Top 5 Current Favourite Foundations

Hi Guys,

Back at you with another post, today I’m going to talk favourite foundations EVER! As a blogger I tend to try out lots of products including foundations and can say that some don’t live up to the hype and some do. Some I try because its a new release from a brand I love and I end up either falling in love or trying to give it away to a friend that can use my shade.

Foundations are tricky and often very personal as I have friends that say they hate ones I love. This has a lot to do with the fact that not everyone has the same skin tone, texture or colour. We all are different and the way foundations are marketed means that certain ones are targeted towards oily skin, dry etc….and for the finish itself such as dewy or matte. A foundation marked for oily skin that is matte may not work for my skin but for my friends it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

So here it goes my Top 5 as of NOW (these are in no particular order)! Also, worth noting this will probably change as new foundations get released this year…

Dior – Diorskin Forever Foundation

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This is pretty much my go to foundation on a daily basis. The great thing about this is that it sits on the skin so nicely and you don’t need a lot of product to get the coverage you need. It is lightweight and has a matte finish but if you add some of those Cover FX Enhancer drops, the highlighter ones you will get a dewy look. It is versatile and the first foundation I fell in love with. There is something about this that makes the skin look better each time you use it.

Side note: I’m a Dior girl in relation to makeup so I’ve had to be super critical of all the Dior foundations and only include ones that are truly great. 

IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC + Illumination Cream

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Technically this product is a CC cream but it certainly does not feel that way when you apply it. To me this a full fledged foundation. This is the illumination version and personally I prefer it to the original but they are both fantastic so you will not lose out either way. What I love about this is that it makes your skin look like skin without feeling like you have foundation packed on. I love that a little goes a long way and it offers radiance and a little glowiness to your face without looking like you are covered in glitter. I find this is a great travel foundation as I pack the mini version in my hand carry on. I just apply a little to the areas I need to and add a bit of a concealer and voila I’m ready to hop of the plane without looking like a dehydrated mess!

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation

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This product is insane!!!! It’s a spray can with foundation in it. I hear you are thinking how does this possibly work as aerosol sprays tend to not give you control of the product. I agreed with this argument initially until I got the lady at the Dior counter to actually try it on me. After that I was sold! Yes, you can spray the foundation directly onto the face and it gives a very fine mist of product that goes on lightly to the skin then you would go in with your brush to blend. However, my preferred method is spraying onto my brush from a reasonable distance and then use the brush to buff in the product. It goes on a dream and gives a flawless finish that evens out complexion and makes the skin smooth. It really does give you an airbrushed look. Every time I wear this people compliment me on my makeup and how good my skin looks.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

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This is a holy grail foundation amongst many people including makeup artists. It’s just too good. It is what it says it is luminous and gives a glowy finish. It is buildable so if you need full coverage you can have it and doesn’t dry out the skin if wearing for a full 8 hour day. This was my go to foundation when I worked in an office as it just looked effortless and natural whilst not drying my skin out.

If you don’t like a dewy finish I would not suggest this and would recommend the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric foundation which is the luminous silk counterpart but has a matte finish and long wearing if need to go beyond 6 – 8 hours.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup 

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This foundation sits alongside the super popular Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup but this is much lighter and water based compared to the original. The Double Wear Stay-In-Place can be quite heavy and matte. This version is great for those that need a foundation that is light weight and living or going on holiday where the climate is warm or hot. This is perfect as it doesn’t melt off your face after being in the sun and by just walking about. For me I tend to use a little bit of this and work with my concealers to give me the perfect coverage without wearing too much makeup. It is hard for us girls who want to wear makeup but the climate doesn’t really suit it so you have to be inventive on how you use your products. The finish is beautiful and allows your skin to breathe whilst covering imperfections as well. This is a winner!!!

That’s it! My current 5 favourite foundations….that was harder than I thought to narrow it down. I have many that I do love so it was a tight call in many cases but I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones I have here now.

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See you next time – the expat xxx

Handbag Wishlist 2018

Hi everyone…

So today I decided to delve into my 2018 handbag wishlist. Now I pride myself in trying to make smart decisions for where I spend my money as well as items that are classic and will stand the test of time. It is on my wishlist because I love the piece not because it holds its value on reselling. If I do ever sell a piece it is because it ended up not fitting into my lifestyle or to fund another purchase…one in one out kind of thing.

