Book of Fables: Chapter 115 – Sunset Eyes

Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Book of Fables | 0 comments

I’m going through a few older videos I filmed earlier this year as I figure out what sort of videos I’d like to do in the future! Likely still focusing on makeup, but I’ll probably be introducing more lifestyle / fashion videos as well! I’m taking my time with this, taking it slow due to external factors and really trying to figure everything out that I want not just out of this channel / brand, but others I’m involved with too :) I appreciate all your support, you guys are amazing and I’m too fortunate to have such an amazing audience :)

As for this look, I shot it during the summer months in Australia, you can see the outfit that went with this makeup look on my blog. Other than that, I really hope you enjoy the video! It’s certainly one of my favourite colourful looks 😀

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Products used:

L’Oreal True Match Foundation – Golden Ivory
ZA Cosmetics Face Powder
Dior Star Concealer – Ivory
Illamasqua Powder Blusher – Unrequited
theBalm Put A Lid On It – Eyelid Primer
Coastal Scents Ultra Shimmer Palette
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink
Estee Lauder Sumptous Bold Volume Mascara – Black
MAC Lipstick – Rebel

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Dior Prestige White Collection

Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited our by the lovely people at Dior to experience some of the new products they have released this month, as you may have already seen on the blog earlier this week. Today I wanted to share with you two new skin care products they have added to their Dior Prestige White Collection line. I’ve personally never tried the line before so I was extra excited to see what it was like.

The first was Dior’s Le Nectar Blanc ($460AUD), a concentrated whitening serum designed to eliminate dark spots and provide anti-aging benefits. After which the second product Dior’s La Creme Eclaircissante ($460AUD) is applied on top, which is designed to be a whitening moisturiser to also help eliminate the appearance of dark spots as well as anti-aging.

I’ve been using these together for a couple of weeks now, even though the instructions do state that results are visible after one month. I don’t have many dark spots besides my freckles that I’m trying to eliminate, but I can say that consistent use really leaves my skin looking brighter in the morning after. I use this as my night time treatment and I’m surprisingly enjoying the subtle rose scent that comes with this product. It’s more a fresh rose skincare scent rather than the typical “old lady” rose scent that comes with some makeup products.

I’m really keen to see if my skin will look very different after a few months of use so I’ll definitely let you guys know if my feelings change. What I love is the little spoon that comes with the moisturiser to use to helps prevent contamination (I personally use cotton buds for all my other skincare products that come in a jar, never ever use with my bare fingers) and the whole set honestly feels incredible luxe!

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Given that, and the incredible price point, you definitely want to visit a counter and try this out in person first. I’m fairly confident you’ll love it at first ‘test” but you’ll certainly need to have a long and hard think about the price. I can say the products are amazing, but whether they work with your life style and budget is a very personal choice. As a beauty blogger who probably already spends way too much on her makeup and skincare products, you’ll likely find me checking out the other products within the Prestige range now, because I’m addicted like that.

Additionally, I recommend checking out Val’s blog post too as she’s included some great photos of what the product actually looks like. If you’re keen, you can check these out at a Dior counter at either Myer or David Jones.

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Sunrise in Newhaven

Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

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Between a sunrise and a sunset, I’d have to say sunrises win every time. Not only are they much harder to find (as most people aren’t willing to wake up in pitch black to watch the sun emerge over the horizon), but in my opinion and experience are a lot more difficult to shoot. It’s almost always freezing (no sun to heat us up!) and knowing exactly where the sun will rise isn’t as easy as you may think (unless you’ve got a clear shot of East). So each time Toby and I manage to struggle out of bed early enough to catch the first few bands of light appear is always a moment worth cherishing.

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Diorsnow 2015 Makeup Collection

Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

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This month Dior released a range of new products to join their Diorsnow makeup and skincare line, and I was fortunate enough to be sent a selection of items from the collection that I wanted to share on this blog. I’ve been using these products for a few weeks now so the photos below have been taken at different times and days, but I hope it gives you a good idea as to how each of the products work :)

The first product that caught my eye was the Colour Correcting Radiance Powder. It’s a beautiful multi-coloured powder that I personally use for very subtle highlighting. I found it to be a great alternative to traditional highlighters I use that often can come off a bit too shimmery for me. Especially if I’m feeling extra “fancy” for work and decided to throw on a bit of highlighter, I often find myself having to go over it again with my face powder brush to tone down the shimmer.

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Loving any Dior eyeshadow shouldn’t come as a surprise, I’ve reviewed many of them in my day. Though I can’t admit that my first pick would be pink, I decided to try experimenting and I’m pretty happy with how I managed to use it over time, certainly more a weekend colour for me but the shades are soft enough to wear daily if you prefer :) The quality is essentially the same as any other Dior palette so if pink isn’t your thing, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of the other shades.

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I was admittedly a bit impartial to the Dior Addict Gloss in Edelweiss since I don’t personally use glosses much myself, let alone one that doesn’t have a ton of pigmentation but it was certainly handy bringing out the shine for some of my matte lipsticks and pencils. However the product that really grabbed my attention was the Diorsnow BB Cream. The pigmentation is very much like a standard foundation, not at all sheer. But I love how it left my skin during and after wear. It’s a bit like wearing a thick moisturiser the whole time. After I remove it my skin feels soft and supple. Massive bonus! That said, be aware that this is probably better for drier skins like myself, since it does give your skin quite a bit of shine and dewiness afterwards. Nothing a bit of powder can’t fix, but worth keeping in mind.

If you’re interested, you can check out these items and the rest of the collection a Myer or David Jones.

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Diorsnow Collection Vernis – Snow White & Star Dust

Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

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Dior released two new nail polish shades as part of the Diorsnow Collection ($39AUD) and were kind enough to provide them to me since they know how in love with Dior polishes (and Dior in general) I am :) The two shades are Snow White, a creme true white and Star Dust, a micro glitter silver that could be used as a top coat or own alone.

I decided to photography each polish in direct sunlight and in the shade, especially because there was such a different for Star Dust. It’s almost like a completely different polish!

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We’re talking Dior polishes here, which you all know is my favourite brand for polishes. As strange as this may sound, if I had to pick one I’d probably go with Snow White, only because it’s a shade I actually do wear day to day either on holidays, work or the weekend. It makes my hands look effortlessly chic, and is a great way to dress up your look with very little effort. White is just such a chic shade to wear :)

If you’re keen, you can pick this up from any David Jones or Myer Dior counter.

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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 😀

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 😀 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 😀

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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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