01 May 2017

My Work Desk Tour

A work desk tour has been on my agenda to post about for quite a while and now that I'm finally satisfied with the current state of my desk I will take you through a general overview of it all.

I wouldn't call myself a minimalist at the least, though I love the concept of it and try to live as much of a minimalistic life as possible. I like to think of my style as a more curated style, where I have a decent amount of belongings I love and use daily as I am more selective with everything I buy nowadays. The same thing goes with my work desk, everything that is on there I use often and has a purpose.

I wanted to find a desk that suited my style and needs to store everything properly where I could have it all accessible. I love the style of my desk and I couldn't have found an even better style that I adore. This is a Scandinavian style desk called Willow, with a duo-tone of wood and white exterior. It has one large drawer which separates into two sections — this is one of my favourite features, along with a back section that has a compartment which flips up to store any power cords.

You can view more photos of my desk I posted on my Instagram and the many different states it has been in since I bought this desk in March 2016 — 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
To give my office space a little more of a personal touch, I like to have my favourite photos, art and quotes displayed on this matte black wire memo board and in frames around my desk.

I honestly cannot remember the last time I had my photos developed at a photo centre. It's always been such a heartfelt feeling having a photo to physically hold and look at, especially flicking through a photo album or even seeing it hung around your home. These days technology has come so far that photography is all in digital form and hardly anyone prints photos anymore.

I use to use my old Polaroid camera and my vintage analog film camera (during my university days I attended a Photo Work/Media course for my Journalism degree and I remember being in the darkroom developing negatives and what a great experience it was) for quite a few years ago where each photo captured you would never know how it would turn out until it was developed. That is what I love most about film photography. I only stopped using it because the Polaroid film for mine wasn't available anymore and I didn't have as much access to film photography after I finished my course. The Instax cameras are more readily available these days but I am yet to invest in one, for now I am quite happy having my photos printed from services such as *Printiki.

The thing that I found most intriguing with Printiki's service is not only is it a fast and convenient way to get your photos printed in a variety of styles (retro style is my favourite, of course) but, you can scan any old photographs you already own or any photos you have taken directly from your phone or camera and have them all printed all from the comfort of your home. Even though I love the way analog photography works and leaves you with a surprise at how your photos will turn out, it is also nice to be able to recreate those sentimental photos you already cherish and have them printed as many times as you want.

When Printtiki contacted me back in late February to collaborate with their services I couldn't pass this opportunity because it had come at a perfect time when I wanted to start creating my own personal photo album and get photos printed. It took me quite some time to gather some important photos and to make sure I was happy with each one I had chosen to get printed as it meant a lot to me.

When I ordered my photos and it arrived in the mail I was absolutely stoked at the results and even my family was in awe over how beautiful they turned out. My Mum was especially thrilled to see I had chosen to get an old family photo of her family printed (it's the black and white family photograph of my Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles with my Mum) and of course baby photos of my boyfriend and I (hanging on the black wire memo board). I've always wanted to have these photographs to keep for myself and to be able to have a copy of my own makes me feel so complete. I even wrote captions under a few of the photos I had printed to document the date and location in order to look back one day and reminisce those moments.

I teamed up with the great folks at Printiki to bring a special discount code for my readers, as I want to share this special experience with those who would also like to have their photos printed.
The discount code is for free economy shipping worldwide on print orders, valid from 1st to the 6th of May 2017
Use the Printiki code: amourjnfr at checkout.
I have these Muji acrylic drawers where I keep a lot of different stationery that I reach for the most — you can see I have an endless supply of my favourite Muji pens in 0.38, 0.5 and 0.7.  
The desk drawer separates into two sections and is quite a decent size. I find this table would also make a great makeup vanity if you wanted to use it for that too. It is so spacious and I like to use a few containers to divide and store each product. 
T—B  Section 1 and Section 2 of desk drawers.
The first section is half the size of the second section which doubles in size so it is perfect to store larger items such as note books. Each section is quite miscellaneous, I have items kept in each section from my hard drive, tech gear, cords, calligraphy equipment, stationery, books, letter sets and candle equipment, etc.
Aside from beauty, you can say I have a slight obsession with stationery, I always have and always will —I can spend hours in each stationery aisle at the shops, it's like my heaven. When our home is ready I can't wait to have a room dedicated for my own office. I envision to decorate it and have this desk displayed with more space. I'm sure this layout will change again in no time, I have a thing with my room and each section where I am forever switching it up. This is my happy place, right after my vanity — which I hope to also do a post on in the near future, I know so many of you have requested this for so long so I will try to get a post up soon.

