Chanel Le Blush Cream Blush – 69 Intonation Review, Swatches and Photos

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

Chanel Le Blush Cream Blush - 69 Intonation

Chanel Le Blush Cream Blush - 69 Intonation

Chanel Le Blush Cream Blush - 69 Intonation

Chanel Le Blush Cream Blush - 69 Intonation

Well over a year ago I picked up two creme blushes from the Chanel Fall 2013 range and fell in love. (You can see my review here). In fact I loved the consistency so much of these Chanel blushes, I decided I needed more. Everytime I find a blush that I love, I need to find the “coral” colour for that range, I kind of have an addiction to coral blushes and knew I needed this.

I like to switch between using my fingers and using a stippling brush, though generally I prefer fingers if I can to avoid wasting too much of the product (also it kinda bugs me that a brush leaves that awful finish on the pan…) I found the texture for this blush to be a lot smoother and almost silicone like when applied. It felt a bit like applying slippery mousse to my cheeks, which made it very easy to blend the colour right out if I took too much.

A single application gives a beautiful natural finish, but two applications is how I managed to get it to show up better for the camera. So it is buildable and leaves a lovely matte finish, which helps add to the natural look this blush can give your cheeks. This is something I’d highly recommend for most people if Chanel is within your budget, as it goes from highly natural to very noticeable.

If you’re interested, you can pick up one for yourself in the USA online for $38USD, or if you’re in Australia, then direct from David Jones online for $60AUD.

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Milk the Cow + OOTD Beach Birthday Celebrations

Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Milk The Cow

Milk The Cow

Milk The Cow

Milk The Cow

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Rebecca Minkoff

Forever New Stassi Embellished Neck Tank

Yes Style Z Textured Shorts

Forever New Claudie Block Heel

Louis vuitton Inclusion PM

Burberry Silver Watch

Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini

Last weekend I celebrated yet another birthday (they just keep coming don’t they?) and decided the only way to do it right was to visit a Cheese only cafe, my favourite place called Milk the Cow. If you’re a lover of cheese, then you will love this place, it is absolutely amazing and one of my favourite places in Melbourne to dine.

But of course, what’s the point of cheese without great company from like minded friends :) Violet, Jimmy, Toby and myself spent the rest of the day enjoying the summer weather, the beach, gelatos and naturally taking lots of photos.

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Clinique Chubby Stick – Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick - Super Strawberry & Mightiest Maraschino

Sometime last year I received my first Clinique chubby stick ever to play with, reviewed here. It took me a little while, but after more consistent use aka I was too lazy to change out the lipstick currently in my bag, I have to admit it has really grown on me and I knew I needed a wider range of colours!

Some shopping took place, and I picked up two additional colours: Super Strawberry and Mightiest Maraschino.

Intentionally done because I really wanted a strong red shade and a more wearable pink shade, something I could wear everyday (as opposed to Roomiest Rose, which is lovely but too strong for every day for me).

Colours aside, what keeps me coming back for more is just how hydrating these lip products are without the stickiness. On an average day I’ll re-apply one of these probably 4-5 times? Higher if I’m using Super Strawberry and lower for Mightiest Maraschino. But I love that my lips never feel chapped or dry whilst wearing these. Just to be clear, I don’t think it provides moisture, but if your lips are already in good condition, it helps maintain them.

It’s especially a big deal for me as I suffer from dry lips and find a lot of lipsticks either dry out my lips, sink into my lines or bleed beyond my lip line. Either way, after a few hours it’s rarely a great look, but with these I can go all day and not have to worry. And I feel that’s the ultimate goal for quality makeup. That you can apply it in the morning and not have to worry about whether any of it has shifted or melted by the end of the day :)

If you’re interested, you can purchase them online in the US for $17USD each. Or if you’re based in Australia then you can get them direct from their website for $35AUD each.

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Favourite Blushes of the Moment

Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup | 2 comments

Favourite Blushes of the Moment

Favourite Blushes of the Moment

Favourite Blushes of the Moment

When it comes to blushes, I get the feeling I may have landed into a bit of a rut. I don’t necessaily seek out blushes to use, more I grab what’s closest to me and if I like it, I just never leaves my little “daily drawer” of makeup. That is essentially how I ended with the selection you see below.

Aside from when I’m testing out blushes, these are the five blushes I have found myself using extensively in 2014. My pattern became painfully obvious when I started swatching each of these blushes side by side: shimmery coral blush. It’s weird, throughout the year I really did think I was switching it up, but I guess I really REALLY wasn’t.

And while I love these blushes to death, I’m going to challenge myself to change it up a bit more next year~ I’m planning to start a little monthly segment where I show you the products I’m currently using for that month, and then change (almost) all of it out for a different set :) Still unsure what I should call it, maybe the Monthly Rotation? We’ll see how long that lasts before I fall back into a rut again :)

Products starting from the left hand side:

e.l.f Blush – Candid Coral

Clinique Blushing Blush Powder – Aglow

Manhattan Powder Rouge – Apricot

theBalm Hot Mama

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush – 3

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Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on December 10, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

Chantecaille 15 Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

To celebrate their 15 year anniversary, Chantecaille released this beautiful neutral eye shadow trio that features three endangered species that still need our help today, really makes you feel good buying this palette, especially if you’re someone like me who otherwise does very little actively to help the environment (most of what I do is pretty passive).

I’m not sure if you can tell, but this palette swatches as beautifully as it looks. I’ve never had issues with the quality of Chantecaille products, though I’ll admit to not experimenting with a large range of products from them (mostly powdered products). Whilst being powder shadows, they felt like butter. Smooth, easy to blend and very pigmented! Though because I’m such a fan of the design, I found it difficult to wear down the adorable designs and have continues to try and only using the powder around it. It makes for strange usage!

