Sunday, August 9, 2015

Maybelline: The Nudes Palette

I have been seeing this eyeshadow palette all over Instagram, YouTube & Blogs but I have never seen it in Australia. That is until the other day! I spotted it whilst at work and and noticed there were only two on the shelf, so of course I had to buy one! I couldn't wait to go home and play around with it! The normal price is $A26 but I paid $A18 as it was on special in my store.

I am a huge fan of nude shadows and I already own a few nude palettes so I really didn't need to pick up an extra one. Oh well! I decided that since they are shades that I wear quite frequently I will get quite a bit of use from it.

The palette comes in a hard black plastic case with a window so you can see all the shades through it. I really like the compact design. The case is sturdy so it makes the palette good for travelling or just throwing in your makeup bag! I think it will fit in most make up bags better than the Naked palettes as I always find they are a bit long for most of mine.

There is a good range of light, medium and dark shades and there are mix of matte and shimmery shades. It is split into duo, trio & quads. There is information about how to apply to your eye on the back of the palette (just make sure not to peel all of the sticker off while trying to open it... oops lol)

The pigmentation on the matte shades are a little sheer to start with but it actually gets better the more you use it. I would also recommend you use an eyeshadow primer as the shadow seems to perform better over the primer. It does wear quite well, it lasted me throughout the whole day although it did fade a little towards the end of the day, but I was already home so it didn't matter much.

I would recommend this as a great starter palette for those just starting their makeup journey or for those who want to experiment with nude shades. It is affordable in comparison to other more high end palettes, but if you can wait for it to go on special it's even better. I will get good use out of it and I really love the packaging too.

Have you tried this palette? How is it working for you? Let me know! Have a great week everyone!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

20 Things I've Learned in my 20's (so far)

As I am over the half way mark of my 20s. I may not know all the answers but I thought I'd share some of the things I have learnt in the past six years:
  1. Start saving now! It's good to create a good saving habit now so you have something to fall back on if you are unable to work for some time, or have 100 bills come in at once! Don't wrack up debt just because you have a credit limit doesn't mean you have to take it to the limit. If I could re-start my first offer of a credit card I would probably reject the offer! 
  2. Learn to say no.  Don't feel like you are obliged to do anything! If you don't want to do something or feel like you are being forced into it then simply say no, you don't even have to give a reason if you don't want to.
  3. Never stop learning. You may be done with school and university but that doesn't mean you have to stop learning. I'm always looking for short courses which interest me, articles to read, podcasts to listen to or online classes to take. Explore your options!
  4. Comparing yourself to other people can destroy you. You should only be focused on yourself and who you want to become. Sure you can have someone who inspires you but don't try to become them.
  5. Don't waste time on people who don't treat you right. Girl bye!
  6. Eat and exercise to feel good. I haven't 100% mastered this yet. But whenever I start exercising and eating to fuel my body everything just seems to be better. I remind myself after I haven't exercised in a while how much happier you feel after.
  7. Be more informed of where your food comes from and what is actually on the ingredients list. I try to be more conscious of where my food was made and what goes into it as much as I can! It makes me feel better if I know what I'm putting into my body. Having said that always buy in season produce. There's heaps of tables you can download and you'll know your fruit and vegetables are more likely coming from your country rather than imported from overseas.
  8. Think positively. You don't want to be complaining about every little thing in your life where's the fun in living like that? Change your outlook on life and you'll have a more positive approach to everything. How you feed your mind is what you will essentially become in time.
  9. Have some form of creative outlet. What ever that may be; dancing, photography, baking, DIY-ing (the list is endless). It's healthy and a good way of releasing stress too!
  10. If work're doing it wrong! I love my job. Yes it does get stressful and frustrating at times but at the end of the day I still love what I am doing. Don't settle for a job which you hate find a job that you love doing and you'll be happy to be there for 8+ hours (almost) every day. Money shouldn't be what is motivating you to work.
  11. Go the speed limit. Fines and loss of demerit points aren't fun... I've learnt this the hard way. Your destination isn't going anywhere so you don't need to race to get there.
  12. Always celebrate your birthday, no matter how lame everyone else thinks they are. Birthdays are the best! 
  13. You are never too old for Disney movies! One of my favourite movies is a Disney movie and I'm not ashamed of that.
  14. Vote but know what it is that you are voting in. Take some interest in politics, take time to read and then make your mind up on the best candidate. People often make outrageous promises during election time have a look at their track record in the past too if you are unsure.
  15. Cooking is a life skill, but it doesn't come through absorbing. You have to work on your cooking skills a bit. You don't have to be a gourmet chef but put in some effort to improve your skills and just be impressed that you haven't burnt down the house whilst cooking. Also you won't be able to make exact replicas of your favourite meal that your parent makes, it will be similar but it will never taste the same! But it's good to put your own stamp on it!
  16. Change your bad sleeping habits. Sometimes I'm good with this other times not so much. Once you get into a routine of getting at least 7 hours it gets easier. Even if you are not a morning person you will feel alright having had enough sleep the night before.
  17. Make time for yourself. I always benefit from having some alone time. You'll learn to love it.
  18. Travel! Do it at any chance you get. It doesn't have to be overseas it can be a weekend trip around your area or your country just get out and see the world. Travel has made me grow as a person and I have learnt many life skills from travelling and getting "lost" in an unfamiliar place. It's well worth the investment.
  19. Life rarely goes as how you expect it to go. Enjoy the adventure. Don't worry about what is happening with everyone else. There is no set time limit for life events.
  20. Life keeps getting better. I was freaking out about turning 25 and then 25 came and went, I realised growing older isn't as bad as I thought. Things get better, hard times don't last as long as you think they will! When you look back it is the good times that you remember!
Hope you enjoyed these tips! What have you learnt from life so far? Any tips for me?
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Adventures & Links

