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

Since I’ve been getting my eyelash extensions done (which has probably been happening for about a month and a half, give or take) I’ve been into much simpler makeup, glowy skin and glossy lips. And with  my skin behaving pretty well too lately and the bit of a confidence boost that the lash extensions give me I’ve toned down my everyday makeup a little bit.

Firstly, powder. I’ll be the first to admit that I used to go a bit ham with the powders, however now that my skin has kind of chilled out on the oil and glowing, healthy skin is in I’ve definitely calmed down a lot. I know that I am incredibly late to the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder party, but now that I finally bit the bullet and spent $62 on a powder I completely 100% see why there’s so much fuss about it. It’s amazing. It sets my foundation and concealer wonderfully, and considering too that when I’m working my makeup has to endure an average of about 10 hours on my face, it makes it last and wear so much better.

Because I’ve been into lighter powder these days I only use the Laura Mercier powder in my t-zone where I’ll get oiliest, and then I’ve been dusting the rest of my face with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light. I bought this back when I was into very matte skin so I never got the use out of it, except now that I’ve gone back to it, I don’t want to stop using it. The concept of the whole Ambient Lighting range from Hourglass is really cool, and the execution of it is just as good. They’re so finely milled it’s insane, and they give the skin soft illusions somehow and look absolutely lovely.


I think I found my perfect primer in the Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer. This smoothes the skin, feels hydrating and does such a good job of blurring pores all in one, while also extending the longevity of makeup. For what I want in a primer, this has it all. Makeup sits so well and looks so pretty on top of this. Unlike other pore filling/blurring primers the texture of this is much more of a liquid and therefore feels so much nicer to blend into the skin. I am in love, there is nothing about this primer I’m not liking.

If I’m talking about glowy skin there is no way I can skip mentioning the E.L.F Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls.

This is my FAVOURITE highlighter. I like this better than my Becca one, my hourglass one, and any other high-end or affordable highlighter I’ve ever used. I’m not really into the whole super metallic highlighting trend, I prefer the kind of ‘lit from within’ more natural looking glow. This powder sits beautifully on the skin, and gives a slight almost wet look by just looking like its melted into every powder on you face so seamlessly. On top of all this it’ll only set you back $10, that’s one sixth the price of a Becca highlighter. Everyone needs this.

Now, onto eyes, and therefore my discovery of 3ina (mina). I’ve only tried a couple of the eye products so I can’t speak for the brand as a whole, but from what I have tried I am so impressed.

The Eyeshadow in 112 has been my go-to everyday shade ever since i bought it. It’s the perfect cool tone brown, which isn’t too dark or light. The quality is so so good for the price that you’re paying, the pigmentation is good and they’re super blendable.


Even though I love their powder eyeshadow’s for the easiest everyday makeup, their Cream Eyeshadow in 313 has honestly blown me away. It is absolutely stunning. These go on super smooth and once they set, they’re set in place all day. Crazy pigmented, and so gorgeous.

Like I said earlier in the post, I’ve been swapping out the matte and favouring really glossy, plump looking lips.

My top picks for this are firstly the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach to hydrate and smooth my lips, and then on top the Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Papa Don’t Peach to add a little bit of colour and a lot of shine.


This lip gloss is pretty much perfect for just throwing on everyday when you want a little bit of something, but don’t wanna look too much. The colour is so lovely, and it hydrates really nicely considering it’s just a gloss. And both these products also smell (and taste) like peaches so that’s an added bonus for sure.

If you only take one thing away from this post, buy the ELF highlighter.

Emily x