Friday, 28 April 2017

High End Beauty Wishlist

 As many of you will know I'm currently backpacking around Australia. Being a backpacker means having a very limited budget, meaning I cannot afford to buy any spontaneous make up and beauty products. This being said I have put a list together of my high end wish list of beauty products.

This is one of those palettes which just looks like a dream and I just want to cover my face in it. I love the different shades it comes with. From the pictures that I've seen these look incredible. One day before it runs out maybe for my birthday 'cough cough', I will purchase this because I actually didn't bring a highlighter with me to Australia, because I'm really stupid. I'm a sucker for any Anastasia Beverly Hills products so I can already tell that I would absolutely love this just from looking at it. The packaging is just insane and it just looks incredible and I just basically need it.

This os another highlighter unsurprisingly that I would love to try. Ive actually not tried that many Too Faced products but it is a brand I've heard lots about and there always seems to be good things about the products which makes me want to try more. I've seen lots of people talking about these highlighters and they look incredible and from the swatches they just look insane and I just need to have them pronto. 

I have never actually tried anything from cover FX before but like other brands, I have heard lots of good things about the products. The customer enhancing drops look like the most beautiful shiniest prettiest things I have ever seen. As you can probably tell I like highlight and having a glow, so these are amazing. You can use under them under your foundation, or just act as a highlighter on top of the skin. They are a tad on the pricey side, but I can only imagine that you would only need a small amount, so you would actually get quite a lot of use out of the product itself, which would make up for how expensive it is.

I have recently just fallen in love with my benefit hole bronzer, so when I heard that they were coming out with I lite to version I nearly cried. I didn't cry at all, slight exaggeration. However this being said, I need this product. I think it's a genius thing to come up with a lighter version of the product, but seeing as I'm in Australia and the sun is out quite a lot so I'm likely to tan, I'm not sure whether I would need this product right now, but if I was back in the UK I would 100% get this tomorrow. With all this being said I would still part is that even if I was tanned and it will still remain on my wishlist until I purchase it. 

I have never tried anything from Ofra before, but again it's a brand that I have heard a lot of good reviews about. I know a lot of the YouTubers that I watch, use the brand a lot and never seem to have a bad thing to say. I'm a sucker for moisturiser and this one looks amazing and I think I need it.  My skin is currently quite oily, but this could change at any point to dry and flaky resemblance of  puff pastry. From the reviews I have read on this moisturiser, it seems to work wonders for dry skin peeps and I read it also acts as a great primer for the skin.

One of those products which has been on my list for quite well but I have never managed to pick it up. I'm not typically a foundation person, but when I do where them, which is very rare, I do tend to like in more medium to full coverage. From the reviews I've read and the videos I have watched on this foundation, I think it would suit my skin type which is drastically changed from dry to combination oily and dry. The pricetag is a little offputting here in Australia, but I'm not in desperate need for one so this can wait but it will still remain on my wish list. 

Sigma brushes are some of my favourite brushes and they were actually some of the first brushes I ever purchased back in the good old days. I genuinely love sigma brushes and I think that they are some of the best brushes with in the make up and beauty industry. Soon as I saw these brushes come out, I knew I had to have them. I have loads of brushes so I know I do not need any more, but I do not have any like these, so I see it as a good excuse to get these brushes. The price of these is completely reasonable to me, because I know what Sigma brushes are like, I know they last super long and I know they work wonders with basically every beauty product.

This os one of those products that everyone including a pet fish has heard about. If you have not heard of this product or heard anything about this product, I genuinely think you have been kidnapped by aliens or living under a rock. Along with foundation, I don't typically where concealer very often, but when I do I like it to be a full coverage, good colour payoff and a product that will last on my skin for a long time. I think the price of this is a little expensive but again from pictures and videos I have seen, I think that you get a lot of product.

So that is my high and beauty WishList for the current time being. No doubt this will change with in the next couple of weeks, maybe even days. I'm actually being super lazy right now I'm not typing this, my phone is typing it for me. How have I only just figured out that my phone can type what I speak. Absolutely genius. I have also created a Facebook page for my blog, so i would love for you to go give that a like aswell at - https://www.facebook.com/zoebowx93/ Anyway I hope you enjoyed and excuse the grammar, but thank you very much for reading.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

How I Survive On A Small Weekly Budget


Today, I wanted to write about living off a small budget and how I cope. As you will know if your a frequent reader, I'm currently backpacking around Australia and I someday hope to live out here, but we will talk about that another time. 

To qualify for your second year working holiday visa in Australia, you have to complete 88 days of regional work. Otherwise known in my eyes as slave labour. My friend and I have discussed how someone has clearly thought, fuck the young people wanting to get their 2nd year visa, let's make them work hard and pay them shit for a whole 88 days. I'm currently in the south west of Western Australia and I work on average 4/5 days a week for an average of 4/5 hours a day. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's labour intensive. I don't want to go to much in it, as I want to do another post on the life of a grape picker. 

Living of a small budget is hard work. Going from my full time 9-5.30 job where I was earning over £1,000 a month, I didn't have to worry about whether I could afford petrol and how I was going to pay for car tax. I find myself now worrying about whether I've covered my rent through working, how I'm going to afford petrol and not having a social life. The social aspect doesn't bother me, as I prefer to keep myself to myself. 

Food
When it comes to food, I have started to buy food that I can make big meals with and then put these into containers, so I can eat these at a later date or the following day. My current favourite is tuna pasta bake. Pasta is a cheap food that lasts a long time and can fill you up. Tuna in Australia is crazy cheap so it's a good food to stock up on and it also adds substance and flavour. Other foods I buy regularly are eggs, bacon, beans and bread. I am trying to cut down on the carb intake, so I am currently trying to find bread alternatives for work. However, I have found that some food in Australia is crazy expensive compared to the UK, so I have started to avoid these where I can. I think the way forward for me is to cook big meals, such as pasta bake, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and then freeze these for future meals. This way, I can have my usual scrambled eggs and bacon for lunch with toast and then coco pops for breakfast. I have found this to work for me and it's keeping me full. On the odd occasion I have driven to subway, but as the saying goes "Treat yo'self".

- Start cooking bigger meals and then portion this into Tupperware containers, freeze them and then you will always have a meal for the next couple of days.

- Buy the cheaper brands of food. Normally they will taste exactly the same, if not better. Don't pay for the name of a product like Heinz when you can normally get supermarket brands at a much cheaper price. If it's Heinz Ketchup though, buy it. Supermarket ketchup is not the same! 

Car
When I got down south, I realised I needed a car and I needed one pretty damn quick. Luckily I found a car that has been super reliable, except for one flat tyre and it needs a new rim, but what are junkyards for?!?! I paid my insurance in full for the year, but I have to pay for my rego, which is the equivalent to car tax in the U.K. I do have the option to pay this monthly, which I am likely to do, but I then have to ensure I have the correct amount of money in my account each month. I do have savings in my UK, but these are next to nothing and soon will be gone. Another expense is petrol. Petrol is cheaper in Australia, but then if I ever stop converting the prices to £ it's kind of expensive, depending on the way you look at it. Through work, we are able to claim for giving people lifts, which is good because your able to make some extra money through this, but as  doing a lot of journeys, I find myself filling up my tank at least once a week, which slowly eats away at my bank account. 

- if you can claim for petrol/milage through work, do it. Any extra money will be helpful for petrol/rego/tax etc

- Maybe if your giving lifts to people on a regular occasion, start asking for a small amount of petrol money and keep it in your car. Any change is always helpful and you never know when you may need it. Sure the guy at the petrol station may hate you for paying change, but your car will love you when it's got petrol in! 

Social 
For me, this one is pretty easy. I don't really have a social life. I enjoy seeing a couple of the friends I have, but I'm not the typical backpacker who goes out and gets drunk every night. I want to do a post of this and go deeper into it, so it will be short and sweet for this part. On the odd occasion, I have gone out, I've made sure I've got the money to enjoy myself. Living on a tight budget for me, means sacrificing some aspects of life and for me, that's my social life. 

- Set a weekly budget for going to the pub, cinema, seeing friends. Whatever it is your going to do, set a weekly budget and this way you can have that pint at the pub and not feel bad about it. Okay, you may have to sacrifice one pint for a night in, but a night in isn't going to kill you. Invite your friends over and just watch a film, play cards against humanity or do whatever the hell you want. 

- If your going out for dinner/drinks, try and go for the cheaper option. Normally I try and go for the cheaper options, just because I am conscious of my money. I get a tap water when I'm out, because I don't need that pint of coke and I know my bank and my waistline will thank me later. 

