Monday, 22 August 2016

Shopping in New York

This was our second two-week stay in New York. The recommendations & tips are basically the same as in my old posts here & here but we did a lot more shopping this time so I'll dedicate this post to all the shopping.

Jersey Gardens Outlet

Jersey Gardens Outlet is a fairly cheap 30minute bus ride from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The place is really big, especially because there's a few department store outlets and Century 21 (which is an outlet itself) so you'll need to dedicate an entire day to being there. We went back just before our trip ended and bought a few more things.
It can be really packed, but if you go early enough you avoid the huge crowds. The first time around I didn't find too many things but the husband bought half the outlet. The only thing that was mine in all of those bags was a $12 pair of shorts from H&M. The only downside to the outlet was the food court, it didn't have many places to pick from.

We laughed at people who came with empty suitcases until we had to carry all this around.

The VS outlet line had a 1.5 hour wait, bras and undies were under $10 and people were going nuts. I left within seconds of walking in. Luckily the second trip the store was quieter and I managed to buy a few $5 PJ tops within 10 minutes.

Neiman Marcus was way out of my price range and most people's it seems, as it was by far the most empty store in there. Saks had a lot of big brands that were discounted pretty heavily (although still pricey). The shoe section is packed with designer stuff but the sizing is really limited, so if you have a common foot size you'll most likely miss out. These Jimmy Choos caught my eye, they were down to $800, original price tag was around $2000.

The Cosmetics Company Store looked very empty and small but they had a lot of stock. They have a lot of MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Clinique etc. I managed to get a Bobbi Brown concealer for $17 (I pay $42 here) and a set of MAC Brushes from last years Christmas collection for $30. MAC Lipsticks were $10, Bobbi Brown foundations around $20. I'll do a review on all these guys in the next post!
Only the brushes & the Bobbi Brown concealer were from the outlets.

Nordstrom Rack
I loved this place! It's not very big but they have a lot of stuff I like and it's very heavily discounted.
Brands: Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Free People, Tom Ford, DKNY, Adidas, DVF, Rachel Zoe, Seafolly, J.Crew. Huge collection of Nike stuff for women (which was so hard to find in NY) and most of it was over 60% off.

Accessories: Kate Spade, Michael Kors and DKNY watches for under $140. House of Harlow stuff for under $20

Beauty: Lorac Sets, Kiehls, Urban Decay, Smashbox, Perfumes all over 50% off.
The store is right near Union Square so it's very easy to get to. And if you have no plans to go to New York, Nordstrom Rack ships to Australia but not all the brands are online.

Department Stores
I love US department stores, in particular the beauty section at Macy's which is HUGE. I did all my makeup shopping at Sephora & MAC but I did buy a Jo Malone perfume there. It was fun just walking around makeup heaven with almost every brand having their own section.

We initially went to Saks Fifth Avenue just to look at YSL bags. I wanted one for my birthday in April and wanted to see the few I liked in person. One thing led to another and I went home with a bag. I decided on this small Monogramme quilted shoulder bag. I mostly use cross body bags and I love that the chain strap is detachable because it makes a very pretty clutch too. A lightly extravagant souvenir but for some reason you don't have the need to justify your purchases when on holidays.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


I don't know if people read blogs anymore but I'm having a very boring Saturday and felt the need to write something. This will probably be a rare occasion and more diary like than a nice blog. Not much exciting stuff happens in my life but I wanted to document our trip to Canada & USA.

So I'll start off with Canada. We had no intentions of going to Canada up until 5 months before our trip to America. We were meant to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which would have taken up 4 days in total (getting there, spending 2 days there then getting back) but as much I like Harry Potter it just wasn't worth all that effort and money. I randomly started Googling nice places and recognised a picture of Lake Louise from a late night rerun on Getaway. I did a little bit of research into it, suggested it to the husband (who immediately agreed) and the pain in the ass planning went ahead.
Pain in the ass because;
a) A lot of stuff to see but it's all spread far apart
b) Accommodation was either very expensive or unavailable 
c) Cramming many things into 6 days (most of which we were majorly jet lagged) was hard
But in the end it was totally worth it.

