My On-The-Go Makeup Bag Edit #2



A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on what was in my on-the-go makeup bag, and I thought it would be a great idea to turn it into a semi-regular series. Work is going great, it's so much better than my previous jobs, and I really like my coworkers. They all have interesting personalities, and some of them are just so nice and easy to work with. One of them, the manager, is straight to the point and direct, which I really appreciate because it makes it easier to establish trust in the workplace.

I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and thus I worked on Valentine's Day. I had to bake a Red Velvet cake in the shape of a heart, topped with some marshmallow frosting. It was so weird baking for V-Day when I don't even participate in it at all - I find the holiday to be over-the-top and sappy. Sean and I are perfectly content with just pretending it doesn't exist, because romance should be every day, not just one day out of a year. It's just the way we are, and we don't even put a lot of effort into our anniversaries. It's not like we have the financial security to splurge on a gift for the significant other every few months so we make Christmases and birthdays super special.

This year was probably the most effort I put into Valentine's Day, picking a few orange roses to display in the cafe as well as wearing my Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips in Passion Pink. I just realised that everything about that product's name just screams "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!"

Well, at least I had some compliments on my choice of lipstick for the day!


I'm still using the same Kikki K pencil case as my makeup bag, and I like it more every time I use it. I do wish that it had a bit more wriggle room in its main pouch, but it encourages me to pare down what I bring with me to work. I try to change things up a little each day to make sure everything gets some use, and nothing is going to waste since I have so much makeup in my possession. So far, this idea is going really well, and I'm also getting a bit of use out of my eyeshadow palettes.

I'm rotating my palettes so that each and every one of them gets used. Sometimes, if I can't decide between two palettes to use for the next day, I just hold them out in front of Sean and tell him to choose one for me. I've got a good system going, and it's really fun playing with something different each day. So far, most of my eye looks have been pretty basic, using the neutral shades in these palettes.

The base remains unchanged, though. I'm still using the Wet n Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturiser and the LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural to conceal my dark circles. I'm still using the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder to set the moisturiser and concealer. I've actually noticed that the tinted moisturiser is causing little bumps to appear under my nose, much like what happened in Japan (I brought the tinted moisturiser with me then) as well as large pimples in random places on my face. I think it needs to be replaced, possibly being too old for use. I've got my eye on an oil-control one from Natio that I'll try out on Tuesday after work.


Week Two of Work saw me using Colourpop's Lippie Stix on the Tuesday not just as a lipstick, but also as a blush. I decanted some of the Milani Foundation in Body Glow into a tiny jar so I didn't have to take the entire thing. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones. I used theBalm Appetit Palette in the morning before I left for work. Again, I brought with me the Essence Lash Princess Mascara.

I had horrible sleep on Thursday so I got out of bed earlier. It gave me the time to do my makeup at home, so I was able to put a bit more effort into my appearance. I used the Milani Rose Blush in Romantic Rose, the Mary-Lou Manizer, Makeup Revolution Radiant Highlighter in Breathe all over my face, and then the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Adorable. I used the Chi Chi Glamorous Sun Kissed Palette on my eyes, though it was a bit more subtle than I would have liked since I didn't use the orange shade that I love.

Week Three, I switched some things up. I kept the base the same, but on Tuesday I bypassed the eyeshadow and kept my eyes bare except for the mascara. I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fanciful, the Makeup Revolution Radiant Highlighter in Breathe, the Milani Foundation in Body Glow, and I also used the Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray, decanted into a tiny spray bottle. This was the day that I used Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips in Passion Pink.

Thursday, I used theBalm Voyage palette to do my eyes, using the pink shades, and I did a slight wing with Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner. On the train, I applied my base as well as the Milani Rose Blush in Tea Rose, the Radiant highlighter, the Milani foundation. I finished the look with Barry M Showgirl Lengthening Mascara. I actually really like this mascara, it opens my eyes up so much and looks really natural as opposed to the Essence Lash Princess Mascara. I'll need to do a review on this mascara sometime soon. I finished my look with e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Ravishing Rose.


I was watching Celebrity Apprentice the other day while I was at Mum's house, and the first task was focused on Tyra Banks' new makeup line. I thought the men's concept was so on point, compared to the women's. It was ironic, but I totally understood why the men won both times during the episode - they actually understood and followed the brief. I'm digressing somewhat - what interested me the most was the makeup line, Tyra Beauty. It promises to deliver a fierce face within 5 minutes, using just a few products and no applicators except our fingers. That sort of thing is something a lazy girl like me could really go use those sleepy mornings before work.

It seems like the brand is against animal testing, and is vegan for the most part. It's quite vague on the website, though, so more research into the brand is necessary to determine whether it is truly cruelty-free and vegan. It would be really cool if it's actually true that they can deliver gorgeous results within a few minutes. Then again, I already own stick products, except for the contour which I most likely wouldn't use, so maybe that's a bit redundant?

Do you apply your makeup while travelling on public transport? What are your must-haves?

