18 December 2015

Relaxation At Its Finest

If there is any perfect way to unwind after a long day, my ideal way is to take a nice hot bath filled with aroma scents with bath bombs, candles, putting a facial mask on and topped off with a nice cuppa tea. Pure bliss! I think by now you know that I only like to use the best quality of products so there's no denying when it comes down to what I use to pamper after a days work, it would only be the best.


Ashton + Harper are a 100% Australian owned and handmade company located in Adelaide. They aim for natural ingredients and supply the finest quality when it comes to their products. From using essential oils that all entwine with their custom blend of 100% ecosoya wax and organic coconut for all their candles.

I love anything and everything minimalistic, it just gives a more simple approach to it and isn't overwhelming (less is more) and just appreciating the beauty of the simplicity of the product. I adore the concept of Ashton + Harper as a brand in general, monochromatic with a simplistic elegant touch all while providing the finest ingredients and quality. When I was kindly sent this candle to review on first opening I could already smell the beautiful Rose + Pink Pepper candle lingering through the wrapping.

I can honestly have not thought of a more perfect scent to try, it's always a surprise when someone gifts you an item and when you open it and know instantly that its love at first sight (in this case also smell). Words cannot comprehend how beautiful this candle is, I find the scent to be the most unique of its kind — who would have thought rose and pink pepper would pair so well together? Kudos to them. After a few uses of this candle I have noticed how well it melts down so evenly without any residue on the sides nor blackening, so you can truly see it is great quality. Even without lighting the candle the aromas fill my room and occasionally I get whiffs of the Rose + Pink Pepper scent. I highly recommend their candles and there is nothing better than to support local brands.

*No #5 Rose Scented Candle 260g, RRP $49.95 AUD


Top: Pink pepper, pear and ruby red
Middle: Fuschia, peony, rose and geranium
Base: Warm vanilla and musk


Dermalogica isn't a brand that I've tried much of, so I was really excited when I was sent a few products to trial. I decided to of course give the Multivitamin Power Recovery masque a go while I have having this 'pamper session' and what better way than to have a nice treatment for your skin while it is feeling dull. The masque is targeted for aged and mature skin, but my theory is, it is better to prevent than cure so the early you treat your skin with anti-aging products the better (preferably around the age of 22 is perfect to start). It replenishes the skin with antioxidants that revitalises dull, dehydrated, stressed and photo damaged skin. It contains the amazing wonders of Vitamins A, C and E so you know you are giving your skin a great treatment. I have used this masque a few times now and can safely say I really enjoy it, I can see a noticeable difference in my skin. It is supple, smooth, soft and with so much radiance. After each use I feel like I have brand new baby butt skin, who wouldn't want that?

*Multivitamin Power Recovery masque 70ml, RRP $70 AUD

Ingredients (basic/main)

Glycerin, Algae Extract, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Beta-Carotene, Phospholipids, Lactic Acid, Allantoin, Sclerotium Gum, Linoleic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, etc


Lush have released their limited edition Christmas collection and I was again kindly sent some goodies to trial. Among these I chose to first use this pretty Stardust bath bomb, but I must admit Lush create such gorgeous products that you basically don't even want to ruin them by using it — appreciating its beauty while it lasts. The Christmas release for this year is obviously amazing as each year is, I love how creative they are with their releases and this Stardust bath bomb is no exception. When you place the Stardust bath bomb into a nice hot bath it starts to fizz and dissolve into more goodness, with a hint of blue hidden within the bath bomb and the finest of fine shimmers that float all around the waters making you feel like you are bathing in a million dollar water bath. Now the beautiful shimmering/micro glitter within the water I wasn't able to capture but just envision a luxurious and silk like feeling and when you gather the water within the palm of your hands you can truly appreciate the beauty of this product all combined with the gorgeous aromas.

*Stardust Bath Bomb 150g, RRP $6.25 AUD


Fair-trade Ugandan vanilla, precious Peruvian rosewood and bergamot.

What are your favourite ways of relaxing and pampering after a long day?

13 December 2015

My Travel Makeup Bag

My travel makeup bags are always changing, currently this is what I am working with! Ever since I purchased the Muji Vanity Makeup Box (in size 'small') I've really enjoyed using it for my travels whether it is for a road trip, small holiday or the frequent sleep overs at a friends place (Lisa, I'm looking at you). So far out of all the makeup cases I've used in the past this one definitely tops it off. It is so reliable, sturdy material and fits the perfect amount of products I need to carry with me. If there is any room left I also like to carry a few skincare products in there as well, otherwise I will just carry my skincare in a separate case. The case has a section at the top to house some makeup brushes but some of my brushes have different sized handles and they tend to fall out of the sleeves so I don't put anything in there. When it comes to makeup and tools, I like to take along with me products that are multipurpose and cover all I need to create a simple look.

There is one product I have to give a special and individual mention to because of its multipurpose and sleek packaging. I've gravitated to this beauty ever since I had purchased it and noticed it really comes in handy for so many purposes. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette. This palette leaves you speechless when it comes to its beauty, it contains everything you need from setting powders, highlight, blush and bronzer all in a convenient travel friendly size. And not to mention the giant mirror it has as well, which is perfect for doing your makeup. I highly recommend this palette and keep in mind it is limited edition so get your hands on it before its all gone. Or, maybe it will end up being permanent since a few of their so called limited editions ended up being permanent after a while.

I know the price is quite questionable ($117 AUD), especially for the size of each pan (compared to the previous palettes) given a lot of people were expecting it to be a lot more bigger. However, I find it is a decent amount of product if you are looking for an all in one palette to take a long with you on your travels. It is also great if you haven't tried any of the Ambient powders and were interested in trialling out a few before investing in the full sizes. I find for myself I use every powder/shade that is in this palette and they all work perfectly for my complexion. The stand out of the palette for myself is the bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light - it is stunning and perhaps one day I will have to invest in the full size.

What's in my travel makeup bag:

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face
*Furless BC3 Limited Edition
Hakuhodo J5521
Hakuhodo J5522
MAC 217
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-3
Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks mini size in Ganache, Amethyst & Rose Gold
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette Limited Edition
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude 30ml
MAC Strobe Cream Sized To Go 30ml
Chanel Correcteur Perfection Concealer in #20
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray 30ml
Chanel Le Volume Mascara
Smashbox Lash Primer
Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in #03 Ash Brown
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in #01 Deeper
Mecca To Save Face SPF 30+ 30g
NARS lipstick in Pigalle
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation sample size in Fiji and Deauville 4ml

I actually forgot to place a few products in this picture, but you get the idea! It all fits perfectly inside whilst leaving extra room.

