Thursday, 31 May 2012

Face of Australia Impact Curl Mascara Review

Hey all, 

This post is going to be short and sweet, as I have a pile (well, two) assignments to finish tonight get to.

Face of Australia has been one of my absolute favourite brands recently, and when I read a review of this mascara on Shopping Intervention, I just had to buy it! 

And after giving it a go for a couple of months, I want to have its babies. 

What I Love 
- Lengthens and lifts, with a definite curl achieved. 
- Doesn't smudge or budge. 
- Wand separates and coats each individual lash.
- Doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. 
- The wand doesn't get goopy. 
- Formula is neither too wet, or too dry. 
- Great price! 

Where to Buy: Priceline, Big W and Kmart. 

Price: $11.95

On Me 

The right lash (one on the left side of the picture) has no mascara, and the other has 2 coats of Impact Curl! 

Amazing results! 

Buy it and try it I say! 

If you want to read another great review of this mascara, the lovely Tegan has a post on Tegania's Thoughts. 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

On My Cheeks: MAC Blush in Ambering Rose

Hey all, 

A while ago I never used to play with blushes much. As soon as I started though, I couldn't stop. A blush can change your whole look, and of course, help to create a healthy and radiant complexion (who doesn't want that?!). No one can go past MAC blushes - they have such a large range, and Ambering Rose is one of the first ones that I picked up. 

I have replaced it a few times since then! 

Shade: Terracotta bronze with flecks of gold shimmer. 

Finish: Sheertone Shimmer 

What I Love
- A great shade that can work for all skin tones, it definitely looks gorgeous on darker skin though!
- Smooth and even finish. 
- Long lasting and fades evenly. 
- Highly pigmented. 
- Adds shimmer without being overpowering. 

Where to Buy: David Jones, Myer and Online

Price: $41.00 AUD 



This is definitely one of my staples, and I especially enjoy bringing it out to play in the colder months. Although it may look slightly scary in the pan, it definitely blends well for a gorgeous finish! Good work MAC, good work. 

Have you tried Ambering Rose? What is your favourite MAC Blush at the moment?

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Monday, 28 May 2012

My Top 5 Tips for Clear Skin

Hey all,

As mortified as I am to admit it, I did neglect my skin a little bit for around a month. Life just got on top of me, and the health of my skin dropped to the bottom of my list. Needless to say, I was not impressed with the results! Neglecting your skin is not a good idea under any circumstance!

Here are a few little tips to keep your skin clear. These are just things that have been working for me, and although I can't guarantee that they will work for you as well - I do recommend that you give them a try! Regardless, they will make for a healthier version of yourself!

1. Remove ALL Make Up at the End of the Day
 I recommend that you use two different make up removers; one for your entire face and one specifically for your eyes. Keeping make up on for any extended period of time, especially throughout the night, can make all hell break out on your skin! I usually find that a blemish or two will pop up one or two days after I have been too lazy to take my make up off.

For something that only takes a couple of minutes to do, the breakout just isn't worth it! 

Personally I use Simple Makeup Remover Wipes and Swisspers Eye Makeup Remover. 

2. Clean Make Up Brushes Consistently & Thoroughly
Dirty make up brushes are a germ and bacteria breeding ground, and you definitely don't want to be mixing in an unhealthy dose of bacteria with your foundation in the morning!

I spot clean my brushes after every use and deep clean face brushes once every 1-2 weeks (foundation, powder, blush and bronzer brushes). I leave my eye brushes a little longer.

3. Treat Before You See
Everyone knows the dread you feel when you can tell you are about to get a pimple the same size as a small nation; well, that's the time to start acting. When it comes to blemishes, it is best to treat problems before they get the chance to show their fury!

Use a spot on treatment when you notice the first signs of a blemish. 

4. Eat Healthily
One phrase comes to mind - you are what you eat!

Your skin and body are going to be much healthier on a good diet. Don't forget to add lots of fruits and veggies, especially those with anti-oxidant and immunity boosting properties.

Why not try a smoothie?
My favourite smoothies ingredients are: beetroot, carrots, oranges, limes and lemons, cranberries and raspberries! 

Although exercise can be something that we all dread at times, it is most definitely worth the effort. It gives you a great dose of happiness enduring endorphins as well. 

I hope that this post helped you all a little bit and that you enjoyed it!

