Christmas Makeup


Hey everyone! We are now less than a week away from Christmas! I enjoy seeing how people plan to do their makeup on Christmas Day and I wanted to share the look I’ve opted for this year. If you’re stuck for inspiration and not sure what to go for, I hope this post is of some use to you!

Last year, I went down the traditional route of a red lip and a sparkly eye. This year I am keeping my eyes sparkly and going for gold (literally). I have also gone for a gorgeous plum/berry lip colour, à la MAC Syrup. I was applying the shade one afternoon and the idea popped into my head to use it as my Christmas lip colour this year.



Face Title1. Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser – You know how much I love Simple moisturiser. I have realised I actually prefer this to the Light Hydrating version.

2. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel – I have been using this exact pencil to fill in my eyebrows since March and I’m still lovin’ it!

3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist – I love this product for spritzing on my face before applying foundation. It gives my skin an extra boost of moisture and makes everything look more flawless.

4. Max Factor Lasting Finish Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – I went for this over my trusty Rimmel as I wanted more of a matte look and this foundation lasts really well throughout the day.

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair – Again, you know I’m a huge fan of this! It’s creamy, high coverage and moistursing – enough said.

6. Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Powder – This helps stop any excess oil and takes away any leftover shine after applying foundation.

7. Dainty Doll Cream Blush in 003 Billion Dollar Babies – This blush is very subtle but that’s why I love it. It gives the most natural colour to the cheeks and there’s not a look this shade doesn’t go with.

Eyes Title1. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette – A light wash of the gold shade in the second row of the palette is applied as a base.

2. Makeup Revolution Iconic 2 – The second shade from the left is applied over the top of the Maybelline shade to add extra sparkle.

3. Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – One coat of lengthening mascara is applied to the top and bottom lashes before a coat of volumising mascara is applied to the top lashes.

Lips Title1. Revlon – Sugar Plum – This shade may not scream Christmas at first glance but it’s plum/berry tones make it the perfect accompaniment. It’s bold enough to make a statement but not too bold that you will notice when it starts to fade. It’s smooth formula will make reapplication a breeze if necessary.

End Result


What do you think of my Christmas makeup? What look will you be wearing on the big day?


Spring Makeup | Collaboration with Drifting Lexi


Back in April, Lauren from Drifting Lexi and I did a Spring/Autumn makeup collaboration. We each came up with a look to represent the season we were going into as we live on opposite sides of the world! Six months later, and it’s time for a role reversal – it’s my turn to showcase a Spring inspired look. I wanted it to be bright and fresh and I definitely achieved that!

Note: This look also doubled as the makeup I wore to Ellie Goulding’s concert at the weekend.

Products Used:


As usual, I began by applying my trusty Simple moisturiser.

  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel
  • Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – This foundation gives skin a lovely, natural appearance whilst still making the skin look flawless. This is due to the medium-high coverage of the foundation. (I also used this foundation because it is more travel friendly than Rimmel’s Match Perfection which comes in a glass bottle).
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded – I applied this shade as a base to my eyelids, making it easier for eyeshadow to stick to.
  • Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette – I patted the gold shade all over my lids on top of Barely Branded.
  • Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – I applied one coat of lengthening mascara before going in with one coat of volume mascara a couple of minutes later.
  • Dainty Doll Powder Blush 004 You Are My Sunshine – The flecks of gold in this blush make it perfect to highlight my cheekbones. It also teams so well with the gold eye look.
  • MAC Without Your Love – This lipstick is a beautiful pop of light pink and I love wearing this shade with the eye look above. Without Your Love brings the look together and makes everything look fresh and bright!
  • Rimmel Oh My Gloss! #150 Glossaholic – Without Your Love is quite a pale shade and I find adding a lick of gloss over it tops everything off nicely and completes the look.

The Finished Look:



Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s post and let us know what you think of each look!

Be sure to check out our previous collaboration posts from March (HERE) and (HERE) too!


Date Night OOTD & Makeup

Date Night OOTD & Makeup

Happy Wednesday, it’s the middle of another week already! I was in two minds about whether I should (is should the right word?) share this post or not but I’ve decided to. I’ve always been open about the fact that I haven’t been in a relationship before or had a lot to do with the opposite sex but a few weeks ago I went out to dinner on a date. To cut a long story short, I never heard from the guy after that. Despite this, I really enjoyed putting this look together and I wanted to share what I wore in case you’re in a similar situation or just need some inspiration.

