Monday, 31 October 2011

Soiree Happy Snaps - OOTN + FOTN

Hey all, 

I headed to a soiree the other night & figured I would put up some pics as I got pretty glammed up! I had such an amazing time with my friends, and the man of course! 

Anyway, there isn't much else to say. I hope you all enjoy this little peek into my life!  

Oh, it was at Cloudland in Brisbane for those interested :) 





I look like an absolute nut in this picture, but I wanted to show you all my pretty bracelets! 
Outfit
Bardot Dress/ Wittner Black Heels (not seen)/ Lovisa Flower Ring/ Adorne Bracelets & Earrings/ Pandora Silver Rings/ Vintage Clutch

Face
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Wheat/ Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque/ MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer NC42/ MAC Pinch Me Blush/ NYX Gunmetal (and two other shadows, sorry I can't remember!)/ Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner/ Diorshow Mascara/ e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach/ MAC Lady Danger <3 

Thanks to my wonderful ladies who agreed to be on my blog!

Hope you all have a great day! xx 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

My Two Cents On The Importance of Sun Protection This Summer!

Hey all, 

I'm usually not one to nag, but I don't see this as nagging! I see it more as...enforcing education upon ;) 

As most of you who live in Australia (and those of you who don't) would know, the sun is a damn dangerous thing. In a nutshell, it burns up your skin, and turns what was once a bunch of happy little skin cells into cancerous lil monsters. Sun protection is absolutely vital in Australia and around the world! It doesn't only help prevent skin cancer, but also prevents: premature ageing, sun spots (brown spots) and other general sun damage. 

Despite common beliefs, no one is immune to the damage caused by the sun - even if you have dark skin to begin with! I have a med-dark (NC40/42) complexion, and I am young - but guess what? In the last year I have had 2 cancerous spots removed from my right leg. My oh my!

Approx 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before age 70 & till this day, prevention remains the best way to save lives! 

The Lowdown
- If you think 'it won't happen to you', it quite possibly could.  
- Over-exposure to the sun can cause a variety of skin cancers, premature ageing & brown spots
- Try using products with a minimum SPF 30+ UVB & UVA broad spectrum protection on both your body and your face.
- Always reapply sunscreen! 
- Avoid excessive sun exposure 
- DO NOT use tanning beds/solariums 

Okay, now for the fun stuff! 


Favourite Sun Protection Products 

L'Oreal UV Perfect Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+ 

Nivea Sun Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+

Blistex SPF20 Lip Conditioner 

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation SPF 20 

My Gorgeous Orange Floppy Hat

Did Anyone Say Kaftan?! 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

OOTD 24/10 - Just a Lil Shopping Trip

Hey all, 

Sorry I've been a bit behind on post's and all that, my life is assessment/assignment heavy atm and I am just trying to get through it all as best as I can! But, I figured that I would at least put a lil something up and took some ootd pictures yesterday! I wasn't doing anything special, just headed into the city to do a bit of shopping and have lunch with mum. 

Anyway, enjoy! And I promise more makeup related post's soon! I have been shopping a bit lately, so I have a lot to review! 

OOTD 24/10 - Shopping! (My fave past time of course!) 



Clothes & Accessories 
Dress from Latin Clothing Company/ London Rebel Wedges/ Sportsgirl Bag & Sunglasses/ Lovisa Necklace/ Pandora Bracelets, Charms & Rings 

What's On My Face
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC42/ MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Medium Dark/ MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer NC42/ MAC Blush in Gingerly/ NYX Eyeshadows in Tropical, Yellow & Lime Green/ Maybelline Khol Express Liner in Glam Black/ Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara/ Lucas PawPaw Ointment
(Gosh I was wearing a lot of MAC!) 


Hope you all have a great day! xx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Inspired Nails + Tutorial

Hey all, 

With national pink ribbon day being tomorrow, I thought I would do something special with my nails to show my support. Breast cancer awareness is something that I hold especially close to my heart, as many women in my family - including my gorgeous mother, have been affected by breast cancer in the past. 

As I am no where near talented enough to paint a pink ribbon on my nails, I thought that I would just go with some plain ol' pink instead! I painted them a bright, candy pink with hot pink glittery tips!

