Things I do to lift my mood... ♡



I don't know about you, but when I'm feeling stressed or overwhelmed it's usually because I have many things to do but am struggling to get them done. Sometimes I just keep procrastinating and putting things off or simply feel stuck and that's when I like to do small things that make me feel productive even if they have absolutely nothing to do with the tasks I am stuck with. These things are simple but they don't make me feel like I am wasting time. Doing nothing when I have plenty to do stresses me even more. Sometimes it's a good idea to step back from the chaos and just recoup yourself. I don't always necessarily feel stressed or overwhelmed, but maybe I've just had a bad day and feel a bit down. Whichever the case may be, these are some small things I like to do to lift my mood.

Simple and productive home tasks...
One of the things I do very often when I am having a stressful or overwhelming day is small cleaning tasks. I know everyone is different but for me cleaning is therapeutic. When I say cleaning tasks, I mean changing your bedsheets, cleaning your makeup brushes and doing a load of laundry. Maybe tackle a section of your room or home that is a little bit cluttered. I do this almost every time I procrastinate with uni work because I know that if I sit at my laptop and try to do it I will just be staring at the screen being unproductive. At least if I am doing one of these cleaning/ organising tasks I am still feeling productive without stressing about my lack of focus on the uni assessment. I've previously written a full post on small tasks I did to feel productive, 'Little Productive Things of Today...'

Have a hot shower or bath...
Okay, so personally I have never been a bath person. I don't think it's baths that I don't like, it's just my bathtub that I don't like. In saying that, the other week I had had a day when I felt a bit bummed out and all I wanted to do was buy a nice Lush bath bomb and sit in the tub. It had been a good while since I used a bath bomb because I never take a bath, I always shower. After that, I ended up purchasing two more bath bombs from Lush just for future days when I may need a mood boost. This is not something I do when I'm stressed, but rather when I'm feeling a bit down.

Enjoy a bit of a pamper...
After that lovely bath, I like to go a little bit further and give myself a bit of a pamper. I'll make sure to moisturise my body with whatever my favourite product is at the time. Recently, I have been loving the Frank Body Body Cream. It smells like fresh doughnuts and yummy icing! This body cream is great because it is super hydrating and nourishing, and it's also cruelty-free. I use this particularly when my skin is feeling dry. Frank Body is one of my favourite brands as they are cruelty-free, natural (I don't necessarily stick to natural products but it's a bonus) and so far I have liked every product I have tried. I will leave a link to my previous post on Frank Body and their products here

Another product I regularly use is the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream. This is my all time favourite body cream and it has been since 2015. I have an entire post dedicated to it here if you were interested.

Can't forget a good facemask...
Continuing on with the self-pamper, I can't forget to include a good face mask! I don't know what it is about facemasks but for some reason once I've applied one I feel like I've got my life together. Obviously, a facemask isn't going to solve all my problems, but at that moment I feel relaxed and like everything is falling into place. Of course, that's all a mindset, just like my life probably isn't falling apart to begin with even if I feel overwhelmed, that's also just in my mind. Does anyone else feel that way about facemasks? 

Listen to uplifting music or a podcast...
Normally I would put on my chill playlist which has mostly songs from Jack Johnson, Sticky Fingers and various other artists in those types of genres. However, recently I've discovered a podcast called You Beauty and I have really enjoyed listening to it. I have tried listening to podcasts in the past but I always got bored and gave up. I find that a lot of podcasts take forever to get to the point and are difficult to sit through. The You Beauty podcast though is light-hearted, witty and actually interesting to listen to because it talks about beauty and skincare. What I like is that the podcast is well-structured whilst still feeling like a fun chat. I find myself often laughing when listening to this podcast and it's great at taking my mind off other things. So far I find it fun and relatable, especially in one of their episodes when they spoke about haircare because I totally agreed with everything they talked about. Another great thing about this particular podcast is if you happen to be interested in any of the products they mentioned you don't have to write it down because they link everything anyway. I'm yet to find another podcast that I genuinely enjoy but at the moment I am seriously loving You Beauty, definitely lifted my mood!

What are some things you do to lift your mood?

Garnier Tissue Masks! Hydra Bomb & Pure Charcoal ♡


Hello lovelies! I've recently come back to blogging after taking a pretty long break from it and I have to tell you I feel super great at the moment and excited about sharing new posts with you! I am very passionate about skin related topics as my skin is something I have struggled with since high school. I think that I may share a whole post dedicated to my skin experience but because it's quite long I'll skip over it in this post. I'll just mention that I have combination skin with cystic and hormonal breakouts. I unfortunately do have scarring including some pitted scars on my forehead (I've started skin needling treatments so I'll share my experience with that too) and at the current moment, my skin is quite dehydrated. I do drink more than enough water every day but I haven't found any topical products that actually hydrate my skin well.

I thought I would try a couple of the Garnier tissue masks as I've read many positive reviews on them. Initially, I intended to buy two different tissue masks from their Hydra Bomb range but ended up getting one Hydra Bomb and one from their new Pure Charcoal range. I actually had tried their Hydra Bomb Ultra Hydrating Rebalancing tissue mask, which is their green one, but I don't remember liking it that much. So this time I decided to try the Ultra Hydrating Rejuvenating mask and the Pure Charcoal with Black Algae mask.


Pure Charcoal with Black Algae
The first of the two that I tried was the Pure Charcoal with Black Algae. The little slits on the edge of the packet made it easy to tear open without any mess. When I took out the mask I didn't particularly like the scent but it wasn't too strong so it didn't bother me that much. I found the actual mask a little fiddly to unfold but nothing too difficult. When I applied the sheet to my face (cleanse and pat dry first) my skin felt super cool and fresh. The sheet openings for the eyes, nose and lips were easy to shift so it sat well on my face. After a couple of minutes, I did notice a tingling sensation that continued to increase for around 10-15 minutes. The tingling wasn't unbearable but it wasn't pleasant either. Normally you're supposed to leave it on for 15 minutes but I just left it on for around half an hour while I was doing other things. After the 15-ish minutes, the tingling started to subside.

After peeling the mask off my skin was definitely cooler. The instructions state that you can either massage the remaining excess into the skin or wipe off with a cotton pad. I decided to massage the rest into my skin to hopefully wake up with nicer skin. This mask claims to extract oil, dirt and impurities from the skin and to refine pores, skin texture and moisturise. I did feel like my skin improved slightly in terms of oil and dirt but my skin does not feel particularly moisturised. For $4.99 it was a nice mask but I think I'll continue to try other products. Good news is it didn't have any negative effects and my skin did appear to be less red!


Hydra Bomb Ultra Hydrating Rejuvenating
I decided to purchase the Ultra Hydrating Rejuvenating mask because like I mentioned, my skin has been feeling quite dehydrated even though I drink more than enough water. I find that when my skin is dehydrated, makeup will look far too dry and powdery on my skin and that's not exactly the look I want. It doesn't matter how much I prep my skin, or how dewy/ glowy the products I'm using are, it still looks oddly dry. I could be prepping my skin the exact same way and using the exact same products and sometimes it looks lovely and other times not so much. Hence I am now focusing on rehydrating my skin, and according to many online reviews, this is a good product for that.

The packaging is the same, easy to tear open. This mask, however, has a blue protective layer that you peel off after applying the mask to your skin (blue side facing out). When I first applied the mask to my skin it felt fresh and cool just like the first mask. But for some reason, I found this one more fiddly. What I liked about this mask is that there was no tingling sensation so it was far more relaxing and enjoyable to have on my skin. Again, I did leave this on for longer than the recommended 15 minutes as I do with most masks. 

After peeling off the mask I massaged the remaining serum into my skin and let it do its thing. I do feel like my skin is more nourished and maybe after multiple uses (these are single-use masks so I'd be repurchasing new ones), I may notice a pretty good difference in my skin. I much prefer the Ultra Hydrating Rejuvenating mask (blue one) over the Ultra Hydrating Rebalancing mask (green one) I tried a long time ago. This one is also my favourite out of the two I mentioned in this post.

Have you tried these Garnier tissue masks? I'd also love to know what your favourite hydrating skin products are.

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Favourite Makeup Brushes ♡


Hello, lovelies! It has been a good while since I last posted on my blog and it seems that my last few posts have all started with a sentence very similar to this one. I definitely have not been as consistent as I would have liked to, and even though life gets in the way sometimes, the main reason I stopped posting is simply that my passion for blogging had disappeared. If I'm entirely honest, I had lost interest in all the things I had previously enjoyed. I even stopped reading blogs altogether and that's something I used to really love! I did try to get back into it but it just wasn't interesting me anymore and I couldn't figure out why, and because it wasn't just blogging I lost interest in I realised that it was a sign of something much bigger. So for the past few months, I've been trying to take care of myself and find hobbies that I enjoy, whether it was something I used to like or something entirely new. For that reason, today I have decided to motivate myself to sit down and write a post. To get back into blogging I thought a topic on something that is simple and fun would be best, so I thought I would share my favourite makeup brushes with you!

Every single makeup brush I own is either from Real Techniques, Nude by Nature or Eco Tools, all of which are all affordable brands. For this post I have 6 different brushes that I want to share with you, 4 are face brushes and the other 2 are eye brushes. While I often alternate through my little brush collection these are the 6 that have been my go-to recently.



If I'm not using a makeup sponge or my fingers, I will always use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush for my foundation and occasionally concealer. I like how the brush feels soft on my skin but firm enough to buff/ blend the foundation seamlessly. I have been using this brush for quite some time and it has held up incredibly well! I am someone who will NOT use a dirty brush on my face, especially if I've used a liquid product (foundation or concealer) with it. I will wash it properly between every single use because I have such high maintenance skin and I do everything I can to avoid breaking out more than I already am. So as you can imagine this brush has been deeply washed a heap load of times and I haven't had a single bristle fall out yet (that I know of.) This brush was part of their Flawless Base set, I'm not entirely sure if it is sold separately. Though this brush is definitely a staple in my makeup routine!

The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is the first brush I ever purchased from them. Originally I used this brush to blend my foundation and concealer but after purchasing their Buffing Brush, I started to use this one for contouring. For some reason, I hadn't thought of using this brush for contouring initially but when I tried it I realised it had the perfect shape and density for contouring my cheekbones and jawline. Personally, I prefer a natural and soft contour and this brush works well with a few of my contour shades/ bronzers. As with the buffing brush, I have had absolutely no issues with bristles falling out. Another staple in my collection!

The Mini Sheer Powder brush from Eco Tools is my newest brush addition and oh my goodness it is the softest brush I have ever felt! I really like that the handle is small and easy to travel with, while the actual brush head is still full size. This brush has honestly been a great all-rounder. I've used this with both bronzer and blush for a sheer and natural application, as well as an overall powder. Because I haven't owned this brush for too long I can't comment on how well it wears, but so far there hasn't been any problems with bristles falling out. Even though this brush isn't necessarily a staple at the moment, it still is a current favourite and I can imagine it's a perfect brush for travelling as it is small and can be used for multiple purposes!

The last face brush I am writing about is the Real Techniques Detailer Brush. I'm not entirely sure if this is considered a face brush but I personally use this to contour my nose, so I grouped it in the face category. I don't have too much to say about this one other than it is of the same great quality as the other brushes I have mentioned and it is the perfect size for nose contouring. For me, contouring isn't my main focus but I do like to give my nose a little bit of shape. This brush was also part of the Flawless Base set. The Real Techniques Detailer Brush is definitely a staple for me!

Nude by Nature were some of the first makeup brushes I owned and are still a favourite, particularly for powder products. I don't often wear eyeshadow but every now and then I like to add a swash of colour to my eyes. This fluffy brush is a great tool for that wash of colour, as well as for applying a soft crease/ transition shade. I purchased this a few years ago as part of their Essential Collection set, which has since changed in appearance. This brush is a bit larger than the average eyeshadow brush but I love using it anyway!

For those occasional days when I do feel like wearing eyeshadow that's a bit more than a swash of colour, I use this Full Shadow brush from Eco Tools. The brush is much denser and provides a nicely pigmented application. I love that the bristles are still super soft without sacrificing the actual firmness of the brush. Because it's not often that I do wear eyeshadow, I don't use this brush regularly. But it's still a favourite when I do use it! This brush comes in their Ultimate Shade Duo set.

So these are my favourite makeup brushes at the moment. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these if you have used them, and I'd also like to know what your favourite brushes are!

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Skincare from Simple


Alrighty, I am finally back with a new skincare post! I've been wanting to write a post about Simple's skincare range for quite some time, and now I'm finally getting around to it. Over the years I have tried a variety of Simple's skincare and so far I have never had a negative experience. I currently only have four of their products so I'll only be sharing my thoughts on these for the moment.

First up is Simple's Hydrating Cleansing Oil, which is intended to dissolve and remove makeup. This oil is enriched with vitamins A and E, and is made with 100% grade seed oil. I purchased this product because I wanted to try a different makeup remover and it happened to be on sale for only $4.99. I simply take some of the oil in my hands then gently rub over my face to dissolve my makeup. I liked how easy it was to remove my makeup but I would never use this on its own. Yes, it does seem to dissolve my makeup but in a way that made it easier to cleanse afterwards if that makes sense. So it feels more like a product that helps with removing makeup. After using this oil I always rinse it off then go in with my regular facial cleanser and my makeup will be completely removed, rather than if I was to just go straight in with my regular cleanser first. Although this product says it doesn't leave a greasy residue, I have to disagree. I find that I do feel some kind of residue, hence why I still double cleanse after using this.

Spotless Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes ($7.50)
These are probably my favourite wipes of the ones I have used. I don't know if it's just in my mind but I seriously think they help a little with spots! Now I do have quite acne prone skin (with acne, it's not just prone) so this does not by any means clear my skin. But I think they have the best effect on my skin in comparison to other wipes I've tried. They're great for removing most of my makeup (of course I always cleanse properly afterwards) and just for refreshing my skin when I'm not wearing makeup. I don't have too much to say other than I really like these and would definitely recommend them. I don't always use makeup wipes, in fact, I very often take breaks to see if I see any improvement in my skin as I've heard that they're not good for the skin. But honestly, I prefer to have them in my routine!

Replenishing Rich Moisturiser ($9.99).
This moisturiser from Simple is quite nice in my opinion. It claims to be a rich moisturiser that keeps your skin hydrated for up to 12 hours. If you have extremely dry skin then I think you would probably need something more nourishing, however; if you don't have super dry skin this moisturiser is great for daily use. I don't tend to reach for this much during the winter months as my skin gets much drier and it's just not moisturising enough for me. But during the rest of the year, I definitely like to use this both morning and night! I read that this product has UV filters to protect your skin so that's a good bonus. There's also no harsh chemicals, artificial perfumes or colours and dyes. Overall, I think this is a good everyday moisturiser.

Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser ($6.99).
Continuing with moisturisers, this next one from Simple is their oil balancing moisturiser. It contains zinc and chamomile that is intended to absorb excess oils. Sometimes I love this and sometimes I don't. It's one of those products that you don't realise is doing something until you stop using it. For me, I notice a difference in my oil production when I stop using it. When I apply this to my skin it's quite lightweight and apparently does help with my oil production. I say apparently because I don't notice until I use something else and notice that I get more oily throughout the day. Again, this moisturiser isn't super hydrating, but it is a nice everyday lightweight moisturiser if you have oily skin.

So that's the post! It has actually taken me a couple of months to write this believe it or not. I've been very lethargic for a long time as living with NDPH is exhausting. I did try going keto and had some surprising results which I may share on my blog too!

Have you tried skincare from Simple?

❤︎

An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann


Hello lovelies! I've realised that it has been a really long time since I read a book just for fun. Most things I read now are either from my university textbooks or required readings. And sure, sometimes it can be interesting but it's not the same as when I used to pick up a novel and read just to read. A while ago I was contacted by the lovely author, Kelly Wittmann, to read and review her new contemporary Young Adult novel, An Authentic Experience. I was super excited to have a new novel to read so, of course, I said yes! I personally am not great at describing plotlines, so instead of focusing on describing the plot, I will share the things I enjoyed most.

An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann - "Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. It’s a really bad time to fall in love, so you can pretty much bet that Silver will. Enter Jake Sullivan…"

First of all, I really enjoyed the different family and friendship dynamics explored in Silver's life. Silver and her mother seem to have a close relationship with each other, as well as with her maternal grandparents. However, the relationship Silver has with her dad is rocky and near non-existent. It was intriguing to follow the relationship between Silver and her dad throughout the story, especially after a frightening encounter she has with one of his friends. What I liked about the relationships in Silver's life is how varied they were from each other. But my favourite little storyline throughout the novel is the relationship Silver pursues with Jake.

Jake is introduced right in the beginning of the novel as the popular, good-looking, football player in junior high school. Initially, he seemed a bit arrogant but it wasn't far into the book that I began to actually like his character. Their relationship is a sweet portrayal of young high school love between the two. I also thought that Silver's 'unique' upbringing was a great feature throughout the story. Silver has been homeschooled her entire life and has in some ways lived through her cousin to have the whole 'teen and high school' experience.

The novel throws in many humorous rock references that I'm sure plenty of readers would appreciate. I wish I'd got them but I've never been a huge rock listener, nonetheless I always like when books and films throw in some witty references.

I found the story easy to follow, sometimes a little bit too easy in some ways but still engaging. I really liked how Silver's character was unique in many ways, particularly with her style! She strikes me as someone who is a bit nervous around people but quite strong headed.

I think this novel is great for younger readers around their early teens. It was fun to read a novel which featured something new for me such as rock as I am not too familiar with it. Thank you to Kelly who sent me a free digital copy of her new novel so I could share it with you! It was great to read something new. You can purchase a copy of An Authentic Experience here

♡ Three Pressed Powders ♡



Hello lovely! I haven't managed to focus on my blog for a while because my NDPH has been getting in the way of life and I had to put all my limited energy into uni. Anyway, today I have a new post all about pressed powders! Actually, these three are the only powders I own and they are all very different from each other. I thought I would share with you my 'powder collection,' I guess I can call it as this is all of them even though it's not a huge collection.


Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder...
First up is the Australis Fresh & Flawless pressed powder that I swear almost everyone in Australia has either tried or heard of. This was one of the first powders I bought and have been using for a few years now. I wrote a review on it here and still to this day it's one of my most read blog posts. Even though I have a previous post on it I'll still briefly talk about my current thoughts. This is my second pan and as you can see I have definitely got good use out of it.

The Australis Fresh & Flawless powder is the one I use most out of the three. I like that it mattifies my face without looking dry or dull, and unless it is an extremely hot and humid day, it lasts a good while on my skin. This powder adds a little bit of extra coverage but not so much that it looks cakey. The finish is matte and soft, I usually use a brush to dust it over my skin but sometimes (not often) I press it into my skin with a sponge and it completely blurs all my pores. It's also worth mentioning that there are no oils or fragrance in the product, and the brand itself is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. In regards to packaging, it isn't luxurious as such but it is nice and sturdy with a good amount of product. Only negative is that there isn't a huge range of shades; I use the shade Natural. Overall this is a lovely powder that is affordable too ($13.95).


Maybelline Fit Me! Set + Smooth Powder...
Initially, I had planned on purchasing the Matte + Poreless version of this powder but they either didn't have any left or it hadn't been released yet. Either way, I ended up with the Set +Smooth powder. This product claims to 'blend seamlessly and leave a finish that is just right.' Upon first application, this powder does exactly that. Because I have combination skin I prefer to use matte products otherwise I just get too shiny throughout the day.

This powder feels slightly finer than the Australis Fresh & Flawless and doesn't have much coverage to it, I like that though. I do get shiny when I use this, especially on my chin and forehead. It's a bit of a bummer because I actually really like how it sits on my skin when I first apply it. It definitely does 'set and smooth' but I just wish the 'setting' bit lasted longer. I think if you have dry to normal skin you may really like this powder. I will add that for me this powder is lovely during the colder months, and I do use it during spring and summer too but I NEED to have blotting sheets with me if I do. As for the shade range, I believe there are four which isn't a huge range; I use the shade Nude Beige. This powder is also oil-free and fragrance-free. Overall, a great powder for dry to normal skin. ($14.95).