The Outfit

Date Night Outfit1. Cotton On Archy Crop Pullover

I knew it might get a bit chilly so I wanted to make sure I was warm whilst still looking nice. I went for a casual/semi-formal look and I rolled up the sleeves of this pullover to make things a bit more cute and playful. The colour broke up the black of the rest of the outfit.

2. Cotton On 3/4 Sleeve Boat Neck

Underneath the pullover I opted for a simple black 3/4 sleeve top. These sorts of tops are so versatile and perfect for layering.

3. Dannii For Target Coated Leggings

I absolutely love these leggings for their comfort and the way they look! These are more glam than your usual pair of plain black leggings and the coated animal print also adds a bit of personality and playfulness.

4. Forever New Scarlett Quilted Bag

I picked up this bag when I was in Auckland with dates and evenings out in mind. It is the perfect size and can hold a decent amount. For example, on my date I had my phone, keys, cards, ID, various other bits and there was still room to spare.

5. Diana Ferrari Onix Suede Boots

It was a chilly evening and I’m glad I opted for boots. These look so cute with the leggings tucked in and I do love the sound of the slight heel against the pavement as I walk.

Date Night Outfit

The Face

Date Night MakeupI started with my trusty Simple moisturiser as usual. All other products are listed in order of application:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer

2. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel

3. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair

5. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ – (Shades 3 and 7)*

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper

7. Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – (Two coats of the volume mascara)

8. Goddess of Love Highlighter

9. MAC Syrup – (I wanted to make an impact but not go over the top with a bold lip)

*Both shades were applied all over the lid before going in with Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer in Copper for added sparkle!

Date Night Eye Makeup

Date Night Eye Makeup

The Finished Look

Date Night Finished Look

Let me know what you think of the look I created, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you have an outfit or makeup look reserved specifically for date nights?


Gigi Hadid Inspired Makeup

Gigi Hadid Inspired MakeupEver since sharing my Vanessa White Inspired Makeup look in March I have been on the hunt for another look I really admire and wanted to recreate. Gigi Hadid is everywhere lately and I can see why because she is gorgeous! When I picture Gigi, I think of a natural look, glowy, bronzed skin and either a bright red lip or a glossy nude lip – I will be focusing on the latter. I hope you enjoy this post!

The Menu

Gigi Hadid Makeup

Face Title

1. Simple Radiance Brightening Moisturiser SPF 10 – I spotted this for $3 last week and I actually used it for the first time in this look. With words like radiance and brightening in the name it sounded perfect. This moisturiser contains an SPF which is good if your foundation doesn’t and also contains mango extract which is supposed to help make the skin look even more glowing and bright.

2. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – This primer helps make my skin feel smoother before applying foundation. As this is clear I like to apply this and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes while I fill in my eyebrows so I can make sure it’s soaked in properly.

3. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel – I have been using this eyebrow pencil since I bought it in March and it makes filling in my eyebrows so quick and simple. I like a natural look so they don’t need much filling in.

4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 010 Light Porcelain – I want a flawless, glowy base and this foundation is the best to achieve that. It adds a lovely dewiness to the skin, particularly the cheeks which will accentuate my highlighter and make that stand out even more.

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair – I LOVE this concealer! This doesn’t crease or make my skin look cakey and I’m going to go as far to say I prefer this to Maybelline’s Fit Me. The coverage is fuller than Maybelline’s which adds to the flawlessness and means you don’t have to use a lot to achieve decent coverage.

6. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – Gigi’s skin always looks beautifully bronzed so I couldn’t skip this step. I applied bronzer in a ‘3’ motion to my forehead, cheeks and jawline.

7. I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter – I wanted to keep this look as naturally glowy as possible so I decided not to use a blush and just apply this highlighter. I dusted the highlight on the tops of my cheekbones and applied a small amount down the centre of my nose and to my chin.

Eyes Title

1. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Eyeshadow Palette – I took the cream shade (top row, third from the left) and applied it as a base shadow all over my lids.

2. Max Factor Excess Shimmer – 20 Copper – I use this little eyeshadow pot all the time and one of my favourite ways to wear it is layered over top of other eyeshadows. I applied it over the cream shade to really make the eyes and shimmer stand out.

3. Rimmel Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara – I recently cracked open this mascara and I must say, so far so good! I’ve never used a two step mascara system before and I’m still in the process of figuring out how this mascara wears best on me but I like it. The lengthening mascara wand is small and short, perfect for bottom lashes.

