Colour Pop: If you've watched YouTube or checked out a beauty blog recently, you're bound to have spied Colour Pop cosmetics. Their affordable products are stunning and they offer such a diverse range of colours. Whether it's lipstick you're after, or some eyeshadow, they have you sorted. I've been very tempted by Colour Pop products for a while but the shipping's kinda costly, so I'm gonna do a joint order with a friend. What's top of my list? The Where The Light Is palette.
This Star Won't Go Out: Many of you will have read The Fault In Our Stars, well this book is about Esther Earl. Now she's not Hazel Grace but John Green had met her and spent time with her, so maybe she was the inspiration for Hazel in a way. Anyway, Esther Earl is a teen who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and this book contains her journal entries, thoughts and countless blog posts. There's also writing from her friends, parents and siblings throughout the book. It's such an inspiring read and Esther truly lived her life to the fullest. She was so caring and always put other people first. I really enjoyed reading this last weekend and yes, it did make me cry. We need more people like Esther in the world.
Love Technological Sidekick: So my brick iPhone 4 bit the dust over Easter weekend. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later but when it decided it had had enough, I did freak out. Thankfully, I now have an iPhone 6 in my life. My goodness it is amazing. It's so fast, not to mention the camera on it is considerably better. It has pretty decent battery life too compared to its predecessor. I probably shouldn't love a piece of technology this much but I do. It's brilliant. End of story.
Nars x Christopher Kane: Nars is one of the few brands who doesn't release limited edition collections all the time, but when they do they tend to not disappoint. Their latest collection is in partnership with designer Christopher Kane and it looks stunning. My pick is this rose gold eyeshadow, Outer Limits. I'm not sure when the collection drops in New Zealand but I imagine it'd be within the next couple of months so keep an eye out for it in Mecca.
A Literary Dilemma: As I'm sure you'll know, I have a bit of a book problem. By that I mean I seem to have a bunch to read and no idea where to begin. So, I need your help. At the moment I'm choosing between The Goldfinch, How To Build A Girl and The Children Act. Thoughts? Should I read something completely different?
-Have the best weekend everyone! I'll be catching up on blog things, I'm rather behind in that department. One of my friends is having a birthday dinner so that's happening and I might head out to go low-key shopping at some stage. That's about it really!
So in case you've not heard, and it's not like I've made it incredibly obvious over the last couple of months *ahem*, I'm going to Sydney at the beginning of May. It's honestly come around so quickly and I am very excited. I've only been to Sydney a couple of times before, and only for a couple of days each time so I feel like I've not really seen a lot of it. This time I'm going for five days and I plan to make the most of it. Here's what's on my list of things I want to do but if you have any suggestions or recommendations of places to visit, bookstores I need to frequent, food I need to eat and the like, let me know!
Visit the Mothership, more commonly known as Sephora-Does this even need explaining? Y'all know I am probably going to be here right when it opens the day we arrive. I'm not even kidding. I have been to Sephoras in America and Europe before, but that was far too long ago and back in my not so makeup-enthusiastic days. Pray for my wallet and know that I very possibly might go a bit wild in here.
Take a trip out to Bondi Beach-and that "amazing natural pool thing" as I've written in my notes. So technical. Yep, I've never been to Bondi Beach which is quite criminal of me. The photos I have seen always make it look stunning. Hopefully it's a nice day when I visit so I can get all artsy with my camera and take a lil' stroll down the waterfront.
Devour amazing macarons from Laduree and maybe the best Italian ever from Jamie's Italian-Now I have had Laduree macarons before but that was ages ago. I remember thinking they were the best macarons on earth so a revisit needs to happen. Obviously. As for the Italian, I always see bloggers/vloggers raving about Jamie's Italian. I've already looked at the menu and that alone has me hopeful it'll go down a treat.
Visit some art museums-This is something I always like to do whenever I'm in a city I've not been to before. Not only are they a great place to seek out some inspiration, they're also often not as noisy as the busy streets. A tranquil oasis, if you will.
Feel all the feels and visit the barricade at Les Miserables-This is definitely happening, given I bought my ticket a couple of months ago. I have wanted to see a professional production of Les Miserables for the longest time and I've heard the current Australian one does not disappoint. Note to self: pack tissues and don't wear mascara.
Visit the secondary motherships, more commonly known as Priceline and Mecca Maxima-Again, these ones don't really need explaining. I'm sure Priceline must find us tourists who get excited by a very well stocked pharmacy weird but whatevs. Priceline have such a diverse range of beauty brands, including European favourites like Bourjois and La Roche Posay. They often have great deals on too. Mecca Maxima is like a beefed up version of Mecca Cosmetica and they have their very own aisle of doom (miniatures) to rival Sephora's. They also are home to Soap and Glory, a brand that I love and more recently, Urban Decay. I'm looking forward to seeing some of their much hyped products in the flesh.
Get far too interior design inspired at H&M-Sydney's H&M is a little way out of the cbd but it's inside a rather well-stocked shopping mall so that makes up for it. As well as their awesome homewares I'll definitely be taking the time to check out their womenswear section and hopefully coming home with some new threads. See also Topshop and Zara.
Take all the photos-That doesn't really require an explanation. I always feel like I don't take as many pictures as I thought I would on holidays so I am going to try to document a lot this time. Not only for blog posts but also the memories to look back on. Cheesy but true.
*Have you been to Sydney before? Let me know your recommendations.
The other day I found myself looking back through some old blog posts and I noticed just how much my skincare routine's changed. In the past I would've said I had combination-oily skin and while it's definitely still combination, it's more on the drier side of things. That means I'm more about the hydrating products and anything that gives the skin a bit of a glow. Here's what I'm using and loving in my skincare routine at the moment...
