To finish off this week I have another blogger’s event vlog to share with you, this time it was Lancome’s new Myer Counter opening in Melbourne CBD 🙂 It was such a beautiful and lush event and I cannot wait to review the new Miracle Cushion Foundation for you all in the coming weeks 🙂 Hope you enjoy the vlog!
Last week the ladies at Impulse hosted a lovely dinner to help educate bloggers on everything there is to know about fragrances. It was an amazing evening, as you can tell from the photos, dinner was hosted in a lovely place called Moon Under Water. The room was beautifully decorated, it was warm, intimate and the perfect environment to connect with likeminded individuals.
The dinner was not just delicious, but incredibly educational, especially for someone like myself who hasn’t had a great deal of exposure to fragrances. We walked through how scents are used in society for a number of reasons such as increasing one’s experience, masking a base odour, creating brand identity or even providing functional benefits. Next we stepped through a list of different scents that were produced naturally and synthetically to better understand the varying qualities of scents. Believe me when I say it was a real eye opener!
Soon after we walked through a range of popular fragrances currently on the market and despite knowing many of them, I really started to experience them on a whole different level with a new appreciation for the detail that goes into each one. By the end of the evening we even got the opportunity to attempt to create our own fragrance 🙂
It was certainly a memorable evening and one of the changes I wanted to make was to start reflecting my blog content more in my YouTube channel (which if you haven’t noticed has been painfully neglected). This will likely include more fashion, beauty and potentially even life style videos. Basically if I’ll feature it on this blog, then I feel the same type of content should be reflected on the channel as it is after all a natural extension of what I do here. So I decided to vlog the event as best I could and I really hope you enjoy it as I bad a blast filming it 🙂
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is over and what a week it was! I wanted to put together a “to the point” wrap up post regarding everything I managed to see as best I could so please bear with me. I took far too many photos and have taken quite a bit of time to cull them down quite dramatically to just the photos I think were the most interesting 🙂
MSFW kicked off with a bang on Shop-Hop night, which was essentially a massive shopping night for Melbournians at all the major shopping locations in the CBD. As this was the evening my team at work at been working towards, rather than shopping, I spent more time just taking it all in, enjoy the freebies on offer and walking from shop to shop with friends. It was a very festive night and I’m keen to see what it will evolve into next year 🙂
The following week I was invited as Mecca Cosmetica’s guest backstage to check out the behind the scenes makeup by Mecca and hair by Kevin Murphy, stunning to say the least. Soon after, the show as due to start and we were escorted out to watch designers such as Willow, Alice Mccall, Manning Cartell and more strut their latest collections.
Towards the end of the week, I attended the Emerging Students show, this time as a direct guest of City of Melbourne thanks to my day job. This show as leaps and bounds more than the previous nights, left me feeling a bit nostalgic about the late nights I used to spend sewing costumes for conventions.
All in all, it’s been a fun filled week and I’ve had a real blast. It’s still weird to know that both Fables and IBM have come together in my life this way but I’m grateful for the opportunities both “careers” have given me and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
Last week the City of Melbourne announced the launch of this year’s Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (29th August to 7th of September), and held a beautiful Influencer Luncheon for bloggers to celebrate. Now, I have to admit that my involvement with Fashion Week goes deeper than just this blog. For those who don’t know, I’ve mentioned a number of times that I work as a Consultant for my day job, and this year my company (IBM) entered into a sponsorship deal with City of Melbourne to help celebrate Fashion Week!
So it only seemed appropriate I join the project and get involved! It’s been quite the blast and I consider myself incredibly lucky to be bring my passion in beauty and fashion into my day job! I’m very much looking forward to attending Retail Night and hopefully some of the runway shows! Whilst I’ve attended fashion shows in the past, I have a feel this year is going to feel a little different, definitely more special 🙂
The luncheon was stunning, it was so lovely to see so many talented fashion bloggers and meet the official ambassador Ashley Hart (stunning and flawless in person!). But I’ll be honest, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride when my leads took the stage and spoke of the collaboration between IBM and City of Melbourne in an area I was so passionate about. It’s moments like these that make me proud to be an IBMer.
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.
A couple weeks ago The Body Shop launched their new limited edition, “JUMBO” range of bath and body products. They held a beautiful breakfast event in their Bourke Street store, also known as the biggest Body Shop store in the southern hemisphere. It was stunningly put together and an absolute joy to attend 🙂
My favourite products were naturally, the two jumbo sized Strawberry Shower Gel ($19.95) and Body Butter ($29.95), these two are just deliciously sweet, and the scent lingers on long after your shower~ I go through bath products like a kid with candy, so larger sizes are perfect! 🙂
Another stand out product for me were the Colour Crush lipsticks, incredibly pigmented with a semi matte finish, without leaving the lips dry at all. Loving the red shade the most 🙂 (I’m hunting for my perfect red)
Have you guys tried the new Jumbo range yet? What do you think? They are almost comically large at first, but now oh so economical during bath time!
If I was completely honest, I’d have to admit that before Benefit approached me, the first and last time I ever had my brows professional waxed was well over 10 years ago. It wasn’t that the experience was traumatic, I’d call it a mixture of time consuming plus having a general shyness towards people. (I mean, I haven’t had my hair cut professionally for close to 5-6 years now, but I’m determined to break that streak sometime in 2014! Even if only for a trim!)
As a result, I’ve relied heavily on online tutorials and the many different stencils you can purchase, all of which never worked for me because I generally prefer thicker brows and my shape is just not as “standardised” as the stencils are.
Benefit recently invited me to try out their Brow Bar at Chadstone, and with the holiday season pretty much here I thought it was time to give my brows a proper make over.
Admittedly I was quite an experience and it did make me realised how much I was missing out on by stubbornly choosing to always go DIY for everything. Having someone else look at your face and give you their opinions can really open up a world of different options.
In my case I was very fortunate and Jessica my lovely Brow Specialist was able to confirm that I was doing a good job at maintaining a natural brow shape, though she had a few small tweaks to add that in my opinion helped refined my brows even better.
She started first by tinting the finer hair on my brows. My brows are naturally already very dark so the dye was left on for only a short period of time since very little could be absorbed. After she waxed all the loose and fine hairs around my brows, helping define the shape further and tweezed any stray hairs. She also trimmed any extra hairs that stuck out too much. If you’re curious you can find a list of all available service on the Myer website.
Afterwards she taught me how to more naturally fill in my brows. I applied High Brow directly under my by brow to make the edge of my brow appear much sharper whilst highlighting my brow bone, and then I used Gimme Brow to lightly fill in and extend my brows. The formula is very dry, so I love that my brows don’t feel wet or crispy after.
The end result was beautiful clean cut brows! I think from a distance it would be difficult to see the difference between my brows before and after, but up close, the change is incredible. I’m a little annoyed that out of all the photos we took, I didn’t manage to get a before and after!
None the less, if you have the cash and time, I highly recommend the Benefit Browbar treatment, it’s a great treat 🙂 Even if only once to get an outsiders opinion on your DIY job!
Photos by Surfaced Studio
A few weeks ago I was kindly invited by the very talented Dean Nixon from Master Makeup to try out his new brush range. It was a fantastic session where I got to spend time with all my friends, catching up, playing with makeup and basically having an amazing time.
Dean is truly an amazing makeup artist with a real skill not just in his craft, but his ability to understand his audience and tailor his classes towards their needs. It was a highly informative session where each of us got to talk about makeup issues we’ve experienced, and Dean would show us how to address them.
Dean’s brush range contain a total of six brushes, designed to create a multitude of looks. Each brush can be used for several uses which is great for those who aren’t keen on growing an enormous brush collection *guilty*.
He kindly gifted me with two of his amazing brushes, the Kabuki Brush and Eyeliner Brush. Two amazing brushes that you will see featured in future videos and makeup tutorials 🙂
I recommend you definitely try these out if you get a chance, especially the two I was given. I did pick them for a reason, they are amazing! You can visit Dean’s brush line on his website or check out the different classes he offers 🙂
Día de los Muertos, try saying that really fast without knowing a single word of Spanish! At least that’s my excuse in case my pronunciation sounded way off 🙂
I’m making an effort to go back and re-create some of my older Book of Fable chapters, and with Halloween just around the corner this seemed perfect 🙂 Apologises for the late upload, I tend to always upload my videos on Thursday night and blog post goes out on Fridays. Work and general life are making sticking to a schedule a little more challenging, but I’m determined to get there eventually! Thank you so much for your patience.
You’ll notice the look has changed a little since my last post on it, I think that’s pretty inevitable as your skills improve (hopefully!). Hope you enjoy the look 😀
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner – Black
Stila Smudge Pot – Black
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil – Engraved
NYX Single Eyeshadow – Black
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Rocky Mountain Green
BH Cosmetics 120 Colors Palette Eyeshadow – 02
NYX Round Lipstick – Snow White
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – Beige
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural – Light
In case you didn’t know, Shu uemura actually offers facials for their customers at various times during the year. For example, just recently their latest skincare line Tsuya was released, and with that came two weeks worth of facials for the public. The thing about the Shu uemura facials is that they don’t publicly advertise them. So the only way to really know about them is to either be personally offered them at the counter, or via word of mouth~ Or bloggers!
The facials work similar to how a lot of other counters run their makeup sessions, you pay $80AU for the facial and can redeem the $80AU on 2 skincare products. Shu uemura was kind enough to offer me the facial for free to try out. I’ll admit to being a bit apprehensive because I have a “touch phobia” in that I really dislike strangers and most men (sorry guys) touching me! It’s weird, but it’s just the way I am 😛
But for the sake of trying new things, and being able to be a good blogger and report back, I set aside my concerns and went for it.
I’m really glad I did, I’ve never had a facial before and it was really great to indulge in one, not to mention I had it after work on a Friday night, so perfect way to slip into the weekend 🙂
The facials are held in a separate quite room with soothing music in the background, which was an initial concern of mine. You can’t hear any of the shopping noises outside which is great!
You’ll be asked what your skin care concerns are up front so they can tailor the facials towards your needs. Essentially however they are using products from their range that best suit your needs, which can be limiting if nothing from their range suits a particular need of yours.
So I’d see these facials as being perfect for individuals who are looking to delve further into the Shu uemura skin care line, but aren’t sure where to start. Shu uemura is really great at explaining the purpose and function of each of the products they use on you, giving you various tips and tricks. If you probe a little further, you’ll start to learn a bit more about what is involved regarding facials in general.
For example, best practices for makeup removal, massage techniques, how to apply certain product types (liquids, creams, gels etc) on your face without damaging your skin, all tips which can be universally used with products from other brands.
If you however have a very specific problem, for example persistent acne or eczema, then of course you need to see a specialist.
By the end of the facial I felt very relaxed and walked away with a wealth of new knowledge regarding skin care. So I recommend this for anyone interested in learning which products from the Shu uemura line best suit you, as well as those who are either beginners or skin care amateurs. Despite having this blog, and reading up my fair share regarding skincare I still learnt quite a bit, and I’m sure you will too.
Thanks again Shu uemura for the lovely experience <3 And for finally showing me that facials don't need to be daunting, but can actually be relaxing if you let yourself enjoy it 🙂 If you're interested, you can consult any Shu uemura counter located in David Jones in the Melbourne CBD or Chadstone.