Friday, 31 July 2015

CURRENT IN-SHOWER FAVOURITES


Since it's been so incredibly cold here in New Zealand recently, I've taken to having a lot more hot showers and baths to combat the chill. Today I wanted to share with you all a couple of the products I've been currently loving when it comes shower time.

ZOELLA FOAM SWEET FOAM SHOWER GEL: As you may know, I accidentally bought this item a few weeks ago when I was looking at the new Zoella Beauty range online. While it may have been an accidental purchase, I quickly fell in love with this shower gel and it's become a staple in my morning/evening shower routine. It's got a really lovely sweet, floral scent to it, which subtly remains on the skin once washed off - nothing too overpowering. I find this shower gel lathers up really nicely and leaves my skin feeling cleansed but not dried out. I'm definitely going to check out more of this range in the near future!

NEUTROGENA ACNE STRESS CONTROL POWER CREAM WASH: While I personally do not suffer from acne, I do get a few spots due to stress or hormonal factors, every now and then. This cleanser does a really thorough job at cleansing the skin without it making my face feel really tight and uncomfortable afterwards, which I find that some acne cleansers can do. The creamy consistency of the product glides smoothly over the skin and is really easy to wash off with either your hands or a wash cloth. Is it weird that I also like the colour of the cleanser?

What are some of your 'In-shower' faves?


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

THE FRINGE

Okay, so I realise that I haven't actually mentioned this on here yet, but about a week and a half ago, I cut myself a full fringe, (bangs for those of you who don't call it a fringe.) It looks a bit choppier in these photos than in real life, but I assure you, they are straight cut. Because it is a 1960s inspired fringe, I thought I'd take a few 60's-esque photos to show you what my hair now looks like! 







Most of the time, I wear it twisted up, out of my face, as the wind and rain makes my hair too frizzy, but every now and again I flip it out (you know what I mean..) and wear it either like I do in these pictures or I push it over to one side to form a side swept fringe, which for my hair type, is a lot easier to maintain throughout the day than a full fringe. While I don't think I'll be keeping this for long, as my hair grows insanely fast, and I don't want to have to trim it every couple of weeks and it is a pain to style, it is a lot of fun to play around with different hairstyles. If I have time, I hope to do an Anna Karina inspired hair/makeup tutorial sometime in the weekend/the following week, so stay tuned.

I hope you are all having a lovely week! I've been incredibly cold and covered in paint most days this week.



Thursday, 23 July 2015

POLISH PROFILE: TOPSHOP NAILS IN TOTALLY TURMERIC


I bought this nail polish from the Topshop in Sydney when I was over there a few months ago, after having seen it on various other blogs. The colour appealed to me because I hadn't yet found a yellow nail polish that I was happy with. All the others I had tried were either too cool toned or too fluorescent. Totally Tumeric is the perfect balance between a sunshine yellow and orange. Think the colour of an egg yolk. This bright yellow colour would seem to not match many outfits, but I'm surprised at how well it goes with the contents of my wardrobe! 
As for the durability of this polish, I'm quite impressed. I applied this to my nails after having prepped them with a coat of nail strengthening base coat, and forewent the topcoat, as I was in a hurry out somewhere. The nail polish lasted for a good 4 or so days before it began to slightly chip, (It's half on, half off my nails now because I picked at the nail polish while watching a movie!)

If you are looking for a beautiful egg yolk shade, look no further than Topshop's Totally Turmeric. It looks really awesome on every skintone, and is a fun way to inject a bit of colour into your look.





When I was taking the first picture, my mum came into the room and wanted to join in the photo taking. This ^ is the result of that.


Sunday, 19 July 2015

ESSENTIAL BEAUTY TOOLS


Hello lovely readers, today I have a post inspired by the beautiful Katie from The Last Souvenir. The other day, I was scrolling through Bloglovin, when I came across her post, talking about her essential beauty tools. I realised that I haven't done this sort of post before, and wanted to gather together a few of my own essential beauty tools and talk a little bit about them, as well as how I use them.

REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE: This little wonder has honestly changed the way in which I apply my base products, (foundation, concealer, bb cream) and the speed at which I apply them. Just soak this little sponge in hot water until it has doubled in size and then squeeze out the excess water. Bounce this over the skin to apply your foundation and blend into a flawless, non streaky finish. I love this sponge, because it creates a really nice coverage that doesn’t look cake at all, as the sponge helps to push the product into the surface of the skin, rather than just settling on top of it.

COTTON BUDS: Cotton buds are a must have in my make up kit because they are so multi-purpose. Use them to clean up mascara splodges, neaten up smeared eyeliner and clean the edge of the lip line when applying lipstick. They are so handy, I make sure to put a couple in my handbag or jacket/coat pocket when I’m going out.

TWEEZERS: A good pair of angled tweezers are great to have on hand to pull out any stray brow hairs, and apply false eyelashes. But another great use for them, is for peeling away excess nail polish that may have gotten on the skin surrounding the nail. Using tweezers for this job is a lot easier than using your nails, and risking either chipping or smudging the polish on your other nails.

SMALL ANGLED EYESHADOW BRUSH: The brush pictured above is the Jessup angled eyeshadow brush, (click here for my full review of this brush) which I use for buffing and blending the concealer underneath my eyes. The size of this brush is great for getting into the small space under my eyes as well as around the sides of my nose for concealing redness. This brush would also be great for blending out eyeshadow from the outer corner of the eye, into the crease, because of its density. If you only buy one small makeup brush, check out something like this one.

EYELASH CURLER: It wasn’t until I was around 16 that I discovered the effect that using an eyelash curler has on your lashes. Curling the lashes really helps to open up the eyes, and create a fuller looking lash line. They are also great to use after applying false eyelashes to help blend your natural lashes into the false ones. Just be sure to replace the little rubber insert every now and again, to avoid cutting off your eyelashes! (Thankfully I haven’t had this happen yet, but I’m not taking any chances!)


ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES: I love to use these wipes if my brushes need a wash but I don’t have the time to give them a proper wash, or if I have just been using the Jessup angled eyeshadow brush to conceal a pimple, and I don’t want to transfer the bacteria onto other areas of the skin. I just swirl my brush onto one of these wipes a couple of times, pushing down with slight pressure to clean the ‘inside’ of the brush, and not just the other bristles, and I’m good to go. I got these wipes as a free gift with one of my Makeup.co.nz orders, but any supermarket or pharmacy will sell them.

What are your essential beauty tools? If I told you, you could only pick one, which tool would it be?

Friday, 17 July 2015

THE BRALETTE


Bralettes are quickly becoming my favourite item of clothing, (well, underwear really!) They are comfortable, easy to wear and oh-so-pretty, which may explain why I have around 6 or 7 already!
Lingerie in general has always interested me, as it is so beautifully constructed to the female form. I like that when wearing a pretty bra or underwear, you can feel so confident and amazing, and only you know why..*wink wink*
While I do love a good underwire bra for during the day, wearing a bralette to bed, or even just around the house when I'm not going anywhere is a nice change. They don't provide much support, so I wouldn't go out exercising in them, but they are great if you are having one of those days where you don't want to wear an underwire bra, because let's be honest, underwires can be evil wee things, especially when they poke through the bra fabric.
Pictured above is the newest addition to the bralette family. I got this one for, wait for it...$12! What a steal! I was on ebay when I came across these, and just had to buy one. My theory being, if it isn't so great, then it didn't cost too much. But I am so impressed with the quality and comfort of this bralette and plan to buy a couple more in different colours. After buying this one, I found others which were exactly the same for about $7, so next time, I shall buy from that seller instead. 



The overall bralette is very well constructed, with soft mesh cups, no underwire, a double hook fastener and thin, but sturdy, soft adjustable straps. Just what a bralette should be in my opinion.


What do you think of bralettes? Yay or nay?


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

ACCIDENTAL PURCHASES


Have you ever been 'window shopping' online, mindlessly putting items in your basket, then looked at the price, cried a little inside and then exit out of the browser? Well I definitely have, more than enough times. The incident I shall tell you about occurred about a little over a week ago, when I was looking at the brand new Zoella Beauty range on FeelUnique. My online 'window shopping' started off as normal, looking at various products I was lusting over, when I suddenly remembered that the Zoella Beauty range was due to be released soon. Surely enough, when I returned to the home page of FeelUnique, I saw the banner for the newly released products, and I rushed to check out the prices of the products, hoping that they hadn't already sold out. The products were relatively cheap, so I quickly added the Foam Sweet Foam Cleansing Shower Gel and Scrubbing Me Softly Smoothing Body Scrub into my basket. I then realised that while I did really want to try these products, I didn't need them, seeing as I already bought a new body scrub and I had far too many shower gels to use up. I also have been trying to cut down on spending money on things that I merely want, rather than need, as I am a student after all.
Reluctantly I closed the tab and went on with watching Orphan Black, (this is how most of my days are spent.) 

Later that night, my FeelUnique Basket began calling my name, and of course I had to return to see how it was doing. Were the items I'd put in my basket sold out? No. Good. But when will they sell out? 
I started teetering around the edge of giving in and buying the items, but I couldn't be bothered getting out my debit card to make the purchase. Then I remembered I had PayPal. The problem with PayPal though, is that they usually add tax, and I am in no hurry to spend an extra few dollars on using PayPals service. Anyway, I decided to check and see what the cost would be, if I were to purchase the products through PayPal, after all, the website said that it would be at least another 3 steps before I would have to confirm my order. I logged into PayPal and clicked 'next'. Mind you, this was just to see how much it was going to cost with PayPal. I figured that I would be able to exit out after this step if I decided I didn't want to confirm the purchase. So just after I logged in, my computer/the website took over completely and 'tada!' My purchase went through!
What?! I didn't confirm the order?! How did this happen?!

The products arrived today, and I can only think how stupid I was to accidentally order something online! Both the Scrub and the shower gel smell very nice, so it's not like I'm disappointed with my purchases. I just can't work out how I managed to do what I did!

Have you ever accidentally bought something online without meaning to? 


Sunday, 12 July 2015

WHAT'S IN MY 'ON THE GO' PURSE


I'm sure I'm not the only person who owns a handbag that is completely filled with old receipts, lip products, hair ties and old tissues. Recently I've been trying to clean out and sort both my school bag and my everyday handbag, ready for next semester at uni. I like to keep my makeup bits and pieces separate from the rest of the contents of my bag because when I need something in particular, like for example my lip balm, I can find it right away instead of rummaging around the bottom of my bag. I put all of these items in this adorable little purse from Rubi Shoes, which is the perfect size to fit in both my school bag as well as my handbag.


I always keep hand sanitiser with me because I like to be able to 'wash' my hands before I eat when I'm out. I Particularly like this sanitiser by Palmolive in the Raspberry scent, as it not only kills any germs on my hands, it also makes them smell really nice, unlike the typical rubbing alcohol scent that other sanitisers have, and it provides my hands with a little extra hydration. I've had people tease me when I crack out this to wash my hands, but I just smile to myself, knowing that I won't be ingesting any gross germs and they will! HA! Take that!
Particularly during the winter, I make sure to keep a packet of tissues with me, because they are so multi-purpose! For example, about two weeks ago, I was walking to the bus stop and I went to open my bag and grab my bus card when I noticed a bird had just shit on me! It was dripping down the side of my bag and had got on my hand and keys, (this is when the hand sanitiser comes in too!) Thankfully, I had some tissues which I used to clean up the birds doings. While tissues are handy for other things, I thought I'd share that story with you.

Like anyone who ties their hair up a lot, I have various hair ties and bobby pins floating around me at most times, (not literally, although that would be very handy!) That being said, I often loose a lot of them to the depths of my bags, which I swear eat them up on purpose. Keeping them in a little purse ensures that if I need to put my hair up in a hurry, I know where to find a hair tie or pin.
Being someone who wears quite a few different lip products, I tend to keep a small collection in my purse to reapply to my lips throughout the day. I always make sure that I have a lipbalm, the one I love is the Blistex Intensive Repair Lip Balm. I also have a matte neutral lip colour as well as a more sheer and glossy alternative to give myself options.

Mints, in my opinion are a must have for any purse. Not only do they taste good, (hello Spearmint) they also make your breath smell good after eating. Mints are a win win item my friends!
The last item I keep in my 'on the go' purse is my pressed translucent powder by Elf. I've got normal/combination skin, and I can get quite an oily 'T-zone' throughout the day. This powder does a great job at mattifying my skin and this particular powder compact has a built in mirror, which is always useful.

