Chapel St Bazaar

This is one of my favourite places in Melbourne. I go in there all the time to source props for photoshoots and even more often to just stare at all the weird and wonderful things. I have many a lot more photos (#chapelstbazaar) on my instagram account (@ccafrin) that you should check out if you’re as into weird/creepy/beautiful/interesting shit as I am. (Pssst! You can buy really great vintage clothes there too!)

I can’t deny a lot of the stuff is pretty pricey but a lot of it is really affordable as well. Some stalls, with their weird and wonderful historical objects, even feel like a museum. I also get a good dose of nostalgia whenever I’m in there too when I find weird artifacts from the 90s that I had forgotten about sitting on the shelves.

I can’t recommend this place enough. Especially if you’re a photographer/blogger. The best props are in here.

P.S. Smith St Bazaar in Fitzroy is good too!

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I wandered into this place by accident a few months ago. Beautiful, no?

Did a little research when I got home and learned that it’s called The Conservatory and it’s been in Fitzroy Gardens since March of 1930. They have five different floral displays a year and all look preeeetty stunning. These photos were taken at the very beginning of November.

If you live in Melbourne or you’re visiting you should check it out! (Oh, and Spring St Grocer www.springstreetgrocer.com.au is pretty close and they serve deliiiiiiiiiiiicious gelato.)

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L'Oreal True Match Foundation SPF 15 L'Oreal Lumi Magique Base Pure Light Primer L'Oreal Lumi Magique base on my skin - this is less than half a pump L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer blended out on my hand L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer with L'Oreal True Match foundation blended on top, just with my fingers. My no makeup face! I've applied a light moisturiser and then L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer on the left hand of my face - so your right if you're looking at the picture. L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer on half my face (it looks brighter, can you tell?) with L'Oreal True Match foundation blended all over with a brush.

The Review: L’Oreal True Match Foundation & L’Oreal Lumi Magique Base Pure Light Primer

It’s been a while since I did a review, so today I have a fun two for one… I bought these L’Oreal goodies recently and I’ve been wearing them to work for the past couple of weeks. The foundation I bought in the sale, and the primer I picked up about a week before that.

So in the pictures above:

  • I swatched Lumi Magique Primer on my hand and then followed up with the foundation over top.
  • In the proper face pictures, I started off by applying the primer on the left hand side of my face - so if you’re looking at the pictures, it’s the right.
  • Then I applied L’Oreal True Match foundation all over. No concealer, no powder. Only a lil mascara and a lipstick.

So, the reviews.

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Work Wardrobe Update

Awkward people need to buy clothes too, you know. When I had a wardrobe crisis on Thursday, I realised I had no proper tops to wear with my colourful collection of pencil skirts, so I decided to schedule in a shopping trip. 

A few things about my, erm, body type.

  • Firstly I’m short - 160 cms, and I avoid wearing high heels unless I’m walking to and from a meeting.
  • Secondly, I have a tummy pooch and virtually no waist, so I don’t wear figure-hugging tops and I need clothes that hide it as much as possible.
  • Thirdly, I’m not into sleeveless tops. I mean, with winter coming up anyway, this is a moot point, but in summer it can be an issue. I have a keloid scar on my left shoulder, so until that gets fixed, I don’t wear tank tops very often.
  • Finally, I like to be comfortable, I like classic pieces, and anything see-through is off limits.

In terms of buying clothing for work then, and tops in particular, things get a bit awkward. 

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Christmas Money AdoreBeauty Skincare & Makeup Haul
Gosh, it’s shaping up to be a week of hauls on the blog, which is surprising since I’m still a resident in Broketown and will be for some time yet. In fairness though, this AdoreBeauty haul was made up from some Christmas money I received ;) And I legit needed [most of] it.
Of course it’s too early to do proper, full on reviews yet so I’ll try to do that in a month or two when I’ve really put all these products through their paces. For now I have included details on why I bought what I did, which should hopefully give you enough of an idea of what the products are like if you’re interested in buying any of them yourself. I guess they’re mini-reviews, hence the tag which I don’t think is misleading…?
And of course, like the travel makeup posts I did last week, there are no affiliate links in my posts anymore. Because fuck that. I would do this blog for free. I already am anyway. Ok here we go - 
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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer - I needed wanted a good highlighter. Everyone raves about this. So I got it. It’s super shimmery though - if you want something with more of a subtle sheen this isn’t the product for you but I do kinda like it. I’m interested in trying the Betty-Lou Manizer as well now.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold - The benefits of AHAs (& BHAs) are nothing new, and as far as I’m concerned this is the gold standard - get it? Gold standard? Never mind. Anyway… I’ve used this before so this is a repurchase. I’m not enjoying the tingly feeling every other night, but with some time I’ll be ok ;) If you do buy it though, use it every other night on a cotton round and then follow up with a moisturiser.
Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil - I wanted a cleansing oil, because I wanted to start using an oil cleanser in the evening again, and I picked this. I’ll get the Emma Hardie one next because it’s more effective but at the time it was definitely more expensive and not on AdoreBeauty so tough decisions had to be made. If you’ve never tried OCM before, this is a good starting product.
ASAP Deluxe Facial Cloth - I needed a cloth for my cleansing oil. This one was cheap, bacteria-resistant, machine-washable and said it dried quickly. Sold.
ASAP Moisturising Daily Defense SPF30 - Initially I was after just a sunscreen, but reading the description for this moisturiser really sold me. It has hyaluronic acid for gods sake. And now I can use my non-SPF moisturiser in the evenings over my Liquid Gold.
So that’s it from me for now. Do you guys shop online for beauty products often? Have you bought much from AdoreBeauty before? I think this is my first major order…

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Christmas Money AdoreBeauty Skincare & Makeup Haul

Gosh, it’s shaping up to be a week of hauls on the blog, which is surprising since I’m still a resident in Broketown and will be for some time yet. In fairness though, this AdoreBeauty haul was made up from some Christmas money I received ;) And I legit needed [most of] it.

Of course it’s too early to do proper, full on reviews yet so I’ll try to do that in a month or two when I’ve really put all these products through their paces. For now I have included details on why I bought what I did, which should hopefully give you enough of an idea of what the products are like if you’re interested in buying any of them yourself. I guess they’re mini-reviews, hence the tag which I don’t think is misleading…?

And of course, like the travel makeup posts I did last week, there are no affiliate links in my posts anymore. Because fuck that. I would do this blog for free. I already am anyway. Ok here we go - 

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Mini Lovisa Haul… Or How I Defied My Self-Imposed Ban On Not Buying Cheap Jewellery

Vic was a bit annoyed when I came home with these because last year I definitely said I was going to stop buying cheap jewellery. But in my defence… These were crazy cheap, on sale, and I needed the multi-coloured ones to go with a dress I’m wearing at a wedding next weekend.

Here’s the low-down of what I bought:

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Saturday Link Love: Fancy Pants

I was just flicking through bloglovin posts last weekend when this post really caught my eye. I obviously have been following Amy Scheepers for a while now but I don’t click the fashion posts every day - but damn this girl is beautiful, dresses well and the photographs really sucked me in.

If you haven’t heard of her, click the link above and head on over there. You won’t be disappointed.

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Holiday Makeup: The makeup I actually, really, 100% honest, took with me on my European and Asian holiday last year. Part 3, Blushes, Mascaras, Concealers, Powders.

This post title is more ridiculous than the others, because the things in the first picture cover a lot of categories. Good news though - it’s the last post in this series of the stuff I carried around in my bag during my travels. After this, we can carry on with talking about things that are relevant to your interests - like expensive holidays to European countries, shopping for limited edition items, and cat videos.

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Holiday Makeup: The makeup I actually, really, 100% honest, took with me on my European and Asian holiday last year. Part 2, Foundations and Primers.

We’re on Day 3 of my long-winded series and sub-par photographs of the makeup I had with me on my holiday last year. And to some extent what I’m using these days as well, while I wait to move into a real apartment and get my makeup organised. Today’s post covers the 2 foundations and 2 primers I had with me on holidays.

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Holiday Makeup: The makeup I actually, really, 100% honest, took with me on my European and Asian holiday last year. Part 2, Eyes.

So… I’m hoping you guys enjoyed yesterday’s weird post where I reviewed some products in my travel makeup bag in the tone of voice that I would actually use if I had recently gone through a tough breakup, was holding a can of bourbon and coke, and was then giving product recommendations.

Here’s a run down of the paint I used on my eyebrow hairs, and eyelids and stuff. With less snark, for your reading pleasure.

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Holiday Makeup: The makeup I actually, really, 100% honest, took with me on my European and Asian holiday last year. Part 1, Lips.

The ridiculous post title is inspired by the heaps of “getting read with me” videos I’ve been seeing on Youtube lately that are just… unbelievable. 

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while and tonight I actually found ten minutes of my time to take some photos! They were shot really quickly on my iPhone in dying light (uh, sorry lipsticks…) and have not been edited in any way- I’m pretty sure that’s a toothpaste drip on my makeup bag ;)

In terms of the actual product themselves, if you remember this post, I had all my shit stole in Italy last year which included a crapton of makeup. I’m still fuming, if I’m honest. So this makeup stash is a combination of things I fished out of container boxes before they departed for Australia, and a few random purchases here and there (cough cough, Etude in China). But for the most part I have used most of them pretty regularly.

Ok without further ado, here are some snarky mini reviews ;)

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