Beauty Essentials for the Active Traveler 

I’m usually a “girly girl.” I shy away from activity that makes me sweat in almost all situations. However, I went to Kauai last week and I let that part of me fly away with the Hawaiian breeze.



Palettes for a Girl on the Go

Hello! I’ve taken a mini vacation this week and traveled up north to see J. Cole in concert! Giving my over-packing self a back seat, I tried to pack light this trip. Yes, I forgot my jean jacket in the midst of this, but that’s another story. As I grabbed my typical day-to-day makeup bag: mascara, Glamophlauge concealer, brow kit, face makeup, brushes and 4 lipsticks: nude, magenta, deep bold mahogany and classic red, I knew I didn’t have much room for eyeshadows. I grabbed my favorite two palettes and want to share them with you. These may be familiar to you… I can’t help but write about products right when I get them! Trust me, though. These are the best I’ve seen!

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The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is my all-time favorite. To start, it has a wide range of colors, more than half of them being stable neutrals suitable for day or night looks. Second, the palette actually smells like chocolate, (yum!). When smoothing these shadows on my lids I can’t help but inhale deeply. While in San Fran, I’ve used this palette for hikes, day lunches and dinners. White chocolate is my favorite as it’s the ultimate base color. Salted caramel is my second favorite because it’s a warm, orangey color which works well for day or night looks. It warms up the eyes, looking great with a bronzey gold shadow or a deeper color for a night on the time.

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At $39 the Smashbox Mini Palette is a complete steal. Complete with deeper shades, a few neutral tones and blush/ bronzer the palette can’t get much better than this! Although I usually reach for the enchanting scent of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I can’t resist this honey bronzer that sculpts my cheekbones and the shimmery high lights that bring out the apples of my cheeks.

So, if you’re looking for a new palette, I highly suggest you turn to these versatile babies. You won’t regret it!

XO, Bye for now- Ashley (@ashleysita).

Australia Makeup Haul and Review


As an avid WordPress blogger and reader, I’ve noticed SO many bloggers from Australia. I gawk over their fashion like Tiger Mist and Rise of Dawn clothing, but I was pretty clueless on their makeup. So today a talented, young guest writer all the way in Australia is taking over to show us Los Angeles locals the ropes! XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)


Hi guys, it’s Amy here all the way from Australia!
Just aspiring to do great things in life, and writing this blog for you is definitely one of them! Hope you all enjoy my review about some Australian makeup products!

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Chi Chi Fabulous and Flawless Foundation 3.5 Vanilla $29.95
For fair to light skin with pink undertones
What a great way to start off my review! This foundation is amazing! This is a light liquid foundation that has medium coverage but also is fairly buildable. I have heard that it is a pretty good duplicate for MAC Studio Fix ($49). So if you feel like saving some extra dollars and still want to look a million dollars then this foundation is to die for! This foundation comes in 16 different shades too!!

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Chi Chi Rose Wall of Shimmer $19.95
Soft rosy glow
The pigmentation is fairly good and gives a fresh feel to your makeup look, leaving your cheeks glowing for the whole day! I find that a little bit goes a long way with this product as it seems to get more noticeable as the day goes on.

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Chi Chi 3 in 1 Eye Concealer in Light $16.95
For light skin tones 
Conceals dark circles under eyes fairly well, also works kind of like a highlight under that area to brighten up your eyes!


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BASES and TAUPES Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes $22.95
I was lucky enough to get a set of two palettes for $30 from Target and an added 30% off, what a bargain!! Both palettes also available on the Chi Chi website (click photo for link) for $30!

Bases- a complete collection of base shades.
Taupes- A collection of taupes and mochas with a few cool pastel undertones.
I looovveeee all the colours in both of these and cannot wait to get my hands on another one of their palettes. They’re so pigmented and they are extremely long-wearing and don’t crease very much at all!
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Chi Chi Salon Formula Nail Polish Mini in ‘Just Chillaxin’ $5.00
Soft pinkish grey 
For this Chi Chi nail polish I had to do three coats to get the desired colour and for it to not be transparent, but it was so worth it! This is one of the really “in” colours this winter, especially with clothing, but the colour looks just as good on my nails!

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Chi Chi Salon Formula Nail Polish Mini in ‘He So Fly’ $5.00
Cobalt Blue 
Bright blue with a slightly matte finish, great colour for the extra pop!
AMAZING! This is with two coats and a clear top coat, but you could easily just do one coat and it would still look really vibrant. I find the Chi Chi nail polishes to be very long lasting, they don’t usually chip easily!
Australis Fresh and Flawless Foundation $13.95
The colour I use for this foundation is Natural Beige and it’s an absolutely amazing foundation. Medium to full coverage with a matte, shine-free finish. Also has SPF15 and vitamin E to moisturize the skin. This is definitely one of my favourite foundations I own and for such a cheap price too!
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This lipstick is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE lipstick of all time! The nude with the light pink touch glides on like butter and is long-wearing, not to mention seriously gorgeous for all occasions! Definitely a 10/10 for this nude!!!!


