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‘The less you reveal, the more people can wonder.’ - Emma Watson.
We live in the age of unrivalled over-sharing. On an average today, I share what I wore, a snippet of my dream if I can remember it, a sneaky selfie of shameless proportions, my favourite new skincare picks… you name it. And it’s a funny thing, that, because in real life I’m most certainly a non-sharer. And whichever way I look at it, on my blog, I also don’t share that much.

The online world gives us a wonderful platform of many levels in which to share our personas. What we want the world to see. We borrow the screen for minutes or hours and allow a fragment of ourselves to filter through. It can be edited any number of times before reaching you, the reader. And even then, your judgement will differ greatly from what I perceive. It’s a funny old world that we live in.

Ages and ages and ages ago, when Emma Watson was doing the publicity rounds for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - don’t. It’s still a sore subject for me - I read an article in which she said: ‘The less you reveal, the more people can wonder.’ That girl. Damn. Perfection.

And that’s the fundamental rule and aesthetic behind my blog and my subsequent online life. As much as I sit here most evenings and tap away about what I bought, my attempts at dating, how I feel about whichever odd situation I’ve found myself in… I don’t reveal all. As an avid blog reader as well as a blog-ger, I think this holds true to a lot of us. We want to pour our everything into these heavily curated fragments of ourselves and we want to share our highlights reels, but remember to leave a sense of wonder about you, always. That’s my favourite thing to do.


The Laneige BB Cushion Compact

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Laneige BB Cushion Compact review
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Laneige BB Cushion Compact review
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Laneige BB Cushion Compact review

An innovative face base to combat Hong Kong humidity? Sold.
Before BB creams were a thing in the UK, they were a huge thing in South Korea. They continue to be a huge thing in South Korea. If you’ve been living under a rock, BB creams are an all-in-one skincare and makeup hybrid, offering blendable light to medium coverage and scar-healing properties with incomparable SPF and other skin enhancing bits. They don’t really fit in the tinted foundation category but that’s where they often sit for ease of explanation, right?

Something that I’ve been itching to try since its launch is Laneige’s BB Cushion Compact. Revolutionising the BB cream, this compact nestles the product with a cushion, offering better coverage and easier application in light 'veiled' layers and has sold over 50 million units worldwide. How many?! I was intrigued about this from the get-go, only because I’d opted for eyelash extensions back in May, I haven’t worn makeup in months.

Until now.

This BB cushion compact is whitening and moisturising – although there is an oil control formula available too – and is enhanced with SPF50/PA+++, making it ideal for everyday use. A whopping six-in-one product, it promises to brighten, resist water and humidity, offer natural coverage, defend from UVB/UVA, moisturise and apply easily.

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Laneige BBC Cushion Compact review

I reach for this two or three times a week, I'd say. To use it, I press a small veil on my cheeks and sometimes a little around my mouth to even out hyperpigmentation. The coverage is fair – pretty good but I don’t have any spots or scarring – and it genuinely does lasts all day, even in sweaty weather.

Colour match wise, there is a fairly small range of colours. I take the lightest colour (True Beige) and I’m a pale olive complexion, but overall they’re very much targeted at Asian skintones, offering light olive and pink toned shades.

Shop the Laneige BB Cushion Compact here on Amazon or via YesStyle.

Next on the list: the Etude House cushion compacts.


Let’s not fall in love

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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, chanel boy outfit post, victoria harbour, hong kong outfit blogger
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, chanel boy outfit post, victoria harbour, hong kong outfit blogger

우리 약속하지 말아요 내일은 또 모르잖아요
하지만 이 말 만은 진심이야 그대 좋아해요 ♡
There’s nothing like a black and pink pairing to make you feel like a ballerina on acid, right? That’s one of my favourite terms, plucked from the original Gossip Girl novel by no other than Cecily von Ziegesar. By the by, if you’ve never read the books, go and do it now. I’ve probably reread mine about 5 times in the past 12 years.

