Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford said it best and who doesn’t love treating themselves every once in a while?! I know I certainly do! Since my internship ended back in April and I became an employee in May, I’ve had the privilege of being able to indulge in a few nice things again and it’s felt really, really good. There were things that had been on my wishlist for years that I’ve finally been able to splurge on, products that were bought to replace old ones I had used up and a few homeware bits to spruce up my bedroom and desk area. Seeing as though it was also my birthday not too long ago, I figured that justified splashing out a little as well, so across beauty, style and lifestyle, here are the things that I’ve treated myself to lately.
2018 has seen me really cut back on how much I indulge in new beauty products, particularly when in comes to makeup. In fact, I haven’t shown you any new makeup at all this year (apart from my NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette) and even then, I wouldn’t say it’s enough to warrant a whole post of its own. In saying that though, I did receive a few Mecca gift cards for my birthday, so expect a separate beauty haul once I’ve spent them!
When I began my new job, the very first two things I bought with my first pay cheque were the Diptyque Eau Rose Hand Cream (no link as it’s not available at Mecca anymore for some reason) and Diptyque Roses Candle. In case you can’t remember or you’re new to my blog, Diptyque’s rose scent is my all-time favourite scent ever and I think out of everything I could’ve bought off my wishlist, these were the most special to me. Mecca have only very recently starting stocking the mini Diptyque candles too (prior to this, you could only buy them in the Baies, Figuier and Roses set) and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. A lot sweeter in comparison to both the hand cream and the perfume (these have more of a fresh rose scent), it sits beautifully upon my bedside table and out of all the candle brands, Diptyque is definitely my favourite. As for the hand cream, this was bought to replace my Byredo La Tulipe Hand Cream that I used up. I love having hand cream everywhere in the house, so this one sits at my desk and as the packaging is so beautiful, I even consider it a bit of a decor piece! In terms of the quality, you really can’t go wrong with Diptyque; it smells absolutely divine and is so nourishing, it leaves my hands feeling supple and soft.
Another thing that I picked up with my first pay cheque is the Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Colour in Young Adonis. A few months ago, my friend from Melbourne came to visit and as she works at David Jones gets a reasonable staff discount, she asked if there was anything I’d like her to buy me and bring over. Knowing just how expensive Tom Ford beauty is, getting it discounted was too good an opportunity to pass up!
I had been on the hunt for my perfect sparkly eyeshadow for a good few months; I wanted something that was neither too cool or too warm so that it was versatile with all my makeup and I was after a cream formula so that I could potentially use it as an eyeshadow topper. In all my research, this was the only thing that came closest to what I was after and although it’s absurdly overpriced for what it is (hooray for my friend’s discount!), I’m absolutely over the moon with it! The cream shadow housed on the bottom is a soft, light brown with warm undertones, but the silvery glitter makes it more neutral on my complexion. It’s beautifully shimmery and also has good staying power if I use my NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base underneath (on its own, it does tend to crease). On the top is a powder eyeshadow, which is more like a glittery topper, and I’ve come to really enjoy these this past year. There’s something so mesmerising about glittery eyeshadow and the combination of two creates the dreamiest look ever. For work, I’ll wear the cream on its own for a quick one-wash colour, but if I’m going out, I’ll pair the two with some matte brown eyeshadows and smoke it out to create something sultry. It’s ended up being quite the all-rounder, so definitely worth the money to me!
Not too long ago, Myer had an offer where if you spent $100 on certain beauty brands, you’d receive a $20 Myer One rewards card - another opportunity too good to pass up! Ticking a couple of things off the wishlist, I repurchased my beloved MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark (not pictured because I don’t consider restocks as treats!) and also bought the MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Well Bred Brown, totalling up to $100 exactly! I had been looking for my perfect peachy nude lipstick for over a year and as someone who doesn’t have a fair complexion, it was quite difficult finding something that wouldn’t look like concealer lips on me (it needs to have more of a brown base to suit my skin). The first time I swatched Well Bred Brown, however, I knew this was the one and I love it so much more than initially anticipated! This is the second lipstick I own from the MAC Liptensity range (I also have Smoked Almond) and I think it’s wonderful. They’re opaque, comfortable on the lips and neither too matte nor too sheeny.
