My Recent Empties #1

You know the drill. I try a bunch of products so you don’t have to. Here’s what I thought about this lot….

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque – This one is a perfect mask for your basic rub and buff (why does that sound so suggestive?!). A clay based mask that you leave on to dry and then massage into the skin before washing off. The cranberry seeds get rid of any uneven or dead skin, leaving your face as fresh as a 2 week olds.

REPURCHASE? I will likely buy this stuff again but with so many exciting face masks out there to try I can’t imagine I’ll be getting another one of these bad boys any time soon.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Alaska– I purchased this base to wear on relaxed days – brunch with the girls, out to the shops type stuff but now I can’t help but pick this one up 5 or so mornings a week! I love how this product offers moderate coverage but still looks so damn natural. A total winner in my books!

REPURCHASE? Yah, girl.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla – I raved about this product in my ‘It’s Another US Make-Up Haul’ post so feel free to check that out. Basically this concealer is a total dream with medium coverage without ever looking thick or cakey. THE. BEST.

REPURCHASE? All day errrr’y day.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – Every beauty blogger and vlogger knows about this dreamy serum. This stuff just melts into the skin and its stunning essential oils will make your face feel bright and replenished when your alarm goes buzzzzz in the mornings. There’s a reason why this product is a cult classic.

REPURCHASE? Not yet but definitely will do in the future.

Benefit Gimme Brows in Medium/Deep – This product has been redone with their new line of brow products so you wont find this version of it in store but I have to say I found it super easy peasy to use and very effective. Great for topping up the boldness factor after using some sort of brow pencil and also amazing to wear on its own for a relaxed ‘no makeup’ look!

REPURCHASE? Yaaaass! I now have the updated version, which has a wider variety of colours and different packaging. Still a killer product.

Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil in 4 – I was a big fan of this one when I was using it. It has a natural colour selection, a fine tip for precise application and a handy dandy spoolie on the end. I’ve recently however moved onto a thicker defining pencil and I actually prefer it as it’s quicker and less fiddly. Probably a personal preference on that one but a great option if that’s what you’re after.

REPURCHASE? No.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black – A solid performance here by L’Oreal with a reasonably priced mascara that will create thick and long, jet-black lashes. No complaints from me on this one but I wonder if there is any mascara that could completely bowl me over. Let me know if there is a mascara you adore!

REPURCHASE? Not any time soon. On the hunt for something outstanding.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water – I caaanot live without micellar water and to be honest, I’ve only tried a couple of varieties because I think it’s all pretty same/same. Why look any further when this one does exactly what you want by removing makeup effortlessly without drying the skin? Also, it’s super cheap! End the search and settle on this one I say!

REPURCHASE? Have and will!

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish – Not a huge fan of this one as it’s kind of an exfoliator/body wash hybrid. There just wasn’t enough of a physical exfoliator so it didn’t really do its job and if I wanted a body wash, I would just use a body wash, you know? I did however appreciate the sickly sweet strawberry scent which took me back to me teenage years of Neighbours and downing milo by the kilo.

REPURCHASE? Not today or any other.

All in all I was pretty chuffed with most of these products. NARS is pretty much THE best when it comes to getting a flawless and natural look. Bless em’.

Until next time…That’s what she said.

‘My Best Friend Got Married and All I got Was This Cheap US Make-Up’ Haul

I love it when my friends get married. It’s just so special to watch them make a life long commitment to their best friend and then fly off to their romantic honeymoon in the US with my make-up order in their luggage. A life of love and commitment for you, cheap make-up from the US for me. I mean who’s really getting the better deal here?!

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Shōbōsho, 17 Leigh Street, ADELAIDE.