Also, fair warning this is wishlist and therefore price and budget were not considered in me wanting these items. A girl can dream right…

Hermes Kelly Sellier

  • 32 in Etain or Vert de gris
  • Palladium hardware.
  • Togo or Epsom leather.

This is the dream bag for me and if I ever manage to get my hands on it I will have made it hahaha….Hermes kelly vert de gris

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Prada Cahier bag 

The small green one or scrumptious velvet version; either or will do. This bag has been on my radar for ages but I am worried if it is something I won’t reach for in 2 years time. The velvet might seem too trendy so for now it stays on the wishlist and the small green one might come into my hands one day.

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Senreve Maestra bag in Cream

This bag seems incredibly practical for those on the go and who need their laptop with them everyday. I love bags that combine a beautiful aesthetic with organisation. This bag does that with heaps of internal pockets so you can access your daily essentials plus it even has its own padded laptop compartment. Oh, did I tell you it doubles as a crossbody and a backpack!!!

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Cafune Basket Bucket

I love a bucket bag but this super structured one just speaks to me. I’ve been on the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag train since Day 1 so it is no surprise I would fall for something like this. The mini one is also super cute if you want to downsize.

 

 

They also make this stunning velvet bag and for me this is a more affordable option to get on the velvet bandwagon then the Prada one.

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Saint Laurent College Bag Large

This bag has been sitting in the back of my mind for ages. At first I preferred the Loulou shoulder bag but then I realised I can’t do without a top handle. I would only want this bag in black with black hardware as the all black look of this bag is to die for. I’ve never wanted a Saint Laurent bag this much.

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Ok, that is it for me. My handbag wishlist does change often so keep reading as you never know I might mention something completely different next time. For now, I probably won’t be purchasing any of these as I will stick to my trusty Chanel Gabrielle and Lady Dior but if I had to pick one to purchase it would definitely be the…..Senreve Maestra. It has everything I could want these day in a bag and for an affordable price.

See you next time!!!

My Bali…

Hi everyone welcome back..

Today I wanted to share with you some of my key spots in Bali. I have been here enough times to be able to say I have found some gems even if they are well known about amongst locals and expats here.

I wanted to share these places with you but also have a little twist by partnering with      X Nihilo on showcasing there wonderful bags in paradise here on the island. The bags featured here are the X Nihilo Milford (Tan) and X Nihilo Eight bag (Gold).

This weekend I was lucky enough to stay at Katamama; a modern boutique hotel that sits next to Potato Head Beach Club. I definitely took advantage of that plus there is a MoVida there too (yes the one from Melbourne).

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Since I was staying at Katamama I was able to reserve the day bed for Potato Head. Normally you have to lineup to get the best spot at this popular beach club but no, not us! We reserved our spot and arrived at 11am the next day (best to book 24 hrs in advance). This was a completely chilled day.  I just took it all in by admiring my beach front view and sunbaking. The best bit is when it gets a little too hot I jumped into the pool and a had a few sneaky cocktails to match. I also did manage a nap as well…hahaha

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Another one of my fave places to check out is MoVida as you can experience a fine dining experience at a discounted price. A few good things about being in Bali is that food is generally cheaper even if you do go all out and splurge at a MoVida like restaurant. There is also a great bar attached to Katamama’s lobby – Akademi. Please check this out as you are allowed to make the cocktails you order. What a great experience!!

Another one of my favourite things to do is wander up an down Seminyak’s main strip and enjoy a coffee at the best coffee shop in Bali Revolver Espresso. These guys make the best iced latte in the whole of Bali and to top it off they are unbelievably nice. They also make a killer chilli margarita (Angel Eyes)…💥 bet you never had one of those before!!!

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Also, another great coffee stop is Coffee Cartel which has a wide variety of weird and wonderful lattes like the Beetroot latte and Charcoal latte. The colours are enough to excite the young and the old. I must say they do taste pretty good!

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I would also take the opportunity to wonder around the street and enjoy everything Bali has to offer. There is so much to do here and everyplace has its great things to do. There are many shops/boutiques in Seminyak worth checking out like Magali Pascal & Bamboo Blonde. Both worthy stores with Magali Pascal being the more higher end boutique. Also, check out the wide range of homeware stores as they will sure inspire you to redecorate your home. My go to place is near Sea Circus and is called Satunama. There is an eclectic array of homewares from woven bags to decorative statues and everything in between.