Rimmel Stay Matte...
Finally, the Rimmel Stay Matte powder that I have heard so many great things about. I purchased this powder in search of something that would keep me matte throughout the day. I kept hearing about how great this was at controlling oils, and when Tanya Burr (adore her!) recommended it on her channel I thought that this may be the perfect powder for me. The Rimmel Stay Matte powder claims to keep you free of shine for up to five hours whilst minimising the appearance of pores. Okay, so although I don't dislike this powder, I also don't particularly like it. It does mattify my makeup to begin with but that lasts about 30 minutes before I start to get shiny on my forehead and chin. I will say that I quite like how lightweight this powder is, it feels like my skin can breathe. If you have dry or normal skin I think you would probably really like this powder, but unfortunately, this does not control the oils on my skin. I don't think I will be repurchasing this powder but I will get good use out of it during winter! Overall, I like that this powder is lightweight and provides a soft and natural finish, I just wish it kept my shine at bay for longer.

Have you tried any of these? If you have let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation



Hello and welcome to a new post (finally!) all about the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I purchased this when I was in search of a lightweight foundation suitable for a natural day look. This foundation claims have a formula enriched in vitamins C, B5 and E to boost radiance and provide an anti-fatigue effect.

Packaging...
First, let's talk packaging. It is a simple glass bottle with a pump that doesn't dispense too much or too little, which I love. The lid clicks on and stays on, overall this packaging is nice and sturdy.

Formula...
The formula of this foundation is neither too thick nor too runny, making it easy to work with. I really like how comfortable this foundation is to wear, it's so lightweight I can't even feel it on my skin. If you have dry or normal skin I think you might be able to wear this without setting it, but because I have combination skin I always use a powder on top. This foundation does not feel at all tacky on my skin and it isn't drying either.

Application...
The first time I applied this foundation I used a brush and I did not like how it looked. I was initially disappointed with the foundation because it looked quite streaky, but then I tried it again with a dampened beauty sponge and it applied so much nicer. I find that this foundation blends in very nicely too.

Finish...
I love how soft and natural the finish of this foundation is. It isn't overly matte or dewy, it's right in the middle with the potential to go either way depending on how you prep and the other products you use. If I'm feeling a more matte finish I will go over it with a mattifying powder, but if I want to go for a dewier look I'll prep my skin for it and add some illuminating properties. I like that it's versatile like that on my skin.

Overall...
I actually really like this foundation. Most days it works well for me, but there are always those days where my makeup just doesn't want to sit right. I will say though that Bourjois should really extend their shade range. Even though the shade Vanilla matches me pretty perfectly, I think a lot of people would need to purchase two shades to create their match and that's not exactly fair. So, excluding the shade range issue, my personal experience with the formula and finish is definitely positive. 

Have you tried this foundation? If you have let me know how it worked for you!

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Five Concealers And My Thoughts On Them...

Concealers were probably one of the only products I would wear back in early high school. I didn't wear mascara because my lashes were already prominent, and the only reason I started with concealer was because of spots (when I look back now it wasn't even bad at all, especially compared to later). Of course, I lightly powdered to make sure it was set. I have tried a number of concealers since then and some of them have worked for me whilst others did not. Currently, these five are all of the concealers I own. I find that these are all quite different to each other and thought I would talk about them all in a single post.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind
I purchased this for the first time a couple of years back due to all the hype it received. To be honest, I didn't actually like it at first. It looked almost 'cloudy' on my skin, not sure how else to explain it but it wasn't great. I'm not sure what changed but after trying it out again I found myself really liking the coverage this concealer gave. I finished it off and didn't repurchase for a while, but then a few months back Priceline had another sale and I picked it up again, accidentally picking the wrong shade which turned out to be too dark for me. I was a bit annoyed at myself but then I realised it was a great shade for concealing dark circles under my eyes. Too dark to use anywhere else on my face, but under the eyes it helps a fair bit with cancelling out the blueness. I think the reason I was disappointed in the beginning is that it was super hyped and I was expecting some magical concealer, but it actually is pretty good!

Rimmel Wake Me Up
Another concealer that has amazing reviews online. However, it just didn't work for me. I don't want to hate this product because I've seen it on others and it looks lovely, but on me, it just looks dry and flakey. I have tried several times to get on with it, using different foundations, application techniques, etc. I really wanted to use this up so that's what I've been trying to do, but it's definitely taking a really long time. I can't remember what shade this is because it's been scratched off completely. The good thing is it doesn't break me out! But the overall finish this concealer gives on my skin just isn't worth it. As much as I wanted to like this, it didn't work well with my skin.

Maybelline Fit Me!
My favourite one of the five I own. These have received great reviews online and for good reason. For me, this concealer has worked really well for adding that bit more coverage on areas that need it without creasing or looking at all cakey. I didn't know this before but it is oil free and that is something I have started looking for in the products I use on my face. The formula of this concealer is not too thin and not too thick, and it is also super easy to blend by simply patting it with your finger or beauty sponge. The finish is very flattering too! I use the shade 20 as it is the perfect shade for my skin tone. I have already repurchased a second tube as this one is starting to run low. Overall highly recommend!

NYX Dark Circle Concealer
A peachy toned concealer meant for correcting discolouration under the eye area. As I mentioned earlier in this post, I have quite dark under eye circles even though I don't have bags or puffiness. I tried to convince myself that this worked to cancel out the blue tone but when I compare this to both the Maybelline concealers above, it doesn't do all that much. It's definitely not terrible, and I will continue to use this but I do tend to reach for the other two more often. Some people may not like the packaging as it's not the most hygienic but I don't mind it at all because I always wash my hands before makeup anyway.

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer
Another concealer from NYX which I use but not all that often. It's a very thick consistency and can be a little difficult to blend, but not impossible. Unfortunately, this isn't a great concealer for blemishes because although it covers the redness, it seriously looks dry and patchy on them. If you have good skin and need to cover a bit of discolouration or something then this would work for you. But on my breakouts, it doesn't exactly sit well on top. Again, I don't hate this product but I can't use it on blemishes. I do sometimes use it under my eyes though and that works fine.

So those are all the concealers I am sharing with you today and I hope you enjoyed this post! If you've tried any of these I'd love to know what your experience was, and if you have a concealer that you love please let me know about it because I'm all up for trying out new things!

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Four Things ♥︎ All About Hair


A new post in my Four Things series, this one is all about hair! Generally, my haircare routine is pretty simple; shampoo, condition then air dry. I have been trying out other products but to be honest, I haven't found a lot of hair products that have blown me away. There has been some that I've liked, some that I didn't, and some that I felt neutral on. Before I share my thoughts on these four hair products, I'll briefly talk about my hair type as everybody is different and things don't always work the same for everyone. So I am pretty lucky when it comes to hair because it is soft, grows out quickly and doesn't require much to get that way (this is great for my head hair but means I have to shave my legs all the time!) I do however struggle a bit with frizz and flyaways. The humidity here in Australia can get intense sometimes and my hair does not seem to like it. I can get oily roots and slightly dry ends but nothing too dramatic.

