Recent Favourites – 1

Hey Everyone,

I’m sorry its been a while since my last post, but I am going to be changing my posting schedule to Sundays! I work a Monday-Friday job and so changing the day of posting hopefully means I will have more time to dedicate to my blog. Rather then trying to get something posted on a Wednesday.

Onto the post! I have found that I am not a huge fan (for myself) to make monthly favourite posts, so instead I am just going to wait until I have a few things I just HAVE to share with you before making a post!

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These are the items that I have been loving recently! A bit if a mix of items which is always refreshing.

Essence I ❤ Extreme
I picked this up because I had been recommended it by a friend! I am not a fan of using this on the top lashes, as I feel it doesn’t do much for my lashes. On my lower lashes though I love it! The brush has short bristles making it easy to get all of my lashes and give them an even coat. I have had no problems with transferring on my lower lashes so its a winner in my books!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
I picked this up as apart of my last Mecca order because I was in serious need of a new toner and I forget how cheap Mario Badescu actually is! So I picked up this bad boy and I have no regrets. I think I am forever converted to this bad boy. At the start I had a little trouble with the spritzer but it seems to have worked itself out and now works perfectly. The spritz gets all of my face and a bit of my neck easily which I am thankful for as it means this product will last me a long time.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
After all the hype from friends I had to get this and I am so glad that I did. I use this at work and my lips are loving it! I am worried I am going through it a little too quickly but either way I am glad that I have this. The doefoot applicator is still in good condition, which is something I was worried about. I have also dropped this many times and it hasn’t smashed so that is also a win. Wearing this oil has also stopped me from biting my lips so much. So overall, a good product and I am so glad that I have it.

Travellers Notebook Cover – Harry Potter Style (Created by Paper Flower Design as a custom cover)
I AM SO IN LOVE. I got this custom cover made for my LT 1917 Bullet Journal and it is perfect and just what I wanted. On the back is the Hufflepuff crest because I am a proud Hufflepuff! For those curious, this is also the same size as the Hobonichi Techo Cousin and the cover has been designed the same way that they are. The notebook slips into pockets on either cover meaning that the cover is easily interchangeable with notebooks of the same size. I have wiggle room in this cover which is awesome! So if my next Bujo gets really junkie it wont really matter. If you want to see more of whats inside either my Bujo or more of the cover in the future, check out my planner Instagram: Casually Planning

These are the things that I have been loving recently! Let me know what you have been loving or if there is anything you want a more in-depth review on.

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Shanghai Lil and The Scarlet Fez Soap Review!

Hey Everyone!

It sure has been a while since I talked about this amazing brand. I have since had the chance to start using these beautiful soaps! I collect soaps, so that is why it has taken me so long to getting around to these, but here I am so lets get into it.

My first impression on this amazing brand can be found here.

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At the moment these are still the only two soaps that I own from Shanghai Lil but I will, without a doubt, be getting more the next time I go shopping. I am sorry but I haven’t taken photos of the soap, so please take my word for it that they are beautiful.

I have now used soap in the scent Riviera Escapade which is described as a Classic Lavender & Citrus scent, I can honestly say that I have never smelt a soap before that has calmed me down in the way this soap has. When I first smelt it, I had been a bit stressed about everyone, after taking a whiff of this I calm right down. Straight away this soap was a winner in my books, from there I knew without a doubt that I would love this soap throughout its use. Of course, I was right, I have almost used this up and I seriously need another one.

I am currently using Winter field which has a Bracing Lavender & Rosemary scent and I find that I am not in love with the scent as much as my first one. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like it though, it’s just when I shop next I will repurchase the first one instead. It has been good trying this one because I had forgotten what it was like when I first opened the packaging! These soaps are amazing the whole way through but you do have to make sure that you keep the soap wet otherwise it can drag/ stick to your skin a little. Nothing serious but something to keep in mind!

Although I love the scent of these soaps, it is not actually my favourite aspect, my favourite part is how much it lathers when I use it. For me, this lathers perfectly, its not too much that I can’t see my skin through it, but it is enough, that when I shave, I know exactly where I have been. When the soap is nearly finished, I have found that it holds its integrity  pretty well. By this I mean that even though the soap is almost non-existant, it is still relatively easy to use and get a really nice lather. I have had other soaps in the past where once it got to a certain size it was just not worth my time.

Shanghai Lil’s Cold Pressed Soaps are honestly some of the bests soaps I have used in a long time. I cannot recommend their soaps enough. When I am shopping next I will make sure to try and step out of my Lavender zone. I am hoping that the others are just as good as the first ones I have tried!

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My Makeup Story Tag!

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Recently my beautiful friend Sarah from Pastel Sparkles did this tag and I thought it would be fun to do as well. This tag has 10 questions which I will also list at the bottom so if you want to do this tag as well you can just copy and paste them!

1. When did you first start getting into make up?

I sort of have two answers for this, because I remember when I was a lot younger being obsessed with makeup. I distinctly remembering being IN LOVE with a grape lip balm. It died off though because my mum did labour work, so because she wasn’t wearing it, I didn’t wear it. My current obsession started in 2012 when I moved and had a work college who was also into makeup! My interest exploded, and here now I am.

2. What was the first make up you bought?

Going on from my current obsession I would say it was an Estee Lauder foundation, I don’t remember what it was called but I know it is discontinued, which saddens me because it was the best colour match I ever had.

3. What is the newest/oldest items in your collection?

Oldest: Maybe my Inglot eyeshadows? I don’t remember because honestly most of it is pretty new.

Newest: Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation, bought because I ran out of my beloved Kat Von D Lock-it foundation. So far I’m loving it though, so I can’t complain too much! (Thanks again Sarah for recommending this to me!)

4. Who is your celebrity make up idol?

Celebrity-celebrity, no one. I don’t really follow that world much because I don’t want to become a ‘crazy fan’, these are just my feelings towards that. YouTube-celebrity would be Nikki Tutorials, Jaclyn Hill and Glam and Gore, all for different reasons.

5. Who is your favourite YouTube guru?

It’s Keerstin and Tati, they are both down to earth and tell it to you like it is. These two are about the only opinions I truly trust (in regards to YouTubers)!

6. What is a look/trend that you wish you could pull off?

All the crazy lid space eye looks, my eye lids fold so I can’t replicate them. Also all the amazing dark eyeshadow makeup looks. I NEED TO PRACTICE THOSE!!!

7. Any make up disasters?

Not really? I had been fully invested in YouTube videos when I re-entered the beauty world. That being said though, bleeding lipstick/ lipgloss is always a disaster and there have been a couple of times where it has bleed really badly. I was so upset because there was nothing a could do and trying to fix it only made it worse 😦

8. What’s your favourite make up brand?

One brand in particular? I don’t know, I use a lot of different brands. One I do trust a lot though would be NARS, I know they can be expensive (I refuse to pay $67 dollars for the Sheer Glow Foundation), but they are worth it!

9. What is your favourite make up tip/trick that you wish you knew sooner?

Matte Shadows in the crease look a lot better then a shimmer everywhere. Even though I love shimmer, a matte crease makes the shadow pop!

10. Which 5 products could you not live without?

  1. Benefit Gimme Brow – Light/ Medium
  2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Liquid Lipsticks
  3. Urban Decay Primer Potion – Original
  4. Setting Spray – In general
  5. NARS Translucent Setting Powder – Loose or Pressed

 

And that is everything! This was really fun and quick to do. I am so glad Sarah found this tag and shared it. If you end up doing this tag please send me a link or tag me because I would love to read it!

As promised here are all the questions together:

Questions:

1. When did you first start getting into make up?

2. What was the first make up you bought?

3. What is the newest/oldest items in your collection?

4. Who is your celebrity make up idol?

5. Who is your favourite YouTube guru?

6. What is a look/trend that you wish you could pull off?

7. Any make up disasters?

8. What’s your favourite make up brand?

9. What is your favourite make up tip/trick that you wish you knew sooner?

10. Which 5 products could you not live without?

 

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February Favourites 2016!

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So even though this year February managed to slip in another day, its still flown by and so much has happened I can’t believe it! This month I also have a none beauty favourite that I have to mention because it was truly an amazing event and it deserves all the acknowledgement it can get!

But first to the beauty favourites! I haven’t got as many as last month and that is mainly because I was working most of the month so I didn’t really have the chance to play around with lots of different products.

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Here is an overview of all the products that I have been super dooper loving this month! This month there is a bit more of a balance between high end and drug store and I am happy about that because it proves to myself that you don’t need to spend heaps of money to get amazing products!

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My Urban Decay Naked Palette is starting to look more and more used and I am loving it! As you can see the shade Virgin has hit pan and this makes me so excited and kinda sad at the same time! I use that shade almost daily at work just in the crease and as a brow highlight. Gotta try making getting ready for work as quick as possible and I found that this shade does that! I was using this palette constantly lately because it is just quick and easy to use, I will generally (for work) just use Virgin and another bolder shade as my lid colour and just leave it as that! It works and it looks like I have put in a bit more effort than I actually have! I have written a review on this palette which you can find here.

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This is the Australis Extender Lash and Brow. As you can see, mine is not looking so pretty anymore and this is because I use this to set my brows! I have been using this for a long time and find that this is just as good as my ABH Clear Brow Gel which is great because this is an Australian brand and something that everyone can get from Priceline! I have really been enjoying this and will be repurchasing this when I finally think this poor product has had enough.

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Can never forget old and faithful Urban Decay Primer Potion. I have been using this all month and love it! I think I’m starting to get to the end of it and that makes me really sad! I normally always wear this with my Inglot Gel Eyeliners but recently have just been using this by itself and my eyeshadows are still looking amazing at the end of the day even with my creasing eyes! I am super happy and will gladly repurchase this when it finally (and sadly) runs out!

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My last beauty item is this Romance Blush by Makeup Geek. I have had this for a while, but until recently when I moved it to it’s own palette I had’t used it very much, now I use it all the time and love it! It does make me interested in getting more Makeup Geek blushes but I will just have to wait and see! I find that this lasts on my skin really well and works best for days where I just want more of a natural glow rather then a full on blush look. This is super pigmented so be careful!

Bloggers United Adelaide Event logo

My last favourite for the month is the event that was held by the beautiful people from Bloggers United AU. This event was held Sunday 28th Feb and it was a chance to meet up with fellow bloggers and talk to some amazing Australian Brands! I will later have a post dedicated to what happened and then throughout the next few months you will hopefully see reviews on some of the products that I received at the event! This was such an amazing opportunity to meet new people and see that there are a lot more fellow Adelaide Bloggers then we all originally thought!

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Photo taken by: Heidi Who Photos – The Photographer of the day

Here is a photo of all of us gathered together with some of the lovely people who spoke to us throughout the day! I had such an amazing time and I can’t wait to talk to you about all that went on throughout the day!

And that’s it until we race through March and its time for another Monthly Favourites post! Let me know what you loved this month in the comments below!

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