My Everyday Makeup

I feel the need to begin this post by telling you that I am no makeup expert. The makeup you see here in this post makes up the majority of the makeup I own, and I am still only just starting to learn how to use it all to my best advantage. For the majority of last year I only wore makeup about 1 day in 7. I have been lucky enough to be blessed with quite good skin, and I simply couldn’t be bothered to wake up any earlier than I had to each morning. It is only in the last two months that I have started to develop some love for – and skill with – makeup. In early December I started a Christmas casual job in retail, working in an Australian women’s clothing store that sells beautiful, high quality Australian made clothes. It is a requirement of my job that we are well presented, and this includes wearing makeup every day. I work with some incredibly stylish, elegant and beautiful women, and seeing the way they wore makeup inspired me to try and improve my makeup routine. This inspiration, combined with a sale at a large chemist chain that meant all my favourite drugstore brands were half price, meant that my makeup collection improved quite significantly in a few short weeks. I have discovered some products that I absolutely love, and I get a lot of happiness from playing around with my makeup in the morning as I get ready for work.

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The first thing I wanted to show you is the makeup bag I use to carry all my everyday makeup in. This Peter Alexander bag was a Christmas present (I got the matching toiletries bag as well!), and it is the perfect size to fit all my everyday makeup. It has two sections, one for makeup and one for my brushes, and I absolutely adore it!

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These are the products I use on my skin everyday. I have been using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer for years. I have been using it for so long that I honestly don’t know if it makes my makeup last any longer, but I do believe it gives me a much smoother finish, and it feels absolutely wonderful. The Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory is one of the newest additions to my makeup collection, and I have fallen head-over-heels for it. It is a perfect colour match for my pale, pink-toned skin, and it is SPF20, which I think is really important for a foundation. My Revlon Photoready Powder in Fair/Light is another very new addition to my collection, and I am still learning how to use it. I had been thinking about trying a powder for a while, as I had heard some wonderful things about how it improves the longevity and finish of your makeup, and once I tried this powder, and felt how silky smooth it was, I decided I had to try it. I love finish this powder gives, and I am so glad I decided to try it. The last product I use on my skin is my Loreal Paris Perfect Match Blush in Sandalwood Pink. I have been using this blush for almost four years now, and I think it is the perfect colour for me. I got a set of makeup brushes for Christmas, including a blush brush. I had only ever used the little brush that came wit h the blush, and I was astounded by how much of a difference it made using a proper blush brush! Seeing the way it emphasises my cheek bones has made me itch to try some proper shaping with a highligher and a bronzer, but I think I have bought more than enough makeup for now, and will wait a few more months until I try my next adventure!

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These are the products I use on my eyes, and they all actually came in one kit that I got for Christmas. My mother knew I had my eye on the  Revlon Photoready Eyshadow in Impressionist, and when she found it as part of a kit, on sale and for less than the cost of the eyeshadow itself, she decided I had to have it. I didn’t have the highest expectations for the Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in black or the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara, but they have both proved to be wonderful products. I find the eyeliner so much easier to use than any other eyeliner I have ever tried (not that I have tried that many – I am a tad scared of eyeliner), and I adore the mascara and how long and thick it makes my eyelashes look. I will definitely be purchasing both of these products again! I did have quite high expectations for the eyeshadow, as I had done some research and tried it out, and it has definitely lived up to my expectations. I really love the colours, and I loved trying out the different combinations and effects I could achieve.

I have always found makeup to be a powerful thing, a sort of armour I could wear when things when I have been having a tough time and I don’t want the world to know, and it is also something that can be incredibly fun. I get a little thrill every time I get out my makeup bag to get ready now, and I am hoping that over the coming year I will be able to further develop my skills, and slowly grow my collection.

What makeup products do you use? Do you use any of these? Do you have any products to recommend, or any makeup advice to share?

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The Doctor Who Tag

My favourite YouTuber, itswaypastmybedtime, recently posted a video where she answered the questions of the Doctor Who tag, and I instantly thought it would make for a great blog post. Doctor Who is one of my all time favourite television shows, and I have many wonderful memories that involve watching it with various people. So without further adieu, I give you: the Doctor Who tag!

Who is your favourite Doctor?

David Tennant. He was my first doctor, and I have always, always loved him. I did really start to love Matt Smith about halfway through his time as The Doctor, but the 10th Doctor will always be my favourite.

What is your favourite Doctor Who story?

I think my favourite story is probably the 50th Anniversary episode, The Day Of The Doctor. I have wonderful memories of watching this episode in a theatre, in 3D, while eating delicious homemade dark-chocolate and raspberry brownies with three very close friends, who were also big Whovians. I actually rewatched the episode only yesterday, and I had forgotten just how well written and well filmed the episode was.

Who is your favourite companion?

This is a hard one for me, and I think it has to be a tie between Donna Noble and Clara Oswald. Donna was my first companion, and I absolutely loved her, but I have fallen in love with Clara over the last few seasons. I love the fact that they are there as friends to the doctor, with almost no hint of romance. And they are both such wonderfully comedic characters, who have brought me plenty of laughs!

What was the first Doctor Who story you ever watched?

I was a late bloomer when it comes to Doctor Who, and my first episode was the first episode of Season 4, Partners In Crime. It was a wonderfully comedic episode to start my Doctor Who journey with!

What is your favourite series?