TRESemmé Heat Tamer Protective Spray
This is a product that I've been using for years. It was the heat protectant that so many YouTubers were talking about and because it was super affordable I decided to pick it up. I used to straighten my hair every now and then but I rarely use heat on my hair now. Whenever I do though I always use this heat protectant. The spray nozzle is great, it doesn't have an awkward amount or pressure (have you ever tried something that sprays really awkwardly?) so it is easy to get a nice application. The scent is pleasant too so that's a bonus!

Not Your Mother's She's a Tease Volumising Hair Spray
I purchased this in search for a hairspray that would help with the flyaways on the top of my head. The packaging is pretty and sturdy. The nozzle has a good spray application as well. BUT, I really dislike the scent of this. It claims to be infused with natural apple blossom and bamboo, so I was expecting a lovely fresh scent (of course with a hint of that typical hairspray smell) but after spraying it in my hair I got a whiff of fermented fruit. I have continued to use this spray because I didn't want the money to be a complete waste, and the scent could be worked around if I sprayed it in a brush first then used that to brush down the flyaways. Then I spray something else in my hair such as my SunBum leave-in treatment or my new John Frieda leave-in conditioner to make sure my hair smells nice and not like the hairspray itself. I wouldn't repurchase but I am making it work.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry
I have tried a few different dry shampoos and am yet to find one that I love. I didn't hate this one by any means, it's probably the best one I have used. The scent is lovely too! But I don't love it because it doesn't really fix my oily roots as much as I'd like it to. I personally prefer to wash my hair, and I do so almost every night. I know you're not supposed to according to the haircare rules, but this is what works best for me at the moment. Because I workout most days I also sweat and I don't like the thought of having a sweaty scalp. Of course, you do not have to wash your hair that much, even if you sweat. Everyone has their own way of dealing with that but mine is to simply wash my hair. Sometimes I try to go two days without washing my hair, sometimes three. Honestly, day three is totally fine, but it's dealing with day two that I cannot stand. Anyone else get frustrated with day two hair? Because washing my hair every day is a bit drying, I like to wash it every one and a half days. For me, that's the perfect amount. I have been reading some posts with tips on how to wash your hair less frequently if you're one who is a daily washer and they've been useful.

Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Creme
A BB creme for hair that claims to moisturise, detangle, defrizz and more. I purchased this in hopes of being able to tame the frizz in my hair. To apply, I use one or two pumps in my hands then just comb it through the mids and ends of my hair. It can be applied both when your hair is damp or dry, but personally, I prefer using this when my hair is about 70% dry. This is a nice product to add a bit of softness to your hair, it also smells lovely and gives a nice shine. It's not a miracle worker but I do enjoy using this. I've almost used it all up and although I do like it, I will probably try some other products before repurchasing it as I'm still looking for something that will REALLY help with frizz.

Let me know if you've tried any of these and what your holy grail hair products are!

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy | Blushed Petal


I feel like it's been such a long time since I last posted about a nail polish. Even though I recently did a nail polish declutter, I haven't actually sat down and talked about an individual nail polish like I used to do on my blog. When I first started blogging, nail polish posts were some of my favourites to both read and write about. So, I thought it would be fun to share with you the current nail polish I'm wearing, and that's the Sally Hansen Color Therapy polish in the shade Blushed Petal.

I picked up this nail polish in Priceline sometime last year when I was looking for something more neutral to wear. My first impressions on this nail polish were that I liked the wide brush and the colour was pretty. After applying one coat, I was a little surprised as to how sheer it actually looked. Applying the second coat was underwhelming as you could still see my nail underneath and I wasn't necessarily wanting a sheer nail polish, just a neutral one. BUT, turns out I actually like how it looks with one or two coats. It's the perfect 'my nails but better' shade, my nails look fresh, healthy and slightly glossy. Sometimes I wear one or two coats if I want that kind of look, and if I want a more opaque finish I add a third coat and I love how it looks. Three coats can be a hassle with some nail polishes, but I don't struggle at all with this one. I find that the formula dries fairly quick if you do three thin coats, and by the third coat you can't see the nail underneath unless you seriously inspect it.



The colour itself is a lovely soft salmon pink. I couldn't quite capture the true colour of the polish in the images. It looks more orange toned in the photos, but in real like the polish is actually more on the pink side whilst still being fairly neutral. This is what I reach for when I feel like keeping it simple but fresh and put together.

The Color Therapy range is formulated with argan oil, which is supposed to improve your natural nails with regular wear. Personally, I didn't notice any drastic improvement from wearing this nail polish. (But something that seriously improved the strength and overall health of my nails was these vitamins, no difference in hair or skin but my nails actually improved greatly!)

Generally, I can get about a week of wear from this nail polish without any chipping. However, after a few days if I look closely it seems like the nail polish kind of starts to fade on the tips. This is without a base or top coat. What I like about this particular polish is that when it begins to chip or look a bit worn, it's not so noticeable, compared to when I wear a deeper shade or something with more colour.

Overall, I really enjoy wearing this nail polish on a regular basis. Even though when I first tried it I was underwhelmed, turned out I liked having a nail polish like this.

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Fitness and Lifestyle Favourites


Hello lovely! Today I am sharing my fitness and lifestyle favourites, which I do not believe I have done before on my blog. I've always kept it mostly about beauty and skincare with a few lifestyle posts. But I want to start doing more health and fitness related posts as well because it's something I enjoy doing on a daily basis in my everyday life. I'm not a professional but I like trying out new things and seeing what works for me. In this post, I'll be sharing with you some of my favourite things in relation to fitness and lifestyle!

Cotton On Crop Bra
I'll be very honest and say that I am much more motivated to workout when I have gym wear that is both comfortable and cute. This sports bra from Cotton On is my favourite one out of my entire wardrobe. I really like the colouring and pattern on it! It's also super comfortable to wear and sits well on me. My sister doesn't like to wear these types of sports bras because she has a larger bust and says that she needs more support. For me, however, because I literally have the smallest bust ever I find these fit perfectly. They also have removable cups so they are easy to wash, just throw them straight in the laundry. There is no underwire in these either so there's no uncomfortable poking anywhere. I couldn't find this exact one online but I still linked their other crop bras!