07 December 2015

Perfume Collection

I've always love how a particular scent from a fragrance can take you through time. Each perfume you own has a meaning towards it. I've gone through many different phases of fragrances, these days I have a more acquired taste towards unique scents and brands that deliver a more subtle and minimal approach. I use to like the whole designer branded fragrances during my teenage years then after a while I wasn't as fond of them as I found they smell all too sweet. I have a box filled with all my unwanted perfumes stored under my bed, although they hold a lot of memories I just keep them there perhaps I can gift it to someone else later on when I decide to let them go. Usually my mother or sister are the ones that I end up giving my unwanted belongings to.

I think ever since entering the beauty world during my 20's and being able to afford to pay more for luxury perfumes I've never looked back. I really love the quality of brands such as Jo Malone, Tom Ford (still need to invest in one, one day), Byredo and much more. There isn't much else you can say about a perfume collection, only that I have minimised it down. The first photo with my marble tray are the perfumes I use on a daily basis, whereas the second photo are a few designer branded perfumes I still love, but I store in my wardrobe shelves and take out every now and then. My next perfume of choice is most likely to be another Byredo or Jo Malone fragrance. They are just my favourite! Is there any that you suggest I should try out, if so please let me know in the comments!

Perfume collection:

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Sale Cologne - 100ml
Jo Malone Wild Blue Bell Cologne - 50ml
Jo Malone Lily of the Valley & Ivy Cologne (LE Rock the Ages) - 50ml
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne - 50ml
Jo Malone Lime Basil & Cologne - 9ml
Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne - 9ml
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne - 9ml
Jo Malone Peony Blush Cologne - 9ml

Diptyque Eau Rose Roll-On Eau De Toilette - 20ml
Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau - 100ml
Diptyque Philosykos - 100ml

Tocca Liliana Eau De Parfum - 50ml

Byredo Parfums Black Saffron Eau De Parfum - 50ml
Byredo Parfums Bal D'Afrique Eau De Parfum - 50ml

*Chloe Eau De Toilette - 50ml
Chloe Eau De Parfum - 50ml
Chloe Roses De Chloe - 100ml

Elie Saab L'Eau Couture - 100ml
Elie Saab 3x Vials - 4ml

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle - 100ml

30 November 2015

Orchid Haze Meets Cocoa Mirage

Today I decided to put together an eye look (didn't do my entire face, only eyes for today)! Using these two beautiful eyeshadow quads by Tom Ford - Orchid Haze and Cocoa Mirage in conjunction with his ever so famous dual ended liquid eyeliner pen. I could easily say how perfect these products are and convince you of its beauty but you already know I only post things that I adore and love. There's no denying how luxurious Tom Ford products are, from the packaging and of course the product alone just makes you swoon. The pigments in each eyeshadow quad all vary, some are more pigmented than others however they are all smooth and buttery to the touch. I think what stands Tom Ford out from the rest (besides the hefty price tag — but it's a given, really)! Is his uniqueness within the shades he aligns together with each palette. Needless to say I can tell Mr Ford puts a lot of thought with all his products and branding. It is also all thanks to the lovely Charlotte Tilbury who helped Mr Ford create his beauty line, only to shortly come out with her very own soon after. So, there's no doubt the two of them paired together would create a phenomenon beauty range. These two palettes entwine so effortlessly together, I had so much fun applying these to my eyes and I can't wait to show you the finishing piece.

Products/tools used:

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad - Orchid Haze
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad - Cocoa Mirage
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - Light Warm
Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil - Black Sea
Tarte Amazonian Clay Smart Gifted Mascara
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen - #01 Deeper
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - Dark Brown
NARS Brow Gel - Oural (Clear)
MAC 30 Lash - Individual Eyelashes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
DUO Brush-On Adhesive with Vitamins -Eyelash Glue

*NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

*Not pictured

Create this look:

Start with primed eyelids using the NARS eyeshadow base. Apply the matte cream shade from the Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette all over the eyelids up to the brow bone creating a base for easy blending later on. For the transition/crease shade blend the matte taupe shade from the same palette within the outer 'V' stopping half way through your crease. To deepen the look apply the matte dark brown shade (again from the same palette) only focusing within the outer 'V' but only on the edge not going pass your crease. Now using the Tom Ford Orchid Haze palette apply the shimmer taupe shade again on the outer 'V' blending it through the crease and the outer corner.

To brighten up the eyes apply the shimmer champagne shade (also from the Orchid Haze palette) with your finger and pat it on the centre of your lids to the inner corner of your eyes softly blending the edges from any harsh lines. To transition a plum look to the eyes apply the matte dark purple shade from the same palette within the outer corners of your eyes to create an ombre look. Using a clean fluffy eyeshadow brush blend out any harsh lines to create an effortlessly soft look to the eyes. If you feel you need to reapply more of the shimmer champagne shade apply more with your finger to intensify the look. Highlight the brow bone again with the matte cream shade from the Cocoa Mirage palette.

Using the Tom Ford Eye Defining pen create a winged out line, I preferred using the smaller nib on the dual ended side as it had more precision. I applied some individual lashes from MAC using the DUO lash glue and only focused it within the outer lashes to create a feathered opened look. After letting the lashes dry for a moment I then curled my lashes using the Shu Uemura curlers and applied my new Tarte Gifted mascara (it is really nice! Look out for my thoughts on it soon!) Combining my lashes with the false lashes. To make the lashes look more full, tight line the upper water line with the Cargo eyeliner.

Filling in my brows with the Anastasia Brow Wiz as usual and setting it with the NARS brow gel. To clean up all the edges I then applied the Urban Decay Naked concealer under my eyes and up towards the very tops of my cheek bones and blended it out. This helps tidy up the look and gives the outer corners that more sharper edge (always make sure you blend it again if it looks too harsh).

After that has settled into the skin I then went back to the Orchid Haze eyeshadow palette to apply the rest of the bottom lash line using only three shades from the palette — the matte dark purple shade on the outer corner of the bottom lash line and blending it out with the shimmer taupe shade. Then using the shimmer champagne shade to highlight the inner corner lower lash line to finish off the eye look. Apply some more mascara to the bottom lashes and fin!

I hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you do recreate this look!

23 November 2015

Melbourne Haul 2015

I always love a good getaway trip. At times I'd love to just pack and travel overseas more often but for the mean time I'm quite happy just travelling domestic. I need to save those monies for our future home! Our recent trip was to the beautiful city of Melbourne. It was so nice to reunite with the city that taught me so much during the start of my 20's. Reminiscing back and seeing how much the city has changed, I will always have a soft spot for Melbourne. I lived in Melbourne for 6 months in 2010, seeking new adventures and experience I decided to pack everything and explore the city all by myself whilst meeting relatives I have met only once and not known very well. It was during the time I was studying Journalism and had a passion for the industry — so what better place to endeavour that than Melbourne?

Looking back, I was so young and had so much to learn. Seeing how much I had changed and the amazing people I had met during my time there, made me realise how much I miss and love this gorgeous city. I think the most amazing thing is when you get to see the people (you had become so close to) that made your time worth while, in person again after all these years which makes it that extra bit special. I had such an amazing time going back to all the places that once held my heart. From my uncle's home in Rowville where I lived for those 6 months from the lane ways within the city to the CAE center where I did my French classes. It was really nice to come back to that very spot and see how much has changed but at the same time how it still has all the resemblance I once remembered.

My partner and I travelled to Melbourne for 8 days (11th — 19th November). I was so happy how well everything was planned and that I was able to fit in exactly everything I was hoping to do during my trip. I got to shop til' I dropped, explore so many amazing eateries, visit my relatives (my cousin also had a sleepover at our apartment), catch up and sleep over my lovely friend Tenneil's (she has the most prettiest room)! And explore as much of the city as we could. We stayed at a beautiful apartment in Docklands which accommodated perfectly for all our needs and we also hired a rental car to get us anywhere we needed to go (although we did make the most of the free tram service outside our apartment too)!.

As you can see I did a lot of damage in terms of shopping during my trip! I of course only ticked off a list of things I needed wanted to get. However in today's post I won't be posting everything I had hauled. Places like Muji, Daiso, COS, Zara, Laura Ashley, Nike, etc. I did most of my clothing/stationery shopping at but didn't document some due it not being photogenic for my liking (ah)!. I bought most of my beauty products from Myer, David Jones, Mecca, Heading Out Hair Salon, (thanks to Tenneil for the recommendation)! Etc.

Before I list all the products I had purchased I should also mention this beauty pictured above. The ever so beautiful Celine Micro Luggage in the black pebbled leather and silver hardware. This was an unexpected surprise gift from Amon for our 11th year anniversary. I honestly couldn't believe he had gifted me the bag of my dreams. I would never have thought I would be able to own such a beauty - I was thinking perhaps during my 30's I would invest in one as it is my dream bag. I am ever so grateful for such a thoughtful gift and how much thought and love he put in to getting me such a lovely present. This bag along with all my bags are my babies and I will cherish and protect them with all my might. (Crazy bag lady — alert!) I think one of the nice things that means a lot to me is how much he listens and takes notes of each detail I talk about even if it was from a while ago — he remembers it. Everything he had chosen was perfect from the black pebbled leather (I never liked the smooth leather as it creases/scratches and slouches easily) to the size (the Nano size is very cute, I love the strap — but the bag size is not as practical). I do wish the Micro came with a strap to make travelling much easier but I guess you don't want to ruin such a classic look by making it casual — need to sacrifice pain to carry this beauty around.

Since arriving back I have been setting up my new Muji drawers and taking out my old acrylic drawers as they were taking up too much unnecessary room. Surprisingly all the drawers I had previously all fitted well within my new ones. I'm not quite sure what to do with my old acrylic drawers so I just put them in my spare room where I have my freelance setup (if anyone wants them let me know)!. I'm really happy with the layout so far (yes, I am forever changing the layout of my makeup storage). This isn't the final finish as I am still working out where I should place things, but for now I am happy with it. I have SO much more space on my table now.

2x Muji Acrylic Box 3 drawers
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette
Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Bumble and Bumble Sunday shampoo 
Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers conditioner
2x MAC sized to go Strobe Cream
Antipodes Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Orchid Haze
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad Cocoa Mirage
Smith and Cult Nailed Lacquer Stockholm Syndrome and Doe My Dear
Tom Ford Nail Lacquer Mink Brule
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour Lychee Parfait and Cappuccino
Tom Ford Lip Colour Warm Sable
Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen #01 Deeper
Tom Ford Small Bronzing Powder Terra
Laura Mercier Matte To Metal Holiday Caviar Stick collection
NARS blush Madly
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit
Muji Makeup Box in small
COS Black cardigan, grey stripe top and navy peplum top

13 November 2015

Philosophy Review

*Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Revitalizing Creamy Foam (cleanser)
*Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar (eye cream)
*Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar (moisturiser)



- Even though this is a foaming cleanser it is still very moisturising (unlike most)
- Contains Vitamin E, fruit, seed, root and plant extracts, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid,  coffee Arabica bean extracts
- Gives the skin a nice clean surface and clears out pores resulting in radiance, supple complexion and soft skin

Eye cream

- Thick consistency
- Very hydrating for under eyes
- Contains hyaluronic acid, evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract
- Helps with dark circles and puffiness as it contains algae extracts


- Light weight cream
- Absorbs into skin fast
- Contains AHA and PH perfect for exfoliating skin
- Antioxidants helps fight free radical damage
- Has a slight fragrance so could cause irritations to sensitive skins

Both the eye cream and moisturiser should be packaged in a tube not in a jar as all the active ingredients will slowly deteriorate and will eventually defeat the purpose of the product working.  


I really enjoyed using these Philosophy products and liked how my skin felt after each application — supple, smooth and soft. I have used the original Hope in a Jar years ago (early 20's) and it was once a favourite however it was a very basic moisturiser (the Renewed range is the reformulated version and is a lot better). I find with Philosophy it is very much all simple and basic when it comes to skin care. Although it does contain great ingredients, I find it has very little effect as the packaging of the product can take away the purpose of each ingredient, since air and bacteria can easily get into opened jars. Another thing is, although it does contain my favourite ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin E and amazing extracts from algae, fruit, roots, etc — not all of those ingredients contain enough percentage in the product to make it worth its while (although the glycolic acid does play a large part in the formula therefore it makes for perfect anti-aging properties for exfoliating).

I love the minimal approach Philosophy has for their packaging, it keeps things easy to read and is easy on the eyes. I think Philosophy as a brand is a great entry level to a high end skin care regime, if you are just beginning to explore the world of skin care as it is affordable compared to other high end brands. It contains reasonable amounts of ingredients to help your skin and the basics before you move onto other brands that contain more stronger cosmeceutical ingredients, depending your skin concerns. Overall, I really do enjoy these products and look forward to continue using them until they're finished. Would I purchase them for myself? Probably not at this stage, however I will pick them up in the near future if I am in need of switching up my skin care to a more simpler regime. (And, when Philosophy decides to repackage their Hope in a Jar - even if it takes away the meaning to the name, at least the ingredients won't go to waste!).

10 November 2015

Talking About Foundations: Laura Mercier

I am so excited to bring to you my trail and review of three Laura Mercier foundations in these different formula's; Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, Tinted Moisturiser and *Silk Creme Moisturising Photo Edition. This will be quite a long post as I will be showing you swatches, pros and cons on each foundation, separately applied on one side of my face comparing it to my natural bare skin as well as my final verdict on what my favourite/chosen foundation is out of the three. I applied all the foundations with a dampened beauty blender as Laura Mercier always suggests to apply her foundations with a sponge.

I think this will be the very first time I have taken a photo of my bare face (makeup free on one side) to show you a comparison between each foundation. The left side of my face (from where you are viewing it) is applied with foundation and the right side I don't have any product on (each foundation applied with one layer). You can noticeably see I have a lot of uneven skin from hyperpigmentation, darkness around my eyes, nose and chin areas and a lot of pimple scarring. I also have quite a few freckles around my face as well, but those aren't a bother to me. I tend to get pimples between the centre of my eyebrows so I always have acne scarring from it, as you can see pictured below. For reference I am a MAC NC25-30. Please keep in mind photos taken from my camera may come off differently in person due to the lighting. Therefore shades may appear either darker or lighter than they do in person.

Please also excuse my eyebrows, I'm currently growing them out so I can get them threaded soon!

Swatches: (L-R) Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, Tinted Moisturiser and *Silk Creme Moisturising Photo Edition.

Beauty Blender (Pro - Black)

(Left side Laura Mercier Smooth Finish in Macadamia - Right side no foundation)

-  Applies smoothly and has a velvet finish
- Light to medium coverage (very buildable)
- No powder needed as it dries to a semi matte
- Isn't drying on the skin
- Blurs pores and fine lines

- The bottle tends to leak out as the product is a runny consistency — makes packaging messy
- Swatches darker than it actually is once blended into the skin

(Left side Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Nude - Right side no foundation)

- Light weight and easy to apply
- Decent amount of coverage if you build it up
- Smooths over the skin nicely
- Easy to travel with packaging
- Very hydrating on the skin

- Becomes very oily throughout the day even if you powder
- Eventually wears off as the day goes on (especially on a hot day)

(Left side *Laura Mercier Moisturising Silk Creme in Medium Ivory - Right side no foundation)

- High coverage (very buildable)
- You don't need a concealer as you can build up extra coverage where needed
- Don't need to touch up throughout the day
- Applies evenly onto the skin (doesn't require too much blending)
- Sleek packaging, makes squeezing out the perfect amount of foundation each time
- Easy to travel with packaging

- Shade selection (I prefer the Medium Ivory shade in the oil free formula as it is a little more yellow toned, however the oil free is too drying for my skin type. I don't understand why Laura Mercier decided to use the same shade names but create a slight difference between the shades. It makes it very confusing for the consumer to find the perfect shade.)
- It can feel a little too heavy throughout the day for my skin type

This is what the smooth finish flawless fluide foundation looks like with the rest of my makeup done. (Please let me know if you would like to know what products I used for this simple look.)

Final Verdict: Out of all three foundations my most favourite of the lot is the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. I love how it applies and looks on my skin! I think what sets this foundation separate from the others, is how it blurs out my pores and fine lines making it look immaculate and flawless. Each foundation has its own purpose and quality for different uses, i.e. The tinted moisturiser is of course for days you just want a quick and natural look when you are not going anywhere special, the moisturising silk creme is perfect for days where you require more coverage such as night out where you want your base to look more put together, etc. For myself I have dry to normal skin and I like to gravitate to a light to medium coverage foundation, the smooth flawless works perfect for me. I would wear this on any type of occasion from all the above mentioned — day to night.

I love Laura Mercier, she is the queen of bases and I can clearly see why she is famous for that! I don't dislike any of these foundations, in fact I love all three! But, if I were to choose a favourite (as mentioned above), I would go for the smooth finish. You can clearly see how well each product covers any imperfections on my face, comparing it to the before and after side. I really enjoy using the moisturising silk creme too, especially on days where my face needed much more coverage. The tinted moisturiser is one I would take with me to have in my bag if I wanted to quickly put a base on before heading out for errands, etc. I highly recommend all three products! You are definitely getting your monies worth and of course depending on your foundation needs you can figure out which one would work best for your skin type too.

09 November 2015

Current Favourites #3

I love reading/watching favourites. I'm not really one to do "seasonal/monthly" favourites as I can't keep up with them since I sometimes change up my routine. I like to do a "current favourites" once I've established a few or more products I see myself gravitating a lot towards, otherwise I would just be claiming everything as my favourite and that wouldn't be as real. I like to think that if you notice yourself using a certain product constantly every so often then you can most definitely see it as a favourite!

*NARS Light Reflecting pressed setting powder in translucent crystal - I love how finely milled this powder is. It is literally as the name says, a translucent crystal powder. There's a slight shimmer/sheen within it but it doesn't show up on your skin. I find it gives your skin a beautiful glow and doesn't look powdery at all. It settles nicely and sets your foundation whilst being light weight and natural looking.

*Muji thin cotton buds - After seeing Tamira Jarrel rave about these simple cotton buds I knew I had to try them. The fact that they're ultra thin, precise and great quality of compacted cotton makes it so easy to use for fixing any makeup mistakes. My friend Lisa surprised me with a packet from her Sydney trip a few months ago and I was so happy to try them! I can't wait to finally visit a Muji store to stock up on them. I will be going to Melbourne on Wednesday so I am super excited.

