OOTD ~ Summer Time at St Kilda Beach

Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Outfits | 2 comments

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

These photos were clearly taken quite some time ago, back when we did in fact have Summer in Melbourne! Right now the weather couldn’t be colder, so it’s nice to reminisce over days past. I’m currently out in Adelaide for work, and Toby came up to visit me over the weekend and we spent the better part of it on the road, searching for cool locations to shoot in. And like ever vacation we share together, each day ended at the beach so we could witness the sunset. Sure it would freezing right now but I’m looking forward to witnessing sunsets soon in warmer weather :)

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Dior Addict Lipstick – 651 Mayday ~ Summer 2014 Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

I’m trying to be good with my spending and only making purchases from the limited edition collections that I think I will actually use. I’ve been burnt by a lot of too sheer lipsticks from collections in the past and so I’ve been focusing more on lipsticks I feel will show up on me.

I actually can’t remember when I picked up Mayday, whether that was on my not so recent trip or online, but I know it was part of the Summer 2014 collection (Transatlantique) and I had to admit the colour really won me over! It’s bold, but not such a deep plum red that makes me feel like I stick out. I love that with this shade, I can apply it sheer for work, or deeper for after work / weekends. It’s one of the things I love about deeper coloured lipsticks :D

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the Dior Addict Lipstick range. I love that formula, it may not be as hydrating as the Chanel Coco Shine, but it is much better than many I’ve tried and sits nicely on the lips. But the packaging makes it so difficult to tell each lipstick bullet apart. Not only can you not see the actual shade anywhere, but the print for the colour name is in silver, so it takes a bit for your eyes to focus to read the label. Nothing like black on white text.

The photos speak for themselves in terms of colour, I think warmer reds tend to suit my skin tone a bit better than cooler tones personally. What do you guys thinks?

If you’re keen, you can pick up the Dior Addict Lipstick in Mayday online for $32USD.

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May & June Favourites & Empties 2014

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in F&E | 0 comments

May & June Empties

Wow, it’s been two months since my last Favourite & Empties post :) As you can tell, I’m struggling to get back into the swing of things, going on vacation always seems to throw me off, especially when I try and balance it with work!

Excuses aside, I have four favourite to show you, but you’ll need to watch the video for those ;) And a ton of empties, after all it had been 2 months! Hope you enjoy the video :D

Maybelline FIT Me Pressed Powder – 120
If you’re looking for a powder that give just a tiny bit of coverage, but mostly just helps smooth our your complexion without completely mattifying your face then this might be worth looking into.

Repurchase? Maybe

Sephora Dramatic Volume Mascara
Threw it out before it became a true empty, brush was too big for my liking and the formula was so thick that my lashes became very clumpy and spiderery

Repurchase? No

YSL Baby Doll Mascara
Perfect sized brush, gave incredible length and above average volume for my upper and lower lashes. Will definately pick up a pack next time I go through Duty Free.

Repurchase? Yes

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – Noir
My one true mascara love, I’ve probably been through 4-5 tubes of this already.

Repurchase? Yes

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Eden
Does the job, my eyeshadow didn’t crease at all, but it does provide quite strong pigmentation, so only good if that’s what you’re looking for.

Repurchase? Maybe

Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer
Another good eye primer that did it’s job, but the straight wand head made it difficult to feel like I was getting my money’s worth in product.

Repurchase? No

Amore Pacific Treatment Toner
Standard toner that works like many other cheaper toners, but it comes with a very heavy perfume scent, not something I personally find appealing in a toner.

Repurchase? No

Bobbi Brown Brightening Moisture Cream
I didn’t find this moisturiser particularly brightening nor moitsursing at that, not a huge fan.

Repurchase? No

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum
The sample was a bit too small to see any long term effects, but it felt nice on the skin and if I didn’t have any other serums to try I might give the full sized version a go.

Repurchase? Maybe

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
This is defintely not an oil-free eye makeup remover, my eyes were incredible oily afterwards. But since I do have dry skin and frankly it did do a really great job at removing eye makeup, and it didn’t sting my eyes either, I probably will pick myself up another bottle. It’s similar to Clinique and Lancome’s dual phase makeup remover, only much cheaper :)

Repurchase? Yes

NARS Makeup Cleansing Oil
It did the job, removed my makeup without any complaints, but I still prefer the Bobbi Brown and Shu cleansers just a bit more.

