Friday, 30 December 2016

FRIDAY INSPIRATION: AGNES MARTIN





To many painters, Agnes Martin is a notable figure in the abstract painting scene. Recognised for her intricate and meticulous pencil lines and geometric washes of paint, Martin made a name for herself amongst the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction.
To Martin her works were studies in the pursuit of perfection.

"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not just in the eye. It is in the mind. It is our positive response to life."
Agnes Martin






What artists inspire you? Let me know in the comments.





Wednesday, 28 December 2016

MINIMAL MAKEUP




Today I thought I would share some of the products I reach for when it’s one of those days where I am going out to do some errands, and want to have a bit of make up on, but I’m lazy so I don’t want to put too much energy into my appearance. In an effort to not repeat myself, I’ve left out the mascara and brow product I use, because I’ve mentioned them on here before in previous posts, and I’m afraid I would sound like a broken record! I did a post like this around 2 years ago, so I thought it was high time I made an updated post.
Anyway, without stalling any further, the products I use are as listed..

1. I always like to start off my minimal make up look by using some sort of light moisturiser. Despite having combo skin, the area around my nose and cheeks can get quite dry, so I use the Priming Moisturiser by Glossier all over my face. I love this product because not only does it provide the perfect level of hydration for me, but it also contains a primer, which enables my base products to glide effortlessly over the skin.

2. Next, for my base product I will usually reach for my Cle Cosmetics Essence Air Cushion Foundation*. I was sent this about a month or so ago by the lovely people at Cle and I fell in love with it the instant I tried it out. Not only is the cushion style compact so incredibly convenient and easy to use, but the coverage is a build-able light to medium with a healthy and luminous finish. Depending on how hot it is outside, I will sometimes use a little translucent powder to knock back some of the glow on my T-zone.

3. The next thing I apply is a little of my Stretch Concealer by Glossier underneath my eyes. This concealer is very sheer and smooth, so it’s perfect for minimal make up days or when I want to let the freckles near my eyes show. I’ll then set this with a bit of translucent powder to prevent creasing, but honestly, if you don’t have as crinkly eyes as me, you probably wouldn’t need to do this step.

4. Finally I fill in my brows lightly, curl my lashes and apply mascara if I feel like it (sometimes I just curl them and go) and then I’ll swipe a bit of the Generation G stick by glossier in the shade Cake on my lips to give them a bit of colour and then I’m done! 

I often wear this kind of make up in the Summer months because if I’m honest, it’s just too bloody humid to be wearing a full on face of make up all day. Like I said, sometimes I won’t wear mascara because I can’t be bothered and I’ll often go without blush if I’m doing such a minimal base, because the colour from my cheeks shows through anyway. 

I’ve had a couple of questions about what make up I have on in pictures and irl, so I hope some of you found this useful. 


I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products. If not, what are your minimal make up go to products? Let me know in the comments below.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

NATURAL TONES


Over the past couple of months and especially this summer, I've really gotten into the style of natural tones and textures. The combination of rattan, wicker, woven textiles and shades of rust, burnt orange and beige make my little heart sing.
As those of you who have followed me for a while would know, I have a Pinterest account where I essentially 'bookmark' all the images, products, textiles, artworks etc. that inspire me. I thought I'd share a couple of the things from my Pinterest that are currently on my wishlist.


What tones, textures and styles are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.


Monday, 5 December 2016

GETTING BACK INTO READING


Just the other day, I was on my Goodreads account when I’d noticed that I had completed and surpassed my reading challenge for 2016! My goal was to read 15 books, and so far I have finished 17 books, with a couple more on the go. Now to some, this number might seem a little pathetic, but considering last year I wasn’t able to finish my goal of 12, completing 17 books is quite something for me. I never used to be big on reading, as I always found it difficult to pay attention for long periods of time and would end up having to re-read pages over and over again, but in the last couple of years, I felt like I was missing out on something that could really benefit me. Not only is reading a good way to relax and unwind at the end of the day, but it is also great for improving your imagination, creativity and writing abilities. 

For those of you who are keen to get back into reading, or would like to start incorporating it into your nightly routine, I’ve compiled a list of a few of my tips for you… 

- First and probably most importantly, find out what sort of genre’s you like to read. In order to do this, I recommend going to your nearest library and grabbing any book that draws you attention in any way, whether it be the cover, the blurb or the title. This might take a while, but keep going until you have a decent amount of books, (maybe 5 or 6). Then take a seat in the library and begin reading through the first couple of pages of each book. When you find a book that you ‘click’ with, put it to one side, and move onto the next. Essentially what you are wanting to create is a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ pile. Once you’ve done this, put away the ‘no’ pile into the book return trolly and then lay out your ‘yes’ pile and assess what common themes these books share. You might notice that 3 out of 4 books are mystery novels, in that case, you’ve narrowed down a particular genre that seems to interest you. While this can be a bit of a tedious process, I’ve found it’s the best way to sort out what I like and what I don’t like when it comes to books. Deciding where to start can be very overwhelming, but by targeting certain genre’s, you are making it easier for yourself to find something you will actually enjoy reading. 

- Make the time to read each day. Whether it’s in the morning, afternoon or night, set aside around 20 minutes each day to read. After a while of sticking to this routine, you will find you are naturally inclined to pick up a book and read. 

- My next tip is in regards to starting a new book. Sometimes I find this is the most annoying bit about reading, because I have to remember a whole new ‘set’ of characters and situations. That being said, in order to finish a book, one needs to actually begin it. (wise words i know) When I first start a new book, I will decide how many pages I am going to read. For instance, if one chapter is 20 pages long, I will usually only read up to that point. The next time I come to read my book, I double the amount of pages I read last time. So the first reading session I read 20 pages, so during the next reading session, I will read 40 more pages. After a while of doing this, I gradually get more into the storyline and end up reading more pages than I intended to. It sounds like a bit of a weird thing to do, and I don’t do this for every book I read, but I do find it to be helpful for those books that you really want to give a go, but are finding it a little difficult to get into the swing of things. 

- And finally, if you’re not enjoying a book you are reading, don’t feel you have to finish it. Life’s too short to read something you’re not into, and there is sooooo many other books that you will enjoy, you just need to find the right one.

If you'd like to see what I'm currently reading, feel free to add me on Goodreads!  


Monday, 3 October 2016

I SPENT WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ON THESE BUT....



Okay, so for a long time now, I've been reeeaaallly wanting to try out the Glossier products, (a beauty and skincare range from the creator of Into The Gloss) however there was one teeny issue that stood in the way, being that they don't currently ship outside of the US. I'm gonna be honest with you, I felt a little deflated after finding this out, but after a moment of sulking, I suddenly thought about using a postal forwarding service to get some Glossier goodies into lil old NZ.
I briefly looked into it, but then got frustrated with the delivery fee calculations and kinda forgot about it for a little while. Then, I saw someone who I follow on Instagram, who also lives in NZ had just had a Glossier box delivered to her door!!! I commented, asking how she managed to purchase Glossier and she said she'd used YouShop, and it'd cost her $22 to get it delivered, but you could get it delivered for around $12-16 for a slower delivery. 
So I jumped back online, and ordered my box of Glossier and sent it to my YouShop US address, and then I waited...
About a week and a half later, I got an email confirming that my order had arrived at the US address and that it was going to be forwarded to my NZ address. It cost me $16 to deliver my order from America to NZ which is quiiiite a lot, but if it meant I would finally get to try out the Glossier range, I was gonna pay that darn $16.
Another week or so later, I received another email confirming that my lil package had arrived in NZ safely and would be posted out to me in the next few days. Eeeeekkk!!!

Today I woke up to see the wonderful lil box on my doorstep and I was so excited to open it, I was shaking, (I'm pathetic, I know.)
I purchased the Balm Dot Com in the Mint flavour, Stretch Concealer in Light, Perfecting Skin Tint in Light, Generation G Lipstick in Cake and the Priming Moisturiser. All together it cost me $79 USD which came to a whopping $110 NZD (yikes) plus the $16 for delivery, but it was so worth it! The products are beautiful and I can't wait to try them all out! I also feel like I can justify this purchase because I have a new job at a Magazine so....yeah... Does anyone else feel the need to justify their purchases, because I definitely do!

