Black Friday/Cyber Monday Haul

I’ve never seen these big sales as an excuse to go crazy and buy items for the sake of it but if there is a sale on something I’ve been looking at purchasing or spot a good deal I’m likely to go for it! I have done a few hauls this year but the majority have only contained a handful of items. (I count less than 10 haul posts throughout 2019). I personally enjoy seeing what people pick up and what has either been on their wishlist or they’ve been intrigued to buy in the spur of the moment. Let’s get started!

1. Kylie Minogue Logo Hoodie (Peach)

Jumpers are one of my favourite clothing items, they are super comfortable and make me feel all snug and cosy. Band/artist merchandise is one of my favourite things to wear and I didn’t have any Kylie stuff. This is a simple peach coloured hoodie with Kylie’s logo on the front and back. It will look great with blue jeans and it will be good to pop on between seasons when the weather can’t make up its mind.

Note: This item hadn’t arrived when the photos for this post were taken.

2. The Body Shop Warm Vanilla Body Butter

Vanilla is one of my favourite scents and The Body Shop tend to release a vanilla line as part of their Christmas range. I prefer musky, spicy vanilla scents when it comes to body lotions but this one is quite sweet. I tested a little bit of this body butter when it arrived and I like the scent once it’s had time to sit on the skin for a while. I can’t comment on how moisturising the formula is compared to others I’ve tried as I won’t be using this straight away but it seems to be up to The Body Shop’s usual standard from the small amount I sampled. This is the only item in this haul that wasn’t on sale.

3. xoBeauty Luxe Liquid Lipstick – Impavid

I’m sure you know the story by now, the xoBeauty liquid lipstick formula is my favourite – it is not drying at all and so comfortable on the lips. The liquid lipsticks were 40% off which took them down to roughly $15 (NZD) which is super affordable. Impavid is a deep, rich, cool toned red. I have a few red lipsticks in my collection and I’m currently in the process of evaluating them all by wearing a different shade each day to figure out which ones I most enjoy. As Impavid is new it will be sticking around.

4. xoBeauty Luxe Liquid Lipstick – Ineffable

I also picked up the shade Ineffable which is a neon, hot fuchsia and is the perfect Chanelle colour! Funnily enough I have less bright pink lipsticks than reds yet this is my favourite colour to wear. This kind of shade is my go to when I’m stuck and don’t know what to pick and I know it goes with whatever makeup I pair it with. This shade is a creme finish whereas other bright pinks in my collection are more of a satin/shiny finish and contain tiny sparkles.

Lipstick swatches:

Left to right: Ineffable and Impavid.

5. xoBeauty Round Eye Brush

I have been loving the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush lately for applying transition shades all over the lid and through the crease. The Real Techniques brush has nice dense bristles which really places the shadow where I want it to go and brushes like this work best for my small eyes as I don’t have a lot of lid space. Fluffy brushes are fine if I want a soft, natural look but I do like definition in the crease. I’m hoping due to the shape and look of this brush it will perform in a similar fashion.

6. xoBeauty Angled Eye Brush

I haven’t tried an angled eye brush before but the reviews on this one were really good. The head isn’t overly big so I think this will work well for carving out my crease and applying eyeshadow to the outer half of my eyes. This brush can also be used to apply and blend out concealer underneath the eyes or to apply primer to the eyelids – a good multitasker.


Did you pick up anything in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales?

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xoBeauty Haul + Mini Heaps of Sweets Palette Review

xoBeauty was my favourite brand discovery of 2018 and The Remix Palette from Shaaanxo and BH Cosmetics is what I currently enjoy reaching for most. I have tried to keep myself on a low buy in 2019 but there have been certain products I can’t stop thinking about – the Heaps of Sweets palette is one of those!

This is xoBeauty’s first palette and Shannon describes it as “the perfect blend of warm and cool tones, colourful shades and every day neutrals, a one stop shop palette for day and night.” On first glance a few shades look similar to those in The Remix Palette but Shannon describes Heaps of Sweets as The Remix Palette’s cousin and it’s nice the two palettes compliment each other. I can already tell this palette has more of a purple focus and the formula of the shimmers looks a lot more intense than those in The Remix Palette.

