BIOMASK ALGAE & MINERALS PEEL OFF MASK | FIRST IMPRESSION

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Guess what?

I have a new video on my channel! It is a first impression on the Biomask Algae and Minerals Peel Off Mask 🙂

If you would like to know my opinion on the mask and how it applies click the link to see the video.

Algae & Minerals Peel Off Mask | First Impression

PEEL OF MASK FIRST IMPRESSION THUMBNAIL

Than Q (btw, LOVE Shani and Michael!!)

Talia xo

PRODUCT REVIEW | RIMMEL ‘BROW THIS WAY’ EYEBROW GEL

My eyebrows are extremely untameable! I can never get them to sit the way I want them to, I always have one hair pointing south and another one pointing north. It’s extremely frustrating especially when I get them to sit well in the morning (after a struggle) but then throughout the day I look in the mirror or take a photo and DUN DUN there is my facial compass out to play!

I was sent by Coty PR the Brow This Way Brow Gel by Rimmel. When I received it I was super excited to use it because I haven’t ever really used a brow gel before. Only when I started out with makeup I used a really cheap one from the Australis brand and I remember it seemed like it had just snowed on my eyebrows… Yes, this is why I never used a brow gel for years until I received this one in the mail!

To start off with, I like the fact that the brow gel range has a variety of shades to choose from. Therefore, whatever colour your hair, there is a gel to match. The shades are:

001 Blonde

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002 Medium Brown

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003 Dark Brown

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004 Clear

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I received the clear gel as I am always a little hesitant when it comes to my eyebrows. Even with pencils, pomades, or any other product that is used for the eyebrows I get scared to use them. I always worry that if I get a product that is the same colour or similar to my hair that my eyebrows will look like thick dark slugs on my face. I worry about this because my eyebrows are already pretty much black and I have had a couple of incidents where my eyebrows looked a little ridiculous and I was quite embarrassed. So I am really glad that I got the clear shade as that way it just helps put the hairs into place and doesn’t add extra colour or anything else to my eyebrows.

I am actually really impressed with this product. It definitely does a great job at taming your eyebrows and keeping them in place for the day. This product doesn’t leave your eyebrows feeling hard as if you have put wax on them (like some other eyebrow products) and also doesn’t leave your brows with white snow flakes.

Another pro about this product is that it’s a great price! It’s only $9.71 (Aussie dollar) at Priceline stores. I love this product and I would definitely recommend you purchase it at your nearest Priceline or Ulta store, or whatever other store stocks Rimmel 😛

What is your favourite brow product? Let me know in the comments as I would really love to add some to my makeup collection 🙂

Talia xo

 

TRAVEL MAKEUP ESSENTIALS

And… I have already failed my April challenge! The flight was so long and tiring that when I got to Spain I zonked out immediately. I am jet lagged at the moment and it’s 2am of day 3 in Spain. Honestly, to beat jet lag the only thing you can really do is soldier on and try and stay awake until night but I just was not functioning and fell asleep at 6pm, woke up at 12:15pm and now I am awake. Hopefully I can fall asleep really soon to be ready for tomorrow because we are on the search for snow! I’m going to try and do weekly vlogs on my channel so stay tuned! The next words you will read are what I was supposed to have posted day 3 of my April challenge. I had written it last month so it was ready to go 🙂 Enjoy xx

April 3rd, 2017

Today is the day! We are leaving for Spain tonight so I’m preparing myself for the 26 hour flight! I mean, we are not actually on the plane for a whole 26 hours, but we are actually travelling for that amount of time. So 16 and a half hours to get to Doha in Qatar (obviously flying with Qatar airline) and another 8 or so hours to get to Madrid, Barajas. When my next post goes up I will be in beautiful Spain! Apparently it has been snowing so maybe with a bit of luck we get to see some snow!

I don’t know about you but I really enjoy watching and reading what makeup products people pack for their trip. I just find that it kind of gives me ideas on what to pack when I travel. I’m the type of person that ALWAYS over packs to the max so it is actually really good for me to get ideas on just the essentials to include in my travel makeup bag. In saying this, I have been getting better which is great!

Since I believe that I have improved in this aspect of packing for a trip I decided to let you guys in on what makeup essentials I will be taking with me to Spain! Honestly, it is not a big deal if I forget anything at home because let’s just be real, Spain has makeup stores just like in Australia so if I do forget anything or if I am running low on any of the products, I can always buy whatever it may be over there. However, there are some products from Australia that Spain may not have. For example, although Spain does stock Maybelline, I have not seen the Brow Satin Brow Pencil on display and this product is a MUST for me (if you have seen my Current Favourites video you would have seen this guy featured 😉 ). Therefore, this product is one that I have bought a couple of to take with me because I’m worried that I won’t find anything that I will like as much.

Let’s get into it!!

FACE:

1. Let’s just start with the product that I have mentioned already, the Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil. I find that this brow pencil could be a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz. I actually bought what was left of this product at the 40% Off Priceline Sale because I love it that much that I cannot leave the country without it!

2. The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I don’t actually remember seeing this in Spain but I’m sure they do have it and I just missed it while I was there. This foundation is my all time favourite everyday foundation.

3. L’Oreal Infallible Foundation. I actually discovered my love for this foundation in Spain! I had run out of my foundation while I was over there so I decided to give the L’Oreal one a go and now it is my favourite foundation if I want to wear a little more makeup than usual, like for a night out for example. I like to take it from here so that I just have it in my colour and I don’t inconvenience myself in the first couple of days while I am jetlagged to go and buy it, but at least when I end up running out if it I can get it from there which is a plus!

4. My Australis Fresh and Flawless powder in deep natural is definitely a must! Obviously Spain doesn’t stock the brand Australis and their powder is my favourite to set my under eye area! Definitely not forgetting that one.

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5. The next essential is the Rimmel setting powder in the shade translucent. Now this one is not a MUST but I like to have it with me so that I at least have one for the first week or so that I am in Spain. I have found a dupe in Spain that is the Catrice powder. I have actually posted a review of this product and brand on my blog. Here is the link to is if you are interested in reading about the brand —>> It is cheaper than the Rimmel powder and just as good!

6. BECCA Highlight in Moonstone! I love this highlight! I don’t even know if they stock BECCA in Spain! Maybe in the big cities like Madrid and Barcelona, but where I live they do not have stores like MECCA and SEPHORA which sucks big time! So I definitely have to take this one with me!

7. MAC blush in Breezy which I love! This blush is perfect for the Spring and Summer as it is Spring right now in Spain it is a thumbs up from me. Another thing with MAC is that they do not stock it near me! If I want to get something from MAC I have to travel 2-3 hours!

EYES:

1. MAC eyeshadow in Saddle comes with me everywhere I go. I don’t think I would be able to live without this eyeshadow! It’s a shadow that always gets me out of travel and I use it for me everyday makeup routine (Click here —>> “Everyday Makeup Routine” to check out my video).

2. The eyeliner that I never let myself run out of as I always stock up on it every time I see that in a few days I will not be able to keep sharpening. It is the Maybelline Master Liner in Kohl!

3. Last but not least my new favourite L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara! I don’t really have to say much about this mascara other than it is A M A Z I N G!

Aaaaaaannndd I cannot go without my Morphe brushes! Clean and ready to board the flight with me.
There you have it guys! My travel makeup essentials 🙂

I hope you guys have a great day and I’ll see you in Spain!

Talia xo

CURRENT FAVOURITES | BEAUTY, SKIN CARE, ACCESSORIES & MORE!

There’s a new video on my channel! Have you seen it?

I hope you enjoy it! What have you been loving lately? Leave them in the comments, I would love to know. Maybe give me some ideas of what I should try out 🙂

CLICK HERE —>>> CURRENT FAVOURITES ❤

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Until next time 😀

Talia xo

Summer Clothing Haul | Ghanda, Temt, Cotton On

It’s raining, it’s pouring and it’s time for a new blog post!

Hey guys! Welcome back to my blog 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope you are all having a great start to the week and a lot of positive vibes are coming your way. Today I decided to share with you all some clothing items that I have purchased throughout these past few weeks. I posted a video on my YouTube channel so that you can get a closer look at all the cute summery items that have made it into my closet this Summer. They range from cute crop tops, happy pants (name given to comfortable, flowy, pants that make me happy 😛 ), sandals and more!

I love watching haul videos on YouTube lately and that is what has inspired to share with you my haul! It you enjoyed this video please give it a like and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to keep updates with all my uploads 🙂

 

Thank you so much for meeting up with me again and I’ll speak to you soon.

