November Empties 2014

Posted by on November 28, 2014 in F&E | 0 comments

We’ve come to the end of yet another month, just one more month till the end of 2014! It’s been quite the year~ This time I’ll only be bringing you empties since I plan to put together a Favourites of 2014 video at the end of December, basically going through all the products I’ve featured on the blog / used in videos that I love from this year~ :) Hope you enjoy the video!

Maybelline the Falsies Volum Express – Flared
Without a doubt, I will always have one of these in my collection~ It’s the budget version of Lancôme Hypnose, only just a bit thicker. Still amazing!
Repurchase? Yes!

MaxFactor False Lash Effect Mascara *
Honestly can’t say this did much for my lashes, not much volume nor length. I’d call this a pretty average to maybe slightly below average mascara.
Repurchase? No

theBalm What’s Your Type Mascara – The Body Builder *
If I were to rank this against the two mascaras above, I’d say it sits in the middle. Certainly not a bad mascara by any stretch of the imagination, but it never did stand out as much as mascaras I would call my favourite. So while I personally wouldn’t purchase one for myself, I can’t condemn it either. If you’re a theBalm fan, give it a shot and see what you think!
Repurchase? No

Essence Lash & Brow Gel – Clear
I’ve been through 3 tubes of this now, so it’s clearly not a bad product. But I have gotten to the point where I’m a bit over having to wipe down the wand every single time I use it (plus the clear container always leaves me feeling grossed out after a few applications). Call me lazy, but the older I get, the less patient I become, and I’d rather use something that gets me out of the door faster. But if stuff like that doesn’t bother you, this is a great clear brow gel!
Repurchase? No

Biore UV Perfect Face Milk
The Biore facial sunscreen range is probably one of the best I’ve ever tried. However there is about 4-5 different types to choose from, and while this particular one is lovely (very liquid), I personally prefer the Watery Base formula instead. So I highly recommend this sunscreen, but I won’t re-purchase it.
Repurchase? No

Origins Checks and Balance Frothy Face Wash
This is a pretty popular cleanser and I can see why, it does a great job at what it’s supposed to do. But I’m just not a fan of herbal scents that come with a lot of products claiming to be “natural”, and so I can’t see myself reinvesting in this again.
Repurchase? No

Sukin Botanical Hydration Booster
One of my favourite facial oils, I’m on to the 3rd bottle of it now. It does exactly as the name would suggest, give your dry skin a great boost of hydration. I like to mix this in with an anti-wrinkle serum most nights to help speed up my skin care routine.
Repurchase? Yes!

Vera Wang Princess Foamy Body Polish
This came as part of a gift set when I purchased the perfume bottle, and not surprisingly it smells exactly like the actual perfume. So if you’re a fan of the Princess scent, then you will probably love this. I didn’t find it did much in terms of exfoliation, it was more a body wash than anything else. The perfume, whilst lovely, was a little too overpowering for me.
Repurchase? No

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Cleansing oils, my obsession :) There is nothing quite as satisfying as melting away a face full of makeup at the end of a long day. This particular cleansing oil is pretty amazing, not as thick as the Shu uemura oils, but I’ve never experienced any stinging what so ever when I use this. Highly recommend and I’ll definitely be picking up another bottle, hopefully when I next visit the Duty Free section of an airport :)
Repurchase? Yes

MAC Brush Cleanser
Nothing much to say here, it’s pretty much an essential to spot cleaning my brushes. I decant it into a little spray bottle to avoid wasting too much product. For the most part I only use it for small eye brushes or face brushes if I’m super lazy, as I tend to do a deep clean my face brushes once a week with shampoo instead… (realistically more like once every two / three weeks…)
Repurchase? Yes

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + *
My favourite day time moisturiser of all time! I use the one designed for very dry skin~ Leaves my skin feeling amazing and hydrated, plus my makeup just glides on without a hitch.
Repurchase? Yes

Matrix Total Results Sleek – Shampoo *
Not a bad shampoo, I’ve had worse, and I’ve had better. Nothing about it really stood out to me, so I can’t justify purchasing it for myself.
Repurchase? No

Products marked with * were provided for consideration.

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Spring Hill Peony Farm

Posted by on November 27, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Spring Hill Peony Farm Outfit

Forever New White Jumpsuit (similar here)

White Platform Sandals (similar here)

Last weekend, myself, Violet, Toby and Jimmy ended up to visit the Spring Hill Peony Farm. It’s essentially a beautiful Peony Farm that is open to the public for two days, last weekend and this coming Saturday on the 29th of November, where you are actually allowed to go in and pick your own Peonies!

It’s a lovely change from the tulip farm, not to mention a lot less crowded. While we originally went there to take as many photos as possible, we didn’t expect to have so much fun just wandering through and picking the perfect flowers :)

Highly recommend this to anyone who loves flowers, especially with friends, it’s the perfect way to spend a weekend :)

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Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara Review and Photos

Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting mascara is a tough mascara for me to review, because I feel like my experience with it has been very inconsistent. The first time I discovered this mascara was via a deluxe sample and I fell completely in love with it! It wasn’t the most volumising mascara, but it gave my lashes such amazing length, I was blow away! So I decided to take the plunge and purchase a full sized version.

That’s when the story changes, the mascara never performed as well as I remembered it. It’s not terrible at all, it gives my lashes some volume and decent length. It’s a good mascara, doesn’t smudge, lasts the entire day and can easily be removed with some cleansing oil.

But it just wasn’t as impressive as I found the sample to be. Which honestly influenced my perception of it. Even though it is a good mascara, I probably won’t buy it again just because my expectations had been set so high. Sounds unfair doesn’t it? It’s still a great mascara, but I don’t feel compelled to keep purchasing it given the wide array of other luxury mascara that are out there for me to try :)

If you’re interested, you can purchase this online for $26USD (I used a mail forwarding service).

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Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad – 020 Tuscan Storm Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad - 020 Tuscan Storm

Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad - 020 Tuscan Storm

Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad - 020 Tuscan Storm

Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad - 020 Tuscan Storm

Gucci Eye Magnetic Color Shadow Quad - 020 Tuscan Storm

Another instalment from my review spree of the Gucci cosmetics line, and if I was honest this would so far be one of my favourite items.

The pigmentation and buttery texture of these shadows are perfection, there is no need to swirl your brush at all. Just gently tap on the surface and you’ll pick up enough pigment for one eye application. In fact if you’re not used to such pigmented shadows then you’ll probably need to tread carefully, else you may end up looking like someone gave you a black eye.

I always wear eye shadows with a primer, so it’s hard for me to gauge the longevity of an eye shadow on its own, but with my trusted theBalm Put a Lid On It, I could get a full day’s wear easily.

Colour wise, I love the selection. Having previewed all the other palettes online via the website, this seemed the most neutral to me (what? I need another neutral palette!?) and I easily use each shade every time I wear this palette. It can take my look from light during the day to something more vampy for night. Amazing quality and perfect colour selection~

So what’s the catch? The price of course :) At $65USD, it still isn’t as pricey as a Tom Ford palette (which btw I think in terms of quality are very similar to this) but for four small eyeshadows, it’s steep. And so the ultimate question. Is it worth it? Personally speaking, I am planning to splurge on some additional shades that I clearly don’t need, and wouldn’t hesitate to buy from future Gucci collections. I love makeup, especially luxury makeup, and in that realm, this is top quality.

However, having said that, brands like Urban Decay, Too Faced and LORAC to me have great quality eyeshadows too. And if you aren’t picky, and want to save a buck, I’d recommend these.

If you’re based in Australia and are keen on picking one up too, I used a mail forwarding service to purchase mine online for $65USD.

