I’m trying to wear more jewellery

And I’m really enjoying it.

First it started off with earrings (and let’s be honest, it’ll probably end with earrings). I just find it so much easier to chuck on (?) a pair of earrings than try to type on a keyboard all day with a stack of rings or to match a neckline to a necklace.

Earrings also, I feel, just complete an outfit. Gotta take an outfit to day to night? Add on or change your earrings. Done! The Replica Spiral Hoops are my current favourite as they just go with everything and they’re not exactly classic, but edgy.

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Also pictured above: the ASOS drop pearl earrings, & Other Stories Dangling Earrings.

Besides these “featured earrings”, which are on high rotation, there’s an assortment of earrings from the high street including ASOS (I like to stock up on a variation of gold earrings whenever they go on sale!), H&M and Lovisa (they have excellent costume jewellery).

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And something else I’m really loving: the Reliquia Mini Coin Necklace. (I also have my eyes on the Zodiac range!)

It’s been ages since I’ve worn a necklace (the last kind being of the chunky nature – they were all the rage in 2011). And I never thought dainty necklaces would suit me but here we are.

What I think of Fenty Beauty

Spoiler alert: it’s pretty fucking great.

I held back and only, only got four products: three of the Match Stix (I don’t know what the plural is?) and the Gloss Bomb. (It’s part of my new thing to be a minimalist – ha.)

So let’s start with the Gloss Bomb.

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I LOVE THIS.

I’m not usually a gloss kind of girl – I hate how your hair sticks to your lips when it gets windy; I always thought it looked quite cheap/immature; and that it never really suited me.

Well let me eat my words.

This is gorgeous. It’s thick and lush and has the most flattering tint. It can be worn by itself or on top of lipsticks (or liquid lipsticks like I like to – the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II to be precise).

It also smells delicious. Again, a lot of lipstick scents tend to either fall into the “too powdery” basket or the “overtly sweet” one. This packs a peachy punch.

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Just look at the way these stix snap together! Magnets – science is incredible, huh?

Obviously I had to get three because could you imagine two stix getting this effect? Nope.

So I got the Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Sand, the Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Trippin and Yacht Life.

I love using the concealer skinstick as a foundation actually. I don’t like to wear too much day-to-day so just a few swipes of this and a bit of blending in and I’m good to go. I think it gives a decent amount of coverage and is quite matte on my oily skin. It does need to be buffed in a bit though – a denser brush works better IMO. I believe there are actually 20 shades of the Match Stix Matte Skinstick (absolutely insane! Though her foundation range actually has more shades if that even is possible). So you can use this, like I do as a foundation, as it’s intended as a concealer, or, you can actually use a shade lighter as a highlighter and a darker shade as a contour. Multi-purpose!

There were so many Shimmer Skinsticks to pick from and I finally settled with these two because I think that I’d use these two colours the most and that I don’t have anything like this in my current collection. They can both be worn as highlighters, blushes and/or eyeshadows (it’s slightly a bit thick to apply straight from the stick as eyeshadow but fingers work fine).

Can’t wait to try more of the range! RIP my money.

Some of my favourite fragrances at the moment

Okay so there’s a lot of fragrances here (well more than I’d like to own), so I’mma just talk about my current favourites. The others I’m desperately trying to finish so I have space to buy new ones, ones that I actually deeply adore.

Byredo Gypsy Water

Enough said.

Maison Margiela By the Fireplace 

I bought this on my last Europe trip (the beauty purchases which I blogged here). Obviously it was winter when we were over there so this was just the perfect scent. Whenever I sniff it, it takes my right back there – god bless our olfactory system. I also love that it has no lid – that obviously made it a lot easier when packing during our travels.

It literally smells like what it says on the bottle: a warm fireplace. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and definitely very warm. It has notes of chestnuts and is labelled as a unisex fragrance. To get more “technical”, these are the exact notes:

Top notes : Pink pepper, orange flower petals, clove oil
Middle notes : Chestnut accord, Gaïac wood oil, cade oil
Base notes: Vanilla accord, Peru balsam, cashmeran

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia

My one and only Jo Malone fragrance and definitely the sweetest scent in my collection. I first bought this on my first ever trip to Europe (back in 2013) so every time I smell this it takes me back to my first time overseas, fitting in a zillion countries into the span of a couple of weeks.

I initially bought the 30mL at Harrod’s (I remember everything about the experience) during my first shopping trip on Oxford Street. It was quite a spontaneous purchase – I knew I wanted to buy one to define the trip, but had done no research prior except that it had to be Jo Malone because it was so synonymous with London.

It’s fresh, it’s sweet and it’s floral. Most of my other scents tend to lean more towards the woody/spicy family, but this one holds a very special place in my heart and I’ll probably continue to purchase it for years to come. Absolutely lush.

My current everyday face

I can honestly say I love every single product in this post and will probably continue to use them for months, even years, to come.

Face

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 50+

Honestly my favourite face sunscreen ever. The moment I first used this (in its teeny tiny form – I believe I got it in a Loop Box), I knew I had to buy the full size – even if it is $40. (A note – you can actually get the small version, the 30mL, for $18.)

On Mecca’s website, this is how it’s described: The beauty super sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays in a hydrating matte finish cream. Containing SPF 50 with hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E in a non-oily and non-whitening formula, this weightless SPF formula acts as the perfect makeup base while preventing premature ageing caused by the damaging effects of the sun.

Honestly I can’t exactly say that it provides a hydrating matte finish (no idea what that even means?) but it does leave my skin feeling absolutely lovely. It blends in like a moisturiser, super absorbing and leaves no white streaks whatsoever, and is pretty great as a primer. I love that it’s also SPF 50 – the sun rays in Australia are way harsh.

I wear this every day – no matter sun or shine – either by itself or under makeup.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Medium

This version, not the illuminating version. I’ve tried all different ways of applying it – beauty blender, brush and fingers – and I think fingers is best. It just warms the product up and makes application much easier. It gives you a nice, sheer coverage that’s perfect for day-to-day activities. The tube also lasts forever! This is my second tube.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Sensual

It’s the perfect nude-peachy blush shade. It goes with almost every makeup look and you can build it up and it won’t cake. Just a few swipes and you’re good to go!

Nars Creamy Concealer in Custard

I like to wear this on days when I’m not wearing makeup. Just some sunscreen, a few dabs of this around my eyes and my nose (and my breakouts if I have any …) and I’m good to go. It blends in really well though I do have to set it with powder to make sure it doesn’t budge throughout the day.

Eyes

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It Cosmetics Brow Power (in not sure what colour but I think Universal Dark Brown?)

I love how tiny the nib is. It’s really easy to fill in my brows – where it’s sparse – and the spoolie is dense and firm so makes combing my brows through a dream.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara

This is my first ever tubular mascara and I bought it on the recommendation with the goddess that is Zoe Foster-Blake. It’s meant to be waterproof, sweatproof and idiot-proof (I think so anyway) and can be removed with hot water (which I like to just do in the shower). It’s a great no-fuss mascara. I usually find a lot of my mascaras drop which is super annoying because who has time to recognise and correct this mistake on a normal working day?

Lips

Glossier balmdotcom

A thick, moisturing salve. And look, it says it’s universal, but I’m the sort of person that would just use Lucas Papaw ointment as a lip balm. It’s unscented and just does what it says. Also helps that the packaging is so darn cute.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

I believe I received this in a Sephora online order. It’s a lovely dark rose shade that’s perfect for everyday – my skin tone is a little bit darker so I find a traditional rose shade can wash me out. It’s creamy and easy to apply given its diminutive size.

Where to eat in Paris (and a bunch of nice photos)

I must say I much prefer Paris in the summer but ergh, let’s face it, it’s always beautiful.

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Where we stayed

In a cute studio apartment in Le Marais.

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What we did: 

Walked around the different areas of Paris, explored museums, spent some pennies at Chanel, went on a day trip to Versailles.

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Where we ate (well, where you should eat in Paris): 

Breakfast/Brunch

Season, 1 Rue Charles-François Dupuis

A really cute cafe. Expect the typical cafe foods: avocado toast, acai bowls. It’s similar to Farm Girl in that there seems to be quite a focus on health. I ordered the tumeric latte and matcha bowl (I know, super basic), but hey, it was delish.

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Ob-La-Di, 54 Rue de Saintonge

The menu isn’t exactly extensive but what they do do, they do well. That is, granola and toast. Get the tartine avocat with chimichurri sauce and pomegranates – it’s quite different. I have no idea why I ordered an iced almond latte considering it was sub-10 degrees.

Hardware Societe, 10 Rue Lamarck

An Australian cafe so you know you’re in for a treat. Amazing when you compare it to the cafes on offer (both in Paris and Europe, generally) but very similar to what you’d get at home. Excellent coffee, extra breakfast options eg. I got the pork belly and fried eggs. As if you’d find that in an otherwise typical European cafe. There’s a bit of a wait but worth it if you’re craving a taste of home. They do flat whites here.

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Wild & The Moon, 55 Rue Charlot

If your body’s full of wine, cheese and/or pastries, head here. It’s where everybody heads to detox. Think organic, cold-pressed juices and plant-based dishes. Sugar-free, fat-free, etc. etc.

Afternoon tea/snacks

Au Bouquet Saint Paul, 85 Rue Saint-Antoine

Baked. Camembert. ‘Tis all you need. Excellent service here also.

DSC02618Cafe Kitsune, 51 Galerie de Montpensier

You’ve probably seen their coffee cups all over Instagram. They do a good cofee – it’s right by the beautiful Jardin du Palais Royal so a good pit stop post-Lourve.

Laduree, 75 Av. des Champs-Élysées

It’s like tea and scones in London, it’s just gotta be done. And if you want to be extra bougie why not on the Champs Elysee, right by Louis Vuitton? Pictured: the lemon cake and raspberry and rose puff pastry.

DSC02743Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli

Calling all sweet tooths! This is a must – their hot chocolate is so decadent; so rich. For those who prefer something less diabetic, opt for the dark chocolate.

Au Petit Versailles du Marais, 1 Rue Tiron

A really cute pastry shop near our AirBnb. To be honest, you could eat at any patisserie and I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed. C’est la vie in Paree!

Dinner

Bistrot Chez France, 9 Rue Amélie

Gaspard de la Nuit, 6 Rue des Tournelles

L’As du Fallafel, 32 Rue des Rosiers 

Okay look I don’t remember too much about the above two restaurants. I mean they were delicious, I’m sure, but not exactly memorable. This last one however, L’As du Fallafel (!!!) is the absolute shit. We went here two nights in a row and both times it was packed to the rafters – both inside the actual restaurant and the takeaway queue. It’s cheap, it’s flavourful and it’s no fuss.

Buying Chanel in Paris

Apologies in advance for the shameless gloating.

But I really, really love these earrings.

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When I knew that I was going to Paris, I knew that I had to visit the flagship store; Coco Chanel’s apartment. Like how I decided that I was to eat well on this trip, I knew that I wanted to buy something of significance, something memorable. Something iconic (to me) from an iconic store. And what’s more iconic to Paris than the Chanel store at 31 Rue Cambon?

I initially wanted to get a bag, specifically a Wallet on Chain, but I decided against that. If I am to get a bag, I wanted to get one at a milestone and one much fancier (apologies again) than a WoC. So I’m saving to get one for my 30th.

But these earrings.

Edgier than your typical CC studs, and the last one left at the store. They had to be mine.

My European beauty haul

I swear I lucked out with my colour scheme.

I say European, but I really mean London. You know, Boots, Harrods, M&S, Superdrug. Absolute heaven. I could’ve bought more, obviously, but my luggage was packed to the rafters with knits and boots and down jackets (tip: Europe in January is a crazy idea!).

And, of course, I went a little nuts at City Pharma in Paris, much to my partner’s dismay. Bioderma, Nuxe, Biafine, Homeoplasmine … oh boy was it chaotic. Go in there with a plan. Know what you want, get it, and get out.

Anywho, they aren’t pictured here (mainly because I was too lazy to go and grab them – oops!). But what is pictured:

  • Tanya Burr Cosmetics Birthday Suit Eye Palette
  • Nuxe Lip Balm
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Stoned Rose
  • Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Naomi
  • Collection Lasting Collection Concealer
  • Maison Margiela Replica fragrance in By the Fireplace
  • Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Almond Eyes
  • Sleek Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals