11 May 2015

Autumnal Haul


If you follow me on Twitter you will noticed I've been talking about being on a shopping ban and limiting myself so I can save! As an extreme shopaholic I've tried doing this several times and have failed however I am so determined to get this right - I can do this! I love shopping (obviously) and it's not like I'm totally banning myself from any purchases but I am slowing down now as I've been on quite a shopping kick lately. I'm going to treat myself to a purchase only once a month, that way I can continue saving for future plans. I of course did this haul at separate times from end of March and April, these are a few things I've accumulated — fashion, interior for my room and of course beauty. One thing I definitely need to start doing as one of my goals is "shopping my stash" as most bloggers like to call it.

I think it is important to stop and smell the flowers. Every so often I forget I have all these beautiful belongings and I keep trying to tick off an endless list of unnecessary things when I should appreciate what I have already. I am definitely guilty of this and I think as someone who just loves shopping you just keep feeding your desire to keep wanting more beautiful things. It is hard when there are always new and beautiful launches being released all the time! I don't think I will ever be able to just "stop" shopping but in the mean time I can at least focus on saving money. How do you manage this yourself? Do you have any tips for me to work on in order to fulfil my shopaholic ban? I'd love to know!


Interior

A Cup of Chic Be Poles The Paper Bag/Le Sac En Papier

Baby Cactus (From an old cactus plant I've owned since 2009. I picked off a small part of it to replant and also reused an old candle jar.)



Beauty

Dior Mono Kingdom of Colours Eyeshadow in Fairy Grey LE

Dior Gel Nail Polishes in Nuit 970 and Rouge 999

Chanel Rouge Coco in Adrienne 402

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm

MAC Eyes on MAC Times Nine Palettes in Purple Times and Burgundy Times

MAC Lip Pencil in Soar

Sigma Eyeshadow Brushes in E35, E45 and E25 (GWP)

GHD Style Final Fix Hairspray (travel size)

Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray



Fashion

Country Road Train Rhythmic Zip-up in Ash Grey

Country Road Active Socks in Nude Grey

Country Road Felted Spot Knit in Grey Marble

Country Road Fringed Scarf in Black 

Country Road Twisted Beanie in Marbled Grey
 (Menswear)

Topshop Moto Black Rinse Jamie Jeans

Topshop Bingo Chelsea Boots in Black 

Billie + Rose Long Cardigan in Grey 


Country Road Bar Necklace in Silver

Sass & Bide Make A Wish Stars Necklace in Gold

Common Ground Ball Necklace in Rose Gold 

(My current favourite dainty necklaces)


If you would like a review on any of my recent purchases please let me know in the comments. My beautiful friend Tenneil requested a makeup look using my new MAC Times Nine palettes so look out for that tutorial very soon!


* Square Marble Tray (H&M) gifted from Tenneil

04 May 2015

April Favourites



As requested by the lovely Maria to do an autumn/fall favourites I decided since I have another month of autumn left I will settle to do an April favourites — which pretty much is the same anyway. This month's favourites consist of everything from makeup, makeup brushes, haircare, hair and body tools, skincare, nails and fragrances. I want to firstly mention the beautiful marble glass tray my friend Tenneil gifted me as part of my birthday present. It is so perfect and I decided to store my bedside essentials on it as well as using it as a prop for photos (because it photographs so nicely).

Items I've been reaching for and have been loving this month.



Beauty


Hourglass Ambient Blush Powders in Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat

-  Just one glance at these blushes and the marble mixed effect just lures you to want it. I've always swatched in stores last year contemplating on adding it to my collection. When I finally brought these babies home I just couldn't believe how gorgeous they are! I think my favourite of the two is Mood Exposure mainly because I just don't have anything quite like it. It is in my eyes perfection, a mixture of plum, brown, soft rose undertones with a hint of sheen just ties it all together so nicely. I think you know by now those are the shades I LOVE gravitating towards. Don't get my wrong I love Diffused Heat as well, maybe not as equally as I find it is unique however at the same time a typical blush shade. Pink with gold reflects? Nonetheless it is absolutely stunning! Especially since I find these types of shades just compliment any skin tones. Let's just say Hourglass is just amazing, I don't think there is a product in their range I don't love.



-  These eyeshadow sticks just make your eyes pop! You can apply just one shade and blend it all over your eyelids and it can look as though you've spend hours on your eye makeup. I think it gives such a pearlescent sheen to your eyes and feels so luxurious too. Both the shades Misty Rock and Ombre Mercure I have been reaching for on most occasions. They work nicely on their own and compliment one another used together. The formula of these is so smooth and pigmented I don't think there is anything quite like these!


Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Pale Barley

-  I want to try more shades the in Burberry eyeshadows, now if only Perth had a Burberry counter! Pale Barely is most probably the most popular shade of the lot, mainly for its versatility on most eye colours. It is your standard shimmer taupe, brown with a hint of gold although sounding so typical it is anything but! I think it just works well, these types of go to shades especially when you aren't in the mood to blend too many shadows to create a look this one shows off amazingly on its own as well as combined with other shades. The quality of Burberry I'm sure you can tell is luxurious, the packaging, the formula of the product — pure bliss.



-  I am one to try out any brow product that catches my eyes! Since owning this I have used it almost everyday within the month of April. I think the one thing I quite enjoy about this brow pencil is that it is the only actual pencil form I have in my personal collection but that you need to sharpen with a sharpener. Therefore you are getting a lot more product compared to most crayon/wind-up hybrids. I love my Anastasia, Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury (they are all wind up pencils). I find each brow product I have differentiate from one another in terms of shades and textures. With the MAC Velvet Brow Liner I find it has a nice waxy matte texture and it isn't too soft therefore it distributes product nicely and you can slowly build up the intensity of your brows. It has a soft and subtle look to it and the spooly on the end is perfect size to brush out evenly.



-  For a while I thought I wasn't ever going to be able to try the rest of Kevyn Aucoin's range because in Australia we only have access to his mascara, brow pencils and a few other products. Not many sites especially U.S related sites will ship Kevyn Aucoin products to Australia. I'm not sure how it is for other countries but for us Aussies it is not as easy to access. There isn't much to say about these two, only that they definitely live up to their hype! I don't want to be repetitive and say what so many others say about these. The highlight powder is just so smooth and finely milled leaving your cheekbones screaming of a natural glow as for the sculpting powder can there be any shade more perfect than this? It is a grey ash undertone therefore contouring with this is so much better! These are highly pigmented so you only need a small amount to apply! Which I guess the small packaging is ideal.


Makeup Brushes



-  Yes, this is the brush you keep seeing me mention in each of the tutorials I've written about! I, of course found out about it through Lily Pebbles (possibly my most favourite You-Tuber!). It is finely compacted but has the perfect amount of movement within the bristles to blend your base in seamlessly. I think I prefer this as well mainly because it has a round top not a flat one as I find it moves around the crevices of your face better.


Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease Brush #231

-  This brush works perfectly to use to create a defined crease look but is dense enough to blend out eyeshadow as well. If you wanted to you could even create an entire look with this brush! It has a tapered end but a nice thick soft and compacted bristles that make each task an easy all in one!


Zoeva Luxe Defined Crease Brush #224

-  I find this brush to be very defining compared to many of my eye brushes. It is definitely unique in its sense that it is a very thin blending fan like brush. It can blend out a defined crease and lower lash line effortlessly but also can slowly build up a defined eye look too.


-  You know the gist to this amazing brush! So small but yet very effective. From gel eyeliner to brow application this does it perfectly! It has a small sharp and precise angled tip and isn't too dense or too flimsy.


Nail Polish



-  I'm sure I've spoken about this nail varnish several times as well as posting it on my social media constantly! I just can't help but fall in love with it over and over again and this entire month I have been painting my nails with it non-stop! It lasts so long on your nails and is a dream to apply especially for those who dread the waiting game of it drying as well as a messy application, you won't experience it with this gem! Now this of course is a limited edition shade but I highly recommend any of their other shades within the range of their gel nail polishes! I have bought a few already and can safely say these are my new and holy grail nail polishes of all!


Fragrances


Byredo Bal D'afrique Parfum 50ml

-  I'm actually surprise that the amount of times I've spritz this perfume on and yet it still remains full! I just adore the scent to this, it is so unique and the type you can keep smelling for ever. Byredo is the type of brand that sits on your shelve and you can't help but be in awe with due to its beauty. I'm not good at explaining scents so I'm not even going to bother but you can read my review of it here.


