From Left to Right: Bobbi Brown Corrector in 'Bisque', MAC Studio Finish Concealer in 'NW20', Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, Loreal True Match Foundation in 'Golden Beige', Redken Extreme Strength Builder Mask, Rimmel Scandaleyes in 'Bad Girl Bronze', MAC Eye Kohl in 'Teddy', Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in 'Afternoon Tea'.

I've been making a real effort this month to not buy anything new, as I'm heading to the US next month and would much rather wait and save up to raid Sephora and the drugstores over there, than to pay the ridiculously escalated prices here in Australia. It's been hard, let me tell you, but I've been pretty good for the most part. 

My two purchases were Tanya Burr's new lip gloss range which I am really, really impressed with, and a Bobbi Brown Corrector which I paid a whopping $40 for, because I felt bad that the sales girl/makeup artist spent such a long time colour matching me. Totally worth it though, I was struggling covering up my dark circles with just concealer as I felt they just turned an ashy colour, but this warm, peach toned corrector underneath my concealer (MAC Studio Finish, it's been a while my friend) works a dream. 

My 'hero duo' this month has been the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and my Loreal True Match Foundation. I cannot even rave enough about these two, they just work wonders for my skin. I can never get over the coverage of the Loreal True Match Foundation, literally every time I apply it I am amazed at how fresh and clean it leaves my base looking, and how much coverage it gives for such a thin consistency foundation. Everyone has said it's a good dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation which I plan on purchasing soon, so I just know I am going to completely love it. 

My hair has been needing that extra bit of love the past few months since I've started slowly bleaching the bejeesus out of it in an attempt to go blonde (after having a permanent burgundy hair dye in my hair last year, ouch). I use the Fudge Urban Silver Shampoo about once a week, and whilst it's the most moisturising toner I've tried, it still leaves my hair quite dry so the Redken Extreme Strength Building Mask has done an amazing job at restoring moisture (and making my hair smell AMAZING). 

As you've probably recently seen in my recent Everyday Look, I've pulled out my old Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick which I've until recently, forgotten about. It does such an amazing job for a quick and easy smokey eye, it's easily blended and it lasts for a considerable amount of time considering it's a budget eye-shadow. I love the colour, and it adds just the right amount of shimmer to the eye. I find the look works best when I add the MAC Eye Kohl in 'Teddy' to my tightline and outer corner of my waterline to emphasise the lash line and make it look fuller. I love using a brown eyeliner to add a softer effect to my lashline as opposed to a black pencil which usually does not suit my eye shape. 

I've already mentioned the Tanya Burr Lip Gloss so many times in my blog, but it truly is a wonderful product, and they smell SO good! I can't wait to pick up a few more colours, I've seriously been popping these on whenever I leave the house for a pretty and soft finish on my lips. I can't believe I'm a lip gloss girl now...I never saw this coming. 

What are you guys into right now? Tell me below :)

I was tagged recently by the lovely Tamira to do The Lipstick Tag and while I'm not a huge lipstick fan, I thought the tag looked fun! My history with lipsticks is shameful, sooo shameful.

1. How many lipsticks do you own?
In this picture, there are 17. This is half the stash. I apparently haul lip products.
2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

I actually honestly can't remember. It was probably some cheap red one I think I wore to a friends formal. After that, for the longest time I wore concealer on my lips with gloss over the top (shameful, did I mention this?). I think after that I owned a bright pink shade from Australis or Face of Australia (cheap, and smelled cheap).

3. What is your favourite lipstick brand?
Without meaning to sound cliche, I actually would have to say it's MAC. I don't actually own a lot of lipsticks, I own more glosses and balms, and I have not ventured into the high end lipsticks (yet...), and MAC are just so wearable and have such a great shade range. 

4. What is your most worn lipstick?
Probably a toss up between MAC 'Shy Girl' or Rimmel Kate Moss '03', which are both lovely nude shades.

5. What is your favourite finish?
I find the MAC Cremesheen finish is perfect for me. I love a Matte finish but I always seem to have dry lips and it looks awful on me! Cremesheen is moisturising but not too glossy, and doesn't have that 'wet' feel about it.

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?
It's not a lipstick, but I recently purchased a few shades of Tanya Burr's Lip Gloss in 'Chic' and 'Afternoon Tea'.

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
I don't tend to cart around lipsticks or lip glosses on a daily basis. I always have my trusty Maybelline Baby Lips in my handbag, and if I'm going out I'll always carry the lip colour I'm wearing in my bag, but 5 days a week I'm at work and I don't wear lipstick to work!

8. What is your favourite red lip colour?
I've never been a fan of red lipstick (shock, horror) so I've never properly invested in a red lipstick. For a while there when lip stains first came out, I loved a Covergirl or Revlon shade that was an orangey red, but have since lost it. I'm looking forward to sussing out a few Nars Lip Pencils when I'm in San Francisco next month though...

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

I have an acrylic container which I store most in, tucked inside a dresser drawer. The lesser used products are sitting in a box at the very back along with several other regret purchases...

10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
Just in the past month or two, I have definitely added a few lipsticks to my wishlist! Tom Ford may or may not be my next splurge when I'm in the US, after seeing Anna wearing the gorgeous shade 'Pink Dust' and more recently in her GRWM video wearing 'Spanish Pink'. There's always a MAC lust, maybe 'Patisserie', and I am definitely going to be popping a Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil into my Sephora basket. Also quite keen to pick up a few Revlon Colorburst Matte Lip Balm's while I'm at it!

I would urge anyone that reads this to do this over on your blog, and link me to it in the comments below! Always looking for (even more) products to pick up while I'm overseas and taking advantage of the cheaper shopping!

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
Bobbi Brown Corrector + Nars Creamy Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Anastasia Brow Wiz
Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick 'Bad Girl Bronze'
MAC Eye Kohl in 'Teddy'
MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Mascara
Nars Blush in 'Douceur'
MAC 'Myth' Lipstick
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in 'Chic'

Went out to Ippudo for dinner tonight with friends and had amazing ramen, I highly recommend it! I had the Akamaru Chashu - pork belly, you cannot go wrong. I also had a Lychee Mojito, and let me tell you. I needed that.

I'm shooting a wedding tomorrow, which I'm super nervous about, I have been going over everything I need to do in my head all week and am about to bust from the stress I'm putting on myself! This is my first time shooting a wedding, wish me luck! Obviously, I had to practise some simple but elegant make-up to wear tomorrow, because that was 100% absolute priority ;)

On a side note, a question for fellow bloggers. Where do you upload your images to? I have had so many problems from the beginning, starting with Blogger and now Photobucket and I'm really not enjoying uploading to Flickr, so any recommendations would be great!

I wore this look to work the other day as my tribute to Valentine's Day - it's about as festive as I get, guys. Hello, Singles Awareness Day!

I was very excited to finally receive my Tanya Burr Lip Glosses in the mail, and couldn't wait to incorporate them into my look. Can I just say, from a non-lip gloss wearing gal, that these are so good? I don't even normally wear lip glosses, but the colour is just fantastic and they smell divine. Like summer, my friends.

So, onto the look. It's been really warm here in Sydney recently so a good base is a must. I started by using the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and as my base, the Loreal True Match Foundation. I can't stop raving about this foundation - it is a serious good 'un. For concealer, I opted for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for any blemishes or redness, and the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer for a bit of under eye brightness.

Onto the brows, I used (as always) the Anastasia Brow Wiz with a bit of MAC 'Expresso' to fill it out. For the eyes, I started with the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in 'Pomegranate Punk' and blended it out for a nice base. I used a tiny bit of MAC 'Omega' to blend out the edges, and then for the very centre of the lid, I blended in MAC 'Cranberry' for a hint of shimmer and brightness.
I then used MAC's 'Teddy' Eyeliner on the outer edges of my waterline, and on my tightline. I don't like going too heavy on eyeliner as it doesn't suit my eye shape, but by doing it this way, it emphasises my lashes and makes them look slightly fuller than they are.
I finished off with a thick coating (is there any other way?) of Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara .

I always powder my t-zone, and for that I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. It's also great at setting concealer under eyes. I wanted quite a deep colour on my cheeks so I opted for Nars 'Deep Throat', I feel like this always gives me such a deep, rich colour without being too heavy, and as my eyes were quite pink based already, I didn't want it to be overbearing. I popped a bit of MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Soft & Gentle' onto my cheekbones, as per usual. I can't get enough of this stuff sometimes!

Lastly, I just popped Tanya Burr's Lip Gloss in 'Afternoon Tea' on bare lips for a subtle, but pink-ish finish. It's a really beautiful, soft, perfect-for-any-occasion pink and I'm sure I will be getting a lot of wear out of it. I also picked up 'Chic' which is a more nude, with hints of brown shade, and am already attempted to go back and purchase more shades! Shame the nail polish doesn't ship to Australia, because the shades are so gorgeous!

I should mention I lasted about ten minutes before I had to put my hair up - so damn hot here.

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day, either with their loved ones or not! I am going to listen to the entire collection of Quentin Tarantino soundtracks up loud, and cook myself a delicious healthy dinner for one (fist pump). 
1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, 2. Origins Ginzing Eye Cream, 3. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, 4. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, 5. Origins Night-A-Mins, 6 & 7. butter LONDON in Jaffa & Toff, 8. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, 9. Living Proof Style Extender, 10. Ole Henriksen 'Truth Is In The Eyes', 11. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Red Square', 12. Clinique 'All About Shadow' Palette
 GOOD MORNING! It's actually night right now as I type this, but hopefully, for most of you, it will be morning when you read this. Or it could be night, if you're in the Northern parts...this isn't going anywhere. I'm just in good spirits right now, and I'm not sure if it's down to the pamper session I just had, or if it's because I've just spent the past hour compiling a list of exciting beauty additions I feel I need in my life...right now...
I feel like I may be one of the last people on Earth to purchase the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I mean, $62 for a powder? I don't even like powder that much. But here it is, featuring on my Wishlist, and here it will be soon, when my brother brings it home from the States for me...

Two from Origins because why not? I've sampled both of these products and am genuinely happy with the results, not to mention the Night-A-Mins makes my face smell like an orange, and that is an awesome thing. Another skincare addition I am interested to try is the Ole Henriksen 'True Is In The Eyes' Eye Cream / Serum / Peel. I saw Anna mention this in her post on eye creams recently, and how this has helped reduce her millia around the eye area, and it caught my attention. Though rather expensive, it sounds like a product right up my alley and I'm very keen to give it a go.

The Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade has been making the rounds lately and I immediately knew I had to try it. Even though I prefer using a pencil to fill my brows in, this product sparked my interest as everyone has been saying it's super quick and easy to fill brows in, and I am all about that. For something a bit different, I've decided I would like to give the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil's a go, after seeing a few photos lately of some lovely ladies wearing the shade 'Red Square'. I'm not normally a bold lip girl, but the fact this is an easy to apply, and a matte finish pencil makes me want to be a bit brave and try something different. 

I'm not sure if butter London is available in Australia, but if not I will have to put these on my Sephora wishlist as well, as I love the colours! I've been in a nail polish rut lately, not straying far from my beloved Essie 'Wicked' since I picked it up in New York last year. But butter London offer up such a gorgeous colour range, it was hard to narrow it down to just two!

I saw Suzie mention the Living Proof Style Extender on her blog recently and swiftly added it to my Mecca Wishlist. I've not heard much about it, but a product that aims to extend your hair style between washes? I need this in my life, and my blowdry routine.

Oh boy, the last two have been on my mind continuously since I first heard about them. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, need I say more? I'm on the hunt for a new high end foundation and after swatching this in Myer last week, I see now why people rave about it. This foundation is right up my alley. The Clinique 'All About Shadow' palette has also had a fair few blog posts dedicated to it, and can you see why? Those colours, oh man. The last two? I can't even form words. I need to get this before it disappears, stat. 

Do you own or have you tried any of these products? If so, tell me your thoughts! Particularly on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, I'm still twiddling my thumbs over this one...

From left to right: Nylon, Shroom, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Cranberry, Patina, Omega, Mulch, Coppering, Sketch, Satin Taupe, Woodwinked, (empty), Smut, Carbon.

So I thought I would share with everyone today my MAC palette, one of my favourite items in my make-up drawer! With all the hype around so many new palettes lately (cough Naked cough Clinique cough Nars) it's easy forget the old faithfuls, and my custom MAC palette is one of those.

This palette is actually quite new in my life, I purchased it about midway through 2013, but it never had any pans in it until my New York trip in October. When there's a $16 difference between Australian MAC and American MAC wait. So I waited, and overwhelmed the sales assistant with my enormous list of MAC things I wanted, including these 14 colours!

I bought my first MAC eye shadow a few years ago, 'Expresso' for a brown smokey eye, although I now mostly use this for my brows. I am just always so impressed with their quality, the pigmentation is perfect and the colour range is just...exciting. I love perusing their displays whenever I'm in a MAC shop!

My most used colours would probably be 'Woodwinked', 'All That Glitters', 'Sketch' and 'Mulch', but I LOVE 'Cranberry' and 'Coppering' and get so excited when I have an occasion to wear them. Honestly though, I get such wear out of all of these colours. There's so many great neutrals that I use for blending, like 'Omega' and 'Satin Taupe' and colours like 'Smut' and 'Carbon' come in handy for darker smoky eyes.

