Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Festival Focus - Fashion Outfit from Missuided

Hi Lovelies! 

Here is another festival outfit that I've put together and this time it's from Missguided! If you want to see the post I did from ASOS then click here, or if you haven't seen my intro to my Festival Focus series then click here. 

Left to right, top to bottom: 1. Metallic Knitted Dress Rose Gold 2. Cross Waist Strappy Bralette Black
3. Ripped Hem High Waist Denim Shorts Vintage Blue 4. Premium Multi Layered Statement Necklace
5. Chevron Cut Out Cuff Silver 6. Cut Out Western Ankle Boots

I LOVE this look. I want it all!!! I think the Rose Gold Knitted Dress is just beautiful, although maybe annoying at a festival? I'm not sure. I think it would look really cool over the Denim Shorts and the Strappy Bralette. It would be fairly comfortable and shouldn't get too hot. And you could always take the dress off and pop it in your bag if you had one big enough. I love the Multi Layered Statement Necklace and the Chevron Cuff as a way to really give your outfit some some extra awesome. I really like mixed metal outfits and I feel like rose gold and silver really compliment each other well.

Like I said in the ASOS Outfit post, I do not wear sandals to festivals so I love the look of these Western Ankle Boots. They have some little cut outs so they shouldn't get too hot! And the silver details match the jewellery.

Left to right: 1. Oversized Studs Drawstring Bag Black 2. Suedette Roll Top Clutch Pink 3. Oversized Chain Trim Bag Black
I could not decide on which bag I would chose for this outfit. The Oversized Studs Drawstring Backpack is definitely my favourite in terms of the way it looks but I think it would be really impractical for a festival as essentially it doesn't close properly. I don't think you would want to keep your valuables in the bag either as someone could easily just reach in and grab them. But the shorts have pockets so you could keep valuables in pockets instead and just use the bag for like water and bits and bobs. The Suedette Roll Top Clutch would be a super fun way to add a pop of colour into the outfit and brighten it up, but I'm kinda all about those neutrals so I'm not sure it would be my favourite. The Oversized Chain Trim Backpack is slightly more practical with the addition of the flap on top. It's still really cute but I don't think it's as cute as the other backpack. I still think I would chose the first bag but it's so hard to chose!!!

What bag would you chose?
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Antipodes - Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

Antipodes - Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream - $52.99/60ml

Hello Lovelies, 

I bought this back when I got the Skincare Goodie Bag and I've been using it every night since. It's nothing absolutely crazily, life changing but I really, really like it. I had been hearing really good things about this but it is rather pricey. It was 20% off at the time I bought this (and I think it is at Priceline currently as well), so, I thought I would just go for it. Antipodes is a science based company from New Zealand that uses 100% natural ingredients with 70-95% of these being certified organic. They are also vegetarian approved and only test on humans! They also use recyclable packaging. All in all I really believe in their company and their ethos. 

The website describes the Avocado Night Cream as: 
"Nature's anti-ageing by night, beautiful skin by day! There's no better way to resurrect your skin than with the superior restorative qualities of 100% pure avocado oil. This facial night cream also features calendula oil from marigold petals, highly regarded throughout history for its healing and repairing properties. Active manuka honey soothes and moistens your skin, while potent antioxidant Vinanza Grape helps neutralise free radical damage."

It definitely feels moisturising and nourishing but it isn't super heavy. I find that the formula sinks in really fast and doesn't linger or feel tacky as well. If my skin is feeling pretty dry in the morning or if I have done a clearing face mask then I will use this in the morning as a boost as well. I find my make up will still apply fine over it too. I agree that it's quite a soothing night cream, it always feels really nice to apply. I've really been enjoying using this and probably would repurchase.

What's your favourite night cream?
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Festival Focus - Fashion Outfit from ASOS

Hello Lovelies!

This is the first Festival Focused post that you'll see from me. I'm just so excited to plan my outfit but I'm still so far from knowing what I want! So when I wanted to research festival outfits, my first point of call was ASOS. Sometimes I find ASOS a little overwhelming when there isn't something that I am specifically after, so I headed straight to their Exit Festival edit.

