How to Create Simple Smokey Eyes

Posted by on March 21, 2014 | 0 comments

How to Create Simple Smokey Eyes

How to Create Simple Smokey Eyes

How to Create Simple Smokey Eyes

How to Create Simple Smokey Eyes

Even though I love tackling extreme makeup looks, some of the most common questions I get from my friends is how to approach some of the more basic aspects of makeup / beauty. Things like how to curl your hair, how to wash your brushes and how to do a smokey eye.

So today I’m attempting to demonstrate an incredibly simple smokey eye. I’ve only used three products for the eyes, black eye shadow, black eyeliner pencil and mascara. The idea is to use minimal products to achieve a put together smokey eye look.

Hope you guys found this somewhat useful! I’m planning to gradually cover a range of “simple” videos aimed mostly at my friends and anyone else who may be interested in learning the basics :)

How to Create Simple Smokey Eyes

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Clinique Cheek Pop – Peach Pop Review, Swatches and Photos

Posted by on March 20, 2014 | 3 comments

Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop

Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop

Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop

Clinique Cheek Pop - Peach Pop

How adorable is this blush? And can you believe it was from Clinique too? This is something I’d expect more from maybe Dior or Lancôme, but Clinique? Colour me impressed!

When I first saw them launch in the states I snapped one up immediately (I’m a sucker for packaging as you know) I was very tempted to get more than just one shade, but as I was ordering online, I made sure to just restrict myself to one first, and made sure it was a coral shade since coral seems to work best with my skin tone. I can safely say I will definitely be purchasing more!

Stunning design aside, I love that the design is so deep into the product so just a few uses isn’t going to cause the flower to disappear. You probably need to make your way about half way down the pan till the flower design disappears which I love.

The blush is on the harder side in terms of powder, so you need a pretty firm brush to pick up the product. Nothing as harsh as foundation synthetic brushes, just a regular powder blush brush, but I wouldn’t go with anything too soft. I tried a very soft brush and it picked up virtually no product.

Pigmentation is pretty amazing, a few swipes with my brush is all I need for a pretty heavy application to one cheek, if I wanted something subtle I could easily cover both sides. The colour range isn’t anything mind blowing, but they are perfectly “agreeable” colours, does that make sense? The colour range is standard, agrees with a large range of skin types and ultimately if you only have 4 shades in your blush range, you want to go with the most common colours possible. I don’t think you’d be disappointed by any of these!

Highly recommend this blush, I love using it and can’t wait to get more.

If you’re interested, you can purchase these online for $21USD or $40AUD in Australia.

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OOTD – Simple and Clean

Posted by on March 19, 2014 | 2 comments

OOTD - White Dress

OOTD - White Dress

OOTD - White Dress

OOTD - White Dress

OOTD - White Dress

Zara Lace Dress; ASOS Hippie Shake Leather Sandals With T-Bar; Louis Vuitton Inclusion Bracelet PM; Burberry Watch;

Simple and Clean. When it comes to fashion, I view myself as being a pretty simple sort of girl. I love the basics, clean lines and the simplicity of any outfit. I love accessories like the next girl, but I’ve never quite gotten the hand of being able to wear a ton of bracelets or rings (though I’m keen to start wearing more of them!), they always seem to get in the way and by the end of the day I’ve taken them off one by one as they float around the bottom of my bag.

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Chanel “Double C” Earrings

Posted by on March 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Chanel Earrings

Chanel Earrings

I -love- earrings, I know I’m just stating the obvious here, but I find earrings really help turn a good look into a great look! They add a touch of elegance without over crowding the face. So would it surprise you to learn I don’t have pierced ears?

I know a lot of people have told me getting them pierced is relatively painless, but I just can’t bring myself to take the plunge. And so clip ons, magnetic and cuff rings will have to do for now (even though I’m aware they inflict more pain). These Chanel clip ons were a bit of a spontaneous purchase, I was busy looking for sunglasses and came across these last minute just as I was leaving with my new pair of sunnies. I didn’t realise designers made clip on earrings, even if they were “costume” only, I was sold and I love them so much!

