Everyday beauty

every day beauty routine makeup

With most days seeing the barometer hit the low thirties (which is nothing to scoff at – trust me!) I’ve taken to stripping my daily beauty routine back a notch.

Tropical weather and humidity aren’t exactly kind, and aside from wondering what a good hair day actually looks like, I’ve been dialing down the number of cream and liquid-based products I use. Any kind of base has gone out the window – I opt for a more fresh-faced look, as my foundations are unlikely to last past morning tea. Instead, I’ve been starting with a small amount of bronzer brushed around the frame of my face, focusing on the temples just to give me a bit of glow. I’m yet to find a new matte bronzer that I like so I mainly switch it up between the Essence Matte Bronzing Powder (in brunette) and the contour shade from Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow. Occasionally, I’ll tap a little of the highlight shade on the tops of my cheekbones to add a bit of glow and dimension – too many mattifying products on the skin can make you look a little bit flat!

For the cheeks, I’m loving a subtle pink flush, and have been reaching for Clinique’s Cheek Pop in ‘Pink Pop’ most days. It’s a sheer formula that needs to be built up, making it perfect for beginners, or those who are trying to avoid going overboard.

My go to eyeshadow palette has been the Tarte Tartelette palette. Twelve matte shadows ranging from peach to beige to plum to chocolate, it’s an all-rounder that can take you from day to night. The shadows are quite pigmented, and build up really nicely on the skin – my favourite way to wear it is with Supermom dusted all over the lid, and Natural Beauty and Best Friend in the outer corner to create a bit of shadow and definition to the socket.

I’ve been switching between liquid and pencil liner, although my favourite is still hands down the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner. This stuff does not budge, and is a cinch to apply. For lashes, I’ve been trying out a deluxe sample from Chantecaille, and have been loving it so much that I’m probably going to nab the full size once it runs out. It’s the Faux Cils mascara; it really lengthens and separates your lashes (no clumping, at all!) and dries down incredibly quickly. I’m usually a one coat kind of girl but I put on a second coat of the Faux Cils, to add a little bit of extra length.

I am still yet to pick up a new Brow Wiz from Anastasia Beverley Hills, so I’ve been making do with either my Eye Pencil from MAC in ‘Coffee’ to fill them in lightly, or Rimmel’s Brow This Way in ‘Medium Brown’ for a more subtle take.

Lipstick hasn’t been one of my top priorities, to tell the truth, instead I’ve been opting for a swipe of Nuxe Reve De Miel before I head out the door. On the days where I’ve decided to make a little bit of extra effort, I’ll throw Charlotte Tilbury in ‘Penelope Pink’ or Stoned Rose in my bag to apply on the go.

January Beauty & Fashion Favourites 2016

january beauty and fashion favourites

Seeing the last month flash by has felt a little bittersweet; how is it February already? Without going so far as to impose a full on shopping ban, there haven’t been many new purchases passing through the doors of my closet or the drawers of my vanity, instead, I’ve been ‘shopping’ my stash.

For make up, I’ve been absolutely loving Tarte’s ‘Tartelette’ palette this past month. It’s completely matte which makes it perfect for every day, it has a great selection of 12 shades ranging from light to dark, and the shadows themselves are quite pigmented (if not a little powdery). Brush wise, I’m completely smitten with Karen Walker’s first foray into beauty; her collaboration with Sephora. I was lucky enough to nab my brush set from the Wellington boutique, although there’s still a few going on the Sephora website, and at a discount too! These are extremely soft to the touch, pick up product really well, and not to mention they look extremely luxurious on your vanity. For those wondering, I haven’t really had any issues with shedding yet.

Then when it comes to lips, I’ve been l-o-v-i-n-g NARS’s lip gloss in the shade ‘priscilla’, dabbed onto the lips to add a subtle flash rather than a full on neon bright as the tube would suggest. This is so moisturizing and comfortable on the lips, and doesn’t have that sticky tackiness that lip glosses often have. My other favourite has been Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in the shade Penelope Pink – it’s a really lovely blush nude with brown undertones, and the formula is as creamy as anything.

When it comes to fashion, I’ve been starting to get a lot of wear out of my ryan muscle tank from Everlane, which I’d long relegated to the back of my closet for being too sheer. I tend to wear this with a nude bralette underneath and find that it isn’t too noticeable. It’s ended up being the perfect antidote to Sydney’s balmy hot weather which is what has had me reaching for it when I’m at a loss for what to wear. I’ve also been throwing on my merchant shorts from Karen Walker at least once a week (as worn here); I love a good high waisted short, and the frayed edges and slightly bell bottom legs has made these a winner for me. Finally, I’ve been keeping it pretty minimal with my accessories this past month, wearing a simple pair of earrings, my engagement ring, and more often than not, my chrysanthemum necklace from Karen Walker. This was a gift from my uncle for my 21st and I love it just as much now, as when he gave it to me.

I’d love to know, what have your favourites been in January?

Karen Walker X Sephora

karen walker sephora collaboration cosmetics beauty

Karen Walker x Sephora brush set, Karen Walker x Sephora compact mirror

Given this was announced back in July of last year, I’m a little late to the game, but after finally getting my paws on Karen Walker’s *recent* collaboration with Sephora, I just had to share. It’s a perfect combination of my newfound love of beauty, with one of my first loves; Karen Walker – sartorially speaking, that is. For those of you who are feel otherwise inclined where mail forwarding is involved (Sephora is a tricky one), limited stocks of each are available from Karen Walker boutiques in New Zealand.

I was very lucky to be gifted the compact by my future in-laws (proof that those who know me, know me well!), and nabbed the brush set via their Wellington boutique, where I still make 90% of my Karen Walker purchases, for those curious.

