Thursday, 23 October 2014

Life & Nonsense Etc. #5



Okay, so that is not one of my best photographs. It does basically encompass my life lately though - Gilmore Girls. Please, no judging.

I've lost my blogging mojo - more than usual. I have all the time in the world but I'm lacking inspiration, which kind of sucks! I also think my marathoning of Gilmore Girls is not helping - I think I've watched four whole seasons in a little over a week. Ugh, I know.

LIFE //

Nothing terribly exciting has happened really, but there's been a few little things. Firstly - I got my Invisalign off last week! I've had them on since December last year and it was really nice to finally get all my attachments off and see my new, straight teeth! I might do a little post on it, we'll see how I go. I've been given whitening to do as well so I might wait until my teeth look a little whiter - I have naturally very yellow teeth unfortunately. It's sooo nice to have straight front teeth though, it still feels weird running my tongue over them!

I also got my full license in the same week, which is awesome. I'm not going to go through the whole licensing process of NSW/Australia but essentially I've been driving on a provisional license for the past three years which has restrictions. It's what everyone goes through, and then after three years you do what feels like the millionth test ($$$) and you finally have your standard, full license. It now means I can drive the full speed limit (so I can do 110km on the freeway, yay I suppose?), drive any car I want, and I can have a few drinks if I choose to. None of those really affect me that much, but I can also now rent cars. You can't rent cars on a provisional license, not even overseas, and this has always annoyed me! So yeah - it's about 3-4 years too late, but I finally have my license!


NONSENSE //

So, as I've mentioned - Gilmore Girls. No, I don't have Netflix, but the news of it coming to Netflix made me remember how much I loved that show so I pulled out all my DVD's and have been watching it non-stop! I can't help it - it's my guilty pleasure. So many things annoy me about it, but at the same time, it's so addictive! I'm currently on season five and ploughing through so I know it's going to be over soon, and I'll be so lost without it! I'm actually thinking of re-watching Sex and the City though, I haven't watched that show in years!

Still on the topic of TV shows, is everyone else excited at a few shows finally coming back? I am totally addicted to American Horror Story: Freakshow. This series can never go wrong, and it's so gross and shocking and amazing. Although, I really do not get Kathy Bates accent - literally every time she talks it's all I can focus on! The internet tells me it's a Baltimore accent - is that true? It sounds kind of odd, like a mix between 3 or 4 different accents, haha!
I've also been watching the new Walking Dead season. I wasn't very impressed with the last season but I have a difficult time giving up on TV shows, so I found myself watching the first two episodes and being genuinely interested - it's back! I'm always on edge watching this show.

I'm hopefully seeing Gone Girl this weekend, too. I loved the book, so I'm really keen to see how the movie plays out! Not a huge Ben Affleck fan, but I hear his acting is superb in the movie so I guess that's all that really matters!
If anyone hasn't read Gone Girl, I highly suggest you do! And then go read Gillian Flynn's other books - Dark Places and Sharp Objects. I really loved Sharp Objects, possibly more than Gone Girl, and Dark Places has also been made into a movie! Not many people seem to be aware of it, I guess the promotion of Gone Girl has shadowed it, but I think it's due for release next year. It has an AMAZING cast in it, and such an intense and mysterious storyline, I can't wait!

Anyway, not a hugely long post from me this time. I have a few other blog posts lined up, finally and I really want to film a video soon too. I filmed a haul about a month ago but never uploaded it - I just wasn't happy with it and realised I've already talked about most things on here anyway so I'll try and think of a few extra video ideas instead!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm



I should know by now that I cannot just 'walk into Aesop'. I have to buy from there - I don't care what, I just need everything. The last totally un-justifiable purchase was the Resurrection Hand Balm, which really, I needed like three months ago when my hands suffered terribly from the cold, dry weather and an unexpected allergic reaction. I didn't get it then, but I figured I should probably purchase it now, for 'next time'.

I don't really get dry hands, thankfully. It never hurts to look after them though, and I have no complaints slathering this on every night before bed. As per every damn Aesop product, this smells amazing. It's a really lovely mix of Lavender and Mandarin, and just that nice, earthy, natural smell. As someone who does not like the smell of Lavender, I am absolutely on board with this. Thumbs up from the Smell-a-phobe.

