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.

 Makeup


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.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014: The Year That Was

Although I started and ended 2014 the same way - both overseas on holidays, the 12 months in between couldn't have changed me more as a person. The past year was the biggest roller coaster ride of my life yet. I faced some of the most intense, heartbreaking and depressing moments but also experienced so much growth, personal development and understanding of self. 


I embarked on a month-long whirlwind adventure to Japan, China, Cambodia and Vietnam with my family and friends. I began my first full-time job after graduating university. I made stupid decisions. I made mistakes. I lost a best friend. I re-evaluated my life decisions. I learnt the value of true friendship. I mapped out my future goals. I made better decisions.

Here's to moving on from the past and starting fresh in 2015.

Happy New Year!

sue love xx
beauty & lifestyle blog

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lash Extensions: My Experience

About a month ago the lovely Theo from Theodora's Beauty Boutique kindly invited me to try out their eyelash extension service. Having always been curious about lash extensions for my short and straight lashes, I was more than happy to plod along to the Hawthorn salon on a Saturday morning. I tweeted a quick first impression the day after and had several requests to share my thoughts and my experience. I wanted to wait a few weeks to provide a well-rounded review on how well the extensions wear. I was told that I would be due for a refill in about 3 weeks depending on care. 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014

I love the end of the year for so many reasons. Not only does everyone seem to be in great spirits, but so do the streets! I love walking along the shops and seeing festive decorations everywhere. It is such a lovely time to spend with family and friends, and reflect on the year. Something else I love are the Christmas collections that many brands release. I have picked out a couple of my favourite recent items that have launched that would make for perfect Christmas gifts. There is a bit of everything girly including makeup, skincare, scents and a book.


Monday, November 24, 2014

New In: LUMA Cosmetics by Jessica Hart

Whenever a celebrity launches a skincare or cosmetics line, I am always curious about the products and especially the quality. The latest person to jump on board with their own release is Australian model Jessica Hart with LUMA Cosmetics. I have had the opportunity to give several of these products a go and thought I would share my thoughts and first impressions. 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Hair + Giveaway!

It's been quite a long time since I've gone into detail about my hair so I thought it was about time I do an update. I have been colouring my hair regularly for almost 4 years now and have gone progressively lighter from a dark, chocolate brown. About 2 months ago, I reached a turning point in my life and decided to start going darker again. This is the shade I ended up with - a brown with a tinge of red.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Melbourne Cup: Spring Racing Carnival

Another year, another birthday. Feels like just a few months ago that I was in the middle of my final semester university exams, pre-graduation and celebrating my 21st birthday. How has the last year gone by so quickly? The last year was without a doubt the most up and down 12 months of my life to date. So much happened so quickly. I went through some huge personal issues over the past half year and while I'm back on track now, I've managed to lose a few things really dear to my heart. 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Countdown: Hong Kong

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I can't wait to be witness to this beautiful view over Christmas and New Years. I will be heading over to Hong Kong for two weeks at the end of December and I am more than a little excited! I have been once before, four years ago and really loved my time there. This time I'm also hoping to incorporate a visit to Macau and Shenzhen. 

Would welcome any suggestions on shopping areas/outlets, tourist attractions and most importantly - where to eat!

sue love xx
beauty & lifestyle blog

email // sue.love.xx@gmail.com
twitter // @suelovexx
instagram // @suelovexx

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Be Impulsive

I've been feeling a little under the weather recently and haven't found the motivation to blog.. but I received a surprise send out from Impulse Fragrances earlier this week and it was just what I need to have me bouncing again to share these cute little scents. 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2014

Every Spring, my social media feeds are always littered with beautiful images of tulips in every colour under the rainbow. Every year I have wanted to go, but every year I've managed to miss out. I nearly missed it again having only found out the dates during the week it was ending, but I finally managed to check out the Tesselaar Tulip Festival this year. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pink Out Loud Spring Look + Giveaway!

For me, Spring time used to be synonymous with the dreaded hayfever season. Now that I have been taking undergoing a desensitization immunotherapy process to treat my allergic rhinitis for the past few years, I am able to enjoy Spring a whole lot more. 

As usual, ELES have put together a beautiful Spring Look with the main feature being the gorgeous, bright pop of pink colour on the lips. It's been a few seasons since I've done a complete post using only ELES. I already had almost all of the key products in this season's Beauty Trend look so I thought it was only fitting that I have a go at recreating it.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pamper Night: At Home Facial

Hope you didn't faint from sheer shock at this extremely attractive photo of myself. In today's post, I will be sharing the miraculous products I used to achieve this flawless, glamorous makeup look. Perfect for date night! To find out more, keep reading.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Currently Dreaming: Shoes/Accessories

Another weekend... another wishlist. In my favourite jewellery items post I mentioned that I have a penchant for luxury accessories and this list certainly shows it. Although I do plenty of online browsing and dreaming, I do tend to mull things over for several months before purchasing any luxury items, just to make sure I won't be bored of them quickly. Most of the pieces below have been in the back of my mind for a long time now!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lancome New Launches: Visionnaire and Grandiose

For me, the Lancôme name is synonymous with offering an exceptional skincare range as well as its renowned mascaras. I was recently provided the opportunity to attend an event for the launch of two exciting new additions to the family: the new and improved Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Cx Advanced Skin Correcter, and the new mascara Grandiôse.