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!

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