My Holy Grail Foundation

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Foundations are something I have generally had a hate/hate relationship with in the past. With a clear, generally even complexion foundation doesn't really have much to offer, and in some cases it even made my skin look worse. My sister pestered me to try MAC's Face and Body and physically had to drag me to the MAC counter to pick up a sample because she knew it was exactly what I was looking for.
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Custom Coverage

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As someone who swears by sponges, finding a face brush that I love as much, possibly even more, is a big deal. While I love the finish a sponge can give, I did notice how much product they suck up and how much more foundation I needed to get a light coverage. After trialling the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques for a while, and seeing how much other loved it while I didn't, I figured brushes just weren't for me.
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Honey Bronze

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As a fair skinned girl, The Body Shop's honey bronzer has always appealed to me. But as an utter bronzer-phobe, I had convinced myself it just wasn't for me and that I needed to stop spending money on them as they never seemed to work. The other day when my sister was testing out nearly every skin care item The Body Shop has on offer, I found myself contemplating this product once again. The lady working asked if I would like to try it on and proceeded to apply what I thought was an overly generous amount, but when I looked in the mirror once she was done I realised how natural and lovely it looked on the skin.

I was sold, and using it myself at home has been amazing experience after amazing experience. It is such a fool proof application, you can swirl your brush in the pan until your heart is content and you will never have too much product. This is definitely the ultimate bronzer for a natural look, and I highly recommend it to anyone who struggles to find a product that suits their skin tone.

What is your favourite bronzer?
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Nueyork Turns One!

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When I first started with Nueyork I never imagined I would actually make it to the one year point, so this date in itself is such a huge achievement for me! I am so proud of how far I've come and how much motivation I have to keep going, especially since I am someone who stops and starts projects quite quickly.

I just want to say a huge thank you to anyone who has ever read, commented or followed my blog to any degree. It all means so, so much to me - especially all the warmth and positive feedback I get in the comments section.

Thank you so much for an amazing year!
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Sterling Silver

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I am a silver girl through and through and there is no jewellery piece I love more than rings. My Tumblr page is littered with instagram snaps of hands adorned in silver, bohemian style rings, and something about these images just spurs my love on even more.

I get attached to my jewellery quickly and want to wear it all the time. I like having 'trademark' pieces that you can always find on my person as well, and it can be really hard to find quality pieces that won't tarnish at a reasonable price. For this reason, I always opt for sterling silver as you can wear them in the shower, to bed and just 24/7 without the quality ever changing.

Stylish sterling silver pieces are also hard to come across, which is why my heart skipped a beat when I saw Lovisa were releasing a sterling silver range. I have had some of these rings for close to a year, and they still look as beautiful and shiny as they were the day I picked them up. I wear these rings 24/7 and only take them off when completely necessary, or when I'm cleaning them.

My favourites are the moon and stars ring, which is my newest addition, and the Hamsa hand with the turquoise stone eye. These are such well made pieces, the stones are so secure I have no worry of them falling off, and they retail for around $20  a piece. I can't say enough good things about Lovisa's sterling silver collection, and I really hope other costume jewellery shops start doing the same.

What is your favourite kind of jewellery to wear?
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Tumblr Inspo #12

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I have had all of these pictures sitting in a folder for the longest time waiting for my next Tumblr Inspo post, so I thought it was about time that I put them all together and give my usual spiel about what's been going on in my life. Largely I was saving this post for the day I did my driving test, because it has been a goal I've shared here multiple times and couldn't wait to update you guys on the progress.

I got my licence! As a 20 year old living in Melbourne, Australia it is (kind of) rare to not have your license by now. This is something I have struggled with since I was 16 and got my learners permit. First I struggled to find time to drive at all, then I struggled with actually getting the hours up as I was only going on minuscule drives and then I wasn't driving at all for a huge two years. In December of 2014 I started driving again and luckily picked it back up quickly. It's now March of 2015 and I have my licence!

I am beyond excited and just wanted to share this snippet of my life with you guys as it was my #1 goal of 2015 and I completed it in the first three months - which feels awesome. How has your week been?
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Perfect Brows

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Brows are a feature that are very important to me, along with most of the blogging community it seems. I'm not someone who trusts other people with my brows as I've heard one too many horror stories. For this reason I have always done my brows myself and am always more than happy with the results, so I thought I would share my tricks with you all!

Shaping
This can be a tricky one depending on what your brows look like naturally, but if you're like me and already have quite a defined shape it's much simpler. If you have a good look at your brows you will see which hairs are the outliers, so to speak, and these are what you want to pluck. Be cautious because one hair too far can make a big difference, but if you take it slow it will be fine. I don't really believe in the "never pluck ___" rules, as I find stray hairs grow both above and below, so do what suits you and your brows.

If your brow shape isn't as defined or you're unsure if you have the right shape down pat, start by filling in your brows as you usually would. Once they're filled in the way you like, it will become clear what hairs need to go and which make up your brow shape.

If you have some hairs that grow above the brow line, those pesky strands that are usually right at the front of the brow, don't be afraid to use scissors (the idea always scared me!). Tiny nail scissors are definitely what will work in your favour,  and this is another thing you really want to take your time with - don't do this as you're needing to rush out the door! Start slow and trim tiny bits a time. It's always better to go slowly than to take off too much at once. 

Filling In
This is my favourite step in my brow routine as it just brings them to life. Everyone prefers a different method when it comes to brows, and I have tried a lot of products, but I always go to back to powder. A powder and wax combination is what I prefer most, as the wax helps the powder adhere to the patches of skin that it usually wouldn't take to. I love powder because it creates a very defined look, but it is also very natural at the same time. 

My method is quite simple. I apply some wax to my brows then go in with a thin angled brush and fill  in my brows. As a rule of thumb, I like to leave the front of the brows quite product free, maybe a light dusting, and tend to go darker the closer to the tail I get. This creates that natural look, as it can look a little blocky if you fill in the front too much. This is my preference, though, and it all depends on what look you're wanting to achieve. Finally, I finish up my work with a brow gel to set and lock in the powder. 

Finishing Touches
There are a few little finishing touches that can really make a difference if you have the time. These are things I don't necessarily do everyday, but when I do it does make my brows pop even more. A brow bone highlight is always great and really does lift the brows. Any shade you feel works, I usually change it up between white and champagne tones.

Concealing around the perimeter of the brows is also another big one. This tidies up any edges and also gives that highlighted effect. It can also mask any stray hairs you've missed. This is definitely something I only do when I have a full face on, but it does give a really nice effect.

These are my steps to my perfect brows, and I like to think they are quite simple and foolproof. Is your routine similar and what is something extra you like to do?
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