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Monday, 23 January 2017

My mother's beauty loves

Given I spend my time on here talking about my beauty favourites, it's only fair that I also give credit to those who have helped to shape my beauty tastes. No one has been so influential on my love of beauty as my mother, Sabina, who I have convinced to run me through some of her favourite products, both skincare and makeup. She is incredibly knowledgeable about beauty and I am so pleased to be able to share some of her favourites with you today.


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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

What's in my makeup bag

I'm back again today with another video - hurray! This time talking about all the bits and pieces I keep in my makeup bag for when I'm on the go. I'd also like to thank you all for your kind and encouraging comments about my first video last week (it's about my body care favourites - it's here if you haven't seen it yet!) as they truly have helped me feel much more confident making this week's video. I hope that you enjoy and I look forward to seeing you next week!

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Monday, 16 January 2017

4711: The perfect (and affordable) summer scent

On really hot days in high summer, there are few perfumes I really want to wear. While a scent may be fine when in the air-conditioned comforts of one's home or office, many inevitably become overbearing and headachy if worn outside on a 40°c day. A few exceptions I routinely reach for are Jo Malone's Blackberry and Bay and Byredo's Bal d'Afrique, both of which seem to come into their own in the searing heat. To this list I add my newest favourite, 4711.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Body care favourites - and a Youtube video!


I'm so, so pleased to be writing this post as I've finally kept my promise and have made my first Youtube video! Well, I say first - about 18 months ago I made a few videos but they weren't on the camera I'm using now and the quality was very poor (I've made these videos private for now). I'm very excited about Youtube as it's an opportunity to make different and exciting content to what I've been doing on my blog. As you'll see from the video, I'm far from perfect - the angle isn't ideal, I say "as well" about a billion times - but I'm learning and will no doubt improve with every video. I aim to make a video a week, which I feel is a comfortable goal to set for the moment, with the hope of making videos more frequently in the future. Please feel free to give me feedback and ideas - all would be much appreciated. And happy watching!
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Some favourite new bloggers and YouTubers from 2016

Despite being a bit of a Luddite in most respects, I'm very much a millennial when it comes to the entertainment I consume - I watch loads of YouTube videos on a daily basis and find them a constant source of knowledge and entertainment. So it's always a joy when I discover or am recommended new people or blogs that I can binge watch and read. I thought I'd put together a few that I've started to enjoy in 2016 in the hope that you'll like them, too - I can't wait to find whose channel or blog I'll be obsessed with in 2017!


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My current favourite moisturiser duo

As I've progressed from my teens into my twenties, I've noticed a marked change in my skin - before I could go without moisturiser, but nowadays my skin is tight and dull without a slick of cream. While it was initially alarming to realise this, it's actually been a good opportunity for me to try out new products and judge them on their merits, whereas I previously didn't have to think twice about how well what I was putting on my face was working. Recently, I've been getting through loads of different moisturisers but I've settled on these two beauties as my preferred products of the moment.


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Monday, 2 January 2017

December favourites

Although we're now bounding into 2017, today I've rounded up my favourites of the last month of 2016 as a way of farewelling the past year. I had a lot more spare time in December so I relished researching, purchasing and trying out some new products; this month's best of list is a mix of some more recent favourites, alongside some rediscovered gems. It's also started to get quite hot in Australia (as I write this, it is currently 41°c outside, help me) and so naturally I've started using a few products that are a bit more appropriate to the current weather. I might do a summer essentials post if you're interested, so do let me know.

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