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Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  Anyone currently in Autumn right now needs this ombre leaf backdrop in their life.  //
\\  I cannot get over the adorable-ness of these cactus mini cakes!  //
\\  I could deal with about five fig honey thyme prosecco smashes right now.  //
\\  This DIY vertical gold hoop photo display would look amazing in my hallway.  //
\\  I'm all about the tassel trend. These DIY statement tassels are a need.  //
\\  This DIY cactus pumpkin is the perfect balance between Spring (my season) and Autumn (most likely your season).  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

August Beauty Favourites

As a cream contour kinda gal, I hadn't found a brush that worked amazingly with cream products, so I had just been using my beauty blender to blend out my contour and calling it a day. Up until early July, that is. THIS BRUSH! I actually bought it as a last minute "meh" item to qualify for free shipping from Priceline, but it turned out to be the best thing I've ever done in my life. Not over exaggerating at all. The bristles are so tightly packed (yet still soft) that it works amazingly to seamlessly blend out my cream contour (sponges tend to sheer it out to nothing, soft, fluffy brushes tend to just spread it around). I only really use it for my contour, but I have played around with it and it does work well for foundation, too. The best part? It's so cheap! I highly recommend this brush, especially to beginners.

2. Too Faced Hangover Primer*
I was a little hesitant to try this after reading mixed reviews, but as this is marketed as a hydrating primer, I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try.. and I'm not mad about it. I like to apply this as a sort of base primer to hydrate and smooth out the skin before I go in with a little POREfessional on areas where my pores need disguising as Hangover is not a pore filling primer. It leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and ready for foundation, which glides on smoothly over my base. It contains skin-loving ingredients which help to revive lacklustre looking skin so I've actually even used this on its own - no foundation, just a little concealer, on work days when my skin is looking a little.. blegh to refresh my complexion and leave me with a healthy looking glow. I'm a fan of the sweet, yet subtle, coconut-ty scent and the handy pump mechanism, too.

3. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
After having heard rave reviews about The Ordinary's skincare range from basically everyone on planet Earth, I decided to get this little baby during Priceline's 40% off skincare sale. I use it before my usual moisturiser, basically how you would use a serum, and let me tell you: the hype is real! It has quite a thick consistency, which surprised me at first, especially considering that you deposit the product on to your face using a pipette but despite the consistency, the product quickly absorbs in to the skin without leaving any sticky or unpleasant residue behind. It just leaves my face feeling soft, moisturised and plump. This has honestly been a life saver for my dry, flaky skin. I highly recommend it (it's so cheap!) if you have a drier skin type.

You guys! This lipstick! I adore ABH liquid lipsticks - they all have such an amazing formula! So incredibly long lasting - I get a good 5 hours at least of wear before it starts to fade, and when it does fade, it fades nice and evenly, almost like a stain, not crumbly and patchy as many formulas do. The formula can be a little drying on my dry lips, but nothing a little lip balm can't combat and definitely not as bad as some of the other matte lipsticks that I've tried in my days. I have a few shades, but I've been loving "Strawberry" lately. Such a pretty coral-y, melon-y, warm red colour that is perfect for the Summertime.

5. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
Why does Australia have to wait months and months for new release products? WHY?! I finally got my keen little hands on the Naked Heat palette the day it was released here in Australia and I'm sososo in love with it. I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it by now so I'll keep it short and sweet: the colours are amazing and super pigmented. The formula is great; there is a little (nothing crazy) fall-out, but that is to be expected of such a finely milled and pigmented eyeshadow, and I've created so many looks with this palette already. If you're after a warm-toned palette, this is definitely worth the buy in my opinion

What beauty bits are you 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. :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  So, here's how to make your own sprinkles. You're welcome.  //
\\  This DIY pom-pom basket is kind of FREAKIN' ADORABLE!  //
\\  How amazing would this DIY bead chandelier look in your home?!  //
\\  How cute (and healthy) is this rainbow fruit pizza?!  //
\\  The complete DIY rose bath bomb bars kit right here.  //
\\ Yes to all of the bourbon chai caramel milkshakes!  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, September 4, 2017

August Look Back and September Goals

A look back at August's goals:

Get the front and back yards underway
"You may have read about my aversion to the constant sweeping that I've been doing lately, so it's no surprise that goal numero uno this month is to get a damn yard to cover up all of that sand."
Tick: You have no idea how good it feels to look outside and see something other than sand. To not sweep ninety times a day.

