24 November 2018

Mecca Beauty Haul

I love shopping at Mecca - I just can't resist when the Beauty Loop boxes come in! With all the beautiful Christmas sets they have in, I'll probably end up making another order - I have to claim my free birthday gift after all. I wanted to share what I bought (and one product I was kindly gifted for my birthday) in a post - which is really just an excuse to take some nice photos! Here's my haul...

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light
This year I have been having some serious problems with oily skin and makeup longevity, so I have been on the search for a primer that keeps my makeup in place but doesn't react with my skin as it's so temperamental. I tried the NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer but it was breaking me out and didn't really do anything. I think this Smashbox offering is better, however it seems to only work with certain foundations as it is silicone-based. I don't wear it all the time, but I'll see how it goes in the next couple of months - I only got the small size so I didn't drop a load of money on it.

Hair by Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray Mist
I can't quite believe I spent nearly $50 on a hairspray/hair product, but here we are! I wanted a hairspray that didn't leave my hair feeling gross and crunchy and everyone seems to love this one. The packaging is really pretty too, I won't lie. When they say this is a lightweight hairspray I would have to agree. I think this is the perfect product to set styles and also add a little bit of texture, however I'm going to save this until I get my hair cut shorter (I can't bloody wait), as I don't tend to style my hair too much when it's long. Could you find something as good as this for cheaper? Probably! I don't know if I'll repurchase for that reason.

Diptyque Eau Duelle EDT
I've been wanting to buy a new fragrance for a while now, but I really wanted to find one that was 'me' - a signature perfume and one that I'd wear every day. I had been contemplating splurging on this Diptyque one when my sister only went and and bought it for me for my birthday! Mind reader, or what? Turns out she's just very observant. I'm so happy this is in my life - I love it! Eau Duelle has a spicy vanilla fragrance that is soft yet dark. I absolutely love these kind of scents and I'm happy I've found a fragrance I can finally call my own.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
An old favourite I've mentioned plenty of times here on the blog, but the concealer I keep coming back to. The last one I had lasted surprisingly well which I'm very happy about as it isn't the most affordable.

As mentioned above, I also got my Mecca Beauty Loop Box with some samples. Although I was level one when I made the order, I've now reached level 2 (crikey, I need to get my spending in check!). One of the items was the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Sell Out. I'm so pleased I got this, because although historically I dislike matte formulas, I actually love the colour of this - it's the perfect soft pinky brown. While I have yet to test out the formula for an entire day, the shade really suits me and I'm looking forward to wearing it! The other larger sample was the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. Although I don't really have time to do liquid eyeliner these days (sad face), I really rate this one - I love that it has a flexible tip as it makes dragging it along the eye really easy. I've only worn it for one day, but it had great pigment and stayed on well.

Have you tried any of these products?



11 November 2018

Recently Read

The last time I talked through the books I've read was in June! The year is slipping by so fast and I do find it hard to read often, but of the books I have actually read recently, I have really liked all of them. Without further ado, here's what I've read from July through to now.

Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
I read this absolutely ages ago, so my memory is slightly rusty on this one however I remember thinking this was such a cosy read. It actually deals with some hard-hitting topics though, so while Lost For Words definitely isn't a happy book, I think people who enjoy book stores and books in general will like this. Loveday Cardew prefers books to people (relatable) and she likes to spend her time working in a book shop and sheltering herself away from the world. But suddenly her past comes knocking and she can no longer ignore the things that are causing her so much pain. Loveday was a very spiky, witty character which I found refreshing and the unfolding mystery was intriguing and touching.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I feel like I've talked about Celeste Ng a fair bit on this blog, but her books are really amazing. It did take me a little while to get through this, but it is so well written and the way she tells stories is incredible. The characters are so immersive and believable. When the eccentric artist Mia Warren and her daughter come to live in Shaker Heights, an orderly and progressive suburb, she changes the lives of The Richardson's family forever. I think this a book many different people would like!

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham*
Siobhan Curham writes really great young adult books and I always enjoy reading them. Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow highlights some important and topical issues through the two main characters, Fourteen-year-old Stevie and Hafiz. Stevie is having a tough time at home, tiptoeing her way around her mum's depression and family's financial situation. Hafiz is a Syrian refugee, who has travelled a difficult journey away from from his parents and now he has to try and fit in at high school in England. They form a friendship at a time when they feel alone and help each other to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. I read this in a day and really enjoyed it. It's such a sweet, unique story that I think all young people should read.

Lou Out of Luck by Nat Luurtsema
I was really looking forward to reading Lou Out of Luck as it's the sequel to one of my favourite young adult books, Girl Out of Water. It follows Lou Brown as she comes down from her brief moment of TV super-stardom and tries to deal with the fact she actually has a proper boyfriend who she really likes. But it's not all plain sailing and things aren't quite going to plan - she's losing her best friend, both her parents are out of work, and her sister Lav is having troubles of her own. While there's a special place in my heart for the first book, I did still enjoy reading this - it's a light and funny read that really makes you smile.

Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman*
I've already talked about Am I Ugly? a short while ago in a book haul, but I've since finished it. It was so refreshing to read non-fiction for a change and I loved getting immersed in someone else's story. Following Michelle's inspiring journey of self acceptance (still ongoing), it's a lesson to all of us to love our bodies for what they are. Though easier said than done, this book did make an impact and reaffirmed that we need to broaden our definitions of beauty.

Normal People by Sally Rooney
I've left the best until last and I'll use the next 30 seconds to tell you how much I think you should read Sally Rooney's novels. She always has something to say about modern relationships, and in this case how two people can fall in love so deeply it transcends everything. The premise of this book actually sounds pretty cheesy, but trust me, it's anything but. This isn't a love story as such, it's more just about how people change, how relationships work, how they're messy and confusing. Reading Normal People was such an experience; I stayed in a bubble with these characters the entire weekend I read it and felt like I was in their heads. It's probably best I stop rambling and just tell you to go buy it because it's amazing and something I can't exactly explain!

What have you read recently?


*Review copy
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