Dior Summer 2015 Diorskin – Nude Tan Tie Eye Blush in Pink Sunrise and Coral Sunset

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know I am completely obsessed with shooting sunrise and sunset photographs, especially when on holiday. Often for work trips I will try and book flights around those times so I can catch sunrise or sunset above the clouds. Sounds obsessive? Well then you know why I had to pick up both of these new blushes released as part of Dior’s Summer Tie Dye 2015 collection.

Dior released two beautiful Nude Tan Tie Dye Blushes ($84AUD / $57USD) as part of their Summer 2015 collection, it comes in a beautiful mirrored cannage case and an adorable white kabuki brush. The powder itself is designed to reflect the look of (surprise surprise) tie dye shirts in two different shades.

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Coral Sunset is designed to sculpt more tanned skin tones and is a mixture of orangey and coral hues. Pink Sunrise is aimed more for people of fairer skin tones and contains a mix of soft pinks and pearly mauve.

Normally I love coral blushes, but I found Coral Sunset to be a little bit more orange for my personal everyday tastes. Still something I do will continue to use, however I did find Pink Sunrise to suit my own skin tone (NC15) a lot better.

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One thing I really love however is the finish for both blushes, which has the slightly hint of shimmer, but leans more matte than anything else. It’s a refreshing change from typical summer collections which is usually packed with shimmer. The pigmentation I would say is middle ground, which is typical for more high end blushes as it gives you a degree of better control as opposed to more artistic brands that are completely saturated.

I purchased mine online, and you can pick one up for yourself at either David Jones or Nordstrom.

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Dreaming of Japan

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

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ASOS Top Japanese City Print

Skinny Black Jeans

Burberry Silver Watch

Siren Suede Black Ankle Boots

This week I’ve been spending most of my off time planning for upcoming trips and adventures, one of them naturally being Japan. Despite visiting it so many times in the past, I just can’t ever get enough and am hoping to make a trip there again soon :)

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Lancôme Le Duo – Contour & Highlighter Stick

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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Lancôme recently released a brand new duel ended contour and highlighter stick called Lancôme Le Duo – Contour & Highlighter Stick ($36USD), which does exactly what the name suggests. It is designed to help contour and highlight your face by provided shadow to certain areas and providing light to others to help better define your features.

As a fan on contouring I jumped on this pretty quick! I absolutely love the effects of contouring my face and try to do it as often as I can without looking too made up. I wasn’t quite sure where on the “extreme” ladder this would sit, whether it would be something I could use day to day or whether it was more a special occasions only.

Packaging is a huge win for me, its ultra-portable being dual ended and since it’s a cream formula, you only really need your fingers to blend it out afterwards. For me I chose the lightest shade called Ivoire, which I would say worked out perfectly for me. I find it looks a little more “obvious” if I apply it without any foundation, just on bare skin. If I use foundation to even out my skin tone first, then I find the highlighter shade throws on more shimmer than highlights. However the contour shade works a treat for me, when I first apply it, it can seem a little daunting. But a bit of blending and it works perfectly.

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The formula is very silky, so this blends out beautifully. Personally I prefer it over using bronzer as I find the contouring to be more precise, however if I’m looking for something more dramatic then I’d likely still need to lean on my bronzing powders.

Definitely something I love using and can see myself getting a lot of use out of during the weekend when I’m looking for a bit of added lift.

I picked mine up from Sephora.

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Chanel Summer 2015 Mediterranee Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube, Laurier Rose and Azulejo

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment

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As part of Chanel’s Summer 2015 Mediterranee collection they released five new shades to their Stylo Eyeshadow line. Chanel’s Stylo Eyeshadows ($34USD) are a twist up cream eye shadow that has a cooling effect when applied directly to the lid. I personally prefer to apply them directly from the tube to my lid and then blend with my fingers as opposed to using a brush as I find the finish to be inconsistent and not very smooth.

Out of the five colours available I decided to go with three that I would not only get the most use out of, but would appeal to my personal tastes.

Caroube is a beautiful bronze shimmer, and probably the one I get the most use out of. It’s great for everyday and is the perfect wash of colour all over the lids with some subtle blending into the crease. Perfect for any go to simple eye look.

Laurier Rose feels like a softer rose gold shimmery shade, still something I love to use as a wash over the lid but potentially not a shade that everyone would feel comfortable pulling off as it has a high “shine” effect and a warmer tone.

And finally Azulejo is the signature shade for the collection, a blue toned turquoise shade. And yes, I don’t wear this shade every day and couldn’t see myself wearing it too often. However if you may have noticed, blue, especially aqua blue is my all-time favourite colour and I love to wear on my bottom lash line. Given that, I couldn’t say no to this shade.

