Thursday, 29 September 2011

OOTN: Josh Pyke Concert

Last night I went with two of my friends to see my all time favourite musician ever, Josh Pyke, play at The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. I don't want to bore you describing how much love I have for this man so I promise I'll keep it short! I got to get up on stage with some other people and sing with him and after the show I pushed a very corny letter under his door and he signed it, then came out to give it to me. It was so exciting! Sadly my legs turned to jelly and I couldn't think of anything witty to say. Hence, I kind of just stared at him smiling like an idiot. Then this morning I woke up and he had replied to one of my tweets! Even waking up feeling a bit under the weather couldn't ruin my mood! I wanted to share this exciting news with you and to show you what I wore! Once again, I'm an awkward poser but I think I'm getting a little better. I'd be grateful for any tips!

Dress - Forever 21
Bag - Vintage
Rose Ring - Vintage
Blue Stone Ring - Lovisa
Turquoise Ring - Santorini Markets
Bracelet - Pandora
Shoes - Dotti
Frilly Socks - American Apparel
Nail Polish - Rimmel 'Green With Envy'
Lipstick - Inglot #176

Here is a clip of one of my all time favourite Josh Pyke songs, 'Memories and Dust.' Plus there's a bunch of cute baby chickens in the video. Score!

Have any of you acted as weird as me when you met someone famous?

Lots of love,
Annie xx

P.S. If any of you have twitter I would love it if you would follow me!

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Hello lovely readers!

I recently tried out a new foundation and thought I would review it for you just in case your foundation just isn't cutting it. I love MAC Studio Fix but thought it might be breaking me out, and I wanted something with a dewier finish for summer. Also, MAC is flipping expensive in Australia so I made it my mission to find something a bit cheaper which still achieved the same result. I should probably mention that my skin is quite dry and a bit acne prone. Damn those people with flawless skin!

When I found Bourjois stands in Target and Priceline I decided to give the Healthy Mix foundation a go. I found that 51 (Light Vanilla), the lightest shade, is a perfect match for me. It retails for around $30 AUD but I got mine on sale for about $25 AUD. Win! One teeny tiny issue I had was that the bottle wasn't sealed and I had a feeling a customer had been neglecting the testers and using the ones on the shelf. How grotty is it when people do that?! To cut a long story short, I asked one of the ladies working at Priceline if she could get me a new one from out the back just in case.


First of all, the packaging is pretty good. It's plastic so nothing too special, but it does have a handy pump attached. The consistency is quite runny, but a little bit goes a long way. I find that one pump can be used to cover my whole face. It has a slight fruity smell, so for those who don't like their makeup to smell like anything fancy then this probably isn't for you.  Apparently it has apricot, melon, apple and ginger in it for radiance, hydration and all that jazz... That could be true, or it could just be a smart bit of marketing. Seriously, who doesn't like fruit?


I would say it gives medium coverage but you can build it up a little if you're having a particularly fugly face day or going out for the night. It gives good coverage and I really like how natural it looks on the skin. I never feel like my skin is suffocating under the weight of it which can only be a good thing. I don't think it is as dewy as people say, but perhaps that's because I have dry skin. It certainly isn't matte but more of a satin finish. Bourjois also claim that it lasts for up to 16 hours. They might be getting a bit over excited with that statement, but it certainly does last quite a while, probably 12 hours, before it starts looking a bit crusty.

Overall I am a huge fan of this foundation and will definitely be repurchasing it! It's a reasonable price, gives great coverage, looks natural and smells like summery fruits. On the down side it didn't come sealed and I guess the fruity scent could be an issue for some people. For those of you who don't mind that though, I highly recommend you try out this foundation!

What's your favourite foundation? I'm always up for trying something new!

As a little side note I would just like to say thank you to the people who have followed me or commented on my posts, particularly the lovely Second Hand Rose who was my first follower and even gave me the 'Your Blog is Great! Tell Me About Yourself Award.' I didn't think that anyone would read my blog, let alone give me such nice feedback! I will get around to telling you seven things about myself when I have been blogging for a bit longer and have a few more people in mind to tag!

