All That Glitters is Gold...and Fruity!-Where has the sudden surge in pineapple themed everything come from? I'll be honest, I don't like the taste of pineapple (unless it's coated in chocolate..) but I couldn't resist this cute pendant from Lovisa. There's also pineapple earrings in store which may take your fancy. Another gold adorned gem comes from Victoria's Secret. I'll save you the rave but if you want to hear more then head here to about 6:30.
1989-A year I'm admittedly not familiar with but one that I can only imagine contained questionable fashion and hairstyles. 1989 also bought us Taylor Swift and now a new album. I've had this on repeat since Tuesday and I love it. Taylor's giving us a new sound with the songs we can all relate to and love blaring from our stereos all Summer long. Stand out tracks for me, although it's changing all the time, are: I Know Places, Style, Blank Space, All You Had To Do Was Stay and Welcome To New York. The whole thing is fantastic though and I highly recommend you give it a listen if you haven't already.
A Blog Full of Wanderlust-I first met Sam of Teacups and Rainstorms at a birthday brunch for our mutual friend Amy. I'm so glad I did because she's such a lovely person with great taste and she takes beautiful photos. They're so whimsical and enchanting. I could spend hours looking at Sam's photos and her blog posts. Give it a read this weekend.
Tassel Garlands-How can you look at these and not love them? They don't just have to be for parties either. If I had my way, there'd be one in every room of our house. Anyway, Typo are obviously on board the party atmosphere vibe train too because they're now selling these in their store. Some of you will probably argue that it's easier+cheaper to make your own but if like me you're not so crafty then why not pick up some of this pre-made goodness.
*Have an amazing weekend everyone and have an awesome Halloween if you celebrate it. I don't have any costume party plans but I may just have to channel the ultimate babe Miranda Sings at some point during the day. Other than that I have a weekend of exam revision (eek) and a little catch up with Hannah planned. I may just have to steal some of the leftover Halloween treats too. x
Why hello there! Yes, this is a rather uncharacteristic Thursday post but last week I had some free time in my day so I decided to film a new video. It's been a while and I missed filming YouTube videos. As the title may suggest, I'm talking through some new beauty releases I have either been sent or purchased myself. Let me know what you've tried lately in the comments and if you want to see more videos like this in the future! x
Beauty books that I've read in the past seem to leave me feeling a bit 'meh'. Not in that they make me feel bad about myself, I just feel like they leave a lot to be desired. It's how I feel about most fashion style-guide books too. Anyway, I came across Pretty Honest online and tracked it down in one of Auckland's libraries and have spent the last couple of weeks devouring its contents and now I feel ready to rave about it..
Now Sali Hughes has been immersed in all things beauty for a long time, having been the beauty editor at many of Britain's top newspapers and magazines. It's safe to say she knows her stuff and Pretty Honest was filled to the brim with beauty advice you need from how to approach snitchy sales assistants at beauty counters, to the best beauty gifts to buy for someone else. It's really like one big beauty dictionary but way more interesting. Seriously, I read every section, even the ones that weren't as relevant for me and there was always something I could take from them. It's one of those books I can imagine myself going back to and steering both beauty newbies and lovers alike in the direction of. Sali, I take my hat off to you for making a beauty book that is useful, engaging and just an all-round fabulous resource.
*Have you read Pretty Honest? What did you think of it?
October, the month of Halloween, sunshine, strawberries and Summer. It also appears to have been the month of shimmer and sparkle. Maybe it's because the end of the semester is approaching and I feel like I no longer need to tone down the glitter eyeshadow for university classes or maybe it's because I want lighter eyeshadows. Who knows. What I do know though is that all these products have consistently delivered for me all month and will no doubt remain stash staples...
Marc Jacobs Style Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Lolita-Look at all that neutral goodness. Look at it. I am a bit obsessed with this palette at the moment and have been using it most of the month when makeup has made an appearance. If you're time poor, this one has you set for a quick eye look. There's a light pink shade which tends to get ignored by me but the rest are well loved. Its sleek, compact nature means it is perfect for traveling with and won't weigh down your handbag or makeup bag.
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipgloss in Cashmere Rose-These glosses have never been released in NZ so when I saw this colour on FeelUnique, a YouTube vlogger favourite, it had to be added to my basket. This peachy pink, fruity scented gloss is pretty darn pigmented and this looks stunning over similar hued lipsticks and also on its own. I love wearing lipgloss in Spring and Summer so this one is going to be on high rotation no doubt.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium-Cheekbones in one handy little compact sums this gem of a product up. This cool-toned powder won't leave you looking like you've gone a bit wild with bronzer. Instead you'll find yourself with a more sculpted, natural looking shadow. It is a bit on the pricey side of things but you barely need any per use so I can see this one lasting quite a while yet.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge-The whole idea of using a sponge to apply makeup has always perplexed me so when Anna sent this to me it sat unloved for a little while. One day I decided to give this a go with concealer and within seconds I could see what the fuss was about. Now I've never tried the Beauty Blender so I can't compare but I was really impressed with this. It didn't soak up too much product and as I was tapping the product in, it left a more seamless finish. The shape of the Real Techniques sponge is particularly good for getting into the contours of the face and also under the eyes.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil in Bronze*, limited edition-This is the closest I've come to owning a rose-gold hued eyeliner and for that reason alone it is ruling the eyeliner kingdom this month. It's long-wearing, easy to blend and even easy enough to line your upper lashes with and not make a big mess of things. I love this and it kinda sucks that it's limited edition. Hopefully it'll be back on the shelves again soon.
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso-I wasn't expecting to like this blush as much as I did because sheeny blushers just aren't my thing. Applied with a stippling brush though it looks beautiful. It reminds me a bit of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders which is never a bad thing. The packaging could be nicer, I'm not a fan of the flip-out insert which stores a brush, but other than that you can't really fault this one.
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Dream Sequins-These colours have been out for a while and this one had been singing out to** me from the shelves. It's essentially a coppery, rose-gold glitter that isn't too gritty. In fact, it has more of a gel finish than anything else. It was super easy to remove too and we all know glitters usually are the total opposite. I'm impressed!
-What beauty products have you been loving during October?
**Nail polishes sing, who knew.
"Who are we? What have we done to each other?"-And by we I mean Nick and Amy Dunne aka Gone Girl's central protagonists. This time last week I took myself off to the cinema to see Gone Girl. I worried that the book would become overdramatised for film and that a lot of the details and aspects that make it so special would be glossed over. They were not. David Fincher is a genius for a reason. If you loved the book you'll be pleased to know this was very well done. Every detail was how I'd imagined and Rosamund Pike's portrayal of Amy was spot on. It's left me wanting to revisit both the book and film again and analyse every detail like the literary nerd that I (not so secretly) am.
Beauty Haulin' with Tara and Ellen-Tara and Ellen are awesome. Am I slightly biased because I know them and count them as some of my raddest blogging pals? Absolutely. Regardless of that, they uploaded a rather snazzy beauty haul to their YouTube channel this week and they got some awesome stuff! Interested? Have a watch of it here.
Reading Nooks-My future house is going to have to have several reading nooks. That's just non negotiable and it seems the Nouvelle ladies are of the same opinion. They've shared some tips for creating the perfect reading space along with some Pinterest inspiration. Have a look at it here and maybe invest in a Lotto ticket.
A new snack for S&V lovers-Salt and Vinegar chips, crackers...if it has that flavouring I'm bound to be a fan. Well Shapes have bought out a new range of Light & Crispy crackers and the Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar flavour are so good! Seriously they taste just as good as chips do without the greasiness. If you can get your hands on some this weekend, do it. They may be easier to find than that elusive chocolate milk.
Audacious and alluring new NARS lipsticks-Oh Nars, your matte packaging and products you send the beauty world into a frenzy over have done it again. In honour of the brand's 25th anniversary they've released a new range of lipsticks. There's tonnes of shades to choose from but I love this one, 'Anna' the most. 'Brigitte' and 'Vera' are also taking my fancy though. Which do you love?
*It's the long weekend! Whoop whoop. This weekend marks Labour Weekend for NZ and while I wish I could say I'm off to the beach or somewhere similar, I'll be chilling at home finishing off the last assignments for the year and having a well-overdue movie binge. Oh and I filmed something because I got ahead of my schedule so that may be up this weekend or early next week. Have a good weekend everyone! xx