‘Round and ’round like a horse on a Carousell

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Today, I’m going to be talking about an app that I think everyone who hoards things needs. I collect a lot of makeup and part of that is because I love it and part of it is because I want to talk about new things on my blog a lot but lately I’ve been watching A LOT of project pans, declutter, and minimalism videos on YouTube and I’ve become inspired to downsize my collection a bit. Especially with my Journey to Cruelty-Free. I’d originally been using Depop to try to sell some things but I never made much from it so I found a new app called Carousell and within the last week I made over $100+ so I just HAD to talk about it with you. This post isn’t sponsored, it’s just a friendly suggestion to those who want to make money and turn trash into treasure!

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Full Face Using Only Highlighters Challenge!

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I’m sure that you’ve seen this challenge everywhere because it’s really been done to death BUT it is also super fun and if you want to give it a go, don’t let over production stop you! This challenge started after Mariya on posted a video using only highlighters and it became a meme on Instagram! Since then, YouTubers and bloggers have been attempting to recreate it with their own highlighters! It’s super fun and it was a great way for me to use some highlighters that I haven’t used in a little bit! I hope that you enjoy!

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Review: theBalm Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturiser

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On my quest to find a good base product that is cruelty free and easily available, I stumbled across one of my favourite brand’s tinted moisturisers and I thought I’d give it a go! I’ve never used a tinted moisturiser but I am familiar with Asian BB creams and from reviews, this product is supposed to have pretty decent pigmentation and lasts well. I put it to the test and I’m ready to talk about the results!

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Journey to Cruelty Free #1

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So, since becoming vegetarian, I really wanted to think about the makeup and skincare that I was using. I know that being a vegetarian doesn’t eliminate all of the cruelty involved in my eating habits but in the effort to minimise the hurt that I’m creating, I wanted to try to start using majority cruelty free products. I’m not doing this to make myself better than anyone else. This is just a personal preference that I believe aligns with my personal beliefs.

I plan on making this a sort of series where I update you all on my progress and my planning. In this post, I am going to identify what brands in my collection are cruelty free and to what degree they are cruelty free (brand doesn’t test/sell in China, parent company doesn’t sell in China, vegan). A lot of brands don’t test but their parent company sells to countries (China) where it is law to test on animals, so you’re still more or less buying into cruelty. I hope that this is helpful, I am only including brands that I personally use so this isn’t everything that is cruelty free by any means. This is already going to be the longest post ever haha. I hope that you enjoy the post!

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MOTD: Christmas Looks

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For the last post on Pastelsparkles for 2015, I thought that I’d share the makeup looks that I did over Christmas. I went to four Christmas related events over the last week so I thought I’d share a few of the makeup looks that I wore. I only have photos for two of the four because the last two events were me rushing to get ready/not so interesting looks haha. I hope that you enjoy!

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The first look was from Christmas Eve for my Christmas celebrations with my Italian family. I had a really great night with that side of my family. The second look is from Christmas day when I spent the day with my boyfriend’s family. I also wore Santa earrings from Cabochons n’ Crystals by Sherrell Burford. I’d definitely recommend supporting this little store because they’re local and affordable!

Christmas Eve Makeup Run Down:

L’Oreal Mattifying Base
L’Oreal Magic Touch Blur
CoverGirl 3 in 1 Foundation in 805
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair
Australis Fresh n Flawless in Light Beige
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Savvy Blush in Plum
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Chi Chi Brow Pomade
Inglot Eyeshadows
Inglot Pure Pigment shadow in 85
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liquid Liner
Essence Multi-Action Volume Mascara
eBay lashes
Jeffree Star Androgyny

Christmas Day Makeup Run Down:

L’Oreal Mattifying Base
L’Oreal Magic Touch Blur
CoverGirl 3 in 1 Foundation in 805
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15 Fair
Australis Fresh n Flawless in Light Beige
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Savvy Blush in Plum
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Chi Chi Brow Pomade
Inglot Eyeshadows
Shiro Cosmetics Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liquid Liner
Essence Multi-Action Volume Mascara
eBay lashes
Jeffree Star Hoe Hoe Hoe

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I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrated! I also wanted to thank everyone for an amazing year of blogging. I am so thankful for the support that you’ve all given me and I cannot wait for next year!

