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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Colourful Priceline (Drugstore) Haul

Wow, Christie. Another make-up haul? How very inspired of you. It's not like you've already done two others this past month (hey and hey). What can I say? Priceline is my weakness. The drugstore has been producing some absolute bangers lately and I'm all for discovering the inexpensive goodies therein.

This haul actually came at the perfect time for me. We've had disgusting weather here in good old W-of-A lately so spending a portion of my afternoon photographing this bright, colourful flatlay in my cozy pajamas while it was grey, miserable and rainy outside brought me such happiness.

Here is what I picked up in my most recent drugstore make-up and skincare haul:

This palette is an EXACT copy of Huda Beauty's Desert Dusk Palette! I did a comparison on Instagram a few weeks back (you should follow along so you don't miss out next time) and the colours are basically identical, order and all! I haven't had much of a chance to play around with it beyond swatches, but I'm excited to see how it performs on the eyes. Considering it's so inexpensive, I hope it does well as it could be an amazing dupe. I plan on doing a full comparison post on the blog (let me know if you're keen!) in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.

I didn't need this in my collection as I'm not much of a golden highlighter kind of gal. Plus I already have BECCA's Champagne Pop in my stash BUT I had heard such good things about this highlighter and for a drugstore product, I couldn't really go wrong. It swatched so beautifully - super metallic, and I think that it would look so pretty on the eyelids, too!

This was a repurchase. I use this moisturiser rather sparingly, focussing it on the lower half of my face (cheeks, chin and nose) as that is where I get the most dry. My forehead tends to get a smidge oily during the day and I find Toleriane Riche to be too rich for that particular part of my face. It's great at eliminating and soothing dry patches, though.

L'Oreal Paradise Exatic Mascara
This is apparently the Australian/European version (I assume due to different ingredient regulations and such) of L'Oreal's Lash Paradise, which the U.S. has been going mad over. I've gotta say: I wasn't overly impressed by Exatic (what does that even mean?!). The initial result is pretty - nicely lengthened and separated lashes but I've found that it's actually flaked on me throughout the day which has never happened to me in my whole history of wearing mascara. I'm going to keep trying it, but so far, it hasn't won me over.

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner
I've mentioned before that my go-to toner is no longer going to be available to me (waah!) so I'm trying out different toners to try and replace it. This one is nice and gentle and I do like using it. It's definitely not my favourite formula (I've been trying Pixi's Glow Tonic lately and BOY is that a good product), but it's nice nonetheless. It's just missing that "oomph" that I'm used to.

Rimmel Soft Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in "Jet Black"
Also a repurchase. This is literally the only eyeliner that I use - it's so black and creamy and easy to use. As much as I'd love to be good at applying liquid liner (It's not pretty. Pls halp), I do prefer a pencil, especially when I'm in a hurry.

What I've picked up at Pricleline recently

Have you bought any new products lately?
Is there anything here that you'd like to try?

Please note that this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed, or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

An Instagram Round-up: April-May

If you've been following Christie's Take on Life for any amount of time, chances are that you'd have been made aware of how much of a fan of Instagram I am. I think that it's the perfect outlet for posting inspiration and little snippets of life, and seeing what my friends and favourite bloggers are up to. Nine times out of ten, my photos don't make it to my blog and that's a damn shame because I do love to see pretty pictures and share what's been inspiring me in turn.

Here's a recap of what the past couple of months have looked like on my Instagram feed: 

We don't really get to experience much of the typical Autumnal magic here in Perth, so I absolutely love the rare occasion that I do get to see fallen orange leaves.

I honestly crave this pizza on a weekly basis. Dome delivers the goods when it comes to their margherita pizzas. Trust.

This is one of maybe three photos that I am actually in throughout my whole Instagram feed.

My Face Shit bag kills me every time. My full What's in my Bag post can be found here.

Jesse and I used to go out for breakfast almost once a week, but this was the first time that since we built our house that we've been able. To say I missed breakfast dates would be an understatement.

Oops. ;) You can see a full breakdown of what I hauled here if you're curious.

There is nothing better than a pot of warm tea on a cold day if you ask me.

