Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cakes with Kitty

After what seemed like ten years of waiting, Sam and I finally got to visit the first Australian Hello Kitty Café in Adelaide! As you may have already noticed, I'm a real sucker for anything cute, and while I may be firmly on the Rilakkuma wagon there's no way I would pass up an opportunity to hang out with everyones favourite cat girl.

I didn't get to take any photos of the decor because it was quite crowded and I didn't want to look like a weirdo, but I did take plenty of our food!

I had the fruit eclair and it was huge! I'm not very good with eyeball measurements but I think it would have had to have been at least forty centimetres long and stuffed full of summery fruits. My favourite part was definitely the macaron though, I think it was green tea flavoured and it was super crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside - the perfect macaron texture - and the little pink bow was chocolate.

The drink I had was called a Surfed Baby. It was a caramel milk tea with hints of honey, topped with cream, caramel sauce, and another pink kitty bow. We went on a particularly dreary day and this baby sweetened me up significantly, if you visit the café I would definitely recommend trying it!

Sam had the Chocolate Potty, which was a layered dessert made up of chocolate spongecake, ice cream, crushed oreo 'dirt' and meringue 'mushrooms'. I only got to try a mouthful because it disappeared so fast, so I think that means it was delicious! 

And of course, what's a trip out without some bathroom selfies? I'm pretty excited to try everything on the menu so I've no doubt this will turn into a series of posts haha. The only thing I didn't like was how noisy it was, but that can't be helped I guess, and it was a little bit pricey but you do get a lot for your money so that's justified as well. If you're a fan of the cuter things in life, make sure you check it out!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Beautynetkorea Haul

I've recently had a whole bunch of issues with my skin, and it sucks. Some days it's dry and patchy, other days it's like the bottom of a bucket of hot chips. It's gross and I can never seem to get it right when it comes to skin care, and I end up wasting money on products that just make it worse. So after some research I decided to make an order from Beautynetkorea and it was an excellent choice.

I've been using the Missha Creamy Latte Chocolate cleansing foam (it's gold and it really smells like chocolate! Amazing!) in the mornings, the Etude House Baking Powder deep cleansing foam in the evenings and the Etude House Wonder Pore toner (I only got a sample size to try it out, but I will definitely be getting a full size bottle) after each, and even though it's only been four days, my skin is already clearer, brighter, and smoother. I also can't believe the value for money, these tubes are HUGE and they were both under ten dollars each - the same thing quality product bought in store here would be above the fifteen dollar mark at the very least.

I'm such a sucker for sweet packaging, and these cuties are no exception! I'll post a more detailed review of these guys at a later date, but so far I can say that I'm diggin' them heaps.

And look at all these samples! The postage for my order took nearly a month, so the pile of freebies definitely buttered me up a little bit. I haven't used any of them yet because I can't decide where to start haha, I love a good face mask.

So, what're my thoughts on Beautynetkorea? I love it. The postage was a bit slow for my liking, but it was free and I didn't realise you could upgrade it to tracked postage for $2.50 (or free when you order more than $50 worth) until after I'd placed my order. Everything arrived carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and neatly packed in a small cardboard box, so nothing was damaged during shipping. But what really made it worth the wait was the prices - everything I bought came to around $40. That is positively minuscule for the amount of things I got compared to what you pay for skincare and cosmetics in Australia, so I will most definitely be ordering from Beautynetkorea again!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review Time!

I've gotten out of the drugstore and waltzed my way down to the semi-high end spectrum of the makeup world, and I'm kind of stoked about it. I've wanted to try a new foundation for a while because while I've been a dedicated wearer of Revlon's ColourStay for about three years now, my skin has changed and it's just not working for me anymore. I also figured that while I'm movin' on up, I may as well get myself a flawless base also!

I tried to swatch them, but I just do not have the kind of hands that look nice in swatch photos so I'll just have to settle on describing them as well as I possibly can, and by utilising the Mecca websites product descriptions. The primer is as follows:

'An award-winning oil-free primer that controls the look of shine and oil whilst extending the wear of your makeup. The revolutionary formula is infused with a blend of vitamins, peptides and antioxidants to absorb oil and mattify skin, whilst light diffusers minimise the appearance of imperfections.'
And the foundation:

'Designed to withstand the heat of professional sets, this popular long-wear foundation contains light-diffusing spheres designed to blur and camouflage imperfections. The foundation also features a water, sweat and humidity resistant formula ensures that your skin appears flawless for up to fifteen hours. Oil-free'

I love the texture of both of these products, and I love love love the primer! It has quite a light, thin consistency, so it dries on my face straight away and it makes it feel super smooth and velvety. I have quite visible pores across my nose and cheeks, and this primer blurs them out better than any other primer I've tried before. It also feels really cool and refreshing when applied, which is going to be super nice in the hot Australian summer months.

I got the foundation in 1.1, the lightest shade, and when I pump it out onto my hand it looks like it would be too dark, but when applied it melts into my face and matches perfectly. It's a little bit sticky, but once it warms up it's very easy to blend with a combination of my fingers and a sponge. The pump doesn't give out a lot of product, but a little of this stuff goes a long way so you don't really need a lot anyway. The coverage isn't flawless, but I think that might have more to do with my lack of professional technique than the foundation itself - but hey, I'm workin' on it!

I've been swooning over the Too Faced Sweetheart blushes for months now and I'm so stoked to finally own one! The packaging alone is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but the product inside is also pretty fab, here's the description:

'Sweethearts blush was developed with easy application and a no-fail colour palette in mind--to take the guesswork out of creating a sweet, romantic flush. It's the little black dress of blushes. With three perfect swatches, you can just swirl the colours together and apply, or use more of one shade for a custom flush or highlight.'

I bought it in Candy Glow, and glow it certainly does. It takes a few applications to build the colour up, but it provides a really nice glowy, pink flush, which is exactly what I want from a blush. But let's be real, I would've bought it even if it was terrible because the box is so cute.

So, what's the verdict? I LOVE these products, and it was so worth having to save my scratch for them because I know they'll last a long time. I'm really hoping to build on my makeup skills over the next few months so I'm excited to play with these products some more, and I'd highly recommend them if you've been considering purchasing them. Treat Yo'self!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Katy's Garden

Bernie Dexter Dress // Target Cardigan (customised by me) // Asos Flats // Bunny House Petticoat // Flower Crown by my amazing friend Ellie

During the Prismatic show, Katy talks about her garden in LA and all the things she grows (including kale, what an adorably healthy hipster) so I decided to dress up as her garden! I've also decided that I want to wear a petticoat at all times because it gives me this huge personal space bubble, as well as extra butt padding when I sit down, so there's really no downside to it. Petticoats forever!

Prismatic World Tour

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of Katy Perry. A big, big fan. So when she announced the Prismatic World Tour of course I was going to buy tickets to as many shows as I could, which turned out to be two because it sold out so fast. Sam and I had VIP tickets for the Adelaide show on the 11th of November, and then we travelled to Melbourne for the 18th of November. I forgot my SD card when I went to the Adelaide show (good one) but I took a lot of photos in Melbourne, so this is going to be quite a picture heavy post - follow the cut for more KP goodness!