18 January 2016

Let's Catch Up!


I haven't really done a personal post in a while and thought I would do a little catch up post about things that have been on my mind. These last few days I've been feeling a little congested and as soon as I started feeling this way I immediately started taking some cold and flu medicine. My little niece made me her speciality (she knows how to make it spot on)! Of honey, lemon and hot water for me to drink and that has been making me feel so much better. I can't stand being sick (obviously, no one does)! However, right now I really can't afford to since I have a lot going on this week.

I have a job interview tomorrow morning, which I am very much looking forward to. It's with a brand I wasn't sure about at first but thinking thoroughly it has always been a favourite of mine even though I haven't been using their products as much as I use to. It was my first high end brand that was gifted from my boyfriend when I was 14. The brand itself holds a lot of sentimental meaning to me, I guess because when I first ever owned a product from them I was over the moon and it was the best feeling ever. I won't at this stage mention what the brand is just yet as I don't want to speak too soon. I will update further once the job has been confirmed. I am still unsure if I really want to go back into beauty retail. I want to seek a new experience and have been contemplating in other work fields. I guess I will have to see how everything unfolds and update back later.

Life has been quite steady, I must say 2015 was a very chilled year for me. No dramas or drastic changes compared to 2014. I felt like 2015 was definitely a learning curve for me and now 2016 will be a great year for further self learning as well as exploring and continue being adventurous. I've been very content with situations and life itself, I guess I feel like at this stage in my life I am very happy with what I have and where I am in life.

There isn't much I would change and in some ways I am very proud of the many achievements I have compiled within these last few years. As the years come and go and I am getting older I suppose the main aim for my life is the settle down by getting married, having a family, house and continue embracing each moment of my life as it is. I really appreciate a lot of the things I have in my life, I have my days where I feel down or unsure about things but, overall I love the life I have, I am thankful for everything.

I think the little things in life all add up and make for what you feel towards your everyday life. For myself, I find observing the belongings and items I own — how do they make me feel? Do I need to de-clutter further or remove unwanted items, etc? Throughout the years I have rummaged through my belongings and given away any unused or unwanted items to loved ones or charity shops. The thought of knowing someone will appreciate and make better use of it is what clears my mind and takes that heavy feeling off my shoulders.

When I look around my room, no matter how many times, I always smile. I feel like my room is where it holds all my favourite belongings, it is my sanctuary. It is a place where I like to be, to do the things I love from makeup to blogging. I love the company of myself, although having company from friends and loved ones is always lovely I do occasionally enjoy spending time to myself. More so, so I can reflect on things and recharge. I think when you start to realise the belongings you own is exactly all you need and that you do not need to keep accumulating more items, there is a sense of relief. At this moment for the last 3-4 years I have lived a semi-minimalist life and I cannot express how good that feels.

If you are wanting to let go of things you don't need to make room for either new things or overall just observing what you need or don't need, making a list is the way to go. I've found creating a list of what you need in terms of each category can help you eliminate certain items. I know some people find it really hard to let go of certain items, however if you've found you haven't used it in several months, it is time to let go. A good way is to think that someone else may treasure it more if you gift it to them (if it is still usable).

Among other things that have been really therapeutic for me, is calligraphy writing as well as adult colouring books. Whilst playing relaxation music in the background and spending time doing more creative work makes my mind feel at peace. Doing yoga, stretching and walking when I can makes me feel like I am letting my body become free to a different type of moment. After each session I feel like my body as well as my mind is more flexible and I am able to feel more relaxed.

We all have our own paths and are at different stages of our lives. Don't compare yourself to anyone else besides the person you are looking at in the mirror. If you don't like something, change it! Live a more positive life, treat others as you would like to be treated (even if they don't return the favour). It isn't all about receiving back but more so doing the best of your ability. Life isn't a competition, live it as well as you can by making each moment count. I know this has sort of become a bit of a preaching post, but I feel very strongly about these things I've mentioned. Things that have been on my mind and are now documented into this post for future 'me' to look back on.

13 January 2016

Collective Haul


I've been slowly accumulating a few things so I thought I would do a collective haul, featuring items that I've really enjoyed and a few I didn't so much! I won't be featuring all the things I've hauled, I'm sure I've forgotten to add some items in but these are the ones I thought I would mention. With the new year comes another shopping ban, I have so many important things I need to save for and I think it is appropriate to set that ban again for myself. In the mean time I've been appreciating the new goodies I've collected throughout the end of last year until now.

Around mid December last year the Mr and I went kitchen supply shopping to get a few equipments we needed such as new cake tins, tea strainers, whisk, potato ricer , etc. Among these things I spotted this copper cook book stand which I've been also using as a letter holder. It is so pretty! I've always wanted one of these, it retails for $24.95 and the brand is called Academy Orwell. I also picked up this glass tea pot from Davis and Waddell for around $14.95 (from memory, I could be wrong). There's something about being able to see your tea brewing within the glass that seems satisfying and I've always wanted one of these pots, especially to keep for my future home.

Sticking to the same theme, I've always seen The Kinfolk series around the internet as well as many book stores but never really thought much into it. Although it's very pretty I wasn't interested in getting the books, until I saw Lisa bought The Kinfolk Table and after flicking though it in several book stores I knew I had to pick this up someday. It retails for around the $70 mark but varies within each store. However doing some online searching I found a sale on the Book Depository site for $38 and they do free worldwide shipping too, so naturally I had to get it. It has beautiful photography as well as very personal and inspirational recipes from all over the globe. It is such a nice book to add to our cooking book collection. When we have our own home the Mr and I are going to get a book shelve and stack all our collections together. The Mr is accumulating a few of his own cook books as well. He has a list happening each time we go to a book store together and when he likes a certain book he takes a photo of it for future purchasing. It makes me happy that he is also interested in this as much as I am.

I've been needing a new eye mask for sleeping and this time I wanted to find a good quality one. I use to have this lavender eye pillow a while ago, that I really enjoyed however my dogs got to it and it is now long gone. I decided to pick up this eye mask from iMask seeing the colour combination of soft blue and pink with flamingos on it sold me instantly. It retails for around $16 from what I remember. It has a nice cushion feel to it and sits really nicely on my eyes. I can't sleep properly if I don't wear an eye mask sometimes. Especially if there is still light on, which usually the Mr is always watching TV and leaves it on so I have trouble sleeping.

Now onto jewellery, I found this marble inspired ring holder at this boutique store here in Perth. It speaks for itself when you look at it, it is so beautiful. It retails for $15 and is handmade by this brand called Farlands. Along the marble theme were these marble resin copper earrings that I spotted, what better way than to have the two types you love combined together? On that same day I picked up this amethyst necklace which I believe is from the same brand (my memory is terrible and I can't quite confirm that). It retails for $25 and isn't real silver or anything it is just costume jewellery. I've been wanting to find a crystal necklace, and what drew me to this one was that the amethyst lays horizontal and is clasped with the necklace which I found so unique.

On our recent trip to Margaret River I wanted to pick up a few souvenirs to remember the trip by. I like to do this with each holiday I go on, it is nice to have something to hold a memory of the great time you've had. The first was this marble necklace that I actually picked up from a pop up store there called Common Ground, which is a store we have here in Perth. They had a sale going on and since I've owned a few items from the store I wanted to have a look around to see if there was anything I liked. It was nice seeing Common Ground pop up there, I wasn't expecting to see any stores that I knew of in Margaret River. I decided to pick up this (yes again) marble necklace which was on sale for $10!