 

Talia xo

“Forget the rules.
If you like it wear it”
– Jesonline.com

Before & After (2011-2016) – My change to a healthier lifestyle

I know these photos are pretty far apart but I have been on and off with my healthy eating and workout routines the past few years therefore I haven’t had drastic changes in just a few months. I have worked so hard to get to where I am now and I could not be happier. I am in no way saying that I absolutely love the way I look right now and that there is nothing I want to change, I mean I still have a long way to go in terms of loosing a little bit more weight and toning my body, but I am looking and feeling a lot better than I did a few years ago!

When looking at before and after pictures of myself I do not only look at my physical appearance but I also associate the way I look in the photos with how I was feeling both mentally and emotionally at that particular time of my life.

Back in 2011 I was not happy at all with the way I looked. I did not particularly like getting photos taken of me because I felt embarrassed and I forced myself to smile. Although at this time I was not going through a bad situation I just felt down about my weight, my belly, my arms and legs and I just wanted to hide them all the time because I felt extremely uncomfortable! (I’m not playing the woe me card at all, I’m just explaining how I was feeling at the time in order to compare the difference from then to now). I was feeling lethargic all the time and just really weak. I tried to go on a diet and eat less and healthier foods but I was always discouraged because I never saw a difference so I would just give up, get upset, complain and continue not caring about what foods I consumed. When you are feeling this way emotionally it is extremely difficult to change the way you think about eating the right foods and also being patient about noticing results. I always expected results right away. I did not know anything about having a balanced diet back then, I just thought that not eating would help me lose weight. I would not eat much for a few days so I was always really hungry and that is how I became discouraged because when I didn’t see results in two days I would binge eat and what a shock, I wouldn’t lose the weight! I knew that I needed to make a change but now looking back I just didn’t have the confidence and the willpower to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
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In the year of 2013 is where I felt that my life changed for the better in terms of weight loss. At this time I went on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride, I went through a bit of depression and my anxiety was at its peak due to a few things that happened that year. To try and deal with all of this I decided to turn to YouTube and found Blogilates. I would literally sit there on the couch and watch Casey’s workout videos; I wouldn’t just watch five seconds of the video I would watch the entire 10-15 minutes without even doing the workout myself. I saw how happy she looked and sounded while doing the exercises and I also read the comments on her videos and read about how happy people were about the results they were seeing from doing her workouts which in turn made me feel happier so I decided to one day give it a go. I bought myself a cheap yoga mat from Kmart and put on her ‘Pilates for Beginners’ video and started following her instructions. It was damn hard but I got through it and after that workout I was hooked! I guess you could say I turned a little Khloé Kardashian getting really into my workouts (a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean, right?) I could not and did not want to stop working out! I was working out every day doing at least five Blogilates videos a day and then I realised that Casey released a workout calendar every month stating which workouts to do every day so I then began to follow these calenders and added 20 minutes of cardio which was running on the treadmill (I did start off with walking and running until I was able to jog the entire 20 minutes 🙂 ). I felt so good! I loved the pain the days following a good hardcore workout and I just loved feeling the sweat drip from my body! Gross but true.

I also slowly started going to the gym which I never wanted to step foot in due to my anxiety of being in a closed space with many people that seemed to know exactly what they were doing. I would literally work up a sweat before I even stepped foot in the gym. But I did it and I can now walk into a gym by myself with no issues 😀 I just suddenly woke up to myself and realised that everyone that goes to the gym is there for the same reasons as me – for results and to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Fast forward to now, February 2016, and I am feeling amazing! I am starting to really like the way I look and I am absolutely loving the way I am feeling. I now know the importance of having a balanced diet! Working out has become a big part of my life and I cannot see myself stopping. Exercising and feeding my body the right foods has made me feel less lethargic, happier and has helped me sleep so good throughout the night! I have also started attending F45 sessions which are INTENSE but absolutely amazing. If you like to SWEAT and feel those muscles shake by the end of a workout I definitely recommend looking into taking up some F45 classes, you will not be disappointed! I now spend my money on workout attire because I have become a bit obsessed with working out… I love it!

