some favourites right now – beauty

It has been a hot minute since I’ve talked about anything beauty related on here, so I thought that instead of shoving some more fashion content down your throat today I’d switch it up a little bit. I honestly think if I was a youtuber I would make a favourites video every month, mostly because I just love rambling on about things I’ve been loving so much, but because on here I’m putting my thoughts into writing I can definitely reign myself in a bit.

For at least the last month or two I’ve been stepping away from wearing much makeup. I love makeup so very much, but lately my skin seems to be just hating any makeup I’ve been putting on it and it’s just not seemed very happy so I thought I’d give it a much needed breather. Because of this I only have one makeup product that I wanted to talk about and that’s the E.L.F Baked Highlighters.

I have two shades; Moonlight Pearls, which is a perfect face highlight for my pale af skin, and also Apricot Glow, which I absolutely do not use on my face but makes such a beautiful light eyeshadow and looks amazing when you lay it on top of other shadows. I just feel like you can’t go wrong with these, they’re literally $10 each, and while they aren’t my absolute favourites, they’re definitely up there.

Moving into skincare, this is THE SHIT. One of my friends actually recommended this to me (shout out Ash), and I’ve been using it ever since. It removes all the dead skin from the top of your skin which is kind of disgusting, but also so satisfying. Your skin will feel so so smooth after using this, it’s amazing. Plus it’s so quick and easy to use because unlike a mask, you don’t have to leave this sitting on your skin, you just put it on and then start rubbing it off straight away.

This is one of those products I just really like having because while I’m not too sure what it does for my skin, I know my skin just seems to love it. This is basically an aerosol toner for oily skin, and it really just seems to work for me. Toners are a big thing for me, I can not do my skincare routine without using one. I usually use a different toner first on a cotton pad and wipe that all over my face and then I’ll go in with this one and just spray it on my face and let it soak in. I have combination, kind of oily skin which can definitely be prone to blemishes and I find that La Roche-Posay has a line of products that work so well for me.

After I give myself a very healthy spritzing with my toner, I’ll go in with moisturiser. I’m so upset because I loved this IT Cosmetics one so much and I went to repurchase it on the Sephora website but it’s just not on there. I bought it when I was in store but I really don’t go up to Sydney that often so I don’t know when I’m gonna be able to get my hands on another jar of this. This cream is probably one of the first moisturisers ever that my skin has really seemed to love, which is a tricky thing for me to find. Distraught that I don’t have a new one to dig into.

I am by no means a hair person, mine never looks particularly good, but this conditioner is really good in my books. My hair gets oily pretty quickly normally, and because I’m blonde and my hair is usually pretty silky and smooth you can tell, so heavy shampoos and conditioners do not go down well with me. This is like my perfect hair product, it’s purple to help neutralize any yellow tones, but mostly it’s the fact that it moisturises my hair and makes it feel so soft, but it doesn’t weigh it down and my hair doesn’t get greasy as fast because it’s pretty lightweight.

Lastly, my current most worn perfume, My Burberry Black. I always go for those kind of deeper, semi masculine scents over fresh or floral ones, and this one is sooooooo fcking good. I’m really bad at describing scents, but I looked this up and the base notes are amber and patchouli which explains why I love it so much. At the same time though it has this kind of sweet and feminine twist and I’m so in love with it.

december favourites 2017

I haven’t posted on here in what feels like so long. I guess I’ve just been busy leading up to christmas, and I’ve also just had some stuff going on in my personal life, so I haven’t even really thought about my little blog. Before the year ended though, I wanted to put together my december favourites.

I only have a couple of things I wanted to write about; a few beauty bits, and one piece of clothing. All three of the makeup items I’m including were part of my sephora black friday order, so I’ve had them for around a month and I’ve used at LEAST one of these every day since they arrived.

I guess I’ll start with my base first, which has been it cosmetics your skin but better cc+ colour correcting full coverage cream. A stupidly long name, but it’s also a stupidly good cc cream. I’m not really someone that’s into cc or bb creams usually, but I’d heard that this one actually had some coverage to it so I thought I’d give it a shot. This stuff is amazing. I’m definitely converted to it. The coverage is insane for a cc cream, I’d say it’s a medium coverage, and it just wears beautifully on the skin. I was especially impressed with how well it wears on my combination, sometimes kinda oily, skin.

