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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 décor. 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. :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Finds

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

My weekly snippet of inspiration from around the web

\\  Matcha hot chocolate - perfect for St. Patrick's Day!  //
\\  This DIY gold glitter star shoe detail is a fun little fashion craft.  //
\\  Gooey creme egg brownies for Easter anyone?  //
How flippin' cute are these Easter Bunny doughnuts?!  //
\\  I love the idea of these DIY mini gradient egg cup planters for succulents.  //
\\  I'm going to spread birthday cake cookie butter over ALL THE FOODS.  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

February Look Back and March Goals

How I went with my February Goals and what I want to achieve in March

How I did with my February goals
Lose 2kg
"Following on from wanting to get back in to a gym routine, I'd definitely like to see some results. I think that I've eased myself back in to a workout routine fairly well. There's still a fair bit of room for improvement, of course, but I think that if I put my mind to it and get myself to the gym 3-4 times a week and watch my diet, losing a couple of kilos is definitely feasible."

Tick: Okay, I lost 1.8kg, but I'm pretty sure that this still counts as a win. This is the first time that I've lost weight when I set out to and I'm just a bit proud of myself right now. 

Go to the beach
"If you didn't already know that Summer is my favourite season, then.. Summer is my favourite season. As February is the last month of Summer (If you didn't know that I'm Australian, then.. I'm Australian. Our Summer is (likely) your Winter) and I'm already devastated that it's coming to an end. I'm even more devastated at the fact that I haven't been to the beach once this Summer. Shameful. I'd definitely like to get my butt to the beach as much as I can to farewell Summer."

Cross: Womp womp. I did think about heading out to the beach, but it was unbearably hot for most of February - not the best beach weather.

Book holiday experiences
"Flights and accommodation: check. Now it's time to book our Whitsunday Island experiences. Helicopter tours, snorkelling, hiking, sailing, you name it, I want to do it! Seeing as we'll be going in September, which is busy season, I'd like to get booking before things fill up too much and we miss out."

Cross: There was no excuse for this one other than "I just didn't get around to it". Oops.

Wall art
"Another my resolutions for this year was to make our new(ish) house feel more like home and we have a lot of blank wall space that needs filling. I've found a couple of pretty pieces of art that I'd like to hang and there are always personal photographs laying around that need to be framed and displayed."

Cross: Yet another incomplete goal This whole month was pretty much one big fail. Oops.

Goals for March
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.

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!

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.

I got a new Samoyed puppy

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.

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Friday Finds

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

\\  These simple DIY sequin skirts are all kinds of cute.  //
\\  How fancy do homemade rosè champagne gummies sound?  //
\\  I don't mean to alarm you, but spiced Guinness pretzels with Irish cheddar fondue! Yum!  //
\\  There's so much goodness packed in to these DIY exfoliating soap bars.  //
\\  I get a kick out of this mug every single time.  //
\\  I want all of the baked puff pastry wrapped brie with fig jam.  //

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Autumn Inspiration Board

At the start of every new season, I like to create a sort of mood board - A little something to get me excited for the months ahead. I think that my Autumn (Fall?) instalment may just be my most important one of all. Something to pull me out of my end-of-Summer funk and remind me that although my favourite season has been and gone, beautiful things still lay ahead of me.

Here is a little snippet of what's inspiring me this Autumn:

Autumn Inspiration Board

What's inspiring you this new season?

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