Thursday, January 19, 2017

First Impression: O Cosmedics Immortal Cream and Hydra Mist

Hope everyone is having a great start to 2017! I can't believe we are nearing the end of January, I have a feeling this year is going to fly, even faster than last year.

I spent the past couple of days catching up on Resident Evil movies, is it just me or does Milla Jovovich look amazing and doesn't age?! That made me think about all the high performing skincare brands, the miracle creams you'll find in salons however never commonly spoken of. Brands like O Cosmedics.

Today we will look at two products from O Cosmedics, their professional strength Immortal Cream and Hydra Mist.

  • Contains super-antioxidants and potent concentration of V8 Peptide Complex
  • Fortified and mega doses of Vitamin C to awaken and hydrate the skin
  • Assists with relaxation of the muscles and reverse signs of ageing
  • Perfect for line and wrinkle, age prevention and super hydration
  • Apply 1-2 pumps to face, throat and around eyes every morning and/or evening
  • By applying 1 pump per day, your Immortal Cream will last approximately 125 days by applying 2 pumps, your cream will last 62 days.


  • Let's start with the packaging which I absolutely love, I like to apply my skincare using my fingers, but at the same time I hate the contamination (and my spatula is always no where to be found when I need it!). I have seen this push dispense mechanism previously and it seems to be on the rise, I personally think it's genius and so glad it's been utilised by O Cosmedics because every dose is fresh. I would not want such a high performing cream to go to waste or endure contamination.
  •  The Immortal cream has been listed on several websites as the best night cream or the "best seller". The cream is light-weight and chop a block full of potent anti-oxidants.
  • One pump covers my entire face, the cream is rich yet not sticky and provides optimal hydration to my face. The texture is creamy however non-greasy and dries quickly upon application.
  • My face felt hydrated to the max and plump after application, this cream also double up as an eye cream. I am starting to develop some very fine lines on my forehead and will need to keep using this to determine whether it will eliminate those lines. Although do keep in mind that I usually like to use skincare as the first step of prevention.
  • The price point of this product is something to be discussed, however if you think about 125 days worth it's probably the price of 2 one off facials. To be honest, prior to blogging and receiving samples, I would splurge on clinical grade skincare (for my mother at that time) once per year (i.e., a $205 eye cream... yup, you get the idea) a lot of the time there is a difference in quality and performance value.

  • Antioxidant Hydra-Mist is a liquid hydrator for on the go, suitable for your hand bag.
  • Containing powerful antioxidant perfect for topping up and restoring hydration and fighting free radical damage.
  • An all round skin health products for face and body
  • Antioxidant Hydra-Mist can be sprayed whenever your skin is feeling dry or stressed.
  • Can also be used as a makeup setting spray.
  • Perfect for all skin types.
  • This is definitely a hand bag friendly spray and in this hot weather, there is nothing I need more than a mist to replenish my dehydrated skin throughout the day.
  • The nozzle dispense a perfect amount of mist covering most of my face, since it's only a 50ml bottle, I've only been using this on my face only - must savour! My skin does feel more hydrated after use. However I must admit that it is difficult to pin-point an exact difference. Nonetheless, it's been put to good use as a general mist over and under makeup.
  • If you love vanilla scents, you are in luck, the mist smells entirely of vanilla goodness, however I must note that the scent is quite strong!

*The products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex Review

A part from pores and uneven skin tone, my other major concern is my under eye area. I experience an excessive amount of puffiness which comes easily under stress, too much screen time or a lack of sleep. My under eye condition is pretty horrendous at the moment given I have had the same flu bug repeatedly over the past few weeks.

Finding a suitable eye cream is difficult, I have been quite impressed by the Dermalogica skincare products I have tried so far and was excited to test the their eye cream.

