May 2016 Favourites

Better late than never.  Here we go with a short list of things I enjoyed during May!

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Clinique Stay Matte Foundation

I enjoyed using this foundation as an alternative to my holy grail Laura Mercier foundation.  It’s buildable and long wearing and the colour match is good.  A convenient tube for travelling and to take in your handbag if required.

 

Joico Hair Treatment

As usual I like to mix up my hair treatments.  I picked this up ages ago and haven’t had it on very high rotation so I decided to change that and enjoyed using it once-twice a week during the month.  It detangles and leaves hair smooth and ready to be styled or in my case – just pulled up in a top knot!

 

Hourglass Blush Palette

It’s just so good to have this in your make up bag because generally each day I naturally gravitate towards one of the colours – depending on my mood and/or what I am wearing.   A little goes a long way and I don’t think this product is going to hit pan for a while!

 

Josie Maran Light Argan Oil

I love this during summer and winter.  It always just seems to rescue my skin when I need it.  I don’t think I will ever be without it.

 

Nivea In Shower

Winter means dry skin so the hydration starts in the shower.  I love the smell of this product – especially when I use in during my shower before bed.

 

TV – Nashville

There really are no words.  I don’t know why they have cancelled this show.  I really hope Netflix picks this up – a few characters need to complete their journey.

 

TV – Outlander

The sets and the costumes are just stunning in Season 2 and the story line just keeps drawing you in.  Great cast and production – a must see.

 

 

April 2016 Favourites

April was a busy month. A few weekends was spent at Royal Randwick as part of the Sydney Autumn Horse Racing Carnival – so it was a good excuse to dress up and play with some makeup. In terms of beauty, I have a few products that I enjoyed this month:

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Sothys Face Mask

This is just a beautiful moisturising mask for sensitive skin.  I like to lather this on twice week and my skin just responds instantly.  My beautician includes this in my regular facial – it’s beautiful and I don’t think Sothys as a brand gets enough love and light from the beauty bloggers and vloggers.

 

MAC  Eyeshadow Naked Lunch

This was one of my first MAC eyeshadows after finding beauty bloggers and the Beauty Youtube community a few years ago.  I pulled it out from my collection and have enjoyed wearing it to work this month. It provides a nice polished look for my blue eyes and I just blend it out with my MAC217 brush.

 

Lancome  Colour Design “Love It!’ Cream Lipstick

I’ve been trying to mix up my lipstick a little this month.  I tend to always gravitate towards berry tones and so I wanted a more subtle pink look.  This came in a Lancome gift with purchase bag a few years ago and I have been really enjoying it with some clear lip gloss over the top this month.

 

Clinique Foundation Brush

My first makeup brush I ever owned.  I haven’t used this in years, but after seeing a post by the lovely Rougepout Beauty about this brush, it reminded me how much I loved it as well.  Recent years have seen me enjoy the hype of Real Techniques and Ecco Tools but when I pulled this out and cleaned it and used it with my Clinique Supermoisture Foundation, I remembered why I loved it so much.  It’s so light and delicate on the face but provides a really nice finish for light weight foundation.

 

Jo Malone London Rain Limited Edition – Wisteria and Violet

I love this beautiful Jo Malone perfume.  I love the bottle and I love the smell – I’ve said before it reminds me of my childhood and the beautiful wisteria my grandmother had wrapped around her garden fence…..such happy memories and I always think of her when I wear this.  April is her birthday month and I hope she is looking down on me and smiling…xxx

 

TV

Real Housewives of New York, Beverley Hills, Dallas, Melbourne.  Let’s face it – I have a problem.

Outlander Series 2 – The costumes and the sets are just visually spectacular and the story is pretty great too

The Americans – the BEST show on TV.  If you haven’t watched it you really really need to.

Nashville – finally Rayna and Deacon are married and living happily every after….well with a little bit of drama.  Still love the music and the characters.

 

What did you love in April?

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Clinique In the Nude Foundation Stick

I’m a big fan of the Chubby Stick range from Clinique – I love the Mascara and the Eye Shadow Tints.  I was very excited to try this new foundation stick that Clinique has added to the range. I purchased the shade Intense Ivory.

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It doesn’t disappoint.  It does exactly what it says it does – its a convenient way to apply  long wearing makeup.  It has a beautiful light weight consistency which melts into the skin and provides a light fresh faced finish.  It’s perfect I think for the weekend or ‘no make up’ days.

 

The coverage is not enough for me for work days or special events – I prefer a more full coverage option that is buildable and allows for heavy duty concealing of spots and under eye circles.

 

An easy addition to your beauty bag – for touch ups on the go or for travel.

 

Have you tried this new foundation from Clinique?

 

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March 2016 Favourites

Yes – you didn’t miss it because I didn’t post it.  February came and went with out a beauty favourites post but don’t worry, here is  what I loved in  March!

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Hourglass Palette

Seriously I think I will always have this palette in my beauty collection.  I have particularly been loving the Diffuser powder to set my work makeup this month.

Jo Malone London Rain Perfume

The cooler weather signals a return to some of my heavier scents and so that always means a return to Jo Malone collection.  Love this perfume.

Eco Foundation Brush

I like this so brush so much I have two – just in case.  I find it really works in my foundation well and is easy to use.

Real Techniques Blush Brush

I love applying blush with this brush – it has the right weight in the handle and a nice fluffy coverage that distributes the product evenly.

De Lorenzo Heat Spray

I found this in my bathroom cupboard and I have loved it back in my hair routine rotation.  It protects the hair before I blow dry and/or straighten as well as adding a little bit of gloss and shin

TV

I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here Australia, The Americans, Nashville, Death in Paradise, Real Housewives of Beverley Hills

 

Bring on April!!

 

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Beauty Sponges

I’ve jumped on the Beauty Sponge train.

These little wonders are excellent additions to your beauty bag to help you apply everything from foundation and concealer to powder, highlighter and bronzer.

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My first sponge was purchased from the Mecca counter at Myer Sydney.   I decided to try out the Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere and true to the claim on the packaging it did ‘revolutionise’ my foundation application.  I use it wet or dry – depending on the level of coverage I want and I love the finish it gives to my Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation.

 

After drinking the kool aid I then went on to purchase the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  I love the Pixiwoo girls and this sponge didn’t disappoint either – with the flat edge giving you the additional option to contour more precisely around the eyes and nose.  Similar in price to the Kit Blender Sphere, this will always have a home in my beauty bag.

 

Finally, I thought I should also try out the little sponge that started it all – the Original Beauty Blender which I picked up from Sephora.  I purchased the mini one – so that I could throw it in my daily make up bag for my hand bag to also assist with touch-ups and applications at work and when I was out at an event.  What’s not to love – and you can understand why all of the other brands quickly followed and developed their own version.

 

It’s nice to see that beauty sponges have developed from the first basic square foam versions which did little more than help you pat it into the skin with not quite the same blendable effect.  These beauty tools don’t last forever – the better you take care of them the longer they survive but these are something that need to be replaced regularly, especially if you use them everyday.

 

Have beauty sponges rocked your world lately?  Have they changed your beauty routine and the final effect of your makeup application?

 

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Summer Work Make Up February 2016

So going back to the office after the summer holidays is always depressing isn’t it?  Especially when the heat and humidity lingers on for a few more months (as is the case in Sydney!).  So what’s a girl to do?  Keep her summer work make up look minimal and easy so that getting back into the 9-5 grind is just a little more easier!  Here is what I have been literally slapping on my face in 10 minutes to get me out the door, through peak hour traffic and arriving at my desk with still the hint of a smile……

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Clairns Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch 

My ‘forever’ primer.  I don’t think this product gets enough hype on YouTube or in the blog community.  Get on board ladies – you don’t know what you are missing.  This little pot of goodness never let’s you down and helps you get ready to face the day.

 

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

I don’t think I will EVER forgive Laura Mercier for discontinuing this foundation…..I’m slowly working through my stash and when it’s gone I definitely know that I will cry.  Slowly is the important word – and this minimal summer work look I have been committed to in the last few weeks is helping to drag out the last of the product even longer.

 

Josie Maran Argan Concealer Crayon

This is one of my favourite summer products – it concealers and highlights and the creamy formulation is smooth and doesn’t move around.  What’s not to love?

 

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Hypnose is my holy grail and this little tube came in a gift pack last year.  I love it – it’s almost finished but it’s reliable and comfortable and can be just enough or willing to build it up to whatever look you are trying to achieve.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Every beauty lover knows why this palette works – it has everything you need.  Highlight, Bronze and Diffuse Setting…..Ready. Set. Go!  It’s a high price point – but given I use it everyday and it will last forever it’s certainly worth it.

 

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm

I love these lip products from Clinique.  I have them in almost every shade and it doesn’t matter if I am in the office, in the car, reaching into one of my handbags – there is always one of these ready to finish off my look.  Classy.

 

Done.  See – simple, low fuss and out the door in 10 minutes.  What are your go-to simple summer products?

 

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Dafni Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

I asked Santa to leave this under the Christmas Tree and he did! I have used this Dafni Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush several times and I just love it!

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It’s easy to use and is a real help to straighten my bangs in the morning as well as give an all-over complete straighten after washing and blow drying. I find it easier and more convenient than my straighteners because I think the hair brush motion is more natural and something I have done since I was a little girl. I ask feel that it takes me less time to straighten my hair.  Having said that straighteners are still the preferred tool if I want to create some waves or curls in my hair.

 

I would strongly recommend trying this product. It is currently retailing from the Shaver Shop in Australia for $299

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