I love finding new accounts and inspiring feeds to follow on Instagram! Leave your deets in the comments or come find me @christieee__x!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

A weekly snippet of inspiration from around the web

\\  Ummm, creamy mocha custard is what my dreams are made of.  //
\\  Friday equals bourbon and honey lemon fig cocktails!  //
\\  How cool is this front door balloon garland?!  //
\\  Cuticle oil made with essential oils - an inexpensive alternative to buying cuticle oils.  //
\\  These planters made from old candle containers are wonderful - I'm all about upcycling.  //
\\  I'm drooling like I've never drooled before over this fried tortilla ice cream sandwich.  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

May 2018 Beauty Favourites

My favorite makeup, skincare and beauty products in May

One: Maybelline Fit Me! Powder in "Nude Beige"
You may remember that I was concerned about the "glitter" that I could see in the pan when I first opened this but as soon as I tried it out, my worries went away. The "glitter" is much more of a reflect - it's definitely not chunky like a glitter typically is. Instead, it gives a lovely, healthy-looking glow to the face that I've been loving lately. I have dry skin, so I only use a little on my forehead, nose and cheekbones to keep oils at bay (which it does all day) but as the formula itself is so incredibly light, it means that I don't look dry or cakey in those areas, which has been a hard thing for me to find in a powder. In saying that, it is also a little chalky - there's a fair amount of kick-up when you put your brush to it, but it really is a lovely powder.

I've always loved a matte finish, but I've really been enjoying a dewier look lately. Because I have dry skin (take a shot every tim e I mention dry skin in this post), a dewy finish is much harder for me to get to work but this spray has really been amazing in helping me to achieve it. Not only is it far less expensive than Tatcha's Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, but it also doesn't make you look oily, which Tatcha can do. I need to take a minute to talk about the mist, too. THIS. HAS. THE. BEST. MIST! It sprays such a gloriously fine, long spray - I'm obsessed.

I like to use a lip scrub before I apply a liquid lipstick as I have perpetually dry, often flaky lips. I have a handful of LUSH lip scrubs, so this was a completely unnecessary addition to my last Jeffree Starr order but I couldn't help myself - Blue Raspberry Sucker sounded so good (he has a bunch of other flavours too!). Not only does it taste even better than I had imagined, but it also contains a bunch of nourishing oils which leave my lips feeling soft and smooth.

As a dry skinned gal (you're probably dead by now), Winter wreaks havoc with my skin and this hand cream has been my saviour all month. It's so moisturising! It's a deliciously rich formula that is quite thick. Although it does take some time to sink in to the skin (use it before bed - you'll thank me in the morning), it leaves my hands and elbows (and my feet, on occasion) feeling soft, moisturised and protected.

bought this brush with the intention of using it for under eye powdering. Have I use it in that way AT ALL? No. Once I took it out of the packaging, I immediately thought to use it to apply highlighter, and it's amazing at doing exactly that! It's the perfect size and shape for cheekbone highlighting (and under eye powdering - I really have to give it a go). It's nice and soft and the perfect density to pick up a good amount of product, blending it in to the skin beautifully.

What products have you been loving lately?

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I. This post does, however, contain affiliate links. I will always disclose such information with an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.

Feel free to find and purchase these products elsewhere if you don't get down like that. :)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  Doesn't this earl grey cake with honey fig buttercream sound delicious?!  //
\\  This DIY oversized letter board would look awesome in my study.  //
\\  These doughnut parfaits are such a cool idea!  //
\\  These stools are made out of old milk crates! So cool!  //
\\  Toasted s'more chocolate ice cream cups, oh my!  //
\\  Easy peasy DIY basket bag.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May Look Back and June 2018 Goals

Personal and blogging goals for June

How I did with my May 2018 goals
Spending ban
"I did it again: I spent far too much money on unnecessary personal shoppingDon't get me wrong: I'm a strong (too strong) believer in treating yourself, but the amount of money that I spent in April was ridiculous. I actually set myself a spending ban back in March (hint: I failed) but I'd definitely like to be far more strict on myself this month and not buy a single non-essential item. My bank account looks atrocious right now."

I did terribly (see here and here and another one coming soon)

Continue following my workout plan and lose 2kg
"I created a pretty intense (intense for my lazy ass, anyways) workout plan for myself last month and I pretty much stuck to it, with the exception of one public holiday day. Its only been a month but I already feel pretty great. I've been a fair bit heavier than I would like to be for the past couple of years and with our holiday coming up, I just want to feel my best, especially when it comes to wearing a bikini. Continuing to work out the way that I have been lately should definitely yield some results if I don't slack off. I’m hoping to really get in to it and lose 2kg this month."

Cross: I followed my workout plan pretty consistently, actually. I'm a little disappointed because I feel that I could have accomplished my weight goal if I had pushed myself harder and eaten a little better. I did manage to lose some weight, but nowhere near the 2kg mark that I set myself. Maybe we'll call this one a semi-achievement?

Make better food choices
"I tend to make poor choices when it comes to meals and portion sizes, especially when it comes to dinner. As a result, my weight loss hasn't been as drastic as I would like it to be. I know that no matter how much I work out, eating well has to be a part of the process too, so I definitely need to learn to control how much I eat at mealtime (I always cook too much for the two of us) and be much stronger when it comes to ignoring my cravings. I guess this goal goes hand in hand with a spending ban (bye fast food) and a big ol' exercise plan. I just have to have enough self-control. R.I.P."

Cross: I started off pretty well, but by the end of the month I was right back to my snacking ways. I definitely was more mindful about what we were having for dinner, though, which is definitely something that I could build on.

Closet clean out
"I have a lot of clothes. Many of them are pretty well-worn and have reached the end of their life, and a lot more just plain don't fit anymore. It's gotten to the point where my closet rails are clogged and my chest of drawers is difficult to open and close. I've accepted defeat and am planning to get rid of the clothes that I am hoping that I will fit back in to one day, sigh, so do need to buy a couple of pieces that fit me properly. What better time for a long overdue clean out?"

Cross: I thought about doing a closet clean out a handful of times during May but did I actually do it? No I did not. I feel as though the month just kind of came and went for me.. Next thing I knew, we were starting June.

What I want to achieve in June 2018
Input all food in to MyFitnessPal
Rewind a year-or-so ago, I was using MyFitnessPal religiously and guess what?! I saw results. Shocker. I have been inputting my calories on-and-off for a few months now, but I always eventually grow tired of the process and end up not bothering. Queue the weight gain... Re-gain? I'd definitely like to get back in to the habit of inputting my meals and snacks in to MyFitnessPal each and every day. It's tedious, but it works

Find a portable power bank
I've been meaning to pick up a power bank for years now. I'm doing much more after work these days. Whether it be going to the gym or attending blogger events, it's imperative that I have my phone charged and ready to go. I'm looking for something of good quality, that isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg at the same time. Preferably in pink.. Because I'm basic.

Have at least 2 date nights
Jesse and I used to have a date night every Wednesday after work. Since building a house, once a week dates aren't as doable with the funds that we have available but it's no excuse to not have any at all! We haven't had a date night in over 6 months, easily, which is sad because I do love spending quality time with him. Adult life has definitely gotten in the way, but I think that two Wintery date nights this month would be wonderful.

Visit a (dog friendly) walking trail
For as long as I can remember, I was excited to get a dog because it meant that I would have an excuse to explore plenty of hiking trails. Do you think that I've visited even one since getting Milla? No, Sir. It would be a great excuse for a doggy playdate and catch-up with a friend and it's an easy way to get a bunch of steps in! Being Winter, there is likely to be far less people around and the creeks and waterfalls should have at least a little water in them. Lovely.

Let's hope that I achieve more in June than I did during May.
What are you hoping to achieve this month?

See also:
May 2018 Goals
2018 Resolutions


Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  I could deal with a cherry vodka soda or two (or three)!  //
\\  How cute are these DIY edible tassel doughnuts? Happy doughnut day!  //
\\  Frozen coconut cream coffee sounds so dreamy.  //
\\  I love the idea of these DIY clipboard photo frames! So easily customised!  //
\\  Do warm, self saucing lemon pudding cakes sound as good to you as they do to me?!  //
\\ These roses made out of old maps are so unique!  //

Happy Friday!

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