  • Treatment for delicate eye area
  • Retinol and tissue regenerating peptides with Vitamin C to help strengthen skin and fight against fine lines and signs of aging
  • UGL complex helps retexturise
  • Oat Proteins and Fraxinus Extract assists with firming
  • Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours
  • Great for sensitive skin and dry skin

Price:  $94.50


  • The product comes in an easy to use squeeze tube, I was able to dispense the perfect amount, it's also more hygienic.
  • The cream is slightly yellow in colour and appears more oily than it actually is - somewhere between a gel and a cream. The amount I squeezed out in the photo is more than enough for both eyes. The texture is creamy and glides on skin.
  • Once applied the cream is quickly absorbed and will not roll off your face (this seems to be a reoccurring issue with a lot of skincare I have used, so every time I find something that doesn't roll off my face, I take note!)
  • My under eye area remained moist and supple for the entire day, this is something that I don't often experience with my other eye creams. The puffiness under my eyes remains, this is hereditary, I have consulted many skincare specialists who advised that under eye sagginess is almost impossible to rid with products.
  • I am extremely lucky that I currently don't have any lines around my eye area and I can't determine whether this product is effective in fighting against fine lines. So... I gave the eye cream to partner with many lines, crows feet sprouting and existing around his eye area. After a few weeks of use, the fine line under eyes seemed to appear finer than usual, the crows feet will take some time. I am mindful of the price, it's not cheap! but the quality is definitely there.
*This product was provided for editorial purpose, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cherry Blooms Fiber Brow and Brush on Fiber Mascara Review

I am absolutely terrified of false lashes, especially after the Halloween 2016 incident, where the lash glue got caught in my actual lashes and I had to cut my own lashes off with a tiny pair of scissors... it was traumatic.

My eyes can get quite sensitive so I have no plans to get eye lash extension and my only way to get my lashes bigger and longer is by using waterproof mascara.

Today we will have a look at a couple of key products from Cherry Blooms, a brand created by Jellaine Dee who built her million dollar business from scratch.


- Available in 4 shades
- 3 stencils (thin, natural and thick)
- Sweat and splash proof
- Create perfect brows in 10 seconds

This is my first time trying a fiber brow product with a stencil, it's definitely a novelty for me. I am very pleased to see the shade Espresso that is suitable for black to grey hair..

I used this product a handful of times, my brows are quite full to begin with so I only required a light application using the "Thick" stencil. There were some Fiber fall out when you take out the wand, these are loose fibers, however but I did not experience any significant fall outs during the actual application, the fibers were drawn towards the stencil rather than my face. The tricky part was holding the stencil so it's hugging my brow during application - this may be due to my poor hand eye coordination.

The pay off is buildable, I personally feel that this product is more beneficial for someone with minimal/sparse brows. It's not the most practical product for me in the morning when I am a half awake hot mess, however I did like the brow look I was able to achieve (see video).


•    #1 Salon Recommended Eyelash Extensions Solution
•    600% thicker, longer & more natural lashes
•    Just one product, two tubes in three simple steps
•    Looks fresh, stays on all day and won't flake
•    Water-resistant so it's cry, laugh and sweat proof
•    Made from high grade beeswax and black fibers

I have tried something similar previously, while this product did make my lashes look longer I am still trying to master the art of application.

As per instructions. I applied 20 coats of the black mascara followed by the fibers. Unless you want fibers falling into your eyes, my tip for you is to tilt your head back and literally close/squint your eyes to apply the fibers to the tip of your lashes by rolling the wand (like I did in the video), I didn't get a single fiber in my eyes, woohoo! The last step is more mascara to lock in the fiber. My other tip for you is not to apply too many coats of mascara during step 3 because it will end up looking a bit spidery - this was the mistake I made in the video, my lashes was looking really promising but I went overboard. I did experience quite a bit of fiber fall outs onto my lids and my face, but it's can be brushed off easily using a brush or a wet sponge.

I did experience a couple of fiber fall outs throughout the day, so just make sure that you have fully sealed the fibers during the final mascara application. I did not experience any smudges and my lashes did look a lot longer, even longer than when I use waterproof mascara without the hassle. For me, this kit is not an everyday product, I would only use the fiber for special occasions. My eyes are easily irritated so I try to minimise products that may result in fall outs.

The mascara on the other hand is freaking amazing - I would seriously just purchase the mascara on it's own, I've been using it on a regular basis, this mascara holds curls better than some of my tube mascaras, it doesn't smudge and can be washed off easily under lukewarm water.

