Friday, 30 October 2015

What's on my Nightstand?

Don't let me fool you into a illusion that  everything is rainbows and smiles when it comes to my beauty regime. I'll admit, sometimes sticking to a routine can be a bit difficult, life does get in the way and other times you really just can't be arsed. In a perfect world I would double cleanse, use a daily serum and shave much more often than I actually do. 

That being said, there are a few products that I like to keep on my bed side table to ensure I'm at least doing the bare minimum when it comes to my evening routine. Keep on reading to check out 'What's on my Nightstand'!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

My Favourite Real Techniques Brushes

I feel like I'm always going on about my favourite beauty products here on my blog, but I've never really discussed my favourite pick of tools for the job. Real Techniques have been on my radar as some of the most high quality, affordable makeup brushes for the past few years. I can distinctly remember having these sets on my Wish List one Christmas, when they first made an appearance in the beauty scene. Made and designed in collaboration with Sam and Nic Chapman of the Pixiwoo fame on YouTube, I knew I had to have my hands on them.

The Real Techniques brush collection is of unbelievable, almost professional quality for a fraction of the price. It's also made of synthetic fibres, which means it is 100% animal cruelty free.  I've tried so many brushes from their collections, I wanted to share my pick of the creme de la creme with you.

Excuse the dirty makeup brushes, but I think it gives you a feel of just how much I love and use these brushes on an almost daily basis!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Halloween Makeup Tutorial | 'Beauty is Pain'

Prepare for the gore of your life! 

I've recently become obsessed with special effects makeup, especially in the lead up to Halloween. Honestly, Australian's aren't typically known for getting into the whole idea of Halloween, at least that's not the way it was when I was growing up. It has increasingly become more of a celebration among younger kids who are now dressing up and taking part in Trick or Treating... of course it becomes a 'thing' as soon as I'm too old for it! 

In saying that though, I know there are a lot of 'grown up' Halloween parties and occasions popping up so I thought I would draw on my more recent love of SFX makeup and I came up with this 'Beauty is Pain' look, that is the perfect amount of glam and gore. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

My Favourite Etsy Stores

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Etsy site, (have you been living under a rock?) it is a marketplace where people all around the world connect to buy and sell handmade and vintage goods. Etsy offers a meaningful and personal shopping experience to consumers and gives independent, creative businesses around the world the tools to be successful. 

Basically you can find plenty of one-off, one-of-a-kind items that have been hand crafted with love. Sounds pretty good right? I can sometimes find myself browsing the Etsy website on an almost weekly basis and I generally tend to gravitate towards Harry Potter memorabilia. What a shocker, right? 

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

BACK TO THE FUTURE: MY FAVOURITE BLOG POSTS

GREAT SCOTT!

In celebration of the official 'Back To The Future' Day today, I'm going to get in my Delorean, turn on the flux capacitor and set the date, to travel back in time and revisit some of my favourite blog posts that I have created and written this year.

I am aware that in the sidebar of this blog that there are some 'Top Post' suggestions, (which are awesome by the way) but I thought I would hand pick some of my favourite blog posts that I have written and that I'm truly proud of. I suppose it's kind of like showing off the favourite bits about your child...

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Kryolan Event @ Melbourne Emporium

Most of you will probably already be familiar with the makeup brand, Kryolan and recognise it as a Professional Makeup Brand more commonly used by leading makeup artists for the last 70 years.  I remember first coming across Kryolan back when I was studying Drama and Theatre Studies in High School and the brand definitely holds a fair bit of nostalgia for me. Until recently, I had always assumed Kryolan was a brand strictly for use by makeup artists, but I am assured that's not necessarily the case. 

