July 23, 2014

#EMILYTAKESHK




I can’t wrap my head around the fact that a little over a week ago I was still in the beautiful city of Hong Kong. My friends and I spent a good 15 days there and they truly were some of the best days of my life. Waking up in a foreign city, having a Michelin star dumpling place literally downstairs from our apartment and taking in everything that the city had to offer was unbelievable. And as much as I loved Lane Crawford – I could’ve perused those stores for hours on end – there is so much more to Hong Kong than the shopping.

The highlights of the trip were definitely visiting the Nan Lian Gardens and the Chi Lin Nunnery, trekking through to Sai Wan Village and of course visiting the Big Buddha at Lantau Island. Photos cannot do these places justice, at the Gardens I was in my own little wonderland of serenity and tranquillity and so freaking beautiful. The scenery on the trail through to Sai Wan from Sai Kung was insane and there was a little secluded beach with the clearest water amongst all the mountains. Lantau Island will always be one of my favourite places in the world, the cable car ride on the way up never disappoints and once you're on the island itself, you really have to pinch yourself because the view is truly breathtaking.

I will definitely be back in Hong Kong soon as it is one of my favourite cities and there is still so much I haven’t seen of it. But until then I’ll be playing tourist in my own city for what’s left of my uni holidays; going overseas has made me realise how I’ve never really seen Sydney and I would love to discover more of this beautiful city I call home.


E x

July 17, 2014

IN WITH THE NEW


Celine Trio / Ellery Gazette: Issue Deux

On so many occasions I have been in need of a small black bag because sometimes my Jamie just isn’t so practical and I'm surprised it's taken me this long to finally get one. But time sure does pay off: enter the Trio. It’s taken years pining after this beauty and after a trip to the CĂ©line boutique in Hong Kong she is finally mine! And ain't she a beaut? It's taken me years to take the plunge and I feel like this bag is truly worth the investment - the craftsmanship, the leather, the timeless shape and simplicity in design... I'm in love.

Over these past few days since returning from my holiday I've been recovering from a nasty skin allergy but a photo diary is in the works and I've got a whole list of new projects to work on for the blog too!


E x

July 3, 2014

WHAT I'M PACKING: MAKE UP

It's Day 6 of my little Hong Kong adventure and I only just realised I didn't get a chance to post part deux before I left! Oopsies. So without further adieu here it is, now I'm going to brave the sweltering heat to go for a run on the waterfront promenade. 'Til next time!


For my base I’m only taking one product: just my Nars Tinted Moisturiser (Alaska). This is perfect for wearing day-to-day and I feel like it’s more of a light coverage foundations rather than a tinted moisturiser like it’s branded to be. I evens out my skintone flawlessly and I’m left with a natural semi-matte finish. It’s also got a bit of SPF in there as well which is always a plus. I'll also be bringing my favourite Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It leaves the skin feeling like silk, is oil-free, has SPF 15 and it also makes any make up over the top of it waterproof - are you sold yet? It is faultless. And of course to avoid being a shiny mess I'll be taking my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. This stuff has fast become one of my can't-live-withouts - it's weightless, so perfecting and actually makes your face look airbrushed. It's insane.

So since I’m taking just the tinted moisturiser, I’m doubling up on my concealers. I've found my perfect under-eye concealer in the By Terry ToucheVeloutee (#2). I love that it's light reflecting but it also has great coverage too so it helps to not only detract but really conceal any darkness under the eyes. The formula is really lovely to blend and I quite like the brush that it comes with as well, I like that it's a little bigger so you can really blend it out seamlessly into your foundation. I'm also bringing along my trusty little Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer (Light 2) to cover any spots and redness.

I don't feel human without my brows so my Too Faced Bulletproof Brows in Universal Brunette are a must. For eyes I'm taking my By Terry Ombre Blackstars in Misty Rock and Bronze Moon. As much as I love my Naked palette, it's survival of the smallest and the Clinique Eyeshadow Quad in Pink Chocolate has four shades that go beautifully with the Ombre Blackstars if I need to build up the colour a little bit. Of course I'm bringing my favourite Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black as well as my MAC Eye Kohl in TeddyMaybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara is probably the most underrated beauty product of all time. I use the Waterproof version and it holds the curl in my stick-straight Asian lashes all day long. It's magic.

I need my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer to make me look like I actually have cheekbones. I'll also be taking my two favourite blushes: Natio Peach Glow and Tarte Exposed. Fun fact: I purchased this NarsMultiple in Copacabana on the last time I was in Hong Kong back in 2011 and it's still going strong. It's perfect to make you look super healthy and radiant and clearly it's also pretty cost effective.

One of the first things I'll be stocking up on is the Dior Lip Glow; it's my all time favourite tinted lip balm product and I've been mourning my finished tube so I'll be very happy to have it back in my life. I'll be bringing along my Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl for nights out as well.

June 17, 2014

WHAT I'M PACKING: SKINCARE / UPDATED ROUTINE



Montana Cox by Daniella Rech for RUSSH #52

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you might know that I’m a little obsessed with skincare. I’m always on the hunt for more lotions and potions to add to my collection and am on the perennial quest to get perfect poreless glowing skin.  Well I think I might be on the right track with my current skincare routine.

Because I’m so invested in my skincare, I will be taking the whole kit and caboodle along with me on my travels so I thought this would be a nice little two-in-one post to show you what I’ve been using and what will be making the journey too!