NOTE: With the "After" photo below, I noticed that I focused on applying the fibers to the centre lashes more than the edge, but you get the general idea as to how long the lashes can get.
Before: Natural lashes, curled

After: With Cherry Blooms Fiber Lash


*The products reviewed were provided for editorial purpose, all opinions are my own

Friday, January 6, 2017

Genie Beauty Line Smoothing Concealer Review and Swatches

 In 2016 I was introduced to Genie Beauty and was lucky to have met with the magnificent Lisa Claycomb to showcase her exclusive beauty and skincare products in Sydney.

I deemed Genie Beauty the BEST brand discovery of 2016, I have a massive stash of products sitting in my living room, some a old favourites, staples and a lot of ubiquitous new discoveries. It's less than infrequent that I am to fall in love with every single product sent to me from the same brand. I always tend to hold a grain of scepticism when I'm introduced to new products, I want brands to sell me their passion and Lisa did just that.

Genie Beauty is going back to basics, the difference between this brand and other brands is that Lisa pours her heart and soul to perfect the formulas. The products on the market are manufactured to Lisa's high standards, it's fool-proof.

Quality will surpass the irrational temptation I experience when browsing through an isle of high end products. At the end of the day, I want my products to perform, serve it's purpose and do it well.

Today I want to introduce to set of concealer sticks that performs better than most concealers in my stash.


  • Buttery emulsion and super pigmented
  • Easy gliding and eliminates dark circles/imperfections
  • Rehydrates and conditions your skin whilst providing coverage
  • Infused with Safflower Seed oil, Sweet Almond oil and Shea Butter gives you an unbelievable smooth, invisible finish
  • Long wear and crease proof
  • Instantly blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Suitable for oily skin as the product contains corn starch which absorbs oil
  • Also contains Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid
  • Available in 3 shades, Ivory, Biege and Honey
Price: $29.95 per stick (3.5g)

Top: Ivory; Middle: Honey; Bottom: Beige
  • This concealer is miraculous, the stick formula makes application simple and smooth. Speaking of smooth, the concealer will glide on your skin, the formula is also creamy and easy to blend.
  • This formula is suitable to use under eyes, it's hydrating as stated and maintains the hydration following application.
  • I did not find this concealer to stick to or highlight any dry spots. I am really pleased!!
  • The wear time is impressive, my spots continues to remain covered (unless I rub my face) after a working day.
  • My skin tone is light olive (NC25 is the exact shade that matches my skin tone but I like to use NC30) and Ivory suits me perfectly, it has a slight olive undertone while beige possess a pinky undertone. When I had my fake tan on, Honey was perfect, I'd say that Honey is suitable for those who are approximately 2-3 shades darker than my natural skin ton (see swatch photo).
  • I couldn't comment on whether this concealer is line smoothing or not, so I gave Honey to mum and she put it to the test. It worked amazingly on her skin (she's in her late 50s), the concealer did not seep into her wrinkles or lines, nor did it accentuate the lines. I did see a slight blurring effect. I was pretty amazed.
  • I love this concealer so so much, the only limitation I can think of for others is the limited shades, but if line smoothing concealer proves to be favourable, I'm sure Lisa might consider bringing out more shades ;)
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Reflections and 2017 Goals



My attitude towards work is temperamental, it's been a rollercoaster ride this year, there's been several occasions where I've wanted to quit and do something different. I still feel like I'm at a point where I'm not too sure what I want to do with my life. My job is extremely demanding, a lot of pressure, liaisons, deadlines and really quite stressful. Yet at the same time I adore the flexibility and the fact that I get to go out, see clients and am not stranded to a desk 8 hours per day. There are elements of my job which I love and aspects I despise. I hope in 2017, I will come to some sort of clarity.


Travel was relatively fruitful this year, I spent a week in Singapore and went to sea on the Royal Caribbean, stopping by New Caledonia and Vanuatu. We also spent a few days up in Umina Beach for a friend's wedding.

Like everyone else, I would love more holidays and have a couple more planned for next year, but money and time has always (and probably will always) be a barrier.