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On a side note, I just want to say how great and versatile both my X Nihilo bags are. The Milford in the tan is probably more practical and everyday…just as a bucket bag that can carry all your daily essentials. But the Eight…OMG. This has grabbed so much attention and did so in Bali. A few tourists did ask me where my bag was from and I’m eyeing off the silver mini version 😂

Be sure to check them out on Instagram and on their website…well worth it. Also, checkout my unboxing video on YT if you want to see my first impressions of the bag.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as its been a pleasure to shoot this and explore My Bali…

See you next time xxxo – the expat

 

NGV The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

Hi Guys,

Welcome back. So many things happening at the moment. I want to share so badly what I have been working on but trying to keep things quiet for now. Something I can share is Bare Cactus, please check out Bare Cactus on Instagram. Obviously not fully operational yet but there is so much more to come in that space.

Aside from that since I have been back in Melbourne I was lucky enough to get myself the the NGV for the Dior exhibition. I have been waiting for this for months and unfortunately I had left when it stared but I have managed to get to this stunning exhibition! I of course accessorised with a stunning Dior piece which you may hear more about later.

I felt truly overwhelmed by the whole experience and being in the room with couture pieces. I’m just so in awe of Mr. Dior’s work particularly around those tailored pieces. I love the suiting and the “Bar Jacket”. There is something magical about those full skirts with the matching jacket. Also, looking at the transition from one creative director to another such as Galliano > Simons > Chiuri. Its fascinating to see the change in direction.

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Apologies you can see me in the mirror but you can catch a glimpse of my limited edition Lady Dior bag…😉

I think my favourite part was understanding a bit more about the Atelier. I am so fascinated about how these beautiful pieces are hand sewn and the craftsmanship involved. I have watched the Dior doco “Dior and I” and fell in love with their personality and ability to bring the design to life.

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Galliano, oh my!!! Galliano left the House of Dior under controversy but you cannot deny the talent involved for some of his work. It is outrageous in many ways but one has to appreciate the creativity and art involved. I just think of the effort to get a design like that on a runway.

The era of Raf Simons is my favourite personally and thats only because I am fairly minimalist and love tailoring. So to be able to see pieces off the runway of past seasons was just 😱 for me. The red coat below is something I could see in my wardrobe now so thats why I think Simons make clothes for women now and in this time.

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Looking forward I’m in awe of the way in which Maria Grazia Chiuri has made Dior her own. Having a female at the head has encouraged a different perspective on what I see as classic Dior. There are not so many tailored jackets and full skirts but soft pieces with the use of intricate beading. I am in love with the new design of the Lady Dior that I had to get one myself. The use of sheer materials and berets, plus the reinvention of the classic t-shirt has just brought more people to Dior. I didn’t think I would fall hard after Raf left but I have. She will bring a whole new generation to the House of Dior.

Look at this stunning custom Dior wedding dress for Miranda Kerr. The detail up close is unbelievable and a photo doesn’t do it justice.

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Here are some other pics I managed to grab…I was so gobsmacked that some of the photography might be a little dodgy…hahaha!!!

Its been a week since I’ve been and I am still thinking about it. I managed to purchase the coffee table book. It is $59 AUD which is not bad and was able to get a print which I am going to frame for my house. I knew I would be sucked in.

Also, I went to see this alone which was so much easier for me to take everything in at my pace. It is great to have friends/family going with you but I found it to be a nice stroll around the gallery. I didn’t get distracted and I actually spent the time in parts of the exhibition where I wanted to be.

I can’t recommend this exhibition enough so if you can get yourself along to it. It ends early November .

See you next time xoxox

 

 

Tegenungan Waterfall

Hi All

I am back at it today with a more travel related post. I know I have bombarded you with fashion related posts 🙂 I do like to mix things up a bit so that you guys can see beautiful Bali. Also, a Bali beyond Kuta and a typical night out.

On Sunday R and I managed to finally get out and about in Bali. There is lots to see and we booked a driver for the whole day. Tegenungan is about an hour away from Sanur but depending on traffic it could be longer. The rule here, make time for traffic as it can sneak up on you.

We had a beautiful time. Once we got there we had to pay a fee to get in and there was a little walk to get to see the waterfall. The walk itself was a little bit rocky at times and there is a little climbing so I suggest wearing closed shoes, the best is a trainer of some sort. I saw girls and guys in flip flops and sandals and I wondered how they were comfortable trekking down then up.

