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TFJ TRAVEL JOURNAL: BRUSSELS / AMSTERDAM / ST. GOAR

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TFJ TRAVEL JOURNALS: LONDON/WINDSOR/OXFORD

Before even seeing London, I always knew I would love it. This city not only lived up to my expectations, but exceeded them.

The best part for me was definitely spending time with much loved family who live there, but it wasn’t only that which confirmed my idea to move there some day.

London is a city filled with hundreds of years of history. Monuments can be found around the corner, and the atmosphere is indescribable. I found London to be a welcoming place, maybe because I was completely open to everything that it had to offer as well. In London, we saw the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden (which isn’t actually a garden) Shakespeare’s Globe, South Bank, The Shard, The Cheese-grater, London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Street. I felt like I was playing real life Monopoly.

During our time we also saw two Shakespeare productions at the Globe Theatre. We watched one of my favourite plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as Macbeth. If you are interested in theatre or literature, or are just curious about The Globe, I definitely recommend going to see one of the productions, it was easily one of the highlights of our time in London.

We also went to Oxford and Windsor. Oxford was nothing like I expected, probably because I didn’t actually know anything about it other than it was home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities. As for Windsor, I got quite jealous when I saw how well the Queen lives. By luck, the flag on the castle was raised whilst we were there, which meant that Queen Lizzie was in the building.

For summertime, the weather in London wasn’t the best, it was always jacket weather, except for the one day that we were in Oxford, but regardless I think it added to the atmosphere of each place we went to. I definitely recommend London to anyone who enjoys the city lifestyle and wants a trip that they can fill with historical sightseeing, culture immersion, and shopping.

Have you guys been to London? What were your favourite places?

xx

20 things they don’t tell you about Contiki tours

At the moment, I am travelling Europe and yesterday my Contiki tour came to an end, and from the start I had no idea what to expect. I had previously toured Italy when I was 16 with my school, and imagined it would be somewhat like that… I was wrong (but pleasantly surprised)

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KAT VON D LOCK IT TATTOO FOUNDATION REVIEW

Since I was 16 I have been loyal to one foundation, and that is the MAC studio fix fluid. Lately, I haven’t really been liking the consistency and coverage that it was giving me, so I made an irrational decision to try something new. In those uncontrollable moments when you realise it’s pay day and you haven’t bought yourself anything exciting in a week, sometimes you make irrational decisions. I however, did not.

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Yeah but can your bronzer do this?

Mine can.

Like I mentioned in my MAC Cream Colour Base review, I am obsessed with products that I can use multiple ways.

Rightfully named, the NARS Le Multiple makeup stick is possibly the coolest product i’ve purchased. It comes in 10 different colours, and I bought the shade Na Pali Coast, which is a beautiful copper colour with a shimmer. The best thing about it is that it’s intended that you use it on your lips, cheeks and eyes, even simultaneously.

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The consistency of the product itself is a cream to powder formula, so when you apply, it blends really easily but still has the pigmentation and durability of a cream.

I use Na Pali Coast as a bronzer more than anything because I find the shade works really well in creating dimensions in my face under my cheekbone to contour, but also doubles as a blush if I build it up. That was actually what persuaded me to buy it, because I was looking at the shade Orgasm, which is gorgeous, but I already have the powder blush, and wanted something slightly more versatile.

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I’ve used it on my eyes as well, and it’s really pretty, but I think it’s more suited to someone with brown or darker eyes, because my hazel eyes were too light for it. I also feel like it’s a colour that looks awesome with a dark crimson lip, which I did, but my skin is also a bit too pale for both products together.

With that being said though, I think Na Pali Coast is a great colour for anyone. It’s so unique and the contrast of the silver shimmer with the copper really doesn’t tailor it to a certain person.

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Overall, I’ve got nothing but praises for this product, and would love to try out some of the other colours in NARS’ The Multiple range.

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MAC cream colour base review

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Usually, I hate the term ‘holy grail’ when people talk about beauty products, therefore I refuse to call this a ‘holy grail’ product, even if it technically should be.

