Cool Vibes – 4 Simple Makeup Looks for the cooler weather, or not

All of these looks were created with the following staple products and tools. All the brands will have external links to prices and where to purchase for your convenience below (just highlight the word and go):

Small note, all of the xoBeauty products I received in a giveaway package I won from Glam Raider recently (yay!) but the rest was purchased by myself.

Products

  • Nars, All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, Light 2 Mont Blanc
  • Tarte, Shape Tape concealer, 20B Light
  • Rimmel, loose powder, Transparent
  • MAC, Pro Longwear Paint Pot, Soft Ochre Paint Pot eye base
  • Physician’s Formula, Butter Bronzer, Light
  • Maybelline, Hypersharp Wing liquid liner, black
  • Too Faced, Chocolate Bar Palette Fudge and Milk Chocolate shadows, brows
  • Ardell, Duo lash glue, white/clear
  • xoBeauty, lip balm, Fejioa
  • Urban Decay, Troublemaker mascara, black
  • MAC, Prep + Prime, Fix +, to wet eye shadows
  • Urban Decay, All Nighter setting spray

Note *I’ve forgotten some of the highlighters I used (oops) but I will mention them where I remember. Most blushes are either by Milani or Tarte.

Tools

Look 1 – “The Toasty Halo”

  • Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette, s’more, cashmere, warmth, cozy, fireside
  • Laura Mercier, Lip Glace, Black Cherry
  • Hourglass, Ambient Lighting Bronzer, Luminous Bronze Light
  • Nikkia Joy Cosmetics, unknown lashes from ‘The Petite Set’ 3rd set from the top

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I love a warm eye. Would you believe I had to hide the Tarte Toasted palette so I didn’t grab for it so often? I admit, I’m quite neglectful of some of my other palettes. This was a first I’d used it in a long while, much to my other eye shadow palettes delight.

I created the ‘halo effect’ with a bit of Tarte Shape Tape on the centre of my lid and applied. It took a bit to pack on but I like the effect.

I kind of wished I bronzed a bit more around my temples and forehead. Sometimes, makeup can look so different until you photograph it.

Look 2 – “The Berry Nice”

  • MAC, Wedge and Cork shadows
  • Tarte, Tartelette Toasted Palette, candle, fireside
  • Essence, Kajal Eye Pencil, white
  • xoBeauty The Gold Digger lashes, from ‘The Dramatics’ set
  • xoBeauty Lucent, highlight
  • xoBeauty, Wabi Sabi matte lipstick

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I won this lipstick (among so many other fabulous goodies) in a giveaway I mentioned earlier.

The universe brought to me such a fun berry shade, something so perfect for what I wanted these upcoming months.

Sadly, I don’t own a lip liner to match this, I used Kylie Cosmetics lip kit liner in Wicked but it was a little too purple but I kind of liked the effect. I would suggest using a balm underneath and then lining your lips as this is a bit patchy. Still beautiful though!

Can I quickly mention, The Gold Digger lashes by xoBeauty are one of my favs!! I love the lashes the taper from short in the inner corner to longer on the outer corner. Strip lashes can tend to look very heavy on my eyes if I’m not careful with my choice in lashes.

Look 3 – “The Stormy”

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It’s me and my garden leaf, again!

The last two looks being this one above and below have very minimal eye makeup but it’s all about playing up the lips.

This shade by Flower Beauty looks a lot more darker in person than the picture shows. Very opaque and even colour.

I love how lipsticks can turn around a look in an instant and automatically amp up your look.

Look 4 – “The Moody”

 

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The first of my greige toned lipsticks. Some may say muddy, some gothic, I personally love how it makes my eyes look more blue. Again, more so in person than showing up in this picture (they look a little green?)

Did you know grey is made up of the primary colours yellow, red and blue? I suppose that’s why I find it brings out the blueness but I digress, this isn’t a basic colour theory blog post.

Guys this was pretty long but I hope you stayed with me until the end and enjoyed seeing some of my makeup creations 😀

I will be posting another important blog post later today (2 blogs in one day??) be sure to read it when you get the chance.

Love your health.

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Relaxing Night Time Routine

So it may be the end of a long week and you’re looking for a little me time?

Here’s my rendition of a relaxing evening routine that will have you ready for the land of relaxation and slumber.

Unwind

  • Pour yourself a mug or glass of your favourite drink and head on over to the ‘spa’ *ahem* your bathroom
  • Remove all your jewellery and accessories and put your hair up into a bun so it’s out of the way. I love using a fuzzy hair turban too 🙂
  • Fill up your bath tub and add your favourite bath bomb, bath salts or bubble bath product and as you wait,
  • Complete your skincare routine to remove sunscreen/and or makeup
  • Apply a sheet mask or any mask of your choice to your face, you could even use this as an opportunity to use some nose strips (the pain of ripping it off after kind of puts me off adding this to a relaxing night time routine, but the option is there)
  • Take a long soak in the bath
  • Take advantage of the bath water and use an exfoliating mitt/glove or body scrub to get rid of all your dead skin cells, something I neglect to do when taking a quick shower!
  • Moisturise your body with your fav body lotion and don’t forget to apply serums, lotions and moisturisers to your face as well
  • Get into your PJ’s
  • Make yourself a warm drink such as decaf coffee, hot tea or a hot chocolate
  • Eat an indulgent snack
  • Moisturise your hands and apply your favourite lip balm/mask to hydrate your lips
  • I like to read a magazine or book, sometimes watch IG stories and I do catch up with some of my YouTube subscriptions. All of the latter make me somewhat tired although I know the screens aren’t the best *cringes*
  • Write down your to do list for the next day or week
  • Reflect on goals, past achievements buy writing them down in a journal or you could put a little mediation music on and visualise

