July 19, 2014

SUNDAY SMILES #11


This week has gone by so quickly I really don't know where the time has gone! The past week I have really enjoyed starting my new job and getting settled into the early morning routine (no, no that's a lie- I still hate early mornings, but I enjoy feeling accomplished at midday by everything I have already done that day). I also joined the gym this week- that is a whole other store for another day, but we will see how that goes, thankfully one of my best friends is going to join me in tackling Bikram Yoga… it'll be interesting that's for sure. Then this weekend has really been a whole lot of nothing which is exactly what I needed- I had lunch with friends, cleaned the house, did the laundry and am getting myself psyched for another week of early mornings and uncomfortable business attire (I wish business attire meant uggboots and trackies…). Although to end on a bang, here is a little list of happy things that've kept me going this week:

 Fresh Flowers
Apple Crumble and Ice-cream 
Watching Vampire Diaries 
Glasshouse Vanilla Candle 
Bath time 
Bright nail polish  
Getting the hang of my new job (slowly but surely) 
Red Wine 
Fresh Bed Sheets. 


What's been making you happy lately?




July 12, 2014

SANTORINI PHOTO DIARY


Arriving at the beautiful Island, I was delighted (and a bit nervous) to do the thing I had heard so much about - donkey rides up the mountain! I honestly thought it would be a 'Sisters of the Travelling Pants' movie moment but it really wasn't, it was all very touristy but I still enjoyed it. My donkey and I bonded over his very feisty temperament (much like mine) and the highlight was the moment he decided half way up the mountain that he wanted to go back, so he turned around and started going back down the hill past my group. Wonderful - it really was 5 Euros well spent.


The sea really is as blue, and the buildings as beautiful, as you see in all the movies/advertisements/photos of this place. We caught a bus up to the top of Santorini to Oia (warningapparently the Greek definition of 'full capacity' is how ever many people can fit onto a bus with the doors closed. not necessarily the most comfortable 45 minute bus ride of my life, but hey, you do what you can do right?) and a little walk later we found ourselves looking out over this beautiful cliff! Every corner of the island really looks so picturesque it's crazy!

So naturally we took some sneaky couple shots ;)
Then it was finally time for some food! This restaurant wasn't too pricey but the view from the restaurant is insane and the food is absolutely delicious. My belly was very very happy afterwards! 
 The Yellow Donkey is a traditional Greek beer (and although this wasn't mine) I just loved the sticker on the bottle as it reminded me of my little donkey trudging up the mountain earlier that day! 
 This was delicious - it was almost like a Greek version of brushetta but on really crunchy dry bread and feta on top. Mmmhmm! It makes me hungry just thinking about it! 
 Note: the sign on the bottom right of this picture… rent a cat? Interesting. 
 There are certainly plenty and plenty of stairs and walking to do around the island but every corner of Santorini is beautiful and the view definitely helped me keep going when I started to feel tired (and very hot thanks to the jeans I was wearing that day- bad choice Emily, bad choice!). 


 After some more walking and taking those touristy shots we decided to head back into town for some ice cream to cool us down! 
 note: the post it note on the bottom left hand corner of the picture- how friendly! 

Honestly the best way to finish up such a wonderful day on the island, I definitely want to go back there again sometime and explore more areas but it definitely whet my appetite and gave me an idea of what the whole place is like. 

Have you been to Santorini? 

What did you think?

July 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY WISH LIST: OFFICE ATTIRE

Watch: ASOS
Earrings: Witchery
Shirt: Sportsgirl
Bag: Witchery
Lipstick: BeautyBay
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Portmans
Even though its cold at the moment (which makes sense because we are currently in the middle of Winter here in Australia) the weather has been beyond beautiful recently! For the past two weeks the sky has been clear blue and the sun is out doing its darn hardest to keep us warm (even though it is still pretty cold for us right now, around 15°-20°C during the day). Regardless, all this wonderful weather is a bit lost when you spend your days working in an office but have no fear these little items are sure to pop a bit of pastel/spring themed inspiration back into your wardrobe keeping us going until Spring time. 

My absolute favourite piece is the Olivia Burton watch, it is such a classic and timely piece I have had my eyes on her watched for ages and ages and ages but just haven't been able to commit yet. I will let you know if I ever go ahead with it - she has so many different styles to choose from if you do feel inclined go check them out here.

What are your favourite items at the moment to keep you going through the colder months? 

Speak Soon!  

