What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

When it comes to makeup I generally always keep it low key. Sometimes I have fun playing with bold colours and styles, but I almost always come back to a very natural and clean look.

For travelling, I obviously go very natural and minimal, but also super fuss free. I use multi-functional products, and as little as I can.

My skin has the tendency to freak out when we travel, so I do need a fair amount of coverage, but I don’t like spending forever doing my makeup. Especially because I’m usually swimming at some point during the day.

And as we’re usually out a lot of the day, I like creating a look that is versatile for both day and night.

With that said, let’s take a look at what’s in my travel makeup bag!

The first thing I always take travelling with me is Lucas Paw Paw Ointment. This product is my saviour for so many things. I put it on my lips, cheeks and sometimes on my eyebrows to keep them in place. I also use it for any small grazes or cuts, and put it on my cuticles and eyelashes each night before bed.

I always take eyelash curlers with me, as well as a spooli for my eyebrows, a beauty blender, and a powder brush. All essentials.

As for makeup, I love to use Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. It’s light and makes my skin glowy. I also find it the application really easy and it sinks in almost instantly.

For under my eyes and minor blemishes, I use Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. It brightens dark circles and covers uneven skin fast!

For more serious blemishes and acne, I use Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry your skin out, while still maintaining an even coverage.

To add some depth to my face, I always use Chi Chi Natural Wall of Shimmer. It gives you a nice beachy glow without being super pigmented.

After I’ve curled my lashes, I add a light slick of Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara. My eyelashes are uneven and slightly gappy so this is my least favourite part.

I’ll then run a spooli through my eyebrows and lightly fill in the gaps and with Covergirl Brow and Eyemakers Pencil. I sometimes have to brush my eyebrows again with the spooli after.

To finish off I use Maybelline Baby Lips which I reapply as needed throughout the day.

And that’s what I take in my travel makeup bag! It only really takes me five to ten minutes to apply my makeup, which means more time spent exploring and trying new things!

I would love to know if you have any favourite travel friendly products in your makeup bag!

Sharni X

 

The Honey I’m Obsessed With Right Now

Lately I’ve been slowly transitioning to a sugar-free kitchen. (I say kitchen because I still use sugar in my homemade mocha body scrub – more on that soon!) I’ve wanted to use less sugar for a while now, and as I work with children (and bake treats for them) I figured why not start now?

I was finding it hard to get that sweetness I’m craving in recipes without sugar in my house, until I stumbled across Beechworth’s new honey range in my local supermarket. The first thing that attracted me to this honey was FOR SURE the packaging. I hate buying honey in plastic tubs, so I was happy to find a lot of their range is sold in glass jars that I can re-use (think salads, vases, snacks, D.I.Y. Christmas gifts). Another thing I loved is the different varieties of honey available. I originally bought the Coastal, the Outback and the Meadow Honey as they’re all light and relatively sweet, but I’ve since bought even more – some darker honey with more depth (the Macadamia Honey and the Blackberry Honey), as well as some sweeter honey with fun flavours (the Vanilla Bean Honey and the Lemon Myrtle Creamy Honey). Can you tell I’m obsessed?

So, I’ve tasted them all, of course. I eat them on toast with butter, I put some in my tea, I drizzle them on yogurt and ice cream, I’ve used them to make banana muffins and an apple cake and I’ve drizzled some on top of pancakes. I’ve also used them to caramelize sweet potato and pumpkin in the oven. Oh, I’ve even eaten them straight from the jar. I’m not ashamed, either, because the honey is THAT GOOD. And I’m not the only one that thinks so…

Another thing Beechworth does well is telling you the best way to use the different varieties of their honey to get the most out of it. I’ve found that their recommendations are SPOT ON, which makes life much easier (and tastier)!

But what I love most about this brand is their dedication to the bees they source their honey from, as well as the fact that all of their honey is 100% Australian (even the Manuka Honey, which is sourced from Tasmania). The people behind the brand work tirelessly to educate people (including our politicians) on the importance of honeybees in our ecosystem. They also work hard to ensure their bees are happy and healthy. The profits from their product sales go towards funding research into the activities, patterns and preferences of their bees to ensure a safe and happy future for both the bees and the world they live in. Beechworth is the type of brand you feel good about supporting.

