Monday, 20 November 2017

Formal Season - Princess for a Night

Year 12 has come to an end.

The books are gone, the exams are finished, the stress is over! 

It's now time to get out the high heels, frock up and party at the formal.

This blog post is a bit different to the regular Fabulous and Fun Life posts in that it features my lovely daughter and her transformation into a beautiful fairy tale princess for the night of her formal.

The formal preparation for my daughter started months ago with the search for THE dress, shoes and handbag. 

She started off searching for dresses in stores in Sydney but then her search went online with her finally buying her dress from Lulus online.

Formal Ready

My daughter's formal up do hairstyle incorporating a tiara was created for her at Alchemy For Hair at the Macquarie Centre by the lovely Sarah.

The tiara was bought from Lovisa.

Formal Up Do Hairstyle With Tiara

She then had her makeup applied at Sephora Macquarie Centre by Kat. The cost for a full face of makeup is $85 which is fully redeemable on products. What a great excuse for me to stock up on some Sephora products whilst my daughter got her makeup done. Any excuse to buy more makeup and skincare - lol!

She also had a mani and pedi the day before at Professional Nails at the Macquarie Centre.

Formal Nails & Clutch

Below is a list of all the makeup used on my daughter. 

I have provided links to each product on Sephora online where possible to make it easy and convenient for you to find if you are wishing to purchase any of these makeup items to help you prepare for your Christmas and New Years Eve party season makeup looks.

Formal Makeup & Formal Hairstyle - Up-Do With Tiara

OMG! This newly released palette is sooooo stunning! Expensive but absolutely gorgeous! 

I need this in my life NOW!

Natasha Denona Star Palette

This amazing palette consists of 18 shades including 2 never before seen textures! 

It has 4 crystal eye shadows, 9 creamy mattes, 3 metallics & 2 duo chromes with silky soft textures. The shades are long lasting, have strong colour payoff and are easily blendable without creasing! What more could you possibly ask from a palette!

I so need it! It's at the top of my Christmas wish list! It will be THE perfect palette for the party season and especially for New Year's Eve!

Click HERE if you are interested in buying this palette but run don't walk as I've been advised it is likely to sell out!

Formal Makeup

Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Color in Sun Worship
Another amazing product that is on my wishlist!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner Blacquer - top, Brownout - bottom

This is another product I NEED in my life. 

Not only is this a lovely flattering blush with its combination of warm pinks and shimmering gold, it also smells divinely of pink grapefruits and vanilla! 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick in Beach Babe
Long wearing and moisture-rich this creamy full coverage lipstick is perfect for formals and the party season! And how gorgeous is the Beach Babe shade on my daughter! I bought this as soon as I saw it applied to my daughter's lips!

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So there you have all the steps involved in transforming my lovely daughter into a princess for the night of her formal.

And here's one last photo of my daughter with her twin brother before the formal. 

Yes, this proud mum had to sneak in a photo of her son too seeing that he looks so super handsome in his formal tuxedo. 

What makeup from Sephora would you buy to redeem a makeover?


Why pay full price when you can save! 

If you are wanting to buy any of the products listed and linked above please note that 
SEPHORA HAS 15% OFF ON BLACK FRIDAY on 24/11/2017 until Cyber Monday on 27/11/2017. 



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Monday, 13 November 2017

My Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing & Skin Toning Brush

The Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush deep cleanses, tones and beautifully conditions the skin.

It delivers a deep pore cleansing action for radiant refined skin. It effectively exfoliates the skin's surface to eliminate excess oil, dead skin cells, dirt and impurities whilst improving the absorption of your skin care products.

I was so excited when I was offered the opportunity to trial this cleansing brush as I had read quite a few brilliant reviews about it.

And I must say that it has definitely lived up to my high expectations.

Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush 

It is simple, quick and easy to use yet very effective.

The brush is soft and gentle.

The device has one button that you push once to Daily Cleanse and twice for Pulse Lift Toning.

The Vibra-Sonic technology results in deep cleansing with the PulseLift Toning mode boosting micro-circulation.

A light comes on to indicate when it is in Pulse Lift Mode so there's no confusing the two modes.

It has a built in timer and 20 second beeps for your T-Zone, cheeks and neck, and then stops after 1 minute. This prevents you from over using the brush.

How quick, easy and non-fuss is that!

Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush 

I've always been a double cleanse type of girl and I still continue to be.

I initially remove my makeup with micellar water, and then I use my regular favourite cleanser, the Ultraceuticals Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser, with the Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush.

My skin feels so wonderfully clean, soft and smooth afterwards I can't but help feel it! I know that sounds super weird but trust me you will know exactly what I mean once you use this brush for yourself.

After cleansing at night I then continue my nightly beauty routine by applying my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and then my Estee Lauder Nutritious Vitality8 Night creme/mask.

Since using the Cleansing Brush I have noticed that my products sink into my skin so much quicker than before. I love how this Magnitone London Cleansing Brush makes my good quality products even more effective!

After experiencing the thorough deep cleanse this brush provides I must say my skin feels so much cleaner, softer and smoother than it did after I used to manually cleanse my skin with my hands using the same products. 

