February Favourites ♡

Hello there!

As the month of February comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on all the little things that made this month great! During this month, I have been loving a range of bits & pieces, from jewellery and candles to rediscovering makeup essentials. Screen Shot 2015-02-28 at 6.57.00 pm

1.  Anthropologie Mini Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle in ‘white volcano’ – Even though it’s summer in Australia, I love lighting candles all year round to create a sense of cosiness and warmth in my room – and this candle from Anthropologie is perfect for the summer time as it’s  citrusy, fresh and has hints of orange, lemon and florals.

2. Tiffany and Co. ‘Mini Heart Tag’ Earrings – I have worn these Tiffany and Co. heart shaped earrings almost every day this month as they go with every outfit and aren’t too overpowering! They also come in gold and a beautiful rose gold colour, and I absolutely love them for a simple stud which you can wear everyday.

3. Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ powder – My skin is combination to oily and while I have always loved my holy-grail Rimmel ‘Stay Matte’ powder, during these warmer more humid months this has been an essential for me! I can honestly say after trying face powers from all different price ranges, this is my absolute favourite and nothing works nearly as well! While it doesn’t add much coverage (if this is what you’re after), for setting your foundation and concealer it is incredible. I find without this – my makeup doesn’t last nearly as long and becomes shiny very quickly (and not in a good way!) If you have oily skin I definitely recommend trying this powder, especially since it’s  very affordable ($4-$10 depending where you live). I love to use this with my Eco-tools powder brush for an all-day, shine-free face. I recently did a post dedicated to all my favourite makeup brushes!

4. Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Lapiz of Luxury’ – I love changing up my nail colour, and during February I have been wearing my favourite colour purple in Essie’s ‘Lapiz of Luxury’ for a subtle, pastel shade. This shade works well with my skin tone as it’s pastel but not too light, and perfect for the summer months. I adore Essie nail polishes for their unique colour range, but also quality – I find these easy to apply and with most shades, you only need to apply one coat!

5. Ardell ‘Wispies Black’ false eyelashes – For those night outs, I have been loving my newly-purchased Ardell ‘Wispies Black’ false eyelashes! These are the first Ardell lashes I have tried, and I absolutely love them – they have a thin, clear and flexible band making application simple (even for false eyelash beginners like me) and look lovely on the eyes. They are super full and wing out at the outer edges, and what I love about them is the eyelash hairs are all different lengths so while they add volume and length, they still appear relatively natural and don’t completely hide all the hard work you’ve done on your eyeshadow underneath!

6. Smashbox Always Sharp lip liner in ‘Nude Fair’ – This lipliner is perfect for an everyday nude lip, and I love to use this as part of my go-to lip combo. It’s super long-lasting and the lid of the liner is even self-sharpening. I find defining my lips with lip liner gives them more definition, and also ensures the lipstick I place over the top will last all day.

7. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’ – I have also fallen back in love with my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’, especially using it as an inner-corner highlight on my eyes to brighten them up. The formula is super pigmented and smooth, and the colour is a beautiful rose gold. This would also be lovely as a base for the entire lid, on it’s own or underneath a

That’s all for my February favourites, let me know what you’ve been loving this month! ♥

2014 Nail Polish Awards ♡

Hello there!

Throughout 2014, I loved lots of different nail polishes. From deep and dark purples to pastel blues, I definitely went out of my comfort zone on a mission to find the perfect shades for my fair skin! Having such light skin, it can be difficult to find colours and tones that bring out the warmth in my skin rather than making me look even paler! However, I’m glad to say I found some real treasures this year – not only in the shades, but also in quality and durability!

So here are my 2014 Nail Polish favourites…

My season essentials (from left to right):

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Autumn – OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘Pamplona Purple’ – a warm, rich purple. All of these beauties deserve an award, but this one in particular is just incredible. You only need one coat, and the formula is really easy to apply and super glossy…no top coat needed!

Winter – Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Merino Cool’ – a cool-toned mauve, grey. This unusual shade was definitely well loved during winter… the colour reminds me of hot chocolate, and looks lovely on all skin tones! All of the Essie nail polish formulas are really smooth and opaque, and long lasting!

Spring – L’oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish in ‘Flashing Lilac’ (828)  – a bright, fun fuschia with a sheer finish. This bright pink is super fun and surprisingly suited my completion really well! I find it difficult to wear hot pinks, but this cool-toned shade was perfect!

Summer – Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Bikini so teeny’ – a very opaque pastel, baby blue. One word…wow. I never imagined a pastel blue would look so pretty and chic! This opaque colour is the perfect combination of baby blue with a hint of purple, creating a unique pastel shade which I absolutely loved during summer for something different.

My most worn shades (from left to right):

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Favourite pastel – Essie Nail Lacquer in ‘Go Ginza’ – a super opaque baby pink! This last year particularly, I loved my pastels and this pretty-in-pink shade complements my skin tone perfectly and applies really smoothly for a pastel nail polish.

Best clear – Sally Hansen X-treme wear Nail Colour in ‘Invisible’ (100) – this has been a long-time favourite, it creates a long lasting shine and dries really quickly. I use this as both a base and top coat, and it makes my nail polish smooth, durable and really glossy.

Overall most worn – OPI Nail Lacquer in ‘The Thrill of Brazil’ – a rich cool-toned red which I wear all year round. It is a dream to apply, with an amazing formulation…absolutely no clumps! The colour is beautiful and an essential for every skin tone.

I absolutely recommend all of these nail polishes, especially for fair skin tones. Comment below and let me know what you’re favourites have been for 2014! ♥