Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

AmorePacific is one of those brands I accidently came across. I was in desperate need of a toner while in the States, and grabbed the first bottle that looked interesting, which I did a review on a while back. Since then the brand has slowly pulling me in and one of the products I become curious over was their Colour Control Cushion Compact (4C!)

Essentially, it’s a heavily saturated sponge in a compact, you’ve provided a anti-bacterial puff that you first pat into the sponge and then on your face. Repeat till you achieve full coverage!

Admittedly the idea sounded kinda unhygienic to me, to continuously dip into the same moist sponge over and over again? With the same puff? Yeah the idea didn’t win me over, and honestly it still hasn’t quite. Though I suspect each sponge doesn’t last too long as there was a backup provided with the compact.

However what did win me over were the results. Once applied, my skin was flawless and smooth. It even left me with a beautiful dewy finish, yet still looked pretty natural. It’s definitely one of the best finishes I’ve ever had with a foundation before. Though it didn’t last the entire day, and I did need to set it with some powder to prevent it from sliding away which meant re-application during the day wasn’t possible.

Unfortunately, and here is the biggest kicker, the lightest shade is too dark for me :( So sad! I wish I could use this more often, but due to the shade issue, it almost never gets used :(

I purchased my compact at Sephora for $60USD, pretty steep!

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Casual Weekend Walk

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Casual Weekend Wear

Casual Weekend Wear

Casual Weekend Wear

Casual Weekend Wear

WITH IPUN Check Mesh Blouse

Styleberry Floral Print Mini Skirt

Burberry Silver Watch (similar here)

White Platform Sandals (similar here)

One of the things I love about the suburbs are the pockets of over grown gardens. Usually around the reserves or unoccupied pieces of land, but it’s a bit like having spots of untouched nature within reach.

No surprises that I have a bit of an obsessive with white clothes lately. You should see my wardrobe, I feel like the white section is finally over taking the black. I’m such a bad Melbournian ;) Additionally I typically only wear pencil skirts to work, but I’m starting to really enjoy them outside of work too. Definitely need to pick up a couple more pieces :)

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What’s in my Travel Makeup / Skincare Bag 2014

Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Makeup, Skincare, Travel, Videos | 0 comments

What's in my Travel Makeup / Skincare Bag 2014

It’s been about one year since I last filmed a What’s in My Travel Makeup and Skincare Bag! With all the travel I’ve been doing this year I’ve gone through probably 4-5 different “sets” or travel makeup bags, but this was the most complete one I had. Usually when I travel for work I keep it extremely minimal (and I’d be happy to show you that sometime if you like!)

Hope you enjoy the video~

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Best Facial Sunscreen ~ Biore UV Aqua Rich Review and Photos

Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 2 comments

Biore UV Aqua Rich

As a beauty blogger, I go through literally hundreds of products a year! All for the sake of the blog of course (not because I have a problem…), and it’s very easy to get swept up in reviewing items that have just come out and keeping up with the release of what’s new and in. It’s pretty easy to lose focus on staples you love and use daily, such as what I’d like to call the Best Facial Sunscreen ever! Of course that’s just my personal opinion :) Though admittedly I had been through about 15 different brands before landing on Biore.

Biore, the asian branch has a number of sunscreen lines and I’ve tried them all. They actually all work perfectly for me, but I have to say the Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 is my all-time favourite, I’ve easily gone through 3 tubes already with another 4 stashed away.

The key reasons I love this sunscreen is:

  • Doesn’t feel greasy on the face
  • Dries very fast, works as a great base for makeup
  • SPF 50
  • Doesn’t cause my foundation (liquid / cream / powder) to roll upon application

The last point was the most important for me, because every single sunscreen I had tried before Biore would cause my foundation to roll as I applied it. I tried so many ways to counter this, letting my sunscreen dry for 45 mins (which isn’t easy in the mornings, I had to wake up at 5am, 1 hr before I usually wake up!), I would use a facial primer, I would apply thin amounts etc. I tried everything and was going slightly crazy trying to find a way to incorporate sunscreen into my skincare routine without destroying my makeup. It’s one of the major reasons why I stopped wearing foundation during the day. That is until I discovered Biore from my good friend Ponikuta.

