Monday, September 1, 2014

Manicure Monday: Essence Not Punky Nor Funky Swatch & Review

Essence Graffiti Topper in Not Punky Nor Funky

I was in my local Target store over the weekend and spotted the Essence stand which seemed to have been restocked as everything was in pristine condition. I noticed the Be Loud collection and I couldn't resist picking up a Graffiti Topper nail polish. 

I already had my nails painted with one of my go-to's, Lincoln Park After Dark from OPI and I decided to apply my new purchase Not Punky Nor Funky straight over the top.

The polish is made up of a clear base with lots of multi-coloured glitters of varying shapes and sizes. It surprisingly didn't require too much effort to get a good amount of glitter coverage, which is definitely a rarity in the world of glitter polishes!

As with all Essence products, this polish is a bargain at $2.95 and I recommend picking it up if you are a fan of glitters and happen to spot this at your Priceline or Target.

What are you wearing on your nails right now?

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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!