Sunday, 25 January 2015

Life & Nonsense Etc. #6



It feels like it's been a while since I've done one of these - in fact, the last post was in October, yikes. Time really does fly, doesn't it?

I've definitely been out of the blogging loop lately, which kinda gets me down sometimes, but I constantly think about ideas and videos I want to film, so whenever I get the chance, I will definitely try harder at working on getting these ideas on this little space!

LIFE //

I honestly feel like my life lately has just been work, work, work. When the weekend comes, I always feel like I have a million things to do, and sometimes feel like I'm not properly resting. This weekend was fantastic - it was hot, and I bought an adult sized blow up swimming pool, which I'm quite sure was the best idea I've ever had! Laying in the sun, submerged in water, and drinking margaritas - what could be better?

While everything has been a little mellow and streamlined lately, I did have something rather unfortunate happen to me last week. My house got robbed, while I was inside, and it's left me a little unsettled (read: seriously, locks-the-doors-twice-and-slept-with-a-knife-the-first-night paranoid). Basically, I was in my living room when I heard a noise in my bedroom and when I got up to check, I saw someone emerge out of my bedroom and run down the hall. I yelled and chased him out and was overcome with a rather scary panic attack, after which I had to deal with the fact that my wallet and cash was stolen from my bedroom, and he had used a credit card that was in my wallet (among other things, gah). Police were called, statements were taken, but at the end of the day, we all know he won't get caught. Lessons learnt: lock your doors kids. There are desperate people in the world.

On the upside, I am planning two sneaky overseas trips this year, and I'm beyond excited. More to come on that LATER.

NONSENSE //

The trouble with not blogging for several months is you forget what's happened. I do know that since getting Foxtel, my life has been a blur of trashy reality shows and weather documentaries, so I can't really I've seen too many fantastic movies or tv shows recently (insert crying laughter emoji - truth).

I did watch St Vincent recently though - amazing movie. I'm a massive Bill Murray fan, so naturally I jumped to watch this ASAP, and it did not disappoint. It was a lot funnier than I was expecting it to be, but at the same time extremely moving and clever. Bill Murray's character cracked me up, that man is a genius.
I've also downloaded The Rover, as I have a soft spot for Australian movies or anything filmed in Australia - I also have a soft spot for Guy Pearse and Robert Pattinson both, how could I resist? I've not had time to watch it but it looks visually stunning, and I love dystopian type movies so I'm sure I'll enjoy it. Has anyone watched it? It's next weeks plan.

Since having full access to Foxtel for my first month, I took advantage of the Boxset channel, where they had the entire series of Love My Way. I love this show, and I've already watched all three seasons a few times, but I really wanted to watch it again. If you're unfamiliar, it's an Australian drama starring Asher Keddie, Claudia Karvan, and Brendan Cowell to name a few names, and it's just...amazing. It sucks you in, and the end of Season 1 will have you absolutely bawling your eyes out. I always forget how sad it is. It is one of the few shows I highly recommend - it's truly a gem.

I really feel like I have so much more to tell you, but I'm currently drawing a blank! Feel like I have a lot of #firstworldproblems lately - my current dilemma is 'Do I cut my hair?'. Every long haired girls problem, right? I blame LLYMLRS, as I am currently in LOVE with her hair. Tough decision to make, as I mostly love having long hair! I know, the struggle is real.

Any recommendations for new shows, or movies? Books? Blogs? I'm open to all - I'm in a rut lately. Boo hoo.

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Best Of Skincare For 2014



Never thought I'd have skincare favourites.

Skincare was always the part of the beauty side of things I was never interested in. I grew up having great skin and it wasn't till I hit my 20's things started going downhill, and it wasn't until two years ago I really started investing time into researching what could work for me.
After some fantastic insights and lengthy researching, I actually find myself incredibly interested in ingredients and what works and what doesn't, and so the past year I have really turned my skincare regime up.

In saying that, I don't have an impressive post for you. I'm still trying so many products and seeing what works for me, so that the past year, I've actually only had a few firm favourites.

The first product is actually the last that I'd purchased, so it's a bit sneaky, but I have to talk about Sunday Riley's 'Good Genes'. Touted as one of the most life changing serums, I was initially apprehensive about trying it. At $125, it doesn't come cheap, but it is such a versatile product. It aims to increase brightness and radiance, with gentle exfoliation and firming qualities. What made me buy it is it's long term effects - decreased redness and uneven skin tones. I've only used it for two months but it's already won me over - never have I received so many compliments on my skin, and I haven't changed my makeup a single bit!

Two firm moisturising favourites which have been posted on here countless times before - my trusty Origins Ginzing Moisturiser and the High Potency Night-A-Mins. I've gone through tubs of this stuff and I have no desire to try anything else. I use Ginzing in the day time as it's a beautiful, light weight gel like moisturiser that sinks in quickly and is great under makeup. It feels lovely to apply in the morning as it feels cool and refreshing, and feels like it wakes me skin up. As I prefer to use something heavier at night, I like the Night-A-Mins as it feels luxurious and rich on the skin, and I wake up with plumper and more hydrated skin. They both smell delicious, and I really love using Origins as it's a fantastic, natural brand that can't do any wrong!

I wasn't sure if this fell into the skincare category or not, but I had to include the Lipocils Expert Lash Serum I purchased a few months ago. I have alright lashes to begin with, but I wanted a bit more length to emphasise them more and one of the girls I work with recommended this and said it worked great for her. Initially quite skeptical, I was extremely pleased with how well this product worked, and how quickly. I can honestly say I noticed results in as little as two weeks, applying it just at night. I don't know how it works, but for the easy price of $52, I was pretty damn happy.

A nice little affordable addition to my skincare was the Lush Grease Lightning. This is purely a spot treatment, nothing fancy. I don't tend to suffer from breakouts too much, but particular around that time of month, I'll get one or two nasty spots on my chin that are simply there to break my spirits. Sore, red and swollen is basically my life for days, and those buggers don't go anywhere quickly. This stuff is lovely though - thyme, rosemary and tea tree help with their anti bacterial properties, whilst lavender and aloe vera help soothe the redness and kickstart healing. This is a nice alternative to spot treatments which use sulfur or camphor to dry the spots up.

The lucky last product is a no brainer - Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. This stuff was my saviour last winter. I had Invisalign which I found left my lips in poor shape, as I'd quite often sleep with my mouth ajar. I needed something ultra rich to nourish my poor lips, and after trying what felt like every damn product in the shops, I finally ordered this stuff and never looked back. This stuff is really rich - most people would only use it as a night treatment, but I find if you have seriously chapped lips during the day, this stuff sinks in so quickly and actually nourishes your lips for hours, unlike most petroleum filled lip balms which ultimately dry your lips out (thanks Paw Paw ointment, great marketing scheme there).

It's a small post, but my favourite one to share out of all my favourites. I really feel like I found some winners last year, and I wouldn't be surprised if they found themselves in yet another favourites post in the future. Have you tried anything here, and if so, what did you think? Any skin care recommendations you'd like to tell me about?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Best Of Everything Else For 2014



Hi. How are you?

Regular blogging is hard, don't let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise.
Good thing I liiiiike it!

I wanted to do a round up of everything else I loved last year - besides makeup and skincare (which is next, fyi). I feel like I'm more excited about these products than anything else, and it may have to do with the fact one of those things is Diptyque. Yup. So here you go, bits and bobs that made the cut for 2014.

BODY - It took me a long time, but I finally succumbed to fake tanning. Yes, I love being tanned, is that so wrong? I barely have time to make it to the beach these days so I decided it was time to invest in a solid, good quality fake tan and I landed on Bondi Sands. I told Google I didn't want to be orange, and this is what it gave me. The other upside? It smells like coconuts. Yes please!
Just recently, I also tried out Le Tan's Fast Tan which has just been reformulated so it has an 'olive' appearance, and I'm really pleasantly surprised! I know this tan used to have a very orange appearance, so it was really nice to see another affordable and natural looking fake tan on the market.

When I do get time to have some fun in the sun (ha ha), I have a seriously hard time choosing an SPF. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I hate sunscreen. I always have. As a consequence, I have sun damage on my face which is pretty well irreversible. So, I take it pretty seriously now, but I needed a sunscreen that I didn't hate, and this Neutrogena one is amazing. Okay, it's in a gimmicky spray can - I think it's kind of cool! No greasy, sandy hands...and it has a cooling effect when sprayed on. It also doesn't smell like sunscreen, which is my favourite part. Light, non greasy, and non whitening. Winner!

I love the beach, don't get me wrong, but I always look forward to the shower after. That salty feeling does not appeal to me (do you guys sense a theme occuring here...?). This is kind of an odd addition to this post but can I just sing my praises for the Korres Shower Gel in Fig? It's just your regular, somewhat natural shower gel but it just smells amazing. Very earthy, I feel like a hippie. It's a nice change from the usual sweetness of most shower gels!

Sorry, my lame summer esque theme ends here. Body moisturiser - I barely use it, ever. When I bought my Jo Malone perfume however, I got a sample of the Pomegranate Noir Body Cream and I am IN LOVE. So much so I sometimes put it on at night just so I can fall asleep smelling myself - I know. This is an amazing scent, and I'm quite sure wearing it in conjunction with the perfume would send me overboard. Oh yes, and it's good at moisturising too.

HAIR - A couple of old favourites, and one new. I can't not mention the amazing Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave In Conditioner. I've been using it for so long, and I'm convinced it's helped my poor, bleached hair look a little more...full of life. Even though the blonde has been toned down, my hair still needs a helping hand to restore itself, and this stuff is just genius. I love the entire Extreme range!

I've recently repurchased an oldie but a goodie - the Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish Texturising Spray. Don't get me wrong, I love my Oribe, but it's so hard to get it's painful. The Bumble option is just as fantastic, and still has a delicious smell. I have fine hair, but a lot of it, so I need a little help in the root department, and this stuff gives some serious grit and oomph when you need it to! I don't think I'll ever stop purchasing, let's be honest.

