Aesop – Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser

Lavender Stem – White Clay – Chamomile Bud

My first Aesop product! I can definitely see the obsession. There’s something so minimal and understated about the branding that it makes it so incredibly on–trend. Kinda like those people who are so un-cool, that they’re cool? All of Aesop’s products are completely uniform; they’re a light cream/beige colour, black, and in brown glass. Aesop is also cruelty free and vegan, I mean could you ask for much more? — side note, I heard someone describing a product the other day as ‘gluten free’? Like you’re going to bloody eat your cleanser?! But whatever.

Anyway – I digress… now I actually got this cleanser as part of my 24th birthday present from my best friend, so I guess it’s pretty rude to look up the price – but hey I gotta give the readers all the information don’t I?

IMG_1484.jpgIt retails for $37 AUD for 100ml (Net wt 3.6oz). Despite being much more expensive than your average ‘Nivea’ or ‘Neutrogena’ cleanser, it’s really not too badly priced considering the quality (and this is coming from a girl who endeavours to live a luxury life on minimum wage).

The cleanser is packaged in something I can only describe as a sort of ultra-sturdy toothpaste tube. Like an extra large super-glue bottle? That sort of hard-but-bendy metal you can push shapes into and when it crinkles it never quite looks the same.

It’s a very strong lavender smell, which obviously can border on ‘grandma’s toiletries bag’ but it’s so gorgeous, fresh and expensive. It doesn’t have specific instructions but I just used it like you use any other cleanser. Wet my face then  massaged it in for a minute or two, then wash off with warm water.

I have combination skin. I don’t really get pimples all-too-often. So I guess this could be better-reviewed by someone who has skin problems. But it left my skin soft, hydrated and so smooth. I felt so fresh after using it – like one of those models that don’t wear any makeup (but just didn’t quite look like one!). Overall an awesome product and will definitely be buying more Aesop products when my budget allows it! (and oh, how cool I would feel to have a little Aesop collection on the bathroom sink!)

Jenna xx


Late to the party… once again! But hey, better late than never – and in this case it’s so true.

At $75 AUD it’s actually taken me about two months, about 50 YouTube tutorials and some lengthy girly-conversations to convince me whether or not it would be worth purchasing this eyeshadow palette. But yesterday, in a complete flurry of Christmas shopping (evidently unsuccessful) I entered Sephora. Honestly I just feel like SUCH a stereotypical girl every single time I enter that shop. The music gets me all excited, my level of vanity skyrockets and I decide that none of my make-up is good enough – it’s both heinous and exhilarating. I also find it funny that every single surface in the entire store is reflective… go figure.

Aren’t the colours insane!? Instead of doing a full review because I’m not exactly an expert, I’ll give you a few dot-points as a personal overview and then link my favourite YouTube looks (for a variety of occasions) using the palette.


  • Seriously pigmented
  • Literally every single colour is use-able
  • Orange ‘looks’ really bring out blue eyes.’
  • The fuzzy purple packaging is so cute (but gets dirty too easily)
  • The brush is actually useable (unlike most that are included with palettes)


Jenna xx


REVIEW: 3INA – Concealer and Mascara

So my friend Caitlin and I recently took a little trip to Melbourne. Granted we probably spent more time in the bars and clubs than we did in the shopping centres. But my budget didn’t exactly warrant both so we had to make an educated choice 😉 Anyway, one day we did go shopping because in Melbourne – how can you bloody resist!? I was having one of ‘those days’ come on girls, you know the ones. Where every single thing you try on looks crap, you’re 20kg heavier in the mirror than you are in real life – and no colours seem to suit you (even though last week you felt like a Victoria Secret model).

Top tip – when you are having one of ‘those days‘ but still need to join in on the retail therapy – MAKE-UP is the way to go. First off we went to Sephora – forgetting it was Black Friday. Everything store-wide was 15% off. Trust me when I say I have NEVER seen a longer line to a cash register as long as i’ve lived. All Caitlin wanted was a lip liner?! So we kept walking.

Sorry sorry, I’ll get to the crux of this post now. While we were strolling, somewhat disheartened through Melbourne Central, we spotted a really cool looking make-up shop.

At first I thought it was called ‘MINA’ but upon further research I realised it’s actually called 3INA – BUT is pronounced Mina…. Con-FUUUUS-ing! It’s all paraben-free (not sure what that is but it sounds bad), cruelty free, and made in Italy. Oh and the prices are so affordable.

Despite the insane array of colour gradation and beautiful shades calling my weak retail-therapy-driven mind I did manage to whittle my basket down to two items that I actually did need.

