Saturday, 26 April 2014


This post is inspired by the lovely Lillian from Parisian To Be, who recently made a post about her three minute makeup routine for the mornings when she is in a hurry. While I have not yet managed to whittle down my time to three minutes, I am able to do my makeup in about five minutes if need be. The time where I would do this routine the most would have to be on school days when I've slept through my alarm and am running late.

To start this routine I spritz by face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. When I'm in a hurry and don't have time to properly cleanse or moisturise my face (shhh! Don't tell the beauty regime police!) this facial spray is a perfect replacement as it's super refreshing and hydrating, thus preparing my skin for makeup. Next I use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 01 to cover any spots I may have and the darkness under my eyes. This popular UK brand was recently introduced in Countdowns around New Zealand and retails at a reasonable price range, (I am SOOO pleased Collection finally came to NZ!) Then to set this concealer and provide slight coverage on the areas of my face without concealer, I use the Nude by Nature mineral makeup in the shade fair. While this is a powder, it doesn't at all look dry on my skin. Then, to give my cheeks a flush of colour, I apply the Bourjois Cream Blush in the shade 01. Despite what one might think, this cream blush applies really easily over the Nude mineral powder.
Now onto eyebrows. I seriously envy those who can waltz out of the house without having to fill in their eyebrows, because I really don't like doing my eyebrows! It's probably down to the fact that It's always so difficult to get eyebrows even and I also have to be careful not to fill mine in too dark. But alas, I'm not blessed with perfect brows, so in order to give them some definition and feel more "put together", I lightly brush through Coquette by MAC and extend the ends out a little. Then all that's left to do is curl my eyelashes and apply mascara. The one I've rediscovered is the Maybelline Pulse Perfection. I love this mascara because it gives a really clean and crisp look and lasts all day without smudging.

And voila! My makeup is done! I'd love to know how long it takes you to do your makeup when you are in a hurry! I really do think that five minutes is my limit though, any faster and I'd surely poke my eyes out with my mascara wand.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Fresh and Natural Daytime Makeup

Yesterday I decided to film a tutorial for a really fresh and somewhat natural makeup look, again using the Chi Chi Classics palette as well as a few other items which I hadn't used for a while. I'm really sorry about the quality of the video, it looked fine during and after editing but as soon as I uploaded it to youtube, it lost a significant amount of the original quality. Please, if you can, view the video in HD mode as it makes a HUGE difference. On that note, if anyone knows how to fix the quality loss issue, please either comment below or email/tweet me. I just want to make high quality videos for you lovelies to enjoy!

For a full list of products used, check the description box!

I hope you enjoyed this video, and please leave any video requests in the comments (I do read them!) I Hope everyone has had a lovely day!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Autumnal Themed Wishlist

I am beyond excited by the fact that it is gradually getting colder here in New Zealand. The sky is going darker, earlier and that slight chill in the air is creeping in, which means I will soon be able to wear thick knits, boots, mismatched socks (because the aforementioned boots will conceal them) and scarves! I love Spring and Summer, but I do find myself inclining more towards the idea of layered clothing and fuzzy pyjama pants, which is odd, because I was born in February. Aaaannyway, I've gathered together a few things which are on my wish-list for this Autumn/Winter.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter Weekend!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Polish Profile: Sinful Colours in Easy Going

I'm pretty sure these nail polishes have been out in New Zealand pharmacies for a while now, so they are nothing terribly new. However, I only recently bought the shade Easy Going after reading very positive reviews of this brand on other beauty blogs. Because they only cost around $5, I initially thought that they wouldn't be the greatest quality, but I was wrong. The polish has a really lovely consistency (not too thin or thick) and layers nicely. In this picture, I have three layers on, but you could easily get away with just two. The polish doesn't dry to a tacky, rubbery finish like some cheaper nail polishes do, instead it dries quickly to a reasonably durable and shiny finish, (although to ensure it remains looking this way, finish with a top coat). I chose this colour, because I needed something that was neutral enough for school yet opaque enough that I wouldn't pick at my poor nails (Not sure if I've mentioned this, but I pick at and peel my nails when stressed and I'm not wearing nail polish...weird I know). It's the perfect pale pink colour. I'll definitely be purchasing more colours!

Have you tried the Sinful Colours range? What do you think of them?

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Hair Tutorial: Curls with VS Hot Sticks

Hello lovely readers, I'm on holiday now, so I will be blogging more often to compensate for the times when I haven't due to school assignments and general term time chaos. Today I wanted to create a tutorial on how I curl my hair. My hair is notorious for not holding curls for very long if I use a curling wand or straightener, but I find hot sticks create beautiful curls that actually stay curly! By the way, please excuse the unusual faces I make through out this tutorial....I clearly can't take myself seriously whilst posing for photos.
Okay, so the first thing you're gonna do is grab sections of your hair (If you want looser curls, grab larger sections). I like to do my sectioning fairly roughly as this is quicker and gives an overall "messier" and laid back look, but feel free to create neat sections.

After lightly brushing through this section with a brush or comb, grab the hot stick (after it's heated up obviously) and carefully (ie. without burning your fingers) wrap the hair section around the tube, making sure you tuck the very ends of the hair in, to avoid that awkward kink. Now simply wind up the section and secure.Repeat with remaining hair, grabbing equal sections to the first one.Now you will look like the last picture (if you live with others who may not understand what you are trying to achieve with these things attached to your head, reassure them that the final style will look considerably better than this). Wait for these hot sticks cool completely before taking them out.
Just before you take the sticks out, mist a little hairspray over each of the curls and wait a bit for this spray to dry. Next, one by one, carefully unroll each curl, (this is the best bit). The curls will be very tight when you first take out the sticks, so using your fingers, NOT a brush, gently pick apart each curl. After doing this, you may notice a few bits of hair may have "frizzed" up, so I use a little hair oil to smooth the curls and any baby hairs which may be sticking up. You can then finish with another mist of hair spray.

Please let me know if you enjoyed this tutorial and if there are any more hairstyle tutorials you'd like to see on here.

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