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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  I don't mean to alarm you, but pretzel strawberry ice cream pie!  //
\\  I'm all about turmeric lattes, so these healthy turmeric popsicles are next on my to-try list.  //
\\  Try saying giant cake slice cake three times fast, preferably whilst making one for yourself.  //
\\  Strawberry basil bruschetta - what a lovely Spring/Summer entre.  //
\\  This DIY hooded bath towel is the most adorable thing I've seen today!  //
\\  Okay, but this blueberry brown betty needs go get in mah belleh right now.  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Month on Instagram - May 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:

There's nothing that I enjoy more than snuggling up with a good book in Autumn and Winter. Here is my full post on all that I've read recently.

This recipe, you guys. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I die every time.

Do I need say more? The shade Unicorn Blood is perfect for the colder months. Ooof.

Enter LUSH bath bomb photo #52760593. *long suffering sigh*

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  I could definitely deal with a pina colada popsicle or four.  //
\\  I love LUSH, but these DIY bubble bars may just cut my visits in half.  //
\\  Somebody please bring me a honey strawberry apricot tart immediately.  //
\\  How cute is this DIY daisy pillow?!  //
\\  Okay, I need some s'mores sliders pronto!  //
\\  How delicious do fontina, blackberry, basil grilled sandwiches sound?!  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, June 12, 2017

My (Affordable) Day and Night Skincare Routine

I'm such an advocate for good skincare. It's so important to take care of the skin and I've always thought that a good skincare routine is crucial to any one person's regime. If you're going to spend a decent amount of time and money on anything in your life, I highly recommend making that thing skincare. It's an investment. Trust me.

There are so many products out there, and it can all be very overwhelming. What works for one person is not likely to work for another. This routine is what works for me. It may seem like a lot to some, but I've had such pain-in-the-ass skin my whole life. My combination oily/flaky-dry, sensitive, intolerant skin (try saying that three times fast) requires so much effort to remain manageable, it's ridiculous. I've done so much research over my years and have finally found a combination that works well enough for me to be happy in the skin I'm in.

In my research, I've also discovered that you don't necessarily need to spend millions of dollars on skincare to have it be effective. There are products out there that cost a small fortune that do work absolute wonders (Sunday Riley, I'm looking at you), yes, but I'm here to inform you that there are definitely cost-effective options out there. You just have to be patient, do the research and have an idea of what does and doesn't work for you and your skin.

Below you'll find my, for the most part, affordable day and night skincare routines. I would say that my routines are definitely geared more towards dry to normal skin types. If you happen to fall in to that category, too, perhaps there are a few things here that could possibly benefit you.

I rinse my face with only lukewarm water, no product, first thing in the morning, and as soon as the skin has been patted dry, I swipe Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water over my face with a cotton pad. It acts as a wonderful toner for dry skin, balancing pH and improving texture. It's also full of nutrients and gently cleanses the skin a little, too. On mornings when my skin's feeling particularly blegh, I reach for AVON's Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Daily Astringent instead. I know how damn harsh alcohol-based astringents are, so I try to use it sparingly, but this honestly does THE BEST job of cleaning deep in to the pores and refreshing the skin. I follow immediately with Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream, which is definitely the most expensive item in my routine. I've been trying out various drugstore offerings, but I've found nothing that matches this in terms of moisturizing my dry lids and filling fine lines. As eyes are so delicate and show the first signs of ageing so to me, it's worth the spend.

allow my eye cream to sink in for a minute before combining a glob of my ever favourite Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel and two drops of Trilogy's Antioxidant+ Rosehip Oil 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 all over and follow with a dab of La Roche Posay's Toleriane Riche on the lower half of my face, focusing mostly on the front of my cheeks, my chin and my 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.

Once all of my moisturisers are soaked in nicely, I finally smear a layer of SPF (always apply SPF) all over my face before going in with my make-up. I've been obsessing over Benefit's Dream Screen for almost a year now because IT'S MATTIFYING (!!!) and I find the consistency to be very much like a primer, which is great for saving time and money on products.

My favourite way to remove make-up these days is with a super nourishing combination of The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and Nuxe's Cleansing Milk*. I like to go in first with The Body Shop, focusing mostly on my face, rubbing it in with my fingers. Then I use one pump of Nuxe on a cotton ball on my eyes and use a clean tissue to wipe away any excess product and make-up. These two products have been amazing on my dry skin. Next I jump in to the shower and wash my face with QV's Gentle Cleanser, which can also be used on the eyes. This is the only cleanser I've tried that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight. It's ever so gentle, but still manages to break through makeup and grit.

If I'm feeling fancy, or my skin is feeling particularly congested, I'll treat myself to a face mask after my shower. I have so many different masks that I go between, but I'll usually reach for LUSH's Mask of Magnaminty, especially around 'the monthlies', as it works wonders to de-clog my pores. Once I've rinsed and towelled off, my routine is almost identical to my morning one. I swipe a little Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water over my face to be sure that all traces of make-up and oil from my make-up removers are gone, since my cleanser is so gentle. I then follow with Benefit's It's Potent! Eye Cream and allow to sink in for a minute while I get in to my pyjamas. Once I'm dressed, I use four drops of AVON's Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Lightweight Facial Oil over my face - a drop on each cheek, one on my forehead and one on my chin and massage in with my fingers. Once that's absorbed, I once again smear a decent amount of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel all over, followed by a light layer of The Body Shop's Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream for Dry Skin

After all that, I go about my night and when it's time for bed, I slather a layer of The Body Shop's Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Sleeping Cream, which I consider to be a face mask that sinks in (therefore, not sticking to your pillow), all over my face which does a whollllleeee lot of good to your skin while you sleep. If my lips are particularly flaky, I'll rub a small amount of LUSH's Bubblegum Lip Scrub over them before finally applying a layer of Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask to my lips, which is so softening and so hydrating (my lips become super dry overnight if I skip this step), and it's off to beddy byes.

Phew! As I said, this may seem like a lot, but at the end of the day, I'm so very happy with the look and feel of my skin, and I attribute that solely to my skincare routine. Remember, although this is what has worked for me personally, everybody's skin has different needs. I do hope that this post has helped you in some way or another, though.

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. 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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  I don't mean to alarm you, but this balloon dog piñata is the best thing you've ever seen.  //
\\  Here's an agate mobile DIY for my fellow boho lovers out there.  //
\\  I wish that it were Summer here so that I could consume all the watermelon frosé.  //
\\  I could deal with roasted pineapple whipped ricotta toast with sea salt all day every day.  //
\\  These Cheerios doughnut sprinkles are too much for me to handle right now. So cute.  //
\\  These DIY lollipops with edible flowers are so simple to make, and so cute to look at.  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, June 5, 2017

May Look Back and June 2017 Goals

A Look back at May's Goals:

Go on more adventures
"I'm all about new having new experiences, but trying to save a large amount of money has put something of a downer on our weekend (or any day) activities. I'd definitely like to put some fun back in to our relationship and go on a spontaneous adventure, just Jesse and I. I'm adorable."

Tick: The weather wasn't exactly adventure friendly, but we still managed to do what we could.

Lose 1.5kg
"I've been pretty reckless with what I've been eating lately (ohai, late night snack binges with Jesse) and although I've been working out like a baws, I haven't lost any weight. I'd like to make the conscious effort to think about what I'm eating this month. Combined with my exercise routine, there's no reason that I can't lose 1.5kg."

Cross: I actually gained weight. Womp.

Create a media kit
"This has been something that I've been putting off for over a year now (oops). I never used to see it as a necessity, but I've since realised the power of a good media kit. Plus, it never hurts to have one ready to send off on the odd occasion that a company or brand may ask for it."

Tick: I'm so happy that I finally got around to doing this. It was such a tedious task and took far more time than I had anticipated but it was all worth it because I was actually asked for my media kit by two brands once I'd finalised it. How's that for timing?

Find (and buy) a dining suite
"Our house is going up so quickly that I hadn't realised that there's actually not a whole lot of time left to buy our important pieces of furniture. We've got most of the main bits and pieces, but the dining suite has been next on our "to-buy" list for a while now (then it's on to whitegoods), but I've been putting it off because boy do I hate furniture shopping."

Tick: This is a huge weight off of my shoulders. After publishing my May goals, we were informed that our house should be liveable within 8-10 weeks, meaning that we had far less time to get our shit together than the 4-5 months that I had originally planned for. We finally found a dining suite that we both liked and managed to pick up a few other necessities from our "to-buy" list, too!

Goals for June:
I'm keeping my list of goals short and sweet this month. The likelihood of our house being ready, having to paint and move in to said house and working at an accounting firm during end of financial year is all going to be stressful enough without me adding too much else to my plate.

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.

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.

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.

What do you want to accomplish this month?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  Isn't this custom nail polish DIY the handiest thing you've ever read?  //
\\  Okay, can we all just take a sec for these rosé champagne mini cupcakes?  //
\\  I could use more than one of these blood orange grapefruit mimosas.  //
\\  Yes to cherry peach crisp with oatmeal cookie crumble for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  //
\\  How much fun are these piña colada pool pop tarts?! Too fun to eat, I say!  //
\\  YOU GUYS! I'm dying over these gumball machine cupcakes! DYING!  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 2017 Beauty Favourites

I pretty much only bought this because the outer packaging looked so damn luxurious. This powder to "milk" formula is scooped into a running bath and turns the water beautifully milky. Y'know, like Cleopatra did. Now, I say "milk" because this product does not actually contain any milk whatsoever. The Body Shop website states "the classic milk has been replaced by plant-based ‘milk’ developed to care for the skin leaving it super soft to the touch". Scandalous. The powder does contain a whole bunch of soothing and moisturising ingredients, which leave my skin feeling super soft and nourished once I've stepped out of the bath, which was the whole point in me buying it. The instructions say to use 5 scoops.. I'd honestly like to add a few more to make it a little more viscous, but I get roughly 5 baths from 5-6 scoops per session, and I don't feel as though I could justify the price for any less. It's probably more of a novelty, to be honest, but I really enjoy getting to feel a little bit fancy on occasion and this is the perfect way to do that.

Two: LUSH Lava Lamp Bath Bomb
Aptly named, Lava Lamp instantly releases waves of bright orange colour into the bath after coming in to contact with the water and eventually, the purple discs start to dissolve release and streams of oil, which separates and pools to look exactly like a lava lamp would. Of course, all of that extra virgin olive oil makes the bath water incredibly moisturising and softening. I feel like this is one of LUSH's longer lasting bath bombs and I thoroughly enjoy the gorgeously cheerful, sweet citrus scent that remains on my skin (and in the bathroom) hours after towelling off. Some of you may have experienced the Lava Lamp bath bomb in the past. LUSH has since reformulated and re-released the bomb to fix some (eek) tub and body staining issues. I've only tried the reformulated version, so I cannot comment first-hand on the improvement, but my body definitely did not stain, and the purple oils that ended up sticking to my tub's walls were easily wiped away.

Three: Australis Make-up Finishing Spritz
I prefer to use this as more of a "fixer" rather than an actual setting spray. I mean, I do use it as a setting spray during the week on my work day face, but don't feel as though it prolongs the wear of my make-up by all that much. I mostly like to use it during my (non work day) make-up routine, after baking and applying a setting powder to fix any powdery looking areas without comprising the matte finish. If it's a special occasion, or I just need my make-up to last, I'll apply Urban Decay's setting spray over the very top of all that to actually set my make-up. This does work very well to meld and settle my powder in to my foundation for a smoother, less cakey finish (this is particularly helpful if I've gone overboard with the powders). It sprays a lovely, light mist without leaving my face wet and leaves my skin feeling quite refreshed and hydrated due to the Aloe Vera and Rose Water it contains. At the very least, it smells lovely and is a cheap alternative to using Fix+ on your brush to make your highlight pop.
My skin has been so very temperamental lately and my usual alcohol-based toner has not been doing good things to my dry face, so I've been using this as a toner for the past 2 months. It's soothing and hydrating - my skin has been drinking it right up. It's full of nutrients, balances pH and improves texture, and for something so gentle, I was surprised to see how much it cleansed the skin too - my cotton pad comes away grimy from the remaining dirt and make-up left on my skin, even after cleansing (ew). An added bonus is that glycerine is listed as the second ingredient, so it not only helps to prep my skin for the rest of my skincare, it also acts as a primer for my make-up, which is great in itself.

It's pretty hard to say anything exciting about a dry shampoo, but this offering is incredibly inexpensive and does exactly what it should. I actually 100% prefer it over Batiste's offerings. I (obviously) use this when my hair is looking a little flat/oily and it fixes both of those issues right up, adding body and removing that oily sheen, which is particularly good for second, and even third, day hair. Once brushed out, my hair feels refreshed for the rest of the day and I haven't found that there is any white, powdery build-up. The scent is a pleasant one, too.

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, nor does it contain any affiliate links.

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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Winter Inspiration Board

What is your first reaction when I say the word "Winter"?
Do you rejoice for the moody days and cozy outfits, or do you lament the cold and refuse to surface from a grumpy stupor until Spring? I personally fall in to the latter category. I've always been a Summer gal; the months of June-August are by far my least favourite and it's all because those are the Winter months here in Australia. We've experienced our first bought of Winter weather over the past week or so and I can already feel a sense of dread taking hold of me.

At the start of every new season, I like to create a sort of mood board. The Winter board is always the most important. It helps to cheer my up somewhat and set the tone for the colder months, reminding me that although Summer is quite long gone, Winter can still hold the promise of beautiful things if I let it.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  These chill pill chocolates are the best things I've seen all week.  //
\\  Are these rose cookies not the cutest things you've ever seen?!  //
\\  How much fun is this DIY watermelon potholder?  //
\\  I need caramelized onion breakfast croissants every morning.  //
\\  Yes to mango and pineapple white chocolate macaroons!  //
\\  This banofee eton mess is everything I love combined in to one glorious dessert.  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yet Another Priceline Haul

What's that I hear you say?

"Christie, you literally just had a Priceline haul"?
"Christie, stop spending so much money on make-up"?
"Christie, we need to talk. You have a problem"?

It's true! It's all true!

All I needed was an eye liner pencil. One eye liner pencil that would have cost me no more than $6. One eye liner pencil that I could not be bothered actually going to a store for. Do people still do that? Go to actual stores? So, yes, instead of getting off my ass and spending $6 on an eye liner, I logged on to my trusty Priceline account and spent a little over $100 (for the free shipping, of course) on a bunch of goodies. I need professional help.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Stockholm' and 'Milan'
These have such a creamy formula, yet they still quickly dry down to a matte finish, which makes these the most comfortable liquid lipstick to wear. The staying-power isn't the best for a liquid formula (they're marketed as a lip cream, however, not a lipstick) but my lips have been the driest and flakiest they've ever been lately, so I'm absolutely loving being able to wear pop of colour on them again! The shade Milan is a lovely cool-toned pink. I actually expected something a little on the browner side but I was pleasantly surprised. As someone who rarely wears pinks, this is a welcome addition to my collection. Stockholm is much a much more brown-nude with peachy undertones which is right up my alley. I'm definitely keen to pick up a few other shades in the future.

This is a forever repurchase of mine. I've mentioned this concealer more times on the blog than you can imagine, so I won't waste your time with repeating myself. All I will say, is that I use this every day, as a concealer base (It's not overly brightening, so I use Maybelline's FitMe on top to lighten). The formula is quite thick, but still smooth enough to blend out nicely, filling in fine lines without settling into them or creasing. It conceals those dark circles wonderfully, all the while managing not to accentuate my dry skin.

I've only recently gotten in to the habit of adding an eye cream to my routine (oops) and I've been on the look-out for a good drugstore eye cream for a few months now. After reading pretty good reviews on Natio's offering, I decided to give it a try. I like to give new skincare a couple of months before I make a comment on how they've worked for me. Fingers crossed it's as good as I hoped in the long-run!

This is another repurchase for me; I buy a new pencil about every two months as this is my 'every day' eye liner. I do prefer pencil eye liners to liquid liners when I'm in a rush - I just find I'm much more efficient with a pencil. It does have a tendency to smudge a little when used on the waterline, but once set with eye shadow (see my eye liner setting hack here), it stays put all day long. It's super creamy and easy to apply, making it perfect for when I'm rushing to get ready for work (always).

This bronzer is absolutely perfect for the "every day look" and an amazing option for pale-skinned girls. The colour is light and not muddy in the slightest, which makes it perfect for either contouring or just adding a glow to the face. The powder itself is smooth, yet (somehow) creamy and the smell, guys! Summer-y, coconut-y goodness.

Do you want to know the worst thing about this whole endeavour? The day after I placed my order, Priceline had a huge sale. Goody bags and all. Story of my life.

Is there anything on this list that you'd like to try for yourself?

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, nor am I affiliated with Priceline Pharmacy, meaning that none of the items or links mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I.