Summer Outfit Recap

Dear Friends,

I know Summer is OVER and I will never get over it…every year!  This past season was one of my favourites in terms of trying new trends and styles.  My personal style motto is definitely ‘Simple and interesting Silhouettes, always with Contrast and Minimal accessories’.  I put together a recap of my favourite outfits this past summer, I hope you enjoy this post!

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This look is probably the girliest I will get! I loved that two wide hem items were layered here – the off the shoulder blouse and the flared mini skirt.  It worked well because the top was slightly cropped so the silhouette of the skirt was not lost and it still gave me the look of a waistline.  I wore these lace up pointy toe block heel sandals to further elongate my legs.  If anyone knows me in person they will know I almost exclusively buy pointy heels and have a tendency to get blocked heels as well (They are so much more walkable!)

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Top: Zara
Skirt: Forever21
Shoes: Zara
Watch: Leonard & Church

dsc_2601My mom bought me this “top” from Korea that I wore as a dress – it totally freaked her out! So funny.  It is barely long enough to be a dress but whatever! I paired it with my Stan Smiths for a really simple, I don’t care kind of look. The key here is to add interesting accessories – like a watch and a statement handbag/ shoulder bag.

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Top: Korea
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith
Watch: Leonard & Church

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I am a bit late to the wide legged pants game but I finally gave culottes a try this spring and fell in love.  They are so flowy, easy to wear, and actually elongating to my legs, despite their wide width!  I love to pair culottes with a crop top or a wide hem blouse that is slightly cropped.

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Sunnies: Urban Outfitters

Crop top: H&M
Culottes: Zara
Shoes: Zara

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This is the last look, but certainly one of my favourites too because it is simple and modern.  I love how the white silk blouse matches with the white Stan Smiths and the skirt visually divides the look.  It feels very Oak + Fort, if you know what I mean.  Another thing I LOVE to wear are body con midi skirts with slits!  It is clean, flattering, and a bit sexy while still being sophisticated.  Finally, I added interest with a simple bracelet.

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Blouse: Aritzia
Skirt: Oak + Fort
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith

 

So that’s it for this post!  I hope you enjoyed it and found some outfit ideas for yourself if you (luckily) live in a hot climate.  Please leave me a comment or a question!

 

Much love,

Boki

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BEAUTY REVIEW: MY FAVE LIPPIES

Hi loves,

Today I wanted to share with you my core collection of lip colours – some are everyday, and some I wear for a date or a special occasion, but YOU DO YOU! These are gorgeous colours and I shared below some selfies that show the colours in daylight.

In order from Left to Right:

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II
MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in 1995
Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss in Vintage

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Lolita II, $24

This liquid lipstick is described as a “terracotta nude”.  On me it is a bright red with brownish-orange tones, sort of like a poppy red.  The formula is opaque and creamy, and easy to apply.  It pretty much stays put for at least several hours or until you eat food.  I love the formula!!

 

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Velvet Teddy, $21

Velvet Teddy is MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE ALL TIME Lipstick.  It is the best nude for my lips and matches any outfit I wear.  I love to wear it as an every day lipstick and the matte finish is really flattering.  The colour on me is pink with brown tones, even though on the website it is described as a “deep-tone beige”.  If only this came in liquid lipstick version, as it does come off somewhat easily.

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1995, $20

I ordered 1995 and Everything Nice when Gerard Cosmetics had a deal on their instagram.  (Honestly, they do 2 for $x deals all the time)  I regret getting these two as they are almost the same colour!  I do love both though. 1995 is a deep red on me with slight brown undertones, which is very flattering on my warm skintone. Everything Nice is a deep red as well with more orangey-brown tones.   I love that 1995 doesn’t pop as much as the Lolita II so I sometimes wear this as an everyday lipstick.  The formula is more watery than Kat von D, but it almost feels like it is whipped, it applies like a dream as well and dries to a matte finish.  The quality is top notch and this lipstick lasts for hours and hours as long as you don’t eat.

 

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Lovecraft, $26

Lovecraft is a neutral pink-ish brown with some mauve or purple undertones.  It looks very different than Velvet Teddy but between the two formulas, this is drier and also holds up better to contact.  If I drink coffee, this lipstick barely comes onto the cup compared to Velvet Teddy which comes off a bit more.  This is an everyday lipstick for me as well and I love to wear it when I have more pink in my outfits.  The price was quite steep but I do think the quality represents the price.

