theBalm Weekend Eyes

Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

theBalm Weekend Eyes

It’s been quite a week for me, I spent most of it in Adelaide doing long hours for work so I’m really looking forward to settling in this weekend, especially because today is Surfaced Studio‘s birthday :D Birthday dinner tomorrow night!

Most weekends I like to give my skin a break from makeup and just let it breath. For the most part. But if I’m heading out to see friends, I like to keep my makeup simple.

theBalm were kind enough to send me quite a generous package filled with goodies so I went through and pulled out what I’d wear on a typical weekend and thought why not feature a few mini reviews :) theBalm is nothing new to me, they are one of my favourite brands and I’ve rarely ever had issues with their quality, so I knew I was in for a treat :)

First up is the theBalm Put a Lid On It Eyelid Primer ($22.95AUD), essentially a great eye primer. Comes out of the tube with a slight tint, but when applied on the lid, is completely clear. It might feel a little strange to those with very oily lids because the consistency feels slightly oily. But I personally haven’t experienced any issues with it, and it keeps my eyeshadows from creasing throughout the entire day, so thumbs up for me!

For the shadows, I picked out two single shadows called theBalm Shadylady Power Eyeshadow ($19.95AUD), one in the shade Just This Once, a beautiful taupe shimmery shade and another called Luscious Lani pinky champagne shade.

These shadows are pretty amazing, very pigmented, soft and buttery to the touch. Application was simple, smooth and very easy to blend out :) An extra little bonus is that each single has a little mirror attached, can never get enough mirrors! Perfect when you’re in a pinch.

Finally the mascara, theBalm What’s Your Type Mascara Tall Dark and Handsome ($26.95AUD) was probably the weakest on this list, not that it was necessarily bad, it just didn’t perform as well as the products mentioned above. I’d say the mascara was pretty average in terms of length and volume, but it didn’t smudge on me during the day and held up pretty well, no flaking etc.

All in all, generally enjoying these and a few of them have made their way into my daily makeup drawer, so certainly give these a shot if you’re curious. They’re available to play with at David Jones and can also be purchased online at Adore Beauty.

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Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

My go to everyday liner is using a pot of gel (Bobbi Brown, amazing!) and my trusted angled eyeliner brush :) It’s my winning combo that never fails, I find it much easier than the traditional straight eyeliner brushes, just because I tend to constantly mess up the shape of my wing.

So when Benefit sent me their Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner, I was pretty intrigued, it seemed to combine an angled eyeliner brush with a gel liner. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this on the market, so I was pretty keen to give it a shot!

The pen features a rubber angled dispenser on the tip, you probably need to twist the bottom a good 30 times or so before the product starts to appear, but once it does, easy does it! Going forward, just a single twist is all you need for each application. The formula has a thick gel consistency and is highly pigmented. You really don’t need much product to create two pretty noticeable cat eyes, which I’m really happy about. It just makes using the product so much more fun and satisfying :) (You know when products just work well? It makes applying makeup that much more fun!)

But I did want to focus on to the rubber dispenser, it was certainly a new concept to me having used brushes and felt tips exclusively. Essentially, the rubber dispenser acts a bit like a tube and the product comes through. Looking at it, I wasn’t sure if it would apply an even line, I kept thinking too much product will bulge through and almost deform the shape of the dispenser. When I saw the initial product come through, I decided to wipe it on a tissue first to reshape the dispenser as it wasn’t deformed, but it did look a little rounded. But once I did that, the shape bounced back to its original shape and has stayed that way ever since.

I find you use this virtually how you would an angled brush, it does take a little getting used to at first, but after a couple of tries I found it very easy to use! The added benefit (pun not intended!) is that the cap is a twist top, so it ensures the gel isn’t exposed to air and so doesn’t dry out as fast as a gel pot would.

All in all, I think this is a really innovative product and perfect for those who love using gel. I love that it makes for such an easy travel companion, just one product, no need to lug around two pieces anymore (or constantly wash my brush). I will say however that it does take a little getting used to initially, it’s not something I found I could just jump in and get the hang of immediately, but with a little patience at the start, you can expect some big pay off later on :)

If you’re interested, you can purchase this starting tomorrow at your local Myer Benefit counters for $35AUD!

