Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sydney Royal Easter Show - 2014

We had a day at the Easter Show during the Easter long weekend. We've been trying to attend annually... just so that our calenders are packed with activities, I also tend to have a thing for shows, festivals and expos. While I was at university, I'd always pick to go on a working day - now I know why it's a good idea. It was SO CROWDED!!!! Instead of Monsters VS Aliens, it was People VS Prams, small prams, big prams, double prams, empty prams and prams with two kids sitting on top of each other.

Click here to see last year's Easter Show post.

I'll show you guys the most exciting part of the day.... SHOW FOOD!


Mini cupcake - $2


Cheese on a Stick - $4.50??

Choc Banana $5


Jumbo Lemonade $6



Ribbon Fries $10


Corn Cob with seasoning $5



Fresh Oyster - Half a dozen - $9


We went through the dog pavilion.






The Psycho Sideshow - it really was PSYCHO!

Here we have the Lizard Man - Check out his tongue.




Simi. The woman with the world’s strongest hair. Yup, she's lifting a washing machine with her hair.



Aerial Manx - Swallow swords and do back flips


Space Cowboy - he caught an firing arrow whilst he was BLINDFOLDED with his bare hands!


Shep - Had a motorbike ride on top of him while laying on a bed of nails.


The Petting Zoo





The evening show: "Australia, in all it's glory"

Essentially a display of various oversized Australian objects and performers. My favourite were the dancing Vegemites.



We took a walk around the show bag pavilion and  nothing took my fancy a part from this Wagon Wheel bag - $5.

I also purchased a baggie of butter chicken spices, it's probably not the most authentic powder out there, but it's au naturale.




Did you go to the Easter show this year?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review & Tutorial: Natural Eye Looks with Canmake Perfect Stylist Eyes Palette





Brand/Product Information
Canmake is a Japanese cosmetic brand founded in 1986. The brand expanded across Asian countries and was endorsed across demographics due to their cute packaging, diverse colour schemes and natural ingredients to suit sensitive skin.

This palette contains squalane - a moisturising agent allowing smooth applications and minimising eyeshadow fall outs. There are 6 different palettes (colour variations) in the Perfect Stylist range.

Shade: 02


RRP: 780 yen (approx. $8.50 AUD)







Tutorial

I followed the combinations from the back of the palette to create the following two looks. I think we can all agree that there is really not that much of a difference..


Combination A, B, C, E


 
Combination A, B, D, E


Verdict

Pros
  • Cute packaging - always a bonus
  • Highly affordable
  • Wearable, natural colours. Perfect for day wear
  • As mentioned in product information, there were no fall outs! I'm amazed!
  • I love the "how to use" instructions on the back of the palette
  • Long lasting and doesn't crease

Cons
  • The pigmentation could be improved, I had to double swatch everything to ensure the product's visibility on camera.. probably not the best palette to use if you want a picture perfect look.
  • Difficult to find in Australia! I've never seen this around Sydney.
Website: http://www.canmake.com/en/
Repurchase?

Maybe, I did get turned off by it's lack of pigmentation. However, it's a great travel palette, I like to wear minimal makeup when I'm on holidays, so this is perfect.

Have you tried Canmake products? What are your thoughts on Japanese cosmetics?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mini Beautorium Haul - April 2014

Happy Easter long weekend ^_^

I placed my Beautorium order on the 15th.... and it arrived on the 17th. Incredible velocity, beauty boxes ought to learn from this! If you're not a member, head to www.beautyheaven.com.au  to sign up and start collecting loyalty points!

Again, I only picked up 1 item this time round. (See my previous Beautorium order here). I paid $4.95 for postage - mind you the package was delivered via express post!



Looks like I ordered a whole bunch of products but I only ordered one!


Lonvitalite C8 Collagen Crystal Eye Mask 6pk
560 points

I've been progressing well with my previous eye masks, but I wanted to try something a little difference. I have previously trialed a couple of Lonvitalite face masks and I really liked the result so I thought I'd give it a go!

Now onto the freebies... BeautyHeaven is always so generous with freebies!

