No Buy 2 WEEK UPDATE: 86 Days To Go // Bea Cassidy

Hi hunni!

So … it’s now been 2 weeks since my last makeup purchase;  86 days of my No Buy are remaining!

To help track my progress, I’m going to ask myself the same five questions every update, let’s see if / how my answers differ each time.

1. How do you feel when you go to put on makeup?

I am beginning to be not so overwhelmed by my little collection, especially my lipstick stash. Rather, I am enjoying putting on my makeup more.  In the last month or so, I’ve chucked out 1 lip gloss, a liquid lipstick, a mineral illuminator powder  and an eyeshadow & blush palette, as I wasn’t using them / didn’t like the formula / didn’t like the scent (the Natio Mineral Face Illuminator powder – no longer available – had a super strong chemical scent) / didn’t like the colour and so on. Also, my Australis Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in ‘Salsa’ is on death row at the moment – the colour is so bright, it’s drying and difficult to apply.

2. How many empties have you accumulated over the last 2 weeks? (skincare, fragrance and makeup)

I have 5 empties so far, however, only one is makeup-related.

Skincare //

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream (30mL), Sukin Sensitive Calming Night Cream (120mL), The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser (60mL), Formula 10.0.6. Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser with Passionfruit & Green Tea (125mL) and L’Oréal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer (5mL sample).

3. Which products do you expect to finish by the end of No Buy?

I wouldn’t be surprised if I finish my Australis Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in ‘Ballet’ – it’s one of my all-time favourite lippies. Lipstick crisis? Not sure which lipstick to wear? #Balletalwayswins

4. List your fortnightly faves. 

  1. Mascara? Innoxa Lash Define Mascara in ‘Brown Black’ = This is easy, as I only have one and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  2. Eyeshadow / eyeshadow palette? Innoxa Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Daytime Neutrals’ = Perfect four shades for every skin tone. I love the copper shadow to line my upper lash line, a cool alternative to the bog-standard black.
  3. Base product? Beauty Care Co SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion = Provides more than double the sun protection than my Natio Tinted Moisturiser and easy to slap on / no blending required.
  4. Moisturiser? Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser = Need I say more?!
  5. Lipstick? Innoxa Classic Colour Lipstick in ‘Boysenberry’ = The perfect reddy/pinky/plummy shade – not too vampy, not too girly.
  6. Lip Gloss? Designer Brands Cosmetics Lavish Lip Gloss in ‘Pink Rose’ = A nice pinky/mauvey/nudey colour that looks great on its own, or over a lippie (I’ve found that it works really nicely with Nude By Nature’s Natural Mineral Lipstick in ‘Chique’ – it gives a more pink tinge, as opposed to a brown).
  7. Fragrance? The Body Shop’s Madagascan Vanilla Flower Eau De Toilette (50mL) = A warm, but not too sweet vanilla that just screams ‘Bea’, but ANYONE will love this scent. Unless you are an alien. Or Tony Abbott.

5. What are the positives and negatives of your No Buy thus far?

Positives: Saving money is a major one (beginning to see a little nest egg developing, with plenty of time to grow big enough to get a Father’s Day pressie for Dad), not stressing out as much when deciding what makeup to wear and not feeling so drawn into stores that sell makeup. I feel less inclined to check Priceline, Mecca and BeautyBay every single day. I am less interested in watching beauty hauls / beauty reviews on YouTube. One funny thing is that I also don’t feel the need to wear so much makeup. Today, for example, I wore no eyeshadow or blush, nor did I draw in my eyebrows. Finally, I’m really enjoying my No Buy. I find it cathartic and feel like I’m helping the environment in some way by not buying, buying, buying; instead, I’m using, using, using what I already have. I see my No Buy as a challenge and find it fun, as if I’m being thrifty with my makeup.

Negatives: I sort-of miss browsing the shelves and that little rush you get when you’ve purchased the items you want and it all belongs to you. *I know that last point in particular is ridiculous, but don’t we all love the feeling of the store bag/s swinging and knowing that we’ve got some new goodies to try out?!*

See you in a fortnight for my next Update!





THE HIVE: Benjamin Law

About 3.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of ringing up Mr Benjamin Law at 6.20pm and having a little chat.

I would be lying if I said that I was cool, calm and collected.

I was excited, in awe and a little tired after hurrying home after flamenco class, kicking off my heels, grabbing the phone, peeing (in the toilet) in a state of nervous excitement, before jabbing Law’s mobile number into the ‘Interview With A Great Writer and Awesome Human Being’ virgin device.

The warm, friendly and husky voice that is unmistakably Ben Law answered and I somehow managed not to drown in a state of excitement, nausea and utter admiration.  I – an English-loving fifteen year old – was about to interview Mr Benjamin Law. I am unashamed to say that I have somewhat made sweet love to the pages of his words in a completely non-sexual way.

Did that sound creepy?


Shall we get into the interview?

That’s probably best.

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1. How did your parents encourage your writing?

I didn’t even necessarily want to be a writer when I was growing up, but I was a big reader. I was constantly reading; the one thing that my mum and dad never thought was a waste of money was books. We grew up with a lot of books in our household; they just thought it was really important for me and my four brothers and sisters to be well-read. There was always reading. I think my mum’s still got set recordings of us in bed together, which is kind of cute. Look, to be honest, later in life when I wanted to be a writer, my parents had the same attitude towards me that they had towards all of our siblings, which is ‘whatever you choose to do in life, make sure you like it, make sure you’re good at it and make sure you can earn money from it’. They never really said that explicitly, but they were always framing what we chose in life around those three things, which is a pretty good attitude for parents to have and in terms of the Chinese community, they’re different in that way.

2. What initially inspired you to begin writing and why do you continue to write today?

I think I wanted to write because I like reading. I read a lot of books growing up, but I was a huge fan of magazines when I was a teenager, like Rolling Stone and Juice and being in the Queensland suburb of the Sunshine Coast, which is not a city or anything, reading those stories about the world and about people I’d never meet, made the world feel close and amazing. One of the reasons I wanted to write was to explore the world.  I think what I love about writing and why it’s a privilege, is that it’s an education that I get to share with people. Every time I write a new story, I’m educating myself about someone or something and by writing it, I get to share it and that feels kind of fantastic. I guess the other thing is that writing is a profession that has allowed me to travel around the world, meet people and make friends I wouldn’t have made or met otherwise. I guess that writing fulfills that basic curiosity in me. If you’re the kind of person who’s always being called out for being a ‘busybody’ or a ‘stickybeak’, writing’s not a bad profession. You get to get to be a busybody and stickybeak and get paid for it.

3. What is one of your favourite pieces that you have written and why?

I’m not sure if I have a favourite, but I’ve got ones that are probably quite memorable to me. It’s probably the more serious pieces. Like I’ve got my weekly column in Good Weekend, I’m probably known for my funny pieces in frankie and I really like writing them; I have such a blast writing them. However, the stories that stay with me are probably about people who allowed me to access their life stories and these life stories are not necessarily ones that are usually shared with people. I wrote a piece in Good Weekend several months ago, about people who are in couples and one of the partners comes out as transgender midway through the relationship. I’ve written about people who’ve been survivors of sexual abuse within the family and these people were incredibly brave to share their story with me, as well. I think those stories, in particular, stand out to me.

4. What makes a good writer, as opposed to what makes a poor writer?

A great writer knows their craft inside out. A great writer has probably read their entire life and are curious. A great writer knows the heart of the story as well; they know the big, central question in a story. There are so many different types of great writers, to be honest. There are some writers who are just so funny and other writers who have great journalistic access and there are other writers who just really know how to describe a place perfectly, to make you feel like you’re right in a foreign city you’ve never visited before. I think different writers have different skills and like people, I think writers have their strengths and weaknesses as well. I know what mine are – not going to tell you – but there are so many different things that make a good writer, but I think basic human curiosity is what makes a good writer and to be honest, a good human being.

5. Which has been the most helpful criticism that you have received, that has assisted in developing your writing?

I was once told, ‘Look: not everything needs to be a joke.’ I think he (the writer) reviewed my second book Gaysia and he told me to be confident in the fact that if I’m writing a serious story, just really own the fact that it’s serious and go hard into its content and what the story means. If I’m going to write funny, then sure, go for funny, but I think for a long time I fell back on a lot of jokes, because I wasn’t confident enough that people would be willing to read something that was really serious, unless I had wisecracks in there. That was a really good lesson, but to be honest, I’ve been told many times, ‘Stop writing about gross things, like poo!’ I think that’s not bad advice. I probably write about gross stuff too often. I think the best thing for any writer to do, is to be open to criticism. You can get a little bit cocky sometimes, but then again, there are a lot of writers who have this crippling lack of confidence and that can be a problem, too. Criticism has to be taken on its own merits, as well.

