March Favourites 2017

This month I have discovered a whole array of new things that I have come to love!

Mario Badesco Drying Lotion

I know everyone harps on about this, but it is completely warranted! I use this stuff to calm down spots, ones that have come up and ones that are brewing, and also to dry out those weird hormonal bumps on my chin. I absolutely can’t get over how much it has cleared up my skin, and it’s definitely worth a try!

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IKEA Bed & Bedside Tables

My new TARVA bed and RAST bedside tables have been an obsession of mine. When I moved into this apartment I didn’t have a bedframe, and having one makes a huge difference to the overall ‘homey’ feel of it. The fairy lights are from kmart, the bedding from IKEA and the cushion was a gift. Stay tuned for more ~aesthetic~ photos in my apartment tour!

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Elf Flawless Finish Foundation

I would consider this $10 foundation comparable to the NARS Sheer Glow. I’m not kidding. Their shade range for pale skin is amazing, with just the right amount of yellow to neutral out the pinkness in my fair complexion. It has great medium coverage, a lovely demi-matte finish and lasts quite well throughout the day. It also comes in a gorgeous glass bottle that makes the product look like NARS as well as perform like it!

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Lip Lab Lipstick

For Christmas, my mum bought me a voucher to go to the Lip Lab in Paddington (Sydney), where you get to create your own lipstick and they make it in front of you. You get to personally create the colour, pick a formula, choose a scent, name it, insert additives like lip plumper and moisturiser – you can basically create your dream lipstick, and that’s exactly what I did. I’m in love with it!

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Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist & Double Creme Lotion

This range has recently become available in Target in Australia and I was super excited about it! I have to say, I still prefer the original scent but this is still a very nice sweet scent. I find it works really well as a base for other perfumes too, complementing them with vanilla and sweet almond. The bottle is also beautiful, making it perfect for display

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Pop Sockets

I have been on the popsocket trend for a while now – so much so that I physically cannot hold my phone without it! If you haven’t tried popsockets, get on board! Phone grips, headphone winder and phone stand? Absolute win. I also recently picked up the phone holder that I have attached to my car dashboard, making my life SO much easier. I get my popsockets online and from Sportsgirl, my phone case is from Kmart.

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Simple Oil Cleanser

My best friend got me onto this and I’m really digging it! It’s a lovely hydrating and gentle way to take your makeup off at the end of the day. I definitely need to cleanse afterwards, and if I’m wearing a particularly heavy face of makeup I tend to swipe a bit of micellar water over my skin too, but for the most part this is just fine at melting down the makeup. Its scent is lovely and it’s a super inexpensive product.

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Elf Acne Fighting Primer

I picked this up at the same time as I got the Elf foundation, and I really like it! I can’t wait to grab their illuminating one. I don’t think it does a heap for my skin in terms of ‘blemish control’, but it’s a light, fresh and moisturising primer that definitely keeps my makeup looking nicer for longer. For the price, you really can’t go wrong. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the step up in Elf packaging?!

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Morphe M504 Blending Brush

This blending brush I ordered off Beauty Bay and I’m obsessed with it. I’ve never used anything Morphe before, but the quality for the price is incredible. It picks up colour so well, blends it out nicely and doesn’t disrupt the pigmentation. I love it!

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Zoe x

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March Favourites 2017

Festive Morning Routine โ€ข Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

Today it’s my festive morning routine! I love reading posts like these – I hope you love it!

The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a crapload of water. Considering we eat so badly this month, it’s important to help your body flush out the toxins by keeping up your water intake! I’ll then open my blinds and make my bed.

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I’ll head out of my room then and check my advent calendars. I have a Cadbury chocolate one, and one that my mum puts a little gift in for me everyday since I’ve moved home. Usually it will be a bit of chocolate or a tiny festive trinket.

 

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After this, I’ll turn on the Christmas tree lights and make myself some breakfast. This is more often than not avocado on toast and a cup of tea. I’ll connect my computer to the TV and watch all the vlogmas videos that have been uploaded through the night.

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After I’ve finished, I’ll take my computer into my study and get working on my next blogmas post!

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Festive Morning Routine โ€ข Blogmas

My Favourite Christmas Candles

Hi guys!

Today I wanted to talk to you all about my favourite Christmas scents – because who doesn’t love a good festive candle, am I right?

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Vanilla Snowflake – Bath & Bodyworks US$22.50

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My first favourite is Vanilla Snowflake from Bath & Bodyworks. We don’t have B&BW in Australia, so my friend was kind enough to give me this as a gift after her recent US trip. I love this candle – it fills my entire space with a beautiful, baking-like scent that isn’t so strong it gives me a headache. I also am a sucker for 3-wick candles, because they look so pretty!

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Dusk $20ish (dupe from Typo is two for $30)

I bought this next candle from Dusk in Australia a few years back as a limited edition candle, though it smells exactly like the “Light my Fire” candle from Typo if anyone wanted to get their hands on it. It’s the perfect Southern Hemisphere Christmas smell – it’s a sweet guava scent that is fresh and feels really special. Also, the packaging is beautiful!

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Fig & Papaya – Kmart $6

This ‘fig and papaya’ candle from Kmart is my all time favourite candle because it smells like someone is baking ginger cookies (how I get that scent from fig and papaya, I’ll never know), and they sell this candle for $1 in tiny jars all year round. For Christmas, they released the candle with a double wick in a walnut shaped copper tin, and God knows it was the first thing I bought when shopping for Christmas decorations! It’s so cute, and simply my favourite candle of all time.

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Merry Cookie – Bath & Bodyworks (don’t know how much, sorry!)

My final scent is basically anything that smells like Merry Cookie from Bath & Bodyworks. Again, this candle came from overseas, and it’s so tiny I’m never going to burn it. That said, it is the cutest decoration and the scent is pretty common among wax melts and essential oils, so I’m not hard-pressed to enjoy this scent around Christmastime.

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Thank you all so much for reading, and I hope this post helped! Stay tuned for some more really exciting holiday posts – including makeup, outfits and gifts!

Love you all,

Zoe x

My Favourite Christmas Candles

How To: Be Festive on a Budget (including Christmas cookie and peppermint hot chocolate recipes!)

It is truly the most wonderful time of the year – at least in my opinion. Anyone that knows me knows very well that I am absolutely in love with Christmas, and, honestly, I’ve been listening to Christmas music since October #noshame.

However, I know that Christmastime is extremely expensive, especially when you count in presents, food, decorations, travel to family – the list goes on. So, I thought I’d make this post to share my tips on how to be extremely festive on a tiny budget – perfect for students!

  1. My first tip is to just go small – you don’t need a 10ft tree and a choir outside your house to make Christmas special. You have no idea the difference a cup of hot chocolate, a Christmas candle and a bit of tinsel can make to the atmosphere of your space. It is for this reason that I always suggest little decor if you can’t afford the huge stuff; this includes snow globes, mini trees, candles, garlands, fairy lights, etc. All of this stuff can be bought for super cheap at dollar stores or places like Kmart and Target.
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    My mantle piece – Fairy lights $6, Stockings, $4, trees, $15 combined
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    Morgan & Finch Tree – $30, Swarovski Reindeer – gift.

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    Copper snowglobe on my bedside table (Kmart) – $5
  2. Never underestimate film and music, and its affect on your Christmas spirit! My favourite Christmas films are
    1. Love Actually
    2. The Holiday
    3. Elf
    4. The Santa Clause

In terms of music, I love my spotify playlist, which is the public Christmas playlist on my account: zoeninataylor. Here below is an idea of my favourite stuff – as you can probably see, I’m obsessed with the Pentatonix Christmas albums.

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3. Paint your nails in festive colours. If you want to treat yourself -after all, ’tis the season – go all out with a Shellac manicure. As you can see, I chose a lovely white with gold accents. If that is a little out of your range, you can always go with a DIY manicure, and some of my favourite festive shades are shown below.

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Revlon – Red Carpet Red, Revlon – Sheer Honey, OPI – DS Opulence

4. Having an advent calendar is super exciting! Even if it’s a basic Dairy Milk one, my personal favourite, mind you, it’s always such a treat to wake up and have a treat waiting for you.

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Cadbury Advent Calendar – $8

5. Baking Christmas stuff does not have to be expensive or difficult, and you don’t even have to buy festive cookie cutters if you have any skill with freehanding! Here is my favourite rolled Sugar Cookie recipe, but beware because it makes a HEAP.

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Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups softened butter
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar together, then add the wet ingredients. Mix together before slowly adding the sifted dry ingredients. When all combined, cover with cling wrap and chill for at least an hour (overnight is perfect). After flouring a surface and the rolling pin, take the chilled dough out and roll between 1/4 inch & 1/2 inch thick. Cut out cookie shapes, and bake one inch apart for 6-8 minutes. Let completely cool before icing.

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6. Vlogmas is legitimately one of my favourite things ever, and the fact that every single day I get at least an hour to spend watching my favourite YouTubers do fun Christmassy things is the quickest (and cheapest!) way to get me feeling all festive – as if I needed help with that one. My favourite vloggers this December are Zoella, Tanya Burr, Alisha Marie and Shaaanxo.

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7. Having a warm drink is a lovely way to take some time out, even for my Southern Hemisphere buddies, I’m sure to have a lovely cup of tea at night, even though here in Australia it’s still like 35 C at night and I feel as if I’m going to die of heatstroke. Whatever though, it’s Christmas! As for my favourite hot beverages, I love an English Breakfast tea, peppermint tea, or a hot chocolate. My favourite is white chocolate peppermint hot chocolate, and it’s such a treat. Also, I love collecting Christmas mugs, and these are so cute and cheap as anything!

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Copper Mug (Kmart) – $6, Reindeer Mug (Dollar Shop) – $2.50

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe:

Melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate drops in a saucepan of milk, with 3 drops of peppermint essence till everything is combined and warm. Transfer to mug, and top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane.

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Me watching vlogmas with a cup of tea in a Christmas mug…. me every day until the 25th.

I wish you all the best holiday season and hope these tips are helpful! Love you guys so much – forever grateful for yourย constant support.

Come and say hi on my instagram, twitter, tumblr and snapchat (zoatron).

Zoe x

How To: Be Festive on a Budget (including Christmas cookie and peppermint hot chocolate recipes!)

Huge Bath and Beauty Haul!

Hey guys!

~ I’ve been so absent recently because 1# I’ve had major surgery and am recovering, 2# university finals, and 3# boys. I’ll be more consistent from now, I swear! ~

As probably most of you know, I’m a bit of a YouTube fan ย (understatement of the year), so when Zoella released her video explaining her new products a few months back (here), I really felt like I had no choice but to buy EVERYTHING. I ordered everything here (shipped to Australia) from feelunique.com, and had a few things come from Superdrug, which does not ship to Australia but my cousin kindly sent over.ย 12166901_977501558963197_232676693_n

First off, I wanted to get my hands on a Zoella beauty bag as I travel a lot and needed a new toiletry bag. This one is from the original collection and the message is so cute and positive. I love the gold spots!

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Next up was the hand cream – a new addition to her range. It smells delicious! The packaging is also adorable and looks so good on my bedside table.

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I got this puff (or lily) on a whim because it was only $5 and I felt like I needed it… to be fair my old one was not in a good way but honestly that’s just an excuse to justify this purchase haha

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Tanya Burr has always been one of my favourite YouTubers, and I was quick to buy her book as soon as it was available. I’ve been putting off her beauty products though… until she came out with these AMAZING PALETTES!

I chose the ‘rosy’ cheek palette and it’s great on my fair skintone. Just a warning though, the highlight is a lot more gold than it looks in pan, and the bronzer is very shimmery! The whole thing is really great for summer (which it almost is here!)

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I also chose the Fairytale eyeshadows – I wanted the Hollywood palette but there were none in stock ๐Ÿ˜ฆ still – these shadows are incredible pignmented and creamy. So far I’m very impressed (and the names are super cute!)

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Also, I grabbed the Creamy Madly Dreamy Lotion and the Fizz Bar (both by Zoella). I freaking love the scent of her stuff! It’s so light, fresh and inviting – subtle enough for everyday but also makes you feel like you’ve put in a bit of extra effort.

I picked up two of Tanya’s lip glosses too – in Sparkling Dewdrops (which I’m not sure is still available?) and Lunch Date.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Love you all, and stay tuned for more posts soon!

Also, can we talk about how FUCKING AMAZING VLOGMAS AND #24DAYSOFZOELLA IS?! I’m dead. You read a blog post written by a corpse. I am so excited I am deceased.

Come chat with me on instagram and twitter!

x

Huge Bath and Beauty Haul!