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Monday, July 24, 2017

What Moving House Has Taught Me About Myself

If you didn't know that Jesse and I were building a house and moving in to it at the start of July then hi, welcome. You must be new around here because its been pretty much all I've talked about for the past 5 months.

We've been on our own for almost a month now and I think that we're finally kind of getting the hang of this whole adulating thing. Doing things for myself was definitely a shock at first but we're both still alive today, so we must be doing something right, right?

Having never moved house (or anything, for that matter) in all of my 23 years of life, I didn't really know what to expect from this whole process, but boy have I learnt a lot about myself, about Jesse and about life in general.


I'm more patient than I thought I was
There have been trying times throughout this process, of course, but I'm actually very proud of how I've handled them. I always thought of myself as someone with a very low level of patience in general, but I should have given myself a bit more credit - I have far more patience than I thought.

It's possible to live with less
GUYS! They're not kidding when they say that the cost of living is ridiculous. I've always been one to squirrel away some of my paycheck to savings and then spend the rest on food or make-up but now that my salary goes in to looking after the two of us, the "selfish" spending has been cut down dramatically and I'm actually okay with it. At the end of the day, we can buy the cheaper branded food and still be fed, we can sacrifice a little selfish spending and buy the nicer appliances, and we can live with less and still be happy.

I enjoy living like a tourist
Okay, maybe living like a tourist is a bit much, but I really do enjoy acting like a tourist and spending the day exploring my surroundings. It’s amazing how much people take for granted in their own hometowns. Although we moved a literal 5 minute drive away from the house I grew up in, I made it my mission to find all of the unique/special places, pretty parks, good cafes/restaurants in the area.

My O.C.D. is actually much worse than I thought it was
I was diagnosed with anxiety and mild O.C.D. a long time ago, and I thought that I was managing it pretty well.. and I was, until I moved in to a house that is constantly dirty and cluttered, that is. I simply cannot handle mess or things out-of-place, and living in a house that currently sits atop a pile of sand means that I'm constantly sweeping and mopping. We're also still unpacking so there's boxes, knick-knacks and general junk scattered throughout the place. As I result, I'm stressed, I'm not sleeping, I'm irritable and I'm uncomfortable. I'm dying inside, guys.

Jesse and I work well as a team
My workmates actually made a bet based on how long it will take for Jesse and I to have an argument and THEY ALL LOST (smartasses) because throughout the whole moving and living together process, we haven't had any major/noteworthy/life threatening arguments. Of course we've had the odd small disagreement here and there, but we can read each other like a book. We both know when we need to come together and we both know when to give the other space. We've accomplished a lot as a team already and I'm quite proud of it.

I should have appreciated my mother more
Even after such a short time spent fending for myself, I have an insane new level of appreciation for my mum. Cooking dinner, making lunches, doing the laundry, keeping the house tidy, all without a single complaint. I don't know how she does it (pls halp).


All in all, though, I'm so excited to continue doing what we're doing and making this house our home. This is an exciting new chapter in both of our lives and I'm so happy that I get to spend it with the one that I love most.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Finds

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


\\  I don't know about you, but I'm dying over these sweet peach thyme shortcakes.  //
\\  I love Horchata, I love pie.. I love Horchata custard pie!  //
\\  How much fun do these rainbow balloon hats look?!  //
\\  I could definitely deal with a pineapple coconut rum popsicle or two.  //
\\  I can't get over these adorable melted ice cream cupcakes.  //
\\  Doesn't a DIY lemon rosemary hand scrub sound heavenly?  //


Happy Friday!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Cost of my Daily Face

When Jesse impatiently asked me "How much money do you spend on all that shit, anyway?" whilst waiting for me to be ready to go out to lunch the other week, I laughed him off with the old "Oh, you don't wanna know", but getting ready this morning had me thinking: Actually, I do want to know. So that's exactly what I set out to discover. This list begins from the moment I wake up, from skincare to setting powder, covering all of the products that I use in the process.



Although I have a penchant for high-end beauty bits, I tend to save the expensive products for special occasions or nights out, so my daytime look is almost completely drugstore. Of course, the amount of make-up that I wear during the day depends heavily on what I'm doing. This breakdown is of my work day face (also known as the 'Oh Fuck, I'm Late' look). Typically, I'll spend more time and use more products on weekends (ohai, contour), whereas my weekday face is a much more simplified version.

I've linked the stores that I personally buy each product from, prices vary slightly from retailer to retailer, obviously. All prices are in AUD.

