Meet Mary-Lou, my new best friend. She's my shimmery gal pal, and I'm so happy we've found each other. I don't think I need anything more in my life!


In all seriousness though, I can't believe how long it's taken me to finally buy this little beauty - it's stunning. I'd been researching into highlighters for a little, particularly after stumbling upon this Queen of Highlighter, who is responsible for this. She will probably never tell anyone her secret, and who can blame her? (Side note: go follow her Instagram account so you can see her work all of the time - amazing, amazing makeup artist.)

I already owned MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, but it wasn't working for me how I wanted it to - I wanted something really finely milled, that practically went on like a cream. I wanted my highlighter to mimic dewy skin, and this is exactly what Mary-Lou does.

This is very finely pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I picked it up for $34.95 from David Jones, and am really very surprised at how good the quality is for such a low price. I've been applying this with the Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush and then going over with my fingers if I want a little more definition. I've even been going right up to my eyebrow bone, and adding just enough product to give a nice glow, it's so versatile.

I've been adding this to my makeup routine almost every day, I'm so in love! It makes my makeup look fresh and dewy and lightens it up a little, and lately my skin has needed that little glow!

I've still been interesting in testing out a few other illuminating products (the Josie Maran Illuminizer, oh my God) but for now - this is my absolute favourite purchase of the YEAR. There you go.

I could not tell you exactly how long I've wanted this candle - but it's been years. I spotted it the first time I ever walked into a Mecca Cosmetica, which I'm sure was around three years ago now. I remember picking it up, and thinking 'Wow, this is different.'

At the time, I had never really smelt a high end candle - perhaps Ecoya and Glasshouse were about as high end as I ever got, but those fragrances never really captured me. It wasn't until I picked up this candle that I realised that I was definitely more into those earthy scents as opposed to floral. I couldn't stop sniffing it in store, and I remember walking away so disheartened because there was no way I could afford to spend $95 on ONE candle.

Years later, after the beauty blogging community pulled me in, I also discovered Diptyque candles, and on one very spendy day decided to just squeeze my eyes shut and hand my credit card over as I paid $78 for a Diptyque candle - I didn't tell anybody in real life for the longest time, thinking they would think I was a silly girl for spending that much money on a candle.

Here I am now, though - sitting and staring at my nearly finished Diptyque candle, and wondering what I'm going to do when I can't fill my room with it's amazing fragrance anymore (duh, buy another). Byredo popped into my head suddenly, and literally the next day I was in the city, grubby little hands outstretched as the lady hands me the candle I have been wanting for years. It was really like a romance movie - it was very intense for me.

These candles may be a little on the pricey side, but I now understand why - these beautiful, hand crafted and unique scents are something else. They have so much hard work behind them in order to create these magnificent scents, so unique and so special - I'll happily hand my credit card over for something I know is a little different, and a little special. Not to mention - the burn rates are pretty amazing. I've had that Diptyque candle for over a year now, and it's only on it's last legs now, after burning it several nights a week.

I've gotten a little distracted here - I'm meant to be describing this amazing candle, but I've gone off on a bit of a tangent. I think it's just important to realise why certain candles cost a lot more - and my novel esque review right here should tell you everything you need to know.

To cut a long story short - I'm extremely happy with my new purchase. It smells so divine, I can't stop sticking my nose in it every time I walk past. The smell literally lingers, which is one of my favourite things about this candle. I can walk into the room when I haven't burnt it for days and I can still smell it, which is a sign of quality perfume, if you ask me!

If you're ever near a Mecca Cosmetica - or your local Byredo stockist - I highly recommend giving these bad boys a sniff, they're absolutely luxe and that packaging is just...on point.


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.

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.

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