Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My USA Holiday Wishlist

Ok so my husband and I are going to Las Vegas and LA for 10 days in mid September. I am sooooo EXCITED to be going to the "Land of the free gift with purchase". I have been saving my pennies like a mad woman lately and saying "no" to myself every time I have wanted to buy something. But it will all be worth it as I fully plan to unleash my purse in the United States. I figure as the lovely philanthropist I am, I would do my bit to help stimulate the economy.

First on my list is a hot new pair of sunglasses. I have two options I am mulling over....

Oliver Peoples De La Classic:

Or the Tory Burch Square Logo sunglasses:

Next on my wishlist is a good leather everyday handbag. I love my Louis Vuitton Speedy but I am not keen on using it for everyday and also don't want to carry a lot in it, in fear that I will ruin it. So I have decided of one of two different Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags.

Totally Turnlock Lucy in Black

Totally Turnlock Helena in Strawberry Cordial

Next up is cosmetics. My main shopping will be at MAC. I plan on getting 3 x 15 shadow palettes and after hours of culling and compromising, i decided on the following colours:
Satin Taupe, Ricepaper, Woodwinked, Bronze, Handwritten, Paradisco, Expensive Pink, Sushi Flower, Cranberry, Typographic, Print, Knight Divine, Copperplate, Carbon, Grain, Electric Eel, Swimming, Humid, Swiss Chocolate, Sumptuous Olive, Embark, Aquadesiac, Club, Mystery, Tilt, Vanilla, Contrast, Nehru, Moon's Reflection, Electra, Trax, Stars & Rockets, Sketch, Hepcat, Beauty Marked, Fig. 1, Diget, Parfait Amour, Shale, Mylar, All That Glitters, Soft Brown, Cork, Folie.

I also really want another 6 blush palette. The blush colours I want are:
Dollymix, Sunbasque, Pinch O' Peach, Pink Swoon, Blush Baby, Gingerly.

Another MUST HAVE is the Urban Decay Naked Palette....I am so desperate to get my hands on this thing! Sephora better have lots of them in stock!

I also can't get enough watches! There are two Guess watches that I really want for everyday wear.

The Guess Womens Water Pro Glossy White on Steel watch

And the Guess Womens Black Polycarbonate Bracelet Watch

The next stop is the Sketchers Store. I really want to try the new Sketchers Shape Ups. I will be starting a regular walking routine everyday once it starts to get a little lighter outside and why not tone up my legs at the same time. So here is the pair I really want:

Shape Up Liv in Grey/Pink

I just couldn't write up a wishlist without including the new Kardashian for Sears line....i totally LOVE some of these pieces!

Kardashian Kollection Washington DC pumps

Kardashian Kollection Concertina Faux Fur Leaopard Print Frame Wallet

And LAST on my very long wishlist is Tiffany & Co. I really want (and have wanted for ages) The Paloma Picasso Crown Of Hearts pendant.

So there is probably a whole heap that I missed but I can't be too greedy. I am jetting off in two weeks and I am counting down every second!


Monday, August 29, 2011


I know we have been pretty quite lately and we have been keeping very busy with all sorts of things. But just a quick update that a whole lot of nail polish swatches have recently been added to the polish list page.
Also, over the coming week I will add swatches of eyeshadows and lipsticks/glosses as well so be sure to check that out.
I will be going on holidays to the USA with my husband so I will also be compiling a wishlist of all the things i would LOVE to buy (in a dreamer's world....of course). And I will be posting up a MASSIVE haul (may even do a video showing my goodies I would have purchased!)
So many things going on at the moment but stay tuned for lots of exciting stuff.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where have we been?

I can't believe it's been 2 months without a post!

We have been busy with all sorts of things.  I've been plagued with sickness and endured a nose/sinus surgery.  This op was purely functional so there were no changes made to the appearance of my nose...although I wouldn't have minded a little tweaking if it had been on offer!

We have been busily hauling like crazy (especially from StrawberryNet) so I think it's about time to do a collective haul post.

The Nail Polish page is in desperate need of an update and so is the wishlist page.  Thanks to StrawberryNet, so many of our lemmings have found their way into our makeup collections.

I've got some reviews I've been meaning to write up and am in the middle of a depotting frenzy but more on that soon!


Monday, May 16, 2011

My Scarf Mini Haul

I recently went to Target for a window shop and i came across some really pretty scarves. Most of them were all full price but i did find some that were drastically reduced. I ended up buying two satin-style printed scarves that were originally $17 and i got them for $4.80 each! I also bought a really pretty tan and gold flecked knit infinity scarf for $17. So if you are in the market for a gorgeous inexpensive scarf to keep you toasty this winter, check out Target for some must-have deals!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Online Shopping: The Outnet

Hubby just got word that he passed his exams, so now we can look forward to his graduation at the end of May, Yay!! Of COURSE I had no doubt that he'd be graduating, and a month ago I noticed a beautiful dark blue Catherine Malandrino dress on theoutnet.com that I thought would be perfect for his graduation ceremony. The outnet is the outlet online store for net-a-porter.com, and you can find some really terrific designer bargains there.

Because its the outlet store for net-a-porter, it arrived without the classic black box packaging :(, but still very carefully and professionally packaged in white tissue in a plain cardboard box. The tissue was sealed with the cutest stickers (above).
So here's the dress! To be honest, when I opened the tissue to find the dress I was quite disappointed. It is made of very thin rayon, which felt a little cheap, and seemed to hang very baggily on the hanger. I was after a sleek, clingy dress, that was knee length and had a nice cowl neckline. At this point I was thinking, well, at least I didn't pay that much, and this is the risk you take when shopping online.

However, then I tried it on...
...and breathed a sign of relief, as it looks better on! It is clingy, but somehow flattering, it doesn't pull excessively to produce those horrible horizontal stress lines at the wider parts of your body (admittedly, this mirror above I call my 'forgiving mirror') It has some lovely ruching on the side for interest and the cowl neck is actually not too bad. All in all a deceptively nice dress. And it cost me 85 quid, which with shipping turned out to be AUS$150, original price I think was around $300. Check back at the outnet often, as stock rolls over frequently.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This week's nail polish haul!

I am so utterly obsessed in nail polish now that I seriously think i have issues lol. But i did visit the nail shop again this week.....TWICE! I went on Tuesday and Today and bought the following china Glaze colours:

From left to right: Goin' My Way, Passion, Fiji Fling, Cowgirl Up

From left to right: Watermelon Rind, Secret Peri-wink-le, Treat Me Like A Queen, Bare If You Dare

From left to right: Sea Spray, Coconut Kiss, Heart Of Africa, Afterglow

From left to right: Something Sweet, Masai Red, Passion In The Pacific, Sunset Sail

From left to right: I Wanna Lei Ya, Midnight Mission, Paper Chasing

I also got some of the new OPI Pirates Of The Caribbean collection.

From left to right: Scull and Glossbones, Mermaid's Tears, Steady As She Rose, Sparrow Me The Drama.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Themed manis!

The day is here and us Beautyholics can't wait.

We've decided to paint our nails to mark the occasion.

Yummy Mummy

I agonized over the choice. I had polishes with really obvious names like Blushingham Palace or Who Needs a Prince? but I decided to go with Aphrodite's Pink Nightie and Show it and Glow it on my bling finger (all by OPI). Why??

Well firstly it's rumoured the royal couple may honeymoon in Corfu so Aphrodite's Pink Nightie (APN) being from the Greek Isles Collection seems perfect. The similarities don't end there! Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of love and beauty which is apt for a honeymoon as are pink nighties!

Show it and Glow it from the Burlesque Collection is also pink and if I had Diana's sapphire and diamond engagement ring it's definitely be showing and glowing!

My version of APN (and I've seen a few thanks to OPI's bad quality control!) is on the lighter side and very frosty. This made application a royal pain! It's also sheer so I needed about 4 coats which made for soft polish which shows brush marks and smudges easily. I fixed a few fingers then gave up. I'm on meds which make my hands shake worse than usual so please excuse the poor application in the photo!

Designer Diva
I chose Agent Lavender by China Glaze to honour the royal wedding. The Agent part reminds me of my favourite British spy, James Bond, and the Lavender reminds me of the lovely lavender-blue dresses that my bridesmaids wore for my wedding four and a half years ago.
Agent Lavender is my favourite mauve nail polish. It goes on opaque and lasts for at least 4 days with a top coat. Above is 2 coats. The closest in colour I have seen is Liacism from Essie, where the formula is crap, it goes on streaky and takes forever to dry. Happy wedding fever!

Shoestring Shopaholic

For the Royal Wedding, I decided to go with the very apt Dating A Royal by OPI. Its the most beautiful rich royal blue colour and it is a creme finish. I love OPI in general and love the extra wide brush. It makes it so much easier to apply. But back to the Royal Wedding.....Dating A Royal is so appropriate.

Kate Middleton was dating Prince William all through their university days and the couple finally wed this week. It just goes to show that anyone can 'date a royal'.