current makeup routine summer
current makeup routine summer
current makeup routine summer

We’re smack bang in the middle of a heat wave, and while I’m melting at the thought of having anything more than eyeliner and a bit of mascara on my face right now, I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been reaching for most days as of late.

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to base. In the summertime, I always, always reach for the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser; this is so lightweight and I love the way that it looks on my skin. I like to apply this with a flat top kabuki brush from Sigma, it’s just a perfect match (and their brushes are so soft!).

I tend to find myself getting a lot of redness around my nose – eczema that I just can’t seem to beat – so for those days when it’s really flared up, I’ll apply a bit of concealer to help mask the redness. I absolutely love the Urban Decay concealer but most days I’ll reach for one from Rimmel, either the Perfect Match or the Wake me Up concealer, applied with a tapered brush from Real Techniques. To set that down I’ll use the it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder, which is just one of the most incredibly mattifying setting powders I’ve ever come across.

When it comes to brows, there’s really only one product that’s been doing it for me lately, when I want a bold brow; the Precisely My Brow Pencil from Benefit. I went to a Benefit breakfast a few months back and felt inspired to pick this up after having a little play around with their products, and honestly, I haven’t looked back since. I used to be all over the Anastasia Brow Wiz but personally I think that this is – dare I say it… – much better, and it’s taken out the top spot as my currently holy grail brown product.

Eyes are definitely my favourite part of my makeup routine, and I seldom will leave the house without eyeliner on. I’ve been reaching for two eyeshadow palettes a lot lately – the Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay palette (limited edition, unfortunately!), and the MAC palette I put together when I was in New York. For eyeliner, I’ve been using my Tom Ford Eye Definer pen, which while it isn’t my favourite, I’ve come around to it a lot more than when I first picked it up. Given I tend to get quite oily eyelids, a good mascara that doesn’t smudge (and that isn’t waterproof) is a must for me. Lately, this has been the L’Oreal false lash wings mascara which truly makes your lashes look like no other.

Peachy cheeks are a must for me in the summer time, it just seems to go hand in hand with a good tan, and my go to is from NARS, their blush in the shade Gina. This is matte, has incredible colour pay off, and blends really beautifully on the skin. When I want something a little more glowy, I’ll reach for my Milani blush in the shade Luminous. And to highlight, I’ve been loving the Photoready Highlighting Stick from Revlon – this is such a pretty pink-toned pearlescent highlight, and it is so easy to apply. I’ll always pick a cream highlight over a powder one any day, and this is no exception.

I don’t always wear lipstick, and when I do, I usually like to go bold with a bright red. But, a formula that I have been absolutely loving since my wedding are the Lip Pops from Clinique. I have the shade Beige Pop which is the perfect cool-toned MLBB shade, and one that is really easy to apply (and forget about, and then re-apply). While I can safely say that I don’t really need any more lipsticks, I’d love to add a few more Lip Pops to my vanity come the new year…

What are your current makeup essentials? x

eve lom rescue mask oil free moisturiser review emma hardie moringa cleansing balm
eve lom rescue mask oil free moisturiser review emma hardie moringa cleansing balm

My skincare routine has been all over the place this year, and I’m finally at a point where I’m starting to find a little balance. I think it’s only natural that as you get older, you’ll find yourself focusing more on investing in skincare (rather than buying the cheapest cleanser at Priceline that you can track down!), and this has never been more of a truism for me than it is now. Now that I’ve finally managed to get myself into a routine, I thought I’d share some of the beauty products which are currently sitting on my top shelf.

The Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm has been holy grail of mine for some time now, but it’s just a little bit pricey, and given how much Luke loves this too, we tend to go through a tub so quickly. My skin never looks better than when I’m using this, so I don’t hesitate to use this daily. It took me a while to come around to cleansing oils, but I love how nourishing this feels, while leaving my feeling fresh and clean. Definitely on the repurchase list again, already.

My skin has been pretty congested lately, which I think I can put down mostly to indulging a little bit more than usual over the festive season. It had been a long while since I’d run out of my Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask, and I was on the lookout for something new, that would combat these mini breakouts and also help to calm my skin. I’ve only had a chance to use it a few times, but I’ve been absolutely loving the Eve Lom Rescue Mask so far; the redness on my face is visibly reduced after use and and overall my skin felt cleaner and brighter. It’s a clay-based mask with some pretty effective ingredients including honey (which helps to moisturise!), ground almonds (to gently exfoliate), and my favourite, camphor, which helps to cool the skin and draw out toxins.

It gets pretty hot in Sydney during the summer time – particularly when we’re in the middle of a heat wave aka right this minute – so I try to avoid putting any heavy or thick moisturisers on my face during those warmer months. I stumbled across the Eve Lom Rescue Oil Free Moisturiser and haven’t looked back since – this is ultra lightweight on the skin, and is perfect if you have oily or combination skin like my own.

What’s on your top shelf?

new in beauty review
new in beauty review

It’s been a while since I talked beauty around here, so I wanted to some of the new bits and pieces that I’ve picked up lately. Before we dive right into it I wanted to quickly mention that Everlane is shipping internationally for an entire month! I’m eying up a couple pieces from their new cashmere range, and a poplin dress that’ll be perfect for the weather we’ve been having lately. Also worth mentioning is that Shopbop currently have a surprise sale with 40% off selected ranges. This top has my name written all over it!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation; I’ve been eying this up for the longest time, ever since I first started watching Viviannadoesmakeup on YouTube, and I finally decided to take the plunge when picking out my wedding day makeup. This has been everything I’d hoped, and then some. On me, I find it to be a light to medium coverage, that builds well and looks flawless on the skin. It’s definitely on the pricey side but probably one of my favourite new beauty purchases I’ve made this year.