I was super lucky to be invited to the official launch of one of the first Kryolan stand alone stores here in Melbourne and we were treated to a beautiful demonstration and talk through of their products by their makeup artist, Becca Gilmartin. 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Gastronomy Tour: Adelaide

Thank God it's Friday! It has only been a four day week for me, but I swear they have been the longest 4 days of my life. Last week/ weekend, my mum and I took a little city break trip for a girl's weekend away in Adelaide. We had such a nice time away together, it was actually quite fun to wholeheartedly relax and do absolutely nothing. Well... not exactly nothing where I'm involved, because food is surely to follow. Cue a vast amount of pictures of food, drinks and dessert, here's my Gastronomy tour of Adelaide!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Faux Glow

The faux glow trend has really been on my beauty radar lately and after a few seasons running, I've decided to jump on the bandwagon. 

As I've mentioned countless times before, my skin is so super oily that I thought I was never going to be able to join in on the highlighting trend. I lusted after Mary-Lou and Soft & Gentle like it was a religion and envied all who could pull off that #onfleek highlighting game while I was in a cakey, mattify-my-life land. Don't get my wrong, my skin didn't look like the desert, it was trying to pull off it's own highlighting game...but, in all the wrong places! 

I eventually decided that enough was enough and my face was going to be #fleekin and highlighting regardless of oil-control, or lack thereof.

Enter three of my favourite highlighting products, theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer, Lush's Feeling Younger Skin Tint and The Body Shop's Shimmer Waves.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

ASOS Fashion Haul



I usually can't be bothered going shopping, I have to be really in the mood otherwise it just frustrates me to no end. This is why I usually choose to shop online, I can avoid any dramas and hassles and I can shop from the convenience and comfort of my bed. Usually, I just put a load of different items in my shopping basket check the total, laugh and close the tab, but occasionally I will actually purchase something.

This time turned out to be one of those occasions, so I thought I would film a haul video for you and share some of the items I purchased.

Friday, 9 October 2015

The Best Mascara For Oily Eyelids

Hands up if you've ever caught your reflection during the day with a face full of makeup that you've put so much effort into, only to find your mascara has decided to smother your eyelids in little black lines. Me, I have! It is honestly the most frustrating thing ever and I blame my oily eyelids every time. Those poor eyelids, what did I ever do to them? How dare they bring shame up on this #flawless face?

But seriously, there was a point in time where I had completely given up on ever finding a mascara that didn't transfer- I even bought a couple of waterproof formulas in hope they would help the situation but had the same thing keep on happening! Ugh, the frustration!

That is, until I discovered my coveted, holy grail mascara and I have never looked back.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

DIY Bath Bombs | Luxe for Less


There's nothing more I love than taking a nice, hot bath and relaxing at the end of a long day. I love bath time so much- it's seriously the best time. But bath time means using up my store of Lush products and although I would like it to be, it is not an endless stash. My favourite bath bombs do come at a price, sometimes which I can't necessarily afford on my student budget.

I thought I would share this bath bomb DIY, but if Bath Bombs aren't your thing then you can check out my Bath Salts DIY here. I chose to colour my bath bombs this gorgeous lime green and scent it with a relaxing blend of essential oils which will help me off to the land of nod next time I take a bath.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

September Favourites

My calendar reads October, but I swear it was only August yesterday...where has the time flown? I have been testing and reviewing a lot of products this month so I wanted to share some of the creme de la creme with you. 

I have really been loving the faux glow look lately so there are three separate products dedicated to highlighting and illuminating alone. I know, I know, it's crazy and excessive but what can I say- I want to shine bright like a diamond! 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Nuxellence & Nuxe White Skincare Review


I have been a huge fan of the French brand, Nuxe for quite a while, I'm particularly in love with their Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil which I am sure you have seen me rave about before on this blog. A couple of months ago, myself and some other Melbourne bloggers were invited to a Nuxe event for the launch of their new product lines, Nuxellence and Nuxe White.

We were kindly gifted some products from their new range to sample and review, including the Nuxellence Detox* and the Nuxe White Intensive Whitening Dark Spot Serum* and I have been testing out these products in my skincare routine for the last two months. 

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