Vamp

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A gorgeous rich and dark lip has to be one of my favourite makeup looks of all time. For the past two years now I've been trying to find the lipstick and liner that are just right for me in terms of colour and formulation, and I'm glad to say that I have finally found them! Combined, this liner and lipstick create a lip dark enough to give that edge I'm looking for, but also red enough that it can be worn in a multitude of ways. The products in question? MAC's lipliner in 'Burgundy' and lipstick in 'Sin'. Now, aside from that perfect deep, oxblood colour I was looking for - these two provide a lovely matte but non-drying finish as well.
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2015

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2015 was simultaneously the best and the worst year of my life. It was full of such incredible highs, and such exquisitely painful lows but I would not change any part of it for a thing. This is a space I have been shallow with in the past, and while I have vowed to make it a better reflection of 'me' in the past - this post is the start of a much realer effort, and the end of a kind of "dormancy".

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Where I've Been...

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I can honestly not believe how long it has been since I've sat down to write a post. This has definitely been one of the longest breaks I've taken from blogging in almost two years, and while I have missed it at times, I'm glad to say that I have completely and utterly swept up in my life in Paris. I would go for days on end without even thinking of blogging and I think that goes to show what an amazing time I've been having. While blogging is a great love of mine, it's hard to have a spare minute to think about it (let alone do it) when you're forging new friendships, going on new adventures and all while university is running in the background.

I really just wanted to reach out and let you all know that I'm alive and have a little ramble about what's been going on for me! As for where my blog stands, I of course wish to post regularly again, but it's not a promise I can make as of yet even to myself. I have so many great skincare and beauty products lined up, however, and can't wait to share them all with you.

There have been so many points on this adventure where the internet and my phone are the last things on my mind, and it has been so refreshing to me as I'm someone who generally has my phone in my hands at all times. I have also learnt so much about relationships and people, and while I find the term "lifelong friends" so cheesy, I really have made some of the most important friendships of my life here.

This has been such a big, uncalculated ramble that I need to just end it here and come back later with a more structured recap of how things have been and a beauty review or two! I hope you are all doing wonderfully!
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Rosy Glow

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Browsing the French's answer to the drugstore is always an exciting experience as even the products I know well have different packaging, and those products I don't recognise are usually incredibly exciting additions. The Dior Lip Glow is something I have lusted after forever, but I could never justify the purchase. I have seen a few affordable alternatives for this product, but the one that intrigued me most was this offering by L'Oreal - the universal lip glow.
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Paris So Far...

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I knew from the moment that I signed up for an exchange program that I was about to undertake a huge learning curve. However, nothing could of prepared me for how much I have learnt and simply how much has happened in just a matter of two weeks. I honestly feel like a different person and would highly recommend this experience to anyone already, and I'm still kind of in holiday mode!
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Brave

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I only have a small collection of MAC lipsticks, each one carefully picked to ensure that I would not regret the purchase. What I realised about my collection is that it's comprised of shades that are neutral enough for everyday, but are also more 'out there' than a true everyday shade. I adore Velvet Teddy possibly the most, but sometimes you're not in the mood for a straight up matte-brown lip and want something more lively and fresh. This is what prompted me to go hunting, along with the 19 euro price point which makes MAC lipsticks almost as affordable as the Sephora own brand - which to an Australian is heaven. 
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August Favourites

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Happy September, everyone! Last month was largely comprised of preparation, packaging and saying goodbyes. While there was a lot of room for beauty shopping while I was out and about buying essentials, I held back in anticipation of the shopping that would come in Paris, and for this reason most of my favourites this month are old products that have stood the test of time for me.
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