Heaps of Sweets is vegan, cruelty free, talc free and comes housed in light purple cardboard packaging adorned with gold foil detailing and cute illustrations of sweet treats. The palette contains a mix of 12 incredibly pigmented, super soft, blendable mattes and shimmers and also features a mirror. I don’t mind if a palette has a mirror or not but it does add to it being travel friendly along with the fact the palette is compact, lightweight and promises versatility.

Shades & Swatches:

Top row:

Gumdrop – A matte medium, warm purple with bright undertones. A fun pop of color for the lower lash line or crease.
Sugar – A pale champagne shimmer with pink undertones. Perfect for highlighting or brightening any look.
Brownie – An essential matte chocolate brown. Use this to darken the outer corners or to create a smokey eye.
Vanilla – A light cool toned neutral matte that leans purple. Perfect for an all-over look or in the crease.

Middle row:

Lollipop – Shannon’s dream purple. A medium/deep purple shimmer with slight cool undertones.
Bonbon – A medium/deep indigo matte purple. Perfect for smoking out any eye look.
Pretzel – Shannon’s dream copper shimmer that makes any eye color pop! Apply all over the lid for a gorgeous look.
Caramel – The perfect all-over matte to make your eyes pop. Apply in the crease and outer corner to deepen your look.

Bottom row:

Macaron – A light warm neutral matte. Perfect for in the crease or all over for a simple look.
Cupcake – The perfect taupe shimmer that goes with any skintone. Gorgeous all over the eye lid for a smokey look.
Apricot – A medium coral shimmer. Gorgeous paired with warm shadows and a bronzed complexion for a summery look!
Hokey Pokey – A bright yellow shimmer with warm undertones. Gorgeous on any skin tone for a golden finish!

In addition to the eyeshadow palette I picked up two lip colours and three makeup brushes.

1. Luxe Liquid Lipstick  – Aroha

I have spoken in the past about my love for this lipstick formula and if like me you don’t like matte liquid lipsticks I can’t recommend it enough! The formula is soft and feather light and dries down to a comfortable cream finish. If colour needs to be reapplied the product layers easily and doesn’t cling to any dry skin. You easily get 4-5 hours wear before reapplication is needed, more if you avoid greasy foods. Aroha is a muted deep plum and is a cross between a berry and a red, it’s got more of a pink tone which I like. This is the fourth liquid lipstick I have purchased from xoBeauty and I think these are even better than their regular bullet lipsticks.

2. Creme Lipstick – Rescue Me

The regular lipsticks come in two finishes; matte and creme. Rescue Me is a creme which I prefer out of the two and is a wearable soft pink. I was looking at my lipstick collection recently and I was missing a pure pink, I have bright pinks, mauve pinks, brown pinks but not a lot in the way of soft pinks. The best thing about this lipstick is that for each sale 50% of the profits go to HUHA which is an animal shelter. HUHA stands for Helping You Help Animals and is a charity close to Shannon’s heart.

Lip colour swatches:

Left to right: Rescue Me and Aroha.

3. Crease Detail Brush

This brush is perfect for precise application of powders, creams or liquids. The brush is tapered to allow for more precision when applying colour and the small size means application can be more concentrated. I have small eyes so I also thought this would be great for packing colour onto the lids rather than a flat eyeshadow brush which is too big to use on my eyelids.

4. Crease Blender Brush

This is a dense, less fluffy version of the next brush which makes it great for applying eyeshadow through the crease and blending it out. This brush can also be used to apply shades in the outer V and on the lower lash line.

5. Blender Brush

This brush is good for adding a soft wash of colour over the eyelid or through the crease. The bristles are longer and fluffier than the Crease Blender Brush which means it will give a more diffused, blown out look. All three brushes are made using synthetic hairs and feel super soft.


Share one of your favourite makeup brands in the comments below! Also, let me know if you like the look of anything in this haul and if you’d be interested to see me create a couple of looks with the eyshadow palette!

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1,000 Followers Giveaway WINNER!

My 1,000 Followers Giveaway closed on Wednesday and today I get the joy of announcing the winner!

Firstly, thank you to those who took time to enter the giveaway! I honestly thought there would be more entries but on the plus side, the entries I did get had less competition and higher odds of being chosen!

AND THE WINNER IS…

Nadine from https://nadineblewett.wordpress.com/ 

As mentioned in the rules of the giveaway post in order to choose the winner I selected my five favourite entries based on adherence to the rules and general blog engagement. From there I assigned each entry up to three numbers (depending which platforms each person entered on) and the date of their comment.

I drew up a page in a notebook and recorded all the entries. The names with the asterisks beside were my five favourites. Further down the page I wrote a list of the five names and their assigned numbers.

The number generated ranged from 1-13 (as not everyone entered across all three platforms). I then used Google’s random number generator to select the overall winner!

I will be in contact shortly Nadine and I aim to package everything up and ship it off as soon as possible!

Thank you to everyone for their support during the giveaway and all of the nice words written about me and my blog. I loved seeing which product everyone was most excited to win!

A big thank you to the other four entrants who made it into my top five; I wish I could send all of you a prize ❤

Congratulations once again to a deserving winner!


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The Best Real Techniques Brushes

YouTubers Sam and Nic Chapman are the face of Real Techniques whose makeup brushes are often talked about in the beauty world. When I started blogging and purchased some of the brushes myself I could see why. The brushes are not only affordable, they have the quality to match. Brushes are categorised by colour in regards to their function; base brushes are orange, finishing/setting brushes are pink and eye brushes are purple.

I purchased all of my Real Techniques brushes from iHerb as the prices were a lot lower than New Zealand stores. I have never experienced any issues with bristles shedding and coming away from the ferrule. I treat my brushes with care and when I clean them they wash up like new. The majority have synthetic bristles which is one of the reasons they wash up so well.

I have had my brushes for a couple of years now and wanted to share my favourites and most used with you.

This post is not sponsored by Real Techniques. All opinions are my own and all brushes were purchased by me.

1. Expert Face Brush

This brush definitely gets used the most and is my favourite beauty tool to apply foundation. I have used it to buff concealer into the skin and apply bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks so it does have multiple uses! The bristles are quite dense but the brush doesn’t eat up foundation and gives nice, even coverage. The brush is small enough that it can get around the eyes and nose but large enough that it doesn’t take an age to blend out product on the cheeks and forehead. I prefer the finish this gives compared to a beauty sponge or my fingers.

2. Blush Brush

Again, another multi purpose brush! I probably use this for blush the least but it does give a lovely smattering of colour due to the tapered bristles which are also super soft. I love this brush for bronzing up my cheeks. I also use it to apply translucent powder on days I feel extra dewy or want a matte look. Sweeping motions and a light hand will make this brush your friend.

3. Shading Brush

If you want an eye brush that can blend, pack on colour and is a good size to get into the crease you will love the shading brush. If you opt for simple, everyday looks and use one or two shadows you can do it all with this one brush. Or if you prefer creating dramatic, smoky looks you can use this brush to apply your main lid shade and then go in with it again for the socket/crease work. The shades will blend together, completing the eye look.

4. Base Shadow Brush

This brush does what it says on the tin. It’s fluffy so it applies shadow evenly and quickly – you wouldn’t use this brush if you want precision. Being a base shadow brush and not venturing outside the cream/light brown territory very often, it lasts longer between washes as it doesn’t get dipped into as many colours. This brush is not sold separately like the previous three and comes as part of the Starter Set. Apart from the base shadow brush and deluxe crease brush (not mentioned in this post), I don’t reach for the remaining brushes in the set.


Have you tried Real Techniques brushes? What are your thoughts?

Writing this post led me to browse iHerb where I placed an order containing four brushes from the Bold Metals collection: three eye brushes and one face brush. My favourites could change/expand very soon.