Clinique Lip Pop in Beige Pop; this was another wedding-related purchase, and one that I’ve been so chuffed with that I’m tempted to hightail it back to the Clinique counter and pick up the rest of the shades in the range. It’s a ‘my lips but better’ kind of shade, with a smooth creamy texture that feels moisturizing on the lips. I also couldn’t go past the packaging – it’s just so cute!

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen; I feel like I’ve heard the beauty world rave about this liquid eyeliner, so I bit the bullet and splurged just to see what all the fuss is about. I wear liquid liner daily, so I’m always on the hunt for the perfect liquid liner – my HG – and this just isn’t it. The packaging is sleek and luxurious looking, the dual ends is genius, and it’s very easy to use, but the formula doesn’t last all day on my lids and that’s a deal breaker for me. Safe to say this won’t be a repurchase but given the hefty price tag, I’ll definitely be using this one up.

Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask; I have been dying to get my hands on the Glossier range all year, and I was treated to this moisturizing mask by one of my girlfriends, Rena (she has a great beauty blog here that you should check out!). I’ve only used this a couple of times so far so the jury is still out but I like the thick and emollient texture, and I’ve found my skin feels baby soft after I’ve washed this off.

Diptyque Baies Interior Spray; I really don’t think that there’s anything more luxurious to scent your home with than an interior spray from Diptyque. This was an incredibly generous wedding gift (again, from Rena – she has great taste!) and one that I’ve been loving using! One spray is all you need for a regular sized room and the scent hangs in the air for hours after.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu & Merengue; I’m a huge fan of NYX lip products (I do love their soft matte lip creams!) so when I spotted these at Priceline, I wanted to pick up a couple more. These have a slightly sticky formula but nothing too offensive, they’re semi sheer, and smell like cake batter.

Kate Moss for Rimmel Contour Kit; This has been out for the longest time, but I’d put off getting it as swatched on the back of my hand, I found the formula far too glittery for my liking. Turns out I was pretty quick to judge, as it blends beautifully into the skin with little to no detectable glitter. This isn’t as pigmented as other contour kits I’ve used which I actually like as it allows you to build up the colour to the level that you like, rather than being surprised. The blush, contour and highlight all work for me, and I love the convenience of having all three in one little compact.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner; as I mentioned earlier, I’m always in hunt of a decent eyeliner and for something that’ll set you back less than a week’s worth of coffee, this is pretty good. It’s very black, stays put for most of the day, and the stiff felt tip applicator is perfect for creating that sharp winged eyeliner look.

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara; I picked this up on a whim from Style Korean and it’s turned out to be one of the best, and most surprising new beauty additions to my vanity this year. I have oily eyelids and long lashes so for the most part, I find that mascaras tend to smudge along my brow bone. With this mascara, I get none of that. I grabbed the volume version and this adds a lot of fibres which latch on to your lashes, and make them look a lot fuller, and given it didn’t budge even a millimeter on wedding day, I think I’m on to a winner with this one.

Missa Magic Cushion SPF50; Cushion foundations have truly been having a moment so again, while browsing Style Korean, I figured this was affordable enough that it was worth trying. I managing to get lucky on the shade selection, and I have to say I quite like the application of this (I use a sponge of my own), and it’s a nice alternative to some of my other foundations. Oh and did I mention it’s SPF 50?

Innisfree Squeeze Masks in Pomegranate and Kiwi; Finally, I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin and what better way to do that than with a sheet mask? Luke always has a bit of a laugh whenever he spies me with one of these draped over my face, but I feel like it’s such an intensive moisturising treatment, and one that I like to do at least once a week.

packing for an overnight trip caileur
packing for an overnight trip caileur

If there’s one thing that is pretty much guaranteed, regardless of how long I’m travelling for, it’s that a quirky pair of flats will find their way into my suitcase. Wardrobe typically follows suit of some denim, a striped top, a sweater or cardigan in case in gets a little chilly, and my favourite midi skirt. Three years of capsule wardrobes have essentially taught me the fundamentals when it comes to packing.

Beauty on the other hand, is another story. The drawers of my vanity are bursting with some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes – I can never pick just one – and the shelf on my bathroom seems to have more facial cleansers than I can count. So when it comes to a short overnighter, or two-night stay away, I’m often at a little bit of a loss as to where to start, particularly where my skincare routine is involved.

With our wedding fast approaching, I decided to let Caileur do some of the work for me, and take the guesswork out of what I need to bring. My travel kit included a pack of Cleanse by Lauren Napier facial wipes, a Malin + Goetz facial moisturiser, a shower gel from Diptyque, and a toothbrush and toothpaste set from Marvis. The travel kit I ended up with (which all come in TSA approved sizes) has me only needing to add in a cleanser (in a pinch I’ll usually grab my Biore charcoal cleanser) and a toner (I’ve been following up my skincare routine with the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant).

So I guess the only thing left to do is narrow down the shoes. Two pairs or three?

Charlotte Olympia for MAC lipstick
Charlotte Olympia for MAC lipstick

My love for the red lip seems to have no limits, which would explain why in the last two months alone, I’ve found myself with at least six new red lipsticks. While the collection is no longer available, I managed to snag the trio of lipsticks from Charlotte Olympia’s recent collaboration with MAC after spotting that they were on sale at Nordstrom. Though I’m of the belief that there’s no such thing as too many red lippies – and of course that no two are the same – if I somehow manage to misplace every other red lipstick I know, I know that this trio will have all my bases covered. From Leading Lady Red which is a blue-based all rounder, to Starlet Scarlett which is a fun bright red with an orange undertone, and Retro Rouge which is the vampiest of the three, it’s little surprise that I’m having a little trouble settling on a favourite!