Monday, December 8, 2014

Recently, in Pictures #60

J and I did something a little different the other week and had a trip out to Taronga Zoo! I haven't been there since I was a child, so it was great to be able to spend some time together doing someyhing fun. I got to practice taking animal portraits too, which I love. My Dad came along with us as well which was really nice. The same day I smashed my brand new, 3-day old phone when it fell out of my camera bag onto the floor. The screen was so obliterated that the touch screen wouldn't work, so it ended up costing $340 to fix, which fucking sucks. 

I'm simply loving all the free time I have had since exams finished (although I've worked every day since, so still keeping plenty busy). Catching up with magazines and reading  for leisure will always be amongst my favourite past-times. I've been reading Donna Tartt's 'Goldfinch', and am about halfway though. This book is quickly shaping up to be one of my favourites (big call!!).


Does anyone else get as excited as me when Starbucks' festive drinks arrive in store? The peppermint mocha frapp is my favourite - it's also ridiculously overpriced so that definitely stems my consumption. 
J and I headed out to breakfast at Brooklyn Hide in Surry Hills - very much recommend their bagels and cold pressed apple juice.

And for those who don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I had a bit of a poling accident last week and broke my wrist :( My pole studio was having an Open Night on Friday the 5th, and I had been working so hard on my routine for it. On Thursday night I stayed back in the studio after my stretch class to run through my routine and get some feedback. Which was stupid, because it was way too hot and humid that night, and my hands were far too sweaty. 

There's one part of my routine where, with full energy, I run from one pole to the other and do this spin (on a static pole). Except instead of grabbing on to the pole, my hand was so sweaty that I slipped straight off and broke my fall with my right arm flexed behind me. Fucking ouch.
Jen, my dance teacher, drove me to St Vincent's hospital where it was confirmed (after 5 hours of waiting and listening to the girl behind me who had a throat infection complain incessantly that they were taking too long) that I had snapped my radius.

I currently have a plaster cast on, which is horribly heavy, but I get a proper fibreglass one first thing tomorrow morning yay! Thanks to a mix of  my body mending a broken bone and the narcotics I'm on for the pain, I've spent most of the weekend asleep. I'm constantly frustrated at the little things I can't do, and more frustrated at how long it takes to do everything left handed (including typing). Patience is a virtue, and apparently one I don't have. J has had to learn the difference between a tight, high ponytail and a loose, low ponytail. He sucks at it, and pulled half my hair out the first time, but he's learning, which I appreciate.

On Saturday I met Kristina Karlsson, founder of Kikki-K (and I guess technically, my boss? Haha) She was lovely, as always!

What have you been up to lately? Leave me TV and movie recs!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Instagram Photo Challenge!

This December I've teamed up with some great creative minds, and we've come up with the Instagram December Beauty / fashion photo challenge!
We wanted it to be Christmas themed, fashion themed and beauty themed, but vague enough for anyone to take part!!
I'll be posting each day, all month long - you can join in too by using the #beautyfashionplay hashtag. I'm so excited to see what everyone comes up with for our prompts!

Check out the IG's of the other girls: Christel, Jess, Therese, and Sammy! And of course, you can find my instagram here!

Please let me know if you start playing along, I would love to follow you!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

October Her Fashion Box: West Coast

It was a long wait this past month for the latest box from HFB. I received an email on the 10th saying all boxes had been shipped, and the shipping notification arrived promptly in my inbox. And then ... nothing. Usually, deliveries are overnight but I gad exams, and was busy, and kind of forgot about it.
As the end of the month snuck up on me, I realised it hadn't arrived and chased it up with HFB. They chased it up with the shipping company, who had lost my order!
The HFB team quickly came to the rescue though, and prepared my order to go out the next day, with a few extra goodies inside to make up for the inconvenience.

October's theme is 'West Coast', embracing minimalism and gypsy-inspired patterns. 

The 'Noir bag' (RRP $29.95) is a bit different to what I would normally go for in accessories. I think the size is perfect, but I would normally probably walk past a bag shaped like this if I saw it in the stores. This style is very on-trend at the moment, and the whole reason I signed up to this box was to challenge my sartorial choices. I definitely have some prints in my wardrobe that would work with this style. I think the key here is styling it the way that HFB have in their magazine - minimalist colours, a touch of print and having the bag as a statement. I really love the gold chain, and the clasp at the front. I also love that despite it being small, it would definitely fit more than a phone and lipgloss in it - yay for practicality! 

The other fashion piece in this box is inspired by silk scarves, and the print in the classic box is very Hermes-esque. The 'Carriage Scarf is really bold, and I do really like it. Again, there's styling inspiration contained in the mini magazine for those of us who aren't great with scarves, that highlight the versatility of these pieces. Wrapped around your head, your bag, your wrist...they add colour and texture to your outfit. At a RRP of $14.95, this particular scarf is obviously not made out of silk, and was a bit static-y when I took it out of the plastic it came on. Nevertheless, it seems to be pretty good quality, and at that price point you really can't complain. 

Bit spoiled for choice with beauty products in this month's box... 

HFB have come out with their own version of the beauty blender! I haven't tried the original, but am definitely keen to give this blending sponge (RRP $9.95) a go. HFB have also come out with their own eyelash curler (RRP $14.95). I got a bright green one (yay!) and am pretty impressed with it. It's a pretty sturdy construction, and quite rounded. I struggle with eyelash curlers, thanks to my deep-set eyes and I'm glad to report I experienced no pinching with this one! 

We also received an eyeliner from Coral Colours (RRP $5.95). I've only tried this brand once, about 10 years ago so it was a surprise seeing it again! This black eyeliner is super pigmented black, and applies easily with no dragging. It also smudges easily, which is great if you're going for a smokey look - not so great if you're going for clean and crisp. It contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, which is a nice touch. 

The last beauty product is a baked trio of mineral eyeshadows from Omshe Aromatherapy (RRP $14.95). I haven't heard of this brand before. These colours look really pretty, although a little bit strange to have these particular three paired together. 

Overall, I'm really happy with the October box - I love both the fashion items, and am interested in trying out all the beauty products. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Face of the Day: Rediscovering Old Favourites

I've been finding with the warmer weather that I've mostly been keeping my make-up quite simple, and my hair out of my face. 
I've been making an effort lately to go through my make-up collection and re-discover old favourites, and found myself falling in love again with the Stila 'In the Light' palette. 

Eye Base: Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Inked in Pink'
Eye Shadows: Stila Kitten, Champagne, Bliss (Review, Buy here)
Eyeliner: Outline with Maybelline Line Express, cat eye with Maybelline Gel Liner
Mascara: Colour Theory Mascara Plump*
Eyebrows: Australis Oh Hai Brow (Review, Buy here)
Lips: Maybelline ColourSensational The Elixir in Signature Scarlet.

How do you do your makeup as the weather heats up? 

(N.B: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly given to me. All opinions are my own. For further information, please see my disclaimer. Links are not affiliate links)

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