December 31, 2014

INGNI White Winter Coat

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! Today is the last day of 2014... omg I can't believe it! 2015 is just around the corner! I spent my time with closest peoples and family. Tbh, I'm not really close with my family because I live independently. But today I'll try to catch up with them and we'll be having another small BBQ party with my family and I hope you guys will be having an awesome new year's eve too :)

japanese fashion

japanese fashion kimstyle

winter coat
polkadot one piece
red wedges

Me wearing my favorite INGNI white fur winter coat.
INGNI is a japanese clothing brand that I really adore! Check out their site for more fashion beams!

japanese fashion kimstyle

japanese fashion kimstyle

japanese fashion kimstyle

japanese fashion kimstyle

japanese fashion kimstyle

korean food

Bibimbap in a dol sot

This bibimbap is from Mujigae restaurant. Not a super scrumptious one but yeah it's just okay. On the day these photo were taken I was super hectic that I didn't really have a chance to even eat my lunch. lol.  Skipping lunch would make me super cranky and... fierce? haha... I'm the type that live to eat not eat to live.

Hauled some make-up products this week, guess who's a happy bunny now! Hehehe... I'm gonna post about it my haul on my next post, and gonna boring you again with my YSL rave, hohoho. I'm just super excited~!

I also got a new phone, because my old phone Byul is dead. Went to Samsung service center and they told me I need to pay $ 95.00 to replace the broken IC. I was like wtf, that's a ridiculous amount of money just for Byul! So I decided to get a new phone instead of repairing Byul (my phone's name).

Okay I guess that's it for now. I need to eat and sleep!!! Don't forget to check my BLOGSALE yeah~!


Wishing you a fabulous 2015 with full of great achievements and experiences. A meaningful chapter waiting to be written HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 21, 2014

FOTD: Cheon Song Yi Inspired Look

Hey! Happy Sunday everyone~ Just two days ago, I finished watching my third Korean drama, My Love From the Star - 별에서 온 그대 Yesh I know I'm super late but at least it's still 2014, lol. Thanks to this drama, I fell in love with the main actress, Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun). She's often seen wearing natural make-up with vivid and bright lip color as her signature look. That lipstick, being Yves Saint Laurent RPC 52, totally captured my heart! I love how the color emphasizing her lips and make her face looks brighter. I also love the coralish shade of MAC Paradisco eyeshadow she wore throughout the drama.

I'm totally head over heels with Cheong Song Yi look and here's my look alike attempt, lel. I know, Song Yi is like thousand times prettier don't I dare comparing myself to her haha.



gimme.... 15 seconds!



Revlon Whipped Cream Foundation in Buff
CHANEL Joues Contraste in Frivole
Etude House Face Designing Brightener
The Face Shop Dual Veil Concealer

Sephora Eyeshadow (studio palette)
Etude House Proof 10 eye pencil
Estee Lauder Mascara
A'pieu brow kit

Mac Cremesheen in Shy Girl
YSL Rouge Volupte 33 Pink Neillia

I topped YSL Rouge Volupte 33 (which is so close to YSL Rouge Pour Couture  52) with MAC Cremesheen in shy girl, that explain my less vivid lips color. I went to YSL but RPC 52 was out of stock, hopefully I'd be able to get my RPC 52 next month! baby please stay on the shelf til I buy you! haha... for the time being, I could see myself wearing YSL Rouge Volupte 33 (I swatched 52 and 33 side by side and the colors are very very close like it's belong to a same lipstick! only the formula is different. Rouge Volupte is creamier).

That's it for now, I'm gonna leave you with pretty Cheong Song Yi wearing her YSL RPC 52. Toodledos!

December 16, 2014

Review: ENCA Acne Drying Pinky Powder & AC Control Balancing Toner

Hi dolls! Today I'll be posting a super quick review of ENCA Acne Drying Pinky Powder & Control Balancing Toner that I got from Wishtrend. By the time I write this review, I've already emptied the pinky powder, and nearly finish the toner too.

Quick overview: will return your smile by soothing tenacious skin problems 

Brand : ENCA
Volume : 15ml
All Skin Types
(Especially good for Oily skin)
Made in Korea

ENCA Acne Drying Pinky Powder is perfect for anyone looking for acne treatment.
It is a fast-acting formula that reduces acne and pimples. It contains effective ingredients
soothe, relieve and reduce acne pimples. It’s very common to feel annoyed
when you find an acne pimple on the skin.