Rent
This is probably the main one for me. I have to make enough each week to cover my rent for the week. If I don't, then effectively I'm screwed. I have savings yes, but I don't want to use this for my rent and I have had to recently because I just haven't had the money. I know that I have periods coming up where I have no work for 4/6 weeks and I need to get a job so I can pay for my rent. I don't have any tips for this, apart from get a job or get 2,3,4,5 jobs if you have to. 

So, these are my tips for living of a small wage and how I survive. I have been lucky enough to be partnered up with a beauty distributing company recently (a post will be up on this soon), so I can start bringing in an extra income and help support my life a little bit more. Like I said going from home comforts and not really having to worry about money, to living off a small budget is a complete shock, but it does put life into perspective and it has opened up my eyes more to living life off a budget and how others have to cope. 
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Tips for Packing Makeup for Backpacking


Packing my makeup for Australia, was probably the hardest part about packing in general. I wanted to just swoop it all up and take it all, but in knew that i couldn't. In the end, i just told myself, essentials and palettes and a few brushes. Safe to say, its easier said then done, but i was so strict on myself. I actually had a massive bag full of makeup for the first 2 weeks i was in Australia, but i asked my mum to take this back with her, because i just knew i wouldn't use and I also didn't wear any makeup, except for the wedding, so i knew it was best taken back to the UK.

For my everyday makeup, it was pretty easy to just chuck in a couple of mascaras and my usual eyebrow products. I bought some eyebrow products at the airport as i had run out and duty free makeup is hella cheap, so why not treat myself. Typically, i knew that being a backpacker or suitcaser  for myself, i wouldn't be wearing makeup everyday, if at all. I knew that i wouldn't be applying it at 5am when i have to get up for work, so i really didn't need to pack everything, however, i wanted too. 

I have written below the essentials items and ways to save space and the amount of products to take with you if you are a fellow backpacker, or if your just going for a short break of even a holiday.

Palettes
As you can see from the picture, i have tried to pack palettes that contain everything i needed. One for contour/bronzer and highlighter and then 2 eyeshadow palettes. Okay, i probably didnt need 2 eyeshadow palettes, but a girl has got to have options and you can never have enough transition shades. Honestly, i used the Huda Beauty palette for the first time the other day and i haven't used the Kat Von D eyeshadow palette, but there will be a time when i do need it. 

Palettes are a great way of saving space and also the amount of product you need. If your a backpacker, typically i doubt you would even need an eyeshadow palette, but its a great option to have one just incase. I know that in Australia, makeup isn't cheap by a long shot, so hence why i bought 2. Other palettes are personal preference, but i just think that I'm saving space in my bag and i then also get more choice of products to use. If i owned a lip palette, i would have bought one, because thats the one thing i forgot to pack, not that I'm desperate for a red lip, but personally, to have the option there would have been nice. All I'm saying is palettes are the way forward and if they have a mirror, thats just an added bonus.

Brushes
I thought packing brushes was slightly harder for myself. I tried to pack as little as possible, but also enough that i could use them all in one application if that makes sense. 

Makeup Bag
I have 6 small little travel bag things. 6. Do i need 6? No, i certainly do not. Do i even use half of the stuff in them? Don't be silly. Do i even look at them? Of course not. Don't take 6, because your suitcase/backpack doesn't need 6 of everything, like i thought i did. I did leave 1 of them at my uncles bag, but here i am, currently starring at it. I got 2 of my travel bags as gifts and they were both full of the essentials, but insisted that i needed extra bags. However, with all of this in mind, my makeup is in one of the smaller bags that i got given as a gift. 

When i was choosing the makeup to come with me, i didnt want to go for the extra big one, because then i had a reason to fill it with all the makeup i didnt need and realistically i wouldn't have used. I would take a small/meduim size bag for your makeup and your brushes. This way, your not tempted and you can try and squeeze as much in there as possible, but you don't want to break the zip on the bag.

So these are my tips to the packing beauty products for any travelling which you may have coming up. The amount of makeup you take, obviously depends on you as a person and your needs. This is just personally what i have bought along with me. Thank you so much for reading!



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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Friendships.


Im back and I'm back for good. I have just got my laptop back and i am so happy to have it, as i can finally start blogging again. I have really missed blogging and i have lots of content ideas, so i am excited to get it started again and really focus on making it a true passion and actually sticking with it. I know, i have said that 1000 times before, but this time, i am in it for the long run. 