 

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Vintage, $21

I would say Vintage is somewhere in the middle between Velvet Teddy and Lovecraft, although it is still different.  It is a pink with slight brown and mauve undertones.  It is 100% opaque, which is nice! The colour is so wearable and it is beautiful.  The only bad thing about lip glosses is they come off so easily and I just hate how when hair gets blown it sticks to my lips.  Can’t get over it, haha.

 

So that’s it for the review! I hope you found some inspiration for building your own HG lip collection! Leave me a question or a comment 🙂

Much love,

Boki

BEAUTY REVIEW: Hada Labo Skincare

Hi Friends!

Back in August, my parents visited Hong Kong, so it was the perfect time to exploit them and make them buy Asian skincare products for me.  Funny story is, I had actually only asked them to buy me the Hada Labo Moisture Milk that I tried a sample of and fell in love with, so I sent them a screenshot through Whatsapp of the Sasa website item page, and they bought me all the other items on the screenshot too!

An Overview about the brand from their site:

HADA LABO—which is translated as “Skin Lab”—is a technologically advanced Japanese skin care line researched and developed at the Rohto research facility in Japan. It is the result of more than 100 years of product development and the continued research efforts of Rohto Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products and cosmetics.Using the power of Super Hyaluronic Acid, Rohto has updated the time-honored and long-admired Japanese ritual for beautiful, younger-looking skin. This combination of high-tech, modern technology and a traditional approach to pampering application is at the heart of HADA LABO. It provides the perfect balance in your skin care regimen—and perfect harmony for your skin.

I wanted to use the products for at least a month or two before I wrote you guys a thorough review.

Here is what they got me (clockwise from top):
Arbutin Whitening Water Gel
Super Hyaluronic Moisture Milk
Super Hyaluronic Lotion (Light)
Retinol 3D Essence
Daily Face Wash

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Japanese Packaging is 100 !!

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Daily Face Wash, $13 CAD

I had raved about the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser before on the blog, and it is still my favourite.  This cleanser will not beat Kiehl’s in the moisturizing department, but it works well for a good price.  It has a creamy consistency but it foams up slightly.  These foaming types of cleansers work better than the Kiehl’s with a Clarisonic, which is good because I use that twice a week, but they are slightly drying if I don’t put on products directly after cleansing.

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Super Hyaluronic Moisture Milk, $17 CAD

This product is the perfect daytime or summer moisturizer.  It has a runny, almost milky consistency but is not watery.  This product has no colouring or added fragrance, which is awesome for sensitive skin.  It applies easily and doesn’t dry leaving a sticky residue on your face.  After using this product every day for the past two months, my face feels supple and balanced.

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Retinol 3D Essence, $31 CAD

This Essence is very affordable compared to other serums out there – the consistency is very viscous like a serum – similar to a thick gel.  When I smoothed it into my skin it felt like it became a substantial layer of moisture.  It leaves my face very soft and supple.  However, I did not feel like it had any firming or anti-aging effect which is what Retinol is often used for.  It could also be that I’m only 21 and don’t have aging skin so I shouldn’t really comment on that.

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Arbutin Whitening Water Gel, $25 CAD

This product is probably what most of you will be curious about.  This gel cream is almost identical to the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack/Mask, which I’ve been using for years.  They are both blue, but the Hada Labo gel cream actually has a thicker consistency – like thin jelly, whereas the Laneige sleeping pack is light and watery, almost not even solid.   The verdict is: I think both products are almost the same and have the same moisturizing effect.  I can’t tell the difference on my skin which is better.  However, judging by the prices and packaging, I would definitely only repurchase the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack as it is slightly cheaper per unit price and has a better packaging.

 

That’s it guys!  Leave me a comment or a like, and let me know if you’ve ever tried Hada Labo and what your thoughts are on their products.

 

Much Love,

Boki

BACK TO SCHOOL NECESSITIES!

Hey loves! School is coming up really soon (to my dismay) but I always get excited about buying new products so I will be “prepped” for the stressful life (am I right?)  I mean, do not all the pink and purple things just make you feel so girly and motivated and ready for school?

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Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 5:  This is a lifesaver for those breakouts that just creep up on you during exams, or whenever, because acne is a bitch.  I also talked about this in my HG products post!

