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December goodies

21 Dec
Hello hello!!

Can you believe that in just 4 sleeps it will be Christmas? It is such a beautiful time of year. Other then the oh so glorious presents, people are generally happier. And the food, don’t even get me started on the food.

This year James and I are going to his Grandma’s house for Christmas lunch. His parents come down from Canberra and his Uncle from Melbourne drives up as well. They’re such a caring family, they have really made me feel like one of the them. Anyway, enough mushy stuff, onto the haul.

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In one of my recent pre-Christmas hauls, I picked up a gorgeous slightly shimmery mauve colour eyeshadow by Maybelline. It is a part of their MNY range. It has become my go to Christmas look. It is just so beautiful. It has a gold shimmer through the red that makes it completely wearable for work and play. I did have one similar to this from Covergirl or Max Factor that I completely adored but it is off with the makeup fairies now. Sad.

A discovery thanks to Rachael Jade were Maybelline’s Smoochies. Bought from Priceline, they are reasonably priced but lacking in variety. I bought two our of the three available but sometime after Christmas I will probably buy the last one to complete the set. So far I’m enjoying them, they’re nice on my lips, add a little bit of tint and looks charming underneath the MNY sparkly lipgloss I also bought.

My recent move to the outer suburbs has been fantastic. Along side the birds singing is a wholesale makeup shop. Oh yes! They stock makeup that you can no longer purchase from regular makeup retailers. I found some little goodies that I am looking forward to trying. I grabbed a pack of Mary Kate and Ashley mattifying papers, basically it just helps to blot away any oil on your face. I’m not sure about their brand and how it ranks, but these will be very handy for my bag. I also picked up a blue tone eyeshadow pallet from Maybelline. Blue is one of those colours that I just haven’t gotten into, so we will give it a go. I’m thinking of a bit of a smokey eye may be calling from the pallet. I do have a navy blue mascara and now a navy eye pencil to add to my collection. Maybe that alongside the gold liquid liner could be some out there party look that I may not attempt… 😀

This has been over a couple of weeks and pretty much all of them were bought on sale minus the Smoochies. I’m testing them all out still to see what works for me but at the moment my MNY eyeshadow is definitely winning.

I do know that I am getting some pretty exciting stuff for Christmas, so no doubt, that will be up here soon.

Have a lovely Christmas every one! Spend time with your loved ones and eat lots of good food, if there is ever a time for it, it is now.

Love Matilde xx
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I know.. I’m sorry.. But look! Pretty things!

5 Dec
Hello hello!

I hope you all still love me even though I’ve been a horrible blogger

Life has been pretty crazy this last month with Perth, moving, unpacking, house stuff, wedding, work etc etc. The good news is, after our trip to ikea this coming weekend, things should hopefully settle down.

There are all types of things going on in my personal life that have been taking me on some seriously crazy emotional roller coasters. Saying that, I am very proud of how I have handled it. I definitely would not have been able to do it without the support of my absolutely 100% amazing fiancé and all my work friends and family. I say work friends, but they’re more than that. They are the only friends I have now and I’m happy to have them 🙂 okay, gross, I know.. Time for pretty things.

As you are aware from my last post and thanks to the selling skills of the Mecca store, I purchased Stilla’s ‘In the light’ palette of gorgeous neutral, sometimes shimmery, eyeshadows. (Ps. The book is also really interesting, FYI)

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It was $60 well spent. Every colour is gorgeous. I seem to be reaching for a couple more than others.

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Night Sky could possibly be my most favourite eyeshadow colour in the history of ever. Except this one colour I had and lost a couple of months ago (RIP The perfect burgundy eyeshadow). Night Sky has a gorgeous shimmer through it and is perfect for the outer corner of my eyelids. It is perfect for making a stunning smokey eye look with its silvery grey colour.

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Luster is as the name suggests. It is almost khaki brown in the pot but as soon as it glides effortlessly onto my skin it turns a beautiful brown with gold under notes and gold shimmer. Also great for the crease and outer corner. It starts from something almost transparent but with a few swipes is quite opaque. I also like to use just a swipe across my whole lid when it is one of my rushed kind of days with a few extra brushes in the corner and crease to add depth.

Bare and Bliss haven’t really been touched yet because I’m not quite sure how I should use them with my skin. Bare looks like it could be a good base colour or possibly something to highlight the inner corners of your eyes but I’m just not comfortable with it yet.

I also use Kitten as a highlighter for my brow bone, down my nose and on my Cupid’s bow. It is really very subtle when just a little bit is used.

Does anyone else have this pallet? What is your favourite colour combination?

Talk soon. Pinky swear.

Love Matilde xx

Whisper Review

14 Oct
Hello hello!

I am here! .. If any of you were wondering.

It’s been a crazy crazy week. In fact, it has been a crazy huge year. I can’t believe what has happened, it honestly blows my mind.

