3CE makeup for the sweet toothed

Products from top to bottom: Back to Baby BB Cream | Creamy Cheek Stick in Pink Factory | Duo Color Face Blush in Make Me Blush | Glossing Waterfall Foundation in Natural Ivory | Super Slim Pen Eyeliner in Black. All products can be found here on Sephora.com.au.

Products from top to bottom: Back to Baby BB Cream | Creamy Cheek Stick in Pink Factory | Duo Color Face Blush in Make Me Blush | Glossing Waterfall Foundation in Natural Ivory | Super Slim Pen Eyeliner in Black. All products can be found here on Sephora.com.au.

When it comes to makeup, I usually like to stick to what I know works for me. It is the fear of the unknown that holds me back from searching for something potentially even better!  But every now and again, I am tempted and this time, it is Korean makeup brand 3CE that has got me hooked.

For those of you who are into Korean makeup, 3CE might be a brand you have already heard of and love.  I however am a little late on jumping onto the bandwagon(better late than never, I suppose!). I have always wondered how Korean actresses achieve their flawless, glowing skin and have always admired the way they are able to pull off vibrant and bright colors without ever looking overly made up. EVER!

Out of the five items that was sent to me from Sephora, my favorite is definitely the “Glossing Waterfall Foundation’.  The name might sound like another one of those Google translate gone wrong scenarios but I have to say, this foundation ticks all the right boxes for me. The formula is thin, light and breathable. And when applied correctly, it leaves you with a soft and dewy complexion. I used the Beautyblender sponge to gently dab on the foundation all over my face, focusing a little more around my chin, which is prone to redness. The coverage is light and does not cover blemishes (that’s what concealer is for!) however it was enough to even out my skin tone.

I am also in love with the two blushes; Duo Color Face Blush in Make Me Blush and the Creamy Cheek Stick in Pink Factory. These candy colors are so much more gorgeous in person!I found myself reaching to use the Creamy Cheek Stick a little more than its powered-form counterpart as I found the color a lot more vivid and it was also more convenient to use. 

It’s amazing how effortlessly beautiful and natural the result can be when you have found the right products to work with! I am so pleased with my 3CE products and I would be keen to try a few of their other products in the near future. If you are looking for something light, girly and fun, give these products a go!
 

Products can be found here on Sephora AU


 

Barely There Nude Makeup Look with Becca

Becca products can be found on Sephora.com.au

Becca products can be found on Sephora.com.au

Items I use for a ‘no makeup’ face. I don’t like to look overly made up so this is basically the routine I go to every morning before work. Sometimes I might add in a little eye shadow but for the most part, I prefer my everyday make up to look fresh and barely there.



For the face:

Becca Luminous skin color in Cashmere- this is a tinted moisturiser that I use as a base. It has a light coverage and leaves the skin with a healthy, natural glow. I love using it on it’s own too. 

Becca Boudoir Skin Mineral Foundation in Bloom- I sweep a small amount all over my face to set the base and concealer. If it’s a hot day, I focus more on specific areas with this mineral foundation first and then finish off with a gentle sweep of Make Up For Ever Microfinish Powder. 

Becca Soft Touch Blush in Wisp- I  am in LOVE with this blush and will be repurchasing once I’ve hit the pan. It’s adds just the perfect amount of subtle bronze (with pink undertones) glow to my pale skin. 


For the eyes:
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette- I love this palette and never go without it. It’s my eye makeup saviour. The gorgeous shades of ombre nudes allows you to create a range of different looks, from subtle to bold. It’s consists of the perfect shades for everyday wear without looking too made up around the eyes. I usually use the darkest shade to line my bottom lashes, gently drawing in the color, smudging it at the out corners of my eyes to create a soft shadow. Sometimes, I also used the darkest shade for my eyebrows.

For the lips:
Becca Nude Liner in Biscotti- I used the highlighter as a blending color and it makes my lips look full and plump! It’s great for girls who love to over line. It keeps lipstick from budging and I rarely need to do touch ups when I use this liner. I’ve also use the lighter side for my waterline and it works well to brighten the eyes too! The darker side is a little too dark for me however it’s extremely long lasting. Whenever I used it to color my whole lip, I never need to reapply, even after a cup of coffee or two.

Products can be found on: www.sephora.com.au

 

**When sephora.com.au contacted me asking if I was interested to do a post on Becca products, I jumped at the opportunity as I already use Becca products in my everday makeup routine. These are my honest opinions on the products.**

The High Line, NYC

The High Line, wearing: COS shirt, Equipment  sweater, Acne jeans, Prada boots, Margaret Howell tote

The High Line, wearing: COS shirt, Equipment  sweater, Acne jeans, Prada boots, Margaret Howell tote

Our first week in New York was spent doing all the touristy things, visiting all the attractions. I'm one of those people who loathes being in crowded places so we made the effort of waking up bright and early every morning just so we can beat the swarms of tourists. I think it paid off. I love the feeling of having an open space all to myself to enjoy. I can't think of anything worse than taking a photo with other holiday makers being in frame.  

 

New York, New York

New York Central Park

An obligatory touristy shot of Central Park from Top of the Rock. 

New York, you either love it or you love it. A city that never sleeps or slows down to catch a breath. I can almost hear the endless car horns, the occasional sirens and the distant murmur of construction work just by looking at this photo. 

New York for me, was love at first sight. I was lucky enough to be on the right side of the plane as we approached the airport for landing. From way way up above, the city mass was so small but boy was it already an impressive sight. 

 

Christmas at Home

The lovely folks at One Fine Stay are giving away a weekend stay in one of their beautiful homes. Share your Christmas spirit and post a photo of your festively decorated home using #MyWinterHome and their favourite will win a weekend in London, Paris, NYC or LA! The giveaway closes on Sunday 28th December, good luck!

Follow their Instagram for more info -@onefinestay.

The | S | Collection Candles

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Starting my Saturday morning with staying in bed with a good book and these soy candles by The S Collection.

There's no doubt that when I come across beautiful packaging, my heart beats 100 times faster with excitement. And when the item itself is as good as it looks, it's a match made in heaven.
These blissfully scented 100% natural soy candles where sent to me recently to style and they now sit perfectly amongst my ever expanding collection of boutique candles. There's 7 scents to choose from but the Pomegranate Acai has easily become a favourite of mine. It's delicate sweet tones infused with a soft floral fragrance makes this candle my current favourite Spring Scent. 

For more information about this product, please visit The S Collection. 
 

Thank You!

Cards, Wrapping Paper & Gift Tag from ELM Paper.

Like they say, 'time flies when you're having fun..'  and this becomes more apparent when you get to experience it, day in and day out.

I can't believe it's already been a year since I took the plunge to start my own styling and photography business. It feels like it only began yesterday. I wouldn't be where I am right now without the help of some amazing people and for that I'm forever grateful for. So glad our paths crossed in cyberspace! 

This past year, I've learnt that being creative is not just about putting a bunch of props together to make a beautiful image, it's fundamentally about understanding. This doesn't solely relate to building relationships with my clients and acknowledging what their needs and wants are but it also applies to being able to adapt to challenging scenarios and more importantly, to truly understand the products at hand. The whole process is thought provoking but it's a process that has definitely helped me stay honest and true to what I believe in. And I hope, this is reflected in my work.

I can feel this 2nd year is going to be even bigger and better. I'm so excited about the upcoming projects and can't wait to share what's currently working in the pipeline.

Thanks everyone for your support! x
 

Current mood (feat. West Elm Acrylic Tray)

Beige//Grey//Black//Green

I was sent this West Elm Acrylic Tray to style a few weeks ago and finally managed to get a chance to do a quick snap of  it this afternoon. Ideally, I would have liked to frame this shot a bit better but I'm kind of running a bit behind schedule today (make that everyday!).

The tray has a simple and minimalist design and it's clean lines fits perfectly with my style aesthetics. Today I'm using it as a display tray to showcase my current mood -- a neutral palette. This palette has easily become my absolute favourite to work with. So calming and still, it's almost zen-like. 

Products, in no particular order:

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser: Shower time luxury. I don't use this everyday but on days when I need the extra pick me up, this is my shower gel of choice. It has a delicate, sweet rosy scent that's so soothing, especially after a long day at work. 

Tea Forte Tea: Have you ever seen teabags any cuter than Tea Forte?! My husband and I used these in our 'thank you' giftboxes for the guests at our wedding anniversary a couple of years back. For those of you in Australia, you can order Tea Forte from www.teaforte.com.au

Anne Leibovtiz At Work: What can I say, this lady is genius behind the camera. She's one of my all time favourite photographers. Another favourite of mine is Tim Walker. Both very different in style but both create equally inspiring work.

Fujifilm X100: An oldie but still a goodie. Although, I haven't been using it all that much recently. My eyes have been glued to the back of my dslr.

Byredo Gypsy Water: Perfect in every way. Love the scent and the package design. Minimalism at its best! I wear Gypsy Water mostly on cooler days. My favourite Byredo scent is still Blanche followed closely by La Tulipe.

Magaret Howell: I did a bit of damage to my wallet when I was in Japan. Everything in the boutique was just oh so perfect!

Mixed Rice: We consume a lot of rice at my home and lately we've adopted a healthier approach by adding half a cup wild mixed rice and grains to one cup jasmine rice. 

MT Washi Tape: Addicted!!! 





 

winter essentials

As my work schedule's becoming busier and busier, I rarely have time to work on personal project, like this one. I've been meaning to create a winter moodboard with all my favourite Winter items since before the start of Winter! My poor blog has been neglected for far too long. I've never been a great blogger and for that, I must apologise! I'm aiming to update the blog more often with my personal work however if you want to see what I'm up to on most days, jump over to my Instagram feed -- it's where I live! Anyway, without getting too sidetracked, here are some of my Winter Essential items.
 

First up is my rather scratched and beaten up oxfords by Prada. I always include an item (or two) 'borrowed from the boy' in my daily outfit ensemble. Outfits that are overly feminine look terrible on me so I tend to juxtapose it with a bit of masculine.  I've had these oxfords for just over 3 years but they remain the favorite pair I own. Contrary to Dieppa Restrepo oxfords, these never once gave me blisters!

Secondly, Baies candle by Diptyque. Always a favourite of mine and the only candle that I've repurchased time after time. It's a soft, delicate floral scent that always puts me in a relaxing mood. Lazy Sunday mornings with Baies candle and a good book (or magazines) in hand, is the perfect way to spend my wintery day.

My Chery Jacket by Moncler has received so much wear this Winter. It's not exactly the cheapest down jacket but based on a cost per wear calculation, I think the jacket has become my best investment. Plus, it'll come super handy for when I'm in New York later in the year (November!).

My trusty Rag & Bone knitted beanie has been with me through thick and thin! I've even lost it for a few hours thinking I'll never see it again. I hate losing things. Anything! Needless to say, those few hours felt like absolute torture. I love the way it fits on me. It's slouchy without appearing oversize. The perfect beanie!

Leather leggings by Helmut Lang. Need I say more? Buttery leather goodness right here.

Number six for Winter Essential is tea. Can't get enough of it. Not only does tea have health benefits, including antioxidants, it's deliciously soothing to drink. I'm quite a tea fanatic and will go through great lengths to acquire beautiful, quality tea. My current favourites are The White Wolf by Bellocq and Le Hammeau, also by Bellocq.

And lastly, I've included Luxe cityguides New York seeing that I will be in New York for their Winter too. Still making decisions on accommodation at the moment. Seeing that I will be in the city for 2 weeks, my first option was to check out Airbnb however I've yet to come across anything aesthetically pleasing to fit my price bracket. Decisions, decisions...
 

Bleu

My cousin introduced me to Le Creuset a while ago. She's an avid home cook and raves on and on about how easy cooking has been since she's jumped on the Le Creuset bandwagon. Her kitchen is like a mini Le Creuset store and I've always been quite envious of her collection of Le Cresuet pots and pans! 

I was recently invited to attend the newly opened Le Creuset Flagship store in Emporium, Melbourne and was lucky enough to take this little number home. She's a 20cm Casserole, in Marseille. It was love at first sight, really. 

Tonight I put on my chef's hat and got busy in the kitchen. I found a few different recipes online and combined them to suit the ingredients I had in the fridge. So here's the tonight's dinner, Pot Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms, Potatoes and Baby Carrots. It was so easy and simple to put this dish out, I'm really quite amazed! 

Innarah Skincare Review

I was sent a few products from Innarah a couple of months back and I have been using their products in conjunction with my current skincare regime. I'm so in love with the smooth velvety texture of the Treatment Creme - a little goes a long way! I liken this product to La Mer Moisturising Creme which has been a staple in my skincare regime for many, many years. And for the first time, there's a close contender! Another two of my favourites from this range is the Treatment Serum and Oxygenated Moisture Oil. These two bottles are like liquid gold for my dry and sensitive skin! I use them at night, alternating between the two and have noticed a significant change in the overall clarity of my skin. It's a boost of hydration that my skin craves for every now and then. 

With the colder months approaching, I'm glad to have included these Innarah products as part of my skincare rotation and if you're keen to find out more information about these products, please visit their website

 

Autumn

Autumn in Melbourne

Oh these pretty Autumn colours make me weak at the knees. Today was unusually warm for an Autumn's day. In fact this whole week has been pleasantly warmer than usual. It's hard to believe Winter is just around the corner.

I'll miss these sun drenched days...