Sunday, May 17, 2015

Empties: May 2015

I watched The Avengers, Age of Ultron a few weeks back and loved every minute of it, personally, I was surprised since it was a sequel (and we generally don't expect much from sequels). Although, half the time I feel like I watch it just to look at Thor ... ANYWAY...

We are sprinting towards the middle of the year, I've been a slow coach in polishing off my products as usual.

Innoxa Lush Lash - This was a great everyday mascara, my lashes looked natural, some lengthening and curl observed. I noticed small amounts of smudges if I apply the formula to my lower lashes, but it's no where as bad as Rimmel's non-waterproof mascaras. Apparently this mascara will assist in lash growth and lengthening over time, unfortunately I didn't notice any growth.. or maybe I did and it was just really difficult to tell.. I enjoyed this product overall.

Avene Micellar - Micellar lotions are so hyped up at the moment and I'm on the wagon. I use it mainly AFTER cleansing ... yes after, you'd be surprised how much dirt, grime and left over makeup remains on your skin after you've cleansed. So far, Micellar lotions are the same to me regardless of the brand

Clear Scalp and Care Shampoo - Nice shampoo, no signs of dandruff after wash, my hair remained shiny for up to 3 days.

Gaia Foaming Cleanser - I really can't review this product, there was only enough for about 2 uses, all I can say is that it cleaned my face and I didn't experience any irritations.

FOA VS WOTNOT wipes - To be honest, I really can't tell the difference a part from the scent. Both were able to remove my base make up and most of my non-waterproof mascaras, lipsticks etc. Both had significant issues in removing waterproof mascaras.... my lashes fall out while using both..

Pore care pack - Got this pack from Daiso, back when everything was $2.8. My boyfriend and I slapped one on each, it did absolutely nothing for me, a bit of skin came off ... that's when I realised I didn't have blackheads. My boyfriend's sheet on the other hand... he pulled out all sorts of creatures from his pores. THIS WORKS.

Fuss Free Facials VS Lonvitalite Masks - The sheet for Fuss Free is rice paper thin, application was easy my covered all parts of my face. Whereas, I feel that Lonvitatlite provided a bit more hydration as the sheets were thicker...however, it's hard to pat down all corners of the sheet mask. My face felt dramatically better the next day using both, skin plump and hydrated...hard to decide, I love all sheet masks.

Harmoni's Kiss Lip balm - I got this from an Organic expo, it applied nice and smooth with all organic ingredients. I noticed a distinctive stale scent from the product and knew that it's time for the bin.

Australis Paparazzi Perfect Tinted Moisturiser- This was brilliant when I first got it, provided medium coverage and hid away most of my blemishes/pores. The product recently started to split and my face looked blotchy after application. Bin time.

BYS Blush and Bronzer - This was more of an illuminating bronzer than a blusher, my cheeks would glow like a disco ball all the time (I like matte cheeks - with the exception of parties and events - so it probably wasn't the right product for me). This was the only BYS product that was up to quality standards, I was thoroughly disappointed with their blush and eyeliners.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lust Have It! - March 2015

It's been a long wait for LHI's March pack. I received my pack today, 14 May 2015.
This pack arrived in one of those large makeshift gift boxes, the ones you usally put scarves in (well I usually do anyway).

Was it worth the wait?

Lonvitalite Mask 
I'm running low on facial sheet masks and I've always enjoyed Lonvitalite masks.. so no complaints here. 

Model Co BB Cream
I've had rather unpleasant encounters with ModelCo products, I've tried their base products before and it didn't feel too nice on my skin, it was like an airless capsule covering my skin unable to breath. But I'm always willing to give new products a go.

Appelles Shampoo and Conditioner
I've heard a lot about Apelles' products, so stoked to see deluxe samples in this month's box! I recently cut my hair rather short and started enjoying the process of hair wash again, looking forward to putting these to the test!

 Urban Skincare Co Body Cleanser
Body Cleanser! haha, I'm so use to seeing body scrub, body wash... etc.. when I saw cleanser I instantly went to my face. I'm keen to see how this differs to my usual body wash.
Uriage Samples - Cleansing water and soothing cream
Cream and cleansing water, I use both. Happy to try this out too.
Overall, this wasn't a bad box, however it did not wow me either. Although, I'm really happy to see Appelle in this box as it's a brand I wanted to try for quite some time. To be honest, I'm not too fussed about the delay, I spend most of my time at work and as soon as I get home all I want to do is put my feet on the coffee table...relax with a cuppa. Most of the time I don't even notice that my box is delayed. I've been a loyal subbie for about 2 years and really enjoyed seeing a little package at my door each month. LHI has introduced me to numerous brands such as Eye of Horus, Inika, The Cosmetic Kitchen and Urban Skincare Co that I would not have came across otherwise. However, my latest annual subscription is wrapping up and this is my last Lust Have It box, I won't be renewing, I haven't been too pleased with the expired products in the last couple of boxes, but my decision not to review is mainly due to the fact that I have too many products piling up waiting to be used.
What did you think about this pack LHI box? Was it worth the 2 month wait for you?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How to Spend Mother's Day on a Budget

I "celebrated" Mother's Day when I was in Grade 3, I recently re-commenced this celebration in the past 3 years. My mum has never been the one for material gifts (except on her birthday, where she expects to be spoiled rotten), I progressed from buying her $2 jars at school fairs to random $40 orchids.

It's been extremely difficult in the last 2 years as I started my full time job, Mother's Day would some how slip my mind.. or I'd simply run out of time to buy her that specific gift. It's o.k if you forget, and it's definitely o.k if you haven't got a present. As the biggest and most lovely present is for you to spend some time with her and provide her with undivided attention.

Pizza and Board Games

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It's time to bring back the nostalgia. Sadly, board games are not much of a "thing" in many households. I remember when my mum would spend days playing my favourite board games with me, that's hardly the way these days. She's either watching TV or playing on her tablet while I'm either on the computer or on the phone to my boyfriend. I know my mother-daughter time is way over-due, why not have a night in, whip out your mum's favourite board games, find some awesome pizza deals and pig out.

Girl's Pamper Night

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The last time I went pampering at a massage parlour to get a Thai back massage, I was in so much pain I couldn't get up the next day. Good massage parlours are difficult to find and good massage parlours are pricey. Maybe it's time for an at-home pampering session, get out those towels, candles, clay masks, nail polishes and cuticle creams. Make sure to put on her favourite tunes.

Scrapbook or Photobook Together

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I made a scrapbook for my grandma to document her trip overseas, the power of scrap booking is overwhelming, the joy and sheer emotion my grandmother had on her face while flipping through the book was priceless. Why not arrange some photos in chronological order and create a timeless piece with your mum. Alternatively, if your mum is a modern minimalist and you don't exactly have the motor skills to cut out odd shapes (which is me most of the time) then Photo Booking would be the perfect choice and Vistaprint Coupons will have you covered. Digitally create your photobook online, select your size, choose your own photos, book cover and paper finish without touching a piece of paper or have glue fingers.

Organic Baking

This is for all my health conscious mums and daughters out there. I recently started organic baking and my mum absolutely loved it. Instead of being concerned about the amount of butter and chocolate in the brownies, we can actually enjoy a descent serve (and a few slices more) if you bake with super foods and "good" fats. Head over to my food blog for my mainly organic and healthy brownies recipe.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser and BioA-7 Firming Eye Lotion

La Mav is Australia's first and largest organic skincare brand, proudly Australian owned and made. As you may all be aware by now, as much as I love my high end products to bits, I am a big advocate for local brands and organic products. Nothing beats a sustainable environment/environment and a collaborative community. La Mav works towards a carbon neutral environment, their packaging is eco-friendly and recyclable. It makes sense that we should reach for the natural/organic products, the epidermis is our body's largest organ... why sacrifice health for beauty by allowing our body to absorb toxins and parabens? A lot of the time, I use non-organic products as organic goodies greatly surpass my budget range, La Mav on the other hand, is fairly affordable.


About the product:

Price: $26.95
Size: 100ml

- Purifying cleansing gel with active ingredients such as fermented paypaya extract, Orange Extract and Sugar Cane Extra to remove sebum and other impurities.
- Recommended for Oily/combination/normal skin that is prone to congestion
- Certified organic for 83% ingredients
- Australian certified toxic free
- 100% Vegan
- Free from petrochemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrances/colours, pthalates, talc, PEGs, TEA, DEA, silicones etc

Here's an extract on Bioactive ingredients in this product from La Mav's website:

Bilberry extract along with Sugar Cane extract helps purify, cleanse and exfoliate the outer layer of the skin encouraging cell turnover and strengthening the surface of the skin as well as refines and unclogs pores
• Papain from Papaya extract purifies skin and Witch Hazel extract has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties
• Goji extract, Green Tea extract, Rosemary extract and Marshmallow extract calm and soothe the skin


My Verdict
- I absolutely adored the sweet subtle citrus scent, it's super re-freshing and calming. Perfect after a stressful working day.
- Product content was easy dispensed from the pump.
- I use a cleansing brush to clean my face, it works a gem and foams up well with my brush. Otherwise I can easily foam it up with my hands.
- After cleansing, my face is left quite clean and feeling freshed. I don't need to run my face over with micellar water to rid excess makeup.
- I have sensitive/combination skin (oily around the T-zone and currently in the midst of a T-zone break out). This cleanser cleansed away all the grotty oil around my t-zone. However, I found that I do need to moisturise immediately to re-hydrate my skin.

