29 May 2017

May Beauty Edit

May in beauty looked a bit like this...


Eye essentials

As my skin has been lacking in lustre lately, I've been trying out some new skincare in the hope of sorting it out. Natural Instinct is a brand that uses natural ingredients and doesn't include any nasties, which I am intrigued by. I've been trying out a few things in the range, and so far a favourite has been the Dark Circle + Wrinkle Correction Eye Creme, as it's hydrating but I can also feel it firming up my skin when applied. More about this brand another day though...

I picked up the Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner on a whim in a recent Sephora order and safe to say, it's been love at first sight (or first use). Although this has more of a little tip than I'm used to, it acts as the perfect precise product. What I like most about this eyeliner is that it's very black and wet when you apply it, but it dries down nicely and stays put all day. Some of the eyeliners I've used in the past aren't as long lasting but this one is A+. If you've been eyeing it up for a while, I definitely think it's worth a go.

I've been straying away from my faithful Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and picking up the Sephora Outrageous Volume Dramatic Volume Mascara. This reminds me of the former, but I think it's easier to remove at the end of the day, which is a plus for me because I hate removing my makeup. This mascara has quite a clumpy formula but if you clean the brush a little, it gives you lots of volume and looks very black.


Glowy cheeks

I have been loving a very rosy look on the cheeks, with lots of blush, paired with the Colourpop Lunch Money Super Shock Highlighter which I mentioned in my haul. Since trying this out more, I love the consistency of it as it's somewhere in the middle of a cream and powder formula. As I said before, I prefer applying this with my fingertips and sweeping it all over my cheekbones. It gives such a lovely glow and is at a really affordable price too (lunch money well spent, indeed!).

The easy makeup remover

Lately I've been using the Simply Essential Makeup Remover Cloths, which are something of an ingenious idea. You basically just wet these cloths and use them to remove your makeup - no hassle or waste of cotton pads, or vigorous rubbing. Despite me being a little skeptical at first, these actually do work and it's been plain sailing. Of course, you do need to cleanse your skin afterwards but it gets the majority off first.

Go-to fragrance

It's not often I'll talk about a new perfume on the blog, but I've been loving the Oscar de la Renta Live in Love fragrance. Someone I know described this as smelling like a fancy middle-aged woman, but I'm quite okay with that. Upon first spritz, this is a floral scent with a citrus, musky twist. This has notes of sparkling ginger orchid and bergamot, mixed with a combination of florals like jasmine, orange flower and rose, with a base of sensual musk. I don't typically like super floral fragrances, but there is something super lovely about this one as it has a bit of a deeper twist.


-Emma

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25 May 2017

Jewellery Favourites & Wishlist



Shine on

It has been only recently that I've started embracing jewellery, and those around me may not have even noticed because I do have a penchant for more subtle accessories. But, that doesn't mean I don't want to have a go at something more statement, and that's where this post comes in. I thought I'd run you through some of my favourite pieces at the moment, and the more exciting bit; showing you my wishlist of items I'm calling critical to have in my life.

For some reason I seem to be having an affinity with earrings right now, and that love began when I picked up a pair of simple gold hoops. There's nothing remotely stand-out about them but they just add something to an outfit. One of favourite wearer-of-hoops is definitely Emma Gannon - you only have to glance at her instagram feed to take in some serious inspo when it comes to ear decoration.

I also have a lot of love for silver jewellery, there's no doubt about it. I wear my two little Pandora rings almost daily but a new favourite has been my Ophelia earrings from the new girl on the block, Albertine from Pigment Studio. You might have seen me raving about her designs somewhere on the internet, but if you haven't had a gander at her online store, you're certainly missing out. I am definitely eyeing up more of Albertine's statement designs - they're so unique and special, but entirely wearable.

It's always nice to support more local or independent designers. A favourite for jewellery browsing is The Bread and Butter Letter which is something of a treasure in Auckland. I do own a necklace from there, although I don't get as much wear out of it as I should. I think I lean more towards rings and earrings these days. Speaking of...


The Statement Earring Edit





Are you a jewellery person? And are you into the whole statement jewellery thing?

-Emma

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19 May 2017

A Mini Colourpop Haul

Giving Colourpop a trial run...

Colourpop's been on my radar ever since it started gaining hype online, but I never made an order until one day I saw they were doing free international shipping. Why not? Colourpop is actually surprisingly cheap, but is it worth the hype? I've picked up a few items to test - a highlighter, an eyeshadow and a lip product!

Poison Lippie Stix
The first thing I have to say about this product is the shade looks a little different in real life than it does online. It could be my skin tone, but this doesn't look like the red brick I imagined - it's the spitting image of Rimmel 107 if you know that. So while I am a little disappointed about the shade, the formula of this is a winner. It doesn't feel drying on the lips at all, like some matte formulas can. It's not super, super matte but I'd take that over flaky, gross looking lips any day. I'd love to know if you've tried these and what shades you have? I'm thinking I'd like to try a more wearable every day shade next time.

Weenie Super Shock Shadow
I knew I wanted to try out an eyeshadow that I could wear on its own all over the lid - of course I went for a coppery, rosy shade. The melty formula of these is so nice and easy to apply. They do have a bit of a unique texture, being somewhere in between a cream and a powder. I have to say this does look quite different on the lid than it does in the pan - but it's metallic city and I love it. I haven't tested out the staying power of this yet but so far this gets a thumbs up.

Lunch Money Super Shock Highlighter
Believe it or not, I don't own many highlighters. I'd love to have more in my stash, but I never know quite what to buy since there's many to choose from. The formula of this highlighter is pretty much identical to the super shock shadows, meaning it melts into the skin best applied with fingers. It's hard to go heavy handed with this one, as I find it achieves a subtle result. I'd say this would be described as a light champagne gold colour and rest assured it looks pretty flattering on my pale skin tone. I'm yet to work out the best way to apply this, but fingers are my go to right now.


Have you bought anything from Colourpop & have you liked what you've tried? Send your recommendations my way!

-Emma

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15 May 2017

A Room Update


It's been a few weeks since I rejigged my room a little, but I thought I'd put up a post with a little update on how my room is looking. I'm one of those people that is always shuffling things around because I get bored very easily. I'll also probably never be happy with my space, until I maybe move out I guess... but anyway, here's a sneak peak at my room, mainly my desk and bookshelf area because, let's face it, the other side of room isn't so great.

Plants...

I've wanted some plants in my room for a while now - I used to have some cacti but naturally they endured a slow death through neglect. I decided to paint some plant pots white and have a go at keeping a couple alive - it's been a few weeks now and I'm sorry to say they are looking a little bit sad already. If you're good at keeping plants alive, please... tell me your secrets. Also, who knew depotting plants was so friggen hard?


Records...

I've had this record player for maybe a couple of years now, but I've been embracing it a bit more lately. I kind of want to do a record collection post soon, but I literally only have a handful so far so I'm not sure it's worth it just yet. This player isn't the prettiest (it doesn't stand up against those dreamy Crosleys), but it does the job well. I really want to pick up a couple new records soon but it's so hard deciding...


Posters...

I have no idea what I'm doing, indeed. As usual the things you see on my walls are most likely from either Frankie Magazine, or recently closed Yen Magazine (sob). There's a variation of old and new, but the bra one from Frankie is probably just about the best thing ever. If you do need a room freshen up, I would definitely suggest turning to your favourite magazines.


Books...

And as I tend to do every month or so, my bookshelves have had a bit of a rejig and now they're somewhat ordered by size, which I've never done before. Riveting stuff...
I might have to have a one in, one out policy soon because I'm trying to keep my book collection under control a little bit. I have been restrained in the book buying arena recently. I'm also hoping to get a lot more reading done towards the end of May because Uni is looking a little more chilled.


So, that's it - nothing special really, but I do love sprucing up my room a bit every now and then!
And excuse the brief hiatus from me... turns out third year journalism is just a bit stressful...


-Emma
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5 May 2017

Recently Read and Book Haul | April

Find your next read here...

Read in April

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Penguin Books, 1 Feb 2017
★★★★

Swimming Lessons is a bit of a special book which I think I will remember with a fond feeling. This isn't the type of book you'd usually see me pick up, but after the blurb intrigued me I decided to give it a shot. This book has a few different perspectives and is comprised of a series of letters and flashbacks, as well as present tense. Some of my favourite parts definitely came from the letters - I loved reading about the history of Flora's (the main character) mum and dad's love life; essentially how they met and how their marriage started to fall apart. Flora's dad, Gil starts to discover letters left in books that his missing (presumed dead) wife, Ingrid, wrote to him but never sent. There is a sense of nostalgia while reading this and I think it was really pleasant. This is the perfect book to read on a rainy day in a coffee shop to get lost in the lives of people you don't know, but feel like you do.


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Simon & Schuster, 24 May 2016
★★★

This was cheesy romantic YA at it's (perhaps) worst. I might retract that statement, because I didn't completely hate this book, however it was slightly irritating. I could have stopped reading this part way through but for some reason I just like finishing books even if not enjoying them 100%. This book follows a politician's daughter as she deals with being in the media's spotlight and finding an unexpected summer job after her chance at an internship was quashed. She meets a geeky young author who's not usually her 'type' (bit of eye-rolling happened, if I'm honest) and the rest is history. Even if I haven't completely sold this book to you, I did quite like the main character, Andie's, love interest. There was something slightly quirky about this book, but at the same time I just found it to be incredibly cliche - however sometimes I couldn't help myself and just kept reading because it was cheap entertainment. I did pick this book up for $3 so it's not like it was a waste.


You can also have a look at my reviews I did a few weeks back for Milk and Honey and Bad Feminist.


To Read

Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
After spying this in a book shop during April, I had to pick this up. I haven't been buying many books recently so that's how I justify that. Anyway, Margot and Me is about Fliss and her mum who move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss' stern grandmother. But as she finds out more about her grandmother, she realises her life during wartime was full of adventure and mystery. I'm not entirely sure what to expect from this but I'll report back when I get around to reading it.


Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
I'm actually more than half-way through this book as I type this post, and I have to tell you, I'm enjoying it quite a bit. If you know anything about this book, it's that it has been compared to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and if I'm honest that's one of the main reasons I picked this up. I love a story that involves anything geeky like conventions and mysterious boys with good hair... *sue me*. This new YA release seems to be having a bit of a moment, and it was on my most anticipated reads list for 2017, so I'll tell you whether it's worth the hype in my next book round-up post.

The Cows by Dawn O'Porter
After listening to Emma Gannon's podcast episode with Dawn O'Porter, I've had a soft spot for her. I think she's a really cool woman, so my ears (or eyes, I suppose) perked up when I saw she had a new book coming out. I have read her YA book Paper Aeroplanes so it will be interesting to see how she does with adult fiction. This is described as fearlessly frank and funny, about friendship and being female. If you want to read more about this I'd suggest looking up the synopsis, but I don't really know what to expect from this one!


-Emma

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