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Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  Could somebody please make me a thousand rainbow frosted twinkies? Thanks.  //
\\  These gold drip nails are more than everything to me right now.  //
\\  This rainbow marbled ice cream recipe is what my homemade dreams are made of!  //
\\  Aren't these DIY gradient soap bars pretty?! Yes. The answer is yes.  //
\\  How freakin' good do coconut ricotta pancakes with strawberry syrup sound?!  //
\\  This DIY disco ball hanging planter is too fun for me to handle right now.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Month on Instagram - March 2017

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:

My cousin got married over the Labour Day long weekend so we opted to stay at a hotel in the city. Perth's views are beautiful, let me tell you.

I want to know what brand of bedding hotels use. I had the best night's sleep that night (and a terrible hangover the next day). 

Lady Latte in Scarborough, fellow Perthies, is absolutely amazing. I'm not just saying that because I know the chef, I'm saying that because that's where THIS beauty came from.

Remember that time when I made it my goal to find a pumpkin spice latte in Perth? Well mission accomplished! BOOEspresso is where it's at, guys.

Even though it was still a good 28 degrees Celsius that day, I was too excited to finally get to rock a blanket scarf during the appropriate season, seeing as we're in the beginning of Autumn.

My favourite hot chocolate ever comes from the cutest coffee shop in The Swan Valley, a 30 minute drive from my house. It's such a beautiful area, it's hard not to make a coffee run in to an adventure.

Did you see my recent Adore Beauty haul (with a cheeky discount for you)? I don't think there's anything better than coming home from work to a beauty parcel waiting at your doorstep.

How about my Priceline haul? I may have gone a little overboard with the online shopping lately. Or not. It depends who you ask. ;)

After last instalment's embarrassing lack of posts, I think I nailed the mini post-more-often-challenge that I set myself over March. Here's to the hopes of continued consistency over April!

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  Can you think of a better party appetiser than spinach and artichoke pull apart bread?  //
\\  Lets all make giant peeps marshmallows and love life.  //
\\  Look at how pretty these DIY crystal soaps are! LOOK!  //
\\  These Easter "fried egg" pavlovas are all I need in my life right now.  //
\\  Raise your hand if you cannot deal with this DIY kitty rice heat pack. *raises hand*  //
\\  Please, please, PLEASE make me a beach pudding cup.  //

Happy Friday (and happy Easter)!

Monday, April 10, 2017

March 2017 Beauty Favourites

One: Garnier Miracle Skin Cream
I wasn't sure what this actually did at first; the bottle has almost no information on it. I started using it as a moisturiser, then as a primer. After a little experimenting, I've deducted that this is basically a BB cream with a little SPF. It has shade adjusting pigments that do not offer a whole lot of coverage, and it doesn't hide imperfections but does blur them to an extent so it's great as a base for foundation or for those "no make-up" days. The reason that this made it on to my favourites this month, is because of the way my skin feels when I wear this. My face feels sosososo soft, smooth, firm, youthful - I can't help but constantly touch it, and it is super soothing on reddened or sensitive skin AND THE SMELL! It has the most beautiful rose scent, which I absolutely love. It claims to be anti-ageing over time, too.

Two: Nuxe Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Rêve de Miel*
I've mentioned so many times on the blog that I live in a constant state of dry lips, so I like to think of myself as something of a lip balm expert. This balm intrigued me with it's claims to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and damaged lips - ka-ching! It's super nourishing thanks to the goodness of honey and Vitamin E, is so long lasting, leaving my lips feeling soft and hydrated for a good chunk of the day. It's super thick, so I prefer to use it at night, although on super dry days, there's nothing that compares to the way that I feel after I slather it on. It smells wonderful, too - a sort of sweet, citrus-y scent which is so revitalising.

Three: Benefit Gimme Brow*
I think I'm about the only person who didn't immediately jump on the Benefit brow collection bandwagon. but I've been using this daily since my Adore Beauty haul. The medium shade matches my colouring so nicely and the waterproof formula is perfect for my full-day-of-work-followed-by-a-gym-session lifestyle. It's pretty damn smudge proof once it dries (and it dries fast), and I absolutely LOVE the fibres that attach themselves to the skin and hairs. They create such a textured, natural looking fullness whilst also helping to keep unruly hairs in place all day.

Four: Australis Liquid Strobe Illuminating Drops
I'm all about a good highlight these days.. I'm also all about the cream highlight and contour products, so this new addition to Priceline's stocks really piqued my interest. Now, you're either a fan of cream products, or you're not, so I understand that this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm really enjoying these. I picked up both shades - pink and gold and although I think I prefer the gold offering on my skin tone right now, they're both beautiful! I know that some cream products can accentuate any texture your skin may have. I, myself, do not have much (if any) texture so I cannot attest to how these stack up in that regard, but I will say that they have such a light, smooth texture that makes blending a dream. They're so versatile in the way that they can be applied to be blinding, sheered out to a luminous glow or mixed in with foundation to create an all-over glow. I'm such a fan of the little dropper, too! About 3 drops spaced over the tops of my cheekbones is more than enough to satisfy me.

Five: AESOP Geranium Leaf Body Scrub*
This was free sample that came with my recent Adore Beauty order that quickly turned in to a favourite of mine. This body scrub (although I really only use it on my legs, knees and elbows) is a gentle mixture of milled pumice and bamboo which exfoliates the skin beautifully, soughing away dry, dead skin without scratching or damaging the skin.. The ingredients act to calm, purify and disinfect the skin. It's a wonderful for the weekly deep-cleanse, or to use after shaving to help avoid ingrown hairs, leaving my skin super soft and ready to slurp moisturiser right up.

What beauty products or brands 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. Feel free to find and purchase the products mentioned elsewhere if you don't get down like that. :)

I will always disclose such information with an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  This boho-esque "romantic" braid is to-die-for.  //
\\  You can't get more basic than DIY Snapchat filter Easter eggs. I'm basic and I cannot lie.  //
\\  I'm going to make polenta "porridge" with berries and honey errday of my life from now on.  //
\\  Let's combine my two favourite things for DIY avocado Easter eggs!  //
\\  These pink bunny pancakes are the cutest thing I've ever seen!  //
\\  Can you think of anything more Spring than this fruit salad with poppy seed, ginger and lemon juice dressing? 'cause I can't.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Look Back and April 2017 Goals

A look back at my March goals:

Buy more furniture
"Our house is going up fast. While we are in no dire need for furniture right now, my organised self is not satisfied with the few bit and bobs we have ready to go. I'd definitely like to add some more pieces to our stash this month."
Tick: I didn't really have high hopes for this one, but I'm glad that we got a few more items ticked off the list for our soon-to-be home.

Eat better on weekends
"I do so well to eat right during the week but as soon as the weekend rolls around, that all goes out the window, which I'm 100% sure is why I'm not reaching my weight-loss goals. I'd like to completely eliminate all weekend take-out meals and unnecessarily snacking on junk food all month long. Sorry Jesse."
Cross: Oh boy. I didn't just fail this one.. I failed miserably. Oops.

Find a damn pumpkin spice latte
"In case you didn't see my mood board, we've just entered Autumn here, and I'm sad to admit that in my 23 years of life, I have never experienced this "pumpkin spice latte" thing that I see plastered around the internet come Autumn in the US. It's just not a "thing" here in Australia, but I'm determined to find one this season. DETERMINED!"
Tick (!!!): You guys! I'm so damn happy that I've finally got to sample the deliciousness that is a pumpkin spice latte. Well, a pumpkin spice chai latte, but that's the same thing, right? The best part of the story: the place that sells this elixir of life (the only one I've found in Perth) is a 3 minute walk from my office. WHAT?!

Learn how to use my camera's manual settings
"I have seen post after post after post about how much better photos turn out when you adjust the manual settings rather than leave it up to 'auto' to figure out. I've been interested in expanding my photography skills and knowledge for quite some time, but I'm usually in a rush (or can't be bothered) to nail out my photos and I constantly find myself falling back in to using the auto setting because it's that much easier. I'd definitely like to learn how to effectively use my camera's (Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1) manual settings this month and, in turn, improve the overall quality of my photos."
Cross: I think this is technically a fail.. I did do a whole lot of research online, instruction manual reading and fiddling around with my camera's manual setting, but did I learn how to use them? No, sir. No I did not. It all went straight over my head. Sigh.

Goals for April:

Commit to 1 hour of cardio, once per week
I've been committing to my hour long Thursday cardio session 2-3 out of 4 weeks of the month (in addition to my usual 3 days per week at the gym) for a little while now, and I've really noticed a difference in my appearance and fitness levels, but I'd really like to get it done every single Thursday this month. No exceptions. Now that I have the Zombies, Run! app (it's free and a great motivator - get it) on my phone, there should be no reason for me not to get it done.

Spring (Autumn) clean and sell anything unwanted or grown out of
I know this was one of my (failed) goals in February, but with the house build becoming closer to completion every day, I'd like to get rid of some bits and bobs from my closet and storage that I've either grown out of, no longer use or need, or just do not want anymore to make the move easier (and make some much needed moolah in the process).

Focus on finding a new job
I've enjoyed my time at this little accounting firm over the 6 years (holy moly) that I've been here, but since obtaining my Diploma of Events, I've found myself daydreaming about more. I, of course, am happy to stay here for as long as it takes, but I really want to get serious, knuckle down, and focus on starting a new chapter in my life with a job in Events Management.

Make more time for friends
Ugh. Just typing that out made me cringe. I feel terrible that I have to make this a goal, but to say that life has been busy lately would be an understatement. I've been turning down invitations to hang out and focusing my time and attention on our house more than anything recently. I definitely need to organise a few catch-ups with my friends soon.

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  I'm relaxed just thinking about these peppermint eucalyptus shower melts.  //
\\  How much fun (time-consuming, but fun) would DIY candy leis be?  //
\\  I can't get over these almost fully edible potted cactus macarons!  //
\\  Did somebody say s'more pizza?! I'm 100% in!  //
\\  How cute (and practical) is this DIY rainbow felt letter board?  //
\\  These DIY naturally dyed speckled eggs are too cool for me to handle.  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Drugstore Haul

Welcome to haul instalment 2 of 3. As I mentioned in my recent Adore Beauty haul post, I treated myself to some (much-bigger-than-planned) retail therapy a few weeks back and my Priceline order finally arrived to my doorstep after a little "due to high demand" delay.

I'm not going to lie, when Priceline announced their huge sale a couple of days after I received my goods, I basically cried myself to sleep but I mostly purchased products that I needed to re-stock, I believe there's a word for that, genius: repurchase so I suppose I can't be too upset.. you know how sales are: always selling out of what you want.

Here is what I bought:

Fit Me repurchase number thousand over here. I use this baby for the "daily" look, reaching for my trust NARS Radiant Creamy for special occasions. This does provide nice coverage of dark circles, but I tend to use this as an under eye brightener over the top of Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer, rather than a concealer on it's own as the light shade is amazing for that purpose. It's easy to apply with it's doe foot applicator and creamy formula allows it to spread and blend beautifully, leaving a dewier finish, all the while feeling so soft on the skin and not accentuating any dry patches.

I ran out of nail polish remover a few weeks back, so this was a necessity for me. There are a few different types of polish remover from Cutex (strengthening, acetone free, etc.), but I love how the nourishing offering conditions my nails as much as a product containing harsh acetone can.

La Roche-posay Toleriane Riche
I have been on the hunt for the right moisturiser for me for years and years. I cannot explain to you how painful finding something that works for me has been, so I'm super excited to give some La Roche-posay a try after several blogger recommendations. This is geared towards dry, sensitive skin types which I'm hoping won't be too much on the 'normal' parts of my dry/normal combination, sensitive skin (try saying that five times fast) which can get a tad oily when too much moisture is absorbed in those areas.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
This is probably my fourth repurchase. I just LOVE this moisturizer. It's a gel that has such a clever formula that continuously releases moisture throughout the day without going too far and leaving the skin looking oily and blegh. It has such a refreshingly light and non-sticky texture that my skin slurps right up. My dry patches have been getting the nourishment they need and my skin looks nothing but supple when I wear it. The scent is lovely. It actually reminds me of jellybeans and does not irritate my sensitive skin like many fragrances tend to.

Essie Nail Polish in 'Blanc'
I've always been a fan of the how chic white nail polish looks and I've had my eye on this exact polish for so long but never actually bought it. Essie, as we all know, is an amazing polish brand so this was a no-brainer to add to my cart to bump up the price up to qualify for free shipping.

I have about 400 make-up brushes but most of them are face brushes. My eye brush collection is seriously lacking - I do not have a fluffy one that is amazing at blending eye shadow in to and over the crease other than the trusty brush that comes in Urban Decay's Naked palettes. I definitely wanted to have one on-hand without the need to dig through my palettes. You can see the quality of this brush just by looking at it and it's narrow, tapered design should make applying shadow to my crease a dream.

I bought this brush to be used as more of a general blender on the lids and/or packing brush. Upon receiving it, it does look as though it may be a tad too sparse in the bristle department to be used effectively as a packer, but it is nice and fluffy, so it should still make a lovely blender.

All in all, I'm more then happy with my little haul (despite the fact that I paid non-sale price for it) and I can't wait to give the few products that are new to me a try.

Are there any products here that you'd like to try for yourself?

Stay tuned for my (soon to arrive) American brand haul!

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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  These DIY crystal planters are amazing!  //
\\  These DIY gold splatter plates are so pretty and so easy to make.  //
\\  Someone please bring me a plethora of fruity pebbles French toast.  //
\\  Look at these macaron cheeseburgers and sugar cookie fries! I'm done.  //
\\  This easy AF messy buns tutorial speaks to the lazy girl that I am.  //
\\  Can we all take a moment to appreciate these rice krispie treat cones?  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beauty Empties #6

I'll admit: I've been pretty lazy in the past when it came to the collating (read: taking photos) of my empties last year, I just held on to everything until a day where I could be bothered (never) but LOOK AT ME NOW! It's been about two months since my last (huge) empties post and I'm not going to lie, I feel pretty accomplished. How long regular these posts will be from here on out? Who knows but for the time being, let's all celebrate me being substantially less lazy than usual by going through my trash. We're all friends here. Besides, it's not actually a weird thing to do in the beauty-blogging world. Right? Guys?!

This is the first cleanser that I've found that works for me! As you've probably read 4,000 times on the blog, finding a cleanser that works on my dry/normal combination, sensitive skin was hard. I bought this after a recommendation from a few of my blogger pals as it's formulated for dry and sensitive skin. The texture is luxuriously milky - it feels more like you're putting moisturiser on rather than a cleanser. It's creamy and gentle, yet still manages to break through makeup and grit, leaving my skin feeling fresh and more supple than any cleanser I've tried, I guess due to the vitamin E. Because it is so gentle, I can use it to remove my eye makeup without burning the shit out of my eyes, and it's pretty effective at doing so, but I'm also not sure how deeply its cleansing my pores, so I still like to perform a deep cleanse once a week. Whatever the case, it seems to work wonderfully, leaving my face feeling soft and fresh, and less dry than ever.

Repurchase? I already have. The bigger, pump bottle this time.

Though alcohol-based astringents are rather harsh on the skin, I've been using this lil' baby for years because it does THE BEST job of cleaning and refreshing the skin (when your cotton ball comes away brown and grimy, even after washing, you know it's clearing deep down in the pores) without leaving any residue behind. In regards to the 'blackhead eliminating' claims: I honestly don't see a difference when it comes to clearing those nasty things up, although it does get really deep down, so I suppose it's preventing any new ones from appearing - I certainly haven't had any new patches pop up.

Repurchase? I'm on to bottle 99999999999 right now.

