Dancing in Summer’s Garden

Posted by on April 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens

ASOS Dress (similar here); Portmans Cardigan; Nine West Heels; Celine Trio; Burberry Watch;

Birrarung Marr Park has got to me one of my favourite modern parks around Melbourne. There is a ton of space with lots of varying features that make this a fun place to photograph! I can’t wait to go back and shoot among the tall trees that look amazing when the sun rays trickle in between the leaves. Beautiful place for a BBQ while still being within just walking distance of Melbourne CBD.

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Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on April 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette

When I first saw the Laura Mercier Enlightenment palette pop up online, I knew it had to have it. Couple my weakness of neutral shades and palettes and I pretty much fell victim to it.

This palette contains two blush shades and four eye shadow shades. The pigmentation for the eye shadows in this palette is pretty phenomenal, rich and creamy, but they do all tend to lean towards the shimmery end of the spectrum. So whether that’s your cup of tea or not is all very subjective.

I’m not 100% sure that all four shades work together amazingly well, that could be because I tend to enjoy mixing mattes with shimmer shades and deeper shades with lighter shades. But mostly because they all tend to appear lighter upon application, though darker in the pan. That said, all shades work perfectly as a simple wash of colour over the lids, so they are versatile :)

Out of the two blushes, Blushing is probably my favourite despite it appearing so much darker than Awakening. I think because just a little bit goes a long way, I felt that I had to work with Awakening a bit more for it to appear on photos better.

Generally, I don’t think this palette is great if you’re planning to do your makeup for photos or video. All the shades feel like they lean more towards a softer look that work better in person. Not that you can’t use this palette for a photo shoot, but I can think of many other palettes that would work better / show up clearer.

All in all, it’s still a great palette! Not sure I would use it every day as during the working week I lean towards more matte shades for my eyes, but I can still see this working as an everyday palette for many people :)

If you’re interested, you can hopefully still pick it up online for $55USD.

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FOTD ~ Deep Lips

Posted by on April 21, 2014 | 0 comments

FOTD ~ Deep Lips

FOTD ~ Deep Lips

FOTD ~ Deep Lips

It’s not often I dare to sport a dark lip, but when I do I wonder why I don’t do this more often because I love the contrast between my light skin and dark lips (but then I start eating and remember why…. up keep is a pain!). Still I do think that one of my favourite looks is a chocolate neutral eye, copious amounts of mascara and a bold lip. As silly as it sounds, I feel strangely confident!

Products used

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 010 *
Dior Capture Totale Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation – 020 (similar)
Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder
Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer
Urban Decay Naked 2
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – Intense Black
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes – Black
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara
TheBalm Hot Mama
Canmake Highlighter – 01
MAC Lipstick – Rebel

Products marked with a * were provided for consideration.

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Get Ready With Me ~ Weekend at Healesville Sanctuary

Posted by on April 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Get Ready With Me ~ Weekend at Healesville Sanctuary

Last week I shared a few photos I snapped of my trip to Healesville Sanctuary and I thought, why not film a Get Ready with Me video before I head over :) I love watching the transformation that occurs in GRWM videos, great insight into what people actually use and what works / what doesn’t work :) Hope you enjoy the video!

Get Ready With Me ~ Weekend at Healesville Sanctuary

Products used:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – 51
Benefit Erase Paste – Fair
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – Light
e.l.f Powder Blush – Tickled Pink
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Eden
Urban Decay Naked 3
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner – Black Ink
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara – Noir Midnight
MAC Lipstick – See Sheer
Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

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Bioderma Sebium Luncheon

Posted by on April 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Bioderma Sebium Event

Bioderma Sebium Event

Bioderma Sebium Event

Bioderma Sebium Event

Bioderma Sebium Event

Bioderma Sebium Event

Bioderma Sebium Event

A little while back, Bioderma held an intimate gathering to introduce a few new products to their Sebium line~ I’m pretty positive most people who read my blog are familiar with Bioderma (amazing French skincare line with the best cleansing water?), but under Bioderma are a range of different lines. For the most part I find Crealine and Atoderm are most suitable for my skin type, but I do often use pieces for their Sebium line as well, featuring one of them in a recent Empties video.

The gathering introduced Hydra (ideal for those who need added moisture as they go through acne treatment), Global (ideal for those trying to get rid of acne and blackends) and Pore Refiner (ideal for those trying to reduce the size of their pores). The last two are ideal for myself as I do suffer from blackheads and larger pores :( So I’ll be giving those two a go and will report back with my findings.

At the moment I’m using Mat from the Sebium line, I tend to use this as a moisturiser right before I apply makeup for photo shoots / Book of Fables videos as it helps mattify my skin and works as a great primer.

If you can’t wait and want to give these a try as soon as possible, you can pick up the Hydra for $20.95AUD, Pore Refiner for $30.95AUD, Global for $25.95AUD and Mat for $27.95AUD from Priceline or Adorebeauty.

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

Posted by on April 16, 2014 | 2 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 | 4 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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