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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Finds.

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

\\  What? I'm the only unco who needs a tutorial to tie a blanket scarf? Well alrighty then.  //
\\  This double boho braid tutorial is giving me all the life for Spring.  //
\\  Tomato-braised eggs and baked polenta is what my breakfast dreams are made of.  //
\\  I don't mean to alarm you, but here's a recipe for GREEN pina colada smoothies!  //
\\  I can't handle the glorious idea of DIY pumpkin spice latte bubble bath bombs!  //
\\  I'm a stereotypical Australian and died over this giant fairy bread sandwich cake.  //

Happy Friday!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Finds.

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

\\  How fun are these bendable balloon tails?  // \\  I can't get enough of these watermelon nails.  //

\\  I love this cactus pin board! Someone send me one to Australia.  //
\\  Excuse me?! Churro apple pie bowls!?!?!?!  //
\\  I'm in love with cotton candy coloured hair!  //
\\  Always say yes to pineapple vases.  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, September 12, 2016

My Month on Instagram - August.

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:

I died and went to heaven when I laid eyes upon the glorious dessert buffet during August's event management workshop.

Forever trying new cafes with Jesse, Lot Siz Zero's big vegetarian breakfast was a winner.

My first market visit ever was pretty neat. I love nothing more than fresh flower stalls.

Milkshakes a la diabetes at Rise and Grind Espresso.


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

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Finds.

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

\\  Oof! The contrast of this nail art! My word!  //

\\  I can't deal with how much I want ombre salted caramel flan popsicles.  //
\\  I don't care that this shaving cream rain clouds activity is for kids, I'm doing it. Now.  //
\\  How cute is this short hair half-up twist hairstyle?  //
\\  The first thing I make for the new house will be this house number planter.  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

August Beauty Favourites.

One: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
I looovvveeee this drugstore offering. I reach for it for daily looks rather than my forever favourite Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which I save for special occasions #FrugalLiving. In all honestly, I don't notice a huge difference between the two (!!!) The powder is smooth and creamy (somehow) the colour is non-muddy which makes it amazing for either contouring or adding a glow to the face. The smell, too guys. Summer-y, coconut-ty goodness. Sigh.

Two: The Body Shop Mineral and Ginger Warming Massage Clay Mask
This is pretty neat, I must say. It literally warms up due to the natural ingredients upon contact and didn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. I've been suffering from the flu recently, and the warming ginger (which we all know is a flu-buster) really made me feel that much better, if only for a little while. It really felt like it was getting deep down into my pores and left my face feeling soft and moisturized after I wash it off.

Three: Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
The Winter weather reeked havoc on my skin, leaving it dry and itchy. I've been using facial oils for quite some time now, but have only just dipped my toe in the multi-oil world. I've been using this all over my body and on the ends of my hair almost daily to remedy my dry everything and the difference has been insane. Being a dry oil, it doesn't leave my skin feeling slippery and, well, oily. It just leaves my body feeling soft and nourished, with a lingering floral scent.

Four: Australis Sense No Fear Eyeliner
I'm not going to lie, I bought this because I thought it looked cool. Turns out, the design of the whole contraption makes application so much easier! Great for liquid newbies or just the generally unco (hi). The felt tip is flexible and doesn't drag, it applies nicely over eye shadow and pencil liner (my biggest annoyance with a lot of liquid formulas is that they won't work over pre-existing makeup), it is satisfiably long lasting, the liquid dries really quickly and once it is dry, there's no smudging and it's pretty water resistant. Not waterproof but it does stand up nicely against it.

I don't know how silly this is going to sound.. but these are (individually wrapped!) face wipes.. soaked in coconut oil. Whatttt?! I mean, I could just use a coconut oil, I guess, but I really do enjoy using these wipes. They quickly, easily and gently melt my make-up (waterproof included) away, while moisturizing and softening my sensitive skin at the same time. It truly is a luxurious experience if you ask me.

What products are you loving lately?

Monday, September 5, 2016

August Look Back and September Goals.

A look back at August's goals:

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."
Tick: It really wasn't as expensive as I anticipated it to be, and my baby runs so much smoother now.

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."
Tick: This has truly soothed my soul. Also not as expensive as I anticipated. Ka-ching.

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."
Tick: This is what I'm most proud of achieving last month. I worked my butt off, and it paid off (ohai, passing with honours).

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."
Tick: 80 litres of pure, unadulterated fun.

I don't mean to alarm you, but for the first time ever, I SUCCESSFULLY DID ALL THE THINGS! I have finally adulted.

Goals for September:
I'm keeping my goals short and sweet this month due to the busy nature of this upcoming month.

Create a Pinterest board for the blog
I've read more and more posts recently about the benefits of having a blog Pinterest board. It's something I've been meaning to do for a while, I've just never been overly bothered with the re-taking of "pinable" images, fixing old content, yadda yadda yadda. The benefits, though, are well worth the time.

Lose 3kg
I haven't been doing too well with my weight loss journey lately. I exercise regularly, but then I go ahead and eat all crappy foods. Counterproductive. I really want to focus on my eating this month, and lose at least 3kg before my birthday celebration (October 15).

De-stress as much a possible
September promises to be a hectic month for me. On top of my full-time job, I have birthdays, course workshops, work experience and commitments galore. As someone who handles stress horrendously, I need to take as much relaxation time, just Jesse and I, as I can.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Finds.

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

\\  This pallet planter piece is too dang amazing.  //
\\  Is anyone else loving white and gold nail art as much as I am right now?  //
\\ That's right, Christie the vegetarian is in love with these adorable 'cheeseburger' cupcakes.  //
\\  Holy hell! Loaded Mediterranean street cart fries!  //
\\  A whole damn glass of Rosé jello shot? Yes, please.  //
\\  Oof! The simplicity of this elegant hairstyle kills me.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My Birthday Wishlist - Nobody Likes You When You're 23.

Thanks, Blink182.

What's that? "Your birthday isn't for months, Christie"?
Well, yes, it's true. My birthday is in October. On the eighteenth, to be specific, but you know what, guys? I think I did pretty well to wait until now to post this, rather than when it was actually drafted. We can all still be friends and you will never know that I'm actually a self-absorbed ass-hat who posts her birthday wishlist 6 months before her birthday month.

| I've read my entire bookshelf, so I'm more than keen to obtain (one) Maybe in Another Life. |
| The (two) Cocoa Contour Kit is available again! |
| Jeffree Stars' (three) Celebrity Skin, (four) Unicorn Blood and (five) Gemini Velour Liquid Lipsticks, please. |
| (six) NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in 'Chantilly'. |
| I'm the only person in the world without (seven) Naked3 which is by far my favourite. |
| I need a freakin' (eight) palette organizer. NEED! |
| All the Pandora charms, specifically the (nine) Oceanic, (ten) Libra and (eleven) camera. |
| MAC's (twelve) Please Me, (thirteen) Chili, (fourteen) Russian Red and (fifteen) Sin, kthx. |
| Freakin' (sixteen) Love & Gelato has been sold out at Dymocks for a lifetime now. Want! |

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 rosé 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?