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!

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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 ūüėõ ¬†“What’s on tomorrow?”, you ask – see the next picture!!!


Outfit Of The Day : Lace & Mesh

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Due to the lovely comments from my last OOTD post wearing my ASOS dress (you know who you are!), I’m back with another outfit of the day post wearing another dress (I bought 3!) from ASOS. ¬†This is the ASOS lace and mesh dress $34.01.

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Obviously, the dress looks ten times hotter on the ASOS model. ¬†I really liked the straps which dropped to the side of my shoulder. ¬†I paired it with nude patent heels from Rubi Shoes which I bought last week for $15 and a red lipstick from Australis. ¬†Looking at the photos, I have realised that I need to wear more accessories…

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Anyway, the back of the dress reveals a large cutout section. ¬†Tr√®s risqu√© for moi as I am usually a conservative (read : frumpy) dresser, IMO. ¬†The Husband says it is uber-sexy. ¬†Unfortunately, it means that I cannot wear a bra with this dress…hence I have flatter-than-usual boobs…and I definitely have to wear nipple plasters; just in case it gets cold outside ūüėõ

I posed for these photos inside the house because even though there was sun outside, it was bloody freezing! ¬†Turns out the best light is in one of our bathrooms so that’s why I am posing with bathroom tiles and a towel rack in the last photo – LOL. ¬†Kudos to fashion bloggers who pose regularly outside for their blogs come rain or shine. ¬†I’ll stick with beauty blogging in my PJs ūüôā

So what do you think of this dress?  Is it something you would wear?  And do you want to see the 3rd ASOS dress I bought?

Outfit Of The Day : Winter Blues

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It’s been too long since my last Outfit Of The Day post! ¬†But that’s because I can’t pose for peanuts! ¬†And getting my Husband to take a nice, flattering photo of me is almost impossible. ¬†But I am determined to show you the new additions to my wardrobe.

I went ASOS crazy a couple of weeks ago and bought 3 dresses. ¬†That is a BIG deal for me because it’s my first time buying clothes online (this ASOS swimsuit does not count!) ¬†Anyway, this ASOS Blue Knitted Dress with Scoop Neck $29.75 was my favourite and the best-fitting out of the 3 dresses.

It’s perfect for Winter and I love this bright-ish shade of blue. ¬†On the top, it¬†is quite roomy so it can hide my food baby belly, but as it leads onto a fitted skirt, it isn’t frumpy. ¬†It also comes in black and pink and I am tempted to buy them too.

As we are in the colder seasons of the year, it’s time to bring out my boots. ¬†I love my boots. ¬†I have way too many pairs of boots. ¬†Do you love boots too?

Outfit Breakdown

  • Dress : ASOS Blue Knitted Dress
  • Lace tights from Forever New (similar here)
  • Boots : Sandler knee-high boots
  • Bag : Pink envelope clutch from Hong Kong
  • Accessories : Necklace from somewhere
I’m definitely not a fashionista, but what do you think of my outfit? ¬†Do you live in boots during winter too? ¬†And should I do more OOTD posts?

Wedding Bells Outfit Of The Day & Make-Up

Last weekend, my friends J and J got married. ¬†Mrs J looked stunning. ¬†I had a fantastic time and was pleasantly surprised to see that they had used our personalised wedding vows for their vows! ¬†Word for word!! ¬†I had tissues ready but I didn’t cry. ¬†And the reception food was good and I got tipsy after drinking a glass of white wine!

Prior to the wedding, Mrs J had asked me for some beauty advice and my best tip was to get flawless skin – which is not an easy feat!! ¬†For my wedding, I prepped my skin 7 days before the wedding with Babor Express Relief Fluid – and my skin was glowing. ¬†I also recommended Bioeffect EGF Serum and Alpha-H products leading up to the wedding… ¬†Turns out Mrs J’s skin broke out from using Bioeffect…and she ordered a stack of Alpha-H but never got round to using it – but Babor saved the day!! ¬†(I felt awful that Mrs J’s skin broke out from using Bioeffect…but my skin loves it! ¬†I started using it again 4 days before the wedding on Saturday and sure enough, my skin plumped out and had that lovely glow…and in fact, I’m still using it this week because I can’t get enough of it.)

OOTD : Outfit Of The Day

My Husband and I had a last minute panic attack on Friday night. ¬†Both of us have put on a lot of weight since getting married last year so he couldn’t fit into his suit and threatened to wear jeans! ¬†But in the end, he found a semi-formal pair of trousers (or pants, like the Aussies call them) and a shirt. ¬†I thought he looked like a bus driver!

For my outfit, I wore a red one-shouldered dress from Review. ¬†I bought it last year when I was much skinnier…thank God I managed to squeeze into it. ¬†I had to suck my belly in the whole day!!! ¬†And I wore my nude patent peeptoes from¬†Tony Bianco.

FOTD : Face Of The Day

For my hair and make-up, I used a LOT of products :

Washed with muk products* the night before. ¬†Created volume with VS Sassoon Big Hair Root Boost* and straightened with ghd’s and smoothed tips with Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil*.



  • Urban Decay Primer Potion Greed* – Primes oily eyelids and adds that extra shimmer under eyeshadows
  • FACE OF AUSTRALIA Colour Max Eyeshadow Palette Gold Mine* – Used matte brown shade for brows.
  • Mirenesse Pearl Crush Creaseless Shadows in Conch Pearls* – A subtle gunmetal grey smokey eye
  • Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner – My first time using this and I was so disappointed because the 0.1mm tip is too fine and hard to control! ¬†But I will learn to master it!
  • Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara* – Rose-scented mascara which lengthens. ¬†Love! (Full review)
  • Note : I forgot to conceal my dark circles under eyes! ¬†FAIL!


  • Elizabeth Arden Advanced Lip-Fix Cream – Been using this as a lip primer…but undecided about how I feel about it. ¬†I purchased it at a fab price and free shipping from here but it took 4 weeks to deliver though…)
  • Savvy by DB Lip Liner Poppy – I ALWAYS line my lips and shade it in if I wear red lippy. ¬†ALWAYS!
  • CoverGirl TruShine Lipstick in 500 Cranberry – One of my favourite reds…but it’s discontinued!! ¬†WHY?!!
  • Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss in Eric* – LOVE! ¬†(Full review and swatch)

(Products marked with * were not purchased by me.  I either got sent it for editorial consideration or I got it in a goody bag.)

This blog post is dedicated to the newlyweds and I wish them a loving life-long marriage full of joy, laughter, love and babies!

What did you wear to the last wedding you attended?

Outfit Of The Day : Maxi Factor

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Maxi dresses can swamp petite ladies like me. ¬†I picked up this black maxi dress with chain print at the front for¬†¬£1 – yes,¬†¬£1 from Primark, the last time I was back home in Scotland. ¬†It clings to all the wrong places, i.e. my belly, so I had to hide this with a loose-fitting off-the-shoulder top, which I bought for $10 from Valleygirl. ¬†Added a long chain necklace (50p from Primark) and some arm accessories and I was done. ¬†Done a “no make-up” make-up look with this outfit of the day and kept hair voluminous.

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P.S. ¬†The photos of this OOTD was taken many moons ago…and I’ve only just dug it out of the archives. ¬†Sorry. ¬†My outfits of the day have been uninspiring lately so this will have to do! ¬†Have a great weekend!!!

Outfit Of The Day : Red Dress With Smoky Eyes

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It appears to be Fashion Week on The Best Beauty Blog seeing as I blogged about going to a fashion show and the “fashion foward” GASP story with their “cutting edge” dresses!! ¬†LOL. ¬†Ah well, it’s time to tell you all about the weakness I have for red dresses…

I’ve bought red dresses from Norway, Italy, Singapore and gifted a couple from China and Indonesia. ¬†Some of them I have worn to death and some of them remain unworn. ¬†I bought this red dress in Singapore and it has never been worn anywhere – so what does one do on one fine day when one is avoiding the pile of housework? ¬†One starts referring to herself in third person and plays dress up and make-up!!!!

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What attracted me to this red dress was the neckline. ¬†To me, it’s quite sexy because it’s not a dress which requires cleavage, but needs toned arms and shoulders to make it work. ¬†However, the dress is very unforgiving on a bloated belly day – which is basically every single day of my life!!! ¬†Smoky (or smokey?) eyes with hot red lippy completed my look. ¬†I loved prancing around the house in my sexy, chic red dress.

So, what do you think – do I have a “sixth sense of fashion”?!!! ¬†LOL…

Apologies to those who signed up to read about skincare and make-up and also, want to know what happened last weekend at the infamous ABBW last weekend РI have got plenty of juicy posts lined up for next week!  Just you wait and see!  Happy Saturday everyone!!!

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