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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Dream Trip... Decisions & why

Today's post is going to be slightly different than my normal fashion, beauty or cosmetics. I just felt like giving a bit of insight on why some of my posts are based on Korean products and why i make references throughout many different posts to elements from Korea. Do not worry there will still be references to fashion, beauty and cosmetics within this post but this is just really giving you a little bit more about myself and why i feature so much from there rather than concentrating mainly on the UK. 

Personally i have always felt i was born within the wrong skin and country, some say they were born as the wrong sex or wrong era but for me it is mainly country. I literally have no interest in politics in the UK or have pride in the country, i feel were failing on every single element lately, i know some British may pull me up on that but seriously it seems to be going down the drain without a guard. I actually find myself admiring other countries for how there dealing with things and mainly there education system. This was one thing i began to look more at Korea because whilst there strict in there Children's education and skills they acquire through life i find there smarter and achieve much more than over here. I personally teach my daughter at home on top of her schooling as i feel were somewhat lacking at the moment. Also the way they look after there elders and are respectful to them that is something i have always admired. The generations today will not even give there seat up for a heavily pregnant woman yet alone a elderly person they just turn there heads and look elsewhere and it is saddening that the generations are moving in that direction. 

As for myself personally i always give up my seat regardless of old, pregnant, young child or something who is disabled as i was always brought up to be mannered and treat those how i would like to be treated. It would be nice if that statement actually worked but sadly that is another thing which is something lacking these days. 

As for entertainment i honestly can count how many televisions shows i watch on my TV on one hand and funnily enough there all American. As for the rest i watch movies of course but everything else is Korean and Japanese, i watch them of course with subs but you begin to learn what there saying eventually. I watch movies, dramas, music shows, variety shows, documentaries and even there cooking shops which by the way are brilliant!



I love romantic movies and dramas such as boys before flowers yet love a good suspense programme such as Iris it really does depend on my mood. I watch a lot of variety shows one i watch every single Monday without fail is running man and over the years i have found myself looking at it thinking "why can we not have something like that over here" it would be amazing!




Music wise i would say probably 10% of my music is in English, 10% Japanese and 80% is Korean and yes i know all the words and sing along to the top of my voice regardless of if windows are open or not ha ha. If i was to choose a label which was my favourite it would be YG Entertainment without a doubt, i love every single one of there artists. Ultimately of course i have favourites such as big bang and 2ne1. I actually went and saw big bang taking my fiance with me December 14th 2012 and before he was just a fan of maybe one or two songs but after that concert he is just as big a fan as myself. We literally had the best night, the whole atmosphere was amazing and funnily enough they were breath taking live and made a huge effort to try and talk to us all in English which meant the world to us all as you can imagine. I found myself looking at our artists and feeling disappointed in them and what with the latest scandals and stuff in the industry personally i think were really embarrassing. They do not seem to care about there fans who are the ones who actually pay there wages whereas in Korea there all for the fans with meetings and other activities and they seem humble with there money as well donating to the needy and helping there families on a huge scale yet here it seems to be drops, drink and crashing speeding. 

Honestly i know it sounds like it is all entertainment which is attracting me but honestly it goes so much deeper than that.


Gyeongbokgung Palace is absolutely stunning and is one of the 5 palaces which i would love to see with my own eyes, i have always had a thing for history and this really excites me and i swear i will one day get to go and see it all, when well that all depends.


Mt Seoraksan is again another stunning piece of Korea i want to see, said to be absolutely gorgeous and there is always rare species to be seen which again is another of my passions.

Of course i want to see the folk town, Seoul, all the markets, probably try all the food i could shove in my mouth, there is so much architect and culture which completely fascinates me and add that with the amazing night life and food... well you have a very happy me.

Also the flowers... the nature which surrounds the country if you go far enough is simply breath taking, of course there is other countries i want to see also due to these reasons but for some reason there not ranking as high as Korea for me.

Shopping

I swear i will be taking literally the bare minimals when i go because i know without a doubt i will end up buying so much! my daughter is tall and slim as well and some of the clothes are stunning so no doubt ill end up coming home with a whole wardrobe for her without a doubt. Plus with electronics, Cd's, cosmetics, beauty products and electricals i could easily see myself and my fiance going a bit mad but of course making sure none were fake as sadly those would be removed as customs as it is illegal to remove them from the country so that would be something to look out for. 


Gangnam Station

This is one of the places i want to see the most for not only there whole shopping experience or atmosphere but also for the products and the food as both are situated here and to be honest i think i would never become bored. Think of our shopping streets they are nothing like this at all!


Insadong Shopping Area

Honestly there is two reasons why i want to visit this shopping centre so badly one is because of Korean art work i would love to pick up a piece for my bedroom from here and secondly is because of the tea. There is restaurants and tea shops which are authentic and still true to there heretic rather than our typical cafes or coffee places like Starbucks... i personally want to go somewhere which is true to there culture.

Myeongdong Shopping Area & Lotte


One of my main reason my fiance wants to go is to is to visit lotte and i must admit i really want to go also, plus he likes the fact that is Korean food plus some American food in the shopping area so he said he will always find something to eat. So far as i write this all i am hearing is some scenery and landmark visits but mainly its food and shopping... but id rather that than sitting on a beach i must admit he he.

