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Sunday, April 22, 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 love these DIY small accomplishment trophy planters.  //
\\  This white wine apple spritzer! The apple rose!  //
\\  How cute are these DIY hot air balloon favours?  //
\\  A DIY crystal planter would make for a cool present.  //
\\  Well isn't this DIY cactus pom-pom sweatshirt (with-printable) adorable?  //
\\  These DIY mini planters are made from.. wait for it.. empty moisturiser jars! What?!  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

An Instagram Recap

There was a time when I did these Instagram (shameless plug) round-up's monthly. I used to adore taking pictures and sharing them with whoever cared, but I've since lost my drive. I think that the negatives that have been surrounding Instagram for some time now have contributed to the fact that I've been finding it hard to upload consistently. I can't blame it all (or even most of it) on Instagram, though.. I just haven't had the motivation to take photos in general for a while now, let alone publish anything to Instagram. Don't get me wrong, I still use the app every single day. I scroll through my feed religiously. I like photos, I watch stories, I comment but I just don't have any content to publish these days which makes a monthly Instagram round-up pretty redundant.

I've actually made it a goal to post to Instagram at least once a week, every week this month (so far, so good!) so, I thought that I would post the pitiful amount of photos that I did publish between December and March in the hopes that it will motivate me to get back in to the swing of posting, or even just taking photos to begin with:

This is exactly what I was talking about! Christmas Eve! I haven't posted enough to recap since Christmas friggin' Eve!
Here is the full post about how I relax on Christmas Eve. Relevant.

I love desk tours! I've been working of getting my own desk area to be a more inspiring place lately.

I'm a massive bookworm! Here is the full post about what I had been reading here and if you have any book suggestions for me, I'm always open to hearing them!

There's nothing better to me than a good, authentic wood fired Margherita pizza.


My little Milla girl. <3

The $6 I spent on this doormat was the best $6 I've ever spent.

I've always thought cotton candy skies were so magical.

I love finding pretty new feeds to follow on Instagram; leave your account deets in the comments, or come find (and motivate) me: @christieee__x

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday Finds

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

Snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  This giant avocado shaped rice krispie is so extra and I need it in my life.  //
\\  How cute are these citrus Himalayan salt diffusers?  //
\\  DIY pannier bags for your bike for when the weather warms up. You're welcome.  //
\\  A Springtime shoe makeover, anyone?  //
\\  Terrazzo is back, and these DIY terrazzo chocolate bars are calling my name.  //
\\  I love this simple way to make a dress from any T-Shirt.  //

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March 2018 Beauty Favourites

My favourite make-up and beauty products of March 2018

One: BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in "Bronzed Bondi"
This is such a beautiful bronzer! I often struggle to find a good bronzer shade to suit my skin tone but Bronzed Bondi, I feel, is my perfect colour (Milk Chocolate Soleil* is a good one too). BECCA powders are all of such high quality - so soft and creamy and incredibly pigmented, and this is no exception. It has a little bit of sheen to it for a healthy-looking glow, but isn't glittery and it applies and blends out beautifully with a big, fluffy brush. I used it a whole lot over the tail end of the Summer months and I could easily bring it in to the colder seasons too.

Two: Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss*
Anyone who knows me personally just fell of their chair. I, Christie, lover of matte lips and avid hater of glosses... likes loves a gloss. I've spent years loathing the tacky feeling, smudgy looking, hair sticking to your mouth on a windy day inducing lip product that is gloss but upon picking up a few of these (because girl loves the Sweet Peach line), I may need to rethink my ways.. These don’t feel like a traditional lip gloss but still deliver that juicy, high-shine finish. They are not sticky-feeling in the slightest AND they're super hydrating - something that my forever dry lips very much love. The shade range is pretty decent - they cover the different hues of the peach spectrum wonderfully. I have the shades Papa Don't Peach, Peach Tease, Tickle Me Peach and they are all surprisingly pigmented - I'm not sure how the lighter shades sit it terms of opacity, but the shades that I have tried  do not look streaky and apply so smoothly.

Three: LUMA On The Glow Highlighter Stick in "Cashmere Casbah"
This is in no way a blinding highlight - if that's the kind of thing that you enjoy then chances are this isn't going to be your cup of tea, but for an every day, natural-looking glow, this is your jam! It gives such a beautiful, healthy-looking sheen to the face and it blends beautifully. It does not emphasise my texture, as many formulas do, nor does it look like a stripe on your face. I love it for "no make-up" make-up days, too.

Four: Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powder in "Soft Focus"
Don't die when I tell you that I feel as though this powder is a pretty good dupe for Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder... I KNOW RIGHT?!?!?!!?!?!?
Of course, I wouldn’t say that they’re exactly the same but the similarities are too great to ignore, especially for the price! This powder gives me that soft focus effect that I've come to love from my Hourglass powders and gives off a beautiful, soft glow. It is smooth and soft to the touch and delivers a lovely blurring effect. Being a luminous (but not glittery) powder, my skin isn't left looking flat as it would with a regular pressed powder. I still absolutely love my Hourglass powder, but I save that for special occasions and bring out the Models Prefer powder for day-to-day wear.

Five: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush* in "Ginger Pop"
I had been eyeing this (not by any means new) blush for a while, but as someone who doesn't wear blush a whole lot, I was a little hesitant based on Australia's astronomical prices. I'm glad I finally bit the bullet because this blush is gorgeous! I personally prefer a more minimalistic approach to blush, so this formula is perfect for me as it starts off nice and subtle and natural looking but can be very easily built up for a more intense look if desired. You don't have to worry about picking up too much product at once and looking clown-like. I love the smooth, creamy formula - it blends like an absolute dream. My only issue is with the packaging and that's only for aesthetic reasons. I feel as though it looks a little cheap, but I have always said that if the packaging is your biggest concern, then you've still got a good product on your hands.

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. :)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Friday Finds

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

Weekly inspiration from around the web

\\  This creamy, dreamy London fog latte does sound dreamy.  //
\\  How adorable are these flower shaped pop tarts?  //
\\  This DIY floral chandelier would be a prefect way to liven up a space!  //
\\ These robin's egg carrot cake doughnuts just scream "Spring".  //
\\  Chamomile macarons sound so good to me, you have no idea.  //
\\  How cute (and budget friendly) are these DIY wedding confetti toss pouches?! You could personalise them for each guest to keep!  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March Look Back and April 2018 Goals

My blogging and personal goals for April 2018
A look back at how I did with my March 2018 goals
Get back to the gym
"I was so slack when it came to getting to the gym last month; I was honestly surprised to see a weight loss (it must be all the extra walking I'm doing with Milla). I'd definitely like to try and get to the gym at least 3 times each week this month. I've done it before, I can do it again."

Cross: I finished the month off strong but I went maybe two times over all of the first two and a bit weeks of April. Oops.

Book holiday experiences
"Third time lucky - I better get on to this soon because I downloaded a countdown app and holy moly there's just over 5 months until we leave!"

Tick: Done and done *queue holiday excitement*

Find a dog house for Milla
"Ummmmmmmmmm so yeah, hi. I have a dog now (!!!!).
She has a bed under our patio, of course, but with the approaching Autumn weather, I'd like to give her a cozy spot to lay out of the wind and rain. It'll be nice on hotter days too, providing some shade, which we don't have much of in our yard."

Tick: I didn't have to end up buying one in the end, a (very kind) friend made one up for us. The thing is.. we have a dog house buuuuttttt it's not in our backyard. It's currently sitting on our driveway because it is huge and heavy and doesn't fit through our gate. If anyone with muscles wants to come and help us lift it over the fence, that would be grand.

Spending ban
"It seems a little redundant to have a spending ban directly under a bunch of goals that require money, but I have been extremely naughty when it comes to unnecessary personal shopping over the past few months. With the holiday experiences basically paid for and money set aside for a dog house, I don't want to buy a single non-essential item this month and nurse my poor bank account back to health."

Cross: I did so poorly with this one. Although I barely spent any money on treats for myself (I'm being an organised Little Bean and buying birthday and Christmas presents as early as I can this year. I get too stressed out otherwise), I still spent a fair amount of money over March - oops.

My blogging and personal goals for April 2018h
Follow my fitness plan
I created a fitness plan for myself two weeks ago and so far, I've stuck to it. My plan consists of me working out twice a day most week days which does seem quite intense and my non-morning person self sure was daunted by the early morning starts at first but I've found that it has really been working for me. My motivation to work out after work is always lacking and I'm the type of person who cannot get back to sleep once they've been woken up so once the alarm goes off, rather than lay there for an hour or so, I get up and work out. By breaking up my workouts in to two less intense sessions a day, I find that I'm working out more parts of my body and I'm doing it more effectively than I would if I had done one big workout after work where I almost always slack off in one way or another, skipping bits and pieces or whathaveyou. This way, even if I skip an after work session (which I'm determined not to do), I can still feel good about myself because I still worked out that day. I can feel myself adjusting to the early morning starts (I can also feel parts of my body that I didn't know existed) and I'm determined to stick to it, especially considering my upcoming island holiday! If you're interested in a more in-depth post about my fitness plan and how I've been staying motivated, definitely let me know in the comments!

Rejuvenate the back yard
Ever since we brought our little Milla *insert all the heart eyes here* home, our yard has looked worse for wear. I've got some ideas in mind to bring the yard back to life in a more dog-friendly way (read: less plants for her to dig up).

Post to Instagram more
I've set this goals a couple of times throughout my time as a blogger but with all the drama in relation to the algorithm that is constantly clogging up my feed and just the general negativity towards the app, really, I've been finding it hard to upload consistently for more than a month (on a good month). There was a point where I went for over three months without uploading a single image! If I'm honest, though, my lack of activity goes further than just posting to Instagram and I can't even blame it on the changes that the app has been making.. I haven't really even had the motivation to take photos in general, let alone for Instagram. I've gotten a little better recently but I am nowhere near as consistent as I'd like to be (or have been in the past). The algorithm is pretty shitty, yes, but it's not necessarily about the likes and the comments for me. I don't make money from what I upload and my livelihood is not at stake.. I just genuinely enjoy taking pretty pictures and sharing them with whoever cares. It's as simple as that so there really is no excuse for me to be shying away from the app. I'm chalking it up to pure laziness on my behalf.
Come find (and motivate) me @christieee__x!

Produce more blog content
Hi, I'm Christie and I haven't been around these parts a whole lot lately. A combination of a lack of motivation, a mild case of writer's block and handful of new personal commitments has meant that I have definitely been slacking in the blogging department of late. I need to find a way to get re-inspired, which I guess more or less goes hand in hand with uploading more content to Instagram, and start blogging regularly, and most importantly, enjoying it, again.

Reply to blog comments
I went from replying to every single comment left on my posts to replying to absolutely no one (I'm sorry. Don't leave me). I read every single one of them, but when it comes to replying.. oops. It warms my heart to see that people care enough about my content to take the time to leave me a comment.. the least I can do is reply so I'm definitely wanting to get back in to the habit. If you get a reply to a comment you left four months ago, heyho! I'm following through.

This is probably the most ramble-y post that I've ever published.
What are you hoping to achieve this month?

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Friday Finds

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

Weekly inspiration from around the web

\\  How luxurious does DIY whipped rose geranium shaving cream sound to you?  //
\\  I'm obsessed with these gorgeous giant hanging paper flowers.  //
\\  These (food safe) DIY marbled Easter eggs are dyed in such a unique way.  //
\\  This Spring egg display doubles as Easter and Spring dΓ©cor. Cute!  //
\\ How adorable are these hydrangea inspired carrot cake cupcakes?!  //
\\ I can't think of anything that sounds more "Spring" than a lavender latte.  //

Happy Friday (and Easter)!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Friday Finds

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

Weekly inspiration from around the web

\\  This DIY wood and brass letter holder would be great for storing eyeshadow palettes, too!  //
\\  A frozen Baileys cappuccino would be a lovely balmy evening treat.  //
\\  An embroidered beret would be a lovely addition to your Spring wardrobe.  //
\\  How cool are these DIY chill pill Easter eggs?  //
\\  This rainbow Easter egg wreath is absolutely stunning.  //
\\  This easy DIY lip balm locket is a neat little idea.  //

Happy Friday!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday Finds

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

Snippets of inspiration from around the web

\\  DIY rootless succulents sound so cool!  //
\\  How elegant does this Ikebana floral arrangement look?  //
\\  This crepe paper flower garland looks amazing!  //
\\ A DIY tassel cable portable charger! Funky and functional! How clever!  //
\\  These DIY faux stoneware salt and pepper cellars would make cute housewarming gifts.  //
\\  Lucky Charms cereal and milk cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day anyone?  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

February 2018 Beauty Favourites

My favourite make-up and beauty products in February

One: Tacha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder
My skin is so very temperamental that cleansers are a difficult one for me but I took the (expensive) plunge and treated myself to Tacha's offering after reading multiple rave reviews. It's a water-activated powder, so it has a little bit of grit to it, which acts as a gentle exfoliant, but it's not rough or chunky at all.. it's more of a smooth grit? It's hard to explain but it's a pleasant experience for sure. I have quite sensitive skin at times but this is so gentle (they actually have a gentle offering, too). I've never had a problem with it aggravating my skin. It just leaves my face feeling super clean and smooth. 

Two: Benefit The POREfessional Pearl Illuminating Face Primer*
I'm sure you've all heard of Benefit's newest addition to The POREfessional line*: POREfessional Pearl, by now. As a lover of the original formula*, I knew I had to give the pearl version a go, too! The texture and formulation is exactly the same as the original as far as I can tell, meaning you still get the smoothing and pore-filling properties with Pearl. The new (and exciting) thing about the Pearl offering is its finish. It offers a much more radiant, glowy finish than the mattifying, almost dulling original and has a light pink tinge to it, which is far more brightening than the original nude. If you ask me, Pearl Primer is perfect for drier skin types as it fills and blurs but doesn't leave you looking overly matte and flat. My dry skinned self reached for Pearl (in conjunction with Primerizer - read below) over the original formula over all Summer long for a healthy-looking glow but this would be amazing for colder months to help combat dull-looking skin!

Three: Too Faced Chocolate Gold Soleil*
The formulation of the Gold offering is the same as the original Chocolate Soleil* (with it's chocolate scent and all), which happens to my favourite bronzer ever, except this one has gold pigments scattered throughout. The product photos online scared me a little at first with how glittery they looked, but the actual product isn't scary at all - when applied, the shimmer is perfectly subtle, not chunky or glittery in the slightest. I've really been enjoying using this over Summer. I feel as though some matte bronzers can give a flat-looking finish, but this bronzer's golden shimmer catches in the light just right, giving the face dimension and a gorgeous glow.

Four: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads
I got a sample pack of these two-step chemical exfoliating pads in my most recent Beauty Loop Box and I instantly fell in love! I immediately went online to purchase the full-sized offering and nearly died when I saw the cost. I probably wouldn't have even thought about buying these had I not tried them out first (the price really does hurt my soul) but I do feel as though it's worth the spend for how amazing my skin felt after using these. Honestly, my skin felt SO soft, which really surprised me because chemical peels tend to dry out and irritate my skin more than anything but these were not harsh on my skin type at all. Of course, they did leave my skin feeling a little dry (my skin is insanely dry, I expected much worse) but once I slathered on some moisturiser, I had the softest, smoothest skin and when used at night, my face felt even better the next morning!

Five: Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
Two primers in one favourites? Dang, girl.
I'm a bit late to the party with this one but I finally picked up Primerizer over my Christmas break and I've been using it ever since! This is such a good primer for dry skin! The product is quite watery, not thick like most other primers, which means that it feels so very light and is wonderfully hydrating but because it is so liquid-y, it doesn't offer a lot in the pore-filling or line smoothing departments. It is literally just a hydrating, slightly tacky base that leaves my skin feeling smooth and ready for foundation. I actually use it in conjunction with The POREfessional (above) to meet my blurring and filling needs. I slather a pump or two of Primerizer all over my face and then I'll pat a little POREfessional on areas that need a little pore-filling action - mainly the tops of my cheeks, beside my nose. The instructions say that you can use Primerizer in place of a moisturiser but I like to also use a moisturiser as I have very dry skin. Normal skin types could definitely get away with skipping the moisturiser, however.

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. :)