Friday, October 2, 2015


I have been on such a skincare kick lately, and have been consciously trying to take better care of my skin. I'm also tremendously lazy at the end of a work day, and the last thing I want to do is go through a long and arduous skincare routine.  Luckily the new The Body Shop 'Oils of Life' range makes it easier to stay on top of this routine. I was lucky enough to take sneak peak at the range before it launched on the 5th October. 

Despite knowing the amazing benefits of facial oils, I'm always hesitate of utilising them because of my excessively oily skin. However, the Oils of Life Intensively Revitalising Facial Oil is a dream. It's light weight, has an amazing earthy smell and leaves a velvet (not oily) finish on the skin. Tick tick tick. 
The product is infused with 3 amazing seed oils, Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile (it's like taking your skin on a holiday!).  The benefits of these three oils is that theyactivate repairing properties, to assist with living dull skin. After using this gem for a week, my skin has truly radiated. I've noticed my skin get less oily within the day with the facial oil providing the much needed hydration, which has caused my skin to produce an excessive amount of oil. 

The Intensively Revitalising Cream, has the same amazing properties in cream form. The use the oil at night as it's more consentrated, and the cream in the morning as it's light weight and works as an amazing primer for your foundation. It shares the same earthy smell as the oil!  

If you're a feen for skin care and don't want to pay a truck load for good quality skincare these are definitely worth a try. They have the quality of your higher end creams at a reasonable price, and the you can also score yourself a free sample at the moment through The Body Shop, there is nothing I love more than a sample for skin care, because you can try before committing to the full size.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015


I have been waiting for this collection to arrive in Australia from the very first day that the Sam and Nic showed us a sneak peak on their Instagram account.  When Priceline announced their arrival, I was out the door, in the store with my wallet out and ready to spend. 

I've always been such a fan of a the Real Techniques range, and loved that they created such an affordable make up brush range which rivalled the quality of many of their expensive beauty brand counter parts.  Like many of you, I was shocked when the prices were first released and my jaw hit the floor.  However,  when you feel these brushes and work with them, you soon realise they're a luxury brush that happens to be sold and distributed to the drug store. When comparing these brushes to MAC, they're still significantly less expensive by $10 to $15 a pop.  

They are designed so well and you can tell Nic and Sam really didn't spare any detail. The first thing which catches every beauty lovers eyes is the amazing colour,  how can you go wrong with gold, silver and rose gold? Not only is it about the beauty of these products which catch your eye but the quality of these brushes speak for themselves. The bristles are soft, each brush has a significant amount of weight to them to assist with controlled make up application and the ends of the brush handle are tapered so you can lay them flat on your counter or work space without having them roll around. 

This brush was the stand out in the range for me. Its unique 3D triangular shape allows for even application and distribution of foundation across the face. Its design also allows you to get around those difficult parts like the curve of your nose and under your eyes. I adore that it is dense, which makes blending the product into the face significantly easier, definitely worth a go. 

100 - ARCHED POWER BRUSH ($64.99AUD, when compared to MAC Power Brush $85AUD)

When I use this brush, it just makes me feel like I belong in a old hollywood film, with my silk robe and red lipstick. This brush is just decedent, and  has glamour all written all over it. The bristles are extremely soft, and the brush is so large it covers the full surface of your face easily and evenly - making it easier to avoid that dreaded cake face. 
300 - TAPERED BLUSH BRUSH ($58.99AUG, when compared to MAC blush brush $70AUD).
Love love love this brush. The dome is so perfectly sized to apply brush to the cheeks. I've always found with blush brushes, the the dome is too large to concentrate specifically on the apples of the cheeks. The bristles like the rest of the range are densely packed in together, to make it easier to pack on the colour as required. 


While this brush is designed for the eye, I find it too large to control on the eyelids. I actually have found a new love for using this blush to apply highlighter to the high points of my cheeks. 

I'll notice, I haven't spoken about the 301 Flat Contour Brush, and the honest truth is I'm still testing it out. I'm not a fan of utilising it for contour, because of it's density, I think it applies to much product for it to look natural. I'm currently in the midst of testing it with cream products and will report back. 

If you only had to get two pieces out of the range, I would definitely recommend the 300 and the 101. 

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Monday, September 7, 2015


Believe it or not, I've actually never used a self tanner.  I have a natural olive skin tone, but with the relentless Melbourne winter and being cooped up in an office for hours on end, I'm starting to look paler and paler.

If I'm being completely honest,  I've always been terrified of using a self tanner. I  have fear turning the colour of an oompa loompa. So, when I discovered a gradual self tanner, I knew it would be the safer alternative for someone who is a newbie and scaredy cat like me. 

First and foremost, the packaging is wonderful, easy to use, travel friendly and comes in a squeeze pouch, how can you not love it? It reminds me of those yogurt pouches in the supermarket that I'm always too embarrassed to buy because they're made for kids! Not only is the packaging great, but the product smells like vanilla shortbread. 

The gradual self tan is white, and then builds into the skin invisibly. The formula itself is very moisturising and felt great to apply on the skin. I used it every day for a week, and my skin ended up having a very natural tan, which looked like I had been holidaying in the Bahamas. This product is also formulated with a sunscreen, so I'll be pulling this delight out when the sun starts creeping out and the skirts start coming out. 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015


I'm always very skeptical when there is hype around a foundation, mostly because my skin type is very temperamental and all foundations wear quite badly on me throughout the day.  When the bloggers-sphere went into meltdown over this product I still had my reservations, many were comparing it to Make Up Forever HD, and while that foundation is great when first applied I find it separates throughout the day, particularly around my oily t-zone. 

All I can say, is this foundation for me is ten times better than MUFE HD. After wearing it across 3 full days of work (which for me consistent of 10 to 12 hour days at times), this foundation was resilient and was still on the skin, which for anyone who has an oily/combination skin type is a complete and utter unexpected win. 

What makes me even happier, is it lasts on the face and it's not completely matte. There is nothing I hate more, than turning myself into a zombie with matte foundation only to have to bring my skin back to life using an excessive amount of contour, blush and highlight. This foundation is more of a satin, and reminds me very much of Nars Sheer Glow, but lasts  a lot longer on the skin.  The only slight negative is that you have to be careful when pumping out this product. One pump gives you a little bit too much product, but really that's a flaw I can live with. With half a pump, this product gives you the move amazing medium to full coverage on your skin. 

Also, not that it matters for all people but this foundation is  encased in a beautiful glass bottle, which just makes me feel a little extra special when using it each morning.  I have to say you definitely  need to give this a go if you have issues with your foundation lasting throughout the day.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Despite my oily/combination skin type, I'm terribly lazy at powdering my skin. The reason I've never been good at powdering my face after each foundation application is because I would rather look like Edward Cullen than a cake face. That was of course before I found this little treasure.   

I know it's cliche to say that this powder is finely milled, but it really is. The moment you dip your brush into the product you can instantly tell it's weightless. The magic really happens when the powder is applied to the face, it just melts in like a second skin.  For those of you who are into the 'baking' trend, this powder is perfect. Not only is it weightless, but it's buildable, so you can customise the coverage you wish. 

I purchased this delight in Medium, while there is only three shades in the collection - Fair, Medium and Dark, the powder itself is almost translucent when applied, so if you're slightly darker you can build up the product and if you're lighter in complexion you can use a lighter hand.  I also know there has been various feedback in relation to the price of this product, while it's priced at the higher end $45USD you can definitely tell a lot of love and passion has gone into making this product. It is one of those clear cases where a slightly higher price point means quality. 

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Monday, August 10, 2015


Forget about Kim K's butt, this highlighter literally broke the internet! I was up in the wee hours of the morning to make sure I could get this highlighter, I was ready to have #highlighteronfleek. When it finally arrive in my mailbox, I literally lifted the box up in the air like baby Simba and sung 'BAHHHHHHSOWHENYAHHHHMAMABEATSEBAHHHHH"

This was my first purchase of any Becca product (can't believe I haven't picked anything up earlier seeing the brand is Australian). I had been eyeing them off for many months, and I was determined to get my hands on Opal. However, when Jaclyn Hill announced her collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, I knew I would instantly be in love with product. The highlight colour had my name all over it. 

While the name of the product is Champagne Pop, the highlighter itself is more of a golden peach - perfect for that glisten on the cheeks. You know the one I'm talking about, the one which makes your cheeks look perfectly wet.  Champagne Pop is definitely a universal colour, which I think can work on various skin tones. The formula itself is buttery smooth and so pigmented, you literally only need the smallest dab on your brush for that J-Lo glow.

If you need this pretty in Sephora, definitely pick it up and give it a go! It's a great start to entering the Becca Cosmetics world, and I have no doubt you'll love it as much as I do.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Boy, oh boy! This past week, work, life and excessively watching Netflix until early hours of the morning has caused darkness under my eyes that takes up half my face. I honestly think I could have given Bettlejuice a run for his money in the under eye darkness department. 

This coveted Urban Decay concealer has been an absolute life saver.  It has trumped my love for NARS' radiant creamy concealer. I know at this stage I've lost half of you, with your jaws dropping to the floor, but let me explain. 

The Urban Decay concealer formula is truly developed for under the eye area. It's smooth, blendable and the applicator is malleable enough to fit into those pesky areas like under the tear duck, where the darkness  is more prevalent. As much as I love my NARS concealer, I feel like at times it drags across the under eye area, particularly during those days where the skin might be slightly dehydrated. This also at times causes creasing throughout the day.  The only negative I can say about this concealer is it not made for problematic areas of the skin, as in to cover up blemishes or scarring. Because the formula is so weightless and blendable, it acts more like a second layer of skin vs. a full coverage cover up. 

This product is definitely a go-er, if you're one who loves brightening up under the eyes and needs a little pick me up in the morning. Tickle me ecstatic for this find!

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