5 Lessons I’ve Learnt

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Personal | 0 comments


As I finally get over my illness, get back into work and start focusing my energy on the passions of my life (oh and did I mention Toby has been MIA for the last 3 weeks? Yeah, so I’ve had a lot of alone time to think) I’ve been contemplating and thinking about some of the mental blockers I have that I feel prevent me from living my happiness life.

#1 – It’s not easy to be happy
I hear it all the time! That you should always do what makes you happy and that focusing on your happiness is most important. But what if your happiness results in sadness for those around you?

I’ve made a lot of decisions in my life that weren’t always what make me most happy, but it worked out finding a compromise worked out being the healthiest for me. And maybe that’s a process to work out in itself. I may not be the happiest with some choices, but I know the decisions I make are in the best interest of those I truly love to death and I’m not going to lie, leave me feeling a lot less guilty.

#2 – Dwelling on things you can’t change is wasting your energy
And yet I still do it anyways, though I think over time I’ve gotten better. And the only way I’ve managed to do this is by distracting my mind and creating new positive habits and ways of thinking. E.g. Every time something bad that happens to me bubbles up, I’ll make myself think about my cat. Cheesy I know, but it really does over time become a habit. And seriously, my cat can never make me sad! It’s impossible! (Pet owners will understand this!)

#3 – Insecurity is often the root of all problems
I think every emotional / mental issue I’ve ever confronted within myself can be traced back to being insecure. And it’s also the reason for why I react to things the way I do (aka defensive). If I feel like I’ve done something wrong, I internalise it death and feel like the world’s worst human. If a friend makes a comment that was insensitive towards me, I dwell on it forever. And I think it’s because I really suffer for low self-esteem and am generally very insecure.

If I were more secure, when I’ve done something wrong I could easily just brush it off as “oh well, humans make mistakes” and move on! If a friend makes an insensitive comment, I could just brush it off as “that’s their issue / opinion, not mine” and move on! Something I’ve been working on, and something I’m slowly getting better at.

Though I’ll be honest and say that part of what I view as my success is learning to train my mind to work in my favour more, but also doing what I can to move away from negative situations.

#4 – Having a passion can be life saving
How many times have I felt terrible, but came home to either blog, work on YouTube videos, play with makeup / planners or whatever else I’m feeling passionate about and ended up completely forgetting I was even upset about something till a day later? Almost all the time!

This ties into #2 really well, the best method to stop dwelling on things is to focus on the things that make you truly passionate.

#5 – You attract what you are
I have/had a terrible habit of whinging and complaining. I feel like the only way for me to “get over” issues I have is to rant or vent to those close to me. And it seems harmless, except it’s not. You end up attracting like minding individuals and it can become a bit of a toxic mix if you are a negative person.

On the other hand, if you are positive (which I force myself to be in some environments) it actually pays out! Positivity attracts positivity and I find myself automatically wanting to spend more time with positive people, but most importantly it makes me want to stay positive.

I heard a quote, “You are the average of the 5 closest people in your life” on a podcast I was listening to and it really struck a chord with me. Imagine how happy / successfully you could be if the 5 closest people to you were the most amazingly kind, positive and successfully humans on earth? It makes you think about the energy you put out to draw back the people you want in your life.

If you guys have any personal lessons you’ve learnt I’d love to hear more about them :)

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Hi! I’m back!

Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Personal | 0 comments


How long has it been since I last wrote a blog post? It’s actually longer than it looks, because a few weeks ago I returned from a trip from Asia and during my time away I had scheduled a bunch of blog posts, so safe to say it’s been a decent amount of time!

After returning from Asia I fell incredibly ill. To be honest I fell ill about 12 hrs before my flight back home. Sad to say it was one of the worst flights in my life back because of that! Honestly I suspect it was the flu, the first couple of weeks back was a complete blur of sleep and a ton of medication.

Bad times aside, it’s been a few weeks now and I think I’ve finally recovered to the point where I think I can tackle my normal activities again. And mostly I wanted to let you guys know why I’ve been so away and quiet for so long!

Obviously, I’ve had a lot of time to think about everything while sick and I think I want to make some changes. However I’m not going to go into them yet just because I want to allow myself to make those changes first before I go around announcing them to the world! But safe to say, be prepared for some changes! Ultimately I’m just looking for ways to improve my life and increase my happiness :)

Anyways! I hope you guys have been doing well, I’ve missed the online world and I can’t wait to figure out how things in general will work out going forward :)

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Essie Spring 2015 Nail Polish Collection + Swatches

Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Nails, Reviews | 0 comments


Spring collections are my favourite of all time, and this collection that was gifted to me from Essie is no exception! I’m loving the colours in this collection, especially Blossom Dandy and Garden Variety. The perfect resort / summer shades~ Pigmentation and wear for each of these were on point, I didn’t experience any major issues, even for the lighter shades. I have to admit, colour me impressed! I feel like the last few collections always have something that is disappointing but I can honestly say I loved this one and highly recommend it!

Each bottle is going for $16.95AUD and is available at Priceline between October and November 2015 only.