6. How does an emerging writer get their work published?

One thing is having the tenacity to send your work to a lot of editors, to a lot of competitions. The difference between a good writer who continues to write for a living and a good writer who doesn’t, is often community, whether you feel like you have friends in the industry who support you. It’s a really learning profession and by definition, you’re at a desk, alone, working on big stories, especially if you’re a freelancer and if you don’t feel like you’ve got friends you can talk to about the very particular stuff associated with writing, whether it be a lack of confidence, anxiety about what you’re writing or even boring things, like back pain, because you’re sitting or standing at your desk all day, it’s really, really difficult, because it’s such an isolating experience, unless you have those people around you. The first thing’s the tenacity to approach people, the second thing is a sense of community and the third is never losing that, as I keep saying, utter sense of childlike curiosity.

7. How did your appearance on Ted Talks all come about?

To be honest, they just asked me. I wasn’t really thinking that I was up for it. I mean, it’s a really big ask to get up and do a talk with no notes. I’m not sure I’d even do it again, to be honest. I think that says more about my brain. I think some people are really good orators and I definitely need notes most of the time. They just approached me. I think I’d been writing a lot about LGBT issues and it was clear that I had something to say. My sister (Michelle) has appeared on Ted Talks as well and she’s particularly great at it.

Benjamin Law’s Ted Talk

Michelle Law’s Ted Talk #1

Michelle Law’s Ted Talk #2

8. As an openly gay adult, what advice do you have for people (especially teens) trying to work out their sexuality?

One – don’t rush. There’s no need for you to come out until you feel completely safe doing so. Two – again, find your community; don’t feel like you’re alone. The great thing about young people nowadays and the lucky thing for them is that the internet’s so readily available. I sort of came out when dial-up was still pretty new and so the fact that you can go online and find other young people like you, I think is really important. This sounds really weird, but find people like you, who are queer, that you don’t necessarily want to sleep with. Find platonic friends who will be there for you, because often you end up sleeping with people you’re attracted to and then, if they’re the only people you associate with who are queer, you don’t have that many ongoing friends around you. Find those people from all walks of queer life and all types of queer identities, who can be your allies and friends. If you live in a small country town or you live in a regional area that you don’t feel connected to or you don’t have that community around you, you might want to consider moving to a bigger city at some stage.

9. Do you think that there is a legitimate reason for gay marriage not to be legalised in Australia?

No and I think the majority of Australians don’t, either. I think the most frustrating thing is that most Australians are either passionate about it and then a lot of people just think that it’s just a non-issue. The people that do think that is an issue, or who have something against it need to realise that it doesn’t affect their lives. That’s the thing; it affects people who are being legislated against right now, so no, in answer to your question, no – I can’t see any reasons why you should be legitimately discriminated against on a legal basis.

10. Why do you think that Australian authors are a central part of our society and culture?

Writers, like any artist, define our national identity. We tell the stories about our people, as well. Culture and the arts, which writing is such a great part, is very important. We’re a small nation, we’re 25 million people; that’s like a small European nation and we’ve got a great landmass. The other thing beyond that, is we’ve got a really complicated history as well, in terms of race relations, in terms of Indigenous and non-Indigenous race relations and we’re a unique country, with a unique history. Unless you have writers telling those stories, whether it’s through fiction or non-fiction, you don’t really come to understand Australia. I mean, I remember reading The Secret River by Kate Grenville for the first time, and I don’t know if you’ve read that book, but if you do, it’s like a punch to the gut, that this really brutal story and many like it, are a part of our national history and how our country was formed. We don’t often own up to that, so it’s about understanding ourselves. That’s why I think writing is so important in this country.

11. Do you think that journalism truly has a future in Australia?

Yeah, absolutely. Where journalism ends up, that’s a great question and, like you say, the newspaper industry is definitely in a very different phase of its evolution. Journalism won’t die; people want to know what’s actually happening. When you’re talking about journalism, it sounds like you’re talking very specifically about print journalism. Broadcast journalism and digital journalism has never been more robust. I think print’s just finding its place in the world, but print won’t die out, either. I think people have a hunger for longer stories. Where we actually find it, that’s debatable.

Bio (taken from ‘About‘ on Law’s website)

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and screenwriter, and has completed a PhD in television writing and cultural studies.

He is the author of two books—The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012)—and the co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say (2014) with his sister Michelle and illustrator Oslo Davis. The Family Law has been translated into French and is currently being developed for television. Gaysia was published in India in 2013 and North America in 2014. Both of his books have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards, and he is now working on his next.

Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age)frankieand The Monthly. He has also written for over 50 publications, businesses and agencies in Australia and worldwide, including:

•  AAP (Australian Associated Press)
•  ABC’s The Drum
•  The Age

•  The Australian
 The Australian Financial Review
•  The Australian Way (Qantas)
•  Australian Traveller
•  The Big Issue
•  Cleo
•  Cosmopolitan
•  The Courier Mail

•  Crikey
•  Daily Life
•  Dew Process
•  Feast
•  frankie
•  Get Lost
•  Good Weekend (The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age)
•  Griffith Review
•  The Guardian
•  Hello Mr.
•  Hide & Seek
•  Kill Your Darlings
•  The Lifted Brow
•  The Monthly
•  New Matilda
•  Newswrite
•  Overland
•  Peril
•  Qweekend (The Courier Mail)
•  Salt
•  Smith Journal
•  Sunday Life  (The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age)
•  The Sydney Morning Herald
•  The Sydney Star Observer
•  Travel and Leisure: South East Asia
•  Treadlie
 Vogue: Living
•  Voiceworks
•  The Walkley Magazine
•  Winq

Contact Ben

You can discuss a love of poop (or whatever random thing springs to mind) with Mr Benjamin Law, through …

Twitter @mrbenjaminlaw

Instagram @mrbenjaminlaw

Website Contact Page


That’s it for this edition of The Hive, but I’ll see you back here on Wednesday.



The No Buy / Lo Buy Tag!

The idea to create this Tag came out of a discussion with StyledWithJoy in the comments section of one of my posts a couple of weeks ago. We’re both on a No Buy for 2015, and we decided we needed a place to commiserate. If you’re on a No Buy or Lo Buy, please join us in answering these co-authored Tag questions – it’s cathartic!     StashMatters

(above quote taken from StyledWithJoy – thanks hunni!)

Firstly, let’s get something straight. I am currently on a makeup NO BUY, NOT a LO BUY. That’s right – I am not going to be purchasing ANY makeup until the end of my 100 Day No Buy Challenge.

1. When did you start your No Buy / Lo Buy? (and) How long is your No Buy / Lo Buy going to last?

The first day of my No Buy was 10th August 2015, one day before Mummy’s birthday. As stated above, my No Buy is 100 days in duration and ends on November 18th 2015, one month before my (semi-sweet) 16th birthday.

2. Why did you decide to go on a No Buy / Lo Buy? 

Whilst Mum and friends have commented on the size of my makeup collection for a while, with the number of lipsticks I own steadily growing (now sitting at 9, with one more being a liquid lipstick, so I suppose that’s ten) and being the main criminal in the firing line, it ultimately came down to me either having no money after buying makeup or using the little money I had (I no longer have a part-time job) to purchase more makeup. I was sick of having no money and would really stress in the lead up to an event or birthday, where I’d have to have money to buy a present, for example. The Sister is always loaded, though part of the reason might be that her ‘puppy-dog eyes’ effortlessly con people into buying things for her, thereby not having to say ‘sayonara’ to her cash. Maybe I’m partially doing the No Buy out of jealousy of my younger sister, but I know that I’m primarily doing it for me – to save money and see if and how my mindset changes during this adrenaline-rush-from-buying-new-makeup drought. In my last post, I go into more detail about why I’m going on a No Buy, so click here (add link to last blog post) and have a read.

3. Have you ever attempted a No Buy / Lo Buy before? (If so) How did it go?

About 3 months ago, I made an undoubtedly poor effort to cease my perpetual spending on makeup, but less than three weeks later, the beautiful displays at Priceline won me over and I succumbed and forked out even more money for things I didn’t need, some of which I have even thrown out, because they’re just ‘not me’/crappy products/blah blah blah. So I guess it’s safe to say that my last No Buy attempt was pretty shitty.

4. What do you hope to achieve with your No Buy / Lo Buy?

I hope to save some money and see how I feel within myself, without contributing to drugstores’ quotas. Also, I really want to find out what my fave products are in my stash – that is, which ones I’d love to repurchase – and which ones I’m just like, ‘Why, for the love of God, did I waste my money on this?!’

5. What product(s) have you hit pan on since starting the Makeup No Buy?

I have come to the end of my Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream (which is absolutely gorgeous, but pricey – I highly recommend it, but get it at Priceline’s 40% Off All Skincare Sale) and my Sukin Sensitive Calming Night Cream which, if you’re interested, is less than half the price of the Antipodes Eye Cream and you get 4 times the amount of product. I have loved both of these, but I will use my beloved Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser (I’m on my third bottle of the stuff and it’s a steal at $10!) day and night, at least until the end of my No Buy.

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Cream 30mL: AUD RRP $48.99

Sukin Sensitive Calming Night Cream 120mL: AUD RRP $19.95

6. Do you have more empties because of it? (and) What product do you miss the most?

It’s really too early to say, but I am thinking that on some scientifical (yes, I am aware that ‘scientifical’ is not a real word) and mathematical level, I will have more empties. I am 98% sure that I will have finished my Australis lipstick in ‘Ballet’ before the end of the No Buy and I will be devastated and replace that when I am permitted to. It’s just such a simple, foolproof, flattering pink colour and is my go-to when in doubt of what colour to swipe across my lips. It’s also the perfect colour for school. It’s subtle, creamy and very comfortable to wear.

7. Do you think you can survive the ban from makeup?

It really is very early to say whether I am able to ‘survive’ the purchasing of new makeup ban, but I am already feeling less drawn to entering drugstores and department stores, where makeup illuminates the shelves, like a glaring beacon for little Bea Cassidy, eager to find that lipstick that Sally Jo talked about, or that Essence ‘In The Nude’ lipliner that JerushaCouture is so obsessed with. I also find that I’m less keen on surfing the web, stalking products and their respective reviews, perhaps in a futile attempt to justify yet another purchase. Of course, I do like to watch beauty-related YouTube videos – I find them cathartic and act as a type of therapy as I toddle through my 100 Day Makeup Ban.

8. What product(s) do you envy right now, but can’t get? (The original question is ‘What is the one product you envy right now, but can’t get? For eyes? For lips? And for face?)

I am looking at a few shades of the Australis Go Long lippies, the Chi Chi lipsticks and a few Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks.

9. Have you cheated and bought something already?

Nope. I’ve stayed strong. As the group members of Shopaholics Anonymous in the funny, relatable film ‘Confessions Of A Shopaholic’ chant, as if they are trying to convince themselves of the fact that it’s good not to spend money, or at least, to spend less, “My will is strong. My wallet is closed. I do not want to shop.”

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10. After your No Buy / Lo Buy, are you planning a big haul? (If so) What are you going to buy?

I have a few products on my To Haul list (but no where NEAR as much stuff as was on a wish list in one of my more recent blog posts) and one or two things that I would love to receive as prezzies, hint hint friends and family of moi. To purchase myself, I would love the Innoxa Silk Skin Primer (AUD $24.95). Aussie beauty YouTuber Jodi, from GooRoo Beauty, has raved about it and it’s always out of stock at Priceline. I’m hoping that it will keep my face from looking slightly greased at the end of the day and that it will help my Natio BB Cream buff more easily into my skin, without getting all bitty, if you know what I’m saying. I’d lurve the Inika Mineral Blusher in ‘Pink Pinch’. It’s a mauvey-rosey shade and I only have one blush (Natio Blusher in ‘Peach Glow’), so I feel entitled to another one. I’m also looking at the USD $7 BH Cosmetics Enhancing Eyes: Gorgeous Green Eyes Palette, because it’s cheap, has some neutral shades and the coloured shadows it does have will not cause car crashes, ala the Urban Decay Electric Palette. It’s safe to say that I have fallen out of love with my Australis Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in ‘Salsa’, so I’m looking at replacing with a more wearable coral, such as tge Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipstick in ‘Blonde Ambition’ (available at Target for AUD $18.95), the Ofra Liquid Lipstick in ‘Rio’, or, if I, or a family member, REALLY wants to spoil me, I’d love to own the Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenched Lip Cream in ‘Juicy Melons’ for a pricey AUD $29. However, I’m not sure on this one, because it looks equally, if not more vibrant, than ‘Salsa’. I’m hoping that I’ll receive the Ovonni Makeup Brush Kit Set of 29 for AUD $58.99, as I only have one proper makeup brush and that’s my Natio Kabuki Brush. I was looking at a set from Furless Cosmetics, but the Ovonni Set has a much bigger set of brushes and is not much more expensive. I’d also like a lipstick holder, because if I ever shut my makeup drawer a bit firmly, all of my lippies fall over. Soldiers down! Soldiers down!

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you’re on a Makeup No Buy / Lo Buy, from StashMatters and StyledWithJoy and myself, we challenge you to do this tag!

Check out StashMatters’ answers to the Tag she co-created!

Check out StyledWithJoy’s answers to the Tag she co-created!



P.S. Comment down below if you’d like to see my makeup drawer and collection tour.

P.P.S. How do I change the message above the Comments section? #suchaWPjunkie


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Hi hunni!

Just a quick note that – from Wednesday – I will be posting 3 times a week on Bea Cassidy!

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Wednesday’s I will be posting something beauty-related, whether it be a review, a lil’ rant – you name it, I’m posting it!

Saturday’s I will be sharing a new edition of The Hive or a ‘Real Talk’

Sunday ‘s I will be giving you an update in No Buy 100 Day Challenge, sharing how I’m feeling and if I’ve had any urges to spend, spend, spend!





// 100 DAY NO-BUY // Bea Cassidy

Hey guys!

No b.s. – let me just tell you what’s going on.

I am not buying makeup for the next 100 days (well, by the time this goes up, it will be 98 days until I can purchase a new makeup product).

The last day of my 100 Day No Buy Challenge is November 18th – one month to my birthday, December 18th.

I do not have an outrageous makeup collection. Well, I suppose an ‘outrageous’ sized collection will mean different things to different people. I am not a blush buff or mascara maniac – my weakness is lip products, mainly lipsticks.

My aim over my 100 Day No Buy is to, firstly, save up some money for Christmas and my dad’s and friend’s birthday which are both on October 8 and get a little nest egg together for my sister’s 14th birthday on December 4.

However, my other interest is seeing how I feel without adding to my makeup collection. See if I feel better or worse for not buying that new lippie or eyeshadow. As someone who suffers with depression, I feel that I can speak for many of us depressed peeps when I say that we look to things that we enjoy and that we think will make us happy. And I feel like the rush of handing over $30 or more, for some new things that I slap on my face, is temporary.

I’d like to see if, and how, my mood changes throughout the next 100 days. I’m interested to see if my interest in makeup and surfing websites such as Priceline, Mecca and Sephora, decreases or increases and whether the feeling of needing to buy makeup goes up or down.

Every Sunday, I will have an update post going up in my No Buy Challenge, letting you know how I am feeling.

I am keeping a wish list with a few makeup items that I’d like – mainly mid-high end stuff – and during and after the Challenge, I will evaluate if I am still interested in them. Of course, to be able to buy any high-end products, I’ll need a part-time job, which are hard to come by where I live.

Let me know if you’ve done any No Buy challenges below and your tips and tricks to ensure that the money stays in the bank or in the pocket and is not transferred to the till of a drugstore.

I am also thinking of maybe collaborating with Stash Matters and starting a Beauty Addicts Anonymous, where we could have a Google+ chat or Skype sesh, once a month. What do you guys think?

Also, let me know in the comments below if you’d be interested in possibly being involved with a Beauty Addicts Anonymous support group and if you have any ideas for names, leave them below.

As I heard Tracey Spicer say … we should be loving people, not things.




THE HIVE: Tracey Spicer

Hello and welcome back to the third instalment of The Hive!

This week’s edition features an interview with Channel 10 newsreader, TV personality and Ted Talk-er extraordinare, Tracey Spicer.

Tracey is in her mid-forties and is a mum of two. She’s also a feminist, a comedian and has a straight-talking, no bullshit attitude.

I first saw Spicer’s incredible Ted Talk The Lady Stripped Bare about 6 months ago. It really got me thinking about the amount of time many women spend on their appearances every day and why we do it.

Tracey Spicer is open about her own routine, including spending 45 minutes on her hair, before each and every TV appearance. Spicer says in the Talk that she takes things very ‘literally’ as she removes the ‘several inches’ of makeup off her face, spritzes her straight hair styled to perfection with water, takes off her dress and kicks off her stilettos.

I have great respect for Tracey Spicer, primarily because she practices what she preaches. As she says in her Ted Talk, she has cut back her pre-TV grooming routine and doesn’t wear makeup offset.

Spicer encourages to look and ourselves and say, ‘What could I either cut down on, or get rid of entirely?’ She is refreshing, as she doesn’t go all dogma and say, ‘You have to do this’; she simply invites us to evaluate our routines.

Without any further ado, I welcome to the stage, Mrs Tracey Spicer …

1. Have you ever wanted to be anything else, apart from a newsreader / TV personality?

I always wanted to be a journalist. From a very young age, I was extremely inquisitive. Then, I wrote for the school newspaper, before completing a Communications degree in 1987. Like many young women during that era, I was inspired by Jana Wendt.

2. What are your ultimate goals as a newsreader?

Truly, I hope to work in the media, whether it’s TV, radio, newspaper or online – until the day I die. I love story-telling.

3. How have the values that your parents instilled in you as a child, affected the raising of your two children, Taj and Grace?

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a very close family. The four of us did everything together. Hubby and I bring the same philosophy to raising Taj and Grace. We are a tight-knit group. I guess our parenting style could be described as firm, but loving.

4. In your Ted Talk, you went through your full makeup routine, which occurs before every TV appearance. You said that you wanted to minimise the makeup that you wear on screen, as it was all ‘bullshit’. Currently, what is your makeup routine for TV?

At Sky News, the presenters do their own hair and makeup. It’s wonderful have control over your own image. I do a very light makeup. Unfortunately, I can’t go completely barefaced on TV, because it’s too distracting. You want the audience to focus on the news on the day, not how ‘strange’ your face looks.

5. Have you changed as a person, since ditching and / or minimising aspects of your grooming?

I definitely have more time! I’m currently taking guitar and singing lessons, and doing hours of paddle-boarding, instead of spending up to an hour a day grooming. I also find I’m more relaxed going out socially. Previously, I put a lot of effort into how I appeared. Now, frankly, I don’t care too much!

6. Why do you think it took you so long to evaluate and change your grooming routine?

Humans are creatures of habit. For more than 20 years, I had been wearing a mask. We become accustomed to seeing ourselves in a certain way. It’s tough to change that.

7. Why do you think the media Photoshops and edits so many of the images that are shown to the public?

There are many reasons: advertisers want their products to be shown in the best light; humans like to look at conventionally attractive faces. Fortunately, we’re seeing a backlash against this, where consumers are demanding more realistic images.

8. What are your thoughts on girls around 15 years of age wearing a substantial amount of makeup? (read: full-coverage foundation, concealer, heavy bronzer, blush, liberally-applied mascara and a bright lipstick or gloss)

I think it’s sad that young women feel they need to wear so much makeup. If you’re a creative person, and enjoy the artistic aspect of it, then go for it! But please don’t use it as a mask. We all need to learn to love ourselves a little more.

9. On November 17th 2014, Elizabeth Clarke published an article on The Sydney Morning Herald’s website, entitled ‘In response to Tracey Spicer: Why wearing makeup makes my day’. Clarke makes a comment, ‘Unlike Tracey, I don’t mind my daughter watching this “elaborate ritual”; I invite her to. I want her to know that looking after yourself foes not make you vain or shallow. It is an expression of self-pride. Plus painting over yellowed nails and plucking unwanted facial hairs definitely gives you the edge.’ Ms Spicer, Is the reason you don’t particularly like your daughter Grace, to sit in on your grooming routine, that you are concerned that her viewing of her grooming could further influence her to wear an excessive amount of makeup and spend an astronomical amount of time on her appearance, as she moves into her teenage years, along with the pressure from the media to act, dress and look a particular way?

Yes, that’s exactly right. I would like Grace to be her own person. She should make choices based on her own satisfaction, rather than the external validation of an increasingly consumerised society.

10. People seem to be ashamed of publicly admitting their flaws, but why are we? Aren’t our flaws part of what makes us human? (and) What are some of your flaws?

We should all be admitting our flaws! It actually makes us more likeable. I can be vain and selfish and pig-headed. Nobody is perfect.

11. Bill Shorten (leader of the Federal Opposition (Labor) party in Australia) has now pledged to legalise gay marriage within 100 days of Labor being elected into parliament.

a) Do you think that this promise puts pressure on Toby Abbott to re-evaluate his stance on ever moving to legalise gay marriage?

Sadly, no. I think Tony Abbott revels in his image as an ultra-Conservative. He will simply keep saying that there are more important matters for the government to deal with.

b) Do you think that more people will vote Labor at the next Federal election, because of this major political move?

Shorten’s promise will definitely win Labor some votes, but I wonder how many of those are from traditional Liberal voters. Probably very few.

12. Why do you think that Tony Abbott (Australian Prime Minister) (and up until now, Bill Shorten) is so against legalising homosexual marriage?

There is a higher percentage of practicing Christians in the Federal parliament than the general population. This is also why it’s so hard to get any commitment on voluntary euthanasia legislation. I don’t think politicians’ religious convictions should stand in the way of change, which is being urged by the vast majority of the electorate.

Say g’day to Tracey on Twitter!

Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Tag

Well, hello, hello and how do you do?

I am ashamed to say that a 1 week break has morphed into a 3 week break.

However, I have been tagged by the lovely Beauty, East Coast Style and am BACK! (Also, keep those peepers peeled for new editions of The Hive, with two Aussie media inspirations, who have incorporated faeces into their work at least once. 😉

The rules are:

1. Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you. (TICK! >> Just a quick thank you to BECS for tagging me. You and your blog are both gorgeous! xx)

2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided you.

3. Nominate ten bloggers to do this tag.

4. Create 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.

Without any further ado, let’s get into it!

1. Favourite emoji?

The one with tears erupting from both eyes, due to laughter or happiness.

2. Favourite colour?

Willpower orange (and black is an absolute staple).

3. Holy grail beauty product?

Going off makeup products … this is a fairly easy question to answer. My Australis Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in ‘Ballet’ – such a pretty, wearable pink! (see my ‘MAKEUP DIRECTORY’ for link!)

4. Favourite season, and one clothing item you love to wear then?

Can I just say – summer used to be God to me. Sun, sand, liquified ice-cream and sweat – man, I loved it all! Perhaps aided by the fact that my birthday is in summer (it’s December 18th) and Christmas also being plonked smack-bang in the middle, so … presents! (Need I really say more?) But now, I love Winter. Hot chocolate, crisp mornings where the paddocks are carpeted with frost and snuggling up in bed with a tea and my two little sausages. (*my two sausage dogs, in case you were wondering). I love scarfs and flapper-style hats, but my favourite piece of all is my Ice Design Fashion Faux Fur Hoodie Coat in a neutral caramel colour – it’s toasty warm and I transform into the yeti, hence bringing some character to the dull grey mornings where cafés and Targets and Pricelines call my name.

5. Twitter or Instagram?

Twitter for the win! (Are you following me? Catch me on @its_beacassidy), but the sis set me up on IG a few weeks ago, so help motivate me over there! @its_beacassidy

6. Favourite store to shop for clothing?

Dotti, Temt or good ol’ Target or op shops!

7. If you had to pick either eyeliner or mascara to use for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?

Hands down, mascara! Eyeliner sends me into a state of anxiety and / or running for the hills.

8. Favourite beauty guru to watch on YouTube?

Definitely Fleur DeForce! But a little closer to home, I love my girl JerushaCouture and BRITTNEYLEESAUNDERS.

9. What is one way you destress?

Sit my arse down in my bean bag with a cup of tea (my fave is A Touch Of Tea’s ‘Snow Crystal’), switch my little heater on, light my Dusk Destinations: Tibet – Lychee & Black Tea candle and ensure that my YouTube subscription list is steadily decreasing.

10. Favourite childhood memory?

Hmm … my sister and I had been begging our parents for centuries (don’t judge me – it sure as hell felt like it) for a dog. Then, one fateful night in March 2011, my dad snapped and said, ‘We are never getting a dog.’ Sad and dejected, the spawn of Satan (just joking) and I tramped onto the school bus the following morning. Please note that a few days beforehand, a small pen / run had been assembled in the yard. The Sister and I were ecstatic! Yes, we’re getting a dog! we thought. However, Dad said, ‘No, we’re not. It’s for the guinea pigs to run around in.’ For a 9 year old and an 11 year old, this was certainly a confusing thing. Fast forward to Friday, (the day after it had been set in stone that we were never to experience the warm smell that is uniquely ‘puppy’), my sister and I hopped off the bus, to see a kennel in the pen. Our pre-pubescent lungs soared and we shouted, ‘We’ve got a dog! We’ve got a dog! We’ve got – Hang on, where is it? I can’t see it. It’s gone!’ Our mother heard our hollers of distress and said, ‘Something might be up here!’ Still traumatised by the thought that the dog we hadn’t even met had managed to escape the clutches of our (at times) slightly deranged family, we pelted up the stairs faster than we ever had before. My sister (who has always been a most excellent sprinter) arrived at the summit before I did. She squealed, ‘Bea, we got a dog!’ then ‘Bea, we’ve got two dogs!’ And sure enough, in a little bed, sat a tubby male dachshund cross with wrinkles hiding his eyes and his slim little sister. And that was the day when we knew we could never be happier. The End.

The 10 bloggers I nominate are:







Lippie Obsession

Kate Kiwii

The Audrey Files


(Insert evil laugh here) My little minions, here are my questions for you.

1. Are you for or against gay marriage?

2. If everything was free in Sephora/Priceline/Ulta/Mecca Maxima/Mecca Cosmetica for 24 hours, what would you get?

3. Do you think that stilettos are ‘the tools of the patriarchy’?

4. If you could only use one lip product for the rest of your life, what would it be? (read: lipliner/lip pencil, lip gloss or lipstick)

5. Could you ever only purchase and use makeup that is cruelty-free?

6. Who is your favourite YouTube beauty guru?

7. What is your dream job?

8. What are your least-favourite characteristics in some bloggers?

9. What are your thoughts on teenage girls wearing a full-face of makeup? (read: primer, concealer, foundation, eye primer, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, false lashes, eyebrow gel, eyebrow colour/pencil, blush, bronzer, highlighter/illuminator, lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss?)

10. What are the makeup sins that should never be committed? (read: makeup looks and / or techniques that are just wrong)

I hope that you all enjoyed this tag and I shall see you back here on Wednesday for the third instalment of The Hive with Benjamin Law.