Sunday, 26 July 2015

New Linen

You guys probably don't know this, but I have a thing for bedding. I don't know how it started, or why, but I've collectively spent more on bed linen in the past ten years than makeup and shoes combined. Alarming, I know.

This boring obsession of mine has possibly reached it's peak when I finally invested in a real linen quilt cover. Like, the proper cotton linen. In a grey blue colour. On sale. The stuff dreams are made of. Unbelievable.

Adairs had a pretty good sale on recently, and when I first saw this quilt cover, I knew I had to get it. I have been searching for linen sheets for a loooong time, all those Pinterest and Instagram photos of comfy, cozy beds finally getting to me. I regret nothing, I love them so much I don't want to take them off my bed - ever. 

I really should have taken these images on the morning after - because that's when they are the most magical. Look at that - messy, wrinkled, homey. The way bedding should be. Basically, I never want to get out of bed, especially since the mornings have been so cold recently!

This is absolutely not at all beauty related, but I'm so in love I had to share with you lovelies. Anyone else love a good sheet set? Anyone?

Just me? That's okay. If you need me, I'll be the lump in the middle of the bed, like a big, toasty cinnamon bun.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

June Favourites

Wowww, June has come and gone, I can't believe it! I'm officially longing for warm, long summer days as I sit here with freezing toes and three jumpers on, looking outside into the dark miserably, and wondering how it can possibly be dark at five in the afternoon (I never seem to get used to the short days in winter...?). With this month comes with a few of my usual winter favourites - dewy skin with dark features!

When it comes to winter skin, I want radiance and dewyness to counteract my horrible, dull winter skin. If I'm going to be pale and colourless, I'm at least going to make it look amazing and fresh! I always, always reach for my Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, summer or winter, but especially in winter. There is no shimmer, but a ton of GLOW, and that's exactly what I want! This month I have been pairing it with my new favourite - the newly released, newly reformulated Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, now the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation. Of course I had to get my hands on this when it came out - the original is my HG of foundations, and this new improved formula is even better. More hydrating, and therefore more of a dewy finish. Perfection.

Going back to an old favourite, I've been adding colour back in my face using the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, as it is the perfect tone for my fairer complexion. Just enough to rediscover my missing cheekbones, and add a bit of colour around the hairline. I've never been good at contouring - I'll leave that to the pro's.

I've mentioned the Stila Eyes Are The Window palettes a few times on this blog - I own three, that's how much I love them. This month I've been using the Eyes Are The Window in Spirit quite a lot, in particular that burgundy colour in the top right corner. I pair it with the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection - this acts as a great base (it's super long lasting) and it gives the burgundy colour a bit more depth. I've been bringing both of these colours much lower down on the lash line as well, in an attempt to do that cool, grungy smokey eye. I haven't succeeded in walking out the door like that yet, but baby steps.

To finish off, one of my all time favourite lip products - the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Pictured are Aria (the deep, berry colour) and Bellissima (a very nude, peachy colour). I love these lipsticks for their longevity - they literally Stay All Day. I ate spaghetti at lunch and still didn't need to reapply. You can drink and not leave a mark on the glass, it's amazing. The colours are so pigmented too, and my favourite thing about them is that even if you have dry lips, you can still wear these and no one will know. They are slightly drying, as any matte lipstick is, but when you apply it, it seems to cover any dryness, and almost camouflage it. Great for my poor dry, winter lips!

I thought I should give an honourable mention to Yen magazine too. It's a magazine I've read for years, as I love that they cover art, fashion, music and entertainment that appeals to me, and some really great and interesting articles to read too. I've gone a bit off magazine buying the past year as I seem to have trouble sitting down and reading one (I still have a pile I'm waiting to get through), but when I saw this cover I had to give in. For anyone who used to love Frankie magazine (back when it was actually good, sad face) you might enjoy Yen. It's a bit more grown up, but it's still fun and pretty to look at!

What have you been enjoying this month? Anyone in the Northern Hemisphere, please do not tease me with your warm weather stories. I miss summer!

Monday, 22 June 2015

5 Bloggers I've Been Loving Lately

Some of my favourite posts to read are fellow blogger recommendations. While I may not physically blog too often these days, that hasn't stopped my Bloglovin feed from constantly expanding. I love finding new blogs to read and will often spend hours pouring through the archives when I come across someone I find really inspiring. So, in the hopes of allowing you to do the same, I wanted to share a few blogs with you that I've been loving lately...

Linda Hallberg

Linda is actually a very recent find of mine, and I was immediately obsessed. She's Swedish, so naturally she's gorgeous (ugh), but she's so creative and so talented too, I spent almost the entire day stalking every single one of her social media platforms (that's totally what you guys too, right?). A good mix of everyday, glamorous, and creative looks, each and every one so different to anything I've seen before. It's so refreshing seeing someone do something a little out of the ordinary - personally, I love it. Also go check out her YouTube channel - I feel like I watched so many videos in one sitting that I may have accidentally taught myself Swedish (Just Joking: I can say 'Hello' though...).

Who What Wear

Another moderately new one for me, but one I know may already be familiar to you. I don't normally follow these types of blogs - as fantastic as their content is, it never really appealed to me, but this one is a little more up my alley. They deliver celebrity trends and how to achieve them essentially, but I feel like it's so much more than that. I find their articles fresh and interesting to read, relatable (until they tell me I can achieve a Carrie Bradshaw outfit...with $4000, no thanks), and fun. In the mix is also some more off-topic but equally interesting articles, like how to put a bra on. I had no idea I was doing it so wrong, I feel so enlightened!


My love for Kate's blog has never been a secret. Her blog was actually one of the first I ever followed, and it's still one of my favourites to this day. Kate's recent renovation adventures have had me in awe, her home is beautiful and full of individually picked and sourced items that make it feel so well presented, but some homey too. Her photos are always gorgeous, crisp and well lit and her entire blog is just an absolute dream to peruse. Not to mention, this girl can do a flat lay like you've never seen before. It's fine, Kate. Make me want to buy everything you own - no worries.

Beauty Life Michelle

One of my favourite YouTubers - and she's Australian! Well actually, she's Irish, but she resides in Sydney and on behalf of all of us Sydney-siders, I officially adopt her as one of our own. Her video tutorials are some of my favourites as they're always so easy to follow, and I love her personality. Again, like most YouTubers I follow, she does a lot of very easy, wearable, everyday looks but she also does some amazing, more 'night' looks which is not normally something I go for on Youtube. There's nothing over the top or anything you wouldn't feel comfortable trying yourself and I think that's what I love most. I also would kill for her eyes - I mean, is that dramatic? Maybe? And does she, or does she not look exactly like an Olsen Twin? Amazing.

The Guilty Girl

I saved the best till last, naturally. Now, if I could have it my way, I would actually put about fifty other bloggers on this post, because I think anyone who finds the time to blog inspiring, but I wanted to give a huge shoutout to my lovely gal Tamira, who somehow finds the time to regularly blog AND make videos in between working full time and having a social life. Her blog just gets better and better and it's so exciting to see a blog constantly evolve and grow into it's own. I love seeing little snippets into her life, what she's been loving lately, and especially love her Friday Shared posts, as I love posts that have little bits of everything that a blogger has been liking lately - I think it's a great insight into someones personality! Her ever growing YouTube channel is a must see - not only is she the loveliest person to grace your screens but she also is incredibly charismatic and funny, I look forward to her videos every week!
Warning: She WILL make you want to buy everything.

I think it's so important to share the love, the blogging community is such a strong one but I think every single person deserves a bit of recognition for their efforts once in a while. At the end of the day, the majority of us do this for fun, and we don't get paid, and a quick 'I appreciate you' never goes unmissed.
On that note, if you have been loving a blog recently, please share with me! I am always curious to check out new blogs!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

(Long) Breaks, America and A New Housemate.

So, hey. It's been a while - I didn't mean to leave. For five months.

Wrote up a three part '2014 Favourites' and then decided to disappear for a few months to recover. Blogging is HARD, alright? I like my couch, very much. Probably too much.

So these little catch up posts used to be called 'Life & Nonsense', but I've decided to retire that title, mostly because I could never remember what number I was up to. And to be honest, my entire life is nonsense, let's not try and pretend that I was a part-time nonsense do-er. All day, erryyday.

So, where have I been since January? Mostly just working, and doing not much at all. I have SO much respect for anyone that blogs regularly AND works full time - I honestly don't know how you do it! I buy so much makeup (ughh, side effect of working in the beauty industry) and I always want to share my experiences with them, but I just never get around to it. It makes me so sad, some days!

So, my most exciting news is that about a month ago I went and visited a very good friend of mine in America and I just had the best time. I very much needed some time off work (no real holiday since March 2014, yikes) but I didn't want to spend a ton of money and have a busy holiday, so I thought what better time to go and visit her and just have a really nice, laid back holiday of doing nothing at all! I think the real highlight of the trip was the small road trip we took to see our other good friend, about five hours away. I didn't think it was possible, but we actually sang our little hearts out non-stop. Mind you, this was after a noisy night out at the karaoke bar, and about four hours sleep. Voices, we had not. I laughed so hard it hurt, and it felt so good. Cherish those moments!

By the time I came back, my dad was about to commence on a six month road trip of Australia with his partner, and I got a last minute request to dog sit as the previous sitter had something come up and could no longer do it. So I am now the temporary owner of a Maltese Terrier with some serious anxiety issues, and I feel a little up and down about the whole thing. I love dogs, but never been a big fan of small, whiny dogs and this is certainly one indeed. Do I enjoy being woken up at 6am by whining under my floorboards (yes, I am serious)? No. Am I enjoying taking it on walks as the sun is setting? Yes. It's all about the positives, right?
The one downside I cannot move on from? My poor cat hates me. I'm lucky if I see her these days :(

I changed my phone wallpaper last week, and I'm in love. I discovered these amazing illustrations by Aitch, and after about an hour of tossing up, I finally decided on the palm print. My phone looks lush, and makes me want to go on a tropical holiday. If none of those take your fancy, check out these by artist Elena Boils.

I never thought I'd hear 'K-Mart' and 'Dreamy' in the same sentence, but that is the only way I can describe their new Instagram account. K-Mart have really stepped up their homewares in the past year, and their Instagram really showcases what beautiful styling you can do on a budget. I have been obsessed with homewares in the past few weeks, and I can't seem to get enough!

Right, I'm going to go slap some of Perricone's Chloro Plasma on my face and hope for the best. The cool weather lately has taken it's toll on my face, and combined with my lazyness the past few months, it has not ended well.
I'm off to Canberra tomorrow to visit the James Turrell exhibit with a friend, and pretend like I know anything about art (the Fine Arts degree on my wall means nothing). Wish me luck.

I'll be back, very soon! :)

P.S Thought I was over Game Of Thrones, but that last episode, eh?