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Re-posting because this is super important!!
Its almost summer and this is a serious topic ladies and gentlemen, Sunscreen. Scientific evidence supports the benefits of using sunscreen to minimize short-term and long-term damage to the skin from the sun’s rays. Here is a quick list of sunscreen you can buy


Anthelios XL Ultra-light SPF 50+

I use this one, I find it isn’t to oily or greasy. I find that I can easy add it to my beauty routine.  It’s extremely lightweight has fast absorbing formula. It doesn’t leave the white residue some sunscreens do and I can apply it under my makeup.

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Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+

To Save Face applies like moisturiser, I highly recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin.2293779


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

I think this is the perfect way to incorporate sunscreen into your daily beauty routine. Having sunscreen in your CC cream you received all the benefits of a CC with the added bonus of sunscreen.zoom_f538ac997a5121b40159115a6b36f40c00c406c0_1462862533_it_cccream_fair_web


Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50

Great light weight moisturizer adsorbs really quickly into the skin. Perfect for everyday wear as its not a heavy or oily on the skin however, it is the most expensive out of all my recommendations.dermalogica-age-smart-dynamic-skin-recovery-50ml

 

Shine like the whole universe is yours

Time to Prime

The first step to achieving a flawless, long wearing foundation base is Primer! There is a reason why its a crime not to prime. However slapping on some primer that you brought from the store isn’t enough. If it helps, think of your face as a canvas, the cleaner the canvas, the easier it is for the makeup to slide effortlessly onto your face and the less likely for it to become oily and transfer off!


EXFOLIATION 

The first step is exfoliation and it is a vital step as it allows for the shedding of dead skin cells; this provides an opportunity for the new layer of fresh, plump skin to be revealed. This allows for a fresh clean base for foundation to sit on.


PRIME 

The next step is to prime the skin. Primers are essential for creating an even application of foundation as well as aiding in longevity. Primers are often reactive to heat and therefore application with your fingertips works best, gently massaging the product into your skin. Whilst primer is an essential part of creating a flawless face, one primer does not fit all, which is why it is important that primer is chosen based on the your skin type. If you’re in doubt ask for a sample, many makeup stores like Mecca and Sephora will give you a sample to try.


After this step you are ready to paint your canvas!


Tips on choosing the right primer.

OILY SKIN

If your skin tends to be more on the oily side should look for matte or oil free primers.

NORMAL TO OILY SKIN

If your skin that is generally “normal” but may experience slight oiliness through the Nose or forehead you are fairly lucky and you are able to try pretty much any product however something oil free will help with your oily T-zone.

DRY SKIN

If your skin extremely dry, you need to apply a product that will protect and hydrate the skin. For dry skin it’s best if you try and sample different primer as you need to work out what works best for you.

 

 

People will stare, may it worth their while

A new outlook on life

So it wasn’t long ago I was in a toxic relationship, not the kind that comes to mind when people say they were in a toxic relationship. This one was in the workplace. I was apart of an unhealthy work environment.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved most of my colleagues. I miss working with them dearly, they made the days bearable. Unfortunately, one of my colleagues was a royal donkey. There is nothing worse than your manager being narcissistic pain in the bottom. Whilst we tried HR mediation, it doesn’t work when your manager thinks he is better than whatever session/training, it also doesn’t help if the company doesn’t really want to address the problem but instead just wants to sweep it under a rug.

I stayed longer than I should have because of my work friends. They made every day enjoyable to be there, we had a real sense of team, I really enjoyed work with them and I miss the dynamic we had. Even more so when thinking about it I have total FOMO.

Finally, I made the move to change jobs and it was the best decision I have ever made. I have never been happier. I can honestly say I love my job. I love going to work, I love being at work and more importantly it gives me motivation to get up in the morning.

On the back of this I wanted to share with you the signs it’s time to move on.
The same signs apply for personal relationships too not just business.

Move

It’s never too late to take that step to get out of a toxic relationship and the earlier you do it the more you will thank yourself for doing it and the better off you will be.


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

We are Building

Hello Hello.

So I thought now was a good time to start. Nathan and I are the proud owners of DIRT out in the sticks!

We aren’t halfway however we are at the point where things seem official. However let’s summarize from the beginning.

In March Nathan and I got married and in April we decided we were ” ready ” to own our own home. We live in mMelbourne and anything we wanted we couldn’t afford, well not without selling a kidney or two. So in April we decided to build, I looked up building companies and after a lot of time spent with unrealistic offers, we decided to build with Homebuyers Center. We spoke to Kade and he found us a block and a house to suit!

We are building the Eureka 22 with some alterations. So we deposited some of our life savings on the land and house and then we waited. Of course, there was paperwork and colors that we picked out in the interim but it was all a big waiting game. No fault to anyone we just had delays to our plot of dirt titling.

December! yes 8 months later our land titled, the bank settled, Nathan and I are in crippling debt but we are now in the next stage of the waiting game. Developer Approval.

Things that I have learned during this process is, it’s all very exciting, deflating and a long waiting game all at the same time. But seriously here are some real tips

  1. Start putting away your “mortgage” long before you even have one. Save now! Save often!
  2. Compare, compare, compare. Compare builders, compare designs, compare mortgage brokers, compare everyone you need to help with this process. You would be surprised how many building companies have very similar house designs for a fraction of the price.
  3. Pinterest keeps the fun. It’s a huge waiting game and Pinterest just keeps you excited.
  4. Make a non-negotiable list. Bathrooms, room area, everything…make the list!
  5. Never ever feel rushed, this is your future home, if you don’t like the plans don’t sign them.
  6. Know your block, which direction is it facing, how many windows face the south. Things like that. Try Lassi if your in Victoria
  7. Hire a third party building expected, they are worth the money.
  8. Use all available sites and help to understand the process more. Forums are great.
  9. Talk to people, sometime if you are referred to a company by a friend they have bonus they give.
  10. Save money!

 

So far that were we are at. I will update soon when more happens on my plot of dirt, until thanks for reading and much love.

 

TOUCH IN SOL Corean Complexion Cream

TOUCH IN SOL Corean Complexion Cream, I don’t know what the deal is with “Corean” its like the reverse of the Kardashians. Let ignore this. The CC cream is meant to give you that Korean beauty glow. You know that dewy, I have amazing youth skin look. I’ve actually just finished a bottle hence why I thought this would be the perfect time to review.

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The packaging is so pretty however the bottle reminds me of Olay face cream and I find it actually applies like one too. The product comes out white with tiny particles in it that mixes with the cream its in to become a beige shade when you apply it. You have to blend it soon as the cream oxidizes it gets more beige.

I wear it all day, and don’t wear any liquid foundation. I find that is doesn’t separate on the skin however it does nothing to control my oil situation. I find the coverage is light to medium, but it covers up pores, smoothes out skin tone and looks so natural.


Pros:

  • SPF 30 PA++
  • Adapts to your skin tone after a few minutes
  • Neutralizes the redness of my face
  • Nice brightening effect
  • Dewy and hydrated finish

Cons:

  • Can get oily quickly
  • Very thick formula.
  • Does not have coverage
  • Comes in only one shade and we all know one shade doesn’t fit all.

Let me know your thoughts have you tired it? Would you recommend it?

Cushion compacts

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What are cushion compacts?

It’s basically everything you love about BB and CC creams but better. Originally from South Korea, the make-up tool has the ability to make you look completely airbrushed, without caking up your face.By pressing the applicator onto the sponge, the cream spreads evenly out of the pores of the sponge. The cream applies natural and build-able. Usually formulated with sunscreen so you can use it for touch-ups throughout the day.

Lets talk about the sponge. In theory many of the sponges that come included with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial therefore, in theory the bacteria transfer is pretty low. You can wash your sponges with a mild soap and lukewarm water, like you would wash yout beauty blender. Generally the compacts should be airtight so they should breed bacteria. Touching on the airtight, you want to make sure that lid shuts air tight because this prevents the formula from drying out. You might be thinking I’ll just my own brush or other applicator however the applicator sponge included is designed to pick up the right amount of foundation for airbrush coverage.


Here are some of top picks.

Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Portable Fluid Foundation, $50USDgivenchy-teint-couture-cushion-foundation
L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $17USDcpp_zsg00189_l
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion, $17USD34200569
IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50, $38USDzoom_ad5d938fbaf255cbe1e47105bc3a117702fc3dc6_1463539279_it_ccveilbeautyfluidfoundationspf50_foundation_rich_web
AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $84USD41not38uzhl


Have you got your hand on cushion foundation? What are your thoughts?

Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder Makeup Collection

I love Victoria Beckham she is classy AF. I don’t think this collaboration had as much media cover or hype as Kendall Jenner’s collab but either way Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder Makeup Collection. Limited edition, released 13/09/2016.

Let’s start with the packaging. Sleek and sexy and I feel very classic. The lipsticks have ribbed cases, the liquid eyeliners have lids to match, and of course they have been initialized with VB.

You can buy this collection from victoriabeckham.com and esteelauder.com.rs_600x600-160415095944-600-victoria-beckham-estee-lauder-ad-041516


Okay lets run through what’s included. All prices in USD.


Eye Palette

Its an Eye shadow palette which is pretty self explanatory Six Shades

  • Black Nutmeg – Shimmery copper
  • Blonde Cumin Soft – beige with gold tint
  • Burnished Sage – metallic deep green
  • Fired Sapphire –metallic turquoise
  • Grey Amber Nearly black- Charcoal grey
  • Metal Saffron Warm- golden metallic honey

Morning aura Illuminating Crème

part brightening primer, part moisturizer, contains micro-pearls to instantly illuminate and brighten


Highlighter and  Bronzer

Apparently this VB favourite highlighter is the shade Modern Mercury and only one Matte bronzer shade was released too. – java sun


Eye Ink and Eye Kajal

Eye Ink  is pretty much this is Eyeliner with a  pressed gel-creme formula. Only released in Black – Black Myrrh. Eye Kajal is a double-ended eyeliner in black and beige.


Eye Foil and Eye Metals Eyeshadow

Eye Foil is liquid eyeshadow with a high-shine vinyl-like finish. Released in two colours  Blonde Gold and Burnt Anise. Eye Metals Eyeshadow are High shine powder eyeshadow also released in two colours Green and Gold, Charred Emerald and Bitter Clove respectively.


Lipsticks, Lip gloss and Lip pencil

In total 4 products released. So the lipsticks had two shades, one matte one crème. The matte is orange- red – Chilean Sunset and the creme is a nude – Brazilian Nude. Lip pencil nude-brown – Victoria and the lip gloss is warm nude – Moroccan Heat


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The whole range is very nude, with the exception of the eye shadows, I personally think it was make for really good makeup must haves in your beauty bag, if it wasn’t limited edition.

What are your thoughts?