I remember watching a beauty vlog one time and literally, the whole five minutes, this Youtuber pulled out every product she owned and said “this is definitely a holy grail product!”, which really made me ponder whether she knew any adjectives or not…

Regardless, this has to be the best unplanned purchase I have ever made. The MAC cream colour bases are generally used as highlighters, but I also like to use mine as a stand alone eye shadow, and even an eye shadow base. The consistency is perfect for highlighter, because it is creamy but easily to blend and build for effect. I bought the shade ‘Hush’ which is this gorgeous, frosty blush pink colour.

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On the cheeks it gives a beautiful, dewy highlight that makes my contour look really defined, but is subtle enough that it looks natural.

On the eyes it appears a lighter pink than on the cheeks, and I’ve found that it compliments my Naked 3 palette so well because the colour is slightly lighter than ‘dust’ but is more dense and therefore the pigments show more, so it’s the perfect base for a nude and slightly shimmery look.

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I really do love this product, and I think that this colour in particular can suit so many different people. The product itself is so versatile and long lasting that it’s definitely worth more than it looks!

You can purchase the MAC Cream Colour Base here

 

LUSH Space Girl bath bomb REVIEW

Wow okay so I am officially obsessed with LUSH cosmetics

I know, it took me a really long time to jump on the band wagon. To be honest though, in the past (back when I didn’t have a job) I couldn’t justify spending a massive $6.75 on a bath bomb.

Once again, I know, I was a really lame person because what’s $6.75 in the grand scheme of things?

Regardless, my first experience with a LUSH product was a remarkably relaxing bath with their Space Girl bath bomb. The beautifully crafted bath bomb is in the shape of my favourite planet, Saturn.

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This bath bomb seemed ridiculously glittery. I expected to emerge from the water like a sparkling alien of LUSHy goodness, and I did, but I didn’t have glitter all over me and in my hair, which was the greatest surprise of them all.

Firstly, when I placed the bath bomb into the water, a bittersweet aroma filled the room while Space Girl exploded into a pretty red rose shaped pattern, which quickly turned purple and spread throughout the water. I couldn’t recognise what scent the bath bomb was, but I later found out that it was blackcurrant. Soon enough, the water looked like a sparkling lilac galaxy, and when I got into the bath, the water was silky smooth.

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I decided that I would make a really big deal about bath time, mostly because every bath I have is usually very unexciting and consists of very pathetic bubbles that last at most five minutes. In order to ensure that I was fully relaxed, I rented a copy of Gone Girl, set up my laptop, and lit some candles. To be honest, I didn’t realise that this could be a very practical thing, and it feels a little weird saying that I’ve done so. Regardless, I was extremely relaxed and there began my LUSH obsession.

Practically, I knew that this couldn’t last forever (or even last the running time of the movie), but I enjoyed every minute of it. When I came out of the bath, my skin was so, incredibly soft and smooth, and even my face was really smooth for days following the bath. I expected that as soon as I showered that this silkiness would wash off, but it didn’t, I assume it absorbed into my skin. With that being said, I have very sensitive skin, and I had no reactions to this product!

To say that something that seems as artificial as a bath bomb seeped into my skin on my face and didn’t encourage a massive break out was incredible, especially considering the glitter.

I think LUSH has definitely lived up to my expectations, and I’m really, really looking forward to my next bath with my new Twilight bath bomb that I bought the same day that I used Space Girl (I don’t want to be without)

Like I said, it has become an obsession.

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I’m thinking of doing a fortnightly bath bomb post and review all of the different LUSH bath bombs, what do you guys think?

Also, I finally watched Gone Girl as was pretty happy with the film adaptation, especially considering how much I loved the book, but does Amy infuriate you like she infuriates me?

MET Gala 2015

You win this time, Bieber.

I had a lot of difficulty deciding on my favourite looks from the Met Gala. This is because when it comes to an event like this, the main thing you have to consider is theme, and then you go from there and implement your personal style and design preferences.

I think I should start off by saying something nice, because I think that this year’s Met Gala was probably the most boring and uninspired of them all.

