Goal Setting and The Wheel Of Life

In January of this year, I had the pleasure of joining one of my favourite business inspirations, Lorraine Murphy, at her annual Remarkability Bootcamp. This was easily some of the best money I spent in 2018, and was a great way to kick off the year.

For those who don’t know of Lorraine, she is an entrepreneur, an author, a mother, a wife, to name a few things. I came across her when I attended Business Chicks 9 To Thrive in 2016, and have been a huge fangirl since. She has a solid social media presence (I personally am a fan on instagram – @lorraineremarks), and is a woman who is all about living your life, in the best way possible. I’m not sure if she would describe her motto in that way, but that has been my take away from following her over the past 2 years. I assure you, this won’t be the only time I mention her.

I can’t recall exactly how the Bootcamp was promoted, but it was running in Sydney, on a Saturday, was affordable, and would help kick off 2018, so I figured it would be a good idea. In reality, it ended up running 3 days after I returned from a 3-day unexpected and exhausting trip to London, and I considered cancelling my spot due to sheer mental and emotional exhaustion. Thank goodness I didn’t, and it turned out to be the best thing for me, at a time of the year that I was easily at my lowest.

There is no way I can summarise the day, or even offer you 50% of the take aways from the day – it was just that good. I went with the idea that we would be talking serious business – numbers, people, processes, etc. Instead, we started off the day talking about the Wheel of Life – where are we with different aspects of our lives, and how much are we putting in to these areas. Some people came to the Bootcamp with friends, but given my personality type, being there with a group of strangers was best – I felt I could be truly honest with the group and myself. The premise of starting the day talking about this was quite simple – your business can only be as good as you are – if you are miserable, your business and professional life will show it.

The Wheel of Life breaks your life down into 8 areas – Spirituality, Finance, Fun, Romance, to name a few. You can see the Wheel for yourself, and download a copy from Lorraine’s website – Wheel of Life Worksheet. When thinking about goals, whether it be business, friendships, relationships, work, recreation – this is a great place to start. What are you doing already in these areas; what areas need work; do areas need pulling back? The concept is common sense – we can’t focus on just one area, because we need everything to move along in our lives – we all know people who fixate on one or two areas only, and can easily see the issue in that.

Set some time aside for yourself, and fill in the worksheet – it’s about 15 minutes of work – and can help you when you have to make difficult decisions, or even just to evaluate if you are where you want to be right now. You can use the different areas to identify specific goals you may have – are there things you want to change about your recreation time, things you may want to achieve with family/friends, business goals? The Wheel is designed for you to shade where you feel things are at – but you can use it in a different way if that suits you.

Have a look around Lorraine’s website – there are a number of worksheets that you may find useful.

In the meantime, here’s me having my fangirl moment with Lorraine! Her energy is amazing, and the day was just what I needed.

Meeting Lorraine

Until next time, reader…

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My 2017 picks (not a top 10 list)

Ah, 2017, where did you go? This year has flown by for me, feels like I was just saying “Happy New Year!” a few weeks ago (I admit, I say it for longer than I should).

Now this list is not exhaustive, nor is it a “best of 2017” list – there are so many things that I have not used, watched, nor listened to – so how can I claim to have a list of the best? Instead, these are just some things that I loved in 2017. They improved my skin routine, beauty routine, gave me some joy or quite simply, helped me live a better life – so why wouldn’t I share it with you all? I’ll warn you in advance, that these are not all beauty/skincare related – how rude.

THE MASK

Whether they are $5, or $25 – sheer masks are amazing and have really had their moment this year. Every skincare brand seems to be releasing a sheet mask all of a sudden – and they are all so good.

[For those who don’t know what a sheet mask is – it’s a fabric mask that goes over your face and has cut out sections for eyes, nose, mouth.]

I’m not entirely convinced that they do all the different things that they claim, but they all seem to consistently add hydration and nourishment into the skin. Ideal for when you travel, when your skin is dehydrated or just when you want to up your skincare routine. You need some time for application; it generally needs to stay on for about 10-15 mins, and usually no rinsing requiring afterwards – just rub in the leftover solution. Read the instructions on the packaging.

THE CLEANSER

Those who are long-time readers, and those who know me in real life, will know that I have loved the Dermalogica Precleanse Oil since my beauty therapist introduced me to it about 4 years ago. It removes way more product than other makeup cleansers I have used, and doesn’t require wasteful products, like cotton pads, in order to be effective. This year, Dermalogica released the balm version of this amazing product. It is in a squeeze tube, and comes with a silicone rubbing mitt – so apply the balm to the mitt and rub all over your face. This stuff feels decadent on the skin and just has that touch of luxe that the oil is missing. It’s very gentle on the skin, and gets off just as much product as the oil. I love makeup, but when it’s time to remove it, I want every last ounce of it off – the mitt and balm combo helps achieve this goal.

THE PALETTE

Now, what is life if I don’t include a palette in a “top/picks etc.” list? So here is the palette I loved in 2017, and I was totally surprised that I loved it as much as I did – the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. This palette was gifted to me (for my birthday, not going to try to claim Too Faced is sending me stuff), and honestly, I probably wouldn’t have bought it myself. Colours looked OK, but I am trying to fight the urge to buy every palette that hits the market.

The colour combo and options in this palette make it worth the buy – they aren’t just replicating the existing cult palettes, like Urban Decay Naked range, etc. The peachy toned colours are just gorgeous, and make for a really subtle but put together look. They have a decent range of matte versus shimmer, and have thrown in some curve ball colours, like the purple shades. I’m not saying this colour palette will suit everyone, or that it was THE palette of 2017 – but this was something that was a surprise to me. The colours are very wearable, unlike some of the rose gold and pink toned palettes of 2017. It does have an unnecessary peach scent, but it is actually quite nice.

THE BOOK

I’ve been part of a book club for a few years now, and this has helped me get through some books on a regular basis. I admit, I’m a bit of a crappy book club member; I have the highest rate of “did not finish” (but I do have the highest rate of attendance, so let’s not kick me out just yet). This book was a highlight this year and you would have had to be living under a rock to not know of it. It has been made into a TV series (which is really good and worth the cost/effort of downloading), and stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, amongst many other big ticket names. I’ve watched the series and read the book – and I’m telling you, READ THE BOOK! Then watch the show, and you will love it even more. I know I’m not a genius for suggesting that “the book is better than the show”, but I’m saying it anyway. Even the most unenthusiastic book reader will move through the pages quickly. The voice of the book has not been replicated in the TV series (understandably), so it really has it’s own magic.

THE PODCAST

Raise your hand if you haven’t listened to a single podcast this year?

Nope, those people don’t exist.

Everyone is jumping on board with podcasts, so much so, that the options are somewhat paralysing. Honestly, I’m not one for self help books, but this podcast has really changed and improved my thinking in 2017. The goal is simple – to live a happier life. This podcast isn’t delusional – it’s not suggesting we are happy all the time, or should be happy all the time – just that we can always work towards something better. It’s a really easy listen, Gretchen Rubin is a great writer, and it’s essentially a structured conversation between her and her sister, Elizabeth Craft.

If you want to dive into the podcast world, the self help world or just want a fresh new perspective in 2018, Happier with Gretchen Rubin may help you with that. This podcast can be found on iTunes and wherever else you get your podcast fix.

And that’s it – short and sweet! Wishing you all a wonderful new year – thanks for reading along this year and supporting me in this written expression of myself, and the beauty items that I love.

And if irritation occurs, discontinue use… (or close the book, or pause the podcast).

Skin skin skin

I’ll try not to keep going on about my posting frequency… but thanks to all the ladies who have commented in the past couple of weeks about my blog. One of my main motivations for blogging is from the conversations I have – I figure if one person is asking, at least ten other people are interested – so may as well write about it! So hello to all my readers, old and new…

It’s currently winter in Australia, so moisture is much-needed. Windy days, combined with cool mornings means we have to work a bit harder for our skin. I know a lot of people try to improve their skincare at this time too, so I’ve had a few people asking me about what they should be including and what order.

Five components, all take next to no time and give great results. The word “dry” in French is “sec” and it’s going to be important in your routine.

Cleanse – Tone – Sec

Cleanse
Avoid anything soap-like, anything that foams or anything that doesn’t really move your makeup. A good cleanser should get the majority of your makeup off; all of it if you are wearing a minimal amount. If you have party makeup on, use a proper eye makeup remover and do a double cleanse.

Luxe pick: Dermalogica Precleanse Oil
Starter pick: Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleansing

Tone
This is where I save money and just buy something that won’t irritate my skin. I’ll be honest and admit I’m not totally convinced as to the necessity of this step, so I include it, but at the lowest cost possible. Generally, this step for me just helps calm any redness and tighten up my pores.