At that time, it now is easy to keep calm by just applying
Acne Drying Pinky Powder at night for a few days before you sleep.
However, sometimes you need to extract the pimple before hand depending on the
pimples stage. After extracting and cleaning, you should always do follow-up care for
preventing any scar or pigmentation with this product.

korean acne skincare

korean acne skincare


I received this product in 2013 and promptly finish it in less than half a year. It's been a long time but I haven't been able to put up a review because of my hiatus. Last year, my skin wasn't in its best condition. It's drying and breaking out like mad. However I'm all better now because I switched back to my usual skincare regime (beautyzen. will make a separate post about it later). So yeah, ENCA Acne Drying Pinky Powder is a type of spot treatment for acne. Its main ingredients is calamine, with a little salicylic acid and sulfur added. It works well treating and diminishing non cystic acne. I need several days before I could actually see the difference. But to my dismay,  I didn't see how this product could get rid of cystic acne or nodule.

korean skincare for acne

Quick Overview: This toner is very effective in sebum control and soothingvarious skin troubles.

Brand : ENCA
Volume : 140ml
All Skin Types (Oily, Acne Skin)
Made in Korea
The ideal toner for acne prone skin. With ingredients derived from nature,
this toner for acne prone skin works gently to effectively treat acne troubled skin.
Leaving your skin feeling refreshed and soothed while treating acne pimples.

Enca’s Acne Control Balancing Toner for acne prone skin contains ingredients such as
Willow Bark, Thyme and Tea Tree naturally work with the skin to act as gentle astringents
as well as calming and soothing agents. Fighting against acne causing bacteria’s, closing
enlarged pores, reducing oil production and reducing redness and irritation in the skin.
Reducing acne by targetingthe main causes for pimples and other skin troubles.

Ingredients like Citric Acid and Salicylic Acid target deep into the skin to fight at
the source of the acne pimples to speed up the healing process on your journey to clearer skin.


ENCA Acne AC Control Balancing Toner comes in a pump type plastic bottle. It's quite huge, 140 ml and will last long even with frequent use. I used this product for a couple of months before I eventually stopped. Yeah, I didn't really see it getting rid of my skin troubles back then. Despite of having lots of disinfectant like tea tree oil and triclosan, it unfortunately didn't stop my breakouts. However, this toner, is not as 'strong/harsh' as some toners that is purposedly made to cure blemish (like one I know, Clinique, it's super harsh don't you ever try it I seriously loathe clinique blemish line now! It breaks me out like there's no tomorrow and my friend also happens to abhor it as well... as clinique made her woke up in the middle of her sleep. She said her face was so itchy she couldn't help but to wash her face over again). Sorry for the rant, lol. So yeah, this product is not as drying, which is actually a good thing.  But again, sadly it didn't help me eradicate awful blemishes.

However, my skin condition  has improved a lot after switching back to beautyzen, and I have monthly appointment with dermatologist now so it's all better. Have you ever had a problem with blemishes and care to share how you dealt with it?

December 10, 2014

Photoshop: How to Make Dotted Line Selection [VIDEO]

What is line selection? and how can it improves your blogging? I'm sure you have seen at least some pictures on blogger with dotted/dashed line area selection on it, particularly on beauty tutorial pictures or step by step make up application pictures. And because not everyone knows the trick, I'm gonna show you how to make dotted area selection with lasso tool in Adobe Photoshop (with video!)

dotted line selection, marking certain areas on pictures.

If you are a beauty blogger who loves to post up step by step pictures of your make-up looks, tutorials, or something like that, it's a great thing to utilize Adobe Photoshop (or any other software) to improve your post quality. With dotted line selection, your tutorial is supposedly become easier to understand.


Open Adobe Photoshop. We'll be using lasso tool (I prefer to use polygonal lasso tool but the choice is totally up to you). Set feather at 0 px.

Load your picture (let's say you are also using eyes make-up picture). Click on polygonal lasso tool from tools panel then click somewhere along the lash line, outer line, or anywhere you wish because it makes no difference where along the object you begin your selection with the Lasso Tool. Continue drawing an outline around the area of photo you need until you go back to where you start. Once it connected, a selection is created and you'll see a moving lines outlining your area.

Tips: if you make mistakes when working with polygonal lasso tool, press 'backspace' to undo.

Right click > Make work path. You'll now have a solid line outlining the area.
Click on 'T' (TEXT) button on the tools panel. Then click the work path to begin typing. If you want to make a dotted line, continuously press (.) dot. For dashed line, you can continuously press (-) hyphen symbol.

................................. for dotted line
-------------------------- for dashed line

Now it's time to adjust your font kerning. You don't have to if your dotted line already looks awesome. But if the dots are too close together, let's space them apart by adjusting kerning percentage and font size.