Today i wanted to write about something quite close to my heart, but also something thats been bugging me a lot. Friendships. As a self confessed loner, having a friends who i can rely on and i know i can talk to anything about is so important. I can honestly admit to not having many friends and i love that. I don't have loads of friends and I've never been the type of person to have lots of friends. When i was younger that bothered me quite a lot, but now i have realised who my true friends are and since being in Australia, i can honestly say, i have had a lot of time to reflect and theres a couple who i no longer need to maintain a friendship with for various reasons. 

Long story short, last week i had an allergic reaction, as i ate pesto which contains nuts. Of course, i should have known that, but my dentist told me that pine nuts were fine. Totally blaming my dentist, but also this pesto contained cashews, which evidently are not good for the old throat and body. I will do a more detailed post, which is coming shortly, but i posted something on my personal IG, because i wanted to see who would ask if i was okay. Funnily enough, 1 person did who was my aunt. I don't typically post these type of posts, in fact, this was the first and it will be the last, but no one else even asked. I had already told my 2 best friends, so i didn't even expect them too, but it just made me question myself and why I'm still caught up in having friendships with people and they cant even be bothered to communicate or have any interest in your life. 

I like to think I'm a positive person, who always tries and looks at the positive aspects of life and i like to think that i help other people see positively and that theres always a way of doing something. I don't like dwelling on ideas and being negative as i feel like it dampens other peoples mood and personally, i just think life is to short to be a negative person. You only have one life, live for today and everyday. I actually saw the quote LIV42DAY on my journey the other day and its just stuck with me ever since. I hate thinking badly and i always see the glass half full. People who are negative, don't show any interest or even make the effort  and just make it feel like a chore to reply just aren't people i want to have in my life. 

This post is probably a load of shit and probably won't make sense, but its almost just a rant. I could rant a lot more and go deeper and give more reasons why, but i won't. Anyway, if you read this, thanks for reading my rant. I would love to know anyone else thoughts on friendships and negativity, so please let me know in the comments below.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Time to Say Goodbye



Fuck. That was hard. I am not an emotional person at all, or at least i don't show my emotions to anyone. I was expecting it to be normal say good bye and then all be done with. Nope, thats easier said then done. My family went home on Friday 17th March and I'm currently sat at my uncles 'bench' as they call out. A kitchen counter basically.

I am going to blame this all on my sister, as soon as she came over and started crying it set me off, then i saw my mum, auntie and cousin all crying, i was just doomed. We all looked like blubbering whales, which was probably hilarious to the driver of their car. I think what really set me off is the realisation that I'm in a fucking massive country on my own. Okay, i have family here, but i don't want to depend on them. Im 23 and i need to live my life. To say I'm scared is an understatement, but i have to experience this and do what i need to do. Yeah, i will miss home, my family, friends and my dogs more then anyone combined, but i can FaceTime, call, text and contact them to have a chat. 

This isn't really relevant at all, but i was going to name this post something else, but my favourite song ever is by Andrea Boccelli and Sara Brightman. Lame title, but this is going to be my funeral song at the end, cos i want everyone to blubber like whales. Don't worry though, obviously going to have Sean Paul playing aswell. 

Anyway, yeah, I'm a mixture of all emotions and absolutely shitting bricks. I just need to get of my arse, get down south, get a job and make friends and actually socialise, which i never do, so that maybe extremely weird and different. I'll keep ya updated.
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Packing for Travelling



I leave England in 2 days and i haven't even packed. I hate packing. Even if it's for a holiday, I would rather pay someone to do it for me. In-packing when you get back is even worse, but for now we concentrate on packing. 

Also, side note, you may be wondering why i have a knitted toy. My nanny knitted this for me as a travelling mascot and she's also the cutest person ever. The name is Anncy, which is both my grandparents names combined. Anncy has an IG because i am going to take him everywhere and take pictures of him in lots of different places. You should totally follow him HERE, if you want to, but you probably will want too.

Packing for a longer trip and not knowing when you will returning is slightly harder then I expected. I feel like I need to take loads, but realistically I can't take that much. I keep forgetting that I can wash clothes abroad and can always buy more if needed. Depending on how poor I'm going to be, that may not be an option. 

I have been doing some typical blogger research and scouring the internet and reading lots of travel blogs to see what other people suggest. I already know I'm going to be that annoying person at security with all my electrical equipment in 10 different trays, but I'm not bothered about that. 