Okay, I know, I was meant to say nice things and I didn’t get off to a good start… 

I’m not going to lie, I liked Kim Kardashian’s gown and thought that the details were incredible, however, I don’t think it suited the theme of this year’s Met Gala, which was China: Through the looking glass. Same with Beyoncé; I think we all know that I absolutely love her, but Bey, I do not get the inspiration behind your dress (or rather, lack of). For any other occasion, I think Beyoncé looked absolutely stunning. Seriously, she looked incredible, but I think the attention from her gown deterred attention from the overarching theme of the night.

Moving on to my favourite looks of the night, I think Rihanna nailed it. 

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Rih was in Guo Pei, and I think that the detailing on the dress achieved an oriental look, and the fabrics worked fabulously together to create an outstanding look.

Out of the men, Justin Bieber hit the nail on the head.

metLike I said before, embrace the theme but put your own spin to it, and that’s exactly what the Biebs did. This Balmain look was sophisticated and has the ability to be worn off of the red carpet. 10/10.

Okay, can I get a round of applause for Jessica Hart?

metOut of all the women, Rihanna aside, Jessica Hart had my vote for best dressed. It is a perfect combination of the design aspects of the Chinese culture, and equal part modern style. The colour is gorgeous and it’s a perfect balance of simplicity and elegance. It’s just, like I said, perfect. We should also give a standing ovation to the Valentino team.

While I planned this post I though “yes, I am going to have my favourites in order” but honestly I think these are all actually equal favourites, yes, some stood out more than others but I appreciate them all the same.

Next is Fan Bingbing. I’m going to be completely honest and say I didn’t know who she was until I saw this incredible emerald cape gliding down the red carpet, then she turned around. It was like a Cinderella moment, I needed to know who she was, and I really hoped she would drop the cape so I could fly over there and pick it up and keep it find her to give it back.

I feel I should also mention Kendall Jenner, who looked absolutely stunning in this Calvin Klein gown.

metThis is probably my only exception to the ‘theme rule’ because when you think about it, Calvin Klein is known for simplicity, and I guess the colour matches the theme. I’m going to justify it because I love this look and I think Kendall looked stunning.

I think what disappointed me most was that the whole concept of the ball was forgotten by most. It is a themed costume benefit gala, and we have actresses like Reece Witherspoon and the Olsen twins who wore the most basic pieces in history. There was no costume aspect to it. None, it purely seemed like the haute couture version of lazy.

Finally, my last bone to pick is with these people. First thing’s first, in 2014 Beyoncé wowed everyone with her Michael Costello floral-lace dress at the Grammy’s, and now these women, including Beyoncé herself, have tried to replicate the look but make it look like they didn’t (does that make sense?)

 

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Don’t get me wrong, they all look absolutely incredible, but come on ladies, be creative, I get this is a trend and making a statement on a world wide platform is the goal, but every gown has the right occasion, and this wasn’t it.

Then there are these ladies, who are ready for the after party before the ball even began.

To end this on a good note, I’d like to point out my favourite gowns in general, regardless of the occasion.

You know your haircut is bad when you would happily take your front fringe back…

So on Tuesday I decided that I really really wanted to cut my hair, and soon. On Thursday I actually did it, and now I cannot look in a mirror without feeling the need to curl up into a ball and sob.

Right now i’m in this really confused state between feeling crap about how I look and feeling crap about feeling crap about how I look… Let me explain…

I’ve never felt so superficially concerned before… ever, and now that I’ve cut my hair and I have an unwanted bob (yes, I said bloody freaking bob) I just can’t deal. Picture this, you take a girl with really curly hair, you cut her hair really short, and you hope for the best. Everyone knows that when you cut curly hair, the curls bounce and the hair seems shorter than it does when it’s straight. Not only is my hair ridiculously short when it is straight but can you imagine how short it’s going to seem when it’s curly?! I am going to look like Shirley Temple and the thought is driving me insane.

Not only that, but last night I went to my cousin’s 21st birthday party and it started to rain, but that wasn’t a problem, the humidity was. My hair has never reacted to humidity. It has always been just long enough to weigh my hair down and stop it from going curly, but not this time. I went outside and within 10 minutes my hair had begun to curl and frizz out! Tying my hair up wasn’t an option because there isn’t enough hair to tie up and there is actually nothing I could do to fix it.