Season 4 was my first season, and it has always been my favourite. While my favourite stories are almost all in other seasons, I loved Season 4 as a whole. Donna Noble’s story was absolutely heartbreaking, but I remember Season 4 fondly, as one that could always make me laugh.

What is your favourite pre- or post-regeneration story?

David Tennant’s post-regeneration story was wonderful – I laughed every time I watched it, especially when he started quoting The Lion King!

What is your favourite TARDIS desktop theme?

I think my favourite would have to be the 12th Doctor’s, with all those wonderful books! I thought it looked really warm and cosy, and a little more well-put-together than some of the previous desktops.

What is your favourite villain or monster?

Don’t. Blink. Whatever you do, don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead! I made the mistake of watching Blink by myself in a dark room the first time I saw it, and I was terrified! While I don’t think any of the following Weeping Angel episodes were as scary, they are still my favourite villain by far!

What’s In My Bag?

I am a naturally very curious person (often, I will admit, bordering on nosy), and I absolutely love reading ‘What’s In My Bag?’ posts. When I wrote my New Years resolution to w start seriously writing this blog, and sat down and wrote a list of potential blog ideas to get the ball rolling, and this was at the very top of my list. So, without further adieu, here it is!

IMG_1255To start with, the bag. I got this bag for my 20th birthday, and I absolutely love it. I ummed and ahhed about it for a while before I put it on my birthday list, as I knew a bright pink bag wasn’t as versatile as a plain black one, but in the end I decided that it was worth it. I have been using the bag for about 7 months now, and while it is starting to show its age (and not particularly stellar quality), I can see myself getting quite a bit more use out of this. It is exactly the right size to carry everything I like to carry on a day to day basis, and it has lots and lots of pockets. The number of pockets is one of the main criteria I consider when looking at bags – I like to be organised, and I find it easier to keep things organised if I have lots of pockets, so that everything has a place and can stay in its place. When it comes to the actual contents of my bag, I try not to carry too much (and usually fail), but these are things that I will almost always have with me:

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My Wallet: I absolutely adore this wallet, even more than I love the bag. I love the fact that it matches the bag (I have a bit of a thing for matching things; my suitcases match and I get extremely excited every time I get to walk with them through an airport), but I also love the wallet independent from the handbag. I tend to carry quite a lot around in my wallet, and over the past few years I have developed a love for big double zippered wallets like this one. They fit everything!

My Diary: I started using a Paperblanks diary last year, and I was incredibly excited to get my new one for 2015. I love the beautiful vintage-style design of these particular diaries, and I think the size is perfect – small enough that it can fit in a handbag, but large enough for there to be enough room for me to write everything I need to.

My Phone: My phone is always either in its special little pocket in my handbag or in my pocket – I am terrible at answering my phone when someone rings, but I am working to get better! My phone is an old model, the Samsung Galaxy S2, but it works perfectly and does everything I need, so I see little need to update it just yet. My phone over is looking very battered now, but I have yet to find another one I love as my trusty TARDIS, so I suspect I will keep using it until it becomes unusable – hopefully that doesn’t happen too soon!

My Sunglasses: I wear a pair of classic RayBans, and I adore them! We brought the first really long road trip where I could drive, as mum thought it would probably be a good idea for me to wear something with actually protected my eyes, rather than the $5 sunglasses I had been wearing. I was terrified that I would damage them, as I don’t have the greatest track record with sunglasses, but so far so good!

My Umbrella: You can’t tell when it is all rolled up, but my umbrella is actually a Doctor Who one, with a TARDIS design. Have you guessed yet that I am a big Doctor Who fan?

My Keys: At the moment I have one of mums spare sets with the keys for the house and car in Darwin, but usually I am carrying my own set with the keys for my house and car in Melbourne.

My Headphones: I am never one for expensive headphones, and I have a bad record for lost and broken sets, but I will always have a set in my bag, so that I can always listen to music.

Daisy Travel Perfume: I have been wearing Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume for about four years now, and I don’t see myself changing anytime soon. I have two big bottles, one of the traditional scent and one of a limited edition scent, but I like to carry this little roller bottle around with me in case I ever feel like I need a refresher.

Paw Paw Ointment and Lipstick: I always carry Paw Paw ointment, as I find it works wonders on sore or chapped lips, and I will usually have a lipstick or two in my bag at any time. I am currently wearing Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, which has quickly made itself my favourite lipstick. It is a gorgeous sheer colour, which I find looks almost like I’m not wearing any lipstick at all – like I just have naturally pink lips a few shades darker than my own.

Lacteeze Tablets: I am lactose intolerant, and these tablets mean that I can eat things that contain dairy without feeling sick. Yay for icecream and milkshakes!

Worry Stones: I have a habit of fidgeting whenever I feel anxious or worried, and I find having one of these stones (or both) in my hands, so that I can run my fingers over the different smooth sides, helps to calm me down a little.

There are a few other things I often have with me that I forgot to photograph. I always have bandaids with me, in case of blisters or cuts, along with some ibuprofen and paracetamol. I usually have at least one reusable foldable shopping bag as well. The Northern Territory no longer uses disposable shopping bags at places like grocery stores, so these foldable shopping bags come in very handy! One thing I definitely don’t have in my bag very often is rubbish. I always try to throw out rubbish as soon as I can and keep my bag as tidy as possible.

What is in your bag? Are you as big a fan of these sorts of posts as I am? If you have any suggestions for blog posts you would be interested in reading, please let me know!