Two other things I got in sephoras black friday sale were from Fenty Beauty, one of them being the absolutely insane killawatt freestyle highlighter duo in lightning dust/ fire crystal. For the longest time I’ve spoken about the elf baked highlighter and how it’s my favourite, but that has 100% been replaced by this one. Both of the highlights in this duo are absolutely gorgeous, lightning dust is more on the natural side but still packs a punch. The texture of these is so lovely, it seems to just melt into the skin instead of looking as though it’s just sitting on top, which is something that I really hate about certain highlighters. If anyone reading this is looking to get a  new highlight or want to pick up something from Fenty, then this is the one.

My other favourite from Fenty is the gloss bomb in fenty glow. I’ve been super into glossy lips for the last couple of months, and this is one of my favourites that I’ve tried so far. The colour is so perfect, it’s supposedly a universal nude that will look good on everyone, which I can definitely see being true. On the whole, it’s just a really good gloss, and I’ve been wearing it pretty much every single day since I got it. I’ve also received heaps of compliments from people when I’ve been wearing it, which is always a good sign.

I’m one of those people who really doesn’t care for their hair very well, but I’ve been using the scott cornwall colour restore anti-yellow toner for the past few months and it has made my hair feel so soft and I feel like it’s been looking pretty good too. I don’t know much about hair, and honestly, it’s not something I take a lot of care with, but I’ve been using this as a conditioner about every other time I wash my hair, and more than anything else it just makes my hair feel so lovely.

The last favourite that I wanted to talk about this month is a dress that I got from temt, which is somewhere that I never shop, and somewhere that really never has anything that I really like, except for this dress. Everything in there is super cheap, so this dress only set me back $20. The quality of it isn’t great, but it’s not an awful dress either. It doesn’t feel as if it cost me more than $20, but I think it looks as though it cost more.

I’ve been really into the whole cute little tea dress look, and this is one of my favourites. It’s just one of those super easy dresses to just throw on during summer, that look super cute and go with pretty much whatever you want.

november favourites 2017

I haven’t posted for a little while, but I’m back again now with my favourite things from november. Obviously, my number one fav from this month was andy and I’s little New Zealand trip, but I’ll share more of that once my film gets developed. But for now, I’ll start off with the best beauty goodies from the past month.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer for the longest time, but they’ve always been sold out in my shade (the lightest one). I finally snatched one up though at the end of october and I’ve used it every single day since then. I completely understand the hype around this concealer; it’s got really good coverage, blends into the skin beautifully, and has a wonderful finish that is just really smooth looking.

I am super pale, and sometimes I can have a hard time finding concealers that are actually light enough for my skin. I’ve got the shade Chantilly and it’s perfect for me. I use a little elf flat shadow packer brush to apply it from the little jar (my fingernails are too long and it’s just a hot mess if I don’t use a brush), and then blend it out with my beauty sponge. I hope I’m not speaking too soon but I think I’ve found my holy grail concealer.

The other makeup product I’ve been reaching for non-stop is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. This is one of my all-time favourite makeup bits. Hourglass powders as a general rule are all gorgeous, but this blush is my number one of all of them. It’s such a beautiful, natural mauve shade. Like all their powders, it’s so finely milled that it just blends and sits on the skin so nicely, and never looks cakey in the slightest. If I could only keep one of my blushes for some reason, this would be the one.

Lately, my skin hasn’t felt or looked it’s best, so I thought I’d try a couple of new bits from La Roche Posay and see if they’d help. I thought La Roche Posay would be a really good brand to try when my skin was acting up because their products seem very straightforward, get the job done sort of products.

This month the two products that I think have actually made a difference in my skin are both from the Effaclar range and are; the Purifying Foaming Gel and the Unclogging Purifying Sebo-Controlling Mask. They’re both made for oily sensitive skin, so they’re really gentle but still work very well on my skin. I’ve been using the face wash pretty much daily after I’ve taken off my makeup, and then the mask I’ve been using about 2-3 times a week.

Lastly, before I get on to my two fashion favourites, I want to talk about the Jo Malone fragrance that I spoke about in my what I bought in New Zealand post. This cost me a fortune. I’ve never spent close to this much on a perfume before, but honestly, in my eyes, this is worth every cent. It’s the Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense and it is gorgeous. I’m shit at describing scents but I feel like it’s deep and kind of masculine, but also sexy at the same time. It also lasts amazingly on the skin, which is absolutely what you want when you’ve spent a crazy amount on your perfume.

My first fashion favourite this month is a pair of swimmers I bought closer to the start of the month and took over to NZ with me. They are the most amazingly me swimmers I’ve ever seen or owned. They’re an electric blue velvet one piece with a super low back. I saw them months ago but held back from buying them because it was still way to cold to think about going swimming, but I finally got them and I’m so glad I did.

Velvet is my thing. I love velvet so much and I own so many different pieces of clothing made from velvet, so of course when I saw swimmers I had to buy them. I’m not really a bikini kind of girl, I love one pieces so much more, especially when the back is super low. I think they’re so understatedly sexy, and I always feel much more confident in pieces like this than in a bikini. I’m obsessed.

Swimsuit: Blue Ruby by Bras N Things / Jeans: Rollas / Belt: Sportsgirl

And lucky last is the bag that I’ve used more than any other one this month. This bag is from Decjuba, but it is obviously a massive rip off of the Loewe puzzle bag, which I would love to own but I’m 19 and work in retail so it’s definitely out of my price range for handbags at this point in time. Anyhow, I used this bag as my carry on, and it was the only bag I took overseas with me. It fits quite a bit more than you would think in it too. I carried my SLR camera, a book, wallet, passport, disposable cameras, plus all my random beauty products and I was impressed that it hold all of that.

It’s just a safe bet too, I feel like it’s one of those bags that you can put with any outfit and it’ll look great but also hold all the goodies you need. It’s starting to wear out a bit, but considering it’s a $70 bag and I use it majority of days out of the week, I’m really not too fussed.

Jumpsuit: Kmart / Jacket: Absent (mens) / Shoes: Nude Footwear / Bag:  Decjuba

I’m kind of trying to introduce a little bit more structure into what I’m posting on here, so I thought as well as my what I wore/did this week business I recently posted (and want to do my very best to continue to post weekly), I would start writing a monthly favourites post each month.

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I’ve been a bit all over the place in terms of posting and the content that I’ve been writing. At this point, this blog is really just a place to share my thoughts, and nothing too serious, but I still want to be able to post content which is actually decent. So my thinking is to try and give myself a couple of posts each month/week or whatever, that will stay the same, hence the introduction of monthly favourites as opposed to a random post every now and then.

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Anyway, my October favourites. This month there’s been a couple of things I’ve discovered/started using which I’ve lusted after, and some things I’ve had for a while and gone off, but then come back to and realised how much I loved them. I have been pretty selective with what I chose to write about though, so all these things are truly my favourites of the month.

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In terms of skincare, I’ve got two products to talk about. Firstly, after trying so hard to get along with the Trilogy cleansing balm I was using for a while (I mentioned it in an older post) and just really not liking it at all, even though I wanted to, I picked up the Peach Soda Cleansing Balm by 16 Brand on a whim hoping it would work better for me than the previous one did. I love this cleansing balm so much. It’s very light feeling (which probably sounds strange) and quite oily. It smells like peach soda too, funnily enough. Apart from that though, it removes makeup really well and super fast without leaving a heavy residue on my skin.

Secondly is the Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion. This has a gel formula which I love using as an everyday moisturiser, especially now that the weather is getting warmer and therefore my skin is going to get a bit oilier. What I really about this moisturiser though is that it’s cooling. It feels so nice to apply, especially on warmer days and days where I’m finding it harder than usual to keep myself awake. Other than that, this just works really well with my skin I think and I really like it.

Next: Makeup. My two new favourite foundations are both by the same brand, The Serum Foundation & The Coverage Foundation by The Ordinary. I LOVE these foundations. I spoke about the serum foundation in my everyday makeup routine and I’m still using it almost every day and just swapping it out for the coverage foundation when I want something with a little more coverage.

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These foundations are exactly what they claim to be, so really they’re pretty simple, but it’s everything else about them that really has me hooked. They apply and sit on the skin beautifully, and they last and wear so well throughout the day. They also cost only $13.50 each and they have a really good shade selection. You can not go wrong with these.

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Left: Serum Foundation in 1.0NS     Right: Coverage Foundation in 1.0N

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Glossy lips are making a huge comeback and I am so about it, so I had to include my two favourite and most worn lipglosses from the month. First up is one I’ve loved for a while but has just been getting, even more, use lately, the NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine. Everyone seems to love these glosses and there are definitely good reasons as to why. The formula is lovely, and the pigment throughout them is really great too. Plus they smell delicious.

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Left: Fenty Beauty Gloss    Right: NYX Butter Gloss

And then we have the gorgeous Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss in Spacesuit. I don’t even know what to say in terms of this gloss other than I love it. Like the NYX one, the formula, pigment, and the smell are all wonderful. But it’s the almost duo-chrome finish and the sparkle (without feeling like your lips are coated in glitter and being completely over-the-top) that I love most. If you can still get your hands on the Fenty Galaxy collection and you’re thinking of treating yourself to something from it, I would recommend a gloss.

My last beauty related favourite this month is the Korres Vetiver Root Green Tea Cedarwood EDT . This is such a beautiful fragrance and I’m almost finished my bottle already after only having it for around 3 months.

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I’m absolute shit at trying to describe scents, but it smells almost manly yet still feminine, which is probably my favourite type of smelling fragrance. I also get complimented on the way I smell when I wear this, which is always a good sign. I know that maybe this could be a bit too deep to wear when we get more into summer, but for now, I’m wearing this non-stop.

And my last favourite of october, my bag. I haven’t posted any photos of outfits with this bag included in them yet, mostly for the sole reason that this bag doesn’t even really have a brand or anything, and it’s just a massive rip-off of a Fendi Kan I.

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Now, I really wish that this was a real Fendi handbag and not a rip-off, but unfortunately, I’m a 19 year old working in retail so the reality of that happening at this point in my life is entirely impractical. Even though it’s obviously not real Fendi, the bag is still made of real leather and it feels surprisingly sturdy. It fits a really decent amount of stuff in it too. The look of it is just too cute that I couldn’t not buy it when I had the chance. One day I’m wishing I’ll be replacing this with some real Fendi, but I guess we’ll see.

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On an everyday basis, I’ve  pretty much got my makeup routine down to as simple as possible while still looking put together enough. I know what works for me and what my favourite products are, so I thought I’d write a little something up that goes over everything I do and what I’ve been using to do them.

PRIMER – TOUCH IN SOL NO POREBLEM PRIMER

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I’ve spoken about this primer in an earlier blog post, and I haven’t stopped using it since then. It’s pretty much a perfectly balanced mix of what I want in a primer; it blurs my pores, it increases the longevity of my makeup and it feels slightly hydrating too. I can definitely tell a difference in the way my makeup looks and wears when I switch it out for another primer.

FOUNDATION – THE ORDINARY SERUM FOUNDATION IN 1.0NS VERY FAIR

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I bought this foundation on a whim only because their coverage foundation was out of stock, and my hopes for it weren’t very high because I really didn’t think it was going to work with my skin type, but I was completely wrong. This foundation is gorgeous. I think it might be my favourite foundation that I’ve ever tried. I’d say it’s a light to medium coverage (which is what I prefer for every day), but the finish is I think what really gets me. It’s very natural looking in a sort of ‘your skin but better’ way. It’s got a luminosity to it but even though my skin can get oily at times, and I’ve usually got this on my face for 10 hours at a time at least, it doesn’t make me look like a complete oily mess. This foundation, in my mind at least, shouldn’t work this well for my skin but it just does, as well as coming in a colour pale enough for me. I’ve already ordered another bottle because I’ve been using this every day without fail, and the best part is I don’t feel guilty about it because this bad boy only sets me back $13.50. All around amazing.

CONCEALER – MAYBELLINE FIT ME IN FAIR

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I think I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I haven’t found my perfect concealer as of yet, but lately, I’ve been using Fit Me from Maybelline and I do really like it. I would say I’m definitely one of those people that prefers using a lighter coverage foundation and then only concealing what I want and using a concealer with decent coverage to do that. I think that my main struggle with finding the right concealers is that in many cases, the lightest colour is not light enough for me. The shade of this one is pretty decent, but I really like how it looks on the skin; I don’t find that it cakes up or looks like it’s sitting on top of my skin, and it also wears very well. All-in-all a very good concealer, I just wouldn’t say it’s the perfect one for me.

CREAM CONTOUR – L’OREAL INFALLIBLE SCULPT CONTOURING PALETTE IN 01 LIGHT/MEDIUM

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This stuff is soo good. I used to think cream contouring was super scary and time-consuming, but using this product makes it exactly the opposite. The colour is a perfect neutral/cool tone which works really well on my skin, it is so easy to apply, and it blends like a dream. It’s more of a cream to powder formula than just the traditional cream, which I think is another reason as to why I love it so much. This step takes me honestly close to no time at all and just adds a little bit of bronzey goodness to my face, while still being lovely and subtle.