It was nice to get out and about in nature and I did take a dip under the waterfall. You are not allowed to get too close but you can experience that feeling of the mist covering you. Also, worth noting is that when you do go into the water the ground is very rocky so if you have some proper water shoes thats great too. I didn’t and went barefoot so I experienced some pain walking around an not in a good foot massage way. We enjoyed the beauty and we got to walk to the top which was nice to see the waterfall from the top down. There is some beautiful artwork done there through rocks. It is a stunning waterfall but I hear there are some even better ones around Bali so those are on my list too. I’m hoping to get to them.

We also managed to make a quick stop to the Kopi Luwak plantation. We got to see the Luwak animal and see how it goes from 💩 to how it gets roasted and then gets to your coffee. Very interesting indeed. I believe Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee so worth visiting if you like your coffee. We got to do some tasting of some teas and other coffees made at the plantation. There was a beautiful Mangosteen tea and a lovely coconut coffee. These are free to try when you visit and you only have to pay to try the Kopi Luwak or if you want to purchase any of the ones you tasted. Of course we did try the Kopi Luwak and I must say it is smooth but I am not sure I would drink that on a day-to-day basis. I ended up only purchasing a herbal tea. No Kopi Luwak for me.

What an amazing day we had. We also managed to get a quick trip to Hakata ikkousha ramen which is lovely. Ramen is not readily available in Sanur so this was a treat.

I managed to capture some beautiful shots that I thought I would share with you all. A video is to come as well…

See you next time. The expat in Bali

 

What to watch on the small box

I am back again but this time with a chat about my current favourite tv shows.

My love of tv shows goes back to the days of Dawson’s Creek, yes I am a child of the 90s. Although, over recent years the West Wing, Alias and my favourite the X-files have been what I had been obsessed with. I have the West Wing box set and rewatching that show is like a revelation. The X-files is a little dated but still unbelievable for the UST.

I feel like tv is now having a renaissance and telling the great stories that movies have in the past. Film is still great story telling but the onset of Netflix etc…has meant that great stories can be told outside traditional formats. Often traditional major networks run tv shows seasons for 22 episodes and we in Australia have to wait a whole year before we see the next season. The show is often spoilt by the time we get it. It is now much better with streaming services and networks realising their international counterparts are getting the raw end of the deal. There is also fatigue we feel as 22 episodes per season is a lot and I feel the writing getting worse sometimes. I won’t name names but there are a few shows that drag and the humour and drama just feels repetitive.

I am currently enjoying these shows by far. I am sure the list will go on as people tell me about shows and I hear the hype.

The Handmaid’s Tale – based on the book this series is very unnerving and quite confronting at its view of a world where women have no rights. The cinematography gives the whole show an eerie feel. The way it has been depicted from the novel is great and it takes lines directly from the book.

Stranger Things – a throwback to all the great 80s sci-fi shows and movies with a stellar cast. Those kids are such incredible actors and the characters are hard not to love. By the way the soundtrack is to die for and infuses electronic with the great 80s classics. This alone is worth watching it for. Season 2 promises to be more exciting as we all find out more about the upside down.

The last show that I am currently loving at the moment is The Crown. This is such an amazing production. The whole thing is just so well done and looks like you have stepped back in time. I am looking forward to the second season and finding more about this behind the look view of the monarchy. In the first season John Lithgow’s Winston Churchill is just fantastic and what I would imagine him to be like given my limited knowledge in this historical figure.

If you have any other tv shows you think I should watch please comment below.

xoxo – the expat

 

 

 

 

 

I am back

Hello All,

I have returned from my few days in Jakarta. It was a pretty chilled trip for me and R. We both took the time to spend with family and ate some of our faves there. Yum cha was a highlight as well as my favourite hot pot place Grandma’s Suki.

Jakarta is the home of massive shopping malls and we did end up going to a fair few. I did do my rounds at Dior, Louis V and Balenciaga. I just rediscovered my love of Balenciaga so perfect timing there. There will be a reveal of something here and on YT.

A few key things the cafe culture has grown since being in Jakarta a year ago. I have to say there is a true coffee culture that is growing as there is a focus on techniques such as cold brew, pour over and syphon coffee. The uses of these methods requires technique and most of all love of coffee. I must say I had a lovely experience at Djournal Coffee at Grand Indonesia. The whole set up was impressive and in my next video you will come along with me as I take my in-laws there. Also, I believe there is more than one in Jakarta which might make it easier for those that dread the traffic there.