I can’t rave about this sunscreen enough, this sunscreen combined with Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ are my two morning staples that I can’t see myself ever changing!

Unfortunately Biore’s asian branch is not that easy to find outside of Asia, however a website I’ve come to really love is AdamBeauty, and they do in fact stock it for a slightly higher price, so worth a look if you’re hunting for the perfect facial sunscreen! And I think it goes without saying that sunscreen is incredibly important, not just for preventing wrinkles but skin cancer too. You’re never too young to start applying it, and it’s never too late to start either!

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11 years on the 11th

Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Personal | 4 comments

11 years on the 11th

The last 11 years of my life has been some of the best ever, and it’s all thanks to having Surfaced Studio as a major player. We’ve shared so many incredible journeys together, whether it be traveling the world, landing our first jobs, graduating and so many other major milestones. We’ve literally grown up into adults together which I cherish so much.

I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him. Celebrating 11 years on the 11th of our anniversary month seemed like a special milestone and I looking forward to the next 11 years and more together.

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Spring’s White Lace

Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Spring's Hidden White Lace

Spring's Hidden White Lace

Spring's Hidden White Lace

Spring's Hidden White Lace

Spring's Hidden White Lace

Spring's Hidden White Lace

Ringnor Mock Two-Piece Skater Dress

White Open-Toe Lace Heels (similar here)

Secrets Shhh Violet Fusion Pendant *

Louis Vuitton Inclusion PM

Burberry Watch (similar here)

Products marked with * were provided for consideration.

I’m well aware of my strange obsession with white, its been going on for a while now and I can’t see it ending anytime soon. There’s something so fresh and crisp about white clothes (it reminds me of the beach, one of my favourite places on earth), even though one of the most obvious issues is keeping it clean! Not an easy task let me tell you that~ Still I’m loving the lace cut out around the mid-riff area, it’s a bit like having a make shift belt, helps add some shape to the entire look :)

Photos by Surfaced Studio

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Lancôme Grandiose Mascara Review and Photos

Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

I’m pretty sure it’s public knowledge that Lancôme’s Hypnose Mascara is my all-time favourite mascara ever. It’s one of the few mascaras where I actually get compliments on my lashes from friends and family. I never quite believe it when other bloggers say a particular products brings in a ton of random compliments till I used this mascara and realised its true!

So when I saw Lancôme’s latest mascara called Lancôme Grandiose Mascara pop up online, I knew I had to try it. You have to admit that the packaging alone was just so pretty and intriguing that it makes you want to test it out.

Whilst we’re on the topic of packaging, let’s stay there. It’s certainly unique, and visually it’s really quite beautiful. The tube looks a little like a small glass perfume bottle (it’s plastic btw), and the wand is curved just like vines. It’s really a work of art in my opinion, but similarly it present some challenge when it comes to functionality. After a while I got used to it, but it does take a bit of playing with to understand you essentially need to twist the wand back into the tube for it to fit.

But to be fair, I actually do think having the wand twist the way it does makes it easier for me to apply the mascara. It helps you really get into the inner corners and lift your lashes from directions a straight wand wouldn’t be able to.

As for the product itself, I feel like this is a thicker version of Hypnose, which can be a little challenging if you’re someone who already finds Hypnose to be on the thicker end. I feel inclined to think that this would work well with shorter lashes, because I had to do quite a bit of rework to separate my lashes to prevent them from clumping up together. I can’t imagine how that would be for someone with naturally very long lashes. At the end of the day however, I do like the results. My take is that the mascara is much more about volume than it is about length, so it’s pretty subjective in terms of who I’d recommend this to.

So if you’re a fan of Hypnose, but want something even more volumising then I think this would be a good one to try. I’m not 100% sure if I would repurchase this, I have a feeling the “sell” of this mascara is more about the unique packaging than the formula (though the formula is far from terrible).

If you’re interested, it is a bit more expensive than the traditional Hypnose, but worth a shot if you love Hypnose and have a bit of extra cash. I picked it up online for $32USD. I know they retail in Australia now, likely for $50AU+ at Myer and David Jones.

