January + February Coffee Break



It's time for another coffee break! Sit down, relax and catch up on my life over the past two months. If you haven't read some of my other Coffee Break posts you can read them here. These were some of my favourite posts to write throughout 2016, and it's been great to share more of my personal life with you all. Today I've got updates regarding my kitty, what's happening with my blog, as well as going back to uni, so make sure you keep reading!

A Hidden Gem: The Avon Luxe Range Review & Swatches



It has been a long time since I have tried any products from Avon, a very well-known global beauty company, who primarily sell beauty and skincare products through independent Avon sales representatives. In general. I am not a fan of brands who hire pushy team members and pressure people to buy their products to boost sales and commission (this hasn't been my experience of Avon) but some may have had this experience. For this reason, I can understand anyone's hesitation when looking to purchase products from brands who have this structure and rely heavily on sales through individual consultants. However, it seems Avon have come a long way since I used to scroll through their beauty catalogues when I was just a teenager, and you can buy any of these products mentioned on my blog on your own accord through their online website, without having to make an order with any sales reps. Today, I am talking exclusively about the Avon Luxe Range, which I hadn't heard of before until I was approached by the company regarding their products. The Luxe range is marketed as a higher-end makeup range from Avon and comes with gorgeous gold packaging that certainly is several steps up from previous makeup products I have used from the brand.

January Monthly Favourites: 2017



Well, it's that time again!!! Monthly favourites time! I struggled a little bit to get an assortment of goodies together to share with you this month. I feel like I have kept things very streamlined with my makeup and skincare, and my skin has been loving me for it! *knock on wood* I did manage to pull out a few highlights to chat with you about, including some stationery! Hopefully my organisation lovers will appreciate it. Keep reading to find out what I've been loving in January.


Best in Skincare, Haircare and Body Products: 2016


My apologies that this is late hitting your inboxes and feeds, but I still really wanted to go ahead and publish this post. I thought some of you might find my recommendations helpful after such great feedback on my Best in Beauty Products 2016 post. I wanted to highlight my favourite skincare products, as well as miscellaneous products within haircare, tanning and body categories that I thought are worth knowing about! I have stuck to products I have not talked about before on my blog or which were new discoveries for the year. These are the best of the best and I have really narrowed it down for you so you can get to know my absolute must-have products!


Best in Beauty Products: 2016


A highly requested post from many of you is my Best in Beauty Products for 2016. Last year I produced my My 2015 Beauty Favourites and pretty much all of these products are still favourites of mine or regularly on rotation here at Bows & Pleats. For this post, I am including only new discoveries and beauty favourites. Be sure to read last year's favourites, as I am still enjoying so many of those products which is why they didn't need replacing! It seemed to me that 2016 was the year for more contouring and highlighting than ever before, matte liquid lipsticks and as many layers of concealer as possible. I discovered quite a few new products, both drugstore and high-end so I have included my favourites throughout the entire year for you all in one post! Make sure you have a notebook ready to scribble your wishlst and maybe a snack because this is another long one!

My Goals for 2017


So I know the whole goals and resolutions thing is super cliché, but I do love January and the feeling of a blank canvas to begin your year. I have been thinking a lot about the things I want to change and accomplish, how I want to challenge myself and tackle the things I have been putting on the back burner that are really important to me. If you are into goal planning and getting to know a little more about me, keep reading!

2016 Reflections: Personal + Blog


It's already 2017 and naturally I have spent some of my Christmas break thinking about the past year and all that has happened. I feel like this year definitely had many ups and downs for me so I wanted to take the chance to reflect with you all, in lieu of my normal Coffee Break post. Please grab a tea or coffee, maybe even a snack - because this one is a long one!

What I Got for Christmas: Collective Haul 2016



Christmas is one of my absolute favourite times of the year! Since moving to Australia, it can be one of the hardest as I am most often away from my immediate family, however I am lucky to have an amazing family through my husband as well as some great friendships I have made here. Of course, presents are the last thing on my mind when it comes to the holiday season, but I love reading posts about other people's gifts/Christmas hauls so I thought I would share mine with you as well in case it may be interesting for some of you. If you would like reviews of any of these items, please just let me know! 

The 5 Classic Red Lipsticks You Need This Holiday Season

The Christmas season is definitely well underway and it has inspired me to share my top 5 red lipsticks with you all in case you are hunting for the perfect red lip for a special occasion you may have coming up. Personally, I'm not a huge red lip lover myself. It's a shade that I often get compliments when I wear, but I tend to steer more towards bright pinks and fuchsias rather than a classic red. However, when you find the right red lipstick shade, it can really become the hero of your makeup look. I love pairing a red lip with a minimal eye. Today I am taking you through my favourite red lipsticks that contain easy to wear formulas, bold colour and longevity! Keep reading to find out my recommendations.


My Customer Service Experience With Mecca Maxima



For any of my readers that live in Australia and New Zealand, you would know that Mecca Maxima has really changed our relationship with makeup and the way that we have access to high-quality and high-end brands that were previously only available to us through online retailers (if they shipped to Australia that is). It has been great to be able to swatch brands in store like Stila, Urban Decay, NARS and Too Faced that were inaccessible to aussie makeup lovers in the past. This is something that I probably took for granted coming from Canada, where some of these brands are available at our local pharmacies like Shoppers Drug Mart and I had easy access to so many high-end makeup brands. Today, I just thought I'd talk to you about a recent customer service experience I've had with Mecca just in case you haven't yet shopped there or if you may be curious about their services and what they are all about.