Monday, January 22, 2018

My 2018 Skincare Routine

This year I've decided that I want to put a huge focus on my skincare regime and taking care of my skin. 

Last year I didn't quite have a routine of any sort, I just sort of slapped on whatever moisturiser or mask I had closest to my reach. I don't have trouble skin so while it didn't really affect me by not having a routine, it made me wonder how good the results could be if I did put a focus on my skin.

As such, my skincare regime for 2018 was born and it's quite intensive but has already shown amazing results.

My recent holiday in Vietnam was a blessing and a curse for my skin. The dirt and pollution blown in my face from riding around on a scooter did see me breaking out bit but I also had some time on my hands so started to play around more with masks and ensuring my skin was hydrated.

So let's get into it...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Books I've Read Lately - 30 Books in 2018 Challenge

One of my goals for 2018 is to read 30 new books and I thought it would not only keep me accountable but also be a great way to share book ideas with you! 

I already somewhat  kicked off this series at the end of 2017 with my post recommending books to read over the holiday period, which you can read here.

So let's get into the books I've been reading so far in January 2018!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Behind The Desk (January) - Vietnam Trip, New Job, University, 2018 Goals

Happy 2018 everyone! I know we're half way through January but this is the first time I'm sitting down and really talking one-on-one to update you on what has been happening in 2018 so far - there is so much to tell you!

I'm back from my holiday, am about the start a brand new job, going back to Uni and working towards some really big goals for 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

We're Getting Fancy - Kerastase Aura Botanica

Recently I've been ALL ABOUT that haircare life. I think a lot of it comes from when I get my hair re-done and feel the drying effects of the bleach as well as wanting my hair to become thicker and healthier generally. 

So I have been investing in my haircare a little bit more so than usual lately, dabbling in some higher end brands which focus in-depth on hair care and reconstituting your hair make-up. 

In this post I wanted to discuss a new range I've been using from Kerastase called 'aura botanica' and it's three step series of haircare. 

Kerastase say to offer truly effective care to enhance natural, lightly revitalized hair to leave it with a healthy glow. This range is also 98%-99% natural - I like the sound of that. It also seems to be quite a trend at the moment with natural haircare, especially after the uproar with sulphates a few years ago.

Here's the breakdown

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To My 15 Favourite Travel Experiences

I'm a huge traveler and even while you read this, I'm out of the country in Vietnam spending a couple of weeks over there for Christmas and New Years.

I have this inate passion in me to see the world and it hasn't eased up. I also want to see it all; within Australia and all over the globe.

I'm very fortunate to have already seen a lot of places in my adult life and wanted to countdown some of the top experiences I have had so far. I've narrowed it down to 15 favourite places that I fell in love with while travelling.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Your Guide To Making Killer New Years Resolutions You Will Stick to in 2018 + Mine As Examples

New year, new me. I'm kidding...there's no way I would say something that cliche. But there is no denying that a new year can signify massive personal change and a series of fresh starts. 

For me, 2018 brings a series of new changes for me. The biggest of which is a new job which will see me working in a totally different industry and while it's still marketing, the role will be very different to what I'm used to. After 2 years in my previous job I felt it was time to move on and like I had done everything I had set out to do there. I'm excited to take on a new role and become re-inspired with new challenges. Your professional work has a huge impact on your overall life and I can't wait to start this new journey. 

When you read this, I will be in Vietnam! What a fantastic start to the year! Hoping that setting out on adventures early on in the year will help curve the travel bug for a little while because I'm keen to get stuck into working hard in 2018, which I find a lot of fun in anyway. 

I see 2018 as being a super exciting start of a new chapter for myself. For this reason, I'm setting out on new goals. If you know anything about me you would know I'm extremely goal driven and all about ticking off those boxes and to-do lists. 

But what this post is really about is helping you tackle all those goals you have swirling around in your head and putting them into tangible and achievable resolutions. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Beauty Tips To Survive New Years Eve

Whether you have got a hot NYE party to be at or are having a quiet one in watching the fireworks, there has never been a better time to pamper yourself. 

Here are a few tips and tricks I have for NYE beauty that will leave you feeling top of your game. This is my favourite routine for getting back to feeling myself after I've slacked on my beauty routine - it's like a revival pamper regime. 

It will also prep you for if you plan on drinking alcohol during your celebrations because preventing a hangover is always ideal.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

$4 Lipsticks - Coastal Scents Lipstick Review

So we all know that you can get bang for your buck when it comes to lipsticks. There are so many drugstore brands coming out with lipsticks that are nearly identical to a brand like Chanel or MAC.

So when I heard about the Coastal Scents lipsticks and how they only retail for $3.95 each I knew I had to give them a go.

How good is only having spend $4 on a lip product! It really allows you to experiment with a heap of colours or try out something a bit daring that you aren't sure will suit you so don't want to invest so much in. Read on to see if these make the cut.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Well..we've officially made it to Christmas Day! As you read this I'll be in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (sipping on a cocktail I hope). 

I wanted to check in with you guys to wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

It's such a great day of the year to see family you hardly get to catch ups with and spend quality time with those in your life who you love most. That's exactly why I wanted to check in with you because I talk to you three times a week and that's more than I talk to some of my friends and family.

Christmas can also come dissapointment so if you are feeling let down it's a really good time to reflect on your expectations. It's also a really good time to re-focus on your priorities and see all of the positives in your life.

We don't really have a thanksgiving in Australia and Christmas is probably the closest thing so it is a really good time to be thankful for every situation, person and experience that has happened in your life this year. Start having a think about your New Years Resolutions and be ready to put pen to paper in the new year to write them all down (keep an eye out on the 1st Jan 2018 because I'm releasing my ultimate guide to writing goals you can stick to in 2018).

If you are still looking for makeup inspiration for your Christmas lunch or dinner...I've linked my 'holiday makeup tutorial' below for a wearable silver and green smokey eye (yes, it's possible).

Have an amazing Christmas! 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Packing For An Overseas Trip - Travelling 101

It's crunch time for me with less than a week left before I head over to Vietnam. 

I've been so preoccupied with all the logistics of travelling (getting a Visa for Vietnam is actually a really complicated process) so I haven't stopped to think about packing at all. 

Packing is important because you don't want to overpack and carry a whole heap of crap around with you but also you don't want to forget anything... So you need a game plan!

These are the biggest tips that I have learnt from my experience while travelling that I wanted to share with you ion case you have an upcoming trip! You might even just be heading home for the holidays but these tips will still help. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Instagram Hacks - My Favourite Photo Editing Apps

We're in the midst of holiday season where we're snapping Christmas / New Years pics and on social media more often than usual. Have your pictures stand out - if you don't already use these 3 apps to edit your Instagram're missing out.

The thing I love most about Instagram is how visually appealing it is. There is something so fun and creative in choosing an Instagram theme, selecting pictures that have synergy with your theme and editing them to fit in.

I also find it extremely interesting how photo editing techniques have changed and adapted over the years. Who remembers those bright rainbow filters and holographic looking hearts you could place all over your picture?

Now I feel like Instagram has moreso leaned towards the trend of light and bright with pops of intense colour and crisp, clear photos. I wanted to share with you my Instagram hacks featuring my favourite photo editing apps. I have 3 fantastic ones to share. Let's get into it...

Monday, December 18, 2017

4 Festive Holiday Desserts - Easy Christmas Sweets


Christmas means a lot of things but in my family food is a pretty important part and more specifically, dessert is what I most look forward to.

So I definitely have my fair share of favourite holiday sweets but here are four treats that exceed the usual caramel tart or pavlova.

If you're struggling for dessert ideas to share with family and friends this holiday season I've got you covered.