  1. The Definition Mascara ($13.95 AUD) – buy here
  2. The Liquid Concealer 101 ($12.95 AUD) – buy here
  1. This mascara is awesome! I find that you can’t often tell the difference between good mascaras – but you always know a bad one! If this mascara was $30 more expensive and disguised as a high-end product it would most certainly pass. 100% will buy again.
  2. The concealer is ALRIGHT. It blends well, has alright coverage – for the price it’s great. But i’m still on the look-out for the BEST affordable concealer. My Kat Von D one is AMAZING but it lasted all of about 2 weeks and for the price – it’s not worth it.

Anyway – haven’t done a make-up review in ages – hope it was some-what informative. Definitely head into 3INA if you ever see it – it’s a real experience (and the staff are bloody lovely!)

Jenna xx

Kat Von D – Creme Concealer Review

I’ve been scraping out the bottom of my ‘Covergirl: Ready Set Gorgeous’ concealer for so long, AND i’ve been meaning to take a visit to Sephora which is literally a five minute walk from my house. So yesterday morning, I put two and two together and thought, why not buy myself a really good concealer from Sephora?! Treat yo’self, right?

I did some research online and was tossing up between the ‘Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer,‘ the ‘Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer,‘ the ‘BECCA Creme concealer‘ and of course, the ‘Kat Von D Lock-it Creme Concealer.‘ Three guesses what I bought! [see-title if you still dont know]

The Tarte concealer, despite the raving reviews, didn’t really sit right on my skin, It was a little shinier and oilier than I was hoping. The Sephora I went to didn’t have the BECCA concealer in stock but at $50+ a pop, it seemed a little excessive (seeing as i’m a daily make-up wearer). And for SOME reason, I can’t explain why, I thought the Make Up For Ever one just looked cheap and seemed overpriced – I feel a little guilty for saying that.

ANYWAY so heres the concealer I purchased…


It’s just perfect. It’s creamy, thick and matte, and blends so flawlessly into my skin. It doesn’t crease in the heat and lasts until you choose to take your make-up off!

10/10 recommend. Was $37 AUD at Sephora.




Teeth Whitening: Home Kit

So as any young slightly vain female, I have often envied the perfect pearly whites of celebrities. A small number of my friends have had their teeth professionally whitened and about the same amount use at-home teeth whitening kits and there’s one thing i’ve always noticed… the at-home-jobs look much more successful!

Yes, yes I know that its not exactly the safest option and to have a dentist oversee the process is obviously preferable. But as a poor student you can’t always do things ‘right.’ So recently I had a little Ebay surf to see what products are out there.

This is what I ended up landing on. Now I absolutely do NOT condone just buying and trusting anything you purchase from the internet. But hey, I took the risk. This product has no brand name on Ebay but I found a similar product on Amazon under the name ‘Hallicare.’ At 44% Carbamide Peroxide, its pretty potent and has numerous warnings urging consumers to not get the product on their gums.

What you get:

  • 5 x Whitening gel-filled syringes (they legitimately look like drugs see below)
  • 2 x Clear Thermoform trays (to mould into mouthguard)
  • 1 x Instruction manual
  • 1 x UV-Light to speed up the treatments

Creating the mouthguards was very easy. You simply submerge them one at a time into 80-90 degree (celcius) water for less than a minute and then slide them into your top/bottom teeth like you would a mouthguard, pressing the slightly melted rubber to your teeth to create a mould.

So far I have had some awesome results. My canine teeth have always been a little more yellow than my other teeth (who knows why) and my teeth really are beginning to all be the same bright white after just 3 treatments. I have been using a minimal amount of the whitening gel as it is so strong. In three treatments I have used less than one quarter of one syringe.

10/10 recommend! Just don’t go overboard without consulting a dentist.





The highlight of my trip

On my recent adventure to Singapore I bought the best highlighter on the market. Well I truly think it is. The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Powder in Opal. On my OBVIOUS Sephora haul I just had to include it in my basket – and with a 10% tourist discount it would be rude not to!

Highlighter 5

At $53 (Singapore) – around $50 AUD and $38 USD – I thought… as I do so often… that its an overpriced make-up product and a drug-store brand would do the same thing. But please do not be a skeptic on this one! It’s creamy and pigmented and so beautiful and shimmery and just finishes off any look perfectly!Highlighter 4

I apply mine with a short semi-blunt ended blush-brush to the tops of my cheek bones, the top of my eye socket – just underneath the eyebrow and just above the eyebrows toward the sides of my face.

Check it out online!