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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One of the best things about travel is duty free, and the best thing about duty free? The duty free exclusive palettes I’m such a sucker for them, even though I probably don’t use them as much as I could and should.
I picked up this palette at the recommendation of Val, whom tweeted about it after she returned from her Europe trip, so on my way to Rome during a stop over at Dubai airport I decided to pick this up!
This palette is designed to cater for all the needs of your eye area, it includes three neutral coloured eye shadows, a black gel liner and a brown brow gel, two applicators, a pair of tweezers and a small tube of Diorshow Extase mascara.
The eye shadows are nice, but not great. They take a little bit of work to get a sheer to medium level of pigmentation. All three eye shadows have shimmery finishes, the colour selection seems a little strange to me, not as neutral toned as I expected for a “eye essentials” palette. I was thinking maybe colours similar to Chanel’s Prelude palette might have been a better choice, but that’s my personal preference.
The gel liner and brow gel are however nice, they are both creams but almost dry. Which felt weird because they actually applied extremely smoothly.
Nothing special regarding the applicators, the tweezers aren’t half bad either. Not as great as Tweezerman Tweezers as they tend to snap the eye brows if you don’t grab the hairs properly at an angle, but otherwise for a travel palette it isn’t too bad.
Finally the mascara, I’m not familiar with Dior’s Diorshow Extase mascara but I didn’t have any complaints. They helped lengthen and volumises my lashes a decent amount, and I really liked that it had no scent, unlike the cult favourite Diorshow which I dislike.
Generally, this works well as a travel palette. Would be even better if it came with some sort of eye primer.
Unfortunately I cannot remember how much I purchased this for, all I know is I think it is only available via duty free and I know Dubai airport is not the only airport that sells them
Would you believed I filmed this a total of three times? This is the third time! First time I filmed in Paris and the footage was just terrible, second time I filmed right after work and realised after re-watching I looked like a wreck. Red eyes, big bags under my eyes, terrible!
Third time is a charm! I filmed it close to midnight on a work night, but it gave me time to use eye drops to get rid of the redness, remove my contacts from the day so my eyes could rest and TONS of concealer! Tooons! My makeup face for videos is quite ridiculous!
THAT aside, you’ll noticed I forgot to include my mascara That’s what you get for filming into the wee hours of the morning! I still hope you find the video entertaining / informative Hopefully will have a chapter ready next week ♥
Slowly I am getting through all the videos I filmed in Europe! I’ve unfortunately been a bit slow thanks to work and various commitments, but I’m hoping I will gradually pick up the momentum I had before my Sydney project and be back to producing videos more often!
In the meantime, today’s video was filmed in Germany, dedicated to the lush farmland and country sides The fields there were absolutely gorgeous, like out of a magazine! Hope you enjoy the video
So if you guys have good memory, you’ll know I have this little tradition where I pick up a Tiffany & Co charm from each capital city of the world when I visit it! In fact about two years ago I did a post on this very topic Check out my first post regarding it to learn how the idea came about
I naturally kept with tradition when I visited Europe and picked up three charms for the three capital cities for each country
Gelato for Roma, Italy, because I ate so much of it there!
Beer in Berlin, Germany. Nuff Said!
And this goes without saying! There was no perfect city other than Paris, France to purchase the Eiffel Tower!
As my charm collection slowly grows, I decided to purchase a little jewellery box to play house to them all You can see my Europe charms sitting nicely on the top row~
I just love looking at my little jewellery box, as weird as that sounds! Mostly because each charm has such wonderful memories associated to them~ They all have their own meaning regarding why I chose them, who was with them. So weird that I can still remember each time I visited Tiffany & Co to purchase them. I can’t wait to travel more of the world and fill the rest of the box!
Do you guys have any other traditions you carry out when you travel?
So, a continuation from my trip to Italy. After Italy, we flew up to Berlin for a few days. Unfortunately our flight was overbooked and hence delayed -_-; And as it was a connecting flight, our luggage was lost along the way So for the first night we were stuck using whatever was in my carry on bag, which was mostly cameras and laptops… Not the best start to Germany.
