Soft Valentine’s Makeup

2017 is the only year since I started blogging that I didn’t create a Valentine’s themed makeup look but other than that it’s pretty much a yearly tradition. This is my first Valentine’s Day in three years being single (shoutout to all my fellow single babes!) and I’m okay with that. I’ve been doing much better these past few months and I’m not the kind of girl that relies on a man. I believe things will work out the way they’re meant to… or at least I hope so!

For this look I wanted to create something dreamy and sweet but not overly pink. I opted for base products that would give a subtle glow and look smooth and seamless on the skin. I didn’t go bold on the lips or eyes and kept an almost totally neutral palette, adding pops of colour to the cheeks and lips.

Products listed in order of application:

1. Olay Complete UV Lotion Senstive

2. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer

3. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel

4. L’Oreal True Match Lumi in W1-2 Porcelain Ivory – I haven’t spoken about this foundation on my blog too much. I have had it for almost a year now and it’s the one I am using as my everyday foundation most days and want to finish up next. The formula is light and easy to blend and perfect if you like glowy, hydrating foundations.

5. Urban Decay Primer Potion

6. MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NW10

7. Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Setting Powder – I find the L’Oreal foundation slightly too glowy in the summer on it’s own so I set my cheeks, nose and chin with powder.

8. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte

9. Shaaanxo The Remix Palette – I used the shade Clarity as a base shadow all over the lid and the shade Buttercup in the crease mixed with a small amount of The Body Shop bronzer.

10. MAC Naked Pigment – Naked was applied over top of Clarity.

11. Tanya Burr Selfie Lash Mascara – I was sent this mascara by a blogging friend and I have been enjoying using it! The brush is small allowing you to get into all the lashes and the formula isn’t wet and smudgy. This gives a lovely natural look but a second coat really adds oomph.

12. Makeup Revolution Blush Queen Palette – I used the third shade in the top row and applied it using a Detail Fibre Brush from xoBeauty which is my favourite to use with this palette. The brush picks up a combination of colour and shimmer and gives the loveliest finish.

13. xoBeauty Radiant Glow Powder – Aurora – Usually if I’m using a blush with shimmer I won’t apply highlighter as well but this one from xoBeauty has a beautiful pink shift and isn’t blinding so it blends in with the blush nicely.

14. The Body Shop Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist 

15. xoBeauty Liquid Lipstick – Carpe Diem – This is such a unique shade of lipstick; a muted lilac. The colour isn’t too pale for me (but is probably better suited to lighter skin tones) and when it fades a little it looks more pink. The formula of these liquid lipsticks is gorgeous and they have a delicious creme brulee scent!

The Finished Look:


Are you doing anything to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, whether you’re single or part of a couple? 💕

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Ride Or Die Makeup Tag

If you only had one of each makeup item to use, what would you pick? I can’t imagine how hard this tag would be if I had drawers of makeup and had to narrow down my favourite products. I am basing this post on the categories Jaclyn Hill mentions in her Ride Or Die YouTube video and adding in/taking out options where appropriate. This is the holiest of holy grails!

Primer
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Primer

This primer is nourishing and hydrating and makes the products on top look and apply better. I have the sample 20ml size and it has lasted me four or so months now. I definitely see myself repurchasing this in the future. This does have a coconut scent and whilst I’m not a coconut fan, the scent fades quickly after application so I’m happy.

Foundation
Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 100 Fair

Max Factor bases really impress me, they look nice on the skin, they cater for my skin tone and they have good coverage. I previously used this foundation in 101 Ivory Beige but Fair is a better match. This has an almost satin finish, not completely dewy or matte which I like. Despite having dry skin I don’t like overly glowy makeup.

Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer  – 1 Fair

The coverage and consistency of this concealer is really nice. Dry skinned gals will most likely be fans of this as it’s creamy and doesn’t cling and always makes my base look more flawless. I will continue to repurchase.

Face Powder
Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Powder

I don’t use setting powder everyday but I do tend to reach for it in summer. To be fair this is the only face powder I’ve ever tried but I do like it and it’s not too powdery that it accentuates lines or dry skin. The tiniest bit goes a long way.

Blush
NARS Orgasm

The peachy-pink tone flatters so many people and is almost like a universal shade. While I don’t wear blush everyday this is the one I would be sad to be without.

Bronzer
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte

This is kind of cheating as it’s the only bronzer I’ve properly tried and stuck with but when a product is this good you’re not going to stray. The Body Shop bronzer comes in a few shades and caters for different skin tones. This bronzer never looks harsh or orange or muddy, you might not think it’s there but it’s a product I wouldn’t skip applying in my everyday makeup routine now.

Highlight
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

This is one of those cult beauty products and for good reason, it is gorgeous! This is quite a neutral tone but the product can be built up if desired. This is the most versatile of my highlighters and gives the cheeks a lovely glow.

Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex 003 Extreme Black

I have used up a few tubes of this mascara now and whenever I try something different this is always what I compare other mascaras against. This gives length and volume and the Extreme Black shade does what it says on the tin but sadly this shade has been discontinued. I have tried the regular Black version and it is nowhere near as good.

Lipstick
BYS Fuchsia Surprise

Just about everyone who knows me knows bright pink lipstick is my favourite! There’s something about hot pink/fuchsia that I love and whenever I’m in doubt about what colour to wear I always go back to it. I have a few different fuchsia shades in my collection but I picked this one as I finished a one of these completely and the pigmentation and formula for the price point is amazing!

Liquid Lipstick
Frambourjoise by Bourjois

My favourite red! Frambourjoise is a raspberry red with a hint of pink and the formula is to die for – it’s unbelievably comfortable and long wearing – I recently wore this shade for 14 hours. I reapplied during that time but the first layer didn’t flake or get crusty under the second and make reapplication difficult.

Lipgloss
Afternoon Tea by Tanya Burr

Not only does this lipgloss have the cutest name but it is the most beautiful natural light pink colour. Often I wear this if I don’t know what else to wear and want something easy. I love this gloss with a gold eyeshadow and Becca’s Opal highlighter for a glowing, radiant look.

Eyeshadow Palette
Shaaanxo The Remix Palette

This palette really has it all and was one of my favourite beauty discoveries of 2018! There’s a mix of colourful shades and neutrals as well as shimmers and mattes. The formula applies and blends like a dream and this is what I tend to reach for almost each time I do my makeup.

Single Eyeshadow
MAC Tan Pigment

When I’m not using my Shaaanxo palette I like to go for a simple look that doesn’t require too much fuss. Tan is neutral enough that it could be worn everyday but it still has that sparkle and glitz I love.

Setting Spray
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

I haven’t had this setting spray for long but I am so happy I picked it up. The setting spray has a nice scent and feels very refreshing on the skin. The spray nozzle doesn’t spray too much product at once and two or three sprays is enough. Some sprays and face mists feel very wet and spray a lot of product but this doesn’t.

Perfume
Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture

I can’t remember how I first heard about this scent but I would always spray it on myself in shops when I was a teenager and it’s a scent I still love and don’t tire of. I have finished up a 100ml bottle in the past and I repurchased another one. I tend to save this perfume for special occasions and this scent reminds me of the latter half of 2016 which was a really happy time for me. This perfume lasts all day, I can still smell it on my clothes and skin the next day and it’s sweet and feminine.

The products in action

Left side:

Too Faced Hangover Primer, Max Factor Lasting Performance, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer, MAC Tan, Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara, MAC Soft & Gentle, Max Fix+, Bourjois Frambourjoise.

Right side:

Too Faced Hangover Primer, Max Factor Lasting Performance, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Powder, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer, Shaaanxo The Remix Palette, Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara, NARS Orgasm, MAC Soft & Gentle, BYS Fuchsia Surprise.


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January Favourites + Highlights

Month one of 2019 down already! I always see people complain January feels like the longest month but personally I don’t agree. I dislike January for a different reason and that’s the heat, as I’m sure you know by now I prefer cold weather.

This year I thought I would change my monthly favourites posts and include some highlights in them as well. This is the first post in the new format and I hope you like it!

Onto this month’s favourites:

1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S T-shirt – F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one of my favourite shows that I never get tired of re-watching. I spotted this t-shirt in a shop at the end of December and knew I had to have it. It’s thin material so it pays to wear another light layer underneath which is fine for summer. I wore this for the first time on New Years Eve tucked into some black pants with a bright pink lip colour and loved the casual feel of the outfit.

