Shania Twain Concert Makeup

Today is the day I get to see Shania Twain in concert, and not only that but it’s her FIRST EVER concert in New Zealand! I became a fan when I was three years old and heard ‘From This Moment On.’ To be able to say I’ve seen Shania will be an absolute dream come true. Not only does she have a beautiful voice and incredible song writing ability, her story is one of strength and grace. Her life hasn’t always been easy but she refuses to give up and she continues to succeed.

Choosing an outfit for the concert was easy. I opted for my Shania Now album cover t-shirt with a pair of black leggings. Casual and comfy but concert appropriate.

Makeup wise I wanted to do a Shania-esque look so I drew inspiration from two of her music videos. I incorporated a berry red lip from ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ and a dark smoky eye from ‘I’m Gonna Getcha Good.’

Products listed in order:

1. Olay Complete UV Lotion Sensitive – This moisturiser works really well with my current primer and skincare routine. It soaks in quickly without leaving my skin dry or greasy.

2. Too Faced Hangover Primer – I like this primer and ever since I started using it my makeup has looked really nice.

3. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – Even with this being as small as it is it still applies how it always has.

4. Max Factor Lasting Finish Foundation in 100 Fair – When I want a flawless finish and good coverage this is my foundation of choice! I previously used this in 101 Ivory Beige, but think this shade is the better match out of the two.

5. Urban Decay Primer Potion – I want my eye makeup to last the night so this was a no brainer.

6. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair – I used this concealer rather my MAC one as it’s easier to reapply without ruining the base underneath.

7. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – I like to use a light dusting of bronzer to act sort of like a setting powder and take off any major shine. I apply bronzer to the tops of my cheeks, my chin, my temples and in a ‘w’ shape over my cheeks and nose.

8. Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 Palette – I did a makeup trial the Saturday before the concert using my Zoeva Cocoa Blend Voyager Palette and the black shade from my Shaaanxo palette but the eyes weren’t intense and dark enough for my liking. I loved the Halloween eye makeup I did *HERE* so I decided to recreate that look on concert night.

9. MAC Silver Pigment – I used a short shadow brush to place the pigment on the inner corner of the eyes. I just wanted a small pop of shimmer so the dark, smokiness could shine through.

10. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara – My holy grail mascara! The large wand on this mascara means more lashes get coated at a time and the wand is really good for bottom lashes. One coat on the bottom lashes is enough otherwise I find they detract from the top lashes.

11. NARS Mini Orgasm Blush Highlight Duo – This blush goes with any look and the highlighting shade in the duo is the perfect accompaniment. I chose this product as it’s easy to travel with and contains blush and highlighter rather than having to pack two separate products.

12. Rimmel 107 Lipstick – A red lip is always a good idea and this one from Rimmel is not only similar to the colour Shania wears in the video for ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ but it’s also festive and looks great with leggings and a white tee!

The Finished Look:


Who is one artist you’d love to see in concert?

What do you think of my concert makeup?

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Redhead Rambles #46

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.

  • After work on Friday I went to the post shop to return a pair of shoes. I ordered two pairs to make sure I got the best size. I went to the supermarket after that. I got a loaf of garlic bread for dinner and it was delicious. I had some leftover for lunch on Saturday.
  • On Saturday I ordered a watch and cuff set from Daniel Wellington. I have tiny wrists, 15cm in circumference and the standard bracelet size is 19-20cm which is quite a difference. I looked at petite watches on the site and it says they will fit wrists a similar size to mine. I ordered the Classic Petite Melrose + Small Cuff set. I got the rose gold watch (it also comes in sterling silver) with a white 28mm face. You can select a black face but I felt white looked more classic. Normally I am unable to wear watches that have a metal strap but this clasp can be moved to suit each individual. For Christmas/my birthday coming up in January I thought it would be nice to spoil myself!

