I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.


Lancôme x Alber Elbaz




Fashionary x Swash journal



Colour palette – Pink




HypnôseHypnôse StarHypnôse Doll Eyes



Lancome x Alber Elbaz mono palette



Turtleneck crop-top – American Apparel. Flared skirt – Zara (similar). Shoes – DIY satin ribbon on Whistles with help from Kit. Lip bag – DVF (similar in gold). Encrusted chain bracelet – Topshop. Tiger bracelet – Kenzo (similar in Silver). Mock-pearl earring – Topshop

We all know it doesn’t take very much to excite the hamster inside my head, but pretty packaging is definitely one of those things. That and pizza. Sometimes one thing comes in another (i.e funky Domino’s pizzabox design) and that’s when it gets wild up there. There’s a chest under my stairs full to the brim with old food packaging, jewellery boxes and gift wraps – yess, I’m one of those annoying people that take forever opening presents because hello, the paper needs to be archived and stored. Is this also considered hoarding? My significant other routinely brings home fifteen cans of tuna ‘because honey, they were on sale‘ and yes if zombies take over then we’d survive for about three days on tuna and peanuts, but I’m not sure what my stash of beautiful packaging would benefit us other than to paper-cut myself to death refusing to eat another tuna can. Sometimes I go full Sheldon Cooper on the packaging – especially for beauty products – and keep the products too in mint-condition, which was my intent for these beauties from the Lancôme x Alber Elbaz collaboration before this damn blog thing said no.

No, I had so much fun shooting this – all loosely inspired by the Lancôme Hypnôse video, where Alber Elbaz puts on a show dressing four iconic Lancôme mascaras. I fell right in love with the illustrations of the ultra-chic frow with heels + bows, and while I did manage to mimic the bows with an impromptu DIY, the ‘chic’ was promptly crushed after being kicked out of the V&A for jumping in the Music Room. I kid, but I am wearing a wig, so there, #ChicToAbsolutelyNoLev.

Photos with help from the lovely Johanna Lees, Editing Park & Cube; Collaborative post with Lancôme.

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  1. Hahaha booted out for rowdy behaviour? Doesn’t matter – the photos are magical (as per usual)!

    x T

  2. I agree with you! The photos are truly magical. This is the best blog I’ve seen in terms of beauty and fashion showcase. :-)

    Check this out!

  3. Magical, indeed! I second the motion to that. This is one of my favorite fashion and beauty site. :-)


  4. u look fab! after u cut ur hair I was convinced that it really suits u better but now~
    long hair for a change looks really amazing on u too
    and the eye make is also wonderful Haha *-*

  5. Love it you look amazing… from head to toes I guess vous rgardez incroyable. Image perfaite! StayStplendid!

  6. Boskosc.

  7. gorgeous red pumps.

    – Janine

  8. Que bellas fotografias. Saludos desde http://jualferx.blogspot.com/

  9. you look incredible dressed up, hair down!

  10. You look so beautiful! Lovely photos.



  11. Rachelle

    These pics are breahtaking, loving the Sheldon comment big fan of BBT here.

  12. i just bought their mascara the other day! can’t wait to try it!


  13. Lust Covet Desire

    Gorgeous, love your hair!


  14. These pictures are straight up beautiful! I couldn’t wait for these products, I’m waiting for my order to arrive soon with the bonus compact mirror. I plan on using the mascara but of course keeping the tube for display purposes. ;)


  15. Fabulous shoes and purse! Great photos!


  16. Your photos take me to another place : ) Love those cute red heels on you!


  17. you look amazing! love those red heels

    reckless abandon blog

  18. Aurore

    Your hair grows so fast!!!

  19. Sarah

    @Aurore, She’s wearing a wig! *Mentioned in the last sentence.

  20. omg so creative and i love your outfit! love your smile and HD quality picture also..
    margareta vania

  21. Amazing photo!!


  22. I’m always a sucker for nice mascara, so must get my hands on them. Loving the little details of the cropped top, the silhouette of the dress, the bowed pumps and the lippies on the purse.

  23. Helena

    You re so beautiful!
    I love your shoes!
    So nice pics!

  24. The fact that you preserve food packaging both creeps me out and makes me want to be your fwiend.
    hashtag, chictosomekindoflev


  25. Love the pictures and adore the illustrations for the Lancome video , so chic and cool!
    Plus, I’m also one of those who fall for pretty packages, so many times I’ve bought stuff I really don’t need only because it came in an adorable package :D

  26. You look amazing!


  27. Very cool shoes! I love Lancome beauty collection!


  28. This is absolutely adorable! Love it :)


  29. Danielle

    I love how it looks like you had such a wonderful time Shini!

  30. Sarah

    Oh I go so mad for the Domino’s pizzabox design sometimes too!

  31. awesome photos, particularly love the first one & the one with you laughing!

    Loooove the heels, & yup the packaging for the make-up is divine! One of my favourite package/labels is the green tea glass bottle (I forget what the brand is now, but they have pretty cherry blossom pictures on the label :)

    PS yeah i did wonder whether you’d had hair extensions for a minute there! Haha re getting kicked out, whoops! I know a lot of galleries won’t let you take photos, boo. Therein lies the great thing about the iphone: oh I’m just checking my messages & then whoops I’ve accidentally on purpose managed to snap a photo ;)

    Katie x

  32. I never thought I would see you in a wig.. or with false eyelashes for that matter! Teeheee!

  33. That’s too bad cos the jumping picture is my fave!

  34. pinkschmink

    I think this is one of my favourite posts of yours ever. You really look like you had a ton of fun shooting this.

  35. The photos are so great, and I love the shoes with the big bow!


  36. You look so gorgeous and chic. I like what you’re wearing. <3

    xx Diana from Philippines

  37. great photos, we can tell that u had fun! :))

    xx, Sabinna and David
    Broken Cookies

  38. the packaging is so cute, def makes me want to buy some of it. absolutely love those shoes, amazing!

  39. I love these photos, so fun and uhh those shoes are magical

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  40. These mascaras are great, I love the product, so the new packaging looks gorgeous to me!
    Lovely shoes BTW.


  41. You are so cute and fashionable at the same time. You make it look soooooo fun and I hope you have a long and happy life so I can read your blog till I am old and grey :D

  42. Amazing photos! Love the red accents :)


  43. stunning heels!

  44. How lovely!


  45. what delicious packaging… i would love that mascara!

  46. I liked this makeup collection!


  47. Lacome Hypnose is one of my favourites and now I definitely need a new one with the Lanvin designs. LOVE your shoes!!

  48. ChicTrends

    Lovely heels! Going to have to do that DIY for a few different heels since it looks to darling.

    Best, x http://chictrends.co.uk/

  49. I really like the skirt.

  50. LabellaLuxe Boutique

    Sharp red shoes!

  51. i’d never have guessed the shoes are DIY, amazing! Beautiful. I am a little weird when it comes to packaging too, I like to keep the packaging for perfumes and it gets a bit weird around spring time when my sis helps my spring clean my room and she finds all this “rubbish” (as she puts it). she makes me throw it out :/ i get to keep empty perfume bottles though, chanel ones are so pretty

  52. i love your blog, makes me laugh and I admire the your style!

  53. Wow! I love your outfit. You’re so pretty. ;-)

    Check this out!

  54. love the 1st pic!

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  55. Super cute shoe-ribbons!

  56. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing! Love x

  57. I loooove those shoes, I really need them in my life

  58. OMG.

  59. The pictures look amazing! And I love your shoes!

  60. Love the combination. Great style!

  61. LOL this made me laugh. The photo’s are so good it was worth the little slip up (getting chucked out) ha ha. x

  62. I haven’t tried the makeup collection yet. Everybody has been talking about it! The shoes are very feminine, nice diy. Romi

  63. Very cute and easy! I would love to make one for myself. Thanks.

  64. Outstanding pictures and great images. Keep up the good work. You readers may like our collection http://www.elitecouture.co.uk

    Thank you

  65. Fantastic photos!
    I admire them, how could you take them?

  66. Those shoes are to die for !

    xx, Brittany

  67. Love those DIY shoes! Gorgeous look!

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    Mags x

  68. […] I sure don’t have problems entering the V&A, heck, I’m regularly kicked out for hopping around taking photos. Despite the size and grandeur, the interior is welcoming, what with all the elaborate lines of […]

  69. […] I sure don’t have problems entering the V&A, heck, I’m regularly kicked out for hopping around taking photos. Despite the size and grandeur, the interior is welcoming, what with all the elaborate lines of […]

  70. love the red pumps.. and the bow.. looks like it was fun!


  71. Love your selection and look book style. xxx
    Thanks for sharing…



  72. I love it looks amazing. The pics are breathtaking & Gorgeous

  73. Love the black and white combination in this look.

  74. like the stunning red shoes.

  75. samthor

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories: http://www.gbridal.co.uk