I never thought I'd see the day I owned a brown lipstick. Brown-y nude, brown-y pink - yes. Not brown brown. Twenty year old me would have had a heart attack at the site of it in my collection.

MAC's Stone though...it's pretty cool, don't you think? It's not as dark or warm toned in my photos - it photographed dark despite the bright lighting. It's definitely a very grey toned, taupe colour and it's safe to say I love it.

I originally saw it on Linda Hallberg's blog - she absolutely rocked it and I decided I needed it in my life - ASAP. It was limited edition however, and everywhere around me had sold out. I was gutted - at the time, there were no dupes. Nothing. I weeped.
Online re-stocked though and I snapped it up and could not wait to try it on at home. It was love at first site, to be honest!

Is it the most wearable colour? No. It's pretty bold, actually, but for a night out where I feel like doing something a bit outside the square, it's perfect. The fact that it's quite neutral in tone means I also have a lot of freedom to do anything on my eyes, which I love. It's bold, but it's actually quite elegant, and once people get over the shock of an unusual lipstick shade, they tend to warm up to it quick. 

It was so popular it was made a part of the permanent collection which was great news - along with a matching lip liner! It was only recently I purchased the lip liner, on a bit of a whim, but I actually really like it!

I like wearing lip liners on their own sometimes, as it gives you that longer lasting colour that you sometimes need, but it also helps when you wear dark colours to have that little bit of cement underneath to hold it all together. So I was quite glad I got it - but I've also since realised that it's actually a great lip liner for...other colours.

Weird, I know, but if used lightly, this is actually a great colour to emphasis or define the outer edges of your lips, particularly if you are going for a more pink/peach nude. It's not reminiscent of the 90's over lined lip trend - don't worry. It's subtle, and actually really useful!

What do you think? Weird? Wonderful? I think these days the grey/brown toned lip colours are super on trend and I for one am surprisingly onboard. I love a good nude (ha) but every so often...you just want something a little different, right?

Let me know your thoughts!

If I haven't mentioned on here before, it was my goal (last year) to read more. I read a lot as a kid, and I always loved it, and I guess as an adult - in the digital world - that hobby slipped away to make room for others and for a long time, I barely read anything. I picked up a book after many years, and couldn't for the life of me understand why I didn't do it for so long. I love reading!

Nerd moment aside, I've been trying to get through the enormous amount of books I ordered last year and when I recently went and visited my mum, I thought it was a great time to catch up on a few. Naturally, I left them all at home (typical) and so I went to the bookshop to see if I could find something new to read and ended up getting The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, after hearing a lot of good reviews about it. I ended up chatting to the lady who worked there about the book, which then turned into her recommending me the book Sister by Rosamund Lupton. I bought it on a whim, and read them both within a week!

The Girl On The Train was a good read for those who enjoy the crime/thriller/mystery genre. It is definitely reminiscent of Gone Girl  - actually, it reminded me a lot of Gone Girl in the sense that you dislike every character. For me, that doesn't put me off a book, but for others it was off putting. It kept me in suspense right from the beginning, and I honestly didn't see the end coming until it was, you know, there. 
The synopsis is typical - a woman goes missing, and police are unsure where to look for answers. The main character has only ever seen the woman out the window of a train that goes past on her way to work, but feels a pull to find out what happened. The problem? She's an alcoholic, so not the most reliable source. The story unwinds slowly, but the clues it drops throughout are huge and keep you turning page after page. I think it definitely deserves the hype!

Sister was a book I'd never heard of, but I love recommendations so I gave it a try and it was well worth it. The story is interesting in that it's penned in letter form - from one sister to another. Upon hearing this, I wasn't sure I'd be into that style of writing but it was actually very different to how I imagined and very readable. When she finds out her sister has died, Beatrice flies back home only to discover the death has been ruled a suicide, which she knows could absolutely not be true. Despite any evidence that says otherwise, and with everyone else given up around her, Beatrice is determined to find out who murdered her sister. I did not see the end coming, and my only annoyance with the writing is that she spent a lot of time focusing on the other suspects and for some reason, I felt that took up a lot more of the book than it should have. In saying that, the book was a little slow, but towards the end I was once again gripped and it was like the pages were flying by. A good read, overall.

Has anyone read any good books recently? I'm always up for recommendations!

Whoa, how is it July already? I swear it was Jan/Feb not that long ago! I think the extended summer we had this year really threw me off - it was warm, warm, warm and then COLD and I'm not really sure we even had Autumn! I feel like this year has flown by and already I'm thinking about Christmas (retail life, lol). Slow down, 2016!

