I Have This Thing With Glitter Earrings

At the beginning of the year I joked that my new year’s resolution was simply going to be “more glitter”. This was partially the result of the consecutive purchase of glitter earrings from Each to Own (the black teardrops and silver studs above) and Yippy Whippy (the pink squiggle ones) but I think it’s a pretty solid resolution/life motto nonetheless. Because I just can’t seem to shake off my attachment to glitter earrings, here are a few more I’d happily add to my collection.

Yippy Whippy Heart Earrings

Kate Spade New York Small Square Studs
Wolf & Moon Shard Studs

My 5 Everyday Makeup Essentials

When it comes to makeup I’m always trying out different brands in search of ~the best~ products. As such, I haven’t always had a set beauty routine or holy grail products that I’d happily rave about. Until now. I love having a sticky beak into other people’s beauty kits and makeup routines so I thought it was only right that I offer up the same opportunity. I don’t like my makeup to feel too heavy so some of the main criteria products have to pass is that they’re lightweight and easy to use. A few of these products I’ve only started using in the past couple of months but I’ve already decided that they’re here to stay. These are the products that I find myself using on the daily.

It’s a one-size-hopefully-fits-most situation with this tinted moisturiser as it only comes in one shade. Luckily for me this tint just happens to work well with my skin tone. It might not be the case for everyone. Luck of the draw and all that. The coverage is very sheer but I still find that it seems to even out my skin tone. A little bit goes a long way and this product is perfect for an everyday look where you still want to look made up/alive but don’t want to be wearing heavy foundation.
I previously said that I like my makeup to be lightweight but this is quite a creamy, full coverage concealer. But if I’m going to want any product to have a thick consistency it has got to be a concealer. I use it to cover up imperfections rather than as an under eye concealer or highlighter. I find that it has very good staying power and doesn’t ‘slide’ like I’ve experienced with other concealers. The tube is quite small but you don’t need to use much product to get good coverage.
I am all aboard the brow train. If I was to only do one thing to my face every day it would be to make sure my brows are done. I had been previously using Too Faced’s Brow Envy kit but didn’t like how I’d use up some products quicker than others and subsequently waste the rest. The loveliest MECCA sales assistant suggested I try this brow pencil and, paired with a quick tutorial, I doubt I’m going to have a bad brow day ever again.
I’d been meaning to switch to a cream blush for some time now but hadn’t had much luck finding one with a consistency I liked. That is, until the same sales assistant I mentioned above introduced me to this lip and cheek cream. Seriously, I think she was my makeup fairy godmother or something. The Petunia colour is a pinky coral that gives my skin a sheer flush. I’ve tried it out on my lips too and it adds a touch of colour, however, it’s probably best to exfoliate your lips beforehand because the product can build up and catch on cracked skin.
When it comes to mascara I’ve rarely bought the same one twice. As far as beauty products go, for me, mascaras are pretty much interchangeable. The only time I’ve really noticed a difference with my lashes is when I curl them or get extensions. That said, I’m really liking this Too Faced mascara. I bought a gift-sized version at the end of last year which suits me just fine as mascara isn’t something I go through quickly. I only found out the other day there’s a waterproof version so that might be my next purchase after this tube runs out.
And there we have it. These are the five beauty products that help me face the day. The tinted moisturiser, concealer, and blush can be applied with fingers if I’m lazy or brushes if I’m feeling fancy. I hardly ever wear eyeshadow during the day and eyeliner is pretty much limited to Saturday nights. I still have no clue about contouring. 


What are your favourite everyday beauty products?

I Spy: Wide Leg Crop Pants

We’re one day into Autumn and, despite the fact that summer doesn’t seem to be leaving us anytime soon, I’m already trying to piece together my Autumn wardrobe. While I’ve pretty much got my capsule wardrobe sorted, one thing I am keen to acquire is a pair of wide leg crop pants (I’m loathe to call them culottes because to me culottes are pants that look like skirts). These style of pants have been around for a while but I’m only just coming around to them now, mainly thanks to the appeal of those Jesse Kamm pants. I currently own a pair of silky wide leg crops that I love sick so am keen to make the transition to a more structured style. While pants are probably best tried on in person, I haven’t been able to find a similar style around these parts so will probably have to risk it and order some online.

Images, clockwise from top left: ‘Legion Pant’ by Rachel Comey and ‘Stewart’ Pant by Caron Callahan via Lisa Says Gah; Sailor Pant by Jesse Kamm via MNZ Store; ‘Lucie’ Cotton Pants by Caves Collect.

