Monday, 25 July 2016

How I store my "everyday" make-up

Does anybody else fret about optimising their make-up storage? I do! Especially when it comes to my favourite beauty products and products that can be used "everyday". Although, let's be honest...most days I'm rushing out the door and don't have time to mix up the boring old routine. Today I am sharing how I store my "everyday" make-up. This is by far the best system I have used for storing my make-up. I do have another drawer full of make-up. But...products that I know I will be reaching for throughout the week are kept out on the desk.


Last year Target were selling these acrylic 3 drawers + lipstick topper. One of the lipstick top bits are kept in that drawer mentioned so I can stack the two for a total of six drawers.

On the top I keep my favourite lip products, primers and foundations. At the back, I keep my eyeliners.



Drawer 1 - lipglosses and lip crayons



Drawer 2 - Blushes 


These are my favourite blushes at the moment! The one I reach for the most is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in 'Pink Rose'. 

Drawer 3 - Face Powders 


This drawer is face powders, the Revlon 2-in-1 foundation (which is very bulky and difficult to store) and a random blush.

Drawer 4 - Eyeshadows + Primers 


If I'm going to wear eye shadow I have to wear eye primer. My favourite is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I'm a bit of an eyeshadow palette addict however I do have a few singles and I do try and use them. 'Millionaire' from Rimmel is a great shadow for a one-shadow look.

Drawer 5 - Blushes 


Another drawer of face powders, blushes and two primers. These primers are smaller so I keep them in the drawer. If I am honest I don't reach for anything in this drawer much.

Drawer 6 - Random things I want to use more (but never do)


I cannot remember the last time I used anything from this drawer. However, if you look closely you can see a blush underneath the Thin Lizzy compact. It's a blush from Chi Chi and it is gorgeous. I think I should pull it out and put it somewhere more prominent.

I would LOVE to know how you store your make-up and any tips you might have!

Have a beautiful day :) 
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Monday, 11 July 2016

June Beauty Favourites

There may not be a truckload of products here but I love love love them all so much. 


Maybelline Colorsensational Matte Lipstick in 'Daringly Nude'

This lipstick is amazing. The shade is the perfect for me. Bold lips look great on other people but I never wear bold lips. Having said all of that, this is a gorgeous nude pink colour. The formula of this lippy is also really great and the lasting power is impressive. Expect a full review on the blog soon!


Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

I have decided to spend more money on skincare and create an actual skincare routine. I have only been cleansing and moisturising once a day and never taking my make-up off before bed. In my search for the "perfect" skincare routine I picked up a sample of Clinique's Liquid Facial Soap. This is a really nice cleanser. It lathers well, doesn't dry your skin out and makes your skin feel nice and clean. I am definitely purchasing the full-size but it is 4x the cost of the cleanser I was using previously...

Rimmel London Magnif'eyes Mono Eyeshadow in 'Millionaire'


This eye shadow from Rimmel in ' Millionaire' is a really pretty colour and is perfect for work. When I don't really have time for eyeshadow before work but I go against my better judgement, this is the best eyeshadow to work. It lasts well over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer and adds a real good oomph to your eyes with minimal fuss. 

Victorias Secret 'Pure Seduction'

When I smelt 'Pure Seduction' in the Victoria Secret store I loved it and so it came home with me. It's quite warm and fruity. I like it because it is slightly more heavy than the typical fruity scent. Delicious!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

New Products on the Shelf in Australia


New products have hit the shelves in a big way. So lets skip the unnecessary ramble which I usually begin posts with and dig into all the new goodies! There are a lot of new products from Maybelline, Australis and two new limited edition collections from Essence.



When this foundation originally launched in America everybody on Youtube seemed to rave about it. I am definitely interested in giving this one a shot! 




Australis have new cream blushes and lip glosses. I actually picked up one of the lip glosses and they are very thick. If you're not a fan of glosses this one might not be for you. The pigmentation was nice though! The blushes look gorgeous don't they? 


