Thoughts of the week…

01) If you’re still trying to decide whether the Hourglass Ambient Light Palette is worth picking up – the answer is yes. This wonderful product has revolutionized my makeup application, and I now wear a combination of the three powders every single day.

02) Speaking of makeup, I’ve rediscovered my love for the Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in the shade ‘pink buff’. The only problem is, I can’t figure out how I’m supposed to get more product out of the tube. It doesn’t wind up… am I supposed to sharpen the hard plastic tube? Help!

03) The first official teaser trailer for Mockingjay has been released, and I’m excited.

04) I decided to order a custom watercolour portrait of our cat for Sebastian’s birthday. I highly recommend the ‘dimdi‘ store on Etsy. Her artwork is absolutely beautiful.

05) I started watching Nashville during the week, and I’m in love with it already. It has everything I could possibly want in a show – country music, inspiring outfits, trash, and Connie Britton’s hair. I also downloaded the Season 1 album earlier in the week because I love all the songs I’ve heard in the show so far. The lovely Lennon & Maisy are BEYOND talented, and I love their song on the album. I’m also currently obsessed with ‘Undermine‘ by Hayden Panettiere, and ‘If I Didn’t Know Better‘ by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio.

06) I love the L’Occitane Almond Delicious hand cream. I’ve used the almond shower oil before, and the hand cream has the same beautiful scent. I have a sample size of this that I carry around in my purse, but I think I might have to splurge and buy a full sized tube.

07) I bought a slow cooker last weekend, and I’m not sure what to make in it. Does anyone have any good slow-cooker recipes they’d like to share?

08) I did a little bit of shopping while I was away this weekend, and this candle from Spell is a new favourite. I think this will be a beautiful candle to burn when the weather heats up a little bit.

09) My friend Kimberley has started up a podcast with the lovely Julia. If you’re a fan of pop culture, be sure to check it out!

10) Sebastian and I went away on the weekend, and it was so lovely to get away and head down south again. The South West region of WA is one of my favourite places to visit. I’ll be posting some of the photos I took on our holiday soon. Stay tuned!

What’s in my beauty bag? (weekend away edition)

One of my favourite things to do when planning any sort of holiday is to put together a packing list. Naturally, my favourite list to write contains the selection of beauty products I plan to take with me. The best beauty-packing trick I’ve learned over the years is to take as much travel-sized loot as you can. This saves so much space and is far more convenient when lugging things in and out of your suitcase. Also, if you manage to finish up the whole product while you’re away, you can just toss it out. Unless of course you’re a beauty blogger, and you have to pack your trash to bring home with you for a future empties post. Here is a selection of the products I took with me for a 4 day weekend away –

paula’s choice hydralight moisture-infusing lotion, jurlique chamomile soothing mist, nivea fragrance-free facial cleansing wipes, pure fiji hydrating body lotion (coconut infusion), and tresemme moisture rich shampoo & conditioner

If you’re heading away on a holiday anytime soon, or are like me and just love using travel sized beauty products, be sure to check out MiniBarCo – an online store that specializes in travel sized beauty products. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Herban Essentials towelettes, because anti-bacterial wipes seem to come in handy a LOT when traveling.