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Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are all of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration found around the web

\\  These lavender cupcakes sound so dreamy.  //
\\  Why not wash it down with a lavender white wine sangria?  //
\\  DIY long sleeve wrap top: any no-sew DIY is okay by me!  //
\\  These asparagus and brie puff pastries with thyme honey sound amazing!  //
\\  Can we all just marvel at this Parisian café wall buffet for a sec?  //
\\  How cool is this DIY confetti balloon chandelier?!  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Collective Make-up and Skincare Haul

I have been trying to reduce my non-essential spending significantly of late. I've even set myself two lots monthly goals relating to a spending ban, so the past couple of months have been pretty boring on the make-up front. Although, since it seems that we are both here on an haul post, clearly I have failed..


A high-end and drugstore collective haul

I ended up caving (much quicker than I would like to admit) and placed an Adorebeauty* order which was sparked by a combination of my want need to try the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder*, which featured on my recent "Products I Want to Try" list, and my lack of self discipline. I've only used it on one occasion so far (because I am that girl) but I am so excited to play around with it more. I decided that I "needed" to try the Real Techniques Setting Brush* too. I originally thought that it would be great for under eye powdering but looking at it in person, I think that it would be great for applying highlighter too! I also purchased a tube of L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation* in the shade Nude Beige. I had been umm-ing and ahh-ing over it for such a long time now but I thought it worth a try after all of the (mostly) good reviews that I've read. It is a drugstore foundation after all and I'm all about a good drugstore product.

I convinced myself that since I'd already broken my ban, I may as well repurchase a few staples that I was running low on while I was at it. Another bottle of Trilogy's Advanced Formula Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+*, which I cannot live without, yet another pot of Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream* - the ONLY eye cream that I'll ever use (it's amazing) and two bottles of The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5*, my plumping, hydrating savour which always seems to be out of stock so I purchased a back-up too. I also picked up my millionth tube of Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer* in the shade Fair and the Instant Age Rewind Concealer* in the shade Light.
Because I have no self control, I then decided that while I was on a roll, that I would also place a small Priceline order. Insert all of the facepalms here.
In my defence! The drugstore has really upped its game lately, okay!
 I re-purchased a couple of essentials and picked up some new additions to try too.
I've been wanting to try Maybelline's Fit Me Powder for a while now so I picked up the shade Nude Beige. I noticed that it had some glitter through it when I swatched it, which I'm not typically a fan of so it will be interesting to see how I feel about it when I apply it to my face. I also picked up Maybelline's Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter in the shade Medium on a whim because I thought it would make my morning routine a little easier. It's like a stick concealer, but the angle of the tip looks as though it would make cleaning up and sharpening around the brows super easy.

I also repurchased two (there was a 30% off your second pot, don't judge me) of my forever favourite Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, which works so well on my perpetually dry skin, and a compact of Model's Own Sculpt and Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand. I've been wanting to delve more into drugstore highlighters (Maybelline Master Chrome*, you're next) so I thought this was a good place to start. Despite the name, I was surprised to see that this was more of a pink toned highlighter when I swatched it, which is not a tone that I necessarily enjoy on myself but I'm excited to see how it looks on the face.

See what drugstore and high-end beauty bits I've hauled recently

All in all, I ended up spending far too much money on things that I didn't need but at the end of the day, these things have bought me happiness and that's all that matters, right??
Sure. I'm going to go with sure.

Is there anything here that you'd like to try for yourself?
What products have you been lusting over lately?

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I. This post does, however, contain affiliate links. I will always disclose such information with an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.
Feel free to find and purchase these products elsewhere if you don't get down like that. :)

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  I'm dying to try this baked blackberry ricotta French toast!  //
\\  I love how chic these DIY mini bouquets are. Last minute Mothers Day present, anyone?  //
\\  These DIY watercolour luggage tags would be cute to use on our upcoming Island holiday.  //
\\  Doesn't this grapefruit cake sound dreamy? Perfect for Spring.  //
\\  These DIY woven loop baskets are a fun way to upgrade old storage baskets.  //
\\  I don't mean to alarm you, but this is a recipe for cheesecake brownies!!!  //

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

April Beauty Favourites

My fave makeup, skincare and beauty products in April

One: The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner*
At first I was a little apprehensive about a gel toner as I'm so used to intense, alcohol-based formulas but I'm absolutely loving this! It is quite thick and feels very luxurious. My skin is left feeling super soft, hydrated and refreshed which was an amazing sensation over the warmer months. The formula is also 100% vegan, which I always appreciate. It doesn't feel at all sticky, but make-up still manages to sit wonderfully on top of it. For this reason, I tend to reach for this moreso in the mornings for a smooth, plump complexion.

