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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chiffon Floral Print Dress

Hi! This will be one of my fashion-related posts where I review this gorgeous chiffon dress from Sammy Dress with a batwing sleeve and floral print below the waist.

I was planning to wear this dress out for an event/date but after receiving the dress from Sammy Dress, the weather hasn't been looking that great for me to wear this summer dress which is a major pity! We're already in the middle of autumn/fall and with daylight savings in place, the days are becoming colder and darker. I was planning to do a proper outfit of the day post with lovely pictures but it didn't happen :( I'm quite devastated! Hopefully with the photos that I have taken, they'll do the dress justice!



I've paired it with a slightly chunky necklace to go with the dress. The necklace that I'm wearing is from Myer Miss Shop. The model on the Sammy Dress site is also wearing a chunky necklace.

$13.84 AUD
Size S


As expected with most clothing that is purchased/obtained online, there are creases and they are especially noticeable with chiffon, a type of thin fabric. But despite the obvious creases, I'm a fan of chiffon dresses/tops because they give off that elegant, flowy style and with a feminine personality like mine, I'm automatically drawn to them.

Usually I would iron out the creases but with chiffon, it's a little more tricky since the fabric is very delicate and my iron doesn't have temperature settings. Also I wanted to show you guys how the dress looks like right out of its packaging and parcel packaging.


If I had worn this dress out, which I was planning to, I would have worn it with these white clog sandals which are cute and fashionable for summer. I find clog sandals really easy to wear and pair with outfits - comfy and stylish! You either love them or you hate them but I'm a fan.

Chiffon is one of the best materials for summer clothing - it's loose-fitted and keeps you cool! The batwing sleeves add a bit of classy-ness to the dress and so does the side bow which I like being there instead of being tied at the back (although you can choose to tie it at the back). I like the scoop-neck neckline which makes it perfect to wear necklaces and it just sits perfectly without being too low-cut/revealing. Dresses that expose too much just ain't my thing!

It has an elastic waist

The top half being double-layered isn't opaque enough for my liking but it's not a problem because I can simply wear a cream/beige camisole underneath. The bottom half is also double-layered but the floral print makes it non-see-through. Speaking of the floral print, I really like the pattern - it's not too in-your-face and the colour combinations are nice. And the length of this dress is just right, not too short or too long. Sitting about 10 cm above my knee is comfortable :)

I'm really happy with the dress and I can't wait to be able to wear it out, whether it's in summer or on a cool day with a pair of stockings. I was actually thinking of wearing it out with stockings but I didn't think that it would look nice in photos so I decided not to. Plus this dress is labelled as a summer dress on the website so maybe I should wear it as a summer dress in summer. $13.84 AUD is a bargain for a dress like this and there are flat rates for shipping to make your shopping easier on Sammy Dress. Check it out here!

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Hope you enjoyed reading my review :) Once I get the chance to wear this dress out on a sunny day, I'll definitely snap some pics and upload them on here and Twitter.

Questjen of the week:

Are you liking the floral trend?

Because I certainly am, and to be honest I wasn't initially that crazy about floral prints. At first I found them to be too out-there and different to general patterns and colours but over time I got used to seeing them and started to really admire the different flowers and colours seen on clothing pieces. And now I can't get enough of them! However I wouldn't wear an outfit of floral prints from head to toe - moderation is key for me!


Disclaimer: Product was provided for consideration. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with the company mentioned in this post. All opinions are stated by me with 100% honesty with no bias.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Mega Plush Maybelline Mascara

Hi all, this is a well overdue review of the Mega Plush Volum'Express waterproof mascara by Maybelline! I took these photos back in November last year and decided to retrieve them and finally write up this post which was requested in the comments section of my Maybelline haul.

I'm sure by now that many makeup enthusiasts like myself out there have heard of or seen this mascara before, but just in case you haven't, here are some pictures:

Maybelline Volum'Express The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara in 275 Very Black (Noir Intense)
RRP: $19.95 AU
Size: 9mL

What Maybelline says about this product:

Now, mega volume goes mega plush. Our first gel-mousse mascara, for lush lashes soft to touch, never brittle or flaky.

Patented flexor brush (it's bendy)


When I first looked at the cardboard packaging with the fluffy brush I thought, "wow, it's going to be hard to use" because I prefer mascara brushes to have narrower bristles to coat my short Asian lashes better. But thankfully the brush wasn't as big as I expected! Compare to the above image to this:


That looks exaggerated to me, it ain't a scrub brush!

Before I curl my lashes, I curl my lashes using my favourite eyelash curler by Shiseido. It actually makes my lashes visible and holds the curl all day long.

Before, no mascara


Third and final coat

My thoughts:

Although there is some indication of lengthening, this is definitely more of a volumising than lengthening mascara. Normally I would comb my lashes to remove any clumps after applying my mascara but for the sake of the review, I didn't. One coat gives me a very subtle change compared to wearing no mascara, and that's expected. A second coat made my lashes look thicker (voluminous) but the length stayed the same. A third and final coat thickened my lashes further with a bit of clumping on the ends which I'd comb out with a lash comb and it'll all be good. As you can see, not a lot has been done to my lower lashes - they're clumping more than lengthening.

The gel-mousse formula means that it's quite wet and needs to be applied on the lashes quickly without letting it dry between coats. I'm one who prefers to coat my lashes on slowly with a drier formula (but not so dry that it starts flaking) so I can really work on my lashes, coating them and separating them as I go along. I'm glad that this gel-mousse formula wasn't too heavy on my lashes and held the curl all day/night. It gets a big tick for being waterproof.

The flexor brush wasn't a feature that stood out for me or wasn't something that I felt made a huge difference with my lashes. I couldn't see why it was necessary, to me it seemed more like a marketing gimmick. Without the flexor feature on the wand, I probably would've gotten the same volumising results.

Repurchase/recommend?

As my short Asian lashes is more of a problem for me than the thickness of my lashes, I wouldn't repurchase this mascara because it volumises more than it lengthens which is not what I need. I love mascaras that make my lashes look extra long and thick, such as the Maybelline The Falsies mascara which is one of my favourite mascaras of all time. The Mega Plush volumises more than The Falsies so sometimes I use both (one coat of one, one coat of the other). I did a review of it here back in 2011 (wow, was it really that long ago?!) but unfortunately my pictures are missing from my accidental deletion so you'll just have to read the text!

But this doesn't mean that I wouldn't recommend it if this is what you're after! Us girls all have different needs depending on our features - you may have long but thin/sparse lashes or short but thick lashes and if you're the former rather than the latter, I would recommend this mascara because it can make your long lashes look fuller. There are lots of positive aspects about this mascara and I'd say it isn't pricey. If you can get it when it's on sale, that's even better!

Questjen of the week:

Choose one - thicker or longer lashes?

My answer: Longer lashes! That way they'd stand out more, in my opinion :)



Disclaimer: Product was purchased by me with my own money. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with the company mentioned in this post. All opinions are are stated by me with 100% honesty.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

[Swatches] Entire ELES Brighton Nail Collection

Hi! I'll be sharing my nail swatches of the new ELES Brighton Nail Collection consisting of 12 vibrant pastel nail colours inspired by UK's Brighton Beach. Despite it being known as an 'infamous beach', I hadn't actually heard about it. Instead it reminds me of the coastal suburb in my city - the suburb of Brighton which has a large sandy beach. Either way, this range is all about the seaside inspiration with their shade names to match.

 This was unexpectedly sent to me by ELES - surprise package!

They embroidered my name on the towel :)

 A clearer look at the shades. Such a colourful collection
RRP $15 AUD each

 Sorry, the brush isn't in complete focus but that's what it looks like

You may have noticed the '5 FREE' written at the front of each bottle. This simply means that these nail polishes have a '5 FREE' formula - NO DBP, NO Toulene, NO Formaldehyde, NO Formaldehyde Resin, NO Camphor. Don't worry, you're not expected to know what each of them are. Just know that these are 5 toxic ingredients common found in nail enamels, and these ELES nail enamels are FREE from them.













Aren't they ALL so pretty?! I'm a massive fan of pastels, so you can imagine how excited I was to swatch all of these shades. I love the glossy finish that they give and the coats were very easy to apply and fast-drying. I found that with the nail polishes I had, there were a few that weren't as smooth and streak-free as others (you can probably tell in the swatches) and some were opaque with one coat and some were better with an extra coat. I guess it depends on the brightness/darkness of the shade but nonetheless, they all had a nice consistency.

Overall I am really happy with these nail enamels and they're true to the colour seen on the bottle - what you see is what you get! For the quality, $15 each is a very reasonable price and I highly recommend them. If you're interested in checking them out further, you can find them on the ELES website here. those who have fairer skin, you can click on the 'Try it on' button on the site to preview the swatch.

Questjen of the week:

If you had to, pick a nail colour to have for life - what would it be?

My answer: Peach!

It suits my feminine personality and I think it's one of the most wearable colours for everyday wear! Peach Pebble is my favourite from this range and my favourite nail polish of all time is Essie's Eternal Optimist :)


Disclaimer: Products were provided to me with no obligation to share or review. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this post. All opinions are stated by me with 100% honesty with no bias.

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