New Posting Schedule: Wedding & Honeymoon Edition

Hi my beautiful readers!!! Just a quick note to say I will be trying my very, very best to have a new post up for you every Monday over the rest of October and November! It's 1 week until the wedding now and then we embark on a 5 week honeymoon throughout USA/Canada and visiting my family in Newfoundland. I hope you understand regarding my reduced schedule during this busy period, I just want to soak up every moment and enjoy time with my family!

Lots of love,

Sigma Beauty Haul & First Impressions: Affiliate Welcome Pack

Today I'm going through a major Sigma Beauty Haul with you and explaining everything you need to know about the Sigma Affiliate Program. Keep reading to find out all you need to know!

For anyone who hasn't heard of the Sigma Beauty Affiliate Program, it is basically a partnership opportunity for those who enjoy their brand and products. Affiliates receive a unique link that directs traffic to the Sigma website, and earn 10% commission every time a new customer uses their link.

Social influencers such as bloggers, IGers and YouTubers can apply to be a Sigma Affiliate here. The application process considers your content, your interests, your followers, etc and you will be e-mailed with the outcome of your application. If you aren't successful, you can always apply again in the future.

Sigma Beauty has been a favourite brand of mine for brushes since I first started to get serious about makeup back in 2011. My first ever professional brush set was the Sigma Essential Mr Bunny. Collection Brush Set ($179 USD) and it was my first big makeup purchase with my pay check I got when I moved over to Australia. I still have that brush set and it's still going strong! With that kind of amazing quality, Sigma is definitely a brand that I don't mind promoting!

I applied to be a Sigma Affiliate about a month ago, just to see what would happen and I was graciously accepted into the program. As a friendly hello, Sigma were kind enough to send me a welcome pack including some products to test out and trial.

My lovely package included the Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove* ($25 USD) which looks super cool! I haven't tested it out yet but it's supposed to make your brush cleaning experience ten times easier and save your hands from getting all pruned with the innovative design. I was so excited to get this because I dread washing my makeup brushes since it always take me so long. Stay tuned for a full review.

I also recieved some new makeup brushes! So much excitement. I was sent out the E39 Buff and Blend*, E54 Medium Sweeper* ($14 USD), 3DHD Precision Brush* ($19 USD) and 3DHD Kabuki Brush* ($24 USD). I have actually gone to purchase the kabuki brush myself so many times but I was skeptical about it's strange shape. I will be putting these to the test over the next few weeks and provided more in depth reviews in the future. Sigma Brushes are extremely high quality and last a really long time through weekly or fortnightly cleaning. They are extremely soft and durable. The E40 Tapered Blending Brush is currently my favourite blending brush ever, so I wonder if the E39 will be it's good pal?!

I also received a Powder Blush* ($12 USD) in the shade For Cute, which is a gorgeous cool-toned medium pink shade. The package also contained an Individual Eye Shadow* ($11 USD) in the shade Notre-Dame, which is so pretty, it's a metallic silvery mauve shade, and would be great as a lid colour or to add to a smokey eye look.

Sigma Beauty Powder Blush in For Cute

Sigma Beauty Individual Eye Shadow in Notre Dame

I also received a Lip Base* ($12 USD) in the shade Rhapsody. This is probably my favourite product from the whole package. It's such a stunning purple, berry shade that would pair well with a lot of darker vampy lip shades or even a fuchsia lipstick! It goes on creamy and seems like it would last really well on the lips.

Top to Bottom: Sigma Beauty Powder Blush in For Cute
Individual Eye Shadow in Notre-Dame
Lip Base in Rhapsody

Last but not least, the Sigma Lip Vex* in the shade Hint. This is a stunning light mauve/greige shade and I was so excited to pop this on my lips. I love the colour but I found the gloss to be super sticky! Maybe I can make it work for me with some more experimenting.