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Not great quality either, sorry! 😦

I hope you enjoyed reading about my change throughout the years to a healthier me. I would like to thank one of my best friends Alyssa who has helped me so much this past year with pushing me to do things that are out of my comfort zone in terms of exercising and for always supporting me and helping me get through my “I can’t do this” phases. If you are wanting to make a change toward a healthier you, take the plunge! It took me a few years to get to where I am but if I can do it I am 110% CERTAIN that you can do it as well. Go out and by yourself some cute workout clothes and a good pair of runners (Asics is the way to go) and also watch peoples transformations on YouTube or download the Blogilates app to be a part of the Blogilates community, by doing these things it motivates you to go hard and it will help you realise that you have to work hard and be patient to notice results 🙂

If you would like know more about my workouts and healthy eating let me know in the comments 🙂

“Love yourself enough to
live a healthier lifestyle”

Talia xo

 

Product Review & Comparison | Clinique Eye Creams

Here is a surprise post for this week! 😀

My eye area has always been a very oily part of my face, however since June my skin done a 360 on me and I was getting really dry around my eyes. I had never experienced it, there were flakey areas and my makeup was not sitting well on my skin; not a pleasant experience. Although I have always had really dark under eye circles, due to the oiliness I had never used an eye cream because I felt that it would just add to the grease and I could just cover up the darkness with makeup.

When I started to see this change in my skin I knew that I needed an eye cream of some sort but I wasn’t really sure which brand to go for or if I should go for a serum, gel, or cream. So many options!! When I was in town shopping with my sister we were in Myer and while we were in there I decided to check out the Clinique counter to see what they would recommend for my eyes. The lady was really lovely and showed me two products – All about Eyes and All About Eyes Rich. Allow me to explain the difference between the two:

Clinique All About Eyes

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Photo credit: www.clinique.com.au

This eye cream feels lovely around the eyes. It is a very lightweight product and claims to diminish the puffiness and under-eye circles. I noticed right away a difference in my eyes. The puffiness is nowhere near as prominent as it was prior to using the cream. As for the under-eye circles, I have a very veiny eye area (one of my insecurities) so it is a little difficult to notice any drastic changes to my dark circles. In saying this, I have found that the darkness has been reduced slightly, not as much as I would have liked though but hopefully I will continue to see improvements as I continue to use this cream.

Also, this product is extremely hydrating and it instantly helped the dryness around my eyes. In addition to this, the flakiness completely disappeared about a week into using this amazing cream! As a result, my makeup now glides on super nicely on my eyes 🙂 I apply this cream in the morning and at night. I can honestly say that I am in love with this Clinique eye cream. Aaaaaand a little goes a long way, so it lasts a while!

Clinique All About Eyes Rich

I started using this eye cream as a mistake. I actually wanted to repurchase

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Photo credit: www.clinique.com.au

the All About Eyes but when I asked the lady at the Clinique counter for the eye cream I had not realised that she gave me the Rich instead. I thought about returning it because I’m the kind of person, especially when it comes to skincare products, that if I find something that I really like I generally continue repurchasing the same product because I know that it does the job for me. In the end I decided to keep the Rich cream and try it out so that I could write this post comparing the two and seeing which one I liked best 🙂

Similar to the All About Eyes cream, the All About Eyes Rich claims to diminish the appearance of under-eye circles and puffs. This eye product also assists in minimising fine lines, “strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier” and “helps boost natural collagen production” (clinique.com.au). This product is thicker and is more of a moisturising cream than a gel like the All About Eyes. In my opinion I don’t feel like it is as hydrating as the All About Eyes. You don’t have to use much of this product. I apply it to my eyes both in the morning and at night and I do like the difference that I am seeing in my fine lines on the outer corners of my eyes.

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Although Clinique suggests that both these products work well for all skin types, I would not recommend the All About Eyes cream for those who have an oily eye area because it is extremely hydrating and adds to the grease. As for the All About Eyes Rich I would agree with Clinique and say that it would work well for all skin types.

I believe that you could use these eye creams in conjunction with each other. Although they both target the reduction of puffs and dark under-eye circles the rich also helps with the fine lines and collagen production. If you were to do this I would apply the Rich at night and the All About Eyes in the morning 🙂

I really do like both these eye creams and I recommend them both 100%. However, my personal preference is the first one that I spoke about which is the All About Eyes cream. I love the fact that it is very lightweight, super hydrating and makes the skin around your eyes feel nice and fresh which assists in waking you up in the morning and soothes of a night time. I will definitely be repurchasing this one as soon as I finish the ‘Rich’.

I hope you found this post helpful if you were looking for an eye cream for yourself. Although I say that once I find something that works for me I repurchase that product, I do like to find new products! So if you have a favourite eye cream that you use, leave it in the comments so that I can give it a try 🙂

Of course I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas spending time with your loved ones ❤ I hope Santa is good to you 😉

Thank you for reading and until next time!

“I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin
care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup”
– Demi Moore

Talia xo