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.

Follow me on Social Media!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Swatches & Review

I have a bit of a thing for good quality eyeshadow palettes. I have too many to count yet I still jump at the chance to buy just about every hyped-up new release.

The day Too Faced released their now famed Chocolate Bar palette, I snapped it up. I hadn't yet heard much hype other than the fact it is scented like chocolate (which to me smells like super-sweet powdered chocolate). Selling at a reasonable $68.95 here in Australia I decided to add this palette to my  collection. I was blown away by the pigmentation of these shadows. I generally use Urban Decay, MAC and Stila eyeshadows so I was very excited to find another brand that does eyeshadow well.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Manicure Monday: Bourjois Blue No Blues & Ciaté Carousel

For today's Manicure Monday post I thought I would show you one of my favourite ways to incorporate glitter into my manicure without having the pain of removing it from every one of my nails! I find that by just painting one nail with glitter, it adds interest and a bit of sparkle without being too full on.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Swatches & Review

Bourjois have been killing it with their lip products lately. Following last year's awesome Colour Boost Lip Crayons (I raved about Peach On The Beach here), the brand has released a range of liquid lipsticks called Rouge Edition Velvet.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Manicure Monday: ELES Cosmetics Nail Enamel in Coral Cafe

Manicure Monday was a bit delayed today, I realised I hadn't scheduled the post to go live at the right time! My apologies!

Anyway, on to today's NOTD. 

I've recently been introduced to the beautiful Australian mineral brand, ELES Cosmetics, which I'm sure you have seen on several other blogs including one of my faves, More Than Adored.

I was recently sent a few nail enamels from the recent Brighton Collection, which is 'inspired by the seaside huts lining Brighton Beach in the UK'. Today I am wearing Coral Cafe.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Look #4 - Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup

If there is one makeup look that seems to be doing the rounds on all the beauty blogs and YouTube channels, it's Kylie Jenner's. At only 16, Kylie has definitely grown into her looks. She may or may not have been given a helping hand by what looks like a heavy dose of lip fillers but her makeup is gorgeous. 

She seems to be really into the 90's style brown toned lips, which I've tried to recreate using a handful of different lip products. I know I didn't get it spot on, but I definitely went out of my comfort zone as browns and nudes are definitely not colours I gravitate towards for my pout!

My apologies in advance for the extreme pouty poses you're about to see. Unlike Kylie, I did not have the help of injections to achieve this look.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Manicure Monday: Essie No More Film

Can you believe it's Monday again already?

I had a fabulous weekend celebrating my birthday with friends and family. The whole weekend I sported only one shade on my nails, essie's No More Film.