Sunday Video Day: Batalash

I watch a lot of makeup videos on youtube. I mean… A lot. Every night before bed I’ll watch maybe 2 or 3 - sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on how much of the dumb I want to ingest that day. What I’m saying is that because they’re makeup videos and not live feeds from the United Nations, they can, at times, piss me off.

One person who does not piss me off is Ssssamantha, from Batalash. She does some really cool makeup looks, has a wicked sense of humour, and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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The Grounds of Alexandria

I know that all of you Sydney people have known about this place for ages but… cmon, I’ve only been back in town for 7 months! I went on Saturday with some of my girl friends from work, boyfriends, sisters, etc were invited - and we had a really lovely breakfast!

Not that I was surprised.

The Grounds have a restaurant meets market kind of atmosphere. Housed in a former pie factory, it’s perfect for a weekend brunch, lunch, or just a general wander around.

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Saturday Link Love: Mavericks Laces

Let me tell you… When you’re at markets full of lady-stuffs and your man person stops to look at something, you damn well let him do it. In Vic’s case, it was Mavericks Laces, and their collection of super fun coloured laces. He’s not a colour guy at all usually, and certainly not one for gimmicks, but something about how well these were crafted caught his attention.

Their individual laces start at about 8 dollars, and you can buy them in seasonal sets as well. Enjoy!

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The Review: People for Plants Hand Cream
There’s a Priceline that I have to walk past on my way to work. That is how this purchase happened.
Now technically this product is called the People for Plants Hemp, Apricot Kernel & Macadamia Hand Cream. Here’s how the brand describe it:

A soothing, protective, highly-absorbent hand cream rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, providing intense hydration and extraordinarily soft skin. Organic hemp seed oil, Australian cold pressed macadamia nut oil, apricot kernel oil - all rich with cell strengthening essential fatty acids, help restore elasticity and suppleness. Even the hardest working hands are nourished from deep within and feel soft, soothed and smooth.
91.5 % ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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My review is going to be fairly short and sweet. It’s a really good hand cream, and for $15, you can’t really go wrong. It settles in really quickly, and I like the scent. I’m not usually one for strong fruity scents, but although you can smell the apricot, it’s not overpowering and it doesn’t have my work people wondering what that scent is. That said, I do lend it to people and the apricot is the first thing they notice.
Ultimately I don’t know if I’ll buy this again, because I like to try different things… But it is a good hand cream to keep around, and who doesn’t love to support Australian brands? 

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The Review: People for Plants Hand Cream

There’s a Priceline that I have to walk past on my way to work. That is how this purchase happened.

Now technically this product is called the People for Plants Hemp, Apricot Kernel & Macadamia Hand Cream. Here’s how the brand describe it:

A soothing, protective, highly-absorbent hand cream rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, providing intense hydration and extraordinarily soft skin. Organic hemp seed oil, Australian cold pressed macadamia nut oil, apricot kernel oil - all rich with cell strengthening essential fatty acids, help restore elasticity and suppleness. Even the hardest working hands are nourished from deep within and feel soft, soothed and smooth.

91.5 % ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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The Car Selfie Face of the Day

I haven’t posted a proper face of the day, makeup-rundown kinda post in almost a year now. That is CRAZY. Where does the time go?! I didn’t even realise it had been that long when I shot some fun car selfies over the weekend, so I’ll try & do better in the future… Until then, here’s what makeup I wore while running some wedding-related errands this weekend.

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The Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
So the other day at work I showed up with a full face of makeup - I mean, full. Heavy foundation, concealer, highlight, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipliner - the whole nine yards. More than one person asked me where I was going, and I said after work I was headed to dinner with some friends. I was then asked if I was going to reapply my makeup before I went out.
Hahaha. No.
And you know why? Because the one thing that makes my makeup last from 6:45am when I apply it in the morning, to 10:30pm when I get home at night, is the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Here’s my review.
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Now obviously this product doesn’t work in isolation. You have to have done other things to your face to stop your makeup fading or getting shiny - use a long-wearing foundation, wear a primer if you’ve found one you like, and set your foundation properly with a powder. I do all of that anyway, but it really just makes my makeup last until I get home at about 7-ish. 
This product basically adds another 5 hours of wear onto my makeup.
It’s not to say that I don’t touch it up slightly - I do have a couple of compacts that I keep in my handbag, but they’re not as necessary on days that I use the UD Setting Spray.
In terms of use, I apply my whole face and the setting spray is the very last step. I think you’re supposed to do 3 sprays in a cross shape, but I don’t think it matters too much. Then I fan my face, walk out the door and I’m good to go.
I’m planning on having a bottle of this handy for my wedding - it’s perfect for an occasion like that.
Do you need this in your life? … Yeah. Probably. Go get it.

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The Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

So the other day at work I showed up with a full face of makeup - I mean, full. Heavy foundation, concealer, highlight, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipliner - the whole nine yards. More than one person asked me where I was going, and I said after work I was headed to dinner with some friends. I was then asked if I was going to reapply my makeup before I went out.

Hahaha. No.

And you know why? Because the one thing that makes my makeup last from 6:45am when I apply it in the morning, to 10:30pm when I get home at night, is the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Here’s my review.

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Saturday Link Love: Kitchen Ink
For the next bunch of Saturday Link Loves, I’m going to post some of my favourite picks from the Finders Keepers Markets I went to in June. If you missed out last time, the next Sydney one is in December and the Brisbane & Melbourne ones are still coming. Keep an eye out on their website.
Today’s pick is by an adorable home wears brand called Kitchen Ink, and the item above is the Sydney Harbour Pillowcase Set which retails for $45. Yes, I want it. Yes, it’s on my wedding registry. ;)
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Saturday Link Love: Kitchen Ink

For the next bunch of Saturday Link Loves, I’m going to post some of my favourite picks from the Finders Keepers Markets I went to in June. If you missed out last time, the next Sydney one is in December and the Brisbane & Melbourne ones are still coming. Keep an eye out on their website.

Today’s pick is by an adorable home wears brand called Kitchen Ink, and the item above is the Sydney Harbour Pillowcase Set which retails for $45. Yes, I want it. Yes, it’s on my wedding registry. ;)

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Hi, I'm moving to London from Australia later in the year and I'm loving all the tips on your blog! Thank you!!! Just wondering though who you purchased your travel insurance with? I've been given quotes for year-long travel insurance and they've been upwards of AU$500 (usually 600-900 for decent coverage)... I'm starting to think I might only get travel insurance to cover me getting to the UK and then purchase it each time I travel out of the UK? It's just so expensive! Thanks for any advice :)

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Oh I really wish I could be more helpful, but we had a Citibank credit card that came with automatic travel insurance. I have no idea, sorry!

The Shitlist: Part 1

I do product reviews occasionally on the blog, but I’ve never really rounded up the products I’ve been disappointed in so today I’ve combed my archives to bring you five reviews you may not have otherwise seen.

Before I start, a little disclaimer - obviously products work differently for different people, and since I last tried the products I’m going to mention, they may have reformulated, so use your brain when deciding if you’re going to buy them, mmk?

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The Top 10: Iceland

It’s time for another travel post…! Vic and I get asked all the time what our favourite place place in Europe was, and his answer is always Iceland, where we travelled over the Easter long weekend. Mine is different of course, but that post will be coming up later. Because I’d already shown you one amazing spot in Iceland last year, I decided to tell you about all the other things I loved as well.

When we were travelling, posts like these by other people were a godsend for us, so consider this a short guide to my top ten favourite things to do in Iceland. It’s by no means a comprehensive list and of course feel free to ask any questions you may still have at the end.  Ok here we go -

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