Thursday, 26 February 2015

Kawaii NEW make up Haul

And so about a week ago, I did a order with cutECOmestics, a UK retailer who sell vegan and or cruelty free products. These range from Badger balm to Sugarpill .
This is my second order from the company. The website is easy to use and the process is simple enough. Shipping is pretty fast about 3 days for shipping. And it all comes in a large package.
I will be making a future purchase with this company again as I like the range that have but a lot of the products are sold out (*_*).
This came inc postage around £20-25 . I think, I really cant mind haahaa.  So Manga brows is a interesting product. It is made by Neve Cometics and is a double ended brow pencil- all in the name there Manga brows. So one end is a light brown the other dark and one lid cap has a hidden brow brush. It is meant to give you more 3D manga like brows. 


I can not tell is this is a product I like, Ever since I been using the Barry M brow kit I found it gives such a nice brow shape to my brows I have favoured it more and its half the price too. But After playing about with the Manga Brows I have found it gives a soft natural shade in colours , its much quicker and easier to use. I do not have much time for make up every school morning having to be organising every one out the door on time . So I guess its a handy item to have. More so with it being double ended and the hidden brush so that it save time hunting for the right pencil and brush in the morning - still half asleep and wanting just to go back to bed. Am not a morning person! I did find this might be a little over priced but hey your allowed a treat once in a while.
It's totally worth checking out the eye shadow pallets by Neve too if you get the chance!


Moving on is Concrete Minerals eye shadow in shade trouble maker.  A other Vegan and Cruelty-Free product. This is a medium brow with gold through it. I wanted to try the products out from this company and expand my make up product range . I was drawn to this one and a other one which I would like to buy later called Hustle. I have worn it twice so far and its a very nice product, very light to wear and you can build up the colour . I liked to ware it lighter on my lids as it looked more black that brown when I added more colour.  I can not say for sure if its a keeper for my make up bag but I do want to try the other shades or maybe splash out on a bundle set.



So the last time is an Apocalipstick- that's a mouthful to say this .Which is by Lunastick cosmetics Labs.It is the shade Slick Crytp Cream. Its a coral pink with a hint of nude , I guess is the only way to describe it. This is a liquid lippy. But GASP! its not one that turns to a Matt finish , just a normal lippy finish. This is my 3rd one I might even do a blog post on all of them cause I love them so much. Even though I favour matt finish. This is also not a shade I would normally pick but it reminded me of a cheap high street drug store colour that I really liked,so I wanted to have some thing that was well, not as cheap and would last . Am not looking at any brand in particular *cough* MUA Academy *cough*. This is a nice replacement and lasts a good 4-6 hours on and when it wears off it still has a tint of the shade left on your lips and is very nice to wear. Its one of my faves this month!



Any way that's my insight to my Haul of new Make up I have a other haul to show you and pass on my Kawaii wisdom of it all and hope your excited to see it as its all make up products from Korea!

Next time cuties
Tartan x




Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Having a Kawaii blog -Life Lessons

Of late , I have had many of you ask questions, from should I start a blog to how can I be as popular as you. I felt ,I should maybe do some kind of post of guidance or hints and tips . Maybe it would make life easy for the rest of you. But giving some one hints and tips is all fair and well but really in my personal opinion blogs are a personal thing and it can become a over night hit or like my blog take 2-3 years to even be noticed in the big world wide web of the internet. So I thought I would blog about well..  my blog  and maybe answer those questions you sent me.


When I started my blog, it was so bad! I cringe to think about all the emojis I used and animated .gifs I some times use text ones tho! ^^; Thinking about those really bad photos that were filling up my side bar with useless crap. haha. Am so glad my blog has well...matured.
Over time I invested in myself - no one wants to see a sloppy blog with borrowed art work and looks all a bit over the top. 
Which is why, I decided to invest in myself getting a wonderful artist for a start and with her help given the Blog its now 2nd make over.  I cut out a lot of the small un-readable text and made things clearer and cleaner looking but still super cute! ( But of course!) Am so in love with my doughnut themed blog right now!  I think having a clean easy read blog is the basics for making a good blog others might want to read.



