Feb 23, 2015

5 JAPANESE BEAUTY SECRETS (you might add to your routine)

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As you might know if you're a reader for a little while, I visited Japan five times. For a beauty addict like I am, this country is the bomb.com. In Japan, taking care of your skin is sacred. When you visit cosmetics stores, you'll be litteraly amazed by the number of creams, sheet masks and other weird gadgets dedicated to skin care. Not talking about all the super cute make up. Like, Two Faced isn't even a little cute comparing to some japanese and korean products. Here are a few skincare and makeup tips that japanese girls use on a daily basis. And believe me, women there just don't age. 

1. Sheet masks queens! When I was in Japan last time, I was living in the Korean neighborhood of Tokyo which means... Korean cosmetics shops EVERYWHERE. Korean cosmetics are well known for the cute designed products but also for the incredible number of sheet masks they create! I remember walking through a store where a whole wall was full of these. I tried some eye masks and got a few faces one too. You can chose among so many different scents, and they all have different properties. That kind of masks are really handy. You apply them and them just rince off quickly. And let's say they kinda save my life after a few wild clubbing nights. 

2. Don't go out without SPF - Oh god no. Japanese women love to keep their skin as white as possible. Basically it's a symbol of purity and beauty in Japan that most of the women still follow. Also, as you might now, exposing you skin to the sun with no protection will make you skin aged much quicker. You'll find many whitening creams in asian shops, but something that almost every japanese women do is applying SPF! And not a foundation with SPF, the real SPF. No matter the season, you'll find some in stores. 

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3. Facial Yoga - I was quite surprised when a japanese friend talked me about ... facial sports. Mmmm ... It basically consist in kinda massaging your skin in a specific way that will exercice your face and kinda tonify your skin and jaw line. I tried it myself but since I am a lazy kind of thing, I stopped very quickly. But well ... I guess it works?

4. Remove your make up, clean your face remoisturize. The process of removing make up in Japan is so important. The little make up remover wipe and moisturizer are enough for you? Not in Japan. Some japanese women will apply up to 15 creams on their skin before going to bed and this ritual is really important. Oil based products are still quite popular in Asia when it's about removing makeup.

5. Makeup take time, a lot of time - So this one is not exactly a tip. More of a funny story. Last time I went to Tokyo, I got the opportunity to be model for a student in a very good makeup school. We were talking while she was doing my makeup and she asked me how long it took me to do my makeup. Can't imagine her surprise when I said twenty minutes. She was telling all of the students in her class like, oh my god she needs 20 minutes to do that, showing everyone a selfie of mine. It was a basic smockey eye + liner look. Just everyday makeup for me. She then told me that in Japan, makeup was taking a good 40 minutes, up to 2 hours (mostly for gyaru girls, they are japanese fashionistas, young women in their twenties who wear quite a lot of makeup ...) on a daily basis ... I mean who has 2 hours for makeup on the morning? 

Feb 20, 2015

GET TO KNOW ME, 15 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

Since a few of you are quite regular readers, I tought it might be interesting to tell you a little bit more about me. Moreover, I love to read that kind of posts since it is always nice to know more about the person who is actually writing posts that you read daily. All of the picture below are from my instagram, and you can follow me @charlotte_moulet ! So let's get into this, and share with me some facts about you in the comments, I would love to know about my lovely readers! 

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1. Around 3/4 of the people I meet think that I am half asian. I am not. Both of my parents are french. I have some italian origins from my mom side. One of my great grandfather was maybe asian. Not sure tho but it would explain a lot of my apparently asian-like features.

2. I will graduate from university in October with hopefully a master degree in international management. 

3. I wish I could wake up and look like Shay Mitchell for one day. I think she is gorgeous, seems to be a nice person and like to travel the world. And I wish I had her makeup artist too. Always flawless.

4. I mostly wear black, white and grey. Add to this a bit of nude, and some printed shoes and you have basically my closet. I am such a neutral girl. Same when it comes to make up. I love a good old brown smockey eyes, winged liner and a neutral lip.

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5. I know my two best friends since respectively 18 and 20 years.
 We lived 4 years together. We have a sister like relationship, so we can be really harsh to one another sometimes but at the end we're always here for each others.

6. I speak french, english, spanish and have a few bascis of japanese.

7. I lost 20 kilograms (apparently 45 pounds) 5 years ago. I've lost most of that weight in 8 months. I followed a diet I decided myself and I never gained weight back since then. If you are interested I can do a post about my weight loss someday.

8. I can drink more than one liter of black coffee a day. And I love to drink it in my mason jar. With a straw. Can I be any weirder? And I also love ice coffee.

9. There is no way that I can eat seafood, except on sushi.

10. My dad wanted to call me "Clémentine" which is basically like a little orange in french. Thanks god they chosed Charlotte in the end.

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11. I have a sick obsession for Starbucks. Since I live in a place with no Starbucks, everytime I go somewhere there is one I'll be the most annoying person and force people to go there with me. I always take the same, Iced Caramel Machiato or a Caramel Frappuccino.

12. I used to really not like Kim Kardashian, but I am kinda obsessed with her post Kimye wedding style.

13. I prefer my feet to hurt like hell than wearing flat shoes. I know, stupid but as Posh said, I just can't concentrate in flats. Might do a post about my favourite heels soon.

14. I have a tiny tiny scar on my left hip. 

15. I wear the same necklace almost everyday. It is an old japanese coin (50 yens actually, which is ... like 30 cents?) that my dad gave me when he knew I liked Japan (he likes collecting coins). Since that day I wear it as a necklace. Since I travel quite a lot, I like having it with me because it reminds me  of my family no matter where I am. And this is the best conversation starter in Japan.

Feb 18, 2015

CLEANSE, EXFOLIATE, MOISTURIZE

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When it comes to skincare, my routine tend to change from time to time. I like to try new products sometimes since I have some bad breakouts and acne scars and see how they work. I am for exemple a fan of La Roche Posay skincare to treat my bad areas. But when it comes to cleansing, exfoliating and rehydrating my skin, I have three affordable favourites that I can't really live without. 

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First one my Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser from First Aid Beauty. First I love the packaging. It has a kind of old school vibe that I think is absolutely cute. Then the product itself is really good. It cleans my skin and removes all of the dirts. I can really feel like it's literally cleaning my pores. It let my skin smooth and is easy to rince off and the smell is ok, even though I was a bit surprised the first time I smelled it.  Then time to exfoliate. This Neutrogena Visibly Clear Skin Stress Control is my favourite for years now. It's not too harsh on the skin, and what I most love about it is the smell. Finally, last step and certainly the most important. Moisturizing. This product is not properly a moisturizer, it's the L'Oréal Sublimist Serum. Nontheless, I really like it and use it as a daily moisturizer. Once again, I have oily skin and I don't like to put many oily or super creamy products on my face and the consistency of this product is close to perfection for a skin like mine. 

Feb 16, 2015

A FRENCHY STAPLES : TIMELESS JACKETS

Hello loveys! How is your week end going so far? Here is a new fashion serie! Woop woop! I really love writing that kind of post especially since I am in the process of totally re-vamping my wardrobe. For that reason, I decided to just pick out 5 keys pieces in any kind of clothe categorie (dress, jackets, tops...). My goal is to have a clean closet and the first step for that (is of hoping that people will get all my old H&M clothes on Ebay so I can get new stuff!) is to find good basics. Timeless pieces that you will like and that are missing to your closet now or just too old. So here the first staple list, and it is all about jackets.

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1 . THE LEATHER JACKET - Forever and always. The black leather jacket is a must have for any women. Of course, you can have fun there, and play with colors. Pastel leather jackets are super on trend for the spring season. But when it comes to basics, a black leather moto jacket is a good place to start. Chose the hardware you prefer, gold or silver. Try them on, the cut and lenght of these jackets are really important, be sure you feel confortable in them and that it suits your bodyshape nicely. And if you go for a perfecto .. I would recommend to wear it open. Like always

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2. THE TRENCH COAT - Maybe because I am french? I mean I have a vision that ... yeah any french women need to have a good trench coat, the perfect LBD, some lovely black stilleto (with red soles better), and some red lipstick. Stopping with all these cliché, trench coats are handy, especially at this time of the year when we're slowly going into spring and easy to pair with many outfits. It will immediatly make you look really lady-like and chic. And ... I really need to get a new one since I am really not a fan of the Zara one I have anymore.



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3. THE BASIC BLACK BLAZER:
Obviously. Black blazers go with everything. When I go out at night, I would rather wear a V-neck top with a nice black blazer and pants than a dress. It's also perfect when you go to work, out for dinner with the girls or the bae. It's definetly one of the most versatile piece a women can have. Here once again, you can definetly play with colours. I am kind of a blazer addict. I own three black ones already, but they all have an interesting twist (a girl excuse I know). Also for the warmer season, definetly try a white one. Perfect transition piece and it will brighten your complexion! 

