All about that base

lara bingle the base

Buying make up online is a tricky business. No matter how many online swatches and reviews you read, there’s always that chance that something isn’t gong to be quite right and you’ve handed over your hard earned for nothing. I’d also go o to say the degree of difficulty increases exponentially when you try and buy foundations because if it doesn’t match your skin tone, then you’re screwed. A lipstick hat’s not quite the shade of pink you expected or a blush that’s brighter than you hoped can be dealt with, but face products need to hit a target.

With all that in mind, I still was busting to try Lara Bingle’s new range of products called The Base. The majority focus on self tanning but there’s also a BB style cream and a couple of illuminators. It was the LB Cream that I particularly wanted to try, though God knows I don’t need any more foundations or tinted moisturisers. Anyway. The LB Cream is a tinted cream designed to even skin tone while moisturising the skin. It also has an SPF so you can wear it alone without worrying about sun protection.

A friend and I decided to take the plunge and put in an order together, both buying the LB Cream. I went with Beige, which is the lighter shade, as I have light-medium skin. There are only the two colours, Beige and Honey, and given the lightest one fits me I don’t think this would be an ideal product for paler girls. That said, I absolutely love it and it’s become my weekend go-to face product. The cream is really light in texture and works into the skin really easily (I wear it with just a serum underneath). I find it gives you a really healthy look, slightly dewy, almost like you’ve just been out for a run. Your skin just looks really good with it on. It has only a sheer level of cover though so if you need more, you’ll have to grab a concealer and touch up spots. Over the day it lasts pretty well and feels really comfortable on.

As I said, I really like this. It would also be an excellent travel product. The lack of shades is the only downfall I can see but if your skin tone is like mine or darker then this would be a winner. As far as I know you can only buy The Base online and the LB Cream sets you back $24 plus it’s $10 postage for all orders under $80. I’m sure there are plenty of people who have some strong opinions on Lara Bingle but for whatever you make of her, this stuff is worth setting aside prejudices for.

All about that base

Things I bought #25.

59 Faith

Another quieter week, helped along by being at work for the entirety of it. I went to check out the Dion Lee for Target stuff but none of really grabbed me at full price, so I’m going to hold off on that. In any case, buying less isn’t really such a bad things for me.

59 Faith Liberty Patent Heeled Sandals in Lime $48 – These shoes had been in my ASOS wish list for ages and they finally went on sale so I snapped them up. They remind me of a Saint Laurent pair I loved fro a couple of seasons ago and the lower heel is a bonus for me. I have a function in September and so I want to wear these with a black dress for a pop of colour.

25 Things I bought make up

Quiet on the make up and skin care front too. I’d been coveting the Bumble & Bumble Dry Spun Finish for so long and finally caved o the trial size at Mecca. The dry shampoo was a Priceline sale buy, as was the coconut scrub. Not that I really needed either.

Things I bought #25.

Thoughts of the week – 5/7

scarves out for walshy

Vale Phil Walsh. Such an undeserved tragedy for a man who gave so much, not only to my football club Port Adelaide, but to the game in general. The tributes from the AFL clubs and football fans across the country have been incredibly moving and highlight that when some footy people hurt, we all hurt.

#weflyasone has never been more apt. RIP Walshy, you will be missed.

Thoughts of the week – 5/7

Concealed weapon

l'oreal infalible concealer

I’m not a big concealer junkie. I know there’s people out there who rave about their favourites, who can’t live without their YSL Touche Éclat blah blah blah, but that’s never been me. Concealer is something I just want to be workman-like and get one job done. Conceal. I don’t tend to use it under my eyes, only to cover up blemishes and marks, so I don’t need something that can perform every trick in the book.

I bought the L’Oreal Infalible Longwear Concealer after my previous product hit the dust and to be honest, I didn’t expect too much from it. It’s a creamy stick with a matte finish that I think definitely works best for my intentions – I can’t see it performing brilliantly under the eyes. That said, it works an absolute treat for me. I find it’s not chalky at all, it blends really easily and it has a nice natural finish. When I’m wearing sheerer bases it just adds that last final touch up and I’m good to go, plus it doesn’t melt away through the day.

In short, I’m surprised how much I’m loving this. I think it might be the first L’Oreal concealer I’ve ever tried but if it keeps going like this, it won’t be the last.

Concealed weapon

USA 2015 – Travel planning part 5.

travel stamps

It frightens me a little bit to think that in just under three months from now I’ll be heading off on an 11-week grand adventure. Cue the deep breaths. While there’s no doubt it’s the trip of a life time and I’m very very lucky, it still feels like there’s  hell of a lot of planning to go.

I’m realising how expensive accommodation can be in some cities (San Francisco near killed me) and so I’ve been booking more private rooms in hostels than I initially thought. It saves a fair bit of money and sharing a bathroom for a couple of days doesn’t worry me – I’ll be out and about most of the time anyway. Hostels.com has become a life saver for me though I’m still using Expedia and Trip Advisor for lots of other things.

I’m now at the stage where I’ve booked all of the West Coast including car hire and flights, so that makes me fee good. Each pay I’m putting a chunk of money aside to make these book so I don’t feel like I can rush the process any more, however when I g my tax return I’ll look at doing a fair bit more then. I also need to start turning my mind a bit to what I’m actually going to do in all these amazing cities, which is a whole other set of plans in themselves. I like to have around two or three things for each day so it gives me some structure but also plenty of free time to wander round and enjoy things. Anyone with tips then I’m more than happy to hear ’em.

All up so far I’ve managed to do the following:

  • Organised my long service leave
  • Bought my return flight
  • Bought my travel insurance
  • Developed a preliminary itinerary
  • Finalised my itinerary
  • Booked my first night in LA
  • Booked my west coast car hire
  • Booked my Santa Barbara hotel
  • Booked my Monterey/Big Sur hotel
  • Booked my San Francisco hostel
  • Booked my flight from San Francisco to Vancouver
  • Booked my Vancouver hotel
  • Booked my Seattle hotel
  • Booked my flight from Seattle to Chicago
  • Booked my hostel room in New York
  • Booked my flight to Denver from Austin
  • Booked my Denver accommodation
  • Booked my flight from Denver to Santa Fe

 

USA 2015 – Travel planning part 5.

Miracle worker

L'Oreal 7 in 1 saviour

I absolutely adore nail polish but I can’t say I feel the same way about the process of painting my fingernails. It’s hard to make it look neat then it chips on me in mere days, so while I love having painted nails it never feels quite worth the effort. I’ve tried Shellac but can’t stand the removal process and how it damages my nails. So I find myself at an impasse.

I bought the L’Oreal 7 in 1 Nail Saviour at the supermarket the other night because it was on sale. I didn’t expect huge things from it but boy, was I wrong. Two coats and my nails look perfectly polished, with the merest hint of a white opaque finish. They’re smooth and glossy and look absolutely well groomed (even though I know they’re really not). I can’t comment too much on how the product affects the strength and condition of my nails but on looks alone, this one gets two perfectly painted thumbs up.

Miracle worker

Things I bought #24.

striped

This has been a super quiet week – probably the quietest on record. Only the one purchase on any front, which is pretty remarkable. I’ve been busy in a good way, not the bad busy that makes you want to buy things to reward yourself. Might need a few more of those weeks.

Given we’re now a the half-way point of the year, a quick review shows I’ve bought 58 items in 2015 which seems like a lot. That encompasses everything from earrings to shoes to dresses to sunglasses. If I added it to my wardrobe, it’s included. I’ve also continued to cull a lot of pieces but I’d still like to cut down a lot more right across the board. I’m trying to be a lot more thoughtful about what I buy rather than just grabbing something because I love it (or it’s on sale) and then realising I have plenty of similar things already.

58 Zara Navy and White Striped Long Sleeved Tee $18 – I was wandering in Zara before dinner  through the week and picked this up on sale. I have a similar one I bought at Gap about four years ago that’s on it’s last legs so this will be a replacement. I couldn’t find a picture online but it’s a nice light cotton with a looser fit that is more navy with a white stripe than vice versa. A good staple. It’s not quite like the one in the photo above but you get the drift.

 

Things I bought #24.