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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Finds.

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


\\  Friends! Let's all make loaded cotton candy fudge and be happy together!  //
\\  This shirt sums up my entire life.  //
\\  I love tomato and I love pie. I love tomato pie.  //
\\  Lets combine wine and slushies and make magical rosΓ© slushies.  //
\\  I can't get my eyeballs around these rainbow coconut smoothie bowls enough.  //
\\  I have found my perfect going out hairstyle.  //



P.S. There's still time to enter my BECCA x Jaclyn Hill giveaway!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Disappointing Beauty Products.


We post our favorite beauty products month after month (see), but as with everything, with the good comes the bad (and the ugly). Because there is a downside to this beauty blogging business, and that is the disappointing products. The ones that you're just dying to try, the ones that are so hyped, so expensive and for whatever reason, just don't work for you. We rarely share that side of the story, but because life isn't all sunshine and roses, I'm going to delve in to full disclosure land and share with you, the products that just didn't live up to my expectations. Some may work for you (I hate you), some may disappoint you too, because at the end of the day, we're all different and not everything works for everyone. It is through trial and error that we discover what does and doesn't work for us.


Too Faced Melted Lipsticks
So much hype back in the day lead me to so much disappointment. I absolutely love the colours (especially Melted Metal Peony) don't get me wrong, but I guess that I expected to get a lot more wear our of my application? Most of my liquid lipsticks are matte, true, so I'm used to them lasting almost all day. Sure, this isn't a matte formula, I still expected more than 30 minutes out of it. I still reach for it on days when I don't need all-day colour, but it's a damn shame I can't wear it to work without using the whole damn tube over the course of a day.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
THIS was the disappointment that killed me. I received a sample sachet in with one of my online orders and I absolutely loved it. Went and bought the full-sized bottle (at $72, no less) and it just did not work for me. WHY?! I mean, I appreciate the fact that it has a pump, the massive range of shades, and the fact that it's quite watery, meaning it spreads and blends nicely. For about 20 minutes, it really does look amazing, but then.. BUT THEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG! I don't know why, but it just.. dies. And I'm left with a weird/flaky/oily/scaly/blotchy/cake/giraffe spots mixture of contradictions over most of my face, but mostly around my nose and mouth. I've tried using it when my skin's been especially dry, normal and oily. I've tried applying it with a brush, sponge and my fingers. I've tried using it with and without thick moisturizers and primers, with and without powders.. I just don't know but I'm devastated.

Savvy CC Powder
For such a cheap drugstore product, I'm not even mad that this didn't really work. First off, there wasn't much "colour correcting" going on. It did make me teeniest bit paler and I guess "brightened" due to the light hue of the compact, but no tones were corrected as such. Secondly, I feel as though the powder is too course. No matter how I applied it: under concealer, on top of concealer before foundation, on top of foundation, it always left me with a chalky looking complexion and my concealers and foundations ended up sort of sticking to and absorbing the powder, leaving the parts of my face that I applied the powder to looking dried up and caked. Finally, the shimmer, or should I say chunks of glitter, are not subtle at all. Which isn't the kind of thing I'm in to.

Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick
I purchased Kate Moss's Matte Finish lipstick in a beautiful bright red. I loved it so much that I went and bought a much more subtle pinky coral coloured offering (shade 38) from the Lasting Finish range. Again, LOVE the colour, hate the lasting power. I try not to compare non-matte formulas to matte formulas, but I really did expect a longer lasting lip - ESPECIALLY since this is advertised as a "long lasting" lipstick. Narrrt!


Have you ever been disappointed by a hyped beauty product?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spring Inspiration Board.

We've had the worst Winter that we've had in x amount of years here in Perth this year and let me tell you: I'm glad to see the back of it. I can already feel the magical transition from Winter to Spring. I've begun to notice the warmer mornings, the perfumed air, the sunshine peaking through the clouds, the quiet sounds of life in the trees, no matter how slight. This new month has me feeling more invigorated than I have in months.

