Currently Loving #1

1.25.2015



Despite the amount of makeup I own, I tend to go through phases of graviting towards certain products. I'm not one to do 'monthly favourites' because I find that I don't discover enough new products within 4 weeks to validate one post. 2015 brings exciting adventures for me, but also a spending ban as I need to spend the next few months saving up as much as I can. I'm shopping my own collection and rediscovering old treasures and falling in love with some products all over again.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: I never brought into the primer hype and didn't tend to invest in them. It wasn't until I jumped on the bandwagon and tried the Veil Mineral Primer I realised just how amazing this product really is. Redness of the skin is my biggest problem area, and this primer completely evens it out which cuts down the amount of tinted moisturiser I need to use. Amongst concealing redness this oil free primer combats signs of again by softening the skin, smoothing out pores, adding a youthful glow and prolonging your makeup. Trust me when I say this primer is a miracle worker, and worth every penny. I will repurchase this over and over again.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisteriser: I couldn't put into words how much I loved this tinted moisturiser. If you have been a reader for a while you will probably have seen me raving about this product constantly. It gives you a perfect looking complexion with the added bonus of skincare qualities. It has a lightweight consistency with the perfect coverage while hydrating your skin - when I wear this I get so many compliments on how fresh and dewy my skin looks! If you haven't tried this yet, I highly recommend it.

Hourglass Ambient Palette: Hourglass blushes really are worth the hype. I have never tried a blush that is formulated like the hourglass products. They are so silky and soft which make them blend into the skin seamlessly, leaving a natural looking flush to the cheeks. They have a subtle, finely milled shimmer which prevents the shades looking dull on the skin and adds a healthy looking glow. The marbled texture through the shades means you get the perfect ratio of pigmentation to shimmer, leaving you with the perfect complexion and youthful glow. 

MAC Velvet Teddy: Im sure you have all heard of this shade since Kylie Jenner revealed this is the secret behind her famous lips. I had been after Velvet Teddy for a while, and finally managed to get my hands on it recently. I have a very large MAC lipstick collection, but I didn't have many brown-nudes so this was a nice one to add to my growing stash. Velvet Teddy is an unusual shade to explain - Its a brown nude with a pinky/mauve undertone which makes this a great everyday shade. Being matte it has a pretty good staying power and luckily it isn't as drying as Ruby Woo, which makes it very wearable. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: Another cult favourite, but I had to mention this because I have been obsessed with this since Christmas. Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong in my eyes, this is the perfect bronzing and highlighting palette. The formulation of the powders are so buttery and silky which makes blending stupidly simple. The bronze shade adds a healthy warmth to the skin, sculpting the contours of the face beautifully so slim and shape the face. The highlight shade is the perfect golden-champagne, adding a subtle radiance to the high points of the face which compliments the contour shade. Everything from this product screams perfection - from the rose gold packaging to the flawless application.

Lush Eau Roma Water: I think Lush aromatherapy waters don't get enough love from the blogosphere. Eau Roma Water is my favourite toning water, leaving my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed after every use. It has a combination of Rose Water and Lavender which helps calm redness and is gentle to the skin, leaving it soothed and hydrated. 

NARS Mie Kabuki Brush: I cannot say enough good things about this brush. It applies powder products beautifully to the skin as the dome shape helps deposit makeup evenly. It has a hand-spun black wisteria handle which adds a luxurious feel and texture to the brush while preserving it's Japanese heritage. 

Jo Malone Sea Salt and Wood Sage Cologne: I have been wearing this non stop since I purchased it back in October. I wrote a post on this body spray a few weeks ago which you can find here, and I still cannot get enough of it. Its a very easy fragrance to wear and I have been obsessed with it since day one.

NARS And God Created The Women Palette: I have been loving this palette lately, not only because its convenient, but the shades are also stunning. I have been gravitating towards a brown smokey eye a lot over the last few weeks, and this palette makes it easy to achieve. You get a mixture of matte and shimmery shades which all blend together seamlessly, leaving you with the ideal, effortless smokey eye every time. 

OCC Lip Tar Annika: I have found my ideal peachy nude lip with the shade Annika. OCC Liptars are incredible products because they last forever on the lips and they are very highly pigmented. Even after a night of cocktails and eating, my lip colour looks just as perfect as when I applied it. When you first apply the product it has a very slight menthol flavour which I find really refreshing. My favourite combination lately is to mix equal parts of Annika with Ophelia.