Rockwear Tights
Okay, so up until the beginning of last year I never understood why people would spend so much money on gym clothes. Every time I looked at the prices at Lorna Jane or Rockwear I thought the prices were just ridiculous. But the more into fitness I got, the more I started buying gym clothes. I used to wear the Kmart and Big W tights. I think they're fine, nothing wrong with them at all. But then I tried the Cotton On tights and they felt much nicer to wear. They were also a bit cuter in my opinion. The prices are obviously more than Kmart and Big W but I thought they were still affordable and nicer to wear. Then towards the middle-end of last year, I bought a pair of Rockwear tights on sale for $40 and oh my goodness there was such a difference in quality! I have since started purchasing my tights from Rockwear, they don't have loose spots that kind of sit weird and they are definitely squat proof (of course I wear black underwear every time just incase.) The material is so much nicer and now I can see why some people spend a little more of gym wear. Rockwear very often has sales and I just recently purchased two tops there that I also love. I still think $80 for a pair of tights is too much, but when they're $40 I've decided that I am okay with paying that price. That might be expensive for some people and super cheap for others. I think it totally depends on where you personally want to spend your money, and that is different for everyone, which is okay! I still shop at Cotton On because I like their gym clothes and they're not overly pricey at all.

Tropeaka Powders
I discovered Tropeaka through one of my favourite YouTubers, Sarah's Day, who I mentioned in my 'Blogs and Channels I Love' post. I used her code (check out her description box below her recent videos to find it, wasn't sure if I could share it here or not) to get %15 off. They also have free shipping in Australia for orders over $45. But they do ship worldwide too! I purchased the Vanilla Lean protein and the Cacao powder. My favourite is the Vanilla Lean protein but I add a teaspoon or less of the Cacao powder if I feel like something a bit more chocolatey. I wasn't sure what to expect with these powders because even though I trust what Sarah says, everyone is different and won't like the same things. But I actually liked these better than I thought I would. These are by the way sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free! There are more things to this list but it's different for each powder, the main things for me are that they're free of dairy and sugar. The Vanilla Lean is also a pea protein, not whey so that may be better to digest for a lot of people, including myself. I'll be sharing some of my favourite recipes soon and I'll probably do a more detailed post (maybe)! They also sent me a 15% discount code for my next purchase, which was super nice!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Now, this is not fitness related but it is lifestyle related. I mentioned this book in my 'University Thoughts & November Goals' post, but I never updated on how my goals went! Reading a novel (which happened to be this one) was a goal of mine because I hadn't read a book in such a long time. I finished this ages ago but I still want to include it because I absolutely loved it. I've always enjoyed reading crime novels and this psychological thriller was incredibly difficult to put down.

I don't feel like I am great at explaining stories so I won't really go into the plot. But to put it briefly, the story of Dark Places is a very complex mystery that had me hooked. There are so many times where I thought I had solved it before the character does, but just when I thought I had it, another turn is revealed. There are so many twists in the storyline and at the end of the story, my mind didn't know what to think. I knew that the book was amazing, but I just didn't know what to think next if that makes sense. In the beginning, I actually didn't like the main character, she was mean, violent and selfish. But throughout the book, I came to understand her, not necessarily agree with her but I understood her mind.

I really enjoyed writing about something a bit different on my blog and definitely plan on continuing to share more posts related to this kind of lifestyle in the future. Of course, I'll still be writing about beauty and skincare because I love that too! What are your recent lifestyle favourites?

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Four Things ❤︎ MASCARAS Part 2

Hello and welcome to the second post in my Four Things series. Today's post is a continuation of the first post in this series, but the next ones will be about something completely new. Because I own eight mascaras in total I thought that it would be nice to split them into two parts. If you haven't already, make sure to check out Four Things: Mascaras part one.

Maybelline Full 'N Soft
Maybelline's Full 'N Soft mascara was a favourite of mine for the longest time. I first tried this a bit over a year ago and I just loved how my lashes were darker and fuller, but still soft just like the product claims. This mascara did tend to smudge on me towards the end of the day but not terribly. It was easy to just wipe a little under my eyes to remove it, but of course, it would have been better if I didn't have to do that at all. It is a very natural mascara that gives soft and feathery lashes, but I wouldn't recommend it to those who prefer a more intense and dramatic look. Although I used to really like this, I haven't been reaching for it much recently.

Maybelline Full 'N Soft Waterproof
I purchased this after really liking the non-waterproof version in hopes that it wouldn't smudge as much. I found that it did smudge less, but still wasn't smudge proof. I still much prefer how the original applies to my lashes. The non-waterproof one is thicker and is not as natural looking (a better option for those who like less natural mascaras, but still not dramatic). The formula dried a bit odd and even though it wasn't noticeable if I looked close up my lashes would have a SLIGHT spidery leg look. I still use this but it's not the first mascara I reach for.

Maybelline One by One
This was my favourite mascara up until it was discontinued (that's when I switched to the Full N' Soft mascara). The rubber wand shape together with the formula worked really well with my lashes. I like the intensity that this mascara gives because it is very black and makes it seem like you have naturally intense lashes. I found the same mascara a couple of years later in a waterproof version (pictured) and it seems very similar but because it's supposedly still discontinued, I'm not sure if it's authentic or not. The waterproof one I have currently is very difficult to remove so I rarely reach for this. I personally prefer non-waterproof mascara but that's just me.

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Smoky Eyes
Honestly, the only reason I bought this mascara is because I accidentally forgot to bring one with me when I went to a friends house to get ready to go out. I don't like to share eye makeup so I just quickly stopped by the chemist and picked up the one on sale, which happened to be the Colossal Volume Express from Maybelline. I doubt I would have picked this up any other time, but I actually ended up liking it. Not so much that I'd repurchase it anytime soon, but enough to continue wearing it every now and then. I found the formula to be on the slightly drier side, but not in a bad way.

And that brings us to the end of this post. Please keep in mind that I love lashes that look naturally full. I did mentioned this in part one as well, but thought I'd mention it again. If you love the fake lash look then some of these may layer well but because I don't do that I cannot say for sure. If you look for the same thing as I do in mascaras then you may like these, or even more so the ones I mention in part one. Have you tried any of these?

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Four Things ♥︎ MASCARAS

Recently I've been feeling super motivated to write and share posts on my blog. The other day I was thinking about how fun it would be to start a little series on my blog. Nothing too drastic, but a little series that I know I would enjoy doing and wouldn't feel restricted with. I thought of the most simple series idea and I actually really like it. I don't think it's anything new and I'm sure there are plenty of posts with this sort of theme. But on my blog it is new and although I have read a lot of similar type posts, I haven't come across this EXACT series before. Either way, I think it's super simple and not restrictive, yet will motivate me to continue writing. This series is going to be titled 'Four Things' and will basically be consisting of four things that I want to share with you. I want to be able to write about almost anything, whether it is a beauty category, skincare, hair, lifestyle, books, music etc. How general or specific the categories are, totally depends on what makes the most sense with the products I want to talk about. Whether I liked them or not I thought it would be nice to share what worked/ didn't work for me and what I liked/ didn't like about them. For the first post in this 'series,' I thought I would do mascaras. I actually have eight mascaras in total so it fits perfectly into two parts.



CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom
I've actually had this mascara for a couple of years now so it's probably time to throw out. But honestly, I hadn't noticed any change in smell or texture until just recently. Just the texture has changed a little bit and now I find that it has started to get a few clumps. Easy enough to brush out though. However, before just recently, I really enjoyed the way this mascara looked. I do have to say that I am someone who much prefers natural looking lashes that are soft and feathery. I don't like lashes that are clumpy, spidery or anything that looks like fake lashes (on my own face). So the mascaras I like may not be the one for you if that's not what you're looking for in a mascara. My sister loves the fake lash look and likes to layer this one with other mascaras, her makeup looks gorgeous on her but I just don't like it on me. I generally use one coat of this and my lashes look darkened and defined. I already have black lashes but I feel like they're not as thick as they used to be a few years ago. I don't find this mascara to be too thickening but I still enjoy using this on very natural days.

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion
This is my most recent mascara purchase, I've only been using this one for the last week or so. But I just love how naturally full my lashes look! I haven't experienced any clumping with this mascara yet. The formula is the perfect balance for my lashes, in that it's not too wet or too dry. This mascara defines and darkens my lashes, but also lengthens and gives it a nice 'boost.' I think 'fusion' is a very fitting name for this mascara. It also hasn't smudged or given me panda eyes throughout the day. Would highly recommend this one if you want your lashes to look naturally full.

Maybelline Define-A-Lash
Define-A-Lash really does define and lengthen just as it claims to. This one doesn't give my lashes a great deal of fullness, but I generally darken my lash line a little bit anyway to give the illusion of thicker lashes. Sometimes I feel like this mascara smudges a little bit, nothing drastic but after a long day I can notice it under my eyes. This one also tends to get onto my eyelids during application but it's no problem using a cutip to remove it. But if I've already applied eyeshadow then it is a little bit annoying. I'm just a bit more careful when applying this mascara.

Rimmel Wonder' Full
I decided to try this mascara after reading about it on Sally's blog. I am actually in love with this mascara, it seriously darkens and lengthens my lashes. I've never experienced any clumping with this one either. This Rimmel Wonder'full mascara also makes my lashes look thicker and fuller so when I want a more 'intense' look I reach for this one. But I still use this as an everyday mascara. Again, if you like mascaras that provide the fake lash look, this may not be as intense as you would like it to be. Although in saying that, different eyeshadow looks can totally up the intensity!

These are the first four mascaras that I have in my collection and my favourite. Also! All these mascaras I mentioned in this post are not waterproof and remove super easily. Even though I like these ones I can see why they may not be for everyone. They are buildable but I like to use one coat. Soft, full and natural lashes are what I look for in mascaras.

What do you usually look for in mascaras? Have you tried any of these ones? And what are your favourites?

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Blogs and Channels I Love ❤︎


Hello lovely and welcome to today's post! I personally love reading posts where people share a list of their favourite accounts, whether it is a blog, Instagram, YoutTube channel etc. This is a type of post that I definitely see myself doing more of in the future on my own blog. I like that these can be categorised in different ways, such as your 'favourite accounts right at this moment,' or 'your favourite accounts of all time,' or categorised by topic even. For example, I particularly like when people share their favourite accounts related to skincare, or maybe haircare. So for my post today, I am sharing my favourite blogs and channels that I have been following for a long time and have been continuously loving.



The Makeup Directory
This has been one of my favourite blogs to read for the longest time. Sally has an engaging style of writing that I always enjoy reading. I've adored her photography style from the beginning, as it's always different whilst still following the lovely theme she has running throughout her blog. Sally is always lovely and engages with her readers, which is something I think every reader appreciates. Her blog has just recently had a makeover and I love the fresh look!


Sarah's Day
Sarah from Sarah's day is my all time favourite health and fitness YouTuber. I just love how sweet and down to earth she is in her videos. I first discovered her channel when I was looking for advice on how to get rid of my acne. Sarah has a lot of videos on how she managed to clear up her acne that are really in-depth and educational. Her videos are very informative and fun to watch. She also has plenty of videos dedicated to workouts whether they're at home fat-burners, gym combinations, outdoor workouts and so many other types. I also really enjoy watching her daily vlogs where she shares her day to day life. She is one of my most watched YouTubers because I genuinely feel like she has a lovely personality. Not only that, but she doesn't push her particular lifestyle on everyone else, she shares things that work for her and things that don't. She's the type of person I would love to be friends with. I don't feel like I can describe her channel the way I want to but it's my favourite! Sarah's Instagram stories are also fun to watch!


KathleenLights
One of my favourite beauty YouTubers throughout high school and still continues to be today. Kathleen (which I'm sure most of you know) has an amazing beauty channel where she films plenty of makeup tutorials, product reviews, skincare/ haircare routines, and a couple of personal videos as well. I really like watching her KatChat's videos too! Again, I love Kathleen because she seems like she would be such a lovely person and someone I personally can relate to really well. I very often play her videos when I'm working on assignments because her voice is pleasant to listen to and she's also got a very funny personality. Her videos with JessiSmiles (who I also really like) are just hilarious!


JesssFam
Now Jessica is a YouTuber that I have been following for almost seven years. I subscribed to her channel when her username was still GabeandJesss. She uploads vlogs on her channel almost daily where she shares her day to day life with seven children. I watched her videos when she was pregnant with her first daughter when she was seventeen (may have been eighteen) and I just love how kind and open-minded she is. Her kids are just so darn cute and well-behaved. I definitely look up to her parenting style and it's how I would like to be as a parent one day. She is now twenty-five, married and still best friends with her high school sweetheart (dad of her eldest daughter). In fact, her current husband Chris, and her high school boyfriend Gabe are best buds! I just love their entire family dynamic, everyone is friends and gets along.



Kendall Rae
Kendall I discovered in early/ mid-2017 and her channel is the place I go to for crime videos and conspiracy theories. What I love about Kendall is that she takes her crime videos very seriously and uses her platform to raise awareness about different cases, especially missing person cases. She has raised a huge amount of money for Thorn, which is an organisation that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse and sex trafficking (definitely check it out). Kendall's conspiracy theories are also told in a way that is actually so intriguing you start to think it very well might be true. I do feel like she is very honest and open about those. Kendall strikes me as super open-minded and well aware of the world's happenings as well as the psychology of people.



The Happy Sloths
This is where I go if I'm looking for a product review with honest opinions and no fluff. I've been reading Jasmine's blog before I even thought about starting my own. If there's a product you want to read about, Jasmine has probably already reviewed it on her blog. If there's something specific I'm looking for I generally just search it up on her blog and there it is!

Little Productive Things of Today...


This morning I woke up feeling more productive than usual so I decided it would be a good day to get a few things done. None of these are too drastic, they're all simple and easy to do but sometimes they're things that I might put off until I just have to do it. At the end of the day, I always feel much better after having ticked these things off on my to-do list. Here are a few small things I did today that made me feel a little more productive.

