Sunday, 27 December 2015

DEWY SKIN FOR COMBO/OILY


Being a girl with combo/oily skin, the trend of dewy skin was never something I tried out all too often. The main reason for this is because a few hours after I apply my makeup, my skin tends to get shiny and instead of looking dewy, I just look like a person who's mid way through an oil cleanse.

Until somewhat recently, I would usually opt for a matte base to avoid the dreaded shine, but I've found out a method to achieve dewy skin even if you have an oily complexion or it is the middle of summer. I like to call this method, 'the selective glow.'

Now, this step may seem completely counterintuitive because we are aiming to avoid greasiness on the skin, not add it, but believe me, this works!
What you first need to do after you wash your face, is apply a moisturiser to alleviate any dry patches and generally even out your skintone before applying any make up on top. By moisturising the skin to start, you stop your skin from over producing oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. The moisturiser I've been using recently is the Every Morning Moisturiser by Goodness Skincare. I usually leave this to soak in a little bit before proceeding on with the next steps.

Then I pump out one pump of the Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer onto my fingers, and dot this onto my forehead, my nose and my chin, gently spreading it into the skin. Again, leave this to dry a little before using your usual foundation/BB cream/powder over top. You will find that the areas you applied the bourjois Primer will have a natural matte finish and it will stay that way for just about the entire day.

After i've applied my base products onto my skin, I then go in with Topshop's Glow Cream Highlighter and pat this on the top of my cheekbones, down the bridge and tip of my nose.

And there you have it! A really pretty dewy makeup look that those dealing with oily skin or warm weather can rock. The areas where you've 'highlighted' with the Topshop glow will look radiant and fresh and the areas where you applied the matte serum will remain matte and non-oily.

                 I'd love to know how you find this method of 'the selective glow' if you decide give                                                                                    it a go! 


Monday, 14 December 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


Sooooo, this is my first official Christmas post for 2015! Sorry this was only posted now, I've been so busy with work and haven't had the best lighting available to take my pictures.
Anyway, today I wanted to put together a Christmas Gift Guide post, because I've seen a lot of these floating around on other people's blogs and they can be really helpful if you're struggling to think of things to give as gifts. Let me know if you would like to see more specific Christmas Gift Guides, and I will try and get onto those!

Without further ado, here are some ideas for Christmas gifts/stocking fillers...

• A book that the person you are gifting to, has wanted to read.
• A baked treat (gingerbread men yummy) or lollies.
• Lush Helping Hands Hand Cream.



• Sinful Colours Nail Polish.
• A face mask (I love this Carbonated Bubble Mask by Elizavecca Milky Piggy- stay tuned for review).
• A small selection of Make up brushes, (these are really nice to get for someone who may just be starting out with make up and wants to build their kit).
• Topshop Powder Blush (Their blushes are really pigmented and affordable).
• Topshop Matte Lip Bullet (Again, super high quality and affordable).
• A Lush Bath Bomb or Bubble Bar.









What are some of your gift ideas? I'd love to hear them!


Friday, 11 December 2015

BOOKS • READ/CURRENTLY READING

Hello everyone, it's been a while since I've done a book post, but seeing as the university year has finished for me, I've had a bit more time to finish some books I started as well as start some new ones. Today I thought I'd share with you 4 books, 2 of which I have read, and 2 which I am currently reading.

READ//

I finished reading It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini at the end of last month and I really enjoyed it. When you think of books that deal with the topic of depression and suicide, you may often think of books that are really sad, but this book wasn't. Vizzini manages to tackle the sometimes taboo subject of Clinical depression with his funny and engaging way with words. I found this book very easy and quick to read, so if you would like a quick read, with a different storyline to all the other YA fiction out there, definitely give this one a go.

I first heard about The Grownup by Gillian Flynn from many people on Goodreads who were giving it very good reviews, so knew that I had to read it for myself. Being a short story, it took be only a couple of hours to read, but by the end I felt I had read a full novel, with just how much Flynn managed to fit in the space of 64 pages. (It is weirdly satisfying starting and finishing a book so quickly). I can't really talk too much about the plot because I don't want to spoil it too much, but essentially, it is very creepy and I think everyone should read it! And if you do, let me know what you thought.

CURRENTLY READING//

I started reading the Domesticated Brain by Bruce Hood around the end of October, however I didn't get too far before putting it down to start something else. The reason being is not because it is not interesting, but because it was covering a lot of the same stuff that I was studying for my Philosophy exam. I had started reading this during my study breaks but then I realised when I was reading this, I was essentially doing philosophy revision which is what I wasn't supposed to be doing during these 10 minute breaks! I hope to start reading this again soon, because I really want to get into the book more as I've heard great things about it.

