Thursday, 20 November 2014

The curse of Asian eyelashes

There are infants..... male infants... who have longer lashes than me.  That is an absolute true story.  I have the curse of Asian eyelashes - short, stumpy and very very sparse.  On a section (about 1/3) of my left eyelash line I literally have 2 lone lashes.

I've tried many different mascaras and I haven't yet found my holy grail, just using a Clinique one as that's the one I most recently bought.  When Priceline announced their 40% cosmetics sale I thought I'd dig around for another lengthening mascara.

I came across this Mirenesse Instant Lash Transplant Lengthening Kit.  My Mum introduced me to Mirenesse a few years ago and I loved their mascara and lip gloss.  For some reason over the years I'd forgotten about them but when I saw the Lash Transplant product I knew I had to try it.

Step 1 is what they call transplant gel which to me looks like mascara.

Step 2 is the white fibres that attach to the transplant gel.

(sorry for the shocking photo but you get a general idea)...

Then you use the transplant gel again to make the white fibres black.

Step 3 is to comb out the lashes.

And voila!

I had some questions on Instagram....

Are they extensions?  Hehe no

How does it feel on?  I could definitely 'feel' it on my lashes but it didn't bother me throughout the day.  I have particularly sensitive eyes though (hence not being able to put contacts in) and by night time I felt like I was ready to take them off.  No need for makeup remover, just water was enough to wash them out - another plus.

Where can I buy this miracle worker? Jas they're an Aussie brand so I don't think you can get it in London.  Maybe you can get a friend to send you a care package from Aus?  Or I can do it if you want?

How does it compare to Chanel Le Volume? Actually never tried Chanel Deb, sorry :(  It's better than any lengthening mascara I've tried though, from Clinique to Maybelline to Estee Lauder.

What's it like on the transfer front?  No transfer that I noticed Q :)

NB: not a sponsored post, just a great product.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Head & Heart

Helen and Teresa have been posting these Head&Heart posts and I've just never gotten round to doing it for one reason or another.... til today.

What I've been grateful for ~

An amazing and happy work environment for the first time in almost 4 years!  I have an incredibly supportive Manager and a great team who I enjoy working with.  I'm being appropriately recognised and feel like an integral member of the team.  Plus, they give me cake.

Also grateful for my best friend who is amazing and makes me not need a huge group of female friends because she is all I need.

What I've been thinking about~

Pop.  RIP.

What I'm excited for~

BALI!  Man this trip will creep up on me.  Strangely not terribly excited for Christmas and NYE at the moment, although I'm sure I'll get there once the public Christmas trees start going up.

Also excited for Jan when I start a new role as Team Lead for my team.  I think I'm up for the challenge.

What I've been doing!

Actually going to the gym on a regular basis and enjoying it.  I wasn't able to go all week til Friday and when I got in I did a double session.  It's helping me take my mind off work for a bit of time while I increase my fitness levels and I actually feel great afterwards (I know most people feel great whilst/after they exercise but I never have.... weird)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

What I wore this week

Asos dress, Sheike belt, Michael Kors Sutton bag, Louboutin Love Me
Forever New skirt, Diane von Furstenberg blouse, Louboutin Love Me, T&Co necklace
Walter Baker silk blouse, Karl Lagerfield pants, Oroton watch, Chanel necklace, Louboutin Love Me
Diane von Furstenberg blouse, Asos skirt, Louboutin Corneille
Asos dress, Ferragamo belt, Diva necklace, Mimco cuff, Louboutin Bianca
Ratty shorts and a tee as I went over to my parents to help them clean out/de-clutter the garage.  Not selfie worthy.

The Loft Petites top, Nudie jeans, Seed Heritage booties, Michael Kors Sutton, Kookai leather jacket, Lovisa necklace

Thursday, 30 October 2014

7 weeks til Christmas people!!

Where has the time FLOWN??

This year has just zipped past for me.  If I think back to this time last year....

  • I was in a different job at a different company in a different industry, dealing with a grossly incompetent and sexist Manager.  Thank god I got out of that one quick stat
  • I've changed jobs twice since then and today I absolutely love my job and my team and my current contract will take me through to my wedding next year
  • I had just returned from South America where I saw my cousin marry her Argentinian fiance, and going to house inspections trying to find a new place to live after our landlord gave us notice that they were trying to sell the apartment
  • I obtained my Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and declared I would never participate in any further post-grad study.  This still stands.
  • I wasn't yet engaged and was not organising a wedding + honeymoon and had a LOT more free time
  • I was lamenting about the fact that I don't exercise (actually that's not specific to this time last year but more a general statement) and I am actually proud to say that in addition to walking to work a few times a week (3.5km) I have joined a gym and doing Pilates/Pump/Boxing regularly.  I explored bikram yoga a few times but stopped that due to hypermobility.
What were you doing 12 months ago?

Oh I forgot to mention Christmas.  I feel like Christmas this year will be dealt with the week before.  I really don't have as much free time as I would have liked as I usually like to be organised for Christmas.  Luckily I am off work from 22nd Dec so there will be a lot of last-minute planning/shopping in the few days before Christmas.
Also, I am leaving for Bali on 2nd Jan so I really need to get my butt into gear and organise myself for that.  I don't even want to talk about the fact that I paid $900 for flights to Bali which were on sale for $120 a few days ago for the same flight dates.  

What are your Christmas plans?

Monday, 27 October 2014

Glasses vs contacts vs Lasik

I'm short-sighted and have been wearing glasses since highschool.  In preparation for the wedding I decided I would try contacts (who wants to wear glasses, walking down the aisle in a beautiful wedding gown?).  I had attempted to wear contacts many many years ago when my sisters started wearing them but I just could not stick my finger in my eye - can't do it.

This time I thought I'd be a bit more mature about it, watched some youtube videos and had my Mum on hand to give me advice.  10 minutes later I was just able to touch my eyeball with my finger but the damn contact wouldn't leave the finger and attach itself to my eye.  Every time I attempted to place the contact in and upon pulling my finger away discovered the contact was still on my finger.

I tried again a few weeks later.  It wasn't any better, still couldn't get it on.  Then I spoke to my Uncle who suggested I go to the Optometrist and get him to put it in so I can feel what it feels like on the eyeball.  He said it feels like sand initially (?!) but you get used to it.  I can barely handle when I feel like I have an eyelash on my eyeball, I really don't think I can handle contacts.

So I started considering laser eye surgery.  It's a quick surgery and hopefully little to no ongoing maintenance, however there is a risk.

Has anyone had laser eye surgery and what was your experience?

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Wedding colour scheme inspiration board

I created an inspiration board for my wedding using our chosen wedding colours - mainly navy and silver with a splash of fuchsia.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Another day, another (few) parcels.....

Honestly I need to cut back on the excessive shopping.  I go through peaks and troughs (peaks more than troughs, let's be honest) and right now I'm peaking.  It's terrible.  I have no self-control.  But at least I'm picking up bargains.... right?  Right??

Ozsale had One Teaspoon and Cheap Monday sales recently so I grabbed a few things:

One Teaspoon silk shirt (in black, not mink) - $30
One Teaspoon tux shirt (with a black bib, not grey) - $30
Cheap Monday Second Skin jeans - $35
Cheap Monday jeans in Dark Clean wash - $10

Then I found the outnet sale - extra 30% off!

Ash suede wedge sneakers - I'm going to attempt a DIY black dye job - USD$103
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Bloch two-tone ballet flats - USD$63
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Walter Baker silk shirt - USD$70
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Elle MacPherson red lace bra - USD22
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There's plenty more where that came from - I just can't recall all my shopping expeditions right now!