Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review Time!

I've gotten out of the drugstore and waltzed my way down to the semi-high end spectrum of the makeup world, and I'm kind of stoked about it. I've wanted to try a new foundation for a while because while I've been a dedicated wearer of Revlon's ColourStay for about three years now, my skin has changed and it's just not working for me anymore. I also figured that while I'm movin' on up, I may as well get myself a flawless base also!

I tried to swatch them, but I just do not have the kind of hands that look nice in swatch photos so I'll just have to settle on describing them as well as I possibly can, and by utilising the Mecca websites product descriptions. The primer is as follows:

'An award-winning oil-free primer that controls the look of shine and oil whilst extending the wear of your makeup. The revolutionary formula is infused with a blend of vitamins, peptides and antioxidants to absorb oil and mattify skin, whilst light diffusers minimise the appearance of imperfections.'
And the foundation:

'Designed to withstand the heat of professional sets, this popular long-wear foundation contains light-diffusing spheres designed to blur and camouflage imperfections. The foundation also features a water, sweat and humidity resistant formula ensures that your skin appears flawless for up to fifteen hours. Oil-free'

I love the texture of both of these products, and I love love love the primer! It has quite a light, thin consistency, so it dries on my face straight away and it makes it feel super smooth and velvety. I have quite visible pores across my nose and cheeks, and this primer blurs them out better than any other primer I've tried before. It also feels really cool and refreshing when applied, which is going to be super nice in the hot Australian summer months.

I got the foundation in 1.1, the lightest shade, and when I pump it out onto my hand it looks like it would be too dark, but when applied it melts into my face and matches perfectly. It's a little bit sticky, but once it warms up it's very easy to blend with a combination of my fingers and a sponge. The pump doesn't give out a lot of product, but a little of this stuff goes a long way so you don't really need a lot anyway. The coverage isn't flawless, but I think that might have more to do with my lack of professional technique than the foundation itself - but hey, I'm workin' on it!

I've been swooning over the Too Faced Sweetheart blushes for months now and I'm so stoked to finally own one! The packaging alone is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but the product inside is also pretty fab, here's the description:

'Sweethearts blush was developed with easy application and a no-fail colour palette in mind--to take the guesswork out of creating a sweet, romantic flush. It's the little black dress of blushes. With three perfect swatches, you can just swirl the colours together and apply, or use more of one shade for a custom flush or highlight.'

I bought it in Candy Glow, and glow it certainly does. It takes a few applications to build the colour up, but it provides a really nice glowy, pink flush, which is exactly what I want from a blush. But let's be real, I would've bought it even if it was terrible because the box is so cute.

So, what's the verdict? I LOVE these products, and it was so worth having to save my scratch for them because I know they'll last a long time. I'm really hoping to build on my makeup skills over the next few months so I'm excited to play with these products some more, and I'd highly recommend them if you've been considering purchasing them. Treat Yo'self!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Katy's Garden

Bernie Dexter Dress // Target Cardigan (customised by me) // Asos Flats // Bunny House Petticoat // Flower Crown by my amazing friend Ellie

During the Prismatic show, Katy talks about her garden in LA and all the things she grows (including kale, what an adorably healthy hipster) so I decided to dress up as her garden! I've also decided that I want to wear a petticoat at all times because it gives me this huge personal space bubble, as well as extra butt padding when I sit down, so there's really no downside to it. Petticoats forever!

Prismatic World Tour

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of Katy Perry. A big, big fan. So when she announced the Prismatic World Tour of course I was going to buy tickets to as many shows as I could, which turned out to be two because it sold out so fast. Sam and I had VIP tickets for the Adelaide show on the 11th of November, and then we travelled to Melbourne for the 18th of November. I forgot my SD card when I went to the Adelaide show (good one) but I took a lot of photos in Melbourne, so this is going to be quite a picture heavy post - follow the cut for more KP goodness!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I Do Need Feminism, Here's Why

Recently, I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook and Tumblr regarding the Anti Feminist movement and it's really started to bother me. I'm a staunch feminist, and even though it took me a little while to fully understand that the term wasn't a bad one, I'm proud to call myself a feminist. What I'm not proud of however is the misconception that so many people have made about feminists being an exclusive bunch of bullies, and the small percentage of people who are outspoken bullies that identify as feminists.

To me, feminism is about inclusion. My feminism is the belief that everyone, regardless of gender or orientation or colour, is created equal and deserves the same respect and opportunity. My feminism is the passion and belief that we can live in a better world, that we can teach our kids to respect and care for their peers, and to stand up against injustice and unfairness. It is the hope that girls will feel safe enough to walk down the street at night without keys between their fingers or their thumb poised to dial an emergency contact. It is the hope that boys will not be afraid to speak out when they experience sexual violence for fear of being told that they should be happy they got laid. It is the hope that people will not experience the terror of the threat of violence no matter their gender identity.

Most of the posts on the Women Against Feminism Tumblr feature a variation of the phrases 'I am not a victim' or 'I do not believe women are better than men' or 'these women don't speak for me', and that's what makes me feel so sad. The feminist movement is what's given women the freedom to express their views, whether they're aligned with feminism or not, and I think that the people who are so vehemently opposed to a movement that presents women as victims and men as demons and triumphs one gender over another are the kind who would really dig a movement that encourages equality, fairness, and justice for everyone - the kind of movement that feminism is at it's core.

When you clear away the misinformation and nasty assumptions, feminism is about maintaining freedom and progressing further as a society. It's about empowering people, and letting every voice be heard. It's not about playing the victim or man hating. It's not about making women the dominant gender. It's about dismantling the damaging ideas and expectations that we hold regarding women and their role in the world. It's about encouraging girls to see themselves as brain surgeons, CEO's, stay at home mothers, anything they want to be, and giving them the tools to get them there. I am so thankful to the women of first and second wave feminism for everything they fought for and the opportunities that I now have, and I will continue to fight to make women's voices heard, even if they're anti-feminist, because everyone deserves the freedom to express themselves and a better, safer world.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Melbourne: I Been Shoppin'

If there's one thing I really love about going interstate it's taking advantage of all the things I can't get at home, and take advantage of Melbourne I most certainly did. I've had a rough few months with my Fibro diagnosis and everything that went with it and I figured I deserved to treat myself, so of course now I'm broke but I'm also very satisfied, haha. Follow the cut to see what I got!