OOTD: Shopping Day

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I wore this outfit out shopping today … and of course now I’m broke. Oh well, there’s nothing I like more than to spend my hard-earned cash on some lovely new outfits! And I bought three pairs of shoes today for an absolute bargain. What a successful day!

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Eh hem … apologies for the chicken wings in the next photo. I was uhhh trying to “twirl” …

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Top – Sportsgirl. Skirt – Chicabooti. Bag – Sportsgirl. Shoes – London Rebel. 

A x

Review: Bourjois Délice de Soleil Bronzing Powder

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The only Bourjois product I had in my makeup drawer a few weeks ago was the Healthy Mix Foundation, which I have repurchased many times and continue to love for its natural finish and glowing result. After years of using my mum’s Revlon Colourstay bronzer (which worked perfectly with my skin tone and always looked natural) I decided it was high time for me to make a bronzer purchase of my own.

I must admit I was rather shocked when I first tried this. The alarming shade of orange and the strong pigment took a little getting used to after Revlon’s softer version. I have to admit, I didn’t much like it at first. It didn’t look natural or glowing, and I felt rather annoyed at having made such a bad purchase. However, after a few failed attempts, I did manage to find a balance between great orange streaks and a natural, contoured look. And after finding that balance, I’m beginning to enjoy this product more and more with each application. The brush is useless of course, but I have a pretty nifty contouring brush which works perfectly with this.

It’s definitely not my favourite bronzer, and I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing, but it still does the job and for such a low price I’m not too unhappy. I don’t know if there are more shades, but in the shop I went into there were only two (one for pale skin and one for tanned skin), which is perhaps the problem. I have the one for pale skin but it’s still rather dark and much too orange for my taste.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for a nice, natural bronzer as I would love to hear your thoughts. This one just doesn’t do it for me.

A x

Autumn Wishlist

With Autumn (or fall, as some call it) just around the corner for us down in Australia, it’s time for a little Autumn makeover in my closet. Although I still have plenty of cardigans, scarves and woolly jumpers leftover from last season, I always feel that the turn-over from Summer into Autumn is a great opportunity (or perhaps … excuse) for a shopping spree! And here is my wishlist:

1. ASOS: Skater Dress in Pleated Lace –

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2. Estee Lauder: Pure Colour Eyeshadow in ‘Hot Cinnamon Shimmer’ –

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3. Topshop: Knitted Woven Print Jumper –

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4. ZARA: Blouse with Jewel Applique –

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5. SABA – Anna Chino Pant:

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6. Bardot: Rude Cambon Jacket:

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7. Giorgio Armani: Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in ‘400’ –

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8. Witchery – Drape Spliced Jacket:

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9. Review: Pin Up Skirt –

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10. David Lawrence: Cubist Pendant –

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A x

MAC Paint Pots Review

 MAC paint pots in ‘Camel Coat’ and ‘Quite Natural’:

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So I’ve been using these for a couple of months now (my best friend gave them to me at Christmas) and so far, so good! They take a little getting used to I have to say. After having used regular powder eyeshadow throughout my whole makeup-using life, this quick-drying cream-based eyeshadow was a little strange and difficult to use at first. Using my middle fingertip, I gently blended it over my eyelid and that worked well for the ‘Camel Coat’ … not so for the ‘Quite Natural’ shade. I must say I found it quite difficult to blend, it just wouldn’t stay creamy for long enough. Literally within 5 or so seconds it was completely dry. I found it strange to say the least, because the Camel Coat works beautifully, and takes at least 15 seconds to dry, plenty of time for perfect blending.

The price of these little gems is actually very reasonable at $30 a pot when you consider how much use you get out of them. Mine have hardly decreased in size at all and I use Camel Coat every day as my eyeshadow base or as a simple everyday shade.

Although Quite Natural has disappointed me a little, I’ve found ways to work around the ridiculous drying time, and the fact that they stay on all day without creasing even a bit makes up for the small problems I have encountered. I’m excited to try new shades, as they do have some lovely ones (I especially want to try ‘Stormy Pink’).

A x

Valentine Flicks

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Valentines Day is upon us yet again. And yet again … no valentine for me. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the day. My mother has this tradition of leaving little valentine gifts for my sister and I. Invariably it is a sweet card with a little message and some delectable (and expensive) chocolate. Just to let us know that we are loved. How sweet is that? This year was no exception. I awoke to find a beautiful black and white card picturing a sophisticated lady dressed in white against an elaborate background, and the words “Happy Valentines beautiful Aalyn, you are well loved” written inside. Accompanying this was a large square of the most delicious dark chocolate – ‘Willie’s Cacao: Madagascan Gold’. The only ingredients are ‘Cacao mass, raw cane sugar, and cacao butter’. And it was absolutely beautiful, so smooth and rich.