Left to Right -

Lapurete Okuru Facial and Toner
Lady Jayne Digital Romance Hair Ties - Yay!! I love these!
Glameyes Miranda Lashes - My first pair of falsies :O
Vagisil Feminine Wash - My inner child giggled. This is actually quite handy, a lot of women are experiencing irritations from using ordinary body wash or soap to clean their lady bits. pH balance is important!
Lapurete Night Cream


Did you order anything from Beautorium?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cafe Reviews: Three Williams + Bourke Street Bakery

I love myself a good cafe during the weekend, they are sanctuaries where I can forget about daily hassles, past fails and future aspirations for a while.

Admittedly, I don't go to as many cafes as I should, but out of the lot I have been to, here are my two favourites.



 Three Williams


I came here for brunch with a friend. The service was prompt and friendly. The staff really knows how to up-sell! You might find yourself sitting there for half a day with a full table.







Prawn Narnie $14

Grilled prawns, avocado, sweet corn and tomato salsa with aoli

Essentially a mouth-watering Naan bread sandwhich. The prawns were extremely tender, it melted in my mouth. My vocabulary does not permit me to express the deliciousness of this Narnie. The flavours of each ingredient complimented each other, it was well balanced.

Oh, this place is 110% children friendly. Just look at this indoor play corner!



Three Williams on Urbanspoon


Bourke Street Bakery

Finally made my way to Bourke Street Bakery on Bourke Street. I went to their Marrickville store and had a ginger tart a few years back, it didn't take my fancy.

We went to their Surry Hills store on a Saturday morning and boy, it was packed!


 

Top Row:
Lemon Curd Tart $4.50, Chocolate Tart $4.50, Rhubarb Danish $4.00

Bottom Row:
Rhubarb and Almond Tart $4.50, Chocolate and Raspberry Muffin $4.50

This was to share between two people... we might have been a little bit greedy. The chocolate was rich and velvety. My favourite was the Rhubarb Danish. 

By the time we started digging into the chocolate and raspberry muffin, I was was feeling a little sick in the stomach and required some savoury goods. Ahhh good ole' gluttony, I learnt my lesson.




Bourke Street Bakery on Urbanspoon




This is not quite food related but I wanted to tell you guys about it.

My boyfriend surprised me and took me to Puppet Up at the Opera House last weekend. It was literally a night of laughter. The puppet show was initially created by Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets.

Improvisation was the core of the show. The audience would yell out random topics and themes for the puppeteers (and puppets) to re-enact. I'll give you a brief run down of the topics we went through:

  • Tom cruise as the only sane person on Oprah as a historical event
  • Australia's Got Talent in mining, surfing and spinach
  • The butt plug dance
  • The re-enactment of the crucifixion with sausage puppets (incl. fishing references)
  • Flatulation is annoying

I would highly recommend everyone to check them out if they come to your part of the world. Click here to find out more.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: So...? Fragrances

 I have seen and read reviews for these gorgeous So...? fragrances on several blogs, now it's my turn! I could never pass on the offer as So...? accompanied me for most of my teenage transitions. I couldn't express my excitement when I was provided with the opportunity to try the products!

The packaging alone reminded me of the moonlight, good times, boogie. There was a euphoric sensation of sweet nostalgia when I smelt the fragrances.










So...? eau de toilette
 Notes: Tangerine, orange blossom and vanilla 

The original So...? Fragrance. The scent itself is quite sweet but I can smell a little bit of musk in there. I like using this at night. It's a little bit stronger than So...? Kiss me. I reckon this would also go well with a sophisticated day time look.


 So...? Kiss Me eau de toilette

Top Notes: Blackcurrant, pineapple and citron
Heart Notes: Floral with sweet vanilla
Base Notes: Musk and woody

This is hands down my favourite out of the three. I love my fresh/fruity/vanilla scents. I feel almost youthful when I'm wearing this. I've been putting my Marc Jacobs and Burberry perfumes on standby and using this everyday. Perfect for the day time. It gets addictive!





So...? Sinful eau de toilette

Top notes: Mint and pineapple
Heart notes: Violet and strawberry
Base notes:  Vanilla, praline and musk 


Here's another scent you can't put down, it smells sweet and a little musky. I smelt it once and had to smell it again and again. Oh so sinful! Spray this if you are daring.... it would also go well with a dinner date. It's such a versatile scent.

The scent lasted on my skin for about 5 hours... oh ...can I also say these cute little 30ml bottles would fit well in handbags ;)

Were you a So...? girl? Have you tried their fragrances?

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