I don't think I will ever go back to just manually cleansing my skin again!

My skin hasn't looked this radiant and glowing in years as it currently does.

Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush 

Another brilliant feature of the Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush that I absolutely love is that it is 100% waterproof.

As a result of this feature I am able to use this brush in the shower which is so convenient and saves me valuable time rather than cleansing my skin after my shower. 

This brush also comes with a convenient wireless USB magnetic travel charger and travel bag.

The Magnitone London Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Cleansing Brush is available for purchase from It has a RRP of $120 but is currently on sale for $96 making it a great Christmas gift for a best friend, relative or even yourself.

A set of two replacement heads for this cleaning brush is priced at $30. I have been using my brush for over a month now and my brush is not showing any signs of wear yet. 

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Beauty Related Elf On The Shelf Ideas

Elf on the Shelf is a fabulous and fun Christmas tradition loved by kids of all ages, and to be honest, loved by me and other parents too!

Elf on the Shelf comes to visit daily each December until Christmas and reports back to Santa each night whether the kids in the household have been naughty or nice! 

It's amazing how much better behaved young kids are when they know that Santa is being advised about them each and every night! 

Each morning Elf can be found in a different location in the house doing a different, often mischievous activity.

Being a beauty blogger I couldn't resist compiling this selection of my favourite beauty related Elf on the Shelf ideas for you.

If you are looking to buy an Elf on the Shelf for your own family's fun this year you can find them online hereThere is a choice of a boy or girl elf, with light or dark skin.

The Elf On The Shelf

The following are my favourite beauty related Elf on the Shelf ideas that our family's elf will be getting up to this December.

I love having a bubble bath, as do my kids, and our Elf will be having at least a couple of bubble baths of various types throughout December. Here's some of the best Elf bubble baths I've seen!

Elf Relaxing in a Marshmallow Bubble Bath! Image from Life With My Littles

Elf Relaxing in a more luxurious Marshmallow Bubble Bath! Image from Natalme

Elf Balloon Bubble Baths are also fun, especially as your child can get in among these too! Original source unknown. 

Elves like bathing in 100s & 1000s too! They say it's a good exfoliator! Image from Lily Shop.

Chocolate facials & chocolate baths are another current trend in Elf beauty skin treatments! Image from Natalme.

Remember that chocolate bath on the Bachelor a few seasons ago! 

December is hard work for an Elf so a spa day pampering break is required! Original source unknown.

After the chocolate facial and spa treatment it's makeup time! Elf might need a little practice with the makeup however! Original source unknown. 

This Elf has never looked better thanks to her makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist & assistants! If only I had this sort of an entourage! Image from Chicfluff

After all these beauty treatments & pampering it's time for an Elfie! Image from Kirsten and Co.

And then it's time for an Elf date! Original source unknown. 

Or two! Image from Heather Spohr/BuzzFeed.

If you are wanting to start a fun Elf tradition yourself this December with your children you can find an Elf on the Shelf online here

Check out my Elf On A Shelf Christmas Ideas Pinterest board for many more non-beauty related, mischievous and humourous Christmas Elf shenanigan ideas HERE

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Monday, 30 October 2017

New Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palettes

Subtle, vibrant, smokey, electric ..... no matter which of these eye looks you want to create Rimmel London has a new and improved Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palette to suit you!

Rimmel has now released four new Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palettes in four new shade editions:
  • #001 Nude Edition
  • #002 Blush Edition
  • #003 Smoke Edition
  • #004 Colour Edition.
These palettes are all so versatile. Each has a mix of high shimmer, satin and matte shades to create both sophisticated day time looks and also night time drama looks.

The formula is ultra smooth and the shades are easily blendable and beautifully pigmented. They are rich, stay true colours.

Even better these shades are long lasting, crease proof and fade proof.

#001 Nude Edition

This palette has a sophisticated mix of beige, taupe and coffee colours.

Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palette
#001 Nude Edition

#002 Blush Edition

This palette is my personal favourite out of these four, with it's gorgeous line-up of dusky pink and plum tones. And the shimmer shades look amazing!

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes eye Contouring Palette
#002 Blush Edition

#003 Smoke Edition

Who doesn't love a sultry smokey eye?! 

This must have palette features a collection of every grey imaginable from dove to pewter to slate to silver and charcoal! 

It's such a versatile palette enabling you to create everyday elegant looks to dramatic shimmering night time looks.

Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eye Conouring Palette
#003 Smoke Edition

#004 Colour Edition

This final palette, the Colour Edition, is especially exciting for my ethnic skinned beauty loving friends who often can't find a palette with deep and vibrant enough shades for their colouring.

In a first from Rimmel, they have designed a striking and varied shade combo palette that's  specially designed for black and darker skin tones. 

I love that beauty brands are starting to reflect the diversity of our population and cater for everyone. 

Mind you, the gorgeous copper, coral, azure and emerald hues in this palette totally appeal to me too!

Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palette
#004 Colour Edition

If you are interested in buying any of the Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palettes click HERE. The RRP of each palette is a very reasonable $21.95.

Which of the above Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palettes appeals to you the most - the Nude, Blush, Smoke or Colour Edition?


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