What items do you keep in your 'on the go' purse? Anything that you don't see in mine, but would recommend?


Saturday, 11 July 2015

KOREAN BEAUTY



Hello lovely people, today I wanted to show you some of the Korean beauty products that I bought online a few months ago. Having purchased these a while ago, I feel I have had enough time to play around with them, and work out which products worked for me and which didn't.

For a while I've been really interested in Asian make up and skincare, particularly beauty products from Korea, as I've always seen Korea as being very ahead in terms of fashion and beauty. I went onto Ebay and spent sometime browsing through the adorable packaging and amusing names, and finally picked out a few items that I wanted to try out. I aimed to try out a range of products, instead of sticking to just one category, such as lips or eyes. In the end, I purchased some Sheet Masks, a primer, two BB creams, a lip colour, an eyebrow pencil and an eye crayon. This is a long post, so perhaps grab a cup of tea or your favourite hot or cold beverage and a cracker or two to sustain you throughout the post.

VANEDO BEAUTY FRIENDS SHEET MASK: I ordered two of these masks; the 'Green Tea' mask which I've already used, and the 'Vitamin' mask, which I've yet to try out. If you haven't used a sheet mask before, they are basically a piece of cloth with holes cut out for your eyes, nose and mouth, that you lay on your face and leave on for about 30 minutes. These sheet masks are pre-soaked in a hydrating 'essence' which is infused with ingredients such as collagen, royal jelly, Aloe etc. The Green Tea mask that I tried did nothing too extraordinary too my skin, at most making my complexion feel a bit more hyrdated. That being said however, I had a lot of fun putting it on my face and creeping around frightening both my family members and friends (on Snapchat). I love the concept of sheet masks as they require very little clean up, simply peel of the mask and throw it away, and unlike clay based masks, they don't dry up on your skin. I'm definitely interested to try out a couple more sheet masks, both of different brands and essences. 

ETUDE HOUSE GOODBYE PORE-EVER: This caught my eye because it is very similar to Benefit's Pore-fessional which I really enjoyed using, to help minimise the slightly larger pores on my nose and cheeks. This is a thinner consistency than the Pore-fessional, therefore it spreads across the skin a lot easier in my opinion. This primer does a pretty good job at smoothing out my pores, similarly to it's Benefit counterpart, the only difference really being that it leaves an ever-so-slightly greasy finish. However, this isn't too much of an issue for me, as I make sure I use a powder to set everything at the end. If you would like to try the Benefit Pore-fessional, but don't want to spend $58 on it, give the Etude House Goodbye Pore-Ever a go! (did I mention that I love a good pun?)

HOLIKA HOLIKA AQUA PETITJELLY BB & MISSHA PERFECT COVER BB: Being the pale person that I am, I cannot use the Western BB creams which just about every makeup brand seems to be bringing out these days . Those BB creams are far too orange or pink and make me look like either a lightly cooked piece of ham or a Twistie. And I'm personally not about either of those looks. So instead, I looked into the more 'authentic' Asian BB creams, which seem to cater more to the paler population. I came across the Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB and the Missha Perfect Cover BB, both of which I had read promising reviews on. The Holika Holika BB is my favourite out of the two and is a constant staple in my makeup routine. It's got a light - medium coverage, which is pretty buildable and it blends seamlessly into the skin. I either apply this with my hands or a damp beauty blender sponge. I do find that I have to set this BB with a powder or else it can look a bit shiny, but once I've done this, it lasts really well throughout the day. The Missha BB is more on the sheer side and has a much shinier finish than the former. I would wear this one more in the summer when I don't want anything too heavy as my base. As with the Holika Holika one, I set this one with powder too.

MISSHA PERFECT EYEBROW STYLER: First of all, when this arrived it was broken, so I had to work extra hard to make this work, as the pencil 'lead' kept falling out onto my face when I was using it. I was excited to use this because it has an angled tip to it, which I thought, would help to mimic the individual eyebrow hairs. Unfortunately, I found the pencil to be too big and thick, which meant that I couldn't get the fine lines I was hoping for. Also, this product is quite hard and waxy, and I got barely any colour payoff which was a little disappointing. The one thing that I do enjoy about this product however, is the 'switchable' spoolie/smudge tool on the end of the pencil. That was pretty dandy.

