create products without any harmful ingredients. While I have been trying various skincare products lately, I've still yet to find my perfect solution for my skin so getting this little sample kit lets me have a short try of things. This is a pro and a con in all honesty as sample sizes are not enough to get a full feel of a skincare line as I like to test skincare for 4 weeks at least to know if it works for me or not. 
Monday, 10 April 2017

Review | Etude House Pink Bird Box February 2017 ♡ Wonder Fun Park

After a long wait thanks to some issues with customs, I finally got my hands on the products from the second box of the Etude House Pink Bird program! This time round, we were given a selection of products from their new Wonder Fun Park range, a range brought out just for the spring time with pastel eye colours, bright lip shades and rainbow cheek products. I was looking forward to this an insane amount as soon as I saw the packaging for it as, as you can see, it's a whole lot of pastel which fits right in with my colour scheme! 
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Review | Tony Moly x Pokemon Mini Cover Cushion

I have a lot of fond memories from when I was younger in regards to Pokemon, whether it was watching the anime when it was on TV in the morning before school, playing the games on my GameBoy or collecting the trading cards and ending up getting a whole heap of shiny cards because the boys at school all had a thing for me and wanted to give me their shiny cards. The release of Pokemon Go last year brought back a lot of nostalgia for a lot of fans of the series and got people out and about! At the height of the popularity of the game, Korean brand Tony Moly teamed up with Nintendo to bring out a selection of beauty products adorning a select few of the most popular Pokemon on the packaging. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Quickest Nine Months

I can't believe how quickly time has been going since I've become a parent. I remember not so long ago writing my birth story out for you guys and now here I am talking about Rinoa being 9 months old, only 3 months away from her being a year old! It's crazy! I wanted to share with you guys what these 9 months have been like and the progress that Rinoa has been making lately. 
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Review | 3 Concept Eyes Liquid Lip Color #BE DASHED

For years and years I have been eyeing up products from 3 Concept Eyes. Me, being as stingy as I am, was worried about paying the slightly higher price for their products, simply because I'm too much of a bargain hunter. However, I spoke recently about wanting to try 3 brands this year, even if it means I only try one product from each brand, as long as I get a little taste of them! So first of all, I have decided to buy a product from 3CE from my wishlist in the form of the 3CE Liquid Lip Color in the shade Be Dashed. I struggled to narrow down a lip colour I wanted desperately from them (believe me, this is far from the only one!) but I felt like I wanted another bold colour in the pink-coral shade range.
Monday, 13 February 2017

Living with Minor Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Following me on twitter, you will know last week I had a recent flare up of a skin condition I have. Being the worst one I have had in about 7 years and being my first in a year and a half, I thought it would be a good time to sit down and talk to you guys about this condition, what it does to not only my body but my mind as well. I want to raise awareness for this condition as I know there are probably many that have it and haven't been able to put a name to it, are too embarrassed to go to the doctors or have actually gone and found that the doctors aren't clued up on it and aren't able to give them the help or advice they need. Following reading this, if you have any questions to ask, feel free!
Sunday, 5 February 2017

Review | Etude House Pink Bird Box January 2017 ♡

Hey everyone! How have you all been? As the majority of you will know, out of all of the Korean brands I have used, my absolute favourite is Etude House. The quality of the products combined with the stupidly adorable packaging always drew me to it. I've been using their products for about 6 years now and I don't see that changing anytime soon. So, in December, I woke up to an email one day letting me know that I had been chosen to be an Etude House Pink Bird for 2017. What is this exactly? A Pink Bird is a blogger or YouTuber who, every month, receives a box of full sized goodies from Etude House and in return, we review the products in the box! I was genuinely shocked that I had been given the chance to do this and I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity. 

Korean beauty has been a major part of my life for the last 7 years and I don't see myself stopping that. My blog is mainly here to share these products with you and try to spread the love of Korean brands as they have been some of the best I have used. So, to stop me blabbing on about that. Let's get on with the products!
Friday, 20 January 2017

K-Beauty Files III - Jasmine of Jasmineitor in Korea

Hello hello hello! It's been a while since I have shared one of my K-beauty blogger interviews but I'm back with one today featuring my name twin! Today's blogger is Jasmine of Jasmineitor in Korea. I had actually started reading her blog in 2015, not long after I got started in beauty blogging myself. I just remained a silent reader until I recently contacted her in regards to this review and was delighted for her to be on board! So today we are going to have all her answers to these questions! As you know, I love to share the love for bloggers in the same niche as me, as I don't think there's enough of us about! Remember if you're a blogger focused in K-beauty and you want to join in on this feature, just pop me a tweet or e-mail and we will get that sorted.
Sunday, 15 January 2017

