My Thoughts on Things

My Thoughts on Things

I’ve been struck down with some type of flu, rain is predicted for the foreseeable future and has subsequently washed out any plans of sunshine-filled flatlays, and I don’t want to post two eyeshadow palette reviews in a row. So with that I present a new, deliberately vague series appropriately called My Thoughts on Things. I’ve fallen out of routine with my Monthly Favourites, much to the dismay of myself and two of my friends who have gone out of their way to tell me those are their favourite kind of posts of mine. I’ll get back into them eventually! But right now I just feel thrown out of whack, and since the year is ending in a couple of months (screams), I’ll have a huge ‘yearly favourites’ post to make up for skipping a bunch. Right now, I just want to settle down and discuss things, whether they be horrible political decisions or the exciting launch of a new SPF moisturiser. Continue reading “My Thoughts on Things”

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NARS Atomic Blonde Eye & Cheek Palette Review

NARS Atomic Blonde Eye & Cheek Palette Review

WARNING: If you were hoping I’d talk you out of dropping a motza on this palette, this is not the review for you. This is one of my favourite things I’ve ever owned, so the next 800 words is going to be purely me just drooling over it. Let’s begin! If you enjoy this review or find it helpful, please give this post a ‘like‘ so I know, and let’s get into it!

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The Annual Treat Yourself Haul

The Annual Treat Yourself Haul

Even though I run a beauty blog, my love affair with makeup is surprisingly up and down. I go through phases where I don’t care for any new releases, where I’ll find every new video uploaded by my favourite YouTube gurus to be completely the same and uninteresting, and my Mecca Beauty Junkie level will drain down to $0. But then! Months will pass and I’ll have an abrupt change of heart. Suddenly I’m hitting Instagram’s Bookmark button on photos of makeup that give me ultimate heart eyes, I’m walking into Mecca Maxima and chucking items into a basket with wild abandon, and I’m making an online order before my previous one from another brand has arrived. Currently, I’m the latter. Like clockwork, I tend to find myself falling back in love with makeup around the middle of the year. I use the fact that I’m half way through another university year to justify spending far too much money on items I clearly don’t need. Since I’m in my final semester of university, I’ve taken serious advantage of this being the last time I can justify buying a pricey NARS palette because ‘I just submitted an essay, yay!’ Since I took a little break with blogging, I ended up acquiring a bunch of things over the course of a fair few weeks and have dabbled with a bunch of them. So not only is this a haul, it’s also heaps of mini reviews as well. Keep reading to see what I treated myself too, why I wanted it, and what I think of it all! If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get into the haul!

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Why Every Creative Should Take a Break

Why Every Creative Should Take a Break

If I had to summarise in one word how I’ve felt in the last month it would be antsy. I forced, yes forced, myself to stop blogging for just over a month while I weathered the storm that was my final semester of university. I swapped writing lengthy reviews on eyeshadow palettes for essays, and took photos of news events instead of messy makeup flatlays. However, now that the worst has passed and the skies a looking a lot clearer, I’m back! I think in our social media society we all fall into the trap at some point and think if we’re not dragging our feet in exhaustion and somehow ‘doing it all’, we’re obviously just not working hard enough. That’s not true! Sometimes (and well, most of the time) to do your best you have to start doing less, and I’m really glad I figured that out now before it was too late and all the balls I tried to keep in the air came crashing down. I thought instead of jumping right into a typical beauty related post of mine I would instead talk about what I learnt from my time away from something I love, and why I think every creative should do the same.

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Out of Office

Out of Office

If you’re a dedicated reader of mine, 1) thank you so much and 2) you would have read at the end of my July Favourites that I’m going on a bit of a blogging break! Since I’m in the middle of my final semester of university, things are ramping up and I can’t properly commit to my blog at the moment (even though I would much rather be writing eyeshadow palette reviews than writing essays). I’ve decided to take the rest of August and all of September off from blogging as my calendar is full of assessment up until about October. I wanted to write this little update so the weeks don’t go by with no explanation of the silence! This is the longest break I’ll take from this blog since I started it back in late 2015, and while I’m a little antsy about holding myself back from posting, I’m also really excited for October and what it brings! I also want to ‘announce’ here that while I’m taking a break from blogging, I’m not going on an entire social media hiatus. Follow my Instagram @jessica_riga where I’ll still be posting as normal, and due to this break I’m even more active on my Stories and will post monthly favourites and other lil’ musings there!

So with that, see you in October!

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July Favourites

July Favourites

Ignore the fact that we’re already a quarter of the way into August – it’s July Favourites time! July was one of my favourite months of the year so far. From discovering new things to rediscovering old favourites, from starting new opportunities and closing the pages on another book, to celebrating birthdays and entering more milestones, July had a little bit of everything. If you enjoy this post give it a “like” so I know, and let’s get into another monthly favourites!

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Current Beauty Wish List

Current Beauty Wish List

In a very yo-yo beauty junkie manner, I can go months without really wanting any makeup item, to suddenly needing it all. Right now, I feel like Kirby* wanting to inhale anything and everything before me. Blame it on the longest lunar eclipse in a century happening yesterday. Blame it on me forgetting to buy myself a ‘treat yo self’ gift for finishing my previous uni semester. Who knows! Not me. Either way, from skincare to primers, palettes, duo-chrome lip glosses and even entire collections, there’s a bunch of stuff I want to get my grabby little hands on, and here’s why. Give this post a “like” if you enjoy it, and let’s get into the unnecessary consumerism!

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