Monday, 28 July 2014

An Update

The seaside has become my second home due to work and I absolutely love that I have made this change to spend my time here more. It's a calming place with wonderful towns filled with great food, stores and people.

Lately I've been trying the whole"lemon with hot water" thing and am liking it so far! Plus I am trying to consume more fruit now as I can get lazy with it. Combine all this with a scented candle (currently using TigerLily 'Coconut and Lime') and good book and I'm set for the night.
Over the past few months I have been updating my room and bringing in pieces that make me feel even more at home. Keep your eyes peeled for a room tour post! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

H&M Haul

The other day I went to H&M in the Melbourne CBD store. It's exciting for us Australians as this branch is new here! So I was very eager to go have a look at the products the store had to offer. As a whole, I think the store is fantastic; it had a variety of clothes, shoes, accessories and home ware for all sorts. There were many more things that I wished I picked up, which could mean haul part two!! The quality of the pieces I thought was really good, and sizing was also easy to work with. 

I ended up getting a button down blue shirt that has a really nice fit with elbow stichings. I find it to be really versatile and comfortable! Next up, the knitted dress. I have wanted one of these for so long it's ridiculous, and finally, the very first section I look at I found this beauty. It's super comfy, slouchy, and everything you need in a winter dress. I like that it's so versatile, able to be dressed up or down, perfect for all occasions. I also got a beautiful 1950's inspired skirt. The photo given doesn't give justice to it, but I absolutely love it! It cinches in nicely at the waist, and drapes beautifully out, flowing down to past the knee. This is another piece I've wanted for a while and am so happy I was able to find it at such an affordable price. For jewellery, I selected three pieces to wear with tops, skirts or dresses that will need an extra pop to the look. 

All in all, a wonderful store and experience! So much variety and choice. H&M home also looked incredible, although nothing has been purchased from there... yet! 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Capsule Travel Make Up Kit

- Revlon Photoready 'BB Cream in 020 Light Medium' -
- The Body Shop 'Moisture Foundation in 05' -
- NARS 'Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light2 Vanilla' -
-Estee Lauder 'The Sun Bronzer (B)' -
- Estee Lauder 'Golden Alligator Compact Lucidity Pressed Powder in Transparent' -
-Estee Lauder 'Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in 01 Extreme Black' -
- Lush 'Honey Trap- White Chocolate' Lip Balm -
- Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Poise' Lipstick -
- Real Techniques 'Powder Brush' and 'Buffing Brush' -
- Eyebrow and lash Comb -

The last couple of months I've been doing a lot of back and forth travelling where I need to get my make up selection down to the essentials. One afternoon whilst packing I used these products on my face and decided I would just bring what I'd used with me, and found that it was the perfect amount of products and tools. So I thought I would share with you guys what I think is good to pack when you are on the go for a holiday, work trip, overnight stay, etc! 

I've got the base covered with 1-3 products depending on the look or finish trying to be achieved. I use The Body Shop Moisture Foundation for day-to-day usage. It's a nice and light coverage, with a wonderful finish to the skin and can be applied with your fingers- convenient! If I'm wanting slightly more coverage or a slightly darker base, I'll also mix in the Revlon Photoready BB Cream. What I love about this product is that it's really creamy, so it holds in place well on the face. As an after-step, I take my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and make sure all my make up is blended in well. When I feel like I need to cover any blemish's or under eye circles, I would then use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer next. This is a beautiful product with a fantastic finish that blends seamlessly into the skin.

To powder things up, I'm currently using the Estee Lauder Transparent Pressed Powder with the Real Techniques Powder Brush. I focus mainly on the T-zone as thats where I get the most oiliest first. Then I'll use the Estee Lauder Sun Bronzer as an all over the face application. For eyes, I just put a few coats of the Estee Lauder Mascara on, and comb through my eyebrows with the comb/brush. For lips, a nice lacquer of Lush's Honey Trap Lip Balm and a lipstick by Gorgeous Cosmetics in 'Poise' on top!