It’s All About the Conceal…..

It’s Winter.  I’m tired, stressed and I am slowly recovering from a terrible bout of flu which knocked me out for days.  Make up is always my best friend, but in recent weeks I’ve needed some extra help and some of my beauty bag products have not let me down.

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Australis 4-1 Conceal Correct

I’ve raved about this great little Aussie drug store product before.  It’s so good I have two back ups in my cupboard.  The green shade is used regularly to cover any angry spots, the purple goes on after my primer under my eyes to prep for the concealer and the two shades of concealer are great options for everyday.  The packaging is also compact and includes a great little mirror.  What’s not to love.  Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Hourglass Hidden Corrector Concealer

I remember LisaLisaD1 talking about this concealer a long time ago so I picked it up a few years ago when I was in the USA.  My skin has been unhappy because of my recent illness so this concealer is great for covering up spots.  It’s hard core – it covers and then doesn’t budge.  I apply it with a brush – not directly onto the skin.  This way, I don’t risk spreading any acne.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Under eye dark circles be gone!  And they are.  This really is the cult make up product that it claims to be and will always have a home in my beauty bag.  I abandoned it for a few months while I was using some other products, but it’s always something I return to and always gives me the best results.

Josie Maran Argan Concealer Crayon

I use this for under my eyes and if I am being completely honest, it probably lends it self more to the category of concealer highlighter (like the YSL Touche Eclat) rather than a hard core concealer.  Regardless, its beautiful and creamy and has made me happy which has been very much needed after being sick.

 

So these have been my concealer weapons of choice!  What are your beauty bag go to concealers when you are feeling tired and sick?

PP

 

June 2015 Favourites

So May was a blur and before I realised it I was halfway through June, so I just started collecting things for this month’s favourite’s post. And here we are….and guess what I am early!!!!!

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

I’ll be honest.  I’ve always been more of a bronzer girl than a blush girl.  It comes from having super sensitive skin that always has a tinge of red to it anyway so I always thought that I never needed any additional help in that department.  How wrong I was.  This Hourglass palette has really converted me.  At first, I thought that all I would use would be the Mood Expose shade.  And to be honest, it’s still my favourite.  But I have surprised myself by venturing out of my comfort zone and on certain days depending on my mood and my outfit, I have used and enjoyed the other two shades!  I think it is because the powder formulas are so easy to use and blend so well.

 

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Candle

I have vowed to never tell my Mother that I paid $85 for a candle that I purchase from the Jo Malone Counter at David Jones.  I mean, when you stop and think about it you really do have to be a little crazy.  But, this fragrance is so very worth it.  I love the perfume and I love the freshness of this candle.  When I want to spoil myself after a busy day at work or on a lazy weekend afternoon/evening, I burn it for a little while and just sit back and relax and dream of a sunny beach far away.  Pure bliss. I love this range from Jo Malone. Makes a lovely gift for that special best friend or family member.

 

Alterna Hair Care Cavair Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner

It’s all Fleur De Force’s fault.  Fleur has talked many times about the Cavair hair range and her purchases from Sephora so I couldn’t help but purchase a travel set and of course, I love it too.  It doesn’t wait down your hair and has a nice fragrance and leaves my hair feeling hydrated.  This is going to be an expensive habit – but I am on a hair care no buy at the moment as my cupboard and bathroom is full of products that I need to use up first.

 

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

I’ve never been a primer supporter – apart from the Clairns Instant Smooth that I use daily under my eyes before I apply by makeup.  But this small tube arrived as a gift with purchase when I received my online David Jones order which included my all time favourite Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation.  I love this.  I apply this on my nose, chin and forehead only and it really does help my foundation to sit nicely on the skin and doesn’t permit dry patches to come through.  I love it!

 

 

Benefit They’re Real Lengthening Mascara

Wow – I don’t think I have ever received so many complements about my eyelashes!  Every time I wore this mascara someone gave me a complement about them.  I really do love the effect, but I have to say – only for special occasions.  I really feel that it’s too much for my every day look to the office.  But for the day to night office event days and special dinner and weekend events, I will be happy to bring it out.

 

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L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Shower Creme

This little gem was part of a L’Occitane Christmas gift pack that I received from one of my work colleagues.  I had not tried this before but as you know, I am a fan of the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  This shower creme doesn’t disappoint either.  A great product for winter – you have a wonderful in shower experience and step out feeling totally hydrated and moisturised.  Not too heavily fragranced this is great to have in your shower when you are ready to relax and be pampered before bed.

 

De Lorenzo Vapour Mist Hair Spray

I’ll say it again.  I don’t think this brand gets talked about enough by bloggers and You Tubers.  I love this hair spray – everything from the lovely scent to the fact that it has enough hold to get you through a windy winter’s day but enough flexibility to move with you for an 8 hour work day.  I can only seem to find it in the large can – a smaller can would be fantastic for travel and for my office draw, but I’ll always have this in my bathroom!

 

Chanel Coco Noir Perfume

It’s winter so I have returned yet again to my favourite Chanel perfume.  I love this divine smell – it makes me feel sophisticated and dressed for work and special occasions.  I always get compliments when I wear it.  I have my eye on a beautiful Megan Hess Limited Edition print of this perfume as well……

 

Mad Men

Devestated that this ended.  I was slightly ok though because Mr PP and I went to see Matthew Weiner at the Sydney Vivid Festival and he talked about the finale and the series. It was great to hear him first hand in conversation about the show, especially given the fact that the finale had only aired so recently.  If you haven’t watched Mad Men, you should definitely buy the box set and commence the binge!

 

Outlander

Ok – I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but as they say….better late than never!  I haven’t read the books, but this was recommended to me by my Massage Therapist so when I was in bed for 3 days straight with the flu, I thought I would give it a try.  And I was not disappointed.  I binge watched the first 4 episodes – even though some of this was done with my hands covering my eyes because despite being a grown woman, I really can’t handle violence very well at all!  I can’t wait to finish it and am looking forward to the release of the Second Series.

 

What did you love in June?

PP

Kate Spade Haul – Las Vegas April 2015

I was very excited to get to the shopping outlet malls in Las Vegas.  It was the end of our trip so I had been saving up and waiting patiently to have a good look around.  I was really focused on Kate Spade and I wasn’t disappointed.

I picked up some Tech Accessories – this gorgeous red iPad cover and this chic pearl design iPhone 6 case.

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I then picked up this cute makeup bag that was inspired by a recent video about Las Vegas on It’s Em Channel.

 

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I also purchased this cute pouch for either makeup/skincare for my handbag or alternatively for tech accessories like chargers and earphones.

 

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I also couldn’t resist the small card wallet and keyring.

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I then was so happy to find this gorgeous handbag bag (the ‘Gabriella”) – I loved the deep mulberry colour immediately and I wanted a smaller bag that I could use for when I just went shopping or out for dinner.  Even Mr PP said it was different and something I should get!

 

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I enjoyed having a look in Michael Kors, Coach and Burberry as well at the Outlet Mall but I didn’t purchase anything.

Have you purchased any Kate Spade recently?

PP

Hourglass Palettes

Let’s just say I was enabled by every Beauty Blogger and YouTuber out there to purchase the Hourglass Palettes.  I headed to Mecca Cosmetica and eagerly swatched the test palettes and couldn’t wait to get my own boxes home.  The packaging of these pallets is exquisite – with the unique Hourglass contouring of the palette and the fantastic mirror.

Ambient Lighting Palette

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What was appealing to me about this palette was the highlighter, bronzer and powder blur for imperfections – everything a girl needs in one convenient palette (and as mentioned above, with a decent mirror).

 

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Let’s just say upfront, I’m not the biggest user of blush – bronzer yes, but blush not so much due to my sensitive and redness included skin.  However the palette was just so gorgeous that I couldn’t resist – especially Mood Exposure (thank you Kristin Gehem!)  I was slightly concerned with the Incandescent Electra Shade but thought that I would give it a go on a night out on the town with my friends.  The Luminous Flush shade is so just pink and girly that who wouldn’t want it as an option?

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I love both of these palettes and I have been really enjoying them since I got back from my trip.

What’s your favourite Hourglass palette?

Chanel Nail Polish – #641 Tenderly

It’s my first Chanel nail polish purchase and I got it in a quick and dirty grab as I rushed through duty free back in February at Changhi Airport Singapore on the way to the gate.

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I love it!  It’s a great colour but if I am being honest I’m slighly disappointed with the formulae. It does need the support of my Natio Base and Top coat as it is a little thin and streaky to work with.

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I think it’s a lovely Autumn/Winter/Spring shade and goes from office to weekend rather easily.  I don’t think I will be rushing to grown my Chanel nail polish collection however as the price point is rather high – but I will enjoy this unplanned purchase and remember the great trip to Singapore Mr PP and I had this year.

 

Have you tried it?  Do you like it or did another Chanel polish catch your eye from the collection?

PP

Make Up Brush Haul – USA April 2015

I was excited to visit Ulta when I was in Las Vegas to stock up on the new release Real Techniques Brushes – Bold Metals Collection.  I can’t wait to try these brushes as I am a real fan of Sam and Nic and I have several of the  brushes and they are part of my every day make up routine.

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100 – Arched Powder – “the domed cut sweeps perfectly across the face for flawless application of pressed or loose powders”

101 – Triangle Foundation – “flat edge covers large areas of the face and angled edges contour around eyes and nose”

201 – Pointed Crease – “densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for a smokey effect”

300 – Tapered Blush – “specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish”

 

I also picked up some Eco Tools and a Flower brush from Walmart.  I think Eco Tools have a great range of well priced brushes as well.  The Flower brush is the first I have tried from this range but the eye shadow brush caught my eye and I wanted to add it to my collection.

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EcoTools Skin Perfecting – use with BB/CC Creams

EcoTools Correcting Concealer – beautifully soft for spot coverage

Flower Ultimate Eye Shadow Brush

 

I’ll report back on my thoughts – and hopefully some will pop up in some monthly favourites in the future!

PP

April 2015 Favourites

I thought I would get back on track with my blogging schedule and post my favourite products for April.  As I have spent the last few weeks travelling overseas and then quickly back into a very busy work schedule, it has all been about minimalist products that do a great job every time.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad To The Bronze

I haven’t used this for a long time and was worried that it had dried out too much for me to use – but it was fine with a Real Techniques eye shadow brush.  This colour is such a good everyday choice and can be built up for quite a dramatic evening look.  I used this a couple of times when I was away and have reached for it more since I have been home to get me through some long days at work.

 

NARS Duo – Orgasm Blush & Laguna Bronzer

This miniature travel duo is fantastic and all you need when you are on the road.  These cult status products deliver for an everyday look or for a full face special event look. If you haven’ tried either of these products this mini duo from Sephora is an excellent way to test them out and add them to your collection.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

This was amazing during my holiday.  It just supported my skin through the long haul flights and the change in temperatures.  I had a travel size that was fantastic and I took the opportunity to purchase a full size in Sephora to take advantage of the cost difference from the US to Australia.

 

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Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme

Love this product and the fact that it comes in this travel size.  It helped me through the humidity of Singapore and the heat of southern California.  Applying it to damp hair it seals the hair cuticle and makes it easier to style and ‘groom’ into place.

 

Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara

I’ve mentioned this before.  I was nicely surprised by the formulation of this mascara and it creates a nice every day look and doesn’t irritate the eyes.  I will repurchase once I get through the other mascaras that I have waiting patiently to try.

 

 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Airplane travel brings with it dehydrated skin and lips.  This is the only lip treatment that works for me. This pot travels everywhere with me and it just works. Love it.

 

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss – 02 Raspberry

I’ve included some more glosses in my makeup bag lately to mix things up a bit and also given the small travel size these were great to take with me overseas.  This colour is a little more brighter than what I normally go for and to be honest that was the appeal.  I loved wearing this in the evening when I was on holiday and has also been great for day to night work functions.

 

Benefit Hoola Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Was nicely surprised by this one.  Love the colour and the consistency and have been enjoying a return to gloss lately.

 

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Invite Concentrated Vitamin E Cream

I’ve had some pimple issues as well as some scarring on my hands from some kitchen burns and this is what I turn to.  It always seems to help my skin renew and brightens dark spots and scars.

 

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion – Honey Indulging

With the change in season, comes the annual hunt to maintain body moisture and I find that this product helps me with that.  I continue to be on a really honey scented kick at the moment so this fits in really well for my evening shower routine. Need to repurchase another one!

 

Sephora Seamless Hair Ties

I got sucked into these at the checkout aisle at Sephora.  But I have to say, I do like these for nightime and have taken to wearing these in my hair to go to bed.  I purchased them in the pink tone knowing that I wouldn’t be using them for work.

 

fresh Brown Sugar eau de parfum

I picked this up in Singapore in the handbag size and I continue to love the refreshing scent.  I keep this in my handbag and spritz at work when I have to go from office to work function. I might have to purchase the full size when this runs out……

 

Mad Men

It’s all coming to an end…..and it’s been interesting so far with lot’s of debate about how it will all end.  Will miss the characters, the fashion, the history…..it’s definitely going to be one to re-watch in years to come.

 

The Americans

This is the best show on TV and it frustrates me that it hasn’t won the awards that it so deserves.  The finale of Season 3 was amazing and has set up Season 4 perfectly – and I can’t wait.

 

What did you love in April?

PP