New Year, New Me!

Every January 1st we say “New Year, New Me” and we all know damn well that this is never 100% true. Yes we may have New Years resolutions but how many of those do we keep and aren’t they the same every year; get fit, join a gym, learn a new skill, go on holiday etc. come on lets stop lying to ourselves.

This year I decided that instead of New Year resolutions I am going to set smaller goals throughout the year. Whether they be weekly or monthly goals. I find by setting smaller goals that are more realistic you will have more motivation to actually achieve these goals if the end of the road doesn’t seem too far away.

As I was away over New Year, I am starting my goal setting tonight, for Monday! This week I have only set a few goals as doing less with help you achieve more! If you set 2 goals and achieve 2 goals in a week you will have more motivation to achieve more goals the following week. Whereas if you set 5 and only do 2 or 3 you will think you have failed. Start small and move your way up.

My goals for this week are:

  • Attend 2 PT sessions
  • Plan out 2 blog posts

I feel as though these goals are achievable and by giving myself 7 days to do them makes it that much easier! Don’t make your goals hard for yourself, in the end you want to achieve them don’t you??

 

What are your goals for 2017?!!

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Monthly Favourites // October

I honestly don’t know where this year is going! It is crazy to think that next month is Christmas and my birthday. October was definitely a hectic month and all I could think about was going on holiday. Last month I didn’t have too many favourites as I haven’t tried out many new things but I did find a few old favourites that I have brought out again.


The one favourite I did buy this month was a Millie Marotta colouring book. Now I know I am a bit late on the band waggon with this one but I never really understood the whole hype until now! I have honestly done so many in the book and to be honest I think I spend way too much time on each page but I have been loving it. Colouring really is therapeutic and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

My next favourite is my Bath and Bodyworks Twisted Peppermint Shower gel and Body lotion. Now that the festive season is coming up I have brought these gems back out to use. Needless to say, I am very excited about Christmas.

Last but not least, the fake tan. Winter is over here in Australia and that means I need to tan up the body ready for my real tan. As always I am loving my Bondi Sands.Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Although lately, I have been using the dark foam rather than the lotion form. I have never been very good at fake tan so I tend to stay away from the foam, but I thought I would just bite the bullet and use it and so far so good!

Cant wait for November favourites, I have so many news things I am trying out! xx

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Monthly Favourites // September

Back at it again with the monthly favourites. This year has just gone far too quickly and I can’t believe it is already October. This month I have a variety of things, from beauty to food and a new edition to my family.

I was in need of some new shampoo and whilst I was in the supermarket a few weeks ago I came across a Tresemme one that was one sale for $6. I picked it up not really expecting a miracle, but I am quite impressed. I found that it almost dried out my hair (but in a good way – if that is possible). It seemed to wash out easily and my hair felt really clean afterwards . This shampoo also claims to keep your hair from getting greasy and that you can last up to a week between washes. I will say that a week is probably not going to happen but I did get a solid 4 days out of it without my hair going greasy. I’ll continue to use it and see if it improves with time.


I have also been trying a new face scrub this month. I have always been a fan of St. Ives products so I thought I would try another scrub. This time, I got the green tea one. I must say it is a lot fresher than the oat scrub I had. I feel like it gives my skin a really good clean and has definitely minimised my blackheads.

Recently Mum took a quick trip to Sephora and picked up a new Zoeva brush for me. I was in need of a new bronzer/blush brush and I have been loving it. The bristles are so soft and it applies bronzer so smooth and effortlessly. I feel as though I don’t need to blend as much. I will definitely be getting more Zoeva brushes. If you recommend any let me know, please!!


A strange favourite but I have been particularly into fruit this month. I don’t know if it is the Spring season or what but I have just been eating so much fruit. In particular, I have been loving pear, kiwi and watermelon. I will have this combination almost every day and if not I would probably eat 3 or 4 kiwis a day. Bring on the Summer fruits!