Real Techniques 201 Pointed Crease: I have been after a brush like this for ages. I wanted a crease brush that would allow a more precise application, and the 201 brush is perfect for this because its very sturdy. The brush feels very luxurious to use and the weighted, silver plated handle allows  for more control. 

 Another lengthy post and I apologise for that! If you managed to make it to the end let me know what products you have been loving lately. 

Christian Louboutin Nail Lacquer: Rouge Louboutin

1.19.2015


Lovers of the famous black and red stiletto, this ones for you. Finally there is a nail lacquer to perfectly match the soles of your favourite pair of heels, Rouge Louboutin.

If you own a pair of Louboutins, then you know the frustration of trying to find the perfect red to match the eye catching sole of these statement shoes. Luckily the hunt is over as Christian Louboutin launched a range of nail polish, not only the shade of their signature red, but in a wide array of 30 shades. 

The packaging is unique and absolutely stunning. The bottles are inspired by the famous 8 inch Ballerina Ultima heel which makes it too pretty for storage, so I have my collection out for decoration. I was worried that the long cap would make application more difficult, but the weight made it surprisingly easy for me. The colour is spot on to the signature Louboutin red with a very opaque, high shine finish which gives the polish a luxurious, gel like feel. The longevity for a Lacquer is rather impressive as well. Considering most polish on me chips with 24 hours, this shade lasted nearly 5 days without needing touch ups. 

Definitely a luxurious product, and one worth saving up for if you're in the mood to treat yourself. Im intrigued to see what Christian Louboutin come up with next. The perfect red lipstick perhaps?



Hello 2015 // A Life Update

1.12.2015


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For the first time in a long time, I am going to put away the makeup and write a personal post. It has been a while since I have written a post like this, so we are long overdue an update on what is going on in my life behind the blog.

2014 was a whirlwind for me, and I changed a lot during the year. It was a year for change, learning and growing. 2014 had some great moments and memories, but some months where extremely tough for me. During the summer, my world was flipped upside down and I had my heart broken. In my sensitive (and rather over dramatic) state, I thought it was the end of the world, but I eventually discovered that it was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time. I had lost myself and over time had become a person that even I did not recognize anymore. Thankfully, I had a lucky escape. My relationships with family and friends could not have grown stronger, incredible opportunities had been opened up to me and I found myself again. By the end of the year, I had become a happier, stronger and more confident person.

2015 has begun with a new job offer, a new relationship and my blog had hit a new milestone – there are now 400 of you guys! Of course, a new year brings new years resolutions. I have many resolutions for this year, like most of us I am to become financially, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally stable. Although that resolution is somewhat unobtainable, (I can at least try, right?) I wanted to share with you a few of my achievable goals for the next 12 months.

Health and Fitness

Luckily for me I was already an active person, I live in the gym and I love working out (Yes, I am "that" kind of girl) but I feel like I can work a bit harder. I have a few fitness goals that I will not bore you with, but one thing I need to improve on is healthy eating. I suck at it. Like most people, I would pick a cheeseburger over a salad and I will happily eat an entire packet of digestives. However, you do not get abs without a clean diet so there has to be a compromise somewhere. I would never restrict myself, a girl’s got to eat, but I am going to make an effort be smarter with my meal choices and try to eat a healthier diet.

Blog more

One of my goals for this year is to blog more. I love blogging, but sometimes it is difficult to find the time to sit down and write a post. I have decided that I need to make time for my blog. I need to photograph more, write more, and connect with you guys more. There are now 400 of you reading my blog, and I want to make sure I have high quality content for you to read on a weekly basis. Bear with me on this, I am still trying to find a routine, but expect more posts from me this year.

Get creative

I lost touch with my creative side last year, and I am determined to get it back. This year I intend to get more creative with my photography, makeup, cooking and crafting. I love to create, it is something that I have always been good at, but sometimes it is something that you have to make time for. It is easy to become lazy and lack motivation, but this year I really want to make an effort to get creative.


This post is getting rather long now so I am going to wrap it up here. I will be amazed if anyone manages to make it to the end of this post! Thank you for sticking through 2014 with me, I have a really good feeling about this year.