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Strut Your Stuff

Happy Sunday!

I was thinking of writing the usual sunday post and then realised that I haven't really done much the last week to warrant a one...I know, exciting life I lead. So, I decided to keep it short and sweet and talk about whats on my nails at the moment.

It seems like everyone is buzzing over the new Essie summer collection and I can understand why. After umming and awing over three colours for what seemed about 20 minutes I went with Strut Your Stuff. Only walking away with one!? Talk about will power *pats self on back*. 

Okay, so it's not the most sophisticated of colours but hey, it's summer after all and this would make a great poolside colour. To me this is the epitome of "smurf" blue and I was actually kind of shaking my head while applying it....having a bit of a "what was I thinking" kind of moment. However, now that it's on I do really like it. It was easy to apply and opaque in two coats which is always a good thing. 

Have you guys checked out the collection? If so, what do you think? Also, if anyone knows of a good topcoat please let me know because my Seche Vite is dying quickly and I can't really be bothered to buy the separate mix to salvage the half bottle I have left. 

I hope you're having a great rest of your sunday!

Review: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadow

If my cousin, Stephanie, didn't come into town this purchase probably wouldn't have happened. She loves makeup just as much as the next addict, so the combination is dangerous as you can imagine. Stephanie was going on about how gorgeous the new Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadows  were how she wanted to get her hands on them. So naturally her need turned into my need and I ended up ordering three on blind faith haha...I know makes complete sense.

(L-R) Playa Del Pink, Rio De Rose Gold, Beach Sand

From the name alone I knew these were going to be different from anything that I've used before. They're a liquid metallic eyeshadow that need to be shaken really well before use...and I mean really well. They have a doe foot applicator which makes application easy, but you will either need a separate brush to blend it out or you can always use your finger. I don't find that these crease or fade throughout the day and they set relatively quickly.

(L-R) Playa Del Pink, Rio De Rose Gold, Beach Sand

As to be expected, I picked the three most neutral colours because I am boring and predictable but I can't help myself. The colours are gorgeous and pigmented. Playa Del Pink is a very icy light pink and is the most metallic on the eyes out of the three. I find that since it's so metallic it kind of tends to make the eyes look a little crepey, so just keep that in mind. Rio De Rose Gold is a very warm coppery rose gold and is probably my favourite out of the three. I wish Beach Sand was an actual light bronze but it's a lot darker than it appears in the picture. This would be great for a bronze smokey eye but seeing that I don't typically wear a smokey eye I'll have to figure out how else to make this work. 

Overall, I think these are great and if you're thinking of buying them you won't be disappointed. What are your thoughts on these? Have you tried any of the other colours? They have two really nice jewell toned ones but I'm not brave enough O_o

See you soon!

Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Another day another foundation...I mentioned earlier this week that I've been having trouble with my skin these past couple months and whenever that happens I always go back to mineral foundation. My best friend asked me how I was getting on with Tarte's foundation, so I thought after two weeks of testing it out I was ready to give my thoughts on it.

I've been eyeing Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation for almost a year now but always put it off because I was so happy with my Laura Mercier mineral foundation. Well, that's on it's last leg out and not to mention that the colour match was always just a bit too dark for me, so I decided to go with Tarte this time around. 

This foundation according to Tarte: "Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skintone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this talc-free, moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Available in an array of shades to perfectly complement a wide range of skintones and undertones, this innovative foundation also employs a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time."

First, let's talk about the packaging....I have a love/hate relationship with it. I don't mind the stopper in the cap like most people do but the netting drives me nuts. I have to place my brush over the netting and tip it upside down in order to get product on the brush. I know this isn't that big of a deal but if you don't have a brush that completely covers the circle netting you're going to get powder everywhere. It's a whole hell of a lot cleaner than my other mineral foundations but it's just a bit annoying. 

I did end up buying the brush that goes along with the foundation, even though I'm not particularly a believer in designated brushes for products, but after trying multiple brushes with it I went back for it and it does actually make a difference in application. It's not necessary by any means it just makes things easier. 

I went with the colour light-medium neutral for light to medium skin with yellow and pink undertones. I was a bit hesitant with the yellow and pinbut surprisingly works really well for an NC25(ish?) skin tone. It does oxidise slightly throughout the day but not to the point of being really noticeable. So if you're on the fence between a lighter or darker colour...go with the lighter option. 

As for the foundation itself...I love it. I think it sits beautifully on the skin, looks really natural and gives such a nice glow. I wouldn't say it has full coverage exactly but the coverage that it gives is enough for what I'm looking for. If you have really problem skin then a concealer will definitely be needed. Also, this is not for dry skin. If I don't really moisturise my slightly drier areas then it clings to every little flake but it control shine brilliantly. I applied this at 10am and didn't have to blot my face until around 3.30ish 4pm, which is really good for me, and even then I wasn't really shine just a bit dewy looking. 

My only gripe with this is that it sits oddly on the nose initially and then looks a little funny again toward the end of the day. It's hard to explain because I've never really experienced this before but it's one of those things that only you would see if you were looking in the mirror inspecting your face. The overall wear time is good. I can wear it throughout the day but would definitely need to touch up for a night out. 

 Here's a hammy photo for you to see the foundation in action. As always the photos are taken in natural lighting with no touch ups or filters. What do you think? I really like it and would definitely recommend it for anyone with normal to oily skin. Every time I come back to mineral foundation I always wonder why I ever strayed? I promise to never leave you this long again...well, until something else comes along haha #foundationaddict.

See you soon.

What's in the makeup bag Vol. 1

I hope you're in the mood for a bit of a makeup babble because that's how I'm feeling today...I thought I would go over some of the makeup bits I have been using over the past few weeks.

Here are the goods...

First things first, I've gone back to mineral foundation. I don't know if it's because this is my first year/summer back in Southern California but my skin is going a bit wild. I am so oily yet dry at the same time it's all a bit ridiculous. I can't use liquid foundation because it will just slide right off but I can make the mineral foundation work if I prime the crap out of my face. I love Laura Mercier's Mineral's gorgeous, glowy and ticks all the right boxes. My only problem is that I can't find a proper colour match, which is why I decided to give Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. I think a full review on this is in keep an eye out. 

I'm still hung up on my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. It's that good. Creamy full coverage and works amazingly when paired with the Beauty Blender Sponge.  

Giorgio Armani's Eyes To Kill Mascara is phenomenal. I want it all when it comes to lashes...length and volume. None of this either or nonsense and this delivers. Although, it isn't the greatest at holding a curl but I have elephant lashes that are stubborn as hell, straight and grow, it could just be me.

IT Cosmetics YBBB Brow Power Skinny Pencil is what I've been using on my brows for the past couple of months. My first venture into brow pencils and I can't complain. My brows are really corse so waxy products just sit on top and look quite fake but this doesn't. This is supposed to be a universal brow product and I can see how thats possible. Depending on how much pressure you apply gives you different colour intensities.  

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Shu Uemura eyeshadows are. They are quickly becoming one of my favourite brands and for good reason. I made this palette and every single shadow is silky smooth, buttery and richly pigmented. I highly recommend you try them if you haven't already. 

Like I said earlier, the bareMinerals quad in The Comfort Zone is a great base and I haven't put it down since I bought it. For liner I'm still loving Benefit's They're Real! Push Up Gel Liner...yeah it balls/gathers up a little bit if your not careful but it is so easy to use. 

As for blush I literally had to force myself to put Jouer's Mineral Powder Blush in Peony down...if you purchase just one thing this month make it this one. After I forced myself to venture from peony of course I gravitate toward one of my most loved old favourites...typical. Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed...a browny, rosy neutral that is right up my alley and lasts all day. 

Now let's move onto something that didn't quite float my boat...

IT Cosemtics You're Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ in Medium. No matter how hard I tried I could not make this work. I tried using it with a primer, without a primer, over moisturiser and without a moisturiser. I tried setting it with a translucent powder as well as a mineral foundation (i.e. Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation)...I even tried setting it with setting sprays. Nothing...and I mean nothing worked. 

To me this never properly sets on the skin and it feels tacky throughout the day. When you first apply it it looks nice but that doesn't last. Maybe an hour or two in it's slipping and sliding all over the place and I just end up looking like a hot mess. Also, the colour medium is very pink/peach based and just doesn't work with my skin tone...I end up having to blend it all the way down my neck and chest and lets be real, I can't be bothered. 

I know this was quite the ramble but hey, what can you do? I'm really trying to get out of my usual makeup ruts and actually use the makeup I have. I think I'm going to start clearing out my makeup bag at the end of each month and bring in new things...what do you guys do to get out of a makeup routine? 