Left to right, top to bottom: 1. ASOS Halter Playsuit with Mono Scallop Embellishment 2. ASOS Premium Embellished All Over Crown Headband 3. ASOS Open Arrow Leaf Arm Cuff 4. Marc B Half Moon Across Body Bag with Tassel Detail 5. Adidas Originals ZX Grey and Pink Trainers

Most of the clothes are a little too "Festival" for me, I know how that sounds but it was a lot of very hippy/70's influenced clothes and quite loud prints which is just not me. I have a basic, neutral toned style. I used to play more with prints and colours but I find these days I'm settled into what patterns and colours I like. But I saw this ASOS Halter Playsuit and fell in love. I knew that this was going to be my feature item of this outfit. I love that it's black and white, I love the cut and I think it's such a fun piece! Now I'm not sure how comfortable it would be, and seeing as I'm rather large busted, I don't know how well this would work on me. But as this is just for ideas, I wanted to run with it.

I decided to pair it with some basic silver jewellery in the form of the ASOS Premium Embellished All Over Crown Headband and the ASOS Open Arrow Leaf Arm Cuff. As the dress is so heavily embellished I wouldn't want to be overloaded with jewellery. The Crown Headband would be stunning over some messy beachy waves or a voluminous, messy braid.

It's a bit of an odd choice and I wouldn't be sure of it until I tried it but I love wearing sneakers to festivals as they are SO COMFORTABLE. I cannot stand wearing sandals at these kind of events, your feet get so uncomfortable and dirty and the risk of a strap breaking is so high. So I chose these Adidas Originals ZX Grey and Pink Trainers. They're cute and shouldn't show up too much muck. To set of the trainers, I thought I'd go with the Marc B Across Body Bag as its a similar pink and adds a  bit of colour to my otherwise monochrome outfit.

Let me know what you think of my outfit choice! and what shoes do you wear to festivals and why?
Thanks for reading!

Festival Focused!

Sooooooo, I'm going to have a theme running until the end of November. The Stereosonic line up was announced on Wednesday this week. The Hubby and I went last year and we already knew we were going again this year. For me I am so excited to buy a new outfit, plan my makeup and practise different hair styles. For Hubby, he doesn't care and is just worried about planning what artists we see. So I wanted to bring you along on my journey to find my festival look. Stereosonic is on the 29th November and you can see the line up for yourself here.

I'll be posting an extra post each week over the next few months (hopefully I don't run out of content!) as part of this Festival Focus. I will be showing a range of different content from outfits to lookbooks to wishlists to tips and so on. I'd love for everybody to get involved so please leave comments or emails telling me what you want to see or what tips you have from your own experiences!

To kickstart this running theme I thought that I'd share some photos from last year!

Jamie and I had so much fun last year!! It was over two days last year where as this year is only over one. I loved the artists we saw and a few of my favourites were Nervo, Steve Aoki, Skrillex and Will Sparks. I'm so excited for this year and I can't wait to share it all with you!

Thanks for Reading!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Nuxe Paris - Rêve de Miel Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

Nuxe Paris - Rêve de Miel Baume Levres Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm - $19.99/15g

This. Is. Amazing.

I almost feel like leaving this review there but I probably should elaborate. I don't love the way this feels on the lips as its super thick and moisturising. However, that's a good thing, as I use this as part of my night time skin routine. It's not a lip balm I would keep in my bag and use as a top up during the day, though you could if you suffered from severely dry lips. This is also a pretty expensive lip balm at $20 but I definitely think it's worth it. I have not had any issues with dry lips since purchasing this (unless I forget to use it!) and I was getting pretty bad dry lips over this winter.

It's supposed to smell like Grapefruit, Lemon and Honey however I don't notice too much of a scent. It's completely paraben free and contains extremely nourishing ingredients such as Honey, Shea Butter and Plant Oils. Super nourishing and its long lasting, I can say, hand on my heart that I have woken up in the morning still feeling this on my lips.

Honestly, I will be using this for a long time to come and will recommend it to everyone!
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

How I Cheer Myself Up! 11 things that make me happy.

