Tuesday, 16 May 2017

VIDEO // 3ina The Nude Foundation First Impressions, Try On & Review

I have been forever searching for a foundation that looks natural, while still giving me a flawless finish - something that looked like my skin, but BETTER. The whole ‘no makeup’ makeup look, you know what I mean? #plsgivemegoodskin

I recently bought 3ina’s The Nude Foundation because it promises just that, but did it live up to my expectations? Watch and find out!


Friday, 12 May 2017

WEEKLY VLOG // Lash Extensions, 3ina Beauty Event & Trying SFX Makeup!

So this week I decided to combine all my adventures into a weekly vlog! Let’s pretend four days = one week… not all of my life is interesting enough to catch on camera hehe

On Thursday I attended the 3ina beauty event at Melbourne Central with Biibiibeauty and MrKenDenis (makeup HEAVEN, friends!) and had dinner at my favourite restaurant (if you’re reading this and saw my very first vlog here, you'll know the place!).

On Friday I had a night in and unboxed the 3ina goodie bag, then on Saturday night I filmed a makeup video and tried my hand at SFX makeup (it’s scary… but SO fun!). Fast forward to Sunday, where I visited one of my fave cafes in Bayside and had eyelash extensions done. Big week!

Watch the vlog here:


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

VLOG // RAINBOW DESSERTS, Madame Brussels & Korean BBQ!

So what was meant to be just an afternoon trying the delish desserts at Dex2Rose, became a full blown night out with Bii, Adriana and Ken at Madame Brussels and a Korean BBQ in Melbourne!
Hope you guys enjoy the vlog, I’m seriously having the best time making them 💕

Watch here:


Friday, 28 April 2017

VIDEO: $4 VS $72 Highlighter // Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Dupe?!

I LOVE my Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, but they are just so DARN expensive! So when I found this liquid highlighter by Essence for FOUR DOLLARS, I was praying to the gods of illuminator that I’d found a dupe. 

In this video I swatch them both on my hand, apply them to my face and then top them off with powder to see how they perform against each other. 

Watch to find out who wins!


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

VLOG: What Bloggers Do On A Day Out + GORGEOUS Melbourne Cafe!

Curious to see what bloggers get up to on a typical day? Follow me around on a day out with my blogger friends from thehanihanii, loreebloom and emxreblog, where we had a ridiculously insta-worthy lunch at Ada Grace, went wall-hunting so we could take Outfit of the Day photos (typical haha), and ended the day with the cutest little cakes from Bibelot!

Watch the vlog below:


Thursday, 20 April 2017

HAUL VIDEO: What I Bought From Missguided, Peppermayo & MUJI!


Went a little nuts with the ‘ol bank card, BUT IT’S OKAY because I filmed a haul video! Hope you guys enjoy this clothing haul and try on vid - let me know what your favourite item was in the comments 💖

P.S. Didn't realise until after I finished filming that my ring light was reflecting in my glasses! 🤓

Links for the goodies I bought:

- BRUH Sweatshirt http://bit.ly/2pBjEqP
- Grey Crop Hoodie http://bit.ly/2pBt9GJ
- Faux Suede Mini Skirt http://bit.ly/2pBmUQh
- Blush Pink Cropped Tee http://bit.ly/2oO3fNb
- Black Sleeveless Crop Top http://bit.ly/2oUURNT
- Grey Sleeveless Crop To http://bit.ly/2pBamez

- Khaki Waterfall Jacket http://bit.ly/2pRgY4S
- Lime Crime Velvetine in Teddy Bear http://bit.ly/2oNN6Y3
- QUAY Tainted Love Sunglasses http://bit.ly/2oUVkj7
- Therapy Shoes Aron Boots http://bit.ly/2orPH80

- Merino Wool Grey Cardigan (in-store)

- Black Ankle Boots http://bit.ly/2oO5KPl


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

VLOG: NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Launch Party 💫

Uh, so NYX Cosmetics REALLY know how to throw a party!

In my latest vlog, I was a lucky attendee at the launch of the brand new NYX Cosmetics Cosmic Metals Lip Creams, and it was a blast (space pun intended!).

I had such a rad time with all of my blogger babes, plus met some amazing new ones too! Want to check out how the night went? Scroll down for the video!

Watch my vlog of the night below:


Thursday, 6 April 2017

VIDEO: Does the Silicone Beauty Blender Work? // HONEST Review & Demo // Korah Beauty

So I think I saw the Facebook and Instagram ads for the craze that is the Silicone Beauty Blender about a MILLION TIMES, so I finally gave in and bought one. #marketersdream

I kept hearing claims that silicone makeup sponges blend in your makeup really seamlessly, are easy to clean and don't absorb any product, and I am ALWAYS keen to try new things in the beauty world!

Did it work? Well, let's just say that my Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation reaaaaaaaally didn't agree with it - but you'll have to watch the video to see for the full demo!

Watch it here:


Saturday, 1 April 2017

VIDEO: 2017 BELLABOX Unboxing! // Australia Beauty Subscription Box*

Curious about Australian beauty subscription boxes? In this week's video, I unboxed my very first Bellabox!

This was the March box, which was themed Raw Beauty - think soothing products with organic, or naturally derived ingredients. Tick, tick, tick, right?

Plus, the babes over at Bellabox are giving you guys your first Bellabox for $10 through this link bit.ly/bbxJessicaAnne (not an affiliate link).

Watch the unboxing below, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel!

*This box was gifted to me for consideration, this is not a sponsored post or video.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

VLOG: Beauty BLOGGER & The Beast, plus a HUGE BYS Makeup Haul!

In this vlog, the team at BYS and Bloggers United Australia were total babes and treated me to a preview screening of the new Beauty & The Beast film for the Hoyts Girl's Night Out!

And if that wasn't enough, stay tuned to the end of the video where I unbox the HUGE goodie bag that they gifted us! #spoiled #thankyouthankyou

Watch it here:


Friday, 24 March 2017

VIDEO: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review & Swatches! 🍑

After a lot of debating, I finally took the plunge and bought my very first Too Faced eyeshadow palette. 

Let's be honest, those colours and the delicious peachy scent bewitched me.

And beauties... I. WAS. NOT. DISAPPOINTED.

Peachy keen to find out whether this Too Faced palette is worth the hype? I don’t want to spoil it, but… 🍑💓Hope you guys enjoy my quick review and swatches!

Watch it below:


Sunday, 19 March 2017

VLOG: I PAID $5 FOR A $600 BAG + Melbourne's CUTEST Nail Salon!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this designer bag - and it only cost me $5! #gimmegimme

In this week's vlog, I visited the Camberwell Markets, what is quite possibly the CUTEST nail salon in Melbourne, and Mecca Cosmetica for a cheeky browse (and we all know what that means!).

Stay tuned to the end for a little haul!


Monday, 13 March 2017

VIDEO: MAYBELLINE Dream Cushion Foundation Review & Demo

My first proper, sit down makeup video is now live on my YouTube channel! This time, as the image makes obvious, I reviewed the new Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation!

I'm already a big fan of cushion foundations, and after trying the version Maybelline released in Japan last year, I was waiting sooooo patiently for the release in Australia!

This foundation has great coverage (is it better than the L'Oreal Nude Magique?! You'll have to watch and find out!) and has quickly become a favourite. You can watch the full review and demo below:


Thursday, 9 March 2017

VIDEO: Poké Bowls, Yoga 213 & IKEA Vlog!

Hey beauties, I'm back with another vlog!

This time I visited 213 Yoga, tried Poké Bowls (Spoiler: They're DELICIOUS) and got up to some mischief at IKEA. Pretty standard weekend, hey? ;)

I hope you guys are enjoying my videos, there's a whole bunch more on the way! Stay tuned, and if you're liking them so far, I'd love it if you subscribed to my YouTube channel. Like, only if you want to, but I'd totally recommend it... 

Watch the vlog below:


Saturday, 4 March 2017

VIDEO: Casual Day Get Ready With Me

There's a new video up on my channel! I'm on a roll with these XD

This week's vid is a cheeky Get Ready With Me for a casual day, and I probably had waaaaaaay too much fun filming it! I hope you guys enjoy my silliness - this is literally an accurate portrayal of how I do my makeup haha

Watch the video below:

Let me know if you have any video requests in the comments below!


Saturday, 25 February 2017

I'm on YouTube + Watch my First Vlog!


While it may have taken me a few deep breaths to press that big 'ol Upload button, my very first vlog is now live! I told myself that this year I would try and PUSH myself out of my comfort zone to do more with Taken By Surprise, so I bought a camera, put my big girl pants on and restarted my YouTube channel!

Making videos has been a long time coming for me - SO many of my friends, strangers, babes on Instagram, and really, my heart, told me to get on YouTube, so. Here. I. Am. And I can't wait to start this adventure.

I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any video requests, please leave them in the comments and I'll see what magic I can work. After all, I love making the content that you guys love to read and watch!

For now, I would love it if you joined the squad by subscribing so you won't miss any of my videos and if you wanted to like or comment on the video, that would be cool with me too ;)

Thank you for your amazing continued support, and don't worry, Taken By Surprise will still be going strong - this just means that I can create videos for you guys as well as blog content! #BestOfBothWorlds

What videos would you like to see on my channel? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

How to Take Care of Ash Brown Hair & My Haircare Maintenance Tips

My hairdresser didn't believe me when I said I hadn't had my hair recoloured since my last appointment.

And that appointment was EIGHT MONTHS AGO. #Iknow #girlgotbusy

When I saw her reaction to my hair (which went something along the lines of, you can't POSSIBLY have kept the colour this well, SURELY you cheated on me with another stylist?! #kidding), I was inspired to put together this post on my haircare routine and maintenance tips, because I must be doing something right!

Since dying my hair ash brown - from dark brown, almost black, Asian hair - I've done my best to keep my locks as healthy as possible to maintain the colour. Changing your hair colour is DAMN expensive, after all!

Curious to see how I take care of my hair? Read on!


Monday, 6 February 2017

REVIEW: Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme VS Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Glosses

Arguably thanks to Kylie Jenner, plump, pouty lips are definitely in right now. All the better to kiss you with...?


Personally I don't mind a defined, full lip look, and usually achieve it with a sneaky swipe of lip liner, but I couldn't resist trying out some of the plumping glosses out in the market to see if they made a difference.

And if you're like me and haven't worn a plumping gloss since middle school when they were the IT *tHiNg* to have in your locker, they've definitely had an upgrade since my lunch box days.

Two of the most popular ones out there are the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme and the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL, so I decided to compare these two cult favourites to see which one came out on top!

Getting my lips all stinging and swollen for the sake of research? Let's do this!

REVIEW: Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme VS Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Glosses

Monday, 23 January 2017

My Experience With Eyelash Extensions (including Before & After Photos)

Let's just say that once you've tried eyelash extensions, it's reeeeeeeeeeally hard to go back to just mascara.

I've had my lashes done maybe five or six times, and always get asked about them, so I thought I'd put together a blog post on my experience with eyelash extensions! 

Curious about getting them yourself? Read on for a rundown on lash extensions, as well as before and after photos, and how I maintain them!


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!


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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