I hope you enjoyed this overview of my desk tour and let me know if you decide to get any of your photos printed through Printiki, I would love to see your prints, too!

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*Printiki discount code is offered for any of my readers worldwide for a short time only (1-6/5/17). I am not paid or sponsored for this code or any services. My photos were developed and sent to me courtesy of Printiki and I only feature products and services that I genuinely recommend and enjoy. Please read my Disclaimer page for further information. 

06 April 2017

A Prelude To BECCA

Oddly enough BECCA has been a brand that isn't readily available here in Australia, although it is an Australian brand there isn't much access to it unless you live on the east coast or pop into a beauty salon that stocks it. For me it hasn't been a brand I could just go out and purchase directly at a local store or counter here in Perth and I am not interested in popping into a beauty salon (etc), just to get a product or two. Give or take, it is a brand I have grown to love and adore, I've only tried a small handful of their products so far and you can bet I am a definite fan — though I do wish I could have better access to it so I can see it in person for a better experience. I actually do remember BECCA use to be stocked in David Jones at our city store and then some how a jerk decided to remove the whole range — oh well. 

Thank goodness for the beauty of the world wide web, from a few trusty reviews (for research purposes) to being able to purchase it online. There are quite a few beauty sites out there that stock BECCA but I have found that Active Skin stocks them for a good price compared to others, plus they're Australian owned online beauty retailer that is well trusted and provide amazing services. I think that is the better option for me at this time, though it would be great to test products in person, nothing beats good value. The team at Active Skin are extremely helpful so if you have any questions they can assist you.

Pricing example: The Backlight Priming Filter retails for $65 AUD but on Active Skin you can purchase it for $50 AUD, compare the prices herehere and here. That's a pretty darn good pricing point if I don't say so myself.
    T ⎯ B   Swatches 

*BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal — BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (illuminator)   L ⎯ R 
I've owned the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (the illuminating liquid version) for quite a while now and comparing it to my newest edition the pressed powder I can't decide which of the two I prefer more over. It's like choosing your favourite child. I love them both equally and they serve a purpose for individual use or pairing together for the ultimate glow. They're both equally stunning.

*BECCA Backlight Priming Filter (swatched and blended)  L ⎯ R 
This has been a product I've been umming and ahhing over for quite some time since its initial launch a few years back. From all the reviews and seeing it applied on through tutorials I've been quite smitten and it's been on my wish list for the longest time. I actually tried a sample of it during my visit in Melbourne last year at a Sephora store. It is as beautiful as I last remembered it and I am so glad to have it within my collection.

Some days I like to wear it alone without any makeup to give myself that lit from within look (that typical phrase) no kidding though, it seriously makes you look more healthier and youthful than you actually are (unless you are, I am not the latter). It smooths out the entire texture of your skin providing a beautiful glow-y and smooth base. It really is a real life filter for your face, yep, they've finally did it guys.

 BECCA Mineral Blush in Sweetpea
I'm not sure, I have the biggest feeling that this shade is discontinued — I've tried searching for it and it seems like it isn't part of their range anymore. WHY do they do this? This now means I have to salvage whatever I have with it because this blush shade is exactly what I've always wanted in a blush itself. It is the perfect terra cotta brown rose shade (are you surprised?). It provides a crazy amount of pigment so a little goes a long way, tap lightly! Wearing it without a bronzer is perfect because it gives you the best of both worlds (blush/bronze). I bought this at Melbourne airport on my way back home to Perth.
//    The main focus is of course the base, I want to show you exactly what these BECCA base products can do for the skin using very minimal technique for your overall look. I love creating a base that still shows my true complexion.


