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.

tattoos I got & things I bought in new zealand

I just got back from my little trip to New Zealand yesterday, and I’m already sad to be back. It’s so beautiful over there, so I’m completely not ready to accept it’s over, or to get back into my daily routine and work. I have so many photos and I took two disposable cameras with me, so once they’ve been developed I really want to do a massive post including all of them. For now however, I thought I’d share just some of the things I spent my money on while I was there.

In all honesty I thought I’d bought so much stuff, but once I’d unpacked everything I realised the vast majority of what I bought were gifts for other people. I tried to be pretty practical with what I bought, and I was much more so than I first thought. But the most exciting things I got were two new tattoos.

Before I talk about the tattoos though, I wanna talk about the material things I bought. Firstly, these boots are everything. I’ve been after a pair of boots similar to this for ages, but while I’ve found ones I’ve liked, none have really caught me like these ones from Nude did.

These boots have so many details that I’ve wanted in a boot; the pointed toe, the pull tab, the elasticated sides. To top it all off they have the croc-effect on the back, and I always love a bit of croc-effect. They’re also real leather which is a bonus. The basic design elements are super reminiscent of the Acne Jensen boots I think.

Usually, when I’ve been looking at boots I definitely have swayed toward black styles, but I’m actually kind of glad these only came in tan leather. I think because of the colour they’ll be that pair of boots I’ll get to wear all year-round, whereas I feel like black boots can look and just make an outfit feel so heavy over the summer.

Dress: Re-made by Cream / Boots: Nude Footwear

The only other wearable thing I bought myself was this super sweet midi dress from Glassons. Honestly, when Andy asked if I wanted to have a look I really wasn’t convinced I’d see anything I liked but I was still curious so we went in. Really there wasn’t that much in there that interested me, the overall look the brand is going for just isn’t my style. But this dress got my attention straight away and I fell even more in love with it when I tried it on.

I’m really into wearing red at the moment (who isn’t), and I’ve been after a midi dress that looked slightly flattering on, so this really killed two birds with one stone for me.

The little slit up the front under the buttons is a detail I love, as well as the cut-out/tie-up front. I wouldn’t say this dress is sexy at all really, but I still think it’s flattering and shows enough skin to make it less grandma like.

Dress: Glassons / Shoes: Decjuba

I bought myself a few little things that I don’t really think would mesh with this kind of ‘haul’, but there’s one last thing I wanted to share. I finally took the plunge and spent a small fortune on a Jo Malone fragrance. I’m not really a huge perfume person, I’m pretty selective and I only own a couple. Jo Malone colognes are something I’ve lusted over for a while now but just had not been willing to part with that amount of money on a fragrance.

In the end, I splurged even more and got one from the cologne intense range. Although this range is almost double the price of the regular range of colognes, the scent I got is so amazing, I don’t regret the amount of money I spent on it. Oud & Bergamot is so sexy and deep, slightly masculine, and is probably my perfect fragrance.

The best thing I spent my money on though is absolutely my tattoos. Andy found Holy Skin Tattoo Wanaka on instagram and luckily for us they had time to fit us in while we were there. Nathan, who tattooed both of us, was so nice and such a great artist. If anyone reading this goes to Wanaka and wants to get inked, Holy Skin Tattoo has my stamp of approval. As for the pain, neither spot that I had done was that bad at all. Obviously they hurt a bit, it’s a needle going into your skin, but in the places I got them it was completely bearable.

The first tattoo he did on me was a snake on the back of my left arm just above my elbow. I’ve wanted a snake tattoo for ages now, and I’m so happy to have finally had it done. I showed him a picture of a snake tattoo I liked and he drew me up a design and I loved it, so that’s the one I got done.

The other one is a small quote that I really love. I get that quote tattoos are something people either like or don’t, and for me, I’m pretty selective about what ones I do like. Mine says “no rain no roses” in all capitals and a pretty blocky but simple font. This one’s also on my left arm, but on the front just below the inside of my elbow. I love both of my tattoos, I love the way the look with my other tattoos, and they both have special little meanings to me.

 

 

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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