I still have to depot 'Club', 'Texture', and 'Expresso' and I'm also thinking of purchasing a quad palette, for my more everyday colours so I don't have to crack out the big palette each time.

Do you have any MAC eye shadows? If not, which colours would you love to own?

You know when you have this amazing image in mind pre-photograph sesh, and you get so excited to shoot it only to find it's just not happening? That was me, yesterday. Risked my life on the edge of my unstable couch arm, all for nothing. Sweat, blood and tears my friends. Literally. 

So, this unfortunate, minimal image above will have to do, and on the plus side, I got my Canon 5D MK III back and damn, I forgot how good it is. Hello, lover! 

Enough about the technicalities though, let's focus on where the heck January went. Anyone? Because I could have sworn New Years was not that long ago. What a blur, but I do have a few recent favourites to share with you, some old and some new!

First up, can I just rave to you for a moment about my obsession with my new perfume? Because Oh My God. Say hello to Escentric Molecules 01, a bit of a cult beauty item and also a favourite of Madonna and Elton John, apparently. Fun fact! I am just SO in love with this scent, it's bordering a little unhealthy. See, I am definitely not a sweet scents kind of girl, and a lot of perfumes either come off too sweet, too floral, or just smell like generic perfume on me. I tested this while on a shopping trip in the city recently and after about five minutes of being on my skin and me wondering where this amazing smell was wafting from, I realised it was from me and I handed the credit card over before I could even consider how much money I was about to fork out. And then I proceeded to go home and spray some more on me so I could smell it while drifting off to sleep. I told you, unhealthy. This is a woody, natural scent and has so much science behind it, it hurts my poor little brain. The website gives a better description than I ever could.

I've been reaching for a few oldies this month, and it's really nice and refreshing giving products a second go and finally being able to justify why you bought them in the first place. One you would have seen popping up everywhere last year was the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. I have read so many reviews on this treatment, and had so many people rave about it, and when I finally caved and bought it, I found myself a little disappointed. It didn't seem to do much for me, other than maybe help reduce the size of my pores on my nose. It wasn't until earlier in the month when my skin decided to have a hormonal breakout that this gem finally shined. Awful, swollen, sore under-the-skin pimple? Gone within three days. A MIRACLE, ladies and gentleman. Consider me won over.

I've also been digging out my MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft & Gentle' a lot lately, and I've really been enjoying the gentle highlight it gives my cheekbones. I've started working it into my daily routine, just to make my face look a little brighter on those 6am start days, and I've had quite a few people comment on it and ask what I was wearing. Score.

It's become a thing now where I can't leave the house without applying lip balm. Chapped lips or not, on goes one of my favourite Maybelline products, either in 'Mango Pie' or 'Smoothing Cherry'. They're cheap, they're cheerful, and they work. I always have one in my handbag and one on my bedside table for quick fixes.

Another lip product and one mentioned in my last post, the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in 'Orange Punch' has been a firm favourite, it's easy application and everyday colour being a winner in my standard routine. It's not the best on dry lips, and is slightly glossier than I would normally like, but I can't help but continually pick it up. The colour is not even remotely orange tinted on my lips, but instead becomes this gorgeous berry pink colour and I have to say, I am really, really enjoying it...

Lucky last, two MAC products to mention, and again these have been mentioned in my last post. I've been reaching for the In Extreme Dimension Mascara a lot lately, giving my beloved Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume a bit of a well needed break. This might not be reaching my 'holy grail' standards but it does a pretty damn good job. Very similar in consistency to the Clinque, and almost as much volume in as little time. It's not quite got that 'oomf' that Clinque gives you, nor does it have it's lasting power, but it's a pretty close alternative. 
I've also been loving my new eye-shadow in 'Texture', it's just a great colour I can get everyday wear out of. I just quickly brush it on my top lid and a smudge on the bottom waterline and done. Quick and easy brown smokey eye. It's also very buildable, and works as a great base colour. I have recently worn it as a base, with 'Sketch' in the corner, and a little hint of 'Cranberry' over the top of Sketch, and oh man. Gorgeous, and earned a few compliments from the ladies on the make-up stands in Myer. Why, thankyou

And that's it from me today, time to go attempt a stir fry for dinner in an attempt to cram a ton of vegetables into my system. Wish me luck, and tell me your thoughts on this months picks! Have you tried any? What have been your favourites?
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