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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Dior Addict Lipstick – 651 Mayday ~ Summer 2014 Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

Dior Addict Lipstick - 651 Mayday

I’m trying to be good with my spending and only making purchases from the limited edition collections that I think I will actually use. I’ve been burnt by a lot of too sheer lipsticks from collections in the past and so I’ve been focusing more on lipsticks I feel will show up on me.

I actually can’t remember when I picked up Mayday, whether that was on my not so recent trip or online, but I know it was part of the Summer 2014 collection (Transatlantique) and I had to admit the colour really won me over! It’s bold, but not such a deep plum red that makes me feel like I stick out. I love that with this shade, I can apply it sheer for work, or deeper for after work / weekends. It’s one of the things I love about deeper coloured lipsticks :D

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the Dior Addict Lipstick range. I love that formula, it may not be as hydrating as the Chanel Coco Shine, but it is much better than many I’ve tried and sits nicely on the lips. But the packaging makes it so difficult to tell each lipstick bullet apart. Not only can you not see the actual shade anywhere, but the print for the colour name is in silver, so it takes a bit for your eyes to focus to read the label. Nothing like black on white text.

The photos speak for themselves in terms of colour, I think warmer reds tend to suit my skin tone a bit better than cooler tones personally. What do you guys thinks?

If you’re keen, you can pick up the Dior Addict Lipstick in Mayday online for $32USD.

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May & June Favourites & Empties 2014

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in F&E | 0 comments

May & June Empties

Wow, it’s been two months since my last Favourite & Empties post :) As you can tell, I’m struggling to get back into the swing of things, going on vacation always seems to throw me off, especially when I try and balance it with work!

Excuses aside, I have four favourite to show you, but you’ll need to watch the video for those ;) And a ton of empties, after all it had been 2 months! Hope you enjoy the video :D

Maybelline FIT Me Pressed Powder – 120
If you’re looking for a powder that give just a tiny bit of coverage, but mostly just helps smooth our your complexion without completely mattifying your face then this might be worth looking into.

Repurchase? Maybe

Sephora Dramatic Volume Mascara
Threw it out before it became a true empty, brush was too big for my liking and the formula was so thick that my lashes became very clumpy and spiderery

Repurchase? No

YSL Baby Doll Mascara
Perfect sized brush, gave incredible length and above average volume for my upper and lower lashes. Will definately pick up a pack next time I go through Duty Free.

Repurchase? Yes

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – Noir
My one true mascara love, I’ve probably been through 4-5 tubes of this already.

Repurchase? Yes

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Eden
Does the job, my eyeshadow didn’t crease at all, but it does provide quite strong pigmentation, so only good if that’s what you’re looking for.

Repurchase? Maybe

Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer
Another good eye primer that did it’s job, but the straight wand head made it difficult to feel like I was getting my money’s worth in product.

Repurchase? No

Amore Pacific Treatment Toner
Standard toner that works like many other cheaper toners, but it comes with a very heavy perfume scent, not something I personally find appealing in a toner.

Repurchase? No

Bobbi Brown Brightening Moisture Cream
I didn’t find this moisturiser particularly brightening nor moitsursing at that, not a huge fan.

Repurchase? No

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Serum
The sample was a bit too small to see any long term effects, but it felt nice on the skin and if I didn’t have any other serums to try I might give the full sized version a go.

Repurchase? Maybe

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
This is defintely not an oil-free eye makeup remover, my eyes were incredible oily afterwards. But since I do have dry skin and frankly it did do a really great job at removing eye makeup, and it didn’t sting my eyes either, I probably will pick myself up another bottle. It’s similar to Clinique and Lancome’s dual phase makeup remover, only much cheaper :)

Repurchase? Yes

NARS Makeup Cleansing Oil
It did the job, removed my makeup without any complaints, but I still prefer the Bobbi Brown and Shu cleansers just a bit more.

Repurchase? No

Biore Marshmellow Face Wash – Smooth
So much fun to use and love that this foam cleanser is extremely gentle on my dry skin. Didn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped of moisture at all. Not to be used as a makeup remover however.

Repurchase? Yes

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel
Good all round shower gel. In terms of quality I find all The Body Shop shower gels to be similar, it’s mostly the type and strength of the scent that differs. I enjoys the scent for this one, and loved that it wasn’t too over powering.

