“Wearable” Mermaid Eyes Makeup Tutorial

Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Beauty, Videos | 1 comment

Today’s video is a “wearable” mermaid look, I have a full face mermaid look I’ve been wanting to film for a while, but I’m planning to do that later this year in the right setting, so for now I thought I’d put together a more wearable version today, knowing full well that this isn’t that wearable at all!

It’s been quite a while since I last filmed a video for my main channel, I could blame work and general life but if I was honest with myself, it’s that I’m not really interested in making the sort of videos I used to. I love makeup tutorials, but I’m certainly not as obsessed with them as I used to be, and just filming a look in my room feels… well boring! Which is a big reason why I stopped uploading videos as often as I did because I felt that on my main channel, I had clearly established it as a makeup channel and so that’s what I had to continue being focused on for my audience.

But after some thought, I’ve realising now that there isn’t any point creating videos I don’t personally enjoying as much as I used to. Whether people want to watch or not, the whole concept is pointless because I’ll make videos I don’t enjoy and people can tell the passion isn’t there and won’t watch them anyways.

So I’m taking steps to clear my mind and really plan out videos I personally would want to watch and hence make. It sounds weird that –that- concept in itself would be difficult to achieve, but for me it surprisingly is! I’m very used to setting a plan and following through what people expect of me, pretty much like my day job. And so changing my perception to focus more on what I want to do, well that’s going to take a bit of time, but I hope to get there quickly so I can ramp up my videos to a more stable schedule :) Right now I’m aiming for once a fortnight and once I find my groove, I’ll hopefully get back to once a week :)

Mermaid Eyes Makeup Tutorial

Mermaid Eyes Makeup Tutorial

Mermaid Eyes Makeup Tutorial

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Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30 Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30

Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30

Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30

Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector SPF 30

You’ve got your BB Creams, CC Creams, DD Creams and now even EE creams. I wonder how long till we hit ZZ creams?

Curious by nature I had to pick this up to give it a try, I didn’t even bother doing any pre-reading beforehand to see if it was something I would actually enjoy, it was a pure impulse buy.

Essentially this product is designed with a few goals in mind:

1) Correct skin tone
2) Provide sun protection
3) Act as a primer for foundation

And I think it does all of those pretty well. The consistency is like a foundation, liquid and easy to blend out. It does help do some minimal skin tone correction, as I noticed it did even out my skin tone without covering any of my freckles. It literally is just like my natural naked skin but even. I even had friends commenting on how awake I looked. It came off incredibly natural on the skin, except for one point.

The one major flaw for me was how greasy / shiny it left my skin. I personally have combination dry skin so for something to come off oily looking on me certainly isn’t a great fit for those of you with combination or oily skin. Knowing this I only ever wore this on its own, because the minute I applied any powder on top it started to look less natural and more “makeup”. But if you were keen to wear it with a powder, I’d recommend something translucent to keep it as natural as possible.

In terms of functioning as a primer, I didn’t really notice any real difference between having it there and not. If you find a foundation with enough coverage then the coverage from this is pretty redundant.

So who would love this? I think this is best suited for those who have good skin with some hyper-pigmentation issues. Ideally better for drier skin, and great if you’re looking for a way to give off that “no makeup” look. Just so long as you’re okay with some shine, which I know not everyone mind as much as I do.

I’m going to keep this for now, and use it on days I don’t want much coverage just because it does have high SPF and it does give my skin a nice natural boost. But I wouldn’t consider buying it again. If you’re keen to try this out for yourself, you can purchase it online for $40USD.

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Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset

Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit

Dandenong Skyhigh Sunset Outfit


Target Top

YesStyle Printed Maxi Skirt

Zara Nude Sandals (similar here)

Burberry watch

Hermes Clic H

Ray-Ban Mirrored Matte Classic Aviators

Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour – Little Minx

The last time I visited Dandenong SkyHigh was probably when I was around 8-9 years old with my family. We arrived late at night to watch Melbourne city glitter with all the night lights. It was defintely a good memory I shared with my family :)

This time I decided to capture sunset with my fellow photography obsessed friends. Despite being summer it was quite chilly, so we grabbed a few hot chocolates, sat on the ledge of the restaurant and watched sunset together. It was a nice calming moment that often leaves me deep in reflection. Great conversations and plans were had and made. There is certainly something about watching the sky go to sleep that helps me refocus on the more important things in life.