I think what’s really pissing me off right now is that there were quite a few ‘signs’ that I should have listened to, telling me not to cut my hair. I know, I’ve taken it so seriously that I’m reading ‘signs’ from the universe. Firstly, I wore my hair naturally curly since monday and every day, after every wash, it looked great, something that doesn’t normally happen. Secondly, my dad freaked out when I showed him a picture of how I wanted it cut, and for the first time, I couldn’t convince him to like it. Finally, an appointment that was scheduled before my hairdresser appointment ran really behind, and so I called the hairdresser and was about to cancel when the receptionist said “that’s okay, we can just swap your appointment with a later client”. I really, really should have just cancelled.

It’s not that the hairdresser did a bad job as such… The cut was done well in the sense that everything is straight and I didn’t come home with a rat’s tail, but I just feel like maybe if they… the professional person who works with hair on a daily basis, took into consideration the fact that this outcome was inevitable, I would have been able to avoid this whole situation because they would tell me straight out that there’s a possibility that it would look horrible. I ended up feeling really guilty too because my hairdresser said “I think it really suits you” (they lied, by the way) and I replied “really? you reckon?” in a very unsubtle, unstable, ‘I’m about to cry’ type of tone. I tried to redeem my response by saying “I probably just have to get used to it, I’ve never had my hair this short before… it’s, uhh, exciting…!”

I can’t even explain this hair style to you, and no way in hell am I uploading pictures of it! it literally seems like I got a bowl cut and clipped extensions over the top of it… I don’t know how that makes sense but it was the best way I could describe it to you. So now leaving the house without a full face of makeup isn’t even an option, and neither is my trusty top knot that would get me out of a bad hair day every time.

I actually do not know what to do or how to fix it. It’s extremely demotivating and it has pulled my confidence down a lot. I really don’t like feeling like this because I hate the idea of being self conscious because of something superficial, but I can’t shake it off. I really, truly and completely do not want to start uni so soon because my hair is just not on point. When I went to an enrolment day, I was so excited because my hair looked awesome, I had a really cool, chic but casual outfit on, and my life seemed so picturesque. Now I am absolutely dreading this because I’m going to be “that girl with the short hair with no style.”  More than that though, it’s the fact that I had something good and I didn’t realise it until it was gone.

I know, I seem so incredibly shallow, and trust me, out of all people I know that there are worse things in life, but I just wanted to point out how something cosmetic can change your self perception. I always wondered why people would opt for surgery and treatments because they weren’t happy with how they looked, but now I completely understand it. To feel good, sometimes you need to be content with how you look, and I know it sounds ridiculously superficial, but I never thought it was true until now.

Sorry for the rant, but I started writing this at 3:45am because I couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about how devastated I am about my haircut. I would actually do anything to go back in time and reverse this. I would even throw it way back to late 2013/early 2014 when I got a front fringe… and I thought that was bad.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical!!!

There isn’t much more to love than an iconic musical, directed by an Australian artistic legend, with an incredibly talented cast, captivating numbers, along with breath taking costumes designed by said Australian artistic legend’s equally legendary, four time oscar winning wife!

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend the Strictly Ballroom The Musical media call! This meant that I got to watch (and record) three numbers from the show, meet director Baz Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin (costume designer) and speak with the cast! I was also given a backstage tour and got to have a look at the [enormous] set pieces and gorgeously detailed costumes!

I feel as though I should also mention Phoebe Panaretos and Thomas Lacey who play Fran (Just Fran) and Scott Hastings, who after running through three numbers twice like ninjas, stuck around to chat to us! Not only were they open to questions, but they seemed genuinely passionate about what they were doing with their interpretations of their characters and weren’t fussed that we lined up for photos!

Director Baz Luhrmann said that “I can honestly say this, for no other reason than it’s the truth. This cast started great, but they have never stopped evolving their performances, developing their instruments, pushing detail, trying to be everything they possibly can” and this is evident through their performance!

For a world renown director to also say that he is “so damn proud” [of the cast] for “not stopping for a single second in trying to make those performances everything they can be” just means that the cast and crew of Strictly Ballroom The Musical truly will blow you away!

