Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Makeup Tutorial + Products List

Click to watch my tutorial!

Hey musers!!!


My goodnessssss.... I can't believe it's the last day of 2014. This year has FLOWN. At the same time, I feel like it was long because so much happened in the span of 365 days (as you guys all know about the details of my life haha).


Firstly, THANK YOU SO MUCH for a wonderful year together. I thank you for reading my blog, watching my videos, following me on social media, and being my friends through thick and thin in 2014! Thank you for every one of your comments on my posts and videos, and for your support when I needed it. I had times of happiness but also sadness and loneliness this year, and I truly mean it when I say that you guys helped to pick me up when I went through that low moment (in my Emo Jen Vlog) when I cried for the first time on camera, and also many other emotional times you might remember me sharing with you.



Really. Thank you. *insert crying emoji*



NEW TO MEEJMUSE?


If you've just joined me, or are new to my blog, here are some of the key blogposts of the year. Some of these posts became hit posts that still get a tonne of views everyday:
Come Back Cooper,
Goodbye Cooper,
Plastic Surgery,
The True Beauty of Women,
Moving to Korea,
Hiding Behind Makeup
and more :)



If you're not a reader, I also make videos :)

♥ To visit my beauty channel to see my videos, click here!

♥ To visit my life in Korea vlog channel to see my videos, click here!


Read on for my list of products and the tutorial!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

MY TOP 5 PINK NAIL POLISHES

Warning: There may or may not have been an abuse of GIFs in this blogpost. You have been warned.



O..  EM..  GEE...  Long time, musers!! 



For those who follow my Youtube (or vlog channel here), I've been more than active, but my poor little blog has been receiving no love due to my packed-out schedule juggling TV reporting, videography, church and family commitments, endless meetings and other side gigs.

Sooo much has happened since my last blogpost on new skincare products I (had) been using (death to me so many more to talk about now lol), but that can be for another time! For now, the end of the year is upon us (ALREADY OMGAH. Christmas is almost here!! Yay!!) and I simply can't believe it's already been almost a year since our move to korea.


My hair changed,
my lifestyle changed,
my wardrobe changed,
my language changed
(lol yes I have become more fobby - does that word even work when I'm the newb in the country?),
my husband changed.... JOKES! Haha.





Well, what hasn't changed - I think - is..





my taste in..





in..








Tuesday, 23 September 2014

REVIEW: New Skincare Products I've Been Trying

Hey musers :)


I know so many of you guys are curious about the skincare products I'm using now. Here's my previous post on my night-time skincare routine. I will make a separate post and video about my updated skincare routine soon.

But for now, I've actually recently been trying out quite a few different skincare products to see if there are any I like and would recommend for you guys.

I've picked out a few items out of the heap to share with y'all!


THE PRODUCTS 


First of all, I've been trying out these Humble & Lavi products for a few months that were kindly sent to me to try. 


What stood out to me about Humble & Lavi the most was their mission. I love that they donate 5% from every sale to a chosen charity or cause, and even welcome customers to request charities for the proceeds to go to. Talk about community focused, right? Their core values, as they have up on their website, are honesty, integrity, respect, generosity and fun - and I think these definitely are somehow even captured in their products and packaging.

What I love most is when businesses or organisations exist not just for their own benefit but for the benefit of society, making a difference in this world! I am more than happy to support such companies, so I was glad to try some of their products. They also do not test on animals.

The items I've been trying are the Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Restorative Daily Moisturizer (SPF30) and Nourishing Night Cream.



The Purifying Foaming Cleanser (120mL) ($25) is a pump bottle and the texture is very light and fluffy. It's a white foam that smells very refreshing and is pleasant when put on the face. The ingredients are pretty impressive: Purified Water, Olive Oil Castile, Vegetable Glycerin, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Oil of Kumquat and Seaweed Extracts. To use, wet your face with warm water first, then lather a small amount in your hand and massage it onto your face in circular motions, taking care around the sensitive eye area. My impressions of it is that it's fairly gentle and does a good job of cleansing the face (after cleansing off makeup). My face doesn't feel dry and tight after using it. It's a nice cleanser to start the day off with, or wind down a long one!


The Restorative Daily Moisturizer (30g) ($32) has an SPF of 30 and comes in a light plastic pump bottle. It's a moisturizer suitable for daily use and with its sunscreen coverage, good for use by itself or under your makeup. It claims to "restore suppleness in the skin and soften lines" whilst being an "oil-free formulation that leaves an invisible matte finish that suits all complexions". It's a thick-ish white cream that blends in well and has a subtle refreshing scent with a slight sunscreen-ish fragrance. The active ingredients are Octyl Methoxycinnamate (7.5%) and Zinc Oxide (7%) for the sunscreen and moisture. It leaves the skin feeling well moisturised, though do note it has that slight sunscreen feeling and smell (not extremely light, but not too heavy). At first it feels a little thick and oily, but strangely enough it dries to a matte finish after a few moments, whilst it still remains well moisturized (long lasting moisture). I think this is a pretty good daily moisturizer with sunscreen for those who are looking for something to wear under minimal to light makeup, and has dry to normal skin. For the full list of ingredients, check the site here.


Finally, the Nourishing Night Cream (30g) ($32)! This one comes in a smaller glass bottle so is slightly heavier. It's a white cream that's a little less thicker than the daily moisturizer, yet is more silky and has a wetter formula. It's nicely moisturising in a refreshing way (although it's a cream, when you blend it it changes into a wet, gel-like feel) and the scent is so subtle you can hardly pick it up at all. Although it's a night cream, it specifies that you can use it for more morning and evening. I actually think this cream is great for moisturizing, and I would recommend it to my mum to use and she loves these kinds of products with no scent and simply and purely just moisturizes. I've never broken out from it. The active ingredients include purified water, hyaluronic acid, phynoxythenol and ethylhexylglycerin. 

Overall, I'm liking Humble & Lavi, and although the price point is not exactly cheap, the products do what they promise. Plus, you know that you are contributing to a cause further than your own wellbeing by using their products. :)


Next up, oppa and I have been trying a lot of Origins skincare for the past few months, after using up our SKII products.


This was the first time we've tried Origins, and what can we say... we love it.

I've been incorporating (somehow) some or all of these products into my daily routine for at least 3 months now. I don't use all of them all the time, but I have been trying them 100% on and off, or a few mixed into my current Hera routine. (Read: My Night-Time Skincare Routine for more details) As I said before, I'll update you guys on my current consistent routine soon!


The Origins products we've been using include:
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Advanced Face Serum
- Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Eye Serum

- Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment


I just have to be frank with you guys and say I love all the items, except the Face Cream which I don't love - just like (oppa loves it though - I think it's just a little too heavy for my skin but perfect for ages over 30 or for dry skin!) What I love most and will definitely want to repurchase is the Soothing Eye Serum and Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment. The eye serum is amazing at hydrating my eyes, it's silky and a little goes a long way. The treatment is like a treatment pack for the face when you've had a rough day, your skin is a little down or dry and needs a quick pick-me-up! For me, it's like the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack but a quicker, more convenient option since it's a treatment serum type of product that can be applied and see results in a short amount of time (without having to sleep with it).



We've also been using the Origins Out of Trouble 10 minute mask (to rescue problem skin) - around once a week when I feel like I need a deep cleansing. $37 for 100ml here in Korea. It's a white clay-ish type mask that leaves the skin so clean-feelin! I do think it has helped prevent a pimple or two here and there. It definitely cleanses thoroughly though so I go in straight away with my skincare routine afterwards to prevent dryness or tightness. I also feel like my skin is brighter and whiter after using this.

Oppa is absolutely lovinggggg Origins and says it's the best thing he's ever used. (And he's actually used quite a lot cos he scabs off me hahaha).




You guys will probably all know my favourite cleanser of all time is my Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel. No other cleanser, no matter how elaborate, expensive or hyped, could take its place. It's refreshing enough without stripping my skin dry, and gentle but not so gentle that it feels like it doesn't do anything for my skin. I've been using it for 5 years.


However.


