Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Strobing, WTF?

So apparently the age of contour has come to an end and the latest trend is 'strobing'. And if like me, you're sitting there thinking, "great here's yet another technique I need to learn, more products I need to buy and setting my alarm another 30 minutes earlier to get this shit done before work"......fear not!

First off, you don't actually need to 'strobe' (just like there's no real need to contour unless you like it/can be arsed doing it) and secondly, if you're already down with contouring then you already know how to 'strobe' up yo face.

Essentially it's just a fancy tagline for the same highlighting technique you would do with basic contouring. By applying a lighter product to the high points of your face, you add more three dimensionality to your facial planes which achieves a similar effect to that of contouring. This is especially helpful if you want to fake/reshape portions of your face or add back in some of the luminosity you may have lost from the complexion flattening that can happen with a full face of medium/heavy foundation.

~ Technique ~

Generally speaking you want to apply your highlighter product of choice the to places on you face that catch the light/are the high or prominent points such as the top of your cheekbones, your T-section (forehead, bridge of nose and chin) and your brow bone. But there's no set in stone rules for this, whatever works for your face shape is the way to go.

here's my attempt at a face chart showing where I contour (rarely lol!)
and where I 'strobe' or highlight for my face shape

If you're after a natural as possible effect then stick to skin-toned matte shades that are 1-2 shades lighter then your natural colour. If you're after a shimmering, dewy goddess type look then you can try shimmery products but stick to ones that DON'T have glitter - you want more of a pearl/satin finish and in shades close to the undertones already present in your skin tone. Be careful of anything that has a really strong reflect/duochrome as they can leave you looking like a disco ball if applied too heavily.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Quickie Holy Grail: Makeup Post!

It's been a while since I've done a QHG! This time around we have my holy grail blushes from theBalm.

Now don't get me wrong, there are a million blushes out there that are amazing and have a cult status (I'm looking at you NARS Orgasm) but for a product to reach HG status for me it has to be reliable, perform amazingly and be the item I reach for before all others. In the blush department that's theBalm for me.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Haul - First Impressions Roundup (finally!)

First up apologies for the insane delay in getting this post done, as usual life stuff in the form of multiple birthdays, rent inspections and job hunting got in the way again but as I promised here is it is :)

Monday, 15 June 2015

Easy-Peasy Winter Soup feat. Butternut Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Carrot

Winter is finally here! And while it's still all bright blue skies and sunshine where we are, the temperature has started to drop and there's nothing more satisfying than hot homemade soup on a cold winter's night.

My favourite thing about making your own soup is it's pretty much fail proof. Take this recipe for example, I googled a few standard pumpkin soup recipes to look for tasty flavour pairings, threw it together in about an hour totally winging it and the first time was a complete hit! It was so tasty and easy I thought I'd share it here with you guys :)

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Haul - First Impressions & Swatches Part 2 - Cool Purples/Blues

On to the next batch! If you haven't already, check out part 1 of my Femme Fatale Haul & Swatch series for more swatches and first impressions.

femme fatale cool purple and blue mineral eyeshadows in a group

In part 2 I've grouped together the cooler toned purples and blues out of my batch of goodies. All these shades have either a blue or sea green or purple base and most have a gorgeous duochrome shift.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tech Chat - Apps - Snapseed Just Got an Epic Upgrade!

Snapseed was already a kickass photo editing App and with the latest major update it's become an even more powerful tool to have in your kit! 

old snapseed loo to new one

screenshots of snapseed app from itunes

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Haul - First Impressions & Swatches Part 1 - Warm Purples

A while back I hauled the Aussie indie makeup site Femme Fatal Cosmetics. Then life happened and the ridiculous amount of swatches I needed to do got put on the procrastination pile lol.
a group shot of 7 warm purple eyeshadows by femme fatale cosmetics
But I finally got the time to swatch these babies for you guys and give you my thoughts/first impressions. As this was a haul, I ended up buying 20 mini eyeshadows plus I received 6 samples, so I've broken this into 3 posts to get through them all!

Monday, 18 May 2015

My "Go To" Box Hair Dye & At Home Colouring Routine

For those times in-between salon visits, or covering up salon mistakes or covering up regrowth or even when I'm being too slack to measure and mix up proper colours, this is my go to box hair dye - L'Oreal's Casting Creme Gloss (semi-permanent & ammonia free) hair dye.

L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss 412 Iced Cocoa box

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - First Impression & Swatches

While in Melbourne with the other half for the F1, I managed to swing by the Mecca store on Toorak Rd (after an epic day of shopping!) and try one of the items on my lemmings’ list - the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

NARS all day luminous review in Mont Blanc

I've never owned a NARS foundation before so I needed some help trying to find my colour match. A lovely staff member at Mecca (gah I can’t remember his name for the life of me!) asked how he could help and I mentioned I had no idea what my colour match in the new NARS ADLW was and before I knew it I was sat down, relieved of my ridiculous amount of bags and handed a cold glass of water – talk ‘bout customer service!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

And now for a bit of a personal post...... #lifestuff

Hey, long time no see!

bunker bay summer
the beautiful Bunker Bay

So I wanted to write up a post to apologise/explain my absence these past few months.... and show you some of the adventures my other half and I have been on this past summer.... and update you on some crazy recent personal news.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Anastasia Beverley Hills Product Rave! - Dipbrow & Metallic Luster Liners

ABH dipbrow pomade and metallic lustre liner on a warm gold background

ZOMG! That one word pretty much sums up my love for these two products :) Anastasia Dipbrow Pomande & Metallic Luster Liners.

As you guys may have seen, the last ABH "holy grail" rave product I tried was the famous Brow wiz. If you read the post you probably also know that I wasn't that impressed with the overall product. On the flip side I did manage to trade it to Kat who fell in love with it.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Australis "Cray for Colour" Eye Shadow Crayons - Review & Swatches!!

So a few posts ago I did a haul of Aussie "drugstore" brands and stumbled across the surprisingly awesome Australis "Cray for Colour" Eye Shadow Crayons. Well, I couldn't help myself, I went to the Australis site and lo and behold they had a newsletter subscription bonus offer of 25% off your first order.....so of course I bought all the other shades in the range.

all australis crayons

Friday, 16 January 2015

beautybytes #2 - Pantone's Colour of the Year 2015....Marsala

As they do every year, Pantone announced their choice for this year's trendsetting colour for all design mediums. This year it's a gorgeous burgundy-winy-red with earthy tones called "Marsala".

If you'd like to learn more about how the colour is chosen and why, you can head over to the article on Pantone's site here.

Friday, 9 January 2015

beautybytes #1 - Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

It's the first beautybyte of the year and we have Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water. As you can see my bottle's nearly empty now and overall I found it to be.....pretty decent.

Does it remove my makeup without irritation or excess rubbing? Yes.
Is it fragrance free? Yes.
Do I still prefer Bioderma's Sensibo? You betcha lol.

Honestly I can't fault Garnier's dupe. On paper and in person it dots all the i's and crosses all the t's, but for some reason I just find my Bioderma melts my makeup a little easier, a little quicker and with less product.

On the flip side the price comparison for the Garnier ($11.95 at Target and Priceline compared to around $35 for a 500ml Bioderma bottle online) is mighty attractive and makes for a great backup to keep on hand. I also love using it to wash my makeup brushes, both deep cleansing and spot cleansing on a soaked makeup remover wipe as it breaks down makeup magically easily without needing to over scrub.

So what do you guys think? Have you tried Garnier's Micellar Water Cleanser and do you think it's a great dupe? What's your favourite makeup remover? Let me know in the comments below!

Bambi xox

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Bambikai Land!!!

Huzzah! For the first time ever I can say "I've been blogging for a year" :)

It's been a crazy ride guys but I've loved every minute of it and can't wait to keep going in 2015!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Rocking Mattes 3 Different Ways!

3 different matte looks in a quartered frame

So I've been trying to figure this post out for a while now - ever since I splurged (yet again) on an RBR sale and picked up the rest of their matte eye shadow line. Essentially I wanted to create a post that showed the variety of ways you can use matte eye shadows and showcase the beauty-bag-work-horses that they are.

I also wanted to share with you guys what I've discovered/fallen in love with over the last year or so since I started using mattes as part of my beauty routine.