Lots of love,
Annie xx

Monday, 19 September 2011

What Your Checkout Chick Really Thinks

People who have worked in retail share a common bond that allows us to avoid those awkward ‘getting to know you’ conversations in social situations. Imagine you are seated next to a stranger at a dinner party. You have already discussed how you know the host, where they got their skirt and how lovely the entrée was. Then you mention that you work, or once worked, in retail. They respond with a knowing look and sympathetic smile, “I used to work at Woolies!” Suddenly you realise that you have enough in common to talk for hours, and begin swapping stories about the less than friendly customers you have encountered over the years.

My personal favourite story, which addresses the perils of packing environmentally friendly green bags, is one that I stole from my sister. Finding dried up old animal faeces in the bottom of one of the bags she was supposed to be packing was really the cherry on top of a fabulous day at work. What was the customer’s reaction to this unsanitary discovery I hear you ask? A sheepish laugh and the confession that her cats sleep on the bags. At least this explained the faint smell of kitty litter and why she had accessorised her sweater with dozens of short ginger hairs.

If telling this story risks putting my new friend off their pudding, I bring up my biggest pet peeve; customers who act as if they are mute, despite chatting animatedly to their shopping partner just seconds before. “Hi, how are you?” Silence. “Do you need a bag?” Silence. “Do you have FlyBuys?” Silence. “Have a great day!” Silence. It is important to note that by asking these questions I am not trying to be your best friend. I am fully aware that shopping for groceries is not your ideal way to spend a Sunday, and you probably just want to get it over and done with as soon as possible. This being said, refraining from answering these questions could lead to me ‘accidentally’ squashing your bread. Oops!

Retailers encounter dozens of obnoxious customers on a daily basis, each time biting their tongues to stop themselves blurting out what they really think. Many times, I have had to restrain myself from calling through the loudspeaker, “We have lives too you know!” to people who are still in the store 20 minutes after closing time. To the customers who think that they have a better understanding of the company policy please note; not every mistake means that you are entitled to something for free. Finally, to the man known only as ‘Smelly Guy,’ for goodness sake take a shower and a trip down aisle eight for some deodorant while you are at it!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am sure you have encountered your fair share of rude retailers. A middle-aged woman, who seems to get up on the wrong side of the bed every day, often serves my mother and I at our local supermarket. I give her a minus 10 for her customer service skills. No smile, no conversation, no nothing. After months of discussing how downright miserable she is and trying to avoid her at all costs, my mother made it her mission to break through this woman’s icy exterior. She sympathised with the woman, stating that it must be horrible having to work on such a lovely day, and threw in a compliment for good measure. To my surprise the woman’s frosty demeanour began to thaw. Whether it was my mother’s way with words, or because the woman thought she was a mystery shopper we will never know. Either way, it made for a more pleasant shopping experience.

Telling someone that they are doing a good job can really improve their day. So next time you are at the supermarket and want some good karma, be nice to the checkout chick. Maybe this time she will tell you if your milk is leaking.

My Communal Wardrobe

I love having friends that I can lend clothes to and borrow clothes from. I see it as doubling up each other’s wardrobes without the possibility of facing bankruptcy. My parents have expressed their disapproval of the communal wardrobe situation, wondering why I feel the need to borrow someone else’s clothes when I have a whole wardrobe of my own. I am usually running around the house half naked in the middle of a fashion crisis when such nagging occurs, and I’m afraid their worries go in one ear and out the other.

When I hang a freshly washed or newly bought item of clothing in my wardrobe I have an immense feeling of satisfaction. Each new item represents one less fashion crisis, and each washed item symbolises one less morning root around in the laundry basket. Rehanging clothes that I lent to a friend days, weeks and sometimes months earlier is an equally fabulous feeling, particularly when I haven’t seen them for so long that I forgot they even existed.

Certain things can crush the lovely feeling of regaining a full wardrobe. Be warned, there are a number of hazards that come with lending your clothes to your friends. My number one pet peeve is when my clothes come back unwashed. Body odour is not my favourite scent of choice people! And the next time I go to put on my favourite dress, I do not want to see a whopping great vodka and raspberry stain across the front. I mean, I like the drink but that doesn’t mean I want to wear it.