October 29, 2011
The Urban Decay Naked Palette is a thing of myth and legend. It is a much marvelled thing of beauty that every girl and her sister were chomping at the bit to get earlier this year. I managed to snag one for myself via Sephora online (who now seem to have them constantly in stock, if you’re interested) and I’ve been using it off and on since it’s triumphant arrival at my door. The colour I’ve been using most within the palette would definitely have to be ‘Sin’.
Sin is a gorgeous, satin champagne coloured shadow that I like to wear as an all-over-lid shade. I think it’s probably the most wearable shade in the entire palette alongside Virgin. Urban Decay eyeshadows are mostly creamy and silky to apply, and Sin is one of the silkier shades in the Naked palette. The wear of this shadow is amazing, and layered over the Urban Decay Primer Potion it manages to last on my lids throughout the entire work day with no fading or creasing to be seen. You can buy the Urban Decay Sin Eyeshadow singularly for $17 USD from Sephora, or the Naked Palette for $48 USD. (note: Sephora do not ship directly to Australia so a parcel forwarding service is required)
October 27, 2011
A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the Perth Concert Hall to see the West Australian Symphony Orchestra play a rendition of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. I’m a bit of a closeted classical music fan so I was really excited about it and I’m happy to say I had an absolute ball. The music was perfect, the venue was lovely and the atmosphere was different to any concert that I’ve ever attended in the past (did you know there is some sort of etiquette where people hold in their coughs until between each break of music?). It was my first time at the Concert Hall seeing this sort of performance, but I will definitely heading back to see more in the 2012 season.
October 25, 2011
I try to make a habit of deep conditioning my hair at least once a week (“After all, your hair is your head suit” – Jack Donaghy), and I’ve been using this Wella Professionals moisturizing treatment as part of my routine since receiving it for review a few months ago. My hair is naturally fine, but I have a lot of it and it is prone to frizziness so my deep conditioning treatments need to be able to tame the frizz without weighing down my hair too much. The Wella conditioner pays off in that respect and although it’s quite a thick and heavy conditioner out of the tub, it washes out easily and leaves my hair feeling light but well moisturised. The smell is fresh and fruity without being too overpowering but it doesn’t linger for too long after rinsing the hair. My only issue with this product is the packaging. I have never been a fan of products that are designed for in-shower use that come in tubs. It creates a lot of mess and when you’re as clumsy as I am slippery hands & twisting caps on and off of tubs does not end well. The Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment retails for $24 AUD and is available for purchase from Wella Professional salons. To find your nearest salon, please visit Wella Professionals online. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)
October 21, 2011
The Benefit Creasless Cream Shadow/Liner in the shade RSVP has been one of my most reached for products lately. I fell in love with the idea of a simple wash of champagne colour over the lid as part of a basic summer makeup look, and this does just the trick. The Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liners can be work as either an eyeshadow or a liner (as the name would suggest), but I tend to only wear them as all over lid colours. RSVP is a really gorgeous champagne gold shade, and exactly what I’ve been looking for in an eyeshadow.
The wear of these shadow/liners is pretty good considering I have oily eyelids, but of course it helps to wear them over a primer (I use Urban Decay Primer Potion). I apply it to my lids with my fingertips and then blend it out with an eyeshadow blending brush (Tip: If you are going to buy one of these babies, be sure to store them upside down to help retain their shelf life) The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner retails for $34 AUD and is available for purchase online from Adore Beauty.
October 19, 2011
Out: Terax Crema Conditioner, Toni & Guy Heat Protecting Flat Iron Spray, Poshe Top Coat Polish, LÓccitane Almond Shower Oil, Botani Soothing Face Mist & Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream.
In: Benefit Erase Paste in Fair, Youngblood Lip Gloss in Guava & Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara.
October 17, 2011
I am one of those people who has never been confident wearing bronzer. There is something about the harsh contrast of ghost white skin and a brown toned bronzer that can just look… well, revolting. Short of bronzing my whole face (and then my white neck looks a little bit strange), it seems to be impossible to properly blend the brown shades into my skintone and keep things looking natural. In short, I have never been able to make the bronzer work for me. And then the Face of Australia Pressed Powder in Bronze rolled into town.
I am yet to attempt to wear this in the day time, but at night time it works a treat. (Please note that I did apply this to my face with a very light hand – anything too heavy would have looked far too obvious on my skin. Also note that I have the pale grey pallor of a 3 day old corpse, so no doubt it would look different on those with a healthier skin tone than I.) The Face of Australia Pressed Powder in Bronze contains light shimmer that looks wonderful under lights and makes adding extra highlight to the cheeks unnecessary. The Face of Australia Pressed Powder in Bronze retails for $11.95 AUD and is available for purchase from these stockists. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)