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Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Accessories, Travel, USA | 0 comments

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

Travel Tiffany Charms ~ USA 2014

On my last trip to the USA I managed to pick up a couple of charms to add to my travel Tiffany collection. If you’re new to my travel tradition, basically I pick up Tiffany charms from every major city I travel to. If you want to know how it all started, then you can read about it here.

Naturally on this trip I snapped up two more charms, Palm Trees for Miami, Florida and the 5th Ave charm for New York, the flagship store for Tiffany & Co :) At multiple levels, this was one of my favourite Tiffany & Co stores I’ve ever visited, but really the whole 5th Ave shopping was quite the experience~

Do you guys have any traditions you take on when you travel?

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Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – Dolce Vita Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

I’m so glad I finally got the chance to test out an eye shadow quad from Charlotte Tilbury! I first discovered them after watching one of Amelia’s many videos, she has such a sweet personality, I just love her and often find myself marathorning through her videos :) In one of her favourite videos she mentioned her love for the Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow quads, they looked so incredibly pigmented on her eyes. I knew I had to give them a shot!

So I took the plunge and ordered the same colour quad from Net a Porter. Net a Porter is truly amazing, the palette arrived in under two days, incredible! But enough about them, and more about the palette.

I love how slim and petite the packaging is. No wasting space on applicators I would never use, making this the perfect travel companion :) The quality of these shadows are close to amazing, so rich, deep and creamy. I feel they come awfully close to my most cherished Tom Ford eye shadows.

My favourite aspect of these shadows is that one more glittery shade. It’s not actually glitter, it’s more like intense shimmer? It’s the perfect pop of highlighter on the center of your lids to give your eyes that added sparkle. It’s not a feature I’ve seen done well in many quads, but Charlotte Tilbury really knocked it right out of the park. Supreme quality!

The actual Dolce Vita shade itself does tend to be on the slightly darker side for me, I tend to prefer more nude / lighter shades, but now that I know how amazing the quality is I won’t hesitate to purchase a lighter version. I just need to figure out what else I want to try from the range as well~

I’m in love with this palette and I can’t wait to try more from the Charlotte Tilbury line :D If you’re keen to part with some hard in cash for luxury makeup, then this palette will set you back $74AUD on Net a Porter, close to the $80AUD it would cost you to get a Tom Ford quad! I didn’t say luxury came cheap :)

P.S: How cute is the little star on the top right hand corner of the mirror? Adorable touch :)

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette - Dolce Vita

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre – Mirage, Utopia & New Moon Review

Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - Mirage, Utopia & New Moon

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - Mirage, Utopia & New Moon

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - Mirage, Utopia & New Moon

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - Mirage, Utopia & New Moon

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - Mirage, Utopia & New Moon

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - Mirage, Utopia & New Moon

Chanel released a couple of new pressed pigments as part of their Summer 2014 collection, which worked out great because I’ve always loved their pressed pigments. I know it seems kinda… unnecessary especially when they work just as well as good quality eye shadow with a brush, but I still just love using these. I can’t quite explain why.

You can either use your fingers or a brush to apply, I personally prefer to use these as washes over the lid, often alone, and I’ll use my ring finger to apply all over the lid and then a brush to help smooth out the edges around my crease. In the photos above, all I’ve used is Mirage using this technique and I just love the polished look. Simple and no need to use 2-3 multiple shades.

The quality with Chanel’s pressed pigments is always top notch in my opinion, highly pigmented and rich in colour. I don’t have any issue with the application, very smooth and creamy.

I couldn’t recommend these anymore, you can pick up these Chanel Illusion D’Ombre online for $36USD. Not 100% how much they are at the counters in Australia :(

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New York City Dinner Look Makeup Tutorial

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Beauty, Travel, USA, Videos | 0 comments

New York Evening Out

One of the things I love about travel is how easy it is to film videos in terms of environment. The room is always clean, the bathrooms are spotless, I just couldn’t resist filming a video of the look I wore to a special dinner in New York City. Also I decided to wing the video without a script… daring stuff! The style of the video is quite different to how I normally film, just feeling my way around and trying new things :) I’d love to know what you think!

Product mentioned:

Urban Decay Primer Potion – Eden
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner – Black Ink
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Benefit Porefessional
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – 04
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – Sand
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch – 01
Revlon Photo Ready Translucent Powder – 001
Milani Baked Blush – Luminous
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Granite
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer – Stargazer

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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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