Here’s a quick run down of the long history of Strictly Ballroom:

Strictly Ballroom started off as a musical in 1984 before it’s film adaptation in 1992, both pieces were acclaimed for their unique story, character development and creative direction. When Strictly Ballroom was first shown in Czechoslovakia, it received a 30 minute standing ovation!

Now, Strictly Ballroom has returned to theatre, and after closing in Sydney, it has opened in Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre!

Take a look at my favourite numbers from the show!

Time After Time: Strictly Ballroom The Musical!

Strictly speaking, make sure you catch Strictly Ballroom The Musical before May 3rd! You can book tickets by clicking here

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Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin review!

It’s a known fact that a good base provides the foundation for a good makeup day (no pun intended) and sometimes having a good base requires a lot of time and effort to ensure that coverage is smooth and flattering.

It’s no secret that my skin isn’t the easiest surface to cover, not only do I have way too many acne scars, but because of the stress i’ve been under this year, I also have my fair share of unwelcome blemishes. So, along with the redness and the new oil that has developed in my T-Zone (which never existed until 3 months ago) I have had many difficulties finding a decently priced foundation and concealer that would actually work.

For a few months I was using the Rimmel London ‘Wake Me Up foundation and concealer, and although it was a great product, lately I felt that “good enough” just wasn’t good enough. Once that ran out I switched to the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, which is really good, the coverage is great and the consistency is comfortable but also reliable. A few days after purchasing this, however, I was given the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation and concealer. Since hearing about it’s release, I was very interested in trying it, but never got around to buying it, so when the opportunity to review the product came about, I jumped at it straight away!

Firstly, once I got past the excitement of receiving these products, I unwrapped the package as if I were a five year old and was unwrapping the biggest christmas present ever. Looking at the two bottles filled me up with pride – I was finally seeing physical results of blogging! (or as I like to call them – “Blogger Perks”)

Then, once the excitement subsided and I showed the unopened products to everyone on my Snapchat list, I ventured off to try the products!

The foundation at first seemed like it had a very thin consistency, which worried me because I thought “great, imagine how quickly i’m going to get through this!” because one pump didn’t seem enough to cover my face. Before adding a second pump, I thought I should see how much product comes out with one pump. It was actually the perfect amount! Then the second thing that crossed my mind was “Okay, so if the consistency is so thin, but the amount was good, should I use a second pump to make sure that I have a good coverage?”. The answer was no! The SuperStay Better Skin foundation gave me an even coverage that hid a lot of my scars… and this was without concealer!

Then I added the concealer on top of my scars and blemishes (mostly on my cheeks) and found that the scars disappeared and the redness no longer existed! It seemed almost too good to be true! Then I thought “okay so if it’s covering this well, I don’t think it will last in the heat this coming summer” especially considering how thin the consistency really was. Lucky for me, Melbourne weather pulled through to give me a beautiful 29 degree day, perfect product testing weather!

Here is just some background info about the SuperStay Better Skin products:

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin is Maybelline’s first vitamin enriched long wear foundation with skin improving Actyl-C. It provides all-day coverage and even has SPF 14!

So to break that down, it’s a bottle full of facial goodness that not only covers imperfections, but helps to improve them, while protecting your skin from the harsh UV rays that you may encounter!

May I just say that after almost 5 days of using the SuperStay Better Skin products, I am not disappointed! For the price, this product is fantastic! The only (somewhat) negative comment I can make about this product is that sometimes I accidentally dispense too much concealer just from holding the bottle, so honestly, if packaging is the only concern, I wouldn’t worry at all about the abilities of this product.

I am happy to say that I’ve found a economically priced foundation and concealer duo that actually works for me, and provides my skin with the coverage it needs! I can only imagine how great this product would be for people who don’t have as many skin problems as I do.

This product also claims to give you “better looking skin in 3 weeks” – Although i’ve only had it for almost a week, I can see that it actually does help my skin. The oil that I complained about earlier doesn’t build up when i’m wearing it, and i’ve noticed that it hasn’t aggravated my skin like a lot of other products do. I’ve also noticed that I can use this product without primer and the coverage lasts all day!

… To think I was going to spend $59 on a NARS foundation!

I will do a product update in 3 weeks to confirm whether the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation and concealer really does give you better skin… I have very high hopes!

For now though, I do recommend this product to everyone who is in need of a great foundation for a great price!

