Monday, 19 October 2015

JORD Wood Watch in Koa and Rose Gold*

Hey guys,

Today's post is going to be about my new accessory which has been an everyday staple in my wardrobe for the past few weeks.

Jord contacted me to review their product and I was given an opportunity to choose any one watch out of their wide range. It did take a while for me to choose because I wanted something that would work with a variety of outfits and something I wouldn't get bored of. Finally I chose the Koa and Rose Gold watch from the Cora collection. I chose this watch purely because I have nothing close to what it looks like in my collection and with the rose gold trend going on, I thought it would be a perfect accessory this spring/summer.

Koa (Acacia Koa) is a species native to Hawaii and is considered to be the most beautiful out of the native hardwoods. Depending on the season the tones in the wood range from medium gold to reddish brown.

Jord provides free shipping worldwide and the watch took a week and half to get to me. I was happy that it was packaged really well and there was a lot of bubble wrap to make sure it didn't damage in transit. They resize the watch to fit you before hand so its not a hassle for you. Incase you don't have a tape measure handy, their website provides a downloadable wrist sizer that you can print and measure your wrist. This particular watch retails for $275 USD but I think it is worth every cent.

It came in a wooden box which had the Jord logo engraved on it. Inside the box, the watch sat on a pillow again covered in bubble wrap to ensure it didn't break. The box also included the warranty card, instruction card, cleaning cloth and extra links that they took off from the watch for resizing.

As you can see in the pics, the watch itself looks gorgeous with the rose gold dial and the golden brown wood to complement it. The back has a clear glass and you can see the mechanism through it. The wood itself ranges in colour from burnt gold to brown and has its natural texture which makes this watch even more unique. I have had a lot of people complimenting every time I have worn this watch.


sapphire crystal glass
deployment buckle with push button
swarovski crystal markers
screw-down crown


Sea-Gull ST6103K
display: hours - minutes - seconds
jewel bearing: 21 jewels
drive system: self-winding automatic (requires no battery)

I am currently obsessed with my new watch and if you are looking to add a lovely, different piece to your collection I highly recommend you check out Jord watches because they are nothing like those  metal watches that you see everyone wearing and it is sure to catch peoples eyes. Convinced you to buy it? You can check out the whole range here

Friday, 16 October 2015

Colour Theory Spring Racing Makeup look*

Hey guys, 

Today I am going to be talking about a really affordable but good quality makeup brand.

Color theory has been in the market for a few years now and their products are available at Amcal and Guardian Pharmacies. They have over 100 products ranging from eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes, mascaras, base products and gift sets. The prices range between $4-$10 which I think is great considering the quality of these products. The packaging isn't very fancy, all the products are housed in clear plastic compacts/ tubes but I think you get what you pay for so I don't mind the packaging.  I have always wanted to try some of these products but didn't get a chance to. I was sent these products to review and as always I will give my true , honest opinion on any product featured on my blog.

To create this look I used the eyesadow duo in Berrylicious, blush in Cheeky Glow, Lipstick in Fuschia Frenzy and  the Define Mascara. 

The eyeshadow retails for $6 and has two shades, one light and one dark. The lighter shade is a pale pink slightly shimmery shade. The darker color is a more brownish maroon shade with very little specks of glitter but that glitter does not show up on the skin when you apply it. I used the lighter shade all over my lid and the dark shade in the crease and lower lashline. With a primer these shadows lasted only a few hours on me which was a little disappointing but if you don't have oily lids these are a great everyday , easy to slap on eye shadows. They blend very well too so that's a plus.

The blush in Cheeky Glow is a very natural flush of colour that looks good with any look. It retails for $6 and I think its a great blush that lasted throughout the day on me.

Blush in Cheeky Glow, Eyeshadow duo in Berrylicious and Lipstick in Fuchsia Frenzy
The lipstick in Fuschia Frenzy is a bright neon pink that is great for the spring and summer, to be honest I was a little disappointed in this as it accentuated my dry chapped lips but that could be because of the colour. Otherwise it was very easy to apply and comfortable to wear. It lasted a good few hours and also stained my lips so the wear wasn't very obvious. The Colour Theory lipsticks retail for $6 and I can't wait to try other shades.

My favorite of the lot is the Mascara in Define. This mascara lenghthens, volumises and seperates my lashes better than many high end mascaras that I have tried. For me this is a must try product from this range. The wand has plastic bristles and the formula is neither too wet nor too dry. This mascara retails for $8 and is a definite winner in my opinion.

Overall I think Colour Theory is a very promising brand and I would highly recommend to try their products out particularly the mascara. Available at Amcal, Amcal Max , Guardian Pharmacies and online here

Have you tried any products from Color Theory? Let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana Perfume Review

Hey guys,
Today I am going to be reviewing this beautiful perfume I won in an Instagram competition a few months ago. Dolce by Dolce and Gabbana is a feminine and fresh scent which would suit a wide range of women. 
"The concept of this perfume embodies the delicate balance between timeless craftsmanship and innovation in the art of perfume composition. Dolce is one's personal touch, signature scent."

The design of the bottle is very elegant, made out of thick,clear glass with soft curved lines. The flower stopper pays tribute to Sicilian customs. It was this vintage looking flower that first caught my attention to this perfume. I love anything vintage and customary and this is probably my favorite perfume, packaging wise that I own. The black grosgrain ribbon is a reminder of the white shirts and black bow-ties that were a signature of early Dolce and Gabbana catwalk shows. The most personal touch is Dolce signed in black script, a replica of Domenico Dolce's father's own signature. 

Top Notes- Neroli Leaves and Papaya Flower
Heat Notes- White Water Lily, White Daffodil and White Amaryllis ( a South African flower used for the first time ever in a scent)
Base Notes- Musky notes, Cashmeran and Sandalwood

I absolutely love fresh, floral scents and that is why Dolce is becoming a new favorite of mine. The scent lasts a whole working day on me, its not very strong nor mild, its the perfect in-between for me. If you are someone who loves floral scents I highly recommend you trying this perfume out.

Dolce is available at Myer and Priceline. The prices are as follows:
               30ml : $75
               75ml: $135

               30ml : $64
               50ml : $87 
               75 ml : $114
( Prices may vary; these prices are true as of 11/09/2015)

Have you tried any of the Dolce and Gabbana Perfumes? Which is your current favorite perfume? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Klara Cosmetics RESET Instant New Skin Review

Hi guys, 
Its been such a long time since I have blogged but I was a little busy with my life and I lost interest in blogging. I didn't want to do it just for the sake of it that is why I thought of taking a break but I am back now and here to stay for good.
Today's review is going to be about the Klara Cosmetics RESET Instant New Skin. This revolutionary gel innovation is formulated to mimic a microdermabrasion treatment in a bottle.
The formula contains French honey, bamboo and olive extract, it exfoliates the skin as well as unblocks and tightens pores. It also claims to diminish the appearance of fine lines. Suitable for the face and body, RESET gives the skin a radiant and smooth surface, ready for subsequent applications of skincare and makeup.
It comes in a sleek black and silver plastic container with a pump. For my face I use 2 pumps of product and work it into my skin after cleansing. 
Once you work this product into the skin it balls up all the dead skin into little white particles( as seen in the photo below)
It is recommended to leave this on for about two minutes and then can be washed or wiped off with a tissue. I tend to wash it off but I found these little particles stuck to my peach fuzzy facial hair around my jawline. It does get a little hard to remove because I have to go in with a facial towel and rub it off by giving a lot of pressure. It is recommended to be used 3 times a week but if you have very sensitive skin then I would probably use it only once a week. I have been using it for more than 8 weeks now and found that everytime I used it my skincare absorbed better into the skin. I haven't noticed any other significant difference other than that on my skin. My pores do feel tighter after every use but it doesn't last very long. 
Overall I enjoy using this product on the days I really want smooth radiant looking skin as it does help my skincare and makeup sit nicely on my skin. RESET retails for $34.99 at Priceline and it goes on sale quite often. 
Have you tried RESET? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Bio Oil Review

Hey guys,
Today I am going to be reviewing the Bio Oil (PurCellin Oil). Bio Oil is a special skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skintone. Bio Oil is also very effective on dry, dehydrated skin and ageing skin.

Bio Oil is formulated with special plant and vitamin extracts, it contains a breakthrough ingredient called PurCellin Oil which makes the oil, light and non-greasy. They recommend to use it twice everyday for 3 months to see results. 
I have been using this for about 2 months religiously every night and I honestly have seen a difference in my skin. I have a lot of old acne scars on my cheeks and after using Bio Oil I have seen them lighten over time. I have also started using it on my body for stretch marks and will see how well it performs on that. All I need is one-two drops and I massage it over the face and neck. This bottle will definitely last me years.
This is a product that may or may not work for you and I know a lot of people who have not experienced any difference by using it but that is because everyone's skin is different. I have found Bio Oil has helped my scarring fade away. It is a product that I will continue buying for a long time.
Yes, it does work slowly and you have to wait months to see results but I don't mind that.

You can buy Bio Oil from leading pharamacists like Priceline in Australia and it retails for $ 14.99 for 60ml. 

What do you use for lightening scars and stretch marks?

Saturday, 29 November 2014

FOTD Feat. Australis Products and Review.

Hey guys,
Today I am going to review some new Australis Products that I bought recently and show you a look I did with them. (PS: Pic Heavy)

The AC❤ME collection came out in stores recently and the most talked about products are the cream shadows. I bought the shades Bronzonce which is a pinky/gold/champagne colour and Plum Diddy which is a reddish/plum/brown. These shadows have a really creamy, mousse like texture and are very pigmented. If applied with a flat shadow brush or your fingers these shadows give a very foiled metal like finish. You could also apply it with a blending/ buffing brush to give a wash of shimmer on the lids. These shadows are not crease resistant. You need to have a good eyeshadow primer if you have oily lids like me. These shadows are available at Priceline or Online for $7.95 each. I highly recommend picking these because they are limited edition and can be used in multiple ways.

Next up is the AC on Tour Highlighting and Contouring kit $16.95. I think every beauty fanatic in Australia has seen or heard about the contour and highlight palette by Australis and I just wanted to share my thoughts with you guys too. This palette contains 6 powders- 3 for contouring/defining and 3 for highlighting. Out of all the six, only one is shimmery and all others are matte. My favourite shade out of all is the yellow powder which I use to set concealer under my eyes. Out of the three contour shades, the middle shade is cool toned and other two are warm toned bronzers. A lot of people say that the contour powders are very muddy and don't blend well. I tend to mix the colours together and a little goes a long way. The shimmery highlight shade is a pink toned highlighter and is not overly sparkly. The last powder is a pink toned all over face powder and is my least used out of all.

Highlight shades, Contour shades, Bronzonce, Plum Diddy and Hot to Trot.

Bronzonce, Plum Diddy and Hot To Trot lip pencil.

In my look above I used Bronzonce all over the lid, Plum Diddy on the outer corners ( I used a blending brush to apply these colours so I get a very soft wash of colour rather than an intense look) and used the first contour shade from the palette in the crease. Highlighted my browbone and inner corners using the shimmery highlight shade from the palette. For liner I used my Maybelline Master Precise liner and mascara is the Australis Twista Sister mascara. Contoured and highlighted my face using the AC on Tour palette. For the lips I lined my lips using the Australis Lip Pencil in Hot to Trot and filled them in with the same pencil. To give the look a little more oomph I used the Social Eyes Lashes in Dazzle.

You can purchase Australis products from Big W, Priceline and Online. Social Eyes Lashes can be bought online from here.

Have you tried the new cream shadows and the contour/highlight palette by Australis?


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Luk beautiful Orange and Juniper*

Hey guys,

Recently I was contacted by Luk Beautiful if I wanted to try their lipstick line called Lip Nourish. I immediately jumped to the opportunity because I love lip products and I had heard nothing but good things about them. Today I am going to review the Orange and Juniper Lip Nourish.

“Cindy Luken is an accomplished entrepreneur, food scientist, beautifood chef, former biscuit baker (remember Luken & May?) and mother of 2 little ones. She believes that beautiful clean food is the secret to happiness and attributes her accomplishments in business to eating well and ensuring she balances ‘work life’. She continues to follow her mantra “live the life you love” by creating the boutique beauty business luk beautifood: an inspiring online destination selling 100% natural sheer colour lipsticks made from skin food. Her Beauty Kitchen provides a motivating recipe to nourish your beauty by making the connection between FOOD, BEAUTY & LIFE to inspire and help women delicious… inside and out.”

"I have been a lifelong advocate of healthy eating and living. Food has been my world from cooking as a child & studying food science and nutrition at uni to cooking for one of Australia’s pioneering caterers and building a biscuit empire.Through a friend I was introduced to the beauty industry and became concerned about what put on our skin – chemicals, and the lack of health involved in the nourishment of our skin. So many women got the connection between eating for health and beauty but they were yet to make the connection with ‘feeding’ your skin from the outside in. Armed with my qualifications and experience with new product development (in the lab at Sara Lee + creation of 80+ biscuit lines for Luken & May, my first $5m+ T/O biz) I set up a test kitchen at home and started experimenting with lip stick formulations. It was a ‘no-brainer’ that lippies could be made from food. I scoped out the product, found packaging, an eco designer and world class manufacturer in Melbourne…a path that took 4+ years from concept to launch."

Made with a 100% natural ingredients I received the shade Dusky Pink which is made out of Orange and Juniper oils. These Lip Nourishes are a cross between lipbalms and lipsticks made to fight dry lips while providing colour and shine. They are cruelty free, gluten free and 100% natural. Rich in antioxidants and omega3 + 6 essential fatty acids, these lip nourishes keep lips smooth, with an edible recipe.

Housed in a matte white, thin tube this lipstick first of all smells delicious. Although I did expect a lot more pigmentation looking at the lipstick bullet, I don't mind it much. I use this as a tinted lipbalm to revive my lips throughout the day or when I don't want to wear any makeup but still have something on my lips so they don't dry out. Sometimes I use this over an existing lipstick to give it some shine and plumpness. While using this I don't have to worry about licking it off because it is not going to do any harm to my body. 

It retails for $24.95 each and comes in a variety of colours and flavours. You can also buy a tasting plate with little samples of all the colours. Luk Beautiful also make other makeup items such as foundations, mascara, powder etc but I haven't tried those out yet.

For Christmas there is a pack of all 7 Lip Nourishes on sale for $99 (originally $199) so if you are looking for a gift this is a great idea. You can purchase these from here and they also do free shipping in Australia and Free International shipping over $49.95.

I honestly use a wide variety of makeup products and try to use as much naturally derived products as posible but if you are some one who is allergic to chemicals or is gluten free for example I would highly recommend you to try out this brand. 

Have you tried these Lip Nourishes before? What do you think about them?