An Obsession With The Fabulous

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What I've Been Loving Lately #5



Unlike most Aussies, summer is my most dreaded season of the year. I can't stand the heat and I hate what the humidity does to my hair.

When I don't have the luxury of escaping to New York for a second winter every year, I do have an arsenal of good-quality products to get through summer without looking like a sweaty mess.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Rescue Your Hair With bhave

I recently posted about taking care of your hair and today I'm going to talk about an in-salon treatment I had recently that has completely overhauled the condition of my tresses.

Towards the end of last year I was lucky enough to be invited to Alan Coban Hairdressing in Sydney to receive a bhave Rescue Treatment.

The bhave Rescue treatment is a 45 minute in-salon treatment that repairs even the most damaged of locks. The hero ingredient is Replicine Functional Keratin, which unlike traditional keratin treatments that simply smooth and condition the hair, actually penetrates into the hair fibre and binds to the internal structure, rebuilding damaged proteins and restoring strength and condition. It is derived from pure New Zealand sheep's wool, which is a fibre that is extremely similar to human hair.

bhave is the first Australian hair care brand to offer this new technology and I jumped at the chance trial the treatment myself.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Latest Love: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette


Hourglass Cosmetics has been a favourite among beauty bloggers and vloggers since its arrival in Australia and I am one of the many who sing the brand's praises.

Not only is the aesthetic undeniably chic, the products are top quality, and they hold pride of place in my ever-growing makeup collection.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Everyday Handbag Essentials


I love having a peek into the handbags of other beauty bloggers and vloggers. I always manage to get some great product recommendations out of it because these are the products that they carry around with them every day.

I carry a huge handbag every day. It's ridiculous how heavy it gets sometimes what with all the magazines, my diary, wallet etc. While this is certainly not everything I carry around with me day-to-day (this would be the longest post in history if I had to mention every single product!), these are some of my absolute essentials that I always make sure I have on hand. One can't-go-anywhere-without items that I forgot to include is lip balm, of which I always have at least three or four floating around in my bag.

THE EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Are You Taking Care Of Your Hair?

Every time I sit in my hairdresser's chair I feel the guilt that comes with not taking good enough care of my hair. I'm a natural mousy blonde, though I bleach my hair quite a few shades lighter which means my hair can get very dry and damaged if I don't give it the TLC it needs.

As a beauty blogger, I am always trying new and exciting hair products, though I rarely stick to one thing, which in turn can mean I'm not providing my locks with the nourishment they require. I've tried more hair products than I can count, yet some of the best tips for healthy hair are often the simplest and the cheapest.

I try not to wash my hair too frequently as I find this can leave my hair crying out for moisture. I also try not to use too much heat on my strands as they can become quite dry and brittle with excessive use of heat stylers such as blow-dryers and straightening irons.

One of the most obvious ways to take care of your hair is to use products specifically suited to your hair type. This means not using heavy creams on fine hair or deep cleansing shampoos on dry strands. It sounds obvious but most people I know throw whatever shampoo and conditioner into their shopping trolley, often swayed by fragrance or a sale price without thinking about the effect it will have on their hair.

I wish I could say that I stick to a hair routine as strictly as I do my skincare regime, but for some reason I can't commit!

Do you follow a hair routine religiously? I'd love to hear what products you include in your everyday routine? Are there any hair products you swear by?


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This post was sponsored by Tresemme.

How To Get Through Summer If You Hate The Heat

I am not a summer person. Not even a little bit. Give me the freezing cold over boiling heat any day of the week. I am just not built to deal with sweltering conditions.

One of the main reasons I personally don't enjoy summer is that I can't be out in the sun enjoying myself like most people. I have very, very fair skin that burns within a few minutes in direct sun. A day at the beach is more of a chore than a leisurely activity as I'm constantly having to reapply sunscreen and shield my skin under beach towels and umbrellas. Not.much.fun.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beauty Products That Make Your Life Easier

I love a good multi-purpose product or anything that can get me ready and out the door quicker. Today I'm sharing with you some products that never fail to make my life that little bit easier, even if it means just saving a few minutes when getting ready in the morning!

Vaseline Spray Moisturiser RRP $9.99


Vaseline is one of those trusted brands that every household seems to have at least one product from. One of their more recent releases is their spray moisturiser which is available in three variants; Dry Skin Repair, Aloe Soothe and Cocoa Glow. The beauty of this product is that it is a spray-on lotion that is quick and easy to apply and absorbs quickly into the skin. I love that you can pretty much just spray and go with this product and that it doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky or greasy. Winning! Available from Priceline stores.

Lanolips 101 Ointment RRP $17.95


Talk about a multi-purpose product! Lanolips 101 Ointment has, you guessed it, 101 different uses! This is the type of product you want to carry around with you in your handbag as it is the perfect antidote to a huge range of ailments such as paper cuts, dry cuticles, itchy skin, chapped lips and many more. Made with 100% Ultra Pure Medical Grade Lanolin, it is ultra soothing and healing. This baby takes the place of a range of different products, making my handbag lighter which in turn, makes me one happy beauty blogger. Available from Priceline, Adore Beauty, National Pharmacies, Terry White Chemist, Malouf Pharmacies and David Jones.

Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain RRP $55


I'm always in such a rush trying to get my makeup done in the morning that I often forget to apply a lip colour until I'm on the go. Enter another one of my fave multi-use products, Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain from Benefit. This product is fab as it stains the lips and cheeks with a beautiful flush that lasts hours, which negates the need for constant touch-ups throughout the day. Available at Myer.

Do you use convenient and/or multi-use products in your daily routine? I'd love to hear what your go-to products are!

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This post was sponsored by Vaseline. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bioderma Sensibio H2O: My Holy Grail Make-Up Remover


Skincare lovers, rejoice! One of my favourite skincare products, Bioderma Sensibio H2O (formerly known as Crealine H20) is now available in a refillable reverse pump bottle!

If you aren't familiar with this wonder make-up remover, here's a bit of background:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

THE LOOK #6 - NEW YEAR'S EVE EDITION: VICTORIA'S SECRET GLAMOUR




Need some last minute inspiration for your New Year's look? I always turn to the makeup from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show when I need to make myself look and feel fabulous. This year the show was taped in London, so the lovely angels got in their fab private jet and flew to the UK to film the sexiest show on Earth. And although we can’t all have Candice’s cheekbones and Adriana’s piercing blue eyes (sigh), we can  take some tips from the makeup artist and hair stylist that prep them for their big day.


According to lead makeup artist Dick Page, this year was all about glowing skin, big curls, and pink lips and cheeks. After scouring the internet and reading interviews, and scrutinizing behind-the-scenes photos, I’ve come up with a look that I think closely resembles that of this year’s fashion show. So if you want to learn how to get the look, keep reading. And remember, you can use any products in your kit like these to achieve this!

Complexion Prep:

This year was all about fresh, glowing skin. These are the products I turned to.


     To give me that Supermodel glow, I applied Kiehl’s Sun-Free Self Tanning Formula (not pictured) to my face and neck the night before. It gives you a beautiful, subtle glow and also acts as a moisturizer. So much better for your skin than the sun!
·         Urban Decay B6 Spray: I sprayed this baby on my face - it blasts the skin with vitamins and gives your skin a pick-me-up.
·        Clinique Rollerball Eye Serum & Dior Hydra Lift Eye Cream: I applied the rollerball first (which I had refrigerated for a cooling effect) and the Dior eye cream for extra hydration.
·      Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream: This is not only a lovely moisturizer that revives and awakens even the dullest of skin, but it’s a wonderful makeup primer and base.
·         Dior Glow Maximizer Primer: You can use this, or any radiant primer, to give your face an added boost of radiance before your actual makeup application. Dior makes my favorite radiance primer that gives a bit of extra glow to your look.

Foundation/Skin:

The foundation for the show was meant to look ultra light and glowing, without any hint of cakiness, so these are the products I reached for.


·         Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in the shade 6.5 Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in shade 6 and Josie Maran Argan Illuminzer: To achieve this dewy foundation look, I mixed one pump of each foundation along with a half pump of the illuminzer on my hand and applied it to my face with a stipling brush with an ultra-light touch.
·        Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder: I brushed this very lightly along my T-zone and any oily places on my skin to set my foundation

Eyes:

The goal here was the bronzey-taupey eye look that the angels are so well-known for.


·      Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre: I brushed this all over my lid and up to my brow bone to prime the lids and get an even skin tone.
·        Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin: I used this shimmery primer solely on my lid to keep my look in place and achieve some added dimension.
·        Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon in Amber Haze: This is a cream shadow stick, and I used it all over my lid for the bronze look.
·        Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette: I took the shade Chocolate from this palette to define my crease (you can use any matte dark brown shadow for this). I then used the shade Custom to add a touch of taupe, and placed it all over Amber Haze. This created the taupe/bronze look that they used in the show.
·        Charlotte Tilbury Rock n’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown: I used this brown eyeliner pencil to line inside my waterline, as well as tightline the upper lid. For those of you who don’t know what tightlining is, it’s the process of lining the inside of the upper lid of your eye (the part directly above the waterline). This creates a smoldering look. I then lined the upper lid, and smudged my line out with a smudger brush to give it a bedroom eye effect.
·        Duo Brush-On Eyelash Adhesive/Ardell Eyelashes in Wispies: Before placing the falsies on my upper lashes, I curled them with my Kevyn Aucoin curler. I then placed the lashes along my lash line.
·        Diorshow Primer and Charlotte Tiblury Full Fat Lashes: I gave my upper lashes a few coats of mascara to blend them with the falsies. On my lower lashes, I used the Diorshow Primer, as well as Full Fat Lashes. I also swiped some of the ‘Chocolate’ color from the palette along my lower lash line to smoke it out.
·        Anastasia Brow Whiz: I filled in my brows using this pencil, then swiped some clear mascara over them to set them in place.

Under Eyes:


·        Armani Master Corrector 2: I use this Salmon colored concealer to mask discoloration under my eyes before applying concealer.
·        Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher: To give me a highlighted look, I used a concealer a couple shades lighter than my skin tone and brushed it on in an upside-down triangle formation. This not only covers bags and dark circles more effectively, but helps brighten up your face much more.
·        Cle de Peau Concealer: This is an additional step, but before I placed on the retoucher I used a little bit of this as I had some exceptionally dark circles that day.

Cheeks/Face:


·        Soleil Tan de Chanel: This is described as a ‘bronzing base’, and I applied it all over my face to give my skin a little added colour. This is an absolute holy grail product of mine, as it is subtle enough to suit all skintones but gives you beautiful warmth.
·        Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: I brushed the bronze powder from this duo all over my cheekbones, temples, forehead, and chin to give me a bronzed look.
·         Kevyn Aucoin ‘The Sculpt’ Powder: This is an optional step, but since I don’t have defined cheekbones, I used a very light application of this powder just under my cheekbones to define them and make them stand out.
·         NARS Guy Bourdain Palette: For blush, I used the top middle colour from this palette. It's limited edition, so feel free to use any baby pink blush. I brushed this along the apples of my cheeks in an upward motion.
·         Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder: To give me a subtle lit-from-within glow, I used this powder on my cheekbones, forehead, down the centre of my nose, and on my chin. I also put a bit on the cupid's bow to make it stand out more.

Lips:

The look was a baby pink sexy pout, so feel free to use any baby pink color you have. I wanted to stay authentic and know the makeup artist created  a custom mix and added some shimmer, so I used the following:


·        Guerlain Lip Liner in Rose de Mai #6: I lined and filled in my lips with this pencil.
·      Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive: I used this baby pink balm to give me a lovely pink tint, as well as some moisture.
·        YSL Rouge Volupte 1: This is my favorite pink/nude lipstick, and I used it to add some more shine. I then added some of the same Hourglass powder that I used on my cheekbones to my lips to give add  sheen and make them pop.
·         Mac Lipglass in New Fad: I used this baby pink gloss to give my lips a sexy shine.

Lastly, I used a makeup setting spray to make it last all day. So how do you get your angel look? I’d love to know!! xoxo

I hope you all have a safe and happy new year! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Day 25: 25 Days Of Giveaways - Fudge Urban Prize Pack

It's Day 25 of A Fabulous Christmas!

Today I've got three haircare packs from Fudge Urban worth $19.90 each to give away!


Each pack contains:
  • Fudge Urban Texture Junk
  • Fudge Urban Hair Colour Chalk in 'Red Hot Pepper'

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Entry is available to Australian residents only. Entries close 11:59pm 25 December 2014. Good luck!


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That concludes my 25 Days Of Giveaways! 

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the campaign and to all the brands for their generous contributions. If you are a winner you will receive an email from me within the next week. Good luck, everyone and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

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