Honestly I could just leave this post with the title and you’d know exactly my thoughts on Go-To Skincare. This Christmas my sister hit it out of the ball park by getting me a giant box of Go-To goodies. I gasped as soon as I ripped back the wrapping paper, recognising their iconic peach packaging before I even saw the name. “Ohmygodnoyoudidn’t!!” was the first thing I said. Every day since late December I’ve been using Go-To, and while I feel like you should wait around a month before giving a final verdict on a new skincare product, I just can’t wait that long. The world needs to know how bloody good Go-To is.
I feel weirdly pressured to set myself some wildly exciting goals for 2019? What’s up with that? 2018 was the biggest year of my life, and while I’m so happy to finally chill out and catch my breath, I feel this random pressure that if my goals aren’t sensational enough, I’m not preparing myself for a great year? Someone please tell me they feel the same. Anyway, here’s what I genuinely want to do in 2019. This is the first time in what, 15 years (??) that I won’t be studying, and while it feels surreal to not set goals around what kind of marks I want to get, it mainly feels super liberating. Keep reading to see how I went with what I set myself in 2018, and to know what are my goals for the year ahead.
What has been perhaps my favourite year ever has come to a close, so here is my highlights reel. My heart feels so full scrolling through this finished thing – also word of warning, grab a snack as she’s long.
Some quick facts: 1. I never know what to title this annual post where I discuss my favourite non-beauty related things from the year that was. 2. I despise taking a photo for these posts because I just can’t really like… capture anything fully, unlike a beauty post (please enjoy this shot of my wall in my bedroom). And finally, 3. Last year’s edition has 228 likes? Making it my second most popular post ever? Only beaten out by my Valentine’s Day Brownies on 461 likes purely because WordPress promoted it once? I’ve seen it all. Why did that post go so damn hard? The scientific reason: I dunno. But I do know that I love knowing this kind of stuff about people. I love knowing what podcast makes you fist pump the air when you see a new episode has been uploaded. I love knowing which new YouTuber you’ve just discovered who has managed to restore your faith in the platform. I love knowing which live performance burnt itself into your mind, what novel had you fighting sleep to finish and which album was there for you countless times throughout the year. Here are my favourite lifestyle bits from 2018.
Another year, another 12 months of makeup hauls, reviews and holy grail discoveries. Compared to previous years, I feel like my beauty purchases were definitely about quality over quantity. 2018 was the year I finally tried some cult favourite products, like MAC Fix+ and Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes, and I for once dived head first into the world of primers, something I’ve held off from for… well, forever. Below are what I consider to be the best of the best of what I’ve purchased in the last year. These are my All Star players in my collection, each one performing its best and creating a beauty fantasy league in my makeup bag. Without even realising it, I managed to pick a favourite product from pretty much every category, from primers to foundations, blushes and lipsticks. Keep reading to see what beauty picks I highly recommend as we move into 2019!
We’re right in the middle of the silly season. Westfield carparks are chock-a-block, the Drive Slow For Sam speed sign near my house is now sporting a Santa hat (pure!), and I’m dying to whip up another batch of my annual Christmas Tree Brownies – it’s all happening. You’re also most likely buying gifts for
yourself your loved ones, which brings us to this post.
A couple of weeks ago Brisbane creative Jasmine Dowling published her Gift Guide which had a heavy emphasis on shopping locally this Christmas. As I was reading her post, I realised just how many small businesses I’ve discovered and keep up with through Instagram. I’m constantly browsing the colourful feeds of their products, bookmarking the items I’m obsessed with and don’t want to lose, and sending their posts to my friends who I think would love their newest release. After buying myself a bunch of items from independent brands and seeing Jasmine’s post, I was inspired to share 6 businesses here that I’ve been following for the better part of this year. They’re all from Australia, they’re all independent, and they’re all female owned! If you find some Christmas items through this post, fantastic, but I also hope you become just as big of a fan of these women and their incredible work as I am.
Whoa whoa whoa, I thought as I frowned at phone, does Morphe actually have an Australian website now? If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a couple of weeks ago on my Stories that I discovered Morphe has completely upped its game. Morphe’s always been this brand I’ve shrugged off. Their international shipping costs used to be double whatever product you were buying, their 35 shade palettes were overwhelming to look at, and every YouTube beauty guru and their mums has a commission discount code, making me question the authenticity of reviews. So I never thought I’d be a #MorpheBabe – until James Charles came into the picture. Waltzing in head-to-toe in his Sisters Apparel, James and his new rainbow themed palette had me for once genuinely wanting a slice of the Morphe pie. FREE AUSTRALIAN SHIPPING OVER $60 sealed the damn deal, and now we’re here. After selling out internationally within hours, the palette will be restocked Thursday December 6th at 8am PST (I think that translates into 2am Australian time – cue gentle weeping). Since it’s coming back, I thought I’d get my review up to help you decided whether to buy it or not, but let’s be real, I love it and am just going to gush over it. If you enjoy this review please give it a “like” so I know, and lets get into the palette!