Another month, another completely new list of items that I don't really need, but really, really want. Isn't it just a never ending cycle? Just when I think I'm alright, and maybe I could start saving a few dollars, something else creeps up on my Bloglovin feed and my brain clouds over and bad decisions are made.

So far, no credit cards have been handed over, but trust me - the temptation is there. The past month, I've been lusting over a few new releases from Illamasqua, two pairs of boots from Australian designer Senso (one of which I'm not sure how to wear), a candle that has been on my wishlist since the beginning of time, and a few beauty bits and bobs I've been needing to indulge in (some are repeat purchases).

Starting from the top are two items that I need to repurchase - the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and ever popular Oribe Dry Texturising Spray. I owned the highly coveted Hourglass pencil for a mere month before it fell to it's death from the couch and shattered the pencil inside - I've been attempting to use what remains of the stub but it's a little frustrating to use and kind of defeats the purpose of the pencil (which was previously the easiest, and quickest, pencil I've ever used!). As my Anastasia eyebrow pencil has come to the end of it's life (it was well loved), I am looking into purchasing a new eyebrow pencil and as much as it pains me to have to pay for this pricey little product again, so soon, I truly think it's worth it. Speaking of pricey products, it's about time I purchased the full sized can of the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, as I got a rude surprise yesterday after discovering my little travel size can had nothing left to give me. I know there are plenty of great texturising sprays out there, but there is just something about this one, am I right? The price hurts, and not knowing exactly how I can actually get it here, in my hands, in Australia hurts more (no website will ship aerosols, eye roll). I don't know how long I can part from this.

Illamasqua have brought out some amazing new products lately, and I'm dying to get my hands on some. In particular, a couple of matte lip colours from their Summer 2014 Collection in 'Surrender' and 'Exotic' have caught my eye, along with their new nude lipstick collection, the colour 'Rosepout' in particular has me excited. You know how I feel about nude lipsticks - they're my achilles. I have yet to try anything from Illamasqua so I'm dying to get my hands on these beauties!

It took me a while to come around to the idea, but I'm suddenly very keen to try out the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder. I don't tend to reach for bronzers or contouring products very often, but I feel like that may just be down to technique. Whilst my NARS Laguna Bronzer is great for bronzing purposes, I'm not feeling it as a great contouring option for me, and I've heard many good things about the Kevin Aucoin offering. Thoughts?

Here's where things get really dangerous - I recently discovered Australian shoe designers Senso and I'm terrified I may hand my credit card over to them without even batting an eyelash. LOOK AT THOSE BOOTS! Yes, that IS a rose gold zipper lining a boot. Yes, that is croc skin paired with some cool looking buckles. These babies are nearing $300 a pair but oh sweet Lord, the pull is enormous. My only concern is how to wear the bottom pair - no socks? The idea of sticking my foot into a boot with no socks kind of irks me, is that just me being weird? What would you do? So. Pretty.

Last, but definitely not least, is a long time love of mine - a candle from Byredo in the scent 'Tree House'. The first time I ever stepped foot in a Mecca Cosmetica, this was the first thing I picked up, and it absolutely blew my mind. Up until then, I had never considered myself a candle person, as I'm not really into sweet or floral smelling candles which make up the majority of the candle market. This baby's the perfect woody, dark, and sexy scent. I'm a sucker for anything cederwood-esque and this scent is just so fresh and appealing to me. Not to mention they come in those sexy little jars, with that perfect, minimalistic label displayed on the front. It's love, and I'm not sure how much longer the $98 price tag will hold me back.

I've had a pretty expensive month as it is (getting my hair re-done every ten weeks is a killer), and a short trip away next week (sure to cost me another few pennies) but I absolutely foresee at least one of these pretties landing in my checkout cart any day now. For the love of God though, someone hold me back from the Senso website - can't. help. myself.

I know we've all got 'theoretical' checkout carts bookmarked in our web browsers - tell me, what are you guys drooling over this month?


  1. I've heard of the miracles of Oribe Dry Texturising Spray and I think I might invest in a bottle for myself. Where did you buy yours from?
    I am yet to sniff my way around Mecca to sample Byredo candles but I'm sure to seek out Tree House when I do next because I am one to fall completely in love with woody, dark, and sexy scents.
    Paige | Paperdoll Chronicles

    1. I probably should have mentioned this in the post: trying to get Oribe in Australia is almost impossible unless you know someone going overseas. Barney's apparently used to ship it, but not anymore. So far the only website I have found that ships it is but the shipping is nearly $50! I bought mine in Neiman Marcus when I was in San Francisco earlier in the year!

