Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 6 comments

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and It-Lash Volumising Mascara

Admittedly, it’s hard for me to resist the urge to make a purchase when something new comes out. Even though the better part of me knows that especially with high end goods I should just wait for a few more trusted reviews to come out first. But no, the promise of shiny new things always draws me and here we are. With the new Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner and Dior Addict It-Lash Volumising Mascara for you today!

Fortunately, it was good news for both of these, maybe not amazingly well for the mascara, but good enough for me to feel justified in my purchases.

Starting off with the liner, the formula is pretty amazing! Rich, pigmented and very easy to apply. A single coat gives an amazing deep black layer, and made even better than such a tiny brush. I love how small this brush is because it gives me so much more control over how I want to shape my liner as well as fill in any patches I may have missed, it allows for some very fine work. The formula does dry surprisingly quick, which is great if you’re like me and tend look up at your computer screen as you do your makeup and can end up with liner in your crease. Certainly not the case with this liner :)

As for the mascara, it comes with a plastic bristle that’s a decent size. To me, it’s a good all round mascara, providing decent length and volume, but it certainly didn’t leave me in a state of awe like the YSL Baby Doll or Lancome Hypnose. I do however like the fact that the tip of the brush almost reminds me of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara wand, not as prominent, but it has a few additional spikes at the tip that makes coating your inner corner lashes that much easier. Personally for me I felt the head of the wand was a little too big for me to adequately coat my lower lashes, which are pretty non-existent and fine as they are. I tend to need thinner wands or sample size mascaras for my lower lashes. A slight downside to what is otherwise a pretty decent mascara.

If I had to pick one from the two, I’d definitely recommend the liner over the mascara. High end mascaras are always an interesting topic, typically mascaras don’t last long for me (less than three months because it takes me 5 minutes to do my lashes everyday so I suspect my tubes dry up faster), so spending a large sum of money on something that doesn’t last seems wasteful. However I am willing to shell out the cash for high end mascaras that can deliver results I can’t find in cheaper brands. This wasn’t necessarily the case with this mascara for me, however the liner is a whole different story. I’ve only been able to find similar results with other high end brands, so I’d definitely repurchase this if I ever run out :)

One thing to note is that both these products come in a small range of colours, my good friend Violet picked up the pink liner and told me that the pigmentation is so strong that she can paint it over existing black liner and the colour is completely opaque. Knowing that, I’d be keen to try both these products in a different colour to see what the effect is like :) But I’m being good, I’m currently on no-spend June (and may extend it to no-spend July…)

If you’re interested, the Dior Addict It-Line Liquid Eyeliner retails for $31USD online and the Dior Addict It-Lash Volumising Mascara retails for $26USD online. I know these are now available at Dior counters in Australia, but unfortunately I don’t know how much they are :(

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OOTD ~ Maui Sunset

Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Outfits, Travel, USA | 0 comments

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Maui Sunset Dress Andaz

Forever New Dress | Andaz Lei

It’s not often I feel comfortable to get dressed up in such a free flowing dress for dinner, but when you’re at a tropical resort with someone special, you seize the chance :) One of my favourite dresses I own, not sure how much use I’ll get out of it, especially in Melbourne, but it’s a beautiful piece of work and has motivated me to add more similar dresses to my collection~

I think virtually every single day whilst at Andaz, we picked this spot to enjoy the Maui sunset. It was the perfect spot sit and watch the sky go from light to a blaze of breathtaking colours to dark. Admittedly watching sunrise and sunsets are some of our favourite things to do when on vacation :)

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bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss

One of the things I tend to worry just a little bit about as a beauty blogger (and yes I know these are first world problems) is coming home from a shopping trip (aka USA) to come home to packages that contain the same products I had just purchased. I did purchase a number of bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolors while traveling (they are fantastic, expect another review soon), so when I saw lip glosses from bareMinerals waiting for me I was hoping they weren’t the same ones I bought. Fortunately they were not!

