Wednesday, 27 March 2013

My Life in Photos #2

Here's a quick photo collage of what I've been up to recently!
Early morning sunrise driving to work
Cocktails at the Watermark Bar in Docklands, Melbourne
Grace's birthday
 Jordan's 21st birthday
Relaxing on a Sunday
Rebecca's engagement party
Pretty sunset driving home from work
Grace's birthday
Good morning Melbourne from the Crown Promenade Hotel

Monday, 25 March 2013

Bloglovin'

Hey everyone,
With the recent confusion regarding Google Friend Connect and making the move over to Bloglovin' I thought I'd join in and post a link to my Bloglovin'.


If you like my blog please CLICK HERE to follow me on Bloglovin' before it's too late, it means more than you could imagine to me.

I hope your having a great day!

L'oreal Paris Powder Room Goodie Bag

Good morning :)
As some of my Australian readers may be aware, last week was the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
On Friday night I visited the L'oreal Paris Powder Room at Docklands in Melbourne - as it is currently L'Oreal Fashion Week.


The Powder Room is free to attend, and you get a choice of either getting your nails or lips done; I went for the nails.
As well as this, everyone who enters the powder room leaves with a free goodie bag - could it get any better!?
I thought I'd share with you all what was included in my bag.



A sample of L'Oreal Elvive Volume Collagen Texturizing Shampoo
L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray
L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisure Shampoo
L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisure Conditioner
L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisure Leave-In Conditioner
L'Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in the shade 012 'Endless Chocolat'
L'Oreal Color Riche Nailpolish in the shade 216 'Milk Shake in LA'
A sample of L'Oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer


I thought this was such a great goodie bag and the whole experience inside the L'Oreal Paris Powder Room was great. Considering all of this was free, including getting my nails painted, you couldn't go wrong.
I'm quite excited to try out the eyeshadow and the primer!
The employees in the Powder Room were all so lovely and talkative and I look forward to visiting again next year.

I hope you all had a brilliant weekend.

Please check out and enter my giveaway, it closes this Thursday!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Hair Care Haul

Hey everyone :)

First off I'd like to say sorry for the lack of posts recently - I've been working quite a lot lately and am now back at University.

Moving on, as you may know from one of my previous posts, I recently ombre'd my hair.
Today's post is just some recent hair care items I have picked up and where I purchased them from.


You may have seen some of these items in my Priceline & Hairhouse Warehouse Haul - but I thought it would be easy to have them all in the one post.









Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Shampoo
$26.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse








Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Conditioner
$26.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse







Joico K-Pak Smoothing Balm
$26.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse







Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe Treatment
$28.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse







Tigi BedHead 'Dumb Blonde' Shampoo
$10.41 from BeautyBay







Tigi BedHead 'Dumb Blonde' Conditioner
$11.44 from BeautyBay







Tigi BedHead 'Dumb Blonde' Leave in Conditioner
$12.75 from BeautyBay








Juuce Ultimate Blonde Shampoo
$21.95 from PriceAttack








Toni &  Guy Moisture Shine Spray
$15.99 from Priceline








Toni & Guy Spray Gel for Curls
$15.99 from Priceline








Macadamia Healing Oil Spray - 60mL
$15.31 from BeautyBay








TRESemme Salon Finish Hairspray
$7.99 (currently on sale for $3.99) from Priceline









So these are the hair care items I've gathered over the past couple of weeks. If you'd like me to do a review on any of these just let me know :)

Have you tried any of these or have any recommendations for me to try out?

Please enter my international giveaway - it ends on the 28th March!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Liebster Award 5, 6 & 7.


Hi everyone,
I’ve recently been nominated for the Liebster Award three more times.
You can view my original Liebster Award post here, as in this post I will only be answering the questions assigned to me.
I’d like to thank Kendra from Beauty by Kendra C, Deana from Deana’s Life and Supernat from Make a Dream Last for nominating me!

Kendra’s Questions:
1.  What is your favorite color?
I don’t really have one, I’m loving anything pastel at the moment though.
2.  If you could be a super hero for the day who would you be and why?
Elektra – because she is the world’s most lethal woman and totally badass.
3.  What is one beauty product you can't live without?
Mascara, it makes you look so much more awake!
4.  What nail polish is on your nails right now?
Kleancolor Nail Lacquer in the shade 'Mocha'.
5.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream or frozen yogurt?
I love cookies and cream.
6.  What is your favorite flower?
I think white roses are beautiful.
7.  L.A or NYC?
New York City.
8.  What was the last movie you watched?
Honey.
9.  What is your next blog post going to be about?
I think it will another life in photos post.
10.  What is your favorite food?
I’ve been loving calamari lately!
11.  What is a new product you are excited about for Spring?
It’s not coming into spring in Australia, however I’m excited that the Kate Moss  for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick Collection has hit Australian shores – I already owned the 107 shade but am excited to try some more.

Deana’s Questions:
1.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I think I’d love to go to Europe or the Bahamas.
2.  What's the most embarassing thing that has ever happened to you?
Probably stumbling down the stairs after the X-Factor auditions in Melbourne in 2011.
3.  Makeup essential you can't live without?
See question 3 from Kendra’s questions.
4.  Chocolate or Candy?
Chocolate.
5.  What are your goals for the future?
To become more successful in the blogging world, complete uni with the best grades I can and to find a career that I love.
6.  What is one thing you regret?
No regrets, I obviously did it for a reason at the time.
7.  If you could go to any concert, who's would it be?
One Direction – I’m actually going this year haha.
8.  Where is your favourite place in the whole world?
I just love being at home on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
9.  Favourite clothing item at the moment?
A pair of jeans from Supre of all places!
10.  What do you do when you have free time?
I love hanging with friends and family or go shopping or blog :)
11.  Favourite song?
I’m loving Thank You by MKTO.

Supernat’s Questions:
1.  If you had the choice where would you go? Italian restaurant or Thai restaurant?
Italian.
2.  Only one beauty item you can't live without?
See question 3 from Kendra’s questions.
3.  Favourite city?
I love Melbourne.
4.  Favourite song right now?
See question 11 from Deana’s questions.
5.  If you could be a famous person, who would you like to be? And why?
I’d love to be Blake Lively for a day, she just seems so amazing in every way.
6.  Favourite flowers?
See question 6 from Kendra’s questions.
7.  Best movie ever?
I don’t know! I love heaps of different movies. Lately I’ve been loving the ‘Taken’ movies.
8.  Your favorite fashion or beauty magazine?
I don’t read any magazines regularly.
9.  Best book you ever read?
I also don’t really read books.
10.  Three things you don't like about the world?
Hate, poverty & war.
11.  Why did you start blogging?
I loved watching YouTube and reading blogs, but was way too scared to start making videos, so I wrote instead.

Once again, thank you girls for nominating me! It means a lot :)

Monday, 18 March 2013

Review: Too Faced Natural at Night Eye Shadow Collection


I’ve had a love affair with the Too Faced brand ever since I discovered it last year. Last month I did a review on the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Collection, which you can read here. Since I showed you that one, I thought I would introduce me to another love of mine.


What Too Faced says:
Introducing a sultry, nighttime version of our best-selling Natural Eye Collection! Intensify your evening makeup with this array of seductive, warm shadows that will take your look from sundown to night-on-the-town. These nine tempting shadows in a variety of highly-blendable matte, shimmer, and glitter textures add instant after-hours glamour to any natural look. 


Like the Natural Eye Collection, this palette also comes with three ‘Glamour Guides’ which show you how to create a classic look, nighttime look and a fashion look.


The nine (2 matte, 3 glitter, 4 shimmer) shades included in the palette are:


Full Moon – a glitter light bronze
Nightcap – a medium bronze shimmer
Cocoa Star – a deep matte chocolate brown
Night light – a champagne glitter
After Hours – a medium taupe shimmer
Eclipse – a deep taupe shimmer
Spotlight – a matte bisque
Moon Stone – golden olive shimmer
Night Fever – deep olive brown with gold glitter


Like its ‘daytime’ version, the colours in the palatte are absolutely stunning. It includes great everyday colours that last all day; especially when using a primer. The shadows are so highly pigmented and super easy to blend.

I get a ton of use out of this palette for both daytime and nighttime looks, and would encourage everyone to stop and check out this palette if you ever get a chance – you won’t be disappointed.

You can pick this up at Kit Cosmetics in Australia for $53.96 or online at BeautyBay for $38.99. 


Have you entered my giveaway? It would mean so much to me if you did! You can check it out here :)

Thursday, 14 March 2013

International Firmoo Giveaway!


As I recently hit 100 followers, I thought it would be the perfect time to thank you all by hosting my first giveaway!

I've teamed up with the lovely people from Firmoo to give seven lucky readers the chance to win some great prizes, and I'm so excited to share this with you all!

Firmoo are the world’s most popular online eyeglass store offering a huge variety of prescription and non-prescription eyewear at very affordable prices – charging only 10% or a tiny bit more compared to your local optical stores.
These glasses are perfect for those with and without vision problems - they are of high quality and allow us all to stay in touch with current fashion trends!
Firmoo also offer all new customers a free pair of glasses - you only need to pay postage! To find out more visit Firmoo's website.

You may not know that I am actually on the hunt for a new pair of prescription glasses, as I currently wear contact lenses every day – so I’ve chosen a few of my favourites to share with you:

And my favourite of all:

Firmoo have given seven lucky people the chance to win some great, and fashionable, prizes:
  •    The grand prize winner will win any pair of fashionable glasses, including the shipping, from this list, which can be either prescription or non prescription.
  •  Each of the six runner-up winners will receive a $30 E-Voucher to use on any pair of glasses from Firmoo's designer range! In other words, you will be getting a pair of designer glasses for $38 plus a small shipping fee!

RULES OF ENTRY:
  • Be a follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect – as it is a giveway for my followers! (leave a comment to validate)
  • Leave me a comment below letting me know which glasses you’d love to win! Make sure you leave the link to the glasses and your email address below so I can contact you if you are one of the lucky winners.

Additional Entries (optional):
  • Like Firmoo on Facebook (leave a comment below to validate)
  • Follow me via Bloglovin’ (leave a comment below to validate)

It’s as easy as that! Good luck!


Please read:
  • Please only enter if your are located within Firmoo’s area of delivery, which includes most countries and can be found here.
  • This giveaway is open now and will close at midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on the 28th March, 2013.
  • I will choose the winners at random using random.org and verify the winners have entered correctly.


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

100 Followers & Ombre Hair!

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Hello everyone :)

This is going to be a quick post to thank every single one of you who have stopped by my blog and all of the lovely people who have followed me!
I have now been part of the blogging world for one month and one day, and have reached 100 followers! I never thought I would ever reach this number, I was shocked when I had 10 followers...
I'll be doing a little giveaway sometime this week to thank everyone who has been kind enough to follow me - every single time someone takes the time to leave me a comment or follow my blog it actually makes me so happy :). Everyone has been so lovely so far and I'm so glad I decided to start a blog.

On another note, I ombre'd my hair today.. Excuse the horrible photo but I thought I'd share it with you anyway :)


I hope your all having a lovely day :)

Monday, 11 March 2013

Priceline & Hairhouse Warehouse Haul

Today I went to Priceline and Hairhouse Warehouse, big mistake. I can't walk in to either of these shops without purchasing something... So, as I like peeping at what others bought, I thought I'd show you what I picked up.

Priceline:

Lip Smackers 'Fanta Grape Balm' - $3.35
I purchased this simply because it was cheap and it was grape flavour. I haven't tried Lip Smackers since I was in primary school, and I thought it was time I should get my hands on one. I don't know how moisturing this will be, but I already love it because it smells and tastes like the Grape Hubba Bubba!

Lip Smackers Lip Lock 'Sugar Sweet' - $2.00
Once again, the cute packaging of this lip balm sucked me in! I'm not sure if I'll get much use out of it, but at least it looks cute! (thats how my mind works...)

Models Prefer Wide Tooth Comb - $4.99
I've ordered a leave in conditioner and I thought this would be great for brushing through wet hair.

Montagne Jeunesse 'Fruit Smoothie' Deep Pore Cleansing Face Masque - $3.99
I have seen a few reviews on these face masques and thought I'd give one a go. This smelled amazing - like a sweet berry fruit smoothie, as the name suggests. When I washed it off it left my face feeling fresh and clean. I will probably purchase some more of these!

Toni & Guy Classic Spray Gel for Curls - $15.99 and
Toni & Guy Glamour Spray Moisture Shine - $15.99 (on offer for 2 for $20)
Toni & Guy had a 2 for $20 offer on, so I picked up these two items. I currently have the sea salt spray and love it, so I have high hopes for these two!


Hairhouse Warehouse:

Joico K-Pak Set - $49.98
I went into Hairhouse Warehouse looking to purchase the K-Pak Revitaluxe Restorative Treatment that was in my March Wishlist Wednesday, and found this lovely pack! It includes:

  • K-Pak Reconstruct Shampoo - $26.95
  • K-Pak Reconstruct Conditioner - $26.95
  • K-Pak Smoothing Balm - $26.95
  • K-Pak Revitaluxe Restorative Treatment - $28.95
Usually, the four of these together cost $109.80 and I got it for $49.98! Total bargain, and I've heard such good things about the K-Pak range.


Have you tried any of these? I'd love to know your thoughts.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Review: Skindinavia ‘No More Shine’ Makeup Setting Spray


This is the first makeup setting spray I have ever used, so I can't compare it to others. This is simply my thoughts on this spray.

I bought the small size bottle in both the original and the ‘no more shine’ version and was pleasantly surprised!
Both work so well, however because I do have combination skin with an oily t-zone I have decided to purchase the full size bottle in the ‘no more shine’ version.


First of all, let me tell you the customer service from Skindinavia Australia is absolutely amazing! With my original order, I waited over a week and finally contacted them through their website. They emailed back within a few hours saying it had been delivered days ago and the mail man had forgot to leave a little slip telling me to go pick it up from the post office. Then, when I made my second order of a full size bottle, I accidently ordered the original instead of the ‘no more shine’ version. They were more than happy to change my order and sent me the bottle I was after. Finally, when I received the bottle I realized the spray pump on the bottle didn’t disperse the product evenly, I contacted them yet again and they sent me out a whole new bottle with a return post bag to return my faulty item!
Each time I contacted the company they replied within a few hours, and each person I dealt with were so lovely and helpful! A+++++.

Back to the product itself, it’s oil-free and paraben-free which is great, and it does disperse evenly (apart from my faulty bottle, but like I said that was replaced).

What it promises:
Controls shine and absorbs oil over face and t-zone while preventing makeup slippage. Formulated for oily skin types.
                Extends makeup wear for oily and combination skin types.
                Fewer required "touch-ups" throughout the day.
                Stops makeup slippage on t-zone.
                Can be used both under and over makeup.
                Controls shine and oil without drying.

I can’t confirm it keeps makeup in place for 16 hours, as I haven’t left my makeup on for that long! But I do feel like I can agree that it does what it promises.

I use a couple of sprays before my primer, and then a few sprays after everything, but before I put on my mascara. It doesn’t ruin your makeup (I was a bit worried to spray it on at first). It does feel a little ‘wet’ at first, but then dries after a few seconds. It looks great on the skin, gets rid of all traces of powder and I feel like it makes your makeup turn into a ‘second skin’ when you spray it on.

I’ve said in a previous post that I never take any makeup blotting paper or powder with me when I’m out and about on a daily basis, and using this product I don’t need to anyway!

This is now one of my holy grail products. It’s like I need to use it every single day, and if I don’t I feel like my makeup is incomplete. It just brings everything together and it makes my makeup look great and last all day!

You can purchase the small 20ml ‘sample bottle’ for $14.00, or the large, 118ml bottle for $39.95 off the Skindinavia Australia website with $9.95 postage. Postage took about 3 days for me.

I’ve heard Skindinavia is the company that makes the Urban Decay setting sprays. Have you tried any of them? What are your thoughts?

Friday, 8 March 2013

Review: Too Faced Amazing Face Liquid Foundation


I have been using this foundation for about 4 months now, and it is by far my favourite foundation that I’ve ever tried! I am so surprised that I hadn’t stumbled across too many reviews of this product, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.

What Too Faced say:
Our oil-free, skin smoothing liquid foundation provides the illusion of airbrushed skin in seconds. Complexion concerns disappear as the weightless, silky formula glides on skin delivering undetectable coverage, with luxurious skincare benefits. You will always be ready for your close up! 

I don’t have the best, most flawless skin ever. It’s quite uneven, has redness, and I suffer from the dreaded oily T-zone.

I spotted this foundation last year in Kit Cosmetics because of the cute looking glass bottle – I’m a sucker for cute packaging. I was really hesitant to try a foundation that had more of a dewy finish because I didn’t want to accentuate my oiliness. However, because the foundation itself was oil-free and paraben free, I went for it and picked up a sample in the shade ‘Perfect Nude’. As soon as I was running low on my sample I didn’t hesitate to go out and buy the full size bottle!

It also claims to:
  • Erase Imperfections - Created with our advanced Light Refraction Technology that visibly reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines by diffusing and reflecting light.  
  • Wrinkle Relaxing - Bio Transformed Botanicals soften and relax the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.  
  • Close-Up Coverage - Real Skin Technology allows for “close up” perfection. Weightless in finish and feeling, foundation coverage adjusts to skins’ ever changing needs.  
  • Skin Balancing - Natural Bark Extract absorbs excess oil while keeping skin hydrated and fresh.  

I definitely agree that it helps to erase imperfections, makes my skin look great close-up, and has skin balancing properties – but I don't feel like I can comment on the wrinkle relaxing claims, as I haven’t really experienced it myself.

I would describe it as a medium coverage foundation, and covers my redness and events out my skintone whilst looking quite natural on my skin. I absolutely love the more dewy finish this leaves on my skin, as it doesn’t look so flat like matte foundations can.

