Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meandering through Melbourne

Before we left on our most recent trip I told Sam how I'd never been to the Melbourne Museum before and he was surprised to say the least! Luckily, our Airbnb was a two minute walk and because we're both students we got free entry to the museum, so we spent a good six hours taking in as much of the incredible exhibitions as we could.

We spent so much time in the natural history/science displays that we got barely half way through the upstairs sections before we ran out of time, so we ended up going back for another few hours on our last day in town.

I was so excited to see Phar Lap! When I was little one of my favourite books was The Enemies by Robin Klein, and one of the main characters loved visiting the museum to see Phar Lap and I always wanted to go and see him too, and at the ripe old age of 23 I finally did it! I couldn't get over how huge he is, I don't know much about horses but I assume theyr'e not all this bloomin' big.

After the museum closed I third wheeled on a stroll through Carlton Gardens and down into Bourke Street with Sam and his best friend Matt. We had an early dinner in a cozy little Japanese curry shop, it was cheap and cheerful, but still super tasty! By the time we hopped the tram back to Fitzroy it was almost seven o'clock and after such a big day, I needed a nap.

Melbourne is so much bigger and busier than Adelaide and it really tends to stress me out, but this day we spent wandering through the gardens showed me another, much more peaceful side of the city that I've really come to love.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

High Tea at Ladurée

During my recent trip to Melbourne I was finally able to take a trip to Chadstone and indulge in High Tea at Ladurée with my lovely friend Aneta, and it was nothing short of wonderful! I have to say, I was a little skeptical considering the café doesn't have an onsite kitchen so I thought that the food would be a little so-so, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how fresh everything was.

The tea came with three tiers of delicious treats. Beginning with crisp apple and cucumber finger sandwiches, followed by deliciously crumbly petite madeleines, and finished with a selection of macarons; three choices each.

I know that everyone gripes about how expensive Ladurée macarons are because they're all made overseas and freighted into the country, but they were without a doubt some of the most delicious macarons I've ever eaten. The shells were perfectly crunchy on the outside, and gave way to a marvellously soft and chewy inner. The macaron flavours I chose were salted caramel, rose petal, and coffee, while Aneta also had the salted caramel, as well as pistachio and matcha. I wish I'd bought a box to take away with me, but of course after hours wandering through the maze that is Chadstone I was totally exhausted and forgot to go back for them!

The High Tea also came with a choice of a pot of the cafés special tea blends or an espresso coffee. Aneta chose a pot of the Othello tea, a blend of black tea with a variety of warm spices, while I had a wonderfully rich milk chocolate mocha. 

I wish I'd been able to take some photos of the café itself because it really is a lovely space, but unfortunately there were always crowds of people in the way, so I've pinched a couple from Google to illustrate. It's right in the middle of a big atrium under a glass roof, so on the day we went we were able to eat under the sunshine without getting too warm. 

I really loved everything about my trip to Ladurée. The space was very comfortable and breezy, the service was fantastic, and the food definitely exceeded my expectations, I can't wait to go back on my next Melbourne visit!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review Time! Australis Oh 2 Glow Foundation

Let me preface this review by saying that I like my coffee hot, my caramel salted, and my foundation coverage full as hell, so it's not often I go in for a formula with a description that doesn't contain the words 'high pigment' or 'long wearing'. Australis' Oh 2 Glow foundation doesn't claim to be a full coverage product, instead boasting a more buildable formula, but with the added benefits of aloe vera and vitamin E, I'm willing to give it a shot.

'Finally, a flawless foundation that gives you great coverage and a natural glow! With light-diffusing properties, The fluid formula smooths skin, evens complexion and disguises imperfections.
The illuminating texture is soft on the skin yet delivers great coverage.

Containing numerous skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin A, C and E, and Aloe Vera, this easy to blend formula is ideal to perfect your complexion and look flawless all day.
As a buildable foundation you can decide on the level of coverage you want – one pump for a sheer coverage, more for heavier coverage. '

I picked this bad boy up during Australis' 50% off sale because I was in need of a lighter foundation for daily wear. I also couldn't find many reviews for it so I thought I might be able to contribute something of use!

Made of frosted glass, the bottle feels heavy in the hand and looks fancy on the vanity. It also features a pump lid, which is definitely becoming much more common in drugstore foundations but is still a very welcome surprise!

I really like Australis cosmetics because they're so committed to their cruelty free status and ensuring that their products are vegan friendly, whether or not a brand engages in animal testing in any form is a dealbreaker for me, and I know that Australis products are guaranteed to be cruelty free.

The formula itself smells slightly similar to sunscreen, which I love. It's a smooth consistency, a little bit thicker than a BB cream, but not so thick that it feels like war paint, and takes me about two and a half pumps worth to cover my face. I've been wearing this foundation for a week now and I really like it! It's a nice alternative to the heavier foundations that I normally use, and the added goodness of vitamin E and aloe vera help to calm my skin down when it's looking red and blotchy but I don't want to expose the world to my creature-of-the-deep, makeup free face. 

I set it with Australis' Fresh & Flawless powder and finish it off with their setting spray (both scored for half price) and I've found that around three hours after application it definitely starts to wear in my T-Zone and requires a quick touch up, but other than that it stays put. 

So, if you're looking for a lightweight option to pull you through the summer months, give this a go! You can grab it for $22.95 on the Australis website.