Friday, February 24, 2017

three things #4

photography and styling by sophia charles

The three things series are back! Here are the items that I've been loving lately.

1. Molecule 01
Ever since my perfume ran out, I've been trying to figure out what my signature scent is. After a couple of travel size perfumes, I decided to get the Molecule 01 instead. The whole idea of this perfume is that it works with your skin chemistry so it smells different on everyone. I like to cocktail this perfume with whatever perfume I have left.

2. Boy Brow by Glossier in Black
I've been hesitant about Glossier because of all the hype around it. I finally caved and got 2 products: the Boy Brow and Stretch Concealer. The boy brow is a part of my daily routine now, it's gives me a lot more textures than normal brow gel and because it's in black, I can get away with nothing else on my brow, but most importantly, it makes my brows stay in place!

3. Romantic Rose blush by Milani
You see, I'm not a blush girl. My cheeks are red enough that sometimes I can get away with no blush but other times I don't have any colors on my cheeks. When I feel like wearing blush, I never want anything that's too bold because it will look too crazy with my natural coloring but I want something that looks natural, nothing too pinky or peachy. When I found out about this blush I was all over it. The color is what I've been looking for, it looks very natural and it stays on. It's pretty fantastic, really. Especially with the beautiful rose embossed on it!

- Sophia

Friday, January 13, 2017

current musings

photo credit: pinterest

Creating moodboards is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to doing projects. So I thought why not create one here? Just some images I'm inspired by.

Makeup: simple eyes, strong brows, pale cheeks, and bold lips. Because I'm too lazy to put my eyeliner on.

Hair: bangs and wavy bob. I've decided to give my hair another big change – a lob or a bob, let's see how brave I feel when I'm going to the salon. I haven't had short hair in 4 years at least and I can't really remember the last time I had a bob haircut. Ah!

Nail: random dots. I had my first gel nail experience and I don't think I'll have another one, my nails grow too fast and it's just not worth it. I think pale/nude nails with bold coloured dots would be fun and simple enough for me to do.

Style: fun socks with sneakers. I've always loved seeing people who wear fun socks: glitter, lace, colour blocks, etc. I have experimented with fishnet socks and I really like it!

Read: Union magazine. I recommend this magazine 10 out of 10! My first Union magazine was back in October, a gift from my good friend and ohhh ma goodness, this magazine is just brilliant. Filled with beautiful inspiring photographs, styling, and art direction. I believe they come out twice a year and it's not the easiest magazine to find. I got mine from Kinokuniya near where I worked. But La Garconne sells them online too! (here)

Art: Luli Sánchez. I stumbled on her artwork over on pinterest next to the image of eye makeup you see up there. I thought it was a cool coincidence that they're right next to each other because the orange strokes on the eye and the art work look so similar! I googled Luli Sánchez afterwards and her artwork is beautiful! And her colour palette is so wonderful!

What have you been inspired by lately?


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

twenty seventeen

Happy new year to anyone who still reads this neglected blog! New years time is always exciting to me, being back home with my friends and family, and shoving all kinds of Indonesian food on my face feel pretty amazing so far.

Let's recap what happened in 2016 shall we?
* I finished my third year of University in spring, which means there's only one more year to go and I'm very excited and nervous for it.
* I visited to New York back in May and fell in love with the city all over again. I had a blast thanks to my wonderful friend and host, Adrienne.
* Around September, decided it was time for me to have fringe (or bangs, whatever you want to call it) again!
* Then, October came around and I turned 21! I celebrated it by watching a movie and a relaxing day filled with strolling around the city (and not worry about my projects and assignments)
* Finished the fall semester and had a long but pleasant flight back home just in time for Christmas.
* Spent new years eve with my family and a couple of my friends and watched fireworks, a good way to end the year if you ask me.

As for 2017...
* I'll be graduating University this year, really need to start planning where I'll be off to after graduation.
* And...  I don't know what else. I feel like I don't have any solid plans yet other than graduating. So here's to new adventures and growing to be a better human being this year! 

Hope everyone had a safe and fun new years! See you soon. xx

Thursday, November 10, 2016

a week on snapchat

This post has been sitting on my draft list since March. For a week, I took random moments of my day on snapchat and saved the photos. It's really nice to look back on it. Maybe I'll do this again in the future. I was just experimenting and trying to appriciate the small things that happens everyday.


Monday, September 26, 2016

three things #3

1. & Other Stories Hand Cream
I can finally step into & Other Stories store when I was in New York earlier this summer. It's easily one of my favorite stores to visit. I love the items they carry and their beauty section is amazing! The smell of this hand cream is dreamy, so nice and subtle. It absorbs really quickly and it makes my hand feels soft and nice.

2. Clean: Rain Perfume
Or actually, this little sample I had. I finished the whole sample in a week or so and now I have a rollerball version of it. It smells different than the perfume I normally go for and I can't  quite describe what it smells like, it's very bright, fresh, and calming. To me, this perfume smells like the grass after a rainy night.

Notes: Dewy melon, daffodil, water mint, spring daisy, water lily, violet leaves, fluid musks, and sleek woods.

3. & Other Stories Sunglasses
Trying on sunglasses is one of my favorite activity. It's fun to see how your face changes depending on the sunnies you put on. I broke my old sunglasses and with my sensitive eyes, it's almost impossible for me to walk out on a sunny day and not squint. This time I decided to get a tortoiseshell frame instead of my regular black. The tortoiseshell frame is not as harsh on the face compared to the black frame. And also, it looks more casual.

See you on the next one,