The most recent book that I started reading is Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, which is about a secret Vermeer painting, and how it came to be in the hands of it's current owner (among other things I'm sure, but I've only just started). Because I've only just started reading this, so I can't say I'm really into it yet, but I think once I read further, I will enjoy it more. I initially picked this book up, because I really like Vermeer's work and reading a book about his work sounded right up my alley. I'll be updating how I find this on my Goodreads, so if you want to hear what I think, head over and give me a follow/add me as a friend.

What have you read/are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?

Monday, 7 December 2015

SYDNEY MINI HAUL


I am quite surprised that during my trip to Sydney, I didn't actually buy too many things! I am trying to be more conscious about my purchases because sometimes I feel like I just buy things because they look good in the moment, but I don't really get much use out of it. I thought I'd shade with you the small collection of things I purchased in Sydney.

When I go to Sydney, one of the places I spend most of my time is at Priceline Pharmacy. This trip was no different. From Priceline, I purchased the Eco Tools Domed Bronzer Brush, which I have been using to apply my mineral powder each day. Previously I had been using my Real Techniques Buffing brush to apply mineral makeup, but I feel in comparison to the Eco Tools brush, it was depositing too much product onto my skin, which could at times, look a little cakey. I've been loving this domed brush because it is so big, which makes applying makeup SO much faster in the morning!

Another Priceline purchase is the Cinta Colour Highlight Shampoo in the colour Auburn. As you know, I now have red hair, and one of the problems with having red hair is that it fades incredibly fast. I had read multiple reviews on this product, and every one I saw had nothing but good things to say about it, so I knew that I had to give it a go. I must admit, I actually went and bought two more bottles of this shampoo after trying out the one that I bought. It is a colour depositing shampoo that really helps to cover any ashy regrowth and give more vibrance to red hair. There is a few other colours in the range, so if you have the chance, I'd definitely give them a go.

The final Priceline purchase that I made was the Models Prefer Matte Moisture Lust Lip Tint in the colour Caramelised Dessert, which I talk about in this post.

The next couple of things I picked up are from Target, which is one of my favourite stores in Australia! From Essence I bought the Sheer and Shine Lipstick in the shade 02 Cute Nude, which I must admit, smells awful! But is a really pretty soft nude colour. I also picked up the Gel Look Plumping Topcoat which I have tried before, and really loved.

The last thing I purchased from Target is the NYX eyebrow pencil in the colour Brown. With having red hair, I've had to change up the colours I use on my eyebrows and my previous colour was too ashy for my warmer toned hair. I swatched this, and it looked to be the best matched tone for my new hair (even though there was an auburn shade, it looked a bit too light). After I've gotten used to using it, I might post up a review if you would be keen(??)

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them! I'd love to hear from you!



Saturday, 5 December 2015

MAC'S TWIG LIPSTICK DUPES (MID-RANGE AND INEXPENSIVE)


Hello again lovely people! A few months ago, you might remember I wrote a post on the new lipstick I bought from Mac called Twig. It's a beautiful rose brown lipstick that I think looks really nice against my pale skin and red hair. Now, being a Mac lipstick, it isn't exactly cheap, so I am always on the lookout for similar coloured lipsticks to Twig, without the $40 price tag. I came across these two lipsticks which I think are veeeerrrryyyy similar to Twig, so I thought I would show you some side by side comparisons. See what you think...


From top to bottom: Twig by MAC, Seductive Sienna by Revlon (Mid-range) and Caramelised Dessert by Models Prefer (Inexpensive).

From these swatches you can probably tell that all three lipsticks share that lovely dusty rose undertone, which I think is a really flattering colour on most people. The colour by Revlon is probably the most matte formula out of the three and is slightly darker than Twig. That being said however, it looks almost identical on the lips. The Models Prefer lipstick is one that I recently picked up for around $8 in Sydney, and it is marketed as a matte formula also. While it is matte, I do find the formula to be a little more moisturising and the colour payoff to be not as strong as the aforementioned two, but it is still such a lovely lipstick that I know I will be reaching for often. Again, this colour looks very similar to the other two once on the lips.



If there are any lipstick colours you'd like me to try and find a mid-range and inexpensive dupe for, please let me know in the comments below. I have way too many lipsticks, so I feel I could help other people find an affordable option for lipsticks that may be on the pricey side.

I hope you have all had a lovely week and I'd love to know what you are all planning to do these Christmas holidays!




Wednesday, 2 December 2015

QUICK UPDATE FROM SYDNEY

Hi lovelies!
I am currently in Sydney, hence the reason there are no posts up at the moment. I hope to schedule some posts to go up once I'm back, as I will be back at work in about a week. I don't know how many people actually read my posts anymore, but to those that do, thank you for sticking around and I shall have some Christmas posts up for you soon!

Stay wonderful!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

BRAND FOCUS • GOODNESS SKINCARE


Hello dear readers! Today I have for you a review of a couple of products from the skincare brand Goodness! 
The Goodness range contains ingredients such as avocado, coconut and chia oils, which aim to leave the skin nourished, hydrated and plumped. All the things I want from skincare products!

I was very kindly sent the Grab and Go Goodness set, which contains wee sample sizes of all the products they currently have in the Goodness range.

EVERY EVENING CREAM//
This thick night cream is to be applied after cleansing, to lock in the skins moisture, leaving your complexion hydrated and plump in the morning. I'm rather mixed on this night cream because sometimes I feel that instead of hydrating my skin and sinking in over night, it instead sits on top of my skin, leaving it a bit greasy. Because of that however, it can work rather nicely when my skin is particularly dry. I think this night cream might be better suited to someone with drier skin than I have, but if you have combination skin, it could still work for you!

EVERY WEEK FACE SCRUB//
This face scrub is designed with powdered pumice to give your skin a gentle exfoliation without any irritation. I'm a big fan of face scrubs, so I was very excited to try this out. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. It is recommended to use this every week, but because it is really gentle on the skin, I think you could get away with using it up to twice or three times a week. For that reason, I feel this facial scrub would be suitable for any skin type. Besides leaving my skin looking bright and feeling fresh, I adore the scent of this product! To me it smells of what I'd imagine having dinner outside beside a lemon tree in Italy, would smell like! Now if that's not a weirdly specific scent description, I don't know what is!

EVERY MORNING MOISTURISER//
Like the rest of the range, this moisturiser contains Chia seed oil which I was a little worried about, because I didn't want this moisturiser to leave my skin feeling greasy, especially if I was going to put this on underneath my make up. I'm glad to report that it didn't leave me greasy in the slightest. I applied this onto my skin after I had washed my face, and let it sink in for a few minutes before I applied my BB cream. By the time I applied my make up, the moisturiser had sunk into my skin, leaving me with a plumped and radiant complexion.  

EVERY DAY CREAM CLEANSER//
This cream cleanser does a really nice job at gently cleansing the skin without stripping away the skins natural oils, whilst at the same time, removing any remaining bits of make up. After using this, my skin feels really nice and fresh. If used in the morning, this product helps to waken up and plump up the skin, ready for the day ahead. Because it is an incredibly non-offensive cleanser, I think this would suit both dryer skin types as well as combo/oily skin types.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC CHIA SEED OIL//
This is honestly the cutest little sample size I've ever owned! Look at the tiny pipette! I actually own the larger version of this oil as well, so I've have used this a lot! I use this oil at night, because it does leave your skin a little shiny, and I like to think it works better if left over night to sink into the skin. I personally use only a little bit and pat it onto my skin before gently massaging it into my face, paying particular attention to around the sides of my nose and my chin, as this is where I get dry patches of skin. This is what I would call a lighter facial oil, and I reach for this when I want hydration, but I don't want anything too heavy on my skin.

If I had to pick my favourite product from the Goodness range, it'd have to be the Every Week Face Scrub, simply because I love a good scrub, and the smell is amazing! Honestly, if you don't buy it, at least have a sniff of this product in store!

Check out the range on the Goodness website 

Have you tried out the Goodness range yet? What is your favourite product?
Also, what is your favourite scented skincare product? Can you beat my weird scent description??? 



Wednesday, 18 November 2015

SPRING/SUMMER OUTFIT PICKS



I'm not sure about you, but I always find this sort of transitional weather rather difficult to dress for. In the morning it is very cold, so I would wear my thick tights or jeans and a cosy knit, however, later in the afternoon, it begins to significantly warm up and I end up boiling in my outfit! I finally think I've worked out a good outfit for those awkward days where you're not quite sure what to wear. 

TOP// 
As most of you probably know, I have a crazy amount of striped shirts. I love horizontal stripes in particular, because they even out my smaller upper body. When I go shopping for t-shirts and tops, I often go for the more masculine style cut because I actually prefer the shape of the neckline and torso of mens t-shirts as opposed to womens. I also like that they run in bigger sizes.

