Elizabeth Arden ♡ Body Cream

Hey lovelies! It's been far too long since I last posted on my blog and oh my god have I missed it! I'm going to be honest and say that I have been putting my blog further and further down on my priority list since uni has been taking up so much of my time. I have been thinking over my decisions with uni and I may very well be writing a post on that in the near future. But instead of rambling on about that today, I will be sharing with you my all time favourite body cream. I have mentioned this Elizabeth Arden body cream on my blog before in my 2016 May Favourites. The first time I ever tried this was Christmas 2015 when my sisters and I each received a tub from our grandparents. Before trying this cream I absolutely hated applying moisturiser on my body because they were just too darn sticky. It's so humid where I live that I never really felt the need to use one anyway. BUT this product so quickly changed how I felt about moisturising my body. I did start using this when I was still in Norway, so my skin was much drier than usual and could definitely have used some nourishment. 



When I finished my first tub I couldn't find this product anywhere, at all. I did try some other body lotion type products but I just didn't like them as much as I enjoyed using this one. It was a few months before I discovered they sold them at Meyer, unfortunately they never had them in stock. But one day I saw that they had two tubs sitting on the counter, I honestly was so happy to see them in stock and ended up getting both, one for myself and I gave the other to my mum since she also loved it. It was $25 for a 500mm tub which I thought was awesome. I was expecting it to be a fair bit more pricey because it was that good. Of course expensive isn't always better, but it was cheaper than what I thought it would be (bonus for me!) 

The things that stand out to me about the Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream is the gorgeous scent and how quickly it absorbs into the skin. Firstly, the scent is so fresh and does linger on the skin but not overpoweringly. Secondly, the cream itself doesn't feel tacky at all once absorbed, and I find that it sinks in faster than most other body products I have tried. I have also tried the lotion version of this but the cream is so much nicer in my opinion. My skin just feel super smooth after using this, definitely a staple during the colder months even though I still use it during summer (not as much though). 

For future posts I've been wanting to write about life related situations. I have lost a bit of motivation with a lot of things I used to enjoy including my course! I would be interested to know whether you guys would rather read beauty related posts, life (maybe questions, advice, decisions and other things) or a mix? I enjoy writing but I have felt a bit uninspired to write about makeup for a bit of time. I think maybe I've just had a long moment of disinterest but it's slowly coming back. I'd still like to branch out and write about different topics whilst still doing my 'usual' posts. 

Let me know in the comments! And don't forget to leave a link to your blogs as I enjoy reading them!

Frank ♡ Body!

Ever since I saw the Frank Body Coffee Scrub all over Instagram I've been curious to try it. But in all honesty I never got around to it and I felt that it would be another one of those overhyped products that is really average. Well, not too long ago when I was in Mecca I decided to try this scrub. I went for the Coconut Coffee Scrub, there was also a peppermint, a cacao and the original. I just picked based off which scent I liked best. Because I ended up falling in love with this scrub I went back and bought the Creamy Face Scrub, and then I also went back to get the Glow Mask! Frank Body is Australian made and owned, it's also vegan for those who like vegan products!

"Turn your shower into a nudie beach with my Coconut Coffee Scrub. Nut-free, natural and smells just like a beach holiday - minus the sand in your pants."
A while back the Frank Body Coffee Scrub was everywhere on Instagram, I was constantly seeing immense hype around how amazing the scrub was. Although it did interest me, I just didn't think that I needed it. Now that I've actually tried it (the coconut version), I can most definitely say that this is one of those things I see myself repurchasing many times. Not because I feel that I will run out quickly, but because I genuinely love it. I've used this body scrub several times now and am very pleased with it. The only thing that may be an issue for some is that it can get a bit messy. For me that's not a problem as I just rinse down the coffee grinds during my shower. Basically I just do my normal shower routine, and after cleansing/washing my body I'll turn off the shower and grab half a handful of the scrub and just start scrubbing away. I use circular motions as I've read that helps with blood circulation. While I do this I let my conditioner sit too so that it has a good amount of time to do it's thing. Then I'll rinse everything off and feel super smooth. Also this smells sooo good. What I did notice is that the small bumps on my upper arms were much smoother. This scrub has roasted and ground robusta coffee beans, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and jojoba beads, there's a full ingredients list on their website as well. I have noticed that my skin feels a bit more plump, if that makes sense. Not insanely so, and I do think it's a mix of this scrub and working out. But still noticeable. 
"Babes just can't say 'no' to a tough guy with a soft side. Like your ex, I get your blood pumping and make you feel fresh so you always come back for more. See me twice a week to scrub away dry, dead skin and bad dates." 
A good face scrub is something that I was missing in my skincare routine. I do have the St. Ives Green Tea scrub but it's so gentle that I use it as a daily face wash instead (it's very nice though!). So because I did like their body scrub so much, I thought I would try something else from their range and went with this. This doesn't smell like coffee, I mean it does scent like coffee beans but when I think of a coffee smell I think of a latte. It's a creamy sort of consistency with a fair bit of grit to it. This did make me a bit nervous incase it was too harsh for my sensitive and acne prone skin. But I didn't have any sort of negative reaction, it was actually very effective at getting rid of those dry skin flakes (which I had a little bit of this dry winter). I try to use this around twice a week but have found myself using it three times a week. This has roasted and ground robusta coffee beans, white clay, reship oil, coconut, grapeseed and sweet almond oils. Again they have the full ingredients list on their website and what they claim to do. 