Photoshop kerning adjustment

From 100%, set to either 150% or 200%. It's totally up to your liking. The bigger the percentage, the wider the spacing between font would be. Adjust it wisely. Don't forget to ctrl+a (select all) the dots before you adjust the kerning.

Spacing between font is too tight, make it wider by adjusting kerning

ctrl+a (selet all) the dots before adjusting kerning

This is the final look of dotted line selection (kerning set to 200%, font century gothic)
photoshop tutorial dotted line

You could style the line to your heart content, either dashed, dotted, spacy, or tight. Just anything that suits you the best. You can also change the color of the lines to whatever color you want. To do so, ctrl+a on the lines and simply click on the color palette then select the color you like. Not only that, you can resize it by clicking the layer then press CTRL+T.

Another sample of line area selection for make-up tutorials:
photoshop tutorial dotted line

Please check my video below video to watch "how to Make Dotted Line Selection in Photoshop"

Thanks for reading my photoshop tutorial: how to Make Dotted Line Selection and If you have any question, just leave me a comment. I will reply as soon as possible :)


December 8, 2014

Sparkleapple has moved to KIMSTYLE.ME

I've moved! From to KIMSTYLE.ME

You can now access my blog through!

Don't forget, my domain ending is .me and not .com, just in case you're not aware of it. And I seriously like how it spelled~! It's like kim-style-me! Haha!

Anyway, I'd like to thank you for being a reader of my blog, I promise I'll try to blog more frequently from now on! So please keep on supporting me, yeah? And if you want, you could tell me what kind of post would like to see more on my blog. Maybe things like tutorials, product reviews, haul post, fashion, food, lifestyle, anything? Just let me know and I'll try to catch up.

If you'd like, you can show me some loves by liking my new FACEBOOK page, that would help me a lot since I'm also moving my page.Thank you~


November 29, 2014

Ulzzang Yoon Ah Ra Aegyosal Make-up Tutorial [ARITAUM]

Happy belated thanksgiving~ I hope you all had a lovely thanksgiving with your dearest peers and hope you are enjoying black friday as well! :D

Today I'll be posting a Make-up tutorial: Ulzzang Yoon Ah Ra Aegyosal Eye Make-up with Aritaum wannabe long wear eyeshadow stick. Fyi, Aegyosal [애교살 ] is not literally eyebags but rather a cute...charming 'fatty' eye pouches that sit beneath the eyes. Aegyosal is considered cute by most Koreans, but of course there are people who dislike it and think it would make one's appearance look old and tired.

As for me, I'm not an Aegyosal freak, I don't have apparent 'charming' fat too under my eyes (but I do have severe dark circle problem and wrinkies *lol*). I think, natural Aegyosal... or let's call it 'eyesmiles fat' is cute and youthful, but I don't fancy a fake aegyosal, it's quite popular though, even Etude House launched a product named CUTE EYE MAKER, hence the name, it's used to faking aegyosal.

In this tutorial, we're not gonna create a fake aegyosal, but instead highlighting it and make it more apparent.

For this tutorial, we'll be using ARITAUM Wannabe Long Wear Eyeshadow stick (#1 purity & #3 Judy) and ARITAUM Waterproof Diamond Eye Pencil No.8, swatches as follow:

[ 아리따움 ] 워너비 롱웨어 섀도우 - 5월 출시예정
용량 : 1.4g / 6500원
1호 퓨리티 / 2호 아이비 / 3호 쥬디 / 4호 세레나 / 5호 스카일라
6호 로지 / 7호 레이븐 / 8호 데이지 / 9호 케이틀린 / 10호 제이 / 11호 트레이시

Uljjang Yoon Ah Ra make-up in Get It Beauty. She always accentuate her inner eye corner with pearly eyeshadow. By the way, Yoon Ah Ra is one of those popular uljjang in Korea, to watch her doing self makeup, check out this link: [겟잇뷰티2012_메이크업시연] 얼짱 윤아라's 바비인형 메이크업 

Yoon Ah Ra usually wears shimmery eyeshadow (pink, white, gold~ all pearly) combined with elongated eyeliner. 

 Finished look, fresh and natural looking~ I like Yoon Ah Ra in this pic more than her usual shopped fez haha
yoon ah ra

Another finished version with bolder eyeliner:
yoon ah ra

All of photos of Yoon Ah Ra above are taken from ARITAUM video: [아리따움_워너비 롱웨어 섀도] 아리따움 애교살 메이크업 배틀_윤아라 편

Aegyosal Make-up Tutorial:
It's gonna be a little different from Ah Ra's tutorial
aegyosal makeup tutorial

1.Draw eyeliner along upper lash line, as close to your lashes as possible, beginning at the inner corner of your eyes. Elongate the tail and make it goes down a little. Apply a little bit of eyeliner on outer corner of the eyes.

