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First Date Survival Guide

I had a date the other night...first date, first time meeting him; the whole shebang. I've been out of the dating world for what seems like ages, so of course I was running around like a chicken without a head freaking out.

So as I dip my toes into the vast ocean that is dating, I decided to take you along with me...and I'll share some tips along the way.

Makeup...


Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

I know, I know this palette is nothing new and it's already been talked about...but I figured since the opinions on this particular palette are so polarised that it wouldn't hurt to give my thoughts on it.


Let's take a look shall we...

Budget Buys: Wet N Wild Purty Persimmon 970

This could quite possibly be one of the world's most affordable lipsticks...

Tom Ford Nude Dip Palette Dupes

Long story short. I've been searching (obsessing) over Tom Ford's Nude Dip palette for nearly two months.  I'm on 5 wait lists and placed an order only to receive an email a week later for a refund because it's no longer available. One of the sales men literally laughed and said "Oh hunny, sorry to break your heart, but I think it's time for you to move onto something else"....seriously...just talking about it is getting me worked up. Let it go Lindsey....let it go.

If you want to torture yourself and see the Nude Dip palette in all it's glory (and maybe weep a little) you can find swatches of it here.

Anway, me being the ever so slightly bitter betty that I am (first world problems, I tell ya)  I've rummaged through my makeup collection to find duplicates that I think will make you say "Tom Ford... Tom Ford who?"


30 Day Yoga Challenge

I know this has nothing to do with beauty but humour me here. Let's take a moment to be honest with ourselves...how many times a week do you spend exercising/stretching? If you're anything like me I've got the exercising down(ish) but stretching...what is stretching? I do little...to no stretching at all which I can completely feel throughout my body.

Not only did I want to get stretching regularly, I also wanted a great workout which brought me to yoga. I've done yoga before and I love it, but I didn't want to sign up for a membership and completely flake out and not use it.

(got this mat from Target...love!)

Cyber Window Shopping Vol. 1

Cyber Window Shopping 1


I don't know about you but I am a huge internet window shopper. I can spend hours browsing the web and I don't know there is something very satisfying about putting things in your "shopping cart" even though you have no intention of actually buying them at that moment. I can't be the only one on this right? 

August Favourites 2014

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week. I just started class this week, so it's been a little stressful/overwhelming getting back into the swing of things...but it's the good kind of stress.

With the whole moving process I limited myself to one makeup bag that I would take with me and then I was going to ship the rest. So this is going to be a combination of "what's in my travel makeup bag/August favourites"...let's get into the products...

Review: Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner

I am back! I've finally semi-settled in (a.k.a got my internet set up) and I'm able to get things rolling again. So, to ease ourselves back into this I thought I'd have a little chat about a hair product...


When it comes to hair styling products I won't change my routine to save my life, however shampoo and conditioner are a whole other story. Loyalty is not in my vocabulary when it comes to them and I stray, toss things aside and constantly dabble in new things...until now. 

Quiet Space

I know it's been rather quiet in this little nook of the internet as of late, so I felt like giving a little update. I'm currently in the process of moving across the country and things have been a little hectic to say the least haha...but I've been missing blogging and didn't want this space to sit and collect dust.


Basically, my entire life fits into a mixture of eleven small/medium moving boxes. At first as I was packing up my things I thought I was doing relatively well in terms of keeping things to a "minimum", but come moving them to the post office and sweating my a** off, I realised that no, eleven boxes is ridiculous for one human being...but here I am waiting for everything to arrive in one piece (finger crossed) so I can unpack and get my life together and situated. 

Review: Colleen Rothschild Skincare


You can always tell when companies attempt to enter the blogger/youtube beauty community because   it seems as if everyone and their mother begins talking about the same brand and the same products all at the same time. That's what I felt happened with Colleen Rothschild's line...which I'm not complaining because it obviously sparked my interest enough to buy a few bits. 
  

1. Radiant Cleansing Balm: I want to start off by saying I've never tried a cleansing balm and I'm a bit of a noob. The scent is lovely...a bit cinnamon-y mixed with that traditional herbal spa scent. The texture is similar to softened butter and it takes a bit getting used to...at least for me. As you can see I'm almost done with it and I can't really say I'm a convert. It removes makeup fine and well, I just don't think I'm a cleansing balm type of girl. I also couldn't imagine using this as my only cleanser because I feel like I need to wash my face after this, which makes this a bit pricey to be used as just a makeup remover. 