More Great Reasons To Shop


Now this is all without me even thinking about anything else, there is so much to buy from all the different shopping areas and as you can imagine my daughter would be in utter delight walking through but at the moment she is too young for us to talk her and now were left with a dilemma.

As you know were getting married well for honeymoon neither of us are beach people really we go for the kids but were not one to sit there all day we prefer to be off doing something else. Now we could easily go to Korea without the kids but i personally feel that is not fair, we have kids and i want them to have a brilliant holiday abroad the same way we would rather than us going alone and then talking them somewhere in the UK a couple of months later. That for me is not really a holiday to be honest so now were stuck on here or the US. 

So who has been to Korea? did you go mad with shopping :) i think id go broke without a doubt!!!

So hopefully you understand a little more into me, there will be a wide range of products i will show through my blog which are Korean, American, English and god knows what else because i find there good products but honestly so much within Korea i buy and get shipped internationally because we have seriously nothing we compares so you can always expect to be seeing a wide range of posts here on ShimzBeauty. Same way if there is something you would love to show me you can always contact me on my email and i will respond :)

Friday, 18 April 2014

Trio Of Loreal Cosmetics - Mini Haul


Honestly i have literally not touched a Loreal foundation for two years almost now because unfortunately i had a bit of a reaction with two of there foundations which left me a bit unsure about trying a new one. I am not saying the products were badly made or faulty in anyway as in the same year i had a reaction to another companies foundation so who knows maybe my face was just having a hateful year towards foundations in general but due to the whole experience it really put me off using a new one from Loreal. Which made it difficult to find a good foundation in the last two years and i have tried them all seriously. But this time i decided to bite the bullet and give Loreal a go once more with there foundation.

At the moment there running a 3 for 2 on all there products which is brilliant value and the selection is really good also, in the shop i went in they did not really have much to choose from in face powders, bronzers or blushes i think they had one bronze, 2 face powder/highlighters and 2 blushes both the same shade so bit unsure on that. Luckily they had the one i wanted which was a happy moment for me.

L'oreal Infallible Foundation 125 Natural Rose
£9.99



24H Just Applied Finish & Flawless Complexion

No Transfer
No Visible Imperfections
No Visible Shine
No Dry-Out
No Mask Effect


I applied a tiny amount of product for this swatch and amazingly it covered quite a bit of skin which is a nice change. The tone does look a bit dark for my skin but this is because it is done on my inner wrist where you skin is much lighter so ignore that. At first i was a bit unsure about this foundation as the previous one id tried and had a reaction with was a 24 hour based one so i did wonder if it was a revamped make of that.

But i have used it a couple of times now and each time i have had nothing but a enjoyable time with it and with zero reactions which is even better.

REVIEW
Marks Out Of Five

Product 
Affordability 
Size Of Product 
Packaging & Dispenser  
Coverage 

I am really liking this foundation and feel it is pretty accurate to the description which makes a change and this is why i gave it full marks on product. The product does not transfer, i wore white and thought at least through the day some would transfer considering the warm weather we had been having and there was zero transfer. There is no shine, dry out or mask effect when using this product. In the past i have used foundations and found the shine was worse than if i had nothing on and it really was off putting, others would feel like they had been caked on and i would feel like i was wearing a face mask rather than a apparent "breathable foundation" but with this i really felt like i had minimal product on my face and it did not feel constricting which was brilliant.  Normally there would be imperfections in the foundation mostly around my mouth or nose and with this there was none, it really is a even coverage and really improves your complexion even with the smallest amount of product being used, hence the full marks for coverage.

As for affordability it is pretty reasonable at £9.99 for a foundation and that is generally the cheapest amount i pay but for some they may find it a bit pricey for a drug store foundation. But when you class that with the current 3 for 2 offer it is a steal if you need more than one item. 

Size of product is really good and seeing as you do not need to use a lot of product on each usage for perfect coverage, you will find yourselves using this foundation for a while which makes a nice change.

Packaging is pretty normal really but i did like the different coloured lid for some odd reason that was one of the things which drew my attention to the product. Dispenser is the classic type which i have always liked and does not release too much product at each time and there is minimal fall out or loss of product also which again is brilliant.

Overall

Overall i am really happy with this foundation, it covered me perfect, felt like i had barely any product on my face and my skin seemed to glow more with this product, i looked wide awake and ready to take on the world which is something some of my other foundations never did.

L'Oreal Lumimagique Pearl Powder Rose Boudoir
£8.99

There was very little reason me trying to swatch this sadly as it barely showed up which is a good thing i suppose. If it came up quite dark i would be a little worried about getting this product. I had seen this for a while and always wanted to try it as the shimmer is really pretty and it seemed to fit my skin tone flawlessly but i had two other powders at the time and i honestly did not want to spend on something i probably would barely use at the time.