I wore this little get-up for a Sunday spent with Sophia - shopping in the Central district, having afternoon tea at The Continental in Admiralty and laughing too much in general. I think I’ll share the tea in a separate post or we’ll get a bit photo heavy.

These Bardot-style tops are everything at the moment. Seriously can’t stop wearing them: they’re floaty enough to be manageable in the heat and the pretty sleeve lends a touch of arm warmth for the A/C. Perfect. I think I’ll be teaming them with suede A-line skirts and little laced-up boots come autumn. Aside from that, this is a fairly substandard Mish outfit, eh? Fell back in love with my heart print flatforms (last year Topshop!) on this day as well – 10 hours of city trekking in these!

Hope you’re all doing well! Love and sun wishes x
Black crepe off-shoulder top: Topshop;
Baby pink jacquard skirt: River Island;
Heart print sateen flatform sandals: Topshop;
Bangle: Louis Vuitton;
Chanel Boy;
Lipstick: Jill Stuart.

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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, chanel boy outfit post, victoria harbour, hong kong outfit blogger
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, chanel boy outfit post, victoria harbour, hong kong outfit blogger


My September To-Do List

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Say you'll remember me. 
Hi Internet! I thought it was about time that I checked in around here for an of-the-moment catch-up. Suddenly found myself in a situation of having more posts to share than time to do so and, you know me, I like just putting a playlist on and offloading thoughts that I’m too scared to say out loud ;) so let's do this, old-school style, a lil chinwag, a cuppa tea, Taylor's new MV

一. Firstly, I’m okay. By the way. Thank you so much to the absolute sweethearts that have sent me pretty notes in my emails or Twitter DM's, I've appreciated them more than I can ever express. I think one of the reasons I share but don’t share much (in the grand scheme of things) is because I worry that people will worry. But I’m fine, in the words of ye olde Ross Geller. By the time ~personal*~ features make it onto here, I’ve already dissected them a billion times over with my friends. After my mini meltdown earlier in the month, I’m much better overall!

二. After my little fainting episode and general ill health last month, I’ve been diagnosed with anaemia. It doesn’t surprise me actually because I struggle a lot with fatigue and I’m prone to passing out already. Ironed out – nudge nudge wink wink ;) please don't ban me from the Internet – a new diet to stick to and I’m just generally taking things a bit slower. Things are good. I’m just struggling with the ‘no caffeine’ thang. Also! How hilarious is that my follow-up appointment with the hospital is scheduled for October… 2016?! My diary doesn't even go that far! If anybody has any tips and tricks diet-wise, I'd love to hear them!

三. I’m really into YouTube at the moment. Finally got into the swing of my own videos and I’m positively bubbling with new ideas and excitement to film at every opportunity! I have so many plans for the channel, I just need some more time to get down to it. Adult and full-time job problems.

四. Went to an amazing Indian restaurant at the weekend that I still can’t get over. Like, if I could eat there 3 or more times a day, I probably would. I’m not sure if I’ve taken enough photos to compile a blog post, but perhaps expect that soon after I’ve got through my current set of posts! I tried kulfi for the first time and I'm genuinely craving some more now.

五. Can we take a moment to talk about the dreamboat-goddess-Queen that is Taylor?! Of course you knew my love for her already but if you haven't already seen, her video for 'Wildest Dreams' is out and it is so damn good. Additionally, all the proceeds raised from the video are going towards African Animal Conservation Charities! What a babe.

While we're here, let's do a sneaky September to-do list, eh? Old-school all-the-things-in-one-post post ;)

10 things to check off this month.
  1. Stop wimping out of twice-weekly interval training.
  2. Clear out my wardrobe of clothes past their sell-by date and take them to H&M's recycle scheme.
  3. Completely refresh my lingerie collection.
  4. Begin finalising the first chapter of my novella.
  5. Flesh out plans for autumn/winter mini blog series.
  6. Up my monthly savings to 60% of my salary.
  7. Finally visit Lido Beach.
  8. Tick off at least 4 places on my Places To Eat list.
  9. Shoot at least one outfit post.
  10. Go on a long walk at least once a week.
  11. Stop 'saving' my favourite outfits for special occasions and wear them whenever I want to.
  12. Bake sweet treats for the girls at work.

All my love,
Mish x


10 Months

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Celebrating a 10-month anniversary with my smoggy city of dreams.
Ah yes, time for my monthly sickening summary of “new life in HK omgz” because I have an odd and unrelenting affinity for measuring time. Timehop is basically the greatest thing that’s ever happened to people like me. And, you know what, for someone that loves to measure time and all that jazz, I do a pretty good job at managing to be fashionably early or late to everything. I’m never on time. Once I was an hour early.

Things I’ve learnt so far:
  1. Hong Kong is really sticky and hot. Uncomfortably so. I mean, I knew this from summering here every year but when you live here? It’s so hot it hurts.
  2. This year I’ve outdone myself for getting ill. And I miss the NHS so much when I have to pay $500 for a consultation and prescription. I even had to pay when someone else called me an ambulance.
  3. Only good things can come from trying things outside of your comfort zone.
  4. Don’t bother curling your hair between the months of May and September. “It’s the humidity!”
  5. I learn something new every day, whether that’s how to perfect my nighttime A/C game, how to catch minibuses from unmarked stops, telling the minibus driver to ‘turn around’ in order to get off the bus or just how satisfying it is to achieve the perfect assemblage of cushions.
  6. Secret underground bars are ideal hiding places. They will also play your Taylor Swift song requests unlike anywhere else in LKF.
  7. A scientific study shows that 73% of the new people I’ve met just have a fetish for British accents or for British-born Chinese girls. Potentially 5% of those are people I still speak to. Sigh.
  8. Etude House’s marketing strategy is so strong – I own half of their offerings, maybe.
  9. Yoga is so much more fun that you remembered.
  10. Boys are not worth arguing with every day for 4 months.
  11. They’re not worth looking for when they’ve disappeared for no reason.
  12. Dating is even more of a minefield when you’re a BBC girl here. When will I ever feel like I fit in please?
  13. You’re probably not going to do that dating thing again for a while. At least not consciously.
  14. The best restaurants are always found in shady alleys where it looks like questionable things happen down.
  15. It is insanely difficult to find avocados.
  16. Sometimes it’s okay to have weekends so solitary that your doorman finds you for a chinwag to see if you’re okay.
  17. Hiking is the ultimate in pain for beauty. Those views!
  18. Never being very far from the sea is the best hold on happiness.
  19. Daily gratitude. Having an awesome opportunity like living on the other side of the world means I’m grateful for so much more nowadays.
  20. Instagram timing. You know, I had an amazing breakfast/brunch but couldn’t post it until 5pm my time because the majority of my friends won’t be awake to enjoy it.
  21. Nothing lasts forever except from your cutie houseplant that is somehow still going strong.
  22. Nothing is lost until your Mum can’t find it. (PS. She has superpowers and can find things for you even across the globe.)
  23. It’s alright to have a really dramatic crying session on Skype for half an hour when nothing will go to plan.
  24. Boys come and go but I’ve always known that. Friends come and go too. It’s okay to let go of people who are no good for you.
  25. I’ve never seen my neighbour dressed in real clothes. 7am, 1pm, 5pm and 10pm sightings: all in pyjamas and a superb pineapple hair-bun.
Things I miss:
  • Jaffa Cakes
  • Fresh, crisp air
  • Wearing jackets
  • Bertle and Eric
  • Going for drives
  • Walks at the lake
  • Caffeine-fuelled gossip dates with my best pals
  • Nando’s
  • F&F tights
  • London lunch breaks at Regent’s Park
  • Late summer evenings
  • British barbeque attempts