Wednesday, 14 March 2018

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag? - Weekend Trip Edition

If you've seen my last post you'll know that I recently had a little weekend trip to Flinders. I love reading about what makeup people take away with them when they go on holidays, so I thought I'd share mine. It was a quick two night stay, so I tried really hard not to over-pack. I'm sure we've all been guilty of thinking we might need three different blushes for a week long trip before. 

We drove up on a Friday and came home on Sunday, so I tried to narrow down the skincare I took to only what I would actually have a chance to use. I could have probably been a little more cut-throat, but I did still want to be able to enjoy having a small routine. Of course I made sure to pack my beloved Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I've made a habit of slathering my face with this every night. The Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is one of my favourite masks for travelling. It's not at all messy, is quick to use and makes my skin feel immediately better. The packaging also doesn't take up much space and isn't prone to breaking.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Travel Diary: Flinders, Mornington Peninsula

A couple of weeks ago my partner and I took a little road trip to spend a two nights in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. I had an accommodation voucher from my job to use and I wanted to use it as an opportunity to explore a part of my state that I haven't before. 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Maybelline Burgundy Bar Palette Review and Swatches

Hello and welcome to another palette review! I seem to review more eyeshadow palettes than any other product, but can you blame me? They are all the rage in the makeup world and they seem to be here to stay. Today I'll be talking about the Maybelline Burgundy Bar Palette. I received this in PR for consideration and decided that I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

I've never used Maybelline eyeshadow palettes and over the past few months I've been seeing positive reviews of their formula. I think I may have subconsciously still been a little bit scarred for my first few drugstore eyeshadow purchases. That is admittedly ridiculous, because they were over a decade ago at this point. I have vivid memories of my mum buying me a quad with brown and gold shades because she had read that those colours suit blue eyes. I had no idea how to use eyeshadows and I don't think YouTube existed back then, so the result wasn't fantastic. 

I think since then, even though I've seen positive reviews and great tutorials with drugstore shadows, I've always associated them with me not knowing what I'm doing. That's another reason I'm happy I had the chance to use this palette. It helped me realised why I shied away from products like this despite always wanting to try them.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Empties - Products I've Used Up | 004

Hello! Welcome to the forth installment of my empties series. The past few months I've been far more interested in using the products in my existing collection rather than adding to it. Not to say that I've not been adding items in, because that would be a giant lie. I have been itching to try new things, but I don't want my collection to really get any bigger. So I've sort of just been waiting to finish things before I try new things. Let's get in and have a look at what I managed to finish over the past couple of months.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette Review and Swatches

Hello everyone! I wanted to come to you today with a review I never thought I'd write, for a product I never thought I would own: the Prism eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. Upon it's launch I wasn't really interested in it. From all of the pictures I'd seen online, it didn't really make sense to me. I'm not sure if it's just the layout of the shades, or the colours themselves, but it was pretty much an easy pass for me.

I'm not going to be doing a full, in-depth review of each shadow as I usually do. Just because this has been available for a while now and I wanted to make sure I got this up while the palette is still available (and on sale) as it was a 2017 holiday release.

Monday, 5 February 2018

January Beauty Favourties

So January is well and truly over and February has begun. I know mentioning that a month went quickly is cliched... But it really did for me. Probably because I had time off work for the first and last week. That also meant that I didn't wear makeup as much, and on days that I wasn't working I hardly bothered. The handful of times I did, these were the products I found myself reaching for.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Foundation Shade Ranges - How Inclusive Is My Collection?

Hello everyone! Hope you're all having a lovely week. Today I come to you with a post that's a little different compared to my usual content. When Fenty Beauty launched with 40 shades in their foundation range everyone was delighted. They covered fair, light, medium, deep and dark shades. They had different undertones. It was a really big moment in the industry, because it set the new standard. For years we've heard brands say that they can't release deep shades right off the bat, but they would consider making them if the line was successful. Fenty proved that wasn't true (which I think we all knew).

Enter the Tarte Shape Tape Foundations. I don't need to get into the whole thing, because it's been covered almost everywhere, but let's just say their release immediately fell flat because the shade range really only catered to white people. This opened up a huge conversation that was so long overdue. While all of this was going down, I decided to look into my own collection and really examine if the foundations I use have inclusive shade ranges or not. 

Now I'm not saying that a brand without 40 foundation shades isn't inclusive. Not at all. If a line has 15 shades that has three light shades, three medium shades and three deep shades then I would consider that inclusive. Whereas if those 15 shades only cater to light to medium skintones with no deep tones (or a token one or two) then it's not inclusive. I know this sounds simple and basic, but it's something that a lot of people never think about, simply because they don't have to.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My Morning Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Hope you're doing well. Today I've come to you with a post all about my morning skincare routine. I'm not a skincare expert by any means, but it's definitely something I want to become more educated about this year. There is no one size fits all skincare routine, so keep in mind that the products that work for me may not work for you. 

Here's a little run down of my skin, which may help you figure out if you might be compatible with the same products. My skin is normal/dry now days. It used to be so incredibly dry a few years ago, but luckily those days feel like a distant memory. I recently turned 25, so I'm also beginning to focus on anti-ageing. I'm not overly sensitive anymore, but I definitely used to be. 

I'm going to go through all the products roughly in the order I apply them. I don't do all of this every day, some days I'll do majority of everything but other days I may only do one or two steps depending on how much time I have (or how lazy I may be feeling).

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Colourpop Pressed Shadows - My Palette Swatched

Hello and welcome to my first blog post of 2018! I hope you've all had a happy and healthy start to the year. I had a nice little break but now it's back to reality, so I'm back with a blog post. I've had the title of this post saved to my drafts for months but have had to wait until I filled my palette. There is something so satisfying about custom made single shadow palettes to me. I love seeing the different shades people choose and knowing their reasoning for them. 

I've had this palette completed for a few weeks now and I've managed to arranged them in a way that makes sense to my eyes. Hopefully you can find a little inspiration here if you're looking to build a palette full of single shadows, or maybe you just want to see some pretty colours swatched. Either way, I hope you enjoy!

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