Monday, December 29, 2014

My Necessary Backups

Hey Lovelies

I was searching through my back up drawer and decided it was a good idea to do a post about the items that I currently never want to run out of. My forever repurchased but mainly these are not HG rather just the items I am seriously loving right now and isn't want to find myself without.

I have talked about this powder before in a blog post, it is ridiculously cheap especially when you can grab it on sale and it always gives a lovely finish to my foundation. It adds coverage but never looks too cakey, the colour, shade natural is quite a decent match as well. So far I have not found another powder that does the job as well and for such little price point so I will continue to repurchase this. This retails for $11.95 AU and can be found at places such as Priceline, Kmart, Target and Big W amongst others.

I love this primer as it helps to keep my skin less oily and also keep breakouts at bay. It is also inexpensive and can be found often on sale. This retails for $13.95 AU and can be found at Priceline, Kmart, Coles, Woolworths, Target and Big W amongst others.

I absolutely love this toner, it is relatively cheap and you get a massive 200ml! This has both sacilyic and gycolic acid which is great for my blemish prone skin. I find that this is a great every day toner for my skin but I do use something stronger once or twice a week. I probably would not recommend this for dry skin though, my skin is extremely oily so I don't have any issues with using this product daily. This retails for $14.99 AU and can be found at most chemists, Priceline, Target, Coles, Woolworths, Kmart and Big W amongst others.

I got a little worried a while back that Essence were discontinuing their lipstick in shade 06 Barely There! as I found it on sale. It is one lipstick that I can wear everyday as it is such a great neutral shade and I find it longlasting on my lips without over drying them. These retail for $4.70 AU and can be purchased from Priceline or Target.

Bad to the Bronze is probably my favourite eyeshadow shade ever. It looks fantastic layered or by itself as a wash of colour. I have used up half of the pot which is saying something as I own a heap of other products I could be using. It lasts all day and I always get compliments on the shade. These retail for $11.95 AU and can be purchased from most chemists, Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Target, Kmart and Big W amongst others.

These are not necessarily my holy grail products as I don't really throw that title around but I do find myself needing to keep back ups of these products just in case! What are the items you always keep stocked up? 

Love Liz xx

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Festive Nails

Hey Guys,

Christmas is so getting so close so I thought I would share with you my options for festive nails. Just a bit of a forewarning, I own absolutely no glitter nail polish, whilst it looks amazing it is an absolute pain to take off and a year or so ago I threw away all my glitter nail polish and have not bought any since. Obviously glitter nail polish is a great choice during Christmas time and if I owned any I would share it with you in this post however I only own a few nail polishes with little bits of glitter in them. So this post is more of the options that I have for festive nails! 

One obvious choice for festive nails is red nails. I actually was unaware that I owned so many red nail polishes as it is typically not a colour I will wear. I have a few options to choose from, going from deep wine reds to vibrant red orange almost colours.

First up we have a nail polish from O.P.I in the shade Malaga Wine (RRP $19.95 AU) which is a lovely deep red wine shade. I absolutely adore this shade and whilst it is more of a winter time colour than summer I think it fits perfectly for this festive season. Another wine red I own is the Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in shade Wine to Five (RRP $6.95 AU). This shade is ridiculously similar to my O.P.I one but I prefer the formula of the O.P.I nail polish, this is a great cheaper alternative however. The next nail polish I have to show you is the SinfulColors Nail Colour in shade GOGO GIRL (RRP $4 AU). In the bottle this looks like a very vibrant red colour however when painted on the nails it starts to lean a little bit towards pink. This is a very thin formula and it does take a few coats to build up to opaque. Another similar colour to the SinfulColors nail polish is the Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in shade 250 Keep Up the Flame (RRP $5.95 AU). This colour leans towards pink and the formula is quite thin so does require layering. The last red shade I have to show you is the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in the shade China Flower (RRP $15.95 AU). This is one is a gorgeous red that leans slightly towards orange which is great for my skin tone. This one also smells nice so there is that added bonus!

Another shade choice for festive nails that I own is green. Whilst these colours are not exactly green (more turquoise) I am sure no one will be disappointed.

First up is another Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in the shade Wintermint (RRP $15.95 AU). Finally we have some glitter polish, this is a turquoise shade with blue square glitter particles floating in it. This smells like mint and is such a lovely colour. The other green (not really) shade I have to share with you is Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in shade Mint Mojito (RRP $6.95 AU). This is another turquoise shade however this one is quite bright in comparison.

I think come Christmas day, O.P.I's Malaga Wine will be on my nails. What festive nail polish do you plan on wearing?

Love Liz xx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Life Update #02

Hey Guys

I am so sorry I haven't been able to post as much recently. I had my exams at the start of November and had been crazily studying and worrying about them as they were my last set of exams for my degree. I was terrified that I would fail and extend my degree even further so I had spent a lot of time worrying and stressing over that. 

Fortunately I found out recently that I passed everything and have completed enough units to finish my degree. I was unsuccessful in getting a graduate job, but I do have a plan for next year which will involve more studying and around 3-4 months of work experience. I am looking forward to what next year will bring as I believe it will be very different from the last couple of years at University. 

I am still currently working in retail which means that this time of year is absolutely crazy. I have been working some crazy hours and unfortunately there is no set routine so I have been struggling to plan my life around this. Hence being unable to plan posts. I am hoping that things will settle down after Christmas but I am also going on holiday at the very beginning of January.

Just a little update to keep you guys in the loop and to also explain my absence. I do love my blog and I hope that I will be able to continue to find the time to wok on it.


Love Liz xx

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Tag

Hey Guys

So the month of December is upon us and my family put up our Christmas decorations yesterday so it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my mum and dads house! I found this tag on Tamara's blog, and I really wanted to join in and also see if anyone else wants to participate as well! If you do link your tag post in the comments :)

1. Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
We have a synthetic tree at the moment but we did used to have a real tree that we kept year round, I remember that it just grew too large and we had to stop using it for the Christmas tree. I love the idea of a real tree though and would love to try it again one day, but for now I will go with the convenience of a synthetic tree. 

2. You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
 It is summer time here in Australia so probably no coffee at all! Also here in Western Australia we have no Starbucks and I am not totally sure whether our regular coffee shops do Christmas drinks.

 3. Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
Gold and Silver. Quite boring but I think it looks lovely!

4. Giving or receiving?
If I have really put time and effort into a person's gift there is nothing better than giving it to them and seeing their reaction. I also get quite anxious opening gifts in front of people so I would much rather give. 

5. To mince pie or not to?
Blergh! No. 

6. What's your traditional Christmas lunch?
Salad, Turkey, Pork, Ham, usually some type of seafood, sometimes barbeque meat, and of course followed up with Christmas pudding made by my parents.

7. Christmas day fashion
This year it will be my cute Christmas shirt with a pug on it, shorts and my bathers underneath as there will be a pool!

8. What's your favourite Christmas song?
I have loved listening to the Michael Bublé Christmas album the past couple of years, and in particular It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

9. What's your favourite Christmas film?
My family always tries to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation every year, it just doesn't feel like Christmas without it.

10. Open presents before or after lunch?
Stockings first thing in the morning and presents after with the immediate family. But we do presents after lunch with the rest of the family. 

Love Liz xx


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