2. Marc Jacobs Daisy EDT – I haven’t mentioned this perfume on the blog until now. It was purchased towards the end of 2018 with the intent for it to become one of my everyday scents for work. Prior to purchasing this perfume I hadn’t smelt it before but I knew it was quite a popular fragrance. It does indeed smell beautiful and will be a perfect perfume for work, it’s floral, girly, light and lasts well.

3. xoBeauty Nam Jai Liquid Lipstick – Hands up who guessed this would make the cut?! This lip product is one of the best colours I have discovered in a long time and I will get so much wear out of it. Bright shades are why I love makeup; they make me feel more confident and youthful and portray a sense of fun.

4. The Body Shop Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist – With the warmer weather I have been enjoying applying a face mist when I do my makeup in the morning. The strawberry scent is one of my personal favourites from The Body Shop and this mist smells divine. I do find it does a good job at smoothing my makeup and keeping everything in place. My skin looks softer as a result.

5. Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters – I am still enjoying bullet journalling as much now as when I started and for 2019 I wanted to add more colour to various pages. This six pack of highlighters arrived in early January and I love all of them, I don’t think I can pick a favourite!

January Highlights

  • I got a new phone – the iPhone 6s Plus. I still have the space grey colour but I have a bigger screen now. I adapted to the new screen size quickly which I’m pleased about.
  • Nadine finally received her 1,000 followers giveaway prize! I sent it at the end of October 2018 and after constant worry it had gotten lost and reassurance from Nadine that the South African postal system is slow, it arrived. She did an unboxing and shared a picture on Instagram.
  • I got a haircut.
  • It was my birthday! I turned 24 on the 24th.

January’s Spotify Playlist:


How was your month? Share one of your highlights in the comments!

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Empty Products #7

I don’t know what is happening but over the past few months I have been using up products quicker than usual. It is only two months since my last empties post and I’m back with another bunch! Doing these posts when I finish 10 or so items seems to be working well.

Haircare

1. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner

The scent is nice and the product does make my hair feel clean but I didn’t enjoy using the full size as much as I did the 88ml bottles I tried in the past. I think this works better when used once a week rather than washing my hair with it constantly. I am still finishing the matching shampoo, which I enjoy more than the conditioner. This conditioner didn’t seem to be easy to massage into the hair so I was using more than normal.

Repurchase: No. The full size is pretty pricey too.

Makeup

2. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel

This pencil featured in my project pan for 2018 and on the very last day of 2018 I finished it! It was all I used to fill in my brows for the best part of three years and it’s so easy and fuss free.

Repurchase: I have.

3. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

This product was another one that featured in 2018’s project pan. I have had a love/hate relationship over the past year with this foundation but it holds a special place in my heart because it was the first liquid foundation I ever bought. Long story short, Rimmel changed the formula and discontinued shades and last year they released new shades again. Is it my favourite foundation, no, but it is still a good everyday option for work.

Repurchase: Maybe – I’d be interested to swatch the new shades.

4. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample)

I was given this sample in 2017 and it is the loveliest raspberry colour. The formula is long lasting with the shine of a gloss but is by no means sticky like one. This little sample gave me so many uses and I wore this colour a ton throughout 2018!

Repurchase: Maybe. I am on a lip product buying ban in 2019 and I have similar colours in my collection. The applicator on the full size product also looks a little intimidating.

Skincare & Fragrance

5. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist

The spiciness of this scent is what I like about it. It’s less sweet than what I usually go for and it’s slightly more grown up.

Repurchase: Maybe.

6. The Body Shop White Musk Fragrance Mist

This is one of my mum’s favourite scents and I got into it through her. It’s floral without being too much and I do think this is nicer than the Black Musk for everyday wear. The White Musk scent is stronger so I find I applied less per use compared to Black Musk which means this is somewhat better value.

Repurchase: Maybe.

7. Britney Spears Curious – In Control

I received a lot of compliments when I wore this perfume and it’s such a good one for work, it’s quite light and sweet but does the job without being overpowering. This was the first Britney perfume I tried and it also holds a special memory as I got it the same day as we picked up Tango. I had this perfume for almost nine years and in that time it always smelt and performed the same.