Why did you start a blog?-  I started my blog for fun, it's my hobby , I never expected any one to read it or get seen.

I try to keep my topics in a nice amount of range because sometimes blogging about the same thing can be dull but to give it a overall thing, I just its about my personal Kawaii lifestyle and sharing it. I never ever expected any one to read my blog or take an interest unless it was a reviewed item that was on trend at the time. My blog is my Hobby - I think you must work very hard to make it a profitable income. Since I started my blog and been blogging I maybe have have about 10% of reviews or features sponsored to me. I get many a time of others asking things such as

 - Do you get free stuff all the time?-
 -Do you get paid in items/products ect ect?-

The simple answer is no.
No not  all the time.If I do get sponsored at all, my sponsored items are time for time ( a term used a lot in modelling too.) . Its like a exchange of each others trade. Meaning if I review the item or product ( my trade )sponsored by a company and once they get the review then I am allowed to keep the product ( their trade) after the assignment.



-How do you get sponsored?-


Haha, Well if any one has the answer here feel free to let me in on it. As I rarely am sponsored I can not really answer this, However contacting companies and asking if they run affiliate programs or are looking for blogger's is one way to start. However you might want to think very carefully on the way you ask and make sure to apply to a company that fits your blog and self. I mean I would never review body piercing or plugs jewellery as I don't have any piercings or the need for plugs - so I can not really review them! Or Say you have a blog about Cats and you then ask a Make up company for Make up but your blogs all about pet cats. It is very likely the company will not be interested in you. 
When you do contact companies it is worth to take the time and come across as polite and hard working. Also this is also important to make sure your blog looks good to a company. Also do not get upset if a company never gets back to you or refuse you. It's okay just pick your self up and try again!

-Should I start a blog and where should I start?-

I don't see why not , many have blogs and website's , If you think you can devote the right amount of time to a blog then go for it! Picking a blog host might take a of time to research such as blogger or wordpress. Pick something you like the look of and find easy to use. And Blog about the things that you like and interest you. Also take your time on the blog and make it yours , keep it original and fun to read.

-Do you have any tips to share?-
Enjoy your blog, but also go out and do things, its easy to be like omg- need to do a blog post and forget about going out. Live your life and fill it with wonderful things then you can blog about it and share. And also try and link up other social media formats to your blog and have them listed for your readers to find you on other formats such as twitter and instagram. Its a handy thing to have too. Do not get upset if you have not as many followers or readers as others, It's just a number at the end of the day. It really do not mean much in the real world.


What did you think of this blog post, Do you have any other questions that you want to ask, comment below or PM me sometime.
Tartan x

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Hello Kitty - Cute bags

 Hey every one!
How are you all doing. Sorry about the lack of posts and such, Oh if you have not already noticed that there is a few blog style changes - Don't worry these are temporary as I have a new make over for my blog coming soon! Yay.
But that aside, I have a nice email found in my inbox - a sneaky look into some upcoming products from Sanrio.  Don't ask but I am a bit of a internet ninja haha. I do enjoy that thrill of hunting down kawaii products as my prey to add to my forever growing collection. 


Check out these handbags, Hello Kitty  seems to be a master at making bags look cute , Right?

Hello Kitty is going eco with re-useable bag friendly with these adorable fold away bags  with cute hearts on the zippers and you just pop them into your hand bag. Now that we have to pay extra for a plastic bag in the shops we can be caught short of a bag. So these are pretty handy to have a few and of course look super cute at the same time. I have a bunch of eco bags- they are really handy to have and do not rip like the plastic ones and can be used over and over again.

I also spotted this and these are so cute. I think they are the kind you place on your nails and file them to fit on the nail and ta-da! Wonder looking super cute nail art with our favourite Kawaii Character Hello Kitty! I wish I could use these nail wraps/ foils and make them look as good as these ones! I like colourful designs!





These pouch bags are pretty cute but am no the fence with them as I never use these things much . Like I have 5 make up bags and epp I do not use them! I keep all my make up in a drawer and a storage fabric box.  But loving that cute little pearl on the zipper!