Here is my mood board of all things inspiring me this Spring:


Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Finds.

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


\\  Mini polenta pizzas with oven-roasted tomatoes. Pizza! Made of polenta!!  //
\\  How cool do parmesan eggplant "coins" baked potatoes sound?!  //
\\  Give me all of the pastel ombre nail art for Spring!  //
\\  Step 1: Translate to English. Step 2: die over this peanut meringue cake.  //
\\  I want to turn emoji plush pillows in to backpacks too!  //
\\  My Sunday morning is going to consist solely of baked peaches and cream oatmeal.  //



P.S. There's still time to enter my BECCA x Jaclyn Hill giveaway!
Happy Friday!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Juggling.

Juggling studying and 90 hours of work placement, working full-time, trying to maintain an active lifestyle, building a house, and maintaining happy and healthy relationships is hard work. There just aren't enough hours in a day to do any of it as well as I'd like. Half of the time, it's like my body is on auto-pilot, going through the motions of the day while my mind elsewhere, thinking about our next building appointment and what colour our garage door should be, or when my next assessment is due and just how much study I can cram into my hour lunch break.

Recently, I really felt like I was getting the hang of this juggling thing. I've gained so much motivation and grown so much more passionate about creating beautiful experiences not just for myself, but also for others during my studies, I've been happier and healthier than I have been in a long time and I've been accomplishing everything I need during my 9-5 job.

I had a really good day yesterday. I completed and submitted two (!!) assessments and nailed my interview for a position at Perth Fashion Festival to complete some work placement hours.
Study-wise, it was a huge win of a day.


But then I got home, tired and stressed and Jesse bore the brunt of it all.
Relationship-wise, it wasn't such a win of a day. 

But, despite my shitty attitude and my snapping, I still fell asleep to the most amazing, loving and supportive text message after he went home that night and it made all the hard work of that day feel a little better.

It's all about perfecting balance, I guess. Keeping the scale from tipping too much in favour of any one thing at the cost of another. That, I am still working on.

Monday, August 15, 2016

My Month on Instagram - July.


If you've been following Christie's Take on Life for any amount of time, you'd surely know by now that I'm a major lover of Instagram! It's the perfect outlet for posting inspiration and little snippets of life, and seeing what my favourite bloggers and friends are up to.

There are so many times that my Instagram posts never make it to my blog, and that's a damn shame because I consider myself to be quite the photographer..

..Not really, but it's a shame nonetheless!

Instalife over the past month looked something like this:

There's nothing I love more than gorgeous cotton candy clouds. *insert heart eyes emoji here*


You can't go wrong with Rabbit in the Moon, fellow Perthians. Not one bit.


My sisters 21st dress up party was pretty rad. For this look, I used Eye of Horus's liquid eyeliner over my whole damn face.


I love finding pretty new feeds to follow on Instagram; leave your account deets in the comments, or come find me: @christieee__x!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Finds.

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


\\  Let's drink cocktails in POPSICLE FORM! It's Friday, I think it's only fair.  //
\\  I thought that this was quite quite clever.  //
\\  So, today I discovered that hair drying gloves are a thing. I LOVE GIMMICKY PRODUCTS!  //
\\  You all need to stop what you're doing and look at these DIY popcorn 'hydrangea' favours.  //

\\  Can you guys handle these DIY graphic laundry baskets? Because I sure can't.  //
\\  I'm in love with these DIY sweet tooth lunchboxes.  //


Happy Friday!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Face Giveaway.

Why? Because I love you, that's why.

Natalie from Yours Truly, NY and I both wanted to show you guys how grateful and thankful we are that you've chosen to read our little spaces of allllll the spaces in the world wide webz.

One winner will receive the perpetually sold out BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face palette, courtesy of the two best people you've ever met. Saywhatttt?!


 For real, guys. I cannot get my eyeballs around this palette enough. The powders are all so soft and glowy and gorgeous and I'm insanely jealous that one of you get to take it away from me.




This is an international giveaway. I know, right?!
The giveaway will be open for three weeks, beginning on August 11 at 12am, running through to 1 September, coming to a close at 12am (times are GMT+8).
All entries will be verified; any fraudulent or bot entries will be discounted.
Any unfollowers either before or after the announcement of a winner will be disqualified from any and all future giveaways. That's not how we get down around here.

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Good luck!

Please note, the product has been opened for photographing but will still be received by the winner in its original packaging.




Sunday, August 7, 2016

July Look Back and August Goals.


A look back at July's goals:

Spend exactly zero unnecessary dollars
"The reality of attempting to building a house has hit me. Thanks to a particularly
expensive (and painful) trip to the dentist, if I'm to have enough money to live comfortably, I really cannot afford to spend a single dollar on food, clothes, make-up.. anything that isn't considered necessary for a while. This is going to be fun."
Cross: I did really well at the beginning of the month, then utterly terrible at the end. Oops.

Refocus on my studies
"Once again, Christie's studies have fallen behind. Trying to study on top of juggling working full-time, builders, land, and finance applications/admin/please leave me alone for 10 minutes, attempting to have something of a social life and exercising regularly has proven almost impossible lately. This month my priorities are going to be shuffled so I can put a lot of energy in to catching up by at least 1 unit before the workshop I'll be attending at the end of July."
Tick: I completed my unit like the good little schoolgirl I am and am halfway through the next.

Look in to affiliate links
"I'd like to put my blog's big girl pants on and get in to finding some make-up and beauty related affiliate partnerships. If anyone knows any good (and easy, because derrp) Australia-friendly affiliate sites, or had any tips, hit me up and I'll love you for ever."
Tick: I am a big girl blogger now.

Attempt to slow down and be present
"By reading even one paragraph of this post, you'd see that my life is basically one big clusterfuck of stress right now. Life's travelling by pretty fast; I'm thinking of a flooptillion things at once and suddenly, It's the end of the day and I don't remember doing a single thing. It's like my body is on auto-pilot, going through the motions while my mind is racing. I guess I need to try and focus on one thing at a time, or more importantly, take some time to relax. Put away the stress for an hour and have a coffee with a friend, or take a bath. Anything to keep from tipping over the edge."
Cross: I tried. Kind of, but then I felt as though I were wasting time that I could be using to get shit done.. Too much life to deal with right now.

Goals for August:

Book my car in for a service
You know when you're trying really hard to save money, and THAT'S when everything comes up? Welcome to my life for the past few months. I discovered just today that my beloved car is due for its next service. Yay, life.

Fix my rear bumper
Further to my statement above, some wonderful fellow citizen of the world decided to leave my car with a some beautiful decorations permanently indented in to it. AKA some ass drove into my car in a parking lot and bailed. It's bugging the shit out of me - time for a new one.
P.S. I hate all humans.

Complete the Event Concepts unit
I'm part way through this particular unit, and it's a biggie. Though big, it's actually a fun one (!!!), so I definitely want to get this whole unit submitted come September.

Clean the fish tank
I'm a terrible mother and should never be in charge of life. But I am. AND my fish have all (somehow) lived for over a year now, thank you very much. But.. their tank is disgusting. More than disgusting. And I've been putting cleaning it off for months now. Terrible.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Finds.

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


\\  I really like this particular version of the tuxedo braid into a messy bun.  //
\\  I perpetually say yaassss to peach melba popsicles.  //
\\  DEEP FRY ALL THE AVOCADOS AND PUT THEM IN THESE TACOS!  //
\\  EXCUSE ME! How have I never made homemade churro ice cream before?!  //
\\  Please don't hate me when I say that I love brussels sprouts. I'm must intrigued by the concept of grilled brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze.  //
\\  How adorable is this mouse hole outlet cover?! Ded.  //

Happy Friday!