Cats or Dogs?

Welcome back everyone!

So it’s time to make it a little bit more personal this week, I loved seeing so much support and response on my blog last week so I thought I would share a bit about me.

I have 2 dogs, both female, both mad. Bella is a 2 year old labrador and Sky is a 3 year old border collie. Bella fits into the typical labrador stereotype, fearlessly loyal and loving but harmlessly dumb and clumsy. Sky fits into the border collie stereotype of incredibly smart, quick, clever and way way too emotionally sensitive for a dog! However, she definitely doesn’t have the looks of a typical border collie (we think she may have some Blue Merle mixed in with her genes!), even though her mum and “dad” are pure border collies.

3 year old Border Collie-Sky

3 year old Border Collie-Skye

2 year old Labrador-Bella

2 year old Labrador-Bella

Now being in a family that always had dogs around the house, I feel like I’m almost in tune with my dogs and their own emotions and needs, just like they are with me. If someone were to lock me in a room full of dogs I’d be completely at ease and not feel stressed at all, it’s a completely different kettle of fish when it comes to cats though.

Cats I feel have that innate ability to conceal their emotions and leave you guessing how they are feeling about you. Multiple times I’ve tried playing with my boyfriends cats and received a clawed hand instead of the affection that I was hoping for. In saying this I have also had dangerously close calls with dogs (none with my own ones) and lovely moments with cats.

The question thats been on my mind this week is what defines a cat person or a dog person? Or further more an animal person in general?

I mean thinking about it logically we let related descendants of wolves and big cats into our homes, near children, near food, everything. Our little furry friends nowadays can have their own social-media pages, yoga classes, pampering days and even go into space!

To select the right type of breed for you a person must consider their own circumstances, can they provide enough exercise to keep the animal healthy? Enough food? Enough time and love? When you think about it we do all this work and for what? A wagging tail when you come home? Cats and dogs alike provide love, care and an awful lot of work that must be done. So when asking what defines a cat or dog person I think the answer will be different for every circumstance  because every animal is different and what you must give to that animal will change depending on this. I know that when I come home I can have a cuddle with Bella but not Sky because she won’t go near me if I smell of another animal! I know that near their feeding time don’t even attempt to play with Bella because she’ll be too focused on drooling on her dinner bowl! All these quirks and characteristics that, to be honest, can be related back to human behaviour pretty easily, are what makes a cat or dog person.

No matter what kind of a person you are, cats or dogs, the fact is these animals have, through years and years of evolving, become best friends, shoulders to cry on, wake up calls, helpers, couch ruiners and mess makers that I wouldn’t be the same without. I don’t think you mould the animal to your definitive lifestyle or characteristics, I think your beloved four legged companions mould your lifestyle around itself.

Bella and Sky

Bella and Sky

Now I want your opinion, are you a cat or dog person? What defines that? Let me know in the comments!

Also any tips on how to get a cat to like me?!

Links to wikipedia pages about cats and dogs below for if anyone wants some light bedtime reading!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog

or…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat

Thank you so much for reading and supporting!

Love Bee ❤

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My Most Reached For Foundations

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Post number 4 and I can honestly say I’ve been looking forward to it all day, I had a horrible shift and on the bus home from work I was itching to be sat where I am now with a good cuppa talking about the only thing I can do reasonably well! MAKEUP!

This post is about my favourite (in the whole wide world) type of makeup, foundations.

In my opinion these are the most important part of every girls makeup collection, they provide exactly what I want, perfectly clear gorgeously healthy looking skin, in a liquid form!

Whilst being a uni student struggling to save for my big european holiday in the middle of the year has stopped me from being able to purchase high end makeup I have tried a range of drugstore foundations and managed to save up enough spare pennies to make purchases from brands like mac, bobbi brown and NARS.

Surprisingly enough for me the top 3 foundations that I reach for the most in terms of daily wear come from NARS, Rimmel and Bourjois. I have and will be forever a fan of Rimmel as it was from them that my obsession with makeup (and Kate Moss) began!

Foundation Number 1

The one and only Wake Me Up Foundation by Rimmel London

Rimmel Londons Wake Me Up Foundation $16.69 from Chemist Warehouse

Rimmel Londons Wake Me Up Foundation $16.69 from Chemist Warehouse

This is the perfect dewy moisturising foundation. The coverage is suitable for many different skin types as you don’t have to use a lot of the product to cover your entire face allowing it to be build-able for people who want extra coverage. The effect this foundation has on the skin is brilliant! It does have the tiniest bit of glittery pigmentation within the liquid which adds to the glowing brilliance of this foundation. For an every day foundation this is reasonably priced, suits many different skin types and looks so good on the skin! I am a rather pale skinned person so my shade of choice is 100 Ivory. The foundation also has an anti-fatigue effect and SPF 15 which is also another reason why I reach for it on a daily basis! The foundation is supposed to “wake up” your skin and leave it looking refreshed, glowing and healthy, this is exactly what it does for me. I often purchase this product from Chemist Warehouse as it is generally cheaper there but you can also find it in places like K-mart, Priceline, Target, anywhere that sells Rimmel products.

Foundation Number 2

The wonderful Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation by Bourjois Paris

Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation by Boujois Paris $32 at Priceline

Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation by Boujois Paris $32 at Priceline

This foundation boasts that it is a product that makes your skin look healthy, hydrated and luminous and honestly thats exactly what it does. It gives your skin that coverage it needs to look perfectly flawless but naturally. I love this foundation completely. I stays in place all day and never goes patchy. Applying it is effortless and the amount needed to cover your skin is fairly minimal. I reached for the colour 52 Vanilla but may be needing a slightly darker one as this one can sometimes come across as a little too white even under transparent powder. I also feel like this is such a good winter product compared to the Wake Me Up foundation, I feel like it would be better for my skin to reach for this moisturising foundation in winter and the Rimmel one in summer. It is on the more expensive side of drugstore makeup but for the product that you get I wouldn’t be surprised if it was from a high end brand. Bourjois have really made a great solid everyday foundation here. I have only ever been able to find it at Priceline and the price varies depending on if it is on special but it’s usually $30ish.

Foundation Number 3

The brilliant Sheer Glow Foundation by NARS

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation $59 at MECCA Cosmetics

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation $59 at MECCA Cosmetics

This foundation really deserves its own blog post, I can’t even describe how amazing it is without sounding insane. The texture of the foundation is even enough for me to snatch it up! The thick creaminess of it is incredible which corresponds to the amazing coverage this gives which is so easily build-able but you don’t really need to because one layer of this bad boy evens out your skin tone perfectly without making it look like you’ve caked your face in makeup because of its incredible glowiness (I don’t think that’s a word, told you I’d sound insane!)! Yes this is an incredibly expensive foundation but really truly it is worth it, I would put this before my mac foundation and many many other really good quality brands! The staying power of this foundation is something that pleasantly shocked me as well, the foundation lasts all day without smearing or looking worn out. It truly is (deep breath) the perfect foundation! I have it in the generic colour light 2, Mont Blanc, which I got from the wonderful MECCA Cosmetics store.

Well then, I would just like to point out that not everybody needs foundation as well! Everybody is beautiful in there own skin! For the people who do love foundation as much as I do I hope you enjoyed this post and for anybody looking for a new one I hope this helped you choose! This was also completely unsponsored by anyone and all opinions and views expressed are my own!

Do let me know if you use these products in the comments below! What is is your favourite foundation? I’d love to know and try them out myself! 

I will leave links to all the websites in which I buy these foundations off below!

http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/product.asp?id=68379&pname=Rimmel+Wake+me+Up+Foundation+Ivory

https://www.priceline.com.au/cosmetics/face/foundation/healthy-mix-foundation-30.0-ml

http://mecca.com.au/nars/sheer-glow-foundation/V-006868.html

Love Bee ❤

Stila (in the light eyeshadow palette)

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Last week readers really seemed to like my beauty style blog so today I hope I can interest you in another review!

For Christmas I really wanted to add some higher priced makeup products to my small collection, so now thanks to my lovely Grandmother, I am the proud owner of a Stila eyeshadow palette. I purchased this product from a MECCA Cosmetics store, I’ll leave a link to their website below as they are a brilliant high end cosmetic store that stock a huge range of brands. I also think that buying products from a store like MECCA as opposed to MYER or David Jones allows the buyer to get a little bit more one on one time with the shop assistants as when I purchased the palette the lovely sales lady, (who’s name I shamefully can’t remember right now) helped me out a lot and even gave me a full free makeup tutorial which was so lovely and totally unexpected! (It was also lovely for my dear boyfriend who had to stand by and wait for me the whole time!)

