Tuesday, March 27, 2012

French Film Festival 2012, Cadbury and Weekend

The French Film Festival arrived to Brisbane so me and my girlfriends decided to watch a movie.
We saw Goodbye First Love (UN AMOUR DE JEUNESSE) and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

The gorgeous new romantic drama from rising talent Mia Hansen-Løve is an unashamedly personal story of love, loss and the tender memories from youth that can never truly be erased.
This film was easy to watch and relate to. However it wasn't predictable. Loved it!
I wore Chanel make up (two eye shadows from Frisson quad and Pro Lumiere foundation), my fragrance of choice was Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.
One of my new years resolutions was to be more active. So I decided to add hiking to my routine. I find walking in natural environment very enjoyable and interesting.

Plus I can exercise for much longer than I normally would.

 This beautiful reserve is located just 5 min away from my place and I live within 5 km of Brisbane CBD.

Yesterday I had my first Easter Egg, it was new Cadbury Egg 'n' Spoon egg.

It came in very cute packaging (purple egg carton) and the concept sounded very good (you had to "crack" the egg and them use spoon to eat mousse inside). However I didn't like the taste, couldn't taste chocolate at all, just lots and lots of sugar. It put me off Easter Eggs altogether.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Essie Spring and Fall Minis

Few weeks ago OzSale had Essie nail polishes on sale with free delivery. Naturally I couldn't resist and purchased two mini collections - Spring  and Fall 2011
I paid $20 for eight 5 ml nail polishes! Very happy with that! Essie nail polishes are gorgeous but they retail for $17-19!
They are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, always have perfect formula and coverage, dry in no time and have beautiful shine. I am yet to try an Essie nail polish that I dislike.

Fall mini collection has:
- Very Structured, described as classic burnt sienna. It looks like rusty brown in a bottle but on my nails it dried darker. Looks more like milk chocolate to me :)
- Lady Like, an elegant soft mauve. I love muted pinks, they IMO the most versatile shade of pink.
- Carry on, deep romantic burgundy. Delicious shade of deep berry.
- Power Clutch, a striking deep grey-green. Reminds me of Sew Psyched, it looks scary in a bottle but amazing on nails.

I am wearing Very Structured on my nails today.

Spring Collection comes in soft shades of nude, blue, lilac and pink.
- French Affair, a sophisticated, soft lavender pink. Very pretty shade, it is slightly muted so it doesn't look OTT.
- Nice is Nice, a whimsical light lavender. Once again very pretty nail polish.
- Topless & Barefoot, a barely there soft beige pink. I can never have enough of soft nude nail polishes. I am not allowed to wear bright and obvious nail polishes to work so I collect good nude and sheer shades.
- Coat Azure, a breathtaking medium blue with shimmer. Very wearable and gorgeous blue.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Glossybox" March 2012

My Glossybox arrived this morning!
This box is all about maintaining fresh and vibrant look with an active lifestyle! Sounds good to me as I have been more active than usual recently.

So what's in the box....
1. The Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter 8 ml
I like TBS body butters however they are too rich for me to be used all over. I am quite keen to try this one on my legs, hands and feet. I tested it in store and it was very yum!
2 + 3. Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser and Gentle Toner 50 ml each.
I always wanted to try Avene so now is a great opportunity. I do get irritations and breakouts from certain products so hopefully this range will be a winner for me. It smells beautiful too, very subtle yet pleasant.
4. Klorane Dry Shampoo 50 ml
I've been using this product for years. It is perfect if you don't have time to wash your hair but want it to look good. I also use it as a volumising product, I just spray it and don't brush it out for some extra body. I already have full size bottle but this one is perfect for my gym bag.

5. Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme in Oriental Doll, 7.5 ml
This concealer provides very good coverage. I think it is a bit dark for my skin tone to be used as an under eye concealer but works great on other areas.
6. Power Balancing Bracelet
I don't really believe that silicone bracelet has magic powers. Will be giving this one away

Glossybox delivered a great selection of products again! Well done.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Essence Cosmetics

Few months ago I've noticed a new stand at my local Target store.
It was Essence Cosmetics. They had a great range of nail polishes so I got couple to try.
They retail between $2.50 and $3.95 so there is no surprise the stand gets raided on a regular basis. I was very lucky to capture this photos today, it was probably just restocked.
...and close-ups of different polishes

In addition to their impressive nail polish range they have various useful tools such as nail polish remover pen, french manicure strips and top/base/quick dry coats. All very reasonably priced.
They often have limited edition collections too. So I got thee limited edition nail polishes today.
One from Ballerina Backstage collection in 01 Dance the Swan Lake (sheer white with pink flash, not terribly unique but I didn't have that colour yet) and two from Vampire's Love (hahaha) collection in 02 Into the Dark (deep greyish blue with fine silver glitter) and 04 The Dawn is Broken (Grey with fine silver glitter).

Plus some useful tools like Nail Polish Remover Pen that's perfect for correcting my dodgy nail polish application job by removing excess polish from skin surrounding my nail. It doesn't have acetone, very easy to use and when dries has very delicious strawberry scent (I can't stop smelling my finger...)
and French Manicure and Pedicure pen which has very fine tip that lets you draw very precise line. It supposed to be worn under top coat.

I already had three nail polishes from their regular collection

72 Time for Romance is a glitter top coat with large and small particles of pink glitter and some tiny multi-coloured micro glitter thrown into the mix all suspended in very sheer pink base.
43 Where is the Party? is a colour changing nail polish that flashes purple, green and yellow under different angles.
67 Make it Golden is a gold glitter top coat with large and tiny glitter particles suspended in a clear base. I love wearing this nail polish on my ring finger, especially over taupe.

This fun new brand had a website http://www.essence.eu/us/usa/fm0/home.html and http://en.essence-beautyfriends.eu/essence/
From what I've gathered they are German company and they don't test on animals. Overall I think it is a great value for money and lets you experiment with a lot of different looks. Certainly there is a quality difference between these polishes and say OPI but for they price you pay I really can't complain :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Bellabox" March 2012 edition

After picking up ILoveThisBox from my post office I found Bellabox sitting in my letterbox. They have changed the packaging and now it comes in a pouch.

Bellabox had five samples (plus a treat), two of them were full size. It also had Autumn theme.

Yes to Carrots Lip tint, 2.6g RRP$9.95
Mine is very nice warm nude shade. It has minty scent and supposed to be made from all natural ingredients.
 U Little Beauty Natural Repair Hair Masque 100ml, RRP$19.95
I was supposed to get shine serum but got mask instead which I actually prefer. It has very beautiful rose scent and to me it is a star product of this box. It is a protein treatment and I actually need one.
Pure Fiji Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion, ?15ml ~value$1.30
I've heard a lot of good things about their products but never tested them. This body lotion has very summery coconut scent (IMO it would suit summer pack better). It felt nice on my skin but not extraordinary. The scent is quite strong but it settles down after few minutes.
Bellamer Eye Balm, ?5g, value $13
I detect some peppermint scent therefore I am hesitant to use it around my eyes. I never heard of this brand before and the sample looks very home made. Plus it is way too rich to be used around eyes. I also prefer to know the ingredients before I apply something on such a delicate area (none are listed). I might use it to soothe dry skin on my feel or hands instead.
Eyelift, 3 mini pots, value $6
It suppose to erase wrinkles and bags around your eyes for upto 10 hours. I have neither so I won't use this product. I like how it comes in small blister pack with mini spatula.

As a treat I got Carman's Classic Fruit and Nut Round biscuit. It had OK taste, I would buy it if it was actually healthy. One small serve had a whopping 171 calories and it had 22g of sugar per 100g of product. It a pass for me...
This pack has estimated value of $50, however I highly doubt that home made Bellamer eye balm is worth $40. I must say I am a bit disappointed with Bellabox this month. They used to be so good :(

"ILoveThisBox" March 2012 edition

ILoveThisBox was the first beauty box I received this month. It felt like it has been a while since I've received one.

