You know when you have this amazing image in mind pre-photograph sesh, and you get so excited to shoot it only to find it's just not happening? That was me, yesterday. Risked my life on the edge of my unstable couch arm, all for nothing. Sweat, blood and tears my friends. Literally. 

So, this unfortunate, minimal image above will have to do, and on the plus side, I got my Canon 5D MK III back and damn, I forgot how good it is. Hello, lover! 

Enough about the technicalities though, let's focus on where the heck January went. Anyone? Because I could have sworn New Years was not that long ago. What a blur, but I do have a few recent favourites to share with you, some old and some new!

First up, can I just rave to you for a moment about my obsession with my new perfume? Because Oh My God. Say hello to Escentric Molecules 01, a bit of a cult beauty item and also a favourite of Madonna and Elton John, apparently. Fun fact! I am just SO in love with this scent, it's bordering a little unhealthy. See, I am definitely not a sweet scents kind of girl, and a lot of perfumes either come off too sweet, too floral, or just smell like generic perfume on me. I tested this while on a shopping trip in the city recently and after about five minutes of being on my skin and me wondering where this amazing smell was wafting from, I realised it was from me and I handed the credit card over before I could even consider how much money I was about to fork out. And then I proceeded to go home and spray some more on me so I could smell it while drifting off to sleep. I told you, unhealthy. This is a woody, natural scent and has so much science behind it, it hurts my poor little brain. The website gives a better description than I ever could.

I've been reaching for a few oldies this month, and it's really nice and refreshing giving products a second go and finally being able to justify why you bought them in the first place. One you would have seen popping up everywhere last year was the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. I have read so many reviews on this treatment, and had so many people rave about it, and when I finally caved and bought it, I found myself a little disappointed. It didn't seem to do much for me, other than maybe help reduce the size of my pores on my nose. It wasn't until earlier in the month when my skin decided to have a hormonal breakout that this gem finally shined. Awful, swollen, sore under-the-skin pimple? Gone within three days. A MIRACLE, ladies and gentleman. Consider me won over.

I've also been digging out my MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in 'Soft & Gentle' a lot lately, and I've really been enjoying the gentle highlight it gives my cheekbones. I've started working it into my daily routine, just to make my face look a little brighter on those 6am start days, and I've had quite a few people comment on it and ask what I was wearing. Score.

It's become a thing now where I can't leave the house without applying lip balm. Chapped lips or not, on goes one of my favourite Maybelline products, either in 'Mango Pie' or 'Smoothing Cherry'. They're cheap, they're cheerful, and they work. I always have one in my handbag and one on my bedside table for quick fixes.

Another lip product and one mentioned in my last post, the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in 'Orange Punch' has been a firm favourite, it's easy application and everyday colour being a winner in my standard routine. It's not the best on dry lips, and is slightly glossier than I would normally like, but I can't help but continually pick it up. The colour is not even remotely orange tinted on my lips, but instead becomes this gorgeous berry pink colour and I have to say, I am really, really enjoying it...

Lucky last, two MAC products to mention, and again these have been mentioned in my last post. I've been reaching for the In Extreme Dimension Mascara a lot lately, giving my beloved Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume a bit of a well needed break. This might not be reaching my 'holy grail' standards but it does a pretty damn good job. Very similar in consistency to the Clinque, and almost as much volume in as little time. It's not quite got that 'oomf' that Clinque gives you, nor does it have it's lasting power, but it's a pretty close alternative. 
I've also been loving my new eye-shadow in 'Texture', it's just a great colour I can get everyday wear out of. I just quickly brush it on my top lid and a smudge on the bottom waterline and done. Quick and easy brown smokey eye. It's also very buildable, and works as a great base colour. I have recently worn it as a base, with 'Sketch' in the corner, and a little hint of 'Cranberry' over the top of Sketch, and oh man. Gorgeous, and earned a few compliments from the ladies on the make-up stands in Myer. Why, thankyou

And that's it from me today, time to go attempt a stir fry for dinner in an attempt to cram a ton of vegetables into my system. Wish me luck, and tell me your thoughts on this months picks! Have you tried any? What have been your favourites?

