Bookmarks for Crappy Days #4

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Welcome! I'm back with another edition of 'Bookmarks' for some instant cheer you up, inspirational pages on the web that I definitely turn to when I'm feeling low or when I'm in a grumpy mood. If you're having a crappy day, this one's for you!

MUA Bronze & Sculpt Contour Kit + Set & Reflect Finishing Kit Review

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With summer in full swing already and the humidity levels rising, I was on the hunt for a new contour powder and I spotted these cute little kits and had to pick them up. To be honest, I only picked up the contour kit first but I loved it so much that I went back and got the finishing kit too a week later!

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Shelf Life : 12M

Quantity : 20G

It's rare for me to even touch the products before I've taken pictures of them for the blog but in this case I couldn't resist, I've already used the contour and setting powder and lightly used the highlighters just so that I don't mess up the beautiful patterns. I must say I am impressed.

The packaging is probably what drew me to them first. They come in gorgeous gold and silver compacts and I believe they have a strobing kit as well which comes in rose gold but couldn't get my hands on that one. They look really cute on my vanity. Each one comes with two layers with two different powders - one matte and one shimmer.

I must point out that the contour kit packaging is a little defective because the lock on it isn't very tight, it opens up pretty easily with a nudge. I guess I received a defective piece because the finshing kit locks up perfectly and is sturdy. 

They've had the contour kit for a while now but only just added the finishing kit so maybe they've improved the packaging and made it sturdier. It's mostly just mine because I haven't heard of anyone else talking about this issue.

Fashion Inspiration from 3 bingeworthy netflix shows

I'm one of those people who falls in love with a show and its fashion. Of course, what makes a show great is it's story and the characters but I can't deny that I'm attracted to shows with some outfits I can appreciate. Even if I don't go into watching a series with fashion in mind, when I fall in love with a character, I often fall for her style too. 

Maybe it all started with Gossip Girl, then there was Pretty Little Liars and the list has grown far longer than I ever imagined. So let's talk about three Netflix shows I recently binged because they were impossible to stop watching.

I have three favourite shows that I will label as 100% binge-worthy but what's more cool is all of them have really interesting female leads which I've only just noticed. They are based on three very different women but powerful in their own ways I guess.

#1 13 Reasons Why

Does this show need an introduction anymore? I think not! It's everywhere and it has received so much appreciation. All of it is so well deserved because of the way this show struck a chord with so many teenagers and adults alike. 

It's crazy how many people could identify with Hannah after watching it, how many people have felt like her and survived. The show ultimately makes you reconsider how you treat people because everyone's going through something that we don't know about.

Well, our lead girl Hannah is my first subject of some fashion inspo because she does the slightly edgy and not overly girly high school girl look so well. To be honest, her look would work on anyone who's willing to be bold and can carry it off.

I've kept her look fairly inexpensive and perfect for someone on a student budget.
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Floral Dress - Forever 21,  Denim Jacket - Forever 21, Cashmere Beanie - Uniqlo, Boho Rings - Forever 21, Camo Phone Case - LA Hearts,  Olive Green Backpack - Mossimo, Thigh High Socks - Modcloth,   Combat Boots - American Rag Faylln

The Affordable Brow-down!

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I'm really into doing my brows at the moment and it is a borderline obsession. I probably get it from my mom, who has never been too much into makeup but would never forget brows even when I was growing up. She loves a good, dark brow and so do I. If there's one thing I won't leave the house without these days, it's them brows! That is the only way I can justify trying so many brow products at once and always being on the prowl for that perfect brow product that does it all. Until then I do need more than one or two products to do my brows, and here's a rundown of my absolute favourites from the drugstores.

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#1  Freedom Makeup Duo Eyebrow Powder in Dark Brown
Shelf Life : 12 M

This is a pretty obvious dupe for Anastasia's brow duo if you're just looking at the packaging and the shade range too. I haven't tried the Anastasia powder but this one is seriously amazing! It is my most reached for product when I'm doing my brows for an everyday look. As you can tell from the slight dent in the lighter "taupe" shade, that's the one I essentially reach for and use the darker shade for filling in sparse areas. The colours are super soft and subtle and definitely gives me that natural yet put together eyebrow look. I use a dual ended eyebrow brush with this product - the flat angled brush side for shading and the spoolie end for blending.

Korean Beauty : Fresh Jeju Lotus Soothing Gel by The Face Shop

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While I've been gone, I've found a new interest in Korean beauty products. I had a look around at what they had to offer one fine day and had a little 'Have I been living under a rock?' moment. I've been hooked onto trying more and more since then. So don't be surprised if you see a few less talked about products or things that may not be easily available in stores on here. They do their job really well so it's a worth a mention on my blog. Anyway when it comes to beauty, I like a challenge. Tracking down a product after some effort makes it so much more satisfying to finally use it. Just me?

So let's talk about this face gel/moisturiser/aftersun mask (?)That's the thing about korean beauty products. A lot of them do more than one thing. They're big on multitasking and that's one of the reasons I was really intrigued about such products. You never know what they'll do for your skin until you try them and the results are usually quite interesting.

Quantity : 285 ml

Shelf Life : 12M

What it claims : Fresh Lotus Gel is made up of clear, glass like beads that contain Lotus Flower Extract from Jeju Island. This multipurpose gel protects against harmful environment aggressors , soothes tired skin and can be used daily or after sun exposure.

Free from: Parabens, Tar colorant, Mineral Oil, Talc & Paraffin.

Price : Around $10 but it can go up to $20 depends on where you're buying it from. 

The first thing I did is google Jeju island because I am a beauty nerd like that. Jeju Island is also known as the 'Island of the Gods' and is well known for it's volcanoes and tropical beaches. I've seen a lot of volcanic beauty products from this range too and now it all makes sense. Probably next up on my list!