Eventually however and our luggage arrived the next morning, thankfully we were greeted by Toby’s brother and father who were waiting for us. After a few very interesting days in Berlin, we went back to Toby’s hometown for a relaxing week in the country It was bliss~
Hope you enjoy the vlog and my few photos below
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My favourite building in all of Germany (that I’ve seen so far), it reminds me of Disneyland These are the original gates to Old Lubeck!
It’s been a good 2 weeks since I was last on a plane and my skin has FINALLY recovered. When I started my interstate travels I figured dry skin wouldn’t be a problem because my flights were only 90 mins each way twice a week. How bad could it be?
Apparently quite! Within a few weeks I noticed my cheeks which were never dry, were actually starting to flake and certain products that used to serve me well would burn on my skin All that travel had made my skin sensitive and dry
Fortunately using a few techniques and new products I was able to both control my skin and by the end bring it back to normal.
My favourite so far (and I’ve tried three others) is Bobbi Brown’s Cleansing Oil. It has no smell and great at getting all my makeup off. I know a lot of people say that cleansing oils leave their skin dry, but the main reason I’ve become addicted to these is because I don’t need to scrub my face to remove my makeup, it literally melts off. Before I would usually depend on makeup wipes or makeup removers with a cotton pad and I’d need to rub my face quite a bit, which left me more sore than clean. Anything that doesn’t put too much physical pressure on my skin is great when it’s feeling dry and sensitive.
I can’t seem to find this original cleansing oil anymore *sad face*, but Bobbi Brown seem to be promoting a new “soothing” version, which I have yet to try (but will review soon!). You can purchase it from their US or AU website, or Nordstrom for either $42US or $60AU.
Works wonders on dry areas of your face. The one I was using (because it was in my rotation / testing batch) was Sukin‘s Hydrating Serum, which I kindly received as a gift from the people at Sukin. This is an oil based serum, which at first left me wary, but when I felt how soft and hydrated my skin was after, I was sold I applied just a few drops of this every night to just the areas that needed the extra moisture, massaged it in and then topped it off with my nightly moisturiser.
You can purchase this from any local Priceline for $23.95AU.
Thick Night Moisturiser
Every night after applying my serums, I made sure to top it all off with a thick basic moisturiser, my favourite being Olay’s Moisturising Cream. It has a very thick consistency that helps seal in all the hydrating properties from my serums, which leaves me with soft supple skin in the morning
If you’re kind, you can find this at any supermarket or Priceline for around $11AU to $12AU
Saving the best till last, and my new holy grail for combating dry skin as bad as my eczema (yes I use this for Eczema patches on my face!) yet completely unconventional. Introducing Garnier’s Hand Cream as pictured above. This is perfect for extremely dry patches, just pat a small amount on the area (usually around my nose or cheeks) and it leaves my skin smooth and soft. You wouldn’t expect it, but it works amazingly well! This was especially great when I came down with a terrible cold and was blowing my nose every few minutes. Just dab this on between each use and my nose did not flake like it usually does during a cold.
And at $4.25AU a tube at full price (Like Olay you can get this from any supermarket or Priceline!), I can’t sing enough praise for this (I have two, one at home and one in the car ;D)
I wanted to share a few photos from my trip to Europe, so I decided to break it up into each country This week I’m covering Italy. We stayed in a total of three cities, Roma, Florence and Venice My favourite city being Florence for its contained charm, delicious food and I have to admit the hotel we stayed at really added to the beauty of the city! By far the best hotel I’ve ever been at given the price I can see myself returning one day as I want to spend more time renting a villa and actually “living” there for a while.
I manage to put together a quick vlog regarding my visit to Italy on my personal youtube channel Tell Me Your Fable. Please feel free to let me know what other videos you would like to see there, right now it’s pretty much acting as a “catch all” channel till I can make up my mind.
And now on to the photos
My first meal when we landed in Roma, I’m now addicted to 4 cheese pizzas :9
In Roma we stayed just outside the Pantheon so this was our view most nights The weather was wonderfully summery!
The most delicious ricotta I’ve ever eaten in my entire life, I still salivate just thinking about it :9
Mickey Mouse! Or Sailor Moon :9 Either way cuuuuute and delicious <3
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