Well, that's all for my Sigma Affiliate Welcome Pack Haul! I have to say I was pretty overwhelmed with the generosity from Sigma. Their package included some really versatile products for me to test out and a great range between beauty tools, brushes and makeup products. Please let me know if there is any product in particular in which you would like to see a more in depth review! 

If you're interested in any Sigma Beauty products, you can use the code SIGMAPINK for 10% off sitewide, which ends on 31st December 2015.

*This product was kindly provided to Bows & Pleats for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. All the links contained in this post are affiliate links.

September Favourites: 2015

September has been a very busy month for me with my upcoming wedding growing closer and closer and now the countdown is now just 2 weeks away! *insert squeal here* I have really tried to keep it simple with my makeup this month, with a little bit of trialling new bits here and there that I may want to pack with me for my honeymoon. So, if you're interested in my favourite beauty items over the past month, please keep reading on!

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette (17.50 EUR)

I originally bought this eyeshadow palette from the Zoeva website and did a haul post you can read here. I hadn't really got into this palette much, but since trying to find a travel-friendly palette to take on my honeymoon, I started playing with this one and now I'm truly addicted. Anyone who loves really warm and eye-popping shades, would really enjoy this palette. It can easily create day, evening or smokey looks and has a great variety in shades so you can create so many different eye looks. LOVE. Will be buying more Zoeva palettes for sure.

Skinstitut Moisture Defense Normal Skin* ($45 AUD)

I've already done a brand highlight taking you all through my favourite Skinstitut products which you can read here. This past month I have really been leaning towards this moisturiser after cleansing my face in the morning. The best aspect about this product is that it doesn't ball up or become greasy when I apply a primer over the top. It's a very lightweight, almost gel formula so it sinks into the skin quickly and hydrates any dry patches. The packaging is really travel friendly in a 50 ml squeeze bottle so this will be coming with me for my holidays!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy ($22 USD)


This is a bright fuchsia shade that leans quite cool and really makes the entire face pop when you wear it. I love this with a minimal eye look and I feel it really compliments my skin tone. This is one of my go-to shades when I'm heading out somewhere with friends. The formula is very creamy and pigmented and it stays on the lips through eating and drinking with minimal touch-ups! I love these lipsticks.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium ($49 AUD)

I've repurchased this powder a few times over the years, but with so many other products floating around it was sitting on the back burner for a while. As you can see I still have the old packaging, but this baby has hit major pan and it's because I have been using it non-stop to set my makeup each morning. It adds a small amount of coverage and mattifies my makeup without being cakey at all. I love this powder and a little goes a long way. I will be replacing this at duty-free for sure!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Medium Light Neutral ($36 AUD)

It was basically a miracle that I even got to purchase this concealer from Mecca Maxima recently since it has been out of stock throughout Australia and even in other countries in the most popular shades. I originally picked this shade up to highlight but it's a perfect match for my skin so it's more of an all over concealer for me. I still occasionally use this under my eyes but mainly to conceal any redness or blemishes I have. It blends out beautifully and doesn't crease. I am not sure if it is worth the amount of hype that it gets, I am still getting used to it but I feel like my favourite Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous concealer does just as good a job for a lot cheaper.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Duality Pencil in Shell/Lace ($42 AUD)

An expensive pencil, but one of the best brow highlights I've ever used. The matte shell shade is ideal for perfecting your brows to ensure they are perfectly even and to cover any redness under the brow bone. It blends out beautifully and brightens as well. Lace is a shimmery shade with a golden hue that can also be used to highlight under the brow bone, placed in the inner corner of the eye or even on the lids. This is a great multi-purpose product and as you can see from the faded packaging, it rarely leaves my makeup bag.

I received a free rollerball sample of this from Sephora when I was in Hawaii at the beginning of the year, and I didn't start using it until a few months ago and it was instant love! I completely used up the rollerball, and when I ran out I had to buy the full size of this gorgeous scent. It's so nice, with a soft, sweet but sophisticated scent. It contains a blend of raspberries, urban iris and patchouli heart. I don't have anything else like this in my collection and it's a must-have. The packaging is gorgeous!!!

