A New Experience in Zen

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Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or anything catches your eye. Thanks for visiting!

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Here’s my latest OOTD! Head over to anez.me for the full breakdown. ♥

PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE

Today I’m reviewing this overnight oil from Kiehl’s. Read all about it over at anez.me!

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Off to town for a day’s shopping! Read the full outfit breakdown over at anez.me!

NAILS OF THE MOMENT

 

Super pleased with this pretty leopard-print look I’ve been rocking lately. Find out how to get it over here on anez.me…!

APPLE WATCH ANTICIPATION

I am insanely excited to receive my new Apple Watch Sport. Head over to anez.me to find out what the Watch can do for you, and how to get it!

PRODUCT EXPERIENCE: KIEHL’S RARE EARTH MASK


Lately I’ve been loving Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Head over to anez.me to read the full review!

OUTFIT OF THE DAY!

You can check out the particulars of this outfit over at my new site, anez.me!

NEZ’S BACK WITH SHINY NEWNESS

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I’ve been finding WordPress.com a tiny bit restrictive in terms of what I wanted to do with the blog, so I’ll be moving over to my own site over at anez.me!

New posts will continue to be linked here for a while, so you won’t miss out on content, but I’d love it if you’d pop over to the new site and tell me what you think!

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I’ve been super busy in my absence (as well as sick, again: this is proving to be the Flu That Will Not Quit), and I’m looking forward to having all kinds of fun new things to post on the new site. I hope everybody’s doing well, and I’m now going to dive into the backlog of posts that are waiting for me!

 

-A-

ON MOTHER’S DAY

Mother’s Day has toddled around again, and everyone seems to be writing deep and insightful thinkpieces about motherhood in general or their relationship with their own mother specifically. Here’s the thing: I’m not a mother, nor do I have any wish to be one, so I’m not sure how much value my opinion has there. As for my own mother… Where would I start? By saying thank you, I suppose.

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Thank you for bringing me groceries and medicine while I’ve been sick*.
Thank you for teaching me how to fix a sink.
Thank you for teaching me the correct amount of Domestos to use when cleaning the floor.
Thank you for putting up with my mood-swings.
Thank you for listening to all my nonsense.
Thank you for my love of reading and music.
Thank you for all the dinners.
Thank you for the birthday cakes.
Thank you for the birthday presents.
Thank you for my love of healthy food.
Thank you for my sense of humour.
Thank you for my independent spirit.
Thank you for your support.
Thank you for your advice.
Thank you for the fun.
Thank you for the good example.
Thank you for being my friend.

Thank you for being not just my mother –because in simplest definition the word means nothing in and of itself beyond the expression of a biological capability– but for being a good mother, for being the best mother I know.

Thank you for being kind, and clever, and present, and available, and interested, and caring, and inspirational, and generous, and for trying every day to be the best mother you can be. I notice. And I appreciate it.

Thank you, Mum.

-A-

 

*As mentioned above, I’ve been super, super sick. I got a dose of the flu which left me housebound for nearly three weeks! I’m pretty sure I’ve never had the flu this badly in all my life. I am on the mend, though, and regular posting will resume very shortly… ❤ Hope you guys are all doing well! x

FACE OF THE DAY

 

Part of my Super Busy Week Of Awesome (Which Unfortunately Gave Me The Flu) was going to a a gig where a friend of mine was playing. Because I was going to a club, I decided to amp up the makeup a little and give the Rock Chick look from Charlotte Tilbury a try– smoky eyes, nude lips, etc. Here’s how it turned out:

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I was pretty happy with it overall, although because I was over-nighting in a hotel, I only brought travel size foundation, and you can see by the comparison with my neck that it was just a tad too dark for my skin! You can also see the messy, un-made hotel beds behind me, oops. Mother would be so ashamed that I didn’t make my bed that morning, but I was just so ill that it was a struggle to dress and do makeup, much less anything else. I’m pulling such a weird face in this photo, too, mostly due to trying to look awake and like I wasn’t going to keel over and throw up at any minute. I can’t even blame having been on the town the night before (since I wasn’t; we did a spa evening instead). I can only attribute it to the oncoming sickness which has currently has me bed-bound.

Here’s what I was wearing:

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Benefit Porefessional Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in #100
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Benefit Brow Zings in Blonde
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Rock Chick
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They’re Real mascara
Clinique Quick Blush in #05 Pronto Pink
Wet & Wild Balm Megaslicks Stain in E128
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Sparkling Shell

The eagle-eyed may also have spotted that I’m sporting some kind of glitter about the cheeks– couldn’t tell you what it was, since my friend applied it when she squeezed out too much for herself by mistake! I packed pretty light for this trip, and this was more or less all the makeup I brought, aside from a red lip gloss to give me an alternative look, if I should want one.

I do love the Tilbury palettes, but I can’t help feeling they’re not quite as versatile as the Naked ones. Obviously, the Nakeds are far larger and thus less easy to pack, but they’re also cheaper, despite being of similar quality. I’m planning to mess about with my Tilbury quads a bit in the future to see what can be achieved with them in terms of versatility, but I don’t know how far it’s possible to deviate from the “prescribed” look with them. Packing Rock Chick was perfect for me for this particular trip, as it was an overnight stay which involved wearing only no makeup (spa time) and heavy makeup (gig time), but I don’t think it would have been nearly as useful as one of my Naked palettes if I’d been staying longer and had a greater range of activities planned. Maybe I’ll change my mind after a bit of practice, though?

Have you tried the Rock Chick eye quad from Charlotte Tilbury? Are you a fan of the heavy eye/nude lip style? Do you have any suggestions for using this palette in other ways? Drop me a line and let me know!

-A-