Lookbook Henri Bendel

Hi Guys,

I’m back with some more shots of my stunning Henri Bendel Modern Icon Top Handle Satchel.

I have been thoroughly enjoying wearing this bag and going around town with it. Also, worth noting my next video will be a What’s In My Bag featuring this beauty so there will be some more lookbook shots from that.

Enjoy the looks…

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More to come when my video goes up 😆

xoxo – the expat

New video is up and its a COLLECTIVE HAUL!!

Hi Guys

My latest video is up and its a collective haul on items I have picked up over the last few months. Since I have been back in Melbourne I have been able to open some packages awaiting me and test them out.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I had making it.

The other thing worth mentioning is that I am looking to sell my Givenchy Antigona. For the reasons why you need to check the video out as I ramble on about that. 😅 If any of you are interested please email me directly at theexpatbali@gmail.com. Only serious enquiries please.

I’m going to be doing so more cool content here so please keep visiting and if you have any questions or suggestions on posts please comment or drop me an email.

xoxo – the expat Bali

 

Beauty Empties for the month

Hello…

Today I am back with another post and this time its regarding my beauty empties for the month. Although, its not really a month as some of these items have taken me a while to get through.

My next video will cover some of these as well…I am pretty sure I forgot to mention a few when I filmed yesterday. Blame my stupid filming brain. When I film it tends to be a brain dump so I can go all over the shop lol 😜

My first product is the Evo Fabuloso Platinum blonde colour intensifying conditioner. This is the greatest stuff as I have super black straight hair and this is important in keeping the colour in my hair fresh and not lifeless before my next visit to the salon. I only use this once a week after doing a normal wash and once I towel dry my hair then the conditioner goes in next and is left in for at least 1 hour. I try to keep it in as long as possible at least that is what my hairdresser says to do so maybe do it on a day when not out and about. Then I wash it out and dry as normal.

I believe there are other versions not just the platinum blonde one but considering my hair is black and I am blonde now this is the best for me.

You can purchase this and other Evo products through Adore Beauty and is $39.95AUD.

The next item is an all time favourite and is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. The one linked here is the full sized version but I have the travel sized one and its perfect for those on the go. I think it does make a difference particularly in a more humid climate. The humidity and heat requires me to set up my makeup well or else… A little baking for under the eye and under the contour and this setting spray once everything is done does helps make it look less bleh as the day wares on. Its so good I even bought two at the one time to avoid ever going without. The full size is $49AUD and travel I believe is $23AUD from Mecca. Also, not sure about the packing I think it might have changed.

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My next empty is the Sephora eye remover cotton buds. These are from the Sephora collection and are excellent for removing mistakes made with eye makeup. I have used this to fix my winged liner as well as any smudges that occur. People say the tip is hard to break to get the product moving to the cotton but I don’t feel that way but you do need a little force to do so. You can get this from Sephora online and instore for $10AUD.

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The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of those cult products out there. It has such a lovely thick consistency and brightens the under eye area and reduces any dark circles while covering any imperfections. It is what it says it is, and is super creamy but easy to blend out as well.

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I’m not going to repurchase this one as I have already bought the Too Faced Born This Way concealer. I have wanted to try the Born This Way range as people have said its nice and moisturising on the skin. The foundation has to wait considering the list of foundations I currently use. This concealer is creamy like the Nars one and does blend nicely but it might not be as blendable as radiant creamy concealer. I am still waiting for the Tare Shape Tape that everyone is going on about to be available down under at Sephora then I might give that a go next.

I’d say its a pretty good dupe for it. The price is only slightly different with the Nars one coming in at $40AUD and the Nars on is $44AUD.

So thats the list of my empties for the month or last few months. Hopefully you get a kick out of these and I will let you know when my video is up. You will also get a look at my makeup I wear for the day 😎

See you next time xoxo – the expat

My allegiance is to Dior

I told you I would bring a fashion focus to this blog.

I have to say these days I’m coveting everything and anything from the house of Dior.

I am lucky enough to own two Dior bags, a large Lady Dior in patent black and a gorgeous Diorever in cracked lambskin. These are the two bags that I adore with all my heart. If I had to pick two pieces to keep forever these would be it and they both are Dior. Yes, I admit I think the direction it is going is far more impressive than that of Chanel or Hermes both heavyweights in their own right. I just think there is something new and fresh for the brand over the last 10 years with Raf Simons and now Maria Grazia Chiuri. All this being said if you were to give me a classic Chanel jacket or a Kelly bag I would not say no to these pieces, in fact anything from Chanel or Hermes I would be pretty happy with.

Dior to me is at the top of their game and they have done what I didn’t think could be done; reinvention of the Lady Dior in a way that hasn’t taken away from its original but made it more practical and user friendly. Take the original zip opening of the bag which is a pain. I can attest to this as mine even though large is hard to get items out of as its narrow and feels like a bottomless pit when trying to reach in. The new soft Lady Dior has taken this into consideration and instead of a zip has a solid flap that allows you to make wider when searching around for your phone etc…

The below studded one is beautiful in real life and comes with the new DIOR hardware. It comes in both calfskin and lambskin leather.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a chat about Dior without mentioning their famous tribal earrings. I’m not much of a designer jewellery person but these are stunning in person. I have yet to bite the bullet on these but who knows maybe I will. The only other jewellery piece I want to mention is the Dior and J’Adior chokers. I am fully on the bandwagon of these. I love 90s fashion and this just makes it especially bad ass considering its Dior. More so than the tribal earrings one of these chokers will hopefully be in my collection soon as I’m going to explore the second hand market for these.

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Aside from these my new love is the My Lady Dior bag in a size between the original small and medium lady Dior. It is the perfect in between size and I think can be more casually worn because of the size. The other great thing is the thicker shoulder strap and the customisable badges that you get with the bag. My understanding is that you get three badges with the bag and you can pay for extra. Personally I think three is enough but I guess the option is there for more. I am eyeing off the light blue version which for the life of me I can’t find a picture of but I did see it on someone’s instagram. It is the most stunning blue and in some light it can even look grey without being grey like below. In the Brisbane store I tried on the silver and it was just the right size and felt good crossbody as I think the medium looks a little strange when worn that way.

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Anyways I have rambled on enough about my ❤️ of all things Dior.

I am off to Jakarta tomorrow for the weekend so I might not be as regular with posts but I am doing some filming there so hopefully you will see some cool footage from that.

xoxo – the expat