I probably wouldn't repurchase once I'm through with this but maybe I need to try other balms to having something to compare this to. 


2. Salicylic Treatment Complex: this is put on after you cleanse and before your moisturiser. It's supposed to help with large pores, prevent breakout and oil and smooth the skin...talk about some serious promises. This is something that I'm nearly finished with as well. I like it. I find that it really does smooth the skin and my makeup sits really well on my face when I wear this. I don't really see any added oil control and I still get the odd blemish, but I don't really have problem skin in terms of breakout. 

I probably wouldn't repurchase immediately...I'd wait a bit to see if I really missed it in my routine and then go from there.


3. Retinol Treatment Complex: Oh where to begin with this one. First off, retinol helps with wrinkles, clears pores and is said to brighten the face. This is what dried the life out of my skin and I'm still trying to repair the damage a month later. However, that was purely user error on my half because I didn't ease myself into it..damn eagerness. I think this has great potential to work...I'm just a bit scared to give it another go but I will once my skin doesn't hate me anymore haha. 


4. Dual Enzyme Polish: this is an enzyme exfoliator. This was a sample that came with my order and it's actually a pretty good size. This has a really fine grit to it and exfoliates amazingly...figures this would be my favourite of the four haha. I'd definitely purchase this. 


Overall, this is a solid, well put together and thought out skincare line. I think she has a good selection of products and I would purchase other things from the line that I haven't tried yet. Even though I wouldn't necessarily repurchase everything, it's not because I think it's lacking in quality it's just because it didn't work for me. Also, I wish the pricing was a bit more reasonable because although it's not obscene it's still a bit overpriced to me...but hey, you can't have it all haha.

As always thanks for reading, I know this was a long one and skincare isn't the most exciting thing to read about for some haha. 

I'll see you in my next post!


Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lolita & The Dreamer Palette

Hello! Long time no blog post...I was out of town for the past week and like the brilliant person that I am forgot the cord to upload photos onto my computer *smacks forehead*  -___-

Anyway, I'm back and ready to chat about what I do best...caving into popular products because I'm a sheep and I have no will power. It could be worse, I mean it's just makeup (what I tell myself to oddly I justify things in my head).

Let's talk Marc Jacobs...




First off like everyone does, lets admire the lovely packaging. It's sleek, sturdy and perfect for travel. When the line first released I honestly thought it looked a bit cheap but it feels actually really nice and the whole look has really grown on me. 


This is the well known Style Eye-con No. 7 in The Lolita 206 . I told myself I didn't "need" this and I had no desire to buy this...but I was browsing the Sephora website, as one does, and decided to look through the Marc Jacobs line. I began reading reviews and you know how it goes, one thing lead to another and I ended up buying it later that week.  


Eyeshadow wise this was the only thing I took with me on vacation and all I could think of was "why did it take me so long to jump on this band wagon!?" Shock horror I love another neutral palette. I know there are millions of them out there but there's something about this one that just works. This is your "bright eyed and bushy tailed...I just had the best nights sleep" in an eyeshadow compact. The dark brown and chunky city shadow in the middle aren't the best textures in the world but they are entirely still usable and as for the rest...like buttah. Silky eyeshadow goodness. 

Which lead me to my next purchase...


The Dreamer 212. Of course I managed to find a Sephora while out of town and I picked this up not because I felt that The Lolita was lacking what I needed, but purely because I loved The Lolita so much I felt compelled to buy his newest neutral offering. Am I making any sense yet? No? That's okay. 


As you can probably see this one is much more warmer and perfect for the quickly ending summer months. Unlike The Lolita, there isn't a chunky glittery shade and the dark brown in this palette is insanely smooth and pigmented...actually, all of the shades are for that matter. Texturally speaking, The Dreamer surpasses the other but I find myself reaching for The Lolita every.single.day....but to be fair I only just got this one =]

Overall, I'm impressed...I really didn't think I'd love these as much as I do. You did well Mr. Jacobs...you did well. Now I'm eying his bronzer and I don't even like bronzer all that much...I have some serious problems people. 

See you soon!

Strut Your Stuff

Happy Sunday!

I was thinking of writing the usual sunday post and then realised that I haven't really done much the last week to warrant a one...I know, exciting life I lead. So, I decided to keep it short and sweet and talk about whats on my nails at the moment.


It seems like everyone is buzzing over the new Essie summer collection and I can understand why. After umming and awing over three colours for what seemed about 20 minutes I went with Strut Your Stuff. Only walking away with one!? Talk about will power *pats self on back*. 


Okay, so it's not the most sophisticated of colours but hey, it's summer after all and this would make a great poolside colour. To me this is the epitome of "smurf" blue and I was actually kind of shaking my head while applying it....having a bit of a "what was I thinking" kind of moment. However, now that it's on I do really like it. It was easy to apply and opaque in two coats which is always a good thing. 


Have you guys checked out the collection? If so, what do you think? Also, if anyone knows of a good topcoat please let me know because my Seche Vite is dying quickly and I can't really be bothered to buy the separate mix to salvage the half bottle I have left. 

I hope you're having a great rest of your sunday!


Review: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadow

If my cousin, Stephanie, didn't come into town this purchase probably wouldn't have happened. She loves makeup just as much as the next addict, so the combination is dangerous as you can imagine. Stephanie was going on about how gorgeous the new Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadows  were how she wanted to get her hands on them. So naturally her need turned into my need and I ended up ordering three on blind faith haha...I know makes complete sense.

(L-R) Playa Del Pink, Rio De Rose Gold, Beach Sand

From the name alone I knew these were going to be different from anything that I've used before. They're a liquid metallic eyeshadow that need to be shaken really well before use...and I mean really well. They have a doe foot applicator which makes application easy, but you will either need a separate brush to blend it out or you can always use your finger. I don't find that these crease or fade throughout the day and they set relatively quickly.

(L-R) Playa Del Pink, Rio De Rose Gold, Beach Sand

As to be expected, I picked the three most neutral colours because I am boring and predictable but I can't help myself. The colours are gorgeous and pigmented. Playa Del Pink is a very icy light pink and is the most metallic on the eyes out of the three. I find that since it's so metallic it kind of tends to make the eyes look a little crepey, so just keep that in mind. Rio De Rose Gold is a very warm coppery rose gold and is probably my favourite out of the three. I wish Beach Sand was an actual light bronze but it's a lot darker than it appears in the picture. This would be great for a bronze smokey eye but seeing that I don't typically wear a smokey eye I'll have to figure out how else to make this work. 

Overall, I think these are great and if you're thinking of buying them you won't be disappointed. What are your thoughts on these? Have you tried any of the other colours? They have two really nice jewell toned ones but I'm not brave enough O_o

See you soon!


Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Another day another foundation...I mentioned earlier this week that I've been having trouble with my skin these past couple months and whenever that happens I always go back to mineral foundation. My best friend asked me how I was getting on with Tarte's foundation, so I thought after two weeks of testing it out I was ready to give my thoughts on it.


I've been eyeing Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation for almost a year now but always put it off because I was so happy with my Laura Mercier mineral foundation. Well, that's on it's last leg out and not to mention that the colour match was always just a bit too dark for me, so I decided to go with Tarte this time around. 

This foundation according to Tarte: "Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation delivers flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skintone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this talc-free, moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Available in an array of shades to perfectly complement a wide range of skintones and undertones, this innovative foundation also employs a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time."




First, let's talk about the packaging....I have a love/hate relationship with it. I don't mind the stopper in the cap like most people do but the netting drives me nuts. I have to place my brush over the netting and tip it upside down in order to get product on the brush. I know this isn't that big of a deal but if you don't have a brush that completely covers the circle netting you're going to get powder everywhere. It's a whole hell of a lot cleaner than my other mineral foundations but it's just a bit annoying. 

I did end up buying the brush that goes along with the foundation, even though I'm not particularly a believer in designated brushes for products, but after trying multiple brushes with it I went back for it and it does actually make a difference in application. It's not necessary by any means it just makes things easier. 



I went with the colour light-medium neutral for light to medium skin with yellow and pink undertones. I was a bit hesitant with the yellow and pinbut surprisingly works really well for an NC25(ish?) skin tone. It does oxidise slightly throughout the day but not to the point of being really noticeable. So if you're on the fence between a lighter or darker colour...go with the lighter option. 

As for the foundation itself...I love it. I think it sits beautifully on the skin, looks really natural and gives such a nice glow. I wouldn't say it has full coverage exactly but the coverage that it gives is enough for what I'm looking for. If you have really problem skin then a concealer will definitely be needed. Also, this is not for dry skin. If I don't really moisturise my slightly drier areas then it clings to every little flake but it control shine brilliantly. I applied this at 10am and didn't have to blot my face until around 3.30ish 4pm, which is really good for me, and even then I wasn't really shine just a bit dewy looking. 

My only gripe with this is that it sits oddly on the nose initially and then looks a little funny again toward the end of the day. It's hard to explain because I've never really experienced this before but it's one of those things that only you would see if you were looking in the mirror inspecting your face. The overall wear time is good. I can wear it throughout the day but would definitely need to touch up for a night out. 


 Here's a hammy photo for you to see the foundation in action. As always the photos are taken in natural lighting with no touch ups or filters. What do you think? I really like it and would definitely recommend it for anyone with normal to oily skin. Every time I come back to mineral foundation I always wonder why I ever strayed? I promise to never leave you this long again...well, until something else comes along haha #foundationaddict.

See you soon.

What's in the makeup bag Vol. 1

I hope you're in the mood for a bit of a makeup babble because that's how I'm feeling today...I thought I would go over some of the makeup bits I have been using over the past few weeks.

Here are the goods...


First things first, I've gone back to mineral foundation. I don't know if it's because this is my first year/summer back in Southern California but my skin is going a bit wild. I am so oily yet dry at the same time it's all a bit ridiculous. I can't use liquid foundation because it will just slide right off but I can make the mineral foundation work if I prime the crap out of my face. I love Laura Mercier's Mineral Foundation...it's gorgeous, glowy and ticks all the right boxes. My only problem is that I can't find a proper colour match, which is why I decided to give Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. I think a full review on this is in order...so keep an eye out. 

I'm still hung up on my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. It's that good. Creamy full coverage and works amazingly when paired with the Beauty Blender Sponge.  


Giorgio Armani's Eyes To Kill Mascara is phenomenal. I want it all when it comes to lashes...length and volume. None of this either or nonsense and this delivers. Although, it isn't the greatest at holding a curl but I have elephant lashes that are stubborn as hell, straight and grow downward...so, it could just be me.

IT Cosmetics YBBB Brow Power Skinny Pencil is what I've been using on my brows for the past couple of months. My first venture into brow pencils and I can't complain. My brows are really corse so waxy products just sit on top and look quite fake but this doesn't. This is supposed to be a universal brow product and I can see how thats possible. Depending on how much pressure you apply gives you different colour intensities.  


Can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Shu Uemura eyeshadows are. They are quickly becoming one of my favourite brands and for good reason. I made this palette and every single shadow is silky smooth, buttery and richly pigmented. I highly recommend you try them if you haven't already. 


Like I said earlier, the bareMinerals quad in The Comfort Zone is a great base and I haven't put it down since I bought it. For liner I'm still loving Benefit's They're Real! Push Up Gel Liner...yeah it balls/gathers up a little bit if your not careful but it is so easy to use. 

As for blush I literally had to force myself to put Jouer's Mineral Powder Blush in Peony down...if you purchase just one thing this month make it this one. After I forced myself to venture from peony of course I gravitate toward one of my most loved old favourites...typical. Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Exposed...a browny, rosy neutral that is right up my alley and lasts all day. 


Now let's move onto something that didn't quite float my boat...


IT Cosemtics You're Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ in Medium. No matter how hard I tried I could not make this work. I tried using it with a primer, without a primer, over moisturiser and without a moisturiser. I tried setting it with a translucent powder as well as a mineral foundation (i.e. Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation)...I even tried setting it with setting sprays. Nothing...and I mean nothing worked. 

To me this never properly sets on the skin and it feels tacky throughout the day. When you first apply it it looks nice but that doesn't last. Maybe an hour or two in it's slipping and sliding all over the place and I just end up looking like a hot mess. Also, the colour medium is very pink/peach based and just doesn't work with my skin tone...I end up having to blend it all the way down my neck and chest and lets be real, I can't be bothered. 


I know this was quite the ramble but hey, what can you do? I'm really trying to get out of my usual makeup ruts and actually use the makeup I have. I think I'm going to start clearing out my makeup bag at the end of each month and bring in new things...what do you guys do to get out of a makeup routine? 


One Dress 3 Ways


I kind of have this ridiculous rule while shopping...if I can't envision multiple outfits with the piece in question I won't buy it. Sounds a bit crazy but this really helps me to not impulsively get something and then think "why the hell did I buy this again...?" You know what I'm talking about because we've all done it haha.  I've done it way too many times in the passed, especially with trendy clothing, and then I find myself giving them away. 

I bought this jungle print dress in the Zara sale for $40-ish (bargain) and while trying it on in the fitting room I was immediately thinking of all the ways I could wear it. That's how I knew it was coming home with me. You can pair it with denim and flats/sandals for a casual look or heels with some simple jewellery for something a bit more dressed up or even a black leather jacket with some edgier heels to give the dress a bit of "roughness". Really, the options are endless here folks. 

Now this post isn't to tell you to go out and buy this dress, because it might be a little trickier to find, it's more so to give you different ideas on different ways you can wear a dress...any dress really. One of the many reasons why I love dresses...that and the fact you don't have to wear pants haha. So comfortable.  

I hope you're all having a great weekend and I'll see you tomorrow with another weekly round up =]

Wink-Love & Neon

So, I'm having a bit of a moment...slightly tacky flats and obnoxiously bright nails are speaking to my soul right now...and I'm loving it.


Lets talk about the shoes. I've never given so little thought into a purchase before in my life. The moment my sister pointed them out it was as if I had tunnel vision and all I could see were these flats. Yes, yes I know they may be a wee bit on the tacky side and you know what? I love that about them. Instant love...it runs deep people. Yes, we are still talking about shoes. Maybe it's because I grew up in the world of old school emoticons and texting that I find these so appealing...who knows. Anyway, they are the Wink-Love flats by Jeffery Campbell. They are ridiculously soft and comfortable although the backs need a little breaking in...Oh and they run true to size. 


On the nails is China Glaze Pool Party. Now I just got my nails done today and as you can see I was feeling all sorts of edgy with this colour. This is neon...I'm talking highlighter neon. This colour isn't for the faint of heart. Honestly, the photo doesn't do it justice. I don't know if this polish was just ridiculously old and on it's last leg or if it was supposed to be matte, but it was matte. I hate matte nails, so I added an extra coat of Seche Vite when I got home. This is a definite purchase for me. By the way...this looks awesome on the toes as well.


What are some things you're loving this week? As always thanks for reading and stopping by =] 


Bareminerals Rave

I don't know about you but I could not be bothered to use any type of loose eyeshadow/pigment...makeup klutz + messy pigments = disaster waiting to happen, which is why I never used bareMinerals products. Well they came out with a Ready line (pressed eyeshadows, blush, bronzer and foundation) and I've finally got around to trying a few. 

Onto the eyeshadow palettes...



First is The Comfort Zone palette...I know what you're thinking "...what the heck is the point of this?!" I realise that this is filled with four light neutrals that you can't exactly make a complete look with. That's not the point of this though. It's meant to be your base shades for any look you want to create and really helps in the blending department. Basically, this is my "I just got 8 hours of sleep" palette...it brightens and widens your eyes like no ones business. You get a light pink, light golden yellow, light peach and a light grey. You can get this either at Bareesceuntals.com or QVC.com.

(L-R) Aaah, Solace, Enjoy, Tranquil

This duo I've had my eye on for quite some time. The Top Shelf palette is one of those grab and go type of products that gives your eyes a bit of a glow. The two colours go absolutely perfect together and I don't really find that I need to grab for other colours. 

(L-R) Mixologist, Cognac


Lastly, The Nude Beach palette. This was such an impulse buy and I probably could have done without it. The colours aren't extraordinarily different from each other, but being the neutral fiend that I am, I do like and will use it. Since the colours are all pretty similar in depth I think you would need to use other colours from your collection to get a look with some dimension, but if you want one and done washes of colour this would be a good one to take a look at. 


Top row (L-R) Tan Lines, Nude Beach, Bare Skin, Pure

Bottom row (L-R) In The Buff, Natural, Santorini, Skinny Dip

To wrap things up the quality of bareMinerals eyeshadows are really top-notch. They are buttery, smooth and pigmented. The colour combinations are so wearable and I would buy others in the collection. I definitely recommend if your in market for some great neutrals. 

What's your experience with their Ready eyeshadow line? Do you have any favourites or recommendations? 
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