Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Favourites

My November was tumultuous, blessed and almost devoid of makeup. It allowed me some time and space to gain perspective, entrench myself in real life and appreciate other things. Since my last monthly favourites post I've endured exams, picked up reading again and begun my journey to a healthier lifestyle. So much has happened in the past few weeks that it feels like the year's longest month yet. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pyramids of Terracotta

I regretted not getting this a couple of weeks ago but thankfully amid the ravaged NYX stand, I could find a NYX Powder Blush in Terra Cotta. It's described as a 'rose gold' shade, and an alleged dupe of MAC's limited edition Mineralize Skinfinish in So Ceylon and comparable to NARS Luster though I think Luster may be a touch less apricot with a more refined shimmer.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rosapene By Day, By Night

I've never ventured into Trilogy territory, and I've always dismissed it as a brand in the vein of Sukin, but its comparatively pricier offerings never enticed me. It wasn't until I ran out of rose hip oil a couple of months ago that I decided to try their version. When I saw the Limited Edition Rosapene Day & Night Collection which costs $35.95, but is supposedly valued at $69.95. First impressions: I like the packaging. A lot.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Most Worn Things | Spring

I'm bringing all the old tag blog posts back- I wanted to recount a few of my favourite things from the past few months and this tag is the perfect way to do it. With spring fading away and summer heating things up, there's no better way to sum up the star products and pieces of spring months (and the previous two seasons) because they really are the better part of the year.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Gold, Silver, Bronze

Switzerland got it right with the neutral standing- you can't go wrong with golden bronze flecked with metallic frost. 

The MaxFactor Wild Shadow Pencil 2-in-1 Gel Shadow + Liner in 05 Caramel Rage is something I purchased with my upcoming trip to China in mind. I like the idea of cream eyeshadow sticks and though I've tried and liked the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Sticks I wanted something in a shade I am likelier to wear. Though truthfully I bought it for no reason other than the fact that it was on sale. I don't think it suits me all that much; it's probably best paired with a warmer shade, the way Lena did.

The L'Oreal Colour Infallible shadow in 021 Sahara Treasure is a product that I've persistently refused to buy for almost a year now, but when I saw it in Target for $4 I was sold. I have one Colour Infallible shadow in Tender Caramel and I rate the formula very highly- it's fiercely metallic, pigmented, smooth and just a little bit spongy to touch. Unfortunately I don't think this shade wholly agrees with my skin tone either. These two products are an underwhelming pair.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Almost Halfway

I can't believe the 2013 University year is over! I'm almost halfway through my Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning and time is flying by. I sometimes reconsider my choice and whether I made the right decision. Law/journalism and hospitality were on the cards but I'm finding this field of human geography, urban planning and development extremely interesting and incredibly applicable. Whether this interest can be sustained remains to be seen.

Gluten-free brownie with sizzling chocolate ganache sauce, macadamia praline and vanilla ice cream at work. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Makeup Audit

The 'How Much Does My Face Cost?' tag did the rounds this time last year, and I thought that it was a simple, easy yet purposeful type of post. List the products used for a face of makeup and do the maths- how much did it cost you?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Spring Culling

The satisfying feel of finishing products is matched only by the 'eureka!' moment when you find something that works spectacularly for you. This post recounts products which I've finished up and includes things that I'm finally throwing out because they're veritable elders in my collection and it's time to retire them. I've loved some and neglected some- amassing the empty packaging for this post was the effort of a few months. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Skincare Routine: PM

I'm pretty happy with where my skin's currently at, and I posted about my morning skincare routine a couple of months ago. I'm still using most of the same products, and thought I'd better finish what I started and get the evening skincare routine blog post up as well. I have combination skin- dry cheeks prone to uneven tone and oily t-zone- that is acne-prone and pigmentation-prone.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Glazed Over

There's been a lot of buzz about NYX rolling into Target stores around Australia so when I found myself in the city after an exam I paid the stand a visit. The NYX Australia Facebook page has enough information about which branches and this blog post helpfully includes photographs of the stand, which products are available and how much they cost. I've only tried their Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp so this kerfuffle is exciting indeed.

After swatching every blush at the stand and being tempted by Terra Cotta and its gorgeous rose-gold goodness, I decided that I didn't need any more blushers, lipsticks or eye pencils but couldn't walk away empty-handed so I chose a Butter Gloss in Tiramisu.