30 June 2016

June Monthly Favourites: 2016

Wow, can you guys believe we are officially halfway through 2016?! That is just so hard for me to get my head around. I feel like it has literally flown by before my eyes, but at the same time I know I have already done a lot this year! This month it has been quite chilly here in Brisbane, which isn't a sentence you hear often. Nothing compared to the weather that I grew up with as a child in Eastern Canada, but after being here for several years now I have acclimatised and I can feel the cold too! I've got a random mixture of favourites for you this month, but each one has been a product I've had a hard time putting down. I love writing about my new discoveries and I can't wait to share these with you!

27 June 2016

RosehipPLUS: Organic Skincare Review

With winter well and truly here in Australia, my skin has gone from being combination with quite a bit of oil through my t-zone to being normal/dry in many areas. This has meant needing to change up my skincare routine quite a bit by leaving the charcoal masks and heavier exfoliant scrubs behind and replacing them with more hydrating products. The RosehipPLUS range has been a welcome addition to my skincare routine although it has taken me a while to start using the products. I like to introduce new items into my routine one by one to ensure I don't have any bad reactions and to avoid any unnecessary breakouts from product irritation. I think RosehipPLUS is definitely a skincare brand worth knowing about and after using these products for about two months, I thought I could share my thoughts and let you know my top picks from the range!

20 June 2016

MY VIP Dermalogica Experience

Recently, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to visit the Dermalogica Education Centre in South Brisbane. I was offered a VIP facial treatment which included a skin mapping analysis to get to know my skin a little better, a personalised facial treatment and finally the chance to discuss some future product recommendations with a Dermalogica expert. This Centre is mainly used for training purposes, however every now and then, Dermalogica may invite people to visit and spread the word about their products and treatments. Just a disclaimer, this is not a sponsored post, and although the treatment provided to me was complimentary, it was completely my choice to write this post and tell you a little more about my experiences with Dermalogica. I hope you find this post helpful and informative!

16 June 2016

BH Cosmetics + Shaaanxo 18 Colour Eyeshadow & Lipstick Palette: Review & Swatches

This much anticipated collaboration between well-known NZ Beauty Youtuber Shannon Harris and BH Cosmetics features nine matte and shimmer eyeshadow shades and nine satin lipstick shades in a dual-sided palette. Shaanxo is quite well-regarded for her successful Youtube channel where she is known to her followers as Shaaanxo and also has her own xoBeauty line which is quickly gaining in popularity with their lashes and brush sets. The BH Cosmetics + Shaaanxo 18 Colour Eyeshadow & Lipstick Palette ($22 USD) is quite reasonably priced and today I'm providing my thoughts along with lots of swatches so you can decide if it's worth your investment!

13 June 2016

The Best Makeup Products for Concealing Acne and Blemishes: High-End and Drugstore

As someone who identifies as having very problematic skin and always having a blemish or two to fight on a daily basis, I definitely have had my own struggles with self confidence when it comes to my skin. Those who suffer from acne will know that you feel so self-conscious and sometimes makeup is the only solution to getting a break from your own paranoia that everyone is looking at your bad skin. I suffered with moderate acne as a teenager which was part of the reason why I discovered makeup very early on and learned how to use it to help improve my confidence levels.

These days my skin is looking a lot better than what it used to, however recently I went through a really bad breakout that lasted several weeks and my confidence levels dropped significantly again and I was dreading have to attend activities or important events because of my skin. The whole emotional rollercoaster we go through when it comes to acne inspired me to write this post with my top recommendations for covering up blemishes. This post covers the products I swear by that really work for me when my skin is really bad but I want to feel better and go out to face the world.

09 June 2016

Bloggers United AU Brisbane Event: My Experience as an Attendee

Bloggers United AU is an amazing idea founded by Nikita from NJT Blogger and Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty.Bloggers United AU was founded in late 2014 but officially launched in February 2015. The main aim of Bloggers United AU is to make an amazing Australian community even better, to support all bloggers and help them gain more exposure, meet other people in the blogging community, have opportunities to meet fellow bloggers face to face, make new friends and to have fun doing what they love – blogging!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Bloggers United AU event being held in Brisbane. This was very exciting and special for me since Brisbane rarely has events for bloggers, especially within the niche of beauty blogging and I often miss opportunities that come across my desk for events in Sydney and Melbourne. Of course, I sprung for the chance to meet up with lots of my blogging friends, meet new bloggers and also network with brands. This post is all about the event and how I found it as an attendee. If you'd like to know more about what went behind organising the event and some more behind the scenes information check out Tahana's post here, as we decided to do a collaboration!
*All images are my own except those with watermark which are from the event photographer Peter Cabral
06 June 2016

Beauty Bin: May Empties 2016

Hi beauties! I've got another installment of my Beauty Bin Series for you today taking you through all the products I've managed to use up during the month of May. If you'd like to read some of my previous Beauty Bin posts, you can check them out here. Some of you have been asking for a Project Pan Update as well since it has been just over 6 months since I started, so I will try to get that up for you soon. Until then, let's get into some of these empty products!

02 June 2016

May Coffee Break: 2016

Hey babes! I'm back to you with another post from my Coffee Break Series where we catch up and I tell you a little more about what has been happening in my life! If you'd like to read my previous posts from the series, click here. So if you're keen to have a little chit chat and hear what I've been up to, keep reading!