What do you guys think of these upcoming items from Japan. Anything take your fancy. What would you like to see come over  to the UK. Am sorta liking those Eco bags even if I already have a few in other kawaii characters.











Friday, 6 February 2015

Kawaii First Impressions - make up, MUA Academy

Hey every one, today I wanted to share my impression of MUA Academy make-up.

 So kinda a review but not quite right into details. I don't want to bore you all to death here. So I went ahead after reading a good few reviews about these high street drug store cosmetics and a lot of folks saying they were good , blah, blah did not take me long to part with my money after having a look at the website they have. The best thing was the price that attracted me to purchase some products mainly the  MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer. The shades looked really nice I got the following shades of.
A Flush, Criminal,  Kooky, Reckless, Tranquillity, Serene and Halycon. So basically them all apart form Funk and Dare. ( which I may think about as they are darker shades.)
I also got 4 lip liners BB Cream and a powder.


The BB Cream and powder are just fillers till next month or the next until I can save up for a more expensive favoured brand and the shipping takes a while so yea, not gona say much about those.Having used the BB cream which has a matt finish its no half bad.


The lip liners are pretty good nice and easy to apply I like the shades I picked  which are Pink me up ,Softly lined  being the pink ones and Caramel nougat in a nude-ish brown shade and Brooding-plum a sorta purple/ redish shade. I wanted them to try and to use with some make up I already have. 






I like them all apart from softly lined it barely shows up and way to shimmery and yea really not suited for my olive yet pale skin and my lips also it seemed a bit harsher to use . Any way the all come with a top that doubles up as a sharpener which is handy for travel or if you can not find your pencil sharpener to save your life and its that one time you need the tiny thing!



Okay so lets talk pinks!
Moving on to the pink shades from the Luxe Velvets, Which are A flush, Serene and Criminal.


Serene- is a light pink more a baby pink shade, I though I would like this one. Once I applied it it was very annoying to get right, then when I pulled the applier stick out  ,the liquid when all over me. You can just imagen me covered in the stuff , maybe it is a good thing cause thecolour did not quite suit me. I find that with very pastel like shades. *tear* So yea...it made me look like a pale clown.



The next shade was A flush-Its a light pink shade much darker than Serene but not bright neon pink or anything. I loved the shade one. YAY I was super happy with the colour and it did not spill its liquid all over me either. However I did notice after only putting it on letting it dry to its matt final form...I pressed my lips together and flakes. GAH!! I was really in hope this was a gona be my dupe for limecrime but no. I duno if this is because I was trying all the shades one after a other. So am gona give it anther shot or find something to seal it from flaking?! Also I was being pestered by little chibi bean who was driving me up the wall since she got in from nursery. That could also be a factor. ( It most likey is not an additional factor in the flaking of the product but she was really pestering me! Kawaii mummy problems.)

The next shade is Criminal- a bright pink shade that is nice and Barbie bright.LOVED THIS one! Right up my street, Pink , cute, and loud but not neon pink , thankfully. So this one when on well and seems to not flake as much as the A flush. Which is good news! So am really happy with this one.

The next shades are more earthly nude shades, something I have not really used before and I thought they looked a lot like limecrime ones and the hinted one by jeffree star cometics so I wanted to try them for my self and see if I suited the shades. So Halcyon and Tranquillity looked the same on the website image which was sorta annoying but after looking at other images online they are quite diffrent. This might be due to the frosted tube they come in.

Any way the shade Tranquillity is the lightest shade of the two, it applied well. I applied them all with and with out a lip balm base and there was no change to them. I did find also Tranquillity did flake a bit too so  that was sorta annoying, All I did was the morning school run! But I really did take a liking to the colour was not in your face or anything but quite a subtle shade
Moving on to Halcyon which was more a deeper and darker shade, I really surprisingly liked it, I did take note that this one didnt want to flake as much as the other one. which makes me think the lighter shades flake more? Am not sure yet, I have not tried eating and drinking with these .


