Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Mini Skincare Haul...

I stumbled on the Priceline two day 40% off skincare offer by chance last week and, lets face it, who was I to resist??

Biore warming anti-blackhead cleanser - I was about ready for a new cleanser of the 'face wash' variety, as I'm not a huge fan of cream cleansers that you take off with cotton wool - I never feel completely clean!  This one is oil free (perfect) and complexion clearing (even better as I've had a few pesky spots crop up recently). $12.99 before offer, $7.79 after offer. 

Sukin hydrating mist toner - I was missing a toner from my routine since I came back to Australia and hadn't really noticed much of a difference in my skin, but I do love something refreshing to spritz on after cleansing or throughout the day to freshen up so this was perfect....all natural too! $9.99 before offer, $6 after offer. 

Skin Doctors No More Pores night treatment - This was the random splurge of the day, I was in no way in need of another night cream of any sort but anything that claims to calm down my pores and remove excess oil is a winner in my books. $29.99 before offer, $17.99 after offer. 

Hydraluron Moisture Booster - I'd ran out of my serum last week and had heard every blogger and her mother raving about this so after a lot of careful research and consideration decided I would splash out and get it. Finding out it was 40% off made my heart do a little skip of joy. $34.99 before offer, $20.99 after offer. 

I can't wait to try some of these out and I'll let you know how I found them!


Monday, 29 July 2013

July favourites....

Not many this month, I've mainly been finding my feet in Australia rather than finding my favourite moisturiser, however I think the latter may be my next mission. 

Tigi Bedhead Sugar Shock - a much nicer texture (and smell) than most sea salt sprays, I've turned to a sugar spray instead. Non of the crunchiness but all of the volume and texture, I'm not sure why we don't hear more about this beauty!

Batiste dry shampoo in Wild - my favourite of all the Batiste scents, my hair has been so oily recently that this has been a life saver.

Benefit Erase Paste - a few sleepless nights worrying about jobs etc have caused me to reach for my heaviest of heavy duty concealers. This literally hides EVERYTHING.

L'Oreal High Intensity Pigment cream liner in black - apologies but I bought this online and am not sure you can actually buy this in the shops in Aus or the UK??? If you can track this down then please purchase immediately if you're a fan of the gel eyeliners that are doing the rounds. This is a lot softer and doesn't dry out as quick as I've found most gels to. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix serum foundation - not too much explanation needed here. I. Love. This. Holy grail foundation, just needs a bit of powder and it lasts all day, doesn't look heavy on the skin, doesn't show dry patches, and doesn't slip or slide. Perfection. 

Barry M lipstick in shade 147 - erring on the peachy side of a peachy pink, I've worn this over lip balm, slightly patted out for a subtle look.

Anatomicals Help The Paw hand cream - a bargain of a hand cream for such a big tube, this is my go-to last thing at night hand cream. Smells lovely!

Reading in general - Some of my favourites have been Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and The Case of the Missing Boyfriend by Nick Alexander. Currently reading Revenge Wears Prada and loving it!

Raspberry Liquorice - I've been going through a couple of bags a week of this, so tasty and really keeps my sugar cravings at bay!

What's everyone else been loving this month?


Sunday, 28 July 2013

'Go to' OOTD....

You know those days where you don't really know what to wear so you just chuck on an 'old faithful' ensemble? Today was one of those day...

T-shirt - T Bar (Australia)
Shorts - surf shop (Australia)
Bag - River Island (via ASOS)
Tights - Primark
Boots - Dr Marten

I'm completely in love with my new bag from RI, it's HUGE so can fit all of my essentials, junk, and even my boyfriends junk in it! Aztec embroidery, fringing... what's not to love???


Saturday, 27 July 2013

Careless Whispers...

New product excitement alert! As much as I love the look of a mat, bright lip, I always find myself reaching for something with more moisture on a day to day basis (enter products like the Revlon Lip Butters and the new Chubby Stick dupes from Bourjois). So when I spotted that my local discount pharmacy here in Australia had the 'new' Maybelline Colour Whispers in, there was no way I was passing up giving them a go and seeing if they matched up to my beloved Lip Butters. 

Pro - the colour range is nice
Con - the colour range is NO WHERE near as good as the lip butters or the similar L'Oreal offering 

Pro - really comfortable to wear on the lips, the  colour stays long after the feeling of a heavy lip product disappears
Con - although the colour wears well, the glossiness doesn't stick around for as long as some of it's competitors

Pro - great packaging, a slimmed down version of the Maybelline colour sensational lipsticks. Don't stain my lips, don't transfer onto my teeth, and feel moisturising on the lips for a substantial amount of time
Con - unlike similar products on the market, the colour is sheer without being build-able; I couldn't seem to deepend the colour with more applications however I only have one colour so can't speak for the entire range. 

I picked up the shade Oh La Lilac, a cute pinky lilac colour that complements fair skin and looks great with a subtle smokey eye. 

Anyone else given these a go and loved them?


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Legs 11....