I love, love, LOVE this gel moisturizer. It's got such a clever formula that continuously releases moisture throughout the day without going too far and leaving the skin looking oily and blegh. It has such a refreshingly light and non-sticky texture that my skin slurps right up. My dry patches have been getting the nourishment they need and my skin looks nothing but supple when I wear it. The scent reminds me of jellybeans, too, and does not irritate my sensitive skin, which is an added bonus.

Repurchase? Always

AVON Naturals Strawberry Body Yoghurt (no longer available)
 This truly does look and smell like yoghurt. It is a lovely, light all-over body moisturiser - pretty standard. It's kind of similar to The Body Shop's offering, only much less greasy (and somewhat cheaper). It sinks right in to the skin, providing sweet-smelling, hydration all day long without any "slimy" residue.

Repurchase? They've unfortunately stopped making this, otherwise I probably would.

Brittney Spears Fantasy Perfume *
This is an old scent, my gosh. I have about 50 perfumes sitting around waiting to use, so I decided to start using up my older ones first. We all know the scent: sweet and vanilla-y. It really took me back to my younger days. Unfortunately, the spritzer just kind of stopped working, so there was a little bit left in the bottle that I ultimately had to throw away.

Repurchase? Probably not. It's lovely, but my taste in perfume has matured somewhat.

Nip+fab Kale Fix Dry Skin Moisturiser
After years and years of painfully searching for the right moisturiser for me, this was probably the best one I'd tried to date. The concept of superfood for the face really intrigued me. I used it daily, which would be ideal for drier skin types (although I prefer a moisturiser with SPF for during the day), but if you're an oilier gal, this would be better used at night as it's a little on the thick side. Not at the thick, goopy, uncomfortable level, but thicker than your standard day-time moisturiser. I usually pair it with a drop or two of my rosehip oil before bed and it has truly done an amazing job at comforting my dry patches, and I truly do wake up with softer skin than I ever have before. I also very much appreciate the pump mechanism. The only thing I have a slight issue with, is the smell. It's not unpleasant, per se, it's.. well.. it's hard to describe. Like perfumed kale? Yeah. Not unbearable but definitely a surprise when I first used it.

Repurchase? I'm trying La Roche Posay's Toleriane Riche right now, but I would repurchase this if I decide that it works better.

AVON Glimmersticks Waterproof Eyeliner (Blackest Night)
I've been using this eye liner for longer than I can remember. I've tried so many others, and this is what I keep coming back to when I want a waterproof liner. It doesn't glide on as smoothly as smudgeable formulas (obviously) but if you're looking for solid lines that stay put all day - this is your liner. It doesn't work the best on the waterline, so I only use it on my top lash line, but it is waterproof, smudge proof, super black and retractable (goodbye, sharpening) which is all I'm after, really.

I always try my best to avoid face wipes, but I've always got a pack on my table on the rare occasion I'm feeling too lazy (drunk) to properly remove my makeup before bed. These are far more gentle than any other brand I've tried, and don't sting my eyes at all. Best of all, a tenderness I  usually get around my eyes when using wipes isn't present at all. They also do a surprisingly good job removing makeup - even waterproof mascara, which is always difficult for me to take off. The wipes do leave a slight residue behind, but it actually feels like a lotion - not greasy or sticky at all and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin unexpectedly soft and moisturised.

My lawd this is expensive! $70 will get you a pack of 5 sheet masks. Luckily I received a single mask in a subscription box a while back and completely forgot about it until recently. This is obviously geared towards more mature skin than what my 23 year-old self has as it claims to help reduce the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It did make my skin feel wonderfully soft, plum and radiant, though. A lovely little treat if I do say so myself.

Repurchase? Not likely. My skin just isn't in need of the benefits this offers.

There truly is nothing more soothing to me than being able to finally throw away a handful of empty products that I'd been holding on to for a while and hey! If you still haven't got your fix of snooping through others' rubbish (you weirdo), be sure to check my previous empties posts!

Is there anything here that you'd like to try for yourself?

As always, this post has not been sponsored by anyone, 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 one or two affiliate links. Feel free to find and purchase the products mentioned elsewhere if you don't get down like that. I will always disclose such information using an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.