Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mystical Mermaids | Roxie Sweetheart Review

Hi guys!

Today I wanted to show you some pieces I got from Roxie Sweetheart, from the Mystical Mermaids collection. I have admired the brand for quite a while, and, while I think all of Michelle's designs are stunning, her recent jellyfish items have a unique innocence and cuteness about them that made them stand out for me.

sea jelly shimmering shell

To start with the first design, the Sea Jelly, it is a design perfect for fairy kei and lolita coords and any sea inspired outfits. It features an array of pastel colours, making it perfect for any outfit combinations you have in mind and an adorable cute face to melt your heart. 

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

This design comes in a pin and two necklace variations. I originally purchased the pin back in July at Hyper Japan; it was the last Sea Jelly item in stock. I loved it so much that I knew I had to get the necklace as well, which I did at the Hyper Japan Christmas Market.

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

The necklace I chose out of the two variations was the one with the clear chunky chain; the other one features a pearl chain. I believe the clear chain links stand out on your neck but without taking away from the jellyfish, which is the main focus of the necklace.

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

To add to my mermaid theme I picked out the Shimmering Shell Ring. The ring is composed of two pieces, the bottom one a reddish black layer and then a clear iridescent layer on top. The look is topped off with two diamonte jewels adding some extra sparkle.

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

Since the Sea Jelly and the Shimmering Shell designs have more items in their sub-collection, I will link all of them here in case you want to check them out.

Sea Jelly
Brooch - Necklace (unfortunately only the pearl one)

Shimmering Shell

Roxie Sweetheart Mystical Mermaids

All three of my items feel extremely well made and durable, living up to Roxie Sweetheart's reputation as a quality brand and a leader in the alternative and japanese fashion markets. It is definitely a brand to look out for for accessories and clothes as every new collection adds to the unique character of the brand. I definitely look forward to buying more items in the future and expanding my collection.

Love
Kristine

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

How To Pick The Perfect Prom Dress

Hi guys!

Prom dresses are in my opinion a great way to look and feel like a princess for a night, as if we are Cinderella going to the ball or Elsa in her magical palace. If you are lucky your prom will be in a beautifully decorated hall, with twinkly lights, glittery trees and crystal decorations, reminiscent of a true fairytale. Or it might be your school assembly hall or function room, with a couple of encouraging banners your year made during art class and rented dj equipment propped up on some spare desks. Sometimes you just have to make do. In any case, there is no reason for you not to make the same amount of effort and look fabulous. The photos from the night will be some of your most treasured possessions, especially if you graduate and move away from your friends for university after the end of the school year.


Now, picking the right dress might seem like a hard task, but with the help of this guide, hopefully you will find it easy and have one less thing to worry about. Honestly, it is harder to pick a designated driver who will agree not to drink on the night. Anyway, here are some tips to help you decide what you want to wear on the big night. First of all, find a site that sells a variety of prom dresses like Aisle Style, so that you have a lot of dresses to choose from and you do not waste any time with multiple shops. Then, consider the different kinds of colours and styles that are available and check out the latest trends, by looking at the new dresses for 2017.

Now that you have a general idea of what is out in the market, I would like to share some of my best tips for actually picking your dress, based on the different directions you can approach it from.

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Obviously, long prom dresses are the classic go to option in most cases. As a formal event a prom is one of the few occasions that you can get away with picking out a beautiful long dress, just like the ones you see on the red carpet in Hollywood. This dress will be perfect if your prom is in a hotel or special event space, and the more decorated the venue is the better. Things to consider are whether there is a theme to your event that you can try to match the vide and colours, and also what shoes you are going to wear. Remember to account for your height with your heels on, as there is nothing worse than getting ready and realising that your dress is not long enough when you put on your shoes.  Being on the taller side myself, this is something I have had issues with a lot of times before.
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You can go for a shorter dress when your event is more casual, or inside your school grounds. Short prom dresses are usually less formal than the longer ones, so it may also be a good idea to get a dress you love and would like to keep wearing after your prom in other special events. Shirt prom dresses are perfect dresses for weddings, birthdays, even nights out. The other way you can wear a short prom dress is to make it more edgy. Instead of going for the princess look, opt for a bold colour and dd black shoes, chunky accessories, a leather jacket and dark eye makeup. Imagine you are a rockstar and think of what you would be wearing then.

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Black prom dresses are quite versatile and you can find them in a variety of styles. You can opt for a dark and mysterious look with a long black dress - chiffon and lace will be the best fabrics - or go for a short body con dress with bright accessories for a modern twist - novelty bags in unusual shapes like apples, telephones or pop art logos work great with this look. My personal favourite is asymmetrical dresses, short at the front and long at the back, to get the best of both worlds and show off some leg.

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Red prom dresses are usually love or hate with most girls, as red is a bold colour and does make a big statement when you wear it. Picking a red dress can be great for girls who are confident and natural leaders. Red dresses to me also allude to passion and sexuality; just think of Spanish flamenco dancers, who normally wear bright red dresses. If you think bright red might be a bit too much for you, you may want to consider a burgundy shade instead. The darker colour still maintains some of the confidence of its brighter counterpart but more understated. Imagine is as if one should 'I'm confident' for the world to hear and the other sort of stands its ground confidently but does not need to shout to make itself known.

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Pastel prom dresses usually follow the same trends as bridesmaids dresses, so you will see a lot of them alongside wedding dresses and the likes. You should not let that discourage you, as they are some of the most popular dresses in the market. In my opinion pastel prom dresses are perfect for girls who are more quiet, feminine and want something that says 'classic elegance'. They are the dresses that you will look back at and think you would still wear years later, as they are beautiful and timeless. While blush pink is usually among the favourites, I particularly like pastel yellow and lilac, or even a combination of a few pastel shades in delicate flower motifs and lace trims.

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Bright prom dresses are usually dependent on the colour trends of each year. I remember back in my graduation year, when neon colours were in fashion, half of my year picked neon orange and neon yellow dresses and got spray tans to go along with them and make them look like they just came from some exotic holiday. While those dresses are not pieces that you will easily manage to wear in years to come, if you find a piece that can be dressed both up and down, you can probably turn it into a nice going out dress for the summer after your prom, and wear it on your holidays. One thing to remember when you wear a bright dress is to make sure you have either bright eyes or bright lips. For example a bright yellow dress will go great with a bright red lip and black eyeliner.

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Character Inspired Prom Dresses

Now, for my favourite prom inspiration, I would have to put in character inspired dresses. If this is your princess moment why not dress like one of your favourite Disney princesses? I am not saying to straight up cosplay as one, but select the princess you like and copy the aesthetic. For example if you like Belle and have dark hair, you can try a long bright yellow dress and curl your hair, or if you are blonde you can channel Elsa with a pastel blue dress and a big braid on the side. You can also add accessories that will enhance your nod to the character, like one of those mermaid accessories that were in fashion this year (I have a seashell right) along with a seafoam green dress and red hair to be a mermaid like Ariel or go for a brighter green dress for Tiana. Bonus points if you get together with your friends, divide up the roles and all show up as real life princesses. I guarantee all eyes will be on you.


In any case, remember the most important thing about a dress is the girl who is wearing it, so pick something that expresses who you are. And that I must say is not just for prom, but for any other occasion, homecoming dresses, birthday dresses, even your every day dresses that you wear all the time. This is what makes all the difference and can truly impact your mood on a daily basis.

Anyway, I hope you found this guide helpful for your upcoming shopping sprees and if you do follow my advice for your prom dress do tweet or tag me on instagram @darcrose22 

Lots of love,
Kristine

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

SLEEK Highlighting Palette in Solstice | Review

Hey guys!

Today I'm very happy to introduce you to one of my favourite makeup products, which I have been using daily for over a year now. I just ran out of my original palette and purchased a new one so I though it was perfect time to take some photos and show you before I start using it.

sleek highlighter

This is the Sleek Highlighting Palette in the colour combination Solstice. It retails for £9.99 at Superdrug and in my opinion is worth the money and more. For one thing, it is one of those rare palettes where you can use every single colour inside, so nothing goes to waste.

sleek review

There are four colours in the palette.

Ecliptic: a cream champagne shade
Hemisphere: a powder pastel pink shade
Subsolar: a powder pastel yellow shade
Equinox: a powder peach shade

Sleek Highlight Palette Solstice

Here are what the swatches look like:

Sleek Highlight Palette Solstice

Ecliptic, as a cream, works great straight over your foundation, especially if you prefer not to use powder, so you can still highlight your cheekbones without having any contrasting textures.

Subsolar, adds a lot of brightness wherever you put it, however it is not overly shimmery, so it can work for a subtle everyday highlight.

Hemisphere, is a pink toned highlight, which works great with cool toned makeup and pairs amazingly with pink blushers, keeping your makeup to the same colour tones.

Equinox is by far my favourite shade of the four, it is warm, bright and beautiful. It works when I am at my palest but also when I get a few skin tones darker after a tan. It is also the one that can work the best as eye shadow, under eye highlight, even used lightly dusted with your powder in all areas you want to highlight on your face.

Sleek Highlight Palette Solstice

I particularly recommend using this palette when you have a special event; it can give you that all over the face brightening effect, making you look healthy and literally glowing. It also looks gorgeous when filming and taking photos and since it is a cheap product you will not have any guilt for using it all the time and looking like you are ready for a fancy event on a daily basis.

Sleek Solstice Palette swatches

And if you are curious to see how this looks on me, here is my every day eye look.

What I like doing is use Ecliptic as an eye shadow base, with Equinox on top of it (seen below). The crease colour is the blush shade from the Sleek Face Form palette because it goes with it like a dream.

Sleek Highlight Palette Solstice

Then I use Hemisphere as a cheek highlight (the pink shade doubles as a hint of blush) and Subsolar is perfect to highlight my nose and any other areas that I want to look brighter but not necessarily overly shiny. For me this is the best way to use the palette for maximum effect.

By the way, I am currently in love with red eye liner. I think it is perfect for the holidays.

Sleek Highlight Palette Solstice

All in all, this is one of my favourite makeup items I own and I can not live without it. If you have not tried it yet I strongly recommend swatching in the store and buying it. And if you have any favourite highlighters that you can not live without do tell me what it is.

Love,
Kristine

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

MICHAEL KORS Selma Medium Metallic Leather Messenger Bag

Hey guys!

Today I am quite excited to write this post, since I finally got my first designer bag! I have wanted a Michael Kors bag for years, but I was looking at the bigger sizes before and was unable to find a colour that I liked at a price I could afford.


However, I never stopped looking and finally in this year's sales I saw this lovely bag, the Selma Medium Metallic Leather Messenger and it was love at first sight. 


The bag comes in metallic gold, but it is still matte enough to be discreet while making a subtle statement. I always wear gold accessories so it goes with almost everything I own, both in my summer and winter wardrobes, making it perfect for all year round.



The hardware, zippers, clasps etc, are all gold as well, with the Michael Kors logo on them. 



There is a pocket on the inside for your most valuable items and a strap you can attach to your keys or wallet for some extra safety.


I absolutely adore this bag and at £154 (originally £220) I thought it was a great deal when getting my first designer bag. While I do plan to save it for more special occasion and not everyday use, I really can not wait to take it out for a night in town. 


Do let me know what you think of this bag and what your first designer purchase was, or if you have not made one yet, what you are hoping to get one day.

Lots of love,
Kristine

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Melty Chocolatemoon Fairy Kei & Kawaii Accessories

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share with you some of my recent acquisitions from the Christmas Hyper Japan Market. Melty Chocolatemoon was there all the way from Sweden with some of her accessories. I had seen some of her creations online in the past, but while I am all for supporting independent sellers who create handmade items, sometimes you just need to see the item in person to know exactly what you are getting.

fairy kei jewelery

Out of her collection I picked out two items, the Pastel Rainbow LOVE Necklace and the Winged Crystal Heart two way clip

Melty Chocolatemoon

The Crystal Heart clip looks like a magical girl transformation brooch, making it perfect for fairy kei and mahou kei coords. There are some colour variations, the crystal can be blue and you can have it plain without the moon and stars. It is very soft and flexible and you can pin it in your clothes, I particularly like it in front pockets of shirts.

Melty Chocolatemoon

The LOVE necklace is made of clear resin, the front few layers are clear and towards the end it has iridescent glitter bits that reflect the light. The colours that you see in each letter are actually a layer of paint at the back of each letter, making the letter appear as if it is that colour. While the painting is not entirely uniform at the back and there are some thinner parts, when you look at the necklace from the front, this is not at all obvious and just looks like each letter is a different colour and sparkly. The chain is pink on one side and purple on the other and the two sides meet up at the clasp at the back of your neck. 

Melty Chocolatemoon

The overall style of the necklace is perfect for fairy kei fashion as it is reminiscent of childhood toys and accessories. The pastel colours and the glitter create a feel of innocence and playfulness and it makes me happy to look at and wear. While both the necklace and the brooch are a bit expensive, I thought they were quite unique pieces, especially since they are handmade, so I did not mind supporting the artist. In fact, when you look at the LOVE necklace advertised on the website now, the glitters in the resin are slightly different, which I am glad for, as that means there are less chances everyone will have the exact same necklace.

Melty Chocolatemoon

All in all, even if I did spend a bit extra, I am very happy with these two items and I look forward to wearing them a lot. I definitely recommend checking Raichi's shop to see what other creations she has available and make sure to let me know if you get anything.

Lots of love
Kristine