2.  Use Aritaum wannabe long wear eyeshadow (Judy/pink) from lower lashline and up to the entire eyelids. This will kind of soften the eyeliner's edge. Highlight lower lashline with pearly white eyeshadow (purity) to define the aegyosal.

3.  Re-define your outer corner with Aritaum waterproof diamond eye pencil No. 8 (black)

Natural Aegyosal Eye Make-up

I hope this Koreany makeup look could give you a youthful, younger-looking, and fresher appearance! And since today is Saturday, maybe you could try it for night dates with your beloved ones~
Thanks for reading and stay pretty as alway, yeah?


November 25, 2014

Review: Ecotools Six Piece Essential Eye Set Brush

Good morning everyone (or whatever it is in your country), did everyone have a good weekend? I spent mine playing game with friends, haha~ Anyway I hope you guys had a great weekend :D
Today, I'll be doing a review of Ecotols Six Piece Essential Eye Set brush. And yesss... the name is a bit confusing, SIX! I thought I lost one of the brush when I saw there's only five little brushes inside the make-up bag lol. Boo me... didn't know that six here also includes the on-the-go makeup bag.

Ecotols Six Piece Essential Eye Set Brush
Large Eye Brush
Angled Crease Brush
Petite Eye Shading Brush
Highlighting Brush
Smudge Brush
On-The-Go Travel Bag

Description from Ecotools:
This brush set makes it easy to complete any eye look. Use the large eye brush to blend a base shadow over the entire eyelid. The angled crease brush adds definition to the outer crease of your eye, while the petite eye shading brush is perfect for an accent color. Use the highlighting brush to accentuate the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes. Complete the look with the smudge brush by smudging the shadow and liner along the lash line for a smoky finish.
Ecotools Essential Eye Set brushes are made from soft, cruelty-free bristles (synthetic taklon fibers), recycled aluminum ferrules and sleek bamboo handles. Our reusable cosmetic bag is made with natural materials & EVA.

Ecotools bamboo handles

From left to right:
Smudge Brush
Petite Eye Shading Brush
Highlighting Brush
Angled Crease Brush
Large Eye Brush

 Closer look of the Ecotools taklon bristles  (highlighting brush, angled crease brush, large eye brush)

Ecotools smudge brush and petite eye shading brush

What I like about it:
♥ No animal cruelty and made of eco-friendly recycleable materials (including the bag!)
♥ Taklon bristles are soft
♥ No shedding
♥ No bleeding
♥ Handle and ferrule feel sturdy and very well made
♥ Very reasonably priced ($ 7.99) !!

What I don't like about it:
- Stupid naming, like seriously, six piece set!
- Taklon bristles tend to pick up less products
- Large eye brush and angled crease brush are kinda too big for my eyes

This is my first Ecotools brush set and I bought it on a whim because of the price *lol* it was on sale back then, like seriously, 50% off? that's really a steal, haha! I just NEED to buy it! And I'm glad I did! Aside from the price I've always been curious because lots of people just simply adored ecotools.
I use the large eye brush to apply base color, and go over with angled crease brush, working with darker/other tone on outer eyelids and blend more. But this angled crease brush is somewhat too big for my eyes so it's kind of hard to work with.
I love the highlight brush! But rather than using the highlighting brush to actually highlight, I use it as a blending brush because I think it's better for that purpose.
I accentuate my inner corner with either petite eye shading brush or smudge brush. To do so, I usually wet the brush first before picking up my favorite light colored eyeshadow. 

Downside is, as you might already know, taklon fibers have a tendency to pick up less product. To be really honest, I prefer to work on my eye makeup with natural brushes though, but taklon is also GOOD~ I love it.

I think these brushes are amazing for their price! If you're looking for a brush set at an afforable price, you may consider adding Ecotols Six Piece Essential Eye Set Brush in your wishlist.

Anyway, My brain is kinda laggy now lol. Idk but it took me 2 hours++ to finally finish this review ~___~ maybe it's because I'm starving? lel, I'm gonna fry this delicious kimchi dumpling I got from a friend last week. hoho... and yeah, I'd like to let you lovelies know, that I'm planning to host a giveaway on my blog soon (either December or early January). Birthday is coming up > . < awe! It might not be a big giveaway with a big present, but please stay tuned ^-^
Thanks for reading and I really need to go now, cooking time, I'm super starving I'm gonna die lel