Six Festive Lip Colours

Now I am all for a deep red lip at Christmas time, it's traditional and always classically beautiful. But, if you're from the southern hemisphere like me, rich red or berry hues aren't always what we want to reach for in the summer months. In this post I have tried to feature the best of both worlds. Three darker, wintery shades and three brighter shades, perfect for a warmer climate. And the best part? They're almost all drugstore - so they're totally affordable.

❄︎ Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick - 625 Are You Red-dy
❄︎ Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - 850 Plum Velour
❄︎ MAC Matte Lipstick - Russian Red
❄︎ Australis Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick - Flamenco
❄︎ Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - 677 Siren
❄︎ Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick - 515 Coral Crush

What's your favourite lip colour to wear during the Christmas season?

Cheap and Cheerful! 10 Christmas Gifts Under $20

Christmas is fast approaching and if you're anything like me, there's still a lot of shopping to be done! Here's a few gift ideas you can pick up for under $20, perfect for any last minute gifts or Secret Santas with a $20 limit. I tried to include a variety of different items, so even if you don't end up buying one of these gifts, hopefully it sparks some inspiration for you!

And if all else fails, there's always chocolate.
1. You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé Mug - $16
2. Little Snow Fairy Gift Pack - $13.95
3. Pineapple Sleep Shorts - $10
4. Geo Metallic Tealight Holder - $5
5. T24U Tea Kit - $18
6. Lindt Lindor Balls Gift Box - $18
7. Savvy Cosmetics Brush Set - $9.99
8. Masters of Wisdom: HH The Dalai Lama - $6.99
9. Harajuku Lovers Eau De Toilette Collection 5 Pack - $9.99
10. Artesian Mini Candle Black Gold - $20 (I know, I kind of cheated with this one!)

How's your Christmas shopping going? Are you a last minute shopper like me?

Olay Moisturising Cream Review

I'm sure most of you have heard of Olay before and probably even used some of their products in the past. It's one of those classic brands that has been around forever and is always reliable. For me, the Olay moisturising lotion was one of the first skin care items I ever started using, I remember my Mum purchasing it for me in my early teens. When I was looking for a new night cream a few months ago I came across this old school gem once again and decided to pick up the cream version. I am SO glad that I did!

 First things first, I absolutely love the scent of Olay products, it isn't too strong or overpowering and it brings back all those memories of using the lotion it when I was younger. The texture is also really nice, it's thick and rich without feeling to heavy or greasy on the skin and it sinks in really quickly. My skin always feels so much softer and more hydrated after using it.

Previously I was using the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream which I still really like but is a bit too heavy for me in spring and summer. I found the Olay cream to be a little bit lighter, which is perfect as my skin tends to become slightly oilier in the warmer months.

If you've never tried an Olay moisturiser before, (unless your skin is very sensitive to even a slight fragrance, or you have extremely dry skin that requires a heavy moisturiser) I would absolutely recommend trying one of them out. As I mentioned the lotion used to be a skin care staple of mine and I'm very happy to have the cream version back in my life!

Let me know if you've tried any Olay products out and your thoughts!

My Top 10 Christmas Gift Packs

I've been browsing through the hundreds of different gift packs on offer this year and, if I'm completely honest, I'm lusting after most of them. But I managed to narrow them down to the 10 that I'm most excited about. There's a bit of everything here, from skin care to make up, nail polish and fragrance. I'd be pretty stoked to open up any of these on Christmas day.

1. For the girl who loves silky smooth locks - Bumble and Bumble Non-Stop Softness Set
2. For the perfume collector - Vera Wang Princess EDT Gift Set
3. For the lipstick lover - Too Faced Melted Kisses Set
4. For the girl who loves a soak in the tub - Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath Oil Collection
5. For the girl who likes to pamper her skin - Essano Rosehip 3 Steps To Gorgeous Gift Pack
6. For the Narsissist - Nars Laser Cut Set
7. For the make up beginner - Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette
8. For the girl who deserves a bit of luxury - Hourglass Ambient Blush Wardrobe
9. For the girl who always has the perfect manicure - Ciaté Candy Cane House
10. For the girl who loves a Sunday pamper sesh - Make Up Store Spa 3 Piece Collection

If these gift packs are a little outside your price range don't worry, I'm planning a cheap and cheerful Christmas gift guide, which will be up soon!

What's on your Christmas list this year?

Go PINK this October with Goldwell and Milk & Co.

Throughout the month of October, Goldwell and Milk & Co. have teamed up with the McGrath Foundation to raise breast cancer awareness and support those who are currently undergoing treatment. The McGrath Foundation aims to provide support for women and their families who have been affected by breast cancer by funding the McGrath Breast Care Nurses, a team dedicated to making the breast cancer experience a little bit easier. The McGrath Foundation has also developed the Curve Lurve program, empowering young women to look after their bodies and take positive steps to promote their own health and wellbeing. 

In support of the McGrath Foundation, Goldwell are donating $1 from every specially marked Pink Super Hold Laquer and Pink Elixir. Milk & Co. are also donating $1 from every product sold from the women's range to the foundation. Not only do these companies make amazing products, it's great to see them supporting such an important cause.

You can find out more about the McGrath Foundation and donate over on their website. You can also check out the full range of Milk & Co. products here and find your nearest Goldwell stockist here.

The New Subscription Box - Love Lois

You could be forgiven for feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the different subscription boxes which have appeared over the past couple of years. There's boxes for skin care, make up, fashion and even pets! While none of the beauty boxes took my fancy, there's now a new subscription box which I think is a really great idea!

What's New - Diptyque Skin Care

Now this is a skin care line which I am very excited about. 

I'm sure by now you're probably all sick of seeing Instagram photos of Diptyque candles slowly burning away (I still can't bring myself to spend $80 on a candle, no matter how good it smells!) but I think this skin care line is something that more of us can get behind, maybe? This range of products is described as botanical based skincare inspired by traditional herbal medicines to uplift the senses and bring out skin's natural radiance.

I'm particularly interested in the Cleansing Balm and the Radiance Boosting Powder which lathers into a creamy cleanser. The Infused Facial Water also sounds lovely and would be great for freshening up throughout the day. I can already image how incredible everything in this line is going to smell! Obviously being from Diptyque this is still very much a luxury range of products, with prices ranging between $72 and $89 for us Aussies. Although it is pricey I think skin care is something which a lot of us like to invest in and, in many cases, you get what you pay for. 

Will you be trying any products from the new Diptyque range? Let me know!

Goldwell Dual Senses 60 Second Treatment Review

I love trying out new hair masks because over time I have put my hair through a lot of suffering! From bleaching and colouring it over and over again to heat styling it on a regular basis, my hair has definitely gone through its fair share of abuse. The hair mask I've been trying out recently is the Goldwell Dual Senses 60 Second Treatment*.

I use this mask from the mid lengths to the ends of my hair after shampooing and conditioning like usual and leave it in while I wash my body. As the name suggests, you only have to leave the mask in for 60 seconds to get its full effect, which is great because it means you don't have to stand around in the shower waiting for the mask to do its thing. After rinsing it out it leaves my hair feeling much more nourished and hydrated and once I've dried and styled my hair my ends are much smoother with less frizzy flyaway hairs. Although I can't really judge this mask on how well it maintains my hair colour because I haven't dyed my hair in months, it definitely does make my hair look a lot more glossy and I have noticed that it brightens up even my natural hair colour and adds dimension. It also smells amazing and the colour is a really pretty bright pink. I know that the colour doesn't really make much difference in how well it works, but it's just cute okay? Overall I think this is a really nice hair mask at a pretty affordable price and I would recommend trying it if you have colour treated hair or even if your hair is just damaged like mine.

This mask retails for $24.95 and is available from Hair House Warehouse and Price Attack. You can check out the full range of Goldwell products and salons here.

What's your favourite hair mask or treatment? Let me know in the comments!
*This product was sent to me for review.

Guess who's back...

FINALLY! It's been much longer than I anticipated (really, over a month already?!) but I'm now settled in my new place with working internet and at least some sort of daily routine, which is still a work in progress but I'm getting there! So here's my explanation of why I have been MIA this past month. I'll try to keep it brief!

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Uni session was just finishing up meaning that I was snowed under with assignments (four due on the same day to be exact!). Not only did I have 3 essays to write but I also had to complete my digital media project which was a fully functional website written entirely in HTML and CSS. Now, to say that I've never been so stressed out about an assignment before is an understatement. Essays are never an issue for me, I can churn them out fairly easily (not to toot my own horn) but I have never experienced frustration on the level which I did trying to write HTML. Despite all that, I'm happy to say that I completed my website and I'm extremely proud of the result. Understanding HTML and CSS is a massive part of my degree, so I'll most probably be taking more advanced subjects on them in the future.

