Thursday, 26 May 2016

K-Beauty Inspired Winter Makeup Tutorial

I've recently uploaded a Winter Makeup Tutorial inspired by Korean Makeup Techniques. I didn't fully submerge the entire tutorial on K-beauty Techniques since there is still so much to learn, but I've applied a few that have really gained a lot of my interest.
In the process of creating this makeup look I made sure to make this all season friendly, whether you are currently experiencing Summer or are in the midst of hitting Winter - all you have to do is switch up the lip colour.

Episode

Products Used
Australis Oh Hai Brow Shaping Kit

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring & Highlighting Kit

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder "Etheral Light"

- Maybelline Blush "Ravishing Rouge"
DISCONTINUED

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Stick "Bulletproof Beige"

Kat Von D Shade+Light Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment "Improper Copper"

Etude House Dear Girls, Cute Eyes Maker

Etude House Play 101 Pencil #5

Essence Kajal Eye Pencil "Teddy"

Tony Moly Prestige Super-Proof Eyeliner #02 Brown

- Fashion 21 Double Up Mascara
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PHILIPPINES

-  NYC Lovatics By Demi Lip & Cheek Tint "Cheeky Berry"


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What's In My Bag 2016


Hey loves!
A woman's handbag... is full of secrets. haha not really, but it can be chaotic with the amount of thing's us woman need on the go. On this weeks episode I give you guys a look into my handbag, how I organise it and what I always carry around with me.
I hope you all enjoy this episode. Don't forget to subscribe CLICK HERE to get instant notifications on new episodes uploaded to the channel.
MWAH!
xx/Vanessa


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Product Review : Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Foundation


Today we will be reviewing a new obsession of mine (for a very good reason which I will explain later on in the post). The Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Foundation. 

Claims

"Don't just cover up, clear up!
Neutrogena SkinClearing® oil-free makeup is the first and only liquid foundation formulated with MicroClear® technology to not only treat blemishes, but to also help prevent emerging breakouts. MicroClear® technology boosts the power of salicylic acid by breaking through oil and unclogging pores for fast acne relief.
Its shine-free, natural coverage lets skin breathe and won't clog pores.
Now available in 14 beautifully matched shades designed to work across all ethnicities & skin tones. In fact, in a consumer test 100% of women found their perfect match.
  • Natural look, breathable feel
  • MicroClear® technology treats and helps prevent breakouts
  • Controls shine and won't clog pores
  • 14 shades " 
- via Neutrogena Website CLICK HERE



Packaging

  • 30mls of product/1 FL OZ
  • No pump
  • Thick, clear, glass bottle
  • Plastic lid
  • Shade name on the lid









Ingredients
Active Ingredients: 
Salicylic Acid 0.5%. 

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl 4 Oleate, Silicone Polyether Copolymer, Synthetic Wax, Chamomila Recuita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomilla Recutita), C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cetyl Lactate, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Polysilicone 11, Polymethylmethacrylate, Dimethicone, Quaternium 18 Hectorite, PEG 8 Propylene Glycol Cocoate, Silica, Silica Silylate, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride Solution, Ethylene Brassylate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea. 

May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.


Trial
Before recording the use of this foundation I had a major (MAJOR!) breakout happen to my skin, so what better time to test the claims of this foundation than during the healing process of acne? 

Before application
Sunscreen & Eye Cream only
After one light layer
blended out with a damp beauty sponge
After full face of makeup
Concealer used. No setting powder, primers or sprays used. 


  • Coverage? 4/5
  • Buildable? 4/5
  • Natural Finish? 5/5
  • Evens skin? 4/5
  • Blendable? 5/5
  • Breathable/Comfortable? 5/5

After 4 hrs wear
  • No signs of oiliness
  • No signs of fading coverage in any areas
  • No signs of caking, flaking or patchiness
  • Still comfortable
  • Still maintains a natural finish

After 9 hours wear
  • Oily along forehead
  • Coverage has worn off along my nose and cheeks (where I tend to touch)
  • No signs of dry patches or creasing

Final Verdict
I am, like mentioned before, a fan of this foundation. A few weeks ago my skin decided to go haywire and have a mental breakdown... or breakout I should say. So I opted for this foundation in hopes to be able to "conceal" my acne without irritating or encouraging it. 
I found that no, it doesn't give you the appearance of flawless and amazing skin (because honestly, what foundation hides the texture of bumpy acne?), but it does help even out the skin tone, tones down the redness that acne sometimes brings and doesn't irritate or aggravate the acne in any shape, way or form. 
You would expect that wearing foundation over your pimples hinders or stops it from healing, but I didn't find that happening with this. 
I also didn't see myself falling into that vicious cycle of "I wear foundation because I have acne, but I have acne because I wear foundation". 
Now I'm not saying that it completely healed and cured my acne, because I am using it in conjunction with other acne treatments that seem to be working and helping my skin. But it does compliment my acne treatment and doesn't irritate my skin. 

