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27.8.15

Sephora Meet Your Match 2015 | Review

Hello lovelies!

Last week I placed an order on the Sephora website, which you can read about here! Today I'll be reviewing the Sephora Meet Your Match 2015 set.


The Sephora Meet Your Match 2015 set contains 6 deluxe size minis - 3 lip products and 3 nail polishes. The nail colors and lipsticks are set to match! 

Purple set - Nails Inc nail polish in Devonshire Row // Bite lip gloss in Strangefruit

 Nude set: Hourglass Lip Gloss in Child // Formula X Nail Color in Invincible

Coral set: Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Elite // Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Girls Just Want to Have Fun

What beautiful colours! I feel like these are great to wear year round - you've got a colour for every season! Coral for summer, nude for spring/winter, and purple for fall! Of course, you can wear them however you want.

Taking a look at the lip colours - What a varied selection! Honestly, I'd typically only reach for one of the shades. Tarte's Elite is a gorgeous red-colour that is absolutely perfect - corals are my safe zone. Orange toned lip products are my favourites because they work well with my skin tone. I actually bought this set for Tarte's Elite, so I'm 110% pleased with that.

Bite's Strangefruit isn't really one I'd typically go for, but it's a pretty colour! A bright purple gloss that doesn't appear as bright on the lips when used alone. It's great for a nice pop of color. I'm trying to be more adventurous, I swear!

Hourglass lipgloss in Child is another safe one - doesn't have much colour payoff by itself on the lips, but is a lovely gloss none-the-less. Not tacky or sticky, and it works with my coral lippies to add a nice sheen to it!

Now, for nails! I've got a bit of an addiction to nail polish. My collection is composed of subtle variations of corals, blue-greens, and pinky-purples. Luckily, these colours fit right in!

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a bright coral orange. It is very vibrant and screams summer! I like this shade because it seems so fun and eye catching.

Formula X Nail Color in Invincible is a lovely pale nude colour. The only other nude I have is Essie's Sugar Daddy, which is incredibly sheer and has a more pink-toned colour payoff. This is a cream nude and has great coverage - only one to two shades for full opacity!

Nails Inc nail polish in Devonshire Row is a warm fuchsia purple. I think this works really well as a summer to autumn transition shade! It's a beautiful colour and I've been using it a lot in my nail art.

The sample sizes are also great for travel, as well as testing the colours out before committing to a larger size! The formulas of all polishes are great. I applied them with my Sally Hansen gel nail hardener and Diamond top coat, and did not have a noticeable amount of chipping! 

Have you tried any of these brands? Do you like the colour and product selections for this set? 

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Sachie


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25.8.15

A little trip to Pwllheli, Wales...



Pwllheli, Wales


Whilst digging through my exchange photos, I came across some that I had taken during my exchange in 2013. As many of you know, I studied abroad (at Leeds University in England) during the 2013-2014 school year. I didn't blog much (too busy traveling), but luckily I still have a backlog of photos that I can share with you.


21.8.15

Bulgogi House, Honeymee, Round 1 | Sachie's California Food Tour

Hello lovelies!

Here is my last post from my California food tour series this year. We visited these two restaurants on our last day in LA.

Our last day was a lazy one. We didn't really have any plans - Megan was working an afternoon shift so it was up to Tako to keep Jord and I entertained. We ended up spending an hour wandering around a Daiso, lol. After Megan finished her shift, we went back to her place.

Actually a bit of a funny story - Jord and I had arranged to meet Dyrus for Korean BBQ, but because of some scheduling conflicts, it didn't work out. Bummer :( Instead, Megan and Tako took us to a place they often hit up - Bulgogi House.

19.8.15

LUSH Rosy Cheeks + Don't Look At Me | Face Mask Reviews

Helloooo lovelies!

I'm a lush fiend. Every time I walk past a LUSH store in a mall, I'm drawn in by all the pretty soaps and that strong fragrance that seems to warn you that the shop is quickly approaching. I like to treat myself to a Lush face mask about once a month... After discovering that their BB Seaweed face mask helped calm my acne, I've been hooked! I typically like to pick up BB Seaweed or Love Lettuce, as my skin seems to like them, and they've got a pleasant fragrance/texture.

However, when I popped into Lush the other day, I noticed two new face masks! I looked these up after and according to a few reviews, they were Oxford Street exclusives. I guess they've released them in North America!

The first was their Rosy Cheeks Face Mask. Pink? Rose Scented? Insta-buy!

My only disappointment was that there was hardly any product in the pot. I know its only 60g per container, but after looking after other people's reviews, mine looks particularly empty! Hardly half of the pot! :(




Rosy Cheeks is a thick, clay based face mask. It's very thick, and a little goes a long way. It's a little dry, similar to Oatifix. Once you rub it into your face, the mixture warms up and it becomes easier to spread!

