Embracing your winter skin

Winter is a time for longer lengths and layers. When tan summer skin starts to fade and dries up in the cold winter air you know it's time to prepare. Learn how to embrace your paler skin rather than mope about the tan days of summers past with this easy guide. 

Colour match
Yes, we know that your foundation matched seamlessly earlier in the year but it's time to let go. Find a shade that matches your new winter colour or invest in a light shade to mix into your current foundation of choice. It's an easy fix and you'll thank yourself when you don't look like a reverse geisha in photos.

It's easy to slack off and not exfoliate when you aren't worried about a streaky tan but it's important to stay vigilant. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and helps keep your skin smooth, so keep this step part of your weekly routine.
If you're a bit too tired to vigorously scrub your body in the morning, run a bath at night, add a bath bomb and treat yourself to a nice scrub. Try my sugar scrub recipe for silky skin that won't break the bank.

Finally, a combination of cold weather and indoor heating can leave your skin parched making it essential to keep that skin moisturised. Depending on your skin-type you may need to opt for something with a thicker consistency to really lock in that moisture. Personally I enjoy more natural sorbolene lotions such as the Australian Pure Beauty Sorbolene or the Derma Sukin Daily Gentle Lotion. These two products have exactly the same ingredients and are both available from most chain supermarkets. 

Winter is nothing to be worried about. Think about all the time you save not having to shave or worry about the polish on your toes and be happy the colder months are here. 
Embrace that stark contrast of your pasty skin to your skinny jeans and love your winter skin.

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Liebster Award

The lovely Ally Rosalia nominated me for the Liebster Award which is essentially a way to recognise new or underrated bloggers. It's difficult starting a blog when no one really knows who you are, I can't count how many times I've had doubts about my decision to pursue blogging but it's important to follow a passion and an award such as this is very motivating.

The rules of this as I understand from other posts is that you give ten facts about yourself, answer the ten questions the person who tagged you asked and create ten new questions for your nominations to answer. So fairly simple and I definitely encourage everyone to pass this forward and keep the positivity flowing.

Ten facts about me

1. I'm half Polish on my fathers side.

2. I have 2 dogs called Miley and Homer

3. I'd love to move to Melbourne.

4. I met James and Oliver Phelps (Weasley twins from Harry Potter).

5. Reality TV shows are my guilty pleasure.

6. I've been to 9 different countries. 

7. I'm studying a Bachelor of Journalism with Public Relations as my major.

8. In high school I was visual arts captain. 

9. I once broke my ankle in a horse riding incident. 

10. I'm a bit of a music snob. 

1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
The ability to grow my writing skills and creating content that excites me. Although I'm studying journalism, I feel we're often pigeon-holed as general news writers and that's not really the direction I see myself going. Blogging is the perfect creative outlet. 

2. What is your favourite season?
Winter. Well the Queensland winter at least, it usually doesn't get colder than 10 degrees. 

3. If you could eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Italian, I love the flavour of garlic and tomato especially on pizza. 

4. If you could invite three celebrities to lunch, who would they be?
Emma Watson, Angelina Jole and J.K Rowling. All strong, independent woman I could learn from. 

5. Salty or sweet tooth?
Sweet, definitely. 

6. What is your favourite TV show?
I'm a big fan of TV shows so I can't pick just one but I do love Breaking Bad, the Walking Dead, B

7.  How did you get the name for your blog?
Amadee May is my first and middle name. It's unique to me and I see it as my brand in a way. 

8. What is your most prized possession?
I don't really have one to be honest. 

9. What is your favourite holiday?
I'd love to go back to Europe and backpack for a while. No schedule, just exploring 

10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I'd love to live in the UK at some stage but I don't know if I could handle the weather. 

My Questions to you

1. How would you describe your personality?

2. What's your greatest strength?

3. What inspires you in life?

4. What's your guilty pleasure?

5. What kind of music do you listen to?

6. What age to you feel right now and why? 

7. What does a perfect day look like to you?

8. What is something you've always wanted to try but have been scared to do?

9. What's your greatest accomplishment? 

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I nominate these lovely ladies who have amazing content that deserves to be recognised. 

      Avec Rosa 
      Rosa has a blog and YouTube channel. She's travelling at the moment so definitely have a look at her recent posts and vlogs which will make you wish you could have a Freaky Friday body switch. 

      Jadwiga has amazing style, I'd love to pinch a few pieces from her wardrobe. Good quality photos and a wide variety of outfits. Definitely an underrated fashion blogger who you should be following. 

      Earth to Style
    Lauren is fairly new to blogging but she's been gaining a following through her striking outfit posts. She also adds a 'fun fact' to the end of her posts which is something quirky and unexpected. 

      Forever Modest
     I'll admit that I didn't know you could be as diverse in your style while still covering up but the lovely author of Forever Modest has changed my perception. I love how she's able to layer different pieces so effortlessly and adapt to the style of her surroundings on her travels. 

     Kelsey is very new to the blogging world but I see good things coming from her. She's a positive person and you can definitely feel the uplifting tone to her writing. Plus she liked Harry Potter which is very cool in my books. 

Skip the denim

Obviously I'm not a model or a photographer, just a girl with a tripod and a camera. I study full-time at university and have classes four days a week which can get fairly busy and be exhausting. Some days I just want to be comfortable but I'm trying to venture out of my comfort zone and try new things fashion-wise so the stock-standard t-shirt and jeans is being put away until at least the end of semester exams. 

Top: Forever 21

Pants: Forever 21

Hat: Cotton On

Earrings: Big W

Rings: Lovisa 

Backpack: Bardot 

Shoes: Windsor Smith

Changing it up with L'oreal Paris Excellence Crème

When it comes to at home hair dyes, I'm definitely no stranger. Naturally I'm a light brunette, however I've been colouring my hair a cool-toned medium brown for the past couple years. Recently I did make the decision to go lighter with bleach but it wasn't for me and being the impatient person that I am, I decided to dye it darker again. 

Prior to purchasing this product, I didn't do research as I usually do. I made a spare of the moment "that looks nice" decision which in hindsight was probably not the best idea. Luckily everything worked out in the end.


Like any hair dye, there's a colourant and developer which you mix together and a pointed nozzle on the bottle for application. There are however a few extras which I was quite interested in, such as the comb applicator and the protecting serum you apply before the dye.

Application was a fairly straight forward process. You apply the protection serum, mix the colour and developer then apply it to your hair as per the instructions. You can use the comb nozzle to apply the product to the lengths of your hair but it was too much fuss for me personally.

I also decided to add a little bit to my eyebrows to tint them slightly darker. It's not advised but I only left the colour on for 2 minutes and it was perfectly fine.


My starting colour was the result of a washed out semi-permanent dye over bleached hair. 

The result was a chocolate brown. 

I must admit I was quite disappointed that the auburn tones didn't pull through. It's a lovely shade but if it has that hint of red it would be infinitely more exciting.

Despite not getting the desired results, the product itself was easy to use and provided a nice even colour to my hair without noticeably damaging it. Although the colour wasn't what I wanted, it's not a bad product simply not the right one for me.
If you're looking to go darker then this is a great option for you, otherwise I'd suggest using the L'oreal Casting Crème Gloss line instead. It's no ammonia and in my opinion, delivers a more spot-on colour.

DIY - Cheap Vegan Exfoliator

 I've been using fake tan more frequently lately and discovered the annoying task of removing it. Rather than buying for products and spending more money I decided to create my own. This exfoliater is super simple and completely customisable to suit exactly what you need. Plus it leaves your skin silky smooth and moisturised which is always a plus.


  • Sugar (Caster or raw depending on the level of abrasiveness needed)
  • Oil (Coconut, almond or olive)

Mix the sugar and oil together at a 2:1 ratio. The oil is just to change the sugar consistency and make it easier to apply.

Mix until you have a paste-like consistency, if it's too runny, just add more sugar. 

And you're done, it's as easy as that. 

I suggest using this scrub with a mitt of some sort to avoid rubbing the skin of your hands raw. Also, make what you need for each use as you go to avoid the sugar dissolving and loosing it's abrasiveness. 

Enjoy your smooth skin.  

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - Review

Cleansing waters are popping up everywhere since the Bioderma  Crealine H2O opened up the market. Garnier brought out their version recently and it's been fairly popular with the beauty community.

Face of Australia Glamazon contour & highlighter kit - Review & swatches

By now most people are familiar with this product due to the rave reviews plastered all over the internet by numerous beauty fanatics. Well I'm here to tell you why they're right because I adore this Face of Australia contour & highlighter kit in the shade Leopardess.