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Monday, 16 January 2017

5 More Questions I Always Get Asked as a Blogger!

Have a burning question about what bloggers really do? Is it all just lavish events and free products?

I've been blogging for around five years now, and while blogging is more prominent now than it was back then, I definitely get asked the same questions over and over about what I do. So I thought, what better way to address them than in an FAQ blog post!

The first 5 Questions I Always Get Asked as a Blogger post I did back in November was so popular, that I had to write a part two! So many bloggers sent in their FAQs that I just couldn't fit them all into one post, so here's the second instalment! 

You can read Part One here, or continue scrolling to read Part Two!

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

REVIEW: Lancome Cooling Cushion Blush Subtil

Just when we'd wrapped our heads around cushion foundations, Lancome does a one up on us and released a cushion compact blush!

The Cushion Blush Subtil is essentially a liquid blush-filled sponge inside a compact, which you apply to your cheeks using a little makeup pad. If you've ever hard trouble blending your blush, these pad-based blushes are about to make your morning makeup routine a whole lot easier. 

REVIEW: Lancome Cooling Cushion Blush Subtil

Like their foundation counterparts, cushion blushes are really popular in Asia, as they really help create that dewy, healthy and glowing look. Intrigued? See my swatches and a product demonstration after the jump below!

REVIEW: Lancome Cooling Cushion Blush Subtil
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Friday, 30 December 2016

TOP 23: The Best Makeup, Skincare & Haircare Products of 2016

Insert-something-cheesy-and-cliché-about-the-year-going-by-so-fast-blah-blah-blah. 

But seriously, where did 2016 go?

While I'm pretty pleased to be saying goodbye to the year that's gone, it did introduce an amazing array of beauty products into my routine that I can't imagine my regime without!

If you're after some new beauty essentials that are tried and tested, and very much loved by yours truly, this guide to the best products of 2016 spans over makeup, skincare and haircare (as well as some of my trusted beauty tools!). You'll be bound to find a new favourite amongst all of these holy grails! 

Read on to see my picks!

TOP 23: The Best Makeup, Skincare & Haircare Products of 2016
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

RECIPE: Easy DIY Gourmet Chocolate Bars

Because who doesn't love chocolate?

With Christmas right around the corner, I was looking for affordable gifting ideas that I could make myself at home that gave me a lot of bang for my buck - and I was feeling crafty!

I'm obsessed with the gourmet chocolate bars you can get at Koko Black, but at $9 a pop, they're a little expensive to buy on the reg. So I decided to just DIY my own! These were so quick and easy to put together, and the little gift bags they come in were really simple to make too.

If you love making gifts by hand and are still looking for that perfect pressie for your loved ones (or your extended family and co-workers - these suit everybody!) this Christmas, give this a go - for a gift that not just looks really impressive, but is pretty dang delicious too - bonus!

RECIPE: Easy DIY Gourmet Chocolate Bars
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Monday, 12 December 2016

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For Your Marble Obsessed Minimalist Friend

This gift guide should really be titled, The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For Her, because it feels like almost every girl I know is obsessed with the minimalist marble trend!

But to make trawling through website after website (or your local shopping centre - you have my deepest respect, you brave souls) to find the perfect gift, I've curated this list of marble-themed pressies to hopefully make your holiday gift-giving a little easier.

There are 20 gift ideas here in total and some of them I own and love, and others are on my wish list - either way, if you've got a marble-loving friend you'll be sure to find something lovely for them in this post!

And if you find something in here you love for yourself? I won't judge you if you add to cart (we're all marble lovers here)! Read on to see the list!


The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide For Your Marble Obsessed Minimalist Friend
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Monday, 5 December 2016

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris Real Clay Charcoal, Eucalyptus & Algae Masks

It's not often that you can find amazing quality skincare for less than $50, but the L'Oreal Paris Real Clay Charcoal, Eucalyptus and Algae Masks have done. Just. That.

These three masks retail for $19.95 each and they all have their own individual purposes, such as detoxifying and brightening, purifying and mattifying, and exfoliating and smoothing. How's that for a skincare cocktail?

And with Christmas coming up, these are the perfect stocking stuffers or Kris Kringle gifts (or just a treat for yourself!). Curious to see how they work? Read on!

REVIEW: L'Oreal Paris Real Clay Charcoal, Eucalyptus & Algae Masks
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Monday, 28 November 2016

5 Questions I Always Get Asked as a Blogger


You guys know I'm a blogger, but what do I actually do? 

Every time I introduce myself and talk about Taken By Surprise, there are questions I always get asked as a blogger; do I get paid, do I get a lot of freebies, how do I have the time, etc. etc. 

So I figured, why not address these FAQs in a blog post!

I opened the floor to the blogger community on both Facebook and Instagram, and SO MANY of you responded with the questions you usually get asked too! Thank you for the love, and there were definitely some common themes - I've tried to address most of them in this post, but stay tuned because there's easily enough for a part two!

So beauties, grab a snack and a cup of tea, because this one will be a good read and I know that you're curious...

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Monday, 14 November 2016

REVIEW: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

If there's one holy grail makeup product that I am always on the hunt for, it's the perfect foundation. And you know, the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (how's that for a mouthful!) comes pretty darn close.

I purchased this after hearing a few great reviews from beauty aficionados like Chloe Morello and because I sometimes struggle with dry skin around my cheeks, which is a real pain when it comes to applying foundation. So the fact that this is a hydrating foundation really had me keen!

But does it work? And does it actually last 15 hours? Read on to find out!

REVIEW: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation
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