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Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder – 030 Soft Peach Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder - 030 Soft Peach

Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder - 030 Soft Peach

Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder - 030 Soft Peach

Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder - 030 Soft Peach

Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder - 030 Soft Peach

Second post on my Gucci review spree :) I have to admit to being pretty blown away by the quality of the Gucci cosmetic range so far in terms of colours (less on the bases). Though a lot less impressed with the price point :(

Let’s talk about quality first, this blush is extremely pigmented. I only needed to press my brush into the pan once to achieve the pigmentation you see on my face above. To be honest the first time I tested out this blush, I made the mistake of swirling my brush (as I usually do) and ended up with essentially clown cheeks. It wasn’t a pretty sight, so definitely to take care when applying at least this particular shade of blush as it is very pigmented. Not sure this is the case with the other shades (though you can be sure I’ll be testing them out eventually!)

In terms of scent, there really isn’t one. If anything, it kind of reminded me of flour? Strange, but I actually like that there is no scent associated with this.

However if you ask me whether this is worth the money, I’d say at least in comparison to the foundation this is more worth the price point. It’s certainly a very high quality blush, given its pigmentation it will take you quite some time to use it all up. But it’s a pretty subjective decision whether you personally would pay for a blush this expensive. As a beauty blogger with expensive taste, I can see myself purchasing more shades in the future.

If you’re based in Australia and are keen on picking one up too, I used a mail forwarding service to purchase mine online for $49USD.

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Spanish Red

Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Fashion Outfit Spanish Red

Fashion Outfit Spanish Red

Fashion Outfit Spanish Red

Fashion Outfit Spanish Red

Fashion Outfit Spanish Red

H&M Stretch Cotton Red Dress (similar here)

ASOS New Look Red Velvet Caged Heels (similar here)

Anton Diamond Necklace (similar here)

Sometimes things just seem to come together without any real plan, and I’d say this outfit was one of them. Having recently cut my hair, I put away my ultra-thick straightening irons and all my curling tools. However as you may know, my hair is naturally pretty wavy and now that it’s so short it’s become even wavier! Few times I’d wash my hair the night before and go straight to bed (bad, not a good idea!) but I ended up waking up to these really thick curls in my hair, and decided one weekend to play with it~ So I grabbed out my curling wand, cleaned up the curls and voila!

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Gucci Face Lustrous Glow Foundation Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Gucci Face Lustrous Flow Foundation

Gucci Face Lustrous Flow Foundation

Gucci Face Lustrous Flow Foundation

Gucci Face Lustrous Flow Foundation

Gucci Face Lustrous Flow Foundation

Finally! I’ve been eyeing the Gucci makeup collection ever since it was first announced earlier this year and I’m so glad to finally have my hands on a small set to play with :) My overall impression is that I am impressed! There’s a lot about the makeup I love, and some I don’t love as much. I figured because I still haven’t found a ton of reviews online for Gucci makeup, I would go through and review everything I managed to purchase over the course of the next couple of weeks. Figured it would be more useful to generally have them out earlier than later :) So I hope you bear with me, I won’t be just reviewing Gucci, but it will be playing a pretty prominent role for a little while on the blog!

Okay, today I wanted to take a look at the Lustrous Flow Foundation, especially their version of liquid foundation. Packaging wise, it’s solid, it has a pump (yay), and is made of glass. So it’s certainly high quality, but heavy. Important to keep in mind if you are a frequent traveller.

The foundation itself is quite light, I’d say it ranges from light to medium (closer to the light end), though buildable. The formula feels comfortable and slightly sticky upon initial application, but felt weightless soon after. I think if you have dry skin you could almost get away without using a powder. Almost. Personally I would still recommend giving your face a light dusting of powder. I feel safe to say that if you’re someone who like quite a bit of coverage, then this is probably not the foundation for you. It’s a little bit like applying a tinted moisturiser.

Scent wise, there isn’t any particular scent I could detect. If I tried, it almost smelt like a basic lotion? But honestly I couldn’t pin point much of a scent to it, which I absolutely love!

If you’re curious, my natural skin tone is between a MAC NC15 to NC20. I found that shade 020 suited me closest, 010 was just a tad too light though a shade I could still get away with if needed. Generally though, because the formula is so light coverage, I think there is some flexible in the shade range for each person. I’ve included a short comparison photo to give you a better idea.

As for worth, sorry but if I’m honest, this particular product wasn’t worth the money. It’s certainly not a bad foundation by any stretch, but given its high price point, I just don’t think the lack of coverage would do it for me. I don’t think I should need to apply two pumps to achieve the same coverage one pump from a Chanel foundation can give me. But that’s just my opinion as I prefer foundations with more coverage :) Don’t fret though, there are a few more Gucci items coming up soon that I think are very much worth their money!

If you’re based in Australia and are keen on picking one up too, I used a mail forwarding service to purchase mine online for $65USD.

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Chanel Le Vernis – 613 Eastern Light Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Beauty, Nails | 0 comments

Chanel Le Vernis - 613 Eastern Light

I’m not sure why, but over the last couple of months I’ve had a strange obsession with white nail polish. It reminds me of a French manicure, but nowhere near the effort involved! For a while now I’ve been using a tiny bottle of OPI Alpine Snow, which I love and is perfect for travel, unfortunately it’s starting to dry up and is half empty now :( So like any respectable beauty blogger, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to look for more polish to play with :D

Cue Chanel Le Vernis’ Eastern Light. A lot of people are going to think shelling out of a Chanel polish for a simple white polish is a waste of money, and they are probably right. Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful polish and the formula is lovely! But if you’re looking to get value for money, then you certainly don’t need to be going down the Chanel path for a pretty generic shade. Generally speaking, for the average person, I’d only recommend going down the luxury road if they have a particular shade you couldn’t find anywhere else (FYI I’m not the average person when it comes to beauty… clearly…)

That aside, the formula for this is amazing, two coats is more than enough to achieve full opacity. Unfortunately without a top coat there is a tendency to start chipping the day after, so definitely seal this up with some top coat.

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Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific is one of those brands I accidently came across. I was in desperate need of a toner while in the States, and grabbed the first bottle that looked interesting, which I did a review on a while back. Since then the brand has slowly pulling me in and one of the products I become curious over was their Colour Control Cushion Compact (4C!)

Essentially, it’s a heavily saturated sponge in a compact, you’ve provided a anti-bacterial puff that you first pat into the sponge and then on your face. Repeat till you achieve full coverage!

Admittedly the idea sounded kinda unhygienic to me, to continuously dip into the same moist sponge over and over again? With the same puff? Yeah the idea didn’t win me over, and honestly it still hasn’t quite. Though I suspect each sponge doesn’t last too long as there was a backup provided with the compact.

However what did win me over were the results. Once applied, my skin was flawless and smooth. It even left me with a beautiful dewy finish, yet still looked pretty natural. It’s definitely one of the best finishes I’ve ever had with a foundation before. Though it didn’t last the entire day, and I did need to set it with some powder to prevent it from sliding away which meant re-application during the day wasn’t possible.

Unfortunately, and here is the biggest kicker, the lightest shade is too dark for me :( So sad! I wish I could use this more often, but due to the shade issue, it almost never gets used :(

I purchased my compact at Sephora for $60USD, pretty steep!

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Casual Weekend Walk

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Casual Weekend Wear

Casual Weekend Wear

Casual Weekend Wear

Casual Weekend Wear

WITH IPUN Check Mesh Blouse

Styleberry Floral Print Mini Skirt

Burberry Silver Watch (similar here)

White Platform Sandals (similar here)

One of the things I love about the suburbs are the pockets of over grown gardens. Usually around the reserves or unoccupied pieces of land, but it’s a bit like having spots of untouched nature within reach.

No surprises that I have a bit of an obsessive with white clothes lately. You should see my wardrobe, I feel like the white section is finally over taking the black. I’m such a bad Melbournian ;) Additionally I typically only wear pencil skirts to work, but I’m starting to really enjoy them outside of work too. Definitely need to pick up a couple more pieces :)

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