Anyway, I highly recommend shopping in MECCA if you’re new to makeup or nervous/unsure of what product to buy, the people in there are always ready to help! Whilst in the store I also purchased the NARS sheer glow foundation so comment below if you would like me to post a blog review about that!

Back to the eyeshadow palette! I chose the in the light palette which cost $52 if I remember correctly and comes with 10 award winning beautiful eye shadows and a smudge stick eyeliner. Since Christmas I truly have only been reaching for this palette which is a testimony to the fact that I have completely fallen in love with it. It has the most beautiful matte shades that can be used to create a bold smoky eye or simple natural nude eye. (See pictures below) The pigmentation of these shadows is so incredibly thick and creamy. The eyeshadows coat the eyelid completely and yet blend out seamlessly when worked at with a fluffy brush. The same goes for the 7 glittery eyeshadows.

The Stila In the light eye shadow palette $52

The Stila In the light eye shadow palette $52

Each eyeshadow has it’s name directly beneath it on the palette which I think is a genius thing to do. Going off the picture above in the top row from left to right there is a matte nude (bare), shimmery pinky champagne colour (kitten), matte pinky brown (bliss), shimmery brown which I think is best to blend out (sunset) and matte dark deep brown (sandstone). In the bottom row there is a shimmery gold (bubbly), shimmery deep dark brown (gilded gold), shimmery grey/brown (luster), shimmery grey/blue (night sky) and a glittery deep dark black (ebony). See the pictures of my fingers swatching each eyeshadow below to see the pigmentation of these shadows for yourself. That was the effect on my fingers after I lightly brushed my finger over it because I really didn’t want to use too much and waste it!

Top row of Stila in the light eyeshadow palette (from thumb to pinky- sandstone, sunset, bliss, kitten and bare)

Top row of Stila in the light eyeshadow palette (from thumb to pinky- sandstone, sunset, bliss, kitten and bare)

Bottom row of Stila in the light eye shadow palette (from thumb to pinky- ebony, night sky, luster, gilded gold, bubbly)

Bottom row of Stila in the light eye shadow palette (from thumb to pinky- ebony, night sky, luster, gilded gold, bubbly)

I cannot express in words at how this palette makes me feel, it enhances my eye shape and colour without looking trashy or to over the top. I worried at first that the glittery shadows may be too much for day wear but blended out with a darker crease colour these bad boys can be worn anytime. Now don’t worry either if you think this palette is way out of your expertise and will be too hard to use because not only is that totally not true but also because it comes with a handy little book of eye shadow looks that will teach you where to put what exactly if your unsure of what to do. I was a little overwhelmed as well to start with so I used the book and not only loved the looks that it gave me but also learnt about the eyeshadows from it and now have my own eyeshadow looks with the palette.

Booklet of eyeshadow looks that comes with the Stila in the light palette

Booklet of eyeshadow looks that comes with the Stila in the light palette

The palette also comes with a Stila smudge stick waterproof eye liner in the colour damsel. This was also another reason why I wanted this palette because I very rarely wear black eyeliner and the smudge stick in this can be applied heavily to look jet black or lightly to be brown. It can also be blended out really well (see picture below) and so its great for defining the top lash line. I have to admit I shy away from waterproof eye liners and mascaras so I haven’t been reaching for this eye line over my Rimmel London one but I definitely would if I wanted a longer lasting eye liner.

The stila smudge stick waterproof eye liner in damsel, drawn on straight and smudged out slightly.

The stila smudge stick waterproof eye liner in damsel, drawn on straight and smudged out slightly.

Now I’m not going to lie, another reason as to why I was so desperate to own this product is because of the packaging, not only do the cosmetics make me feel luxurious when I’m wearing them, but when I apply them the pinky gold packaging of the palette and the handy big mirror inside adds to the affect. This is a beautifully designed product that has so many positives. MECCA cosmetics websites rates this product a 4.7 out of 5 stars and I would honestly be so bold as to rate it a 5/5. It has shades that can suit all skin tones and the small amount of effort it takes to apply these shadows means it’s great for everyone, pro’s or beginners. I love this palette and cannot wait to try the others in the stila brand!

I hope this review helped! Don’t forget to comment if you want me to review the NARS sheer glow foundation! Let me know if you have this palette and like/dislike it? How do you wear the eyeshadows? Would you recommend any other stila eye products? Links to the MECCA website below!

http://mecca.com.au/stila/in-the-light-eye-shadow-palette/I-011583.html

Thank you for reading!

Love Bee ❤

My Skincare Saviour

Welcome  Back!

1 week on from my first blog and I’m not surprised to say that I still don’t really know how to work this website but I’m definitely learning! It was so cool seeing people react or read my blog post. Such an honour and crazy thing to see happening!

This week I really wanted to try writing about something beauty related since thats what I enjoy daily. As I’m definitely no makeup artist or expert I don’t think I can do that sort of thing yet but everyone needs skin care right?

Now obviously everybody’s skin is going to be different and will need to be treated uniquely based on the type of skin ‘category’ you are. Now unfortunately I fall into the oily skin category which means my best friend in the skin care world is Tea Tree Oil.

I discovered this a very long time ago whilst on holiday with my family in England. My skin didn’t cope very well with the long flight from Australia and so I looked for a facial scrub. I found a really cheap one in Tescos and didn’t think twice about the fact that it was boasting tea tree oil. Since then every time we go back to England I search for that scrub but have never been able to find it again!

Anyways, since then my skin has been hooked on the stuff and I really can honestly vouch for it and say my skin is so much better now. I used to have oily breakouts, pimples covering my forehead, nose and chin (basically my T section), but now I rarely get breakouts and my skin is a lot smoother and visibly less pimply!

I buy my tea tree oil products exclusively from The Body Shop. I have ventured out and tried different brands of tea tree oil products including some chemist brands and none have been as gentle and effective on my skin. Also I like the knowledge that my tea tree oil products have been sourced ethnically and in environmentally friendly ways, something that The Body Shop uses as a major selling point. Whilst there are many different products in The Body Shop Tea Tree range (and I have yet to try them all), I have definitely got some regulars in my skin care routine and some that I haven’t rushed to replace.

The Number one item in my Tea Tree Oil collection is the little green bottles of pure Tea Tree Oil. (See picture below) I use this sparingly, taking maybe a drop onto my finger at night to rub onto a problem area or if I can see a pimple rising. The effect of the oil is magnificent, on many pimples they are kept at a low key level that allows them to easily be covered by concealer or disappear within the day. It helps get rid of scars and blackheads and always leaves my skin feeling fresh and not oily even in the morning. At just $9.95 per bottle I always have this at the ready!

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The Body Shops Tea Tree Oil $9.95

The next most used item would have to be my Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser. This is a product I use every night and most mornings to remove all makeup and oil that has been put on my skin during the day. It’s such an easy product to use, simply squeeze out the foam, massage all over the face and then I always use a hot flannel to wipe it all away. It really cleans my pores out deeply removing all excess oil and impurities that might be on my skin. My skin stays fresh until the morning again and I find that by using this again in the morning my skin is cleaner and less oily during the day. It’s only $17.95 and it also comes as just a liquid Skin Clearing Facial Wash for $16.95.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser $17.95

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser $17.95

Other products that I would also love to quickly rave about are the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner and Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion. Both great pre-makeup and skin care routine essentials for me. The toner really helps to  matify my skin for the day and the lotion has the same shine-controlling effect. These are such great products to have but also slightly luxurious products for me as they are $16.95 and $11.95.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner $16.95

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner $16.95

Tea Tree Sking Clearing Lotion $11.95

Tea Tree Sking Clearing Lotion $11.95

Unfortunately the only product from this range (of the ones I’ve tried) that I haven’t rushed back out to get is the Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub. Now, whilst I’m all for a damn good scrub that will really scrub the dirt out of my pores I found this one to be a little too harsh and (dare I say it!), dehydrating on my skin! Every skin needs some form of natural healthy oil and my skin really lacked that and dried up when I started using this product. It was such a disappointment that it was too harsh for my skin but it goes to show that for anyone out there with drastically oily skin this product may be exactly what you need to get control!

Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub $15.95

Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub $15.95

I cannot wait to keep on trying out these products and will definitely do an update on the range if I try out anymore! I’ve had my eye on the face mask for a long time! Maybe it’s time for a nice treat!

I hope this blog has helped anyone in need of a new skin care routine with oily skin! Let me know if you use any of these products and recommend me which products you use and enjoy if I haven’t mentioned them!

I’ll leave a link below to The Body Shop website as all the mentioned above products are available for online shopping and delivery. I would also always recommend going into your nearest Body Shop as the staff in there are so lovely and always ready to help find you the products that you need.

http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/shop-by-range/tea-tree.aspx?viewAll=1

Thank you very much everybody! xx