I really want to get back in the habit of using my camera for purposes other than blog photos. The main reason I don't take it out all that often is it is quite bulky, especially with the lens on-motivation to buy a pancake lens/50mm lens (are they the same thing...). Anyway, over the last couple of months I have begun to get back into taking more photos out and about+also of life's happenings. Some you may have seen already, as I like to use SLR photos on my Instagram where I can (personal preference) but many you won't have. Enjoy this little look at life recently..
*Sick days in bed back in July. *The makeup selection from Saturday night. I love the Lolita palette. It's a one stop shop for eyeshadow looks. *Dessert at Miss Clawdy on Saturday-a cookie sandwich with chocolate milk. SO GOOD. *The drink I had from Miss Clawdy-Wild Berry Iced Tea. The nicest cocktail ever, I'm sure many of my friends are sick about hearing of this now. *My little kitty cat. She's just too adorbs. *My wall, pardon the blu tack marks. It's such a real mishmash of things from my pinboard to magazine+calendar tears but I love it. My pinboard needs a real update though-it's been months!
-I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you'd like to see more of this type of thing in future! x
It was one rather exciting day last week when this parcel from Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup turned up for me. Anna and I have been exchanging emails and tweets back and forth for a while now so it was really awesome to get mail from her+also put together some things to send over to her as well. There were a couple of products I had requested, sadly Royal Mail destroyed the Barry M polishes, but the rest survived, along with some UK drugstore products that Anna threw in. It's safe to say I was feeling rather spoilt basically! I'll give you the scoop on what I was sent and also some mini reviews. I've not had time to try everything yet but I'll give you an update next month..
Martha Stewart Home Notebook-The bloggers essential basically. As you can see I've divided this up into all the various sections so I can better organise my blog posts and videos, keep track of what products I have to try and want to review etc. Maybe once I start using this properly I'll do a post on blog organisation or something.
Real Techniques Complexion Sponge-You can't really see this, as it's hiding away in the bottom corner of this photo but I was excited to see this as I nearly bought one at a pharmacy here the other day. Dubbed an alternative to the ever-popular Beauty Blender and great for days when you want a light but flawless coverage.
Indeed Labs Minis-Who can resist mini things!? They're just so cute. I've actually tried Hydraluron before, review here but nothing else from Indeed Labs, as it's only recently launched here so I am looking forward to trying these.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks-Well I gotta buy a vowel because oh my god. I wore the vibrant fuschia, Ole Flamingo last week and it's a beaut. Think Mac's Show Orchid, but less metallic. I love pink lipsticks and the formula of these don't disappoint. They dry matte but don't flake or dry your lips out. You will need an oil based remover to get this off your pout but other than that you can't fault 'em.
L'Oreal Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara-I have heard such good things about this mascara, both the original and waterproof formulas. I am a bit of a mascara fiend so I asked Anna to pick this one up for me. There's a few mascaras on the go in my stash at the moment but once they expire I'll be reaching for this one.
No.7 Precision Lip Pencil in Nude-Again, I'm not 100 per cent on the shade name. Sorry guys! I'm writing this post from Uni as I have no internet at home. I've not actually opened this pencil yet but nude lip liners are often my go-to for accentuating my cupid's bow when I wear one of my daily nude lipsticks.
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Anti-Blemish Clay Mask-I'm pretty sure we can't get Super Facialist products here but I know a lot of beauty bloggers are fans of this line of skincare so again I'm looking forward to trying this. I love clay masks as well because they really clear your skin of any dirt and nastiness.
L'Oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows-I'm not entirely sure which shades these are but I shall update you when I find out. There seems to be both matte and shimmer shades in this range. I love the taupe above all over the lid and then the matte brown for a bit of subtle definition in the crease. Gorgeous combination! If you love the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows then you should check these out as well.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink-Now I thought this was in my collection, as it has been on the blog before but I must've misplaced it. Nonetheless I'm glad to have it in my stash again. If you've been watching Anna's videos for a while then you'll know this is a favourite of hers.
Thank you so much Anna for sending over all these UK gems! I felt so ridiculously spoilt opening up this parcel last week and it totally made my
day year xx.
*Have you tried any of these products before?
Every Day I'm Flat Layin'-Definitely not as well as the lovely Tamira but as Siri would say, "I try my best". Anyway, if you want to learn how to create Instagram-worthy, flat layed works of art then you need to check out this post. There's something just so aesthetically pleasing about images like this.
Mail From Abroad-My poor courier driver must've been stunned into submission to see me looking so lively when I opened the front door on Wednesday. The reason? My swap package from Anna arrived. Here's just a small taster but I'll give you all the 'deets on Monday.
Let's Hear It For Tavi-I'm not gonna lie, Tavi was one of my main inspirations when it came to starting a blog. I also have her to thank for The Virgin Suicides being one of my favourite novels and also my fondness for Rodarte and Stevie Nicks.Well now she's all grown up and off to live a fabulous life in NYC! The Cut caught up with her recently and this interview is the result. It is definitely one to enjoy over your morning coffee or smoothie.
