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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  This pastry wrapped baked brie with maple butter roasted apples sounds too good to be true.  //
\\  Just thinking about this apple butter old fashioned makes me feel toasty inside.  //
\\  I'm drooling over these pumpkin sage lasagne roll-up pull-aparts.  //
\\  Praline glazed apple bread would be amazing through the Fall months.  //
\\  This DIY palm leaf ring dish is so fun! Such a cute decor piece.  //
\\  How modern chic is this DIY fall wreath?  //

Happy Friday!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  How chic would these DIY jade pumpkins look around the house?!  //
\\  I would like 50 of these peach affogatos, please.  //
\\  I love DIY beauty. This DIY whipped cocoa body butter sounds awesome.  //
\\  These DIY dyed velvet pillows are such a great way to refresh a space for Autumn.  //
\\  These marbled doughnuts are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.  //
\\  These pink confetti waffle popsicles are the perfect treat on a warm day.  //

Happy Friday!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  Anyone currently in Autumn right now needs this ombre leaf backdrop in their life.  //
\\  I cannot get over the adorable-ness of these cactus mini cakes!  //
\\  I could deal with about five fig honey thyme prosecco smashes right now.  //
\\  This DIY vertical gold hoop photo display would look amazing in my hallway.  //
\\  I'm all about the tassel trend. These DIY statement tassels are a need.  //
\\  This DIY cactus pumpkin is the perfect balance between Spring (my season) and Autumn (most likely your season).  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

August Beauty Favourites

As a cream contour kinda gal, I hadn't found a brush that worked amazingly with cream products, so I had just been using my beauty blender to blend out my contour and calling it a day. Up until early July, that is. THIS BRUSH! I actually bought it as a last minute "meh" item to qualify for free shipping from Priceline, but it turned out to be the best thing I've ever done in my life. Not over exaggerating at all. The bristles are so tightly packed (yet still soft) that it works amazingly to seamlessly blend out my cream contour (sponges tend to sheer it out to nothing, soft, fluffy brushes tend to just spread it around). I only really use it for my contour, but I have played around with it and it does work well for foundation, too. The best part? It's so cheap! I highly recommend this brush, especially to beginners.

2. Too Faced Hangover Primer*
I was a little hesitant to try this after reading mixed reviews, but as this is marketed as a hydrating primer, I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try.. and I'm not mad about it. I like to apply this as a sort of base primer to hydrate and smooth out the skin before I go in with a little POREfessional on areas where my pores need disguising as Hangover is not a pore filling primer. It leaves my skin feeling soft, hydrated and ready for foundation, which glides on smoothly over my base. It contains skin-loving ingredients which help to revive lacklustre looking skin so I've actually even used this on its own - no foundation, just a little concealer, on work days when my skin is looking a little.. blegh to refresh my complexion and leave me with a healthy looking glow. I'm a fan of the sweet, yet subtle, coconut-ty scent and the handy pump mechanism, too.

3. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
After having heard rave reviews about The Ordinary's skincare range from basically everyone on planet Earth, I decided to get this little baby during Priceline's 40% off skincare sale. I use it before my usual moisturiser, basically how you would use a serum, and let me tell you: the hype is real! It has quite a thick consistency, which surprised me at first, especially considering that you deposit the product on to your face using a pipette but despite the consistency, the product quickly absorbs in to the skin without leaving any sticky or unpleasant residue behind. It just leaves my face feeling soft, moisturised and plump. This has honestly been a life saver for my dry, flaky skin. I highly recommend it (it's so cheap!) if you have a drier skin type.

You guys! This lipstick! I adore ABH liquid lipsticks - they all have such an amazing formula! So incredibly long lasting - I get a good 5 hours at least of wear before it starts to fade, and when it does fade, it fades nice and evenly, almost like a stain, not crumbly and patchy as many formulas do. The formula can be a little drying on my dry lips, but nothing a little lip balm can't combat and definitely not as bad as some of the other matte lipsticks that I've tried in my days. I have a few shades, but I've been loving "Strawberry" lately. Such a pretty coral-y, melon-y, warm red colour that is perfect for the Summertime.

5. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
Why does Australia have to wait months and months for new release products? WHY?! I finally got my keen little hands on the Naked Heat palette the day it was released here in Australia and I'm sososo in love with it. I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it by now so I'll keep it short and sweet: the colours are amazing and super pigmented. The formula is great; there is a little (nothing crazy) fall-out, but that is to be expected of such a finely milled and pigmented eyeshadow, and I've created so many looks with this palette already. If you're after a warm-toned palette, this is definitely worth the buy in my opinion

What beauty bits are you 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. :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  So, here's how to make your own sprinkles. You're welcome.  //
\\  This DIY pom-pom basket is kind of FREAKIN' ADORABLE!  //
\\  How amazing would this DIY bead chandelier look in your home?!  //
\\  How cute (and healthy) is this rainbow fruit pizza?!  //
\\  The complete DIY rose bath bomb bars kit right here.  //
\\ Yes to all of the bourbon chai caramel milkshakes!  //

Happy Friday!

Monday, September 4, 2017

August Look Back and September Goals

A look back at August's goals:

Get the front and back yards underway
"You may have read about my aversion to the constant sweeping that I've been doing lately, so it's no surprise that goal numero uno this month is to get a damn yard to cover up all of that sand."
Tick: You have no idea how good it feels to look outside and see something other than sand. To not sweep ninety times a day.

Spend less time fussing about the house
"From the moment I get home until the moment I fall asleep, I'm either unpacking, cleaning, organizing or fussing about the house in some way and Jesse has already complained. What is the point of living together if we can't both enjoy it? I plan on being more present in the time that we do get to spend alone together."
Cross: I tried, I really did. I think that I'll relax more after the house warming (sorry, Jesse).

Get back in to my gym routine
"With all that has been going on, I've been forgoing the gym in favour of getting house-related stuff done before bed, which is understandable, but I've learnt that once I get out of routine, I really get out of routine and it's extremely difficult to motivate myself to start again. The sooner I can get back in to my old routine, the easier it's going to be."
Cross: I wasn't even close to accomplishing this goal. Oops.

Find a Fathers Day present
"Fathers Day falls in September here in Australia, and as the worst present buyer in the world, I need all of the time I can get otherwise it's back to the usual leave-it-too-late-then-panic-the-week-of routine."
Tick: Worst daughter in the world crisis averted.

Goals for September:

Walk more
I had every intention of exploring our new neighbourhood when we first moved in. We're surrounded by parks and there's a nice little café down the road, but two months later and I haven't so much as walked around the block, let alone to the park. With the weather finally starting to warm up (YAY Spring!) I'd definitely like to spend some time walking around my new hood

I've always loved to bake, but I haven't baked something in SO long, you guys. Our spiffy new(ish) oven is just calling for a big ol' cake, or a batch of muffins, or some cookies, or any damn thing. Berries are starting to come in to season, too. There are so many possibilities!

Take more photos
There was a time that my camera was permanently attached to my hand. This hasn't been the case lately. In fact, I can't remember the last time I took a photo of anything (in case you didn't notice how MIA I've been on Instagram recently). I'd definitely like to start capturing moments again, and I'm always down to improve my photography skills whenever I can. Perhaps on these walks.

Meal plan
I'm the kind of person that can't have the same thing for dinner in the same two weeks. This makes dinner pretty difficult now that I'm living out of my parents' house. I usually have a semi-planned weeks worth of meals, but I'd definitely like to get to planning more effectively, preferably before grocery shopping day to avoid it feeling stressful and rushed (as per usual).

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Finds

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

\\  This floral hoop wreath is giving me all of the Spring vibes.  //
\\  I never thought I'd be excited about paper.. but this is a damn sheet of paper cake!  //
\\  I'm dying over these cotton candy pop tarts!  //
\\  This is the vegan grilled stone fruit sundae with salted caramel sauce of my dreams.  //
\\  Let's have a giant smore each, yes?  //
\\  These spicy honey pineapple wedges sound to die for!  //

Happy Friday!

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