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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Makeup Mistake for Photography

I recently attended a ball and I was really excited, particularly about the process of putting on makeup. I even had a couple of practice runs a week or so before the event, trying out different makeup looks and making sure there's no foundation flashback showing up on my camera.

When I left my house for the event I was quite happy with the makeup that I had applied. Little did I know, a mini disaster was waiting to unfold. I went through the night taking and posing for photos with my friends. When I got home, I decided to go through the photos properly. That's when I spotted the white strips under my eyes.

I kicked myself for not checking the first photo at the start of the night. I could have gone to the bathroom and corrected this makeup mistake! I had packed on a lot of my Smashbox translucent powder under my eyes to make sure my eyeliner smudge into that area. And worse still, I did that with my finger. Luckily, this only showed up in the photos where the camera flash was used. I still have a couple of photos without that makeup mistake showing up.

I know it's really strange. Isn't that Smashbox powder meant to be for flash photography? I think in small amounts it is but when you concentrate it in one area, it somehow flashes back. I believe a similar problem has been found with Make Up For Ever HD powder. See Wayne Goss' demonstration in the video below.

So ladies, please be careful with your HD or photo finish powders!

Have you ever made any makeup mistakes for photography? Please share!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Advanced Detox Review

Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo for Advanced Detox
Claims: "leaves hair soft and manageable by deeply cleansing from the root of the hair to the ends and removing build-up and residue."
RRP: AUD15.99
Packaging: 5 out of 5 
Review: I've been eyeing this shampoo for quite a while now and finally got my hands on it a couple of months back. I'll keep this reivew short and sweet; it's really straight forward: I love this shampoo. This truly is a clarifying shampoo. My hair feels weightless after use and it gives my hair volume at the roots, which lasts till Day 3 (that's when my roots are oily again). This product finally made me realise that my hair has been heavy and weighed down from product build-up. This shampoo comes in a transparent gel that lathers up nicely. It leaves my hair squeaky clean but does not strip my hair of moisture. Given that I only use this product once a fortnight, I expect it to last me quite a while. 

I really like the packaging for this shampoo. It looks so luxe yet the product itself is very affordable. I find the little contraption that dispenses the product really neat.... Okay, I'll confess. I just really like playing with it. Snapping it open and shut (up and down). It's these little things that make me happy in life! If I didn't make my intentions clear earlier, I will say it now: I will be repurchasing this shampoo when it runs out!
Sunday, May 12, 2013

Winner of Make the Switch Giveaway

Hey everyone, really sorry about the delay in announcing the winner for my giveaway. I attended an event last night and was kinda busy yesterday so I did have a chance to go through the list of entries until now.

I would like to thank everyone for participating in this giveaway and for reading and following my blog. 

As usual, I've used the Random Number Generator on random.org to determine the winner.

And the winner is...

Congratulations Sheri!

If you didn't win this time, don't worry, I have more giveaways planned for the near future! Hope you're having or have had a wonderful day. Happy Mother's Day!

How did you celebrate Mother's Day? I bought my mum a plant and she absolutely adored it.
Monday, May 6, 2013

What Came in the Mail + Accessories Haul

I was really excited when I cracked open my parcel last Monday and found these goodies. If you've stuck around my blog long enough, you'd know that I'm a huge fan of Katy Perry. Really keen to try these babies out. Keep an eye out for my review. I've never tried self-adhesive lashes before so things are going to get interesting!

Here's another photo at a different angle and closer up. I love the cookies on sticks. They are so cute! Haven't got the heart to eat them.

Okay, so there's been quite a hype around Michael Todd skincare products, especially in the Youtube community. I really wanted to try them out but at the same time, I didn't want to put all my eggs in one basket. Ordering all the full-sized products would cost me at least $100. I caved and bought this travel set instead. And yes, a review is on the horizon.

So for the last couple of weeks, Lovisa had a 3 for 2 sale. I was looking for a pair of earrings to go with my dress, for a ball that I will be attending. I spotted all these other items and I couldn't resist. My earrings hunt turned into a massive accessories haul As you can see, I purchased a set of gold bangles, a couple of necklaces, a pair of crystal earrings (for my dress) and a set of studs (see below).

What really sold me on the studs were the two birds at the bottom. Below is a clearer photo of them.

I think they are absolutely beautiful and I only wished that I have blonde (instead of black) hair, so that the black feather tails would show up more when I wear them.