I think I've found something that I like almost equally as much. The Bioderma Sebium line Purifying Cleansing Foaming Gel for combination/oily skin. It's paraben free and hypoallergenic, comes with 100mL of the blue gel product (it claims to have no colouring) in a squeezy tube similar to my Body Shop SDCG. 

I feel like this competes pretty well with my seaweed magic stuff, in terms of being gentle, refreshing, effective without stripping my skin of too much of its natural moisture. The only thing that it's missing is that really refreshing, almost tingly sensation that the Body Shop SDCF gives me, which is probably not so much a bad thing really. 

It claims to "gently cleanse and purify the skin without drying it, limiting sebum secretion and thoroughly cleansing the epidermis. The exclusive Fluidactiv patent biologically regulates sebum quality and prevents pores from getting clogged. Non-comodogenic, soap free" and can be used as shaving foam! I think it actually does what it claims pretty well. So overall - thumbs up. Whether it will completely replace my SDCF forever, we shall see but so far it's a pretty competitive rival and I'm glad I picked this up at the Olive Young 30% off sale! :)



Finally, one that will make an interesting review - the Etude House Sunprise Super Aqua SPF 30+ PA++


The packaging and everything about it (the 'light aqua' wording claims on the front) got me expecting a super light product that is as completely ungreasy as my fave Shiseido Annessa Sunscreen (SPF50). 

Well..

It's similar to the Humble & Lavi Nourishing Night Cream in that it's a pretty thick white consistency at first but once you start blending, it almost breaks up into a watery gel and blends like heaven. 

Only there's something about the product that once it dries, I can feel it sitting on my skin. A little sticky. Coating my skin in a dab-dab han (frustrating) layer. It is also slightly warming for some reason. I like how it's a light milk-ish fluid that blends easily and super quick, yet once on my skin, I actually don't like it at all. The smell is pretty strong in the Korean manner, and whilst it's quite a nice smell, and some may not mind it, it does bother me a little as it's a very long-lasting scent that sits there all day. I hardly ever reach for this product. So for me, it's pretty much a miss. Sorry Etude House~ 


And to finish it all off... here's a little Ellie-ness to add to your day! Taken this morning :D

Hiiiii~ ^_^


Hehe!



Anyway, I hope you've all been well. Will oppa and I have returned safely from New York and we had a fab time. To finish this post, for those who haven't seen yet, I'll attach my recent update and haul videos that I've uploaded since returning.

I can't wait for Fashion Frontrunners to start airing tonight! :) Make sure to check CFashion's channel for the episodes!



LOVE YOU GUYS!

xo Jen


New York Haul & Swatches Part 1

Saturday, 6 September 2014

We're Going to New York Fashion Week!

Hey musers,


Just a quick announcement post for those who don't know, -


Oppa and I are going to New York Fashion Week!





I've been honoured to be invited to co-host a show that goes completely behind the scenes to interview the designers, models, makeup artists, recreate looks and trends directly from the runway of NYFW (Fall 2014), and just have a lot of fun, alongside Chinese celebrity artist - actress, singer and model - Jeno Liu Liyang! (Hands up if you know her?)


This show is called Fashion Frontrunnersand this is Season 1 of the series show that will be continued next year with new hosts every season! We will also be holding a competition for who will win to be the host, so make sure to stay tuned!

The 6 episodes I am starring in will be available to watch on C|Fashion's Channel (click to go), so make sure to subscribe! Also follow their Facebook PageTwitter, and Instagram for update posts along the way ;)


I'm pretty sure most of you guys follow my own social media, but for those who don't make sure to follow me either on my InstagramFacebook or Twitter too for real-time updates and posts about our time in New York and during the filming of the series.


Needless to say, I am super duper excited and stoked to be invited for this opportunity. Oppa and I will be flown over to NY tomorrow morning, and it's our first time there together so it's going to be so fun. We'll be there for just over a week so hopefully enough time to work hard but also shop hard hehe! It's also oppa's birthday on Sep 11 (yep - and my mum's too lol) so although we'll be filming we'll also be celebrating that there. How exciting!

Following our return, I'll be uploading vlogs of our time in NY on my channel, which oppa will be helping me document :)


Stay posted for the Fashion Frontrunners episodes (follow the #fashionfrontrunners hashtag), and love you guys so much! Please understand that I may be MIA on Youtube until we return.