Two: Ligurian Honey Hand & Nail Creme
Doesn't this packaging look luxurious?! I love a good, rich hand cream on my perpetually dry hands and this cream is just that. Made from organic ingredients, it is super thick and nourishing, leaving my hands feeling soft and hydrated and my nail beds looking moisturised and healthy without the sticky, greasy feeling that some creams tend to leave behind. The scent is also amazing! It's sweet and fruity and lingers with you throughout the day. This would honestly make such a good gift (I was given the Ligurian Honey pack by Jesse's mum, so I can confirm).

I love with Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer line, so I pretty much died when I saw the rose gold goodness that is the Vlada collaboration (I'm dying to try more of the limited edition line). True to the original, this primer is wonderfully hydrating and leaves the skin feeling smooth and ready for make-up, but this rose gold revamp also illuminates the skin, giving off a beautifully radiant finish. I was worried that the rose gold hue would be too  deep for my complexion, and I probably couldn't wear this in Winter, but right now, it actually looks amazing on me! I especially love wearing it under a more sheer foundation for that  warm, lit-from-within glow. I've also used it alone as a highlighter on my cheekbones and it looks lovely used as such, too. The only downside is that it's limited edition.

I can't believe how hard this was to get in Perth! I've been lusting over Tarte blushes for the longest time but it's always sold out online and without a Sephora to physically visit... life was tough. I finally got a compact thanks to my beautiful best friend and I've been using it non-stop since. The colour is gorgeous (I'm eyeing off a few more shades as we speak). A lovely warm, completely matte peach that sets off my blue-green eyes beautifully. The formula is fantastic, too - pigmented, buildable if desired, blends beautifully and lasts all throughout a busy work day.

I love cleansing balms! They're so hydrating on my dry skin and an amazing way to melt away and gently remove makeup. Balms are actually my favourite way to remove stubborn waterproof mascara. Clinique's offering melts like butter when warmed up on the skin and glides across the face like a dream, easily removing all traces of make-up. It's gentle, non irritating and can be used around the eyes without stinging or burning. I use it before my evening shower and it is easily washed away with warm water, no scrubbing required, and does not leave any greasy residue behind.

What products have you been loving lately?


As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I. This post does, however, contain affiliate links. I will always disclose such information with an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.Feel free to find and purchase these products elsewhere if you don't get down like that. :)

Monday, May 7, 2018

April Look Back and May 2018 Goals

How I went in April 2018 and my goals for May 2018How I went with my April 2018 goals
Follow my fitness plan
"I created a fitness plan for myself two weeks ago and so far, I've stuck to it. My plan consists of me working out twice a day most week days which does seem quite intense and my non-morning person self sure was daunted by the early morning starts at first but I've found that it has really been working for me. My motivation to work out after work is always lacking and I'm the type of person who cannot get back to sleep once they've been woken up so once the alarm goes off, rather than lay there for an hour or so, I get up and work out. By breaking up my workouts in to two less intense sessions a day, I find that I'm working out more parts of my body and I'm doing it more effectively than I would if I had done one big workout after work where I almost always slack off in one way or another, skipping bits and pieces or whathaveyou. This way, even if I skip an after work session (which I'm determined not to do), I can still feel good about myself because I still worked out that day. I can feel myself adjusting to the early morning starts (I can also feel parts of my body that I didn't know existed) and I'm determined to stick to it, especially considering my upcoming island holiday! If you're interested in a more in-depth post about my fitness plan and how I've been staying motivated, definitely let me know in the comments!"

Tick: With the exception of a lazy public holiday, I stuck to my workout plan religiously over April. I must say, I'm rather proud.

