Monday, 15 September 2014

A Few New Things - Emma Hardie & Korres Fig Shower Gel

A couple of weeks ago, Feel Unique had a 25% off sale going on selected skincare, and as I'd been eyeing up the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (yikes, I'm referring to it as 'EH Cleansing Balm from now on, okay?) for a long time now, I thought this was a good opportunity to finally pick it up and see what all the fuss was about!

I also decided to pick up a bottle of the Korres Fig Shower Gel, which was also on sale at the time and came in a double pack - for the same price as one! I can't remember where I got the sample from, but I had tried this shower gel a few weeks back and decided I loved the scent. It's very natural, and earthy and a nice change from the usual shower gel scents I'd used previously. It seems I have a bit of a thing for fig-y scents!

Anyway, regarding Emma Hardie. The internet's favourite cleansing balm.

I don't really love it, to be honest.

I feel like I may get a few shocked responses and WHY? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? I'm expecting it, it's okay. Go ahead. Get it out of your system.

But here's why:

That scent, I don't like it. I'm so sensitive to smells, and this one just seems to really get to me. Everyone raves about it, and honestly it's not the usual scent to accompany beauty products, which is a nice change. Unfortunately though, it bothers me so much. Even after I moisturise, I can still smell it all night on my skin, and it puts me off using it again. Me and my damn nose, so picky.

Second, I don't love the way it feels necessarily. I like the idea of a balm, and you'll know I love my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, but this one seems a little different - I think it may be that it turns into more of a cleansing oil when warmed up on your skin, rather than a 'balm'. I realise some people really love this, so it's not criticism, I just personally don't love how it feels. I also feel like it may be a bit too rich for me, especially for daily use. I haven't had any negative reactions from it, but it is a very heavy, very rich product and I noticed after a few days of using it consecutively, my skin started feeling a bit on the oily side, and not as fresh as it normally feels after a clean.

It's not that I dislike this product, I'm just very underwhelmed by it. I still much prefer the Clinique Cleansing Balm, as I feel it gives me a much fresher, and cleaner result. I also am still in love with the way the Clinique Balm feels when massaged into my face - soo luxe.
I'm going to continue alternating between the Emma Hardie and Clinique cleansing balms, as I hate wasting product (especially since EH was so expensive) and it honestly still does a very good job. I'm a bit fussy with these kinds of things, so I'm well aware this is a somewhat surprising review. Not everyone's cup of tea, I guess!

I feel like if you have a tendency towards dry skin, this would be an amazing cleanser. It certainly does not strip your skin, it leaves you with very soft, hydrated skin which feels lovely, but also does a great job of removing makeup. It's also great around eyes, and at removing eye makeup (especially waterproof mascara, which is great!).
Overall, it's a lovely cleanser, but I can't justify that price tag for me, personally. I will use it up, but unfortunately will not be repurchasing.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Jo Malone 'Wood Sage and Sea Salt' Cologne

So, this happened today. I walked in expecting to maybe buy a candle, but somehow I ended up with a perfume instead (how I didn't walk out with both stumps me to this very minute).

I've been hearing about this perfume (cologne?) left, right and centre lately - as I'm sure you have too - and it sparked my interest. I've talked about my very specific taste in fragrances in my January Favourites where I reviewed the Escentric Molecules 01, my absolute favourite scent. I'm very picky with perfumes, and don't like the majority of perfumes you will find stocked in a department store. I am definitely into those woody, earth undertones and almost never like floral scents. So upon testing out the new fragrance (cologne - sorry) from Jo Malone called 'Wood Sage and Sea Salt', I immediately fell in love.

This perfume is right up my alley. Now, I wouldn't compare it to Escentric Molecules, but if that's your thing, then I would definitely make a bee line to your nearest Jo Malone boutique. The perfume (cologne, whatever) is composed of Ambrette Seed (I Googled this for you - warm and woody), Sea Salt and Sage, along with Red Algae and Grapefruit. Now, I am no perfume (cologne) connoisseur, but even little old me can pick out every single one of these notes.

It's not as heavy as the woody notes in Escentric Molecules, I believe the Sea Salt makes this scent slightly fresher and lighter. The Sage adds that hint of earthiness, while the Grapefruit gives this perfume just that little bit of a bite it needs. As for the Red Algae - I'm lost. I'll take your word for it, Jo Malone.

Overall, this scent is a lovely, fresh and woody addition to an already perfect lineup of amazing, hand crafted, boutique perfumes. I'm tempted to purchase the matching candle too, along with many others (Wild Fig and Cassis, I'm looking at you) .

As a little bonus, the lovely sales assistant popped a few samples into my (immaculately gift wrapped) box - a small sample of the Pomegranate Noir perfume, and a matching body cream. The little perfume sample is a beautiful thought - a tiny bottle! It wasn't until I got home that I discovered how amazing these two little bonuses were. I was expecting a fairly ordinary, fruity scent but had my mind blown when I tried the body cream after my shower. There are no words to describe this life changing moment. If this gives you a good idea - I have been smelling myself for the past hour. I smell delicious. I smell exotic. I smell money burning a hole through my purse, because I need this in full size like, yesterday. Thoughts on the perfume to come soon.

This was a lengthy review, but I am absolutely blown away by my new purchase. Not only was my experience in the Jo Malone boutique fantastic, but I've walked away one very happy customer.

Also, quite poor.

I purchased the 30ml for $90 - halp.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Mini Melbourne Haul

It's been a while since I've blogged, it feels like! I honestly have no excuse - it's too cold to type? My house is an igloo, it's not far from the truth.

I mentioned in my last post that I went to Melbourne recently, and besides H&M the shopping is no different to here in Sydney, but I still ended up picking up a few things just because.
I picked up a few pieces from H&M as per usual, which I'll pop in below, but obvioussssly I am weirdly more excited about the top few pieces I bought, because as much as I try to be creative with my style choices - I always end up in t-shirts and jeans every time.

So, my friend had a gift voucher to spend in Sportsgirl, so we spent a bit of time wondering around one of the bigger stores in the city and I decided to finally replace my tatty makeup bag with this cute little pencil case style bag. I love the prints on it, and I kind of love that it has three separate compartments. I am one of 'those' people who carry half their life in their bag, and that includes bandaids, strapping tape (a MUCH better solution to bandaids when breaking in shoes, let me tell you), hand sanitiser, tissues, pain killers etc. The list goes on. Oh, and of course some makeup. Duh.
I also picked up that cute little keychain to add to my keys, because everyone needs a little jingle in their life.

As my hair gets blonder and blonder, it also has grown drier and drier and that basically equals tangles, all. the. time. I was never really into brushing my hair - I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out. My hair naturally looks rubbish when brushed out, so I used to always leave it messy and untouched, and thats how I liked it. Now that my hair is longer, heavier, and predominantly worn straight, brushing it out looks much nicer, and I've come to really despise tangles in my hair. After purchasing my first Tangle Teezer months ago (last time I was in Melbourne actually, I'm a creature of habit), I now understand the hype, and thought I'd invest in one of the compact varieties. Naturally, I paid $5 more for a smaller brush. Makes sense? But it's gold. How could I not? This now lives in my handbag, and I have reached for this a surprising amount of times. All hail the Tangle Teezer...

Okay - now for the super exciting bits. The shopping centre we stopped at to waste some time happened to have a Mecca Maxima - my playground. I have been on the hunt for a felt tip style liquid liner for some time now, and was tossing up between the Stila offering or the Eyeko Eye Do one. They were sold out of the Black Stila one I was looking for, so I ended up grabbing the Eyeko liner, and I am SO impressed. It costs less than the Loreal Superliner Blackbuster I was using previously, and is about 1000 times better. Waterproof (it does NOT budge during the day AND night, but also comes off well with makeup remover, win win), intense black, super easy to use. And if it's good enough for Alexa Chung, it's good enough for me.
I also mentioned to the girl who worked there that I got the e-mail about my Beauty Loop box, but unfortunately they were sold out there. However, for some reason, she handed me a travel size Nars blush in 'Deep Throat' instead - what a nice surprise! I ended up giving it to my friend as she was not yet the owner of an amazing Nars blush, but I thought that was so sweet of them!

Lastly, I stopped in at the MAC stand in Myer as I get to spend my reward points there. I always forget all the amazing MAC lipsticks I want, but I did remember seeing 'Pure Zen' on someone and thinking it looked like a really nice, nude colour so I grabbed that (and didn't pay a cent, yes!). I love the Cremesheen formula so much, I can't wait to invest in more colours in the future (MAC Patisserie, I will find you one day).

I never thought shopping at H&M could be so exciting, but I honestly think the range they've brought out to Australia is amazing. I've been twice in a few months now and I've always found a few things to bring home. They also have amazing office clothing there, I've purchased quite a few (boring) work shirts there for not much at all.

This trip, I ended up bringing home two near crop tops, which is a bit surprising. I am not a crop top kind of girl - I ain't got the bod for that, but these two kind of sit just on the hips. Truthfully, the top on the top right is not technically a crop top - it's just really short and it kind of bothers me, but it was so cute and different on I couldn't resist. I feel like a bit of a hippie in it. The stripey top is definitely cropped though, and I think I mostly bought it because I like the boatneck and low back style of it, plus - stripes!

I also am in love with the flannel I bought - it's an oversized fit and I adore the colour. I own so many shirts, it's ridiculous. My winter style in a nutshell. 
I couldn't walk away without a bra too - they have a decent lingerie section and so many beautiful prints but I'm a stickler for black bras (and black underwear, let's be honest. Okay - black everything). They're extremely affordable, and so far I have no complaints about the quality except that maybe the sizing is a little on the small side!

This was a mighty long post for only a few items but I personally love haul type posts or videos, so I hope you guys have enjoyed this too! Have you bought anything exciting recently? And does anybody else go to other cities and find themselves shopping or doing things they could just do at home? My friend and I kept saying 'we could just do this at home - but we don't, why?'.

Something about holidays and spending money go together, I guess!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Life & Nonsense Etc. #4

Yes, August! I am so ready for you! I have had a rather exciting month, there's been a lot of good things (and a few bad things, but I can't dwell on the past anymore) and it's left me feeling pretty upbeat for once and ready to face the last month of Winter!


I think the most important and exciting thing that has happened this month is that I've been offered a job in one of my dream workplaces, and it has made me over the moon. I have never wanted a job so badly in my life, and I cannot tell you how much anxiety I suffered from in the lead up to it, but it was all worth it in the end I cannot wait to start! I had some very important goals to achieve at the beginning of this year, and this is one of the first I can tick off, and that feels phenomenal. 

I also did a mini road trip to Melbourne with my best friend, and it was the best five days I've had in a long time! We took the scenic route, and spent two days total driving and saw some amazing things. The highlights were seat warmers in the car (that sensation is unexplainably amazing), waiting for around thirty kangaroos to cross the road in the middle of suburbia (what up, Australia), seeing a double rainbow, watching the Little Penguins come in from the ocean on Phillip Island and waddle to their little homes and getting to catch up with my Dad and two very good friends of mine and eating and drinking all the amazing food and coffee Melbourne has to offer! Lord Of The Fries, you need to have more locations in Sydney. We also visited the Melbourne Aquarium and I was pleasantly surprised to meet some King Penguins, and on our last day we went and watched Penguins 3D which was narrated by David Attenborough. I was well and truly in penguin bliss by the end of this trip!
Of course, no visit to Melbourne is complete without a shopping trip, H&M in particular, but I'll be saving that for another post!


I have been really enjoying coming across some random photographers lately, it really makes me miss my uni days where I would spend hours scouring the internet coming across some amazing artists that inspired me for my own work. Flickr randomly introduced me to photographer David Uzochukwu who is responsible for this stunning portrait - it does not get more beautiful than this. I'm also dying to get my hands on a few prints from this Pampa Horses Series, I think they're absolutely beautiful and the whole project is so interesting. I do love my ponies!

As far as TV shows are concerned, I have spent this entire month watching the first season of Hannibal. What a fantastic show, I love everything about it including the cinematography, the casting, the storyline, the creepiness of it all. It only took me so long to watch the short 13 episode season because it just full on. I mean, this show is pretty nightmarish in some parts, it is not for the sensitive. If you enjoy a good thriller/mystery esque show though, this may be right up your alley. So brilliantly well shot, I can't wait to start Season 2.

I haven't watched any new movies this month, I've been putting old movies on in the background whilst doing other things because I hate watching new movies and missing half of the plot line! I have always loved my older movies though, I honestly think the 90's produced some classics. I had a Jurassic Park marathon recently, which was great, and I can't wait for the new movie being released next year! I also had a bit of an accidental Brendan Fraser marathon - it started with Blast From The Past last month, and then just last week ended up watching Bedazzled, The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns. Those were so good back in the day! I also watched Heart and Souls, with a youuuung Robert Downey Jr. I hadn't seen this movie in years, I'd forgotten how cute it was! And just now, as I write this, I am totally watching The Parent Trap because, why not?

Last but not least, one of my favourite shows has come back, and it's the seventh season of Face Off! Does anybody else watch this show? I think its so entertaining. A group of special effects makeup artists compete every week, and have a set theme and 2-3 days to complete a makeup that is judged by a panel of award winning judges. Some of the work they create in such a short space of time is absolutely amazing, what a dream job!

That's it from me. I have a chocolate cake to ice, and a few more posts up my sleeve to start writing!

Hope you guys have been excellent xx