Another from Bumble & Bumble, I could not resist the new Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer. Not does it smell so damn good, it does a damn good job at helping nourish my hair! It might seem a little silly adding two moisturising products to my hair but...it needs it. This also has UV and Heat Protectant in it which is so important - both for heat treated hair, and for coloured hair. It's like all in one, amazing!

FRAGRANCE - Definitely done some sneaky perfume purchasing in 2014. I can't help myself! I'm rubbish at talking about fragrances but let me just mention this - Diptyque and Jo Malone. I was lusting after Diptyque's 'Philosykos' for SO long, I just couldn't help myself one day. It's very similar to Diptyque's Figuier if that's familiar to you - very figgy, very woody and right up my alley. I find it quite a light, refreshing scent but it's definitely got some spicy notes so make your own mind up!

I had my heart set on Jo Malone's Wood Sage and Sea Salt perfume before I even smelt it. Just the name had me sold - is that any surprise? I honestly cannot describe this scent, it's really very unique. I blogged about it here if you would like to read more about it!
The lovely lady at the counter also gave me some generous samples of a scent she thought I might like, and she was so right. That's how I ended up with the Pomegranate Noir Body Cream and the Pomegranate Noir Perfume, in that cute, tiny little bottle! This perfume is just...amazing. It's very dark, very spicy, and I'm just in love with it. I feel like it's one of those perfumes you'll always smell on yourself too - you know how sometimes you can stop smelling your perfume after a while? Not this one! I absolutely need to buy the full size of this, my sample has nearly run out and I'm honestly not really sure what I'll do with myself. I know, the struggle.

What do you guys think? Bit of a random round up but I really love everything here to bits! Have you tried any of these products? Any new recommendations for me to try out?

Happy 2015! I already have a shopping list, damnit.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Best Of Makeup for 2014



What is this? A blog post? Can it be?

I can't resist 'Best Of' posts, especially not the yearly round up. It's been an interesting year for me, but to be perfectly honest, my makeup routine has gone from all over the place, to me knowing exactly what I do and don't like. I feel like I've got a great routine down.

BASE - Hands down, my favourite foundation this year was my NARS Sheer Glow, The perfect medium coverage, slightly dewy foundation that's seriously natural on the skin, but giving me enough coverage to cover up on days where my skin isn't behaving. I'm really sad that my bottle is nearly used up, but I will 100% be repurchasing this as soon as it's finished.
I've loved pairing it with the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer underneath, it gives the skin a serious glow without the actual shimmer. I almost always pair these two together, I can't live without them!

EYES - Definitely where my excitement lies! Two new, amazing palettes this year - Too Faced Chocolate Bar and the Stila Eyes Are The Window in 'Mind'. The Chocolate Bar is serious stuff - smooth, buttery pigments that are a dream to blend, not to mention the smell. Makes me crave chocolate every. damn. time. The Stila palette is a new edition but I've been wanting it for months, so I finally caved and just bought it. I've realised the past year, I have so many shimmery eyeshadows, but barely any matte, and this palette is the perfect matte palette for me, with all the earthy tones I love to use. Again, seriously amazing pigments, and I'm now tempted to get another palette - shhh.




Two mascaras have once again made the cut, and it's no surprise which two. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume (my beloved) and the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara. I don't feel like I need to rave about these anymore on here, but just know that no other mascaras will ever beat these two - I've looked.

I am just going to throw the Anastasia Brow Whiz out here too, as I've just repurchased it after nearly a year of not having it. I honestly think it's the best brow pencil - fine point, light pencil and a really natural finish, as well as being seriously easy to use. I think it's really great to use to create definition, especially if you have no idea what you're doing, and no time in the morning!

CHEEKS - Once again, NARS has stolen my heart with another blush, this time in the shade Gina. The first time I applied this, I nearly died. Not used to such full on pigment, I ended up looking like an oompa loompa, it wasn't pretty. But used with a light hand, I'm in love. I especially love it on those days where I'm really going for the summer glow, as I really think it accentuates a tan.

I've also discovered two amazing highlighters this year - no surprises that theBalm Mary Lou made the cut, everybody raves about this highlighter for good reason. It's pigment is so finely milled, it literally glides onto your cheeks and gives the most amazing glow, without the glittery effect a lot of other highlighters have.
I also invested in the Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer which wowed me from the first time I picked it up - this is a cream highlighter but holy cow, it packs a punch! So, so beautiful, it's a lot more subtle than Mary Lou but definitely build-able. I also love that you can mix this with foundation to add a glow to it. I'm not a massive fan of cream products as I find them more annoying to use, but I'll make an exception for this one - highly recommended.

I've definitely tried a lot of new products this year, but I chose these carefully, as these have been the absolute 100% stand outs. Working in the beauty industry means you have a lot of access to a lot of products, but I really think it makes you really aware of what you really love and what works for you. I'm really grateful to be in that position, it's been an exciting few months! I think it's very possible I'm a little too obsessed with makeup - is that a thing?

What have you absolutely loved in 2014? It's hard, I know.