Friday, August 30, 2013

3 year giveaway winner - announced!

I'm so, so pleased to announce the winner of my 3 year anniversary give away is ....

Sarah! from more than adored!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and to everyone who reads this blog and leaves me lovely comments and converses with me on twitter.
I absolutely agree with Sarah's winning comment, that the sense of community amongst bloggers is second to none. And we wouldn't have that without all you guys.

So thanks again everyone, and Sarah, I really hope you enjoy your prize!

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Priceline Haircare Haul!


Priceline had a 40% off haircare sale for two days earlier this week, so off course I had to check it out and pick up some products I've lusted over but never been keen to buy, due to the price tag. 
(Side Note: I actually picked up the Alchemy products on Monday, before the sale started with their 2 for $20 sale; which ended up being cheaper than 40% off)

So what did I buy? 


Rice Aminos & Wheat Protein Shampoo and Macadamia & Wheat Protein Conditioner
I've heard so many good things about Alchemy, so thought I'd give these a shot. I am such a sucker for advertising, I absolutely adore the packaging of this S&C, and the way it looks in my bathroom. 

Lee Stafford
Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist
This is a heat protector for straightening, that gives your hair some shine. Could be a bit of a sales pitch, we'll see. Either way, I've only ever used tresemme's heat protectant, so it's good to branch out now and again. 

Bleach Blondes Conditioner
I already have the shampoo version of this, and love it! So thought it would be good to pick up the conditioner as well for a thorough anti-brassy treatment! 
Argan Oil Deep Nourishing Treatment
I've been loving Argan oil lately, can't wait to see how this 'nourishing treatment' treats my poor, bleached locks! 

Moroccan Argan Oil
See...argan oil, everywhere! I've tried this a few times since I bought it, and I love it so much so far! I also think the packaging is adorable (so tiny!), much to J's confusion
Dry Shampoo
Honestly, I prefer this one to batiste, so thought I'd pick some up while it was on sale. 

What did you pick up in the priceline haircare sale? Would love to know for future spendings! 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My Weeks in Pictures #35


It was dad's birthday, so to help him celebrate J, my uncle and I all played some pool with him at the local pub. There is nothing quite like getting drunk with your parents on a Saturday night. I couldn't help but show off my wrapping just don't seem to appreciate these things


J and I tried our hand at making spaghetti on the weekend. I have so much fun making pasta. 
I finally got around to printing off all my photos and organising them into an album. I also chose some to frame and put on the wall in our living room. Our house is feeling more 'ours' now...which I feel is important to establish (especially when renting)


Loving tea deliveries from the T2 boys to perk me up when working nights. No idea what this blend was, but it was delicious. I've also been loving this T2 flask I purchased with a gift card from the girls at work for my birthday. Now am getting my tea fix on the train to uni! 


Tried out a green, bronze, gold smokey eye at uni last week. I actually kinda love these colours together!
J also bought a new shrimpy...we called him 'Murdoch'; he's a cleaner fish, meaning he cleans the tank and he'll sit on the other fish and clean them too! So J thought "mer-doc" in underwater doctor...was a good name. Mer-doc. Murdoch. Get it?


OPI 'kennebunk-port' on my nails. Ring on my finger from my BFF and her family for my 21st. I love the intricate detailing on this ring. It's now become a staple in my 'everyday jewellery' collection. 
Also I am so obsessed with my mint leather time planner I picked up from work the other week. Nothing makes me more happy than peering into an organised bag! 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rimmel Apocalips Swatches #2!


I couldn't help myself. I went out and bought the other four Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers...
C'mon, we all knew it would happen. If you want to check out my original post, to find out more about what I think of the actual lip gloss, then click here.

(side note: I completely understand why priceline puts sticky-tape around the products, but far out is it difficult to remove completely!)

Funnily enough, the colours I was missing from the collection were mostly nudes: Celestial, Solstice, Nude Eclipse and Phenomenon. 

Celestial - is quite a rosy colour; a deep pink but not quite a red.
Solstice - Now, the swatch above makes this colour look like quite a deep red, but because I have quite red lips naturally, this colour is my "own lips but better!" I adore this one on me! (and I think this point indicates how important it is to get lip colour swatches actually on lips!)
Nude Eclipse - a beautiful nude colour. This colour makes my lips pale, which is fantastic for when I have dark eye makeup on. 
Phenomenon - Probably my least favourite colour of the eight, phenomenon is a peachy pink. I think this would look fantastic on someone with darker skin!


Have you tried the Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers? Which colour is your favourite?
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Friday, August 23, 2013

6 Great Father's Day Gift Ideas!

Father's Day is coming up FAST...have you got your gift organised yet?
I've got some ideas may either outright steal them (I won't tell, I promise!) or use them to get your own creative juices flowing!

father's day gift ideas

How about an ipod, or other musical player? Dads usually have a bit of a reputation for not being too tech-savvy. Ipods are so easy to use, ANYONE can operate them...I'm not even joking when I say that if my dad can, anyone's dad can. (My dad based the decision on which laptop to buy based on which one had the biggest keys for him...bless!)

Comic strip books are also a great idea! Zits is a great one for any parent...if you're not acquainted with it, basically it's about living with a narrated by a teenager. Another reason why comic strips are so great, is because they're quick, require not much reading and are funny! Or you could make your own, by cutting out your dad's favourites from the paper and sticking them into a book...get really personal and add your own annotations!

Tool kits are a pretty standard dad's day gift...this one is a bit different's a mini, all-in-one. Although it's technically a bike tool, it has a number of allen keys, and both types of screw-drivers, making it perfect for basic fixing-up around the house

If your dad's a suit, how about some gorgeous new stationery for him? This A4 leather compendium from kikki.K is currently on sale... and will give dad the perfect place to jot down meeting notes, and keep all those loose papers.

How about a bottle of his favourite expensive alcohol? I think the trick with this one though, is that you need to then volunteer to come around and have a glass with him. Although gifts are great, and everyone loves getting them, I think the most important thing that all parents want is to spend more time with their kids. ESPECIALLY as their kids get older and move out and get their own lives...

This is the adult version of the DIY gift you would give as a child! I found this one on pinterest, and it's been doing the rounds lately. Basically, use a sharpie to draw, write, decorate a plain ceramic mug, bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 220C (pop the mug in while the oven is still cold) and voila! Cool, personal gift!
Check out this blog post for awesome tips and instructions!

What are you getting Dad for father's day??

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Friday, August 16, 2013

21 before 21...the results!

I thought I'd share the results of my 21 before 21 goals.

1. Go Overseas Again.
Unfortunately I did not get to even go on holidays, let alone travel overseas. This still remains a firm goal of mine.

2. read 52 new books
I didn't quite get to 52 new books. I did have this goal consciously in my mind though, so I think it helped me read more than I would have otherwise.

3. Keep a list of each book I read
I started an account on goodreads, which was so helpful in completing this goal!

4. Finish reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Chinese
I gave up Chinese study after two years, so I did not complete this one :( One day!

5. Have a Conversation in Only Chinese
I have had a few small conversations with people outside of class in Chinese, so I am counting this as a win!

6. Learn to Knit Socks
I tried so hard to learn off the internet, but knitting socks is harder than I thought it would be! I think I'm going to have to try crochet, as everyone tells me that is easier.

7. Go on a Road Trip

8. Solve a Rubik's Cube
I did not even touch a rubik's cube in the past year.

9. Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award for Best Picture
I think I completely forgot about this one.

10. Make a tower cake.
This did not happen. We had so many issues with our oven! Maybe this year for J's birthday?

11. Do the Splits
My flexibility is still frustratingly non-existent, despite consistent stretching.

12. Get my Provisional Licence
So...funny story.
On my 21st birthday, I headed down to the RTA to get my learner's licence renewed. When I got down there, the lady told me I needed to book in to do the test all over again! They didn't have time for me on the day, and I needed an ID (my licence expired the next day) so I ended up getting a photo card. So I have gone from having a learner licence, to having no licence at all. I think I spectacularly failed this one.

13. Get my next planned Tattoo
Nope, just because we've been short of money but I think I will do this with my tax money!

14. Perform at my pole studio's open night
YES! I did this TWICE! See the post here for the first one, and this post here for my most recent performance.

15. Take More Photos and Get Them Printed
I bought a photo box album to store and display my photos in, and am actually getting them printed this weekend. So...technically no, because I turned 21 before I achieved this but I'm going to say yes.

16. Get back into Volunteering
I am ashamed to say no.

17. Do a First Aid Course
Nope. Every time I looked at doing one, they were never on at a time I could attend.

18. Complete a Daily Photographic Diary

19. Get a job that I like and enjoy
Yes! I am working as a manager in retail, which is not something I thought I would enjoy, but I love the company I work for, and I love my customers and staff. I am happy to say yes to this one :)

20. Donate Blood More Regularly
Not more regularly, but I was definitely more frequent.

21. Climb a Mountain
I don't think I went near a mountain in the last year

So overall, not too bad!

What crazy goals have you achieved lately?

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

I hear it's all downhill from here...

Well, that's what everyone keeps telling me.
I turned 21 last month, which is exciting and crazy all at once. As I've always been the youngest in my friendship group, it feels like only yesterday I was pining to be 18, to not be left out anymore when my friends went out.

My parents threw me an amazing birthday party. Mum asked me what I wanted to be the theme, and I showed her the dress I wanted to wear and said "as long as I can wear this, I don't mind!" So the theme became black and silver, and my mum did an amazing job at decorating my dad's place.

Would you believe my brother is 5 years younger than me? Look at the way he towers over all of us!

My beautiful sister.

I have never cut a stacked cake before, and drunk me thought it would be a good idea to cut the corner...which just made it a bit trickier for my mum when serving. I am still amazed at how incredible the cake was...that shoe on top? Icing. There was even stitching detail on it, which is just amazing.
Dad and I.
Of course the only photo I managed to get with J from the whole night is a silly one.
The best part of the night is that everyone that was there, was there because I wanted them to be. I'm still so overwhelmed with how generous everyone was, and how much effort went into the speeches that were said.
I don't believe it's all downhill from here. No way.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Make Up Store

A couple of stores down from where I work is the Make Up Store. The Make Up Store is a Swedish make-up brand, who have ah-may-zing make up artists and products. As you sometimes do when you work in retail, I have befriended one of the sales assistants in there. It's nice to feel a little camraderie in the staff elevator and the more retailers you know, the more likely that will happen.

Anyway, I went in there to get my make up done for my 21st birthday. The girls who work in the store always have impeccable make up themselves (which I think says a lot about the brand and the artists they hire...there's another certain make up store in our centre and there's a few artists there who frequently look a bit like a hot mess). I'm just sayin'...if you can't do your own make up, there is no way in hell you're touching my face to do mine. So the service is $95 which is redeemable for product at the end...score! On Monday, instead of my usual 'week in pictures' post, I will (finally!) have a post up with some photos from my birthday. So you'll get to see what my make up looked like then, but I will just quickly mention I was more than happy with the service.

I redeemed the eyelashes they used for my make up, a powder for contouring and a primer:

Vitamin Day Primer AUD$75 for 50mL
The make up artist used this on my face to prep me for my make-over. If you're a long-time reader, you'll know I have quite dry skin. This product is a primer and a moisturiser in one, containing shea butter, vitamin A, E and carrot extract.
Considering it's also a moisturiser, it is not at all thick. That being said, it takes a minute or two to absorb fully into the skin. You can instantly feel the difference though, and make up not only glides on to your skin better, but the primer aspect really helps it to last all day. I've found it extends the longevity of my foundations and face products better than my other primer; Australis Face Base Primer (which is the same formulation as Napoleon Perdis' Autopilot primer). It also has a nice, subtle scent to it which dissipates after applying the rest of your make up.
Make Up Store recommends this is suitable for all skin types.
The packaging isn't that is in a cute round container with a pump. I find the pump isn't that effective at getting the product out smoothly, and sometimes I have to force the pump a few times and then too much product comes out. Which is a shame given how expensive the product is. Also, I feel the lid could be held on just slightly tighter. This isn't a problem if you're just using it at home but I can definitely see it coming off if in a bag when travelling.
Overall, I love this product.

When I was redeeming the product at the end, I mentioned I wanted to try something new for contouring. My make up artist recommended a darker shade of face powder.

Micronized Compact Powder in Chocolate: AUD$42 for 8g.
This powder is a face powder, so is designed to be used on top of foundation, to help 'set' it. As a powder, it is transparent, and helps to seal the pigments from your skin. To use as a contouring powder, I use a denser brush and apply a little more product. I like how it is easily build-able, and blend-able. The benefit with using a powder over a bronzer for contouring is that you will get a more natural, darker shadow, rather than a more 'orange' one.
Here's some swatches of it on the back of my hand:


As you can see, the powder has a matte finish, also making it perfect for contouring. Overall, I've been loving the result I'm getting from this product, and have been using it exclusively since I bought it.
The packaging is nice; the compact is made out of a sturdy plastic, there's a mirror on the inside of the lid and the powder lifts up to reveal a sponge underneath. Which would obviously be useful if you were using this as a powder, for touch ups during the day. The lid also snaps on nicely, and clicks into place.

Have you used products from the Make Up Store before?

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Monday, August 5, 2013

My Week in Pictures #34

This week has been a bit full on! I headed back to uni, for the second semester of my penultimate year (it's getting way too real now...!) I'm so thankful I only had to buy two textbooks this year, bringing the bill to just over $300, instead of the usual $600. The UOW Law Society ordered some cute hoodies in, and being quite partial to a hoodie myself, had to snatch one up.
I didn't get much of a holiday break this year...we moved house, which is always a stressful experience, and I worked heaps. I went back to uni this week working full glad to go back down to my regular 22 hours now! Despite heading back feeling unrefreshed and still kinda stressed, I'm really excited for my subjects. I'm taking Evidence (which, admittedly is actually kinda dry), IP law, and Power and the Modern State. I think it's so much easier to do well at subjects you enjoy.

I've been obsessssssed with berry lips this week, with this Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet being on my lips at all times.
I also picked myself up a really cute goose charm for my Thomas Sabo bracelet...really disappointed to notice last night though that his beak is no longer orange??

I spent Saturday night in Newtown, celebrating a friend's birthday. We had dinner and drinks, then headed over to the Marly Bar for a quick drink before heading home. Surprisingly, Mike Whitney's band (who knew!?) was playing. They did a heap of fun covers, and I may or may not have been called up on stage to sing Teenage Dirtbag. I also may or may not have been quite drunk.

What did you get up to this past week? Any fun celebrity stories I should know?

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Give-away: 3 year blogging anniversary!

It is so crazy that just over three years ago, I decided to start a blog. I had no idea what to do with my blog, or the direction it would take; in fact I'd only just started reading other people's blogs myself. I was totally naive as to the extent of the blogging community and how big a part blogs play in the online world. 

I've come a long way, and I thought I'd share a few goodies to thank you readers! 

The prize:
- kikki.K Make up case (shown above) 
- MOR: Hand and Body Wash in Honey Nectar
- Revlon Lip Butter: In 020 Brown Sugar
- Australis Nail Colour: in Rose Tattoo
-Rimmel Apocalips: Lip Lacquer in 201 Solstice
- Model Rock Lashes: in Fabulous Friday
- DUO eyelash glue 
(all products were bought by myself and are unopened and unused)

To Enter:
1. Follow this blog through GFC (link in the sidebar on the right)
2. Leave me a comment below stating either:
a) If you own a blog: what have you loved the most about blogging?
b) If you don't own a blog: what is your favourite part about reading other people's blogs?

In your comment, also tell me: what is your favourite post of mine, from the last 3 years (lots to choose from!)

It's that easy!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules and Legalities:
1. You must be over the age of 16 to enter. If you are under this age, you must have your parent's consent to enter. 
2. This is a game of skill (hence the answering of the question)
3. If you do not comply with the rules on entering, your entry will be deemed as invalid. 
4. The competition will end on the 30th August, 2013. The winner will be decided and notified, and given 24 hours to respond. If there is no response, a new winner will be decided and will also have 24 hours to respond. 
5. The prize will be mailed out, using regular Australian Post within a week of the winner responding. If the winner would like registered post or tracking, they agree to pay the costs of this. 
6. This giveaway is open internationally. 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Pole Performance #2

Back in June, I performed at my pole studio's open night for the second time.
I love everything about performing...I love the amount of practice you put in before a performance; coming up with the routine and the hours of training that goes into it. I love the anxiety I get before performing and the sheer rush of adrenaline when I walk off the stage.

This performance was different to my first one...I was by myself. I choreographed this routine on my own, I practiced it over and over by myself and I performed it by myself.

And I'm really proud of the result!

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and a shot of J clapping...It makes me so happy seeing him proud of me.

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