POWDER – LAURA MERCIER LOOSE SETTING POWDER IN TRANSLUCENT

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I’m definitely a loose powder over pressed powder girl, and this powder is my number one. I’ve spoken about this before so I won’t go on and on, but I like to use apply this under my eyes and on my t-zone (the places that I want to stay set down) with a damp beauty sponge, and then I just take it lightly over the rest of my face with a brush. It doesn’t get cakey, it gives my skin a lovely not-quite-blurred-but-almost look which is awesome considering it doesn’t claim to be a blurring product. This is an expensive powder but in my eyes, and for me it’s worth the money.

CONTOUR – KEVYN AUCOIN SCULPTING POWDER IN LIGHT

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My favourite contour product ever. I’ve been using this consistently for the past 2 years, and in that time I’ve never felt the need to try anything else. Originally I had it in the medium shade, but I repurchased it in light and it’s just the perfect cool toned, light contour which doesn’t look like a harsh line on my pasty face. If anyone was to ask me to recommend them a contour powder, there’s no doubt in my mind this is what I’d tell them to buy. It’s an expensive powder, but if you’re in a position where you want to spend a bit extra then this is something that I would say is worth it.

BLUSH – MAC TOLEDO LIMITED EDITON BLUSH OMBRE IN RIPE PEACH

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I’m very sorry that you can’t buy this blush anymore because it really is very beautiful. I don’t use it so much in winter, but in summer it’s perfect. I love how, because of the ombre effect, you can kind of choose if you wanna go for a more pink or a more peachy look depending on how you feel or what suits the eye/lip you’re going with. I’ll leave it at that because it’s obviously not available anymore, but if something like this ever is released again, snatch it up while you can because you won’t regret it.

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN MOONLIGHT PEARLS

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Again, I’ve spoken about this in a couple of posts, and for good reason because it’s so beautiful. I’m not going to ramble on forever about it, but I love this highlight so much. The shade is gorgeous, and the way it blends onto the skin is so wonderful. Like I said I won’t go on too much, but there is so much love in my heart for this highlighter, and if you’re on the hunt for something good – buy it.

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EYES – MAC BLUSH & E.L.F HIGHLIGHTER, BOURJOUIS VOLUME 1 SECONDE

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On an every day basis, I am super lazy with my eyes. All I do is run some of the same blush I use on my face through my crease to add a little bit of colour and definition, and then just pop some of my highlighter on my inner corner and bring it slightly onto the lid, and that’s it. Takes literally 30 seconds and makes me look that little bit more awake and put together. Since I have eyelash extensions I’m not very fussy with my mascara as I only use it on my lower lashes. Lately I’ve been using the Bourjouis Volume 1 Seconde because I had it lying around, and while it’s good I know that I’ve used better ones in the past.

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BROWS – BENEFIT GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL & BENEFIT GIMME BROW IN 3

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I usually like to keep my brows pretty natural and simple, and I think that a brow pencil is the best and easiest way to do this. This one from Benefit is my favourite one that I’ve tried. The shape of the pencil is perfect for the shape of my brows, and it means that it’s super easy for me to define and fill them in very quickly. Then after that I go over them with another Benefit brow product, the Tint My Brow, which just lets me brush them into place and add a little bit more colour and volume to them. Benefit does brow products very well in my opinion, so if you’re after some new brow goodies definitely check them out.

SETTING SPRAY – GLAM GLOW GLOWSETTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

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My makeup never feels complete until its set, and my favourite setting spray right now is this one from Glam Glow. It just makes all the makeup on your face seem to melt and just come together so beautifully, and leaves your face looks subtly luminous, but it doesn’t make my skin look shiny or oily at all. If I forget this step I can tell a difference in how my skin looks, and the way in which my makeup wears throughout the day. I wouldn’t want to go without this product.

LIPS – RIMMEL OH MY GLOSS IN 100 LOVE BUG

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I’ve gotten so much more into glossy and just natural looking lips lately, so this is perfect just to chuck on top of some lip balm just to add a little bit of something, without adding a strong wash of colour. This gloss in particular has little tiny bits of sparkle through it which I think is so cute too. It’s just a super easy gloss to chuck on and then be able to reapply easily throughout your day.

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After writing this all out, it seems like a lot but I promise you this makeup is sooo easy and it only takes me 10-15 minutes to do. I’d say the step I spend the longest on is my foundation because I like to take my time making sure its all blended and buffed into my skin, but after that everything else is a breeze. And the more often you do the same routine the faster you’ll get.

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Emily