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What's in my Bag for a Night Out?

Happy Sunday evening! Tonight I have a fun little post providing a checklist of essentials every girl needs for a night out. While I don't go out very often anymore, I ALWAYS find that whenever I do I forget something absolutely essential! So here's a little bag spill flatlay and a list of my favourite beauty products and accessories so that you too don't forget something super essential on a big night out!

1. A pretty clutch - like this one from The Daily Edited. I'm so obsessed with this brand and love that you get your initials embossed onto any of their products!

2. Lash curler & an amazing mascara - currently this Caution mascara from Hourglass is my favourite! Available here from Mecca Maxima.

3. Lipstick - especially for touch ups as you drink through all those cocktails over the night!

4. A portable comb or brush - no one likes their hair becoming a bird's nest. This one is from Seed Heritage.

5. Hair accessories to put hair up - VERY essential in my experience. You never know when you or your friend might need their hair swept up in an instant! I am obsessed with this scrunchie and hair clip from Scrunchies Australia. So practical, yet so cute!

6. Blush for a pretty pop of colour - like this one called Chilli Mango from Fenty Beauty. Available here from Sephora.

7. Bronzer - so you can fake beautiful sunkissed skin. My favourite at the moment is the Hourglass Ambient lighting one in Luminous Bronze Light. Available here from Mecca Maxima.

8. Glittery eyeshadow - and these ones from Stila are SO EASY to apply! This shade is called Bronzed Bell. Also available here from Mecca Maxima.

9. Some stylish earrings - a must to finish off your look.

10. And finally your phone and cards! Obviously.

Hoping you guys enjoyed this cute little post! What else would you add to your night out beauty essentials checklist?

The Two Key Products you NEED for Effortless Beach Waves

Summer in the Southern hemisphere may have drawn to a close, but that doesn't mean I'm giving up effortless beachy waves. Yesterday I FINALLY got my hair cut after almost six months (I know, I know, I'm shocking!) And my hairdresser styled my hair into some effortless beachy waves using these two products above: Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray and Kevin Murphy Doo Over - and my waves just looked perfect all damn day. So I knew instantly that I needed to go back and purchase these products and then write a blog post about them!

My Hair Philosophy
So in case you couldn't already tell - I am very lazy when it comes to my hair. Skincare? Sure, I'll apply a 20 layer skincare routine no questions asked! But ask me to blow dry my hair and I will straight out refuse. So I've never really put much effort into styling my hair on a daily basis. However, I feel these products make styling your hair daily effortless and provide such amazing results that I think I might just start spending the extra minute on my hair. The results look as though you've definitely spent more than a minute on your hair!

This is the star product - it gives your hair a bit of grittiness to help give it that beachy texture. My hairdresser used this on my hair before blow drying as it also has heat protectant in it, but it can be used on wet or dry hair. This morning I used it on my dry hair to help revive the curls from yesterday and it worked an absolute treat! I'm obsessed with this and can not recommend it enough! I'll most likely be using it daily to keep my hair looking super beachy and fresh, even in autumn.

This is the ultimate multi-purpose hair spray you've been looking for. Part dry shampoo and part finishing spray, it prolongs the life of curls while removing excess oiliness - perfect for lazy girls who like to wash their hair as little as possible a.k.a. me. 

Did I also forget to mention the Kevin Murphy packaging is also so sleek and gorgeous? I don't know about you, but I'm completely sold and so grateful my hairdresser opened my eyes to such amazing hair products!

I'd love to hear in the comments, do you have any lazy hair day products that instantly pep up your hair? I could really get into hair products like this!

Kelly Anne xx

Review: Why You Need the Zudoya Rose Quartz Beauty Roller

Hope you guys have been enjoying my beauty posts because I have another one here for you today! Today I am reviewing for you the Zudoya Rose Quartz Facial Roller that I have been trying out in my night time routine over the past two weeks, I hope you guys enjoy!

Link to the Zudoya Home Page here.

