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 For the longest time I’ve spoken about the elf baked highlighter and how it’s my favourite, but that has 100% been replaced by this one.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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Lately I’ve been buying and trying out quite a bit of new skincare, so I thought I might as well share my thoughts on the things I’ve been using recently. I’m pretty sure none of these products are new releases, so they’re just new to me (not new in general). Also I think it’s important to note that I have combination skin, which can get a bit oily but these days stays more or less normal for the most part.

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CLEANSERS

 

I’ve only been trying out two new cleansers lately, the first one being the Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm. I bought this cleansing balm in the hopes that it would be similar to the Clinique cleansing balm but cheaper, but I definitely don’t like it anywhere near as much. For me the major problem with this cleansing balm is that it doesn’t melt down from a balm into an oil consistency. If you’ve ever tried the Clinique balm you’ll know what I mean by this. This was definitely the first thing I noticed when I used the Trilogy balm, as you’re massaging this over your makeup it doesn’t feel like it’s breaking it down as effectively as it should be and you can feel it like another layer on your skin. When you buy the Trilogy balm it comes with a natural cotton face cloth which in my opinion is totally necessary if you want this to remove makeup effectively. With this cleansing balm you NEED to wipe it off with some sort of face cloth, it can’t just be rinsed off with water. If you don’t wipe off this balm all of the makeup and residue that you’ve been trying to remove from your face will stay on top of your skin, and that’s why I sadly haven’t been enjoying using it

However, I’ve also been trying out Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel by La Roche-Posay and I have been loving this. It’s formulated for oily sensitive skin, so it isn’t too harsh on my skin but it stills works on any excess oil I have. I feel like this is one of those products that at first you can’t really tell if it’s working or not, but after using it over time my skin has had so many less little blemishes and spots. I love that this, even though it’s made for people with oily skin, hasn’t felt as though it’s drying out my skin at all when I’ve been using it. For anyone with skin similar to mine I would 100% recommend it.

MOISTURISERS

Just like with the cleansers, I’ve also been trying out two moisturisers. However, unlike the two cleansers I’ve been loving both of these. The Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream is a perfect night cream for me, or for days when I feel like my skin just needs something a bit heavier. It’s texture is so smooth and light, but it definitely is very hydrating and sinks into the skin quickly and so nicely. The only reason that I don’t use this as my one and only is because with my skin type sometimes it just unnecessary. That’s where the other moisturiser comes in. For most mornings and also the nights when I just want something lighter on my face I have been loving the Avene Hydrating Serum. Even though it’s described as a “hydrating serum for dehydrated skin” I have been loving this as a moisturiser instead of a serum. This gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration for everyday, especially when I use it in the mornings. It sinks into the skin so perfectly, but your skin doesn’t feel like it’s had nothing put onto it either. As a general rule I always prefer to use a slightly more heavy moisturiser for the night time and then something lighter in the mornings, so these two for me have been a perfect combination.

TREATMENTS/MASKS

As well as trying to find myself some new favourite everyday skincare bits, I’ve also been using a couple of new treatments and stuff of that nature.  Recently a new Korean beauty counter has opened up near me and apart from the masses of single sheet masks I’ve bought from there (which are all very good) I also picked up the Neo Gen Dermalogy Bio-Peel+. These are a pack of little pads which essentially allow you to do your own facial peel. After taking off the plastic label which was written in English and being left with only Korean on the packaging, I can’t remember what these pads (more specifically the lemon ones which I bought) claim to do, but I can say that I’ve been liking to use these maybe 2-3 times a week and my skin feels so extremely smooth and lovely afterwards which gives them my approval.

The Rodial Super Acids X-treme Hangover Mask is the mask that I have loving and constantly reaching for ever since I bought it. Like the bio-peel pads, I’ve been using this mask about 2-3 times a week and I have honestly noticed a difference in my skin. My skin doesn’t get a lot of big pimples but I can be pretty prone to getting little bumps and blackheads in my t-zone, and after using this consistently I have definitely been getting them less and less. My skin feels so clean and fresh after I use this, but it never feels like it’s been stripped. I would absolutely recommend this mask for anyone with skin similar to mine, or prone to little imperfections. Super impressed.

The last little bit I’ve been using for the last couple of weeks is the Super Spot Remover by Origins. The bottle for this product is absolutely tiny, but don’t let that throw you off buying it because it honestly packs the biggest punch. It’s a salicylic acid based solution that helps to get rid of any blemishes or spots that you have, or if you can feel one about to pop up this will help to prevent it from coming up to the surface. This is my new favourite spot treatment. For a long time I swore by the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion  to get rid of spots, but this works so much faster, doesn’t get flakey on your skin, and it also goes on clear so if you have to leave the house after you’ve put it on you don’t need to worry about funny looking dots on your face. Although the bottle for this is absolutely minuscule you only need the tiniest bit, and even though I’ve been using this religiously on little spots I’ve had, I have hardly even made a dent. If you’re in need of a new spot treatment this the one to go for.

Hope you enjoyed my mini review on some new bits and pieces.

Emily