21 February 2017

TOP PICKS — Face, Body & Hair

These last few months I have been in awe with three particular products, nothing to do with makeup just skin, body and haircare. I have been using all three for quite a few months straight and let's just say two of them are on their last legs and I may need to go purchase a backup asap!

FACE ⎯  *Pūr~lisse Prevent Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk 
I've been using this almost daily since last year in November when the team at Pūr~lisse gifted me a few beautiful products from their range to trial. So far I have been LOVING every product, but this cleansing milk is the definite stand out for me. The consistency is so light weight and thin, with a milk-like texture it feels extremely moisturising and leaves my face feeling really plumped and hydrated. I like to use this manually or paired with my Clarisonic. What I enjoy most about this cleansing milk is how gentle it is so it is suitable for any skin type. It removes makeup well, though I like to use a cleansing balm first and then follow up with the cleansing milk to double cleanse. 
Containing amazing ingredients such as Blue Lotus, known to be a powerful antioxidant due to its anti-inflammatory benefits creating a natural glow to the skin. What makes the cleansing milk feel so gentle and soothing on the skin is the added Soy Milk and Whole Oat which contains amino acids to retain the skins elasticity and gently calms the skin. And lastly White Tea extracts contains active compounds to strengthen the skin's immune system by delaying the ageing process through its high antioxidant concentration and ability to protect the skin from oxidation. So you can definitely see why this is a 4-in-1 cleanser. It is the all rounder and my skin is loving it. I am actually sad that I only have a few more uses left before it runs out.

BODY ⎯  *Antipodes Namasté Hand and Body Wash
I go through different body washes like no ones business, but I have never come across one that I am dead in love with. I've tried many from Lush mainly, though I find their scent to be a little overpowering it is still something I enjoy, but haven't loved. When I was sent a few Antipodes products to try out I didn't think much of this body wash. I thought it was really appealing and the packaging was so beautiful, not to mention the scent was divine and refreshing. Therefore I was initially going to save this for our house when we move in. But, I thought to myself, why bother waiting? I actually ran out of a few body washes and was deciding what to use the other month and decided to give this one a go.
The reason I am about more than half way through this bottle is because my boyfriend had also discovered it and started using it. He told me that it makes him smell so much better throughout the day (TMI much?) which I thought was cute that he noticed something like that since he is so oblivious when it comes to using beauty and skincare himself.  
This body wash has a real liquid-y consistency, almost water-like, which I found interesting because a lot of the time body washes are really thick. It lathers up nicely on the skin and cleanses your body really well. Though it doesn't have a lot of bubbles when lathering I think this shows how good the ingredients are that there is no added harsh chemicals which other body washes contain to make the product lather and foam up, which can be really drying on the skin. After each use my body feels so soft and hydrated. 
This body wash contains many herbal extracts such as Chamomile, Parsley Seed Oil, Camellia Leaf Extra, Green Tea, Kiwi Seed Oil, Wheat Protein, Olive Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil and essential oil fragrances of Sweet Lime and Black Pepper. To me the scent would make such a gorgeous perfume. It has this woody, earthy and fresh depth to it making it kind of masculine. Which is probably why the Mr is totally diggin' this. I love it! 

HAIR ⎯  Ouai Dry Shampoo
I picked up this beauty end of last year during out little trip to Melbourne. It was the very first time I finally got to visit a Sephora store, since each time I visit the Eastern states I seem to JUST miss the opening on each store (aherm, Sydney and then Melbourne, sigh). I knew as soon as I saw the Ouai range I had to try something from it. I picked up both the Texturizing Spray and the Dry Shampoo and though I am loving both the dry shampoo is by far my favourite of the lot. 
Again, I've trialled basically all the dry shampoo's there is out there, well majority anyway and I have not found one that doesn't end up leaving my hair feeling more dirty or gross. Enter the Ouai Dry Shampoo, this is a god-sent product. I love that for once it actually makes my hair feel clean and refreshed (I wash my hair every second day so it doesn't get too dirty or oily — only during gym days, though my main problem is flatness due to my no-so thick hair). 
I've found many dry shampoo's leave a build up of product within your roots which creates this icky feeling where your hair feels even more dirty than it actually is. This gives my hair a good amount of volume and doesn't leave any white residue as it absorbs and gets distributed within the roots really well. The scent is another thing that can really throw me off with other dry shampoo's, Ouai's range smells divine so this is a definitely bonus. I need to pick up a travel size so I can put this baby in my bag for on-the-go.

 Have you tried any of these three products? What are your top picks when it comes to face, body and hair?

02 February 2017

Always At My Aid

I decided I wanted to put together a post about all the things that are either keeping me organised, motivated, happy and working well for me. You could call it a favourites post, but let's call it things that are "Always at My Aid". A bit of a random post, but you know I like putting together these types of post. Brace yourself, this is going to be a long one, grab your cuppa before continuing, or just scroll through to look at the pretty photos.

These last few days I've been in a rut on what to post, I've written out many lists of ideas only to have them pushed down the list because I wasn't completely satisfied with the idea. I have a lot I want to post about, "What's on My Work Desk" and "My Everyday Mini Muji Drawer" etc. But for some reason I haven't had the motivation to take the photos for it or start it, it is still on my list and I want to post about it. I guess I'm just unsure if I am being repetitive or if it is interesting enough. Though, I always post on my blog purely for my own interest and of course the interest of my readers, but I want to put out content I am happy with overall —without the pressure.

I was sitting on my bed and looking around my room, how it brings me much joy seeing all of my beautiful belongings together. I thought to myself what is currently making me feel "good". And then I started putting together all the items that made me feel "good" onto my bed, only for them all to be different ends of the scale. Perhaps, I could just do a "Current Favourites" but with a twist? Or maybe I should just go with the flow and whatever comes to mind when I take the photos and upload them into my draft suite I'll go from there, and that is what I did.

I always like to show my humour through my writing whether it be on my blog, social media, etc. I like to just be myself through my words. I think with the internet, people only show little snippets of their lives, you only see what they choose to let you see. Most of the time is it only the good and pretty moments of their day. I can't deny I am one of those people, I take pretty photos and post them. Sometimes I write a meaningful caption to go along with it, sometimes it's just straight and bland. I've always said that Twitter is the main platform I feel like I can actually vent, talk real sh*t and just kind of be myself through each Tweet I post. But then, I also think that many people hide behind the wall of the internet and make it like their life is so perfect when clearly, you know it's not. There's nothing wrong with that. I think perhaps they do such a thing to show the world that they would rather show their brighter side or maybe their darker side, it's their way of escapism.

I'm actually not sure where I am going with this, I just felt like writing my thoughts and feelings and now I am just rambling onto a completely different topic like I usually do in person (if you know me). Maybe I am saying all this because I don't want this post to be about, "oh I love this product because it is just so great, blah blah" and maybe I just want to show you and talk to you as if you were my friend and I am telling you how it makes me really feel. Well, I'll try that and we will see how it pans out.

I just posted this image on my Instagram: read my caption here. It is so random, I don't even know what brought me to write such a quirky caption. I just felt like being sarcastic and at the same time talking about this beautiful candle I've never burnt since purchasing it back in 2013? Maybe, I've been reading too many books *aherm* (that's where The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck comes in later in this post). But, I think I have changed my perspective on many things and now that I have been on the internet for many moons, I want to be myself more so than nothing. I want to tell you "I f*cking love this mother f*cking piece of an item and you should spend that damn savings and just get it because ya money ain't going to the grave with ya, only the feels you bring will" kind-of-thing.

Oh, and yes, Diptyque Figuier candle is just stunning, it is my favourite and I will update you when I decide to burn its beauty.

I've always said this, year after year, I need to read properly again. I need to pick up a darn book and read it. Last time I read a full novel was back in 2014, I had read the entire book of Fifty Shades of Grey — don't judge me, I liked it, okay? Though, I did stop there and never read the rest of the trilogy.
I needed something that I would actually WANT to read and not give up after 3 pages in. These last few months each time I visited a bookstore I have always picked up Marie Kondo's— Spark Joy. Even the Mr noticed I would always read through it every time we went to the bookstore, he said to me, why don't you just buy it? I told him, I want to make sure I love it and it will actually be useful and worth it before I do. Usually for all things, if I keep looking at the same item over and over again, it pretty much gives me the green light to just bloody buy the damn thing. I can't stop thinking about it. I'll get it. That's my way of thinking.
What I liked most about it was comparing it to the first book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying" was it contained illustrations on each of her tips, especially the whole folding each clothing item etc. Now, I am a visual person so that calls out to me and has a tick next to it. I also searched up reviews and many people said you don't need to read the first edition, just jump straight to Spark Joy and it offers the same advice and much more. So, it is a win win. 
I am quite an organised person, but not quite to my mother's standards, which is why I need this book. I need to figure out how to minimalise the sh*t in my life and I need to know a better way to fold my f*cking socks and bras, okay? This book is a god sent, and although she rambles on about some random crap here and there it really does help me have a better open mind towards more than tidying up.
Which brings me to Sarah Knight's —The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. I've always seen this book around, it is a take on Marie Kondo's series, and Sarah Knight gained inspiration through Marie's book only to focus more on life's happenings and self development through tidying up the crap you put yourself through. Basically, to stop giving two f*cks about things that don't make you happy and ways to get out of going to a social event you don't even give a sh*t about with people you loathe. Limiting the amount of f*cks you give out each day and just focusing on your self love and happiness. You'd think it would be pretty straight forward and why would one even need such books to tell them these things, but you need to just read it if you want to view things in another perspective with a touch a humour and bloody good advice. 