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Top 10 Under $10

Top 10 Under $10

Everyone loves a beauty bargain! When it comes to price, expensive isn’t always better and it’s well known that there are plenty of affordable products to rival high end competitors. Makeup in New Zealand can be overpriced but I suppose that is the price we pay (literally!) for being a small country right at the bottom of the world. I am pretty frugal when it comes to money and while I do splurge occasionally, I use a number of inexpensive makeup items from day to day. Almost all of my makeup is drugstore. I can’t justify high end prices but that doesn’t mean I can’t look nice. Today I’m sharing 10 products under $10 (NZD) that I wouldn’t be without!

Top 10 Under $10 Items#1. Makeup Revolution Iconic Palettes

If you didn’t already know, Makeup Revolution’s Iconic palettes are dupes for the Naked palettes by Urban Decay. I’ve seen so many bloggers and beauty gurus rave about the quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows and a lot of people have recommended Makeup Revolution’s offerings as an alternative. I personally haven’t tried the Naked palettes (I don’t even know if they’re sold in New Zealand) so I can’t compare the two but I purchased the Iconic 1 and Iconic 2 in May and they are worth every penny! I don’t think I could spend a huge amount of money on an eyeshadow palette unless I was going to use it every single day when I can find something similar for a fraction of the price. Call me stingy or cheap, but these do what I want them to and I love them. They may not be the longest wearing eyeshadows but the shades are gorgeous, there’s minimal fallout and they blend nicely.

#2. I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter

I purchased this highlighter in May along with the Iconic palettes and oh my goodness it is one of the prettiest products I own without a doubt! The heart packaging is adorable and the amount of product you get is incredible. Goddess of Love may look plain but on closer inspection it has pinky-lilac flecks running through it and because it’s a triple baked highlighter it’s beautifully soft and doesn’t feel powdery at all. I find this shade is quite versatile and goes with a range of looks, it gives the loveliest glow which enhances your skin. Goddess of Love looks more intense when applied with a finger but my favourite way to apply it is with my Real Techniques Setting Brush to give a softer glow.

#3. BYS Fuchsia Surprise Lipstick

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now, you’ll know that this is my favourite lipstick in the world! This lipstick is also really special because it was my first proper lipstick that I bought when I started getting into makeup. I have talked about this lipstick so many times and I cannot praise it enough. The formula is so buttery and smooth and the wear time is impeccable. I even have a story to prove it: a couple of years ago I was at a friend’s party and I was the only one who hadn’t been drinking and I ended up being sick. I was staying the night and when I got up the next morning, my lipstick was still in tact.

#4. Impulse Into Glamour Body Spray

This body spray is one of those products that I always repurchase. I don’t have any at the moment as I’m using a body mist I got for my birthday but when that runs out, I’ll go back to this. Into Glamour is made up of sandalwood and vanilla – I seem to have a thing for vanilla scents. I have worn this ever since The Saturdays endorsed it back in 2009. These cans are so lightweight and easy to pop in your handbag, especially now they’re smaller.

#5. Simple Moisturiser

This is another product I have used for years and I have never experienced any problems or irritation. I’ve used both the Hydrating Light Moisturiser and the Replenishing Rich Moisturiser, which I think is slightly better for my skin. The Rich moisturiser feels more nourishing and keeps my skin softer. My favourite thing about Simple moisturiser is that there’s no perfume so it’s completely scent free and it also contains vitamins and skin loving nutrients.

#6. Revlon Lip Butters

Back in April when I did The Lip Product Tag, I chose Revlon’s lip butters as my favourite drugstore lip product. I own five pretty bold shades and there are still a couple of others I’d like to swatch or pick up one day. In total, there are more than 20 shades ranging from brights to neutrals. I really like the lip butters because they are very comfortable on the lips and they can be worn lightly as a stain or built up for more colour. I also adore the quilted packaging and how easy they are to find in my makeup drawer among my other lip products.

#7. Maybelline Dr. Rescue Top Coat

I purchased this top coat a few months ago when I discovered my previous one had dried up. Rachael (Helpless Whilst Drying) loved this and I knew it had to be good if a nail polish lover like herself was a fan! I find the size of this so dinky and cute and the fact it looks pink but applies clear strangely appealing. This top coat is supposed to give your nails a gel-like effect and I’ve never had a gel manicure but this makes my nails look super pretty and shiny. It also wears really well. I’ve noticed that when I wear this, my nail polish lasts for a week or more without chips.