- We went to both Banff & Jasper. The drive between the two is about 4-5hours so if you're not into the long drive or don't have the time I would leave Jasper out. Especially because the drive back from Jasper to the airport ends up being around 6hours.
- You're better off renting a car than relying on tour buses. We paid about $100 a day for a car.



  • We stayed at Mountain View Inn in Canmore. It was a 20min drive to Banff, had it's own little town area within walking distance. Grocery stores, Subway, McDonalds etc.
  • Jasper accommodation is extremely hard to find unless you book way in advance. Almost all homes rent out rooms, which you can find here. But even they get booked very fast.
  • We stayed at Castle Guest House in Jasper. Our room had it's own entrance on the bottom floor/basement. We had our own kitchen, bathroom and a big comfortable bed. We only saw the owner once to pay the rest of the fees but it was basically like staying in a hotel. It was also walking distance to the town which was handy.


Where we went:
Vermillion Lakes
Johnston Canyon
Lake Louise
Moraine Lake
Banff Town Centre

Stops between Banff & Jasper
Bow Lake
Peyto Lake (this was an uphill walk for about 15mins and once we got there it was completely covered by clouds. We managed to see the lake for a few seconds but the walk was gorgeous so I recommend it anyway)

Patricia Lake
Pyramid Lake
Maligne Lake (and the cruise to Spirit Island)
Medicine Lake



- If you're looking for animals you'll find a lot more in Jasper. Usually you'll see a bunch of cars parked to the side if there's an animal around.
- Jasper is an authentic small town where as Banff is more touristy. You won't find chain restaurants (aside from Pizza Hut) or big hotels in Jasper.
- Jasper is a lot more expensive than Banff.
- I don't have any food recommendations, we were very stingy and ate fast food or pizza. We did frequently go grocery shopping and stocked up on snacks as most drives were pretty lengthy. Poutine is very popular in Canada and we had that in Banff. Husband loved it, I threw up 5 times at a McDonalds nearby. So eat at your own risk!

Lake Louise
Lake Louise

Moraine Lake
Spirit Island

Walk to Peyto Lake
Castle Guest House in Jasper
Patricia Lake

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?

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. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Beauty Buys

  • I love my Real Techniques brushes so when I saw that they released a Beauty Blender-esq sponge for less than $10 I ordered one straight away. The Miracle Complexion Sponge gives your foundation an airbrushed finish. I roughly apply my Tinted Moisturiser with my brush and then press it in with the sponge. It's really good at covering up pores, just gotta remember to use it while it's damp.
  • I have used the original Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser for about 1.5 years now but in summer it starts getting really annoying because it won't stay on without a good primer. Unfortunately my face cannot stand primers and starts losing its shit. So I thought I'd give the oil free one a go and it's perfect. Although it's about $20 more expensive than the original which is pretty lame.
  • I won the Redken Diamond Oil set from Primped and my hair loves it! I never bought expensive shampoo/conditioner because it seemed pointless but I think I'm going to be a shampoo snob now. Not a fan of the hair mask because my hair isn't dry enough for it, but the serum is awesome.
  • Whenever I'm in a crappy mood I go straight to Priceline, no idea why but it's just a (bad) habit now. I got sucked into all the Bioderma hype and tried out the Crealine H2O Cleanser & Make Up Remover. I like just going over it after I cleanse because there's always a tiny amount of makeup left and it doesn't irritate my face. But I don't think my makeup is ever heavy enough for me to fork out the $20 a bottle.
  • I have 5 bottles of red polish sitting on my shelf. A combination of "needing" a darker red and Priceline's 2 for $20 Essie sale, I picked out A-List. I think my 50 Shades of Red collection is now complete.
  • I only use moisturiser every now and then so I just went with a cheap Nivea face cream, which does the trick when my skin is having a crappy day