Skincare
I'm going to start off my saying: I know that my skincare routine may seem like a lot for some people, but dealing with my combination oily/flaky-dry, sensitive, intolerant skin (try saying that three times fast) requires so much effort, it's ridiculous. I've done so much research and have finally found a combination that works well enough to make my skin manageable (pls halp).

I rinse my face with only lukewarm water in the morning, no product, and as soon as the skin has been patted dry, I swipe a new found love of mine, Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water ($24.99), which is a great toner for dry skin, over my face with a cotton pad, following immediately with Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream* ($59.00). I've been trying out various drugstore eye creams recently, but I've found nothing that matches this in terms of moisturising my dry lids and filling fine lines. As eyes are so delicate and show the first signs of ageing, to me, it's worth the spend. I allow the eye cream to sink in for a minute before combining a glob of my ever favourite Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($24.99) and two drops of Trilogy's Antioxidant+ Rosehip Oil ($35.99) together in my palm and slathering the mixture all over my face, which absorbs deep down in to my skin. Once that has absorbed, I put a light layer of The Body Shop's Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream for Dry Skin ($28.00) all over and follow with a dab of La Roche Posay's Toleriane Riche ($29.99) on the lower half of my face, focusing mostly on my cheeks, chin and nose. My forehead tends to get oily during the day and I find Toleriane Riche to be too much for that particular part of my face. I then like to layer Benefit's Dream Screen ($42.90 - converted to AUD) directly on top of my moisturiser (IT'S MATTIFYING!!! I'm obsessed). I find the consistency to be very much like a primer - non oily, kind of thick, a little tacky, so I honestly don't need to use one in conjunction with Dream Screen - ka-ching!

Make-Up
The order in which I apply my make-up is a little convoluted. I suppose everyone has their own preferred order (the age old eyes before foundation vs. foundation before eyes debate, for example) and I've tried it every which way you can think of, but this is the routine that I've found works best for me.

I begin with Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer ($18.95) as a concealer base to cover dark circles. I say concealer base because it's not overly brightening; I use Maybelline's FitMe on top to lighten later on. I like to leave that to dry for a moment so I'll define and fill in my brows with Rimmel's Brow This Way Kit ($12.95) in the mean time. I fall in to the foundation before eyes category. Always have - it's a habit, I guess, so next I apply Rimmel's Match Perfection Foundation ($18.95) with a damp beauty blender to my face and then I'll line both my lash line and my waterline with Rimmel's Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil ($8.95). I do prefer pencil eye liners to liquid liners when I'm in a rush (no wings for me) - I just find I'm much more efficient with a pencil. I then quickly set the eye liner on my waterline with any old black eye shadow that I have on hand (see my eye liner setting hack here) to keep it in place. Next I'll apply two coats of Maybelline's Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara ($21.95), which I actually prefer to most high-end mascaras. Whilst my lashes are drying, I draw a triangle of Maybelline's FitMe Concealer ($14.95) under my eyes and blend out with my damp beauty blender, cleaning up any smudged out black eye shadow or finger prints in my foundation as I go. Any excess concealer on my sponge gets dabbed on my chin and the middle of my forehead to subtly highlight. I then sweep a little of Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($11.95) over my forehead, which is the only area of my otherwise desert-dry face that gets oily by midday and finish the look with a sweeping of Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer ($29.95) under my cheekbones and around the edge of my forehead to warm up the face and add a little depth.

Phew!
Total cost = $384.46 AUD - Holy moly!
I was actually kind of embarrassed that that is how much it costs to make me look presentable until I realized that the cost of my skincare alone is $245.86, which is definitely the most expensive part of my routine, and rightly so.

Of course, The actual cost of doing my face would be much less than this. This total indicates the price for a full-sized bottle /tube/whathaveyou of each product, rather than a breakdown of the cost of each individual squirt, dollop, gram, etc. that gets used on every look.

I really did enjoy writing this post. It was fun to discover exactly how much time and money goes in to being me and discovering exactly how many products I use without really thinking about it completely surprised me.

If you're interested in a similar type of post breaking down of the cost of my typical night-time look, where I use the good stuff (because I sure am!), let me know in the comments!



What are some of your go-to daily face products?













As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that I am affiliated with none of the links included, nor have any items mentioned been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I. This post does, however, contain affiliate links. Feel free to find and purchase the products mentioned elsewhere if you don't get down like that. :)

I will always disclose such information with an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Month on Instagram - June 2017

If you've been following Christie's Take on Life for any amount of time, you'd surely know by now that I'm a major lover of Instagram! It's the perfect outlet for posting inspiration and little snippets of life, and seeing what my favourite bloggers and friends are up to.

There are so many times that my Instagram posts never make it to my blog, and that's a damn shame because I consider myself to be quite the photographer..

..Not really, but it's a shame nonetheless!

Instalife over the past month looked something like this:


We ticked another "café to try" off of my list over the long weekend and I got to try my very first turmeric latte. I'm a fan, I must say.


I'm usually a square nail kinda gal, but I stepped out a little with this rounded stiletto style for a fun change. Typing with these things was no joke, though. No. Joke.


If you know anything about me, you'd know that I'm a huge believer in a good (affordable) skincare routine. These are the daily-use products that I swear by. Full post here.


I'm such a fan of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and this is probably my most favourite photo that I've taken to date if I'm honest. You can read my full product review here.


As I work at an accounting firm, we get treated to lunch at the end of each financial year. It's safe to say that I got my moneys worth.


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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Friday Finds

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


\\  Stop what you're doing and make these fruit slice doughnuts!  //
\\  I need you to make me some all natural unicorn toast.  //
\\  Lets all have a DIY giant sports balloons party.  //
\\  How magical does honey thyme sweet cherry grilled brie sound?!  //
\\  Yes to this DIY plant leaf clock!  //
\\  How much fun is this like button pinata?  //


Happy Friday!





Monday, July 10, 2017

June 2017 Beauty Favourites


One: Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in "The Glo Down"
This is an eyeshadow, but have you seen that metallic pigmentation of this particular shade?! I use it as a highlighter and I feel that it performs better than many actual highlighters. It gives off the most amazing, golden hued glow (perfect for Summer) which doesn't take very much at all to build up to the most blinding thing that I've ever seen. I do still use it on my lids on occasion (it's beautiful on the inner corners), and it's lovely, but I honestly cannot get past this glow on my cheekbones. The powder itself feels so silky and buttery and just glides on to the skin. Considering this can be bought at Target, it's definitely a winner for me.


Two: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in "Ecru"
I recently published a review of this foundation, so I won't go on for years repeating myself, but I'm sososo in love with it! Despite being matte, it doesn't look flaky or further dry out my dry skin and leaves me with a beautiful, flawless face. It has a light, silky texture which is rare of a medium-full coverage foundation and yet, it still manages to last all day without the need of any touch-ups. Definitely do read through my full review linked above for a more in-depth description if you're considering buying it. It's worth the spend in my opinion, for sure.

I've been trying out various drugstore eye creams but I've found nothing that matches this in terms of moisturizing my dry lids, which get flaky if they are not moisturised liberally enough (gross), which is my main concern at the ripe old age of 23. I have noticed that with daily use, the few small fine lines that I do have underneath my eyes are visibly reduced, which is not something that I've noticed with any other eye creams I've tried. It is quite a big spend for such a small pot, but as eyes are so delicate and show the first signs of ageing (get on the eye cream early - trust me), to me, it's worth the spend. Plus, as the name suggests, it's a damn strong formula, so a little goes a long way. Value for money, anyone?

Four: Benefit KA-BROW! in "Medium 3"
I've had this for a while now, but in between Rimmel's Brow This Way Kit - my drugstore brow product of choice for the work days, and Anastasia Beverly Hills's Dipbrow on weekends, I've only really just started using this. I can't believe it took me so long because I actually prefer it to Dipbrow these days. I found that KA-BROW has a more solid formula to Dipbrow which actually means that it lasts longer, does not smudge at all and gives a more defined line than a creamier formula does. It's waterproof, too, which makes it perfect for my after work gym sessions or if you have oilier skin. You honestly really only need a little bit of product to do the whole brow and I love the hidden brush, too.

Five: NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in "Laguna"
Whatever "sheer matte" is, I like it! This bronzer is purposely sheer (but definitely buildable if desired) which is why I've been using it quite often over the colder months for a more Winter appropriate glow. It also makes it perfect for those who, like me, prefer a more minimalistic approach to bronzer in general. The colour is almost identical to the original Laguna, minus the shimmer. It's completely matte but somehow still manages to reflect light for a beautifully diffused, soft-focus effect, eliminating the possibility of looking flat, which is often a concern with matte products. The powder itself feels firmer in the pan than I'm used to, but still has a smooth and creamy texture. It's basically foolproof - blending is a breeze, it's impossible to over-do and the colour is gorgeously non-muddy. It honestly is the most natural-looking bronzer that I’ve seen.


What products or brands are you loving lately?
Is there anything listed here that you'd like to try for yourself?
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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday Finds

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


\\  If we celebrated Independence Day here, I'd make about 50 mulled cherry bomb pies.  //
\\  I could get down with a balsamic stone fruit sundae for sure. //
\\  I'm obsessed with this DIY cereal bowl candle! OBSESSED!  //

\\  I'd use this DIY fruit slice cheese board for anything and everything in my house.  //
\\  How much fun is this hanging balloon installation?  //
\\  Have you ever seen something as adorable as these watercolour unicorn cookies?!  //


Happy Friday!

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Look Back and July 2017 Goals


A look back at June's goals:

Get to the gym four times per week, every week
"I've caught myself slacking when it comes to getting myself to the gym on my scheduled days lately. The colder weather has not been very motivational and I've found myself skipping so many gym days in favour of getting cozy in bed and eating all the food. Reluctantly trudging to the gym 2-3 times at the most each week has really thrown my routine (and eating habits) out of whack. Womp."

Tick: I got to the gym every day I was supposed to last month and you know what? I lost 1kg. My first loss in about 5 months, the one month I don't make weight loss a goal. Story of my life.


Clean out my wardrobe and bedroom storage

"By "bedroom storage", I mean whatever bits and bobs I've shoved under my bed over my 23 years of life. I'd definitely like to clean out my wardrobe, too. I know there's so much in there that I've grown out of or no longer wear (or have never worn before, let's be real) which I can sell/donate. I know that this was a (failed) goal in both February and April (oops), but now that our house will be ready in about a month (!!!), it's basically do-or-die time."

Tick: Finally! It sort of had to be done at this point, but I'm proud that I did it well before move-in time. I couldn't be bothered try to sell anything in the end, but I did donate and give away a lot of make-up and clothes, and most importantly, I threw away a lot of junk.


Draft most of June and July's blog content in advance

"I feel sososo much more organised and sososo much less stressed when I've got a few blog posts sitting in my drafts ready to go. I've got a few ideas about posts that I'd like to publish in the next coming months, but with my bust June schedule, I know how busy this month is going to be. Taking photos is always the thing that I drag my feet on, but if I can at least have all actual content written out, I'd feel much better."

Tick: Life was good, guys. Spending a lot of time writing out and scheduling my content during quiet periods at the start of June was sososo worth it. It felt amazing to be on top of my posts and not have to worry about my blog during the stressful handover and moving-in periods. I should do this more often.



Goals for July:

Exercise as much as possible
It's official, y'all, we've got the keys to our freshly built home (!!!) and I've taken two weeks off of work to paint, build furniture, move in, die. I always find that I slack when it comes to going to the gym when I'm out of routine, and if I'm not going to work? Forget about it! Although it may be difficult to get to the gym with all that's going on, I'd still like to make time to exercise in different ways as much as I can.

Spend $0 on food

I'd say that 90% of my paycheck goes to food. Jesse and I are always (I'm talking always) buying snacks and meals and it's not doing good things to my wallet or to my waistline. Obviously, I'm going to buy groceries, but aside from that, I don't want to spend a single cent on snack-runs or takeaway meals. Home cooking all the way. Pls send halp.

Try 1x New Recipe per week

I hate spending a lot of time cooking, but I really love the satisfaction I get when I prepare a damn good meal, so I thought that this month would be perfect to try a few recipes that I've found on Pinterest, with all that non-takeout that I plan on buying and all.

Find a damn coffee table
One would think that a freakin' coffee table would be the easiest of things to buy. At least, I did. I have been searching for a coffee table that a) isn't ugly b) isn't expensive AF c) Jesse also likes for months on end and do you think I've been able to find one? Nooooo and the fact that we don't have one annoys me to no end. If there's one piece of furniture I'm determined to buy this month, it's a coffee table.


What do you want to accomplish this month?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Finds

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


\\  These heart sunglasses cookies are speaking to my soul right now.  //
\\  This vegan green goddess grilled sandwich literally contains all of my fave greens!  //
\\  What cool a gift this DIY palm leaf soap would make.  //
\\  I'm friggin' dying over this raspberry shortcake ricotta ice cream!  //
\\  I'll take three cherry watermelon frosés, please.  //
\\  This DIY ombre wall came just in time for my own wall-painting inspiration.  //



Happy Friday!


Monday, June 26, 2017

An Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review from a Dry Skinned Gal

As predominantly a "beauty blogger", I'm embarrassed to admit that this is my first properly high end foundation. I'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether to purchase Double Wear foundation for years now. I mean, it costs an arm and a leg and my drugstore foundations were doing just fine, but I just could not scratch that itch, so I finally caved and picked up a sample pot from Myer; something that I'd been putting off doing in fear of falling in love with such a costly product. I was matched with the shade 'Ecru' and went on my merry way, and you know what? I did instantly fall in love with said costly product. I had used up my sample in no time and immediately went out to buy the full sized bottle without a second thought. I've been using it pretty consistently for about three months now, and I think that I'm ready to express my thoughts.



To preface this post, my skin is so difficult to deal with. Desert dry, flaky lower face, oily forehead, big ol' pores.. This makes finding a foundation that works for me hard. The fact that I absolutely LOVE a matte finish doesn't make it any easier, either because of course, a penchant for matte does not typically go hand-in-hand with dry skin types, which is why I always recommend asking for samples before you commit to buying any high-end make-up. It's a darn big price to pay, so you want to be sure that the shade and/or formula work for you.

After being scared off by the "extremely mattifying" reviews that are associated with Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation, I am ecstatic to report that this looks absolutely gorgeous on me! The oil-free formula means that it's your best friend if you have oilier skin, but that does not mean that it doesn't work on dry skin types too, trust me. They've somehow found a magical medium, wherein it controls oil for those with oily skin, but doesn't further dry out those with dry skin. I don't know what kind of sorcery is used, but I sure ain't complaining.

I'd describe this foundation as medium-full, if not full, coverage. The Double Wear line has a massive shade range, and I've found that the colour does not oxidize noticeably, if at all, on me. It dries down very quickly and is transfer-proof within minutes, which is something that I highly appreciate as a secretary who uses a handheld phone all throughout the day. 
It has a lovely, silky texture and doesn't feel heavy whatsoever on the skin, which is surprising for a high coverage formula. It is also worth noting that a little bit goes a long way. I honestly feel that one light layer is more than enough for even and flawless coverage, but it is definitely buildable if desired and even then, 
still does not look heavy or cakey if you do like to use more than one layer

I get very flaky skin around my mouth and nose and this foundation doesn't accentuate or cling on to that at all, which is a comment that I cannot make about any other foundation that I've ever tried. It does, however, settle in to the larger pores a little, but I've experienced this with every single product that I've ever used in my life, so I've accepted it as a way of big-pored life, patted on some primer, and moved on.


On the opposite side of the whack-o spectrum that is Christie's face, I've almost always needed to powder and blot my forehead, being the one area on my whole face that does get a little oily, by midday, no matter what foundation/primer/powder I do or do not use. With Double Wear, however, there was no need to blot all damn day. Not even a little bit! It keeps those oils at bay without me even needing to use a powder to begin with, which eliminates that dry, cakey look that I tend to get if do I layer powder upon foundation.



In terms of the wear-time, I can 100% concur that this stuff does not budge! I was surprised by just how long-lasting this formula is. After staying put for a 10 hour day at the office, followed by another hour or so of exercise at the gym, wherein I obviously sweat and towel off my face, I still have a lovely finish to my skin (that I still need to really cleanse to remove) by the time I get home. For this reason I definitely do not feel as though a primer is necessary to make this foundation last but, as I briefly touched on earlier, I have large pores on my cheeks, next to my nose, so I do still like to wear one, but only in these areas, and only to smooth out my base and stop the foundation from settling in to the pores as much as I can.

I always appreciate a foundation with SPF in it, but I appreciate a foundation with SPF in it that doesn't produce flashback more. This does only have a SPF rating of 10, which may be what makes it so photo friendly in comparison, but I always use a high-factor facial sunscreen during the day (and you should too!), so the low SPF rating doesn't bother me if zero flashback is going to be the trade-off.

Of course, as with anything in this world, with the good, comes the bad. I've found that there are a couple of downsides to this foundation, but I don't feel as though they're anything to be overly concerned about. Just my picky self being.. well, picky. The first thing being the packaging. The frosted glass bottle does look all kinds of fancy (not good for travel, mind you), but I just cannot get past the fact that there is no pump. I don't want to think about how much product I've wasted as a result of dribbling or spillage and that's not including all the times that I've poured out much more than needed. The second point being the smell. Boy does this foundation have chemically smell. It's almost paint-like. The smell does dissipate very quickly, however, but is worth noting in my opinion.

All in all, I would definitely say that the quality of Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation is worth the $54 price tag, no matter your skin type. A good base is an investment, and this is an investment that I highly recommend.




Have you tried Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation before? What are your thoughts?

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.