Plastic Moments: Foggy Skies

Finally got this batch of lomographs developed, they didn’t turn out so great because of the poor lighting that day. Nonetheless, enjoy!


Plastic Moments: Random days & nights

Shooting with my favourite toy – Diana F+:

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Day to Night

Hi all! 

Been awhile again, but I’ve got a new tutorial today that’ll teach you how to go from a day/office look into a night/party look.
Special thanks to Serena for being my model!

Starting with the Day Look

As I always say, start with a clean fresh face.  Always follow in this order: Make up base, foundation, concealer, setting powder, (the order of foundation and concealer may be different, depending if you need colour correcting on your face).

1. Apply an eye base all over the lids.
2. Using a peachy bronze colour, apply with a brush and dab it all over your lids.
3. Using a smaller brush, apply a champagne colour just on the ball of your eye, (the middle part of your lids).
This is a good eye shadow technique if you want some colour on your eyes, but at the same time you want to keep it simple.  The champagne colour in the middle will illuminate your eyes, while the peachy bronze colour will contour your eyes.

4. Using a black pencil eyeliner, tightline the upper water line of your lids
5. Using a liquid eyeliner, line your lash line, (keep the liner thin for your day look as you don’t want your eyes to look too “heavy” or dramatic).
6. Apply mascara and a blush that matches your skin tone.
7. Keep the lips simple by applying a light pink lipstick.
8. For the brows, fill them in lightly so it frames your face.

And you’re all done!  This look should take no more than 15 minutes to do, perfect for the morning when you’re rushing out for work/school.

Moving onto our Night Look.

This is for the purpose of a quick transformation from the previous look to a party look after work.

1. Using Mac’s Big Bounce Shadow (gel based eye shadow)  in Luxury Touch, apply it all over the lids using your finger tips, (this can be done on top of the eye shadow that was previously applied for the day look).
2. Using a brush, dab the burgundy on top of the big bounce shadow, (you’ll find that having the big bounce shadow as a base will bring out the burgundy colour even more, creating a more vibrant look, see below).

The sample on top is applied without the Big Bounce shadow as a base, while the bottom sample shows the burgundy eye shadow applied on top of the Big Bounce shadow as a base. The colours are definitely more vibrant on the bottom sample, and it also makes the eye shadow last longer throughout the night, so no smudging or creasing!

3. now, using a smaller crease brush, dab some black eye shadow and apply it along your crease line on your lids. Blend out the eye shadow in a wind wiping motion so there are no harsh lines.
4. Mix the black and burgundy eye shadow, and apply it on the bottom, just under the water line to create a smoky effect. Then, using a champagne colour, dab a little bit on the inner corners to bring light to your eyes.
5. With a liquid eye liner, go over the top eyeliner that you have previously created for the day look, but this time make it thicker.
6. With a black pencil liner, line the bottom water line and  smudge for a dramatic effect.
7. Apply thick false lashes to complete the eye make up.
8. For the brows, fill them in darker to compliment the dramatic eye make up.
9. Re-apply blush and lipstick if needed.  For this look, I’ve chosen to switch from soft pink lips to nude lips.

And your look is complete!

….and we decided to have a little fun with the camera :)

Coco Avant Chanel

Absolutely. Loved. This. Film.
It was beautiful, moving, inspiring, heartbreaking and all in all elegant, just exactly what Chanel represented.  The truth is, we all know what Chanel is, today.  It’s a haute couture fashion house that only people with a certain amount of fortune could afford on a regular basis.  But most of us don’t know the story of this talented, outspoken woman before her success.  Before Coco Chanel, she was simply Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel.

The film begins with Gabrielle Chanel and her sister, Adrianne on a horse carriage taking them to an orphanage.  Little is said about her childhood as it was very ambiguous, but all we get from the film is that she waited for her father that never came back to her.  And then we fast forward to Gabrielle in her early-mid 20’s dancing and singing in cabaret at a bar with her sister, just trying to make a penny to get by in life.  Throughout the film, a consistent character of hers was carried throughout the story in defining just how strong Garbrielle Chanel was, even before she became Chanel.  She believed in the emancipation of women during the early 20th century, when for the norm, most women were constricted by rib cage killing corsets, heavy caked make up, and all things frilly and lacey.  This strong belief of hers eventually led her to become one of the most prominent haute couture designers in the world.

It’s definitely a movie worth watching if you love beautiful things, and when I say beautiful things, i mean beautiful scenery, beautiful clothing, beautiful people, and beautiful cinematography.  Audrey Tautou does the role justice as she captures every elegance there is in the character of Gabrielle and Coco Chanel.   This movie is definitely a pick-me-up movie when you’re feeling less than special or ordinary, because upon watching this movie, it definitely reassured me of all my passions in life and always standing strong for your beliefs as an independent woman.

And to spark your interest:


This is inspiration: Spring 2011

I did not take, nor do I own any of these photographs, these are used merely just for inspirational/research purposes.

I can’t wait for spring to come, getting so sick of winter in Hong Kong because it’s not really winter here, and yet my hands are never warm for a damn second.  Gosh… spring/summer please come soon.

Hopefully this track of the day will cheer everyone up from a grey winter, featuring Kissey Asplund, a Swedish soul artist. Mmm..soul music.

Plastic Moments: When in LA

Christmas 2008 in California
taken with Diana F+

“I’d be safe and warm, if I was in LA”.
Track of the day with The Mamas and Papas – California Dreaming

Perfect Sundays

Sometimes Sundays are just the best days of the week, even though Monday means work again.  However, because my week starts on a Tuesday, Sunday has become the new Saturday.
Enough of all that Saturday Sunday Monday talk, today my perfect day consisted of eating great food and watching a very decent film with my most special one.

Brunch at The Flying Pan was yummm.  If any of you guys like brunch, then this is one of the great places in HK that does 24 hour brunch.
Location: Baileys Street, Central (Soho area)
Price range: $50-$150 HKD
It has a wide variety of breakfast plates – omlettes, all styles of eggs benedicts, sandwiches, griddles, pancakes and lots of yummy sides!

For Dinner we had Ramen at Daruma – one of the best!
Location: 92 E, Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
Price range: $60-$100 HKD
To be able to dine in this resturant, you gotta get there before 6pm, as people start lining up and it’s a very dinky tiny resturant. We were lucky that we got there just a little earlier than 6 to go in as their first round of customers.   There are three kinds of soup bases to choose from – pork bone soup, spicy and soy sauce soup base.  I would highly recommend the pork bone soup base because it actually tastes like they had put pork bone in it and boiled it for hours!

As for the decent film I was talking about earlier..

Awkward, subtly humorous, and dysfunctional.  Oh, and super good.
A great film about a lesbian couple with a family of two kids curious about their sperm donor father.  It was one of those movies where you walk in and expected a L-O-L  comedy, but really the humor that it brought out, was better than your average L-O-L  moments.   The humor was subtle and minor, but all these little moments accumulated in the film making it a great drama comedy to watch.  One of my favorite things of the film was also its use of puns in their dialogue, it surprised me as to how well the writer played with words in the film during awkward scenarios -it put a smile on my face every time a word came up with a double meaning.  And trust me, when it’s used in a film about a lesbian family, you’re bound to have a laugh.  Apart from the humor aspect, the film was also very moving in a way that it puts us in a situation where we see what family love meant in a very unconventional family, and also the roles that are played in a family when both parents are mothers.

Anyhow, I highly recommend this film, so watch it if you haven’t already!!
Trailer for your curiosity:

And as always, before I go, here’s my track of the day – Quadron’s Slippin, it was featured in the movie too.  A playful beat, perfect for your sunday night, enjoy: