November 8, 2014

New In / Recent Hauls: Alexander Wang x H&M

Unless you live in a pineapple under the sea or you completely go out of your way just to avoid any news about fashion - you probably would have heard/seen something about the Alexander Wang x H&M collab at some point or another. The collection finally dropped on Thursday and I was all over it. Alexander Wang is one of my favorite labels but not something I can afford easily. My first "expensive" handbag that I bought for myself was an AW, the classic Rocco - a bag that holds a lot of sentimental value for me and one that I still adore. Every time I look at it or I use it, I remember how hard I worked and saved in order to purchase this as a Christmas treat to myself ^^
But before I get into the haul, I thought I would just share my experience with you as this is the first H&M collaboration release I've attended or seen in person.
Perhaps the most anticipated H&M collaboration to date, I knew I had to be efficient and know exactly what I wanted to get ahold of the moment I walked into the store so I compiled a shortlist after looking at the lookbooks online.
For a collection as hyped up as this one, arriving early was essential - there was no easy way around it. Since H&M was to open at 7am, I thought I would get there around 4.30am but when I went to sleep early and I checked the hashtag + geotag before bed on Instagram, I saw that people had already started lining up from as early as 6pm the night before?! So my friend and I decided to go at 3.30am instead (crazy I know but we were not missing out). When we got there, there were already about 100 people in front of us but the line behind us grew rapidly as the hours went on. I brought my laptop and did some study while we were waiting.
At 6.30am, they started handing out different colored wristbands for every group of 20 people, allocating them to a specific time slot to shop. R and I were given a teal wristband and we were told to come back at 8.15am so we went to move our cars and get some real coffee. The entire system was well organised and fair; they explained to us in line that we were only allowed to grab 1 unit of each style - no trying on multiple sizes (but we can ask one of the staff members in the change rooms to find us a different size if we need) and no purchasing more than 1 unit of each style either (different colors are considered different styles).
At 8.15am, we were allowed in. R headed straight for the mens section while I went to the ladies section. After I found everything I wanted, I went to join R as I was wanted a couple of things in the mens section too.

My haul

One of the most coveted items on most people's list would have most likely been the WANG Scuba Sweaters. I would have much preferred the original cut sweaters from the mens section rather than the cropped version from the ladies section however, the majority of the mens basic styles were already sold out within the first 40 minutes. There were plenty of ladies sizes though (enough for them to restock every 15 minutes before a new rush of people). I tried this on in both the black and the grey I decided to go with the grey since everything else I was getting was black. I love the simplicity but loudness of the embossed WANG logo.

Another 2 things on my list that I managed to pick up were the sports bra and mesh shorts. I love sports bras for layering and wearing to events/music festivals so that was a must for me. I also really like mesh in clothing when it's done right, I think I'll get a lot of wear out of these shorts in summer - super easy to style and most importantly comfortable! The WANG logo on both these items are reflective when light hits it.

The next item was my most expensive but my favorite purchase. I actually wasn't planning to get this, I didn't think much of the image online but when I saw it in person, I had to have it. So it was a good thing that some of the mens stuff sold out because it meant I had a bit of budget left. I absolutely love this, I had been wanting a hooded pullover anorak since the beginning of the year. It's waterproof and lightweight but at the same time, it feels really sturdy and cosy. The "Wang" logo, as well as the lining under the perforated sleeves are again, reflective. There is also a pocket in the front-centre.
Lastly this was the most random item. I love drawstring bags, I have a Nike one which I use super regularly. They're just perfect for chucking a few light things in and they don't get in your way which makes them awesome for concerts and music festivals. I am also a huge fan of how casual and cute they look on girls. So when I saw a drawstring bag in the store I got really excited but also confused because I didn't remember seeing it online. Turns out, it housed the towel set (full body towel and face towel). I debated it for a while because let's be honest, I really didn't need a set of Alexander Wang towels but I really wanted the drawstring bag and it actually worked out to be a pretty good price when you calculate everthing included in the set so I just went for it. I love the perforated detailing on the bag, so sporty!
And those are all the things I picked up from the Alexander Wang x H&M collaboration! 
I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of every item in this collection. I have a real love/hate relationship with H&M because generally, I find the quality of their clothes so cheap. This is actually the first time I purchased anything from H&M in Melbourne since it opened.
While the cost of every item in my haul added up to a considerable amount, I am satisfied with the prices I paid. I couldn't be happier with the pieces I bought and I'm so excited to wear all of these.

That being said, I think it would have to take a lot or another crazy-good designer collaboration for me to go through the entire experience again because it was really tiring and kind of stressful. 

Have you ever queued in line for an anticipated release of something? 



November 5, 2014

New In / Recent Hauls: Ikea (Candles + Make Up Storage) + Lush

I really like reading haul posts and I haven't done a haul post in over a year! My haul posts are usually right at the end of my travel posts but I think I will be featuring more of them on my blog. I rarely do a whole heap of shopping in one go and I do a lot of my shopping online, but if timing works and I have a few things lying around, I'll share them with you guys c:
Ikea Haul 
I love Ikea (who doesn't), not simply for their furniture but for their other bits and bobs too. I just love how most things are so affordable even for a uni student like me. I have a thing for white/cream furniture; most of the pieces in my room and study are from Ikea and everything just looks and fits so nicely together.
One of my favorite things to stock up on at Ikea however, are their candles. I love candles but my, they can get so pricey! While I love to indulge in a luxurious candle once in a while as a treat, I also love burning them on a daily and regular basis and expensive candles are just...too expensive!
The Ikea candles smell so good, most of their scents are quite simple - various fruits, florals and spa smells. They last for ages and they are so cheap!

This time round I picked up these scented ones:

  • Sinnlig in White and Red ($3.99 AUD and burning time of 25 hrs each) - One is vanilla scented and the other smells of warm and sweet berries. I usually like keeping the heavier and stronger fragrances such as these two in my study. Neither of them are nauseatingly over the top though, just enough for you to notice it and enjoy it ^^. The red one has been a favorite for a while and I purchase this every time, it reminds me of a very nostalgic scent of jelly or some type of candy from my childhood but I just can't put my finger on it...
  • Lught Assorted Candles in Blue ($4.99 AUD/3 Pack, burning time 25 hrs each) - The moment I picked this up, I was like "yes." This smells like fresh laundry, so serene. I keep one of these in my bathroom; it makes it feel and smell a lot fresher and cleaner.
  • Måttfull in White ($1.49 AUD, burning time 17 hrs) - This seemingly boring white candle was the most surprising of the lot. The little diagram on the packaging has a tub of lotion and some flowers next to it and indeed, it reminds me of a spa or the smell of a nice fresh lotion. It is a very blissful, gentle and soothing fragrance. I love the way the smell lingers even after I've put the candle out. My mum commented on how soft and clean my room smelt when she came into my room. I like keeping this one in my room because it's so calming.
    This one, along with the assorted blue set are more subtle than the first two I mentioned but you can definitely smell it. They're not scents that will overwhelm you or have a super obvious presence but if you were to exit the room and come back in, you will notice the difference even more.

I have wanted this tealight lantern holder for ages, I don't know why I didn't buy it earlier because it's such a bargain! This was only $4.99 AUD and a really cute addition to my bedside table. I also picked up a 100 pack of the tealight candles for $3.99 AUD.
Lastly, I was SO excited when I found this but I finally managed to pick up the Godmorgon acrylic storage unit! I remember seeing it on tumblr years ago and wanting it so bad but it was out of stock every time I went to Ikea. This was only $14.99 AUD, much more reasonable than a lot of acrylic make up organisers on the market. I filled it with my most rotated make up because I wanted to have my most used products visible and easily within reach. The top section where I have put all my brushes, can be lifted out of or left rested within the box.
The whole box stored with my most used make up
The bottom level with the brush compartment lifted out.
Top half of the box
Left side - My everyday/favorite lip products/single eyeshadows, primers, concealer/brow gel, eyelash curler, argan oil samples
Right side - Face products including foundations, powder, blushes, bronzer. 
Eyeshadow palettes/quads/duos

Both levels
From the side
From the side
How it fits on my vanity table 
How it fits on my vanity table
How it fits on my vanity table
Lush Haul
You guys are probably sick of hearing and seeing about Lush hauls. I used to be guilty of over-indulging yearly in Lush products around Halloween/Christmas time as well, but now that I don't have a bath tub (sad life), I actually managed to save myself a lot of money! This is probably the most boring Lush haul you've seen yet LOL.
Every year, I buy myself 1 bottle of Lush's Twilight and Snow Fairy shower gels however this year, they didn't release Twilight! I was so devastated because that's probably my favorite one :c I had a bit of a sulk but then the "So White" shower gel caught my attention. The bath bomb of the same name is one of my favorites that they do so I was really happy they made a shower gel version of it!
As described on the label, it smells exactly like freshly cut granny smith apples with a subtle hint of rosewater. It is so crisp, uplifting and perfect for spring. Unlike most of the Lush scents, this one is so natural and not overly sugary/artificial at all. At first use, this has instantly replaced Snow Fairy as my favorite sweet Lush festive scent.
I was hoping this is a permanent addition to the range but the SA informed me that it is limited edition. I love this so much, I think I will have to pick up a back up bottle.
I will admit... I still picked up 2 bath products despite my lack of a bath tub because I simply couldn't resist. Everything is so freaking cute! My boyfriend is keeping it for me at his house because he has an amazing bath tub so it will be my post-exam treat!

And concludes my haul post! Sorry if this post seemed a bit long, most of it were photos anyway! 

Do you guys enjoy haul posts? What have you hauled lately?



November 2, 2014

Wishlist ♔

There's something so satisfying about compiling wishlists!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  1. The "Virtual Domination" Cheek Palette, can the name be any more badass? Also, a NARS blush palette that doesn't have Orgasm?! Hallelujah! I love the combination of colors in this holiday palette - a highlighter (Miss Liberty), 3 blushes (Sex Fantasy, Deep Throat and Final Cut) and a bronzer (Laguna). I don't already own any of these colors either. In terms of value this is so worth it! Only $65USD and all the blushes are pretty much the size of their standalone versions (except for Laguna, which is actually larger than the full size). Gimme!
  2. I love Alexander Wang. The H&M x Alexander Wang collaboration drops on November 6th and I will definitely be lining up. Such a highly anticipated collection and completely up my alley. I love sportswear and streewear. Comfort and style are not trade offs. A lot of this collaboration is quite extreme but there are some really nice and wearable pieces and they're affordable too! I have my eye on some of their more basic items such as sweaters, hoodies, trousers and shorts. I like some of the bags too but just a tad expensive for me for a H&M collab.
  3. I love my Real Techniques brushes but I find some of them just don't last very long. I've had to replace my buffing brush twice now and I hate that you can't by it on its own. There are a couple of brushes from the RT sets that I never use and have found no use for. I'm also not the biggest fan of how they look in terms of their handles and all the colors. I've heard so many good things about the Zoeva brushes and everytime they appear on a blog, I drool a little. The Rose Gold set is so stunning and consist of all the Zoeva brushes I would want to try if i were to order them separately.
  4. I've wanted Rebel for so long but never bit the bullet and now it's being released in limited edition packaging for MAC's holiday collection. I asked the MAC counters what day it would arrive in the shops and they told me November 3rd (tomorrow!), so i will be stopping by a MAC counter after handing in 2 of my assignments in ^^ 
  5. Ever since seeing these amazing blutchers on the Zara US website, I have been frantically trying to hunt them down. The staff at Zara Australia know nothing and couldn't provide me with any details of whether they can look it up on the computer, whether they will be receiving this style, when it will come in, if other stores have it. I couldn't even put my name or number down, just in case they get it later on. The girl I spoke to was actually kind of rude and told me that they can only tell me if its already on the shop floor (thanks a lot but I can do that) or that I should just check back everyday. A ridiculous and inefficient suggestion and got me kind of pissed off. But these shoes are so amazing. 
  6. So happy Mecca/Kit finally stock Josie Maran now!! I've wanted to try this for so long but I didn't want to buy it online before having given it a go. I got a sample of the normal version as well as the light version from Kit so that I can trial it before deciding which one is better suited for me. 
Any thoughts on any of my picks? What's on your wishlist at the moment?



October 31, 2014

Recent Favorites ♡

Hey everyone! 2014 is just flying by! Today I want to share with you some of the things I've really been enjoying lately, starting off with some beauty bits.
1. The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub
Oh my god, this stuff is divineee and finding it was not easy! I remember seeing this on heaps of UK beauty blogs a few months back but it wasn't available in Australia. Then a month ago, Tine posted that she got her hands on one and I literally dropped everything at once but it was already sold out in most places. My boyfriend and I went to a number of Body Shops separately before he finally tracked one down for me while I was working ^^
The scrub looks exactly like raspberry jam and it smells incredible! It has a gel consistency with raspberry seeds and ground walnut shell as the exfoliants, however, it is not abrasive on the skin at all. Application can be messy if you're using it outside of the shower or bath tub (I can't imagine why...). I keep my tub in the shower because I have a shelf in there that's away from the showerhead so that's where it resides. I mostly use this on my legs and it works best on damp skin, away from any running water as it would just slide off otherwise. The mess can then just be rinsed away and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and silky. I really feel the difference when I moisturize my legs afterwards. If this isn't available in your local Body Shop but you are keen to try it out, there are a few eBay listings (for example here and here).
2. Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in No. 09 Rosewood  and 
3. Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Ore

I've rediscovered 2 of my favorite make up products of all time - Big statement, I know. I've been wearing them interchangeably on a daily basis (sometimes even both). They're both stunning all-over-the-lid shades, great for everyday but can also act as a one-product smokey eye. The lasting power on these are spot on and I have zero problems with fading or creasing.
I think Burberry sheer eyeshadows have the most perfect formula hands down. They're just the most refined/buttery smooth eyeshadows, they blend with an unparalleled ease and they're far from sheer. Rosewood is a shimmery straight taupe with the slightest dusty pink undertone, it's so feminine and prettyyyyyy!
For a loose pigment, Ore is really easy to use, the key is to make sure they you tap off any excess product before putting it on your eyelids and to gradually blend and build up the intensity. The color itself is a bronze with lots of super fine gold flecks running through it. When it's blended out, it leans to a truer bronze but when it's packed on, it's like a party on your eyelids! It has an incredibly rich and vibrant color pay-off and looks so different from every angle as it catches the light. It can be used dry or wet but I also like using them on top of other cream and powder eyeshadow bases to add a bit of oomph. I don't think I'll ever be finishing this product ever because I literally need the lightest dab with my brush each time I use it. My only issue is the packaging which can cause a bit of mess to open if you're not careful. One time I had just put on hand cream and my hand slipped and I got it everywhere on my top.
4. Essie Chinchilly 
I never use the same color twice in a row on my nails, nor do I ever match my feet to my hands but I did these last few weeks with Chinchilly. It's the perfect greige that somehow doesn't look boring either and one of my most used nail polishes. I've always loved this color, it's just so effortlessly chic (swatched here).
5. Dior Lip Glow 
This is already my second tube and such a great everyday lip product! It is a sheer and hydrating balm that reacts with your lips to give a natural but revitalised pink tint. I really like it because it makes my lips appear fuller and more luscious.
6. Bath & Body Works Island Margarita Pocket Bac
This is an anti-bacterial hand sanitising gel that my cousin picked up for me in the States and it smells SO GOOD, fresh and clean. The size is perfect to pop in your handbag. I'm nearly done with this one which I'm really upset about but I'll ask my cousin to get me some more. I also really love the scent portables for your car from B&BW so if there is the same scent for that, I might need that too :3
7. Clinelle Purifying Toner
I hate to sound like a broken record and I've already mentioned this product twice in the last month
(review here) but I seriously love this. This toner has a bunch of beneficial ingredients with soothing, anti-bacterial and healing properties for your skin and spots. This is the new spray bottle packaging which I really like. The mist it dispenses is very fine and I'm saving a lot of cotton pads!
8. Reads - #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
I've bought so many books these past few months but I'm struggling to find the time to get through them. All I want to do is sit down, relax and read. After my surgery, as I spent a lot of time in bed, I managed to read these two books.
#GIRLBOSS was an easy and inspirational read with lots of great tips, personal (and hilarious) anecdotes, photos and doodles from the woman who started Nasty Gal (the online shop). Since I'm graduating end of this semester and have zero idea about what I'll be doing next year, it's nice to be reminded that most of the time, you're not going to know where you end up in your career and that's okay. It's going to take a lot of trial and error and you might have a bunch of jobs you hate before finding the right thing for you. That being said, you shouldn't be lazy or expect instant success for little or no work. There are always lessons to be learnt, failure is not absolute or the end of the road unless you take nothing from it. Academics are not the only thing that matters!
I decided to finally buy and read OITNB (wishlisted this time last year). I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms after they released the entire season 2 on the same day and I watched all the episodes back-to-back and finished it within a day or two (it was a blur). Obviously the events and characters in the TV show were much more dramatized. It was really interesting to read the stripped down version of Piper's story and see what inspired all the characters and arcs in the show.
9. thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
This is something I go back to every time I'm going through a stressful time and/or my anxiety gets bad. During these periods, I have extreme difficulty sleeping or staying asleep through the night and most of the time when I get panic attacks, I tend to get them in bed. That's why I try and do everything I can to alleviate the tensions I'm experiencing. This spray can be used on your pillow or bed covers. It contains essential oils of lavender, vetivert and camomile, all of which have well-known calming qualities. While this isn't a preventive measure or anything, it does help sooth my mind.
10. Kinder Schoko-bons
I'm obsessed with these but you can't get them in Australia! My best friend picked me up this giant packet for me when he was in transit in Malaysia, bless him. They're pretty much little Kinder chocolate eggs with a creamy centre with tiny bits of crushed hazelnuts.

And these are all the things that have been on heavy rotation lately for me! Crazy to think this is my last semester at Uni and that it will all be done in just a couple of weeks! I'm excited to have a chance to read all my other books during the summer though and to finally have more time create content for the blog. Unfortunately my trip to Thailand has been postponed indefinitely for now due to personal reasons but I will be going to Hong Kong for a short 2 weeks in January!

If you are going through exams as well, best of luck to you all. If not, I hope that you are all well c:



October 29, 2014

Lorac Mega Pro Palette (Holidays 2014) - First Impressions and Swatches + Where to get it!

I've been wanting to try the Lorac palettes for the longest time but colors in the 1st and 2nd Pro Palettes just didn't jump out at me enough because I was content with my original Naked 1 palette. BUT WOW. When I saw the first photos of this holiday release of the Lorac Mega Pro Palette, I could not resist and knew that I simply had to get my hands on it! 
It sold out almost immediately on the Lorac website, as well as on Amazon but luckily Amazon had a second shipment on its way and I was all over that. I panicked alot though because there were heaps of reviews saying the first lot of palettes arrived unprotected and broken. So after my order, I got on a live chat with the Amazon people to ensure that they would not repeat their mistakes and that they would add a memo to my order and forward my request to their shipping department. The palette arrived at my door a week later - bubblewrapped with padding in perfect condition and I was over the moon. 
I actually opened the parcel without even looking or paying attention because I thought it was a book but when I realised what was really under the bubble wrap, I had to have a moment before opening the palette for the first time.

This isn't going to be a very in-depth review because I don't like reviewing products I haven't had a chance to try out properly. Being exam time right now, I haven't really had a chance to play with it or wear it as much as I'd like. I just wanted to get the swatches up as soon as I could for you guys as this is a very limited product and has already sold out in most places. 
First Row - Mattes

Second Row - Mattes
 Third Row - Shimmer
Fourth Row - Shimmer
What really drew me to this palette is its versatility. There is a perfect balance between matte and shimmer shades, neutrals and festive colors, hues suitable for all seasons, as well as day and night colors. Usually in palettes, there are shades you know you'll never use or rarely use but this just has a flawless mixture and I'm confident that I'll get a great use out of every single of of these shadows. There is an extensive spectrum of bronze and browns which excites me alot because those are the most worn and flattering shades on most skin tones! You will be able to make so many combinations with all the colors available and they will all be so beautiful! There are also lots of colors in here that I don't own already which makes this palette super unique and a great addition to my collection. 
 First impressions after initial swatches
The Lorac palette definitely lives up to its expectations. All the eyeshadows were unbelievably soft, buttery and pigmented - some more than others but overall the eyeshadows are very high quality and I'm very impressed. There were a few shades were were slightly chalkier but nothing impossible to work with, just relatively speaking compared to the other shades. 
The packaging is stunning and sleek but not the most durable. Although it's quite a large palette, it is very thin. While I love the look of the rubberized matte NARS-esque packaging - I'm not crazy about the practicality of it. I just know this palette is going to get so dirty over time, the photo above is what the palette looked like after the first swatching ^ 
It comes with a large mirror on the inside of the flap but you have to hold it up.

Seriously guys, this is TRUE LOVE. The palette is well worth every penny, I would have even paid more for it! I'm considering buying a back-up palette to keep in my boyfriend's house in case my house burns down because I don't think I can live without it LOL

I wasn't even going to review this initially because I didn't want to review it if you guys couldn't get ahold of it but this palette is actually stocked on myqty right now for a pretty reasonable price! This is an Australian website but it also ships internationally, so if you missed out elsewhere, the link is here.

What do you think of this palette? Will you be getting one?



October 9, 2014

Listen Out + Tesselaar Tulip Festival ^^

What better time to catch up on blog reads and general blogging than while I'm stuck in bed recovering from post-wisdom surgery! Before my surgery on Tuesday, I had a really good weekend so I thought I would share it with you guys ^^
On saturday, I went to Listen Out. This is only the second year of this festival and I have to say, it's one of my favorites! The line up included Flume, Chet Faker, Zhu (guys behind Faded) , Schoolboy Q, Ta-ku, Bondax and more. 
We got really lucky with the weather and enjoyed a 27 degree day. I only took a few photos during the course of the day and my favorite acts of the day were Snakehips, Ta-ku, Schoolboy Q and Flume. Schoolboy Q got the crowd so hyped up during the sunset, best moment of the day!

On Sunday, one of my girlfriends took me away for a surprise day trip. I've been feeling a bit under the weather and anxious lately so she had planned this day away. I had no idea where she was taking me even as she drove into the Dandenong Ranges. However about 1 minute from arrival, there was a huge flashing sign that said "TULIP FESTIVAL 4 & 5TH OCTOBER". Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, the first and only time I got to visit this festival would have been many years ago so it was nice to return now that I have a greater appreciation for these beautiful flowers! What a perfect way to welcome spring.
I got reallllly excited when we arrived because there were alpacas and as you guys know, I love alpacas!! I think I took at least 40 photos, they're so friggin cute.
Of course a trip to the tulip farms wouldn't be complete without some Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes).

Pretty funny but turns out Sue was there the same day and we completely missed each other!
It was a really relaxing day and a really nice wind down before my surgery this week. It also got me super pumped for the summer to come, I just bought my tickets last night to Laneway festival next year in Feb, So nuts to think that we're in October and that there's only 2 months left until end of the year!