University aside, I also moved out of home this month, all the way from the Illawarra to Melbourne! This was probably one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make but it was a necessary one. A 10 hour drive later and I've moved in with my boyfriend who recently started a job here. Other than missing my family and friends I am extremely happy to be here, I never felt attached to the city which was my 'home' and I always imagined myself moving elsewhere. Leaving my Mum was probably the hardest part of this whole process. We are extremely close and I consider her my best friend, not seeing her everyday has been a massive adjustment to make. But I'm 22 years old (almost 23, ugh) and I figured I needed to start acting like a grown up sooner or later, even though I definitely don't feel like one!

Oh, and it also took a while for us to get the internet hooked up at our apartment but now it's up and running, so you can expect much more consistent posts! I am very excited about that :)

Anyway, I think that about sums it all up. Thank you so SO much for sticking with me and for everyone who has just started following me, I really appreciate it.


Hey everyone,

Just a quick post to let you guys know that I'm going to be absent from blogging and YouTube for a week or two. Life has become really hectic lately and I just need a bit of time in the real world to get my head around everything that's going on at the moment. Not only is this session of Uni coming to an end, which means I have essays due left and right, but I'm also going to be moving in the next couple of weeks, which is equal parts exciting and terrifying.

I want to say a huge thank you to every single one of you for supporting me and my little blog so far. It honestly means the world to me and I'm incredibly excited for everything still to come. I already have a lot of ideas that I can't wait to explore when I have a little more time on my hands! I'll still be all over that social media game, so if you want to keep up to date with what's going on in my life you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

All White Everything

⤕ Jeffrey Campbell Lottery Platforms

I'm so obsessed with all white outfits at the moment. Summer in Australia needs to hurry up and get here already! I can't wait to add some more white dresses and chunky sandals to my wardrobe.

Winter Polish Picks

6. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour | Taboo

I'm definitely a winter nail polish person. I'll take a super dark berry polish over a bright coral anyday. Black is still one of my favourite colours to wear on my nails all year round, despite my Mum complaining that it looks too 'gothic'. I think dark colours always look classic and chic (as long as they're perfectly manicured!) and suit almost everyone. Pale grey colours and a bit of subtle shimmer are also among my favourites for winter.

What are your favourite nail polish shades? Bright, dark, pastel? Let me know!

My Favourite Sprays for Beachy Waves

If I'm completely honest, since I cut my hair short recently I've been seriously missing my long locks. There were so many different ways I could style my hair when it was long that just don't work with shorter hair. Despite my frustration I've started experimenting with some different techniques and products to try and achieve some new styles which work on my short hair and I'm happy to say, I've found some good ones! My favourite way of styling my short hair is in relaxed, messy waves that I create by curling my hair with a straightener which leaves more natural looking waves than when I use a curling iron. I love styling my hair this way because unfortunately I have not been blessed with naturally thick, voluminous hair. Creating these beachy waves adds texture and fullness to my usually flat hair.

Now, finally, heres where the products come in!

I've noticed now that my hair is shorter curls don't last as long as they used to, so I've been loving using products which add both texture and a bit of hold to my hair. The Goldwell Naturally Full  Wet & Dry Bodifying Spray* is fantastic because is has a light hold, so it doesn't leave my hair feeling crispy. It helps the waves last longer and I love spraying it throughout my hair to add even more texture and volume. A similar product is the Umberto Giannini Backcomb In A Bottle, which I mentioned recently in my July Favourites. This product is amazing for adding volume, I like to lift up sections of hair, spray it at the roots (but not too close, this can get greasy if you're not careful!) and then scrunch my hair up a bit to create some messy-ness.