Overall, I am quite happy with the way they turned out! 


What I Used
- OPI Base & Top Coat 
- French Manicure Tip Guides 
- B Collection by Bloom in Venezuela 
- LA Splash in Sparkling Rose 


How I Did It
- Painted my nails with my OPI base coat and let dry.
- Painted the entire nail with two coats of B Collection by Bloom in Venezuela, and let dry completely.
- Applied french manicure tip guides to all my nails.
- Painted two coats of LA Splash in Sparkling Rose on the tips.
- Removed french manicure tip guides before the polish dried.
- When nails were completely dry, applied top coat. 

I hope that you all enjoyed this look, and found my steps somewhat helpful! If you didn't want to do this look in pink, any other colours would work as well! 

Support those affected by breast cancer: wear pink, buy a ribbon or donate (if possible). You can get more information about this important cause at http://www.pinkribbonday.com.au/


Hope you all have a great day! xx

Friday, 21 October 2011

Well, Hello Summer!

Hey all, 

Summer is fast approaching!

For those of you who don't know me, I am a massive summer fan. I am at my prime in the heat, and in the sun. I do not enjoy the cold at all, and can't function in it - so I am so happy the colder months are behind us now! 

The other thing I absolutely adore about summer is the beach! Living in Australia, we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and I finally get to start enjoying them again! I can also whip out all the new bikini's (6 to be exact) that I purchased whilst eagerly awaiting summer. 

It's definitely bikini weather, and I am getting damn excited! 

Also, in the spirit of summer and sun safety of course, I will be writing a post on my favourite sun protection products soon! 



Disclosure: I do not look as good as those gorgeous ladies in a bikini, at all! Victoria Secrets models put us all to shame! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick - Review

Hey all, 

I haven't really ever been much of a fan of Revlon products, other than their foundations. Im not sure why, they just have never appealed to me, and until recently the only products from Revlon that I owned were a couple of nail polishes and Voluminous Carbon Black mascara. But recently I have been hearing a lot of positive chatter about the Revlon Colorburst Lipstick's, and chatter is something that I cannot ignore! 

Curiosity definitely kicked in and I headed out to buy a couple of Colorburst lippies! I picked up Petal & Peach, two gorgeous, light, summery shades. 


What I Love
- Rich, pigmented colours 
- Glides on smoothly
- Feels weightless, doesn't feel waxy at all
- There are shades to suit any skin tone! 
- The packaging is great for a drugstore product - sleek, stylish and modern! 

What I Am Not So Crazy About 
- Slightly drying
- Isn't very long lasting - about 2 hours wear max. 
- The smell bothers me a little, but I am very sensitive to smells so I wouldn't worry about it too much 
- The tip of the lipstick is square-ish, I prefer lippies with a more pointed tip as I find them easier to apply. 

They are a nice lipstick, and they do have some lovely shades! But, they aren't the cheapest drugstore lipstick's and for the price they are at, I would much rather put aside a little more money and pick myself up a MAC shade - which last longer, and aren't as drying on my lips.  

Price: $23.95 

Where to Buy: Priceline, Target, Big W, Myer & Selected Pharmacies across Australia 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

The First Ever BellaBox! October 2011

Hey all, 


After receiving my Beauty Box Australia a couple of weeks ago and being somewhat disappointed, I have been eagerly awaiting my first (and the first!) BellaBox. I'd heard a lot of good things about them, and subscribed immediately! But of course, because I was so excited, Australia Post had to delay my delivery for no apparent reason! 

But finally, it is here! It was waiting for me at home today, and I nearly jumped through the roof! 


We all know that first impressions are important, and I must say that as soon as I opened my box I was impressed! I was slightly worried because I'd set my expectations of BellaBox quite high, but they met my expectations and more! The packaging is adorable and stylish, the products are amazing and varied, and the little touches (like tying together two loose sachets with ribbon) let you know that they really care about their customers. 

Enough of my rambling, you all want to know what was in the box! 


What Did I Get
- Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer 
- A'KIN Lavender, Geranium & Jojoba Hand and Nail Creme 
- Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant 
- Savoir Faire Lipstick in Miss You 
- One Skin System Daily Hydrate 
- Wines Wipes 

I was ecstatic when I saw what my box contained. It was full of beauty goodies I have been wanting to try, or can't wait to try soon! I am happy with every single one of the six products in my box, and I will be using all of them! 

