A year of blogging

I can’t believe this has come around so quickly, it truly feels like just the other day that I decided to start a blog! When I was looking through my archives to find the day I first posted, I was astounded at how much I’ve improved. Looking at my first photos in particular, I practically winced to see how bad they were – so dark and so small! I’m very very pleased to see how much they’ve improved, even without considering the vast improvement in the camera I’m using, I’ve learned more about lighting and everything photo-related. My makeup skills have improved too, with practice making perfect I’ve become more confident at trying a variety of different looks that I wouldn’t have attempted in years gone by.  Wearing MAC Zen Rose lipstick and Victorian Plum pressed pigment (read more here) I know I’ve talked about this before, but I am so so happy with all of the friends I’ve made through blogging! It’s a pleasant and unexpected thing that has happened – I now have friends that I talk to every day that I met through blogging. If you are a blogger in New Zealand, you should join #BrunchClub. It’s a group […]

Makeup and my body image

Today I’m going to be talking about something slightly different than usual. In advance, I want to warn that I’ll be talking about body image, and some of it is fairly negative. I absolutely don’t want to upset anyone with what I’ve written – it’s musings about *myself* and I don’t want my opinions about myself to be put on to anyone else. If you’re interested in how I feel about my body image, and how that relates to my interest in makeup and beauty products, then click read more.

A look back at 2014, and looking forward to 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about how this blog has developed over the year since I started it in April, and also how I’d like things to go into next year. I’m really proud of how it has grown so far, and I’m planning on making it even better. Today I’m doing a bit of a retrospective and I want to round up some of my favourite posts.

Is matching a must?

This post is partly inspired by my stepdad – sounds a bit weird for a beauty blog, right? He has a real ‘thing’ about matching – shirts have to match shorts, handbags have to match shoes, nail polish and lipstick should match and so on. They don’t neccessarily have to be the same, but they can’t clash, and you shouldn’t have too many colours in an outfit, according to him! It’s funny, I often think of him if I have pink nails and red lipstick. I promise, this anecdote is relevant. I was thinking about this the other day, so I asked some of you on my Facebook and Twitter accounts if you think matching is important. A lot of people liked to match, but were’t too strict, and then one friend said the more clashing the better – and I’m sure my stepdad would not approve! I was wearing a red dress the other day, and anguished over which lipstick to wear with it. Nude? Red? – but it has to match the dress exactly! Or something else? Such a hard decision. I had time to kill, so I decided to try them all out, take photos, and see […]

“Maybe if you stopped wearing makeup, you wouldn’t have acne”

Today is a bit of a personal post about my battle with acne. One thing people often say to me when I mention my struggles with acne, and knowing that I wear makeup often, is “maybe if you stopped wearing makeup you wouldn’t have acne”. I know they’re just trying to be helpful, but it always makes me either bristle with indignation, or sigh with frustration. Yes, of course, I’ve tried not wearing makeup and unfortunately, it didn’t improve my skin at all. All that happened when I didn’t wear makeup was that I had to walk around feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed about the way I looked. Being 23, and still suffering from acne makes me feel really self conscious. I feel like it makes me look younger than I am, and it’s ugly, and I just hate it. Not to be rude to anyone who has acne and chooses not to wear makeup, but this is just how I feel when I do. Feeling self conscious about your appearance isn’t something that anyone likes, and if I can avoid that feeling, and walk around feeling great about myself, then it makes me so much happier. When I experimented with not […]

What’s in my bag

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a nosy person. It’s not a very good habit, so I try to refrain from doing it most of the time. One thing I love on blogs or youtube videos is when people show us what’s in their bag. It’s like I’m being nosy, but they’re actually showing me! So, I’ve decided to show you all what lives in my bag. I’ll focus mainly on the beauty products but I’ll show you the rest of what I haul around with me too. To start off with, here is the bag itself. I got it in the Boxing Day sales last year, and it’s great. Big enough to carry what I need, but not so big that I make it ridiculously heavy. Here is everything that’s in my bag, and it shows pretty much everything that I usually carry. Not shown are my glasses because they were on my face, or my work phone because I don’t carry it in the weekend. I have other things from time to time, like my Kindle, or something I’m knitting, but this stuff is mainly the essentials. I have my gorgeous wallet from Collette, another Boxing Day […]

Work beauty supplies

I spend around 40 hours a week sitting at my office desk, and for someone as beauty obsessed as me, that means that I need to keep some supplies with me. Of course I have a fair bit of things in my hand bag – lipsticks, hand cream, hair brush etc, but I like to have them at my desk as well. The people I work with find it a bit amusing but they have benefited from it from time to time. I’ll be showing and explaining what they all are, and why I think they are essential. Your needs and situation may vary of course, so let me know in the comments section what you have at your work. Top left: Deodorant – pretty self explanatory why this might come in handy. Next is Batiste dry shampoo which is an incredible invention, and it’s useful if I get to work and realise my hair is a little bit greasy. it has a pleasant cherry smell which is a nice bonus, and doesn’t leave any white residue. Then there are some eye drops for if my eyes get dry from staring at the screen all day. The hair brush is for […]

May no-buy

Yesterday Cassandra of CassandraMyee said on twitter that she was going to not buy makeup for the month of May and I’ve decided to join her. My make up drawers are already overflowing, and in April I got a lot of great new make up, so it’s time to use it and stop buying even more. I think I can do this, I just need to stay out of the shops and off my favourite online shopping sites! Do you want to do this with me and Cassandra? Let me know in the comments or on twitter. Lena x