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 For the longest time I’ve spoken about the elf baked highlighter and how it’s my favourite, but that has 100% been replaced by this one.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.

what i wore this week: 4th-10th december 2017

I haven’t posted a what I wore this week in a hot minute, so I thought I should get back into it this week. I’ve just been super slack, lazy, and honestly a bit uninspired lately. Looking back this post could also be called one pair of jeans 3 ways because essentially that’s all I ended up wearing this weekend.

My friend gave me these jeans, they’re vintage and perfect. They’re super unflattering and big, but I love them. The denim is super worn-in, which means they’re insanely comfortable, and they don’t feel as hot and heavy as other jeans can in warm weather. I took a nap on saturday wearing them, which I think might just give an idea of just how comfy they are.

I bought this cardigan recently, which is a bit out of place because it’s summer now, but I’m going to Ireland in january and I realised I needed more winter clothes to layer myself up with. While we’ve had days when it’s slightly chillier though, I’ve really liked chucking this on. I especially love wearing it like I have here, with all the buttons done up and nothing on underneath. I think it can just make a cardigan; which is really a very unsexy piece, a little bit sexy.

Of course my checkered vans had to make another appearance. Most definitely one of my favourite pairs of shoes. This outfit had comfort as a number one priority, so these shoes just had to go with it. As well as being just so comfy, I absolutely love how they look.

Cardigan: asos / Jeans: vintage / Shoes: vans

This next outfit I was going to wear to a party, but then decided against because I was getting a bit cold and felt a bit dressed up for the type of party I was heading to. I ended up just wearing what I’d had on earlier (previous outfit), but I thought I’d still chuck this one in because I still do really like it.

Same jeans, but I just put on a nicer shirt and some converse. I love this top, I’ve had it for years and sometimes I forget about it but I’ll never get rid of it because I know I’ll always love wearing it. I got it at salvos for $5 or something, but it’s made by Country Road. When I first got it I would always wear a black singlet underneath it, but now I’m older and a bit more confident, I just chuck a black bra on under and I’m good to go. I just love all the detail and texture on this top, and how it’s definitely a bit see-through, but that’s not it’s main attraction.

Black hi-top converse just go with anything in my eyes. So, if I’m ever wearing an outfit like this and want to keep it casual, and also not distract from the top I’ve got on, I’ll throw on my converse. I feel like they’re just that classic trainer that you’ll have in your wardrobe which will never really go out of style. I personally can’t think of a time when I didn’t like converses. Anyway, this party I was planning on wearing this too was a very very casual type event, so converses were the perfect choice to tone down a top like the one I had on.

Top: vintage / Jeans: vintage / Shoes: converse / Belt: warehouse

Once more in the last outfit I wore, are the same jeans. I feel like I should just quickly say that you should wash your denim the least amount possible. Never wash your denim after one wear (unless you’ve spilt something on them or got them dirty or whatever), or it’ll wear out so much faster.

Anyway, the friend who gave me these jeans also gave me this top. It’s a size or two bigger than I would usually buy, but I kind of love how it looks that way. I really like how this orange shade looks next to this wash of denim, I think they compliment each other really well.

Rip off gucci loafers from Decjuba again, these are just my fail-safe shoes if I just need to slide something on and go.  They’re not really good quality, but I think that’s expected considering the price, mine are starting to look pretty scuffed up on the toes.  After owning these and seeing how often I wear them it’s only making me want a real pair of gucci loafers that much more.

I tied this silk scarf onto my Rebecca Minkoff bag a week or so ago, and I think it looks really cute. The colours on this scarf are so gorgeous, it’s just like greens, reds and oranges, and they all look so good together. I think it works with my style because even though adding a scarf like this to a bag makes it pretty girly, this bag itself is really not super dainty or feminine. So I think the juxtaposition of the two put together looks really cool.

 

Top: weekday / Jeans: vintage / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Scarf: vintage / Belt: warehouse

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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I think it goes without saying, but I am not a ‘proper’ blogger in any way, shape or form. So for me, I’ve been finding it hard to find inspiration on what I want to write about, without just turning this little blog of mine into a constant stream of favourites (which I will of course still write, but I don’t want that to become the only content that I’m posting). Especially considering the fact that I work full time throughout the week, I don’t get up to as many interesting things worth sharing as I wish, which can make thinking of things to share from my life much harder because I’m sure reading about an average week in my life would bore anyone who reads this to death.

