Saturday, 6 December 2014

November Favourites!

Products I loved in the month of November!

So December is here and holidays season is in full swing! The weather is heating up, the bbq's are coming out and its time to dust of the swimsuit because a hot summer Christmas is on its way!
With November over, its time for another month of favourites - only a few this month but they're amazing! So if you're keen to know what I've been loving - keep reading or if you'd like to watch it.. >>>> CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE <<<<


FACE




First cab off the rank is this stuff! I'm sure you've heard of products like this (if not this one) before. This is the best makeup remover I've ever used! This doesn't break me out, it takes all my makeup off - including mascara and liquid eyeliner, without rubbing hard at my eyes. I have nothing bad to say about this product. Also a bit of a bonus is that this makes a really great brush cleaner. The reason cleansing waters are so great is because the active ingredient is (obviously) like that of makeup remover wipes etc but this chemicals in this product are in their whole form, they're not broken down, hence their more efficient. The molecules cling to the makeup and when you wipe down your face, they take the makeup with them. Its  more concentrated. Bottom line - Buy this. You won't be sorry. 



LIPS


My second favourite for the month is one of the 'Velourlips - matte lip cream' by 'Australis' this one in particular is in the shade 'MI-A-MEE'. Now I've talked about this product a heap and they're honestly so great. I'm really loving the whole 'liquid lipstick' 'trend' or whatever it is. There are some absolutely great products and this is one of them. This one is a really nice watermelon colour and it is surprisingly wearable! It makes me think of tropical punch and sunbeds by the pool. Its the perfect colour for summer!



EYES













Well here's a surprise! (not) I've raved about this bad boy ever since I got it and I've used it so much this past month! I've done the 'suggested' looks, and even mixed and matched my some of my own. I won't go into too much detail on this product because all you have to do is scroll down and you'll see how much I love this palette and the other 'Models Prefer' palettes. This palette has some really good shades for some nice shimmery 'holiday' looks. This has been my 'go-to' palette this month, I haven't really been reaching for anything else and it'll come with me when I travel next week! The packaging is sturdy and the mirror is amazing! good size and good quality! To say I love this product is an understatement - I'd go more along the lines of 'obsessed with!'



HAIR




And last but not least is a spray - leave in conditioner by schwartzkopf. I've been on the market for a good leave in conditioner for a long time now and I just haven't found any that really interest me. Then I stumbled upon this one. It says on the packaging "Voluptuous volume & express detangling" and that is honestly all I was after (well mainly the detangling - the added volume is an added plus!) it says for 'Fine, Flat Hair' my hair is quite very fine, and there is also a lot of it, which makes it quite heavy and it can tend to be quite flat - but honestly it isn't one of my main concerns when it comes to my hair. My main concerns are dryness, breakage and tangles. Because my hair is so long and fine/thin it tangles SO easily. Not a day goes by when I don't spend at least 20minutes just trying to detangle my hair - let along style. With this product, it cuts the brushing time down by half. I spray it directly in the trouble area - and then some directly on the ends of my hair then some generally all over my head (I don't use this product sparingly and it lasts quite a while) wait a few minutes and then start to brush the product through my hair and the tangles and they just detangle so much easier. I'm glad this particular product has Biotin because that is also good for your hair. If you're in the market for a leave in conditioner (that leaves your hair smelling nice too) I'd give this one a go. It was quite affordable and I expect at least three months usage out of this. (I'll let you know how long it lasts)

Those were my favourites for the month of November! I hope you try them out or comment down below what some of your favourites were, or if you recommend me anything. 

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Perfect Summer Salad

Chicken and Sundried Tomato Salad
(chicken can be substituted or taken out for a vegetarian/vegan option)

Salad is great, however it gets boing if you don't mix it up every now and then. With this recipe you'll never be bored again!

This is one of my favourite things to make and with the quantities here you'll make enough to feed 4 - 6+ people. 



Ingredients
1 roast chicken - cooked - OR a portion of chicken per person
Sundried Tomatoes
1 Cucumber
1Capsicum
1 Red onion
1 Tomato
Salad Greens - I'm using baby spinach and mixed garden lettuce
Cashews - or any nut of your choice. 

Method:
As this is a salad, its pretty easy to put together. Step one - Chop everything!

Enjoyed arranging chopped vegetables way too much

Chop up all the vegies, and rip up the chicken or slice up your chicken if you've used chicken breasts etc - make sure you've pre cooked the chicken though. 

If you'd like, you can also roughly chop up the nuts - I just throw mine in whole



Throw all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix it up! I use oil from the sun dried tomatoes as a 'dressing' but add anything you prefer. Sweet chilli sauce goes very well with this. When I'm cooking chicken breast for this instead of using a roast chicken I cook it in a sweet chilli sauce marinade. 


Now all that is left to do is serve up a big bowl and enjoy! I have this for lunch a lot or sometimes for dinner if cooking something else seems like too much effort. 

Optional Extras:
You can add some Feta to the salad if you're a cheese lover
Grated carrot (I usually add this but we didn't have any)
Olives go great in this if you like them
Honestly - the options are endless!

I honestly hope you try this out. Its delicious and gets made a lot in my household - especially during the summer months!

Enjoy!
Bon Apetit! X

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Makeup Must-haves

Australis Cosmetics: Velourlips Matte Lip Cream.



Now, I've done a post comparing this product to some other matte lip creams on the market (Savvy and Bourjois) and I've also done a little mention of them in my latest 'Priceline Haul' and my love for this product has only grown! When I first saw this on the market there were only five or so shades, and now there are at least 10 (with a few limited edition - I'm not terribly interested in them - but thats not to say they're not a bad product). I currently own eight of the 10 (the only ones I don't yet own are two nude shades) shades and in this post I'll just be going through them including swatches.

These retail for AUD$9.95 at Priceline stores which I think its a pretty good price (BECAUSE EVERYTHING IN AUSTRALIA IS OVER PRICED! #rant)

Even if you don't like all the shades or think they won't suit you, you are bound to find at LEAST one you like. Now me, I don't think they all suit me, but at the same time, I don't care because I like the colours they come in and if they're worn right - I guess they don't look terrible? - in my opinion some of the pinks don't suit my skin tone - but I'll wear them anyway if they go with what I'm wearing etc or the rest of my makeup. 

I not only match my lip colour to the rest of the makeup - but I also decide if I like it if it compliments my other features two of the main things I look for in a lip colour is how it looks against my skin tone and also how it reacts to my eye colour. My eyes are a chocolate brown, my hair is brown and my skin is quite fair, so I want the lip colour to compliment all of that and make my other features stand out. 

I'll now go through my opinion of the swatches I've so kindly done for you all. (my lips, man - so sore after all of this)





































Now as you should already know - the general rule of makeup is 'choose one'. Statement eyes or Statement lips. Not both (unless the balance is flawless) I'm wearing a neutral eye look so the statement of course is the lips. NOW on to my swatch opinions. 


  1. NY-CEE: This is a beautiful 'festive' red. Its more of a bright red with 'orange' undertones - but for me it just reminds me of Christmas. 
  2. MAL-I-BOO: A bright bubblegum pink. My opinion of 'Barbie Pink'. I honestly didn't think this colour would suit me at all - and maybe it doesn't but don't disregard it. It brings warmth to the face. 
  3. TOK-I-O: To me - this colour reminds me of 'Cadbury' chocolate packaging and with my brown eyes I love wearing this colour. It is perfect for the colder months too where you want a pop of colour on what might be a very 'black on black' outfit. 
  4. RIO-D: I honestly thought I would wear this the least. But it is such a nice neon orange. (something I thought I'd never say) it goes perfectly with blue in the outfit or blue nails (sky blue) and again, it looks nice against my eye colour. I've gotten a lot of compliments when I've worn this colour. 
  5. PAR-EE: This is so close to my skin colour and I love it. Its like a my lips but better matte. Because it blends against my skin tone so well, my cheeks seem more flushed and my eyes seem brighter. To me this is a WIN WIN situation!
  6. MI-A-MEE: This colour reminds me of watermelon. I didn't think I'd like it but I find myself drawn to it. I don't think I own many lip colours in this shade. This is one of the newer purchases so I'm keen to start wearing it more in spring and summer.
  7. HO-CHEE-MIN: I think this is the colour that suits me the least. I think (and this never happens) I might be too tan for this shade (at the moment) It looks like a very natural pink flush and against a darker complexion it seems a bit 'hoochie'. That is my opinion. It won't stop me from wearing it though.
  8. LUN-DUN: I wore this colour out to dinner tonight and got quite a few compliments. It is a dusty cool tone pink that can go with a range of different outfits. This was the first time I've worn it out - and I must say I'm a fan.


I've worn all of these shades for at least one whole day (the first six I've worn multiple times) and I have to tell you, I don't need to re-apply. (unless I'm making a mess of myself eating) They stay on all day through food, talking, drinking - and once you've put them on and they dry - they take some time getting off. (Perfect for date night (; )

There wasn't really much to this post except for me telling you how much I love these products. Australis has some amazing stuff out and its not just these products, I own a number of different products by this brand and love them all.

What is your favourite Australis product? - have you tried any of the velourlips? Leave me a comment telling me which one is your favourite!

Ciao X

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Makeup of the day.

'Burgundy Smokey Eye and Dark Wine Lips'


So I posted this photo on The Makeup Social app. And got a little bit of attention on it. Which made me wonder why I didn't think to do a blog post on it initially!

This will just be a short run through of the products I used to achieve this look - I wont be writing about foundation because my skin type is going to be different to yours and I'm sure you all have your favourite ways of doing your foundation. 

If you'd like to know the products I used - Keep on reading (;


Eyes: For the eye makeup in this look, I used my new Models Prefer Palette which I gave a 'brief yet in depth' review in my last post my 'Priceline Haul'. So read that if you'd like to know more about the palette, but of course you can use whatever you have that look similar. 
Over the entire lid I used a shimmery peach (1st colour - right side)
Blending into the crease and outer corner I used a shimmery burgundy (2nd colour - right side)
In the crease blending the two together I used a matte chocolate brown (3rd colour - right side)
 I liked the top and bottom lash-line with a brown pencil liner and used the 'They're Real' mascara from benefit. For a brightening touch, use a shimmery white or gold in the inner corner of the eyes. 

Lips: For the lips in this look I used one of my favourite dark lipsticks from 'Australis' from their 'Colour Inject' line its in the shade 'Grunge'. I was going to leave it at that, but wanted to bring a bit of red to it. Because 'Grunge' is a very dark colour going towards a brown, I wanted a splash of vibrant colour on my lips. So I put over the top the L'oréal Glam Matte Gloss (also mentioned in the post below) in the shade - 513 'Zip It Rouge'. 

I think this is a perfect look for Autumn/Fall (too bad its Spring at the moment) and I can't wait to get back into dark lipsticks when the seasons change. 

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Priceline Haul!

40% off Cosmetics!

So Priceline are great in the fact that they have a lot of huge sales all year round. The last 40% off sale I took (major) advantage of was the 40% off all skincare - and let me tell you - no regrets were had. 
So when I found out about the 40% off ALL COSMETICS I couldn't not take advantage of it. So in the morning, I met my two good friends and favourite shopping babes in the city at 9:30am to get all the things! Here is what I got!


