Let’s limp into 2020 by Saying Goodbye to Half-Dead 2019!

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It’s been a damn doozy of a year, hasn’t it? What’re some of the stuff we’ve done around here? Well…
This year we made a lot of food, starting with sweet and savoury chickpeas to snack on and our personal favourite around here, Feta Me Meli for some sweet and crispy feta goodness. We also kept the sweet treat train going with three-ingredient mousse and apple galettes. Look I’m not one to toot my own horn but TOOT-DAMN-TOOT these apple galettes are so damn good, especially with maple. But let’s not forget Halloween month where we worked with apples again and made black caramel apples then a spooky platter with sweet, salty and savoury to enjoy before topping it off with some Bat Outta Meatloaf.

 

Speaking of Halloween, we also did some fancy nail effects- reptilian, dragonlike scale claw nails and branded/scorched ‘cross’ nails. I also shared some of the US-based places I’d love to go to for Halloween!

 

We also started a YouTube channel of the highest quality! It included a little summer makeup chuck, kit or keep and reviews of Sephora’s Gimme Some Lip pack and a Brand Spotlight of FLOWER Beauty. Not only did we do another review, this time for NARS lipstick pencils, but we also listed some realistic ways to take some years off (if you so feel the need to) and just posted a simple skincare routine.

 

Yes, I also had to share my love of Marvel by reviewing Sephora’s awesome brushes and giving some [read: ranting] theories on who would live vs die in Avengers: Endgame – and some I was actually right about!

Finally, I nudged you to try to use Pinterest’s secret boards and cooed over the Peace Island game, which is where I got the cute postcards from above!

 

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One of our last posts this year was to give you some tips in summer blackouts, but really for any blackouts. Unfortunately, I was editing the post just as we were devastated by fires here in eastern Australia. The toll on every part of life here has been affected, including animals and their homes. You might have heard how Lewis the koala had to be put down because of his burns along with half of the koala population in Port Macquarie have died and 80% of their habitat destroyed. While they aren’t “functionally extinct” yet, as previously stated, they do need our help and a great way you can bring awareness or donate is to the Australian Koala Foundation, the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie and Koalas In Care.

 

This is the last from us for 2019! We’ll be back in January 2020 with some new stuff, so for any updates and ramblings, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Stay safe, eat well and we’ll see you in 2020!

Who Wants A Simple Skincare Routine Printable

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Hey everyone, I hope the upcoming Christmas insanity hasn’t made you lose all composure just yet.

I thought I’d share a printable I made for both The Evil Assistant and myself for our updated beauty routines. I was going to do a more in-depth weekday one showing when to use acids (AHA and BHAs) and retinols buuuut that whole “Catalina update sucks and I don’t have access to my Photoshop CS6 anymore” thing is still happening… you know, that ole chestnut!

At least I can share this simple routine with you now and give you some other quick tips to keep in mind.

 

  1. Use retinols at night only.
  2. Remember to ease into new routines, i.e. acids and retinol products should be used once a week then built up from there.
  3. Alternate acids and retinol use, e.g. Monday = acids, Tuesday = retinol, etc.

 

 

DON’T MIX

 

Mechanical exfoliants with chemical exfoliants
(sonic brushes then any “__ acid”, fruit enzymes like pineapple and AHAs/BHAs)

Benzoyl Peroxide and chemical exfoliants

Benzoyl Peroxide and retinol

Vitamin C and AHA/BHAs

 

You can find a full list of no-go pairings here at Beautiful With Brains and  The Derm Store.

 

 

Reptilian Scale Claw Nails

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I know, I know, it’s another nails post! I was going to add this to the branded nails post and have a Super Mega Nails post but it would have been way too long and the Assistant has been prodded and poked to do a Halloween makeup post so… I’ll we’ll try to get on that!

For now I want to show you one of my favourite nail looks, dragon-like, reptilian scale nails! All you need is some false nails, Blu-Tack, nail glue, nail file, and nail polish.

 

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DIY ‘Branded’/Scorched Cross Nails for Halloween!

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We’re into the second week of Halloween month and we haven’t done a beauty look yet so let’s do something small that can have maximum impact, branded crosses and scorched nails!

I tried around with different colour combos and so many ways work, but I thought the best ideas can come from what you actually have, so with three popular colours, I’ll show you have to get this effect, plus a little bonus one!

 

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Brand Spotlight: Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty Makeup

 

Look I know the audio is terrible but we have days of audio issues, including the fixed and cleaned audio suddenly being swallowed so enjoy this mess but I hope you learn something THANK YOU! We’re looking at Drew Barrymore’s makeup line, FLOWER!

 

I will (shut up I know what you’re going to say) be taking a few weeks away from making posts as I have to do some other things, but I will be a good girl and updating the socials (Facebook even though I hate it, Twitter and Instagram), so follow us on those or maybe just none if you want, I won’t pressure you, so enjoy the video and see you again soon!