I get by with a little help from my Friends-Quick nostalgic moment, my cousin used to have this poster on her bedroom wall and I'm not gonna lie, I was jealous of that poster. It was massive! Anyway, this week good ol' Buzzfeed posted a list of Friends quotes guaranteed to brighten your day and as expected, it is brilliant. Be prepared to laugh out loud at your desk/phone screen and not even care about who's watching.
An Hourglass dupe?-Say it isn't so! Max Factor bought us their Facefinity primer which is said to be a reasonable dupe for the Hourglass Veil Primer, according to Alix. Well now they've released some blushers to rival the Hourglass Ambient Lighting ones. The Creme Puff blushers are very similar in design, with an almost marbled effect and from what I've seen online, they don't come up short in the pigment stakes either. They're not out in NZ yet but a little bird told me they're not too far away.
A Nail Polish Heaven-If you're a longtime reader you'll know I used to get my nails done by the lovely Leah Light. I've known Leah for over five years now (scary!) and she's done so well for herself in that time. Well now she's opened up a second nail salon in Parnell and it is fancy. I went along to the opening night this week with Tara and it's such an awesome space. It's so spacious and there's lots of separate rooms to get your finger and toenails did. Don't quote me on this but I think they do tanning there too. Definitely check their salons out if you're in Auckland and want fabulous nails.
Good Reading-After perusing the library's magazine selection and not find the latest Vogues *sad face* I stumbled upon this magazine about books. It's Australian so there is a bit of a focus on Australian literature but there's also a focus on popular reads of the moment with great reviews. If you're a bit book-obsessed and you live in NZ or Aus, try to track this down. It's great.
A Spring Edit-Yes, I'm well aware it's not even the slightest bit springlike in the Southern Hemisphere right now. Makeup rules are made to be broken so if you like softer Spring makeup then go for it. I loved this makeup look that Anna created this week. How gorgeous is that Tarte palette too? *insert heart eyed cat emojis here*
*Have an awesome weekend everybody! It's another long weekend here in NZ, to honour ANZAC Day in its centennial year. I've actually had a busy ish week and I feel like I've not been home very much. This weekend I hope to
sleep all day sleep in and I'm doing a spot of shopping on Sunday and no doubt watching the anticipated Bruce Jenner interview too. Have a good one x
April feels surprisingly short. Whether that's down to daylight savings, or the longer weekends we've had this month I'm not sure. As you may know, I've been on a bit of a spending blitz as I'm off to Sydney next month so I haven't really been shopping or trying anything new. As a result there's a lot less beauty+makeup in here this month but never fear, that will be amended next month. Here's what I've loved throughout April.
Antipodes Worship Serum*-You're probably sick of hearing me rave on about this serum, which should speak volumes about how awesome it is. Not only is it deliciously fruity, it does wonders for restoring a dull, lacklustre complexion. It also seems to inject that little bit of extra moisture into the skin which is never a bad thing. I love how lightweight and non-oily this is too. Please don't discontinue this serum Antipodes.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet-Flawless skin in a bottle, especially if your skin sits more on the combination side of things. It's long wearing and not too matte, so a little bit of sheen still shines through. I'm actually very close to finishing this now and I'm still undecided about whether I want to buy it again. It's good but I'm not sure if I want something as matte anymore. Hmm..
Pixi Glow Tonic-The hype is real. I'm so glad I found this on ASOS when I did because it seems to have vanished from their site. Again, like the serum it just leaves your skin looking so much better and it's one of the gentler exfoliating toners on the market. I know it's a bit tricky to get ahold of but if you can, get it. It's so worth it.
Boyhood-I loved watching this last month so it had to join my DVD collection. Filmed with the same cast over twelve years this is brilliant. Both the kids in it are around the ages I was as it was filming so I geeked out a bit at all the era-appropriate pop culture references. There's even a Vampire Weekend tune in there. This is such a good film and if you've not watched it yet, get onto it!
All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher*-This shouldn't even be in here, as I'm not supposed to review it yet but it was by far my favourite book I read this month. Make of that what you will, and keep an eye out for a review next week.
-What have you been loving during April?
'Bout that base...Okay I'll stop with the Meghan Trainor references. Foundation, BB creams, and tinted moisturisers are all staples in many a girl's beauty arsenal. Whether they make your skin look flawless, conceal a multitude of sins or just leave things looking a bit more glowy, we'd be lost without them. I currently have three base options-this one from Rimmel which I'm a bit 'meh' about. I liked it at first but to be honest, I don't think it's that amazing. Then there's the Clear Difference* BB cream. I do like it but it's reserved for good skin/lazy makeup occasions. Lastly we have my ultimate go-to, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet or PLV as I like to call it. Satin finish, buildable coverage and longevity. It's amazing. There's just one problem, I'm running out of it.
Where am I going with this? Well, I'm due to replace my foundation and I'm torn. While I love PLV, I kinda want to try something else. I'm tossing up between this new version of Laura Mercier's silk creme foundation and Nars Luminous Weightless. So what should I do? Stick to tried and tested or try something new? Let me know your input in the comments below. If you've tried either of these foundations let me know what you thought of them.
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.