Anyway, if you'd like to see any reviews of the products I bought, please let me know and I'd be happy to do one. Also, if you have tried any of the Glossier range, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

That's all from me today, but I will be back soon to show you some new releases from the Pigment Studio Shop, which I am really excited about! Until then, have a lovely week ahead.


Monday, 19 September 2016

LIFE UPDATE AND EXCITING THINGS TO COME...


First thing’s first, you may have noticed, I have changed my blog name. I’m not gonna lie, I had been thinking about doing this for a very long time, as Lovely Rose Petal just didn’t seem to suit me any more. I had come up with Lovely Rose Petal when I was around 14 and I am now 19 and ready to enter a new era. Say hello to Pigment Studio! I feel this new blog name really encompasses my varied practices as both an artist as well as someone who blogs about beauty, skincare and general life stuff. I’m aware that all of this might seem a bit sudden to some, but just know that I feel really excited about the new direction this blog is going to take. Of course I will still be blogging about beauty and skincare as I did with Lovely Rose Petal, except Pigment Studio is also going to be a place where I can share more of my art practice and my inspirations as well. Please bear with me, while I work out a good posting schedule.

Also, if you don’t follow me on instagram, I’ve started up a little mini jewellery business, which runs alongside this blog. I hope to do a post soon, showing you the variety of accessories I have hand-made to sell. In the meantime, you can check out my store (click here), where you can have a wee looksie through the things that will be available to purchase soon! 

The next cool thing is I have a job at a media company! So, if I’m not posting a whole lot for the next couple of weeks, it will be because I am still getting used to my working schedule and learning how to do my job properly!! 


phew! That felt like a lot of stuff for one blog post! I hope it wasn’t too tedious to read, I tried to keep it as short as possible whilst still updating you lovely people on the things that have been happening recently. I’d love to know how you are doing? What things are you currently working on? What are you looking forward to? Talk to meh! I love receiving comments from you all!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

CURRENT FAVOURITES


Hello again! I hope you are all doing well. I've been pretty busy with uni at the moment, hence my absence on here, but I am trying my best to juggle both, so I hope you don't mind the infrequent posts too much!

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed myself often reaching for the same group of products during my morning routine, so I thought I'd do a blog post on them for you all.

The first thing I've been loving as of late, is my wide tooth comb which I think I purchased off either Ebay or Aliexpress for only a few dollars. It's one of those very basic things that most people probably own, but I just never bought one for myself until recently. I use this to gently comb though my hair after towel drying it, starting at the ends of my hair and then gradually working up to the roots to avoid tangles. After I've done this, I will usually move onto drying my hair with my hairdryer, although, If I'm feeling lazy, I will simply leave my hair to air dry.

If I am having one of those aforementioned 'lazy days,' I will spray a little of the Sea Salt Spray* from Lush throughout the mid-ends of my hair to give it a little texture. Not only does this hair mist bring out some of the natural wave in my hair, but it also smells so amazing! If you happen to stop by a Lush, please go an smell this product!

I've noticed that when I have make up on, it will look good at the start of the day, but by around lunch time, It looks as though my pores have swallowed every bit of bb cream and powder off my skin and I get the annoying t-zone shine. As someone who doesn't like to bring my make up bag to uni with me, I needed to find a way to ensure my make up lasted all day. I've had the Manuka Doctor Apirefine Flawless Primer* for a decent amount of time, however I only ever really used it for special occasions. While I still like wearing it when I'm doing my make up for going out, I decided to incorporate it into my daily routine to see if it made any difference to the longevity of my make up. I am very pleased to announce that this primer keeps my makeup looking fresh for the entire day, without me needing to do any lunch time touch ups! I also love the texture of this primer because it's not thick at all, and it doesn't feel overly slippery like some other primers I've tried do. I was never someone who really liked using primers, but trust me, after this one, I ain't going back.