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And last but not least…. our new kittens!!! My family have been sort of talking about getting a kitten for a while to add to our endless number of pets (well a dog, cat and rabbit). At the beginning of the month, Mum and I were sitting having coffee one day and whilst I was scrolling on Instagram I found a picture of two kittens at our local cat shelter ready for adoption. I showed mum and she instantly said: “Oh let’s go have a look at them!”. We hopped in the car and within minutes we were there. We went into the first adoption shed and they weren’t there so we went into the second and as soon as we walked in we saw their adorable faces. They were two sisters; Teddy and Tilly. We both melted and just knew we, had to have both, we couldn’t very well separate them especially because there was two. It has been nice to experience having baby pets, as both our dog and cat are fairly old I don’t remember what it is like to actually raise and train pets. They have settled in so well, it definitely helps to have two as they don;t get lonely and don’t require your full attention 24/7. Adopting from shelters is such a great way to help animals to be rehomed or help them to be taken out of a terrible situation and given a second chance at life.

This was Tilly (is the short hair one) and Teddy (is the medium hair one) the first day we had them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is them 2 weeks ago, as you can see they have settled in quite nicely! 🙂

Shellac vs. SNS – Which one do you prefer?

I haven’t always had the best nails. They were always very weak and brittle and for many years I would bite my nails right up to the skin. It wasn’t until a few days after I finished school that I had my first proper manicure and they really started to grow.

The first time I had my nails done I got shellac. I was very sceptical about getting shellac because I had heard very mixed reviews, some people swear by it and some hate it. At the time though I was about to go on holiday so I wanted something I knew would last longer than a few days without chipping. I must admit when they eventually started chipping, I started to peel it off myself and then I was so disappointed in shellac and thought it had just completely ruined my nails and I would never get it again. After some thought, I realised that it probably wasn’t the shellac itself but my peeling it off and the removal process that damages your nails more than the polish.

For the next 2 and a half years, I continued having shellac on and off and getting it removed properly. I literally thought shellac was the s***, soon did I realised that shellac was not nearly as good and my new found love!.

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SNS!!!! I have only recently been introduced to SNS. For those of you who don’t know, it is basically a gel polish with a powder formula. They paint your nails with a gel base, dip your finger in the coloured powder and then repeat the process 2 or 3 times and then buff the nail and apply a gloss top coat. It also has zero drying time. It has a similar appearance to acrylics but isn’t as bulky so it looks a lot more natural.

It is supposed to be infused with vitamin and minerals that help your nails grow (whether this is true or not I am not sure), but I honestly think it has helped my nails grow a lot faster. For me, this is a positive as my nails hardly grow. I also love that it lasts so long, the last time I had it, it lasted well over 3 weeks no problems.

As great as this product is there are a few cons such as the price. At my local nail bar, it is $50 AUD as compared to shellac which is $30. In saying this it lasts a lot longer than shellac and it helps to maintain the strength and length of your nails. So for me, I am not bothered by the price if I can actually get my wear out of it. Another downside is that you can not get refills, again for me this usually is not a problem because after a few weeks I’m sick of the colour anyway.

Let me know what your favourite nail polishes are and if you have every tried SNS.

xxx

Where have I been?

So it has been as while since my last post and I’m annoyed at myself for not committing! I did start writing a few posts but I never got around to finishing them and I wasn’t happy with how some of them turned out. This has been due to a lot going on both exciting and not so exciting.

It’s that time of year again with uni going back and trying to get back into the swing of studying and learning. Needless to say, I had a few problems with my timetable and units which were frustrating but that is all sorted now.

On the other hand, my sister and I have been working on a special project that I am so excited about. We are still in the planning stages but it is coming along and we have got so much done which I am very pleased about. Next week we should be starting the bulk of what needs to be done to get it up and running but so far we are on track. Can wait to announce it when the final stages of planning are complete (which should be very soon!!).

Now that things are sorted and running smoothly, I am back 🙂

I hope you are all well and I look forward to writing more posts.

xx

 

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Top Picks: Drugstore Lipsticks

When it comes to lipstick I don’t really have a preference. As long as I like the colour and formula I will wear it. Trying to pick 3 lipsticks that are my all time favourites was both easy and hard (so I picked 4). I picked out the lipsticks that I find I wear the most and then narrowed it down to the ones I liked the most.

After much consideration these are my top picks:

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate – #11


This was the first dark berry lipstick I ever bought. I bought it just before I went on holiday to the UK for Christmas a number of years ago. I thought it was an appropriate colour for the festive season. I love the formula of this lipstick. It is really creamy and has a nice shine to it. It is a lasting finish lipstick from the Kate Moss range and I find it does actually last quite a long time.

Maybelline LIP gradation – PINK2


Now on the other spectrum of colours. This is a very bright, summery colour. Not something I would usually go to but there is just something about this colour that is really nice. The formula is so buttery and I love the application. It comes out like a crayon on one end and then on the other end there is a sort of sponge tip that you can use to blend out. I would say this lipstick is more on the matte side than glossy but it is not drying at all.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour – Seduction


This is lipstick is a newer purchase and definitely on trend with the liquid lipsticks.  I love the colour of this lipstick it is what I would define as my perfect nude. I feel it has just enough pink tone to it that it doesn’t wash me out. The formula is quite good for a drugstore lipstick. The only thing I would say is I find it takes a few minutes to dry matte, so make sure you don’t apply too much.

Essence Lipliner – #11 In The Nude 


I thought I would just add in this lipliner because more often than not I will wear it alone. I would describe this colour as a classic ‘Kylie’ colour. It has nude that has brown undertone. I love this liner and I wear it under a lot of lipsticks. The formula is quite drying but if I apply a lip balm on before I don’t have a problem with it.

These are my top picks! Let me know what your top picks are.

xx

 

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Everyday Makeup Routine 

I thought today I would do a blog about my everyday makeup routine. I’m not going to lie I love days where I don’t wear makeup and I can just let my skin breath. When I have these days I usually give my face a really deep cleanse and then apply a thick moisturiser and it does wonders. For the most part, though I do like to put on a little bit of concealer and some mascara just so I don’t look completely sleep deprived. On the days when I want a bit more coverage the products I use are fairly  basic and I tend to stick with the same thing.

So here is my everyday makeup routine:

Base 

I always start by moisturising my face. I usually do this after I have cleaned my face and I let it sink it before I start my makeup.

For the primer, I like the Benefit Porefessional Primer. I will usually just apply this to my t-zone and use any remaining product on the rest of my face.

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As for foundation, I am loving the Estee Lauder Double Wear. I apply this all over my face with a damp sponge.

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I will then go in with a light concealer and apply that under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose and my chin and any blemishes I may have.

Once I have blended everything out I go in with a translucent powder over my whole face.

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Face

For contouring and bronzer, I usually use NARS laguna. I will go in with a smaller brush to contour then take a small fluffy powder brush and just blend it out with some more bronzer.

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I don’t always wear blush but when I do it is Rimmel matte blush in 002 blushing berry. I will just apply this slightly above the bronzer and on the apples of my cheeks.

Then for a highlighter, I have been loving MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle.

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Once I have finished my face I will spray it with MAC Fix +.

Eyes

Eyes are the one thing I keep very simple. I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday only for special occasions.

For mascara, I have been using Benefit They’re Real and apply a few coats of that.

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Then I will just brush through my brows and fill them in with Benefit Gimme Brows, nothing too fancy.

Lips

As for lips, I will usually apply a lip balm before I start my makeup just so my lips aren’t dry when it comes time to apply my lipstick. At the moment I have found myself reaching for Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Seduction.

And that is it!

It seems like a lot when you write it all down :/ but honestly it isn’t that much and it usually only takes me 10 minutes or so to put it on.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Let me know what your go -to everyday products are.

xx