Repurchase? No

Biore Marshmellow Face Wash – Smooth
So much fun to use and love that this foam cleanser is extremely gentle on my dry skin. Didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped of moisture at all. Not to be used as a makeup remover however.

Repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel
Good all round shower gel. In terms of quality I find all The Body Shop shower gels to be similar, it’s mostly the type and strength of the scent that differs. I enjoys the scent for this one, and loved that it wasn’t too over powering.

Repurchase? Yes

Head & Shoulders Anti-dandruff Shampoo
Average shampoo, but even when I have dandruff I don’t find it does a great job. The Neutrogena T-Gel does a much better job (though the experience may not be as fantastic in the shower lol)

Repurchase? No

Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner
Didn’t do anything but leave my hair feeling stripped and average. I’ve heard it’s good for people with thin hair, as opposed to my overly thick hair so that might be way.

Repurchase? No

Wen Cleansing Conditioner – Sweet Almond Mint
It was nice, but had a very strong scent in the shower that fortunately didn’t linger too far beyond the shower. Did leave my hair feeling soft and silky, so I may consider it if I ever easily come across it in the shops.

Repurchase? Maybe

Succo di Candela Juice Candle – Watermelon
I can’t say no to watermelon or lychee scented candles, nuff said.

Repurchase? Yes

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OOTD ~ Autumn Luncheon

Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

H&M Top | H&M Pencil Skirt | Via Spiga Trench Coat | Nine West Bow Heels | Celine Micro Luggage Tote | Burberry Watch

A little while back, we went out to a luncheon to celebrate Violet’s birthday. We both agreed that we would do our best to dress up for this, so I decided to go with a more corporate look. As you can probably tell from all my outfit photos, I don’t have the curviest of figures, so using a peplum top to give the illusion of “curves” is always a nice change :) Also I’m kind of in love with my new bag, owning anything Celine is appropriate for me ;)

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Bella Box vs Lust Have It ~ May 2014

Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Beauty, Comparison | 0 comments

Bella Box
Bella Box vs Lust Have It

Lust Have It
Bella Box vs Lust Have It

Bella Box vs Lust Have It

I haven’t been able to actually do a comparison between Bella Box and Lust Have It for quite some time now! Part of it was due to traveling, I feel travel, as much as I love doing it can be such a disruption from day to day life. But the biggest reason is because Lust Have It packages have either been delayed or went missing entirely. One month mine never came, and I thought it was just delayed, but when I got the invoice for the next month I knew something was up. Fortunately they did eventually send through the missing package, but as it was near the time I was leaving for my travels so I ended up missing out on a few reviews. I have generally found that the Lust Have It boxes tend to come a little later than Bella Boxes.

Given that, I won’t have many more months left, potentially just another 1 or 2 comparisons before my subscription to both run out. I’m not sure whether I want to sign up for another 6 months each, just because the products aren’t really the sort of products I personally use, or from brands I generally like. And the whole delay in shipping just didn’t make the experience any better, but I’ll carry on till my subscription expires and reevaluate! Do let me know your thoughts, your opinions do matter to me and if this is something you guys want to see, I’d be willing to make an exception just for you :)

That said, today I wanted to talk about the May boxes for Bella Box and Lust Have It. First thing you may notice is that both boxes contained the Appelles Apothecary bar of soap. The soap itself is pretty interesting, it’s a light orange with many herbs infused throughout it. Unfortunately the soap did leave my skin dry afterwards, or at least pretty tight. Which may not have anything to do with the brand per say, unless I’m using Dove soaps, I generally have that issue with most bar soaps, which is why I personally prefer to use shower gels.

I found this month’s Lust Have It was particularly heavy on the makeup end, whereas Bella Box leaned more towards the skin care side. I personally prefer makeup samples because I find they last longer and so I get more bang for my buck. Unfortunately most of the brands Lust Have It featured were either not known to me, or brands I personally wouldn’t buy due to the quality, which was sadly the case here. The eyeliner was pigmented when swatched but tugged on my lashes, the lip stick wasn’t a colour I typically wore, the lip balm was nicer, but applied pretty sheer. If I applied more it became a bit too sticky and the blush was probably the most interesting. Not the easiest to manage since every time I opened it a puff of powder would appear, but the colour was something I’d personally use.

As for Bella Box, I did managed to use up the Wen conditioner and am interested to try the full sized version, the face mask was nothing to write home about as I’ve experienced better. The Invisible Zinc satchel was far too dark for my skin tone, Chapstick is chapstick. Nice all round balm, but the stand out product for me and what really sealed the deal was finding an Anastasia Brow Gel sample. A high quality known brand, and a girl always needs brow gel, so definitely something for me to use.

I think my main gripe with sample boxes is I get the feeling that the samples are always thrown away items from lesser known / budget brands that have a surplus of stock. Rarely feels like you’re opening a box filled with quality brands and new discoveries. But if I had to give it to someone this week, it’d probably be Bella Box because I was pleasantly surprised that they had a product from Anastasia!

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Laura Mercier Nude Smoky Eye Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Laura Mercier Nude Smoky Eye Palette

Laura Mercier Nude Smoky Eye Palette

Laura Mercier Nude Smoky Eye Palette

Laura Mercier Nude Smoky Eye Palette

Laura Mercier Nude Smoky Eye Palette

I remember some time last year Laura Mercier released a nude eye shadow palette set, and fortunately I was traveling through the States at the time. To make it better, that’s also the time they had their 20% sale on. So I have no idea what came over me when I decided to not purchase that palette. I figured I had enough nudes at home to last me a few life times, probably don’t need another.

Well turns out you can never have enough nude palettes and I’ve regretted that poor decision ever since. So when I saw this and another palette I’ll be reviewing in a couple of weeks, I decided to just go for it. Clearly I did, and I have no regrets :) I may be swimming in an ocean of nude palettes, but I’m happy!

This palette is a little different from the traditional eye shadow palettes that Laura Mercier releases, in the sense that rather than coming with 10-12 shadows, it contains four neutral shadows, one powder eyeliner and a set of three dual ended brushes.

Generally I think Laura Mercier brushes are on the quality end, I own a number of their full sized brushes and their pony-tail brush is hands done my all-time favourite blending brush. That said, I didn’t find the brushes provided particularly useful. They didn’t seem to be a good fit for the look I was going for (e.g. would have preferred a fluffier / thicker shader brush for the lids), but this is purely subjective. Personally I’d rather a smaller palette and lower price without the brushes.

Now on to the good bits, the eye shadows! I was very surprised by how pigmented and silky these were. I know it seems cliché, but it really did apply like a dream / was finely milled etc. I don’t know why I expected less from Laura Mercier, I think the last shadows I tried from them were their baked kind which left me less than impressed. And I’ve always known matte shades to be difficult to master so I was shocked that Laura Mercier created mattes that reminded me of Tom Ford quality.

I think my favourite was the cake eyeliner, when swatched dry it’s pretty much just a smudge, but use a damp brush and this is as pigmented as many gel eyeliners, if not more! It’s incredible. I personally would have preferred a black liner rather than a deep brown, but that’s just because I tend to use black. Be sure to work quickly though, because the liner does dry pretty fast. A big plus for me!

As you can tell, I’m highly impressed by this palette! If it didn’t have the brushes this most likely would be one of my favourite palettes to date :) If you have the budget, I think it is worth the $95USD price point online! Hopefully it will hit Australian counters soon :)

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Ciate Doll House Collection Review and Swatches

Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Nails | 0 comments

Ciate Doll House Collection

Today I thought I would share these adorable polishes from Ciate as part of their Doll Collection~ These particular Ciate polishes are extra adorable because they are mini :) The Doll House collection consists of five pastel crème polishes, perfect for Spring (how I miss warmer weather). I’ve used two coats for each swatch and generally I’ve found all five polishes to be very consistent in terms of quality, so I figured I’d summarise all of them here!

If you want the polishes to work, you need to make sure each coat is pretty thick, else you’ll run into issues with them separating a little on the nail, which kind of ruins the look. You can see that occurring with Doll Face. Do that and you should have no problems with these adorable polishes, the brushes are a little on the thick side, but really still no issue with application if you’re careful. All in all, cute adorable polishes that work well for those who love pastels :)

Baby Doll

Ciate Doll House Collection

Doll Face

Ciate Doll House Collection

Paper Doll

Ciate Doll House Collection

Poppet

Ciate Doll House Collection

Sweet Pea

Ciate Doll House Collection

If you’re interested, check out the collection at Mecca Cosmetica.

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theBalm Weekend Eyes

Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

It’s been quite a week for me, I spent most of it in Adelaide doing long hours for work so I’m really looking forward to settling in this weekend, especially because today is Surfaced Studio‘s birthday :D Birthday dinner tomorrow night!

Most weekends I like to give my skin a break from makeup and just let it breath. For the most part. But if I’m heading out to see friends, I like to keep my makeup simple.

theBalm were kind enough to send me quite a generous package filled with goodies so I went through and pulled out what I’d wear on a typical weekend and thought why not feature a few mini reviews :) theBalm is nothing new to me, they are one of my favourite brands and I’ve rarely ever had issues with their quality, so I knew I was in for a treat :)

First up is the theBalm Put a Lid On It Eyelid Primer ($22.95AUD), essentially a great eye primer. Comes out of the tube with a slight tint, but when applied on the lid, is completely clear. It might feel a little strange to those with very oily lids because the consistency feels slightly oily. But I personally haven’t experienced any issues with it, and it keeps my eyeshadows from creasing throughout the entire day, so thumbs up for me!

For the shadows, I picked out two single shadows called theBalm Shadylady Power Eyeshadow ($19.95AUD), one in the shade Just This Once, a beautiful taupe shimmery shade and another called Luscious Lani pinky champagne shade.

These shadows are pretty amazing, very pigmented, soft and buttery to the touch. Application was simple, smooth and very easy to blend out :) An extra little bonus is that each single has a little mirror attached, can never get enough mirrors! Perfect when you’re in a pinch.

Finally the mascara, theBalm What’s Your Type Mascara Tall Dark and Handsome ($26.95AUD) was probably the weakest on this list, not that it was necessarily bad, it just didn’t perform as well as the products mentioned above. I’d say the mascara was pretty average in terms of length and volume, but it didn’t smudge on me during the day and held up pretty well, no flaking etc.

All in all, generally enjoying these and a few of them have made their way into my daily makeup drawer, so certainly give these a shot if you’re curious. They’re available to play with at David Jones and can also be purchased online at Adore Beauty.

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Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner Review, Swatches and Photos

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

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

My go to everyday liner is using a pot of gel (Bobbi Brown, amazing!) and my trusted angled eyeliner brush :) It’s my winning combo that never fails, I find it much easier than the traditional straight eyeliner brushes, just because I tend to constantly mess up the shape of my wing.

So when Benefit sent me their Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, I was pretty intrigued, it seemed to combine an angled eyeliner brush with a gel liner. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this on the market, so I was pretty keen to give it a shot!

The pen features a rubber angled dispenser on the tip, you probably need to twist the bottom a good 30 times or so before the product starts to appear, but once it does, easy does it! Going forward, just a single twist is all you need for each application. The formula has a thick gel consistency and is highly pigmented. You really don’t need much product to create two pretty noticeable cat eyes, which I’m really happy about. It just makes using the product so much more fun and satisfying :) (You know when products just work well? It makes applying makeup that much more fun!)

But I did want to focus on to the rubber dispenser, it was certainly a new concept to me having used brushes and felt tips exclusively. Essentially, the rubber dispenser acts a bit like a tube and the product comes through. Looking at it, I wasn’t sure if it would apply an even line, I kept thinking too much product will bulge through and almost deform the shape of the dispenser. When I saw the initial product come through, I decided to wipe it on a tissue first to reshape the dispenser as it wasn’t deformed, but it did look a little rounded. But once I did that, the shape bounced back to its original shape and has stayed that way ever since.

I find you use this virtually how you would an angled brush, it does take a little getting used to at first, but after a couple of tries I found it very easy to use! The added benefit (pun not intended!) is that the cap is a twist top, so it ensures the gel isn’t exposed to air and so doesn’t dry out as fast as a gel pot would.

All in all, I think this is a really innovative product and perfect for those who love using gel. I love that it makes for such an easy travel companion, just one product, no need to lug around two pieces anymore (or constantly wash my brush). I will say however that it does take a little getting used to initially, it’s not something I found I could just jump in and get the hang of immediately, but with a little patience at the start, you can expect some big pay off later on :)

If you’re interested, you can purchase this starting tomorrow at your local Myer Benefit counters for $35AUD!

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Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Accessories, Travel, USA | 0 comments

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

On my last trip to the USA I managed to pick up a couple of charms to add to my travel Tiffany collection. If you’re new to my travel tradition, basically I pick up Tiffany charms from every major city I travel to. If you want to know how it all started, then you can read about it here.

Naturally on this trip I snapped up two more charms, Palm Trees for Miami, Florida and the 5th Ave charm for New York, the flagship store for Tiffany & Co :) At multiple levels, this was one of my favourite Tiffany & Co stores I’ve ever visited, but really the whole 5th Ave shopping was quite the experience~

Do you guys have any traditions you take on when you travel?

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