April Favourites

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It has been quite a while since I last posted a monthly favourites on my blog (*coughs* 2017), so thought I was due in for one! I’m going to try to get back to a schedule and posting more regularly again soon. So here’s my favourites for April.

April Favourites

Makeup

Colourpop Individual Eyeshadow Palette

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this Colourpop Palette in a few of my posts. All the shades are very pigmented and blendable. Firstly is ‘Hear Me Out’, a matte light peach that works as a great base shade. Next up is my fave shade of the bunch, ‘Ringer’, a metallic champagne gold that is a beautiful highlight shade perfect for the inner corners of the eyes or the brow bone area.  A little bit of ‘Ringer’ goes along way to brighten up the eyes. Next is ‘Come and Get It’, a gorgeous duochrome pink rose shade with gold flip, pictures really don’t do it justice as it is so beautiful in person! I love to use this on the outer 3rd of my eyelids to add a pop of colour. Lastly, I like to use the shade ‘Boxer’, a metallic deep bronze to build up some depth by blending a little of this from the outer corners of the eyelid inwards.

Colourpop individual eyeshadow palette

AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion 2.0 in #23

The AprilSkin Magic Snow Cushion has been my go-to cushion for the past few months. I love that it has a medium buildable coverage but still looks super natural on the skin .The shade matches my skin perfectly and gives a nice flawless finish.

AprilSkin Snow Cushion

Skincare

Blithe Green Tea Splash Mask

The Blithe Green Tea Splash Mask has been something I’ve been eyeing for quite a long time and finally decided to try it out. I’m so glad I did as it really has become an essential in my night time skincare routine and I am planning to buy a backup bottle ASAP. The splash mask has definitely helped to calm and soothe my skin. I’ll be doing a full review of this later this month.

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The Perfect Unique Accessory For Any Outfit: A JORD Wood Watch + Giveaway

Jord Wood Watch Flatlay Cassia

It’s now April, which means it’s Autumn here in Australia or Spring time for mostly everywhere else. The perfect time to revamp your wardrobe for this new season! What better way to do this by adding some unique accessories to your collection such as a gorgeous JORD wood watch.Jord Wood WatchThe wide range of unique wood watches at JORD have something for everyone with lots of styles to choose from for both men and women.  A wood watch is the perfect accessory for any occasion whether casual or dressy as it adds an extra special touch to every outfit! It looks perfect paired with a cute dress and sandals or a classic jeans and tee combo to make the outfit complete! The watch featured in this post and the one that caught my eye is the lovely Cassia in Ebony & Sable, a stunning and classic black wood watch with sleek gold detailing. I love pairing my watch with a classic jeans and tee to dress it up.

Jord Wood Watch

These beautiful wood watches also come in a beautiful wooden box with everything you need to care and maintain your timepiece such as a finishing oil. You can also add a personal touch to these wood watches by engraving the back plate and/or the wooden box too so it makes the perfect present to yourself or a loved one.

Jord Wood Watch Cassia

Jord Wood Watch

Giveaway time!

Here’s a chance to get one of these beautiful wood watches. I am excited to collaborate with JORD to give one of you lucky readers a chance to WIN a $100 voucher so you can have a beautiful and unique wood watch for yourself!

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Review: 5 Seeds Lower Sugar Apple Cider + Cocktail Recipes

5 Seeds Lower Sugar Apple Cider Cocktail Recipes

It’s finally Summer here in Australia, so the perfect time to quench your thirst with some cool, refreshing and delicious cocktails. The lovely team at 5Seeds have sent me their latest cider range – the Lower Sugar Apple Cider to taste and experiment with some fun and yummy cocktail recipes to share with you. I’m no bartender but it was fun coming up with these recipes, so I hope you enjoy!

What is the 5 Seeds Lower Sugar Apple Cider?

The Lower Sugar Apple Cider is 5 Seeds newest range of ciders that are 97% sugar free and have less than half the sugar than other leading regular ciders. The apple cider is made with delicious and fresh orchard apples and are also free from artificial flavours and sweeteners.

Taste

The 5 Seeds Lower Sugar Apple Cider has a fresh and sweet apple taste. The cider is refreshing, light and has a deliciously fruity flavour. I enjoy fruity & light ciders so this was perfect for me. I love that this apple cider has lower sugar and yet is still full of flavour and is not bland or bitter.

5 Seeds Lower Sugar Apple Cider Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail recipe ideas

I had a little play around with some cocktail recipes and here’s a couple I came up with that are fruity, fun and super easy to make!

Berry Good Cocktail

A delicious and fruity cocktail full of berry goodness with a touch of lime to help you quench your thirst.

Ingredients

  • 2 parts 5 Seeds Lower Sugar Apple Cider
  • 1 part Riesling
  • 1 part lemonade (or soda water with a good squeeze of lime, if you prefer it less sweet and more sour)
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries and strawberries
  • Lime, sliced
  • Ice cubes

Method

  1. Mix together cider, Riesling and lemonade in a jug or glass.
  2. Cut strawberries into slices then add to the jug along with the raspberries and ice cubes.
  3. Lastly, garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy.
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7 Affordable Christmas gift ideas for Her

7 Affordable Christmas gift ideas for Her

Christmas is now only 1 month away, so it’s time to start gift shopping if you haven’t yet! I thought it’d be a great time to post a gift guide for some inspiration. So if you’re stuck on ideas of what to get for her, here are a few affordable Christmas gift ideas to help you out.

  1. An e-reader e.g. Kindle E-reader
    This is the perfect gift for a book-lover, a frequent traveler or a girl always on the go. It’s a fun, useful and travel-friendly gift that can be used anywhere and anytime. The Kindle can hold thousands of books and can last weeks on a single charge. It also comes in two colours – black and white. Kindle E-Reader
  2. A fitness tracker e.g. Xiaomi Mi Band 2
    The Mi Band 2 is an affordable version of the FitBit that is equally functional, useful and great value. I had the previous and original version of the Xiaomi Mi Band it worked really well and lasted a month on a single charge! It is also waterproof, so you can go out in the rain or even bring it into the shower without worrying about it getting damaged. XiaoMi-Mi-Band-2
  3. New earphones or headphones e.g. Sudio Wireless Earphones
    For the music lover or girl on the go, a nice pair of earphones or headphones are perfect. I know for me, I never leave the house without a pair of earphones in my bag. The Sudio wireless earphones are practical yet stylish and chic. They make for an awesome gift for those with an active lifestyle and for tech-lovers too! They are wireless which means less fumbling to untangle wires. They also come in multiple colours including black, white, pink and more! I love the black as it’s a classic colour that is easy to match! Bonus, these earphones also come with a stylish matching genuine leather pouch to store them in.
    Sudio Sweden Wireless Earphones
  4. Skincare sets e.g. Pyunkang Yul Limited Edition Moisture Skincare Set
    This Limited Edition Pyunkang Yul Skincare Set contains 3 full-sized products – an essence toner, a moisture serum and moisture cream. That’s a full basic skincare routine in one box that is also great value for money as individually they cost A LOT more! Pyunkang Yul is known for their natural and herbal approach to skincare.
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October Favourites

October Favourites
November is here, Christmas is just around the corner and it’s almost the end of 2017! I know it seems like I say this A LOT but really, wow this  year has flown by! I didn’t post a monthly favourites for September so this October favourites will be a combination of both months.

These past couple months have been very eventful for me. One of the highlights of these past two months would have to be in September when I went to KCON Australia 2017! KCON was an exciting, fun and memorable two days as I got to see lots of great artists perform live including some of my favourites such as Wanna One, Monsta X, EXO and more. I was also lucky enough to get the opportunity to get hi-touch passes for two artists I most wanted to see – Wanna One and Monsta X. It definitely was an unforgettable and unique experience that I was very fortunate to have and will never forget!

Anyways, enough with the catchup for the past few months…Now time for my monthly favourites.

Makeup

Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion

Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion

I actually received this Cosrx cushion from StyleKorean a few months ago to test and review. And, I’ve been enjoying using this ever since I started using it because it has amazing coverage. With the weather warming up here in Sydney and Summer just a few weeks away, this cushion has been the one I’ve been reaching for the most! A light application of this cushion evens out my skin tone well and has a matte finish. I posted a full review of this cushion in September, you can read more here.

Skincare

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream

I’ve been using this eye cream for a couple of months now and realised how much I love it. Innisfree is definitely one of my fave skincare brands since they make great affordable products, and the Orchid Eye Cream doesn’t disappoint. I also loved the Orchid Enriched Cream from the same line, which was in a previous monthly favourites. This tub comes with a generous 30mL of eye cream which may not sound like a lot, but believe me a little of this cream goes a long way so will definitely last a while! The cream has a nice floral scent that isn’t too strong and leaves the skin around my eyes feeling smooth, soft and moisturised.

Clinique Pep Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask

Clinique Double Bubble Purifying Mask

This mask has been great for me on days when I want a full skincare routine without all the effort. This bubble mask is a pretty pink colour that bubbles up to a white foam once applied to the face. When the masks begins bubbling up there is a slightly ticklish sensation that is a little strange at first but not unpleasant. The awesome thing about this mask is that it only needs 2 minutes to take effect and for the bubbles to fully form. Once rinsed away my skin felt soft, smooth and refreshed. I then followed with the rest of my usual skincare routine. It’s such a perfect no-fuss, quick and easy mask that requires little effort which I love!

Son & Park Beauty Water

Son and Park Beauty Water

I decided to finally try out this much raved about Son & Park Beauty Water. It is a multipurpose toner that also doubles as a cleansing water. The Beauty Water helps to cleanse, exfoliate and also moisturise the skin gently without the use of any harmful ingredients. I love that it is so gentle yet cleanses and tones my skin well to leave it feeling moisturised and refreshed.

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Hello and welcome!

A little bit about Belle Hearts…

My name is Annabelle, and I’m a Sydney-based blogger who has an obsession with all things beauty. Belle Hearts is my creative outlet to share my thoughts about my many interests including beauty, travel, fashion and more.

I’m a Media graduate who has always felt the need to make things or do something creative from young, whether it was sewing, cooking, painting or more. Hence, why I decided to start blogging.

I love good food, photography, music and travel. I am also a huge fangirl at heart and an avid lover of k-pop, k-drama, k-food and of course, who could forget k-beauty!

Please look forward to my future posts, and I hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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