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My Feelings on Irresponsible Pet Ownership



This post comes about after going through a week of stress, disappointment and sadness over the welfare of pets. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a lot of pet owners are responsible, do things by the book and give their pets the care that they need. However, I'm seeing an increase of owners that are less than stellar, and fail to meet even the basic needs that the animal requires. Not only that, I am also seeing a lot of pets abandoned or disposed of and it breaks my heart to think about them. I hate, hate, seeing pets stranded at pounds because their owners no longer consider them worthy of a part in their lives. My heart shatters into a million pieces when I think about how scared, lonely or sad they are, as they're kept in a cage wondering what's happening.

This post comes about after I took in two kittens for the weekend and gave them all the love and affection that they deserve. I tried so hard and did everything I could think to do, to find them a new home without having to go through the pound as required of me by the council. We called local vets, RSPCA and the local council to see if there were any other options, because we had a potential home for them with a friend of ours. This friend showed the integrity we were looking for, to give them the life that they needed. They were willing to put in the time and effort to ensure that they were desexed, chipped, registered and vaccinated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, our hands were tied, and we had to surrender them to the local pound on Wednesday.

I cried on the way home. I was furious, I was upset, and I was full of hate towards the people that caused it.

I'm incredibly sensitive about matters like this, and it affects me on a very deep level when these things happen and I can never understand people when they are the opposite. You don't have to like them, but you should be able to empathise, to show compassion and care when needed. Not to disregard them as if they're insignificant specks of dirt.

These kittens weren't strays, they were pets. They belonged to my neighbours, and I knew this for a fact because I would inconspicuously peer through the fence to check on them, as well as the dog that also lived on the property. The kid played with them often, and they were always fed a pile of biscuits scattered onto the cement.

It was approaching midnight a week ago when they were on my roof crying for food. We had trouble bringing them down, but we managed it by luring them with food. They were starving and showed signs of being thin and underfed. We brought them inside where they would be safe, warm and content with full stomachs, and they inhaled everything we fed them within minutes. It was clear that they hadn't eaten anything for the entire day.


They were affectionate, friendly and desperate for attention. We made the decision to report the neighbours that night.

Why?

Because they're irresponsible pet owners. The family that lives in the unit next door is a mother, her son no older than 7, and the grandmother. Soon after we moved in here, we noticed that they had a constant stream of kittens on their property that disappeared as soon as they showed signs of adulthood and the kid got bored of them. In the one and a half years we lived here, we've seen at least 6 - 8 kittens come and go. They also had a dog that was of the short and stocky build, much like a staffy, before they replaced it with a new puppy that's been there for about nine months now.

They didn't desex their pets, nor did they register or microchip them. They kept the dog chained up at all hours of the day because he was prone to escaping and terrorising the other neighbours otherwise. They kept the kittens outside all day and all night from the moment they were brought home. They could have easily been attacked or even picked up by an owl mistaking them for rats.

Enough was enough. They had to stop, and the best way to do that was through tougher means aka the council, where it would strike sense into them best - financially. They would be fined for owning pets without registering them to the council and not getting them chipped. As soon as I filed my report on them to the council on Monday, a representative of the council went to see them that same day to ask questions. We were kept anonymous, as we didn't want more trouble from them.

We know it's a bit of a dick move to withhold a pet from a child, but considering how this kid was a pest and replaced the pets with new ones as soon as they stopped being cute, we didn't feel bad about it. He is an awful child, and before we caught him in the act and told him off, he'd ring our doorbell and then run off, even when his mother half-heartedly told him not to do it. His mother has no control over her son, and it's no wonder why she enables him so easily.

We were told by the council that the neighbours denied having any kittens and that they were "babysitting the dog for a friend". Because of it we were forced to hand the kittens over to the pound as there was no way to prove they weren't owned by anyone else and that the kittens needed an opportunity to be picked up by "their family" before they can be adopted out. Because they lied to the council, the complain was rendered invalid and they couldn't prove anything.

Luckily, the council representative spoke to other neighbours in this unit complex and some of them have corroborated on our claims, so hopefully the neighbours get hit with a massive fine. In the meantime, we're keeping an eye out for Houdini Dog so we can catch him, have the ranger pick him up, because then the neighbours will be forced to admit that the dog belongs to them. In which case, it'll come back to bite them in the arse.


It's irresponsible owners that cause the kitten population to increase every year because they don't desex their pets. It's irresponsible owners like these that cats and dogs end up at the pound, lost and confused because they weren't ever chipped or registered. It's irresponsible owners like these that realise they don't have the capability to care for a pet. It's irresponsible owners like these that teach their kids that treating animals like toys is okay, when it is very clearly not the case. It's irresponsible owners like these that get pets as Christmas gifts, which is the case with the kittens we took in last weekend. It's irresponsible owners like these that shelters are up to their eyeballs with more cats and dogs than they can handle, and thousands of them are euthanised every year.

It's sickening, is what it is.

In the meantime, I'm stuck here worried about the kittens, whether they are safe, warm and comfortable. Whether they're on their way to a new home that cares for them properly. I know the pound aims to rehome animals after the 8-day mark, either through the pound, by handing them over to an adoption agency or letting them stay with a foster carer until they're ready. Nonetheless, I'm anxious and I really wish to go over there and comfort them, to check up on them and make sure they're okay. Sean reckons I shouldn't do that because it'll make it all the harder for me to leave them behind when I had such a hard time on Wednesday.