Lips Title

1. Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea – This shade is a lovely, sweet pink and is my favourite of the Tanya Burr glosses I picked up because of it’s versatility. The light pink helps bring everything together and tie it all in.

End Result

Gigi Hadid and Me

Are you a fan of Gigi Hadid? What do you think of my take on her look? Also, leave a comment if there’s anyone else’s look you’d like me to recreate!


GRWM: One Year Work Anniversary!

GRWM One Year AnniversaryLast Wednesday, (May 4th to be exact!) it was a whole year since I started my job and because it was such a milestone I wanted to celebrate by wearing a mix of my old and current makeup favourites. I remember I did a FOTD post about the makeup I wore on my first day of work and it’s crazy to think how far I’ve come since then, work-wise and makeup-wise. Originally, the job was only for two months but I was asked if I wanted to stay on and of course I said yes! I have learnt so much in the past twelve months and everyday I’m still thankful to have been given a chance.

GRWM Work Makeup ProductsProducts listed in order of application:

  • Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil – 002 Hazel
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 081 Fair Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 01 Fair
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder – Translucent
  • Maybelline ‘The Nudes’
  • Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow – Copper
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara
  • Dainty Doll Cream Blush 003 – Billion Dollar Babies
  • BYS Lipstick – Fuchsia Surprise

Eyes TitleWork GRWM Eye LookI applied the two shades indicated above all over my lids before going in with Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer eyeshadow pot in the shade Copper. I wanted something simple yet striking on my lids as I was making my lips the feature and I generally accentuate one or the other.

Work GRWM Maybelline and Max Factor

End ResultGRWM Work MakeupI’ve mentioned before that Fuchsia Surprise by BYS is hands down my favourite lipstick of all time. The colour, texture and pigmentation are outstanding and I always feel fearless when I wear this shade!

Wearing a face full of my favourite products was the perfect way to mark my one year anniversary. What makeup items do you turn to for a special occasion?


What I Do In a Day #1

What I Do In a DayHey there! A couple of weeks ago the lovely Kaily left a comment on my What I Eat In a Week post and said I should write a “What I Do In a Day” one as well. I took her suggestion on board and basically this post will be me showing you what I get up to on a daily basis and what my normal routine is. I have included pictures as visual aids but mostly for Kaily’s benefit!  😉

Note: The day featured is Monday, March 28 2016. Due to Easter I had the day off work and this is not how I spend every Monday. Times and activities may vary.

What I Do In a Day

11:20am Wake up

11:25am  – Water, vitamins, antihistamine

11:33am – Exercycle – 10km

12:07pm – (Late) breakfast – crumpets with butter

12:16pm – Shower

1:00pm – Dry and straighten hair

2:15pm – FOTD, apply makeup

3:00pm – Went into town

4:30pm – Purchased suitcase

5:20pm – Weekly organising and blog planning

5:50pm – Listened to Mind of Mine on Spotify

7:00pm – Eat dinner and watch TV

8:50pm – Online shopping – biker jacket and beanie

9:37pm – Paint nails – Essie ‘Ladylike’

10:00pm – Computer/catch up on vlogs

11:57pm – Bed

I realise lunch is missing from that list but that’s because I didn’t have any and had a late breakfast. Also missing from the list is my nightly ritual of applying hand cream before I go to bed. I didn’t apply any on Monday night as I didn’t want to ruin my nails. #priorities

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you found it interesting or would like me to turn it into a series!


Day To Night Makeup

Day and Night MakeupHi lovelies! 99.9% of the time I apply my makeup for the day and that’s it. Last Friday though, there was a work dinner and I knew I wouldn’t have time to do my whole face again so I had to be crafty with my makeup. I think my makeup transitioned really well and everything worked out exactly how I wanted it to.

Friday’s Face

Day and Night Makeup ProductsDay Products:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 15 Fair
  • Max Factor Lasting Performance – 101 Ivory Biege
  • Australis Concealer Stick – Light
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – 01 Light Matte
  • Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette (I applied the first three shades of the top row all over my lids).
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex Mascara – Black
  • Dainty Doll Powder Blush 004 – You Are My Sunshine
  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil – Hazel
  • Rimmel Oh My Gloss! – #150 Glossaholic

Night Products:

  • Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette (The second shade from the left on the bottom row was applied all over the lids to darken things up).
  • Max Factor Excess Shimmer – 20 Copper
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex Mascara – Black
  • Dainty Doll Wonderbalm
  • MAC – All Fired Up

Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer eyeshadow really helped brighten and illuminate my eyes and the third coat of mascara really took the look from day to night. It made my eyes stand out and look more dramatic. My eyes still looked quite natural which is why I decided to make a statement with a bold lip!

Let me know how you take your makeup from day to night and if you have a preference, which you prefer!


Vanessa White Inspired Makeup

Vanessa White MakeupHappy Monday lovelies! Recently I’ve found myself becoming a fan of nude-brown lips. Normally I don’t like brown at all but I have always thought a nude lip looks beautiful paired with a smoky eye or a bright shimmery eye look. Today’s post features a makeup look inspired by Vanessa White. Vanessa is a British singer and member of one of my favourite bands The Saturdays. Vanessa’s makeup is always immaculate and there are a few key points to achieving her look; a matte (or nude) lip, dark smoky eyes and a flawless base.

I don’t wear a lot of smoky browns so it was fun to create this look and experiment a bit with darker colours. Obviously my skin is paler than Vanessa’s but I knew the look I was going for and adapted her signature style to suit me and my skin tone.

The Menu

Vanessa White Makeup MenuProducts listed in order of application:

1. Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser – I squeeze a small amount into the palm of my hand and apply it using my middle finger. Thin, frequent layers soak into the skin more easily and are less likely to clog pores.

2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist – I spritzed this onto my face after applying moisturiser to give an extra bit of hydration.

3. Brown Eyebrow Pencil – I hardly ever fill in my eyebrows but I know Vanessa is a fan of a bold brow. Mine are naturally quite thick (lucky me) so I filled them in slightly to give a hint of definition. I did this first so any harsh lines would be covered by foundation/concealer.

4. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – I opted for this foundation over my Rimmel Match Perfection as this gives a more matte coverage and more coverage in general; adding to that flawless look.

5.  Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair – As usual this was applied on my chin and around my nose where I have some redness. I also applied a small amount to the outer corners of my eyes to brighten things up a little so they wouldn’t look too dark with all the eye makeup.

 6. Australis Concealer Stick in Light – I don’t use concealer stick a lot anymore since I purchased Maybelline’s Fit Me but I decided to change things up a bit and try and use this for some contouring. I applied this on my chin, my forehead, down the centre of my nose and on my cheeks in a triangle shape.

 7. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – I lightly dusted this bronzer into the hollows of my cheeks and up onto my forehead and jawline using a ‘3’ motion.

8. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Eyeshadow Palette – This palette had to be it with the gorgeous browns and taupes. Shade 3 was applied as a base all over the lid followed by shade 7 which was used in the crease as a transition shade. Shade 6 was then applied over shade 3 and blended with shade 8 to create the dark smoky look.

Vanessa - Maybelline The NudesVanessa Eye Makeup

9.  Rimmel Supercurler Mascara – This mascara adds a lovely curl to my lashes and the curved brush really allows you to get into each individual eyelash and wiggle the brush to distribute product.

10.  Dainty Doll Cream Blusher 003 Billion Dollar Babies – This blush is literally the perfect everyday, barely there shade. I wanted to use this nude shade to add a little something to my cheeks without going over the top with colour.

11. Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer in 200 Comet – Vanessa prefers a matte lip to a gloss but this is the closest lip product I own colour wise to her style. What I love about these lip lacquers is that the finish is somewhere between glossy and matte. The formula is not sticky and packs a punch on the pigment front. Comet also inspired this post and this look!

End Result

Vanessa Makeup Selfie 1 Vanessa Makeup Selfie 2I haven’t done a post like this before and I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you’d like to see more along the same lines.


Get Ready With Me: Weekend Glam

Get Ready With Me: Weekend GlamHi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! This was one of the first weekends in a while that I’ve felt I’ve been able to relax and haven’t had anything crop up or on the go. I had been looking forward to this weekend for a long time, ever since Ellie Goulding announced the release date of her third album ‘Delirium’. While I was getting ready to go into town I came up with the idea to do a little OOTD/FOTD/Get Ready With Me post as well as sharing the rest of my weekend with you. Enjoy!

Outfit of the Day

Saturday's OutfitPants: Black leggings

Top: Cream t-shirt with black shoulder detailing

Shoes: Holster sandals in Pewter

Face of the Day

Saturday's MakeupInstead of just listing the products like I normally do, I thought I would give a step by step guide to how I did my face.

1) Using Garnier’s Micellar Water (not pictured) I cleansed my skin before applying Simple’s  Light Hydrating Moisturiser.

2) After 20 minutes I patted Rimmel’s Fix & Perfect Primer in the shade 001 into my skin.

3) Next I applied my eyeshadow using Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ palette.

Weekend Glam Eye LookI used the two taupe shades in the top right hand corner and the black shade to line my crease.

Eye Makeup Close Up4) Moving onto my base. I used Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation in 081 Fair Ivory and Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair.

5) For mascara I opted for my trusty Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex. This mascara gives my lashes a lovely curl that lasts all day.

6) Time for blush. Dainty Doll’s You Are My Sunshine is a lovely rose-gold and I apply this by swirling my ring fingers in the compact then rubbing them both together to get an even amount of product. I lightly dab the blush on to the tops of my cheeks in a circular motion.

7) You all know lips are my favourite part of my makeup routine and for this look I tried something new. I patted Revlon’s Tutti Frutti Lip Butter into my lips to get a light wash of colour then layered L.A. Colors’ Glossin Go lip gloss in Sherbet (not pictured) on top to give my lips shine. The result, a luscious peach lip!

Selfie Fun!All made up and ready to go!

The first stop for mum and I in town was lunch. The two of us shared a strawberry thickshake and some hot chips.

LunchAfter lunch the time had finally come to buy Ellie’s CD; what this whole trip was about.

DeliriumI couldn’t resist playing the album as soon as I got home and I suspect it will be a real grower. Ellie is one of those artists who I know I will love pretty much everything she does and her music always makes me feel happy and excited when I listen to it. I can still remember the day I purchased her first album and how I would listen to it literally every day.

There’s not much else to report really. Sunday involved me sleeping in and not getting up until rather late *ahem 12:30pm* and catching up on blogging and getting this week’s posts written up for you. I hope you enjoyed this post and do let me know what you did with your weekend!


OOTD & FOTD: 21st Edition

OOTD 21st EditionHello beautiful people! How was your weekend?

I had a friend’s 21st on Saturday and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do a wee outfit of the day and face of the day post for you all! Initially I was worried about the party, I didn’t know what to expect or who was going to be there but I ended up having a good time. Dancing for three and a half hours is great exercise!

What I Wore (Outfit):

OOTDJacket: Postie – This is a long sleeved lightweight waterfall style jacket. I didn’t want to wear anything too heavy but I still wanted to be warm. The metal jewels down the sleeves bought a little bit of bling to my outfit!

Top: Kmart – I picked this top up for $10 at the beginning of the year and it really does look good with anything, casual, or more dressy on this occasion. The stripes helped to break up the black of the rest of my outfit and introduce a bit of pattern and playfulness.

Skirt: Pagani – This skirt is absolutely beautiful and so comfortable to wear – it feels like I haven’t got anything on! The material is soft and stretchy and cut in a bandage style which adds texture and doesn’t make it look like a plain black skirt or a skirt you’d wear to work.

I paired all of this with a pair of stockings and my Diana Ferrari Onix Slouch Boots. They are super comfortable and allow me to dance all night without getting sore feet.

Diana Ferrari BootsWhat I Wore (Makeup):

21st MakeupBase:

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 081 Fair Ivory

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ’15 Fair’


ChiChiChi Chi Billion Dollar Palette ‘Heiress’ – I used the white as a primer all over the lid before sweeping over the grey shadow and patting on the shimmery silver.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Lycra Flex Mascara in Black

Profusion Eyebrow Pencil in Brown – I don’t normally do anything to my brows but I had this pencil lying around and decided to try it out last weekend. I kept things pretty subtle on Saturday and thought it turned out well considering it was only my second attempt.


Dainty Doll Blush 004 You Are My Sunshine


BYS Lipstick ‘Fuchsia Surprise’

21st Makeup SelfieAll made up and ready to par-tay!

I wore my hair down and curled it and was very happy with the way it (and the rest of my look) turned out! Apologies about the quality of the photo, it was almost sunset and natural light was disappearing fast.

This post was so much fun to write and I hope you enjoyed reading it! Be sure to let me know what you think of my look and if you have a go to party look of your own, why not share it in the comments.