Beauty Crush: Trending Korean Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack Review

March 16, 2015

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I’m so excited to do this review. I was really excited when my Korean friend first showed me these lip tint “tattoos.”  Seriously, I love Korean cosmetics. If you’re not familiar, these lip tints you apply on your lips (it has a glue like consistency), you leave them on for 10-15 minutes and the layer dries and you peel it off leaving you with a natural looking tint.  It’s said to last up to 12 hours! The Berrisom Lip Tint Pack had been around since last year, but came back with 8 new colors and new packaging for 2015.

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I picked up two colors to try, the Bubble Pink and the Sexy Red. Buying it in Japan, each was a little over 1,000 Yen so about $8-9.

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So above is the Bubble Pink color. Applying it was a little weird at first, since it’s super sticky and gooey. It takes a bit of practice to learn how to apply it cleanly and evenly. I left it for about 15 minutes, and it dried pretty fast and it was easy to peel off. As you can see I didn’t cover my entire lip because I wanted to have a gradient lip effect. After peeling the layer off, I immediately drank some water and wiped my mouth, but nothing, not even a little of the color came off. So the claim about the tint lasting for 12 hours is really promising.

Also If you want to see the color more I would recommend applying a thicker layer (which I didn’t really do). I also went ahead after and applied a little of a regular tint from YSL and loved it. Layering other colors is definitely something you should try as well!

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Sorry for the change in lighting in the picture above. So this one is the second color, Sexy Red. Again, I didn’t apply it fully all over my lips. Even though the original color is really dark, as you can see the results are a very natural and pretty color. Again, I would apply a thicker layer if I wanted more of a red color.

I also recommend applying a moisturizing lip balm before applying, as leaving the tint to dry leaves also your lips a bit dry. I would also put a clear gloss afterwards to add a nice sheen.

Overall I’m really happy with the product and I’m excited to go out and buy some more! I want to try the other colors as well. I think this will be my go to lip tint from now on!

If any of you guys have tried it, what do you think?

Links à la Mode: March 26


Statement Piece Collar

March 1, 2015

IMG_20150228_2 (3) I only have one week left until it’s spring break and I can finally get back to the city! I miss dressing up and hopefully I can see cherry blossoms when I get back.

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The main point of this outfit I want to share with you is the collar. It’s actually detachable and just hooks around your neck. Just adding this collar to the outfit made such a huge difference and I love it! It’s a great statement piece and it definitely catches your eye because of its “bedazzle.” Detachable collars or collar necklaces is a really popular trend in Tokyo and I’ve seen it everywhere in magazines and many local fashion brands. I’ve seen it in the states too, but I feel that its popularity is greater in asian fashion than western.

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I also felt that the collar matched really well with the pocket detailing of my high waisted grey shorts. They both add just enough detail.

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See this is what my outfit would look like without the collar. Do you see the big difference it makes?


Beauty Crush: Bedhead Deep Waver Review

February 22, 2015

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So recently I’ve been really into “waving” my hair using the ceramic Bedhead Deep Waver. I actually bought a while ago, definitely more than a year so, yes I’m extremely late in reviewing but I since I recently started using it often, I might as well make a post on it! I know there’s so many tutorials out there on how to create waves for your hair, but on my hair I just find this the best method.

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Here is a close up of the shape of the waver. You basically clamp a section of your hair starting from the top and you work your way down. I hold it for about 20-30 seconds and that gives me a really defined wave which is how I like it, but if you prefer a looser, more natural looking one you can hold it for a few seconds and you’re good to go!

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Look at how defined that wave is! I also find that because of the tourmaline ceramic plates, even though I’m using a lot of heat on my hair It doesn’t dry my hair out. You could see from the picture that actually it adds a little bit of sheen. (It’s not just because of the lighting)

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As you can see my hair I only waved the bottom half of my hair but I’ve tried from the roots and it works just as well. It’s great for giving volume, but since I have really thick I hair I just stick to keeping the top straight. If I wave my hair, I also don’t have to do anything the next day since the waves hold really well. It pretty much looks the same even after 24hrs! So overall I only have positive impressions, and I haven’t come across any problems using this deep waver. Let me know if you guys have tried it and if it works for you just as well !


Winter Red

February 16, 2015

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 I hope everyone had a nice valentine’s day! It was just like any other day for me though..but it’s nice getting lots of chocolate even if it is from random people.

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I centered this outfit around the color burgundy red and navy. It’s one of my favorite color combinations. The shoulder strap bag in the above picture is something I received from my friends as  a Christmas + Birthday present and I love it! It’s from Rebecca Minkoff and the gold chain strap and box shape create a classic style that I can use both for day and night.

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Here I’m wearing a drop waist tweed dress. Normally drop waist dresses I see are usually lose and don’t create shape but, I found the shape of this dress really flattering with the vertical seams going down the sides (not sure if you can see it) when I first tried it on. I love the details of the skirt and it creates a simple sophisticated feel doesn’t it?


Camel and Tweed

February 7, 2015

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My camel coat again! I just recently posted an outfit where I wore this coat but here I am wearing it again. It’s such a great neutral color for both winter and upcoming spring, making it easy to wear with different styles. I think you will be seeing a lot more of this coat on my blog.

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I always felt that beiges and cream colors like my top and coat creates a really chic yet simple feel. Do you guys feel that? It’s minimal but stylish and gives off a more mature look. The turtle neck sweater that I paired here also adds to that maturity element, since it’s more a conservative style. But, there’s never anything wrong with a classic turtleneck!

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The simplistic top really balances out with my tweed skirt. I fell in love with this skirt as soon as I saw it! I love the geometric, asymmetric pattern, which definitely makes it mod-inspired. It’s hard to see since I didn’t do a close up of the skirt, but I love that it incorporates pastel pink and greens (there’s been so much use of pastel recently) and dark brown for contrast. Let’s not forget my Jeffrey Campbell Litas! The platform gives me so much height without having to sacrifice comfort. I’ve gotta have my heels! Anyone else feel that way?


Varsity Prep

January 31, 2015


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 As January is coming to an end, is everyone ready for February?! I can’t believe its already been a month into the new year. Time passes so fast! Although spring is approaching, it will remain cold in Japan for a while until at least May! This varsity sweater that I’m wearing is perfect for keeping warm. It’s not just a regular sweater, it’s a knit sweater that’s extremely chunky and thick! It’s like three sweaters layered over each other. It basically replaces a coat!

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With the navy varsity sweater, I paired it with a collared blouse underneath. The sweater is a bit cropped or on the shorter size for length so pairing it with a longer blouse or top underneath is ideal. Yay for layering! Since I was going for a preppy look up top, I kept it simple with tight jeans for the bottoms and red peep toe heels. This way the heels elongates my legs and the fitting jeans balances in proportion to the chunky, oversized top. But, you could definitely complete the prep look by pairing it with some flat oxfords too.

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One last thing, if you’ve noticed the first picture, I took on a different day and that’s why my hair is straight there but wavy in the rest of them. Sorry for the inconsistency in the pictures in this post! It was difficult getting the right lightening, and the same lightning in the pictures.

See you next week!


Beauty Crush: Perfect Curls with the Babyliss MiraCurl Curling Iron

January 24, 2015

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My first hair product review! Now this isn’t a full on tutorial, it will be a brief summary and my personal thoughts on the product! If you haven’t heard of the MiraCurl Curling Iron it is the first fully automated curling iron which makes it perfect for creating consistent curls easily. All you do is take a piece of your hair and put it in between the curling iron and close the handles and then your hair will automatically be sucked into the machine! (picture below)

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What’s even more convenient is that it comes with a little beeping timer and settings which you can choose from 8, 10, and 12 seconds along with manual mode (no timer). The timer goes off to let you know when to let go of your hair. There are also various heat settings and option for choosing left, right or alternating curls. In addition, if you take a section of hair that is too big, the curling iron will automatically beep and release so that your hair won’t get jammed.

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Here are close ups of what these curls look like individually. The picture on top is a piece of longer hair and (because I have layers) the picture right above is a piece of my shorter hair. You can see that both curls are perfectly formed and identical.

