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The contents of my handbag

I actually don’t think I carry that much around in my handbag. I’m a pretty no fuss kinda girl which means the contents of my bag are actually quite boring.

1. Handbag: I actually had this made the last time I was in Bali. It a copy of an el-cheapo I picked up in Rubi Shoes. The leather keeps better with age.
2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: holy moly, this tube has lasted me years! It’s the perfect lip balm and I pretty much use it on any part of me that needs serious moisture.
3. Rhodia Notebook: For random scribbles and lists.
4. Pen: Not sure what brand this is but it’s covered in graffiti and I love it! It was a gift from my brother and he got it at Urban Depot in Leederville.
5. Sunglasses/Glasses: Ray Bans’s which aren’t actually mine… thanks T :) And prescription glasses from a Japanese brand called Mokucho-Roman.
6. Lipsticks: Nars – Barbarella, Chantecaille – Aster and YSL Lipgloss. These two are just a snippet of what’s actually in my bag, you can see the whole range here.
7. Purse: Tie died leather by Scout and Catalogue. What’s not to love?
8. Dry Shampoo: Batiste.
9. And of course, the trusty iPhone!

Beauty kit

I promised a couple of days ago that I was going to do a more in depth look into my makeup kit. So here it is, a few of the staple products that I use every day.

My Makeup Kit


Olay Complete Defence SPF30+ Daily Moisturising Lotion
 – approx $15
I never leave the house without sunscreen on so this moisturiser is perfect for me. It’s not too thick or greasy and feels great on the skin and with an SPF of 30+ I slather it all over my face and neck. It’s cheap too!

Prevage Eye Advanced Anti-Aging Serum – approx $109 from
Ok, this one is on the pricey side so you’d kind of hope it not only reduced wrinkles but also restored your skin to its youthful best and maybe cured cancer while it was there too! I’m pretty sure it’s keeping the lines at bay – either that or I’m just telling myself that to justify the $$.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation – approx $90
Goes on like a dream, provides just the right amount coverage and most importantly I got lots of compliments on how great my skin was looking when I first started using it. A little bit goes a long way and I usually mix some of the Nars Illuminator into it – more on that bad boy below.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch – approx $47 from
The highlighter of choice for pretty much every beauty junkie I’ve ever come across and rightly so. It’s the best I’ve ever used to cover my dark circles which seem to remain no matter how much sleep I get. I blame genetics, thanks mum & dad!

Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna – $55
Not too dark and not too muddy it’s the perfect glow and depth for a bronzer. I use it across my cheekbones, forehead and nose and sometimes use it as a blush.

Nars Blush in Orgasm – $49
No commentary necessary, the best of the best.

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm – $58
Another god send from Nars, I usually mix this with either my foundation or moisturiser to give my skin a healthy looking glow. I then smudge a little across my cheekbones for some highlighting love before I put my blush on.

MAC Eye Khol in Teddy – $32
I’ve used this eyeliner for probably about 8 years now. It’s not as harsh as black and brings the green out in my eyes. I use it almost every day with just a slick of mascara or with pretty much every eye shadow I own for a heavier look. It is quite soft though, so it’s not for everyone, but on the plus side it’s easy to smudge and blend for a smokey eye.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara – approx $15
I only started using this recently and I’m converted. It promises to give you lashes without the need for fakies and while it’s not quite as good as a set of fake lashes, it’s almost there.

MAC Eye Shadow in Club – $33
Another one I’ve been using for as long as I can remember. This colour can be worked up or down depending on what look you’re going for. It’s a great alternative to black for a smokey eye effect too.

Nars Lipstick in Barberella – $45
I posted about this lippie earlier in the week. It’s my favourite day time colour – it’s a little bit nude and little bit peachy at the same time and it works great on my fair skin and bright red lips.

Napoleon Perdis makeup brushes
A few years ago I was lucky enough to be given a whole set of brushes and I really can’t stress how big of a difference it makes when you use good tools to apply your makeup. I use 4 or 5 of Napoleon’s eye brushes as well as a contouring brush and a blush brush from Chanel.

What do you kids swear by?


Colour me happy

At any given time my handbag looks like it could belong to a professional makeup artist. I love makeup, especially lipstick! There’s something about picking up a new tube of colour to feel like you’ve rejuvenated your whole look. The lippies below are my staples with the Nars Barberella my go to, everyday, never fail me colour.

Left to right: Kit – Freedom Fighter, Chantecaille – Aster, Nars – Barbarella, Nars – Niagara, Smashbox – Pout, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Sex Machine, Nars – Carthage.

A fair chunk of my makeup, including my lipsticks are from Nars. They have a great range of colours – I purchased all of these at Mecca Cosmetica (I swear I should have shares in that place!) and I will do a more detailed post soon on my makeup kit xx

P.S. Sorry about the poor photos here guys, not only am I still figuring out my camera (a year after I bought it!) but the light in my old house is not the greatest. One of my new years resolutions is to become a gun behind the lens!