Celina, based in Melbourne Australia is an aspiring artist. With a passion for expressing herself through makeup, beauty, fashion, cosplay & photography, she believes in living life as creatively as possible.
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That, plus Ciao, Arrivederci and Grazie is the extent of my Italian lol. Though fortunately unlike Hong Kong I am never mistaken as a local here
Today is my last full day in Roma, tomorrow we set forth for Florence which I am very excited for Roma has been absolutely amazing, I’ve managed to see all the major sights such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City etc not to mention the food. Oh the food! I’m officially addicted to 4 Cheese Pizzas :9
I was also excited to see that the ever popular Farmacies are scattered all throughout Europe, so I’m able to get quite a bit of a head start on most of my skin care shopping, which will hopefully leave me plenty of time in Paris free to browse and potentially discover a few new products on my own
All in all, Roma has been a great experience, it goes without saying that I highly recommend everyone to visit IF you can stomach the 20-23hr flight over here. Despite my constant flying between Melbourne and Sydney, the flight to Europe was still quite a strain X_x; And “playful” children and crying babies just makes me want to sleep in the toilets instead….
I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve managed to pick up, mostly aimed at Australians, but I’m sure others could benefit from them too
Look left when crossing the street! I know my friends casually mentioned this to me before I left, but omgosh I was almost clipped a few times because I keep looking right instead of left
Avoid just trying new resturants just because it well located / packed with people, if you have 3G (which btw is affordable here, 10-20 euro will last a week easy) check for reviews on places like Tripadvisor first! Seriously, every place I didn’t check (twice) that I just decided to eat at has been utter disappointment, even got mild food poisoning from one. But every place that has good reviews online or from my friends have been amazing (special thanks to my lovely co-workers and fellow bloggers who have sent me recommendations based on their visits to Europe ! )
Italians tend to be a little brasher than Australians, don’t take it personally. It’s just the culture.
If you enjoy wearing sun dresses, make sure to bring a cardigan as some of the religious sites won’t let you in if you are wearing a sleeveless top.
LOOK LEFT CELINA!
I’ve done my best to film as much as I can in terms of vlogs, but whether they go live or not is a whole other issue. We shall see if any of the footage is really any good to begin with But until then, take care and I’ll check in again when I can <3 <3
Hey guys! So in case you haven’t been keeping up with me on twitter or Facebook, I’m currently on my way to Europe! I’m actually in Dubai in transit at the moment, and whilst the internet here is pretty craptastic, it at least exists and is free *cough cough*
Mini Coke is mini!
So far have completed my first leg of the flight (14 hours), and thanks to my constant travelling to Sydney, gained some pro skills on how to sleep on planes Then in another 7-8 hrs I should be in my first stop, Rome Italy! Yay can’t wait
Anyways, this post was more to let you guys know of what’s going on at the moment, and that you can (hopefully) expect more travel / on the go related posts and videos from me. Most of the trip will be spent with Toby’s family, so I’m thinking I may even have time to film a Book of Fable chapters or two
But no promises, we’ll be literally moving from location to location every few days so it’s hard to predict exactly what will happen (not to mention how often I will be able to find free wifi!)
Till then, if you are keen to keep up with me, follow me or either twitter and / or facebook where I’ll do my best to tweet lots of photos and random messages ;D
Today is officially my last day in Sydney, I’ve been here for a total of 10 weeks and I actually thought I’d be here for a much longer length of time. But consulting, like life, is unpredictable. For the next few weeks I will be going on annual leave to travel Europe But I won’t get into that, I’ve already filmed a short vlog on what will happen so be sure to subscribe to my channel to catch that video soon.
In the meantime, I managed to film a total of two videos whilst in Sydney. This was one of them, the other I will get around to hopefully editting on the plane ride to Europe
This is a pretty basic tag video, Get Ready with me for Work! Good for those who are curious as to what my daily makeup routine is Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!
Maybe it’s me, or maybe I haven’t found the perfect BB cream yet, but I can’t admit to being a huge advocate of BB creams because despite months of use I’ve never seen any real improvement on my skin. I’ll still continue to try (I have enough to last me a lifetime) one it’s one of the reasons I see it as a light coverage foundation rather than anything with real skin care properties.
For the last 1-2 months I’ve been almost exclusively using Missha’s Perfect Color B.B Cream SPF 42 PA+++ in No. 21, I was sceptical at first because of the packaging, I don’t see how having a pump on a tube would ensure I would get every last drop of the product, but I don’t think it will be a big issue because this isn’t a product I really care for a great deal.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in particular with this BB Cream, it is slightly on the more liquidy side so you need to take a bit of extra TLC to achieve a smooth finish without streaks. I usually find patting my face with my fingers to work best.
What I don’t like about this product is mostly how oily it leaves my skin. I have combination skin and often after applying, I try to leave it to “sink” into my skin for about 20 minutes before applying a powder. Unfortunately the shine is still there, so I often blot my skin with blotting paper before I apply my powder, and whilst it does a great job at removing a bunch of oil, it takes off almost all the BB cream as well :/ Kinda pointless.
I have also tried simply applying it without powder, but by midday I feel like a grease ball. And if you’re curious I am applying just the tiniest amount, half a pea size to my entire face and I make sure to buff it in as best I can whilst still giving myself some coverage.
The longevity is however pretty good, it lasts an entire working day without fading too much. If any it is minimal, you can only just start to see the pores around my nose. There is a strange chemically scent, though very subtle.
Overall, I do intend to finish this bottle up (finishing products gives me such a kick! Weird) and I’d recommend it mostly to those with dry skin. If you are interesting, you can purchase this product from Cosme-de~
Introducing Chanel’s Summer 2012 nail polish collection. The entire collection really reminds me of the desert sands at sunset. It mostly consists of beige, sandy shades with splashes of bright orange. It’s a great collection with a lot of wearable shades. My favourite would be Island and Delight. I generally didn’t experience any issues with the formulation for all polishes though.
All swatches are two coats with no top coat.
A tangerine crème shade, could probably be considered vermillion to some? It’s close to red, but not quite as the orange is still quite prominent. I found Essie’s Orange, It’s Obvious! is a tad lighter version and Essie’s Meet Me at Sunset is an exact match with less pigmentation.
A pearly nude shade, very wearable to work with a bit of extra glam. I found Dior’s 220 to be a darker less iridescent version.
A true brown polish with golden shimmers, I honestly couldn’t find anything similar to this in my collection. If I had to pick one I’d say Zoya’s Richelle is as close as I can get. The finish is similar, but it has far more yellow tones in it.
You know how in the beauty world there are just some massively well known products that receive so much love and praise that you feel maybe there isn’t much point in blogging about it because you are essentially preaching to the choir.
But Bioderma’s Crealine H20 is just one I need to rave about because its replaced a really important but painful step in my skincare routine. Crealine H20 is a cleansing and makeup removing water, designed for very sensitive skin. It literally feels like a water, there is absolutely no residue at all, nor scent. Perfect cleansing water.
I was fortunate enough to have attended a breakfast where I got to meet the lovely Emilie from Bioderma where she explained that the water contains ingredients that perform osmosis with the skin and all the impurities, drawing it from our skin.
So let me explain where I use this product in my routine as it’s less conventional. At the start of my night time skin care routine I always use a cleansing oil to remove all my makeup from the day as I like doing this step in the shower. Then I use a cleanser with my Clarisonic to deep clean and exfoliate.
Despite all of that I often find myself with mild panda eyes from my eyeliner and mascara. In the past I would take some of my eye cream to a cotton bud and remove it that way. Unfortunately the moisturiser often would stink my eyes because I’d need to run it on my waterline. X_x; Every night, I would have painful eyes
Since being kindly given Bioderma I’ve instead been using this to remove the last of my eye makeup, and not only does it do it successfully, it does it without a hint of pain. So calming and a welcome change to my extensive skin care routine
If I wasn’t trying to save every last bit of this I would certainly use it as a general cleanser and makeup remover as well. You can purchase your own 250ml bottle for $39.95AU at a bunch of local pharmacies. I’ve listed my own local pharmacies below, but for other locations please check the Bioderma Facebook page.
Demarte’s Amcal Pharmacy, Shop 5, Lygon court Shopping Centre, 380 Lygon Street in Carlton
Newton + Leung’s Pharmacy, 272 Smith Street in Collingwood
Bay Street Pharmacy, 361 Bay Street in North Brighton
Pharmacy Healthmart, Shop 5, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street in Parkville
Preston Pharmacy, 548 Murray Road in West Preston
Pharmacy Commercial Road, Shop 1, 212 Commercial Road in Prahran
Richmond Pharmacy, 246C Victoria Street in Richmond
Como compunding Pharmacy, 299 Toorak Road in South Yarra
Amcal Wattle Park, 1123 Riversdale Road in Surrey Hills