Surprise Romantic Weekend Away – One Year Anniversary

Hello Lovelies,
Just over one year ago Alex and I started dating and it feels as if time has stopped for us as well as flewn by. Although we went out for a special dinner on the actual night of our one year anniversary, Alex had been planning something special and been keeping it a surprise for months. I literally had no idea, other than I had to pack enough clothes for a weekend away and that we were going to go to dinner somewhere nice. 
I was beyond surprised and taken a back with excitement when he told me that we would be escaping to Bribie Island for the weekend. We ended up staying at this amazing B&B that had a gorgeous king sized bed with access to spa, sauna and pool facilities. We spent the day relaxing to the max in the spa and indulging in a Lush Bath Bomb!!!! Dinner was exciting and we splurged and got a couple of drinks as well as entrees and sides.

 Even though we experienced the first heat wave of the season (the temperature got above 40 degrees Celsius) the entire weekend was pure bliss and we both had such an amazing time.

xoxo
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Black + Gold Sugar Skull

Hello Lovelies,

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year, I swear I’ve become obsessed with looking and watching videos of everyone’s looks, everyone gets so creative. It just happened to be exam time for me the entirety of October, so yay! All I wanted to do while I was studying was to transform myself into something creepy or different, so I personally used that as fuel to study extra hard. When I finally got around to sitting down and trying something out, the only idea I had in my head was a sugar skull and I thought a black and gold colour scheme would work well, so I just winged it.

I started by contouring (very lightly) with black eyeshadow around my jawline and the sides of my face. The eyes were very fun to create and I started by placing down different yellows and golds to create an opaque colour around the eyes. Then came the black outline and the blending, which in all honesty took me the longest, but the trick i found was to keep applying gold/yellow where needed and placing some black lightly over those areas where you’ve placed more gold. Filling in the half circles around the eyes are pretty simple until you get to the ones around the nose, they can get a little tricky so take your time. I just used a pencil eyeliner, so if you use gel or liquid you’ll have to be extra careful since they’ll smudge easier.

Personally I found the nose tricky since the area is all curved, I spent way too long trying to clean up the edges but in the end I sort of just left it the way it was. Lastly you can really improvise with the mouth, I’ve seen so many interpretations, I tried to keep it simple.

Of course I put a deep face in !!!!
Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!!!!

xoxo

19th Birthday Wrap-up

Hello Lovelies,

WOW!!! I’m getting old now. It’s unreal telling people that I’m 19, especially since 18 was so much fun. This year was probably the best birthday I’ve ever had, since historically I’ve had horrible birthdays. For example I spent my 17th birthday at a funeral, was not fun at all let me tell you that. This year though was in a totally different category, I had two weekends of fun and friends.

The weekend before my birthday I hosted a pajama and cocktail night with a lot of tequila involved. Everyone loved that they could rock up to a party in their onesies and we were all fabulously comfy and we smashed through multiple margaritas. I rocked my new storm trooper pajama pants and fluffy slippers and stayed super warm all night.

On my actual birthday I decided to keep it  little low key and spent my day with my boyfriend, Alex. I really wanted to spend my day baking and cooking since my kitchen at home is bust so we ventured out in the morning to gather ingredients. Firstly we stopped for my favourite coffee, which is a White Chocolate Mocha with lactose free milk and a double shot from Zarraffas by the way. For the last couple of months Alex has kept his eyes out for some yellow tulips since they are only in season for a little while during winter, low and behold there is a bunch of yellow tulips at the Coles we went to, it was like fate. I had decided I wanted to make red velvet cupcakes since they’re my favourite, and the cupcakes turned out fine but boy do I need to learn how to make frosting properly. For dinner Alex and I made pork fillet with potato gems (or tater tots) with homemade cheesy garlic bread, which Alex made all by himself and it was amazing.

My makeup was amazing as was my outfit but with all the cooking and the dinner party that followed, I forgot to take a photo. Two of my closest friends came around and we had dinner and played Cards Against Humanity before heading to Fortitude Valley. We danced for awhile and decided to end the night at a cocktail bar called Alfred and Constance. My friend Siobhan and I tried the lychee martinis and they were an absolute treat for our bodies, sooooo yummy.

All in all I had an amazing day and it was definitely a day I will never forget.

xoxo

Priceline Haul – Skincare & Makeup

Hello Lovelies,

It is such a surprise that I had a little bit of money left over from the weekend and naturally decided to actually go to Priceline and get a few essentials. Lately my skin has gone haywire, I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s pretty crazy. I tried to avoid changing around any of my skincare products and now I’m running low on most skincare essentials. I heard a lot of rave about the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and I’m sincerely hoping that my skin doesn’t reject it since it smells nice and is relatively cheap. With the Formula 10.0.6 moisturizer I honestly wanted to spice it up a bit because all my moisturizers from the last couple months have been specifically for seborrheic dermatitis (which is unfortunately the crazy, haywire skincare and scalp condition I’ve been battling) and I really wanted a change. Previously I’ve bought from this brand so I hope all goes well.

Lately I’ve been a slacker when it comes to replacing mascaras, I’m aware that they only last about 6 months but I refuse to go buy a new one. I really couldn’t turn down Maybelline’s Great Lash since it was only $6.50!!!!! The matte maker is a new powder from Maybelline and I hope it holds up from their Stay Matte powder, since that was so amazing at doing it’s job, I have to say that off the bat the packaging is a lot nicer.

Can’t wait to start using these little lovelies and let you all know how they fair with my face 😀

What have you bought recently?

Sleek i-Divine Oh So Special Palette Review and Swatches

Boy has this little baby been on my wishlist forever! I honestly don’t know why I didn’t buy it earlier, especially seeing how cheap it is. There are so many looks in this palette and I’m finding it quite versatile, so much so it’s been replacing my usage of my Urban Decay Naked Palette. OOH SHOCK!!! Now before I start rambling on about my love and adoration of this product, I’ll show you some swatches.

Hopefully you’ll agree with me that the pigmentation is spectacular. These all had NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk underneath for a base. They show up incredible on the lid and I have to admit that they blend incredibly well. The packaging of the palette has a couple of pros and cons, firstly the mirror is amazing, I find myself constantly using it to do my makeup when I’m away from home. Secondly, it’s a very tiny palette and occasionally when I’m trying to open it, I find it a little tricky and I feel that I may break it.

Overall I would give it a 9/10 and would love to try out some other Sleek palettes for comparison.

What’s your favourite or go-to palette at the moment?
xoxo

Since I’ve Been Gone: No Excuses, Life Happened

Life has been hectic. There are no other words to describe the last couple of months. I’m not going to start listing out all the reasons why I haven’t been posting, that’s pointless. We all know that sometimes life likes to make it’s way into the way we normally run things, and that’s exactly what happened to me. Since the last time we talked so much has happened, serious family issues, health concerns and the tedious day to day troubles.

About a week after my last post I was heading to a mate’s 22nd birthday party and to be honest I was quite excited about the night ahead, it was going to be interesting. As I rocked up to his front garden my phone began to buzz and it was seriously the weirdest thing, since I’d left home less than a half hour before then. My sister’s face pops up on the caller ID and I answer, she asks me if I’m alone, so I step away from my friends to listen. I’m informed that my grandma had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything else that night was pointless, I was a mess. Since finding out this news, she’s had surgery and is now on radiation, and I would have to say that this would be the main reason why not only my life, but everyone’s life around me has become a little different. Hopefully she’s going to be okay but for about a month after the initial diagnoses we were all just in a state of waiting which was emotionally tolling.

Hold on, there’s not only bad news there is good! I did amazing on my final assessment pieces at uni last semester and my 19th Birthday is coming up soon. My Black Milk Clothing collection has also been growing…rapidly, which has brought great joy to my life. Work has also been good, very stressful, but good and I’m finding it incredibly satisfying.

To try and get back into the swing of things, I’m going to do a couple more “Since I’ve Been Gone” posts, to catch you all on the things I’ve been loving, wanting and hating.

xoxo

Bastille Concert

Hello Lovelies,

Let’s just say that these past few weeks have been hectic as all hell, exams, work and squeezing in as many moments with Alex before he leaves on his cruise. With all this crazy I didn’t get to do half of the posts I’d planned on doing, for starters I wanted to tell you all about my awesome concert experience with Bastille!!!!

It’s very rare I go to a concert and don’t end up in general admission getting squished with everyone else, but on this occasion my mum really wanted to go with my sister and I, so we sat down. When we arrived at the Convention Centre at 7:30pmish we walked pass the long ass line for the people who were patiently waiting to try and get as possible to the band. We strolled right past them and joined the back of another long ass line, the one for merch. I have a little bit of guilt for my band merchandise collection because I’m in love with fashion and all it’s fantastic creations but I still only really wear band tshirts with jeans and Black Milk. I really can’t help myself!!!!!

You have literally no idea how much I adore this shirt, I practically lived in it the weekend following the concert.

Since we weren’t really bothered with the first supporting artist which was Allison Wonderland, we ventured from the merch stall and grabbed some food and cider. Although I was extremely pumped for this concert since we all bought tickets in November last year, I had had an exam earlier that day that was really stressful and then I knew I had another exam the next day at 8:30am! I was certifiably exhausted.

The second supporting artist was Foxes and she had such a gorgeous voice, so much so that I bought her album that weekend! The anticipation for Bastille to come on was incredibly intense, but once they were on they were ON! Lights going crazy and everyone screaming and yelling every lyric out until vocal chords popped. Stand out songs were Oblivion, The Draw and Laughter Lines also they played a new song that no one had heard yet and it was spectacular. For Flaws the lead singer jumped off the stage and started meandering through the general admission! Their stage presence was mesmerizing.

It’s such an experience getting to see one of your favourite bands perform live, I’d love to know what some of you favourite bands/artists are and if you’ve seen them live.

xoxo