Another primer I've been loving is the NYX proof it eye primer, which I bought off Ebay for around $8 I think. As someone who likes wearing winged eyeliner, but who also has slightly down-turned, hooded eyes, it can be a struggle trying to find an eyeliner which stays put and won't smudge or slide. After trying many eyeliners out there, I decided to go ahead and buy an eyelid primer to see if that would help my eyeliner stay. I picked up this NYX one because it seemed to have a lot of positive reviews, as well as being very cheap! I first tried this when I went out to a party, and oh my lordy it worked so amazingly well! I first applied the primer to my lids and then blended it out with my finger. Then I dusted a little bit of a beige toned eyeshadow over my lid to combat some of the stickiness of the product, and then I applied my liner as per usual. The primer's stickiness provides something for the shadow and liner to grab onto, which, in turn, ensures that they won't go sliding about. I've tried it many more times since, and every single time, It works perfectly! This is going to be a definite repurchase for me.

I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products. If not, tell me what some of your favourite products have been lately.




Friday, 22 July 2016

SELLING MY PAINTINGS


Hello lovelies! I hope you've had a nice week and are looking forward to the weekend! I know I am!
I've actually already mentioned this over on my instagram,(s) but if you missed that, I am selling these two paintings I did a couple of weeks ago.


The larger one (left) is $30 (SOLD) and the smaller (right) is $25 + postage cost.


Both of these little portraits are done in oil paint on some canvas off-cuts I had lying around in my painting desk. I have sooo many of these little studies around the place, so I need to start getting rid of some! If you live in NZ (I might consider selling to people in Australia if anyone was interested) and would like to purchase either (or both!) of these works off me, please leave me a comment below this post or email me, (link in sidebar as 'Advertisers.')
I hope somebody can give these lil ladies a good home.

I'll talk to you soon!

Monday, 18 July 2016

BEAUTY PURCHASES FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS

Urban Outfitters Beauty haul Mario Badescu facial spray Smith's Rosebud Salve Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask

About a week and a half ago, I decided to go ahead and order some things off the Urban Outfitters website that had been in my cart for quite some time, after finding out through some of my Twitter followers that they didn't have to pay customs fees for their orders to NZ.

I purchased the Smith's Rosebud Salve, which I've heard many a beauty blogger rave about, the Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, a product I've been wanting to try out for quite a while. I also bought some non-beauty things, which I might do a separate blog post on.

To my delight, everything arrived very quickly (within about a week) and was packaged very securely with bubble wrap and scrunched paper to ensure nothing broke in transit. 
I was especially relieved to find that the Mario Badescu Facial Spray hadn't leaked everywhere, as I had envisioned.

Mario Badescu Skincare Rosewater and Aloe Herbs Facial Spray Toner
As these products are still relatively new, I haven't had a chance to try them all out properly yet. That being said, if there is a particular product you'd like to see a review on, please let me know in the comments and I'll get onto that for you. As I can't yet share my full thoughts on these products, I'll share my initial first impression of each item.

HERBIVORE BOTANICALS PINK CLAY EXFOLIATING MASK//
This mask comes as a powder, which you are supposed to mix with water to turn it into a paste before applying to the skin. I hadn't tried a mask like this before, so I decided to give it a go. The first time I used it, I mixed about a teaspoon of powder with about one and a half teaspoons of water to form a spreadable consistency. This mask dries on the skin quite quickly, so I think I only left it on for around 10 minutes before rinsing it off. The mask itself has some scrubby particles in it, that help to slough away dead skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion. The second time I used this, was on my mum during a facial. This time, instead of using water to activate the mask, I used a couple of drops of my Bio Oil, which I think helped prevent the mask from drying out too much. I'm looking forward to giving this mask a thorough test!

MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY//
I've read about this toner on many beauty blogs, so I was very excited to purchase it and try it out for myself. This facial spray contains rosewater and Aloe to help refresh, hydrate and calm the skin. You can either spray this onto the skin after cleansing and before moisturising to really hydrate and plump the skin, or after makeup as a refreshing, light setting spray, to avoid the dreaded cakey look. I've been using this mostly after cleansing, both morning and night, and I am loving it so far! It's hydrating without feeling oily and it smells amazing!! You will definitely be seeing another post on this product!

SMITH'S ROSEBUD SALVE//
This is one of those products that I think every lip balm enthusiast has tried, so of course, being one of those, I had to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. This product has a VERY strong rose scent to it, which I can only describe as the smell of The Third Eye, (For people who aren't from NZ, The Third Eye is a shop in Auckland City which sells incense and candles etc.) I have to admit, it's not my favourite scent, but the more I use this balm, the less the scent bothers me. As for the effectiveness of the balm, it is fantastic!! It is super moisturising and lasts really well on the lips. I get very dry, chapped lips in the winter, and this has really helped with that. Also, It has to be said, the tin it comes in is so pretty!

I hope you enjoyed my mini Urban Outfitters Beauty haul! I'd love to know if you've tried any of the products I bought!
I'm already eyeing up a couple more products that I want to purchase, so there may be a part 2 to this post!

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead! I start back at uni this week (ew) so I'll try and schedule some posts this upcoming weekend!



Friday, 8 July 2016

GLOWY, RUST TONED MAKE UP

Hello guys! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I was doing a photoshoot with two of my friends from uni on Wednesday. I kind of had a vague idea of what I wanted, but the rest I left up to how I felt on the day. For the shoot, I knew I wanted the make up to be very glowy and editorial looking, as well as incorporate some nice brick/rusty red tones. In the end, I was really happy with how each of the looks turned out.

For the skin, I first applied the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream to prep it for the make up I was going to put on top. This look was very dewy and fresh, so it was essential to make sure that the skin was hydrated, before I went in with the other products. Both Fran and Sarah had brought some of their own make up, so I won't go into detail about their foundation, concealer, brows etc. 
For the blush, I used a shade by Dainty Doll, (which has unfortunately been discontinued) which is a lovely medium rose colour with gold shimmer running throughout it, and applied this onto the apples of the cheeks and blended upwards. I then used Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, tip of the nose, chin and forehead. While this would've looked perfectly fine for an everyday look, it wasn't enough to catch the light and show up in photographs, so I went back in with the Topshop Glow in Polished and set that with the powder highlighter from the Sleek Contour and highlight kit.


For the eyes, I wanted to use some orangey, red tones to compliment the pink of the backdrop I was using. First I used the shade Creation from the Lime Crime Venus palette, and patted that all over the lids with my finger, and blended out the edges with a 224 blending brush. Then I worked in a little bit of Muse, also from the Venus palette, into the outer edges, blending a little into the crease. I went back and forth between these two colours until I reached the intensity I was going for. I also took these two colours under the eye, and blended them out.
Then I grabbed a smaller brush and patted a mix of the two gold shades from the ZA Cosmetics Limited edition Christmas eyeshadow palette onto the very inner corners of the eyes. I then patted a bit of vaseline over the eyelids to give it a glossy look. I was going to leave it at just this, but then I decided I wanted to make the lids pop even more, so I patted a little of the Lime Crime glitter in the shade Aries, over the vaseline. If you are recreating this look, feel free to add mascara. I decided not to, because I've been really loving the 'naked lash' look recently.

For the lips, I wanted to do something rather soft and smudgy, rather than crisp and bold. I used Sultry Sable by Revlon and applied this to the lips with my finger to give it a softer, more sheer look. I then patted on some Vaseline and then dabbed on a little bit more of the same glitter I used for the eyes, to tie the whole look together.

Aaand that completes the look! I am really happy with how it turned out and I think it translated really nicely in the photographs.
If you recreate this look, I'd love to see pictures!! Send them to me on Twitter or Instagram! 
I was thinking I might do a post on here about the photoshoot, so If you'd like/as soon as I've finished editing the photos, I could do that.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead!




Monday, 27 June 2016

WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON • WOVEN WALL HANGINGS


Hi lovelies,
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend despite it being bloody freezing!!
Now that it's the uni holidays, I've been able to do some of my own personal projects. One project I was keen to try out was making a woven wall hanging. You've probably seen these types of things on Pinterest, and maybe in a few stores, (they are getting really popular!)


I can't remember when I first saw one, but I just really like them and wanted to learn how to make one for myself. I came across a couple of tutorials online which covered how to do basic stitches as well as fringing. The weaving on the right is my first attempt and the one on the left is the one I made most recently. As you can tell, both are very simple in design, but hopefully, once I've learnt how to do more complex stitches, I will have more variety in my weaving. Also, while they are supposed to be hung on the wall, I haven't yet gotten around to buying dowel to thread through the top loops, so at the moment they are just laying about.