Instead these glosses are known as Marvellous Moxie Lipglosses, they don’t have as much pigmentation as the Pretty Amazing Lipcolors, they are much more akin to traditional glosses. A sheer wash of colour with a lovely shine.

Despite the sheer colour, I still preferred to wear them alone (and I don’t think the colour was really that sheer!), they have a very minty smell and feel to them, so your lips end up feeling rather refreshed. That feeling actually lasts for a good 2-3 hours after application, or at least until the gloss starts to wear off. After the 3 hr mark, I felt the need to reapply to achieve the same shine. These aren’t as slippery as say Chanel’s Aqualumiere Gloss, but they are not where nearly as sticky as Lancome’s Juicy Tubes! They lean closer to being on the not sticky side.

Not surprisingly, the most intriguing gloss was Hypnotist, it’s this beautiful duo chrome, purple / silver gloss that works much better as a top coat to lipstick than on its own. But it’s so unusual and different, I absolutely loved it!

If you love minty glosses with sheer pigmentation, then these may be just what you’re looking for.

If you’re interested, these go for $26.95AUD a pop at Mecca Cosmetica.

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FOTD ~ Simple Holiday Look

Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Looks | 0 comments

FOTD Simple Holiday Look

FOTD Simple Holiday Look

FOTD Simple Holiday Look

I know you may be wondering why I haven’t posted the rest of my holiday photos, I’ve had a bit of a re-think on how I wanted to distribute my photos and thoughts around travel. I found myself actually wanting to rant and rave on about some of the hotels, tours and various other aspects of the trip that I just didn’t think would suit this blog in particular! So I’ve decided to move all non-beauty travel related content to another blog all together! It’s been a long time coming, I may still occasionally share some more “scenic photos” from trips, but I certainly won’t go into the sort of depth I did in the past~ This is after all mostly a beauty / fashion blog so gotta keep it real! (FYI I haven’t launched said blog yet!)

That said, this look is still around my travels to the USA :) Towards the end of the trip I found myself wanting a slight change in my every day makeup look, two straight weeks of essentially the same look can feel boring after a while. So I decided to put aside my beloved Chanel compact and looked to what else I could do with my eyes. The result, I used my highlighter as a wash all over the lid, and applied the bronzer I had into my crease for some definition. And that’s it, everything else was pretty much business as usual, but being able to use non-eyeshadow products for eyeshadow related activities left me feeling slightly innovative ;)

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Travel Camera Gear for Bloggers / Vloggers

Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Technology, Travel | 0 comments

Travel Camera Gear

Let’s be honest, I’m not the strongest person around…. in fact trying to lift a 8kg bag over my head doesn’t tend to go over well (I’ve tried, I failed and ended up with a sore head later). So portability is the most important thing for me when it comes to travel, unfortunately when you’re a blogger / youtuber, having good equipment is a must, unfortunately most “good” camera equipment is also big and bulky :/

So it’s taken me a little quite to testing different gear and determine what works best for me, and I think I’ve finally worked out a good set up that works well, especially if you’re small and weak like myself :)

For blogging / Youtube makeup tutorial purposes I’ve found my Sony NEX 5R to be tried and true, especially because it does have a 180 degree flip screen. I’ve taken this on a number of trips now, so it has definitely seen better days, but I’ve found that mirrorless cameras are a great light-weight alternative to the standard DSLR. The main lens I use (and have used for almost all the Imagery travel photos you see) is the kit 16-50mm lens, I wish it did have a bit more zoom, but I did purchase the 18-200mm lens to try and it was horrible. Quality of the photos was just terrible, so I sold that and went right back to the kit lens which does look a little bulky, but it gets the job done :)

When I’m filming videos for my main channel (like a makeup tutorial), then I tend to opt for the 50mm 1.8, just because it has great depth of field and gives you that “DSLR” feel :) I also toted around my 20mm 2.8 when I wanted better quality selfies, but I’ll be honest, if you don’t have a ton of space for different lenses, just stick to the 16-50mm, I’ve filmed videos on this before and while you won’t get that same depth of field, I think it’s still a good compromise. Just make sure you have sufficient lighting!

When it comes to on the go vlogging, even a mirrorless can be a little too big. I used to use my iPhone but the quality was just horrible and the random frame rates was a nightmare to edit. So I did my research and have found the Canon S110 to be my perfect camera of choice. What I love about this camera is not just the quality, but how well it shoots in low light! (means vlogging your dinner is possible!), but the other aspect (which has since changed for the Canon S120 :( ) is that the microphone is on the front, so my fingers never accidentally cover up the mic! (happened all the time with my other point and shoots)

Those are my blogging / youtubing travel camera equipment of choice, I hope that gives you all a better idea of what I prefer to travel with :) The equipment I use at home tends to be far heavier and bulkier, certainly not travel friendly in the slightest :) When I can I’m keen to get my hands on the Sony RX-100 III to test as a combined blogging / vlogging / main youtube video camera for travel! (No need to carry two cameras!)

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GHD Eclipse Review for Travel

Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Hair, Travel | 2 comments

GHD Eclipse Review for Travel

GHD Eclipse Review for Travel

GHD Eclipse Review for Travel

I’m the sort of person who almost never goes out without using some sort of heat styling tools to my hair. Naturally, my hair is pretty poofy and wavy, making it difficult to really do much with it except throw it up in a bun. Most days I’ll straighten it, but occasionally when I have more time I’ll opt to curl it. So I decided that a GHD straightener would be the best weapon of choice for travel as I can both straighten and curl my hair with it.

I’d recently purchased the GHD Eclipse though never used it before at home, so it was probably a little risky of me to take it with me for my travels when I had no idea if it was any good. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and this straightener blows away all the previous GHDs I’ve owned.

Unlike many other straighteners I’ve tried in the past, this one heats up in under 5 seconds! Incredible! Most of the time I need to turn on my styling tool, go away for a few minutes and come back to finally style my hair. Not with this guy!

From what I’ve read, this styler is built to style hair faster using less heat, using an optimum heat of 185 degrees, easy to turn off and off by pressing and holding down the GHD logo found at the bottom of the straightener. I love the glossy finish of the straightener, it makes it much easier to create curls as it allows your hair to glide through.

This is the perfect tool for travel, if I was at home I’d still opt to use my L’Oreal Steam Pod just because the plates are much bigger and the inbuilt comb ensures all my hair is perfectly straightened, but when my hair was shorter I did prefer using a tool with smaller plates day to day like the GHD. The benefit for me with the GHD is opposed to the Steam Pod, I can create curls, making the GHD far more versatile for different styles.

Very happy with my decision to tote along this new GHD as opposed to any other tool and can see it being a good travel companion for future trips :) If you’re thinking it’s time to upgrade your straightener, definitely upgrade to the Eclipse model, I purchased mine off the GHD website for a pretty hefty $300AUD , it’s a pretty steep price for a hair straightener, but given my previous GHD (RIP) lasted me over 10 years, I’m pretty happy to reinvest in a newer better model :)

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OOTD ~ New York City Dinner

Posted by on June 4, 2014 in Outfits, Travel, USA | 0 comments

New York City Dinner Trump Towers

New York City Dinner Trump Towers

New York City Dinner Trump Towers

New York City Dinner Trump Towers

New York City Dinner Trump Towers

New York City Dinner Trump Towers

Via Spiga Trench Coat

A year back when I was planning this trip to the States, I purposed selected Spring in the northern hemisphere. Having travelled through Europe during Summer, I thought Spring would be the best option. Trust my luck, when we arrived in New York, it was unseasonably cold, and so finding a suitable jacket was top on my list.

Despite the weather, it was surprisingly difficult to find any place that sold trench coats, eventually we happened upon a small corner of Macy’s and found this particular Coral jacket, the only jacket in my size! I would call this a blessing in disguise because I typically wouldn’t go for something so bright, but I didn’t have much of a choice and now I love it~ It’s encouraging me to invest in more colourful pieces for my wardrobe!

