Maybelline Fit Me Foundation | Matte + Poreless and Dewy + Smooth

Hello and welcome to today's post, which is all about Maybelline's Fit Me foundation! I have both the Matte + Poreless (shade 122 Creamy Beige) and the Dewy + Smooth (shade 120 Classic Ivory). 

I've been using the Matte + Poreless one for a couple of years and so far I have very few negative things to say about it. For the most part, I really enjoy this foundation. The formula is nice consistency that's more on the runny side without being too watery. Generally, I either apply this with a damp sponge or my fingers, both work well with this formula (as does a brush but I just prefer to use a beauty sponge). I really like that it does dry down matte like it claims though I still use a powder on top because I can get oily on my forehead and chin. My favourite one to use is the Australis Fresh and Flawless pressed powder and I am yet to find a powder that I like better (if you have recommendations please leave them in the comments!) As for the lasting power of this foundation, I would say that it doesn't last all day but I have no problem going through a uni day or work shift. It's almost never that I wear foundation for the whole day anyway because I do have acne prone skin and prefer to not have face makeup on for too long. Oh and the main thing I love about this foundation is that it doesn't break me out more (that's a must with any face product for me). Coverage wise it is light to medium. I still use concealer on on breakouts but it doesn't build to a cakey finish. Now the very few negative points. There have been a few times where I noticed that this foundation clung to some dry patches. I have combination skin and sometimes it's super oily whilst being super dry at the same time and those are the days that I find most foundations create a bit of a dry and powdery finish. On those days I usually just take it off and wear no makeup at all. Like I said, this has only happened a few times and for the most part, this foundation works really well. All in all, I would recommend it to friends and I would repurchase.

The Dewy + Smooth version is very similar but just like it claims, the finish is dewier. I purchased this one for the first time a few months ago in my Maybelline Haul and I like it more than I thought I would. Initially, I was nervous that it wouldn't work well on my forehead and chin as those areas get oily. But with the same powder I mentioned before from Australis I don't find that it's too dewy on my skin. It doesn't accentuate the dry patches as much (but for some reason on those skin days that just aren't working it also has the same problem as all the other foundations I've tried). Again, it's not often that I have issues with these two foundations but my skin just isn't the smoothest or clearest and that makes it a little more work. I generally do really like how these foundations sit on my skin as they blend easily and appear nice and natural.

Have you tried any of these? I'd also like to know if you have a holy grail face product?

Rimmel London Lipsticks | The Only 1

Lipsticks are something that I enjoy trying out, generally keeping my shade range mostly neutral or soft pinks. Although I like wearing deeper shades occasionally, when I wear anything on my lips I don't stray too far away from my comfort zone. 

A while back I picked up two Rimmel lipsticks from their 'The Only 1' range. Pretty Penny and Mauve-ment are the two shades I purchased. Both lipsticks have a smooth and creamy formula. Pretty Penny is my favourite of the two as the colour is more flattering against my skin tone. I would describe this shade as a nice pink with a hint of soft coral in it. This is a great wearable shade for every day. Mauve-ment has a slightly more dusty pink tone to it, which is pretty but almost too light for my personal liking. It isn't a big deal though because I just apply a little less and blend it with my finger to balance it out. 

When I first started wearing these I quite liked how they appeared on my lips, not dry, cracky or streaky. And even though they didn't last ALL day they did seem to wear nicely. However, when I've tried wearing them recently I've noticed that as they wear they become a bit patchy. I never noticed this before and cannot quite figure out whether I've been doing something different or if it's just always been like that. I still wear these often though because the issue is easily fixed by simply patting the product with my finger. However, if you'd rather not pat the product in every once in a while I would skip these. I would keep in mind that I do not have any high-end lipsticks to compare to, though I still can see whether I like the product or not. 

These lipsticks also have a scent that isn't too subtle, but I actually really like the smell of them. It isn't evident after a little while unless you press your lips to your nose (yes I've done that just to smell the lipstick!) But if scent is an issue for you then this may be something to keep in mind. Let's talk about the packaging. I like the simple black packaging with the strip of colour. The lipstick shades all have names on the bottom and that's always nice. The lid is sturdy and I'm not worried about it coming off if I bring it with me in my purse. 

Overall, I do like these lipsticks and I would probably try a few more shades. Even though they aren't the perfect lipsticks, they are affordable and do a decent job for me. Have you tried these? Or do you have any lipstick recommendations?

Nail Polish Declutter!

Nail polishes are something that I started to enjoy 'collecting' way back before I even started high school. I didn't necessarily have a major obsession with nail polish but I did enjoy having different colours to choose from. As someone who has always liked organising, writing lists and all that good stuff, decluttering things I don't need anymore has become routine to me. Decluttering is a great way to sort out all your things, some areas such as clothes are harder to tackle than something like nail polishes (at least in my case, but that could be different from someone else!) To be honest, I do these quite regularly so I don't have an overwhelming amount of nail polishes to begin with, but still more than I use so it's time to go through and sort them out.

Current nail polish collection.

Things I look for in nail polishes I should give away or throw out...

1. If the polish is older and has changed in texture or smell. If it has become a bit goopy or difficult to work with I will toss it out.

2. Is it a colour I would wear? The shades of nail polish that I would wear now are slightly different to ones I would wear before. I still have nail polishes from a few years back that I have tried recently and decided that I don't see myself wearing it in the future. If I simply am no longer a fan of the shade but the polish itself is fine, I'll see if one of my sisters want to take it. 

3. Is there much product left? There comes a point to where the brush doesn't quite reach the last bit of product, which makes it difficult to get enough on there and that makes it harder to work it. In this particular round of nail polish decluttering my all time favourite polish Soul Sessions by Rimmel has been used so much that it is almost finished and time to purchase a new one. 

Nail Polishes I am no longer keeping.

The nail polishes that I am no longer keeping are either old and have become odd in texture, or I just don't wear them. Most of the Essence polishes are a few years old and although they were great (especially for the affordable price) I just haven't found myself wearing them. The Natio polish in Kashi (I've written a post about it here) is actually very nice, but the lid broke and is just sitting on top (I ended up spilling this on my carpet right after taking photos when I picked it up from the lid forgetting it was broken!) 

Keeping: (Left to right) Celeb City, First Blush, White Tip, Brick Wall.
I can see that I tend to stick to light pinks, neutrals and I also have one darker red shade from Sally Hansen in Brick Wall. This shade is absolutely gorgeous and is the only red nail polish that I find flattering on me. In this little nail polish decluttering round I got rid of 8 and kept 11, some quite similar in colour. I thought I would keep Celeb City for when I play around with patterns or floral nail looks, I don't really ever do that but just in case!

Keeping: (Left to right) Caramel Cupcake, Nebline, Petal.

Caramel Cupcake is very similar to Soul Sessions, but the formula is a bit different and although I really love this shade, Soul Sessions is slightly easier to work with. The Maybelline polish in Nebline is more of a brighter pink for when I want a more fun colour. I will say that I rarely wear it but because it's getting into summer I see myself wearing this at the beach!
Keeping: (Left to right) English Rose, Blushed Petal, Regal Rose,  I care for you.
English Rose is one of the Essence polishes I decided to keep because I still like the colour and the texture is still good. Blushed Petal from Sally Hansen is perfect for a natural put together look. It is sheer but can be built up. I generally wear this when I feel like a slight neutral colour for healthy looking nails. Regal Rose is actually shimmery, which I didn't realise until putting it on. It is a pretty colour that I occasionally wear, though I don't often wear shimmery shades. Last I have another Essence polish in the shade I care for you. This one is also a bit sheer but still more noticeable. It is a cute pastel pink shade that I really like. 

So that was my latest nail polish declutter. I think I could get rid of the Maybelline Nabline but want to try wearing it a bit more to see. I hope you enjoyed this post, personally I loooove reading decluttering and collection posts!

University Thoughts & November Goals ❀

Good morning lovely! Over the past few months, I've been having many thoughts about my life, things I'm uncertain about and the direction that I'm heading in. I know everyone goes through these moments at different stages and recently this has been me. It isn't the first time and will very likely not be the last, but as of right now there are some things that have been taking up a lot of space in my mind. Like my current uni course. I posted at the beginning of the year that I had got into my first preference at uni and that it was a Bachelor of Interior Design. I thought this would be the perfect course for me, I've always been interested in designing homes and commercial spaces. Even as a child I would be sitting and drawing up floor plans, maybe not to scale but that doesn't matter.

Growing up I had so many different aspirations, the main one was acting. Being an actress was always the number one career in my mind. Though I seemed to always have two things I wanted to do, acting and something else that kept changing. There was a time where I wanted to be a hairdresser, a journalist, an architect, an author, filmmaker, office lady (my very young childhood goal hahaha), flight attendant, and the list goes on. Something that I really felt like would be a great career for me was a clinical psychologist. This was something I became very interested in from early high school. At the end of grade 12, I was tossing up between working towards being a psychologist and an interior designer. But because of the never-ending headache I was also considering not doing university at all. I ended up going with interior design and for a long time I was very happy with my decision. 