About the product:

Price: $32.95
Size: 15ml

- Visibly rejuvenates and transforms the eye area.
- Formulated with Hibiscus Esculentus and Pisum Sativum Extract to increase elasticity and smoothens lines + wrinkles.
- Recommended for all skin types, ideal for puffiness, dry and mature skin, fine lines and dark circles.
- OFC Certified Organic
- Free from petrochemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrances/colours, pthalates, talc, PEGs, TEA, DEA, silicones etc

Here's an extract on Bioactive ingredients in this product from La Mav's website:

Bio-Actives:• Hibiscus esculentus extract (a natural alternative to Botox) has Botox® like effect that gently relaxes skin to smooth expression lines and helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
• Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Vitamin C, Aschophyllum Nodosum Extract & Licorice Root extract works synergistically to help reduce the appearance of under eye dark circles.
• Pisum Sativum Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract and Cassia Alata Leaf Extract smooth and firm the eye contour

My Verdict

- I have learnt that there is no such thing as a miracle eye cream that will eliminate all lines and puffiness. I found this eye cream to be nice and creamy that's also super easy to apply. Like it's product claim, it's velvet smooth!
- I dab the cream under my eyes and smooth it out, the product is then immediately absorbed into my skin.
- So far, no irritations, no signs of millia.
- The product possessed no particular scent, which I like!
- I keep my under eyes well hydrated to prevent any onset of fine lines, it's difficult determine the effectiveness of the product after using it for a couple of weeks. Having said that, there has been no appearance of new lines.. thus, I think it's fair to  conclude I that this product has been doing a decent job at maintaining under eye hydration.
-My eye bags (especially my left eye) can probably fit two young joeys, nothing has worked so far. However, I did notice minor de-puff after a few days of usage. I also like to chuck on a cool eye mask every now and then.
Have you tried La Mav? what do you think about organic products?

*These products were kindly provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Carol's Beauty Organic Sun Tanning Enhancers

My teenage self spent most weekends sun bathing at the beach. I love looking bronze and beach ready. Now that I am super conscious of the skin damage, the amount of freckles I have on my face and the likeliness of wrinkles under the sun, I don't like to spend a lot of time flaunting my skin to the rays. I dislike fake tans as most tanning products goes orange on my skin. Every now and then, I'd go out to events spend a couple of hours in the sun with a singlet and short shorts in hopes of achieving a gorgeous tan. Unfrotunately, it doesn't seem to work too well.

In addition to all my barriers, I work full-time... I work internally in an office and externally, some days, I'd get into the office while it's still dark and leave the office after the sun's long gone. I get my share of sun when I'm on the road, but always in the same places. As the weekend hits, the rain clouds would often occupy the skies. Sounds impossible doesn't it...

If you love your tan as much as me, yet you're sun safe conscious and time restricted... get excited about Carol's Beauty Tanning Enhancers!
Left: Carol's Sun Tanning Enhancer Oil
Right: Carol's Sun Tanning Enhancer Lotion
Carol's beauty is Australia's first certified organic tanning enhancing lotion and oil! As much as I love my high end products, I am a big advocate for all organic products, whether it's food, beauty or the likes. I like to know what I put on my skin or in my body, and I like to know that it's safe/free from harsh chemicals.

Ingredients used in Carol's Tanning Enhancer includes sunflower oil, almond oil, carrot oil, henna extract, ylang ylang oil and bees wax. Proudly Australian made and owned, so you know when you purchase Carol's Beauty, your money stays in the country to assist our economy.

I had a tiny bit of time to sit out in the sun before heading out, it was quite sunny and the perfect time to put the products to the test.

How to:

1. Slip slop slap with a minimum of SPF 15 (I personally use SPF 30-50)
2. Apply Carol's oil or lotion
3. Sit in the sun for approximately 5-20 minutes (Personal recommendation: Up to 20 minutes during winter and 10-15 minutes during summer)

After 6 minutes in the sun! (On a really sunny day).. Imagine 12 minutes..

The product smells lovely, it's a little on the sweet side but I feel like I can really smell the carrots.. or maybe my head is just tricking me!

The same results can be achieved by using either the lotion or the oil. I personally preferred the lotion as it was easier to apply (I'm never good with oils and it tends to somehow seep through the cracks of my fingers).

These products are made from natural oils, so you will definitely find it to be a tad "oily", a little bit heavy, but I didn't find it greasy. However, I did avoid using the product on my face as I am prone to breaking out and didn't want to acne on my current acne-free face! Nonetheless, it did a wonderful job on my legs, I know it's only a slight colour difference..  but that was achieved in 6 minutes!! I kid you not, my mum was there to witness the outcome.

Since then, I've pretty much kept at least one of the small bottles in my bag so I can tan on the go or tan at my partner's place!

Where to buy?
Do you sun tan, fake tan or not tan at all?

*Disclosure: These products were provided for my consideration all opinions are my own


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet and Velvet Matte Nail Polish

I've been living under a rock, I've never seen matte nail polish - until now.

These products reminds me of the upcoming Cinderella movie, I can imagine Cinderella at the ball with matte products ... not sure why I think this, but it'll probably counteract her sparkly dress. With my old age, I always think that's it's never good to "double sparkle"... just like "double denim".


Rimmel Velvet Matte in Midnight Kiss
- 4 shades available
- Price: $8.95
  • This is my first matte nail polis and I absolutely loved the matte finish. The formula was fast drying and easy to apply with one single stroke.
  • I don't usually wear blue, and I felt that the other colours would've suited me a little bit more, but I was wrong! I loved it!
  • I would strongly recommend a top and base coat to go with this baby, unfortunately it started chipping on the second day, but you'll get some longevity with some quality top/ base coats.
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet
- Weightless, velvet finish with intense colours that lasts for up to 8 hours
- Moisturising formula
Price: $15.95
  • Unfortunately this wasn't the lippie for me, I was delighted with the shade at first, however it was way too light as my natural lip colour is significantly darker. I looked a bit sick when I had it on.
  • The formula was a little bit dry for my lips and really highlighted the little flakes. My lips are unfortunately quite dry to begin with.
  • The formula was indeed light weight and velvet smooth. The product was easy to apply and literally glided across my lips.
  • I did get a few hours of wear from it - but not 8 hours, however I had to re-apply my lip balm to keep my lips hydrated on a regular basis.

 Are you a matte or glossy person?
*Disclosure: These products were provided for my consideration all opinions are my own

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Restaurant Review: Pu'er @ Waterloo

Pu'er is a funky fusion tea house hidden in Danks Street, Waterloo. We spotted the restaurant from a far, the neon orange panels of the outer shell was easily distinguished from the neighboring dull buildings. As we entered the restaurant, we felt like we've stepped into a vibrant, semi traditional Chinese Tea House that's been fitted with a restaurant and bar.

Tropical Jasmine Punch and Peach Phoenix

I could drink these tea infused drinks everyday, they are sweet, but not syrupy and deliciously refreshing! Absolutely loved the combination of Jasmine tea, papaya and pineapples.
Osmanthus phoenix cold infusion and fresh peach, now we all know peach flavoured ice teas are a common selection at almost any store as they are one of the more popular iced tea beverages, because they are so refreshing. Most store bought concoctions can often be obnoxiously sweet, this peach beverage is not overbearing and allows tea enthusiasts to try a more natural tasting peach ice tea - Which is something I have been desiring for sometime. With Osmanthus fast becoming one of my favorite teas, I loved the combination, absolutely perfect! This will be in my order again when I return.  

Hazelnut Martini

This drink was a perfect match for me, with my old age, I've parted with most alcoholic drinks, however, I will be forever receptive to yummy martinis! This would be my pick for a pre-meal's drink.

Peach Cocktail

My partner had the peach cocktail, and he adored it, the alcoholic content is a tiny bit higher than the martini.


The prawns and scallops were juicy and succulent, the baby bamboo was tender and blended in well with the other ingredients. The roe on top provided an extra crunch. The yellow egg dumpling skin was rolled out nicely and a bit thicker than usual, but was able to hold it's content without breaking. The fluffy skin created an excellent equilibrium between the chewy contents and it's soft and vibrant outer shell.


Well cooked, tender prawns (some of the best cooked prawns my partner has ever had) with a mysteriously delicious salsa, combined with freshness of half cut cherry tomatoes, a sprinkle of salt and candied tea. I can eat this everyday.
 A spectacular off the menu dish, definitely worth the wait for it to be on the menu.

Crispy Skin Cone Bay WA Barramundi

The Barramundi was cooked to perfection. The skin was crispy and the meat lightly cooked - just how I like it! The fermented black bean broth was rather strong and gave a light-tangy and tingling sensation on my tongue. The crunchy spring onions went really well with the fish and was a great tie-in with the black bean broth.


Caramelised Berkshire Pork Belly

These were served with Pu'er and spice infused tea eggs. Caramelised pork belly is a dish I grew up with, hence, I had to order this classic main. Under the crispy pork crackling were several generous pieces of pork belly. This dish was well composed with tender meat and some juicy layers of fat. The sauce was strong and ideally, the flavours would be complimented with a bowl of steamed rice to balance out the strong savoury flavours. The tea eggs were flavoursome, just like how mum makes it.

Chocolate Brownie

This scrumptious chocolate brownie was rich, velvety smooth and gooey in the center, it was topped with salted almond praline that brought a sweet crispy crunch to the dark chocolate sensations and soft textures of the brownie. On the sides were sliced banana coated with a spiced wine jus, giving the banana a taste similar to cherries. To finish the dessert off, is a small bowl of salted palm sugar ice cream - the taste was comparative to salted butterscotch flavoured ice cream.

Coconut and Kaffir Lime Sorbet

The coconut and kaffir lime sorbet was relatively icy, however deliciously refreshing and tangy, perfect for summer evenings. I love that they serve this in an actual coconut shell that surrounds the sorbet with the meat of the young coconut. Overall, all elements of this dessert compliments each other, the black sticky rice was chewy, while the sorbet was refreshing, then you'd wash it all down with fresh coconut water.

The really cool thing about the layout of these desserts is that it allows you to combine your desired amount of each element so the dessert is to your palette.

Osmanthus Phoenix

This took us back to our trip to Shanghai earlier last year, it brought back sweet memories! With authentic Osmanthus sourced directly from China, we thought we would never have Osmanthus of the same capacity outside of China. We were wrong!

Pu'er is a perfect homage of the funky little tea bars/houses that are extremely popular in Shanghai.

 Pu'er is a great place to relax and share a pot of tea, have a delicious meal or a few cocktails. It is a very tranquil environment with classic funk tunes playing at an enjoyable volume which makes it a great place for a catch up and chat with friends. The staff were very friendly and provided excellent customer service with a smile and few laughs during our visit. With good food and superstar customer service, it is definitely a restaurant that is worth returning. We would like to thank Quinton and Siev for the invitation to sample their unique menu and for their excellent hospitality.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: Rimmel Mascara - Idol Eyes by Kate Moss

Before I even start my review, I just wanted to express my joy for Birdman winning best picture and best director at the Academy Awards. This movie was nothing like how I imagined a superhero movie to be. If you haven't seen Birdman already, I suggest you to do so!

Rimmel rolled out the first ever mascara made by global supermodel Kate Moss. I've thoroughly enjoyed Kate Moss' previous lipstick collection so I was excited to try her mascara!

Product Claim

- Broken heart shaped brush designed to reach lashes of all sizes
- Carbon black formula, providing dramatic volume and intense lash effect
- No clumps
- Volumise with one stroke

Shade: 004 Eye Rock Jet Black
Size:  12ml
Price: $16.95 AUD

Ingredients (Thanks to


Curled Lashes

 Mascara on top lashes

10 mins later, mascara applied on bottom lashes

My Verdict
  • I quite liked the broken heart shaped brush much better than the usual gigantic brushes from drug store brands. The brush was able to reach all lashes, big and small.
  • The formula will eventually smudge if you have watery eyes, it is not waterproof. However, you can easily remove the mascara by rinsing under warm water.
  • Unfortunately, the formula is not quite designed for straight lashes, the mascara weighed my lashes down and my cur was immediately eliminated after application. Miraculously, a fraction of the curl re-appeared after 10 mins. 
  • No clumps, however I can see how this formula may clump after 2-3 months of use. At the moment, I'm able to brush out any wet clumps with no issues.
  • This mascara is quite similar when compared to Rimmel's Wonderfull Mascara. Not a bad mascara to keep in your stash for everyday use.
Which Rimmel Mascaras have you tried?

Disclosure: This product was provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own.