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Skin Care Routine – Lazy Inspiration

Aug 25, 2014 by

Ugh a proper skin care routine is something I promised I would sort out in my Lazy Inspiration list… but every time I get started I manage to do it for like 2 weeks and then seem to get side tracked… by side tracked I mean lazy. >_>

But it’s so important to take care of your skin so here I go again!

All Time Beauty Favourites- Mascara

Aug 15, 2014 by

Back to beauty favourites! I get asked a lot which make up I’m wearing and honestly most of the time it’s pretty much the same thing. I don’t change stuff up very often once I find something that really works for me. So I’ve decided to do an “All Time Beauty Favourites” series and today is mascara!

Violet’s Daily Romantic Make Up Look Photo Tutorial

Jul 23, 2014 by

Make up tutorial? It’s been so long!! I used to do a lot more make up video tutorials but they don’t really interest me as much lately because I think it’s easier to follow along with photos. So I thought I would do my basic every day look as a photo tutorial and if you guys like it maybe we’ll do some more looks :D

This is the finished look:

All Time Beauty Favourites- Lipstick

Jul 16, 2014 by

Ok, time for something fun! I get asked a lot which make up I’m wearing and honestly most of the time it’s pretty much the same thing. I don’t change stuff up very often once I find something that really works for me. So I’ve decided to do an “All Time Beauty Favourites” series and we’ll kick it off with my all time favourite thing: lipstick!



How To Make Your Own Hair Mask – Recipe

Jun 30, 2014 by

Recently I’ve been trying some more DIY beauty solutions for at home because A. it saves money and B. they are fun to make. One that I’ve been going back to a bit has been this hair mask. It sounds completely gross but it makes my hair nice and shiny!


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4 Random Beauty Products From Daiso Review

Jun 16, 2014 by

I love random beauty products and James challenged me to find some things at Daiso that I’d never tried and give them a go… so here we are!

I got just-add-water face masks, eyelid tape, cocoon scrubs and a silicon face scrub. For those of you who don’t know, Daiso is a Japanese variety store where everything costs $2.80 (or less if you’re not living in Australia >_>).

How To Do Sugar Crystal Ice Lipstick

Apr 28, 2014 by

Ok so this is tutorial which has been requested a surprising amount considering how old the photos are! We did a photo series which was themed around a snow queen where I had sugar icicle lipstick a few years ago.
Here’s a slightly warmer version…


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How To Make Your Own Lip Scrub

Feb 26, 2014 by

I’ve been looking a bit into some more DIY beauty options this year while we save up for a house. A lot of the more generic beauty treatments are really easy to make at home.

DIY Nail Polish Holder – Tutorial

Feb 19, 2014 by

Ok so I keep seeing these nail polish bottle holders for sale and while the idea is kind of useful, it just seems kind of a bit much to spend that kind of money on something that you can make in 30 seconds with a piece of wire…


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Gel Nail Polish Tutorial

Feb 3, 2014 by

Gel nail polish is my current obsession. Obviously I’m a big fan of nail art but I have also been really short on time lately so I’ve been lax on painting my nails. I hate having to remove or repaint when my polish chips so I decided to give gel polish a try.


Bright Summer Spots Nail Art Tutorial

Dec 23, 2013 by

Next in the series of lazy nail art is summer spots! I know it’s winter where most of you are but it’s fricking hot here so I want to enjoy the sun while we actually have it!



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Easy Striped Nail Art Tutorial

Dec 18, 2013 by

Another lazy nail art tutorial today! Today we’re doing the easiest way to do even stripes without having to use a striping brush.



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How To Do Simple Mermaid Nail Art – Tutorial

Dec 11, 2013 by

Yay more lazy day nail art!

This one was requested quite a bit after I posted it on instagram: Mermaid scales!



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How To Do Christmas Tree Nail Art- Tutorial

Dec 2, 2013 by

So it’s that time of year. I don’t know whether most of you guys celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, something else, nothing or like James and I: Billy Idol Day.

Anyway, let’s do some lazy Christmas tree themed nail art today!



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Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil Review -Sponsored

Oct 11, 2013 by

This post was sponsored by Garnier and SheKnows.
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After how well my last experiences with Garnier products went, I jumped at the chance to try something else from the range! When they offered to send me a bottle of Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil I was very interested as I am a big fan of hair oils.

With all of the bleaching and damage that I do to my hair, drying it out is a big concern for me so any product which can keep it healthy is very important.


So what is the idea behind the product?


10 Lazy Day Hairstyle Tutorials With RY and GHD

Sep 9, 2013 by

This post was sponsored by RY.com.au.
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I was contacted a little while ago by RY.com.au to try out some of their products and considering my hair obsession we settled on a GHD to play with!

As you guys know by now, I’m trying to make my life a bit better one tiny thing at a time in hopes that all the tiny things will add up to big things and being happier in general. As silly as it sounds, when I look good I feel a lot happier and more motivated.

In my ideal life where I’m so rich that I never have to worry about money or anything other than which beautiful gown I’ll wear that day I think I would spend a large amount of time doing my hair every morning. Unfortunately in real life, time-to-do-my-hair tends to get over run by time-doing-the-washing. So the age old problem: how to look cute without having to spend hours doing it?

So I’m taking on bad hair days with the help of RY and GHD! I came up with 10 hairstyles that can be done in less than 5 minutes, perfect for busy and lazy days!

But before we get into the hairstyles, let’s do a quick review of the GHD :D

Lottie was totally begging me to straighten out her crimps but I don’t trust her to use hot appliances without supervision.


How To Use The L’Oreal Rowenta Steam Pod Hair Straightener – Violet LeBeaux

Aug 17, 2013 by

Today I’ll show you how I use my L’Oreal Rowenta Steam Pod to get super smooth straight hair. It’s totally awesome and doesn’t damage hair as much as a traditional straightener, I love it!

FOREO LUNA Cleansing Tool Review! Mini Life Overhaul

Aug 14, 2013 by

Over the last few months I’ve been trying to change my life a bit. Nothing crazy but James and I are trying to eat a bit more healthily, treating my skin better and work in actual routines rather than just going to bed when I’m too tired to work anymore. We are even trying to exercise a bit… that’s a bit much though so baby steps!

Anyway skin care is something that I want to learn more about. I tend to get frustrated at the possibilities of allergic reactions so I put it in the “too hard” basket and don’t put in the time and effort to research things thoroughly. It’s not a great attitude to have really so I decided enough was enough, time to take better care of myself!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by FOREO to test out their new product, the LUNA Skincare Device, so I jumped at the chance! A fancy face cleansing system has been on my “to buy” list for quite a while but I had never gotten around to researching and pricing them either. I seriously need to stop being so lazy and find time for all of this stuff.


Garnier Goodbye Damage Review, Event and Competition!

Jul 27, 2013 by

A few weeks ago I was invited by the lovely ladies of Brand Meets Blog to attend an event to celebrate Garnier’s new Goodbye Damage range.

Originally I had just planned on putting the photos in a Snapshot post but after I actually used the products properly at home I really wanted to review them fully because they made such a ridiculous difference on my hair! I am alway so sceptical of hair products that make massive claims like the ability to fix split ends but this time I was really pleasantly surprised.

Garnier was nice enough to provide some products for me to giveaway as well down the bottom of the post if you want to try them!

I hadn’t been sure what to expect because Garnier’s branding is usually a little playful, I definitely hadn’t been expecting this…

Garnier Goodbye Damage - Violet


How To Dye Pink Gradient/Ombre Hair Extensions

Jun 8, 2013 by

I was sent some human hair extensions to play with by VPFashion so I set about dying them to match my actual hair colour. I ordered the lightest blonde but my hair is almost white so I needed to bleach then add the pink over the top as I do on my normal hair.

The results were very good and I had a lot of fun playing around with them. I will wear them quite often to give my hair more volume in places.

You can an $8 discount on the VPFashion site by entering violetlebeaux1031 in the “Referred By YTB Guru” option when checking out.

These clip in extensions were from vpfashion:


Hair Length – 24 inches
Hair Color – 613A# white blonde
Hair Texture – Straight(Silky)

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The dye I’m using for the pink is Paint Box Pink Moon: http://www.fudge.com/en-int/product/colour/pink/prod-key/paintbox-pink-moon

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Pink Gradient/Ombre Hair Extension Instructions!

Hello! Today I’m going to show you how I dyed my hair extensions in the same sort of pink gradient that my real hair is.
I love my hair but sometimes it’s nice to have extra length and volume so… HAIR EXTENSIONS!
I’m using human hair extensions provided by VPFashion.
These ones are #613A- White Blonde. Use the code “violetlebeaux1031″ to get $8 off your order.
Link in the description.
These extensions are great quality but the colour is just not quite right.
I used the extensions, my usual blonde dye, my pink dye, scissors, a brush, some paper and my phone as a timer.
Firstly, lay out some paper to protect your surface from the dye because it’s going to get messy!
I would think that most of you would do this in your bathroom rather than your living room so it probably wouldn’t be nessecary.
The next thing I did was mix up the bleach. Please read and follow the instructions that come with the bleach you’re using.

For the rest of the written instructions check my blog or turn on closed captions!

The Great Gatsby Inspired Hair/Make Up – 1920′s In 20 Minutes

May 31, 2013 by

This is such a fun look and really doesn’t take too long to do! I had way too much fun making this video including doing the Charleston for far longer than I actually included in the video XD

Hope you enjoyed it!

Today I was a bit inspired by the remake of The Great Gatsby so I wanted to do a look suited to that. Neither my look or the looks in the movie are particularly accurate for the time period but they sure are fun!

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Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Great Gatsby Inspired Hair/Make Up Instructions:

Hello, today we’re going to have some fun with a look inspired by the new Great Gatsby movie!
Hey besties! Hmm, that 20′s theme party is in 20 minutes! How can I get ready in time?
I’ve got it!
A cute hat and fake finger waves!
I’m a freaking genius!
Ok, let’s get started!
Separate your fringe and curl it under using whatever method you’re comfortable with.
Part your hair in the middle and then separate a piece of hair on the side.
Brush it around so it forms a wave that finishes just above your ear, then pin it in place!
Using the same section of hair, form a second wave that finished behind your ear like this. Then pin it in place!
Repeat on the other side.
Form a wave that finishes just above your ear, then pin it in place.
My hair was already curled for this but you can do this look with straight or curly hair.
This version is a way to quickly cheat at making finger waves if you have a hat handy.
A hat can cover anything!
Once you reach the back, fold all the remaining hair up and pin it to the top of your head.
This style does work better with shorter hair.
Make sure that all your pins are above the level of your hat line.
Now smooth it all down with some hairspray. You cant have a 20′s look with fly-aways!
This looks alright but just wait until you add a hat!
BAM! Super cute! And that’s how you do super quick/easy/lazy almost finger waves.
Now you just need to top off the look with some make up.
Obviously if this was a real 1920′s look you would start from scratch but this was for a last minute costume party.
The key to 20′s eye shadow is to create a darker line around your crease.
Then a darker line around your lash line as well.
Line your waterline in black and bring some of the shadow down to soften it up a little.
You don’t want a sharp wing, you’re aiming for a rounder shape.
Use lots of mascara on your top and bottom lashes.
These looks are quite bottom lash heavy and that’s how you get that doe-eyed look that was so popular back then.
Add a darker shade of lipstick and that’s it!
Now you’re ready to look out a window pining for your lost love.
Now charleston your way all over that dance floor!
I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial. Check the link in the description for more photos and other tutorials!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the Great Gatsby remake!
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How To Use Pastels For Temporary Hair Colour!

Mar 6, 2013 by

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Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

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How To Use Pastels For Temporary Hair Colour
Hope you’re having a good day it’s time for another hair tutorial.
Have you ever wondered how you could get temporary, bright, cute hair colours without having to worry about the commitment?
Oh my god I sound like an informercial.
Well there are several ways to do it but my favorite answer is using soft art pastels.
Please don’t use oil pastels for this. Oil pastels and soft pastels are not the same thing.
Soft pastels have a chalky feeling where as oil pastels are obviously really oily.
So you’re not going to get the same effect.
The pastels I’m using are from Daiso and they were $2.80.
The hardest thing about this tutorial is picking the colour.
For the actual technique, all you need to do is separate the hair you want to colour.
Put a piece of cardboard or paper under it to protect the hair underneath.
And draw the pastel on.
You can make it as bright as you want just by drawing more on. Super easy!
Before you ask, yes it does work on dark hair.
If you have dark hair you may need to apply a bit more to get the colour as bright.
Keep in mind also that artists pastels come in different grades so make sure to look for a soft pastel that is really pigmented.
Don’t forget to do the underneath and the ends as well.
So far I haven’t experienced any damage using this technique on myself or others.
If you are concerned or you’ve had hair damage in the past, I would always suggest that you go to a hairstylist and get them to look over your hair first just in case.
Once you are finished with the colour, add some hair spray to seal it in.
Then just brush it through with the rest of the hair and you’re good to go.
Afterwards you can just shampoo your hair and get rid of the colour completely.
It’s a great way to have crazy colours on the weekend if you’re working in an office or still going to school with strict dress codes.
Now that I’ve tried it with some different pinks, I think I want to try it with blues and purples.
I think that would be super cute.
I hope this was a useful video, good luck if you give it a try.
Make sure you check out the blog post linked in the description, there’s a photo tutorial there you can download as well.
And thanks so much for watching, bye!

I’m Perfection Speckled Eyeliner – Illamasqua Transformation

Feb 19, 2013 by

I’m still catching up from our weekend in Canberra so I thought it would be nice to kick off the week with a video of a Transformation I took part in for Illamasqua’s new collection. I was invited last week so I could have a look through the new collection I’MPERFECTION. The premise of this collection is to celebrate all of the things we generally try to hide as imperfections.

Here is the video we made of the day, hope you enjoy!

I could really see myself wearing the speckle eyeliner again and there’s an extremely neat 1960′s style look using the b/w combination in the brochure which I want to recreate.


Neutral Make Up?! News And Updates- Morning Make Up

Feb 14, 2013 by

I love bb cream
Coastal Scents 88 shimmer shadows
Maybelline Eyestudio- Give me gold
Tokuya brown eyeliner
Mirenesse Secret Weapon Mascara
The Face Shop: Love Me white liner
Lashes: Tokyo Wink
Illamasqua Precision Ink Liner Abyss
Chanel Lipstick- 93 Exaltee
Chanel Lipgloss- 57 Insolence .

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Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

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Neutral Eye Make Up Instructions!
It’s time for another edition of Morning Make Up where I do my make up and we chat!
And today we’re doing something a little bit different, well different for me anyway: Neutrals!
These are the products and brushes that I’m using today.
Starting of course, with your regular foundation routine.
Today I wore a bronze neutral look so let’s get started!
Clip your hair back. There’s a tutorial on my blog on how to make this particular little velcro clippy.
Apply a nice thick coat of mascara.
Those of you who are observant will probably notice that things are a little bit different in this video.
But let’s get to the make up first.
I’m using a white shimmer pencil just as a highlighter under the brows then smudging it out with a finger.
Then I’m just going to seal it in with a little bit of white shadow.
So what do you guys think of the new set up?
Now that I’ve given the whole house a make over, it seemed a shame not to use it!
I’m giving the whole lid a wash with some light gold shadow here to act as a base for all of the other shadows.
So I’m ditching the backdrop for now and we’re going to try some more tutorials here.
This set up is definitely a little bit different from my old one but hopefully it’s an improvement!
Next I’m using some darker bronze just to give some depth to the outer corner.
I’m applying it in a pointed “C” shape.

Turn on captions or visit my blog for a full transcript.

Snowflake Nailart and Simple Every Day Make Up

Dec 24, 2012 by

Today’s Morning Make Up is simple and good for every day looks. It’s basically my go to style which involves minimal effort. I love looking good but I’m so lazy in the mornings XD

It’s still Winter in my mind so here’s another very basic nail video featuring some snowflakes!

Wigs, Hair Extensions and Ponytails Oh My! December Vlogs Day 17

Morning Make Up Live! December Vlogs day 18

Making Billy Idol Day Cards With Lottie! December vlogs day

Why Do We Suck At Shopping This Year? December vlogs day 20

Blow Dry Bar, Packages and Gongcha Opening! December Vlogs Day 21!

The Longest Line Ever- December Vlogs Day 22

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Simple Snowflakes Winter Nail Art

Dec 19, 2012 by

Here’s some extremely basic snowflake nailart. I really need to get better lighting for these videos. This one’s not really a full tutorial but I’ve been filming what I do with my nails as I grow them out slowly! .

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She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

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Snowflake nail art instructions.
Today I’ll show you how I do some very simple snowflake nail art.
Start by painting a base coat alternating fingers in silver and light blue.
The light blue I had was very plain so I added a sparklier coat to it too.
Using a nail pen or thing brush, paint white snow flakes randomly all over the nails.
Each snow flake is made up of 3 lines crossing over in the middle with arrows on the end and arrows between the stems.
Make sure to keep the lines quite thin or else it will be hard to tell what the snowflake actually is.
You can alternate the designs slightly on each fingers to keep it interesting.
I gave some of the snowflakes extra crosses and some of them had little hearts on the end, all kinds of things like that.
Once it’s completely dry, give everything a nice top coat.
Don’s press too hard or the snowflakes might run a bit.
These snowflakes make a perfect winter manicure.
Or if you’re like me, and you’re somewhere that it’s extremely Summery at the moment, you can use them to dream about next Winter.
Hope this was a useful video, please check out the blog post linked in the description for more information and tutorials.
Thanks so much for watching!

Dolly Wink Lashes Finally!

Dec 18, 2012 by


After what seems like a very long time I finally managed to try out Dolly Wink lashes. They were given to me by my lovely friend Glo-w who sent the cutest care package. Considering they retail here for $30+ I was really apprehensive!

Simple Everyday Style – Morning Make Up

Dec 16, 2012 by

A new segment I’m trying out where in I show my morning make up routine for various days and chat about what I’m doing that day. Not really a tutorial, more of a random girly chat while we get ready together in the bathroom ;)

Today’s style features my simple every day style. It’s no fuss and goes well when I want that extra 10 minutes sleep in :D .

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A blog and Youtube channel about a girl and her quest to make everything sparkle. New craft, hair and beauty tutorials every week!

Violet LeBeaux spends most of her time trying to think of ways to make life prettier, posting said ways on her blog and drinking very strong tea. She writes about big hair cute things, girly fashion, beauty finds, sometimes Hime Gyaru fashion (姫ギャル) and crafty tutorials.

She lives with her adorable boyfriend Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected]
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Mail: PO BOX 372, Collins St West, VIC 8007, Australia


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Morning Make Up Instructions

Welcome to another edition of Morning Make Up where I do my make up and we chat.
Today’s look is simple for everyday.
I’m up early today because both James’ and my parents are visiting.
Foundation first as usual though.
A little highlighter under the brow and a wash of champagne shimmer over the whole lid.
I’m totally not a morning person!
Then a dot of white in the middle of the eye.
It takes me a good couple of hours to get my brain away even with tea.
A tiny bit of pale pink on the outer corner next to give some definition.
I tend to go to bed very late though so it kind of makes up for sleeping in… so I keep telling myself anyway!
I’m pretty sure that if I keep telling myself that enough it’s true right?
Blending it all together!
Today we’re taking James and my parents around Melbourne.
Mascara next!
James’ Dad is a huge Collingwood supporter so they are going to go catch a game too.
I don’t have a football team which is very un-Melbourne of me.
Some thin liquid liner with a wing.
While they’re out I think the rest of us will find somewhere nice to eat!
Today I was awake enough to put on some lashes but if I’m too sleepy I won’t bother.
I’m really bad at being a tour guide though, I never know where to take visitors.
We usually just take people to the same places over and over again.
It’s kind of boring, you know… so here’s our McDonalds…
A little blush to make me look more awake!
I think we’ll probably just end up at the claw machines.
Add some lippy and I’m all done!
We’ve lived here for 2 years and I still don’t know where anything is it’s kind of sad.
And we’re all done.
It’s pretty but it’s still quite subtle.
I hope this was a useful video, please check out the blog post linked in the description for more information and tutorials.
Thanks so much for watching!

Peach Eye Make Up and 4 Fun Fringe Styles

Dec 10, 2012 by

In the spirit of trying some new things I decided to give the peach colours from my 88 palette a spin :D Morning Make Up with peach!

I started off making a video on my tips for keeping your fringe nice in Melbourne’s insane weather and instead I got a bit carried away and did a video with 4 fringe styles XD

Time for the vlogs!

Day 7- Photoshoot!

Day 8- Walking Lottie!

Day 9- Shopping and Heatwave!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

Using a Crimper For Volume and Lazy Day Make Up

Nov 26, 2012 by

It’s really starting to warm up here. The hotter it gets, the lazier I get XD

Inspired by that, here is my ultimate lazy day make up!

And in another lazy-ish style, here’s how I use a crimper to get some volume at the top of my head. It’s easy and it lasts really well. Good alternative to teasing for simple styles!

And as if that wasn’t enough, here’s the laziest vlog ever :D We went to Werribee Open Range Zoo so here are some super cute animals! You know how much I love Meerkats!

And here’s two Lottie videos because I love seeing her as a puppy like this!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

High Messy Bun Tutorial and Red and Black Eye Make Up

Nov 12, 2012 by

It’s round up day today!

I have another matching set of videos. This time it’s the look I used when we filmed at the ocean. First is the Morning Make Up video featuring the red and black eye look. It’s nice and dark and quite versatile!

Then the hair style tutorial from the same look. I do love matching sets! The hair for this look is a big messy high bun.

Lastly, every year James and his brother Kris have an arm wrestling competition. It’s full of brotherly smack talk XD Enjoy!

Hope you all had a good weekend! ^_^

How To Make Your Own Reusable Make Up Pads

Oct 23, 2012 by

In an effort to cut some costs around the house and put more money into our house savings account I’ve been looking at all the little things to see where I can save some money.


Illamasqua Precision Ink Eyeliner Review – All Time Favorites

Oct 9, 2012 by

It’s been a long time since I’ve done any make up reviews here but I want to start sharing my all time favorite products. I’m saving reviews for stuff I’m just testing for the Beauty Review area of the website but things I love and use every day are going to go here so I can share them properly.

I started using liquid eyeliners recently because they’re a lot more convenient than my beloved gel liners to travel with and keep in my handbag. I wanted to find the ultimate liner, something that stayed on perfectly, didn’t smudge or take forever to dry.

My plan for this post was to test out 5-10 liners and put them in an Iron Chef style showdown. There was going to be a proper battle and everything where I duelled with myself to find the ultimate winner.

Then I tested the first one I was sent and realised that I didn’t need to keep looking because it ticked everything on my check list >_< Yay?

I guess I’ll be saving my Ultimate Iron Chef Make Up Battle for something else then XD


Cleaning Your Make Up Brushes With Baking Soda

Jul 11, 2012 by

I hate cleaning make up brushes. Well I hate cleaning most things, but I’m especially lazy when it comes to make up brushes. It’s such an important thing but it takes so long to properly clean them >_<

So this is the method I use when I’m doing a proper clean.

I use baking soda for cleaning brushes that have been used with just powder and a little mild shampoo for those used with foundations or anything liquidy. I’ve been wanting to try the vinegar method for that too so it’s on the shopping list.


Pretty Serious Cosmetics Review

May 17, 2012 by

I love when good people’s hard work pays off. This is one of those times, I’ve known Kaz from her blog Pretty Random online for years and she is so nice, her posts are hilarious and she does awesome nail polish swatches. Anyway fast forward to a while ago and she announced that she was going to be launching her own line of cosmetics. A cosmetics line which took her massive amount of knowledge from testing other people’s products into account. She and I have very similar taste when it comes to polish so it was at that point that the drool started forming on the side of my mouth.

Then she started posting swatches of her samples and I was so excited that I started throwing money at my computer screen and hoping some of that glittery goodness would magically appear on my desk. Funnily enough with her store not open yet that didn’t work XD However she did contact me a few weeks ago and offer to send some samples over for me to try so YAY that!

This is what arrived in my post box from Pretty Serious Cosmetics:


Hello Kitty Cosmetics Competition And Review- CLOSED!

Apr 11, 2012 by

Limited edition Hello Kitty make up? Oh yes please. After my last review of the Hello Kitty range (cough and seeing my sizable collection of it) their PR department was lovely enough to send me some of the new limited edition items that are out this month and offer some prize packs for you guys!


Review first then competition details at the end :D

First up the limited edition items starting with the compact mirror.


It came in a little protective bag which was a nice touch. It’s light black plastic with a slightly shiny finish. The Hello Kitty print on the front is made from silver hologram which has a rainbow finish in the sun. It’s quite subtle but very cute.


Snapshots- Tsumiki Design Hair Salon

Mar 10, 2012 by

Last weekend I was invited to visit a Japanese hair and nail salon in Prahran called Tsumiki Design. I’ve decided not to go to many events this year because I want to focus more on crafting and having time for James and myself but when I got the invitation for the Tsumiki event I couldn’t RSVP fast enough… a Japanese salon!? With stylists specialising in Japanese techniques!? And Japanese nail art!? YES PLEASE!

I’d honestly given up looking for a place like this in Aus a long time ago after several bad experiences but I always get my hopes up when something new hair or nail related comes up so my brain said full steam ahead :D

How to Depot Eyeshadow With a Hair Straightener and Unii Palette

Jan 9, 2012 by

One of my Christmas presents this year from the awesome Fables in Fashion was this awesome Unii magnetic palette. So the other day I set about consolidating some of my favorite eyeshadows into an ultimate travel palette!

This time I used the hair straightener method and here’s the way I did it.

First I collected all of my shadows and worked out exactly how many I could fit in.

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Faux Bob Hairstyle For Long Hair Photo Tutorial

Dec 22, 2011 by

First up today an update on the Bunny store. Unfortunately I’ve had to push the launch back a while as currently the shipping quotes I’ve gotten are quite high. Aus Post have quoted $11.55 for non-registered overseas airmail which I think is quite high when you add that to the cost of the little Bergamots. So I’m looking at other options and possibly having them made somewhere else and shipped there to keep the costs down. I’m not sure at the moment but I’m still working on it and looking into other options because I don’t think there’s much point putting them up if most of you guys can’t afford them *_* So short story is that the launch will be pushed back into the new year but will still be happening! Let me know if you have any suggestions.

In the mean time here’s a hair tutorial.

Ages ago I did a little video tutorial on making a faux bob hair style for long hair, I promised a follow up photo version and here it is!



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Outfit Of The Day ^_^ Pink Bows

Dec 20, 2011 by

Time for some outfits and make up!

Let’s start with some make up, this was what I wore to the Melbourne Youtube Partners meeting. I have lots of photos from that for the next snapshots post and it was so interesting getting to know some of the other Australian Youtubers.

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I’ve been loving having my hair curled like this and I’m completely obsessed with usamimis again.

18 Days of V-Logs, Bunnies and Reviews

Dec 19, 2011 by

Long time no round up! I didn’t even realise it was Christmas this weekend, where on earth has December gone?! I haven’t even started getting presents yet… FAIL! Lots of crafting this week though to make up for it :D

And I’ve almost finished making the basic hime gyaru dress for the tutorial you guys have been asking about for years now… so hurrah!

A lot of people have asked if I will be selling the little Bergamot bunnies. The answer is YES. I am hand sewing the first few batches and that takes time. The first lot will go up for sale on Wednesday (my time) and there will be 11 of them. So if you want one keep an eye out for the announcement here. They take quite a bit of time to make so I’m not sure how long it will be between batches at the moment.

Obviously I won’t be able to post them in time for Christmas (unless you’re in Melbourne and want to arrange pick up) but this lot will come with a downloadable form which you can print and give on Christmas if you’re buying as a present for someone.

Depending on the demand I may open a pre-ordering system for the next batch but I’m not sure on that yet, any suggestions or requests are welcome!

Even though I haven’t been updating daily here (which is going to change now we’ve got the net back) I have been doing my daily V-Logs. I have 18 days  up and running so far, I think we left off last time at day 5 so here’s the rest so far including lots of scenic views of our trip to Queensland! Hopefully you guys enjoy James and I arguing and making fun of each other because there’s a lot of that!