Rejuvenate the back yard
"Ever since we brought our little Milla *insert all the heart eyes here* home, our yard has looked worse for wear. I've got some ideas in mind to bring the yard back to life in a more dog-friendly way (read: less plants for her to dig up)."

Tick: It wasn't a huge rejuvenation project, but the yard definitely looks better now that I've added a few small (dog-proof) touches and given it a little bit of a spruce up.

Post to Instagram more
"I've set this goals a couple of times throughout my time as a blogger but with all the drama in relation to the algorithm that is constantly clogging up my feed and just the general negativity towards the app, really, I've been finding it hard to upload consistently for more than a month (on a good month). There was a point where I went for over three months without uploading a single image! If I'm honest, though, my lack of activity goes further than just posting to Instagram and I can't even blame it on the changes that the app has been making.. I haven't really even had the motivation to take photos in general, let alone for Instagram. I've gotten a little better recently but I am nowhere near as consistent as I'd like to be (or have been in the past). The algorithm is pretty shitty, yes, but it's not necessarily about the likes and the comments for me. I don't make money from what I upload and my livelihood is not at stake.. I just genuinely enjoy taking pretty pictures and sharing them with whoever cares. It's as simple as that so there really is no excuse for me to be shying away from the app. I'm chalking it up to pure laziness on my behalf.Come find (and motivate) me @christieee__x!"

Tick: Guys! I actually had fun doing this! I sure didn't post was much as I used to, but I still managed to post once a week, which was the benchmark that I had set in mind, anyways. Nonetheless, I definitely remember why I loved Instagram in the first place. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long-standing rekindling.

Produce more blog content
"Hi, I'm Christie and I haven't been around these parts a whole lot lately. A combination of a lack of motivation, a mild case of writer's block and handful of new personal commitments has meant that I have definitely been slacking in the blogging department of late. I need to find a way to get re-inspired, which I guess more or less goes hand in hand with uploading more content to Instagram, and start blogging regularly, and most importantly, enjoying it, again."

Tick: Heyhey. ;) Not only did I actually bother to blog last month, I've also been batch drafting and photographing. I also realised that I tend to post the same 3-4 things each month, so I ended up brainstorming and semi-drafting a plethora of different topics to publish too. Stay tuned.

Reply to blog comments

"I went from replying to every single comment left on my posts to replying to absolutely no one (I'm sorry. Don't leave me). I read every single one of them, but when it comes to replying.. oops. It warms my heart to see that people care enough about my content to take the time to leave me a comment.. the least I can do is reply so I'm definitely wanting to get back in to the habit. If you get a reply to a comment you left four months ago, heyho! I'm following through."

Tick: If you had commented on my blog any time between February and May, you would have received a very late response. Hooray!

My personal goals for May 2018

Spending ban
I did it again: I spent far too much money on unnecessary personal shopping. Don't get me wrong: I'm a strong (too strong) believer in treating yourself, but the amount of money that I spent in April was ridiculous. I actually set myself a spending ban back in March (hint: I failed) but I'd definitely like to be far more strict on myself this month and not buy a single non-essential item. My bank account looks atrocious right now.

Continue following my workout plan and lose 2kg
I created a pretty intense (intense for my lazy ass, anyways) workout plan for myself last month and I pretty much stuck to it, with the exception of one public holiday day. Its only been a month but I already feel pretty great. I've been a fair bit heavier than I would like to be for the past couple of years and with our holiday coming up, I just want to feel my best, especially when it comes to wearing a bikini. Continuing to work out the way that I have been lately should definitely yield some results if I don't slack off. I’m hoping to really get in to it and lose 2kg this month.

Make better food choices
I tend to make poor choices when it comes to meals and portion sizes, especially when it comes to dinner. As a result, my weight loss hasn't been as drastic as I would like it to be. I know that no matter how much I work out, eating well has to be a part of the process too, so I definitely need to learn to control how much I eat at mealtime (I always cook too much for the two of us) and be much stronger when it comes to ignoring my cravings. I guess this goal goes hand in hand with a spending ban (bye fast food) and a big ol' exercise plan. I just have to have enough self-control. R.I.P.