As far as sea salt sprays go, one which I absolutely love is the Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray. This is one of my favourites because it doesn't leave a sticky residue and dries without making my hair feel crunchy. I like scrunching this in after I've curled my hair because its really great at creating that 'piece-y' texture and keeps my waves a bit more separated. And it smells great BTW. Lastly, I want to mention the Edgy Bodifi Volumising Spray because this was one of my favourite products to use in my hair when it was longer. Unfortunately now that my hair is short it seems to make my hair look a lot more oily, even when my hair was long I used it very sparingly. If you have long hair this is an amazing product, super volumising and thickening. I love spraying it through my hair while its still damp and then blow drying it upside down, the volume it creates is incredible! I also love it because it gives me 'second-day' hair on the first day, which means my hair isn't so squeaky clean and much easier to style.

Let me know what your favourite texturising/volumising products are!

*This product was sent to me for review. 

Fave Etsy Finds

The home & living section on Etsy is one of my absolute favourite places to browse for home decor items and other knick knacks. I can spend hours flicking through page after page (it's a bit of an addiction to say the least) and I'm always amazing by the uniqueness of the items, all the sellers are so damn creative and talented!

Let me know what your favourite Etsy stores are, or if you have your own! I'd love to check them out.

Witchery SS14

Here's some of my favourite pieces from the Witchery SS14 collection. I can just image the multitude of ways the white blazer could be worn! I also really love the gold shorts, which look super soft and comfortable, absolutely perfect for summer (they would look incredible with a tan!).

You can check out the entire collection here. Let me know what clothing items you're looking forward to rocking this summer!

How to Look Fresh and Healthy When You're Sick

I don't know about you guys, but when I'm sick the last thing I want to do is sit around putting on a full face of makeup! Don't get me wrong, when I'm at 100% I find it really enjoyable and somewhat relaxing to do my daily makeup, but when I'm sick or tired all I want to do is lay in bed and watch YouTube all day. Unfortunately we all have times when we have to face the world even if we're feeling less than spectacular. Today's video is a makeup routine I've worked out which makes me look a million times better than I did when I reluctantly rolled out of bed. It freshens up my complexion, makes me look more rested and most importantly is super quick and easy to achieve!

Hope you guys enjoy the video! Let me know what your sick day makeup routine involves or if you have any tips!

What I'm Listening To [2] Mavis - Soho

I first heard about Mavis when Sammi from Beauty Crush mentioned them in one of her recent videos and I've been OBSESSED ever since. I love their sound, which I guess I'd describe as being alt. rock, although that's a very broad genre! Give them a listen and let me know what you think!

Don't forget to let me know what you've been listening to recently.

Milk & Co. Face Cleanser Review

I recently started using the Milk & Co. Face Cleanser* and have been testing it out for almost two weeks. This cleanser is paraben free made from 95% naturally derived ingredients which contain nutrients that are great for your skin. It's also made in Australia from 100% recyclable materials and it's not tested on animals (YAY!). I'm starting to use products with more natural ingredients as part of my skin care/hair care routine, so I was really interested in trying this cleanser out.

I've found that this cleanser is really gentle on my skin, while at the same time making it feel really deeply cleansed and fresh, I love using it in the mornings to help me wake up! It doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or tight, which is nice because in winter my skin tends to be drier than usual. It's also great at removing make up, which saves so much time in my skin care routine! I've been using it on my Models Prefer cleansing brush and it foams up really nicely. It does have quite a strong fragrance, which is really fresh and reminds me of a lemonade icy pole, mixed with hibiscus (that's my best attempt at describing it!), something you might want to keep in mind if you have sensitive skin.

Overall, I've found this to be a really nice everyday cleanser and would definitely recommend trying it out, especially if you're trying to incorporate more natural products into your skin care routine. Milk & Co. can be found at selected Coles, Woolworths, Priceline and Terry White Pharmacies, Big W and Thomas Dux stores.

Have any of you tried this cleanser? Let me know your thoughts!

*This product was sent to me for review. 

DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Don't buy the Frank body scrub, make your own! This DIY scrub is super easy to make and only requires 4 ingredients. It leaves your skin feeling so silky and soft, oh and it smells delicious! Check out how I made it in the video below.

Let me know if you try it out!

The New Suit

This lookbook from Nasty Gal puts a gorgeous, summery spin on traditional tailored suit pieces. I'm particularly loving the all white ensembles, which are so on-trend and absolutely perfect for the hotter months. Basically I'm just extremely jealous of all you northern hemisphere people at the moment, while I'm down here freezing in Australia. Pick up one of those beautiful cape blazers for me! You can check out all the pieces from the collection here.

Let me know what your favourite summer clothing trend is!