Hello Lovelies,

Probably TMI, but I recently got the Implanon (the birth control implant) out of my arm and already I can feel my hormones raging out of control which means I've been getting super moody and emotional. Because of this, I have had some really bad days where I feel like nothing will ever go right and life is awful. So, I wanted to write a little post about the 11 things that cheer me up when I'm down.

1. My Husband
The number one thing that cheers me up when I'm down is a cuddle from my amazing husband Jamie. He always tries to just make me laugh and look after me and help me feel better. He's just such a silly, happy person that it's hard not to be cheered up by him.

2. My Cat
Tessa is the cutest cat in the world, and even though she's not the most cuddly or friendly cat, it's just so reassuring to have her around and get even the quickest of cuddles from her.

3. A Hot Drink
I feel like theres nothing more reassuring than having a coffee or tea or chai latte in hand. Supposedly having a hot drink in your hand mimics having someone hold your hand because of the warmth and that's why it's so calming.

4. Youtube
I love plopping down on the couch and just watching some of my fav youtubers. I only watch positive people so it's so nice having such happy, positive people "talking" to you. It's also helpful to see them have their own moments, as you realise it's not just you who struggles sometimes. The Saccone-Joly's never fail to make me feel better!

5. Cooking
I love to cook and I enjoy experimenting with new recipes. Some days I just can't be bothered but I find it relaxing to just get stuck into preparing something delicious. I think as well that having a nutritious and healthy meal can also help make me feel better as I know I've done something beneficial for myself.

6. Playing with my Makeup
If I am staying in I will pretty much never put on makeup, but sometimes it's fun to just try something new, or try out a look I'm unsure about and just experiment. Otherwise if I do have to go out and I'm just feeling grumpy I'll try to get ready as early as I can so I can just sit down as spend as long as I want playing around with my makeup.

7. Colouring In
This is fairly new one to me but it's so calming and relaxing to just colour in and let loose some creative juices. You can find some beautiful adult colouring books in a lot of different bookshops these days!

8. Blogging
I love just sitting down and distracting myself with writing a blog post. I love being able to focus on something that I love and feel passionate about and stop focusing on the things that I'm feeling unhappy about.

9. Exercise
I have gotten to the point in my life that I love to take a walk, or do yoga, or go for a swim or any kind of exercise. And I find it really lets off any frustration and helps to give you back some energy.

10. Taking Myself Out
If I'm feeling quite overwhelmed, I love to just take myself out to a coffee shop or for breakfast. I take either my laptop or my kindle or whatever and just relax. I love to people watch and just not have to deal with anyone.

11. Chatting to a Bestie
Now, a lot of the time when I'm being a cranky pants, I just want to be alone. Sometimes though you just need a rant. Having a chat to a bestie is always fun and you'll usually end up having a laugh or chatting away about other interests anyway and before you know it your feeling much better.

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys are all feeling happy!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

My 3 Favourite Face Brushes!

Hi Lovelies! 

I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite brushes. I have quite a few brushes, not as many as most beauty obsessed women, but these are the three I would pick if you made me choose. Now, I'm going to point this out here that this is not in order. I can't choose, my brushes are my baby children, so don't make me (it was hard enough choosing three!).  Also, I'm sorry I didn't wash the brushes first. 

The Real Techniques Blush Brush is one of favourites because it's great for blush (surprise!) but honestly, this picks up so much product in like one swipe. I just have to dip my brush in my blush a couple times, dab on my cheeks and boom, so much pigment. Then all you have to do is remove excess product and blend it out. Lovely. It's so nice and dense and soft!

One of my cheaper brushes could almost peak as my absolute favourite and that's the EcoTools Large Powder Brush. It's potentially my favourite because I use it for so many different things. I use it for powder, contour, bronzer, sometimes blush and blending! I would recommend this brush to anyone.

Third in the post is another Real Techiques brush and this time it's the Buffing Brush from the Core Collection. The whole Core Collection is really good and I use all four brushes fairly regularly. I love the buffing brush as I find it does make my makeup look really flawless. However, if you're brush isn't clean it doesn't do a great job. So you do have to clean it regularly, or have a few in turn!

Thanks for reading!