An Obsession With The Fabulous

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Manicure Monday: Fabulous Faby Spring Summer 2014 Collection Swatches

I'm very late in posting swatches from the Fabulous Faby Spring Summer 2014 Collection, however, the collection is still available for purchase so I thought I'd pop these swatches up in case any of you were interested!

Faby is a brand I wasn't all that familiar with until last year. After trialling a few shades, I was blown away by how smoothly these polishes applied and the beautiful opaque colours. From what I've tried so far, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this brand to any nail polish lover!

Faby Nail Lacquer - Sugarful
Faby Nail Lacquer - Hula Hoop Pink
Faby Nail Lacquer - Plastic Jewels and Neon Lights
Faby Nail Lacquer - Mint Bubbles
Faby Nail Lacquers are available for purchase here. I've featured colours from the Fabulous Faby Mini Collection Set which is still available here! RRP $23.95

Have you tried any Faby polishes before? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Note: These products were provided for editorial consideration.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Body Products I'm Loving Right Now

Over the last few weeks/months, I've been trialling a bunch of body products that were recently added to my collection. I've never really enjoyed using heavy creams or lotions in the warmer months as the weather is so hot and sticky and most products only add to that uncomfortable feeling.

This summer however, I decided to make more of an effort to take care of my skin whether it be by using a body lotion, oil or in-shower body conditioner, among other things. I've been using a range of products that are designed to leave the skin feeling beautifully smooth and soft.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mary Kay Endless Performance Creme-To-Powder Foundation

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. For me, it is one makeup item I absolutely cannot go without as I tend to have a lot of redness in my face that needs covering and I find the rest of my makeup looks better on a fresh, even base.

I've tried tonnes of foundations over the years and while some have been great, I've never been able to find something that is absolutely perfect for me. I jumped at the chance to trial the latest offering from
Mary Kay, their Endless Performance Creme-To-Powder Foundation. Having such fair skin it was a bit of a shame that the colour I received was Beige 3, which is way too dark for my natural skin tone. I decided to turn to my favourite fake tan so I could give this foundation a go.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Today Was A Fairytale

It's been a quite a while since my last Manicure Monday post so I thought I would get back into the swing of things by telling you a bit about one of my new favourite polishes.

I've wanted to try Deborah Lippmann's nail polish range for years, but I've never managed to get my hands on any of her polishes here in Australia. Recently I was given the opportunity to trial some products from Luxola, which is the largest beauty e-commerce company in Southeast Asia. Luxola stocks some of the most sought-after beauty brands on the market including Sleek, Sigma and Zoeva among many others. Luckily for us Aussies, Luxola ships to our shores!

While I do have a Luxola haul post coming up soon on the blog, I couldn't resist giving you my thoughts on this gorgeous Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer called 'Today Was A Fairytale'*.

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.


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.
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