As you can see, there are quite a few things. I have no regrets on buying anything, and I picked up the brushes for an absolute steal! In this post I'll put in some swatches and first impressions too, along with the normal and sale prices. 

I'll start off with the brush set by Nude by Nature. The kit includes 7 brushes, a double barrel sharpener and comes in a nice zip up case with elastic brush holders. 

The brushes included in this kit are:
  1. Kabuki Brush
  2. Defining Blush / Powder Brush
  3. Deluxe Eye Shader
  4. Domed Eye Blending Brush
  5. Concealer Brush
  6. Dual Headed Eye Definer and Lip Brush (basically a fancy way of saying a double ended brush, one side is angled the other is for lips)
  7. Precision Sharpener

Standard Price: $29.95 Sale Price: $17.97
SAVING: $11.98

There is no secret that I love the Models Prefer palettes. I have other posts on my blog here absolutely raving about them. So when I came across this little beauty, I couldn't resist. The one and ONLY bad thing I have to say about the MP palettes is: The matte shades just aren't up to scratch. The shimmer shades are fantastic! Such good pigmentation and colour pay off. But the mattes just aren't as good quality. Mattes are a hard thing to get right, and its not like they're useless, they just take some layering and some work to get them to be as good as they should be first off. 

This is the Warm Smokey / Brown Smokey palette.




Top Left: The mirror in this palette is amazing. Good size and quality, can definitely do a full face of makeup in this. 

Top right: The packaging on this is fantastic. The box it comes in shows you just what to expect and shows you ideas on how to use the palette in step by step instructions. The palette itself is sleek and made of a hard plastic, it feels like it could take a knock or two and is a good size for travelling. The lid as quite a good weight to it too. 

Bottom Left: The swatches - left column: There is a matte creamy/white shade, that on my skin just doesn't show up, it is poor quality but with some work and layering (I suggest using a primer) it will have more pay off - however in saying that, it does blend well with the other shimmer shades, so perhaps a test run of these eye looks are in order. The next shade down is a very pigmented cool toned gold, the colour pay off is excellent and it blends well. The last shade is a shimmer brown. Perfect for adding the smokey effect to the suggested look. 

Bottom Left: The swatches - Right column: Top colour is a shimmer peachy gold, very pretty and highly pigmented. The middle shade is a red/brown maroon/burgundy shade, how it is used in the suggested look is quite interesting and I'm very keen to do this look. The last shade on this side is a matte brown. It shows up on my hand well, but is still a bit chalky, however - it does blend well so experiments will have to be done. 

Bottom Right: Here I wanted to show the inside of the palette - the 6shades (and an eyeliner down the bottom - that I probably wouldn't use) and right next to the shade is the step by step of how to use the shades to accomplish the certain looks. I'm glad its included INSIDE the actual palette instead of just on the outside packaging. I hate it when you lose the packaging and then have no idea on how to do the looks. So GOOD ON YOU MODELS PREFER!

Standard Price: $10.00 Sale Price: $6.00
SAVING: $4.00



There is also no doubt that I love the Australis Velourlips range. I think I'm only a few away from completing the set. So when I saw these colours in Priceline, I thought 'WHY NOT?' Its coming up into the warmer months and these colours are perfect for spring!

Left to Right we have: HO-CHI-MIN
LUN-DUN
MI-A-MEE
The swatches on the side go down in the same order. 

Each colour is perfectly wearable on the daily. Get your hands on these bad boys. I love them and you should too!



(INDIVIDUAL / SINGLE PRICING)
Standard Price: $9.95 Sale Price: $5.97
SAVING: 3:98


I have never really gotten into the 'essence' brand. They're cheaply priced so I always assumed they were cheaply made and poor quality. I assumed they were aimed more at little girls who are first getting into makeup. This might be so, but lately I have been really liking coloured eye shadows, and have been drawn to this brand. These are two essence mini palettes each containing 6 shimmer shades. 

Left top and bottom: 'All About Candies' - beautiful pastel colours. Perfect for sprint

Right top and bottom: 'All about Nude' - gorgeous neutrals. Perfect for every day. I will definitely be doing some looks with these little gems. 



(INDIVIDUAL / PER PALETTE)
Standard Price: $7.15 Sale Price: $4.29
SAVING: $2.86


This product had my friends and I baffled! Obviously it is L'OREAL'S take on the liquid matte lip product that so many brands are doing (such as Australis - Velourlips) But the description of the product had us thrown. Its one of the 'Glam Matte' (everything good so far) 'Intense Matte Gloss' (I'm sorry, what?)

We were all confused on how you can have a 'matte gloss' but never the less once one was swatched - I fell in love. This is in the colour/shade 513 'zip it rouge'. Sarah and I each purchased this shade, we took a risk because there was no tester for this one. But we're both so happy we did. I definitely want more of these. (probably in all the shades because I have to complete the set) But as they're on the pricier side - I'll wait until there is a sale - or slowly buy them.  

Standard Price: $21.95 Sale Price: $13.17
SAVING: $8.78


I have really been getting more into nail art recently and for some reason I've been loving grey toned nails for sprint. Because in my opinion its the perfect colour to stand out against all the pastel pinks without being as harsh as a white. SO, I was on a mission (or so it would seem) I picked up 4 polishes all up. 3 grey tones and a base coat.

Left to Right:
'Bourjois Paris - laque glossy - shade: 05 - Taupe Modèle
'Bourjois Paris - laque glossy - shade: 03 - BCBeigé
'Sally Hansen - Xtreme wear - shade: 330 - Grey Area
'OPI' Natural Nail Base Coat.

I love Sally Hansen polishes, OPI is such a fantastic brand and I've used many Bourjois products before and I'm really excited to try out the polishes. 

