Thursday, June 14, 2018

Low Budget Makeup Haul!


Hi guys! For some reason I'm not as excited about buying new makeup lately, although I will always love applying makeup and wearing it. Even though new releases are not catching my attention, I still have to re-purchase back-ups of my staple makeup items, so here's a very budget friendly drugstore brand makeup haul, where the aim was to stock up on my every day eye makeup items. I also got some extra stuff I needed while I was there. Both Chemist Warehouse and Priceline were having sales, so everything here was at a bargain price!




Chemist Warehouse had 50% off Maybelline (yassss!) so I picked up my fave eyeliner, the Maybelline Masterliner in Black. This was $5.99, usually $12.50. I was going to get two of them, but then I saw the Maybelline boxed Kit for $7.00 which contained a Masterliner eyeliner,  Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara and Eyelash Curler! Just a dollar more and you get two bonus items... score!

I also spotted the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny eyeliner and Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil, both of which I've never tried, but I thought at half price, now is the best time to give them a go! Also, it's really hard to get defined wings with the Masterliner as the end rounds out after a few uses, so hopefully the Skinny pencil comes in handy there.

I spent $26.37 at Chemist Warehouse and the receipt tells me I saved $38.53 (woo hoo!). At first I was like, whaaaaaa? because everything was 50% off, but then I saw the boxed Kit was originally $24.95, down to $7.00. Bitch can shop.

The eyebrow pencil I swear by, Ardell's Pro Brow Mechanical Pencil was actually on special (this rarely happens) at Priceline, so I obviously got two. Also, it's not stocked at my local Priceline and can be hard to find, so this was a no-brainer.

I can't find my makeup pencil sharpener at the moment and all my nude lipliners are super blunt, so instead of doing the normal thing and buying a new sharpener, I bought two new nude Essence Soft Contouring lipliners instead (Nude Painting and Lost In Love). Don't judge! Bargain buy recommendation alert! You can't go wrong with Essence lipliners; they perform well, the formula is great and they are only $2.00 each. Get on this, people! I also picked up an Essence Kajal eyeliner while I was perusing the Essence stand, because why not?


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Movie Review: HEREDITARY




{SPOILER-FREE}

Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro and Ann Dowd
Director: Ari Aster
Genre: Horror/Supernatural
Rating: MA15+
Australian Release Date: 07/06/2018

Hi guys! Last night I was lucky enough to see the Adelaide Preview screening of American horror/supernatural film HEREDITARY. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this movie, so I was super keen to see it for myself, and I have to say, it lived up to the hype, and then some. Horror is not my favourite genre, but this disturbing movie was amazing. Everyone in my screening was enthralled and you could have heard a pin drop at one point! This movie is still playing over and over again in my mind, and I think it will be with me for some time. 

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know.

Toni Collette, in the lead role of Annie, gives a brave, raw performance that's believable and even harrowing at times. She really gives this her all. In fact, the acting across the board is excellent; look out for Milly Shapiro who is so creepy as Charlie, Annie's daughter. Hereditary was written and directed by Ari Aster in his directorial debut, and honestly I can't wait to see what he does next, if this film is anything to go by. It's so impressive for a first time effort. The musical score was also pretty spot-on, perfectly building tension and giving a gloomy atmosphere of foreboding.



This is a spoiler-free write up, as I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but there are some chilling events in this film that have to be seen to be believed. Hereditary slowly builds the tension, but as things go from bad to worse, it had me hooked and engrossed. It's chilling, scary, disturbing and above all, unsettling. Go see it, Hereditary is worth the hype.

Fun Fact: On Anzac Day, a movie theatre in Western Australia accidentally played a trailer for Hereditary before a screening of the family-friendly film Peter Rabbit, no doubt freaking out a bunch of kids and angering their parents. Oops!





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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Littlewood Agapanthus Farm Garden Party!




Hi guys! Recently I had the pleasure of attending a delightful Garden Party at Littlewood Agapanthus Farm, located at Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills. In April last year, new owners John and Tracey Koumi took over the Farm, together with Tracey's son Sam and his wife Jenna. Their passion for the beauty of the gardens is evident, and they've really breathed new life into South Australia's largest Agapanthus Farm. Having explored the farm in an informative walking tour and relaxed in the surrounds for an afternoon, I can say this is a stunningly picturesque location that would be perfect for fully-catered events, weddings and functions. There are lakes, birdhouses, garden seats and quaint walking paths, not to mention 100,000 agapanthus plants across 60 gorgeous acres!







On arrival, we were offered a glass of champagne, and honestly, who am I to say no? Despite it being a chilly day, my mortal enemies the rain and wind stayed away, setting us up for a highly enjoyable afternoon. There were heat lamps dotted about, providing some cosy spots to chat and socialise. Fairy lights added to the charm, and the wine barrels were the perfect touch on a lush green hilltop. Under cover, there were chairs and tables with pretty floral vases, a bar, a live band (yassss!) and a large table with an impressive gourmet spread to delight the eyes and the tastebuds!








Let's talk food! The catering was provided by Sticks & Stone Events, and it was outstanding. On the main grazing table were a selection of nuts, olives, crackers, crispbreads and a delicious array of gourmet cheeses. Perfect for a cheese lover like me! There were also platters of deli meats (so yummy!) and a colourful display of healthy fresh fruits. The pineapple, oh my! Throughout the day, waiters brought around Sliders (I missed out, but hubby nabbed one) and the yummiest crispy Pizza pieces, with a variety of different toppings. Such friendly and courteous staff too, they were an absolute pleasure.







The beverages were delicious too. I sampled nearly every drink variety (purely for you guys of course, I knew I'd be writing this!) and I was not disappointed. I'm going to put them in preference order for you, from knock-your-socks-off delish to still-pretty-yummy. The Limoncello Cocktail is first, because of its impeccable flavour combination plus bonus points for being highly photogenic. Then the Rose because it was fruity, pink and pretty, followed by the Champagne because bubbly is such a special occasion drink so it was apt. Finally, the White wine, which was still pretty yummy, as mentioned above, because something had to come last, that's how lists work! I didn't try the Red wine despite loving it, because I didn't want my teeth to get discoloured {#truthbomb}. There was also plenty of lemon water available which hubby informed me was refreshing, lol.




'Agapanthus', also known as the African Lily, comes from the Greek words for love (agape) and flower (anthos). These pretty babies thrive in South Australia's climate and can even survive in extreme conditions. If you have a dog that has a daily three hour nap on your agapanthus, said agapanthus may be heard defiantly stating "Is that all you've got?!". These plants produce purple and white flowers in Spring and Summer, but happily show off vibrant green leaves all year round. Littlewood boasts 12 varieties of Agapanthus, including the Guilfoyle, Dutch Blue Giant, Perpetual Peace and the common Standard Praecox Orientalis. As well as being ideal for catered events, weddings or picnics with friends, Littlewood continue to run the Nursery where you can buy your own Agapanthus plants!






Our parting gift was a super-cute Miniature Blue Agapanthus (see photo below) which I gave to my Dad for babysitting our son all afternoon. He loves plants and definitely has a green thumb. Despite the agapanthus being notoriously impossible to kill, I still trust Dad with my 'lil aggie-baby more than I do myself! We had such a fabulous time and will definitely be returning when the flowers are blooming! 





You can visit Littlewood Agapanthus Farm at 69 Easlea Road, Littlehampton, SA.
Open Friday - Monday 10am-4pm, with other times by appointment.

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