Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Wild Flowers OOTD

Just a couple of snaps of my outfit from when Megan and I were out and about in Sydney, I love the colour and pattern of this dress. For this outfit I didn't want to overdo the accessories because it's such a statement on it's own. So I stuck with a chain headpiece (which I got a ton of complements/questions on), and just some black heel boots and my favourite black studded clutch. 

This dress is unbelievably comfortable and perfect for the summertime or wintertime with a leather jacket and chelsea boots. I got it from ASOS in the clearance section which is the only section of ASOS I buy from usually for under $30 AUD. I have a major obsession with long sleeved dresses which probably isn't the best considering it's really hot where I live but nonetheless the obsession continues. I would definitely recommend checking out the ASOS Clearance section and even if it's too much at the time add it to your bag and it will probably be reduced even further in a couple of weeks. 

I also kept my makeup pretty simple, just with some black winged liner and brown eyeshadows. I actually think I'm wearing MAC's Viva Glam Gaga 2 on my lips which is such a great lipstick and Benefit Sugarbomb blush on my cheeks. Please excuse my frizzy hair it was really rainy that day - but my hair is actually getting longer so I'm pretty happy with that. 

Dress: ASOS Clutch: Sportsgirl  Headpeice: Sportsgirl  Shoes: Rubi  Rings: Lovisa 

Check out the ASOS website for more dresses like this. 

Does anyone love ASOS as much as me? I'm sure you do. Hope you're all having a lovely week let me know what you're up to. 

Monday, 30 January 2012

Brands Exclusive Giveaway Winner!

Last week we opened a competition to win a $50 Brands Exclusive voucher, all you had to do was answer the question 'How would you spend you last $50' well today is the day we announce the winner, after reading through the answers Megan and I decided our favourite answer was this one:

If I was down to my last $50, I go to an op shop and pick up a cheap suit, bike and book then I'd pick up some cheap mascara and lippie. I'd use the suit and makeup to help me get a job, the bike to get around and the book to escape into :) - Louise 

We thought this answer was so cute and it reminded us of something we'd love to do with our last $50!
This makes Louise (she also has a lovely blog you should check out) the winner of the competition and we have passed your email on to the Brands Exclusive team so they can contact you about the voucher! Just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who entered, and choosing wasn't easy, and we loved reading the answers.

Stay tuned for more, fashion, beauty & another giveaways in the near future!

Sunday swatching - Too Faced Naked & Natural Eye Palettes

It is a very rainy day outside today so I thought I would take this opportunity to do some extra blogging as I don't have that much time to blog during the week. even though this probably won't get posted until tomorrow (Monday). I have decided to swatch my Too Faced eyeshadow palettes for you. I have two of the palettes, one is the Naked Eye palette and the other is the Natural Eye palette. I discovered these watching some youtube videos and thought they were gorgeous. I have to say I wear the Natural palette a lot more than the Naked palette though they both have great colours. The eyeshadows are very shimmery so if you don't like alot of shimmer you probably won't find these palettes that great, luckily, I love shimmery shadows.

First off I will swatch the Natural Eye palette - the photos are all just with natural light from my window.

Warning: Picture heavy!

 from L to R: In the Buff, Pillow Talk, Like a Virgin.

 From L to R: Birthday Suit, Satin Sheets, Unmentionables.

From L to R: Pink Cheeks (this didn't show up very well, sorry!)  , Lap Dance, Stiletto.

So that is the Naked Eye Palette my favourite ones are Birthday Suit, Silk Sheets and Lap Dance.

Now onto the Natural Palette.....

  Heavan, Velvet Revolver, Sexpresso

 Silk Teddy, Push Up, Erotica

 Nude Beach, Honey Pot, Cocoa Puff

My favourite ones from the Natural are Silk Teddy, Pursh Up & Honey Pot.

All of the eyeshadows are well pigmented and easy to apply.

I hope you enjoyed these. I really like doing swatches, I find them very helpful. If I am ever wanting to buy anything, I always google to try and find some swatches before purchasing.

If you like these palettes you can buy them here or here.

Let me know if you like these types of posts and I will try do a swatching session of various make up products at least once a week. If you have any request, leave them in the comments and I will see what I can do.

Hope you all have/had a good weekend.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation review.

I'm back! Finally I can settle back into blogging regularly. I have recently moved into my house that I bought with my boyfriend. We haven't had any internet since we moved in, hence the no blogging.

Anyway, today I have a review (as the title says) on the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation.

I bought this while I was in America at the end of 2010 from Sephora. I was matched with the colour "117 Marble" - the 4th lightest shade. Once I left the store, it actually looked to be a little too dark for my pale skin which is why I never really gave it a chance. I did use it a few times and didn't particularly like it - I felt like it didn't enough coverage as I usually wear full coverage foundations and I still felt it was a little too dark for my skin tone.

A year on, it was still sitting in my makeup collection so I decided to give it another chance because everyone always raves about how amazing this foundation is - that's the whole reason I bought it in the first place. To my surprise I loved it! It seems to match my complexion perfectly. I have taken a few photos (see below) to show you what it looks like on my skin.

Note: the photos of my skin/face are UN-EDITED - my worst nightmare! haha.

Also note: I am wearing a little bit of MAC MSF Natural over the top as I was getting ready for the day and only decided to take the pictures after I had done my powder - no concealer was used at all.

"HD Invisible Cover Foundation
What it is:
An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life.

What it does:
This long-wearing foundation creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, it can withstand bright or harsh lighting."

The above quotes were taken directly off the Sephora website.

I would say this foundation is a medium coverage although it feels quite light on the skin. I am used to wearing more full coverage foundations like Revlon Colorstay. This MUFE foundation definitely feels a lot nicer on my skin for everyday wear.
I wouldn't say it is "invisible" but as you can tell by the photos, it really does do an amazing job at concealing flaws without looking like you are wearing a lot of makeup.

I also love the packaging of this foundation, I'm always a fan of a foundation that comes with a pump!

The only con I have noticed is if I have been touching my face or for some reason been resting my hand on my chin/side of my face while sitting at my desk (I don't do that consciously) it does come off easily.

All in all, this foundation is very good and I would recommend it to anyone with any skin type.

 Have you tried this foundation? If so, do you think it's as great as I do?

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Brands Exclusive Giveaway!

Hey Girls, we have a little giveaway for our lovely Australian readers for a $50 voucher for Brands Exclusive. I've posted about them previously when I talked about getting my Wildfox shirts on sale. Brands Exclusive is a website that hosts sales for different brands and products at ridiculously good prices.  They have a huge range of womens fashion to choose from and currently they have a ton of great designer clothes on sale including a bunch of cocktail dresses, from brands like Josh Goot, Minty Meets Munt, Ksubi, J Brand, Karen Walker Eyewear, and a lot more.

To win the $50 voucher here are the rules:
  • You must be following us via Google Friend Connect (we will check) 
  • Comment below with your name,  email address or blog url and tell us what you would spend your last $50 on  
  • It is open to Australian readers only 
The best answer will win and we will pass your name on to the Brands Exclusive team and they will send you the voucher! 

Disclaimer: We are not being compensated for this giveaway it is strictly for our readers only! Good luck girls xo 

This giveaway closes on the 30th of Jan so comment below before then to be in the running!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!! Thanks to everyone who entered <3 

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Review: Kate Moss for Rimmel London

So if you know me well enough you know I'm an avid lipstick wearer and much prefer a lipstick over a lipgloss. This Christmas I was lucky enough to get some of the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks from my lovely boyfriend (who managed to get my favourite shades). I got four of the colours and I was so exited when I unwrapped the gift. I got two shades of red, an orange and also a dark purple all of which I absolutely love.

I wanted to share my thoughts on these lipsticks for other lipstick lovers out there, these are a must have. The stand out of these lipsticks was the formula they're all really creamy and leave a really nice satin finish which didn't dry out my lips even after prolonged wear. The lasting power of these lipsticks is also really good especially for a 'drugstore' brand. I found I only had to re apply in minor spots a few times during the night when I wore the purple one. As for the range of shades they have nine to choose from ranging from dark berries to nude. I'm quite pleased with the shades I received and they do have a really good colour payoff. One coat in some of these is plenty, but if you like more they're easily buildable without going cakey. I'm also in love with the packaging it's so sleek and minimal, but the signature in red makes it look much more classy. 

  • Great colour range - nice and bright
  • Decent price of $12 - 15 AUD 
  • Really Pigmented 
  • Lasting finish 
  • Creamy satin finish 
  • Sleek packaging
  • Buildable colour 
  • Easy enough to remove 
  • Scent is really fruity/candyish 
  • As you can see from the photos you don't get too much product in the tube (I've only ever worn each of them once at most so far) 
I give this lipstick a solid 8 out of 10, and I wouldn't definitely buy a lot more given the chance and when I run out of my favourite shades. 

Below are some tips and must have items for a lipstick wearer! 

1. Paw Paw Ointment, 2. Lush Lip Scrubs, 3. Cotton Tips, 4. Lipstick (duh!) 
I find it's best even if you don't have noticeable dry patches to always exfoliate your lips before using lipstick no matter what the formula. I love using the lush ones because they smell really nice and taste like sugar. I have the Bubblegum and the Pow Wow, I much prefer the Bubblegum as Lush hasn't quite perfected the formula of the Pow Wow as the top of mine when I opened it was rock hard. So after you exfoliate you will want to sink some moisture into your lips I use Paw Paw Ointment but you can use any chap stick or lip balm that works for you. The next step is to apply lipstick you can use a brush and liner if you need but I never have any to match the shades of lipstick I own (I need to get some) but I usually just apply straight from the tube and use the cotton tips to fix up anywhere where you may have gone outside the lines of your lips. 

I hope you all enjoyed this review and my tips for wearing lipstick! I'm off to Sydney tomorrow to see A A Bondy at the Sydney festival and Megan and I will probably take some OOTD to put up here when we get back. Hope you're all have a great day!