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Also here are all of the beauty reviews that went up while I was away:

Right! I think that’s enough from me for now, I have to run to the post office and see if I can express some presents *_* I may just give up and send them all next week so I have more time to make them thoughtful.

Sleek French Twist Hair Tutorial

Dec 16, 2011 by

WOOHOO INTERNET AGAIN! Uploading a bunch of videos and things as I type this and seeing as all of my scheduled posts didn’t actually go live while I was away I’ve got plenty of stuff to post :D I’m too happy to even rant about the crappy TPG service. Saving that rant for later ;)

So let’s start with a hair tutorial!

Back when I did a tutorial on making this lace and learn hair comb a lot of comments were asking for a hair tutorial on the style.


I did a video tutorial on it already over here but for those who can’t watch or prefer photos here’s one of those too ^_^

Vanity Box PeriPera BB Cream Review

Dec 7, 2011 by

As promised yesterday another review from Vanity Box! This time it’s including my now all time favorite bb cream.

This is the group of products that Kean sent me. They’ve just added the brand Peripera to the site and I’d heard a little about it before but not enough to have an opinion.


How To Colour Synthetic Hair Extensions

Oct 27, 2011 by

So yesterday I talked about dyeing real hair, today it’s about synthetic! I seem to have a problem accumulating hair extensions… but they never actually match my hair colour >_< For example recently I was part of a test group for some Lady Jane extensions but none of them matched my hair at all. So for years I’ve been searching for a way to dye synthetic extensions different colours. Everywhere I looked said that it wasn’t possible because synthetic hair isn’t poreous like real hair so dye doesn’t take… you know what does take though?


My New Pink Hair Dye Routine and Paint Box Dye Review

Oct 26, 2011 by

So as I’ve mentioned here before, my Wakk Stain pink dye was discontinued so I had to switch. The brand I switched to was Paintbox which is made by Fudge. I’ve been using the “Pretty Flamingo” pink to trial different types and techniques to find what was the best replacement. In fact when I decided to keep using it I may have panicked slightly and bought several tubes just in case *it* was discontinued too because that’s the kind of luck I’ve been having lately!

I coincidentally met the PR rep for the company at the Secrets Shh event and apparently they had been sending my photo around their office because they liked my hair so much XD She offered to send a couple of the other colours for me to try out and that was how I came to my new gradient routine!

So these are the colours which arrived in my mail box, left to right: Whiter Shade of Pale, Pink Moon, Gold Finger, Pretty Flamino (which I was already using).

Pink Gradient Hair Paintbox Dye Review

And this is my result using them all:

Pink Gradient Hair Paintbox Dye Review

Groomy Travel Set Review And Tetris Packing

Oct 16, 2011 by

I’ve travelled domestically more this year than since I was a kid but unfortunately none of it has been for holidays >_< The plus side of this is that because we don’t have any large luggage I’m now adept at packing several days worth of stuff into an overnight bag haha!

I posted years ago about traveling in style but I never got around to doing the packing follow up. Well here’s how I packed for the 3 day IMATS trip :D

You can see the overnight bag we took in the top left and then my handbag and James’ camera equipment bag at the bottom left.


Make Up Organisation – My Vanity

Oct 11, 2011 by

How many times can I re-organise this table? Well apparently several >_< I just can’t settle with a design that is practical and still pretty so I keep redoing it every time it gets messy. I promised to show it next time I finished reorganising so here it is!

One of my next projects is to recover the stool, that fabric is so worn >_<


IMATS Sydney and ABBW V-Log and Rundown!

Oct 4, 2011 by

Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend and International Make Up Artist Trade Show
Now there a hell of a lot of ABBW/IMATS posts going up, with 85 bloggers attending it’s not surprising. Everyone has already done the hauls, goody bags, event run downs much better than I could so rather than that I’m just going to tell you about our weekend snapshots style and show what we actually got up to. Enjoy ^_^
For an overview of the whole weekend crammed into a video here’s my V-Log from the event and do keep reading for the longer and much more anecdotal photo version below ^_^ Seriously, it’s a massive post because I’m cramming 3 really busy days in here so you’ve been warned!
It’s been a really long week. Last weekend James and I visited Sydney for the second time and it was just as busy and stressful as the last time we were there on our relocation drive to Melbourne. This time we were there for the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend to visit the International Make Up Artist Trade Show. James and I had quite a bit of debating leading up to the event as to whether we would be going because of the costs, over the last few months almost every single piece of important work technical equipment we own broke: my computer (fan broke), his computer ( power supply literally exploded), his camera (mirror thing shuddering) and the list goes on. It was very expensive having to replace everything and considering we have never actually just taken a non- work holiday/trip in the entire time we’ve been together (we have always been trying to save for a house) I really wasn’t sure I wanted to spent our savings on something else work related. But the time came, some things beyond our control happened, favors were begged, borrowed and given and things were booked. So off to the airport we went last Friday.

KMS Styling Range Review

Sep 28, 2011 by

So far all of my experiences with KMS California have been really positive so when their PR rep offered to send me the new improved range I was pretty excited. New and improved is a always a little nerve racking when you love a product range, I can’t tell you how many times I have products I love then the company “improves” them and they just start sucking.

Funnily enough this time they actually took on board some of my feedback and gave the ugly plain packaging a make over! Seriously my biggest complaints with the products I’ve reviewed from KMS was that even though they are in the higher price range, the packaging and design didn’t reflect that. They’ve been given a complete make over and now have bright and prettier packaging.

So I was sent 5 items (and received one more in the bags from ABBW which I’ll review later), here are my thoughts.

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IMATS Sydney And ABBW Here We Come!

Sep 23, 2011 by

We’re off, I’m hoping to try to update from the hotel while we’re away but if not feel free to check out my mobile Cuties blog because I’ll be posting photos there as I go and as per usual the most recent 5 will show up in this post  below ^_^

As I mentioned the other day I’m going to be making V-Logs there as well as interviewing as many people as possible so let me know if you want to see anything specific. Otherwise bring on the make up and beauty fun! Hope you all have a fun weekend too!


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Kiehls Beauty Review

Sep 14, 2011 by

A while ago I went to an event to celebrate the Kiehls price drop here in Aus. The idea is that they finally move prices into line (roughly) with the rest of the world’s prices. Yay that! So I was given a couple of items in a gift bag and here is my review of them.

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So this is a huge bottle. HUGE. It’s the kind of thing you could knock someone out with. If you were going to try this I would suggest going for the small version for $10 to see if you actually like it because I have no idea how I’m going to use all this lotion XD

It smells like standard moisturiser and is really thick. It leaves the skin silky and smooth but I don’t like to use it on my hands because it’s a little slippery afterwards. Feels nice on legs though. So it’s a very nice lotion but there was nothing about it that made me excited, it’s just a standard good lotion. Nothing bad about it but for some reason there are just a lot of other lotions I reach for first before this for some reason.

Khiels Review

Brand: Kiehls

Product: Lip Balm #1 in coconut

Price: $12


I actually really hate things that are coconut scented but I found this really growing on me. It’s hard to describe but it’s kind of sweeter than coconut scents usually are. You don’t need much at all to coat your lips and it feels very moisturising. After reading so many rave reviews on what a life saver this balm is I was quite apprehensive about it and while it didn’t disappoint I don’t think I’m a raving fangirl here either. It absorbed into my lips quite quickly but the soft feeling didn’t last long so I felt myself reaching it for it much more often that the balm I was using before it. After using several times a day the last few months I haven’t seen long term effects. It’s been nice to use, the price is great and I would definitely give it as gifts to my beauty loving friends!

Khiels Review

Brand: Kiehls

Product: Acai Damage Correcting Moisturiser  

Price: $68


This moisturiser has been a lifesaver for me. When I think of Acai berries, I think of those terrible weight loss infomercials so I was pretty sceptical when I started using it. It’s billed as being able to smooth and even skin tone and for me it worked really well. The pump bottle is great because none of it is wasted and it makes application nice and easy. When I had allergic reactions to other products I applied this to soothe it and the blotchiness that usually hangs around for days was gone overnight, my skin felt less dry and more moisturised. It felt softer and smooth. I don’t think it’s a miracle cream by any means but it works well for my skin type. The one drawback I have is the price, even with the price drop it’s still 1/3rd more than the US version which while I understand that we have higher minimum wage etc still sucks. At $68 for quite a small bottle if I had infinite money I would definitely repurchase but in reality I’m rationing it so it lasts as long as possible ;) This is one of the examples where I think a higher end product is worth the extra money though.



So while not everything was for me there were no major negatives. 2 products that I liked and one that I loved. I think these particular ones were a good introduction to the brand in general and I would definitely head back to Kiehls to check out other products whether they are out of my budget or not. Definitely worth a look, especially the last one!

Clinique 3 Step Skin Care System Review

Sep 4, 2011 by

Since moving to Melbourne I’ve had problems with dry skin. The air here is really dry compared to Queensland, honestly going back to Brisbane was like walking into a sauna >_<

Clinique 3 Step Review

Clinique’s PR rep offered to send me their 3 step kit to see if it made a difference to my skin. I haven’t tried Clinique’s skin care before even though I’ve heard a lot about them so I was pretty interested to see how it performed. To be honest I always thought that they would be out of my price range so I didn’t give them much of a look over XD I was sent the #1 pack for dry skin and used it for a couple of weeks to test, it certainly was a mixed bag!

Temporary Colour For Dark Hair – Illamasqua Pigment

Aug 30, 2011 by

So remember when I did that post on using Illamasqua cream pigments as temporary hair colour? Well there were a heap of comments wondering if it would work on dark hair…

Well I managed to coerce Celeste into being my guinea pig and giving it a try out, here are our results!

So in short the answer is YES! It is indeed opaque enough to be used on dark/black hair. The main difference is that I had to pay more attention to where I was putting it so it didn’t get everywhere, mistakes show up more easily. The colour was just as vibrant on dark hair, though we didn’t leave it to dry long enough before I used the straightener on her fringe so some of it wiped off. So the lesson is don’t be impatient like me!

Hope that answers all of your questions :D It was a fun experiment!

You can see Celeste’s post over here.

Violet’s First V-Log: The Adelaide Beauty Conference

Aug 23, 2011 by

Well if you followed me on Twitter you would probably have guessed where I was the weekend before last: the Adelaide Beauty Conference! I’ve done my first V-Log at the end of the post too so enjoy!

I was flown up to be the special guest speaker and also to provide a nail art demonstration. James was the photographer for the day too so credit to him for all of these pictures.

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Inspired Nails Nailart Decals and Custom Nails Review

Aug 18, 2011 by

I know after seeing my monogrammed nails last week quite a few of you were waiting for this review so here it is :D


I think it’s pretty obvious that I love nail art and when Eileen from Inspired Nails contacted me to get some feedback on her new products I was all for being guinea pig :D When that sentence included “custom designed with your logo” I almost had a heart attack with excitement! Stamp something else I own with my monogram? YES PLEASE! We chatted ideas for a while and eventually we came up with some designs together. Did I mention that Eileen is actually a long time reader here so everyone say hello!

This post is a mishmash of reviews, tutorials and discount codes so please enjoy ^_^

She even included chocolates (not pictured because I ate them mwahahaha) and some little flowers from her craft stash! So let’s break this review up into the different products: Custom full cover false nails, black/white decals and colour decals.

Inspired Nails Review


First up the full cover nails!

Inspired Nails offers a bunch of very pretty designs on their site but what’s more exciting to me is the option to design your own nails and have them specially printed for just US$12. Considering that most regular decent quality sets will set you back at least $15 here I think the price is really good because you can get anything you want printed and it’s cheap enough that you could just get them done for a special event. Some of the suggestions on the site are for corporate logos, photos and pets but I think the best use would be custom matching blog nails for events! I’m a bit biased though haha ;)


So what you get is 20 nails in 10 sizes, the design is printed directly on to the nails and top coated before being sent off. You apply like any other false nail, give it another top coat and you’re good to go.


I received 3 set of nails: pink leopard print with my logo and two of my custom logo design at difference opacities. I submitted my design and she printed several test sets to make sure that the opacity and colours were right which I thought was a really nice touch.

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I know with most printers if you submit something and it doesn’t work out first time the response is “sucks to be you” so I was really impressed that she took the time to work with me until we were both 100% happy with the results. I think that’s the difference with working with someone who clearly has a real passion for what they do!

Inspired Nails Review


Quality wise the nails are on the thicker side but still flexible. I found them easy to file and cut to shape (they only come in square tips at the moment) but they didn’t splinter or shatter like cheap nails. Very close up you can see the individual ink spots from the printer but unless you’re looking at it 3cm infront of your eyes I don’t think anyone is ever going to notice.

One think I would watch out for in application is that because they are printed on a white base when you file or cut the ends you need to be very careful the angle you do it on otherwise the white base can show up on the tips. If that happens just paint over the tips with a matching polish colour.

In case you were wondering how I apply my nails here is a short video ^_^

Black and white decals!

I love these, they were hands down my favorite thing in the package. These are not those thick vinylish decals that I’ve reviewed before, think of these as like temporary tattoos but for your nails. That’s the best way I can think to describe them!

Inspired Nails Review

To apply them you cut out the one you want, dip in water till it’s soaked, slide off the decal and press it onto the nail. Smooth it and add a top coat and that’s it. I love these because #1 they look fantastic when you use the right polish underneath but #2 you don’t need to be a genius to apply them.


These are FANTASTIC for girls who want extra pop on their nails but don’t have the time or patience to sit and paint something themselves. These black and white sets range between $3-10 and the full cover sets come with 24 while the smaller ones like the comic book designs come with 82 in various sizes. For me I think that’s awesome value too because you can again get completely custom designs.

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These are the nails that I used my custom monogram ones on for the Adelaide Beauty Conference, so cute! I gave the girls a quick run down on using these while I was there too XD


With these I would really suggest using them over a medium to light base colour and over the top of glitters they just look AMAZING. Glitter leopard print for the win and the fact that you can change up the base colour for different designs makes them very versatile. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about these and I know I’m going to be ordering a whole lot of other designs too.


