An “Extra-Ordinary” Weekend.

Weekend just gone I took the epically long drive to Perth, to see my sister Sophie perform in a musical “Extra Ordinary People”. Based around a group of concerned citizens who protest the effects of Superheros on their city.

It was the first time in my 8 years of having a license that I drove by myself. For someone who has an irrational fear of driving in Capital Cities, I found I was rather composed. Tick that off the bucket list.

I arrived in Perth at about Midday and was promptly whisked off to Little Creatures Brewery for Lunch with Soph’s cast-mates.


Sophie and I


Pipsqueak Cider and a demolished bowl of frits.

After lunch we headed back home and got ready to go to the Theatre. As I had made the trip by myself, the Director, Scott allowed me backstage until the show started. Of course, I couldn’t help but take a few snaps.

Much Drama Nerd.


Getting a mic fitted


It wouldn’t be my blog without something beauty related.

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The show was exceptionally entertaining and funny. There was not one character I felt was unauthentic or not played to perfection. The chorus was incredibly strong, something that most people tend to overlook, but is one of the most integral parts of a successful Musical. The set was simplistic, yet effective and the songs were perfectly tailored. Director Scott McArdle should be commended on delivering an engaging show. Especially for the fact he not only directed, but wrote and lyrically scored the entire thing. Extremely exceptional.

Sophie was brilliant. She has an exceptional singing voice, it is very unique. Her character, Frankie, was an emotional catalyst for the entire show and she played her perfectly. I was so incredibly proud.

I then drove the long road back home the following day, having to be back for a rehearsal for my own show, that opens this weekend. The trip was made a lot easier by finding my old iPod, which I managed to charge up and listened to the entire way back. All the nostalgia.

What did you get up to over the Weekend?


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Making the most of your Base.

If you have been following this Blog for a while you will know very well that I have incredibly oily skin. I like to complain about draw attention to the fact often. I have always been envious of my drier skinned pals. The fact that they can get away without wearing powder or re-applying anything throughout the day. I count my blessings if I can get to 2pm without blotting. It is completely normal for my makeup to have completely slid off my face by the end of the day.

I have always been and still continue to look for ways to combat the annoyance that is oily skin. While I know it is completely unrealistic to assume that I will find a magic cream/potion that will completely work, I have found a few holy grail products and some solid methods to keep the grease in check.

It is all about the three P’s.

  • preparation.
  • prime.
  • powder.

Simple, right?

Prepping the skin is, in my opinion, the most important step in this process. It is like painting your nails without a base coat, the makeup isn’t going to last if you haven’t properly prepared your skin. Even the oiliest of skin types need to moisturise. After cleansing I like to apply a mattifying moisturiser. Such as the Garnier Moisture Match for oily skin or the Simple Clear Skin oil balancing moisturiser. That way our skin is still getting the hydration it needs, but also the mattifying result we desire.

The next essential step is Priming. I am a huge believer in priming oily skin. Primers are designed to enhance longevity and finding one that suits your skins needs is only going to help to keep that base, in place (poet and I didn’t even know it). My favourite is Benefits The POREfessional. Not only does it keep my oiliness at bay better than anything else I have tried, but it also reduces the visibility of my enlarges pores. All the winning.

The next step I like to do is apply a translucent powder BEFORE my foundation. I know, that isn’t the way it goes, but trust me in the fact that it will keep your makeup in place all day/night. Do yourself a favour and watch this video by Wayne Goss. It will change the way you apply makeup.


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The Brown Lip.

Commonly associated with the likes of Cindy Crawford, the brown lip was a 90’s staple. Shades ranging from a Beige Nude to a Deep Brown were gracing the pouts of many women and the counters of major makeup brands.

I remember inheriting an Avon tube of lipstick from my Mother. It was a gorgeous mahogany brown colour and I thought it was fabulous. I used to wear it all the time. If a 9 year old can rock it, you certainly can.

With the likes of Kylie Jenner re-hashing the nineties trends, the Brown lip has again started to weasel its way back on to the lips of the modern day woman. The most of us embracing a nude brown, while the extravagant are waging full blown dirt-mouth kissers (I mean that in the most flattering way).

The two Brown shades I have been loving lately are The shade Salem from the LimeCrime ‘The Witches” velvetine collection and Savvy Ultra Matte Lip Colour in the shade Lights..Camera. Both of these shades are matte in consistency which, in my opinion, makes it easier to wear and are extremely long wearing.

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Left- Salem (LimeCrime) Right- Lights..Camera (Savvy)

Salem is a rich, deep brown with a slight red tinge and Lights..Camera is a wearable pink brown nude (also a great dupe for MAC- Velvet Teddy and is under $10).

I think the tip to wearing a brown lip is keeping the rest of the face neutral. Stick to minimal shadow with lots of mascara on the eyes and bronze up the face to avoid looking washed out. A peach toned blush also works well and a lot little highlighter on the high points of the face will really tie the look together.

Would you rock a Brown, 90’s Pout?

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It’s 11.30pm.

This is going to be a bit of a different post. It’s 11.30pm and for some reason I am still awake. Not that being awake at 11.30pm is particularly unusual, it is just one of those days I can’t switch my brain off.

I’m trying to think what the reason is for not being able to sleep. I’m going through a hard phase. I have had two family members quite ill in the last few weeks and have also split from my partner of 5 years. The thing is, I don’t think that is what is keeping me awake this Monday evening.

This is a blog based around beauty. I write about making yourself feel beautiful on the outside, maybe it’s time I write about feeling beautiful on the inside too.

The thing is I don’t feel beautiful on the inside. I don’t feel a lot of anything. I think sometimes it is a lot easier to feel beautiful on the outside over inner beauty. It’s a hard thing to be completely comfortable with yourself and to love yourself. I know that I have struggled with it for a long time.

I think I have spent a lot of time living my life to please other people. I know I let myself be miserable because it was easier to do that then to face the reality that everything around me wasn’t working. I sometimes had a reoccurring nightmare that I was in a tube like maze that I couldn’t find my way out of. There was barely enough space to move and I felt like I was suffocating. I have only recently realised what that must of meant.

You can’t live life for anyone but yourself. You have to be selfish. You are important. Most important. I think when you exhaust so much of your energy to salvage what’s around you, it can suck the beauty out of you. I feel like the beauty in me is gone. Not on purpose, of course. I gave it because I loved the people around me.

Now I have to work on getting that back. Which I think is a whole new challenge on its own.

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OOTD- Kalgoorlie Cup.

Saturday just gone hosted the Kalgoorlie cup- the biggest and last event of our yearly race round.

Although Hannan’s Handicap hosts the fashions on the field, I feel Kalgoorlie cup is the event where people pull out the edgier outfit. Well, I know that is what I did.

Again, I dropped the ball and didn’t take as many photos as I wished I had. Therefor, I have scrounged together a few snaps from other people (sorry Bec!) to compile this post.


My dress is ASOS Salon, the headpiece I made myself with some silk abaca and some Lady Amherst feathers. I also added some beading using the extra beads/sequins that came with my dress (the lower half was headed around the flowers). My shoes were Mollini and although, not pictured my bag was Amorni. The champagne pictured is Chandon (FYI) and the lovely lady pictured is my Best Friend Kendal (her outfit was exclusively from Bardot).

I didn’t win any money at all on my bets, to the point where I cut my losses and stopped betting altogether!

After the races we capped off the evening with a few drinks at one of the local pubs. Which was so packed we could barely move. I then went back to a friends and watched Cruel Intentions (an obscure but excellent movie choice)



How was your weekend?

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OOTD: Race Week- Hannan’s handicap

Every year in my town we have a week of watching horses run around a track, fashion, gambling, drinking and socializing. Commonly known here as Race round.

This week begins on a Sunday with the Boulder Cup. However I missed this l
day due to my weekend away (see previous post). The next event is a cocktail party, which I regrettably did not get any pictures of! #emilyfail. However you can read all about it here on my lovely friend Bec’s blog.

What followed the next day (apart from my ruthless hangover) was my favourite day- Hannans handicap. Commonly known as “Ladies day”, the handicap is held on a Wednesday and majority of the town takes the afternoon off to attend. It also holds the “fashions on the field” event (which I was told numerous times to enter).

Here is a little snap if my outfit-


My dress is from ASOS, heels from Siren and clutch is from Amorni.
The hat I made myself, using some millinery supplies I ordered and some extra fabric I had left over from taking my dress up.
I was actually pretty chuffed when I was nominated for “best headwear on course”, I didn’t win but hey, all good.

I now have to whip up something for the next race day- Kalgoorlie Cup and I feel an unwanted sickness tickle in my throat. Take all the vitamins, stat.



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A fleeting weekend away.

The weekend just gone was a roller-coaster, to say the least.

After receiving news my Grandmother had a severe, underlying medical issue that needed immediate attention, requiring her to travel to our capital city (600kms away), we were all a little stressed.

My Dad and I also made the long trip. Luckily about an hour out of the city we got the news she was awake and the surgery had gone incredibly well. For a 94 year old woman, she is extremely fit and healthy, not looking a day over 65 with “the heart of a 50 year old, who has lived an easy life” according to the doctor. We then eased up a little and enjoyed the rest of the drive.

The hillside were in full blooms of yellow and purple, littered with grazing sheep and the occasional llama.

apologies on the blurry picture! The best my iPhone could capture at 110km/h!

I chose to wear my Senso boots for the drive, which was probably not the best choice for footwear. It’s ok, whatever discomfort I had was made up by the fact I looked fabulous.


We then stopped at the river in Northam (an hour out from the city) to take our photo, which is a family must when any of us are traveling to Perth.

That squint.

Once we got to Perth we went straight to the hospital. For someone who had gone through a major operation, nanna was in extremely high spirits. Even the following day when we visited before leaving she was chirpy. Apart from all the tubes attached to her, you wouldn’t even know she had an operation!

I will always remember that Nanna said the reason she has lived so long is because she “never let anything get to her” and “spent a lot of time laughing”.
Something I have always tried to live by.

I have a picture of her in ICU, but she would kick my butt if I put it on the internet!

The next day after out hospital visit we set off back on our long drive, but not before I managed to weasel in a trip to spotlight to pick up some millinery supplies! (This week is Race week in our city, so there will be some posts on that later in the week.)

I did also pick up a few Yankee Candles, as I didn’t know we could buy them here in Aus!


How was your weekend?


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Liebster Award

The Liebster award. Essentially a chainmail-esque quiz passed between bloggers to find new, awesome blogs to read. I have seen this before, but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was so I didn’t complete it last time I was tagged.

Luckily, this time I was tagged by a Blogger who happens to be my real-life soul sister Bec from MyBloggableDay.

The idea is you are given a list of questions to complete by the Blogger who tagged you. Once completing the questions you then nominate or ‘tag’ a couple of people who you want to complete the award next. You then provide them with a new list of questions, and then it is repeated by the next person.

So now I actually know what the deal is- lets do this thaang.

These are my answers to Bec’s questions-

1. What’s your most embarrassing memory to date?

Oh god. I seriously don’t think I can pinpoint it to one to be honest. I am notorious for embarrassing myself. I guess i’ll go with the most recent one I can remember. I was house-sitting a house for a month for some of my good friends and moved into the house a day before they left so I could be shown the ropes. Being the first one home from work and having to go out that night I showered before anyone got home. On my walk to my room from the bathroom in a ridiculously well timed event, my friend Dave came home, accompanied by his boss and opened the door just in time to catch me in a towel. I guess it could have been worse- at least I didn’t do a nudie run!

2. If you could be invisible or fly, which would you choose?

Invisible. hands down. I could sneak into places like McDonalds and eat all the cheeseburgers I wanted or into the Freo change rooms for a bit of a lurk. It would satisfy the underlying creeper in me.

3. Would you rather knowingly eat ox tongue or unknowingly eat lambs brain?

Ew Bec, what the hell question is this?! I’d have to go unknowingly Lambs brain. What you don’t know won’t hurt you?

4. If you could live to 1000 years old, would you? Why/why not?

If I could stay young, so like an set age type deal. Probably. I know I would end up hating it though, but curiosity would get the better of me.

5. What’s your favourite annual holiday and why?

I don’t really have a set ‘annual holiday”. I tend to go to Perth a couple of times a year to catch up with Family or to Esperance for a relaxing weekend but nothing is ever set in stone with me!

6. Would you rather walk around with your skirt tucked into your knickers for half a day or walk around with toilet paper stuck to your shoe for an entire day?

Toilet paper. If anyone said anything I would just angrily shout ‘AINT NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING PREPARED’ or something along those lines.

7. Name one item you always have in your fridge?

Milk. Got to have my cawfee.

8. You can only save Beyonce or Taylor Swift, who and why?

Bey. Because she is the Queen.

9. Where is your most favourite destination in the world?

I really loved NYC. I can’t wait to go back.

10. On a scale of 1-10 how annoying have these questions been?

Oh, maybe a 5?

No- 6, you got an extra point for the gross food question. HAA


I Nominate-

Katelynn from Sentimental Stuff.

Grace from HelpMeBeauty

Sarah from Sarah.Loves.Makeup

Jessica McKenna

Your Questions- ( being a beauty based blog nominating other Beauty Blogs, there is going to be some serious beauty questions!)

1. You can only use 3 makeup products on your face- what would they be?

2. What is your favourite Disney Movie?

3. Signature Scent?

4. Ryan Reynolds or Ryan Gosling?

5. If you could choose one beauty guru to do your makeup for a special occasion, who would you choose?

6. How do you like your coffee?

7. If you could move to any city, what would it be?

8. Makeup Mistake you hate seeing people do?

9. What was High School like for you?

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?


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The effortless Smokey Eye.

Lets be honest here, not everyone has the patience and/or the time to create the perfect smokey eye every time they apply their makeup. A flawless smokey eye can sometimes take me 20 minutes when working with many a shadow, liner etc.

Lately I have been loving the shadow sticks. Most major cosmetic companies have a variation. Essentially it is just a cream eyeshadow in stick form.


All it takes to get a flawless smokey eye is 5 minutes. Apply the stick directly to the mobile lid and up to the crease. ( slightly over if you have hooded eyes) Then take a small fluffy blending brush (like a MAC 217) and blend upward slightly towards the brow bone. I then take the blending brush and run under the lower lash line with whatever product is left on the brush to tie the look together.

Sometimes I leave the process there, for a more intense eye I set the cream with a similar shadow and highlight the brow bone/ inner corner. I tend to stick to bronze/brown shades to enhance my blue eyes.







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Latest Obsession: Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetics.

Charlotte Tilbury is a magnificent Celebrity makeup artist who is phenomenal at her job. Definitely on my list of favourite makeup artists, I have been waiting to get my hands on her signature makeup line for a long time. I had settled into the idea that I would have to wait until I travel to the UK, not knowing it was possible to get it sent to Australia. So when I was perusing (for a gift for my Mothers Birthday) and understandably I found myself sidetracked looking at the beauty section, I almost wet myself with excitement to find I could get Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics sent to me here in Oz.

I spent ages deciding which products to get, it was a very agonising decision. In the end I went with palette that started my obsession, the Dolce Vita. I was also surprised to find I could get the palette in a set consisting of the Dolce-Vita palette itself, a blusher, mascara, liquid liner, lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss, all tucked in a signature cosmetics pouch.


The packaging is so sleek and glamorous. I almost didn’t want to use them! I am also finding it hard to throw out the boxes in which the products came, they are gorgeous too!

The Dolce-Vita quad is incredibly pigmented and the shadows blend seamlessly. It is also great to have a guide to using them to create the signature eye look on the back of the packaging.

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I think the blush is my favourite of the set. (Cheek to Chic swish and pop blusher in Ecstasy) The outer section is used on the top of the cheekbones to add structure and the centre colour is purposely for the apples of the cheeks.

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I have been using the Full Fat Lashes 5 star Mascara daily since i got it. The Feline Flick eyeliner is lovely and thin and gets super close to the lash-line.

The Perfect nude pink lip is achieved with the Lip Cheat lipliner in Pillow Talk, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Lip Lustre in seduction.


Apologies on how bad my skin looks in this picture! Having a skin freak-out at the mo.

I am really loving every product I got. The makeup bag you get if very roomy and super adorable. The price is a little exxy, but completely worth it in my opinion. I am saving my pennies to acquire more!


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