Another thing worth pointing out is the service is excellent. They were able to recommend coffee based on different regions and the flavours I enjoy. I will definitely be back.

Another highlight was trying LaoLao frozen yoghurt. The company is Spanish and uses natural yoghurt instead of offering millions of different flavours. You can add fruit, crunch and a sauce for your froyo.

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The other place I love is Sensory Lab which I have known about for a while as there is one in Little Collins Street. Jakarta is not known to have a cafe culture. I come from Melbourne where life revolves around coffee shops and cafes. We go to catch up with friends, have meetings, complete work and simply sit and destress from the day. When I was working in the corporate world we would always make them time to pop down to our local cafe. We might not always drink coffee but it was the mere act of going that made it an experience and getting out of the office was aways a bonus 🙂

This is a recent opening in Jakarta and is a lovely place. The actual cafe has great decor and nice ambience. It actually look like it fell from Melbourne into Indonesia. Everything about it screams Aussie cafe. My coffee recommendation is the piccolo and the ice cold white which are both A+++. The traditional latte was also a nice homage to its Melbourne counterpart.

The other thing worth saying is the food menu. It is absolutely fantastic. I always struggle in Jakarta with cafe or Western food as it can often be subpar. The local food is fantastic but they have yet to master this. I have had some terrible sandwiches, salads and pastas when travelling in Indonesia and generally throughout Asia. There are always some exceptions to this and Sensory Lab is just that. The breakfast food including classic eggs on toast and eggs benny are worth coming for if you don’t do coffee. I am officially in love and know where I will be heading when back!

These are just a few places I managed to get to over the last few days. I have plenty more but so if you need others please comment or email me. Below are some extra photos from our trip.  😍

Also look out for my video from the trip – its coming and currently being edited at the moment.

 

xoxo – the expat

Places to go…people to meet

Hello,

I am back with a few recommendations for those either travelling to Bali or currently looking for a place to go. This will focus on my local area of Sanur and will definitely not be an exhaustive list of places to go as I am sure there are many fantastic places I have yet to discover.

I have discovered one of the best coffee experiences here and it goes by the name of Reaktiv Coffee. There does not seem to be a website but I have linked their Facebook and their Instagram.  They offer both cold brew coffee as well as nitro cold brew. Cold brew coffee is nothing new and is something that many cafes offer. The coffee has a less bitter taste but still that dose of caffeine that we all want and need sometimes. The amount of coffee given is a lot and they can always top up the milk if you run out. I was fairly impressed and the owner did say he cold brews his coffee for 16 hours.

Now the nitro cold brew is something I haven’t heard of and I did related it to the ice cream craze that is going on but the ice cream uses liquid nitrogen and this coffee uses gas nitrogen. I am yet to try this but from what I am told it comes out from the tap like beer with the head and maybe looks like Guinness. Obviously there is no alcohol in this but the taste is supposed to be worth trying. I will let you know how I go once I taste it.

The other place I would like to recommend is Grocer & Grind which is a cafe/restaurant that has locations outside Sanur as well. I first visited Grocer & Grind in Seminyak last time I came and I must say I loved it and felt it was better than Sisterfields which seems to be dropped into Bali from Melb.

The Sanur one is just as good to me and I particularly enjoy an ice latte with less ice and milk to hit the spot. The ice latte already has the double shot which of course is very important. 😉

I have been a few times now for a light dinner and breakfast and can say that their poached eggs are excellent and would be what you could expect in Melbourne. For me I like my poached eggs to be runny once the knife goes through and can say their eggs benedict do just that. I have also enjoyed their pizzas and some delicious tapas style food from their sharing menu.

A couple of other ones to include:

Soul in a Bowl – I have not tried this but there are many good reviews and it looks delicious from what I can see on FB and Google.

Kokoya Japanese – If you are after good quality Japanese at a good price in Sanur this is well worth a look. We went here and I have to say I enjoyed this meal, the tempura was lovely and the crispy salmon rolls are fantastic and my go to dish from here.

The only other place I would like to mention is Revolver Espresso which is not in Sanur but Seminyak. If you are like me and enjoy coffee I would say this is a must to venture out to. The coffee is the best I have had in Bali and meets that standard for a good latte. I was very happy to find this little gem.

I hope some of these places help on where to go in Sanur especially if you are a caffeine addict. Also, if you have any recommendations for me please comment.

Until next time…

xoxo – the expat