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  1. I just discovered your blog and your photos are beautiful! Excited to see more posts to come from you! The Effaclar Duo has been a long standing favourite for me and has definitely reached holy grail status. My skin is so much clearer since I started using it!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Thank you very much! And yes, I have now decided that the Effaclar Duo needs to become part of my daily routine, I can now see truly how good it really is...!

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  2. Oh no! Blood? Hope you are okay! Despite that, the photo is beyond fine!

    I've heard so much about that perfume I might have to give it ago myself! Where did you find it?
    Don't get me started on the Effaclar Duo, I honestly don't know anyone on here that doesn't love it...
    Loving your picks for this month for sure!

    Chantalle X

    ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I am so accident prone, it was no biggie haha. I have photographed in far worse conditions than my living room...eek. I am just a perfectionist, argh.

      The perfume is from Mecca Cosmetica! This was from the one in Myer in the city, I'm not sure if all Mecca's stock it, but if you see it, spray some on yourself and see what you think. It's just DIVINE.

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  3. I spray Molecule 01 on myself every time I go to Mecca but haven't splashed out yet, I do love it though!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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    1. It is truly gorgeous and unique, but very expensive...I personally think it's totally worth it though! If you really love it, I think it's really nice to splash out on something a bit different, and it makes me so happy every time I catch a waft of it, haha. Plus the bottle is pretty big.

      Can you tell I work in sales...

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  4. Oohhhh woman, you are quickly turning into my new enabler!! The Molecule 01 perfume is something I've wanted for a while, and I keep seeing the Clinique High Impact mascara everywhere - dayum. Might have to bite the bullet!!

    Ps - I dig the photo!! Minimalistic is always best ;) That's my excuse for laziness, can you tell? T xx

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    1. Ha ha, sorry not sorry :x But truly...I cannot recommend those two enough. That Clinique mascara has changed my life (impressive, no?)...

      P.S Thanks! And sometimes that is very, very wise... :)

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  5. lovely post, I love all the items in your favourites and I cannot wait to try the La Roche Effaclar Duo, I've just ordered mine and really need it with how bad my skin is at the moment, I really hope it works.
    I love the Bourjois color boost lip crayons too, they're fab <3

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    1. I hope it works for you too! I have yet to read a bad review.

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  6. I have Escentric Molecules 01 and Im undecided about how much I love it!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  7. Oh, boy, that's happened to me a tonne of times! Sometimes it actually physically hurts to take photos because of all the weird positions I have to get into for the perfect angle/composition. It's a frustrating business, but it's worth it for the end result when you finally get that perfect photo. I look back on my older blog posts and don't like a lot of my photos, but you'll get the swing of it again! I can't wait to see the beautiful pictures you take with your Canon 5D MK III! I eventually want to upgrade, but not anytime soon.

    I had no idea Mecca stocked Escentric Molecules 01 until I saw it there a few weeks ago. I tried it and it is really unique! It was sort of spicy on me, but I'll need to try it again to see if it's worth buying. Not that I need another perfume! I really want to try the Byredo perfumes too.

    Soft & Gentle is one of my favourite highlighters. Whenever I don't know which one to wear, I always go for this one as it looks great with all my blushes. So, so pretty! Ahh man, you can't go wrong with Effaclar Duo. I don't know how this stuff works, but it's incredible. I've had a few breakouts and I've put this on. I haven't even gone to bed yet and I can feel that they've reduced in size.

    I've still got a few spaces left in my second MAC palette, so I may check out Texture. I'm loving the browns at the moment!

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    1. Haha right? I thought photographing in national parks and cliff edges was dangerous - beauty photographing is so much worse.

      Yes, it's pretty spicy on me too. But it changes throughout the day. I sometimes wear another perfume underneath it and it changes yet again. Honestly, no two days are the same wearing this perfume!

      Yes! Texture and I think it's called Soba? Two verrrry nice browns :)

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