Sunday, 14 June 2015

May Favourites

After not having any April favourites I have quite a few May favourites. I did quite a bit of spending and I've found myself loving a heap of new (to me) products that I really want to share with you! 

I bought this blending sponge and instantly fell in love with it. I always use a sponge for my foundation and the one I used to have was just old and getting pretty ratty, so I decided to give this one a go. It cost me around the $5AUD mark and I'm so happy with it. I use it damp and it blends my makeup beautifully into my skin. There are 4 available by Chi Chi and they come in cute colours and a few different shapes too. If you're in the market for a new beauty sponge for your makeup, I can't recommend this enough!

This essence mascara is better than I thought it would be. I've recently been on a 'high end' mascara binge. I've been really into benefits mascaras - 'They're Real' and 'Roller Lash' but I picked up this one on the recommendation from my friend and I'm really enjoying it. For a volumising mascara it does a really good job at length as well. It does add volume to the lashes like it says it does. The brush is unique, the handle is easy to grip as the design on it is rubberised and fits quite nicely in the hand. I didn't like it at first, but like with most mascaras they work better after they've been open for a week or so. After the impromptu waiting period I used it again and I've been loving it ever since. It doesn't make my eyes water or anything either like a lot of mascaras do. I love this, its under $5AUD and I will be recommending it to everyone!

(Sorry for the dark photo). Now to be honest I don't usually prime my eyes, I don't find that I need to. I have dry to normal skin and my lids aren't that oily. I usually wear it if I want the shadows to really stand out with colour. When it comes to this primer, I've been using it for years, I did stage makeup in highschool and I used this when it was a 'new' product. I use it for whenever I need to prime my eyes and I've been doing that more lately as I've been experimenting with different types of eye products that require priming. I really like it, its affordable and I recommend it if you're in the market for a great eye primer!

I have been loving this Bronzes palette by Chi Chi. You can clearly see that the fifth colour along has been used a heap! I use this palette for every day looks and even some evening glam, its perfect for the warmer and cooler months its a real 'all rounder' If you're going to get any of the Chi Chi palettes get this one. (and the Mattes) but this one. 

I've been really into the neutral lip lately, which is strange because I love rocking the dark, bold lip in the cooler months. But the lip liner pencil by essence in shade: 11 - in the nude - and the lipstick by Rimmel in the shade: 'Notting Hill Nude' are one of my favourite combinations. They compliment each other so well and are the perfect nudey pink/brown lip colour which is super on trend at the moment. These products are great together, or on their own. I love the moisture renew line of lipsticks by Rimmel and I really recommend this combo! 

Back to eye products! This is one of the Metallix eyeshadows by Australis. They're new to the market and I think they're great. They do take a little work to get them to not crease (hence the use of the eye primer). I'll be putting out a few posts and vids on how I get these to work for me. 
This one pictured is one of (if not my favourite) the six. Its in the shade 'Guns and rose petals'. Adorable name, beautiful colour and its one of the most beautiful eye products. It gives off that really on trend "foiled" look that I think a lot of people will be after. Best applied with finger or I use a lip brush for precision. At $8.95AUD why wouldn't you get them?!

And last but not least, at the end of the day when you wanna take all these products off your face, use this stuff! Its great for the eye area (I sometimes use it as an all over face makeup remover). Its gentle, does not irritate me, AND it gets everything off. Like everything. This was one of the first brands of makeup remover I ever used and I've been re-purchasing it for years. Simple is a super affordable brand with products that actually work. I really suggest you check them out!

These were my favourites of the month of MAY! Hope you enjoyed, be sure to check out the video so you can hear me rave all about them!

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Retail Therapy

Its that time of the year again folks… Exam time. 
Ugh, I hate it, even the word 'exam' makes me feel vomity. I had my first exam of the season today and while I think I did ok, I was still feeling pretty average about it. So after the exam, me and my bestie hopped on the good old B10 and headed into the city! 

Destination: Myer Centre Rundle Mall
Targets: Mac and Priceline
Mission: Success

Our first port of call was the MAC counter in Myer. I knew exactly what I wanted to get, so naturally, I looked around, touched and swatched everything and made a mental 'I want' list. Before buying anything, we looked around all the other high end counters. Sarah wasn't sure on what she wanted to get, so I was more than happy to explore with her. The buddy system works even for shopping. 

We went to the mecca section and I fell in love with a Sila palette. Its one of the 'Eyes are the window' palettes and its in the shade 'Soul' - so much lust for that palette. I have decided that I want to save up and get it, the palette in 'Body' is also gorgeous and I want that one also. 

We bumped into a friend of ours whilst in the midst of shopping, she's also a makeup lover and an all around great human being. It was great to see her. 

Time to buy. We went back to MAC and I went over to get what I was after, Fix+. I've been umming and ahhing over it for a while. I really want it for some eyeshadows I have that aren't as pigmented as they could be and for my loose pigments to make it easier to apply. I'm glad I got it. I've been experimenting with it since I got it and I LOVE IT!

After MAC we made our way over to priceline. I also knew exactly what I wanted to pick up, but unfortunately, they didn't have the one I wanted in the shade I wanted, so I picked up this shade instead (also on my list of the ones I wanted). Its a lipstick by Face Of Australia. 

It is one of their 'Lasting Looks Lip Creme' in the shade 'Coral on & on'. It is a beautiful colour. Suited more for spring and summer and not really seasonally appropriate for this time of year, but I've been wearing this on the days that are unseasonably sunny, so that makes it work! 

I love the packaging of this lipstick, its quite chic and elegant, I love the white of the tube and the engraved FOA logo on the metal. It is just a beautiful product and with a price tag of $10.95AUD I think it is very reasonable. These lipsticks also have a beautiful vanilla scent similar (but in my mind better) than the MAC scent. So far I'm liking this lipstick, I'll probably buy more, I'll keep you posted.

This last thing I picked up on a whim(ish) I'd been eyeing it off the last few times I went in to priceline and I noticed it was a new product, and seeing it at the 'first release sale price' made me want to try it even more, so I picked it up. 

It is the 'xxTreme' ScandalEyes mascara by Rimmel London. I mainly wanted to try it because of the applicator. The wand for this product looks so interesting. Its curved which is nice, but there are two types of bristles for two different types of application. One for length and the other for volume. I've used it a few times and I'm really enjoying it. 

So these are the things I picked up in my little 'Retail Therapy' session. Do you do much retail therapy? I'd love to know what items are on your 'I want' list. 

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Friday, 5 June 2015

The Liebster Award

So I thought I'd finally get around to writing this little post, I was recently nominated by the ever so lovely PastelSparkles. I thought this would be a good thing to do so I can share some random facts about me and also share with you guys what blogs I read also and some of my top ones for you to check out. (:

The Rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
  2. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award. 
  5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

My Random Facts:
  1. I learn/teach myself 3 languages other than English. Spanish, Italian and French. 
  2. I've never really had a pet.
  3. Autumn is my favourite season - for many reasons. 
  4. When I was younger I thought I could control the wind - like I was a magical wind witch. (I still think I can sometimes) ;)
  5. Potatoes and Juice are two of my most favourite things. 
  6. When I was younger I wanted a dragon. I still want one. 
  7. I love travelling. I miss it so much, I want to go back to all the places I've been and have a never ending supply of money so I can stay travelling forever.
  8. I am the most motivated and lazy person all at the same time. 
  9. I can open my eyes underwater without anything protecting them. 
  10. I am terrified of getting married - I am engaged so, it is inevitable. 
  11. When I was younger I would write backwards and in mirror image, the teachers thought there was something wrong with me, but I knew what I was doing - I didn't want anyone to copy my work. 

My answers to PastelSparkles questions

Would you rather take a European sight seeing vacation or a relaxing Caribbean vacation?
I think I would prefer to go on a relaxing Caribbean vacation - I've already done a big European trip and would love to just relax on the beach with some type of delicious cocktail. 

Would you rather have no internet or no mobile phone?
For how long? For me the two are so interconnected that they're kind of the same. I think I'd choose no mobile phone - I've lived without one before and managed just fine. 

Would you rather have no one turn up to your wedding or no one turn up to your funeral?
I think I could handle if people didn't show up to my wedding because there would be at least one person (my husband) there that I could spend the day with - It is our day of course. I would be upset if no one was at my funeral even though I won't be there - I'd like to know that I had a good enough life for people to warrant saying goodbye to me. 

Would you rather know the date of your death or the cause of your death?
Ugh, none? I think the cause. If I knew the date and it wasn't what I was expecting I'd be even more distraught then if I knew the cause. If I knew the cause, I'd just avoid doing that thing!

Would you rather be famous or be the best friend of a famous person?
I would rather be the famous person. I think I'm level headed enough to know how to not let fame get to me. If I was best friends with a famous person and it change them I'd hate it.

Would you rather talk like Yoda or breathe like Darth Vader?
Like Yoda's voice? or just the ways he says it? I don't know, I'd probably say breath like Vader. I've heard my fair share of 'Mouth Breathers' in my time so I know people like that exist!

Would you rather always be overdressed or underdressed? 
Overdressed. Thats how I live my life now.

Would you rather only need to sleep for 5 hours per day or need to sleep for 10 but control your dreams?
Only need 5 hours. Life is too short to spend it sleeping (said the person who loves sleep more than chocolate). I'd like to have 5 hours of weird dreams (its like what I have now) then to control them - I think it takes the fun out of it.

Would you rather everyday was Christmas or every day was your birthday?
I can't think of a worse choice - I hate presents. However, I like buying them for people and on Christmas everyone gets something - so why not have it Christmas always. That way we can listen to Christmas songs/carols all the time!

Would you rather throw away all of your makeup or throw away all of your clothes?
Clothes are cheaper to buy again. I'd throw them away. Besides, I wear a lot of my fiancés clothes so that'd get my by until I can buy more.

Would you rather eat dog food or a mouldy apple?
Mouldy apple. At least I knew that it was once edible. Dog food is not meant for people. So, no. Unless it was like ONE dog biscuit, I think I could do that.

My nominations are:
My questions for you:

Do you prefer incense or candles?

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Would you rather breathe under water or be able to fly?

Would you rather have a 'rewind' button in life, or a 'pause' button?

Would you rather be fluent in every language, or be able to speak to animals?

Would you rather spend one night in prison or a haunted house?

Would you rather be 10 minutes late or 20 minutes early for everything?

Would you rather look weak but be strong, or look strong but be weak?

Would you rather go without internet, or go without a car for a month?

What made you want to start a blog?

Ok so thats this post done and dusted from me, it took me so long to be able to upload this because I was having issues and my posts weren't posting. But here it is! Thanks again to PastelSparkles for nominating me.

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