Recently, I've also really gotten into wearing Raglan shirts, because I love the contrast of the panels. These sorts of shirts are also really nice because, similarly to the striped shirts, they can be worn with anything.

In terms of jumpers, I often keep a very light, fine knit folded up in my handbag for when it might get a bit chilly.

BOTTOM// 
Denim skirts are one of my favourite items of clothing at the moment, because they can provide a break for the eye, when the rest of the outfit is predominantly black. Denim skirts are great in particular because they are really sturdy, meaning that they don't fly up in the wind like other skirts do, which great to not have to worry about! I also think they are such a flattering look on anyone.

BAG// 
I used to only ever like to carry around a tiny handbag, that could just barely fit my wallet and phone in, but with going to uni everyday, I wanted a bag that I could use both for school and going out and about. I find tote style bags are the best and most practical option for me. When I first started carrying around a tote bag, I did feel a little like a mother (nothing against mothers, you guys are rad), but that soon subsided and I would be lost without it! They carry so much stuff!!!

SHOES//
I am in LOVE with these white sneakers from Rubi Shoes. They are the most comfortable things I have ever worn! They are really nice for summer because they don't absorb heat like black shoes do, so my tootsies can remain nice and cool throughout the day.

ACCESSORIES// 
I hate being caught out without my sunglasses, so I try to make sure I always have a pair in my bag. I switch between a couple of pairs, but I generally prefer a vintage style, tortoise shell pair.

In Spring and Summer I like to wear lighter, more fresh looking colours on my lips. I almost always reach for the lipstick in the shade Violet Mousse by Karen Murrell because it is the perfect, my lips but better shade. It's also super moisturising so there is no need to layer lip balm underneath or over top.

What is your go to Spring/Summer outfit? I'd love to hear everyone's different styles!


Friday, 13 November 2015

AN UPDATE


Hello all! I haven't done a blogspot in over 2 weeks and I am very very sorry about that. As you probably know, for the past few weeks I had been studying for my exams, and for that reason, I have found it very difficult to put up any posts. Not because I didn't have time, (I did have a bit of free time where I could've posted something) but it's just that I didn't feel particularly motivated or inspired to post. And as you know, I will not just post something on here for the sake of posting it.

Anyway, I thought I'd do a little update post, letting you know what's been going on for the past month or so.

First and foremost, I have finished my first year at university!!!! While you may remember my post towards the start of my first year of uni, gushing about how much I loved it, it has also been one of the hardest years of my life. While I like to think my friends have pretty much stuck around, I do feel like some have drifted off which does make me sad, but at the same time, I have met so many other wonderful people this year and I wouldn't change that for anything. It has been strange getting used to the teaching at uni, as it is significantly different from school. At the art school I go to, most of the tutors are practicing artists, some of whom are very well known in the NZ art scene. All I am going to say is some artists are veeeeerrrryyyy into themselves and need to just chill for a bit. These last few weeks of art school have been incredibly tough for me due to unforeseen circumstances, which I won't go into, but overall, I feel I have learnt a lot about the art world, and especially my own art practice. Bring on second year!

Also, I managed to score myself a Christmas job!!! A few weeks ago, I went for the group interview which was and still is one of the scariest things ever, but weirdly enough, I managed to get it! I'm going to try my best to get a bunch of posts pre written and scheduled during the time I will be working, so if all goes to plan, posts shall just miraculously upload regularly!

I thought I'd also update on the hair situation, because, well... why not? Currently still a redhead and loving it, though I have been missing my blonde hair, so I'm thinking in a few months time, it may make a come back! I'm interested to see how my red hair lasts this summer as I've heard sunlight significantly fades the red pigment! Eeeep!

I'm currently in bed writing this, thoroughly drugged up on cold medicine and antibiotics, with a chapped upper lip/nose, so that's great, but I think I've past the worst of it, and should be better soon!

I hope you all are well, and are staying sun safe! Please let me know if there are any particular posts you would like to see on here, and I shall get on with writing those in the next couple of weeks!

Stay wonderful!



Monday, 26 October 2015

BATH BOMBS




I've always been a big fan of bath bombs. Ever since I was little, I loved the moment when I got to put one of those foamy, fizzly lumps into the bath water, and watch in awe as it dissolved right in front of my eyes. I think this interest probably stemmed from my love of putting sachets of sugar into my dads coffee, watching the tiny granules slowly sink under the milk froth. It was so mesmerising to me, and frankly, still is!
I didn't use bath bombs often when I was little, only occasionally getting them for Christmas or birthday gifts, which I think is why they are such a special thing to use. Now that I can buy them for myself, I still only use them sparingly because I don't want the novelty of using them to wear off. 
I tend to reserve my bath bombs for when I am in desperate need of relaxation. Lush bath bombs in particular never fail to alleviate a miserable mood with their beautiful scents and skin softening properties. 
I recently went to Lush to have a look at some of their new releases, and ended up walking out (paying for them of course) with two new treats. I purchased the Blackberry Bath Bomb, which I bought because it smelt like a family friend's house (is that weird?) and I also bought the Avobath bath bomb to help relieve the dry skin i've been getting on my legs.
Because Lush bath bombs are quite big, I tend to cut each one into 2 or three, thus maximising the number of baths I can get out of one bath bomb. Score! It also helps me to justify my 'need' to buy them!
All in all, I don't think I'll ever stop buying bath bombs, as they are just too magical to not use.

Do you like to use bath bombs? Which scents are your favourite?

Thursday, 8 October 2015

20 BLOG POST PROMPTS


Whenever I come up with a blog post idea, I immediate write it down in the notes app on either my phone or computer to refer back to, if I'm struggling with what to write in a post. Here are 20 blog post prompts that might help you when the ideas are wearing thin.

1. What's in my make up bag?
2. 5 minute make up routine.
3. Holy Grail product.
4. favourite movies/books.
5. Pamper night essentials.
6. Room tour.
7. Brand focus.
8. Advice to my younger self.
9. How to take good blog photos.
10. Studying Tips.
11. How to find your personal style.
12. Spend vs. Spurlge.
13. Follow me around.
14. Fashion/Beauty wishlist.
15. Favourite lipsticks/nail polishes for Spring/Summer, Autumn, Winter.
16. Night routine.
17. Celebrity inspired make up look.
18. One item of clothing, 5 outfits.
19. Opinion on a beauty trend.
20. Fitness Routine.


Monday, 5 October 2015

#CAMPAIGN4CLARITY WITH NOURISH SKINCARE


Today I'm wanted to bring your attention to a campaign that was recently brought to my attention, called #Campaign4clarity. 'Organic' has been a buzzword in a lot of skincare products over the years, and these days, it seems like every product claims to be 'all natural' and better for you than their non-organic counterparts. What most people don't realise, (including me until a few weeks ago) is that there is currently no legal standard in place for organic beauty products, meaning that products that contain very little or even no organic ingredients can label themselves as organic! 
Being someone who prefers to know what I'm putting on my skin, (like most other people) it worries me that companies can simply stick a label on their product, and essentially lie to their consumers and say that their products don't contain any nasty stuff when in actual fact, they very well might.

Nourish Skincare has teamed up with Campaign for Clarity in order to help spread the word about the need for certification of organic beauty within the industry. They recently contacted me to ask if I would like to try out their Kale Enzymatic Kale Exfoliator*, and of course I was very keen, because who doesn't like to try out new products? Especially when you can be assured they are (the real deal) organic!

This exfoliating cleanser is an interesting texture because it's not gritty like most exfoliators. Instead the texture reminds me a little of a homemade oatmeal scrub. Because of that, it is very gentle, and doesn't irritate the skin at all. That being said, it still does a fantastic job at sloughing off dead skin.
This product can be used as an exfoliating cleanser or a face mask, depending on your preference. I personally use this more as a cleaner because I find for my skin type, it works better that way, but it's completely up to you how you use it.
Unlike some exfoliators, this doesn't dry out my skin in the slightest and the addition of kale, (ooh trendy!) helps to improve the suppleness of my complexion.
If you haven't already tried this product, I'd really recommend it, as it really seems to have improved the condition of my skin and I hope will continue to do so the more I use it!

Campaign for Clarity aims to reclaim the organic and show the beauty industry that 'green washing' products for the sake of sales is simply not on. Join me in the #Campaign4Clarity!

What are your thoughts on 'Organic' skincare? 



Thursday, 1 October 2015

AN AWESOME NIGHT IN


While some people's idea of a fun night is going out to clubs and bars,I often much prefer to stay in and potter away at things by myself.  For me, taking the time to unwind in the evening is really beneficial. If I don't have time alone every once in a while, my energy levels significantly drop and I start feeling really overwhelmed by everything, (an introvert in a nutshell).


The first thing I'll usually do to start my night in, is wash my face with whichever cleanser I am currently using. Then I'll often pop on a face mask, before  hopping into a bath with a nice smelling bath bomb or some bubbles, (I have a big bag of Lush bits and pieces, which I will just reach into and grab something that takes my fancy!) Sometimes I'll also apply a hair mask while I'm in the bath to make my hair feel and look oh-so-smooth.


After I've had a good soak in the tub, I will dry off and apply a body lotion/body butter to lock in moisture, before changing into my (favourite panda) PJs. Next I choose which movie I want to watch - I love all kinds of genres, but I think my favourites would have to be thriller, weird/quirky and comedy. And that's me all set for the rest of the evening!

My 'Awesome Night In' is very low-key, and I know to some, it won't seem very interesting at all, but I personally really like having these little nights in to myself because they definitely keep me somewhat sane! 

What's in your 'awesome night in' routine? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, 28 September 2015

THE TROUBLE WITH HAVING FRESHLY DYED RED HAIR...


As you know, I've had red/ginger hair for a couple of months now, which I have been loving! However, after re-dying my hair a couple of times since the initial change of colour, I have noticed the trouble I've been having in regards to doing my make up. While I adore freshly dyed hair, the first 1-2 days after re-dying my hair, I often find it unusually difficult doing my make up! These first couple of days, my hair is it's brightest, and it reeeaaallly throws of my judgement in foundation colour, eyebrow colour and lipstick. My foundation will look either too pink toned or too yellow toned, depending on the foundation I use, my eyebrows feel too dark or not red toned enough, (I have to change the way I fill them in) and certain lipsticks make me look slightly 'off.' Despite having re-dyed my hair a couple of times now, I still feel odd doing my make up that first and second day! 

I was wondering if any of you who dye your hair experience this? Or am I just completely weird and I am the only one who feels this way? Either way, let me know in the comments! I hope you are all having a great start to the week! I start my performance art/time-based course at uni this week, and quite frankly, I am terrified!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF



▹ Wanting time alone isn't a bad thing. I know you don't understand why you feel this way, but it's called being introverted and a lot of other people feel this way.

▹ Don't waste your time on 'toxic people'. While it may not feel like it all the time, you deserve loving and supportive friends.

▹ You CAN make money from your artwork. Keep working hard.

▹ Wearing 'dangly' hair-clips as earrings hurts! Don't do it!

▹ Don't feel you have to justify everything to everyone.

▹ Your love for Ginger Kisses will never cease.

What advice would you give to your younger self?


Monday, 21 September 2015

FOREVER REPURCHASE


We've all got those favourite products that we always end up coming back to sooner or later, so why not dedicate a post to these products that we will forever repurchase?

While I do tend to flip between a couple of products for the purposes of reviewing for you guys, there are a few beauty items that I find I often go back to simply because they work for me. It probably goes without saying, while these products work well for me and my skin, it doesn't mean they'll be a perfect match for you and your skincare needs, so please keep that in mind whilst I sing the praises of these products!

The first product I'm going to talk about is one that I came across maybe a year or so ago, and it is the Mitchum Clinical 48hr Protection antiperspirant and deodorant in the Pure Fresh scent. I love this product because it actually lasts really well, especially in the warmer months and doesn't cause any irritation like some other products in the past have. I've tried the Powder Fresh scent as well, but for some reason, I really do not like it. The Pure Fresh however, is a really subtle and clean scent. 
I don't really know what else to say about a deodorant, but yeah, it's a winner in my books!

Another product I shall forever repurchase is something that I'm sure most people have tried, and that is the St Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. I don't use this scrub an awful lot, mainly because it can be a little irritative to the skin if over-used, but when used maybe 1-2 times a week, this scrub does wonders. I can't remember if I've mentioned this on here before, but I get a bit of seborrheic dermatitis around the sides of my nose and just above my mouth, and this scrub really helps to "de-scale" (ew) my skin leaving it nice and smooth ready for foundation/BB cream. 

As you know I go between quite a few cleansers, not just because of reviews, but actually so that my skin doesn't get too used to a particular formula. I read somewhere that you should switch between a couple of cleansers so they keep working to their full potential. If you use one cleanser too much, your skin gets used to it and it stops working as effectively. I don't exactly know how true that is, but nevertheless, I still go by it. The Lipidol Cleansing Face Oil is a silky cleanser that I always go back to using, because it just feels so nice on the skin! Apply the oil onto dry skin, working it in to breakdown any make up, before washing away with warm water. Once this oil comes into contact with water, it turns into a milky solution which can easily be rinsed off the skin. No oily residue whatsoever! 

The last product I'm going to be talking about is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which I've gone through about 4 tubes of. This concealer is pretty cheap and is readily available at my local supermarket, which is partially the reason why it is my go to concealer. The other reason is that despite being cheap, it works pretty damn well at covering any blemishes are dark under eye circles. The thick consistency can be a little cakey at times, but I've found if you apply sparingly and then immediately set the product with powder, it can prevent some of the 'cake-age.' 

I'd love to know what products you will forever repurchase! 


Thursday, 17 September 2015

TWIG BY MAC • A NEW ADDITION TO MY LIPSTICK ADDICTION


Waaay back in February, two of my lovely friends bought me a MAC gift card for my 18th birthday. I had been meaning to spend it for sooo long, (clearly it's taken me a while!) but I couldn't find what I wanted. I had been wanting the lipstick called Twig, after seeing it on numerous beauty blogs. I already had the colour Velvet Teddy, a slightly yellow-brown nude, which I wear a lot, but I also wanted a nude that was a bit more pink toned, especially coming into Spring and Summer. On a side note, to those who are worried about the lipstick getting on the (faux) fur rug in the above picture, please rest assured that no lipstick got onto the rug. These sorts of photos normally elicit a bit of anxiety in me, so I felt it necessary to tell you that it's all good.

I went into a couple of MAC stores looking for Twig, but each time I went, I was told it was sold out. Now, I completely blame Kylie Jenner for this, but anyway, I looked around at some other similar lipstick shades, but I couldn't find one quite like Twig. They were either too pink, too purple or straight up too light, (I did not want to look like I had concealer lips!) Due to my unsuccessful attempts at trying to find the shade I wanted, my MAC voucher lay at the bottom of my handbag, crying itself to sleep each night*. Until....Friday morning, when I caught the bus to the Queen Street Smith and Caughey's. I was looking around the MAC counter when I came across a sample of Twig! I asked one of the girls working there if they had any of Twig in stock and she said they did. She opened up the drawer beneath the blush and highlighter compacts to reveal boxes and boxes of Twig lipsticks!!! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! (bit o' poetry for ya) Needless to say, I swiftly purchased one and went on my merry way. I would've waited to take photos of the lipstick in it's pristine condition, but I was too excited, so I apologise for it's less than perfect appearance in the photos! But between you and me, I think it looks fine as hell in the bullet!




















 Hopefully soon I will do a make up look/tutorial with this beautiful colour! Keep an eye out!




*Not an actual occurrence.

Monday, 14 September 2015

TO SAVE OR SPLURGE?


I remember reading these sorts of posts in magazines when I was younger and really liking the idea of taking a product of a higher price range and comparing it to a similar product available for cheaper. I thought, if you like this post, I might make it a regular segment, so please do let me know what you think in the comments below!

In this Save or Splurge post, I will be taking about 'pore refining' primers. In the higher priced category, I have the Benefit 'Porefessional' at $57. In the lower priced category, I have the Etude House Goodbye Pore-Ever which I purchased for only about $10 or maybe even less! (I can't quite remember as this was a while ago!)

BENEFIT 'POREFESSIONAL': For $57 you get 22ML of product, which I first thought sounded like a bit of a rip off, but actually 22ML is quite a lot, considering you only need a little bit to cover your face. That being said, I don't cover my entire face when I use this primer. Instead I tend to focus it on the areas of my face with larger pores, such as around my nose, chin and a bit on my cheeks. The consistency is rather thick, which I quite like, because it smooths over the pores on my face really well creating a flat canvas for my foundation or BB cream to apply over. The product has a slight tint to it, but nothing that transfers significantly onto the skin. I do find that after a few hours of wearing this, it can have the tendency to get a little oily on the skin, but if you don't mind blotting away excess oil, that shouldn't be a problem.

ETUDE HOUSE GOODBYE PORE-EVER: Okay, so while writing this post, I went onto Ebay to find the original seller that I bought this for, to see how much it cost exactly. I bought this quite a long time ago, so I cannot find the seller, but I did notice something very odd. When I purchased my tube of this product, It was definitely no more than $10 or so. However, now when I go onto Ebay and search for 'Etude House Goodbye Pore-ever', there are hardly any sellers! And those that do sell it, have bumped the price up to ridiculous amounts, (still cheaper than the Benefit primer though!) I was considering scrapping this post seeing as it is quite hard in NZ to find this product, but I figured that it might be useful for any of you who indeed can find a seller for a decent amount of money. Annnnyyyway! This product is quite a bit thinner in consistency than it's Benefit counterpart, but I do not find it too thin, that it can't smooth over any enlarged pores. Also being thinner than the benefit primer, I find that this doesn't get as oily as quickly. I'm not sure why, but I suppose being a thinner consistency, the product blends into the skin a little better instead of sitting on top. I must mention that I really don't like the smell of this primer, because it smells like sweet plastic (?!)- Not the best of smells! however, I do notice that the smell dissipates after a while on the skin, so fear not the sweet plastic scent!!