#8. Nivea Pearly Shine

I have had this lip balm for a while now and I’m not going to throw it away until I’ve used all of it up and it becomes an empty. It has actually been a while since I’ve worn this but when I was thinking of products for this post, this was right at the top. This lip balm is nourishing and there’s been many a day I’ve worn this on it’s own. The colour is a sheer, frosted baby pink which is very flattering and natural for everyday wear.

#9. Rimmel 60 Seconds Colour Fest Nail Polishes

I own three polishes from this range and while I’m yet to try two of them, I’m crossing my fingers they’ll be just as amazing. I’ve got a few other Rimmel polishes as well and they are so pretty. I love painting my nails and I love Rimmel; the decision to include these polishes was a no brainer! The shade that prompted this inclusion is Bestival Blue. Since picking it up in June, I have been impressed with formulation and wear time. My nails are opaque in two coats and coupled with Maybelline’s top coat above, it almost looks like a professional manicure. I even had a few comments at work last week about my nails.

#10. Real Techniques Shading Brush

This little brush was purchased at the end of 2015 and it is one of my favourite and most used Real Techniques brushes. The size is perfect for my small eyes and I can do a whole eye look with this one brush. The bristles are incredibly soft and I especially love it for blending out the crease and packing shadow all over the lid. I have purchased the Starter Set for eyes since the design of Real Techniques brushes was updated slightly and the bristles aren’t as soft. I only really use two out of the five brushes. Upon reflection, I would have been better to buy another couple of shading brushes. If you have small eyes and you’re looking at the set, that might be something to consider.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post and seeing my bargain beauty picks! Leave a comment with something that’s on your list!

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Winter Beauty Wishlist

Winter Beauty WishlistHello lovelies – hope you had an amazing Easter with lots of chocolate treats! The last time I wrote one of these wishlist posts it went down a treat and it is actually one of my most popular posts. CLICK HERE to read it. Autumn has barely started but somehow I’m already thinking about winter, well the end of it. I’ve set myself a goal to purchase all of the items on this wishlist by the end of August, giving me just under five months. Read on to see what I’m lusting over!

Winter Wishlist

1. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I am coming to the end of my tube of Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer and I have mentioned how much I like it dozens of times but I wanted a change and I know if I don’t find anything better I can always go back to it. I’ve lost count of the number of bloggers who have raved about the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer so I thought I’d give it a go and see if it’s as good as everyone says. I actually purchased this one at the weekend as I saw it for 30% off. I purchased the shade ‘1 Fair’ which is the lightest shade. I compared the tube to the Maybelline one and the colours look similar which is interesting considering I use the second lightest shade of Fit Me. Sadly, I won’t be cracking into this one just yet, I’m waiting until I’ve finished my Maybelline.

2. Real Techniques Starter Set

I have really stepped up my eyeshadow game over the past 12 months and my Real Techniques shading brush is my most used. It’s a great little brush; the size is perfect, it blends, the bristles are incredibly soft but lately I’ve been thinking I could do with another one or two eye brushes. I’ve heard bloggers praise the deluxe crease brush and the base shadow brush which are part of this set along with three other brushes (the accent brush, fine liner brush and brow brush). I got my last lot of Real Techniques brushes from iHerb and I got an email from them saying I have some credit to use up – I’m thinking these would be a good choice!

3. Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush

I really like the look of this brush, it’s bright pink and it seems perfect for on the go reapplication. You can pop some product on the brush, place the cap over top and have it ready for later when your lip colour has worn off. I don’t particularly want it for that as lip product stays on my lips incredibly well but that adds to it’s versatility. I thought this might be good to use to apply lip products when you’re sick to prevent spreading germs or if a friend wants to use one of your lip products, they could apply it with this brush. I don’t like sharing my makeup (which I don’t) but this would help keep everything that little bit more hygienic.

4. Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine by Rita Ora – Bestival Blue

How beautiful is this colour?! About a year ago I was looking for a cornflower blue-purple nail polish but couldn’t quite find what I was after. I saw a bottle of this last month and very nearly picked it up (I wish I had). I literally turned to my brother and said, “this is the same colour as my work shirt, I could match my nails to my uniform.” Next time I see Bestival Blue, I’m buying a bottle!

5. Cotton On Faux Fur Rib Beanie – Black

I’ve always thought beanies look super cute and I’ve convinced myself I want one. I was thinking a navy blue beanie might be nice, but they don’t make one in this particular style so naturally I default to black. Black goes with everything. This one also has a cute little pom pom on the top.

6. Philips Moisture Protect Hair Dryer

I bought myself the matching hair straightener before Christmas and I love it, it makes my hair feel lovely and silky and it’s so easy to use. I don’t hair dry my hair very often but I would like to have one so that if I go away or am staying at a friend’s I can use my own. I currently use my mum’s and it’s really good for how old it is. My mum has had her hair dryer for over 30 years and it never misses a beat! What appeals to me about this hair dryer and the straightener is that they preserve your hair’s natural hydration. You can alter the temperature settings and there is special technology that protects the moisture balance of hair. The diffuser and concentrator nozzle also come with the hair dryer which is handy if you like to style your hair.

What do you think of my wishlist? Have you tried any of the things on it?

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How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

How I Clean My Makeup BrushesHello! Happy Friday! Many beauty bloggers find washing their brushes a chore but I think as long as you’ve got the right equipment and a method down pat you’re set. If I had more brushes than I currently do I can see how it would be a chore but washing my brushes takes me 10 minutes tops. Whether you’re a recent brush owner yourself or you just haven’t found a quick, simple way to clean your brushes, this post has you covered!

First things first, let me point out this is how I clean my brushes and the equipment I use. What works for me may not work for you but I hope you find this post helpful.

What you’ll need:

  1. Dirty brushes of course!
  2. Baby shampoo – I use the Johnson’s brand. Baby shampoo is commonly used as it is very gentle on the bristles and gentle on skin. Baby shampoo provides your brushes with a deep clean and never leaves any residue.
  3. Small bowl of warm water. I don’t like to fill the bowl too much as I only dip the tips of the bristles in. If you submerge the whole brush in warm water it can cause the glue to melt which can lead to bristles falling out.
  4. Brush egg. This one is optional. I received this handy little tool with two blushes and it makes cleaning brushes such a breeze! You place this over your fingers and swirl your brushes around to remove makeup. This allows you to get into all the bristles and gives your brushes a proper deep clean. Alternatively, you could use paper towels. Keep swirling until you get a clean patch of paper towel.

So, you’ve got all your equipment and now you’re ready to clean your brushes. I’ve broken it down into five, simple steps.

Steps 1-5Step 1

Fill a bowl with warm water. Don’t use boiling hot water as you could burn yourself or, if your brush submerges deeper than it should, damage is less likely.

Step 2

Pour a small amount of baby shampoo onto the palm of your hand. The amount will vary for each brush; you won’t need as much for an eye brush as a foundation brush. Rather than drowning the bristles in shampoo it’s better to use less and repeat the swirling motions a couple of times.

Step 3

Dip the tips of the brush into the water then into the shampoo. Begin swirling and moving the bristles against the brush egg to remove dirt and makeup. Use downward strokes as you would if you were applying product to your face to minimalise bristle damage and to help your brushes keep their shape.

Step 4

Place brush on a tissue or paper towel until you have cleaned all other brushes.

Step 5

Leave brushes to air dry overnight. I let the end hand over my dresser as this helps the bristles keep their shape and allows air to circulate around the brushes. I turn them over every couple of hours.


Always remember: Never tip your brush with the bristles pointing up straight after you’ve washed them. Any excess water could get into the ferulle and melt the glue which holds the bristles together.

How do you clean your brushes?

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January Favourites 2016

January Favourites 2016Hello there! We are already at the end of the first month of 2016 and I feel like this month has been one of the best I’ve had for a while and there’s just been this buzz of excitement for most of it. I feel like so much has happened already this year and if everything continues at this pace, it’s going to be a jam-packed 2016. I decided to keep my monthly favourites feature as I enjoy reading them and I love sharing what I’ve been loving for the past four weeks.

1. Real Techniques Shading Brush – I mentioned the Real Techniques Blush Brush in my 2015 December Favourites but this month I’ve been loving using the Shading Brush with all my eyeshadows. This brush is quite small in size so you may not love it as much as I do if your eyes are on the larger side but for me it is the perfect size. I use this brush to create my whole eye look and find it picks up each colour nicely without blending away what I’ve applied already. The bristles are super soft and wash up really well. Don’t hesitate to give this little brush a go!

2. MAC Ruby Woo and All Fired Up – I got these two shades for Christmas and I have been debating whether or not they deserve their own post dedicated to how beautiful they are. If that’s something you’d like to see just give me a shout! I won’t talk about them too much but Ruby Woo and All Fired Up are bright, bold colours and both have a Retro Matte finish. I have worn each shade a handful of times now and they look so good, I haven’t found the formula to be as drying as I thought it could be either.

3. Filofax – Ahhh, my gorgeous hot pink Filofax in ‘Domino.’ I have had this beauty coming up two years now and I still love it! I decided to include it in my favourites this month as I got new diary inserts for 2016 and I have been really good at using them and writing down what I’ve got to do or what I’ve got coming up. The beauty of a Filofax is how personal they are, you don’t need to buy a new diary every year, just the inserts. The inserts come in a range of options and no one said anything about a Filofax having to be used as a diary. *wink*

4. TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray – Shortly after I purchased my hair straightener I purchased this heat protection spray. I am currently using the TRESemmé Salon Silk shampoo and conditioner and this product works in conjunction with that. This spray is so easy to use and I notice such a difference in my hair. I normally section my hair and use 2-3 sprays on each section combing it through with my fingers or a brush. As a result my hair feels silky smooth and looks healthy and shiny. The scent of this spray is pretty pleasant as well.

5. Yoga Camp – Last year I discovered Yoga With Adriene‘s 30 Days of Yoga videos on YouTube and that month of yoga turned out to be one of my highlights for 2015. I didn’t actually know about Yoga Camp until Jodi (A Brash Attitude) commented on one of my posts. I started a few days behind but once again I am loving doing yoga – it’s so calming and makes you feel good and less stressed.

January’s Spotify Playlist:

For January’s monthly playlist I’ve included the 21 Songs In 21 Years playlist which I created for my birthday. It features a song from each year I’ve been alive so check it out to see what tracks have made the cut and defined my life!

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Makeup Storage and Organisation

Makeup Storage and OrganisationHey everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend! I’ve had another four days off which has been bliss! It’s been nice and chilled compared to Christmas weekend which was busy with family, shopping and eating. I did some pampering (nails and face mask) and some planning with the new kikki.K stationery I got for Christmas. I also watched the cricket (a mere nine overs, it was rained off) and cleared out a drawer to organise my makeup. I’ve been meaning to do it for ages and what better time than the start of the year.

A month ago I purchased a white, metal jar for my makeup brushes and a couple of plastic baskets to keep my makeup in for next to nothing. I keep my makeup brushes on top of my dresser in the jar along with the hand cream I’m currently using, primer and a roll-on perfume. I spent Sunday clearing out one of my dresser drawers to keep my makeup tucked away and out of the sun.

Before:

Makeup Storage Before

Makeup Brush HolderMakeup brush holder

First I decided what to use each of the baskets for; one for nail polishes, one for lips and one for face products.

Nail Polish The back row is nail polishes I don’t use that often then I grouped the rest together by brand. There are no preferences to how the brands are organised, simply how the nail polishes best fit in the basket.

Klass Nails and Nail FilesAlso tucked at the back of the basket are my Klass nails and some nail files. The Klass nails are nail wraps I won in a Twitter competition a few years ago along with a signed card from Myleene Klass.

