Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Top 5 November Beauty Favourites

I thought I'd share with you guys my top 5 beauty favourites that I'm currently loving for the month of November. Here they are in no particular order:

1. Lush Buche De Noel facial cleanser 

I ran out of Angels on Bare Skin, and decided to give the Limited Edition Christmas cleanser a go. It's scrubbier than Angel and still manages to make my skin baby smooth.
The marzipan scent can be a little overpowering for some though.

2. Maybelline Dream Matte Powder 

I love this powder for shine control. It's so translucent that I've found that getting a slightly too light or too dark shade in this doesn't matter, as the colour doesn't really show up. 
It's a great little compact that I carry around in my handbag that I use for touchups during the day. 

3. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

Even though it's Spring in the southern hemisphere, I just discovered this shade and I love how versatile it is. You can apply a thin layer for a light berry-stained look, or you can build it up for a deep and sophisticated look. I know I'll be reaching for this in Autumn/fall and Winter time.

4. Skin 79 Triple Functions Orange BB Cream 

I much prefer this to Skin 79's pink BB cream. This one is much thicker and covers my blemishes better, it matched my skin tone perfectly, and doesn't make me look oily like the pink one does! Not to mention it's SPF 50, which is incredible. 

5. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Ivory

Lately my skin has been breaking out a lot, and I love how easy this concealer is to blend on the skin to cover blemishes. It's also one of my favourite concealers for covering dark circles - and it's one of my cheaper concealers, I got mine for $4 NZ. 

There you have it, those are my top 5 for November. I can't believe that Christmas is coming up in a few weeks and 2012 is nearly over. The weather is warming up nicely over here and it's looking to be a pretty warm Christmas :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Winter Clothes Wants

Winter Clothes Wants

Winter is undeniably here in Kanazawa and trying to keep warm is currently my obsession. I have finally purchased an oil radiator heater for my poorly insulated apartment and I have been living in my bedroom coming out only to eat, shower and use the toilet. I sound like a bit of a crazy person...but I swear I went out a couple of times throughout the weekend! 

So here's a few things which I would like to be wearing right now, and that I have my beady little eye on. You have to excuse my sudden love for Ugg boots. I have forever detested them because of their ugly look, and my hatred for them grew especially after seeing girls wearing them outside with their PJ bottoms, or short denim shorts (even though it's minus a bajillion degrees outside!). But after having been gifted a pair, I have to say, winter is definitely easier to bear with them on. I have a knock-off pair at home, but my real pair of Uggs still reside in NZ, so I'm going to have to plead to someone to ship them over to me. They're warm, comfy and I feel like a bit of a cave woman when I wear them, but I think they're here to stay.

Sweaters I can't get enough of, and I wear at least 3 other things underneath mine, and it hasn't even started snowing yet!

I am currently freaking out because I still do not own a proper winter jacket, and have been living in my leather one, the poor thing has gotten wet one too many time in this horrid constant rainy weather. So I have been scouring eBay and TradeMe for The North Face and Kathmandu jackets. Dear gods of winter, please be kind to me! I am yet also to purchase a pair of proper boots for winter.

And I have been living in my one scarf for the last month and a half. That sounds filthy. I really need to buy more scarfs.

Dear friends of the hellishly cold atmosphere, how do you keep yourself warm, and what winter warmers are you desiring? Any tips for keeping warm in a badly insulated apartment?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

7 Beauty Sins

So I'm probably jumping aboard this bandwagon far too late, but this beauty blog inspired me to do the following post! Seemed like a bit of fun, so let's get into it!

1. GREED - What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your more expensive?

This actually took a bit of pondering, unfortunately in NZ we are not blessed with cheap drugstore make-up. Even our low end crappy make-up that nobody should be buying is STILL expensive. So I would have to say my most inexpensive beauty item is a blusher I bought for NZD$3 from a store that imports things from Japan. It was a really pretty peachy colour, and the pigmentation was intense!
My most expensive beauty item is was definitely my GHD hair straightener. At the time I purchased it, I believe I payed close to NZD$300! Man! That's a lot of money!

GHD Hair Straightener

2. WRATH - What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I have a pretty big love/hate relationship with bronzers. When I bought my first ever bronzer (it was a LE Mac), I thought the colour was exactly right for me, and that reason I looked a bit orange was because I just wasn't applying it right. After a while I finally came to terms with the fact that my face wasn't ever an orange colour, though sometimes I tended to look a bit yellow-y, and I finally sold off the bronzer to some other lucky girl. Since then I've purchased NARS' Laguna bronzer and Chanel's Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base. Both are amazing products, but in unskilled hands such as mine, the rest can turn out horrible. I am yet to learn how to make the products look amazing on me. 

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

3. GLUTTONY - What are your most delicious beauty products?

I have been in love with the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream for the last 4 years. It's the most refreshing scent, and it just lingers, so you don't even have to wear perfume because you smell like the moisturiser the whole day! It is definitely one of my most delicious beauty products. My other super scrummy beauty product would have to be Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter, which I discovered this summer. I absolutely adore it, I even have the shower gel. Such a wonderful fruity, rose type of scent!

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops
Korres Japanese Rose Body Butter

4. SLOTH - What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness? 

I actually neglect a lot of my beauty products due to laziness. But the ones I neglect the most would have to be: foundation, night cream, eye cream and lipsticks. I just cannot be bothered doing my make-up in the morning because I'd rather sleep in longer and have to do everything in a rush. Obviously this doesn't leave much room for my beauty routine, so I usually only manage a swipe of the mascara and a sweep of blush, and maybe some highlighter. Lazyyyyy!
It's frustrating that I'm not a morning person because I'd love to make myself look good like the other beauty guru's out there. I really would love to be able to put on eyeshadow in the morning, and make sure my hair is tamed and beautiful. Alas, my nature does not allow it and I am always left looking a little bedraggled and unkempt. I like to pretend that I'm just too wild to be tamed, which explains the nature of my appearance.

5. PRIDE - What beauty products give you the most self confidence? 

Lash extensions, perfume and fake tan! I was obsessed with getting my lash extensions done for a while. I used to receive so many compliments from people about them, they really made my eyes pop out, and I always felt so good because even if I didn't wear make-up I knew that part of my face people most looked at was looking good.
Whenever I wear a nice perfume, I feel a little bit more put together, and depending on the perfume, I feel more sophisticated, pretty, etc.
And getting some colour on me does wonders, I wish I could afford to fake tan all the time! Or just be magically tan for the rest of my life...
Fake Tan...(or Real Tan)

Eyelash Extensions


Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume

6. LUST - What attributes do you find the most attractive in the opposite sex?

Intelligence, a sense of humour, being confident and productive, being gentle and kind.

7. ENVY - What item would you most like to receive as a gift?

How realistic are we being here? Because if we're talking on a big scale, I'd really like a beautiful platinum diamond ring that came with a beautiful house somewhere warm, and a good income :P
But if we're talking real, I would really like a new hair straightener! My old GHD finally gave out after 5 years.

House By The Sea
Karmin Hair Straightener

Hope you all enjoyed reading about my beauty sins! I would love to hear what your ones are, or if you've done the following tag, link me to your blog so I can have a squiz at your answers! :)