Sunday, June 4, 2017

Blogging Break + Netflix Recommendations!

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark

Hi guys!

I just wanted to let you know I'll be having a break from blogging until the end part of June. I've been meaning to take a break for a while, as there's a lot of stuff I want to get done around the house and it's just not happening whilst I continue to write, photograph, edit, publish and advertise posts. We are also going away on an interstate trip next week, so this is actually perfect timing, as I can't blog while I'm away. I'll be posting a little less on Instagram and Facebook during this time, although there will still be the odd post here and there, when I have time. Gotta say, it's hard to stay interested in Instagram lately, with engagement and likes down across the board, but we are all in the same boat there (and I feel that boat is the Titanic!).

Of course I still plan to blog about the PR samples I've been sent and/or feature them on my social media, I just won't be as hardcore as usual until the end of the month, as I'm switching up my priorities. In the meantime,you can check out my Beauty Fail Confessions post, especially good if you're in need of a laugh! Also, I wanted to quickly share my current Netflix Recommendations, as there's a few shows I'm excited about! Here's what I've been watching.....

13 Reasons Why
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3)
Master Of None (Season 2)

Love (Season 2)

Flaked (Season 2)- released
The Man In The Iron Mask (LEO ALERT) - released
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - released
Suicide Squad (7 June)
Disney's Pete's Dragon (20 June)
Storks (21 June)
Vanilla Sky (23 June)
J. Edgar (LEO ALERT) (25 June)
Disney's Oz The Great And Powerful (28 June)

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Beauty Fail Confessions!


The One Where I Expose My Highly Embarrassing Beauty Failures But Hopefully Make You Feel Better About Yourself, Who Am I Kidding Everyone Is Better Than Me At This Shit.

My Waterlining Epiphany
I've only just bothered to experiment with lining my waterline this year! Now I'm not telling you my age, but that is fucking late in the scheme of things. I can't believe what a positive difference it makes to the overall look and I'm a bit stroppy I didn't try it, say, I don't know, 20 years ago. I wouldn't have minded appearing 80% sexier throughout my youth, but I guess I'll just have to put up with looking like a smouldering sex kitten now. LOL. PS, I still don't know what tightlining is.

Foundation Brush?
Umm, what's that? I've never applied my foundation with a brush and I don't intend to start now. Despite buying multiple Beauty Blender-like sponges (why buy the real deal when you can get cheap rip-offs, am I right?), I continue to use my trusty fingers for foundation application. They know what they're doing and they don't leave streaks. I do use a small makeup sponge for blending concealer over any redness and under my eyes, though, because I like to pretend I'm a proper person from time to time.

My kind of Baking. Tiny Skiing Teddies FTW!

Baking? Strobing? WTF?
To me, baking will always and forever be whipping up a batch of chocolate cupcakes, or if I'm feeling extravagant, a banana cake with walnuts and fancy cranberries. Sometimes I'll throw some mixed dried fruit in there if my family haven't pissed me off. In other words, I'm quite happy to completely ignore various beauty trends. Not just 'I can't be stuffed trying that', I mean actual hardcore 'I'm not even Googling that to find out what it is.' Is this being a bad Beauty Blogger? PROBABLY. Do I care? I think you already know the answer to that.

Saint Bernard. Photo Credit - Mary Bloom 

Eyeshadow Confuses Me
I enjoy drugstore palettes that get criticised for low colour pay-off because I'm shit at blending and they make it really hard for me to stuff up. I'm looking at you, Maybelline The Nudes. Don't get me wrong, I do own a few higher end palettes, such as the Too Faced Chocolate Bar and the Urban Decay Naked 3, but to be honest, they intimidate me. I'm better than I was, but I still have NFI what I'm doing up in the ol' socket region. I can't get the sparkly shit to translate even with eyeshadow primer or glitter glue. I can't achieve that seamless blend despite binge-watching YouTube tutorials like a mofo. I still don't know if a 'transition shade' is supposed to be darker or lighter than the crap you placed directly under it on the 'mobile lid'. And let's not get started on the seemingly impossible to achieve Cut Crease, which requires a Brain Surgeon's precision combined with the patience of a Saint (Bernard). Which brings me to....

