Marc Jacobs Genuis Gel Foundation Review and Photos

Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 4 comments

Marc Jacobs Genuis Gel Foundation

Marc Jacobs Genuis Gel Foundation

Marc Jacobs Genuis Gel Foundation

The Marc Jacob makeup range is slowly becoming one of my favourite brands to use, I’ve tried a few of their products and so far and have been very impressed. I actually really love the feel of their brushes… but I’m trying to be good and not over spend on brushes I don’t “need”… yet… (says the girl who just bought her first Hakuhodo brush…)

Besides the point, their liquid foundation has been one of the products on my “must try” list for a while (let’s be honest, everything I haven’t reviewed is on that list), so I naturally picked up a bottle during one of my trips to the USA.

This is a really lovely foundation, but it doesn’t particularly stand out as being an absolute must have. The coverage ranges from light to medium, and it sets nicely on the skin though I would use a powder to mattify any dewing areas of the face. Longevity wise, it will hold up nicely for an entire day at school or work, but I did notice a bit of wear around the sides of my nose towards the afternoon. Nothing a bit of extra powder can’t cover up (I carry powder foundation with me for touch ups)

I love that this comes in both a pump and glass bottle, I always feel that these two elements instantly add a touch of elegance to any foundation product. Superficial I know!

One of the reasons I’m determined to keep using this is thanks to its anti-aging benefits. Quite honestly I haven’t seen much of a difference, but like the Lancome Teint Visionnaire FoundationI figured I would at least finish the bottle before I place my final judgement on it (but let’s face it, that may never happen with me)

All in all, this is a great foundation and I would recommend it to those keen on the Marc Jacobs range, but safe for the anti-aging factor, it’s quite comparable to many other cheaper foundations in terms of quality. And given the price point, you may want to save your pennies for something a little bit more worthy. A pretty subjective decision!

If you’re interested, these retail for $58USD online.

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How to do Subtle Contouring

Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Videos | 0 comments

Today I wanted to put together a super quick video of how to do subtle contouring! Nothing too special, just use darker foundation instead of bronzer :) Either way I hope you enjoy the video! Sorry it’s so fast / quick! I’m working through my schedule to allow for a bit more time in my video creation / filming process :)

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar – Blond Opal & Brown Perfection Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 4 comments

By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Blond Opal & Brown Perfection

By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Blond Opal & Brown Perfection

By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Blond Opal & Brown Perfection

By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Blond Opal & Brown Perfection

By Terry Ombre Blackstar - Blond Opal & Brown Perfection

Better late than never, I remembered the By Terry Ombre Blackstar being heavily featured online by some of the UK beauty bloggers I followed and of course I just had to try it out for myself. Other bloggers are the worst influence on me in terms of money… Luckily this was around the time I visited the USA and I made sure to pick them up while I was in New York :)

These are essentially eye shadow cream sticks, that you can either apply directly from the bullet, or with your fingers or with a brush. I tried all three methods and can concluded that I prefer first applying directly from the bullet, then using either a brush or my fingers to blend and smooth it out.

The formula is certainly very creamy, which makes application from the bullet possible! I’ve tried plenty of cream eye shadow sticks that were far too dry to apply direct from the tube, instead it would just pull on my eye lids :(

Personally I think the lighter to medium colours would be the most popular, as they are the easier to just throw on as a wash of colour over the lids and blend out. The darker shades tend to work better as a smokey liner, but maybe my lids are too small? I found the bullet side too big for the liner space and had to use a brush instead if I wanted that effect. Though I’ve seen many girls use these are smokey liners so it could just be me.

In terms of wear, what I love is that you don’t need to set these with a powder at all, again another con that many eyeshadow sticks have. So I can definitely see why these sticks are so popular in the blogsphere :) Quick and easy!

However this is By Terry we’re talking about and that brand doesn’t come cheap (even though I really want to pick up more shades now…). During my travels I picked this up for $43USD a stick. I know Mecca Cosmetica stock By Terry, but their website has unfortunately been unavailable for some time now so I can’t check to see if they stock this particular product, if you know, please leave a comment below :)

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder Review and Photos

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 6 comments

Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder

Call it luck, but every time I try a new product from the Marc Jacobs Beauty range, I am not disappointed. Each product leaves me wanting to try more and more. Which is exactly how I ended up testing out the Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder.

For all intense purposes, this is a pretty standard face powder that you typically apply after your liquid or cream foundation. It does give a little bit of coverage, but not enough personally for me to justify wearing it on its own.

However in terms of face powders, this is definitely up there. It helps mattify and smooth out my skin when applied on top of my foundation, and it is incredibly lightweight. It sounds cheesy to say it’s “feather-light”, but it really is. Certainly one of the many powders I’ve tried that feels barely there once applied.

Additionally, while it will crease after a while depending on your foundation, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry at all. I have found that some powders do leave the area around my nose a little dry after extended wear. Not the case here, my skin continues to feel “normal” till the end of the day and I don’t feel the need to rescue my skin with a ton of hydrating masks that night!

And another big seller for me was the packaging. It’s huge, yet very slim. Which makes it perfect for travel / on the go. Additionally because of its size, it comes with a massive mirror that is honestly better to use than any compact mirror I own. Bigger mirrors just make touching out and makeup application that much more fun ;)

If you are interested, you can purchase this online for $46USD.

