Thursday, July 02, 2015

A FEW FAVES

Summer is definitely a distraction these days and my posts are becoming a little bit more sporadic because sitting in front of a computer after a long day in the office is not really my ideal scenario. Seriously though, we've had some pretty hot days no? I'm hoping to hit the beach next week on a random day trip, so fingers crossed that actually happens! 
gift banana yoshimoto
This post is filled with some of my favourite things at the moment - some of which are rather random! Starting with Banana Yoshimoto's 'Asleep' which is a book I picked up a little while ago but only just started to read. I've read her award winning 'Kitchen' which was brilliant and explores a lot of complex emotions - it was a captivating and original read but it definitely has a melancholy undertone. I've just realised a film was made too which I'll have to investigate! I'm looking forward to reading another one of her books. Plus - she has a pretty memorable pen name huh?
gift eyeliner masks
Eyeliners and masks are things I always ask for when relatives visit - so when my dad returned from a brief trip to HK my relatives sent these back with him. I always stock up on pen eyeliners when I'm in HK because I've found that Asian brands are the only ones that work for me - they don't sting my eyes, they're long wearing and are removed easily (some with just water!). My sisters all prefer using gel eyeliners but pen eyeliners are definitely my weapon of choice - they take some practise but they're great! Pictured here is the Dejavu liner which is good but the K-Palette eyeliner is my HG (both Japanese) - seriously so easy to use and precise too. The masks are new brand I've not tried before by Korean brand, Beyond. These Hyaluronic acid masks are the most moisturising and cooling masks ever. Even my sister who has dry, eczema prone skin said they felt really refreshing and moisturising. Top tip - pop your masks in the fridge before you use them for a super cool evening treat!
Gift chinese screen
Ok the next one is super random, like really. My dad decided to buy me a gift and he bought a miniature Chinese screen. I don't really know what to do with it but it's very pretty and er....the most Chinese gift he has ever bought me. Thanks Dad...now where on earth to put it!
gift essie and sugar
Lastly are a few bits that Mandy over at One Slice of Lemon purchased for me while she was in the states earlier in the year. The Fresh Sugar lip balms are my favourite things ever and are a bit cheaper in the US so she kindly helped me purchase. They're super moisturising and I like using them first thing and last thing at night. I also own a tinted one (really good colour payoff) which I found in the Marylebone store - definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. Mandy also gifted me this lilac-pink bottle of Essie's Under Where? I wear a lot of nail polishes this shade so I knew instantly that I would get plenty of wear out of it. Thanks Mandy!
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  1. Laughed at loud at 'the most Chinese thing my Dad ever bought me'! What a beautiful little screen! It shows he certainly knows you well with all of your pretty little knick-knacks, eh? I must keep an eye out for those masks - I'm faithful to the My Beauty Diary ones but perhaps I should sample more now that I have a Sasa everywhere I look. Beautiful photo set-ups too Winnie! x

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  2. I love the Fresh lip balms to they're they only thing that really work on my dry lips, I even had a mild panic attack last week when I thought I had lost mine but luckily I found it! Also LOVE Banana Yoshimoto a few years ago I binge read a bunch of her books so I definitely want to revisit some of her stories again soon it's been way too long xoxo

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  3. Oh I'd love to check out Banana Yoshimoto, it's been years since I last read a physical book and God knows those were the days aaaaah free sailing youth..
    Anyway, that screen is sooo cute!! It's more for decorative purpose so maybe on top of shelves? A doll enthusiast would find great use of this tho haha it's perfect for shoots!

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  4. Haha he was quite excited when he handed it over, it's so traditional it makes me chuckle every time I look at it! Ah My Beauty Diary, I've totally run out of mine. I'm going to be MAJORLY stocking up in Nov. Let's go beauty shopping!! Sob - I love and miss Sasa!! xx

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  5. I know right - the balms are a lot pricier than my usual Burts Bees but they are so good! I've only read the one book - but I like her stories, not quite as surreal as Murakami but I love the themes in her books! I'll have to check out more after this one! x

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  6. Sometimes it takes me forever to finish a book - I have so many on the floor of my bedroom that I've not finished yet. This one is rather short, so I'm sure it won't join the pile of 'to-read' books! Yeah - I'm definitely figuring out where to place it, it just looks so out of place next to my other stuff but YES love the the idea for shoots, thanks for that idea! I will definitely be adding that to a list of props to use! :) x

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  7. Aw! Too adorable! Yes indeed ;) in fact even I'm running low haha. Let's also buy all the Sailormoon make-up together! SO excited to see you! x

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  8. I have to try all these beauty products, especially the Fresh Sugar lip balm since I manage to keep losing my lip balms. The packaging looks really cool too!
    And I'll definitely put Asleep and Kitchen on my reading list. I've heard Kitchen is really good so I have to check it out!

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  9. k-palette is so pricey here i can't! but it's definitely one of the best. i always ask a friend to buy it for me when she's in japan. banana yoshimoto's stories are lovely. i think i have to check out asleep then.


    the miniature screen is gorgeous ;_; i have few action figures and i can easily imagine them posing in front of it huhu


    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

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  10. Ahh I love Korean masks because they're so easy to use :D I haven't tried the ones by Beyond before, but I'll have to see if I can find it when I go up to Seoul.
    Hmm, perhaps you could make a corner on a bookshelf where you keep your Asian reads and Chinese screen? Hehe, tricky to add decorations that are traditional if the rest of your room is modern :P

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  11. I love that your father bought a Chinese screen. My mum has a large one in her house, I always wanted one. haha. The masks sounds great too! <3
    Matcha Summer Treat

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  12. That Essie polish is gorgeous! Is it pink or lilac?! It's both, yay!

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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  13. I think you'd really like the lip balm, it's great, if a tad pricey! Yes, let me know if you ever read Kitchen, it's a good little read!

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  14. Oh no really? Better than not being able to purchase it at all though, which is why I stock up when in HK. Nothing else comes close in terms of British brands! Haha - yes I'll have to use the screen as a backdrop for beauty posts!

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  15. They're the best masks! I would like to visit Seoul one day - so super jealous that you'll be visiting!
    That's the trouble with my room which is why the screen is sitting in a box on my bookshelf still...I need to do some rearranging!

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  16. It does indeed! Which is why I really need to put it out on display. It's the prettiest little thing.

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  17. Ah yes! The large ones are so lovely. My grandparents used to own one. It's probably in storage somewhere now but I used to hide behind it when my cousins and I used to play hide and seek.

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  18. It's definitely somewhere in between, maybe more pink than lilac but it's such a great colour. Essie do some of the best polish don't they?

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  19. Aww thank you, that's so sweet! I'm glad you like the pics. Taking photos is definitely my favourite part of being a blogger :)

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  20. I'm going to be so poor. Teehee. Can't wait! xx

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  21. And my summer posts are getting sporadic because I don't want to go outside to photograph anything! I also purchased fresh when I was in Toronto but I find their lip chap overall just super expensive! I've started using this Aussie 'all in one ointment' called Lucas Paw Paw (I know such a funny name) and it's not as pricey.

    Sam
    http://www.samishome.com

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  22. Yeah it is a little pricey! I'll have to try the lucas paw paw stuff, my sister swears by it (except she slathers it all over her face so it's not quite as attractive)

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