The Travel Breakdown: London; Camden Market, Big Ben, House of Parliament

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On day 2 in London, England after studying abroad in Paris, France, Michael and I spent most of our day at Camden Market. I'd say Camden Market is one of my favorite places in London because of the SHOPPING. You can find fun clothes and accessories for cheap and there's also a lot of great food to try! It's known for the "different" crowd it attracts and for offering unique items you can't find anywhere else! There also a booth wear this man bends words into wire for accessories. He makes everything from wire necklaces to bracelets to rings. I get compliments on the necklace I got made there all the time!

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After walking around Camden Market for a while, we went and visited Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and St. Margaret's Church. There are landmarks we obviously had to visit because they're staples of London!

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BIG BEN!


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Once we had visited all these places in London, we walked along the Thames River and people watched until the sun went down. We returned to our apartment for the night and went to bed!

Have you ever been shopping in Camden Market??

xoxo, Morgan

Avril Lavigne "Hello Kitty" Makeup and Hair Tutorial + OOTD

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Avril Lavigne's new music video "Hello Kitty" has created a lot of backlash for the Canadian rockstar. However, I personally loved the style of the video and the colorfulness of it. So I decided to recreate her look in this video from head to toe! First...her makeup and hair in the Hello Kitty music video!


Here's detailed pictures and more information about the products I used in the video! 

I started off my obviously priming my eyes. I made sure to prime under my eye really well because we will be smudging a ton of eyeliner and eyeshadow along our lower lash line. Next, I took a lighter and warmed up the eyeliner. This made it more smudgy and easier to work with. *Be sure to test the liner on your hand before you put it directly onto your eyelid! You don't want to burn yourself!*
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This is the dark eyeshadow I used to pack onto of the eyeliner I put all over my eyelid and along my lash line. This is the Kat Von D eyeshadow in "Motorhead". 
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I took this silver color from the Tarte "Art of Giving" Pallete and put in on the inner corner of my eye. This particular color is called "Staci's Charm Bracelet".
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Taking this Stila eyeshadow in "Heather", I used my finger to pack this on my eyelid. *It's ok if it's messy! That's the point :)*
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Once I lined my eyes, I applied my mascara. I used Revlon's Lash Potion in the video. 
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 I put my concealer on after I'd finished my eye makeup. I did this because this look has a ton of fall out. Be sure to brush the fall out away before applying concealer. I recommend a liquid concealer under the eye because it overs good coverage but doesn't get cakey in the little fine lines :) 
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To finished off the rest of my face, I applied MAC's "Pink Swoon", which is a sheer pink blush. For her nude pinky lips, I used Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in "Demure" and put this pink Tarte lipgloss on the center of my lips.
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All done with the makeup! For the hair, be sure to watch my video!
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Now for her outfit! These are just pieces I'll pulled from my closet, no purchasing necessarily! :) 
To replicate her look, all you'll need is...
A cropped black jacket...mine just happens to be leather! This one is from Forever 21. 
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Avril Lavigne rocks pearls throughout her Hello Kitty music video. This necklace I got from Forever 21 a couple years ago too but any pearl necklace works :) 
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Combat Boots! So comfy and they toughen up any outfit! Even a Hello Kitty one!
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 Last, but not least, a pink tutu :) Avril Lavigne has cupcakes on hers in the Hello Kitty music video but you get the point!
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Let me know what you think about this makeup + hair + ootd video and blog post! I had a lot of fun working on this and would love to hear you feedback. As always, don't forget to tell your friends (send them the link! It's quick and easy!) and subscribe to The Beauty Breakdown! See you next time :)
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xoxo, Morgan  


The Travel Breakdown: London; Eurostar, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Oyster Cards

So as promised, here's the continuation of my study abroad series! After completing our program in Paris, France (study abroad posts start here) Michael and I boarded the Eurostar at the Gare du Nord and travelled to London! We arrive in London at 12:30 pm, and took advantage of the fact we still had almost a full day left! We dropped out stuff off at the flat we were staying in (we rented a room through Airbnb! This website is great for people on a budget who don't really want to stay in hostels) and immediately hopped onto the Underground and went to the London Bridge. We just wandered around this area until we stumbled upon an organic farmers market in the area. This was fun and interesting to look at, and it was nice to finally speak to other English speakers (you almost take it for granted being able to speak English until you are somewhere you must speak another language for a prolonged period of time!) From here, we walked all the way to Buckingham Palace! (yes, lots of walking!)
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London has such pretty architecture!

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Near the center of London!

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Buckingham Palace! As you can see, it was a perfect day to walk around because it was overcast so it wasn't too hot!
After walking all over the city, we decided to take a break and ride the bus for a while. It's nice riding the bus in London because you can do some sight-seeing without having to walk! The fact that the buses there are double decker buses make them great for sight-seeing and tourists!

Travel Tip for London: Be sure to buy an Oyster card when you get there! (I believe they cost around 10 pounds) They are reloadable cards that you can buy in the Underground (their metro system) and you use them on the Underground and on the buses in London. It makes traveling much easier and when your done using it, they'll refund you your 10 pounds! Just make sure to look up a place that will exchange the Oyster card back into pounds for you... I believe we exchanged ours at Heathrow airport?

Where's you favorite place in London?? Did you use a lot of public transportation like us? As always, I love your feedback and comments. If you have any questions, leave a comment! :)

xoxo, Morgan  

Kara Pandora Look ♥ Gyuri K-POP Inspired Korean Makeup Tutorial ♥ 구하라

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hope your week is going well! Here's my video tutorial on how to recreate the look Park Gyuri from Kara wore in the music video "Pandora"! It's a simple look that focuses on heavy, edgy eyeliner. What I really love about this look is that it really opens up the eye and makes it look bigger, without the obvious use of fake eyelashes or a heavy under eye highlight. Be sure to subscribe so you'll be updated on my next K-Pop or Korean Beauty video! I'll be making a lot more videos :)   


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Don't forget to check out the other videos/posts related to Korean Makeup Trends! I'll show you how to get Korean Style Straight Eyebrows like another popular K-POP group (2NE1) and how to get a Korean Style Gradient Lip!
xoxo, Morgan