And in case you were wondering, here is a quick tutorial I made on how to apply them :D

The Inspired Nails website also has a bunch of tutorials and tips on application so if you get stuck check that out.

Full Colour Decals!

Ok last but not least Eileen sent me a second package with her newly arrived full colour decals and I tested them out last night. These ones are a new product and I found them a little bit more tricky to get the hang of than the b/w ones.


I was sent cupcake ones, Alice in Wonderland ones and also some more of my monogram but in colour. I tried out the monograms and the full cover cupcakes and these were my results.


Eileen gave me some tips on the application because while these ones are still thin they are a bit thicker than the b/w versions.

One quick tip with the color decals because the film is slightly different.  Let them dry for a few seconds on a paper towel after you separate them from the backing. Place a drop or two of ordinary rubbing alcohol on your nail and then apply the decal. The alcohol will adhere the decal to your nail and allow you to smooth it out and press it in place before you apply the topcoat. It also makes the decal a little flexible so you won’t have any tearing when you apply the topcoat. However, you can’t “slide” the decal around on your nail if you use the alcohol method.  Rubbing alcohol is also called surgical spirit, isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol. Our new packaging will include an alcohol soaked pad with the decals.

This is the monogram on a plain white nail base:


So I gave them a try, once with and once without the alcohol and I would definitely suggest using it to soften them up, without it they go on the nail fine but they like to spring back against the curve of the nail and so while drying mine tore a little bit. With the alcohol I found them to work like a dream and they applied almost as easily and the b/w version.

Full cover cupcake on a pink base:


One more thing to keep in mind is that these ones are opaque all over if you don’t top coat them so a white background can be seen if you don’t use a topcoat (which you really should be doing anyway). The photo below has half topcoated and half not so you can see what I mean:


Still the possibilities with these really excite me because I am imagining using them as a base while adding some diamantes and points of interest over the top. Much quicker than hand painting!

The end result here after top coating was really slick and pretty.

So verdict?

There wasn’t anything in the package that I wouldn’t recommend. The custom full cover nails are good quality and a really cool accessory to have. The designs up there that they’ve done themselves look really beautiful (go check out the Van Gough Starry Night nails and the pink leopard print French tips with diamantes especially!) and there is a good variety of both designs and products to choose from.

The colour decals are pretty awesome too and I can see them as being a great way for people with not much time/skill to have awesome show stopping nails. They are a bit more complex to use but I still think that a beginner could manage it and there are enough extras included in a pack that even if you make a few mistakes you’re not going to run out!

The show stopper, in my opinion, of the group had to be the black and white decals though. Perfect texture, perfect finish, great usability and I think I could put them on in my sleep and still get a great result. They are very forgiving to mistakes so perfect for beginners and are so versatile that I can’t see myself getting bored with them any time in the foreseeable future. The prices are very reasonable considering the volumes and still much cheaper than other places I’ve seen.


Now what you’ve all been waiting for DISCOUNT CODE!!!

Being a reader herself, Eileen was kind enough to extend an awesome offer to you guys a great discount ^_^

Just type in  VIOLET15  when you check out to get  15% off your entire purchase, excluding shipping costs.  One use per customer.  Expires December 31, 2011

I know a couple of the girls I spoke to were concerned about the shipping costs between the USA and here so here’s a word on that too, they use real-time shipping calculator so there’s no minimum charge rubbish, it’s actually worked out along the way so according to Eileen 1 set of nails to Aus is around US$5 and my whole box of stuff (including lots of chocolate) was under US$7. So even with that added on it still makes it worth it in my opinion.

Go check out Inspired Nails

Hope you enjoyed the review/tutorials/photos/discount code, I can’t want to think up more ways to use my monogram decals :D

Current Favorite Lip Combination and Priceline Charity

Aug 17, 2011 by

At ABC the other day someone asked about my lip colour and I couldn’t remember the combination to tell them >_< Now I can’t remember who asked so if it was you let me know and I’ll update, sorry my memory is so bad!!

I’ve been preferring bright colours lately so I’ve gone back to the sparkly pinks I used to wear. My current favorite base colour is the L’Oreal Colour Riche Intense in Sparkling Amethyst. It’s creamy, stays on well and very sparkly!


How To Make Your Own False Lashes Tutorial

Aug 15, 2011 by

Eyelashes, I love them. I love them in all shapes and forms, crazy or little I don’t care, I just love them :D and you all know I like making things… so of course it follows I wanted to make my own lashes!

For my first attempt I went for something crazy, long and spindly, now that I’ve got the hang of it I want to make so many other kinds too! The result…

Make Your Own False Eyelashes

Top 10 Beauty Picks Under $5

Aug 9, 2011 by

I think it’s a myth that to get the best beauty stuff you need to spent a lot of money, a lot of my top 10 favorite products of all time cost under $5. Considering the general beauty prices here that’s not bad haha XD

So without further ado I present you….

My favorite beauty picks under $5

Top Beauty Picks Under $5

Outfit Of The Day and Make Up Post!

Jul 22, 2011 by

Funnily enough this is the only actual outfit in this outfit post XD I don’t know how this happened but apparently I only took make up photos over the last few weeks, not outfit ones >_<

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This was a more colourful experiment that I tried out for the second time to meet up with my friend Alice for tea.

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She said it reminded her of a fairy and I’m inclined to agree ^_^

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I’m still refining this a bit and seeing whether it looks best with lower mascara or not but I think it’s a really nice look.Violet LeBeaux_One Day In Paradise_024

Tutorial on this has been requested so once I get it right I’ll make one ^_^Violet LeBeaux_One Day In Paradise_026

LAstly the whole lower mascara/eyeliner has lead me to some fun experiments

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This looks is a lot more grungy and much darker than I’m used to wearing but James really liked it XD

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He had a bunch of new lighting that he needed to test so I was the stand in model again >_<

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These last two photos are crappy phone pictures taken from my mobile blog to show some more of the bottom lash experiments I’ve been doing. This one uses little corner bottom falsies that I think I really like.


And this one is just to show that I do actually have lower lashes, I didn’t even know they existed because they’re blonde!

So what do you all think, are you a fan of lower lashes or do you prefer to do your top ones only? Do you guys have tips for applying bottom mascara without stabbing yourself in the eye/making a big mess?


Vanity Box Review pt.2- Ameli Make Up

Jul 18, 2011 by

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Following on from the Vanity Box review I did on the clothing and accessories last Friday, today’s review is all about the make up products they sent me.

Long Hair Faux Bob Hair Style Tutorial ^_^

Jul 12, 2011 by

There have been quite a few requests for hair tutorials lately so I thought I would give doing a video one by myself a try :D

Recently I’ve been really missing my short hair, I’ve had it long for a few years now and I usually get to a point that I’m so sick of it I chop it all short again. This time I don’t want to get rid of it because I love the length and the pink parts so I’m experimenting with various ways to fake it.

This style is good for Summer because it keeps hair away from your neck and shoulders. Or you know, just good for people like me who get bored with their hair easily!

Do take a look because it’s got the new theme song (and girl with the lashes at the end!) and it’s a completely new editing style for me. I’m still improving in making videos (especially my lighting set up, James worked out how to make it so much better since I recorded this one) so any suggestions are appreciated!  Also do let me know if you prefer to have tutorials like this in photo or video form. Ideally I would like to do both photo and video version fo everything but it can be quite time consuming so I might just do one at a time for now and redo them in the other form later. I made Youtube partner last week and now I’m getting the hang of doing more editing etc so I’m all excited about doing videos hahaha!

Anyway enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed it and it was a bit useful!

MOR Cosmetics Review and Mecca Maxima Opening

Jul 9, 2011 by

As you all probably know by know by now MOR is one of my favorite brands :D When I heard they were going to be stocked at one of my favorite make up stores Mecca Maxima I was very happy! When the lovely PR agent Sarah invited me down to come and look at everything it took me about a nanosecond to accept. Smelling a lot of pretty things? YES PLEASE! By the time she mentioned the possibility of cupcakes I was half way out the door ;)

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How To Do A Double Bun Hairstyle Video

Jul 4, 2011 by

This week is shaping up to be a week full of videos I think! Today is the last video Celeste and I made before I upgraded all my lighting so be prepared for awesomeness to come ^_^ I’ve finally finished my crochet bunny tutorial with the video too so that will be up mid week YAY! I really can’t wait to post some of the ones I’ve been working on because the quality is finally something I’m happy about XD

Buuuut back on topic. Today’s video with Celeste is all about the double hair buns. I did a tutorial on double buns quite a while ago but again somethings are easier to understand in video so hopefully this is helpful.

Again imagine this conversation going on:

Violet: I really like this style on you.

Celeste: You think? I bet if James had hair you would play with it all the time.

Violet: Yeah  but I imagine he would shave it just to avoid me doing this to him!

Celeste: You’ve just got to catch him while he’s sleeping and glue a wig on!

Violet: Ooooh that’s not a bad idea!

Celeste: Hime-wig-James!!!

Violet: Double bun James!!

James: *silently plans to return to Russia and never come back*

In case all of you were wondering as much as I was… this is what double bun James would look like mwahahahaha!

Head over to Celeste’s post to see the nice photos!

Hope the video was a bit useful and everyone had a good weekend! Looking forward to putting up the crochet tutorial :D

Temporary Purple Hair Colour with Illamasqua Cream Pigment

Jun 21, 2011 by

You know me, I love colorful hair. I love unnatural hair and I love being able to change my hair on a whim, that’s why I love hair pieces and wigs etc. That’s why when I was a kid in the 90′s/early 2000′s (is that even a word? I refuse to call them the naught-ies) I fell victim to hair mascara and 3 wash colours. In primary school I developed an obsession with blue/red/purple streaks and if it hadn’t been for the uniform rules at school I would have gotten them! The first time I dyed my hair I did it bright red and from there I never looked back. My favorite at the time was bright red with around 3 inches of blonde at the bottoms, I loved it so much!

So fast forward to around a month ago when we met the Illamasqua creator Jullian Kynaston and he told me something interesting… Part of Illamasqua’s idea is that Make up should be for everyone and why should it stop at the edge of your face. In fact he told me that the Illamasqua cream pigments could be used on hair too. I actually squeed… it was a bit embarrassing.

I’ve had visions of purple streaks to compliment my pink for a while and I had a pot of Daub in my draw that they sent waiting for review so I was pretty damn excited to try the idea out!!

This is my result…

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Section the parts of hair I wanted purple, put a piece of toilet paper underneath…

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Painted the hair with a make up brush…

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Got frustrated with how long that was taking and used fingers instead…

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Allowed to dry for a few minutes….

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Brushed out to separate the hairs….

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To give it even more of a natural look I added a little dry shampoo to the mix and brushed that out too.

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Perfect. Feels the same texture as the rest of my hair, doesn’t leave purple everywhere and washes out with water or a little oil free make up remover.

This is perfect for those who want to experiment with colour but not commit or who change their likes often. There is not one thing that I don’t like about this colour in my hair, it’s the perfect shade to compliment the pink! Now I want to get a bunch of them and try different ideas! Like painting hearts on my fringe or something else fun like that!

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So yes this first day it looked a bit patchy because I was impatient but the next day it had worked in better and looked completely even and natural. Kicking myself for not thinking to take photos of that >_<

Next time I will work with smaller sections to get a completely even coverage first go rather than waiting for it to settle in on the second day. Still very happy with the experiment especially because I can get rid of it so quickly when I’m bored! :D


Curly Gyaru Updo Hairstyle Tutorial With Celeste

Jun 20, 2011 by

After the fun we had last post I decided I would share all of the videos Celeste and I made the last time she was here. After finishing up with her Hime style squid hair we decided to give one of my favorite styles a try: big curly one sided up do thingy covered in flowers. Catchy name yes?

I will be doing a lot of these videos again as proper tutorials once I get Sophie back from the laptop fixing place because James has set me up a fancy new video area with nice lighting and a backdrop.  Celeste is coming back soon so we can do more together too!

Again no talking, just music so feel free to imagine this conversation in the background:

Violet: I think this style is kind of Marie Antoinette-ish at least that era. Well maybe not in a really historically accurate way but still pretty.

Celeste: Pft very pretty. Almost as pretty as Nyan cat!

Violet: Hahaha! James has been trying to play that all morning on his guitar>_<

Celeste: I wonder if I could get my school band to play?

Violet: Nyan orchestra! So cute!

Celeste: I like this style, very pretty.

Violet: You should do it at home for work!

Celeste: Meh too hard to get up that early XD

Violet: True, also get up so much earlier just to look like the wind blew your hair over to one side and you fell in a garden of flowers?

Celeste: Ahahahahaha!! *sending photos to roommate*

Roommate: Cyndie Lauper!!!

Violet and Celeste: -_-’

Hope you enjoyed!

So if you want to see the photos James took of Celeste or read more about our day, check her post over here!

Side note: I managed to find a place to fix Sophie, thanks for all of your suggestions guys!! She should be back in action tomorrow-ish :D

Cedel Hair Spray Review

Jun 10, 2011 by

I go through a lot of hairspray, I use it pretty much every time I do my hair and I am very demanding as to what I expect from my spray. It takes a lot of oomph to hold up some of the silly styles I wear so my spray needs to be hard wearing but I also like having my hair down and reasonably natural so it needs to have movement.

I’ve tried a lot and hands down my favorite is Cedel Hair Lacquer with the black label, I’ve gone through many cans of this!

Brand- Cedel
Product- Hair Lacquer
Cost- around $7
Available from- Priceline, pharmacies and online stores like this.

Cedel Hair Spray Review

Melbourne Illamasqua Julian Kynaston Snapshots

May 29, 2011 by

Snapshots time!

As promised here are the images from the blogger meet up/interview at Illamasqua meeting the creator Julian Kynaston ^_^

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Zoya Flash Collection Nail Polish Swatches

May 15, 2011 by

When the ever awesome You’ve Got Nail mentioned she had a present for me I didn’t think it would be a whole collection of Zoya polishes *_* I had mentioned wanting to try them because the brand is so highly regarded and she gave me the whole Flash collection! I was in heaven XD

Let the review begin!

Brand: Zoya, Flash collection.

From: The lovely You’ve Got Nail gifted these to me! You can get them here. Extra props for the Zoya website because they have so much extra information on the polishes like the finish, the colour intensity on a scale of 1-5 and you can order spoon samples. I very much like companies that go the extra mile like that.

