Michael Todds True Organics Skincare Range

Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Michael Todd Skincare

Michael Todd Skincare

If you’re as beauty obsessed as me and read way too many blogs, watch too many YouTube videos to be considered healthy then you’ll definitely have heard of Michael Todds True Organics Skincare range. It was one of those skincare brands that released a mountain of new products a little while back and announced this to the world by sending a truck load of products to many well-known bloggers.

So naturally I’ve had a keen eye on Michael Todds products, but never took the time to purchase any myself because I already have about 10 bottles of every skincare product imaginable at home to work through. But then Ozsale approached me and offered some credit to use on their website, which I almost dismissed at first (something I do with 95% of the offers I get), but as soon as I realised they stocked Michael Todds, I thought this is the best time to give them a go!

I decided to just take a couple of weeks out of my regular skincare routine and just play around with all the products I managed to pick out to see how I felt. Just to let you know, I pretty much exclusively obtained products for dry skin or to combat anti-aging.

Generally I’ll admit that each of the products have a tendency to smell very different from one another, there isn’t a general scent that the brand identifies with in terms of skincare. But keep in mind the scents are strong!

I found both the Skin Defender AHA Cleanser and Tropical Fruit Scrub to be surprisingly gentle on the skin. Often I can’t tell if cream cleansers are actually doing a good job at cleaning or not, and this was unfortunately one of those. However the scrub did have seeds on the larger side and so when used gently left my skin feeling soft and exfoliated. It’s on the watery side, which makes it a little harder to manage, but the results are great!

The Cranberry Antiox Toner is nice to use, but is a little strong on the “alcohol” smell side, which I find strange for a product designed to be hydrating. Wouldn’t recommend this.

Liposome Antiox Moisturizer and Antiox Serum were definitely good purchases, not sure I would personally buy them again as I prefer products with more a subtle scent, but they certainly left my skin feeling smooth and soft, always a major plus!

My favourite however would be the Avocado Mango Mask, actually in part due to the scent! I -love- fruits, mangos are certainly on the top of my list so wearing this is almost as good as eating the fruit. Not to mention how lovely my skin felt afterwards. Highly recommend if you’re a “fruity” :)

All in all, I’m feeling pretty positive over this skincare range, some products are better than others, so if you get the opportunity, I would try purchasing a small set to begin with :)

In terms of Ozsale, if you’re looking for a bargain then this is a great place to have a browse, just keep in mind that the ship time can be quite long. I had to pay for my shipping, but because it was durig a special it was only $1 :) My order took around one month to arrive, so give yourself a lot of time!

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Safety Beach Sunset

Posted by on January 28, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

Safety Beach Sunset

Safety Beach Sunset

Safety Beach Sunset

Safety Beach Sunset

Safety Beach Sunset

Temt Yellow Chiffon Dress

French Connection Straw Hat *

Tiffany & Co Necklace

White Platform Slippers from Hong Kong Market

Products marked with a * were provided for consideration

Surfaced Studio and I made an agreement this year that at least once a month (or more, depends how we feel) we’d book out a Saturday in our calendar to spend together, just the two of us doing whatever we love. And that usually involves beaches, sunsets and photography :) This time we decided to head out to Safety Beach down the coast. I have no words to describe how relaxing taking time out of our otherwise packed schedules was. I love how excited each of us are to take photos and quickly show the other for their opinions, or just sitting on the beach watching the sun slowly disappear below the horizon. Precious moments that bring a sense of tranqulity and peace to my own cluttered mind.

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NARS Pro Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector Review and Photos

Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

NARS Pro Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector

NARS Pro Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector

NARS Pro Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector

NARS Pro Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector

I’ve been through my fair share of face primers, most weren’t actually that great and very few actually did the job they were meant to. For me, face primers aren’t supposed to be used all over the face, I prefer to use them as I would spot treatment. Just apply them in areas I need them, such as my nose. Cue the NARS Pro Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector.

As you can see by the swatch photos I have above, in one photo where I’m not wearing the product and in the second photo where I am. The natural lines on my finger have softened up a great deal. Have to admit, that bit really surprised me. But if you’re thinking that this product would be perfect for those fine lines under your eyes, I’d think again. To me this worked best on places that had a “hard” surface. Places like around the nose, knuckles, forehead etc. In part due to the application method I use, which is direct from the tube. I didn’t find using my fingers or brush did much at all as the product just sticks to the applicator instead. Think of really soft silicone wax, that was pretty much the texture and as you can imagine it loves to stick to stuff.

Which is why under the eyes just doesn’t seem to work because the skin is far too soft for you to drag the product along. That and I found that it worked when it had a firm surfaced to mould the skin to.

Since testing this out I’ve been using it religiously all over my nose, as this is not only the area that gets oily during the day, but the area I have my largest pores. As a result often my pores will show through after a few hours or more throughout the day through my foundation! Even when I go to re-powder my nose, the pores are still pretty visible and it just wasn’t never a good look (only happens with some foundations, not all!)

The foundation I am trying to use up right now is the MUFE Powder Foundation, and half way through the day my nose just looks awful (FYI I don’t recommend this powder, but I’m trying to finish it up so I can forever get rid of it), I won’t even go into detail. But since using the NARS primer, my nose while still gets oily during the day, no longer reveals all my pores shortly after! To me is a large part of the battle won because now I can just re-powder my nose and it’s almost like I’m wearing fresh makeup again.

Personally if you are having issues with lines or pores on “firmer” areas of your face, this would be worth a go! But if you’re looking for a solution for under your eyes, keep moving!

If you’re interested, you can purchase this online for $28USD or at Mecca Cosmetica for $39AUD.

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The Deep Cleanse

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Personal | 5 comments

deep-cleanse

Prepare for a pretty dramatic statement, but I thought if I said it here, with all of you reading this, then I couldn’t back out of it.

I want to perform a deep cleanse on my life

There I said it. Well typed it. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a terrible tendency to hoard things that either were not good for me or to an excess. Be that objects, people, emotions etc. And as Surfaced Studio has told me very times before, the price I pay for feeding this deep seeded insecurity I have is to be content / happy.

So, I’m going to slowly work on cleansing all aspects of my life. Note the word slowly! I’m rarely ever at home (in fact as you read this I’m likely on a plane to Sydney again) so the whole process can take a bit.

I’m not sure how well I’ll be at documenting the process on my blog, but I would like to try. And if you need some examples as to what I mean, then I refer you to my makeup / shoe / handbag collection, which as I type this does not even fit in their designated areas anymore aka I have boxes stacked up everywhere. I think I’ve really only been comfortable to have two of my closest girlfriends come over (they know who they are, and I thank them for never judging me!) to kind of half witness the mess that I call my home. It’s really very suffocating. Worse still is that I’d say 80% of what I own doesn’t get used. So I’m going to work on either using more things, or getting rid of it.

In terms of lifestyle, I want to improve my energy levels. I’m not saying I want to be healthy or incredibly fit, I just want to have enough energy to not feel completely exhausted by the end of the day. And that does come down to better eating and exercise. It’s one of Surfaced Studio’s dream to hike up to Machu Picchu, and at my current fitness level, there is no way I could make it, so that is one of my goals.

But it’s not just about energy levels, but also mental state. I want to do things I love to do because I love to do it. Whether it be a blog post, a video, an activity or well… anything! I don’t want to dedicate my life to living it the way others have told me to. 2015 is about being happy and living my life the way I want to live it.

So there you have it! A high level outline on what I’m hoping to achieve. I’d like to try and do monthly check ins to see how I’m going so I’ll need to sort that out!

But let me know if you guys have any tips on how to stay on top of things like this. My main issue has been obviously laziness, but also working long hours or often traveling for work. I find it difficult to really do much when I’m living out of a suitcase in different hotels. But any tips you could offer, I would love to hear!

P.S: The photo above is taken by me at Safety Beach at sunset. This falls into the “doing things you love” category, going for photography runs with Surfaced Studio at sunset.

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TAG: The Lipstick Addict

Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Videos | 0 comments

I’ve finally gotten around to doing it! It’s the Lipstick TAG that Tine tagged me in so long ago! Be sure to check out her version here, like all her blog posts it’s a great read :D Enjoy the video!

