Koh Samui weekend: Via Instagram

Koh Samui trip through Instagram


I’m not dead! I’ve just been spending most of my time in my photography and lifestyle social media accounts (Straight, No Chaser Photography). If we haven’t connected there yet, find me at https://www.instagram.com/straightnochaserpix/  and FB: www.facebook.com/straightnochaserblog  . My photography website is www.jennywuphotography.com

We went to Koh Samui last week to attend our friend’s wedding. It was a blissful 4 days of hour long massages on the beach, coconut shakes, incredible street food, and hanging out with friends. I wish we had an extra few days there, but I’m saving my leave for our Spain trip later this year.

It’s actually painful coming back and realising that buying groceries to cook dinner costs more than buying a delicious Thai meal in Koh Samui. Le sigh.

Posted by on Jun 26th, 2017 in lifestyle and health, Photo Diary, Uncategorized | 1,630comments

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Paula’s Choice Berry & Bright Lip Collection: Review and Swatches

Paula's Choice Lip Crayons

lip swatches: (from top) Winter Berry, Current, Plum. 


“This exclusive set of four luxuriously comfortable, long-lasting, satin-matte lip colours features three deep, rich shades and one sheer shade with shimmer that’s perfect for creating a festive, wintertime look.”

I’ve been fortunate enough to trial the Paula’s Choice Berry & Bright Lip Collection. This collection consists of 3 highly pigmented lip colours, and one layering shade- Winter Berry is a cool toned red, Current is a fuschia red, Plum is a deep purple-ish berry. ‘Sugar’ is a sheer silverish shimmer that can be layered over the top of the other shades.

I’m impressed with the formulation of these. They are non-drying on the lips, they don’t bleed, and they stay around forever and a day! I’ll often have a residual stain in the morning after removing this the night before. On me these are closer to satin finish with a slight sheen than a matte finish- you can blot and powder over the top to get a true matte if you wish.

Price:  $70

Availability: www.paulaschoice.com.au

Paula's Choice makeupPaula's Choice makeup-4swatches: Plum, Winter Berry, Current, Sugar


note: products were provided by PR for consideration. See PR tab for editorial policy.

Posted by on Nov 23rd, 2015 in Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 682comments

September Beauty Favourites: NARS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Jojoba Company, and more

September Favourites-2

Wet and Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer – Rae recommended this for oil slick lids which defies even TFSI and UD Primer Potion. It is BRILLIANT. The best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried quite a few.

Clarins Instant Light Concealor–  it is lightweight, long lasting and has peach undertones to counteract undereye circles.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blackpepper Jay Eyeshadow– not just a fantastic matte eyeshadow, I’ve been using this on my brows every day since getting this, a great shade for Asian colouring.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch eyeshadow – the ‘little black dress’ of eyeshadows. This has been on high rotation in the past few weeks, I adore it.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray-I picked this up about a month ago and was so excited to find that I’ve finally found something that actually works in extending the wear of my blush, contour, highlighting.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dolce Vita and Walkyrie – love these pencils I can’t even.

September Favourites


Musq Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant– I recently tried this brand for the first time, and have been super impressed by these two products. Reviewed in my previous post.

MooGoo Cover- Up Buttercup SPF 15 Natural Moisturiser($29.90) Formulated with mineral sunscreen ingredients only, in a moisturising base. SPF 15 doesn’t sound like much but 19% Zinc Oxide is decent. I like this moisturiser with SPF in winter because it’s super emollient without feeling suffocating, and it makes my foundation sit better over flaky skin.

Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream– lightweight, silky, sinks in fast, and smells gorgeous. Exactly what you need in a day time moisturiser.


Posted by on Sep 24th, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 876comments


MUSQ Skincare Reviewed: Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant

MUSQ Skincare Reviewed: Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant


A lovely package from Musq arrived on my doorstep a month or so ago. They are a luxe Australian beauty and skin care company who are all about natural and ethical ingredients.

This is the first time I’ve tried products from the brand- I really enjoyed their hand wash and the exfoliant.

The Face and Body Exfoliant ($42/70g) features montmorillonite mineral particles, rose water, rice powder, and essential oils. It has this amazing airy dry souffle like texture- I haven’t seen any formulation quite like it. When you massage it into wet skin it lathers a little and stays on the skin well (pet hate with body scrubs is when they drop off the skin while you’re exfoliating, leaving most of the product on the floor). The exfoliating particles are the perfect size and roughness as a body scrub, although far too coarse for delicate skin on the face (so I’m not sure how it can be considered a face scrub). It is a delight to use, and it does a good job! My only complaint here is the small size of the tub for the price.

The hand wash (500mL/$29), which features lemon myrtle, mandarin, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, is kind to the skin and smells like a boutique spa- it also looks gorgeous on my bathroom sink. Makes me look forward to washing my hands!

MUSQ Skincare Reviewed: Hand Wash and Face & Body ExfoliantMUSQ Skincare Reviewed: Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant


note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See PR tab for editorial policy.


Posted by on Sep 22nd, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 566comments

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