Price: $8 each or $36 for the set

Volume: 15ml

Bottle: Squareish, thinner at the bottom, rounded corners, flared black top. Easy to store and stack, looks very nice, no complaints here.

Brush: Average size, and very flexible. Very smooth bristles.

Drying Time: Roughly the same for all of them. Reasonably quick drying time.

Colour Name: Jolene.

Description: Nice bright slightly blue toned pink.


Eyemajic Eyeshadow Applicator Review

May 8, 2011 by

I love me a good gimmick. Give me something shiny with a new feature and I’m all over it XD I’ve seen and tried similar systems to this before with mixed results so when Eyemajic arrived in my post office box from their PR agency I was intrigued.


Easy Leopard Print Nailart Photo Tutorial

May 3, 2011 by

So remember that leopard print nail art I was talking about when I reviewed Molten Metalics from Face of Australia? I actually got around to doing it! No, it’s not particularly original and I’ve done the same pattern a bajillion times but it’s still hard to not look at in the sunlight!
I’ve previously done a video tutorial on leopard print but some people have trouble following videos so here’s a nice easy quick photo tutorial of the steps.


What you need:

  • 3 colours of polish
  • Thin brush
  • Clear topcoat


Peacock Make up Tutorial Video + Reviews

Apr 29, 2011 by

After the fun I had with the last lot of products from Fashion Addict, they were lovely enough to send me some of their make up items to look over and review. I have always loved bright fun make up and so after chatting to David about it for a while we came up with the idea for a peacock themed look. Challenge accepted!!

And here are some pictures of the finished look as well as the test run I did to try it out. I don’t normally wear my make up this bright but I’ve been making myself try new things and I’m loving it!



I also did a test run which ended up having more clear photos and while the finished product isn’t exactly the same and I used different lashes you can get the idea!


Now let’s talk reviews!


BYS Shine Stick Eye Shadow $2.95 This is probably one of the standout products in the group that I received. It only costs $2.95but it packs a punch. The colour is a nice bright jade green and it goes on really smoothly. Only problem I had is that if you put this on first and then layer powder shadow over the top it then has a tendency to crease because it’s so smooth. I didn’t notice the creasing when I was wearing it alone though. Super easy to apply because of the pointed tip but after you wear through that, might be better off applying with something like a cotton bud if you want precision. Twist to get more rather than requiring sharpening makes me happy. DO WANT.

Cover Girl Slicks Gel Eye Colour $4.95 Nice thick pencil in metallic ice blue. Goes on reasonably smoothly though not as easily as the BYS one. This one also requires a sharpener which will give more control over the point and how much you use. The outside of the pencil gets dirty really easily, after one use half of the writing had come off on my hands >_< The colour is nice though and it seems really versatile. No major complains about the actual formula. DO WANT.

BYS Kohl Eyeliner pencil in 35 Mint and 34 Electric Blue $3.95 each. While these two come from the same line, they couldn’t be more different. The green is soft, buttery and has a great colour pay off while the blue is hard, pointy and I felt like I had to stab my eyelid to get any colour at all. It sucks because the blue is actually really pretty but not worth the amount of effort spent getting it. Both colours are fairly dark and matte. The green is bright and blends well with other colours, it stretches quite well too. I’d say the staying power is fairly average for both of them. Because of the inconsistencies I would probably want to try them in store before buying, that said at $3.95 it’s not exactly a hefty investment to buy a couple and look for a winner.


Left to right: BYS Kohl Electric blue, Mint, Cover Girl Sticks Gel Eye Colour, BYS Shine Stick

Urban Decay Shimmer Powder in Rockstar $14.95 From the photo on the site I was expecting this to be more of a dark purple shimmer but in real life it’s actually a black powder with a slight purple glitter mixed through. Not what I was expecting but still damn nice. The powder itself lasts ridiculously well and the purple shimmer makes it a lot more interesting than your standard black. Main problem I have with this is the applicator, in short I hated it. Every time I opened the bottle shimmer went everywhere, the brush was very scratchy and stiff on my eyes so I took to applying with a cotton bud. Even though I really liked the powder, I probably wouldn’t repurchase it because of the packaging unless I found a colour that I *really* liked. (swatch is below with the next group.


Exhibit Purple Shimmer $8.95 This little jar is full to the brim with impact and also of actual product, every time I open it I manage to spill it on myself haha XD The colour pay off is really nice and it’s a good medium purple which is versatile enough to be used as the highlight or low light shadow depending on the  look you’re going for. It stretches and blends easily and I would definitely look at trying the other colours in this range. DO WANT

BYS Black Magic Eyeliner $3.95

I really wanted to love this one! Gel liner is my favorite product and I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown long lasting one which I adore but it’s too expensive to keep going after I hit pan. Consistency-wise I liked it, felt smooth on my brush and left a nice clean line behind but that’s when the goodness ended unfortunately. It takes forever to dry and smudges like crazy. In my routine I put on my lashes then liner then the rest of my make up. With this liner by the time I’m finished everything else it’s still wet and smudging over everything. I tested it on my hand and after 5 minutes it was still wet, I don’t have that kind of time in the morning but if I had longer I probably wouldn’t mind so much. Second problem I had with this is the packaging, not sure if this one was faulty but the lid disintegrated in my hand when I was unscrewing it the second time I tried it. The base is solid but the top is pretty crap so for the moment I’ve covered it in glad wrap before I can decant into something else. For the price you pretty much get what you pay for with this one in my opinion.


Be Yourself Quatro Shimmer Pot $3.95 You guys know I’m a big fan of this stuff, I even wrote a whole post about it here with a video! I had stuck mainly with light bright colours with this in the past so I decided to branch out into a some darker ones and see if they measured up. They did! The performance was as good as the bright ones and the added bonus of having 4 colours in one made me happy. The applicators were useful too, the single ones don’t come with applicators so this was a welcome change as it was much less wasteful. Colours were nice and the shimmer was just as strong. DO WANT.


Left to right: Exhibit Purple, Urban Decay, each of the 4 colours in the Be Yourself Quatro Shimmer Pot


Be Yourself Diamond Shine Lipstick in Mauve Twinkle $2.50 Be Yourself is like the ultimate in inexpensive Australian cosmetics. I can’t remember seeing a lipstick this cheap that didn’t completely suck so this is the awesome exception to this rule. The colour is nice and shimmery and it feels really good on. Doesn’t last overly long but hey $2.50, can’t really complain. I would totally buy more of these, I think they would be especially useful for melting into custom lip glosses or testing which shades look the best with your skin tone without wasting a fortune. DO WANT.


Be Yourself Diamond on the left and Bourjois Sorbet on the right.

Bourjois Eau De Gloss Cosmic in Sorbet Fraise $9.95 Very aptly named because this really reminds me of strawberry sorbet on a hot summer day. While it looks pretty intense in the bottle once it’s on the lips it’s a nice wearable shade, it’s full of gold glitter which will probably limit how nice it looks depending on skin tone though. The bottle is kind of cute and the price is about half of what current bourjois lip glosses are in Priceline if I’m remembering correctly. As with the other glosses I have from this brand it doesn’t have that horrible gravelly glitter feeling that a lot of others do. DO WANT.

Maybeline Expert wear blush in 20 Siamese Pink $9.95 The brush that comes with this is pretty useless but the colours are nice. They arent very pigmented so good as starters for people who are not used to wearing blush. They are caked in very hard so if you want a heavier colour payoff you would really need to dig for it. I prefer the top shimmer to the actual blush because it’s very versatile. I’ve used it under my brows and also on cheek bones as a highligher.


Maybeline Expertwear shimmer powder in 10 Blissful Pink $8.95 Nice and light with very minimal shimmer this works well as a versatile highlighter. Again it’s packed in pretty heavy so if you want a high colour pay off, this isn’t the product for you. The brush again is pretty useless but still worth it as a basic highlighter. DO WANT.


Can’t really see them but left to right: #20 Siamese Pink then #10 Blissful Pink.


BYS Glitter Eye Creme Mix 3 $3.95 I was planning to base most of the look around this palette originally but the first time I did a test run I had a very serious allergic reaction so I couldn’t try it again :( basically they are a metallic base with a very heavy glitter mixed in. It was a bit hard to work with them but once on they weren’t terrible. The glitter is proper thick glitter though so I wouldn’t suggest putting it around the crease because it’s pretty pointy XD For all it’s faults I still really liked the actual colours but I wouldn’t buy again even without the allergy.


Beilizi Eyeshadow Kit 1b $7.95 I adore the colours in this palette. They are bright, a bit metallic and very pigmented. You don’t have to dig for colour either which is good. The applicator that comes with it is less like those cheap sponge ones and feel kind of like a memory foam pillow XD still I don’t really like those sponge applicators so I used a brush for application and they apply really nicely, almost like a cream. There are so many pretty colours here that I could probably use only it for a month and still do a different look every day. If I was to only keep one of all of these products, this would be it hands down! I had never heard of this brand before now but I fully intend to hunt more of it down now :D DO WANT.


Peacock accessories

Peacock Feather Earrings $4.95 The earrings are longer and danglier thuan I usually wear but they were so light that I didn’t even notice. I don’t really know why I was expecting them to be heavy but there you go haha! I liked that the hooks came with the little rubber stoppers on the back too because I am forever loosing earrings that don’t have those. The feathers used aren’t exactly the same (one longer than the other) but I imagine it would be almost impossible to find completely matching feathers.


Peacock Feather Pendant $4.95 The necklace is made of a thin dark metal chain with average looking clamps. Again very light material.

Peacock Feather Fascinator Adelaide $24.95 The fascinator was an interesting design, not something that I would usually pick for myself but in the end I really did like the design. I think if I did my hair in a big up do it would suit quite nicely. Quality-wise the feathers are bound well together but the diamantes on the band fell off the first time I wore it, not a very big problem because I could just hot glue it on again but if you were planning to wear one out to a party or anything I would double check everything was secure first.

And that’s everything! Thanks again go to Fashion Addict for providing most of the items I used in the tutorial. I can’t wait to show you guys the pictures Celeste and I got when we were given a tour of the Fashion Addict warehouse, it was like heaven *_*

Well there you go! I hope you guys enjoyed, I’m having fun making these videos so expect more soon! Let me know if you have any requests ^_^ Also after the comments last time I tried to make this video louder, let me know if it was enough or if I should make it even louder next time?

Dolce by MOR Collection Review- Pomegranate

Apr 25, 2011 by

After reading how much I loved their last gift bag, MOR was lovely enough to send me another package with their new Dolce by MOR collection for Target. It comes in 3 flavors: Honey, Sorbet and Pomegranate.

I recieved the Pomegranate flavor which is described as having “a heart of Violet and Jasmine, a burst of tangy Pomegranate blends with sweet Rasberry and Black Currant coulis to top a Sweet Musk vase.”

This whole collection had a really interesting smell because while all of the items had the same ingredients the mediums they are contained in (eg. hand cream or body wash) made different elements of the smell come to the forefront. That said I think I am absolutely terrible at describing scents so it’s probably best if you all go and smell for yourselves!

As usual the packaging was absolutely beautiful. This being their cheaper range for Target I was expecting the quality to be a bit lower but I was pleasantly surprised. It all looks adorable and reasonably sturdy :D


Face of Australia Nail Polish Swatches

Apr 17, 2011 by

Following on from yesterday’s post on Face of Australia’s cosmetics, here are my swatches of the polishes I was sent. I’ve done the new collection Molten Metalics and a couple from Luxe which is the previous collection.

Brand: Face of Australia

From: Priceline, Big W, Kmart (I think they are currently looking for a place to sell online too)

Price: Around the $5 mark from Priceline.

Volume: 13ml

Bottle: Square with a tall, shiny, thin, black lid. Easy to store and stack, no complaints here.

Brush: Average size, maybe a little thicker and very flexible. Some of the brushes had loose/long bristles which I had to trim before attempting to use them which was a bit annoying.

Drying Time: Roughly the same for all of them. Nice and quick drying time.

Colour Name: Beauty Queen

Description: Good old fashioned Barbie pink.



Colour Name: Private Jet

Description: Matte dark purple.


Thoughts: I do love matte purples, I have quite a few of them, when I swatched this one I just wasn’t particularly excited by it. It’s not that there’s anything particularly wrong with it, I just think it’s too similar to other polishes I’ve got. Still, looking at it by itself it’s got a nice smooth finish to it.


Good for: -Dark midnight themed designs -Might make interesting konads as it’s pretty opaque and matte konad=win.

Bad for: – Shininess XD Obviously this could be fixed with a top coat though!! -Being the same colour as in the bottle, obviously because it’s a matte shade it comes out a lot darker when it dries.


Colour Name: Summer Spice

Description: Super bright orangey red.


Thoughts: Oh my god this shade required sunglasses to look at for long periods of time!! It’s a nice matte finish the same as Private Jet but I found this one a much more interesting colour. It really smacks you in the face with it’s awesome brightness!


Good for: -Spring/Summerish manicures designed to stand out

Bad for: - Subtlety


Colour Name: Bronze

Description: A redish bronze with gold shimmer.


Thoughts: I really liked this one, I could totally see it being used in some awesomely shiny leopard print designs. It’s a very reddish bronze which I think makes it nice and versatile.


Good for: -Jazzed up leopard print or other animal print designs -Probably good for konad because of the high concentrate of shimmer

Bad for: – Rushed one coat manicures, really needs a second coat.


Colour Name: Verdigris

Description: Greenish gold.


Thoughts: I think this is the weirdest colour I own, it’s not quite gold but it’s not quite green but in other light it’s not quite whatever colour is reflecting off it. I honestly didn’t really like this colour, something about it just didn’t sit right, on my hands it just looked a little sickly. It might look nicer on someone with a more olive complexion? The colour change between the different coats was quite interesting too.


Good for: -Swirly 1970′s themed manicures

Bad for: – My skin tone -Consistant colour


Colour Name: Titanium

Description: Silver with a silver shimmer.


Thoughts: This one is a really intense silver packed with shimmer. Only needs one coat and shines like hell in the sun. No complaints about this one at all, goes on smooth and and is so versatile.


Good for: -Probably konad as it’s super shimmery and opaque -Adding a little bling to a standard design -Awesomely shiny french tips

Bad for: – Natural looks. Seriously it’s not a subtle finish at all.


Colour Name: Iron Ore

Description: Black with a beautiful silver shimmer.


Thoughts: This is probably my favorite of the whole collection. The silver shimmer really gives it an extra edge and the finish is kind of satin-ish. When I applied a top coat it was like looking into the far reaches of the galaxy XD It has a really nice depth to it and while not completely opaque in 1 coat it is still enough that I would wear it with one coat just for a change.


Good for: -A nice twist on gothic themed manicures -Maybe good for konad as it’s pretty opaque

Bad for: – Light girly themed manicures, though if paired with the Beauty Queen pink that could be a really interesting combination!


Colour Name: White Gold

Description: A nice light gold with silver shimmer.


Thoughts: Now pair this with the Bronze and you’ve got yourself a fairly impressive leopard print! By itself though, the colour didn’t thrill me. I’m not one for tans or neutral colours so I think there are other girls that could rock this look way better than me! The finish was really nice though, true to its name it really did look like white gold.

My bad for loosing the photo with the main swatch but you can pretty much see the finish from the bottle. It really does look exactly the same.


Good for: -Natural work friendly manicures with a little punch -Probably another one which is good for konad because it’s nice and opaque which hell of a shimmer

Bad for: -Standing out in a crowd


Colour Name: Gold

Description: Bronzey base with a LOT of gold shimmer.


Thoughts: This is the third colour I would use in my awesomely shiny leopard print of doom ;) The bottle really doesn’t do justice to how this looks on, once it dries it’s *really* shiny. In the bottle the tan/bronzey base looks like it’s in main colour but once it’s on the nail the gold shimmer works its magic and it’s like looking at foolsgold/pyrite. Opaque in one coat, what more do you need?


Good for: -Natural work friendly manicures with extra bling (I’m noticing that’s a theme with the this collection) -Using as a little accent to cute girly manicures

Bad for: – Probably wouldn’t look good with some skin tones as it’s very yellow.


Colour Name: Amethyst

Description: Deep pinkish purple with a silver shimmer.


Thoughts: Another of my favorites from the collection. I do love a good pink/purple and the shimmer just makes it really versatile. It needs two coats to be opaque and it a tiny bit streaky but I still love it because it has a lot of depth.


Good for: -Darker gothic  designs -Add a little silver accent and you’ve got something cute and girly too

Bad for: – Probably bad for konad as it’s not very opaque first go.


Colour Name: Flaming Lava

Description: Red with a deep red shimmer.


Thoughts: LOVE this one too. It’s another one that I could spend hours staring at because of the depth of colour. The shimmer really amps up the colour so in the light it’s a little hypnotic. Opaque in one coat is really nice for a red this pretty too.


Good for: -Nice twist on really sexy traditional red manicures -Probably good for konad as it’s nice and opaque

Bad for: – Super sweet designs, this one is just plain sexy.


So overall? A lot of the colours I loved, some were ok but not for me. I probably wouldn’t buy the whole collection but I would definitely buy my favorites individually. At $4.95 each you can’t really go wrong with some of them. Molten Metallics is definitely an interesting collection so I can’t wait to see where Face of Australia go next!


Face of Australia Review Range

Apr 16, 2011 by

I’ve been chatting on and off with Tina from Face of Australia on twitter for a while now and having used some of their products before I was really excited when she offered to send me a care package. Face of Australia is one of those brands which is completely underrated in my opinion. I’ve used their products in the past and really liked them and I always check them out when I head into a Priceline but you never really hear people talking about them much. Recently they have delved into the land of social media and now everyone is talking about them which is great! It’s really nice to see an Australian brand succeeding and doing social media the right way for a change rather than just begging for retweets.

So on to the reviews! I have an entire collection of polishes which will be up in tomorrow’s post but for now let’s talk make up. It was a mixed bag and some things I absolutely loved while others were nice but not for me.


Gold and Copper Make Up Tutorial Video

Apr 12, 2011 by

While I was editing this I realised it’s been like a year since I did a make up tutorial video *_* I knew I’d been put it them off being self conscious but I didn’t know it had been that long!!

This tutorial is for the eye make up I was wearing in the wig styling tutorial and review of the Fashion Addict stuff:



It’s a nice look for every day and can be really dressed up of down depending on your outfit.

Anyway here’s the video, I hope it makes sense and you all like it. ^_^

Thanks for watching, let me know if you have any questions!

*Edit* The lovely You’ve Got Nail just pointed out that you can totally see James holding up the light in the mirror behind me the whole time hahaha! Editing fail, apparently I was too focused on getting clear shots of the eyes that I completely missed everything else >_<’ Ok note to self: next time pay more attention to where he’s standing or buy a better lighting set up XD

Also for future videos, would you prefer super awesome quality with slower load times or lower quality and quicker load times? This is the lower quality version but you can click through to Youtube to watch the HD one atm.

KMS Shampoo, Dry Shine Styler, Travel Kit Review

Apr 10, 2011 by

Before MBBE I had never heard of KMS California but I’m very glad that they included their shampoo and conditioner set in the gift bags because I found something to add to my must-have list.

Out of all the shampoo/conditioner sets that were in those bags, I found the KMS ones to be the most compatible with my hair. If you want to see what it beat out you can see the other items in the gallery here.

Brand: KMS CAlifornia

Name: Moistrepair Shampoo and Conditioner

Price: I googled for Australian prices and the average seems to be around AU$20 per bottle

If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen me asking for recommendations for hair treatments and products to fix my damaged hair. I’ve been dying my hair various colours for almost 10 years now and while I’ve escaped most damage it does take it’s toll.

The bleached sections of my hair are relatively unscathed but the pink dye is drying out the ends like crazy. If you have any recommendations for non-damaging-not-ridiculously-expensive pink dye available in Aus I would love to hear them! So yes trying to be kinder to my hair so I can keep the pink happening as long as possible. I’ve tried quite a few different hair treatments and with the exception of one which I will review later, these two products have by far improved the texture of my hair the most.

After using consistently for 1 month I can really feel the difference in the ends especially. Less straw and more silk if you know what I mean XD

The texture to both products was quite thick. The shampoo feels substantial and while lathering easily it doesn’t produce so many bubbles that your entire head is engulfed. The conditioner feels soft and silky but not so slippery that it runs off the hair, it grips well to the hair if that actually makes sense. There’s no strong smell which is also a plus in my books.

The only major con I have for these (other than the intensely ugly/generic looking bottles) is the price. At $20 for 1 bottle you really need to be prepared to invest in it. For me personally I don’t have the budget to do that unless I can find them on sale somewhere.


How To Style a Hime Gyaru Wig

Mar 31, 2011 by

As carrying on from yesterdays post on Fashion Addict here is how I styled the blonde one into a hime gyaru wig :D

The technique I’m using is pretty much the exact same technique for standard hime style hair but because it’s a wig there’s no fear of damage so you can pretty much go nuts. Or if you are happy to brush out lots of tangles this is a perfectly fine way to style your actual hair.


As per usual with these I point out that this is just the way I do it and there are lots of other techniques or methods that you could use. I’m certainly not an expert!

So this is the wig to start with, it’s just a plain old multi-tone blonde wig. The cut is layered and it has a light wave to it. As you can see it has very little volume.


How To Make A Hello Kitty Velcro Hair Holder

Mar 28, 2011 by

Here is another super quick craft which can be done during an episode of something on tv :D These haven’t quite made it to Aus yet but when traveling I’ve seen how popular they are in Asia. Basically it’s a shape (usually a bow or something equally cute) with velcro on the back to hold your fringe out of the way while you do your make up/remove it. I think the idea is that it doesn’t kink/shape the hair like holding with a pin would.

I chose to make mine in the shape of Hello Kitty’s bow because… well I couldn’t think of any other shapes and I’m running out of other felt colours haha!

Velcro Bow Tutorial

Photos are iphone quality unfortunately because this was a midnight craft idea!



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Naïve Beauty Eye Mask – Review

Mar 17, 2011 by

A while ago Naïve Beauty sent me some eye masks to review, I’ve been using one every few days for the last month so it’s time to share the results :D

They come in a box of 10 pairs and retail for AU$36. You can get further information from their website here.

Each pair is wrapped in plastic and foil with information and instructions on the back.

Eye Mask Review

Nautical Nail Art Tutorial Video

Mar 12, 2011 by

I’ve have a bit of a nautical obsession lately :) These were my nails for the week before I cut them. Apologies for the poor quality of this video, I’m still working out the best settings and lighting for shooting theses that doesn’t end with a gigantic file size.

What are your favorite patterns at the moment?

Macaron Chocolate Dipped Nail Art Tutorial Video

Feb 25, 2011 by

This tutorial has been waiting for a very long time XD I first did this design when we moved here to Melbourne to celebrate going to a chocolate party and it was a big hit then so I’ve done it several times since! As you can see I went a little crazy with the nail art tutorials while I had long natural nails hahaha.

Hope that was helpful and let me know if any of you try it :D

Estée Lauder Lipstick – Review

Feb 24, 2011 by

Estee Lauder Lipstick Review

Brand: Estée Lauder

Colour/Shade Name: Bought 4 years ago but on the website the closest I can match it to is the Signature lipstick in Terracotta.

Opacity: Very high.

Packaging: Standard classic Estee Lauder style, a little over the top but that’s probably just my opinion because I’m not a fan of gold, it doesn’t go with anything I own.

Price: Probably ridiculously high in Aus. I think I paid around $38 for it, the Aus website has most of the lipsticks at $40+ now. As per usual you can get them online and overseas for much much much less. (edit- James is convinced that this originally cost $60 but I can’t imagine paying that much so I remain unconvinced!!)

Houndstooth Nail Art Tutorial Video

Feb 23, 2011 by

Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns so making nail art in it is a fairly logical next step XD The pattern itself is very basic if not a little time consuming to make. Your finish will really only depend on how steady your hand is and how thin your brush is, in this tutorial my brush is looking a bit ratty so the result is a little wobbly around the edges. That said when you’re more than 10cm away you really can’t tell haha!

Again no sound, sorry! Vimeo has been really unreliable lately so I’m gradually moving completely over to Youtube. Feel free to go look at my channel there now :D

Hope you enjoyed and let me know if you give it a try!

Zebra Print Nail Art Tutorial

Feb 19, 2011 by

Following on in the series of nail art tutorials, here is the way I do basic Zebra print pattern on my nails  ^_^

Hope you guys liked it! If you have any requests just let me know, I want to film lots of these while my natural nails are actually long enough XD

Heart Shaped Face Washers Knitting Pattern

Feb 15, 2011 by

I kind of fell in love with this yarn when I saw it at Lincraft. I have a bad history of buying novelty yarns and then having absolutely nothing to make with them so I banned myself from buying them… but I’m not very good at sticking to buying bans so this made it home with me anyway!

Knitted Face Washer Tutorial

Took me a while to think of what to make (and you know I’ve got almost the whole fricking ball left over after this project anyway so any suggestions are welcome…. anything other than scarves!) but in the end I settled on making heart shaped knitted facewashers as a start.

Knitted Face Washer Tutorial

Quite a few of you guys have written to me asking for a beginners knitting class kind of tutorial. I’m thinking of trying to shoot that soon, is there anything specific you want included? Would you all prefer videos or photos?

Valentine’s Day Nail Art Tutorial Video

Feb 14, 2011 by

I’ve been enjoying making nail art videos now that I’ve grown out my natural nails so I hope you enjoy this one I did for Valentines :) This one has 3 different designs to alternate on the nails.

Silly thing is I didn’t even end up wearing them today, I went with nautical nails in the end XD Hope you all found the video useful and whether you celebrate the holiday or not I hope you all have a great day!

Basic Diagonal Nail Stripe Tutorial Video

Feb 12, 2011 by

This is a really basic nail art tutorial for nice even diagonal stripes :D Again no sound, hoping to fix that with the next batch of videos.

This is the basic technique that I used for these nails:

Striped Gradient Nails

So to get the full effect of those nails you would need to do the following:

  1. Pick out 10 individual colours that form a gradient and paint each nail as a base.
  2. Add the diagonal stripes to each finger
  3. Add a cluster of 3 point backed diamantes using clear polish as a glue. Press them into the nails quite hard so they are secure.
  4. Add a couple of heart shaped diamantes to either side of the clusters so they form line from one side of the nail to the other.
  5. Top coat the hell of it and done!

Once you master this technique it’s really versatile and can be used in any number of styles. I hope you guys found this useful :)

Easy Gradient Nail Art Tutorial Video

Feb 7, 2011 by

This post has been on the back burner for a while. Originally I filmed it and had no time to edit then when I finally went to edit I decided to re-film now that my natural nails are long enough. So hopefully it lives up to expectations! Also there’s no music on this video due to some technical problems, I might update it later :)

To be honest using an orange stick is my second choice for doing this. Normally I just use my finger but it was very difficult to see what I was doing with a finger blocking the camera XD If you would like to see another way to achieve a similar look check out Mini Nail Blog’s post in which she uses loose glitter.

Let me know if you have any questions :)

Evil Doll Illamasqua Make Up Transformation!

Feb 6, 2011 by

Last week I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Illamasquacounter opening at Chadstone shopping center. Considering how much fun the city launch was I was really excited to go. They had flown in 3 of their best make up artists to give us all transformations too so that was the icing on an already awesome cake!


Champagne and orange juice was waiting when we arrived.

Some of the MBBE girls and I trying to do our scary faces:


We’re not so great at being scary though!


From left to right: MaddyVal, Jess, me, Celina and Stef

The rest of the post is just going to be pic spam because it was so cool it deserves pictures!


Haha the poor other girls were convinced that they were going to have nightmares about me!


I think James was a little worried about waking up to this too hahaha!


These ones were taken once we got home and could control the lighting


My absolute favorite photo:


All in all it was a fantastic night and I really enjoyed breaking out of my comfort zone. I like trying new things, that’s how you discover old favorites! I would definitely recommend having an Illamasqua transformation, it’s an awesomely fun way to try something new.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my alter ego ;)

Estée Lauder Eyeshadow Review

Jan 26, 2011 by

The other day when I posted about the Illamasqua eye pencila couple of people asked about the eyeshadow I was wearing, well here it is! It was one of the items in the MBBE gift bags as you can see below :D


It’s the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow in “Enchanted Forest Shimmer”.

The quality is very lovely, it really glides on and it’s quite pigmented without looking fluorescent. I think it’s a really nice way to do a non-natural colour without being too over the top. The colour lasted all day for me with no problems and stayed where it was supposed to.

Estee Lauder Eye Shadow

With liner and the rest of my make up:

Finished eyes.

VERDICT: High end brand and therefore out of my budget… still very good quality, lasts well through the day and doesn’t migrate. DO WANT (but not at Australian prices).

Illamasqua Pencil Review – Elate (white)

Jan 18, 2011 by

When I went to the MBBE Illamasqua counter opening I took home a lovely gift bag with a lipstick and medium pencil. While the lipstick wasn’t quite my colour (black), the pencil has worked its way into my every day make up routine so here’s my review ^_^

MBBE Illamasqua

Price: AU$33 (according to Myer website)

This is a swatch with 3 stripes, the bottom one has been blended into the skin.

Illamasqua Pencil Review

I think medium is a good way to describe this pencil in pretty much all aspects, in texture it’s not super soft but it’s not like it’s super hard either. Haha it’s like the Goldilocks and the Three Bears of pencils XD

I can’t fault the colour at all and I’ve been using it as a highlighter in my casual make up looks by applying it as a second layer of eyeliner just above the black…

Illamasqua Pencil Review

Once it’s on it lasts all day with no troubles and is easily removed with gentle make up remover at the end of the day. It does it’s job very well. The only thing that would make it better in my mind is if it was a tiny bit softer, I have particularly sensitive skin so I usually favor super soft pencils (or just avoid them completely and use gel liner) to avoid irritation.

Again this is on the higher end of brand products so the price reflects that.

Illamasqua Pencil Review

VERDICT: Assuming you were looking in the higher price range (or lived overseas where it’s less than half the price it is here -_-) I would definitely go for this and give it a test in store. Versatile and great for highlighting. DO WANT.

How To Make You Own Lipgloss

Jan 10, 2011 by

This year as part of my Christmas presents for everyone I made them custom lip glosses ^_^ They are fun to make and you can personalise the colour to the person you’re making it for too.

What you need:

  • Vaseline/petroleum jelly
  • Containers
  • Mixing container ( the metal thing from a tea light candle)
  • Tea light candle and lighter
  • Things to colour the glosses with eg. other lip glosses, lipsticks, eyeshadow, plain pigments, shimmer dust etc.
  • Flavour or scent if you want. I used a tiny bit of perfume oil but it’s optional.

DIY Lipglosses Tutorial



BYS Shimmer Dust Review

Jan 9, 2011 by

The first time I bought BYS shimmer powder I was 13 years old and I didn’t buy it for make up… I bought it to use in art pieces XD Then when I started getting into make up I used the rest of the jar I had bought at 13 because as it turns out… its fricking awesome. So I spent years looking for it again with no luck until about a month ago when I found a whole new range of them at a junk store stand!

Brand: BYS

Product: Shimmer Powder

Price: $2.99

Available from: Places that stock BYS (usually junk stores)

BYS Shimmer Dust Review

This is what it looks like straight out of the jar:

BYS Shimmer Dust Review

And rubbed in:

BYS Shimmer Dust Review

The photos really don’t do justice to the truly awesome amount of shimmer at these babies give so here’s a short video!

Verdict: Super shimmery, lovely colours, blends very well and nice and cheap. DO WANT. Tempted to buy like 10 jars of each colour in case they stop making them again *_*

BB Cream Review- Skin Food Multi Mushroom Care

Dec 30, 2010 by

Next BBcream review :D The lovely Celeste gifted me a huge pack of sample creams to test out so I can do a big variety of them for you ^_^

Skin Food Multi Mushroom Care BB Cream

Available from: Yesstyle

Price: AU$24 for the 50ml bottle

Supposed Benefits:

  • SPF 20 PA+
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Younger looking skin/more elasticity
  • Improve Skin Tone

Skin Food BB Cream Review

It apparently comes in a couple of shades but I couldn’t tell which one my samples were so I’ll just give my general review >_<

Knotted Up Do Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 20, 2010 by

Following on from the previous hair tutorial requests, I was asked to do a more formal updo that was still nice and Summery ^_^

This style doesn’t look good on me personally because of the gradient in my hair but it looks awesome in dark hair because it’s textured enough to show up without looking over the top.

Knots Hair Tutorial

What you need:

  • Brush
  • Hair spray
  • Hair ties
  • Hair spray or frizz serum

The knots you should be using are pretty much square knots or the kind you would use to tie your shoe, an example can be seen here: http://www.folsoms.net/knots/

Start with one like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

If you do it evenly it should form a pretty pattern. Depending if you want the look to be messy and casual or sleek and complicated you might want to use frizz reduction serum or something similar before you start knotting. Don’t worry about not being able to get them undone later because the pieces of hair you’re using to tie them are so large they should just spring back apart like a plait.

Then keep tying the pieces over and over until you get something like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Now pull the section upwards and curve it toward the base of the ponytail. Pin it in place.

Knots Hair Tutorial

Repeat this process with the next section of hair but curve it a bit towards the right of the ponytail when you pin it:

Knots Hair Tutorial

The third section should be curved downwards and pinned at the bottom of the ponytail. After pinning all 3 parts you shouldn’t be able to see the hair tie in the ponytail anymore, it should just look like a big loopy bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Finally it’s time to do the top section. This is really what determines the final look so here are two options!

Knots Hair Tutorial

Brushing it to the side tie it in a loose knot about half way down:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Continue knotting from that point.

Knots Hair Tutorial

You have something like this:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Pull it backwards and pin into the main bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Add a little flower and you’re done ^_^

Knots Hair Tutorial

You can see how it looks a bit like a big swirl from the back:

Knots Hair Tutorial

Other side:

Knots Hair Tutorial


Knots Hair Tutorial


Knots Hair Tutorial

Another option for the top which makes it look a little more prom-ish is to tease/backcomb it a bit, pin it in place then knot the rest and add it into the main bun:

Knots Hair Tutorial

So yes while it doesn’t suit my hair very well it’s a decent style for those with medium length darker hair and can be dressed up or down accordingly ^_^

BB Cream Review- Pure Blossom (The Face Shop)

Dec 16, 2010 by

Next on the list of BB Cream review pile is Pure Blossom Shimmering from The Face Shop.

Before I get into the review, a lot of people asked what BB Cream actually was last time. Well basically it’s cream that has been very popular in Asian countries for a while now which is generally worn underneath (or instead of) foundation. It’s supposed to be miracle cream because it evens out skin tone like a foundation but also usually has ingredients that are supposed to make your skin better and actually improve over time. This is of course debatable and results differ for everyone. The other difference to foundation (again this is debatable) is that it’s not sold in shades, the ingredients *aparently* change colour to suit your skin colour creating flawlessness no matter what tone you are.

I find that last bit to be a stretch, and while a lot of the BB Creams that suit me also suit much darker tones on my friends it’s certainly not fool proof or magic, lots of them are still too dark or too grey for me so I always suggest sampling before you buy. Personally after a year of using various creams I haven’t seen any change in my skin tone of texture but some girls swear by it. I like to use it by itself on days that I want something light and casual or under foundation as a way to keep moisturised and create absolutely flawless skin and protect from the sun (most of them have SPF ratings).

So on to the review!

Pure Blossom Shimmering

Available from: The Face Shop (I couldn’t find it on the website though, I bought mine around 8 months ago)

Price: AU$25-ish from what I remember

Supposed Benefits:

  • Shimmery effect
  • SPF 15

BB Cream Review- The Face Shop

Curled One Sided Gyaru Updo Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 10, 2010 by

This is another one of those tutorials that’s been a long time coming. I’m doing my best to get through all the requests  now that I have inspiration again XD

Big One Sided  Hair Style Tutorial

So a lot of people asked how to I did this style for the Nuffnang Christmas party…

Nuffnang Christmas Party 2010

Well there is a trick… it’s done with 2 types of hair extension ^_^ One of these plain track ones:

How To Do Simple Vintage Pin Curls Hairstyle Tutorial

Dec 6, 2010 by

Pin curls are one of the easiest most fuss free ways to get curls and they are a personal favorite of mine.

My new hair

They take very little time to put in and can be styled in many different ways. There have already been a whole lot of tutorials on the subject, Super Kawaii Mama did a great pin curl video here: http://www.superkawaiimama.com.au/hair-parlour/perfect-pin-curls/but after a lot of requests I thought it was about time I did one too ^_^ *edit* I have added a video which includes me taking them out at the bottom too.

What you will need for this particular pin curls tutorial:

  • Pins
  • Curl spray or hair spray
  • Scarf (optional)
  • Hair ties (optional)
  • Brush

Pin Curls Tutorial

So start with clean hair and make sure that there are no knots or tangles. Give it a general spray with the curl enhancer, I’m using a Tresemme one which works really well in my hair.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Section your hair in half so it’s easier to work with. I tie the other side off into a pig tail ^_^

Pin Curls Tutorial

Start from the top and grab a small section of hair. The size of the section you take will effect the side of the curl you end up with eg. little section = small corkscrew curls while big section = waves. Keep in mind that it’s better to over curl than do all this work and end up with straight hair! XD If the curls are too tight in the end you can always brush them out looser but re-curling is a pain in the butt!

Pin Curls Tutorial

Spray your section with the curl enhancer:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Starting a little way from the end, twist the hair back on itself to form a loop:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Again the bigger the loops the bigger the curls. You should have this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Get the end which is sticking out and curve it around the inside of the loop so it stays there.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Start rolling the whole thing up to your scalp…

Pin Curls Tutorial

This is where you want to be in the end:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Take the loop and flattern it on your head. Whether you go towards the front or back will determine whether the curls end up going towards your face or away from it. I chose backwards:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Have a whole lot of pins ready ^_^

Pin Curls Tutorial

Now slide a pin in to the curl attaching it to the hair near the scalp. You might need to use 2 pins if you have a lot of hair.

Pin Curls Tutorial

Repeat this all over your head! Leave no space behind ^_^ You’ll end up with something like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

The gradient in my hair makes it really easy to see the curls ^_^ This is what it looks like from the side…

Pin Curls Tutorial

Spray the hell out of the whole thing with either more curl enhancer or hair spray… I use both XD

Now you need to decide how long you want to keep them in. My hair doesn’t like holding a curl so I find the easiest way to do it is to sleep with them in. It was odd the first time I did it but now I don’t even notice anymore. I’ve also found that having a hot steamy shower with them in (but not getting them actually wet) before bed helps too. Other girls I know will just leave them in for a few hours during the day if they’re going out at night so it all depends on your hair.

Like most people, the way I keep them all in at night is to use a big scarf ^_^ This is a technique that’s been around for ages and I certainly didn’t come up with it! Again if you want a video version you should check out Super Kawaii Mama’s because it’s very informative.

I fold the scarf into a triangle and place it over my head like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Pull the two side corners up and the ones on your forehead down like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Tie the side ones in a knot together. Pull the forehead one back towards your hair and tie the side ones in another knot over it.

Pin Curls Tutorial

You get this ^_^ It’s like sleeping on a big cushy pillow!

Pin Curls Tutorial

In the morning when you take it all it will look something like this:

Pin Curls Tutorial

Unless you were going for ringlets it’s probably not looking exactly how you want, so all you need to do is brush it out and add more hair spray and you get this:

My new hair

Hopefully that helped answer all of the questions I’ve gotten about this, let me know if you have any more! ^_^

*edit* I know a lot of people were wondering how much I brush them out etc so here’s a video that includes what I do the morning after wearing them. Let me know if you have any other questions!

Thanks so much for reading, I hope it was easy enough to follow and good luck with your own pin curls! Let me know how it goes!


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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

Dec 5, 2010 by

This is the foundation I was telling you all about last week ^_^ After trying it out at the Illamasqua counter launch I went back later in the week to call in an early Christmas present and pick it up XD

Brand: Illamasqua

Price: AU$55

Shade: RF115

Type: Rich Liquid

Ilamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

This foundation really impressed me, not only because it matches my skin like a treat but it also lasts really well through the day. I can put this on in the morning and come home with flawless skin so plus one for that! ^_^ It actually reminded me a lot of a slightly toned down version of the make up we used to use when I worked in theatre years ago.

Naked skin:

Ilamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation Review

With nothing other than the foundation:


James’ camera actually had trouble focusing on my skin because it was so smooth XD That’s probably the best recommendation I can give hahaha!

VERDICT: Price is what you would expect from a department store brand, takes a little skill to use but the results are most definitely worth the effort. Really good range of colours especially for those of us who are quite pale. I will be repurchasing when mine finally runs out. DO WANT.

Casual Heart/Flower Side Plaits Hairstyle Tutorial ^_^

Dec 3, 2010 by

The lovely Celina asked me for a hair tutorial for something that could be worn to a wedding. It needed to be cute but not bride-thunder-stealing-cute XD

I’ve been really enjoying casual looks with plaits and braids lately so I figured I would incorporate that into the style again ^_^

This is the finished product, a plaited headband with a plaited heart and flower!


What you need:

  • Brush
  • Hair Spray
  • Pins
  • Clip to hold other hair out of the way.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, lots more to come ^_^


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Overhead Plait Hairstyle Tutorial For Summer

Dec 2, 2010 by

With the whole new hair thing I’ve got new inspiration to start doing hair and beauty tutorials again ^_^

I’ve had a lot of requests for styles involving braids and plaits which I suppose makes sense considering that mori styles are becoming more and more popular and coming in to Summer they keep hair off the neck!

So this is one of my favorite Summer styles, mostly because it’s cool but it also looks like it took a lot more time than it actually did XD

Braids Hair Tutorial

What you need:

  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Brush
  • Hair spray
  • Flower pins or decorations

Start off by sectioning your hair into 2 even pig tails.

Hope you enjoyed and found it useful ^_^


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BB Cream: Skin79 Hot Pink Review

Nov 30, 2010 by

This is the first in a series of posts comparing and reviewing BB Creams… I’ve been using BB Cream for around a year now and it can be really hard to find brands suitable for caucasian skin tones so hopefully this will help when you guys are shopping for some! Do keep in mind when comparing that my skin is very pale naturally with cool pink undertones and freckles.

First on the the review pile is one that was sent to me by DBeautyShop.com:

Skin79 Hot Pink Triple Functions BB Cream

Available from: DBeauty Shop

Price: AU$32.89 (on sale from $43.89)

Supposed Benefits:

  • Whitening
  • SPF25 PA++
  • Wrinkle Free

Shipping from DBeauty Shop took around 10 days to Australia which is around average for international shipping. The service I received was very prompt and the website was nice and easy to use. The only thing is that you need to do a search for BB Cream to find it, there is no category listing.

Comes in a nice pretty pink box:

BB Cream Reviews

First thing I noticed was that the bottle is massive. It’s a pump action thing that spits out the exact amount your need each time. LOVE that. It’s functional and looks good on the counter so couldn’t possibly love the bottle any more. Price is about average for what we pay for BB Cream here in Aus. According to my overseas friends that’s a hell of a lot more than them XD

Illamasqua Myer Melbourne Counter Opening :D

Nov 28, 2010 by

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get to go to the launch of Illamasqua’s Myer counter here in Melbourne. It was so much fun! I went with all of the MBBE girls and it was like a gigantic playground :D

All of us had a lot of fun playing around with the awesome hand painted mannequins on their runway!

MBBE Illamasqua

Having heard so many good things from my overseas friends about the brand I was super keen to try everything out, especially the foundation. I have a really tough time trying to match my skin because it’s so pale. Everything either looks too dark or too orange :S Having heard a lot about how awesome the range of foundations were I was first in line to test it out with the lovely make up artists!

Looking through the shelves there were so many products that really appealed to me. Lots of bright things and lots of encouragement to experiment with different looks. Lots of colours and styles that you wouldn’t find in department stores normally. The tag line for the brand is “Make up for your alter ego” which I really like. I love that they embrace the more out there styles.

MBBE Illamasqua

James took so many photos that day that I’ve put them all in a side show to make it easier ^_^ You really need to see the awesome job the make up artists did on the girls! So much eye candy :D

Very fun day and I just know I’m going to be going back soon haha! Big thank you to the lovely Christabel for organising the day for us!

Have you guys ever tried Illamasqua before?

3 Hairstyle Ideas With Pink Hair Extensions

Nov 24, 2010 by

In my last order I bought a pink hair extension from Bodyline. I liked it but it wasn’t super wearable straight away because it was a different length and texture to my hair. So what to do with it?


Pink  Clip in Hair

First thing I decided to do was make a clip in fringe. I measured my own fringe (or bangs for those in America) and then added an extra inch and cut:

Unfortunately I had used a little of the pink to test a synthetic hair curling technique that The Fashionate Traveller told me about. So I needed to re-curl it into a fringe-ish shape.

Pink  Clip in Hair

On Leanne’s advice I curled the hair on itself, pinned it and boiled some water.

Pink  Clip in Hair

I put it in a bowl and pored water all over it. I soaked it until the water was cool then left it to dry. Done!

Pink  Clip in Hair

Once it’s all brushed out you should clip it in and style it with your fringe. I used a straightener to gently move any wayward bits into place:


You can hide the top with a headband or brush your fringe over it, I like mixing it with my blonde so it’s a bit stripy! This is me wearing it with the other extensions I bought from Bodyline. I’ll show you how I styled them another day ^_^


There was a lot of left over so I decided to make some small single strands with the left overs. These aren’t overly pretty but good for mixing into other styles.

Pink  Clip in Hair

Grab a bobby pin an thread a strand through.

Pink  Clip in Hair

Loop it around and using a couple of other hairs tie it in place. Secure with a little bit of glue and make sure you do it tightly so there’s danger of it coming apart while you’re wearing it!

Pink  Clip in Hair

Repeat with the rest! Again not particularly pretty at the top but that will be hidden among the rest of the hair!

Pink  Clip in Hair

Lastly what to do with the left over random bits that can’t go anywhere else or are damaged?

Pink  Clip in Hair

Well you could use them as a very stylish moustache…

Pink  Clip in Hair

Or use your hair brush to tease them into a big puffy ball which can then be included in bun hair styles…

Pink  Clip in Hair

So to use it I did two big puffy buns…


Then mashed the pink into one of the buns. Pin and hairspray and you’re good to go!


You could always cover both buns with pink completely. I chose to be asymmetrical and just did half of one ^_^


So there you have it! 3 different things with 1 $6 hair extension ^_^ What do you think?

Bobbi Brown Myer Melbourne Counter Opening and Palette Reviews

Nov 23, 2010 by

Until MBBE I was a Bobbi Brown virgin… is that embarrassing? According to my friends it is XD BB is a luxury brand here and it’s always been out of my price range so you can imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to try the products out!

Celeste and I were invited to take a tour of the new Bobbi Brown counter opening in Myer and it was very eye opening!

Bobbi Brown Counter Opening/Review

So many pretties and shiny things to eat up my bank account!

Ere Perez Natural Beetroot Cheek and Lip Tint Review

Nov 20, 2010 by

This lip/cheek tint was in the MBBE gift bags (I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing that by now!)

I really love lip tints, I think they’re the key to having really pretty colour without having to re-apply all the time :D This one by Ere Perez is made from Beetroot which I suppose makes sense considering how red my mouth ends up looking after eating anything with beetroot XD


It comes in a handy little roll on container and it is quite an orangey red shade. You can apparently use it either on lips or cheeks though I don’t know if I would suggest this colour of cheeks considering how bright it is.

Like most tints I’ve use it was a little drying on the lips so I prefer to use in combination with a gloss or a lip balm under.

One gigantic plus is that the website actually lists *all* of the ingredients so those with allergies or sensitive skin can make sure the products are ok to use.

Here’s the bare lip comparison:

Nude LipsBeetroot Tint Review

Something about this colour just didn’t speak to me, in person it’s got much more of an orangy tint to is. I like the idea of it but it just didn’t look that great on so maybe I would have liked it more in general with a different shade.

VERDICT: Bright colour which works well for layering, all natural, a little high on the price side. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

Make Your Own Travel Make Up Palette

Nov 15, 2010 by

I’ve been really loving experimenting with make up and mixing my own colours and things lately so I thought it was about time to make something to keep them all in! You all know how much I love customised stuff so this post is all about how I made my very own make up travel palette!

Celeste forwarded me this video tutorial she found on making one and while I thought his method was clever I didn’t have most of those items so I decided to start from scratch and just do it my own way ^_^

I think there are a lot things that could be improved with how this one turned out but this is basically a base idea and I am planning to to use the techniques I learned in making this one to make an even better version which I will of course post too!

This is my finished product:

Make up Palette Tutorial

To make the box to keep it all in I use a cut up cardboard box. You need to decide how big you want your finished product to be and decide how many pans of make up you want in there. I decided 6 and measured it out.

Make up Palette Tutorial

Ignore the bits of glue and felt on the cardboard because it used to be a ring box ^_^ Anyway this is what the pieces of my box look like, you can see how it will fit together eventually with the hinged lid…

Make up Palette Tutorial

So tape it all together

Make up Palette Tutorial

You want to leave the hinge tape a little loose so it can swing easily:

Make up Palette Tutorial

Now it’s time to cover the whole thing in fabric using your glue gun to stick it. I used felt because that’s all I had left in my stash. Next time I think I will use something else on the outside but again use felt on the inside.There is no need to cover the bottom of the inside part on the right as that’s where the make up will go ^_^

Notice that on the inside of the lid I cut slashes going from one side to the other, I also only glued it around the outside. The reason for this is that you can use the strips to hold important things such as make up brushes, applicators, false lashes or glue :D Very useful!!

Make up Palette Tutorial

Next I glued a ribbon in place on the spine so it could be tied around and hold the hold thing closed with a bow.

Make up Palette Tutorial

Now let’s make the palette to go inside the thing!

I had this old palette that cost me like $4 a long time ago. I didn’t really like any of the colours anymore so it seemed like good craft fodder ^_^

Make up Palette Tutorial

I broke it open and removed all the little trays using pliers. Be careful because they can be sharp!

Make up Palette Tutorial

I put all of the powders into containers in case I ever wanted to mix them later and washed the metal trays so I ended up with this:

Make up Palette Tutorial

Next I cut a piece of cardboard that was the correct size to fit in my box thingy and glued the trays into place ^_^

Make up Palette Tutorial

Now while we’re here at the palette part you should cut out a piece of felt a couple of centimeters bigger than the cardboard. Unfortunately I didn’t get photos of this part but you need to cut holes that are big enough to fit the metals trays snuggly. Basically what you’re doing is making a nice little cover to make it all look pretty and so the trays don’t look so far out of place sticking up so much. So in my case I cut 6 holes… if that makes sense! Don’t glue it on yet though, we’ll fill the trays first.

Now time to mix up the powders :D

As a mixing bowl I used the metal bits from empty tea light candles. They are perfect because you don’t have to clean them when you change colours, just throw them out! Also if you make too much you can actually just press the extra powder into them and keep for next time :D Just make sure that you clean them well and get rid of any old wax!!

Make up Palette Tutorial

To press your powder you will need the kind of gel hand sanitizer with alcohol so it will evaporate to make it all sticky again.

Make up Palette Tutorial

Put your powder into the candle and add one squirt of sanitizer. Mix it very very well until it forms a paste:

Make up Palette Tutorial

Tip the paste into the metal tray and squish it down with the stick:

Make up Palette Tutorial

Using a piece of paper towel press all of the liquid out with your finger. Be careful to make it nice and flat and smoosh as much liquid out as you can. You can use this same technique to fix cracked/broken eyeshadows, pressed powder, blush and the like, very handy to know!

Make up Palette Tutorial

Taadaa let it dry and that’s it! Repeat with any other colours you want to put in there ^_^

Make up Palette Tutorial

Now I wanted to include a lip colour too so I took some lip sticks I didn’t 100% like the colours of and mixed my own ^_^

First thing I did was add some shimmer dust to my mixing bowl.

Make up Palette Tutorial

Then I cut off pieces of each of the lippies and added them…

Make up Palette Tutorial

Using the pliers I held my pliers over a lit candle to melt the colours together. I mixed it together properly and poured into the tray. To get a nice clean finish on the top I use a lighter to *VERY CAREFULLY* melt the top so it was perfect!

Make up Palette Tutorial

I ended up going with 4 eye shadows, 1 shimmer and 1 lip colour so this is what my finished colours looked like:

Make up Palette Tutorial

After that the last and yet somehow hardest step is to fit the felt piece over the top of the palette so you can glue it in place and wrap around to the back.

You should have a nice pretty little tray to go in your box like this:

Make up Palette Tutorial

The best part of this is that because it fits so snugly there is no need to glue it in place so in theory you could have one master box and put in a different palette depending on the make up you wanted to wear that day! At least that’s what I’m planning to do ^_^

Make up Palette Tutorial

Closed it looks like this:

Make up Palette Tutorial

So all in all I think this was a really good experiment! while it didn’t turn out perfectly, I can see what I want to improve for next time and I can’t wait to give it another go :D

Make up Palette Tutorial

What do you guys think? Have you ever done something like this before?

Mecca Maxima Opening Make Over Madness…

Nov 12, 2010 by

Ok so I went a bit overboard with the title XD To be fair it was pretty exciting! Mecca Maxima (which is kind of like Australia’s answer to Sephora) opened a store in Melbourne Central a couple of weeks ago and the whole beauty scene here has been buzzing about it!

So of course Celeste (go check out her new beauty blogbtw) and I had to go have a look see :D

Mecca Maxima Trip

We weren’t disappointed! The store is nice and large compared to other stores in Aus and everything was set out really well.


My feelings were completely justified when we happened to pop back in today and they all remembered us! Customer service WIN :D

Mecca Maxima Trip

Having my hair done:

Mecca Maxima Trip

Post getting my hair straightened, it looks so looooong :D

Mecca Maxima Trip

Celeste had her hair curled:

Mecca Maxima Trip

We bumped into the lovely Jess from Miss J Shopaholicand chatted to a lovely girl that she had met on the way over and much giggling was had.

Mecca Maxima Trip

After our hair and make up was done!

Mecca Maxima Trip

I told the lovely make up artist to go nuts and surprise me with a cute look, she got it 100% spot on with a pretty pinky/purple shadow. It’s not a shade I had considered much before because I’m so pale but I loved the outcome!

Mecca Maxima Trip

After I was given a sheet detailing all the products that were used with an example face so I could recreate it at home. She very cleverly added sticky tape so it didn’t rub off all over my handbag.

Mecca Maxima Trip

All in all I would very much recommend checking Mecca Maxima out if you’re in Melbourne and you are a make up lover! I will be going back as soon as my budget allows!

Mecca Maxima Trip

Cedel Dry Shampoo Review

Nov 11, 2010 by

Dry shampoo is kind of a foreign concept for me. I tend to use talcum powder on my fringe/roots if they’re dirty between washes because it’s cheap, it works well and it smells lovely (mine is scented like roses). I thought this would be quite fun to try when I got it in my MBBE bags :D


Pink Ardell Star False Eye Lashes Review

Nov 5, 2010 by

I was so excited to receive these lashes from the lovely She Falls Softly! I love pink, I love lashes so combining the two is the ultimate in awesomeness!!

Ardell Pink Lashes Review

They are 1/2 length and meant to be used as a little accent at the end of your lashes. They have a clear band which I found to be good as it was easy to disguise. The only problem with the band I found was that it was a little shiny so I had to disguise it a little with a little eyeliner to match it in with the rest of my look.

I wore them with fairly subdued make up and my hair in a low side bun. I added a pink streak to my hair to tie it all together and finished with a little white flower handmade by Reece.

Ardell Pink Lashes Review

VERDICT: Soft, pretty and good quality. Very good for an added point of interest in an outfit. Not sure where you can buy them or the price but DO WANT.

Maybelline Eye Studio Review

Nov 3, 2010 by

I don’t usually like brown tones… in anyt