This weekend I got called in to work, which is not an issue for me. However I do feel a bit disoriented, I know it's Monday but it doesn't feel like it!
So even with a shortened weekend I did manage to get out and about and do quite a few things as well as go to work. The weather was so much better than last weekend for a start, it was still cold but at least it was sunny!
Firstly I saw the movie Antman on Friday night with a friend, I hadn't heard too much about it beforehand so I was pleasantly surprised because it was amazing and hilarious! I would highly recommend it (if you haven't already seen it). You also learn quite a lot about ants!
On Saturday morning I tried a new place for breakfast called Ollie & Ari. I loved it, it has a quirky interior that was renovated by the owner, an interesting menu and great coffee! I had the homemade crumpets and they were perfection! 
Then on Sunday because the weather was nice I just went on a bit of an explore around St Kilda on my way to dance rehearsals on the other side of the city. So with working on Saturday and Sunday evenings it was a pretty packed weekend! I am still in recovery mode!

Also thought I would share with you some Links I Love:
  • This made me laugh. The CEO from Frito-Lay typed his Google searches into Twitter instead of Google. I haven't tweeted my google searches but I have definitely typed into messages and stuff!! He thought someone was watching his Google searches and posting to Twitter 
  • These Creme Brûlée topped Cinnamon Rolls are on top of my baking list! I am completely obsessed with these at the moment! 
  • Some amazing Aerial Photography of salt flats in northern Australia. It looks so surreal. That blue! 
  • Saw this on Facebook and it actually exists! This Pokeball Soap makes me real happy! It has a random Pokemon inside!! 
  •  Since cutting my hair short I have been a little lost on how to style it. I've just been straightening it but soon I will be investing in a curling wand to achieve this look created by Essiebutton 
Hope you all have a great week!
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Eight Ways To Embrace Winter


Currently there's a lot of talk on social media and news outlets about the #AntarcticBlast or cold snap over the east of Australia. I'm bracing myself for all the comments about how they wish it was summer again especially from my customers at work. But as a wise customer told me "never complain about something you can't control, like the weather". Winter has always been my favourite season but over the years I have liked it more and more.

Instead of dreading the cold, wet and windy weather, try embracing it instead. Focusing on the negative is easy, but finding things you enjoy about winter will keep you happier about the cold.
Here are some ideas to get you inspired:

  1. Get outside. Rug up and go for a walk on the frosty mornings, go for a hike during the day or just head down to the local park and enjoy the winter sun it's good to at least get 15 minutes of sun for your health anyway!
  2. Take a trip. Instead of running away from winter why not take a winter trip to the mountains, either to sightsee or rent a cabin with an open fire for the night. The beach too is amazing during winter so take a trip to a coastal town, it will be quieter than during summer and you will be able to go to popular spots and places to eat without fighting crowds.
  3. Go ice-skating. Perhaps my most favourite activity to do year round, but during winter makes it extra special! In Melbourne there is an outdoor rink at Federation Square on the Yarra River until the 19th of July. There is also the Medibank Icehouse in the Docklands which is open year round.
  4. Start your spring cleaning early. It's always good to de-clutter and what better time to do it than in winter? You can try selling some stuff on eBay or donate it to a charity. There are coat drives for the homeless so if you have a couple of coats that you find you are no longer wearing think about donating them. Animal shelters are always in need of old blankets and towels during winter so that could be a good way to free up some cupboard space.
  5. Learn something new. Winter is a great time to buckle down and learn something new, whether it be learning a language, learning to sew, improving your photography skills, taking a dance class or to start training for a marathon. Look for courses in your local paper, adult education centre or TAFE.
  6. Treat yourself. Winter nights call for some bath pampering time for me! But you can pamper yourself any way you want, book in for a massage, get your nails done in a bright colour or change your hair colour to a warmer shade. Treating yourself will definitely boost your mood if you're feeling a bit low.
  7. Cook up a storm. Winter is a good time to try some new recipes and in the meantime you will warm up your kitchen and fill your house with amazing cooking aromas. What could be better than a freshly baked batch of muffins and a mug of hot chocolate on a cold afternoon?
  8. Embrace comforts. Enjoy the fact that you can curl up in a blanket, sit by a fire, read a book, listen to music or just watch TV. Think of these moments when you are hot and sticky in summer and ask yourself was winter so bad?

Enjoying the days no matter what the weather changes your outlook on life and will give you much more peace of mind throughout the year.
How do you enjoy winter? Any other tips you would like to add? Comment below with your ideas.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Whats in my bag?

Right now I have a little kitten attacking the keyboard as I type... I'll try not to get too distracted by his cuteness. So it has been a while since I last updated. I have had a bit of bloggers block, I mean I had ideas and attempted to write, but I'd just be sitting and staring at a blank screen feeling really unproductive. But after not putting so much pressure on myself to blog I have found motivation to blog again!


I wanted to start back blogging by sharing what I carry around with me on a pretty much daily basis. I am one of those people who will carry around the whole world in my bag if given the chance! But I have been trying to keep my bags on the small/medium size so I can't get carried away but even then they get stuffed to the brim! The bag I have been using a lot is the Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Cross Body bag in navy which was a Christmas gift from my mum. It is the smallest bag I have used on a almost daily basis since I was about 14 when I had a hideously tiny shoulder bag. 

Although I can fill this bag until its basically overflowing I try not to as it stretches the bag out too much. So I am limiting myself to the essentials! My most essential item is my iPhone 6! Although I have proved to myself that I can live without it ... last weekend when I went to Canberra and my phone had lost reception but I was able to find my way around a new city with no knowledge and no map! But I was relieved as soon as it came back on and I could contact friends who lived in Canberra I felt more at ease!

Next essential is all my cards! I pop my cards - bank card, Myki & store discount card and what ever cash i do have in the pocket which is meant for storing your phone but I find storing money and cards in the phone pocket easier when I'm not carrying a purse with me as it makes them easier to find when paying or jumping on the train/bus. Of course I couldn't leave the house with my house key. This is my spare key as I'm not using my car at the moment so I don't need all my keys just one which will let me inside!

I also carry around with me my Fujifilm X-M1 for times when capturing things on my iPhone isn't good enough! I don't use it as much as I would like to because I always feel embarrassed for taking my camera out, this is due to the fact that I have had a lot of criticism in the past for taking too many photos with friends ... I am working on getting back into taking photos more but I feel safer using my phone most of the time!

Always need a couple of lip products in my bag, I carry the Letibalm and EOS lipbalms with me, if my lips are really chapped I use Letibalm which is a lot like Carmex but doesn't have as much of a burn-y sensation when you apply it! I will use the EOS throughout the day just to touch up. I also carry the Clinique chubby stick to give my lips a pop of colour if my plans change and I need a bit of colour! Also the reason I keep my eyelash curler in my bag for those just in case situations.

Since I've been taking public transport I have kept a hand sanititizer in my bag to keep my hands clean and germ free! I really like the Thankyou. brand. What bag would be complete with out some bobby pins and a hair tie? My hair particularly likes to annoy me towards the end of the day/night and I need to get it out of my face. Oh and I also have random jewellery in my bag because I take it off on the way home sometimes.. it's not a good habit because things tend to fall out of my bag...oops!!

That's all I carry around with me on a daily basis, sometimes I'll pop a muesli or protein bar in there for snacking and if I remember my headphones they'll be in there as well.

What do you carry around in your daily bag? Let me know your most essential item?

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