Friday, 25 November 2011

OPI: It's a Girl! swatch

I first got It's A Girl! back here, and was kinda looking for the perfect chance to test it out.

Just so we're on the same page, here's a bottle shot from last time:

Sunday, 20 November 2011

[Review] My Beauty Diary: Blooming of Beauty Hydrangea Sheet Mask

Melbourne weather is really not helping my skin at the moment. Even though I'm normally a dry/combination, over the course of a week the area around my nose started peeling, and would not stop no matter how much moisturizer I slapped on. 

The very night before I was to meet someone I actually WANTED to look good for, my skin was still peeling very obviously around the nostrils - mortifying. In desperation I pulled out this sheet mask I'd been saving up to try... My Beauty Diary Hydrangea.

Monday, 14 November 2011

OPI: Nicki Minaj Collection - Swatches (picture heavy)

Soooo. What was to be a nice, lazy afternoon became just a bit more exciting. After spending 10 minutes in my closet trying to choose a color, I finally sat down with a muted pink and was just about to open the bottle, when... the doorbell rang.

The Postman. Handed. Me. The. Nicki. Minaj. OPI. Collection. 

And timing could NOT be better.

Friday, 4 November 2011

[Review] Burt's Bees: Tinted Lip Balm

Once again I find it upon myself to renew my love for Burt's Bees. I've been using their hand creams/moisturizers and lip balms for at least a decade, and I don't actually remember a day in which I have not applied copious amounts of their addictive lip balm.

You would imagine my excitement when Burt's Bees set up shop in Australia a few years ago - no more pleading with friends to cart back tubes of balm from overseas! (I go through a lot.)

Today I've got two shades from their newest range of tinted lip balms to check out - Pink Blossom, and the front-runner color, Hibiscus. Are they enough to jolt the Original Burt's Bees Pomegranate Oil balm from its cushy spot in my lipcare essentials?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

OPI: mini haul - Color so Hot it Berns / It's a Girl!

New OPIs always make my day :)

H, glorious friend that she is, sent over two more shades:

Saturday, 15 October 2011

[Review] OPI: Simmer and Shimmer

Glitter polishes are something I truly adore. Almost nothing is too OTT when it comes to glitter - the more opaque the better. And I'm always on the lookout for more.

After a miserable week in which I googled the death out of every OPI glitter that is in existence, H (most patient and longsuffering of friends) gifted me with OPI: Simmer and Shimmer, from the Burlesque collection.

Although I didn't think much of the movie, one coat of this was enough to satisfy all the glitter cravings I had built up in the past week. RELIEF! Swatch NOW.

Natural lighting

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

[Review] B&C Labs: Mikan-chan Tangerine Hand Cream

I'm a sucker for cute packaging. And hand creams.

And what cuter packaging could there be, if not for fruit containers?! Featuring B&C Laboratories' hand creams!

[Note: these are not to be confused with the B&C Labs lip balm pots, which look like an exact replica of these fruity hand creams, except slightly smaller.]

Mandarin in front; Peach at the back. Cute, right?

Monday, 10 October 2011

[Review] Clinique: Turnaround 15-Minute Facial + Turnaround Concentrate

For my skincare regimen,  I've been running with Clinique for the past 1.5 years. So far, I've been using Clinique's Turnaround Instant Facial and Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer for about 6 months now, and am now in the process of deciding whether I should repurchase...

Saturday, 8 October 2011

[Review] OPI: You're a Doll! (and other work-appropriate colors)

So, the time came to actually attend a graduate induction day. Since we're all human and because we all know that first impressions really do count (no, really), I did spend at least 30 minutes figuring out what to wear (tasteful and tailored black dress + pumps) and what not to wear (total bling). Then I realized I hadn't actually dressed my nails...


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