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Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

It’s almost time for summer, just one more month before it becomes official! Essie were lovely enough to send me their Essie Summer 2014 collection. Ever since Essie introduced their more rounded brushes (similar to Rimmel and Dior), I’ve been enjoying their polishes a whole lot more! It just cuts down the application time, especially for my right hand since I’m right handed. If I’m going to play favourites, I’d say Haute in the Heat, Strut Your Stuff and Urban Jungle. Colours I would personally wear :)

If you’re interested, each bottle goes for $16.95AUD each between November and December only!

Fierce No Fear

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Haute in the Heat

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Roarrrrange

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Ruffles & Feathers

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Strut Your Stuff

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Urban Jungle

Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection

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OOTD ~ Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014


H&M Floral Sleeveless Silk Top

ASOS Mint Skinny Jeans

Target White Shoes

Louis Vuitton Inclusion Bracelet

Burberry Watch

Cartier Trinity Ring

Time sure flies by! It feels like only a few months ago I visited the Tulip farm for the first time. But before I knew it, a year had past and the window to visit the tulip farm the follow year had arrived. Like last year, the tulip farm was completely flooded with people, tourists, locals etc, there’s a great atmosphere ofpeople just enjoying their weekends with family and it’s certainly one of my favourite places to visit to welcome in Spring.

Additionally, shooting here got me thinking that I’m going to change the name of these “OOTD” posts to something a little bit more “lookbook” like. I only say that because going forward I’m really looking more to not only do more cosplay, but really play more “dress up” and find beautiful locations to shoot in. As opposed to show you what I’d wear day to day. I’m more in the business of creating beautiful imagery, like pieces of art. If I had time I could really see myself creating more graphical art with my photos (but maintaining this blog is proving tough enough as it is). Not to say every piece would be a piece of imagery, but I’d like to try and start pushing the boundaries :)

If you have any suggestions let me know :) I’ve always been more about the “Fables” in life, and I think this is really the correct direction for me and my blog :)

Photos by Surfaced Studio

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Hakuhodo Slide Face Brush Review and Photos

Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Hakuhodo Slide Face Brush

Hakuhodo Slide Face Brush

Hakuhodo Slide Face Brush

I’ve never been one to spend a great deal on things like makeup brushes, which may come as a huge shock to everyone reading this. I feel thanks to my blog / channel / cosplay, I tend to use my brushes more than the average person. Safe to say, thanks to some more extreme looks, my brushes go through the ringer (I’m still washing blue pigment out of one of my highlighter brushes from two years ago) and so I feel better knowing my brushes are on the cheaper side so I can really get my use out of them.

That said, whilst wandering through Asia I came across Hakuhodo, a Japanese brush maker famous for their luxurious brushes. I’ve tested out their brushes before and oh my goodness they are some of the softest brushes you will ever touch. So I decided to take the leap, promised myself I would only ever use this brush for “normal” wear, nothing for cosplay.

And despite its hefty price (around $50USD), I’m so glad I bought it. Granted it may be the only one I ever own, but use it to apply powder is such a joy that I actually look forward to it (if that doesn’t make me sound too crazy). It feels amazing on the skin, does a great job a distributing the product evenly and best of all, it’s travel friendly :D

However a big issue I know some people will encounter, including I, is the animal cruelty aspect. Based on the research I’ve done and speaking to the SA I’ve encountered at Hakuhodo, I’ve been told that the hairs collected were either taken from animals who died of natural causes or loose hairs that naturally fell off the animal and that no animals were tortured or killed for the purpose of creating these brushes. After making the purchase, I went through their website to try and get an answer but haven’t been able to find one! So I think this is something important to keep in mind if animal cruelty issues are very close to your heart.

Personally 99% of my brushes are synthetic, and I can defintely feel a massive difference between this brush and those in terms of quality and softeness. At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice. Whilst this is amazing brush, I’m not really sure I’d purchase another. Only because I don’t know with 100% certainty how these brushes were created. To each their own!

Do you own one? What do you think?

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