June has consisted of doctor visits (I've had a sore wrist for two months, it's suddenly turned into something so much more whaaat), lack of sleep and trying new recipes. I can also say I have had a heaaaalthy dose of YouTube binge watching - you know when a documentary shows up in your recommended section, and suddenly, ten hours later, in your dark house, you realise your entire day has just gone? Oops. Thanks, Real Stories. The documentaries on the poverty in the UK really had glued to my seat - and close to tears, several times. I had no idea about how bad it actually was, it's very sad and very surprising coming from the seventh richest country in the world. We're not all perfect.

WATCH: Besides the YouTube binge I had one weekend, I've honestly been bouncing back and forth between watching my favourite thriller movies, and watching my favourite chick flicks. It's been odd. However, my other main bae this month has been Masterchef, which I can honestly say I've never watched an entire season of. I've definitely caught a few episodes towards the finale before but never watched it entirely and this season is so good. I think contestants are so talented now that it's like watching a bunch of chefs trying to win the best spot, and it's making me so hungry every night. Last week was Heston Week (Heston Blumenthal) and his masterclass at the end was how to cook his Roast Chicken (and potatoes) and so tonight's Sunday Roast is extra special. As in, I brined my own chicken and made my chicken stock from scratch. Fancy.

The other exciting TV news is that Offspring is finally back! I think we all thought Season 5 was going to be the last season (killing off Patrick genuinely just about ended the show) but they've surprised us with a sixth season, thank the good Lord. We had the first episode air last week, and man have I missed that show. I've never gotten that invested in an Aussie drama before (Love My Way is the only exception) but Offspring is amazing. Although, I still mourn for Patrick - who doesn't?

I think Black Books may be my next binge watch on Netflix. It was just added, and it's one of those shows I've watched in entirety maybe about two times and it's still so funny. It's truly my favourite kind of humour - self-depreciating, British and not at all politically correct. I can't wait - thanks, Netflix.

LISTEN: I've been having a bit of a music slump lately however June has brought some great new albums - two of note are Flume's new album 'Skin' and James Blake's 'The Colour In Anything'. I really like Flume's new stuff - it's certainly different from his last album, so I can understand why some people have not warmed to it, but I really love the sound! He's matured a lot and you can hear it, and while I think his first album had more bangers, I really like this more constructed sound. I also have a massive crush on him soooo...

As for James Blake - this man is incredible. I looooved his last album, I listened to it on repeat, and this album will be no different. I just love how he layers sounds and genres - it's smooth, dark and his voice is by far one of the best. Radio Silence is my jam - I try and belt it out in the car most mornings but I think I should really just leave it to him, eh?

I am also digging Glass Animal's 'Life Itself' - anyone else? It's SO catchy. I love them, their last album was so, so good. I can't wait to hear more!

LOOK: So Vivid Lights came around again, and of course I went to check it out (it's about the only cool thing Sydney offers, ugh) and although it was very good - as usual - I definitely think it's going to be hard to beat last years. If you didn't know, Vivid is Sydney's yearly light festival, where the city collaborates with artists to create stunning, visual light shows around the CBD, such as projections on the Opera House and Customs House as well as some amazing installations scattered about elsewhere. It's a great event - you rug up for the cold weather, grab some food from one of the many food trucks, and you try as hard as possible to understand the concepts behind the artworks (it's impossible - I even went to art school and I still don't get them). It's still an amazing event though, and I'm still blown away by the effort that goes into the installations!

BITS & PIECES:


  • Tenneil tagged me in the AM & PM Tag which she just did here and I think it's a really great tag for nosy people such as myself, so you should hopefully expect that post in the next week or two!
  • I'm seriously tempted to buy Tanya Burr's 'Tanya Bakes' cookbook despite the fact I don't generally like baking, nor do I like baked goods! Disregarding my thoughts on the whole 'bloggers releasing books' debate, I genuinely think the book looks so pretty, and I have a real thing for food photography and I think the book looks beautiful, so I'm really interested to have a read! Sometimes we all just need a pretty cookbook on the shelf, don't we?
  • I'm thinking of chopping my fringe back in, a little bit like this or this. I just don't think I suit the 'all one length' look, I feel like I need a little shape around my face so I think I'm going to ask my hairdresser to cut mine back in when I next visit. I'm also thinking of ditching the over-toned look and going for some warmed blonde tones. Wish me luck!
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