Lip CollectionFor my lip basket I put my most used and favourite lipsticks at the front (MAC obviously) and grouped the others by brand like I did for the nail polishes. I have kept my MAC lipsticks in their boxes so it’s easy for me to identify each shade without having to pick up each lipstick individually. Also in this basket are my lip glosses, and lip balms.

Face ProductsOrganising my makeup made me realise face and base products are actually what I have the least number of. I think that’s because when I find a product I like I tend to stick with it. In this basket I have my foundation and concealer, mascaras, Maybelline Colour Tattoos, eyeshadow palettes, my blushes and a 6 in 1 powder I don’t use very often.

Other MakeupI had a few bits and pieces left over so I put them into this clear cube which my nail polishes were in previously. These are products I don’t use but don’t want to throw away either. The Australis mousse and concealer sticks I did use regularly before I switched to liquid foundation and concealer. I will use these if I want sheer, light coverage.

Hand Cream etc.I have also made room in the drawer for my hand creams, my face mask, tweezers, jewellery pieces I keep in their boxes and the little Essie travel pouch for nail polish.

After:

Makeup Storage After

I’m so pleased with how everything looks and that my makeup finally has a designated place instead of being kept in makeup bags and scattered on top of my dresser. I love how neat and tidy it is and how refreshing it felt having a sort out. If there’s anything you want me to clarify or talk about further just let me know in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading!

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December Favourites

December FavouritesI can’t believe this is my last monthly favourites for 2015 and in a few days it will be 2016! I have some really exciting things to share with you this month including a few new discoveries and a couple of beauty products I’ve had for a while but really taken advantage of in December. I will also be doing a Yearly Favourites post which goes up tomorrow and compiles all the best products and highlights from 2015.

1. Philips Moisture Protect Hair Straightener – If you saw yesterday’s post, What I Got For Christmas, you’ll know I purchased this hair straightener earlier in the month as a present to myself. I absolutely love the rose gold and white and how quick and easy this straightens my hair. I got a really good deal on this straightener; originally it was $239.99 and the day I got it I paid $109.99.

2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 107 – This is about the third post this lipstick has featured in this month so I will keep things brief. I wanted to include this lipstick for the simple fact I used it in my Christmas Makeup Menu.

3. Dainty Doll Powder Blush in 001 Hippy Shake – I have had this blush for over a year now and I still haven’t gotten over how beautiful it is. Hippy Shake is a pale lilac colour designed for very fair skin tones. I have also read about bloggers with darker skin tones who have used this shade as a highlighter. When applied this blush gives a nice, subtle glow to my skin and it’s hard to go overboard with this colour. The formula is also amazing, it’s not too powdery and is so easy to apply whether you’re using your fingers or a brush.

4. Real Techniques Blush Brush – The blush brush is one of four Real Techniques brushes I purchased last month and mentioned in my HUGE Me Spree. After using all of the brushes for the past few weeks, I think this is my favourite. The bristles are especially soft and despite the size of the head I like how this applies product. I have been using it with the Dainty Doll blush mentioned above and it is a winning combination!

5. The Body Shop Shea Hand Cream – The Body Shop’s Almond Hand & Nail cream featured in my October Favourites but I love this shea one even more! The packaging feels slightly more robust and less likely to split or break. I like how quickly this hand cream soaks in too. I’ve been applying this at night before bed and my hands feel nice and soft when I wake up in the morning.

6. Marcus Butler – Over the past 6-8 months I have been getting into different vloggers on YouTube. Lily Pebbles is my absolute favourite but this month I discovered Marcus Butler. I saw Marcus in one of Jim Chapman’s videos and instantly started browsing through his channel. I really like the content Marcus uploads, there’s funny videos, challenges, collabs and daily vlogs. His videos are entertaining and so easy to watch. Click here to be taken to Marcus’ YouTube Channel.

December Spotify Playlist – #KylieChristmas

There haven’t been any new tracks I’ve had on repeat in December so I’ve decided to share the #KylieChristmas playlist I made for a competition. I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music but I really enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit with this playlist. If you’re still feeling festive, take a listen!

That’s all for this month, be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!

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