12 October 2016

Glossier 101

NEW IN  Glossier goodness, I've been dreaming of trying their products for the longest time! My friend Tenneil, her sister (Kym) and I did an order together to combine on shipping using a U.S forwarding service. I was so excited and of course I had a big wish list to tick off. But, realistically I couldn't get everything I wanted straight away, either because of you know, money and also a few things were out of stock. The products I picked up creates a perfect full face application — skin tint, concealer, brow gel and bronze illuminator.

You should check out Tenneil's post on what she bought, it's pretty epic! You could say she went more on the skincare side of things, whereas I decided to pick up more of their makeup! We are planning on doing a second order soon (one day), we're just saving up for it until then. I have more makeup on my shopping list but definitely will be looking into the skincare as well. My next shopping list below.

Generation G in Leo OR Jam
Boy Brow in Brown
Haloscope in Quartz

Haloscope in Topaz —
As soon as I saw these were released I knew I had to get my hands on them! Um.. hello? Anything illuminating and that's going make me dewy AF is definitely on my radar. I initially wanted to pick up the shade Quartz but of course that had to be out of stock and wasn't going to be back until a few weeks from when we made the order. Topaz wasn't a shade I was really interested in, so since this was in stock I did a little research online (mainly YouTube) watching tutorials of all these babes using the shade Topaz.

It is such a beautiful shade and works really nice on my skin tone. It gives a subtle bronze glow that looks so radiant and dewy. I also like to sweep a bit of this onto my eyelids, such a pretty look! Only downfall with these is the amount of product you receive in the tube, seriously try winding up the product all the way and it is ridiculous! Wishing they put more product in, and speaking from someone who hardly ever finishes any of her makeup products, I have a feeling I will actually go through this tube very fast! Quartz, I am coming for you! (Though, I did just pick up the RMS Living Luminizer which is basically life, so I am contemplating if I need Quartz... please tell me if I do or not)

Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium —
I just love the whole concept of this skin tint, I mean... c'mon it has freaking DIAMOND POWDER in it, surely that's going to make you glow-y and sassy, right? It is quite sheer and I would say is definitely for those who are sporting a REALLY good skin day. If you're looking for coverage you are not looking at the right product, so keep moving along.

What I enjoy about this is the way it works with your skin throughout the day. It evens out your complexion as the oils on your face blend in seamlessly with the skin tint, giving a natural glow and blurring effect as the day progresses. I find it doesn't last long on the skin if you don't powder in certain areas of your face (T-zone), however pairing it with a concealer (perhaps the Stretch Concealer?) will also make all the difference.

Stretch Concealer in #02 Medium —
Ok, let's just put this out there now while we're here, I freaking LOVE this concealer. I love how hydrating and dewy it is and although my skin is now leaning more towards combination skin (thanks to my skincare doing its job, I no longer have dry skin) it surely works wonders. I find the product to be super emollient, buildable and as the name says it "stretches" evenly around any crevices of the face.

It is in between a light to medium coverage in terms of an actual concealer. There's coverage but you won't get anything more heavier (ie. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is one of my most heavy duty concealers and leans a lot drier in formula). I like to wear this alone or paired with foundation (or the Skin Tint), the shade 'medium' is a perfect match for my skin tone.

Boy Brow in Black —
Throw all your brow products away, you don't need them if you own this baby. No, seriously that's how much I am diggin' this brow gel. Believe what they all say people, the Boy Brow is Glossier's IT product! There's something really different with this formula compared to every other brow gel I've tried, and I have tried a lot! I want to pick up the shade 'Brown' just to test it out and see if it will give me a softer look.

I believe it is due to the formula and inspiration of the Boy Brow Glossier used from male grooming products such as beard/moustache pomade products, don't quote me on that. I remember hearing about it somewhere. It makes sense, because the consistency is a lot thicker but manageable. It gives your brows texture, tint, shape and basically grooms them into place. I am IN LOVE. Yes, with everything I've purchased pretty much. Glossier has a new fan gal, it's me!

Balm Dot Com —
This isn't new to me, I received this for my birthday from the one and only Tenneil. I have been using it non-stop ever since. I think the packaging just kills me and wins me over each time. Though a negative for me is that it contains Petroleum, which I just don't understand why companies add this nasty ingredient to their balms?? It totally defeats the purpose of the balm itself.

But, I guess in someways I can forgive them as the other ingredients (Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Rice Bran Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract, etc) KIND OF, makes up for it. This isn't my most favourite lip balm, but since I have the whole Glossier theme happening I've been keeping this close by a lot. I wouldn't rely on it for healing my chap lips, but it does relieve them.

Have you tried Glossier before, or are thinking of trying it? What are your favourite/wish listed items?

21 September 2016

Bioderma Sensibio Range

Bioderma has always been a favourite and cult brand within my skincare routine for many years. A holy grail staple within my skincare regime for years has always been the famous Sensibio *H2O Micelle Solution. I can't go a day without it and have never stopped restocking it within my skincare collection.

Just over a month ago I was kindly invited to a Breakfast with Bioderma event hosted by the beautiful ladies from Cosmetiques De France. Along with a small group of other Perth bloggers, we indulged in a delicious breakfast at Tiisch cafe (which might I add, is such a stunning cafe) all while discussing the exciting new launches of both Bioderma and Nuxe products (I will talk more about the Nuxe releases in another post).

I had such an amazing time and couldn't have asked for a perfect way to start my day with lovely company! Within the new launches from Biodema the release of Sensibio *Cleansing Milk, *Soothing Moisturising Toning Lotion and *AR BB Cream. I have only tried these products throughout the month and can safely say their fast becoming a hit in my books. I am particularly enjoying the Cleansing Milk and Toning Lotion most! (A full review to come.)

The BB Cream is a little bit of a miss for me at the moment! I've actually been trying this one out for months now as I was gifted this by the beautiful girls at CDF several months ago. I received another tube during the event and I have gifted this to my Mum, which she is actually really enjoying as she likes to mix it with her foundation to get the correct shade.

The reason I find it to a miss is due to the lack of shade range. Bioderma has only released one shade (in light/clair) which actually has a slight neutral pink undertone. If it were more yellow toned I could wear this a lot better. When I apply a thin layer it blends out really nicely on my skin  however, as I build up each layer I notice it turning a tad too dark and pink toned on my skin.

I really like the consistency of the formula, it smooths on nicely and feels light on the skin and the packaging is very sleek and perfect for travelling. Although this is aimed for people with rosacea, I find it works well on most skin types. I'm still playing around with this BB Cream, so I will report back on a later date. I hope Bioderma release more shades in the near future (preferably lighter and yellow/warm shades), it's so nice to see they're slowly bringing out some makeup products within their range.

Swatched/Blended (L-R) — Bioderma Sensibio AR BB Cream in Light/Clair. (As you can see in the photo it is slightly too dark for my skin but once blended out it settles on the skin well. You can't see most of the pink undertones in this photo however, it does lean more neutral than warm.)

Have you tried any products from the new Bioderma Sensibio range?

* PR samples 

01 September 2016

Let's Catch Up! #5

I usually do these types of post every two months or so, although I did post one almost exactly a month ago, I wanted to do another catch up. It seems like these are the types of posts most people really enjoy reading. I know I really enjoy reading these types of post especially from a few of my favourite blogs. In today's post, I want to talk about things that have been lingering on my mind as well as things that have been motivating me throughout the month of August, oh and a few recent updates.

First thing I wanted to chat about is Podcasts. How on earth did it take me so long to even get into listening to Podcasts? I've always known about, and I've always been constantly reminded to listen to so many, but for some reason it was always pushed down on my to-do list. But, now I have finally taken myself out of that rut and decided to start listening to the playlist I have. I should also mention that the main person who influenced me into these Podcasts is my co-worker Jessica (Co-founder of Maslow & Co.) She has always recommended so many awesome Podcasts for me to tune into. So, thank you Jess for that! I listen to Triple J's Hack series on the radio all the time, which I always look forward to, but the Podcasts app is new to me.

The very first Podcast I listened to was on Monday, while I was getting ready to run some errands. It's true — the mornings or even driving is the best time to listen to these Podcasts. So far the main Podcast channel I've been listening to is Monocycle with Leandro Medine from Man Repeller. I love it, the way she talks and her views and thoughts are exactly in line with my own. It's so nice to be able to relate to the topics she talks about. I think for myself working within the beauty office industry and constantly having a creative mind flow, listening to someone talk about these topics or everyday life of an Editor, etc, is really fulfilling. Especially knowing that I am not the only person thinking or feeling these certain things. The other reason I really enjoy listening to Leandro is her quirky and aesthetic nature to her views, she's such a chirpy and energy-filled human and I think that really draws me into everything she says.

Episodes I've listened to:

Ep 31: Let Loose, Dispatch 3
Ep 32: The Editorial Process
Ep 34: Endless Summer
Ep 35: Learning to be Content As Your Own Boss

"Just appreciate that when you hit daylight the sun hits your face the same way that it hits everyone else's face." — I love this quote she mentioned in episode 31: Let Loose, Dispatch 3. It's a mind opener and it's funny that we forget about these little things. This is one of my favourite episodes because basically everything she says is exactly how I feel from day-to-day. I highly recommend you listen to her podcasts if you are looking for a new channel to tune into, she is amazing.

Other Podcast channels I have on my "to listen list" are The Broad Experience and Mamamia Out Loud (also recommended from Jess). I'll keep you posted on my thoughts once I've listened to them. Do you have any recommendations of your favourite Podcasts? I'd love to add more to my list. I'm definitely kicking myself for not listening to them earlier, it's really therapeutic and soothing for my mind, if you feel like you need motivation or even inspiration definitely listen to some Podcasts. I'm always a visual person, but sometimes just listening to words with no pictures to view is really good too. I always think I need something visual to focus on, but it's much like reading a book, you can visualise images as words are being read/said.

In other news, our customised bed arrived a few weeks ago. Let me just tell you, I have not had a more better sleep ever since this baby arrived. A well-made bed frame really does make all the difference. Before we had a metal frame from Ikea and it would squeak and became wobbly after several times it was unassembled and reassembled over and over each time we moved houses. And sleeping on our beautiful expensive mattress on the floor definitely doesn't cut it. Now we have this stunning bed frame and it is solid as f*ck, I am one happy gal. Did I mention that we got drawers added into the sides of the bed frame? It is such a nice touch and my organisation has never been better thanks to this nifty feature.

I'm currently in the works of changing up my blog, only just a few little changes. If you haven't noticed yet, I've changed the font. I feel like this type of font is a lot easier to read and more appealing to my theme. I'm also working alongside a friend to do a new header, I won't mention too much yet as I am yet to meet up with her for our next coffee date but Alexis from Amgoorie Collective is a beautiful and talented freelance designer and I absolutely adore her work. If you haven't checked out her site, you need to! She is all about that minimal approach which I just live and breathe! I am so excited to see what she comes up with!

As you also know, I've been shopping around for new nibs for my calligraphy pen (I even bought a new holder). I love trying out different nibs and practising my calligraphy, though I am no master at it I really like how it makes me feel. It is such a relaxing and rewarding hobby. I want to also try out watercolouring as well, there's something about it that I find so beautifully pleasing, I could look through instagram of all the artwork for hours.

26 August 2016

Today's Makeup Lineup

Today is Friday, one of my favourite days of the week where I can look forward to a relaxing weekend ahead. I have my days where I plan, plan and plan more with everything I do. But, most of the time I really enjoy those moments where I scratch those plans and go with the flow. It seems to happen a lot towards the end of each week, mainly Fridays. For instance, this blog post. I hadn't planned on doing this, I actually have a line up of draft posts I'm currently working through that are almost ready for publish. However, I decided to put together a simple post on the makeup I am wearing today.

I think my favourite types of things in life are those that are spontaneous, how great does it feel when that happens? I feel a lot more motivated and inspired with content when I do my creative work this way. Perhaps in someways it shows more realism to what I do? I despise those moments where I have writers block or am in a rut for ideas or even motivation. I guess we all have those days/moments and all you can do is pursue your work only when you are at your best, right?

Onto the post itself, I live and breathe makeup! I love everything about it (of course with my career as well as hobby, it's a given). Therefore in today's post I want to share with you what makeup I will be wearing throughout the day and night, from running errands to date night with the Mr. A great start to the weekend, I must say! I've been using all these products for a while now and they're a few of my all time favourites. Also, a few new pieces within my collection I'm currently trialling.

I didn't get a chance to take a photo of the final makeup look, however I am happy to recreate it again if you would like to see a tutorial on it, please let me know!

Primer  Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base

Foundation  NARS Sheer Glow in Light #5 Fiji

Concealer  Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm

Powder/Blush/Bronzer/Highlighter  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Diffused Light, Mood Exposure, Luminous Bronze Light and Iridescent Light

Eyeshadow  Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold and Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in #13 Orchid Haze

Eyeliner  Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in #01 Deeper

Eyebrows  *Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil in #6

Mascara  MAC Cosmetics Extended Play Gigablack Lash

Lips  *Lush Cosmetics Honey Trap Lip Balm and Tom Ford Lip Color in #41 Warm Sable

Finishing spray  *Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

What is your go-to makeup lineup for day to night?

* PR samples

03 August 2016

Let's Catch Up! #4

I always feel like I need to do a catch up post when I've been away from my blog for a while. I think it's a great way to overall catch up with what's been happening as well as a few little bits and pieces I want to update you on. This will be all random updates that come to my mind.

The Mr and I invested in a new custom made bed frame. We are waiting for it to be finished which will take around 2 months. I am anxiously waiting for the phone call/update to tell us that it will be delivering soon. I am so excited because it is the type of bed frame I've always wanted. It is a wooden frame with material cushion covering and the bedhead has those button designs on it, we also added in side drawers for storage purposes.

I feel like I've been struggling with keeping my home area tidy, like I usually do. As of late, things have been so messy within my room, storage, car, etc. No matter how many times I clean or tidy it, it goes messy straight away. Not sure what is happening as I am never one to be messy. I think lately I've been so occupied with many things to do and I feel a little run down. Maybe, I am also lacking motivation in terms of decorating and interior. I need some inspiration, what are your go-to's or ways of inspiration you use to spark that fire for keeping maintenance within your environment? Sometimes, I think that it's because we don't have our new bed frame yet and at the moment we are just sleeping on our mattress waiting for it to arrive. Our current bed frame (from Ikea) is broken therefore we had to unassembled it — which is also why we had to get a new bed because our old metal bed frame was getting too old and had definitely seen better days.

I've been going to a lot of bookstores lately and have picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I've had my negative thoughts about this book, seeing all these typical YouTubers talking about it hours on end and how I can clearly see they don't really abide by any of the content. Especially when you can see they hoarder a heap of things through several hauls right after "clearing out" their belongings. Which I find pointless, maybe a few random purchases here and there, but c'mon, haul after haul definitely defeats the purpose of this book?

Though, I've never been really interested in this book by any means, I have found myself gravitating to it each time I am in a bookstore.  To be completely honest, I've been more curious about her new release book Spark Joy, as to me, it seems to be a more in-depth/straight to the point version of her first edition. I also like how it has step by step demonstrations of things such as how to fold your clothes, storage ideas , etc. I think I may invest in this book at some stage. I've been doing a little research to see which edition I should pick up and so far Spark Joy seems to be one I am quite intrigued by. Have you read these books before? What are you thoughts? Do you think this will help me with building up my organisational skills again?

My cook book collection has been slowly growing, with a few new additions I bought on sale  from Kikki.K I picked up The Summer Table by Lisa Lemke and from K-mart I picked up Vegetarian by The Cook Book Co. I'm eager to try out more vegetarian options and various recipes that I haven't tried before. As you know, cooking is very therapeutic for me and I really enjoy discovering new ways to be creative. Another hobby I have been building up on is calligraphy writing. I've been doing this for a while now and have been adding more accessories towards that. Things such as new nibs and handles to use since I like to experiment with different sizes. I am hoping to one day attend a class where I can learn to master the art of calligraphy, for now it is just a fun hobby I like to practice with. 

I've been loving many things lately, an array of things that have been on my lust list! If you would like me to do an in-depth favourites post, let me know! Other than that, here is my quick updated current favourites!


*Bourjois Brow Natural Eyebrow Felt Tip Pen in #22 Chatain
~Stiks Cosmetics Lipstick in Burgundy (in the upcoming Maslow & Co East Coast Box)
^Hourglass Femme Nude in Nude #6
* Philosophy No Reason To Hide Instant Skin-tone Perfecting Moisturiser in Light
^Glossier Balm Dot Com
Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara
*Elizabeth Arden Cermide Mascara
~Fig & Yarrow Complexion Water
Dior Vernis in Grege #413
^Dior Gel Top Coat
*Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream
Robert Gordon Swatch Mug
Muji 0.7mm Ballpoint Click Pen
Chanel Quilted Caviar Leather Classic Flap Card Holder with Silver Hardware

* PR samples
~ Work gratis
^ Gift from a friend

19 July 2016

The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge - Day 7

First of all, sincere apologies for my absence, as typical as it sounds, I've been extremely busy with work and life in general that I had to have a small break from blogging. I am back and have a line up of exciting posts in the works!

Now, the final instalment of The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge, ends with of course day 7. I started this challenge in early March, with the purpose of using a lipstick I had not gravitated towards in a while. I wanted to keep each day spread out to create a consistent flow within my blog posts. I didn't want to do it all within one week as I thought as a reader it would make it more exciting to have it pop up every now and then.

I am so thrilled that I had completed the challenge and having it spread out within 4 months made it a lot more fun. I really enjoyed doing these types of posts and may do a continuous theme with it now — perhaps with different makeup products each time! I am yet to think of a name/title, so if you have any ideas please send them my way!

Now onto the lipstick itself! If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know I absolutely adore these Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colors. I've written a full review about these Lip Colors if you would like a more in depth review — here.

I was inspired to pick up the shade Milky Way (RRP $37 AUD) by Tamira Jarrel (a much loved style influencer of mine). The grey undertones to this lip shade is what won me over, I'm all about those grey tones. Not to mention it entwined with brown hues making it the perfect nude with an edge! The formula to these lipsticks are very opaque and have a long lasting cream finish.

Out of all the shades I now own (Spiced Rose, Lychee Parfait, Cappuccino) Milky Way was my least reached for, I'm not sure why I stopped wearing this shade, perhaps it moved to the back of the collection and I had forgotten how beautiful it was. But, in all honesty, I think it was because my favourite shade from the lot is Spiced Rose so when it comes to wearing these lipsticks, I always gravitate to that shade more often.

I first discovered these Laura Mercier Lip Colors when I was shopping and decided to do a fairly large haul on the whole brand, seeing as I had never tried any of their products before. When I tried the Lip Colors and swatched the shade Spiced Rose I immediately fell in love, this was my very first lipstick I bought from the line.

What excites me the most is, at the time these were no where to be found around the Youtube/blogosphere (no one was talking about these). I love it when that happens, when you find product that you fall in love with and it isn't hyped up and basically not many people know about it. Soon after I did noticed it started to get some attention, coincidence?

The formula to the Lip Colors makes it enjoyable to wear, with a lip-hugging texture these stay on almost as long as a matte formula only with the benefit of hydration thanks to the added Vitamin E and Hyaluronic filling spheres. I highly recommend these lipsticks, especially if you're looking for one that brings you the whole package from quality to performance as well as value.

One swatch of the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in the shade Milky Way.

One layer of the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in the shade Milky Way on my lips.

MY RATINGS (Out of 5)
Longevity - 3.5/5
Pigmentation - 4.5/5
Texture - 5/5
Application - 5/5
Overall product - 4.5/5

Read the full instalment of The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge — Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6.

28 June 2016

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara - Full Review


*Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara 7ml $48 AUD

- Strong black pigment
- Works well layered with other mascaras
- In between a wet/dry formula consistency
- Sleek gold packaging
- Creates long extended lashes
- Noticeable difference in eyelash growth and thickness, throughout the entire month of using it
- Applies evenly and doesn't clump or create spider-leg lashes (2-3 coats)
- Isn't waterproof, however doesn't seem to smudge around eye area/face (unless large amount of water is in contact)
- Contains active ingredients that condition and promote lash growth (Vitamins A, C & E. — Ceramide 1, 3 & 6)
- Doesn't flake throughout the day, quite long wearing
- Easy to apply applicator wand, using the tip of the wand helps get to each lash and root
- Applicator wand picks up the perfect amount of product
- Eyelashes don't feel hard or heavy, it adheres well to the lashes and feels natural and flexible

— 2 coats applied of the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara on my eyelashes. (Excuse my naked face, I am not wearing any makeup besides the mascara)


I've been testing this mascara for a good month now and can safely say I really enjoy using this. I've noticed an incredible amount of lash growth as well as thickness within my lashes since using the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara. I love how it lengthens my lashes so well and wears nicely throughout the day. I do find it doesn't hold a curl as well as I would like it to, though it doesn't make my lashes droop down either. In terms of it not being waterproof, I found throughout the day it doesn't flake or smudge, of course if you cry or have large amounts of water splashed onto your face it will run a little. Other than that it holds and wears very nicely throughout the day.

My favourite part of this mascara is that it not only helps condition and promotes lash growth (which in my eyes is a definite bonus) but, it also wears so nicely, I really like how it creates long and natural looking lashes. I would prefer a bit more volume to it, but that being said the more coats you apply the more volume you will get — I prefer maximum of 2-3 coats. The great thing is, this mascara layers really well and doesn't clump or create spidery looking lashes.

What I have been doing on long days where I know it is either going to rain or I have watery eyes, is after a few coats I will apply a waterproof mascara (such as the Fairy Drops mascara). It doesn't budge at all and really locks it in place, while helping to hold a curl perfectly. I found it also makes removing my mascara so easily with the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide paired with a waterproof mascara. Most of the time waterproof mascaras are really difficult to remove however, having a non-waterproof underneath helps with easy removal and it doesn't affect the performance of either mascara.

I love testing out different mascaras, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect one as I am not blessed with beautiful long lashes. My favourite mascaras that work well for me, is the Chanel Le Volume, Fairy Drops and now the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide — those are definitely my top 3.

I highly recommend this mascara and it has fast become one of my favourites to wear daily. I think having a mascara that benefits your lashes each time you wear it makes it much more enjoyable to wear. If a waterproof version is released, it would be brilliant, however I do wonder if it would perform the same?

What are you thoughts on the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide mascara after reading this review? Would you try it?

* PR sample 

19 June 2016

The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge - Day 6

For the second last day of this challenge (day 6) it wouldn't be complete without a Chanel lipstick. I love Chanel as a brand, all together from beauty to fashion. Their lipsticks have always been one I gravitated towards and I really enjoy many of them. From the classic black and gold packaging to the beauty of the Chanel "CC" logo, it is a must have in every girls makeup collection.

The Rogue Coco & Rogue Coco Shine lipsticks are the main range I have within my collection and I love the simplicity to these. The Chanel Rogue Allure lipsticks haven't been one that have drawn my attention, mainly for a few reasons. I am not too fond of the packaging. The pop out click casing is amusing, however I find it doesn't appeal to me. Though, my favourite part of the packaging is the embossing of the Chanel logo (the Rogue Coco's have the same embossing). I like and prefer the traditional look to lipsticks. I've never enjoyed any bulky or pop/slide out casing for a lipstick (especially those Guerlain lipsticks with the mirror). I just find it gimmicky and unnecessary.

I was given this Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in the shade #58 Audace (RRP $52 AUD) from my Mother. We were going through our makeup stash one night and started swapping a few of our lipsticks. I remember swapping my YSL lipstick for this Chanel lipstick. I realised I actually didn't own any bold red lipsticks from Chanel and this was the perfect shade to use. Though, that be said, I have actually never wore it since Mum gave it to me, so this was the perfect time to bring out this beauty.

It is such a beautiful bold red, I love the exotic tones to it. Although it is bold, it still has a slight brightness to it with an orange undertone, which I find makes it quite unique. These types of red lipsticks flatter my skin tone nicely. It wears nicely throughout the day and seems to sink into the lips and have a lock in type of formula. I love that it is hydrating but doesn't slip around your lips. Applying the lipstick with a lip brush will help with achieving a crisp and neat look, also blot between each application helps with longevity. I love pairing this lipstick with minimal makeup and a black winged eyeliner. Keeping it simple, but very classic at the same time.

One swatch of the Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in the shade #58 Audace. 

One layer of the Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in the shade #58 Audace on my lips.

MY RATINGS (Out of 5)
Longevity - 3.5/5
Pigmentation - 4/5
Texture - 3.5/5
Application - 3.5/5
Overall product - 3.6/5

13 June 2016

Let's Catch Up! #3

These past few months have been going by smoothly. New job in beauty PR, new camera lens to play with, meeting awesome people and general life happenings. I've been at my new job for around 3 months now and I am loving every bit of it. From having my own office desk (which I have decorated with pretty and cute things) to working with some of the best people I have met and truly admire. In some ways I feel as though each step I take in life, whether it is within my career path or towards everyday life, has built up to where I am today. It is all a working progress and I have learned so much throughout each stage, I am so happy with where I am.

One of my biggest goals of all is to buy my own home with the Mr — Little things such as attending home viewings and looking into land has got me so excited and feels like we are slowly heading there. Of course it is my dream to get there as soon as we can, however it has to be done properly and it all takes time. For now I am dreaming for that moment I can start decorating my own home.

I've always been into cooking and baking, it has always been something I truly love doing and find so therapeutic. Lately, I have been buying a lot more homeware goods to cook with and to eventually take with me for my own kitchen in the future. This has motivated me so much to create recipes. If you follow me on Snapchat, you will see lots of my clips I upload of my cooking. I've been slowly building up my cookbook collection, I am quite picky when it comes to certain cookbooks, so the ones I own I've been really enjoying. Books such as Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart, Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward and The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams are a few of my favourites. I am always on the hunt for new cookbooks — so please send me your recommendations!

Other exciting news I have been so thrilled about is towards the end of year my beautiful friend Tenneil will be eventually moving back home to Perth! I can't wait to see her more often, I've missed spending time together and what better way than to have her back home again. We talk a lot through our long text messages as well as social media. Our conversations can last hours on end with endless replies — I think what makes our friendship so special is that we genuinely care for one another and we always keep in touch no matter the distance. Recently she sent me a package of my belated birthday gift with a letter explaining why it was a tad delayed — which, if anything made me realise even more what a great friend she is to me. I won't go into too much detail, but let's just say this girl has a heart of gold! (Or, in her case silver, because she likes silver more.) I can't wait for our traditional Chai latte dates.

I enjoy reading blogs that contain personal content, beauty is always nice to read about but I've found it not as common for many blogs nowadays to be on a personal level. I have a few blogs that I have really been enjoying or are a favourite of mine that I would like to share with you. I love to catch up on each of their blogs whenever I have a moment to myself for some reading. These blogs are unique and I adore their individual aesthetics, each lady behind these blogs are beautiful and have an eye for detail. A must read for your blogroll —  (Of course, in no particular order.)

Tenneil — from Like Neon Love
Divya & Pavithra — from The Conscience Fund
Hanh — from Hanhabelle
Advaita — from Blush Canvas
Cindy — from Cindyhue
Samantha — from Simplest of Things
Jessica —from Little Henry Lee
Daisy — from Pretty Green Tea
Chloé — from Status Chlo
Susy — from Waterlemons

What type of posts would you like to see more of on Amour JNFR?

05 June 2016

The Best Of Haircare - Oribe

I, first heard of Oribe through the ever so typical place you call the internet. It is a cult brand within YouTube and the blogosphere. Of course, it is a brand I've been extremely curious to try, from the luxe packaging to the detailing of how each product works and how fast it has become a favourite to many. You all know by now that I love a good brand that has impeccable ingredients within their products and Oribe is exactly that!

The *Dry Texturizing Spray was the number one product I had to try from Oribe, I picked up the 300ml size last year from a hair salon in Melbourne. I'm pretty sure this is their best seller, and there is no surprise that it is. When I was kindly sent these Oribe products to trial (Dry Texturizing Spray 75ml, Maximista Thickening Spray and Supershine Moisturizing Cream), I was so excited and couldn't wait to start using them.

I've found in the past other texturising sprays have either weighed my hair down or made it feel crispy or oily — which isn't great for my fine thin hair. And lets face it, texturising sprays are so expensive to be faffing around with finding the best one! I am not much of a hair fanatic like some others out there. I have a range of cult favourites within my collection, however I have found not many products work well on my hair so I am quite picky when it comes to certain haircare products. For my hair type I like to use as little product as I can.

The dry texturising spray is perfect for giving my hair texture, volume as well as a light lift within my roots all while keeping it soft and manageable. It also absorbs a bit of oil and dirt within the scalp, but I wouldn't consider it a "dry shampoo". Comparing this to other brands I've used, Oribe is definitely high up there to the rest. I wouldn't want to use anything else after using this spray. The small purse size *75ml is the perfect travel companion and I like to keep this in my handbag for touch ups and emergencies!

  • Dry Texturizing Spray ingredients — Kiwi and Passion Flower, Ginger Root, Mango, Sunflower Seed, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extracts and much more!

The great thing about haircare is that most brands have categories of what type of hair you have to cater towards each range, so it isn't too hard to find one that you can try out. For myself the *Maximista Thickening Spray is another product I was very pleased with. I cannot stress enough how much I shun away from thickening sprays, although they are catered to thin hair I have found so many of these types of products to do the complete opposite to my hair, leaving it flat and that horrible feeling of having a tone of product stuck in your hair, isn't so glamorous.

Enter the Oribe Maximista! I am in love with this product! It doesn't feel like anything when you spray it onto your hair, I like to use it right after I have washed and towel dried my hair. I spritz a few pumps around my hair and roots and blow dry, which activates the product well and absorbs into the hair perfectly. It makes my hair feel a lot thicker, smooth with a tone of volume.

  • Maximista Thickening Spray ingredients — Copolymers, Keratin Amino Acids, Multilayered UV Protection and much more!

Lastly, the product that ties it all together is the *Supershine Moisturizing Cream. For my thin hair, comes dry ends and I need all the moisturising cream to keep it hydrated and soft. This hasn't been much of a hassle for me to find, there seems to be a lot more of these types of products around that I have found to work nicely on my hair. I don't enjoy many oils, creams work a lot better for my hair. Most hair oils can be a hit and miss for me, I am just not fond of the feeling it leaves to the ends of my hair and there is no way I would put the any close to my roots. Creams seem to absorb a lot better and leave a nice shine and soft feeling to the ends of my hair and I can put it close to my roots and it doesn't weigh it down.

  • Supershine Moisturizing Cream ingredients — Soy Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Mooring Seed Extracts (Vitamins A & C), Keratin, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extracts, Vegetable Derived Protein and Glycerin

From the beautiful packaging to the amazing quality of each product, there is one more stand out I absolutely adore is the scent from each product. They smell A-MAZ-ING! The Oribe Signature Complex — Watermelon, Lychee and Eldeweiss Flower Extract. It has come to my conclusion that from each product I have tried from Oribe, there hasn't been one that I don't enjoy. Oribe has quickly taken over any other product I've tried from other brands. I am now on the hunt for my next product to try from their range, so please give me your recommendations!

Have you tried Oribe before? What are your favourite products?

* PR samples