Glow Mask $21.95
"A quick, morning mask for when you wake up with puffy, pillow face. Pop me on for 5 minutes of intense moisture that really satisfies. Glow on, I dare you."
The most recent product I purchased is the 5 minute Glow Mask. I think I've now had this for just under a month, maybe a bit longer. I read that a lot of people loved it, saying it smelled like frosting but on your face. This I do agree with. I think it smells so good I'm tempted to eat it, but my younger sister didn't like the smell. Anyway, I really like using this when my skin is dehydrated (always), especially if my skin is dry and is obvious when I'm wearing makeup. The other week I applied my face makeup and everything just clung to my dry patches, so I removed it, cleansed again and used this 5 minute mask. I reapplied my makeup and it actually went on so much smoother. I like to focus on a smooth base because my skin is what I struggle with. None of these products have made me break out either. So this mask is a definite favourite!

Have you tried anything from Frank Body? Let me know in the comments if they worked for you and what else you'd like to see on my blog! xx

Maybelline Haul!


Hello lovely! I haven't posted on my blog in what feels like too long, I just recently started my second semester at uni and already fell behind a bit so I did let my blog slip down on my priority list. I've still been reading many blogs and discovering some beautiful new ones even though I haven't been posting on my own. But today I am back and am super excited to share a few things I bought at Priceline as they had half price on the entire Maybelline range! (Just quickly I thought I would ask if any of you have any idea how to get rid of that grey tinge in white photos? I've been searching up and can't seem to figure out how to fix it.)

I decided to try the Dewy + Smooth version of this foundation as I have already tried and liked the Matt + Poreless one. I got the shade Classic Ivory which is a perfect match on my current skin tone. I was really looking forward to trying this as my skin has been quite dry recently, so of course I opened it up right after taking these images and used it with today's makeup. I used a damp beauty sponge to apply it then set it with my Maybelline Fit Me powder. So far so good. It hasn't clung onto any dry patches and is very comfortable to wear. I've had it on for less than an hour so I'm not sure how it'll wear throughout the day, but as of now I'm quite liking this foundation.

As I mentioned, I have already tried this foundation and for the most part I liked it. I find that this is something that happens with any foundation or concealer that I try, I will like it and then one day it'll just look odd. Then I'll like it again. So at the moment I am in the 'liking' stage of this foundation. I decided to go one shade darker with this one and purchased the shade Creamy Beige. I have yet to try this particular shade but I'm hoping it's not too dark on me, if so it'll be great in summer anyway. I think the reason why I stopped enjoying this foundation previously is because it's quite light and didn't cover my breakouts that I was getting. But of course I don't really expect it to. Both the Fit Me foundations are light to medium coverage so I enjoy using them for a natural day look. 

This concealer has been very much hyped up within the beauty world. That's why I ended up buying it a while back and to be honest I was disappointed. But I think I had some magical expectation due to how amazing everyone claimed it was. I stopped using it for a while then tried it again, and to my surprise I did end up liking it. So when I saw it was half price I thought I would pick up another one since it's been over a year (I think) since I last tried it. This time I didn't have that major expectation, I think this product is slightly better than the average concealer, it blends nicely and for me that's more important than coverage. I will say that when I first tried this I was completely new with makeup and didn't know the different ways to apply it. Overall, it is a nice concealer hence why I repurchased it.

My last post was actually a full review on this product which you can read here. I saw this and thought I'd grab another one while it was on sale. Though when I got back home I realised that I had a lot more product left than I thought. 