Jo Malone Lily of the Valley Cologne LE 30ml

-  This is a limited edition cologne from the Rock The Ages collection. Out of the range I fell in love with this scent. Not only are all the packaging from this series just gorgeous (I really love the ruby velvet packaging of the rose scent however the scent didn't appeal to me) but this is definitely a scent I do enjoy! Refreshing and floral.


Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne 100ml

-  I have been using the small sample sizes of the Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne for a while now I have about 4 of them and couldn't stop using them! It was then I decided to treat myself to a 100ml size of it as I knew I would be using this a lot! Plus it works out better in value since I do own many of the 30ml sizes so it was time to invest in the larger size. My boyfriend really enjoys this scent on me, each time I spray it on he always asks me "what is that smell? It's so nice!". It's a definite winner in my books, as some say it smells like what the sea side with a breath of fresh air would smell like (I can imagine).



Haircare



-  If I had only one hair product to use in my hair it would be this hair primer from Bumble and Bumble. I've spoken about this so many times but it just had to be featured in my favourites and it is all I've been using in all of April. The hair primer does everything from detangling, nourishing, protecting against heat as well as UV rays , etc., Need I say more?


Skincare


Alpha-H Liquid Gold

-  I've been using this as a toner for all of April. After I wash my face I like to pour a small amount onto a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face. I only use this about 3 times a week as it contains glycolic acid so it is a chemical exfoliant. When you use this it has a slight tingle on your face and you can just feel all the ingredients working into your skin. It has transformed my skin so much especially the softness and my hyperpigmentation. My skin has been so smooth and clear since using this and I would definitely repurchase this again. It isn't cheap, so if you can save up and invest in this I highly recommend it especially if you're looking for something to help your skin in terms of hyperpigmentation, acne, dry patches as well as amazing ingredients such as glycolic acid and licorice root.



-  The Purely White range has been my favourite for over a year now and it has become a staple in my regime. When I picked up the Brightening Mist I just knew it was what I need to use within my skincare routine. It helps freshen your face as well as nourishing it with brightening and hydrating properties such as fruit, flower, plant and root extracts. I like to use this day and night, before and after makeup to help freshen and leave my skin glowing.


Tools



-  This one is a product I've been wanting to post about for the longest time but I wanted to use it for a long period of time before I gave any thoughts or opinions on it. Having it featured in my April favourites is a given that I love this nifty device. I noticed just recently a few bloggers have been talking a lot about epilating and found it ironic that I was just about to post about it! Please don't think I am joining any hype and adding to the rave about a gimmick product. I genuinely adore this device, I don't think I will ever go back to shaving, waxing etc again. Not only are the two methods too harsh on your delicate skin but they aren't as effective I find. Epilating removes all your hairs in a quick motion and I find I don't have hairs growing for weeks as it basically plucks the roots of each hair out! So you can see the longevity is there as well as taking care of your skin without stripping it.

I've had this device for quite a while now (I'm not even sure how long but I definitely have had it for over a year now!). I think if you invest in a good brand it will have better features and performance. I know other brands do the job but you can definitely tell the difference in terms of how quick the hairs on my body grow back after using the device. Of course it isn't all too pleasurable to use, it feels strange, nothing you can't handle but it does hurt at first! Eventually you get so use to it! I found areas around my body especially my underarms have improved in terms of darkness on the skin as well as the softness. Ever since converting to epilating I've noticed my skin isn't irritated from waxing or shaving like it use to as epilating just focuses on the hair removal rather than stripping layers of your skin. I find this model I use is amazing, it can be used wet or dry and has amazing features! I won't go into all the gadgets since the website linked will show you all the amazing features it has! Let me know if you've tried it!


GHD Wonderland Hair Straightener LE

-  I've always been one to hesitate on trying out the GHD straighteners as the price just puts me off! Needless to say you definitely get what you pay for and as someone who lives by this theory I should have known better! I have it now so I forgive myself! I use to use Remington which does the job but you can definitely see the difference in the way it treats your hair and again the longevity. Not only is the GHD an eye catcher I just find it straightens and curls my hair effortlessly! This model I have is a limited edition shade (duo chrome) however they have so many similar straighteners that they come out with each year! I'll never go back to any other brand, unless of course something even better is released. Having said that GHD is as perfect as it gets!


Sorry I've been away for a while! These last few weeks have been very busy, from my travels to Shark Bay to my freelancing job as well as interviews. I'm back now, so look out for another tutorial coming up very soon!