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Books About Plants

As far as interior decorating trends go, indoor plants are back in a big way. While I love the look of lush indoor greenery, I’m not the biggest green thumb so I’ve found myself looking at plant books for guidance and inspiration. My most current acquisitions include Indoor Green: Living With Plants by Bree Claffey and an old beat-up copy of The Complete Book of Houseplants & Indoor Gardening. Luckily there’s no shortage of books about plants out at the moment and these are a few others that I have my eye on.

House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray; Loose Leaf by Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler; Urban Jungle by Igor Josifovic and Judith De Graaf; Wonder Plants by Irene Schampaert.


Do you have any plant books that you’d recommend for the aspiring indoor gardener?

A Look at Physical Sunscreens

Wear sunscreen. If there ever was a piece of beauty/skincare advice that needed to be reiterated, this is it. Especially so if you live in Australia a.k.a. skin cancer ground zero. Not all sunscreens are created equal, however, and since learning about the difference between chemical and physical sunscreens I’ve made a point to stick to physical sunscreens wherever possible. That said, my personal view is that any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all.

When it comes to physical and chemical sunscreens there are some very noteworthy differences. Physical sunscreens contain mineral ingredients and sit on top of the skin to deflect UV rays. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, work by absorbing and scattering UV rays. Physical sunscreens also generally have a much thicker consistency than chemical sunscreens and require more effort to blend in. For more of an in-depth explainer I suggest reading this
You’ll probably notice that a lot of physical sunscreens are also labelled as ‘natural’ sunscreens. I’m very wary of greenwashing and if you want to verify a product’s natural or organic claims it’s best to do your research. I’m assuming since most physical sunscreens contain mineral instead of chemical ingredients that this equates to them being natural. Up until a few years ago, the range of physical sunscreens was quite limited in Australia. Compared to the range of chemical sunscreens, it still is, but these days physical sunscreens are becoming more readily available. These are a few that I’m currently using, and my thoughts on each product.

Cost: $19.99 for 75g or $32.00 for 150g (I usually buy a few when they’re half price/on sale)
Where to buy: most supermarkets and pharmacies
Invisible Zinc is one of the more recognisable physical sunscreen brands around. In the past I’ve used the SPF30+ but decided to give the SPF50 a go this time around. It has that classic zinc/sunscreen smell which I don’t mind but it might not be to everyone’s taste. Like most physical sunscreens, it does require a bit of effort to blend in. I prefer wearing this sunscreen as a base under my makeup (tinted moisture or a BB cream, concealer, blush)  as it gives a matte effect and my makeup tends to stay put when I wear it. Perfect for sweaty summer days. I find that it tends to leave a residue behind, so I have to be extra vigilant removing it otherwise my skin can feel chalky afterwards.
Cost: $19.90 for 100g or $34.50 for 200g
Where to buy: online and selected pharmacies and health stores
If you prefer your sunscreen without that classic sunscreen smell then MooGoo’s natural sunscreen is worth a try. The fragrance is very mild and kind of oat-y/reminds me of almond milk. It applies relatively easily and doesn’t leave a noticeable chalky residue. I like to apply this sunscreen to my body and my face when I don’t intend on wearing any makeup (I have, however, worn it underneath makeup and it was fine). The SPF40 is a bit unusual as I’m used to seeing sunscreens labelled as SPF30+ or 50 but generally anything above SPF30 is good (see this explainer on SPF).
Cost: $15.95 for 100g
Where to buy: online and selected pharmacies
I hadn’t previously heard of this brand but spotted it in a pharmacy while I was doing a last minute grab for beach supplies. This sunscreen is probably my least favourite of the three. It has a lighter consistency and is much easier to apply than the other two, however, I found that on occasion white flecks would appear on my skin while swimming or sweating. The first time it happened I thought I didn’t leave enough time between application and activities but it’s happened a few times now. I also tried wearing this sunscreen under makeup and felt that my makeup slid off. While it’s an effective enough sunscreen, I feel that there are others that are much more up to the task.
The Verdict
First and foremost: all three sunscreens do their job. Sure, their SPFs differ but each product has the highest SPF rating for their respective brands. I’ve worn them in a range of situations from the beach to exercising to general everyday activity and have not been sunburnt once. That said, I do take care to stay out of the sun and cover up where I can. I personally prefer the Invisible Zinc and MooGoo sunscreens and will stick to using a combination of these products for the time being. Other physical sunscreens I’m keen to check out include those by Wotnot, and Coola.
Do you use physical or chemical sunscreens? Which do you prefer?


Disclaimer: the Moo Goo sunscreen was a free sample however all opinions and content are my own.