Ellis Faas Hot Lips – Bright Orange & Baby Pink Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on April 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Bright Orange & Baby Pink

Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Bright Orange & Baby Pink

Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Bright Orange & Baby Pink

Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Bright Orange & Baby Pink

Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Bright Orange & Baby Pink

Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Bright Orange & Baby Pink

When it comes to Ellis Faas, I’m a pretty new to the brand. I’ve not had the opportunity to try much else from the range, though I had seen the brand a number of times in the shops. So when I was recently sent Hot Lips to try out, I was pretty excited to see what the brand was all about.

Hot Lips is essentially long wearing liquid lipstick. To apply, you simple need to twist the bottom of the bullet till the product seems through the tip. Initially you’re going to need quite a number of twists until the product starts to show, but after that take care with the twists because too many will release too much product that you can’t put that back into the tube.

In terms of quality, this is certainly an extremely pigmented liquid lipstick. So long as your lips are hydrated, it applies smoothly and dries a bit like a stain. It still has a sheen to it, but if you were to wipe your lips you would definitely have a lot of colour left over. A little goes a long way!

Personally I think these would be great for a dinner out or even a meal out just because I’d feel confident that my lip colour would remain despite eating. It does have a tendency to fade over time, but it’s nothing like most other lipsticks that pretty much disappear after a meal. Love these!

If you’re interested, you can purchase them for $49AUD each at Mecca Cosmetics.

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How to Get Two Lip Colours with One Lip Product

Posted by on April 15, 2014 | 0 comments

How to Get Two Lip Colours with One Lip Product

How to Get Two Lip Colours with One Lip Product

How to Get Two Lip Colours with One Lip Product

How to Get Two Lip Colours with One Lip Product

How to Get Two Lip Colours with One Lip Product

I read an article recently about how you can make your lipsticks more vibrant by first apply a concealer / foundation to your lips to essentially block out the natural colour of your own lips. I thought it was interested and gave it a go.

Unfortunately I didn’t get the results I was expecting to see (potentially this may only work for specific shades or lip products), but the result I saw was actually still pretty cool and I thought why not share the love~

I ended up with two different lip colours, similar but still different! One using the natural pigmentation from my lips, and another more baby pink shade once I applied some foundation to my lips :) Pretty cool, nice way to get two colours from one product if you want to travel light!

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NOTD ~ Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Polish – 102 Daisy

Posted by on April 14, 2014 | 0 comments

NOTD ~ Marc Jacobs Enamored

NOTD ~ Marc Jacobs Enamored

During my trip over to the USA trying out Marc Jacobs makeup was really a must! I did pick up a few products from their range, but the first one I decided to try was one of their nail polishes. Yes, I was completely suckered in because of the bottle shape! Very cute~

The polish itself is called Daisy, and it’s a beautiful fresh nude pink with just the slightest hint of shimmer. Safe to say, I -love- this polish and can see myself using it a lot! (And may be tempted to purchase more…)

Unfortunately I don’t think these are available in Australia yet? (Correct me if I’m wrong), I picked this up for $18USD from Sephora

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Book of Fables: Chapter 109 – Pastel Easter

Posted by on April 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Pastel Easter

Easter starts next week! Not that I haven’t already been consuming mountains of easter eggs and chocolate bunnies over the last 2 months already….

I thought it would be fine to put together a soft pastel / Easter inspired chapter for my Book of Fables series :) Hope you enjoy the look!

Pastel Easter

Products used:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – 51
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder – 120 Classic Ivory
Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer
NARS Powder Blush – Orgasm
Coastal Scents 88 Color Eye Shadow Palette
MAC Mineralise SPF 15 Foundation – NC 20
MAC Studio Fix Powder – N4
Canmake Highlighter – 01
YSL Touche Eclat – 01
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara – Noir Midnight
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick – 035 Pink Peony
Hello Kitty Magnetic Gloss – 03 Baby Lip *

Products marked with * were provided for consideration

Pastel Easter

Pastel Easter

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Imagery ~ Healesville Sanctuary

Posted by on April 10, 2014 | 2 comments

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

During my primary school years, I remember being taken to Healesville Sanctuary for a number of different school excursions to learn more about our wonderful Australian native wildlife. As a child I could never appreciate such trips, though I did highly appreciate the fact that we were able skip class for that day!

It’s been probably over 2 decades (wow that’s a long time) since I last visited the Sanctuary and since Toby has never been, we decided to make a day of it (or half a day).

If you love the Australian wild life and want to learn more, then this is the best place to do it! The sanctuary is a really great representation of the Australian outback and it was nice to reminisce over childhood memories with my special someone :)

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Sisley Phyto Lip Twist – Tinted Balm Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on April 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm
Sisley Phyto Lip Twist - Tinted Balm

I’ve got a growing obsession with chubby lip pencils, I’m not really sure why but I suspect it’s because they feel like a lipstick without the total commitment and pigmentation of a lipstick. I dunno, something about wearing full blown strong lipsticks at work scares me a little. I think there is too much that can go wrong. Weekends or after work are a whole different story, I’ve got the luxury of time and a calmer mental state to ensure my lipstick remains intact!

So when Sisley sent me a sample of their new Lip Twist range, I was pretty sure I’d love them. I already loved the ones from Clinique and Revlon, I was pretty sure I’d fall for these too. And I did.

I was given Baby and Berry to test out, and I’ve actually added Baby to my “work makeup” bag because it’s a beautiful subtle shade that I feel comfortable wearing at work :) I trust that no matter how much I snack or focus on work, it won’t make me look like a complete mess like some darker shades may.

These lip twists pretty much function as they sound, like a tinted lip balm that you can twist up as you go so no need to sharpen.

The pigmentation is kind of like a tinted lip balm, though I’d say for a tinted lip balm it actually has quite a bit more colour to it. I find the darker shade Berry to be great for layering, single swipe for a wash of sheer colour, but keep going and you’ll find yourself sporting a rich berry shade.

In terms of longevity, on an average day I caught myself having to reapply after each time I ate or just before I wanted to take a photo (I’m not alone here right…), which is pretty standard for me when it comes to lip products.

All in all, I’m really enjoying these and if you have the budget for it, I would certainly recommend them!

If you’re interested, there are a total of 6 different shades to choose from and they go for $50AUD a piece at selected David Jones.

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Top 6 Favourite Online Stores for Australians

Posted by on April 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Favourite Online Stores for Australians

Online shopping makes me happy :)

Let’s be honest, I’m no stranger to online shopping. My job outside of blogging is all about eCommerce, so safe to say, I live and breathe online shopping :) I wanted to highlight a few of my absolute favourite online stores for beauty and fashion today! Stores that don’t involve parcel forwarding (ship direct to Australia), and provide service and shipping rates I feel are fair. My actual list ended up being over 11 different online stores, but I wanted to cut it down to my top 6!

Selfridges
My go to store for all the latest in beauty, for the most part they always tend to have something in stock the minute it is released in the Northern hemisphere. Often in Australia we are made to wait another 1-2 months before products hit our shores, and even when they do, stocks are limited. To ensure I don’t miss out on anything, I turn to Selfridges. Not only do they have an amazing range (not just beauty, but fashion as well), the user experience and navigation they offer on their site is just that, an amazing experience. Be warned however, they can’t ship anything flammable aka nail polishes outside the UK.

Everything is in British pounds, and there is a flat shipping fee of 25 pounds. However because I live outside of the UK, the VAT is deducted from everything during checkout. If I order enough, the amount of VAT deducted can work out to equalise shipping making it essentially free :)

Ichibankao
The place to be for most Asian cosmetics, unfortunately the prices here are very high but they do tend to stock the latest and some very exclusive pieces. I only shop here when there is something I’m very desperate for, otherwise I will seek cheaper alternatives such as friends travelling or Adam beauty. But so far every order I’ve placed here has been perfectly packaged and delivered.

Unlike most other eCommerce sites, the shipping is included into each product you purchase so there is no stated shipping fee at the end.

Shopbop
My favourite shop for fashion brands we just don’t stock in Australia (or if I’m looking for a cheaper price), all prices are based on the American prices and are directly converted into Australian dollars so there is no need to pay any extra than you would if you had travelled to America yourself! My favourite brands here are Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch, Marc by March Jacobs and Michael Kors.