Australis Velourlips Matte Cream in MIL-A-NO $9.95
I must admit I was a tiny bit disappointed with this product, only because I was totally in love with it when I swatched it on my hand, and then once I put it on my lips it looked really similar to the colour of my foundation. This colour would possibly look a lot better on someone with more tanned skin. But the pigmentation is absolutely amazing and I fell in love with a few of the other colours I swatched.

I definitely recommend Velourlips if you’re after a matte lip cream and at such an affordable price too! I discovered that if you want to use this colour it is better to only have a little bit on the brush rather than a lot (making it look less like foundation) and to make even more of a matte finish, dust some translucent setting powder over the top!!

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E.L.F Studio Bronzer- Golden Bronzer $8.00 ($3 U.S.)
This golden bronzer has a bit of a shimmer in it and looks absolutely amazing used individually or blended all together. The pigmentation is impressive and is great for brightening up your cheeks in winter (it’s very cold all the way down here in Melbourne), or to add that extra glowing touch to your cheeks during summer! I personally am very happy with the outcome of this product and even though it is not an Australian brand I am super happy with the quality for the price!

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Face Of Australia Translucent Loose Powder

This Face Of Australia Translucent Loose Powder is only $11.95 for 30g! Yes, you read that right! This translucent powder can be used to set your foundation or used with a primer to create an even base. I use mine to set my foundation, and am sooo impressed with the results! It absorbs up the excess oil my face usually gets about halfway through the day and eliminates any shine I would normally have! Because of its translucency it doesn’t add what feels to be like another shade darker to your foundation already, and is very lightweight!

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Chi Chi Viva La Diva in ‘Lady Bump’ $18.95

This lipstick is just to die for! I honestly am so in love with it, but I am so scared to wear it out as it is such a bold colour! ‘Lady Bump’ is a kind of cross between a deep plum/purple and it glides on really easy with a creamy matte finish, and is a reasonable price. This lipstick is also an amazing dupe for MAC’s Rebel lipstick, which is $36!


Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring and Highlighting Kit $16.95

I was super excited about this contouring kit because of all the hype it got on the internet about it! Firstly it’s only $16.95!!!!! Secondly, a lot of people were saying it’s a pretty great dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills contouring and highlighting kit!

I was also quite nervous because I’d read some bad reviews on it as well.. But for the cheap price I thought I’d buy it and give it a try! The first time I tried it was a major fail, not realizing how pigmented the colours were I put a normal amount on my brush… needless to say I looked like someone had flung mud at my face! I was slightly disappointed at the three contouring shades, but was very impressed with the highlighting shades, especially the middle banana shade!

After discovering a little goes a long way with this product, the second time I tried it I put much less on my brush and it definitely was a lot better! I think I definitely just need to sharpen up my contouring skills and I will be 100% happy with this kit!

Before I go, here is a little bit about me:
My name is Amy Dinicolantonio and I live in Melbourne, Australia!
I am 16 years old and I love fashion and makeup! I recently made my first item of clothing freehand (the top in the photo below) and plan on making many more items, maybe even one day I’ll start my own collection! I read, draw and design in my spare time and love to go on fun adventures. I aspire to do great things in life and travel the world!


Make Your Dreams Come True Day

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Yes, another unofficial holiday.
However, I think you should consider celebrating this one. I don’t mean in a tradition sense- with a party. To celebrate today, write down some small goals that will lead up to making your dreams come true. Here are mine:

1. Get a job to pay off credit cards
2. Pay off Credit Card #1
3. Pay off Credit Card #2
4. Pay off Credit Card #3
5. Look for specific job to become career
6. Continue to pay student loans
7. Buy first car
8. Get apartment (or consider a home in La Vegas)
9. Make job a career that will utilize both degrees
10. Travel the world

My biggest dream is to travel the world. With these small steps, once day I will have an amazing career that will let me travel the world. Til then, I have bills to pay… (I was a bad girl to have taken out 3 credit cards.)

Song of the Day: The Fire – Kina Grannis

The Fire – Kina Grannis (Official Lyric Video)

Official Website:

Also, check out her mashup with MAX

“The Fire” / “Darling” Mashup – Kina Grannis & MAX




First off, I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year! New Year’s was especially exciting for me because it was my first year in California.

Days before the holiday I decided to research NYE events in Los Angeles. I quickly decided on going to DTLA for drinks and visiting the block party at Grand Park with some friends.

Sadly, the block party was alcohol free even though it looked like a miniature festival. To say the least, we left quickly for the nearest bar. I mean, c’mon who doesn’t want a glass of champagne for the impending New Year?

Down the street, we found a vintage hotel bar with overpriced drinks. I wish I could remember the name. Anyway, they made me a delicious and strong Hibiscus gin drink.

My favorite part of the night was at midnight, of course. We rang in the New Year on top of my friend’s apartment building. The view was amazing, and we could see Grand Park’s countdown from the roof. We spilt a bottle of Champagne and rang in the New Year right.

In addition, shout out to LA Metro, thanks for the free metro rides after 9pm.

Happy New Year!