The first limited edition collection from Essence that is currently on the Priceline shelves is 'Winter Wonderful'. Ignore the random matt touch blush...I don't think that is part of the new collection. BUT there is a gorgeous blush that is included in the collection, keep scrolling to see a pic. This range is beautiful! It includes 5 nail polishes, a blush, two lip oils, eyeshadow palette, hand cream, cajole eye liner and hair accessories. 




I picked this blush up and since I have not owned it for 24 hours yet, I can't give a full review. But, having said that, I can say that it has really good pigmentation. I went a bit too heavy handed with it this morning! It gives the cheeks a lovely rosy flush. 




 The second limited edition from Essence is 'light of orient'. This collection included lots of deep and moody colours and is available at Target. The eyeshadow palette looks gorgeous and obviously lots of other people thought so too since it was sold out!

Essence also have some new products in their permanent collection:






What are you excited to see? Let me know in the comments what you want to pick up and what doesn't float your boat.



Monday, 2 May 2016

April Beauty Favourites

For me April was a nail polish month. I fell in love with so many gorgeous polishes. But before we talk about stunning shades lets talk about my new favourite base coat. A good base coat can be a game changer! The Complete Care 7 in 1 Nail Treatment from Sally Hansen is a fabulous base coat. It dries quickly and has been doing wonders for my neglected nails. It dries clear and shiny.


The shade 'Rose Glass' from Sally Hansen's Salon Manicure collection is now one of my all-time favourite polishes and that is saying a lot for somebody who has hundreds of nail polishes. It is a gorgeous warm-toned pale pink that is so very pretty. It isn't nude but is still appropriate for any occasion.

'Show Us Your Tips!' from OPI's new 'New Orleans' collection is like no other polish I own. It is an amazing periwinkle blue-toned mauve (does that make sense) with silver shimmer. The formula is quite thin so you definitely need more than two coats. However I am more than willing to overlook this because once you build this up to be 100% opaque it is 100% stunning. Go google some swatches, it might look meh in the bottle but on the nail it is stunning. Seriously.


Lanolips Intense Hand Balm is a balm that you warm up and then it sinks into your skin. This balm is great if you have very dry hands. I like to spot apply it onto my cuticles and fingers however I wouldn't recommend them applying it all over your hands until the end of the night because you can "feel" it on your hands. Or maybe I just apply way to much?! Either way I know this will be great for the coming winter months.

Prada's 'Candy' Perfume has been my go-to perfume. I have been looking for a perfume that can replace my beloved 'So Hooked on Carmella' from Benefit which is discontinued. This one isn't identical but it is still a gorgeous perfume. I'm rubbish at describing scents so I googled it and apparently it is caramel, sweet, warm spicy, musky and balsamic. I say just go and have a sniff next time you are near the perfume department :)


Not technically a "beauty" favourite but it is beautiful so I'm going to quickly mention the Medium Supernatural Pouch from Mimco, isn't the print divine?!!!!!!!!


At the end of March Priceline had their famous 40% off all make-up and I brought enough foundations to cover the surface of Earth...well maybe not quite but nearly! Anyway there is not a single foundation I want to talk about. Some of them are promising but none of they instantly gained holy grail status. The search for the perfect foundation continues...let me know if you have any recommendations.

Want to check out what I loved in April last year? Here is the link to last years April Favourites: http://theblogforbeautifulliving.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/april-beauty-favourites.html 

Have a wonderful May :)



Thursday, 21 April 2016

Top 4 Best Nail Polishes for Work

When you walk into a shop to buy nail polish you are faced with a billion choices. The bright colours are always eye-catching but not always work appropriate. 


For work, nudes and pale pinks are a safe option. I don't know if it is only me but I find it very hard to find a pale pink nail polish with a good formula - for me they are notoriously bad. If you do want a pale pink I would recommend 'Bare' from Sinful Colours. 'Bare' is a pale pink nude with micro-shimmer. For a full review on this polish click here.