*REN Radiance Perfection serum - I've been trialling this serum for a few months now and have noticed an amazing change in my skin. I use this at night before I go to sleep, mainly to let it sink into my skin whilst I am sleeping — occasionally I like to use it during the day when I am makeup-free. My skin has had its moments of being extremely dry to being normal and at the time of using this serum I was dealing with a lot of dry patches. My skin was in desperate need of a boost of hydration and nourishment so this arrived perfectly in time. I was kindly sent this as a gift from Luxola and I've been wanting to try more REN products since owning a few from their range and being super impressed. After only a few uses I noticed a difference in my skin, it was definitely more nourished, plumped and my dry patches had gone away. I could also see my hyperpigmentation had lightened and that is one of my main skin concerns. With amazing bio extracts such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and glycogen I can definitely see myself repurchasing this and having it permanent in my skin regime.

Hourglass Panoramic long wear lip liner in Eden - I think by now you can tell what types of lip shades I gravitate towards — brown/rose. I honestly cannot have enough of them! This one is no exception, I love the formula if these lip pencils, they're so smooth and have a thick wax texture which keeps the longevity on your lips. I think one thing to make sure when applying this lip pencil like most, is to always make sure your lips aren't dry or flaky or it won't apply nicely due to its thick consistency. The shade Eden is so lovely and is the perfect everyday shade. A bonus is the Hourglass lip pencils come with a great quality lip brush on the other end of the pencil.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth lip colour in Spiced Rose - I've spoken about these lipstick so much lately that I'm sure you're probably sick of hearing about it from me. I just had to of course add this to my favourites as it is almost all I've been wearing. I love pairing this with a good brown/rose nude lip liner or just on its own. I wrote a post dedicated to these Laura Mercier lipsticks if you would like a more in depth review and thoughts please read here!

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer in SC-3 - If you want a concealer that is full proof and does not budge, this is most definitely the concealer for you! I don't think I've come across a concealer I've loved more than this. It will cover literally the toughest of all mountain sized pimples to scars/hyperpigmentation. I like to warm the product up with my fingers to help distribute it onto my skin, as the beautiful essential oils seep out and makes the concealer a lot more emollient.

Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel illuminating base - This makes such a gorgeous base under your foundation whilst of course prolonging your foundation. I love how it has the most subtle illuminating texture as well as being super light weight. I find it helps glide your foundation on effortlessly and is great for any skin type due to its light consistency!

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion LE - I remember when this beauty first launch and I missed out on picking one up for myself. I was so thrilled they decided to relaunch it again as it is limited edition and I finally picked up one of the very last few they had at the counter. I think just the shape and embossing of the product is already to die for — it truly resembles the true beauty of the highlighter/illuminator making you want to stare at it all day. It gives a nice warm soft golden peachy glow and looks immaculate on the high points of your face, you can easily just keep applying and become a disco ball — but a very lovely disco ball might I say.

Jo Malone Vitamin E lip conditioner - I honestly know how ridiculously priced this is for just a lip balm but it is just so beautiful. From the sleek packaging to the scent I just love the Jo Malone Vitamin E range. I had to pick this lip balm up and each time I use it my lips always feel so hydrated and it doesn't disappear fast unlike most lip balms, it settles into your lips and continues to nourish it throughout the day.

OPI Avoplex cuticle oil to go - I've always had trouble with the growth of my nails. They've always been brittle and my nails would always break. Keeping them nice and long wasn't always easy, especially working as a makeup artist and always spraying alcohol/sanitiser on my hands my nails are constantly breaking. I finally decided to do something about it and decided to pick up the OPI cuticle oil to see how it went! From the weeks I started using it I found a drastic change in my nails and it was growing so much as well as my cuticle becoming really healthy without any dryness.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal - I really want to try the other shades in this range especially Moon Stone and Pearl. Opal is such a gorgeous champagne shade that mixes so well with foundation or wearing it as a general highlight. The consistency is so smooth and melted liquid like shimmers that settle so beautifully into your skin giving it that perfect natural radiance and glow.

Clarins Instant Concealer in shade #1 - This is a concealer I keep gravitating towards hence why its in my favourites. I love how it applies, the coverage it gives as well as the light weight feel to it. It's basically in my eyes a perfect concealer that works wonders for covering up my dark under eye circles as well as highlighting and covering blemishes. The only downfall of this concealer is the range of shades that is available — only three shades. Which makes it really difficult for everyone to be able to try it. The shade #1 works perfectly for me as shade #2 is way too dark and pink tone. Shade one has a nice light neutral undertone and I'd say in MAC concealer shade reference I would say it comes off close to an NC20 and can oxidise slightly. You get an amazing amount of product in the tube (I'm pretty sure it's one of the largest concealers I've seen so far!) 15ml which is equivalent to half the amount of a typical foundation. Most days I like to wear this on its own without any foundation, so it's a great knowing you won't go through it too fast.

Burberry Brow Shaping pencil in Ash Brown #3 - I have so many brow products within my collection and they are all basically my favourites. When I first tried this brow pencil from Burberry not only is the packaging really slim but I could feel a luxurious feel when holding the product in my hand. It is a luxury to have in your collection but it definitely delivers. The slanted squared tip of the brow pencil gives you control and quick application of the product into the sparse areas of the brows and the angled tip allows you to have precision on the direction you want to apply it. I also adore the brush on the other end of the pencil, it is thin and has enough density that won't clog up with product unlike most other brushes on brow pencils. The shade Ash Brown works amazing for my dark brown/black hairs and the ash tone definitely gives you that subtle natural looking brows — which I love most.

Hourglass Lighting palette in Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light - Ever since owning this palette I've never stopped using it. When I go to sleep overs or travelling I ALWAYS have this beauty with me. I cannot be without it. I am so glad they decided to make it permanent in their collection, because when I first purchased it, it was released as a limited edition! I just find I can use all the shades perfectly on my face from highlight to bronzer to eyeshadow. I do find the shade Dim Light to be ever so slightly dark on my skin tone therefore I use it more for eyeshadow or very lightly dusting it over certain areas to set any liquids. I think if the shade Diffused Light was replaced it would most definitely be in my eyes the "perfect face palette" for me. Hourglass can honestly do know wrong, they know beauty inside and out. 

05 November 2015

Welcome To Amour JNFR

You're probably wondering why my blog name has changed, unless you follow me on Twitter, I made the announcement on there the other day! I am so excited for this new change and am so thrilled to finally have my own domain. I have been thinking about creating a new name for myself for quite a while now but couldn't decided on a name I was happy with. I wrote down many lists of different names and the one that stood out to me the most was 'Amour JNFR'. I wanted to keep my signature 'JNFR' name within the title so adding another word to it was a bit of a task. The reason I wanted to change the name of my blog was because I didn't want to categorise my blog purely to just beauty since I do post a mixture of beauty, fashion and lifestyle.

When I was chatting to my friend Lisa late one night she helped me confirm which name was the winner. I was relatively surprised she had chosen the name I initially had my eyes on, so it was definitely meant to be. The story behind the name 'Amour JNFR' is basically what it is – Love Jennifer. My partner's name is Amon which just seemed to be so fitting since there is a resemblance, also because I'm part French – haha! I always love to know why people choose certain names for their blog and the reason behind it. I don't really have an epic story to tell you all but its basically self explanatory. I'm really excited for what's to come for my blog and I want to continue being dedicated to what I love doing!

I honestly couldn't have done it without the help of my friends Tenneil and Lisa. They have helped me so much with getting everything together. Tenneil the tech genius she is helped me with setting up my domain and redirecting my old blog link (http://beautybyjnfr.blogspot.com) to my new one so it will be easy for my readers and would redirect automatically. I'm not as computer savvy as I used to be back in the days, so thank you Ten! I'm so grateful my talented artistic friend Lisa created my previous banners for my blog! There is always something so nice and special about having a personal hand written logo and it makes it a lot more sentimental. 

01 November 2015

Today's Makeup Look #3

It has been quite some time since I did my last "Today's Makeup Look" post. I've been concentrating on editing my video that it didn't occur to me a tutorial blog post was also long due. Let's get started!

Products/tools used:

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad - Cognac Sable
NARS Blush - Madly
NARS Brow Gel - Oural (Clear)
MAC Lip Pencil - Boldly Bare
*Sigma Extended Wear Eyeliner - Electrify (Cool set)

Create this look:

The hero of this makeup look is most definitely the Tom Ford palette paired with navy blue eyeliner. There's something unique about having copper shades paired with navy blue eyeliner that just makes it stand out so beautifully. I always like to make sure my skin is nicely prepped and settled into the skin before applying my base. A good cleanse, tone, moisturiser, eye cream and of course sunscreen (day time). Starting with Chanel Le Blanc to prime and illuminate the face. Foundation of choice today is Chanel Perfection Lumiere as it settles with a semi-matte finish so I don't need to powder. My favourite go-to concealer for covering up any scars and blemishes is the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. This is a full proof concealer that won't budge, it may be a tad heavy for using around under eye area unless you use very little amount and warm it up really well with your fingers. For under the eyes and brightening any darkness around my face I used the Urban Decay Naked skin concealer. It has such a light weight consistency with amazing coverage. The thing I have found with this concealer is that is does oxidise and will darken as it settles into the skin so make sure you go up a shade lighter than your usual shade.

For the brows, lately I've been going back to the basics and have been enjoying using eyeshadow powder - I absolutely love natural looking brows, the more natural the better. There's nothing more that makes me cringe than eyebrows that look like they have definitely been applied heavily. The whole "brows on fleek" people keep going on about does not mean filling your brows to the point they are bold sharp squared blocks on your face (example). A favourite style of mine is brushing the brow hairs upwards especially at the front of the brows, it's such a beautiful way to embrace your natural brows (of course if you have the hairs to do that). I love straight brows, with a subtle arch - The more you see natural hairs the better, try not to over fill and cover it all up. For all of this I like to use my NARS single eyeshadow in the shade Bali to fill in my brows (this shade works well for dark brunettes as it has a slight dark cool ash tone to it). To set the brows my all time favourite brow gel as of late has always been the NARS brow gel in the clear shade Oural. I haven't come across another brow gel I enjoy as much, the brush shape is a perfect size for your brows as well.

Moving onto the eyes! Prime the eyelid area with NARS Pro Prime, using the Tom Ford Cognac Sable palette take the champagne shade on the top left row (the palette doesn't have shade names) and apply that all over your eyelids stopping at the crease. Taking the brown bronze shade on the bottom left row apply in a "V" shape on the outer corners of the eyes and blending slightly through the crease stopping mid way as well as your bottom lash line. Apply the same shade in the inner corner "V" of your eyes creating a halo look. Blend to soften any harsh lines all over the crease making sure you don't blend the centre shade on your eyelids. To deepen the eye look apply the dark plum purple shade on the bottom right row and place it in the outer "V" and keeping it really subtle within that outer corner (don't blend to the centre, keep it in a small section). With whatever is left over on your brush from that plum purple shade apply it in the inner corner "V" giving it only a slight definition (you don't won't it as strong as the outer corners). Remember to apply the same techniques on the bottom lash line with each shade you use. Using a clean blending brush blend out your crease again. 

Now, for the beauty of this eye look the gorgeous copper shimmer shade on the top right row using your finger to apply it onto the centre of your lids softly blending the sides where it joins the inner and outer corners and build up the intensity. Using your fingers will apply the true shade of this eyeshadow as a brush won't pick up the pigments as well. I didn't want to make the eyeliner too intense as the eye look overall is quite a stand out, I decided to do a thin slightly winged eyeliner so it balances out the eye look. The Stila Smudge crayon in Midnight Blue is a really thick crayon so you want to use a precise angled eyeliner brush and apply it with. After that is applied use the Sigma Extended Wear eyeliner in Electrify to go over the previous eyeliner to give it more of a shimmer and make it pop. Tight line the upper waterline with NARS Larger Than Life eyeliner in Via Veneto to give an illusion of fuller eyelashes. Curl your eyelashes and apply the Chanel Le Volume mascara. You can apply some false lashes to give a more dramatic look, but I only like to apply it on special occasions - I just like to stick with a good mascara for other days. 

Going back to the face using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette use the shade Radiant Light to bronze the face where you would naturally tan. This shade is very subtle so it will also give you a beautiful supple glow and warm up the face. Highlight the high points of your face with the shade Incandescent Light, I love this shade as it is so finely milled it applies effortlessly onto your face giving it such a natural glow. I've been wanting the NARS blush in Madly for so long after my friend Tenneil recommended it to me, my other friend Lisa owns it and kindly lent it to me to try it out! Let's just say I am persuaded and will have to pick up my own very soon! It is such a gorgeous terracotta peachy brown tone shade (best I can explain). It is so easy to apply without going overboard. I applied this blush from my hair line diagonally stopping half way onto the apples of my cheeks. 