One Dress 3 Ways

I kind of have this ridiculous rule while shopping...if I can't envision multiple outfits with the piece in question I won't buy it. Sounds a bit crazy but this really helps me to not impulsively get something and then think "why the hell did I buy this again...?" You know what I'm talking about because we've all done it haha.  I've done it way too many times in the passed, especially with trendy clothing, and then I find myself giving them away. 

I bought this jungle print dress in the Zara sale for $40-ish (bargain) and while trying it on in the fitting room I was immediately thinking of all the ways I could wear it. That's how I knew it was coming home with me. You can pair it with denim and flats/sandals for a casual look or heels with some simple jewellery for something a bit more dressed up or even a black leather jacket with some edgier heels to give the dress a bit of "roughness". Really, the options are endless here folks. 

Now this post isn't to tell you to go out and buy this dress, because it might be a little trickier to find, it's more so to give you different ideas on different ways you can wear a dress...any dress really. One of the many reasons why I love dresses...that and the fact you don't have to wear pants haha. So comfortable.  

I hope you're all having a great weekend and I'll see you tomorrow with another weekly round up =]

Wink-Love & Neon

So, I'm having a bit of a moment...slightly tacky flats and obnoxiously bright nails are speaking to my soul right now...and I'm loving it.

Lets talk about the shoes. I've never given so little thought into a purchase before in my life. The moment my sister pointed them out it was as if I had tunnel vision and all I could see were these flats. Yes, yes I know they may be a wee bit on the tacky side and you know what? I love that about them. Instant runs deep people. Yes, we are still talking about shoes. Maybe it's because I grew up in the world of old school emoticons and texting that I find these so appealing...who knows. Anyway, they are the Wink-Love flats by Jeffery Campbell. They are ridiculously soft and comfortable although the backs need a little breaking in...Oh and they run true to size. 

On the nails is China Glaze Pool Party. Now I just got my nails done today and as you can see I was feeling all sorts of edgy with this colour. This is neon...I'm talking highlighter neon. This colour isn't for the faint of heart. Honestly, the photo doesn't do it justice. I don't know if this polish was just ridiculously old and on it's last leg or if it was supposed to be matte, but it was matte. I hate matte nails, so I added an extra coat of Seche Vite when I got home. This is a definite purchase for me. By the way...this looks awesome on the toes as well.

What are some things you're loving this week? As always thanks for reading and stopping by =] 

Bareminerals Rave

I don't know about you but I could not be bothered to use any type of loose eyeshadow/ klutz + messy pigments = disaster waiting to happen, which is why I never used bareMinerals products. Well they came out with a Ready line (pressed eyeshadows, blush, bronzer and foundation) and I've finally got around to trying a few. 

Onto the eyeshadow palettes...

First is The Comfort Zone palette...I know what you're thinking "...what the heck is the point of this?!" I realise that this is filled with four light neutrals that you can't exactly make a complete look with. That's not the point of this though. It's meant to be your base shades for any look you want to create and really helps in the blending department. Basically, this is my "I just got 8 hours of sleep" brightens and widens your eyes like no ones business. You get a light pink, light golden yellow, light peach and a light grey. You can get this either at or

(L-R) Aaah, Solace, Enjoy, Tranquil

This duo I've had my eye on for quite some time. The Top Shelf palette is one of those grab and go type of products that gives your eyes a bit of a glow. The two colours go absolutely perfect together and I don't really find that I need to grab for other colours. 

(L-R) Mixologist, Cognac

Lastly, The Nude Beach palette. This was such an impulse buy and I probably could have done without it. The colours aren't extraordinarily different from each other, but being the neutral fiend that I am, I do like and will use it. Since the colours are all pretty similar in depth I think you would need to use other colours from your collection to get a look with some dimension, but if you want one and done washes of colour this would be a good one to take a look at. 

Top row (L-R) Tan Lines, Nude Beach, Bare Skin, Pure

Bottom row (L-R) In The Buff, Natural, Santorini, Skinny Dip

To wrap things up the quality of bareMinerals eyeshadows are really top-notch. They are buttery, smooth and pigmented. The colour combinations are so wearable and I would buy others in the collection. I definitely recommend if your in market for some great neutrals. 

What's your experience with their Ready eyeshadow line? Do you have any favourites or recommendations? 

Sundays & Everything in Between #3

Here we are with another round up of the week...

I don't know if it's because it's been so damn hot in California but all I've been wanting is sushi. Everyday. I'm probably going to give myself mercury poisoning with the amount of tuna I've been eating, but it's so good that I'm willing to take the risk haha. 

Living in Southern California I feel like we're spoiled for choice when it comes to's left, right and centre and usually not hard to find a good one. However, Koi Sushi is by far my favourite restaurant when the sushi bug hits. Everything is always fresh and the staff are really friendly. So if you're ever in Seal Beach area give this place a try. 

I don't know where I've been (again, always late to the party) but I'm really loving Topshop Leigh jeans at the moment. So much so that the hoarder inside me is itching to buy them in every colour, pattern and cut...but I've stopped myself at two pairs..for now =]

The one I'm wearing below are actually a light pink and they feel like a second skin...they literally feel like you're not wearing anything. So comfortable. You can find them hear, they also have them without the rips if it's not your thing. 

So last month I put myself on a "makeup band" for the entire month of June...I kept with it and didn't buy anything and cleared a lot out of my collection. Well, two weeks into this month and I'm buying makeup as if it's going out of style  O_o

I need to figure out a happy medium...I'll learn someday. I picked up three of Josie Maran's Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadows (a purchase I blame entirely on my cousin haha) and two palettes from bareMinerals. As far as I know these are both QVC exclusives. The Nude Beach is on the left and The Comfort Zone is on the right.

And lastly I just had to talk about these flats. They are so damn cute I get happy just looking at them. I love the "hello, sunshine!" and the real selling point for me was the "L" button on each of the sides. The colour is also a perfect yellow...not too bright...not too pastel. Just right. I bought them from and they are Loly in the Sky Sonia Flats . These shoes run small, I'm usually a US7 but ordered a 7.5 and they fit perfect.

I really don't know where this weekend went and I can't believe we are nearly midway through July...summer needs to slow it's role if you ask me. Well, I hope you all had a great for me I'm going to curl up with a cup of tea and one of my dogs...I was thinking of beginning The Left Overs. Have any of you seen it? Any thoughts? 

What a Lush

Let's get a bit up close and personal in my shower. We are all familiar with Lush...and if you're not it's a shop that sells home made/natural bath, body, hair and face products. I've never had a problem with Lush, I was just never a Lush fanatic. Probably because I'm more of the shower type and the idea of baths kind of gross me out. Think marinading in dirty water...that's how I feel. 

Anyway, these two have become my little shower buddies...

First, the Ocean Salt is one of their best selling products. It's a face and body sea salt exfoliant. I love this. It smells amazing (margerita like) and it's coarse enough to actually feel like you're getting some work done. I like to use this during a really hot shower, and I'm not sure if it's just my imagination, but it feels like this gets really warm while rubbing it into the skin. Everything feels so smooth once out of the shower and I've also noticed I feel significantly more moisturised. 

Another top seller (can you tell I was feeling adventurous buying the "popular" things...yeah right) King of Skin body butter. This you use after you've cleaned everything and you just rub it all over the place and rinse off and pat dry. Basically it's an in shower moisturiser for us girls who hate putting on lotion...a.k.a. me. If you don't like things that leave a residue skip this, but honestly it leaves the skin feeling so lovely. If I don't want to deal with the greasy skin I'll take my shower at night and then wrap myself up in pants and a sweatshirt and I wake up with skin so soft babies butts would be put to shame.  

Although I still won't be diving into the bath bombs anytime soon I definitely made a mental "shopping list" while in the store.

Do you have any Lush favourites? I hope you all had a lovely week and I'll see you again tomorrow with another post.

Review: Benefit They're real! push-up liner

What can I say I'm a sucker for overly hyped products....guilty. Not only did I buy the eyeliner I bought the eyeliner remover too! *hangs head*

Oh well...let's move onto the goods...

Benefit They're Really! Push-Up Liner...never have I ever had such low expectations for a product...I was expecting this to be absolutely horrible and just an over all gimmick, but you know what? I kind of sort of really love it. I'll admit it is a bit tricky to get the hang of at first but by the second time around it's easy peasy. The little slanted nib is extremely flexible and I think that's what makes this so simple to quite literally stamp where you want your eyeliner flick to be and then you drag inward toward the eye. Done and done. I'm no eyeliner expert but this makes even my cat eyes look impressive...and that's quite a feat if you ask me (I'm that bad). 