SO WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE? as you know, I am a student, so I try my best to save money every chance I get. So with that, I would have to choose the Etude House Goodbye Pore-ever, simply because it is cheaper yet it performs on the level of the Benefit alternative. I do love to use the Benefit primer, but I think it is quite a lot of money for a single primer. 


Have you tried either of these primers? What are your thoughts? Would you save or splurge?


Thursday, 10 September 2015

MY ART & THE YOUNG ARTISTS AWARDS



As you probably know, I am currently studying Fine Arts at University. While the focus at my art school is more on conceptual and abstract art, I do a lot of more figurative and traditional types of art in my own time. 
Last week I entered one of my paintings into the Eden Young Artists Awards, which is an annual local art competition. I had entered last year and was very overwhelmed to have been awarded Best Painting of 2014 and gifted $1000! I thought there was no chance that I would win again, but I still wanted to enter the competition for 2015. To my complete surprise I won again! When my name was called out, I kinda froze because I wasn't sure if I had imagined my name being called, but sure enough it had.

A while ago it was requested that I show some of my own art on here, so what better work to show you than the painting that won an award! 
This painting is of the model Adonis Bosso who I think has some of the most luminous skin I have ever seen! I wanted to accentuate that reflective quality of his skin, which resulted in this multicoloured portrait. I won't go any further in explaining the reasoning behind painting this work, because I don't want to give everything away. Instead I would love for you to interpret your own meaning, as that is what I think art is truly about.


Do any of you like to make art in your free time?


Monday, 7 September 2015

WHAT I CURRENTLY USE TO COLOUR MY HAIR


I've had red hair for a couple of months now, and while this definitely won't be my hair colour forever, (the upkeep is kinda annoying) it's been really fun! I've received so many compliments on the way my hair looks! 

Because I am a student, I cannot afford to get my hair coloured professionally and achieving this colour was going to be no different. I had to find a way to get the colour I wanted using a box dye. I realise that any hairdressers who read my blog are probably cursing me for taking this dye job on myself, but I've had a lot of practice with home hair dyes as I've been colouring my hair for a good 3-4 years. I figured if something did  go wrong, then I could always find a way to fix it. That being said, if you plan to colour your hair a lot lighter than your natural colour, please go. to. a. professional!
When looking around online for the best red/ginger hair dye, I found numerous reviews for Clairol's Nice n Easy in the shade 110 Natural Light Auburn. Seeing as it was only about $14 or so at The Warehouse, I went ahead a purchased it.

The box comes with an instruction sheet (inside of which are a pair of standard, plastic gloves), a bottle of the colour blend formula, a bottle of colour blend activator and a tube of Colourseal Conditioning Gloss. For my current length of hair, I only need to use one box, but if you have longer or thicker hair than I do, then I would recommend getting two boxes just in case. 

You simply mix together bottle A and B together and apply to the hair. While the instructions recommend to apply the colour to the roots first, I start a little further down my hair, (around the mid-lengths and down) and eventually work my way up to my scalp in order to avoid 'hot roots'. I personally find this works well for me. Once all the hair is covered in dye, I clip up my hair and put a timer on for 25 minutes. After the time is up, I wash out the hair dye and finish by applying some of the colourseal gloss onto the mid-lengths to the ends of my hair.
The first couple of washes, you will see the colour fade rather noticeably, but after that, it stays true to colour for about 4-5 weeks. My hair grows weirdly fast, so I like to re-dye my hair every 4ish weeks to keep my ashy roots at bay. I find this colour looks really different in photos and in real life, inside and outside, with the light on and light off, (Just kidding heh)

Once you get used to it, it is a very simple process. This kit would be really great for beginners because it gives a really even colour and isn't overly complicated. My only complaint however, is the smell. Please make sure if you are using this brand of hair dye, that you are in a well ventilated room because my god does this have some strong fumes!

With all of that said, please enjoy my awkward posing, showing you what the shade 110 looks like on my hair....


Do you colour your hair at home? What are your tips?


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