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Friday, 22 February 2013

Nude By Nature

I've been using Nude by Nature Make Up for the past 2 years now, upon the recommendation from my friend Nat, and I've never used anything but since. It really is amazing how easy it is to use and how flawless it can make you look. I know there are some mixed reviews out there, but it works for me and I can't praise it (or Nat) enough!

I'm not a huge wearer of make up - my daily routine consists of applying eyeliner - so I bought the starter pack in Dark, which has lasted me till now amazingly! But the time has come to fork out some moolah to replenish my store. I actually got this mad deal where I pay just a tad bit more for the normal whole set, and I get all this extra stuff for FREE! Gotta love free shiz! The whole package cost $170, whereas if I was to purchase the full set of the just the powders + primer it would be $150. How could I pass up a saving like that!

So my package came a couple of days ago, and I was so surprised to see sooo much stuff in there!! And they were all full sized products which made the deal even better!

That's pretty much everything that came in the package. Very impressive!

Nude by Nature is the only make up that doesn't cake all over my face, doesn't feel like I'm putting all this crap on it either since it's mineral make up, and the coverage is great. I have uneven skin-tone with dark patches in some places and some ancient acne scarring (in some parts its a bit red), and Nude covers this all up so well. It matches my skin-tone quite well and I love how easy it is to put on! Perfect for a lazy ass like me =D.This pack came with the 'Nude by Night' range which consists of the liquid foundation and concealer. I'm not a big fan of liquid stuff because I feel that its a bit hard to achieve perfect coverage - I much prefer the loose powder. However I obviously had to give it a go, and I wanted to see what the difference was between the normal and night versions. According to the packaging it gives you more of a luminous finish....

So after applying the primer (I prefer my GOSH primer), then applying the liquid foundation, followed by concealer, a bit of powdered foundation, bronzer, finishing veil, blush, a quick brush of eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara (ALL Nude by Nature products btw) this is what resulted.

Sans the messy hair, it's not bad at all if I do say so myself! Bear in mind this was just before going to bed, wasn't going anywhere special and thus was not applied to the best of my ability =P. I did notice that the liquid foundation was a bit lighter in colour than the normal powdered foundation. I think I prefer the normal set, but this is not bad for when I have a bit more time on my hands. Not sure about the 'luminous finish' but it still turned out nice haha. I don't normal use blush or powder to contour (yes, I am THAT un-adventurous with make up =P), but it seems to have turned out nicely (the Nude Virgin Blush colour is quite nice).

My fav new product from the range that I got to try was the lipstick! LOVE the colour they sent me ("Demure"), sorta like a dull pink. I normally don't go for pinks, but this looked heaps nice! I've been looking for a more natural look with my lips other than clear gloss and I like the way this looks.

After applying all that make up I needed to wash it all off before going to bed, so I used all the skin care products, a big change from my normall 30 second rinse with warm water and a bit of cleanser. Im not sure if I'd stick to a routine this involved (well, for me it is - its already the next day and cbf), especially since most of the times I wear make up I'm going out, and if I'm drinking then most of the time it will most likely end up on my pillow instead =P.

Overall, GREAT value for such a great range of products! So glad I got this instead of just buying the normal set. And this is bound to last me for a couple of years haha!

One last shameless selfie =P. Styled my hair a bit diffs, might try this out properly one day!

=D xx

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


NSNS PB = No added Salt + No added Sugar + Peanut Butter

That's right kids, it's the healthier version of my fav spread! I was excited when a rep on behalf of Kraft contacted me to sample their new peanut butter. I've been interested in purchasing something similar because from the amount of peanut butter I consume, pretty sure I'd be facing the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes verrrrrrry soon =P. But seriously, this is such a great initiative by most of the companies out there producing nut butters in their purest form. With the increasing obesity epidemic and burden on the health system with heart disease and diabetes rates on the rapid rise, it's good to see food companies cooperating and joining in on the health movement by producing healthier alternatives to their most popular and notoriously "unhealthy" products (although whether PB should be classed under this is debatable =P).