So… let’s get onto the goods. The brush set comes with a powder brush, a large angled foundation brush (which I’ll be using for contouring), an angled blush brush, a shadow brush, a crease brush, and an angled liner brush – pretty much everything that you need to create most makeup looks. Aside from being poorly packaged (the brushes in mine had all tumbled out of their holder by the time they arrived), everything about the set screams luxury, from the sleek tortoiseshell pattern to the 24 carat gold plated filigree design. As beautiful as they are, they feel almost too special to use, particularly given that make up brushes don’t have a ‘forever’ shelf life, but the fact that the brushes are incredibly soft to the touch and pick up product very nicely, I can’t complain. And if anything else, these are utterly, divinely, and completely display-worthy.

And while I’ve had a Chanel compact on my wishlist for a while now, I’ve yet to see anything as eye catching Karen’s take, and have been enjoying whipping this out of my bag when touching up my lipstick. It’s a weighty piece, but the solid construction, cute arrow detail, and matching leather case have made this a must in my everyday handbag! x

Rimmel Match Perfection

rimmel match perfection foundation review

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 102 Light Natural*

It’s mostly been too hot this summer to warrant wearing much on my face aside from the requisite liquid eyeliner and a dash of mascara, but for those days when we’ve had a slight respite from the heat, there’s just one thing that I’ve been buffing into my skin; Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation. I picked this up in the shade 102 Light Natural, which looks a little dark in the bottle but lightens up as it blends out onto the skin.

It takes a lot to get me to step away from my bread and butter routine using my HG tinted moisturiser (NARS… of course!), but this foundation works all kinds of skin perfecting miracles that it’s become my go-to for when I want just a little bit more coverage. It has that absolutely flawless finish which looks just. like. skin, only better.

So, let’s get into the nitty gritty details… The foundation comes in a glass bottle – which is not ideal if you’re like me and prone to dropping well.. absolutely everything – and has a pre-attached pump for dispersing the product.

The formula is more on the liquid-y side of the scale, so it’s best applied dotted around the face and then buffed in vigorously to ensure an even finish. It has a medium level of coverage, which can be built up, but honestly, I think this defeats any skin-perfecting elements that it already has. As I mentioned before, the foundation comes out a little darker than it actually applies, and I’ve yet to notice any oxidisation as the day has wore on in the last couple months of using it. The wear time is pretty good, although I would consider re-applying if I was going out somewhere nice in the evening as it does tend to slide off a little (although that might just be me or the 30+ degree heat we’ve been having). Oh, and I should probably mention that the shade selection is also pretty decent – as has been my usual experience with Rimmel.

For the girl who a little over 12 months ago had never used a foundation, let alone had an understanding of what a ‘highlight’ was, I’ve definitely come a long way, and Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation is sitting quite high up the list of my favourite base products (along with more recently, the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation !!).

If you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel, then do keep an eye out as I’m doing a round up of all my favourite beauty products of 2015, followed by all of my fashion favourites. I’ve been running into a few technical difficulties with the upload (let’s hope that the fifth time truly is a charm) so fingers crossed I can share that with you soon.

The five blushes on my Summer radar…

spring summer blushes review swatches

Over the last couple of months, chances are, if I’m wearing blush, it’s been one of these five beauties, which have got me covered across everything from a natural flush to a peachy glow across my cheeks.

I tend to shy away from anything with even a hint of glitter when it comes to blush (NARS Deep Throat is Admittedly, my standard go-to quite often ends up being the blush from Aerin, as it’s so easy to throw on when you’re on the go. But, with summer literally round the corner, I’ve been enjoying wearing a swipe of something with a bit of pop, and nothing screams golden glow and summer sunsets at the beach like a subtle hint of neon.

spring summer blushes review swatches

From l to r: Aerin Multicolor for lips and cheeks in 01 Natural, Milani rose powder blush in 01 Romantic Rose, Clinique Cheek Pop in 12 Pink Pop, NARS blush in Gina, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

So in no particular order, these are the blushes I am loving… right now.

Aerin Multicolor for lips and cheeks; cream products are often touted as being more difficult to work with than powder, but that definitely hasn’t been my experience with this blush from Aerin. Plus, I love the fact hat it doubles as a lipstick making it the perfect compact for on the go. I have this in the shade 01 Natural, which is a medium brown toned dusky nude shade that comes off as very natural in appearance once on the cheeks.

Milani Rose Powder Blush; I’ll admit it, I bought this one purely for the packaging – the rose pressed into the product looked too pretty to pass up. I have this in a couple of different shades, but my favourite is by far 01 Romantic Rose; a true dusty rose. This comes off slightly pinker on the cheeks than the Aerin blush I mentioned above.

Clinique Cheek Pop; I’d heard a lot about these blushes after they launched, so I took the plunge with a Nordstrom order a few months back and grabbed this in the shade 12 Pink Pop. As a very bright and almost neon-hued pink, this certainly isn’t a shade I would normally reach for. The product comes off quite sheer upon application, so it adds more of a subtle flush to the cheeks rather than an obnoxiously neon strip (there’s definitely a thing as too much blush.

NARS Powder Blush; going into your local Mecca (kind of like Australia and New Zealand’s answer to Sephora) is always going to be dangerous, but even more so when you’re getting your make up done there. During my last make up application, the MUA applied this blush in Gina to my cheeks and I was absolutely smitten. It’s a bright sherbet orange and just screams summer in a pan.

Milani Baked Blush; after hearing Kathleen Lights wax lyrical about how good this blush was, I snapped it up in the shade Luminoso, which true to her word, adds a gorgeous J-Lo glow to the cheeks. I’m looking forward to reaching for this a lot more once I’ve gotten a little bit of a tan.

And there may be a sixth to add into the mix – I’m pretty certain Becca can do no wrong.

What blushes are you going to be reaching for this summer? x