Biore Steam Activated Cleanser

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Biore Steam Activated Cleaner has been a staple in my routine for a few months now. I picked it up at the time when Priceline was having their huge gift with purchase on skin care. It's not something that I would normally choose but I got caught up in the skin care sale frenzy and thought it looked interesting. It's quite a thick gel cleanser with microbeads but when mixed with water it becomes creamy. The thicker consistency doesn't wash away as easily as a regular cleanser but the fresh feeling is well worth it - and you get a nice face massage at the same time.

As you massage it into your skin it has a surprising cooling sensation making it the perfect post work out cleanser and a great product for the warmer weather when you really want your skin to feel refreshed and a little tingly. Using this cleanser gives that nice deeply cleansed feeling you get after doing a face mask without the sitting around with a face mask part (I'm not a fan of waiting for face masks to do their thing). Because its a bottle that sits upside down the product is always ready to come out which is great as the product starts to empty but can be a pain when it is full. A little goes a long way so at $10.99 it's an affordable pick and if you head to Priceline right now its on sale for $7.99!

This isn't a cleanser I use every day but it has its place in my skin care routine and is already on the repurchase list.



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If The Shoe Fits...

Thursday, 28 August 2014

I haven't really talked too much about my love (read: obsession) for shoes with you yet and for the last few ridiculously cold months I have had my trusty Converse sneakers and my two favourite pairs of boots on rotation. My need for some retail therapy and the urge to get out of my shoe rut had me online scrolling through pages of cute flats and gorgeous strappy heels so I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite finds! I have put together this post in an effort to distract myself from purchasing them all but who knows how long I will be able to hold out...


I know I can't really buy 9 pairs of shoes but they are all so nice. And even thought I should be narrowing the search, if you've seen any nice spring/summer shoes around lately let me know where to go!

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Spring Has (almost) Sprung!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

With Melbourne showing us a sneak peek of some gorgeous weather this week I've gotten all excited for Spring. All of the florals, pastels and pretty brights in my wardrobe and makeup collection have suddenly stood out again. Here are a few bits I'm looking forward to putting to good use as the weather warms up!

Let's begin with fragrances... I am usually partial to a heavy sweet vanilla scent but Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia is just amazing. It is a great Spring fragrance that smells exactly like a gardenia tree in full bloom. When I first bought this I was under the impression that it wasn't part of the permanent collection but it is still available so I am very happy about that and won't need to be too careful about saving it for a special occasion! The Bloom nail polish* in Claudia will be a staple for Spring and Summer this year. It's a muted hot pink so it has all of the fun of a bright polish with the versatility of something more toned down. It goes on opaque with one coat but I prefer to do two thinner coats because they dry better.

On to makeup. For the cheeks I am welcoming back my favourite bright pinks with Essence Beauty Beats blush in Groupie and NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink. Both of these blushes have great pigmentation and give off a bright glow on the cheeks. They are both matte so after a winter of matte, matte and more matte I'm going to need a little shimmer from the NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator  in Sunbeam (a great High Beam dupe) and Benefit Watts Up. For the lips MAC Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Whim which a pretty nude/peach shade and YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in In Private that I blogged about here.

What are you excited to revisit or purchase for Spring?

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A Recipe For Hydration

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

I've been surprising myself lately and being very consistent with my skin care routine. It has made a massive difference to the condition of my skin and I have been making some great product discoveries and winning combinations along the way. My skin has changes as I've moved into my 20's and this winter, for the first time I experienced some dryness in areas on my face. So the experimentation with fixing a new skin care mishap began!

I'm not really sure why I decided to try the QV Face Nurturing Night Cream* mixed with the Kosmea Rosehip Oil* but I'm going to say it was a gift from the skincare gods. A small amount - about the size of a 5c piece- of the night cream mixed on your fingertips with 2-3 drops of the rosehip oil is the recipe for an easily absorbed, surprisingly lightweight, nourishing overnight treatment. The smell of rosehip oil isn't my favourite so mixed with the night cream the scent is disguised but I still reap all the rewards.

The first few nights I did this I had massive breakout paranoia but it actually had more of a balancing effect than anything. The dry areas were hydrated and the t-zone was shine free. I also noticed the breakouts and redness around my chin reduce significantly. There was a noticeable difference fairly quickly after I included this duo in my night time routine but, like with most beauty products continuous use seems to be the ideal way to keep everything in tip top condition.

How do you use rosehip oil?

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Trusty Bases

Monday, 25 August 2014




Recently I wrote a post all about my breakout battling essentials where I shared my most trusted skin care products to keep my skin in order. I thought I'd continue sharing some trusty products with you, so today I'm going to be talking all about base products!

NYX Shine Killer Primer - I've already blogged about this here, but it needed to be mentioned again because it is actually the only primer I use now. Before this I was alternating between two pore filling primers but I found that while they blurred pores, my makeup just slid right off over them. This gives you a great even start to your base and foundation sits well on top of it while it keeps shine at bay all day long.
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer - This came in one of Benefit's How To Look The Best At Everything kits. I use both of the colours depending on what I'm trying to cover up and boy does it cover EVERYTHING. The lighter shade is excellent under my eyes and the darker shade covers my problematic red areas on my forehead and chin. I will be repurchasing a pot in each shade once these are finished.
Garnier BB Cream - I much prefer foundation to BB cream. I need the extra coverage and BB cream doesn't really cut it. But this one is my go to for days where I want to put something on my face and not be too made up. It lasts incredibly well on oily skin when paired with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. My only gripe with this is that it is very runny and starts spilling out of the tube as soon as you remove the cap.
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation - A long time favourite that I'm constantly mentioning here, and on my Instagram. This foundation has a thin liquid consistency that covers what it needs to without looking like you are wearing a mask. This is a foundation that will always be a part of my collection because it just works for me.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation - After reading many, many positive reviews on this one and coming across it on sale, I figured I had to give it a go. This is the foundation I wear when I want something with a fuller coverage that will last for more than a few hours. It has a thicker consistency to the Fit Me foundation and the BB cream but they all work well with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

What are your must have base products?

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4 Healthy Life Goals

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


So lately I've kind of been halfhearted in my attempts to be healthy. Things haven't been a complete disaster but definitely not anywhere near my best. And it's finally caught up with me. That feeling where you're fed up with feeling less than great because you haven't been eating well, exercising enough or meditating regularly have crept up and I'm feeling inspired to get back on the bandwagon. I've put together a list of 4 things that aren't too drastic or difficult to help me bounce back to a healthier lifestyle:

1. Make better food choices in the afternoon - Healthy eating is never an issue for me in the morning. I naturally gravitate to better choices like oats (which I would happily eat everyday) but when the afternoon roles around things start to get a bit out of control and I go on the hunt for all things sugary and carb filled.
2. Incorporate classes into my gym routine - I've been going to the gym regularly, but working out alone means that I don't always push myself as much as I could and sometimes there is a bit of laying on the floor pretending to do ab work. Going to a few classes a week will make sure I get myself out of my exercise rut.
3. Meditate everyday - This isn't a totally new concept for me. I used to meditate everyday but that dropped back to a few times a week, which is still good but for someone highly strung like myself, everyday practice really helps to keep anxiety and stress at bay.
4. Write more - Recently I have started keeping a journal again. Writing in a journal helps clear thoughts and take some weight of your shoulders but I also find that when I am able to get my personal thoughts on paper writing about other things here on the blog comes more naturally.

Making a list of goals that are adaptations of things I already do will help to actually stick to these goals. Things don't feel as drastic or unachievable as forcing myself to do a bunch of new things or cutting out entire food groups. If you would like to see more posts like this it would be fun to incorporate some healthy living bits to the blog!

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YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick - #9

Monday, 18 August 2014

A couple of weeks ago I had a gift card to spend so I thought it would be a timely opportunity to go all out and pick up a treat for myself. After a bit of browsing I chose a YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in #9 In Private. I normally wouldn't spend $55 on a lipstick and I wasn't sure I believed all the hype about the Rouge Volupte lipsticks but after trying this one out that may have all changed. It's always a trap when you fall in love with an expensive product, amazing that it lived up to the hype and price tag but makes it that much easier to fork out the cash for more.

I chose a shade similar to those that I wear on a regular basis so I was guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it. Everything about this lipstick is luxurious. The packaging is stunning and feels weighty in your hand. It smells fruity and the formula is a dream. The formula is smoother and more hydrating than I thought possible for a lipstick. It goes on like a balm but gives the colour pay off of a lipstick. A formula like this is perfect for anyone like me that experiences "gathering" with lip products at the slightest sign of dryness. You know that awful look when all of the lipstick gravitates towards dry patches and looks ridiculously disgusting? Yep. No more of that with the baby.

For a while now I have been after a more matte lip, completely avoiding anything shiny or glossy, so this has been a nice way to ease myself back into something with a bit of a sheen.The colour can be built up so a quick sweep over the lips will leave them moisturised with a slight wash of colour and a bit of shine or you can apply it with a heavier hand to achieve a result like the swatch below.

This is the first product I've picked up from YSL so any recommendations, lipstick or otherwise are welcome! 







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