Who doesn't love a freebie? I've wanted to check out some Nip + Fab products for a while but they never seemed to make it into my basket on my regular pilgrimages to Boots so when Cosmo were offering one of three products with their magazine last month I was straight in there....

I hunted high and low for this as all I could seem to find was the 360 tanner which doesn't really appeal to me. Anyway. At the airport I found this one, threw it in my hand luggage and thought nothing more on it. Turns out the first week I was in Australia my legs were so dry and sore and nothing would fix them- which was when I remembered I had this little beauty stashed away somewhere. 

The good news? It works!! I got about a weeks worth of applications from this little bottle; pretty good considering I was very generous with my application. I'm not 100% sure on the smell but that's just going to be personal preference, but as soon as I'd applied it the soreness of my poor legs disappeared and they instantly (as the product suggests) felt smoother and less dry and itchy. 

So yes, a winner! My legs have, thankfully, returned to normal so I wouldn't use this on a regular basis but I think I will definitely be re-purchasing a full size bottle of this for post-shaving moisturisation. A must for all shaving rash-bound girls everywhere!

Anyone else love their Nip + Fab freebie from Cosmo?


Monday, 22 July 2013

More jumper OOTD's....

Jumper - New Look (about £4 in a sale many years ago)
Shorts - Surf shop (Australia)
Bag - Perth market (Australia)
Rings and leggings - Primark
Watch - ASOS
Converse - Office

You must excuse my eyebrows, I used a black eyeshadow from the Sleek Storm palette and wasn't used to how soft it was...smudge central!

I just wanted to show off my flicked liner to be honest, I've got so lazy using a felt liner pen that I thought getting back into gel liner would be tricky but it was surprisingly easy to pick up again! I used the Maybelline blackest black gel liner with a Sigma E05 liner brush and loved the results!

For lips I used a smudge of Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake, completely obsessed with this shade right now!

If anyone has any recommendations for mote gel or cream liners, or even some great felt tip or liquid liners I'd love to hear them, I'm really enjoying getting back into liner on the lash line recently.


Leopard print and Docs OOTD....

So, like I said, it's winter over here! And boy is it chilly. Not a patch on English winter I'll grant you but still not as toasty as all you girls back in England are enjoying. So it's time to dig out the boots and cardigan for a nice wintery OOTD...

Cardigan - JayJays (Australia)
Jeans and black top - Miss Selfridge
Boots - Dr Marten shop

I had my first day at work today so it's time to me to relax with my feet up and my Kindle for the rest of the evening.


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Update and wedding outfit...

Hey all, so I'm back in Australia! I've been back a week and it's been pretty hectic - job hunting, recovering from jet lag, a wedding and of course enjoying being back with the boyfriend. It's no where near as hot over here as it is back in England (it is Aussie winter after all!) so I'm afraid a lot of my outfit posts over the next few weeks might not be too in keeping with the English weather but hey-ho, some could say I'm a season ahead! 

So like I said, wedding time! And who doesn't love a wedding? It was a beautiful day, beautiful views (I stole some of Ty's pictures!) and beautiful bride. 

Ty wore: Jacket - H&M
T-shirt - Target (Australia)
Jeans - River Island
Shoes - Office

I wore: Jacket - JayJays (Australia)
Dress - H&M (pretty old, definitely not still in stores now!)
Watch - ASOS
Sandals - Aldo


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Top five black eye pencils...

One of my go-to looks is a black eyeliner in the waterline, and my collection is now never ending. 

Top to bottom:

Rimmel Scandel Eyes waterproof kohl liner 001 black: lasts quite well, waterproof to the fact that it takes a fair amount of makeup remover to budge it.
Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl super noir: quite a wet consistency but is quite hard to keep in one place and tends to spread around my face a bit too easily.
Maybelline Master Drama kohl liner ultra black: probably the blackest of the lot, again smudges when you don't want it too but worth it for the ultra blackness of it.
Mac eye kohl in smoulder: One of my all time, most repeat purchased of the lot I think this is my fifth one of these. The driest and most easy to control of the bunch, smudges easily but stays put when you're ready for it to.
Avon SuperShock gel eyeliner in black: wow wow wow my newest purchase and by far the thickest, blackest and most waterproof of the lot. But immediately if you don't already own this!

What are your favourite eyeliners at the moment?

P.S. I'm off again! I'm leaving lovely sunny england (yes, it's actually sunny right now!) and heading back to Australia for another year (ish) but this time my laptop and all my blogging stuff is coming with me so (hopefully, depending on internet connection) I'll be regularly keeping in touch this year! Lots of love!


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

June favourites...

Urban Decay naked basics
Makeover Essentials bronzing face powder (read my review here)
Benefit Fake Up concealer
VO5 dry texturising spray (read my review here)
Bioderma (erm WOW how have I only just purchased this little beauty??!!)
Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (probably the only lip balm I'll ever buy ever again)
VO5 miracle oil concentrate hair oil
Benefit Porefessional (I desperately need a new tube of this I'm squeezing the very last bit out now!)
Rimmel Apocolips in Stellar
Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner

What has everyone else been loving this month?