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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