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MOTD: Adele’s Hello

Hello… It’s me.

This song absolutely blew up on the internet and is still being sung constantly by pretty much everyone and their dog and I thought that it was about time that I honoured Adele’s gorgeous eyeliner and cheekbone contour by trying to recreate the look that she wore in the music video! I hope that you enjoy!

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I used this Nikkie Tutorials tutorial to help me recreate this look. Because I was using this tutorial as a guide, I was also using a few elements that Nikkie was using from Adele’s SNL performance, like the glitter eyeliner.

 Slimming down the moon that is my face and clean eyeliner that suits hooded eyes are two things that I cherish. They’re also two things that Adele’s iconic makeup features. Michael Ashton is her regular makeup artist but I’m not sure if he was the makeup artist for this music video. If anyone knows who it was, I’d really appreciate it!

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Products Used:

L’Oreal Matte Primer
L’Oreal Miracle Touch Blur
Revlon ColorStay Oily/Combo in Ivory
Innoxa Under Eye Concealer
Australis Fresh N Flawless
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows
(Vanilla Bean, Preppy, Barcelona Beach, Shimma Shimma, Ice Queen)
Chi Chi Brow Pomade in Blonde and Medium Brown
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Wing liner
NYX Glitter Liner in Silver
Essence Multi-Action Volume Mascara
MAC Blankety

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I don’t tend to go so heavy with my neutral eye makeup but I was loving how this turned out. With a nice set of falsies, this look would be perfect! I love the song and I adore the makeup. I also loved taking some photos of myself where I wasn’t being my regular, cutesy self.

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Thank you so much for reading my post and I hope that you are all having a fantastic day!

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Birthday Beauty Wishlist!

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A week from today, it’ll be my 21st birthday! I am actually terrible at telling people what I would like for my birthday or Christmas. I always have a mental blank.  Even while I was writing this post, I had serious mental blanks and it was very frustrating haha. So, to help me decide what to spend money on and start getting excited about my birthday even though we are in the middle of uni exams, I decided I’d make a little post about everything that I’m lusting over at the moment!

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theBalmMary-Lou Manizer

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I’ve lusted after this product for so long now and there really is no reason for me not to pick this up. I keep going into David Jones and swatching it on my hand and crying a little bit over how pretty it looks. I guess part of it is that it is always out of stock because it is so popular but when it is in stock, I don’t run after it. So dumb. She will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine~

Marc JacobsDaisy Dream Forever

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I smelt this perfume the other day while I was with my mum and I fell in love with it. It is nice and sweet and I think that it would be perfect for spring and summer!

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It’s no secret that I love MUG shadows but I always get overwhelmed by all of the pretty colours and I can’t decide what I am after. Now that they’ve released new Duo Chrome and Matte eyeshadows, I know I have a lot of new shadows to pick up! I am just so in love with the colours and I think that all of these will fit in my z-palette. Fingers crossed!

LUSH – Christmas Items

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As I’ve said before, I can’t get enough of the LUSH Christmas items. I just think that they are absolutely adorable and Yog Nog is a must have scent. Even thought I own the bath bomb and the soap, I will need more of it before the season is over! I also really want Peeking Santa and Cinders, which I purchased last year and loved! It is pretty safe to get me anything that is from the LUSH Christmas range, I’m sure I’ll love it!

Bonus items:

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer and 3DS!

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I have been very excited for this game since I first heard about it. I traded in my Animal Crossing New Leaf and I was pretty upset about it because I follow a lot of Animal Crossing accounts on instagram. So now is my time to shine as an interior decorator haha. This new ds is being released on the 5th of November, just after my birthday. So I’m pretty excited about it. Happy birthday from Nintendo!

DisneyTsum Tsums

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There are tonnes of cute tsum tsums out at the moment and this new set of Harajuku themed Tsums has my heart. There are tonnes of tsums that I want! I really want Figaro from Pinocchio but he might have been limited to the the set sold at D23 this year.

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this post. If you have any ideas for what I might like to pick up for my birthday, that’d be fantastic.

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