I Used Those Sponge-Tip Applicators That Came With The Eyeshadow Palette For Way Too Long
Because I didn't know any better. They seemed to put the product on fine in my opinion and I never really had any interest in eyeshadow brushes. I don't understand how a lot of people get excited by brushes? Lipstick, blush, an eyeshadow palette, yes! A fudging brush? What's the big deal? They even make ones where the handles look like unicorn horns now. UNICORNS! If there's anything that'll turn me into a brush lover it's a holographic, spiral unicorn horn twirly brush with glitter and whatnot. But it hasn't and I'm still sticking with my motley crew of around four eyeshadow brushes, most of which I won.

Watch out for the giant pin on your next trip to Poland. I've heard it's a killer!

I CBF With Base Coat And Rarely Apply Top Coat Either
Seriously, who has the time to apply 17 coats of nail polish to their nails? If I can find a polish that is opaque in one coat, it fast becomes my BPF (Best Polish Friend) {nail polish variety, not to be confused with the human variety of friend born in Poland. Not that I have one of those. But if I did, she would be my BHPF {Best HUMAN Polish Friend}} and I would love her forever, OK? So I haven't been using base coat, and consequently, I have bright turquoise nails right now. Without the polish. I removed the polish and my nails have been dyed an alluring shade of turquoise is what I'm saying. No amount of remover eliminated this blue tint, so I did what any sensible person would do and loaded up my claws with two coats of another polish. That shit is next week's problem. Sorry, future me!

I also never wash my limited collection of makeup brushes (OK, I've cleaned them once this year) and I'm scared setting spray will cause my makeup to run so I always chicken out at the last minute. And I once sprayed deodorant in my pits only I'd accidentally grabbed shaving cream instead, reducing my black top to a white foamy mess.

You may be interested in Top 7 Beauty Purchase Regrets!

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Disclaimer: All opinions, no matter how misguided, are my own. Handy code- FTW = For The Win. NFI = no fucking idea. CBF = can't be fucked. BPF = Best Polish Friend. BHPF = Best Human Polish Friend. Obviously.

What are your beauty confessions? Spill below so we can all laugh at, I mean with you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Half Price Makeup Haul!

Oh hey, everyone! This post is all about my Half Price Makeup Haul from the end of last week. Chemist Warehouse hold some amazing sales, and their Big Brand Cosmetics Sale is still on! If you're interested in 50% Off the entire range of Rimmel, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Revlon, Nude By Nature and Sally Hansen, haul arse to Chemist Warehouse by May 25, because that's when the sale ends!

Some ways you can shop the half price sale:

~ use the opportunity to stock up on your staple products
~ use the opportunity to try products you've had your eye on for a while
~ use the opportunity to grab some new release makeup
~ use the opportunity to buy Birthday gifts for your family and friends
~ take the plunge and buy that expensive palette, it's half price after all
~ if you're a Blogger, buy some items for an Instagram or blog Giveaway

Now onto my Haul!

I picked up another Maybelline Masterliner eyeliner (pictured in the top photo), because I go through them quite quickly, and even though I already have a backup, I know I'll need a second backup sooner or later. Another semi-staple product is the Maybelline BabyLips ElectroPop Lip Balm in Berry Bomb. I've just finished one of these and I absolutely love the shade. Despite it looking scary in the tube, it's a sheer balm, so applies as a subtle hint of colour. My only criticism of this product is that since the balm extends high above the tube rim, you have to be careful not to take a chunk out of it when replacing the lid until you get it level with the twist tube. And the last Maybelline product, which I'm pretty excited about, is the BabyLips Balm & Blush in Juicy Rose. It's so cute and I can't wait to try it!

Next I went a little nail polish crazy and picked up four bottles! I've been loving the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine range lately (I'm currently sporting Port-A-Loo Blue), and when I saw a gorgeous bright orange shade called Orgasm, I had to have it. It kind of makes up for the fact that I don't own the cult NARS Blush in Orgasm, in a round about way! There was a beautiful lavender shade called Lovey Dovey nearby, so I chucked that in my basket as well, because why not?

I've been lusting after the L'Oreal Color Riche Vernis a l'Huile (what a mouthful!) nail lacquer ever since seeing it on Instagram, mainly for the stunning packaging, so I was not passing this opportunity up! My eye was immediately drawn to Fuchsia Palace (330), which is exactly my kind of shade! Then I was excited to spot a gorgeous classic red called Rouge Sauvage (550). I seriously considered all the types of red in the collection, but I've always wanted the perfect iconic red, because it looks stunning with black, and I do tend to wear a lot of black! So happy I got these!

You may be interested in my Oh Deer Sugar Haul!

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Are you picking up any makeup in the Chemist Warehouse Big Brand Sale?