Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Actual Diary Bit, Vol. 1 | 11th July to 17th July

How's it going, gorgeous people? I worked a lot, I Pokémoned a lot (is "Pokémonning" an acceptable a word yet?), but other than that, I wasn't as productive as I probably should've been. Even so, this is how my last week went!

Tonkotsu ramen. My new favourite dish.
Monday, 11th July || Worked another 8-hour shift today. I'm not used to working so often! I'm getting so tired from it, which isn't really a bad thing, but I do need to start getting stuff together for my Japan trip. It's only three weeks away! Finished watching Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City on Netflix -- I want part two, darn it! I don't always understand the references they make, but I really enjoy it.

Tuesday, 12th July || Busy day today. Had my second vaccination for Japanese encephalitis. Underwent my typical reaction. Had Japanese for lunch with the mama bear -- so delicious! Finished watching a K-drama called To Be Continued, which I hadn't been super keen on in the start. Kinda wasn't in the mood for all the singing that goes on. Also went over to a friend's house for her birthday, as I can't go away to Torquay with them later in the week. Ate pizza, and chatted to some really great people.

How cute are these?! Naturally, I want them all.
Wednesday, 13th July || One of the few days I've had lately where I don't have to go out or do anything! I HAVE MISSED MY PYJAMA DAY LIFESTYLE. I tell you what, when I get proper full-time work, I think I'm just going to exist in PJs on the weekends, especially when it's cold like this. I made instant pasta for lunch and burned it like an idiot. Only me, I tell you, only me. Started watching Offspring from the start. Yes, I love TV, don't judge. AND MY NEW PHONE ARRIVED!

Thursday, 14th July || Planned to spend my day doing very little, but ended up spending over an hour with Mum playing Pokémon Go. Worked a short shift, found out I was rostered for an extra shift next Tuesday! Tried to put music onto my phone but it doesn't want to work. Haven't figured out why.

When you're not welcome.
Friday, 15th July || Planned to spend the day doing mostly nothing -- and by nothing, I mean catching Pokémon with Mama Bear for about an hour, and then doing a little light Japanese study whilst watching something. What I ended up doing was ditching Mama Bear for my friend Jo-Anna to go Pokémon hunting in the city. I did feel guilty for leaving Mama Bear behind, but I did end up having a lot of fun. Had Japanese at my favourite restaurant, bought a little Korean skincare (lusted after the rest), went to Daiso, and walked all over the Melbourne CBD to locate a Ponyta that never revealed itself. What a day!

The cutest Daiso haul!
Saturday, 16th July || Worked an early morning shift, huzzah! It was actually really nice to finish work just after lunch, as my most recent shifts finished quite late, or took up most of my day. That being said, I don't think I achieved very much afterwards. I was pretty tired, so I napped. I did a little Japanese study. Jeez, it really sounds like I do nothing!

Sunday, 17th July || Another long day at work! That was pretty much my entire Sunday. Not that much to it afterwards! My feet were dead tired, though. When I came home I sat on my bed and listened to a whole bunch of podcasts. I also started making a list of things I have to do before I leave for my trip. I really need clothes -- and I know that everyone says that, but literally, I need clothes. I have one pair of actual pants and they're starting to tear. I need new pants, and I need jeans.

She said it would taste like an apple pie AND BY GEORGE IT DID.
That was my week last week! What did you get up to? Let me know!

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Actual Diary Bit, Vol. 0 | 3rd June to 5th June

Six months ago, when I was in a state of delusion thinking about my blogging goals for 2016, I decided that I wanted to include more lifestyle content over here on Diary of a Beauty Padawan.

Let's be real: I've pretty much failed so far.

Sure, I've taken photos of places that I've been to, but I haven't actually gotten around to writing about them, and the delay got to the point where I ended up deciding to abandon the posts altogether. It's not cool, but that's what happens when your university slams you with more work than a normal human can take on at once.

Me trying to manage my responsibilities.
Credit: Rove and Sam Instagram
We all know that I love a good chit-chat -- read any of my posts, ask any of my friends: you'll see how much I can talk! -- but in order to keep posting content regularly when I'm busier than a bat out of hell, I've been thinking of ways to keep my words economical. Don't worry, unfortunately for you, you're still going to get those super long make-yourself-a-cup-of-tea-and-chat-with-me posts, but I'll actually be able to give them more of the time they deserve to make them worth reading.

In the meantime, I thought that I'd bring it back to the "diary" in Diary of a Beauty Padawan, and jot down a few notes about what happens to me day to day. At least we'll all know I'm still alive and not drowning in research!

Friday, 3rd June || Honestly did not achieve much. Drove my brother to his exams and back home again because I'm basically the best sister ever -- I did miss the re-run of MasterChef Australia because of it, however... It's okay, though, because I found out on Instagram that Cecilia was eliminated. Pretty sad about this; she was one of my favourites. Started the Blogilates June workout two days late -- but better late than never, right? One thing is for sure: my body is frickin' weak! Also started watching Cleverman, which is a new Australian Aboriginal sci-fi show. So far: loving it.

Not even asthmatic. My body just hates everything right now.
Saturday, 4th June || Three hours! That's how long it took me to get my health sorted out! Went out at 10am to go to the clinic to see my doctor, and ended up having to leave so that I could go to the osteo. Went back to the clinic after that and luckily I was seen almost immediately. Bad news: I'm now on Ventolin and antibiotics. Good news: I technically don't need any shots before I go to Japan! Very bad news: If I don't get the optional shot and catch the weird mosquito disease, my brain might be kinda screwed. Even worse news: They'd need to do a blood test and spinal fluid test thing to diagnose me if I get sick. Conclusion: I'm going to be a mess, but I'll get the shot. I think I'd rather suffer phobia-induced hysteria for the purposes of prevention rather than diagnosis.

Additionally, discovered that Americans don't use kettles. HOW DO YOU DO ANYTHING?
Sunday, 5th June || Work almost killed me -- metaphorically. Woke up half an hour before my shift started, so I had to seriously hustle my ass! My body was exhausted throughout the entire shift; nine hours on a Sunday can be rough, but I managed to get through it by constantly worrying about the ending of Good Morning Call. That show feels like it is NOWHERE near done, but there's only one episode left! WHY? Did a little Blogilates after work, but only half a day's stuff -- disappointing, but it broke a sweat and killed me. Mum made timpana for dinner (delish!) and it was MasterChef Night tonight! Charlie, Harry and Nicolette are in the elimination tomorrow. UGH.

Sydney's also gone through some weird weather lately, huh.

That's been some of what happened to me in the last week! What did you get up to? Tell me all about it!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Product Review: BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a beauty blogger in possession of makeup must be in want of more makeup. Never was this truth more plain than in the offices of Diary of a Beauty Padawan, within which a young woman, surrounded by makeup, promptly lost her mind and abandoned her No-Buy Policy when she found out that BH Cosmetics had begun selling a small Pride + Prejudice + Zombies line.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
It was, quite simply, meant to be.

Today's post looks at the eyeshadow and blush palette in more detail -- I wrote a very quick, rather scanty overview of both products in March, but we all know that the devil is in the detail, and I've seen very few posts reviewing these products in any depth.
BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
PPZ Palette - back
Heck yeah that's a Sailor Moon necklace you see. What is shame?
The first thing to surprise me about this product was that the palette does not come in any form of protective sleeve or packaging -- it's simply the palette on its own. I almost found this to be unsettling at first, as there was no way of knowing whether or not it was sturdy enough to hold its own. If the palette opened easily, it would spell disaster quite quickly.

Luckily, I believe that there's no such issue! Despite being made of cardboard, it has a magnetic close within that keeps it shut properly -- I've never seen any indication that it will just fly open! Across the top is a rather sombre image of the sun rising on dark times, with zombified hands reaching out from the ground. The film title takes centre stage, in glossy gold typeface, and the palette type and brand name is not far underneath. The sides are embossed with a glossy, elegant black frame, and I think that it highlights a feeling of regency elegance to the whole thing -- without it, the palette would look rather plain and generally unremarkable.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
PPZ Palette - embossing
The back has that same embossed pattern around the sides, with the film title at the top and the ingredients list clearly printed below it. These shadows and blushes do contain talc, which -- for some reason that is currently unknown to my Padawan self -- is a no-no for some people. I'm personally not bothered by it.

What does bother me is the scent. There's something almost horribly artificial about the palette's smell that is rather off-putting. It isn't the actual product, because I've sniffed it up close and quite carefully (she says with as much dignity as she can muster). I think that it must be the glue that binds the cardboard together, as it kind of reminds me of a sort of 'book' smell -- just not exactly the pleasant kind. I'm currently testing to see if it's something that fades over time.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
Twelve killer shadows, two deadly blushes and one excruciatingly gorgeous highlighter.
The inside of the palette is quite pretty, in a plain sort of way -- I kind of want to reference Jane Eyre, buuut that might be sacrilege. There's a nice, sizeable mirror once you open it up, with a quote by the spirited Elizabeth Bennet: "I shall never relinquish my sword for a ring."

We all know she's going to eat those words in the end.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
Ironic ring placed for ironic purposes.
There are three rows of product within the palette: two rows of shadows (the top warm-toned, the bottom cool-toned) and a row of three blushes. There are immediate shadow pairings that jump out as being fantastic together, such as the purples and the browns, but I've found that, in practice, they generally inter-mix quite well!

Let's look at this shiz up close.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
So up close and personal that it'd be a scandal in Georgian England.
It's important to note that these shades don't actually have names assigned to them -- not on the palette, and not on the sheet of protective plastic inside. Despite that, the BH Cosmetics blog labelled each shade when swatching them, and I've carried that over here. I always think it's a bit of a shame when eyeshadows aren't given names, as it adds to the charm, but we can't win them all!

Now, I was very curious to see whether or not the shadows lived up to the swatches that BH Cosmetics put up online. If you've clicked the link I've just provided above, you'll see evidence of shadows that are amazing quality: rich, creamy swatches that go on like a dream. I'm quite skeptic when I see such swatches, and you'll see that many of the shades don't quite appear to match up when I swatch them. That being said, there's no way of knowing exactly the process by which companies swatch their products -- I always swatch without primer, so that you see exactly what it is you're getting.

Shall we look at these shadows in more detail?

Swatchy-swatchy of the first third of the PPZ shades
Bone || A warm, matte, yellow-toned cream that doesn't really show on my skin. It's kind of chalky and powdery, and not much use for anything another than highlighting the brow bone. I think it's a shade that would show better on skin tones that are either much deeper or lighter than mine, so I don't think it's entirely useless.

Pale Yellow-Gold || This is a really pretty, metallic yellow gold that swatches nicely and applies well. Initially it may seem a little 'meh' -- there are definitely richer golds out there, it doesn't seem a hard shade to get wrong -- but it builds up very well and lasts all day over a primer.

Pale Ivory || The cool-toned, less yellow version of "Bone", I much prefer this. It feels a little silkier and, because it's so much paler, I use it on both my brow bone and my lid, depending on where I want it.

Lilac Pink || This is also a really pretty shade; it's a frosty, cool-toned lilac. It's not exactly the most intense lilac I've ever seen, but it swatches really creamy and builds up quite well -- think Jane instead of Lydia. When used with other shades in the palette, it makes for a really nice, girly look that will last all day.

Champagne || A super shimmery bombshell, I use this deep, warm champagne as a highlighter -- and I use it sparingly. There's a lot of potential to go overboard with the shimmer if you don't use a light hand, but I think the result is beautiful. I feel like it's a less golden, slightly more natural version Becca's Champagne Pop.
Swatchlings of the second third of the PPZ palette
Shell Beige || This is a shimmery light brown that reminds me somewhat of "Marzipan" from the original Chocolate Bar palette, and it works quite nicely all over the lid. Over a primer, I find that it usually lasts all day, which has been particularly good during all the warm weather over the last couple of months.

Burnt Sienna || You'll be somewhat disappointed if you're looking for a super creamy, immediately pigmented shadow. This matte milk chocolate brown is chalky on initial application, but it builds like a dream and is a perfect transition shade.

Deep Plum || A shimmery blackened grey, it's a little bit of a letdown. Metallic shades are usually easy to get right, but this is kind of disappointingly sheer. It makes for an alright transition shade if you don't mind using something metallic, but my preference is for something matte.

Slate Grey || A slightly frosty medium grey, it looks disappointing in the swatch. Despite that, I find that it actually has great versatility; it works really well as a gentle transition shade for a large number of the shades in the palette, and is fantastic if you want a light smokey look.

Dusty Rose || I am in love with this blush! I think it is an absolutely gorgeous everyday colour; it just looks so natural and perfect and... Ugh, like "Elizabeth and Darcy" perfect. You know that blushing glow you get when you have an interaction with a really cute stranger? That's kinda what it looks like, and I like it.
Swatchy-swatchin' the third third of the PPZ palette.
Chocolate Brown || This shade is absolutely beautiful. It's a deeper metallic chocolate brown, and it looks so beautiful all over the eye. On a good primer, it lasts really well all day. It's a winner!

Cool Dark Brown || Another great shade, I like this frosty brown on the outer third of my lid. Sometimes I'll take it into the crease a little with Burnt Sienna and I quite like the effect it gives. It also lasts all day long.

Shimmering Charcoal || When you look at this shade straight up, you expect a fabulous silver that screams out for a night on the town. Unfortunately, you're not going to get that. The silver you see is an overspray, and wipes away immediately to give you that shimmery blackened grey underneath. Aside from that, it's a great shade that works well with literally every shade in the palette for some dynamite smokiness!

Deep Gunmetal || This black with a hint of grey does what I suppose you'd want it to do: turn up the smoke so much that you'll be setting off alarms! Whether you're after just a hint of smoke or a full on inferno, with the right brush this shade will get it done for you. No, it's not the greatest budget black shadow I've come across, but it's still a lot better than MAC Carbon.

Warm Pink || This blush is one that I think I'll only be using when the weather warms up. Being in April, this warm apricot pink might be too much as the weather the gets colder, but who knows? It'll definitely be something to experiment with.
Wearing shades from the PPZ palette on my eyes, and the PPZ lipgloss "Elizabeth" on my lips.
As far as performance goes, this palette did really well! I've switched back to using Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a primer lately (I was using MAC's "Soft Ochre" Paint Pot for a while) and I find that my eyeshadow holds all day. I usually reached for this palette when I was on placement, and I was applying my makeup at 5am or 6am, and getting home at about 5pm or 5.30pm -- it was key for my shadow to last all day and this palette stepped up to the task. We suffered through some uncommonly hot weather as well, both humid and bone-dry; in both cases, it held up well.

I found it relatively easy to pair shadows together; I could mix together both cool and warm shadows, use a purple with a brown or a grey, and it would usually pull together quiet well. You have the option of creating something suitable for either everyday work life or a girl's night out. This palette has also proven to be really good if you're in a pinch for time -- these days, this is the palette I grab for if I'm in a serious hurry!

Padawan Product Rating: B

All in all, I think this is a pretty good palette to have, and I'm not sorry that I bought it! I don't necessarily think that the swatches live up to what BH Cosmetics shows on their blog, but they perform so well that you can forgive it. The cardboard/glue smell has been quite off-putting, but I'm sure that's something that will probably fade over time -- for all I know too, mine just be a special little cookie.

This palette's RRP is $16.50 US (about $21.69 AU) not including postage, which I think is a pretty good price -- by comparison, Revlon quads cost more but the quality is far poorer -- and it's often on sale for less (at time of writing, it's $12.50 US or $16.43 AU). Is it possible to go wrong?

Is this your kind of palette? Have you watched Pride + Prejudice + Zombies? Let me know!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Daiso Stationary Bits + Bobs Haul

A couple of months ago, I went out with some friends to the city for lunch, and when looking for places to go afterwards, I suggested Daiso. Daiso is basically a Japanese $2.80 store -- you can find loads of great things there, from homewares to gardening equipment to makeup.

Yes, makeup.

I was tempted.

I resisted.

I didn't have any specific intention of buying anything, particularly as my brother had already been in and I'd asked him to pick me up a couple of things (which, of course, I have included), but it wasn't long before I too was trying to stop myself from piling things into a basket! That's the great/terrible thing about Daiso -- they're such a contrast to the regular $2 shop (which rarely has anything for $2) that once you start seeing things that you like, you just can't rationalise buying nothing at all.

1. Cat Post-It Tabs || Not technically the "Post-It" brand, but that's not important, right? I almost had kittens when I saw these, as they were just the perfect item for a semi-retired cat lady such as myself. They had a nice little variety of animals that you could purchase -- I have a set of frog ones from years ago -- and they're definitely great if you love a little kawaii in your life.

2. Beautiful Days Pink Eyelash Container || This came in a couple of different patterns -- either red or pink, mostly -- but I just love this. It's made of sturdy plastic and opens up to reveal four compartments with removable plastic inserts to put your eyelashes on, as well as a narrow row along the bottom that is great for storing those little bottles of lash glue. I do kind of wish that I'd bought more than one, because I have more than four pairs of lashes (and two are missing, because I never put them away right away) and there was no way of telling from the outside how many would fit. Still, a great storage solution -- just remember to put a little Post-It note under the insert so you know which lashes are which.

3. Pink notebook with French lettering || Okay, this is proof that I have a problem: I do not need any notebooks. I bought three big ones from Typo last year, then cleaned out my room and found a whole drawer full of other notebooks. (I just can't throw notebooks out if there are more than a few empty pages left.) That being said, I have plans to use this while writing my thesis, so it might not be a complete waste.

4. 0.5mm pencil lead || This might seem like such a random thing, but I have this pacer. It's glorious, it's wonderful, it cost me frickin' $4.50 from the university bookshop because I wanted a 50c pencil but it was all they had. Although I've had it for a couple of years now, it needs 0.5mm lead, which appears to be the most difficult lead refills to find. These two packets will keep be supplied for a good while.

5. Floreine binder || An adorable piece of stationary that I bought for placement! I get given so many documents whilst there that it's easy to become disorganised very quickly. I figured I may as well have an adorable binder to help combat that! Unfortunately, it's only a little larger than A4, so the pocket refills that I put inside kind of... poke out of the front, if that makes any sense. My documents weren't quite as neat and maintained as I'd hoped, so I ended up not using it. Oh well!

6. Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner || One of the things my brother bought for me! I've heard several good things about this brush cleaner, so I'm really eager to give it a go. It's such a small bottle, though -- 150ml, I think -- that I don't know if it's going to last me very long. That being said, it probably works out to be cheaper than alternative brands.

7. Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge || This was what I was after the most, and my brother delivered it to me! I have a Kit Cosmetics blender sphere and it gets filthy so quickly, but I didn't have anything to clean it with -- I was practically looking to just buy a new one to replace it. Holy cow, does this do the job. I do find that I kind of need to put detergent all on the dirty areas, but it practically makes it look brand new again! I can still remember the utter shock I had as I saw the dirty water run from it to reveal a gleaming pink sponge.

8. Cake scraper (not pictured) || I was so excited to use this that I ripped the packaging off as soon as I got home and put it away. I'm not actually sure what a "cake scraper" is meant to be, but I'm not going to use it for whatever the name makes it sound like it's supposed to do. You know how when you chop vegetables and stuff, it gets all over the board and just makes a massive mess when you try to put it into the pan? I use this to kind of gather everything into a heap to dump it in. It just makes everything so much easier. Insert heart eyes all over the place.

That shows all that I've gotten from Daiso. I definitely want to pick up some more detergent in the future (that shiz is the bomb), and if I ever manage to properly organise my current collection, I might look at also purchasing some of the cosmetics!

Have you ever been to Daiso and purchased anything? Do you have any similar stores where you live? Let me know!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Lip Monthly | February 2016

Hello, gorgeous humans! It has been a very, very busy month and a bit for me so far -- you'd think that being on placement might mean that I might have more time to myself in the evenings, meaning a little more time to write up a few posts or take a few pictures on the weekend.

