Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2015

Mother’s Day is coming up soon! Have you thought about what you might be doing or giving to your Mums on the 10th of May? I’ll be unfortunately interstate on that date but am thinking of taking Mum out to lunch when I’m back from South America. Some hand creams will also go down a treat.

Here are some new skin, hair, fragrance things that might be useful gifting ideas for 2015 Mother’s day.

SKIN

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set, Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum,Paula's Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser,Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream

(for dry, sensitive, skinned Mums this winter)

Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum (rrp $42.95) is a light hydrating formula that I find works well as an extra layer of moisture underneath my night cream, as well as a light day time moisturiser for the eye area. It is aloe vera based and includes extracts of plants used by Navajo Indians and Chinese medicine practitioners for their anti-inflammatory properties (I haven’t heard of these so I can’t comment on their properties).

Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser (rrp $30)- combines rich shea butter, coconut oil, mango seed butter, squalene, and other botanicals to help keep dry skin hydrated. It’s a fairly rich formula, with a balm consistency - feels quite similar to Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – and like the Trilogy product, it absorbs quite well without leaving an oily finish.

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream (RRP: $36.95) Another range that targets mature, dry skin. The Night Cream By the way, there is a Mother’s Day promotion on the Wild Rose range- 20% off the range from the 11th April to the 10th May.

Sukin Hand and Nail Cream ($9.95) : I’ve been loving this hand cream for it’s hydrating and fast absorbing qualities- as well as it’s low irritant ingredients. I’ve purchased about 3 bottles of this already. Sukin is so good at making decent skincare affordable and accessible. I think it would be a nice budget friendly option that would go well in Mum’s handbag.

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set ($45): released for Mother’s Day this year, the Beautiful Hands gift set contains 3 hand creams, each formulated with white truffle. There’s Orange and Bergamot, Gingerlily, Rhubarb and Rose. I was given the chance to try two of the three (pictured above), and they both feel hydrating and easily absorbed.

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Posted by on Apr 23rd, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.


NARS Anita Audacious lipstick: review

 

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick-2

 

I purchased NARS Anita Audacious lipstick from Mecca Cosmetics on a whim. It was the first time I had seen the Audacious line in person, and I was so impressed with the formula it took all my self control not to pick up another few. I chose Anita because I have very few matte neutral pinks- NARS Pure Matte lipstick in the shade Bangkok is pretty, but awfully dry on the lips.

NARS Anita Audacious lipstick: review, swatches, FOTD

Anita Audacious Lipstick is described as an ‘antique pink’.  On me it’s an opaque neutral to cool pale-ish pink with some pastel undertones- on cooler skin tones it seems to pull a little warmer- Anita looked spectacular on one of  the Mecca sales girls, who has pale porcelain skin.

I find cool to neutral pinks difficult to pull off because they tend to bring out yellow tones in my skin and make my complexion a little bit sallow- Anita is just on the verge of being too cool on my skin when worn opaque, but looks nice when worn sheer.

Anita has a satin to matte finish, excellent colour payoff, and impressive wear time for a light shade (3hrs). It’s neither moisturising nor drying on my lips (but like any pale-sh colours, it looks best when lips prepped)

 

 

NARS Anita Audacious lipstick: review, swatches, FOTD

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2015 in Lipstick, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips

Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips

 

I knew for a long time that I would be doing my own makeup at my wedding- even before I got engaged. More recently I decided that I would like to do the makeup for my bridesmaids as well.

Bridal hair, on the other hand, is best left to a professional- and I’ve found someone in Hobart while I was there a few weeks ago.

I’m under no illusions that this will be an easy feat- and realise that taking on the responsibility of doing everyone’s makeup will require a fair bit of planning, and a number of ‘makeup trials’ to get to know my bridesmaids’ faces (monolids in particular will be a challenge).

Our wedding will be in a year’s time, and I’ll be throwing around some bridal makeup ideas. Some better than others, probably. Here is the first one.

Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips

 

Eyes:

- matte camel brown shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage palette blended all over the lid to the crease

- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe applied to the upper lid below the crease.

- MAC Scene eyeshadow (matte grey) on top of Tough as Taupe to set the product. I also used a little under the bottom lashline on the outer third, to tie things together. I would have probably preferred MAC Copperplate but it’s gone missing :( :(

- MAC Uninterrupted eyeshadow (matte mustard brown) to warm up the crease and smudged under the outer third of bottom lashline.

- Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to line the upper lashline

Cheeks:

- MAC Blushbaby

- MAC Bronzing powder in Bronze.

Lips:

- NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

Face: 

- NARS Sheer Glow in Fiji

- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

- Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray.

 

Bridesmaid look #1 : earthy greige eyes, pink lips

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The church. 

 Have you ever done the makeup for yourselves or bridal party? If you have any tips or warnings, let me know in the comments- I’d love to hear from you!

Posted by on Apr 12th, 2015 in FOTD | 0 comments.

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Jane Iredale Getaway Palette, Peach Forever Lip and Cheek Tint, Espresso Jelly Jar: Review

Jane Iredale Getaway Palette and Peach Forever Lip Tint

Jane Iredale Getaway Palette and Peach Forever Lip Tint

Jane Iredale has recently launched their ‘Country Weekend’ collection, which includes their Getaway eyeshadow palette, their Forever Peach Lip and Cheek Stain, and their Espresso eyeliner. Ry.com.au stocks this collection and gave me the opportunity to trial these products.

Jane Iredale Getaway Palette and Peach Forever Lip Tint

The Getaway palette (rrp 99 AUD, $84.16 at Ry.com.au) is quite a versatile one that you can throw in your bag knowing that you can use it for light, simple day time looks to dramatic night time smoky eyes. I love how there is a great neutral satin/matte colour (a lot of my palettes miss that critical matte base or crease colour, which means that I need to bring an extra product if I’m travelling.) The eyeshadows in this palette are all decent quality, buttery and easy to blend- and my favourite part is that they LAST FOREVER on my oily  lids without fading and creasing!

The Getaway palette consists of 5 shades:

A shimmery white highlight shade: semi sheer and finely milled so it looks great as a highlight shade for the eye area (e.g. inner corner, tear duct, etc) as well as a  highlight shade for the face (bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, etc)

A shimmery pale pink shade:very  sheer and loses it’s pink-ness when blended on top of other shadows- I don’t tend to use this shade much.

Light brown taupe shade: semi sheer (but buildable) satin. Super silky and blends like a dream. Particularly good as a base shade because it actually increases the wear time and reduces creasing in my other (pretty but poorly performing) eyeshadows

Metallic Copper: moderate to full pigmentation, buttery texture and easy to blend.

Matte charcoal black with gold specks throughout:  Very pigmented, you only need the smallest amount on the brush- because it’s quite a soft eyeshadow, you will pick up plenty of product with a light dab on the pan with a brush. Surprisingly easy to blend for a dark matte.

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Swatches of the Getaway palette

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Posted by on Apr 8th, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


Straight No Chaser: Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

Tasmania, and Hobart in particular, is a special place for us. We’ve lived in a few places in the last few years, with friends scattered in various states – so it made sense to have a (domestic) destination wedding. Having our wedding in Hobart was an easy decision to make.

A few weekends ago, Phil and I flew to Hobart to finalise the reception, church, and make a decision on the band that we wanted for our reception. We had done a lot of exploring in the city and surrounds so we decided to take it easy this time around and just visit a few favourite places and have as many scallop pies as our digestive systems would allow.

Some images from our weekend away…

Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies) Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

Hobart (wedding errands and scallop pies)

 

 

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