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Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches


After being blown away by Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage eyeshadow quad, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to get my hands on another quad. I purchased Orchid Haze on a whim whilst swatching and sniffing my way around DJs with some other bloggers post lunch – I was impressed with the texture of the eyeshadows in Orchid Haze quad overall, but the main clincher for me with this quad is that amazing buttery matte aubergine. From the Tom Ford palettes I own (Cocoa Mirage, Orchid Haze, and She Wolf trio), I’ve noticed that Tom Ford does matte shadows incredibly well. Buttery,  darker mattes that blend easily and evenly are notoriously difficult to find, and Tom Ford dark mattes are amongst the best in this respect.

There are some aspects of the performance of the product that is less than perfect (I’ll elaborate in my review below), but overall I’m quite fond of Orchid Haze.


Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches

Colour and texture

Shade #1 (top left of quad) is a frosty cool toned champagne with medium pigmentation and a buttery smooth texture. It’s an excellent cool toned champagne that I like as an inner corner highlight.

Shade #2 (top right) is a light satin brown taupe with soft mauve shimmer- it has medium pigmentation and smooth texture. This looks gorgeous layered over the top of shade #4 (matte aubergine), and gives you a beautifully dimensional complex colour.

Shade #3 (bottom left) is a dusty rose mauve with subtle pinkish shimmer. Pigmentation is medium and texture is smooth. Rosey mauve shades always looks like ass on my eyes (makes me look sick and/or sad), I’ve accepted that and moved on. It would look amazing on cooler toned ladies.

Shade #4 (bottom right) is a stunning deep ashy aubergine with a buttery matte finish and excellent pigmentation. Reminds me of MAC Blackberry eyeshadow, but far, FAR superior in texture and pigmentation. It’s probably the smoothest, most pigmented deep purple shade I own- so easy to blend on the eye and easily buildable without getting patchy when layering (some reviewers have noticed patchiness but I personally haven’t).

I have swatched the eyeshadows #1-4 is swatched left to right below. Orchid Crush in action below- top EOTD look uses shade #1 and #4; bottom EOTD uses shade #1 #2 and #4 (as labelled on the images).

I’ve got FOTDs using this quad drafted and scheduled to go live in a few days- watch this space!

Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Apr 15th, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Autumn Nails: Kester Black Buttermilk and Uslu Airlines NMA

I was recently given the chance to try some nail polishes from Kester Black and Uslu Airlines by Australian retailer - who specialise in niche beauty and lifestyle products.

Prior to this I hadn’t tried either brands before, although I had heard great things about Kester Black from I was very impressed by the formula of both polishes- they both applied so evenly and lasted an incredible 3-5 days before any noticeable chipping.


Kester Black ‘Buttercream’ nail polish looks just like what you would expect from it’s name. Buttercream is a beautiful neutral milk coffee nude, which is almost opaque in two layers- as shown in swatch above (there is a slight translucency to the colour), and completely opaque in 3. The colour applies evenly with no streaking. I’m always overjoyed when I find a nude polish that doesn’t streak.

Kester Black is an Australian niche nail polish brand. All their polishes are  ’Five Free’ (no toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin); cruelty free; and vegan.

Price: $17/ 15 mL



Uslu airlines is a Berlin based high end beauty company. Their products are named after airport destinations (I love this idea), and the shade  NMA is named after the Namangan airport in Uzbekistan.

I chose this shade because a deep burgundy colour is my staple nail polish shade- so I’m always on a lookout for a good burgundy that has the sophistication of Butter London La Moss (but with a faster dry time and better chip resistance). This one is beautifully formulated – holds up much better than the Butter London one, and is a gorgeous shade.

Price: $29/ 11mL

Posted by on Apr 10th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

Sulphate Free Skincare: Subtle Energies Rasayana Body Wash and Body Scrub

Sulphate Free Skincare: Subtle Energies Rasayana Body Wash and Body Scrub


I was recently introduced to the Subtle Energies range of skin care products, and given a chance to trial the Rasayana Body Wash and Rasayana Detox Body Scrub. The Subtle Energies skin care range draws from the practice of Ayurveda aromatherapy, using rare Indian essential and base oils to treat skin conditions and to provide a ‘holistic sensory experience’.

Rasayana Body Wash ($36) is a sulphate free gel formula- it ticks all the boxes as far as being gentle on the skin and leaving the skin feeling cleansed without the squeaky clean stripped feeling. As you would expect from an Ayurveda based aromatherapy product, it has a very distinctive scent of Indian spices and herbs- cinnamon, turmeric, and a hint of ginger. The scent lingers for about 30mins.

The Rasayana Detox Body Scrub ($39.50) is a sulphate free cream/gel  exfoliant with ground nut shells as the exfoliating particles and the same spicy herbal scent of the Rasayana Body Wash. It has a reasonably good exfoliating action when used with a loofah (the consistency is a little runny so the loofah helps the product stay longer on the skin). I prefer to use it on legs and arms only, because I find that exfoliants like husks and nut shells tend to have sharp-ish edges that can irritate sensitive areas like decolletage. 

Rayasana Body Wash ingredients: aqua, disodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin (vegetable derived), sorbitol, coco-glucoside, sodium alginate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, pandanus odoratissimus (kewda) in santalum album (sandalwood) oil, ocimum sanctum (tulasi) leaf oil, curcuma aromatica (wild tumeric) root oil, citrus medica acida (limbu) oil linalool*, citral*, limonene* citronellol*, eugenol*, geraniol* (Natural constituents of essential oils)

Rasayana detox body scrub ingredients: Raqua, coco-glucoside, glycerin, cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark powder, juglans regia (walnut) shell powder, cetearyl olivate, s orbitan olivate,mac adamia t ernifolia (mac adam ia) seed oil, cit ric acid, xantha n gum , benzyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, ocimum sanctum (tulasi) leaf oil, curcuma aromatica (wild tumeric) root oil, citrus medica acida (limb u ) o il citral*, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool* citronellol*, eugenol* (* Natural constituents of essential oils)

note: These products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details about my editorial policy, refer to the PR section.

Posted by on Apr 8th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 1 comment


Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Polish: Review and Swatches


From left: Some Like It Hot, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, Isn’t It Delicious, Monroe, Travilla, Bombshell, Platinum 

This is probably one of my favourite Face Of Australia nail polish collections to date: the collection is inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the names of the polishes take after significant parts of her career and personal life. I’m really digging opaque nude cremes lately, and the collection has 4 of them- with some fun brights thrown in. For those who like matte finishes on their nails, there is also a matte top coat in the collection (Platinum). Matte nails look terrible on me, sadly. 

My two must have picks from this collection are Travilla (opaque pale-milk-coffee nude – index finger on image below), and Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (hot pink pigmented jelly- see swatches below). Travilla is the PERFECT autumn nail colour, my new ‘little black dress’ for nails lately. ‘Diamonds’ is a rare example of a fuschia that looks good on me- I think it’s the slightly translucent quality that makes it a bit special. These two have the best formula of the bunch with quick drying, smooth application, and good chip resistance. The formula of these are better than many of my OPIs and Essies.

Shades that didn’t work for me were the bright tangerine ‘Some Like It Hot’ (I adore the colour, but the product was so gluggy and I couldn’t for the life of me get an even application- was it just my bottle? I hope so); and ‘Monroe’ (index finger in the swatch below- the shade blended into my skin tone too much, giving me mannequin hands. Would probably work with darker skinned folk)


Index finger: Monroe, middle finger: Bombshell, index finger: Travilla, Pinky: No Angel 



Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Availability: Priceline, Big W and

Price: $4.95 AUD

Note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more info see my editorial policy in the PR tab. 

Posted by on Apr 7th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 1 comment


Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme: Review

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme lavender


Aveda says…
Aveda Stress-Fix™ Body Creme is a luxurious, ultra-rich all-over moisturiser, with our proven Stress-Fix™ aroma that helps relieves feelings of stress, while drenching and protecting skin with intense hydrators that work their magic for a full 24 hours.

An infusion of French-sourced essences of certified organic calming lavender, mood-boosting lavandin and uplifting clary sage harvested from small organic farms and formulated using the science of aromaology and the power of essential oils. Certified organic shea butter to replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier, certified organic sunflower oil to help skin retain its own moisture and a unique blend of sustainably harvested sea algae to deeply moisturise skin.

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I’m a fan of Aveda hair styling products (see here, and here), but this is the first time I’ve tried Aveda’s skin care line.

I’ve been trialling the new Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme for the past month or so, and I’m really enjoying it. It has a thick, body butter consistency and a rich formula- but it sinks right into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. It leaves my skin feeling deeply hydrated. One of my pet peeves is a moisturizer is neither hydrating, nor easily absorbed (otherwise known as a waste of time). The Stress-Fix body cream is probably best used in winter for normal skin types, but for dry skinned folk like myself I think it can be used pretty well throughout the year.

I can’t say I really understand the difference between aromaology (trademarked by Aveda), and aromatherapy- but the combination of lavender and clary sage essential oils makes the product smell wonderfully wholesome- in an indulgent health spa kind of way.   I do find it a very relaxing scent, which makes the after shower ritual of massaging body cream into the skin a thoroughly enjoyable one.

It is pricey for a body cream, but if you’re looking to treat yourself over the coming cooler months you should check this one out.

Price: $59/200mL

Availability: Aveda counters and spas, or

 Note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details see editorial policy on the PR policies tab. 

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