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Imagery ~ Niagara Falls

Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Canada, Imagery, Travel, USA | 2 comments

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

I’m not typically a nature / outdoorsy sort of person. In fact I’d go so far as to say that I’m really a city girl at heart. But I find the more cities I visit, the more curious I’ve started to become over, “what else is there?”

Cities are amazing and where my heart will always be, but it’s nice to break out occasionally and see the rest of this beautiful planet we call home :) Niagara Falls was definitely something on the bucket list for me, it’s likely ruined me for all future waterfalls ;) Can’t quite describe how taken back I felt, being so close to one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. It really makes you feel quite connected to nature. Additional, I loved the contrast between gigantic waterfall and city, very surreal! A must see :)

Also if you are planning a trip from New York to see Niagara Falls, then I personally would recommend joining a tour group that takes you from door to door and takes you on both the USA and Canada side! I went with this tour on Viator, I tend to use Viator for most of my tour group bookings, even though I know you tend to be a little more, I generally feel a little safer going with them thanks to the reviews :)

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NYX Butter Gloss Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

The NYX Butter Gloss craze has been a hot topic on Youtube for a little while now. I know that NYX is available at some Target stores in Australia, unfortunately that’s not the case for my local Target :( That aside, I decided to be good (did I mention I’m trying to put myself on a shopping ban for a few months? I have more than enough goodies and makeup to blog and vlog about for another year, BUT I digress…) and wait till I was in the USA to try them out and decide whether I’d like them or not. Plus, if I liked them, I could buy them at their lowest price.

Clearly, I didn’t just like them, I LOVED them! I picked up Crème Brulee first as a test drive and wore that for a few days. And now…wow, I can completely understand the hype!

The NYX Butter Glosses apply just like any other lip gloss with a doe foot applicator. The formula from what I’ve seen are all crèmes, I haven’t seen any shimmer in the tubes I own. However unlike regular glosses, I find these to be quite a bit more pigmented, and can easily be worn alone whilst providing colour. No need to do any layering with another lipstick underneath. They leave my lips feeling soft, hydrated and polished. They aren’t overly tacky, though that doesn’t mean loose hair won’t stick to your lips if you don’t tie your hair up!

Can I just say however that the smell, oh the smell, is amazing! The smell reminds me of vanilla marshmallows, deliciously sweet! And I’m a bit of a sucker for anything sweet, so the smell is right up my alley.

As you can see, I soon returned to Ulta and went a little bit crazy… I am clearly well stocked for gloss for a very long time. At only $4.99USD, you really can’t go wrong even if you pick up a few of these so I do highly recommend that you give them a go! As mentioned, I purchased mine from Ulta, that’s only because I was travelling through the States. However if you aren’t, I know that Crush Cosmetics sells them for $10.95AUD each.

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OOTD ~ New York Central Park Stroll

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Outfits, Travel, USA | 0 comments

OOTD ~ New York Central Park Stroll

OOTD ~ New York Central Park Stroll

OOTD ~ New York Central Park Stroll

OOTD ~ New York Central Park Stroll

OOTD ~ New York Central Park Stroll

ASOS Jewel Print Tee Dress | Nine West Nude Pumps

I can’t tell you what it was like to see Central Park in person, instantly I thought of Law & Order SVU and Sex and the City, two pretty different shows, that did in fact show case many different angles and views of Central Park. I had to control my excitement as we took a stroll through Central Park, so that I could take the time to actually absorb and enjoy where we were (we were on the way to a special lunch, hence the heels! I wouldn’t recommend walking too long in these). It’s a beautiful park, and I really wish we could have spent more time exploring it! I can’t wait to see what it’s like during all four seasons :)

Admittedly I found this particular dress to be a little on the big side (despite purchasing the smallest size), I think next time I wear this I’ll have to belt it up!

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