Sunday, October 30, 2016

Natural Makeup | Glam Life

This is my go to makeup look. It's quick, it's simple, it only uses a few products and it's just and nice fresh look for everyday.

Let me talk you through how I do it!




1. Start out with fresh, moisturised skin. Apply an oil free sunscreen now and let it sink in.

2. After applying some mattifying primer on my nose and cheeks, I apply my foundation and work in with a damp beauty sponge. Try and keep it sheer to medium coverage. Nothing too heavy. If you have problem skin, use concealer to spot conceal.

3. I apply concealer under my eyes and on any problem areas. I again use a damp beauty sponges to work in for a flawless finish. Lightly dust your face with a translucent powder.

4. Using a contour trio pallette (blush, contour & highlighter), I apply the contour colour below my cheekbones. Go from the middle of your ear towards your mouth but only going as far as in line with the outer part of your eye. Blend it out. I then apply the blush to the apples of my cheek and blend upward towards the top of my ear. Lastly light sweep some highlighter ontop of the cheek bones.  All three colours should blend seamlessly into each other.

5. Using the same contour pallette, use a fluffy brush to apply contour colour to the the crease of your lid. You want to look straight ahead in a mirror and place your brush under your browbone and apply in a windscreen wiper motion. You want to just be able to see this shadow with your eye open. Slightly bring it up a little on the outer corner and blend.

6. With the blush colour, apply with a flat shadow brush all over the lid. Use a fluffy brush to blend any lines. I then grab the highlight colour and apply to the inner corners of the eye.

7. Using a dome or pencil brush, apply she blush colour under your lash line, keeping the density to the outter eye. Grab some of the contour colour and blend in as well. Don't bring the colour into inner corner- fade it out.

8. Keep brows natural by using a tinted brow gel and brush into place.

9. Apply two coats of your favourite mascara (each coat should be about 10-15 swipes - move onto next eye and them go back for second coat)



I love a pink lip on myself but choose your favorite summery colour like coral, nude, rose etc and apply.

God bless


Friday, October 28, 2016

Rice & Kale Bowl | In The Kitchen

I love cooking shows. My TV, when it's on, is usually on the Food Network (unless ABC kids is on lol).

I was watching an episode of Tia Mowrys cooking show and she had this delicious looking quinoa breakfast bowl (linked here) and I wanted to recreate it and tweak it a little to suit more of a lunch time meal, and also I am not a fan of quinoa - so rice it is!

Please note that it is personal preference on measurements and how much you want of each ingredient....it's not a cake - no need for measuring :)
I will put down my approximates though....


Side note: I'm a kale chips convert!!!

Rice & Kale Bowl

1/2 Cup of Brown rice
80g BBQ chicken (hot from supermarket)
1 large egg
Handful of Kale chips (used this recipe)
Salt and Pepper
Hot sauce
1 TBSP Parmesen cheese
1 TSP Marjoram
1/2 TSP Smoked Paprika
1 TSP Garlic Aoli
1 TBSP Chipotle Sauce
Salt and Pepper

1. Make up some kale chips as per recipe above or however you like to make them.











2. Heat up some brown rice. I had microwave packets and stored remains in fridge.











3. Into the rice, mix marjoram, aoli, salt, pepper and smoked paprika.  You can use any sauce/spice/herb combo that you wish.

4. Fry an egg in your favourite vegetable oil.











5. If needed, reheat your BBQ chicken with any method you prefer.

6. Spoon some rice mixture into a bowl. Sprinkle the kale chips on top to one side. Add some chicken next to the kale and then place your egg slightly covering the kale and chicken (presentation is key!)











7. Sprinkle with some more salt and pepper. Add a dash of hot sauce (ore more) and finish with some parmesen cheese.

Enjoy!!!

God bless







Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tropical Days | Style Me Up

Tropical prints are so on trend on right now. They are on homeware items, accessories and clothing fabrics everywhere.

You don't have to be on a beach to pull off the tropical look. In fact, wearing tropical prints does not mean you have to look like you are on an island either.

Below I have put together 4 looks for work, brunch, night out and weekend, to help give you some ideas on how you could wear your next tropical buy!


Tropical Days

Tropical Days

Tips 

• Don't go crazy mixing prints

• Pick out a colour from the print and match your accessories or other clothing items to it.

• Denim is a neutral item- pair with any print.

• If prints are too much for you, maybe pick out one of these fun items to get yourself on the bandwagon





Tropical extras




God bless x

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moving on out | #Life

This past month, Ava has transitioned into her own bedroom. Can I honestly tell you, that's it has been really hard!

I'm an anxious person anyway, and having her in another room, where I cant peer over and check on her, is excruciating at times.

I remember back to when we first had her. I could not understand how you could go to sleep with such a precious life relying on you. How can you stop watching her and keep her safe?? It took a few nights for me to finally sleep properly, and from then I was fine. At this time she was sleeping between Jeremy and I in a specially designed co- sleeping bed (which I HIGHLY recommend and will link here) and so could hear her breathing easily and I learnt quickly that I would wake at the slightest whimper from her - which made me relax knowing I would wake if she needed me.

Then we had to transition her into her own bed, next to our bed. This was pretty painless for me, and took maybe one or two nights to get used to - as she wasn't too much further away.

But it has been this way for the past 8 months, with her being so close to me and I was happy and used to it and I honestly wasn't ready for the her big move to the next room - but we decided that it was best that we get our room back to being just ours, and that she have her own space of her own.



Like I've said, it's been an adjustment for me, especially with my anxiety over her wellbeing....... Is she breathing? Is she cold? Is she comfortable? What was that noise? Is she ok? It's like a constant war zone in my head.

But honestly she is so much happier in her own room (it's likes she graduated and doesn't need me anymore!!??)

Some nights I have brought her into our bed for some of my own piece of mind but she has hated it. She would toss and turn and hit us in the face with her random flinches and she just never seemed to get comfortable. So, I had to relinquish her back to her room where she immediately got comfortable and dropped into a deep sleep. (At that point of the night, I too fell straight asleep once back in bed).

That's not to say that we don't get the odd whinge in the night to come into Mummy & Daddys bed for a cuddle (which I secretly love) and on those nights we happily bring her in for a snuggle and a little power snooze. But we often find that she gets fidgety (and we do too), so I put her back in her room soon after.

So I want to say, that it is hard. It's so hard to put some space between you and your child and it will hurt sometimes but it's healthy and it's part of the process.

Bubba is growing up and I can't stop it!!

How did you go with these transitions?

God Bless


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beauty Tools & Extras | Glam Life

In my last Glam Life post, I detailed my daily makeup routine and the products I use.

Today I want to share with you a few of my 'cant live without' tools and extra products that I use daily.



▪ Real Techniques Sponge
I use this every day for my foundations. I dampen it and then squeeze out the excess water. I dot foundation onto my face and then with a dabbing motion with the sponge, I blend it all in. It leaves such a beautiful airbrushed but also natural finish. No heavy lines or cakiness.

▪ ELF Brushes
I love my ELF brushes.  They are so affordable and readily available at Kmart or online. I find their quality to be just as good as some of my higher end brands.

▪ Napoleon Perdis Blending Brush 10r
This was my ultimate brush when I worked for Napoleon and I was sure to buy one when I went into freelancing. It so soft yet dense and blends eyeshadows out amazingly. I have also used it to blend out liquid concealers under the eyes, to give an airbrushed finish.

▪ Daiso Detergent for Puff & Sponge
This stuff is all you need for cleaning your brushes and sponges. It's had a cult following on social media as of late and for good reason. It's best known for how well it cleans beauty sponges. It literally melts foundation out of the sponge like magic. It's under $3 at Daiso too!!

Ebay brushes 
So I've picked up two amazing brushes from a no name brand on ebay. The first being a foundation brush that is pointy and dense. It was around $2 and just as good as the expensive brands. The other brush is a dense fan brush, which is great for swiping some highlighter onto cheekbones. If you search makeup brushes on ebay, lots of options will come up in these styles.

▪ Sukin Facial Treatment Oil
I find that placing a little oil under eyes, helps with stopping foundation and concealer settling into the fine lines and wrinkles.

Sukin Hydrating Toner
I have become obssessed with spritzing my face once I'm finished my makeup - especially if I've powdered my face. It just makes your makeup finish appear more natural by removing an powder residue and leaving you a little dewy. I like to do this before I apply mascara (I do mascara last).

▪ Garnier Perfect Blur
I love to use a mattifying and pore minimising primer on my nose before applying foundation. This will stop any oiliness on my nose, aswell as fill in my pores to create an even canvas.

What are your must have tools and extras?

God Bless

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mixed Berry Pastry | In The Kitchen

Today I want to share with you a super easy and delicious idea for an afternoon treat. As with all treats, it should only be eaten in moderation but you can also substitute or remove the sugar all together to make it better for you!




I came up with this recipe when I had some left over filo pastry in the freezer and had a sudden sweet craving.

Mixed Berry Pastry
4 or 5 sheets of Filo Pastry
1/2 cup Mixed Berries
1 TBSP Cocoa powder
2 TBSP White Sugar (or substitute)
1/2 TSP Cinnamon
1 TSP Vanilla Essence
1 TSP Corn Flour
2 TBSP Butter

1. Remove pastry from freezer atleast 1 hour before using.  (I was impatient and ended up with lots of cracked pieces....be patient). You also want to have you oven preheated to 180°c and have a tray lined with baking paper ready to go.



2. In the meantime, prepare the filling by adding berries, cinnamon, cocoa, sugar and vanilla to a bowl and mix so berries are coated. Put in the microwave for 1 minute to warm up the berries and heat some of the sugar.

3. With a fork, press the warm berries to release some juices and mix around so there a sauce forms with the berries.

4. Sprinkle the corn flour into mixture to thicken the sauce up. Make sure to taste to ensure right balance of sweetness. Add more sugar if too much cocoa.



5. To prepare pastry, have a clean work surface and have a bowl ready with the melted butter. Lay a sheet down at time and brush each layer. Layer about 4 or 5 sheets.

6. Spoon the mixture into centre of the pastry and then fold up the sides. You can make any shape that you wish. Brush a little more butter on the top and sprinkle with some extra sugar.

7. Place the pastry on the baking tray and bake in the oven. I find it best to keep and eye on the pastry. After about 15 minutes check on it for browning around the edges. The pastry is the only part we are really cooking so it's easy to keep track of it by sight.




My oven has a stronger element at the bottom so it cooks underneath quicker. In my case, I then have to turn on the grill to brown the top.

Enjoy the pastry!!!!

God bless

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Melbourne Cup | Style Me Up

The big race week is coming in Australia. It's Melbourne Cup and it's known as the 'Race that stops the nation' and it really does. It falls around the last weekend of October. This year it will be from Sunday the 30th of October to Wednesday the 2nd of November.

 While Melbourne itself has a public holiday for the event, everywhere else in Australia takes the Tuesday (if work allows them)to go to events and functions to have cocktails and canapĂ© and dress up to the nines.

 Cup week involves 4 days of racing, and each day has its own theme for 'fashions on the field'. I have outlined the days below, with an example of an outfit that you could wear to the day!


Melbourne Cup



Derby Day (Sunday)
Traditionally a day for black and white outfits. Keep it classic with a little black dress in a conservative cut.

Oaks Day (Monday)
Often referred to as 'Ladies Day', it the day to go with lace, pastels and Florals.

Cup Day (Tuesday)
This is the day to go super trendy with bright colours, fun cuts and over the top fascinator. Make sure that you keep the cut below the knew for modesty sake and tradition.

Stakes Day (Wednesday)
Typically more of a family day, it's acceptable to wear more relaxed dresses. Opt for wedges and maybe a wide brimmed hat.

 What will you wear to the races?
 God Bless