Yeah, you'd think that, and you'd be wrong.

So many first world problems going down at Diary of a Beauty Padawan right now.

Today I'm comin at you with an unbagging (which I will probably now call "unzipping", because it sounds less lame) of my February Lip Monthly bag! This bag did indeed arrive in the last week of February, so it was well on time -- it's just been my insane schedule that has prevented me from writing up on it.

Let's take a look at what showed up in my mailbox late last month!

Lip Monthly February 2016

February's products showed up in an awesome little orange bag with red roses scattered all over -- not usually my personal aesthetic, but I'm not going to turn up my nose at easy storage space! I've got the little zipper bag from my January delivery in my bag with a couple of mirrors in it (I swear they're like bobby pins -- they keep disappearing!) so I've since passed this one onto my mother.

She likes orange and red quite a bit.

Let's take a look at what else arrived in my bag!

Seraphine Botanicals Vegan Berry Tint - "Cherry Cream" || This is described as a liquid blush for lips and cheeks, and almost half of the ingredients are supposedly natural. As the name suggests, it's vegan, but it's also free of mineral oil, parabens, and phthalates, and it isn't tested on animals -- amongst many other things. It has a doe-foot applicator (is that what it's called? I swear sometimes I hear a different name) and there appears to be a slight scent. I feel like it's kind of sweet and artificial, like something I've smelled before. I haven't worn it yet, so I don't know how well it applies, but I'm more likely to wear it on my lips than on my cheeks. I received a little 4.5g bottle that retails for $18 US.

Prim Botanicals Lip & Cheek Glow - "Radicchio" || Another lip and cheek product! As with the tint above, I'm probably only going to use this on my lips, simply because I haven't quite mastered the application of cream and liquid blushes. I think the packaging also makes it difficult to apply to the cheeks, as there are two colours set out like a mini lip palette. I can see myself dipping into it with a lip brush, but not really getting it to my cheeks. Who knows, perhaps it'll be a point of experimentation for the blog! This product is also free of mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and gluten (because apparently gluten is a thing in makeup these days) and it isn't tested on animals. This is a little 2g palette that retails for $22 US.

Harvey Prince Organics Sincerely Body Cream || Yet another organic product! I'm normally not a body cream person -- it's essentially a thick moisturiser for the body, and who can be assed applying such a tedious product? That being said, this seems to be thinner than most body creams I've come across, and it has a very light, delicate floral scent. I actually think that it's a product I might get some enjoyment from! A 12 ounce bottle retails for $24, and I received a 15ml tube worth about $1.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color - "Creamy Caramel (440)" || I had thought that perhaps this month's bag was all about organic products until I pulled out this lipstick. I know that it's a drugstore brand, thus probably not entirely animal friendly -- but we have drugstore brands in Australia that manage to usually be cruelty-free, so it wasn't outside the realm of possibility. Oh well. This appears to be a really nice brown-nude shade, which is great because lately I've been all about them nudes. Whereas my typical go-to colours are bright reds and pinks, I've toned it down a lot lately (mostly due to laziness) and so this lipstick is going to fit awesomely into my growing collection! I received a full-sized product that retails for $1.99.

Cost: $12.95 US (~ $17.02 AU)
Lip Monthly Bag Value: $42.99 US (~$56.52 AU)

Prim Botanicals Lip & Cheek Glow
Prim Botanicals Lip & Cheek Glow -- how would you not want dip a lip brush into this?
All in all, I'm pretty stoked by this month's bag! I feel that it might be worth noting that the site does claim to send 4 or 5 lip products every month -- so far I've received four products, with one of them being not remotely related to lips at all, but I'm only two months into my subscription and that's not really much indication of a pattern. My March bag should be arriving on my doorstep within the next week, and I think we'll start to get a feel of a pattern when it does!

If you want to check out what I received in my January bag, you can find my unzipping over here.

Do you own many organic lip products? Have you used anything from these brands before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

A Universally Acknowledged Killer Duo from BH Cosmetics!