Christmas Goodies from No.7

Christmas has been and gone and I was waiting for my softbox to come before I got round to taking any more photos for my blog, so that's why this is a little bit on the delayed side of things. For Christmas I usually just ask for money from my mum, as there's nothing I really need and I can use the money on little bits and pieces when I see them or I can use the money for a larger purchase. She does, however, usually pick up a few extra presents for me and some of those presents happened to be some more make up (yay!). I got a set from Benefit (which I knew about because she let me pick it out myself) but what was a surprise was the selection of products from No.7.
Thursday, 12 January 2017

3 Korean Brands I Aim To Try in 2017

I'm a creature of habit, if I find one thing I like I stick to it and that tends to ring true especially when it comes to beauty brands. I don't tend to like trying too many at a time and stick to the ones I know, because I know what quality to expect from them. However, this year I have 3 Korean brands that I want to try and I aim to make sure I do try them! These brands are a little higher end than the ones I currently purchase from but I am not buying as much make up as I normally do this year. I intend on only buying base make up, a few lipsticks and perhaps any limited edition collections if I feel it's necessary. So, I am going to try out these brands whenever I need a new base product and along with such I will buy some form of lip product from them too! Maybe some skincare when I'm needing a restock. 

I've got a lot planned for the blog in regards to K-beauty trends and products and I hope to feature some of the brands and some of the products mentioned in the process. 
Sunday, 1 January 2017

What I Hope To Achieve in 2017

Happy New Year everybody! With the New Year here, I think it's time to share with you guys the plans I have for the year and what goals I have that I desperately want to meet this year. Some of these aren't going to be the easiest of tasks for me to do, but they're things I am going to give the biggest amount of effort I can in order to do them. I'm not overly about that "new year, new me" but I like to use new years, new weeks as a starting point for goals as it just feels more comfortable for me. 

Get to my goal weight of 9st 7lbs - This was the weight I was when Stuart and I started going out and was the weight I was the happiest with my body at. It's not an easy weight goal for me because I have the body type that NEEDS to eat healthy nearly all the time and workout loads in order to shift weight. This is a loss of 2 stone I am aiming for (sitting at 11st7lbs since having Rinoa) so I think this is do-able. I have a deadline for this that is prior to the end of the year, which is June as Stuart and I want to go on holiday for our two year anniversary and I wanna get myself looking as good as I feel I can in a bikini! Hopefully getting back to work is going to help since I will be back on my feet nearly everyday and combine that with daily exercise. I've been finding it hard the past month to lose weight with it being Christmas time and that, parties and family get togethers and that. 

Take A Photo Every Day - This is something I've been planning for a while. I want to take some form of photo with my DSLR camera and edit it to make it look nice. I think it makes sure that I get regular use out of my camera and gives me another creative outlet. These will be posted on my instagram under some form of hashtag that I will share. I'll also feature these photos on my blog, perhaps every week or month, undecided at the moment. Either that or just in a widget in my sidebar This is something I'm hoping I can stick to for the whole year. 

Work on my self presentation - This is quite a big one for me. I'm not the most confident in my looks but I'm going to try and find a way to present myself in a way that I feel confident. Losing weight is going to tie into this and I'm also going to experiment with wigs, coloured lenses and invest in some new clothes to fit how I want to show myself. 

Continue my K-Beauty Blogger Files Project - I love this feature and I have been a bit sad I have't been able to feature that many bloggers in it so far, it's difficult to find people in the same niche to include, but I'm hoping to at least have 6 done this year and will actually answer the questions myself too! 

Start my YouTube channel - I already have a channel set up, but I have yet to post on it. I'm hoping to post up one video a month as a minimum. 

Be a better blogger - I started the year doing very well with my blog, posting regularly and the likes. But after having my daughter I kind of lost my motivation. I talked about my struggles here. But I'm going to try and push past these. 2 posts a week I think shall be sufficient but I'll obviously have weeks when I post more regularly. I want to buy a diary to plan it out and help myself stick to this. I also want to work with more brands, add new features and even collab with other bloggers too. 

Get a job I enjoy - I quite frankly dislike my job a lot and as much as I love food and making food, I hate working with it. My job also has absolutely 0 promotion prospects so I want something that can lead into a possible career and something that I will absolutely love. I love the idea of becoming a personal trainer but I think I need to meet my goals first before trying to help others reach theirs.

So that's my plan so far for the year, normally I would have added goals for my blog in terms of stats but I don't feel like it's necessary as those have nothing to do with bettering myself or adding more value to my life. These things however, will. I'm hoping I manage to keep up with these and I will keep you updated on my progress in all of them. 

What goals do you have for 2017? Anything similar?  

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