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I think this curling iron does a perfect job of what its suppose to do which is create perfect long lasting curls! It only takes about 10 minutes for me to do my hair, which is amazing knowing that I have pretty thick hair. But, to answer the question of whether its worth buying or not definitely depends on the person. Personally, I could go without it, as I am used to curling hair and I can create good curls using a regular curling iron, but this is great for people may not be used to curling their hair on a daily basis. It’s really easy to learn and all you have to do is hold the handles! But, the price is really expensive, about $100-200! Good new is that there are more and more alternatives, such as the connair version, which is much cheaper.

So overall  I would say the only downside is the price so the rest is up to you guys! I hope you enjoyed my review and there will be more coming up! If there are any suggestions for what to review next leave them in the comment below.


A Little Bit MOD

January 10, 2015

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Happy 2015! My first post of the year! I’m super excited for this year and I’m keeping positive thoughts. Now going into this post, I’ve always been interested in Mod fashion and we all know that it’s been popular and coming back with a modern twist, and so here in my attempt at a little bit of a mod look.

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The main focus of this outfit is this dress. This simple shift dress gives off sleek lines and a minimal silhouette which is what gives it that mod look! I also love the silver zip pocket detailing. It adds just enough to the dress. What I also found interesting about this dress is that it is bonded fabric, meaning that the fabric is woven together but bonded from long fibers. This is what keeps the dress sleek and holds its shape. It makes it much harder for it to bend or crease/wrinkle.

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I wasn’t trying to go for an all mod look and so I paired the dress with red platform pumps and instead of a tailored coat, a carmel colored cocoon coat. This coat has been one of my favorites this winter, the neutral color makes it easy to pair with many color palettes and the oversized feel makes the coat comfy and roomy.

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I’m excited for the trends coming up in 2015! Leave comments below, what are your expectations for this year?


Winter Monochrome

December 26, 2014

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I hope everyone had a great christmas and now basically going exactly opposite of the holiday colors is this monochrome outfit. The only thing not monochrome about it is my dark burgundy bag. I couldn’t completely go monochrome. I know I usually wear lots of colors, prints, basically the opposite of minimalistic, but here I’m a bit more simple (in my own way).

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I styled this outfit around this black and white striped knit skirt. I fell in love with this skirt the moment I saw it, actually last year, and I never had the chance to wear it until now.  The design of the skirt has great shape and movement while still keeping a simplicity. Another interesting part of the skirt is that its a extremely high waisted skirt. It goes over my entire stomach! Because of my top you can’t tell but if I styled it differently with a more cropped shirt or tucked in top it would create an entirely new look and feel.

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I also noticed how my hair complements this outfit as well since it’s red brown. It not only matches my bag (which I didn’t really realize until after) but if I had black hair this outfit would’ve turned out really dark. I like how there’s still a balance maintained.

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I also love the small details of these pumps. From the front it just looks like another pair but turn to the side and you can see the heels have a chunky shape and it’s white, so it really went well with the skirt and the rest of the outfit.

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That’s it for this post and the next time I post will be..well..next year !


Cape Coats and the Holidays

December 21, 2014

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Happy Holidays! I’ve always loved winter and its definitely my favorite season, but every year I forgot how cold it can get. It’s a pretty drastic change flying in from Hawaii to Tokyo! Anyway I’ve been obsessed with cape coats recently. I’ve wanted one actually since last winter and I finally got one!

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Here’s me being all excited…I also love that its plaid. The bright red makes it really great for the holiday season and so I tried to make my outfit a bit holiday themed.

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Even without my cape coat I wore a bright red sweater and a bow headband (like a present!) to keep it christmas-y? I kept the rest of the outfit simple with a black bag, black oxfords, and simple white blouse so that the focus is kept on the bright red and it makes the outfit kind of preppy.

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Here’s a close up of the bow. It was pretty fun wearing bright red knowing its almost christmas. I just really love the holidays (I know some people aren’t big fans) but either way I hope everyone has a fun time!


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