Muah!!
Jen & Will

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Billboard Feature + Update Stuff ♥

Hey muserssss
We bought a car last week! Had a good long weekend of driving out of Seoul~
First time relaxing since Jejudo~~

My nails right now ^_^ Really simple and easy but pretty and elegant.
Earlier today~ OOTD for Arirang TV this morning!
Filmed my Holy Grail Korean Beauty Products video when I got home today!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Pat On The Back

Hey musers,


Today I'm not even writing my post title until I finish this post, because everytime I set out to write something it becomes something else and I change it anyway.


I usually sit and start writing here when I suddenly feel the urge to.. share something that's building on my heart. It's like words sort of form and I don't even know what it is until it's out. This is what happened with my two most popular true beauty and plastic surgery posts. I don't really know what today will be about but all I know is that I just wanted to chat with you guys and update you on my life. And although I should be trying to get my 1.5 hr sleep before having to wake at 2:30am for TV this morning, I just really want to blog tonight, whether it's long or short.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Hiding Behind Makeup - My (Our) Journey to Freedom



"Makeup isn't wrong, but it starts to go wrong
when you associate your identity only with your outer shell."




I shared this last night on my social media, so I knew I needed to put it out here on my blog too.

It's short but sweet :) 


No makeup, no big deal.. right?
Wrong - it took me so long to get to this place.
Read my story :)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Update + My New Series!! (Try It Tuesday)

Hey musers,

SO EXCITED FOR MY NEW SERIES! =)))

I'm sorry it's been a while, I've been very busy with life, work and Youtube! I recently also hit my 100,000 subscribers mark on my channel, which I still can't believe (and I have a special video for it still on its way...). Anyway, thank you to every single one of you for your love and support over the years! From the bottom of my lil heart!


<333


In case you haven't seen it, I finally put up a new vlog this morning! Come with us to a pretty Korean countryside wedding and meet some of our new friends in Seoul :)




Anyways! How have you guys been?



I recently started a new series called 'Try It Tuesday', where I try out and review one hot, trending or interesting beauty product each Tuesday on my main Youtube channel.

No longer 1 minute reviews.. but still in my mind it is! hehe
Concept remains: Informative but as quick and concise as possible.


Here's the introduction video about the series if you haven't seen it:

Or CLICK HERE to watch on Youtube

Basically every Monday, I will post two highly requested makeup items on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Then you guys vote for which one of the two you'd like me to review. The most voted product wins. And I review it! Video goes up the next day. Simple as that <33

In the series, I also give the product a rating out of 5, and state whether I would buy it again or not. My opinions are completely mine, the videos are not sponsored or biased, and I even list some online places you can purchase the products in the information bar.

In a nutshell, I created this series to help each one of you to become better informed consumers and to assist you in making wiser decisions with where to spend your hard-earned money. I wanted to make something very interactive where it's something I know YOU GUYS wanted to hear about, or were genuinely curious to know more about. I also take every one of your opinions, suggestions and questions seriously and answer as many as I can. 


(example of this interaction between me and you in this screenshot of my latest Try It Tuesday episode on the IOPE Air Cushion XP)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My Top 10 Brow Products!

Hey musers!

This is a continuation from my previous post "PICTORIAL: Korean Brows in 4 Steps" (click to read first).

Find out how easy it is in my pictorial here!

Today, I'm excited to share with you guys my current top 10 brow products. It wasn't hard to choose these. Just going through my entire brow products collection it was easy because the products I like and use most often stood out like they were waving their hands at me.




So... want to know what they are?









You can calm down, I know you're excited :P


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

PICTORIAL: Korean Brows in 4 Steps - Grooming, Shaping and Drawing

Hey musers,


How've y'all been? Hope you've been well! :)

It has been so long since my last eyebrow routine video, which is not to mention outdated and now that I look back on it, not the best quality in terms of filming! I did mention the four main ways I drew my Korean style eyebrows and although I still use some of the products featured in that video upon repurchase, I thought I would update you with a simple, easy everyday routine in a short and quick informative vid.