I am especially happy with the Savoir Faire Lipstick! The packaging is absolutely divine, and the shade is to die for! I swatched it on my hand immediately and am so excited to try it out on my lips soon! 



I am going to sum up how impressed I am with my BellaBox in one sentence, or I will be here all day. This is a subscription I am definitely going to keep!! 

They have promised to continously deliver fun, innovative and exciting products - I believe their promise and am excited for many more BellaBoxes to come! You can check BellaBox out here.

Hope you all have a great day! xx


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

OOTD 18/10 - Little Bit of Uni Fun

Hey all, 

Just a quick lil ootd blog post! I have been too busy today to write a product review (sorry!), but I figured that this was better than nothing! Just a casual outfit I wore to uni today - I had some assignment work to do, and some groupwork (OH the JOY!). It isn't anything fabulous, but it was super comfy! 

I also headed to grab mexican food at The Burrito Bar in Southbank with a friend in the late evening. Nomnomnomnom! If you haven't checked that place out, you really should! 

Enjoy! 

Sorry, I'm looking a bit dishevelled! I was in such a rush! (And just a tad lil bit grumpy...) 


Clothes - Accessories - Shoes 
SES Fashion Top/ Jeans West Jeans (they have a petites range - YAY!)/ Imagination International Flats/ Pandora Bracelets & Rings/ Lovisa Cuff/ Bag from eBay

What's On My Face 
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation in Honey Beige/ MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer NC40/ MAC Blush in Gingerly/ MAC Eyeshadow's in Shock-a-Holic & Woodwinked/ Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara/ FOA Eyeliner/ Lucas PawPaw Ointment

Now for a little glimpse of some uni fun! We're a bunch of crazies! 

The black blazer I'm wearing is from Bardot. 
I absolutely adore these new pastel purple flats I bought from a boutique in Brisbane, they are absolutely adorable and comfy!! Sorry my hair is a mess, it was a windy, windy day! Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my day, I'm starting to really enjoy doing these ootd posts!

Hope you have a great day & make sure you all keep warm and toasty! xx


Monday, 17 October 2011

A Little Bit Of 50's Floral - OOTD 17/10 + Mini Haul

Hey all, 

My lovely man snapped a couple of pictures of me as we were clearing out the now old apartment so I thought I would put up a little OOTD post. I was heading a little bit down the 1950's inspired path today, although trust me, I have no 1950's housewife skills what-so-ever! 

Hope you enjoy a little glimpse of me and what I get around in! 


Clothes - Shoes - Accessories 
Boutique dress/ Vintage Belt (thanks mum!)/ Therapy Lace Up Wedges/ Pandora Bracelets & Rings 

Face (super-natural today all!) 
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation - Honey Beige/ MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer NC40/ NYX Blush Espresso/ NYX on Nude Palette/ Lucas Pawpaw Ointment (MY FAVE!)/ Almay One Coat Mascara 


I Also Did A Lil Bit O Shopping - Mini Haul 




Pharmacy/Drugstore/Priceline Goodies - L'Oreal UV Perfect Moisturiser 
/ FOA Strengthening Nail Polish Remover/ Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector in Medium
Lovisa Necklace 
T.B.N Nail Polish - Sticker is Missing off the red/pink :(/ Gilt/ Gorgeous Grape 
Cotton On - Gingham/Plaid Bikini (YAY for summer!) 
Lovisa Bracelets 
I also bought 3 pairs of earrings from Lovisa that I completely forgot to take a photo of, but they are wooden, brown, and quite pretty! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation Review

Hey all, 

I never expect great things from drugstore foundations, call me a snob, but I just have never seen how perfection could be found in a $14 bottle. I am sure at least some of you see where I'm coming from, perfection needs fancy ingredients and fancier price tags - doesn't it? 

Wrong. 

I have found a drugstore foundation that is nothing short of amazing, and has nearly tempted me away from my HG Lancome Teint Miracle. The difference between the two? One was $15, the other $68 - now that is a difference that makes one blink! I'm talking about Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation, and it is drugstore perfection indeed! 


