Saturday, 28 February 2015

Recent Beauty Buys

Half an hour to spare and a Chemist Warehouse across the road can only really mean one thing. I shopped. It's been a while since I picked up any beauty related items so I'm considering these some well justified purchases!

First up was a visit to the Rimmel stand for a Scandaleyes waterproof eyeshadow crayon in 015 Trespassing Taupe, a Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 100 Ivory. The foundation was a bit of an impulse buy, but I've been feeling the need to explore better base options lately and the Stay Matte primer was a bit of a risk since I despised the foundation.

I needed a new toner for night time and have been curious about the Simple brand so I grabbed the Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner to try out. The Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream has been on my radar for months so when I saw it in a value pack with the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser and Sukin Rose Hip Oil I couldn't say no. The day cream smells incredible and my skin has been in need of some extra hydration so I'm definitely excited to get stuck into this jar.

Along with drier skin on my face, my hair has been looking and feeling a little worse for wear so I thought it was time to start experimenting with some new products. This Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Anti Damage Mask with Liquid Keratin is a one minute mask that can be used in the shower and came in at under $10 so fingers crossed it ticks the final box and does the job in softening my locks.

All of these products are new to me so if you have used them before or written reviews on anything let me know in the comments or tweet me your thoughts!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

5 Tips For An Organised Closet

Tidying and organising is something I actually really enjoy. It may be the Type A Virgo in me but I find it clears my head and is quite relaxing. To keep an organised closet I regularly have a major clean out (once every few months) and do some weekly maintenance to keep everything looking tidy and fresh. Here are my top 5 tips for keeping a tidy closet:

1. Start off with a major clean out
This is the hard part where things get worse before they get better. Make sure you are in the right headspace to be honest with yourself and even a little ruthless. Pull everything out of your wardrobe and divide into three piles:

- Keep: The bits that you wear all the time or can't live without in your wardrobe
- Donate: Items that are still in good condition but no longer fit/aren't your style/haven't been worn in the last year
- Throw: Those pieces that we hold onto even though they have holes, tears or stains

At this point I usually have a maybe pile as well but make sure that those things go into one of the three piles above before everything goes back into the wardrobe.

2. Assess your space
I was not taking advantage of the space I had enough before I last cleaned my closet so I spent some time thinking about how things could fit better to make more room and have the things I use frequently more accessible. Take a look at what has been working for you and what hasn't and try packing things away in different areas.

3. Invest in slim hangers
Slim velvet hangers will keep everything looking streamlined, double your closet space (great for those suffering from a lack of storage) and will prevent clothes from slipping off and creating a floordrobe.

4. Make things visible
This one relates closely to tip number two. Things that can be seen are much more likely to get used, so when you are deciding how everything is going to go back in to the closet try to take advantage of visible spots for items you want to rotate more frequently. For me this is handbags and shoes. Previously my bags were hidden behind cupboard doors but now they are on an open shelf where I can see all my option quickly and not neglect any of the bags in my collection.

5. Set aside 10 minutes a week to keep it tidy
During the week things get shoved back into drawers, hung up in the nearest spot or just tossed onto a chair or the floor. If you put some music or the TV on and just spend 10 minutes doing a speedy tidy putting everything back where it belongs it will make things so much easier when the week starts up again and you are searching for that t-shirt in a rush. These quick cleans will also reduce the number of times you need to do a major clean out because things will be in order for the most part!

How do you keep your closet space in order?

Images via Pinterest

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

NARS Tech Fashion Lip Gloss Set + Lip Swatches

I'm not usually one for lip gloss but these guys are a bit irresistible. I have a bit of an obsession with mini's so that just made it even harder to stay away. The set comes with four mini sheer glosses that give off just the right amount of colour.This is my first experience with NARS lip products and I am quite impressed. There are two things I despise about glosses: strange smells and stickiness that makes your lips feel gooey and heavy. These have no real scent at all and you don't feel like you are wearing a gloss as the formula is very light (if that even makes sense...). All of the "shimmering" glosses have glitter in them which makes them extra sparkly but can be a bit tough to remove - make sure your lips are in tip top condition to avoid the glittery bits sticking to dry patches. My two top picks Shimmering Sheer Raspberry and Sheer Ruby can be built up for a more vibrant colour but it does mean that the gloss transfers quicker if you are going to be eating or drinking and things get a little messy. Although they are all sheer they do have their own distinct looks making the set a worthwhile purchase.  

Shimmering Peach Sorbet

Shimmering Sheer Fig

Shimmering Sheer Raspberry

Sheer Ruby

The NARS Tech Fashion Lip Gloss Set is limited edition but still available online and in store at selected Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica stores.

Which NARS products do you recommend?

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

I have been excited about seeing The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier since the exhibit first opened so I was pleased that it didn't disappoint. There is so much to see with more than 140 pieces on show, sketches, photographs and video footage arranged into seven different themes.

Some of the designs may be from a different time but the set up is quite modern. The figures wearing the clothes speak and make some interesting facial expressions with the clever use of some projectors and there is lots of runway footage played around the place where you can see the clothes in action.

I got very snap happy in there so I've shared a couple of my favourite pictures below but it is well worth seeing in person. The exhibition runs until the 8th of February so if you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it!