Uriage CU-ZN+ Creme Anti-Irritations Review and Photos ~ For Eczema Sufferers

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Uriage CU-ZN+ Creme Anti-Irritations

I mentioned this product in my latest May & June 2014 Favourite & Empties video as one of my favourites, but I thought it deserved its own blog post because I’m truly loving it and have been using it obsessively since I’ve been flying around so much for work.

Essentially if you suffer from dry skin or eczema, this could be amazing for you, now hear me out. I don’t consider my eczema to be terribly bad, but when I flare up it can make my eyes look rather swollen. My skin becomes incredibly red, flaky, starts to crack and eventually bleeds. Ah, there’s a nice mental image for you!

For the most part I use a prescription ointment from my doctor which contains Cortisone, which is a steroid from what I understand. It’s amazing at turning my eczema riddled skin back to normal, BUT not good for long term use. Which isn’t great when you’re like me and get flare ups probably 1-2 times a week when you’re constantly flying. In the past I would just continuously use my ointment till my doctor warned me that I was in fact damaging my skin by doing so. However if I didn’t use the ointment, my skin would remain dry, red and very flaky. Not a great look and naturally extremely itchy.

So when I mentioned the trouble I’ve been experiencing, Uriage were kind enough to send me a tube of their CU-ZN+ Cream (plus a few other goodies to try). I didn’t expect much, I rarely do, but after extensive use it’s safe to say I love this cream.

With consistent use, I’ve actually found this cream to help reduce my eczema patches considerably, which has never happened to me before with any other product aside for my prescription creams. It doesn’t work as quickly as the ointment does, but because it doesn’t contain cortisone, which means I can use this every day without worrying about my skin! I only apply this on the affected areas, which means the rest of my skincare regime remains the same, perfect for me~

If you suffer from eczema, then certainly give this a go! I can’t say for sure it will work for everyone, all I can say is that it worked for me and I’m not turning back~

You can pick up your own tube for only $19.95AUD at Adore Beauty or Priceline.

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OOTD ~ Floral Jeans

Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Fashion, Outfits | 0 comments

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans

Fables in Fashion Outfit Floral Jeans


Country Road Jacket

59 Seconds Floral Skinny Pants

50 Seconds Pattern Circle Scarf

TEMT Knitted Jumper

ASOS Callaway White Patent Heeled Court Shoes

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Hudson Moto Bag

If there is one piece of clothing I cannot get enough of, it’s skinny jeans in every colour and pattern under the rainbow. I especially love this pair, pretty sure it’s not a shock that the combination of white and blue is probably my favourite of all time. I love that you can dress them up or down, very versatile :)

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Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil Review and Photos

Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments

N° 28 Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil

N° 28 Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil

N° 28 Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil

I didn’t think it was possible to add “luxury” to lip balms, but apparently it is and it seems I’m a bit of a sucker for luxurious lip balm. I always considered La Mer and Dior to be the leaders in luxury lip balms, but I think I’ve found a new favourite, despite it actually being cheaper than La Mer (but let’s be honest, still expensive for a lip balm)

Let me introduce you to Hourglass’ N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil. Despite the name, this still feels like more of an oily gel than a true oil as it applies relatively thick to the lips.

The dispenser is a first for me, and very unique! Made from a 24 karat, anti-bacterial gold plated tip, it works with a pump, just behind the gold applicator is a piece for you to push down and dispense more product. The application feels nothing less than luxurious (I’ve used that word far too much in this post), it contours perfectly to the lips and glides on with minimal effort. It’s quite a decadent feeling, and bonus is that it keeps your fingers clean.

However, more importantly, the product itself is amazing. I prefer to use this in the evenings as I find the formula to be on the slipperier thicker end (I prefer drier formulas for the day), but you wake up with the most hydrated softest lips.

I don’t think it’s at all surprising that this is my new official favourite lip balm. Unfortunately $42USD is a steep price (I purchased this on my last trip to the USA) to pay for lip balm. I haven’t come close to finishing this yet, so depending on how long it takes will be a better indicator as to whether this was worth the price or not.

