Monthly Favourites // October

I honestly don’t know where this year is going! It is crazy to think that next month is Christmas and my birthday. October was definitely a hectic month and all I could think about was going on holiday. Last month I didn’t have too many favourites as I haven’t tried out many new things but I did find a few old favourites that I have brought out again.


The one favourite I did buy this month was a Millie Marotta colouring book. Now I know I am a bit late on the band waggon with this one but I never really understood the whole hype until now! I have honestly done so many in the book and to be honest I think I spend way too much time on each page but I have been loving it. Colouring really is therapeutic and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

My next favourite is my Bath and Bodyworks Twisted Peppermint Shower gel and Body lotion. Now that the festive season is coming up I have brought these gems back out to use. Needless to say, I am very excited about Christmas.

Last but not least, the fake tan. Winter is over here in Australia and that means I need to tan up the body ready for my real tan. As always I am loving my Bondi Sands.Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Although lately, I have been using the dark foam rather than the lotion form. I have never been very good at fake tan so I tend to stay away from the foam, but I thought I would just bite the bullet and use it and so far so good!

Cant wait for November favourites, I have so many news things I am trying out! xx

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Where have I been?

So it has been as while since my last post and I’m annoyed at myself for not committing! I did start writing a few posts but I never got around to finishing them and I wasn’t happy with how some of them turned out. This has been due to a lot going on both exciting and not so exciting.

It’s that time of year again with uni going back and trying to get back into the swing of studying and learning. Needless to say, I had a few problems with my timetable and units which were frustrating but that is all sorted now.

On the other hand, my sister and I have been working on a special project that I am so excited about. We are still in the planning stages but it is coming along and we have got so much done which I am very pleased about. Next week we should be starting the bulk of what needs to be done to get it up and running but so far we are on track. Can wait to announce it when the final stages of planning are complete (which should be very soon!!).

Now that things are sorted and running smoothly, I am back ūüôā

I hope you are all well and I look forward to writing more posts.

xx

 

Pamper Evenings

I love a good pamper night, especially when I am not feeling so great. I thought I had got away with not getting a cold or the flu this winter season but I was wrong. There is nothing worse than feeling poorly and all you want to do is stay in bed day after day. Then you finally get the energy to have a shower and it is like you are a new person. I haven’t been nearly as bad this time and have actually managed to have the energy to shower everyday. As it is Sunday today, I thought I would take some extra time out of my day and just relax and have a nice pamper session.

I tend to have a routine when I want to really relax and pamper myself. I start by cleaning my room, this always makes me feel so much better and it just helps to declutter the mind when you have a clean space. Then I will pick out some comfy pyjamas and bed socks and set them on my bed. I’ll then head to the bathroom and pick a Lush Bath bomb or Bubble Bar. I’ll run a nice hot bath and just soak in there for about 30 minutes. This really helps to clear the sinuses especially when you are sick. After I have had a bath I will usually have a quick shower just to rinse off and wash my hair.

Once I get out I’ll wrap my hair in a hair turban. Then I will¬†apply a nice thick body lotion. At the moment I have been using the Zoella Beauty Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion. I love this becuase it soaks in super quickly and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. Then I’ll light a candle. Depending on how my skin situation is going, ill probably use a face mask as well. When I am sick I love the Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed. This mask is great when you are sick because it has that menthol sort of scent which helps clear your nose. It also heats up on your face which feels really relaxing. I will leave this on for about 5-10 minutes and then wash it off with a warm face cloth. I also really enjoy sheet masks when I am sick. My personal favourites are a Korean brand SKIN79. They have a great variety for different skin problems. Once my face is super clean I’ll moisturise it and apply spot cream to any spots if I need to.

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After all my hygienic pampering is done I like to head downstairs and make a cup of tea. I mean usually it will be a classic English Breakfast but when I am sick I like something more herbal. Today I decided to have a mint matcha. I’ll then take my tea upstairs and I’ll set up my bed and watch a movie or catch up on a tv show. At the moment I am catching up on Keeping up with the Kardashian because I am a sucker for reality tv.

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This pamper routine is great for any day of the week and any occasion. It is really nice to include take some time out of¬†your week at least once as it encourages you to just be yourself, relax and rewind. That’s why I like to do it Sunday afternoons/nights as it helps me prepare for the week.

