my summer favourites

Friday, January 25, 2013

I've been wanting to do one of those posts for what seems like forever, I love to read them so I thought you would enjoy this one! This Summer has been a whirlwind of experimenting with new products, finding hidden treasures in opshops and taking in the delicious Summer heat (well, most of the time it has been pleasant!). Probably the highlight of my Summer has been moving to a beautiful, new house and also finally reaching my goal of getting a camera. I've been using it a lot lately, experimenting with manual settings and I'm going to buy the supplies for this tutorial tomorrow - I'm so excited, I'll be sure to share with you the results if it's a success!

Favourite perfumes: Miss Dior Cherie EDP and Daisy (Marc Jacobs replica, gift from Izzy)

I've had my lovely bottle of Miss Dior since my 15th birthday in February of last year... it's such a delicate, feminine fragrance perfect for day and night. This will always be my signature scent ♥ 
Daisy was a gift from Izzy for Christmas and smells gorgeous! A versatile fragrance for all year 'round.

 Favourite nail polish combination: Essence Snow White collection sparkles $4, Cutex Ice Mocha nail polish $1
You all know how much of a big fan I am of sparkly nails! This combination of a pretty peach and gold glitter is a particular favourite of mine as it is very subtle and flattering for so many different skin types. I love both these nail polishes too... they are so affordable but the quality is marvellous! 

 Favourite blush and eyeshadow: Bourjois blush in 'Rose Tentation' $19, Bourjois eyeshadow in 'Beige Rose' $19
I've had both of these for such a long time, but they never fail me! The blush is perfect for adding a very subtle flush of pink to my cheeks, and this eyeshadow is such a necessity for brightening up my eyes, highlighting my brow bone and evening out my skin tone.

 Favourite lip products: Revlon lip butter in 'Raspberry Pie' $20, Australis Mineral lipstick in 'Cha-Cha' $10

These two lipsticks are my favourites ever by far! I purchased the Australis lipstick about a week ago and at first didn't like it as it had a strange soapy taste, but adored the rich pretty colour. I found a solution to that problem though by wearing vanilla lip balm over the top. Not only did it help with the yucky soap taste, but it melted the colouring into my lips creating a stained effect that lasted all day. Bonus! I've had this Revlon lip butter for a few months now and I find it photographs wonderfully and moisturises really well.

 Favourite body scrub and moisturiser: Sportsgirl Scrub Up! $10, Sportsgirl Butter Dream $10

Oh my gosh, I love these two together so much! The body scrub smells divine (good enough to eat!) and even better, it's pink! It's perfect for knees and elbows. The vanilla body butter is amazing too, ideal for replenishing the skin after exfoliation. Leaving it 1000x silkier. I'm thinking about doing a giveaway with these two products because I know that Sportsgirl isn't available everywhere. What you think? :) 

 Favourite accessories: Alannah Hill bow clip (Christmas gift from my sister), vintage purse from an opshop for 20c (nope, I'm not kidding!), thrifted ladybird ring 50c, thrifted hand painted cameo brooch $2, bracelets from top: thrifted $1, Lovisa set $5, silver bangle gift from my Mum 

Being on holidays is the perfect time for op-shopping. I've been so many times... discovering new shops and finding beautiful, vintage treasures that cost me less than a chai latte at my favourite coffee shop. It's also very convenient finishing work after lunch when the op-shops are relatively deserted and close by. I think the purse is my favourite, not only because it cost me 20c, but because my Grandma has exactly the same one and I've been coveting it for such a while, now I have my own!

Have a lovely day! If you have an questions, comments or post suggestions, please let me know by sending me an email: :) xoxo


Julia Isabella said...

Great post Maria! You'll have to tell me where this magical op shop is! I would love to pay a visit! :) x

dunia kecil indi said...

wow, maria.. you had alotta great product and stuff!! :) looks like you live in the fairytale world. always love your post. inspiring :)

Anonymous said...

You should most definitely do a giveaway for those two scrubs/moisturises - I have wanted them both for ages!!
Emily x x x

Sasha said...

This post is so good! And you definitely have a good hand in photography! :) The giveaway would be just awesome!

Lucia Flores said...

Love your favorites Maria! I'm in love with that cute wallet omg! It's just too cute!!

Have a nice weekend!

XOXO from the Netherlands,

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fashion-meets-art said...

wow- really nice pieces.
gorgeous <3

Can I invite you to my GIVEAWAY ???:

Daniel Wellington watch


nanawintour said...

You have the prettiest trinkets & things Maria! That gold polish is so pretty!! I agree with Jane, you should definitely give away the Sportsgirl things as they both look & smell amazing, I nearly bought them when I was in Qld last year!!

S ♥

Yasmin said...

I've been looking for a good lipstick and now that you and Izzy both recommend the revlon one, I think I may go for it!
You should definitely do a giveaway for the scrubs/moisturisers cause we don't have sportsgirl in england!

Katie Frank said...

So many treatments, I love essence nail polishes! These are so magic ! I have two <3

Anonymous said...

You've found so many pretty things - I love the glittery nail varnish too x

Unknown said...

Lovely post,

love that wallet and that brooch! I'm a sucker for those kind of brooches :)

x Audrey

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

your new vintage purse is so pretty, what a find! I wish we had opshops like that here in the UK, nothing is that cheap! xx

Leah said...

Oh I love that cameo brooch - they're my favourite type of brooch. :) The sportsgirl body butters are amazing and I agree, the smell makes you want to eat them! I've yet to try the Revlon lip butters but I've heard great things about them, so I'll have to nosy around for them. x

Valeria said...

So many lovely things :)
I love essence nail polishes, they have some amazingly pretty colours in their range.
That bodybutter & scrub seem pretty great, they have delighful colours.
I wish we had bourjois here in Italy too :)

That op shop must be some sort of wonderland :) that vintage purse is to die for :)


Life's a shoe said...

this is such a pretty post! loving it!

claire said...

I love those two perfumes as well, they smell so good, I'm almost scared of using mine because I don't want them to run out! And yes yes yes do a giveaway with that lion and scrub, I'd enter! I wish that there was sportsgirls in the united states! (p.s. happy australia day!) xxx

SARAH said...

your body products look divine! must see if they sell any of those or something similar in the UK. i also love the little embroidered purse you found in an op-shop. so pretty!


Katie Burry said...

What a fun post! You're making me long for summer!! I'm so over the cold temps here. :(

And I think a giveaway with those two products would be awesome! I've never heard of that brand before, and I'd love a chance to try it!