WHERE Have I Been!? & Life Chat

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Honeymooning in Hawaii!

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I guess you’re wondering where on earth I have been. Yes. It’s nearly been a year. Although I’ve kept up with posting on my Instagram and Facebook pages I have just found myself too busy and not motivated to write a blog post for quite sometime. Originally, the wedding planning basically took over the spot in my life free to do something extra (like blogging) and then I lost motivation after that. Teaching is not an easy job (although very rewarding – and totally worth it!) and it can leave you with very little free time. In that free time, in order to look after yourself, it is important to spend time on you. I needed to spend that time relaxing, exercising and planning a wedding.

 

However, no excuses! I’m not the only busy person in the world. Even if it’s not regular, I’d like to keep writing posts when I feel the need to tell you about something. You know this blog is for the sole purpose of fulfilling my passions of writing, makeup and sharing my opinion. Therefore when something is interesting, out-of-this-world (a phrase my students love adding into their writing) or really bad then I’ll find some time to tell you about it!

I hope that there are still some of you who have stuck around – let me know if you have!

I’m hoping to have a giveaway over on Facebook – but I’d love to reach 1000 followers first – so go and give the page a “like” and keep your eyes peeled! I usually update on there more frequently than here. 🙂

Let me know what you’d like to see first! Wedding, Wedding Makeup (I did my own), Honeymoon or one of my FAVE beauty sites? Comment down below with your thoughts x

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Haul | Clothing (Coco+Dawn, Farmers)

Coco+Dawn Jorge Dress Fashion Haul

Good morning class,

Today I wanted to chat about some gorgeous clothing items I’ve received lately. It’s taken me awhile to get this post together because the lighting is SO bad for pictures. I haven’t even been able to get any decent pics of these on. So I apologize for that.

I absolutely love seeing the different clothing items people choose to wear. It’s so interesting and I love the look of fashion even though I’m not very fashionable! It’s hard to be fashionable when you work with kids all day.

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April ’15 Favourites! My favourite products from February/March/April ♥

ZA cosmetics XO beauty lashes MAC Lightscapade

 

Good morning class,

Today I want to chat to you about some of my FAVE products from February, March & April (because I’ve been slack with favourites posts)!

I’ve been sent, gifted and purchased lots of items over the past couple of months (as usual, I’m a shop-a-holic!) and here are some of the products that I am absolutely loving and using almost every day!

Face

ZA Cosmetics True White Plus Liquid Foundation

I have absolutely been obsessed with this foundation (and another one of the ZA ones which isn’t mentioned today). I received this one from ZA themselves and wanted to have a good try of it before I talked to you guys about it. I take a while to “get in” to foundations and I like to really test them out before I decide if I like them. Luckily, this one passed all the tests and I am in love!

I’m planning on doing a full review of three of the ZA foundations – coming soon, so I won’t rant on too much about it now. What I will tell you is it’s super pale (which is good for fair skinned people),  it’s super duper brightening, it is a good coverage – not too heavy, not too light – and it applies really nicely! One of my new faves!

(You can buy this at Life Pharmacy in NZ or click the title to find other stockists in your area – super cheap stuff!)

Australis Fresh & Flawless Powder

Okay guyyys, you know I’m obsessed with this stuff. I know it, you know it, but I felt bad about leaving it from my favourites because I love it so much! I feel like those of you who haven’t yet tried it NEED to be reminded about how amazing it is. I have written an entire blog post on it here and I even gave some away! (It’s her favourite now too, I’m sure!)

So, if you haven’t felt the love and bought this $10!? powder and had a wee play around then you’re really missing out!

(You can buy this wonderful stuff at Kmart in NZ and Australia – not sure about other parts of the world)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Alright. I’ve had this for forever. And I’ve loved it. It’s nice and light and fantastic for pale skin. HOWEVER, recently, I found a new use for this godsend. Most of the time, I can never find a concealer light enough to highlight under the eyes. I always want to achieve that Shaaanxo bright eye look but it never works because I’m too pale as it is. BUT lately I’ve been setting my concealer with a touch of this Lightscapade powder and then putting a bit of the Australis powder on-top to set my whole face and it gives me this amazing bright under-eye glow which I LOVE. I know it’s a highlighter, and it’s a bit sparkly and all that jazz. However I find that by putting a dash of normal powder over-the-top it counteracts the sparkles and leaves me with just the brightness. Worth a try if you have the product already! I’d been dying for the Bare Mineral’s powder in Well Rested that Shannon uses but I think this could be a good alternative until then?

