Sunday, 31 March 2013

My Wardrobe Essentials

Over the easter long weekend, I gave my wardrobe a well-overdue overhaul.
The rules:

  • throw it out if it hasn't been worn in the past year
  • no ill-fitting clothes
  • no faded blacks/yellowing whites
  • no outdated fashion pieces

However, there are some items every wardrobe should include - the basics. If chosen well, they should last you many years and seasons. Investing in high quality classics will save you money in the long run too - bonus!

1. Black Leggings

Sportsgirl


Sportsgirl 'The Legging' $19.95


2. White Top



3. Denim Shorts



4. Classic Black Blazer




5. White Button Shirt




Since items like these are the foundations for your entire wardrobe, I'm a firm believer in investing in high quality staples. The number of wears you get out of your essentials will make spending more worth it!


Monday, 25 March 2013

Clinique haul




I went to the Clinique counter at Myer yesterday just wanting to stock up on more of the Anti Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturiser (my absolute saviour), and came out with much more than I intended! Myer was running a promotion on Clinique - spend $75 and get a concealer, mascara, and chubby stick for free. I was tossing up between the Anti Blemish Solutions Oil-Controlling Cleansing Mask and the Pore Refining Instant Perfector to get me over the $75, and ended up going with the mask. 

I haven't tried the concealer or that particular type of mascara, although I am a big fan of Clinique's High Lengths mascara, so I'm looking forward to trying these out along with the mask!


The details:
  • Anti Blemish Solutions Clearing Moisturiser 50ml- $39
    • one of my staples - oil-free and lightweight, helps clear skin imperfections

  • Anti Blemish Solutions Oil-Controlling Cleansing Mask 100ml - $52
    • clay mask, gets rid of excess oil, unclogs pores

  • Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour - Mighty Mimosa 3g
    • sheer peachy-pink balm, contains shea butter

  • High Impact Curling Mascara 4ml (sample size)
    • 24hr smudge-free curling mascara in black

  • Airbrush Concealer (sample size)
    • illuminating under-eye concealer



I'll be posting reviews next week so make sure you're subscribed/following on twitter! 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Palmolive Exfoliating Body Butter Wash!




The name of this product is such a handful, so here goes: Palmolive Strawberry Smoother Body Butter Exfoliating Body Wash! I bought this on a whim in my last Priceline haul, beside the fact it was on sale and already cheap, I'm huge fan of body washes & scrubs - can't get enough! I was curious about the whole 'body butter/body wash' concept, so I decided to give it a go.

This range comes in just two fragrances - coconut scrub and strawberry smoother. The range also includes regular body washes in mango and vanilla.

The forumla is quite thick - you have to give the bottle a good squeeze to get it out. The exfoliating beads are quite fine in comparison to other scrubs, but it still gave my skin a good workout. I definitely found it to be more moisturising than other body washes, due to the addition of the body butter element. The scent is pleasant and not too over powerful, and it doesn't linger on the skin which is something I quite like. 

I have to say I am not a huge fan of the label design. The whole front image just says 'circa 1999' to me.  This product would benefit a whole lot from a more dynamic label - first impressions count!

This is a good product for the price, although it's nothing ground-breaking. Some may find the lack of scent post-shower a drawback, but it does leave you with smooth, moisturised skin!



What's your all-time favourite body wash?



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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colour!

Photo courtesy of beautydirectory.com.au

L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colours have finally reached us here in Australia. After all the hype on this product, I decided I better try it out ASAP! They have been compared to the YSL Glossy Stains, and I must admit they are a pretty good dupe. I got one in my most recent Priceline haul on sale for $16.76 (RRP $23.95), and I have not been disappointed.

The Shine Caresse range consists of 8 shades including reds, purples, and pinks. I bought shade 102 Romy - a semi sheer rose pink. It is quite similar to 103 Marilyn which is a touch more cool-toned.

The Shine Caresse have the shine of a lip gloss and the longevity of a lip stain. I found it to be amazingly lightweight, and never sticky - even after a few hours. I wouldn't say they are overly moisturising (they are in comparison to a lip stain), but my lips were 'comfortable'.

I have read in some reviews that some people find that they apply unevenly. Personally, I didn't have this problem, although I can see how that problem might occur. As with all lipsticks/gloss/stains, make sure your lips are well conditioned before applying!




I was a little confused by the applicator at first, but I absolutely love it now, although I'm not sure if the hole in the middle does much. The extra big sponge fits the contour of my lips perfectly - just one swipe top and bottom and I'm done! In terms of packaging, I kept getting mixed up thinking the tapered end contained the applicator but it's the other way round!



Shine Caresse 102 Romy



Overall, I am very pleased with this product! I think it's one of the drugstore best lip gloss/stains on offer at the moment. I will definitely be going back for more colours!


