Today is the day for some serious shopping while making great savings! I put together a list of great retailers (that I shop at regularly) for fashion and beauty with the best deals that might be of interest to most of you!

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FASHION

Shopbop –  Up to 30% off full-priced as well as sale items use code MORE17

ASOS – 20% off everything use code WIN20

ICONIC – 30% OFF use code BLACK30

Selfridges – 20% off Fashion use code SELFCCE

Missguided – 50% off everything use code CYBER50

Topshop – Up to 50% off everything and free international delivery

Boohoo – 50% off everything use code BOOM

Farfetch – 10% off full price items use code 10BF. Valid from 24/11 until 28/11. Extra 10% off sale items use code X1017

Stylebop – 15% off all styles use code SAVE15

Mytheresa – 30%off sale items (discount apply automatically at checkout). Valid from 24/11 until 28/11

Fashion Bunker – 25% off full priced style use code BF25. I love the affordable Jaggar Footwear!

& Other Stories – Up to 50% off. This is my all-time favorite high street brand, I wish they can deliver to Australia!

Nordstrom – Extra 20% off

Saks – Earn a $75 Gift Card with your $150 purchase use code BLKFRI17

BEAUTY

Sephora AU – 15% off storewide, one day only! My favorite range is the Fenty Beauty!

Lancome – 20% off everything use the code FRIENDS

Selfridges – 10% off Beauty use code

David Jones – Receive up to $50 gift cards on beauty

CultBeauty – 15% off orders over £20 use code 15BLACK, and 20% off orders over £200 use code 20BLACK.

Charlotte Tilbury – Over 50% off selected beauty kits.

SpaceNK – Receive a full-size beauty gift of your choice!

Look Fantastic – 25% Off all order with code LFBF25

Feel Unique – 20% off all order with code BLACKFRIDAY

Cosme-de – Up to 25% off all order

BeautyLish – Up to 40% on Jeffree Star collection

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The Perfect White Dress

November 22, 2017

I am always on the lookout for the most beautiful versatile white dresses! My Zimmerman dress that I bought earlier this year has earned a lot of compliments and I get many wears out of it.  The Ulla Johnson Dress (currently on sale on Shopbop!) is my recent addition – it is made of cotton so it is great for both casual and evening wear and it gives a relaxing and effortless vibe to it. The ruffled collar and the balloon sleeves are very on trend, and instantly gives an updated modern silhouette. Pairing it with my go-to Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals which are budget-friendly, and a pair of Oscar de la Renta earrings.

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Dress – Ulla Johnson

Sandals – Schutz

Earrings – Oscar de la Renta

Bag – YSL Monogram Chain Wallet (Mini)

Also quicky sharing the sales info on Shopbop at the moment. The deal is great because the discount also applies to the already discounted items. I will definitely be busy for the rest of day filling up my cart lol!

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I’ve been raving about the Lancome Matte Shaker on my Instagram a lot, so it’s time for a proper review (bought mine here in Australia). The most popular shade is the Beige Vintage which is often sold-out worldwide, and it has earned many raves amongst all the beauty enthusiasts. It was out of stock in Australia for a long time until it was re-stocked recently. Along with the beige vintage, I’ve also picked up the shade Magic Orange which I am also really loving.

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The Matte Shaker is similar to a liquid lipstick – in a lightweight, watery and highly pigmented formula (aka lip cushion) that is done in the same fashion as a cushion foundation versus the traditional liquid formula. It glides on weightless and feels very hydrating to the lips even for a matte formula. The special sponge applicator gives a stamped-in affect, and the color is completely blended in with the lips, that gives a stain-like finish that looks very natural – there is no cakey, dry and chalky feeling on the lips. It takes about 1-2 minutes to dry down to a full-matte finish and stays put for at least 5-6 hours. The best way to apply the product is to use the fingers to pat it in for an ombre look, and it is important to shake the bottle before use.

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I have to apologize for the swatching in this post. I did take some high res pictures but I did not like the lighting, so I did it again with my phone and once you cropped the pictures the res quality is very low!

Beige Vintage – as the name suggests it is a universally flattered muted beige rose shade that would suit everyone.

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Magic Orange – is a super pretty bright coral orange with a hint of baby pink.

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Here is a selfie wearing Beige Vintage!

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Just a quick review sharing the highly raved Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Ablaze which I have been loving lately. I am obsessed with warm neutral colors with a twist at the moment – anything in the color palette of autumn shades such as terracotta, red brick brown and rosy brown just instantly grabs my attention. It seems everybody is raving about this palette, and all the colors are right up my alley so I had to have it!

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The size of the palette is quite small compared to the other regular sized palettes – it’s a portable purse size that you can easily fit in your makeup bag. My favorite part of the design has to be the two bigger size of eye shadows in the colors of ivory beige, and peachy gold as they will always be the most used base colors. The texture of all eyeshadows is silky smooth and easy to apply and blend. The matte shades are velvety, and shimmer shades are finely milled so they don’t feel gritty and there is no fall out when applying.  All shades are intensely pigmented so a little goes a long way, and using a soft fluffy brush for the application is recommended.

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Relaxed: Matte Ivory Beige

Moccasin: Shimmer Peachy Gold

Bottom Row (left to right)

Siesta: Pink Rose Bronze Shimmer

Nirvana: Berry Pink

Delirious: Medium Bronze Shimmer

Torch: Golden Pumpkin Shimmer

Throwback: Matte Terracotta- my favorite shade of the palette!

Dark Horse: Matte Cool Brown

 

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Here is a FOTD that I took with my phone wearing the Ablaze Palette. Other makeup include the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Super Cindy Lipstick (reviewed here), and the Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Rose Petillant (reviewed here).

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This season my favorite trend has to be the plaid and checks. They are easy to wear, and you can easily incorporate them with the basic items that you already have in your wardrobe for an elevated look. Rounding up some looks that I have worn over the past few months. The Sandro-Paris blazer and the Maje Houndstooth skirt are my absolute best buys this season, as I have been literally living in them and they go with everything.

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LOOK 1

LAVEER Blazer / Jeans Topshop / Tom Ford Sunglasses / Paul Andrew Pumps

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LOOK 2

Sandro Paris Blazer / Lace Top / Dior Sunglasses / Mother Denim / Hermes Birkin Gold

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LOOK 3

Maje Houndstooth skirt / Bally Janelle Loafers / Chanel Sunglasses / Loewe Sweater / Hermes Lindy Trench

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Current Wishlist

November 7, 2017

My makeup shopping mojo is back in full swing so I’ve been shopping a lot, as well as adding a lot of things to my never-ending wishlist. I thought I’d share what I have bought lately, and what is on my mind! Clearly, I am going through a warm brown eye shadow phase – as you can see in my wishlist. Taupe is so last year so I have put all my cool taupe palettes aside, and I am now on a mission to collect every variation of warm brown color, particularly in the color families of terracotta, reddish clay and burnt rusty brown.

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1.   Huda Obsession Palettes – Huda just released a set of new eyeshadow palettes in smaller packages. I ordered the warm brown palette here as soon as they became available as I know they will sell out soon. Currently, CultBeauty is offering free international shipping for Huda Beauty (no minimum order value).

2.   Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eye Shadow Palette – Another beautiful highly sought-after eyeshadow palette that I just bought! I love the Modern Renaissance so much (reviewed here), so it’s a no-brainer for me to pick up her newest release, and the colors are right on point.

3.   Fenty Beauty Match Stix – Totally worth the hype and I am really impressed with the quality of Rihanna’s beauty line, and my favorite product of her line is the Match Stix. This MatchStix Trio Set in light is possibly the best contour and highlight set I have ever used! Review to come soon.

4.   Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette – Just can’t resist the reddish terracotta shades, so I had to have the highly raved palette in the color Ablaze.

5.   Giorgio Armani Cushion Foundation – Absolutely amazing formula. It’s definitely a must-have if you like cushion foundations.

6.   Natasha Denona Sunset Palette – I heard so many good reviews about her eyeshadow palettes and her best seller is finally back in stock!

7.   La Mer The Sheer Pressed Powder – La Mer offers a lot more than their legendary cream. I am a big fan of their powder as they make the finest airy powder so I can’t wait to get my hands on their newest release.

8.   Suqqu 2017 Japan Christmas Collection – Trying to get hold of Suqqu is exhausting. I just received my Suqqu palettes from the UK 2017 Christmas Collection, and now I have my eyes set on the Japan Christmas Collection! If you know where to get them without the exorbitant additional margin, please let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chanel has released some pretty colors lately. The first item that caught my eye was the stunning Joues Contraste Blush ROSE PÉTILLANT. Also swatching the beautiful Le Vernis Nail color 586 ROSE PRODIGIOUS. I am so obsessed with this color that I have been wearing this color repeatedly! Both items appear to be exclusive shades that you can only find on Chanel online or some Chanel Makeup Studios in Australia.
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The blush ROSE PÉTILLANT is the most perfect flattering peachy pink with gold shimmer I have ever seen. It’s not the most unique shade ever since Nars introduced his iconic Orgasm blush (aka the universally flattering peachy pink shade), but this color still has the ‘wow’ factor and stands out from every other brand I have seen. The texture is also amazing – it feels creamier and it’s super pigmented and opaque that is different to the regular JC blushes. It is silky smooth to apply and blend, with just a single swipe that is enough to give a  flush of color on the cheeks for fair to medium skin. The rose gold shimmer adds a glow and dimension to the cheeks but it is not visible on the skin and will not enlarge pores.

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Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color 586 Rose Prodigious is a beautiful pink rose with gold shimmer. Flawless and streak-free consistency in high shine gel finish. Swatched with 2 coats.chanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-ROSE-PRODIGIOUS-586-review-swatch chanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-ROSE-PRODIGIOUS-586-review-swatch-1 chanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-ROSE-PRODIGIOUS-586-review-swatch-2

 

 

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My affection with lip pencils continues, and I am glad to say I have finally found my holy grail formula from Suqqu! Suqqu is known for superior quality, and once again their latest Lip Defining Pencil Series has blown me away. I picked up the neutral shades in Beige and Cinnamon. The silky and moisturizing texture in a matte finish is something I have never seen from other brands.

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The lip pencil comes in a retractable black glossy pen that feels weighty in the hands. As usual with Suqqu, you buy the holder and the refill separately, and once the pencil is finished, you just need to buy the refill that works out to be much cheaper. The formula and consistency are unparalleled. Apparently, the new Lip Defining Lip Pencil series is developed with thoughts concerning aging around the lips. It has the most silky smooth and moisturizing texture for a long-lasting matte finish. It goes on not too hard, and not too soft and gives a perfectly smooth finish without looking harsh. It does not feel chalky, nor does it make your lips look and feel dry over time.

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The lip pencil also has a fatter sharp tip which makes the application quick and easy for filling in the entire lips. The two colors I picked look stunning on their own, and they also work great pairing with most neutral lip colors.  I love wearing nude lip pencil with MLBB lipstick, as they add more volume and drama to the lips with an edge. The combination makes the color super long lasting – there is hardly any color fade after having your meal!

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Beige – is a true medium nude beige color with a hint of peachy pink.

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Cinnamon – medium muted rosey nude color

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I purchase most of my Suqqu products at Selfridges as they work out to be the best price even compared to buying them directly from Japan. I’ve recently bought their $65 for one-year unlimited international shipping which I highly recommend as there are a lot of great beauty and fashion brands that are cheaper than the US and Australia!

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