Once I've made a couple of this sort of size, I would really like to make a giant wall hanging with extra thick wool and roving. Adding beads is also something I think would look really cool.

If you would like to learn how to make one of these weavings for yourself, check out this great series by Annabel Wrigley,  where she teaches you how to make your own loom and some basic weaving techniques. 
I plan to make more of these to sell on my Etsy page, so If you'd be interested in buying one, please let me know in the comments below or flick me an email/tweet.





Speaking of selling, I've recently joined Society6 and Redbubble, which are sites that allow me to sell my artwork as prints as well as bags, teeshirts, notebooks and phone cases etc. If you have a spare moment, it would mean a lot if you could check out my stores and follow me! Click here and here to be taken to my profiles.

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead!





Wednesday, 22 June 2016

SECOND YEAR PHOTOGRAPHY WORK & PRINTS TO PURCHASE


Hello again! As I mentioned in my last post, I will be using this blog to not only talk about my love for skincare and make up, but also my other passions and hobbies. So today, I thought I would show you a collection of works I made as a part of my most recent photography project at uni. My lovely friend Sarah, who goes to the same uni as me, kindly agreed to be my model for this series.
The general idea surrounding my work, was that of formalism in figure photography. I've always had an interest in the human body as well as the formalist photography style, so I decided to incorporate these two elements into my work. The particular series I am going to share with you, looks at the idea of isolation and abstraction of the human form. I was particularly inspired by Mishka Henner's Les Amércains, in which he made copies of another photographer, Robert Frank's work, and then erased certain parts of the images.

For my own work, I took my own photos of Sarah in various poses, and then later went through the images and began to pick out parts of the image that I wanted to isolate. This resulted in a group of images which I think took on a very different feel to them compared to what they were to begin with. The more I isolated the forms, the more obscure the images became. What began as figure photography, turned into these unusual 'landscapes' of forms.




I really enjoyed this process and I definitely think it's something I will continue to experiment with in the future. I feel it's something that, the more you do of it, the better and more interesting the results.

Over the past few days, I've been refining these works a bit and adding them to my Society6 store. If you would like to help me out and buy a print, please head on over to my store and grab yourself one! It would make my day.

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far, I'll talk to you soon.




Saturday, 18 June 2016

BLOG CONTENT & AESTHETICS


I don't usually put up a post on a Saturday, but I've been meaning to write this for a while and I think I should just go ahead and write it. This might be quite disjointed and awkwardly written, but it's difficult for me to articulate properly how I feel, so I hope you find it relatively easy to read.

I've written a post similar to this in the past, but I felt as though I needed to write another post, talking about the future of this blog. I started this blog when I was around 14 or 15 and I am now 19 and in my second year at uni studying fine arts. As to be expected, I have changed quite a bit in those past 5 or so years, so it comes as no surprise that my content will reflect this change.

While I love make up and beauty and still enjoy writing about these topics, I sometimes find myself having this slight existential crisis, where I begin to think "What is the point of talking about these things?!" And a small voice in my head says, "Nobody cares Albertine.." I realise that this blog also doesn't have the biggest audience compared to others, so I don't get a lot of comments from readers about what they would like to see in regards to posts.

I guess another factor in this conflict I often find myself amongst is the fact that I am now studying towards having a career in fine art and I sometimes feel that the 'artist' side of me doesn't quite work alongside the 'blogger' side of me. I enjoy doing a lot of different things, but I don't feel they all fit into one person, which, yes, sounds very bizarre.