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As it’s the day to celebrate romance, love and devotion, I thought I might share some of my favourite valentine flicks. As you may or may not know, I’m a huge fan of film and I literally have a list on my laptop of movies I must see before I die … and it’s growing longer rather than shorter. Despite this, the list of romances I have seen could fill a book. I have to say that I am rather a fan of the awfully cliched ‘chick flick’, but also appreciate classic love stories. So here is a little bit of a mix of my favourites (in no particular order):

1. Roman Holiday. This has to be my favourite Audrey film. The first time I saw it I was only around 7 or 8, but loved it from the first. My Grandma had a collection of Audrey Hepburn classics and we used to always beg her to ‘watch Audrey’ whenever we stayed over. Her favourite was Sabrina, and so was my sisters, but I always had a soft spot for Roman Holiday. Don’t you just love the guitar scene on the boat?

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2. Love Actually. This is my family’s favourite Christmas movie. We watch it every year, as I mentioned in a previous post. I love the idea of different people’s lives all woven together and interconnected. My favourite ‘sub-story’ was always Daniel (Liam Neeson) and Sam (Thomas Sangster). Their journey is just so beautiful, and always touches my heart.

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3. Notting Hill. Sweet, funny and adorable, how could you not like this film? I’ve always liked Hugh Grant, and this has to be one of my favourites.

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4. Pride and Prejudice. Of course, I had to include Elizabeth and Darcy. Whether it’s the 1995 classic mini-series (my first introduction to the world of Jane Austen) or the 2005 Joe Wright version, I just love it all.

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5. The ‘Before’ series. That is, ‘Before Sunrise’, ‘Before Sunset’, and (recently) ‘Before Midnight’. I realise that this is actually three different movies, but they’re all so closely connected that it almost feels like one continuous film. They may not be to everyone’s tastes, but I really love the slow-moving, naturalistic style of these films. It almost feels like you’re watching a documentary at times.

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6. Dirty Dancing. This is a recent discovery for me. After years of hearing how great it was, I watched it for the first time a few months ago. At first, I wasn’t sure why everyone loved it so much. However, after watching it again with my sister, I fell in love. It took me a while to grasp the magic of this classic film, but once I did, it quickly earned a place in my list of ‘all-time favourites’.

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7. Amelie. I watched this for the first time when I was around 10, and loved it from the first. This is such a quirky, eclectic, sweet, colourful film and I absolutely adore it!

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8. Moulin Rouge. I first watched this (again) when I was around 10 or 11, and was rather shocked at the crude nature of this over-the-top film. However, once over the shock of the overt sexuality, I became entranced at the heart-breaking passion and yearning of these two lovers. I’m not a major fan of musicals, but this is definitely an exception. A genius film, and a beautiful story, this one always leaves me red-eyed and heart-broken.

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9. Some Like it Hot. Not so much romantic as absolutely hilarious, this is my favourite Marilyn Monroe film. It never fails to leave me in fits, and has (in my opinion) one of the best ending lines in movie history. Definitely a must-see!

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10. Leap Year. One of my mum’s favourites, the scenery in this film always moves me. Oh and the story is great too! Funny, romantic, and sentimental … and you’ve gotta love the Irish accent!

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Well, happy valentines beautiful!

A x

Sportsgirl University OOTD

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University – scary or exciting? Liberating or imprisoning? I haven’t quite made up my mind about it all yet. Only two weeks to go before orientation week, and then … it all begins. I went to get my ID card today – a horrid experience! It doesn’t seem to matter how long you spend on your hair, makeup and various poses, it always seems to turn out all wrong. And today was no exception. If only you could submit your own photo, or at least if they would let you see it before they print it to check if it’s all okay. But no, it’s just one big nasty surprise. Oh well, it’s done now. You may not be surprised to know that I met up with my girls today clad all in Sportsgirl gear. I know, I’m rather pathetic. I just love their clothes so much, and everything I’ve ever bought has proved to be worthy of frequent use. So I shan’t defend myself any more. You may have to get used to seeing a rather extravagant amount of Sportsgirl clothes from me! Oh and apologies for the marks on the shirt, I have no idea what they are but I just noticed them.

This was my outfit for today –

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Shirt – Sportsgirl. Skirt – Sportsgirl. Shoes – London Rebel. Bag – Sportsgirl. Necklace – Lovisa. 

Have a lovely week, gorgeous!

A x

OOTD and The Flying Nun

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I thought I’d share with you all one of my favourite casual outfits (I literally wear this ALL the time). It’s proved to be extremely versatile and I can wear it to so many different occasions. I really love the simplicity of this outfit and I always get complimented whenever I wear it. The top and black cami are both from Review and the shorts are from Jacqui-E. The shoes are Diana Ferrari and the bag is the same as in the last OOTD (from Sportsgirl).

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Today I went out for breakfast with my mum and grandparents at a cafe in Samford called ‘The Flying Nun’. It’s basically a converted chapel with tables inside and outside. There are trees absolutely everywhere and it’s a beautiful place to just sit and relax. It did get VERY busy though at around 10 o’clock, good thing we made a reservation! I decided on a simple meal of toasted sourdough with smashed avocado and olive oil, with a spritz of lemon juice and salt and pepper on top. I have to say I was a little disappointed. It seems extremely difficult to find a good avocado on toast these days. Probably because avocado isn’t in season. Mine was definitely underripe. Oh well, the coffee was great and I even got a little chocolate-covered coffee bean on the side. How nice!

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A x