OOTD ~ Winter Warmth

Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Fables in Fashion Celina Lee Winter Warm OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Lee Winter Warm OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Lee Winter Warm OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Lee Winter Warm OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Lee Winter Warm OOTD


YesStyle Knit Beanie

YesStyle Blue Check Scarf

Portmans White Knit Jumper

Supre Skinny Jeans

Ankle White Boots

I’m not the biggest fan of winter, but I will admit that one of the benefits of it is the ability to layer up and stay “snug”. All the beanies I can wear, ear muffs and gloves :) It’s certain;y fun to play with accessories you wouldn’t normally need during warmer weather. I think the only thing we miss during Winter in Melbourne is snow, not in the mountains, but on your front lawn :)

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Dior Fusion Mono Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Dior Fusion Mono

Dior Fusion Mono

Dior Fusion Mono

Dior Fusion Mono

In the last couple of years a number of brands have released their “version” of the pressed pigment. It’s pretty much what the name suggests, pigment that has been “semi-pressed” into a pot. I say semi because if it was completely pressed you’d get what you normally find in an eye shadow pan. Here the pigment is a little looser, which allows you to pick more of it up with your applicator to achieve a… well more pigmented finish. I’ll be the first to admit that my range for adjectives isn’t the best when it comes to describing cosmetics ;)

I’m a big fan of Chanel’s and L’Oreal’s versions, so I was keen to try out what Dior had to offer. First thing I noticed, this swatched on the arm much better than it does when applying to the lids. I prefer to use my fingers for these types of products, though using a brush depending on the product consistency can be just as effective as it was for Dior Fusion Mono. But I feel like I waste less product when I use my fingers because I found myself swirling my brush in the pot quite a bit just to grab enough pigment.

I would say that if you want something to give you a nice fresh wash of colour, then these were great. But if you want something that’s smokey and strong, I’d look towards more traditional forms of eyeshadow or actual loose pigments. Especially due to the shimmery nature of this product, I find I get a more “shimmery wash” of soft pigmentation across my eyes than anything else. Not bad, but I don’t see myself venturing out to purchase the remaining shades.

That said, I did find Chanel to be quite a bit more pigmented than Dior, and L’Oreal even more so.

If you’re interested, you can purchase these online for $31USD a pop!

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Formula X ‘Sephora’ VIB – X Rouge Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Formula X Sephora X Rouge

I’m not sure whether I should be proud of horrified over how I obtain this particular polish, but for the sake of remaining positive let’s just say I’m proud :) This was a gift from Sephora after I renewed my VIB Rouge membership with them for 2014 earlier this year. What can I say? I’m a shopaholic!

Formula X is a brand I’ve dabbled just a little bit with, nothing too major as the brand isn’t readily available in Australia, but based on what I’ve tried I’d say they have a good formula. X Rouge is a striking red crème polish, a real “take charge” sort of red look. A definite staple in any collection :)

If you’re keen, you don’t need to spend ridiculous amounts of money to be gifted this, you can instead buy it online for $10.50USD.

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Hourglass Ambient Blush Powder in Radiant & Dim Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Hourglass Ambient Blush Powder

Hourglass Ambient Blush Powder

Hourglass Ambient Blush Powder

Hourglass Ambient Blush Powder

Hourglass Ambient Blush Powder

These babies landed on Australian shores almost half a year ago, and because I knew at the time I had an upcoming trip to the States, I remained strong and waited till I was in a Sephora before purchasing. I managed to pick up two shades, Dim and Radiant.

I know you guys have probably read millions of reviews on these already, so I’ll keep it sweet and to the point.

Quality wise, if you’re big on blushes then these are definitely worth a look. They are rich, pigmented and blend softly on my cheek bones. Be careful not to grab too much pigment, but if you do, just tap off your brush or if you’ve already over applied, just blend out with your powder / foundation brush. Easy!

Dim is certainly more a contour / neutral blush, the sort of shade I’d use for work or if I’m just trying to carve out some definition on my face. Radiant on the other hand is more a traditional pink blush look. Still work appropriate when blended out, but to me it makes the face look a little more relaxed and less “rigid”.