This next bit might sound a bit weird, but please bear with me. When I say that I don't feel like these different 'sides' of me fit into one person, I think of it more as different 'aesthetics'. I don't mean aesthetics as in just the look or style of something, but rather I mean aesthetic in the sense of how I display myself in this role ie. the role of 'Artist Albertine' or the role of 'Blogger Albertine' and the general 'vibe' it gives off. I'm sorry if this is confusing, I didn't realise how difficult this would be to try and write out!!
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that all these different aesthetics of mine seem to clash and I have to kind of hop between each one. When I write a post, I sometimes (but not all the time) find myself trying to fit into what I think a beauty blogger should be and write as I think one should write. While I do enjoy this aesthetic of a beauty blogger, I sometimes feel like I am pretending or putting on an act. I don't always feel like 'Artist Albertine' is good at being 'Blogger Albertine'.
Because I study fine arts as a university degree, I find myself most often in 'Artist Albertine' mode, and because of this, It can be hard to try and switch back into 'Blogger Albertine' mode to write my blogposts. This is why I don't always post as regularly as I would like to. I guess this is a similar way of saying that I don't always feel inspired to post.

I think the only way to really solve this bizarre identity dilemma is to acknowledge the different aspects of myself and what I enjoy, and incorporate this into my blog posts. Instead of just writing about beauty products post after post, I want to start writing about the other things, such as art - both mine and others, things and people that inspire me etc. I want my blog to be a place where I can explore all of these different aesthetics and create some sort of unity amongst them. I realise that with posting about things other than just beauty, I will have a lot of people unfollow me, but I think I just have to realise that this is okay, and other people will follow me for the content I am currently putting out. A lot of beauty bloggers have unfollowed me on instagram, which did make me feel a little shitty, but instead of focusing on them, I need to focus on the people who have stuck around for me, not just my content.
Also, if you are reading this, I would love for you to comment on my blog posts, and give me feedback. What would you like to hear my opinion on? Is there something you'd like me to look into and maybe write a post about? I don't want to feel like I'm just talking to no one. I know you guys are there and I'd love to chat with you all. So please, say hi! I'm nice, I will reply! haha!

In regards to my art, I was also thinking of making another blog/website, dedicated just to that. This year, I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in some pretty awesome art events and shows and I feel like I need to have a separate site for my work. That way, when people google my name in the search for my art, they can go to a site that is just for that, and they don't have to sift through my posts on here.  

Anyway, there will probably be more I want to add to this post, but this is it for now. Thank you if you have made it to the end of this very odd post, I really appreciate you listening to the slightly more refined version of the jumble that is my mind. If you have any comments about this topic, please leave them down below or feel free to email me (check the side bar) and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 



Monday, 13 June 2016

A BEDSIDE BALM


I'm back after an almost month long break from the blog! I've finished up all my assignments for the semester and I am now on holiday, so I will hopefully be posting here a lot more than I have been.
For todays post, I want to share with you a product I have been loving recently and one that is actually sitting right next to me as I write this. 
The product I'm going to talk about is called Homeoplasmine, and it is essentially the French equivalent of Vaseline.
Like Vaseline or Paw Paw ointment, this balm is a multipurpose product that can be used on the lips, hands, face, cuts, scrapes...the list goes on. I mostly use it on my lips and sometimes on any flareups of dermatitis that I get around my nose or chin.
I got my tube of Homeoplasmine off Ebay, and in the picture, the box said 'Homeoplasmine,' but for some unknown reason, mine arrived with the writing in what I think might be Russian, hence the different packaging. Just thought I should clear that up.

The product itself is a thick balm texture and doesn't have a colour. Despite being quite thick, it spreads onto the skin with ease and leaves a semi matte finish, (there is a slight sheen, but it doesn't look greasy or oily.) Like most balms, it has a slight smell to it, but it is very mild and unnoticeable.

The reason why I prefer this balm to others, is because I've noticed that when I apply this on my lips, it really sinks in and hydrates rather than just sitting on the surface. When I was looking at the ingredients, I was interested to see that it contained Calendula ointment, which is commonly used in baby nappy rash creams. Calendula is also great for soothing dermatitis and eczema.

I remember reading on a blog somewhere, that this product is also used amongst make up artists as a primer for photoshoots and runways. While I was skeptical, I decided to give it a go. I expected it to feel horribly sticky and thick on the skin, and what do ya know? It totally felt that way. Okay, so it may be great on the lips and areas of dry skin, but I am not a fan of using it as a primer. Maybe if you have very dry skin, it might work for you, but me and my combo/oily skin are quite happy giving it a miss.

I purchased this 40g tube of Homeoplasmine over 7 or 8 weeks ago, and have used it every days since and I've barely used any of it! I would say I am definitely going to repurchase this, but considering how much product I have left in the tube, it looks like I'm going to be able to pass this onto my great grandchildren, after I apply it one last time to my lips before death takes me. Morbid I know, but let's be honest, it's probably true.

After the success of this, I'm really interested in looking into other French Pharmaceutical products to try, so if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

I'd love to know if any of you have tried Homeoplasmine before. If so, what do you use it for and what's your opinion on it?



Thursday, 26 May 2016

THE PERFECT TOTE






This is a bit of a random post, but I really wanted to share with you guys a recent purchase of mine that I have been LOVING! 
A while ago, I was at Were Bros in Grey Lynn, when I noticed that, along with their loaves of bread and jars of delicious jams and pickles, they were selling these cute little tote bags with an image of miniature people holding a plate of bread !!! They had a deal on too! One tote and a loaf of sourdough for something like $30, (Yes, I know it sounds quite expensive, but it's a smaller business and their stuff is all hand made, so I didn't mind spending the money.)
So I bought the tote and the sourdough, (and a jar of lemon and zucchini pickle for good measure) and went on my merry little way back home. 

I initially decided to use this tote as (another) uni bag, but because I hate swapping things into other bags, this has basically become my 'day-time-everything-bag'. It's a really good size because it fits everything I need in it. To give you an idea of how big it is, it can hold an A4 thick workbook, an A4 plastic envelope folder, a drink bottle, a lunch bag, a wallet, a makeup bag, a couple of rolls of film (they are currently rolling about in there somewhere), an umbrella and a lanyard. 
I've just realised I've just done a 'what's in my bag' post inside this one, (would that be called post-ception?)

This tote is really nicely made, with thick canvas and sturdy straps, so I don't need to worry about it falling apart while I'm on my way to uni.

The only place you can purchases these from is in store, which is at 480 Richmond Road. Hurry and grab one before they sell out!




Thursday, 19 May 2016

REVIEW • OASIS BEAUTY'S LIGHT MILK CLEANSER


Hello lovely readers, sorry it's been a while since my last post. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my tweet explaining that for the next little while, I'm only gonna be posting once a week instead of twice, due to the amount of uni work I have at the moment. As much as I try to schedule posts to go up when I'm busy, I find it really difficult to write posts in bulk, especially when I'm in uni mode, (ya feel me?)

As I'm sure I've mentioned on here before, due to never having the same skincare routine for too long, I love to try out different cleansers every now and again. You can imagine my excitement when I received the press release for the  Light Milk Cleanser* by Oasis Beauty. I was sent the cleanser a couple of weeks ago, and have been trialling it since then in order to give you an accurate review of the product and how it worked for my skin.

Despite having tried a lot of different cleansers throughout the years, I've only tried very few milk/cream style cleansers. Usually, I find they either don't do a great job at cleaning the skin or they are so thick that they clog my pores. I was interested in this particular cleanser however, because despite it being a rather thick consistency, it felt quite light when I tried a little bit on the back of my hand. The cleanser also had a really nice, subtle lavender scent to it, which I really like.

This cleanser has a really silky texture to it, making it glide over the skin effortlessly, without dragging in the slightest, allowing me to really massage away any dirt or makeup imbedded into my skin. It breaks down foundation, concealer, and non water-proof eye makeup with ease, however, you would still need to remove waterproof eye makeup with a separate product. After cleansing with this milk cleanser, my skin felt really fresh and clean, without stripping away my skin's natural oils.
As it heads into winter, my skin tends to get slightly more dry and sensitive, and this cleanser definitely helps to provide the level of hydration that I need, without making my skin feel oily or clogging my pores, which is something that is really difficult to find in other milk cleansers.

If you have a combo/oily complexion like me, I'd really urge you to give this milk cleanser a go if you haven't already. 
For those who have more of a dry, sensitive complexion, Oasis Beauty has you covered also, with their Full Cream Cleanser. Both cleansers retail at $32.90 for 150ml.

What are your favourite cream/milk cleansers?




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