August 26, 2014

The Fortnightly Face

fortnight 01
givenchy photo perfexion foundation in perfect ivory
ysl touche eclat in #1
laura mercier loose setting powder in translucent
hourglass ambient lighting palette
nyx cream blush in tickled
the balm mary-lou manizer
urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
mac eyeshadow in all that glitters
mac eyeshadow in blanc type
stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray
benefit they’re real mascara
maybelline master shape eyebrow pencil in deep brown
skindanavia no more shine makeup finish
clinique chubby stick in mighty mimosa

fortnight 02
givenchy photo perfexion foundation in perfect ivory
ysl touche eclat in #1
laura mercier loose setting powder in translucent
hourglass ambient lighting palette
nyx powder blush in peach
the balm mary-lou manizer
urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
shiseido silk eyeshadow duo in taffeta taupe
stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray
lancome hypnose mascara
maybelline master shape eyebrow pencil in deep brown
skindanavia no more shine makeup finish
fresh tinted lip treatment in rose

August 24, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) Ingrid has me convinced that I need the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dry-Spun Finish. With Mecca’s recent price drop, it’s now a few bucks cheaper and I’m seriously tempted to pick this up.

02) Taylor Swift released a new song (and an accompanying music video), and it’s pretty damn catchy. I do love Taylor, but I also agree with a lot of what these people are saying. I’ve never loved Taylor’s ‘pop’ songs, I’ve always preferred her more heartfelt story-telling style, but I’m interested to see what the new album is like. Hopefully it has a nice balance of both.

03) Speaking of music videos… Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda sure is interesting. (NSFW)

04) Pepsi loves it when I clean out my wallet. Scrunched up receipts make for exciting new toys.

05) The Charlotte Tilbury sets at Netaporter are beautiful. Anyone want to buy me one?

06) This dog video made my week.

07) I really hope Bardarbunga doesn’t erupt. All of the reports about this are quite scary, and with my parents bound for Europe (AGAIN!) next week, I’d hate to think of the chaos it would cause.

08) If you’re in the market for some new books to read, this list of book releases that are due out in the second half of the year is definitely worth checking out.

09) Shape Magazine’s best running tips of all time.

10) 13 reasons to follow Neil deGrasse Tyson on twitter.

August 21, 2014

Spring/Summer Book Haul (shop my stash edition)

So I seem to have developed a nasty habit of buying a whole lot of books and never actually reading them. The ‘to-read’ section is fast overtaking the shelves of my bookcase that house the books I’ve actually read. In light of this (and to help with my current no-buy situation), I’ve decided to pick my Spring/Summer books from my existing collection. These are the books I intend to read when the warm weather kicks in:

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
The Raft by S A Bodeen
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The Returned by Jason Mott

Do you have a particular book that you love to re-read over the summer? I do, and it’s one that I’ve had since I was a kid. It’s ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein, and every time I read it I get transported to summer. It’s a children’s book but I love it.

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August 19, 2014

What I Bought…

I’ve had a very strong urge to buy things recently. It drove me to the edge, I caved, and I spent some money. But it’s all good, I’m back on the wagon now and saving my pennies once more. I didn’t go too crazy, but while I was at the shops buying a gift for my nephew on the weekend I stumbled across a couple of things that I couldn’t resist picking up for myself.

I’ve been looking for a lightweight jacket to wear during the transition to the warmer months, and this one from Peter Morrissey for Big W is perfect. It’s a loose boyfriend fit, the sleeves can be easily rolled or pushed back because the lining is black, and it’s a lightweight material that should be comfortable to wear when the warm weather kicks in. The second item I wasn’t really planning on, but as it turns out I can’t walk past a Sussan store without going in to have a look. I feel like a lot of people overlook Sussan, but they have some really beautiful pieces. They’re pricey so I always check out the sale rack first. This pretty little split-back blouse was on sale, and I picked it up because it’s 100% my style and now I can’t wait to wear it. While I was in the store I spotted these linen blend t-shirts that looked like a nifty little tee, so I ordered myself after coming home and thinking about it for a bit. The necklace I saw in store and couldn’t get the idea of a ‘pop’ of yellow for spring/summer. I think it will bring a lot of life to some of my darker outfits next season.
August 17, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) I finally finished clearing out my makeup collection! The best part was finding makeup that I had completely forgotten I owned. Jackpot. Now I need to start thinking about the walk in wardrobe organization. Ugh.

02) If you’ve ever done the Myers-Briggs personality test and are interested to see what personality type your blog says you are (at if it aligns with your regular personality – surprisingly enough, mine doesn’t), work it out here.

03) HEY GUYS, there are only 129 days until Christmas!

04) I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about the sad passing of Robin Williams. We celebrated his life by watching both Mrs Doubtfire and The Birdcage this weekend. Two of my all-time favourite movies. I think an Aladdin/Jumanji re-watch could be on the cards sometime soon.

05) Daniel Radcliffe did the Vogue 73 questions interview. He also surprised some of his fans after a screening of his new movie in New York. I adore Daniel Radcliffe.

06) I decided to put ‘The Shining’ down for a little bit, and have picked up ‘In The Blood’ by Lisa Unger instead. I’m really liking it so far, and I’m making way more progress on it than I did with The Shining. 50 Book Challenge, I’m coming for you!

07) How the sun sees you.

08) This was by far my favourite news story of the week.

09) WTF Renaissance is definitely my favourite twitter account at the moment.

10) I mentioned pizza on twitter last week, and Dominos Australia contacted me to send me a voucher for a free pizza. Which they seem to do a lot. A+ social media work if you ask me!

August 17, 2014

Favourite Youtubers

MyHouseWifeLife (also TheBusyBeeBuzz & OrganizedLikeJen) – Jen was the first youtuber I ever really followed and I still get excited when I see her videos popping up in my subscription box. My favourite of her channels is ‘My Housewife Life’, because I love seeing how she spends her days. I’ve never really wanted to be a housewife, but she sure does make it seem fun. She doesn’t do vlogs as regularly as she used to, due to a troll infestation in the comments section of every video. This is a real shame, because I miss the way that her videos used to be, but I still go back and watch her old vlog series, because I’m a loser like that.

EssieButtonVlogs (also EssieButton) – Watching Estee’s vlogs is one of my favourite ways to waste time. I think she’s absolutely stunning, but she has a very laid back attitude, and isn’t afraid to make fun of herself, so I can bear how pretty she is without getting too jealous. Her dog Reggie has become one of the animals that I (creepily) obsess over from afar, and she has inspired me to switch up my daily coffee for a nice big cup of tea. I tend to watch her Vlogs more than the videos on her regular channel, but those are always top quality when I tune into EssieButton.

ViviannaDoesMakeup – Anna recently started doing vlogs, and they’ve become one of my favourite videos to watch each week. I find her utterly gorgeous, and therefore lemming any beauty product she puts on her face (because obviously they’ll make ME just as gorgeous, right?!). I really love watching Anna’s videos, I think she seems like one of the loveliest people on youtube. Also, I want her hair. And wardrobe. And face.

Michele1218 – Michele was one of the first Youtube “gurus” I subscribed to, and I still watch her videos on a regular basis. Her vibe has changed quite a bit over the past couple of years, as she’s become a new mom and has a different focus now. Regardless of this change, I still love the content of her videos, and she remains one of my youtube style icons. Yet another youtube who I have massive hair envy for. Sigh.

Kimmmberleyy (also KimberleyReads) – Kimberley is one of the few Australian Youtubers that I watch. She has two channels, and I watch both pretty religiously. Her dog Luca is another animal that I obsess over from afar, and his cameos in Kimberley’s videos never fail to make me laugh. If you need some inspiration to read a book, her book channel is one of the things I watch to motivate myself to pick something up and READ.

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