Another dilemma is whether I take a suitcase or a backpack? I am probably going to take a suitcase, only because I just think it will be a lot easier and I won't have to endure the pain of having a backpack. However, I am prone to losing things and having nearly lost my suitcase in JFK airport a couple of years ago, it does slightly worry me. Maybe I should get some reins for it, that way it will always be attached to me so I can never lose it. My travel diary (post here) has a section in it with items that you should take and pack so I have gone through that any mainly worked that way. I bought a backpacking kit from online, which i am going to be doing a post (coming soon) on and whether realistically i have used all the products/gadgets that it comes with.

I will do a more updated post once I have arrived in Australia and go through the items I have bought with me and how practical they are and whether or not I have used them. 

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

How I Like To Relax & My Tips For Winding Down



One this that is my absolute favourite thing in the entire world is doing shit all. In my eyes, there is nothing better then having a night in on your own and just taking time to relax. I pretty much do this every weekend, because my social life is about as active as a rocks. In fact, rocks, probably have better social life then myself, but I'm cool with it. I am naturally a chilled out person who doesn't give a shit and I'm lucky that i don't get stressed. I like to think I'm quite positive and have a positive outlook on most aspects of life. Naturally, there are parts where i don't, but i think thats normal.

As i said, I'm naturally a calm, chilled person, so relaxing for me is extremely easy, although, i get bored quicker then you can count to 10. I love quiet notes alone and just having 'me' time. I find that if I've had a shit day at work or someones just massively pissed me off or perhaps I'm just a shit mood, i just want to lock myself away and not talk to anyone.

Below, i have put a list of the stuff that i do when i want to be more relaxed and just forget about the rest of the world.

1. Candles 
Candles solve all problems. I love my Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede, but that shit is hella expensive, so i have one from Anthropology which i got from one of my best friends at christmas, which smells beautiful. Its not to overpowering, but it does fill them room with the scent and make me all calm and relaxed. I don't know about anyone else, but also playing with fire makes me relaxed. Don't really recommend it, actually, lets just ignore that bit. Back to candles, it doesn't have to be  £50  candle, a cheap candle, scented or not, still sets an ambience and helps me to wind down and just forget about everything.

2. Films/Series
This one completely depends on the person. I don't read out of choice, but if you prefer to read, grab a book, cup of tea or a pint of wine and just chill out and read until your hearts content. Personally, i would chuck on a classic old disney film or netflix and watch this with a pepsi max. I know, I'm wild with my beverage choices. I love putting on a film and just forgetting about all my worries and just letting myself go in the film and pretending like I'm there. I don't think there any harm in letting your imagination wonder and just being in the moment at that moment. 

3. Snacks/Drinks
I love food. More then anything, food is my favourite thing ever which explains a lot. Depending on my mood, i will grab a bag of crisps or chocolate or maybe both. Probably both to be completely honest and I'm not talking about the small bags. At the moment, its Easter chocolate season, which means Mini Eggs are in full force. I am not a love of Creme Eggs, but give 10 bags of mini eggs any day. Realistically, it doesn't have to be fatty foods, you can grab anything you want to snack one, but I'm a fat shit and i love crisps and chocolate. As i said in the above part, i always like a drink when I'm watching a film. Although, i love Pepsi, i also love a nice bottle of freezing cold water. There is nothing better then having some freezing cold water. I can not put it into words how it makes me feel, but i feel like it just takes all the shit from that day and put it somewhere else. Probably my bladder.

4. Fragrance
After a day at the office or wherever you've been and its been a shit day, i actually like to re-spray myself with perfume. I know it seems waste and not gonna lie, it kind of is, but there is some kind of logic. For example, you've been stuck in an office with sweaty people, you come home smelling on work and your in a shit mood. You get into bed/sofa, chuck on a film and start chilling. Why not spray some perfume to make you get rid of that 'office' smell and have a scent which you love and it will help make you calm. See, i told you there were logic behind it. 

5. Phone
My last and final one. Turn of your phone. You want to be chilled, not staring at Facebook seeing how amazing Becky from down the road thinks her life is. I have about 2 people, besides my family, who contact me, so my phone isn't really used that much. I use it mainly to stalk people on instagram and twitter....... Anyway, i like to chuck it on the floor far away, or put it in a draw so that i am not hooked to it.

So there we are, my tips for winding down to chillax as the kids say nowadays. They probably don't even say that. I don't like seeing people stressed and i think sometimes, people just forget that 'me' time is the best time for anyone. Nobody should get stressed over work or life, as life is to short and quite frankly, its not worth getting stressed out for something so minor. Everything happens for a reason and people need to accept that everyone makes mistakes and thats okay! Anyway, little ramble over. 


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Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Perfect Travel Diary


I love diaries, but i never ever use them. Despite pretending to be organised, I'm probably one of the least organised people ever, as i just go with the flow. For Christmas, i was in Kikki K, or the most amazing shop in the world, and i spotted this travel diary. I am sure you will all know by know, i am off to Australia in 10 days or so. I was going to buy the diary for myself, but my sister quickly snapped it away and bought it as a present for me.

Firstly, the colours of the diary are my favourite! The fluro orange with the blue and white stripes make me so happy. Silly, i know, but its the small things sometimes. The diary has all the sections you will ever need to compare prices, list hostels, plan transport and even accommodate your shopping needs. I haven't used it yet, but i have looked at it several times thinking i cant wait to use it to its full potential in Australia. Of course, i could use it now, but i don't want to get way over my head and start planing for things, that one may not even happen and secondly, i may have no money to do anything, which is pretty likely. As i said, the planner has a variety of different sections which i love and makes trying to be organised, one step easier. I love that it has a budget, packing, itinerary sections and so much more. It also has a calendar, prompts and information pages to help you write down any notes and important dates.

Kikki K do some amazing stationary and i could quite happily buy everything in the shop. They do a great variety of stationary and also some amazing gifts. I spent way to much money in their at christmas, but it was all worth it. The price of this diary is £21.00 which i think was quite reasonable and its a decent size with lots of different sections where you can put all your notes and what not. I did try to take more pictures of the sections, but my photography skills are lacking and the pictures were shit to say the least.
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Morphe 35N Palette




I know that recently, the last couple of posts have been all about my travels, so I'm taking it back old school and doing a makeup review. Back when I first started my blog these were the normal posts I would do. 

Makeup is my absolute passion and my one true love. Honestly, I love it. The transformation, the different looks and just how it makes you feel are what I love most. If you follow my on instagram *cough* you totes should instagram.com/zoebowx *cough* then you would have probably seen I love messing around and just creating different looks on myself and anyway what's better then playing with makeup on a Friday night?!?! 

I recently purchased the absolute beauty of the Morphe 35N palette. I have seen tons of people use these before and always been so envious of them. So, that being said, I bit the bullet and bought this beauty. Of course, I love the look of the 35O palette, but it seems near on impossible to get it, but I'm still super excited about the 35N. The eyeshadows are super creamy, buttery and pigmented. They blend so easily on the skin and are a complete dream to work with. 

I decided to create quite a dramatic look, as well they are my favourite and I think it shows of the eyeshadows well. Although I have done a dramatic look, this palette is brilliant for everyday use as well. There are a great variety of colours ranging from dark to lights. Overall, I bloody love this palette and am excited to try more. One thing I forgot to mention is the price. I think it's £25.00 which is super affordable and considering you get .... eyeshadows, that works out to be £ which is a complete bargain!

I am super excited to use this palette lots more and also purchase lots more Morphe products in the future! They have some absolute crackers and all of their products look like they are such high quality and affordable, which is always a good thing! 
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

LRM Goods Travel Wallet





As my travels are just around the corner, recently I've been doing a lot of online window shopping, as I can't justify buying anything when I'm not going to be here in less then a months time. This being said, there are a couple of items which I feel I need as in my eyes they are essentials. However, i did recently buy a Henna kit for no reason at all. Realistically, they probably aren't, but i am going crazy at the thought of not buying anything, so a little present to myself doesn't hurt.  

I was just scrolling through my facebook when I saw one of those annoying pop up ads for LRM Goods. Normally I ignore them, but I decided to click on it and have a browse. Low and behold I found the most beautiful products ever. They have an amazing range of travel products and they all come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The best part is that they can monogram the products with your initials or anyone's initials. They come in gold, silver and rosegold, but there is a additional price for rose gold which is £1.50. Obviously, I wanted rose gold, so I opted for that and I didn't mind about the additional charge. 