Instead, I thought maybe I’d start off with sharing the few outfits I get to wear in a week when I’m not in my god-awful work uniform. I guess I wouldn’t completely rule out the idea of doing a weekly post on what I got up to as well as what I wore that week, but for now, while I’ve had nothing of note really going on in my average life I’m thinking I’ll just keep it nice and simple.

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I don’t think I’ve shared this on here before but I work at Kmart (glamorous I know), so I am completely surrounded by all the goodies people post on those kmart style inspo instagrams all the time, and it can be pretty hard to resist buying a few things here and there when it’s all so stupidly cheap.

Anyway, the point of this is the other day we got in a new jumpsuit, and I bought it for myself straight away. It’s about 3/4 length on my very long legs, and it has the cutest little tie-up straps and a tie belt around the waist. Because of the neckline, I didn’t wear a bra with it (which if I can get away with not wearing a bra then I won’t). I guess the only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that when I need to go to the bathroom in this, I’m pretty much sitting there completely naked, but other than that for the price I paid for this, I’m a big fan.

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Jumpsuit: Kmart

I’m writing this on Sunday, and yesterday I had two different outfits. The first was super casual obviously, considering all I really went out to do yesterday was grab a little snack for brunch and get my nails done.

I didn’t realise how shit the quality of iphone photos are in comparison the ones from my camera, so I apologise. Lately though I’ve had this vision of wearing cute slip dresses with sneakers, except I don’t have any trainer kind of shoes that are more ‘sneakery’ I guess than my vans, converse or stan smiths.

With this outfit, I decided to pair it with my stan smiths. I wore this dress and bag combo in a recent post, and I love it because you can chuck on almost any kind of shoe with it and you’ll look good. It was a little bit cold when I left the house so I just chucked on this light coat which has been perfect for the weather lately because it’s that sort of in-between of a coat and a cardigan (it’s also actually from kmart too).

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I thought I’d chuck in a sneaky pic of my nails too because I’m in love with them. I get them done at Holy Nails & Spa in Dickson and they’re so good. They take so much care, so my nails always look amazing and my acrylics last so well too. If you’re in Canberra then I would highly recommend.

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Jacket: Kmart – Dress: Things We Lost – Shoes: Adidas Stan Smiths – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Saturday night I had a dinner and drinks sort of thing to go to so I wanted to dress up just a lil bit, but not too much. Another thing I bought for myself this week was a super cute new dress from a brand called Beyond Her which they sell at Glue.

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I think the brand is relatively new and so far I’ve seen some really cute things I’ve got my eyes on. The shoes I wore with this dress are pretty new to me as well, except with me being the complete mess I am, I didn’t get them in any of my photos.

I’m really into this style of dress lately, I think the fit is so flattering. I love the really straight neckline, and how the straps are positioned almost as close to the sides as possible, which makes me look a bit broader across my shoulders. I fits nice and tight around my bust and then cuts at the waist and is just slightly a-line, but in a way thats very subtle. Even though it is a short dress, it isn’t too short for me and my incredibly long legs which I appreciate.

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Again I apologise for the shitty iphone quality.

Dress: Beyond Her

And finally my last outfit of the week, and after realising how awful the quality of iphone photos are I did force my sister into taking some pics on my camera for me instead, and I really like this outfit tbh.

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I love this little button up top so much, it’s so cute and I love the creamy linen fabric it’s made with. It’s so easy to wear and looks so effortlessly good, especially with a button or two undone at the top.

These pants I also love but I hadn’t got much wear out of them since the weather’s been warmer. They have some orange and yellow running through the checks which I love, and I think because of that they don’t look so heavy and wintery and you can get away with wearing them into spring before it starts to get way too hot for pants. I personally think the fit is so flattering and they’re actually the perfect length for my legs (hardly anything ever is).

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Again, I brought out my Rebecca Minkoff bag which I love very much, partly because it’s super sentimental to me because my boyfriend bought it for me as a 19th bday present, but also I just love how it looks. I’m not sure if they make this style anymore but I’m still into it, and it’s really small so it’s perfect for just going out to get coffee or any kind of weekend outing where you really don’t need much.

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And my pink loafers make an appearance in this outfit too. I love loafers so much, I can’t see a point in time where I won’t love them.

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Top: Things We Lost – Pants: Zara – Shoes: Hudson London – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff