Jan 11, 2018

Lovin' Life 11/1/2018: Rediscovered and Reinvented.

It's been a week of revisiting and repurposing for me.  The summer break has proven to be the ideal opportunity to declutter, streamline and take stock of all the things I already own.  My makeup stash was one of the targets of my conscious decluttering.  I'm a much more considered consumer of cosmetics than I was a few years ago but my collection is slowly getting out of control again.  With limited time to apply it each morning and also limited space in which to store it, I've been having a good think about what I have and how I could use it better or more frequently.


I love the colours of this Chanel eyeshadow quad but for some reason, it doesn't work as a stand-alone for me.  The paler shades do, however, work with other palettes I have as highlighters.  I've also just discovered that the darker shades of the bottom row work well as eyeliners when applied with a wet brush.  They have an iridescence to them that's really quite striking and unusual in darker shades of shadow.



This year's advent calendar from The Body Shop predictably contained quite a few skincare favourites but there were also a few surprise hits for me in from the makeup offerings.


Firstly there was this gorgeously presented star filled with medium grained gold glitter.  Who would've thought I'd not only live to see this trend return but that I'd also be adventurous enough to wear it the second time around?  I've been dusting this with a light hand over my eyelids in the morning and it often falls onto my cheekbones as well.  Cheekbones I never really thought I had but have now come into their own in the glitter catching stakes.  There's something about a bit of gold glitter that makes me feel as if I'm on a beach holiday even if the reality is that I'm actually at work or somehow touched my face after touching a piece of Master SSG's artwork before it had time to dry fully. 



The second timewarp favourite that I found in this year's calendar was a liquid lip and cheek stain.  The shade I received was Vineyard Peach and it gave my powder blush a bit more oomph when I used it as a base.  Definitely bringing this on my trip.  It's much more subtle and easy to work with than the liquid blushes I remember from my younger days.


My final step back in time I'd like to share with you today is Not Quite Nigella's take on Apricot Chicken.  Lorraine adds four tablespoons of brandy to her soup and nectar mix as well as lots of vegetables to the flour coated chicken.


The result is a lighter yet more boldly flavoured gravy that everyone in my family adored.  To the point that we had seconds of the gravy just so we could soak it up with slices of buttered baguette.

Have you rediscovered anything from decades past recently?  Has it improved with time or not?


14 comments:

  1. Decluttering is fabulous, isn't it? It makes you feel organised and as though you have things under control, even if it's only fleetingly! I must do my make up drawer and the kitchen pantry. Thanks for the reminder :) x #TeamLovinLife

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  2. I love the Chanel quads - I use them rarely these days, but always loved the darker shades as liners. My blast from the past? Actually, it's a classic...the prawn cocktail. They seem to be on the menu in heaps of places lately & I'm loving them.

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  3. I have been doing lots of decluttering but mainly all the children,s stuff!

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  4. I rediscovered some books that I forgot I had. I used to collect books of the old comic strip - "Bloom County" and I found them while cleaning. It is cool to see them again. #TeamLovinLife

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  5. You've inspired me to finally clean up my makeup and my wardrobe which I've had on a list for ages! I loved the advent calendar and didn't realise Body Shop had one. Might get one this Christmas!!! Have a great 2018!
    Sue
    SizzlingTowards60&Beyond

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  6. I love a good declutter! I did the very same with a huge stash of old makeup some time ago. I seem to have accumulated quite a few failed lipsticks - they do not survive the brisbane heat - they melt! It's quite the problem! That sure is a very different looking Apricot Chicken but it does look delicious! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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  7. You have inspired me to have a New Year declutter. My makeup drawer is disgusting and I'm sure some of the stuff in it is ancient. I recently made a layered salad from one of my old Womens Weekly recipe books. The recipe is a family favourite and has been produced almost every Christmas Day for the past 20 years. #TeamLovinLife

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  8. Thanks for the tip - off to check out that apricot chicken recipe!

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  9. Clear outs after Christmas seem ideal. Spring cleaning in Summer makes more sense. I felt that way when we put the tree away. My make-up was culled ages ago and a few basic products are back but with limited use, I must check their use-by dates.

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  10. I need to declutter. I get beauty boxes but now I am drowning in samples and full size products. A lot I won't use so I may need to do a charity run.

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  11. Apart from special occasions, i've not worn much makeup for a long time. But have decided that as i'm going to be out and about a lot more visiting clients, it's time to get myself sorted. I've cleaned out the stuff that is well past it's best and then put my daytime makeup into a small container, that is now kept with my other skin care essentials. Not having to sift through lots of stuff each morning, saves heaps of time.

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  12. I got the decluttering bug over the holidays, but only managed to do my office, but I will keep moving through it as the year goes on.

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  13. SSG - my mum used to make apricot chicken and it was one of the first dishes I ever learned to make (with that same French Onion soup). I'd forgotten about it! I've now gone and saved that Not Quite Nigella page so I can add this to my menu list for next week. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!! #teamlovinlife

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