Summer Beauty Must-Haves
1/22/2018

Summer Beauty Must-Haves



I'll be honest, the only real time I make somewhat of an effort with makeup in Summer is when I go to work. Even then I don't always do a full face of makeup daily. There are some budge-proof, foolproof and MVP's of my makeup stash that I reach for though. I've also included some miscellaneous beauty things that have become my ride or dies this Summer...


This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray & Breathe In, limited edition size: These minis were part of a trio released at Christmas time. So naturally I took them away when I was housesitting and staying with family but I actually use them all the time. The humidity makes it more of a struggle to sleep in Summer and these are a godsend. It could just be a very crafty placebo effect, but spritzing this spray and applying the rollerball to pulse points always seems to instate a sense of zen and calm. Both things I need a lot of. 

Colourpop Take Me Home Palette: You might hear about this again later in the month. Ahem, most definitely will. I love this slimline, compact palette. Mattes, shimmers, high pigment, long-lasting. I love 'em. If I've been wearing eyeshadow at all lately, it's been this palette almost exclusively. 

MAC Fix+ Coconut Spray, mini size limited edition: This mini was released as part of the Work It Out collection last year. That name's possibly wrong. I think it was geared towards people who glam for the gym aka not me. Anyway, this is my go-to setting spray and I love it. I don't know if the formulation has changed but I'm not a fan of sticky, heavy face sprays. This one is a fine mist which lightly sets down your makeup and adds a touch of glow as well. At the moment MAC have it available, as well as the lavender and rose versions. I'm not sure if it's limited but I may have to go back and grab the full size.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation: I can't remember exactly why I stopped using this foundation because I love it. As the name would suggest, it is long lasting and provides medium coverage. It blends like a dream and the finish is more satin-y. Although I always set it with powder anyway, especially at this time of year. I'm curious to see what the new NARS foundation is like, although I suspect it will be too glowy for me. 


Byredo Mojave Ghost EDP: A luxe love but a good'un. I describe this as a fancier version of Daisy x Marc Jacobs and I won't riddle you with my questionable perfume review skills. Go have a nosy at the Mecca Cosmetica description. Just know I love it and it's one of the few perfumes that don't evaporate from my skin in Summertime. 

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray*: An oldie but a goodie. I seem to have accumulated a few of these. The mini size lives on my desk at work and is a lifesaver on the really hot days. Ok, every day just about. I'm sure some people will say this is just glorified water in a can. Perhaps it is. I don't care, it's refreshing and it makes such a difference. Sprays like this are great when you step out of the shower too. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer: I give this quite a workout in Summer. It's such a flattering bronzer for paler people, I have the shade Luminous Bronze Light. A little goes a long way with this so I just sweep a blush brush in the compact and apply the slightest amount. I'm actually hoping to try a new (ish) bronzing product soon so stay tuned. This one though is my Summer bff. 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick: Pillow Talk is such a brilliant lipstick. Yes it does make me think of a certain Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid video on every application. For a matte, it's super creamy and long lasting. I barely need to reapply this yet despite that it doesn't feel drying in the slightest. It sells out quite regularly and I can easily see why. 

NARS The Veil Cheek Palette, limited edition: There's probably not much point saying a lot about this, seeing as it was from the Man Ray collection that is no longer available. It's a dreamy combination of NARS blush, bronzer and highlighter though and I love the colours. They can be a tad intense if you aren't careful but I like that if you're using a finer brush, you can build them up to the intensity you are after. 

-What are your Summer beauty must haves?

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The Summer Book Haul
1/16/2018

The Summer Book Haul



Any excuse to talk books and I am one hundred per cent there. Or here as it transpires. I do read a lot-although it takes me a while sometimes to finish things because I am a chronic serial reader. Today though I thought I'd share some of the books I've picked up recently, along with some I received for Christmas, including my most-anticipated read of recent times...


-Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret x Craig Brown: It turns out this book is on a lot of people's reading lists right now. Given how hard it was to find a copy. Perhaps its surge in popularity is down to The Crown. Anyway I'm thirty chapters in and it is brilliant. I don't want to say too much now because I suspect it's going to end up in my January Favourites post. Just know that it is living up to my expectations and then some.

-Call Me By Your Name x Andre Aciman: The novel that inspired the film which is earning high praise at the moment. I have a pass to see the movie but haven't had the chance to yet. Maybe I should wait until I've finished the book. Anyway, this was a Christmas present, nabbed at Unity Books hence the snazzier cover than the film tie-in. Both sound fantastic and the excerpts I saw on Estee's Instagram story from the book back it up.

-I Capture The Castle x Dodie Smith: Firstly, how beautiful are these Macmillan Collector's Library editions? I'm not sure how I haven't really paid much attention to them before but they're exquisite. I love the compact size especially. Anyway, I've been wanting to read this for the longest time and in my never-ending quest to read more classic literature, I bought it for myself for Christmas. I'm going to start it when I eventually finish Little Women which shouldn't be too far off.

-the sun and her flowers x rupi kaur: Ok confession time, and this shouldn't feel like an admission but I've let the literary critique cloud my judgement of rupi kaur's work a bit. I know there's snobbery around 'insta-poetry' and I get it. It's not Wordsworth or Keats, nor does it pretend to be. I think the fact kaur's writing is more unconventional is where the charm lies. I definitely found some of the longer poems a bit unnecessary but there were many I bookmarked to go back to later. I read this in an evening last week and will definitely return to my favourites too. 


-Where'd You Go, Bernadette x Maria Semple: Another book which'll be a movie in 2018, starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Richard Linklater. What appeals to me most is it sounds like a Wes Anderson-esque read. A novel with quirkiness and humour. I am really unlikely to turn down a contemporary read that combines those two elements. 

-The Vanity Fair Diaries x Tina Brown: One of my eagerly anticipated reads and one that satisfies my magazine-loving self immensely. The diaries Tina Brown kept from 1983-1992 make for incredibly compelling reading. Such intriguing insights into many magazine key players too like Annie Leibovitz, Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley among others. Its making me want to read her book about Princess Diana now too. 

-Women & Power x Mary Beard: This was another book I received for Christmas and I took it away on holiday with me earlier in the month. I gave it four stars on Goodreads because I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beard combines her extensive knowledge of Greek history with women throughout history and the misogyny that is firmly cemented, particularly towards those who dare to adopt an authoritative stance. A short but brilliant read.

-What have you read this Summer?


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Summer Photo Diaries
1/13/2018

Summer Photo Diaries



Summer is one of my favourite seasons, despite it right now feeling way too humid. Auckland's sticky, uncomfortable heat is not a good time. What is a good time? Summer fruit, relaxing, reading, crystal blue waters and the fact that in this part of the world, Summer represents a new year. I had two weeks off over Christmas where I spent a lot of time just doing whatever I wanted. It was the best, quite frankly. I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked to but here's a snippet of what I did capture...

/ / Above: The inside cover of my journal for 2018. Yes I sticker my journals like a true 00's girl.



/ / The Christmas tree at my aunty's house. I housesat there over Christmas+New Year where I spent a fair portion of my time in the pool. SO. GOOD. I loved this real Christmas tree though. Can't beat them. 

/ / Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room at the Auckland Art Gallery. It was crowded so I really hurriedly took photos and placed stickers around. I'll have to go back when it isn't as busy. 



/ / Went to the beach one day and left with sea glass and shells, and very sandy feet. Free exfoliation? Wish I'd taken my togs #regret. 

/ / On Boxing Day I went to the movies and saw Breathe and hit up the Kikki K sale. I stocked up on cards as you can see so I am set for the next year or so(!). Their sale is still going, in fact I think some things are now 75% off so it's the perfect opportunity to treat yo'self. 


/ / To me, from me. Magazines I wrapped up for myself for Christmas. Yes I am that sappy. No I am not even sorry.
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The 2018 Diaries
1/10/2018

The 2018 Diaries



Another year, another opportunity to have some semblance of organisation, thought and memory through stationery. I've kept diaries for as long as I can remember. Pen and paper work considerably better than pixels for me in this regard. Today I thought I'd shine the light on my organisational tools for 2018. If you're in an organisational rut, or perhaps just a curious cat, this one is for you.

Visual Diary/Daily Journal: This is actually one of those blank sketchbooks of unlined paper. It was Britney who got me on to these for journaling so thank you Brit. I'm using it to (hopefully) write daily in for my own benefit. Nine days in and so far, so good. I love the thickness of the paper and the size of this as well. I won't be surprised if I have to grab another one at some point in the year but I like the idea that my 2018 journals may be in volumes. Is that nerdy? Anyway...

A5 Journal, not pictured: I guess this is what I'm calling the amateur bullet journal. It's not quite a bullet journal in the traditional sense of the word but is a series of lists, grids and things that don't really belong anywhere else. Inside there's lists I've written up where I can track TV series episodes, blog post progress, movies released in 2018 that I want to see, a skincare routine chart among other things. Lists seem to be really effective for me and I think I'll eventually move to something more legitimately bullet journal-y but for now this is a good introduction. PLUS it's rose gold and sparkly af and I am one hundred per cent here for that. 

Weekly Diary: My go to, organisational diary. This typically stays on my desk at home. Otherwise I just chuck things I need to remember during the day on a piece of paper and throw it inside whatever notebook's left the house with me. Yep, this sophisticated millennial is not a total iCal devotee. I use this diary for reminders, appointments, writing down people's birthdays, blog post tracking and other boring adult things. I'm sure you get the gist.

-What do you use to stay organised?

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A Colourpop Haul
1/08/2018

A Colourpop Haul



One of those internet brands that everyone rightly loves is Colourpop. Testament to that is their regular appearances on the ol' gram but the many global fans, on and offline as well. It's been a long time since I've done an order from Colourpop but when the queen of Colourpop hauls herself, better known as Cass, went in recently I decided to follow suit. Here's what I nabbed:

Take Me Home Palette: Is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen!? LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS. You get four matte and two metallic shades inside. All swatch beautifully and wear so well. I see why everyone is smitten with Colourpop's powder eyeshadows. I'm not gonna lie, I am lusting after the All I See Is Magic palette as well. Psst, this one is currently on sale for $10 or free if you spend $40 or more.


Pressed Powder Highlighter in Taffy: I know Cass loves the Colourpop highlighters as well so I was keen to grab one. I believe this was from their Christmas collection but it is still around if you want to snag one for yourself. Side note: Colourpop's branding has had a facelift and I love it. This powder looks and feels luxe which is a bonus, given its wallet friendly price point. I'd use this shade as an eyeshadow too. It's that dreamy. 

Ultra Glossy Lip in Wham: Bam, thank you ma'am. Lip gloss is one of those products I don't like forking out for so I wanted to try this to see what it was like. I LOVE it! Non-sticky, shiny and it gives your lips a fuller appearance. I pair it with Velvet Teddy x MAC and it's such a gorgeous combination. On its own, it can veer into Tin Man territory so be careful. The joy of being so pale. Layer up people!

Creme Gel Liner in Over Board: After loving the shade Get Paid in this formula I had to get another. Again, they're so inexpensive and pigmented and I love 'em. I also love that they're twist up so sharpeners become irrelevant. 

-What do you love from Colourpop?
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