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Thursday, 11 February 2016

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Lipstick.

So I was wandering the aisles of Priceline recently, looking for something to perk me up, and I stumbled across something on the L'Oréal stand, that I'd never seen before. Hadn't heard any bloggers talk about, hadn't stumbled across it on the website, nothing.

That product was the Infallible Matte Lipstick.  This product is a matte lip product like none I've ever seen before. The best way I can describe it, is as an eyeshadow for your lips. You untwist the end to reveal a sponge applicator with a powder-like product on it, you then swipe it on your lips, and voila, matte lip colour. The application is really simple, and non-messy, and the product is quite pigmented. The lasting power is pretty good too, I ate and drank, and it still stayed on. Some of the colour was removed from the middle of my mouth, but you get that with most lip products, so I wasn't overly fussed about that.

I chose the colour 004 - Oops I Pink It Again, which is a pink-toned red. The range has seven or eight shades that range from fairly neutral, to as bright as purple! So there's something for everyone.

Have you tried these? What else is new that I should give a go?

Beth. x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Elizabeth & James Nirvana White

As you would've seen in this post, I had my first in-store experience at Sephora in Melbourne recently, and things got #spendy.  One of the things I purchased was the Elizabeth & James Nirvana White perfume in the tiny roller ball form.  Well, it turns out I adored the perfume so much, I had to go back to get the full size.

The packaging of this perfume is so sleek and beautiful, and the smell is absolutely beautiful. It has notes of Peony, musk, and muguet. For me, it smells more rosy and floral, and is a scent that can be for the day or the evening. It also tends to last all day.

Have you tried any of the Elizabeth & James perfumes - Nirvana White or Black? I've heard that people tend to prefer one or the other, but I definitely prefer the lighter more floral scent of the Nirvana White.

Beth. x

Monday, 25 January 2016

Happy Hottest 100 Day!

It is Australia Day here today, or Hottest 100 Day, the day when Triple J count down the highest voted songs that have been played throughout the year.
So here is what I have voted for, and what I am patiently waiting to hear in the countdown today!

My number one choice for the year is Electric Indigo by The Paper Kites. The vibe of this song is just so calming to me, and I love the harmonies scattered throughout. 

What is your favourite song from the last year?

Beth. x

Thursday, 7 January 2016

What I got for Christmas: 2015.

I was impatiently waiting for Christmas this year, as I was so excited to see the reactions of my loved ones, when they saw all the amazing things I bought them! I was also incredibly spoilt myself, and so I thought I'd share a few of the things I was lucky enough to receive on Christmas Day.

There wasn't a lot that I asked for in particular, I asked for practical things like socks, underwear, and a few items of clothing (which now I have to buy things like that myself, are brilliant gifts!) But apart from that, the rest were completely amazing surprises!

My sister got the Quay Australia 'My Girl' Sunglasses, and I was so jealous of them, and then lo and behold on Christmas Day I had a pair under the tree!
I also received a bluetooth speaker, which I have been using non-stop.
On the make-up front, I got the Chi Chi 'Viva La Diva' Lipstick Collection, which has four amazing shades in it, and ones I wouldn't normally choose myself, which definitely fuel my lipstick addiction. I also received three different perfumes... (Not sure if people are trying to give me a hint or?) I got the Katy Perry 'Purr' perfume, Britney Spears 'Believe' perfume, and Beyonce 'Midnight Heat' perfume. So now I literally have a perfume a day. The fragrances that I received are ones that I wouldn't normally choose for myself, but it's fun to branch out and try new things (to break my 'creature of habit' status!)

A few other bits  I got included both Pitch Perfect movies (with the sing-a-long versions!), Sam Smith's album, some beautiful charms for my Pandora bracelet, and a book of life advice from cats. I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful for all that I've received, and also glad that my family enjoyed their treats from me!

What was your favourite present this Christmas?

Beth. x

P.S. My favourite gift to give this year was to my sister. I got her the Le Grand Chateau eye shadow palettes from Too Faced, and Benefit's Hoola bronzer, which she has wanted for ages.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Some things Psychology students want you to know.

I've just finished my first undergraduate degree. I will have a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences under my belt, with many more years of study to go. However, one thing I have learnt while studying, and also working in retail, is that many people have a lot of preconceptions and stereotypes about what it's like to study psychology.

So hear is a list of things that have come up when I talk to others about what I'm studying at uni.

  1. "Can you read my mind?" ... No. I can't. Repeat, I can not read your mind. Just because I know a little bit about how the brain works, and understand some human behaviour, does not mean I can automatically see into your brain, and understand exactly how it works. Even the most highly trained psychologists and psychiatrists can't read minds... So save that one for the sci-fi movies.
  2. "What condition does (insert name here) have?"  Firstly, one of the most important things we are taught when studying psychology, is that, if we have any ideas about what condition(s) someone we know might have, we are not to diagnose them, because it can create stigmas and make them feel worse, and it might be wrong, and that isn't helpful for anyone. Secondly, even though I now have an undergraduate degree, I am nowhere close to being a psychologist, it takes many more years before you can even start practicing and treating people yourself.
  3. "You should treat me for free!" If you knew how much debt I'm going to be in when I finish university, you would not be asking me to treat you for free, that's for sure.
  4. "Students these days are never at university. You're always on holidays!" Yes, university does have a long break over the summer, but the rest of the time we work hard. And yes, I may only have two or three days at uni a week,  but that doesn't mean I don't do anything in the downtime. Most students I know work numerous jobs, and study a lot (weekly readings, lectures, assignments...), and try to balance other life things, so you telling us that we're lazy, just puts even more pressure on.
  5. "Do you have a real job yet?" You have no idea how much I want to have my qualification already and be working in my dream job, but university takes time. To get into the industry you want, you need a qualification and experience, and that takes a lot of time. So yes, I will still be working at this supermarket for a few years longer to keep myself ticking by.
Being a student isn't all it's cracked up to be! So keep that in mind!

What are the stereotypes that people have of your field?

Beth. x 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Picture: Stuart Milligan Gown: Leiela
As this post is going up on Christmas Day, I thought I'd write a quick message to say Merry Christmas to you all! Thanks for popping by my little space of the internet, and seeing what I'm buying, loving, listening to, and thinking.

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year (apart from the working in retail part... Those of you in retail at this time of year will understand!). But for the most part, I love spoiling my friends and family by choosing gifts that are (hopefully) perfect for them, I love opening the surprises they have for me, I love having a dedicated day to spend with my family, where none of us have to rush off to work, and I especially love belting out my favourite Christmas tunes while watching my favourite TV show of the year, 'Carols By Candlelight,' on Christmas Eve.

So wherever in the world you're reading this, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, and an exciting and successful New Year!

Beth. x

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Super Sephora Spending.

As many of you may know Sephora has just landed in Melbourne! (And online too! And I happened to be in Melbourne the day after it opened, so of course I braved the crowds and had a look. There was literally hundreds of people in the store when I went, which made it not the most enjoyable experience ever, but it is a beautiful store, with so many amazing brands, so I will definitely be going back!

I've been jealous of people who can access Sephora easily for quite a few years now (as materialistic and shallow as that sounds). However, because I've seen so much of what everyone else has bought from Sephora over the years, I knew exactly what I wanted to get!

The main thing I wanted to get was the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01. Every blogger who has been to Sephora has bought this and raved about it, so being the red lip lover that I am, I had to pick it up.  And it lives up to the hype! It's long lasting, non-drying, very pigmented, and cheap too (only $17)! It also smells like vanilla.

The next thing I'd heard a lot about and wanted to get was the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in a purpley plum colour caller Aubergine.  Bite Beauty makes all of it's products with food grade ingredients, which considering we supposedly eat a lot of lipstick in our lives, is probably a good idea!  These are really creamy, an although it wasn't as matte as I would normally like, it still lasts quite a while.

I also picked up the Sephora Pro Brush Flawless Air #56. I haven't used this one yet, but the bristles feel really soft. These brushes were a bit more expensive than I had expected (the one I got was $45), but I've heard they're really good quality.

In the aisle of doom on the way to the checkout (whilst queueing for over half an hour... It was that busy...), I had two impulse buys.
I got the very highly spoken about Elizabeth & James Nirvana White perfume, which is absolutely gorgeous. Elizabeth & James is the Olsen twins perfume brand, and there is a black and white version of Nirvana, with the black one being deeper and stronger smelling.  Nirvana White smells very rosy, and I think it would be perfect for day or night. I will definitely be going to get the full size, next time I'm in store!

And last but not least, I bought the Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer , which is a really good primer, and makes makeup last all day, but is expensive for what it is ($30 for only 15mL).

What have you recently picked up from Sephora? What do I need to try next?

Beth. x