Last week, James didn’t go grocery shopping with me. Our supermarket is next door to Kmart. Without James I have no one to stop me from my temptations to acquire more stuff. So, I blame this review on James. Thank you sweet heart.

Maybelline claim the new Colour Whisper has..

Pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel.
No heavy waxes or oils.
Soft, sexy gel-color.

I have colour 45 – Who Wore it Red-er

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I find that it feels very similar to a balm but have found that within a half hour it dries and feels slightly uncomfortable. It’s a pity because I love love love the colour!
My lips are naturally quite red and as such, this colour really just adds that bit of extra oomph my lips need. I only use one coat and find that it is more than enough, it is fairly opaque.
With a quick coat of my Maybelline Baby Lips Color in Berry Crush it last a fair few hours before I need to reapply.

I may need to check out a few more colours. This has been my go to lip colour for the past week and a half.

Love Matilde xx

My every day makeup

7 Oct
Hello hello!

After the excitement of yesterday I’ve come back down to more steady ground. Kind of. It’s a bit of a mess trying to get this all finalised. I guess it’s not just like we are buying a pair of shoes. It’s a little but bigger than that.

I thought I would share my everyday makeup routine with you all because I love seeing everyone else do their stuff. As I’m still very novice to all of this, I don’t actually have any brushes or fancy tools. I have my fingers and toilet paper to clean up any of the messes. I am going to do a but of research into brushes and see what I can afford 🙂

Every morning I shower, use my Olay cleanser that I mentioned in an . I tone with my Nateo Young toner and moisturise with My tinted SPF15 Dove moisturiser. I don’t use concealer or foundation unless I am going somewhere a bit special – the tint in the moisturiser evens out my skin tone enough and helps dull my redness. Once all that slightly boring stuff is done I get onto the makeup.

I find that greens and browns and colours on the darker side of the spectrum work best with my skin tone. I found this little cheeky pallet for $3 from a cheapy shop when I was in desperate need of something a bit new. I’m not super picky when it comes to brand, as long as it does what it is supposed to, that is my main priority.

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So I generally start off with number 1 on this pallet which is an army green sort of colour in the outer corner of my lid. I usually use my index finger to work it into the crease.
Then I get number 2 and work it in the middle third of my lid. I blend it in with the outer corner.
Once it move onto number three a wipe it across my eye from the inner corner to just before the end of the outer corner.
Last, I use number 4 right in the inner part of my eye so it gets a little bit of gold on the top and under my eye. I use my pinky finger for this one.

After I do my eyeshadow I go onto the liquid eyeliner. The skill in which I recently mastered! Yay! If I can get it super thin on my upper lash line, that is how it stays. If I happen to flinch and my brush moves a little then my line is a bit thicker. Today it was a little thicker, I had a super crazy urge to sneeze.

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Once I’m happy with my liquid eyeliner I move onto pencil liner. Once upon a time I would just use black eyeshadow on my lower water line but I moved on from that stage of my life. Also, it’s kind of hard to do the upper water line with powder. I am also at a stage where I like to only line a third of my lower water line. So that is my next step…

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I line the lower water line about a third of the way across and also just under the water line. Once I do that I smudge the liner a little bit with my ring finger. I line the upper water line the whole way across.

So the process is nearly over. I already have quite long eye lashes but I like to define them a little. I don’t curl or anything, I just whack a little bit of mascara on. One thing I do with mascara is that I start right from the base of my lash, it fills in any of the gaps my liner missed.

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Once this is all done I add a little bit of 5 from the eyeshadow pallet underneath my eyebrow, down the middle of my nose and the little bit in the middle of my upper lip. I don’t do this every day though, maybe once or twice a week.
My finishing touch is my new favorite gloss, Apocalips in Celestial. It is such a pretty colour.

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So that is it! It takes me around 5 minutes to do this in the morning before work or uni. I find that by applying my moisturiser all over my face and finishing on my eyes, it works almost like a base. It doesn’t crease or fade that much 🙂

Okay, so that is it for today.

Love Matilde xx

I totally forgot to add the final look on me. Oops! Lucky I don’t have a million followers who would notice 🙂
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I just wanted to show off..

4 Oct

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I know I was talking about my woes before, but sometimes I do get it right!

Love Matilde xx

My nail polish woes

2 Oct
Hello hello!

I am 100% completely obsessed with doing my nails. James (my fiancé) thinks they’re going to fall off but what does he know? I can’t help it, if I see a colour I like and it’s the right price, it will be mine within the hour.

My only problem is, I am very impatient. I always manage to smudge my nail polish when I’m waiting for it to dry. So I did a little research to see what worked the best.

1. Spraying your nails with canola oil
I was seeing it everywhere on Pinterest for a while. “Just spray your nails with Pam” and they will dry. I don’t quite know what Pam is but I am guessing it is basically just canola oil spray. So I tried it. Tip. Don’t use it with glitter nail polish. I don’t know that it dries the nails so much as makes them a bit more slick giving the effect of being dry. I am not a fan of this technique.

2. Ice cold water
The idea is right that you’re basically making it go from liquid to ice therefore drying it, but unless you are super human, holding your fingers in super ice cold water is just plain painful. I couldn’t physically hold them in the water long enough for them to dry.

3. Running cold water over your nails
This does nothing. NOTHING.

The only tip I have found useful is when you smudge your nails and they’re still a bit wet (but not freshly wet..) lick your nail to push that little smudgey sucker down. It doesn’t remove it completely but it does make a huge difference. I know it sounds gross, but it works. Just please don’t do it straight after, give it a minute to settle a little more.

I have seen these freeze dry nail dropper things, I’m pretty sure OPI have one and so do Sally Hansen. Maybe I’ll have to try that next. What do you think? Do they work?

Until then, I’m just going to have to learn to be patient. I mean how pretty do these look? My new favourite colour – Covergirl Outlast stay brilliant colour 145 Lav-endure.

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Love Matilde xx

Ps. Yes that is my engagement ring and yes, it is stunning!

Can I do orange?

30 Sep
Hello hello!

Today whilst I walked around the tempting beauty isles I pondered the question as to whether I could wear orange?

I don’t have orange clothes, nor do I have orange shoes. I have an eye shadow that is more a peach than it is orange yet orange is one of my favourite colours.

What dictates someone being able to wear orange? I’m not sure. I spotted a gorgeous lipstick by innoxa (who I only discovered today) in Tangerine for $14.95 and then noticed a shelve over you could get the lipstick and matching nail polish for $14.95 together.

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Go priceline! So I jumped. Why not?

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Do I look cross eyed in this photo?

What do you think? I’m not sure I could pull it off as an every day look but definitely an out in the sun type look.

Are there any shades of orange you think I should try? Help me!

Love Matilde xx

I finally mastered eyeliner

23 Sep
Hello hello!

Okay, so maybe I didn’t fully master all that is eyeliner but I managed to put one thin line of liquid eyeliner on top of my lid.

It doesn’t sound like much, but trust me when I say it’s been a long time coming for me. I’m not naturally that coordinated and my eyes constantly jerk around like the little annoying jerks they are.

I tried with my eye closed, pulled out on the edges, I even tried the ‘no fear’ approach of just one solid line but I just couldn’t make the damn thing work.

So after watching enough of the ladies on YouTube put on their eyeliner I noticed that their eye was still slightly open. “That’s rediculous” I said to myself “you can’t possibly put eyeliner on the top of your lid with your eye open!” So why does EVERYONE do it?

So I experimented.. And look at that thin lined sucker.


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I feel like I need a first place ribbon. Or at least multiple good try ribbons for my efforts previously.


Next on the I will master list will have to be my eye brows. They are quite unruly and thick and I don’t particularly like them all that much, but maybe if I could master eye brown pencil, I might like them that little bit more.

Just one more look at my eyes!

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And yes, I have squinty photo eye disease. I don’t know why.

Love Matilde xx

APOCALIPS (my first ever review!)

22 Sep
Hello, good evening, good morning!

I didn’t mention in my first post but I thought I would also throw in some reviews to my blog, and for my first ever review I thought I would do what I consider to be one of my favourite new products out on the shelves.

Apocalips

a-poc-a-lypse
Noun
1. The complete final destruction of the world, esp. as described in the biblical book of Revelation.
2. An event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale.

I love a good play on words, and I’m not not saying that it’s not true – but I don’t think this will be the last lip product I will ever use.

I say this but, you know what? I actually kind of love the Apocalips – Lip Lacquer. I don’t know what constitutes a good lacquer but it’s not super sticky like some and it smells pretty awesome!

I have the colour “101 – Celestial” which is a gorgeous blush pink colour – from what I can tell, on my skin any way, pinks can make me look a little strange because I have a naturally tanned face and my lips are already a reddish colour so anything lighter makes me look quite washed out. This doesn’t though, it gives them an almost natural look – even James (that’s my fiancé) likes it (and as much as I love him, he’s not really the makeup noticing type).

I bought this with some birthday money I received a little while ago and also managed to grab a couple of eye liners which I want to experiment with. I love a good haul – maybe that is something I can do in the future? A bit of a haul post. I do like shopping, but being a poor student I either need a really good reason or to have come into some money – so maybe that won’t happen until my next birthday – or maybe when I get married.

Anyway, before I manage to sidetrack myself even more, I really really love Rimmel for bringing this out and one day, I will buy more colours – unless they unapocalypse and bring out something even better. It’s bound to happen.

Love Matilde xx

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