Beauty Bean + Glassons Haul

Hi everyone!

I have been on an unintentional makeup low buy this year and have barely purchased anything new… until last week. I first heard about Beauty Bean through a work colleague. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at the time and it wasn’t until I was Googling foundations that the website popped up again.

Long story short, I made an order and purchased three items. The prices are really reasonable and if you buy three or more items shipping is free. Everything is stocked locally in New Zealand and shipping was a breeze, my order arrived within days.

1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup W1-2 Porcelain Ivory

If you saw my recent post about Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation you’ll know that I used to adore it until the formula changed and my shade was discontinued. I’m not a fan anymore and I am simply using it up because it’s not bad enough to throw away and I don’t like wastage.

Buying foundation on a whim isn’t something I normally do but I know a lot of people enjoy L’Oreal’s True Match and I’m guessing this is meant to be the more dewy, luminous version. According to the ingredients the foundation is 40% water for all day hydration and contains antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin E for improved clarity. Sounds like a dream for dry skin, right? I was a little worried about the colour match but I looked up swatches online and they don’t look any darker than my Max Factor foundations which I’m a big fan of.

First Impression: The shade doesn’t look dark for me at all. The formula feels light and blends easily. It seems to layer nicely as well. I’m impressed!

2. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (Blackest Black)

Ever since this mascara launched I have heard nothing but rave reviews for it! The mascara goes under the name Paradise Extatic if you live in The UK and it has gold packaging. I recieved the American version of the mascara in a gorgeous, metallic light pink tube which I am glad about – I love pink! This is supposedly a dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex and while I haven’t tried that, this L’Oreal mascara is half the price of Better Than Sex (in NZ). The wand isn’t plastic and is big which I like – I am used to working with a similar size wand on my favourite Rimmel mascara. I ordered the washable mascara and opted for blackest black because I love my lashes to be super dark.

First Impression: The formula isn’t wet which I like and the mascara doesn’t smudge or flake as the day goes on. My lashes look similar if not better to how they do when I use Scandaleyes Lycra Flex from Rimmel.

3. Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

This brush was added to my cart because I needed a third item for free shipping. It was a toss up between this brush and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Since I prefer to apply foundation with a brush I went for this. The brush has really good reviews and like many of the Real Techniques brushes has multiple uses. This brush can be used to apply foundation and also to highlight and contour. The shape of the bristles means the brush fits perfectly under the cheekbones.

First Impression: The bristles on this brush are so soft! It blends foundation quicker than my Expert Face Brush also from Real Techniques and doesn’t eat up product. I haven’t tried to contour or highlight yet but I will.

Onto the Glassons part of the haul:

Glassons is a popular clothing store across Australia and New Zealand and price wise I’d say it’s mid-range. You get stylish, quality items for a good price, clothing isn’t cheap but isn’t expensive either. I have shopped in Glassons for years and have made numerous online orders and in store purchases in the past year. Shipping was also free as I spent over $40 and the order arrived less than 48 hours after I placed it.

1. Seagrass Sloppy Cardi

This is described as a lightweight, sheer cami for the trans-seasonal weather which is exactly what New Zealand is going through right now. The mornings and evenings are cooler but the days can still be warm. I really like the colour of this, it’s almost a light khaki and I love the way it was styled online.

2. Black Flare Sleeve Knit Jumper

I love my cosy jumpers and this reminded me of one Lily Pebbles wore in THIS VIDEO. Black is a staple colour in my wardrobe but I think I only have one other black jumper. I like the flared sleeves and the material is super soft.

3. Black Cropped Jean

I have a pair of these jeans in white already and they are super comfortable. As I am short these are full length on me and the jeans are stretchy and really nice to wear. I bought these to replace a pair of black jeggings I intend to get rid of. Black pants/jeans go with just about anything!

I shared this Instagram snap of me wearing the cardi and jeans:

Have you tried any of the makeup items?

What did you purchase in your last haul?


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Redhead Rambles #11

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • I conducted an experiment with my Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I have been using my MAC StudioFinish concealer with it and decided to try my trusty old Lasting Perfection from Collection. The foundation did look better and less drying so I will use my Collection concealer when I wear this foundation from now on.
  • I had a reaction to a product and my skin has been drier than usual. The only products that were different were a sheet mask and a micellar water. MAC’s Studio Moisture Cream helped so much with the dry skin.
  • The signed copy of Kimberley Walsh’s book was a nice surprise to come home to on Sunday after work.
  • Monday was a busy mail day. I got two parcels; one with makeup and the other with clothes. Make sure you check out next Monday’s post (March 19) to see what I bought!
  • I indulged in Burger King on Tuesday for lunch and it was worth it!
  • I watched THIS palette collection video and THIS declutter video. They were highly entertaining.
  • I have worn the same eyeshadow look all week and I’ve actually loved it. I apply my bronzer from The Body Shop as a base shade and Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer in Copper over the top. Simple and sparkly.
  • My brother came down on Thursday afternoon for the weekend. Krispy Kreme recently opened in Auckland where he lives and he brought mum and I a donut each.

What I’ve been listening to:

Calum Scott – Only Human –  Calum was a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 and he was Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer act. Calum made it to the final and finished in 6th place. His voice is beautiful and soulful and his debut album was released this week.

Delta Dream Playlist – I created a Spotify playlist of my top 10 Delta Goodrem songs. Anyone who creates a playlist can submit it *HERE* and the only catch is to include ‘Think About You’ as one of the 10 songs.

My Delta playlist:

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone! Last month the lovely Pamela over at Starring Pamela tagged me to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thinking back briefly over my four years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve done this one before which is exciting! Make sure you visit Pamela’s blog if you haven’t already and I hope you enjoy this post!


1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Pamela’s Questions:

1. What is your main goal of 2018?

To read 50 books in a year. I started in September 2017 and I’ve got until September 2018 to achieve it. I think it will be close but I might not hit 50.

2. Do you believe in any conspiracy theories?

No but I find some of them interesting.

3. What is your favorite organizational style?


4. Do you have any hidden talents?

I can sing. I did a talent quest at school and sang in front of strangers so it’s not just my mum who’s told me I’m good.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

England/The UK; until I have visited this answer won’t change!

6. What is one touristy thing in your hometown that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?

Relax in the hot pools. I live in a very geothermic city with geysers and lots of natural hot springs.

7. Do you have any surprising hobbies?

I like to watch ODI cricket when NZ play and it’s on free to air television.

8. Favorite type of socks?

Ankle socks.

9. Do you have one go-to handbag or change them up often?

I tend to stick with the same handbag unless I need a bigger one for a certain day or want my bag to match my outfit.

10. What is something you’re looking forward to this week?

Seeing my boyfriend, I look forward to that every week 😛

11. What is the most recent song you’ve listened to?

Natalie Bassingthwaighte  – Alive (at the time of writing this post).

My Nominees:

My Questions:

  1. What is the most recent song you’ve listened to?
  2. Summer or winter? Why?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What’s your favourite comfort food?
  5. Apple or Samsung?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Is there something you haven’t done before but would like to?
  8. What are your most visited websites?
  9. Do you believe in soulmates?
  10. Best piece of life advice you’ve received?
  11. What was the last book you read?

If you do participate I can’t wait to read your answers!


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30 By 30

Ever since my 23rd birthday in January I have had this post in the back of my mind and finally committed to writing it up and making myself accountable for these goals. Some people write bucket lists and come up with things they want to do before they die but I wanted to be a little different and share 30 things I want to do before turning 30. I am giving myself seven years so let’s see how many of these I can achieve!

1. Own an item of makeup from Chanel

2. Hold my full driver’s license

3. Travel outside of New Zealand

4. Write a book(doesn’t have to be published, right?!)

5. Find my perfect foundation

6. Watch all of the Harry Potter movies

7. Take a hot air balloon ride

8. Add a lock to the Love Lock Bridge in Paris

9. Go skinny dipping

10. Learn how to curl my lashes with an eyelash curler

11. Stay in a hotel and have a romantic weekend away

12. Learn how to do French/Dutch braids

13. Get married (this doesn’t have to happen before 30 but it seems these days a lot of people marry before 30).

14. Have a spa day with a massage and manicure

15. Send a postcard

16. Solve a Rubik’s Cube

17. Go to the races and bet money on a horse

18. Watch every episode of Poirot (the TV series running from 1989 to 2013 starring David Suchet)

19. Play pool (billiards)

20. Get invited to a hen party (I don’t have many friends so this could be a challenge and I wouldn’t know what to expect but they seem like fun).

21. Meet someone famous

22. Ride on a double decker bus in London

23. Go for a bra fitting and get properly measured

24. Expand my cooking knowledge

25. Explore my own city

26. Attempt to make homemade pizza dough(I always get bases from the supermarket and add my own toppings so I’d like to try making my own dough at least once).

27. Finish a book series 

28. See snow – (I have seen snow in New Zealand but we don’t get much and I’d like to experience proper snowfall).

29. Visit a castle

30. Go on a picnic – (I probably went on one when I was little but it would be nice to go on one as an adult and make the most of the weather and the day out).

Do you have a bucket list or something similar? Let me know one thing you’d like to achieve within the next year in the comments below!


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Redhead Rambles #10

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • I am really proud of a new page in my Bullet Journal. I want to watch every episode of Poirot so I created an episode tracker. I wrote each series up and will cross off episodes as I watch them. Even though I have seen a lot I am planning to re-watch them. I also drew a moustache on the page to represent Poirot.
  • I am thinking of doing a part two YouTube video about my bullet journal showing the pages I have created since my first video. Let me know if you’d be interested.
  • During the weekend I pre-ordered The F Word by Lily Pebbles. Lily is my favourite YouTuber and I can’t wait to read her book. It is about friendship which I can struggle with. I’m expecting tears but I’m also hoping to laugh and learn something new.
  • My boyfriend’s mum did some baking when I visited at the weekend. She made meat pies, raspberry muffins, scones and bread.
  • I mowed the lawns and didn’t hit my head on a tree branch this time.
  • If you’re looking for some of the best inexpensive makeup products or something new to try, check out THIS VIDEO from But First, Coffee. The L’Oreal mascara has finally launched in NZ and I will pick up a tube in the near future.
  • On Tuesday afternoon I was very grumpy and hot and tired, not in a good mood.
  • By Wednesday I was feeling better and I washed a handful of makeup brushes; three eye brushes and my foundation brush.
  • I made myself a couple of berry smoothies for breakfast again this week.
  • I painted my nails using Bahama Mama by Essie. Berry for autumn, groundbreaking! (My take on a quote from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’).
  • I watched Murder On the Orient Express starring Kenneth Branagh and Johnny Depp among others. I know the story and I enjoyed the film.

What I’ve been listening to:

I haven’t listened to much music this week. I’ve put my phone on shuffle a few times but haven’t listened to certain artists or albums.

How was your week?


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Rimmel Match Perfection 2 Years On

One of my most popular blog posts is Rimmel Match Perfection Old vs. New. When Rimmel changed the formula and packaging of their Match Perfection foundation I did a comparison post comparing both products. When I first purchased the new formula I noticed a few differences. I have had plenty of opportunities to wear this foundation since that post and I wanted to compare my thoughts from two years ago to how I feel about the foundation now.

I am currently on my third bottle of Match Perfection. I have used up one bottle of the old formula and one bottle of the new formula. I purchased my second bottle of the new formula in April 2017.

coverage and consistency

Out of the three bottles I’ve tried the consistency has been different in all of them. The old formula was the thinnest and the easiest to blend. My first bottle of the new formula was still easy to blend but slightly thicker. My current bottle has a really thick formula and it doesn’t pump evenly or blend as nicely as the previous two. I’m not sure whether the formula has changed again or if I just got a bad bottle.

Despite the thick formula this is still a good light-medium coverage everyday foundation and I will use up this bottle. I have discovered one layer is better to work with than two. This isn’t layering as well as previous bottles so I simply apply a little more concealer to hide any redness the foundation doesn’t cover.

You can see the thickness of the foundation from this small pump.


When Rimmel changed the formula they also discontinued my shade. I previously used 081 Fair Ivory and following the re-formulation had to buy the lightest shade, 010 Light Porcelain. I feel Fair Ivory was a better match for me than Light Porcelain. (Maybe I should have gone one shade darker than Fair Ivory and tried that instead – it just would have meant applying less product to avoid looking orange). Light Porcelain has more of a pink undertone compared to Fair Ivory. I have both cool and warm undertones and have come to realise neutral undertones suit me best.