What are your impressions?



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Friday, 15 March 2013

Priceline Haul!


Priceline has been having a massive sale recently, I just couldn't resist buying a few things! Every make-up brand had some sort of deal on, so I was literally in heaven, though I tried to show some restraint (that's the sensible side of me..) I decided to repurchase some of my staple items because I was running low, and snap up a few new things that I've been wanting to try.

Here's what I got:

  • New Palmolive Body Butter Strawberry Smoother - $6.49 (Currently 3 for 2)

  • L'Oreal Shine Caresse in 102 Romy - $16.76 on sale (RRP $23.95)

  • Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black - $14.40 on sale (RRP $16.95)

  • Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Black - $9.95 (Currently 3 for 2) 

  • Essence Lash & Brow Gel - $3.95



I'm really excited to try the L'Oreal and the Palmolive body scrub - I'll be posting reviews on both within the next week! The others have already made it into my essential items list - I couldn't live without my brow gel.



Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you thought. I'd love to see any of your hauls too - leave a link in the comments!






Wednesday, 13 March 2013

OPI Oz the Great and Powerful - Part 2!




 Hi guys sorry it's taken me so long to upload part 2 of the Oz collection! I just couldn't bear to take off What Wizardry is This? I love it so much!
The swatches and reviews for the last two in the mini collection (Don't Burst My Bubble, and I Theodora You) are below.



1. Don't Burst My Bubble




Don't Burst My Bubble is a sheer white/slightly pink-based nautral colour. It looks quite milky in the bottle, and the pink is quite subtle. I would say it's a great equivalent to Glints of Glinda for cooler toned beauties!


This polish is very similar to Glints of Glinda in that it is very sheer. You would need a good 3 coats to get close to an opaque finish, but those who like the look of a semi-translucent finish then this is a good option! It applies well, dries quickly leaving a gloss finish.



2. I Theodora You




I Theodora You is a baby pink semi-sheer polish. It offers slightly more opacity than the other two base polishes, so you could get away with just 2 coats. I find it's a pretty similar to OPI Mod About You but more pink less purple.



The photo doesn't really do this polish justice (damn light) because it actually is quite pink - so I definitely wouldn't call this a natural/nude nail polish. Definitely a very 'girly' pink. I found this applies better than the other base colours in the collection simply because it isn't as sheer. I don't feel I need more than two coats with this. Again, it dries quickly leaving a super glossy finish.


Overall, I absolutely love this mini collection! My must haves out of the four would have to be I Theodora You, and What Wizardry is This? However, if you were simply looking for a nice nude/natural polish there would be others I would suggest over these (Sweetheart!).
Congrats OPI on another great collection!!




NOTE: This is just a review of the mini collection. The overall Oz the Great and Powerful line includes the 3 base colours (Don't Burst My Bubble, I Theodora You, and Glints of Glinda), 3 glitter polishes (Which is Witch, Lights of Emerald City, and When Monkeys Fly!), and the liquid sand What Wizardry is This?


What do you think of the collection? Which ones will you be buying?


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Saturday, 9 March 2013

OPI Oz the Great and Powerful Collection - Part 1!


Finally the review is here! OPI has released a new special line of polishes based on the new movie 'Oz the Great and Powerful'. I bought the mini collection of the line last week, and I've been really looking forward to trying them. The line features three neutral/pink colours, three glitter polishes, and one of OPI's new liquid sand polish. The mini collection features four nail polishes from the line:


  • I Theodora You (sheer pink)
  • Don't Burst My Bubble (neutral/pink)
  • Glints of Glinda (beige)
  • What Wizardry is This? (gold/taupe liquid sand)
For part 1 of my review, I've reviewed Glints of Glinda and What Wizardry is This.



1. Glints of Glinda




On first inspection, Glints of Glinda looked like my perfect shade! I love a good neutral nail colour for everyday wear. Glints of Glinda is a slightly yellow-based beige colour, perfect for those wanting a natural look.



I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with the application of this colour. I wasn't expecting the colour to be so sheer! The picture above shows my nails with two coats, and it pretty much looks like clear nail polish with a slight tint of beige. I'd definitely use at least 3 coats next time to build up the colour. It's a standard OPI formula, so it goes on well and dries fairly quickly. 

I think there are better neutral/beige polishes in the OPI range than Glints of Glinda. This polish is good for someone looking for a more sheer colour.



2. What Wizardry is This?



What Wizardry is This is the fifth instalment in OPI's liquid sand range. It's a rich taupe/gold colour, though I can definitely see an olive undertone to it, and is flecked with fine glitter (nothing too over the top).



 I'd never tried liquid sand before, I must admit I was a bit worried that it would be too rough and end up catching on things. Although it is gritty, it's very fine so it didn't catch on anything. It has a great opacity - two coats was all I needed. OPI does say that a top coat shouldn't be used with this type of polish due to the fact that it is meant to be a textured matte finish. I have to say I would agree here - the textured finish is the best part (it feels amazing)! Despite textured/glitter polishes being notoriously difficult to remove, this liquid sand removed quite easily with cotton wool and nail polish remover.

I love this polish! I never want to take it off. It's definitely the stand out in the mini collection so far. I would recommend this polish for anyone who likes taupe/gold colours and wants to take it to the next level.



Part 2 of this review (I Theodora You, and Don't Burst My Bubble) is coming tomorrow night! Make sure you are following the blog to keep in touch!


What do you think of the range? Have you seen the movie yet? Let me know in the comments!



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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Autumn Wish List!


It has officially hit autumn in Australia, and although it's still lovely warm weather, I thought I'd get prepared for when the cooler weather hits by making a list of my autumn/winter 2013 wish list!
At the moment, I'm loving dark colours and neutrals with splashes of colour, wet-look pants, and I'm still going for peplum and baroque-style patterns.

(All stores listed below are Australian aside from Nordstrom. Please note that Glassons and Forever New do not ship internationally)

1. Brocade Look Peplum Top - Glassons $39.99




2. Waistband Tube Skirt - Glassons $24.99




3. Dixie Legging - Sportsgirl $79.95





4. Textured Animal Sweater - Sportsgirl $79.95





5. 'Chloe' Embellished Jacket - Forever New $129.99




6. 'Rise' Black Leather Boots - Wittner $189.95





7. See by ChloĆ© 'April' Tote - Nordstrom $614.17AUD





I guess I better start saving!

What are your favourite fashions for autumn/winter? Let me know in the comments!

Make sure you are following DBF&L to keep in the loop - OPI Oz the Great and Powerful range review coming next!


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Maybelline Colour Show


I was really looking forward to trying Maybelline's latest nail polish line Colour Show, and I finally got round to buying some the other day. I restricted myself to buying just one colour since I have so many other nail polishes to try, and I chose a cute mint green 'Green With Envy 320'. 

What Maybelline says about Colour Show:
  • Chip-resistant
  • Bold colour that won't quit
  • Easy flow brush
Just about the only thing I can agree with is the bold colour. The colour is true, and stays bright even when dry. I found the brush difficult to work with - it was slightly too long. Apart from the brush, the polish went on fairly well, the formula wasn't too runny or too thick. However, it took forever to dry - it was still tacky after about an hour with only two thin coats on. It also chips like nothing else! I had to take it off after a day because it had chipped and peeled off the majority of my nails. 
The main issue I had with this product is the packaging - it's got an unnecessarily long neck, and the brush is quite short-stemmed, so reaching the bottom half of the product is going to be interesting. 




I'm not entirely convinced that the product is worth the $5.95 I paid for it. I honestly think you'd be better off spending the extra $5 or so on either a Revlon Colourstay or Rimmel polish - love these!


Have you tried this line? Let me know how you went!


Monday, 4 March 2013

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Lipstick

Another review from my haul the other day - Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Lipstick.
I was excited to try this line of lipsticks, as I'm a pretty big fan of the Rimmel lipsticks overall. This first thing I noticed was that the range was quite small (5 shades) which was slightly disappointing, but there is quite a bit of variation in the colours - a pale pink, a ruby/plum red, a nude, a peachy tangerine, and a bright red. I decided to try the red 111 'Kiss of Life'. In hindsight, I think this red is a bit too orange for me - I definitely need more of a blue-red. On application, the lipstick goes on very smoothly and the formula is very creamy. Being a matte lipstick, I wouldn't say it was moisturising, but it definitely didn't dry out or turn chalky. On another good note, it is extremely pigmented which can be a rare find in a drugstore lipstick, however it's staying power was nothing special and had a lot of transfer. 








I've heard a few people comment that they don't like the fragrance. I honestly didn't even notice that much of a scent, so I didn't really have that issue!

The lipstick was fairly priced too at $11.95. At that price I'm willing to overlook it's longevity issues!

I'd love to hear your opinion on this lipstick - have you tried any of the other colours? Leave a comment below :)



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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Tea anyone?



Just thought I'd share my new tea obsession! I'm a big drinker of green tea, and recently I've branched out and tried some new variations on my old favourite. I picked up a box of Sencha Quince from T2 a few weeks ago and it's amazing! It's a flavoured green tea featuring cornflowers, mallow flowers, and has a lovely fruity taste that isn't too overpowering. I'd definitely recommend for those who love green tea and want to try something a little different.


Sencha Quince 100g box from T2 - $13.50AUD
Sweet Dreams Jumbo cup and saucer T2 - $28AUD


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