I held a personal record of not contracting any sort of flu, virus or colds for 2 years until this mid 2016. The amount of times I got sick (and it's duration) from mid to end of 2016 was a little bit beyond ridiculous.

I did initially plan to get a gym membership but I have been absolutely exhausted after work and decided not to proceed. I did however spend most days adhering to a strict exercise routine (which had recently ceased due to sheer laziness).


My partner and I will be coming to our 3... maybe 4 or 5 year anniversary some time  next month. We are awful aren't we? No anniversary date and I've lost track as to how long we have been together but we have shared so many great moments together in 2016! My partner and I have discussed this, Marriage is not on the cards due to financial reasons, marriage is expensive and no a priority at the moment.


2016 was a pretty big-ish year for my blog, I went to numerous beauty events and managed to post fairly regularly on my blog whilst juggling my full time job with ridiculous hours. I can't believe I have reached 6k on Instagram and have started (slowly) introducing more fashion based posts on my page.

 2017 GOALS

  • I love books, but due to the amount of writing and reading I need to do for my job I haven't been able to find time to read anything that's not a medical report. In 2017, I would like to spend more time reading novels. I've made a start to Moby Dick and hoping to finish it off in the next couple of months.
  • This is an odd goal, as a child my mum told me I've always been a left hand dominant child. My preschool teacher more or less forced me to use my right hand. In last couple of months I've re-taught myself to write with my left hand and would like to be able to write more legibly with my left. 
  • Get my makeup storage situation sorted
  • Pack my own lunch for work.
  • Complete at least 20 minutes of exercises/stretches per day in conjunction to the 10,000 steps I usually do per day.
  • Lose 1kg around my thighs and the spot just above my buttocks. I appear to look deceivingly thin but my body is rather disproportioned - I'm a size 6-8 from waist up and a size 10 from waist down. It's difficult for me to find dresses that are fitting.
  • Finish a blusher and an eyeshadow palette.
  • Survive as my friend's Maid of Honour (I am attending 2 weddings this year, YAY!)
  • Grow my Instagram account, I'd like a measureable and figurative goal, but I feel like I'd be placing too many emotional attachments on number. My emphasis is always quality not quantity.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

NudeStix Northern Lights Mini Holiday Kit Review and Swatches

My obsession for fool proof, quick and efficient eyeshadow sticks just keeps growing. Every time I travel or require to bring makeup to touch up after work, it's ALWAYS stick makeup. I was lucky to have met the co-founders of NudeStix, lovely Ally and Taylor. They introduced us to different uses for NudeStix and how the products are vegan and cruelty free.

Today we will have a look at NudeStix Northern Lights Mini Holiday Kit.


  • Long wearing eyeshadow pencils that highlights, provides intense luminous colour, precise lining and primes lids.
  • Waterproof, neutral eyeshadows
  • Can be used to highlight facepoints such as cheekbones, tear ducts and brow arch.
  • Ideal for oily lids
  • Soft and supergliding, easy to blend and comfortable to wear
  • Free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates
  • Vegan and Hypoallergenic
  • Gluten-free and fragrance free
  • Certified USDA Organic
  • Not tested on Animals
Price: $35 (from Sephora Australia)
Top: Lilith; Middle: Angel; Bottom Gilt


  • This kit contains 3 eyeshadow minis - Lilith (Champagne), Angel (Rose Gold),  Gilt (Golden), a metal container with a mirror and a pencil sharpener.
  • I love ALL three shades, Lilith is incredible to wear alone, as a base or to highlight. I usually use Angel and Gilt alone on my lids. 
  • The pencils are extremely smooth, easy to blend and use. The pigmentation is intense, the swatches above are one line swatches only. 
  • The wear time is approximately 8 hours, I wore this for 12 hours and noticed creasing to Lilith.
  • This kit is perfect for travel! I love that the container comes with an in built mirror and includes a little sharpener, it's so handy and efficient!!

Lilith all over the lids with a touch of Gilt around the crease

I have a couple of holidays in mind for 2017, and I can't wait to bring some Nudestix with me! Have you tried these little gems? Let me know your thoughts in the comment below!

*The products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Hair Free Summer with Gillette Venus Razor Range

My boyfriend and I have been together long enough... How long you ask? I'm not too sure, but it's long enough for me to feel completely comfortable not shaving my legs for two seasons and for him to still find me attractive.

I tend to like growing my hair out during winter, especially the hair on my legs (and I assure you there's lots of it) to keep me warm during the cooler months. When summer hits, the winter layers will be removed to reveal baby smooth skin.

In this post, I'd like to introduce some cool products you may or may not know is around by Gillette.

  • 5 contour blades adjust to every curve
  • Protective MoistureGlide Ribbon
  • MircoFine comb guides hair to the blades that capture virtually every hair

Razors are seriously becoming more and more advanced. The little silver ball allows the razor to move from left to right, allowing shaving to be an easier experience.

I couldn't go past this ergonomic little fellow without putting my work hat on, I felt that this little fellow would be amazing for anyone with limited ulnar and radial deviations or limitations in wrist movements. I've actually given this to my mum cos she has reduced right wrist movements and found this to be helpful.


  • 5 blades for exfoliation
  • Sugarberry scented Olay Moisture Bar to fight dryness
  • Soft grip handle for control

First of all, just look at that giant moisture bar! it's phenomenal and smells fruity/delicious, it literally smells like sugar and berry. This the most self sufficient, moisture intense product, my legs never felt so moisturised after a shave. The one and only downfall is when I don't shave for a few... or.. many months and some of my shaved off hair gets caught in the balm. I would recommend this for regular shavers.

The one thing I absolutely love about this razor pack is that it comes with a shower holder!!! Gone are the times you don't know where to put your razor after a shave.


  • Portable compact
  • Mini handle, easy to grip and convenient to store
  • Venus Embrace's 5 curve hugging blades for a close shave
  • Water activated ribbon of moisture for a smooth glide
I try to avoid packing razors when I travel, mainly because they are difficult to store, I don't know why but the lids always come off and it's just an awkward shape for my makeup bag.

This product is the ULTIMATE travel razor, I can't believe how adorable it is andit comes in it's own little case. You can literally slip it anywhere! The heads are detachable and you can purchase re-fills in store. Super handy!


  • Advanced formula for a smoother shave
  • 4 x more moisture formula to ensure there are no missed spots!
  • Great for sensitive skin
This is the coolest shaving foam, its comes out  with purple swirls, it look yummy haha!

The foam is easy to apply and allows shaving to be super easy. I usually use soap or a cream, this is actually the first time I've tried using a foam and it makes a huge difference. My razor doesn't get clogged as frequently!

Here's to a hair free summer! I can't wait to wear my dresses :)

*The products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Since I was a kid, my parents had always been "prepping" me to find a some what decent career pathway, however being anything but a high achiever I wanted to be that person who sold bus tickets on the bus. Throughout my high school years my heart was set on being an artist or a musician, however during my final year in high school, I had a sudden interest in psychology, why people behave the way they do and all the reasoning behind individualism and conformity. Social and Abnormal Psychology was a topic of interest. By miracle I got into a Bachelor of Psychology and soldiered through 4 years of uni and completed a degree that I no longer formally use.

University is expensive, 4 years of your life is a long time. I am hoping that this post will provide information to those who are looking to do a psych degree and to rececive all the information before you reach your 4th year. I had a lot of negative experiences from my degree, but will try and keep it civil and balanced!

When I did my degree, the University Admission Index was a lot lower for B. Arts (psych). While the kids in B.A (psych) will not have received as much exposure in terms of different psychology units as you would in B. Psych, but you can still become a psychologist.

My psych degree consisted of a mixture of psych units (Abnormal, social, environment psych), Biology (neuroscience, genetics etc), logical thinking/psych theories and a LOT OF STATISTICS. A lot of B.A (psych) kids were able to transfer across to B. Psych given they reached the minimum GPA.

Throughout my 4 years, I was taught to think logically, rationally and how to make an educated guess. Essentially, a step by step guide to become a researcher following the scientific model.

Throughout the entire degree, at no point was I or any of my classmates was ever exposed to any elements on how to actually be a psychologist (a part from rote learning diagnoses/treatments from the DSM). At no point was I taught how to engage with a client, how to make the correct recommendation or anything related to how to become a practicing psychologist.

No work experience is provided in the 4 year undergrad degree.

The 4th year is the research year, you more or less spend the entire year writing your thesis, conducting experiment, gathering your data and analysing your stats.

The fourth year is a pathway to further education, again builds up your skills to be a researcher, NOT a psychologist.

At the end of my fourth year, I was able to apply for my Provisional Psychologist Registration, but don't be fooled, my knowledge on how to be a practicing psych is as good as those who haven't studied psych I was able to tell you why and how things happen, but I did not have a clue as to how to provide Psychological interventions.

At the end of the 4th year, we were told that our job options were limited - I will elaborate on this below.

After you have graduated from your 4 years Psychology degree (good work btw - it's not easy) there are a few options:

- Masters: This can be in Clinical or Organisational Psychology etc. both are extremely competitive, unless you obtain a fantastic GPA in your 4th year with a great proposal and recommendation by a lecturer, it may be difficult to get in. When I was studying, each course took 4-6 students per masters degree. Clinical Psychologists are generally highly regarded and recognised, their pay is also significantly higher. Alternatively you can study at ACAP (but they don't provide HECS, only FEE-HELP I believe, and there is an entry requirement of applicants to have graduated with Honours class 2 - HOWEVER, having said that I knew people who have got into this course without doing Honours and completed a Post-Grad-Dip with Distinction Average instead).

- PHD: This is a great option if research is your forte . Again, a very competitive path and a long and in-depth thesis.

- 2+4 and 5+1:

4+2 means 4 years undergrad and 2 years supervised work experience/internship
5+1 means 4 years undergrad, 1 year at uni doing coursework and prac + 1 year supervised work experience/internship

Most people who have graduated from their psych degree would have ended up taking this option. Why? Because this is possibly the only option to become a Psychologist without looking at grades, you'll only need 3 things, MONEY, TIME, and COMMITMENT. This is not an easy path, because you have to find your own supervisors and pay them (can cost up to 20k p/a I believe?). You will be expected to find your own "work experiences" yes, more than one. A lot of companies cash in on this and require new grads to PAY for work experience. However, there are paid employment that can be accounted for as hours towards your work experience.

At the end of your work experience, you will be able to complete your full psych registration, however you will be a General Psychologist. As foramentioned, pay is significantly less than a clinical psych. Also keep in mind that there are a lot of General Psychologists around.

This is for those who decide not to pursue further education after your psych degree. The good news is, your degree is highly adaptable, it's a great sales pitch, you can shape and mould your knowledge to fit a lot of different jobs. Two months after I graduated, I winged my way through to the final round of interviews as a Point of Entry Officer for Immigration paying up to 80k p/a, which was a lot for a 22 year old with no experience - FYI, I did not know a thing about policy/legislations/immigration. Unforutnately I fell short (which was expected), I did not get this job and kept applying, I got an interview as an employment consultant paying 45k, and later a Psych clinic admin that offered a measly hourly rate. I had an extremely difficult time finding a job.

The bad news is, your skill set is so broad that you won't be able to ease your way into a specialised profession. You'd be like jack of all trades. Unless you have the gift of the gab, you may find yourself either pursuing further eduation or studying something different altogether.

All in all, a psych degree is not a 4 year commitment, it's a 6+ year committement.

So I gave myself 3 months to find a job - I had my eggs in the point of entry role and was ready to be deployed to wherever they wanted me to go. Unfortunately, I was young and grossly inexperienced.

It didn't take a lot for me to change my career path, I found a few Masters degrees I can get into, went on seek and typed in the different positions and picked the degree with the most job searches on seek. Logical huh?

I am now a full time Occupational Therapist, some times I like what I do, other times I don't and occasionally I'd look back on my Psych degree as if it's a long lost best friend whom I no longer see. One thing I know for sure is that I can never see myself as a conventional practicing Psychologist.

Sometimes it takes 4 years to figure out something is not right for you, my psych degree was invaluable in a way that it acted as a very expensive self-help guidance/4 years of intensive treatment for my own mental wellbeing.