November 6, 2013

Wishlist ♔

I only have one more final assessment left so i figured I deserve some blogcrastinating time.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
1. I know we're approaching warmer weather in Australia but I've always had a love affair with velvet and how it usually brings a dark/gothic element to outfits. The baby pink really changes things up. Seriously, if Topshop had free shipping, i would be ordering all the time.
2. I've been intrigued about this ever since Milkteef blogged about it a while back. I get pretty bad anxiety and panic attacks. The first time it happened, I had no idea how to deal because I thought I was having a heart attack. Since then, I've picked up some really handy tips to cope with them! I might do a post on this in the future if it's something you'd like to read. Anyway, I tend to get panic attacks when I'm in bed at night right before I'm supposed to sleep so this sounds like a great soothing product; the fragrance of lavender and camomile are both great for calming the mind. Aromatherapy does wonders.
3. I watched the entire series of Orange is the New Black right before all my mid-sem assessments, #priorities, and now i really want to read the book! I honestly cannot wait for my summer holidays to start because i really want to get back to reading, a hobby i used to enjoy so much but never make time for now. This TV series is amazing and Jenji Kohan is a genius. All the characters in her shows are so vibrant and they all leave such an impression on you in their own way. She also created Weeds which is one of my favorite TV shows EVER.
4. Ever since reading Sue's post, a couple more reviews of the Roche Posay BB Melt-In cream have popped onto my feed... (p.s. it was her birthday a few days ago, go and give her some birthday love!) I've never had any luck with traditional BB creams but the idea of a lighter coverage base with SPF 50 is really appealing especially as the weather is getting warmer
5. My skin has been horrendous lately, I blame stress, lack of sleep and Melbourne's bi-polar weather. So many UK bloggers have reviewed the Vichy Idealia Life Serum and it sounds exactly like what I need right now. This serum is aimed to correct, repair and prevent the skin from the daily things we expose our skin to that affect our skin quality. e.g. stress, pollution, UV rays, an unbalanced diet. I don't think i've come across one negative review of this! Not sure how to get a hold of it though...i've only found it on eBay so far.
6. I've been wanting another buffing brush but i didn't want another core collection. If i get this set, i won't be doubling any of my brushes except for the buffing brush which i actually want and the foundation brush which i don't really care for. The multitask brush and the crease brush in the set tempt me even more. I tweeted iHerb asking if they'll be stocking them and they said that they've ordered it and they should receive it in the next couple of weeks ^^
7.  Lazy Oaf is one of my favorite brands and I just want everything they have at the moment! These kitty socks are TOO CUTE!

That's all from me for now c: Hope this week has been treating you well! I better go back to my french dissertation, can't believe that it's my last semester of french ever! I've been doing it for the last 9 years!

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chloé

October 27, 2013

snaps. (with lots of puppy photos to brighten your day)

Cannot believe it's nearly november! Exams start next week so this might be my last post until they're over. I say might because i'll probably find myself writing up another post when i procrastinate. Here are some recent snaps though.
I've been on the hunt for some decent scented candles that aren't ridiculously expensive but still smell amazing. I came across a stall in Chadstone selling these handmade soy candles with 80 hours burning time! It was 2 for $55 so i bought one for me and one for my mum. The prices probably seem outrageous for those who live outside of Australia but it's actually pretty good. Candles aren't something i can buy overseas and bring back either because they're so heavy :c 
There were so many scents to choose from and it was really hard to pick. The other flavors that jumped out at me were Frangipani, Japanese Honeysuckle and Watermelon. I might go back for those if they're good. They also have smaller ones in tins with 40 hours burning time. 
Caught the lovely Sue for brunch, we work in the same shopping centre AND go to the same uni yet we never get to properly have a chat! Crazy. 

If you follow me on instagram @chloe_e, then you would have seen this precious creature already. My best friend got a new puppy and she is the sweetest thing ever!! 
Look how tiny she is!!! This is her sleeping on me, my heart is melting.
And just when i thought it couldn't get any better...there was a second one. She can't keep them both though so she has to give one away :c I wish i could take it home but we already have 3 pets. I hope someone close to us takes her in so the pups can have play dates!
I moved at the beginning of the month and i love my new home so much! I can't wait until exams are over then I can properly unpack everything and do the place up how i want c: 
...Although i did get to set up my shoe-drobe, my pride and joy. My mum complains all the time for my lack of "nice shoes", she doesn't understand my love for sneakers. I'm not really a flats girl, the closest thing I have are oxfords.
 
