Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Swap With Sweetaholic Beauty!

Happy Halloween! While Halloween isn't a terribly big thing here in Australia, it is slowly gaining popularity, and I feel that every year I look, there are more and more people putting up decorations, or even kids in the Inner West going trick or treating. I think it's cute! 

Something else that is cute is doing makeup swaps - a makeup swap with Jasmine over at Sweetaholic Beauty, specifically! 

This all started a few weeks ago, when Jasmine asked for interest on doing a makeup swap that was Halloween themed, and given that I was going to be in the States in September, I was really excited (and a lot nervous!) to do this swap, seeing as I could get a whole bunch of out of country makeup!

Jasmine was also the very first blog I started reading, way before starting Temporary Princess, so it was an honour to get the chance to do a swap with her!

She made the effort to wrap all her presents up in cute little packages, then went the extra mile of putting stickers on them! Jasmine also popped them into a purple box with the same adorable stickers popped all over it. 

She also put some chocolates (cute little ones from Lindt with pumpkin faces) in a plastic Hello Kitty baggie with the Benefit beauty products featured above, but they sadly melted in the heat! It was just a shame I didn't get to eat them!

Are you dying to see what I got?

Ta daa! How good does this look? She really went above and beyond what I expected! Here's a breakdown of everything.

1) Formula 10.0.6 No Time To Shine Oil Absorbing Mud Mask - This is really exciting! I haven't had the chance to try anything from this brand yet, despite purchasing a couple of their products a while back. This will allow me to take a little sachet to Singapore to try while I'm there.

2) Models Prefer Nude 10 Shade Eyeshadow Palette - EEEEEE!!!! How exciting is it when you get a brand new nude palette? I've seen some reviews for MP eye products, and I can't wait to crack it out!

3) Essence Cosmetics Get BIG! Lashes Mascara - I've tried a couple of mascaras from Essence before, and haven't been wowwed, but others have seemed to enjoy it. I'll see how I go with this one. Fingers crossed!

4) Daiso Voluminous Type Eyelashes - I love Daiso, and have never tried any of their lashes before, so this could be a great introduction!

5) Savvy by DB Blush in Cherry - I do love Savvy by DB products, and this one is probably going to be no exception! I've been surprised by their selection and quality in the past, particularly given the price, so I'm really looking forward to trying this.

6) Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon in Cupcake - I love anything that sounds tasty, don't you? Face of Australia does seem to make some excellent products! I did try one from this line, Macaroon?, and I liked it, so this is a welcome addition!

7) Essence Cosmetic Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Coffee To Glow - I have a couple of the shadows from this range, and they are REALLY metallic and gorgeous! This is quite a gold shade, and might be perfect for the silly season!

8) Essence Cosmetics Lipliner in In The Nude - Oooh! I love the one lipliner I have by them, and I haven't bought a nude one for yonks, so this is super exciting!

9) Essence Cosmetics Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever - Black eyeliners are a staple in my beauty kit, so this is definitely going to get used.

Of course, aside from all those goodies, she also included eight (EIGHT!) generous samples in the box! All travel friendly, and a mix of things I haven't had the chance to try before, and others that I have, and loved.

What a fabulous swap! Jasmine did an amazing job - I can only hope she feels the same way about my parcel. If you haven't had the chance to check out her blog, you really should. Click here to get there.

Did you participate in this swap or a similar one? Would you be interested in doing something like this?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Lust Have It FaB September 2014

I'm going to start this post off with a mini whinge - I think it is totally ridiculous that it took over half of October for my SEPTEMBER FaB box to reach me, with little contact from LHI about it's status. Crazy? Yes. Worth the wait? It depends on how you feel once you see what's in it!

At first glance, it does look like good value. There are four beauty products, and one piece of jewellery, and all the beauty items are full size.

Here is the product card listing all of the items in the box.

1) Shizen Salve All Over Balm - This looks like an interesting product! I think this might be similar to  the papaw ointments. I've tried some that I haven't been keen on, so I'll see how this performs when I get dry patches.

2) Sasy n Savy Walnut Citrus Body Scrub - I love body scrubs! It all depends on the size of the granules, so we'll see if this lives up to my current gold standard!

3) Model Co Party Proof Lipstick with complimentary lipliner in Stiletto - Love, love, love this colour! I already have this lippie in a different shade, however, and I don't know if it's the colour or it's the lipstick itself, but it didn't blow me away. I might just save this for a giveaway?

4) Model Co Eyebrows Designer Brow Kit - This brow kit comes with a mirror, three powders, one wax, tweezers and a spoolie brush. I do love brow kits (obsession of 2014), so this will get some use.

5) Haute to Have Ethnic Inspired Necklaces - This is the one part of the box that I have to be really honest about. I really, really, really don't like it. More than just not me, it's really nothing I'm interested in wearing, which makes this really disappointing.

And there you have it, the very late September FaB issue from Lust Have It. Two products from Model Co, a body scrub, a salve/balm and a necklace I'll never wear. I have some serious mixed feelings about this, aside from the just plain old running late, All I can say is that I'm glad I didn't pay full price for my twelve month subscription.

Here's hoping that it improves this month (although it still isn't here yet, which makes me sad)!

Have you received your FaB bag yet? What are you thoughts on it?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks Spring/Summer Wardrobe 2014!

Is there anyone who HASN'T tried Shanghai Suzy lippies yet? I love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE them! For those who are unaware of what Shanghai Suzy is, it's a lipstick brand created by a Melbournite, Joanna Wheaton, and they do a seasonal lipstick wardrobe, coming up with eight new colours each time. 

These babies retail for $12.95 each, or $65 for the entire new wardrobe of eight colours. They are cruelty free and extremely pigmented, and they last on your lips. So what are the colours this roumd?

Miss Leah Baby Cocoa; Miss Olivia Apricot; Miss Nicole Burgundy Brown; Miss Mia Foxy Hibiscus; Miss Christina Neon Guava; Miss Bree Pink Blush; Miss Courtney Electric Flamingo; Miss Ally Amethyst

They all come in pretty little black cases with stickers on the top signifying what colour they are meant to be. It's quite a sturdy case, but the downside is that I have noticed the lettering rubbing off when it's gone into my makeup case.

Miss Leah Baby Cocoa; Miss Olivia Apricot; Miss Nicole Burgundy Brown; Miss Mia Foxy Hibiscus

Miss Leah is a nude shade that comes in the nourish formula, which makes it quite soft. Miss Olivia also comes in nourish and is one of my new favourite Summer shades, and is a quite bright shade that adds a pop of colour. 

Miss Nicole comes in matte and is a brown shade that I would have thought a little too dark for Summer, but actually quite attractive for night. Miss Mia is a really attractive red, that's like an updated version of my favourite reds, brighter, livelier and pretty. It also comes in matte.

Miss Christina Neon Guava; Miss Bree Pink Blush; Miss Courtney Electric Flamingo; Miss Ally Amethyst

Miss Christina comes in matte, and is like a muted hot pink, which is great if you like hot pink, but you feel like it's a little too out there to wear. Miss Bree is a really pretty and wearable pink, and also comes in matte.

Miss Courtney might be, for me, the one shade that I will be wearing the least. It comes in matte, and it a very vivid electric pink. This makes my mouth look twice the size it actually is! 

Miss Ally, a bright purple, comes in matte, and looks so pretty on! It's a little eclectic, but I suspect I'll be getting a fair bit of use out of it this season! 

Miss Leah Baby Cocoa; Miss Olivia Apricot; Miss Nicole Burgundy Brown; Miss Mia Foxy Hibiscus; Miss Christina Neon Guava; Miss Bree Pink Blush; Miss Courtney Electric Flamingo; Miss Ally Amethyst

Miss Leah Baby Cocoa; Miss Olivia Apricot; Miss Nicole Burgundy Brown; Miss Mia Foxy Hibiscus; Miss Christina Neon Guava; Miss Bree Pink Blush; Miss Courtney Electric Flamingo; Miss Ally Amethyst

How great is it that the first one from the left is called Miss Leah? I love it! To get your hands on these babies, check them out online here. You'll also be able to find them at select stockists. 

All the lippies also have the added bonus of smelling like grape bubblegum!

What's your favourite from this collection? Do you prefer matte or nourish?

Friday, 24 October 2014

First Blogiversary Giveaway Part 2!

Hello, my beauties!
As promised a while back, here is part 2 of my blogiversary! As some of you may remember, I switched over from Tumblr to Blogger last year, and this second giveaway marks that particular momentous occasion!

I've been saving up a small amount of stuff to make it a big giveaway, and here it is!:
1) Cotton On Manicure Pack
2) Colour by TBN Lipstick in Hurry Up & Kiss Me
3) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Shadow Paint in Extreme Emerald
4) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Stay-On Shadow Paint in Steel
5) ELF Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky
6) Milani Power Lip in Mango Tango
7) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sydney
8) Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette in Tunnel Vision
9) Ulta3 Lip Paint in Expressive Fuchsia
10) Essence Cosmetics Metal Glam Nail Polish in Steeling the Scene
11) Essence Cosmetics Metal Glam Nail Polish in Petal to the Metal
12) Essence Cosmetics Metal Glam Nail Polish in Glamour Girls
13) Essence Cosmetics Metal Glam Nail Polish in Gold Digger
14) Simple Eye Makeup Corrector Pen
15) Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator
16) Milani Baked Powder Blush in Corallina

And that's everything!