This box is all about Autumn

I love Autumn and I wish it was as beautiful in Brisbane as it is in south states. Nevertheless I enjoy cooler change :)

This box has very nice selection of products, three out of five are full size

Maybelline XXL Pro Mascara, 2 x 5.2 ml RRP$19.95
I am excited to try this mascara as I generally like Maybelline mascaras. It is one of those two-step mascaras where you apply base coat to thicken them, then second one to colour and extend them. This one is also supposed to curl your lashes.

Sunsilk Co-Creations Detangling Mist, 120 ml RRP$6.49
It is supposed to lock-in straight shape and detangle hair and it can be used any time. It is not suitable for straightening curly or wavy hair which doesn't bother me since my hair is naturally straight. I will definitely get some use out of this one since it is very easy to use.

Thalgo Soft Hydrating Emulsion, 30ml value $7.00
I don't like heavy moisturisers so to me this light emulsion feels like heaven. It absorbed straight away and made my skin feel velvety. It has very fresh scent, it reminds me of ocean breeze in a good (non-air freshener) way. However the scent is quite strong when first applied but it settles after 5 minutes. Full size (250 ml) has a whopping price tag of $59.00 however I would definitely buy it if it was on special.
Essie Nail Polish in Power Clutch 5ml value $6.30
I adore Essie Nail polishes and I prefer smaller size as they take less space. Compared to Sew Psyched Power Clutch is darker and more grey.

Last Product was Glitter Puff Wand RRP$12.50
While it looks very cute I doubt I will get a lot of use out of it. It is infused with small silver glitter particles

I have estimated that this Beauty Box has a value of $52, not bad considering you pay $15 per months.
So far ILoveThisBox didn't disappoint me, you can view previous editions here and here

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My new acquisitions

My Frugal February was a success!

I was trying very hard to resist new purchases during February and I went relatively well. Being super busy at work helped a lot.

I went shopping this weekend. Couple of my friends are having Birthdays this week so it was a great excuse to do some serious shopping (mostly for them, some for me)

So for myself I got "Audrey" necklace from Oroton
I wanted long pearl necklace for a while but couldn't find the design I liked. This one is perfect, can't wait to wear it with simple black, navy or grey top/dress!

And I got this vest from Metallicus that goes well with a lot of my other clothes

I got Lash Accelerator mascara from Rimmel to replace my old one. It doesn't give me WOW results but it is great for every day and it supposed to make you lashes grow.

I noticed that Rimmel had very good GWP at David Jones. When you spend $20 or more you get 5 nail polishes. So I also picked up Green with Envy nail polish to get the gift.

I am not counting my nail polishes as make-up and skincare purchases ;) I just know that I will never run out of them and will keep buying new colours.

I have run out of hair conditioner and decided to get one from Strawberrynet. I have fine hair so I decided to give Aveda Pure Abundance a try. It smells great and conditions my hair well. It feels quite rich therefore I suspect it won't give me enough oomph . I also found some Chanel Nail polishes and got Rouge Noir as I have been lemming it for a while. It looks great on my nails and has very good formula.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Barbie!

Barbie turned 53 today!
She changed a lot in 53 years and I must say she got better with age

In 1959 she looked like this:
Beautiful, pale and stylish

In 1960's Barbie was quite conservative and traditional as a Nurse and French Fashionista
In 1970's iconic Malibu Barbie emerged.

In my opinion she started the whole "Barbie" trend - tanned skin, blonde hair and long legs. She also came with a BF Ken

and camper van

Barbie industry was going strong in 80's. She appeared in vast range of outfist and collections

From sweet Peaches n Cream

To Over-The-Top Rocker Barbie
and Holiday Barbies

I grew up in 90's. I remember my best friend's sister brought this one home from Italy in 1991
It was in the former Soviet State and Barbies were very rare and highly prized so to me it was the most beautiful thing ever.

Totally Hair Barbie and Teresa were very popular
This add used to mesmerise me, it was played during Disney series

as well as Hollywood Hair Barbie, Ken and Teresa
I loved how creative they used to be :)
My friend had this one and it had cute lip gloss inside the heart on her chest :)

In 2000's Barbie became a Style Icon




Badgley Mischka



Carolina Herrera

MAC Barbie

In who's honour they have created a stunning and very popular collection

and their Model of the Moment range