July 4, 2014

FRIDAY FIVE: TOP FOUNDATIONS



Dear You, 

There is something satisfying about buying a foundation, getting home unpacking and putting it on your skin the next morning to find it actually is the right colour match for you. I feel we should have a communal sigh right now because lets face it, you know its happened to you. It's either too fair/dark/orange-toned/pink-toned or a combination, but somehow in the shop under that sneaky fluorescent lighting it matched (I swear it did!). But don't even get me start on the drugstore/high street foundations where you may as well close your eyes and point to any colour because when they don't have testers (or they do and they are empty) it just isn't going to happen… at least to me anyway! So when the colour is right for you, everything feels better. Unfortunately for a lot of these foundations, although my absolute favourite at the moment were not the right colour for me and thus got thrown in the 'give up on that foundation' pile until recently when I made amends, got the right colour and WOW… boy, was I missing out.  I really believe having a great foundation that provides an even complexion makes everything else you apply on your face look better. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen here are my top foundations!   

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation $45.00 

This foundation is a pleasure to wear day in and day out because of its lightweight and dewy finish on the skin. I usually wear it in the warmer months when I try and pull off that "Oh yes, my skin IS naturally flawless and dewy! and no, I can't possible be lying!" look. It is such a pleasure to wear I often forget I have anything on my face although it is water based so it needs a good shake before every application. 
Tip: if you have normal/dry skin with little blemishes and enjoy your foundation having a fruity scent you will love this 
This is a serum based foundation that glides on effortlessly and melts into the skin creating a uniform complexion with a semi-matte finish. It would be light to medium coverage foundation but it really does give you a revitalised 'healthy' glow. Alternatively, if you want a lighter coverage but the same healthy glow, you could opt for  which is lighter in consistency and gives a dewy finish to the skin rather than a matte finish like the other one. Ultimately I can not rave enough about either of them, just try it and you can thank me later! 
Tip: if you like NARS Sheer Glow, this foundation is right up your alley (and a much cheaper dupe) 
The first time I was colour matched for this foundation the lady at the counter mixed up the bottles resulting in me going home to a colour that was far too orange, and my skin is usually far too white, so as you can imagine it ended in a disaster. Fair enough to say the bottle was given to my friend who has a darker skin tone ("waste not, want not!") and I was left $50 short, until I was able to try a tester years later and well, it was love. Ultimately this foundation is a real hit for anyone with oily or break our prone skin because it lasts all day, even on oily skin. I have normal-dry skin but I still loved it though so I feel like if you can get a tester, I would recommend checking it out. It has medium coverage and can be built up on blemishes or areas of discolouration and lasts on my skin all day without having to powder, although I usually wear Sunday Riley's Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer underneath which certainly helps. 
Tip: If you have oily skin and a medium coverage that lasts 6+ hours without needing to blot, you will love this! 


What is your favourite foundation? I am always on the hunt for new discoveries! 

Speak soon

June 20, 2014

HOW TO: OMBRE LIP

Lipstick is my favourite way to not only transform an otherwise bland outfit, but recently I have really enjoyed experimenting with different colours, shades and styles which is when I came across this tutorial from Boohoo HQ Makeup Artist, Ruth. I thought I would run through a step by step approach as to how I go about trying to create this look if you wanted a more in-depth tutorial- keep reading! 







Step 1:  Prepare, Prepare and Prepare. 
Start by exfoliating your lips with a gentle exfoliate, my favourite is the Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush. Alternatively, you can make a homemade scrub by mixing baking soda and water together and applying it on your lips with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rub in a circular motion and then rinse thoroughly. Finish the whole process by moisturising your lips with one of your favourite lip balms, mine is Lucas Paw Paw ointment which is cheap and always has amazing results on my lips. Then get comfortable while you wait for the balm to really soak in before moving onto the next step! 

Step 2: Get those lips in line. 
Line the lips with a darker lip pencil going inward until you reach the centre of the lips. By using  a pencil as the first layer of colour, it allows definition and resistance throughout the day- woohoo!. If the line isn't perfect don't worry because we will be blending the colours in later and can fix areas with a cotton wool point.  Apply the first layer of colour using a darker lip pencil (this allows definition in the lips). 

Step 3: Ombre time! 
Apply a lighter shade of lipstick to the centre of your lips using a lip brush to ensure precision and not to ruin the colour. Gently blend both colours where they meet until you reach the desired ombre effect. 

Ombre lips is a really fun way to spice up your makeup, and the best part is you can tone it down to a wearable subtle daytime look, or use brighter shades for a dramatic evening look- its all up to you! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, if you want to have a look my other favourite boohoo tutorial at the moment (which is all about creating the perfect textured ponytail), check that out here and let me know what you think!