The last to shades where Kooky and Reckless. Which were more of a deep purple and red shade . From the tube Kooky looks bright and a colour that would pop. It is not, it is very purple and very dark, I really like it though, and it seems not to flake when dry. I also thought Reckless was a colour that might pop being red. Nope. Its a other deep shade a earthly red shade, but again I really like it. I normally much favour bright reds and pinks over deep dark shades but after trying these I think I might try other shades in the future.



For £3 a tube of Luxe Velvet, its not bad for the prince.
Not the most amazing product, but its okay since they did not cost to much what can you expect. I guess you would get a few hours wear before touching them up. I felt you really had to sit and look like a duck face till they dried , press those lips together and it seem to mess them up a bit. I think they are great for some one who wants to try new shades and get to experiment with colours. I will defo be looking for a way to get these shades to last longer but as for that baby pink shade I can see me tossing that one right in the bucket. I did find that after eating and drinking the product came off a bit ..meh My final thoughts are am digging the the shades of those matt liquid lipsticks but the staying power is pretty poor which is a total downer.

I have also found that Sleek also do a Liquid to Matt finish product, Again there is a few folks complaining of the flaking problem. I am wondering if this is the draw back of products that cost less? What are your thoughts and what Makeup products would you like me to try next. Will I ever find a replacement for Limecrime?!

Valentines~ Cute Japanese fashion review!

Hey guys, Welcome to my sponsored review from Cute Japanese Fashion!
I have been reviewing a fair it but I am working on other projects and such but am keeping my cards close before I start to share what I am up too!
So I got the luxury of picking 2 items from Cute Japanese Fashion to review for you this month! And since its February and all lovely dovey and that I picked an item which was really cute and also fitting for this month!


Again before I start the review , these are my honest thoughts on the items and how I feel about the products.While I am saying this I also have been a customer in the past with this company a fair few times so I can easily say that the website is easy to use and ordering is simple and quick. The shipping I have found comes within 3 days from ordering and I have never had any issues with the shipping or postal sevice here. Also the owner is a sweetie, So big thumbs up!



So with that all out the way lets check out my thoughts on the items! So the 1st item. Right as I said I picked a valentines themed item and I also picked an item which was a bit daring for me,a bottom half item.I tend not to buy those sort of items unless am gona try em on in the shop but thanks to my new body shape and size I dared myself to be brave and go for a pair of dungarees shorts as I really like dungaree style clothing. 


So here is the stock image. The product came and its really cute, I like the fact its a lower rise style on the top that way you can see cute tops under it. It has a small pocket at the front too. Its pretty soft material and did I say already its cute? When I got it I had to assemble the straps.haha...yea that took me 20mins of guess work! That is the only thing that was a bit annoying about this and yes I had to pull put a old pair of my own dungarees to see how to set it up, I might still have it wrong though haha! 



At the price of around £13 this is a really cute item, that can be super kawaii for both spring and summer. It also fits pretty snug on so the sizes on this run on the small side and as you most likely guessed the straps can be adjusted too. So it can be worn lose like the stock photo or as how you like it. The other item is my Valentines themed item which I will be featuring in my new video over at youtube for you all to check out later next week. I picked this cute creamy shade cardigan , I loved the print on this which is what really attracted me to it in the first place . Check out the stock image here, it is adorable.

 

The item is just as the stock image and the hearts are all placed and spaced out well, I really don't like it when a pattern overlaps or looks odd when it hits the buttons or the edge of a top lol. This is a very soft to touch item and rather thick, Its cute enough but not over the top, Its not white but a nice creamy shade. Its something you can with ease dress up and make your own style or why not make it super kawaii!!! Not bad for its price of around £13 . It fits really well and really nice to wear.


Again I tend to pick more ''mature'' or more Asian like every day items from this store . As I have found these to be the best ones that can fit any style and are more versatile. Which is why I like both these and the past products.  That way I can have dress up days and dress down days in cute clothing all the time. Which are great for adding to your kawaii wardrobe.  Over all am very happy with these items.

Till later Tartan xox

Online shop link~
http://www.cutejapanesefashion.com/
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https://www.facebook.com/CJFashion