All in all, I’m loving this new collection from Chanel. Quite honestly I look forward to all of Chanel’s collections and new releases, especially those from their Spring and Summer lines. If you’re someone who loves something simple for your eyes that doesn’t take a ton of finessing or time, then I would recommend quality cream shadows that won’t crease on your lids throughout the day, which these certainly are.

I purchased these three online, and you can purchase them from either Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.

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How to Keep your Undereyes Hydrated Under Makeup

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments

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One of my many skin care concerns has always been the area under my eyes. I feel like for most people this is the area that shows the first signs of aging, small fine lines that turn into wrinkles over time. For me, I’ve noticed fine lines appear for a few years now and have worked hard at minimising them with some success.

I can tell when I’m feeling stressed or when my body is not at its best because the lines under my eyes become that much more prominent. But over the years I’ve found way to help smooth my fine lines to the point where sometimes they aren’t even visible or at least barely. Usually that requires consistent use to eye patches, which isn’t financially and physically practical everyday so I’ve found general products and routines which help.

One of my favourite products to use especially during the day (when I feel I get the least skin care protection since I wear makeup to work) is Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream ($75AUD / $50USD). I’ve been through many other eye cream, Kiehl’s Avocado, SK II Signature Eye Cream and many roller balls, but nothing has really worked quite as well for me as Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream.

Typically I scoop a tiny amount on to a cotton bud, place it on my ring finger and warm it up between my other ring finger. Once the product has softened up I pat it just under my eye area. I do this every morning religiously, whether I plan to wear makeup or not (and sometimes will just do this step with sunscreen if I’m feeling super lazy that day). It’s one of the most hydrating light weight eye creams I’ve found that work well under makeup too. Once applied I can’t even feel it anymore as it absorbs that fast! Almost all thicker formulas I’ve found tend to cause makeup to melt or it ends up “balling up” or creating bumps. Not a great look.

That, as well as constant eye gel patches, a good rich night eye cream and plenty of water has helped me personally significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines under my eyes. One of the mistakes a lot of people make is using these creams till they see the problem disappear and then stop assuming it’s “fixed”. What they don’t realise is this isn’t a one-time treatment, it’s a change of lifestyle that you need to maintain till forever! If it becomes part of your routine then it won’t feel at all like an inconvenience.

If you want to learn about my entire eye care routine then let me know! I just didn’t want this post to get too long when I mostly wanted to rave on about how amazing the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream was for me :)

You can pick up a little tub for yourself at Bobbi Brown Australia, David JonesSephora, Nordstrom.

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Dior Summer 2015 Tie Dye 5 Eyeshadow Palette in Ambre Nuit and Contraste Horizon

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment

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Dior has released two stunning limited edition eyeshadow palettes as part of the Dior Summer 2015 Collection, also known as Tie Dye. These two 5 eyeshadow palettes / 5 Couleurs come in Contraste Horizon and Ambre Nuit ($103AUD / $62USD)

If you’ve purchased and loved any 5 eyeshadow palette from Dior then you won’t be disappointed by the quality of these two. Rich in colour and highly pigmented as per the swatches and blends like a dream.

I picked up both of these online, I honestly was only planning to purchase the signature palette Contraste Horizon, but after seeing how beautiful (and neutral) Ambre Nuit was, I couldn’t leave either behind.

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Contraste Horizon comes with a good mix of warm neutrals and vibrant summer shades. Starting with a shimmery light moss green, a great above the crease shade. The golden yellow shimmer shade is a great centre of the lid or inner corner shade. The white in the middle is actually matte and would work better as a bone shade to help prevent the look from being overly shimmery OR applied directly on the waterline instead. The rich brown shimmer shade would be a perfect outer corner or crease shade and finally the signature shade, a beautiful turquoise shade that is the better lower lash shade for that pop of colour.

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Ambre Nuit I think speaks for itself. It’s a beautiful neutral palette that I can see being very popular. It comes with a satin peach shade, great for all over the lid. A shimmery bronze shade for the crease with a centre nude ultra-shimmery shade for highlighting your inner corner, brow bone or centre of your lids. A great chocolate brown for the outer corner and a darker tanned shade for your crease or lid.

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Personally if I was picking a palette based purely on usability then without a doubt it would be the Ambre Nuit, but if you love the shades in Contraste Horizon then you will not be disappointed. Both palettes are work checking out, they have amazing quality and will be out of stock very soon!

You can pick up one or two for yourself from David Jones, Nordstrom.

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Daily Vlogs from Phillip Island

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Australia, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

Even though I love vlogging and am constantly uploading random videos on my vlog channel, I really don’t mention it enough on my blog! Something I’m hoping to change to bring to light different aspects of my life :) I managed to pull together 3 vlogs to cover our long Easter weekend trip to Phillip Island :)
The highlight of the trip was definitely being able to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch sunrise and watching the earth fall into a state of slumber with sunset. The two times of day I am completely obsessed over!

I hope you enjoy the vlogs :)

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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You know me, always keen to try new foundations! So many to try, so little time (and faces!). Laura Mercier not so recently released their Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($59AUD / $48USD). Laura Mercier claims this is a long wearing, oil-free foundation that is designed to help blur the line between real skin and makeup.

The first thing you’ll notice is how liquid the formula is. You need to be sure to shake the bottle before opening it to ensure the pigment is completely mixed. Failure to do so could leave you dispensing clear strange liquid instead. And when you do open it, you’ll notice how messy the nozzle is. That’s not a defect, that’s just how it will always appear due to the liquid nature of this foundation.

But don’t let the formulation fool you, this foundation is pigmented. I’d say it has medium buildable coverage, but you only need a very small amount to get complete coverage. I’d say in the photos above, I used far less than a 5 cent piece to cover my entire face. However due to the liquid nature, I would recommend either using your fingers or brush, rather than a sponge to avoid too much of the product from being absorbed.

I love the dewy finish this foundation leaves you with, I’d still personally pat it down with a light dusting of face powder but I could imagine myself going out without any powder if you prefer.

And in case you’re curious, the shade I obtained is Crème, which may appear too light for me in the photos above, but for some reason it looks like the perfect match in person! Personally I always aim for shades that match my neck to ensure I have even coverage and colour.
You can pick up one for yourself at either David Jones, Sephora, Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.

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YSL Rouge Pure Couture – Le Rouge

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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I don’t always feel comfortable wearing loud shades, but when I do I tend to seek out a good red! I think it suits my complexion / hair better, having lighter skin and very dark hair it feels like a great complementarily shade. So I’ve been reading a bunch of reviews and decided to take the plunge with YSL’s Rouge Pure Couture range with Le Rouge ($55AUD / $36USD). I’d seen a couple of bloggers rave over how great the formulation was and decided despite the high price point for a lipstick it would be a good investment.

Wow!

Is this my kind of red or what? The colour is so pigmented that I feel a bit safer applying this with a brush the first couple times (now I’m totally fine with strange from the bullet so long as I have a mirror). The pigmentation is crazy! So bright, bold and it really stands out.

Pigmentation aside, let’s talk about the formula. I typically gravitate towards lines that are highly moisturising and hydrating because I suffer from dry lips and lipstick on cracked lips is not a good look. However usually the problem with these sorts of lipsticks is how sheer the pigmentation is. This was not the case with Rouge Pure Couture, it leaves my lips feeling hydrated and smooth (not as much as a lip balm would, but about half way there).

And the smell, the smell! It’s a beautiful sweet fig scent, I love it~ Scent for lipsticks are so important for me because you’re applying directly to your lips! You have to like the scent!

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve found my signature red, it’s gorgeous. I personally feel that it suits me (if you think otherwise let me know as gently as possible 😉 ) and even though I’m not a gold person (silver /white gold for me please!) I love the luxe packaging~

You can pick one out for yourself at Sephora, Nordstrom, David Jones, Neiman Marcus

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True Glow Facial

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments

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If you’re someone who loves the feeling of being in a salon without actually being in one then this nifty device might be something to consider. It does look a little strange at first, and admittedly I didn’t really know what it was when the people at Conair first sent it to me. It just looked so different from the norm and I thought it would be great to share it with you on the blog.

This device is essentially a face steamer, but it released either hot steam or cool mist, it can go either way. Essentially you set it to the temperature you want, wait for it to start working and then lower your face into the bowl for however long you need. The idea is for the cool mist to help provide hydration to your face, which I personally don’t use. However what I did find interesting was the steamer.

This worked a treat when trying to open up my pores for either pore strips or blackhead removal creams. Typically I’ll run a towel under some hot water and place it over my face to open my pores, but it’s not always the more convenient way and I have accidently burn my face a few times. So having steam that I can control makes it a lot easier. It comes with timed intervals that shut the steam off, personally I prefer just sitting it to the longest interval and just turning the machine completely off when I feel I’ve had enough. I prefer to play it by ear and let myself feel how I go each session.

The down side is this device does take up quite a bit of bench space, so it’s certainly worth having some space to store this away when not in use.

If you’re interested, you can check this out at any local departmental store for $69.95AUD.

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