It's a brand that I've somehow heard of -- I'm not sure from whom -- but seldom seem to read about. Indeed, if blog posts have appeared on my Bloglovin' feed, it's very possible that I've ignored them lately. I've been so busy with my thesis of late that I only have time to quickly glance through my feed every few days.


Despite that, I saw a post in passing about the Pride + Prejudice + Zombies collection from BH Cosmetics, and I was just... All the yes. You know what I'm talking about, right? When you see a piece of makeup and your heart just sings. That compulsive, instantaneous desire to either own what you see before you -- or die.

Alright, Shae, reign in the Drama Llama.
BH Cosmetics - Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette; Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Lip Gloss Collection
BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Lip Gloss Collection (left);
Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette (right)
BH Cosmetics released two Pride + Prejudice + Zombies products recently-ish, and I was no less than compelled to pick them up. All of my friends know that I'm a Janeite -- if there's an adaptation of any of her books, I've seen it. I've read all of her books many, many times (except, oddly enough, for Persuasion. I do own it, but I've never opened it. Maybe because it's part of a heavy-ass omnibus.). At one stage I was in the Top 10 for Australia in the Jane Austen category on Quiz Up.

Let's not talk about that, though. I become embarrassingly competitive when I want to win.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette
BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Eye + Cheek Palette

I think these products are pretty neat! There's an eye and cheek palette, and a lip gloss collection -- both of which are pretty affordable. Given the price point and the lack of reviews on the trusty internet, I didn't really hold any high expectations for either items; the palette is $16.50 US, and the lip gloss set is $12.50 US -- and they're frequently on sale for a good deal less. Even the postage wasn't all that expensive, though it is cumulative: the more you buy, the more you pay, but it wasn't exorbitant.

I've been playing around with these products for the last couple of weeks, I'm playing around with the idea of doing in-depth reviews on them -- y'know, thesis permitting -- but barring one or two little issues, my thoughts are largely positive.

BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Lip Gloss Collection
BH Cosmetics Pride + Prejudice + Zombies Lip Gloss Collection

Worth buying? I think it comes down to extent to which you worship the Almighty Austen. If the thought of Pride and Prejudice anything is enough to send you into a frothy-mouthed, zombie rampage, I think you might just kick yourself if you missed out! If you were seriously strapped for cash, I'd recommend the lip gloss set -- if you're into lip gloss. I think it's something a little different, especially if you're an eyeshadow fiend and own a thousand palettes, and you could unleash your inner Bennet sister.

I'm going to leave it here for today, and sign off!

Oh, but on a related topic: have you seen Pride + Prejudice + Zombies yet? I haven't yet, but I enjoyed the book so much, and the film looks so kick ass!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

The Great (and seriously late) Boxing Day Haul of 2015

In true Padawan style, I bring to you a haul that happened a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away -- but better late than never, that's what they say, right?

I don't need to explain what Boxing Day is all about: you'll either nod eagerly and think of the amazing sales on offer, or shrink back in horror for fear of the traffic and hordes of people. Normally I'd be one to avoid the shops for a couple of days, but I'd received a Lush voucher for Christmas and I was an eager beaver to get at all of the Christmas Lush products. Naturally, this also meant that I spent a small fortune on clothes and lingerie (which, to be fair, I did need to update) and took advantage of the clearance bin at Myer.

Sometimes the clearance bin is my best friend. Not gonna lie.

I chose not to include any fashion items because my attempt at describing would be atrocious -- seriously, think of Brick from Anchorman. That would be me. ("This is a dress. It is blue. It is long. I like it.")

Anyway, let's get to it!

First up, the products that I nabbed from Lush! I was so kind as to receive a $50 voucher, which will only go so far if you're not buying bath bombs and the like. With all of these products but one at half price, I think I only ended up spending $5 myself.

Pretty neat, amirite?

Snow Fairy Shower Gel || People seem to either love or hate this scent, and while I like it, I can see why it might be too much for someone. When you sniff straight from the bottle, it's a very strong, sweet, syrupy scent -- it's meant to be fairy floss, but to me it's more like very, very strong strawberry Nesquick. It's a lot softer when you actually use it; you get a more delicate scent, something that is a little more akin to fairy floss.

Twilight Bath Bomb || I believe this was the only item not on sale. I haven't used this yet -- I tend to take baths in the wintertime, when the climate is much worse on my back.

Lord of Misrule Shower Scream || Holy moly, I love this. I love the notes of patchouli and peppercorn, and I adore how it lingers on the skin long after I've finished in the bathroom. My favourite thing, however, my absolute favourite thing about this product is: it foams green. It foams green! How many times have you bought a coloured soap or body wash, only for it make white suds? The fact that this makes green suds means that it has sealed a place in my heart forever.

Dirty Toothy Tabs || I was at my friend's wedding last year when a girl I was sharing a room with mentioned that she had chewable toothpaste. It naturally piqued my curiosity, so I asked her more about it, and I was thus introduced to Lush toothy tabs. I wasn't keen on the variety of "flavours" available in-store, as I'm a fan of the plain ol' peppermint, but I bought this one because it was spearmint-ish and that was clearly the closest I was going to get to peppermint. Bottom line: I don't like it. It works fine but I find the taste abhorrent.

Sakura Bath Bomb || This one looks as though it has popping candy in it, but I'm not sure that it does. Of course, I'm not going to know until I drop it into a bath, but in the meantime I can just enjoy its fresh, floral scent.

Yog Nog Bath Bomb || Another Christmas item that was half price, I think this is meant to smell like both yoghurt and egg nog. I've never had egg nog in any way, shape or form, but I believe that it will make for a fantastic aromatic bath in the dead of winter. Hopefully there are no bits in it. I hate cleaning bits out of the bath.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb || This was the last one in the store, and I snatched it up really quickly. A little bit was broken away from the right, but I really don't mind! It's beautiful and Christmas-y and it has a little glitter on the outside; the glitter is going to be a pain in the butt to clean, but that's the price one pays for fabulousness!

Chi Chi Glamorous Makeup Summer Collection

Chi Chi Glamorous Makeup Summer Collection || Of all the numerous holiday collections that Chi Chi released last year, this caught my eye because of the brand new Summer Eyeshadow Palette that isn't otherwise available. It also came with the Tropical Island Bronzer, which is a really nice, soft-textured, non-orange brown, and a Pink Peach Mosaic Blush, which has a really cute little plaid pattern of pink, peach and mauve tones.

Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette - "Summer"
A closer, less shoddy look at the Chi Chi Summer Palette.

Chi Chi Tropical Island Bronzer; Chi Chi Pink Peach Mosaic Blush
A closer look at the Tropical Island Bronzer and Pink Peach Mosaic Blush.

Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick Collection || There were a couple of these really awesome little sets available, and at the time I decided to go for the reds and pinks, because red and pink lipsticks bring music into my soul. The lipsticks in this collection are all available for individual purchase, but purchasing them together in this set put them at about $7.50 a piece -- before the discount. The shades in this box are: Glamazon | Lady Bump | Countess | Hot Mamma.

L'Oréal Paris Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss - "Skinny Tangerine (511)" || This cool-looking line seems to have been deleted from L'Oréal's line, because I found a couple of them in the clearance bin for an absolute steal. This definitely leads on the more orange side of red, which is not what I'm used to, but given the right weather and clothes, I think I can pull it off.

L'Oréal Paris Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss - "Cherry Crop (510)" || Another from the same line, and this one much more my style. It's a really beautiful pink-red, and, in my Padawan opinion, looks great all year round.

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm - "Whimsical (115)" || This is probably the most beautiful purple berry shade to have ever graced a clearance bin, and what I especially love about it is that there's glitter! Not many of my lip products have glitter or shimmer in them, and I love it when they do.

That's all that I picked up for Boxing Day last year! I did actually end up going back to my local Myer a week later and getting a few more things (I just love that clearance bin so much) -- and when I was last there, they still had plenty of Chi Chi gift sets left!

Did you grab anything in the Boxing Day sales, or do you avoid it like the plague? Would you like to see more in-depth looks at any of these products? Let me know!