Since I've only ever had Kraft Peanut Butter growing up, I wasn't sure what to expect since I had their pre-conceived idea of what peanut butter "normally" tastes like. So it was a surprise when I tasted this - no salt so less flavourful, no sugar so less sweet, defs a more unpronounced nutty taste. I liked it, but I know alot of peanut butter aficionados out there may not share my sentiments. However, after I had sampled this, I tasted a bit of the "normal" PB....and I was surprised it seemed waaaaaayyy too salty and sugary!

My verdict - great healthier alternative to regular peanut butter! Why? Simply because it has no added ingredients and is therefore way healthier for you, and you an always sweeten it with stevia. PLUS it still has all those great monounsaturated fats which are good for your heart. It's still something that shouldn't be consumed excessively (no more than 2 tbsp per day).

I tried it in a modified version of one of my favs - Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake. For comparison sake, I'm gonna show you the different ingredients to make it normally, and then the healthier version =).

Clearly the unhealthier version with ice cream =P

PB & J Milkshake

1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp jam (your fav - i use raspberry)
1 cup milk
Scoop of ice cream (optional  just thickens it)

1. Chuck all the ingredients into a blender and blend till all combined.

2. Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy =)

1 tbsp NSNS Peanut Butter
1 tbsp sugar free jam (or sugar free syrup)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Stevia (optional - to your taste)
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional - see my post on Breakfast Quinoa to see the health benefits of chia!)
You can also add some oats to thicken it up! Yuuuuum

I actually prefer the almond milk version because the nuttiness of the milk compliments the PB. Yay for healthier alternatives!!

I reckon don't knock something til you try it, and give it a chance! Most of our palettes are used to excessively salty and sweet foods because that's how most products are made, it may be difficult to find this butter appealing, but if you keep using it you'll fall in love and you'll forget it ever had all that sugar and salt added to it in the first place.

=D xx

Saturday, 16 February 2013

MoVida Bar de Tapas, Melbourne

I've wanted to dine at MoVida since I started going on these (increasingly) sporadic trips to Melbourne back in 2010. I didn't care which one I ended up at, and to be honest, I didn't even know there was more than one =P. All I knew was that I wanted to go. I had plans to go on our last day mack in 2011, but we were too hungover to even get our asses up and walk the 5 minutes or whatever it was (and probs bring it back up on the plane ride home....what a waste ahahha). And then, we MISTAKENLY thought it was closed on Sunday on our last day on my first trip in 2012. Finally, I got the chance to on my latest trip! And we were lucky too, it being a Saturday and all, we just marched in there and were surprised to be seated immediately. No queue? Hmmmm.......

The menu was quite small, but there were only a few of us and in my opinion, it's nice not to have to go through the anxiety of deciding what to chose from an immense menu anyway.

Didn't take us long to decide what to get, and all the dishes came pretty fast as well! Unusually, we ordered quite well, managing to get a variety of things and not over-order for once =P

(The usual) Bread and Olive Oil

Gamba - Prawn Pincho with Romesco

I think most of us were not expecting our prawns to be served up as cubes haha. Defs some textural issues for me...

Tigre - Stuffed Mussel Shell with Chorizo

My favourite dish! I wish I had ordered more!! Loved how they had crumbed and fried the mussel, made it so easy to eat. So good!!

Pollo Escabache Al Miguel - Spiced Chicken Escabache Tapa on Crisp Crouton

Cordero - Char Grilled Lamb Rump with Marinated Capsicum Salad

Setas Asadas Con Jerez - Oven-Roasted Portobello Mushrooms finished with Sherry Vinegar

Not bad at all! I love tapas, and it was nice to go to a place with uncommon dishes =). Although, I'm not sure if it lived up to all the hype, again, maybe a case of me building it up in my head too much =P. Ah well, maybe next time I'll dine at MoVida Next Door or MoVida Aqui and see how it compares. OR I could visit the Sydney branch!