In my opinion, Rosy Cheeks has the truest rose scent out of their various rose products. It's got a scent that is very similar to my Chloe by Chloe perfume, so lovely. Rosy cheeks is supposed to calm and soothe rosy cheeks. As someone who experiences some facial redness (on a regular basis, not including shoujo blush), this is a godsend!

I have yet to notice any difference in the redness in my face, but it does smell very nice and I'm absolutely in love with that rose scent. It does make my face feel soft afterwards! If you're a big rose fan like myself, I highly recommend this.


I never see reviews of people wearing the masks in reviews so I thought I'd pop this in, lol. And yes, I was taking a bath! Best time to relax with a face mask. :D It's a very light pink colour. (Also yay, my brows are growing in!!)

Only downside is that it's almost double the price of their regular face masks. 60g retails for $12.95. It is only available in store at the moment. Not sure if this is a limited edition product or not. I love this mask, so it'll likely become a special treat :)

The other face mask that I picked up was the Don't Look At Me face mask,

This mask is probably the complete opposite to Rosy Cheeks! Don't Look At Me  is a cleansing, scrubby face mask. It's most striking feature is the bright blue colour! Compared to Rosy Cheeks, it's very liquidy and has exfoliating properties. It has an invigorating cittrus scent!

Don't Look At Me contains "ground rice to gently scrub away dry skin, murumuru butter moisturizes and zingy lemon juice tones." I like this mask. It reminds me of a wetter, citrusy, and bright blue version of Love Lettuce! Very refreshing...more of a mask I'd wear in the mornings or before going out for a special event or something!

I can see why they call this mas, "Don't look at me!" haha!! Again, this mask costs more than the regular masks at Lush. This retails at $10.95 for 60g! The lemon scent is quite strong. I like the texture - its exfoliating but not harsh. A nice treat but I think I'll stick to my Love Lettuce, just because its about $4 more!

Overall, both masks are lovely, and I'll likely repurchase in the future!

Have you tried these masks? What are some of your favourite Lush products? Have you tried any of their face masks before?

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Sachie


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17.8.15

Hallmark Itty Bitty's and Fan Expo Pass Giveaway!

Heya lovelies! I've got another exciting (and incredibly cute) post for all of you today! Stay tuned until the end of the post for a very special giveaway - one weekend pass to a lucky winner for Fan Expo Canada, courtesy of Hallmark Canada!

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Hallmark? For me, it's birthday cards and seasonal decorations! I lovelovelove sending out Christmas cards every year, especially doing my annual card exchange with friends...Gives me an excuse to go shopping for the pretty glittery cards printed on heavy cardstock. I love me some cardstock ok?


But! Hallmark has come out with the cutest little set of plushies. They remind me of upright Tsum Tsums (adorable and collectable... I feel an addiction coming on...) They've released a set of geeky Itty Bitty's of characters that I'm sure many of you will be familiar with. Even better - Hallmark will be at Fan Expo this year! This will be their first time exhibiting at Fan Expo, and their booth has a lot of fun things in store. Hyap is gonna help me model some of them today :D

I'll be doing a meetup at the Hallmark booth this year at Fan Expo! I'll be posting the times/location on my social media so make sure you're following me on twitter, facebook, and instagram.

Let's start with... The Avengers! (Well, half of them anyway!) Iron man, the Hulk, and Captain America!

Which one is your favourite? I'm always Team Cap because I'm pretty weak when it comes to muscular, blonde hair, blue eyed men in muscle suits. Hnnnnnnggggggg.

Can't stop this bromance! HEHEHE. #civilwar

We can't miss out on Spidey, can we? Don't worry, you've got some marvel-ous friends. (Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hahahahahahaha) There's also a set of Itty Bitty's which includes the Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman etc if you're more of a DC fan.


Another set that I'm super super super excited for is the Star Wars set! If you haven't already heard, there's going to be a new Star Wars Movie coming out in 2016! It's highly anticipated and everyone seems to be talking about it. As someone who watched Starwars quite late (....last month), I can't wait to see the revamped version. I don't think I can fully appreciate the early 2000s graphics. Anyway, I've got quite a few Star Wars goodies to show you...

Han Solo and Princess Leia! Look at these cuties~ You can get them as a pair in this adorable set!

Family portrait :D

Here's a lil' R2D2! I'm sure if you've ever been to a comic convention, you've seen one of these guys whizzing around. There's always a remote controlled one at Fan Expo, and it's super cool! He makes noise and his head spins around :D


If you're a big Star Wars fan, you can even find this exclusive collectors set! How cute are these? These would make a really cute gift for friends and family who are fans - definitely look out for these in my Christmas gift guide! :)

The force is strong with this one! How could we miss Darth Vader?

So many cute plushies! Make sure to check them out at Fan Expo where you can pick up some cool collectables, or at your local Hallmark Store! Itty Bittys are 6.95 each and you can find them at your local Hallmark store.

Now for the fun part.... GIVEAWAY TIME! I've teamed up with Hallmark to bring you an awesome prize! :D

This giveaway is for 1 weekend pass for Fan Expo Canada, which takes place in Toronto, Ontario. Make sure to enter if you were thinking about attending! It's Canada's largest comic convention, and it's a huge show with some great guests! Here are some of the guests that are headlining the con!

Just fill out the Gleam widget below, and 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected on August 24, 2015! I will announce the winner on my social media and contact you by email. You have 24 hours to respond or else I'll select a new winner!

Fan Expo Weekend Pass Giveaway from Sachie&Hallmark!

Thanks for reading, and best of luck in the giveaway!


I'll be doing a meetup at the Hallmark booth this year at Fan Expo! I'll be posting the times/location on my social media so make sure you're following me on twitter, facebook, and instagram. :D

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Sachie


You can also catch me here: YOUTUBE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM BLOGLOVIN!

*This post is sponsored by Hallmarkbut as always it's 100% my honest opinion! 



11.8.15

Japanese Shu Cream Puffs | Recipe

Hello lovelies!

If you follow me on twitter, you might notice that I'm really getting into baking lately! (I blame the Food channel.) I got super addicted to the Great British Bakeoff earlier this year....later followed by Cupcake Wars, and Spring Baking Championship. Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I've been trying out some recipes!

I made Japanese shu cream puffs, with a little bit of a twist! I've used this recipe before and and it never fails.


This recipe is from little japan mama - a blog about japanese food, recipes, and travel! Very cute.

The difference in my recipe is that I did not make the pai-shuu crust. I also added a heaping tablespoon of instant espresso powder and some hot chocolate powder to the puff batter to give it a little bit more flavour! This resulted in a slightly bitter pasty, which compliments the egg custard.

Keep reading!

10.8.15

Sephora Haul | Birthday Month



Heya lovelies!

GUESS WHAT, IT'S BIRTHDAY MONTH. Most people just celebrate their birthday on the day they were born, but I like to start it at the beginning of the month because...

1. My birthday is at the end of the month (August 30) and I can't wait that long.
2. Saves me from sitting at home in the evenings on Amazon adding things to my wishlist.
2. I can justify spending some money on a Sephora haul that I would normally be restraining myself from.

I'm also a firm believer in treating myself. So, today I'd like to share some things that I ordered from Sephora!


WOO! Let's check out my haul!


8.8.15

Cat Gotcha Soul | Redbubble #artinmotion



Art In Motion...


I've got another outfit to share with you. I'm working with Redbubble for their Art in Motion Campaign! You can check out my other outfit featuring super cool pixel galaxy leggings here!

6.8.15

UMAMI BURGER | Sachie's California Food Tour


Hello lovelies!

I AM SO EXCITED TO WRITE THIS POST. I've been waiting almost 2 years to go to Umami burger ever since I read about it on Fashimi's blog. I don't know what stood out to me, but I longed for it. I wanted to go last year during AX but we didn't have time... This year, I made it my mission!



3.8.15

Pink&Mint Galaxy | Redbubble #artinmotion



Pink & Mint Galaxy


A little while ago, Redbubble reached out to me in order to collaborate with them on their Art in Motion campaign!

Redbubble is a website specializing in custom printed apparel, prints, and home decor. They've got a massive range of artwork and design available for custom printing, with proceeds supporting independent artists. I've bought some cool stuff in the past, like this Studio Ghibli fighting game t-shirt! It's a great way to express yourself through fashion and design, and adding that little pop of originality for wearable art!

I got to pick a few items to share with you guys!

These designs are super cool! Sp8cebit is an artist that specializes in pixel art renditions of galaxy patterns! There offer  two similar designs - in red and purple! 


1.8.15

A Satin Touch with 3Wishes



Sometimes, a girl just wants to feel like a princess. Lacy and flowy and dreamy~ And what better way to do that than with some pretty lingerie~? Whenever I want to feel extra confident, I pop on a nice lingerie set. Nobody's going to see it, but it's the thought that counts!

Today I'd like to share a beautiful set from 3Wishes! 3Wishes is an online store that sells costumes, clubwear, and lingerie. They've got some beautiful sets.... I have the Satin Touch Babydoll Lingerie Set. I think it's quite important to spice things up in a relationship, and what better way to do it than make your partner's eyes bulge out of their head?



This is a 2 piece set, featuring a flowy bra/top, and panties. It's from a brand called Coquette. I've never heard of this brand, so I can't really compare this set to anything else in their range. It's a flowy and sheer babydoll top, adorned with lots of pretty pace near at the cups and at the bottom.

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