REVIEW
Marks Out Of Five

Product 
Affordability 
Size Of Product 
Packaging  
Coverage 

Product wise i am really pleased, it highlights my skin and gives me a perfect base for my foundation to go on whilst still works really well without being flaky as a setting powder. I find the shimmer shows more when i use it to set my foundation but my skin looks brighter when used under the foundation. Under my eyes is brighter and on my T zones which is brilliant considering how tired i have been recently.

Affordability honestly i am in the middle with this product part of me is thinking it is too high for just a powder and another side is thinking but it highlights and also adds a nice glow/shimmer to your skin so it does have a triple usage so i suppose £8.99 is not really a bad price for it.

Size of product is pretty standard for a powder plus like with the foundation you will find yourselves not using much product which is a bonus.

Packaging sadly is my only let down for this powder as what you see in the photo is what you get and the case is bland and boring, i think i am too use to high end brands now and other drug store brands which like loads of colour. Whilst the outer case is disappointing the inner is really pretty, i love the little bumps around the powder, for some reason i have a thing for powders, blushes and bronzers if there indented.

Full marks of course for coverage because it really does what it is meant to without looking flaky or bulky on the face, there isn't much fall out when applying with a brush either which is a nice change.

Overall

I really enjoy this face powder and this summer it will be my go to for both day and night time usage.

L'Oreal Collection Privee Colour Riche Juliannes Nude
£8.19




I fell in love with this shade and was a bit confused as it stated nude yet is a more peach/pink to me. It flows on really nice and lasts ages and is not too bright for my lips so whilst it honestly is not a nude it still is light enough to pass as a placid shade.

REVIEW
Marks Out Of Five

Product 
Affordability 
Size Of Product 
Packaging  
Coverage 

Product wise this lip stick is brilliant, smooth on your lips, lasts absolutely ages, no transfer and there is a good range of pretty shades so all in all this product is really good.

Affordability is the clincher of it getting a perfect score, sadly i think it is over priced at £8.19 considering it is just a lip stick and honestly the reason i think it is so much is because of the packaging which is to be honest not a good reason to rack up prices.

Size Of Product is really good, there is a lot in the lipstick and you do not use too much product when applying to your lips.

Packaging is really nice, i love the black and gold trim and also the click when it goes back into place, i am one of these odd people who really likes these small features they tend to add.

Coverage is pretty normal for a lipstick what made it different for me was how long it lasted and how i felt wearing it.

Over All

Over all i really liked this lip stick but i only got it due to it coming free with the other two products, honestly i do not think i would pay that much just for a lip stick not when there are other alternatives around a bit cheaper, it is one thing spending a tenner or more on a foundation or powder or anything but anything else like a lip stick, i think i would have to go into a splurge moment to buy anymore.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

MAC Playland Collection Summer 2014


It seems each company is fighting to bring out numerous spring/summer collections and MAC is of course no different. There well known for there seasonal releases and this collection is really standing out for me with it's bold and bright colours. Some are a little over the top for me to be honest but who knows maybe they will be the shades you jump for.

This line for some reason is only listed on the international website and not the UK one so it may not being released over here or at least just not yet.



This collection seems to be focusing more on pinks, peach and reds more so with a few darker and bold shades thrown into the mix. Of course price will be kinda high but to be honest if you love a shade that much and know you will constantly use it then why not splurge a small bit on yourselves. I did with Dainty and i have seen three products i love from this range which i will be getting even if i have to fight my way over other females heads. Kidding :D but seriously some shades are gorgeous. Well onto the products.

Lip Pots

Young At Heart To Shop
$21.00

Hi Jinks! To Shop
$21.00
For Your Amusement To Shop
$21.00

                                                                    Tinted Lip Glass




Left To Right 

Carousal To Shop
Bright Side To Shop
Live It Up To Shop
Lots Of Laughs To Shop
Pure Silliness To Shop
$15.00

Lip Sticks


Left To Right

Play land To Shop
Happy-Go-Lucky To Shop
Head In The Clouds To Shop
Toying Around To Shop
Sweet Experience To Shop
Red Balloon To Shop
$16.00


Chromagraphic Pencil

Left To Right

Process Magenta To Shop
Genuine Orange To Shop
Black Black To Shop
Hi-Def Cyan To Shop
$16.00

Pigment

Left To Right

Ever So Yellow To Shop
Hi-Def Cyan To Shop
Neo-Orange To Shop
Golden Olive To Shop
$21.00

Overall Thoughts

Out of all the collections released so far this is one i am actually excited for. When i saw the shades the first time i was a bit unsure and the yellow actually made me not pay proper attention to the rest of the collection. I cannot get my head round where that colour would come in handy, with the eye shadow that is one thing but the lip gloss and lip stick... really? honestly i would look like a panto witch. 

I am in love with For Your Amusement To Shop, Carousal To Shop and Sweet Experience To Shop these shades are stunning!!!! i really hope they come to the UK. I have sent them a email asking that is how much i am loving the shades, ill keep you all posting if there coming over to Europe.

Honestly this is a better collection than some they have released before and although the fact there is no blush is a bit annoying i personally adore all the colors other than the yellow, that is a bit too dramatic for my liking and that actually pains me to admit.

Which shades are you loving the most?

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