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Beauty Bites #11 – From I Heart Peplum To #BeautyBloggerProblems

Welcome to another edition of Beauty Bites which is basically snippets of my beauty-filled life mixed in with a splodge of Instagram – you better be stalking me @Xyling!

red peplum dress, forever new red dress, peplum dress

1.  I Heart Peplum!

I have a thing for red dresses so I was super duper happy to find a red peplum dress in the Forever New sales section – only $30!!  Don’t be deceived by the photo.  It’s a super slimming magic mirror.  In real life, I look like a sausage but I will starve myself tonight to fit into the dress for tomorrow :P  ”What’s on tomorrow?”, you ask – see the next picture!!!

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Beauty Bites #10 – Bewitching, Blood, Back-ne…

blood, split head Hello beauties, blog posting this week hasn’t exactly gone to plan because if you stalk me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram, you will know that I head-butted a table corner whilst taking lipstick swatches!!  LOL.  Yes, literally, blood, sweat and tears go into my beauty blog!!!  { full story here

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick Beauty Bites post till I can put my blogging hat back on *wink*…

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Beauty Bites featuring Lelo, Dior, Cadbury’s, Shiseido, etc

Here comes another Beauty Bites post with extracts of my life as a beauty blogger :)

Oh My Lelo! :   The funniest true story happened to me last week.  A PR sent me a (personalised and very legitimate) email to ask if they could send me their latest back massager and well, I have chronic back pain so why not?  It arrived and it looked like a phallic shaped back massager.  Anyway, I tweeted out this picture and even uploaded this onto my personal FB account to show off my new gadget.  I was getting messages saying “It’s a vibrator, Ling!” and I was like, “Don’t be stupid!  It’s a back massager!”  So I charged it up and pressed the ON button and OH MY WORD…it vibrated like a…well…vibrator!  So I jumped onto Google and it turns out that this Lelo is : “as well as a back massager, it is a powerful external vibrator”  FML!!  I have never been so mortified and scrambled to delete the pictures but it was too late as a lot of people had seen it already.  All my colleagues messaged me and said that they had a sore back and asked if I could bring in my Lelo.  I did.  We all had a great time…laughing!!!  The happiest person ever was my Husband who insists that we should test out the FULL functions of the Lelo!

Going Blue :  Moving swifly along… I’ve been loving the colour blue lately.  Blue dress, blue beads, blue Dior box and blue wrapper of yummy Cadbury’s chocolate.

Shattered Shiseido :  I curse thee whoever it was who shattered this beautiful Shiseido eyeshadow palette by the time it got delivered to me.  I won’t be getting another one – le sigh – so I am going to attempt some DIY Ling Will Fix It.  Watch this space to see if I will succeed.  Meanwhile, if you have any tips, let me know and you will be blessed with forever flawless skin because I said so! :P

My Birthday Treats :  As you may remember, it was my birthday recently and I have been getting lots of lovely treats from a variety of people in my awesome life.  Super sweet!  Thanks peeps <3

And that’s a wrap!  What’s been biting you in your world lately?

Beauty Bites featuring Canon, Laura Mercier, Eylure, Ulta3 & Daiso

Hello my lovely peeps!  When you read this blog post, I will probably be bleeding from the surgical incision from my mini op.  Damn, I wish I was having something “glamourous” like plastic surgery but alas, it’s not even remotely close to that.  I have a blockage in my salivary gland… Yeah, how boring is that, right?  I won’t be emerging with new eyelids or a lovely new nose or big boobies…I will just have a swollen mouth for days which means I can’t eat.

Anyway, enough boring chat from me and let’s have a look at this week’s Beauty Bites post.

My 1st DSLR :  First up, please welcome my new toy!  Like OMG!  This is the best early birthday present EVER!  (Psst, my birthday’s this coming Monday!!)  Yes, the Husband got me a Canon 650D because I have been looking at improving my photography skills – all for the sake of this beauty blog!  It is the bomb dot com.  I know a lot of beauty bloggers say that it is not necessary to have a DSLR to have great photos…but I can really see the improvement in my pictures already.  It’s a super amazing camera and I could go on all day about it!  I was gutted to discover that 4 days after we bought it from JB Hi Fi, the price dropped by $200…but apparently, you can get a backdated discount…but guess what?  We lost the freaking receipt!!!  Anyway, just a side note – I am officially on a shopping ban because of this exxy purchase so no more hauls for a while.  Le sigh.

