An Obsession With The Fabulous

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle.

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Jessica - NYC Contributor

Hi dolls! So this is going to be my first official post on An Obsession With The Fabulous, and I couldn’t think of a more fitting topic to write about than my favorite new beauty line, which has been finding it’s way to the top of my makeup bag for the past month now.  It’s Charlotte Tilbury’s eponymous line, which launched in the States at the beginning of October after being around in the UK for over a year…and it’s simply DIVINE.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Spring time is well and truly in full swing in Australia, and I've put together some of my favourite Spring-toned products.

Monday, October 27, 2014

An Obsession With The Fabulous Goes International...

Happy Monday, everyone! Today I have some exciting news to share with you. I am currently in the process of expanding this blog into something much bigger than it is currently and to do this I've realised I need a bit of help! I've enlisted the skills of one of my US besties, Jessica, to become a regular contributor to An Obsession With The Fabulous. Jess and I met at The University of Michigan back in 2007 and have been best friends ever since. Jess was born and raised in Michigan and is now based in the greatest city in the world, New York. We share an obsession with beauty and all the fabulous things in life so I couldn't think of anyone more perfectly suited to help me expand my site. 

In the new year I will be aiming to put together a wider range of content including travel, food and entertainment while still focusing on beauty. So while the blog will be expanding, it will still remain true to what it has always been.

Before Jess publishes her first post here I thought it would be a good idea to have you guys get to know her a little better, so I've asked her to answer a few beauty related questions.

What are your Holy Grail beauty products?

- Cle de peau concealer: Yes, it's pricey. but I have horrible undereye bags that are hereditary and I've tried every concealer, and they've all paled in comparison. It's SUPER full coverage and a little goes a LONG way, so one tube will last forever! I take a small brush and dip it in my concealer, and place it on the hollow indent of my bags, and voila! 

- Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow: Just as the name suggests, the palette gives you the most BEAUTIFUL bronzed and lit-from-within glow. You'll look like you're about to step on to the red carpet!

- Surrat ReleveƩ Eyelash Curler: If there's one part of my routine that makes a HUGE difference, it's curling your eyelashes. I find that Surrat ReveleƩ's curler does the best for my lashes- it's curved perfectly to give my eyes a lift, so much so that I (almost) don't need mascara.

Diorshow Lash Primer: The use of a lash primer REALLY takes your lashes to the next level. When I use Diorshow, my lashes look longer and fuller when applying mascara, and I find that it even does a good job conditioning my lashes so that they look longer by themselves!

-Nude Lipstick: I'll admit, I'm a sucker for nude lipsticks. I can never have enough. It's my go-to lip look, and even when I have no makeup on at all, I feel more polished when I'm wearing it. My nude of choice? Tom Ford Sable Smoke or Charlotte Tilbury's Nude Kate. Both are absolutely fabulous, and the formula is so amazing that your lips will feel hydrated and more full after using it!

What is the most important part of your beauty routine?

This one for me is a no brainer. Just like you can't paint a lovely picture without a clean, fresh piece of paper, you can't look fabulous with makeup on unless you take care of your skin. You'll find if you are diligent about a skincare routine, whatever it may be, that your makeup will automatically look better and go on more smoothly. You'll also need less of it!

Who is your Celebrity Beauty Crush?

This question is also a no-brainer for me. She's probably the celebrity with the most polarized opinions attached to her, but hands down, mine is Kim Kardashian. When I was in second grade, all of the other kids were doing reports on presidents and inventors, and I was doing reports on Marilyn Monroe. I've always been drawn to Hollywood glamour. And Kim epitomizes this for me. She's the modern-day Marilyn Monroe (at least glamour-wise). I love that she's gone through a make-under in recent years. I find her current look to be fresh, flawless, and always glamorous. I admire her for always looking put together. I think it's so important for confidence, especially as a woman, to always try to look your best, and Kim is always on-point.  She's stunning and timeless, and I admire her effort. I'm also obsessed with her makeup artist, Mario Dedanovic.

What are your some of your top beauty tips?

  • Never underestimate the value of flawless skin. As I mentioned before, it's so important!
  • Stick to what works for you. Recently, I've been trying too hard to experiment with different colors, especially when it comes to eye makeup, as I always gravitate towards neutrals. But you know, that's just not the look I'm comfortable in. Neutrals work on me! It's okay to step out of your comfort zone, but don't be afraid to stick to what works.
  • Confidence is key. When you feel confident, you look confident. A confident woman is a force to be reckoned with. If you walk around like you're 100% sure of yourself, people will be sure about you as well. And when all else fails, pretend you're confident! Eventually, you will be!
  • Have fun! There are so many serious things in life, beauty shouldn't be one of them. Have fun with your look, there's always makeup remover!

What products would you buy with $20 if you lost all your makeup?

So there are a couple of products that are an absolute MUST for me to look awake and ready to conquer the world. I need a mascara, some concealer, blush, and a nude lip... So if I lost all my makeup (my nightmare) and had to repurchase some items with only $20, here's what I would get:

  • L'oreal Voluminous Mascara: It's the best of the drugstore brands, and some say it's the best mascara of all. It's ultra-black, non-clumping formula will give you perfect lashes (US $5.89 at Target).
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: I've found this to be the best of the drugstore concealers for making me look awake, and covering my dark circles (US $7.99).

  • Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Bare It All: While the formula is far from perfect, this classic nude color is amazing. I always have a tube in my purse, and if I lose it it's no big deal! At $2.29, its super easy for me to go out and buy a new one.
  • Essence Silky Touch blush in Autumn Peach: I love peachy colors for the cheeks, and Essence cosmetics makes some great bargain cosmetics, their blush being one of them. At $2.99, it's a no-brainer.

What are your favourite makeup brands?

So as a makeup lover, my collection has items from just about every brand you could possibly imagine. But my go-to brands where I (almost) always know I'll be getting quality products are the following:

-Charlotte Tilbury
-Laura Mercier
-Too Faced
-Kevyn Aucoin

Thanks so much, Jess! I can't wait to have your first official post featured soon!

Do you have any questions for Jess? It can be anything beauty or NYC related, she's got so many tips!!

Don't forget to follow us on social media if you aren't already. There are some very exciting things to come for An Obsession With The Fabulous.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Manicure Monday - Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in Forevermore Green

I can't believe it's Monday again. My least favourite day of the week. I thought I would try to avoid the Monday blues by posting a fresh manicure for you all!

Friday, October 17, 2014

If You Smoke, Your Future's Not Pretty

We all should know the dangers that come with smoking cigarettes, but did you know smoking can age you prematurely between 10 and 20 years?

This week I teamed up with Queensland Health to work on their anti-smoking campaign, If You Smoke, Your Future's Not Pretty. I was invited to see for myself what I would look like if I were a smoker. I visited a photographer's studio on Monday where I first had my 'before' shot taken and then was transformed by two special effects makeup artists into a someone with a smoking habit. As a makeup artist myself who mostly works on brides and women wanting a glamorous look for special events, it was especially fun to see what the makeup artists had in their kit to take me from glowing to gruesome!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Current Beauty Must-Haves

As a beauty blogger, I'm constantly trialling new products all the time, so it's very rare that I keep using the same product for more than a few weeks.

Sometimes I find products that work so well that I can't part with them and they remain permanent fixtures in my beauty routine. Today I'll be sharing four of these products with you!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Manicure Monday: Essie Play Date

You may have noticed that things are looking a little different around here. I decided it was time for a bit of a spring-time refresh in terms of my blog design, what do you think?

Anyway, let's get on to Manicure Monday! Over the long weekend I was sporting this fab lilac shade from essie called Play Date and I just loved how it complemented every outfit I wore! Play Date borders on being a pastel purple shade yet it still has plenty of punch to it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Manicure Monday: Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color - Rose Poudre

Happy Monday, y'all!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

To kick off the week I thought I would show you a polish formula I was intrigued by after reading Sarah's rave reviews over on her blog More Than Adored. The Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color range is a super-affordable collection of polishes that claims to last 7 days on the nails. I will be putting the formula to the test and giving you my thoughts in an upcoming review.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics Celebrates 10 Years

Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics are celebrating their 10th anniversary this month and to celebrate they have released a limited edition Beauty Essentials Box. I was kindly sent a box to trial for myself and I couldn't have been more excited. While some of the brands and products I have tried previously (BECCA and Trilogy), the rest were new to me and I was very eager to try them out!
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