I went for the Ivory travel wallet because I just thought that it's a classic cream colour and you can't go wrong with it. I was tossing up between coral and ivory, but the coral one just didn't feel like me. The travel wallet itself is a great size and I think I will be able to fit lots in there, including passport and also my important documents. The price of the wallet is £35 which I think is quite reasonable. The product is made from recycled leather aswell. 

Overall, I can't stop staring at it. It's so timeless, but also so amazing. The price, the brand and everything about it is amazing and I think it's worth it. I will definitely be buying more items from the brand in the future/when I return to the uk if I ever do. 
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Friday, 10 February 2017

Dove Advanced Pro Series



Haircare is probably one of the things that I don't do enough along with skincare. Probably shouldn't admit to that, but it's the truth. You can't go wrong with makeup wipes! Anyway, back to haircare. I have never been into hair masks and even styling my hair really. Occasionally, I straighten it or try to style but I just end up looking like Ms Trunchbowl from Matilda. Not even kidding. I'm sure everyone knows the meme I'm on about. 

I think it was around September time I was in Boots prepping for my holiday and just decided to give the Dove shampoo a go. I didn't have an expectations and had never even seen it before, so i was just trying it out of pot luck. I struggle at the moment with really bad dandruff which I don't like to admit, but I want my blog to be 100% me, therefore I'm going to be 100% true. Dandruff is a pain in the ass and I'm trying to work on getting it down. Luckily with using the new Dove shampoos, it has massively helped and I've also seen a massive difference in my hair. 

The oxygen moisture range is my favourite, although it's the only one I've tried. I like to think my hair is fairly dry and having dandruff I think it's fairly obvious I do. It's mainly for fine and flat hair which I don't have, pretty much got the exact opposite, but I'm after the moisture for my hair and scalp. I have recently purchased the regenerate nourishment shampoo and conditioner which is mainly for damaged and extremely distressed hair which I don't think I have, however, I am going back to ombré at the end of Feb, so I want to get my hair in a good condition before hand and also afterwards. I have managed to pick these up on offer recently for £3 each which is a bargain in my eyes. I think it's normally £5 for one bottle of either shampoo and condition, which I am happy to pay if I can see the results, but I know that some people think that's expensive. 

Overall, I love this shampoo and it's definitely my new favourite. I will be sure to stock up on this when I go to Australia, as I don't even know if they sell it over there and if they don't, I think I will cry as my search for a new shampoo and conditioner will have to begin again. 


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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Travelling Nerves



It's nearly time for me to pack my bags and head down under. I have read some of the many travelling blogs and watched some travel videos. I'm super excited, but of course I'm absolutely shitting myself. I don't know why I feel embarrassed to say I'm nervous, but I've just got to admit that I am and that it's perfectly normal. I would probably be worried if I wasn't, so i guess its a good thing. The packing hasn't yet begun, but I have started buying things I probably won't need. Like walking boots. My rents are adamant that I'm going to need them. I don't think they realise that I'm just going to be a beach bum for the year and work in between. Then again, I may surprise myself and decide to go for a hike in the rainforest. Probably won't. Actually, thinking of the spiders and snakes, I can safely that is certainly not going to happen. Give me all the crocodiles you can, but I swear if I see a tarantula I may just pack my bags and hop on the next plane. Having visited before, I only saw 1 spider which was a red back and it didn't really phase me. Mainly because I knew if I got near it, it may have jumped at me and sucked all the blood out and left me for dead. Okay, okay, slight exaggeration, but I'm not going to risk it. 

Back onto the subject, I wanted to write to let anyone know who reads it (hi) that I think the nerves are completely normal. My main worry is the embarrassment of lasting 2 weeks and then having to come home. I'm praying this doesn't happen, but then if it does it just wasn't meant to be and I have to just face it and deal with it. I don't know why I'm embarrassed about that, as I know quite a few people who have got out there and come back. I think as I am quite a home bud, I will miss home, which is completely normal and expected. I will miss my family, my little muchkins probably more then anyone and of course my friends, but I can always Skype or FaceTime anyone I want to. Going back to the munchkins, I feel like I'm gonna turn into a crazy dog lady and be that meme where you see a dog and just want to run up to hug it. That's already got my name all over it! 

Anyway, the point of this post was to say nerves are okay and I shouldn't be scared of them. As normal I rambled, but I'm glad I just got this of my chest and if anyone reads it, then hey, you cool and thanks! 


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