Saturday, 30 November 2013

November Favourites

Welcome to the first installment of monthly favourites! These posts will feature my top picks of each month; they might be something new, or a trusty favourite. I will do a few cosmetic items, as well as some general favourite things. So on we go!


Lipstick: ELF Studio Matte Lip Colour - Rich Red

This is a great lipstick, packaged like a twist up liner, but nice and chunky so you get good coverage. This red is very pigmented and rich, and I love that it manages to be matte and long lasting without feeling dry or powdery. And at only $5.99, how could one resist?

Friday, 29 November 2013

November Empties

So one of the things I am hoping to turn into a regular (perhaps monthly?) post is "Empties". This will basically be me showing off empty packaging. HOW EXCITING! But obviously this will show you what products I've been using (and liking) enough to finish them off. Now as some of you may know, when it comes to beauty products, often things get chucked or expire before they are finished, so for something to get completely emptied is an indicator that it was a good purchase!

So, on to this months empties!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Avon Smooth Minerals Lipstick

Lipstick time!

I have some lovely fun-sized lipstick samples left over from my days as an Avon Lady and I thought I'd give 'em a little swatchy-swatch. I should note at this point that I am no longer an Avon Rep, and have no affiliation with the company. This was all bought with my own money.
Onto the swatches!

With flash:
L-R: Plum Craze, Rosy Brown, Rose Garnet, Pink Berry, Apricot Glow, Cranberry, Gilded Rose, Pink Sands

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Concrete Minerals: Naughty & Nice

Today I will be doing a little swatch-style review of a lovely collection by Concrete Minerals, called "Naughty and Nice".

The collection features four loose eyeshadow pots (each weighing in at 1.5g) and one 'Sexy Lips' Lip Tint. It all comes in a very nice collection tin:

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Timey Wimey Nails

This blog needs some pictures!

So, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who this weekend, I went all spacey on m'nails. Now I am still a rookie when it comes to all things lacquer, but I thought I'd show these off as I thought they looked groovy.

The tools of the trade:

L-R: Sinful Colors - Midnight Blue, BYS - Glitter Opal, and BYS Top Coat

Monday, 25 November 2013

Getting To Know You (Well... Me)

Okay, so since this place is so sparkly fresh, I think this is a good time to do a little "Getting To Know You" thing. Let's get to know each other shall we? Shall we? Yes we shall.

1. What was your favourite food when you were a child?
Stuffing, specifically Paxo Sage & Onion stuffing. On one occasion, when I was about 12, I had a sleepover where one of our main snacks was just a big arse plate of stuffing. Oh yes.

2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
Currently it's a tie between 'A Tap Dancer's Dilemma' by Diablo Swing Orchestra, and 'Maniac' by Caravan Palace

3. What is one of your favourite quotes?
"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

4. What’s your favourite indoor/outdoor activity?
Reading. Voraciously.

5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I am the WORST at ironing. It's not even worth bothering, that's how bad I am. Hate it.

6. What is your favourite form of exercise?
I'm not hugely active. I am a sedentary creature, but I find walking to be very relaxing, and yoga can be very grounding.

7. What is your favourite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Time of day: Late evening, when all is quiet and I can do my thing.
Day of the Week: Friday, there's just something groovy about it.
Month of the year: December, I love the energy - but hate the heat.

8. What is your favourite body part?
Eyes, I think they say a lot about a person. I also have a weird thing for eyeballs.

9. What sound do you love?
My son laughing, my husband attempting to sing, the sound of heavy rain, and the smooth dulcet tones of David Bowie.

10. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
I would throw a Halloween party, go all out with gross foods, great music, costumes, the whole shebang.

11. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?
The coves at Elephant Rocks, Southwest Australia.

12. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
I wouldn't, I like the passage of life. Evolving, learning, changing, overcoming.

13. If you knew the world was ending in 2014,  what would you do differently?
Go outside more, show my son more of the world, be more generous and giving.

14. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Doctor Who. Preferably the 4th Doctor. He might even let me stroke his hair.

15. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would have loved to have been at Woodstock. The atmosphere looked crazy and amazing.

16. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to improve my piano playing. I wish I could play some of the beautiful classics.

17. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Right now, this blog. Although you'll probably get a different answer in a week. I change my mind a lot.

18. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I've always loved Evelyn.

19. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
This is tough. Either Stephen Fry, Derren Brown, or Mark Gatiss.

20. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Buy our very own house. Renting is restrictive.

21. If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavour, what would it be?
Animal: I'm pretty sure I'm destined to become a big, fat, black cat.
Drink: Dr Pepper, because then I would finally love myself.
Ice Cream Flavour: French Vanilla.

22. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I've never been mistaken for her, but I've been told I look like Garcia from Criminal Minds, if she was a goth.

23. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
I'll either put makeup on for funsies, or get lost in Reddit.

24. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I'm not sure on specific songs, but my life is a little deranged, so lots of Diablo Swing Orchestra, Caravan Palace, ProleteR and Rammstein.

25. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who. DON'T YOU CRY TOM BAKER OR I'LL CRY!

26. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?
I made a kickass mulberry, blueberry and raspberry Pavlova yesterday. So good.

27. What do you miss most about being a kid?
The constant excitement, learning, new experiences, and general zest for life.

28. When was the last time you were nervous?
Oh god I'm always nervous. I'm nervous right now.

29. What story does your family always tell about you?
When I was roughly a year old, my family went on holiday to Sardinia. Whilst relaxing on the beach my dad noticed that I had wandered off, and found me playing with the massive wild (and probably dangerous to a baby) dogs that roam the beach.

30. At what age did you become an adult?
Probably not entirely until I had my son at 23. Before that I was mature, but since having my son I have had to really look at my life, and cast aside some old habits and thought patterns. I'm responsible for another person now, I don't come first anymore.

Soon that's a little bit about me. I feel we have all learned something today.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Welcome Stranger...

Welcome to the blog!

This little corner of the Internet will be devoted to some of my favourite things; beauty and horror, cosmetics and oddities, the bizarre and the beautiful. I'm not going to try and stick with one theme as I know my OCD will not allow it, so peppered here and there might be some stories about life with agoraphobia and anxiety, movie reviews, makeup reviews, hauls and unboxings, tags, and all sorts of other probably-not-so-interesting things.

Basically this blog SHOULD be a Vlog on YouTube, it would probably be much easier, but I am not really big on having my face in front of the camera. Little vlogs may appear over time as I gain confidence, but for now let's get to know each other on a textual basis.

Enjoy your stay!