What’s In My Bag: 2016 Edition

what's in my bag

Gosh I haven’t done a What’s In My Bag post in a longggg time! The last one I did was on my travel bag so that doesn’t really count as you tend to carry different things whilst on holidays.  Anyway, how have you all been? I’m currently suffering from a cold so I took the day off work, didn’t want spread it around the office unlike last year where I pretty much gave it to everyone (*evil smile*).

what's in my bag

The OCD in me like to carry small pouches in my bag to keep the small loose items together so it’s more organised. I’m always rushing around for work and if I didn’t have the small pouches, things would be falling out left, right and centre.

*Drum roll* The moment you’ve all been waiting for – all the goodies in my bag haha Hope you all got excited for nothing!!

what's in my bag

Here are the things I carry around:

  • Phone – Right now I’m using the trusty Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Oroton Purse
  • YSL Lipstick
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream
  • Carmex Lipbalm
  • Target Tissues
  • Beats Earphones – Earphones are a must if you ride the train to work/school everyday. It’s great for entertainment and blocking out annoying noisy people.
  • Keys
  • Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser
  • Myki train ticket
  • Hello Kitty pouch containing mirror, pads and some panadol

If it’s a work day, I carry an additional tote bag around with my umbrella, water bottle, lunch and some snacks. These items are generally heavier so it’s better for my handbag and shoulders if I carry them separately.

There you have it my 2016 What’s In My Bag post, I would love to hear what your necessities are? 

Everything has been purchased by me with my own $$.


Geisha Makeover Experience

Hello Chickas! I just got home from my trip to Japan, we spent close to 3 weeks sightseeing. During the trip we ate A LOT of delicious food and visited many cities in Japan. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was dress up as a Geisha and during this trip, I finally ticked this off my list. So today’s post will be on my Geisha makeover experience in Japan.

After doing some research on the internet, I realised the makeup and clothing worn by Geishas and apprentice Geishas (Maiko) can be quite different. I chose to dress up as a Maiko since the clothing and makeup are brighter and more youthful.

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I couldn’t remember exactly the makeup products that were used but the base was a thick balm made from natural ingredients. After the balm was on, the makeup artist brushed on the white & pink paint all over my face, neck, chest and back. I had two choices of the type of look I wanted, elegant or cute – I chose cute. I think the biggest difference between the two looks were in the eyes and lips.

After makeup was done, it was time for hair. Majority of the Maiko hairdo was the wig but we did use some of my own hair to clip on the front. Let me tell you..this wig was so heavy. I felt like I was carrying around a bowling ball.

Next was the kimono. There were so many different coloured kimonos to choose from. The night before, I had a look on their website for my favourite kimono and I really liked the navy blue with a bit of red. Don’t let the photos fool you, kimonos are actually fitted quite tightly. Moving around and even breathing was a bit of a struggle at the start when I wasn’t used to it.

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The place I got my makeover was called AYA. I selected the luxurious package which costs 21,060 yen (~AUD $265). This included a studio shot, a courtyard shot and 4 outside location shots around Gion with a photographer. The total time it took was about 3 hours and AYA provides all the wigs, kimonos, obis, shoes and accessories.

The plan also included 30 minutes free time to walk around Gion for us to take our own photos. At the end of the session, I got a CD with all photos taken by the photographer.


My geisha makeover experience was selected and paid for myself.


LUSH Mother’s Day Collection 2016

Lush Mother's day 2016

Lush’s new collection is jam-packed with awesome items to get your mum (or yourself) this Mother’s day. Lush’s Limited Edition Mother’s Day range is available from April 20 to May 8 online and in store so get in quick! The generous people at Lush kindly sent me a few items from their range.

Lush Mother's day 2016

Yummy Mummy Shower Cream

This gorgeous sparkly shower cream is made with fair trade organic cocao butter, Brazilian orange and geranium oil that will make your skin ultra hydrated. The fragrance of this shower cream is awesomely mouth-watering reminds me of strawberry bubble gum.This shower cream creates a great pampering experience and so luxurious to use.

Lush Mother's day 2016

Ladybird Bubble Bar

Not only does this Ladybird bubble bar look adorable, it also smells divine! It has a floral scent with slight hint of mint from the peppermint oil. It’s perfect to perk up any day while leaving your skin feeling amazingly smooth. To use this bar, crumble it under running water and watch your bath transform.

Lush Mother's day 2016

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb

If your mum is into roses, you should definitely pick this up for her. It smells like rose heaven and there’s even rose petals floating around. It looks amazing when you drop it into your bath and watch it dissolve. This bath bomb contains Sicilian lemon, floral geranium and Turkish rose oil. Definitely a lovely addition to the Mother’s Day collection.

Will you be picking up any of these for Mother’s Day?


Products were sent for consideration. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.


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