Like I said earlier, I have been having second thoughts on my life in general and what I want to do. I have lost my passion for interior design and have not enjoyed studying it. There has only been one unit that I very much enjoy and that is Interior Tech. This is the unit where we learn how to draft technical drawings and they need to be exactly precise. It is the most technical unit but also the most relevant. To those who think a career in interior design is picking pillows and curtains, that is not at all the case. If the course was more like this unit think I would enjoy it more. But the other units have been far too 'fluffy' for me, so conceptual to the point where you are not marked on your work, but you as a person. It's conceptual in the sense that it doesn't matter how you justify it, they can argue it however they wish because there is no set criteria if that makes any sense. The tutors are inconsistent in their feedback and it is quite frustrating. When I first started having second thoughts I pushed all the negative aspects aside and decided to just push through. But I am honestly not sure if I even want a career in interior design. I didn't want to drop out because I didn't know what else I wanted to do. With having pain 24/7 it was difficult to decide whether I wanted to continue with uni, even in a different course. I have been feeling very lost in life and stuck in a place where I don't want to be.

After a lot of thinking and consideration, meeting with different people for advice and a few meltdowns, I now have a better idea of what I am going to do. I know that I will not be continuing with my current interior design course. I am finishing this year however so that I have some credit. Over the long break, I hope to declutter my mind and figure out what I will do next year. I am applying to do a Bachelor of Justice at the same university, if I pass my current units I can have them auto credited (not entirely sure what this means but that is what I have been told). I may defer a semester, or choose to study part-time. I have long break to think about it all. 

Goals for November

♥ Enjoy working at my new job. 

♥ Continue being active - I find that being active is great for managing anxiety too!

♥ Declutter - I have some serious decluttering to do, which will also help with decluttering my mind.     I'll start with something small, like nail polishes, then I'll do clothes etc. 

♥Read a good book - I haven't read a good book in such a long time and to be honest haven't felt like reading since doing English back in high school. I really lost interest in reading during the last year of high school and it just recently came back! I'm currently reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and oh my god it's got me hooked!

♥And of course blog more - I'd love to know if this kind of post is too long or written in a way that's not engaging. Or maybe you like this style? 

Eyeshadow Palette Wishlist

I'm not usually a huge eyeshadow girl, if I even wear any it's generally just a wash of colour over the lid. I do have a few eyeshadow products but recently I've been wanting to purchase just one beautiful palette that I can use every day. For a while now I've been online and in stores checking out different eyeshadow palettes to see which one is right for me. At the moment I have a few on my list but I'll be narrowing it down to hopefully just one. If you own or have tried any of these I would absolutely love to know what you think of them. 

Personally, I like more neutral shades, though I also don't mind colours that are slightly burgundy. At the moment I have a couple of Essence single eyeshadows that aren't bad at all, and The Nudes by  Maybelline eyeshadow palette. This palette isn't bad, I like the shades in it but I do find them a bit difficult to blend and am sure that if I were to compare to other palettes I could find something nicer. 

So for this post, I've put together a few of the eyeshadow palettes that have definitely caught my attention. 

This eyeshadow palette has always been an item that I've found really pretty, but I just couldn't justify spending $69AU on makeup. As much as I enjoy makeup, I don't exactly allocate a huge budget for it. Recently though I've been looking at purchasing just one nice palette that is worth it. I adore the packaging on this one but more importantly, I think the colour selection is just beautiful. I also like the original Tartelette but I've read mixed reviews on that one.

This one looks like the perfect everyday palette for me. I love using matte eyeshadows and rarely ever put any kind of shimmer on my eyes. However, I'm not opposed to the idea of trying out something new so shimmer isn't necessarily a definite no. But for those who have used this palette, I would love to know your thoughts on the quality. I've read great reviews for this one. This one is $65AU.

This mini eyeshadow palette seems to have a good selection of everyday shades. Neutral, matte and easy to travel with packaging are all great features for me personally. This palette is $52AU so the most affordable of the ones I've mentioned, though there is definitely a difference in the amount of product and shades. Personally, I don't mind too much.

The Lorac palettes are just gorgeous and if I'm entirely honest I would most likely have gone for one of these if I knew where to get them in Australia! I have no idea where to find these so they don't really count. BUT I thought I would include them anyway. 

I'd be super interested to hear your thoughts and experiences with any of these palettes, or if you have another eyeshadow product that you recommend definitely leave it in the comments! If you have a post on any eyeshadow palettes feel free to leave the link below too! xx

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 500ml 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 feels 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 are 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 plumper. 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 in case 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 for 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 to 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 for me. If so it'll be great in summer anyway. I think the reason why I stopped enjoying this foundation previously is that 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. 

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 longevity 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 matte 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 a 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 in 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 the 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 the 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 practices are "...responsible and provide a benefit to our global community, our employees and help protect our natural environment."
I used to 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 than 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 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, halfway 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 painkillers 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 in 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 every day. 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 to 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. 

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.

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! 

Connect with me on Twitter ♥

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. 

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 in case 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 microbeads through it. After I applied this all over my face I waited around fifteen minutes before rinsing it off. The microbeads 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. 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 from 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. (Edit: I recently began using the top left shade 'Ice Queen' for highlight and I am obsessed with it. The finish is so flattering and doesn't look glittery. It looks like my skin but with a lovely glow.)

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 fallout. 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. 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 are 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!