Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Week That Was... #10

I've been so slack, I know. The past week was the last week of the financial year at work and for me, that equals madness. I've just not felt motivated to even think about blogging. Now that's all done and dusted hopefully I have a little more brain space to dedicate to my blog, because I do love it! Anyway onto the week (or 2 weeks...)

- Fluro pink jumper and a bright pink lip heading out to see World War Z. I enjoyed the movie!
- Preparing dinner and watching YouTube, i've never done this before and think it might be a new "thing" of mine.
- Clean Salmon Patties! Healthy and yummy! 
- My Picture Polish order, including the collaboration with my girl Chelle from Cosmetic Cupcake called Frosting. I should have a swatch of this on here tomorrow (if I manage not to chip it...pressure's on!).
- Small haul before I saw Denise Scott & Judith Lucy's stand up show. Some new Nespresso pods, a descaler (which is what my Friday night consisted of... Crazy time here!) & the product i've been lusting after Hydraluron! I'm not going to comment yet, I want to use it for a while longer before I review.
- I bought my lunch at work on Friday, which is something I haven't been doing and this is what I ended up with but secretly I wanted hot chips. 
- This morning (Sunday) I went for brunch with Chelle & Ange, as usual lots of laughs, a bit of shopping and a really fun day!
- On our shopping expedition (haul video coming soon!). We spotted the new Maybelline Color Whispers and I swatched all the ones that appealed to me... which was most of them. lol. We didn't buy any because we are waiting for sales. Never settle for full price people!
- I also picked up a lippie i've been lusting after and is discontinued! I was almost going to buy this on Ebay but found it even cheaper at this little stall in the middle of the shopping centre. Score!.

On The Blog

Super slack this week, so i'll recap the last 2 weeks!

Manicure Monday - Illamasqua Seance - This is a UV polish and the colour is amazing! From the new Paranormal collection.
The Makeup Edit - June 2013 - What i'll be slapping on my face for the next month. Makeup edits are updated mid-month.
Blush - Essence Wool'd You Cuddle Me? - Goooooorgeous peach blush from the Essence collection Home Sweet Home. So cheap and a beautiful colour.

Random Thoughts
- I think I mentioned in my last TWTW that I was embarking on a 12 week challenge. I've been doing well! I've had a few slip ups but hey i'm only human. My overall diet has been much much better. I didn't get to the gym much last week but hopefully I can make up for that this week. My first lot of measurements are in just over a week so I will update how I go there! 
- The rain... So much rain... I mean it's great for the farmers etc but I haven't been able to wash my clothes and dry them in 2 weeks. When we do get a nice day, i'm at work. Ugh!
- Instagram added video this week, expect lots of pooch videos from me :) Speaking of my dogs.. They are bloody adorable and always make my day better! 

Last but not least, I wrote about this awhile ago but as of I believe today or tomorrow. Google Reader & Google Friend Connect will be no more. If you haven't already i'd love if you would follow my blog on Bloglovin. If you're after a good blog reader Bloglovin' is the one I use!

Hope everyone has a good week! <3

Here's a song i've been liking lately, it's pop perfection :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blush Loving with Essence Home Sweet Home Collection

This post is a bit late going up and I know this collection's stocks are starting to dwindle in stores, but if your lucky enough to find a fully stocked Target; I highly suggest checking out the blush shades in the Essence Home Sweet Home collection.

It's no secret I'm a big fan of anything corally-pink toned on my cheeks so when I saw the Essence Home Sweet Home collection blush in the shade 02 Wool-d You Cuddle Me? (cute name, tick!) I had to pick it up. My initial thought was that it may just be a great dupe for one of my favourite limited edition blushes MAC Ripe Peach (old review with terrible photos). I didn't do a comparison and I really should have but this is a lot more matte then Ripe Peach so I don't really think it is a contender, soz folks.

The best thing about Essence is the price of the items, yes the quality may be hit and miss and personally I find this blush a little on the chalky side but for around a fiver... I couldn't really give a toss. The pigmentation is there and the colour is gorgeous. Side note, how cute is the little "knitted" embossing on the pan? For a cheaper brand they really do put thought into the look of their collections. 

I have also since picked up (or actually Chelle kindly found it for me!) the pink toned version named 01 Knits for Chicks (okay don't like this name as much...). I haven't actually opened this to have a play with but I will likely put it into next months Makeup Edit so it can get a little lurve.

If you can find this well lucky you! Your best bet is Target as I believe Priceline didn't stock this particular collection.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Makeup Edit - June 2013

So again i've trawled through my collection and picked a few items to use for the next month. I've tried to cut down on products a bit so I have less choice and have to be more creative... however once I get started I find other things and i'm like "oohh I want to use that". I must admit it's been fun "shopping" my stash each month!

  • Some products won't be rotated, this is could be because either they are HG items or I simply don't have something to swap them out with.
  • If i'm doing makeup for a special occasion I can dip into my regular collection, what I select for the edit is mainly for my everyday makeup.
  • I will try and rotate around mid month, it works better for my editorial calendar (haha that sounds so pro...) but mainly because beginning of the month is reserved for my favourites.
  • I will always note products that i'm trialling etc and let me know if you'd like a review! I'll also link to any reviews/swatches I may have already done for any products already in the edit.
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Light | Review
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - Highlight
Urban Decay Primer Potion - Original
Models Prefer All In One BB Cream - Light | Review (almost finished!!)
Australis Fresh & Flawless Powder - Natural
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation - 825 (Review coming soon)
Chanel Vitalumiere - 20 Clair (Not available anymore)
Sleek Storm Palette
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream - 02
NYX Eyeshadow - Iced Mocha
L'oreal Infallible Eye Shadow - Bronze Goddess
MAC Eyeshadow - Shroom (i'm really not a fan of this)
Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eyeliner - Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes - Black
Revlon High Dimension Eyeliner - Flash Bronze (not available anymore)
Rimmel Scandaleyes - Nude
Australis Extender Lash & Brow Gel*
Face of Australia HD Brow Kit
Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara (Sample Size)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara | Review 
Face of Australia HD Brow Kit

Illamasqua Gleam - Aurora | Review
Benefit Hoola*
Australis Paparazzi Perfect - Shoot To Thrill
Benefit - Bella Bamba
MAC Cream Blush - Ladyblush
Becca Beachtint - Grapefruit

Revlon Lip Butter - Raspberry Pie
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Crush
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Smitten
Australia Pout Paste - Pash Me Pink | Review *
Covergirl Lip Perfection - Spellbound | Review
NYX Lipstick - Doll
NP Set Lipstick - Minneapolis
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick - Carnation | Review
Arbonne Lip Polish - Raisin*

I've decided to add swatches, I haven't marked them but they are generally in the order which i've mentioned the products. 

*Products marked with an asterix were provided for my review/consideration. Please read my disclosure policy for more details

Monday, June 17, 2013

Manicure Monday - Illamasqua UV Nail Varnish in Seance

UV??? Yep that's right this polish will glow in the dark! I wish I had a UV light to show the effect & i'm a little old now for the UV lights at a club (totally not my scene anyway!) so for now you'll just have to trust me. It glows!

Other then that the colour is pretty unique. Well to my collection anyway! Kind of a bright violet shade but with a slight silver shimmer running through. Let's just say this was a bi-atch to photograph but to apply it was a dream. One coat would have been sufficient but i'm a two coat gal and that's what you're seeing here.

The finish is actually rather matte, if you can see (again shitty photography aside). I've popped a top coat on the first 2 nails and left the other 2 without it. I actually like this polish both ways! It almost looks as if it is textured without having that weird growth look that textured nail polishes seem to have (anyone else agree?).

The Paranormal collection is on shelves now at selected Myer stores with an Illamasqua counter and this polish retails for RRP $22.50AUD.

*This product was provided for my consideration, please see my disclosure policy for further details.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Week That Was... #9

Last weekend was the long weekend, and I took it as just that and didn't even post my weekly roundup. Back again with updates from the past week!

- Snuggling up on the couch with my loves
- The new City & Colour album rocks my world
- You know it's getting cold when the Pug gets her winter wear on.
- Uploaded!
- Cah-Razy Friday night out with friends, we got a Starbucks and were all home by 9pm lol.
- Something you'll be seeing many updates from. I've joined my gyms before & after challenge. I got scary before photos taken and i'm in for 12 weeks! 
- Hanging out on the bed on Saturday morning
- Breakfast before Pilates
- Prepping dinner and lunches for the week.. healthy Kale!

On The Blog

Things were a little quiet on the blog front this week, I think getting back into the swing of things after the long weekend was actually quite hard & sometimes you just don't feel like blogging.

Illamasqua Gleam in Supernatural - I went outside my comfort zone with this bronze highlighter, and i'm glad I did!
Latest Videos - May Faves & Empties

Random Thoughts

- Eating healthy is effing expensive! Not veggies etc but all the "other" things like chia seeds. I know these aren't essentials but I like to have them.
- I'm sore... really sore... I did weights at the gym yesterday and Pilates today and i'm hobbling around like an elderly woman. No pain no gain right?
- Still no sign of Hydraluron at Priceline, I also need to stop reading Caroline Hiron's blog because my skincare wishlist is growing beyond belief. I'm planning a blog post about this soon.
- Pretty Little Liars returned this week! I'm still yet to watch the episode.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...