On my quest for the perfect peachy nude lipstick, I also came across MAC’s Lipstick in Touch. I actually bought this all the way back in January and I even did Back 2 MAC for it, but I thought I’d throw it in this post, anyway, since I haven’t mentioned it on my blog yet. Described as a “peachy cinnamon” and with a comfortable lustre finish, it’s deeper than Well Bred Brown and less “creamy” in tone, if that makes any sense. With these two MAC lipsticks (as well as the MAC Lipstick in Taupe, which I bought last year), I now feel like like I’m set in the peachy nude department and I haven’t felt the desire to add any other sort of lipstick to my wishlist since!
After running out of my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, I decided to replace it with the Surratt Auto Graphique Eyeliner in Chat Noir. I’m not going to lie, the fact that its name combines two of my favourite things in life (cats and anything French) definitely persuaded me a little, but I was also intrigued by the brush that’s inspired by Japanese calligraphy pens. Sharp, precise and difficult to mess up, I don’t really mind if my eyeliner is uneven; once you’ve put mascara on, you can barely tell anyway, but I seem to get it right every time with this one. I love how black it is and even with being incredibly long-lasting, it’s still really easy to remove with a simple swipe of Bioderma. Once you’ve used it up, instead of splashing out on a whole new one, you can simply buy an Eyeliner Refill for a third of the price. Yay to both less money and less wastage!
I had been out of a body scrub for well over a year since using up my Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub, and the reason for that was because I was waiting to splash out on the Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish. At $59.95, it’s definitely not cheap for what is it and you could totally make your own for a fraction of the cost, but my birthday was coming up, I wanted to feel my best and it had been on my wishlist for about three years! I took this as the perfect time to treat myself and I’m loving finally having it in my life. Not only does the Coco Rose Body Polish combine two of my favourite scents, rose and coconut, but the scrub itself feels absolutely luxurious (not too abrasive, but enough to get the job done) and it leaves behind a light layer of oil that’s super nourishing. Housed in a minimalistic glass jar and with the scrub being pink in colour (derived from pink clay), there’s also no denying how stunning the packaging is. I suppose it’s not the most practical thing for the shower, but I’m one of those people who appreciates aesthetics over convenience in beauty products and I always look after my things really well, anyway!
Another thing that I wanted to invest in to look and feel good on my birthday was jewellery. In the last two or three years or so, I’ve ended up completely culling my jewellery collection and there was a lot I got rid of that either wasn’t my style anymore or wasn’t the best quality and needed to be thrown away. Not one to spend a lot of money on designer jewellery pieces, but also not one who doesn’t like buying jewellery from fast fashion stores, the middle ground I meet at is Etsy. It feels really nice to support small businesses and I can search for exactly what I’m after all while not having to sacrifice on quality or affordability.
My style when it comes to jewellery is very dainty and minimal, and I also prefer silver as I think it suits my skin tone better. As I’m no longer into my big gemstone rings or anything rose gold, I wanted to buy some smaller gemstone rings as well as some plain stacking rings; I love the way they look together and they’re great for mixing and matching too. I bought the Silver Stacking Ring Set and the Textured Opal Stacking Ring from Full Moon Jewellery and from Indiana Fox, a few dainty gemstone stacking rings in rose quartz, rainbow moonstone, blue lace agate and aquamarine. Although sapphire is my birthstone, I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of dark blue, so I stick with what I like and go for the lighter gemstone colours instead.
Since my jewellery declutters, I’ve been really lacking in the necklace department, especially when it comes to dainty pieces. With already owning a few longer gemstone necklaces, I thought it’d be nice to get some shorter ones that I could layer with them, so I picked up the Short Skinny Slim Straight Sideways Bar Necklace from Matoto and the Tiny Gemstone Necklace in rose quartz from Delicate Layers. After wanting new jewellery for years now, it feels so nice to finally have some new pieces that not only feel more me, but that I also think elevate my style. I still have a few earrings and necklaces that I want to buy from GLDNxLayeredAndLong, but for now, I feel like my jewellery collection is in a good place and it’s made me really enjoy accessorising my outfits again.
Still on style and something you could say relates to jewellery, I also bought this adorable Record Cat Pin from Pigeonhole. I love browsing around knick knack kind-of shops and I’d definitely consider Pigeonhole one of my favourites for the unique and independent brands they stock. I wouldn’t say I’m hugely into pins and this is the only one I own so far, but I just couldn’t resist the cuteness! Cats and music definitely sum me up pretty well and this also leads me onto the next thing I’ve treated myself to lately.
As if beauty wasn’t already enough of an expensive hobby, I also have another one - record collecting! I’ve been collecting vinyl since before I even got my record player last year (I didn’t want to miss out on the limited edition Record Store Day ones), but definitely not as often as I wish I could. Since starting my job, however, I’ve indulged in three of my all-time favourite albums - Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Slowdive by Slowdive and Disintegration by The Cure. Being so expensive and with the nature of vinyl being to listen to the whole album in full, I only want to own my favourites, anyway, and regardless of price, it’s still a fun little hobby to have since music is basically my life. On the weekends, one of my favourite things to do is chill out in my room with a record on and it’s so peaceful and relaxing to be in my own company, my own space and with my music. I only own about 10 records all up so far and I’ve still got a lot on my wishlist, but I’ll eventually buy more all in good time!
It’s not very often that I’ll switch things up around the home; once I find a place for everything that both looks good and is practical, it will usually stay the same way for years at a time. Lately, however, I’ve been feeling kind of bored and as someone who considers themselves more of an introvert, it’s always been important to me to have my own space that feels cosy and makes me happy to be in.
I decided to freshen up my desk by adding and taking away a few things (you can see what it used to look like in my Home Updates post from last year), as well as buying the Stay Peachy Print by Jasmine Dowling. I’ve been a huge fan of her work since I pretty much began using Instagram and not only does it feel awesome to support another independent small business, but an Australian one at that. In case you’re wondering, I’ve framed it in the Arden II A3 Matted Frame from Freedom.
After using up my Hearts on Fire Candle from The Candle Library (it’s pink, has the same name as my favourite Cut Copy song and it smelt like roses!), I decided to repurpose the jar into a pen holder. I had been after a new pen holder for months and it was almost impossible to find anything I liked until I somehow discovered this candle. Obviously, the print and pen holder both fit into my whole blush pink colour scheme beautifully and it’s made my desk feel a thousand times more inspiring. It’s not somewhere I get to sit very often these days, but when I do, I love it and it’s a completely different feeling from sitting at my desk at work!
As well as decluttering a lot of my old jewellery, I also got rid of my old jewellery storage (you can see what it used to look like in an old Life Lately post) as it was also no longer to my tastes. To my replace my H&M marble ring dish (I still bloody love marble, just the real kind!), I bought the Country Road Tapas Condiment Bowl in Faded Pink. I couldn’t resist after seeing it on Jasmine Dowling’s Instagram (consider me influenced!) and it was just what I had been on the hunt for too! It holds my everyday jewellery such my watch and a few rings, and of course, you can never go wrong with pink!
Really enjoying the whole basket trend lately, I thought I would buy one to house my fiddle leaf fig in as well as replace some of my old storage. My fiddle leaf planter is the White Dipped Belly Basket from Olliella and underneath my dressing table is the the Mai Medium Basket from Freedom where I store my hair products and styling tools. I didn’t photograph these because where they’re placed in my room makes it awkward to photograph nicely close up, but the other two baskets I bought were the Onito Wastepaper Bin from Freedom, which is obviously, my new bin and the West Elm Open Weave Zigzag Basket, which is now my new laundry basket. I realise a bin and a laundry basket aren’t exactly treats, but even the dullest homeware purchases are still really exciting to me! If you’re someone who gets easily excited by all things homewares too and you’d like to see what they look like in my room, you can watch my ‘Interiors’ Instagram Story Highlights. As much as I love my white, I’m loving my room so much more now that I’ve toned it down a little and introduced more neutral colours. Things aren’t so stark anymore and I think it makes my room look more warm and inviting.
There’s nothing more I love than filling my room with beautiful fresh flowers, but when I was out of a job, it was a luxury I could no longer afford for a good few months. Now that I’m back in the workforce, it feels so nice to be able to treat myself to flowers again, especially when they’re The Little Posy Co. bouquets. A Perth flower delivery service offering a different style of bouquet each weekday, they come in three different sizes (I usually get the singles or the doubles) and are wrapped in beautiful brown paper and twine. Some people might say flowers are a waste of money as they don’t last long, but to me, it’s always worth it for the time that they do and The Little Posy Co. are also quite reasonably priced. It’s something I only indulge in once or twice a month, anyway, and there’s no denying how pretty they look in my blog photos too!
What have you treated yourself to lately?