Thursday, April 17, 2014

RAINY DAYS, PAINTING NAILS | NAIL POLISH FAVOURITES



FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:  KESTER BLACK SNAPDRAGON, ESSIE BODY LANGUAGE, ESSIE MINT CANDY APPLE, RIMMEL LONDON DISCO FEVER, MAYBELLINE BARE IT ALL, ESSIE SILVER BULLION


It's currently Good Friday in Australia.  The streets are quiet, the clouds are out and the weather is less than happy.

When I get  rare days off work  there is nothing more I like to do than paint my nails. A luxury I don't often get with a crazy work schedule. I'm normally the person who tucks their hands under a table during meetings to avoid the glares at my  the dreaded chipped nails! 




Excuse the poor swatches, I don't think it does any justice to Kester Black Snap Dragon, which is a beautiful burgundy with gold flecks (love!) 

I hope this post brightens all your days and happy Easter my darlings. 


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

SPRING MAKE UP ESSENTIALS

After watching countless YouTube videos and hauls, I've become jealous of the fact that it's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Technically, it's Autumn in Australia, but we've had such good weather - you could easily confuse it for Spring.   

I decided to jump on the bandwagon and highlight my Spring time favourites. The reality is some of these products are my all year round favourites. 

Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation - I blame Essiebutton for this purchase. Honestly, I must say - anything Essie recommends is bang on. I have combination skin and this foundation is fantastic. It's long lasting and leaves the most beautiful satin finish. It also wears beautifully throughout the day and doesn't oxidises as the day goes on, a big plus for those of us who have an oily t-zone! 


NYX Butter Gloss (Peach Cobbler & Vanilla Creme Pie) - I'm not much of a lipgloss fan, I can't stand the sticky feeling or my hair getting stuck to my lips (not a cute look). However, the butter glosses by NYX are amazing. They feel more like a balm and give the perfect amount of colour to the lips. I use these on days when I don't want to wear a lot of make up, for me this is normally a Sunday (Sunday Markets anyone?). I give my skin a day off from foundation and only use butter gloss and mascara! Amazing amazing. 

Clinique Cheek Pop - These are currently all the hype on YouTube and they deserve all the attention they are getting. My favourite colour is Ginger Pop and it's an amazing warm peachy tone.  It feels like butter. It almost feels like a cream blush, but goes on like a powder! It's magic. 

Miss Shop Nail Polish (Pick Me Niall)  - Miss Shop Nail Polish for those who don't know is a brand created by Australian Department store Myer. It's a beautiful baby blue, and is the perfect colour for Spring/Eater! Plus, I love that the name is One Direction related (should I be admitting that as a twenty something year old?)........ that's what makes you beautiful.

Lime crime Lipstick (Geradium)- First and foremost, even though the packaging is not pictured, we must talk about it. Purple with a sparkly unicorn? Yes please. Aside from the amazing packaging, the colour of this lipstick is just perfect. It's a mix between a bright pink and a coral. And I can't rave enough about the creaminess of these lipsticks. they feel so moisturising on the lips. 

Revlon Parfumerie (Pink Pineapple) - There has been a lot of mixed reviews about this collection, not because of the quality of the polish but because of the smell. This colour luckily smells lovely, I mean who doesn't love pineapples! I know the others smell a little funky, but the good thing  is that the smell doesn't last long. Maybe a day or so after it is applied. 

Mini Eggs- These might not be a beauty favourite but they are a Spring/Easter favourite never the less.  A crunching outer and cadbury chocolate inside... drool. Plus, they looks so pretty. Love speckled eggs! 

Until next time lovelies, I hope you're having a lovely day whether it's spring/autumn.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE

Melbourne weather has been so temperamental lately, one minute you're craving hot chocolate and then the next minute you want an iced chocolate. Moral of the story, chocolate is always a good thing no matter the weather! This brings us to the delightfulness which is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Everyone and their mum has been talking about this product and it's one of my favourite neutral palettes I own and let's be honest... I own too many. 


First things first, let's just get this out on the table, the product smells delightful. I've never been a fan of products which claim they smell like chocolate only because they never smell like chocolate, they always smell like a weird cocoa butter hybrid. This Palette SMELLS like chocolate! Just like a hot chocolate to be more specific. Someone pass the marshmallows. 

The eyeshadow colours are amazing! Some are better in consistency than others, but let's talk colours: 

Gilded Ganache (Sheen) - This is a beautiful brown colour has a slight greenish tinge with the more marvellous gold sparkle. It's very blendable and no fall out.
White Chocolate (Matt) - The double B! A beautiful and blendable cream colour, perfect for a highlight colour. 
Milk Chocolate (Matt) - Same consistency as White Chocolate, a light brown which is my favourite to use in the crease.  
Black Forest Truffle (Frost/Glitter) - A beautiful deep purple with gold glitter. You need to be careful of fall out with this colour, unfortunately the consistency is slightly chalky. 
Triple Fudge (Sheen) - Black/Brown colour, blendable and great for the outer C! 
Salted Caramel (Matt) - Let's just take a second to say I love salted caramel. It's a peachy light brown great for an overall lid colour.
Marzipan (Satin)- One of my favourite colours in the whole palette, a peachy shimmer with more of a satin finish. 
Semi-sweet  (Matt) - Reddish brown matt eyeshadow, great for that outer C again!  


Strawberry Milk (Matt) - This is a beautifully smooth eyeshadow, it feels like butter! But the reality is that this is my least used colour in my palette, but every time I see it it reminds me of strawberry short cake!
Candied Violet (Shimmer) - Purple and Blue colour, with a heavy glitter base. Once again beware of fall out, be sure to pat on the lid vs sweep. 
Amaretto (Sheen) - Brown base with golden peach undertones, just lovely! So lovely.
Hazelnut (Sheen)- This is like Amaretto's sister. Reminds me of Amber Lights by Mac. 
Creme Brûlée (Sheen) - I love this kind of colour for all over the lid. It's golden with a brown sheen. 
Haute Chocolate (Sheen) - A darker brown shimmer, I would say a cousin to Amaretto and Hazelnut. It's just a chocolate family in this palette. 
Cherry Cordial - Burgundy Brown colour. Amazing, but is a slightly chalky consistency. 
Champagne Truffle (Sheen) - Pink/Cream sheen, perfect for highlighting the eyebrows and even the tops of the cheeks. 

In summary, fellow beauty addicts, this is a must have in your make up collection. It's just amazing and versatile. For the price it's a great one to have. 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS: TARTE GLAMAZON PURE PERFORMANCE LIPSTICK

Oh my Tarte! I think I've found one of the most perfect lipsticks that ever existed or was ever created. After I purchased one, I was hooked and now I have an arsenal of Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance Lipsticks. Not only are these lipsticks ridiculously creamy and glide onto your lips like butter, they have the staying power that is unrivalled!


I'm unfortunately one of those girls who is very lazy at reapplying her lipstick or make up throughout the day. I'm always in a rush, whether it's to get to work on time or running around from one meeting to the next, so a dependable lipstick is my most important cosmetic staple.  When I found these wonders it's as if I struck gold. I dress my lips in one of the various colours at 7am and even after lunch the colour stays on quite well and more importantly it fades well.  It doesn't unevenly fade or leave you t with the ever so awkward 'lipliner' affect and  of course people are too polite to tell you in case you'd gone for that look intentionally. I know a lot of people have mentioned that they believe these lipsticks are drying, but by using a good lip balm underneath (Dior - Creme de Rose) I've avoided experiencing a drying feeling with these lipsticks.  They are heavenly. 

Each colour is fabulously opaque from the lightest to the boldest and that's one thing I look for in a lipstick. The packaging is to die for and every time someone spots it in my make up bag, they always compliment the wooden finish. 


I wish they would be readily available in Australia. I have to order mine through Sephora via my us forwarding address from myus.com! However, they are very much worth the effort, you can see how vibrant each one is by the swatches below: 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSHES

Every beauty guru and blogger has been raving about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. Are they worth the hyper? That's a big fat yes from me! I'm always a bit sceptical about beauty products which get a big hooha, only because I've been disappointed too many times in the past. These magical blushes are far from disappointing.

When I say magical, I really mean magical - get your wands out ladies. They go on the skin like no other blush I've tired in the past and leave the most whimsical glow and the right amount of colour on the skin. The key word in the previous sentence being glow, there are no chunks of glitter and disco ball cheeks.

The two colours I purchased where Dim Infusion (Peachy/Coral) and Radiant Magenta (Fuchsia Pink with Gold through it).  Dim Infusion is perfect peach for every day, I have a medium coloured complexion and it just gives me the right amount of colour to wear to work every day. Radiant Magenta is fantastic for the flushed looked on the cheeks, just like when you've been playing in the snow (not that there is much snow in Australia, ha!).  

On top of all of this fabulousness, the packaging is gorgeous and Hourglass have been smart enough to utilise everyone's favourite colour of the season - ROSE GOLD. As Hourglass is a high end brand, the blushes have a hefty price tag - even more so for us Australians, we're always paying a premium for international make up making its way to our shores ($50AUD vs $35US). However, I'd be more than happy to handover my bank card for these blushes, I actually want to go back and buy more colours. Cheeky, I know. 

If I had to highlight one downside to the blushes, it's that when you swirl your blush brush into them, the powder tends to go everywhere like a loose power blush. However, it's only a slight downside and I might be the one to blame because I'm always swirling my brush into the blush like a mad woman when I'm running late to work in the mornings.



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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Carrot Cake with Lime & Orange Cream Cheese Icing | Nigella Lawson Inspired.

My mother works overseas and is visiting shortly, which is very exciting. As a treat for her return I wanted to make carrot cake cupcakes, as carrot cake is her favourite. However, my mum said 'no no, make the cake with a hole in it'. Immediately, I burst out into laughter, because it was my very own 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding moment'. Mum, it's called a bundt.

So here, is my little bundt cake for my darling mother, who I love so dearly and the Nigella Lawson recipe, adjusted slightly.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Honey Macarons with a dash of Sprinkles

My addiction to making Macarons is out of control.  I've morphed from wanting to always bake cupcakes to always wanting to bake Macarons and discover new flavours. I wonder if there is a baking rehabilitation centre, because I need to be admitted.

To create these cute little biscuits, I used a few recipes and my own experimenting. I adore them, and had to make them girly by adding some new sprinkles.

Recipe is below for anyone who is interested, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.