For a while now I had broken my favourite Tiffany & Co necklace and had it sent off for repairs before our Margaret River trip (I just picked up when it arrived back in store on the weekend, yay!) I felt sort of naked without wearing a necklace, which I usually wear all the time. I can only wear real sterling silver/gold jewellery permanently, costume jewellery I can only wear for a few hours of the day — if I leave it on too long I get rashes and my skin reacts to it. I always have my Tiffany & Co necklace on pretty much every day since I received it as a gift from my old friend Lea back when I was 21, so you can see I've had it for a very long time now. When I went to this boutique store in Margaret River my purpose was to find another dainty real sterling silver necklace. I was after anything that was either another crystal or even those initial necklaces with the letter J, but they were all sold out. I stumbled by this beautiful dainty blue opal and sterling silver necklace by the brand Fabienne. It retails for $40 and I knew it was love at first sight. It is so shiny and the blue opal has somewhat a duo chrome look to it when the light hits it.



Now moving onto beauty items of course this wouldn't be a real collective haul if there wasn't any beauty products to mention.

Starting with lip products for my Christmas present the Mr bought me this Tom Ford Lips and Boys lipstick in Egon. This, I didn't buy myself but I just had to mention it because it is beautiful. I've been wanting this shade and was so surprised it was still in stock as the Lips and Boys range flew out the doors when it launched, as expected. Egon is a unique shade, I would have to be honest and say it most likely wouldn't be a shade I usually gravitate towards. However there was something about it that I really liked and it was time to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. What makes Egon different (which I'll try to explain to the best of my ability) is that it is a semi-frost shimmer-sheen combined with a cream finish. It isn't your typical frosted lipstick which if I do say so is the last formula I would ever get in a lipstick. I guess the way Mr Ford created this was so different and I was surprised I even gravitated towards it. The shade itself in my opinion is a muted mauve with grey undertones. I absolutely love it and am so glad to have it in my collection. Should I also quickly mention that among a few of the Christmas presents the Mr gifted me was the Rose Jam shower gel? He knew I've been wanting it since sniffing it non stop during out Melbourne trip in November last year (sounds so weird saying "last year"). I still haven't used it yet as it is limited edition and I am saving it for a special day.

Next is another lipstick I've been wanting since discovering Burberry makeup on my Sydney holiday back in 2014. This Burberry Lip Mist in the shade #204 Chestnut is everything and what makes it even better is that I scored it on sale for $24 and it retails for $50. Of course I had to get it! It is a moisturising lip formula and has a nice build up in colour. Once applied to the lips it has that "hugging" feeling that I love with some lipsticks such as the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour do. The formula glides onto your lips and with that hugging feeling stays put even though it isn't a matte formula. The shade is immaculate, the chestnut brown mahogany and burgundy shade looks really strong in the bullet but once applied it smooths the perfect amount of colour over the lips and in my opinion would look so amazing on anyone! I love burberry lipsticks, especially the beautiful embossing print on all the lipsticks.

Not that I needed another lip balm with the millions I have lurking around my drawers. I decided to pick up the Generics Matcha Green Tea Lip Balm, it's a nice lip balm but if I'm honest I wouldn't repurchase it again. Since I love everything matcha I thought why not give this one a try, lets just say I didn't need to get it but it's nice to have.

Mascara wise, I purchased the Tarte Gifted mascara when the new Sephora Australia website launched. I wanted to see what I could pick up and because most of the items I was hoping would be on the website wasn't, I spot this mascara and it was one I wanted to try for a while. Do I love it? I like it but I don't love it. It doesn't give me enough volume that I desire, if anything it just lengthens and separates the lashes well.

A recent mascara I purchased just a few days ago from this Japanese store called Miyu is the Heroine Make Long and Curl mascara. I opened it as soon as I got back into my car as I wasn't wearing mascara that day and started applying it, to my amazement it was love on first application. I love how the wand curves and the formula is 'tear proof' and has tiny fibres that combine with your lashes. I've tried many Asian mascaras that have those fibres and really didn't enjoy them as I found they just sit on your lashes and soon after flake all off afterwards. This Heroine Make mascara is everything, I only picked it up because Vivianna keeps raving on about it! I'm glad I picked it up, sometimes some items are a hit and miss but when you find one that works well for you it's always a plus. Of course, this doesn't beat the Chanel Le Volume mascara for me but for a low cost mascara I am quite pleased with this find. It retails for $23 (but from what I've seen in other Asian stores especially ones in Melbourne, the price varies and can go up to $40).

Ever since owning my Hakuhodo brushes I've been wanting to add more to my collection! They are my absolute favourite and the quality speaks for itself. On Lisa's recent holiday to Japan (so jealous)! I asked her to pick me up a few items, a few being these Hakuhodo brushes! I chose the Fan Brush in J7011, Eyebrow Brush in J5549 and the Blending Eyeshadow Brush in J5523. There was a few other brushes that weren't in stock but I am so happy she managed to get these ones for me! They all retail between $15-$20.

Moving onto skin and body with all the raves and many talking about the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel it was definitely on my list to try out! Each time I did search for it to purchase, it was always sold out. On my recent Melbourne trip I was over at Tenneil's house for our sleep over, I tried out the one she had and oh my I was definitely sold! I was so glad it was back in stock on Beauty Bay and after waiting several weeks for it to arrive, it finally did a week ago. Of course naturally I used it the night I received it and it really is as luxurious as the last time I used it. I picked this one up for $49! I also ordered some Pai muslin cloths which to my surprise were missing from the package. I was so annoyed and contacted Beauty Bay and of course they still haven't replied to me, I hope they do soon.

I've been on a hunt for a more natural and simple deodorant. Since Estée kept saying Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant was her favourite I wanted to get one to try! Being a little sceptical I thought it would be safer to get the smaller travel size one to trial first. I've been using it since November last year and I've really enjoyed it. It is perfect for everyday use but of course not for using when playing sports. I like the cooling feeling it leaves under your armpits and it doesn't feel sticky or uncomfortable.

Another quick note I should mention is the marble slab I have pictured that my sister gave to me. She has a friend who does marble for kitchens and bathrooms and had some samples he didn't need any more and gave it to my sister. Since she knows I love marble she came over and gave me this, which I am so grateful for! I also told her one day I will need her friend to do my whole kitchen and bathroom because I definitely want it all marble when I have my own home!


What have been a few of your favourite items you've hauled recently?

09 January 2016

Hello 2016!


Happy 2016 everyone! It has been such an amazing start to the new year, with so many adventures and continuous plans for the year. I'm one of those types of people who aren't really into New Years Resolutions, as most of the time we set the bar way too high and most of us don't ever achieve what we set for ourselves. Instead I like to set just causal goals for myself, nothing too extreme but enough to make it worth while. I do admit that when we bring in the new year there is somewhat a nice fresh beginning to it all and it really does feel like a whole brand new year to start all over again. I guess it's a good way to re-evaluate certain things in our lives and see what needs improving or removing. 

For myself I have set a few goals this year and one main focus as well. Of course, a lot of them are personal so I won't be listing them in this post! However, these are the ones I can share with you.



 
My 2016 goals:
  1. Find a new full time job. (Within PR beauty)
  2. Study a short course. (Not quite sure what exactly at this moment)
  3. Continue with my freelancing, (accepting clients/photo shoots that are located far as well, sigh)
  4. Continue blogging regularly and practice filming.
  5. Attend yoga and pilates classes each week.
  6. Walk the dogs each week.
  7. Wear false lashes at least once a month. (thought this would be an interesting goal, something different)!
  8. Attend events and workshops every few months. 
  9. Continue adding to our savings for our house. 
  10. Plan our Europe trip.

My 2016 focus:

Not to be so generous and giving, this is the year I start putting myself before others. As throughout the past and last year I have learnt that not everyone has the same heart as I do and many take advantage of it. I need to take a few steps back and see the bigger picture, not let others into my life too easily and keep my life private (more than I already do).


What are your goals/resolutions for this year?

04 January 2016

Updated What's In My Bag



I think with everything I basically own I switch it back and forth and around many times. At this moment I am currently using my Céline Micro Luggage (as you would have figured, of course because it's my new baby). I like to carry with me items that I know I will NEED when I am out and about. I like to put together little bags within my bag containing things I've found I needed when I didn't have it while I was out (so you can say I've learnt my lesson on what needs to be brought with me). This will be quite a detailed post and I will be discussing boring things that I carry with me and quite personal items too (let's be real). 

When it comes to looking inside someone's bag it can be quite a personal thing and lets just admit it, it is interesting and we are all curious what everyone carries with them. I don't think there is anything particularly interesting about the contents of my bag, however since it's been requested for me to do an updated post - I decided to! I hope maybe this can help you on new ideas on what you can bring in your bag as well, since I do carry very specific items for many purposes. Is there any particular items you bring with you that you know others may not carry as well?

If you would like to see further into what I carry in my makeup bag, please let me know and I will put together a post about it.


Contents:

Makeup bag (Ted Baker) - I like to carry some basic makeup with me for either touch ups or even just so I have it and I decide I want to add some makeup on my face if I didn't wear any that day. Usually when I'm out the door and in a hurry I can apply it when I'm in the car.

Coin purse (Céline Medium Half Zip Wallet & Coin purse) - For a while now I've been carrying with me only a small coin purse (from the coin purse of my Céline wallet) to carry my cards and cash. Especially since it makes easier travel and when I swap my bags around. I guess with less cards (I don't bring any of my loyalty cards, I add them to an app called Stocard to save having to carry them with me) there isn't really any need to carry a large wallet.

Key holder (Prada) - I don't like having my keys rummaging around my bag (especially since it will ruin or scratch the inside of it) so for a while now I stored my keys within a key holder. It makes it neat, compact and easier to find within my bag. Since most of my items are neutral shades I decided to get a nice berry shade so it stands out more.

Glasses (Ray Ban) - I need these especially when I drive, so most days when I'm not driving I won't carry these with me.

Sunglasses (Ray Ban Foldable Rounded Metal Polarised)

Diptyque roller ball perfume (Eau Rose)

Jo Malone lip conditioner (Vitamin E)

NARS lipstick (Dolce Vita)

MAC lip pencil (Whirl)

(Lip products always change depending on what I'm wearing that day.)



Diptyque pouch:

Asthma puffer - I have mild asthma, but it's always good for me to bring this along in case of any emergencies.

Facial spray - I find throughout the day my skin can feel so dehydrated and dry, so I like to carry a facial spray to freshen up. (Alpha-H Moisture Boosting Facial Mist stored in a Muji spray bottle)

Aesop hand sanitiser - This one is a given, with all the things we touch when we go out it's always good to have this handy especially before you eat.

Eye drops (Optrex) - Now that I wear glasses my eyes are so dry and at times I do need some eye drops that cater to dry eyes. I've always had dry eyes and some times my eyes get irritated so it's always nice to know I have this in case the hay fever kicks in.

Lavanila deodorant - Gotta keep 'em 'pits fresh (haha), this is a good travel size.

Tissues (Kleenex) - I'm always in need of a tissue, I have to carry a packet with me all the time.


Muji small container:

Band-aids, cotton tips, cuticle cutter.


Muji plastic pouch:

Feminine wipes (Summer's Eve) - This one is a "hrmm" product to some people, but c'mon we are all females here (most of my readers, anyway). You just never know when you need one of these, especially in gross public toilets, which believe it or not sometimes run out of toilet paper. I'd rather be clean then left hanging, you know what I'm sayin'?

Hair ties (Kitsch) - Every girl that has long enough hair will know the annoyance of not having a hair tie available when you need it out of your face. I like to carry with me fabric "snag-free" hair ties from Kitsch.

Nail clippers (Manicare)

Sanitary disposal bags (Incognito) - It is always good to have these disposable bags especially when you're out and there are no bins around to dispose of any rubbish you want to get rid of. I should also mention I keep a tampon in this pouch for back up, and this is where the disposal bags come in handy for later use!


I think you can tell by now, after having a snoop at what I carry in my bag that I am quite organised with what I bring with me. I guess I'm the type of person that likes to think a head and make sure I have majority of things covered. Yes, I am that person that always has a band-aid, tissue and pain killers handy for those who end up needing it.

I will be leaving to go on a four day road trip to Margaret River this morning with the Mr. I am so excited, let me know if you would like me to write a post about my trip! If you would also like to see what I carry in my travel makeup bag on small travels such as road trips, I did a post about it here.

01 January 2016

2015 Beauty Favourites


2015 has been a year of many favourites, I could of course show you every single item I've loved this year but let's just keep it to the minimum. I have fallen in love with products I once didn't enjoy on first trial to soon after several uses started to love (which tends to happen a lot)!. I like that some times when your first opinions towards something may be negative and after giving it a second chance your thoughts completely change. It could be that the product needed some time to wear in to get it working or it could depend on the situation at the time. Was your skin too dry or too oily? Has your taste changed? Etc, etc! This can go for anything, even fashion wise! I always find my taste changes and I like to give many things the benefit of the doubt because everything deserves second chances, right?

Moving on, I did find it extremely hard to narrow down to just 20 products that really stood out to me this year. Some are from beginning and mid year, and some are actually fairly new however was a stand out that I had to add to my yearly favourites! I don't think I've done a yearly favourites post before, given my blog is still quite new and I have only posted since 2014. For my 2015 favourites I decided to only do it based on beauty products, nothing else or it will be too long. Perhaps if you would like to see my 2015 random favourites, do let me know and I can put something together. Favourite books, movies, clothing, general, etc. But do be warned, today's post is going to be a mammoth read.

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I think you can tell majority of my 2015 favourites consist of this one brand and it deserves a section of its own in this post. When I first started working at Tom Ford I already had a passion for the beautiful brand and the man himself. Although I had learnt so much more behind the brand itself and Mr Ford whilst working there. I find Tom Ford to be the most intriguing of all designers, he is exceptional and a pure masterpiece. There is definitely nothing quite like Tom Ford. The beauty and fragrance range is of course something I have found a home within. Since exploring many products at work from studying about the fragrances to the makeup to the entire history of Tom Ford during training days, I honestly don't think there is anything more luxurious. That of course being unbiased, not because I worked there for a short time, but because it is my honest truth.

If you look further into the history behind Mr Ford you will be taken by surprise at his cutting edge stories and success makes all for everything that comes of what he creates. I can't believe the endless list of achievements he has done, creating his first film he wrote and directed (and winning so many awards), which was based about his life to being the face/designer behind many global brands such as Gucci and YSL. There's no doubt he is an immaculate figure to the industry. Having said all this, you can tell that I have so much love for the beauty of Tom Ford and 2015 was the year I finally explored more of it and invested in a lot of the luxury items. Being the most expensive in the beauty industry, it is definitely an investment for a lot of us. But, it is a given as to why there is a hefty price tag — to have a piece (or more) of Tom Ford really is something special. It all goes to thanking the person behind the scenes of helping Mr Ford create his beauty range, the famous Charlotte Tilbury! The two together, wow! It was soon after that Miss Tilbury, herself began her own beauty range. No wonder there's a beautiful resemblance!

I really miss working at Tom Ford, but I can honestly say that it was an experience I'll never forget. Although at the time the brand itself (in Perth) didn't have what I needed (stocking of the makeup range which didn't pull through as initially thought), I am happy I got to work with whatever time I had there. Nonetheless some stand outs from Tom Ford beauty this year are:


Tom Ford Small Bronzing Powder in #02 Terra - From the beautiful white and gold packaging to the product itself. This bronzer comes in two shades and I picked the more ash brown tone and non-shimmer version. Bronzing and contouring with this is a dream, I love how natural it looks and the way it sculpts the face.

Tom Ford Lip Colour in #41 Warm Sable - There's no doubt that Tom Ford lipsticks are one of my favourites. I decided to invest in another shade and this time something on the 'burnt' side. As you know I love my brown tones but this shade has a hint of a somewhat 'burnt' orange brown hue to it.

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen in #01 Deeper - I've mentioned on my Instagram post that this is by far the best liquid eyeliner EVER. It is everything I've always wanted in a liquid eyeliner, intense black and precision on the brush tips. Containing dual ends one being a standard brush tip and the other being a smaller nib which makes for creating the sharpest wings, what more could you ask for? As figured, it is extremely expensive but it is definitely worth it. Think of it as two in one, perhaps?

Tom Ford Private Blend Eau De Parfum in Café Rose (deluxe vial size) - With all of Tom Ford perfumes they are highly concentrated and strong. Many find it too overwhelming when they sniff it from the bottle but the key to these perfumes is to apply it to the skin and let it settle in before making any judgements. It works with the PH balances within your skin and creates the most unique scents. The private blend range contains so many essential and fine ingredients within them so they are one of a kind and that goes with the reason for its price tag (again). Most Tom Ford fragrances the base consist of Amber and Orchids, which to me is a perfect to combination with pairing any other scents. After working with many of the fragrances one of my most favourite I fell in love with is Café Rose. It is exactly as you would presume, pure coffee beans with delicate roses. I honestly find so many of the pairings of Tom Ford perfumes so unique. Who would think to pair these scents together? Needless to say, they are amazing. Café Rose is everything, when it's on my skin I fall more and more in love with the scent. One of these day's I will save my pennies and get the full size.

*Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme Hydrating Emulsion - On one of my training days at work we were introduced to the upcoming release of many new fragrance scents for December 2015. Upon this was the Noir Pour Femme range, it is targeted for women it comes with inspiration from the original Noir and Noir Extreme range (although targeted for men, Tom Ford fragrances are unisex and many women use this and other scents too). I think this and Fleur De Portofino (a Mediterranean fresh scent) was my favourite releases, Noir Pour Femme is an extremely sexy, smoky spice and oriental scent. It is gorgeous and I would love to invest in a bottle one day however this body lotion is doing me just fine. The scent of course is so strong that when the lotion is applied to the skin you don't need to wear anything else.

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in #02 Toasted Sugar - This is such a unique shade, it really is like the name says "toasted sugar". I love unique shades like this, if I do say so it's a mixture of soft beige entwined with light taupe hues. It applies smoothly and opaque, and is very long wearing.

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For base I've been really loving the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Macadamia, I did a review on it recently. When I first got my hands on this foundation it was about semi-mid year and this was basically my first time properly trying out Laura Mercier. Like I've said several times, I have no idea what took me so long! It is such a beautiful brand. I won't go into too much as to why I love this foundation, but I will tell you why it is a favourite. I've been reaching this for most days, especially days where I want to look flawless without the extra work. It smooths out everything — literally! I adore the way it makes my base look and find it sits and wears perfectly throughout the day. You could even say it is my most favourite foundation I've ever tried. I like to buff/blend it into my skin most times with *MAC Small Duo Fibre Face Brush in #188, the duo fibre brush makes blend it in lightly without any build up and is also great for an all purpose brush for blush, bronzer, highlight, etc.

For covering any dark spots and blemishes the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Warm has been my go to. It has amazing pigmentation and coverage without looking caked nor heavy. I really like the applicator, it has a long flat scoop on each side of the doe foot which glides on effortlessly onto your face. At times when I don't feel like wearing a base I like to wear this concealer on its own. The only down side to these concealers are the shade/colour range, it doesn't really match up to what the shades are (example, light is very light and medium is very dark, there's no in between) therefore it is also good to keep note that I find they do oxidise darker.

Having dry skin in certain areas of my face I don't always like to powder, mainly just the T-zone or under eyes. However, I find I can get so caked and dried skin around my under eyes if I am not careful with what I powder with. The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is so finely milled that if you blow it into the air it is undetectable (that's how fine it is). It brightens and applies so softly on my under eyes, I've never come across anything of its kind. A lot of powders these days are finely milled but to a certain extent, however this powder is a whole 'nother level.

Now, the honourable mention of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette, which has been my most favourite of the lot. I was quite sceptical if I should purchase this but I regret nothing, especially since I have been using it continuously since purchasing it during my Melbourne trip. As I have mentioned before, this palette covers all aspects needed to complete your makeup! Powders, highlights, bronzer and blushes! It speaks for itself and I am really glad I own this.

As for another blush that I have been reaching for a lot is NARS Blush in Madly. My lovely friend Tenneil kept telling me year after year about how gorgeous this blush is and I've been meaning to pick it up for the longest time as I value her recommendations! It applies so beautifully on your cheeks, looks subtle and natural, and complements my skin tone perfectly. It makes me look so healthy and completes any makeup look I do.

MAC Strobe Cream in Sized To Go was something I was trialling for the longest time, I kept getting samples of it and was waiting until I was able to visit a Pro Store to pick up the sized to go mini. I find the 30ml size (RRP $15) to be perfect and surprisingly much better value compared to investing in the full 50ml size for $55. It isn't a crazy glow when you apply it but a subtle sheer sheen to your face especially applied with your foundation. Makes you look dewy and hydrated.

I think for me the stand out eyeshadow palette this year has definitely been the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette. If there was a 'perfect' palette I would consider this to be the one, it has every shade you would need to create a subtle to intense eye look. There isn't any shade in there I wouldn't use! The pigments swatch and apply so smoothly and buttery. Not to mention how affordable it is, especially for the quality.

This won't come as a surprise favourite lipstick for 2015, Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Spiced Rose. When I first purchased this lipstick I knew it was love at first application, at the time I had not heard anyone or many people talk about these lipsticks! But soon after a few months it started becoming quite popular which is always a lovely thing as it deserve a lot more attention. Spice Rose was my first lipstick from Laura Mericer, what started as one became four - I now own four lipsticks that I can't get enough of. I've been raving about these and there's no surprise they're a favourite,  I'll leave it for you to read my reviews on them here.

The perfumes that have been making me smell nice in 2015 was Diptyque Philosykos and L'Ombre Dans L'Eau EDT. I can't express how much I adore these scents, I could honestly smell them all day. I want to get myself smaller sizes (handbag friendly) to carry everywhere with me. Envision bag full of fresh figs combined with earthy scents and the Diptyque candle Baies as a perfume — so much perfection!

Another nail polish favourite is Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in #294 Lady, how beautiful is this? It was sadly limited edition, and because I adored it so much I had to buy two bottles to stock up on. The perfect manicure shade that never fails to make my nails look pretty.

You can tell Tenneil and I influence one another a lot with our beauty recommendations! Of course after trying out a sample she had made for me of the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo I instantly fell in love with it. I don't think I've come across a shampoo that has cleaned my hair so well from product build up and gave it impressive amounts of volume and softness. I wouldn't think a shampoo would be within my favourites but this one really is a hit for me.

Last but not least, Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturiser with White Tea. I tend to get these dry patches around my cheeks that really irritate and I've tried a lot of hydrating moisturisers that haven't really worked as well as this. This moisturiser has a thick consistency and is filled with so many lovely ingredients, it leaves your skin feeling like you've just applied a layer of silk and bucketfuls of water. When I apply this before bed my face feels super soft and smooth the following morning. It smells amazing too!


What were your 2015 beauty favourites? I'd love to know. Thank you to everyone who has supported my blog, wishing you all a happy new year, 2016! I have great plans for this brand new year!