So here's my old video (Click to watch in HD on Youtube)
Note: Even though it's about 2 years old I don't discount the methods!


And here's my new one! (Click to watch in HD on Youtube)


The difference is that for the updated routine, I wanted to show you all a quick and easy way to get natural brows for everyday use - you know, when you want to go low maintenance but have those soft brows to prettily frame your eyes.

Remember the Korean brow style is quite different from that of the Western style, the latter being all about very defined and arched. The Korean brow look on the other hand is very much a soft brow that is more about filling in and naturally shaping than drawing definite, sharp edges. This is because Koreans think this look is most baby-like and therefore youthful, and also because they tend to avoid looking like a strong woman - rather aiming for a more softly feminine look. Why this is so can be for another blogpost altogether hahaha.

Anyways. Here's My Step-by-Step Pictorial of how to get these brows, along with a sister post about MY TOP 10 BROW PRODUCTS, which I tend to reach for regularly. So, essentially, these two posts go together to hopefully help some of you guys in your brow adventures ;)


Let's start with the tutorial.



STEP 1 : GROOM


Using tweezers, pluck any stray hairs outside of your main brow area, pulling away in the direction of the growth. 

How good your tweezers are will really determine how well this step goes!
Go for slanted tweezers with a sturdy grip and sharp edges.


Grab the hairs as close to the roots as possible for least amount of tug (aka pain lol).
Try to pluck as many as you can before shaving (the next step) so your regrowth can be thinner and more natural looking.

Wipe away the area. Use a brush or tissue if you like.




STEP 2 : SHAPE & CLEAN


Using an eyebrow shaver which you can get from any Korean/Asian grocery or beauty store (Daiso has them too), point it downwards and clean up the area around your brows for a neat look.
If it's your first time shaping your brows and you don't know where you should be shaving, use a white eyeliner or a thin pencil/chopstick to define what shape you'd like for your face. Then shave around the border you create, making sure it's symmetrical on both sides.


Here's my rough guideline for guidance:

Long faces - straight brows
Wide faces (at cheeks/temples) - slightly arched brows
Oval faces - straight but soft and slight arch (for a refreshing lift)
Round faces - arched brows (for balance)
Square faces - arched, thinner brows


Wipe away the area.




STEP 3 : FILL



 Use an eyebrow powder that is one to two shades lighter than your hair colour.
The palette I will be using is the Mamonde Natural Cake Eyebrow Kit.


 Fill in your brows softly using an angled eyebrow brush. These are usually included with eyebrow powder kits, otherwise you can use a small angle brush like the Sigma E75.


 Starting from the front bottom, create your bottom edge. This will make it easier as it will act as an outline. Then fill in towards the end, and come back to the front and fill in towards the middle. Use short strokes and go in the direction of your hair.
It might be easier to watch my video to see how I do this.


Towards the front, I like to brush it upwards as that's how my hair grows.


 Use a spooley or clean mascara wand to blend the powder consistently
and to brush your hairs neatly into place.


STEP 4 : DEFINE


 Use an eyebrow pencil one to two shades lighter than your hair colour to define the edges of your brows. Always draw in the direction away from your nose towards your ears for a smoother application.

Focus on the bottom edge,


 outer edge line (should be thinned out)


 top front edge,


 arch,


 and front of the brows (draw upwards).


Make sure to check you haven't missed any spots!




And there you have it!
Natural, soft, feminine brows that frame your pretty pretty eyes :)



 Haha I just had to include this shot cos I thought it was hilarious. 
My face is on my face yeeaaah.



Now, keep in mind that I don't do these eyebrows every single day. Steps 1 and 2 are done roughly every 1-2 weeks, and Steps 3 and 4 are my go-to look for those fuss-free days with minimal makeup.

Depending on my makeup, outfit, hair, look, and what I feel like, I might go for more defined brows, thinner and more arched, or tinted lighter. So if you'd like to see what other products are part of my daily eyebrow routine that I use regularly, click here for "My Top 10 Brow Products" blogpost!


#HAPPYBROWING!


Muah, 
Love Jen
xoxo



Would you wear these brows? Was this a helpful post, and would you like more of these picture tutorials with explanations in the future?