Spend less time fussing about the house
"From the moment I get home until the moment I fall asleep, I'm either unpacking, cleaning, organizing or fussing about the house in some way and Jesse has already complained. What is the point of living together if we can't both enjoy it? I plan on being more present in the time that we do get to spend alone together."
Cross: I tried, I really did. I think that I'll relax more after the house warming (sorry, Jesse).

Get back in to my gym routine
"With all that has been going on, I've been forgoing the gym in favour of getting house-related stuff done before bed, which is understandable, but I've learnt that once I get out of routine, I really get out of routine and it's extremely difficult to motivate myself to start again. The sooner I can get back in to my old routine, the easier it's going to be."
Cross: I wasn't even close to accomplishing this goal. Oops.

Find a Fathers Day present
"Fathers Day falls in September here in Australia, and as the worst present buyer in the world, I need all of the time I can get otherwise it's back to the usual leave-it-too-late-then-panic-the-week-of routine."
Tick: Worst daughter in the world crisis averted.

Goals for September:

Walk more
I had every intention of exploring our new neighbourhood when we first moved in. We're surrounded by parks and there's a nice little café down the road, but two months later and I haven't so much as walked around the block, let alone to the park. With the weather finally starting to warm up (YAY Spring!) I'd definitely like to spend some time walking around my new hood

I've always loved to bake, but I haven't baked something in SO long, you guys. Our spiffy new(ish) oven is just calling for a big ol' cake, or a batch of muffins, or some cookies, or any damn thing. Berries are starting to come in to season, too. There are so many possibilities!

Take more photos
There was a time that my camera was permanently attached to my hand. This hasn't been the case lately. In fact, I can't remember the last time I took a photo of anything (in case you didn't notice how MIA I've been on Instagram recently). I'd definitely like to start capturing moments again, and I'm always down to improve my photography skills whenever I can. Perhaps on these walks.

Meal plan
I'm the kind of person that can't have the same thing for dinner in the same two weeks. This makes dinner pretty difficult now that I'm living out of my parents' house. I usually have a semi-planned weeks worth of meals, but I'd definitely like to get to planning more effectively, preferably before grocery shopping day to avoid it feeling stressful and rushed (as per usual).

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  This floral hoop wreath is giving me all of the Spring vibes.  //
\\  I never thought I'd be excited about paper.. but this is a damn sheet of paper cake!  //
\\  I'm dying over these cotton candy pop tarts!  //
\\  This is the vegan grilled stone fruit sundae with salted caramel sauce of my dreams.  //
\\  Let's have a giant smore each, yes?  //
\\  These spicy honey pineapple wedges sound to die for!  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spring Inspiration Board

At the start of every new season, I like to create a sort of mood board and I think that my Spring instalment would have to be one of my favourite, if not my very favourite one because I've made it no secret that Winter is my least favourite season; the day that September rolls around is the day that I look the most forward to, because it marks the beginning of Spring. The beginning of new life, of warmer days and sunshine. Of pastel colours and sweet, floral scents.
I'm definitely at my most inspired come Spring:

What's inspiring you this season?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  Yes to all of the pink flamingo sugar cookies!  //
\\  I could deal with many-a bowl of this vegan "BLT" salad.  //
\\  How fun are these chocolate peanut butter beach thumbprint cookies, though?!  //

\\  Grilled peaches with lavender honey whipped ricotta sound so incredibly scrumptious.  //
\\  These punny lunch printables are here for all of your back-to-school needs.  //
\\  Um.. okay, guys. Freakin' apple pie marshmallows! I die.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Birthday Wishlist

Yes, I am aware that there are still months until my birthday - two to be precise, but like the narcissistic asshole that I am, this post has been sitting in my drafts since February. I think I did pretty well to wait until now to post this, to be honest.

If anyone wants to buy me a present (see items twelve and thirteen) because, y'know, kindness and all that, I wouldn't object. Promise.

One: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in either Fair Neutral or Light Neutral | Two: Electric spiralizer
Jeffree Starr Velour Liquid Lipsticks in Three: Pussy Whipped and Four: I'm Shook
Five: Fitbit Charge 2, in black | Six: Champagne and Seven: Music note Pandora charms
Eight: The Island - Elin Hilderbrand and Nine: Sleeping Arrangements - Madeleine Wickham
Ten: Vampire Diaries season 5-7 and Eleven: Pretty Little Liars season 7
A girl can dream about receiving Twelve: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM and Thirteen: Valentino Rockstud ankle strap pumps | Fourteen: Sigma brush cleaning mat

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  GUYS! Red wine marshmallows! Are you as turned on as I am right now?  //
\\  Okay, we need to take a minute to appreciate these rainbow macarons.  //
\\  Some garlicky sweet potato noodle "pasta" for dinner every night, please.  //
\\  I think I've died and gone to Prosecco doughnuts heaven.  //
\\  I'm I the only one who waited this long to jump on the space buns trend?  //
\\  These DIY tassel sandals are channelling all of the Summer.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Cost of my "Night-Time" Face

After publishing my recent The Cost of my Daily Face post, I was super interested to know just how much my "night-time" face cost. I tend to use predominantly drugstore products when it comes to my everyday face, saving the "good" products and brands for special occasions or nights out. Of course, the amount of make-up that I wear to a night out depends heavily on what I'm doing. This breakdown is of my general, fool-proof night-time face - the look that just works, no matter the season or occasion.

I've linked the stores that I personally buy each product from, prices vary slightly from retailer to retailer, obviously. All prices are in AUD.

I truly feel that a good make-up look (day or night) starts with good skincare, and I'm going to start off my saying: I know that my skincare routine may seem like a lot for some people, but dealing with my combination oily/flaky-dry, sensitive, intolerant skin (try saying that three times fast) requires so much effort, it's ridiculous. I've done so much research and have finally found a combination that works well enough to make my skin manageable (pls halp). I tend to take more photos with friends at night rather than during the day, so I like to give my skin the tools that it needs to look its very best.

After my shower, I start my skincare routine with a swipe of Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water ($24.99) over my face with a cotton pad to tone my skin, followed immediately with Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream* ($59.00). I've found that the baking I do later on in my routine works much better with a moisturised under eye area. I allow the eye cream to sink in for a minute before massaging a couple of drops of AVON's Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Lightweight Facial Oil ($17.00) over my face with my fingers, focussing on the front of my cheeks, the sides of my nose and my chin. Once the facial oil has absorbed, I spread a dollop of Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel ($24.99) all over my face, followed by a light layer of The Body Shop's Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream for Dry Skin ($28.00) and allow a minute for everything to sink in nicely.

The order in which I apply my make-up is a little convoluted. I suppose everyone has their own preferred order (the age old eyes before foundation vs. foundation before eyes debate, for example) and I've tried applying my make-up in every which way you can think of, but this is the routine that I've found works best for me.

I have quite large pores on the front of my cheeks next to my nose, so I like to really "push" a small amount of Benefit's The POREfessional Primer* ($53.00) in to the pores in that area (it sounds gross) to fill and blur them before smoothing a light layer of Too Faced's Hangover Primer* ($40.66 - converted to AUD), which is amazing to prime and hydrate dry skin, over my whole face. Next comes my Models Prefer Highlight ($9.99) and Contour ($9.99) Sticks (why don't these come as a set?!). I draw a few lines under my cheekbones, under my chin and on the "corners" of my forehead with the contour stick, and then draw a few more lines on the top and underside of my cheek contour, the middle of my forehead, my nose, and the middle of my chin with the highlight stick. I like to leave those lines to "bake" in to the skin while I do my eyes. I honestly have no idea if leaving the cream on for a while even makes a difference to the look of the contour versus to how it'd look if I immediately blended it in, but it's just what I do.

While my cream contour is "sinking in", I blend a little Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer ($18.95) under my eyes to cover dark circles as a concealer base. I say concealer base because it's not overly brightening; I use a more brightening concealer on top to lighten later on. I like to leave that to dry for a moment, so I'll define and fill in my brows with a mixture of Benefit's KA-BROW!* ($42.00) (to define and fill slightly) and Rimmel's Brow This Way Kit ($12.95) (to finish filling and set with powder) in the mean time. As I've mentioned before, I'm a foundation before eyes kind of gal, so next I apply Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation* ($54.00) (see my full review here) to my face with a damp beauty blender, blending out my cream highlight and contour as I go, and finish with a light spritz a little Australis Make-up Finishing Spritz ($15.95) to further hydrate and to meld the base products together and in to my skin for a less cakey finish.

Once my foundation is dry, I move on to eye shadow. My go-to look for a night out is a smokey eye and I usually reach for either the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette* or the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette* (both $48.00) to achieve it. Neither palette has very much fallout, so I don't have to worry about messing up my base too much. It takes me about 99 years to make a semi-satisfactory smokey-looking eye and after that, I'll line my bottom waterline with Rimmel's Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil ($8.95) and spend another 18 hours trying to create even-looking wings with Maybelline's HyperSharp Wing Liquid Liner ($17.95) on my top lash line. After that ordeal, I'll quickly set the eye liner on my waterline with any old black eye shadow that I have on hand (see my eye liner setting hack here) to keep it in place. Next I'll apply two coats of Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara ($21.95), which I actually prefer to most high-end mascaras. Whilst my lashes are drying, I draw and lightly fill in a triangle of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($44.00) under my eyes and let it sit there for a minute before I blend it out with my damp beauty blender. Whilst my under eyes are sitting, I pat any excess concealer left on my sponge on to my chin and the middle of my forehead to subtly highlight and then proceed to blend out my under eyes, cleaning up any eye shadow, eye liner or finger prints in the area as I go. I find that letting your concealer sit (a hot tip from Jackie) for a minute before blending means that the product has the chance to sink in to the skin before it gets buffed away, giving a more brightened result.

 Once I'm satisfied with my eyes, I lightly bake my under eye area with RCMA's No Colour Powder* ($27.00) to set that concealer down. I do have dry skin, so when I say lightly bake, I mean very lightly bake. While my translucent powder is doing it's thang, I move on to bronzing, dusting a very light amount of The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder ($25.00) under my cheekbones and the "corners" of my forehead before sweeping a mixture of the two bronzing shades from Too Faced's Cocoa Contour Palette* ($42.00) over the cream contour that I previously placed under my cheekbones to deepen and set the cream. I'll also bake under my cheek contour with a little more of the RCMA powder to make those bad boys pop even further. Once I'm agreeably snatched, I'll wipe away any excess bake with a clean, fluffy brush.

To put the final touches on the whole look, I start by applying a light dusting of Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($11.95) to the middle of my forehead, which is the only area of my otherwise desert-dry face that gets a little oily. Next, I brush a light sweeping of Benefit's Gimme Brow* ($39.00) through my brows to add a little volume. I enjoy a very subtle blush, so I'll apply a light sweep of Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Blush ($55.00) to the apples of my cheeks and then dust a generous amount of theBalm's Mary Lou-Manizer Highlighter* ($29.95) to the tops of my cheekbones, sweeping up towards my eyebrows in a curved shape, to my cupid's bow and the tip of my nose.

My lips are almost always coated in a pinky-brown nude shade. The brand and type of lipstick that I use all depends on what I'm feeling at the time, but for the most part, I usually opt for M.A.C. (although I love Jeffree Starr's liquid lipsticks too). I'll line an fill my lips with M.A.C.'s lip liner in the shade "Whirl" ($30.00) and then go over it with the lipstick shade "Velvet Teddy" ($36.00).

With a generous spritzing of Urban Decay's Cooling and Hydrating Setting Spray ($49.00) to set everything in place and remove any potential powdery-ness, I'm ready to hit the town.

Total cost = $897.22 AUD - Holy moly!
I was expecting the costing to be pretty high for this one considering that I break out the higher-end brands for a night-time look, but I am absolutely gobsmacked that this is how much it came down to. Of course, The actual cost of doing my face would be much less than this. This total indicates the price for a full-sized bottle /tube/whathaveyou of each product, rather than a breakdown of the cost of each individual squirt, dollop, gram, etc. that gets used on every look.

I really did enjoy writing this post. It was fun to discover exactly how much time and money goes in to being me. Discovering exactly how many products I use without really thinking about it did surprise me, but at the end of the day, I'm an avid lover of make-up and beauty - using these products and creating pretty looks brings me so much joy. Besides, I rarely have a special occasion or night out these days (#adultlife), so it's not like I'm spending this much time and money on my appearance every weekend (could you imagine?!). To me, this is all worth it.

What are some of your go-to make-up products or brands for a night out?

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. :)