Luxe pick: Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
Starter pick: La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Lotion

Now we move into Sec territory – Serum, Eye Cream and Cream (Moisturiser). Follow this order and kiss dryness goodbye.

Serum
I love a serum and think they are worth spending a bit more on – so save your dollars on a toner and invest in a decent serum. The difference between drugstore and department store serums are significant, so I apologise in advance for the high price point in the items I’ve included in my picks below. Use enough to cover your face, and try to use a patting motion, rather than massaging it into your skin.

Luxe pick: SK II Facial Treatment Essence
Starter pick: Clarins Face Treatment Oil

Eye cream
Eyes show one’s age, so a seperate eye cream can reduce your thoughts on cosmetic procedures. Apply gently with your ring finger, both below your eye and on your eyelid. Eye cream packaging is always tiny, but it will stretch a long way.

Luxe pick: Clarins Eye Contour Gel
Starter pick: Clinique all about eyes

Cream (Moisturiser)
Get the best that you can afford – and never, ever skip this step. Whether you wear a lot of makeup, or none at all, moisturiser is a must. You may want one with SPF, you may want to apply your SPF separately – do some research to see what suits you and your needs.

Luxe pick: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
Starter pick: QV Moisturising Day Cream

Initially it will just feel great, but when you put in some serious time, you’ll see some results in your skin. Best case scenario, do this once a day, preferably at night. Worst case scenario, spend some time once or twice a week following all of these steps. Spend some time trialling some products – don’t be afraid to ask for samples. You’re often looking at an item that is >$50 – you should at least be able to make sure it doesn’t give you a reaction prior to your investment. Good luck with your winter skincare!

And if irritation occurs, discontinue use...

Travel Ready: Colour

Yes, believe it or not… I’m back. This blog is officially not dead… it will die when I get over makeup and beauty… which will be when I’m dead.

I hope you’re all well and are still loving all things skin and beauty. Thanks for all of those people in my life who have kept encouraging me to blog, despite my extended period of silence. Quite simply – life is busy – but you all understand that.

2017 is turning out to be a year of travel for me (I’m browsing some cheap flights whilst writing this), and although I’m not a champion packer (I am that person who holds their breath as they place their bags on the scale), I do have some seasoned tips for those who may not travel much, or have travelled prior to discovering their beauty passion.

When I travel, I want colour and variety with my makeup – and minimal packaging. I keep all of my makeup in a case while away, so the more items I need to get out, the longer my daily face takes. I’m not going to go into detail regarding my foundation and brushes, as I am not really a minimalist in that area – I still need my foundation to perfectly match my skin whether I’m at home or in Hawaii. I also like having some brush variety, so tend to have one each of the main brushes I use (e.g. buffer eye brush, foundation brush, face powder brush, etc).

If you are looking for some ideas on how to condense your travel makeup, read on for some products and theories that will help you achieve this.

COLOUR: Face

The Becca Afterglow palette was gifted to me last year and has proven itself to be a handy little travel tool. This comes with three highlighters and two blushes – though the pinky highlighter (second from the left in the image) definitely doubles as a light day-time blush. One little light-weight palette that gives you a great variety of looks. I’m not into true travel palettes, and this doesn’t claim to be one – which is what makes it so good.

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COLOUR: Eyes

I admit that I love a classic brown smokey eye. I remember getting my first brown Innoxa eyeshadow from the bargain bin at Priceline and rubbing it all over my eyes everyday before school – and I’ve never looked back.

The Tarte In Bloom palette gives you enough choices so that you can do an everyday look, or add some darker shades for a more dramatic evening eye. If you won’t feel satisfied with this kind of palette, pack an alternative palette, or add some single eyeshadows – your options and satisfaction will quickly increase. The size of Tarte In Bloom also makes this travel-ready – I personally think only Amrezy can justify travelling with multiple Morphe palettes.

My other tip is to take some basics – if you don’t normally wear liquid eyeliner on a regular basis, what are the chances that you will bust it out in Disneyland? Take a black and a brown eyeliner (again, I know brown isn’t for everybody) or take a pencil and a liquid. Leave the green eyeliner for a party at home.

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Colour: Lips

As tempting as it is… you really don’t need a huge variety for a few days away from home. If you don’t usually wear orange on your lips, you probably won’t need it in Singapore.

Personally, my safe travel bet is to take an everyday shade, a nude and a bright lip colour. Those with very sharp eyes (or those who are familiar with my makeup bag) may be able to spot the plastic wrapping on my NYX lip creme – it has travelled with me a handful of times and never gets used – but is there just in case I feel like it. With these colours and combinations,  I only need two lip pencils for three to four different looks, and all of these products take up minimal space.

So, there it is – my comeback post. Travelling is so much fun, and you will have pictures for a lifetime – so whack on a little lippie so you can get a decent profile picture, which shows off how well travelled you are, whilst also ensuring you look #flawless 😉

If you have any beauty travel tips, please leave a comment below!

And remember… if irritation occurs, discontinue use. 

Brows maketh the face

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When I look back on my high school years, I think of all those hairs I tweezed out of my eyebrows that I’ll never see again. In my adolescent years (and very likely in your adolescent years, unless you are around 20) THIN & SHARP are the words that come to mind when we imagine the perfect brow. How far we have come in the past decade – over tweezing is out, patches be gone and the perfect brow is thick and neat. If I walk around my local shopping centre, I don’t think I see anybody under the age of 25 with thin brows. Of course, this isn’t always a good thing – like any trend, some people just take it TOO FAR.

Anastasia Beverly Hills can be credited with some of the biggest improvements in the brow game with her pencils and powders. If you want to improve your brow look, read on…

(Disclaimer: I haven’t talked about concealer or eyebrow brushes – consider this a beginners guide to eyebrows)

Pencil

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If you are new to getting your eyebrows on fleek, or want something low-fuss, this stuff is THE SH*T. Easy and quick to use, huge range of colours and completely natural finish. You can buy it direct from the Anastasia Beverly Hills site, or from Sephora Aus.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
RRP: $26.00 (USD) / $42.00
Stockists: Anastasia Beverly Hills / Sephora 

Powder

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Anybody who watches Cammy on Snapchat [she’s an eyebrow queen from LA / find her @blossombeautylo] knows that the secret to a completely natural brow is the ombre finish at the start of the brow. For a long time I only used powder, but I find the ABH pencil is quicker and more precise than this powder. If you have unruly brows, the wax in this set is useful. Unfortunately, I think this powder is either on it’s way out or just isn’t worthy of being in Australia. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re overseas.

Smashbox Brow Tech
RRP: $26.00 (USD)
Stockists: www.sephora.com

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It is completely annoying to read recommendations of products not available in Australia, so I’ll include a product that you most definitely can find locally. Benefit has really upped their brow range this year and although I’m satisfied with my current tools, I think they are worth checking out if you are keen to find a decent product at your local department store. Powder and wax combo that has 6 shades.

Benefit Brow Zings
RRP: $55.00
Stockist: Myer 

Gel

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If you were not naturally blessed with a lot of hair in your brow, but have a decent shape and want to thicken up your look, use a gel to add some fake hair. This will help even up any patches or thinness and will blend in effortlessly. If you fear any of these other products or think drawing it on is too much, this is the stuff for you.

Benefit 3D Browtones
RRP: $42.00
Stockist: Myer 

Cream

pomade

I admit this stuff is the scariest of the lot – the almighty pomade. It’s not a product I personally want to use, but the severe nature of the pomade just doesn’t suit me and nor do I have the patience for it. Keep in mind, I am olive skinned and have naturally dark brows (no $$$ spent on eyebrow tints for me), so I’ve found the pomade finish is just a bit too much for me. If you have some serious bald patches or are seriously faking it when it comes to your brows (i.e. you don’t have much hair there), this stuff is for you. You will need a stiff angled brush for this as well as a spare 10 or so minutes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
RRP: $18.00 (USD) / $32.00
Stockists: Anastasia Beverly Hills / Sephora 

Waxing, Tweezing and in between

My final warning to you is about what to do to care for your brows. You can have all the pomades and powders that Anastasia can think of, but they are useless to you if the base is hopeless. Only tweeze stray hairs, don’t even think about touching those long hairs your face has been growing for God knows how long! Find a decent brow technician, and find what suits you – tweezing, waxing or threading. Whatever you do, DO NOT go to a walk-in salon that does not specialise in brows – you will be butchered, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll never see those hairs return. You may be slaying in all other aspects, but rubbish brows will be your downfall. Go to someone who will see you as an ongoing client – save your walk-in waxing for arms and legs.

Remember, BROWS MAKETH YOUR FACE.

And if irritation occurs, discontinue use… 

Winter Face

Leaves falling, scarves and coats on, snow coming down. Oh hold on, we are in Australia. Very minimal snow falling, and instead sunny days, cold nights and inconsistent weather conditions is probably a more accurate summary! With winter comes the dreaded ‘Winter Face’ – skin that needs some serious TLC. Fear not, for your beloved blogger will tell you some great stuff to slap on this winter!

FACE : DERMALOGICA SKIN SMOOTHING CREAM

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This stuff will save your skin over winter. All of Dermalogica’s moisturisers are great, but personally, this one gives me the right balance between moisture and oil control. It is gentle on the skin, smells good, and has great packaging (I hate any moisturiser that involves dipping one’s finger). Don’t let the price scare you – it’s worth the $$$.
rrp: $79.00 (look online, you’ll find it cheaper)

MASK : LUSH OATIFIX

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Your dry skin will love you for this mask. It’s made with mashed bananas, ground almonds and loads of oats (so it smells delicious). The oats will calm down any irritated or flaky skin while soothing any redness. Not great if you have oily or combination skin (luckily Lush has a huge range of masks to select from).
rrp: $13.95 

SERUM : CLARINS HYDRAQUENCH INTENSIVE SERUM

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It may seem small, but it is mighty. This serum is light and not oily like many serums can be. This is my go-to product after flying as it adds back moisture to dehydrated skin really quickly. If you do go to a Clarins counter, try to get a sample size of this. It is often included in Gift-with-purchase specials, so keep your eyes peeled. That will make the price much easier to swallow.
rrp: $72.00 

HANDS : THE BODY SHOP HEMP HAND PROTECTOR

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Don’t those stickers on the image convince you? This hand cream is the shiz for dry skin. I think one of the driest areas I get in winter is on my hands, so this stuff is a saviour. The packaging could be better (I like to apply hand cream in the car, so the lid is annoying), but the stuff truly does the job.
rrp: $19.95 for 100mL

LIPS : BITE BEAUTY AGAVE MASK

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This lip mask seems a bit ridiculous – like seriously, a mask for the lips? Bite Beauty are known for their amazing lip products and this lip mask is no less than anything else they have produced. It can be near impossible to get your hands on it (Sephora stocks it) and it is expensive – so it you are feeling like a splurge or need serious lip care, this is it.
rrp: $38.00 

Alternatively, I think there is nothing wrong with good ol’ Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment. Cheap as chips (rrp ~$5.00), readily available and has it’s own little cult status, if you are that way inclined (I know I am!). lucas-paw-paw-ointment-25g-tube.jpg

And remember, if irritation occurs, discontinue use…

Until next time – enjoy the blasting wind and winter fashion!

7 ways to a Sunday Treat Yo’Self

Regular readers will know I’m all about the Sunday pamper and regular Facebook stalkers will know I’m a big fan of lists… so why not combine my love of both?

1. Have a bath

The perfect day for a long bath! Treat yo’self to a Lush bath bomb during the week, and chuck it in – you can thank me for this suggestion later.

2. Do a face mask

Go for an exfoliating mask, like The Sanctuary Warming Microbrasian Polish, or hydrate with the GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydration Mask. If it’s really overdue, go crazy and do an at-home facial. After a bath or shower, use an exfoliating scrub (Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is my choice for at-home facial standard) then put on a hydrating mask (Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque if you want a mask to sleep in; GlamGlow for a wash-off option).

3. Wash your brushes

Even though this is work, it truly is a treat yo’self. You will love yourself the next time you pick those brushes up and apply your makeup. If you aren’t sure how to clean your brushes, read here. I know the gold standard is to wash brushes after every use, but who honestly has time for that? Every Sunday is pretty good for casual makeup users, in my opinion.

4. Drink some tea

I know tea isn’t for everyone, but T2’s Gorgeous Geisha truly is – it is the perfect combination of calming and flavour – if you don’t like the bitterness of regular green tea or alternatively, love green tea – give this a go! I will usually brew a small pot to drink while I have a bath – makes me feel like I’m at a spa.

5. Sleep early

Those that know me will know that this is a “do as I say, not as I do” point. I’m hopeless with sleeping early on a Sunday, but when I do, I love myself for it. No better way to start the work week than feeling well rested.

6. Paint your nails

Life is too short to have plain nails – I am really anti acrylic nails and basically hate going to nail salons, which means an at-home manicure is the only way. If you are trying to save some money or just want to try out some of your polish collection, set aside some time for nail care. If you find yourself consistently doing this, invest in salon pieces – cuticle cutter, cuticle oil, nail files etc.

7. Look after yourself

I know these aren’t all beauty related but forgive me for suggesting life is more than just beauty! If you are anything like me, the week is totally hectic and jam-packed. Social commitments, work and fitness basically take up the entirety of the week – so take an hour out of the week to do something that may feel like it could be better spent doing something else. You will love yourself for it. Even if it means reading a book for an hour, listening to a podcast, watching something you usually don’t have time for, talking to a loved one on Skype – you will seriously set yourself up for a great week. And it’s not totally unrelated to beauty – whatever you feel on the inside exudes on the outside.

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Happy Sunday!

If irritation occurs, discontinue use… 

Beat Yo’self 30

The 30th season has well and truly arrived, and it includes my own movement into the next decade. What better way to celebrate than to “beat my face” and also engage in “treat yo’self”! This post is going to be link heavy, but I don’t pretend to be someone who does tutorials, nor am I going to do a tutorial better than Lisa Eldridge or Wayne Goss – just go to the originals! So here are my go-to tutorials and tips if you want to give yourself a bit of extra oomph for a 30th (although this is not restricted to 30th’s only!).

CONTOUR

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How to Contour Like a Pro – Invisible

Wayne Goss is amazing, and this tutorial is #onpoint. I love the idea of contouring, but am so anti sharp lines and cake face (as I’ve said before, you are not a bakery!). I watched this video once, used Wayne’s techniques and was loving myself sick instantly. This is perfect for someone who wants to have dimension, but is acutely aware that most 30 year olds don’t want a drag look.

COLOUR

The beauty of the summer party season is that anything goes! I think the lighter the better, but if you’re into bold colours, that works as well. I’m really not into tanning, bronzers, sun kissed skin and so on, but colour is important! There is NO excuse to be pale at a party during summer! This does NOT mean you need a fake tan, it does not mean you need to wear a darker foundation – it just means you need to consider some dimension and glow. I love porcelain complexions and think it can be so ultrachic. If you are a MAC NC10-type (i.e. very fair) go for a Clinique Cheek Pop. They are so cute, perfect for Spring/Summer and completely useless for my complexion!

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The Summer Edit | ViviannaDoesMakeup

Vivianna is a gorgeous British blogger/Youtuber and has great tips if you want something subtle or are really concerned about looking clownish.

For those blessed with more tanned complexions or want something with a bit more pop, you will never go wrong with the NARS cult classics – Orgasm and Deep Throat – they have a summery shimmer without looking like you’ve massacred yourself in body glitter (those reading who are 30 will definitely recall the Body Glitter Craze of 2000). Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.38.11 pm.png

EYES

Those who know me well know how much I love colour on the eyes – but it’s tough during summer. Sydney summer’s can be hard work – humid one hour, 40 degrees the next hour, pouring rain the 3rd hour and then bizarrely cool 4 hours later. This is a lethal combination to anyone who is prone to oiliness – eyeshadow creases and panda eyes. I honestly don’t know if a particular product can help all of these rapid climate changes, so less colour is more when you aren’t confident re: the staying power. Feline eyes will never go out of fashion, so go for it. Make sure your eyeliner won’t budge (go for liquid or gel) and keep it simple and chic. One of the simplest yet best tutorials I’ve seen on a feline eye (and I promise you, I’ve watched loads!) is this one by Charlotte Tilbury.

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The Feline Flick |Charlotte Tilbury

LIPS

It’s summer and either you are 30, or you are about to enjoy the company of 30 year olds – you can do a bold lip! Red, orange red, pink, berry, purple – whatever you want!

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Easy Summertime Pink Makeup Tutorial

Honestly, look up any of Lisa’s lips tutorials – whatever look you go for, just make sure your cheeks balance it out – you do not want to look washed out! A good tip is if you are going for a bold lip, do them first so you can get a feel for how much colour is needed on your cheeks.

I’m told that the greatest joy of entering your 30’s is that you basically don’t give a hoot anymore about the things that really don’t matter. What a thrilling thought and I think it rings true for makeup as well! If you are 30, you have been wearing some form of makeup for more than half of your life – you got this! These are just some tips if you are hitting the party circuit, but do whatever it is that you want. Enjoy!

And if irritation occurs, discontinue use… 

The Teen Face

We all remember our awkward teen years, right? Bad eyeliner, poorly matched foundation and Lip Smackers… surely it wasn’t just me? The teen makeup market looks totally different from when I was in that phase, but I think a line needs to be drawn somewhere. Girls are going to be girls, but what do I actually recommend for those starting their makeup journey?

BASE
We all know teenagers don’t actually need foundation or significant coverage, but they just don’t listen! Acne can never be truly covered up, so no need to waste your time with a thick foundation. We all dream of an even skin tone however, so if we can’t win the battle, let’s help.

revlon bb cream

I keep bangin’ on about this stuff because it really is so good. Revlon Photoready BB Cream has SPF and pretty decent coverage – it really is a skin perfector, it will help accentuate and hide all the right things ($24.95).

EYES
Young lady, step away from the eyeliner. You do not need it. I know Taylor Swift looks amazing with her cat eye, but she is literally a star. You are not Tay Tay. Instead, go for an eyeshadow! I admit I have always loved eyeshadow, and wore it as a teen rather than eyeliner, but this habit has not changed for me.

FOA Nude Palette

One can never go wrong with a palette – but we are not talking about the Urban Decay Naked palette for a 14 year old. Face of Australia is such an underrated brand in my opinion. They have released 2 nude-ish palettes: Nude and Naked which retail for $18.95. A smokey eye is possible for a party or a brown shadow across the lash line for a softer eyeliner look.

LIPS
Ok, I know Lip Smackers aren’t really a thing anymore for anyone with MQ (Makeup Quotient). Go for a balm that is in a crayon form – easy to apply, has enough colour to add variety to your life and is much classier than a chapstick.

covergirl lip balm

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm is the right price and product. $12.95 from Priceline means it will go on sale, there will be no tears if it’s lost or stolen (remember how valuable makeup was at that age?), and it will add some moisture back to lips. If Covergirl isn’t your thing, there are loads of versions of these balms in every major brand in Priceline.

CHEEKS
Ok, this was something I didn’t really touch in high school, but nor was there such thing as Instagram or YouTube tutorials when I was in high school! Now, be warned that most people are committing crimes with bronzer – so try a blush instead.

savvy blush

Savvy by DB is perfect for those learning. I’ve made lots of errors with blush in my life and continue to make errors, but until you can own classic universal shades like NARS’ “Orgasm”, go for something cheap and easy. $4.99 from Priceline and there are 6 decent shades.

LASHES

Mascara was probably the most irresistible makeup item when I was a teenager. It made such a difference to my eyes and I just loved it. I find it really hard to wear on a daily basis as an adult (disclaimer is that my eyelashes are dark, so I don’t need the colour), but this may be because I wore it so religiously in my teen years.

essence mascara

Oh how I wish something like Essence existed when I was 14. A brand that is cheap and easy to find, has a huge range of products but isn’t intentionally trying to break you out (such as products that are found in a $2 shop). The range is cheap as chips, and when you’re a teenager, you really just want a bit of colour and some volume (or at least that’s all teenagers should want from mascara). This stuff is $5.75 from Priceline and can be chucked at the 3 month mascara life cut-off with no hesitation.

As for the rest: contouring, strobing, highlight, lip liner, liquid eyeliner etc… Well, you have to earn your stripes for that stuff. Plus, does a teenager’s weekly allowance really allow for that kind of makeup use? I can barely afford it as an adult!

If irritation occurs, discontinue use… 

 

Goodbye 2015 – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all – here’s to another year of beauty and blogging. I got a shameful summary of my 2015 blogging two days ago – it has motivated me to include ‘more blogging’ in my 2016 resolutions.

Now, I hate favourites posts – particularly the ‘monthly favourites’ which are common amongst YouTubers. I feel like I’ve expressed this thought before so I won’t go into it again – but basically, I don’t like it.

However, I do like end of year wrap-up posts, and thought I would share the things I honestly loved this year – I think a year is plenty of time to really love or hate a product. So, let’s get into my ‘Top 15 of 2015’- I will warn you now that I created these collages so you didn’t have to flick through a 15 picture post, but they aren’t great – forgive me!

Collage 1

Round 1: Basics

QV Moisturising Day Cream ($12.99)
This brand can do no wrong – so good for the skin, minimal nasties and this moisturiser has SPF 30.

Bioderma Sebum H20 Cleanser & Make Up Remover (100mL $20.99)
Not the cheapest water cleanser out there, but I love this one. I have been loving eyeliner wings in the later part of this year, and this stuff is a God-send for correcting inevitable errors. I use it to correct mistakes and when makeup goes horribly wrong, rather than as a whole-face cleanser.

Organic Coconut Oil ($5.99)
This stuff lasts forever, you can use it in your cooking as well as in your hair. It’s so cheap and easy to store – I forget about it sometimes, but when I need it, it’s always there. Oil of choice for my hair.

Lush Shower Scrub ‘Rub Rub Rub’ ($14.95)
I didn’t know how much I needed this until I finished the container! This stuff lasted me ages, smells nice (of course it does, it’s Lush!) and really does the job. I’ve never been crazy about scrubs before as I don’t feel they make a difference – but this stuff does. I use it as a dry scub with exfoliating gloves before a shower once a week.

Josie Maran Argan Oil (15mL $23.00)
Now, the only thing that bothers me about this is the price – but it’s truly worth it. I was getting some really dry skin under one eye this year (arghhhh is this what ageing is??) and this stuff always works a treat. 15mL is plenty if you use it sparingly – a tiny drop really goes a long way. I got this bottle as a sample in the US, so it enrages me that Mecca Cosmetica charges $23.00 for a sample item essentially.

Collage 2

Round 2: Colour

Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge ($US24.00)
This was a little number I picked up from Sephora in a 50 Shades of Grey pack – forgive me for that part, but this stuff is amazing! It is truly a long wear liquid lipstick, and although I find it very drying, it is perfect when you really want a lip colour to go the distance. I rarely use the provided gloss, but I’m not a gloss gal.

Bourjois Mega Liner ($24.00)
I’m not a wing expert, but this stuff helps me get success more than any of my other liquid pen liners. The angled tip helps, and the colour is long wearing.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Sun Perfector – Champagne Pop ($60.00)
Errrr, is there any “2015 Top Product” lists that don’t include this stuff? This product was a cult item and people seemed to go nuts for it – including me. I sourced it from the US months ago, but it hit our sunny shores recently. If you are a fan of highlighter and are considering it – go for it. It’s not my ultimate highlighter, but it is very nice and I don’t want you to miss out.

NARS Velvet/Satin Lip Pencil ($39.00)
I kept my eyes peeled for a gift pack last Christmas, and I have no regrets. I’ve been a long-time lover of lip crayons (Chubby Stick, anyone?) – I just love how no-fuss they are. The NARS version has more pigment than the Clinique Chubby Stick, so it’s good when you want something more without the additional effort. There are some very bright and deep shades though, so I can’t say they can all be applied without a mirror!

Collage 3

Round 3: Just Awesome

These are a bit of a mish-mash of products, but I swear I’ve tried other versions of each of these things. These are the winners (said in the tone of Law & Order “these are their stories”).

Revlon Photoready BB Cream Skin Perfector ($24.95)
This is my summer time hero – when you want an even tone, without the thick coverage of foundation. I have been using this for ages and have tried others – this actually has decent coverage given it’s thin formula. There are plenty of other tinted creams on the market – but if it doesn’t provide coverage, why would I put it on my skin instead of a QV moisturiser?

Essie Good To Go Top Coat ($17.95)
I’m always surprised when my friends talk about other quick drying top coats – why would I get anything other than this? It has a great brush and is truly quick drying – you will not wake up with fabric imprint if you use this appropriately.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil ($US23.00)
Holler at me if you know where I can get this in Australia. She has loads of other eyebrow products available on the Aussie market, but I’ve yet to find this one. I know people love the Pomade (I can’t afford the 10 mins required for that stuff) and the Brow Wiz, but I love this pencil. It is soft without melting and can still provide a lot of definition.

Anastasia Contour Kit ($66.00)
I picked up the original kit last year in the US and love this stuff. I’m not big on contouring – I don’t chisel my face before going to work or to coffee, but I do love to have a play around with this stuff for bigger events. I’ve tried some of the other competitors but this stuff is the original and the best. If you want to learn about contouring, don’t waste your $$$ on the others.

Beauty Blender Pro Sponge ($27.00)
I’ve had the pink sponge and now the black sponge – black wins. I got mine on eBay and it is awesome. Get it. You won’t regret it.

vjosu mua

Now my final “Top 15” is my makeup inspo of 2015 – Vjosa Pakacu. I started following her on Instagram and there isn’t anyone who posts looks that motivate me any more than Vjosa. My original love will always be Lisa Eldridge, but they belong in different categories – Lisa does celebs, Vjosa does clients around NYC – a regular MUA, if you will. If you don’t follow her and like IG makeup inspo, go find her @vjosamua

And that’s a wrap! Welcome into the new year, and I hope it’s a great one!

And remember, if irritation occurs, discontinue use…