For me this had great lasting power throughout the day but...and there is a but...if I don't prep my eyelids before with primer and a bit of powder this will smear and smudge pretty badly. Oil is the key to removing extremely oily lid gals be aware. However, I think I have some of the most oily lids around so just do the prep work beforehand and you're fine. 

Shock horror...I have a flick!

Which brings me onto the They're Real! Remover...honestly, the eyeliner isn't hard to remove if you have an oil based cleanser so I don't think this isn't necessary at all. It can remove makeup and it doesn't sting my eyes but for the actual amount you have to use to get the job done this is kind of ridiculously priced. 

So all in all, I really like the liner and I would repurchase. I think if you're already comfortable with gel liner then you could easily skip it...but for people like me it makes things simpler. The remover you can pass on. 

What do you think about this? What was the last hyped up product you were suckered into?

Review: IT Cosmetics Live, Laugh, Love Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc

Here we go with yet another dabble into IT Cosmetics...

Let's talk about one product that has summer written all over it. The IT Cosmetics Live, Laugh, Love Anti-aging Vitality Face Disc (say that bad boy 3 times fast) is your perfect one-stop-shop for bronze, blush and highlighting. First off this thing is pretty darn's the size of a CD or maybe slightly bigger, but if you think about it you'll save space in your makeup bag because it has three products in one case. So because of that I think it's perfect for travelling on summer holidays or wherever you may go. The actual quality of the product is phenomenal...each section has an almost cream like feeling because it's so smooth but it's definitely a powder. However, because it's so soft I find that it does kick up a bit of product every time I use it. 

(taken in natural lighting)

As you can see in the photo it's definitely not lacking in the pigmentation department, so just keep that in mind and use a light hand. The bronzer is waterproof (I haven't tested that) and's not a flat matte, more of like a satin/matte hybrid. Very similar to their matte luxe eyeshadows actually. The blush is gorgeous and is a colour that will go with anything and combined with the highlighter you get a stunning glow. Heads up though, use the highlighter sparingly because I did notice a slight emphasis of pores and any uneven skin texture I have. 

(taken in natural lighting)

Overall, I think this is a great product and I think all three work beautifully together. I'm not too sure on the whole "anti-aging" claim but it really does make your skin look radiant while wearing it...which is good enough for me in my books! 

Have you tried anything from IT cosmetics? What are your thoughts? I hope you are all having a lovely monday and I'll see you wednesday with another post. 

Sundays & Everything In Between #2

Happy sunday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and recovering from all the 4th of July festivities (if you celebrated like I did haha) for me it was spent with family, friends and of course lots and lots of food.

I've never been one to wrap myself in American flags as soon as the 4th of July rolls around but I did want to be at least a little festive so this is what I opted for. A flowy blue and white top from Zara...I don't see it on the website anymore but you might still be able to catch it on sale in the store. I paired that with ridiculously short shorts from PAIGE that took me about 7 months to gather up enough courage just to wear them. 

Note to self: do not wear this shirt on a windy day...what's supposed to be a subtle slit in the back of the shirt turns into free for all mid drift bearing top. Things got a bit awkward trying to control it.

I decided to keep the makeup very simple. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder buff into the skin and NARS Radiant Creamy concealer under the eyes. Jouer peony blush on the cheeks. I made a small wing with Benefit They're Real Push Up Gel Liner and then a mixture of Soft Ocre paint pot and Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadows on the lid. For the lips I kept it even simpler with Maybelline's Baby Lips in cherry. 

Now I'm not usually one for ribs and I'm generally really particular with any type of meat I eat, but oh my goodness I am convinced that no one, no one, makes better ribs than my mother...seriously, her cooking is an art form. 

There is nothing better than Pho for a day after recovering...this place is the best Pho I've had in California.

These are a few makeup bits I picked up over the past week. The NARS duo in Isolde and MAC Patisserie need in your life. 

And lastly, I couldn't resist picking something up from the Zara sale. I love the origami style of this skirt with the zipper detailing. I think the material and colour of the skirt make this an easy skirt to wear through out the year. Pair it with black tights and some boots in the winter or sandals and bare legs in the spring/summer. I did also pick up a gorgeous green dress but that's coming in the post. 

Well, that wraps it up for now until tomorrow =]

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