Monday, 10 April 2017

Makeup Journey of a soon-to-be MUA

If you've been following my content from the very beginning
you would've probably heard me mentioning wanting to study
to become a professional MUA (Make Up Artist). It wasn't a crazy
spur-of-the-moment decision, or anything like that. I've been 
looking into doing this for about three years, and I still have the
same passion I did in the beginning. 

In one of my very first videos, I briefly discuss my early experiences
with makeup. 
Growing up in an abusive home environment, and not
knowing how truly wrong it was. It isn't easy for me to discuss,
but I want to help someone who may be going through what I did.
To have it 
make such an impact on you and your aspirations so much
so that you 
give up on it. 

Whenever I would experiment with makeup; My 
then step-father
would get so mad he demanded I remove my 
any makeup and say
I looked like a 'whore'. My mother would 
sit there stone-faced next
to him, even when it made me cry. 
This happened from age thirteen 
on-wards to the point that I never wore makeup in front of him.

I wasn't wearing any crazy colours, and I didn't cake anything
on. I had on pink lipstick, and some shimmery silver eye shadow.
I didn't know how to do makeup yet, and my mother never tried

to teach me. She had mountains of beauty products, but was pretty
basic when it came to applying makeup. She has expensive 
and would get angry if I touched her products. I don't think I'll
ever truly understand her, or their combined treatment of me.

So, I stopped 
wearing makeup, for years until the end of year 12
 (Senior year). Even then 
I only wore tinted lip balm, and liquid
eyeliner (if I had time to 
do so in the morning). This was ages ago,
 literally right before 
Youtube was around. So I couldn't find makeup
tutorials, or how-to-style videos. These girls are doing so many women
of all ages a service, and I am forever grateful to the many I follow. 

This is where I want to take the next step. It no longer makes me 
sad/upset when I think of makeup. Not only have I come so far in my 
makeup skills, but I am also confident I can do this with flying colours. 

If you are going through anything like this, and need someone to
talk to feel free to email me. You're not alone.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Great Ocean Road/ Ballarat Wild Life Road Trip Vlog

I am very happy to be putting this video out finally. It was 
filmed a few months back, but my laptop crashed so I lost
all my files. 
If you have trouble recovering your files from a
dead drive or 
it is asking you to initialize (wipe); there is a
really helpful 
program to make the process almost painless.

I will not list said program in this blog, but if you are in need
of it I will 
reply in the comment section for those who ask.

I hope you enjoy my first travel vlog! It shows some of the 
hidden gems Australia has to offer. As well as some of the 
native wild life, that you can see close-up.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Is it safe to buy 'Fake Makeup' from overseas?

This is a question that I'm sure you have asked yourself when
comparing the price difference between the real and 'fake'
makeup that will come up on online shops such as Ebay.
Suddenly, an eyeshadow palette that would normally cost
around $80 AUD ($50 USD) can be compared to a fake
eyeshadow palette that seems to look the same or close 

for around $6-$12 AUD ($3-$8 USD)

We assume that the formulas and colours will be close and 
that actual effort would be put into making these safe for 
us to use. While you may find the occasional decent product,
the truth is there is no quality control for where these products
are manufactured and/or packaged.

According to other blogs/news sites (such as
& these products allegedly can contain anything
from traces of rat feces to household 
cleaning products. Some
can even be tainted my cyanide. 
Needless to say the so-called
'quality' is a big question mark, 
and you are taking a gamble on
your health by using them.

Over this last year I have tried many different products that 
have come from places like China (the world capital for fakes),
Philippines and Singapore. For me, it is absolutely
worth the 'peace-of-mind' to pay the 
full amount for an authentic
product. I want to be able to trust 
what I am putting on my body
thoroughly tested as well as safe 
to use. 

Not only is it important that it be tested, but not tested 
on any
helpless animals! This is a practice that really needs to 
eliminated from the cosmetic industry, and hopefully worldwide 
one day. 

Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope this post helps you. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Holy Grail Men's Products

If you have a boyfriend or husband that is picky and not as 
experienced in trying different products until finding one that works.
I have put together a list of products that are definite hits and simple
reviews that go with each one. Each of these product's are affordable
and easy to find online. These are products have been personally tested
by my partner, and I trust in buying them on a reoccurring basis.

1. Calvin Klein - Euphoria 

for Men Eau de Toilette

This is one the best smelling Colognes and can be used everyday. This is probably the most appealing cologne I've ever had the pleasure of smelling on my man. The best part is it is priced under $60 (AUD) or $45 USD 
in most places online.

Diesel Only The Brave by Diesel 

for Men Eau de Toilette Spray

My husband was really surprised at how great this scent not only smelled appealing but had long-lasting wear. You can find it online for under $70 (AUD) or $50 USD.

3.  Nivea Men Moisturising Shave Gel

If your guy is a bit lazy when it comes to moisturising after shaving or just in general. This product is great at reducing nicks and soothing sensitive skin.Nivea is a brand I personally trust, having used their products for years without any noticeable issues. 

5.  PhysioGel Hypoallergenic 

Daily Moisture Therapy Intensive Cream

I received this product in a beauty box about 6 months ago. It is for sensitive skin and I have heaps of moisturisers, so I had my husband try 
it out for me. This was an actual product test, that he did for my blog. 

His skin type is mostly oily with a one dry area, and his skin is even more sensitive than mine. If he uses any product that has an oil base it will cause him to break out dramatically. I'm always on the lookout for holy grail products that can 
help even out his complexion and any skin irritation. 

After a couple of weeks of incorporating this product into his daily routine he told me he immediately felt a difference in his skin. He reported that his skin stayed moisturised all day and that PhysioGel didn't irritate his skin at all.

What I noticed was his complexion became more even after about one week 
of using it daily. This is a holy grail men's product for sensitive skin dry or oily (despite what the label says). 

I really hope this helps someone who is in need of a reliable product 
that their partner simply has no time or patience to figure out. 

All images of products used are from Ebay

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Tartelette In Bloom Palette Review (Swatches)

Firstly, let me just say how impressed I was upon first opened this packaging.
It is stunning and has a high-end feel the whole way through. The second thing
I noticed was a lovely smell, that was sort of sweet with a hint of flower. The
palette is 
scented. I had no idea it would be, and fully expected it to be similar to
clay based products (such as Naturals). I have also received a bonus
'Gifted' Mascara sample having spent a certain amount on Tarte
which was a nice little surprise.

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If you keep up with me on social media, you will 
have seen my 'Unhaul' video on
YouTube where I throw out toxic out-of-date 
makeup from my own collection. In it,
I throw out most of my mascara. For the
past five days I've had swelling on my 
eyelids and my eyes are very sore after using out-of-date makeup as a test. For this 
reason only I will not be applying any makeup to my eyes and show you look I can 
create with this palette. Instead, I will swatch it and give an in-depth review. As
as it sucks to wait to use this palette on my eyes, I am too excited to not 
swatch it for my lovely readers.

Note: Click to view larger image

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As you can see there is a variety of Matte Shades and foiled ones as well.
I picked this palette because of the deep matte shades it has. Even though
a couple of the deeper colours go on slightly patchy such as Smokeshow,
Activist and Leader.  Be ready to blend with these three shades. If you apply
it quickly it will look uneven and patchy as you can see in my swatches which
were done using my fingers not a brush. Perhaps this has something to do
with the product being clay based? The formula of these eye shadows
feels silky and almost a bit buttery in texture. As I mentioned above some
of these shades need heaps of blending, and the swatches below were not
done in one swipe. 

A stand out shade for me would be Funny Girl. Not only is this a stunning
pale golden shimmery eye shadow, but can double as a highlighter if you
have a fairly light touch. I had to take a couple photos (below) with and
without a flash to show the beauty of this shade in either conditions. 

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I do recommend this palette for someone who loves earthy-warm tones.
This is also for anyone who wants a palette that is more compact than
Urban Decay's Naked Palettes range, but still has a good selection of

NOTE: All images in this post are property of Samantha Marie and this Blog,
and are not to be used without obtained permission.

This is not a sponsored post, and I am not currently sponsored. 

As always my opinions and views are my own.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

~Blogger Recognition Award Nomination~

I actually never thought I would be posting this, and I feel a bit undeserving. A lovely blogger named Jasmine (Blog: 'Thoughts From Jasmine')has nominated me for the The Blogger Recognition AwardShe puts forth an open and honest blog that I find I can relate to. Thank you so very much for this nomination Jas.



  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated
    and provide the link to the post you created.  

When I began this blog, I had just really decided to join the Beauty Blogger
 community. My writing experience has been far longer than my current blog,

therefor I have always been fairly comfortable about writing in general. Back
when I was in High School, I was a writer and editor for my school newspaper.
At one point I had even thought of becoming a journalist one day, but I didn't
end up pursuing that path. Confidence was a hard learned lesson for me,
especially when you're putting your thoughts and sometimes personal
feelings out there for an millions of people to read. The basis of my blog
is to provide my own honest opinions on products and lifestyle situations.
I really do get a kick out of testing beauty products, making tutorials and
using my experiences to hopefully motivate or inspire others.

My Advice for any new blogger is to be be patient and consistent in your writing.
Patience that your readers will not appear out of thin air.  Consistency in
only post something you are confident is factual/true. 

I nomination these amazing bloggers listed below

JOYCE Joyce Lau 
Louise - Louise Loves Beauty
Aspyn Aspyn Ovard 
MelanieLilies Beauty
Alice - Alice Grace Beauty
Emily - Miss Beauty Emily
Danielle -  Danielle Ruppert
Laura - ThePaleGirlBlog
Kirsty - Kirsty WS
MayKatie - WhatKatieDidNext
Daisy - Daisy & Belle

Each of these blogs is unique and amazing in it's own way. Keep up the wonderful work ladies!

Monday, 5 December 2016

My Beauty Picks For December

It has been awhile since my last monthly picks, and I wanted to share all
of these amazing products after I had tried them out thoroughly enough.

The Manuka Honey Mask is a recent favourite of mine, and I saw results
immediately after use. Despite 
it's messy/sticky application process it smelled
like honey and flowers which was nice. I will point out that it took me ages to
peel off this mask, so I would allow at least one hour for the entire process
(application, drying, and removal). The results I saw were instant fine line
reduction, and smooth soft skin. 

Le Tan Instant Tanning Mousse has been such a breeze for me to use. I use
their tanning application mitt, and had no issues with it falling apart (like I've 
about Bondi Sand's application mitt in past reviews). It smells strongly of
coconut, and it takes around 5-6 hours to develop fully. Even after you shower
for the first day or two the Coconut/Tanning smell may stick to your skin. I highly
recommend this to first-timers, and anyone who wants a gorgeous green based tan.
The reason for it being a 
green based tan is to prevent you from looking orange. 

Swisse Argan Anti-Aging Eye Cream as really a shot in the dark for me. I hardly
ever used eye creams before I tried this one. What pushed me 
to get this is
finding out how delicate the skin is under our eyes. So I've added 
this to my
beauty regime after moisturizing and before concealer. It helps my eyes feel
less sunken, and more awake.

Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture is a unique 'beachy' scent perfect for summer.
Normally when I buy this brand I stick to Viva La Juicy, but the store I went to
was out so I decided to try this one out. The bottle is always something I loved

as far as their packaging goes, and more modest looking than Viva La Juicy.

My.Organics Restructuring Shampoo & Conditioner has literally transformed

my hair. For year I've tried countless Salon and Drug store hair care, but this
by far has been made a huge difference in my hair. I have long and thick hair,
which is most times hard to manage day to day. To lighten it up and give my 

neck a break from the weight, I straighten my hair 3+ times a week, but this
has lead to frizz and split ends. By using these two products together, I feel 
my hair is healthier than it has ever been. There is no greasy feeling from
the conditioner, and it has a fresh clean citrus smell. It's costly but it is 100%
worth it, if you want something that is complete quality.

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