You can get the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation ($21.95) here, and the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer ($14.95) here

Once The Musical!

His music needed one thing. Her.

Captivating from the moment you stepped into the beautiful Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Once the Musical takes you on a journey about love, inspiration, and the power of dreaming.

This musical had me speaking in an Irish accent in record time, while also tugging on a heart string which made me want to run home and sit at my piano, forgetting that I could only play a handful of songs and can barely read sheet music.

Speaking from a year 12 VCE Theatre Studies student perspective, there were many technical aspects of Once which I could not ignore, one being the highly noticeable use of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘Epic Theatre’ as the base theatrical style. Although the ‘fourth wall’ was hardly broken, an actor-audience relationship was established through the use of music and the ‘Verfremdungseffekt’ – also known as the ‘Alienation effect’ which reminds the audience that they’re watching a play, rather than become too immersed into the world of the play. This helped to create an actor-audience relationship as the ‘spectators’ were exposed to the complexities of the play, such as stagecraft elements which, instead of being changed during a black out, were changed in clear view. Although it did distance the audience, it also lured them in, as it built curiosity and evoked further thought about aspects which are not normally though about during a performance, such as “where did that come from?” “I really want to know what’s behind that door” “Did he really just change his pants off in front of a girl he just met?” and finally “why do I keep believing that those three chairs are a bed?” 

This effect was used a lot throughout the play, as the characters also served a practical purpose and were responsible for transforming the performance space from one place to another. Set in modern Dublin, the world of the play was created with quite a sensible set, which was easily manipulated to represent different places. However there were aspects of the set which were really detailed, and each detail became significant throughout the play. Many objects were used to represent other objects (for example: chairs were moved together to create a bed) which was not only practical, but demonstrated a complex level of presentation by director John Frost.

There were many other conventions of epic theatre which were prominent in Once (I made a whole list) which I can only touch on, but most importantly, this theatrical style was demonstrated through characterisation. The characters were significant symbols of Epic Theatre, especially noticeable through things like their names and titles; the two main characters are referred to as “guy” and “girl“, and there is also the “bank manager“, which literally depict who they are and their status in the play. 

Moving on from my painful analysis (sorry!) the music in this show was fantastic and was performed by an incredibly talented cast! The leads, Tom Parsons and Madeleine Jones not only had impeccable voices, but could play their respective instruments flawlessly. The rest of the cast was equally as breath taking. Each person demanded attention for their performances, even when in an ensemble, however one person who really stood out was Amy Lehpamer, a violinist and singer who played the role of Reza. She showed a lot of energy which was quite encapsulating from the moment I took my seat.

I really did enjoy Once, it exceeded any expectations which I had for this production! If you’re into stories with [somewhat] complex characters, meaningful messages, subtle comedy (which is expressed and received extremely well), open-to-interpretation-type musicals which have been faultlessly directed and impeccably performed, Once is definitely the show to see!

… I’m being serious, I’m Czech.

Furthermore, if you want to understand the above reference, you’ll need to see the show!

Once The Musical is showing at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre until December 31, 2014 and as cliche as it may sound, this musical really does only come around Once.

Get your tickets to Once the Musical here

Check out the official site of Once here

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I’d also like to say a big thank you to Valissa from Nuffnang for giving me the opportunity to see this show! It has been a fantastic and motivating experience being Nuffnang blogger!

Wearing:

Zara navy knitted jumper

Mossman white leather skirt

H&M ankle boots

Versace Jeans Patent leather bag

Sportsgirl bracelet

Lovisa necklace

Favourite beauty products July/August

 

 

So I must admit, most of these products I have had before July/August but I have become absolutely hung up on these products, and have or will use them excessively, and recommend you do the same!

Let’s start with the basics which should become of your skin care regiment (if they aren’t already). I absolutely love the Formula 10.0.6 skin care range, and I use So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser  which is a 2-in-1 cleanser and toner, which doesn’t require any water. All you do is use makeup remover pads, a few drops and voila! Of course, I only use this when I feel very lazy or don’t have time to wash my face properly, but this definitely does the trick. It cleanses well and leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth.