Pets are for life, they are family. They love like us, they fear like us, they feel joy like us and they grieve like us. It is people like my neighbours that reinforces my way of living, that animals matter more to me than humans. My cats are my family, and anyone who hurts them or threatens them in any way gets the eviction notice out of my life. I have no room nor any respect for anyone that that do not value animals.

If you were in my shoes, was there anything you could have done differently? I'm open to constructive criticism.

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The Most Perfect Palette for Summer



I'm so excited to be writing this because it's been a while since I did a review on a palette. My last review was on the Pink Fizz palette from I Heart Makeup and that was quite a while ago. I made a resolution at the start of this year to do more makeup reviews because I've got so much to go through. I'm aiming for at least one every two weeks, but if I am determined enough, I hope to have one up every week.Today, I decided to go with this Chi Chi Glamorous Sun Kissed Eyeshadow Palette that my brother and sister-in-law gave to me for Christmas.

Aside from their perfumes, I never had the chance to try Chi Chi Cosmetics before, so I was pretty excited to receive this. The shades are the kind that I love to use on my eyes, and the kicker is the gorgeous orange that just looks so amazing when swatched. I love using this shade for a fiery look, especially paired with that pale gold shade fifth from the right.

Beauty Products That I Rarely Collect & Why



You know how makeup addicts like to hoard a lot of makeup, regardless of whether they wear them often enough to justify such a large collection? I'm like that, though I like to hope that I am not as obsessive as some of the most die-hard collectors. I'm a collector, I collect things and I don't think that habit is going to change for as long as I live. I have an obsessive personality, and I'm just lucky that doesn't apply to things that may harm my body or my lifestyle, such as alcohol, cigarettes or gambling.

I don't wear makeup often enough to justify the purchase of more products, but over the past two months, I've really limited my spending habits to just the necessities. After a year of buying whatever catches my fancy, I've become more selective of what I want to keep in my kit. I did a makeup detox at the end of last year to get rid of the stuff I never wore or didn't perform as well as they used to, and my collection is neater now. It's also made me realise what finishes and colours I like best, and what brands or types work better for me than others.

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Review



I cannot remember the last time I did a full makeup review on a single product, instead of a summary of a few products in one post, well, aside from the brushes I did last week. I think it's been at least a month, and I've promised myself that I'll do a review each week or, at the very least, every fortnight. Especially because I've got a shit tonne of products to go through and hopefully this will convince me to use them more often.

Oh, and having a new job means I get to wear makeup at least twice a week, so that's something!

Today's review is going to be on the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara. That's a serious mouthful! I'm not too sure why brands think it's a great idea to have such long names for their products. I like it simple and clean, not wordy. Anyways, it's not a very good reason to frown upon a product for, so I'll just move along and get down to the nitty gritty.

My Summer Beauty Favourites



Previously I said I was not going to do monthly beauty favourites because I was having a hard time rotating my products and finding something to obsess about. The thing is, with me, is that I have a bunch of favourites, and rarely venture out of that spectrum to use something else in my collection. Unless there's an occasion that compels me to really step it up a notch, that is. My routine does change, somewhat, according to the season, and that is why we've come to this post.

January has come with weather so sporadic you're likely to get whiplash if you think on it too long. One day it's warm, but not unbearable, the next day you can fry an egg on the pavement, and then the day after that you've got to pile on the knits and cover every inch of skin. Summer is quite possibly the most unpredictable season in Melbourne, but when it gets hot, it gets hot. I despise hot weather and do not do well when I have to leave the house in the middle of the heat.

"Out of the frying pan and into the fire," is how I would describe the summers here in Australia. Obviously, other states have it worse, which is precisely the reason why you won't find me visiting the Big Banana between October and March. Sorry, Aunt Cheryl, the trip will have to wait.

What's In My On-The-Go Makeup Bag?



I started my new job last Tuesday, and I spent a couple of days leading up to it trying to decide how I would do my makeup. See, I had to wake up at 5:30 am in the morning, and leave the house a little less than an hour later to make it to the train station in time. I didn't particularly want to wake up any earlier to do my makeup, because I was going to sleep at 9:30 on Monday night.

I decided that I would prepare two makeup bags, one for if I had time in the mornings to put my face on, and the other containing essentials to shove into my bag if I ran out of time.

This is that bag.

Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Dupes vs BH Cosmetics BH Chic Brush Set

THE BATTLE OF THE BUDGET BRUSHES


This has been a long time in the making, but I wanted to properly acquaintance myself with both sets before reviewing them. Cat sent me the BH Cosmetics BH Chic 14pc brush set in her last care package at my request. I liked that it came with a matching case that looked both sturdy and spacious, which is perfect for travelling. When I saw that I could get dupes of the Zoeva Rose Golden brushes on eBay that was both cheap and vegan, I went for it. I made the decision to compare the two sets as soon as I added the Zoeva dupes to my cart.

I played with them for about two months before I made my verdict, and here it is!