MoVida Bar de Tapas
1 Hosier Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663 3038

MoVida Bar de Tapas on Urbanspoon

=D xx

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

New Hurrrrr

I balayaged/ombred/foiled/half-arsed-dyed my hair! After contemplating for months whether I should do it, after I got the news about my new job I just went for it =P. Whaddya think? I like it =D. Especially when it's curled! Adds a bit more dimension =D Yay! Thank you Hairhouse Warehouse!

Please excuse the shameless selfies =P.

Courtesy of Instagram - @eesh_89

=D xx

Multi-coloured Saran/Cling Wrap Nails

I've been finding that one of my most popular posts these past couple of months has been my Saran/Cling Wrap Nails. Personally, It's one of my top 5 fav manicures, it just looks so gorgeous and detailed, when it's actually like the most easiest manicure!

I actually wondered when I first used this technique, whether it would be possible to do with multiple colours. So, due to the popularity of the last post I thought I'd look into taking the technique that one step further. I think it all comes down to the colour combination you use, the order in which you put each colour, and also making sure you dry each layer COMPLETELY before moving onto the next.

First, I started off with NYX My Sunshine. Use your BRIGHTEST LIGHTEST colour first - I find that it pops out more this way, otherwise it gets lost among all the darker colours.

Not the best execution of the technique - but it will do haha

After making sure this layer was COMPLETELY dry, I painted on the next colour - Ulta3 Mermaid Green. I scrunched up a piece of saran/cling wrap (I had this balled up BEFORE I painted the second layer on - be prepared!) and dabbed at the wet layer carefully, taking off bits of it making sure I didn't strip off the whole layer. Don't worry about cleaning up around your nails just yet - you still have one more layer after this to do! Do all you clean up either before or after applying top coat.

After making sure this 2nd layer was COMPLETELY DRY, I painted on my third layer - Ulta3 Pink Colada. Again, I used a pre-scrunched ball of cling wrap to dab at the layers and take off bits of the wet polish. MAKE SURE YOU DO EACH NAIL ONE AT A TIME. Paint on the layer of ONE NAIL and dab at it IMMEDIATELY. Then move on the to the next nail and repeat.

Not the best clean up job =P

I waited for this to dry and painted over with top coat to seal it =). I cleaned up using nail polish remover and cotton buds (or q-tips for you Americanos haha).

Day after - much better clean up haha

The blue/green shows up much better in these daylight pictures.

I think this turned out quite nice! Despite all the advice I just caps-locked you guys with, I actually wasn't as patient with this as I was last time I did this. The second layer didn't 'marbelised' as well because I didn't wait long enough for the first layer to dry. As a result, the colours merge together a bit too much. Also, I think I could have done the dabbing a bit better (again I think this was because I didn't wait for it all to dry properly), looks like there is too much reddish/pinkish polish from the final layer. Well, at least I hope this makes you wait before you rush to do each layer =P. I distinctly remember the first time I did this, I actually painted the first colour on one day, and the next day I did the second layer. So I was guaranteed that gorgeous marbled look. Maybe I'll try it that way the next time I attempt this with different colours.

Above is what I did on my right hand, just experimenting with different colour sequence. In this is used Ulta3 Mermaid Green as the base, Ulta3 Spring Break (a dark purple), with a final layer of Ulta3 Pink Colada. As you can see, the purple is not that visible, but it does seem to provide a darker lining for Pink Colada. On my thumb is the perfect example of not waiting long enough before applying each layer - the colours have smudged together, in some spots taking off all 3 layers completely because they weren't dry enough. The other fingers demonstrate the marbelised effect really nicely though =D, actually I think much better than my left hand haha. But it shows that using really contrasting colours with the lightest ones on the bottom shows the multi-coloured effect more clearly.

Well I hope you all attempt this one! It's so easy and so so so PRETTY!

=D xx

Monday, 11 February 2013

Breakfast Quinoa

I'm a big fan of breakfast food (just like that chick in Magic Mike - although I probs sound more genuine than she did =P). Always up for trying new things, while I was looking for different ways to cook quinoa I stumbled upon a couple of recipes for Breakfast Quinoa. Intrigued by the idea of sweet quinoa, I set out to make my own version.

You cook this similar to the way you cook porridge - boil it in milk pretty much. I added some brown sugar to sweeten it, but if your really health conscious you could always add stevia and a bit of molasses. Best thing about this is that it's super easy, healthier for you and still tastes heaps good. It has way more bite than porridge (I for one intensely dislike the texture and mouthfeel of porridge).

Just a note on the chia seeds - completely optional, they are a great source of omega 3, fibre, protein and antioxidants. They don't taste like much added they way I have here, they do provide an extra textural component. Just beware, they are slippery little buggers so they can easily get stuck in your teeth haha. Also, because of their high fibre content you should drink plenty of water.

Breakfast Quinoa
Adapted from Martha Stewart

2 cups milk (I used full-fat but you can use low fat, skim, almond, soy, or even water)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed (I also dry toast mine after rinsing, for a bout 10 minutes on medium heat, gives it a nice toasty taste)
3 & 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar (or stevia plus a bit of molasses)
1/8 ground cinnamon
Handful of chopped up dried apples & cranberries (you can actually add whatever you like - blueberries, strawberries, other dried fruits, nothing at all....)
1 tbsp chia seeds (Optional)

1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

2.  Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in dried apples and cranberries, and cook for 30 seconds.

3. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and dried fruit. (I didn't bother adding anything extra, didn't feel like it needed it - you might need to if you used water to boil them).

I also did another variation of this - I added a bit of cocoa powder and a cheeky sprinkling of choc chips! Chocolate Breakfast Quinoa! Add the cocoa powder right after taking it off the stove and letting it cool for about 5 minutes. Add it a bit at a time, tasting as you go. Sprinkle the choc chips at your discretion ;) its good to add them while the quinoa is hot/warm so then when you stir them through they melt slightly......

YUM! So addictive! Healthy cocopops =P

Enjoy =D xx

Mamasita, Melbourne

Yes, another foodie post from Melbs. And there are actually more to come. I know. I eat out wayyyy too much =/. But it's so worth it! Especially when you go to amazing places to have amazing dishes that potentially change your life! Well, I am yet to experience this, but in the meantime, I'm good with having tasty noms =D.

Mamasita was high on our 'Melbourne Eats' list. And we purposely set out early just to make sure we could get a table for dinner. To be honest, I was still quite full from lunch at Movida + snacking on our standard QV market goodies, so I went with the intention of not eating at all. I know, stupid naive me.

Anyways, we had to go in 2 taxis, and somehow one taxi ended up getting there a full 15 minutes before the other. ???. So the 2 of us lined up, there were only a couple of people in the line (this was about 6:00pm). We got to the front in about 5/10 minutes and we asked for a table for 5, however we weren't sure where our other dining companions were or when they would turn up. Luckily there was a table for us which she said she could hold for 15 minutes - preeeeetty generous if you ask me given the popularity of the place. And so we waited. And waited. 5, 6, 7, 8 minutes passed. Yes, I was counting. I was so anxious. AND, then it started raining. Which got me even more agitated. I don't know why.

And then just before I called the cops to file a missing persons report, they turned up! JUST in time! By this time the line was literally down the staircase and out the door! In 15 minutes!!!! CRAY CRAY.

Mamasita is located up a flight of stairs, opening up into high ceiling (LOVE), bright (YAY) and spacious area. I was actually expecting something quite old school and more along the lines of El Loco in Sydney. However, it was quite modern and pretty simple. Little things like the grates and feature tiles gave it a Mexican feel. Oh and the hot-sauce haha. And the bar brightened the place up alot.

Finally we got to sit down and have a look at the menu. Wow. So many tasty things I wanted to try, yet my full stomach was betraying me. We compiled our order and the food came quite fast.

de Cangrejo Totaditas - Chargrilled Chicken, Avocado, Chipotle Mayo & Queso Fresco

de Cordero Quesadilla - Braised Lamb, Queso Criollo, Mint & Jalapeno Herb Sauce

con salsa!

Elotes Callejeros - "Street Style" Chargrilled Corn, Queso,
Chipotle Mayo & Lime

I could only try a couple of things, but I'm so glad I did! Although I struggled into my dress before going out that night =/. The corn first up was AMAZING. Like, wow. Simple carbs transformed into an explosion of flavour. So good!

de Lengua y Cachete Tacos - Braised Ox Tongue & Cheek, Pickled Veg & Ghost Chilli Mayo

And I had to try the Ox Tongue Tacos, again, absolutely amazing flavours. I so wanted to have some of the last one, but I just couldn't fit anything else in. I also tried the ceviche which was good, but I think the other dishes eclipsed it.

Ceviche de Yucatan - Market Fish, Green Tomato, Chilli,
Mint, Lime & Coconut Milk

Another amazing place with amazing food I wish I could have tried more of! Amazing is clearly the word of the day =P.


Level 1, 11 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9650 3821

Mamasita on Urbanspoon

=D xx

Saturday, 9 February 2013


I just recently started a new job (yay!), which for me means more moolah in the kitty. I've been saving up hard this past month since I got back, but the temptation that is online shopping is just becoming too great. I bought a couple of the things last week as a "congratulations" to myself haha. However, there are a few things I've been lusting after that require a bit more determination to save up for, and all the street-style eye candy from the start of NYFW is getting me even more hyped up (and making my shopping lust-list even longer.....)

Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heel Patent Leather Pumps
Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels

I normally am not a big fan of kitten heels, but I fell in love with these the moment I saw them (not so much the $800 price tag =/). This particular style has a few variations but I love the ankle straps on this. I've seen some look-a-likes popping up, and although I'm not a fan of such products, these are too beautiful and also too exxy, so might scout around for a pair that's easier on my wallet.

For Love and Lemons Moroccan Maxi

I've been told that maxi dresses don't particularly suit me, but that doesn't mean I don't lust after them =P. Well, I'm glad to say I actually bought this beauty (and at 1/2 price! Thank you Urban Outfitters), and I think I look not too shabby in it haha. Btw absolutely loving this collection from For Love and Lemons! The lookbook for Midnight in Morocco is absolutely gorgeous.

Jeffery Campbell 'Hanger' Boots

It's so hard to find a simple, heeled black boots sans studs, metal, tassells and other crap they put on them these days. These look so comfortable and plain enough to wear casual or out. And the price is quite good as well!

Black Milk 'Middle Earth' Map Leggings

Ok, so these are totally amazing. An excellent homage to the best trilogy of all time, I dunno where I'd wear them, but they look mad. My legs are in no shape to substitute jeans for these, but how cool are they!?!

Alexander Wang 'Diego' Bucket Bag

This bag has been on my to buy list for about 2 years now. You'd think I would have bought it now in fear of it being sold out. Alas, I have not. BUT I'm giving my self another month to do so!

That's just a few things I'm hoping to get soon, the list does go on though =/. Ah well, maybe I should get a 3rd job....

=P xx

Thursday, 7 February 2013

La Belle Miette, Melbourne

While we were in Melbs last time we ate an unprecedented amount of macarons (as seen in a previous post =P). You seem to find them EVERYWHERE. Markets, shops, cafes, grocers....I'm certainly not complaining =P. As we were walking back from Hardware Societe we accidentally missed the turn to our hotel and kept walking, but thank god for that because we unexpectedly stumbled across La Belle Miette!

Too many to chose from!

My friends foolin' around inside =P

It's such a cute little shop!! Very dainty and filled with pretty little trinkets and cute Parisian-like chairs and tables. Adorable! This gorgeous pastel hued shop sells some really intriguing flavoured macarons. We tried to get as many of the more interesting sounding ones, reasonably priced at around $2.50 we were able to get a few different flavours.

From top to bottom:
Raspberry, Caramel a la Fleur de Sel, Bastille (Moet et Chandon and Blackcurrant),
Passionfruit Chocolate, Cherry Blossom & Sake, Violet & Blueberry,

These were some realllly good macarons! But I think the main reason I liked La Belle Miette is because it was such a gorgeous shop! Loved it <3

La Belle Miete
30 Hardware Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9024 4528

La Belle Miette on Urbanspoon

=D xx
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