The App Every Photo Lover Needs-Dare I say it, but I think Afterlight may now be my favourite editing tool. Don't tell Photoshop... I run all of my Instagram pictures, taken with either my phone or camera through it now because I think the filters on there are just so much better. I also like how you can add light effects and adjust the brightness and contrast among other things. It's just over a dollar if you're in NZ and I highly recommend you get it because it is the best.
Cat-Tastic-Cats are still in Vogue. Perhaps it's Grace Coddington's doing? Well now Typo have got on the bandwagon. I may or may not have shrieked at the sight of the cat paraphernalia. Cat bags? Cat purses? Even cat eye masks. I managed to escape with just this fridge magnet but it took a lot of willpower and a rather heavy handbag to stop me from going wild.
*Have an amazing weekend everyone! This week's been great compared to last week which was just awful in all honesty. I've been working on an essay all about The September Issue and Anna Wintour which I'm not gonna lie has actually been really fun. It's also probably the most motivated I have been by an assignment ever. What else..oh there's been a little bit of book shopping happening. If anyone wants to see a mini book haul then holler. This weekend I'm hoping to film another video for y'all and I'm having a belated birthday dinner with some friends which should be loverly. Yeeah. x
I love scoping out other blogs, particularly ones a bit further afield. There's just something exciting to me about seeing other places, seeing what fashion is trending overseas and just what life looks like elsewhere. You may remember I had a little nosy through Tamira's bag a couple of months back. This time I bring you Isabelle of Lost But Not Found blog. She takes gorgeous pictures, always has on-point style and she's got a way with words. Anyway, here's what's in Isabelle's Shop Tobi bucket bag...
"While I usually carry a fancier, multi-occasion type bag, summer calls for a more relaxed feel, with a grab and go practicality. Lately, I've been carrying this Shop Tobi bucket bag, which fits the minimal things I require during summer. While my version is rather ancient, Zara and Topshop have also been carrying leather and suede equivalents. More importantly, lets discuss what's in my bag. Clockwise from the left; As with any teenager or blogger, I of course have my phone, which is sporting a donut phone case from Paper Source. It is safe to say I get hungry more often due to this accessory, haha. Moving on, I *always* have to have gum with me as I get bored quite quickly. The 5 gum 'Beta' flavor is quite good, although very very strong. Next I have my Wildfox Couture 'Classic Fox' sunnies, which have survived a lot over the years while still remaining intact. Following, I try to always have hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works with me at all times because you never know when you'll need it. A beauty junkie, I also always have my Lush 'Honey Trap' lip balm and my lip product of the day which was 'Rebel' by MAC this day. Another small product I keep that could seem strange is an anti-friction heel roll on balm by Band-Aid. I sometimes get the worst blisters from shoes, heels or not, and this product always saves the day. Lastly, I have a pen and a small pouch from a trip to China filled with money for 'out the door moments' and business cards for when the opportunity arises. I hope you guys enjoyed seeing what I keep in my summer bag!"
-What are your handbag staples? Who's bag should I look inside next??
I've always been a bit of a skincare skeptic, having dealt with some rather awful acne during high school and then being recommended products by beauticians that just wreaked havoc. It wasn't until I really started to do my own research (with a little help from Ms Hirons) and figured out what works best for my skin that I really began to see the benefits. Lately my skin's been throwing a bit of a tantrum, as it does every Winter so I've been incorporating new products into the mix and also replacing some old ones...
Skinfood Mud Masque*-Skinfood is a local brand that I remember using way, way back when I was a fresh-faced teen. Since then it's had a bit of a makeover and a rather extensive range of products now exist in its lineup. Now I'll be honest, I was a little skeptical about this mud mask but I ended up being quite surprised by it. The mask itself didn't leave my skin with that overly tight feeling and it really calmed down any red patches. It also seemed to soothe angry blemishes as well. I love using this when my skin's looking below average.
Origins Zero Oil Purifying Toner-My Ren toner ran out earlier in the week so it was off to DFS I went in search of toners, and an excuse to check out the perfume shelves. Now the majority of Origins toners are $60 here which I wasn't keen to fork out so I picked this one up instead at almost half the price. Zero oil is especially formulated for oily and blemish prone skin. It does leave your skin feeling matte afterwards, so dry skin types should steer clear. I've only used this a handful of times though and am already noticing a difference. Perhaps it'll become an August Favourite? Hmm..
Antipodes Anti-Ageing Minis, Night Replenish Serum pictured*-Antipodes have added another exclusive mini set to their collection. The moisturiser is a bit too thick for my liking, so that was passed along to a family member. The serum on the other hand is awesome. It contains goji berry, red raspberry seed and blackcurrent oils which all help to restore and revitalise skin. If your complexion's looking a bit dull or feeling a touch dehydrated then this is for you. In fact, this set would be perfect for travel with its mini size.
-Have you tried any of these products before? What were your thoughts?
*Have a fabulous week everybody! Sorry for the quietness on the social media front. We had a family matter to attend to last week so I was in and out of Auckland a bit and in between that I was at University as well. Today I have classes, an assignment meeting & that's probably about it really. I have a presentation and essay due next week so I'm kinda in nerd mode and half in 'can I have all of the sleeps' mode. I'll be back Wednesday with a guest post x.