How to Keep your Undereyes Hydrated Under Makeup

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments

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One of my many skin care concerns has always been the area under my eyes. I feel like for most people this is the area that shows the first signs of aging, small fine lines that turn into wrinkles over time. For me, I’ve noticed fine lines appear for a few years now and have worked hard at minimising them with some success.

I can tell when I’m feeling stressed or when my body is not at its best because the lines under my eyes become that much more prominent. But over the years I’ve found way to help smooth my fine lines to the point where sometimes they aren’t even visible or at least barely. Usually that requires consistent use to eye patches, which isn’t financially and physically practical everyday so I’ve found general products and routines which help.

One of my favourite products to use especially during the day (when I feel I get the least skin care protection since I wear makeup to work) is Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream ($75AUD / $50USD). I’ve been through many other eye cream, Kiehl’s Avocado, SK II Signature Eye Cream and many roller balls, but nothing has really worked quite as well for me as Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream.

Typically I scoop a tiny amount on to a cotton bud, place it on my ring finger and warm it up between my other ring finger. Once the product has softened up I pat it just under my eye area. I do this every morning religiously, whether I plan to wear makeup or not (and sometimes will just do this step with sunscreen if I’m feeling super lazy that day). It’s one of the most hydrating light weight eye creams I’ve found that work well under makeup too. Once applied I can’t even feel it anymore as it absorbs that fast! Almost all thicker formulas I’ve found tend to cause makeup to melt or it ends up “balling up” or creating bumps. Not a great look.

That, as well as constant eye gel patches, a good rich night eye cream and plenty of water has helped me personally significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines under my eyes. One of the mistakes a lot of people make is using these creams till they see the problem disappear and then stop assuming it’s “fixed”. What they don’t realise is this isn’t a one-time treatment, it’s a change of lifestyle that you need to maintain till forever! If it becomes part of your routine then it won’t feel at all like an inconvenience.

If you want to learn about my entire eye care routine then let me know! I just didn’t want this post to get too long when I mostly wanted to rave on about how amazing the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream was for me :)

You can pick up a little tub for yourself at Bobbi Brown Australia, David JonesSephora, Nordstrom.

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Dior Summer 2015 Tie Dye 5 Eyeshadow Palette in Ambre Nuit and Contraste Horizon

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment

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Dior has released two stunning limited edition eyeshadow palettes as part of the Dior Summer 2015 Collection, also known as Tie Dye. These two 5 eyeshadow palettes / 5 Couleurs come in Contraste Horizon and Ambre Nuit ($103AUD / $62USD)

If you’ve purchased and loved any 5 eyeshadow palette from Dior then you won’t be disappointed by the quality of these two. Rich in colour and highly pigmented as per the swatches and blends like a dream.

I picked up both of these online, I honestly was only planning to purchase the signature palette Contraste Horizon, but after seeing how beautiful (and neutral) Ambre Nuit was, I couldn’t leave either behind.

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Contraste Horizon comes with a good mix of warm neutrals and vibrant summer shades. Starting with a shimmery light moss green, a great above the crease shade. The golden yellow shimmer shade is a great centre of the lid or inner corner shade. The white in the middle is actually matte and would work better as a bone shade to help prevent the look from being overly shimmery OR applied directly on the waterline instead. The rich brown shimmer shade would be a perfect outer corner or crease shade and finally the signature shade, a beautiful turquoise shade that is the better lower lash shade for that pop of colour.

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Ambre Nuit I think speaks for itself. It’s a beautiful neutral palette that I can see being very popular. It comes with a satin peach shade, great for all over the lid. A shimmery bronze shade for the crease with a centre nude ultra-shimmery shade for highlighting your inner corner, brow bone or centre of your lids. A great chocolate brown for the outer corner and a darker tanned shade for your crease or lid.

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Personally if I was picking a palette based purely on usability then without a doubt it would be the Ambre Nuit, but if you love the shades in Contraste Horizon then you will not be disappointed. Both palettes are work checking out, they have amazing quality and will be out of stock very soon!

You can pick up one or two for yourself from David Jones, Nordstrom.

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Daily Vlogs from Phillip Island

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Australia, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

Even though I love vlogging and am constantly uploading random videos on my vlog channel, I really don’t mention it enough on my blog! Something I’m hoping to change to bring to light different aspects of my life :) I managed to pull together 3 vlogs to cover our long Easter weekend trip to Phillip Island :)
The highlight of the trip was definitely being able to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch sunrise and watching the earth fall into a state of slumber with sunset. The two times of day I am completely obsessed over!

I hope you enjoy the vlogs :)

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Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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You know me, always keen to try new foundations! So many to try, so little time (and faces!). Laura Mercier not so recently released their Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($59AUD / $48USD). Laura Mercier claims this is a long wearing, oil-free foundation that is designed to help blur the line between real skin and makeup.

The first thing you’ll notice is how liquid the formula is. You need to be sure to shake the bottle before opening it to ensure the pigment is completely mixed. Failure to do so could leave you dispensing clear strange liquid instead. And when you do open it, you’ll notice how messy the nozzle is. That’s not a defect, that’s just how it will always appear due to the liquid nature of this foundation.

But don’t let the formulation fool you, this foundation is pigmented. I’d say it has medium buildable coverage, but you only need a very small amount to get complete coverage. I’d say in the photos above, I used far less than a 5 cent piece to cover my entire face. However due to the liquid nature, I would recommend either using your fingers or brush, rather than a sponge to avoid too much of the product from being absorbed.

I love the dewy finish this foundation leaves you with, I’d still personally pat it down with a light dusting of face powder but I could imagine myself going out without any powder if you prefer.

And in case you’re curious, the shade I obtained is Crème, which may appear too light for me in the photos above, but for some reason it looks like the perfect match in person! Personally I always aim for shades that match my neck to ensure I have even coverage and colour.
You can pick up one for yourself at either David Jones, Sephora, Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.

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YSL Rouge Pure Couture – Le Rouge

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

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I don’t always feel comfortable wearing loud shades, but when I do I tend to seek out a good red! I think it suits my complexion / hair better, having lighter skin and very dark hair it feels like a great complementarily shade. So I’ve been reading a bunch of reviews and decided to take the plunge with YSL’s Rouge Pure Couture range with Le Rouge ($55AUD / $36USD). I’d seen a couple of bloggers rave over how great the formulation was and decided despite the high price point for a lipstick it would be a good investment.

Wow!

Is this my kind of red or what? The colour is so pigmented that I feel a bit safer applying this with a brush the first couple times (now I’m totally fine with strange from the bullet so long as I have a mirror). The pigmentation is crazy! So bright, bold and it really stands out.

Pigmentation aside, let’s talk about the formula. I typically gravitate towards lines that are highly moisturising and hydrating because I suffer from dry lips and lipstick on cracked lips is not a good look. However usually the problem with these sorts of lipsticks is how sheer the pigmentation is. This was not the case with Rouge Pure Couture, it leaves my lips feeling hydrated and smooth (not as much as a lip balm would, but about half way there).

And the smell, the smell! It’s a beautiful sweet fig scent, I love it~ Scent for lipsticks are so important for me because you’re applying directly to your lips! You have to like the scent!

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve found my signature red, it’s gorgeous. I personally feel that it suits me (if you think otherwise let me know as gently as possible 😉 ) and even though I’m not a gold person (silver /white gold for me please!) I love the luxe packaging~

You can pick one out for yourself at Sephora, Nordstrom, David Jones, Neiman Marcus

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True Glow Facial

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments

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If you’re someone who loves the feeling of being in a salon without actually being in one then this nifty device might be something to consider. It does look a little strange at first, and admittedly I didn’t really know what it was when the people at Conair first sent it to me. It just looked so different from the norm and I thought it would be great to share it with you on the blog.

This device is essentially a face steamer, but it released either hot steam or cool mist, it can go either way. Essentially you set it to the temperature you want, wait for it to start working and then lower your face into the bowl for however long you need. The idea is for the cool mist to help provide hydration to your face, which I personally don’t use. However what I did find interesting was the steamer.

This worked a treat when trying to open up my pores for either pore strips or blackhead removal creams. Typically I’ll run a towel under some hot water and place it over my face to open my pores, but it’s not always the more convenient way and I have accidently burn my face a few times. So having steam that I can control makes it a lot easier. It comes with timed intervals that shut the steam off, personally I prefer just sitting it to the longest interval and just turning the machine completely off when I feel I’ve had enough. I prefer to play it by ear and let myself feel how I go each session.

The down side is this device does take up quite a bit of bench space, so it’s certainly worth having some space to store this away when not in use.

If you’re interested, you can check this out at any local departmental store for $69.95AUD.

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Huge Empties + Mini Reviews

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in F&E | 0 comments

It has been quite some time since I last did an empties video, I wasn’t keen to filming one every month because frankly it just started to get a bit boring! I’m trying to break out of my “mold” and need to have everything on a schedule for my channel and really go a little more free flow so that I can end up filming videos that interest me :) Sometimes too much planning can create pretty boring content! Anyways! My empties video, I hope you enjoy and I’ve provided a list of the products mentioned in the video down below~

Products mentioned:

Matrix Total Results Sleek – Conditioner *
Pantene Aqua Light – Shampoo
Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brightening Moisture Lotion
Etude House Milk Talk – Choco
Michael Todd – Skin Defender AHA Cleanser *
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Base
Biore Perfect Oil
Lancome Advanced Genifique Serum *
Kiehl’s Intensive Whitening Essence
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
MAC Paint Pot – Painterly
YSl Touche Eclat
Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara *
Too Faced Lashgasm
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara
Sigma Small Contour Brush
Clinique Moisture Surge
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
WotNot Facial Wipes *
Bioderma Crealine H20 Wipes
Lululun 7 day Face Mask
Rohto Lycee Contact Eye Drops
Tarte Eyeshadow – Prestige
Bath & Body Works 3 Wick Candle – Watermelon Lemonade
Bath & Body Works Mini Candle – Red Guava Lava

Products marked with a * were provided for consideration

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YSL 5 Color Couture Palette – 04 Saharienne

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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YSL’s 5 Color Couture Palette ($98AUD / $60USD) range is one I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now, and is certainly nothing new to the makeup world. But after taking the plunge with YSL’s Couture Variation Ten Color Expert Eye Palette, I felt safe to give other YSL eyeshadow palette a go and am glad I did.

I decided to test out Saharienne which contains five neutral / nude shimmery eyeshadows.

  • Peach shimmer
  • Yellow toned white highlighter
  • Deep chocolate brown semi-shimmer
  • Medium brown shimmer
  • Gray taupe shimmer

If you’re looking for matte shades then I’d look elsewhere as all five shades contain shimmer. According to YSL some of the other palettes contain matte shades so certainly feel free to take a look at those. For me, Saharienne was spot on :) I’ve started incorporating shimmer shades into my daily routine so this palette is right up my alley (even though I’m not the best utilising my makeup collection during stressful times!)

The YSL 5 Color Couture Palette shadows are not only very pigmented, but have a beautiful creamy consistency that blends amazingly well on the lids (I can’t help but feel I type these same words out many times for most eyeshadow palettes I feature here, but it’s so true!)

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While I don’t personally use sponge tip applicators, these come with two if you’re keen. However the one thing I really do love about this palette were the shapes of the pans. Based on the shape, it helps give a strong indication as to which shade should be use for which part of your eye and helps you pull together a number of looks (three according to YSL).

For example, the peach shimmer shade is the largest pan, indicating you will use a lot of this and likely all over the lid up to the brow bone. The taupe shade is a reasonable size, and is recommended for just all over the lid. The lightest shade is great for your inner corner and as a brow bone highlight. Medium brown shade for outer corner of your eyes and the middle shade being the smallest pan is ideal of outer corner or lining your eyes. It’s a great guide without having it literally written out for you or one a piece of paper that would be a hassle to carry with you.

I’m loving this palette, though I don’t think I would pick up another one unless the shades really spoke to me. Nothing wrong with this palette, just more that the shades suit me so perfectly I don’t see the need to add more to my collection (unless we’re talking neutrals…)

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You can pick up either Saharienne or any other shades from Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, David Jones.

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An Apocalyptic Sunrise

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

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Via Spida Tape Trim Double Breasted Trench Coat (similar here)

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned that sunrise shots were difficult to shoot? Well this was one of those moments.

This time partnered with Jimmy America, we set out to find sunrise over the rocky cliffs, walking 45 degrees down over sand, grass and rocks in pitch black for a good 15-20 mins (thank goodness for the torch feature on our phones, that came in very handy!). Climbed up to a secluded area over the rocks, where the pools of water were so incredibly still that we were certain we could capture a beautiful reflection of the sky in the water.

But it was not meant to be.

Despite facing directly East, the sun rose JUST behind the cliffs we were next to and so rather than witnessing the sun rise, the sky we saw was a soft purple glow. Ultimately it didn’t make for bad photos in the least, it almost felt a little apocalyptic in some shots given all the extra mist, which was a very happy mistake.

So while things may not have gone to plan, I’d still put this down as having been a very successful endeavour :)

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Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick – Baby Rose + Guerlain Cheaper in Australia

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

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I have a bit of an ulterior motive whilst writing this blog post, but I’m get into that after I share with you a few points about this gorgeous wearable lipstick by Guerlain. Guerlain always have some of the most interesting packaging when it comes to their products (think their Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick line), they have good weight to them and feel so luxurious.

Today I’m sporting Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss Lipstick in Baby Rose ($37USD / $41AUD). A wearable mauve pink shade that is perfect for everyday and work. The formula is in my mind pretty standard (not in a bad way!), in the sense that it doesn’t come with a huge amount of shine or moisture. Which actually means in comparison to a lot of more hydrating sheer lipsticks, you’ll get a good lasting power with this bullet.

However I want to get to my ulterior motive. If you’re an Australian, then this post is directly aimed at you. As an Australian, we are constantly forced to pay 20-30% more for our cosmetics, it’s become a bit of a way of life and unless you’re using mail forwarding services or travel a ton, something you’ve had to accept. But if you’ve noticed lately I’ve been trying to include the Aussie and USA price for all products I review. And if you check out the price above, once you convert the USA price, Guerlain is cheaper in Australia!

Yes, it’s actually cheaper to head down to your local David Jones or Myer Guerlain counter and pick up the products in person rather than head overseas! Exiting and something I really wanted to point out. Guerlain still is by no means a “cheap” brand, in fact in the luxury family they are one of the pricer brands, but it’s certainly good knowing we’re better off buying their products in person 

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You can pick up one (or two) for yourself at either Bloomingdale, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Sephora or David Jones if you’re a fellow Aussie :)

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