December 30, 2012

Favourites of 2012

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The year is nearing to an end and I cannot believe it that tomorrow by this time, we will be counting down to the year 2013. New Year’s Eve. It’s like that movie, called New Year’s Eve – which I think was actually released a year ago yet I haven’t seen it. Perhaps I’ll watch it tonight. How has your 2012 been? What’s in store for you in this 2013? I can feel new adventures and new chapter of my life unfolding. Scary but I am restless too.

It may be a cliché that I shall end this year with a post like this – one that showcase some of my favourite products and items. Not even everything but I managed to pick the ones I know I will repurchase and literally almost grab every single day or if not, any other day. For a long while now. Yes I even have favourite nail polishes that I go back to every. single. time. adding a new one from NARS, oh yes.

Shall I start with what they are?

Let’s go from the bottom left… rotating clockwise.

Forever New sunglasses – I have no idea what it is called, but it has large gold frame and tortoiseshell sides

Mombasa Navajo turquoise necklace – Random find at Mombasa several months ago and fell in love with this turquoise necklace piece

Simplicite (skincare brand)
Exfoliating Face Treatment – Review HERE
Plant Gel Cleanser (green)
One Step Exfoliating Cleanser – I can’t deal with not having these two cleansers.
Lemon Night Crème – best night cream ever used with results showing the very next day, face feels well nourished.
And I love a number of their other products such as the Floral Toner, the day creams, etc
Great Outdoors Sunscreen – Review HERE

MAC Fix+ – this is my second bottle and have already repurchased, don’t want to deal without this, too

River Island Wrap Watch – I am in love with this watch. I’ll do a post on this soon. If you follow me on instagram, you would have seen it.

NARS Sheer Glow – I am in the shade Punjab. I’ve had this since September and have not ventured out into any other foundation because I am just that happy with this. Perhaps I shall try a Chanel foundation some day, but for now, I am happy with this.

NARS Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove – My first ever NARS eyeshadow and in love with it so much. I can use it as liner, eyeshadow and my brow colour. Loves it very much.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre – creamy and bouncy eyeshadows that I use almost every time I do my eyes. Unless it’s a ‘barely there, no makeup’ makeup look then I use none.

Pearl stud earrings – pearls, what can I say, classic and timeless and goes with almost everything. Will be looking for a real pair next time, perhaps one that is of odd shape too.

Johnny Andrean hair spray – an Indonesian brand, picked it up when I was back in Indonesia and did my hair. The hairdresser used this and I like it. It’s super cheap when you convert it to Australian dollar. I’ll definitely stock up on this.

My iPod – my very first iPod, gifted to me. Love it. Have no problem with it. Treasuring it.

White statement necklace – I’ve worn this on several occasions on different outfits. Have had compliments with it. Shall keep wearing it. Shall look for more statement and vintagey necklaces teeheehee

Squishy bread ball – this is an artificial bread, plushie, a soft toy, my little destresser ball that I squish a lot of time.

Soap and Glory Hand Food – best hand cream. Does not go sticky, does not go slimey, feels and smells so nice. Will definitely repurchase the large tube. Don’t want to be without one.

Ben Nye Banana Powder – best loose powder, blends like butter, not cakey. Best part is, it is surprisingly cheap for the amount you get. The packaging is not the best design or the best looking thing but it works yeah.

Urban Decay Primer Potion – the best eye primer. Hands down. I have tried some other ones including the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, my eyelids still prefer this UDPP. Especially now with the new tube packaging. Love!

Lush Feeling Younger – this is a highlighter, an illuminator cream product that just looks really really nice on the high points of your face: the cheekbones in particular. I can even wear this even when I am not wearing any makeup on my face, just this.

Orly Top Coat – prefer this than Seche Vite. ‘nuff said? yeah, ‘nuff said. Will be searching to replace this once I am done with this one.

The Face Shop Face It Base Coat – have been using this since perhaps February this year and have not gone to any other base coat. Would probably repurchase.

A bunch of nail polishes I love, namely:

NARS Anardana; Illamasqua Stance, OPI Big Apple Red, Orly Sea Gurl, Essie Masquerade Belle, Essie Silken Cord, Australis Kick the Bucket, Australis glitter nail polishes top coats

Maybelline Age Rewind concealer – here I have the older version and the newer version. I like that the old one you have the two ends, the options of having the brightener and the concealer in one. But you get a lot more product in the new version with one tube of just concealer. Works well and not cakey.

A bunch of braceletes and bangles – been loving them, totally.

Lens cleaner – spritz this on my glasses/spectacles lenses and wipe them. Amazing clarity. I don’t know why I didn’t have this sooner. Makes such a difference.

