Monday, October 5, 2015

COLAB by Ruth Crilly Dry Shampoo

I have always been a user of dry shampoo and during the last 40% off haircare items sale at Priceline, I was very excited to spot COLAB on the shelves. COLAB is a line of dry shampoos developed by Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends fame that I have heard much about from British beauty experts. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Spring Lip Favourites

Now that it seems Spring has officially hit Melbourne, I've finally been able to pull out some brighter colours from my lipstick drawers. I don't get much use out of lipsticks at all in Winter because of my dry and peeling lips problem (refer to here) so in this transition season I like to ease myself back into it with some really hydrating products that still inject some colour into my life. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm Lactose Intolerant?!

A bit different to my usual posts... but today I wanted to talk about my recently official 'diagnosis' of lactose intolerance. More writing and less pretty pictures today. In the last 12 months or so, I came to realise that my constant tummy grumbling and bloating was not because I was always hungry, and in fact, not normal at all! I don't know why but I always just put it down to not eating the right amount of food, and never thought to consider if it could be something in my actual diet that was affecting my stomach. A friend at work is lactose intolerant and we used to chat about it quite often when people were making coffees in the kitchen, and that's when it got me thinking, leading to a bit of research.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New In: Nuxe White and Nuxellence Launch

Last month the lovely team at Nuxe held an intimate event to launch some exciting new ranges to the Nuxe skincare line, being Nuxe White and Nuxellence. The evening was held at the stunning The Olsen hotel in South Yarra, with the perfectly blue indoor pool as the backdrop.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Struggle Returns: Dry, Flakey Lips

Last Winter I had a terrible time with my lips being dry and flakey, and really struggled to find some quality lip balms that actually helped to heal and nourish my lips. I kept up my routine in the warmer months in the hopes that I would escape such a battle this year, but sadly I did not come out unscathed. I tried a couple of new products this year and thought I would round up my favourites, both high end and drugstore. It's now officially Spring so I am hoping things will start returning to a more manageable stage now, so that I can whip out some bright lip colours! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New In: Natura Siberica

Get excited because this September, a new range of hair, body and bath products is hitting Australian shelves. Natura Siberica is an organic brand born in Siberia, Russia and is formulated with pure and natural flowers and herbs unique to Siberia. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two Birds Cafe, Collingwood

Brunch is my favourite meal of the day by far, and my weekends are precious because I need to pick wisely on where I decide to try. One of my lovely friends' sister and brother-in-law have just re-opened up Two Birds Cafe, tucked away just off Gertrude and Smith St in Collingwood, so it made my weekly decision very easy last weekend.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals: Worth The Hype?

In recent weeks, you may have seen sneak peeks of the latest addition to the Real Techniques line by Sam and Nic Chapman of the YouTube channel, pixiwoo. The highly anticipated Bold Metals collection is undoubtedly stunning aesthetically (with a price tag to match), but are they as good as they look?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Zomato / SOS Charcoal Seafood Restaurant Launch

If you think of yourself as a bit of a foodie like me, then you'll probably be aware that the Urbanspoon app has been taken over by Zomato, which is an already established and very similar service headquartered in India, but with a presence globally. As part of the Australian launch, Zomato host a number of events where eating is the main activity (yes!!) and I had the pleasure of attending the opening of new restaurant SOS Charcoal Seafood on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Recent Empties #2

I've had a bag full of empty bottles and tubes lying around for a while now so I thought it was about time I gathered them all together into one post. I have a bit of everything including makeup, skincare and hair but I'll start off with the makeup items as I never seem to have many of those..

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Special Evening: FOTN + OOTN

I'm back!! I did not mean to have a mini writing break, however I moved house about 3 weeks ago and my disorganised self did not get around to queuing any decent posts in the lead up. I do have several lined up now though so if I manage to polish them all up, it'll be back to weekly content hopefully!

In late June I spent a very special evening with my other half, to celebrate half a decade of memories together. We decided to dine at No35 in the Sofitel on Collins St, which had been on my list of places to try for at least 2 years! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

An Intimate Evening with Impulse: Fragrance Education Dinner

Last week I had the privilege to attend an intimate evening hosted by the Impulse Fragrance and their publicity team. You may remember that I shared a post here when they first relaunched late last year. To refresh your memory, the new scents were created by globally renowned fragrance developer Ann Gottlieb, who has also crafted some of the world's best loved scents including Marc Jacobs Daisy and Christian Dior J'Adore.

Monday, June 8, 2015

My Latest Obsession: Skincare in a Capsule

I am generally fairly conservative with my skincare products and like to stick to what I know. I don't usually stray too far from Kiehl's, Avene, La Roche-Posay, Lancome or Clinique but the girls looking after MonoDerm√† in Australia managed to convince me to give the brand a go. I was more curious than anything and I have to say that I have not been this intrigued by a new product in a long time! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Strictly Ballroom the Musical

I've been hooked to seeing musicals since I saw my first two last year (Wicked and Les Miserables), and Lion King in March this year. When I was given the opportunity to see Strictly Ballroom the Musical through the lovely ladies at Nuffnang, I was all over it. I love Baz Lurhmann's eccentric style and I actually studied the film as part of my English curriculum back in high school. You know when you're forced to analyse something over and over, and by the end you absolutely cannot stand it? Well, that was all I could remember about Strictly Ballroom. But 7 years down the track, I was actually quite eager to see a production that I had had such fond (...) memories of.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend Away: Country Escape

Over the Easter long weekend I was so thankful to be able to escape to a lovely winery in the Macedon Ranges for some much needed down time. The weather was beautiful and the countryside was extra quiet with many towns closing over the Easter period.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Food Adventures

The first quarter of 2015 has already flown by - what?! I spent a large majority of the time eating and since I haven't done one of my food posts for over half a year, I thought it was time for another edition. Will try to recall as much as I can with my goldfish memory...

Industry Beans, Fitzroy

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Pink Lake?!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy long weekend!!! 

Working life means I live for public holidays and long weekends for a short break every now and then. This year I prepared a little Easter themed morning tea for the team to mark the occasion, complete with fluffy chicks!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent Empties (Lancome, Benefit, Urban Decay, Dior + more)

I always try to keep all my empty products aside once I'm done with something and make a mental note to throw it all into one big empties blog post. Recently I was going through my products and thought, right that's it, I have accumulated a ridiculous amount and the empty packaging just has to go! I've got a mix of makeup items, skincare and hair products that I've used up in the last few months and will share my overall thoughts on the item. Most of these have been featured in previous posts so it's also interesting for me to see how/if my thoughts have changed.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen 2014-15

In an attempt to revive my blog after an (unexpected) 2 month hiatus, I thought I would share some of my photos from my Dec/Jan travels to Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen.

My favourite view, on the ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui.