If the eyes are the windows to the soul then surely mascara has to be the pretty drapes or curtains that deck out those glass panes. Just go with the analogy guys I'm feeling proud of that piece of imaginative prose. Mascara is probably the one makeup product I never like to miss out, even if I'm not that bothered with beauty products that day. As a result it's one of my favourite things to try and I like testing out a lot of different ones. Some of these experiments are usually the aftereffects of some master enabling from fellow friends and beauty bloggers. See below for the evidence...
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara-Enabler: Anna, the master enabler herself. Until Cult Beauty bought this in stock the chances of owning this mascara were slim as it's very hard to come by outside of Asia. I've not opened this one up yet as I am still using its sister mascara which I love. I am expecting similar results though albeit with a longer lasting formula and curl holding properties. I will keep you posted.
Essence Lash Mania Mascara-Enabler: My friend Jess, confidante and fellow beauty devotee. Jess has extremely good taste in many things, especially beauty so when I literally witnessed her picking up this mascara and a few backups in Priceline I knew it had to be good. Apparently it's amazing for enhancing lashes and making them look ten times more fabulous. Bold claims huh? If you're in New Zealand, Farmers have this mascara available although it's often sold out here. Clearly it's popular across the ditch too. Again, I shall keep you updated with this one..
-What mascaras do you use and love?
Hey everyone, I hope you are well and have had lovely weeks. An alternative name for this post could be the stay at home edition. For numerous reasons this week I've not really been out a lot or up to anything overly exciting but I still wanted to do a weekly pictures post. Sometimes the beauty around us can be seen in the smallest of things and I feel like these photos really made me appreciate all those little moments this week. Hopefully next week's edition will be more exciting as it is my birthday week and that usually means a good time is guaranteed. Anyway, here's what I have been up to lately...
-Above: Some of the makeup bits'n pieces I used in my videos last weekend. *Shameful plug alert, they're both up on my channel now. I'm a bit obsessed with all of the above at the moment, especially that L'Oreal foundation.
-Gilmore Girls and Lucky Charms, a snack Lorelai Gilmore would approve of I like to think.
-I'm not going to lie, I visit Buzzfeed at least once a day most days and I love it. The big lamp made an appearance and I'm not gonna lie, I only like it because it gives me slight Pixar lamp vibes.
-Matching my pyjama pants to my box of tissues. The only positive about needing tissues at the moment. Those Elsa+Anna pants are from Peter Alexander and they're so cosy and warm.
-Okay, so this photo isn't from this week but whatever. I mainly included this to show you that awesome Rory Gilmore card I gave to a friend with her birthday presents. Isn't it awesome?! You can find it here.
-On Wednesday I purchased my ticket to go see Florence and the Machine in November and I am ridiculously excited. This is my birthday present this year from the 'rents, my hint dropping worked haha. Is it bad I've already started thinking about what to wear?
*Have the raddest weekends+Fridays everyone! Tomorrow I'm having an early birthday lunch with some friends and I'm really looking forward to it. It's definitely not just for the fact cake is involved, I promise. Other than that I don't have a lot planned really. See y'all on Monday with a beauty themed post.
Hey everyone! I hope your week's have been going good so far. Today I am back with another video, this time a library book haul. #1-Sorry for my husky, croaky voice in this video. I had a sore throat+cold most of last week and it came out to play when I filmed this. #2-Apologies for the lack of writing on the blog this week. I've been quite busy behind the scenes and these kinds of posts have been quicker and easier to do. Plus, as you read this I have no wifi (#prayforme). Anyway, so these are all books I got for free (yasss), well from Auckland Libraries. They have such an awesome catalogue and if you're based in Auckland+want a cheaper option than book hauling all day everyday I suggest you check them out.
-What have you been reading lately?
Well it's that time of the month and I've just realised things are looking a little sparse. That may be because I forgot to mention a couple of my favourites. Inside Out, here's looking at you. Anyway, I sat myself back down in front of the MacBook and waxed lyrical on all the beauty bits+the book I couldn't get enough of this month. The result is down below for your perusal. Enjoy!
-What have you loved during July?
Big Eyes & Big Lies: So this week I finally watched Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It tells the story of Margaret Keane and Walter Keane, the man who eventually becomes her husband and takes credit for her iconic 'big eyes' paintings. It's directed by Tim Burton so you can expect lots of aesthetic pleasingness but it's also a really interesting story. Amy Adams is amazing in this film but so is Waltz who honestly made me loathe his character so much. He did a good job at being an asshat haha. Anyway, if you like art and biopics, watch it.
A Little Makeover: Did you notice that new, fancy header at the top of the page? That is the work of the lovely Kate Ranfurly. We've been emailing back and forward working on this for the last month or so as well as on some other bits+bobs and she's been awesome to work with. She gets my love of rose gold and very classic type. If you want to see the mood board she made for my logo you can check it out here.
Life with Louise: When Louise's extremely pretty, sparkly book Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter* arrived last week I was all kinds of excited. Louise was one of the first YouTubers I watched and while she's a lot more successful these days, I feel like she's still very authentic and her genuine personality and quirkiness shines through. Her book is no different and her random musings throughout have had me laughing out loud. I'm not quite finished this one yet but it's such a good read and really caters for a wide range of ages because Louise has such a varied audience. If you want a pretty, positive, uplifting read go for this one.
A Pinterest-Worthy Bathroom: Kate of gh0stparties often shoots stunning pictures that are the epitome of #lifegoals, Pinterest inspiration and all round radness. Well she's bringing the inspiration big time with her recently updated bathroom space. Seriously, it's a beauty. Peonies, lots of white, marbled accents, Rifle Paper Co prints and plenty of actual beauty gems. If this kind of thing floats your boat you have to have a look at it.
Happy Birthday Cher Horowitz: As if! The original Blair Waldorf totally turns twenty this year. I would've been way too young to jump on the Clueless bandwagon the first time around but in the post-Mean Girls era I can now fully embrace and appreciate it. It's so cleverly done, and mad props have to be given to anyone who can make Jane Austen seem more exciting. I hope my former English Lit teacher isn't reading this...Also Cher's wardrobe was pretty darn on point, let's be real. I wouldn't mind seeing those cardis with the fluffy edged sleeves coming back. Anyway, that lengthy piece of appreciation was leading to telling you to go read this post Evelyn of Just So Pretty penned sharing the love for this nineties classic and how its fashion impacted her life.
-As always have the awesomest weekends out everybody! This week's actually gone so fast and been quite busy so I'm not so secretly chuffed that it is Friday. This weekend I will hopefully be filming one or two videos for my channel; a favourites roundup and another book haul (although don't be fooled, I've not been shopping for books...well not much). I'm also hoping to catch up on blog things, watch plenty of Parks & Rec (Leslie is life) and have a sleep in or two! See you cool cats on Monday x.