If you spend more than $100AUD (which is very easy to do with the products on stocked here), then shipping is completely free! Else you’ll incur a flat fee of $10AUD.

YesStyle
Another Asian store, but this time I look to YesStyle for cheap fashion pieces! The navigation of this side is a little less easy to use than other eCommerce sites, but the fact that it hosts a tempting loyalty program is what sucked me in :) All fashion brands are based in Asia, and range from extremely cheap to just so so. You won’t find any luxury brands here if that’s what you’re after. The style is generally more on the cutesy Asian style, which can be a plus or minus depending on your tastes :) Personally I love it!

Shipping is free if you spend $25AUD or more, which should be no problem to reach at all.

ASOS
What list wouldn’t be complete without ASOS? Probably one of the most popular online fashion stores, they are like the Amazon of the fashion world. A purely online store with no brick and mortars, and a website that many retailers constantly look to for user experience and functionality. No surprises that shopping here is a blast, based in the UK most of the makeup brands are British. The fashion in terms of quality and prices sits between YesStyle and Shopbop. My favourite purchases from ASOS have always been shoes and dresses.

Shipping like many mentioned above is completely free, what should be mentioned is actually their amazing return policy. Many of my friends will purchase the same outfit in a range of sizes, try them on at home, and then return what they don’t need for a flat rate of $7AUD, and the package is picked up direct from your door. It’s literally like shopping in a traditional store, only from the comfort of your own home.

Net a Porter
Last but not least! My newest discovery in terms of beauty, I’ve always know Net a Porter stocked quality luxury brands, but unless I’m absolutely certain I’ve never been 100% comfortable purchasing high end luxury goods online without seeing them first. However when Net a Porter dipped their toes into beauty, I jumped straight on and loved it, their range is still quite limited but tends to focus mostly on the (not surprising) high end beauty brands.

Shipping is free if you spend over $500AUD, which is easy if you are purchasing high end designer goods. However for me, since I’ve only used Net a Porter for beauty, it’s a $10AUD flat fee, which is still amazing given most local eCommerce site still charge that or more even if they are only shipping from within the same city. Not to mention, a little extra touch is that Net a Porter wrap their packages up in a beautiful luxe black packaging. It’s the little things that make me smile :)

Hope you found my recommendations helpful, what are your favourite online stores to shop at?

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FOTD – Teal Lines

Posted by on April 7, 2014 | 0 comments

FOTD ~ Teal Lines

FOTD ~ Teal Lines

FOTD ~ Teal Lines

It’s been done a million times, but if you’re not into wearing super bright eyeshadow then a colourful liner on your lower lashes may be the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your look. I love wearing this on weekends but I don’t feel like putting in a ton of effect into my look :) Simple!

Product used:

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation – B20
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural – Light Medium
e.l.f Blush – Twinkle Pink
MaxFactor Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow – Bronze Haze
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil – 01 Onyx
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils – Electric
Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara – Noir Midnight
Jouer Lip Gloss – Nude

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10 Products Under $10: Australian Edition

Posted by on April 5, 2014 | 0 comments

10 Products Under $10: Australian Edition

I never thought I’d be able to do this video, just because as many of you know (especially my fellow Aussies), it is tough to find good quality cheap products in Australia! The prices here are just so expensive, so it took me about a year of testing different products to find the list I have for you today!

10 Products Under $10: Australian Edition

Products mentioned:

Maybelline Baby Lips ~ $3.95
Nivea Cream Cleansing Wash ~ $9.99
Savvy by DB Soft Glide Eyeliner – Shimmering Slate ~ $7.99
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara ~ $3.50
Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner – Black ~ $8.95
Garnier SOS Repairing Hand Balm ~ $5.15
Face of Australia Purifying Cleansing Wipes ~ $4.95
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ~ $6.00
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk ~ $9.95
NYX Powder Blush – Natural ~ $9.95

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March 2014 Empties

Posted by on April 3, 2014 | 0 comments

March 2014 Empties

I can’t help but feel that the warm weather we experienced in Melbourne is constantly short lived, and often overshadowed by our much colder days. That or the colder days just resonate in my mind for longer… either way, March is over and we have stepped into April~ Means it is time to go through my trash empties! I didn’t have much to show in February, but I’m proud to say it’s quite a different story in March.

Something else I’ve decided to do is start counting how many products I can make it through now. This would -almost- give me an idea as to whether I could actually complete Project 100 Pan (though let’s be real, I never could cause that would require me to stop shopping). In January I managed to work my way through 10 products, February was 6, and March is 11, so my total so far for 2014 is 27, not too shabby! Already over 25% of the way there and we’re only 20% through the year :) On to my empties!

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – Light

Love this! Will re-purchase, have re-purchased! Gives your skin a bit of coverage on top of your foundation and leaves it looking clean and matte. Unfortunately this product has been discontinued, and I don’t really want to use up my backup and have nowhere to go. So I’ll be looking for a good alternative instead.

e.l.f Peach Eyeshadow

One of the issues with purchasing massive palettes is I can’t use them on a daily basis (too cluncky), so I depot them and then the fun of owning that big palette is gone! So I’m going to stop purchasing big interesting palettes and just stick to what’s practical so I don’t end up in a situation like this where I’ve used up one of the pans, but I have no idea what palette or shade it is! All I know is that it was from an e.l.f palette, and I loved it~

Lancôme Hypnose Star – Noir Midnight

Lancome Hypnose? Repurchase? Um, a million times yes and without a doubt! I constantly get compliments about how long and thick my lashes look when I wear this, and my natural lashes are straight, short and just embarrassing!

Bioderma Solution Micellaire – Sebium * & Bioderma Solution Micellaire – Sensibio

So far haven’t found a product from Bioderma that I don’t love :) I already have bottles and bottles of the Crealine formula lined up for me to use :D Gentle on your skin, perfect for removing makeup around the eyes!

Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash

My favourite cream cleanser for when my skin is feeling tight and dry :) Leaves my skin feeling smooth, supple and soft. Doesn’t strip it of any moisture at all, love it :) This was my 2nd bottle, so I’m on to my 3rd now!

Nude Treatment Oil
Since my skin went from oily combo to pretty much dry combo, I’ve been addicted to trying out all sorts of different facial oils. I only ever use them at night since by nature they tend to be quite heavy. And being oil, good luck getting makeup to stay with it on. Nude was an interesting oil, defintely good but I wouldn’t call this my favourite just because it had a strange smell, not unpleasent but not my cup of tea. I don’t think I’ll get a full sized version, I’m still leaning towards my Sukin Hydration Booster.

Lancôme Visionnaire
I already have the full sized bottle of this, I purchased it to use in conjuction with my Lancôme Genifique serum. My skin definitely feels soft the next morning, but I can achieve that same feeling with a number of other moisturisers too. I can’t say I’ve noticed any real change to my skin, but I can say I do enjoy using it. I probably won’t repurchase, not because it was bad, just because it didn’t do anything major, which leaves me wanting to try something else.

Philosophy shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath – Melon Daiquiri
Love this product, hate the packaging! It’s so hard to get every last drop of this out without taking ages :( I’ve got a ton of body washes to get through so I can’t see myself purchasing this any time soon, but I can say that I will definitely depot it or replace the cap with a pump if I ever get this again! If I didn’t have a ton of body washes to go through I’d get this, smelt divine and foamed up beautifully.

L’Oreal Elvive Repairing Concentrate Anti-Breakage Leave-In *
Designed to provide strength to your hair, I can’t honestly say I noticed a huge differnce. My hair is really long (I sat on it the other day…) and so it has a tendency to break easily, and this didn’t do much to strengthen it :( Won’t be purchasing my own, but glad I finished it up :)

MAC Brush Cleanser
I go through bottles of these a year, and I haven’t found a better alternative! If you want to know how I use this, check out my video :)

Succo di Candela Juice Candle – Pineapple
Another candle down! Surprised? I’ve banned myself from purchasing anymore candles (unless they are watermelon or lychee flavoured ;D ) until I burn through my current stash, so I feel good that I’m finally working my way through this~ Loved this fruity scent given to me by Sefie for my birthday :) It was probably my least favourite from the three she gave me, as it has a fizzy / tangy scent to it? I’ve saved the watermelon candle till last and I’m loving it :D

Products marked with * were provided for consideration.

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