In my photos above, I’ve used a pretty light hand to get a subtle look. Personally I prefer my blush colour to always be subtle, more to compliment my makeup rather than stand out on their own (that’s what I prefer to use my eyes for). These are some of the best blushes you’ll find out there, so if you’re a fan of blushes, I recommend you head to your local counter and test them out :)

If you’re keen, you can pick one up online for $35USD each.

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OOTD ~ Khaki Casual Chic

Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Fashion, Outfits | 2 comments

Fables in Fashion Outfit OOTD Khaki

Fables in Fashion Outfit OOTD Khaki

Fables in Fashion Outfit OOTD Khaki

Fables in Fashion Outfit OOTD Khaki

Fables in Fashion Outfit OOTD Khaki

Fables in Fashion Outfit OOTD Khaki


TEMT White Stretch Top

White Knit Scarf

YesStyle Jacket

YesStyle Denim Leggings

Prada Black Saffiano Lux Small Tote

Khaki Open Toed Boots

One of my favourite outfits to wear both on casual Fridays and the weekend. It’s the perfect mix of comfortable chic! Currently the Winters have become bitterly cold, though being August and the official last month of Winter, I’m hoping things will turn around pretty drastically. Else I may have to find myself catching a flight to some place much warmer :)

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bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 – The Truth Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Beauty, Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 - The Truth

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 - The Truth

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 - The Truth

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 - The Truth

A few weeks before taking off on my last trip to the US I remembered TiffanyD mentioned her love for this particular bareMinerals READY Eye shadow quad in The Truth. Having never tried bareMinerals eye shadows before and looking for any excuse to add more to my shopping list (like I needed it), I wrote it on and decided to try it out for myself.

Eye shadow quality wise? Loved it, its buttery smooth, pigmented and glides on the lids perfectly. Blending? Not a problem, blends like a dream! The shadows are on the darker side of the neutral spectrum personally for my everyday (work) use (I’m more a fan of matte peach / beige shades because I’m really adventurous and interesting that way), but this is still a stunning nude eye shadow palette, yet another choice for us neutral lovers.

Packaging however is pretty subjective. It does come with a nice big mirror, which makes application easy, a dual ended sponge tip applicator which I don’t personally use (I tend to remove them all from my palettes to make travel / usage easier)

The outer packaging however is like rubber, think NARS. Makes them easier to handle, but they tend to pick up powder and finger prints extremely easily. It’s a personal preference, I don’t really mind too much as I have a weird tendency to wipe down makeup I use at the end of the week when I’m watching TV or reading (keeps my hands busy).

If you’re keen, I picked this at Sephora for $30USD.

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Burberry Nail Polish No. 106 Dark Trench Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Nails | 0 comments

NOTD ~ Burberry Nail Polish No. 106 Dark Trench

NOTD ~ Burberry Nail Polish No. 106 Dark Trench

NOTD ~ Burberry Nail Polish No. 106 Dark Trench

NOTD ~ Burberry Nail Polish No. 106 Dark Trench

Burberry released their nail polish range probably over half a year or even more ago and I’ve been meaning to test them out to see where they sit across the range of designer nail polish.

Just like the Burberry beauty product range, the packaging here is true to their style and branding. Comes with an outer lid that covers the screw top lid with the brush. Cute design, similar in concept to many other designer brands too.

I decided to go for a more wearable neutral shade called Dark Trench. It’s one of my many superficial goals to own a Burberry trench, so I couldn’t pass up a polish that shared the same name :)

Generally, this wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Pigmentation wise was average, I needed two decent coats to ensure I had proper coverage (would have needed three if I applied thin coats). The brush again was standard, nothing like the Dior brushes which are just so amazing I don’t understand why more brands don’t follow! And longevity wise, I noticed chipping after a few days, just through normal wear and tear.

So all in all, I probably won’t be dashing out to grow my Burberry nail polish collection, but if an interesting colour were to cross my path I wouldn’t resist picking it up :)

If you’re keen, each polish retails for $29AUD from selected David Jones, which is where I got mine.