What I Love
- Flawless med-full buildable coverage
- Goes on smoothly and is easy to blend 
- SPF 20 for sun protection goodness
- Matches my skin tone perfectly 
- Jam packed full of skin loving antioxidants 
- Cheap! 

What I Am Not So Crazy About
- Super hard to find in Australia (I sourced mine from eBay, I shall put the link below) 
- I have comb-oily skin & it definitely does need to be set with powder

I have gotten so many compliments when wearing this foundation! It looks extremely natural, gives you a radiant glow, and provides great coverage minus the cakey-ness. Best of all, it is good to my skin! And the higher than normal SPF level should help keep premature ageing at bay!

For reference I am a NC40/42 and wear the shade Honey Beige 110. 

Price: $14.95 

Where to Buy: Can be hard to find in Australia! I sourced mine from eBay, from Donna's Discount Delights 

Saturday, 15 October 2011

MAC Lady Danger - Review

Hey all,

This is definitely one of my favourite MAC lippie shades, and also my go to red lipstick for this summer! I'm a massive fan of red lipstick and have an extensive collection from various brands, but in the past few weeks every time I want a red lip, this is the one I reach for. I find that it brightens up any of my spring/summer looks!


It's a gorgeous, playful and wearable orange red, that I feel compliments any complexion. It's playful without being too overpowering. As most MAC lippies, the quality is great! It goes on smoothly, looks smooth and bright, doesn't smudge and lasts till the cows come home!

This summer is all about colour, so give it a try! Remember: a little danger is good for you!

Where to Buy: Myer and David Jones 

Price: $36.00

First pictures of myself I've put up! Eeek! 
Hope you all have a great day! xx

Friday, 14 October 2011

Wishing Upon a Star: October

Hey all, 

Usually around this time in the month I know exactly what I am lusting after! So I thought I would introduce a monthly wish list, so you can all be a part of the arguments I have with my brain justifying purchasing all these goodies! They're usually products that are a little bit more expensive & I haven't been able to justify buying...yet, or they are products that I haven't had a chance to get to! Or simply can't get my hands on - living in Australia. 


October's Wishes
- Tarte Starlet Limited Edition Palette 
- L'oreal Lash Architech 4D
- China Glaze - Atlantis 
- Wittner Cobalt Heels 
- Urban Decay Naked Palette

Hope you enjoyed having a glimpse and what I can't take my eyes off, and I would love to hear what you are all wanting to blow your money on this month! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

NYX Caribbean Collection - I Dream of Aruba Review

Hey all, 

This is a review that I cannot believe I haven't done already! If someone had asked me before I started blogging what the first product I would look at would be, this would've definitely been up the top of my list! I love bronze eye looks, and use this palette so frequently I always worry that I will get stuck in a rut! You can really create so many looks with this palette, from more simple everyday looks, to more glammed up looks. 

Those who know me are aware of how much I love NYX products, especially the eyeshadows. They are such great quality! Long lasting, highly pigmented and they have some amazingly gorgeous shades (and quite a few unique shades as well). They are also so cheap and really hold their own in comparison to the high end brands. Just getting the word out there - if you haven't tried any of their shadow's, you really should! (I will put up a post on my fave NYX shades). 



NYX Caribbean Collection - I Dream of Aruba 

What I Love
- The colours - most of NYX shades are amazing colours individually, and NYX also has this way of putting together palettes that just go so well together
- Pigmentation - rivals MACs
- Easy to work with, blend etc 
- Long lasting 
- Cruelty Free 
- Hypoallergenic 
- Cheap! 
What I Am Not So Crazy About 
- NYX products are extremely hard to find in Australia, I get most of mine online (I will list some places below) 

Price: $13.95 AUD (for 5 eyeshadows) 

Where to Buy
- I buy most of my NYX products from Crush Cosmetics, they are Australian and based in Australia & you can get express shipping as well. 
- You can also buy NYX from Groove Accessories, although the selection is limited 
- eBay (direct from USA) if you don't mind paying for shipping
- And from the NYX website



It is a wonderful, versatile palette that I have got a lot of use out of. I really do recommend trying it! If bronze shades aren't really your thing, NYX has a extensive range of colours - so have a look! I cannot stress how much I recommend NYX eyeshadow's! 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

* Just a hint: use a primer! They swatch well without, but are to die for when you use one! 

