Oscars 2014 beauty roundup

I love watching the Oscars not only to find out who won what award, but also for the flawless makeup and gorgeous gowns donned by celebrities.

For the most part, celebrities like Kate Hudson, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock kept the focus on their eyes with a subtle smokey look, false lashes and a nude lip, while Emma Watson, Kerry Washington and Amy Adams opted for a brighter lip colour (in shades of red, plum and orange) and kept the rest of the face minimal.

Here are my favourite beauty looks:

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Beauty Wishlist: February 2014

beauty wishlist 2014My beauty wishlist for this month mainly consists of new releases I’ve seen on the market and am excited to try. Spring 2014 collections – which are my favourite releases of the year – have just hit the shelves in gorgeous pastel hues. Here’s my roundup:

Best of 2013: Face products

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Here’s my roundup of the makeup and beauty products I personally thought were the best this year, as well as the new kids on the block that I thought were high performing products. How often I use the product as well as the longevity and texture of the product qualifies it for my Best of 2013 list. By the way, I use the word ‘newcomer’ loosely as these may be products that have been around for years but I’ve just discovered or acquired.

So, here we go!

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New Year Beauty Resolutions

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a lovely time ushering in the New Year, I sure did with fireworks and champagne!

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My new makeup dresser

I’m pleased to show off my new vanity/dresser set up! I’ve never had a proper sit down dresser in my life where I could do my makeup and hair in the morning, so I’m really excited to have one finally!

It’s really a space where I can chill out, work on my computer (updating this blog, among other things) and get ready for bed. And putting on my makeup in the morning, of course!

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Desk: Ikea Malm Dressing Table, $199
Chair: Ikea Lillhojden Swivel Chair in Grey Patterned, $89
Mirror: Ikea Tysnes mirror $29
Clear drawers: Officeworks Keji 4 Drawer Desktop File, $14.95
Makeup brush holder: Ikea garden pot, $1.95 (Similar Ikea one here)

I absolutely love all the stuff I got, especially the clear plastic drawers! I had wanted the Muji acrylic ones that everyone is talking about on the Internet, but obvs they don’t ship to Australia and are quite expensive anyway! I’m so glad to have found these Keji ones from Officeworks :)

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My half-eaten jam toast covered in fresh strawberries…

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A cup of refreshing green tea served in a Maxwell & Williams dainty bird print teacup…

And a chocolate fudge scented candle burning in the background… (It’s also from Ikea – $7.95 for a set of 3!)

Hope you liked this brief makeup storage/dresser tour!

The power of makeup

I came across this really great post from makeup artist and blogger Cara of MaskCara, which illustrates how makeup can make such a huge difference to your face – especially when applied badly!

Cara has done a makeover on her sister – one with makeup applied super badly and one applied flawlessly and naturally. I stared at the pic and couldn’t even believe it was the same person!

Read her post here.

That’s why I love makeup! Many others who don’t wear makeup think it’s superficial, a waste of time, worsens skin, make them look over the top, etc (I’ve heard it all!) but it’s really not. Makeup is not meant to mask features. It’s meant to bring out your good ones, and hide your bad ones. In other words, makeup helps you look your best – and that means still looking like yourself. There’s nothing worse in my opinion than unnatural makeup! My top pet peeves are:

Too-orange bronzer
The gap of skin between the lashline and the eyeliner
Spidery lashes
Fake eyelashes that are so heavy you can barely open your eyes
Contrasting lip liner and lipstick
Gloppy lipgloss
Powdery, cakey face

… The list really goes on!

But anyway! Before I go to bed, I would like to share some of my favourite makeup looks (via Pinterest).

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And one of my own… at a recent beachy photoshoot I did the makeup for Argentinian model Aye:
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Top 10 under $20

I LOVE doing tags, especially makeup ones! I’ve been a longtime follower of Beauty Broadcast on Youtube, and noticed that she uploaded a video on her top 10 makeup items under $10.

While I think it’s awesome that you can get products at such a low price point these days in America, it’s not so much the case down under, where a Maybelline mascara can cost $20. That’s why I’ve changed the tag slightly to Top 10 under $20 to fit our market here :)

I’ll still be profiling products that are as cheap as possible without compromising on quality – so here goes!

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April favourites

Now that April is done and dusted, I thought I’d share some of my favourite products this past month. It was all about bright colours, fruity scents and classic products.April favourites
1. Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Poppy/Coqueliot ($35.91,  Beautybay.com)

2. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm with Mandarin Rind, Rosemary Leaf and Cedarwood Atlas ($27 from Myer)

3. Essie nail polish in Hip-Anaema (about $18? at Myer)

4. Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in Clair ($53 at Nordstrom in Chicago)

5. Chanel Touch Up Brush ($60, Myer)

6. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Blue Raspberry ($44, Myer)

7. Clarins Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer ($26, David Jones) – review here
8. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh ($115, David Jones)

9. Longchamp Le Pliage in Navy (gift from my dad)

10. Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Blush ($112.20, BeautyBay.com)

I think all these products are pretty classic, particularly the Le Pliage bag which I carry everywhere with me and the Chanel brush and loose powder – they look so elegant and are really the basic building blocks of any makeup wardrobe.

The Bobbi Brown lippie was a recent acquisition and I love how natural it looks on the lips, even though it’s a darker plum in the bullet. And the Aesop hand cream – where do I begin… the smell is divine and transports me to a spa, even though I use it at work.

Overall I really enjoy all these products, but let me know if you want to see a review on any of them!