24 March 2015

Today's Makeup Look #2

For today's look it will be mainly featuring Bobbi Brown products. I will be showing you how to master a winged eyeliner with a liquid liner and gel liner as well as pairing it with a nude to red lip. I received such positive feedback on my first "Today's Makeup Look" I decided to work on a second one! I must admit it is so much fun doing these kinds of posts I really wish I had started doing it a lot earlier. Nonetheless I have actually invested in a new DSLR camera lens for my camera (which I am waiting for its arrival) and yes that means I will be trialling out some videos for tutorials. I definitely agree and know it is a lot easier to watch rather than read however I really needed to get a new lens for this purpose.

I received some great advice from my photographer at my previous photo shoot advising me of an affordable camera lens for my blogging and filming purposes. I am so happy and excited to play around with it once it arrives! I opted for the Nikon 50ml 1.8F lens which wasn't at all too expensive! I purchased it for around $250 AUD. My photographer friend also told me this is the perfect lens to use for taking photos of makeup as well as filming since it is so tiny and really portable as well! The quality is just the perfect amount I need for this! Definitely stay tuned and I will update when I will be filming! I really hope you enjoy it and yes I am extremely nervous!

Onto today's look! I will be heading off the the Noodle Markets located in the city/Northbridge tonight with my boyfriend so I decided this will be a perfect opportunity to work on my second tutorial. I wanted it to suit the theme of the Noodle Market as it is mainly Asian food. What better than a perfect winged liner paired with a nude or red lip, yes? (I ended up going with the nude lippy as I was eating so didn't want to maintain the red lippy all night hehe!)

Products/tools used:

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color - 21 Warm Nude
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color - 35 Blazing Red
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner - 27 Caviar Ink
Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Mascara - Extreme Party Mascara/No Smudge Mascara (Limited Edition)
Bobbi Brown Ink Liner - Blackest Black
Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Eyeliner - Chocolate/Bronze (Limited Edition)
Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette (Limited Edition)
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation (sample) - NC30
MAC Strobe Cream (sample)
MAC 266 Brush
MAC 275 Brush
Hakuhodo J5522
Hakuhodo J505
Hakuhodo J5521

*MAC Pro Long-wear Concealer - NC30
*NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
*Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil - Dark Brunette
*Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
*Mario Badescu Facial Spray - Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

*Not pictured

Create this look: 

As always start off with a moisturised face, eyes and lips so they are prepped ready for makeup application. Again you want to start with your eye makeup as we are doing another semi dark eye look. Apply your primer — for today's look I used a sample of MAC Strobe Cream to give a nice dewy glow under the foundation while I let it settle in I also primed the eyelids with NARS Pro Prime. I decided to shop my makeup stash and wanted to use mostly Bobbi Brown, I wanted to dedicate this look based around it. I of course didn't use everything Bobbi Brown so listed above are the other items I used to create this look.

Using the Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette I started with shade 'truffle' blended throughout the crease acting as a transition shade using the Hakuhodo J5522. Then using 'ivory' to highlight my brow bone followed by 'graphite' in the outer V blending it down towards the outer lash line using the MAC 275 Brush. Going back to the shade 'truffle' to blend out the crease of any harsh lines. Using your index finger or ring finger pat shade 'platinum' into the centre of the eyelids to the tear duct pressing it on and doing light patting motions — which you will find will apply the shade better to the eyelids giving it a rounded shine look. To deepen the look place 'smokey grey' on the outer V where you first placed 'graphite' just focusing mainly on the outer corners of the V shape shading it in so it blends evenly and adding the same shade on the lower outer lash line to connect and bring the look together.

For each eye I did the left eye with the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner to create the winged eyeliner and for the same look on the right eye using the Bobbi Brown Ink Liner. I mainly did two different types of liner looks to show how both products work on my eyes. Basically in the end they look very similar but in terms of which one is easier I would have to say the quickest application for me was doing the 'gel eyeliner' using the precision of the MAC 266 brush. I found I had more control with product whereas the 'ink liner' didn't distribute as much product to create that crisp flick. Nonetheless both liners were lovely on both eyes and when you look at them both you can't really tell there are two different types of formulas. I also tight lined the upper water line with the Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Eyeliner in Chocolate to give a more fuller look to the lashes. Curl the eyelashes using Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers and apply a generous amount of Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Mascara to both upper and lower lashes.

Now as you know I am in the midst of getting a new camera lens so please bare with the photos I have for now. They don't capture the best quality of the makeup but I tried my best relying mostly on good day light lighting. 

Moving onto the base now that your primer has settled nicely into they skin I wanted to also try the sample of MAC Mineralize Foundation which I applied only one layer of to give a nice supple natural look buffing it in with the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush. With any blemishes, spots and under eyes I used the MAC Pro-long wear concealer. I find on days where I want to keep my skin hydrated I like setting my foundation and concealer using the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder with the Hakuhodo J505 pressing it onto the skin so it doesn't disturb any movement of the concealer.

Filling in the eyebrows with Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil following your natural shape. To contour and bronze using the NARS Virtual Domination Palette as well as the Hakuhodo J5521 for this whole palette — using 'laguna' to sculpt the face where the sun naturally hits and highlight the high points of your face with 'miss liberty'. A blush that ties in nicely with the entire look whether going for a bold or nude lipstick I used 'sex fantasy' to give a bit of flush to the cheeks.

I just love the formula of Bobbi Brown lipsticks they're so pigmented, smooth and sit beautifully on the lips. For the nude shade I used a matte lipstick in '21 warm nude', it isn't drying on the lips (especially if you prep your lips prior). It also gives my lips a perfect nude shade without clashing with my skin tone as there are undertones of brown and peach to the nude. For the red shade I used the oh so beautiful bright lipstick in '35 blazing red'. It gives a strong rich orange red shade to the lips again not clashing with my skin tone as the orange undertones of the red flows nicely with my yellow skin tone making it brighten my complexion. To refresh the face and set everything I like to spritz some Mario Badescu Facial Spray all over my face making the skin supple and hydrated.

Bobbi Brown Ink Liner - Blackest Black

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner - Caviar Ink

 Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour - 21 Warm Nude

 Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour - 35 Blazing Red

What do you think of this overall look? Do you like the nude lips or are you more of a bold red lip kind of gal? Personally for me on a night out I love a good bold red lip and for those days where I know I'll be eating out I think a nude makes more sense — plus it's just as pretty! Don't mind my camera angles, I'm not one to do many selfies but I do hope you found this post enjoyable! Perhaps for my next "Today's Makeup Look" post I will do a more colourful eye look! Which are my favourite to do! I want to start off quite neutral and easy then slowly build up to more complex looks as I make more tutorials.

21 March 2015

A Good Pamper

Life can be hectic as we all know so it is important to take some time out for ourselves. I love having baths every now and then to unwind and relax my mind and body from stress. My favourite thing of all is making that a cup of tea each night, lighting a candle, painting my nails, catching up on TV series, blog reading, YouTube and putting a face/hair mask on.

I think at times we forget we need to have a break and pamper ourselves. I think after you've done a few of these remedies you feel like a whole new person again as well as combining healthy eating and exercise (as they always say)!.

For myself I find using the right things makes me look forward to pampering myself more. When I say "right things" I mean as in using your favourite cup to have your most desired tea in or using a good quality face mask so you can see the results in your skin after. There's no point on using things that don't make you feel good or show results! You will find the little things make all the difference. I think good quality teas and candles are just as important as well.

Brands such as T2 tea are my definite go to when it comes to quality as well as variety! My most go-to tea to indulge in each night depends on my mood. Most nights will consist of Jasmine Green tea, Oolong or Chamomile (so lovely on its own or wish a dash of Manuka honey) and on those sweet tooth days I like a good English/Melbourne breakfast (yes even at night)! Or Creme burlee tea with a dash of soy/skim milk and Manuka honey.

If you're a regular reader of my blog you will definitely notice my favourite candle brands come to no surprise! I love a good Diptyque candle as well as Byredo, This Works, Laudree and Tocca! Occasionally I like to go through my old stash of candles which I still do enjoy burning. Brands such as Glasshouse, Palm Beach, Yankee, Wavertree and London and Gascoigne King which are a few from random boutique brands I've bought during my holidays. Although these types of candles don't come cheap they are definitely worth the investment because even without burning the candle you can still smell the strong scent which lingers throughout the room. Plus they make gorgeous storage for things such as makeup brushes, cotton tips and jewellery etc when you've finished the candle, so it's a win win!

Do you have any recommendations on candles or teas (or even your favourite pamper items)? I would love to try new ones so please comment your suggestions below!

- Diptyque Candles in 34 Blvd Redoute, Roses, Baies Noir, Wick Trimmer.
- Favourite cup Keep Cup Brew Limited Edition Cork in Filter size Medium 12oz.
- Currently drinking T2 Tea in China Jasmine.

Pictured above

18 March 2015

Today's Makeup Look

Well, well well, this is new! I thought today I would invest some time to create a more fun and practical post. I was only running errands today and organising some freelance work I have coming up so I wasn't doing this look for anything in particular. I really enjoyed putting this together from the makeup to taking the photos! I think next time if I am daring enough I will film a tutorial and I think with that I will be more motivated to also film my makeup collection and storage. 

Products/tools used:

*gifted from a friend (Evelyn & Lisa)

Create this look:

This look is suitable for most occasions depending on your comfort zone. For myself I do enjoy a subtle smokey eye during the day and adding more intensity to smoke it out more for a night look. For this look I will be mentioning everything listed above, of course if you want to use any other products of your own please do so — this is just a guide to the steps I did and used to create my look. 

For most eye looks that contain dark shadows it is ideal to start with your eye makeup first so you can clean up any fallout before doing your base. Start with a moisturised face and lips so that they are prepped before you begin your eye makeup. Apply NARS eyeshadow base primer to your eye lids and lower lash line and let it settle for a few seconds before adding the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock to your outer V, inner corner stopping a quarter in and the lower lash line stopping half way. Do one eye at a time as these Ombre Blackstars set pretty quickly. Blend out lightly with a clean fluffy eye brush (Chantecaille Perfect Sweep brush) to create a soft edge. 

Then add the Ombre Blackstar in Ombre Mecure to the centre of your eye lids and lower lash line meeting half way to the middle again. With the Stila Eyes Are The Window palette in 'Mind' you want to get the shade 'understanding' (mauve brown) to blend out the crease creating a transition shade. Then highlighting the brow bone with shade 'brilliance' (off creamy white). To start adding definition to the look you want to get shade 'creativity' (cool toned dark brown) and slowly build up intensity starting at the lash line of your outer V and blending it out into a feline triangle/wing — make the V shape inline with an angle to the tail of your brows. 

Adding some more of 'creativity' you want to add an ever so slightly amount towards your inner corner to define the eyes and creating a rounded shape to your eyes. You will notice at this point your Ombre Blackstar will need building up again as it would have been blending out quite a bit so add another layer to build up the colour on the same areas you did previously. Then blend it out again but this time with shade 'wit' (caramel soft brown). To give your eyes an even more rounded look and making it pop use the Clinique Cheek Palette and with the lightest shade in the palette place a bit of it with your finger pressing it on lightly to the centre of your eyelids and to brighten your inner corners. 

At this point if you're happy with the look and have blended out all harsh lines you want to move onto your base. Using Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer place it all over your face followed by a little bit of The Body Shop InstaBlur primer to your t-zone to help with oil control and keeping your foundation at bay. Let that settle in for a few seconds then with one pump of Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation blend all over starting in the centre of your face and working outwards with the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush. Then highlight the centre, under eyes and high points of your face with Clarins Instant Concealer (which is a few shades lighter) to brighten up your complexion followed by Chanel Perfection Concealer to conceal any blemishes and spots. 

To set everything and keep it in place you want to use pressing motions to pat on NARS Pressed Powder with the Hakuhodo J5543 brush. With whatever is left on your Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush use it to clean out the edges of your eye makeup to give it a crisp look. Moving onto the brows fill them out as you would using the MAC Veluxe Brow Pencil giving a soft natural look (if you prefer a more bolder brow then intensify the brows more — however for this look I went with a soft brow). Going back to the eyes use Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to liner your eyes creating a thick winged line. Then apply Smashbox Layer Lash Primer to prime your lashes, let it dry for a few seconds followed by coating your lashes with the Chanel Le Volume Mascara (curl your lashes prior)!. 

To contour and bronze the face (where the sun naturally hits your face — temples, hollows of cheeks, jawline & nose making sure you blend down to your neck) use Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - highlight the high points of your face with the highlight shade - I also paired the Clinique Cheek Palette mixed together to add a bit more of a glow. For blush apply it to the apples of your cheeks and swiping it upwards to your hair line (you don't want to go any lower than where you nose ends as that will droop your face a lot) - I noticed the camera didn't pick up the blush shade much but it is on there. Lastly line and fill in your lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl followed by applying MAC Lipstick in Mehr (thanks Tenneil for the recommendation)! Completing the entire look.

I really hope you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more tutorials please comment below so I know to work on some more. I of course think it would be more informative and easier if I filmed a tutorial but I do want to invest in a better camera lens as the one I am using isn't top notch for my Nikon D5000 DSLR. I will trial a video and see if its worthy to upload but do let me know if you would prefer that format (since I do realise reading a step by step tutorial isn't as interesting)!. Nonetheless I hope you still enjoyed this and I had SO much fun creating this look for the blog. I look forward to reading your feedback!

15 March 2015

Makeup Bag Essentials

Again I have come up with a nice random post to share with you all! I thought to myself what could I post about next and then it hit me — why not post about what small essentials I carry in my bag? AKA my makeup bag! Now this isn't going to be a long post (compared to my previous post (wow!) which got a lot of love so thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read it, I really appreciate all your lovely words it means so much to me to keep posting more!) so I hope you enjoy this post and that it might be helpful for you to pick up a few ideas.

I usually carry a small size cross body bag with me nowadays however do occasionally carry a slightly bigger bag — which is just my Givenchy Lucrezia bag, in my opinion is still quite petite but can carry a lot more. So with that being said you can imagine I wouldn't carry too much makeup in my bag. I have this clear BareMinerals pouch I received with a few miniature size products a few years ago and thought it would be perfect to house my makeup in. Not only is the clear makeup bag just gorgeous because it allows you to see what you have inside but it is such a perfect size.

I like to keep products that are easy to use with my fingers (of course sanitised hands)! So I have cream/liquid products as well. If there are any powdered products I use my mini kabuki brush (it is super tiny). I find this is all great for those emergency moments when you're out and about and need to slap on a bit of makeup if you haven't done so already or even those random moments when you unexpectedly sleep over someones house and you have your little emergency kit containing everything you will need, without weighing your bag down!

I was definitely inspired by the pouch in general how it had small travel size makeup in there already so I thought since I have SO many deluxe sample sizes in my collection why not add them in as they are perfect travel sizes. Basically majority of the items in my bag will be deluxe sizes and only few full sizes. I thought I would show you both my Céline Trio and Givenchy Lucrezia bags as they are the two bags I mainly use and usually swap between.

Items that I keep inside my Diptyque pouch are:

MAC lip pencil in Whirl and Boldly Bare
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
Diptyque deluxe size body lotion in Eau Rose (I use for hand cream)
Aesōp Resurrection hand sanitiser
NARS lipstick in Pigalle
Malin + Goetz lip balm in Mojito
Jo Malone deluxe size cologne in Blackberry & Bay
Mecca Cosmetica deluxe size To Save Face sunscreen

Items that I keep inside my clear BareMinerals pouch are:

Bobbi Brown deluxe size Smokey Eyes mascara
NARS deluxe size Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto
MAC deluxe size Strobe cream (highlighter)
NARS deluxe size Sheer Glow foundation in Fiji Light 5
BareMinerals mini Kabuki brush
Dior pencil sharper
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard Medium 1
Kardashian deluxe size bronzer in Cabana Bronze (I like to use for bronzer as well as eyeshadow)
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme-Rouge blusher in Soft Pink
BareMinerals deluxe size Ready foundation powder in Fairly Light
Benefit deluxe size Porefessional primer
Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium Deep
Cotton tips (so handy for fixing eye makeup during the day)!

I will be catching up on blog reading and replying to comments — extremely happy I have a chance to catch up on everything today! Let me know if you have any questions regarding anything in this post, I'd love to know if you have any other tips yourself!

06 March 2015

The Little Things

First of all I shall warn you that this will be a long post — possibly the longest post I've ever put together since it has taken me a week and a half to get done! I want to go into great detail about many things so make a cup of tea and enjoy! My iMac decided to die on me a few weeks ago and it wasn't until last Monday that I was able to have it back and running new again. I was so happy when my dad told me his friend could upgrade and fix my iMac at a great price. It is now running super fast with an added 2 terabytes and extra fans it is running so smooth and has been working extremely quiet without overheating.

It's so hard to not have your computer with you for so long, I must admit I was having withdrawal symptoms (haha). I did however lose all my data and memory so I was really devastated. Nonetheless my boyfriend is trying to retrieve all our documents back so fingers crossed.  Right now I am setting up everything again on my iMac — there's something really exciting about having it "brand new" again. Makes you feel like you have a new toy to put together again.

These last few weeks have been so hectic and phenomenal. I've had so many changes, made so many big sacrifices and experienced a world of new adventures. I love it when this happens, life is just all a mystery and you take things as they come. I'm all for change and although it may seem like the scariest thing to just let go of something that isn't right for you and continue to embark on other adventures you just got to do it. It's the things that scare you that challenge you the most. I am so happy and I do admit I have my days where I feel confused and down but that's just all part of dealing with change. I won't go into too much detail as to what has changed in my life but I will inform you that I have moved onto new and better things and I am so excited for what the future brings.

My freelancing is building up so much with many ambitions and ideas I'm currently working and planning on I am super thrilled for whats to come. I've met some amazing and talented photographers, models and hairdressers during my most recent shoot where I did makeup on 8 models with a mixture of themes that included special effects makeup — blocking out the brows with wax , etc. It was such an amazing experience and so crazy! I must admit it was pretty full on but I live for these moments and I know this is where my heart lays. My friend Loren has been so amazing and we've been working hard together on many projects and future plans. Some times you just need to move on from your comfort zone and put yourself in the utmost situations in order to understand and learn more. It's all in experiencing new things. You won't go anywhere just staying in the same old position and doing something that isn't exciting.

I don't know if you've noticed but my posts are literally a mixture of everything, I mostly express my feelings and thoughts along with pretty pictures which I guess that is the way I express myself. On to what this post was supposed to be about which is me just taking random photos of what I'm currently loving which majority of the time is what most of my posts are about. I thought I would update you on a few oldies and newbies that I have been head over heels over these last few weeks to months. Mixture of candles, makeup, skincare, books, nails , etc.

On the top of my makeup table I have this small white shelve that holds all my favourite perfumes, a few candles and bits and bobs. I store the rest of my perfumes and candles in a box stored away. Throughout my years I've always had an acquired taste when it came to things such as candles and perfumes. I like unique scents and tend to not like branded perfumes and celebrity perfumes as much. Although I did own the occasional Britney Spears perfume when I was 14 which I still keep as it was the first present my boyfriend gifted me when we were wee ones so its sentimental.

I also have brands such as Chloe, Burberry, Elie Saab etc which I still like but its quite limited that's why majority of my other perfumes are stored away since I don't gravitate to them anymore. When I joined the makeup industry and started exploring more within the beauty of the not so known brands I started to see the real beauty in these. From Byredo to Diptyque and even Jo Malone, oh they are just perfection. There's just something that separates them all from the rest. The uniqueness of each scent they have in their range to the packaging itself — minimalistic.

Now perfumes such as these don't come cheap, in fact they are ridiculously pricey and by all means so worth it. Therefore one cannot own so many at once. I actually had all of these on my wish list for quite some time now but just couldn't justify spending it on myself since in the end they are just perfumes and do I really need them? No - more so I WANT them. I am ever so grateful to my loving boyfriend who just spoiled me this Valentine's Day with so many beautiful, oh so beautiful new goodies to add to my collection. 

From left to right these are the products pictured above as well as my brief thoughts on each product.

Byredo Bal D'Afrique parfum - Like I mentioned before, these perfumes are just divine. They all have such a unique scent to them. This one in particular my boyfriend had chosen for me (I initially had Gypsy Water on my wish list however he smelt that one and didn't like it so he surprised me with this scent - I didn't know he dropped by the store by himself to choose some perfumes for me for Valentine's Day. We don't usually celebrate it to the fullest but we do little things here and there.) I don't think I ever smelt this scent before. I guess like most others do they just go with the scents everyone raves about but I just knew the more I kept going into the store and smelling Gypsy Water the more I wasn't sure which is why I held off from buying it for so long.

I think it's more special when you find a great scent that your partner enjoys too since they're obviously the one who smells you the most so it would be ideal that they like the perfume scent you're wearing. He told me he went around smelling each scent and decided on a few that he enjoyed and knew I would like too. I must say he did very well in this, I never would have thought he would do this yet alone chose me scents that I haven't even smelt myself. I am absolutely in love with this perfume, it has a subtle mixture notes of "Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, African marigold, Bucchu Mid: Violet, Jasmine petals, Cyclamen Base: Black Amber, Musk, Vetiver, Moroccan cedarwood" as the website lists. If you haven't smelt this yet I highly suggest you do when you're in store next.

Byredo Black Saffron parfum -Again this Byredo perfume is just gorgeous. This is actually one I was leaning towards several times when I smelt it in store. I think for myself I do find it difficult to settle on a particular scent as I tend to like many but at the same time when I know it's expensive I have to make a proper decision since I would be purchasing just one. This however was obviously my lucky day when the boyfriend got me quite a few things from my wish list which I was ever so grateful for. With both Byredo perfumes I wrote on my wish list that I wanted 50ml since they're EDP so they're a lot more intense and plus I never finish a perfume anyway! I think that is a perfect size.

As the website lists it has a mixture notes of "Top: Pomelo, Saffron, Juniper Berry Mid: Black Violet, Accord Cuir, Cristal Rose Base: Blond Woods, Raspberry, Vetiver". Now I'm not one to describe scents all that well so having the lists there helps a lot and you can just imagine the combination of the lot mixed together would create such an interesting scent. I feel like this has a sexy but also soft sweet smell to it making it definitely one of a kind.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening spray - I can tell you one thing I am converted to Bumble & Bumble and that my whole hair care consist of it only. Since trying it out one by one wish list to wish list I just kept falling more and more in love with the brand. The team behind this brand sure know whats good for your hair that's all I can say. In the photo I took I decided to put my mini travel sizes in instead of my full sizes as they photograph better. The thickening spray you just need a few spritz to make your hair have a bit of oomph to it as well as texture. There's nothing too fancy to say about this product other than my tip is to not use too much, really only one to two spritz will do the job (obviously depending how long/thick your hair is of course).

Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers primer - This one here is a given, it is by far my most favourite out of all my hair care. It basically does everything you can imagine from detangle, heat protection (with UV) to a nourishing treatment it does the lot. I've gone through a bottle of the 250ml — yep it is staying permanent in my regime (and with two backups it's a definite love).

Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry - This is my most recent to my B&B collection. It's also quite fairly new in-store but of course I didn't need another product that protects my hair from heat when I have the above mentioned. However since using this several times I've noticed it does more than just protects, it repaired the split ends I once had (who would have thought?!) I also feel like my hair feels really soft and manageable once I've use this in my damp hair before I blow dry it (I don't usually blow dry often, I prefer to let it air dry which works just as well only time consuming of course). It's the little things that each product does that makes you buy more than you would need — either that or I'm just an addict.

Diptyque 34 Blvd Redoute candle - Oh, the oh so beautiful marble looking candle! I was so hesitant to put this on my wish list due to the price. But I decided to add it in case the future me wanted to splurge when I least expect. I've been pondering over getting the Diptyque Pomander candle for what seems like years but never seem to end up buying it. I thought with this limited edition candle and its gorgeous packaging I had to settle for this (this is again gifted to me from my boyfriend — thank youuuu!!!) As not only is it bigger and beautiful it has pretty much the exact same scent. With cinnamon, cloves, orange the only difference it has from Pomander is additional rose, cedar and amber to it which makes it even more worthwhile. It's almost too good to even burn, I would just sniff it constantly and just stare at its beauty.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme - I bought this beauty during IMATS last year as I've been wanting to try it for the longest time. Since adding it to my regime (and my freelance kit) I knew this would be a staple. I like to switch my facial creams depending on my current skin situation so I use this on days where my skin is at its good moments. It absorbs quickly and nourishes the skin giving it this smooth feeling. It doesn't irritate my skin whatsoever and I find it suits pretty much every skin type hence why I have it in my freelance kit as well. It is a perfect base before having makeup on as well. Thank you France for always providing us with amazing products.

Josie Maran Black Oil mascara - This too is fairly new — since its launch in store I've been eying this but never got around to actually buying it. I've tried it several times on clients and it looks so lovely and natural looking. This isn't going to give you massive lashes but it does build up volume quite nicely with the wand shape having 5 balls on it, it coats with a thick formula to each lash perfectly and not to mention the argan oil is just going to nourish and make your lashes grow so beautifully — which I have noticed it has done for my lashes since using it.

Smashbox Lash primer - My friend Loren has been telling me on and on about how amazing this lash primer is since the day I met her (3 years ago) and yet it took me this long to actually own it. (Shame on me!!) Yes, every single itty bitty thing she has raved about is absolutely true. This wonder will coat your lashes making the primer thicken your lashes as well as the fibres in it which add extra length to each lash creating beautiful long and natural looking lashes. I know a lot of fibre mascara/lash primers give you that spider leg look on your lashes but this one does by far the opposite and exactly what its job is. The ingredients are also phenomenal as it also helps your lashes grow, which again I have noticed a difference. My friend Loren's lashes are to die for so I know this baby is a definite winner.

Diptyque Philosykos EDT - I have only owned one Diptyque perfume which is the Eau Rose roll on perfume. Which can I say is the most gorgeous smelling rose perfume I have come across? So naturally I had to invest in another one which by invest I mean as in my boyfriend bought it for me again (oh thanks boy)!. I've had Philosykos on my wish list for what seems like forever. Since smelling it for the first time years and years ago in store I was thinking wow figs are so lovely. I especially love that my boyfriend really enjoys this on me too, each time I have it on he always compliments me (well actually more so himself for picking it up for me hehe) and says it is fast becoming one of his favourites that he likes me wearing. I can't quite describe how this smells only that it obviously has fig in it but isn't just fig, its like a whole world of beautiful things in one bottle.

I could smell this all day and when it lingers (which it really does throughout the day) I can't help but feel lovely each time. For a toilette it is quite strong but subtle as well if that makes sense. I find it does last on and you can always smell it. I decided to pick up the largest size considering it was a toilette and I would probably go through it a lot faster than a EDP and also because the price difference wasn't too far apart. Diptyque is just lovely and one of these days when I finally get a trip around Europe I will visit the official store.

Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart book - This is what you would call a feel good book. I decided to pick it up on eBay (since it is no where to be found in any book store here in Perth)! For $25 and it was shipped from Sydney. I guess I was mainly drawn to this book because I wanted to get more of these types of motivating books especially if it has a lot of tips to good eating and advice. I am at that stage in my life where I am trying to look after my body and since losing a lot of weight from my recovery last year things have been so good. I did gain a lot of weight when I broke my leg last year, which is a given since I couldn't really move around anywhere. But since recovering through physio and now going back to my new routine of healthy eating and yoga/pilates again I feel so happy to be back to myself again. It's never a good feeling when you know your body is changing especially when it's out of your control.

I've had so much help from my doctor which I am ever so thankful for — which I think if you can find an amazing doctor you trust definitely seek for their help they can do so much to help you. I first saw this book from of course my favourite Essie Button which she featured in some of her vlogs as well as Instagram. I did some research on it and not only is the book so pretty it is filled with even more beautiful content. I've tried a few of her recipes (pumpkin soup — yum) and I'm yet to still continue reading this book as I'm slowly getting through it so I can absorb each information properly. I definitely recommend this it if you want an inspiring book to read — especially about healthy lifestyles.

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink lipstick - Charlotte Tilbury is one of those brands that you can't help but fall in love with over and over again. From the quality to the packaging but also its uniqueness. I want to seriously own everything — so please CT come to Australia?! I love the formula to these lipsticks they smell so yummy too (vanilla). This shade is what they say your lips but better colour. It is so creamy but has a consistency which I find stays on your lips so evenly. I really want to try her matte range — the bullet square looks so interesting.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lip pencil - As mentioned above, this is just gorgeous! I am scared to use this as it is slowly getting smaller and smaller as I keep sharpening it. This is the best shade lip pencil I own in my opinion. They are thick and creamy and literally stay put on your lips through eating and drinking (and for myself — talking lots). This will definitely be a restock item on my list. I love you Charlotte.

Dior Lady #294 Gel nail polish - When I first saw this in store while walking past the stand I was instantly drawn to the shade. It is just one of those shades that just gets me each time and something I can own about a million of. It's quite a hard shade to describe but for myself I would say it is a muted pale rose with a brown undertone. The name Lady is just so fitting for this I think! Not only is the shade beautiful the quality and consistency of the formula to this varnish is just amazing. It is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I would choose it over any other polish now! I want more!

This is my first time trying the gel range (I do own one of their extremely old polishes back when I was about 15 years old) and it applies so nice without any streaks, it is so pigmented and bold with one application and lasts so long on the nails — with the gel finish it just looks perfect. I am definitely going to invest in more! I much prefer these Dior polishes over the Chanel ones which I find Chanel polishes chip easily and the formula isn't good especially for its price. Dior retails for $39 which is a lot better quality than Chanel. I do own 2 Chanel polishes and I don't think I will purchase anymore since I find it is not worth it.

Ciate Speed top coat - This one was something I randomly stumbled by while at work and decided to paint my nails (yep as you do) of course I needed something that would dry fast so I tried this speed top coat and was instantly convinced it was amazing. It dries fast (not super fast but fast enough) and leaves your nails glossy and staying put for a long time! I am yet to look into getting the Dior top coat that my beautiful friend Tenneil keeps telling me about! But for a cheaper option this is a definite gem!

Chanel B20 Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation - There isn't too much to say about this foundation as I did write my thoughts on it in this post. But what I can say about it since using it more is that it feels like nothing but perfect skin in a bottle (the typical term everyone uses when they love a foundation) but no really it is just as it claims to be — velvet skin. I don't feel like I'm wearing any kind of makeup when I put this on, a little goes a long way and it is so pigmented the coverage covers any spots or dark spots perfectly without any caky or heavy feeling to it.

I find at times I don't even need to follow up with a concealer when I use this. I can't quite confirm if I prefer this over the Vitalumiere as I do find they are quite different but let's just say Chanel's got it when it comes to foundations (well the ones that I've tried anyway). Just keep in mind their shade range is much different from the Vitalumiere so if you're a particular shade I suggest you try the Perfection Lumiere Velvet in store prior since they run differently.

NARS Alaska tinted moisturiser - I had a hit and miss with this product when I first tried a sample of it. It was when I was going through my purging stage of breaking out which led to my skin not liking anything on it basically. I felt like it didn't sit properly and felt extremely oily on my skin even though I had dry patches of skin at that time. Since my skin had cleared up and I decided to try it again I noticed it worked so differently. It's a shame you basically need to have good skin for it to work — well in my opinion anyway. However I think that goes with most complexion products. I find when I use it now it blends in so nicely giving a perfect amount of coverage and if I do say so a lot more coverage than your typical tinted moisturiser. It makes your complexion look so nice with a hint of glow without looking too dewy. I think with most products when you first try it out as everyone's skin is different it may not work for you but try it again a few months later and your opinion about the product will be the total opposite — which in my case tends to happen quite a lot.

I guess it depends on your current situation where you know your skin isn't at a good stage and what ever you put on it doesn't sit right. But then again the same goes with other makeup products such as mascara when you first try it you can either love it or hate it and when you let it wear in a bit that's when you notice it works completely different from when you first tried it. I love using this tinted moisturiser for days where it is hot and I don't want much makeup on. I have tried using this on days where I went out the entire day and it held up really nicely. It works with the oils on your face throughout the day and settles into the skin effortlessly. Give it a try, and if the same thing happens to you as it did for me try it again later and see if you feel differently about it.

Deep Sleep pillow spray - On days where I am having trouble sleeping or getting a good nights rest I turn to this gem. Basically all the lavender and herbs put into this just relaxes not only your body but especially your mind. I need to keep remembering I have this, although it sits on my bedside table I tend to forget I should use this. I sometimes have trouble sleeping like most people when I have so much on my mind. As soon as I spritz this on my pillow about 3 times I instantly relax and start to doze off. I high recommend this if you find this would work for you too.

Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening essence - I went through stages throughout the years of the occasional break outs. At times I would have immaculate skin and other times I would have horrendous skin. I think it was mainly due to stress and moving around a lot (I have moved so many times throughout these years) and that was what caused it. Now that I am starting to settle (or who knows I could be on the move again haha). I have been using this serum for about almost 2 years now and I found it has helped me so much with my hyperpigmentation. When I break out I get these dark spots around my face and it creates uneven skin tones within my complexion — which is also due to sun damage although I do wear sunscreen it still happens.

I found this serum to have amazing ingredients such as Licorice root extracts which is known to help with dark spots as well as all the added fruit extracts and oil extracts within this product. It seeps into the skin with a gel like consistency and since having this in my regime I have notice a significant change with my dark spots which basically have disappeared. As soon as an active pimple is on my face when it starts to deteriorate away and the dark spot appears I always put this serum on like a spot treatment to help it from getting any darker. I also use this daily each night so help even out my skin tone in general as well as hydrate the skin. From the same range I've been using the Purely White Brightening Cleanser from Jurlique for quite a while now and it is definitely my favourite cleanser. This range is amazing if you're looking for something to brighten dull skin and hyperpigmentation.

REN Invisible Pores Detox mask - You know those days where you look real closely at your mirror and you see those black heads around your nose? Yep well this beauty is what I call the vacuum cleaner of all. It literally will suck out and remove all gunk from your pores (no kidding the reviews are true people)! I have a back up of this and I am not even half way through the bottle (that's how much I enjoy it). I only use this about once a week or when I feel like my skin needs a pick me up (mainly around the time of the month situation when I break out a little). You will notice a dramatic difference when you use this, look closely again and your pores have shrunken and no black heads are visible. Perfection!

REN Clarifying toner - I've always struggled to find a toner that actually works nicely on my skin. I can't stand those toners that leave a sticky residue on your skin especially after you've cleansed and the last thing you want is this gross feeling left onto your skin. When I first heard Vivianna Does Makeup talk about this I decided to give it a go since it isn't expensive and reading the ingredients list it is filled with so many beautiful plant and fruit extracts. I can tell you I am definitely hooked now and again I have a back up of this (crazy I know).

I've tried this for about almost a month now and it just leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and amazingly clear. When I say clear I literally mean clear — it banishes pimples, dead skin and I find it evens out the texture to my skin leaving it so smooth and healthy looking. There is no sticky residue with this whatsoever and better yet it makes your skin feel revived again. I highly recommend this for any skin type really, your skin will love these beautiful extracts to balance everything.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute facial - The same goes with this 1 Minute facial, I tried a few samples of it and was happy with the results. At first I wasn't too sure as the scent did put me off a tad, but shortly after I got over it (it smells citrus but a little funky and weird)?. It has amazing Vitamin C in it and once rubbed into the skin the little granules burst with the Vitamin C which penetrates deep into your skin leaving it beautiful and glowing. It comes out a greenish colour and when rubbed into your dry skin it disappears. You add a little bit of water to activate the Vitamin C and leave it for just a minute - I sometimes leave it for a few more minutes but regardless it will penetrate. I find the end results after using this several times it leaves your skin feeling like you had a lovely facial. And dare I say I have a back up of it already.

Josie Maran Argan oil - I mainly use this during winter as I find that's when my skin is at its driest. This is 100% pure pressed argan oil — the finest, therefore it is so rich and will hydrate your skin. There's nothing too much to say about this only that it is multipurpose you can use it on your hair, cuticles, brow/lashes, face/neck , etc. It is especially lovely to use if you fly on a plane a lot too. It perks up your skin and gives it the boost it needs from dehydration.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face sunscreen - I've spoken about this sunscreen a few times now so this is a given. But I recently bought the smaller size bottle which I like to carry some times in my hand bag for those days I know I will be in the sun for a long time. The size is so convenient for travel and it always works well as an all in one for moisture, makeup base, sun protection , etc. It doesn't leave a white cast on your face with broad spectrum and has UVA and UVB protection which is the perfect all in one as well as extra lovely ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E - my fave!

I really hope you enjoyed this post. I felt the need to go thoroughly into each product to give a deep in depth of what I think and how it works for me which I find is really helpful if you're looking for a review. I am slowly working on doing a makeup collection however it is taking me a while since I am always changing up my storage and seem to never be completely 100% about it but it will be up soon!