Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Australis Bronzeyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review & Dupe!

Recently I uploaded a haul on my youtube channel CLICK HERE to watch. One of the things I purchased was the Australis Bronzeyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette which is exclusively sold in Kmart. 

 The palette has gorgeous shimmery bronze colours, perfect (but not limited too) a summer makeup look. 

I was seriously impressed by the pigmentation of the shadows and how smooth they glide on, quality felt more than just a drugstore branded eyeshadow palette. 


I am a huge fan of the "Lorac Pro" Eyeshadow palette and use it on a weekly basis, so of course I was excited when I discovered a few "dupes" in the Australis Bronzeyed Girl Palette.

First thing I noticed was the similarities between "Garnet" (fav!) from the Lorac Pro Palette and the deep bronzed eyeshadow in the Australis Palette.

Then I noticed the similarities between "Lt. Bronze" from Lorac Pro Palette and the Australis one. 

The Australis Bronzeyed Girl Palette is definitely a delicious one! Beautiful colours and wonderful quality. Can't wait to play with different looks for my youtube channel.

I hope you found this swatches article helpful. See you all in the next one!
xx/ Vanessa

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Product Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Today we will be reviewing the cult Too Faced Mascara "Better Than Sex". 

Product Claims via The Too Faced Website :

"... all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic." 

Well damn, with a description like that, it has to be fantastic right? Well let's put it to the test. 


  • Adorable metal tube 
  • Large hour glass shaped wand 
  • Standard mascara sized packaging


 What I noticed?
  • After the 2nd coat my lashes had dramatically increased in volume and length. 
  • Kept the curl of my lashes the entire day
  • Gave a dramatic black effect to my lashes - definitely not the mascara if you are going for a natural look. 
  • Does become clumpy on the 3rd coat
  • Definitely not waterproof, did find some smudging along my lower lash line (I have very watery eyes).
  • The wand was a bit large for me to get the smaller lashes towards the inner corners, took a bit of maneuvering but I got there.  

Final thoughts?
Better than sex? YES! Bigger lashes are better than anything honey... lol. 

Like seriously, how impressive was the "Before" and "Three Coats" shots? Let's have a closer look shall we?

In all honesty, I never thought my lashes could look so dramatic with just mascara (I usually relied on false lashes). I am gifted with short, straight and sparse lashes, and this mascara did it's wonders. It kept it's curl and stayed dramatic the entire day.  

Note: Like I mentioned earlier, it did start looking a bit clumpy by the 3rd coat, but getting a clean wand brush and running it through your lashes will help if it bothers you that much.

So final verdict? I think the pictures itself tells it all... I have found a new favourite!

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all found this review helpful. 

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Toddler Recipe: Meat Balls

It can be so difficult pleasing picky eaters, especially when it comes to my daughter. Unlike my son she won't touch meat (unless it's ham from a pizza or Mc Donald's chicken nuggets). 
As a mother we all worry about our kid's nutrition, are they getting enough iron in their diet? The last thing I want to hear from my Dr is that I'm not feeding my kids the best food. 
So that's why I am sharing this recipe. Because unlike many other dishes I cook for my daughter she actually eats and enjoy these. 
These are iron rich meat balls that are freezable and so dang good!

  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1/2 pack of frozen Spinach, thawed, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce OR you could use Teriyaki Sauce (lovely flavor)
  • 1 egg
  • Olive Oil


Step One
Preheat oven to 175C. 
Heat your olive oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic until soft. 

Step Two
Add spinach and reduce heat to medium. Place the mixture into a colander and press the excess moisture out of the mixture. 

Step Three
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the mixture. 

Step Four
With wet hands, roll your mixture into balls and place onto a greased baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 

And there you have it. Allow them to completely cool before serving or placing them in zip lock bags and in the freezer for the future.

Thank you so much for visiting guys and I'll see you all in the next one!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

DIY Make Up Brush Cleaner

Keeping your make up tools clean is a very important step when it comes to make up and skin care. 
I do a regular spot clean, but spot cleaning isn't enough. Without deep cleaning your make up brushes they will hoard and make the perfect home for bacteria - a big no no for your skins well being. 
Not only do you want a deep cleaning solution that will get the most deepest and stubborn of make up out, but one that is soft and gentle on the bristles. 

I am a huge fan of AprilJustinTV on youtube (yes this story is going somewhere) and she always talks about this home made solution she found on the internet and it works absolute wonders for her make up brushes. I had to google it. 
It turned out so great, cleaning my brushes has never been any easier. Takes less than half the time it use to. I just have to share the DIY solution with you guys!

 What You Will Need:
- Your brushes that need a good clean
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Soap (I prefer our gentle dish washing liquid)
- A small bowl

Step One
In your small bowl insert parts of your extra virgin olive oil and soap. I did about 1/3 cup of dish washing and a few spoons of olive oil. 

Step Two
Using your make up brushes mix the solution together, it will create a paste. Cover each brush with your paste and work them into the palm of your hand to ensure every bristle has been cleaned. 

Step Three
Rinse them completely clean under cold water. The reason I say cold is because hot water may damage and soften the glue of the brush - creating a lot of shedding. 

Step Four
Allow them to completely dry before use. I like to lay them on micro fiber towels because they absorb faster. 

There you have it! An easy home DIY for your make up brushes. Since discovering this method I have never turned away! It works so well and leaves my brushes feeling so nice and soft.
Thanks so much for reading! Don't forget to visit my YOUTUBE CHANNEL where I upload an episode twice a week. 


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

DIY Nail Polish Organization & Storage

On a recent episode of Vanessa's Corner I shared a Nail Polish Organisation & Storage DIY that's affordable and easy! 

I hope you enjoyed the episode. Don't forget to like and Subscribe to see more videos!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Party Planning DIY - Cupcake Toppers

My little man is turning 1! Ya'll know what that means?! Party planning time! 
If you know me, you know I am very particular when it comes to my children's birthday parties, everything has to be customised and personalised - drives the Mr nuts!
And you all know that saying, if you want it done right - you gotsta Do-It-Yourself.
So on today's blog post I have documented my recent Party Planning DIY and decided to share it with you all - DIY Cupcake Toppers. 
Such a fun little element to add some jazz to your cake table. And who are we kidding? We could have the most horrible looking cupcakes, but as soon as you add that cake topper ... GAME CHANGE!

For This DIY You Will:
- Print outs of your designed picture - since my son is having a "Thomas And Friends" themed party I ran along with that. I sized the design in the dimensions of about 3cmx3cm
- Coloured Papers/Cardboard
- Double Sided Tape
- Tooth picks
- Scissors
- Stick Tape

1. Cut out your designs. This is the perfect time to sit down on the couch and watch a show, in my case... Orange Is The New Black.

2. Using your double sided tape, tape down each designs onto your chosen coloured paper/cardboard. 
When doing this make sure you leave enough space between each design for cutting out later - I left about a 1cm gap between each design.

3. Resume by cutting out the designs once again leaving a little outline between your designed picture and the coloured paper/cardboard. This creates a lot more dimension and interest - you really want that coloured paper/cardboard to be shown. 

4. Using your sticky tape, tape a tooth pick to the back of each design. 

There you have it, your own customised cup cake toppers, no need to spend $$$ on getting someone else to make them when you can make them yourself. Save that money on getting more food for the guests! hehe!
Thanks for reading guys, I hope you all enjoyed this episode and get creative!

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Product Review: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation

On today's blog post we will be reviewing Maybelline's Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

On the Maybelline website Click Here the product claims are:
  • Lightweight
  • Perfect yet natural coverage
  • Blends well into the skin
  • Doesn't cake
Let's review it shall we?

  • Comes with 20mls or 0.67FL. OZ of product.
  • Glass bottle
  • Tear Drop applicator

THOUGHTS: The packaging is a nice slim glass bottle which is great for storage and doesn't take much space. 
Not the biggest fan of the applicator. I understand the need for innovation - but the wand just felt too flimsy in my hand. I'd seriously prefer if all foundations just came with a pump. 

Before Application
Redness, scarring, hyper pigmentation and dark under eye circles - yup, lucky me. 

After One Layer Of Application
(no primers, powders or concealers applied)
What I noticed:
  • Hides redness, scarring and hyper pigmentation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Can still see freckles and skin underneath
  • Can build to a high coverage 
  • A very runny texture but as soon as you apply and blend it into the skin, it has almost a mousse like texture and finish.
  • Feels lightweight 
  • Natural finish
  • Doesn't conceal pores - I'd need a primer for that. 

After Applying The Rest Of My Make Up 
No setting powders or sprays applied

 3Hrs After Initial Application
 What I noticed:
  • Slightly oily along four head
  • No signs of creasing or caking
  • Everything remains concealed - redness and scarring
  • Doesn't feel uncomfortable or greasy
  • Still looks natural
 6Hrs After Initial Application
 What I Noticed:
  • Everything still remained concealed - Redness, scarring
  • Oily along four head
  • Still has a natural finish
  • Feels comfortable on skin
  • No signs of caking or creasing

Final Thoughts: Absolutely a fan! Even though the product does get shiny in areas through out the day, with a little bit of setting powder this thing will hold up just fine. 
The coverage is perfect and remained perfect through out the day.
I love how comfortable my skin felt with it on - didn't feel heavy at all!
... I think I found a new favourite!

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