Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Haul

I was lucky to finish work slightly early last Tuesday, which only meant one thing in my mind. Make it to my Priceline before they close at 5pm and take advantage of the 40% off all cosmetics sale!

When I heard about the sale I thought that it would be a good time to try the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation and Illuminating Primer, as well as their healthy balance powder which Amelia Liana has said is a dupe for her beloved Giorgio Armani powder. Unfortunately, my Priceline either didn’t stock it or it was sold out. 

In the end I purchased 4 lip products and 1 eye product. I purchased the Rimmel Apocalips in Apocaliptic (bright fuchsia pink) and Stellar (cherry red with an orange undertone). I love these products because they are so pigmented and hydrating. I already have the one in Celestial that I love for an everyday lip colour; however, it doesn’t last long on my lips. I’m hoping that because these colours are brighter they will leave a longer lasting stain behind.

I purchased 2 Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons, one in Peach on the Beach (coral pink) and the other in Orange Punch (red orange). I’ve worn these a few times and find that easy to apply, very glossy and not drying which is a winner for my prone to dryness lips. 

My last purchase was a Rimmel Scandeleyes in Taupe. I forgot whose blog/video I watched but they used it as an eyeshadow which I thought was a great idea. I bought this with the intention of doing just the same, but instead, I’ve been using it for its intended purchase. I find that this shade is great for everyday daytime wear as it’s not as harsh as a brown or black eyeliner. It’s perfect for adding some definition to the eye. I always set my eyeliners to prevent the inevitable panda eye and have been using my MAC eyeshadows in coquette and concrete for this as I find they work well with this eyeliner shade. 

From top to bottom:
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach
Rimmel Apocalips in Apocaliptic
Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar
Rimmel Scandaleyes in Taupe

Did you go to the sale? What did you pick up?


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Summer Wedding Outfit!

It was my friend’s wedding this past weekend in Adelaide. The weather was amazing and perfect for a wedding. For my outfit I was absolutely determined to wear my Marcs skirt that I recently posted about. Sometimes I think it’s worse when you have one single item of clothing that you want to wear, because then it becomes all about finding the clothes that match it perfectly. Being a bright yellow tweed-like skirt it was a nightmare trying to find something that matched it well. The night before we left for Adelaide I ransacked my whole wardrobe trying to find the right top. In the end, I layered the skirt over a dress I had. I brought several options for the reception but in the end I whipped off my skirt and voila I had a dress perfect for the evening. I love it when you can make your items in your closet so versatile. My friend at the wedding even thought I had done a complete outfit change!

For the ceremony I stuck with the lighter and brighter outfit colours with a cream jacket and heels. For the reception I switched out my cream jacket and shoes for a black jacket and pumps. Pairing your outfit with black items always makes the outfit more evening appropriate. 

Dress (worn as a top): From a local boutique
Skirt: Marcs
Jacket: Pilgrim
Belt: Dotti
Shoes: Old beige peep toes
Earrings: Sportsgirl
Clutch: My mum’s from when she was in her 20’s!

Dress: Same as during the day
Jacket: Pilgrim
Shoes: Zu
Earrings: Same as during the day
Clutch: Same as during the day


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Minimal Summer Makeup

I was in Adelaide this past weekend for a friend's wedding which I plan to post pictures of (outfit and makeup) later this week. However, on Monday it was a nice summery 31 degrees. Although I love the hot weather (bar the crazy hayfever that hits me when it happens), I really don't like the feeling of makeup on my face, especially when it's just a casual day with brunch and some shopping. So days likes these call for my 5 product minimal summer makeup face. You can change the specific products to whatever you prefer but when I do this the 5 products I stick to are: 
- a tinted moisturiser/BB cream
- concealer
- bronzer
- mascara
- a bright summer lipstick that livens up your face

For this day I chose my Origins Vitazing, Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer (I don't bother with correctors on hot days), Stila Sun Bronzer in Shade 01, Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express, and Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid in Vibrant Mandarin

What do you like to use on a hot summer's day?


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Trash Diving #3 - Skincare

So I'm taking a break from working out what to wear for my friend's wedding this weekend to talk about my skincare empties (round 3)! The weather is meant to be sunny this Saturday so let's hope it stays that way! I'm going to try and keep this short and sweet as I can tend to ramble!

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera
I really enjoyed this cleanser. It didn't leave my skin feeling tight or feel like it was stripping my skin of all it's natural oils. This was particularly good for the winter time. 

Repurchase? I would consider repurchasing this. As a cream cleanser I prefer my Jacqueline Evans Cream Cleanser, but the Alpha-H is a lot easier to use since it doesn't require a flannel to wash it off.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo 
I absolutely love this product and attribute this to keeping pimples at bay. I notice a difference in my skin when I use this (and when I don't!). I tend to get little bumps on the oiler areas of my face and this stops them from peeking through. I layer this under my moisturiser and use it every night. 

Repurchase? I have already busted open a new tube of the stuff!

Michael Todd Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment
I liked this eye cream; however, there was nothing outstanding about it. It did the job and hydrated my under eye area. I prefer my Indeed Labs Eysilix. 

Repurchase? No

Bioderma Sebium AKN
This is a treatment product that is meant to purify skin by cleansing the pores. To be perfectly honest, I used this up because I didn't want to waste it. It would need to be smoothed on gently and with no rubbing in whatsoever, otherwise it would 'ball up' (so technical there!) the products that I had already layered underneath. Such a pain in the mornings and I didn't notice a difference in my skin either. This has worked for other people, but unfortunately didn't work for me. 

Repurchase? No

Lancome Visonnaire (sample)
I wasn't wow-ed by this. Maybe it's because it was only a sample size and so I didn't see the effects of it? I do however, feel like this is a product for more mature skin and that may also be the reason why.

Repurchase? Not right now, maybe when I'm older!

Organic Spa Face Exfoliant (sample)
Organic Spa is an Australian owned company based in Byron Bay who use naturally derived ingredients. It's a physical exfoliant with small granules to buff away your dead skin. The granules aren't chunky like the St Ives Apricot Scrub and you don't feel like you're scratching your skin. This leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth and gives me an immediate brighter complexion. 

Repurchase? I have a chemical and physical exfoliant on the go at the moment so I don't need one any time soon, but I would definitely consider it. I love that it's Australian made too!.
Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil (sample)
I really enjoyed this cleansing oil. It was effective and lovely to use; however, I much prefer my Bioderma and Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm to thoroughly take off my makeup and cleanse my skin.

Repurchase? No

What have you used up recently?


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

October Favourites 2013

October Favourites time! I hope you all had an amazing October. Nothing too exciting went down for me in October. I'm sure if I lived in America I'd have some amazing Halloween story but Australia doesn't really celebrate it. In fact, I've never celebrated it. I feel like I'm missing out!

My first favourite of the month has to be my Swisse Argan Face Oil. I’m not sure why I haven’t spoken about it before because it’s been part of my daily routine for a few months now. I’ve nearly finished this bottle and a second one is on it’s way! I mix this in with my moisturizer every night. I find that it keeps my skin hydrated and makes it extremely soft and supple. Other benefits include improving the appearance of skin elasticity, hydration, ageing and blemishes. 

My Origins Vitazing is the ultimate lazy product for me and has been perfect for the “I want to spend as minimal time on my face as possible days”. I use this as a moisturizer and to even out my skin tone all at once. I then go in with concealer on the areas where I need it most and skip the foundation. This product wears well on my skin and I’ll never be without it.

“That time of the month” has proved to be particularly troublesome. I have had some really bad deep pimples that slowly surface into small mountains on my chin. Don’t get me wrong I love my Origins Super Spot Remover, but lately I have been loving my Neutrogena 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Spot Gel. It reduces the amount of time that I have my blemishes for and helps to fade the inevitable blemish scar that I always seem to end up with.

I have been curling my hair a lot more this month and as a result, my hair is a lot drier. My L’Oreal Mythic Oil has been perfect to add some shine, hydration and softness back into my hair.

I have my L’Occitane Shower Oil to thank for keeping my skin hydrated, particularly over the colder days. It’s hands down the most hydrating shower product for the body that I have used. No dry and scaly skin here! I never get any irritations when I use this product and in fact, I feel like it’s quite soothing when I apply it. It comes out an oil; however, turns into a cream when it comes into contact with water. I also feel that moisturiser is not as necessary when I use this because it is so hydrating. Lazy moisturizer-“rers” rejoice!

Interestingly, my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy has made it into my favourites this month. I say interestingly as I actually considered this a “product that I regret buying” awhile ago. It was pretty much untouched until I put it in my makeup bag to get some use out of it. I find that this is the perfect shade in the morning when my lips look lifeless. The colour of this lipstick matches my natural lip colour almost perfectly so it’s great to instill a little life back into my lips. Since it is so natural, a mirror is not needed and the rose scent is also amazing. The only thing is that you need to reapply fairly often.

I finally have my hands on Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina which is that fragrance that I have been wanting for awhile now. I don’t buy fragrances often since I don’t power through them as quickly as everyone else seems to, so when I do add one to the mix it must be something I love. This is just the trial size as the full size is waiting for me back in Adelaide since I was over the baggage limit last trip (damn you, baggage restrictions!). It’s a perfect balance of fruity, floral and musky. I could seriously smell this all day!

What have you been loving this month?


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Polish of the Week: Essie Tangerine


Essie Tangerine is a bright red/coral colour that is perfect for summer. You could get away with one coat, but I used two for good measure. If you're interested in picking up some Essie nail polishes, Priceline has a special going on at the moment where you get 2 for $20. It's a great deal that finishes November 6th, so I would scurry on over if you were interested!