If you’re based in Australia, then you can pick this up for $58AUD at Mecca Cosmetica.

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Chanel Tutti Frutti Nail Polish Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Beauty, Nails | 0 comments

Chanel – Tutti Frutti Nail Polish

Chanel – Tutti Frutti Nail Polish

When overseas, one of the things I always try and stock up on are high end polishes~ Mostly because the prices here are generally higher and due to their alcohol content, not as easy to ship to Australia without paying incredible fees.

I managed to pick up Chanel’s Summer 2014 Nail polish in Tutti Frutti. A gorgeous vibrant coral pink based shade with the finest of shimmers. It’s a great wearable shade for the work environment, but still different to your traditional pinks and reds~ Definitely a fresh bright summer colour :) You can try your luck at the Chanel counters locally and hopefully they still have a few in stock~ I think in Australia they go for $39AUD a bottle, I purchased mine overseas for $27USD.

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Essie Encrusted Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Nails | 2 comments

Essie Encrusted Collection

I was suppose to post this earlier at the start of the week (typically I like to blog about nail polish on Mondays), but thanks to being interstate at the time, all my scheduling routine fell apart and I had forgotten to sort my posts out! But anyways, all good because we have it here :) I wanted to share with you these beautiful polishes from the Essie Encrusted collection, kindly provided by Essie :) This collection is filled with beautiful hyper-reflective glitters and holographic materials. This collection is really perfect for those who love glitter, many of them are pretty full on and great if you’re looking for an exciting twist to your nail polish. All swatches are 2 coats, no top coat.

If you are keen, these are available between July – August 2014 only (limited edition) at $16.95AUD a bottle from Priceline.

Belugaria

Essie Encrusted Collection

Jet black shade laced with highly textured matte holographic hex glitters.

On a Silver Platter

Essie Encrusted Collection

Violet / blue holographic glitter and antique silver with a pearlescent gold polish.

Ignite the Night

Essie Encrusted Collection

Made of find matte gunmetal glitter with a matte finish.

Lots of Lux

Essie Encrusted Collection

Blue lapis glitters with a matte finish.

Peak of Chic

Essie Encrusted Collection

White holopgraphic fringe glitters, reminds me of of snow on a Winter’s night.

Hor D’Oeuvres

Essie Encrusted Collection

My favourite of the entire collection, reminds me of a glitzy awards night. Filled with platinum gold polish with iridescent silver glitter.

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OOTD ~ Berry Lips

Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

OOTD Berry Lips Celina Fables in Fashion

Portmans’ Black Knit Top | Burgundy Cashmere Mix Scarf | Temt Skirt | Black Tights | ASOS Black Booties

Couple weeks ago Toby and I headed out to dinner with some friends, I always love dressing up for dinners with friends who are big on dressing up too! While I love the dinners I have with all my other friends just as much, I have a tendency to dress down a bit more as not everyone can see eye to eye on my taste in fashion :) That said, I make it a point to hang out with friends who love to get creative, dress up and just have some fun and this was certainly one of those times~ It’s a true blessing and joy to be able to express myself and my creative side, they always leave me inspired and motivated to pursue my dreams and goals in the creative field.

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Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

I have a bit of a feeling I may be releasing this review a little too late, but decided I would blog about it anyways because it is one of my new favourite palettes and I wanted an opportunity to rave on about the included Caviar Stick (and my need to possibly buy more now…)

This set comes with a palette that contains 12 eyeshadows, 6 mattes and 6 shimmers. One Caviar Stick and one mini tube of mascara. My focus initially was around the palette, which is not surprising given it is the main attraction of the set. The eyeshadows are very finely milled and very pigmented, I’m really quite impressed with the quality of Laura Mercier eyeshadows lately. It makes applying eyeshadow in the morning so much more fun than how it used to be, where I’d used to need to dig into a rock solid eyeshadow to get any sort of colour pay off.

The 12 different shades naturally bring a wide array of different looks you could put together, I decided to try a purple eye as featured above, just to avoid doing my typical neutral eye :) But I have used this palette for a few neutral looks at work too, which worked out great!