TONY MOLY CRYSTAL STICK SHADOW: This is a shimmery, slightly creamy twist up shadow stick, which you can either use as an eyeliner or an all over shadow. The colour I chose is a lovely golden, almost bronze brown colour which looks really lovely smudged into the lash line with another darker colour, or just on its own, swept all over the lid. It applies quite pigmented, but by smudging and blending a bit with your finger, you can create a much more sheer look. I'm so keen to look into buying more of the colours- there was a pretty champagne pink colour which has my name written all over it!

HOLIKA HOLIKA PRO BEAUTY TINT TOK: This is one of the stranger lip products that I've used, not because it's double sided, but because of the unusual sponge applicator that you use to apply the lipstick. This took me a while to work out, but the lipstick is inside the lid, so when you close the lid, the sponge dips into the colour, ready for the next application. I really like the look of this product when applied to the lips with a sponge. Its a lot lighter and more natural looking that applying the colour with a brush or your fingers. The shade I bought, (a peachy pink) is also the PERFECT 'your lips but better colour', which is nice for when I want to even out the pigment on my lips a bit. Again, I'm going to look at the other colours available. 

I apologise for how long this post is, I didn't mean to write so much, but once I get started, it's hard to stop! I'd love to know if you have tried out either of these products or brands, and if you have any suggestions on other Korean makeup I should try or review, please let me know!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

WATERPROOF MASCARA THAT'S ACTUALLY WATERPROOF?!

I've tried loads of mascaras that claim to be waterproof/smudge proof, but none have ever massively impressed me until I tried the All Eyes On Me Waterproof mascara by Essence. I prefer to wear waterproof mascaras, not because I wander around all day crying or anything, I just like to feel good in knowing that if I run into someone while I'm out, eyes haven't completely betrayed me and watered, streaking and smudging my mascara'ed lashes. I don't find I have this problem so much with my upper lashes, hence the reason why I switch between various non waterproof formulas, but my lower lashes would ALWAYS smudge/run no matter what mascara I used. The reason why I love this mascara is that firstly, it has a pretty thin brush, which makes getting to those tiny and hard to reach lower lashes a breeze. Secondly once it dries, (which takes barely anytime at all) it doesn't budge. In fact at night when I'm removing my makeup, I have to use a little bit of coconut oil on either my finger or a cotton bud to break down the product. 

If you aren't convinced by my praise of it, head over to your nearest farmers that stocks Essence and pick one up for yourself, it is VERY cheap! Long live perfect, smudge free lashes!

FAVE BEAUTY BITS


It's been a little while since I've done a 'favourites' sort of post, and while I can't commit to doing monthly favourites, (as most of my favourite products stay the same) I want to do a few posts each year where I share with you a couple of 'beauty bits' that I've enjoyed using. Without further ado, here are the products I've been loving over the past few weeks.

REVITALASH EYELASH CONDITIONER*: I've been using this for a good few weeks now, and I can definitely see a difference in not only the condition of my lashes but the length! My lashes have always been on the rather sparse and short range of the 'lash spectrum,' (totally made that spectrum up) but with using this lash conditioner on my lashes before bed, they have become a lot fuller and quite noticeably longer! I don't use this every single night, the reason being that I often forget, but I don't think this is too much of a problem because I seem to still be seeing results. This is very expensive, I'm not gonna lie, but if you have the money to spend, and would like to have long, thick lashes, give this a go!

APINOURISH BEE VENOM MASK*: I must admit, the name of this mask initially frightened me, but I had read so many wonderful reviews of this mask online and in magazines, so I gave it a go and I am so glad that I did! I've got relatively sensitive skin, so the thought of putting a product containing bee venom on my face did seem like it was going to be a silly idea, but this didn't make my skin flare up at all. I only got a slight tingly and warm sensation upon applying the mask to my face, so in other words, not the reaction I thought I would have. The bee venom plumps up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While I don't have any wrinkles yet, I do have quite a few lines around the corners of my eyes from smiling, and this really helped to smooth these out. It also smells AMAZING! This product is pretty pricey at $85, but you don't need to use a lot of the mask, so I reckon you get your moneys worth in the long run. 

TOPSHOP NUDE EYES IN STRIPPED: For a while I had been on the lookout for a pink toned nude shadow that I could wear either all over my lid on it's own, or paired with a taupe or warm brown in the crease and outer V. I came across this in the new Topshop store in Queen Street, and instantly knew I had found the colour I had been looking for. It took me a little while to work out the best way to apply this, but I quickly figured it out and it has become a staple in a lot of my make up looks recently. I usually use a fluffy yet dense brush to apply this to my eyelids, starting by depositing the most colour on the outer corner, (applying it too close to the inner corner can bring about some pink-eye vibes, which I personally am not about, but if you are, good on you) and then blending into the centre of my lid. While this cream product lasts pretty well on it's own with minimal creasing, I often like to set it with the next product I will talk about...

MAC BLUSH IN TENDERLING: I bought this a few months ago when I was wanting a contouring powder that would suit my very pale skin. I did use it at the time for contouring and it was a pretty good match for me, but as I don't contour a whole lot, this blush slowly got pushed to the back of my blush drawer. It wasn't until recently when I was going through some old makeup, I came across it again, and made myself get back into using it. Instead of using it as a contour powder however, I started using it as an eyeshadow, both on top of the Topshop Nude eyes (mentioned above) and by itself. I particularly like to use this colour in the crease of my eyes when I'm doing a winged liner look as I find it gives my eyes a bit more definition and creates a beautiful hazy pinky taupe colour when blended well.

ABH BROW WIZ IN TAUPE (ASH BLONDE): A few months ago, my mum bought the ABH Dip brow Pomade in Taupe, as I've been teaching her how to fill in her eyebrows, (Mama on fleeeek!) I found myself often borrowing the dipbrow as it was such a perfect colour for my brows, but I didn't particularly like how long it took me to use the product, and I wanted to find a 'pencil' alternative. Luckily for me, ABH does a brilliant range of brow pencils called the 'Brow Wiz' which have an incredibly small, twist up pencil and a spoolie on the other end. I got the same shade as the Dipbrow and it is just as good as I had hoped it would be! It has the perfect amount of pigmentation, which means that I don't accidentally apply too much product and can slowly build up the colour to my desired opacity. Now that I'm a red head, I find that this is a great match for my hair as it's not too ashy, but not bright red or golden either. If you would like to see an in depth brow routine post, let me know and I will do that.


What have been some of your favourite beauty bits recently?


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

BOOKS: TBR #2


It's been a while since I did a book post on here, so today I am going to share a couple of books which are in my 'To Be Read' pile. Recently I've been very lazy when it comes to reading, which I think partially is because of being used to not having a lot of time and feeling too exhausted during the semester to sit and read for about an hour. So for the remainder of these holidays, aside from catching up with friends who are in Auckland for the holidays, and working on paintings to sell,  I plan to get through a few books from my TBR pile.

GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE Back in year 10 I read the book 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', which quickly became one of my favourite books. Ever since then, I've been on the look out for a book which was similar. Through Goodreads, I found that people who had enjoyed the aforementioned book, also enjoyed 'Girl in Hyacinth Blue', so I swiftly bought it in the hopes that I would enjoy this one just as much. I think I'll probably read this after I've finished the book I am currently reading ('Eleanor and Park').

THE ROSIE PROJECT I bought this book after Tara from Shop Style Conquer talked about it in one of her videos, and I am really looking forward to getting into this one! Because the protagonist has Aspergers, I am interested to see how the author approaches talking about this character without making a mockery of his syndrome. I also found out that my mum had read and really enjoyed this book also, which makes me all the more excited to read it for myself!

THE DOMESTICATED BRAIN The topic of Psychology has always been something I've been interested in and wanted to learn more about. What makes us do and react to certain things as well as how we act socially are questions which really fascinate me, and have done since I was younger. This book by Bruce Hood explores the relationship between the brain and the social behaviour of humans, and puts into layman's terms, the workings of our mind. Seeing as I don't do Psychology at uni, I hope that this book can give me more insight into the topic of the brain and the mind.

If any of you have read either of these books, I'd love to hear your opinions on them in the comments below, (no spoilers please!)


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