It contains Salicylic acid 0.5% which is about the same as an acne treatment cleanser. If you don't know what salicylic acid does, it pretty much slows down the shedding of cells to prevent the clogging of pores and helps break down blackheads and whiteheads. So if you do suffer from acne or frequent breakouts, a foundation contain a healthy amount of salicylic acid will do good for you. 

I love the finish of the foundation, out of ALL the drugstore foundations I've ever tried, this by far has the most natural skin like finish.
I, like most oily skinned girls, am always looking for that foundation that has a "luminous" and "natural glow" finish, but doesn't make me turn greasy after 2 hours wearing, but as we know that type of product is very difficult to find... until this foundation. It gives me that natural luminous glow without making my skin overly oily, yes if you want to wear this longer than 9 hours you will need to blot, set and powder... but 9 hours wear oil free is amazing enough for me.

This foundation can't be flawless can it? No, it isn't. I do have a pickle. Packaging. It's always the packaging. We all know how fickle some people can be about packaging, and I'm sorry but a glass bottle (without a pump) isn't travel friendly or economical. I found myself always getting more product out of the bottle than needed/wanted because it doesn't have a pump... but I guess it's the product inside that matters? oh well.

Apart from the packaging and lack of coverage, I give this product an overall rating 4/5. I find that out of all my foundations (high end and drugstore) this will be one that I will forever restock and use. 

If you are interested in purchasing this item CLICK HERE to order online. 

I hope you all found this review thorough and helpful. How did you guys find the product? Did it work well for you? 

Thank you for visiting today's post!
xoxo/ Vanessa

Friday, 8 April 2016

GRWM Tangerine Lips

This has been a favourite makeup look of mine when I really want to go for that Summer glow. This is a Get Ready With Me episode, with tips on how to achieve that ultimate sun kissed complexion and rock that bold tangerine lip that you know you want to try.







Products Used

Alright ya'll I hope you all enjoyed this episode. Don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel CLICK HERE. Thanks so much for visiting and I'll see you all on my next post. 

Ciao Bella!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Behind The Scenes Of A Youtuber

So recently I had the pleasure of having Jean from Photojeanic Photography come back stage and take a few behind the scenes shots of myself filming.
At first I was a nervous wreck, because I am very use to filming in an empty house (even to the point that I would literally send Tony out to run a few errands to get an empty home), but Jean made me feel so comfortable, as the shoot progressed I soon then forgot she was even in the room snapping away.

We also did another shoot of myself and Maddy having our usual baking session (which I will post very soon!).

I am so happy with everything Jean was able to capture. Thank you so much photojeanic!

If you are in the Sydney region and are interested in pricing and bookings CLICK HERE to view their facebook page.



These are just a few of the shots that were taken on the day. I am so happy with the results!



















Thanks so much guys for visiting!
xx/Vanessa

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Toddler Snack Ideas

We all know how picky toddlers can be, from who puts them into their car seat (mummy or daddy) to what they eat. It can be pretty stressful, especially when we as parents commonly use food as a distraction for our kids (giving them a bickie to keep them amused while we finish up our groceries - sound familiar?).
Here are a few snack ideas that I've found to keep my picky kids amused, full and satisfied. 





Mini Yoghurt Bites
Ingredients

  • 1 Tub Yoghurt
  • 1 Plastic Freezer Bag
  • 1 Cup
  • Baking Paper
  • 1 Flat Tray

Trail Mix
Ingredients
  • Preztels
  • Dried Banana Chips
  • Choc Chips
  • Cheerios

Peanut Butter & Banana Sushi Sandwich 
Ingredients
  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife
  • 1 Bread Slice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Banana

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Still alive.

I am still alive. Got a bit of a flu because of the seasonal change, but other than that I am well and living. 
My absence of three months has felt like a complete eternity to me - from taking leave of blogging and vlogging I felt so ... unproductive! 
The business of life has settled down and I am back to it. I am inspired with a whole book of lists on ideas and storyboards. I.am.excited. 

What better way to return than with a chatty episode on youtube about my March 2016 Favourites?! I hope you all enjoy this episode. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel to get frequent updates of when a new episode is uploaded CLICK HERE


I am so happy and itching as hell to be back! Thank you to everyone who has had their patience and have still stuck with me. 

xo/Vanessa


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