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OOTD ~ White Jacket

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Outfits | 2 comments

OOTD ~ White Jacket

OOTD ~ White Jacket

OOTD ~ White Jacket

OOTD ~ White Jacket

OOTD ~ White Jacket

OOTD ~ White Jacket

OOTD ~ White Jacket

Armani Exchange White Jacket

Miss Shop Single

Bettina Liano Skinny Jeans

Louis Vuitton Navy Monogram Shawl

Gucci Sukey Guccissima Leather Tote

Valentino Rockstud Heels

A few weeks ago I went out to lunch at this delicious (just thinking about it is making me hungry now) restaurant called Mamasita with some of my fellow beauty bloggers~ It’s so nice to catch up and discuss travel, these girls are serious globetrotters and it’s always inspiring to hear of their adventures overseas. I almost never wear this white jacket despite loving it so much, with fear that it’ll get dirty and dark over time. But if the girls have inspired me to do one thing, is that for me, there isn’t any point owning all these items if I don’t use them. So I’ve decided to start using/ wearing the things I love more often.

After all, if they do get damaged I’ll just have to go out and purchase a new one… like I need more reasons to go shopping…

Oh and the bag at the end? I’ll be blogging about next Monday :) (and no it’s not an engagement ring!)

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Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara Review and Photos

Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments

Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

When it comes to “drugstore” brands, Maybelline has got to be one of my favourites, the quality for me easily rivals many luxury brands and I should know, I’m slightly obsessed with luxury cosmetics brands!

It really did feel like a match made in heaven when Maybelline sent me a rather large package that contained a multitude of beautiful products that I couldn’t wait to test out. However the very first thing that caught my eye was naturally the Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara, my favourite drugstore mascara of all time!

Essentially this mascara comes with a thick wand for your upper lashes and a far thinner wand for your lower lashes. Which is perfect for me as I tend to need to always have two mascaras on the go to ensure I have something for up upper and lower lashes, so a 2 in 1 is perfect.

The best part is that the formula is essentially still the Falsies formula which I love as it never fails to volumise and lengthen my lashes without leaving me with panda eyes at the end of the day. To be honest, it’s very similar to my favourite Lancôme Hypnose Mascara in terms of quality and results, only at a fraction of the price.

However the one thing to take note of is how short the wands are since we are dealing with a two of one product. I didn’t experience any issues with the smaller wand, but the wand for the upper lashes can be slightly uncomfortable to use until you get the hang of it.

But let’s be honest, in Australia $19.95AUD for a mascara that can serve two purposes is pretty good value for money in my opinion (you are dealing with someone who has shelled out $52AUD for the Lancôme mascara). I do highly recommend you give this a shot if you have tiny lower lashes but still want to coat them. However if you’re only looking to coat your upper lashes and/or have massive lower lashes then the traditional Falsies mascara will work a treat for you.

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Book of Fables: Chapter 112 ~ Shimmery Spring

Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Book of Fables, Videos | 0 comments

Shimmery Spring

Spring has begun, my favourite season of all time~ So of course I did a look based on it. I not so recently purchased the Stila Magnificent Metal Eyeshadow and have been completely obsessed so I had to find a way to work it into a look. I hope you enjoy :)

Products used:

Lancome Teint Visionnaire Perfecting Foundation – 005
Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher – 001
Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush – 3
theBalm Mary-Lou Luminizer
LORAC Eyeshadow Primer
NARS Eyeshadow – Biarritz
Stila Magnificent Metals – Metallic Pixie Dust
Avon True Color Eyeshadow Quad – Mocha Latte *
Canmake Highlighter – 1
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink
Lancome Grandiose Mascara
Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Granite
Dior Addict Lipstick – Candide
Hello Kitty Magnetic Gloss – Baby Lip *

Products marked with * were provided for consideration

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Chantecaille Cheek Shade – Bliss Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Makeup, Reviews | 2 comments

Chantecaille Cheek Shade - Bliss

Chantecaille Cheek Shade - Bliss

Chantecaille Cheek Shade - Bliss

Chantecaille Cheek Shade - Bliss

Have I ever told you guys what a sucker I am for beautiful packaging? Yes? Many times? I tell you too often? Oh well… my apologises!

But it’s true, I do love me some beautiful packaging and this is exactly why I took the plunge and picked up this beautiful Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Bliss, which is a nmuted dusty rose blush. It does seem a little short sighted of me to fall for a blush whose pattern will essentially disappear after a few more uses, but if there was anyone out there who would make a purchase like this it was most likely going to be a beauty blogger ;)

Packaging aside, the product itself is amazing. Soft, pigmented and blends out incredibly smooth. Love it :) It is apparently enriched with anti-aging vitamins, which sounds great and certainly wasn’t something I took into consideration when making the purchase, but I won’t say no to a product that claims to fight aging :) I’m a bit of a sucker for Chantecaille in general, the quality is constantly amazing for me :) I’m really keen to try more.

Just keep in mind that if you’re super sensitive to scents, this comes with a rose based one. It’s nothing over powering and you certainly won’t notice it once applied, but something to keep in mind.

If you’re keen, you can pick one up for yourself online for $38USD. But be quick, it’s Limited Edition :)

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OOTD ~ Spring Roses

Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Outfits | 0 comments

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

OOTD ~ Spring Roses

H&M Rose Dress

ASOS White Pumps (similar here)

Tiffany Necklace

Louis Vuitton PM Inclusion

As a blogger who is simply obsessed with photography and capturing as many beautiful photos as possible, Spring is my season. It provides the perfect soft light, flowers are blooming and I just don’t feel I can hit the shutter button fast enough to capture everything. It’s also inspired me to “upgrade” my outfits to be lighter and include a lot more colour! I’m looking forward to the various photography walks / trips I’m planning with friends and/or Toby this season :)

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