Pixi Glow Tonic-For some bizarre reason this isn't showing up on ASOS anymore, but it was definitely there a week ago. Strange! Anyway, this toner's a beauty blogger staple in the UK so when I saw it on ASOS, with the temptation of free shipping, this naturally had to happen. As I write this, I've only used it once so I don't have much to report back on but it seems extremely promising so fingers crossed it's a good'un.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel*-If your skin's feeling a bit dry or is just in need of some TLC c/o something moisturising, this is the one for you. It's a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient which brings it in the hydration department. This moisturiser's not too heavy on the skin which I love. I'm a bit obsessed with this, not gonna lie so expect to see it a lot around these parts.
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel-I feel like this gets mentioned a lot around here so I won't go into massive detail but this cleanser is amazing. Just using this alone leaves my skin feeling so clean and refreshed. I love it.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+-It's been a while since I mentioned this magic cream. It's still going strong in my stash though. This helps to minimise blemish scarring and blemish marks. It also helps reduce shine. It's probably not an essential product but it does seem to make a difference. If your skin's prone to oiliness or blemishes then you should check this out.
Philosophy Peppermint Stick Handcream, limited edition-Now I know this isn't strictly skincare related but handcream is a must, especially if you use hand sanitiser which tends to dry out your hands. This hand cream smells like candy canes and after dinner mints. Delicious! I've got another of these hand creams in my bag, that's how much I like it.
Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel, trial size from Sephora-This is only a teeny tiny sized spot treatment from Sephora but as you can see I've barely made a dent in it. I'm not too sure what's in this gel, but it's probably not the greatest for my skin so I apply it on a cotton bud. It shrinks the blemishes and it's definitely one of the better spot treatments I've tried recently. I may have to pick up the full size.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On*-Oh man, where has this product been my entire life? It has a metal ball under the lid which disperses the eye gel. It is so cooling and feels amazing under the eyes. Puffiness begone! If you don't want to spend a fortune on an eye cream or something similar then you should give this one a go.
Antipodes Worship Serum*-Magic, fruity, lightweight goodness. I like to imagine someone tinkering away in an apothecary making this absolute gem. Seriously, it makes such a difference to my skin. I'm not sure what it is, perhaps the fact it's loaded with skin nourishing ingredients but it's darn good. I'll forever repurchase this.
Nuxe Reve De Miel-Like the cleansing gel, this is another product that gets mentioned a fair bit around here. This lip balm is so nourishing and conditioning on the lips. I always wake up with super soft lips the next morning after using this. It's great for this time of year too when the cold weather starts to send your skin into a bit of a moisture deprived freakout. Plus it smells like honey and comes in this cute little jar. Sold.
-What products are currently in your skincare routine?
Weekend Reads: This weekend looks set to be rainy and miserable here in Auckland which means reading and movie-watching are entirely justifiable activities, right? I've actually not done too much reading lately as I'm waiting for a book I'm reviewing to turn up but I'm almost done with Richard Ayoade's book. It's brilliant and if you're a fan of his, you need to read it. Deliciously Ella sparked my interest after seeing a few bloggers raving about the sweet potato brownies, which sound delish. Maybe it'll inspire me to get creative+healthy in the kitchen..
Un-Powder: Thanks to a Tanya Burr tutorial a few years back, a compact of setting powder has never been far from my beauty collection. The finely milled, translucent powders help to keep your makeup in place, stop shine showing through and even add a touch of radiance to the complexion. They're staples basically. Anna's rounded up four of the best and there's some absolute winners in there. I can vouch that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders are amazing but from what I've heard the Bourjois powder is pretty fab too.
Florence Returns: One of my favourite artists of all time, Florence Welch is releasing a new album this year. It's been a long time coming and I'm really quite excited by the prospect of new music and hopeful that she'll come back to Auckland on her potential world tour. Her album's not out for another month or so yet but she's dropped a couple of tracks off the album to keep us entertained in the meantime. Ship To Wreck is my favourite track so far. I'm so excited for the new album guys. *gets starry eyed*
Miss Independent: Too often in the media, whether it be films or novels, women are depicted as aspiring to love. You're supposed to want 'the one', not the career or whatever other ambitions you have. I realise I'm generalising but if you look at a lot of films, more so rom coms, you'll realise how accurate it is. I've been reading the latest issue of Miss Vogue Australia and there's a really brilliant article quashing those ideals and supporting an approach to life that puts you in charge. I found it really resonated with me and it was brilliantly written. If you can track down Issue 3 still, do it.
A Hydro-Boost: My skin's really done a bit of a 180 recently and errs much more on the dry side of things at the moment. It's probably down to the fact I've been ill but my skin's felt so zapped of moisture. Thankfully Neutrogena's Hydro Boost range exists! I was sent the eye gel and moisturiser and they've been making the world of difference. They're available at such an affordable price point too. I'll do a review of them sometime soon but in the meantime, you should read Morgan's post about why they're so great.
-As always, have the raddest of weekends everyone! As I write this I'm on the verge of dozing off, and it's only just gone 3pm. Oh dear. My weekend's going to consist of movie watching, because there's genuinely nothing on at the cinema I want to see. I've also got to go birthday present shopping at some point and to work. Speaking of work, I have a job interview on Tuesday so keep your fingers crossed. x
That title will give you the gist of this post. I used up a few beauty, body and haircare things and throw in some mini reviews+repurchasing verdicts for your viewing pleasure. There's also a couple of new beauty releases from Mac and The Body Shop at the end too. Enjoy!
Oh-and if you have any ideas of videos I could film, tags you want to see me answer, whatever let me know! x