Lining the lips with the MAC lip pencil in Boldly Bare it matches so nicely with the lipstick from Laura Mercier in Milky Way. It tones down the grey tones slightly and adds a bit more of a peach to the lips. Lastly spritz all over the face the Mary Kay Makeup Finishing spray to settle all the products into the skin and locking it all in. I've been really enjoying this makeup spray, I was surprised that is was made by the famous brand Skindinavia so I knew it had to be good. After a several trials I can definitely say I really enjoy using it. If your base isn't settling into your skin well a spritz of this beauty will smooth everything out! I have also found it has helped the longevity of my makeup throughout the day/night. I was kindly sent this from Mary Kay along with a box full of makeup and skincare goodies that I am still trialling out! I've never tried Mary Kay products but so far out of the products I have tried this is my favourite. 

I really hope you enjoyed this post! These types of posts have definitely become a favourite of mine to put together. I have so many drafts tutorials lined up that I've been working on. Let me know if you do try out this look and if you substituted any of the products for something similar. If you have any request please don't hesitate to comment below, let me know and I will try my best to get working on it!

P.S. I'm currently in the process of changing my blog name and social media handles to "Amour JNFR" (Love Jennifer). I'm excited for this new update and I hope you like it too!

16 October 2015

Talking About Primers

When it comes to primers I think it is a crucial element before any base. Even when it comes to painting walls in your house — want longevity and a smooth finish? Add primer on first! Same goes with your face makeup. I'm sure by now many are well educated about primers but some times it's nice to learn more about what the benefits of it is as well as a few go to favourites that someone else may recommend. For myself, I have tried many different primers throughout the years and by now I can safely say I have found many that work wonders. I decided to show you a few of my current/old favourites and give you an insight on my thoughts on each category ranging from face, eyes, lashes and yep, lips! 

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer 10ml/$26; 30ml/$76 - I've been using this primer for a few years now and can definitely say it is one of my go-to primers. The consistency is so smooth and the velvet/silk like texture just smooths so nicely onto your skin giving it this nice hydrated luminosity and filling in any fine lines and pores without that silicon feeling. I find it so unique and not like any other primer out there, it is very light weight and adheres your foundation so nicely. I love the way my skin feels after applying this primer! This primer is very expensive so it is a luxe investment to add to your makeup collection - If you're looking for a primer that isn't heavy, isn't silicone base but still smooths over fine lines and pores and makes your base apply immaculately all while having longevity then this is the primer for you. You can purchase Hourglass products at Mecca.

BECCA Lip Priming Perfector 8.9ml/$35 - This one has been sitting in my drawers for a few months unopened. I just never got around to trying it out until one day I was tidying and rearranging my makeup storage and decided to take it out to start using. My first trial was when I was getting ready to meet a friend for a catch up and I decided to wear a matte lipstick from MAC. At the time my lips were extremely dry and flaky, what a better moment to wear a matte lipstick right? I thought I would give this Becca lip primer its moment of glory since it claims to smooth and fill in any fine lines with hyaluronic filling spheres and helps your lipstick to not feather with long lasting results. 

On first application I noticed it has a peach/nude shade which somewhat acted like a neutraliser creating a blank canvas on the lips (perfect if you wear a shade that you want its true colour to show). As mentioned my lips were so chapped, I did apply a lip balm moments earlier but it was still chapped. Despite this the lip primer applied on like a mousse consistency smoothing over my lips and somehow making it hydrated too. After application it dried semi matte and when I apply lipstick it was so easy to apply on top and made my lipstick look flawless. In terms of longevity I find it has the typical staying power of a lip liner. After a few hours of wear you will need to reapply your lipstick — which is standard. If anything, I would say this lip primer is your go to saviour for any occasion that you want extremely supple smooth looking lips. You can purchase Becca products online at Adore Beauty.

Smashbox Layer Lash Primer 4.5g/$24 - I think one of my favourite parts of makeup is the added benefits some products contain for multipurpose use and extra results. For instance when it comes to your lashes who wouldn't want a product that helps your lashes grow and become nourish all at the same time fulfilling its purpose? With added Panthenol and soy protein it conditions and nourishes your lashes. I've spoken about this lash primer a few times now but this is a gem for sure from all the other lash primers I've tried. I find it applies with subtle fibres adding length and volume at the same time. Some fibre lash primers can start to look clumpy and add on too many fibres giving it that spider leg look (not attractive). 

However this lash primer applies evenly and is more of a cream like consistency making it coat each lash with ease. I find waiting a few seconds to let it settle on the lashes before applying your preferred mascara makes all the difference. It gives it more of a barrier making it glide on more smoothly and not combining all together. After several uses I have noticed a difference in my lashes compared to not using it before. My lashes are more thicker and have grown the slightest — nothing dramatic but enough that you can see there is definitely a difference. You can purchase Smashbox products at Mecca.

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base 8g/$35 - This is such a cult favourite of so many and I'm not surprised why. From all the eyeshadow primers I've tried this is a definite stand out it isn't too watery, thin or too thick. It holds and prevents creasing like no other and helps with oil control! Not only is it great for keeping longevity of the eye makeup but I also found it helps with concealer, stopping it from moving too. 

A tip I like to do is when it comes to covering up any blemishes or scarring I like to apply a small amount of this eyeshadow primer on top blending it out slightly and letting it settle for a few seconds. Then when it comes to concealing the spot you can feel all the difference in how it makes the area more tacky and the concealer is budge proof once you apply it over the area. Blemishes and scarring is not an easy area to conceal especially when the concealer keeps moving around since the skin texture is uneven. The eyeshadow primer helps create a smoothing barrier on top so the concealer can apply a lot better and with a fuller less "caky" coverage. You can purchase Nars products at Mecca.

(L-R) Hourglass Veil primer, BECCA lip primer, Smashbox lash primer, NARS eyeshadow primer.

13 October 2015

Laura Mercier: Creme Smooth Lip Colour

I'm frequently changing when it comes to makeup, one minute I will be all about one thing then I will be all about that other thing. Basically, my taste changes accordingly. When it comes to lips it definitely changes a lot! From early high school days of loving lipgloss to not fancying it at all. When it comes to lipsticks as of my early 20's I've been all about lipstick, but my types of go-to formula's change. I remember doing a lipstick tag post a while back and reading through it again a lot of things I do not like as much anymore. For instance, YSL is not one of my favourite lipstick anymore — why? When I started thinking about it I actually loved it more for the packaging than the actual product itself. Sad? Yes! As I kept using YSL lipsticks I found they separate and do not sit nicely on the lips whatsoever. In fact they are just way too creamy it ends up moving around your lips. Another part I read on that post was that my favourite formula was a sheer-easy-go-to-slap-on-the-lips-without-a-mirror formula - You guessed it nope! That ship has sailed, I am in love with matte formula's more so the creamy glide on types. I love a good opaque, well pigmented and long lasting formula that feels great on the lips and LOOKS great! OK, so now let me introduce to you my new found love.…

Welcome the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour lipsticks in Milky Way and Spiced Rose. I'm surprised I haven't heard much about these lipsticks because they deserve a lot more attention. I actually randomly came across these lipsticks while I went on a big Laura Mercier spree since that was the very first time trying out the brand (and I don't know what took me so long)!. I decided I would just go and try out a lipstick while I was at it, adding more to the basket. I was extremely happy with every product I had purchased that day! Expect a lot of Laura Mercier related posts coming soon! Little did I know or soon learned that that one lipstick I decided to purchase would fast become my all time favourite lipstick. I did not look up any reviews nor have heard much rave about these lipsticks, I just decided why not just give it a go! And, to my surprise it was a winner (thank goodness)!.

There's something really interesting about the way these feel and go on the lips. It's a hard one to try and explain but I will try my best. Basically these glide on with full pigment and the consistency is like the name says cream and smoothing on the lips - The most comfortable lipstick you could ever wear in my opinion. The staying power of these lipsticks are almost as long as a matte formula (yes, I kid you not). I find once applying it and through talking, light eating/drinking and several hours throughout the day it still remains intact. Perhaps a small touch up here and there but for a formula that isn't matte that is pretty impressive. Also containing amazing ingredients such as Vitamin E and Hyaluronic filling spheres it makes it an extra treat knowing you're conditioning your lips each application. It doesn't feel sticky or drying at all it has a nice hydrating feel while not giving you that temptation to lick it off like most lip products as it doesn't contain a scent (well I don't find it does anyway). I also find if you find a shade that really suits you it really flatters your lips making them look so healthy and plumped looking. It is my favourite to pop in my handbag to use daily! I currently own two of these lipsticks and am hoping to invest in more. They retail for $35AUD so they won't burn a hole in your purse each time you decide to buy one. It's honestly so worth the money, I am seeking more shades to add to my wish list. I've got my eyes on Lychee Parfait next!

Have you tried these Laura Mercier lipsticks before? Or any of her other lipstick collections? Or do you have your own recommendations you suggest? I'd love to know!

26 September 2015

Always Something To Look Forward To

It's about time I was more personal on here again and give a little update. I have so many exciting things planned for 'Beauty by JNFR' many of which you may have already had a clue about — tutorials I've been filming and editing. I must admit being new to the filming world I haven't a clue what I am doing and can definitely see how much work and effort is put into just one video. Oh, the editing part is a nightmare especially when you don't know what you're doing but nevertheless I am slowly getting there. Let's just put it out there that it won't be the best and I will need more practise to get each video right. I really enjoy being able to demonstrate things through filming instead of just words and photos, but I will always have a place for blogging. I won't be doing anything extravagant like YouTube or anything just a few things here and there for the blog.

With the year almost coming closer towards the end of 2015 I can't help but be for once happy that the year is coming to an end as I find around this time of the year I get so excited for new adventures and basically this is when the fun times come rolling in — with holidays & getaways booked and Christmas to look forward to I can't wait for what the new year brings. Usually I would be freaking out that these months have just flown by but all in all I am extremely happy and content about it. 

I do like to live a semi-private life and most of the time do not like to let social media into details too much but I do like to show a part of myself like my interest, current events and thoughts , etc. I must admit also, I am running out of ideas on what to post about which is why I haven't been posting as much as I would like to. I am also really particular and have so many drafts sitting aside (over 20 - argh)! Mainly because I am not completely happy with it (photos mainly). I need some inspiration, I have so many ideas I tend to get overwhelmed and don't end up choosing what I should work on. Things like creating my videos, organising a makeup collection/storage post etc just ends up taking so much longer than I intend to as I keep changing things up and am never 100% happy with the results. I do thank those who have been consistently asking for theses posts and I feel awful that I've taken so long to get it finalised — but I promise it is in the works and perhaps I should just post it even if I am not confident about it.

Lately, I have been really into the whole healthy eating since getting an Optimum 9400 blender. I've always been into healthy eating but obviously not as much as I am nowadays. I have been baking and creating amazing meals, smoothies and desserts that have been making me feel amazing inside and out. My skin and nails have never looked more healthy — it's glowing! It was definitely an investment but of course I share this nifty device with my Mr who kindly bought it for me. I've been also making my own almond milk too which I have basically stopped drinking all kinds of cow milk. These last few months I've only been drinking constantly almond or soy milk. I've also cut out coffee most days as I have a smoothie each morning however the occasional coffee/tea with soy milk as a "reward" happens every now and then. I think now when I do end up drinking coffee I get more shaky and basically jump between the walls as I am not use to the caffeine anymore however tea I can handle much better. 

My cook books and watching Bloggers/YouTubers such as Jessica Beautician making recipes in each vlog has really inspired me. Besides makeup and beauty being most of my life and love, I do enjoy cooking and baking also which I find so therapeutic. I've also been rearranging my room over and over again, I get bored easily with my setup and like to change things around however it always stays quite fresh and minimal looking (and messy from time to time). My little cactus plant has been growing so lovely — it's so green and I can see the roots growing around the glass jar which is both satisfying and weird at the same time. I water it once a week or when I can remember — basically it is a really easy plant to look after and I am so thrilled it is still alive — eek! I think one of my favourite parts or sections of my room is definitely my perfume stand. It makes me so happy each time I look at its beauty. All of my favourites accumulated together. 

With some busy mornings I like to get my makeup done quick and as put together as possible. I've found what works well for me is using this large boxy faux leather makeup bag (gwp from Luxola) holds perfectly all my essentials. I love that you can keep adding to it and it still has lots of room due to the make of it. I usually sit at my vanity and start taking what I need out from each drawer, but found I ended up making such a mess and came home to a vanity filled with all my used makeup which I continued to add to the pile when I got put off from tidying it up. However, having what I need planned the night before put into this large makeup bag makes all the difference. I can access and grab things out with ease. I've found I have also saved a lot more time doing my morning makeup routine and have time to do other things too without rushing as much which is a nice stress relief. 

Okay, so I've noticed so far this post is a little random but I kind of like it that way. Something different from my regular reviews and favourites , etc. You can think of this as an update on what I've been into/up to and what has been working well for me also! In the mean time some reviews, tutorials (as promised in earlier posts) and current favourites will be coming up soon!