Blogger Profile: Annie Dinh of PastelCorals

I am so excited to be featuring the gorgeous Adelady – my gosh we have so much talent in this little ol state of Australia!! – behind PastelCorals! Here’s a little insight into how her business came to be and how her love for makeup grew into the beautiful addiction it is today!!

Hi guys! 
I’m Annie, also known as pastelcorals on Instagram and makeovers_by_annie is my makeup account! 
I always had a flair for fashion and makeup and I used to stay up so late in high school scrolling through my tumblr account looking at Runway makeup and flatlays, and 
I guess this really kicked off my obsession with makeup! 
I decided to do a course at Media Makeup in 2014 and from there my hobby turned into a job I fell in love with. I worked for MAC for 2 and a half years whilst maintaining my business on the side, Not only that I love to create content and flatlays on my Instagram. 
I remember when I started to earn some money from my casual job I got my first YSL lipstick and I treasured it so much and grew into buying more and more to post on my account. (I’m abit of a makeup addict if you can’t already see haha!)
Here are some of my favourite apps to edit my pics with: 
Face Tune
Color Story 
And good old Instagram lighting adjustments! 
Some of my favourite makeup products are :
MAC Fix+, MAC Face and Body foundation, Becca highlighters, lashes are a MUST! And GLITTER! Love a good glitter Smokey eye and a nude lip too! 
The one thing I won’t be able to live without are glass lashes for sure! It just changes you from a 3 to a good solid 10 haha if you want to start wearing lashes and find it difficult to put it on yourself try half ones first, don’t use too much glue and wait for it to go tacky! 
You can check out my Instagram accounts: @makeovers_by_annie or her personal account @pastelcorals.
For enquiries and bookings:
Now available full time for freelancing travel / based in Bowden 

Nailed it!

I have always worked in fashion and have a major love for hair, makeup and anything beauty related, however I have never had my my nails done professionally! I’ve always loved having pretty nails and have quite the polish collection – one of my favourites has got to be Natio’s Maple, which I mentioned in my June favourites – but have always just painted them myself.

That all changed though, when I took my amateur nails to the expertise of Codey for my first ever set of acrylics! Excuse my naivety, but I had no idea how intricate the process is! From achieving a full sculptured french acrylic set to the gel polish application, Codey displayed absolute precision, and how gorgeous is this colour in soft pink?!

For a first set, I am absolutely obsessed! It took a bit of getting used to as I always kept my nails relatively short. Once I got over the fact that I could indeed still use my nails just the same with the same functionality, if not better in some cases, I’m only asking myself why I didn’t do this sooner! I’m now a nail convert and can’t wait to get them done again!

At the young age of just twenty, Codey has a pretty impressive resume, a trained tattooist, even nursing experience and qualified for just about every beauty need from her amazing skills for glamorous nails  to massages and everything in between, she’s your girl! Highly recommend her services! Find her on:



Also be sure to be following me on Instagram to enter my first GIVEAWAY!! You won’t want to miss it!


A cut above the rest

May 2014; that was the last time I got my hair cut. Not a cut nor a trim since then…I know, how terrible of me! It was this time when I was living in Brisbane and looking for a new job. My partner at the time, his sister was/is a hair salon manager and had suggested many times that I should give hairdressing a go. I wasn’t sure, it wasn’t something I’d ever really had a passion for and there was no end goal for me. I didn’t have dreams of running my own salon or partaking in hair shows.

I was window shopping in Carindale one afternoon when I saw positions advertised at a stunningly glamorous looking salon. All the women in there looked so stylish and put together that I ended up convincing myself that I could see a career in hair. I was feeling good about myself that day, I was dressed up, my makeup was on point and my hair was long, healthy and very Queensland blonde. With a confidence that seemed only appropriate for the job I walked right up to the counter and asked for the manager.

A mere twenty minutes and a successful interview later, I left the salon with a trial booked for the next day.

Fast forward a month or two and I was actually loving the job and was praised everyday by the manager that she was very impressed with my work. Now she wanted to give my hair a makeover so I was truly part of the team. I was excited but also nervous, my lovely long locks had taken a lot of time and tlc to achieve. The afternoon came and I was told ‘we’re going to give you the Lara Bingle chop’ … lets just say I wish I had read some of those trashy celeb magazines we always provided the clients with.

I had this in mind… but instead, before I could say anything, scissors were at the nape of my neck and I got the Bingle chop, alright!!

Of course Lara can pull it off, but I was horrified! I’d never had my hair that short and I hated it!! My eyes welled up and I tried everything not to cry, but there on the floor was all my long blonde hair I’d been so confident in. I went home that night really wondering if it was all worth it for a job that was paying $6-9 per hr as a first year apprentice for a career I didn’t even know that I wanted to strive for. I remember being on the phone to my mum crying, telling her ‘I look like a boy!!’ And after all that, I was in that job for only a few more weeks before I got really sick and diagnosed with Pancreatitis. I needed too much time off that I hadn’t built up my hours enough for and eventually after spending time in hospital, decided to move to the Sunshine Coast.

It is for that reason I have always been wary of getting my hair cut again. For the past few years, every time I went to the hairdressers it was only for my foils/colour and toner and would never want to see the sight of scissors. I was growing it out again and after a while had tape extensions too. My hair was finally getting back to how it used to be and with my hair growing, so did my confidence again.

This was without extensions in 2016 and this year with extensions

I was absolutely loving having long hair again, especially for photoshoots but after a while the upkeep of extensions and constantly thinking about the tabs in my hair was becoming frustrating so when Tori from Nova Hair and Body was looking for hair models for a cut, I bravely put my hand up, I did not want a repeat of 2014 but I also wanted my natural hair again.

Wow. I can’t find the words to say how happy I am with my haircut!! Tori has well and truly restored my faith in a hairdressers ability to listen to their client and provide a service everyone is happy with! I had said I was willing to have somewhat of a cut but I still wanted to be able to put it in a bun. We settled on a collarbone length and what I envisioned is what Tori brought to life and I couldn’t be happier! I am beyond impressed with the service and Nova as a salon as a whole, but Tori is absolutely amazing! She will be fully qualified as of June next year and highly recommend her to anyone and everyone who is seeking a stylish hairstyle/cut. And for anyone who is a little apprehensive how I was, have piece of mind that she truly listens and values you as a client!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 48 things about my mum!

My mum is truly a one of a kind woman! She is kind, thoughtful, and always there when you need her most. In today’s post I am sharing 48 things about my mum in celebrating her 48th birthday (which is actually the 7th of November! haha) To give you an insight into the person she is, I’m going to let the facts do the talking.

  1. Full name: Bridget Edwina Sabel
  2. She’s an ethically based vegetarian
  3. Like me, she also had a time where she lived interstate – Albury/ Wodonga
  4. Brunette
  5. Hazel green eyes
  6. Petite like moi
  7. The oldest of 4
  8. Yet probably the most childlike. She has an infectiously carefree personality which I love and is a prime example that age is just a number.
  9. She’s a giver not a taker, I’m always saying she’s too nice for her own good.
  10. She grew up in Stirling
  11. Favourite colour is purple
  12. Loves Jacaranda trees
  13. Is an amazing knitter but I’ll be honest, not the best at actually finishing projects.
  14. Can interpret/analyse dreams
  15. Is extremely creative, I like to think that’s where I get it from.
  16. Is a sensitive soul, which can sometimes be a disadvantage but her heart is always in the right place.
  17. She takes after my grandpa the most
  18. My oh my, she’s a chatterbox!!
  19. By far, one of her best traits is that she’s open minded and no judgemental
  20. Favourite sweet treat has got to be blackforest cake!
  21. A classic 80’s music lover, understandably though, as those were her teen/twenties years,
  22. Her first concert was Howard Jones at the age of 13
  23. Mum is the culprit of my Chai latte obsession
  24. She’s in her element in the kitchen, her best dishes are usually the ones she just whips up on the spot!
  25. Look out for her food blog launching very soon!!!!!!!!!
  26. My ability to collect lipsticks like stamps comes from her.
  27. Her biggest fear is heights
  28. Favourite movie: Desperately Seeking Susan
  29. She’s a Scorpio (but that’s probably self explanatory from the timing of this post)
  30. She’s great with kids and is a qualified teachers aid.
  31. She has a thing for owls; mugs, pyjamas, you name it
  32. She’s a real bargain hunter!
  33. A dream of hers is to own a tiny home/ tumbleweed house on wheels
  34. Where some people are OCD about even numbers, she’s all for the opposite. She won’t just microwave something for 30 seconds, she’ll insist on ’27’ or ’31’ for example, anything a bit odd, literally.
  35. Like me, she’s not a big drinker, no drastic decision, just drifted from the desire too. When she does drink though, Midori is a favourite.
  36. Never been overseas but first destination would be Italy or Rome, wherever there are cobbled streets.
  37. A borderline hoarder… she has the ‘I might need it one day’ mindset.
  38. A candle collector, I remember I used to be a bit uneasy because of the fire but I love lighting candles now and making my home smell cosy and beautifully fragrant.
  39. She can’t make a quick decision to save her life, let’s call it thorough with attention to detail!
  40. Another similarity Mum and I have is that we both are able to work in a team but achieve more and are a lot more comfortable working solely and hence both work self contracted/employed jobs.
  41. We both share a love for the city of Melbourne. No family or business over there, but it’s the best escape and a second home now.
  42. She had a perm phase… let’s just leave it at that.
  43. She has a very eclectic style, but she owns it.
  44. Celebrity crush – John Cusack, each to their own I guess.
  45. No piercings, no tattoos
  46. Doesn’t drive…
  47. But doesn’t smoke either
  48. And last but not least, she’s the most thoughtful, caring, understanding and well rounded Mum anyone could ask for and to top it all off, she’s a one (wonder) woman show!

Mum’s the one in the pretty floral dress 🙂 Far right is my Aunt Charlotte, then left of mum is my grandma, Aunt Abigail and my grandpa holding me. Don’t know where my Uncle Ben is though!

The perm… but it’s she beautiful??!

Mum’s birthday, not too sure which year it was. In my childhood home though with Grandma and my Aunt Abigail.

I had more photos to add to this post but they’ve somehow misplaced themselves on my phone… don’t worry mum, there’s always next year!! Happy Birthday xxx