Closet clean out
I have a lot of clothes. Many of them are pretty well-worn and have reached the end of their life, and a lot more just plain don't fit anymore. It's gotten to the point where my closet rails are clogged and my chest of drawers is difficult to open and close. I've accepted defeat and am planning to get rid of the clothes that I am hoping that I will fit back in to one day, sigh, so do need to buy a couple of pieces that fit me properly. What better time for a long overdue clean out?

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

See also:

April 2018 Goals
2018 Resolutions


Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  How fun is this DIY giant confetti balloon dog?!  //
\\  Ummmm yes to everything about this DIY flamingo wallpaper cake!  //
\\  This DIY succulent soap is made with REAL SUCCULENTS! What?!  //
\\  I could definitely manage a spicy gingered mango margarita or two.  //
\\  Strawberry bourbon shortcakes sound SO good holy moly.  //
\\  This DIY fluffy pom-pom bin would be a cute way to store blankets and such.  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, April 30, 2018

6 Shows That I've Been Watching on Netflix

TV shows I've been binge watching on Netflix lately

Riverdale has been a Thursday night tradition for Jesse and I since it first came out. It is definitely my favourite series on Netflix. This series is based off of the old Archie comics (apparently. Other than the same character names and traits, I don't really see it) with a sort of murder mystery twist. I'm super caught up in the drama and mystery of it all and am invested heavily in basically every single relationship there is. If you haven't watched Riverdale yet, I highly recommend that you give it a watch.

Jesse doesn't like this one a whole lot, but I'm such a fan. It's a little bit trashy, a little bit sassy, and a lot bit dramatic. It actually reminds me of a more business-focussed version of Gossip Girl: beautiful rich people behaving badly, affairs, secrets, loyalty and betrayal. What I think that what love the most about Dynasty is the amount of bitchiness and savagery that Fallon brings to every episode. She alone makes this series worth watching.

The End of the Fxxxing World
We've been watching this very slowly because there aren't a whole lot of episodes in the one season on Netflix. We're actually up to the last episode, but we've been putting off watching it for well over a month. This is such a light-heartedly bleak show - I can't help but love the quirky fuckups that are the two main characters. A pleasant combination of "what the?!" and heartwarming moments, I definitely recommend this show if you're after something quick (episodes are only 20-or-so minutes each) and a little left of field.

This was funny as hell. I always enjoy Britt Robinson's sarcastic characters. The series is loosely based on the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal. Largely appealing to millennials, I would say, the premise of the show is basically a lazy, unmotivated dropkick of a young woman who turns her passion and keen eye for vintage fashion in to a living and hustling her way to the top. It definitely leans more towards the comedy side of things, but it still manages to be rather inspirational at the same time.

A Series of Unfortunate Events
Jesse enjoys this one a whole lot more than I do. I don't think I'd have watched it on my own accord, but I do love me some Neil Patrick Harris and the show does have its moments. I've not read the books, but I have seen the movie starring Jim Carrey and season 1 suck pretty closely to that. It's dark, humorous in a dry kind of way and just a little but campy. The beautiful, almost steakpunk vibe to the sets (as well as Patrick Warburton's commentary) is what makes this such a delight to watch in my opinion.

Blue Planet II
I can't believe it has taken me this long to start watching the second instalment of Blue Planet. I have always adored David Attenborough. I think that I've watched every one of his documentaries to date. Until Blue Planet II, that is. I'm so glad this is on Netflix - it's impossible not to become mesmerised by the bright colours and beautiful shots taken by much more modern technology than what was used back in the days of the original series. Milla is always so involved when we put it on, too. She loves watching the animals and her eyes never leave the screen. Super cute.

What is your favourite Netflix show? I'm always looking for new shows to binge.
ALSO! I can't be other only one who isn't overly excited by Stranger Things??

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  I would love to sew my own make-up pouch or scroll!  //
\\  How cute is this DIY bear laundry basket?  //
\\  These cactus sno balls are so fun!  //
\\  I'm getting all the retro vibes from this DIY colour blocked velvet bench.  //
\\ Does an earl grey blueberry eton mess sound dreamy?  //
\\  A super easy beret makeover? Yes please.  //

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

What's in my Everyday Bag?

