June Favourites

IMG_0602

Can you believe that June is basically over?! We are half way through 2016, people – NOBODY. PANIC!

I’m still getting over Christmas, and before we know it, it will be time for Santa again. I honestly believe time gets faster as you get older. That’s something I don’t like to think about.

ANYWAY, here we are again – Faves Time.

Just like last month, I don’t have that much to share with you all, however, these few bits and pieces have made my June that little bit better.

Firstly, here are some new earrings I purchased from my favourite site for cheap-ish jewellery/accessories colettehayman.com.au.

IMG_0606

I recently went to a friend’s kitchen tea/bridal shower (what is the official name of those parties these days?) and I was bedazzled by another friend’s earrings which I just had to have. So I got them…along with 4 other pairs.

I actually don’t know the official name of these types of earrings, but after Googling ‘Ball-Backed Earrings‘, I found lots of pics of stylish celebs wearing the trend. Basically, they’re designed so the backing of the earring is a large ball and the actual stud is smaller, creating a cool style also modelled by the gorgeous Emma Watson here:

54e83cf4339d2_-_sev-a-emma-watson-earrings-de

I thought they were a bit different, yet still quite elegant-looking and they look great with many different outfits.

Next are some makeup purchases I splurged on recently.

IMG_0614

I had heard about the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid foundations for quite sometime leading up to my purchase of it. As an avid YouTube Beauty Guru fan, I have seen countless reviews on this product and it’s miracle-like skin covering abilities.

Now, I’m not going to lie – I have horrible skin. Since I was a pre-teen I have suffered from severe acne, which thankfully calmed down over time (touch wood). For a foundation to work for me, it needs to provide medium to heavy coverage without actually looking like I’m wearing much makeup. Hard, yes. Doable? Definitely. Over the years, through trial and error, I have found a select few foundations which I can wear which cover my acne/scaring, leave my skin appearing smooth and oil-free for 8+ hours and don’t take multiple layers of application to look suitable.

This is one of the foundations which I will be adding to the list.

Making sure to use a makeup primer first, I’ve been wearing this foundation for the past fortnight along with concealer and powder and have managed to get through my work days with little oil and no cakey-ness (new word there) to my face. I usually touch up with some powder after lunch, but other than that, it’s really wonderful and I recommend it!

Another beauty fave is what I have seen some as calling the Holy Grail of highlighting powders.

IMG_0605

The BECCA/Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in shade Champagne Pop is…magical.

Highlighters are all the rage and have become a beauty staple since contouring became more popular over the past few years. I’ve always struggled to find a highlighting powder which doesn’t have extra colour to it, sometimes making my skin appear pinker or white.

This powder comes in a beautiful golden shade which looks amazing when applied to the cheekbones, cupids bow, brow bones and the bridge of the nose. The best thing is that only a little is needed to get the glory look you desire – which is especially great, seeing as it’s not cheap.

I think this powder would even be great if mixed into your tinted moisturiser for a really luminous, natural glow (I remembered it’s Summer overseas, lucky ducks!).

Onto entertainment faves, this is a show that I’m sure many Aussies have been catching up on over the past month.

IMG_0604

Offspring is an Australian dreamed set around doctor Nina and her family/friends/lovers. The show is comedic, but also has so much heart, it’s hard not to fall in love with the cast!

There were 5 seasons of this show, with a 2 year break. The very exciting thing is that Offspring is returning for a 6th season, tomorrow night at 8:30pm on Channel Ten!

Something else that many Aussies as well as the rest of the world have probably discovered over the past month is the book Me Before You.

IMG_0612

The film adaptation of this book was released this month to mixed reviews and before I see the film, I decided to read the book.

The story is about a woman named Louisa who is suddenly left jobless and takes on a job of caring for a young quadriplegic man named Will who seems stubborn and resentful at first, but eventually he forms a bond with Louisa.

It’s a love story with serious subject matter, and I cried while reading it. It was beautifully written and I cannot wait to see the movie! (I need to remember to bring a tissue box with me, though!)

Final June fave item is my monthly Spotify playlist which includes the tracks which were the soundtrack to my month.

There are some radio-staples which you may have heard being played on a loop, along with some lesser-known tracks which have made their way into my music-adoring heart:

Also, Adele’s album 25 is now also on Spotify, so if you haven’t heard it, you definitely need to check that one out!

Well, that’s all from me for this month.

Thanks for sticking with me through another post and for visiting my blog! Your support and feedback is always encouraged.

What are your favourite items from June? Let me know below!

Until next time,

img_7422-3

May Favourites

img_0124-1

For the past few months I have been sharing my music favourites with you all and I thought I would continue with that tradition as well as adding a few extra faves for this month.

Keeping that in mind, here are a few (and by a few, I mean the bare minimum) things I have been enjoying during May.

 

img_0133

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors

Matte lip creams are all the range right now and I had tried to keep my distance due to their drying finish on the lips. However, I recently saw Zoella talk about the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors and she raved about their staying power as well as their moisturising finish on the lips.

After much deliberation and waiting for a sale at my local Priceline store, I bought 4 shades and I really love these! They apply to the lips very much like other lupcreams do, and while there is a degree of mattifying, there is a tiny amount of sheen left on the lips to keep the product feeling fresh and coach-free all day.

There are a range of shades including the perfect pink/mauve colour, a’la Kylie Jenner as well as deeper, berry-tones which are perfect for the warmer weather (in Australia).

 

img_0105-1

FitBit Charge HD

With impending weddings of 2 close friends later this year, I have really been making an effort to get fit and healthy this year. Partially to look good in wedding photos and partially because I want to live an active lifestyle and take care of myself.

Along with healthy meal choices, I have been upping my exercise and really challenging myself to meet goals and have fun with my workouts (if you’d like to know what kind of workouts I have been doing lately, let me know and I will do a post about my favourite things!).

So, I invested in a FitBit and let me tell you – this thing is amazing. Not only is it a pedometer, which helps me keep track of my daily step counts, but it synchs to an app on smartphones in which you can record your calorie intake, your water intake, your weightless goals and it even synchs and records the workouts you do to let you know the calories you burn. You can use the app as a food log, you can use it to see how many flights of stairs you have taken each day and you can even record your sleeping patterns with it!!!

img_0135-1

Pretty cool, huh? I’ve found that the app makes me more accountable. Especially when I participate in group step challenges with friends who also have FitBits – nobody wants to see their name last on the leader board!

 

img_0067-1

Music

How awesome was May when it came to new music? There have been so many new songs released this past month and I have been so happy to listen to them all on my Spotify playlist.

The Billboard Music Awards was on last week and there were some amazing performances by some incredible artists. My fave was definitely Troye Sivan’s performance of ‘YOUTH’.

It just makes me so happy to see him living his dreams and enjoying every single moment of it!

I’d love to know what some of your favourite things were for May! Let me know in the comments section below, or link me to your own post so that I can check out your blog!

Let’s make June our best month yet!

img_7422-3