Wednesday, 17 August 2016

CURRENT FAVOURITES


Hello again! I hope you are all doing well. I've been pretty busy with uni at the moment, hence my absence on here, but I am trying my best to juggle both, so I hope you don't mind the infrequent posts too much!

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed myself often reaching for the same group of products during my morning routine, so I thought I'd do a blog post on them for you all.

The first thing I've been loving as of late, is my wide tooth comb which I think I purchased off either Ebay or Aliexpress for only a few dollars. It's one of those very basic things that most people probably own, but I just never bought one for myself until recently. I use this to gently comb though my hair after towel drying it, starting at the ends of my hair and then gradually working up to the roots to avoid tangles. After I've done this, I will usually move onto drying my hair with my hairdryer, although, If I'm feeling lazy, I will simply leave my hair to air dry.

If I am having one of those aforementioned 'lazy days,' I will spray a little of the Sea Salt Spray* from Lush throughout the mid-ends of my hair to give it a little texture. Not only does this hair mist bring out some of the natural wave in my hair, but it also smells so amazing! If you happen to stop by a Lush, please go an smell this product!

I've noticed that when I have make up on, it will look good at the start of the day, but by around lunch time, It looks as though my pores have swallowed every bit of bb cream and powder off my skin and I get the annoying t-zone shine. As someone who doesn't like to bring my make up bag to uni with me, I needed to find a way to ensure my make up lasted all day. I've had the Manuka Doctor Apirefine Flawless Primer* for a decent amount of time, however I only ever really used it for special occasions. While I still like wearing it when I'm doing my make up for going out, I decided to incorporate it into my daily routine to see if it made any difference to the longevity of my make up. I am very pleased to announce that this primer keeps my makeup looking fresh for the entire day, without me needing to do any lunch time touch ups! I also love the texture of this primer because it's not thick at all, and it doesn't feel overly slippery like some other primers I've tried do. I was never someone who really liked using primers, but trust me, after this one, I ain't going back.

Another primer I've been loving is the NYX proof it eye primer, which I bought off Ebay for around $8 I think. As someone who likes wearing winged eyeliner, but who also has slightly down-turned, hooded eyes, it can be a struggle trying to find an eyeliner which stays put and won't smudge or slide. After trying many eyeliners out there, I decided to go ahead and buy an eyelid primer to see if that would help my eyeliner stay. I picked up this NYX one because it seemed to have a lot of positive reviews, as well as being very cheap! I first tried this when I went out to a party, and oh my lordy it worked so amazingly well! I first applied the primer to my lids and then blended it out with my finger. Then I dusted a little bit of a beige toned eyeshadow over my lid to combat some of the stickiness of the product, and then I applied my liner as per usual. The primer's stickiness provides something for the shadow and liner to grab onto, which, in turn, ensures that they won't go sliding about. I've tried it many more times since, and every single time, It works perfectly! This is going to be a definite repurchase for me.

I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products. If not, tell me what some of your favourite products have been lately.




Friday, 22 July 2016

SELLING MY PAINTINGS


Hello lovelies! I hope you've had a nice week and are looking forward to the weekend! I know I am!
I've actually already mentioned this over on my instagram,(s) but if you missed that, I am selling these two paintings I did a couple of weeks ago.


The larger one (left) is $30 (SOLD) and the smaller (right) is $25 + postage cost.


Both of these little portraits are done in oil paint on some canvas off-cuts I had lying around in my painting desk. I have sooo many of these little studies around the place, so I need to start getting rid of some! If you live in NZ (I might consider selling to people in Australia if anyone was interested) and would like to purchase either (or both!) of these works off me, please leave me a comment below this post or email me, (link in sidebar as 'Advertisers.')
I hope somebody can give these lil ladies a good home.

I'll talk to you soon!

Monday, 18 July 2016

BEAUTY PURCHASES FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS

Urban Outfitters Beauty haul Mario Badescu facial spray Smith's Rosebud Salve Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask

About a week and a half ago, I decided to go ahead and order some things off the Urban Outfitters website that had been in my cart for quite some time, after finding out through some of my Twitter followers that they didn't have to pay customs fees for their orders to NZ.