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Hair Treats to Die For! V05 Hot Oil & Schwarzkopf Hair Repair

Hey all,

I don't know about the rest of you, but my hair was left looking worse for wear, and in need of a decent pick-me-up after winter - what we call winter in Brisbane anyway. And with my hair being long, it takes a little more effort to keep it looking shiny and lustrous! I am definitely not willing to put down my styling tools, so I went on the hunt for products that would make my hair amazing, even when it touches heat regularly!

Two products I am absolutely loving, and use over and over again are: VO5 Hot Oil & Schwarzkopf Deep Nutrition Hair Repair Treatment. They are keeping my hair from being a giant humidity caused frizz ball this summer!

V05 Hot Oil 
A weekly hot oil treatment that should be used before shampooing. 
Their Claims 
- Reconstructs damaged hair in 1 min 
- Doubles the strength of hair to reduce breakage 
- Seeks out & bunds to weak sites of every strand
Removes 75% more chlorine than shampoo alone 
What I Say 
- It's amazing! I mean it! Go out and buy it right this second! 
- Has made my hair stronger 
- Makes my hair softer, shinier and easier to manage


Price: $6.99 for a pack of 5 (so it will last you 5 weeks!) 
Where to Buy: Coles, Woolworths, Priceline & Selected Pharmacies 


Schwarzkopf Deep Nutrition Hair Repair 
Massage gently into hair after towel drying. I use it every single time I wash my hair. 
Their Claims 
- Repairs instantly & cares intensively 
- Cashmere-supple hair and shine, without overburdening 
What I Say 
- Makes my hair softer & shiner
- Improves manageability 
- Doesn't have an overpowering smell (I have found that many other Schwarzkopf products do, and it generally makes me steer clear!) 


Price: $7.99 
Where to Buy: Priceline, Coles, Woolworths & Selected Pharmacies 


I have honestly seen an improvement in my hair since I started using these products diligently! Overall I think these are some amazing hair goodies for a lower price! They do a brilliant job at rescuing damaged and dry hair, and I definitely recommend that you try them!


Hope you all have a great day! xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Almay Get Up & Grow Mascara Review

Hey all,

I am mascara crazy, a mascara fiend possibly! Who doesn't want gorgeous, long, thick and perfect lashes to frame their eyes? Of course we all do! Saying that, I am always on the hunt for the perfect mascara (which I am yet to find) and generally buy new mascara products as soon as they come out. 

I picked up the Almay Get Up & Grow mascara in blackest black pretty soon after it came out in Australia, and have been using it on pretty much a daily basis since then.

I am loving it! I really do think it lives up to most of Almay's claims, and have found that it makes my eyelashes look not just longer and thicker, but also healthier!



What Almay Claims
- Visibly longer, stronger lashes
- Anti-breakage pro-vitamin formula to defend lashes against damage 
- Unique brush shape contours to reach every lash
- Clump free 
- It is also hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested & suitable for contact lens wearers 


What I Love
- Lashes do look stronger, longer and healthier
- I have found that I have had less lash fall out recently 
- Doesn't run or smudge 
- Doesn't clump 
- It also held up on a rainy day pretty damn well for a non-waterproof mascara! 


The brush is amazing! Lately I have been a fan of rubber eyeshadow brushes out there, but this one is just your regular old fashioned style of brush that does an amazing job! The brush tapers in the middle, which helps it reach all the lashes and give them a great lift! Just make sure that you wipe the excess mascara off the brush, as the end of the brush can get a little clumpy. 

I will definitely be purchasing this mascara again when I run out, it exceeded all my expectations!!

Price: Around $19.95 (I've misplaced my receipt) 

Where to Buy: Priceline

Hope you all have a great day! xx

October Beauty Box!

Hey all,



My october beauty box (from beauty box australia) arrived today, and I must say I was pretty excited. It's the first beauty box I have ever received, and I absolutely love the idea of having some gorgeous samples delivered to my door each month. 

But, to be completely honest, I was quite disappointed. I feel like I just got my hopes up, and I know that many others have given mixed reviews. I was expecting more makeup, and although the products are nice, they aren't anything that excited me completely. Oh well, I guess the items will vary each month, and I am willing to wait it out for a little longer to see whether or not to continue my subscription! 


What's in the Box
- Biotherm Aquasource Moisturiser
- John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner 
- Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact Foundation 
- Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days 
Calvin Klein Fragrance - One Shock for Him & Her 

They also have a handy lil card on the top that tells you what is in the box, and how much the full size is! The packaging is also super adorable!

The products are nice, and I will end up trying them all. I am particularly happy about the Biotherm moisturiser. I think I was just wanting and eye, lip or nail product in there. Hopefully next month's will be more suited to me, and to the rest of you out there who just weren't that impressed!



Hope you all have a great day! xx 

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

eBay Accessories Haul - 11/10/11

Hey all,

Now I am a big sucker for eBay! Who wouldn't be? You can find everything and anything you would ever want or need, usually at much lower prices than anywhere else! I definitely make a hell of a lot of eBay purchases each month, usually consisting of bags, makeup, shoes and clothes, with the odd random purchase (iphone cases, adorable duck post its etc) thrown in here and there. 

Lately I have jumped on the accessories bandwagon and absolutely can't get enough! Especially when the items feature turquoise or are just plain adorable. Because of this new obsession I have realised that accessories on eBay (new and preloved) are ridiculously cheap, and I bought all of the items underneath for under $20 all up!

Bargaaaaaiiiiiiiin! Yay!  


They are all really good quality, arrived quickly & look fabulous on! 

Definitely will be buying more very, very soon....I can't help myself. 

Hope you all have a great day! xx

Monday, 10 October 2011

I Bought Some Goodies! Haul - 10/10/11

Hey all, 

It was such a gorgeous afternoon in Brisbane today I just had to venture outside! Only for a little while though...the rest of my day was spent on my verandah with my fur babies and a pile of magazines. 

And of course the good weather put me in a good mood, which means shopping! Here is what I picked up. 

Sorry about the picture quality again, another night snap!

Model's Prefer Warm Spice Palette & Lipstick (Priceline)

NYX Blush in Mocha & Terracotta (Groove Accessories)

Benefit Erase Paste - Deep (Myer)

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick - Peach (Priceline)

Model's Prefer Eyeshadow Quad in Famous (Priceline)
NYX Tenpiece Eyeshadow Palette in Haute Model (Groove Accessories) 

Vaseline Aloe Fresh SPF 15 Moisturiser (Priceline) 

Reviews and opinions to come! Hope you all have/have had a great day! xx


Maybelline Fit Me Review

Hey all, 

Firstly I need to express that I absolutely love the idea that Maybelline has with its new Fit Me system, and I have been excited to try it since it first came out. For those of you who don't know, the Maybelline Fit Me system works in an unique way. The whole point of it is that you find your match, or your 'fit me' number, and then that number transfers between foundation, concealer, powder, blush and bronzer. The idea of it is that you only need to know your one 'magic' number, and you're all set! 

I spent a lot of time thinking about how I would tackle this review, keeping it together, but talking about each individual product in detail. So I thought that I would split the review into three parts: foundation, concealer & powder, and then talk about how all the products work together. 

Gosh! I am getting a little technical, but that's just because the idea behind this product really does excite me! 

My Maybelline Fit Me number is 310 and I am a NC40/42. Just so you know, the 320 was a little too dark and the 310 was a little light, but it's always easier to darken a foundation!

Sorry about the lighting and shadows guys! Took the picture at night. 
Foundation 
- Light-medium coverage - the coverage is buildable, but I would recommend this foundation to those who have good skin to begin with
- To me, I think that this foundation has more of the consistency, feel and look of a tinted moisturiser 
- Blends seamlessly, very easy to work with 
- Wide range of colours to suit a range of skin tones 

Concealer 
- Decent coverage - won't get rid of those pesky dark under-eye circles though!
- Doesn't cake or crease 

Powder 
- Natural looking - doesn't leave the skin with too much of a 'powdery' finish
- Sets make up well and is long lasting
- Gets rid of all that pesky shine! 


The Verdict Marked Beauty Style 

Okay, so as individual products they aren't anything absolutely mind blowing! Although they do feel natural, and do live up to most of Maybelline's claims, there are much more amazing products out there (Cue Lancome Teint Miracle, Laura Mercier Powder, Bobbi Brown Concealers)! But saying that, they are pretty damn good for drugstore products, and cheaper ones at that.

I think that they work best when they are all used together, and I have been finding myself using the Fit Me range on days that I don't need or want too much coverage (to uni, running errands etc).

The packaging is also sleek & super cute!

And of course, massive brownie points for creating this amazing number system! I wish all the brands out there did it, how easy life would be!

Hope you all have a great day! xx


Saturday, 8 October 2011

Australis Intensifeye Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Review

Hey all,


I stumbled across these gorgeous eyeshadow quads while they were on sale in Priceline, and I just had to buy a couple. The colours looked absolutely gorgeous, the packaging was elegant, and they were such a great price! (I picked them up for $11 each!).



I grabbed the True Blue and the You Beauty quads as I don't have that many blue and pink eyeshadow shades - I am trying to expand my horizons! True Blue is a collection of four wearable, striking shades ranging from light to dark, and You Beauty is a collection of girly, but sexy pinks! 

What I Love 
- Highly pigmented - especially for the price 
- Great cost! 
- Can be used wet or dry
- The shades in each quad work together perfectly: shades in each quad for a base shade, contour/crease and highlight
- Sleek, elegant packaging 
- Not tested on animals!! 

What I Am Not So Crazy About 
- Doesn't last so long without a primer 
- As most drugstore eyeshadow products, I wish they had more shades


Where you can buy it: Priceline, Target, Big W & Kmart 

Price: $13.95 AUD 


Swatches 


True Blue 




I am not talented at swatching on my left hand at all!

You Beauty 





Overall I love them! Sure, they aren't as pigmented or long lasting as some MAC eyeshadows that I have, but at $13.95 for four splendid shades I don't think that they need to be! I am definitely going to pick up the Choc a Block (brown/neutrals) and The Big Smoke (smoky eye) quads the next time I head to Priceline!


Hope you all have a great day! xx

A Little Bit of Alexa

Hey all, 

I have found that recently I have often needed a daily dose of Alexa Chung. She's gorgeous, fun, quirky and best of all, she can write! I think that she is talented in so many wonderful ways, and has unique style. 

For those of you who don't know who she is (few and far between I am sure), she is a british model, TV presenter and contributing editor at British Vogue. She is also frequently seen gracing the front rows of fashion shows, at fashion events, and mingling with the rich, famous and fabulous! 

Ah, my girl crush! 



For a reasonable sized dose of Alexa, visit: 


and 


Hope you all have a great day! xx

I love the little celebrity and icon posts people have on their blogs, I think it is absolutely wonderful to see where everyone gets their inspiration from, who they look up to and what they hope to become or achieve. Wonderful! 

MAC Fall Colour Eyeshadow: Shock-A-Holic

Hey all, 

A couple of days ago I headed out to my local MAC counter at Myer with the aim to purchase Woodwinked (finally), and came across the new Fall Colour collection! All the colours within the entire collection are absolutely gorgeous, vibrant and unique. Of course, I couldn't help myself and left the store with the new Shock-A-Holic shade (as well as Woodwinked of course!). 

Isn't it such a pretty purple?!

About the Shade - Vibrant grape purple - Slight shimmer - Pink shimmer particles (absolutely gorgeous!)- Satin finish 
What I Love 
- Anyone who knows me quite well is aware that in general I adore MAC eyeshadows! 
- Long lasting 
- Crease free
- Beautiful vivid colours!

What I Am Not So Crazy About
- MAC eyeshadow's are quite pricey, especially here in Australia! At $33 AUD each, sometimes they can be hard to justify purchasing. 
- New and limited edition shades often sell out quickly in store


Swatches


Without Flash 



With Flash 


It looks great with a dark brown colour in the crease for an everyday look, or a green, or even a blue for a more adventurous look. 


I am definitely going to pick up more of the collection soon. I am loving the vibrant fall colours out recently, greatly suited for the Australian spring I think! And for those of us who are a little more on the adventurous side.

Hope you all have a great day! xx



Friday, 7 October 2011

This or That Makeup Tag


Hey all, 

My second tag! Aren't tag's fun?! Hooray for tag's!(Yes, I am in a bit of a strange mood) 

Saw this tag on a blog I follow (Beauty and Bows for all who are interested - it's a great blog, check it out!), and decided it would be a super fun thing to do! I am also looking for any reason to not write my assignment...

Makeup:

Blush or Bronzer?  I have to say blush, just because my skin is quite dark anyway and I probably don't NEED bronzer. 

Lipgloss or Lipstick?  Lipstick, I don't like the stickiness of lipgloss so much & I have bought some gorgeous new lipstick shades recently! 

Eyeliner or Mascara?  Eyeliner, I can get away with not wearing mascara (although I don't enjoy it). 

Foundation or Concealer?  Foundation. I feel absolutely naked without it! And I could probably get away without a concealer, although I would look awfully tired! 

Neutral or Coloured Eyeshadow?  Neutral; of course I love playing with colours, but neutral eyeshadow is timeless, and can go with everything. 

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadow?  Definitely pressed! My encounters with loose eyeshadows usually end up with my entire face covered in a light dusting of the stuff! Messssssy! 

Brushes or Sponges?  Brushes, I don't really work with sponges often. I like the control a brush gives you, and the feel of it as well. 

Nails:

Long or Short?  Long, my nails are always long and I absolutely love them. It would make me sad to see them go! 

Acrylic or Natural?  Definitely natural! I prefer the way it looks, feels, and no matter what anyone tells me believe that it is better for your nails! 

Brights or Darks?  Darks, I think that it suits my skin tone more & it's easier to match it. But I have been wearing a lot of brights lately. 

Flower or no Flower?  None, something about nail decorations just annoys me. 

Body:

Perfume or Body Splash?  Perfume. 

Lotion or Body Butter?  Lotion, I like how light it feels on my skin. Although I do use a lot of body butters in the winter. 

Body Wash or Soap?  Body wash, this is an easy one for me - soap free body wash. I am allergic to soap, I also never liked the way that soap feels & find it quite drying. 

Fashion:

Jeans or Sweat Pants?  Out in public? Definitely jeans! I like to pretend that I don't have a massive stash of sweat pants in my drawer ;) 

Long Sleeve or Short?  Short, I live in Australia, enough said! 

Dresses or Skirts?  Dresses, I am a big dress wearer.  

Stripes or Plaid?  Stripes! I am in a very nautical mood lately. 

Flip Flops or Sandals?  Sandals, I'm a girly girl & frankly I don't find flip flops (thongs in Australia people) pretty enough. 

Scarves or Hats?  Scarves, I love hats but I just don't wear them enough! 

Studs or Dangly Earrings? Dangly earrings :) 

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots?  Riding boots, just got some for the past winter (what Brisbane calls Winter anyway), and I LOVE them! 

Jacket or Hoodie?  Jacket, I always feel like I am suffocating in hoodies. 

Hair:

Curly or Straight?  I'm going to be a rebel and say wavy! 

Bun or Ponytail?  Bun, just gets it all off my face. I also hate the way ponytails flick around, well mine does anyway! 

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips? Bobby pins, my cat steals them all though. 

Hair Spray or Gel?  Hair spray, I don't think I have ever used hair gel and don't like the way it looks at all. 

Long or Short?  Long, my hair is always long. 

Light or Dark?  Dark.  

Side-swept Bangs or Full Bangs?  Side-swept, although I haven't had a fringe for a while now. 

Up or Down?  Down most of the time, but up when I need to think. I cannot think for any length of time with my hair down! 

Random:

Rain or Shine?  Sunshine!  And lollipops...

Summer or Winter?  Summer, I live in Australia! I really do not enjoy the cold, at all! 

Fall or Spring?  Spring.

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate, nomnomnomnom. 

I really did enjoy doing this blog, and hope you enjoyed reading it, and perhaps learnt a thing or two about me! I would love to see all your responses, so I tag you all! 

Now, back to my horrid assignment I go... :'( 

Hope you all have a great night & had a much better Friday night than I did! xx