Arbonne Sheer Finish Tinted Moisturiser - Fair

I really enjoyed this sample, it evened out my complexion with a light dewy coverage, it felt nice and lasted well on my dry skin. 


I look pretty deranged in the above photo. 

As you can see it gives an even dewy finish, this is perfect for those of us who want natural looking coverage.

It retails for $51| 50mL 

Contact Sarah @modern_nanna on twitter if you want to know more about the brand and products on offer :)

Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation - Alabaster

Multitasking liquid foundation with skin firming properties helps lift the appearance of facial contours while providing sun protection.

I was sent quite a few Arbonne samples a while back from Sarah on twitter and I’m finally getting around to swatching and reviewing them!

First up is the Perfecting Liquid Foundation in the shade Alabaster, I immediately went for the palest shade in the range because that’s what I usually am when it comes to most brands, but as you will see in the pictures this one is made for the fairest of fair, which is great for those who struggle to find a foundation in a light enough shade!


In the first pic of my face I’ve applied the foundation to one side (and blobbed on the other) and in the second pic you can see that the foundation is very fair and gives good coverage, I applied a minimal amount using my fingers so I imagine for those looking for a medium to full coverage foundation this would be great. My skin is particularly dry at the moment due to retinol use so I would recommend this foundation for those with normal/combo/oily skin types.

The foundation comes in 30ml and retails for $56.

I’ll be posting more swatches coming up so stay tuned if you’re curious :) Contact @modern_nanna on twitter if you want to learn more about Arbonne :)

Weekly Makeup Edit - 7th Oct

I’ve seen this around on a few blogs but most recently over on Dee’s, so I figured it would be a good way to get me to rotate my collection around and get better use out of everything I own. So here goes…



Skinfood Aloe Sun BB cream

BRTC Jasmine Water BB cream


Sleek Storm palette

Benefit Tattle Tale Creaseless Cream

Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara Black Brown

Estee Lauder Slate Writer eyeliner 08


MAC Hang Loose blush


Barry M lipgloss no.2

Revlon Lip Butter 080 Strawberry Shortcake

I’ll probably do a few FOTD posts during the week too, just to show how I used what I’ve chosen for the week :)

Adore Beauty - Best Of The Best

Adore Beauty recently launched two best of the best sampler kits priced at $34.95, each kit comes with eight deluxe samples…

Skincare + Haircare

Skincare + Makeup

They both look great, given the choice I’d probably go with the skincare and haircare because I’ve been wanting to try the Alpha H liquid Gold and the Kevin Murphy range. Have you tried any of the products featured in these kits, thoughts?

* No form of compensation received, no affiliate links.

Blush Gang!

Following Dee and Jess' inventory bizzo, I decided I'd do my inventory starting with blush, yes I like blush, what of it :P

From the top - Sleek Flamingo, Sleek Pixie Pink, Nars Gina, Nars Zen, Everyday Minerals Pink Snowflakes, Illamasqua Lies, Illamasqua Sob, Illamasqua Disobey, Etude House Pink Beam, MAC Ripe Peach, MAC Hang Loose, MAC Well Dressed, Edward Bess Love Affair, Prestige Putty, Becca Beach Tint Watermelon, Silk Naturals Cherry Bomb

Tarte Amused


What are your favourite blushes, clearly I need more ;)

Collective Haul - Estee Lauder, Tom Ford, name dropping

Stuff I’ve accumulated over the past month or so…

Becca Enigma palette (I think this was from Brands Exclusive) 

Reniu coconut body oil Tiare scented from Pure Fiji

I had the pleasure of attending the Estee Lauder warehouse/staff shop with Su last weekend, here’s the little haul that ensued…

Estee Lauder Pure Colour lipstick in Crystal Pink (instant fave next to Crystal Baby)

Tom Ford lipstick in Pink Dusk (on sale thank gods)

MAC Hang Loose have wanted this for ages after seeing on Jerry’s blog

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener $10, great under eye concealer but would never have paid retail for it.

Crush Haul…

Ardell lashes 301 and demi wispies (I plan to master eyelash application in the year 2012)

Duo eyelash adhesive

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone, Vanity, Greed palettes (Dee got me hooked on WnW shadows, they’re the bomb diggity)

Recent Faves - Hot weather essentials

Here’s what I’ve been using and loving lately…

Echolife Rose Facial Mist - If you know me and read my blog you will know that I’m obsessed with facial mists, this is no exception, I love it! It’s refreshing, relaxing and uplifting all in one, before makeup, after makeup, before bed, anytime I need a pick-me-up this is my go to :)

Echolife Bath Salt Crystals - this is hand harvested, macrobiotic sea salt from the Great Barrier Reef. Ahhh I live absolutely no where near the ocean but these bath salts bring the ocean to me, perfect for after a workout or after a long hot day.

Tom Ford perfume sample - This was sent to me from the lovely Su, I love it, it’s a scent that can be referred to as a head-kicker (stealing that term from you Dee) when I try (or buy) perfume I go for the loud smelly stuff, the ones that scream I’M WEARING PERFUME ALL BOW DOWN or pass out from my presence, which ever comes first. This is sex, cucumber and chocolate and perhaps cock, anyway moving right along this perfume makes me horny, it makes me feel sexy and powerful even when I’m not and to be honest I really need that in my life right now, hello post natal fug-a-rama/blues whatever you want to call it. The sample caused me to buy a bottle, HOORAH!!! 