It has been a whirlwind over the past week especially since my parents have just arrived from Canada and are helping me with last minute wedding preparations! I will be posting about my new blog schedule soon since I will have more limited time to get as many posts up as normal. Stay tuned!

What were your favourite products this month? Feel free to link your monthly favourites blog post or YouTube video below, I'd love to read/watch them!

*This product has been kindly gifted to Bows & Pleats for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Beauty 101: Setting Sprays for Every Budget Explained

Whether you want to believe it or not, setting sprays are definitely a necessary step in any lady (or man's) makeup routine. For me, they really do assist with increasing the longevity of your makeup and also reduce the chances of makeup transfer when you're using your phone or touching your face. For those that may not be too familiar with setting sprays, I've broken down some of my favourite ones and given you lots of options and price tags to choose from.

Shucked Coffee + Kitchen Review (Now Drinc Cafe)

I've been wanting to incorporate some more lifestyle posts into the blog lately, so I thought a recent trip to Shucked Coffee would be a good opportunity to share a little review with you. It has just recently changed name to Drinc Cafe, with Broncos star Sam Thaiday deciding to partner with his teammate Andrew McCullough to bring something special to the hip little spot in Newstead (Brisbane, Queensland). My review can only be based on my experience with Shucked Coffee + Kitchen, however the location remains the same and I believe the menu will pretty much stay the same as well with only some slight changes.

Dove Hair Therapy Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner: Review

I don't usually switch up my hair products as much as my makeup products, but this new range from Dove has reminded me that more affordable brands do have a lot to offer in the haircare department! Although we often don't give supermarket brands much credit, they're constantly working on their formulas and prices to produce high quality products that don't cost an arm and a leg. I run out of shampoos and conditioners fairly quickly with my long hair so I can't always afford to buy from a salon. Today I'm reviewing the Dove Hair Therapy Nutritive Solutions, Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner* which were kindly sent to me. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% honest and my own, as always!

Brand Highlight: Skinstitut Skincare

Brand Highlight: Skinstitut Skincare

I've discovered the brand Skinstitut over a year ago, when I first visited Australian Skin Clinics to give my skin some extra TLC. I have combination skin, that tends to be normal/dry throughout most of my face with some oil in the t-zone. Unfortunately I suffer from hormonal breakouts, and have gone through some periods of mild-moderate acne breakouts all over my face.

Skinstitut has been quickly growing into my favourite skincare brand. Their products have had a dramatic improvement on my skin over the past year so I thought it was about time I did a post about their products for you!

Jord Wood Watches: Review & Styling

Jord Wood Watches Review

Wood watches are definitely a growing trend amongst many women since they offer a unique take on the usual metal bands we're all used to. Jord Wood Watches offer something to express your individual personality, while also still being quite practical and adding something special  to your daily wardrobe. Today I'm reviewing the Sidney Maple & Rose Gold Watch* ($199 USD) which has been my new obsession over the last few weeks!

Hyams Beach Candles: Review

Hyams Beach Candles Review Soy Melts

I’m a huge candle lover but have not yet done any reviews on my blog! I’m hoping over the next few months to branch out a little more to cover reviews and topics outside of beauty to keep things interesting so I was happy to review a candle and soy melts from the lovely Sonya at Hyams Beach Candles. If you love discovering new candle brands and boutiques, keep reading!

August Favourites | 2015

Personal Update: These August monthly favourites have really made me excited! I only have one more monthly favourites post to prepare for you all before my WEDDING which is fast approaching!!! I am working hard to prepare enough content for at least one post a week, and hopefully more if I can. I will be offline from mid October to the end of November as I'll be away on my honeymoon (USA/Canada) and enjoying some time with my family. I'll post another reminder about this closer to that time!

For favourites this month, I really just kept it simple and stuck to items that I have basically been using each and every day. Keep reading for full details on the products shown above!