Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette – Defining Nectars

Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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Clinique released a range of versatile cheek sculpting compacts a little while back that came in six different shades ($45AUD / $32USD). Each compact contains three distinct pigments, separated into colour, contour and highlight. So they can be used to help sculpt your cheekbones, or you can swirl them all together for a single colour blush.

In true Celina fashion, I picked Defining Nectars which was the coral and peach coloured blush. Admittedly I don’t own nor wear very many Clinique blushes, which in retrospect is a pity because the quality of their blushes is perfect for everyday use.

Whilst they are pigmented, the powder isn’t too soft which makes it easier to pick up enough product to obtain a nice rosy glow. Additionally, their blendability makes it easier to sheer out the blush, especially if you are using this for everyday and are looking to achieve a more subtle shade. This is certainly the case with me, I often struggle to find the right balance between giving my cheeks enough colour without making it look like I’ve been in the cold for too long.

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When it comes to sculpting, your technique with this really makes all the difference. I wouldn’t recommend using a traditional blush brush if you are intending to sculpt. I would first recommend taking a smaller dense brush and first apply the darkest shade in the hollows of your cheeks. I’d apply it in a diagonal line starting from closer to your mouth and moving up towards your ear. Then above that apply a line using the medium shade, then repeat again with the lightest shade just above the medium colour. Then take a fluffy brush and blend out all the harsh lines.

However if you’re like me, then feel free to take your traditional blush brush and swirl it to give yourself a beautiful coral glow. I much prefer the colour of this product when all shades are mixed together rather than using each shade on its own.

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All in all, this is a lovely blush and I can’t really fault it on much. I would say that for the price I’d be more inclined to reach for something a little more to my taste, for example the Clinique Cheek Pops are amazing and so unique. I personally prefer to sculpt my face using a traditional bronzer and highlighter so the sculpting traits this blush offers isn’t something that appeals much to me.

Clinique’s Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette is available at both Nordstrom and Clinique.

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Phillip Island Getaway ~ The Long Easter Weekend

Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

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SO Central Wrap Front Lace Maxi Dress

Forever New Trina Low Heel Sandals

During the Easter weekend a few friends and I hopped in a car and headed down to Phillip Island to chill out and relaxed for the long Easter weekend :) Admittedly it was a little strange to function without a schedule or consistent Internet for a few days, but it did mean extra time to enjoy the world around us, eat copious of delicious home cooking and catch up on some reading :) Additionally, got to love the view from our balcony 

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer ($50AUD / $27USD) has got to be one of my favourite full coverage foundations / concealers recently released on the market. I was incredibly surprised at how amazing the coverage was with a single blended out application. It gives my skin a beautiful natural finish that lasts throughout the day.

It feels lightweight, doesn’t dry out my skin and it goes without saying how flawless the coverage is. Clinique claims that the foundation / concealer is designed to be moisturising which is a huge plus for someone like me who suffers from dry skin.

I was a little iffy on the method of application (and admittedly still am) via a very large doe foot applicator because hygiene is always a concern for me. It’s not that different from how most traditional concealers are dispensed, but for a foundation I’d much prefer a pump bottle. I personally swiped the product a couple of times on the back of my hand, and then used my traditional foundation brush to apply it to my face.

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If you aren’t looking for a full coverage foundation, as the name would suggest, Beyond Perfecting can be used strictly as a concealer. Which then explained why having the doe foot applicator makes a lot more sense, as it is perfect for spot treatment.

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My main issue with this product is the shade range. That statement probably sounds a little surprising given Clinique released around 13 shades. However the shade I picked up was Alabaster, the lightest shade on offer for this product range and as you can see from the comparison swatches with other foundations, it’s pretty dark.

When I apply it on my entire face it actually appears to match my skin tone perfectly so I’m convinced this is a great foundation for photoshoots, but in real life it does look like I have a slight tan. If you are MAC NC20 or lighter, then you definitely won’t find a good shade match here.

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All in all, this is still an amazing product that really surprised me. If you can find a shade that matches you then I highly recommend it! I doubt many people will regret picking this up, the formula is on point.

You can pick this up at at Clinique, Nordstrom, Sephora, Selfridges or Neiman Marcus.

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TAG: Addicted to Blush

Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

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It’s been quite some time since I last did a TAG, and after the fabulous Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous tagged me to do the Addicted to Blush TAG I knew this was the perfect opportunity to rummage through my blush collection!

What blush colour suits you?
I’m going to go with a completely boring answer that likely most people give, but that would have to be coral. I think we all know I had a bit of a problem with coral blushes last year. I just feel the most comfortable wearing this shade, but don’t worry, I am working on branching out a bit more.

Pressed/Cream/Loose Blush?
Without a doubt it would be pressed blushes for so many reasons. As someone who is usually doing her makeup on the go, pressed blushes travel easier than loose. I find pressed powder blushes easier to apply than creams, especially since I prefer to apply powder over my foundation. And of course, given pressed blushes are so much more popular, the sheer range of them can’t be ignored :)

Favourite shimmery blush?
This is tough, most of my collection is made up of shimmery blushes. One of my favourites is definitely Too Faced’s Sweetheart Blushes, not only are they adorable but the pigmentation is on point and the shimmer gives a nice illusion of high cheekbones.

Favourite matte blush?
Without a doubt, Giorgio Armani’s Sheer Blush in 3, this is one of the first high end blushes I ever purchased and I love this for more smokey eye looks because the shade is more nude. I tend to use shimmery coral blushes during the week so this doesn’t get as much love as it should.

Favourite cream blush?
That would have to be Chanel’s Cream Blush. Unfortunately I don’t have many shades so I can’t speak for the entire range, but that’s because I don’t use cream blushes very often. I love how light and almost silicone like this blush feels when you apply it, because I feel safe in knowing it doesn’t drag my foundation underneath and thanks to its incredible pigmentation, a little goes a long way.

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Favourite drugstore blush?
e.l.f’s Studio range! Even though I don’t think they are available in Australia. I’ve purchased all of mine online, and I think I own about 5 different shades, two which have already hit pan. I love that the packaging kind of reminds me of NARS, minus the awful rubbery texture. The quality is amazing, and for a blush that is only a few dollars, it’s completely worth it!

Favourite high end blush?
I’m guilty of almost never using this blush even though it’s amazing! But destroying the rose pattern just breaks my heart, and that would be Chantecaille’s Cheek Shade in Bliss. The quality is amazing as is the packaging :) I generally have found Chantecaille cosmetics to be amazing in quality, but not so great on the wallet.

Favourite bright blush?
I don’t actually tend to use super bright blushes, I’m much more comfortable having bold colours around my eyes or lips rather than cheeks. But if I were to reach for saturated colours I’d think of MAC’s Azalea or Tom Ford’s Narcissist which is unfortunately no longer available as it was a limited edition shade. Both of these are an intense magenta shade, the tiniest amount goes the longest way so use them carefully if you ever get your hands on them!

Biggest blush disappointment
Le Metier de Beaute’s Kaleidoscope blushes! They cost a mint (usually around the $90USD mark) but the packaging is terrible. And I’m not referring to the fact that each blush expands out on its own level, I’m talking about the pans. I own two of these now and every time the pans have a tendency to fall out if I’m not careful. I’m convinced it’s because they aren’t using enough glue to keep the pans in place, but for such a high end brand where you’re paying well over $100AUD for the product, the very least they could do is ensure the pans are secure. Granted I could glue them in myself, but why should I for a blush that costs so much? I certainly don’t recommend them at all.

Best blush packaging?
Les Merveilleuses de Laduree’s Face Color Rose! It’s literally blush in the shape of rose petals. Pretty amazing! I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve had mine for well over 2 years now I still can’t bring myself to use it too frequently because I’m terrified it will break apart the petals. They are just too previous!

What’s on your blush wishlist?
Hmmmm this is really… impossible to answer because I’m kind of a makeup addict and if there is something I want I tend to buy it :( But maybe I’d say more shades from Les Merveilleuses de Laduree’s Face Color Rose… even though I don’t use it much as it is, but it wouldn’t hurt to have all the shades from the collection :D

No.1 Holy Grail blush?
I would have to say the Jill Stuart blushes, I love both their Blush Blossoms and Blush Compacts. Their quality is on point (as is most of Jill Stuart’s products), but I find especially the Blush Blossom so amazing to use. Which is surprisingly because it’s actually a loose blush (with a net over it), but I love that it allows you to contour your cheeks. Also the packaging is pretty amazing and delicate :)

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And there you have it! All my responses :D If you feel like you are up to the challenge then please do this TAG and leave a link in the comments below because I would love to read what you have to say :D

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Dior Cheek & Lip Glow

Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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Tinted cheek and lip stains have been around for a while now and I’m still not 100% sure where I sit on these. Certainly not the type of products I use on a daily basis, but when I tested this at the counter on the back of my hand I loved how beautiful the glow was and decided it was meant to be!

However I really think this needs to be worn in a very specific way otherwise you’re going to have the same issues I experienced, patches of missing foundation :( You can actually see it in the last photo above, where I’ve applied the product I’ve rubbed off most of my foundation.

The makeup artist I spoke to recommended I use my fingers to apply this to my cheeks, and when I did on a face with foundation I found that it actually rubbed off most of my foundation :( Not a great experience. Especially if your foundation shade is quite different to your skin colour underneath. My cheeks ended up look rather patchy so I would not recommend this technique if you prefer to wear foundation underneath. If you want to use your fingers, then go barefaced.

Alternatively you could consider using a sponge instead. I placed the product on to a dry sponge, and then patted it on my cheeks. I found that technique worked a lot better, and there was minimal shifting of my foundation. Which makes this a little less convenient to use unless you’re at home.

However the results are beautiful! The product straight out of the bottle does appear pretty pigmented, but once you’ve blended it out the result is very subtle and has that beautiful soft glow from within!

Personally I’m not a fan of the application process at all, which is part of why this product doesn’t get used as much as I’d like to. But the results are too good for me to let this product go! I honestly don’t feel like I can give much of a recommendation either way, just because the application process is a bit of a draw back. If you’re considering this product, think about how you use makeup and whether this is something you could incorporate into your daily routine.

If you’re interested, you can pick this up from Nordstrom for $37USD or from David Jones for $59AUD.

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The Melbourne Flower Show

Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

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Miss Shop White Jumper

ASOS Midi Skirt – Berry

Nine West White Heels

Last weekend I attended the Melbourne Flower Show, and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while how could I not? I feel like it’s my mission to find any flower related event or location to photograph :) It was a beautiful day, and the flowers were even more amazing! I’ve shared a count of snapshots from the day, but because this post is more about what I wore than the event, I’ll likely post most of my photos on to my instagram account over the next few months~ But let me know if you’ve rather see a big post with my photos instead :D

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NARS ‘All Day’ Luminous Weightless Foundation

Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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Remember that foundation phase I mentioned I was on? Well it’s still going and today I have NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation to review for you.

I have to admit that this foundation threw me off initially. I hadn’t read any reviews so in my head I was expecting something similar to Sheer Glow in that one pump would be enough for your entire face. Well one pump from this foundation visually looks like about 1/3 of the size of what I would get from Sheer Glow AND the formula is far more liquid. So logically I assumed I needed more product and dispensed another 2 pumps. Wrong move!

This stuff is incredibly pigmented, in fact one pump is enough to give you a nice medium coverage if you don’t have any major skin issues. Since the formula is so liquid it spreads easily! I think if you were using a brush maybe you would need 1.5 pumps since the brush will absorb some of the product. But when I used my fingers (and then a brush to blend out any harsh lines) one pump was more than enough.

However if you’re looking for full coverage, then this will likely suit your needs too. You can certain build this up to give you very full coverage, though you will likely need to set it with a powder right after as it has a tendency to crease with any lines you may have since it takes a little longer than most foundations to dry.

In terms of wear, I actually found this foundation to be relatively hydrating, I worn it for a full day and whilst I noticed it did sink into my pores at around the 5-6 hour mark (still better than the Bourjois Healthy Mix Old Formula that I’m trying to finish up that sinks into my pores after only 2-3 hrs…). But what I did notice is that it didn’t exaggerated the dry patches I have around my eyes and at the tip of my nose! Which is something I’ve only noticed with good quality powder foundations, so that’s definitely a plus.

Thanks to the “luminous” properties, unless you suffer from very dry skin I would at least recommend powdering down any areas of your face you either won’t want shine or don’t want creasing. I personally avoid powdering any areas of my face that tend to suffer from dry patches.

In summary, I love this foundation! The finish is perfect for me, I love that such a small amount is all you need to cover your entire face because my foundation feels so much more lightweight. And the hydrating factors for me, whilst not as good as some foundations I’ve tried is still amazing.

The shade I’m using is Gobi, which is just a tad bit light on me, however the shade below it, Deauville is too dark. So in a perfect world I’d own both and mix them. But using Gobi and then settling it with powder works out fine, especially now that we’re entering Winter in Australia.

If you’re interested, you can pick a bottle up for yourself at Nordstrom for $48USD or from Mecca for $64AUD.

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Jill Stuart Nail Lacquer N – 28 Gem Reflection Swatches

Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

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The last polish from my Jill Stuart polish haul from my last trip to Asia (though I’ll be heading back later this year so expect more hehe). I’m a little frustrated as to how this photo turned out because I don’t think it reflects how girly and glittery this polish really is. Not really my style day to day, but I can see it being used on special occasions or for younger girls.

I love the “gel” look this polish gives off so I personally prefer to wear it on its own, but you could definitely pair this with another shade underneath to add a pink glitter / sheen on top.

All in all, loving the Jill Stuart polishes and I think next time I’m at a counter I want to stock up on more neutral crèmes. Boring I know, but those are the types of polishes I get the most wear out of and the formula is really one of the best out there :)

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Makeup Rotation for March 2015

Posted by on March 27, 2015 in F&E | 0 comments

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation
I’ve been loving this foundation! NARS released it a few months ago and admittedly at first I struggled to “understand” it because I was expecting something just like Sheer Glow. But this is far more liquid and pigmented and so a little goes a long way!

theBalm Hot Mama Highlighting Powder Eyeshadow and Blush
I’m a sucker for coral blushes, we all knew that, and I’m trying to play with other shades but every now and then I relapse back to this beautiful shade :)

Dior Cheek & Lip Glow
I’ve been playing with this for a while now, trying to find different ways to get it to work. I wasn’t too keen on it at the start, but I forced myself to stick it out and to be honest, am still not a huge fan :( I’ll have a more detailed review out of this next week.

Guerlain Les Violettes Evanescent Pressed Powder Compact
I burn through face powder like crazy, so I always prefer to use cheaper brands but I was in a pinch whilst overseas once and decided to picked this up in duty free since I don’t have a ton of Guerlain in my collection. I was pleasantly surprised, the finish is amazing! Yes the price is pretty crazy, but 100% worth it to me.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil – 3C
I got this as a sample from a Sephora order I made and wow! I loved it so much that I’ve already ordered a full sized version :) It’s hydrating, pigmented and a great alternative to lipstick.

Rimmel Matte Finish Lipstick – 107
I had to pick this up because Zoella kept raving on about it and I couldn’t resist. It’s a beautiful vampy shade that I sport sometimes on the weekends :)

Unii Palette
I couldn’t live without my UNII palettes. They’ve reduced the amount of packaging that takes up way too much space in my storage and are just so easy to travel with! I do love Z Palettes as well, but I find UNII palettes so much more secure and safer to travel with. A must for everyone!

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Dior Miss Dior New Lock Pomenade Pouch Lambskin – Electric Blue Review and Photos

Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Bag | 0 comments

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About a year and a half ago I released a review on my still heavily used Prada Saffiano Tote and till this day it is still one of my most popular blog posts. So after further encouragement from friends and readers I’ve decided to slowly work through my bag collection and review each one with in depth photos to hopefully make it easier for those researching online :)

I’m not 100% familiar with the bag range in Dior, some of the smaller models tend to change around quite quickly, but for this bag I actually purchased it back in 2013 when I was visit Las Vegas from the Dior boutique in the Caesars’ Palace.

Unlike the newer models it doesn’t come with as many smaller slots for cards, but it does have a large one inside the bag and one on the back. It also comes with an adorable pouch and key to lock your bags if you want (but let’s be honest, I don’t see it getting used that much).

The bag can be worn either on the shoulder or across your body depending on how you style the chain.

This is however lambskin, so definitely not a bag you can throw around. For those not familiar, lambskin is soft leather on the more delicate side, unlike Saffiano which is perfect I you need to be a little rough with your bags (aka me most days). The other issue I have is how small the inside is, it can’t really hold much more than your phone, small wallet and lipstick without potentially stretching the bag and ruining the structure. I would recommend investing into small card holders and tiny pouches if you want to carry more here.

All in all, I do love this bag and the colour is just my style! It’s certainly more a night time / popping out for a bite sort of bag and not something I’d even consider taking into the office for a full day of work :)

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