Easy-Peasy Halloween Makeup Ideas!

Hey girls!


It's that spooky time of year again...HALLOWEEN IS HERE!
In Australia, Halloween  is not as widely celebrated as in other parts of the globe, eg. the good old USA.
But, I myself am a huge fan of Halloween (and 'Trick-or-Treaters' for that matter).

So lets get into some of my personal tips for creating a sexy makeup look to go with every spooky costume you may choose...

NOTD (China Glaze) - 27th October 2012

Hey readers,



Today I have a short 'Nails Of The Day' post for you.

Spring would probably have to be my favourite season (...well apart from the hay fever), especially the Spring trends which rock the nation!
This year, as you most likely already know, neon and pastel shades are the seasonal trend. Luckily for me, I love both bright colours and subtle shades. 

eos Lip Balm Haul/Review

G'day girlies...
Happy Wednesday!

Today I have a short, yet special, eos (Evolution Of Smooth) lip balm haul for you.

*Notice - I was not paid for this haul/review. The opinions I express are purely my own.


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In Australia, It is quite hard to get your hands on any eos product. Until I discovered 'Special_Spice' on Ebay.
Each cute little sphere lip balm retails for only $4.85 AU (+$3.95 AU postage). Which is fantastic in opinion.

I don't know about you, but I think these lip products are the cutest things I've ever seen! They are like little balls of fun...(hmmm did that sound odd?) ;)

The flavours I received were as followed:


  • Strawberry Sorbet (light pink) *In October during Breast Cancer Awareness month the company EOS donated 5% of their retail proceeds from the sale of Strawberry Sorbet to the cause. *
  • Honeysuckle Honeydew (light green)
  • Sweet Mint (minty blue/green)









Directions: Twist off top. Pucker up. Smooth on. Smile.

Out of the three, my personal favourite would have to be
Honeysuckle Honeydew. The scent/taste of this on my lips is amazing.

My least favourite would have to be Strawberry Sorbet. Not because it has an odd scent/taste, just because the scent is the least appealing to my personal preferences.
Sweet Mint is simply refreshing and light, but not my favourite.

According to my research, eos lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, eos keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth.

These lip balms leave your lips feeling super lucious and kissable....you know you like that! Plus, for a mere $4.85, how could you possibly resist! ;)

Have you ever tried any of the eos products? If so, what is your favourite? 

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Spring Racing Beauty 101

Hey girls,

It's that time of year again...Spring racing is here!
Therefore, its time to introduce some of my best beauty tips (do's & dont's) to looking your best this racing season. Whether you're partying at the races, or screaming at the TV in the comfort of your own home.

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So....lets get started!

Do's
  1. Protect your skin - The best way to stay protected from the harshness of the sun, plus, get that 'glowing effect' to your skin, is to wear a moisturiser with SPF 30+. This way, your skin won't become burnt and flaky, ugh.
  2.  Pucker up princess - It's all about pout this season. So why not get in on the latest trend, and wow everyone with luscious lips. Why not try a bright hue, such as a fancy fuchsia or a pop of cherry red. Compliment this with a gorgeous frock and you'll be on your way to stardom! 
  3. The eye's have it! - Opt for dramatic lashes or a smokey swipe of eyeliner, not both. The trick is not to look too overdone. A bright lip and over dramatic eyes may be a tad too much. For eye makeup that lasts, remove oil from your eyelids with blotting paper or a cleanser before applying eyeshadow. Plus, avoid using moisturiser near your eye-lids.
Dont's
  1. No Oompa Loompas allowed! - Whatever you do, make sure you don't apply too much spray tan. There is nothing worse than looking as if you've just been attacked by someone out of Jersey Shore. Go for a more subtle, glowing look. A great option is to use a body moisturiser with built-in bronzing ingredients.
  2. Christmas is near...but not that close - Avoid wearing too many accessories. There is nothing worse than looking like a Christmas tree. Stick to a statement necklace, dainty earrings and possibly a bracelet/bangle for the overall look. 
  3. Don' t leave your nails bare - Pamper yourself to a manicure the night before the big day! Try either a pop of colour (matching your dress) or a simple french manicure. These two can never go wrong.

My Mum & I at the races 2011

Are you all excited for the big day of racing here in Australia? I sure am!

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NYX 'Box Of Smokey Look Collection' review

Hi girlies,
Oh how I love Saturdays!

Today I have a fabulous review for you...nothing better than......a NYX review!

Recently I was lucky enough to be given an amazing product from NYX,  the 'Box Of Smokey Look Collection.'
I have had my eye on NYX for a while now, so was ecstatic when I received this in the post. 

NYX Cosmetics was named after the Greek goddess who ruled the night, just like many of our fans who rule the night life in this modern techno-savvy world. We offer a wide variety of products ranging from eye shadows to foundation and brushes to eye lashes and glitter to glosses. Everything a professional makeup artist needs for the job or that a goddess needs to create her look for a night on the town.


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If you’re addicted to smokey eyes, this kit is custom-made for you. It contains a palette of pigmented eye shadowsto create gray smokey eyes, purple smokey eyes, bronze smokey eyes andnatural smokey eyes. Kit also contains 3 blushes, face powders,concealers, lip colors, 12 glitter creams and 1 black eye liner.


The kit contains:


(Eyeshadows)



  • Classic Smokey (Fierce and ready to party!)
  • Purple Smokey (A pop of colour)
  • Bronze Smokey (Get your goddess on!)
  • Natural Smokey (Beautifully neutral shades)
  • Also: Sparkly glitters
(Cheeks)
  • Pale pink blush
  • Coral blush
  • Mauve/pink blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlight
  • Contour
(Lips)
  • A broad range, from subtle corals' to bright purples'
(Concealer)
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Cream
  • Brown

The pigmentation of most of the eyeshadows are pleasing. The coverage of the lip glosses are  also decent. Plus, the cheek products are fantastic, very pigmented indeed!
I wish I could say the same about the glitters though. After applying the glitters once or twice, it revealed a creamy layer underneath. Leaving little-to-no sparkles left :(
Before I forget to mention, The kit also includes a black pencil eyeliner and a basic eyeshadow applicator. Which was sneakily tucked away within the package.

Overall, the quality of this kit is great. In my opinion, It would be perfect for travelling.


The kit retails for only $20 (AUD)...what a steal!  According to my research, you can purchase this collection online, or at most drugstores in the USA.



So what do you think? What is your favourite NYX product?



That's all for today. 
Have a great weekend!


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OPI 'Vintage Minnie Minis' review

Hey readers!



Today I received another special little package in my mailbox. Nothing better than...OPI nail polishes! (A big thank you to 'Shopin Online hair & Beauty' for sending this collection to me.)

OPI Vintage Minnie Mini Collection is a gorgeous collection of colours inspired by Disney character, Minnie Mouse.

The set contains three gorgeous shades from the 'Vintage Minnie Mouse Collection', also, OPI’s best-selling Rapi Dry Top Coat. All four polishes come in a miniature size of 3.75 ml each, how cute! This pack contains all the shades you need this summer, (or any time of year for that matter).


Upon my research, OPI’s Vintage Minnie Mouse Collection is a collection of limited edition nail lacquers created in honour of Disney’s beloved character. The feminine shades encapsulate Minnie Mouse’s irresistible charm in playful, pretty shades of pink and red.


The collection contains:


The Color Of Minnie (3.75ml)

 A stunning frosted red polish.

If You Moust You Moust (3.75ml)

 A classic pink crème polish.

I’m All Ears (3.75ml) 

A deep magenta polish with a shimmer finish.

Rapi Dry Top Coat (3.75ml) 

A fast drying, non-yellowing, high gloss top coat that will help prevent nails from smudging and streaking. 





      
        
      Top left = The Color Of Minnie
      Top right = If You Moust You Moust
      Bottom left = I'm All Ears
      Bottom right = Rapid Dry Top Coat

      Out of all the shades, my personal favourite would have to be 'If You Moust You Moust'. Simply on the basis that it was the easiest to apply, no streaking, gorgoeus colour and great pigmentation. All of the other shades were also beautiful, and the 'Rapid Dry Top Coat' sure did dry rapidly!

      All of the colours dried beautiful and shiny. The swatches above resemble two-three coats of polish, exept the 'Rapid Dry Top Coat'...which was obviously just one coat.

      This beautiful pack retails for $17.99, which is a steal in my opinion!

      I hope you enjoyed my 'Minnie' review ;)
      Stay tuned for more product reviews later in the week!


      Have you tried any of OPI's mini packs before? If so, what collection is your favourite?


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      This week's TV segment on 'The Couch'

      G'day readers,

      Today I have another fun video for you to watch. 
      Every fortnight I present a segment called 'Gadgets & Gifts' on an Australian TV show (The Couch).

      *You may have noticed the following description in a previous blog post

      'The Couch promotes the people and talent of the Western Australian community, in the form of a good old chat/variety show. We have music and movie reviews, celebrity interviews, charity promotions, cooking, entertainment news and plenty of live music and dancing.' 

      This week on the show, I introduced some of my personal favourite gifts and gadgets...for males, females, young and old!



      As mentioned in the video, all of these products can be purchased at 'Gifts & Gadgets' (Coventry Square Markets, Morley, Perth WA).




      GET DIRECTIONS

      243-253 Walter Road
      Morley, Western Australia




      You are all welcome to check out more fun clips on the 'videos' tab. Here's the link to the 'videos' page...just in case:


      Have fun checking out future videos! (I will upload new clips every fortnight).



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      'Shopaholics Anonymous' NEW LOOK!

      Hey readers,

      Notice something?
      'Shopaholics Anonymous' is now supporting a new, brighter and fresher look!
      Just in time for the warmer months (here in the land down-under).

      So...What do you think? 
      Your feedback would be greatly appreciated :)

      Previous look
      New look



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      Essie 'My Perfect Pair' review

      Hi girlies!



      Yesterday I was so happy to receive a special package at my door, two of the Essie 'My Perfect Pair' mini nail polishes.
      I've neen wanting to get my hands on these little babies for a while now, so when I discovered them I was over the moon! 
      *Notice - I was not paid for this review. The opinions I express are purely my own.

      The contents of each product contains 2x mini sized (5 ml) polishes. 

        "I'm essie and this is my    perfect pair for summer"
      - essie




      Braziliant

      a hot orange with a touch of shimmer







      Super Bossa Nova

      an upbeat bright fuchsia








      Meet Me At Sunset

      a vibrant deep orange





      Smooth Sailing

      a breezy lavender blue with a reflection of pearl







      Both of these shades are from Essie's Summer 2011 collection. I think both combinations will be awesome for the summertime, especially 'Braziliant' and 'Smooth Sailing'. The pigmentation of each polish is brilliant. 

      'Braziliant', 'Super Bossa Nova' and 'Smooth Sailing' are a shimmery/creme consistency, while 'Meet Me At Sunset' is a jelly consistency
      Each 'perfect pair' retails at $4.99 (AUD), which is a great price for such an impressive product.

      After reviewing this product, I can't wait to get my hands on some more fantastic polishes from the Essie range :)


      What is your 'all time favourite' nail polish for the Summer?


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      Brain Food For Upcoming Exams

      Hey readers,

      
      
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      Summer is approaching (in Australia) and exams are coming up. Ugh...what a drag!
      As a first year University student, preparing for exams can be somewhat overwhelming and INCREDIBLY stressfull.
      I know this sounds rediculously obvious, but studying is the #1 way to pass. Though, other factors such as diet and wellbeing are just as significant.
      Today I'll be sharing with you some of my tips to eating healthy and passing those dreaded exams!
      Doesn't that sound fruitful...see what I did there? Haha.

      Let's get started!
      
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      1. Stay well hydrated.
      Choose your beverages well, though. Caffeine and sugar should be kept to a minimum. Since too much caffeine can make you jittery, try to drink moderate amounts (1-2 cups a day at most). Better choices include water, fruit juice, milk, and green tea


      
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      2. Snack responsibly.
      Eat healthy snaks instead of junk food. While studying and you may find that you retain more. Try to get two food groups into your snacks to balance the nutrients and keep your blood-sugar level stable. Some smart snack examples are banana with peanut butter (yummm), seasame snaps, or fruit yoghurt.




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      3. Consume a healthy brekkie.
      Chocolate, Coffee, potato crisps or last night's leftovers just don’t cut it. The idea is to get some protein, calcium, fibre and a piece of fruit. So, a bowl of cereal with milk and a piece of fruit would do the trick. Or try a fruit parfait, looks great, and it tastes even better! (These tips are essential for the morning of your exams.)

      

       
      
      4. Eat iron-rich foods. (SOURCE)
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      A lack of iron in the diet could lead to difficulty in concentrating for long periods and lead to tiredness. Iron is important because it helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. Girls need even more iron than boys because growth spurts in their teens and periods can leave them low in iron. Choose red meat, green leafy vegetables and dried fruit to top up iron intakes – a GP can advise if you are worried.




      What's your tip to 'smart studying'?


      I hope you found these tips helpful.
      Gotta go, better get back to studying!


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