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?


Thursday, 3 September 2015

TUTORIAL • DOTS AND SQUIGGLES NAIL ART


Hi lovelies! I promised that I would try my best to get onto filming another video, and I have! I've always been intrigued by nail art, and every now and again, have a go at it for myself. I am in no way an expert at it, but it's lots of fun to try out new designs. I hope you all like this video and please send me your pictures on Twitter or Facebook if you decide give it a go!



I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



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