Garden Variety


Pedal Pushers


Perennial Chic


Picked Perfect


Blossom Dandy




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Neutral Bronzed Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Makeup, Videos | 1 comment

If you’re reading this then I am likely on my way back home after a glorious couple of weeks away in Asia :) I had the most amazing time and I can’t wait to share with you all my videos, photos and more 😀 In the mean time I pre-filmed this makeup tutorial using the Laura Mercier Eye Art palette :) Hope you enjoy!

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Champagne Pop

Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 3 comments






The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($38USD) has been the talk of the internets for several months now and I feel a little late to the party, but keen to share my two cents anyways! One because Becca is an Aussie company and two, I LOVE Jaclyn Hill!

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Becca. I love the quality of their makeup, but I never could understand why an Australian company would charge more for their products in Australian then overseas. The same goes for Napoleon Perdis (which is one of the reasons I’ve stopped using their products). However the quality for Becca is just so exception I can’t stay away, though I try to keep my products limited to just the essentials and this highlighter sure felt like an essential.

However now that I have it I can honestly say it’s a lovely highlighter, very suited to particular skin tones. But it’s not a must have if you prefer cooler highlighters or something more neutral. The tone feels very gold and while I don’t doubt it wouldn’t suit a lot of people, I wasn’t 100% sure it suited me. That aside, the quality is absolutely amazing, so if the colour seems up your alley, you can rest assure you will love the pigmentation and wear!

Keep in mind that if you do intend to use this product frequently, I’ve been told it can disappear very quickly so something to keep in mind :)

I believe this product is sold exclusive at Sephora.

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Pink n Purple Makeup Tutorial

Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Videos | 0 comments

In case you don’t know, I have a channel dedicated to all things planners! It’s a massive obsession of mine right now, so much so that after filming a particular Plan With Me video a while back I decided to put together a look inspired by it! Crazy right? Whatever makes for an interesting makeup look :) Now that the weather is starting to warm up again, I’m becoming much more inspired to play around with different looks more 😀 Hope you enjoy!

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Royal Melbourne Show 2015

Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Videos | 0 comments

It has been close to 6 months since I last filmed a vlog (crazy!) and the Royal Melbourne Show felt like the perfect opportunity to start it up again~ This past weekend Tobias, Violet, Jimmy and myself all headed over to the Royal Melbourne Show with low expectations, and yet walked out having had a fantastic day! We played with animals, binged on all the different types of food and candy and played a couple of games. Hope you guys enjoy the quick vlog I threw together for the day~

I’m in the process of working through ALL the travel vlogs I’ve filmed over the last few years to upload them to a new space. It’s going to take a while, but my goal is to try and release vlogs around 1-2 days after I’ve filmed them. Personally I find watching vlogs shortly after they’ve been filmed to just be a lot more fun and engaging! You really feel like you’re on the adventure with that person, and that’s what I’d like to start achieving once I’ve finally caught up on two massive trips I’ve still yet to pull together. Baby steps!

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Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette

Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 0 comments







Last week I received a palette from Laura Mercier I absolutely loved! This week unfortunately is not going to be the same :( I saw the Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette ($58USD / $69AUD) online, it looked amazing and I just had to grab it to test for myself because who wouldn’t love a beautiful highlighter palette just in time for summer?

Personally I only found half the palette useable, which to me is clear from the swatches about. The four eyeshadow shades were patchy and not shadows I’d bother reaching for. The colour is great, but the lack of consistency in the pigmentation just doesn’t cut it for me, and when applied to my brow bone, is very subtle. Which isn’t bad, but I’d prefer something with great pigmentation that gives me a larger range of looks to play with.

The blushes however were fantastic! So rich and pigmented, a little on the darker side so probably better for people with dark skin tones. It felt a little like night and day for me, which is so disappointing. I really wanted to love this palette, and it looked stunning! But I couldn’t recommend this palette to anyone else.

Definitely a palette I’ll keep just for the blushes alone (plus the amazing palette design!) but if I could do it over I wouldn’t have bothered picking it up myself.

If you are interested, you can pick one up from either Sephora, David Jones or Nordstrom.

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Major Pan Update

Posted by on September 18, 2015 in Makeup, Videos | 0 comments

You know how I am about products and hitting pan, it’s kind of the best thing ever! And so I decided to do a video on all the products I have hit major pan on 😀 Enjoy!

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Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette

Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Makeup, Reviews | 1 comment







This palette reminds me of my first trip to the USA back in 2013. I was staying near the Beverly Center and I just so happened to timed my trip along with the 20% bi-annual sale Sephora has. So whilst there I naturally went a little crazy, what with the fact I was in Los Angeles and the AU dollar was so strong! I remember seeing this palette, I placed it in my basket, and then decided to put it back given the hefty price tag I was always paying!

Then I went home and immediately regretted it… deep huh?

So I made sure to snap up any other Laura Mercier palettes I could find throughout the years but I was always sad this was evaded me. And then! It came back! 😀 So I ordered it online the minute I saw it and I’m so happy I did~

The quality is amazing, just as I had imagined. It’s soft, pigmented and buttery. All elements of the perfect eyeshadow palette 😀

You can tell from the swatches that even the lighter shades are amazingly pigmented, the perfect indicator as to the quality of this palette. And with 12 different shades ranging from light to dark, cool to warm, you can pretty much create whatever look you need :) All in all, I’m a happy camper and so glad I finally picked it up 😀

If you’re interested, you can pick this up for $55USD from Sephora.

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