Do you have a relaxing technique you’d like to share? Or maybe you could use a few of these for your next at home spa session. I hope it gave you some relatively easy ideas.

Remember to always take a little time out of your day for ‘me time’.

Love your health.

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Featured Image Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash

Skincare and Polished Makeup Routine

Here’s a current look at my skincare routine, forever changing or being tweaked, only for the best reasons of course hehe. For days I want to look put together and fresh, I decided to show you my simplistic makeup routine as a small bonus.

AM Skincare Routine

  1. Splash with lukewarm water
  2. Simple Skincare Micellar Water, only if I feel super greasy, then rinse face
  3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM, 1 pump to damp face
  4. Sunscreen*

*I’m looking to purchase a new sunscreen (Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk) that won’t irritate my facial dermatitis and rosacea but it’s currently out of stock online 🙂

Makeup – Polished Face Routine

*Asterisk denotes non-specific product. I rotate them weekly to get more use out of my collection as I have quite a few of these to use.

  • Concealer – Maybelline Fit Me and/or Tarte Shape Tape as eye shadow base, under eyes and any blemishes
  • Foundation – Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation SPF 15 or Nars Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation
  • Set – Rimmel Translucent Loose Powder, stamped on face
  • Bronze/Contour/Sculpt – Physician’s Formula ‘Butter Bronzer’ (matte) – contour face, dust in the crease as an eye shadow and buffed into the lower lash line
  • Eye Shadow – MAC, ‘Cork’ to deepen the crease
  • Eye Shadow -Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (if I feel like something else)
  • LineMaybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid
  • Mascara*
  • Lashes – only if I feel up to it
  • Highlight*
  • Blush*
  • Brows – Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette shadow in ‘Milk Chocolate’ & ‘Fudge’
  • Lips*
  • Set – Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
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Neutral eye, pops of pink highlighter and a bold lip make for a fresh, put together look. Highlighter by Makeup Revolution London in ‘Bloom’
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Another angle featuring xoBeauty Luxe Liquid Lipstick, ‘Ineffable’ (one lash seems to want to pop off) they’re also by xoBeauty ‘The Glamourista’ 

Now after the day is through, what’s next? Well my evening skincare routine of course!

PM Skincare Routine

  1. Simple Skincare, Micellar Water (almost out and soon to be replacing with (Bioderma Sensibio H2O Sensitive, pink cap). I then continue the rest in the shower
  2. Simple Skincare Water Boost, Micellar Gel Cleanser, 30 seconds of finger tip massaging, then rinse face
  3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM to damp face, straight out of the shower
  4. CeraVe in the tub Moisturising Lotion on body
  5. Spot treat blemishes with Tea Tree Oil

I can’t help but thinking of that recent meme that I can’t find or was it a tweet about influencers talking about their skincare routines. In no way do I think I am an influencer but it gave me a giggle. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Remember to love your health.

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Centre Stage: Niacinamide

Today’s ingredient we are exploring in, ‘Centre Stage’ is Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3. Taken by mouth, vitamin B3 it is said to alleviate acne vulgaris, help stop memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease, lessen the disconcerting symptoms of schizophrenia and even help ADHD.

Currently, there is not enough substantial evidence to determine its full effectiveness in the treatment of the above ailments. But there is another area it is more commonly used for which we will discuss today.

Skincare Benefits

Niacinamide is more commonly known for its use in skincare products. Proven effective in the treatment of eczema, it is also beneficial in maintaining overall skin tone, reduction of pore size, and reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.

The reasons why I choose to incorporate niacinamide in my skincare routine are; reducing my redness (rosacea), soothing my blemishes and dermatitis (seb derm) and creating an overall even skin tone.

Here are a few select products containing Niacinamide (Vitamin B3):

Top Recommendations

TO Niacinamide
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, AUD $9.90, available at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacies here
CeraVe PM
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM, AUD $21.99, available at Chemist Warehouse here
Niacinamide Vitamin
Niacinamide vitamin B3 capsules, AUD $7.66, available on iHerb here
Simple Mask
Simple Skincare 5 minute hydrogel mask available at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy’s here, AUD $5.00 and select Woolworths stores

So I’d love to know, do you use a product with niacinamide in your skincare or daily health routine?

I hope to purchase TO product above soon as I hear people rave about it! (such an affordable price too!) Let me know your niacinamide recommendations below.

Love your health.