  • During the weekend I had some chores to do. I washed a few makeup brushes, prepped blog posts and did a few outside jobs like mowing lawns and trimming a tree. The weather was so warm on Sunday which I didn’t enjoy!
  • On Monday a kikki.K order arrived. The order was delayed due to an influx of orders around Black Friday and I was worried my items wouldn’t arrive in time for the Secret Santa at work but they did!
  • I purchased a new conditioner to try from Schwarzkopf as my current OGX one is almost finished.
  • Work has been busy not only with different things to do but this week there have been two morning teas. One was a thank you from the wider part of council for all the library does and the other was with staff from the hospital that share our building.
  • I tried sushi for the first time and I didn’t enjoy it. I had chicken teriyaki and it wasn’t the texture of the rice and seaweed or the taste, it was the smell of the chicken that put me off. If it had been vegetable sushi I might have enjoyed it more.
  • I got my car fixed! I haven’t driven for a couple of months and the car wouldn’t start last week. Mum thought it could be the battery or the alternator but it turns out one of the fuse links was completely fried. So glad it wasn’t anything major and costly.

What I’ve been listening to:

  • The Saturdays – Living For the Weekend and Chasing Lights – I felt in a girly pop mood on Saturday evening and played two albums from one of my favourite bands.

How was your week?

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The Christmas Tag 🎄

Last week the lovely Sage nominated me to do The Christmas Tag! I had a look at my past posts and was pleased to see I hadn’t done this tag before. This year for Christmas I am keeping things relaxed but still wanted to do something a little festive.

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Home Alone and Home Alone 2 always make me laugh and never get old! They are some of the only Christmas movies I can watch repeatedly without getting tired of them.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Christmas morning. Christmas Eve technically isn’t Christmas yet 😛 When my brother and I were children we never opened presents early.

3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

In 2002 we moved to the city I still live in now and the first Christmas we stayed with one of my aunts. I remember on Christmas Day itself everyone was awake before me and my brother and my mum were bringing in presents to me while I was still in bed. My brother and I got a Playstation One (which I still have) and another thing I got was a sparkly pink and lime green Barbie vespa. I absolutely loved Barbie!

4. Favorite festive food?

Pavlova for sure! I don’t know why it is associated with Christmas as they can still be bought throughout the year but most people tend to eat it at Christmas. A big slice of pavlova with whipped cream and strawberries and vanilla custard is one of the highlights of my day! Scorched Almonds from Nestle are another favourite; it is literally an almond covered in milk chocolate but so delicious.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

I must have been about four years old and all year I’d been wanting a Barbie folding pretty house (as it was called) – basically a dollhouse for my Barbie dolls – and I was so excited when I got it. My dad gave it to me and I think that was the first Christmas after he left.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

Pork crackling. We usually have a roast pork dinner with my mum’s homemade gravy and vegetables but the crackling is my favourite bit! Again, roast pork is available to buy year round but we don’t have it often.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

When I was a kid I always used to leave a drink and food out for Santa; either a couple of biscuits or a carrot. My brother and I would also stick name tags at opposite ends of the couch where our presents would go.

8. What tops your tree?

A glittery silver star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

As a kid I didn’t really ask for presents, I got what I was given and appreciated it. I don’t think there is anything I desperately wanted but never got.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

The food. Almost every family has a big meal and has food they don’t usually eat throughout the year and buys treats especially for Christmas time. Also, I like not being on a time limit and being able to relax and sleep in and just plod through the day at an easy pace.


How do you usually celebrate Christmas? Do you have any special plans this year?

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Black Friday Shopping Haul

Black Friday shopping is becoming more popular in New Zealand and while a lot of brands and stores have good deals I didn’t actively go seeking anything out. The weekend before Black Friday I’d gone shopping and the products I ended up buying during the Black Friday sales were impromptu purchases. Earlier in the day I commented on an Instagram post saying I hadn’t caved and bought anything… I tempted fate. Let’s get on with the haul!

Starting with The Iconic:

1. Alexis Fluffy Knit – I already know jumpers are one of my weaknesses but fluffy jumpers I love even more! This white jumper is super soft, has long blouson sleeves and doesn’t feel heavy. I do think I could have got away with sizing down as it is a relaxed fit, especially around the neck, but having it slightly bigger allows me to tuck it in or wear layers underneath.

2. Missguided Chunky Sole Trainers – The Spice Girls are back and so are chunky trainers! I saw a friend post a picture of trainers similar to these and instantly fell in love. These will look nice with jeans and the metallic silver detailing breaks up the white. I originally ordered a UK size 6 but also ordered a size 5 to see which was the better fit. I kept the 6 as there is more room around the toes. Because these are white I don’t think I’ll wear them all the time, I want to keep them clean.