Repurchase? Yes

Head & Shoulders Anti-dandruff Shampoo
Average shampoo, but even when I have dandruff I don’t find it does a great job. The Neutrogena T-Gel does a much better job (though the experience may not be as fantastic in the shower lol)

Repurchase? No

Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo & Conditioner
Didn’t do anything but leave my hair feeling stripped and average. I’ve heard it’s good for people with thin hair, as opposed to my overly thick hair so that might be way.

Repurchase? No

Wen Cleansing Conditioner – Sweet Almond Mint
It was nice, but had a very strong scent in the shower that fortunately didn’t linger too far beyond the shower. Did leave my hair feeling soft and silky, so I may consider it if I ever easily come across it in the shops.

Repurchase? Maybe

Succo di Candela Juice Candle – Watermelon
I can’t say no to watermelon or lychee scented candles, nuff said.

Repurchase? Yes

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OOTD ~ Autumn Luncheon

Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

Autumn Luncheon

H&M Top | H&M Pencil Skirt | Via Spiga Trench Coat | Nine West Bow Heels | Celine Micro Luggage Tote | Burberry Watch

A little while back, we went out to a luncheon to celebrate Violet’s birthday. We both agreed that we would do our best to dress up for this, so I decided to go with a more corporate look. As you can probably tell from all my outfit photos, I don’t have the curviest of figures, so using a peplum top to give the illusion of “curves” is always a nice change :) Also I’m kind of in love with my new bag, owning anything Celine is appropriate for me ;)

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Bella Box vs Lust Have It ~ May 2014

Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Beauty, Comparison | 0 comments

Bella Box
Bella Box vs Lust Have It

Lust Have It
Bella Box vs Lust Have It

Bella Box vs Lust Have It

I haven’t been able to actually do a comparison between Bella Box and Lust Have It for quite some time now! Part of it was due to traveling, I feel travel, as much as I love doing it can be such a disruption from day to day life. But the biggest reason is because Lust Have It packages have either been delayed or went missing entirely. One month mine never came, and I thought it was just delayed, but when I got the invoice for the next month I knew something was up. Fortunately they did eventually send through the missing package, but as it was near the time I was leaving for my travels so I ended up missing out on a few reviews. I have generally found that the Lust Have It boxes tend to come a little later than Bella Boxes.

Given that, I won’t have many more months left, potentially just another 1 or 2 comparisons before my subscription to both run out. I’m not sure whether I want to sign up for another 6 months each, just because the products aren’t really the sort of products I personally use, or from brands I generally like. And the whole delay in shipping just didn’t make the experience any better, but I’ll carry on till my subscription expires and reevaluate! Do let me know your thoughts, your opinions do matter to me and if this is something you guys want to see, I’d be willing to make an exception just for you :)

That said, today I wanted to talk about the May boxes for Bella Box and Lust Have It. First thing you may notice is that both boxes contained the Appelles Apothecary bar of soap. The soap itself is pretty interesting, it’s a light orange with many herbs infused throughout it. Unfortunately the soap did leave my skin dry afterwards, or at least pretty tight. Which may not have anything to do with the brand per say, unless I’m using Dove soaps, I generally have that issue with most bar soaps, which is why I personally prefer to use shower gels.

I found this month’s Lust Have It was particularly heavy on the makeup end, whereas Bella Box leaned more towards the skin care side. I personally prefer makeup samples because I find they last longer and so I get more bang for my buck. Unfortunately most of the brands Lust Have It featured were either not known to me, or brands I personally wouldn’t buy due to the quality, which was sadly the case here. The eyeliner was pigmented when swatched but tugged on my lashes, the lip stick wasn’t a colour I typically wore, the lip balm was nicer, but applied pretty sheer. If I applied more it became a bit too sticky and the blush was probably the most interesting. Not the easiest to manage since every time I opened it a puff of powder would appear, but the colour was something I’d personally use.

As for Bella Box, I did managed to use up the Wen conditioner and am interested to try the full sized version, the face mask was nothing to write home about as I’ve experienced better. The Invisible Zinc satchel was far too dark for my skin tone, Chapstick is chapstick. Nice all round balm, but the stand out product for me and what really sealed the deal was finding an Anastasia Brow Gel sample. A high quality known brand, and a girl always needs brow gel, so definitely something for me to use.

I think my main gripe with sample boxes is I get the feeling that the samples are always thrown away items from lesser known / budget brands that have a surplus of stock. Rarely feels like you’re opening a box filled with quality brands and new discoveries. But if I had to give it to someone this week, it’d probably be Bella Box because I was pleasantly surprised that they had a product from Anastasia!

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