26 August 2017

August Beauty Edit


For this month's instalment of all things beauty, I tried not to feature products I've mentioned before, but I didn't quite achieve that. Although there is a couple of items I've featured here before, mostly everything is the new bits and pieces I can't get enough of. Nevertheless, if you see something here, it's because it's made a lasting impression on me. Instead of rambling on for too much longer, here are my monthly beauty favourites.

Jo Malone Orange Bitters Cologne
You know me, I love a perfume that smells more masculine. Although this could be mistaken for something an old (fashionable) lady might wear, I couldn't get enough of it this month. Jo Malone scents actually last decently unlike some cheaper perfumes, especially when they're this intense. I would describe this as the perfect winter fragrance with sensual notes and a burst of citrus. I don't think you can actually buy this specific scent anymore as it was limited edition, but the point is Jo Malone have some wonderful things highly worthy of perusal.

L'Oreal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care Strength Cure Coriander Conditioner and Strength Potion
I've been on a bit of a haircare search recently so the this range came to me at exactly the right time. Although I do like the shampoo, the conditioning balm (conditioner) and strength potion (leave in treatment) are the stand-outs for me. I have no particular care for the meaning behind the botanicals range (the products are meant to have more natural, botanical ingredients but who knows if they actually do), but these work a treat on my hair, making it less brittle and more conditioned. I do feel like my hair gets used to products easily and I often need to move onto another shampoo and conditioner after a while, but so far so good.

Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Blinded by the Light
These heart shaped highlighters have been gaining some hype for a while, and I have professed my love for this shade before, but it definitely deserves another mention in this round-up post. I think with Too Faced products you are paying for the packaging most of the time because their things can be relatively expensive, but this is the perfect little treat to buy. I have found this highlighter to be actually quite subtle on the skin if need be, but it can be applied more intensely with a denser brush. This, with plenty of peachy, coral coloured blush has been my go-to look that I can't get enough of.

WASO by Shiseido Clear Mega-Hydrating Cream
Recently the new WASO range came out and it's been coined as every millennial's dream skincare range. While I think there may be some hit and misses in the range, I do really like this moisturiser which I've been using at night time. The packaging may be a little gimmicky or innovative depending on which way you look at it, but I think the more light weight, gel based formulas are a great idea, particularly for more combination skins. So far this hasn't caused my skin to break out, which can always be a struggle with skincare. Overall this is a really smoothing moisturiser that doesn't feel too heavy or too light that would probably work well under makeup (I haven't tried it yet), because of its almost primer like feel.

The Body Shop Spa of the World Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream
It's rare that I take a new body care product under my wing, but this one has been lovely to use of late. I'm lazy and barely take the time to moisturise my body, but if I do this cream is my go-to choice. I used to love the body butters from The Body Shop because of how nourishing they were, but this is more of a lightweight moisturiser which sinks in faster, meaning you can put your clothes on pretty much straight away. The smell of this is intriguing as well; quite different but I like it. It's a very relaxing scent- something you'd probably find in a spa. Also, this tub is massive and will last for so long.


Are you going to try any of these?

-Emma


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18 August 2017

My Sanity Shelf


Reading has taken a backseat for me in the last couple of months. You know how it goes- life gets in the way and you barely have time to fill your monthly quota of four books (at least in my case). So while I don't have a whole lot of new books to talk about, I do have a bunch of old favourites which I return to time and time again- AKA my sanity shelf. Thanks to Sophie for this excellent post idea, taking inspiration from a fab project called Girls at Library. Without further ado, here are seven books that I could, and do, happily reread for comfort and all round happy times.

It by Alexa Chung
I've had this book for years and years and it's shown up an endless amount in my Instagrams. Not only do I love this book for the aesthetics, but I do like flicking through and reading random sections. It's certainly not a novel, but the gorgeous illustrations, vintage photos and iconic images of Alexa make this book one of my favourites to own. I absolutely love some of her style icons she mentions throughout the book, such as Anna Karina, Jane Birkin, George Harrison, Mick Jagger and Wednesday Adams. An essential for the coffee table (if I had one).

Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
This is the only book I've ever underlined passages in, probably because there are golden nuggets sprinkled throughout that were directly lifted and used in the film version. There is something nice about underlining my favourite parts in books although I don't think I'm completely committed to do this for every book. So, this without a doubt makes it onto my sanity shelf because I definitely tend to pick this up and reread sections.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Even though this series (and the movies) are literally the most popular thing on this planet (aside from Harry Potter probs), The Hunger Games is definitely my favourite book series. I've reread the series a few times and I almost feel like it's time for another read. I just think it's such a genius idea and translates really well onto film. My favourite book is the first one because I just think it's so iconic but my favourite movie is probably Catching Fire.

This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire
Similar to Alexa Chung's book, This Modern Love is the perfect thing to flick back through once you've read it from start to finish. I particularly like the 'beginning' section- with the lovely photos and thoughtful pages- it's just a nice book to have lying around (because obviously the cover is amazing).

Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema
I basically NEVER reread books but considering how good Girl Out of Water was, I just had to. This is such a comforting and funny read. I always say this when I mention this book, but the cover is so misleading in my opinion and makes it look like it's for 8 year olds. Young teens would enjoy this but people my age would as well.


Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy
This is such a nostalgic read for me, just like Jacqueline Wilson's books are. I haven't read this book for a while but you can probably tell from the battered exterior that it's been well loved. I am definitely going to reread this sometime soon but I do remember some parts quite vividly. This is just such a comforting book for me, having got it for one of my birthdays ages ago, and I feel like I'm that way with a lot of children's/young adult books.

Girl Up by Laura Bates
I reread parts of this book for an assignment recently (it was a great assignment, clearly) and it reminded me how lovely and important this book is for teenagers to read. This, and Everyday Sexism have made me realise many things and the importance of equality in our society. Apart from it being about sexism, it also explores topics like relationships, body image, social media, etc which are all connected to feminism too in some way. It's books like these that make me have faith in humanity.


Have you read any of these books?

-Emma

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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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