January 29, 2013

Pure Ice Swatches: Mint Dream & Splash

I used to own a few Pure Ice nail polishes and below are photos of Mint Dream and Splash that I took 4 years ago. Unfortunately the actual polishes have disappeared during my move and I don't remember enough about the application to comment on the formula. So these 3-coat swatches only serve as a color reference.

Mint Dream


Do you own these two colors? What are your thoughts on Pure Ice polishes?

January 27, 2013

Review: The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Deluxe Gift

What I really like about holiday shopping is the availability of gift sets. I love bundles for trying out new products without having to pay full retail. Of course, bundling always comes with the risk of disliking some products and loving others, but that's a risk I'm willing to take. Sets are great as gifts for friends or just something to indulge ourselves. Today I want to share my thoughts on The Body Shop's Japanese Cherry Blossom Set.

January 26, 2013

Minelli and Call It Spring

Today I want to share my recent shoe purchases involving two pairs of brown neutrals that are perfect for everyday wear.

First up is Minelli's "Richelieu Rita". This is my first pair of Oxfords (which translates to Richelieu in French) and the sizing is on the narrower side. After taking a couple of days to break the pair in, the stiff leather softens with wear and now molds perfectly to the shape of my feet. My pair has already started to oxidize and that adds additional depth to the look.

Next up is Call It Spring's "Jensrud" in Cognac. The side bow can be dressed up or down. Given it was on sale for £9.99, it is definitely a great deal! I'm definitely calling for spring to come!

January 23, 2013

Evelyn K Scarves

I had almost given up on my scarf search when I came upon these two Evelyn K scarves. This is my first encounter with the New York brand, and they are everything that I was looking for.

I was looking for a light long scarf without any fringes or fraying edges, preferably in a neutral pattern. I can't describe how difficult it was to find a scarf that fulfills all of my criteria. Sometimes, the basics are the most difficult accessories to find.

What I like about the leopard (or is it cheetah?) print is the depth of the pattern. The gradient from light to dark and back to light adds an extra dimension to the pattern. It looks great with monochromatic outfits!

The black lace scarf is my favorite of the two. It has a symmetric pattern with lace prints running along the long side. The delicate trims connecting the two sides breaks the monotony of the black center and ties the two sides together. This black scarf really complements brighter color outfits. I usually wrap my scarves once around my neck and allow the two ends to hang loosely to about my waist. Once I twist up the middle of the scarf, it creates the illusion of a complex pattern around the neck that gradually simplifies towards the end.

I am very happy with this purchase!

January 20, 2013

Nail Art Revisited: French Tips with Nail Decals Edition

Turn the clocks back 4 years, I remember myself as one big fan of nail art. Although I am much more of an one color manicure girl nowadays, I still want to share some of my past nail art creations.

January 18, 2013

Review: Dior Addict Lip Glow

Paris Purchases: Dior, Lancome, YSL, Kusmi, Souvenirs, and Passes

After a week in Paris, I surprised myself at how little I bought. Let's start with some make-up purchases.

Got these two at the Gare du Nord for a total of €45.30:

I actually got the YSL Touche Éclat & Flash Touch Wake-Up Eyecare Duo from Harrod's in London, but since it is a Parisian brand and I got it on my return journey, I thought I would throw it in together anyways. The bundle was only £25, it was like buy 1, get 1 free! Reviews coming soon!

January 16, 2013

Day 6: Paul, L'Allegro Caffé, Pont des Arts, and Departure

It's my last day in Paris and time to check out of our lovely room. We have stayed for 5 nights at the Best Western Trianon Rive Gauche and it's time to wrap things up.

January 15, 2013

Day 5 in Paris: Christmas Day with Ladurée and Bateaux Parisiens

It's Christmas day and as most shops and museums were closed, it's a day for food and outdoor photos! Departing from the Notre Dame --> Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) --> Louvre --> Jardin des Tuileries --> Place de la Concorde --> Champs-Élysées while checking out the Christmas markets. Quite a long stroll indeed.

Highlight, macaroons at Ladurée, where my idea of a macaroon was completely revolutionized. Absolutely delicious!

January 12, 2013

Day 4 in Paris: Paul, CrepStory, Häagen-Dazs, and Les Deux Magots

Breakfast at Paul! Ham and cheese quiche with sausage baguette layered with cheese. I usually eat very little in the morning, but I needed energy to scale the Eiffel Tower! We climbed the 1652 stairs to the second level, then taking the lift to the top. Nice workout and a great view to compensate! Unfortunately the post office at the bottom of the south pillar was closed, so my postcards had to wait for another day to get the special Eiffel Tower stamp.

January 9, 2013

Day 3 in Paris: Starbucks, Angelina, and Xin Gai Nian

Day 3 of my food journey in Paris started with breakfast in Starbucks. I know, I know...but I was in a rush to get on my journey to Versailles.

Unfortunately Versailles' interior didn't wow me as much as its gardens and courtyards. I stopped by to have a quick tea at Angelina to get away from the crowds (the desserts ended up doubling as lunch due to time constraint). I accidently left my scarf behind, but luckily the staff kept it for me when I returned. Key point of the story, I am proud of making through the lost-and-found process in French. Yes, "J'ai oublié mon écharpe" finally got a chance to be spoken!

January 6, 2013

Day 2 in Paris: BIA, Louvre, Angelina at Lafayette, etc.

Bacon in UK is so thick, looks and taste more like ham. I desperately miss those crispy bacon back in home, thus I tracked down this diner called Breakfast in America to satisfy my craving.

January 4, 2013

Day 1 in Paris: Restaurant SHU

I have been away on vacation for the past two weeks, which started with a week in Paris. Having got up at 5am for the airport, I finally settled in my hotel in Saint Germain des Près around 7pm. My companion and I searched for a nearby restaurant and came up on the Restaurant SHU. The entrance is tiny! An Alice-in-Wonderland type of experience: