Monday, January 31, 2011
Without further adieu, here is my usual morning routine. It may not be complete, or perfect, but it's what I do and I thought I'd share!
*First I slap on Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (just happens to be the one I'm trialling at the moment)
*Pop some Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in no.52 on, and blend in with my fingers.
*Swipe some Revlon Colorstay Under Eye Concealer in Light/Medium on, and blend.
*Powder my face with Maybelline Finish Matte Pressed Powder in Light Beige 02, which sets both my concealer and my foundation.
*I smooth on my Softlips balm (favourite is the coconut cream scent for those playing at home) to prepare my smackers for whatever colour I've chosen for the day.
*Brush on some of my favourite blush,Sportsgirl's Get Cheeky Cheek and Eye Shimmer. I'm about to hit pan on this, and since they've discontinued it I'm holding on for dear life... Brush I'm using atm is a fluffy Beautilicious one
*Brush and fill in my brows with my Elianto Brow Definer Pencil in03 Light Brown.
*While I often get creative with my eye make-up, my never-fail shadow is Clinique's Strawberry Fudge. I found it sets wonderfully with my Urban Decay Primer Potion, though you need to apply a heavier layer.
I change up lippies every day, so thought it best not to include a particular one. These are my favourite products- what are yours?!
Cadbury Black Forest Chocolate
7/11 Lemon Lime & Bitters Slurpies & Zooper Doopers
Tried the slurpie for the first time last night, delicious! And Zooper Doopers take me back to my Primary school days, though the flavours are more adventurous now. Jaffa? Banana? Ergh!
My subscription to Grazia magazine
Face Of Australia stick foundation
Had a look at this today,but don't think I'd be comfortable using my fingers to blend it out. I am lemming the beauty pod sponge (or beauty blender) so when I get that I think I'll grab this stick foundation,too. Found this prod after reading Pink Diva's review- check it out!
Maybelline Baby Lips
I cannot for the life of me find these! I know it's new but I want it now=( My Chemist advertised it in their latest catalogue so hopefully I will find it there tomorrow. Will probably get all four flavours, as they're only $3.95. You can never have too many lip balms! Saw the new pearlescent lipstick range from Maybelline at my local Priceline, but there weren't any testers=(
Olympus fe-4030 Digital Camera
So that is what is filling my love and lust lists this week! What's on yours?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Maybelline Finish Matte Pressed Powder 02 Light Beige
NYX Blush in Peach
Eyes:Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX single shadow in Algae
Yellow shade from Victoria Jackson's Beauty To Go palette
Revlon Fabulash mascara in Blackest Black
Elianto brow definer pencil in 03 Light Brown
Please excuse my skin in these pictures, my face is acting up like crazy right now and I'm having massive trouble with it=( If anyone can help with this, please do!
How did you spend Australia Day??
Monday, January 24, 2011
Now, on to the real review!
Crabtree & Evelyn Naturals Comforting Body Lotion- Milk,Soy & Sugar 50ml
"Soothing milk and soy proteins blended with clarifying sugar help condition very dry hands."
I will admit I was a bit dubious of the milk soy and sugar part, but one whiff and I was hooked! It's hard to explain but it's sweet without being sweet. Smells like dessert rather than fairy floss' fake sweetness. Creamy and very moisturizing, it sinks right in with ease and isn't too greasy. As it's a small tube (the above picture is the closest I could find, the actual product is in a plastic tube and is 'comforting' rather than 'botanical') I use it on my arms and my hands. On hands I leave it for a second and it's sunk right in, and I can keep typing. Love!
* Great scent
*Sinks in with ease
*Cheap, grabbed it at the outlet for around $5
*Service at store was great
*Very moisturizing, non-greasy
*Feel as though the tube wasn't full when I purchased it...
*That I don't own a huuuge bottle of this =(
So if you weigh that up, this is a surefire winner for me, and I will be repurchasing (hopefully in a larger size as well as another of the 50ml for my handbag.)
Monday, January 17, 2011
I first heard of Lush's Gorilla sticks in a 'Five things I'm loving' post from Yas Turker at primped.com.au. She was raving about the Karma fragrance, which she said smelt like the 70s and was amazing. The scent that hooked me in was Lust, a beautiful jasmine/rose infused scent that sat wonderfully on my skin.
Here is the description Lush gives of this product:
It's a very heady perfume that's not for the shy and retiring. It starts off as strong, pure jasmine and warms on the skin to a seductive floral scent. It lasts for hours and hours. Unlike some other things we could mention.
-Beautiful strong scent, reminds me of my favourite flower (jonquil) and sits well on my skin
-Very portable perfume being in solid 'roll-on' form
-Classy packaging, nothing over the top just a great product in a black tube
-Lasts quite a long time on me, though I do reapply often as I find it fun
-Extremely affordable at $7.95
-Sometimes leaves chunks of itself on my skin, or a oil line. This, I suppose, comes with the territory of using a roll on solid perfume
-Works like a push pop in that you unscrew the cap and push it up from underneath to get the fragrance stick to appear. Problem is having to physically push it back down again to replace the cap, which means I have taken many chucks out of this and made a mess of it. Would prefer a twist down for it.
Would I repurchase? Yes! Fun idea and though not executed perfectly, the scent and lovely staff at Lush more than make up for it. $7.95
Note, the spray on version of this scent smells nothing like the gorilla stick...or is that just me?
Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis),Castor Oil (Ricinus communis),Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera),Perfume,Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum),Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena),Ylang Ylang Absolute (Cananga Odorata),Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia),Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill),*Benzyl Alcohol,*Benzyl Salicylate,*Cinnamal,*Cinnamal,*Coumarin,*Citral,*Eugenol,*Geraniol,*Isoeugenol,*Benzyl Benzoate,*Citronellol,*Farnesol,*Limonene,*Linalool,D&C Red No. 7. *Occurs naturally in essential oils
Things I have, things I want, things I like:
*Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in #957 Draped Burgundy
Ever since I found out that this gloss graces Rachel Zoe's lips, I have been lemming it. Asked the Dior girls at Myer and they looked at me like I was speaking a different language. Can be quite annoying to appreciate/know more about a product than those who are supposed to be selling it. Considering purchasing this from Strawberry net...
*Shop Til You Drop magazine
My holy grail, if I were to be stuck in a room with anything it would be a stack of these. They read like they're written by your bestie, you can afford most of the stuff they show you, and you can reread every issue a million times over (and I do)
*Foley & Corinna mid-city tote in black
There was a time where I switched bags every day, but that was before I fell in love. Mister Christopher bought me this for Christmas, and I told him that as long as it was under the tree come December 25th, all would be well in the world. I was scared that the bag would not live up to it's expectations, but it surpassed them. I love the smell of the leather, the size, the feel of it. It gets it's own seat at restaurants, and is cuddled frequently throughout the day. Haven't looked at another bag since (except for the mini version of it!)
Without a flat white in hand, I am a very unpleasant lady indeed.
*Lush Gorilla stick in Lust
I heard about these from Yas at primped.com.au, and as soon as I smelt the mix of jasmine and rose I was hooked. In my opinion, it smells like jonquils-my favourite! Reviewing soon.
*Estee Lauder pressed powder gold alligator compact.
I think this is so beautiful, and the fact that I am in need of a pressed powder is a great enabler! I'm scared about the weight of it in my handbag though, and the fact that it's sold out everywhere I've tried makes me sad.
*Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
Won't go into too much detail as I'm reviewing soon, but this is my most recent obsession/love.
*Clinique strawberry fudge shadow
Though I've posted a picture of the new Clinique collection, it is the strawberry fudge eyeshadow that is a star. I am almost hitting pan, and am stocking up in case it is ever discontinued.
*Burlesque with Cher & Christina Aguilera
As per my previous post, loved the film. So much so, I am tagging along with Mister Christopher's sister to see it again in Gold Class=D
*Urban Decay Naked Palette
Such beautiful, wearable shade, and so very soft. Rocking my first ever proper smokey eye thanks to this palette!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I was lucky enough to win a Kit Cosmetics/Smashbox competition this week, that saw me watching Burlesque before the masses in the beautiful director's suite in Melbourne Central. The venue was a great choice, central and great for public transport. Having never been to the directors suite up there I was pleasantly surprised to see myself in what looked like a bar and Kit Cosmetics combined!
Sipping at my complimentary white wine and ogling the AMAAAZING shoes the Kit girls were rocking, I was pulled up to have my make-up touched up. I took along Christopher's brothers gf, and she was beyond excited to get her mini makeover! Here's what was popped on me (permanent collection was used):
* Pink blush of unknown name, with Fan Brush No.22 which was oh so soft!($26.95)
* Champagne shadow
* Khaki shadow in my crease
* Jet Set Waterproof Eyeline (gel,$32.95) with Arched Eye Liner Brush No.21 ($29.95)
*Lip Enhancing Gloss Sheer Colour in Tease, which is a sheer raspberry that I have fallen in love with and NEED to have ($26.95)
The Kit girls were kind enough to hand out goodie bags, which contained:
*Burlesque Fisnets (Legs by Jonathan Aston, fishnet backseam hold up in black&gold)
*Sample size O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss
*Sample size photo finish primer
*Sample size Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
I won't ruin Burlesque for you, but trust me, it's a film you have to see! I found everyone and everything in it so beautiful and mesmerising, my concentration never wavered and it's something I would love to own on DVD. I agree with others I heard who said that it was better than Moulin Rouge. Let me know if you agree?
Big thanks to Kit, Smashbox and Burlesque for hosting an entertaining night=)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
In related MAC news, the Stylishly Yours collection also came out on Monday, and it is BRIGHT! I tried on the lipstick Something New (the pink shade) and it was quite nice, but I'm not sure I would get a lot of wear out of it.I then reached for Cockney (the red shade) and fell in love. I'm not sure if I was just overwhelmed or didn't want to be greedy, but I convinced myself that I didn't need it because I have my Viva Glam Cyndi. This is untrue. I believe I do need this bad boy, and hope he will wait for me till I have a chance to get to MAC again.
So all up I purchased three items from the Cham Pale collection, and I'm sure FOTD and reviews of these will be up soon. When I head back to MAC I hope to grab Cockney and have a closer look at the I Get No Kick eye pencil from Cham Pale.
Have you bought anything from MAC lately?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
If anyone has read these, let me know what you thought of them. Or if you have any recommendations for me, throw them in the comment section!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
On a related note, the velvet topped edition of the original Lola bottle is stunning! I love the artwork that goes into Marc Jacobs perfumes, they truly are collectables. Do any of you wear Lola?
I did pick up a few things, so here we go:
Priceline is my crib, so grabbed the essentials since we were there. Hair ties, which seem to grow legs and run after one use in my house. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, as mine is almost done and it was %50 off($15.50) Sunsilk Purifying Scalp Care Shampoo and Conditioner, as I was not happy with my previous ones and these were only $2.99.
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist-I have been leaning towards this since the MUA at Mecca Maxima used the lavender version on me, as my skin is so thirsty of late and it's driving me bonkers. My current rose obsession pushed me into this one, and my face feels and smells pretty darn nice right now. More detailed review to come...$23ish
Perfect Pink Travalo! I have blogged about this before, and as I didn't receive it for Xmas/Bday I decided to nick in Perfume Connection myself. I didn't like the pink at first, but Christopher was right when he said it would stand out in my bag. The black and silver are sheek but I'd never find them!$24.95
It was so weird, I went into Mecca Cosmetica to purchase the brush cleaner($22) and as I was making my way to the counter to pay the sales assistant stopped to chat with me and ended up talking me out of the purchase. What the! I'm still in shock, and confused...
I also hauled some Lush lovelies (%50 off wooo) but will pop them in a separate post. All in all I had such a lovely day, but would have much rather gone shopping with a female who can match my shopaholic tendencies=D If anyone can, let me know!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I find scent a really difficult topic to write about, but as I received some for Christmas I thought I'd share with you my perfume collection! I am not even going to try to describe the scents as it would be doing them an injustice, I will instead tell you how I feel about them.
After seeing Yas rave about Natio 'Woman' on her 5 things I'm loving video, I popped into DJ's and found it on sale, paired alongside a Natio hand cream for $17! Win. Such a nice, light, summery fragrance, the price point means everyone should give this a go.
I have been lusting after Tresor in Love since it launched, and the triple digit price meant I didn't purchase... Cue Xmas 2010=D Mister Christopher got it for me, in a gift pack with a shower gel and a body lotion. Review to come on this amaaaazing scent!
Miss Dior Cherie is one of those scents I would stop ladies in the street for, just to ask what they were wearing. I will admit it doesn't smell as good on me as on them, but I received a 100ml bottle for my 18th so it's something I wear regularly, two years on. Very sweet and very noticeable.
My staple, can't live without and constantly repurchase is actually a male fragrance! I bought Mister Christopher Juicy Couture's 'Dirty English' for Christmas a couple years back, and used more of it than he did! So when the next Christmas came around he bought it for me, and I have to be honest it smells a lot better on me than it does on him! It's a really spicy, warm scent, and perfect for winter.
FCUK is one of those scents that I see on sale so regularly that my mind thinks it is cheap...I wear this as a 'whatever' scent, if I don't feel like wearing one of my fancier scents. It is clean and nice, but nothing that would make me run out and repurchase. (As a side note, the FCUK Connect for Woman is regularly cheap as chips at Priceline, and smells divine!)
Avon's Rouge by Christian Lacroix is sexy. The box describes it as "A burst of citrus and spices unveils a floral heart wrapped in the most sensual cashmere woods." Sounds sexy,right? Dad bought me this for Christmas after I nagged and nagged. Love it!
These are the scents I am stoked to have at the moment, but having my birthday on the 2nd means I have more scents to share, that I will post sometime next week. Hope everyone's Christmas and New Years was grand, and that 2011 is already kicking arse!
love emmabovary xx
Am very excited about this launch, which I believe is coming to Australia this Monday or the Monday after. I am pretty much lemming the whole collection, but thought I would share some of the things I think I'll like from Cham Pale. My birthday is tomorrow, and as I was spoiled at Christmas with everything I wished for, I'm getting cashola to spend at the MAC counter rather than gifts=D weee!
(Grabbed the Cham-Pale images from Temptalia)
Caviar Dreams Quad- I think these eyeshadows are gorgeous, but I have similar palettes so doubt I will purchase this.
Paint Pot in Vintage Selection- Though I am not a fan of creme eyeshadows in general, I think now that I have the Primer Potion from Urban Decay I would like to give the paint pots a go.
Lipsticks in Flustered, Gel, Quiet Please, Tanarama- Will have to try these on, but I'm leaning towards Quiet Please=) Pretty shade, cute name!
What are you lemming from MAC Cham Pale?