Have a great night! xx

Thursday, 24 May 2012

How To: Removing Glitter Polish Easily

Hey all, 

A question that I receive often is "how on earth do you get glitter polish off easily". Everyone knows what I am talking about! Glitter polish seems to stick to your nails as if by magic; and after using two bottles of remover and a farms worth of cotton pads, it still glares up at you in defiance. 

Being a serial glitter polish wearer, this is something that I have had to deal with many, many times. And this is the easiest method of removal that I have tried so far. The good ol' aluminium foil wrap! 

What You Will Need 
- Nail polish remover, preferably with a high acetone content. 
- Scissors.
- Cotton pads/balls.
- Aluminium foil.

How To 

1. Cut foil into correct size (10 pieces). 

2. Soak cotton ball or pad in remover.

3. Place on nail. 

4. Wrap firmly with aluminium foil. 

5. Press down on cotton ball/pad, repeat for each nail.

6. Wait 5 mins. 

What to do when waiting? I'm a fan of taking one or two ridiculous self-portraits. 

After you have acted like a crazy person for a sufficient amount of time, we move onto the final step! 

7. Remove and wipe excess, it should all come off very easily! 

And then repeat it all on the other hand! I am too clumsy to wrap both hands up at the same time, if you can - go for it! 

Hope this helped and that you enjoyed reading! xx

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

On My Lips: Covergirl Lip Perfection in Tempt Seduction

Hey all,

Another red looking lipstick? Oh my, it's an obsession! You may have noticed by now that shades in the red family are my very favourite. I am definitely a fan of a bright lip, and red is a classic that suits everyone. What is not to love? 

I only have two Covergirl Lip Perfection lipstick's, but I think that they are both wonderful! So I am definitely looking to pick more up soon, any recommendations? 

Enough blabbing from me, time to get onto the fun stuff!

Shade: A seductive magenta-ish red. (I'm very good at shade descriptions, aren't I?!)

What I Love
- Gorgeous colour that would compliment every skin tone.
- Well formulated: creamy, smoothes on easily and highly moisturising.
- Long lasting: lasts through drinking and eating well. 
- Sleek packaging. 

Where to Buy: Priceline, Target, Big W and selected pharmacies.

Price: $14.05


On My Lips 

What is my hair doing on the right side of my head? Ah well, let's roll with it! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Benefit Erase Paste - Review + Swatches

Hey all,

I do love me a good salmon toned, full coverage concealer. I have been cursed with genetic dark under-eye circles, that nothing will budge (thanks mum!) - so covering them is the only way that I can stop looking like a zombie. 

I first tried out Benefit Erase Paste when I was 16 (they made it back then?!), in preparation for my semi-formal (or prom) and it has been a staple in my makeup collection since then. My shade is Deep. 

What I Love 
- Salmon toned to correct darkness (purple and green shades).
- Full coverage.
- Cream concealer that smoothes on easily. 
- Great staying power. 
- Adorable packaging

What I Don't
- Settles into creases and fine lines if not set. 
- Has to be blended thoroughly, as it is quite thick. 
- Have to use a foundation over the top as it is salmon toned. 

Shades Available: Light, Medium and Deep

Where to Buy: Myer

Price: $47.00


Now, I didn't think that the world was ready to see my under eye circles...
So I swatched it over a vein instead!

Green Vein. 
No green-ness to be seen anywhere!
As you may be able to tell, it definitely has similarities to Bobbi Brown correctors. Which one is better? I'm sorry, but I couldn't tell you. I love each of these products for their own reasons. Erase Paste seems to work differently and can also be used to cover up other imperfections. Bobbi Brown correctors seem to last longer, but crease more.

Saying this, I definitely recommend that you give both a try to see what will work best for you!

Hope you all have a great night! 

Monday, 21 May 2012

Hair Envy: Up Do's

Hey all,

I've been loving all the gorgeous up-do's that I have been seeing litter the runway and streets recently, I just can't get enough! Gorgeous messy boho buns, braids and structured looks - I think that they are all wonderful! 

Here are some of my favourites that I have found recently. 

Sienna is wearing her messy boho bun into the ground! 

I have an event coming up soon, and I love all of the above styles so much - so, I need your help! 

Which one is your favourite? What is your favourite type of up-do?

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Friday, 18 May 2012

On My Lips: Australis Colour Inject in Boogie Woogie

Hey all, 

Yet another new favourite lippie of mine! I have been discovering so many gorgeous new shades lately, that I am going to have to try my hardest not the overload you all! If I start rambling on about lip colour too much, feel free to tell me to shut the hell up be quiet. 

