December 27, 2014

Femme Boulevard: My Most Worn Makeup Look for 2014

This is the last makeup look for Femme Boulevard for the year, and the girls decided the best way to end the year is by showing our most worn look for 2014. Easy! For most of the year I've stuck to one makeup look, just switched up my lipstick depending on what I was up to on the day. The look is a simple one - matte base, taupe eyes, neutral cheeks and either bright lips (if going to work), or nude/pink/budge proof lips if in mama-mode.

Here it is. This is pretty much the look I've worn on most work days, simple but not boring thanks to the bright lippy. The lipstick I've worn most this year is probably this matte lipstick by Savvy which is a cheapie from Priceline. The colour is called San Fran.
Work Mode - my most worn look when going to work. 

And on the days when I've been in mama-mode, a.k.a. spending the day with my 2 year old son going from playground to playground, I've opted for the type of lipstick that won't smudge or smear all over my boy. The Australis Velourlips range has been what I've worn most, with this pink shade called LUN-DUN in high rotation.
Mama mode: my most worn look when on playground duty!

And here's the full list of products used in this look. I've used the exact same products in both looks, just changed the lipsticks. As you can see I've hit pan on a lot of the products here, that's because that's what I tended to use most of the year.

On FACE I've used Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation in Nude followed by Maybelline 24HR Powder in Sand. My blush is Illamasqua Naked Rose, an absolute favourite. On EYES I've used my Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe palette, a gift from the husband last Christmas which has been my most used palette of the year. For EYELINER I've used Liquid Liner from Cool Betty (available at Korean beauty stores). On BROWS I've used Rimmel Brow Pencil in Dark Brown. MASCARA is Lash Curl by Essence. On LIPS I've either used San Fran by Savvy, or Australis Velourlips in LUN-DUN.

To check out the rest of the FB Girls' post, click on the links below.

For Lily's look click HERE.
For Teri's look click HERE.
For Joey's look click HERE.

PS: in case I don't post in the next few days, hope you have an absolutely amazing New Year!

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to wish my readers a very Merry Christmas! Whatever you end up doing, I hope it's a good one. Our day will be spent with family, eating way too much, drinking (soft drinks for me... I'm preggers!), and talking and laughing. But the best part so far was seeing the excitement on our boy's face as he opened all his presents, especially since Santa had brought him exactly what he'd asked for (dinosaurs, trucks, space rocket and train set).

From my family to yours...

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2014

Pregnant with baby #2!

If you follow me on Instagram of Facebook, chances are you already know this. Yes, I am pregnant! Baby #2 is due in June 2015 which means I've just gone past 13 weeks. Things are progressing quite well. As well as can be when you're feeling like you're either starving all day, or want to throw up all day. 

As this is my 2nd pregnancy, I'm a bit more relaxed about it all. I'm definitely not Googling every ache and pain like I did with Luca. And doctor's visits and scans aren't shrouded in mystery anymore.  I've had two scans already, one at 9 weeks to confirm the pregnancy and another at 12 weeks to do all the vital health checks. 

I think morning sickness (or all day sickness if you ask me!) has definitely been worse this time around but it's starting to get better now. And also unlike the first time, if I was tired I could go and lay down get a proper rest. Now if I lay down, guaranteed within 2 minutes my son will come find me and start jumping on mummy wanting to play horsies. Even if he's busy playing with his dad in another room, it's like he can sense it that mummy's trying to get rest so will come and make sure to jump all over me. 

There is no baby bump to show as yet. Even though I've gained about 3kgs so far, I look more like I've been enjoying my meals a little too much than being pregnant. I have no major food cravings, and am not in maternity gear yet, though my jeans are definitely tighter so I might have to pack them away for now. 

I hope this explains why things have been a bit quiet here on the blog front lately. I've just had no energy at all. I'm still working 4 days a week, plus with an active 2.5yr old at home my days are filled. I normally blog when Luca goes to sleep, but by the time he's in bed I'm too buggered to do anything but veg in front of the TV. But as I mentioned, the morning sickness is definitely going away now and my energy levels seem to be improving, so I'll get back into the swing of things in no time!



December 18, 2014

Currently on rotation: Contour and Highlight Products

For quite a long time, 3 years to be precise, I only ever used the Benefit Hoola powder for contouring purposes. But then when that finished after years of daily use, instead of repurchasing it I ended up getting various other products from different brands. Why? Because lately the market has been flooded with contour and highlight products and I'm fickle like that when it comes to new products, no cosmetic loyalty!

So here's my collection of C&H products, with a mini review to boot.

December 14, 2014

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer review & photos

I definitely prefer a matte face,  but I don't know what it is, maybe the holiday season, but lately I've wanted a really glowing highlighter. This particular one from theBalm has been on my to-buy list for quite a while now, but I'd always wanted to have a swatch before getting it. Problem is in Australia this is sold at selected DJs stores only and my local stores did not have it so I hadn't got it until now. In the end I bought it from MYQTY online boutique, sight unseen, without swatching it and I have no regrets.

December 01, 2014

Australis Bronzeyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette

Hands up who else thinks Australis are really killing it lately with their new product releases? Two cases in point. 1. Velourlips - shops can't keep up with demand for these super long lasting lip creams. 2. Contouring & Highlighting palette sold out in 2 weeks (though I've heard it's now back in stock). And now they're releasing an eyeshadow palette which is also bound to be a best seller.

The Bronzeyed Girl eyeshadow palette contains 6 shimmery shades of golds, bronzes and coppers. They are all incredibly pigmented and they would make a great addition to a summer makeup kit.


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