My Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014!

Just incase you aren't sick of seeing these posts, I definitely wanted to share with you my most loved beauty products of last year. You will notice that some of these products are ones you may have seen or heard of before since some of these have been very hyped within the beauty community, but fortunately for you I can confirm that they are worth the hype!!!

I've used most of these products consistently throughout 2014 and they haven't failed me. They have officially received Holy Grail status at Bows & Pleats HQ so I thought I'd share them with you & maybe you'll discover something new to try or be reminded of something you already own!

My Beauty Resolutions for 2015

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I apologise for the lack of posts over the past few weeks, but never fear, Bows & Pleats is back in action and I'm really looking forward to an amazing year with lots of fresh content and exciting new beauty finds!!! I got engaged last year, and this year I'll be getting married! I'm so happy and full of excitement, and I'll definitely have some wedding-related posts coming up for you later in the year. I'm still working full time, but I am committed to having a fresh blog post up for you once a week, with more posts and content whenever possible!!!

Please let me know in the comments below if there are any particular types of content, tutorials, reviews, or how-to's you'd like me to cover on here. I'm happy to talk about anything including fashion, health & fitness, hair, skincare, wedding planning, home decor, DIY, and of course makeup!!!

Now, onto my beauty resolutions for the year. I never like to take on too much when it comes to resolutions, but as a makeup fanatic, there are definitely some things I'd like to do more of throughout the year ....

NYE Beach Glam Look

Chunky Sparkly Necklace - H&M ($48 AUD)
Diamonte Black T-Strap Sandals - Famous Footwear ($30 AUD)
Black Halter Dress with Sequins - UStrendy ($53 AUD)
 Black Polish with Sparkles - Sally Hansen available at Priceline ($11 AUD)

Review + Demo: Australis Stayput Foundation

I have had a few requests to review this foundation from Australis, called the Stayput Foundation. It claims to last for 16 hours on the face, as well as being smudge-free and moisturising. If you’re wondering if I agree with these claims, and whether or not this drugstore foundation is worth trying out, then keep reading!

Nars Audacious Lipsticks Review + Swatches

The NARS Audacious Lipsticks have been flooding social media sites for a couple of months now, but I thought it was worth doing a full review of the lipsticks on my blog! Keep reading to hear what I think of this new range.

November Favourites | 2014

Sooooo, I know I said I wasn't going to do a blog post about my favourite products of November, and technically that is still true BUT I made a video instead!

Hope you all enjoy it! I am hoping I will have more regular videos up soon so I would really appreciate if you subscribed to my channel!

If you have a YouTube channel please leave the link below ♡

Benefit US Haul & Mini Review

Hi to all my beautiful readers! I decided that I won't be doing a "November Favourites" this month, and instead I will be gearing up for a bigger post at the end of December with my 2014 favourites! Stay tuned to see all the items I've been loving throughout the year.

Today I thought I'd show you all some goodies that I recently ordered from Benefit. I have to say that overall as a brand, Benefit is one of my absolute favourites. They have clever, innovative products, with beautiful packaging, and a wide range of different items so you can create a full look with their products, and I think they are all really good quality.

Although Benefit is readily available here in Australia at your local Myer as well as online beauty boutiques such as Adore Beauty and Myqty, I prefer to order from the US Benefit Website since the prices are much cheaper (even with the USD to AUD conversion), and they provide free samples, as well as having regular special codes they e-mail out for additional deluxe samples or free products. The shipping from the US to australia generally takes 10-14 working days and is pretty affordable, being weight based. If you spend over $125, you get free international shipping, and they often release codes for free international shipping with $100 purchase. I used one of these codes for my order below!

For this haul, I purchased some new products as well as re-purchased some old favourites. How amazing is their packaging? I love the limited edition Christmas packs!!!

Redefining Timeless Beauty: No Makeup Makeup Look Featuring Pears Giveaway!

Hi to all my beautiful followers! Today my post is inspiree by some research that Pears, the iconic soap brand, commissioned about how Australian women define "timeless beauty". 

Sometimes, when we have a passion for things like cosmetics, skincare, and other beauty products we can lose sight of our true perception of our definition of beauty. We may forget that often the most beautiful looks, are those that accentuate our natural features, and flaunt the details we were born with! It's easy to start comparing yourself to other women (or men) you may see on Instagram, or on Youtube, but nobody is perfect, and it is all the small details that set us apart which make us unique and beautiful. More importantly, it is our personalities, our confidence, and the way that we feel about ourselves that really accentuates our natural beauty.

Keep reading to find out more about my Timeless Beauty Makeup Look & Pears Giveaway!

Review: Eco. Modern Essentials

ECO. Modern Essentials is a skincare brand that was created from its parent company, the Natalie Group, which you may have heard of through the skincare brand NAT. (you can read more about them here). ECO is a skincare brand that aims to provide quality natural skincare that is results-driven, yet still affordable! Their philosophy is to provide basic products that can be used for daily rituals for modern living. I love the simplicity of their packaging and products, and it's always nice to try out local Australian skincare brands. Keep reading to find out more about my experience with trying out ECO. Modern Essentials!

Shanghai Suzy Lipstick Collection + Swatches

Shanghai Suzy was founded by former cosmetics marketing exec Joanna Wheaton, and is a lipstick-only cosmetics brand that delivers fun and bright shades of lipsticks. Each shade is limited edition, with a new range of shades being delivered every season! This brand has gained a lot of attention within the last couple of months, releasing a beautiful Spring/Summer 2014 collection in September that has got everyone talking and promoting the brand like crazy, especially on Instagram. I'm a huge fan of these lipsticks, so I thought I'd finally do a post showing you my whole collection & swatch them all for you!