      You're in for a treat for your next Mecca visit! I also highly recommend Diptyque's 'Figuier' :)

  2. I really want to try the Oribe texturising spray but maybe it is a good thing we can't get it here, it would send me broke!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

    1. I hope it becomes available one day though as it really is amazing, I wish more people could try it :(

  3. Oh, man, I feel like I can never keep up with all the stuff I want to buy. It is indeed a never-ending cycle of wishlisting and buying! I think it's just a part of life though and if I actually could buy all the things I wanted all at once, I'm sure I'd still be able to find more things I want!

    I absolutely love the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. It really defines the brows without making them look too harsh. After reading what happened to yours, I will try to be extra careful with mine! God, I still feel so bad about that! Talk about money down the drain. :( I'm so glad I ended up buying the big can of the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray while I had the chance! I think mine will last a while, but I don't even want to think about not being able to get a hold of it anymore. To be honest, I'd probably end up buying it from that website because I'm ridiculous like that, but if you purchase a couple of more things off there, you can justify it a little bit more... maybe?! Let's see how your sister in law goes! I just realised that even if I could get it, I'm only stopping over in Singapore, so I won't have my check-in luggage with me. :( Hopefully Sephora will stock Oribe when it opens in Australia!

    I have a couple of products from Illamasqua and they're such great quality. I have a lipstick and I love how they're all matte. I do like other lipstick finishes, but matte is definitely my favourite! I'm more into dark lipstick colours, but I'm really getting back into the nudes lately.

    I feel the exact same way about contouring! If I have more time to get ready, I'll usually sculpt with a bronzer, but for the most part, it's a step I forget to do or think I'm not doing right. I've been contemplating getting a contouring powder myself, but I can't decide if it's worth it or whether I'll make more of an effort to do it everyday. I think I would as I love using new products, I just don't know which one to get. So far I think the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder looks the nicest as it's not too warm like bronzers usually are.

    Those boots are incredible and such unique designs too! I have a pair of cut out boots and I usually wear them in the summer. I think you could definitely wear socks with them, but I think showing the skin would look better. I would wear socks with mine if I could, but I got my shoes on clearance and someone had mixed up the boxes, so I ended up with a size 6 instead of 7 and they're too small with socks. :(

    You know my sentiments for Byredo. Absolutely adore this brand and I really need one of their perfumes and candles in my life! I've only smelt their perfumes, so when I'm next in Mecca, I'll definitely check out their candles and in particular, Tree House! I just love that name too. I am more of a floral/fruity scent girl, so I'll let you know!

    I've compiled yet another wishlist for my blog, which will be coming up later in the month. It's a holiday edition though, so it's completely justified!

    1. Hahaha, boy, I sure can ramble.

    2. Oh, you know I love your rambles. My favourite, haha!

      Does Sephora in the US stock Oribe? God, if it ever came here I think I would go crazy and buy several bottles and weep as I hand over my credit card, just because I'd be so afraid it would disappear again hahaha. It's. So. Good.
      I hope we can find a way to get our grubby little hands on some more, I am seriously putting off buying another texturising spray because I know nothing really compares!

      I think next time I'm in the city, I may have to check out the Illamasqua stand in Myer. It's so tempting - they're pigments and lipsticks look amazing, and even though I rarely wear lipsticks, I still want so many colours!

      Oh man, just talking about the Byredo candles again is making me sad. So goddamn beautiful. Damn you, Mecca.

  4. Its unfortunate that the Oribe spray isn't available to ship here anymore as I would have liked to have tried it myself. I am currently addicted to Bumble & Bumble products though (isn't every blogger?) and I'm probably going to get the spray and mousse from the Dry Spun Thickening range. Maybe you could try that?

    I am definitely feeling you with the Kevin Aucoin bronzer and the Senso boots, both of which I have had my eyes on for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, I have tried to buy Kevin Aucoin off Cult Beauty before and it seems he has a distribution agreement that forbids anyone from shipping his products here though. I am planning on loading up when I'm in London next year! :P

    1. I have tried the B&B Dryspun spray - it actually ran out at the exact same time as Oribe, sad face! It is a definite competitor, and seeing as I can't get Oribe here, I'm going to repurchase it when I'm next in Mecca!

      I'm so glad you told me that because I had no idea they didn't ship here! How bizarre! I will have to add that to my list of products I can't get here in Australia...most infuriating list.


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