How I Style Short Hair + GHD Giveaway

Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Hair | 2 comments

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For many years I’ve lived life with ultra-long hair, typically hair that hits just past my waist and so during that period I had my hair care routine down pat! But all that changed when I decided to go for the chop and go for substantially shorter hair. I was so used to using the L’Oreal Steam Pod (which I love!) to straighten my hair, but due to the size of the tongs, I had to switch to something much smaller. In came the GHD Professional Styler Mini ($269AUD)

The tongs are far thinner (around 2cm thick) and perfect for straightening and styling much shorter hair. I found that especially to be the case for the hair right above my neck which themselves are only about 5-6 cm long after a cut at most.

Now, small stylers are not unique to GHD, in fact many companies now release mini stylers that are even smaller and travel friendly, and I know because I’ve tried a lot of them! In fact I purchased one on a recent work trip because I had forgotten to bring my GHD with me and after one use I left it in the hotel room upon checking out because I knew I wouldn’t be using it again.

For the last 10 years or so of my life I’ve almost exclusively (L’Oreal Steam Pod is the exception) use GHD straighteners because of how efficient they are at straightening my hair and how healthy my hair looks right after. With most straighteners I find at Priceline, my hair always feels stiff and frizzle afterwards, and that is after having used a lot of great hair care products to help. Every time someone asks me about a hair straightener my answer is always get a GHD! It’s expensive but worth it!

Which leads me into an interesting story I have for you! GHD originally had contacted me regarding the GHD Opal ($269AUD), but I mentioned that because of my recent hair cut the Mini would be better suited. So they agreed to send me the Mini, but by mistake I received the Opal instead! They were so lovely, told me to keep it and they’d send me the Mini too.

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Well I already have three standard sized GHDs (crazy right!) so I certainly don’t need a fourth and we came to the agreement that offering it up for one of you lovely readers was the best thing to do! And hence the birth of this giveaway :)

Giveaway Rules:

  1. Must be located in Australia (sorry but I have to ship this personally and don’t want to worry about high shipping costs)
  2. Must be over the age of 18 or have parental permission if you are under 18
  3. Leave me a comment on this blog post sharing with me your favourite hair styling tool / product (because I love to shop!)
  4. Please leave me some way to direct contact you (social media / email)

And that’s it! :) I’ll end this competition on the 20th of July midnight and draw a winner at random :) Good luck and I can’t wait for you to receive this amazing straightener and love it just as much as I do 😀

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Everyday Natural Makeup Tutorial

Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Videos | 0 comments

I’ve been keeping my everyday makeup ultra-light and simple! It’s my go to look that I’ll use whenever I either have no idea what makeup I should use, when I go to work or when I’m in an incredible rush!

In other words, it’s my everyday natural makeup tutorial. I filmed this quite some time ago so wasn’t sure if it was still worth uploading, but let me tell you trying to get even lighting on your face whilst filming against such a bright background is no easy feat and so I decided this was certainly worth uploading :) I hope you enjoy it!

I plan on sharing this particular photo on Instagram, but thought it would be nice to share a few outtakes from the video here too :)

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Makeup Rotation June 2015

Posted by on July 1, 2015 in F&E, Makeup | 0 comments

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We have officially made it through half of 2015, I’m shocked that the year has just flown by, but also incredibly excited because all our holiday travel plans were marked for the 2nd half of the year so I cannot wait to experience new adventures overseas to places I’ve never been before 😀

On top of that, one thing has happened in June was my major simplification of my makeup routine. The products you see above? The only makeup products I’ve been reaching for, and quite honestly I could probably go without the blush (and may skip that step for a week to see how I go). It’s fantastic because I can zip through my entire makeup routine in under 2 minutes. I think the main reason is because every morning when I wake up for work it is still complete darkness, which makes me want to stay in bed more and gives me the impression of very little time. So I tend to wake up rush through my mornings and realise I still have a good 10 mins spare, which (as cheesy as this sounds) is the time I spent to watch sun rise now :) It’s a completely amazing and Zen experience to have each day, I love it!

No idea how long that will last, but it really does make you think about how little make up you actually need to day to day life and how amazing the world is around us :)

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Macadamia Natural Oil Hair Products

Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Hair, Reviews | 0 comments

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Eeep, even though it’s only been a week since my last blog post, it feels like forever! And that’s all my own fault. I’ve been completely pre-occupied by work and other things but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. I’m actually planning to pull back my posting to likely 3 times a week as opposed to my “planned” 5 posts a week, mostly due to things happening outside the blogging / youtubing world, but also I’m hoping it gives me an opportunity to get back to a somewhat regular schedule with videos, which I have struggled with SO hard!

That is however not the point of this post, the point of this post was to talk about the Macadamia Natural Oil Hair range, which I’ve been using for the last couple of weeks. The people at RY kindly offered to send me something from their store and I instantly knew I wanted to try these!

RY kindly sent me three products: Rejuvenating Shampoo ($29.65UAD), Nourishing Leave In Cream ($29.66AUD) and Deep Repair Masque ($39.55AUD), which I’ve been wanting to try since I started using their hair oil range which is amazing! (I keep two travel sets with me for work trips / holidays).

If you suffer from dry hair or hair damaged from a lot of heat treatment then I highly recommend the Macadamia range. As the name would suggest, the products are highly moisturising and when combined with the hair oil leaves my hair as soft as if I had just been to a salon.

Essentially I use the shampoo, conditioner and hair oil every time I wash my hair (which is 2-3 times a week) however I will use the hair mask once a week. Typically I’ll do that at the start of a shower, do everything else I need to do and then wash it off before hopping out. Especially because I do use heat styling every single time I wash my hair (and even in between) so I do appreciate good hair products that can help keep my hair from becoming too dried out.

All in all, highly recommend these :) When I finish up these smaller bottles I’ll likely pick up the larger 1L versions :)

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Impulse Fragrance Education Event

Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

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Last week the ladies at Impulse hosted a lovely dinner to help educate bloggers on everything there is to know about fragrances. It was an amazing evening, as you can tell from the photos, dinner was hosted in a lovely place called Moon Under Water. The room was beautifully decorated, it was warm, intimate and the perfect environment to connect with likeminded individuals.

The dinner was not just delicious, but incredibly educational, especially for someone like myself who hasn’t had a great deal of exposure to fragrances. We walked through how scents are used in society for a number of reasons such as increasing one’s experience, masking a base odour, creating brand identity or even providing functional benefits. Next we stepped through a list of different scents that were produced naturally and synthetically to better understand the varying qualities of scents. Believe me when I say it was a real eye opener!

Soon after we walked through a range of popular fragrances currently on the market and despite knowing many of them, I really started to experience them on a whole different level with a new appreciation for the detail that goes into each one. By the end of the evening we even got the opportunity to attempt to create our own fragrance :)

It was certainly a memorable evening and one of the changes I wanted to make was to start reflecting my blog content more in my YouTube channel (which if you haven’t noticed has been painfully neglected). This will likely include more fashion, beauty and potentially even life style videos. Basically if I’ll feature it on this blog, then I feel the same type of content should be reflected on the channel as it is after all a natural extension of what I do here. So I decided to vlog the event as best I could and I really hope you enjoy it as I bad a blast filming it :)

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YSL Rouge Volupte Shine – 24 Violet Insurgent

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

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Another gem from the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine range ($55AUD / $36USD), these are some of the most beautiful and luxurious lipsticks I’ve ever used and this shouldn’t come as news to you if you’ve been reading this blog for some time now.

If you aren’t familiar with any of the YSL lipstick range, then the first thing you’ll notice about this range is the weight the bullets carry. They feel heavy and luxurious and while may not be perfect for travel, is a great accessory to any beauty desk.

The Shine range isn’t known for being overly pigmented, but rather works well as a moisturising and glossy tint. I especially love this in Violet Insurgent as the deep berry shade gives me more flexibility as to how pigmented I want my lip colour to be. Definitely one of my favourite ways to wear deeper shades without having to over commit to anything too heavy.

Additionally if you’re curious of the scent, like most YSL lipsticks, this comes with a sweet fig like scent that I absolutely love! Always a fan of sweet scents :)

You can pick one up for yourself at Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sands Eye Palette

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

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A few months ago Bobbi Brown released this amazing pocket sized neutral palette called Bobbi Brown Shimmering Sand Eye Palette ($110AUD / $70USD) that contains twelve neutral shades in a highly travel friendly palette that also comes with a beautiful large mirror and a dual-ended eyeshadow and eye liner brush.

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The palette contains the following shadows:
Sand Castle (light silver pink)
White Sand Sparkle (light silver sparkle)
Seashell Shimmer Wash (light pale pink)
Sunkissed Metallic (midtone champagne pink)
Copper Sand Shimmer Wash (shimmering pink peach)
Suntan (medium beige)
Beach Pink metallic (light pale pink)
Seashore (champagne pink)
Beach Bronzed Shimmer Wash (midtone beige shimmer)
Golden Sand Shimmer Wash (midtone beige shimmer)
Bronzed Sand Sparkle (rich, dark brown)
Black Sand Sparkle (grayish brown)

The quality of Bobbi Brown eyeshadows, especially in palette format has always been a little hit and miss, and I tend to find price to be a good indicator. Palette sthat come as a set or at a low price tend to be difficult to use, this however is a whole different story. The eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, rich in colour as you can see in the swatches and blend out amazingly well. The shades that lean on the high shimmer side however may have a bit of fall out so best to proceed with caution, mattes however are just fine.