Both books are just amazing, I am half way through them both (yes, reading them at the same time) and I am working my way around to a more organised life physically and mentally. I highly recommend them both, if you are looking for a new good read for yourself. Something from both ends of the scale and a lot of self help. Also, if you're planning on purchasing it buy it at Book Depository, so much cheaper compared to regular bookstore prices. *not sponsored

Stationery is something I've loved since the very first time I picked up a pencil and drew. I don't think I would ever stop spending 4 hours down each aisle of the stationery aisle admiring each item. I'm going to keep this short and just list the stationery items that have been keeping me oragnised and that I love, love, love

MiGoals 2017 Diary — Helping me get my sh*t together and reminding me of important dates and appointments. I've written in it everyday thus far, and I feel quite accomplished knowing my $30 was well spent. I love the layout, size and overall features of this diary. Totally diggin' the peach too.
Muji Pens in 0.5 Pink and 0.38 Black — These have been my favourite pens to write with for many years now. If you haven't tried them yet, what are you doing?! 
Muji Sticky Memo Notes — It is small, it is of great quality tiny paper and it is perfect for little notes within my diary.
Muji Stapleless Stapler — Here is a demo I prepared earlier on how this amazing staple-free stapler works. I posted it on Twitter here. Genius! Saving the environment one less staple at a time. Sorry, but you can only view this image if we're friends... on Twitter. Private account, ye know?
Beauty wise, I recently picked up Charlotte Tilbury's newest edition of her exclusive Matte Revolution lipstick — Pillow Talk. I was in heaven when I found out she was releasing the ever so infamous Lip Cheat liner but in lipstick form. You can bet your bottom dollar I was going to get this beauty. To me, it leans a tiny weeny bit more brown/peachy tone compared to the liner itself, though still very similar with the overall perfect pinky-brown, I do find there is the slightest difference between the two, which I love! This has gone straight into my bag and I can already tell it will be my everyday lipstick. Though, it does get me wondering that if it is limited edition, I will probably need a back up? Why, why you do this to me?? 
I developed a habit since high school of biting or picking at my nails and though through my early 20's I've learned to stop that nasty habit it is something I owe thanks to my good ol' friend — nail polish. Yes, nail polish has helped me stay clear from picking at my nails, I never bite them anymore but I will pick at them if they start breaking. So keeping my nails at bay with a good manicure is crucial for my nails well being. The only nail polishes that have been my favourite are from Dior and Tom Ford. I've literally abandoned all other brands and given most of them away to my sister or thrown them out. It's like having a shellac or whatever they're called nowadays. I've been in awe with the Dior nail polish in #413 Grége
For those pesky pimples I get especially during that time of the month, I've been gravitating towards the *Etude House AC Clean Up Pink Powder Spot from Beautyworks Cosmetica and *Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel from Facial Co followed by Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask
The AC Clean Up is very reminiscent of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I like to use this on each pimple and what it does is dry out the pimple and combat any bacteria with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil. Because it has a pink powder I like to use this during the night and let it settle in whilst I am sleeping. During the day I use the Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel to continue banishing the pimple. This is great for using during the gym as it is clear and works as a barrier once dried, preventing your pimple for further infection from sweat/dirt. 
As these products are very drying on my skin I like to follow up with the Moon Mask to rehydrate my skin. The Hyaluronic Acid, Honey and Aloe really boost the skins moisture levels and the added Licorice Root promotes healing and brighten any dark spots left behind from each pimple. It's definitely a win win situation here.  

Please let me know if you have any post recommendations for me, I need more ideas and would love to know what you would like to see me post about.

18 January 2017

Glossier 101 — Pt 2

During the holiday season I made another Glossier order! It was part of my Christmas present from the Mr. It's one of my biggest orders so far, I had to order them separately because I was waiting for the Haloscope in Quartz to come back into stock. I am so excited to add more to my Glossier collection, there is so much I would love to try (I could honestly own their whole range if I could). I've been really enjoying incorporating a very minimal look to my everyday makeup with Glossier. I've especially been using the Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, Haloscope and Boy Brow almost daily!

I managed to tick off a lot on my wish list (you can read part 1 of my Glossier 101 post here) the only items I didn't pick up from my wish list is the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Generation G in Jam and the rest of the Super serums. Though, I am eager to try them when I get the next chance to make another order.

I have my own U.S address that I use from my post office (Auspost) and they have a service called ShopMate where you can have items from the U.S shipped to the address and all you need to pay is the shipping fee to Australia with no extra fees. It's a really good service and I have so far really enjoyed using it. The shipping is quite average in pricing $25+ AUD, depending on the weight. They had a promotion going on during the holiday season where I received 15% off my total price of shipping which was really nice. I highly recommend it if you're from Australia and want to shop within the U.S. This is my first time using this type of service for myself, so I don't really have anything to compare it to.
This is my next shopping list:
Generation G in Jam & Cake
Balm Dot Com in Coconut & Rose

Also, I am quite tempted to get one of their Glossier sweatshirt, it looks so chic, cosy and soft. I'll see when Autumn time comes around. 
My second Glossier haul in a nutshell.

Moisturizing Moon Mask — I am so excited to finally try this mask out! I decided to only pick up the Moon Mask and leave the Galaxy Mask for now because I didn't need a detoxifying mask as I own so many at the moment. The Moon Mask is everything is says and the key ingredients is everything I would want in a face mask. Oxygenating Agents, Natural Emollients (Shea butter, sweet almond, soybean oils), Licorice Root (my favourite), Lemon Extracts, Hyaluronic Acid (another favourite), Honey and Aloe. This masks has a really thick cream like consistency, it absorbs well into the skin and once removed it leaves your skin feeling plumped, silky smooth and soft.

Super Bounce Serum — I must admit, I am super (pun intended) thrilled I tried this serum out. When I read up about it and looked into the ingredients listing (Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin B5) I knew I needed this within my skincare regime. Initially I was going to get the full Super Pack set however I changed my mind and decided to only venture out into trying the Super Bounce serum. I wasn't interested in trying the Super Glow as I have so many serums that contain Vitamin C so I didn't need another one, though the Super Pure is definitely something I want to try next as I am always looking for something to help with congestion and blemishes.

To say I love the Super Bounce serum is an understatement, I F*CKING adore this sh*t that I am almost already out of it. Please send help or a backup. I honestly don't know whether I should stop using it for the sake of sparing the product longer or just keep treating my skin with it (my skin is drinking it up like crazy and it has helped the dry patches on my face SO much).

Generation G Lipstick in Leo —I knew this shade was for me the moment I saw it was a brown undertone and was named after the man himself (Leonardo Dicaprio). It applies so beautifully on the lips, very pillow-like and hydrating yet has a matte finish to it. It doesn't have a crazy amount of pigment but can be built up really well on the lips. I love their new revamp of their packaging. It looks a lot more better with the opaque white and a more chubbier exterior. I need more shades now.

Boy Brow in Brown — I don't need to say much about the Boy Brow, if you've read my previous reviews on this you know I love it, and it has basically taken over every other brow product I own. I decided to test out the brown shade (I have the black shade as well, and that works very well) for a more subtle soft look to my brows, it was a good choice.

Haloscope in Quartz —This is the product that made me wait forever. When it finally came back in stock I was quick to pick it up. It was worth every bit of the wait. I must say, it is my favourite of the three I own, though Moonstone comes close to second. It just makes you look like a glowing goddess, your skin looks so lit from within and the champagne slightly opalescence to it just shines to the heavens above. I could slather my face in this and it will still look hot.

//   Black Tie Set  (Limited Edition Holiday Set) 
Nail Polish in Glossier Pink — How adorable is the bottle? It was about time they made a Glossier pink nail polish. The formula works really well, everything I would want in a polish, opaque, good brush applicator, applies evenly and shiny. What more could you say?
Haloscope in Moonstone — If you missed out on picking up this limited edition Haloscope, let me just make it worst for you and say you definitely missed out. It is what unicorns are probably made out of. It has a holographic, duo-chrome effect to it and some how makes you look like you are made out of a mixture of pearls and diamonds when it hits your cheekbones. I'll leave it at that.  
Eyeliner in No.1 — I must admit, this isn't my favourite eyeliner. I found when wearing it throughout the day the longevity sucks and it smudges everywhere. It doesn't last on the eyes yet alone the waterline, so this is definitely a miss for me. 
Lip Gloss — Surprisingly, I don't mind this lip gloss, I am definitely not a lip gloss gal, though the 15 year old in me begs to differ (she was so into glosses back then, that b*tch) but I think this is nice. It isn't something I would rush out and get or even wear daily but they did nail it pretty well on creating their first lip gloss. I mean it was about time they did hence their brand name is Glossier, so you would think they would have a lip gloss within their collection right? 
The gloss applies so nice on the lips, it feels hydrating but has a thick heavy-like consistency where it adheres to your lips without feeling sticky and won't budge unlike other glosses. The scent is subtle and it performs as it should, making your lips look juicy and glossy, and the applicator wand sits on the crevices on your lips like a dream.

What are your thoughts on the Glossier brand? Do you like their aesthetic and branding?

02 January 2017

Hello 2017!

Happy 2017. I've put together a post of 2016 (Hello 2016!) last year and it feels great to reflect back to see the goals I have achieved, not achieved or have been altered. It's interesting looking back and seeing how things develop and how you can change so much in an entire year. Things that you once cared or loved no longer matter and things you thought you didn't like you now have an interest towards. Things you never knew you were capable of you somehow accomplished with ease.

As every year goes, I have learnt a lot throughout the year and how precious time is — I only want to give my time out to those who deserve it. I learnt that you can do so much for people, and they will definitely take advantage of your kindness. I've always told myself that many mistaken kindness for weakness but the only thing you can do is leave that kind of negativity as soon as you can sense it and keep moving onto new and better things. It's all a learning curve and that even though things may go by amazing and then suddenly you reach a bad day, you can always find something good out of it.

There were many standout goals that I set for myself during 2016 that I believe I executed well. From working within PR for a few companies and attending many exciting events throughout the year to continuing my blogging and building up with new changes and going outside my comfort zone (especially with filming, I did a lot of filming and editing throughout the year for another channel and I really enjoyed it).

I attended yoga and pilates classes each week, though when work became really busy I did put it off a few times however I then started attending the gym and got a membership which I have been going to 4 times a week without fail. I studied a course for an updated certificate within Business — this was something I didn't mention about at all (no one knows besides my loved ones) and I am really happy I completed it.

The Mr & I have saved a lot towards our house and our savings has grown so much, we are getting so close to our target which also brings me to the planning of our Europe trip which has of course been postpone until our dream house is ready — we've taken mini trips throughout the year to make up for our travel bug. It won't be long until we can finally pack our bags for Europe! And lastly, wearing false eyelashes at least once a month — I think we all know that was a definite fail, especially since I am a grandma and never go out anywhere that requires wearing false eyelashes. Though, I did wear them occasionally throughout the year, maybe 3 times out of 12? That was just a fun goal anyway, so really no loss there.

My 2017 goals:
1. Take more personal photos of loved ones and special moments of my everyday life. Step away from taking pretty photos from time to time and be more experimental with my photography.
2. Continue with my gym routine and reach my desired goal.
3. Take Poppy and Rosie (my dogs) to the dog beach.
4. Book in for facials throughout the year.
5. Do my creative work in public such as cafes or freelance Fridays in West Perth and work with more creative minds.
6. Organise my space. Do another big clear out and donate unwanted belongings.  
7. Connecting more with people on social media and blog.
8. Try something new and do things that I am too afraid to usually do.
9. Look after the skin on my body more with exfoliating, epilating, moisturising and SPF. I am always on top with my skincare, but can get a little lazy with my body care.
10. Continue to SAVE, $AVE, SAVE.

My 2017 focus:

My focus last year was to not be so generous and giving, putting myself before others more and keeping my life more private. I like to think I've accomplished this well, I have my moments where I become quite giving and very generous but as soon as I realise that those I am giving and being generous to start to show their true colours I take a step back and leave. Instead, I have been giving a lot of my time and being generous else where, things such as loved ones or even helping out within the community. I've put myself before others by focusing on my own happiness and needs before catering to others. I've distance myself from those who don't respect or value my time.

In terms of my privacy, I've always been quite private, I only let others see or know what I want them to know. You only see the pretty photos I post on Instagram or my blog, however there are the occasional vents I let out on Twitter, but I've always done that — it is my go-to place to be a little more real in terms of social networks, that's why it's set to private. I don't post anything on Facebook, it's only on there for animal videos and memes of course.

I think for 2017 my main focus is to give myself more self love and take better care of my mind and body. Explore and be even more adventurous, I want to see and experience things outside my comfort zone.

Some examples —
I exchanged my old damaged Lululemon yoga mat for this new style. 
My older one was plum, this year I chose grey! Also, how nifty is my D.I.Y drawstring holder?

I took this photo this morning while the Mr was sleeping, basically in my creeper zone. 
But, the morning sun was so beautiful and I just adore his sleeve tattoo on his arm. 
This is what I mean by taking more random photos of loved ones. 
This is a start right? It's beautiful in my eyes.

What are your 2017 goals? What do you aspire to accomplish?

31 December 2016

Let's Catch Up! #5

Another year has gone by and here we are ringing in another new year. The month of December has been a busy and eventful month for me. I have been a little M.I.A from my blog and more active on social media, but that's usually the case for me during this time of the year. The holiday season is by far my favourite time of the year, it's a time for relaxation and spending time with loved ones. The festive season brings so much joy and I love the feeling of all the excitement and lead up to Christmas and the new year.

Good news, I can finally started using my MiGoals 2017 diary! Feels great to finally crack it open! Also, I've been going to the gym since mid November, I go every second day (Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun) for an hour and half each session and I have been feeling on top of the world. It makes SUCH a difference, letting out endorphins and just getting toned, stronger and fitter — there's actually no better feeling. The Mr and I signed up for a membership and the great thing is that his friend owns a gym so we got a great price for it, so I guess you could say that definitely motivates me more (and thanks to the Mr for always encouraging me). Also, it is 24/7 access so there is literally no excuse. I hope know I will continue this routine and get to my desired goal and beyond.

This coming Wednesday the Mr has booked for us to travel down to Rottnest Island, I am so excited for a day of bike riding, exploring and chillin' with the quokkas. Believe it or not, I have NEVER been there before. I have lived my whole life in Perth and never been, wow. But, I am so happy to finally visit. Mainly excited to take selfies with the quokkas!

One of my favourite moments during December was going to Kings Park a few hours before sunset on Christmas Day and having a picnic with the Mr. It was so nice to go out and lay down a picnic rug with lots of food and chat away our inner thoughts and feelings. That same night we took my niece to go see some pretty amazing Christmas lights. This year an entire street in Perth had Christmas lights on every house. It was pretty spectacular and so beautiful to walk up and down the street to see the great efforts they put into their displays.


  1. Filling my empty Diptyque candle jar with fresh flowers gifted from my sister on Christmas Day. There's something so satisfying and mesmerising about flowers, they just make me so bloody happy. I wish they didn't cost so much, I would most definitely buy a bouquet every single day!

  2. I received so many lovely Christmas gifts from the PR and brand companies I've worked with this year. A few I've been in awe with is *Nuxe Prodigieuse that came with many other gifts from the team at Cosmetiques de France. It is packaged in a limited edition bottle that features a pretty French girl. I love using this dry oil all over my body, especially around the areas I've been sun burnt. I've been using this for years, so it's so lovely to have another backup when my current one runs out!

  3. I also received this stunning *Cocolux Candle housed in a gold metal jar from the team at Active Skin. The scent is Frankincense and Myrrh. Reminiscent of a day spa on a tropical island on a nice summers day. I can just imagine once this candle finishes I will repurpose the gold metal jar and use it as a vase for more flowers!

  4. I did a Glossier order last month and it arrived during December, the anticipation of waiting for the two packages to arrive was horrid! There was a few stand outs from my order, starting with the Generation G Lipstick in Leo. The packaging of their lipsticks has been updated and it is now a more opaque white exterior and seems to be shorter and stubbier in size. I really like this new change, just a slight difference makes the overall product look so much better. The shade Leo is beautiful, I love the brown tones to it (obviously, that shade was calling for me) and how it applies on the lips as a sheer matte consistency but can build up the colour nicely. It also feels very pillow-y soft on the lips.

  5. I've had the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz on my wish list since I ever started a Glossier wish list. It was always out of stock each time I made an order and of course it was lucky order #3 that got the jackpot. Now that I own all Haloscopes I think this one is my most favourite, I just love the shade — it's so dreamy. At first I wasn't sure about the Haloscopes, mainly because of the amount you receive in the twist up tube, seems too little for the price you're paying. But, the product itself is very well worth it.

    Plus, I compared it to my other illuminators that are cream form and housed in a jar and they work out to be the same amount of grams as the Haloscope. I think because the Haloscope is packaged in a twist up tube you just automatically assume there's more product in it. Other than that this is top notch and I can't stop wearing it. I love all the other Haloscopes, but Quartz was well worth the wait. (How many times did I say Haloscope?)

  6. This time I wanted to finally venture out into the world of Glossier skincare, of course I can only order so many items as you know, no money, so I decided to start off with the Super Bounce Serum. I have so many things I want to add to my Glossier collection, you could say I basically want their entire range. I've been using this serum every day and every night. I fricken love this and have already used a third of the bottle, sigh!

    So, you can bet your bottom dollar I have the The Super Pack on my next order, yep I am biting the bullet and going for gold. I NEED all serums in my life (maybe not so much the Super Glow, as that one doesn't excite me as much since I own SO many serums that have the same ingredients — Vitamin C). I am really keen on trying the Super Pure and getting a back up of Super Bounce. 

  7. I always visit the Tom Ford counter this time of the year to view their Lips and Boys range. I couldn't help but pick up the shade Ben as soon as I swatched it — a plummy brown creamy matte, it makes the perfect holiday shade. A few other shades I was close to picking up was Evan and Christopher, but I did pretty well and refrained myself.

  8. One of the beautiful Christmas gifts the Mr surprised me was my most desired and dream to own Tom Ford Private Blend Perfume in Café Rose. This has been my most adored scent from the Private range back when I worked for Tom Ford. I have a lot of vials of this scent, but I NEVER thought I would own an actual fricken bottle of it! I honestly was speechless and kind of feel reluctant to use it because it is THAT beautiful. 

  9. I've been such a cheap b*tch and have never repurchased my favourite Chanel Le Volume Mascara. I've tried to opt for other alternatives and of course nothing beats this mascara for me. I've just never gotten around to picking a new tube up. The Mr bought this as part of my Christmas gift. I started using this straight away and I am so happy to have a new tube of it. The old mascara tube I had was actually still going strong, though it was DEFINITELY time to get rid of it, it still made my lashes amazing! 

  10. This is the newest addition to my recent purchases, the Diptyque Nourishing Lip Balm. I went to Mecca the other day to pick up the Malin + Goetz deodorant, because I wanted to try a new "natural" based deodorant without any nasties. I had been using the Lavanila deodorant for quite a while now and as it isn't easy to get my hands on since I don't have a Sephora near me I wanted to give this one a go, and I really like it.

    Anyway, side tracking here, back to the Diptyque lip balm! I decided to try out some Diptyque skincare so I got some samples that I am yet to try (I have my eyes on the new Infused Face Oil), I also tried out the lip balm while I was in store as the girls were saying it literally was released that day and they just brought out the tester for it. Oh my, once I tried it, purchased my deodorant and left the store, I walked back in 5 minutes later to purchase the lip balm.

    I couldn't stop thinking about it, even the Mr said my lips were so dry that morning and after I applied the lip balm it made my lips so plumped and hydrated. It stays on the lips so long but feels so light weight and soft. It is seriously the best lip balm I've tried as of late, and not too bad for the pricing ($30 AUD). I've always thought of buying the By Terry Baume De Rose but $81 AUD for it? No thanks. I've tried a sample I received in my Beauty Loop Box a while back and it wasn't anything that memorable. I highly recommend this Diptyque Lip Balm, it is fast becoming my favourite and I've tried basically every lip balm out there.

What have you been loving during the month of December? Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous New Year — 2017!

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06 December 2016

Asian Beauty — with Beautyworks Cosmetica

I've tried Asian beauty products here and there throughout the years but it hasn't always been a staple within my collection mainly because I don't have much access to it compared to western beauty nor do I know what products to try. From what I have tried in the past I've really enjoyed using Asian beauty, I find it really caters well to me not just because I am Asian, but because the ingredients and formula are well made. It's been known for Asian cosmetics and skincare brands to be of one of the highest quality, the Japanese and Koreans sure know their beauty. They're always in advanced with technology and coming out with the latest and greatest. You can see many western brands replicating what the Asian market releases, things such as the "cushion foundations and BB creams", etc.

Beautyworks Cosmetica is the new go-to for the latest, innovative and trendiest brands within the Asian beauty market. Their aesthetic is definitely up my alley, from their website, social media, the layout of their company as well as the finer details of their packaging (look at that peach box, it is to die for). They stock numerous brands, a few I've tried before and love and a few I've been wanting to try, from 3CE, Banila Co, Etude House, CLIO, Pony Effect, Tony Moly and so much more. You just know you're getting great quality with these high end brands on board.

I find Beautyworks Cosmetica to be a lot different from any other Asian beauty company out there, they seem to be more alert to what the latest trends are, unlike other Asian beauty companies who seem a bit out of date. It makes it more exciting and enjoyable to discover what they have to offer with their fun and cheerful nature to their customer service. I highly recommend them if you are looking into trying out new brands.

Two stand out products I have been testing out is the *CLIO Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Foundation Cushion in the shade #4 Ginger and *VDL Lumilayer Primer. I've been testing out both products for almost a month now and my first impressions were definitely positive and that they are going to become a favourite.

L—R  Swatched and Blended

*CLIO Kill Cover Founwear Cushion in #4 Ginger —

This is such a unique concept, I've been wanting to try cushion foundations since it launched everywhere. It really is a clever idea to put a liquid foundation within a cushion, it makes for easy travelling, handbag friendly for touch ups and helps distribute the perfect amount of product. It feels really light weight on the skin but provides full coverage all while being very buildable. I find I don't need to wear a concealer when I use this foundation. It gives an overall satin matte finish so you don't need to powder. It can feel a little drying on my skin if I don't pair it with an illuminating primer (this is where the VDL Lumilayer Primer comes in).

I've tried using brushes or my fingers however I've found using a sponge works a lot better and gives a more flawless, even and less streaky effect. The foundation sponge puff it comes with is actually really great! It has a velvety smooth feel to it which picks up the foundation perfectly and applies it nicely onto the skin, with patting and buffing motions.

Throughout the day it continues to wear nicely on the skin, as the oils on the face builds up it creates a nice glow within your complexion. The shade match is perfect for my NC25 skin, it has a good amount of yellow undertones. Paula from Beautyworks Cosmetica matched me perfectly to this shade!

I love the packaging, it is very chic and durable. It fits perfectly in my bag and I like to bring it with me when I need any further touch ups throughout the day. It comes with a seal tight lid to keep it from drying, a mirror, foundation puff and also a spare refill (the set I received does, however I am unsure if their other individual foundations do).

 L—R  Swatched

*VDL Lumilayer Primer —

I'm all for illuminating products, especially within primers. It makes all the difference and I just adore the brightening effect it gives to the skin all while giving your complexion a beautiful healthy glow. This primer is no exception, I love pairing it with the CLIO cushion foundation, and if I am completely honest I much prefer wearing the CLIO foundation with this primer. I find when I wear the CLIO foundation on its own it can become a little drying on my skin, the VDL primer helps adhere the foundation perfectly.

The packaging comes in this beautiful pearlescent glass bottle with a pump dispenser. As you can see in the swatches on my hand it has an iridescent pearl finish to it. It feels hydrating and absorbs well into the skin creating a barrier for any foundation to apply to. I can definitely see this becoming a permanent product within my collection.

Wearing both CLIO cushion foundation and VDL primer — with brow gel, mascara and lipstick.

A few other products I am yet to try are the *REME+G Home Peeling 3-Step Aqua, *Etude House Hair Treatment Mask, *Nature Republic Jelly Cleansing Charcoal Puff (I've tried these before from Missha) and a sample of *Etude House Real Art Moisture Cleansing Oil (which I did use a few times while I was away in Melbourne to cleanse and take off my makeup — it worked really well).

I am looking forward to a nice pamper day to use these products. As I explore more into Asian beauty brands and have enjoyed every product I've tried so far, there are so many more I have my eyes on to discover. I like to switch around my cosmetic and skincare every so often as it is important for your skin to not get too use to a certain product, therefore the occasional changeover will benefit your skin as you continue to rotate all your beauty products. Plus it makes it a lot more exciting to use up your favourite products or discover new ones.

Do you have any Asian beauty products that are your favourite?