Laura Mercier Power Couple :  AKA Laura Mercier Foundation Primer + Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme Foundation (courtesy of PR)!  Super duper love!  A full review will be coming shortly but I thought I’d give you all a sneak peek.  I don’t know what it is but I have stopped using BB creams at the moment and I have turned into a Foundation Queen!  Love love love foundation!

I Love Katy Perry :  There you go!  I said it on my blog so it is now official!  I don’t know what happened but I was never into Katy Perry or her songs and then when she got divorced from Russell Brand, something changed.  Yep, her hair colour changed a lot…but there was just something different about her.  I thought she looked sad, but she was strong too.  Anyway, I wanted to go watch her docu-movie Katy Perry : Part Of Me but I couldn’t blackmail the Husband to go with me.  I will patiently wait for the DVD.  Meanwhile, I have been playing the music video for Part Of Me on repeat and I have been drooling over the falsies she has created with Eylure.  Yup, that’s another review you have to wait for.  Review is ready! Falsies are courtesy of Eylure PR.


Lunch Break & Lipsticks :  So during one of my lunch breaks, I went shopping (this is before my ban) and bizarrely, my Husband knew exactly what I was doing!  He knows me too well!  And people think we got married because I wanted an Australian visa.  Pfft!  Anyway, I was so excited to see a big shelf of ulta3 lipsticks and I ended up choosing this magic green lippy (it’s not green though because it comes out pink-ish) and a matte black lippy.  Ahhh, I still have to swatch it but look out for it on LipStalker.

Daiso Delights :  Just a teeny tiny shopping haul from Daiso.  I bought chalk to see if I can chalk my hair and make it colourful like the Kevin Murphy Color Bugs and I bought a new eyelash curler just because I couldn’t splash out on the new Shu Uemura Gold Eyelash Curler so I bought a Daiso Gold Eyelash Curler instead.

That’s me over and out.  Are you still enjoying Beauty Bites or is it time to say bye bye and return to my usual posts?  Let me know please :)  And please send me your positive vibes so I can heal real fast and get back to blogging ASAP.

Beauty Bites Featuring Michelle Phan, Mary Kay & Spiderman

Welcome to another edition of Beauty Bites where I show you all bits ‘n’ bobs of my beauty-filled life :)

Michelle Phan, Michelle Phan in Melbourne Australia, Michelle Phan for Lancome

Michelle Phan in Melbourne :  I spent this Friday afternoon with THE Michelle Phan of YouTube beauty guru fame.  She was in Melbourne to do a Lancôme Makeup Masterclass event, but a bunch of Melbourne beauty bloggers and I got to meet her beforehand to chat about blogging.  I will admit that I had a major Phan-girl moment.  Anyway, I recorded some video footage so will probably post it up later on my YouTube channel (subscribe please!) and for more photos of her, I will be adding it to The Best Beauty Blog Facebook page later so keep your eyes peeled for that.  (Update : here’s the FB link)

High Tea with Mary Kay :  A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the Melbourne representatives of the beauty brand, Mary Kay to learn about their new Mary Kay Botanical Effects Skin Care range.  I also enjoyed my first high tea experience!!!  It was fantastic except for the cheese-filled quiches.  Did I tell you I am a cheese-phobic?  But I love whipped cream though (with scones and jam), even though I am lactose intolerant.

OPI Spiderman
OPI The Amazing Spiderman Collection :  You guys know how much I love OPI, right?  Well, this mini collection is my new splurge…but my stupid nails keep breaking so I haven’t been able to swatch any nail polishes!  Argh!!!!!  Anyway, you can buy this at David Jones for $25.  I think David Jones is my current favourite shop…but I do more browsing than purchasing!


For Him :  I have gathered a reasonable amount of male beauty products from purchases, PR samples and goody bag gifts.  Yup, it is time to snare down my Husband and make him do some male beauty blogging.  He has done a few reviews before – have you read them?  This hair  review is his most popular post, thus far.

Anyway, I’m off to add the Michelle Phan photos on our Facebook page so if you wanna chat, see ya there!  I sound like a boring old fart, but hat’s how I roll on a Friday night :P  

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