The Maybelline Superstay Gel Nail Colour polish in 'Rose Poudre' could possibly be my favourite nail polish ever (I cannot believe I said that, pretty serious for somebody with 200+ polishes!). 'Rose Poudre' is a dusty pale pink. With two thin coats the polish dries quickly and looks stunning. Perfect for anybody and anywhere.

'All eyes on nudes' from Essie is a matte nail polish however I always put a glossy top coat over it. This is a great basic nude polish, there is no hint of pink here, it is a creamy beige. The formula isn't the best but the colour is great. If you have a little bit of patience when applying it and put a glossy top coat on it, it is a fabulous every day work polish.

'All tied up' from Essie is a stronger pink polish with shimmer. Out of all the polishes I've talked about here this one is definitely the least neutral. It's a darker dusty rosy pink with gold shimmer. Super pretty! For a full review of this polish, click here.

+Bonus Polish -Face of Australia Screen Siren Limited Edition 'Monroe' -  Okay so I didn't want to include this in the top 4 because it is no longer sold. But having said that, if anybody knows of a dupe please let me know! It's definitely one of my favourite ever polishes!!! The perfect nude with a slight pink undertone.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Shopping the stash | Forgotten products I want to use this week #1

I'll be the first to admit I have too much make-up. Not that it stops me from buying more, although it should. The blog is the perfect excuse and is used as a justification 99.99% of the time. This first problem leads to a second problem. I forget about products and quietly they sit in the drawer never being used. This week I am going to change all that and start rounding up some forgotten products / shopping the "stash" each Sunday evening for the following week.

I hope you enjoy this new series and without further ado lets take a look at the products I want to use this week.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in 'fanciful'


I actually haven't owned this blush for that long but I do think I need some prompting to make sure it is a blush I reach for frequently. 'Fanciful' is a gorgeous matte warm dusty rose.

 L'oreal le blush in 'rosewood' 

Another blush! This one is a even more recent addition to my blush collection than Fanciful. However, once again I want to make sure I start immediately using it otherwise it will never get used.

Essence Silky Touch Blush in 'babydoll'

Another blush, I hope you're not getting bored of blushes! This one is another gem I need to use more often. 'Babydoll' is a soft pink rose colour. The pigmentation is really good and it applies beautifully.



Maybelline Colordrama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in 'Minimalist' 


I wore this all the time maybe eight months ago, from memory the pigmentation and lasting power of these lip pencils from Maybelline are great. Plus 'Minimalist' is a very pretty pink. The one downfall of these is that you have to sharpen them.

Bite Beauty Pepper / Cafe 

I am constantly forgetting about and then re-discovering this lipstick duo because it sits awkwardly in my lipstick holder. It's technically called the 'mix and mingle - cafe/pepper' from Bite. I really like this however for $27.00 it is tiny. I mean tiny. You get 3.1g or 1.55g per colour. The colours are beautiful so I really should remember to grab for this more.

Clinique chubby stick intense in ' curviest caramel'

I was so desperate to purchase this but have barely reached for it. Why? I have no idea at all. I definitely need to wear this gorgeous lip crayon more!!! That is the whole point of this new series :) This is a gorgeous everyday lip product and I can't wait to use it!




Covergirl 'Country Woods' trio 


This has been sitting in my drawer for years. I originally brought it because I thought it looked like a "classic" product. The colours are all very easy to wear during the week for a quick look. If you have a favourite "classic" beauty product please do let me know in the comments below :)

Nyx Lip Primer in 'Deep Nude' 

Lipsticks never ever stay on long enough, no matter what lipstick it is...I feel like after 3 hours it's gone :( Hopefully this lip primer from Nyx will help!!! I've never tried a lip primer before.