Onto xoBeauty:

3. Radiant Glow Highlighting Powder – Lucent – I purchased the pink, champagne shade, Aurora, a few months ago and I’ve been loving it; I knew I wanted to pick up Lucent as well. Lucent is a glowing, sandy golden shade and the more pigmented of the two, but both suit any makeup look. The powders are soft, easy to blend and can be built up if you want a more intense highlight. These also double as all over face powders to give your skin a natural radiance.

4. Detail Face Brush – I picked up this brush because it will be perfect to use with the xoBeauty highlighters as well as my others. This brush lets you pinpoint exactly where you want to highlight. The bristles are lovely and soft and I see myself reaching for this brush often. It reminds me of the Setting Brush from Real Techniques, a small, fluffy, multi-purpose brush.

5. Philocaly Lipstick – This lipstick is one of xoBeauty’s best-selling products and I can see why! It is in a similar vein to Brave by MAC – a mauve toned down pink – with less of a satin formula. The lipsticks all have a creme brulee scent which doesn’t linger if you don’t like scented lip products. This shade also looks pretty with a light pink gloss dabbed over the top to make lips look fuller and less matte.

6. Kairos Lipstick – I have eyed this shade up a few times when I have browsed the website and I finally took the plunge and added it to my cart. Kairos is described as a medium, muted peachy-pink but it looks like a bright coral on me. I like the colour and it will be fun for summer, I’m excited to experiment with toning down the boldness and wearing this shade muted. xoBeauty has a similar liquid lipstick shade called Nam Jai which is more pink and one I can see myself picking up in the future. The liquid lipstick formula is creamy, comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry completely matte.

xoBeauty swatches:

Top to bottom: Philocaly, Kairos and Lucent.


Leave a comment with what you picked up in the Black Friday sales!

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Redhead Rambles #45

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.

  • For morning tea last Friday I had a latte and a piece of caramel slice, we have a coffee cart in the library. The coffee was free as it was prepaid by a customer but I found the coffee strong, even with sugar. The caramel slice was delicious!
  • THIS VIDEO is the cutest! Alfie surprises his girlfriend with fireworks as they haven’t been able to celebrate November 5th for the past couple of years and he knows fireworks are one of her favourite things.
  • On Saturday it was the staff Christmas party and one of the team leaders offered her house as the location. I was so close to not going as I couldn’t find anything to wear and had a panic attack right before I needed to leave and was worried I was ruining my makeup through the tears but I soldiered on. I went with four others I work with and it was a pot luck dinner meaning everyone bought along a plate of food. I took sausage rolls as they’re always a crowd favourite and all the food was delicious – I even got to bring some leftovers home!
  • During the Christmas party we were playing a trivia game and I got roped in to being part of the team going to a library quiz the following day. The quiz was a lot of fun but because there were only a small number of people, we got split into pairs. My quiz partner and I came third.
  • On Monday one of my work tasks was to pick up gift vouchers from a bookshop and I saw an array of Bullet Journals. I briefly stopped to look at them and fell in love with the bronze colour. I’ve still got plenty of pages left in my current journal so won’t be needing one for a while.
  • On Tuesday a pair of shoes I ordered online arrived. I ordered a size 5 after ordering a size 6 the previous week to compare which fitted better. I ended up sticking with the size 6 so I went to the post office to return the other pair on Friday after work. The shoes I ordered will feature in Monday’s post.
  • Mum bought some apple turnovers at the supermarket as a treat and they were SO GOOD!
  • I wore Patina by Stila for the first time on Wednesday and got a few comments. I feel like the shade shows up darker on me than it’s described but it’s still nice.
  • I collected a bunch of flowers on Wednesday morning for a work colleague as it was her 30th anniversary of working at the library. The flowers were gorgeous.
  • I nearly fell asleep during my lunch break on Thursday. I was reading my book and just about nodded off. I’ve been extra tired this week.
  • I locked in a place for the staff Christmas breakfast in a couple of weeks. It will be a buffet breakfast with continental and hot selections and everyone is really looking forward to it. I am proud of myself for organising it and how it’s coming together.
  • I do feel like I’m neglecting Instagram a little lately but I don’t like to post for the sake of it. I haven’t had a lot to share.
  • I’m aware this week seems to have been very work related but there has been rain every day and I haven’t been doing much.

What I’ve been listening to:

Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next – This song wasn’t love at first listen but the more I hear it and listen to the lyrics I like it. Ariana’s voice is so pretty, if you know what I mean. I’d love to open my mouth and be able to belt like that.

How was your week?

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #5

In January I discussed 18 products I want to finish up in 2018, kind of like a project pan. In this update I will list each product, how full it was at the beginning of the year, how full it is currently and how many times I have used each product in a month.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October: 19 | Number of uses in November: 0

I finally finished this primer!

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in October: 20 | Number of uses in November: 21

I am making good progress with this concealer. The more I use it the more I like it. I don’t know if I’ll hit pan in the next month but I’d still like to try.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in October: 8 | Number of uses in November: 19

How far I’ve come with this product is a pleasant surprise, the bottle was almost full at the start of the year and now there’s only a small amount of product left. I will hopefully finish this one.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in October: 5 | Number of uses in November: 6

This little pot goes a long way and while I know I won’t finish it, it is still one of the products I rely on for a quick and easy go to eye look!

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: 1/8 left.
Number of uses in October: 20 | Number of uses in November: 22

This brow pencil is still getting smaller but still going strong. Maybe I won’t finish this up before the end of the project.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 4

Now that I’m working longer days I find myself reapplying lipstick (if I need to) after lunch so some days I’ve been getting two uses out of this shade per day as opposed to one.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 4

Same as Syrup above.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in October: 0 | Number of uses in November: 2

Out of the light nude lipstick shades I own this is one of the prettiest. I have come to love this shade over the past few months again.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 0

I keep forgetting to use this on my days off. Although, I have been busy on my days off recently and some of the time I have been wearing a full face of makeup.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: Almost empty.
Number of uses in October: 2 | Number of uses in November: 4

I am so close to finishing this sample and really want to get it gone before the year is out. Part of me will be sad when I finish this but it is such a beautiful colour that if I miss it I may consider purchasing the full size.

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in October: 1 | Number of uses in November: 1

I don’t reach for a peach lip very often and if I do it’s usually Patisserie I’ll go for. I will finish this up but it won’t be this year.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in October: 0 | Number of uses in November: 0

I haven’t used this product since June sadly.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in October:  | Number of uses in November:

I resigned this product as I noticed when I did use it I would get a headache.

17. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/8 full.
Number of uses in October: 14 | Number of uses in November: 13

This is getting closer to being finished each day. I am hopeful I will be able to use the rest of the mist up before the end of the month.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/8 full.
Number of uses in October: 11 | Number of uses in November: 10

Same as above. The black musk mist has slightly less left than the white musk.


Are you doing a project pan this year, how is it going?

In the New Year I will do one last update featuring the amount of times each product was used in December and a final recap of my progress.

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Gratitude: November 2018

Overall November was a pretty good month. I’ve been singing and had lots of music to listen to, I started my new job, Halo turned one and I’ve been buying a few different things. I purchased some beauty gifts sets with minis of brands/products I want to try and I purchased some new clothing pieces as well as a gift for Secret Santa at work. November being busy meant I didn’t have a lot of spare time to be worrying or overthinking.

Here’s what made me smile:

November 1: Straightened my hair.

November 2: Halo was extra cute today.

November 3: Got some chores done.

November 4: Chatty first day back at work after my time off.

November 5: Offered new admin role.

November 6: My horse for the Melbourne Cup sweepstake came second.

November 7: Fish and chips for dinner.

November 8: First time going to Subway in a while, it was a good sandwich.

November 9: Finally got my fringe cut.

November 10: Day off.

November 11: Freshly mowed lawns.

November 12: Leftover homemade pizza.

November 13: Intended to have Burger King for dinner but didn’t feel well. I got to have it the next day instead.

November 14: My copy of The New Fashion Rules arrived.

November 15: Made a weekend to do list.

November 16: Late night makeup order.

November 17: First time I went shopping properly for ages.

November 18: Last work shift as part of the customer service team.

November 19: Halo turned one!

November 20: Started my new job. Chocolates and a card were waiting for me on my desk at work.

November 21: Tried one of Stila’s Magnificent Metals.

November 22: Only more episode left of The Cry.

November 23: Love how my blush looked.

November 24: Lazy, chill, catch up day.

November 25: Pretty makeup for catching up with a friend.

November 26: My online orders were both dispatched.

November 27: BBQ Rodeo Burgers from Burger King.

November 28: Tried a new highlighter and it’s so pretty!

November 29: Cosy, fluffy jumpers are my fave!

November 30: Caramel slice for morning tea.


What were you grateful for in November?

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Redhead Rambles #44

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 used the berry shade in the Revolution Blush Queen palette I reviewed recently (*HERE*) and applied it using the Detail Fibre Brush from xoBeauty. This brush ensures even, subtle application and the blush looked so beautiful.
  • Friday saw me complete my first week in my new job and I was very tired on Friday night, I fell asleep whilst watching The Chase.
  • I had good intentions to spend the weekend reading but on Saturday I didn’t even bother getting dressed and spent a while catching up on YouTube videos and blog posts (writing, reading etc.)
  • On Saturday I also had a small lipstick declutter. I started with around 50 and found six to either sell or pass along.
  • I caved on Saturday night and ended up placing two online orders for the Black Friday sales. The dangerous thing is when the sales continue over the weekend. There will most likely be a haul post in the next week or so. Both orders were shipped on Monday. One arrived on Tuesday as it’s from New Zealand and the other arrived on Thursday.
  • On Sunday I met up with a friend I met at my previous job before I started at the library and it was so nice to see her. We always laugh and have a good talk and I know I can say anything around her and she won’t judge. We had a Dunkin’ Donuts date.
  • I tried one of the Stila matte liquid lipstick minis from Monday’s haul post and it lasted all day and felt comfortable to wear. I could get into matte liquid lipsticks if they all had this formula but I still prefer bullet lipsticks.
  • On Tuesday I finished work an hour late after waiting around for some carpet cleaners.
  • The second half of the week has seen me trying to organise a staff Christmas breakfast at work. I have been researching places to go and phoning around to see what prices I can get.
  • It has rained at some point doing each day this week which I don’t mind. I like cosy, grey weather when I don’t have any plans or I’m inside.

What I’ve been listening to:

  • Andy Brown – Cedarmont – I mentioned this album in my November Favourites. I truly adore Andy’s voice and this is a great country/pop album.
  • Rita Ora – Phoenix – I’ve listened to Rita ever since her first album and after six years the follow up has been released.

How was your week?

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November Favourites 2018

November has been a whirlwind! I got offered a new job, began training for the new job whilst I was still working my old job and officially started my new job last week. I have been listening to music and singing most days which is still my most favourite thing to do and similar to last month, I haven’t read much during November. My mind feels very full with information and I’m already looking forward to the Christmas break to have a rest and wind down.

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. xoBeauty Radiant Glow Highlight Powder – Aurora – This is the most recent addition to my highlighter collection. (Post on my collection *HERE*). The powder is very finely milled and so soft and easy to apply. This is the most subtle of my highlighters and it can also double as an all over face powder. Applying with a big fluffy brush works best and allows the product to really be swept over the skin. I am considering picking up the other shade of this powder too which is more golden.

2. NARS Mini Orgasm Blush Highlight Duo – I don’t often wear blush and highlighter together but with this mini duo I can’t go wrong. Orgasm is a flattering shade for a lot of people and if you want a blush shade that is versatile and a little glam, you should try it! The highlight looks quite plain in the pan but once it’s on the face it gives a lovely glow. The highlighter is exclusive to this mini, it’s a special Orgasm highlighter which I’d class as a peachy-pink champagne shade.

3. The Body Shop Metal Lip Liquid 018 Plum Titanium – It’s common knowledge I’m not a fan of matte liquid lipsticks but this formula from The Body Shop is super comfortable and velvety smooth. The pigmentation is good, the colour lasts all day and the formula isn’t streaky to apply. This has a slight fruity scent that is nice and doesn’t linger if you’re not a fan of scented lip products. Plum Titanium is a gorgeous deep red, perfect for Christmas! It’s a wearable red that doesn’t look strictly metallic, making it a safe option all year round.

4. Andy Brown – Cedarmont – I feel a little naughty having a copy of this CD. I originally pre-ordered a signed copy from the artist’s official store but the album release got cancelled and my money was refunded. I caught wind Amazon US had copies available and one buyer left a review confirming the CD arrived and is genuine. I ordered a copy myself and it arrived less than two weeks later. In short, the album is really good and I have been playing it on repeat since it arrived! I have loved and listened to Andy’s voice for years (he’s also the frontman of British band Lawson) and this album further proves his talent. The lyrics are heartfelt, catchy and this album makes me happy when I listen to it. I hope it gets the proper release it deserves. Standout Tracks: Talk of the Town, Put That Record On, Hold On, Keeper and Breaking Your Heart.

November’s Spotify Playlist:


What were your favourite things in November?

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End of Year Haul (Beauty & Fashion)

To celebrate my new job I decided to treat myself. I definitely go through stages with buying and most of the time I’m good but it’s getting close to Christmas and that’s a good excuse to treat yourself, right?! For Christmas this year mum and I are considering not buying presents and everyone buys something nice for themselves with the money they’d spend on others. I didn’t want to miss out so I got in early!

MECCA:

1. Stila 3D Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set 

Rachael from Helpless Whilst Drying absolutely loves the Stila Magnificent Metals and this set is a great way to introduce myself to the product. The set features 3 x 2.25ml tubes in the shades Kitten Karma, Perlina and Golden Girl. These seem perfect for simple, easy eyeshadow looks. I don’t like to spend a lot of time on my eyes if I don’t have to.

2. Stila Nude Attitude Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set 

I’ve never tried Stila before so why not buy two three piece sets in the same order?! The Liquid Lipstick sets intrigued me and the one I chose – Nude Attitude Stay All Day – features one matte (Patina) and two shimmers (Illuminaire and Miele). It will be interesting to compare the formula of the matte shade to the two shimmers.

3. Clinique Merry Moisture Set

I have always wanted to try Clinque’s Moisture Surge moisturiser and this set offers a 30ml tube of the moisturiser and a mini lipgloss in Rosewater Pop. The gloss looks like a pretty colour and aims to be hydrating, weightless and not sticky.

The Body Shop:

4. Strawberry Fragrance Mist

I have previously tried and loved the Strawberry EDT from The Body Shop and figured this is mostly the same but there’s more product and it’s cheaper! I am nearly finished both the White Musk and Black Musk fragrance mists so purchased this is a backup. Strawberry is one of my favourite ranges from The Body Shop.

5. Black Musk Body Lotion

I prefer body lotions that come in bottles or squeeze tubes rather than ones with a pump as there it less wastage and it’s easier to get product out. I do like the spiciness of the Black Musk range and this will be a really nice lotion for autumn/winter. The Body Shop lotions aren’t the cheapest but they soak in quickly and the scents are long-lasting.

6. Metal Lip Liquids in Pink Nickel and Plum Titanium

I don’t like matte liquid lipsticks. Granted, I haven’t tried many but the ones I have I didn’t have a good experience with. I’ve been loving the look of metallic lips lately (not full on glitterball but shades with more of a subtle shine). I saw these online and swatched a few in store and they are so pretty! Pink Nickel is a soft pink-rose gold shade (not to be confused with the actual rose gold shade called Rose Gold) and Plum Titanium is a beautiful berry red. I have worn both shades and the formula is very comfortable and lightweight. The formula applies streak free and doesn’t dry down straight away so it gives you time to perfect your application.

Glassons:

7. Oversized Knit Jumper

My name is Chanelle and I’m addicted to jumpers! Jumpers make me feel cosy and if I could wear them year round I would. The colour of this jumper is called ‘Salt and Pepper’ and it is a lovely light grey. I don’t own any other grey jumpers. This jumper is also lightweight so it will be better for the warmer months and in summer I imagine this could be worn with just a bra or a singlet underneath.

8. Axel Bleach Wash Cropped Jeans

I have blue jeans, black jeans, grey jeans and white jeans but something about the light blue wash was drawing me in for summer. I haven’t worn my white jeans a lot because they are quite stark against my skin and I’m worried they will stain easily. I’m considering selling them. The white and black jeans I have are also these cropped jeans from Glassons and on me they are the perfect length! If you’re on the shorter side, try cropped jeans.

What the Glassons pieces look like on:


I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve picked up over the past couple of weeks. What was the last thing you bought for yourself?

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