However the high point for this set was the Caviar Stick, it was incredibly creamy and pigmented. It glided on like a dream, no resistance what so ever. This set only provided a rather small stick in a rich chocolate brown shade, so I’m definitely adding a couple other shades to my future shopping list to try :) Can’t wait!

If this set is still available, it was going for $80USD online, not the cheapest out there, but if it’s in your budget, it’s worth it! Good luck with the hunt!

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Face of Australia Dark Side Collection Limited Edition

Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Nails | 6 comments

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

To celebrate Winter, Face of Australia have released a new limited edition collection of deep dark nail polishes. They kindly sent me the entire range and I can’t wait to show them to you, the quality is really impressive.

The name of this collection is called “Dark Side”, because each shade is based on an evil villain featured in pop culture, such a great idea! All swatches are 2 coats without any top coat so you can see what the “natural” finish is like. The collection is only available during July, 2014, so if you’re keen, you can grab them now for only $4.95AUD each, quite the bargain.

My favourite was definitely Magento, it actually reminds me of polishes you’d typically get from the likes of Chanel!

Darth Vader

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A glitter top coat that contains large purple hex glitters and lots of mini black glitters. Would be perfect on a nice deep dark side like Ursula, Maleficient or Jafar.

Jafar

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A rich burgundy, almost black cherry shade. Defintely reminds me of one of my favourite OPI polishes called Black Chutney Cherry. One of my favourite shades for winter :)

Magento

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A stunning duo chrome gun metal and purple shade, this honestly reminds me of something that Chanel would typically released. It’s gorgeous and if there was only one shade you plan on picking up, I’d make it this!

Maleficent

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A gorgeous deep purple, almost black shade. This is like the purple version of Jafar, deep and very winter appropriate.

Mystique

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A dark jewel toned teal crème that literally makes me think of Mystique when I look at it.

Ursula

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A deep purple crème, beautiful pop of colour without being too bright.

Voldermort

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

Another great glitter top, this time containing light blue hex glitters, smaller black glitters and micro black glitters.

Wicked Witch of the West

Face of Australia Dark Side Collection

A dark green crème, I can’t help but picked the Wicked Witch, especially give her latest appearance on Once Upon a Time.

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bareMineral Blush – The Natural High Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Makeup lovers will totally understand, that finishing off your base with a touch of blush is just perfection. Call me vain, but when I finished applying my powder, and lightly apply just a hint of colour to the high points of my cheeks, it makes me feel finished (granted I tend to do my eyes first now). Makes me feel extra polished~

So over the weekend I started digging through a small package that bareMineral kindly sent me and found this beautiful blush called bareMineral Blush in The Natural High, one of their newest shades.

It’s a beautiful coral pink shimmery blush, very versatile shade in my opinion, one I feel most people will be able to wear and pull off regardless of your skin tone (unless you’re very dark). When I apply it, feels like my neutral “blush” colour, but with a hint of shimmer to add some lift.
Pigmentation and quality is pretty up there with some of my favourite blushes, don’t know if I’d throw this into the ranks of Tom Ford blushes but it’s certainly a great one none the less.

However, do note that the packaging is made out of the same rubbery texture you’ll find with most of NARS’ products. I can see this being an issue for those who are particularly OCD about keeping their packaging neat.

If you’re keen, you can purchase this for $29.95AUD from Mecca Cosmetica.

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OOTD ~ Summer Time at St Kilda Beach

Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Outfits | 2 comments

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

St Kilda Beach

These photos were clearly taken quite some time ago, back when we did in fact have Summer in Melbourne! Right now the weather couldn’t be colder, so it’s nice to reminisce over days past. I’m currently out in Adelaide for work, and Toby came up to visit me over the weekend and we spent the better part of it on the road, searching for cool locations to shoot in. And like ever vacation we share together, each day ended at the beach so we could witness the sunset. Sure it would freezing right now but I’m looking forward to witnessing sunsets soon in warmer weather :)

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