BASE  ⎯  
*BECCA Backlight Priming Filter  
*BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal 
Glossier Skin Tint in Medium 
Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium 
BECCA Mineral Blush in Sweetpea (used as blush and eyeshadow) 

EYES  ⎯  
Glossier Boy Brow in Black 
Surratt Beauty Eyelash Curler  
Chanel Le Volume Mascara 

LIPS  ⎯  
Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Leo 
Glossier Lip Gloss 

 What BECCA products have you tried or would recommend?

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28 March 2017

Let's Catch Up! #7

Oh, hi —
Long time no post! The month of March has been quite a hectic month for me, not only was it my birthday month but a lot of things were quite chaotic since my last post. Which is why I haven't updated since end of February. I won't go into too much detail as to what I've been up to as it has been all the typical "adulting sh*t", but let's not get into that.

First thing I wanted to talk about is this green jade rock that you can see on the top of my bedhead. It was gifted to me by my sister and ever since I have placed it above me when I sleep. I didn't know this at the time, but a few days I had placed this jade rock there I felt as though it had cleansed my dreams and calmed me a lot, providing positive energy towards me. I tested it out one day and placed it onto my work desk instead and a few days onwards I had terrible nightmares. I'm quite a spiritual person and believe in Feng Shui, aurora's, karma and all that good stuff.

As soon as I put it back on my bedhead my dreams were instantly less intense and stressful. I knew straight away there was something special about this jade rock, so I did some research on good ol' Google and what do ya know, it has healing properties and helps with anxiety and lightens emotions. It says to place it under your pillow, but I'm quite happy to just leave it above on my bedhead. You can read more on it here. I feel as though I can relate to everything mentioned in this article, it is quite spot on in terms of relating to my astrology sign (Pisces). I think it is such a coincidence that my sister gave this jade to me so randomly, but also at the perfect time I needed it the most.

I've been also getting into reading again! I've ordered quite a few new books through Book Depository as you know and one of my newest editions is this poetry book called The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson. Let's just say it doesn't get as raw and real as this poetry book, her writing is just beautiful and intense, you can feel each emotion through every paragraph. It is quite a traumatic book, I find some parts hard to take in but at the same time I thrive off these types of genres for books and movies. The more f*cked up it is, the better in my opinion. I highly recommend this beauty of a book if you're also into this type of thing, plus the cover is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! 

The next few books arriving in my mail box soon is Love Poems by Pablo Neruda and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, few that many people loved and raved about. I am excited to read these, I've read a few pages from peoples social media pictures and their poetry is so inspiring and beautiful. I love reading poetry, I was inspired by my friend Alexis to get into poetry reading — she recommended Lang Leav's poetry, which is definitely on my wish-list. I also have Eighteen Years by Madisen Kuhn on my wish list who I have recently stumbled upon and truly admire her aesthetics. When I purchased my first poetry book (The Chaos of Longing) I had soon realised how much easier it was to get into reading this way. Novels tend to make me stray, I get bored and distracted easily and I admit I am not always the best at getting into a book and continuing it to the very end. It is definitely something I need to work on. I find self-help books to be my new gravitation and a genre I am much into nowadays — though I still enjoy reading a good best seller or two.


A quick sneak peek beauty wise of what's to come on Amour JNFR. Currently in the works, an array of beauty products I have hauled a few months back, gifted through PR and an exciting mail swap I did with Cindy! (This isn't everything, much more goodies to photograph).
Brands included: Tatcha, Glossier, Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Saturday Skin, Fresh Beauty, Herbivore, etc. 

I've done quite a few clear outs of my belongings especially my beauty collection, giving away products as well as setting myself a project pan of using up my products. I'm slowly getting closer to having a more fresh and curated collection that I am really happy with. As you can know I have quite a few new items to eventually go through, so I have put a ban on myself from buying any beauty products for a while, unless I truly NEED to — I've been quite good at this for a while now, I never rarely shop now. There's something really fulfilling about giving away bags/boxes of all your unwanted/unused products (or throwing out products I've held onto for too long) to someone who would make better use of it all. I want my collection to only contain items I would reach for daily, with a one in one out system. These days I don't wear as much makeup and go for a more minimal and fresh look.

P. S.   A homeware haul currently in the works!

Read more — Let's Catch Up #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6

21 February 2017

TOP PICKS — Face, Body & Hair

These last few months I have been in awe with three particular products, nothing to do with makeup just skin, body and haircare. I have been using all three for quite a few months straight and let's just say two of them are on their last legs and I may need to go purchase a backup asap!

FACE ⎯  *Pūr~lisse Prevent Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk 
I've been using this almost daily since last year in November when the team at Pūr~lisse gifted me a few beautiful products from their range to trial. So far I have been LOVING every product, but this cleansing milk is the definite stand out for me. The consistency is so light weight and thin, with a milk-like texture it feels extremely moisturising and leaves my face feeling really plumped and hydrated. I like to use this manually or paired with my Clarisonic. What I enjoy most about this cleansing milk is how gentle it is so it is suitable for any skin type. It removes makeup well, though I like to use a cleansing balm first and then follow up with the cleansing milk to double cleanse. 
Containing amazing ingredients such as Blue Lotus, known to be a powerful antioxidant due to its anti-inflammatory benefits creating a natural glow to the skin. What makes the cleansing milk feel so gentle and soothing on the skin is the added Soy Milk and Whole Oat which contains amino acids to retain the skins elasticity and gently calms the skin. And lastly White Tea extracts contains active compounds to strengthen the skin's immune system by delaying the ageing process through its high antioxidant concentration and ability to protect the skin from oxidation. So you can definitely see why this is a 4-in-1 cleanser. It is the all rounder and my skin is loving it. I am actually sad that I only have a few more uses left before it runs out. 

 BODY ⎯  *Antipodes Namasté Hand and Body Wash
I go through different body washes like no ones business, but I have never come across one that I am dead in love with. I've tried many from Lush mainly, though I find their scent to be a little overpowering it is still something I enjoy, but haven't loved. When I was sent a few Antipodes products to try out I didn't think much of this body wash. I thought it was really appealing and the packaging was so beautiful, not to mention the scent was divine and refreshing. Therefore I was initially going to save this for our house when we move in. But, I thought to myself, why bother waiting? I actually ran out of a few body washes and was deciding what to use the other month and decided to give this one a go.
The reason I am about more than half way through this bottle is because my boyfriend had also discovered it and started using it. He told me that it makes him smell so much better throughout the day (TMI much?) which I thought was cute that he noticed something like that since he is so oblivious when it comes to using beauty and skincare himself.  
This body wash has a real liquid-y consistency, almost water-like, which I found interesting because a lot of the time body washes are really thick. It lathers up nicely on the skin and cleanses your body really well. Though it doesn't have a lot of bubbles when lathering I think this shows how good the ingredients are that there is no added harsh chemicals which other body washes contain to make the product lather and foam up, which can be really drying on the skin. After each use my body feels so soft and hydrated. 
This body wash contains many herbal extracts such as Chamomile, Parsley Seed Oil, Camellia Leaf Extra, Green Tea, Kiwi Seed Oil, Wheat Protein, Olive Fruit Oil, Coconut Oil and essential oil fragrances of Sweet Lime and Black Pepper. To me the scent would make such a gorgeous perfume. It has this woody, earthy and fresh depth to it making it kind of masculine. Which is probably why the Mr is totally diggin' this. I love it! 

 HAIR ⎯  Ouai Dry Shampoo
I picked up this beauty end of last year during out little trip to Melbourne. It was the very first time I finally got to visit a Sephora store, since each time I visit the Eastern states I seem to JUST miss the opening on each store (aherm, Sydney and then Melbourne, sigh). I knew as soon as I saw the Ouai range I had to try something from it. I picked up both the Texturizing Spray and the Dry Shampoo and though I am loving both the dry shampoo is by far my favourite of the lot. 
Again, I've trialled basically all the dry shampoo's there is out there, well majority anyway and I have not found one that doesn't end up leaving my hair feeling more dirty or gross. Enter the Ouai Dry Shampoo, this is a god-sent product. I love that for once it actually makes my hair feel clean and refreshed (I wash my hair every second day so it doesn't get too dirty or oily — only during gym days, though my main problem is flatness due to my no-so thick hair). 
I've found many dry shampoo's leave a build up of product within your roots which creates this icky feeling where your hair feels even more dirty than it actually is. This gives my hair a good amount of volume and doesn't leave any white residue as it absorbs and gets distributed within the roots really well. The scent is another thing that can really throw me off with other dry shampoo's, Ouai's range smells divine so this is a definitely bonus. I need to pick up a travel size so I can put this baby in my bag for on-the-go.

 Have you tried any of these three products? What are your top picks when it comes to face, body and hair?

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02 February 2017

Always At My Aid

I decided I wanted to put together a post about all the things that are either keeping me organised, motivated, happy and working well for me. You could call it a favourites post, but let's call it things that are "Always at My Aid". A bit of a random post, but you know I like putting together these types of post. Brace yourself, this is going to be a long one, grab your cuppa before continuing, or just scroll through to look at the pretty photos.

These last few days I've been in a rut on what to post, I've written out many lists of ideas only to have them pushed down the list because I wasn't completely satisfied with the idea. I have a lot I want to post about, "What's on My Work Desk" and "My Everyday Mini Muji Drawer" etc. But for some reason I haven't had the motivation to take the photos for it or start it, it is still on my list and I want to post about it. I guess I'm just unsure if I am being repetitive or if it is interesting enough. Though, I always post on my blog purely for my own interest and of course the interest of my readers, but I want to put out content I am happy with overall —without the pressure.

I was sitting on my bed and looking around my room, how it brings me much joy seeing all of my beautiful belongings together. I thought to myself what is currently making me feel "good". And then I started putting together all the items that made me feel "good" onto my bed, only for them all to be different ends of the scale. Perhaps, I could just do a "Current Favourites" but with a twist? Or maybe I should just go with the flow and whatever comes to mind when I take the photos and upload them into my draft suite I'll go from there, and that is what I did.

I always like to show my humour through my writing whether it be on my blog, social media, etc. I like to just be myself through my words. I think with the internet, people only show little snippets of their lives, you only see what they choose to let you see. Most of the time is it only the good and pretty moments of their day. I can't deny I am one of those people, I take pretty photos and post them. Sometimes I write a meaningful caption to go along with it, sometimes it's just straight and bland. I've always said that Twitter is the main platform I feel like I can actually vent, talk real sh*t and just kind of be myself through each Tweet I post. But then, I also think that many people hide behind the wall of the internet and make it like their life is so perfect when clearly, you know it's not. There's nothing wrong with that. I think perhaps they do such a thing to show the world that they would rather show their brighter side or maybe their darker side, it's their way of escapism.

I'm actually not sure where I am going with this, I just felt like writing my thoughts and feelings and now I am just rambling onto a completely different topic like I usually do in person (if you know me). Maybe I am saying all this because I don't want this post to be about, "oh I love this product because it is just so great, blah blah" and maybe I just want to show you and talk to you as if you were my friend and I am telling you how it makes me really feel. Well, I'll try that and we will see how it pans out.

I just posted this image on my Instagram: read my caption here. It is so random, I don't even know what brought me to write such a quirky caption. I just felt like being sarcastic and at the same time talking about this beautiful candle I've never burnt since purchasing it back in 2013? Maybe, I've been reading too many books *aherm* (that's where The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck comes in later in this post). But, I think I have changed my perspective on many things and now that I have been on the internet for many moons, I want to be myself more so than nothing. I want to tell you "I f*cking love this mother f*cking piece of an item and you should spend that damn savings and just get it because ya money ain't going to the grave with ya, only the feels you bring will" kind-of-thing.

Oh, and yes, Diptyque Figuier candle is just stunning, it is my favourite and I will update you when I decide to burn its beauty.

I've always said this, year after year, I need to read properly again. I need to pick up a darn book and read it. Last time I read a full novel was back in 2014, I had read the entire book of Fifty Shades of Grey — don't judge me, I liked it, okay? Though, I did stop there and never read the rest of the trilogy.
I needed something that I would actually WANT to read and not give up after 3 pages in. These last few months each time I visited a bookstore I have always picked up Marie Kondo's— Spark Joy. Even the Mr noticed I would always read through it every time we went to the bookstore, he said to me, why don't you just buy it? I told him, I want to make sure I love it and it will actually be useful and worth it before I do. Usually for all things, if I keep looking at the same item over and over again, it pretty much gives me the green light to just bloody buy the damn thing. I can't stop thinking about it. I'll get it. That's my way of thinking.
What I liked most about it was comparing it to the first book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying" was it contained illustrations on each of her tips, especially the whole folding each clothing item etc. Now, I am a visual person so that calls out to me and has a tick next to it. I also searched up reviews and many people said you don't need to read the first edition, just jump straight to Spark Joy and it offers the same advice and much more. So, it is a win win. 
I am quite an organised person, but not quite to my mother's standards, which is why I need this book. I need to figure out how to minimalise the sh*t in my life and I need to know a better way to fold my f*cking socks and bras, okay? This book is a god sent, and although she rambles on about some random crap here and there it really does help me have a better open mind towards more than tidying up.
Which brings me to Sarah Knight's —The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. I've always seen this book around, it is a take on Marie Kondo's series, and Sarah Knight gained inspiration through Marie's book only to focus more on life's happenings and self development through tidying up the crap you put yourself through. Basically, to stop giving two f*cks about things that don't make you happy and ways to get out of going to a social event you don't even give a sh*t about with people you loathe. Limiting the amount of f*cks you give out each day and just focusing on your self love and happiness. You'd think it would be pretty straight forward and why would one even need such books to tell them these things, but you need to just read it if you want to view things in another perspective with a touch a humour and bloody good advice. 

Both books are just amazing, I am half way through them both (yes, reading them at the same time) and I am working my way around to a more organised life physically and mentally. I highly recommend them both, if you are looking for a new good read for yourself. Something from both ends of the scale and a lot of self help. Also, if you're planning on purchasing it buy it at *Book Depository, so much cheaper compared to regular bookstore prices. *my affiliate link 

Stationery is something I've loved since the very first time I picked up a pencil and drew. I don't think I would ever stop spending 4 hours down each aisle of the stationery aisle admiring each item. I'm going to keep this short and just list the stationery items that have been keeping me oragnised and that I love, love, love

MiGoals 2017 Diary — Helping me get my sh*t together and reminding me of important dates and appointments. I've written in it everyday thus far, and I feel quite accomplished knowing my $30 was well spent. I love the layout, size and overall features of this diary. Totally diggin' the peach too.
Muji Pens in 0.5 Pink and 0.38 Black — These have been my favourite pens to write with for many years now. If you haven't tried them yet, what are you doing?! 
Muji Sticky Memo Notes — It is small, it is of great quality tiny paper and it is perfect for little notes within my diary.
Muji Stapleless Stapler — Here is a demo I prepared earlier on how this amazing staple-free stapler works. I posted it on Twitter here. Genius! Saving the environment one less staple at a time. Sorry, but you can only view this image if we're friends... on Twitter. Private account, ye know?
Beauty wise, I recently picked up Charlotte Tilbury's newest edition of her exclusive Matte Revolution lipstick — Pillow Talk. I was in heaven when I found out she was releasing the ever so infamous Lip Cheat liner but in lipstick form. You can bet your bottom dollar I was going to get this beauty. To me, it leans a tiny weeny bit more brown/peachy tone compared to the liner itself, though still very similar with the overall perfect pinky-brown, I do find there is the slightest difference between the two, which I love! This has gone straight into my bag and I can already tell it will be my everyday lipstick. Though, it does get me wondering that if it is limited edition, I will probably need a back up? Why, why you do this to me?? 
I developed a habit since high school of biting or picking at my nails and though through my early 20's I've learned to stop that nasty habit it is something I owe thanks to my good ol' friend — nail polish. Yes, nail polish has helped me stay clear from picking at my nails, I never bite them anymore but I will pick at them if they start breaking. So keeping my nails at bay with a good manicure is crucial for my nails well being. The only nail polishes that have been my favourite are from Dior and Tom Ford. I've literally abandoned all other brands and given most of them away to my sister or thrown them out. It's like having a shellac or whatever they're called nowadays. I've been in awe with the Dior nail polish in #413 Grége
For those pesky pimples I get especially during that time of the month, I've been gravitating towards the *Etude House AC Clean Up Pink Powder Spot from Beautyworks Cosmetica and *Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel from Facial Co followed by Glossier's Moisturizing Moon Mask
The AC Clean Up is very reminiscent of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I like to use this on each pimple and what it does is dry out the pimple and combat any bacteria with Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil. Because it has a pink powder I like to use this during the night and let it settle in whilst I am sleeping. During the day I use the Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel to continue banishing the pimple. This is great for using during the gym as it is clear and works as a barrier once dried, preventing your pimple for further infection from sweat/dirt. 
As these products are very drying on my skin I like to follow up with the Moon Mask to rehydrate my skin. The Hyaluronic Acid, Honey and Aloe really boost the skins moisture levels and the added Licorice Root promotes healing and brighten any dark spots left behind from each pimple. It's definitely a win win situation here.  

Please let me know if you have any post recommendations for me, I need more ideas and would love to know what you would like to see me post about.

18 January 2017

Glossier 101 — Pt 2

During the holiday season I made another Glossier order! It was part of my Christmas present from the Mr. It's one of my biggest orders so far, I had to order them separately because I was waiting for the Haloscope in Quartz to come back into stock. I am so excited to add more to my Glossier collection, there is so much I would love to try (I could honestly own their whole range if I could). I've been really enjoying incorporating a very minimal look to my everyday makeup with Glossier. I've especially been using the Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer, Haloscope and Boy Brow almost daily!

I managed to tick off a lot on my wish list (you can read part 1 of my Glossier 101 post here) the only items I didn't pick up from my wish list is the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Generation G in Jam and the rest of the Super serums. Though, I am eager to try them when I get the next chance to make another order.

I have my own U.S address that I use from my post office (Auspost) and they have a service called ShopMate where you can have items from the U.S shipped to the address and all you need to pay is the shipping fee to Australia with no extra fees. It's a really good service and I have so far really enjoyed using it. The shipping is quite average in pricing $25+ AUD, depending on the weight. They had a promotion going on during the holiday season where I received 15% off my total price of shipping which was really nice. I highly recommend it if you're from Australia and want to shop within the U.S. This is my first time using this type of service for myself, so I don't really have anything to compare it to.
This is my next shopping list:
Generation G in Jam & Cake
Balm Dot Com in Coconut & Rose

Also, I am quite tempted to get one of their Glossier sweatshirt, it looks so chic, cosy and soft. I'll see when Autumn time comes around. 
My second Glossier haul in a nutshell.

Moisturizing Moon Mask — I am so excited to finally try this mask out! I decided to only pick up the Moon Mask and leave the Galaxy Mask for now because I didn't need a detoxifying mask as I own so many at the moment. The Moon Mask is everything is says and the key ingredients is everything I would want in a face mask. Oxygenating Agents, Natural Emollients (Shea butter, sweet almond, soybean oils), Licorice Root (my favourite), Lemon Extracts, Hyaluronic Acid (another favourite), Honey and Aloe. This masks has a really thick cream like consistency, it absorbs well into the skin and once removed it leaves your skin feeling plumped, silky smooth and soft.

Super Bounce Serum — I must admit, I am super (pun intended) thrilled I tried this serum out. When I read up about it and looked into the ingredients listing (Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin B5) I knew I needed this within my skincare regime. Initially I was going to get the full Super Pack set however I changed my mind and decided to only venture out into trying the Super Bounce serum. I wasn't interested in trying the Super Glow as I have so many serums that contain Vitamin C so I didn't need another one, though the Super Pure is definitely something I want to try next as I am always looking for something to help with congestion and blemishes.

To say I love the Super Bounce serum is an understatement, I F*CKING adore this sh*t that I am almost already out of it. Please send help or a backup. I honestly don't know whether I should stop using it for the sake of sparing the product longer or just keep treating my skin with it (my skin is drinking it up like crazy and it has helped the dry patches on my face SO much).

Generation G Lipstick in Leo —I knew this shade was for me the moment I saw it was a brown undertone and was named after the man himself (Leonardo Dicaprio). It applies so beautifully on the lips, very pillow-like and hydrating yet has a matte finish to it. It doesn't have a crazy amount of pigment but can be built up really well on the lips. I love their new revamp of their packaging. It looks a lot more better with the opaque white and a more chubbier exterior. I need more shades now.

Boy Brow in Brown — I don't need to say much about the Boy Brow, if you've read my previous reviews on this you know I love it, and it has basically taken over every other brow product I own. I decided to test out the brown shade (I have the black shade as well, and that works very well) for a more subtle soft look to my brows, it was a good choice.

Haloscope in Quartz —This is the product that made me wait forever. When it finally came back in stock I was quick to pick it up. It was worth every bit of the wait. I must say, it is my favourite of the three I own, though Moonstone comes close to second. It just makes you look like a glowing goddess, your skin looks so lit from within and the champagne slightly opalescence to it just shines to the heavens above. I could slather my face in this and it will still look hot.

//   Black Tie Set  (Limited Edition Holiday Set) 
Nail Polish in Glossier Pink — How adorable is the bottle? It was about time they made a Glossier pink nail polish. The formula works really well, everything I would want in a polish, opaque, good brush applicator, applies evenly and shiny. What more could you say?
Haloscope in Moonstone — If you missed out on picking up this limited edition Haloscope, let me just make it worst for you and say you definitely missed out. It is what unicorns are probably made out of. It has a holographic, duo-chrome effect to it and some how makes you look like you are made out of a mixture of pearls and diamonds when it hits your cheekbones. I'll leave it at that.  
Eyeliner in No.1 — I must admit, this isn't my favourite eyeliner. I found when wearing it throughout the day the longevity sucks and it smudges everywhere. It doesn't last on the eyes yet alone the waterline, so this is definitely a miss for me. 
Lip Gloss — Surprisingly, I don't mind this lip gloss, I am definitely not a lip gloss gal, though the 15 year old in me begs to differ (she was so into glosses back then, that b*tch) but I think this is nice. It isn't something I would rush out and get or even wear daily but they did nail it pretty well on creating their first lip gloss. I mean it was about time they did hence their brand name is Glossier, so you would think they would have a lip gloss within their collection right? 
The gloss applies so nice on the lips, it feels hydrating but has a thick heavy-like consistency where it adheres to your lips without feeling sticky and won't budge unlike other glosses. The scent is subtle and it performs as it should, making your lips look juicy and glossy, and the applicator wand sits on the crevices on your lips like a dream.

What are your thoughts on the Glossier brand? Do you like their aesthetic and branding?