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Best New Beauty August 2017 beauty products

The seasons are changing and with it comes a new wave of delightful beauty releases. The best new beauty launches this month from Nude by Nature, CND, Lancôme, Models Own and more has us transitioning from Summer and Winter and opening our arms to embrace Spring and Fall. Discover these new beauty products with my Best New Beauty August round-up. Continue Reading

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is a time for showing the women in our life how thankful we are for the love, care and support they have shown us. I believe that self-care gifts are the best kind of gift for Mother’s Day, and beauty care is my favourite form of self-care. This year I’ve collated the best gifts, for any budget, to give your mother this Mother’s Day, or to pass on to your own loved ones as a hint of gifts to give you!

Don’t leave your gift purchases until the last minute. This year we are giving you enough time to buy your Mother’s Day gifts online so you can take advantage of extra sales, offers and gifts with purchase. Continue Reading

NYFW Beauty Products

You saw what I took in my beauty bag to New York Fashion Week but what about my makeup bag? Picking which makeup I take away with me is definitely the hardest task I have to face when travelling. It would be like choosing which one of your kids gets to travel with you, except the criteria I look at for my choices comes down to versatility, reliability and proven success at making me look good. Rarely will I take a makeup product that I’ve never used before because I don’t have the room to take more than one of each item …. except for lipstick of course. And eyeshadows. And lashes.

As I did with my beauty bag, I try to take miniature and deluxe sized samples where possible and palettes for items where I need a choice of a few colours, excluding lipsticks because I usually need to carry the lipstick around with me all day for touch-ups.

Without further ado, here’s the makeup that landed in my suitcase.  Continue Reading

Napoleon Perdis Slim Aarons Collection

You may not know the name but you most definitely would have seen Slim Aarons’ work. Mr Aarons was the man behind one of the most iconic images to represent the 1960-70’s era. ‘Poolside Gossip,’ which was shot at a Palm Springs home in 1970 designed by famous modernist architect Richard Neutra, is the inspiration behind the limited edition colour collection from Napoleon Perdis.

The collection is split into two segments. The first is a 3-piece set which I’ve managed to get my hands on two of the items to swatch for you. The second part is a trio of double-ended eyeliner pens, which again I’ve grabbed a couple of to show you.  Continue Reading

USA Beauty Shopping

When I’m at home in my own city there is nothing I loathe more than spending a full day at the shops looking for beauty products. I LOVE shopping for beauty products but I find it most enjoyable when I’m in a foreign city. I adore shopping in the USA because of the huge selection available, the lower price points and the sales assistants who actually help you (yes, that’s rare in Australia).

I’ve just returned from a business trip in the USA and many of you have been nagging me to share my haul. I’m going to start with my beauty haul because it’s the largest (of course!). In comparison to past trips I would say this haul is small but I stuck to things I actually had on my lust list and/or items I absolutely love. I tried to keep the splurging to a minimum …. but I’m only human.  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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