A couple of weeks before I picked this baby up I won Hula in a competition and absolutely adored the formula; so when Priceline had a sale I just had to take advantage of it. I picked up four, Boogie Woogie being one of them. And I have to say, it is my favourite of the lot!

Shade: A gorgeous muted nude-pink. Would work with any skin tone. 

What I Love 
- The formula is divine - creamy, moisturising and highly pigmented. 
- I know I just mentioned pigment, but it most definitely has one swipe colour! 
- Relatively long lasting - around 4 hours without eating or drinking. 
- Gorgeous range of shades. 
- Sleek packaging. 
- Although I can't put my finger on what it is, it has a nice smell. 

Where to Buy: Priceline, Target, Big W and Selected Pharmacies. 

Price: $12.95


On My Lips

This is definitely a great everyday nude-pink that works wonderfully with all make up looks. Such a gorgeous shade, and a wonderfully formulated - especially for the price! I think you would all love it, so definitely head out to check it out! 

Have you tried Australis Colour Inject Lipstick's? Which is your favourite? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Shabby Chic Inspiration - Round 2

Hey all, 

This post is round two of shabby chic inspiration for me and my blog! I am currently in the process of redecorating certain rooms in my house - so I need all the inspiration that I can get! I am aiming to create spaces that are chic, cosy and gorgeous (of course)! Preferably with large amounts of purple...

If you know of any good inspiration sites or Pinterest users, link me to them! And on that note, add me on Pinterest to see many more pics like this!

Pinterest Username - Marked Beauty 

The cutest laundry area. 

Deep, rich purples. 

Frills and floral.

Wouldn't this be the perfect place to read?! 

And lastly, my dream kitchen colour! And people thought I was crazy when I said that I wanted purple...

Hopefully everything with my little renovations goes to plan! I shall try to grab before and after pictures for all of you to see. 

Hope you all have a wonderful night! xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Looking After Myself: Skin Care Routine

Hey all, 

This post has been a long time coming, I have just been so caught up blogging about prettier things! But, the time is nigh! A balanced skin care routine that is tailored to your individual needs is vital to maintain the health and appearance of your skin. And with your skin being your largest organ, it definitely should be looked after! 

Not everything will work for everyone, and this post is just about what works for me - so keep that in mind when reading!

Hope you enjoy! 

Makeup Removal 

Swisspers Botanical Extracts Eye Make-Up Remover 
- Smells gorgeous, is gentle on the eyes and handles waterproof mascara without trouble! 
When: At night, or any time I'm switching things around.
Where to Buy: Priceline and Selected Pharmacies
Price: Think it was around $10

Wild Harvest Virgin Coconut Oil 
- I use this miracle product after cleansing facial wipes and let it sink in. Also use it under masks and on my hair as a treatment. It works wonders! 
When: Night. 
Where to Buy: Health Stores 
Price: $18.99

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes 
- Removes all makeup without irritating the skin. 
When: Night, or when removing makeup. 
Where to Buy: Priceline and Pharmacies. 
Price: $6.99

Cleansing, Exfoliating, Masks and Toning

Natio Renew Radiance Exfoliator 
- An enzyme based exfoliator that promotes radiant skin without irritating. Doesn't cause me any redness. I use it once or twice a week, depending. I tried this on a whim and have grown to adore it! 
When: Usually at night. 
Where to Buy: Priceline, Myer and Selected Pharmacies. 
Price: $19.95

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream
- My favourite way to start the week! This scrub is divine - it works wonders to remove impurities and refine the complexion. I stopped using most Clinique products a while ago, but couldn't let go of this one! Also, it smells like cake batter. 
When: Usually at night. 
Where to Buy: Myer, David Jones. 
Price: $47.00

Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask
- I have been using this brand for years and love the way my skin feels after this mask. The mud draws out horrid impurities and balances oil. I will either use this, a Lush Fresh Face Mask, or Simplicite mask once a week. 
When: Night, usually in the bathtub surrounded by steam. 
Where to Buy: Priceline
Price: $8.99

Simplicite Exfoliating Face Treatment
I use this as a mask. Gorgeous organic product that does wonders to plump up and treat imperfections in my skin. Great anti-aging properties. The only problem is that I don't like the smell. 
When: Night. 
Where to Buy: Online, Myer 
Price: $41.70

Biotherm Biosource Cleanser
- Been using this since the beginning of the year, and I ADORE it! Contains balancing zinc and leaves my skin feeling cleansed, without being tight or dry. 
Best for normal-combination skin. 
When: Day and night. 
Where to Buy: Myer
Price: $29.00

Biotherm Biosource Lotion/Toner
- A non aggressive and non drying toner. Removes traces of dirt and makeup and increases cell production. 
When: Day and Night 
Where to Buy: Myer 
Price: $36.00

I use my cleanser with my Clarisonic Mia at night- which I adore! I use the sensitive brush head. 
Where to Buy: Adore Beauty & Myer 
Price: $150

Moisturiser, Treatments and Sunscreen

Biotherm Aquasource Skin Perfection
- One of the best moisturisers that I have ever tried. Moisturises my skin without causing oiliness. Moisture lasts all day. 
When: Morning
Where to Buy: Myer 
Price: $64.00

Simplicite Rosemary Blemish Gel 
- A natural, organic treatment for less aggressive blemishes. Soothes and fades. 
When: Whenever needed. 
Where to Buy: Online & Myer 
Price: $28.80

Neutrogena Healthy Defence Sunscreen
- The normal/combination sunscreen variety. Offers sun protecting without oiliness and also doesn't leave a white shadow on my darker skin. 
When: Whenever venturing outside. 
Where to Buy: Priceline, Pharmacies
Price: $14.99

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +
- I cannot live without this little baby! Makes my skin radiant and calm. Also increases cell renewal and protects from environmental damage. 
When: Day and Night
Where to Buy: Adore Beauty, Priceline, Myer and Health Stores
Price: $29.95

Simplicite Lemon Night Creme
- More intense moisture for night time. Smells divine! Suits all skin types.
When: Night
Where to Buy: Online and Myer 
Price: $59.90

Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Gel
- Zaps pimples in no time! A definite HG product for me. 
When: When needed 
Where to Buy: Priceline and pharmacies. 
Price: $14.99

Biotherm Aquasource Eye Perfection
- My favourite eye cream. Helps reduce puffiness and dark circles without being over moisturising. 
When: Day and night
Where to Buy: Myer 
Price: $49.00

Wow, what a long post! Feel free to ask me any questions. 

Have you done a skin care routine post? If so, link me! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Monday, 14 May 2012

OOTD - The Beginning Of A Week Off!

Hey all, 

I have been given a week of 'burn-out' leave from work, as I have been under a lot of pressure lately - a common thing amongst social workers! So this morning I slept in until 11.30 and rose all bouncy and excited...until I realised I have no idea what to do with spare time! Because I am a workaholic. 

So what did I end up doing? Called the best friend and headed out for a spot of lunch, coffee and shopping. I have also planned dinner with the girls tonight, so my week of freedom is starting with a BANG! 

Here is what I wore! 

Spotted - Grumpy cat in frame, because her mother was taking pictures and not patting. 

Spot - Cat's tail, still grumpy. 

The Outfit 
Wet Leather Look Leggings from Garnis Boutique/ Knit from Garnis Boutique/ Betts Ankle Boots/ Handbag from Camden Markets/ Colette Necklace/ Lovisa Bracelet/ Pandora Bracelets and Rings 

Next picture! 

Spot - Finally, a happy cat. She has won, attention received. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, and a little insight into what a lil monster angel my baby cat is! Haha.

Have a great night! xx

Friday, 11 May 2012

On My Lips: MAC Reel Sexy - Heroine and Watch Me Simmer

Hey all, 

As I'm sure a lot of you were, I was super excited for the MAC Reel Sexy collection to hit Australia shores. Since we get everything a little bit later than the US, it always gives me time to look at swatches and reviews...and fall in love with everything! 

All of the lipsticks in the Reel Sexy collection looked divine, so the day that they were released here I ran out and picked up the two I thought would work best with my skin tone - Heroine and Watch Me Simmer.

Heroine & Watch Me Simmer
The Shades
- Heroine - a gorgeous magenta purple that is almost completely matte, it just has a hint of shine to it. 
- Watch Me Simmer - a bright coral with a hint of pink. 

What I Love 
- Highly pigmented and creamy, like most MAC shades.
- Such gorgeous shades. 
- Wear around 4-5 hours on me. 
- Fade evenly. 

Where to Buy: Online, Myer, David Jones

Price: $36.00


Without Flash 

With Flash 

On My Lips 

In Natural Light

Watch Me Simmer
I think that these colours are absolutely stunning; so glad that I grabbed them. I'm also starting to think that I will go back and get Reel Sexy as well, I didn't think I wanted it at first - but it has grown on me! 

What are your favourite items/shades from the Reel Sexy collection? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx