Assembly is potentially my new favourite label

I’m in love with Assembly Label.

I’d been eyeing them for a few months for their affordable prices and simple designs; good quality basics. Pretty much like bassike but much more relatable.

I caved and ordered three pieces (the fishermans grey knit, the navy light high knit and the save stripe l/s tee) when The Iconic was on sale and boy was that a good decision. I wore them so often and they complemented my existing wardrobe so well.

Then came the warehouse sale today and the heavy rain (please go away).

I ventured out to their warehouse in Beaconsfield and came back with all this for $120 including THIS COAT! Obviously it’s in navy, not grey. It’s so structured and flattering (and well-priced!). I’m in love.

What’s currently on my #shelfie

This is what I’m currently testing, using and loving.

Before I took these carefully choreographed photos, because, let’s face it – this is not how my shelf looks every day, I did a cull on products that have expired or I don’t use anymore and managed to clean out a good amount. Now it’s much clearer what products I actually use on a day to day basis: one tinted moisturiser, one CC cream, one foundation, Real Technique brushes, cream eyeshadows and, what I think, a pretty small skincare collection.

For skincare, I’m trying to tailor it more to my skin type and skin needs (read: scarring, dry patches, oily t-zone and big pores), rather than testing every single product. It seems to be working. As you can see though, I do have a large array of face masks – and this isn’t everything I own! Whoops!

For makeup, there’s an obvious minimalistic approach. I’m all for simplicity and warm tones.

IMG_9952What has been a complete life changer but not pictured because I totally forgot about it (darn colour scheme) is my BEAUTY BLENDER. Holy moley. Best. Way. To. Apply. MakeUp. EVER. Just wet the sponge, dab in your product and you look bloody perfecto.

Pictured (skincare): Hydraluron Moisture Jelly, Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Philosophy No Reason To Hide, Go-To Skincare Face Hero, Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, , Origins Clear Improvement, Bioderma Crealine, Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious in Rose, Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, Glossier Priming Moisturizer

Pictured (makeup): Real Technique brushes (stippling, expert face, buffing and contour), Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St Moritz, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Hourglass Ambient Lightingn Palette, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and Barely Branded, Clarins Ombre Iridescente in Aquatic Rose, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion, Nars Sheer Glow in Barcelona, IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Medium, Nars Laguna, Nars Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, Urban Decay Basics Eyeshadow Palette, Australis Banana Powder

A fragrance I’m loving right now: Gypsy Water

I wanted to treat myself and it was either this, Byredo Gypsy Water or Diptyque’s Eau Duelle.

I ended up getting this because it was a little bit stronger and a little bit more original. The other was beautiful, sure, with a fragrant vanilla, but somewhat more common than Gypsy Water.

Plus, just look at that packaging. I’ve had my eye on it for ages.

I’d describe Gypsy Water as a fresh spice that gets softer as the day progresses. Here are the actual notes from the technical people at Byredo:

Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper, Juniper Berries
Mid: Incense, Pine Needles, Orris
Base: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood.

Oh and now I’ve added Frédéric Malle’s Portrait of a Lady to the to-buy list. SO good!

Colourpop ‘haul’

Okay so it’s not a massive haul, but to be fair I also bought two eyeshadows. They’re just not pictured here.

What a dangerous trap I’ve fallen in to – damn you YouTube swatch videos!

There is just such a selection of colours and textures and finishes, I’m in love. For my first order (because yes, obviously there will be another one – just when I can justify the ridiculous shipping cost), I went with:

Lippie Stix in FrenchieTopanga and Frida

Ultra Satin Lips in Echo Park and Frick N’ Frack and

Shadows in La La and So Quiche.

Catching a little sun on Hamilton Island

IMG_9676  IMG_9684Apologies – I’ve been a bit slow at updating these photos, but I’m sure you’re already sick of seeing them all over Instagram. Another quality break thanks to Jetstar and their regular sales. We stayed at my boyfriend’s sister’s place and honestly had the best time.

A buggy all to ourself and an island to explore, we started to fall into a routine by the third day: wake up, drive to a watering hole, have a cocktail for breakfast, lounge in the sun. Sleep and repeat.

The food on the island is expensive and pretty bland to be honest, but let’s be honest, you don’t go to Hamilton Island for the food. No it’s for the massages and the swim-up bars and the crystal blue sea.

Some lookout spots I do recommend are One Tree Hill (we saw a beautiful sunset here the first night) and the top of Passage Peak – but be warned, it can get very, very sweaty.

Some beauty products I’m currently loving

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Just some of the things I’ve been loving lately. (I know the Diptyque candle is unused but that’s because it’s just too precious!)

Pictured: Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 40 La Sensuelle, Jo Malone Cologne in English Pear & Freesia, Diptyque candle in Baise, Tom Ford Noir body lotion, Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Soothing Face Mist, Tom Ford lipstick in Cherry Lush, Catbird candle.

Tasmania: Away from the mainland

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Wow, Tasmania is one beautiful state. Definitely more green and more lush than NSW, that’s for sure. I’ve made it my mission for a while now to visit as many Australian capital cities as I can (though struggling to come up with a reason to go to Perth).

But Hobart itself is a little eh. I mean it’s great if you’re there for a weekend, but any more days and you’re out of activities to do. I wanted to go around Christmas time specifically to get a glimpse of this terribly awesome Christmas tree at Salamanca square. It cost $35,000 and was billed as “modern” and “trendy”. Don’t think I’d use those words … “random” is more like it.

Though to say I didn’t enjoy my time in Tassie isn’t entirely correct. I loved the ferry ride to MONA. And the museum itself was original and again, random. This state really has a knack for randomness. The vagina soaps, the poo room … strange … but interesting.

The seafood was also amazing. We ate at the Drunken Admiral, which I highly recommend. The oysters are A+. For breakfast, you can’t go past Pigeon Hole – they specialise in baked eggs. They’re phenomenal. I had the baked eggs special (they have other variants on their normal menu but this was a special concoction). It had chilli, it had spice and the eggs were perfectly gooey. Again, five stars.

We stayed at the Mantra Collins, which was a pretty central location. It was easy to walk everywhere – to the wharf, to cafes, to dinner. But then again the city is so small that I think you can pretty much walk anywhere if you’re determined enough.