Monday, 21 July 2014

H&M Haul

The other day I went to H&M in the Melbourne CBD store. It's exciting for us Australians as this branch is new here! So I was very eager to go have a look at the products the store had to offer. As a whole, I think the store is fantastic; it had a variety of clothes, shoes, accessories and home ware for all sorts. There were many more things that I wished I picked up, which could mean haul part two!! The quality of the pieces I thought was really good, and sizing was also easy to work with. 

I ended up getting a button down blue shirt that has a really nice fit with elbow stichings. I find it to be really versatile and comfortable! Next up, the knitted dress. I have wanted one of these for so long it's ridiculous, and finally, the very first section I look at I found this beauty. It's super comfy, slouchy, and everything you need in a winter dress. I like that it's so versatile, able to be dressed up or down, perfect for all occasions. I also got a beautiful 1950's inspired skirt. The photo given doesn't give justice to it, but I absolutely love it! It cinches in nicely at the waist, and drapes beautifully out, flowing down to past the knee. This is another piece I've wanted for a while and am so happy I was able to find it at such an affordable price. For jewellery, I selected three pieces to wear with tops, skirts or dresses that will need an extra pop to the look. 

All in all, a wonderful store and experience! So much variety and choice. H&M home also looked incredible, although nothing has been purchased from there... yet! 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Capsule Travel Make Up Kit

- Revlon Photoready 'BB Cream in 020 Light Medium' -
- The Body Shop 'Moisture Foundation in 05' -
- NARS 'Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light2 Vanilla' -
-Estee Lauder 'The Sun Bronzer (B)' -
- Estee Lauder 'Golden Alligator Compact Lucidity Pressed Powder in Transparent' -
-Estee Lauder 'Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in 01 Extreme Black' -
- Lush 'Honey Trap- White Chocolate' Lip Balm -
- Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Poise' Lipstick -
- Real Techniques 'Powder Brush' and 'Buffing Brush' -
- Eyebrow and lash Comb -

The last couple of months I've been doing a lot of back and forth travelling where I need to get my make up selection down to the essentials. One afternoon whilst packing I used these products on my face and decided I would just bring what I'd used with me, and found that it was the perfect amount of products and tools. So I thought I would share with you guys what I think is good to pack when you are on the go for a holiday, work trip, overnight stay, etc! 

I've got the base covered with 1-3 products depending on the look or finish trying to be achieved. I use The Body Shop Moisture Foundation for day-to-day usage. It's a nice and light coverage, with a wonderful finish to the skin and can be applied with your fingers- convenient! If I'm wanting slightly more coverage or a slightly darker base, I'll also mix in the Revlon Photoready BB Cream. What I love about this product is that it's really creamy, so it holds in place well on the face. As an after-step, I take my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and make sure all my make up is blended in well. When I feel like I need to cover any blemish's or under eye circles, I would then use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer next. This is a beautiful product with a fantastic finish that blends seamlessly into the skin.

To powder things up, I'm currently using the Estee Lauder Transparent Pressed Powder with the Real Techniques Powder Brush. I focus mainly on the T-zone as thats where I get the most oiliest first. Then I'll use the Estee Lauder Sun Bronzer as an all over the face application. For eyes, I just put a few coats of the Estee Lauder Mascara on, and comb through my eyebrows with the comb/brush. For lips, a nice lacquer of Lush's Honey Trap Lip Balm and a lipstick by Gorgeous Cosmetics in 'Poise' on top!

Monday, 30 June 2014

All Year Round Lip Products

Having first purchased this product in the early winter of 2012 for a formal, I never thought it would become my go-to for a bold lip. First lets discuss the colour; wow. I think this is a brilliant colour if you are wanting to make a statement with your make up or outfit. The cool coral undertones of what would normally be a red, really compliments all skin colours. It really brightens the complexion and gives the look a good pop without needing to over-accessorise. Now for the formula, I would put it in the category of a matte to cream finish. It's not my complete cup of tea, however if I lacquer well with lip balm before and after, it transforms the lipstick into more of a cream sheen finish. It's extremely long-lasting and doesn't budge without copious amounts of make up remover! Which I think is perfect, as there's nothing worse than needing to top up a lip product countless times over the day or night. 

I first discovered this product via a gift set, and have honestly fallen head-over-heels in love with this product. It's literally a product that creates the whole "your lips but better" look. What is perfect about this gloss, is firstly, it isn't sticky or tacky on the lips and it keeps the lips moisturised and nourished all day. It's perfect just by itself, or paired with any pink to nude lipstick or tint. This is my most-used coloured lip product in my collection, due to its versatility, formula and colour. It works perfect for day or evening!

I received this as a wonderful gift from my best friend Maddie at Christmas. It's the perfect shade and formula for any outfit or make up look you are trying to create. The shade is neutral enough that it doesn't over-power other colours or shades used in your outfit or make up, yet it's prominent enough that it compliments and enhances things overall. I think the Frost formula is brilliant, as it's really nourishing on the lips, but still has enough pigment to not fade over time or flake. I really enjoy the versatility of this product, whether it's for during the day at work or out for lunch, or in the evenings for a dinner or night out.