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

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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 | 0 comments.


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!

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


Posted by on Sep 22nd, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch Eyeshadow: Swatches, Review, FOTD


Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch Eyeshadow Review_

Umber Firefinch is a neutral to cool ashy brown in a satin finish. It has a medium pigmentation (although it’s easier to sheer out than it is to build up in opacity), and that silky buttery texture we’ve come to expect from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

Longevity and crease resistance is about average on my (oily) lids, on top of my usual TFSI.

Swatched below, next to Blackpepper Jay (on the left)


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Compared with other neutral browns eyeshadows:

Swatched: (from left) Rouge Bunny Rouge Blackpepper Jay, Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch, Tom Ford She Wolf duo (2 swatches), Sleek Storm Palette shadow (second shadow from the right on the bottom row), MAC Mystery eyeshadow


Posted by on Sep 1st, 2015 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows Grey Go-Away Lourie and Blackpepper Jay: Review

Rouge Bunny Rouge Grey Go-Away Lourie and Blackpepper Jay Eyeshadow Review


I’ve been casting my greedy eyes on the Rouge Bunny Rouge matte shadows on for some time now, and when these went on sale earlier I couldn’t resist picking up two shades. There’s something to be said about having some everyday work horse colours in luxury formulations.

Blackpepper Jay (left swatch above) is a deep ashy brown matte with medium to full pigmentation. It is similar to MAC Mystery, but is slightly darker and ashier (and far, far more blendable). It’s a fantastic brow shade for those with black or very dark brown hair- I’ve been using this as my go to brow filling product every day since getting this.

Grey Go-Away Lourie (right swatch) is a medium neutral-maybe- leaning-slightly- cool  grey. Pigmentation here is also medium, buildable to full.

The texture of these are dreamy- as you would expect from RBR. Buttery, super blendable, and layers well. There aren’t that many mattes around that can compete with RBR mattes in terms of texture. Longevity is about average on my oily lids- no better or worse than most- there is some mild fading at the 5hr mark, and significant fading at the 8 hr mark

Am I glad I bought these? Hell yes, and I recently picked up Papyrus Canary when it popped up on Beauty Bay. Life is too short for chalky eyeshadow.



Wearing Grey Go-Away Lourie as a wash across the lids and blended out with a beige shade in the crease. NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Dolce Vita on lips.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Blackpepper Jay EOTD


Wearing Blackpepper Jay on eyebrows and as a single wash over the lids, and a little bit of an inner corner highlight. NARS Joyous Red on lips.

Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Jul 29th, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD | 0 comments.


Kinn Thai, Canberra: Straight, No Chaser

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This morning I was having a conversation with a patient about how it is so ingrained in the Asian mindset that the best Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese food is usually cheap, cheerful, and humble. There’s always a little bit of resistance (from me and my partner) to fine dining or hipster-ized Asian food, even though I readily admit that it’s not really a good attitude to have, because you do end up missing out on some truly spectacular meals.

A good recent example of this is Kinn Thai in Canberra, which opened up a couple of months ago. We must have walked past it 20 times while looking for dinner options, and it was only last week when we tried it for the first time.

The food is out of this world- we ended up going twice in one week.

The second time I took my camera, and these are some of the dishes we tried….



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