12 August 2017

A Wishlist: Budget Beauty and Luxe Loves


My love for beauty has skyrocketed recently (I'm not really sure why) but there are so many new and cult products I'm coveting right now. Mecca Maxima's arrival in Auckland has only intensified things, because now I want everything from there (don't worry if you're not from Australia or NZ because most of these brands are available everywhere else). This craving for new products has caused me to create a nifty little wishlist (of which I will probably purchase about two items- let's be real) featuring both luxe items and more affordable items...

Budget

MECCA MAX Double Vision Eye Colour in Desert Nights: From the new MECCA MAX range, the eyeshadows do appeal most to me. If you know me, you'll know I'd rather stay in bed for an extra 10 minutes than go to town on my makeup on an every day basis. That's why this one part cream, one part powder shadow will be perfect for lazy mornings, either applying one shade or mixing both. Obviously I've chosen one of the warm toned combinations (so predictable!)

MECCA MAX Wink Weapon Mini Palette in Embellished: When I had a cheeky 10 minute look in store, this eyeshadow palette looked amazing- especially the gold glitter shade. I do tend to hoard larger eyeshadow palettes, so naturally this would make a nice change to have a small quad with four shades. I think you could easily make this an everyday palette minus the gold glitter, and add that in for a more night time look (or wear that gold glitter daily because you can do what you want). I digress.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: So while I've been trying out the facial spray recently, I've yet to venture further with this brand. I've heard people sing their praises about the drying lotion, so obviously I am intrigued. This spot treatment promises to clear up blemishes quickly and since I have quite blemish-prone skin I know I will use this.

Eyeko London Black Magic Lash Curler: I've recently come to a realisation- I really need an eyelash curler in my life. Believe it or not, I've never actually tried one before. Maybe it's to do with the fact it's likely to cut off my lashes (I'm kidding... kind of), but I think it's about time I went through with it anyway. I have no idea if this curler is decent, and I do have my eyes on the Kevin Aucoin version, but we shall see...

Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub: I'm so happy Soap and Glory is officially on NZ shelves. I know, I know, New Zealand is deprived of a lot of things like cheap shipping. It was possible to buy this online, however I think you'll agree it's always nice to look at the testers and do the all important smell test. I've heard a lot of good things about their body products and this scrub looks particularly up my street. Now if only they would stock their makeup.

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Rose Gold Retro: I've had my eye on these glittery liquid eye shadows for a while but they always seem to be out of stock. From what I've seen I think these would be perfect on their own all over the lid- in other words it looks like you've made a ton of effort when no effort was actually made at all.


Luxe

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: I feel like I've had my eyes on Origin as a brand for what feels like forever. I do want to try one of their moisturisers or masks but right now I'm coveting this eye cream. This isn't exactly 'luxe' but it's still a decent amount of money for one product. I feel like my current eye cream isn't quite up to scratch, and while I'm not joined to eye cream at the hip, I feel like this would be a welcome addition especially when things are looking dull and puffy.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer: This product has come in and out of my online basket many a time and I think I'm coming close to purchasing- if it would just be in stock in my shade! I've heard various people say this is an amazing concealer- that it covers incredibly well and it's not too matte or thick. I think when my current concealer runs out I'll be running to Mecca to get this...

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush: *Heart eyes* is all I can say. I would love to have this in my makeup stash, even if it's just for the packaging really. This blush has multiple colours which would create a dimensional, super flushed and glowy look. I don't know why, but I am absolutely obsessed with wearing blush at the moment and this in the Sparkling Bellini shade is what dreams are made of (if to not be too dramatic).

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder: If you're a The Anna Edit watcher, you'll know how much she loves this powder and it's always been something I think would work well with my skin tone (in the light shade) given how pale I am, to add soft, subtle dimension. While I'm not sure I could justify spending $70 on this bad boy, I do have room for it in my lust list up in the clouds. Although, maybe it is as good as they say...

Bella Freud Je T'Aime Jane Candle: I have always walked into Mecca and admired the Bella Freud candles. If I can't have a Bella Freud jumper, I'll settle for the candle version (if I ever find the funds, that is). While I can't remember for the life of me what this smells like, lets be real, I just want it for the aesthetics- and there's nothing better than opening a fresh candle.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette: While I would never drop $125 on this palette, I think it's probably the most beautiful thing I've seen. This would be amazing for travelling or on the go because you can use it for cheeks and eyes. I can just imagine how soft and silky these powders are. Sooo dreamy.


What's on your beauty wishlist?

-Emma

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7 August 2017

My Internet Style Icons


I'm not sure these lovely ladies exactly represent my style (how could they when they're all so fab), but they're the ones I turn to for inspiration time and time again. I feel like I've ~found~ my style over the past year or so, for example I now know I'd prefer a wear a good pair of jeans over a dress any day. Read on to find out what blogs and Instagram accounts you should be following for daily inspiration...


Alice Catherine

@alicecatherine
As many of the women mentioned here do, Alice has a very vintage-inspired style that I adore. Long sleeved ruffle blouses, high waisted vintage Levi's, basket bags, polka dots and bows are just a few of the things you'll see as you scroll down her Instagram profile. I like how simple her style is. It can be girly or it can have more of a masculine edge. Whether she's taking photos in her rainy hometown of Manchester adorning a trench coat, or living it up in balmy Italy head to toe in white, it's not hard to be inspired. Plus, what I'd give to have her hair with that fringe and effortless bun.

Lizzy Hadfield

@shotfromthestreet
I've recently subscribed to Lizzy's YouTube channel (which is great by the way- I love her vlogs and her style videos are very informative), but I've been following her on Instagram for a tad longer. She puts together some very wearable looks, like the classic top and jeans combo, but can also be a little more experimental, which I love. Whether it's yellow striped track pants or yellow jeans, she's always adding a touch of fun that she makes look absolutely cool to a T. Queen of sunglasses, cute tops, jackets and JEANS, I can barely scroll past without double tapping.


Olivia Purvis

@livpurvis
I think Olivia was the person who sprouted my love for vintage-inspired clothing, but in the most wearable way. For every time Liv dresses minimally in jeans and a striped top, they'll be an equally as good time where she wears a patterned maxi dress or suit and look fab while doing it. I've been a long time reader of her blog but now she's making YouTube videos regularly, she's all over the internet and I'm loving it. She's the coolest woman and it would be hard not to come across a picture of her outfit without wanting to buy EVERYTHING. She does colour coordination, patterns and bags particularly well if you ask me.


Lucy Williams

@lucywilliams02
I haven't been following Lucy for all that long but that doesn't mean I haven't been inspired by her. I think the way to describe Lucy would be 'effortlessly chic', without a doubt. Think breezy dresses, camis, luxe materials and sunglasses that were cool way back in the day but look amazing on her. It's clear summer dressing is her favourite as you pursue her pictures and long, relaxing holidays suit her undeniably. I started following her after watching the video she did with Liv Purvis about her style and I haven't looked back since.

Sophia Rosemary

@sophia_rosemary
Sophia is undoubtedly the queen of slogan tees, winged eyeliner and flared jeans among other things. Basically, everything I aspire to be, and more. Not only does she have a Blossoms band member for a boyfriend, but she's met Alex Turner -if there's any sign that she's a cool person, that is it. You'll see her in outfits that are endlessly high waisted, cute and frilly, or a touch masculine- and sometimes a combination of all of the above. I practically want every t-shirt or jumper that she posts about, and let's not forget about her amazing straw bags which Jane Birkin would be envious of.

Starr Clare

@starrclare_
Perhaps not as well known as the others mentioned (not that it matters!), Starr has a penchant for clothes with a bit of a rock n roll vibe, grungy tees and coloured jeans. Whether it be a bold lip, double denim or a big fur coat, I always find some sort of inspiration whether I go all out or pare it back. If you're into vintage-inspired clothing (as I may be.. if you couldn't tell, ahem), definitely check out her Instagram and blog!



I hope you got some inspiration from this post and check these wonderful ladies out! Do you have anymore I should add to the list?

-Emma

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1 August 2017

Soundtrack to June & July


Music is one of my favourite topics to talk about on this blog, so today I have another soundtrack post for you- and it's a goodie! The last couple of months I have been really into my music and there's a certain couple (or more) artists and albums I've been loving. With that in mind, here's what I've been listening to during June and July- plus they'll be a handy playlist at the bottom so you can listen easily!

Alexandra Savior, Belladonna of Sadness

Ah, Alexandra. Light of my life, fire of my loins. I have mentioned Alexandra Savior on here before, but she deserves another mention without a doubt. Her album is rare in the fact you will listen and love every single song and appreciate the album together as a whole. This is helped by it being pretty short, but it certainly doesn't lack in substance. I have an affinity with all of the lyrics on Belladonna of Sadness, and I know this is partly because Alex Turner co wrote the songs, but nevertheless there is something so magical about this gal and these songs.
Top three songs: Mirage, Shades, Audeline

Haim, Something To Tell You

Haim, without a doubt, make the perfect soundtrack to summer (even though it's currently the middle of winter for me). Their songs will make you want to dance and skip down the street- I won't disclose if I've actually ever done that, but I digress, Something to Tell You is an album worth listening to. I feel like Days are Gone will always reign supreme in a way, but there are some real BANGERS on their second album... and in case you've been living under a rock this cover of Shania Twain's That Don't Impress Me Much is life changing. Life changing, I tell ya.
Top three songs: Want You Back, Nothing's Wrong, You Never Knew

Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life

Lana Del Rey is probably one of my favourite artists, so it's no surprise she's ended up on this list, and how could I not include her in this line-up when her album Lust For Life just dropped? While I don't love every single song, there are a handful which I'm absolutely in love with right now. I definitely think there is a bit of a theme running through the album (you'd hope so) that is a little different to what she's released before, and as always, I can appreciate what an artist is trying to convey. Her new album has sent me into a spin of constant listening whether that be from my fave Ultraviolence album or her recent tracks.
Top three songs: Cherry, Summer Bummer, Tomorrow Never Came (also, In My Feelings deserves a special mention!)

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN

While I'm a recent Kendrick Lamar fan (and rap altogether if I'm completely honest) it's love at first listen. I think you'll probably agree sometimes you're just in the mood to listen to rap, and that's definitely been me of late. I'm so aware that Kendrick Lamar is not an up and coming artist at all- but it's about time I joined the bandwagon, right? I haven't fallen in love with the entirety of his new album, DAMN, but it's probably only a matter of time- as I'm known to fall slowly and then fall all at once when it comes to music.
Top three songs: DNA, HUMBLE, ELEMENT

Beach House, Depression Cherry

Okay, so picture this. You're driving around aimlessly on one of those perfectly clear winter afternoons as the sun has just sunk into the horizon and everything is a calm, moody shade of blue. That's essentially the perfect backdrop to listen to Beach House- maybe when you're a bit sad or moody, or in contrast when you're calm and happy. Just listen, it will make sense. Their music is very atmospherical and calming- maybe not for everyone but many of their songs are gems and will make you feel like you're in a movie while you stare out the window of a bus (totally not speaking from experience..) Their album Depression Cherry, while not new, is amazing in its entirety and their new song Chariot is so great too (but I'm yet to listen to their new album). It's real, real love.
Top three songs: Levitation, Sparks, Space Song (just listen to everything)



Here's the playlist!



Do you listen to any of the above artists?

-Emma

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