 

Hopefully I didn’t miss anything. If I do, just shoot me a comment.

Happy New Year everyone

May 2013 brings you more SMILES and LOVES and PEACE :)

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December 27, 2012

NARS Thakoon “Anardana”

Meaning Pomegranate in Hindi.

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Inspired by the Indian spices, NARS teamed up with Thai-American fashion designer, Thakoon Panichgul in creating these vibrant and creamy nail polishes.

Have been eyeing this shade for a long while and snatched it right away when Mecca Cosmetica had them on sale for only AUD$13 instead of its rrp at AUD$25. These are Limited Edition, too, by the way.

Guess what, this was taken with 1 coat and no top coat. How amazing is this nail polish!

And you bet, I’m running back to Mecca Cosmetica tomorrow to get the other colours I have been lemming to have but contemplated but now I’ve made up my mind. Amchoor (dried mango powder) and Koliary (if anyone can tell me what it means, it would be much appreciated) are definitely the kind of colours I have been loving as well.

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December 9, 2012

Blow Dry, Baby! Blow Dry Bar Opens in Brisbane

At the Emporium, Fortitude Valley!!

We’ll blow your hair not your cash
(Quote: Blow Dry Bar)

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I was lucky to be invited to check out the new hair salon at the Emporium last Friday.

Here’s my experience with them and let me tell you now – this coming week of

Monday the 10th – Friday the 14th

the Blow Dry service is having a promo at only $15!! $15!!! OMG $!%!!!!

(any length, any thickness of hair, one price)

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As soon as you enter, you can feel the vibe. The interior is of black intricate design and large rustic mirrors and chandeliers. Would you like some champagne? Tea? Coffee?

Welcome to Blow Dry Bar…

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I met my stylist, David. He’s been a hairdresser for 6 years now and lives in Bribie Island! OMG and he has to travel to Fortitude Valley 5 days a week! That’s called love for his work, totally.

He washed my hair, massaged my scalp and let the blow drying begin.

We both agreed on a natural wavy, toussled look.

Fyi, my hair is naturally straight, naturally black, naturally flat and lack of volume, and soft that it is hard to style.

David worked his magic, brushing and twirling and…

Ta Da!

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Here’s a photo with David.

I’m not sure how well you can picture my hair, but it was soft yet styled.
It was toussled yet having that natural bounce.
He sprayed a touch of hairspray (brand: Silhouette) and done!

Truly an instant pick me up!

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Here’s a photo with the 2IC of the salon, Liz.

She’s previously worked in a cruise, travelling all over the world! How cool is that!

Funny story, she thought I was from the Phillipines.

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Me being me was poking around the stores and caught a brand I’ve never seen before. Naturally I was intrigued! Bangstyle. Say, wha~?

I am on the lookout for a matte clay styling product and when I spotted this item I just had to take it home with me and I did. RRP$21.95

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I have used it only twice and I’m loving it already!
Gives your hair a hold yet it looks like you have nothing on your hair! You don’t need much either!
Instant love!

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Blow Dry Bar is now available for bookings and services 7 days a week!

Monday 8am – 7pm

Tuesday 8am – 7pm

Wednesday 8am – 7pm

Thursday 8am – 8pm

Friday 8am – 8pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

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Emporium, Shop 13
1000 Ann Street
Fortitude Valley
Qld 4006

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Ph (07) 3666 0237
fortitudevalley@blowdrybar.com.au

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Prices:

Designer Blow Dry (includes wash and massage) – $40

Style Cut & Blow Dry – $80

Cut, Colour & Blow Dry – $160

Mens Style Cut – $35

Hair Treatments – $15 – $25

Upstyle – $45 – $80

Hair Extensions – $395

Blow Dry Party – $60 – $65 per head
(Please enquire. For 4 or more. Includes drinks, and champagne)

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Other hair products used in the store-

Revlon Professionals, ghd

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Will I come back?

YES!

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Disclaimer: The blow dry service was provided complimentary of Blow Dry Bar – Thank you!
Bangstyle firm matte clay was purchased by Blushfully for personal purposes, no affiliation with the company or sponsor whatsoever. Orofluido mini was a complimentary gift.

December 2, 2012

Loving Right Now: OX

Loving…

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This random ring found at Colette by Colette Hayman accessories. It was 25% off when I strolled into the store – score! 

I love it. So much right now. Perhaps someday I’ll get it remade with real (rose or white or mix) gold so I can wear it all the time and not take it off. Yeah, I’d like that. *grins*

How’s your weekend? =]

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