Here are the rules of the competition:
1) This is open to Australian Entrants only, sorry! There are too many nail polish bottles in this one, and I would hate for it to be returned
2) The winner will be picked at random via Rafflecopter
3) No giveaway blogs/accounts
4) No double entries
5) Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email/announcement, or a new winner will be picked
60 Winner is picked in 23 days!

Good luck to everyone! 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

High Tea at The Westin, Melbourne

Hello lovelies! One little thing that I left out of my recent Melbourne adventures was a brilliant meal that I indulged in - can anyone guess what that would be?

You very likely got it right! I headed out to The Westin in the middle of Melbourne to partake in one of my favourite activities - high tea!

From where we were seated, we could see the Hub and all the shows happening that day during Fashion Week. Melbourne, you're always surprising me, you gorgeous city!

Here's everything on the Winter high tea menu! I got really excited when I saw what they had for the sweets - I also really liked that it didn't have tons of chocolatey things on the menu. Too many chocolatey things can make it crazy rich right at the end.

A lovely place setting for three people, and the usual glasses of champers were trotted out for our celebration - because we were celebrating Mrs AM's 30th birthday!

Miss AG, our friend who lives in Melbourne, and turned up for high tea with us, got the vegetarian stand. I don't know if they do a vegan high tea there, but it was nice to see them doing a vegetarian one.

Above is the stand that Mrs AM and I shared - delish from start to end! The profiteroles were my favourite part of it - soft, light and gorgeous!

The chocolate and praline bar was to die for and the Earl Grey tea shortbread was interesting - not quite my thing, but tasty, nevertheless. The savouries were a fancier version of the usual finger sandwiches.

And that's what the vegetarian stand had on it! It differed slightly, but most of the sweets were the same.

Three happy girls, after a very satisfying high tea! 

Aside from the modern stand, we also got rather modern cups and tea pots. As usual, I got my chamomile with a side of honey, and it turned up in an absolutely adorable jar!

The service was good, although not as attentive as I've had in the past, but we didn't have to look around for long before we caught their eye. The food was excellent, with an even mix between sweet and savoury.

Overall, I would rate this high tea:


Have you tried their high tea before? Would you be interested in going there?

Monday, 20 October 2014

September Lust Have It 2014!

Hello lovelies! I realise that this review is really late, but sadly, so was this box! Was the wait worth it? Read on to find out!

This month, it arrived in the now customary pink mesh pouch, and oddly enough, without a product card. Luckily for me, it arrived in my gmail account shortly after I got my box, so I got a clear explanation of things.

For people who don't know what Lust Have It is, it's a monthly subscription box that delivers beauty goodies to your doorstep each month for $19.95. If you're looking to try it, you can get $5 off your first box by using the code 'TPRINCESS'.

Without further ado, purely because it's already taken long enough, here's everything that I got in this month's box!

How great does this look? Here's a breakdown of everything.

1) Model Co Lip Lacquer (full size) in Fire Red - I know there's been talk of Model Co being in every box in the past, but this is a little exciting, because this is a new product and I got it in a gorgeous colour! I hope it's better than their lipstick, though, because that didn't knock my socks off when I tried it.

2) Glam Manicare Express 3 in 1 Nail Art Pen (full size) - I love the look of this! I received this in a brilliant dark blue. This is obviously meant to be a pen that allows you to draw, paint and apply small nail art stones. I wonder if the nib would clog - fingers crossed it's not for a while!

3) The Cosmetic Kitchen Macadamia Highlighter Butter Creme (full size) - This is a vegan and cruelty free highlighter, and this looks gorgeous! I'll have to take this for a test drive soon!

4) Urban Skincare Co Repair + Body Balm - This is meant to moisturise skin without leaving that dreaded greasy residue. It comes in a fairly generous 35ml tube, so I can get a couple of uses out of this.

5) Uriage Surgra Liquide - This cleanser is meant to be soap-free and gentle on sensitive skin. Given that I don't have sensitive skin, it doesn't matter to me much, but this will certainly be used.

6) Model Co - A number of samples from their new skincare line!
- Instant Miracle Booster Brightening and Firming Serum 
- Exfoliating Cream Facial Scrub 
- Double Sided Facial Wipes 
- Soothing Day and Night Moisturiser 

And that's the September box from Lust Have It! For the price of $19.95, I got a box worth $66.37! And it's filled with things that I would really like to try - winning!

Now, if they could only deliver things on time...