Since it’s opening earlier this year, Shobosho has gotta be one of the most hip and happenin’ eateries in the city centre. I would have got there sooner but I made a booking online one time and then something came up and I forgot to cancel it. Dick move, I know. They called me, they emailed me, I felt like an asshole and then of course I couldn’t go there incase they recognised me. Sure, maaaaaaybe I blew this out of proportion a little but after waiting a couple of months I finally felt confident enough to head in there incognito. My friend booked under her name of course!

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Recent Reads – Winter Edition

Crank the heater, brew some peppermint tea and dive into some fresh sheets with a bloody good book. It’s winter time baby and what better way to get through this hellish season then to snuggle up and read? That’s where I’ll be until conditions improve and these are the books I’ve been hiding away with recently:

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Fine and Fettle, 4/57 Magill Road, STEPNEY.

Karma and Crow, Whistle and Flute, Trouble and Strife, Froth and Fodder, Bricks and Stones and now we finally have another ‘something and something’ cafe to add to Adelaide’s ever expanding collection. I’m talking about the new Fine and Fettle that’s popped up on Magill Rd and although this place has followed the ‘Hip Adelaide Cafe’ guidebook when it comes to it’s name, I’m happy to report that with everything else, Fine and Fettle is marching to the beat of it’s own coffee machine.

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Your Easter Gift Guide

I don’t know what it is about chocolate in egg or Easter bunny form that makes it taste so much damn better than a block or bar but it’s a thing, and a thing I embrace every year they appear on the shelves at Woolies when I proceed to gobble those suckers down until my supply finally runs dry. It ain’t easy being this thirsty for Easter eggs.

Another pleasant (yet of course, less important) part of Easter is giving. That’s right. A morsel of chocolate to show just how much you love and care because ain’t nobody got time for stuffed bunnies or painted eggs. So with Easter just around the corner I thought I would put together a little guide for what to buy your crew.

For the young or young at heart: Nothing screams childhood like a Kinder Surprise Egg. I remember my sister and I standing in the isle at the supermarket shaking the eggs and holding them up to our ears to see if we could detect whether it was a ‘maker’ or a figurine. Any kidlet would love to find this happy looking bunny at the end of an Easter egg hunt!

For the Easter egg hunt enthusiast: Speaking of Easter egg hunts, these Cadbury Turkish Delight dreams have got to be one of the best mini-eggs going around. These are a MUST for anyone who’s planning on having an epic hunt with family or friends.

For the gourmet gal or boy: When I got a glance of these stunning chocolate blocks on Chocolab’s insta, I knew I had to get some of them for a few special peeps. These gorgeous blocks really put the luxury in Easter, in fact any occasion really. Birthdays, corporate events, Christmas is covered by these beauties. Perfect for your friend who is anything but #basic.

For the co-worker or extended fam: Okay so you feel like you should buy a little somethin’ for a co-worker or acquaintance to let them know you care but you don’t want to spend a fortune during the holiday. Your basic Cadbury eggs range from $3-$5 so they’re perfect for this sitch. It’s Cadbury. No one can complain about Cadbury.

For the health fanatic among you: If you have a health guru on your hands then a load o’ Lindt ain’t gonna cut it. I know these aren’t eggs or bunnies but these new Loving Earth chocolates are seriously, seriously tasty. Loving Earth chocolate is made from organic, ethically sourced ingredients and it is much better for you than the standard stuff. Their Salted Caramel Swayzee will make you forget about that time at the movies when the chick at the candy bar said ‘enjoy the movie’ and you responded with ‘you too!’ *cringe*

For daddy dearest: Dads and Charlesworth really are a match made in heaven and when I stopped by their stall in the Central Market last week I spotted a bunch of beautiful gift packs for Easter. Maybe not the most original gift but hey, he’ll like it all the same.

For the ones you really love: Nothing says ‘I love the shit out of you’ better than a good old hunk o’ Haigh’s. It really is the best chocolate on the planet – that’s a fact. The chocolate is smoother than a Barry White album and my god, the flavour is second to none.

Happy Easter Ya’ll!

Until next time…That’s what she said.