Do my load of laundry.
I've been doing my own laundry since I was about thirteen, mainly because my sister kept taking my clothes and I absolutely hated that. It didn't necessarily solve the problem completely, but it helped a little bit. Because I do my own laundry, I find it difficult to fill a full load without using up almost my entire wardrobe. I generally decide to do a load when I'm running low on underwear (I always have to have clean underwear). It's also a bit annoying having to wait for the laundry to be empty because there always seems to be a load on. But I love when I have my clothes back in my wardrobe all fresh and clean! 

Fresh Bedsheets.
Ahh, the best feeling in the world... clean, fresh bedsheets. I like to change my sheets at least every week, though sometimes I go two weeks. This morning I had a shower, made myself some toast and tea, applied my lovely face mask from Frank Body, and put on some fresh bedsheets. I was already feeling more productive at this point.

Sort Out University Course.
This is the one thing that was actually quite important and I kept putting off. Because I am a full-time uni student I am eligible for Youth Allowance. However, because I switched courses from design to justice I had to update the information otherwise I wouldn't be able to receive the allowance. I had tried to do it online but there were too many issues. I kept putting off actually going into the office because it takes such a long time. So today, I decided to just go in and make sure everything was updated and all information was correct. Now that is all done and out of the way!

Clean Makeup Brushes.
I'm generally pretty good when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes. Especially any brush or sponge that I've used a liquid foundation with. I do tend to go a couple of uses without cleaning when I use a powder product or eyeshadow. But every couple of weeks I will deep clean all of my brushes even the ones I haven't used because they collect dust and I don't want to be putting that on my face. Because I have skin that is very prone to acne (it's actually cleared up a bit in the last week so I will be doing an update on how, and if, cutting out dairy affects my skin), I do like to try and do everything I can to avoid triggering it. So clean makeup brushes is a must.

Write a Blog Post.
When I write a blog post I always feel a bit more accomplished, and here I am writing a blog post about the little things I did today that made me feel more productive. 

Go to the Gym.
Okay, so I haven't gone just yet. BUT I am ready to go, as I type this I've already changed into my gym clothes and have everything ready so I know I will definitely be going!

Alright, so those were some small productive things I did today. I find that laundry, fresh sheets and going to the gym are the first things that come to mind when I need to do something. What are some things you do to feel a bit more productive? I'd love to know!

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My Goals for 2018 ♡


For the past week, I've been reading so many blog posts about new years resolutions, changes for 2018, and anything relating to goals for this year. There's something about reading what other people would like to achieve or what they're working towards that is motivating to me. I hadn't planned on writing one myself mainly because I wasn't entirely sure what my personal goals were going to be. Most of the things that I would like to work towards are the same as what I set for myself last year and for the most part, I am happy with how it has been going. So this year is more like a continuation with some adjustments based on what I have learned works for me. In saying that there are a few small things that I am definitely changing this year even though I already started some a bit before Christmas. 

Better lifestyle - I see this almost everywhere and I think it's a great goal to set for yourself. In my mind, I don't think there's a specific lifestyle that everyone has to follow. It totally depends on how you would like to live and what makes you feel good. I know there are some lifestyles that are simply not realistic or maintainable for me. I enjoy eating a balanced diet and doing some kind of physical activity daily. Throughout primary and high school I did dance three times a week (as a subject in school) and then I did martial arts training three times a week as well. Over a year ago I stopped training though it wasn't my decision. Because I was finished high school I also no longer did dance so I wanted to do something that was physical. I ended up signing up for a gym membership with my mum and I generally go three to six times a week. Sometimes I like to do a class such as strength or body balance, just depends on what I feel like. I also enjoy exploring waterholes or forests if I don't feel like going to the gym. 

As for what I eat, I don't follow a set diet. I will say that I significantly reduced my sugar and fast food intake a couple of years ago. I also rarely, if ever, drink soda. However, I also don't have too much restriction on myself. If I feel like eating a cupcake or a small hamburger I will and I no longer feel bad about it. The reason being is that I don't eat those things very often at all. Rather than having the mindset of 'I want it but can't have it,' I think 'I can have it but I don't want it.' I was thinking of maybe doing a post on my favourite snacks or posts a little bit food related if anyone would be interested in that?

Clearing up my skin - Now this is something I have seriously struggled with for the past few years. I honestly don't remember when I first started getting pimples, but I clearly recall when I had the worst acne breakout over my entire forehead and chin back in grade 11 (the year 2015). Although my skin wasn't perfectly clear, it wasn't until grade 11 that I started breaking out really bad. I had those painful under the skin pimples that just didn't seem to go away. Listing everything I did to try and clear that up would be far too long to write about in this post, but if that's something you would be interested in reading please let me know in the comments. I tried going gluten free and that wasn't great for me. Now just recently I've decided to cut out dairy and see how that goes. So far it's been better than expected. I have fewer breakouts but a lot of scarring. Hoping it isn't just a good week because I've had a couple of those, which left me disappointed. 

Cutting out coffee - For me, this is something I never thought I would do. Ever. I've been drinking coffee for years. In high school and uni I would drink up to five coffees in a day and that probably isn't all that great for you. It wasn't always five, sometimes just one or two. If I'm honest the only reason I'm cutting out coffee is that I'm cutting out dairy. I have tried coffee with almond milk and soy and I just do not like the taste at all. I love having tea with almond milk, but coffee... not so much. Coffee was pretty much the only reason I haven't properly tried cutting out dairy previously. I am a little bit proud of myself though as I haven't had a single coffee since before Christmas. It actually isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. My new drink is an earl grey with almond milk. Too expensive to buy at a cafe though so I only drink it at home, which is saving me a bit of money!

More engagement with fellow bloggers and readers - This is something that I am really looking forward to achieving. I'm always reading my favourite blogs and discovering new ones. Even though I may have a large gap between posting on my own blog, I am still reading others and engaging with them. On my blog, I feel like even though I reply to every comment the level of engagement is not where I'd like it to be. One of the main reasons is because when I reply to your comments, you don't get a notification. Meaning that unless you check back you won't know that I replied. I personally tend to return much more frequently on blogs that engage with their readers and reply to comments (of course if you have an insane amount of comments I completely understand why you can't reply to every single one of them). But engagement is a very important part of blogging for me and also the most enjoyable because it feels more like a friendly community. I like to use Twitter and Bloglovin to keep up with blogs. Twitter is better to engage though!

Overall, I think I just want to work towards a better me. It's crazy how much a single year can change you. It's not that I'm a completely different person, but I definitely feel like I have grown and am more confident that I was even just a couple of years ago. The best advice I gave myself was to think about where I put my energy. My list isn't too long, but I feel I've decided on a few things that are definitely achievable for myself. 

What are some things you are working towards? Whether it's a New Years resolution or something else I'd love to know!
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