Tuesday, 31 January 2017

ARCHITECTURAL BEAUTY


As I've gotten older, I've begun to take an interest in the different styles of architecture throughout certain time periods and countries. Maybe it's partially genetic, as my grandpa is an Architect, but I think in many ways, designing and constructing a house is a very similar practice to visual art (albeit more technical). An architectural style I'm particularly loving at the moment is the midcentury/modernist style.

I have a Pinterest board dedicated to pictures of buildings and structures, so feel free to check that out, but for the time being, I've picked out a few of my favourite constructions to share with you. As always, links to the pictures used will be referenced at the bottom of this post.




images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


Monday, 30 January 2017

DECLUTTERING YOUR SKINCARE COLLECTION


I'm not sure why, but this summer I was hit with this overwhelming urge to clean up my room (weird I know), which involved throwing away a lot of old stuff including clothes I didn't fit anymore/didn't like/didn't look good on me, old painting supplies, high school notebooks (I'm entering my 3rd year of uni, so I definitely don't need to hang onto those) among many other old trinkets and things that I didn't need to keep anymore. A few weeks ago, I decided to tackle my skincare collection, and oh my lordy I had a lot of stuff!

Being a beauty blogger, I am very lucky to be sent press release samples of cleansers, moisturisers, eye creams etc. While I am extremely grateful for all of this, It doesn't change the fact that I only have one face (#trufact) and I am simply unable to get around to using every single product, let alone, use those products regularly.
With that in mind, I started to clear out my skincare shelf by first dumping carefully placing all my products onto my bed. Then I grabbed some good old Dettol cleaner and started wiping down my shelves ready for my selection of skincare bits to return to.
Then, I sat down, put on some music and went through each product one by one checking the following:

1. Smell - Does the product smell weird or off? If so, chuck it.
2. Texture - Is the texture of the product still the same? 
3 Expiration date - Most skincare items have a shelf life of about a year maximum. I tend to view the expiration date of skincare products, more like a 'best before' date. To some this probably sounds kinda yuck, but If a product has been sitting in a cool, dark spot for a couple of months, and it still smells fine and the texture is all good, then I don't see why it should be thrown away. Sorry if me saying this makes you cringe, but let's be real, I'm not about to throw away a very expensive product if it's still perfectly usable.

After I've sorted out the usable products from the expired or funky, I go through the pile again and begin sorting into subcategories:

1. Giveaway - Items to gift to family and friends.
2. Keep - Products I'm keeping for myself.

It's actually a pretty simple process, the only difficult thing about it can be going through your collection if you own a lot of things. It's perfectly normal for us to want to hoard our belongings because we feel safer with more stuff, but at the same time, I think it's really beneficial to streamline what you own and purge a bunch of things you aren't gonna use, or that are beyond usable. Not only does it free up space, but with owning less skincare products, you are able to see everything that you own and won't run the risk of purchasing something you already have.

There's something weirdly satisfying about getting rid of things and sorting out the things you want to keep, so for that reason, I challenge you to go through your skincare/make up collection and start sorting through your products. You'll be surprised at how much stuff you get rid of! Tweet me and let me know how you get on!



Friday, 27 January 2017

FRIDAY INSPIRATION : REVERSED VOLUMES BY MISCHER‘TRAXLER






Reversed Volumes by Viennese design duo Mischer'Traxler consists of a collection of bowls that are shaped by capturing the imprint of fruits and vegetables. The collection is made of food-safe resin and is dishwasher safe.

The moment I saw these unique vessels on Pinterest, I knew I had to write a blog post on them!
I really love the textural nature of these objects as well as the interplay between art (something to be looked at but not touched) and everyday objects (things that are supposed to be touched and used). I also particularly enjoy the soft pastel tones of the resin.





I'd love to know what you think about these pieces in the comments below!







Wednesday, 25 January 2017

SHOP PIGMENT STUDIO • NEW PIECES

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all well.
Most of you will probably be aware that last year I launched my own Pigment Studio Shop, where I sell handmade jewellery. Today I wanted to share with you a couple of new pieces from my collection! If you'd like any information about any of the pieces shown in this blog post, I will provide links to the items so you can check them out in more detail. If you have any queries about any of the pieces, I would be more than happy to help - either leave a comment below or email me and I will do my best to get back to you promptly.









Friday, 13 January 2017

FRIDAY INSPIRATION : PANSY CO





Born from the need for comfy and ethically made underwear, Pansy’s organic cotton bras and undies are grown and milled domestically and the forms are designed and sewn locally. Founded by Laura Schoorl and Rachel Corry, the brand strives to create a range of underwear that is minimal, sturdy, beautiful and locally made that you can feel good about wearing.






I recently bought a couple of Pansy bras, and I can honestly say they are one of the most comfortable things I have ever worn. The bras are un-padded and don’t contain any underwire, so they are really easy to slide over your head and wear on lazy days where you don’t feel like wearing a ‘proper bra’. One of the many great things about this brand, is that they also come in a large range of sizes, so anyone can enjoy wearing them!







Photographs by Carissa Gallo and Amanda Jas



Thursday, 12 January 2017

SUMMER MUST HAVE • SPF


As you probably know from my previous posts, I have extremely pale skin, which means when Summer rolls around, I need to really up my game in the SPF department to avoid burning to a crisp. 
I've tried many a face sunscreen that claimed to protect the skin while not feeling sticky or oily on the skin, but I've never tended to get on with those, because either they still feel greasy, or they feel SUPER drying and turn kinda flakey after a few hours. 

While I was browsing Mecca one day, I came across the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen. Essentially it is a combination of an extra high protection sunscreen and a luxe face cream, designed to sit nicely under make up. I was really interested in the concept of a face sunblock that actually acts more like a priming moisturiser, so a few days later, I went into Mecca again and purchased it to try out for myself.

I've been using it for a couple of months now and I can safely say it has become a staple in my daily routine. Not only is this product a joy to put on every morning, but I really feel like it's been doing it's job of protecting my face from the harsh UV rays. The consistency and colour of this product is similar to that of a hydrating primer in that it is slightly pink toned to avoid creating a white cast on the skin, and it feels ever so slightly silicone-y which creates a nice, smooth and silky base to apply make up on top of. There is a subtle fresh fragrance to the product, but nothing too overpowering, which is great. 
Because this sunscreen doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or oily, instead leaving it feeling fresh and hydrated, make up layers really nicely over the top.

If you are looking for a new face sunscreen this Summer, I would absolutely recommend this product by Mecca, as it really does what it claims. This is certainly something I will be repurchasing once I run out.


Friday, 6 January 2017

FRIDAY INSPIRATION: ETHAN COOK





Living and working in New York, Ethan Cook’s sewn and woven artworks explore the idea of failure being a symbiotic accompaniment to perfection. He achieves this by weaving his own canvas on a loom and then juxtaposes it with a store-bought equivalent. His limited colour palette and simple geometric forms emphasise any inconsistencies within the work, further examining this idea of the duality of perfection and imperfection. 



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2017




Goodbye 2016, you were an incredibly busy and stressful year, but also very rewarding. You brought about new challenges and new obstacles which I like to think I did my best to overcome. 2016 made me take more notice of how I’m doing and realise that it’s okay to ask for a hand sometimes, and having a network of positive people in my life helps tremendously with that.
2016 also taught me that negative and toxic relationships have no place in my life and I can absolutely be picky with who I associate with. Why should I be friends with people who bring negativity into the relationship?
While new years do make me a little nervous, I am determined to make 2017 a good one, and thanks to you 2016, I feel I have the confidence to accomplish that goal. Thank you for that and all my love,







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