Monday, October 5, 2015

September Lifestyle Favourites

I have a feeling that this is the first time you would have seen a lifestyle favourites on my blog, but I figured that since I love watching them on YouTube it made sense to share my own favourites with you all. The majority ended up being beverages but overall it highlights how chilled (read:boring) my life really is outside of the beauty realm!
writing with my new Kikki K pen // sunny spring days // my planner and favourite pen // my library stack
Kikki K Pen
This pen makes writing about 80% more enjoyable for me, and for that it's a definite lifestyle favourite this month! I hate how it smudges when you highlight over it but the glide is so addictive and I've just seen that they possible have this pen in a Christmas design - be still my heart! I wrote with it to show you what it looks like above and then snapped it sitting on my 2015 Personal Planner* which I'm also loving at the moment!

Sunny Spring Days
My mood has definitely been elevated since the nice weather took hold of Melbourne - it's still light when Mister and I return home from work and we've been enjoying sitting out in the backyard enjoying the sunshine as we wind down from the day.

My Library Card
I'm back on the library bandwagon in the biggest way, and am really enjoying stacking my shelves high with books I don't have to pay for! I've been scrolling through Goodreads stealing recommendations from people I admire and I've also joined the fabulous Look At All These Books book club!
Madame Flavour Mint Choc Rooibos // Jarrah Coconut Hot Choc // Moccona Hint of Caramel // Garlic Prawns with Chicken & Leek Risotto
Madame Flavour Tea Treats - Mint Choc Rooibos
I can't imagine finding a tea that tastes better than this one - it's sweet enough to replace dessert without being overwhelming, it's the perfect mix of choc and mint in tea form, and it makes me happy each night when I drink it in bed reading a book!

Jarrah Coconut Hot Chocolate
I'm definitely not a big hot chocolate fan, but my sister in law gave me a few sachets of this to try and now I'm hooked! I've tried to work coconut into my drinks in the past and always failed, and this was the exact taste I was trying to replicate! Now I just have to convince Jarrah not to EVER discontinue this...

Moccona with a Hint of Caramel
Yet another hot drink - it's clear where my obsession lies, isn't it? This is what I have each morning with sugar and a splash of milk and it's my favourite - sometimes I even choose it over a proper takeaway coffee, and that is saying something!

Garlic Prawns with Chicken & Leek Risotto
I fell into a routine with my dinners through September but this was the clear favourite with juicy prawns sitting on top of creamy and moreish risotto - a definite treat meal that Mister and I really enjoy.
What were your lifestyle favourites in September?
Any hot drink recommendations for me? I'm seriously obsessed!
Emma x

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Beauty Favourites

September passed me by quite quickly this year, and it may be cliche to say but I really cannot believe it's already October! Even though we're enjoying the first nice bursts of spring weather here in Australia I'm absolutely loving all the fall videos on YouTube and am dreaming about Bath & Body Works opening in Australia (not long now!) so I can load up on pumpkin spice errrthang! I wasn't sure if I had enough to post a favourites this month but when I looked around I realised I had a stack to talk about, so here we go!

Skincare was a major thing for me this month - not only am I lusting over Paula's Choice skincare and all of the luxe brands I want to try out at Mecca, I needed to dive into my own under-sink stash to save my skin this month! I'm not sure what I reacted to but my face broke out in a major way - cystic acne and small whiteheads on my chin and cheeks, which was painful and put me in a grump. I reached for my Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel and it's a strong one, which suited my situation perfectly. Team that with my beloved La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and my skin is finally getting back to normal.
I'm so surprised whenever I meet someone who doesn't own a Travalo perfume atomiser...seriously, they are amazing! Mine is filled with Vivienne Westwood's Flirty Alice* at the moment (blog post here if you want to read the notes!) and I love freshening up during the work day with a quick spray. Something I've been spraying on liberally at home is the Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Fine Fragrance Mist that I bought in Hawaii - it's a must for any vanilla lover out there, I really hope they bring this one out in Australia as it would be a best seller for sure.
I had my fringe trimmed so wore it down for the majority of the month, and Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo was a life saver to fluff it up and stop it from separating. I've also begun using the new Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam for Soft Waves. I've so far only used this on dry locks (the directions are to use it damp but I'm a rebel, ha!) but love how soft yet subtly defined my wavy hair becomes when I use it. I'm also rather enamoured by the packaging and colour of this stuff, and bought another piece from the range that I'm currently testing alongside this, so I might have to report back.
I had a few stressed out/lazy eyeshadow-free days this month which is so unlike me, but on the days I was my usual self I busted out my Clinique Neutral Territory 2 Palette which is so beautifully blendable that it takes my breath away each and every time I use it! It does all the hard work for you and the colours are so stunning, it makes me want to invest in more Clinique makeup to be honest. I'm also still loving the Glastonberry shadow single from the new essence Love & Sound Collection that I posted about here and used in this makeup look. For a bit of glamour I've turned to Colourpop's So Quiche which definitely deserves its own post someday - it's grown up glitter done in the best possible way.

