Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

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

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

Botanical Garden Wedding Ceremony

ASOS Petite Black Dress (similar here)

Target Pointed Black Flats (similar here)

Miss Dior Clutch

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Few weeks ago two good friends of mine finally tied the knot and graciously invited both myself and Tobias to come along and celebrate with them. The ceremony was held in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, and it was just one of the most magical settings I’ve ever seen. Everything was beautifully put together, not a single detail was missed and who doesn’t love fresh beautiful flowers? A staple for all weddings :) Of course nothing could ever beat the bride, who was absolutely beaming throughout the entire ceremony. I couldn’t help but shed a tear myself (I always get emotional at weddings) as she took her vows with her now husband. It was a beautiful moment and I’m so honoured to have been witness to it.

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Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation Review, Swatches and Photos

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

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It’s always hard to resist when new foundations are released, especially from such established brands such as Dior. I picked this up quite some time ago, but only recently got around to using it, and I’ve got to admit. I’m loving it!

The foundation is just beautiful, gives medium to full coverage, blends amazingly well into the skin and leaves your skin with a gentle glow afterwards which you can easily set with some powder if you prefer something more matte. One pump is enough to give your entire face very good coverage, you can try using two if you want absolute full coverage. I’d recommending building it up to keep your face looking natural and not too cakey.

Additionally, I picked up the concealer around the same time and it is officially one of my favourite concealers to use now! So pair the two together and expect to have completely flawless skin! I personally use the concealer almost daily without any foundation for a nice natural look.

Back to the foundation, I did find that closer towards the end of the day there can be a tendency for the makeup to settle into any major lines you may have. Not fine lines, but I have one line in the middle of my forehead from frowning that is pretty prominent (that I unfortunately still do exercise every day), and so far I’ve yet to find a foundation that doesn’t settle into that line, so just something to keep in mind.

All in all, I really do love this foundation! It’s one of the best high end foundations you could ask for and if you’re already a fan of other Dior foundations, this is definitely worth trying out. If you’re curious, I’m using shade 010 Ivory.

If you are keen, you can pick up a bottle for yourself at Nordstrom for $50USD or if you’re in Australia, from David Jones for $77AUD.

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Essie Fall 2014 Nail Polish Collection Review and Photos

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

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Living in Australia often means collections coming from the States aren’t released to us until 6 months later, hence why you may be confused by the “Fall 2014” title, though from our perspective it’s really more Fall 2015 / Autumn 2015. Either way, this is a beautiful collection that Essie kindly sent to me to share with you all.

For me, Fall collections tend to be hit or miss, I’ve never been a huge fan of strong colours for daily wear (hence why Spring collections are my weakness), but I’m really loving how saturate each of the shades are for this collection! I’ve been sporting Style Cartel for a little while now and am loving how vampy, but unique the shade is, as opposed to your typical berry shade.

The swatches below are 2 coats without any top coat, I did find the polish started chipping after a few days, though I personally don’t wear top coat since I like to change my polish often, but if you’re looking for longevity, invest in a good top coat!

Dress to Kilt

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Fall in Line

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Partner in Crime

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Style Cartel

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Take it Outside

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The Perfect Cover Up

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If you’re keen and based in Australia, these are available starting today and till end of April for a limited time only at $16.96UAD from any Priceline.

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Makeup Rotation for February 2015

Posted by on February 27, 2015 in F&E | 0 comments

Makeup Rotation for February 2015

It’s the end of the month, time to go through some of the stand out / key products I’ve been using this month :) Which is also the signal I use to go back into my collection and pick up some products to add to my rotation for March :) If you’re new, then the whole point of this exercise is essentially “shop my stash” and figure out what products I love and will use, verses those who are just hiberating in my collection. I’ve included mini reviews / comments against each of the products listed below which I hope you’ll find useful :)

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Bourjois foundations are always amazing for me, the quality rivals those from high end brands such as Chanel and Dior so it goes without saying that this foundation is pure quality for me. This is the old packaging, so it looks quite different now. Medium coverage, smells lovely and is a real joy to use :)

Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad – Mocha Latte *
I was given this quad for review purposes probably 4-5 years ago at the original MBBE, so it’s pretty old, but I’m not really someone who throws stuff out unless I can tell its gone bad so I’ve held on to it thanks to the top two shades which have clearly hit pan. Once I finish those two shades up I’ll probably, depot the bottom left shade which I use only on the weekends and toss the rest out! Quality is pretty good, which surprised me because I’ve always heard strange things about Avon cosmetics.

Dior Addict Lip Glow
A staple and forever product in my collection, it’s essentially a lip balm that once applied will gradually give a soft pink colour to your lips. Hydrating for the lips and stunning, I’ve almost hit pan on this so I will certainly re-purchase once I do.

NARS Powder Blush – Orgasm
Another staple in most makeup collections, I featured this in my Major Pan blog post earlier this month and it’s one of the products I am determined to finish up this year. The colour works amazingly well on my skin tone. The packaging unfortunately has a tendency to get dirty quickly, but more so mine as I spilt nail polish remover all over it once so the rubber has wrinkled a great deal.

MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder
I’ve recently taken a strange liking to loose powders, could be due to the extensive traveling I was doing earlier where everything had to be compact and travel friendly. I only use this when I’m at home and it really does make me feel at home. Emotional associations aside, I really do think, whilst slightly messy to use, loose powders give a much smoother and even finish to the face.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel – Expresso
First it was the eye brow pencils, then the clear gels, now I’ve gone down the easy route with tinted brow gels. I first experienced them at a Benefit Brow Counter, where they used the Benefit version on me! I was really impressed with the results and how idiot proof it all was (though I found the Benefit formula a bit dry). Fortunately it wasn’t long till my trip overseas, so I decided to pick one up from Anastasia and the rest is history. Better for those who have enough brow hairs, but just want them to appear a bit darker / fuller.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara
I have mixed feelings over this mascara. When I first got it, I loved it! It gave amazing volume (not so much length) and was easy to use. However the more I use it, the glooper it seems to have become, meaning it causes my lashes to all clump together. And since it’s not giving much, if any length, my lashes end up looking a bit stumpy. I usually need to go in with a lengthening mascara wand after, but before this mascara dries to help separate and neaten my lashes up. Probably won’t be picking this up again, but definitely will finish using it.

Products marked with * were provided for consideration.

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil – 05 Cherry My Cherie Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil - 05 Cherry My Cherie

Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil - 05 Cherry My Cherie

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-in-Oil - 05 Cherry My Cherie

I love lipstick like the next girl (or guy), but I find myself either just reaching for nude shades or often just going without, and one of the reasons is I love to graze during the day at work. (Food, not lipstick!) That and leaving lipstick markings on my water bottle grosses me out… I’m definitely not the girl who likes leaving a lipstick mark on my hot chocolate cup in the morning :)

So you’d think I’d be addicted to tints, but I’m really not and that’s because of how difficult I find them to apply. They rarely go on smoothly, always patchy and sink into my fine lines etc. Worse if you suffer from dry lips too!

Fortunately I haven’t found this to be the case at all with YSL’s new Volpute Tint in Oil. Essentially, its tinted lip oil that comes with an applicator perfectly shaped to my lips. Application is just amazing, thanks to the oil formula it just glides on like a dream. Especially since my lips have a tendency to be a bit dry, it helps hydrate my lips whilst giving them an even tinted coverage.

Now you can either leave the oil on, which helps keep your lips hydrated for longer but does wear the colour down a bit faster. Or after 10 mins, remove the oil to reveal a beautiful saturated lip stain.

This product is amazing and I highly recommend it to those of you who want some colour to the lips, minus the hassle of it rubbing off easily during the day and those who have not had great experiences with traditional lip tints. Definitely give this a go! No surprises, I’m looking to “invest” in additional shades :) (because more makeup is what I need!)

If you’re keen, you can pick this up online in the States for $32USD or locally in Australia for $49AUD.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Outfits | 0 comments

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ASOS New Look Pointed Collar Dress

Charlotte Olympia Kitty Velvet Slippers

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One of the things I love about the inner suburbs of Melbourne are these amazing boulevards. They really give the suburbs a sense of warmth and grandeur, a little like stepping on to a movie set. Which did make me feel very much like a character out of Breakfast at Tiffany’s :)

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Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Allure – 154 Badine Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Allure - 154 Badine

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Allure - 154 Badine

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Allure - 154 Badine

Chanel Reverie Parisienne Rouge Allure - 154 Badine

I’m not sure what it is about the Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick range, but there is something definitely interesting about the packaging that pulls me in every time. That on top of the fact that for some reason you can just never have enough shades of wearable pink really drew me into to picking up the shade Badine from their Spring 2015 collection.

I would consider the Rouge Allure range to “standard” lipstick, in comparison to all the other Chanel lipstick ranges. I don’t mean that in the sense that the range is just average, but from my experience it doesn’t have any notable traits that make it stand out, such as the Rouge Coco Shine range which is more about sheer hydrating lipsticks.

Rouge Allure gives decent colour pay off without stripping the lips of any moisture, and the quality is very solid. I’m completely in love with the colour because it’s something I feel comfortable wearing at all times. It sure look relatively nude on my lips, but there is enough colour to give me a boost of confidence :) Highly recommended for those of us who like to look put together and polished, but still natural.

If you’re keen, you can pick one up for $35USD in the States or $52AUD locally in Australia.

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Jill Stuart Nail Lacquer N – 18 Ball Room Swatches

Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

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I’m always pretty overwhelmed when I walk up to a Jill Stuart counter. Everything is so pink, pretty and girly. It’s a bit like stepping into a Disney Princess’ bedroom, leaving you in a bit of a daze as to what to get, because you literally want to get everything! Even for someone like me who isn’t completely into the ultra girly packaging, just something about those counters…

I picked up a few Jill Stuart polishes from my last trip to Asia, and Ball Room was one of them. In retrospect, not something I would personally wear often since I’m not a big fan of glitters, but I will admit that it is a beautiful colour, and being Jill Stuart, the quality is amazing! I so love that the finish has a gel-like effect, certainly feel like I need more Jill Stuart polishes in my life.

Don’t think this is something I would sport at work however, what do you guys think?

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“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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