First Impressions
The roller comes beautifully packaged in a little luxurious white box with satin fabric on the inside. The roller itself feels quite heavy too! I do have another facial roller that I purchased myself awhile ago, but it feels nowhere near as heavy and luxurious as this roller! I'm also obsessed with rose quartz and I found this roller to be very visually appealing.

How I Use the Zudoya Rose Quartz Beauty Roller
I use the beauty roller once a day, usually in my night time routine. When using the roller, I roll gently on my face in an upwards and outwards motion to encourage lymphatic drainage and counter-act the effects of gravity on my skin. I use the large end on my cheeks, chin and forehead and the smaller end under my eyes and over the bridge of my nose. I will also occasionally use the large end to roll on my neck in an upwards motion. Another great way I've used my roller a few times is by placing it in it's special plastic bag and putting it in the fridge for an hour so that is super cooling and soothing on my skin.

How I Incorporate My Zudoya Rose Quartz Beauty Roller into My Routine
I've been incorporating the beauty roller into my nighttime routine two different ways. I've been using it either after applying my facial serum or after applying my facial oil. I love applying it after serum as I feel it helps to blend and press the serum into my skin so that my skin absorbs my serum more quickly.

The other way I've been using the roller is after applying my night time moisturiser and facial oil to give my face a nice gentle massage. I find this technique is great for the end of a long day when you need a little stress relief. By using it this way I am also able to roll on my face for longer, as the oil takes much longer to absorb than a serum and this is at the end of my night time routine (my only other step is to apply a lip balm or lip mask). Both ways I find useful, and I like to mix it up between these two routines nightly.

My Favourite Serums and Oils to Use With the Zudoya Rose Quartz Beauty Roller
Some of my favourite serums to use with the beauty roller include Glossier Super Pure, Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Serum and the Youth to The People Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C serum. Some of my favourite oils to roll into my skin include Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, Salt and Hendrix Mermaid Oil and Herbivore Phoenix oil.

The Results
One main benefit I've found while using the Zudoya Rose Quartz Beauty Roller is that my skin appears more toned, and the puffiness, particularly under my eyes has noticeably reduced. Every morning I also notice that I have less oil residue on my skin and my skin appears to be brighter and more moisturised.

Going beyond the skin, I also find that the daily massage to my facial muscles is amazing for helping to relieve tension in my face. I instantly begin to feel relieved of stress as my face begins to be soothed and massaged by the roller. I'm so glad I've been able to add this little procedure into my nightly routine!

My Final Thoughts
If you couldn't already tell, I am completely obsessed with the Zudoya Rose Quartz Beauty Roller and love how it is both great for my skin and great for switching off and releasing tension at the end of a long busy day. I highly recommend adding this step into your daily beauty routine! And if you'd like to check out the beauty facial rollers from Zudoya, simply click here! Do you use a beauty roller? If so, I'd love to hear your experience with a beauty roller and how you incorporate into your routine in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed this little review and speak soon,
Kelly Anne xx

A Few Current Beauty Favourites

I've finally started to get back into posting on this blog regularly and thought what better way to get back into blogging than a good old beauty favourite round-up? These types of posts are some of my favourites to read on other blogs as I find them so helpful in deciding what new beauty products I want to give a try next.

The new year has brought about a lot of reflection and ponderance on what I want this blog to be. The past year my posts have often been rushed and half-hearted. Not because I was lazy or because I didn't want to blog anymore, but because I had so much on my plate and when it came to blogging, I was often running on empty and I think the content I was putting out reflected this. But this year I want to make my blogging journey a higher priority. While yes, for me it is only a hobby, it's something that has helped me discover so much about myself and has given me such great joy that I think it is worth more of my energy and time. I want to write more in-depth posts, take better photos and develop myself creatively so that I might inspire you to do the same, or to try a new beauty product or a new style once in a while.

Not going to lie, it's still going to be a struggle to find the time and energy to put into this blog at times as I also start my journey as a new veterinarian this year. But I hope to try harder at prioritising how I do spend my free time this year.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some of my current favourite beauty products that I have been loving in the month of January. Click their titles to purchase online!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
Surprise surprise, there is a lot of Glossier on this list! I received a whole lot of Glossier from my sister for Christmas as she had just come back from a trip to the US. So I have been trying all of the products over the past month and I am so freaking impressed. I am just so obsessed with their products and hope they come to Australia soon. In the meantime, read about my favourites in this post so you can pick them up if you or someone you know happens to be going on a US trip! This cleanser is so gentle and nourishing for my skin and with only a subtle scent. I think this would be a good all-rounder cleanser for all skin types.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk
Ah this blush is just stunning. The colour looks so natural and pretty once blended in, and it can easily be blended over powders. It also stays put all day, need I say more?

Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Jam & Cake
I love the unique formula of these lipsticks. I'm really digging the sheer matte finish for a make-up no-make-up look. The only thing I will say is that you do need to make sure your lips are well exfoliated when using this lipstick as the colour can stick to any dry skin on your lips. But the finish and colours are just so pretty that I am more than happy to go the extra mile to wear these lipsticks. And if you want to see me actually wearing these lipsticks just check out my last few Instagram posts @anneinthedollhouse.

Glossier Priming Moisturiser
This moisturiser is just such a great basic moisturiser for everyday use, and as it's title says, it primes your face nicely for make-up.

Summer Fridays Jetlag Mask
This mask has been a life saver for me over the past month. You guys have no idea. I have been using a prescription topical retinoid (Tretinoin) since boxing day, and it has been making my skin peel like crazy. However, when I feel like the peeling is getting a bit out of control, this mask saves the day. I just apply it and leave it for half an hour, and the next morning my flakiness is almost all gone. It is definitely a current staple for me while I'm on this prescription cream. (I will be making a post about my experience with prescription retinoids too after I've used it for a few months, so keep an eye out for that post in the future if you're a bit of a skincare junkie like me!)

Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Scrub
This gives me the softest skin ever and has the prettiest and most delicate scent. Will definitely be repurchasing this once I've used this up.

Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil
This oil has been another life-saving product for me while using my prescription retinoid. I've been applying a few drops of this every night, and honestly, I believe it's reduced the amount of peeling I've experienced. I was expecting to see much more peeling than I have, and I have a suspicion this oil has something to do with that. It also feels amazing to roll into my skin with a jade or rose quartz roller at the end of the day.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Sunscreen SPF 50
An absolute essential in my skincare routine now, especially as I've started on prescription retinoids which make your skin more sensitive to UV light. I use this every morning and it sits perfectly under make-up. If you're looking for a good face SPF, look no further!

I hope you all enjoyed this little roundup! Tell me, are any of these products currently a staple in your routine? I'd love to know in the comments below!

Kelly Anne xx

Summer in Red

Princess Polly Dress, Supre Berret, Famous Footwear Shoes, Sportsgirl Bag

Long time, no post! Today I am wearing this pretty little red dress from Princess Polly and I don't think there's ever been a dress that is more me. I love the frills, the off the shoulder details and the colour - I've always been a sucker for red dresses! I can see myself wearing this dress all summer long.

Besides enjoying my freedom from uni by laying around on the Gold Coast beaches these past two weeks, I have not been up to much at all! I finally feel in holiday mode and I get to graduate this week finally, which is so exciting! I am still in shock that I have made it to this day but can't wait to start work and lead a much more balanced life of only working 40 hour weeks (instead of 60 hour weeks with assignments on top as I have been doing the past year!) Next week I am then heading off to Bali for a much needed holiday and I'm hoping I'll be able to get a post up on this blog to document my time there.

Hopefully, actually having free weekends again next year will mean I have much more time to focus on this blog which I am really looking forward to. Expressing myself creatively has always been important to me and I know my mental and emotional health suffers when I deprive myself of time to be creative. So next year focusing on this blog and developing myself creatively is going to be a big focus of mine. There are quite a few things I've been wanting to try and experiment with on my blog and I have a feeling next year is going to be my most creative and productive year yet. So keep your eye on this space, I'm hoping to make some big changes and a whole lot of progress here in the new year.

Kelly Anne xx