I use this foundation with a primer & powder religiously, and sometimes with a makeup finishing spray and it stays put on my skin all day (I don’t carry around powder to touch up with). It glides onto my skin so smoothly and doesn’t streak on me at all, just make sure you shake the bottle before you use it!

Don’t be put off by the fact that it doesn’t have a pump – it actually doesn’t bother me at all, and I don’t find it hard to get the perfect amount of product out of the bottle.

I love the look this has on my skin, and will be repurchasing it before the bottle runs out! Definitely my go-to foundation!

I used this foundation in a previous FOTD, which you can find here.

You can purchase the Too Faced Amazing Face Liquid Foundation from Kit Cosmetics in Australia for $53.95.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Wishlist Wednesday: March

Hello to all of my current and new followers :)

I've decided to start a new blog series called Wishlist Wednesday - pretty self explanatory. The first Wednesday of each month I'll post a list of the products I'm lusting over.
I love snooping at other wishlists so hopefully I'm not the only one :)




1 - Betts 'Fritz' Boots
$89.99 (currently on sale for $79.99) here.



2 - Origins 'Clear Improvement Tube Active Charcoal Mark to Clear Pores'
$34 from Kit Cosmetics.



3 - Joico 'Revitaluxe Restorative Treatment'
$28.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse.



4 - BeautyBlender
$24.73 from BeautyBay.


5 - Chanel 'Soleil Tan De Chanel'
around $63 from any Chanel counter.




Have you tried any of these? Let me know your experiences!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Liebster Award #4


Hi everyone,
I know I've already done two of these posts this week, but I don't feel like it's right of me to ignore someone if they have tagged me.
I'd like to thank the beautiful Rachel from Lust, Loves & Must Haves for nominating me :)

Please see my original Liebster Award post if you'd like to see my answers for the other sections, as this post is just the questions Rachel has set for her nominees.


Rachel's 11 Questions:
1. Who is your style/fashion Icon?
I don't really have any but I love Blake Lively. I find more style inspiration from the lovely people I'm following on Blogger :)

2. What is your favourite beauty product?
My favourite beauty product changes all the time, but currently I think it would be my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Soft and Gentle.

3.How long have you been blogging for?
I believe it has been 3 weeks today! I've had a blast so far and thank you so much to everyone who has been kind enough to follow me, it seriously makes me so happy :)

4. What are your favourite blogs to read?
I love reading fashion and beauty blogs.

5. What piece of make up could you not live without?
If I had to choose one it would probably be a light/medium foundation. I feel like if your having a day when you don't feel great putting on a little foundation can help you feel so much better about yourself. A close second would have to be mascara, it makes me look so awake and I feel like it makes me look a lot better overall.

6. What is your favourite perfume?
I love so many different perfumes, but if I could only have one my favourite at the moment would be the Roberto Cavalli EDP.

7.What are your favourite beauty/fashion magazines?
I actually don't read any magazines. I'd like to start and I think the one I'd pick up would be Vogue.

8. What is your dream job?
I'm still trying to figure that out!

9. Did you make any New years resolutions this year?
I didn't. I would like to try and eat a bit more healthy though.

10. What is your favourite colour?
I'm not too fussy, I've never really had one particular favourite colour. If i had to choose one at the moment it would be red or pastel green.

11. What are you most scared of?
I'm scared of losing the ones I love.

Monday, 4 March 2013

FOTD: Friend's Engagement Party

Hello all,
I thought I'd do another FOTD for you :)
On Saturday night I had a friend of mine's engagement party, and these are the products I used.


Products used:

Base:
  • Skindinavia 'No More Shine' Makeup Finishing Spray
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer
Face:
  • Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in the shade 2.1
  • Shashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer in the shade 'Light'
  • YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in the shade '2'
  • Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder (to set concealer)
  • Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in the shade 'Light'
Eyes:
  • Jordana Eyebrow Powder in the shade 'Medium'
  • NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
    • 'YDK' on inner and outer thirds & inner corner
    • 'Verve' in middle of lid
    • 'Busted' & 'Blackout' on outer corner
    • 'Tease' in the crease
    • 'Half Baked' under lower lash line
    • 'Foxy' as a brow highlight
  • bareMinerals Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade '5pm'
  • Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara in 'Black'
Cheeks:
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in 'Medim'
  • NYX Blush in the shade 'Angel'
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade 'Soft and Gentle'
Lips:
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade '668 - Primrose'


Please excuse the bad quality photos - the lighting was crap! And I was naughty and took the eye photo in the middle of the morning when I got home... sorry!





Dress: Dotti
Jewellery: Colette Hayman

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