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Candy Crush Nail Art

Posted by on March 17, 2014 | 3 comments

Candy Crush Nail Art

Candy Crush Nail Art

Candy Crush Nail Art

Candy Crush Nail Art

To follow on from my latest Book of Fables chapter, I wanted to pair it with some Candy Crush inspired nail art! For the video I decided to use fake nails instead as they were so much easier to paint and get the design even (though unfortunately were quite obviously fake!)

Once I finished filming, I attempted the same design on my actual nails so I could wear it out. The result was not as elegant as on the fake nails, just because I found it difficult to create a full even line on the edges of my nails. However from a distance it still has a cool effect!

I’m by no means a nail art expert, but I find it so fun to do! So I’m hoping over time I’ll learn to improve :)

Products used
Essie – Hip-anema
Essie – Fear or Desire
China Glaze – Sunshine Pop
China Glaze – Gaga for Green
China Glaze – Hanging in the Balance
NYX – Nail Art White

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Book of Fables: Chapter 107 – Candy Crush Saga

Posted by on March 14, 2014 | 2 comments

Candy Crush Saga

Who here hasn’t played Candy Crush Saga? It’s a seriously addictive game, and I won’t tell you that I’m currently struggling on level 425….

That aside, I loved how bold and vibrant the colours were and I just couldn’t not attempt a look dedicated to the adorable Tiffi (short of Toffette), who has been with me through every level and episode of this game :)

I wasn’t completely confident with this look, I find light coloured wigs a little… strange on me just because my brows are so dark and strong, but I’m working harder and attempting to be a good chameleon and hopefully this is a positive step towards that direction :) Hope you enjoy the video!

Candy Crush Saga

Products used:

Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation – 51
YSL Touche Eclat – 01
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder – 120 Classic Ivory
e.l.f Powder Blush – Tickled Pink
MAC Powder Blush – Apple Red
Coastal Scents 88 Eyeshadow Palette
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette – 01
MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation – NC20
MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation – N4
Benefit The Porefessional
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner – Black Ink
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes – Extra Black
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Eden
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Carnation
Canmake Highlighter – 01

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga

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Imagery ~ White Night

Posted by on March 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Melbourne White Night

Melbourne White Night

Melbourne White Night

Melbourne White Night

Melbourne White Night

Melbourne White Night

Couple weeks ago White Night was held in Melbourne. Apparently it’s been around for a while now, but this year was the first time I’ve ever attended. For those who aren’t familiar White Night is a 12 hr annual event in Melbourne where artists display their artwork through light, projecting their creations on to buildings in the city. I’m not 100% sure I would go again. The intersection between Flinders Street station and St Kilda Rd was so packed to the point if anything had gone wrong, it would be very easy become trapped and seriously injured. None the less, the photos and light works were pretty amazing.

Did you guys head out to White Night by any chance? And for those not local, do you guys have anything similar in your city?

If you’re curious to know what the night was like in person, check out my vlog~

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Bella Box vs Lust Have It Sample Box Comparison

Posted by on March 12, 2014 | 2 comments

Sample boxes have been around for a while, some have come, some have gone! Many of the PR companies have flooded the market with these boxes and I thought instead, it might be fun if I subscribe to two serivces myself for 6 months to see which one provides the better box!

The two services I’ll be comparing this month is Bella Box and Lust Have It. Lust Have It charge around $20AUD a month and Bella Box charges $15AUD a month.

You can see the products for each box listed above, despite the differing prices I found the two boxes surprisingly comparable. Similar product range, it really then comes down to personal use and what each individual finds more useful.

If I had to give some general comments, the cheek brush in the Lust Have it box was pretty horrible, I used it once, realised it wasn’t picking up enough product to do an effective job and ended up throwing it out. However the Cosmetic Kitchen pigment and vaseline cream were amazing and I loved these! The stand out products in the Bella Box for me were the Shampoo and Conditioner which I’m currently using, three uses in and I don’t even believe I’m half way through!

Given the fact that I had to throw out the brush because it was just that horrible, I’m giving this month to Bella Box! Especially since it’s $5AUD cheaper!

