I didn't realise until I was about to start writing this post that this will be my 100th blog post! I always miss milestones so it was kinda nice to see that number and have a moment where I could reflect on it. I don't think it's as ~cool~ as a year type milestone but considering how little I blog, it was a nice little moment I had there, ha!

I thought it'd be kinda nice to just do one of these quick little catch up posts, as I hadn't done one in a while. I haven't had a busy couple of months, but it's always nice to check in once in a while, right?

WATCH: Alright, I might not have been 'very busy' lately because I've been binging on Netflix, a lot. I've also recently signed up to Foxtel Now which is Foxtel's streaming service (like Netflix), which has given me access to a lot of shows they air on Showcase, a channel I don't have. Showcase are responsible for airing the big HBO shows (like Game Of Thrones) but they've also aired other really great shows like Top Of The Lake and Mr Robot. 

Top Of The Lake is a NZ tv show I was recommended years ago because it was shot beautifully, and has that really mysterious feel about it which I love. I never had access to watch it, but now that I do I watched it all in one weekend. The locations used in the show are breathtaking, but also lend to the mysterious tone the show sets. The premise is a young, pregnant girl goes missing from a small town and a local detective (played by Elizabeth Moss from The Handmaids Tale) unravels small town secrets as she investigates the case. It's not a new plot, but it still kept me guessing the whole time. Highly recommend if you love a darker, mysterious crime thriller (with beautiful filming).
The new season is filmed on Bondi Beach, here in Sydney and while we're only a couple of episodes in, I'm loving it, too!

Mr Robot is a show I've only just started watching, but I'm already hooked. Another recommendation, this one is another dark, mysterious thriller but this time it's more tech themed, involving cyber security and hackers and corporate secrets. I'm not gonna lie - I mostly started this because of Rami Malek (can you blame me?) but the show is seriously addictive stuff, and the music makes me feel like I'm watching an intense thriller film each episode. I can't wait to see what happens throughout the rest of the season!

I'm also going to mention the show Outlander (Seasons 1 + 2 on Netflix and 3 on Foxtel, thanks Australia you weirdo) even though I literally just started it this morning (on episode six already, whaaat). I heard multiple people talk about it, in the space of a short time, so I just decided why not start it today? Oh man, I am sooo hooked. I think it's 100% the Scottish accents but also...Jamie. If you watch it, you get it. I am ALL about Scottish romance (Gerard Butler, hello) and whilst I'm not normally into period type things, I am totally okay so far with it being set in the 1700's!

I also started the new season of Twin Peaks but I stopped after two episodes and I'm not sure I want to continue. I'm a big fan of the first two seasons, but this third one feels really weird. Like, way weirder than the original two, and I actually am not enjoying it that much. Has anyone else felt the same?

LISTEN: I have to admit, I'm going through a massive music slump right now. Which is so weird, because I've just started a new job where I'm now pretty exposed to music all day everyday, but I'm finding it harder and harder to find something to listen to! Sometimes I feel like I just need to sit in Spotify for a few hours and dig round until I round up a decent playlist, but I just haven't felt the motivation lately.

Instead, I've just been pulling up my old favourites. Actually, a friend and I just recently attended a party where they played all 2000's indie, which we LOVED when we were in uni. It was so good, we decided to make a collaborative playlist and make our own 2000's indie dance party, ha ha! It's honestly the best playlist. I think 2004-2010 was an exceptional time for music, particularly indie. I had totally forgot about The Kills - I loved them!


  • I've been super into buying shoes the past year or two, which is really funny because a few years ago, I owned like...three pairs of shoes. Now I have like, 20ish. No space for them, either - how the hell do you store shoes?! Anyway, I just recently got these boots from The Iconic and I kind of love them. I wasn't sure about the pointy toe at first but I've warmed up to them. I also just got a pair of sneakers on Boohoo that are so tacky but I love them. They're not available anymore but they're black faux leather with a silver toe and embellishments on the toe - I'm kind of in love with how tacky that is, haha! Also, can someone stop me from buying these??
  • I just picked up the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette recently, after saying I didn't need another UD palette (I own almost all of them, and use none of them lol). I couldn't resist it, and it's SO GOOD. I've been using it every single day, I'm just loving it. It's so rare that I love almost every single colour in a palette, but so far I am loving almost all of it! Yes, there is fall out but I guess that's the payoff for seriously good pigment. Highly recommend if you're into your warm toned eyeshadows.
  • I want to freshen up my blog a bit as it's feeling a little stale. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, but I do feel like a bit of a change up might kick in some inspiration, maybe? It's been a struggle lately, but I want to do something nice for this little piece of me! It might not be for a while, but it's certainly on my mind.
  • This will be the first year I will be able to celebrate Christmas properly (with time off and everything, wow!) and I am SO EXCITED ALREADY! I might not have a place to live by then which is not great, but I am just excited to NOT be in retail at Christmas and not have it ruined by shopping centres. Also, I am really excited to see what Tanya Burr's new book will be like - I am such a sucker for anything Christmas related (and it's like a month and a half till Mecca releases their Christmas stuff, which I can't wait for!).
  • Looking at my top photo just made me realise how filthy my laptop screen is - ugh lol. Tonight's task, I can't wait. 

Up until two months ago, I was working in the beauty industry which meant a full face of makeup everyday. Now don't get me wrong, I love makeup (obviously) but it does get a bit tedious doing it everyday, five days a week. I definitely found myself dreading putting my makeup on sometimes, a feeling I never thought I'd have!

Now that I'm working outside the industry, I've found myself having a lot more freedom and I've been really enjoying mixing things up a little. I've been able to reach for old makeup favourites I haven't been able to use in years, and have fallen back in love with key items all over again!

This winter, I've been really enjoying paring back my look and making it as easy, and as simple as possible. I've also been tricking myself into thinking it's summer by trying to look as bronzed and glowy as possible - it's been working really well until I've had to put my coat and scarf on to walk to the train station every morning, ugh. Please hurry up, summer?!

In place of my usual foundation favourites, I've instead been favouring a combination of my all time favourite primer, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance and my trusty Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. For a tinted moisturiser, it actually has a fair amount of coverage and mixed with the Laura Mercier primer, it has the most beautiful, natural and glowy finish. I don't think I'll ever stop loving these two products, I've gone through countless tubes of both!

For the cheeks, I've actually been loving a few different products. I've been leaning towards cream products for a while now, as sometimes I think when you're going for that dewy look and you add a powder cheek product, it sometimes takes away the dewy effect? So I've recently purchased both the Mac Cremeblend Blush in Something Special (which doesn't seem to be on the website) and Mac Cream Colour Base in Hush. The blush is just a super pretty peach, and I genuinely prefer the finish over powder blushes (although I obviously still love them, too). It definitely comes off more natural, and wasn't as scary to apply as I thought! I still have my Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia which was really nice, but much harder to apply in my opinion.

As for Hush - such an incredible, glowy cream highlighter. It falls on the more subtle side, but sometimes that's all you need. I just pat it on with my fingers, and it leaves this super pretty, peachy toned highlight. It's great for more medium type complexions, as it isn't too pale and instead looks like a natural glow, which is what we all want, right?

I just recently attended IMATS for the first time, and although I mostly went to purchase brushes (and that I did), I did pick up one makeup item as I couldn't resist the generous discount. I caved and purchased the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Celestial as I was super keen to have a more pigmented, liquid highlighter on hand. Pigmented, it is. I love liquid highlighters as they are SO versatile - if I don't just pat it on my cheeks as it is, I'll mix it in with my foundation or moisturiser for a custom glowy base. I love it as I think that's a much easier option than trying to find a luminous foundation (which is SO hard, why??). The colour Celestial is definitely more on that pink side which is okay for myself, although I would love to grab a more golden toned one to have, too.

The last product I want to mention is one of my OLDEST makeup items. The Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Isolde is the first high end makeup product I ever purchased (I think - Mac Studio Fix Foundation might have been first, I can't remember). I remember seeing a blog post from Emma years and years ago where she wore this eyeshadow duo and I remember thinking I HAD to have it.
The Nars Eyeshadow Duo's go down as being some of the best eyeshadow formulas I've ever used. Super pigmented and buttery, but without the insane fall down. I feel like these bronzey colours compliment just about anyone, and it definitely makes me feel super sunkissed when I brush it on, not to mention it's ridiculously easy to just pop on with a bit of mascara!

