TOP FIVE BEAUTY TOOLS

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While I have nothing against applying a lovely dewy foundation with my fingers for a natural finish, I am a firm believer that good beauty tools can make all the difference when it comes to getting that flawless ‘my skin but better’ makeup look we all desire.

So, I have decided to share my five essential beauty tools that I believe every girl (or boy) should own!

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1. Real Techniques Blush Brush // Despite the name, I don’t actually use this brush for applying blush as I find it slightly too big. However, it applies all over face powder like a dream and is great for effortlessly blending bronzer onto the neck and torso. It does an amazing job at distributing product evenly and making everything look soft and natural.

2. NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush // Since discovering this little gem, I can’t imagine my makeup routine without it. This is the answer to perfect blush application – the domed design is perfectly shaped to fit the apples of the cheeks and blend seamlessly, delivering the perfect amount of colour every time. Oh, and if you’re wondering why the handle looks hand-made, that’s because it is! – Inspired by traditional Japanese beauty rituals, each brush is hand-spun with black wisteria to add to its unique character (how’s that for special!?).

3. Real Techniques Buffing Brush // The densely packed bristles in this brush create an airbrushed effect on the skin, making it ideal for blending concealer under the eyes and on any imperfections you may have. It also does an excellent job of applying foundation and cream blushes/bronzers/highlighters – the perfect multi-tasker if you’re out and about or travelling!

4. BareMinerals Precision Face Brush // Ok, I’m just going to come right out and say it – this is the BEST foundation brush ever! (and believe me, I have tried a lot). It smooths on makeup like no other, never leaves streaks and gives the perfect amount of coverage. Not to mention the angled bristles make it perfect for blending around the nose and eyes. It is beyond amazing!

5. Beauty Blender // Whether it’s for applying foundation, concealer, cream brush/bronzer/highlighter, or touching up your makeup after a long day, the beauty blender is a definite must have. The trick – always make sure the sponge is damp before use for flawless application and an amazing dewy finish.

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WINTER ESSENTIALS

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1. MANGO BELTED BIKER JACKET // A badass leather jacket not only goes with (nearly) everything, but also keeps you warm. Plus, leather only gets better with wear – how many things can you say that about!?

2. DIPTYQUE POMANDER CANDLE // This candle was one of my many amazing discoveries at Mecca Cosmetica. The scent instantly reminded me of home baking and being snuggled up by the fire on a cold winters night (what more could you want from a candle!?). So, if you’re anything like me, a.k.a love the smell of cinnamon and never got over the childhood novelty of gingerbread men, you will love this candle!

3. HAPPY SOCKS // It’s simple, Happy Socks make you happy! And in leopard print? Clearly a winter necessity.

4. NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN DRAGON GIRL // Winter weather tends to lead to outfit choices with muted colours. But never fear, this means you can rock a statement lip like you just don’t care. And what better way to make a statement than with a red lip!?

5. TOPSHOP WHITE RIPPED BOYFRIEND JEANS // In winter, comfort is key. Boyfriend jeans are the ultimate way to be comfortable, while still appearing ‘put together’.

6. COMME DES GARCONS AMAZING GREEN EAU DE PARFUM // This tough yet lush scent reminds me of a mysterious forest with notes of spice and musk intertwined with sweet flowers. And it is indeed amazing (as the name implies).

7. KAREN WALKER FILIGREE COIN PURSE // I don’t really have a reason as to why you need a new coin purse for winter – apart from the fact that this one is super cool and definitely won’t stick around for long.

8. MARC BY MARC JACOBS DYNAMITE LOGO UMBRELLA // I’m going to point out the obvious – it rains in winter and an umbrella protects you from said rain. So, why not invest in a super rad umbrella? Then you will only lose 10 cool points when standing on the side of the road fighting with the wind to keep it in the right way, instead of 20.

9. BEAU COOPS JERRY ANKLE BOOTS // So awesome, so warm, so waterproof, so essential for winter.

10. ACNE STUDIOS DANIA SWEATER // Soft and snuggly knitwear is mandatory. Knowing I’ve got a cosy piece of knitwear (especially an Acne Studios Mohair sweater) to wrap up in when abandoning my warm bed, ever so slightly eases my mind.

11. KAREN WALKER RUNAWAY GIRL MUG // A hot chocolate (with an excessive amount of marshmallows) is the highlight of my cold winters morning, and what makes a hot chocolate with marshmallows even better? An amazing mug to drink it out of, of course.

FAVOURITES | MARCH

March Favourites

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Indeed Labs Hydraluron // Little did I know, this bad boy has been the key piece missing from my skincare routine. This is the secret weapon for dehydrated skin, I have only been using it for a week and my skin is already looking plumper and healthier! Apply twice a day post toner and pre moisturiser for ultimate hydration.

 

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M&M’s Crispy Speckled Eggs // It is nearly Easter which means the release of multiple scrumptious but limited treats. However, these aren’t just any easter goodies.. they are the most delicious morsels any candy/chocolate fan could wish for.  I am truly dreading the end of Easter when the supermarkets stop selling these little pieces of heaven. Please don’t take them away from me!!

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By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation // I am on an endless hunt for the perfect foundation and I think my latest discovery of the By Terry Cover-Expert has brought me preeetty close. It is so luxurious and has the most amazing velvet texture that glides over the skin and masks imperfections like nobody’s business. Great work Terry, I’ll definitely be adding more of your gems to my collection!

 

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Maurie & Eve Boss Skirt // Of course I had to include this velvet beauty. I hunted far and wide for the sold out in minutes Maurie and Eve Boss skirt and finally managed to get my hands on one – compliments of my very kind and patient Australian based Aunty (thank you Aunty Anna!).

 

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Essie Find Me An Oasis // So fresh and so clean clean. Remember my post about my obsession with the colour duck egg blue? Enough said.

LUPITA NYONG’O OSCARS INSPIRED

It’s common for fashion loving Oscar viewers to have a number of looks they adore on the red carpet and I’m usually part of that majority. But for the 2014 Oscars there was one look that I loved so much, as soon as I saw it I completely lost interest in everything else and spent the rest of my afternoon intermittently glancing at the television screen with my main focus on Google, where I searched frantically for more picture of the heavenly dress and the celebrity who did it such justice! It was, Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.

 

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Now, it’s common knowledge that Lupita Nyong’o never looks short of amazing, but WOW. Such a beautiful dress on such a stunning lady! I have always loved the colour “duck egg blue”, as Ryan Seacrest so brilliantly described it, and this dress rekindled my obsession, while confirming that yes it is indeed my all time favourite colour (for now). So with this in mind, I have been on a mission to add more bluey tones to my wardrobe and have put together my current duck egg blue inspired wish list to share with you.

 

Screen Shot 2014-03-09 at 10.19.38 amBy Johnny Liya Mini Skirt | Lonely Lulu Underwire Bra | Topshop Oversized Casual Stripe Shirt | Sass & Bide Doing My Thing Denim Overalls | Essie Nail Polish in ‘Find Me an Oasis’ | Gap Wide Brim Fedora (similar here) | Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue | Nike Air Max Thea | Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses | James Blake Record | Isadora Metallic Eye Pen | See by Chloe SB20040 Sandal | Coola Mineral Face SPF30 | Marc by Marc Jacobs Animal Patch Pouch | Nature Girl Body Cream