Dr. Bronner Lavender Pure-Castille Liquid Soap:  I just bought this to try as a body wash, and I am loving it so far!  This soap is vegan, fair-trade, and organic so you know it is both good for your body and good to the world.  It will definitely last forever because I only need to squirt a small amount and then it foams up beautifully on a loofah.  I love the lavender smell but if you’re not a big fan, there are many other scents as well!  Apparently you can wash your face and hair too with it, but I am skeptical to try… If I do I will write about it in a future post!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado:  Read more about it in my HG products post, but this eye cream is very affordable and moisturizing and great as an eye cream for people in their early 20’s.  This is an ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE for the winter, especially the Canadian winter if you live here!

Lush Mask of Magnaminty:  This is a good mask to use if you’re feeling under the weather or you (tsk tsk) slept with makeup on one fateful night.  It doesn’t dry out the skin at all and after using it, my face felt cleaner and more refreshed.  FYI, Not a miracle product, but is good to have when you need it, which you will!

No-Show Liner Socks:  I got these at Winners for super cheap; $10 for 6 pairs.  These socks are so versatile and they are a must to wear with any sneakers, flats, or low-profile shoes like Vans.  I have a pair of Vans that I love but stopped wearing because they smell so bad since I never wore them with socks.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara: I quite like the wand on this mascara because it does a great job of keeping my lashes separated.  I don’t really like the clumpy, voluminous, and spidery kind of look which some people actually prefer, so this works!  Feel free to use a mascara you love, but you NEED A MASCARA! For the many days which you will be tired from studying, mascara does a great job of making your eyes appear more open and awake.

Nivea Fruity Shine Strawberry Lip balm:  This is my all-time favourite lip balm, because it is so moisturizing, gives a sheer and shimmery red pigment to my pale and sickly-looking lips, and the smell is divine.  It was also talked about in my HG products post (sorry, I know, but it is a goodie).

OPI Sweet Heart Nail Polish: If there is only one colour you can bring to school and wear forever, it is this one.  Sweet Heart is a delicate yellow-pink creme colour that compliments pretty much any skin tone.  It is such a girly and wearable colour, I am obsessed!

Wide-tooth and Fine-Toothed Comb:  The wide toothed comb is gentle and painless to detangle knots in wet or dry hair, and the fine toothed comb will detangle any remaining knots.  Great to have on hand because tangly hair is not cute, am I right?

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: Amazing under-eye concealer with a thin, workable consistency and medium coverage to combat the all-nighters.  I am in a quite tedious program in terms of workload, and everyone in my program will tackle many late nights, if not all-nighters working on projects.  I try my best to avoid those, but an undereye concealer like this one really helps me look awake after a horrible night of slaving over work.

Bioderma Sensibio H2o Micelle Solution:  Amazing and reliable all-purpose makeup remover that is so gentle on your skin and leaves the skin clean and supple.  I never recommend only using this and skipping cleansing, but if you’re really tired, it’s better to at least take off your makeup before bed.  Bioderma is by far the most gentle and effective makeup removing water I have ever used.  It is worth the money!

Batiste Dry Shampoo:  This is the BEST dry shampoo brand!  I’ve tried other drug store brands and they just can’t do the same thing and have horrible smells and uncomfortable residue.  It is quite expensive but I found this on sale for $6.99 at Winners, such a steal!   Honestly, there are days when I just don’t feel like washing my hair and also, washing it every day is bad, so having a dry shampoo on hand is a must.

Kirkland Green Tea:  If you knew me personally, you would know I love Costco.  Even their private brand Kirkland’s products are on point and sometimes better than branded stuff.  This tea is a mix of Matcha and Sencha, I believe. Green tea is so good for calming your body, metabolism, antioxidants, and it tastes so good!  Having a cup of tea around when I’m doing work or studying is really a blessing.  Give this product a try next time you go to Costco!  It is around $15.99 for 100 packets I think.

Aerie Nubra:  Buying this sticky bra changed my life!  I used to deal with strapless bras that keep falling off and there are so many pretty tank tops I love wearing which will show my bra straps.  This is so comfortable to wear – yes you do feel the sticky feeling on your boobs, but having a naked, unrestricted back feels so good! Make sure you clean this periodically, though.

So I hoped you enjoyed this post, if there are any necessities that you think I should bring to school, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS! I am totally welcome to hearing any suggestions from you 🙂

xoxo

Boki

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