Cheeks have stuck to Max Factor's Crème Puff Blush in Nude Mauve despite all the gorgeous blushes staring at me from my drawers, something about it is so effortless and easy to wear and I just can't seem to get enough. I'm currently trying to use up this Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream* since I've had it for quite a while, but I'm definitely going to repurchase this as the pigmentation and finish is even better than some foundations in my drawer (I know right? Madness!) The most recent addition to my makeup drawers is the MAC Vamplify Lipgloss in Anything But Demure* which immediately surpassed any expectations I had for such a pigmented gloss - the colour is divine and it feels so lush on the lips, I'm so impressed by this and I didn't actually think I would like it as much as I do.

I'm really excited for the month ahead, and have a whole lot of exciting things in the pipeline that should make it a great month for me! Mister Bovary and I celebrate our first wedding anniversary at the end of October and have a fun Melbourne staycation planned that I am beyond excited for, so I'm planning to read up on travel packing posts soon to make sure I don't overdo it as I normally would! Feel free to leave links below if you've posted something, or if you've seen a post around that has helped you curb your overpacking habits.

Much love!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Love & Sound - Face of the Day

After sharing the haulage and swatches of the new essence Love & Sound Collection in this post I thought it would be helpful to share a makeup look with you - especially since I've barely had the Glastonberry eyeshadow off my lids since I bought it! The collection is inspired by the festival season and I find that really cute but doesn't fit my interests in the slightest! I'm one of a rare breed who avoids concerts/festivals/gigs and would rather chill at home and watch a concert DVD or a music video channel - having said that, the best concerts I've been to are Nicki Minaj's stadium tour and an intimate gig Katy Perry did in Melbourne before she really became famous. Enough of the rambling, onto the makeup look!

These snaps were from the first wear of Glastonberry after I returned home from shopping with Mumma Bovary, and initially I had a few of the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadows on and just used my finger to press Glastonberry all over the lid. This super simple application has become my favourite way to wear this shade - throw your usual neutral shadows over a primer (I'm currently using the Nars Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base) and then dab on some of this to spice it up! I'm not normally one to use single shadows, I'm much more of a palette kinda gal, but this is one I'm sure I'll put to good use!
I'm sporting my pretty standard makeup look for the rest of this post since it was all applied for a day with my Mumma - my L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation with the matching primer underneath, and a dusting of the essence ombre blush Sunset @ Centre Stage (which is a 'throw it on with anything' kind of colour for me) which I applied over my makeup just to try it out.
Are you a festival lover, or a homebody like me?
What is the best music event you've ever been to?
What box would you tick in a survey about 'interests' - music, movies, reading or playing sports?
-Emma x

Monday, September 14, 2015

essence Love & Sound Collection

On my last shopping jaunt with Mumma Bovary I spotted the new essence Love & Sound collection on the shelves at Priceline - naturally I made grabby hands for a few bits and pieces and thought I'd share what I chose and my initial thoughts on them! Limited edition blushes are a natural choice for the #blushfiend in me, and the unique eyeshadow shades really tempted me as well. I also restocked my favourite daily eyeliner, the essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate as my current one is almost empty.

essence Long Lasting Eyeliner in Hot Chocolate
I've spoken about this eyeliner a whole lot on the blog, and stand by my love for the deep chocolate cream shade - the price tag of around $3 also cements my love for it! I wear it most often smudged into my upper lash line for some subtle definition, and it's something I buy back-ups of regularly in case essence lose their minds and discontinue this amazing eyeliner range.

essence Love & Sound Eyeshadow in Glastonberry
This immediately grabbed my attention and I was quick to throw the last pan into my shopping basket - I was also tempted by the peachy colour, but I'm currently trimming down my makeup collection so didn't feel it was a 'need', just a 'want' so I left it aside. Glastonberry immediately reminds me of Angela from Caffeine Induced, so imagine how weird it was to hop straight onto her blog after the shopping trip to see that she has just bought the shade, too! It's a wearable yet pigmented wine colour with a brown tone to it that just makes my eyes pop - I've been throwing it over a champagne shade everyday since I bought it and it's rocking my world right now. Spoiler alert: it will definitely feature in my next Currently Loving post!

essence Love & Sound Multi-Colour Blush in Sunset @ Centre Stage
Limited edition? Tick. Ombre? Tick. Stunning? TICK! I didn't even think twice about this one, the ombre blush formula from essence is of such high quality for the price tag and the colour seemed a bit different to most of my shade thanks to the plum tones of the first shade section of the pan. I did wonder if it would be similar to my essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heat Wave or Pinky Flow, but I'm happy to report that they are quite different (comparisons are below for you!)
Heat Wave, Sunset @ Centre Stage

Heat Wave, Sunset @ Centre Stage, Pinky Flow

Each shade strip of Sunset @ Centre Stage

Heat Wave individual shades swatched // Sunset @ Centre Stage individual shades swatched

Heat Wave swirled together swatch, Pinky Flow swirled together swatch, Sunset @ Centre Stage swirled together swatch
I'm really pleased with my choices from this collection and think I'll get a lot of wear from them - other than these bits I was only really tempted by the mauve lipstick, but that was sadly sold out. Here is the rest of the collection if you're interested! I think I'm looking forward to the new Brit-Tea collection that should be out at Target any day now a little bit more (it's yet to be released at mine, has it hit yours?)

Later in the week I'll be posting a makeup look using these new Love & Sound products, so look out for that if you're interested!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

*I personally purchased these products. Honesty, always.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Laid Back Sample Project - Update 4

I've got some pretty nice samples waiting in the wings to be trialled, and I'm enjoying this relaxed project even more than I thought I would! It feels so positive to be actually using the products and documenting my thoughts and first impressions - it satisfies the hoarder in me to have a record of things and new stuff keeps the beauty junkie in me alive, too!
Aveda Damage Remedy Conditioner
I managed to squeeze two uses from this sample size, and it really highlighted how ineffective my current hair mask is (that I use as conditioner!) I tend to stick with drugstore hair products but this smelt nice and did a good job of softening my strands, so who knows!

Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Gel
I actually finished this a little while ago (seen in my empties!) but forgot to include it in my sample project! I didn't mind the strong iris scent but there are others from Lush that I prefer so I will stick to buying those.

YSL Shocking Faux Cils Mascara
This mascara is a thing of beauty - I am pretty lucky in the lash department but never has it been more evident than when I'm wearing this bad boy! The downside to this is that I now despise most of my current lash options as they pale in comparison to this...

Estee Lauder Modern Muse
I absolutely adore this scent, and have used up another sample vial of it in the past, too. It's a scent I spray on anytime I pass an Estee Lauder counter, which says to me that I need to pick up a full size in the future!

Previous updates!
Original Project Post
Update 1ft. Versace, Lush, Dior and LaGaia
Update 2 ft. Balenciaga, Biore, Mario Badescu and Missha
Update 3 ft. Benefit, L'Oreal, L'Occitane and Smashbox

Hope you're having a wonderful week so far, sending positive vibes out to all of you for the week ahead!
-Emma x

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rita Ora x Rimmel - Glaston-Berry

I'm quite pleased to see the back of winter here in Melbourne - I'm welcoming spring with open arms and bright poppy red coloured nails! I couldn't stop myself from snapping up this happy coral leaning red shade from the newly released Rita Ora x Rimmel London collection - especially when I caught it at half price from Priceline on my lunch break!

The Glaston-Berry shade is right up my alley - happy and bright but with an edge! I love the formula of these 60 Second Super Shine Rimmel polishes and find them to be really pigmented with a nice wide brush, which I find a lot easier to use than other brands.

I snapped a few of these swatch photos with a Balinese map in the background as I've spent a whole lot of time poring over the travel books my agent gave husband and I have just booked a trip to Bali for early 2016! Our closest friends are getting married there and we can't wait to have a relaxing holiday and explore Bali together.

I definitely give this Rita Ora shade two thumbs up - not only is the bottle adorable and the formula lovely, the shade selection is really fresh and modern, too. I'm tempted to pick up Bestival Blue, Neon Fest and Go Wild-er-ness after seeing this awesome blog post with swatches...

These polishes retail for $7.95/8ml and are available at Chemist Warehouse, Priceline and anywhere else Rimmel is sold!

What do you think of the Glaston-Berry shade?
Where will your next holiday be?
Emma x

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Quick High End Makeup Look

Sometimes I just feel like slapping a whole load of pricey products onto my mug, and on this particular morning it seemed like a good way to trial some of my new press samples while still giving some love to my Chanel sweethearts. I'm really into a hazy purple eye right now, and although Chanel Poesie pulls quite neutral on me I've still been reaching for it every few days. The Joues Contraste Blush 'In Love' has also been getting a bit of a work out around Chez Bovary - it's just a bit different from my standard neutrals so it's been quite refreshing!
I'm still unsure about my feelings towards the Lancôme Miracle Cushion Compact Foundation in Pure Porcelaine* - while I like how cool (literally!) it feels on the skin and the whole cute cushion aspect, it only provides light coverage and I'm a full-coverage girl all the way these days! I'm still trialling it though so should be able to pop up a proper post on it soon. 
I decided to forgo the whole 3 step process of the Bobbi Brown Sunset Pink Lip Trio* from the new Telluride collection and instead just swipe on the pretty lipgloss in Sunset* - a pink coral shade that is my first gloss from the makeup mega house.  I'm in neutral palette heaven at my beauty desk right now with a whole load of new releases staring at me including the neutral Telluride shadow palette, but since Chanel Poesie won out I will have to leave those until next time. So here is the complete quick and easy high end makeup look!
It was a pretty random bunch and next time I wear the Bobbi Brown Sunset Lipgloss I'm going to try pairing it with a pink blush to see if it further enhances the pink tones of the gloss. Everything I wore for this face of the day was perfect for a swipe-on-quickly makeup look, which I like to do on mornings when I've hit the snooze button a few times too many!
What is the nicest high end lipgloss you've ever tried?
Are you a fan of high end makeup products, or do you stick to the drugstore when it comes to beauty?

*Products provided for consideration. Honesty, always!
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