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Beauty Products Not Hyped About Enough


Nyx Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' Eyeshadow Palette

The 'Merci Beaucoup' palette from Nyx is one of my all time favourite eyeshadow products from the "drugstore". The main reason why I love this palette is the colour range. You can create a great basic look or by pulling in some of the beautiful pinks, you can also have a pop of colour. The one drawback of this palette is that it doesn't last all day. If you want these shadows to last longer than 4-5  hours you will need to use a primer. With a primer they last for ages.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in 'Pink Rose'

The Master Hi-Light blush from Maybelline in 'Pink Rose' is a gorgeous pink blush that will suit many people. The blush itself is quite illuminating however there are no visible chunky glitters which makes this blush foolproof. You can build up the pigmentation of the blush easily and the added glow it gives is gorgeous and natural.

Revlon Powder Blush on 'Melon-Drama' 

'Melon-drama'  from Revlon is a pinky peach powder blush. 'Melon-drama' gives my face a really good dose of healthy colour without looking over the top. The blush is very buildable pigmentation wise and lasts quite well.



Multi-task Real Techniques Brush

Every man and his dog raves about the Real Techniques brushes and there are genuine reasons why: they are great quality, last for years, don't shed and do a lovely job at getting the make-up where you want it! The Multi-task brush is my favourite make-up brush because it applies blush really well and can also be used for powder. I have had this brush for a minimum of 2 years and it still looks brand new, no shedding at all. The only negative thing I have to say about the multi-task brush is that it comes in a kit. I wish I had more than one of these brushes but I don't necessarily want to buy the whole kit everytime I want one of these. It comes in the Travel Essentials kit with a foundation brush and a domed shadow brush. Both of those brushes are great and the domed shadow brush is my favourite eye brush so if you want a couple of great basic brushes buy the kit.

Maybelline Colorshow Crayon Kohl Eyeliner in 'Black'

I'm not an eye-liner expert and I don't wear it every day so keep that in mind whilst I tell you why I love this eyeliner from Maybelline. As I said, I have zero eyeliner skills but because this eyeliner is quite dry and similar to your typical pencil I can get a decent line that is quite thin. Once applied it doesn't smudge or transfer and it lasts well. If you are wanting to do something more than a basic line, you might not love this one but if you are an eyeliner beginner, I highly recommend this. Talking about recommendations...leave a comment below if you want to tell me about an eyeliner you think I might love!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

March Favourites



March favourites time!

Since I started a new job I have been reaching for foolproof and classic products. I want products that I can trust and rely on. I don't want to worry about my foundation oxidising during a meeting or that my blush is making me look like a clown.


The Maybelline Master Hi-Light in 'Pink Rose' is a gorgeous soft pink blush that I probably wore a minimum of 4 times a week throughout March. It offers good buildable pigmentation, perfect for the beginner or somebody who wants an added glow. I don't think I have ever gone over the top with this blush,  which is great!



Also from Maybelline, the Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Gloss in 'Taupe With Me' is a lipgloss I have been wearing a lot lately. I picked this up from America in February when I visited Vegas. This lipgloss isn't clear as it has a slight taupe tinge to it however it is extremely subtle. It looks very pretty
over a matte lipstick or alone if you are looking for a very natural look.

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are something that I constantly use. They do a great job at removing eye make-up! They don't sting the eyes, you don't have to rub and one wipe is definitely all you need for both eyes. 

I have been trying to lift my eyeshadow game and that means having the right tools. I love one end of this double ended shadow brush from Artiste. Problem is...I don't actually know what the other end is for! This brush is good for packing shadows onto the lid. It cleans well and doesn't shed. 


Essano Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser is definitely something you should consider trying next time you visit Priceline. This moisturiser sinks into the skin quickly, doesn't leave any residue behind and has a lovely texture. It's quite thin however still feels creamy, not runny. The packaging is also very practical, you get a huge bottle for a great price and the pump makes it very quick and hygienic to grab in the morning. 

Mac 'Shy Shine' is a very pretty pinky nude with a slight hint of coral. Being a lustre finish it is nice and shiny and not 100% opaque, great for an everyday lip. I have been loving 'Shy Shine' for work days and when I want something foolproof. 



Thanks for reading and have a great day :)



Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Great Gatsby Inspired Make-up for the Beginner

Dress-up parties can be a lot of fun but at the same time they can be overwhelming. You don't want to be the person who looks like they haven't tried to dress-up, but you don't want to be the person who looks ridiculous either...This look is perfect for those who want to spend the minimum amount of money and get the most out of their products without buying a pile of make-up that will never be used again.


First lets think about what was popular in the 1920's and what is appropriate for a 'Great Gatsby' theme:

  • Complexions were fair. 
  • Eyes were bold and smoky. 
  • Lips were dark, think plums and reds. 
  • Mascara was a must have. 
  • Headpieces with feathers and/or jewels were a must have! 
Without spending a lot of money on products you might only use once for the party you can create a great 1920's Great Gatsby make-up look.

Headpiece

The most important accessory for the perfect Great Gatsby dress-up outfit is the headpiece! I love the 'Rhea Headband*' from Irresistible Me. It has a gorgeous mix of rhinestones and pearls, is super comfortable to wear and sits nicely on your head. The headband feels strong and is good quality, especially for the price.


Face

Complexions were fair so stay away from the bronxer and reach for a subtle rosy pink blush. Apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks. I'm loving Maybelline's Master Hi-Lighting Blush in 'Pink Rose' at the moment for a subtle and flawless pink glow on the cheeks.

Eyes

To create the perfect Great Gatsby eye look think "the more smoky the better". The Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in 'Slate 615' is a dark gunmetal with blue undertones. Colour in your eye lid and then using a finger blend it out. Repeat  until you have desired level of colour. You can then pat onto the lid  some gunmetal eyeshadow if you like. I used the shadow on the far right from Chi Chi's 'Nudes' palettes. I took the shade on the far left to blend everything out. You can extend this look if you are an eye-shadow pro but at the bare minimum you can just blend out the Nyx pencil and then do mascara. You can add in a navy blue or green eyeshadow for an extra pop if you want to. So as I mentioned a minute ago, you will want to emphasise your lashes with lots of mascara. I love the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. You can also extend this look by adding some black eyeliner. 

Lips

Deep red and plum lips were all the rage in the 20's. If you don't typically wear plum or red lipsticks you can buy some really nice and cheap ones from Priceline. If you don't want that dark lip you can try 'I feel Pretty' from Essence (around $4). It's a more sheer alternative that will give you juicy red lips. If you are buying a lipstick for the sole purpose of the dress-up party, instead of the matching lip liner, opt for the Innoxa Invisible Lip Shaper. You can use this lip liner with any lipstick!

Brows

Bold and thin. Pencil them on!!!

*Product provided for honest review. 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

January Beauty Favourites + Blog Update

These are the products I loved using the most during January... 

Before we get into the post I want to first give you a quick update about the blog. It is no secret that I didn't blog much during 2015 however I am jumping back onto the blogging bandwagon and will be dedicating a lot more time to Beautiful Living in 2016. I am super excited to have my enthusiasm back for blogging and hope you continue to enjoy Beautiful Living




Maybelline Baby Skin Primer 

This primer received so much hype when it was first released in the US a very long time ago. People were shouting from the rooftops that it was similar to Benefit's Porefessional. Whilst I have never used the Porefessional I can say that I am loving this primer. It makes my skin feel very smooth and makes my make-up go on flawlessly. I am also pretty sure it prolongs the wear of my make-up, however I am still messing around with it so I will report back in a full review once I am 100% sure.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 

This mascara has been included in my 'monthly favourites' post before and there is a good reason it is re-appearing here. Whenever I want my lashes to be 10% amazing I reach for this mascara. It easily separates my lashes, doesn't clump and makes my lashes look dramatic without a fuss.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara 

The Falsies is another great mascara from Maybelline that I have recently fell in love with. The formula of this one is less wet than Lash Sensational, so I feel like this one is a little easier to apply. It is definitely a mascara worth checking out.

Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in 'Get Ready' 

Silly as it may be I could spend sentences talking about how cool the packaging is on the lipstick. But I probably shouldn't so lets talk about the actual lipstick, hey? This is a stunning "my lips but better" shade with a berry undertone. This lipstick has great pigmentation and is creamy. If I don't want it to be as bold as it is normally I put it over some Lucas papaw. Beautiful!


L'oreal Color Riche Eye Colour Pencil in 'Delicate Beige' 

This cream eye shadow pencil is beautiful. 'Delicate Bridge' is a champagne-y shimmer shade. This is a very easy shade to apply onto the lid and hey presto that's all you need to do before leaving the house.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment 

So if you are Aussie you will know this iconic product...which according to the tube is a "local topical application for minor burns and scalds, sunburn, gravel rash, cuts and minor open wounds, insect bites, splinters and nappy rush". But I think we basically say that we pull the tub out for many many many things. I love using this as a lip balm. I just recently re-purchased this after not using it for a couple of years and they now have a tube with a lip applicator which is sooo good! I don't know why it took me so long to buy this again because I'm loving it!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day :)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Empties #7

It's empties time! I have to admit I love watching a good empties post on youtube or reading a empties post...I hope you enjoy this post!

So these are the products I have recently used up. You know that if I use a product up  I must like it but keep reading to see if it is re-purchase worthy!!! 



Essenzza Cleanse and Exfoliate Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes

I picked up these facial wipes from Priceline and the first thing I have to mention is the smell. They smell like pineapple - amazing! I typically don't use facial wipes to remove all my make-up but just my eye make-up and these did a decent job. Would I repurchase? Definitely.  

Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer 

This was a primer that I whole heartedly loved whilst using. However I may have since found another primer I like even more...Having said that this is a nice primer that makes your skin feel super smooth and makes your make-up apply nicely. I loved using this when I was trying to use up an old foundation which I didn't like. It made the bad foundation apply like a good one...yay! Would I repurchase? Maybe

Olay Complete UV Max Defence Lotio SPF30

This is a moisturiser I repurchase every summer because it offers SPF30 whilst moisturising my face. It also absorbs nicely into my skin, doesn't leave any residue behind and doesn't interfere with any make-up you apply over it. Would I repurchase? Yes 

Revlon Colorstay Foundation 

In pretty much every 'empties' post I do there is either a bottle of Colorstay or a tub of the whipped cream colorstay foundation from Revlon. I love both of the equally as much, however in this post it is the liquid version that has been used up. This is a great foundation, I've harped on about it a million times and I think nearly every man and his dog has tried it. Enough said. Would I repurchase? Already have!

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

This mascara was lurking at the bottom of my 'empties' pile so it has been a very long since I have used this mascara. I'm pretty sure I have repurchased this mascara at least once so it must be decent. From memory...this is a really good basic mascara that does a great job at lengthening eyelashes. Would I repurchase? Maybe

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

This is a fabulous mascara when you want dramatic lashes. The formula of this mascara is leaning towards the wet side however it doesn't pose any issues and the brush is quite good. Unique but once you figure it out, it's quite user friendly. Would I repurchase? Already have! 

Essano Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser 

This is a really nice "basic" moisturiser. It absorbs nicely into the skin, doesn't break me out and doesn't leave any weird residue behind. It keeps my skin moisturised and doesn't interfere with make-up application. Would I repurchase?  Already have :)

Essano Gentle Facial Exfoliator 

If you are looking for a new facial exfoliator I highly recommend trying this one from Essano out. Whilst it isn't the most gentle exfoliator I like how it feels exfoliating and is, at the same time, gentle enough to use daily. Would I repurchase? Yes! 


Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy 'Citron' & 'English Honey & Peach Blossom' 

You have heard me rave about Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams. My all-time favourite was the 'English Honey & Peach Blossom' so I was very sad to see this tube completely depleted. The 'citron' was also very nice, it was more of a gel formula compared to the other one. Both of these were fantastic hand creams - very moisturising and smelt amazing. Would I repurchase? Yes 

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes 

I go through so many of these that I forgot to keep one aside for the photo...ooops! They work great at removing make-up and are gentle enough to use on your eyes. Would I repurchase?  Already have!









Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Happy Australia Day everybody!!! To celebrate Australia, Australian made products, Australian owed products and the fact that tomorrow and on the 28th Priceline (the Aussie "drugstore" will be having their 40% off all skincare sale. Yippeeeee :) ) I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some Aussie skincare brands you can find at Priceline.

Australian Skincare



Saturday, 23 January 2016

What's in my bag?

I am completely obsessed with handbags and I have been for my entire life. I thank my DNA, both my Mum and her Mum share this obsession. Having such an obsession means that I change my bags A LOT so treat this like a disclaimer. This is what my handbag looks like today, tomorrow it will probably be different, however whenever I use this specific bag this is what is in it...Oh and I guess I should mention the actual bag too! This is what I carry around with me when I use my small Longchamp Le Pliage.



  • Mimco Mesh Mash Wallet - I adore the matte mesh on this wallet. I had always admired the original Mimco mesh but it was too bling for me to use everyday, even though you can't see the true matteness of the wallet in the pic, it is definitely matte! 
  • Rubi Bag Tassle - Tassle keyrings seem to be "the thing" at the moment. I didn't want to splurge on one of the super nice (but super expensive) ones because it is just a keyring at the end of the day. This one was $6.95 :) Top Tip: Buy a colourful keyring that is large or has something dangly you can feel it when you are groping around in your bag, because you know...your keys are never going to be easily found!  
  • Nivea Lip Balm, Vitamin Shake 'Cranberry & Raspberry' - There is always a lip balm or three in my bag! This one is my current fave, it smells so nice.
  • Mac Lustre Lipstick in 'Syrup' - This is definitely the lipstick I wore the most in 2015! As it is a colour I can pretty much wear wherever and whenever it is pretty much always in my handbag :) 
  • Headphones - I keep my headphones untangled by using a bulldog clip! So much easier and less embarrassing than having to detangle them everytime I pull them out of my bag.

  • Typo A5 Weekly Buffalo Diary - I'll be the first to admit my memory is not that great! So a diary is a necessity. Last year I tried relying on the calendar on my phone and whilst I LOVE how it syncs between my laptop and iPad I have always been a stationary lover so this year I am using a paper diary properly again. It is also a good excuse to buy pretty pens! 
  • Kikki K Metal Rollerbal Pen: Don't Follow Your Dreams, Chase them - This pen is so cute I couldn't leave it behind in the shop. I love how sturdy and special this pen feels.
  • Mimco Stand Case - Sometimes I don't want to take a bag out (ironic considering the premise of this post!) so this is fantastic because it protects my phone and also provides me with a place to slip in some money and cards.  
  • Crabtree & Evenlyn Sugar & Spice Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy - There is always a hand cream floating around the bottom of my handbag. This Christmas hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn smells amazing and is a great hand cream. It sinks in quickly and moisturises lovely. 
  • And the usual suspects: Stray hair ties, hand sanitiser. Not much to say here...

Friday, 22 January 2016

Workout in Style

There is nothing better than a killer workout outfit to get me motivated to do a workout! I'm a huge fan of all the printed leggings that are going around at the moment. They are so much more exciting than plain old black leggings, which are then typically worn with a black tee. Whilst I was "online window shopping" I saw these beauties, worn with a loose black tee and armed with a big bag (that is awesome because it has sequins on!) to carry all my gym gear in, this outfit would definitely get me out of bed and heading to the gym!
 Workout in Style with Farfetch



Y 3 zipper hoodie, 455 AUD / Fadeless cotton tee, 105 AUD / Norma Kamali leggings pants, 240 AUD / NIKE black flat shoes, 135 AUD / Vanessa Bruno black tote, 285 AUD / Moncler Quilted Beauty Case - Apropos The Concept Store - Farfetch.com, 545 AUD

These clothes were found whilst "online window shopping" at Farfetch.com