One of the things i definitely knew i wanted in my new room was a scratch map, can't wait to scratch more countries off in the future. 
This whole month, all i've been craving is french toast but this was the best one by farrrrrrr. 
It had salted caramel, banana, mascarpone, ginger crunch and maple syrup. EVERYTHING I LOVE! For the fellow Melbournians, you can find this delicious dish at Bluebird Espresso c:
My shopbop haul. Had my eye on both of these things for ages and with 25% off, i didn't even hesitate. It made such a huge difference! Karen Walker sunglasses are my favorite. 
My girl B turned 21 recently and she kept it pretty quiet this year. I took her out for a cute dinner date and we took our Prada babies out to play. Note to self: China Town is really scary and rowdy at night LOL.

For those of you with exams as well, good luck with your studies! We're so close to the end! A lot of my friends are graduating this year, it's so surreal. I feel like we just got to uni. I have another extra year because I'm doing a diploma but I am not ready to leave uni!

p.s. I got new social media icons! I'm so happy with them, my friend had to help me because i know nothing about technology. He's going to help me write some codes and revamp the blog after exams c: 

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chloé

October 17, 2013

Art Deco Glamour Eyeshadows: #350 + #358 (Swatch + Review)

First off, let me start off by saying that I LOVE THESE EYESHADOWS!!! 
I've never even seen or heard of the brand ARTDECO before i came across it in a drugstore in Seoul and boy am i glad i did. ARTDECO is a cruelty-free brand from Germany. Their eyeshadows, like MAC, are categorized by their finishes - matte, pearl, duochrome and 'Glamour" (glittery). 
Each eyeshadow comes in its own rectangular individual magnetized pan with a transparent clip-on lid that has the shade number printed on it.  I love this packaging for a number of reasons:
- Firstly, you don't need to buy their palettes, which are sold separately. I have a unii palette (like a Z palette) so this was great news for me. You could even put it on your fridge! ...not sure why you would but hey! you can! LOL 
- I love that they have a lid! So when they're not in use, they're protected and if you travel with it and knock it around, it stops any fall out from making your palette all powdery and messy. 
- The shade number is also indicated on the side of the actual pan. So if you lose the lid or get them confused, you'll always know what number it is. 
Both the colors i bought were Glamour Eyeshadows. 
#350 is described as a "Glam Grey Beige" and #358 is described as a"Glam Decent Purple".
I love how soft these colors look, they're so flattering and the subtleness of the glitter really adds dimension to the color without being over the top. 
When i swatched it initially at the store, i just really liked the colors but since being back in Melbourne, i've been using them pretty much daily and i really wish i bought a few more because the quality is just amazing. In terms of texture, they are silky, buttery and extremely blendable with minimal to no fallout during application and wear - the glitters particles running through them aren't gritty at all. Pigmentation is also very rich. I don't have problems with fading or creasing either! In fact, i think they help my eyeliner stay on longer without fading.
Here is a daytime look i've been wearing a lot, using #358. I love how neutral and soft it looks.
I've also used these for a nighttime look. I intensified it using #350 as an all over base color and blending #358 in the inner corner.
ARTDECO offers a "Système Mosaique" where you can select different eyeshadow/blushes and fill up a 2-pan/4-pan/6-pan/12-pan magnetic ARTDECO palette.
These are two of best eyeshadows I own. I am honestly so blown away by the quality and might even prefer them over my Urban Decay eyeshadows and some of my MAC ones too! I'd be interested to see how the other finishes compare to this, especially the matte ones. There are lots of colors to choose from in the range, heaps of beautiful neutrals too. I think the palettes themselves are quite pricey but the eyeshadows are well worth the money, at least the ones I tried. I definitely want to try more things in the future from ARTDECO. I've heard really good things about their eyeshadow base!
ARTDECO is available on Beauty Bay but not the entire range. It is also available from www.tenderlovingskincare.co.uk (shipping is a flat rate of £5.50). Prices on both sites are really reasonable.

Have you ever tried anything from ARTDECO? What's your favorite ARTDECO product?

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chloé

October 12, 2013

Recent Dolling Up Occasions

In the last week of September, I had the opportunity to doll up quite a few times so i thought I'd share some snaps with you c: I honestly love getting ready, it's what gets me pumped to start the day and i enjoy every minute of it. I never plan my outfits or my make up, so the entire process is just such a joy for me because i never know what i'll end up looking like LOL, my life is so exciting. Savour the little things right?
First up, i had Biomed Ball. I don't actually study Biomed but a few of my friends do and we all decided to go. I've been hermiting in my own little hole for a few weeks so it was really nice to see a lot of friends i hadn't seen in ages, and all dressed up too! All the girls looked so stunning and the guys, mighty dapper. I always appreciate a man in a suit.
My dress was my aunty's bridesmaid dress from one of her friend's wedding a while ago. She gave the dress to me beginning of last year and i forgot about it and found it in my wardrobe when i was packing up my room to move. Handy timing! 
I wish i got a photo of the back but i completely forgot to because we literally only left ourselves half n' hour to get ready and i barely took any photos on the night. The straps at the front of the dress followed all the way to the back and weaved in a criss-cross manner with a bow around the waist area. Mish's dress was so glamourous; it reminded me of a black Vera Wang wedding dress or something!  People kept stepping on her dress the entire night though. And as for Kellen, she MADE HER DRESS. This girl. In case you forgot, she also made her costume at my 21st, that girl CAN sew.
All of these photos were taken post ball because we didn't get any pre-ball haha! The second photo was when we changed for the after party but we didn't end up going because it was pouring down with rain and while our apartment was really close to where the after party was, we just couldn't be bothered after we got some maccas. We ran into some people coming back from the after party in the elevator and they said it wasn't worth going so we ended up watching infomercials LOL.
I felt bad for people who had uni the next day. A few of us went down to Breakfast Thieves for some brunch but only Mish and I ate. 
This was written on the wall and i thought it was so cute and highly accurate. I hate raisons so this is 100% spot on. I always feel so betrayed when i realise choc chip cookies aren't choc chip cookies.
I ordered spicy baked eggs with Chorizo, mushrooms, peas, feta and a side of garlic toast. It was really delicious at first but the flavor was so intense and there wasn't enough bread and my tongue was like "help me" about halfway through. I think it would have been nicer with more egg too. The toast was amazing though.
I wish i got a photo of Mish's food, she got a really yummy french brioche with pear and something.
p.s. She just started a local Melbourne food blog with her friend Kim, so check it out here c:
The weather on this day was insane. We were all so underdressed because no one really thought about the day after the ball. It was absolutely freezing, WINDY AS ****, sunny and hailing. Typical Melbourne. To protect ourselves from the bi-polar weather, we invested in kawaii matching raincoats from Daiso. I seriously love that place. (Sue, expect my face in the Chadstone store). 
Here's a cute photo of Cookie. She's usually not allowed on the bed but she just had a bath and she was all soft and fluffy and i couldn't say no.
I redyed my hair and now it's more dark turquoise/green. The last saturday of September, we celebrated one of my best friends 21st and i had such a good night! Most of my friends were there and Mish and I got to put together the playlist so it was good fun seeing everyone get into our party tunes. I took a few photos with the birthday boy on the actual camera but none on my phone. Mish and I never miss an opportunity to photo whore though. I wore a black jumpsuit with a neon yellow blazer (as seen in this post) and the heels i bought in this post. I was really unsure when i bought my fluro yellow blazer but i love pairing it with monochrome colors. 

My girl Bella (i've been friends with her with since the first year of high school) and I went to see Rihanna on the last day of September. We've been looking forward to it for months. We had a cute manicure and lunch date before we headed back to hers for a cuppa tea. 
Then we just got ready together and had dinner before we left. Her mummy made the yummiest pasta :3 Her sister took this when we were stuffing our faces.
We decided to go for all black look with a touch of bling. We wanted to shine bright like a diamond. I love using diamontes around my eyes for special nights out! Can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing Bella's brows are. 10/10, would brow again.
Waiting impatiently for the show. Before the concert, I liked Rihanna but now, I'm in serious lady love with her and her thighs (LOL). That girl just oozes swag (I have never used this word but this is the only word i can use to describe her). She doesn't even need to try, she just has such a presence. 
I didn't take a lot of photos but I took some videos, I instagrammed a few of them so be sure to check it out if you're keen! The rest of the time, Bella and I were shaking our bootys. The visuals and outfits she wore BLEW ME AWAY. Everything was perfect, she is perfect. RIRI MY QUEEN.
Us girlies in our "Post-RiRi-Is-This-Our-Life?" bliss ^^ I wore my MAC RiRi Boy (reviewed here), definitely one of my favorite lipsticks ever. 

I don't know if you guys enjoyed this post but i hope you did! I'd like to share more of what i get up to with you all ^^ and maybe even in the process, share some of the different make up looks and outfits i wear. Let me know what you think c:

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chloé

p.s. i'm writing this at 3am so i apologise if i sounded a bit delirious 

October 8, 2013

RiRi Hearts MAC: Fall Collection - Her Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad, Bad Girl Gone Good Blush, Talk That Talk Lipstick and 187 SE Brush (Swatches + Microreviews)

WOW. What a stunning collection and certainly one I could not miss. I went into Myer this morning as soon as they opened - I knew exactly what i wanted so I picked them up and came straight home to photograph them. I can't even decide which product is my favorite because I love everything so much already after one use.
I'm not going to go into huge amounts of detail for each product; this is just a round up of everything I bought and my first impressions. Obviously i cannot comment on wear just yet. I just wanted to get these swatches and microreviews up as soon as possible because i think it's going to sell out very quickly and i don't want you to miss out!

First up, i got the eyeshadow quad in Her Cocoa. I am honestly so impressed with this palette and its overall quality. Generally, MAC eyeshadows are such a hit and miss but all the shades in this quad are soft, blendable and smooth with a beautiful color payoff. The bottom 2 colors are especially velvety. The shades don't have names. Top left we have a golden copper lustre, top right is a light satin peach, bottom left is a golden warm mid-brown with gold microshimmer and lastly bottom right is a rich chocolate brown with bronze microshimmer.
I think there are definitely dupes out there for these gorgeous golden-bronzey shades but I don't have many similar colors and It's a lovely combination to have in a single palette. I will definitely take this with me when i go to HK!

The second thing i picked up was the blush in Bad Girl Gone Good (I see what they did there). This is a dusty coppery rose. Strangely enough, I thought there would be dupes out there but it's quite a unique shade. The satin finish prevents it from looking too flat and gives my cheeks a really pretty glow! Pigmentation is great and buildable. So much love!
I was SO EXCITED by this shade. I've been wanting a really dark lipstick for a while but Cyber was too slippery for my liking and i wanted a shade that would last. Talk That Talk is a deep matte plum. As soon as i saw promo photos, I knew i wanted it.  As expected from the Retro Matte formula, it's very dry. In fact, it's probably the driest lipstick out of all the Riri Hearts MAC lippys I own. Because it's quite stiff, it's hard to get an even look. Lip prep is a must must must with this one! I think if you have the patience and the time, it will look amazing but if you don't pamper your lips, it can appear patchy. I need to get a lipliner to match this lipstick but i didn't want to get the one in this collection because it was quite chalky when i swatched it. Any suggestions?
Here are some swatches under different natural lighting: Her Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad, Bad Girl Gone Good Blush, Talk That Talk Lipstick
Something i did not plan to get but ended up getting was the 187 SE brush from this range, and an expensive spontaneous purchase it was!! The MAC 187 is one of my favorite brushes, I love using it for liquid foundations (when I want a light coverage), as well as for powder foundations, intense blushes and powder. However it is so impractical to take on the go! As someone who travels around, I couldn't resist. Plus i love everything about the look of this brush. The main difference is that the bristles are more dense than the original and the handle is shorter and fatter. I haven't tried the brush yet but it feels so soft ^^
After i photographed all the products in its beautiful untouched form, i quickly put on what i could before work LOL. Because the lip was so heavy, I didn't want to wear too much on my eyes. I used the gold all over the eyelid, the bottom left color in the crease, the darkest color along the outer lower lash line and the peachy color to blend out the edges as well as in my inner tear duct. 
My lips have been really dry these couple of days so i apologise for the patchiness. I just tried the lipstick on to see how the color looks. This FOTD was done really quickly because i just wanted to get this post up, I will have a proper play with it when i have more time and create a smokier and darker look to share with you ^^ with my lips prepped properly too!

I thought the lipstick would be my favorite item but the eyeshadow quad really surprised me. I am a huge blush fiend, so it was given that i'd love that.
This was definitely a splurge but luckily I had a giftcard from Myer from my birthday last year that was about to expire so i used it to pay for half of this.
I never get this invested in MAC collections and this is the most i've ever purchased from a single collection. Especially with our prices double the US retail prices, I pretty much never buy from MAC unless I'm overseas but I just couldn't miss out on this killer collection. The rose gold packaging is just too lush.

Did you/Do you plan to pick up anything from this collection? What's your favorite item from it? 
Any lip liner suggestions for dark plummy colors?

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chloé