17 August 2017

Care Package Swap With @chyism

Earlier this year my blogger friend Cindy and I did a care package swap with one another. I must admit, this is by far the BEST mail swap I have ever done, I would say the best in history too. We definitely went all out and it felt so lovely to be able to pick up so many goodies we both had on our wish lists for each other. It's taken both of us so long to get posting on our platforms about our swap, mainly because we've been bombarded with life itself and let's face it, this swap is absolutely epic therefore it needs that extra bit of time to properly put together ⎯ and I am so thrilled to be uploading it now as I have been working on it for so long. We also decided to use this time to properly test out most of the products we sent to each other so we could get a proper in take of it all. If you would like to see what I sent to Cindy, check out the beautiful post she put together about it here.

We decided to form a wish list consisting of 7 brands we really wanted to either try or explore more of that are quite difficult to get a hold of where we are from (Cindy is from California, USA and I am of course from Perth, Australia). This worked so well for the both of us, we emailed each other our top 7 brands and away we went gathering together items from each brand. We also decided there wasn't any limit, either one product from each brand or a few from each. Knowing both Cindy and I, we of course got more items from a few particular brands that we knew the other would like more of. 
I had so much fun putting together all the goodies for Cindy! My package arrived to her a lot earlier and I received hers shortly after. It took us about a month to get together all the items we had for each other, including extra snacks and gifts we picked up that was native to our countries (aka, I got her Tim Tams and she got me 3 Musketeers Bar, etc). I remember when her packaged arrived I was literally squealing at how beautiful everything was. I sat on my bed slowly unravelling each product from the giant box and was so over the moon with everything she sent me.
It's always such a great feeling when you meet someone that you get along with so well and have a lot in common with. That's the best part of this whole social media/blogging community ⎯ you meet so many amazing people. I adore everything about Cindy, she is such a beautiful gal, inside and out and hopefully one day if we ever travel to either end of the universe we can meet up for a nice coffee date. We chat almost daily on Instagram DM's, which is so lovely. If you haven't checked out Cindy's platforms and handles, you're definitely missing out ⎯ the gal's got talent y'all! 

This is going to be a LONG post, so grab yourself a cuppa! 

WHAT'S IN THE CARE PACKAGE

GLOSSIER  ⎯ 
There was no doubt that Glossier had to be one of my first brand picks. In fact, Cindy asked me about it way before I even started my list as she knew that was a brand that would definitely be on my wish list. Cindy is also a Glossier Rep, so do shop through her link if you would like extra discounts and her recommendations.

Milky Jelly Cleanser –  I have been wanting to try this cleanser for so long. When it first launched I wasn't too phased by it and kind of brushed it off but because Cindy and many others had raved and talked about this cleanser so much I was curious to try it. Plus I really liked the concept of it, I love any simple/gentle cleanser that can be used daily. 
I've been using this non-stop since I've received it (it's actually almost reaching the half way mark) and it is perfect for an all round type of cleanser, whether morning or night. I use it as a first step cleanse followed by my other cleanser to double cleanse. It works so well at removing excess build up of dirt and makeup. I don't wear as much makeup as I use to, therefore it takes off every bit of makeup even my mascara (which isn't waterproof). 

Priming Moisturiser Rich –  A lot of people have been using this as their night cream, however I like to switch in between depending how dry my skin is. As it is winter here in Australia, my skin has been a lot drier so I've been using this day and night within my skincare regime. I love the consistency of this moisturiser, it feels really thick and luxurious on the skin and smells of subtle lavender which works perfectly before bed time. If I were to choose, I would definitely keep this as a night cream as opposed to a day cream, but for those drier skin days this works like a charm either way. 

Super Pure Serum –  Although, I thankfully have never suffered from severe acne occasionally I do of course get pimples (especially during that time of the month). Therefore having a good selection of pimple treatments has always been a must within my skincare. I love Niacinamide with its anti-inflammatory properties, it works deep within the skin to remove any barriers that may be clogging your pores which can lead to build up of pimples forming. This formula just melts into my skin so quickly which I really enjoy, as I can't stand products that sit on top of the skin feeling sticky or tacky. 
The only down side to the Glossier Super Serums is the small size. I own their Hyaluronic serum (Super Bounce) and it was the quickest product I've ever gone through. I hope Glossier brings out a larger size option to choose from. I've since been using The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid instead which is a lot more forgiving, though the formula isn't as top notch as Glossier, but is still very good. The Super Pure Serum is actually lasting me a lot longer as I only need to use it occasionally. I noticed instant results after apply this to any pimples or redness. It reduces any noticeable areas instantly.

Balm Dot Com Coconut   I wasn't too crazy about the original Balm Dot Com, it smelt horrid and I found it wasn't a good product. Though, I admit the packaging won me over and I was quite in love with just the packaging alone (looks amazing in photos, that's for sure). For some reason, since using this Coconut flavoured Balm Dot Com, I've sort of converted and find in some ways it works a lot better than the original and smells so good as well as feeling more hydrating on the lips. 
It has a subtle coconut smell, nothing artificial smelling which is perfect (I love coconut). It's a shame all the Balm Dot Com's contain Petrolatum which is frustrating (why do brands feel they need to add this in?) however, the other ingredients listed makes up for it and therefore I don't mind it so much. I carry this balm everywhere with me and because it isn't tinted I use it where I have dry skin, but mainly for my lips. Again, the packaging of all Glossier products is just too aesthetically pleasing, it's just a crime not to fall in love with it a little extra.

Generation G Lipstick in Jam   My most favourite and almost used daily lipstick these last few months has been my Gen G Lipstick in Leo that I purchased a while back. I love the consistency of their lipsticks and it makes the perfect terracotta brown on my lips. I had three other shades I was eyeing for the longest time and Jam was definitely one of the three (cake and like were the another shades). Jam is literally the shade of jam, right? It sheers out so nicely on the lips and I like to apply it on my cheeks and blend it out to give that subtle flush. Jam can be built up from a sheer to a semi-bold lip, it makes the perfect berry shade.


MILK MAKEUP  ⎯ 
Milk Makeup is another brand that is almost impossible to get a hold of here in Australia, unless you're doing an order through forward mailing services which can be such a pain. I've been so curious about their products and just love the simplicity of their brand and overall outlook to their aesthetics.

Sunshine Skin Tint in Light –  This is considered a skin tint however if you were to compare it to the actual Skin Tint from Glossier it provides a lot more coverage and if anything, I would consider this more of a tinted moisturiser with light to medium coverage than a skin tint. I love the packaging, there has been a mixed review on the packaging of this skin tint, but for me, I love how travel friendly and convenient it is. 
It is a very smart way of applying your base with the glass ball applicator and click style pen. The shade 'light' is most definitely my winter shade, I would probably go for a more medium shade next time as they come off a lot lighter than I thought (I'm usually a light-medium in most bases) but I can make it work as it blends out so seamlessly.


SATURDAY SKIN  ⎯ 
Saturday Skin has only recently launched here in Australia, from what I've seen it's stocked in Myer. The pink packaging is just calling out to all those folks who are loving the Millennial Pink phase (I, included) and the Korean's just know their shit when it comes to skincare, let's face it. I only had my eyes on one products and that is of course... (the facial mist)

Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist –  I have been dying to try this mist since seeing Tamira Jarrel feature it countlessly on her feed. The bottle and packaging is just too perfect and everything I would want packaging wise. The mist is so fine and beautiful, I almost feel guilty using it as I don't want it to end. I've been using this to prep or perk up my skin when needed and using this sparingly. I need this in my life forever.
Quench Face Masks –  Cindy added in two of their face masks for me to try, and I was so thrilled but I am still yet to try them as I am reluctant to even open one. They're just to lovely to destroy. I will hopefully find the courage to pamper myself with one of these bad boys soon, I'm thinking on my first pamper session I have in my new home and brand new large bath. Yay!

PIXI  ⎯ 
Pixi is another brand that has just recently launched in Australia (within this month, actually) and from what I've seen it is within David Jones. Before this I hadn't tried much Pixi products before Cindy sent me these items. Shortly after the PR of Pixi have been sending me a few of their products to try and combined with the products Cindy sent me I have been so in love with their brand. The only product I have tried and have been using for a few years is of course their cult, Glow Tonic which is by far one of the best! 

Hydrating Milky Mist –  I've been using this mist religiously since I received it it is almost empty, thankfully I have a back up! The mist doesn't spray out as fine as most mist do. Pixi's misting spray nozzles aren't very good, they tend to spray very sparsely other than that this is packed full of goodness and is the perfect pick-me-up when your face is feeling dehydrated. 
Multibalm in Baby Petal –  The shade Petal is the perfect soft rose shade, I have swatched this on my hand, but am yet to fully test this multibalm out. 
Lower Lash Mascara –  I have a few mascaras I am currently going through before I can crack open this mascara, but I am looking forward to using it on my lower lashes as the wand is very thin and petite. 


FRESH  ⎯ 
Fresh is a brand I've heard of for so many years, yet have never ventured out to trying. Their Sugar Lip Balm is probably their most cult product within their range and I am so glad I have the chance to try it out for myself. 

Sugar Lip Balm in Honey –  The packaging to the Sugar Lip Balms are housed within this almost heavy duty matte metal-like material. It feels really hefty and twist open to reveal a beautiful balm. I chose the shade Honey, well, because it just sings out to me in terms of the type of shade I always go for (I think you know by now). 
The consistency of these balms are very buttery and smoothing on the lips, it gives an overall tint adding that subtle colour that can be slightly built up. My lips feel instantly hydrated and without any stickiness. I do find the packaging of the twist up balm can make it scratch onto the balm itself and because it is such an emollient balm it is prone to melting easily especially during a sunny day. 


TATCHA  ⎯ 
If a could use one word for Tatcha, it would be "masterpiece". I can't quite get over how luxurious and beautiful their products are. It is literally gold in a bottle. Their paper packaging is almost too stunning to throw away. The packaging hoarder within me is dying to hold onto it, but that is the old me and I must refrain from keeping the paper packaging and move on. Thankfully, their actual product packaging is even more breath taking so I'm doing ok.

Luminous Dewy Face Mist –  Believe it or not, I am actually still yet to try this beauty! Mainly because I am going through several other facial mist at the moment, I am saving this for a special occasion. It is so luxurious, which isn't any surprise when it comes to Tatcha and how stunning their products are. I am so grateful to be collaborating with them at the moment and have several more of their products I am currently testing. More to come with this stunning brand soon!

Polished Rice Enzyme Powder –  I like to use this powder either on its own with a few drops of water or mixed with a cleanser (preferably Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser) it feels so gentle on the skin and really buffs away dead skin leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft. Luckily, I have a backup of their full size! I am so grateful that Cindy introduced me to the world of Tatcha and I was able to try a few of their products for the first time through her.


HERBIVORE  ⎯ 
The one thing that catches my eyes with Herbivore is how minimalistic everything they have within their range is. I love that their range broadens from each end of the skincare scale and how ethically sourced their ingredients are. 

Blue Tansy Face Mask – Wow, I was definitely not expecting this within my package! Cindy surprised me with a random pick from Herbivore, it was a brand on my list, but for a few of the brands we both told each other to choose which ever product we thought the other may like from a few brands (For me it was mainly Herbivore, Tatcha, Milk Makeup and Fresh which makes it more fun and spontaneous). 
I wasn't sure what to try from Herbivore, I had seen their range floating around the net quite a few times and have always wanted to try their products out and I am so thrilled Cindy had chosen this face mask for me. I had actually never seen or heard of it, but oh my it is sublime! The dark teal shade of this mask is so mesmerising and I just love the cooling affect it has on my skin when I use it. It's like magic in a little jar and a definite treat for my skin, I love a good AHA/BHA treatment. 


Have you ever done a mail swap with anyone before?

07 August 2017

Bi-Weekly Notes — #2

It has been yet another busy few weeks and I am powering through. I only just started this Bi-Weekly Notes series and had almost forgotten that the next one was coming up. Luckily I added a reminder in my iCal to always alert me a few days prior to it being due. I really enjoy putting together these types of lifestyle posts and I hope it is something that you enjoy reading too.

This week is going to be another week full of to-do's, but having coffee dates planned these next few days with some friends is definitely a great way to have a little bit of a breather and something I am much looking forward to. I love a good coffee date ⎯ they're always my favourite.

We also assembled together our sofa that my sister had gifted to us as well as the table lamp that *Brosa Design had gifted to me for our new home. As if I couldn't be even more excited about our home, this is the icing on the cake for sure. Now I'm just anxiously awaiting the moment we can actually decorate our new home with these beautiful pieces ⎯ more updates to come!


 NEW IN ⎯  

Inspiration  –  I've been obsessed with @designstuff_group's instagram page, a lot of our home inspirations and ideas have been coming from this beauty. My instagram collections tab is all bookmarked with many of their photos.
Updates  –
  • I was invited by the beautiful Imogen of Faux Silk to do a feature interview on The Glow Club. It is a new series she has introduced to her page and is such an amazing way to connect and discover many of her favourite people from the blogging/social media community. It was such a privilege to work on this article with her and am so grateful she asked me to be part of this. 
  • I've been writing in my gratitude journal every night (I did miss two days, but that's about it) since I've bought it at the thrift store for $0.79c (brand new too  ⎯ the beautiful pattern on the cover and overall quality of the whole book really caught my eyes). 
  • Attended a meeting on Saturday to finalise our tile selections at the tile company was such a fun and exciting experience. I loved every bit of it and really appreciated that the tea that was made for me was served in this oh so beautiful Pantone mug (here)  ⎯ I've included a sneak peek photo of the final tiles we have selected for our wet area (below). Matt white subway tiles with black grout for our walls and a natural stone style rectified tiles for our flooring.
PR mail  –  
  • Memobottle A6 Water Bottle (End of July) 
  • Shhhsilk Pink Eye Mask (August)
  • Tatcha Skincare (August)

 CURRENTLY ⎯  

Doing  –  a massive clear out and organising all things for our home at my parents house at the moment. Donating things to charity and putting things into boxes that can be used later on when we move into our home. 
Reading  –  half way through Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto, I'm really enjoying it still and excited to see how the ending pans out. I was also inspired by my friends Anna and Carina to check out another Japanese author, so I picked up these two books called The Nakano Thrift Shop and Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami. I borrowed both from my local library and can't wait to get started as soon as I finish my current book.
Working  –  on our home portfolio, we have our final pre-start meeting this Thursday to lock in every feature selection for our home to send through to the builder.
Wanting  –  to practice living a more spiritual and mindful lifestyle.

 TOP PICKS ⎯  

Instagram / Blogger  –  One of my oldest blogger favourite has created a brand spanking new blog and I couldn't be happier when she announced the news of coming back to the blogosphere. I've always adored Victoria's style and I can't wait to see more of her work. Give her some love and follow @vkhoupra / www.vkhoupra.com 
Movie  –  Last weekend the Mr and I watched "When Marnie Was There" by Studio Ghibli and it has topped the list of one of my favourite anime, such a stunning film. 
Beauty product  –  Riddle Oil perfume in North Wind has been my go-to choice of fragrance daily and wearing my RMS Lip2Cheek in Spell everyday since it arrived ⎯ the perfect nude shade.