I purchased the Smith's Rosebud Salve, which I've heard many a beauty blogger rave about, the Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask and the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, a product I've been wanting to try out for quite a while. I also bought some non-beauty things, which I might do a separate blog post on.

To my delight, everything arrived very quickly (within about a week) and was packaged very securely with bubble wrap and scrunched paper to ensure nothing broke in transit. 
I was especially relieved to find that the Mario Badescu Facial Spray hadn't leaked everywhere, as I had envisioned.

Mario Badescu Skincare Rosewater and Aloe Herbs Facial Spray Toner
As these products are still relatively new, I haven't had a chance to try them all out properly yet. That being said, if there is a particular product you'd like to see a review on, please let me know in the comments and I'll get onto that for you. As I can't yet share my full thoughts on these products, I'll share my initial first impression of each item.

HERBIVORE BOTANICALS PINK CLAY EXFOLIATING MASK//
This mask comes as a powder, which you are supposed to mix with water to turn it into a paste before applying to the skin. I hadn't tried a mask like this before, so I decided to give it a go. The first time I used it, I mixed about a teaspoon of powder with about one and a half teaspoons of water to form a spreadable consistency. This mask dries on the skin quite quickly, so I think I only left it on for around 10 minutes before rinsing it off. The mask itself has some scrubby particles in it, that help to slough away dead skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion. The second time I used this, was on my mum during a facial. This time, instead of using water to activate the mask, I used a couple of drops of my Bio Oil, which I think helped prevent the mask from drying out too much. I'm looking forward to giving this mask a thorough test!

MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY//
I've read about this toner on many beauty blogs, so I was very excited to purchase it and try it out for myself. This facial spray contains rosewater and Aloe to help refresh, hydrate and calm the skin. You can either spray this onto the skin after cleansing and before moisturising to really hydrate and plump the skin, or after makeup as a refreshing, light setting spray, to avoid the dreaded cakey look. I've been using this mostly after cleansing, both morning and night, and I am loving it so far! It's hydrating without feeling oily and it smells amazing!! You will definitely be seeing another post on this product!

SMITH'S ROSEBUD SALVE//
This is one of those products that I think every lip balm enthusiast has tried, so of course, being one of those, I had to give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. This product has a VERY strong rose scent to it, which I can only describe as the smell of The Third Eye, (For people who aren't from NZ, The Third Eye is a shop in Auckland City which sells incense and candles etc.) I have to admit, it's not my favourite scent, but the more I use this balm, the less the scent bothers me. As for the effectiveness of the balm, it is fantastic!! It is super moisturising and lasts really well on the lips. I get very dry, chapped lips in the winter, and this has really helped with that. Also, It has to be said, the tin it comes in is so pretty!

I hope you enjoyed my mini Urban Outfitters Beauty haul! I'd love to know if you've tried any of the products I bought!
I'm already eyeing up a couple more products that I want to purchase, so there may be a part 2 to this post!

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead! I start back at uni this week (ew) so I'll try and schedule some posts this upcoming weekend!



Friday, 8 July 2016

GLOWY, RUST TONED MAKE UP

Hello guys! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I was doing a photoshoot with two of my friends from uni on Wednesday. I kind of had a vague idea of what I wanted, but the rest I left up to how I felt on the day. For the shoot, I knew I wanted the make up to be very glowy and editorial looking, as well as incorporate some nice brick/rusty red tones. In the end, I was really happy with how each of the looks turned out.

For the skin, I first applied the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream to prep it for the make up I was going to put on top. This look was very dewy and fresh, so it was essential to make sure that the skin was hydrated, before I went in with the other products. Both Fran and Sarah had brought some of their own make up, so I won't go into detail about their foundation, concealer, brows etc. 
For the blush, I used a shade by Dainty Doll, (which has unfortunately been discontinued) which is a lovely medium rose colour with gold shimmer running throughout it, and applied this onto the apples of the cheeks and blended upwards. I then used Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, tip of the nose, chin and forehead. While this would've looked perfectly fine for an everyday look, it wasn't enough to catch the light and show up in photographs, so I went back in with the Topshop Glow in Polished and set that with the powder highlighter from the Sleek Contour and highlight kit.


For the eyes, I wanted to use some orangey, red tones to compliment the pink of the backdrop I was using. First I used the shade Creation from the Lime Crime Venus palette, and patted that all over the lids with my finger, and blended out the edges with a 224 blending brush. Then I worked in a little bit of Muse, also from the Venus palette, into the outer edges, blending a little into the crease. I went back and forth between these two colours until I reached the intensity I was going for. I also took these two colours under the eye, and blended them out.
Then I grabbed a smaller brush and patted a mix of the two gold shades from the ZA Cosmetics Limited edition Christmas eyeshadow palette onto the very inner corners of the eyes. I then patted a bit of vaseline over the eyelids to give it a glossy look. I was going to leave it at just this, but then I decided I wanted to make the lids pop even more, so I patted a little of the Lime Crime glitter in the shade Aries, over the vaseline. If you are recreating this look, feel free to add mascara. I decided not to, because I've been really loving the 'naked lash' look recently.

For the lips, I wanted to do something rather soft and smudgy, rather than crisp and bold. I used Sultry Sable by Revlon and applied this to the lips with my finger to give it a softer, more sheer look. I then patted on some Vaseline and then dabbed on a little bit more of the same glitter I used for the eyes, to tie the whole look together.

Aaand that completes the look! I am really happy with how it turned out and I think it translated really nicely in the photographs.
If you recreate this look, I'd love to see pictures!! Send them to me on Twitter or Instagram! 
I was thinking I might do a post on here about the photoshoot, so If you'd like/as soon as I've finished editing the photos, I could do that.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead!




Monday, 27 June 2016

WHAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON • WOVEN WALL HANGINGS


Hi lovelies,
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend despite it being bloody freezing!!
Now that it's the uni holidays, I've been able to do some of my own personal projects. One project I was keen to try out was making a woven wall hanging. You've probably seen these types of things on Pinterest, and maybe in a few stores, (they are getting really popular!)


I can't remember when I first saw one, but I just really like them and wanted to learn how to make one for myself. I came across a couple of tutorials online which covered how to do basic stitches as well as fringing. The weaving on the right is my first attempt and the one on the left is the one I made most recently. As you can tell, both are very simple in design, but hopefully, once I've learnt how to do more complex stitches, I will have more variety in my weaving. Also, while they are supposed to be hung on the wall, I haven't yet gotten around to buying dowel to thread through the top loops, so at the moment they are just laying about.

Once I've made a couple of this sort of size, I would really like to make a giant wall hanging with extra thick wool and roving. Adding beads is also something I think would look really cool.

If you would like to learn how to make one of these weavings for yourself, check out this great series by Annabel Wrigley,  where she teaches you how to make your own loom and some basic weaving techniques. 
I plan to make more of these to sell on my Etsy page, so If you'd be interested in buying one, please let me know in the comments below or flick me an email/tweet.





Speaking of selling, I've recently joined Society6 and Redbubble, which are sites that allow me to sell my artwork as prints as well as bags, teeshirts, notebooks and phone cases etc. If you have a spare moment, it would mean a lot if you could check out my stores and follow me! Click here and here to be taken to my profiles.

I hope you all have a lovely week ahead!





Wednesday, 22 June 2016

SECOND YEAR PHOTOGRAPHY WORK & PRINTS TO PURCHASE


Hello again! As I mentioned in my last post, I will be using this blog to not only talk about my love for skincare and make up, but also my other passions and hobbies. So today, I thought I would show you a collection of works I made as a part of my most recent photography project at uni. My lovely friend Sarah, who goes to the same uni as me, kindly agreed to be my model for this series.
The general idea surrounding my work, was that of formalism in figure photography. I've always had an interest in the human body as well as the formalist photography style, so I decided to incorporate these two elements into my work. The particular series I am going to share with you, looks at the idea of isolation and abstraction of the human form. I was particularly inspired by Mishka Henner's Les Amércains, in which he made copies of another photographer, Robert Frank's work, and then erased certain parts of the images.

For my own work, I took my own photos of Sarah in various poses, and then later went through the images and began to pick out parts of the image that I wanted to isolate. This resulted in a group of images which I think took on a very different feel to them compared to what they were to begin with. The more I isolated the forms, the more obscure the images became. What began as figure photography, turned into these unusual 'landscapes' of forms.




I really enjoyed this process and I definitely think it's something I will continue to experiment with in the future. I feel it's something that, the more you do of it, the better and more interesting the results.

Over the past few days, I've been refining these works a bit and adding them to my Society6 store. If you would like to help me out and buy a print, please head on over to my store and grab yourself one! It would make my day.

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far, I'll talk to you soon.




Saturday, 18 June 2016

BLOG CONTENT & AESTHETICS


I don't usually put up a post on a Saturday, but I've been meaning to write this for a while and I think I should just go ahead and write it. This might be quite disjointed and awkwardly written, but it's difficult for me to articulate properly how I feel, so I hope you find it relatively easy to read.

I've written a post similar to this in the past, but I felt as though I needed to write another post, talking about the future of this blog. I started this blog when I was around 14 or 15 and I am now 19 and in my second year at uni studying fine arts. As to be expected, I have changed quite a bit in those past 5 or so years, so it comes as no surprise that my content will reflect this change.

While I love make up and beauty and still enjoy writing about these topics, I sometimes find myself having this slight existential crisis, where I begin to think "What is the point of talking about these things?!" And a small voice in my head says, "Nobody cares Albertine.." I realise that this blog also doesn't have the biggest audience compared to others, so I don't get a lot of comments from readers about what they would like to see in regards to posts.

I guess another factor in this conflict I often find myself amongst is the fact that I am now studying towards having a career in fine art and I sometimes feel that the 'artist' side of me doesn't quite work alongside the 'blogger' side of me. I enjoy doing a lot of different things, but I don't feel they all fit into one person, which, yes, sounds very bizarre.

This next bit might sound a bit weird, but please bear with me. When I say that I don't feel like these different 'sides' of me fit into one person, I think of it more as different 'aesthetics'. I don't mean aesthetics as in just the look or style of something, but rather I mean aesthetic in the sense of how I display myself in this role ie. the role of 'Artist Albertine' or the role of 'Blogger Albertine' and the general 'vibe' it gives off. I'm sorry if this is confusing, I didn't realise how difficult this would be to try and write out!!
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that all these different aesthetics of mine seem to clash and I have to kind of hop between each one. When I write a post, I sometimes (but not all the time) find myself trying to fit into what I think a beauty blogger should be and write as I think one should write. While I do enjoy this aesthetic of a beauty blogger, I sometimes feel like I am pretending or putting on an act. I don't always feel like 'Artist Albertine' is good at being 'Blogger Albertine'.
Because I study fine arts as a university degree, I find myself most often in 'Artist Albertine' mode, and because of this, It can be hard to try and switch back into 'Blogger Albertine' mode to write my blogposts. This is why I don't always post as regularly as I would like to. I guess this is a similar way of saying that I don't always feel inspired to post.

I think the only way to really solve this bizarre identity dilemma is to acknowledge the different aspects of myself and what I enjoy, and incorporate this into my blog posts. Instead of just writing about beauty products post after post, I want to start writing about the other things, such as art - both mine and others, things and people that inspire me etc. I want my blog to be a place where I can explore all of these different aesthetics and create some sort of unity amongst them. I realise that with posting about things other than just beauty, I will have a lot of people unfollow me, but I think I just have to realise that this is okay, and other people will follow me for the content I am currently putting out. A lot of beauty bloggers have unfollowed me on instagram, which did make me feel a little shitty, but instead of focusing on them, I need to focus on the people who have stuck around for me, not just my content.
Also, if you are reading this, I would love for you to comment on my blog posts, and give me feedback. What would you like to hear my opinion on? Is there something you'd like me to look into and maybe write a post about? I don't want to feel like I'm just talking to no one. I know you guys are there and I'd love to chat with you all. So please, say hi! I'm nice, I will reply! haha!

In regards to my art, I was also thinking of making another blog/website, dedicated just to that. This year, I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in some pretty awesome art events and shows and I feel like I need to have a separate site for my work. That way, when people google my name in the search for my art, they can go to a site that is just for that, and they don't have to sift through my posts on here.  

Anyway, there will probably be more I want to add to this post, but this is it for now. Thank you if you have made it to the end of this very odd post, I really appreciate you listening to the slightly more refined version of the jumble that is my mind. If you have any comments about this topic, please leave them down below or feel free to email me (check the side bar) and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 



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