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4. THE DENIM JACKET : The best friend of any casual yet stylish girl out there. You can pair it with a dress, a skirt or a your favourite pair of skinnies. Denim jackets are totally layering friendly. You can wear them under your leather jacket, over a blouse or collared shirt. Anything will look good and casual. I prefer them well fitted but you can also wear them oversized, distressed, light or dark blue, even grey or black! Even if it's a super basic piece you can have fun with it, wear it over a dress, an oversized sweater of even tied around you waist. 

Credits to : songofstyle, sincerelyjules, kaytue, tulavintage, pinterest

Feb 14, 2015

ON VALENTINE WE WEAR PINK

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Hello loves! Happy Valentines! And if you're like me, a single girl stuck until 9PM at your part time job then happy basic saturday! *wooohoo*. Already hearing all of the customers saying, oh happy valentine, you should be with your boyfriend at a time like that. Meeeh, no boyfriend dear customers. Just kidding, I'm a really happy single girl. I've always feel like, good with a boyfriend, and good all by mself so I am not the depressed type on Valentines day. Ok let's just stop that TMI, and get into the post. For today, something quite easy, just showing some of my fave pink lipsticks. I think for Valentines, pink is for you if just like me you ... like to kiss. No tranfer, you won't look like a clown, you bf won't look like a clown, good choice. Ok I said let's stop that TMI, yeah that's was really TMI. Anyway! Here are some of my favourite pinks. Three high end, three drugstore, love them all. 

1. Chanel Rouge Allure in Fougueuse 138 - Fougueuse basically means fiery in french (yes that's the good side of being french, I can understand all of the Chanel lipsticks names, what an achievement). It's a lovely pink with some coral undertones. I can totally picture this one with a lovely white dress, or a white shirt or blouse, wavy hair and minimal make up on the eyes. Of course it's Chanel, so the packaging is to die for. I love the black and gold and the little opening system is so fancy (no lies, first time I got it I was like? meeh how do you open that stuff?)

2. YSL Rouge Volupte in Pink Lingerie - If you like baby pinks and want to get and high end one, go for it. Creamy texture, super fruity smell (I personally love it), the YSL oh so perfect packaging. Not much wrong for this lipstick except that the lasting power is not that great. I read some people saying you can keep them on your lips for 5 to 6 hours. Forget that if you plan to drink, eat, or just talk a lot. But hey, you can't have it all you know?

3. YSL Rouge Volupte in Pink in Paris - I don't know how many times I mentioned this lipstick on my blog. But it is my all time favourite. The color is so pretty, once again fruity smell (do you know that these lipsticks contain fruit extracts and antioxidants so your lips will look smoother after you apply them?). I didn't mention it before but they are super hydrating, it almost feels like a balm on your lips. This rose pink is quite opaque and will be your best friend for a natural everyday look. My lips but better kind of.

4. Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition in Pink Pong - Let's start with the drugstore. Here you say, can you just stop talking about these? Sorry guys but I had to mention at least one (and it's not gonna stop since Bourjois just realeased new shades!). I chosed pink pong. So just forget about all I said about kissing and not looking like a clown. Kisser, skip to number five right now, because that is a super duper bright pink. Once again matte finish, long lasting power, perfect if you're out for dinner but want that pop of color without re-applying. I would rather wear minimal eye makeup with this one tho since the color is like, pow in your face.

5. Rimmel Apocalips in Nova - There is not many people who keeps on talking about these. I remember when the whole blogging world was raving about them a few years ago, or was it last year? Anyway, I especially love this pink shade. Nova is quite close to YSL Pink in Paris but more pigmented and less shiny. It's an everyday pink that you can pair with a smockey eyes and still look quite natural. Really love it and still recommend it, even if I am not crazy about the smell of this one.

6. Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive - And here it comes, my favourite pink from the drugstore. Purchased this one ... I think a the end of last spring, I am almost out of it now and it makes me so sad. It is basically the perfect my lips but better pink. A really lovely and natural color that you can wear without thinking too much about it (no mirror involved kind of lipstick). As every Revlon matte balm, minty smell, love it. Don't except to not touch up during the day tho. I wouldn't say the lasting power is super crazy.

Sorry for the too much lips related kind of posts recently, I am working on some good fashion related ones and a more personal post is coming soon too! Once again have a lovely week end, and I write to you soon !