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The other day when I filmed my latest YouTube haul I thought i’d film getting ready beforehand and do a bit of a tutorial/look… no not tutorial, you won’t learn anything new.

The main product featured is the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, I was playing around with this the other night and rediscovered my love for it. I also used a lot of the new products I mentioned in the haul, so if you want to see them in action go and give it a watch.

This video has taken me the longest to edit out of any i’ve ever done, I even did a voice-over! So i’d love it if you gave it a watch, liked it and maybe subscribe if you aren’t already.

 

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I picked this little gem up after I saw Bestival Blue on my girl Ange’s nails and needed it in my life, since it was 50% off Rimmel @ Priceline I felt it was my duty to pick up another colour and this is the shade I chose.

I only have a few of the Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polishes in my collection but I think I need to add more, not only do they bring out cool shades (like this beauty) but they are an absolute dream to apply, the brush is slightly bigger and flatter then a regular ol’ nail brush and it does the job quickly (especially on my freakishly small nails). Go Wild-Er-Ness is a 2 coat wonder, and the colour…wow. It’s a bright lilac shade that I think can be worn all year round, I mean see it paired with grey? Amazing!.

Wear time is also great, with my usual armour of Orly Bonder Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat I got a weeks wear with minimal tip wear. I actually am still wearing this shade 2 weeks later, let’s just say it’s not looking quite as good and i’m clearly very lazy this week.

There are actually a few other shades in this small Rita Ora collaboration collection that I wouldn’t mind picking up, so eyes peeled for more discounts! Although, full price these are a measly $5.95AUD. Get on it.

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I’ll start with the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Come Naturally (available from Priceline & Target for a mere $4.70). I think this may be a limited edition shade but if you scavenge through your local Essence stands you may find one. The shade is one of those soft greigey, mauvey shades that are quite on trend at the moment. The formula is a satin finish and feels hydrating on the lips. I don’t think i’d really call it longlasting but for a lipstick under $5 it does a pretty good job.

After wearing it a few times I thought to myself how amazing would this be as a matte lipstick, so I went about and did a little research on how to transform a lipstick into a matte shade. I then stumbled across the Australis Matte Me Mattifying Lipstick Base (RRP $12.95AUD), I’d seen this in store before and really not given it a second thought, big mistake HUGE. This is awesome, you simply pop this over your lips to matte them out and then apply any lipstick on top and it turns them matte. What is this trickery?

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A couple of things to note though – you can do this same thing with baby powder, and i’m pretty sure that is one of the main ingredients in this lipstick, I just think it’s just easier to pop this on the lips underneath the shade you want to matte out. It does also lighten the colour slightly, as well as being slightly drying so make sure before you use it you’ve prepped your lips. The wear time also isn’t as great as from the bullet matte lipsticks, and it doesn’t really work too well with lipsticks that have a glossy/high shine finish, satin formulas seem to work the best.

All these things aside though, this is for sure a game changer!

I’ve also put a couple of swatches of it using some other lipsticks in my collection so you can see what I mean by it working more so for lipsticks with a satin finish. The first lipstick swatch is straight from the bullet, the 2nd swatch is with the Australis Matte Me Mattifying Lipstick Base underneath. From the left the shades used were Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Come Naturally, Face of Australia Lipstick in Malibu Barbie & Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart.

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I can’t wait to try this with so many more of my lipsticks! Have you tried it and it worked amazing with any colours? Let me know!

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I usually post my videos on here as I publish them on YouTube but i’ve been a bit slack lately, so here’s a roundup of a few videos you might have missed.

Empties! – Everyone loves an empties video, here I go through a big bag of empty or old products that need to be binned. So satisfying 🙂

Blindfolded Makeup Challenge W/ Beauty Blogged – Oh my, Ange and I finally filmed a couple of videos together and the results were hilarious (well to us anyway). Check this out if you are in need of a good laugh. We have plans to film more videos together in the future because it was so fun. Any requests are welcome!

Beanboozled Challenge – This is on Ange’s channel, but I had to add it… I honestly was crying with tears from laughter when I was editing this one. So so funny!

Affordable Make Up Haul – I love filming haul videos, they are also my favourite to watch. This is some new stuff i’ve bought and a bit of a sneaky into what i’ll be reviewing on the blog soon. I think I’m a bit out of focus in this one, but it’s a haul so doesn’t really matter…right?. I also filmed the makeup look I did and was going to try and do a video with a voiceover, we will see if that see’s the light of day though.

Do you guys have any recommendations for videos I should be checking out, or even any requests for videos? I’m trying to film 2 each Sunday so I have a bit of a backlog in case I fall behind.

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hearty winter soup recipeCurrently we’re in the midst of winter in Sydney, and what’s better in the cold weather than a hearty winter soup to warm the cockles. This is my go-to recipe mainly because you can chop and change it to use up veggies you already have in your fridge or just put in whatever you feel like (or is on special that week).

I like to use my slow cooker for this recipe and let it cook for 8 hours, you can still use a big pot on the stove top but my preferred method is slow cooker.

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I used the following for my soup, like I said before this soup is really customisable to your taste preferences.

INGREDIENTS

1L of stock, I use a combination of 500ml Chicken Sock & 500ml Vegetable stock

Vegetables – you can really use whatever you have but I always make sure to put 2 x sticks of Celery and 1 x Carrot because it gives such a nice flavour. I also added in another Carrot, Parsnip, Green Beans (fresh from the garden!), Swede, Sweet Potato & Kale (also fresh from the garden).

Beans & Legumes – I always put whole green lentils in, for this batch I used 1 Cup but I generally usually only use 1/2 Cup. I also like to add in some beans, this time I used tinned butter beans.

Pasta/Quinoa – I used Quinoa (trying to be a bit healthier) and I suggest using 1/2 Cup. I also really like using risoni pasta as well (carrrrrrrbs!).

Herbs – I always use a Bay Leaf or 2, Mixed Italian Herbs and some fresh garlic and pepper.

Smoked Ham Hock – If you’re a vegetarian, you can skip this but if you’re not you must add this in. I think the Ham Hock is the star of the dish, it gives all of the flavour and a delicious salty taste (don’t add any extra salt).

METHOD

All you need to do is chop up your vegetables (try and keep them a similar size so they cook evenly). Add all the vegetables to the pot but hold back on the Kale for now, you’ll be adding that later.

Add your Lentils and Beans.

Cover the vegies with the 1L of stock & add your herbs to taste (I generally just eyeball it and I probably use a lot more garlic than the average person… Love it!).

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Give it a big stir and add in your ham hock, making sure that the liquid completely covers it. If it’s coming up a bit short just add in a little bit of water (trust me, there will be so much flavour in this soup you won’t even notice).

Pop the lid on and set your slow cooker to low. Keep giving it a stir every couple of hours (it’s not essential but I kind of like tasting it every few hours anyway to see if it needs anything else).

At around hour 6 check the Ham Hock and if the meat is falling away from the bone you need to take it out. Now you need to remove the skin from the ham hock, remove all the bones and shred all the delicious meat and put it back in the pot. Bin the skin and bones…yuck! If your Ham Hock is still resisting coming away from the bone, give it some more time and just check it every half hour (it’ll get there eventually).

At hour 7 you can now add in your Quinoa or Pasta & give everything a good stir. You can also throw in your Kale now or any other quick cooking vegetable you might be adding like Spinach, Cabbage etc. Taste again to see if you need to add any seasoning, or just so you can see how great your soup tastes by now 🙂

By the 8th hour it should be good and cooked, serve up with some delicious fresh bread. You’ll likely have leftovers for lunch the next few days (this recipe makes a huge batch). It tastes even better then next day.

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