Bare Minerals original - I haven’t wore makeup since my skin problems, however I decided to give my Bare Minerals foundation a go (it’s been in my favourites before) and it was fab, it stayed on and didn’t irritate my skin. I love this foundation in warmer weather.

Body Crystal deodorant - I’m a leetle bit of a hippy and I also have paranoia towards particular deoderants, this is my go to, I’m not sure if it really works hence the next product in my line up…

LUSH Dirty body spray - It works to cover any foul BO I may be emitting haha oh and it smells amazingly minty and oceanic.

Invisible Zinc Junior - This was sent to me for consideration, I like it, I’ve long been a fan of the IZ ESP (which I purchased myself) but wanted something a bit lighter, this is great, it applies easier than the original ESP formula and is slightly runnier in consistency. It still has a bit of a white cast but it doesn’t really bother me, it stays on my face during exercise and is easy to remove at the end of the day with my cleanser and microfibre cloth.

Pure Fiji Coconut Milk shower gel in Mango - I received this in a Lust Have It box and I do adore, it smells lovely, somewhat mangoish and gives a nice creamy lather, it’s one of the pricier shower gels but I would definitely consider a full size if I felt the urge to treat myself.

Haus of Gloi Red Roan whipped soap - YUM, smells like porridge with strawberries, this is creamy and lovely, I tend to use this one for shaving my legs/pits etc.

MooGoo Anti-aging face cream and MSM Soothing cream - I’m a MooGoo fan girl, these will be repurchases over and over and over again. They keep my skin healthy and happy with fab ingredients such as MSM, Resveratrol, stabilised vit C, vit E and many more. It’s good simple skincare that does not irritate :)

Yes To Tomatoes deep cleansing facial pads - Slightly abrasive but non irritating, I don’t have any blemishes to mention but I like these simply because of the feeling it gives to my skin. A 98% natural product that’s designed for acne treatment, I don’t use these everyday but perhaps once a week if I’m feeling a bit icky.

Yes To Cucumbers facial towelettes - I’m a lazy mofo, oh man I am laaaaa-zzzzyyy, sometimes I am so lazy that I cannot be arsed to even bother washing my face, these are the perfect solution, blended with organic cucumber, aloe vera and dead sea minerals they clean my face and freshen me up, ta-da!

Quinoa - Last but not least (and not really a hot weather essential) I have nearly mastered the art of quinoa, it’s been quite the journey, even involved me almost losing my fingers (well not quite, but still blood was shed) The texture is awesome, kind of similar (but not really) to caviar or chia gel, I just like the feeling of the granules in my gob. Perfect with anything :)

*As mentioned everything I purchased myself except for the Tom Ford sample and Invisible Zinc Junior

Updated Skincare/Makeup Routine

I saw Jess and Natalie had updated their skincare stuff and I thought hey, I’ve been using a few different things lately so I thought I’d share too :)


Cleanser: Antipodes Lime & Patchouli cream cleanser *
Toner/Mist: Subtle Energies Rosewater Hydrosol *(all the time, everyday) or SK-II Facial Treatment Essence *(more of a weekly thing)
Exfoliant: I just use warm water and a microfibre cloth 
Moisturizer: MU London White Chocolate truffle 
Facial mask: My Beauty Diary Chocolate mask 
Makeup Remover: Antipodes Lime & Patchouli cream cleanser 
Night Treatment: The Jojoba Company pure Australian golden Jojoba  *
Eye Cream: MU London White Chocolate Truffle 
Spot Treatment: SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion *

Shower Gel: LUSH Grass
Body Lotion/Cream: Haus of Gloi Parkin pumpkin butter 
Anticellulite/Firming Treatment: None currently as I’m pregnant but using Neal’s Yard Mother’s Balm 
Body Exfoliant: NA
Hand Cream: Antipodes *
Lip Balm/Treatment: Badger Balm cocoa butter lip balm in Cocoa Bean or Lanolips Lemonaid
Perfume: Chopard Wish
Nail Polish: Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air

Shampoo: Seven Wonders Moroccan Treatment Shampoo *
Conditioner: Seven Wonders Moroccan Treatment Conditioner *
Clarifying Shampoo: NA
Leave-In Treatment: Coconut oil
Mask: Coconut Oil
Heat Protection Spray: NA
Volumising Product: Fudge Sea Salt spray
Shine Product: NA 

Primer: I use the Jojoba Company pure Australian golden Jojoba as a primer before foundation
Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix shade #51
Tinted Moisturiser/BB Cream: SkinFood Aloe Sun BB cream or BHTC Jasmine Water BB cream
Concealer: SkinFood Salmon Darkcircle under eye concealer
Powder: NA
Cream Blush: Illamasqua Sob or Lies * cream blush
Powder Blush: Sleek Pixie Pink or MAC Ripe Peach Blush Ombre
Liquid Highlighter: Illamasqua Gleam Cream *
Powder Highlighter: Dior Amber Diamond
Mascara: Fairy Drops Volume Burst mascara
Eyeliner: Estee Lauder 08 Slate writer
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay in Virgin (from Naked palette)

Products marked with an * were provided to me, I like them, use them and recommend them. I’m not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned above, nor are any links affiliate links, comprende?