Easy Peasy DIY!


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So, I love making new things all the time. However I chose a degree and a career that leaves very little spare time (and the time you do get you’d rather spend sleeping). That means I have to come up with quick and easy projects so I can relieve my creative urges! Here’s three new headbands that I knocked up while relaxing in front of the TV.

Garland Headband

To make this beautiful headband, I sewed pre-made organza rosettes onto a Scunci No Slip headband. Keep adding rosettes down both sides of the headband until you reach your ears. And on a different note, ‘No Slip’ just means so tight that it creates a semi-permanent crease in your hair…

Rosette Headband

The boyfriend gave me a top with pretty white rosettes on it, and I used the spare one to make this cute headband. I measured a strip of black elastic to the correct circumference for my head + 2 cm seam allowance. I then sewed the elastic to form a loop, and secured the rosette onto the band with a few stitches. When measuring elastic, always stretch it to the tension you want so you can control how tight it’s going to be on your head.

Velvet Headband

This headband was made pretty much the same way as the Basic Headband. Ordinarily I think velvet is tacky, but velvet headbands are an exception. They look incredibly luxe and ‘wintery’, so I love wearing them when its cold outside.

Hope you enjoyed these super quick DIYs – they really were the work of minutes! Who said DIY was hard?


ps. Actually, it is hard…but these headbands are like DIY for Dummies.

Product Review: Korres Lip Butter


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Korres is a Greek beauty and skin care company that is known for using natural ingredients in the products, like flowers, yoghurt, fruit, bran (is someone else getting hungry?).  I have been dying to try this brand out ever since I walked past their boutique in a mall in Hong Kong.

I picked two cult products for my introduction to Korres: Lip Butter and Lip Butter Glaze. It’s all about the lips this year!

The product name confuses me. Quinces are ugly and delicious and not pink! However, Quince Lip Butter is a gorgeous sheer pink rose on my lips. I love everything about this product, including the little pot it comes in. Inconvenience is trumped by its cuteness. The lip butter wears about 3 hours on my lips and is moisturising (although not as much as my HG lip balm – Lucas’ Papaw Ointment).

The Lip Butter Glaze comes in a tube instead of a pot, and its formulation is noticeably thinner than the Lip Butter. I got the colour Wild Rose, a sheer deep red. This is a fabulous colour that gives the whole face a healthy look. I love using this right before bed because I woke up with that ‘just bitten’ look to my lips. It isn’t as hydrating as the Lip Butters.

I am so excited to try more of Korres! These products are available from Kit Cosmetics for $18.95. That’s right…they’re cheaper than Revlon Lip Butters.

Next on my Korres wish list = Zea Mays Powder Blush. 


Review: Revlon Lip Butters


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‘Buttery balm with beautiful shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips’

So I’ve had these for about a month, but uni has been so crazy that I only just had time to sit down and swatch these properly. I have been using them almost exclusively since I got them, so I can give you a good idea of their performance.

These babies are definitely the hottest new release of 2012 (so far!). I restrained myself from getting all 20 colours…for now.

A very flattering photo of my bare lips. Since Revlon claims these babies are hydrating, I forwent using any lip balm. As you can see, my lips are quite pigmented. Sheer lip colours often look different on my lips than they appear in the tube, so keep that in mind!

Tutti Frutti: A sheer wash of pinked coral. Looks much more orange in the tube, but not as scary on the lips.

 Berry Smoothie: Medium berry with shimmer.

Sweet Tart: Creamy blue-pink.

Candy Apple: Sheer candy red.

Peach Parfait: Pinky-peach with gold shimmer. On my lips, this showed up the least.

Packaging: Loved the colour-matched casing – this means I can easily tell which one I’m reaching for whatever way they’re stored. The chrome tube looks classy and simple.

Product: I wouldn’t say these were as hydrating as claimed. After a few hours, I felt like I needed lip balm badly! The Lip Butters apply smoothly but it can take a couple of swipes to get an even colour. They are sheer as claimed. The glitter on Berry Smoothie wasn’t a problem, but on Peach Parfait I found glitter residue around my mouth hours after application which was difficult to remove. Candy Apple and Tutti Frutti were the longest wearing (4+ hours of colour remaining). I found I had to reapply every hour of so to maintain hydration.

Price: $22. This is ridiculous considering their US RRP is $7.50. Honestly, they aren’t worth that price so I recommend buying them on eBay for $10.

In general, I enjoy using the Lip Butters. If they were at a more reasonable price, I would probably have them all. They are definitely worth a look. I think the best thing about them is their sheerness means you can try bright fun colours without fear of looking like a clown. My favourite colour would have to be Tutti Frutti. The colour is so flattering, fun and so ‘in’ right now that you need it in your life, stat!




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What is one to do when a storm is threatening outside? Well, if you’re me – dress ups! Yes, the dress up tradition we loved as children is still alive and well in my grown-up heart. It’s a little more expensive and skill based now, but its still basically the same!

On the night of the Great Storm of 2012 (nuthin’ on the Great Storm of 2010), I played dress ups with my friend V! Or to be more specific, I dressed her up then took lots of photos. Behold…

And of course, there were some fail shots. But fail is a matter of opinion and in my mind these photos are still lovely because they are real.


I’m so beautiful my brain is exploding!

Yeah, it was a fun night! After we de-glammed, we spent the night watching Bridget Jones’ Diary. How did you guys survive the storm?


PS. Thanks for being my dress up doll, V! ❤

Makeup Look: Autumn Leaves


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Yay 100th post!!!!!!

So if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’d associate autumn (or fall if you’re in the US) with the glorious furnace of reds, oranges, burgundies and chartreuse from the leaves turning. Down Under, we have to make do with the increasingly chilly nights and the occasional day of rain.

The beautiful colours of autumn leaves inspired this makeup look. I am a little annoyed that the khaki green colour I used doesn’t show up that well in the photographs, but it is much more distinct in life.

Step 1: Help the colours stand out more by applying a shimmery pink base to the eyelid and inner tear duct.

Step 2: Apply an antique gold eyeshadow to the inner 1/3 of the lid without going above the crease. Use a small flat brush to precisely pat on the colour.

Step 3: Flip over the brush and apply a khaki green shadow to the remaining lid space. Gently go over the area where the two colours meet with both sides of your brush to seamlessly blend the colours.

Step 4: Use a pencil brush to apply plum brown shadow in the crease. Bring the colour all the way along the curve of the eye socket to give the illusion of larger, more deeply set eyes.

Step 5: Soften the harsh crease line using a soft pinky-plum colour (I actually used a blush – MAC Breath of Plum). Use a fluffy blending brush and blend upwards to the brow bone. Don’t blend downwards – we don’t want to muddy the colours on the lid. Use your favourite highlight colour to highlight under the brow bone and in the inner tear duct area.

Step 6: Line the lower lashline with a deep forest green colour (powder/gel/pencil would all work). The top lashline can be left bare or lined very thinly with black liquid liner.

Step 7: Finishing touches! I used a matte plum blush and matte bronzer on the face, and one coat of natural looking mascara.

The natural tones of this look make it very day-appropriate. Wear it to the office or out for lunch with some nude lipgloss like I did in the picture above. If you want to make a smooth transition to night wear, add another coat of black mascara and some bright red matte lipstick. This look works really well both ways!

Side note: I did this tutorial 20 mins after getting out of the shower, so my hair is still damp and unbrushed. Its not usually this naughty.

Products used:


  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Yoghurt
  • MAC eyeshadows in Woodwinked, Sumptuous Olive, Twinks, Humid, & Ricepaper
  • Hourglass Precision Liner in Jett
  • Maybelline FullN’Soft mascara


  • Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC42 (no foundation – too lazy)
  • MAC Powder Blush in Breath of Plum
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
  • MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze
  • The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter


  • The Body Shop Lip Gloss in Mauve Dream
  • NYX Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo

Thanks for reading 😉


Bonus pic…

Hairspiration: Hair Gurus


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If only we could all have our own hairstylist! Going to work/school/nowhere everyday with perfect, glossy locks….ahhh, the dream! Unfortunately, its not possible for the average girl to have that kind of hair everyday…or is it?

When I want hairspiration, I turn to some amazing Youtube gurus who can point me in the right direction. These girls aren’t professionals but they do have an abiding love for haircare and are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with the world. Please go have a look at them next time you’re in a rut and need some hairspiration!

Bebexo – this girl does awesome hair tutorials, including how to cut your hair at home!

Lilithedarkmoon – one of the biggest YT hair gurus, Lilith does both complicated and simple hair styles and is especially great for people who have fine, straight hair (like me!)

Luxy Hair – two beautiful sisters, lots of amazing hair ideas! These girls make hairstyling look so easy!

It might take you a bit of time to master braiding and styling your hair, but once you get into it, you’ll never look back! Happy hair day to everyone!


Images sourced from Harper’s Bazaar.

Lancome: Les Yeux Doux


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Another gorgeous Lancome Color Design eye palette joins my makeup family. This is Rose Romance from their 2012 Spring collection ‘Roseraie des Delices’ by the amazingly talented NZ-born Aaron De Mey (Lancome’s artistic director). For some unfathomable reason, the new 5-shade Color Design palettes still haven’t come to Australia!! I got this one shipped from the US, however they do have the 4-shade versions in stores right now.

As you can see, the packaging for this collection is slightly different from the standard black case with small rose design in the bottom right corner. I do love the original packaging, but this variation is quite nice too. As long as the standard of the packaging is the same, I have no complaints!

The overall base shade and the highlighter shade look almost exactly the same both in photos and when swatched. The lid shade looks different in the photos but then looks very similar to the other two when swatched. I’m disappointed that Lancome couldn’t have given us a bit more variety for USD 50.00! The palette comes with a doe-foot shaped and pencil-shaped foam applicator, which is useful for touch ups on the go. I’d still use proper brushes to apply this though. The shimmer is an overspray which sadly disappears after a few uses.

As per usual with Lancome, the shadows are buttery soft and nicely pigmented. I just wish the colours were more robust and varied! Hopefully I’ll get time to put up a look using this palette soon. To be honest, I haven’t felt inspired to use it yet because it’s so ‘spring’ and the weather in Perth is being very ‘autumn’ right now!


MAC Reel Sexy Product Launch


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This Thursday (26/04) I was lucky enough to go along to the launch of MAC’s new colour collection ‘Reel Sexy’ at David Jones in Hay St. The collection features 4 Dynamic Duo eyeshadow sets, Eye Kohl, lipsticks, Cremesheens, Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade (re-released multiple times since 2006, although the formula has changed since then), blush, nail laquer and Zoom Lash mascara.

The theme of the collection is cinematic drama, hence the bright and bold shades.

Even the food was appropriately cinema-themed!

The lovely Jayde was modelling Dynamic Duo 1 on the lids, Pink Cult powder blush and Lightscapade MSF, and Watch Me Simmer lipstick (all from the Reel Sexy collection).

Every makeup junkie’s dream!

Sneaky photo of myself wearing my newest favourite thing, ie. high waisted lavender pastel pants!

I didn’t end up picking out anything from the new collection, but it was a lot of fun going along and seeing what was new from this great brand. If I were to recommend anything to you, I’d say go for the new powder blushes. They were both very pigmented and wearable!

Check out the new collection at MAC Australia.



Butter London


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I have a new nail polish love! Sorry Essie, I have forsaken you for Butter London! I picked up these gems on OzSale last month and they just arrived! EEEEEEEEEEEE!

I cannot tell you how difficult it was to only pick 5. My shopping cart started with 16 polishes and I had to narrow it down. It was a Herculean task for an addict like me.

So finally I managed to cull my shopping cart down to: Trout Pout, Primrose Hill, The Old Bill, Knees Up and Wallis.

Some super speedy swatches (3 coats):

Pinky: Trout Pout, Ring: Primrose Hill, Middle: The Old Bill, Index: Knees Up

No top coat, base coat or tidying up here. I just swatched them quickly so you guys could see the colours. Trout Pout is a bright coral cream. Primrose Hill is a hot pink jelly. The Old Bill is a coffee-bronze foil. Knees Up is a glowing metallic scarlet.

And this is Wallis. I am crazy in love with this colour – everything about it appeals to me. I love the name (named after Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and wife of the abdicated King Edward VIII) and I love the colour. Its a gorgeous olive green with gold microglitter. I can see myself going crazy with this one in the coming months.

Some general notes – these polishes dried in less than 2 minutes and have very good wear time even without a top coat. They dry to a satiny finish. I did find that 3 coats were required to get a non-streaky finish, which is annoying. Have you tried Butter London yet? It’s available in the Eastern States but sadly not widely in WA yet. Hopefully they don’t come for a while, so I can remain financially solvent.


DIY: Basic Headband


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Yay my first DIY post! First because this is the first time I’ve actually remembered to take photos of the production process. Headbands are a staple accessory and are great for hiding greasy roots, taming bangs and adding pizzazz to an ordinary outfit. This DIY is super quick (20 mins tops!) and can be done by a beginner-level DIY-er.

What you need:

Ribbon (approx 40 cm), braided elastic tape (approx 10 cm), scissors, pins, measuring tape

Step 1

Use the measuring tape to get the circumference of your head where you want the headband to sit. You need about circumference minus 15cm of ribbon for the headband, but if you want a shorter or longer one just adjust appropriately. Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length.

Step 2

Cut approximately 10 cm of the elastic tape. I used black because of my dark hair, but it is also available in tan and white. A thinner tape will be easier to work with for this project.

Step 3

Take the ends of the ribbon and fold over 3 cm from the ends. Press down firmly to create a crease.

Step 4

Place one end of the elastic tape in the middle of ribbon on top of the end flap.

Step 5

Fold over the ribbon to cover the elastic. Use pins to pin each side in place. You can now carefully try on the headband to see if it needs to be tightened/loosened and make adjustments.

Step 6

Use a sewing machine to go over the ends of the ribbon a couple of times. Use scissors to carefully remove flyaway threads.

Step 7

Repeat steps 1 – 6 for a variety of different colour and material ribbons to have the perfect hair accessory for any outfit!

This is the perfect way to feel like you’ve accomplished something on a lazy Sunday (it sure beats studying). Hope you guys liked this one!