By the way guys, this post is not sponsored. I genuinely love everything about this brand, and look forward to trying ALL of their range (once I’ve finished the seven jars in my kitchen, of course!)

Keep an eye out for some healthy recipes using only honey as a sweetener (children AND parent approved), as well as some beauty hacks (honey works wonders on your skin)! Once it’s closer to Christmas I’ll also be showing you how to re-use the gorgeous jars for some easy and affordable gifts to give your fam + friends. Or you could just give them a jar of Beechworth honey? My favourite picks (of what I’ve tried so far) are DEFINITELY the Coastal Honey and the Vanilla Bean Honey.

I hope this post has made you wanna go out and buy ALL the honey. You seriously won’t regret it.

Sharni X

 

 

 

 

Spring Nail Polish

Sometimes I feel like nail polish is so underrated. I’ve always always always felt that it has the potential to take any outfit to the next level.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling neutral nails for Spring.

While neutral nails are in all year, I feel like they really peak during the warmer months. I wear a lot of (subdued) florals and patterns this time of year and I find that anything other than a neutral nail looks a bit… chaotic?

If you feel the same way, keep on reading because I’ve found the best three neutral nail polishes that will suit any skin tone! (And they’re super affordable, too!)

I find I always come back to the Rimmel nail polish range because they dry really fast and they’re great quality. I bought these for $2.50 each at the discount chemist. I mean, you can’t really complain, can you?

The first neutral nail polish I picked out is Rain Rain Go Away, and I’m wearing it in the above picture. And let me tell you, I’m OBSESSED with it. It’s the perfect mix of grey and nude, the shade is super sophisticated and looks really professional. It’s great paired with a mostly black, grey or white outfit.

The next nail polish I got is Sand and Deliver, and it’s a bit of a lighter/more golden neutral shade, which is great for pale/olive/yellow skin tones. I also really like wearing light nail polishes during the day because small chips and nicks don’t tend to show, so you get a little more wear out of one coat.

The last neutral nail polish I bought is Caramel Cupcake, and I think it might be my favourite out of the bunch. It’s the closest shade to my skin tone and I feel like I’m going to get so much wear out of it. Keep an eye out on Instagram – you might see me wearing it soon!

And those are the three neutral nail polishes I picked up for Spring! Let me know in the comments which shade is your favourite!

Sharni X

Three Healthy Breakfast Recipes

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Mornings are my favourite, and I think this has something to do with the fact that breakfast is too.

I’m here today to share with you all THREE of my go-to recipes for the morning meal.

They’re super-healthy, super-quick and super-delicious. What more could you want?!

Let’s start with my BOMB DOT COM smoothie recipe. Seriously you guys – it’s legit.

Almond Butter and Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is packed full of superfoods and healthy fats, and the addition of black sesame seeds gives it anti-aging power. I sometimes have a small handful of almonds on the side for extra sustenance.

you’ll need:

1/2 tsp honey (I’m loving this one right now) 

1 tsp almond butter 

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp flax seeds

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp maca powder

1 banana, chopped

1 cup almond milk

1/2 tsp black sesame seeds

1/2 tsp cacao nibs

1/2 tsp bee pollen

In a blender, combine all ingredients except for the black sesame seeds, cacao nibs and bee pollen and blend until smooth. It may take a little while if your blender isn’t super powerful because of the almond butter, but persevere.

Pour the smoothie into a glass or jar, and top with the black sesame seeds, cacao nibs and bee pollen. Enjoy! I sometimes double the recipe and store the extra in a separate jar for the next day.

Next up is something a little savoury but it might be my favourite recipe on here – if you could even call it that.

Heirloom Tomato Toast 

Heirloom tomatoes are full of vitamin k which is essential for strong and healthy bones, as well as lycopene which fights against most forms of cancer. And they have such a complex flavour when compared to normal tomatoes. They’re kinda pretty too.

you’ll need:

1 piece of sourdough bread

1 tbsp full fat cream cheese, ricotta or cottage cheese

3-5 heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half

salt (Maldon sea salt flakes work best) and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Toast the sourdough depending on how you like it. I like mine a little under-done, but again, totally up to you. Once the bread is crusty and warm, spread with the cheese, and arrange the tomatoes on top. Add pepper and salt, and enjoy!

The last recipe I have for you is a little fancy, and PERFECT for when you have a raging sweet tooth.

Lemon Cheesecake Breakfast Parfait

These parfaits are super easy to put together, and most of all taste SO GOOD, like a healthier version of the real deal. I added blueberries for an extra hit of sweetness as well as some lemon zest, for good measure.

you’ll need:

1/2 cup of lemon yogurt (I use this one)

1/4 cup any granola

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

2 tbsp fresh lemon zest

Layer the ingredients starting with the granola, then a few blueberries, and then about 1 tbsp of yogurt, or enough to cover the granola and berries. Continue this until the jar is full! I got two layers out of my jar, but it’s quite short and I like lots of yogurt.

Top with a little granola dust, lemon zest and some more berries. Enjoy! You can make this parfait up to 24 hours ahead of time. The granola will go a little soft but it will just be like a layered bircher instead!

Will you be making any of these healthy breakfasts?

Sharni X

 

 

 

Beauty Bath Salts

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know I’ve been buying a lot of flowers lately.

My local farmers market has so many gorgeous flower stalls to pick and choose from, and I love to shop around a little before I decide which ones I’m going to take home with me.

While the flowers do last for over a week, I always get a little sad once they start drooping and losing their petals. I decided it would be a good idea to put them to use by creating a beauty bath salt mix perfect for a Sunday evening soak.

My logic behind bathing in flower petals is that the essences from the flowers will work with your skin to make you look and smell beautiful. It’s not exactly scientific but I certainly feel refreshed post-flower bath, and my skin smells heavenly. I use Epsom salts as they are great for detoxifying the body as well as pink Himalayan salts which contain heaps of minerals.

So run a bath, light some beeswax candles, and get ready to feel beautiful.

Beauty Bath Salts

you’ll need:

1/2 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup pink Himalayan salts

1/4 cup dried rose petals (I got these from The Source Noosa Heads)

1/4 cup dried flower petals from Farmer’s Market blooms (just collect all fallen petals and put them in a small bowl to dry out until you want to use them)

how:

Combine all ingredients.

Once bath is run, pour some salt mixture into the tub. I used about half of what I made per bath for ultimate detoxifying benefits.

Store the remaining salts in an airtight glass jar until you need them again.

 

Sharni X

Cat Cuteness

It’s been a little while since I did an update on my cats!

I just thought I’d pop in and let you all know they’re going great and being as adorable as ever. I’ve been super busy lately so haven’t been able to get as many pictures as I’d like to, but I snapped these two recently and think it perfectly portrays what they’ve been upto: NAPPING.

These two could turn having a nap into a job and I’m honestly kinda jealous.

Sharni X

September Reading List

I’ve been on the biggest reading slump lately, and I always notice this affects how I speak and write, which is pretty frustrating. So I decided to remedy it by buying new books to read during September.

I have over ten books on my bookshelf as well as around thirty on my kindle that I’m yet to read, but sometimes getting new books makes me more excited to read. And really, is there such a thing as too many books?

The first book I want to read this month (which Harry actually bought for me as a lil’ surprise, which is cute) is The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz. I’ve read the other Millenium books and loved them, so obviously this book was a must-buy for me. And, I mean the synopsis sounds amazing:

“She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . . “

 – Goodreads

The next book on my list is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, who spent TEN YEARS writing this book. It won the Pulitzer Prize, so you know it’s gonna be good:

“Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.”

– Goodreads

And the last book I want to read this month is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This book is the first in a trilogy that I’ve read amazing things about. And that cover?!

“Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.”

Goodreads

I’ll be writing reviews for these books after I read them on the blog as well as over on my Goodreads account. Stay tuned!

Have you got any book recommendations for me to read next month?

Sharni X

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Current Favourites

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Happy Sunday! (and Happy Father’s Day to those Dads in Australia!)

I hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun.

I spent the majority of yesterday baking and decorating a cake with my sister. It was double chocolate with caramel buttercream and a salted toffee crackle. I didn’t take a picture, but trust me, it was LEGIT amazing. I might recreate it later in the month for a certain someone’s birthday…

We started our day today with a trip to the markets (^^ see the gorg flowers I got?!) and basically ate ALL the food. You know, the usual.

Here are some of my favourites as of late:

Favourite way to finish an outfit: These tiny gold bee earrings.

Teeny Tiny Gold Bee Earrings. Bee Stud Earrings. Simple Modern Jewelry by…:

Favourite Spring decor tip: Using kumquats in a floral arrangement.

roses + kumquats:

Favourite read: Lauren Conrad’s Celebrate. I love the tips and tricks on throwing the perf party, and I always appreciate a little peek into her ultra-glamorous life!

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Favourite detail: the mix and match of texture in this outfit is divine.

A pink sweater paired with a pink midi skirt - for the days you are feeling ultra feminine.:

Favourite breakfast hack: forget a plain old smoothie. Freeze it and make these breakfast pops!

Frozen Smoothie Bars with Granola | Bakers Royale:

Sharni X

A Turmeric Latte

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I’ve shared with you all my recipe for a Matcha Latte, so I thought it was about time I shared my recipe for a Turmeric Latte.

As I said recently, I’ve been drinking a tonne of these to help get rid of the flu, as well as to help fix some skin related issues. And I’ve gotta tell you, it’s been working.

And they taste great (obvi).

But before I divulge the recipe, I’m going to break down the ingredients I use, and why they are so healthful. There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing you’re consuming things that are working to make your body the best it can be.

Turmeric: obviously the star in this drink, and for good reason. Turmeric is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as it’s high levels of anti-oxidants.

Cinnamon: another star, because of it’s high anti-oxidant levels as well as it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. It also has a warming effect on the body when consumed, and helps to speed up your metabolism.

Ginger: I consume a lot of ginger during the colder months because it is naturally spicy and warming, but it’s also anti-inflammatory and great for digestion.

Cardamom: a little tip for you; cardamom + chocolate = heaven. It’s also good for your digestion as it detoxes your body. And it has anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Chili: I only use a little bit of chili powder in the recipe, but even that amount is great for digestion and boosts your metabolism.

Vanilla: I use the vanilla for taste purposes only, but it contains calcium, potassium and magnesium, and is said to help boost your mood.

Black pepper: it’s essential to consume a little black pepper with turmeric, as it assists with nutrient absorption. I also use black pepper a lot in my cooking as it speeds up your metabolism!

A Turmeric Latte

you’ll need:

1 tsp ground turmeric, cinnamon, ginger,  and cardamom

1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder and pepper

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/4 cup almond milk

sweetener of choice (I used 1 tsp honey)

how:

Boil the kettle.

Put all dry ingredients into a French Press (if you don’t have one, just put them in a boiling water safe jug or jar).

Once the kettle is boiled, pour about a cup of the hot water into the French Press (or jug/jar). Add in the almond milk and your sweetener of choice, and let sit for around 2 minutes.

If using a French Press, pour the latte straight into a mug, using the strainer attachment to collect the powdered remains. If using a jug or a jar, sit a strainer over your mug, and (carefully) pour the hot latte into the cup, through the strainer. You don’t want too much of the powder/grinds in your cup because they sit at the bottom and ruin the last quarter of the drink.

Enjoy!

Sharni X

 

HELLO SPRING

Floral heart:
image via Pinterest

Spring has officially sprung.

And while I’m a little sad that Winter has disappeared, I’m super excited for all that Spring has to offer. So excited, in fact, that I decided to put together a lil’ bucket list of everything I want to do this season because #YOLO.

SPRING BUCKET LIST

♥ have a picnic, or five

♥ frequent the Farmer’s Market

♥ always have flowers throughout the house

♥ master the naked cake

♥ make s’mores at a bonfire

♥ climb some mountains

♥ visit a botanical garden

♥ make popsicles

♥ play some tennis

♥ organise everything (my hobby in life)

♥ visit waterfalls

♥ go whale watching

♥ spend a weekend in Byron Bay

 

Happy Spring!

 

Sharni X