Bourjois: Standard Price: $12.00 Sale Price: $7.20
SAVING: $4.80

Sally Hansen: Standard Price: $6.95 Sale Price: $4.17
SAVING: $2.78

OPI: Standard Price: $10.00 Sale Price: $6.00
SAVING: $4.00


I think this is the only reason why I needed to go into Priceline. I have been using this product ever since I can remember. 

I have quite dry skin so I can use a lot of cream products. This product is for 'oil and shine' control so I think it will be perfect for summer. In summer I don't like to use a lot of foundation so, I might change to a BB cream and use this too, then set with a translucent powder. But I'll save that for another post. 

This product is the 'MATTE UP Cream to Powder Foundation' in the shade 'Nude'.  I love australis products but I think they need to get a wider range of colours, even the nude (their lightest) is a bit too dark for me, but as its summer, I'll tend to tan. 

Standard Price: $14.95 Sale Price: $8.97
SAVING: $5.98

This is the other reason I needed to go in, I needed an eyebrow pencil. 

This is just a basic pencil, its not the ones I usually use but it does the job. This is by the brand Savvy. 

I got a dark brown one, because thats my natural colour - side note: Finding the right shade of eyebrow 'filler' is important. Eyebrows really stand out on the face and its good to know that you're using the right colour!





Standard Price: $3.00 Sale Price: $1.80
SAVING: $1.20

The last items on my list are these three blushes. I've really been on a mission lately to expand my blush collection and I've heard rather good things about these. I have sworn by savvy matte lip creams and some of their other products, I've always walked up to the display and swatched their blushes but they've always been out of stock. So when I saw some in stock, I knew I had to get some! Swatches: Left to Right:

'Silky Pink'
'Rose'
'Plum'

you can see how they show up on my hand. They're highly pigmented and I can't wait to start using them!

With a normal affordable price, I think I've just begun my new obsession!

(INDIVIDUAL / PER PRODUCT)
Standard Price: $4.99 Sale Price: $2.99
SAVING: $2.00

And there you have it! Here if you made it this far, thank you! You did a great job! Usually I wouldn't spend this much in one go, but because of the amazing sale, (I also had a $13.08 off 'coupon') I went for it.  The original price of all of this is $179.92AUD (NOW THAT IS A LOT) with the 40% off that brings the total to $107.95AUD. That is a saving of $71.97AUD and if you also minus the $13.08 from the total sale price $94.87AUD.

I paid $94.87 and got $179.92 worth of products. I am beyond amazed by this! 

Sale ends midnight on the 19th of November - There is still time to shop online!

Good Luck! 

Ciao! X







Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review and Swatches!

Models Prefer: 'Nude' and 'Day to Night' Palettes.

A few posts down, you'll see the palette that started this obsession, that's the Models Prefer 'Party Glam' palette - I'm not sure if I said in that post that I'd go back and buy the other palettes in the 'range' but well, what do you know… I have, and now, I'm here to give you my 2c worth. 

Packaging: Obviously the packaging is the same as the other palette, its sleek and feels quite 'heavy duty' like these palettes could take a beating (or at least survive carry on luggage). Each of the palettes cost $10AUD and come with a double ended brush - that is quite good quality in my opinion. Much like the 'Urban Decay Naked Palettes'. I'm now just going to jump right into the swatches. 

Nude Palette:


This is palette has matte and shimmer shades. The matte shades take a bit of work but once you've worked them in a bit, they are lovely. The shimmer shades don't need much work at all. They've great pigmentation and colour payoff.

Swatches:
  1. Bare: This matte colour almost doesn't show up against my white skin, but it does have pigment. It is a slightly cream white colour perfect for inner eye brightening. 
  2. Naked: This isn't quite a shimmer or a matte so for shades like this I'm going to class them as a 'pearl' or 'satin' finish. Its a warm undertoned almost honey colour. 
  3. Afterglow: A beautiful warm pinky shimmer shade. Beautiful over the whole lid. 
  4. Flushed: Satin finish warm brown colour. Great for crease blending. 
  5. Nude: Slightly cooler gold tone satin finish shade, almost an olive green/brown. 
  6. Glow: An iridescent pearly white shade. Subtle yet pigmented. 
  7. Taupe: A sliver/brown shimmer. Perfect for a brown smokey eye. 
  8. Golden: This is my favourite colour in the palette. It has so much pigment and colour payoff and is a beautiful yellow gold. Perfect for all eye colours. 
  9. Rich: More on the matte side of things, a good colour for the crease. 
  10. Burnished: A matte brown. Good for matte smokey eye.
  11. Hazel: Another matte brown, this is a good transition colour, good for blending. I blend this with a purple shimmer for a beautiful smokey eye look.
  12. Cocoa: A matte chocolate brown. Warm undertones, good for blending. Takes a little bit of control to work with, but the finish is beautiful.


Day to Night Palette:

Also a mix of mattes and shimmers, let this palette be all you need to carry with you in you handbag in the office. This palette can take you from a simple fresh everyday eye look to a sultry smokey eye in a sneaky second. With a good sized mirror and a double ended brush - what more could you want!?

(Sorry for swatches: Too many colours not long enough arms - Its a daily struggle)

Swatches:
  1. Deadline: A matte white (which again almost doesn't show up on my white, white skin) this colour needs a lot of work, and to be honest is probably my least favourite our of all three palettes, I hope you have more luck with it than I do. It is good for blending shades together. 
  2. Voicemail: Is a more pigmented version with a better colour payoff of 'Deadline'. Good for inner third of the eyelid, and blending colours together. 
  3. Overtime: A golden shimmer, beautiful for over the entire lid. 
  4. Workaholic: A satin finish honey brown. Good for some neutral every day looks. 
  5. Co Worker: A deeper olive version of 'Workaholic' these two would transition well into one another. 
  6. Overachiever: This is a beautiful deep red/brown. Some gorgeous smokey eyes can be done with this colour.
  7. Coffee Break: Blending this nice deep brown with 'Overachiever' would make a nice sultry look. With some flirty lashes, you're ready for that night out after work. 
  8. After Hours: A nice matte chocolate brown, almost has purple undertones. Would be night to use with an angled brush to use as eyeliner for a softer subtle look, rather than harsh black winged liner. 
  9. Hot Date: Another "let down" unfortunately. After some work it does have a nice colour, I recommend using primer with this. It is a matte so it does require more work. Give it a go. 
  10. Happy Hour: This colour is a silvery lavender colour, perfect for a pop of shimmer to the middle of the lid. 
  11. Down Time: Shimmery gunmetal blue grey, could make for some interesting looks. Maybe blended with 'Happy Hour'. 
  12. Night Time: A matte charcoal black. Not as pigmented as some matte blacks on the market, but after a little bit of effort, it blends well for a nice smooth smokey look. 


These are my honest opinions and even though some colours are better quality than others, I still would recommend these palettes, the mattes are a bit 'hit and miss' but the shimmers are gorgeous. 12 shades and a double ended brush with the price tag of $10AUD. Why not?

Let me know if you have any of these palettes or have tried the Models Prefer range before. I love this brand and will be purchasing from them in the future. 


Ciao! X

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

DIYDS (Do It Your Damn Self)

Rustic looking table decorations / centrepieces. 
It is my engagement party on the weekend and we are having a 'rustic/vintage' theme. This will also be the theme of the wedding. I am making the majority of the decorations myself and have come up with these adorable centrepiece / table weight / decorations. 

To make them, it only took 1 hour for everything and that made 6 individual jars. These are so simple and things can be swapped out and changed or added to suit whatever needs you might have. 

THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

Plants: Here I am using dried lavender and I'm not sure what this other thing is called. It is found growing in national parks and along the beach. As a child, my brother, sister and I would play with these and sing this song/poem (thats why we called the plants - pussy cat tails - even though they look more like rabbit tails) so I really wanted to incorporate them into the decoration somewhere. - eventually I think there will be some in my bridal bouquet.

You could also use any dried flower/weed I think thistle and wheat would look beautiful or even flowers native to your area. The possibilities are endless. 



Container and Filler: Here I'm filling mine with sand (that I stole from the beach by my sisters house) and these cute glass 'milk bottles' I picked up for $6 (for the six of them). You could use coloured sand, even fine gravel or dirt if you wanted, again the possibilities are endless. The vessel you use doesn't have to be a 'milk bottle' either. Different shaped jam jars or mason jars would be perfect too! Use what you have around you or something that means something to you to make it that extra bit personal. I used sand and these plants because I spent my childhood on the beach playing with these plants and there was always lavender growing at my house.

Use things that tell your story. Or just things you like the look of. (;




The 'Band' and 'Tie': Here the band I'm making out of some scrap hessian / burlap but you could use some brown paper (from the old school lunch bags) or a thick piece of ribbon to fit your colour theme. Fabric, lace again endless options and possibilities. The tie I'm using here is a thin piece of ribbon, that fits my colour theme of 'lavender and peach' (hence the lavender also in the jar). You could also use twine, string, lace, wool, wire. Possibilities.. Endless..

Also you'll need some PVA (Wood Glue, Craft Glue) Glue to adhere the band to the vessel. (hessian to the glass bottle) I made sure it was secure by tying the ribbon around it while it was still a bit wet to make sure it wasn't going to fall off later.

These are the things that I used, but of course this is all open to imagination!


METHOD:
Putting these together is the easiest thing. Firstly you can attach your band and tie. Make sure to measure and cut them to the right length. Depending on what you're using, it'll be different. But remember, measure twice and cut once. Don't forget that if you're tying a bow with your tie to allow that length when you're measuring and cutting. Once the band and tie are secured you can fill your jar with the sand/dirt/gravel etc. I recommend using a funnel and spoon. The sand got everywhere before I decided to use this. Learn from me. Once you've filled it up to the desired amount, you can start placing your plants in. Arrange however you like. Once the glue is all dry and everything is in place, you're DONE! It really is so simple!

I hope you try this DIYDS out and if you do, please share a photo of it. Comment down below if you'd like to see any more of my DIYDS engagement party decorations.

Happy crafting! X

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Product Review


Models Prefer 'Party Glam' Palette


This palette was a spur of the moment buy. My sister and I were in Priceline and we saw it there, but we were annoyed that there wasn't an open one for in-store swatching. I saw that it was only $10AUD and decided that out of the 12 shades there had to be at lease one that I would like, plus this comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow brush so in those thoughts, I quickly justified this purchase to my shopaholic makeup addicted mentality. I am so glad I did though, because I'm going to go back and get the other palettes on offer.

Packaging:
Starting with the box its packaged in: Front and back have a nice clean chic look, nothing too busy to distract the buyer. The ingredients are listed clearly and very easy to read. Nothing too 'fancy' or 'glitzy' for something called the 'party glam' palette. 

Now on to the product itself. Right off the bat, all I can think about is my Urban Decay Naked 2 and 3 palettes. It has the same shape case complete with the mirror, and even similar in colour and it is the same size. (my Naked 2 palette fits in the box) To be honest, I don't care. The Urban Decay packaging is great, and why not copy a good thing? The mirror is a little flimsy but will do the job in a pinch if this was the only mirror you had. The slimline and quality of the case makes it perfect for travel, and with the array of colours included in the palette, you have something for every occasion. I've worn an 'every day' look as well as a 'party' look using only colours from this palette. I also like how well the case closes - with a satisfying 'click'. To me this is important as I don't want it flinging open and damaging the shadows.