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However the thing that caught me off guard was the size of the pans, so I included a shot with my hand to you give you an idea as to the size. The palette was a lot smaller than I had anticipated, nothing terrible because I will certainly get a lot of use out of it, but probably worth keeping in mind if this is something that is important to you.

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Would certainly recommend this palette to those who are neutral addicts, just like myself :) A favourite in my collection!

If you are interested, you can pick out up for yourself at Bobbi Brown Australia, David Jones, Nordstrom.

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Lancome Trio Lipstick from Airport in Japan

Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment

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If you pass duty free often then you’ve definitely seen these little lipstick sets. Most brands offer little travel sets designed for beauty lovers on the go and I can never just walk past without picking up something!

One of my latest purchases was a Lancôme Trio lipstick pack, the thing I love about these sets is that the colours are usually neutral and highly wearable, which is perfect since that’s my makeup 80% of the week so I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to get good use out of them.

These beauties were no exceptions, I’ve already gotten a lot of use out of the two pink shades. They are just such easy to wear shades I can throw into my handbag before I leave for work. The pigmentation is pretty sheer, which is part of why these formulas are so wearable. Additionally, I love the gloss and moisture that comes with these lipsticks, which may not be great for windy days, but is perfect for giving your lips that hydrated natural healthy look :)

Love these lipsticks and love how wearable and easy to use they are! They’ve definitely secure a permanent place in my on the go makeup bag.

Unfortunately I have no idea how much these are, when I purchase makeup overseas I find it difficult to really keep track, but safe to say I haven’t had any bad experiences thus far with duty free exclusive makeup so I recommend you give it a shot if you get the chance :)

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How I Use My Beauty Blender

Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment

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The Beauty Blender ($26AUD / $19.95USD) has been a cult favourite in the beauty community for many years now, and as a result many “alternative” versions have been released by competitor brands and despite trying most of them I still find myself gravitating back towards the original Beauty Blender.

I’ve been using this beautiful pink tool for well over a few years now but realised I’ve never created a blog post on it! I know a common excuse I’ve made in the past was that there are plenty of reviews and videos out there already on it, there isn’t much point for me to share my thoughts. But then this blog wouldn’t be a true reflection on what I use, and so I decided, no matter how mundane I may seem to make a post about it anyways :)

I think there are different ways people will use this blender. If you’re not familiar with the Beauty Blender then it is basically a tear drop shaped brush that you must use wet (you can see the size difference between a dry sponge and a damp one). Make sure to squeeze all excess water out, and then use it to apply to blend out any hard lines in your liquid foundation or blush. And if you think any sponge will do trust me, this is a special type of sponge.

I actually use the Beauty Blender at least 5 days a week over the last month or so, I’ll first apply my liquid foundation on with a brush (Real Techniques Foundation Brush) and then after that I’ll smooth it out perfectly with the Beauty Blender. In the past I used to skip the Beauty Blender step and often found my makeup looking a little uneven, especially later in the day. However with the Beauty Blender everything is smooth and even, even when it’s time to go home at the end of the day! Love it :)

Since I keep all my makeup outside of my bathroom, it can be a bit of a hassle to get up just to wet it under the sink but the results are completely worth it~ I usually give my Beauty Blender a deep clean over the weekend with my Beauty Cleanser. I do this at the same time I deep clean all my brushes and it’s good as new for the next work week.

If you use liquid foundation then I couldn’t recommend this enough, especially if you have naturally smooth skin and are completely anal about how your foundation applies. It’s certainly not a necessary step if you’re not a makeup perfectionist, but if you are, trust me this will satisfy :)

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Marc Jacob Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow – 220 The Lover

Posted by on June 5, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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I’ve been a long-time fan of the Marc Jacob Style Eye-Con No.7 Plush Eyeshadow ($59USD) range since it launched years ago. I actually picked up the Lolita palette about two years ago and for some reason never got around to publishing a review despite loving it! So when The Lover came out, which also contained a bunch of neutral shades I decided I should publish a review and share my thoughts :) If you’re keep to see a review on the Lolita palette just let me know and I shall make it happen, but I’m sure you can find plenty of reviews online already~

For some reason Marc Jacob makeup hasn’t been getting the best rep online, which is hard for me to say because being in Melbourne means I can’t just pop into a store to test out each product and I can only go by the ones I own, but personally I’ve loved each MJ product I’ve owned and this palette is no different.

The palette contains seven eyeshadows, a mixture of shimmery and matte. The shades swing more into the warm tone light range, so I’d say all shade are extremely wearable for day time and the office, depending on how you want to combine them.

The shades are blendable, smooth, pigmented and very easy to work with. Safe to say I love using this palette, the colour range however isn’t exactly what I prefer to use on a day to day basis. I would love a completely matte peachy shade personally, but these are still shades I could comfortable work with.

If you are keen you can pick one up for yourself at Sephora.

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