paris haulParis Haul L-R: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus, Bourjois Cream Eyeshadows, Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, Bourjois Cream Blush in 04, Shu Uemura Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, Caudalie Eau de Beaute Beauty Mist, L’oreal Colour Riche Lip Stains (duty free special), Shu Uemura Soft Gel Pencil and Lip Gloss, Body Shop Mango Body Sorbet

What does a beauty photographer/blogger/addict do in her spare time? She stares at pretty makeup and skincare and brings home hauls, especially when duty free is involved! From my latest London trip a couple of weeks ago I realised I had a few haul images hidden about- some products have been reviewed, others been used up and others that are still brand spanking new. I’m still working my way through a lot of products but you can see how they fare on Belledemoiselle! Here are some that will be coming;

myer haul myer haul 2Myers Haul L-R: Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrating Toner, Philosophy Holiday Handbook Hand Creams, various Philosophy samples, Illamasqua Nail Polishes in Freckled and Mottle, Illamasqua Powder Foundation (for contouring)

Back in Melbourne, Myers was my go-to choice of beauty halls. There was everything from Mecca Cosmetica which brings in brands such as Chantecaille, Nars and Hourglass and individual cosmetic giants such as Illamasqua, Dior and Shu Uemura. I especially enjoy the holidays when stock goes on sale.

priceline haulPriceline Haul L-R: Covergirl Outlast Nail Polish in Coral Silk, Face of Australia Lip Creme in Rubies Are Forever, Essie Nail Polishes in Master Plan, Turquoise & Caicos, a peach whose name escapes me, Plumberry, Maybelline Brow Pencil, Bourjois Cream Eyeshadow

Priceline was another firm favourite and an almost daily stop along my walks, just to check out what’s new. It’s a pharmacy with drugstore brands with the occasional 40% cosmetic sale.

sephora haulDubai Haul L-R: Urban Decay Naked Skin Loose Powder, Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder, L’Oreal  Magic Lumi Highlighter, Sephora Glass Nail File, L’Oreal Lumi Magique Pearl Powder Highlighter

Coming to Dubai I was quite happy to see Sephora even though a lot of the awesome brands aren’t available like Tarte. There are also drugstore brands available at Carrefour and Waitrose.

 London HaulLondon Haul L-R: NailsInc Polishes in Uptown and Beaufort Street, Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad in Dolce Vita and Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Bond Girl and Red Carpeted, & Other Stories Blush in Cire Red, Bourjois Red Velvet Edition Lipsticks in Cerise and Prune Afterwork, Nars Audacious Lipsticks in Vera and Grace, Soap & Glory Blush, Supercat Liner and Archery Brow Pen, Givenchy Trio of Le Rouge Lipsticks (duty free special), a Travelo, Topshop Lipstick in All About Me, EOS Lipbalm in Pomegranate, Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals and Corrector & Concealer Palette in 03

My first time in London (being there at age 9 for a wedding didn’t really count) was absolutely amazing. It’s a beauty lover’s haven, with stores such as Selfridges, John Lewis, Topshop, Space NK, Liberty and Boots to name a few. I picked up so much stuff and had to limit myself to stuff I really loved. I’ve already been using most of this and can’t wait to show all of you! Head over to Belledemoiselle for reviews and swatches of all of these!

Bath and Body Works Haul

bath and bodyworksThere’s a Bath and Body Works in Dubai Mall! After watching countless vlogs of those very lucky people who are able to go to the US and haul back these amazing candles and other colorful and scented body products and of course being gutted that there wasn’t anything similar in Melbourne (and neither was there a Sephora or H&M when I left), I was kind of happy to find this store existed in Dubai of all places. So yes, there was a silver lining to my moving to the middle of a desert.

bath and body worksSuffice to say this was my first haul and subsequently there were more. It’s rather hard to resist when there are constant sales and great 2 for 1 and 3 for 2 sales, so I tend to pick up bunches of everything. Here I have got three of their 3-wick candles in Mahogany Teakwood, Lemon Drops and Cherry Blossom, three liquid soaps in Sweet Strawberries, Harvest Peach and Sweet Tangerines and 3 anti-bacteria hand soaps in fruity scents.

I find the liquid soaps really nice to use, gentle on the hands and lathers well but just a warning to those who may be particularly sensitive, these scents are strong! Particularly the anti bacteria soaps, just a little bit squeezed into the hands will result in wafting perfume strong enough to fill a room.

On the other hand the candles carry out the right amount of throw and it’s unbelievable how they have managed to create the different scents. Mahogany smells exactly like a lovely cosy library, while Lemon drops remind me of the lemon sherbert sweets I used to love and Cherry Blossom is just a nice mellow floral with some freshness to it. This haul happened 6 months ago and these candles are lasting well. They burn quite evenly although the wicks do turn up with some smoke. I passed by today and came back with four more candles from their Autumn line, can’t wait to start using them!

Date Night OOTD

Jeez it must have been more than six months since I was on a date. And now I’m in Dubai! It’s incredible to think how much has happened since, but anyway, here’s an outfit I wore for something a little sexy and fun;

date night ootdDress: River Island (bought ages back!)

Clutch: Portmans

Shoes: Calvin Klein

Socks: Topshop

Watch: Michael Kors

Is it just me or is my head shape resembling a squash? Maybe I should get a fringe? Hmmm.I love the pop of colour in the bright fuchsia clutch and the way the dress nips in the waist with a little peplum to accentuate my hourglass figure. And hey, the overlay of lace over cleavage don’t hurt either.

So I’m single again and living in a fairly conservative country and no longer wear anything quite this revealing anymore. Hah! It’s all suits and knee length skirts. Oh well.

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Closer: Cover and feature editorial for Stilo Magazine

CloserSo excited for my second cover! I photographed AND styled this sizzling beach fashion shoot starring one of my favourite new faces; Meg G @ London Management. This shoot reminded me how much I loved conceptualizing an image, bringing together ideas and inspirations, clothing, makeup and people to make a story alive. Joining me is a long time friend and collaborator Kate McCleary, fellow cat enthusiast and amazing hair and makeup artist.


Models keep on modeling!

Setting up was fairly simple. I wanted the sex appeal of Dolce & Gabbana with the carefree attitude of Calvin Klein. We needed male models to complement Meg and got some stunning choices from Scene and in the end we went for Hamish and Nik who hesitantly but gamely got down and dirty (literally!) in the sand according to all my vague directions. The team was all set and location was also decided upon, so let’s go!I also knew I HAD to get some awesome clothing. I spent a week drawing from my own collection and pulled from stores and local designers for that sleek chic look…it was really hard work. Some of the labels included Sass & Bide, Phillippa Bain, Alexander Wang and Rachel Zoe. In fact I got so obsessed with this shoot that I was dreaming about it, I got up in the middle of the night every night to jot down specific poses and wardrobe combinations. At the very least it helped to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.


Sass and Bide Ccloak over Phillippa Bain mesh bodysuit


Smokey eyes on our super blonde Meg!

On the day I was assisted by Alex (on set) and Naomi (on styling) on one of the quickest executed editorial ever….we finished at around 3pm and blazed through 11 changes! It’s all thanks to a great team, everyone was on point and helping through every moment. We even drew quite a crowd watching our progress but we powered on (with a few giggles or two ;) )


Taking a break


Shooting on ‘set’!

In the end it was a success. We were cold, exhausted, covered with sand and happy…well I was anyway, no more getting up with no sleep while thinking about this shoot! And in March 2014 we made the cover of Stilo with a 12 page editorial. Woot.

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Jason Grech Spring at the Glasshouse

It’s been awhile, yet again! I’ve recently relocated to Dubai to embark on a new job and have been busy writing beauty reviews over at Belledemoiselle. Sadly that means I’ve been rather neglecting this blog even though I’ve been shooting quite a bit.

Jason Grech 49Last Melbourne Spring Fashion Week I shot for Stylemelbourne at QV where a glasshouse was erected to celebrate Spring with flowers, afternoon tea, a butterfly enclosure and it was launched with a fashion show for Jason Grech. I loved the dazzling fabrics mixed with leather harnesses and it certainly provided an interesting show!

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