Also from Formula 10.0.6, I use the Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser which uses passionfruit and green tea to keep my skin clean and oil free, while the green tea exfoliates!

But, I don’t just use these products alone. For Christmas in 2012, my mum bought me the Models Prefer Skin Cleanser, which is almost exactly like a Clarisonic Cleansing System, but is a quarter of the price! This system comes with four attachments: A soft bristled brush, a normal brush, a  sponge applicator, and massage fingers. I found that the normal brush is too harsh on my skin, as I have very sensitive skin, but after cleansing with it, I feel like I have also taken away a layer of skin, which is actually a good thing. Normally though, I use the soft bristled brush because I don’t wear that much makeup (normally just foundation and concealer). The sponge applicator is good for moisturiser, but I don’t use it often because I noticed that it doesn’t apply the moisturiser in a way that makes it blend into my skin, but rather leaves a thin layer in certain areas which I then need to massage in by hand. As for the massage fingers, I find them a bit awkward to use, but they do feel relaxing! When my jaw feels tense from clenching (which I do often), I use the massage fingers to hover over the sore area (externally) and find that it does release tension, but unless you open your mouth and separate your teeth, you might feel a very discomforting vibration through your teeth! The system is battery powered, which is fine by me because the batteries last for a very long time! If you are considering purchasing a Clarisonic (which can range from $100-$250), I suggest you try the Models Prefer which you can purchase at Priceline or Target for $15, which basically does the exact same job, and even comes with more attachments with no extra cost! 

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 Now, moving on to makeup tools!

One of my gorgeous friends bought me Real Techniques Core Collection Cosmetic Brushes, which automatically makes her my makeup guardian angel, because since then, my foundation, concealer and lipstick has been flawless*** 

The Detailer Brush is so perfect for applying lipstick without a liner or perfecting lip arches, but also for concealing problem areas with precision!

The Pointed Foundation Brush is my best friend. It literally applies any liquid foundation evenly and the point is perfectly angled to reach all areas of the face and neck!

Finally, I use the Buffing Brush solely for powder foundation, which I use to blend around my jaw line, chin and neck to ensure that my coverage is even and that I have no foundation lines!

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What I noticed, however, is that sometimes I would be in a rush and would be unable to spend 10 or so minutes applying concealer and foundation with the brushes and taking all the precautions to make sure that everything was blended in properly, so, intrigued by  the colour and desperate to buy a product from Mecca Maxima, I purchased the Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere which has once again revolutionised my makeup routine, and I cannot urge you enough to join in on it’s impeccable and immaculate makeup blending powers! 

The Kit Cosmetics Blender Sphere is the highly economic price of $14.99 and is literally one of the best cosmetic tools I have bought! The Blender Sphere speeds up the process of applying makeup while providing unblemished and accurate coverage. The sphere shape means that the slightly pointed ends can be used to reach smaller areas or places that require more detailed blending, while the middle of the sponge can be used to blend in the larger areas of the face.

Honestly, the Blender Sphere is a tool that I can’t imagine not using, and works so perfectly hand-in-hand with the Real Techniques cosmetic brushes!

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This month, being August and 4 months away from the opening of Sephora in Sydney, Australia, I have decided that I will continue to use the best mascara I have ever purchased.

It was the Sephora Collection Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in Ultra Black. This mascara is perfect. I am not even exaggerating. It lengthens, volumises, perfectly separates (I hate clumped eyelashes!), and curves your lashes without the need of an eyelash curler! Not only is the quality amazing, but it does wonders for your lashes! Before this mascara, I would apply an annoying amount of mascara repetitively to my lashes, which not only damaged them, but felt uncomfortable! With the Sephora Collection mascara, I found that I only need one or two layers before my lashes look great! What’s even better? It’s affordable! 

It seems as though the Sephora Collection eye makeup products dominate above the other brands which Sephora sells, because I also love the Sephora Collection Long-lasting Eyeliner in 01 Noir Black. The precision I get with this liquid eyeliner is incredible! Before this eyeliner, I barely even bothered with liner because I already knew that it would take a miracle before I could perfect my liner, but with this product, I have been able to master the art of eyeliner multiple times thanks to the high precision ultra-fine bristle brush.

