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Disclaimer: the dress pictured in these photos is so old and so well-worn that it has holes in it, so in case you happen to notice them, please don’t think I went crawling through a trash can. I just can’t bring myself to throw this dress away.

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On Friday last week, my sister and I decided to go out for lunch. It was kind of a big deal for me, because I rarely get out and do social things during the week – especially during the day!

I’d been waiting for an opportunity to debut these glasses on the blog for almost two weeks, and it just seemed like the perfect excuse to bust ‘em out in the sunshine!

The glasses are called ‘Espanola’ and I purchased them from Stay Wild, the online store run by Nikki Gutierrez, or @nikkigee_mua. They are clear cat eye frames encrusted with oversize sparkling jewels and tiny white roses – and I am OBSESSED. I love them so much!

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I also recently bought these large Doll earrings and this Galaxy Ring Set from one of my favourite online stores, I’m Your Present! I featured Kelly and her gorgeous shop in my best of Etsy roundup, and let me tell you, I was so super excited to finally place my order. I got these things and a couple of other goodies which you’ll hear aaaaall about tomorrow!

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In short, this is one of my all time favourite outfits ever. Girly, cute, sparkly – yay!

  • Glasses – Stay Wild
  • Doll earrings & Galaxy rings – I’m Your Present
  • Oversized pearls – Diva
  • Neon dress – Valleygirl
  • Holographic clutch – unknown (it was a gift!)
  • Jelly sandals – ZU

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My sister and I had a gorgeous lunch and then heaps of fun taking these photos on such a warm, sunny day. She turned out to be quite the little photographer!

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As much as I love playing around with makeup and getting really colourful and creative, sometimes I just can’t be bothered. Because I mostly work from home, it’s easy to fall into the sweats-and-socks trap, hiding in my office for hours on end until I have to go to the shops to buy milk or cat food. (I’m just kidding. I have at least four other reasons for having to leave my house on weekdays).

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Prior to my office overhaul, I had to dig through my massive, ancient, overflowing makeup kit for what I needed every day. I recently threw a major tantrum and then invested in the cult-famous Alex drawers from Ikea, which seem to have been purposely designed with home-based makeup artists in mind. I got to sorting all my products into separate plastic trays and allocating space for everything I own. In other words, makeup + organisation = makeup artist porn.

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Now I can see everything more clearly, I’ve also noticed that I tend to opt toward certain products in my day-to-day makeup routine. Obviously, for my more creative/glittery/out there looks, I use a wide range of different products – but it’s interesting that the bulk of my every day makeup is actually very basic and very inexpensive.

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  • Face of Australia HD Primer. I picked this little gem up from a drugstore late last week as I lost my favourite Inglot gel primer (sob), and wow, I am so impressed! It’s much thinner and lighter than the Inglot primer, but still silicone based and oil free, which is really important for my oily-to-combination skin.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I hate using really expensive foundations just to run down to the supermarket, so when I bought this guy a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d only use it for every day wear. INCORRECT. The formula is PERFECT for my skin, and is easily the most long-wearing, shine-controlling foundation I have EVER used. I trust this product so much I even used it for a wedding party a couple of weeks ago – and they all loved it too! Check out this foundation in action here.
  • Face of Australia Pressed Powder. Lauren Curtis raves about the Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder, and what’s good enough for Lauren Curtis is good enough for me (also I bought the pressed version as it’s more conventiant to travel with). It’s a beautiful quality, low cost, every day powder that does the job when I’m not using a higher end product like Ben Nye or Inglot.
  • Natio Sunswept Bronzer. You didn’t think I’d do a makeup bag post and leave this out, did you? Still one of my all-time favourite bronzers. I love the gigantic mirror too – perfect for makeup on the go.
  • Crownbrush Designer Eyebrow palette. I’ve been using a combination of the bottom two colours pictured for months now, and while I’m really happy with the colour combo, I need to invest in a few eyebrow gels to create more defined lines as well as using powder products to fill my brows in.
  • MAC Creme Blush. This one is called Ladyblush, and as you can see, I’ve hit pan because i use it so much. I love it – it’s a perfect, natural pink – great for day-to-day wear and teams beautifully with slightly bolder eye makeup without looking garish (not that there’s anything wrong with garish!)

EYES

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  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo Metal. I love using the Colour Tattoos as eyeshadow bases – they are soft, creamy, quick-drying and waterproof, which means that my eyeshadow sticks to them perfectly, blends easily and lasts all day.
  • Crownbrush 36 Matte Colour palette. I know, I know, I promise I won’t rave about this one any more than I already have! I use three colours from this palette for my every day look: third column third row (natural warm brown) as a transition colour, third column first row (pink) in the crease and first column fifth row (white) on the lid. Sometimes I darken the crease with the deep red or violet shades, but for the most part, I keep things pretty simple for day-to-day.
  • Rimmel Glameyes Liquid Liner. Again, this needs no introduction! It’s the perfect liquid liner for my go-to quick cat eye.
  • Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. I wasn’t going to include this one in the list, but truth be told, it’s become a pretty staple part of my makeup routine. I use this when I want to ramp up my cat eye a little more, as the formula differs from the Glameyes in that it’s a very thick gel. I don’t love the applicator tip, so sometimes I empty the product onto my hand and apply with an angled liner brush.
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara. Perfect for voluminous, fluffy black lashes. Yes!
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil. I use this bad boy in the colour ‘milk’ along my waterline when I’m feeling especially tired (I also use it as an eyeshadow base). A pale colour on the waterline will brighten your eye and makeup you appear far more refreshed.

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  • Ulta Lip Pencil. Unfortunately, my blunt sharpener ate the end of this a couple of days ago, but prior to it being completely mangled, I wore this pencil under my staple lip colour almost every day.
  • 872 Lipstick by Colour By TBN. This is one of the creamiest, softest, most highly pigmented lipsticks I have ever used – and it was only $2.50!!! It dried to a light matte finish and is absolutely perfect for daily wear. I love this so much I went out and bought it in four other colours only last night.
  • Clear Lipgloss. I have pictured a cheapie Lovisa glass here, but I will pretty much use any clear or lightly tinted gloss or balm I happen to have in my handbag on a day-to-day basis. The gloss adds a flirty fun element to my every day look.

So there we have it – my every day makeup essentials! What are your go-to products for an easy, every day look?

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28 Oct 2014

Good morning gorgeous people,

Well, I have arrived safely back in Adelaide after an EPIC road trip to Sydney. We left at 9am on Saturday morning, arrived in Sydney at 1.30am on Sunday morning, slept until 7am, attended my Grandma’s funeral at 10am, turned around to drive back to Adelaide at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon and arrived home at 5am this morning. We were in Sydney for a grand total of twelve hours, and spent a total of twenty three hours driving. Needless to say – I am exhausted, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Thankyou so each and every person who sent me a message of love and support via Facebook, Twitter or email. You know who you are and I love you!

What better way to get back into the swing of things than to share some internet lovin’? I have a collection of links here that spans three weeks – plenty to keep you entertained for the afternoon!

  • It’s not long now until Sephora opens it’s doors in Australia for the first time, and I am BESIDE myself with excitement. As much as they seem genuine in their promise to keep prices as closely aligned with USA pricing as possible (Australians pay ABYSMALLY HIGH prices for cosmetics, it’s so unfair!), I’m not getting my hopes up too high… but, a girl can dream, right? I’m planning a trip to Sydney in the early new year to go bonkers in Sephora. Plus, their online store will be opening shortly after the shop front in Pitt St Mall. Yeeeeee!

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  • How did I not know about Blogilates?! Am I the only one who missed this? What an amazing idea!!! I’m going to start the beginners program this week and I can’t wait
  • I’m in two minds about this article on why social media doesn’t matter. I’d be very interested to hear your opinions!
  • Emily has five great steps for dealing with anxiety. I can relate to her feelings of panic – especially while flying. I hate airplanes!
  • Erm… so… these pictures of skeletons boning (yep, pun 100% intended) are so weird I don’t know whether to scream or laugh. Definitely NSFW!
  • The delectable Eddie Redmayne is starring in a film called The Theory of Everything – as Stephen Hawking. And I can’t wait.
  • I have no idea where this hotel or house is, but I’d like to think it’s in Miami. I kinda wanna hole up in there for a while.

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Image creds: Mark Kolbe via Sydney Morning Herald, Fuck Yeah FRUiTS, Fated To Be HatedWe Heart It

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Early yesterday evening, my beloved Grandmother passed from this life to the next in Sydney, with my Dad and my Aunty by her side.

She was ill for a long time – a perfect soul in a broken body. I take comfort in the fact that she is no longer in pain.

As I wrote on my personal Facebook page last night, I will always be so grateful to her. Through our countless games of Scrabble when I was a child, she instilled in me a deep, all-consuming love of words. Through our long, meandering discussions about the stars and the Universe, she imparted to me a profound belief in magic of all kinds. And through her unwavering belief that we must all take our own journeys, she gave me the courage to always, always follow the sun.

My Grandma and I were kindred spirits. We shared a deep connection that resonated in many different ways throughout my twenty five years. The most poignant of all of these was my first trip to the British National Gallery in 2007. After wandering aimlessly for hours, I found Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’. It took my breath away. I knew then and there that sunflowers would always be symbolic of my beautiful Gran. I bought a postcard with the painting printed on the front and sent it to her that day, and years later, had three sunflowers permanently etched into my skin. She loved my tattoo. She told me so every time I spoke to her.

She will always be with me. She taught me to dance to my own song. She taught me to follow the sun. She taught me to always walk my own special path. When the sun warms my sunflowers, I will think of her.

Sleep peacefully, Gran. I love you.

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I will be taking a short break from blogging over the next few days. I plan to return to my usual posting schedule new week. Thankyou for all your love and support. MJ x

 

I’ve been experimenting with different makeup looks lately and taken inspiration from a number of amazing artists. I’m always amazed by the different ways that we all see and use colour – it’s such a beautiful phenomenon! One of the best compliments I’ve ever received was my friend Leah announcing that she believed that I see colour more brightly than other people. I’m not sure if that’s true – but I do believe that we all interpret colour in our own unique ways.

But enough of the philosophical stuff! I personally love how neon pairs with super dark colours – kind of like the neon lights of Vegas against a black night sky. I wore this look on Saturday, and it might just be one of my all time favourites, ever.

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I’ve been wanting to use this Inglot neon pink pigment for ages and ages. I think it pairs beautifully with the ultra-dark plum lipstick. If you didn’t want to go quite so bold, you could always tone it down with a lovely nude lip, too!

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I’ve also started using Rimmel’s Stay Matte foundation. It was on sale for $12.95 and I bought it on a whim. I have to say – I think it might be the best foundation I have ever used – ever. Including all high end and drugstore varieties. For my complexion (yellow undertone) and skin type (oily), it is perfect. A match made in heaven. It stays in place all day long, and doesn’t even go shiny toward the end of the day. It’s a miracle product. I’m in love!

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What do you think? Would you wear a deep plum shade lipstick like this one?

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*Photos taken on my iPhone 5 in natural light (no flash)