What To Get Your Mum & Dad For Their Birthday

Luckily for me, or unluckily, however you wish to look at it, my parent’s birthdays are one day apart. It’s always a struggle to pick something out that my aging and fussy parents will enjoy. Continue reading

Sweating Your Face Off

I would just like to comment on something that I saw today that I just do not understand, though it raises further issues for me. Today, as I was driving to work, I saw a lady having a sweaty afternoon jog with her long hair down. I mean, maybe her hair tie snapped and her hair was flailing in the wind by accident, or maybe she was an idiot. Continue reading

FOTD: Sporty Gym Chick

Another face of the day at work, to match my new Sketchers! I was never really a fan of Sketchers, but my sister and mum insisted how comfortable they were, so I decided to invest in a pair for Zumba and possibly my new tumbling class (yes, I’m super excited!). Anyway, these Sketchers have memory foam and are soo lightweight and comfortable. Also, the colours, I mean they’re gorgeous and they come in so many colours that it was really hard to choose! You can get these Sketchers here, at The Iconic.

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Now, onto my face. My eyeshadow is NP Set in Amsterdam. I used the light purple all over the lid and to highlight up to the brow bone. I then used the middle purple on my lid and the darkest purple on my crease. Of course, this was paired with Maybelline eyeliner and Benefit Mascara.

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dreaming, loving, living xx

Montblanc New Collection

If you’ve looked at my previous posts, you’d know that I attended the Montblanc Black & White Press Breakfast. The collection was just amazing my article on this is up on The F Fashion Blog right now, so go and have a read!

The collection was beautiful and elegant, and you would expect nothing less from one of the leading luxury brands in the world. Montblanc is a German brand and they love to stick to their traditional roots, as well as bringing modern, delicate designs to their collection. There is over 4,500 pieces in their collection and obviously, we were unable to see all of them.

There are many amazing things to look at, especially the $400,000 watch with an external heartbeat and the Princess Grace de Monaco fountain pen collection – they’re a beautiful ivory. I’m super excited about this article, so head on over and have a look.

Sorry for the shameless self-promotion!

dreaming, loving, living xx

Napoleon Perdis X Slim Aarons Review

You guys all know how excited I was for the Napoleon Perdis X Slim Aarons collection to be released. Napoleon Perdis is one of my favourite makeup brands and I was so excited to finally have this set in my possession, including the super cute Slim Aarons makeup bag that has now over taken my classic black makeup bag. I wanted to have some time to try to products and play around with them and I finally got the chance last Friday, the same day I did my Britney Spears look.

The Napoleon Perdis X Slim Aarons set comes with the ‘Champagne Days’ highlighter, the Matte Bronzer and lipstick in ‘Entitled’ (check out my haul post to see them). I didn’t buy the Two-Faced Eyeliner Duos that came inn brown, green and blue because when I want to use coloured eyeliner, I usually use eyeshadow to create a thin line and still use my black liquid close to the lash line. I do have blue and purple eyeliners and I also have glitter eyeliners, so I was all set for that part.

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I checked out the video on the Napoleon Perdis Youtube channel to see how they used the products. I decided to use them in the same way for this trial, even though when I had given them little tests before I did it a bit differently and I ended up using them when doing my sister’s makeup later that night. If you watch the video, this is how I used the products:

Bronzer: Crease of eyes

Highlighter: Cheek bones, cupids bow, tip of nose and chin

Lipstick: Lips and apples of the cheeks

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I added my own blue eyeliner under my lower lashes and filled in my eyebrows with an Estee Lauder Brow Pencil – I know, I look hilarious with eyebrows.

When not following this tutorial, I also use the bronzer to sculpt my face a little and sweep it up my cheek bones. I also don’t usually use highlighter on the chin or tip of the nose, sticking to the cheek bones and cupid’s bow. As for the lipstick on the apples of the cheeks, I actually really liked that tip.

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The bronzer is my favourite product in this set – it’s silky and smooth, as are all Napoleon Perdis compact powders and the colour is very flattering. The highlighter is soft and shimmery, you just have to be sure that you have blended it properly. As for the nude lipstick, I absolutely love a nude lipstick and this one is soft and creamy.

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A Cheerleader’s Diary: First Competition Of The Year

On Sunday, the club I cheer for, Power Cheer Academy had their first competition at the World Cup Cheer and Dance Championships. As you saw my my competition makeup post, we had quiffs and silver makeup with big eyeliner. Just thought I would share some photos. This is my first routine since winning Nationals in 2011 with my old team and my first level 3 stunt group since then too.

My Open Level 3 stunt group came second due to a nervous mishap during a toss and our 8 and Over Level 1 routine snagged first even after we couldn’t hear the music start and scrambled to get in time. I had to count the whole way through the routine to get everyone in time and call out what was next so by the time the end dance came around I was ecstatic that I could stop yelling and smile. Our other Level 1 Senior stunt group also came first. Two first places and a second for our first competition as a team is pretty great! Our Level 3 stunt group only learned our routine last week, so we are just happy that everything stayed up except for one stunt! There are always things to learn from a competition.

I also bought a WCCD crop and short set in pink and black that I’ll be putting up when I lose some of my winter weight! Check out some of my photos from the competition! Unfortunately, the videos would not upload, so hopefully I can figure them out soon so you can have a look at the routines. All that I can say was that it was fun and exhausting – exactly the way a competition should be when you put in 110%! The day also ended with a feed of McDonald’s – yet another way to end a competition right!

dreaming, loving, living xx

Makeup Play: I’m A Slave 4 U With a Twist

On Friday, my day off, I had done everything that I needed to and instead of relaxing and watching a movie, I hit YouTube to look up some great workouts. Bored with the usual tough workouts, I decided to do a fun dance one instead but I couldn’t really get through the ones I chose because they weren’t what I expected. So instead, I chose some songs with great film clips and danced along instead.

One of those songs was ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’ by one of my favourite artists Britney Spears. She has a blue smokey eye, extended to her outer corners. This makeup look inspired me to create something dramatic! I was also super bored and curled my hair.I'm A Slave 4 U Makeup

I too did a blue smokey eye but did the extended outer eye a little differently – more like a masquerade mask. I also added blue under my lower lashes. I used my Napoleon Perdis Matte Bronzer on my crease before using a highlighter from my Chi Chi ‘Don’t Pimp My Style’ eyeshadow palette. This is the palette I then used for my darker colours as well. Over the highlighter, I used my Napoleon Perdis Life Aquatic Loose Powder all over the lid. I used two shades of silver from my NP Set Seattle palette. I used the lightest silver on the inner eye and mid lid and the darker silver towards the outer edges and blended well. I then drew a faint line with my crayon eyeliner to the shape I desired and started to smudge it. Then I put a shade of grey over the top and blended it really well to the blue. Over that, I used a black glitter eyeshadow. The eyeliner lines were blended in so they could not be seen and blended some more. Finally, I used my liquid liner over the top lid and below my bottom lashes. I also lined the inner corner of my eye with it and extended past the corner to add a little more to the look. I also connected the liquid liner on the outer corners and finished up with a lot of mascara and a nude lip.

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I knew that my boyfriend was coming over later that night, so I wiped down the extended outer eyes and shaped it back around to something that wouldn’t frighten him.

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I was going to add the jewels but I actually forgot. What do you guys think?

dreaming, loving, living xx

 

OOTN: Saturday Dinner

Apologies for being a tad MIA this weekend, I’ve been playing with makeup, cheering and eating way too much food.  I also apologise for my shitty photography in the dark, but at least my two gorgeous boys had a photo with me. Let’s just say that my outfit looked fabulous and leave it at that! I was super proud that I matched my new rose gold necklace to my pumps. I had the same makeup as my Saturday Work FOTD just a little more eyeliner for night time.

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Blazer: Zara

Shorts: Forever 21(similar here)

Shirt: Dotti

Shoes: Op Shop Score

Necklace: Cotton On

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dreaming, loving, living xx

 

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

I mentioned earlier that I had finally joined the modern world and got myself my first laptop! My first laptop at 19. I know, I’m behind. I was going to get one when I started uni, but we work in computer rooms at uni anyway, so why would I bother when I have a computer at home? I am getting into my last semester and I realised after my first year that yeah, I do need one. I finally have one and yes, I am using it right now!

Of course, I needed a laptop bag. My mum insisted that I get one and we would not be leaving without one. My mum put some money into my purchase from birthday and Christmas money. I won’t get any presents from her and dad from Christmas, but that’s okay because I have something I really wanted and needed. Besides, I would’ve just asked for clothes and shoes anyway!

I needed a case that would look nice when I put it in my handbag, but none of them were nice enough, until I saw the Michael Kors one. Unfortunately, (or not really unfortunately) they didn’t have a case big enough and so I had to buy the travel tote. Oh no, poor me, now I have this super nice Michael Kors bag on my shoulder that has enough room to double as a handbag and is perfect for traveling. This bag is now attached to my side and I love it. It also comes in other awesome colours and designs, but mum wouldn’t let me have white as my other white handbag is now filthy (not from dirt, from walking in the rain and it rubbing against black jeans).

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I have seen these totes around online. I got mine at the Apple Store for $350 but some places like Net-a-Porter are more expensive while the Michael Kors website is cheaper. This could also be due to currency and all prices don’t carry that much difference.

Ugh, I’m so in love with my Michael Kors, my boyfriend is getting sick of me calling it ‘my Michael Kors’ instead of ‘my laptop bag’.

dreaming, loving, living xx