It also sinks in so well - it doesn't leave any greasy feeling which makes it great for on-the-go people or even just to have sitting on your computer desk at work. I generally just keep mine by my bedside though as I've never really felt the need to use this any other time, and it's just a nice little routine for me before bed.

It goes without saying also, that Aesop just have a knack for really well designed packaging. It's so nice and simple and doesn't scream 'commercial', and the little graphics nerd in me just loves that. Who doesn't love pulling out a product from their handbag and watching peoples eyes light up with a little 'oooh!'. I know I do!

What's your favourite Aesop product? Go on, enable me.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder




Meet Mary-Lou, my new best friend. She's my shimmery gal pal, and I'm so happy we've found each other. I don't think I need anything more in my life!

Lol JOKING.

In all seriousness though, I can't believe how long it's taken me to finally buy this little beauty - it's stunning. I'd been researching into highlighters for a little, particularly after stumbling upon this Queen of Highlighter, who is responsible for this. She will probably never tell anyone her secret, and who can blame her? (Side note: go follow her Instagram account so you can see her work all of the time - amazing, amazing makeup artist.)

I already owned MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, but it wasn't working for me how I wanted it to - I wanted something really finely milled, that practically went on like a cream. I wanted my highlighter to mimic dewy skin, and this is exactly what Mary-Lou does.

This is very finely pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I picked it up for $34.95 from David Jones, and am really very surprised at how good the quality is for such a low price. I've been applying this with the Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush and then going over with my fingers if I want a little more definition. I've even been going right up to my eyebrow bone, and adding just enough product to give a nice glow, it's so versatile.

I've been adding this to my makeup routine almost every day, I'm so in love! It makes my makeup look fresh and dewy and lightens it up a little, and lately my skin has needed that little glow!

I've still been interesting in testing out a few other illuminating products (the Josie Maran Illuminizer, oh my God) but for now - this is my absolute favourite purchase of the YEAR. There you go.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Byredo Parfums 'Tree House' Candle


I could not tell you exactly how long I've wanted this candle - but it's been years. I spotted it the first time I ever walked into a Mecca Cosmetica, which I'm sure was around three years ago now. I remember picking it up, and thinking 'Wow, this is different.'

At the time, I had never really smelt a high end candle - perhaps Ecoya and Glasshouse were about as high end as I ever got, but those fragrances never really captured me. It wasn't until I picked up this candle that I realised that I was definitely more into those earthy scents as opposed to floral. I couldn't stop sniffing it in store, and I remember walking away so disheartened because there was no way I could afford to spend $95 on ONE candle.

Years later, after the beauty blogging community pulled me in, I also discovered Diptyque candles, and on one very spendy day decided to just squeeze my eyes shut and hand my credit card over as I paid $78 for a Diptyque candle - I didn't tell anybody in real life for the longest time, thinking they would think I was a silly girl for spending that much money on a candle.

Here I am now, though - sitting and staring at my nearly finished Diptyque candle, and wondering what I'm going to do when I can't fill my room with it's amazing fragrance anymore (duh, buy another). Byredo popped into my head suddenly, and literally the next day I was in the city, grubby little hands outstretched as the lady hands me the candle I have been wanting for years. It was really like a romance movie - it was very intense for me.

These candles may be a little on the pricey side, but I now understand why - these beautiful, hand crafted and unique scents are something else. They have so much hard work behind them in order to create these magnificent scents, so unique and so special - I'll happily hand my credit card over for something I know is a little different, and a little special. Not to mention - the burn rates are pretty amazing. I've had that Diptyque candle for over a year now, and it's only on it's last legs now, after burning it several nights a week.

I've gotten a little distracted here - I'm meant to be describing this amazing candle, but I've gone off on a bit of a tangent. I think it's just important to realise why certain candles cost a lot more - and my novel esque review right here should tell you everything you need to know.

To cut a long story short - I'm extremely happy with my new purchase. It smells so divine, I can't stop sticking my nose in it every time I walk past. The smell literally lingers, which is one of my favourite things about this candle. I can walk into the room when I haven't burnt it for days and I can still smell it, which is a sign of quality perfume, if you ask me!

If you're ever near a Mecca Cosmetica - or your local Byredo stockist - I highly recommend giving these bad boys a sniff, they're absolutely luxe and that packaging is just...on point.

Incredible.