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OOTD ~ Pink Cliffs

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Fashion, Outfits | 0 comments

Fables in Fashion Celina Pink Cliffs Outfit OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Pink Cliffs Outfit OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Pink Cliffs Outfit OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Pink Cliffs Outfit OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Pink Cliffs Outfit OOTD

Fables in Fashion Celina Pink Cliffs Outfit OOTD


Country Road Jacket

59 Seconds Floral Skinny Pants

Wool Knitted Dress

Red Tights

Target White Flats

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Hudson Moto Bag

A little while back (when it was rainy and freezing), Violet, Jimmy, Toby and myself headed up to Bendigo for a quick day trip, partly so Violet could visit a well-known yarn store, partly because we were all exhausted from work and needed a quick get away :)

On the way there we stopped by a place called “Pink Cliffs” in a town called Heathcote and of course had to take a bunch of photos :) The cliffs are not as pink as I was expecting them to be, they felt a lot more coppery than anything else. But they were beautiful none the less :)

I’m working hard at getting back to vlogging (at least vlogging once a week), and I managed to take quite a bit of footage that day so hopefully the vlog should be out pretty soon :) Be sure to subscribe to my vlog channel to not miss it.

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Giorgio Armani ‘Maestro’ Fusion Foundation Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Giorgio Armani 'Maestro' Fusion Foundation

Giorgio Armani 'Maestro' Fusion Foundation

Giorgio Armani 'Maestro' Fusion Foundation

Giorgio Armani 'Maestro' Fusion Foundation

Whilst Giorgio Armani’s ‘Maestro’ Fusion Foundation may have been released well over a year ago, I admittedly only recently managed to snag myself a bottle to try out on myself.

Based on what I read online, I was really looking forward to this. I suffer from dry skin, particularly during heavy travel periods so I thought an oil-based foundation would really help give my skin some hydration.

The foundation dispenses with a dropper, so you can control how many drops of foundation you want to apply. Since it is oil based, it’s very liquid. In fact probably the most liquid foundation I’ve ever used before which has its good and bad points.

Good is that it does apply very smoothly to the skin, I find using my fingers to be the best way to apply this foundation. When I tried using a brush or sponge, I found that it absorbed way too much product, which, is a huge waste given the price point.

The coverage is extremely natural, so natural that it takes my eyes a few seconds to see the difference. The coverage is pretty minimal, there is a difference, it does help even out your skin tone and generally make you look a little bit more put together. But it’s nowhere near the coverage level of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, not by a long shot.

In terms of hydration, for something so oily, it didn’t provide that much moisture to the skin. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it did feel just a little heavy on the skin, as in I noticed it was there, which is a little unusual for someone like me who wears foundation at least 5 days a week as it is. But I thought it was worth noting, after 30 mins or so you get used to it and I forget I even have it on.

To me, this product was just okay. I can’t admit to being in a situation where I wanted to use a product that gave me so little coverage. I’d rather just not wear anything at all, or use less of my normal foundation instead. To me, it’s a nice product, but it honestly just felt like watered down regular foundation. It’s certainly not bad enough for me that I’d want to throw it out, but I can’t honestly recommend this to others.

If I wanted something with little coverage, then the compromise would be that it would sit so comfortably on my skin, that I wouldn’t even notice it was there. Which is when I’d used tinted sunscreens that are higher than SPF15 or spots of concealer. It’s a personal preference, I’m certainly going to keep this (I actually have two, long story, I’ll tell you over a hot chocolate), but I wouldn’t repurchase it.

If you think this foundation is still the one for you, then you can pick it up for $64USD online.

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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Events | 2 comments

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 Influencer Luncheon

Last week the City of Melbourne announced the launch of this year’s Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (29th August to 7th of September), and held a beautiful Influencer Luncheon for bloggers to celebrate. Now, I have to admit that my involvement with Fashion Week goes deeper than just this blog. For those who don’t know, I’ve mentioned a number of times that I work as a Consultant for my day job, and this year my company (IBM) entered into a sponsorship deal with City of Melbourne to help celebrate Fashion Week!

So it only seemed appropriate I join the project and get involved! It’s been quite the blast and I consider myself incredibly lucky to be bring my passion in beauty and fashion into my day job! I’m very much looking forward to attending Retail Night and hopefully some of the runway shows! Whilst I’ve attended fashion shows in the past, I have a feel this year is going to feel a little different, definitely more special :)

The luncheon was stunning, it was so lovely to see so many talented fashion bloggers and meet the official ambassador Ashley Hart (stunning and flawless in person!). But I’ll be honest, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride when my leads took the stage and spoke of the collaboration between IBM and City of Melbourne in an area I was so passionate about. It’s moments like these that make me proud to be an IBMer.

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