From a practical stand point, at $68USD this palette is definitely steep and marketed towards a very targeted group of customers. That said, I always find myself coming back to Chantecaille just because I know proceeds from palettes such as these ones are donated to various organisations helping to maintain and protect mother earth. I suppose I see this as my very small way of having fun and contributing :)

If you’re keen, you can purchase this online for $68USD.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss – 15 Sensible Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss - 15 Sensible

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss - 15 Sensible

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss - 15 Sensible

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss - 15 Sensible

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss - 15 Sensible

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss - 15 Sensible

When it comes to lip products, I have to admit that glosses aren’t really the first thing I gravitate towards. And that’s simply because I tend to wear my hair down and if I wear gloss, you can be sure that my hair will end up in it soon after.

But the blogosphere has been going crazy over these new glosses from Chanel and you know what a sheep I am when it comes to makeup trends, so I quickly picked out up for myself to try out. And I get it, I can see why this is all the rage!

Firstly, the smell is such an improvement over the traditional rose scent that Chanel typically has. I know lots of people love it, but personally it made me want to gag each time! It’s very subtle vanilla like scent now, and since I’m a sucker for sweet scents, this works out great for me.

However the key thing I noticed was firstly the pigmentation, for a gloss it has a solid colour to it but still feels like a true gloss rather than a creamy lipstick. And the second thing I noticed was how comfortable this sat on my lips. Didn’t dry them out or sink into my lip lines or anything like that at all. It was perfect and if I didn’t need to eat, would have lasted a lot longer than the 2-3 hours it did for me.

Additionally I did love that rather than a twist top, the way to open this to push the lid down so it was pop up. However just watch out if you leave this gloss rolling around your bag, as it can accidently pop open on it’s own (happened to me once).

In terms of glosses this is definitely up there for me, and despite not being a gloss lover, I’ve got my eyes on two more shades to add to my collection. Admittedly, I do love how convenient and low-maintenance glosses generally are over pigmented lipsticks. And yes, this still got stuck to my hair once I stepped outside, so I generally make it a point to keep my hair tied up or pinned back if I’m wearing a gloss :)

If you’re interested, then you can purchase these online

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Dior Vernis – 796 Carre Bleu Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

Dior Vernis - 796 Carre Bleu

Dior polishes are my absolute favouite in the nail polish world, not only do I love the formula (does vary from shade to shade), but the brush makes applying the polish too easy! But if you’ve been reading my blog a little while now, then this shouldn’t come as news to you at all!

Carre Bleu is a deliciously dark blue navy shade. No surprises that the pigmentation is what I would consider a “one coat” wonder. However for the sake of consistency, I applied two coats for the swatches above.

If you live in the USA, you can purchase this online for $25USD. Otherwise if you’re in Australia, then I’d recommend heading into either David Jones or Myer to pick one up for $39AUD.

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Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara

Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara

Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara

Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara

Gucci Opulent Volume Mascara

Luxury mascaras are always a bit of a mine field. Some of them are amazing, and some of them are pretty lack lustre. Given that once opened, mascaras don’t last very long, I can see why many people opt for cheaper mascaras that perform just as well if not better.

Despite knowing better, I still enjoy experimenting with luxury mascaras because you never know when you may uncover something very special (cue Lancôme Hypnose). Unfortunately today was not one of those days, I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a disappointment, though some of you -may- find it a disappointment.

When it comes to mascara, it’s a pretty good all-rounder. I do love that the formula is thick, but fluid enough that just a few strokes will get the job done pretty fast. I’m really not a fan of mascaras that require me to work for extended periods just to achieve my desired look.

That said, I can’t honestly say this mascara achieves anything spectacular. Decent length and volume, but nothing that uniquely stands out, at least not for me. However I will add that I didn’t experience any flaking, smudging or wear during the day, though I’m finding this to be more the norm for good quality mascaras than a trait so special that it is worth pointing out.

All in all, probably won’t be purchasing this again. It’s nice, but not great enough to justify the price point. However if you’re interested, you can pick one up online for $33USD.

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Once Upon a December for 2014 ~ Daily Vlogs in December

Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Videos | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again! And to be honest, I actually didn’t think I want to daily vlog for December just due to the sheer amount of stuff I have going on at the moment. But it wouldn’t feel like December anymore without doing it and admittedly it’s nice to go back on old vlogs and reminisce over fun times with friends :)

The first vlog for December is out! I’ll try my best to stay on schedule and release a vlog at minimum 2 days after it’s been filmed, but you just never know with work sometimes :)

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Floral Float

Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Outfit Fables in Fashion Celina Floral Float

Outfit Fables in Fashion Celina Floral Float

Outfit Fables in Fashion Celina Floral Float

Outfit Fables in Fashion Celina Floral Float

Outfit Fables in Fashion Celina Floral Float

Outfit Fables in Fashion Celina Floral Float

H&M Chiffon White Top (similar here)

Forever New Sophie Irregular Hem Skirt Faded Floral

ASOS Leather Sandals with T-Bar

Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretty Color by the Yard Bracelet

I’ve never owned a skirt with an irregular hem before so I wasn’t sure whether I was going to love it or hate it on myself. You know how it is when you see a particular trend and wonder whether you’d fit the bill. Well, I’m still a little undecided. But I can never turn down an chance to get some in-action ethereal floaty shots ;) It’s kind of my thing~

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