July 24, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette - review and swatches

anastasia beverly hills amrezy palette review photos swatches

I may be a little bit obsessed with Instagram, my favourite pastime is to stalk the pages of some of the extremely talented makeup artists there. And one of my favourite such MUAs is @amrezy (Amra Olevic), who with a million followers is clearly a favourite of many others too! When I saw that she had teamed up with Anastasia Beverly Hills and created an eyeshadow palette, well, I had to have it.

July 23, 2014

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream review

I'm not big on skincare. I put all skincare items in the boring-but-essential basket. Kinda like my taxes. And insurance. I can't help it, I just can't seem to get excited over skincare and if you've read my blog for any length of time you'll know that when it comes to skin I like to keep it simple.

Nivea is something that I keep going back to over and over again because it's just one of those brands that's stood the test of time (I remember seeing those old blue tins of the stuff in my grandparents' house years and years ago).

As a Beauty Directory Expert Panellist (doesn't that make me sound, ummm... expert?) I was asked to trial the Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream for 4 weeks and provide my views in a survey. You can read about the survey results, which also include answers from other BD Experts HERE. Why 4 weeks? Because Nivea is offering a money back guarantee if you try this product for 4 weeks and don't see improvements to your skin, valid between 20 July - 21 September 2014. 



July 21, 2014

Lipstick Tales: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick in Ole Flamingo

When I first came across the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipsticks at Priceline a couple of weeks ago I had read absolutely nothing about them, so didn't know what to expect. Yes, I know they're all over the blogosphere but I haven't had a chance to do much blog reading lately, so I went in blind when purchasing it, and hoping for a fantastic product. I got the colour Ole Flamingo 05 because I never learn, and keep adding more and more bright shades to my collection.


July 19, 2014

Black shirt dress 3 ways

For a long time I had been looking for a button through black dress, a.k.a shirt dress, but everything I'd seen was either too long, too short, or too expensive. And do you know where I found it? Millers! Yes, as in that shop that you probably walk past but never go in because you think there's nothing age appropriate for you in there. Well guess what? There is! Such as this black shirt dress that I got, which was only $40 full price.

So why was I after a shirt dress so badly? Because it is absolutely versatile, you can dress it up, dress it down, and anything in between. In fact here are 3 simple ways you can wear a shirt dress.

Shirt dress styled 3 ways


1. CASUAL
Throw on a denim jacket, a brown plait belt and a slouchy bag and you're all set to hit the markets on a weekend.

2. WORK
nice blazer and some peep toe shoes will make this dress quite corporate. Get the blazer in a bright shade and add a bright lippy to match to give it a funky edge.

3. DATE NIGHT
What's that? It's been ages since the husband and I have had a date night. That's what happens when you have a child I suppose. Need to organise a night out stat! And to dress up this dress I'd add some nice heels, maybe a statement necklace and do a smokey eye.

So next time you walk past Millers, make sure you pop in as you might just come across a hidden gem such as this, this or this.


What do you think of this dress? Have you ever bought anything from Millers (or anywhere else not your usual spot)?


This post was sponsored by Millers. 

July 16, 2014

C-II Cosmetics - Budget Brand with MAC Names?


There's a discount cosmetics store near where I work, called Cosmo Cosmetics, that I like to pop into occasionally. Ok, a lot. I noticed over the last couple of months that they've started stocking a brand called C-II which was very reasonably priced, I'm talking around $6.00 for each item. But what caught my eye the most was the lipstick shade names.

Look at the names on the bottom of the lipsticks. Sound familiar?

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