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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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

DIY: Cheap & Easy Easter Hampers

Easter is coming! Ya'll know what that means... chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Oh! And did I mention chocolate?
On today's blog post I decided to document and share with you tips on how you can easily make a cheap Easter Hamper for your kids, your nieces and nephews, or whomever you want to spoil this Easter!

  • Baskets/Containers - Mine are felt baskets from Kmart.
  • Shredded Paper - Kmart
  • Chocolate Eggs (of course) - I bought a packet of 4 kinder surprises from Big W (What kid doesn't love kinder surprises?)
  • Knick Knacks - For random fillers that kids would enjoy the day of opening I purchased  a packet of 8 Easter themed bon bon's (Big W), Easter themed play dough (once again, what kid doesn't like play dough?) - from Woolworthes and a cute little wind up chick (Big W)

TIP: This may sound sneaky, but a good way to fill your hamper and make it look "fuller" is by getting some shredded paper for the base of your basket. 

Pack of 8 Easter Bon Bons
Pack of 2 Easter themed Play Dough

To make it more aesthetically pleasing, present your goodies where the larger and taller objects are in the back and the smaller objects at the front. 

Complete the hamper by wrapping it with clear cello wrap (Dollar Store) and cute pastel ribbons.

I hope you all enjoyed this easy and cheap Easter DIY. Hope you all enjoy your holidays and get the fun and rest you deserve!

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

DIY: Chevron Designed Canvas

Yes, I am back with another home decor DIY. This one is for a chevron designed canvas that I painted for my little collage mirror wall in our master bedroom.
Don't get me wrong, I love my little clusters of mirrors on my wall but I felt it needed a little break and interest so I made this canvas. 

For This DIY You Will Need:
- Canvas - size is your choice
- Masking tape
- Scissors
- Basal Wood Design - this is optional, I chose a wooden anchor, purchased from Bunnings.
- Acrylic Paint - one for the chevron design and another for the basal wood stencil
- Paint Brush
- Strong Adhesive/Glue - I went with double sided tape.

1. Using your masking tape and scissors, mask your chevron design onto your canvas.

2. Paint over your canvas and chevron design with your chosen acrylic paint. You can do one coat, but I went with three for a more solid colour. 

3. Allowing the canvas to dry, paint your wooden design with your chosen acrylic paint. I chose gold because it's the accent colour in our master bedroom.
Now, you don't have to have a wooden design, you could be as creative as you'd like, why not design your own template and use cardboard instead? Got something else that has caught your eye? Even better! 

4. Once all is  dry use your Adhesive/Glue or in my case double sided tape and attach your wooden design to your canvas. 

There you have it! Easy huh? I hope you all enjoyed this little DIY blog post! Don't forget to check back in soon and subscribe to my youtube channel subscribe here for more DIY blog posts and videos!
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Home Decor' DIY Episode

So in case you guys haven't seen it, I've recently uploaded a Home Decor' DIY episode which features 3 easy ad affordable home decor DIY's!

Watch the episode here!

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Product Review - Essence 'Stay All Day 16H Liquid Foundation'

Hi guys! On today's blog post I am doing a review on the affordable and wonderful drugstore brand Essence and their 'Stay All Day 16h' foundation. 

According to the Essence Cosmetics Website click here, this foundation is:

  • long lasting
  • has a delicate texture
  • allows even and simple application
  • comes with a pump

Let's Begin!

Before Application 
(Bare and freshly washed face)
  • A lot of redness here, there and everywhere. 
  • Scarring from recovering blemishes
  • Under eye circles
After One Layer Of Application
(No primers, concealers or setting powders)
What I noticed:
  • Covers all redness, scarring and blemishes with the one layer - definitely a full coverage foundation
  • No streak marks
  • Settles fast into the skin
  • Matte finish
  • Feels comfortable and light weight
After Applying The Rest Of My Make Up
To compare between setting the liquid foundation with a powder and not, I applied a translucent setting powder onto the right side of my face (no setting sprays or primers used).

4.5 Hours After Initial Application

  • The foundation went slightly darker
  • Started creasing into my fine lines along my chin and fore head
  • Redness, scarring and blemishes remained concealed.
  • Signs of slight oiliness along forehead and cheeks - both sides
  • Along the left side of my face (side that had not been set with powder) my pores have become visible. 
  • Still feels comfortable and lightweight on the skin. 

7 Hours After Initial Application
  • Has become completely darker in shade
  • Has become oily on fore head, cheeks and chin (on both sides of face)
  • Became patchy and started "cracking" along nose, upper lip, chin and four head
  • Pores are completely visible
  • Redness, blemishes and scarring is still concealed.

Final Verdict
No bueno for me, I appreciate the coverage and that still after 7 hours of wear my blemishes and redness was still concealed, but just the fact on it's own that I went about three shades darker throughout the day is discouraging enough. 

Like c'mon let's compare shall we?
7 hours later
When I first applied it in the morning

My husband came home from work that day and assumed I had spent the entire day playing around with a tube of fake tan. Now, some maybe ok with the colour change, for me? I want my colour to be the same the entire day as when I first applied my make up. I am okay with slight changes in colour, but not three shades darker! 
Don't get me wrong, I still love essence, and will forever be playing with their stuff... just not this foundation - pass for me! 

Tell me readers - did you try this foundation out? Did you find a similar result?

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

DIY - Wrapping Paper Artwork

I love wrapping paper - there are so many beautiful designs and a whole lot of different and creative things you can do with them. 
If you watch my daily vlogs watch here or keep up with me on instagram follow here you would know I have been redecorating parts of my home. Because I love redecorating so frequently I always try and find the most cost effective way to tweek parts of the house, which now leads to today's blog post.
On today's blog post I've decided to share with you one of the most simplest and cheapest ways to add a bit of fancy to your room. 

For this DIY you will need:
- Frames of your choice, now you could use ones that have been collecting dust in your home or purchase ones like I did for $2 each at my local dollar store.
- Wrapping paper of your choice, could be wrapping paper or scrapbook paper - be as creative as you want!
- Scissors
- Ruler and pencil - optional, depends on how fickle you are with perfection, me? not so much. 

1. Removing the backing of your photo frame use the paper that comes inside the frame as your template for your wrapping paper.

2. Cut your wrapping paper according to size. Don't you just love the design of this paper? My eyes saw stars when I spotted it at our dollar store.

3. Now just place it in your photo frames and TADA! Three easy steps to a wonderful piece of artwork.

You could be as creative as you'd like with the paper, don't minimise it to just one look, I made each of my frames with the pattern going in different directions. 

This is a perfect way of you to add a back drop to your bedside table, break up a busy photo collage on the wall and reuse all that wrapping paper you have left over from the christmas holidays!

I hope you all enjoyed this easy 3 step DIY and get creative with it! Stay tuned because I have a lot more creative wrapping paper DIYs coming soon!
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