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New In Beauty & My Minimal Routine

I'm a sucker for beautiful makeup. I can't help it. I've been watching beauty you tubers for 10 years, watching the community develop into what it is today, and all the while falling in love with too many influencers. You instantly want to buy what they talk about and spend way too much money on all these beautiful things. My wallet always had other plans for me though.


I was a student for most of this time and while I would buy crazy makeup bits, it wasn't very often. By the time I got to an age where I could afford to splurge on makeup I was realising that wearing a lot of makeup daily was not really my thing. My morning routine, always as low maintenance as I can make it, didn't leave room for a full face of makeup on a daily basis. Most mornings of the week I don't even wear any at all but when I do it's pretty minimal. Powder foundation/tinted moisturiser, concealer, mascara, brows and a nude lip is more or less it. Sometimes liner, bronzer and contour if I'm feeling up to it. My routine instead started taking a skincare focus rather than a cover it all up focus to make the canvas I'm working on as great as possible so all I needed was a little bit of makeup. 

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Which is why when I go shopping for beauty products, rarely will I buy all the shiny bright fun stuff, instead splurging on skincare products and practical day to day makeup. This is basically why I wanted to share it though. There are enough people my age out there posting all these amazing beauty hauls that aren't hugely realistic for most women my age. I go for good quality skin care and beauty products, practical stuff that works for me every single day and that is really good for my oily skin. I thought there would be some value in sharing what I feel to be quite realistic beauty habits for busy women out there chasing their dreams. 


I'm not 100% sure what kind of posts this will manifest into yet, part of the fun I suppose, but for right now I thought I would share some bits I got in recently because they sit in line with the above intentions in mind rather than my party makeup routine!




Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint

This is the perfect piece in the minimal makeup routine. I've heard so many bloggers who, like me, don't go crazy intense full coverage on their makeup all the time and they have been loving this. I got a sample from the girls at Mecca Cosmetica in Newmarket and I so enjoyed using it that I knew it would be a summer staple for me. It's lightweight and makes your skin look healthy, plus you see a bit of your natural skin texture shine through from underneath. I don't have very noticeable freckles, but I like them and I like when they show through. I want to get a translucent powder to set this down because my MAC Studio Fix Powder is a bit heavy for it I'm finding, so I might go have a chat to the girls about what they would recommend. 

Get it HERE - $71 NZD from Mecca Beauty


Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

I've been using this for a while now, and can never justify the money on the big bottle of it so I've been buying the mini ones for months now. I really enjoy this, I think it works really well on my skin, but I'm considering asking for a sample of the Stila One Step Correct or the Bare Minerals Prime Time because I want something that will help correct redness in my skin. I used this years ago but my skin has changed a bit since I used it last, so it might not work for me. It would be ideal though, because it would mean the Nars Velvet Matte would look even better on my skin.

Get it HERE - Mini Version is $29 NZD from Mecca Beauty


Mecca Cosmetica 'Lip De Luscious' in Peach Shimmer

Now these gorgeous things were given away to Beauty Loop members as part of the Mecca 20th anniversary boxes. Every level got some Mecca full sized, yes full sized, products as a thank you for supporting them. I'm only on level 1 right now because I've been buying less stuff recently (I was so close to level 3 at one point) but getting a full sized SPF lip balm that actually works pretty well for nothing other than buying my skincare is pretty great. 

The one comment I have on this, and it's neither good nor bad really, is that it smells like lip balms from my childhood. Like that artificial sweet scent. I thought it might be artificial cherry, which I loathe, but I think it is maybe meant to be peachy since its the peach shimmer? I don't hate it but I don't love it. 

Get in HERE - $33 NZD from Mecca Beauty and comes in 6 shades

That's it from me today - let me know in the comments what your holy grail daily beauty product is, whether it's skincare or makeup related. Always keen to give something new a try!

The 'Treat Yourself' Mentality | Feat. Sunday Riley 'Artemis' Face Oil

I don’t think my life is anymore stressful than anyone else. Hell, I don’t think my life is anywhere near as stressful as some peoples. What I do know is that because of my anxiety I process stress very poorly. While I have improved my ability over the years, I still struggle and it is in this struggle that I started focusing on art of treating myself. I have little things here and there that I do to generally improve my quality of life, or even just my mood when I’m feeling crap. It is this kindness to yourself I associate with the ‘treat yourself’ mentality – making decisions every day that improve your quality of life. From coffee from a cafe every morning, to breakfast out on a Friday (and Sunday), from the fluffy therapeutic keychain I have on my work bag, to a pretty pair of shoes to make me feel badass all day, every day. Little things day to day help me get through stressful times and put me in the right mentality to take on my life, whether it be that coffee treat or reading that magazine I totally didn’t “need” to buy, but needed to buy, if you get what I mean.


This is a concept I will likely talk about quite a bit on the blog. Whilst it probably isn’t the most financially smart move on my part, I believe in the concept so much because it has made a huge difference in my life. Every once in a while, I invest a little more into something that gives re-occuring instances of that luxury or empowerment. Things like a print or painting, nice shoes, a beautiful coat, stunning lipstick, or this product: My Sunday Riley Artemis face oil

I never thought I would be writing a post praising a face oil. As a girl with oily skin, the idea of additional oil seemed extremely counter-intuitive. But as the ‘Luna’ face oil by Sunday Riley gained sudden popularity in the blogging world a few years back, I decided that I may have been a bit unfair in my initial assessment. I took it upon myself to do some more research. The fact that I now own one and am praising it as a staple piece of luxury in my life probably clues you in to the outcome of that research.

In its most brief description, face oil can actually be incredibly beneficial to those with oily skin, as well as everyone else, because it actually helps to prevent the skins natural production of oil! Similar to moisturiser, it helps keep the skin nourished which means it requires less natural oil production to keep it balanced. Oils have the added benefit of housing a million and one different benefits in a concentrated form that help to not only moisturise your skin, but improve its condition, hence their promotion to cult classic status.


After having a chat to the wonderful girls at Mecca Cosmetica a few years back, I got a sample of ‘Artemis’ by Sunday Riley. This one, at the time, was the best for oily skin. Since then they have released one called UFO that I believe is meant to be for oily/acne prone skin. This doesn’t change the fact that Artemis still garners some great accomplishments on the oily skin front. You need only read the benefits of every ingredient to know that putting this on your face will work wonders. It calms your skin, controls oil, rejuvenates and helps with any signs of aging. It literally helps to revitalise your skin. I instantly notice a difference when I wake up after using it the night before. My skin looks glowy and perfect every single time.


But as much as I love the Artemis oil, I believe it no longer exists. This post serves more as motivation to go out and invest in a face oil that works for you. They have become such a beauty staple for so many in the past few years that most big beauty brands are doing them. Go to your local beauty store and ask for a few samples to see which is your favourite and invest because I’m telling you it is a little piece of luxury that makes me feel so pampered and relaxed when I use it (and its so good for your skin!)

Sunday Riley face oils are not cheap, hence the investment item category. At $120 NZD from Mecca Cosmetica they are one of their more expensive products, but well worth the money. I’m a fan of several things that Sunday Riley make, though this is the only one I currently have due to the price tags. I have a lot of very expensive hobbies now days. I’ve gone into professional photography since I purchased this oil so I spend more money on clothes, shoes and camera gear than beauty items!


Disclaimer: These photos were taken a year back when I was playing with my new camera and toying with the idea of starting a blog. With an updated edit, I was pretty happy with them. There is a lot more product in the jar in this shot than there actually is now, as this was taken a few weeks after I first got it.