New Muji storage

On a recent trip to Singapore, I purchased a few Muji acrylic units to store my makeup collection. Well, part of it anyway, if this quiz is anything to go by. Everyone knows that a beautiful makeup collection needs equally beautiful storage, right?? Despite half of my luggage filled up with these heavy clear boxes, it was totally worth it when I finally arranged my makeup in it when I touched down in Australia.

So let’s get started with this super cute mirror I ordered from Urban Outfitters a few months ago. I thought it would be the perfect addition to my all-white vanity (please forgive the bad lighting). I hung a pair of earrings from Forever New on the side too, to remind me to wear them!

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I purchased the 2 drawer small acrylic drawers and stacked them on top of 4 more medium acrylic drawers (in sets of 2) and a large acrylic drawer that’s a bit deeper than the others. As you can see  from the images, the top 2 hold my mostly high end lipsticks, the next 3 hold blushers, the next one holds bronzers/highlighters and the bottom contains some of my smaller eyeshadow palettes.

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New Year Beauty Resolutions

Happy new year

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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Haul from Japan: Lunasol, Addiction, Hakuhodo

Some quick pics from my haul! my mum travelled to Japan last month so of course I had to ask her to pick up a few goodies :) thanks mum!

I heard amazing things about Hakuhodo brushes so I bought 3 eye brushes: an eyeliner brush, eye detail brush and skinny blender brush.

It’s great quality so definitely didn’t disappoint! I only wish I bought more… The eye brushes are all very very small, much smaller than what I’m used to but I suppose they’re made for Asian eyes :)

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Then from Addiction, an eyeshadow quad, eyeshadow single and eyeliner. reviews coming soon – this is just a haul!

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They also gave me some samples..

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Lastly, from Lunasol I got an amazing eyeshadow quad with their signature rose print on the shadows themselves. beautiful!

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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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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!