April 17, 2014

Subtle Energies Giveaway Winner

First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the Subtle Energies Rasayana Pack Giveaway. I’m pleased to announce that the lucky winner of the gorgeous Rasayana pack is Kimberley!

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Congratulations Kimberley, I will be contacting you for your postal address soon. If you missed out this time be sure to keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future, as they’re not too far away! I hope you all have a great long weekend, (I recommend the mini eggs).
April 15, 2014

The Fortnightly Face

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AB Retexturising Face Primer
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light
YSL Touche Eclat in #1
Maybelline Loose Powder in Light
MUFE HD Blush in Nip Slip
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner in Black (for green eyes)
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Deep Black
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Nude Rose

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AB Retexturising Face Primer
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair
Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light
YSL Touche Eclat in #1
Maybelline Loose Powder in Light
By Terry Rose de Rose Liquid Blush in Fresh Rose
Benefit High Beam
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner in Black (for green eyes)
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Deep Black
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Nude Rose

April 12, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) I accidentally purchased a couple of things in the ASOS sale earlier in the week. There goes my fortnightly allowance, before the pay cycle had even begun. Oops!

02) I’ve started to plan things that I want to do when I’m in Bali in May, and at the top of my list is Motel Mexicola. This place looks awesome, and isn’t that far away from where we’re staying. I have a mad craving for one of their deep fried baby corn tacos. Gimme.

03) I picked up one of the Lorna Jane 2014 Diaries on ebay, after seeing Kimberley using it as a fitness planner. I’ve already started planning my monthly workout calendar, and I think I’ll be able to use this to help me stay on track.

04) My costume for my sister’s upcoming birthday party arrived last weekend, so of course Ben had to try it on. How could I possibly top this?

05) Game of Thrones is back!

06) I highly recommend this pumpkin soup. I made it last weekend and it was DELICIOUS. It was a really simple recipe, and you could probably afford to omit the sage if it’s too much hassle because I didn’t find that it added that much to the recipe as a whole.

07) I need a good winter coat. My old H&M coat is on it’s last legs.

08) Kelly has jumped on board with the ‘Thoughts of the week…’ style posts. Head on over and pay her a visit, and please let me know if you also post these on your blog, because I’d love to come and check them out.

09) Game of Goats

10) Have any of you tried the Belvita breakfast biscuits? OMG I am obsessed with them. Speaking of obsessed… My mini egg addiction is getting out of hand.

April 12, 2014

April Fitness Chat

Wow, my arm looks gargantuan in that photo. It’s been a while since I posted anything fitness-related on the blog, which is probably because I’ve not been paying much attention to that aspect of my life lately. However, I feel energized and refreshed and back on track, and I thought it might be the perfect time to introduce a new monthly series of posts to the blog. Every month I’ll be checking in to discuss my goals, how I’m feeling, and interesting fitness-related things I’ve seen pop up around the place.

Monthly Goals
We’re half way through the month already, but better late than never. My main goal for the month is basically to get myself back on track, both physically and mentally. This has been a crazy year so far, but things are slowly settling down and I feel more capable of taking control of my health and fitness in general. I want to plan my lunches better (with the aim to make healthy options to take to work every day), I want to increase my weekly workouts to at least 4 a week, I want to keep a fitness diary (my new Lorna Jane planner should work with that), and I want to cut coffee out of my daily diet. I’m going to Bali in the first week of May, and you can bet that’s motivating me to WERK.

Health & Fitness Related Goodies
* I was in Kmart yesterday and noticed that they have quite an extensive range of workout clothes. I picked up a gorgeous green tank (pictured in the image above) for $15. You can bet I’ll be going back for more. ** If I’m ever short of motivation, I search through the #fitfam hashtag on Instagram. There are a lot of inspiring people out there, and there is always a picture of two to help motivate me to get off of my butt and move. *** I’m planning on whipping up some turkey meatballs to have for lunch during the week. I’ve never made meatballs before, so I’m interested to see how they turn out. I’ll keep you posted. **** I need a new theraband.

April 10, 2014

What I Bought

When Kimberley put the call out on Twitter for a good place to buy a new handbag from, I suggested Charles and Keith. This led me to browse the site myself, and of course I fell in love with practically every bag I looked at. Thankfully, most of the bags I wanted were sold out. These two, however, were not…

Charles + Keith Zip Shoulder Bag Charles + Keith Casual Tote

I was looking for something a little more structured than the bag I’ve been using lately (my trusty Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Fran Bag), and these two looked perfect. I’ve been alternating between the two, and although I love the size and the shape of them I’m really not a fan of the short straps. I’ve come to realize that I just don’t feel comfortable carrying a handbag over the crook of my elbow. To be honest I feel like a bit of an idiot with my hand flopping around. Anyway, hopefully I’ll get used to it. I also purchased a few goodies from Haus of Gloi last fortnight. Thanks to Dee for alterting me to the fact that some of the Spring products had come back in stock!
April 5, 2014

Thoughts of the week…

01) So I’ve set up a Facebook page for The Belle Lumiere, although I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be using it for. Still, if you’d like to like/follow/comment on what I am slowly putting up on the page, please feel free!

02) Word on the street is that Disney is remaking Indiana Jones with Bradley Cooper playing Indy. I’m still not sure how I feel about this.

03) Ingrid’s apartment tour video inspired me to make more of an effort to get on top of my incredibly long house ‘to-do list’.

04) If you ever need to go to IKEA, go on a Friday evening (unless of course you have some sort of social life). I’ve been twice on a Friday evening recently, and both times it was practically a ghost town. Perfect if you want to take your time browsing the marketplace, which I love to do but am often frustrated by the amount of people crowding the aisles. I picked up quite a few cute things, including these prints to be displayed in the kitchen.

05) I also purchased this print, which is now hanging up in the bedroom, over the head of the bed. It looks great, and will look even better when the walls are painted.

06) The Mindy Project is finally back from hiatus! I’m so excited. I adore Mindy Kaling. See the video of her visit to the Vogue office here.

07) Chelsea’s store Anomie now ships to Australia! I’ve been watching lustfully from afar and now I can finally order something from her beautiful hand-picked range. I have my eyes on these, these, and this.

08) This little guy makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

09) My favourite beauty product of the week is By Terry’s Rose De Rose Liquid Blush in the shade ‘Fresh Rose’. This is such a beautiful product, I was so glad to rediscover it in my collection. I’ve been wearing it all week and it’ll be hard to switch to something else next week.

10) I’m on a bit of a herbal tea kick at the moment. My current favourite is T2′s Gorgeous Geisha. What are your favourite herbal teas?

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