So this is a product I've been thinking about getting for years. I just never picked it up, or I did and then put it back. I really don't know why I always did this. I tried this under my foundation this morning and so far I can't really fault it. Again, I haven't worn it for long so I can only speak for my initial thoughts. There isn't really a scent which is good. The consistency is gel like and glides smoothly onto the skin. I focused this product on and around my nose, chin and forehead, then just spread whatever was left on the rest of my face. The pores on my nose were a bit less noticeable but not completely gone. I'm not amazed but I'm not disappointed yet, so if I don't break out more than I already am I will be pleased with this product hahah. 

I have used their waterproof version of this mascara and although I love it, I don't like removing waterproof mascara. So I thought I would get the non waterproof version and it's pretty similar. It makes my eyelashes look naturally defined. The wand isn't anything special but seems to work wonders for me. This is not a mascara for those who want big dramatic lashes. Because I already have long black lashes, I just want something that'll enhance them without looking unnatural. Everyone's makeup preferences are different but if you want soft, feathery and defined lashes then this is great. Again, it's definitely on the natural looking side but perfect for casual day wear. 


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it! Have you tried any of these products?

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick | Illuminating Highlighter


Highlight is something I haven't experimented a lot with and it was only last year that I thought to try them! A have tried a few but so far my favourite has been the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. I picked this up at Priceline for around $15 quite a few months back. As far as I know there are two shades available, Light-Iridescent which is a pearly pink and Medium-Nude Glow which is a more champaign shade. I went for Nude Glow as I personally prefer a champaign highlight with my skin tone.

I quite like the packaging, it's sturdy and clicks closed. The name of the shade is clearly placed on both the top and base of the making it easy to see. Compared to the packaging there is actually a small amount of product. That's probably the only thing I wish I could change, other than that I'm impressed. Keeping in mind I don't have too many highlighting products to compare it to, I still love how this appears on my skin. 


The formula is super creamy and easy to blend out. I generally use the tip of my finger to apply with a dabbing motion. I don't find this highlighter glittery and that's a good thing, it has lovely fine shimmer throughout creating that glowy look. I usually like my makeup to be soft and natural. Occasionally I'll glam it up a tiny bit, but for the most part I try to keep my base makeup soft and subtle. This illuminating highlighter allows me to do both and I love that. It's definitely buildable if you prefer a highlight that pops. I'm very impressed with the longetivity as it wears nicely for a good 5-6 hours. Sometime's a little less depending on what foundation I wear. 


I tried taking some photos of swatches and hopefully they're not too bad, I'm still working on it!

Overall I'm very pleased with this highlighter and would not hesitate to repurchase it. Thank you for reading! xx

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 'So Hap'pink'


Hello lovely, today's post is all about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Matt Lipstick in the shade So Hap'pink. Generally I like to use lip colours that are neutral or soft pink. I've started to adventure a little more into darker shades, but never do I go for a bright vibrant shade. When I purchased this shade I was expecting it to be a slightly neutral pink. On my lips it appears more like a bright pink, but not like a barbie pink. It's brighter than the shades I had previously worn but still wearable on my skin tone. I should also mention that when I began wearing this lipstick I would simply use the applicator and swipe it over my lips. I then discovered that if I used my finger afterwards to somewhat blend it out it appeared much more flattering. That's something I do with most lip products now as it just works better in my personal opinion.

This is supposed to be a lipstick with a matt finish and although it dries down matt it doesn't feel tight on my lips. It's actually quite comfortable to wear. However, this product doesn't have a very long wear time. I feel like this doesn't last that long on my lips, maybe 1-2 hours. The packaging makes it easy to bring along in my purse anyway if I want to reapply. If I have dry lips before applying it can look a bit patchy, so I make sure to either use a lip balm or the NYX lip primer. If I have a lip balm on it applies nicely and doesn't fade off patchy (again, only if I've used a balm or primer under). More on the packaging, I actually really like it. The screw on lid is great as I don't have to worry about it accidentally slipping off. I like that it's simple, sleek and just visually appealing. 



The consistency is soft and almost like mousse. I'm not entirely sure how to describe this texture, it's kind of airy and not at all liquidy. It's very smooth to apply. I found that if I dot the product on the centre of both my top and bottom lip then use my finger to blend it out, the finish ends up being quite gorgeous! Now that I've found the best way to apply this product I might look at trying some other shades. I got mine when I was in Switzerland but I know they sell them in Priceline for $19.20. I couldn't find this particular shade online anymore but I haven't checked in stores yet. They do however stock a nice range of shades.

Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations! xx

Trilogy Body Care ♡ Pure Plant Body Oil & Exfoliating Body Balm


A couple of months ago Priceline had 50% off the majority of the skincare brands and of course I didn't hesitate to pop in. For the longest time I've wanted to try something from Trilogy but the pricing is quite a bit over my budget. Even though the price range isn't actually too expensive, it's still higher than what I generally can spend on beauty products. So when I saw that Trilogy was half price I didn't hesitate to pick up a couple of products from their Body Care range. I decided to go with the Pure Plant Body Oil and the Exfoliating Body Balm

Trilogy is a natural skincare brand from New Zealand. Their products claim to be:
- "Supporting ethical trade practices."
- "Recyclable packaging."
- "Against animal testing."
- "Non GMO."

Definitely a winner company wise. Now onto how the products performed.

Pure Plant Body Oil - I'll start with packaging. This body oil comes in a sturdy, slim built pump bottle. The pump is really handy and dispenses a perfect amount at a time. I quite like how the packing is presented with the clear brown colouring, and the white and coral text. This product claims to help with scars, stretch marks and hydration. I was a little unsure about a body oil but had read many great reviews on this so thought I would try it anyway. I apply this all over (except my face) after my shower and I actually really like how it feels. I was expecting it to be very oily and tacky but this product was nothing like that. Instead it applied nicely and sunk in well. It's not like a moisturiser that completely dries down, it took a little time but because it wasn't tacky it didn't bother me at all. I have seen a slight improvement in some scarring but I'm not sure if that's due to this oil or just time passing. Either way, I have fallen in love with product. On the back it says that this is a 'non-scented oil blend'. Overall, I can say that this is a product I see myself repurchasing in the future, my skin feels great afterwards. This usually retails for $27.95.


Exfoliating Body Balm - Again, I love the packaging on this product. The same material and colour scheme. The jar itself is sturdy and holds a nice amount of product. This body balm is an 'intensely hydrating body scrub with sweet almond, rosehip, natural exfoliant.' This is supposed to be used in the shower after cleansing. The texture is smooth and balmy with exfoliating rosehip seeds that are finely ground. This balm leaves a hydrating feel to the skin afterwards. I don't feel the need to moisturise after my shower when I use this balm. This body balm has a lovely scent to it that is subtle enough but still there. It's one of those 'natural but kind of sweet' scents that I'm not sure how to accurately explain. This product usually retails for $35.95. So far this body balm is a favourite body care product of mine. 

Trilogy is a new favourite of mine even though I've only tried two of their products. I will be trying out more of their range and am looking forward to sharing them with you on my blog, hopefully they live up to these!

Let me know if you've tried these or if you recommend something else!

Essano Rosehip Skincare!

Hello hello, today I wanted to write about a few products from the Essano Rosehip range. I received a mini set from my sister last Christmas containing the Micellar Water, Hand Cream, Moisturiser and the Shampoo and Conditioner. I've been using these products for a decent amount of time and thought I should write a post before I run out of them and throw them out. Now I thought this after I had finished the shampoo and conditioner so those are long gone. Either way, in this post I'll be sharing my thoughts on these products!

Essano is a cruelty free brand based in New Zealand. I love that they don't test on animals and use natural ingredients. Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether they are natural or not but I do see myself leaning towards more natural skincare. They're also part of the Sustainable Business Network New Zealand which means their business practises are "...responsible and provide a benefit to our global community, our employees and help protect our natural environment."
I used to the the Garnier Micellar Water before trying this one and personally I much prefer this one. The Garnier micellar water did remove makeup but I felt it left a weird film on my skin. This Essano micellar water removes my makeup so easily without any need to rub. Although you don't have to cleanse afterwards, I do anyway because it's just routine. I've almost run out of this product so I'll be heading out to buy the larger bottle. 

I'm someone who doesn't like to have too many of the same products, so when I have more that two hand creams I don't usually buy any more until I've finished at least one. But I now have quite a few more than two and I've been reaching for most of them equally. I hadn't been reaching for the Essano hand creme until I finished some of my others, but now that I have been I don't know why I didn't before. The formula is super smooth and not sticky (my major pet peeve with hand creams is sticky ones). I like that there is a scent that is subtle enough. My hands do feel nice and soft after using this.

I couldn't find the same moisturiser in the tube, but instead it's now sold in a pump bottle. Either way, this has been my go to facial moisturiser for the past couple of months. First and foremost, this product has not caused me to break out! That is always my biggest fear when trying new products but this moisturiser has done a great job at not only avoiding the breakout issue, but also keeping my skin soft and supple. Sometimes I feel that I needed a bit more on my cheeks as they tend to get very dry. I have almost finished this moisturiser and have already purchased some Simple skincare products, which I'll very likely be sharing here soonish. 

As for the shampoo and conditioner, I did finish them a really long time ago and cannot remember which set it was. I believe I tried the Keratin set but I'm not 100% sure. But I will say that they were very nice to use. When it comes to natural hair care I struggle to find products that genuinely work. The shampoo had some shimmer in it which I found strange, though it didn't show in my hair thank goodness. The scent was lovely and my hair did feel clean and soft. I had the mini version so I used them on my camp.

Before my sister gave this set to me I'd never tried Essano before, but I'm glad I did. They're actually quite affordable!

Hope you're all have an amazing week, and thank you for the support on my last post!

New Daily Persistent Headache | Positive Life Update

(Meet my snake Rapunzel even though she doesn't have anything to do with this post!)

It's been a little while since I wrote about my life with NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache) and today I thought I would write a positive post about it. If you didn't know, half way through grade 11 I developed a sudden headache that never went away. That was in July-ish 2015. I have written several posts about this and they are all easily found in the category NDPH-Headache tab/ label. The first post I ever wrote in regards to this headache was actually written before I knew anything about NDPH and before I realised it would stick around forever. I also have an in-depth post about Living With a Never-ending Headache, I wrote this while I was still in high school. Some of the posts were from before I had a diagnosis and some are from after, nothing much changed between this time except finally having a name for the condition, and even then it was difficult to explain. 

Something I don't think I've ever mentioned online is how downhill my emotional health spiralled during this time. I may have said a brief sentence about it but never went into detail but that was definitely a major thing. Because I have previous posts about what NDPH is and what was happening at the time I won't be going to much into it in this post. This post is about what is happening now and although nothing has changed in regards to the headache itself, my mindset has definitely changed and I am out of that negative headspace. If you have been following those previous posts you would know that I was on a really long list of medications that were trial and error, and I had tried so many treatments including exercises. Just to update further, I still have not found anything that has touched the pain. I have now been off any medication and pain killers since just before Christmas (2016). I decided to do this because nothing was actually helping with the pain and the medication was creating too much acidity for my stomach. My body feels much better after stopping all medications. Even though my headache has not changed I feel better mentally. The pain still fluctuates between 4 and 8 all day everyday. I've found others online who have the exact same thing and that is comforting within itself.

So how am I doing with uni? Well, if I'm honest after I realised this headache wasn't going to go away I didn't think I would end up going to university. I barely thought I would finish high school. But here I am studying full time at university, and yes it's quite difficult but my uni has amazing support plans for students. 

Basically this post was so update how I'm going in regards to NDPH and I am out of that negative headspace. I am happy and learning to live life with a never-ending headache. Physically I'm still the same, exhausted and in constant pain, but mentally I'm mostly positive.

My next post will be back to what my blog is about! Something either beauty or lifestyle related.

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks ♥


Hello lovely! Before I jump into the post I just want to say thank you to all of you who read my blog and leave nice comments. It really makes me happy when I know that people read my content and I love the small blogging community I'm beginning to know. Recently I have really got into using Twitter for my blog, as it is a great platform to connect with fellow bloggers and also to connect with you. I've found that for me personally when I follow bloggers I really love, I'll see them on my Twitter feed and am reminded to go check if they happened to reply to my comment. Because I'm currently using the blogspot commenting system you guys don't actually receive a notification when I reply. I love connecting with all of you through my blog mostly but Twitter gives you notifications!

Anyway, onto today's post! This was a post I'd actually been meaning to do a while back, and it is a post on the Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks. I purchased the shade All About Cupcake a couple of years ago and because I really liked that one I went ahead and purchased the shade I Feel Pretty later on. 



Packaging 
The packaging on these lipsticks isn't overly fancy, but is still sturdy enough. The lid clicks on and doesn't come off so I have no issues bringing these in my purse. I love that these have a sticker underneath with the name of the lipstick as it is easy to see. The lipstick itself is also branded with an e for Essence, which I think adds a nice little touch.

Formula
These lipsticks are smooth and glide on easily. Both have a shiny finish, though All About Cupcake is quite sheer with a hint of colour, and I Feel Pretty appears more opaque. All About Cupcake is a subtle 'my lips but better' shade that is very hard to mess up. It's a nice everyday lipstick that is also very moisturising. I Feel Pretty, like I mentioned before is more opaque. The shade is a lovely plum colour for days when I'm feeling a slightly darker lip. This one is also very moisturising. 


The wear time I get out of these depends. If I eat or drink they start to fade a bit, but if not it lasts a couple of hours. These are definitely not long wearing lipsticks but because they're so easy to apply I don't mind reapplying or just leaving it (they fade evenly). 

You can purchase these at Priceline for $4.10 and I think you can get these at Target as well. 


I'd love to know if you've tried any Essence lipsticks and how they worked for you! 

I also would love to get to know my readers and fellow bloggers better, so if you like leave a comment saying where you're from and a hobby you enjoy! 

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum

Hello gorgeous! I was going through some of my skincare products when I realised this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum was empty. I remembered I had put it aside to remind myself to write a blog post about it. So today that is what I will be doing. I purchased this a while back and used it up pretty quickly.

This product claims that, "...the 'self hydrating system' addresses the root cause of inner dryness, so your skin can stay soft, supple and bouncy with a radiant healthy glow."

A few things drew me to try out this serum, first of all I really liked that it was oil free. I have combination skin so I have dry cheeks but my forehead and chin get oily throughout the day. The next thing is that I really enjoyed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel which I also wrote a post about. 

The formula is not thick or runny, but more of a thin gel consistency. It glides on so smoothly and sinks in fast. I was using this mostly in summer and it worked wonders during that time. However when the weather became colder my skin got drier, and this didn't work as much on my cheeks. I had to apply it more often on my cheeks but it wasn't too bad. I think the scent is subtle and pleasant.

One of the most essential things for me when trying new products is that they don't break me out. I personally have very acne prone skin and one wrong move means I either grow a new chin or a few mountains on my forehead. Fortunately for me, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum did not break me out!

Overall, I did like this serum and would repurchase it. Though before I do I will be trying out other similar products. You can purchase this from most places, Priceline sells it for $27.99 but of course I grabbed this on sale hahah. 

If you've tried this let me know how it worked for you in the comments! Also I'm always looking to improve my blog, if you like I would appreciate any feedback whether it's something I'm already doing or something I can improve on. Feel free to follow me on Twitter too as I love chatting with fellow bloggers and readers. 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks


Hello gorgeous! Hope you've had a good week so far. I'm someone who really enjoys skincare products when they work, but as I have very acne prone skin I get so nervous trying out new things incase they break me out. Recently I purchased two of the three L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks and I've now tried them both several times. 


The one I was most excited to try was the Exfoliating & Smoothing Red Algae Mask as I had read many great reviews on it. First I made sure my hands were clean and my face was freshly cleansed before I put any mask on. This mask has a thicker consistency with exfoliating micro beads through it. After I applied this all over my face I waited around fifteen minutes before rinsing it off. The micro beads are great when rinsing off, I used circular motions to further exfoliate. Then I patted my face dry with a towel. I'm not joking when I say I actually noticed a good difference in my skin. It's not often that I can see an obvious difference after using a mask, but my skin looked so much brighter and smoother. Of course my skin wasn't perfect, I still had scarring and some acne (obviously a given haha). But the redness was greatly reduced and my complexion was definitely nicer. However, there is one thing I have to say that I dislike about this mask and that's the scent. The scent is quite strong and doesn't subside, but because I really did like the results I can get past that. I can't say that it gives me a headache because I'm living with a never-ending one anyway hahah. But overall I do love this mask and would absolutely recommend it!

The next mask I tried was the Detoxifying & Brightening Charcoal Mask. Before I had read many reviews on these masks, this was the one I was originally most excited for simply because I wanted to try a charcoal mask. Then I read that a lot of people preferred the Red Algae one after trying all of them. But of course I still wanted to try this! This mask is a much thinner consistency than the first one, more like a cream. The first time I tried this I applied it to my entire face and after a few minutes it was the hardest drying mask I had ever tried. Not joking, it felt like rock! But in a good way. Same as before, I rinsed it off then patted my face with a clean towel. I felt like it really did mattify my skin, but because I have combination skin my cheeks ended up too dry. So the second time I applied this to my T-zone and chin only and it balanced out much nicer. This mask also has a very powerful scent, it kind of reminds me of cologne. None of these smell 'bad' as such but they are very strong. Again, I can get past that because I truly enjoy the feel of the masks and how my skin looks afterwards. 

Both these clay masks are amazing, though I do favourite the Red Algae mask a little bit. I try to do a mask 2 to 3 times a week, which works for me but everyone's skin is different! I haven't tried the Purifying & Mattifying Eucalyptus Mask but there are so many positive reviews on that one too! I bought these for $9.99 each at the Priceline sale but they usually sell at $19.99 each. 

Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these and which one is your favourite!

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

Hello gorgeous! For a while now I've been using the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette pretty much every time I wear makeup, and I love it! So today I thought it would be perfect to share why I like it, how I use it, and my favourite shades in the palette. 

I personally like a subtle contour and highlight so that my makeup is still on the natural side. If you prefer a stronger contour you can easily achieve this as the pigmentation in this palette is incredible. However, if you're like me and prefer a softer look just go in lightly. Because of the smooth and creamy formula it is super easy to blend out. You can purchase this from Priceline for $39.95. For me that's a bit pricey for a drugstore product so I would wait until Priceline has their 40% sale, but in saying that I would definitely repurchase this. 

The shades in this palette are all workable for my skin tone, though my favourite shades form the bottom row are Toffee (second from the left) and Hollow (first on the right). From the top row I definitely use Nectar (first on the right) the most, and sometimes I'll use Creme (the yellow shade, second from the right) under my eyes. 
  
I love to use this for both a soft everyday look as well as a slightly more intense evening look. I don't find the formula to be at all chalky or have any fall out. Packaging wise, I don't have anything terrible to say, nor do I have anything amazing to say. It's sturdy enough and I like that you can see the shades through the clear top. I also really like that on the back it shows you what the shades are called.
Overall, I am impressed with this palette and would recommend it to you guys. Not going to lie, it was a bit of a splurge for me as I'm on a typical uni student budget hahah. Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend!

I would also really like to know what commenting system you prefer. I've been tossing up between using Disqus and using the original blogger commenting system. I did sync up my comments to Disqus and I would love you to be able to get a notification to see my replies to your comments! Unfortunately the commenting system I'm using now doesn't allow that, which means that you won't see my replies unless you come back and check for it. My only issue with Disqus is that when I sync it up, any existing comments on my blog aren't in the right order (not the biggest issue) but any replies to comments end up looking like they're just comments on their own and not a reply. If you have any advice on how to fix that, if that would be annoying for you, or which commenting system you prefer to comment with and which one you use on your blog, I would really appreciate it!

Enjoy the rest of your week! xo

Polaroid Styled Photos | With PRINTIKI

Hello gorgeous! Since forever, I've just loved to design and redecorate my bedroom. Another reason why I enjoyed moving so much growing up, I got to redo my room completely differently. My favourite decorative element has always photographs. Not only are they nice to show, but they also evoke different memories. Once again I was in the process of changing a few things in my room and the first thing I wanted to do was to bring more photos into my space. So when the lovely company Printiki contacted me I was more than happy to try out their services. Printiki is a photo printing company located in Amsterdam but they ship worldwide!


With Printiki you can print directly from your desktop or phone, choosing your images from Facebook, Instagram or camera roll. They have several style options such as 'traditional 4 x 6 size, polaroid style, and if you like you can even add captions to your images! There's also poster options and photo books. I decided to go with the polaroid style with a white border. I chose and ordered my images and received them so quickly. I actually really like how the images turned out, the polaroid style is super cute! I've been browsing Priniki's Instagram and I just can't decide what I want to do with them, there's so many ideas. Before I got them I was sure I would be sticking them up on my wall, then I thought these would be perfect for scrapbooking, after that I thought it would look awesome if I bought those cute mini pegs and hung them up on string like they do in those Pinterest photos. Now I'm back to sticking them on the wall. Either way, they look great, my younger sister even asked me where I got these photos from because she fell in love with the whole polaroid theme. 



If you've been looking for somewhere to print images I would definitely recommend Printiki. I haven't tried larger prints though so I don't know how they would turn out, but these polaroid (I feel like I've said polaroid too many times) styled photos are just awesome!

Use this code and get free shipping! AU9MSKH7 

Printiki on Instagram - check out their Instagram page, they have so many ideas and inspiration in there!

Starting University || Studying Interior Design

Hello hello, hope you've had a nice day so far. It's been a little while since my last post and I've been itching to write on my blog again. A few exciting things have happened in my life such as me starting uni! I graduated high school in November last year (which I posted about here) and as of February 27th I was officially a uni student. So far university has been good overall, minus a few stressful moments right before deadlines. 

The course I'm doing is a Bachelor of Interior Design Honours. What I've learned really quickly is that design is an extremely time consuming subject. It doesn't matter how much work I do, it just seems to be never-ending until I actually submit the assignment. But I am really enjoying my course (mostly) anyways.

I honestly was not sure how I would cope with studying full-time and having NDPH but the university has been amazing with offering its students support. Although it's difficult, I don't think I've reached the worst part, not even close.

Also! I have a post coming really soon and I'm really excited to share it. It's a 'Snippets of My Bedroom' post, and because I love watching room tours and seeing other people's rooms I thought it would be really fun to share mine! If you have a room tour or blog post about your room feel free to leave the link in the comments, I'm always scrolling Pinterest, watching tours or reading blogs for inspiration. 

