Redhead Rambles #38

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.

  • Fridays seem to be becoming my ‘lazy’ day. I welcomed the rain and once again decided not to get dressed on one of my days off.
  • The sun was out on Saturday but it was freezing cold. I changed outfits three times until I was finally warm enough.
  • On Saturday night I noticed a sore throat and by Tuesday morning I was sick. I’ve spent most of this week not feeling the best. Once again I think it is a sinus infection, which I have suffered from more than usual this year. Basically this week has consisted of sinus rinses, paracetamol and probiotics.
  • I haven’t listened to music this week as I haven’t been able to sing or felt like it.
  • On Monday for dinner I had homemade pizza with some leftover roast chicken from Sunday night which was delicious!
  • On Tuesday evening I went along to a customer service course I enrolled in through work. I was going to pull out after seeing how personal the questions in the first module were but one of my colleagues encouraged me not to. I spent the weekend stressing about the course and because I wasn’t able to attend the first night a couple of weeks ago I felt out of the loop. Tuesday night’s class was fine and I even won a pair of Chanel earrings. I don’t think they are the real thing but they look pretty!
  • I didn’t sleep well at all on Tuesday night. I woke up with a dry throat shortly after 3am and didn’t properly get back to sleep. I had to get up for work just after 6am.
  • My blog giveaway closed on Wednesday. I will be double checking the entries this weekend and drawing the winner. The winner will be announced in Monday’s blog post!
  • As part of work we have a mobile library van which visits schools and community stops and allows people to get books out without coming into the library. On Thursday I went out on both the morning and afternoon runs and we stopped at a bakery for afternoon tea. I had a jam and cream donut and a sausage roll as a treat.
  • My online order from White Fox Boutique arrived and when I got home from work on Thursday I tried on the t-shirt dress and bodysuit. Both pieces are really nice and I posted pictures on Instagram if you want to see what they look like. I am a little bummed that after I ordered them the items were discounted even more but that’s what happens when you shop online sometimes.

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Job Interview Inspired Makeup

Many people know me as the bold lipstick girl but there are days and occasions where a bold lip isn’t always appropriate. A job interview is a formal occasion and I still like to wear makeup but a simple, understated look. I opt for soft pinks and nothing too shimmery. It’s nice to pare it back sometimes.

Products listed in order of application:

1. Olay Complete UV Lotion Sensitive – I’ve been using this as my daytime moisturiser for a few months now and I’m enjoying it. There is no sunscreen smell and the moisturiser feels very light on the skin and soaks in easily.

2. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – I apply primer 5-10 minutes after moisturiser and this primer really helps to smooth out my skin and make foundation apply nicely over the top.

3. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – Been filling in my brows with this since 2016.

4. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 100 Fair – Even though my skin leans towards the drier side I don’t always prefer dewy foundations. This one from Max Factor is a nice cross between dewy and matte and the coverage with one layer sits at medium, it can be built up if you like fuller coverage too and it builds like a dream. This is my favourite foundation.

5. Urban Decay Primer Potion – After trying this eye primer I am a total convert! Some eyeshadows perform similarly with or without it but I do see a difference for the most part. The eyeshadow palette I used for this look has super soft, buttery shades and this primer held them on the eyelids better.

6. MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NW10 – This concealer has good coverage and a good layering ability. The concealer is not drying on the skin despite not being a liquid cream formula.

7. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – A light dusting of this over my face helps add a healthy hint of colour and as I have said plenty of times in the past it is extremely difficult to overdo it with this bronzer.

8. Covergirl TruNaked Roses Palette – I don’t use this palette as much as I should but I don’t tend to wear a lot of pink on my eyes. I used three shades from the palette for a soft, blown out natural eye look.

9. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara – I am using one of the tubes I purchased from Beauty Joint earlier in the year and now the mascara has been open a few weeks it’s starting to get to the point I really like; it makes the lashes look super black and adds a pretty flutter. The bigger size of this brush makes it easier to coat more lashes and because of this I don’t have to hold it as close to my bottom lashes.

10. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – Soft & Gentle – I know I mentioned in the intro I don’t wear anything too shimmery but I wanted my cheeks to have a nice glow so I tapped this highlighter onto my cheeks with my ring finger for a lighter, softer application.

11. MAC Syrup – This is the perfect lipstick for any occasion and one of my all time favourites!

The Finished Look:

What type of makeup would you wear for a job interview?

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My Favourite TV Shows

Some nights there’s nothing better than sitting down on the couch and watching TV. I personally don’t have Netflix, SKY or any subscription services. I find free to air television fine for the most part. When it comes to picking my favourite TV shows I go for shows that make me excited to watch them, ones I can always count on to make my laugh and shows I find entertaining.

1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S

I started watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S around the time it ended actually. Re-runs always used to be on in the evenings and my brother and I started getting into it. I have all 10 seasons on DVD, the episodes always make me laugh and the relationship between the six main characters is special. Joey and Rachel are my favourite characters and I am firmly in the camp that is happy Ross and Rachel ended up together in the end. I know the past few years there have been rumours of a reunion but I’m not sure I’d want one. I kind of feel that it wouldn’t be the same and might not be as good. I’d watch it for sure but sometimes things are better left as they are.

2. Pretty Little Liars

I will admit I haven’t seen season one of Pretty Little Liars but it’s not like I don’t know how everything ends. I would like to watch it one day though. The mystery and suspense in this show made it hard not become a fan after I’d seen a few episodes of season two. I got my mum hooked into this show too and every summer we would look forward to it coming back and we’re sad it’s over! Hanna is my favourite character, she’s so sassy and witty and beautiful.

3. Unforgotten

This is the most recent show I have watched to make the list! I rarely binge watch shows but I watched the entire first series of this in one day, it’s so good! I have seen season two as well and I hope New Zealand gets season three at some point. The show is about a team of detectives who re-investigate historical murders (30, 40, 50 year old murders) and piece together what happened. It’s a simple concept but the acting is done well and the stories are gripping and well written.

4. The Chase

The most light-hearted show in this post. I love trivia and general knowledge and I know lots of random stuff. Mum and I tape this everyday and watch an episode most nights. I don’t get sick of the format or the questions and I like meeting the contestants, some of them are really funny and Bradley Walsh (the host) is so good at what he does! I’ve said that if I go to England or move there I’d love to be on this show!

5. Midsomer Murders

You’ll soon get the idea I enjoy detective shows from this post if you didn’t already know. Midsomer Murders is a show my mum got me into and I am probably a bigger fan of it than her now. The detective drama is set in modern day England and revolves around DCI Tom Barnaby (currently his successor, John Barnaby) to solve murders that take place in the picturesque but deadly villages of Midsomer. Personally, I prefer the original inspector, Tom Barnaby to his cousin as he represents the show for me.

6. Gimme Gimme Gimme

If this show was made today I don’t know if it would be allowed on TV. Some of the language and innuendo is rude but the show is absolutely hilarious and like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, I laugh every time I watch it. Gimme Gimme Gimmes centres around loudmouthed Londoner Linda and her gay flatmate, Tom who is an actor. Although it seems they loathe each other Tom and Linda are best friends really and at the end of series three when Tom moves away for a big acting job and leaves Linda living on her own you can see she is sad. As a viewer I always feel sad watching that scene and almost wish he stayed with her.

7. Poirot/Marple

Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries! I saw my first episode of Marple when I was about 10 years old and I’ve loved watching Marple and Poirot ever since. I read some of Agatha Christie’s mysteries for the first time this year and they are super good too, the TV shows differ from the books sometimes but it’s nice not to know every single thing that is going to happen. There’s always a dramatic ending, with the suspects being gathered together and the killer being announced – one of Christie’s signature moves. I am working my way through watching every episode of Poirot. I’m currently up to S5E6.

What are your favourite TV shows?

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Redhead Rambles #37

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.

  • Friday was a busy day. Mum took her car to get serviced and a WoF (Warrant of Fitness). After that I was on a mission to find a hat for quiz night at the last minute. My team were The Three Musketeers and I improvised by adding an elastic feather headband to a hat. We had swords and stick on moustaches to complete the look.
  • Quiz night was fun (but long) and there was definitely an age bias on the questions. Our team didn’t come last which was the goal and we ended up with a goody basket to split between us. The dinner was lovely and dessert was even better, there was cheese and crackers and a caramel chocolate brownie.
  • My quiz night makeup was so pretty and I felt like a very glamorous musketeer!
  • I had a sleep in on Saturday and had an easy day. I prepped upcoming blog posts, read some of my book and made macaroni cheese for lunch.
  • On Sunday I loved my makeup yet again and went for a smoky eye with pops of pink on my cheeks and lips.
  • Work was quiet but that’s the only day it has been quiet this week. There’s only a couple of days left of school holidays which is a relief!
  • I woke up around 6am on Monday morning with the worst migraine I’ve had in a long time. I got up and took some ibuprofen and put herbal relief cream on my shoulders but my head was pounding and I ended up vomiting from the severity of the pain. I phoned in sick on Monday and went back to bed.
  • To cheer myself up on Monday afternoon I placed an order on White Fox Boutique. I purchased a bodysuit (I haven’t worn one before but the strap detailing on the one I ordered is really nice) and a t-shirt dress. Depending on how the t-shirt dress looks and the length, it may be nice to use as sleepwear for summer. At the time of this post the order is yet to arrive.
  • I wore one of my favourite lipsticks on Tuesday – Show Orchid by MAC – and it got such lovely comments!
  • On Wednesday I published another of the most personal posts I think I’ve ever written. I shared my thoughts and feelings towards dating, love and relationships. To read the post, CLICK HERE.
  • Wednesday also marked World Mental Health Day and I saw lots of positive, uplifting posts on Instagram and Twitter which is great. Mental health is just as important as physical health and I wish we could live in a world where everyone felt comfortable to talk about their feelings. I used to hide away a lot as a teenager and sometimes I revert back to that but I try not to bottle things up as much anymore. Being completely honest I have days I feel alone and don’t want to bother anyone and that’s why I try to be there for others because I don’t want them to feel that way either. I am always only a conversation/tweet/DM/message away if you EVER need someone ❤
  • I worked extra again on Thursday.
  • Thursday afternoon the weather turned grey which I quite liked. Sometimes I’m in the mood for miserable, dull weather.

What I’ve been listening to:

Sarah Close – Crazy Kind – Sarah is a British singer-songwriter and Crazy Kind is a catchy, upbeat pop tune!

How was your week?

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Current Thoughts & Feelings: Dating/Relationships

A month ago in a Redhead Rambles I toyed with the idea of writing a post about dating, my thoughts and feelings on the subject and recent experiences (or lack of) that I have had. It’s important to share personal anecdotes because my blog is a true representation of myself and the anecdotes are always well received. The beauty and gratitude segments represent the happy, positive side of my personality and posts like this represent the serious, deep thinking side.

A brief history

I have always been a hopeless romantic since I was a child and I have always dreamed of falling in love, finding love and having someone special in my life that I can share experiences with and do everything with. A romantic relationship to me is a partnership, you support each other, you care for each other and you work together. You enter into a relationship because it’s what you want, you’re not trying to stroke your ego or make yourself feel better. I am the kind of girl that knows what she wants when it comes to dating and love and I don’t see myself as a girl who could go round and sleep with lots of men because I’m bored or feel lonely. Casual hookups are more common nowadays but that’s not what I want. I am more than a body. I am not an object and I will not be used purely for someone else’s satisfaction. I will not judge someone if they are into casual hookups just as I wouldn’t expect someone to judge me for not being into them.

I’m 23 now and I got my first boyfriend when I was 21. During school boys were never really a focus for me, I was very much at school to work hard and pass exams. I was a loner most of the time. At 21 I joined Tinder and that was my first foray into the dating world. I didn’t go into it with any expectations but after a couple of weeks I ended up meeting my ex-boyfriend and we were together for almost two years. To this day I have only ever been on dates with three guys and two of them I never heard from again after the first date. I don’t get upset or think where did I go wrong, I see it as a learning curve and know that won’t always happen.

Standards and knowing what you want

I take dating seriously, I have standards and I know what I won’t put up with. By standards I mean I look for certain qualities in a person; kind, gentle, non-judgmental, good sense of humour etc. I don’t worry about their height or the colour of their hair. For me it’s more about personality than looks. Some people may think I’m tough to please but that’s actually so far from the truth, it’s not always what you do, it’s who you do it with. I’m quite a homely person and tend to prefer indoor activities but if I was comfortable in someone’s presence who’s to say I wouldn’t jump out of a plane and do a skydive or fly in a helicopter. Relationships are about being who you are but embracing qualities and parts of the person you’re choosing to spend your time with, you can’t have your way all the time. Love may not always be easy and I’ve said this before, but it shouldn’t feel like a chore either. Chances are there will be compromise but try and make it positive. If one of you wants to see a new horror movie and you scare easily they may offer to hold your hand during the scary parts or tell you when to open your eyes when the scary part is over. It’s all about turning a situation you may not enjoy into one that is bearable.

I’m still learning to find the balance between give and take. I tend to be the person that gives more than they get and I need to be tougher otherwise people walk all over me. I don’t like confrontation and I have a low tolerance for bullshit. From now on I plan to call people out so they know they can’t treat me badly. (This relates to life more than relationships).


The definition of a prude: “a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity.”

Compared to some people maybe I’m considered a prude but personally I don’t think I am one. I’m not embarrassed to talk about sex, it’s not something I talk about all the time with everybody but I understand it’s a natural part of life and an important part of a relationship. My ex-boyfriend and I could talk about sex very openly and it didn’t feel awkward which is something I want for future relationships as well. Where I am more prudish is nakedness. I don’t like to show much skin or cleavage or wear skimpy outfits. I’m not the most comfortable with my body and I know it doesn’t meet society’s ‘standards’ but I’m more confident than I used to be. What I learnt from my past relationship is that my body is fine and my boyfriend liked it because he loved me and the person I am. I’ve got curves and boobs and a bum and some guys like that. I would not tolerate body shaming in a relationship.

I believe sex and intimacy should be reserved for relationships (for the most part). Sex is a very personal connection for me, not everyone gets to experience it with you and I want it to always feel special. If I didn’t feel comfortable or ready I would tell someone no and if they didn’t understand that’s not the person I’d want to be with. Sex is not a bargaining tool, it should be pleasurable for both parties involved and it should be safe and consensual.

Dating fears

When I was a young girl I was paranoid I would never have a boyfriend because I wasn’t good enough or pretty enough and I’m glad that when I got older those thoughts changed. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I am more confident with the way I look now. I know I am a good person with a good heart and I have a lot to give.

Despite the above paragraph, when I was broken up with in April 2018 some niggling thoughts came back. I am a little afraid of the physical part of a relationship now. I’m not going to lie the thought of someone kissing me, touching me, hugging me or holding my hand makes me feel sick and uneasy at times. I’m not sure whether I’m subconsciously associating those things with the person who hurt me (although if you’ve read The Breakup you know in a twisted way he wasn’t the one who hurt me). In future when I get to the physical stage I may be more reserved and will need to feel properly comfortable again. Whoever I’m with needs to understand that too. I don’t want to hold myself back but I want to be sure before I give that part of me to someone else.

Modern dating

I have dipped my toes into online dating again and it’s been unsuccessful. I wasn’t expecting to get into another relationship straight away – it wouldn’t have felt right – but I didn’t expect to get as annoyed as I have. I now understand why dating apps and sorry guys, but men in general get a bad rap. 95% of guys only seem to want one thing – it ain’t commitment/a relationship – and having a conversation is nigh on impossible. Most conversations tend to stop when guys find out I don’t have SnapChat and won’t send them nudes. I’m sorry, but how immature are you?! I don’t send photos like that because you never know where they could end up and even if I’m in a long term relationship I still wouldn’t send them.

Another thing I hate is being mucked around and people trying to take you for a ride. Why make out you want to meet someone if you always come up with excuses when I suggest a time/place? It’d be quicker if you were honest and came out and said you’re looking for a FWB situation. I’m not afraid to message guys first and be upfront about what I’m looking for. I’m sure if some people’s parents saw how their children acted on dating apps and what they say they would be appalled. You can be cheeky/naughty but there’s a way to do it and personally I feel that should be kept private.

I see online dating as a chance to be less shy, I doubt I could walk up to someone in real life and just start having a conversation with them, especially a guy. In real life there’s also the fact you don’t know if someone is single or taken. I’m not saying everyone on dating apps is single either  but it allows me to be more brave. Online dating does mean people can hide behind a screen and because we already live in such a digital world dating and meeting people can become impersonal. I’m the type of girl that would much rather meet in person and see a movie or get something to eat than chat for days online and never meet. I’m a traditional girl who wants nothing more than to spend time together and get to know each other over a face to face conversation. With spoken words you can hear emotions and tone of voice. Messages can be interpreted in a different ways.

Where to from here?

I don’t hate all men and I do want to find love again. Love when it’s with someone special is beautiful and having that companionship is such a wonderful feeling. When I was in love for the first time I felt like I really mattered and belonged. I’m a very instinctive person and follow my gut. I have to be comfortable with a person almost instantly. Comfortable to me means feeling at ease, being able to laugh and be open, conversation flows easily and feeling a warm connection or a spark.

It’s not my job to sell myself to guys out there and try to convince them why they should be with me. If they don’t know what they’re looking for, they aren’t respectful, they play games and they don’t appreciate the person I am, I don’t need them in my life. I am strong, I am smart, I am an individual and one day the right person will find me. Love happens when you least expect it ❤

I hope you enjoyed this post and you can understand where my head has been at. I understand not everyone thinks the same way and won’t necessarily agree. What are your thoughts on dating and relationships?

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Recreating Chloe’s Instagrams

A couple of weeks ago I responded to Chloe on Instagram after she reached out looking for fellow bloggers to collaborate with. She suggested we recreate a few of each other’s Instagram shots and I was totally on board with the idea! I’ve followed Chloe for a while now and I’ve seen her do a collab like this before and loved it. Check out Chloe’s blog and Chloe’s Instagram if you haven’t already – she’s a gorgeous girl!

Photo #1: The Head Tilt Selfie


My version:

I feel like I failed a little bit at this one with the whole head tilt action but trying to pose and hold the camera at the same time is hard! I did consider curling my hair but my hair has a slight wave to it anyway. I wore a black t-shirt and pendant necklace like Chloe to try and resurrect the image.

Photo #2: Contraceptive Pill


My version:

I used a neutral coloured background like Chloe’s. It seems Chloe and I take the same brand of contraceptive pill and it’s interesting to see how the packaging differs between countries. I personally take the 20mcg dose (which has a lower amount of hormones) but there is a 30mcg dose too.

Photo #3: Wristwatch


My version:

Being left handed I personally like to wear watches on my right wrist. For this photo I tried wearing the watch on my left wrist and it wasn’t comfortable so I had to wear it how I normally would. Recreating doesn’t mean copying exactly but taking inspiration from something. Both watches have a (rose) gold face and leather look strap.

Photo #4: Picture of a Polaroid


My version:

I sold my Instax camera last year but I did keep the polaroid pictures I took using it. This is the most nature inspired photo I have that was also taken outdoors. To try and be like Chloe I placed the polaroid in front of a neutral background and held the photo with my left thumb.

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Redhead Rambles #36

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 I caught up with an old school friend and it was so nice to see her. We grabbed a bite to eat before she introduced me to those donuts – the ones you’ve been drooling over all week on Instagram! I also bought a pair of shorts which will be perfect for summer and some iridescent metal straws.
  • I watched *THIS* inspirational video about heartbreak. I agree with so much of what Jessica says and for anyone going through heartbreak I recommend watching this video.
  • At the weekend I mowed the other half of the lawns and finished a book.
  • Sunday was relatively quiet at work but it’s always a good catch up day and a chance to get the shelves looking nice.
  • I stayed an extra hour at work as a staff member wasn’t feeling well.
  • After work I was hungry as I only took an apple. Because I worked longer I was entitled to a longer break and I decided after I finished to order a cheesy garlic pizza from Dominos. I also got cheesy garlic bread and mini Dutch pancakes. Best after work treat!
  • Monday was super busy at work with the start of school holidays.
  • When I got home my Blush Queen palette from Makeup Revolution had arrived and I’ve been testing out various shades this week. The pink isn’t too much and it’s a gorgeous palette!
  • Wednesday would have been Tango’s 9th birthday, I shared a couple of images on my personal Facebook in memory of her. (Tango was my Birman cat who had to be put down in January this year. I now have another cat the same breed and colouring as Tango called Halo).
  • I bought a lotto ticket this week and won $23! The draw was on Tango’s birthday which I took as a sign to buy the ticket.
  • Also on Wednesday there was a rainbow dance party at work (for children) and staff were allowed to dress up in colours. It was so nice to see everyone make an effort and see everyone looking so bright.
  • Throughout this week I have been organising bits and pieces for a quiz night with a couple of work colleagues. I absolutely love trivia and general knowledge and I’m hoping we do well.
  • The weather has been stunning this week but turned a little cold again on Thursday.

What I’ve been listening to:

Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises – I’ll admit Sam Smith has a lovely voice but his music is not usually my cup of tea. This track with the dance beat is super catchy though!

LeAnn Rimes – I used to love LeAnn Rimes and was listening to a playlist with Can’t Fight the Moonlight as one of the tracks – cue playing her Greatest Hits album on Spotify.

How was your week?

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018 Update #4

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.


1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: 1/8 full.
Number of uses in August: 16 | Number of uses in September: 11

I am definitely getting down to the end of this primer now. I have to really squeeze the tube to get product to come out and the amount I normally use doesn’t come out as easily. I’d be surprised if I didn’t finish this in the next couple of weeks.

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

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

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 20 | Number of uses in September: 18

There is a significant dip in the middle of this concealer and while I don’t think I’ll finish it before the end of 2018 it will be interesting to see how far I can get and see whether or not I could even hit pan.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 16 | Number of uses in September: 15

If you said at the start of the year I could finish this foundation I probably wouldn’t have believed you but the progress I have made in two months since the last update is incredible. With the right combination of tools and products it has made me like this foundation again and it is good for everyday wear.


6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 4 | Number of uses in September: 3

I love this eyeshadow for days I’m running short on time or don’t know what to wear and can rely on this teamed with a bold lip. I prefer to layer this over top of another eyeshadow, The Body Shop’s Honey Bronzer or Max Factor’s Auburn Envy are good base shadows under this.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: 1/4 left.
Number of uses in August: 20 | Number of uses in September: 18

This is the product that just keeps on giving. I don’t have to sharpen this often but it is getting to the stage where it’s getting small to hold.


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

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 2 | Number of uses in September: 3

I’ve been loving Syrup more than usual lately. I do think now Fuschia Surprise is finished I am using the other lip colours a little more regularly.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 2 | Number of uses in September: 4

This is ever so slightly closer to being finished than Syrup. It would be nice to finish another lip product by the end of the year.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in August: 3 | Number of uses in September: 3

I’m sure I’ve said this before but Blankety is really beautiful when it is paired with the right eye makeup. Some days it looks paler on the lips than others and I wouldn’t tend to wear Blankety with a light coloured eye look. The formula of Blankety is lovely and creamy but it’s not the most long lasting MAC lipstick.

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 2 | Number of uses in September: 1

I have been making more of an effort to apply this when I’m at home on my days off the past few months but I accept it probably won’t be a product I finish.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 3 | Number of uses in September: 3

After finishing Fuschia Surprise this is the first colour I turn to for a bold lip as the other lip products in this project are all neutrals. The pigmentation and lasting power of this for a semi-gloss is really good. The raspberry colour is really gorgeous too!

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

This is another one of those lip products that looks nice and is fine for work but doesn’t have the longest staying power. I find this takes a few coats to build up to a nice, even peachy colour. I personally prefer the peachy-pink of Patisserie.


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

I haven’t tried this as a body glitter yet but I will for the summer.

16. Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in August: 0 | Number of uses in September: 0

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: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 11 | Number of uses in September: 11

I am quietly confident I will finish this and the Black Musk mist. I try to use each one on alternate days but I actually have more of the White Musk mist left. White Musk is slightly stronger so I don’t spray as much.

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: 1/4 full.
Number of uses in August: 9 | Number of uses in September: 8

See above.

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

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Gratitude: September 2018

September has been a month of online orders, driving practice and the usual singing and reading. I’ve been really loving applying makeup this month, I genuinely always enjoy coming up with looks and combinations and seeing how it turns out each time. My mood has mostly been ok, I had a dip around the middle of the month but I came back strong in the last week or so.

Here’s what made me smile:

September 1: Found a new driving spot.

September 2: Helpful driving tips from a work mate.

September 3: After work treats.

September 4: ASOS order shipped.

September 5: NYX’s Fuchsia Fusion Cosmic Metal is the prettiest lip colour ever! (I know I’ve said it before).

September 6: Joined Goodreads.

September 7: Saw the new Poirot mystery at work.

September 8: Final of Unforgotten series two.

September 9: Annual leave for the end of October approved.

September 10: Placed MECCA order.

September 11: Bought a chocolate donut at the supermarket.

September 12: MECCA order arrived.

September 13: Tried new makeup and wore new ASOS scarf.

September 14: Finished one book and started another.

September 15: Didn’t panic on my drive.

September 16: Makeup nice, wore a bright orange lip.

September 17: Enjoy doing cryptic crosswords with mum.

September 18: Yummy cheesecake for dessert!

September 19: Good cooked breakfast to start the day.

September 20: Warm weather.

September 21: Pyjama day.

September 22: Good episode of Silent Witness.

September 23: Placed kikki.K order.

September 24: Reached 1,000 blog followers!

September 25: Ordered two Makeup Revolution palettes.

September 26: MAC’s Silver pigment looks so pretty with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion underneath.

September 27: Mum made pikelets.

September 28: Caught up with an old friend and had donuts!

September 29: Didn’t expect to finish my book but I did.

September 30: Dominos after work – cheesy garlic goodness!

What were you grateful for in September?

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Redhead Rambles #35

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.

  • Last Friday was a lazy day, I try to have at least one during my days off if I can haha! I didn’t sleep in, I didn’t get dressed and had a phone call with my brother in the evening.
  • The weekend weather was glorious, the sun was out both days. Saturday had a chill in the air but Sunday was warm.
  • On Sunday after work I mowed 1/2 of the lawns.
  • I placed a kikki.K order – their stationery is so cute and really good quality! I purchased a mini calendar for my mum; she likes to get one every year, a notepad, a holographic mug and inserts for my Filofax for 2019.

  • On Tuesday I saw two cute dogs sitting in cars, one on my way into work and another in a car in the supermarket car park.
  • I also placed a Makeup Revolution order and purchased two palettes, the Blush Queen palette for myself and another surprise palette for my blog giveaway (I did mention some extras). I am a little nervous for the Blush Queen palette as I don’t wear much pink on my cheeks but I’m hoping because these are shimmery they will be ok. I can always try the shades on my eyes as well.
  • I reached 1,000 blog followers! (Finally!) To celebrate I am running a giveaway which you can check out by clicking *HERE!*
  • I worked extra on Wednesday and didn’t get afternoon tea so I was starving by the time I finished work. I was naughty and got Burger King on the way home. I got a cheeseburger thrown in for free that I didn’t even order – thank you kind person on drive thru!
  • I didn’t sleep in on Thursday. I spent the morning thinking about blog posts for October.
  • I washed a couple of makeup brushes and my makeup sponge.
  • I removed my chipped nail polish, the remnants of the rose gold shade I shared on Instagram last week.

What I’ve been listening to:

Claire Richards – End Before We Start – Claire is one of my top 5 vocalists of all time and she released the official second single from her upcoming album – swooping love ballad End Before We Start – last Friday.

Rita Ora – Let You Love Me – Rita Ora announced her highly anticipated second album will be released in November and this song was released as her new single alongside the news. Rita has a cool vibe and I really enjoyed her debut album. I have followed her music since.

How was your week?


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