Unblended arm swatch.


In the post from two years ago I said the old formula could sometimes look too dewy but at that stage I didn’t have a setting powder. In hindsight, some of that dewiness is missing from the new formula. The old foundation gave natural, healthy looking skin without having to apply highlighter.

Despite this foundation no longer being my favourite it still has things going for it. The packaging is sturdy and the glass bottle allows you to see how much product is left. There is minimal wastage as the pump reaches all the way to the bottom of the bottle. This foundation contains SPF 20 so it helps protect from the sun. The shades cater to those with pale skin and those with deeper skin tones, there’s at least 12 different shades.

I’m not sure whether I will repurchase this foundation when I finish my current bottle. I may come back to it in future but for now I’ve got other bases that perform better.

Have you tried this foundation?

Is there a foundation you’ve fallen out of love with?


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Gratitude: February 2018

February has been a cross between me being moody and picking myself back up and getting stuff done. I’m putting my moodiness down to the heat and the heat making me tired more easily. Compared to January the month has passed quickly and I’ve still found at least one positive thing in each day.

Here’s what made me smile:

February 1: Shania Twain announces NZ shows for the very first time.

February 2: Enjoyed my afternoon nap.

February 3: Toffee Nut Latte in my kitty cup.

February 4: Had a good first official Sunday at the library.

February 5: Roast pork dinner.

February 6: Wore MAC’s Silver pigment for the first time.

February 7: Bright pink lips for the second day in a row.

February 8: Made my first ASOS order for 2018.

February 9: Got tickets to see Shania Twain in December! Row 15!

February 10: Cosy, weekend rain.

February 11: Showing Sunday who’s boss with a bold lip.

February 12: Making an effort to use my Copper Spice palette from Morphe more.

February 13: Painted my nails red for Valentine’s Day.

February 14: Straightened my hair for the first time in ages. I don’t like my fringe straightened though.

February 15: Received a cute card from my valentine.

February 16: First time playing mini golf and it was fun!

February 17: Music always helps improve my mood when it’s not the best.

February 18: Anti-Flamme is a godsend for sore muscles.

February 19: Why is loungewear so comfortable?

February 20: Tried a Rocky Road Latte.

February 21: Evening sing-a-long to Vanessa White’s Chapter Two EP.

February 22: I really like how today’s Instagram turned out.

February 23: Nothing better than getting stuck into a good book.

February 24: Wearing dungarees and my Saturdays t-shirt.

February 25: Productive Sunday afternoon, getting me ready for the coming week.

February 26: Mini marshmallows are so cute!

February 27: I’ll never get tired of purple lipstick.

February 28: I like the way my work vest looks.

What were you grateful for in February?


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Redhead Rambles #9

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Redhead Rambles’. The series does what it says on the tin, it is a redhead (me) rambling about her week. I share what I’ve been up to each week, how I’ve been feeling and what I’ve been listening to or watching. Occasionally I will my share favourite blog posts and links I’ve found useful or interesting.

  • On Friday morning I made a berry smoothie for breakfast. The smoothie literally takes seconds to make and only requires a handful of ingredients: 1 cup of frozen berries, 1/2 a cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of natural, unsweetened yoghurt and 2 handfuls of oats. I made the same smoothie a week earlier which also had 1/2 a banana. The smoothie does need banana – it binds the ingredients together.
  • I fell asleep on Friday afternoon. I was supposed to be keeping my boyfriend company as he was playing a scary game, oops!
  • On Saturday we attempted to watch Thor: Ragnarok. I say attempted because I fell asleep again and only saw about half of the movie. Can you tell I like sleep/need a lot?!
  • I wore my dungarees at the weekend for the first time in 2018 – I can think of so many outfit combinations and clothing items that will look good with them.
  • Since the Library is now open 7 days a week I work Sundays again. Sunday was a nice, chill day at work.
  • I ordered a book on eBay; Whole Lot of History by Kimberley Walsh. I have wanted to read this for a few years and a signed edition only cost $9.67 including shipping.
  • The weather is gradually starting to cool down and I even broke out the pants of my fluffy twosie as well as the jumper.
  • I had two bold lip days this week. I opted for Gangsta Rap by Australis on Tuesday and All Fired Up by MAC on Thursday.
  • Mum cut my fringe. I always get her to trim it in between haircuts.
  • I’ve eaten chocolate properly for the first time in weeks and while I enjoyed it, I don’t actually mind not eating it.
  • Halo went to the vet for a routine vaccination.

What I’ve been listening to:

Nadine Coyle – Nadine is one fifth of British/Irish girlband Girls Aloud (the Irish fifth) and during February she has released two solo tracks. Her voice is rich and distinct and she’s definitely one of my top 5 voices of all time.

What I’ve been watching:

My Kitchen Rules Australia – In this cooking reality show teams of two compete against each other to win the title of My Kitchen Rules champions. They are awarded prize money to put towards their food dream. I haven’t followed MKR closely the last couple of seasons but I am getting into it again. The drama and cattiness is fun to watch!

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What I’ve Been Reading – Summer

It is time for the second seasonal round up and it means I am halfway through my challenge of trying to read 50 books in 12 months. I started the challenge in September 2017.

At the start of summer I was zooming along, meeting my aim of one book a week. I picked up a few duds along the way and tried to persist with them but they slowed me down. Ideally I would have read 25 books by now but that is not the case. All hits and misses are outlined below.

#1. About Last Night – Catherine Alliott

I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while and sadly I was underwhelmed. I didn’t find it funny or irresistible as the cover suggests. This book took me longer than some of the previous ones I’ve read in this challenge as it wasn’t keeping me interested. The story is kind of dull and there’s not a lot going on. Molly has swapped London for rural Herefordshire and when a relative of her late husband’s leaves a London townhouse in her possession she has to decide whether she will go back to her London lifestyle or make a go of her country life. Along the way the reader meets three potential suitors for Molly and one of the things that kept me reading was to see which one she chooses. The story is long winded but if you’re a fan of this author you’ll probably like it.

#2. After the Funeral – Agatha Christie

I read my first Agatha Christie mystery in the Spring roundup and instantly knew I wanted to read more. As someone who watched the stories on TV before reading them I didn’t realise how quick and easy the books are to read. The stories are well thought out and explained and all loose ends are tied up. I briefly remember this episode of Poirot and was almost certain I knew who the culprit was – I was correct.

#3. The Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah

I have been on a real Agatha Christie murder mystery kick lately and I discovered Sophie Hannah has written two ‘new’ Hercule Poirot mysteries (I’m hoping for more). The character of Hercule Poirot is captured beautifully and Sophie Hannah does a brilliant job with him. Poirot has a new sidekick, Edward Catchpool who works at Scotland Yard, and the books are told from his point of view. This mystery was exciting, gripping and had plenty of twists and turns. Sophie Hannah’s books are longer than Agatha Christie’s but the story doesn’t feel drawn out. If you’re a Poirot fan, you’ll love them!

#4. The Anxiety Toolkit – Alice Boyes

This book was a quick, easy read but personally I didn’t find it called out to my anxiety. The quizzes at the start of each chapter were useful as it gave you an idea how much each chapter would relate to you and what you might like to take away from that section. I thought the book would include more tips on how to cope with different types of anxiety but it seemed to generalise rather than give specific examples. It didn’t teach me anything about anxiety, for example how many people suffer from it or the common types.

#5. Closed Casket – Sophie Hannah

This is the second ‘new’ Hercule Poirot novel. The story is typical Poirot, the mystery takes place at a grand, upper class house and there is a whole host of suspects. The story is simple and revolves around figuring out whodunnit. Catchpool returns as Poirot’s sidekick and together they find the culprit. I really, really hope Sophie Hannah writes more Poirot mysteries!

#6. How To Find Love In a Bookshop – Veronica Henry

This book was an easy, enjoyable read. The story centres around Emilia who takes over Nightingale Books after her father passes away. Emilia battles trying to keep the shop open with her personal life and we meet some of the bookshop’s customers along the way and learn the books they all cherish. The story felt very real and believable and I will look into other books by Veronica Henry as a result.

#7. Billy & Me – Giovanna Fletcher

I read this book in four days. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the way the delicate moments and emotional conversations are written. Sophie May is the lead character who works in the local tea shop, lives with her mum and doesn’t have a lot of friends. When actor Billy Buskin comes to town and sweeps Sophie off her feet, her quiet life starts to turn around. Sophie has to cope with media scrutiny, actor life with Billy as well as her own insecurities. Part of the reason I liked this story so much is because I can relate to some of Sophie’s insecurities. As a reader you’re rooting for Sophie and you want her to be happy. I won’t spoil the book for you but the ending doesn’t disappoint.


(Any unfinished books will not be included in the total yearly count).

#1. A Is For Arsenic – Kathryn Harkup

I have been enjoying Agatha Christie’s books lately and I thought this non-fiction offering would be just as interesting. Agatha Christie was famous for using various poisons in her stories and this book talks about how they work and references the Agatha Christie stories the poisons are used in. When I borrowed the book I didn’t realise it would be so science based. I find the asterisks and all the footnotes hard to follow, there are multiple on each page. I got 50 pages in before deciding not to continue. Life’s too short to read books that don’t interest you. If you like science you would find this interesting but I’m more into creative stories.

#2. Highland Fling – Katie Fforde

Katie Fforde is an author whose name I’ve seen pop up a lot but I’d never actually read any of her work. I briefly browsed through a list of her books and what they are about and settled on Highland Fling. The story sounds right up my street but this book doesn’t have any action and I almost felt like as I was reading it I didn’t know what was happening. I made it two thirds of the way through before realising I’ve been reading this book for almost a month, (usually I can finish a book in a week) and I’m not enjoying it so I should move onto something else. How long it takes me to read a book is a sign of whether I like it or not.

Books finished in summer = 7.

Total number of books read = 16.

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February Favourites 2018

February’s favourites are representative of the things I enjoy most in life, beauty/makeup and music. I have been putting Morphe’s 25A Copper Spice palette through it’s paces and the heat/skin rash on my arms seems to have cleared up so I am now able to apply lotions and moisturisers again. February has been all about Shania, tickets for her NZ concerts went on sale and I have been singing along to her music a lot!

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. Revlon Fire & Ice Rollerball  – I got this rollerball in a Revlon set a couple of Christmases ago and only recently began to discover how much of a gem it is. In the same set there was a bottle of Fire & Ice perfume (long finished) but the rollerball scent is nicer and lasts all day. I spray body mist all over and apply the rollerball directly to my neck for an added layer of scent. This is travel friendly too which is great.

2. Morphe 25A Copper Spice Palette – This eyeshadow palette was a Christmas present from my brother and I had used it a few times but not properly tried more than a handful of shades. I was a little intimidated having 25 shades to choose from, I’m used to 12 or less. This palette is pretty much all I’ve been reaching for in February and it is great for everyday, work looks. The fourth row of shimmers are beautiful! My go to is to apply one of the lighter shades as a base, one of the many browns up into the crease and use my finger to apply one of the shimmers over top. The shades blend well and I can’t see myself getting sick of using this anytime soon.

3. Shania Twain T-shirt – I got this shirt as part of the Now album bundle I ordered last year and the quality of this t-shirt is lovely. The material is super soft and the sleeve length and the way this sits on me is perfect. I was missing a nice white t-shirt and this filled the gap. I also wore this when I bought Shania concert tickets earlier in the month!

4. The Body Shop English Dawn Gardenia Body Cream – The heat in summer makes my skin hot and itchy and for a while I couldn’t use anything on my arms after a shower because it would irritate the already dry skin. I am glad there has been some cooler weather lately and I can get back into my after shower routine. I purchased this body cream around Boxing Day and it is creamier than The Body Shop’s normal body butters – it feels velvety soft. The scent is floral and gorgeous and lingers for a long time (in a good way).

5. Mini golf – To celebrate Valentine’s Day my boyfriend and I played a game of mini golf. I had never played before but had always wanted to. I found a place that is open in the evening and we went after 8pm so the golf course was lit up with fairy lights and it looked so pretty. There were also bunnies hopping around throughout the game and they were adorable! Despite never having played before it was a close game, at the halfway point we were tied but in the end my boyfriend won by five points.

February’s Spotify Playlist:

What were your favourite things in February?


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