Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Exploring Kleins Perfumery // Beauty Places

Stepping into certain beauty stores is a bit like entering a completely different world - Priceline gets my heart pumping every week, Myer gives me access to the most popular luxe brands and then comes something out of the ordinary - Kleins Perfumery.

Once you set foot in the small boutique on Brunzwick Street in Melbourne's Fitzroy, you immediately notice the ambiance they have created in their tiny space, despite it being filled to the brim with beauty products. Taking a look online, Kleins themselves points out the 60 square metre floorspace and the fact that over 80 different brands reside there. It's not only the unique feeling of the store that is impressive - the random brands that are hard to find elsewhere are sitting upon the shelves lookin' pretty shiny.

(Just note that this isn't a sponsored post or anything like that - I just snapped some pretties in the store and wanted to share it with you all!)
Aesop, the popular skincare and body brand that is renowned for their clean and sleek packaging.
Lollia, first introduced to me via Getting Cheeky which sparked my interest primarily in the beautiful hand creams from the brand.
Bite Beauty - I need to get my hands on some of their lipsticks, pronto!
Some beautiful candles can also be found in Kleins, perfect for indulging or gifting to those who are hard to buy for. As well as the brands I've shot above, some of the standouts for me include:

-Badger Balm

-ELEVEN Australia
-Juliette Has A Gun
-Pacifica
-Weleda
Pretty impressive, non?

Kleins Perfumery is located at 313 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, Melbourne and if you reside in Australia you can also shop online! I think my next purchase from there will be something from Bite Beauty - I've not yet tried the brand but curious about it.

What is your favourite beauty place?

Emma x

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Honeymoon Wishlist (Part One)

I'm hesitant to splurge on beauty and skincare nowadays, but the impending honeymoon means my current favourite hobby is adding pretty things to my 'almost wish list', also known as the products I plan on checking out while on our honeymoon. We've been saving like mad for the usual wedding things and it's been a nice escape to think about swatching at Sephora!

We are pretty certain we will be visiting Las Vegas and Hawaii for our honeymoon, and it will be our first time in the U.S which is quite thrilling. I won't be picking up all of the products on these wish lists, but it is nice to dream isn't it? Some of these I can get a hold of in Australia but they will be cheaper overseas, and buying them in places like Sephora will feel oh so much nicer!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream perfume
I'm thinking of picking up a nice perfume for Mumma Bovary while overseas, and she is a hardcore MJ fan and the original Daisy is her jam. This one is so pretty!

YSL Kiss & Blush (12 Moca Garconne)
I've swatched the gorgeous Moca Garconne shade a million times, but won't think about biting the bullet until I'm high on holiday vibes.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush
I love my Tarte blushes so will definitely be picking up some more shades while I have easy access to them all. Swatch fun will be had!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
I've seen this around and like the idea of being able to try the Neutrogena makeup range (since all we get in Australia is the skincare!)

Sonia Kashuk Concealer palette 
Have wanted this for the longest time, hope I can make it to a Target to see a Sonia Kashuk stand in person for the first time.

Neutrogena Pressed Powder 
Same reasons as above, but I am a sucker for a good pressed powder plus I know it's something I'll use up and enjoy.
 
Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder
I thought this would be the next powder out in Australia to replace the Dream Matte, but Matte Maker is currently the fresh one on the shelf. I will be buying this and giving it a red hot go with Dream Matte comparisons in my head.
 
Bath and Body Works Wallflowers
I adore home scents, and the cute wallflowers that they have at B&BW are too cute to pass up. They have cool clip on designs that I want to buy and I'll grab a few scents to use in the lounge and bedrooms.
 
Bath and Body Works Pocketbac
I like the idea of hauling little, easy to carry things so the scented hand sanitizers are an easy option.
 
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee
I will need to swatch this before deciding if it's worthy of a purchase - I find cheek products like this a bit challenging but have seen so many rave reviews that I'm intrigued. 
 
Bath and Body Works Candles
Heavy, oh so heavy. Lucky I have Mister Bovary's suitcase to fill up too!
 
Dior Fluid Sticks
Another product I can grab here but will resist until holiday mode is activated. A nice wearable shade like Mirage might be on the cards...
 
Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette
Swooning over this, but whether or not it is still available when I head overseas remains to be seen.
 
Sephora Formula X polishes
There is absolutely no need for me to buy another polish ever, but I know I will buy one or two of these because I'm a sucker (and Estee from Essie Button likes them = immediately convinced) 
 
This is only just scratching the surface of what I want to suss out while on holiday! I'll be honest and say that all of the excitement at just looking at these products online it making me a bit too excited! I think I need to go and sit down...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adore Beauty Cult French Beauty Sampler

I have a confession to make – I am a slight Francophile. It all began on a family trip to Paris years ago, and was heightened when I fell in love with Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (namesake of the blog and all!) I love travelling and can’t wait to experience France with Mister for the first time, but until then I’m to be kept happy with French travel novels, eating large amounts of soft cheeses and playing with beautiful French beauty products. Adore Beauty, thank you for making the last point a gorgeous travel sized reality (I adore you!)


French women have this thing about them, wouldn’t you agree? I may just be lucky, but all of the French women I know are divine and they all have great skin – perhaps thanks to some of the products in this Adore Beauty sampler*? I’ve trialling a few of these samplers over the years (here is a makeup sampler, and here is a serum one!) and this theme is probably my favourite! Stars of the sampler are either being saved up for our honeymoon or are already residing in my handbag for ease of use!
I'm a big lover of the cult Bioderma Crealine H2O, and having another of these teensy 20ml versions is a welcome addition to my travel skincare loot. I've popped the 30ml L'Occitane Shea Butter Body Lotion into my handbag to remind myself to keep my elbows soft, love how sturdy the packaging for this is.
You also receive a card with 5 French beauty secrets and a Cult French beauty booklet going into detail about each of the gorgeous products in the sampler. Icluded is a 15% off code for you to use when repurchasing any of the products you've trialled, plus two sample sachets and a Tim Tam (a staple with every Adore Beauty order, how awesome!)
I much prefer these samplers to ordinary subscription boxes as I appreciate the transparency from Adore Beauty - they tell you what products you are getting (and their sizes) from the get-go. I also love that they have chosen an even enough spread of body vs facial products, plus one sachet of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (which is also a body product) I guess it just comes down to whether or not you are a fan of paying for sample sized products - you either love it, or you hate it!
The Adore Beauty French Cult Beauty Sampler retails for $39 AUD and is available here.
What country is your obsession, your holiday favourite?
 
Emma x
 
*Provided for consideration. Honesty, always.
 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Starbucks Makeup Look

One of the benefits of running a beauty blog is having an excuse to have a good play around with different makeup looks (that and being able to use it as a hauling excuse, ahem) I love using Pinterest and other forms of social media like Instagram to grab some inspiration, but it’s also the day to day things in the world around me that spark ideas sometimes! A conversation about coffee with my mother in law sparked this particular look- on our holiday to Thailand and Malaysia a few years back our ritual was a daily Starbucks run, and since that conversation I’ve wanted to do a Starbucks makeup look!
I took my inspiration from the green of the famous Starbucks logo and tied in the brown tones to represent the drinks that are most popular. I find that these shades work beautifully together and create an easy outlet for those who are fearful of wearing green eyeshadow. 

 
 
 
I went with my tried and true Covergirl Outlast foundation, I'm really pushing out the final dregs of this and am hoping it goes on sale soon so I can repurchase. I laid down a base of the Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot primer* (as Mister Bovary says, not to prime is a crime!) and set it all with the new Matte Maker powder from Maybelline
 
I then ran over my cheek bones with TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer for a blinged out highlight (the best kind I have to say) and topped my cheeks with a dusting of the Dolce & Gabbana blush in 25 Caramel. I think a neutral cheek works best for this look, but I am so obsessed with neutral blushes right now that nothing else stood a chance anyway. 
 
Holy shadow choices, Batman! I went with the green shade from the Revlon 595 Harmonious Quad, then layered a bit of MAC High Spirits from the Twists of Tartan palette to add a bit of a brighter green into the mix. I used the mint shade from Covergirl's 715 Majestic Hazels quad to highlight my inner corner then worked on bringing the brown tones into the look. I brought out my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to use alongside the brown shade in my Revlon Harmonious quad, choosing Strange for my browbone after using Factory on my outer lid to complete the look.
Urban Decay Strange + Factory, Covergirl mint, MAC High Spirits, Revlon quad (brown and green shade) 
 
 I wanted to create a natural lip look to go with the green as I think it ties into the Starbucks idea nicely (no bright red rings on your iced coffee straw!) and I think it kept the look quite casual. I layered some of Barry M's lip gloss in Toffee over my BOE Beauty #23 Better Bare Jumbo lip crayon (a Big W cheapie that I am mighty impressed with!)
 
That completes my Starbucks inspired makeup look- what do you think of it?
Where do you find your beauty inspiration? What drink is your go-to at Starbucks?
 
Emma x
 
 
*Primer sample was provided for consideration. Honesty, always.

Monday, July 21, 2014

What I Bought in June

Finally getting around to sharing the beauty products I brought home in June. Each month seems to see the items dropping in number which can only mean the wedding is coming even closer and my savings are getting strict...
Kicking off the monthly haul round-up with a buy for Mister Bovary - he insisted we try the newly repackaged (and I believe reformulated) Palmer's Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion which he uses to rid himself of chicken skin on his arms. It smells a lot more tame than the previous blue tube, which makes me think the goods inside are different now, too. I then threw a Vaseline Spray Moisturiser into my grocery basket along with my beloved Invisible Zinc 30+ Tinted Daywear - both of which were crazily (and I mean crazily!) discounted. The Byphasse Micellar makeup remover was a mere $5 and I couldn't stop myself from wanting to try it out, despite having backup bottles of both Bioderma and Garnier for cleansing water. I don't feel as bad hoarding things I know I will use up, so there is my justification for that.
The Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves mascara was another crazy-cheap grocery run buy, and after posting a snap of the newly released Nivea Fruity Shine Peach lip balm on Instagram I had to return to buy a tube to try for myself. One of the most exciting things I nabbed in June were two new gel shades to use with my Sensationail - Sally Hansen had a sale so I picked up Back to the Fuchsia and Kook-A-Mango (my favourite SH shade in the complete Salon Manicure line, shown here!)
You just know I had to mention these little stunners- my new favourite long-lasting lip product! I'm sure you've all seen (and tried?) the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, but if you haven't I can vouch for their beautiful colours, stellar staying power and adorable packaging (despite the issue of the plastic wrapper fusing to the tube...)
Blush fiend had a nice delivery via eBay - a gift from Mister Bovary in the form of Dolce & Gabbana's Caramel blush. Yes, another neutral blush, but one wasn't enough it seems as I also picked up Revlon Naughty Nude at the start of June and have been absolutely smashing it.
The much-lauded Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White fragrance rollerballs were also via eBay and I still can't decide which scent I prefer, they are both so lovely. I suppose you can say the same thing happened with the Chapstick All Things Sweet tin...I couldn't choose just one of the gorgeous designs, to two identical balm trios came home with me. Cake Batter lip balm people, cake batter!

I think I did quite well this month - the eBay purchases were technically from May but arrived in June so all up I didn't splurge too much compared to my usual reckless self. Have you bought anything nice lately?

Emma x

Monday, July 14, 2014

Current Favourites // July 2014


For a while now my life has been a tumble of wedding planning, house cleaning and honeymoon dreaming, and through it all I spent a lot of time in my beauty room enjoying my almost-organised stash. It was actually with ease that I chose my current favourites, which is a nice change from scrabbling to make up my mind.

When I originally came across the Revlon Cheek Boutique I took home the one that swatched the nicest – Mauvelous! It wasn’t until Chemist Warehouse took down their Revlon products to half price that I grabbed Naughty Nude as an afterthought, and wouldn’t you know it I’ve barely had it off my cheeks since that day! I’m obsessed with neutral cheek shades at the moment and this one is nice to dig into – something worth nothing about the Revlon shades is that they swatch terribly, but look amazing on the cheek when applied with a blush so don’t let the swatch put you off!

It’s all about my obsessions at the moment – my bright pink obsession is still going strong! I wanted to pick up some new shades to add to my gel nail stash (in love with my Sensationail machine!) and one of them ended up being Sally Hansen’s Back to the Fuchsia which is a seriously gorgeous hot pink that I needed in my life. I was a bit put off when I saw the blue shimmery base when I opened the bottle but it just looks like a shiny crème finish on my nails so happy days! It matches my constant pink lips perfectly – I’ve been rocking my Maybelline Color Bloom lip balm in Pink Bloom underneath my Elixir in Fuchsia Flourish for low-key makeup days, and Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition in Pink Pong for work days and weekend wear alike. All bright, all right!

Each and every day has been an ode to my beloved – the essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate. The perfect pencil for defined eyes that aren’t harsh, I’ve been swiping this on my top lash line every single day for so long now that I’ve just about used up the whole pencil. I have already procured a back-up (and added some other colours into my stash, too) and the next round of empties will see my current one finito. It’s as soft as a crayon but in thin pencil form and is a wind up, negating the need for a messy and annoying sharpener.
 
I couldn’t ignore my current skincare loves in this post, so in steps the exxy Lancome Dreamtone* which I wish I didn’t love (three digits, painful) but I totally completely do. It is the first product that has actually reduced the acne scarring on my cheeks (and all over my face) and for that it is worth each and every penny – though the day I have to repurchase this will be a painful one, and I’m stretching this PR sample out as far as it will take me. It softens my skin, soothes it, lightly moisturises it and actually does give my skin a ‘dreamy’ tone I’ve never had before.

The final favourite is a reoccurring one on the blog, my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo which banishes crappy skin, works at blemish build-ups underneath the surface and stops pimples from appearing. I’ve seen a lot of people mention that this isn’t very effective on skin with pre-formed pimples, but I use this every night/every second night and apart from perhaps a monthly spot I don’t have any blemishes come to the surface at all...prevention people, not cure! I’ve found that using preventative methods works best for my skin, and this in conjunction with my Mario Badescu loves means happy skin territory for me.

What are your current favourites? Pink lip recommendations anyone?

Emma x

*Provided for consideration! Honest favourites though ;)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Soft & Dreamy Makeup Look with Baby Pink Lips

In an effort to switch up my makeup look earlier in the week I rustled through my beauty storage to pull out some unloved products. I wanted to create a creamy and dreamy sort of makeup look with pale pink shades being the focus of the look.
I've been using the Rimmel BB Cream Matte in Light* for quite a while now and really appreciate how pretty the packaging is. I wouldn't say this gives a totally matte finish as it appears more satin on my skin, but it lasts a full day on my face and is akin to a light foundation when it you really think about it. I always set my liquid face products with a powder and rather than my MAC or essence compacts I used my unloved Guerlain Meteorites which I've owned for yonks but hardly ever use. The smell is pretty darn strong I must say, but the finish on the skin is quite light and pretty but not impressive enough to make me want to purchase another pot of this stuff in all honesty.
Nothing exciting on the eyes for this look, as I wanted to the focus to stay on the pink products I selected - I even left out mascara to see how it would affect the look! For the cheeks I chose the 3 Concept Eyes (3CE) Powdery Lip + Cheek in #Neon Full which I applied with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I've only used this twice and can't decide how I feel about it - I tend to have this problem quite often when it comes to crème products for my cheeks, I inherently prefer powder and it always plays on my mind. #beautybloggerproblems
Now I feel as though I must mention the perils of pale pink lipstick to you - for an uber pale lady like myself, it certainly ain't the easiest shade to wear, least of all in a matte formula from the beautiful and affordable brand Shanghai Suzy. This particular shade is Miss Amy Baby Pink*, and I'm not entirely sold on it being the colour for me. I received two other bright shades from the lipstick line but thought it important to try something different for once (how many bright pink makeup looks can I share with you before you slap me?) The only other times I really go for a pale pink look on the lips is when I use my Nars lipgloss in Turkish Delight, but that is quite sheer and much easier to wear than a full on pale pink like Miss Amy. I really don't like how you can see my natural lip on the inner rim, and try as I might this is the best I could get this to look on me (though the lipstick itself was quite a nice formula!)
 
What are your thoughts on this hard-to-pull-off shade?
Do you think this makeup look would have worked better if I had've worn a beloved bright pink instead?
 
Emma x
 
*Provided for consideration. Honesty, always.
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