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Featured photo provided by Amplitude Magazin on Unsplash

Casual Friday’s – Easter 2019 – Easy, No Bake Easter Egg Slice Recipe

I try to bake something at least once a week.  For the most part I try to do clean eating Monday through Friday and once we hit the end of the week, I’m ready for a little sweet.

As it’s the Easter long weekend, I thought I’d do a bit of themed/festive baking. Well technically refrigerating in this case!

Easter Egg Slice (1)

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That’s it folks! Enjoy this slice all at once or store it up to 1 week in a container in your fridge.

Have a Happy Easter!

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Casual Friday’s – 4 Reasons You Should Never be Sorry for Taking a Break from Social Media

The world of social media is an abundant land of curiosity and exploration, ways to catch up with family, friends and even to promote ones business.

Here are 4 reasons you should never be sorry for taking time to compose yourself.

Mental Health

Social media has a way of sucking us in. Before we know it, we’ve spent more time than we should have allowed to like all those Instagram pics or tweets from our favourite celebrities.

It’s also difficult to switch off when we’re always so available. We’re always one phone call, text or email away and while in some situations this is helpful, we’ve all felt the pressure of it.

It’s important to take time to switch off your technology, go for a walk and practice some self-care. More on that in this post here.

Life Happens

We all have commitments and sometimes they take over and this is okay. We can’t always expect to be on top of everything always and some things will fall by the way side while others take priority.

Let things be as they are. Have focus and direction towards you goals by writing down ideas and notes so when you’re ready for it, you can get back to regular programming.

Spark Joy

Ever feel like you don’t have the inspiration to do anything creative? That’s been me more than a few times!

It’s important to exercise your brain and by that I mean push it a little further than usual. However, if you’re finding it difficult to keep up and provide constant content, then take a step back and reevaluate why you’re feeling that way. It should bring you enjoyment. Once it starts dragging you down it’s a good time to re-evaluate some things like who you follow and see if that effects your experience online.

Enjoying the Present

I love catching up on social media as well as sharing some aesthetically pleasing shots of places I go etc. It’s fun! But even though we can contact someone who can be a whole town, state, or country away, we can forget about the moment and those that are right beside us.

Check out the apps Offtime and SPACE: BreakFree both available for download on iOS and android that add time limits to your selected apps helping reduce too much screen time on your device.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, remember to love your health.

 

Review – Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen

As the heatwaves continue to melt most of Australia, let’s take a look at a facial sunscreen I’ve been using regularly.

Welcome to my first blog post of 2019! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Instagram Summer Filler content during the holidays. I have to say, I think I do a lot better creating those spontaneous posts than I do scheduled ones!

What better way to begin than with this. I’ve become obsessed with skincare in the recent year and now more so finding facial sunscreen’s that provide excellent protection that are aesthetically pleasing.

Two sunscreen’s I’ve been loving over Summer were actually ones I won in a giveaway last year. I used and reviewed the sample La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch SPF50+ Sunscreen For Oily Skin in my ‘Mini Instagram Review’ on IG stories.

I’m so grateful to have received them because I love them both equally. Let’s discuss the full size sunscreen next.

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Ingredients

Water, Ethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methacrylic Acid Lauryl/Methacrylic Acid Crosspolymer, Alkyl Benzoate (C12-15), Bis Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Hexyl Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Dimethyl Silylate Silica, Dpg, Xylitol, Dextrin Palmitate, Acrylates/Alkyl (C10-30) Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-9, Glyceryl Stearate, Amp, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Agar, Isoceteth-20, Alkyl (C30-45) Methicone, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Olefin (C30-45), Sodium Hydroxide, Bg, Pg, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal Jelly Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Edta-2, Bht

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Scent

This has a strong, alcohol scent. But it’s something that goes away once absorbed. Don’t be alarmed. Alcohol actually helps sunscreen filters perform well.

Why is it great?

  • Lightweight – Feels like nothing on the skin
  • No white cast – Casper be gone
  • Easy to apply – This is literally like smoothing water over your skin
  • Doesn’t make me look oily or greasy with hours wear – This is huge
  • Sweat resistant – Perfect to wear to the beach
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid – Great moisturising/hydrating formulation
  • Works well under makeup – Didn’t get any pilling

There’s a reason why this is a bestseller in Japan!

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Tidbits

  • Shake your bottle well, it’s important as the chemical filters need a chance to ‘come alive’ after settling in the bottle. Of course this also means even distribution of UV filters
  • Apply about a teaspoon to your face and neck, don’t forget your ears
  • It feels much like a gel moisturiser on your face, comfortable and cool
  • It dries down to a dewy finish, you’ll enjoy the moisturising feel of it
  • The secret to wrinkle free, youthful skin is never going to be in that expensive serum. Spending your money on a sunscreen that works as well as this one is my suggestion

So how do I get one?

The best way of getting your hands on this product is online, unless of course you have the pleasure to travel to a country that stocks it. Online is your best bet for the most part.

I will repurchase from this site in future.

Watch out! Browsing this site is dangerous, says the girl with multiple items sitting in the wish list section. Come on restock *crosses fingers*

Happy New Year!

I truly hope that 2019 brings you all that you dream of.

Remember to love your health.

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