01 August 2017

Haircare Discoveries


I don't usually talk a lot about haircare, mainly because I always find it difficult to find cult products for my fine straight hair. Not many products work well for my hair type and I always steer away from anything that is going to weigh down my hair, make my scalp dry or leaves a tacky residue. These last few months I have been testing and trialling out a few products I have been sent and have only been able to sift through a small selection that I have now grown to love, some more than others but these are the top 3 that I want to talk briefly about in todays post.


*Hello Hair Botanic Edition Hair Mask  

The first time I tried out this hair mask I wasn't sure about it, mainly because I had used it all throughout my hair and scalp massaging it in as the packaging instructions states to do. However it made my hair really clumpy and weighed down after I rinsed it out. I then decided to give it another go, only this time focusing it strictly on the ends of my hair, and voila, it worked like a charm. Of course, I knew I had very fine and thin hair that lacks volume so I usually don't put hair masks within my scalp, but because the packaging said to do that I thought perhaps it was clarifying. That's how all beauty products work, you need to figure out how it can work well for your own benefits as everyone's hair situations are all different. Now that I've mastered this process I have been putting a small handful at the ends of my hair to nourish it from any dryness and I really enjoy using this as a treatment when my hair is in need of a pamper.  
 DO'S  Apply on hair that is dehydrated and is in need of nourishing treatment!
 DONT'S  Apply to your scalp if you have very thin hair and lack volume, it will not do you any favours!

*Natura Siberica Hair Repair Oil  

Hair oils are another item that I tend to hesitate using unless it will absorb instantly into my hair. I can't stand any hair oil that just sits on top of your hair and doesn't absorb into the follicles, you just know it isn't doing anything but weighing your hair down. When I first applied this hair oil to the ends of my hair, I was instantly sold. My hair soaked up every bit of the oil and felt so soft and smooth. It created a beautiful shine and texture to each strand and felt it was more of a dry type of oil that doesn't leave any oily residue. It smells tropical and feels super luxe each time I use this! I highly recommend it. 
 POSITIVES  Packaging is just as beautiful as the product itself, comes with a glass dropper pipette.
 NEGATIVES  None, I love everything about this!


*Hairstory New Wash  ⎯

This is by far my most favourite of the lot and the stand out of almost any haircare I have ever tried. I am so shocked at how amazing this makes my hair feel after each use, I've been using this as my second wash every few days. This is a one of kind product and I am sure there isn't anythings else quite like it out there. It is an all in one, shampoo and conditioner. A new way of washing your hair, no seriously! At first when you apply it, it feels more like a conditioner texture and as you massage it into your scalp and hair you start thinking "is this even working?!". But be patient my friend, it clarifies and cleanses your hair all while nourishing it and leaving it feeling so clean and hydrated. You can see the results instantly once you have dried your hair after the wash. I can't figure out how they do it, because yes, I have tried those two in one shampoo and conditioners back in the day, and all I can remember is that it was the biggest faff. Not this baby, my hair is absolutely loving the formula to this hair wash and I know it will be a permanent product in my haircare regime. Time to stock up!
 PROS  Love, love love, the formula to this! It gives my hair so much volume and clarity as well as feeling so nourished and healthy. I've seen a difference in the texture of my hair as well as thickness to each strand.
 CONS  The packaging, it leaks a lot and the pump doesn't work at all. It gets stuck and seeps through the sides of the cap so I have to keep pumping a lot to get the product out. The packaging is plastic, it seems quite flimsy and could do with some upgrading, especially the pump. Lucky the formula is out of this world amazing, all they need to fix is the packaging. 

— Read my full disclaimer 

24 July 2017

Bi-Weekly Notes — #1

Welcome to my newest series! I've decided to create a fortnightly series called "Bi-weekly Notes" which will be uploaded on a Monday afternoon/evening (AWST). This is where I can do posts in between my regular monthly posts of any updates that I have categorised. It will be simple and short updates but a great way for you to keep up-to-date with what I have been up to, recommend or am loving. This is quite similar to my previous "Let's Catch Up" posts but a breakdown of it all and more summarised. I hope you enjoy this series and let's get it kick started!



NEW IN ⎯  

Inspiration  –  Gaining lifestyle ideas from the new issue of Fete Magazine Issue #22
Updates  –
  • My sister made an order on Mecca online and she asked if I wanted anything she would buy it for me. I of course said "yes" and asked her to order me the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in the shade "Spell". Excited for it to arrive! 
  • I won a giveaway from Emily @whyhellobeauty – The Beauty Archive (Scandinavian Organic Beauty) a trio of their Lip Tint, Lip Cream and Lip Balm. I can't wait to receive it and try them all out.
PR mail  –  
  • BROSA Table Lamp (Mid July)
  • Dr Jackson's Skincare (Mid July)
  • Braun Face Spa Epilator (Mid July)
  • Hairstory Haircare (End of June)

CURRENTLY ⎯  

Doing  –  the next stages of our pre-start meetings for our home building. Choosing all our interior/exterior colour palette. Building commences beginning–end of September – yay!
Reading  –  a new book called Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto so far so good! It is definitely an interesting read, each page becomes more and more intriguing and draws me in. 
Working  –  on exciting collaborations with many amazing brands (update to come!)
Wanting  –  to assemble all the new furniture for our home, especially the sofa we bought from Freedom. My dream sofa of the Scandinavian style grey sofa with wooden legs – maybe I will upload a photo of it as soon as it is unpacked. You can view a sneak peek on my twitter here (if you're following me).

TOP PICKS ⎯  
Instagram / Blogger  –  Imogen makes such beautiful content, her blog has fast become a favourite of mine. Her writing is exceptional and can take you to all kinds of wonderful places. Check out her handles and give her some love and follow @imogen.k  / www.faux-silk.com
Book  –  I love a good poetry book, Eighteen Years by Madisen Kuhn gives me so much inspiration and I've been referring back to it.
Beauty product  –  I've been using the RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Concealer in #22 everyday since I bought it and it has taken the lead of my go-to concealer (Glossier Stretch concealer comes second now — but definitely still a fave). Perfect consistency, coverage and application. Developing an addiction to all RMS Beauty products.

06 July 2017

A Love Affair With — Riddle Oil


I first discovered Riddle Oil through one of my favourite YouTuber's Chrissstttiiine and it was definitely love at first sight. I am a lover of discovering innovative brands and Riddle Oil is no exception, so when I had the opportunity to collaborate with this beautiful brand I was definitely over the moon. Based in California, founder Chelsea Voge's philosophy of Riddle Oil is "Your Skin but Better" and lives by a vision that is expressed with one word —Allow.
— This word carries the weight of a million dreams fulfilled. We believe in being better, not better than others but better than ourselves. We believe in listening from a place of inspiration, not memory. We believe in clarity, understanding what you want from your life. We believe in loving yourself and betting on who you are with the awareness of what you are. Last but not least, we believe in allowing your life to unfold naturally into your dharma (calling).

What I love most about Riddle Oil is not only is it cruelty-free but all ingredients are made of pure essential oils and flower essences using a distillation process. The packaging speaks for itself with a minimal exterior, the perfume oils are housed in a stunning glass vial with a stainless steel roll-on-ball applicator, which is individually packaged with a luxurious velvet pouch. Chelsea has a special niche when it comes to the various selection of scents within her range. Each scent is so unique in its own way and I have never smelt anything like it before. I haven't tried or ventured much into the world of oil perfumes so this is a fantastic way to test and experience this, and I definitely prefer it a lot more than alcohol based perfumes.

The benefits of using Riddle Oil verses alcohol based fragrances — Read all FAQ here

> Longer lasting scent
> Longer shelf life
> Hypoallergenic
> Subtle and non-invasive scent
> Moisturising
> Fewer ingredients
> Daily inspiration — 
(an empowering effect to capture the attention of others)

What I learnt from testing each scent everyday for the last two weeks is that like all perfumes it smells completely different on the skin than smelling it directly from the bottle. Once applied, your skin brings out a unique scent from each oil and creates a one of a kind frangrance on each individual. From this I was able to select my top scents and my most favourite of all is definitely Muse, it has a permanent home in my handbag.

I love how a particular scent can take you back to a certain time or place it's a perfect way of teleportation and triggering certain memories. For me, the scent Night Flower really hits home with this. When I first smelt this scent it instantly brought me back to a time in my early childhood days. I remember owning this particular item, (either a lip gloss or lip balm) I loved so much and would bring everywhere with me and it smelt exactly like this scent, it really does take me back to that innocent time and holds a lot of sentimental value to me.
R¿DDLE OIL  SCENT NOTES

*Original 8ml size — Amber Resin and Musky // See full Scent Profile here
*Santal 8ml size — Spicy Cardamom, Amber, Sandalwood, Orchid, Mango Blossom, Strawberries, Vanilla // See full Scent Profile here
*Sundara 8ml size (formerly known as Darjeeling)— Green Tea, Lemon, Black Tea, Jasmine, Hay, Tonka Bean and Sandalwood // See full Scent Profile here
*Austin sample size — Spicy Cardamom, Amber, Sandalwood, Orchid, Mango Blossom, Strawberries, Vanilla, Fig, Coconut Milk, Green Moss and Cedar Wood // See full Scent Profile here
*Night Flower sample size (formerly known as Tuberose) — White Peony, Jasmine, Tuberose, Tamarind, Arum Lily, Incense, Sandalwood and Amber // See full Scent Profile here
*North Wind sample size — Fresh Peach, Pineapple, Papaya, Coconut Milk, Lilies and Wild Freesia // See full Scent Profile here
*Muse 8ml size — Bergamot, Bay, Ivy, Marine, Peony, Magnolia, Honeysuckle, Sandalwood, Agarwood, Amber, Musk, Peach and Coconut // See full Scent Profile here
*Poppy 8ml size — Melon, Lemon, Lily, Cyclamen, Poppy, Freesia, Violet, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Orange Blossom and Musk // See full Scent Profile here 
*Eden sample size — Grass, Fern, Lemon, Gardenia, Red Jasmin, Musk and Clove // See full Scent Profile here
*Sphinx sample size — High quality Egyptian Musk // See full Scent Profile here
*Last Petal sample size — Rose, Jasmine, Hibiscus, Ambrette, Musk, Amber and Vanilla // See full Scent Profile here 

MY FAVOURITE PICKS // (from 8ml size)  
— Muse  
— Original  
— Poppy


MY WISH LIST // (from half dram sample size)   
— North Wind 
— Night Flower 
— Sphinx

Chelsea also kindly gifted me a super luxe spray lotion in one of my favourite scents Poppy (I adore the name also because it is my dog's name) made with Organic Aloe, Coconut, Grape Seed Oils and Vegetable Glycerin. This light weight, fast absorbing and hydrating lotion is so fine you can mist it directly all over your body — it also layers perfectly with other scents which helps it last much longer. There are many other products within the Riddle Oil range such as Botanical Skincare, Candles, Body Oils and a curated selection of scents For Him.

A toast to a new found love  R¿ddle Oil, you had me at "hello."

— Read my full disclaimer 

01 June 2017

Curated Homeware Haul


I think as I get closer to my late 20's I have been more interested in homewares and interior. It's always been something I have had interest towards however now that we are in the midst of building out first home together it has caught my eyes more as of late.

You can say that I can be quite picky when it comes to certain designs as I am with most things. I like my colour scheme to be either monochrome (black, white + grey) or accent colours, such as pink, gold and copper. You can definitely say the whole Scandinavian style is very highly influenced within my collection. I have a small and very curated homeware haul that I have been putting together since the beginning of the year.

It is such an exciting time for us, each stage of building is very special and I am currently documenting each moment mainly through Twitter (my account is private). I do have a few snippets I post via Insta-stories. It all feels very surreal when it comes to designing your first home, every single bit counts. I never knew that thinking about where the sunsets and rises would be something so  important on the layout of your home, but is sure is! It's all in the little things.

I am so thrilled and cannot wait until our house is finished so I can continue adding more interior ideas, furniture and homeware. It is so much fun slowly gathering little bits and pieces for our home, I keep it all stored in a big container box for that moment we can finally unpack everything once our home is finished and the handover of our keys. We still have a long way to go so for the mean time while our floor plans are submitted and we slowly begin the next stages of our pre-start meetings I am currently scrapbooking ideas for interior designs, etc.



HOMEWARE HAUL:
Arrival Hall ⎯ HAY Kitchen Scissors 
Arrival Hall ⎯ Lightly Copper Rounded Spoon 
A Cup of Chic ⎯ Scandinavian Fluted Ceramic Vase  
Kikki.K ⎯ Svenska Hem Gold Tall Vase 
Kikki.K ⎯ Svenska Hem Copper Round Vase x2
Sussan ⎯ Gold + Pink Ceramic Plate


There a few stores I like to visit for unique homeware finds such as Arrival Hall, A Cup of ChicKikki.K and much more. Though, you would be surprised where you can occasionally find some hidden treasures at the stores you least expect.

During a visit to Sussan, I found a few lovely homeware items for a great price (mainly in store rather than online) — their Gold + Pink Ceramic Plate I stumbled by the other day is the perfect statement piece and I cannot wait to style this in our home. At the moment it is being used to hold all my bedside essentials.

I've also picked up a few different types of vases to house some greenery within. I like choosing different shapes and sizes of vases, I find it brings a lot of character and style to a home and fits perfectly within my style.

That feeling of anticipation is literal torture, I get so excited each time we have our meetings with our builder each week. But as all good things go, it comes slowly and the results are definitely worth it. I am so thrilled with our floor plans, it's taken a while to get it exactly the way we wanted but, that's what makes it extra special.

I have a few more items that I have hauled lately however they're more bedroom and workspace interior, let me know if you would like to see a post of those items.




01 May 2017

My Work Desk Tour

A work desk tour has been on my agenda to post about for quite a while and now that I'm finally satisfied with the current state of my desk I will take you through a general overview of it all.

I wouldn't call myself a minimalist at the least, though I love the concept of it and try to live as much of a minimalistic life as possible. I like to think of my style as a more curated style, where I have a decent amount of belongings I love and use daily as I am more selective with everything I buy nowadays. The same thing goes with my work desk, everything that is on there I use often and has a purpose.

I wanted to find a desk that suited my style and needs to store everything properly where I could have it all accessible. I love the style of my desk and I couldn't have found an even better style that I adore. This is a Scandinavian style desk called Willow, with a duo-tone of wood and white exterior. It has one large drawer which separates into two sections — this is one of my favourite features, along with a back section that has a compartment which flips up to store any power cords.

You can view more photos of my desk I posted on my Instagram and the many different states it has been in since I bought this desk in March 2016 — 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
To give my office space a little more of a personal touch, I like to have my favourite photos, art and quotes displayed on this matte black wire memo board and in frames around my desk.

I honestly cannot remember the last time I had my photos developed at a photo centre. It's always been such a heartfelt feeling having a photo to physically hold and look at, especially flicking through a photo album or even seeing it hung around your home. These days technology has come so far that photography is all in digital form and hardly anyone prints photos anymore.

I use to use my old Polaroid camera and my vintage analog film camera (during my university days I attended a Photo Work/Media course for my Journalism degree and I remember being in the darkroom developing negatives and what a great experience it was) for quite a few years ago where each photo captured you would never know how it would turn out until it was developed. That is what I love most about film photography. I only stopped using it because the Polaroid film for mine wasn't available anymore and I didn't have as much access to film photography after I finished my course. The Instax cameras are more readily available these days but I am yet to invest in one, for now I am quite happy having my photos printed from services such as *Printiki.

The thing that I found most intriguing with Printiki's service is not only is it a fast and convenient way to get your photos printed in a variety of styles (retro style is my favourite, of course) but, you can scan any old photographs you already own or any photos you have taken directly from your phone or camera and have them all printed all from the comfort of your home. Even though I love the way analog photography works and leaves you with a surprise at how your photos will turn out, it is also nice to be able to recreate those sentimental photos you already cherish and have them printed as many times as you want.

When Printtiki contacted me back in late February to collaborate with their services I couldn't pass this opportunity because it had come at a perfect time when I wanted to start creating my own personal photo album and get photos printed. It took me quite some time to gather some important photos and to make sure I was happy with each one I had chosen to get printed as it meant a lot to me.

When I ordered my photos and it arrived in the mail I was absolutely stoked at the results and even my family was in awe over how beautiful they turned out. My Mum was especially thrilled to see I had chosen to get an old family photo of her family printed (it's the black and white family photograph of my Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles with my Mum) and of course baby photos of my boyfriend and I (hanging on the black wire memo board). I've always wanted to have these photographs to keep for myself and to be able to have a copy of my own makes me feel so complete. I even wrote captions under a few of the photos I had printed to document the date and location in order to look back one day and reminisce those moments.

I teamed up with the great folks at Printiki to bring a special discount code for my readers, as I want to share this special experience with those who would also like to have their photos printed.
The discount code is for free economy shipping worldwide on print orders, valid from 1st to the 6th of May 2017
Use the Printiki code: amourjnfr at checkout.
I have these Muji acrylic drawers where I keep a lot of different stationery that I reach for the most — you can see I have an endless supply of my favourite Muji pens in 0.38, 0.5 and 0.7.  
The desk drawer separates into two sections and is quite a decent size. I find this table would also make a great makeup vanity if you wanted to use it for that too. It is so spacious and I like to use a few containers to divide and store each product. 
T—B  Section 1 and Section 2 of desk drawers.
The first section is half the size of the second section which doubles in size so it is perfect to store larger items such as note books. Each section is quite miscellaneous, I have items kept in each section from my hard drive, tech gear, cords, calligraphy equipment, stationery, books, letter sets and candle equipment, etc.
Aside from beauty, you can say I have a slight obsession with stationery, I always have and always will —I can spend hours in each stationery aisle at the shops, it's like my heaven. When our home is ready I can't wait to have a room dedicated for my own office. I envision to decorate it and have this desk displayed with more space. I'm sure this layout will change again in no time, I have a thing with my room and each section where I am forever switching it up. This is my happy place, right after my vanity — which I hope to also do a post on in the near future, I know so many of you have requested this for so long so I will try to get a post up soon.

I hope you enjoyed this overview of my desk tour and let me know if you decide to get any of your photos printed through Printiki, I would love to see your prints, too!

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06 April 2017

A Prelude To BECCA

Oddly enough BECCA has been a brand that isn't readily available here in Australia, although it is an Australian brand there isn't much access to it unless you live on the east coast or pop into a beauty salon that stocks it. For me it hasn't been a brand I could just go out and purchase directly at a local store or counter here in Perth and I am not interested in popping into a beauty salon (etc), just to get a product or two. Give or take, it is a brand I have grown to love and adore, I've only tried a small handful of their products so far and you can bet I am a definite fan — though I do wish I could have better access to it so I can see it in person for a better experience. I actually do remember BECCA use to be stocked in David Jones at our city store and then some how a jerk decided to remove the whole range — oh well. 

Thank goodness for the beauty of the world wide web, from a few trusty reviews (for research purposes) to being able to purchase it online. There are quite a few beauty sites out there that stock BECCA but I have found that Active Skin stocks them for a good price compared to others, plus they're Australian owned online beauty retailer that is well trusted and provide amazing services. I think that is the better option for me at this time, though it would be great to test products in person, nothing beats good value. The team at Active Skin are extremely helpful so if you have any questions they can assist you.


Pricing example: The Backlight Priming Filter retails for $65 AUD but on Active Skin you can purchase it for $50 AUD, compare the prices herehere and here. That's a pretty darn good pricing point if I don't say so myself.
    T ⎯ B   Swatches 


*BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal — BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (illuminator)   L ⎯ R 
I've owned the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (the illuminating liquid version) for quite a while now and comparing it to my newest edition the pressed powder I can't decide which of the two I prefer more over. It's like choosing your favourite child. I love them both equally and they serve a purpose for individual use or pairing together for the ultimate glow. They're both equally stunning.

*BECCA Backlight Priming Filter (swatched and blended)  L ⎯ R 
This has been a product I've been umming and ahhing over for quite some time since its initial launch a few years back. From all the reviews and seeing it applied on through tutorials I've been quite smitten and it's been on my wish list for the longest time. I actually tried a sample of it during my visit in Melbourne last year at a Sephora store. It is as beautiful as I last remembered it and I am so glad to have it within my collection.

Some days I like to wear it alone without any makeup to give myself that lit from within look (that typical phrase) no kidding though, it seriously makes you look more healthier and youthful than you actually are (unless you are, I am not the latter). It smooths out the entire texture of your skin providing a beautiful glow-y and smooth base. It really is a real life filter for your face, yep, they've finally did it guys.

 BECCA Mineral Blush in Sweetpea
I'm not sure, I have the biggest feeling that this shade is discontinued — I've tried searching for it and it seems like it isn't part of their range anymore. WHY do they do this? This now means I have to salvage whatever I have with it because this blush shade is exactly what I've always wanted in a blush itself. It is the perfect terra cotta brown rose shade (are you surprised?). It provides a crazy amount of pigment so a little goes a long way, tap lightly! Wearing it without a bronzer is perfect because it gives you the best of both worlds (blush/bronze). I bought this at Melbourne airport on my way back home to Perth.
//    The main focus is of course the base, I want to show you exactly what these BECCA base products can do for the skin using very minimal technique for your overall look. I love creating a base that still shows my true complexion.


 PRODUCTS USED 

BASE  ⎯  
*BECCA Backlight Priming Filter  
*BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal 
Glossier Skin Tint in Medium 
Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium 
BECCA Mineral Blush in Sweetpea (used as blush and eyeshadow) 

EYES  ⎯  
Glossier Boy Brow in Black 
Surratt Beauty Eyelash Curler  
Chanel Le Volume Mascara 

LIPS  ⎯  
Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Leo 
Glossier Lip Gloss 

 What BECCA products have you tried or would recommend?

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28 March 2017

Let's Catch Up! #7

Oh, hi —
Long time no post! The month of March has been quite a hectic month for me, not only was it my birthday month but a lot of things were quite chaotic since my last post. Which is why I haven't updated since end of February. I won't go into too much detail as to what I've been up to as it has been all the typical "adulting sh*t", but let's not get into that.

First thing I wanted to talk about is this green jade rock that you can see on the top of my bedhead. It was gifted to me by my sister and ever since I have placed it above me when I sleep. I didn't know this at the time, but a few days I had placed this jade rock there I felt as though it had cleansed my dreams and calmed me a lot, providing positive energy towards me. I tested it out one day and placed it onto my work desk instead and a few days onwards I had terrible nightmares. I'm quite a spiritual person and believe in Feng Shui, aurora's, karma and all that good stuff.

As soon as I put it back on my bedhead my dreams were instantly less intense and stressful. I knew straight away there was something special about this jade rock, so I did some research on good ol' Google and what do ya know, it has healing properties and helps with anxiety and lightens emotions. It says to place it under your pillow, but I'm quite happy to just leave it above on my bedhead. You can read more on it here. I feel as though I can relate to everything mentioned in this article, it is quite spot on in terms of relating to my astrology sign (Pisces). I think it is such a coincidence that my sister gave this jade to me so randomly, but also at the perfect time I needed it the most.


I've been also getting into reading again! I've ordered quite a few new books through Book Depository as you know and one of my newest editions is this poetry book called The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson. Let's just say it doesn't get as raw and real as this poetry book, her writing is just beautiful and intense, you can feel each emotion through every paragraph. It is quite a traumatic book, I find some parts hard to take in but at the same time I thrive off these types of genres for books and movies. The more f*cked up it is, the better in my opinion. I highly recommend this beauty of a book if you're also into this type of thing, plus the cover is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! 

The next few books arriving in my mail box soon is Love Poems by Pablo Neruda and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, few that many people loved and raved about. I am excited to read these, I've read a few pages from peoples social media pictures and their poetry is so inspiring and beautiful. I love reading poetry, I was inspired by my friend Alexis to get back into poetry reading — she recommended Lang Leav's poetry, which is definitely on my wish-list. I also have Eighteen Years by Madisen Kuhn on my wish list who I have recently stumbled upon and truly admire her aesthetics. When I purchased my first poetry book (The Chaos of Longing) I had soon realised how much easier it was to get into reading this way. Novels tend to make me stray, I get bored and distracted easily and I admit I am not always the best at getting into a book and continuing it to the very end. It is definitely something I need to work on. I find self-help books to be my new gravitation and a genre I am much into nowadays — though I still enjoy reading a good best seller or two.


 NEW IN —

A quick sneak peek beauty wise of what's to come on Amour JNFR. Currently in the works, an array of beauty products I have hauled a few months back, gifted through PR and an exciting mail swap I did with Cindy! (This isn't everything, much more goodies to photograph).
Brands included: Tatcha, Glossier, Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Saturday Skin, Fresh Beauty, Herbivore, etc. 

I've done quite a few clear outs of my belongings especially my beauty collection, giving away products as well as setting myself a project pan of using up my products. I'm slowly getting closer to having a more fresh and curated collection that I am really happy with. As you can know I have quite a few new items to eventually go through, so I have put a ban on myself from buying any beauty products for a while, unless I truly NEED to — I've been quite good at this for a while now, I never rarely shop now. There's something really fulfilling about giving away bags/boxes of all your unwanted/unused products (or throwing out products I've held onto for too long) to someone who would make better use of it all. I want my collection to only contain items I would reach for daily, with a one in one out system. These days I don't wear as much makeup and go for a more minimal and fresh look.

P. S.   A homeware haul currently in the works!


Read more — Let's Catch Up #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6

21 February 2017

TOP PICKS — Face, Body & Hair


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


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


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


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

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




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