Repurchase: Yes but not right now.

8. Impulse Tease

With Impulse you know exactly what you’re getting, the cans are portable and don’t take up a lot of room and the scents are pleasant. The scents aren’t as long lasting as perfume but I like them for layering underneath a perfume.

Repurchase: In the future, yes. I have a couple of other mists to work through at the moment.

Body

9. Zoella Double Creme Body Lotion

I do take note of the products Zoella releases but a lot of the bath and shower ones I stay away from because of my sensitive skin. Body lotions are safer territory for me and I picked this one up for less than $10 (NZD) in 2017. The scent is inspired by macarons and once this lotion sinks in to the skin it smells lovely. The scent is not too sweet for my liking and the lotion soaks in quickly without leaving a greasy residue.

Repurchase: Is this still available to buy? I would use it again but at the same time I’m not going to go out of my way to track down a tube. I bought it online as Zoella Beauty isn’t available in New Zealand.

10. The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter

I picked this up at the end of 2017 and it sat on my dresser for a while before I got to using it but I loved it! The scent is zingy and fresh and the texture of the body butter is soft and creamy. In no way is it a criticism but different body butters from The Body Shop have different textures, some are more easy to spread and scoop out of the tub than others.

Repurchase: Yes and I’d even buy a 200ml tub instead of the 50ml!

11. Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant – Clear

You know the drill with this by now, it’s all I use. Maybe I’ll stop including these in my empties and only include anti-perspirant if I use a different one.

Repurchase: Yes.

Discards

1. Max Factor CC Cream – 40 Fair

There is probably one third of product left but over the past month whenever I have gone to use this it hasn’t sat right with primer and concealer, the CC Cream pills and crusty bits flake off and the product is not sitting on my skin. It is a little disappointing as this is a good colour match for me and the formula of the CC Cream is light and covers well. I think ultimately I didn’t use this product up quick enough but I picked it up cheaply so it’s not all bad.

Repurchase: No. It’s not my favourite base product ever.

I haven’t included this section in an empties before as not often do I throw products out unless they are old or they don’t work for me and they’re not worth passing along.


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First Impressions: MAC and More!

In my last blog post I shared the makeup products I hauled at the end of 2018! Seeing as they all arrived at similar times I thought it would be fun to try a few of them out at the same time and share my initial thoughts. I have already used some items more than once.

1. MAC – Strobe Cream – My plan for this product was to use it like a primer and apply it on top of my moisturiser prior to my foundation. The glow when the product is squeezed out of the tube is subtle and pretty but once on the face there’s no mistaking it. After trying this for two days as a primer I don’t think I will continue using the product this way. I tried this under the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation which is quite dewy but I will try it with my Max Factor one which is slightly more matte to make up my mind. I think the strobe cream will be better as a highlighter or worn on it’s own to give my skin a healthy glow on no makeup days.

2. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – 010 Light Porcelain – This foundation has quite a pleasant smell and the colour is a good match for me. I haven’t worn this foundation without the strobe cream underneath yet so I’m looking forward to trying it with my usual combination of everyday products I wear to work. This foundation contains Vitamin C and SPF which is beneficial for the skin. Like Match Perfection foundation (also from Rimmel), I found one pump to be sufficient.

3. MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ – I like that the mist sprays slowly and doesn’t cover the face with too much moisture. I definitely used fewer sprays of Fix+ to set my makeup as opposed to my Strawberry Face Mist from The Body Shop – that one tends to spray less product at a faster rate. I used Fix+ on one of my eyeshadow brushes before applying a MAC pigment and it intensified the shade a little. I will try the same thing with a few of my other eyeshadows but this spray will primarily be used to set makeup.

4. Little MAC – Velvet Teddy – Prior to purchasing Velvet Teddy I was aware of it’s hype as one of the most popular nude lipsticks. I would classify this as a nude lipstick but it definitely pulls a little more brown on me than what I’ve seen online and it is darker than I expected. I am glad I didn’t purchase the full size but I will definitely use up the mini. The lipstick is long lasting and pigmented and the formula for a matte is extremely comfortable. I want to try wearing Velvet Teddy with a gloss over the top and mixing it with one of my lighter lipsticks to see if that makes the shade pinker.

5. xoBeauty Liquid Lipstick – Nam Jai – I have found an absolute gem in this shade! Nam Jai is a gorgeous watermelon pink and I have worn it six times already since it arrived. (Technically three but I reapplied it at work after lunch on three occasions). This shade also reminds me what it is about bold, bright colours I love – they make me feel good when I wear them and they portray a sense of youthfulness and fun! Everyone at work always notices when I don’t wear a bold, bright lip colour.

Wearing the products over two separate days:

Velvet Teddy on the left and Nam Jai on the right. You can see my skin looks a little too glowy in the picture on the right, that is partly from the light coming in my window and partly from the strobe cream/Wake Me Up foundation combo.


Overall, I am pleased with everything and will enjoy using these items! What was the last new makeup product you tried?

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MASSIVE Beauty Haul

One thing I want to be more conscious of in 2019 is how much I buy makeup. Not only have I set a goal to try not to buy any lipsticks this year but I want to use up what I have before buying more and only buy something if I run out. In the last week of 2018 I took advantage of Boxing Day sales and used up a few gift cards before the low buy/no lipstick buy began.

1. xoBeauty Luxe Liquid Lipstick – Nam Jai – xoBeauty was most definitely my favourite brand discovery of 2018! I have two other liquid lipstick shades and if all liquid lipsticks had this formula I would be a happy girl! Nam Jai is described as a muted warm pink and in pictures I’ve seen it looks like a lovely watermelon pink. In the last xoBeauty order I made I was tossing up between Nam Jai and Kairos. I knew if I didn’t buy this shade it would have been tempting me all year.

2. xoBeauty Tulip Crease Brush – A standard Chanelle eye look usually involves a base shade, a transition shade in the crease and a shimmer all over the lid. I know the importance of blending and having a small enough brush to fit in my crease so the transition shade stays where it is supposed to. This brush reminds me of the Pointed Crease Brush by Real Techniques but this one can also be used to buff base shadows all over the lid.

3. Face Halo 3 Pack (White) – I have seen Shannon use these a lot in her vlogs and while they aren’t made by xoBeauty they are available to buy through the website. Each pack comes with three makeup removers that can simply be used with water. These pads are made up of extremely fine fibres to ensure a deep clean and they are also machine washable. I plan to use these instead of a facecloth to wipe my face after I have applied Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. A black Pro version of the Face Halo was released recently but the pads didn’t look as soft and with the white you can easily see when they need a clean.

4. Britney Spears Prerogative EDP 30ml – Britney Spears fragrances have been a staple in my collection for the past 10 years. I have tried a handful of different ones in that time and when a new one is released I always pop in store to see if I like it. I didn’t do that with Prerogative so I took a bit of a risk ordering online without smelling it first. I bought the smallest size to be on the safe side but it smells amazing and I can already imagine myself repurchasing this scent.

5. MAC – Velvet Teddy (Little Mac) – Ever since Cleia used the mini version of Velvet Teddy in this makeup tutorial I knew I wanted to try it for myself. I think it’s a great idea that MAC do smaller versions of some of their popular shades, it means it won’t take as long to use up and if for some reason a shade is not right for me I haven’t spent as much money on the full size.

6. MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ 30ml – I like the idea of Fix+’s versatility. I’m interested to try it as a setting spray (especially with the hot summer we’re having) and to spray it on my eye brushes to get a foiled/metallic eye look. I got the 30ml size because I figure it will take a while for me to use based on the rate I go through products – I’m like a snail.

7. MAC Strobe Cream 30ml – I have been looking at the Strobe Cream ever since I made my MECCA Beauty Wishlist. I have now managed to pick up everything on the list except Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara which I’m no longer worried about trying. My plan for the Strobe Cream is to use it on top of my moisturiser like a primer for a natural glow. The travel size comes in the shade Pinklite.

8. Max Factor Smooth Miracle Primer – I kind of picked this up on a whim but seeing as Max Factor Lasting Performance is my favourite foundation and there are a few other Max Factor products I enjoy I thought I’d try this to see if I like it. I got it as a back up in case the MAC Strobe Cream doesn’t work for me as a primer and because I am almost out of my current primer. I like how you can see exactly how much product is left and it has a pump.

9. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – 010 Light Porcelain – Last month I finished up a bottle of Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation and after falling out of love with it for a while, using it in conjunction with a good primer and concealer made me realise why I loved it in the first place. It has good coverage for everyday wear and it caters for my fair skin. A couple of years ago Rimmel discontinued some shades of Match Perfection (including the one I used) but in 2018 they released a few new ones. I have never tried the Wake Me Up foundation before but I have seen it in New Zealand, albeit not in the Light Porcelain shade. From what I have seen online the Light Porcelain shade of Wake Me Up is slightly darker than the Light Porcelain of Match Perfection, which isn’t a bad thing. I actually find the Match Perfection version of Light Porcelain can look pale if I don’t use bronzer – another reason I’m glad new shades of Match Perfection were released. I’m excited to try Wake Me Up to see how it compares and if it becomes my everyday foundation.

10. MAC Viva Glam II – I actually didn’t realise until after I bought this lipstick that it wasn’t what I thought it was! Six months ago I saw a swatch of Viva Glam V online and thought it looked so pretty, when I saw this Viva Glam lipstick on Fragrance Direct I thought this was it. I’m not completely disappointed, Viva Glam II (originally released in 1997) is still a nice shade, a pink-mauve beige brown and it has one of my favourite MAC finishes, satin.


Did you buy anything in the sales after Christmas?

Have you tried any of these products? Would you like to see some of these in a makeup tutorial or first impressions soon? Let me know which products I should use!

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Products I Want To Finish In 2018: Final Round Up

In January 2018 I shared 18 products I want to finish, kind of like a project pan. In this final update I list each product, how full it was at the beginning of 2018, how full it is currently, how many times I used it in December 2018 and how many times in I used each product in total over the course of 2018.

Face:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in
December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 96

2. The Body Shop Vitamin C Face Mist – January: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 42

3. MAC Studio Moisture Cream 30mlJanuary: 1/3 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 46

4. MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW10 – January: Mostly full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in December: 16 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 200

This concealer is so good, such a nice formula and the perfect colour match for my skin tone. The formula is still creamy even though it’s housed in a little pot. This doesn’t dry out which is great.

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – January: Nearly full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 11 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 131

At the start of 2018 this had only been used a couple of times and it proves to me I can finish up foundations if I use them consistently instead of using them on and off. I also began to enjoy this foundation again, with the right primer and concealer it does work well and is a good everyday foundation.

Eyes:

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/3 full.
Number of uses in December: 4 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 60

This is one of my favourite products for a go to easy eye look if I’m running short on time or want a nice bit of shimmer.

7. Rimmel Professional Brow Pencil in 002 Hazel – January: 1/2 left. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 16 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 225

This was used 225 times in 2018 alone which means it must have given me close to 700 uses in all the time I had it. I didn’t think I would finish this brow pencil but I went to sharpen it and there was no more lead left.

Lips:

8. BYS Fuschia Surprise – January: Almost empty. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 25

9. MAC – Syrup – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in December: 6 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 32

I may not have finished this lipstick but I came close. I will try to finish this in 2019.

10. MAC – Patisserie – January: 1/2 full. Now: 1/6 full.
Number of uses in December: 2 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 24

There is ever so slightly less of Patisserie left than Syrup. I will also try to finish this lipstick in 2019.

11. MAC – Blankety – January 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in December: 1 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 19

I didn’t use Blankety as much as I would have liked. Whilst it’s not my favourite nude I have learnt to appreciate it again and will enjoy using the rest of the lipstick up (probably won’t be in 2019 though).

12. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry In Love – January: 3/4 full. Now: 2/3 full.
Number of uses in December: 1 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 14

I will try to make more of an effort to use this regularly.

13. Elizabeth Arden Luscious Raspberry (Sample) – January: 1/2 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 7 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 28

This sample gave me so many uses. I would go through lip colours much quicker if they all came in sample sizes!

14. MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved – January: 1/2 full. Now:  full.
Number of uses in December: 4 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 16

I wore this more times in December than any other month in 2018.

Body/Fragrance:

15. The Body Shop Sparkler – January: 2/3 full. Now: 1/2 full.
Number of uses in December: 0 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 18

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 December: | Number of uses throughout 2018: 7

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: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 15 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 120

I loved this fragrance mist to spritz before applying my perfume for the day or even wearing on it’s own if I’m just popping out somewhere. I have had the White Musk and Black Musk EDTs in the past and I’d say these fragrance mists last just as well. They are cheaper and contain more product, it’s a win win!

18. The Body Shop Black Musk Fragrance Mist – January: 3/4 full. Now: Empty.
Number of uses in December: 9 | Number of uses throughout 2018: 98

See above.


I’m really pleased I managed to hit my target of finishing half of the products, especially considering a few products I didn’t use as often as I would have liked. This project pan taught me I am good at being strict and sticking with products but sometimes I miss having freedom to create. I won’t be doing anything similar for 2019 but I will be trying not to buy makeup unless I run out of something and one of my goals for this year is not to buy ANY lipstick! (We’ll see how long I last).

Hope you enjoyed this series and seeing my progress!

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Hello 2019!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the first few days of 2019 have treated you well. Let me know how you celebrated in the comments – did you go out or stay in?

I always think it’s important to write a post like this at the start of the year so I can prepare my readers for what’s to come and run through any changes for the year ahead. Throughout December 2018 I started thinking about the direction for the blog and I knew I still want to write and share posts but I’m not sure how frequently that’s going to be. For the first month or so of 2019 I will be having a very relaxed posting schedule and mostly sharing when I feel like it. I want to have some time to immerse myself in the new year and get into the swing of things without having a strict three post a week promise to myself.

I still have a few post ideas in the pipeline and I will be creating a list of future ideas in my bullet journal. When I do post I will likely still be posting on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, I find those days work well for me. I won’t be writing a Redhead Rambles update every week and I am unsure whether I will still share my daily highlights at the end of each month. Perhaps I could do a combination of the two and share any significant highlights and things that have happened at the end of each month or every two months. I am not unhappy with my past posts but I want to write quality rather than quantity. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (links at the bottom of the post) you will be able to keep up with me more regularly and see what I’m up to!

I was curious to see what my most popular posts from 2018 are, not only as a source of inspiration for 2019 content but to look back and reminisce.

1. Rimmel Match Perfection Two Years OnI am a little surprised this was the most popular but it shows beauty/makeup is what a lot of my readers are here for.

2. The Breakup 💔I am so proud of this post! I’m not bashing my ex or being disrespectful, I simply recounted what happened. Everyone left such thoughtful comments and I really felt the support.

3. 1,000 FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY!Following closely behind is the giveaway I ran at the end of September for (finally) reaching 1,000 followers. Nadine was the lucky winner!

4. GRWM: Trying New MakeupI loved this neutral look I created back in August. I used a MAC lipstick with possibly the cutest shade name ever, Hug Me.

5. 30 By 30A list of things I want to accomplish before turning 30. I’ve got just over 7 years left!

6. First Peek Inside My Bullet JournalI fell in love with my bullet journal in 2018. In this post I share some of the first pages I created. The post also features a flick through YouTube video.

7. Blogger ClichesThis is not poking fun at bloggers, I share what the majority of us seem to do and love.

8. Current Thoughts & Feelings: Dating/RelationshipsPersonal, honest posts tend to do well and this post follows my mindset after the breakup.

9. Remembering Tango – It’s highly appropriate this post was the ninth most popular, Tango would have turned nine in October 2018. I’m glad she features as in a few days it will be one year since we lost her.

10. Decluttering My Beauty DrawerI got rid of beauty products I didn’t like or use very often.


It’s important to look back but it’s also important to look forward and not stay in the past. I have four goals for 2019 and I thought I’d share them with you.

  1. Try not to buy any lipstick – This will be tough as lipstick is my favourite makeup product but I’d love to be able to say I did it!
  2. Make recipes from my Kmart cookbooks – I bought two cookbooks last year and haven’t made anything from them yet, I hope this changes.
  3. Read 50 books – I read 48 in 2018 so I don’t think this is impossible! I’m also taking into account I work slightly more hours now.
  4. Drive at least twice a month – During the last couple of months of 2018 my driving practice fell by the wayside so I’m hoping to get back into practising more regularly.

Over the coming weeks I may think of more goals but they are what I have for now.


I hope 2019 brings everyone lots of love, laughter and happiness! Cheers to the year ahead!

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Best Beauty Discoveries of 2018

2018 feels like the year I mastered my makeup routine. I have experimented and I know what types of products and colours I like and what I find manageable. By manageable I’m referring to how easy a product is to use, the pigmentation and application and how often I’m reaching for it. I don’t like the thought of owning makeup for the sake of it to sit there and not get used. I’m not a big palette lover, I like simple eye makeup 99% of the time and I’d rather jazz up my look with a beautiful lip colour. The majority of these products are all versatile which is another thing I love, they go with so many looks and get worn frequently.

1. xoBeauty – Starting with my favourite beauty discovery of the year – YouTuber Shaaanxo’s makeup line xoBeauty. When it comes to Shannon’s videos and YouTube channel I was late to the party. She’s probably the biggest New Zealand YouTuber and I do really enjoy her videos. Her makeup line is beautiful and the quality is top notch! I have made numerous xoBeauty orders this year and standout products include: The Remix Eyeshadow Palette (I use this a lot and reviewed it *HERE*), a liquid lipstick in the shade Carpe Diem and a matte lipstick in the shade Philocaly. The makeup brushes are very good as well and a few of my favourites are the Detail Face Brush, the Powder Tulip Brush and the Firm Blender Brush.

2. L’Oreal Lash Paradise/Paradise Extactic Mascara – It takes a lot to rival my holy grail Rimmel mascara but this gem from L’Oreal does. I purchased a tube of Lash Paradise (pink tube) in March 2018 and from the first use I loved it! The only downside is the coating flaked off the tube so by the time it was finished it wasn’t pretty anymore. I purchased a tube of Paradise Extactic (gold tube) in September which I’m excited to use and compare to Lash Paradise.

3. Trilogy Very Gentle Restoring Oil – My skincare routine is simple but when you find something that works you tend to stick with it. I have always had dry skin and this year I wanted to try a facial oil or a facial serum to see if that helped and made a difference. I did a little bit of research and found this oil for sensitive skin from Trilogy (which is a New Zealand brand). Ever since I’ve been using it I’ve noticed a big difference. My skin is softer, I get less breakouts than before (and even then there weren’t many) and my makeup looks nicer. I apply four drops of facial oil every night after my moisturiser. I have been using a day moisturiser for sensitive skin too which I think helps.

4. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle – This highlighter is a firm favourite in the beauty blogging world and it’s easy to see why! I will say this shade is better suited to lighter skin tones but it’s nice to have something that caters for fair-light skin tones that isn’t blinding and can be built up for desired effect. Soft & Gentle is a gilded peach bronze shade and out of all my highlighters, this is the most versatile. I’ve worn this an all over face powder and it also looks lovely. I’d love to try this on my eyes as an eyeshadow base or on it’s own for a more natural look.

5. Urban Decay Primer Potion – Can you believe I didn’t use eyeshadow primer until a few months ago?! I’d been thinking about trying one for a while and settled on the travel size Primer Potion from Urban Decay – I know this is tried and tested. I do notice a difference when I use this, my eyeshadow stays put longer and doesn’t crease. A little goes a long way and I haven’t had any eye irritation. I like to apply this and leave it to sit for a couple of minutes whilst I apply concealer and bronzer before going in with eyeshadow.

6. NARS Mini Orgasm Blush Highlight Duo – I knew when I saw this product online it wouldn’t stick around for long and if I left it I would miss out, so I bought it! I have an Orgasm blush dupe and it is beautiful but it’s nice to own the real thing as well. This blush is such a gorgeous colour and goes with almost any makeup look, it gives a soft flush of colour and can easily be built up, the highlighter is the same. I don’t normally wear highlighter and blush together but when I use this duo I really like how my cheeks look with both. Despite this being a mini product, it will still last a long time.


How many of these did you guess correctly? 😛

What products were you glad you discovered in 2018?

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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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