Sunday, 29 September 2013

Feel Unique sale haul...

When Feel Unique  had a sale a few weeks ago there was a few things I thought I just had to pick up....

It's spring over in Australia so I thought it was time to add a bit of a glow to my skin, so I picked up my first ever St Tropez products and gave their gradual tanner a go.

I love me some lashes, and got extremely over excited when I saw the Millie Mackintosh lashes on the site, so I added the Portobello set to my basket, along with a natural, daytime pair from The Vintage Cosmetics Company.

I am missing my Lush lip scrub far too much but don't have access to a Lush where I live, so thought I'd give the Bliss Fabulips a try instead.

Lastly, my two favourite buys, The Balm's Bahama Mama and Mary Lou-Manizer... a perfect matte bronzer for contouring and adding some warmth to the face as the weather gets warmer, and a seriously shimmery highlighter that I'm now completely head over heels in love with.

Did anyone else pick anything else up in the sale?


Friday, 20 September 2013

Australian TK Maxx equivalent...

Shopping with the boyfriend and his parents last week, we popped into a shop called Trade Secrets which I assumed to be some sort of DIY shop. Oh how wrong I was. It's a much smaller scale, neater version of my beloved TK to say I was sampling a little piece of heaven.

I picked up a few bright tops and cotton dresses for summer, and was happily wandering to the till's when I spotted this little number on the end of a rack, looking very lonely and unloved. Being the kind hearted girl that I am, I bought it home with me and we've had a firm friendship ever since. I think this sheer flowered shirt is one of my new favourite pieces in my wardrobe. 

As I was going out in the evening I paired it with tights, shorts and my Dr Martens, but I also want to team it with my disco pants or just some denim shorts and flipflops for a laid back beach vibe. 

Oh TK Maxx how I was missing you, but...for now.... I've found a substitute.


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Maybelline Colour Whispers (revisited)...

These have been mentioned on my blog before but seeing as I'm slowly building a collection and am head over heels in love with them, I thought they needed another post.

There's no doubt in my mind that eventually I'll own all of these. I'd liken them to the Revlon Lip Butters for consistency. They're a gel like balm with a nice wash of colour that you can build up but it never becomes too opaque. They're fairly moisturising, come in a nice range of colours, and are so simple to apply. No mirror needed!! The one down side is that, like a lot of this type of lip product on the market, they don't stick around too long. But being this easy to apply I'm not sure I'm too bothered about that. 

I have (left/top to right/bottom) Pink Possibilities, Oh La Lilac, and Lust for Blush. I'm not sure if these are out in the UK yet? But if they are, go try them. And if they're not, go try them as soon as they hit the shelves!!

Anyone else tried these?


Monday, 9 September 2013

Napoleon Perdis haul....

A brand that isn't too readily available in the UK, I thought it was something I should try out while I'm over in Australia. I thought I'd get a small range of things so I can get a feel for it and so far I'm loving it. They have the original range (which I haven't tried anything from yet) and the 'set' range which is a fresher, younger and better priced take on the originals. First up I love the sleek, white, simple packaging, and the range is named around places in the world, a cute idea.

The brow kit has two shades, a wax, a brush and mini tweezers. The tweeters are a good size, the brush is fairly decent for one in a palette, and light shade is maybe a bit light for my brows, but my god the darker shade mixed with the wax is brow heaven!!! I've had so many complements on my brows since I've switched to using this.

I also bought a new crease brush, and one of their eyeshadow duo's in 'Antigua'. The brush is so soft, really easy to use, and hasn't shed a hair since I've been using it. The brushes aren't cheap but if this one is anything to go for I'll be collecting more. They eyeshadows are a stand out product for me. They are so soft and creamy for a powder shadow. I love the pale pink brown colour right across the lid, blended up into the crease with a dark matte shadow, or the dark shadow in the crease and winged out. 

Lastly is the lipstick. I picked up 'Noosa' which is a matte orange-red shade and I adore it. I haven't worn this one yet but I think with a plain eye, huge lashes and dewy skin this is going to be the perfect spring look.

Has anyone else tried the Napoleon Perdis Set range and can recommend anything else for me to try?


Monday, 2 September 2013

So this would be my version of 'not shopping'....

.... I go ahead and buy a new shirt. But come on....who wouldn't?!?! (I also had a bit of a play around with the 'vintage' effects on my Mac on the first three pictures if you think they look a bit weird) 

Shirt - Rivers (Australia)
Tights and necklace - Primark
Converse - Office
Sunglasses - ASOS

Lipstick - Revlon Berry Haute

This is a mixture of the three things I'm loving most right now....oversized shirts over tights, thick gold chains, and purple lipstick. Perfection!

Not sure how else to style this piece so any suggestions would be welcome for some inspiration :D


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Horrible hair days....

Australia doesn't love my hair. Seriously. It's gone from being relatively healthy, if a little dry on the ends (nothing a good deep moisturising mask and a hair oil or two can't sort out) to greasy as it gets. Before I could get away with two-three washes a week with a shed load of dry shampoo in between as and when it needed it. 

Since coming back to Australia I'll be lucky to get an every-other-day wash out of it, it's turned to greasy and limp yet super frizzy on the ends. Don't ask me what happened because if I knew, I'd be able to solve it and I wouldn't be sat here typing this up. 

So in my distress I popped to Hairhouse Warehouse (yes it's as cool as it sounds) and asked their advice. 

I've dabbled in the KMS California brand here and there over the years but it's always been a bit high end for me when it comes to hair care. I thought if it works then it's worth the hefty AU$22.50 price tag so I went home, shampooed, and waited....

This stuff is serious business. My hair's a bit delicate to use the clarifying shampoo more than once a week at the absolute most, but it does what it says on the tin (bottle). It completely stripped my hair of product build up as well as a little of its natural oils. No bother, as I just use it along side a moisturising conditioner on the ends of my hair. If you're struggling with your hair like I was, I recommend this beauty to the moon and back. 

I won't say I'll be repurchasing because this will probably last me forever, but this one is a winner.

Can anyone else recommend any other good clarifying shampoos?