Make Me Up

I am having one of those days where unfortunately my skin just won’t play ball (I am generally pretty lucky and have been a bit slack looking after it). Thankfully, after 8 and a bit years of wearing make up I have finally found products that make my skin look and feel great. This post is for those of you with sensitive skin (If my face doesn’t like something it flares up instantly to let me know). Because of the sensitive and high maintenance nature of my skin I try to use all natural products and thanks to a growing market for chemical free products we are not short of choice!

1. Instablur All-In-One from The Body Shop:

Miracle Cream

This stuff is AMAZING, unfortunately it is a bit expensive but I just apply it to areas where the pores need some extra hiding. It also has a tendency to fall off my finger and disappear down the drain but I’ve learnt to just apply it in small amounts and have my finger close to my face when squeezing it out of the tube.

2. Moisture Foundation from The Body Shop:

This is my absolute favorite foundation and provided it isn’t discontinued I will be using this when I’m 80! It is gentle on my skin and a small amount provides terrific coverage! One 30ml container can last me over 6 months (I remember the shop assistant telling me this and me totally writing it off as a sales tact). This product is godsend for people with dry, sensitive skin. It isn’t heavy and my skin can still breathe with it on, it feels like I’m not wearing make up at all.

3. All-In-One Face Base from The Body Shop:

You guessed it…I’m a massive Body Shop fan!!! This powder is the trick to not having to reapply my makeup throughout the day, no more panic when I look in my handbag and my makeup bag isn’t there. This powder is durable and ensures that I’m flawless for the day (I don’t have very oily skin which also helps). It goes on evenly and blends easily. I apply with a powder brush rather than the provided sponge because I prefer lighter coverage.

4. Highlighter from The Body Shop:

This is probably the one Body Shop product that I’m not enamored with. It highlights but I find that I need to use quite a bit to get that real highlighted effect. I apply with a brush and apply two layers in between my foundation and powder, if I’m trying to get a bit more effect from it I’ll dab a little under my eyes after my makeup is done.

5 & 6. Baked-To-Last Bronzer and Blush from The Body Shop:

Baked-To-Last Bronzer

These two are on the expensive side for a bronzer and a blush but again they last forever.The bronzer blends so well and doubles as a highlighter so it gives an extra glow. Both products are good graduating products (the more you apply the darker/brighter they are) this is especially good for me because I’m not a huge blush user, it gives my cheeks a perfect little flush. Another two products I will be using when I’m 80!

7. Eye Shadow Primer and Pigment Eye Shadow from Madison Street Beauty:

Champagne – My absolute fave shade

Unfortunately this company is no longer in existence, I did manage to stock up before they shut up shop. Their products were all natural and vegan so nice for me and nice for all little critters in the world. My favorite shade, champagne, is a glittery gold,bronze that is always met with compliments. When applied on top of the primer it really stands out. The primer ensures durability and again means I don’t have to reapply. Although Madison Street Beauty is no more there are many similar companies on Etsy. I’ll definitely be trying them when I run out of my stockpile.

8. Scandal Eyes Retroglam Mascara by Rimmel:

My fave mascara, no eyeliner needed and gives a perfect twiggy eye every time. This one really makes eyes stand out!

9. Lip and Cheek Stain from Model Co:

I use the Rosy Red shade and the Blushing Pink shade. Lip stains are a must have for me, I rarely have a nude lip and these are great on their own or under a lipstick to boost the shade. They don’t wear off and can last for hours, I love the Model Co ones because they are great matched with lipstick and have stick-ability. The brush applicator makes for no mess and precision application.

These are the treasures I need to have in my make up bag to make me look and feel flawless all day long and they are perfect in any season!!! I only need to apply a small amount for day wear and top it up for a night out!

Until next time

xx

2014 Was My Year To Grow!

2014 brought with it a new job, new city and of course a new wardrobe. I was thrown a lot of curve balls and learned so so much. It was my year to go out on my own and find my feet in a new city and a new role!!! I have to say 2014 had a lot of hidden lessons and positives. My love life took a hit but it was just the push I needed to find my 23 year old determination and independence. I got on a fit buzz and pushed myself far beyond my comfort zone.

Here are some snaps from my year just gone.

1. I graduated!!! I officially have a law degree and a degree in political science…5 years of hard work officially came to fruition!!!

The graduate

The graduate

2. I moved!!! I made a move to a new city away from my family and friends. I got an amazing new job and have gained some invaluable experience!!! I am living an awesome urban life living in the city centre!!!

New Home!!!

New Home!!!

View from my lounge

Morning walk to work

3. I jumped on the fitness bandwagon. I made some huge lifestyle changes that resulted in a big confidence boost.


Post workout

Post workout

Fit style

Fit style

My melbourne cup day...turned my wine into water

My melbourne cup day…turned my wine into water

4. I fell in love…and back out again. 2014 was the year of heartbreak for me…that heartbreak that makes you realise you didn’t really love anyone until you met him. The same heartbreak pushed me out into the world beyond my comfort zone and was the biggest lesson and motivation.IMG_20140327_110644 IMG_20140918_0248255. I reached some personal shopping goals…My wardrobe hit a whole new high…and my bank account reached a whole new low. This has led to 2015 being the year of better financial management and savings goals! Below are some 2014 faves!!

Cue

A bit more Cue

A little mor Asos

A little Asos

Some Oasis from Asos

Some Oasis from Asos (Yes I actually owned shoes in the exact colour to match)

Some Tony Bianco

And Beau Coops X Karen Walker

Now onto a 2015 full of potential. I will strive to succeed, be kind, stay humble and never forget how lucky I am to have a life full of endless opportunity. Each day I will wake up and remind myself of this.

Until next time

xx

The Windy City!!

Ahhhh sorry I’ve been so slack. I’ve just returned from a week away in Wellington (New Zealand’s Capital) for a girls weekend and the Wearable Arts. It was so nice to get away from Uni and Hamilton for a bit. I managed to spend up large. (I shall post photos of new purchases as I wear them) and drank cocktails and ate the most amazing food.

Night one was dinner at an Indian restaurant (not very nice at all if I’m honest but washed down with Pinot Gris). This was followed by an early night thanks to the 7 hour drive to get down there.

Saturday night, dinner was at Cuba St Bistro. This is where the strawberry and cinnamon daquiris were flowing. Must say I think I have found my new fave drink. For dinner I had the 3 cheese risotto with chicken…DELISH. A few of us then carried onto some bars in Cuba St while the others creeped back to the motel.

Strawberry and Cinnamon Daquiri

The next night was the Wearable Arts. For those of you who haven”t heard of this, its a fashion show with a twist. Basically creators from all around the world submit their garments made from absolutely anything. the work that goes into these is just outstanding. One of my favourite past winners was a garment called “Rattle your dags” it was made by a pair of Auckland designers and shows the creativity of some people. It was made of recycled wool fadges, wool, a cycle helmet, merino horns, hemp rope and crystals.

This was followed by dinner at Shed 5 (Simon Gault’s Wellington restaurant) where there was yet more gorgeous food and wine to be had.

Safe to say I had the BEST weekend ever which was followed by a few more days with my grandparents.

Anyway back to reality and the mountain of work I have piled up.

Until next time x

 

Model Citizen?

For someone who is about to become a lawyer I have an awful lot of artistic friends. This has led to me being used as a model for assignments (mostly the ones left to the last minute). Of course I can’t say no…A $2000 camera, studio lighting and Photoshop ALWAYS makes a girl feel like a million dollars :)

‘Photo shoot’ One (I may have bitten off more than I could chew with this one) took place in the middle of the New Zealand bush, next to a waterfall…In the middle of WINTER!!

Ngaruawahia, NZ

Safe to say I left that one freezing, unable to feel anything and with the beginnings of a cold…not to mention the mud I traipsed home with me. Was so much fun though!!!

Round two was nice and warm in a studio…Alas I had a wee car accident on the way (not my fault just to be clear haha).  I carried on to the meet my friend and after a debrief of what had happened to my poor little blue racer we started. The theme for this was ‘Animals are friends not fur’ and so my prop…a gorgeous teddy.

I think I’ll definitely continue to help friends out with their assignments, I’d be lying if I said I got nothing out of it. The amount of laughs that go on and the fun that we have all to get a photo that I actually like of myself, its a hard knock life :P

Until next time

x