What makeup products have you been loving lately? Definitely hit me up if you have any of your own bronzey, glowy recommendations!

Alpha H has always been a brand I've wanted to try. It's been making the rounds on beauty blogs since beauty blogs existed! It's best seller, Liquid Gold, promises to be exactly what the name says, and from the way everyone raves about it, I was sold.

I'd always promised myself that I would finish up my other skincare bits before I indulged in something new, but when Facial Co. contacted me and asked whether I would like to try some of the products from the Alpha H range, obviously I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't?!

Liquid Gold

First up, I couldn't wait to get my hands on cult favourite, Liquid Gold. It came at a good time - my skin was in need of some attention by way of exfoliation. I had been a bit slack for a few months with my skincare and it was beginning to show - larger than normal pores on my nose, along with a bit of a blackhead situation, dull complexion, and a few breakouts (which I don't normally get). Liquid Gold is a straight up glycolic acid toner, everyones favourite AHA.

My thoughts: Love that it's as easy as wetting a cotton pad and applying after cleanser. Much prefer that to applying thicker serums, and I love that it dries quickly. I also love that it's practically scent-less as you know I can't stand most scented skincare!
As with any skincare, I used it for around 4-6 weeks to make sure I really got to grips with the product and was able to see results. After about a months use, I am happy to report that I was extremely pleased with the results. Skin was smoother, tighter and brighter which are results a good quality glycolic acid product should produce.

With glycolic acid being the third ingredient listed, I'm not at all surprised at its effectiveness and I think it's really good value, too. Facial Co. currently have it on special for $47.96 which I think is a steal for what you get, compared to many other popular exfoliating products.

Gold Luxe Resurfacing Body Cloths

The other Alpha H product that caught my eye was the Gold Luxe Resurfacing Body Cloths. Essentially just wipes containing glycolic acid, I wondered if this would be a product that would help minimise the keratosis pilaris I have on my arms, as nothing else I had tried had helped at all.

Again, glycolic acid is featured high up on the list of ingredients - second ingredient this time. It aims to help smooth and even out skin, just as you would want on your face however this is quite beneficial for anyone who might get ingrown hairs perhaps, as it's going to help exfoliate the hair follicles. It also mentions it can be used as a tan prep, or to remove excess old tan, however I personally think this would be quite an expensive method to do this (but go ahead if it's up your alley!).

My thoughts: Well, they work! I honestly didn't expect much, I just assumed it would make my skin feel a bit smoother than usual, but the bumps on my arms definitely reduced! I admit, I was a little lazy (as one tends to be in the winter months, who's with me?) and the results probably could have been better if I had used them more frequently but I was pretty satisfied with what I saw regardless!

Essential Hydration Cream

Lastly, I was also sent the Essential Hydration Cream which I was excited to try. This sounded like a good, all rounder moisturiser and I was in the market for a new one so I was pretty eager to give it a go. It markets itself as being hydrating but lightweight, and calming. It also contains peppermint, which is good at keeping breakouts at bay.

My thoughts: Firstly, didn't love the fact that dimethicone was the second ingredient. I don't personally have anything against dimethicone itself, but to have it listed as a second ingredient was a bit off putting. None the less, it made for a great moisturiser, overall. To be honest, it did feel so lovely and smooth to apply, which was really nice at the end of the day. Obviously if you have issues with dimethicone, you're not going to love it (obviously) but I didn't feel like it bothered my skin at all.

My skin has definitely been on the dry side lately, erring on side of normal though, but I found this moisturiser to be just ever so lacking in the hydration department for MY skin. If you had normal/normal-combo/oily I think this would be PERFECT. It honestly was just a nice moisturiser, what more is there to say? If you want something lightweight to sit under makeup, this is your guy. The scent put me off a little, but not enough to stop using it. I think it's just the peppermint - I am weird and don't like minty smelling things. For everyone else, it's quite fresh and light, and would be nice to calm irritated skin.