Hope you enjoyed todays post. Let me know what your go to pamper products are!

xx

7 Deadly Sins Makeup Tag

1. GREED

What is your most expensive beauty product? NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I love the formulation and the coverage of this foundation. Although it is not currently one of my favourites it is definitely in my top 2 foundations along with my Estée Lauder Double Wear, which is not as expensive as the NARS but it is still fairly pricey.

And what is your most inexpensive beauty product? Collection concealer. Absolutely love this product and have done for many years. I have tried a few concealers but I just always find myself going back to my collection one.

2. WRATH

What beauty products do you have a love and hate relationship with? I have a love hate relationship with Benefit They’re Real Mascara. My reason for this is I find it is a mascara that you need to have really clean eyelashes for or it will clump and I hate it when my mascara clump. In saying this it is a really nice mascara when the eyelashes are clean. It makes them super long and gives them heaps of volume.

3. GLUTTONY

What are your most delicious beauty products? I think I am going to have to say Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub. It smells absolutely incredible! If you like sweet-smelling things and maple syrup you will love this scrub. The product itself is amazing too and leaves your skin feeling so soft.

4.SLOTH

What beauty product do you neglect due to laziness? Eyeshadow without a doubt!! On a day-to-day basis I tend not to wear eyeshadow, if I am going to use anything I tend to just run a bit of bronzer through the crease to add a bit of dimension. Or if I am feeling a little bit fancy or want something extra that is easy I use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin.

5. PRIDE

What product gives you most confidence? Mascara is my go to makeup product if I were to pick one makeup product to use for the rest of my life it would be mascara. At the moment I have been loving the Maybelline The Colossal Volume Cat Eyes.

6. LUST

What product makes you feel more attractive? To be boring I am going to have to say mascara again. There is just something about mascara that just changes your entire face.

7. ENVY

What beauty item would you most like to receive as a gift? I would love to receive any of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow palettes as I have heard so many great things about them. I have tried my friends and I loved it. I also feel if I had one I would experiment more with eyeshadow. They have been quite hard to get a hold of in Australia in the past but now that they are sold in store I may treat myself to one this year.

ÔĽŅMonthly Favourites // June¬†

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It’s so hard to believe that half the year has already gone! Before we know it, it will be Christmas again (but I’m not complaining :p). So I thought I would write my first monthly favourites. I love reading these and seeing what other people have been loving and I love finding new products to try out. I haven’t got many this month purely because I didn’t plan on writing this blog post but I thought why not. I have picked out a few things that I feel I used a lot this month and have recently been loving.

First off, I have been loving this Victoria’s Secret Body Mist. It is the Victoria’s Secret Angel. It is quite a musky smell with a hint of vanilla. I feel it is perfect for the colder month and I have found myself reaching for it a lot lately. I have a few of the body mists but I feel the lasting power with this one is probably one of the best that I have. Probably because it is quite a strong scent it lasts a long time.

I recently tried out the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip colours. I have two shades. My favourite has been the shade Seduction. It is a pink colour but it is more on the nude side so it is really easy to wear. As far as the formulation, they aren’t too drying like a lot of matte lipsticks are. I usually apply some lip balm before and let that soak in and then apply the colour on top. You also only need a tiny bit as they are very pigmented.

As you probably saw in my Favourite mascaras blog post I mentioned this little gem. I love this mascara. It makes my eyelashes so long and gives just enough volume! Has far as a waterproof mascara it lasts really well and doesn’t flake. Unless of course you wear it to bed and then there will definitely be some flaking, but I wouldn’t recommend.

I love all of Zoella’s products, but I been especially loving the Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion. A really thick and creamy body lotion during winter is so important because your skin gets super dry. I like this body lotion because it is super thick but not greasy and it sinks into the skin really quick so you don’t have to sit around waiting for it to dry because you get dressed. It also smells really fresh and pleasant. I like a cream especially when I go to bed that doesn’t have an overpowering smell.

Last but not least this jumper. As it is getting cold here it is time to whip out the knitted jumpers! I recently bought this from a shop called Witchery. They were having lots of sales for the end of financial year so I thought perfect time to find a new wardrobe piece. The jumper its self it quite long and has a loose turtle neck with can be folded down and also has a zip. There is another zip that runs down the length of one side. It is almost a very pale pink (or rose gold as the shop assistant called it? not sure about that haha). It is super warm and perfect for winter!

Hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite items of this month. If you had any favourites that you think I should try out let me know!