And last thing, if you like I would love it if you followed me on Instagram. I've had it on private for so long but decided it would be great to connect my blog and Instagram. Instagram is where I share even more about me and my daily life. My Instagram



Looking forward to reading your blogs (leave them in the comments if you like) and wish you a great week ahead!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Hello lovely! I was going through my skincare products and saw this little empty tub sitting in a box. I remember I had placed it there a while ago as a reminder to write about it on my blog. So today I will be writing about the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. I had purchased this during one of Priceline's 40% sales instead of paying the full price of $24.99. 


This product claims to continuously release moisture into the skin for a full 24 hours. As I have not gone 24 hours without cleansing my face I can't say whether or not this is true. I usually cleanse my face in the morning and at night, then moisturise afterwards on both occasions. My skin type is combination, sensitive and prone to breakouts. This product most definitely kept my skin feeling smooth and healthy. The texture is thin without being runny and glides smoothly onto the skin. The first time I tried this I did feel a slight stinging on my face, which isn't too unusual as my face is quite sensitive as I mentioned before. Though every use after that I didn't feel any stinging, just nice smooth skin. The product sinks in super quick without feeling dry afterwards. 

Since finishing the 50g tub I have been trying different moisturisers that I quite like. Though I think I will pick up another one of these when Priceline has another sale. Overall, I really liked the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel and would recommend it to friends and readers. 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Head Injections - NDPH Update


Today I decided to write about my experience with head injections in an attempt to get rid of my never-ending headache. If you haven't already read my previous posts about living with New Daily Persistent Headache then this probably won't make any sense. You can read all of my updates to follow up (if interested) in the 'NDPH - Headache' category. 

Last week I went to the hospital to try headache injections (that I originally thought were neck injections) in an attempt to block any feeling. It was the weirdest feeling afterwards because the back of my head was completely numb but I could still feel my headache prominently. My dad and amazing friend Emma came with me to the appointment, which I was quite nervous for. I've never really liked needles or tubes or anything like that, so the thought of having needles injected in either my neck or head really freaked me out. I had to go into the actual procedure myself but the nurses were lovely so I relaxed a bit before everything started. 

First they asked me to lie faced down tilting my head slightly to one side. They then parted my hair where the injection would go before wiping it down with alcohol to clean the area. A very generous amount of gel was applied in the area, creating a lovely mess for me to wash out later. The local and steroids were then injected into the back of my head. I'd love to say that it just felt like a small pin prick but I'd be lying. The injection hurt. It hurt more than i even thought it would so I was dreading doing the other side. But of course I had to do it anyway, so once again they split my hair on the right this time, wiped it down with alcohol then applied that annoying gel. The right side hurt even more. I also vividly remember my nose burning when the nurse placed the cotton pad with alcohol on it right next to my nose. 

After the procedure was finished the back of my head was beyond numb. My head was exactly the same but they said it would take a bit of time. A week they said but I've read that it could take a month. I still have my hopes up as this headache is really driving me insane. 

When the local anaesthetic wore off the back of my head felt quite bruised and sore, though now it feels all normal again. So hopefully this begins having some sort of effect soon!

Thank you for reading! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque

Hello lovely :) today I'm back with a review of the Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Clay Masque. My sister gave this to me for Christmas in a nice gift pack with a cleanser and moisturiser. Although I use and love all three products, I thought I would write about the clay masque specifically. 

 
"A clay based masque infused with kale, spirulina and parsley to promote a clean, healthy and glowing complexion."

After reading what was in it I expected the clay masque to have a very distinct herb scent. However, it actually smells very pleasant and is more on the sweet side. I really like the texture of this masque as it is on the slightly thicker side without feeling overly heavy. I usually cleanse, pat dry then apply an even layer of product all over my face. The drying time is approximately 15 minutes, but occasionally I'll leave it on for longer while doing something else. Afterwards I rinse it off then pat dry again, leaving my skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth. My combination skin can be quite sensitive and prone to break outs so I get anxious trying new products, but so far I have never had a bad reaction to this. 

"Kale, spirulina, parsley and chlorella offer a super green blend of detoxifying antioxidants and vitamins to promote healthy, youthful skin. Avocado and baobab lock in moisture while goji berry encourages a dewy complexion."



This products claims to have:
" - No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
   - No Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
   - No Synthetic Fragrances 
   - No Harsh Detergents 
   - No Artificial Colours
   - No Mineral Oils
   - No Parabens
   - No Animal Derivatives 
   - No Triethanolamine
   - No Propylene Glycol
   - No EDTA"

The brand Sukin is Australian owned and made and 100% vegan. Even though I'm not personally a vegan I thought I would let you know anyway. I will definitely purchase this when I run out of my current tub. I know you can get this Priceline. 

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