My first foray into Alpha H has definitely been successful, and I know I would 100% repurchase when I've run out. I love supporting Australian companies like Alpha H, and I also love that it's Caroline Hirons approved - because that's what we're all wondering, right?

I might have been super late to this party, but better late than never! Thanks to Facial Co. for sending me these goodies. I'm sitting here right now seriously considering adding a Cloud Nine to my cart even though I'm broke - online shopping addiction is real. Send help.

I can't believe not that long ago, I didn't own perfume. I mean, Calvin Klein's 'In2U' definitely made an appearance for a while but I don't think I was really that into it. I went through a phase when I was about 18 of liking really sweet scents which is quite funny because now that is not me at all. Why is it that our taste in scents evolves the older we get? Gone are the days of the Spice Girls ~Body Spray~, hello to sexy fragrances like Byredo's Super Cedar.

It wasn't till my mid twenties that I truly discovered the scents I love - earthy, woody and fresh. Cedarwood is a note that comes up frequently in perfumes I've loved to wear, a common base note for most unisex type scents. When Super Cedar came out around a year ago, I instantly had to check it out as it sounded exactly like something I would love.

Somehow, it took me a whole year to actually purchase it, which bothers me looking back now, ha! I think the scent is just so unusual, and so different that it kind of surprised me at first and made me wonder if it was me or not. It's very woody - as you would expect - but I guess the other word to describe it would be peppery? Spicy? I wasn't sure if I was into that at first, but after months of testing it again and again I finally decided that actually, I loved it. 

There's something about this scent that is just so warm, but fresh at the same time. I've been wearing it literally every single day, and I've had so many compliments from people asking what I was wearing. Byredo have always succeeded in making the best, and most unique scents around and this has very quickly become my absolute favourite. My favourite way to wear it is actually layered with Escentric Molecules 'Molecule 01' as it accentuates any fragrance layered on top of it. It also happens to be my other favourite scent and wearing them together makes me so happy!

What's your signature scent, if you have one?

As someone who grew up in the photo business, I have a disappointing amount of printed photos from the past ten years. Having always had regular (and free!) access to film printing, our family took photo taking seriously and there was an album to pull out for any occasion. When the digital age took the world by storm and we had instant access to our photos on our computers or our phones, it seemed photo printing took a backseat and all these years later, it's almost nonexistent.

I'm a huge fan of social media for sharing photos with our friends and family, but I still feel like we're missing something so important. For me, it's all so temporary - fleeting moments, forgotten minutes later. I can't help but feel nostalgic for the old days, and while I'm okay with not being sat down to an entire family album at your boyfriends mum's house, I wonder how different things will be when we're older. Will we be showing our grandkids photos of our own childhood on phones? Will our own histories even be recorded? With the way technology moves these days, it's kind of worrying to think where everything will end up in the future.

It's a bit of a touchy subject for me I guess, having literally spent half my childhood in a photo lab, and having also studied Photography at uni myself. The realisation that I couldn't remember the last time I printed a photo dawned on me when I received an e-mail from Printiki asking if I'd like to try their service. I literally couldn't even think of the last thing I printed. So naturally, I said yes!

I went for the Polaroid style because hey, who doesn't love a good polaroid? I loved how easy it was to choose my photos - most I imported directly from my Instagram account or Facebook. I didn't realise how many good moments I had stored on there, I had so many overseas trips I hadn't looked at in ages!
It was delivered straight to my doorstep within a week and I'm really impressed with how they turned out. I haven't decided what to do with my prints yet, I've been looking at the Printiki Instagram for inspiration. I've already stuck a few on my fridge, which has made me insanely happy every time I see my friends faces grinning at me when I go for the milk. I also stuck one of my friend and I in her birthday card last week, which I think is a super cute idea if you aren't able to send them a gift.

I love that Printiki offer a service that's still fun and relevant, but is continuing our age old tradition of photo printing. It's important, and I'm not ready for printed photos to be a thing of the past. I don't know what I would do if the 'cloud' crashed, whatever that is! Losing all my photos is one of my biggest fears!
Definitely check them out if you get a chance, I think it's a super cute idea! Would you use this service, and what would you do with your prints?

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