These days it takes a lot to get me excited by an eyeshadow palette. With brands like Colourpop churning out palettes on a weekly basis and Too Faced continuing to release Chocolate Bars with virtually the same shades as the previous four, a palette has to stop me in my tracks if it wants my dollar – and Anastasia Beverly Hills did just that. I feel like one of the only ‘beauty junkies’ in the world who doesn’t own their best selling, cult favourite Modern Renaissance palette, but that’s only because I already had three heavily burgundy tones palettes and couldn’t justify buying a forth, no matter how pretty it seemed. But then! After the controversy surrounding the ridiculous amount of fallout in their Subculture palette, ABH teased us with revealing their newest addition to their line, a gorgeous, more neutral, everyday friendly palette packed with warm tones and stunning shimmers – I had to have it! I added it to my cart the day it dropped and it was at my door a week later. It’s time to review it, so keep reading if you’d like to know my thoughts on this palette, where I purchased it from, and see swatches of each shade. Don’t forget to give this post a “like” if you enjoy it or find it helpful!
In a politically tense climate with a generation more socially aware than ever before, it’s no wonder activism-inspired apparel is in the window displays of fast fashion retailers everywhere. But when each stage of the production cycle invalidates what these clothes are trying to communicate, the feminist movement becomes no longer trendy, but tacky.
The Future Is Female, Wild Feminist, GRL PWR.
You’re not at a women’s rights march, but in a fast fashion clothing store. Instead of these politically charged slogans being painted in bright red on placards, they’re being bedazzled on crop tops. Instead of these powerful phrases being shouted into the air, loud, bold and unambiguous, they’re haphazardly falling off coat hangers, crumpled on the floor of changing rooms, and being dumped into bargain bins.
Since I was having the time of my life in Italy, Paris and London in January and celebrated my birthday throughout February, life was bound to bring me back to earth at some point – that point being March! My final year of university started, but between fretting about impending prac assessment and locking down internships, I still found time to discover a new beauty holy grail, watch my favourite skinny legend snatch the crown, welcome the tenth season of my favourite show and see one of my most loved artists live in concert. This monthly instalment is definitely quality over quantity of things mentioned, so give this post a “like” if you enjoy it and let’s get into my March Favourites!
Earlier this year I spent a short while in Paris, but nowhere near enough time to write about an entire day or two, or an incredible dining experience, or to recommend a huge list of eating spots you have to check out. What I thought I’d do instead was show what I got up to in a photo diary of sorts. I loved the typical Parisian architecture, the elegant streets, and how they became even more beautiful in the rain. I ticked the essential sights off my bucket list, walked down one of the most expensive shopping districts in the world, and drank hot chocolates that somehow thwarted the Italian ones I had become addicted to. Keep reading to see my Paris photo diary, and if you enjoy it, don’t forget to give this post a “like” so I know!
On my 20th birthday earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend the morning in Paris, then hop on a quick flight and spend the afternoon and next few days celebrating in London. The first stop on my and Natalie‘s checklist was Sketch, an eating spot in Mayfair whose velvet pink interiors we’ve seen for years on Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr have made the location one of the world’s most photographed restaurants. With it’s artwork on the walls, five course meals plated in front of us, and a string quartet providing the backing soundtrack, Sketch became a complete sensory experience like no other. I snapped a couple of pictures to help capture the most memorable dining affair of my life, so I hope you enjoy Afternoon Tea at Sketch, London!
In case I hadn’t mentioned it enough, I travelled all throughout January and into February. I learnt a bunch of things while overseas, like how the only way to cross the road in Rome is to just start walking while staring down the driver in the car hurtling towards you, and that wild boar meatballs can improve your mood by 100%. But I also learnt what items were essentials to my trip, and what just sat in my suitcase the entire time and should have just stayed home. I thought I’d share my list of packing essentials here, because if you’re currently planning for your next overseas adventure, words of wisdom from actual travellers make the whole preparing part a whole lot less overwhelming. If you enjoy this post please give it a “like” so I know, and lets get into the suitcase essentials!
February has come to a close and followed in the footsteps of January – it was just as incredible! From celebrating my birthday, to celebrating another blogging milestone, from hopping to one international world city to the next, to discovering and rediscovering some beauty hits, to devouring the pages of a new book on the flight home, February was filled with a little – or a lot – of everything! Since I did a sentimental, less materialistic wrap up for January and the end of 2018 was filled with my yearly favourites, I’m so happy to sit down and chat about my February because I haven’t done a good ol’ fashioned monthly favourites like this since November! Where does the time go? Nevertheless, make yourself comfortable, settle in, and I hope you enjoy my February Favourites! If you do, make sure you give this post a “like” so I know, and let’s get into it!