I love reading "What's in my Bag" posts. I really do. Maybe it's because I find bag spill photos to be so very satisfying. Maybe it's because I'm nosy (probably). Either way, I'm always super interested to learn about what other people carry around with them on a day-to-day basis.

For everyday, I carry this simple, black Kate Hill waffle tote (old) with me wherever I go. Whether it be to the office or a lunch date, it's sturdy, it goes with everything and it has enough room for all of my bits and bobs.

A rifle through my everyday/work bag

Of course I carry the essentials such as my everyday wallet, which is nothing special - just an old Bluebird wallet, my phone and my keys with me at all times. My trusty sunnies also come with me to most places (in their little case to avoid scratches, mind you), too. I've been wearing my Locello aviators lately. I think they're perfect for Autumn.

I don't always carry my planner around with me, but I have it on hand more often than not. I usually treat myself to a kikki.K* planner each year, but I received this beautiful holographic planner (which is no longer available, sorry) from Typo* for my birthday from Jesse's mum. I also carry a pen, naturally, and my current read with me if I'm going in to work. Right now, I'm reading Still Me by Jojo Moyes - the third instalment in the Me Before You series. Stay tuned for my thoughts in my next Recent Reads post. ;)

I carry a small bag of touch-up make-up around with me at all times (how cool is this Face Shit bag, also from Typo*?! unfortunately no longer available). I don't wear much other than eye make-up and some concealer on work days so my make-up bag more or less just consists of a travel mirror, a packet of blotting paper, which I don't often need because I have dry skin but it's nice to have on hand. My trusty Rimmel eye-liner pencil, a good lip gloss and balm for my perpetually dry lips, Maybelline's FitMe concealer* for touch-ups if necessary, a facial spray; I'm currently using Swisse's Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner which is super refreshing but I like The Body Shop's Vitamin C Energising Face Mist* too, a lip liner, usually nude; I like M.A.C.'s Whirl, and a couple of versatile lipsticks. I always have a classic red and a nude lipstick on me. In this instance, I have Huda Beauty's Cheerleader and Velvet Teddy by M.A.C. on hand. I also carry a couple of hair ties and a few bobby pins with me as well as a hair brush - I've been using my Tangle Teaser for years now and it's absolutely amazing.

I always like to have a bunch of body care products on my person, too. I hate the sight of uneven nails, so my nail file comes with me everywhere I go. I get very dry hands throughout the day so a hand cream is also a must. Lately I've been using The Body Shop's Mango Hand Cream* - the formula of THS hand creams is so good and I'm such a fan of their mango range. It all smells amazing! Speaking of smelling amazing, I also always carry around a small bottle of perfume. I'm in the process of using up my old perfumes (I have so many) so I'm currently finishing up an old Playboy set, which all smell amazing. I'm on my last bottle! I'm a little bit of a germaphobe so I also like to carry a small bottle of my trusty Dettol hand sanitiser around with me. More for peace of mind than anything.

I'm prone to frequent headaches so I always have a packet (or two) of Panadol on hand and a box of band-aids too. I'm pretty clumsy and the office is prime location to receive paper cuts. They're also good to go over blisters or sore spots from my (pretty, but painful) shoes rubbing. I'm also sure to have a pocket pack of tissues on hand too.

My umbrella is usually stashed in the depths of my bag too. There was a time when I'd only carry it during the rainy months, but it's gotten to the point where I got lazy I just leave in in there over Summer too. I guess it's reassuring to have one on hand - you never know when you may need one. I also always have my Typo marble metal drink bottle* (isn't it pretty?!) on me. I like to sip water throughout the day and it's nice to have my own (non-plastic) supply on hand. This particular bottle is like a thermos in which keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. It's super versatile. I also carry a USB with me at all times. It's a bit of a random object to carry, I suppose, but it has come in handy on numerous occasions, especially at work.

That's it! I'm a massive neat freak so my bag never has any rubbish or receipts or (sadly) money floating around in it. There are a few things that I'd like to add to my daily bag such as a pocket power bank (I've been meaning to buy one for years), but I think that I've pretty much mastered the art of packing all that I'll ever need for day-to-day life in to one tote. What do you think?

Take a peek at what I carry around with me on a daily basis

What are some of your everyday essentials?