L’Oreal Lumi Magic Pure Light Primer

This is another one of those products that I’ve had for forever but “forget” to use for ages. I’ve just started using it now and I am in LOVE!

I don’t know why I never got into it ages ago. It’s what I imagine MAC Strobe Cream to be like, however it’s way cheaper! It’s so brightening and feels delightful on the skin. It looks indescribable. As in, I just tried to think of something in looks like but mind blanked. It looks like reflective white glue but doesn’t feel like glue to apply – if that makes sense. Either way, I am loving it! Praise the lord I started using it again too because I just ran out of my tried and true Mac primer. A+ from the teacher herself!

Moisture Mist Bronzer

This one was gifted to me by a friend and I am LOVING it. If you want a more in-depth review with swatches and the like – let me know! For now I’m just going to talk (verbal diarrhea-style) , as that’s what I’m good at and that’s what we’re here for.

So this is the perfect colour for someone pale, and I think it would also work for most skin tones. It’s got a bit of shimmer in it, but it’s subtle. It applies nicely with a bronzing brush and it’s easy to blend. It’s fine and it’s in nice sturdy packaging. I love the Moisture Mist packaging actually! Really easy to open and it’s got a nice big mirror. It will be getting a lot of use!

Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream

I literally just ran out of moisturizer before my friend gave this to me and THANK GOODNESS IT’S AMAZING because I kind of hate buying moisturizer. It’s so hit and miss, and it’s expensive and it’s not exciting to buy like a lipstick or eye shadow is. However – if you’re like me and hate buying moisturizer then save yourself the drama and buy this one! It’s everything I love in a moisturizer. Super creamy and moisturizing (of course), smells delish, not oily, natural and all that jazz. I have found my holy grail! This is weird, but I also like the lid. It’s made with a thin coating of metal on the outside and it’s just nice and luxurious when I’m opening it in the morning. It’s ALSO got Rosehip oil in it which is a BIG GOLD STAR from me! Rosehip oil is amazing stuff for the skin and great on pimples and scarring. I’ve noticed my skin has been looking amazing after weekly use of this moisturizer God.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

You guys KNOW I love this concealer! Holy Grail. Nuff said.

I’ve talked about it before here – go read why x

ZA Beauty Sponge

I’m planning on talking all about this one very soon in a blog post- but for now I’ll let you know that I LOVE it. It’s more dense than the beauty blender, but it’s cheaper and it’s bigger (which I like). Personally, I LOVE this. I find it so easy to use, and very comparable to the beauty blender. Check it out. x

Eyes

xoBeauty Lashes

I have a few pairs of these gorgeous lashes made by the gorgeous Shannon Harris or Shaaanxo and I LOVE them! They’ve got a nice thin band which means that you can’t see them and they’re not as obvious. They’re easy to apply, and there’s lots of different styles! Plus I’m all about supporting Kiwi businesses! Especially when the owner is such a genuinely nice person. Check it out here

Essence Lash Princess mascara

I went shopping with my friend and we went exploring to parts of Auckland unknown and found a goldmine of Essence at a Farmers store. SCORE! I hadn’t tried Essence before because they don’t have it at my local Farmers, so I picked up this mascara and an eyeshadow as I was incredibly poor that week. I chose this mascara because I THINK I heard Sally Jo talk about it, and it has a cool name. Princess? I love princesses! Anyway, it’s a comb brush and it’s perfect. I LOVE comb brushes because they separate my lashes like no tomorrow! All I want in life is separated lashes. My lashes are already pretty long so I don’t need length. This mascara is good. Especially if you like combs. And it was like $6.

Billion Dollar Brows brow pencil

I received this from a friend and I’m in love!! It’s got quite a large applicator, and you can’t sharpen it or anything so I can’t use it for a really defined brow – but it works well for an everyday sort of brow. IDEAL that it has a spoolie brush on the end. 5 gold stars!

Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows

Okay guuuuuuys, guys, guys, guys. You KNOW I am obsessed with Colourpop… do you need me to explain further or can we just be happy with the fact that Colourpop will always be in my favourites? PS fave shadows at the moment include; Bubbly, Tassle, Get Lucky, I Heart This. xo

ZA Cosmetics Eyeliner Pen

Seriously. Why don’t more people rave about this thing? It’s probably the best eyeliner pen I’ve ever used. Either that or I’ve just become really good at doing winged liner. But I think it’s actually just the best liner I’ve ever used. Nice wet formula, but it dries really fast. Easy to use, cheap, cheerful. BUY MEEEE.

Lips & others

Colourpop Lippie Stix & Pencil in Wifey

Okay, this maybe isn’t my FAVE shade of lippie stick and pencil in the Colourpop range ( I’m not sure I can pick a favourite), however it’s been my most worn this month! I am just loving the bright pink, and it wears really nicely throughout the day. (The kids absolutely love it too!).

Pink Sugar Sensual Perfume

Delish! This perfume is one of those ones I used to own ages ago but only recently repurchased. It reminds me of drinking and being 21. It brings back good memories plus it smells like sugar and pink and lollies and happiness. If you ever see it round, have a sniff.

Sparkly Phone Case

You guys know me. I am obsessed with sparkles and glitter. This phone case is the coolest of the cool. It’s see through and it has glitter and stars inside that move around like those kids cups you could get where the glitter would move around between the outside and the inside of the cup. If that makes sense? I bought mine for $5 free shipping off eBay. Have a look!

That’s it for my favourites this month. I don’t want to do any more talking! I’m sorry there’s only been one post a week for the past two weeks. I have all these ideas and posts ready, but I’m never home when there’s good light for photos for you! Plus school is busy at the beginning of the term. Either way, there will be PLENTY of posts coming + two giveaways in the next week or two I promise!

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5 Photos that make me happy ♥

Good morning class,

I was tagged to do this post by my wonderful friend and fellow admin over on Girl Related Jordanne who also runs the AMAZING blog A Little Pinch of Wonder

I’m going to tag Beauty and the Mechanic, and a new friend Katie from Plus+ Beauty .

Basically, I’m going to have a wee look through my old photo albums and post 5 pictures that make me happy and tell you why 🙂

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The first photo I chose is literally the first photo Tom and I ever took together and I am pretty sure this was taken on the first or second day we met. (Long story, if you want me to post about how we met then let me know in the comments below – it’s pretty cute!). Anyway I love it because I still feel just as happy, if not happier than I look in this photo 5 years later ♥♥

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January Favourites (collab with Irish Beaut) ♥

Good morning class,

This post is exceptionally exciting because not only is it my first ever favourites post – BUT it’s also a collab with the lovely Claire from the blog https://irishbeaut.wordpress.com/ and YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUJuKFOGumHUJ_AlkcgfdFw/featured

irish beaut

She was one of my first subscribers to my blog and I am in love with her accent (and her videos!) So please go and check her out and check out her favourites post over on her blog 🙂

Alright, we have decided to feature not only beauty products but other things we are obsessed with this month too like food, TV shows, songs etc.

I’m going to start with beauty I think because I know that’s what you’ll all be interested in – this being a beauty blog and all.

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First Impressions… Benefit ‘Stay Don’t Stray’

Benefit Stay Don't Stray

Good afternoon class,

This week I was lucky enough to get my hands on a well-loved product created by the lovely ladies at Benefit Cosmetics. To be totally honest, I hadn’t heard much detail regarding this product so I don’t really know what to expect. However I am currently writing this blog post as I am trying this out for the first time…

Looking at the packaging I am quite impressed. For a start, I had no idea that this was not only an eyelid/eye shadow primer but it also can be used under the eyes to help your concealer stay as well! That has just made me like really excited. I have found my concealer looking a little cakey and creasing like an old woman underneath my eyes lately so this product has arrived just in the nick of time!

I absolutely love the size! I had no idea it would be this big! It’s ginormous! I feel as if this product will last me for forever. I don’t have a concealer this big and I figure I’ll be using about as much as I’d use of my concealer each day (maybe a little more for the eyelids). Opening it up I see it has a doe foot applicator (is that how you say it? It sounds wrong but let’s just roll with it) which I absolutely love! I love using this type of applicator for concealer because it applies so easily and there’s always heaps on the wee doe foot top part so you don’t need to keep pumping the applicator in the product and getting air trapped inside. I’m finding it a little bit hard to close the lid properly? It’s one of those situations where it doesn’t like going all the way down but I can live with that. Continue reading

The best powder in the entire world ♥ Giveaway! ♥ // Closed x

Australis Fresh & Flawless

Australis ”Fresh and Flawless” powder in the shade “Natural” ($18NZ at Kmart)

Good afternoon class,

Ahhh writing this post makes me feel sort of content and warm and comfortable inside because I am so SO SO incredibly in love with this powder that I can almost hear the wedding bells ringing and I’m just so excited to spread the love and tell you all about it too!

I remember the first time F&F and I laid eyes on each other… it was after hearing rave reviews on the likes of ‘Girl Related’ and ‘Makeup Obsessives’ on Facebook and I immediately went on a mission to K-mart to get my little white double-jointed fingers on this beautiful bounty. From that moment on I knew I’d never try another powder again. Of course I have tried other powders, because you guys know me and you know that I just can’t help myself, BUT they’ve never been as good as the Australis Fresh & Flawless powder.

I remember the urgency to buy another powder when I hit pan, and once they ran out at my local Kmart and I could not even go about my daily life as every second was spent with worry for what I would do when I ran out completely. Now, of course, I’ve got a million back-ups and I order in bulk from Australis’ website. However, they only ship to Australia so I have to ask my uncle very nicely if he can bring my beloved haul back to Auckland. Continue reading

GET ON MY LIPS


Urban Decay Revolution LipstickUrban Decay Anarchy lipstick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good afternoon class,

I have decided today to chat about a product that brings a bit of a tear to my eye. Why? Well for two reasons. One being because it is so fantastic of course, and the other being because it’s oh-so underrated! And to be quite honest, I don’t know why it’s underrated (apologies to my students for starting a sentence with “and” – oops!). I mean it’s a decent brand, it’s readily available, so WHY do I never hear about it?

This magical, mysterious product is the Urban Decay ‘Revolution Lipstick’ and mine is in the colour ‘Anarchy’. These retail on http://www.beautybay.com for $27.50 AUD and can be shipped internationally.

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Mascara Madness

Jordana Benefit They're Real Collection Does It All Too Faced Better Than Sex

From top to bottom; Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara ($29.60AUD), Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara ($45 NZ), Collection ‘Does It All’ mascara ($17.49) and Jordana ‘Best Lash Extreme’ mascara ($3.59 US).

Good afternoon class,

Keeping on with the theme of comparisons on my blog currently, I thought I’d chat to you today about my favourite mascaras. Lashes are super important because we use them to flutter at potential suitors, they help us perfect our sarcastic eye roll and personally, I need to compete with some of my students because little boys seem to have the most beautiful thick, long eyelashes (unfair!). I am super picky when it comes to what I’m going to put all over my eye area and especially the concoction I am smothering all over my lashes but these four mascaras have stolen my heart and opened my eyes (literally). Continue reading

BH Blush Bounty

BH Cosmetics Blush Palette Glamourous

 

Good afternoon class,

Ahh blush, it has the power to make you look angelic, embarrassed, child-like, hot, orange, glowing or potentially, sunburned. What a lot of power that is. I can almost feel the rays of emotion coming from this palette.

 

Today I’d like to chat to you about this blush palette I received recently from an order on Beauty Joint (www.beautyjoint.com). It is the BH Cosmetics Glamorous 10 Blush Palette. I have heard really great things about BH cosmetics so I thought I’d give it a wee go (why not eh?). I have always wanted a blush palette purely because I always buy pink blush shades and I wanted to mix it up a bit. I love this palette because it’s so cheap – so I was able to justify my purchase of $13.29US on an entire palette – even though I may not use all the shades!

The worst thing about this palette is that the shades don’t have names so it’s going to be difficult to describe which shade I’m referring to but hopefully we will get there and if that’s the worst thing then it must be pretty fab!

The packaging is very simple and sleek, it’s nothing special really. As a warning – it is quite thin and I feel as though it could break fairly easily. Or at least it probably isn’t great protection for your blushes. That being said, I’d recommend not taking this one away travelling with you, and be careful where you store it.

I was most excited to get this palette because of the gorgeous lavender shade in the bottom middle. Like, what? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a blush in that shade before! It is gorgeous. I have no idea what it would look like on the cheek (perhaps like I’ve smothered lavender flowers over my cheeks) but it’s gorgeous all the same. Continue reading