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Chanel Reverie Parisienne Joues Contraste – 190 Angelique Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Joues Contraste - 190 Angelique Review, Swatches and Photos

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Joues Contraste - 190 Angelique Review, Swatches and Photos

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Joues Contraste - 190 Angelique Review, Swatches and Photos

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Joues Contraste - 190 Angelique Review, Swatches and Photos

Angelique is a beautiful matte muted rose blush released as part of Chanel’s Spring 2015 collection. I picked this up online, but did so with a bit of uncertainty. I only say that because I had gone to the Chanel counters locally to test it out first and found the pigmentation to be pretty average. Maybe it was just the state the testers were in, but I struggled to get much colour as I swatched it in store.

But as I placed my order online for a few other products, I couldn’t get over how beautiful the colour was, so I threw it in my shopping cart and am so glad I did! The one I picked up is perfect, silky powder and lovely pigmentation. Couple of swipes is all I needed to achieve what I would consider a pretty heavy blush application in the photos above (I tend to pile it on a bit more for photos so it’s clearer)

It’s a highly wearable shade, which is a huge plus for me. I love the stunningly bright shades like any other person, but every time I get ready for work I find those shades difficult to use without an extremely light hand. Nothing worse than rushing to get to work and applying way too much blush! Trust me, people at work give you weird looks. At least with this, I can be a little more liberal and carefree with my application. Definitely recommend it!

If you’re interested, I purchased mine online for $45USD, and I know it is also locally available from David Jones and Myer.

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Dior Vernis ‘Kingdom of Colors’ Spring 2015 – Majesty & Glory Review

Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

Dior Spring 2015 Vernis

Dior Spring 2015 Vernis

Dior Spring 2015 Vernis

Dior Spring 2015 Vernis

For Spring 2015, Dior released a number pf new polishes. I have a tendency to purchase the entire collection to feature here for you all, but thanks to my decision to Deep Cleanse my life, I’m making sure to only purchase items I will actually use. Glory and Majesty are certainly colours I can see myself wearing often, Glory on my toes and Majesty on my fingers. Special thanks goes to my HT for picking these up for my during her trip to Hong Kong. She handed it to me while we were out with the girls for lunch, so the first photo just came together so well.

You guys already know that Dior is my favourite brand for nail polish, I can’t recommend them enough! So this post is really more to give you an idea as to how they swatch. I will specifically mention though that while Majesty has two coats, I only swatched one coat for Glory to give you an idea as to how pigmented it was. You can definitely leave it at one coat if you’re looking just for colour, however I tend to recommend two to get that “gel like” appearance that comes from thicker coats.

If you’re interested, you can purchase these online for $27USD or at any Dior counter at David Jones or Myer for around $39AUD.

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Jill Stuart Nail Lacquer N – 17 Purple Rain Swatches

Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

Jill Stuart Nail Lacquer N - 17 Purple Rain

When it comes to shimmery / glittery but smooth and wearable formulas, Jill Stuart has you covered. Whether you love or hate the packaging, the quality of the Jill Stuart makeup range is pretty impressive. The only downside is the price point and limited availability outside of Asia. Despite all those hurdles, if you manage to pick up some from the range than I highly recommend it!

This particular polish is only two coats, and could easily be used as a shimmery top coat instead. But I love how unique the shimmer is, it has his beautiful soft purple iridescent shade. Add a couple more layers and it could end up being a pretty opaque colour. However, personally I think it would look amazing over say a soft pastel purple or white crème polish. Love it!

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Major Pan 2015

Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Major Pan 2015

Last year I was inspired by my fellow beauty bloggers to share the products I had majorly hit pan on. I thought it was a good way to show you products that I actually use on a regular basis. So I decided to do a repeat of it again for 2015 :)

This is going to be a bit of a wordy post as I step through each product and share my thoughts. So first up is the MUFE Powder Foundation. I tend to flip between powder and liquid foundations throughout the year depending on my mood. I actually love using the MUFE Powder partnered with the MAC Lightful Powder (which I love to death, quality is amazing). As the MUFE shade is slightly darker for me, I tend to use it as a contour and the MAC Lightful Powder for the rest of my face. No surprises they show similar amount of pan!

The MAC Studio Fix Powder is a long-time favourite of mine, but doesn’t get as much love because the shade is a bit off and tends to make me look artificially tanned (I have N4 here). So I now use it more as a carry around powder for touch ups, hence the slow burn.

Another two products that were featured in last year’s Major Pan post was the Maybelline 8 eyeshadows and the NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm. I going to make it my mission to try and completely use up Orgasm this year! As for the 8 eyeshadows, I’d easily finish up the two highlight shades, and I do love the other 6 shades but just not enough for everyday wear so I’ll definitely keep it in my collection.

The Avon True Colour Quad is one of my most used palettes, but honestly it’s just the top two shades that I actually use for work. I suspect once they are used up I may toss this palette. I almost never use the two darker shades below so it seems wasteful to hang on to it. But we’ll see, maybe I’ll depot them instead?

And finally the Canmake Highlighter powder, an amazing white iridescent shimmer powder. Perfect for more dramatic looks, less everyday looks. Not sure I’m going to make a real effort to finish this off since I tend to be used in videos more than anything else, so I’ll let it naturally burn (like I’m talking about candles here!)

And those are my currently most used “pan” products. I’m keen to be an updated version of this during 2015, but if not guess we’ll see how I go by 2016 :D

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Melbourne City Sunflowers

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers

Melbourne City Sunflowers


H&M White Tank Top

Forever New Floral Blue Skirt

ASOS Nude Ballet Flats

Celine Mini Luggage Tote

Louis Vuitton Inclusion PM

Burberry Silver Watch

Last year we only managed to catch the tail end of the beautiful array of flowers they grow in Birrarung Marr Park, we missed the stunning sunflowers and so made a promise to each other that we could make sure to catch them this year. We had to check back often to see when the sunflowers would be around, which trust me isn’t easy when you don’t live anywhere near the city! But we made the committment and were rewarded for our hard work :) It’s pretty surreal dancing through a field of stunning flowers whilst realising that the CBD is directly behind you :)

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Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Coco Shine – 98 Etourdie & 97 Desinvolte Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Coco Shine - 98 Etourdie & 97 Desinvolte

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Coco Shine - 98 Etourdie & 97 Desinvolte

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Coco Shine - 98 Etourdie & 97 Desinvolte

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Coco Shine - 98 Etourdie & 97 Desinvolte

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Coco Shine - 98 Etourdie & 97 Desinvolte

You guys know that Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are some of my favourites. I’ve reviewed them so many times on the blog from previous collections and every time I see them pop up in a new collection, I can’t help but snap them up! The colours are always wearable, these are the type of lipsticks I feel happy to just toss into my handbag before I head out to work.

I’m definitely not comfortable wearing heavy makeup or saturated shades in the office. I like to keep it neutral and subtle, so the Rouge Coco Shine range is perfect for this. Additionally, I love how hydrating these feel on the lips, again a perfect product for those who work in an air conditioned office like I do. Clearly this range is just meant for those of us who have a 9-5 desk job :)

Both of these shades were released as part of Chanel’s Spring 2015 collection, and I honestly can’t decide between the two. I generally like to jump between pink and red lipsticks depending on my moods, I tend to favour pinks on the weekdays and reds on the weekends so I’m certainly getting a lot of use out of these two.

For those new to the Rouge Coco Shine range, just keep in mind that given they are a sheerer lipstick you will need to reapply often if you want to maintain the colour on your lips. I tend to be a little lazy when it comes to lip colours, I’ll apply in the morning and touch up sometimes after meals. Really not that often so I’ve yet to hit “pan” on any of these tubes. But I imagine if you’re applying 5-6 times a day you’ll see the end of this pretty soon, so it might be worth trying something more pigmented.

All in all, I love these! I will always and continue to purchase these even though you guys know I have more than enough to last a life time… Let’s call it my duty as beauty blogger ;)

If you’re interested, I purchased these online for $36USD a tube.

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Jill Stuart Nail Lacquer R – 06 Baby Dress Swatches

Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Makeup, Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

Jill Stuart Nail Lacquer R - 06 Baby Dress Swatches

During my last visit to Asia (and knowing me that by the time I finish reviewing all the makeup I purchased I’ll be back in Asia buying more!) I managed to pick up a number of polishes from Jill Stuart.

The brand is famous for being ultra girly, pink and classy. Not exactly my style, but I’m constantly suckered in by the quality. Weird right? Most people love the packaging of Jill Stuart. For me, that’s less the case and more about how great the quality of their makeup range is! I love their foundations, and their nail polishes are no exceptions.

Their crèmes, such as Baby Dress is probably one of my favourite nude pinks to wear. It’s a soft dusty pink that dries with a beautiful gloss. The swatch above is only 2 coats, so if you wanted something more pigmented, try for a 3rd. The longevity of Jill Stuart polishes is one of the best I’ve tried. It can generally last an entire week without any chips depending on usage.

I know for certain that on my next trip back to Asia I will be picking up many more Jill Stuart crème polishes for my collection :) Love them!

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