Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Everyday Makeup Routine

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light ($62) - I hate setting powders, I rather have my makeup fade away than put powder on my face. So I hesitated buying this guy but I've seen it on a few YouTubers and really loved the look of it. It doesn't seem like much is on your face but when you step back & have a look in the mirror your face looks slightly airbrushed & glow-y. 
I put a small amount on, mainly on my t-zone and cheeks & then use whatever is left on the brush for the rest of my face. They have several other colours but I really loved this one, especially because it has no glitter.

Bobbi Brown Corrector - ($40) I've mentioned this 100's of times before because it's by far my favourite product ever. If you have dark circles you need one of these. It neutralises the under-eye area so you can just add a brightening concealer on top.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Crayon in Smoky Taupe ($16.95) - These pencil eyeshadow thingies are a lazy girls dream! Just swipe it on your eyelid and blend in for a few seconds and you're done. It's got really good staying power, you have to blend it in straight away because it sets in really quickly.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara ($19.95) - This has always been my favourite mascara ever. It doesn't give me spider lashes, doesn't have any fallout & the brush is perfect for my eyes.

L'Oreal Brow Pencil in Blonde ($22.95) - This is a little expensive for a brow pencil especially because the other side is wax so you don't get much of each product. The wax was great until I had to sharpen it within 2 uses and it keeps breaking, so it's pretty useless. I do love the pencil though, perfect colour for me.

NYX Butter Lipgloss in Creme Brulee ($9.95) - I hate the feel of lip glosses on my lips but people kept saying that these guys weren't sticky so I went to swatch it at Target & fell in love with the Creme Brulee shade. 

They are really glossy but not sticky at all, doesn't last for too long but for $10 I didn't expect it to. I'll definitely be re-purchasing it.

Revlon Age Defying Concealer - This thing is 100 years old but I haven't found anything to replace it so I'm still using it. I have 5 different concealers sitting in my drawer and they are all pretty bad, the only thing that came close to this one was the MAC concealer but I got an allergic reaction to it. So I'm still on a mission to find a good one.

NYX Blush in Angel ($5) - This is by far my favourite blush ever. It doesn't look like much in the packaging but it has a subtle pinkish/peachy colour with a sheen that gives your cheeks a really pretty glow.
For $5, it surprisingly stays on your skin the entire day. I prefer it over my much more expensive NARS blushes.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser ($59) - I've been using the LM tinted moisturiser for about 2 years now and just started using the oil-free version recently. It's probably a product I'm never going to stray from unless it starts breaking me out randomly.

Friday, 18 April 2014

H&M Australia

We ventured into H&M on my birthday on Tuesday. We ended up going at around 6:30pm and only stood in the line for about 2 minutes.
I didn't end up buying anything, it was still too busy to browse properly but took a couple of photos instead. The place had a very Forever21 feel to it, just an overwhelming amount of stuff everywhere. If you're going on a busy day I'd recommend you check out the stuff online before going in the store.

I spent more time in the Kids & Home wares sections because they were pretty empty. The decor stuff was really affordable, I specially loved the white vases, throws & quilt covers (a little too expensive for the quality).
And the kids stuff is super cute but I have nobody to buy it for!

 Did you end up going or buying anything?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

H&M Wishlist

When we went to the US I walked into H&M once or twice and nothing caught my eye. Maybe it's because I had so many other stores to spend my money play in but I'm super excited for it to open here.

Since it's my birthday a week after the official opening I might pop in then, best to avoid these kinda stores for a while until the hype dies down. I said the same thing about Zara but went in a few days later and stood in line with my super patient husband for 15 minutes so we'll see.

I love being able to look through the stuff online, it'll make the shopping much easier. I pinned these things so I know what to look for once I'm in there.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Acrylic Makeup Drawers

A big fat sorry for coming back to blog, and then not doing it. My laptop had its latest update and now won't stop restarting itself whenever it feels like it. Although Blogger does save my stuff regularly as I'm writing it, sometimes it doesn't & I keep losing my posts. I need to take it to the Apple hospital so before I do that I'll try writing a post or two.

I wanted one of these clear makeup drawers for ages but couldn't bring myself to spend $100+ on one, then randomly on Catch of the Day they had them for $40 so I grabbed one! It's very durable, has a good grip on the bottom and the drawers aren't flimsy. 

I'm really glad I got one, I can see where everything is and it's not a pain to reach for my stuff everyday.
I don't really have that much make-up so everything is organised in sections without being too full.

Powders: Blushes / Bronzer / Setting Powder/ Illuminator

Foundations / Concealer / Corrector 

Eyeshadows / Eyeliners / Bases

Nail Stuff & Tools

Lips / Lashes / Brows

Hand & Foot Creams / Other Skincare Stuff

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

M & J Wedding

On Saturday we attended my cousin's wedding. 
After spending about a week trying to find a dress, I ended up buying this yellow one about 4 hours before we had to be there. Normally finding a dress wouldn't be THAT much of an issue, but I injured my knee last month and can't wear heels. So attempting to find a maxi dress was a pain in the butt, but luckily I found a wedding appropriate one.
(Ignore the bitchface & crappy quality photo, it's the only decent almost-full length photo I could find.)

The cocktail wedding was held at The Boathouse, it looked really gorgeous. I unfortunately didn't end up taking any photos at night when they put the lanterns out. 

Monday, 3 February 2014

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser & Real Techniques Sponge Review

I spent a good hour in David Jones looking for a Tinted Moisturiser that was as good at my Laura Mercier one, but wasn't as shiny. Nothing really seemed as good so I decided to go with the oil free version of the LM one. I was pretty hesitant to hand over $60 for a foundation I might not even like, but summer & tinted moisturiser don't go well together and I needed something good.

When I first tried it, I used my foundation brush and it super streaky. The formula is very different from the original one, not sure how to explain it.. just thicker (but not foundation-thick) and dries/sets really quickly. So you have to work really fast otherwise it gets blotchy. The second time, I put the TM on the back of my hand and dipped the Real Techniques sponge and then just pressed it into my skin, no blotchiness at all! I also found that using the sponge really covers up pores in the t-zone area.

The oil-free one is definitely better than the original one. It's nowhere near as greasy-looking, has more coverage & lasts longer.

I love the Real Techniques Sponge! I don't have the Beauty Blender to compare it to, but I have no issues with the RT sponge so I won't be buying anything else. On top of it applying the TM flawlessly, it makes my concealer set well enough not to crease for most of the day.

I use the long (right) side for my foundation all over, the flatter part for my concealer and the pointy bit for any blemishes or the inner corner of my eyes.

 The only annoying thing is that it's very hard to wash completely, concealer tends to stain it very quickly, but since I apply my TM in the bathroom I give it a quick wash with a tiny amount of antiseptic hand wash every day. And at less than $10 a sponge, it's not really a big deal to replace every 3-ish months.