Monday, 20 November 2017

Bloggers Made Me Buy It // Issue 1

Bloggers and Youtuber's are called Influencers for a reason, and here's a pile of beauty products they've managed to convince me to buy (and what I think of them). 

Soap & Glory

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard British bloggers and vloggers talk about Soap & Glory products and how amazing the sugar crush range smells. So of course, when I finally got around to looking through Mecca Cosmetica a few months after it made its way to Wellington I had to pick up some of the range.

I have to say though, I was thoroughly disappointed the way they described the scent was rather off. While the sugar crush Hand Food hand cream does a decent job the scent just wasn’t what I was expecting, I’m not a huge fan of it and there’s heaps of better smelling hand creams on the market that do a similar job. As for The Righteous Butter body cream, I’m not a fan of the scent either but as I’m only using it on my legs I’m not hugely fussed. Probably won’t bother buying them again though, they do the job but there’s heaps of better smelling stuff on the market that do a similar job.

Wet n Wild Illuminating Palette

I’d been considering buying a highlighter for a while but didn’t want to splurge on one of the expensive ones and I rarely saw any cheaper ones that people recommended. Then I saw Angela (AStyleCollector) receive this one on her Instagram Stories and then her good review and the fact that it was only $12 I thought why not.

I only use half of this palette, as the gold and pink strips are way too obvious and I’m not sure who would want a pink strip down their face (I’m sure it would be a nice blush) but the half I do use is nice. As my first highlighter, I don’t really have much to base it on, but as I was using a sparkly whiteish eyeshadow before, this does do a much better job. I feel it’s not amazing but does the job for $12 and I’m not going to bother spending more but something a little bit better.

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

Another thing I picked up from Mecca Cosmetica after everyone raves about it. I swear there are like four mascaras that everyone talks about as their holy grails and this is one of them. I’m rather picky about mascara so I only picked up the mini just in case I wasn’t a fan. I don’t like clumpy mascara, and I don’t like very wet formulas so most of the ones I’ve tried in the past I’ve not liked.

This isn’t for everyday at all, it’s slightly clumpy but not enough that I don’t like it but it’s definitely a weekend and evening mascara for me. I occasionally use it on the outer lashes on top of my usual everyday mascara (Covergirl Clump Crusher) if I’m looking a bit tired, but I don’t think I’ll bother buying the full version, or even the mini again. I much prefer my usual one.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I feel like you're not allowed to be a blogger or a vlogger or anything of the kind unless you've tried and raved about this concealer. I remember when it finally first started being sold here and all us Kiwis went crazy.

It doesn’t cover my undereye circles 100% but it does a good enough job that I continue to buy it and went slightly into mourning when it stopped being sold for over a month and I had to use the Rimmel Wake Me Up that wasn’t half as good. Don’t worry it’s back on sale now and my face has never looked better.

Colourpop Lippie Stix

How could you be on the internet and not hear about how great Colourpop’s makeup is, especially their Lippie Stix. The amount of raving from everyone, not just the big beauty bloggers, I knew I wanted to try them out. I took the plunge on a rare occasion they were having free international delivery and I am kicking myself for not getting more as I haven’t seen a free international delivery offer since.

With everyone raving about them I did have high hopes and frankly I wasn’t disappointed. I have a Matte in Lumière and a Matte X in cami. The cami is definitely my favourite and while I don’t use them in the full opaque way they’re meant to be used as I’m not confident enough for as bold as they go, they definitely have great colour. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Similar to the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, the Lash Sensational is one of the top mascaras always talked about by bloggers and youtubers. Personally the formula is way too wet for me right now so I’ve put it in my drawer to dry out a bit before I try again.

Have you been influenced to buy any of these? What did you think of them?

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Inktober 2017 // Check!

I swear they weren't all Ed Sheeran lyrics...
I decided I would do Inktober on a whim about two days before October started, I’d um’d and ah’d about it for a few days prior but I essentially decided on September 29th that I would do it and because of that I just used the default prompts released by Jake Parker. But instead of just lettering the word (oh yes I decided to do ink lettering each day) I lettered the first song that popped into my head when I read the word. Some of the songs related to the word, some weren’t related but contained the word in a part of the song, and some were just so unrelated I just had that song stuck in my head.

I couldn’t actually remember the last time I picked up my paintbrush and brought out my ink that I thought I really should focus my month on this. I used to do brush letter challenges all the time, although I rarely did them each day instead I sat down 2-4 times a month and cranked out 10ish words at a time. This time, however, I managed it, apart from a few days here and there because I’d travelled to Auckland or Wanganui and had to catch up, I managed to letter each and every day in October. Having not being able to remember the last time I brush lettered I was definitely a little rusty in the beginning, but that’s the good thing about doing something each day — you get better!

I still need a lot more practice before I’ll be back to where I was, and to the point where I’d be happy selling my work but as the little bear Koda in Brother Bear says; I’m on my way!


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Friday, 10 November 2017

Food Around the World (but mainly Auckland, US, and UK)

Churros // Beignets
I saw a similar post over on MarvelSteph’s blog and after making me incredibly hungry I thought I would share some of the food around the world that basically I crave on a daily basis (or whenever I see them on my feeds). I have had a few of these before but most I’ve never had, either way, I want to shove them in my gob. While Steph's was a mixture of sweet and savoury mine is all sweet, because if I could live off cakes and desserts without dying from certain vitamin deficiency or losing all my teeth, I would.

Churros from Disneyland
I have never had churros better than the one I had in Disneyland back when I was 13. For some reason, I never managed to get one until the second to last day of our trip and I fell in love and then had to eat my fair share in those last two days. Whenever I see churros on the menu I order them and then get sufficiently disappointed that they’re never the right texture, or the chocolate sauce has chilli in it and ruins the churros-y flavour, or they’re just rock hard (I’m looking at you Hells Pizza). Basically, I need at least another one of these perfect churros in my life if I’m to die happy. Have I mentioned they’re really long too?

Beignets
I swear this isn't all Disney foods but the reason I know about these is from The Princess and the Frog and then seeing all the Disney Instagrammers eating them. Basically, deep-fried pastry coated in icing sugar sounds amazing. I'm pretty sure you can get some of these somewhere in Wellington but I just haven't looked for them, especially as I kind of want to try the Disney ones first.

Anything from Miann
Ever since all the Auckland bloggers started sharing photos of their desserts at Milse and then Miann I knew I had to go. I’m not 100% if Wellington has a dessert restaurant, but if they do I haven’t found it and being a dessert fiend I’m sure I would know about it. Looking at the menu I feel some of the flavours are definitely a bit out there for me, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to at least go there and try, especially with how lovely the desserts look!  

Egg Waffles // Giapo
Egg waffles
I haven’t really seen this from one particular shop, although the above photo is from Pufflets in Melbourne. I swear you can get them anywhere but the ones that look the best are in New York as far as I’m aware, but I'll settle for Melbourne. Just the amount of these egg waffles that come up on my Instagram and Pinterest and Facebook makes me want one. I’m a big fan of waffles, especially those that don’t come with the usual bacon and maple syrup, so these are right up my street. Sugar sugar and more sugar, you’ll start to see a pattern the more you read of this post!

Anything from Giapo
Aucklanders seriously get all the good dessert places. While this is probably just good ice cream, as good as Wellington’s own Kaffee Eis, it’s the toppings that make these ice creams look fab and very ‘insta-worthy’. Just look at the one in the photo above, besides adding gold leaf how much extra can an ice cream get? Some of them have chocolate lips on them for God’s sake.

Unfortunately, while in Auckland a few weeks ago for the weekend I was so busy I was unable to visit either Miann or Giapo, it was rather disappointing knowing I was only a 15-minute walk away most the time.

Dessert buffet at OXBO
I saw this once, on someone’s Instagram story (I can’t remember who) and basically decided that I will be going when I’m next in the UK. I’m a big fan of buffets and any buffet that is full of dessert just calls my name, why wouldn’t you want all you can eat dessert? It’s part of a four-course buffet thing but I swear if I went I would barely have anything for a starter and main and just stuff myself with the 'waffle station' because um yes waffles?? and their dessert buffet. Their mini lemon meringue pies looked mouthwatering.

I think I just need to go to America and stuff my face, and then come back to Auckland and continue stuffing, after a quick pit stop in London. I really apologise if you’re reading this before your lunch break and are now drooling a bit, I know I am.

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