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Casual Weekend Wear

Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

Louis Vuitton Casual

Louis Vuitton Casual

Louis Vuitton Casual

Louis Vuitton Casual


Miss Shop Singlet

GASP Skinny Jeans

Louis Vuitton Scarf

Yes Style Fedora

Gucci Bag

ASOS White Heels

Burberry Silver Watch

So if you can’t tell, I’m trying to get into the swing of utilising hats more often to compliment some of my outfits. I’m not quite there yet as I’ve always viewed hats more as a way to protect you from the sun than look fashionable. But I’ve discovered the wonders they work for a outfit, especially if you are having a bad hair day :)

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Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres – 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres - 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres - 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres - 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres - 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres - 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Chanel Spring 2015 Collection Les 4 Ombres - 236 Tisse Fantaisie

Spring collections are my weakness when it comes to makeup! But you already knew that~ If you follow me on Instagram then you know I managed to grab quite the haul when it came to the Chanel Spring 2015 collection! I’m unsure whether I’ll manage to get around to reviewing most of the items, but I knew the Chanel Tisse Fantaisie palette was something I wanted to feature since I had a pretty strong / differing opinion on it!

I’ll be honest, I’ve never had the best experience with the Chanel baked eye shadows. I did a comparison post half a year ago and it’s pretty clear that the quality and pigmentation is way off! But reading the descriptions online gave me a feeling that they may have changed.

I have no idea if they are still baked, but I can assure you that they feel pretty different to the original baked eye shadows. They felt softer, creamier and a lot easier to generally work with. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s equal to the quality of the pressed shadows, but it’s pretty close and the texture is generally different. Creamier and less powdery, so it really depends on what you prefer.

I will say that I was pretty impressed to see that Chanel provided a little booklet on how to use the shadows, came with 3 different looks which is certainly a benefit to those who may not be as comfortable using colours that are a little less usual.

All in all, I’m not disappointed by this palette, I’d go as far as to say I was a little impressed based on my previous experienced with baked eye shadows from Chanel. But overall, if I had to focus on quality luxury shadows then I’d still defer you to Dior or Tom Ford.

If you’re interested, you can pick one up online for $61USD, I’ve seen them at David Jones in Australia, likely for around $90-100AUD.

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Dior Vernis – 775 Star Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

Dior Vernis - 775 Star

This is one of those shades that I find very difficult to photograph accurately, even with the use of a colour wheel. Star is definitely a nice saturated deep pink / magenta, which is pretty clear in the bottle. But for some reason on the nails it shoots more red than anything else.

Star is typical Dior quality, smooth, creamy and pigmented! Certainly a favourite. I felt it was kind of like a crème version of Front Row, which is a lot more shimmery :)

All in all, you can’t go wrong with Dior nail polishes in my experience. Especially with the amazing brush it comes with. My favourite brand for nail polishes~!

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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Makeup Rotation – January 2015

Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Beauty, Makeup | 2 comments

Makeup Rotation

If you remember late last year I made a post about my Favourite Blushes of the moment and came to the sad realisation that I had fallen into a bit of a rut. So for 2015 I made the decision to really switch up the makeup in my daily rotation and constantly try to include new things… or you know, atleast change the shade of blush once and a while.

Not sure this is going to be easy every month as some products, especialy those that are wet need to be used up fairly soon after opening. e.g. I don’t tend to open a mascara, and then leave it in storage after a few uses, I use it right up. So you may see a few products that remain in rotation for a few months, but other than that, here are some of the products I’ve been using in the month of January for 2015, and hopefully these monthly posts will keep me honest :)

Products marked with a * were provided for consideration.

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The Blue Scarf Dress

Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Outfits | 2 comments

Forever New Blue Dress

Forever New Blue Dress

Forever New Blue Dress

Forever New Blue Dress

Forever New Blue Dress


Forever New Marissa Printed Hanky Dress

ASOS Silver Heels (similar here)

French Connection Straw Hat *

Hermes Clic Clac

Products marked with a * were provided for consideration

There are days when things just don’t work out, and other times things just align perfectly. It was searching for a place to film part of my Top 5 Summer Essentials video and St Kilda beach was just completely packed. What was I to expect on a Saturday afternoon with good weather? Fortunately for some reason this particular walk way was completely empty so I took the opportunity to film and shoot :)

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