Friday, August 29, 2014

The Look #4: Heroine Chic

It's been a while since my last 'The Look' post, so I thought it was about time I got my act together and produced one!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mini Sportsgirl Haul

On Thursday night I took advantage of a little late night shopping on the way home from work. I stopped in to the Sportsgirl accessories store in the QVB as I had about 15 minutes until the next train home. Of course, I couldn't resist picking up a few items!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Manicure Monday: OPI Coca Cola Collection - Get Cherried Away

Just a short post for y'all today. I haven't had much time to paint my nails the last couple of months as where I'm currently working Monday-Friday I can't wear nail polish of any kind. Devastating, I know!

So with that being said, here is a mani I prepared earlier. It was a bit of a rush job unfortunately, but I was eager to see how this shade, Get Cherried Away from the recent OPI Coca Cola collection, looked on my nails.

I really like the colour of this polish. While it isn't particularly unique, it is such a pretty winter colour that I tend to find myself drawn to in the cooler months. The formula is consistent with most OPI creme polishes, smooth and opaque in two coats.

I picked up this shade in a set of minis from the Hair Expo a little while back for about $20 from memory. Though not as much of a steal, Adore Beauty is stocking the same mini set which features all nine shades of the collection as well as a mini top coat which retails for $39.95. You can purchase it here.

What have you been rocking on your nails lately?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

What I've Been Loving Lately #2: Hair Products

Happy Saturday! 

Today in another instalment of What I've Been Loving Lately I'm sharing with you some of  the hair products I've been using and enjoying.

Sodashi Botanical Shampoo & Conditioner

I was recently sent some products from Sodashi to trial and I have to say, it was instant love. Not only is the range chemical-free and free of any synthetic preservatives or fragrances, the products are Australian-made and the brand doesn't test on animals. What more could you want?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Spring Wardrobe On A Budget

This post is sponsored by Millers.

Can you believe it's August already? Springtime is near, which means I need to update my wardrobe!

Each season I try to only purchase a few key pieces that can work with multiple outfits and occasions. Being on a budget means I can't buy a whole new wardrobe worth of clothes once the weather changes, though I do appreciate being able to add a few pieces here and there.

Surprisingly, there are some really great spring clothing options from budget brands such as Millers. To be completely honest with you, I have always had the impression that Millers would not have any stylish clothes for my age group, but having a quick scan of their website quickly proved me wrong.

One of the pieces that caught my eye is this classic black jumpsuit.

Priced at only $50, this piece can take you from desk to date with just a few accessories. For day I would pair it with some stylish flats and for night I'd add some fab heels and a bright blazer or sequinned cardigan. Throw in a clutch and you've got your Saturday night outfit sorted.

Another piece that caught my eye is this buttoned shirt dress. I can see myself wearing this with knee-length boots, some layered necklaces and tights for the cooler days. Another bargain at $40!

Seeing what Millers has to offer has definitely made me realise that you don't need to spend a fortune updating your wardrobe. You can definitely put some great outfits together on a tight budget.

Have you started your springtime shopping yet? What is your favourite store to shop at on a budget?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Manicure Monday: Face Of Australia Dark Side Collection

I've just got a quick post for you all today. I'm sure many of you have spotted the latest Face Of Australia Nail Enamel collection in your local Priceline, and if you're anything like me, you couldn't resist picking up a couple of shades.

The Dark Side collection features eight shades inspired by the most evil villains of all time. I picked up two shades, Maleficent and Darth Vader.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Manicure Monday: Black Leather & Sparkles

I've been a bad beauty blogger. I'm so sorry I missed my Manicure Monday series for the last two weeks! I've been so busy I have not even had time to paint one nail let alone all of them. Fear not, I am back today with a bit of an experimental manicure.

Having always been a strict glossy finish nail polish wearer my whole life, I never thought I would succumb to the matte nail look. But alas, I've been inspired by a fellow beauty blogger to dip into the matte black nail trend.

Michelle from Beauty, Life, Michelle recently posted a mani on her Instagram where she painted her nails with a combination of a black glitter and matte top coat over a black polish. I loved the contrasting textures and finishes and realised I may have been missing out on all the leather-look fun matte top coats were offering.

One of my girlfriends, Lauren, also recently sent me a photo of her matte black mani and it looked amazing. I decided then and there I would need to try this look for myself.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sportsgirl Pout About It Lip Colours: Review & Swatches

I love a good bright lipstick. Perhaps more than any other makeup item. I especially love a well-priced one! I've long been a fan of the Sportsgirl Pout About It range, especially the matte formulation.

Today I have for you my thoughts on the lippies I own from the range.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Beauty Of Flowers

One thing I love almost as much as beauty products is a lovely bunch of fresh flowers. There is something so simple and beautiful about an artfully arranged bouquet that instantly lifts my mood.

If it were up to me, my whole apartment would be filled with flowers, though my budget and my boyfriend tend to get in the way of that dream!

A bunch of fresh flowers can quite often save the day. If you've forgotten a friend's birthday or are stuck trying to get a gift for your mother-in-law, flowers are an easy yet thoughtful choice. I know I've been in more than one sticky situation where I needed a last-minute gift and I've always managed to come through in the end after a quick stop at a florist.

My love of flowers has grown immensely over the last year or so, in part due to discovering the world of Pinterest recently! My B L O O M S board is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of peonies (my favourite) to tulips, roses and everything in between. Side note: if you haven't got a Pinterest account, get one ASAP, it's very addictive! You can follow me here.

Just one of the beautiful shots you will find on my Pinterest BLOOMS board!

Friday, July 11, 2014

What I've Been Loving Lately: Blushes

Happy Friday!

Today I'm launching a new series on An Obsession With The Fabulous titled What I'm Loving Lately. Each post I will feature a different type of product and the various brand offerings that I'm enjoying. I've been a bit slack with my The Look weekly series lately (my apologies), so I've decided I will publish one of each of these series in alternating weeks. So much has been happening lately I haven't had the time to get up regular posts.

Anyway, today I'll be featuring five blushes I've been loving in recent weeks.

Tarte Achiote, Becca Gypsy, TheBalm Houndstooth, TheBalm Pinstripe, Essence Heat Wave

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Aciote

Achiote is a gorgeous dusty coral pink. It is so smooth and easy to apply. I really love how long-wearing these blushes are. If you haven't tried this formula I really recommend tracking down a reputable eBay seller. I have quite a collection of these Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes so if you would like to see a post featuring all the shades I have with swatches, let me know! Unfortunately for us Aussies, Tarte is very difficult to get here. I'm hoping once Sephora opens in Sydney we will have access to it as it's such an awesome brand. Head to the Tarte website for more information on their range.

RRP: $26 USD

Becca Mineral Blush in Gypsy

This is the one and only blush I've tried from Becca Cosmetics and I absolutely ADORE it. Unfortunately it doesn't travel well in my overstuffed handbag and it crumbled a bit. I did try to revive it with a bit of isocol, hence the disfigured appearance. This colour is so amazing on the skin. It's got a hint of a duo-chrome to it and acts as both a blush and highlighter. It is very blue-toned which I think is really flattering on my skin but I think it would suit a lot of people. It is described as a 'ballerina pink', which I think is pretty appropriate. The pigmentation is amazing, you literally need the tiniest amount on your brush. If I had to pick a favourite out of all of these blushes, this would be it. 

RRP: $50

TheBalm Instain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Houndstooth* and Pinstripe*:

I had heard a lot about these staining blushes in the blogosphere, namely from Lilit who reviewed the shade Argyle here, and Emma who reviewed Strawberry Toile here. When Houndstooth and Pinstripe were sent to me to try, I was so excited. These blushes certainly pack a punch, particularly Pinstripe, which is quite possibly the most pigmented blush I own. Just a soft dusting of colour is all you need with these and the staining aspect of the formula allows the colour to stay in place all day. What more could you want?

RRP $26.95

Essence Blush Up Powder Blush in 10 Heat Wave:

This ombre offering from Essence is the bargain of this lot, priced at a measly $6.45! Heat Wave is a gorgeous mango/peach/pink shade that is perfect for summertime, though I've been loving the pop of colour it's been giving my cheeks during the winter. Available at Priceline and Target.

That's a wrap for my first What I've Been Loving Lately post. Do you have a favourite blush at the moment? Any recommendations for me?

Items marked with an * were provided for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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