After all of that eye makeup, you’re going to need a good, gentle product that can remove the liner and mascara without tearing out lashes, creating ‘panda eyes’, or your average cleanser where you risk going red-eyed from accidentally opening your eyes to make sure you’ve removed everything before rinsing!

I use the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. I was given this product as a sample when I purchased the mascara and liner, and I wish I purchased a bottle bigger than 25ml! All you do is apply a few drops of the serum to a makeup remover pad and gently wipe your eyes. The serum not only removes makeup, but strengthens the lashes with it’s lash strengthening complex, which is perfect for people who wear contacts and others with sensitive eyes! The product is literally for everyone so try it! 

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Lip balm seems like an easy product to buy, but a quality balm is hard to come across! A few years ago I was on a very strong medication for my skin, where dry lips were a major side effect. It was so harsh that laughing was painful, and giving people a polite smile was out of the question. Out of desperation I used Vaseline but it was so impractical, especially when I was in class, the last thing I wanted to do was pull out a jar of Vaseline. My troubles came to end end when I discovered Maybelline Baby Lips.

I’m not sure what it is, but Baby Lips has continued to be my favourite lip balm that I have ever tried. At the generous price of $3.95, Baby Lips moisturises your lips almost instantly. First, a few minutes after application, you begin to shed the dry skin (if there is any), which then leaves you with smooth and cushioned lips that taste really, really nice! I just finished my favourite Menthol flavoured balm, and today replaced it with the Mango Pie flavour, which I hadn’t tried before, but am really liking! Since trying Maybelline Baby Lips I don’t think I can use any other balm!

TFJ1Last year I won a competition, and included in the package was a voucher for a makeover with Gorgeous Cosmetics in Melbourne Central, which I redeemed and discovered the incredible lipsticks! A little short on money, I could only purchase one item that the lovely makeup artist used on me, but I am so happy I decided on the lipstick! The colour is a deep, dark red called Shiraz (M29), which is the perfect winter colour!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love my two Chanel lipsticks for their quality and vibrance, but I can honestly and justly compare the quality of Gorgeous Cosmetics to the quality of Chanel! The lipstick is long lasting and remains vibrant, and I love the canister that it’s in! Yes, the Chanel quality is slightly better (which you would expect) but Gorgeous Cosmetics lipsticks are very close in standard for a little over half the price of a Chanel lipstick!

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Finally, my 13th favourite beauty product of July/August is…

My M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in ‘More To Love‘ This hot pink liner of perfectness is exactly as described: Long wearing. What I love about this lip pencil is that the quality is so good that if I wanted to, I could wear it without lipstick by lining then filling in my lips. The colour is bold and makes a statement on it’s own! It also brings back memories, as I purchased it in Dubai Airport on the way home from Italy! The crayon texture makes it glide on accurately and smoothly, while staying on without smudging!

It’s the perfect mediator when you don’t feel like wearing lipstick, but want a beautifully vibrant colour on your lips!

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So that’s it! Those are my favourite beauty products of July/August which are gracing my makeup bag for the month!

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Also, check out my review on the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer here

I BB-elieve!

BB cream photoA couple of days ago, my sister and I were talking about how much her skin has changed since she has not been sleeping properly after she had her baby. She had said that she was trying BB cream because her normal Nude by Nature foundation was not giving her the coverage she needed to hide her dark circles surrounding her eyes. Coincidentally, a few days afterward, my mum also purchased BB cream, curious about the hype.

 

I normally swear by my M.A.C Cosmetics Foundation, but sadly, mine is running out so to save it until I could afford to buy a new one, I decided to try the Rimmel London 9-in-1 BB Cream. Let me be the one to tell you that the coverage is absolutely fantastic. My skin looks and feels smooth, blemishes are not noticeable and it barely feels like I have makeup on, which is good considering the mousse-like texture of the cream.

 

 

The Rimmel London BB Cream Primes, Covers, Smoothes, Mattifies, Moisturises, Protects (with SPF 25 protection), Minimises pores, Conceals and Brightens the skin!

I recommend this product to everyone, no matter your skin type or shade, as there are a range of shades from light to medium to dark in the Rimmel London BB Cream and this product offers maximum coverage for every user!