Favourite Mascaras 

 

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If I had to pick one makeup product to use for the rest of my life it would probably be mascara. I love mascara and I have had my fair share of them over the years. For the most part I will usually wear waterproof mascara only because I feel it holds the curl better although it is such a pain to get off.

When it comes to picking one brand for mascara I will have to say Maybelline (considering 3/5 of the mascaras I have picked are maybelline). I feel like I havent had a bad one from them yet! They all hold the curl really well, they don’t flake and they dont clump. I’m not a clumpy eyelash sort of girl. I need to have they separated, false lashes kind of look.

Today I am going to share with your my top 5 mascaras. THey are in no particular order except for the first which is my current favourite.

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The Colossal Volume Express Cat Eyes: Now this mascara is probably my all time favourite. I have naturally quite long lashes as it is but the mascara just takes them to the next level. It is very lengthening and gives quite a lot of volume. It separates the lashes really well and for a non-waterproof mascara it doesn’t flake or leave black marks under the eyes.

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Heroine Make Long and Mascara: I’m always on the look out for some alternative brands of makeup. I tend to google things like best waterproof mascaras and 9/10 of the time I can’t get them where I am from. Although this little find is a japanese brand (don’t quote me on that) I found in Hong Kong. I really like how this mascara makes my lashes look, really volumising and gives great length. The only downside is that it is “super” waterproof and one of those mascaras that you need to have clean lashes before you apply it for the best results.

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The Falsies Volume Express: This is a cult classic mascara and another one of my go to makeup products. I tend to reach for this mascara on those days where I may have had mascara on the day before that hasn’t completely come off. I find it just works no matter the condition of your lashes. Works great for length and volume and the formula is easy to build up.

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The Magnum Volume Express: I hadn’t seen this mascara where I live when I bought it. I found it in Hong Kong at the end of last year which makes me think it was a fairly new mascara from Maybelline. I love this mascara, it is very similar to the original colossal mascara except the wand is curved. It gives great length and volume and last forever (well until you wash it off). As far as a water proof mascara it is fairly easy to remove.

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Benefit They’re Real: As you can see this is the only high-end mascara I have in my top 5. This is purely because I haven’t tried any others and I always tend to stick with my Maybelline ones. If you do have any suggestions let me know! This mascara also makes my lashes look super long, it doesn’t make them as thick as some of the Maybelline ones but it is great for length. I do find though for my lashes they need to be super clean for it to give me the result I want.

Thank you for reading about my favourite mascaras! If you have any favourites you think I should try let me know.

 

 

“Healthy” Banana Muffins¬†

Today my friend and I decided we wanted to bake something. I thought why not write a blog post about what we baked. So here it is our “Healthy” Banana Muffins. As a nutrition student I am always looking for ways to consume less processed food and try to make my own versions using more natural ingredients. Now we all know how good a processed chocolate cake or a really nice bakery banana bread is, but we don’t always know what goes into them. On the other side of the situation, “healthy” foods always get a bad name for being bland or boring. Which I am the first to admit that yes this may be true but that’s only because you are not making the most of the things like spices which can completely change a meal. These muffins were not the best banana muffins I have ever had but they were definitely a good healthy alternative and really helped hit the sweet craving. The bananas could have been a bit more ripe which would have helped enhance their flavour, but all in all I was very happy with how they turned out! The full list of ingredients will be listed below ūüôā

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It may seem like there are a lot of ingredients but you basically just measure them all out and then mixed them together.

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We started by mixing all the wet ingredients in the Kitchen Aid until they were all well combined.

Then we added the dry ingredients until everything was well mixed and then transferred them into muffin tins.

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Now the recipe we took inspiration from said it made 11 muffins, like who makes 11 muffins? Muffin tins come in a set of 12 for a reason. As you can see from the picture above we were able to make 12 muffins from the mixture.

We then baked them in a preheated oven at 165 c for about 15 minutes, but they did need a few extra minutes so it ended up being about 20 minutes cooking time.

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As a result the muffins turned out pretty well! They tasted better than I expected and definitely a healthier alternative to your traditional banana muffins.

As you can probably tell the pictures weren’t great but we thought it would be a good opportunity for me to try out something different. I will definitely be trying to improve my photography skills as I further with this blog. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you can think of any healthy recipes I should try out let me know!

“Healthy” Banana Muffins

  • 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cup of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup of oats

 

Current Skincare Routine

As someone who has suffered from acne, a solid skincare routine is very important to me. I have since almost completely¬†cleared my acne apart from the rare spot and a few scars. Now I am going, to be honest, and not try to convince that there is some miracle skincare product that works because quite frankly I don’t think there is (unless you know of one let me know).

The only thing that worked for me was going on the pill. I was fairly apprehensive about going on the pill after hearing lots of bad things but after trying multiple things I just needed something that worked and for me the pill was the answer. After about a year my skin was 100% better than what it had previously been. Saying this my skin was always quite oily, so I used a lot of toners and scrubs to try and minimise the oil as much as I could. Now my skin is completely dry, so a new skincare routine it was.

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I have always had fairly sensitive skin so I don’t like to use anything too harsh. For cleanser, I have always used Cetaphil Cleansers. The only difference now is I just use the cleanser now for normal skin rather than oily skin (although I still use the oily/combination as I have a huge bottle to get through). At the moment I am using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I like this cleanser because it doesn’t have a fragrance as such just smells fresh and I feel as though it does a good job of getting the dirt and oils off my face.

As for something to give my skin a really deep clean, I am loving the St Ives. Smooth and Hydrated Oatmeal Scrub and Mask. I find it is very gentle on my skin but still gives a deep clean. You can either use it as a scrub or as a quick mask to help moisturise the skin.

Once I have washed my face, again I like to use a gentle moisturiser, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturiser  SPF 15 does the job. I will apply this morning and night after I have washed my face. On the nights where I want to give my skin some extra moisture I will massage a generous about of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask (which I will leave on overnight).I just find that when I wake up in the morning my face is so much more hydrated and because of its thick formula you can still feel it on your face in the morning which I like.

An extra step I may take every now and then is applying a small about of acne cream to any spots I may have. I use the Epiduo cream which I was prescribed to by my doctor to help fight my acne. This cream just minimises the size of the spots overnight. As it is quite a strong cream it tends to dry out my skin quite a bit so I will always apply moisturiser on because I apply the cream.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my skincare routine. Let us know what skincare products you use or would recommend!

Thank you ūüôā

Winter Must Haves

We decided that as it is almost winter here it was essential to do a post about our top winter must haves. We love this time of the year, from cooler nights to road trips down south where fireplaces are a must have (more to come on our down south adventure). Winter is a time to have lots of cosy nights in and lots of baths. The fashion also changes and the big oversize jumpers come out! It is also an excuse to wear nice dark polish and dark lipsticks.

In terms of looking after your body in winter, there are lots of things you can do. Having lots of baths helps keep you relaxed and warm during those cooler nights. For baths, I am loving the Bath and Bodyworks shower gel in the scent Cosy Sunday Morning. It is such a fresh and wintery smell. It is quite a musky scent which I feel is very appropriate for this time of the year. I also love the Zoella Bath Fizz when I want a change. So when you get out of a nice warm, relaxing bath you can smother your body in a nice lotion. This will not only make your skin smooth and moisturised but also smell nice. At the moment, I am thoroughly enjoying Zoella’s creamy madly dreamy body lotion.

As for makeup and skincare, dark lips I feel are a must have! It is also important to keep your face moisturised in winter as it will dry out a lot quicker with the cool air. For everyday moisturiser, I like to use Cetaphil as I have quite sensitive skin. As for a moisturising mask, I always reach for the Origins Overnight mask as it is super moisturising and instantly brings moisture to my face. Once you have a thoroughly hydrated face you can move onto makeup.  I tend to use the same products all year round, just changing out blush and lip colour for something darker in winter. For lips, MAC Party Line is my go to dark lip colour. I find that because I am quite pale, certain shades of reds don’t suit me. Party Line is just the perfect combination of dark red and pink. For nail polish, I love dark greys and dark nudes. I usually get my nails shellac and when I do I go for a dark grey. As for when I do them at home my favourite nail colour is Barry M Matte Nail Polish in Vanilla, which is a dark pink/grey tone colour.

Now to the clothes. Knitted jumpers, ripped jeans and a nice pair of black boots is all you need for any occasion. Our go to shops for winter clothes are GAP and Topshop. They always seem to have a great variety. As for colour black, white and grey tend to occupy our wardrobes. This means you can change up your lip and nail polish colour and it will match any outfit!