Swatches:
And now on the the best part; The swatches! In the image below are all the colours from the palette with NO primer on underneath and they're only ONE swipe in the shadow and onto my skin. The colour pay off is amazing. only minimal fallout from one or two of the shades, easy to blend and very build-able. There are no 'matte' shades in this palette. I'm curious as to know if there are any in some of the other palettes on offer, but in a palette with the name 'Party Glam' I wasn't really expecting anything super matte. 



Colour Descriptions:
I'll now go into a little bit of detail on each of the colours trying my best to describe them, including any pro's or con's I have about them.


  1. Foxy: More of a 'grey'/'cool toned' shimmer, more of a 'silver' rather than a pearly colour. Great for a transition blend and adding depth to the inner corner. 
  2. Envy: Cool toned blue more on the greener side. Beautiful gold toned shimmer. 
  3. Disco Ball: One of my favourites. This is a pearly white shimmer. Perfect for inner corner highlight or even adding shimmer to the brow bone. 
  4. Princess: One of my favourite colours - I used this as the main colour on my eyes in the look below. A very peachy pink similar to that of 'Buzz' and 'Burnout' from the Naked 3 palette. 
  5. Tease: A mix between 'Trick' from Naked3 and 'Half Baked' from Naked 1. An absolutely gorgeous warm gold colour perfect for a pop of colour in the middle of the lid when wearing a neutral eye.
  6. High Heels: Goldy Brown perfect for outer corner / crease. 
  7. Suspect: A beautiful colour - however some might find it hard to pull off. Bright maroons and pinks are quite hard to wear without looking ill. However if blended right, this colour is stunning. Great shimmer and very buildable. Gorgeous transition colour between 'Princess' and 'Mysterious'
  8. Mysterious: More of a brown toned maroon. I wore this in the outer corner into the crease today and it looked beautiful. With 'Suspect' as the transition colour.
  9. Royalty: The name says it all. It is a very regal royal blue. Silver shimmer undertones. Very buildable and easy to work with. I used this along my top lash line and winged it out for simple yet eye catching look. I was wearing a dress similar to that in colour and it tied it all together nicely. (I'll try and find a pic to insert)
  10. Midnight: A nice deep blue would be great for the outer corner blending into 'Royalty' with a touch of 'Disco Ball' and 'Foxy' on the inner corner' (I might re-create that look)
  11. Busted: A beautiful gun metal grey, with a kind of brown/green undertone. Could look quite nice blended into 'High Heels' or on its own.
  12. Blackout: Shimmery dark grey / black. Quite sheer to start with, but, again - very blendable. 
One thing I'd also like to mention, is the names of the colours. Firstly, I love it when companies give names for their colours, its just fun. Secondly, I think the names suit the colours perfectly. 




Get the look:

This eye makeup is using only colours from this palette and after a solid 13 hours of wear AND for some reason I had an irritated eye/hay fever today which meant I was rubbing (shouldn't do that) at my eyes a lot. I'm quite impressed. The colours I used were:
Princess: all over the lid, Foxy: in the inner corner, Disco Ball: blending Foxy and Princess together, Suspect: on the outer third, Mysterious: blending over Suspect and into the outer V/ Crease.

I didn't have any primer on my eyes, and I only used the brush that came with the palette. 

Poor iPhone Quality. But you should be able to see the colour 'Royalty' lining my upper lash line, tying my makeup to my dress. Its obviously a gorgeous colour to contrast against a bright red lip.


Final Words:
I recommend this palette. It has some great dupes for some really high end products and I'm very curious to see what the other palettes in this range have to offer. 

Let me know if you'd like to see some looks with this palette. 

I'll be uploading a video to my YouTube Channel reviewing this and doing a few colour blending examples so stay tuned for that!

Ciao! X

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Malteaser Mini Muffins




As the true procrastinator I am. I decided to do everyones favourite type of procrastinating… ProcrastiBaking! Here is the recipe and some pro tips and tricks I've learnt along the way!  



Ingredients - Muffins:
1 1/2  cups (225g) plain flour / 'all purpose' flour
1 cup crushed Maltesers (approx 3 cups whole Maltesers)
24 whole Maltesers (decoration) 
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1 TBL baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted
1/4  cup (60ml) milk
1/2 TSP salt


Ingredients - Icing:
1 1/2 cups (225g) icing sugar
1 TBL milk
2 TBL golden or maple syrup
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
30g unsalted butter - softened at room temperature

Oven: 180C / 350F
  • Pre heat oven and then line your tray with patty pan / cake papers.
  • In one large bowl add the flour,  crushed Maltesers*, caster sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir together  and mix well with a wooden spoon. 
  • In separate bowl, beat together (on low setting) melted butter*, milk, egg and sour cream. Once well combined add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. 
  • Mix together well with a wooden spoon (or electric beaters if you prefer) until it has formed a thick 'runny', 'gloopy' dough like mixture. Not quite as runny as a batter.
  • Spoon cake mix into patty pans - fill to half way.
  • Bake for 16 - 20 minutes. 
  • Leave to cool. 
  • To make the icing mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. Place in the fridge for 10 - 15 minutes to 'thicken'.
  • Spread icing over the now completely cool mini muffins and decorate with one whole Malteser.
  • Enjoy!
The Final Product!
Pro Tips

*Place whole maltesers into a plastic bag: ziplock back or freezer bag and then crush with wooden spoon until they're a powder.
*To melt butter, place in a microwave safe container and heat for 30seconds on high. Take it out and stir. If it is not fully melted, put back in for 10second intervals until completely melted.

Happy Baking! X





Thursday, 9 October 2014

Spring Style

So spring is well and truly here. This post will be a bunch of things that I am already loving this year and can't wait to wear in Spring and Summer!



In this picture we have just a few things that I can guarantee will be getting a lot of use this spring/summer. Some of these I've had for ages, some are new purchases but to me they all scream 'warm weather'.

Now, I'm no fashion icon, but I think these simple additions to your wardrobe will be worth it.

The jewellery: Some of these items I've had for years, some are recent additions, the large flower necklace is the newest piece and I think I picked that up from Target or K-mart for about $10.
The rings I've had for a while and I can say I wouldn't have spent over $5. To be honest, they probably came in some kind of bulk pack. For jewellery such as this - 'costume' jewellery, I don't care much for quality, I shop for what I like. 

The sunglasses are a gorgeous pair of heart framed sunglasses I got online at Forever21. They probably still have them online. They're cute and I get a lot of compliments on them. It's just a bonus they keep the sun out of my eyes. 

The belt I got from Target (I'm gonna estimate) 4 years ago? I've had it for such a long time. It's a simple braided brown leather belt. It goes with everything and I wear it almost everyday. I think a universal piece like this is essential for anyone's closet. 

The sandals are a new edition also, they're cute for the warmer months. Bit also look great with a pair of skinny jeans if the nights are a bit cool. 

Finally, the bag. This is one of my favourite new bags. Usually I carry a large handbag that can hold everything (similar to Hermione's bag from Harry Potter) but on days where I don't need it and only want to fit the essentials. I carry this. It fits my purse, a bottle of water my sunglasses, camera and some snacks. (Usually mixed nuts or a muesli bar) I love that it has a long strap. I like wearing my bags across the body. 

So this brings is to the end of this odd little post. These are some of my must haves for the warmer months. What are yours?  Let me know in the comments. 

Ciao! X






Monday, 6 October 2014

Bath Time Routine


So I haven't really posted something like this before, but I strangely get a lot of questions asking me about my 'bath' or 'shower' routine. While for me, shower time is mainly spent washing my hair etc, bath time is the time I take for myself for a little pamper. Something I think everyone should do at least weekly. I try to make every Thursday my 'pamper' day, and usually shower during the week, but on the odd occasion that I do have a bath, I still like it to be nice.  So this is my normal, non pamper bath routine.

The first thing I do when I run a bath is put in some kind of bathbomb, or bath salts, even some good old fashioned bubble bath!

Bath times for me can be quite lengthy so I like to have something in the water to make it smell delicious, and sometimes even benefit my skin!



Tonight I used these bath-salts I picked up from priceline. There was a huge box filled with these and bars of soap, I might go back and stock up on them because they were only $3 for a packet and they packaging is absolutely adorable!





The scent that I got is 'Vanilla and Fig' and honestly, it smells gorgeous. It comes with a little scoop. I put two scoops into my bath tonight and it made it smell delicious. The pack says for you to let it dissolve in the water before you get in, so that's what I did. Honestly, if you're friends with me, you might end up getting this for a birthday gift (Sarah B, I'm thinking of you) (; or maybe even a christmas thing. These make great stocking stuffers (yes, I'm thinking about christmas already)  so get on down and snatch them up while you can! I will be.



While that is dissolving in the bath, I like to put on a face mask. This is one for minimising pores. It smells like strawberry and yarrow. It feels so good on the skin. I have a few masks I interchange but this is my favourite for this week.

I put this on and then get into the bath, It says to leave on for 10ish minutes, I leave it on for the majority of the bath time, to make sure its all dry on my face.







Without further ado I can't go any longer without music. I'll just flick through my music on my phone and play that. I'm currently enjoying the new U2 album that magically showed up on my (and everyone else's) iPhone. I listened to some of that tonight, was quite enjoyable.

Its at this point I'll usually let some water out and put in some more hot water. Does anyone else do that? I can't stand sitting in lukewarm water. It makes me feel un clean like I have to start the whole process over again.

Now that the tunes are on, the face mask is setting and the bath is yet again hot, I can start the exfoliating section of the night can begin.


I have been loving the Sanctuary Spa Salt Body Scrub. I've mentioned it in my August favourites so go ahead and read that if you're interested in knowing about this product. It is SO GOOD! Or if you don't want to read watch it HERE HERE HERE HERE!  I highly recommend this product if you're looking for a new exfoliator. I scrub it into my skin, all over my body then let the oils sink in and enjoy the bath!
Now its been long enough, its time to take off my face mask. Usually I'd do it with warm water and a cloth, but because I am already in the bath, I use this. This is a gentle exfoliator from Olay Regenerist. I put it on the slower setting wet the brush and then remove the mask. Once that is done, I then use the cleanser and finish off the exfoliation process. It seems like a lot of work and harsh exfoliants, but honestly the brush head is so soft I use it every day and only for about 1 or 2 minutes in total. I can say, my skin is looking so much nicer since using this.

This is the last step of the in bath routine. Now I let the water out, dry myself off and finish off the simple routine. This is where it turns into more of my nightly routine. But I'll include it anyway.

Now that my face is all exfoliated and feeling quite smooth, I like to put some toner on a cotton pad and wipe it over my face. I use this to balance my face out and to remove any dead skin or mask residue that might still be on my face. I don't want my pores getting clogged back up again after all this work. This is an alcohol-fee toner by Neutrogena and it is for sensitive skin. Which I have. I love this, because it IS alcohol free it doesn't burn when it gets near my eye, I can wipe this over my eyelid and not have any dramas. Where as with other, my eyes start watering once I open the cap.

 The last step is a moisturising night cream. I am loving this one by Nivea at the moment, It is for dry and sensitive skin, which I most defiantly have. It is such a nice thick consistency, but doesn't feel heavy, and it has quite a nice fresh smell. I put this on five or so minutes before going to bed. Let it sink into my face and then hop into bed.

In the morning I use the day cream by Nivea. Its great, I wake up, wash my face, put it on then go have breakfast, by the time I've finished, it's time for makeup, but I'll leave that for another post.

Let me know if you have a certain bath time routine or any favourite bath products. I'd love to hear them.





Thursday, 11 September 2014

August Favorites!


My favourite things for the month of August!

Well guys, September is well and truly here and it is time for me to share with you some of the things I have been loving about August. 


To see me talk about these favourites and a few more, watch my youtube video!
The majority are beauty related except for one. Lets get started!

This is a portable vibration speaker. This is by the brand 'Yellowsone'. I picked this up from JB Hi-Fi for apporx $10 - $15 a few months ago and of course I used it, but I lost it for a little while and really started using it again in August - it came with me to Melbourne and it was awesome! So compact and easy to travel with. They work when the music device - phone or Ipod etc is placed in direct contact with the speaker - so make sure your phone case is off. (Unless you have an iPhone 4S and place it face down) - thats what I do. 

It is compatible with most phones just wiggle it around to get the best position for the speaker to pick up the vibrations. It takes 3 x AA Batteries and they last for a long time! It is super affordable and portable and such a good idea. They come in a range of different colours and you should be able to get them here. It is going to come in so handy for all the picnics and beach trips that will happen when the weather warms up!


Here we have a Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub. This, as the name implies is an exfoliating salt scrub, and it leaves you feeling pampered and silky smooth. I use this once a week all over my body when I'm in the bath, I rub it into my skin in small circular motions then let the oils seep into my skin as I sit in a nice hot bath. I come out silky smooth and smelling divine and I still smell like it the next day. I recommend using it all over your body except your face as salt is (in my opinion) too harsh of an exfoliant for your face. If you would like, dip a cotton pad in the oil and rub that into your skin after your face routine. It leaves the face smooth and smelling delicious. This cost $20.00 for 650g and it has lasted a long time. I will be re-purchasing. It is available from Priceline. 

Right here is a Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Blush. I've talked about this before in my 'Spring Essentials' Post. Its fantastic. Definitely a favourite. 













There are two favourites here, one is the ALMAY brow pencil. Its one of the twist pencils. It is all I have been using on my brows for months now and I thought it deserved a write up. It goes on so easy and it is kind of a waxy texture once applied and that acts as a gel to hold your brows in place. Love this product. 

The one underneath that is my all time favourite Liquid Eyeliner. Its by Bourjois, its the 16hr liner and it is fantastic. It has such a small, fine brush, you can get the perfect winged liner in seconds. It is so simple to use and I always recommend this to people. 




Two mascara favourites. I apply the Bourjois mascara to my lashes first, that does a great job at adding some curl and definition, then I go over with the Benefit 'They're Real' mascara for added length and volume. I use the Bourjois mascara every day and its great, I never used to like it but it has definitely grown on me. I didn't like the benefit one either, but after a few uses and once I relised that using it along with the Bourjois one would give such amazing results, I'm in love. 

They work so well together. The benefit one was a bit pricey and I was un happy with the purchase when I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, but now that I do. I recommend benefit, if you want to treat yourself to a slightly more 'high end' product. 
Vintage Pink; Fancy; Pure Heroine




Three lipsticks have made it into the favourite list this month, two from Rimmel and one from MAC. 

The two from Rimmel are from the moisture renew range and I've talked about this range before, and even the colour 'Fancy' was mentioned in my Spring Essentials post. 

The lipsticks stand true to the 'Moisture Renew' name. They glide on effortlessly and your lips feel instantly moisturised. They're long lasting too which is always something that I like in a lipstick. 



 Colour 180 - Vintage Pink - is exactly how its described. A gorgeous dusty rose pink something that to me, screams 'old hollywood' It is a gorgeous shade that can be worn on the every day basis that can even be worn out at night, its not too pink for the office or school, but its not 'boring' or too nude to be worn to dinner or drinks. Definitely a staple piece.

Fancy is a very pretty baby pink with slight gold toned shimmer through it that makes the lips look natural and innocent and yet when the light hits them, the gold shines and then you honestly do feel a little bit Fancy.

The packaging is perfect, clean and simple. I recommend these colours to all who ask me about what a 'good lipstick' is. They suit all skin tones, and much to my excitement, my friend who read my previous 'Spring Essentials' post went out and bought one of these lipsticks. She has the Vintage Pink and she is quite a few shades paler than I am and it suits her skin tone perfectly.

This MAC lipstick was meant for me. It is the Lorde collaboration with MAC and when I found out about it, I knew I had to have it.

It is a nice dark plum colour, iconic of the young super star singer. I love her music and I love rocking a dark plum lip so when I saw this advertised I needed to have it.

I finally bought it, sadly, we're coming into warmer weather and I might not be able to wear it as much as I would have liked, but as soon as there is a cloudy or dark day, this bad boy is coming out and I'm going to rock it!

The consistency, like all MAC lipsticks is nice and smooth. It has the iconicly MAC vanilla scent which is so pleasant. 

The colour lasts a very long time, however like all dark lipsticks does tend to bleed into the skin, so be sure to use a lip liner before hand to avoid this fashion faux pas!

Packaging is MAC standard. Sleek black tube, classic lipstick. I picked this up for $36.00 at the MAC store and it is also available online at the MAC Cosmetics website!






And there you have it! these have been my favourite products for the month of August! I'm already compiling a new list for September so be sure to look out for that. Be sure to watch the video to hear me talk about these products and a few more!