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5 Cleansing Oil Comparisons

Posted by on March 11, 2014 | 12 comments

Cleansing Oils

Ah cleansing oils! Probably my favourite stage of my night time skin care routine. It signifies the end of a long day and the begin of sweet slumber~ (how poetic!)

Cleansing oils in general have been a bit of an obsession for me since discovering them a few years ago. I tend to have a range of brands in my stash at any one time. I enjoy rotating through them just to see if there is a difference and I thought I would give 5 mini reviews / comparisons between the 5 you see pictured above. Please note the prices are what I personally paid / found, but they can vary depending where you go.

General Comments
All cleansing oils listed below did what they were suppose to do well, they did a fantastic job at cleansing my skin, that includes removing any heavy makeup I was wearing. Think Book of Fables mask like makeup, and each of these did the job perfectly (though I’d recommend double cleansing if you were planning to go to bed soon). So each of my comments below will focus on other aspects.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil *

One of Shu Uemura’s signature products is their cleansing oil range, they have a number of different choices to suit a variety of skin types. This particular type is best for dry skin, which I suffer from so it was perfect. I love how thick the oil was here because I felt like it gave better coverage for less. Not to mention, it wasn’t harsh on my eyes if some accidentally got in.

At 450ml, you can purchase this online for $131AUD

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Another lovely thick cleansing oil, it worked wonderfully and left my skin feeling amazing but it did have a tendency to sting my eyes if any got in. Not a pleasant experience, left my eyes appearing a little red after my shower.

At 200ml, you can purchase this online for $37AUD

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

Always had good experiences with Clinique cleansers and this was no different, it was a little on the thinner side. I felt like 3-4 pumps was enough to cover my entire face (full face of makeup), it did sting a little on the eyes, but generally not as bad as DHC.

At 200ml, you can purchase this online for $45AUD

SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil

This felt like luxury in a bottle, it actually felt a bit like the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, it was very thick so only 2 pumps is needed, maybe 3 if you have a lot of makeup. Very gentle on my eyes, great experience overall.

At 250ml, you can purchase this online for $70AUD

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil

Despite Shu Uemura’s fame in the cleansing oil market, Bobbi Brown’s was actually the first I’ve ever tried. I love that this doesn’t have any notable smell and works a treat, but I wish the formula was a little thicker because it does run on the thin side so I feel like I need around 5 pumps to do a good job, which just isn’t very economical. Does sting the eyes a tiny bit, but again nothing like DHC.

At 200ml, you can purchase this online for $60AUD

Final Verdict

For me, I’m willing to spend a bit more for good skin care that leaves me in a good mood and makes me happy. So if I had to choose, I’d go either with SK-II or Shu Uemura, both was equally as lovely and are sold at a similar price point. Unfortunately yes at the more expensive end, it takes me about 2-3 months to get through a 200ml bottle, and that’s with everyday use so these bottles do last a very long time.

I will note that I’ve also tried MAC’s Cleansing Oil and NARS, I wasn’t a fan of either. While both did a great job at cleansing my skin, they both smelt strange to me, wasn’t a fan.

Products marked with a * were provided for consideration.

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Kit Cosmetics Nail Art

Posted by on March 10, 2014 | 6 comments

Kit Cosmetics Nail Art

Kit Cosmetics Nail Art

I love nail art as much as the other person, but often I don’t always have the time nor tools to do something super creative! That’s when nail strips come in handy :D Kit Cosmetics were kind enough to send me two of their latest nail strips from their Print of the Season collection, as well as a bottle of “Mustard” from their Shades of the Season collection. So I got to working and decided to use the strips as an accent nail instead :) I love the heart print, so cute and feminine!
Kit Cosmetics Nail Art
If you haven’t tried nail strips before, they are certainly worth the try! They may not be for everyone as they can be a little difficult to apply (I know I tend to struggle), but they are a great way to wear polish without the smell nor mess. To me, I love using them while on the plane if I ran out of time while on the ground to do my nails properly :)

Have you guys used nail strips before?

If you’re keen, the strips “We heart Acai and Holy Houndstooth” go for $9.95 each and the polish for $15.95 a bottle, both available from Mecca Maxima and Kit Cosmetics.

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