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Hey guys! I thought seeing as my last post was all about my current skincare loves, I would now let you in on all my current makeup loves! It still amazes me every single day how much makeup is growing and all the new and exciting things that all brands are coming up with! Just when we think we have seen it all, a brand brings out something new that blows all us makeup lovers brains and keeps us guessing with what will actually be created next!

Take me back a year ago I was all about doing full glam every single day, but when I’m not working, I like to keep it more on the natural side, so I’ll be able to cater for the full glam gals and guys as well as the more natural glam gals/guys with this post! So before i keep rambling on, lets get started!

 

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This little bottle of absolute heaven has been my number one go to for a natural, bronzed glow. The product is infused with Argan oil which is super hydrating for your skin so while it makes your makeup look fresh and flawless, its also helping give your skin that extra boost of hydration!

Pros: A bottle of this illuminizer lasts me MONTHS! The smallest amount (pea size) will cover your entire face and keep you glowing for days. I even sometimes multi use it by adding it over my foundation for a natural highlight without using powder highlighters. Its super light weight and can be worn by itself for a natural glow too! I love that it has the argan oil through it to keep your skin happy, hydrated and glowy!

Cons: I dont really have cons for this product, it is worth the price, however if you use to much your whole hands are glowy, so i suggest using a brush, thats more of a tip than a con though!

Price: $37.00  from http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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We all know how much smashbox slay the game when it comes to their primers, one of their new ones is the two in one primerizer – a primer and moisturiser in one! The formula is super light weight, super hydrating and just feels like the perfect base before you slay your face with makeup.

Pros: The product delivers 24 hour hydration which is perfect for my fellow Australians with the warm weather already starting to hit us! (thank god!) As I said, the formula is super light so when applying to the skin its not thick or heavy. Whats incredible about this primer is that there is zero dry time, so if you/re in a rush as soon as you place it on the skin you can get straight into your foundation base, unlike so many other primers!

Cons: Once again, theres not much negativity I can say about this product, only thing as a skin specialist, I still use a moisturiser underneath this primer as I’m pretty strict with my skincare routine!

Price: $61.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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Ive truly gone through a whole bottle of this so quickly! Not because its small or wastes quickly, but because i’m absolutely OBSESSED with it!! This new little spray by too faced is a multi use product, You can use it as a spray primer, a setting spray for your makeup and a hydration booster spray for the warm weather us Australians have been experiencing lately, Its honestly one you need in your makeup bag!

Pros: Its three in one, so its perfect for travel, its perfect if you dont want to use multiple products for your makeup and its PERFECT for the warmer weather we are getting! It smells like a tropical holiday and is honestly my go-to for everything. Its not sticky like other setting sprays and works so well when going for that natural glow!

Cons: Honestly cannot fault this product, the bottle is large so you get so much out of it. Its a must have!

Price: $46.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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If you are a mecca beauty junkie you would know all about the Mecca lit from within highlighter.. well.. now we have the mecca cosmetica lit from within illuminating drops and let me just say.. I’m OBSESSED! These little drops of heaven are multi use and will keep you glowing for days! the drops are super light weight and work in multiple different ways to keep you dewy, glowing and hydrated!

Pros: Ive been into liquid illuminators for a while now and after trying this one, what i love about it is how light weight it is, but how much of a natural glow it gives the skin. Its soft, silky and blends so easily! You can use this product mixed with your foundation, mixed with your moisturiser or serum for a natural glow and an extra boost of hydration or even on top of your foundation for a liquid heaven highlight!

Cons: The only thing I would change about this product is the size, I literally want all of the lit from within illuminator and NEED it all, but thats just me being greedy 😉

Price: $45.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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Have you ever gotten super angry after doing your makeup perfectly, then you go and set with powder and you look dry, powdery and it ruins your whole look? Well not with this bad boy in your life! These powders will set your makeup but keep your skin looking glowy, even and beautiful. The dim light colour is my favourite, but there are multiple to chose from that mimic different lighting effects.

Pros: The powder is super velvety which means it sets to the skin beautifully and makes your skin still look glowy and natural. The packaging and product is beautiful, which hourglass are so amazing when it comes to any product they produce and how they display them! The compact lasts forever and only the smallest amount is needed to set your foundation!

Cons: I personally cannot fault this product, but if you are someone who prefers a matte finish, Id suggest not going for something like these powders, however I would always suggest going into a local mecca and trying it on the skin, I’m sure you will fall in love with it!

Price: $67.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

 

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This heaven sent highlighter has always been one of my go-to favourites! This mineral based highlighter is super soft, so easy to blend and gives the perfect pop of highlight to the face. The colour works on me when I am pale and when I have a fake tan, which I love! I’ve even used this all over the skin when I run out of my hourglass ambient [powder and it set my foundation perfectly!

Pros: Theres 77 mineral complexes in this powder that glide on the skin so smoothly. I love the beautiful natural highlight this powder gives! Its soft, velvety and the perfect highlight for so many skin tones!

Cons: I find that i go through these pretty quickly, but thats only probably because I use it all the time!

Price: $48.00 available at http://www.maccosmetics.com.au

 

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So if you guys were not aware, Mecca have launched their new brand called mecca max for all your beauty needs at beautiful affordable prices, and let me just say – this foundation is my go to love at the moment! Its a medium to full coverage foundation, velvety and blends perfectly! Theres 8 beautiful shades to chose from and number 4 looks perfect with a fake tan! Ive gone through bottles of this foundation already thats how much i LOVE it!!

Pros: This product is SO affordable, yet SO good!! I honestly was blown away when i tried it. It blends so perfectly, its so easy to build up to full coverage and stays on all day! If you dont want to spend heaps of money on a foundation this one is perfect! You get the great quality for such a great price.

Cons: I cant fault this one either, only thing i wish is there were more shades so I can fill my whole kit up with them!

Price: $32.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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Anyone who knows my personally knows how obsessed I am with my liquid liners, and Ive found my NUMBER ONE in this perversion pen by URBAN DECAY.  The pen not only makes it easier to get that wing razor sharp and perfect, but you can achieve such a fine line with them which makes it a perfect pen for beginners as well!

Pros: i suffer from bad watery eyes (i cry when i laugh its actually super weird) so the fact that this pen is waterproof, and actually lives up to that makes me so happy! Trust me when I say i have tried so many liquid liners, and this one is by far my number one – so all my fellow liquid liner lovers – I suggest you give this a go, I’m almost certain you will love it too!

Cons: The only thing i can say, like many liners- I feel like it runs out pretty quickly, but thats probably because I use it every day – however you push the pen and it will drain out all the liquid, which means you get the most out of the product. Another thing I wish it had was more colour choice, currently only black available so it would be great to see some different colours!

Price: $36.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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I dont think I go anywhere without this bad boy in my bag! This has got to be my all time favourite clear brown gel, it literally keeps my brows in shape for a buy day – whether thats with work, gym, the warm weather- I touch my brows all the time and this gel just ensures that they stay in place like i had only just done them!

Pros: The wand is super easy to use with 4 different lengths to decide how you want the brows to look (brushed up, more defined etc) the gel keeps your brows in place ALL day long and the product lasts forever! I use it every day and I’ve had mine for 3 months and there is still SO much product left.

Cons: Theres only one thing I can fault, is the smell of the gel – it might be because I’m sensitive to scents, but it actually isn’t the nicest smell in the world!

Price: $42.00 available at myer.com.au

 

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If you have not heard of this product, then I’m sure you have been living under a rock – this is one of the most popular concealers on the market, and I 100% know why! Ive been using this concealer for years and i can honestly say I am obsessed!

Pros: There are so many pros for this product, its creamy, full coverage, really easy to blend and works so well as a skin tone concealer of if you’re like me, going 1-2 shades lighter to highlight certain points under the face. This concealer has hydrating properties so it will not dry out when you are using it either!

Cons: Theres only two things I can fault on this product, it is small, so it doesn’t last long – and SOMETIMES it sits in my creases – but that also depends on my skin!

Price: $44.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

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So before telling you why I love this product, you may see the photo above looks way too dark for my skin tone to be a highlighter – thats because bare minerals have created highlighters for different skin tones – and i chose the deep-dark to use as a bronzer. As soon as I saw the orange tone marble mixed with a beautiful dark tan colour, I knew it would look perfect to define the cheek bones! the product has a beautiful amount of shimmer, so if you are like me and love the glow in both your highlighters and your bronzers, that is easy to blend, this is a MUST try product for you!

Pros: This is a mineral based product, so not only do you know its good to be placed on your skin, but the buttery texture blends so perfectly and makes it easy to have a beautiful textured tone and not a harsh line. This line by bare minerals mimic the sunlight, so when your skin is in the sun, you look natural, glowy and chiseled to perfection 😉

Cons: Another one i cant fault, its SUPER pigmented, so make sure when you use it, to tap your excess off and slowly build your colour.

Price: $40.00 available at http://www.mecca.com.au

 

So guys, I hope you liked this one! It was a list of just a few of my go-to favourites, but Im currently writing a larger list containing eyeshadow palettes and my favourite lashes too, that will be coming next week so make sure you keep an eye out for that one! Thank you so much for reading and if you would like me to review or try any products for you guys, please dont hesitate to message me and let me know! ❤

 

Until next time,

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Hi all, I hope each and every one of you are having a great week.

As you would have been able to tell from my last post, I took a different approach lately with my posts and started to get deep and raw about what was going on in my life – the good and the bad. In my last post I discussed my Fathers lung transplant and his journey back to health and how emotional that has been for me and my family -Ive also in the past discussed my battle with body dysmorphia and the weight that can hold – and after some recent events- I think I wish to express myself on a personal level, yet again.

Ive always considered myself to be a 50/50 person. Why do I say that? Because no joke, 50% of people love me, and 50% of people hate me. A lot of people who know me personally, either take me on board, see the real me and see how much of a loving, loyal person I am – while the other 50% cannot stand me as a person, what I stand for and how easy I will stand up for what I believe in, and thats fine – We cannot please everyone in our lives, and I have learnt to live with that, and realise that it isn’t about the number of friends or loved ones we have, its about who will have your back, who will stand by you and who you can trust. Take me back 3 years ago I thought I could trust all my friends, family, loved ones. Fast forward to today and I can honestly count the people I trust on one hand.

Its crazy, isnt it? Looking back just a year ago and seeing how much or lives can change in just 12 months. One thing i have learnt in live though is, never to regret whats happened and what has lead us to where we are today – we all have a path to walk on and sometimes it may seem rocky, sometimes you might cry ‘why me’ but it does get better. Just over a month ago I distanced myself from social media and the world to focus on myself, my goals and the person I wanted to be – and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself and for the ones I love the most. I changed as a person, for the better. I changed my outlook on everything, I changed my mindset and my attitude and I couldn’t have been more proud of myself for that.

Lately, Ive had to go through something hard once again, and its not just with my Father, but having someone close to me go away for a while and with everything going on – I’ll admit, I was, and still am struggling. I feel like the support I needed in this time, was not given to me, and if I was 100% honest it hurts.  I know we all should rely on the people in our lives to be there for us all the time, but sometimes we just hope they will be and thats the sad thing.

We love hard, we put our faith into someone and we trust them to have your heart and not break it, and sometimes, It doesn’t work out the way we want it to and we end up hurt, hurt more than we ever thought we could hurt- because putting our trust and love into someone.. we give a part of ourselves to them, we truly do and when that trust is broken, a part of yourself dies with it and you’re stuck with what is real, what is a lie and what is the truth.

I know that when I love someone, I love deep, I love hard and you will never ever question my love, my loyalty or my respect for you. When someone betrays that trust, that love and that loyalty.. It leaves you so deeply torn. You ask yourself why? why me? What did I do? What could I have done differently? Am I not good enough? So many questions run through your head. You dont feel good enough, you dont feel strong – you feel weak, you feel un worthy, worthless – horrible! The feeling is not one I would wish upon my enemy and the worst feeling? the betrayal and wondering how you could love so deeply and be so loyal.. but someone else cant.. and thats the part that breaks your heart.

I know this isn’t a very helpful post. Its not a recipe, Its not a tip or a review, but its straight from the heart and thats something I promised to start doing with you all. I just pray this feeling and this never happens to any of you with any loved one of yours – because its horrible and you’re left wondering.. what next? Please remember I will always be here for every single one of you – dont forget that.

Keep your heads up – Keep fighting

Until next time,

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Happy Tuesday all! How crazy is it that we are already 12 days into January? I cannot believe how fast the time is going and that its already 2016! Im finally back after a long break over Christmas/New Years and I thank you all for being so patient! So, My main Goal/Focus for 2016 is weightloss/health and fitness. The 3 components have always been extremely important to me, however this year I have noticed I am a lot more focused, driven and passionate about it! Im definitely eating cleaner, working out harder and my fitness planning/mindset is a lot clearer! I thought, to kick off the New Year on a healthy note, why not share some of my favourite tips for creating a perfect Salad! Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not actually.. a massive fan of a plain salad.. No way! I cant do a simple no dressing, no protein salad- I find it SO boring and SO un filling, to me its seriously something i CANNOT eat, However if i fill my salads with incredible tasting veggies, healthy dressings, healthy cheeses and a protein source, I find them SO yummy! Lets do this!

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GO GREEN! Okay.. i know this doesn’t sound that yum.. But your salad needs to be nutritious and good for you- Choosing greens (the tasty ones) the right way can make sure your getting a great serve of nutrients that also easy to eat! My go to greens for a Salad are:

Iceberg Lettuce: I love this form of lettuce, its easy to eat, basically tastes like water, very low in calories and so super cheap too! You can pick up a whole lettuce for around $2.00 and that lasts me the whole week!

Spinach: As iceberg lettuce is basically water, I know the nutrition value isn’t too high! I love to add some spinach leaves to my iceberg lettuce to up the nutrition value, the two actually taste very nice together!

Mixed lettuce: this is another type of lettuce I enjoy. Its a few different lettuces put together and are a variety of colours- this type of lettuce tastes amazing with a vinaigrette and sea salt!

These are my favourites, personally- But other choices you can chose that are incredible for you and so super nutritious are wild rocket and kale- these two I personally don’t like the taste too but they are both so incredibly great for you! Try mixing 2 or more of the greens into your salad!

Greens are so full of folate and minerals such as calcium and magnesium, so don’t forget them!

 

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The rainbow medley of fruits and veggies are just important as the greens! This is one of the most fun parts of creating a salad, because you get to add some of the vegetables and fruit which have the most incredible flavour! some of my favourite go to vegetables are:

Beetroot, Red Onion, Carrot, Zucchini, Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn kernels off the cob, Cucumber, chickpeas, green beans – My favourite way to present these veggies are to either grate them, finely chop them or shred them! Not only does it make them easier to eat but i personally think it looks better (ha-ha!)

Another thing I love to do is bake off some sweet potato or pumpkin in the oven and add it to the top of my salads! these are my favourite veggies by far!

Some of my favourite go-to fruits to add into salads are:

Apples, Mango, Strawberries, Avocado – All though i have to ensure the type of salad I’m having will mix well with fruit. A dinner salad with meat, a find mango goes lovely with and a lunch salad (simple and on the side, strawberries are lovely with) I find because I love avocado so much, it goes with everything, and apples, well the green ones are incredible in a tossed side salad!

My best advise here is to play around with your favourite fresh fruits and vegetables, try different things and experience with flavours! Just make sure they all mix well together!

 

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Another ingredient that adds loads of flavour to a salad is a beautiful herb! Some of my favourites are fresh basil, chives and parsley. I also have a whole 12 herb and spices rack so I often play around with different herbs from there such as rosemary and thyme. I personally don’t like these herbs in a salad, but some other popular herbs are fresh mint and coriander- These I strongly dislike but a lot of my family and friends adore it, so they are always options to try! If you have a range of fresh herbs that you grow or a family member grows, take advantage!

 

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To me, this is a component that can really make a salad super tasty.. however it also can be a component that can change your salad from being a beautiful, healthy, nutritious salad to one thats full of fat and sugar. Make sure you stay away from the creamy dressings and mayo type dressins such as ceaser and stick to creating your own healthy blends. Some of my favourite are:

  • Balsamic Viniger- this is my go to salad, I always add it to majority of my salads. Its tangy, yet super tasty and goes so well with so many types of veggies!
  • Mixture of olive oil (3tblsp) and apple cider vinegar (1teaspoon) and a pinch of salt and pepper- this is another beautiful dressing. Keep it tasty, simple and healthy!
  • Fresh lime or fresh lemon – Squeezed- Healthy, zesty and refreshing!

 

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Now anyone who knows me knows i am a MASSIVE fan of cheese! I love it 0 but too much diary and having too much cheese can be unhealthy- so when creating a yummy salad I like to keep that in mind and to do so I always ensure I choose the following cheese and only a small handful!

  • FETTA: Im obsessed with fetta, and it goes SO well with balsamic vinaigrette and tomato.
  • GOATS CHEESE: This is a very different cheese which is great in all types of salads- its not that expensive either!
  • FRESH PARMESAN: Who doesn’t love parmesan! a shaving with salt, pepper and balsamic vinaigrette is to die for!

 

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If I’m super hungry or I’m making a salad for my family and friends- I always love to add some extra crunch. I do that by roasting a handful or two of healthy nuts in a pan and placing it through the salad! My favourite nuts are:

-Sunflower Seeds

-Pine Nuts

-Slithered Almonds

They add a beautiful crunch and flavour to the right Salad!

 

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This is my favourite component to a salad, It can turn a salad from a simple side dish, to a main meal! My tips for this is to ensure your proteins are rich and healthy, not something soaked in marinades or something fatty- opt for a lean, healthy protein form! Some of my favourites include:

1- Roast, Poached or Pan fried Chicken (100grams) I love chicken! Its so yum and super good for us! If your adding chicken opt for 100grams of chicken breast- for flavour you can add herbs or a healthy BBQ seasoning, Cajun seasoning and so on.

2- Roasted or Pan fried Turkey (100grams)  Another protein which is super good for us and very similar to chicken, in my opinion! You can add a healthy seasoning to this also!

3- Seafoods such as prawns, flake, fish, calamari, Salmon, Tuna – Adding a high protein form of seafood is another great option! We should always remember to be as healthy as possible and changing up your types of protein are also SUPER important! There is such a great tasting range of seafoods and they are all SUPER good for you, so don’t forget to change it up and watch the portions.

4-Mushrooms- A VERY high protein packed veggie that is super tasty in a warm salad and a great protein for vegetarians/vegans.

5- Eggs: I opt for only one or a few egg whites and the yolks are high in calories and fat. Egg whites are super high in protein and taste great in a hearty salad!

 

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Now that you’ve spent a good amount of time creating the perfect salad, enjoy it and enjoy not having any guilt like you would after eating a Big Mac meal (you might not even feel guilt for that.. but lets just say you should haha!)

I hope you guys have got some healthy tips and ideas from my favourite salad options! Dont forget to subscribe for other handy/healthy tips and if you have any suggestions/questions please do not be afraid to ask!

Have a great week all  X

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Happy Monday All! I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend and are ready for the week ahead! Im so glad the weather is starting to warm up here in Melbourne! I had such a great weekend and cannot wait to blog about it this week for you guys.  I thought seeing as I’m currently writing a ‘Quiz’ about me for my 21st party guests, I might as well do a 50 Questions on my blog as it’s been a while since ive done one! I answered a bunch of Questions I found online so please feel free to copy, paste and answer them yourself! Id love to know about you all too! Lets do it!

 

  1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
    My first name, No. But my middle name (Audrey) yes! My Dads Mother’s name was Audrey and my Mum LOVED Audrey Hepburn!

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
    Thursday, I had a cry session with my Dad about hating my body.


    3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

    It depends on the day, sometime I don’t mind it and other times I think its horrible haha!

    4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
    Chicken or Turkey!

    5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
    No, but honestly I do consider my Dogs to be my children (Sad, I know)

    6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
    Hell yeah!


    7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

    Probably way too much

 


  1. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

    Nope! I got tonsillitis monthly as a kid so they were taken out when I was like, 7-8.

    9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
    Probably not, but then again I’m trying to take more risks/get out of my comfort zone so.. maybe!


    10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

    As a kid I loved cocopops but because I eat a lot healthier, I don’t really have cereal- If I was going along the lines of similar breakfast foods id say either Muesli or Oats.
    11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
    Im lazy with this, I won’t unless it hurts or Im struggling to get them off without untying the laces haha!

    12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
    Emotionally, it depends on the day

Physically, Im working on it.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Anything from Ben and Jerrys!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Eyes and Teeth

15. RED OR PINK?
Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
My weight

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My dog Chloe who passed away in 2009.


18. WHAT DID YOU DO THE SATURDAY JUST PAST?

I went to a Muay Thai Boxing event! (Ill blog about this soon!)

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black Boots

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Oats with Apple.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The radio- Rude boy by Rihanna (haha)

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
Turquoise – I don’t know why. Its just a cool colour.

 

  1. FAVORITE SMELLS?

Rihanna’s perfumes, Ryans body spray and the smell of fresh rain.


24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

My Dad who called me at 6:00 in the morning FYI

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Im sorry but I cant choose, these two are my ideal get aways/relaxation spots.


26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

Fighting (Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai)


27. HAIR COLOR?

Ive had some crazy colours such as grey, teal, purple, but currently is a black ombre into light brown.

28. EYE COLOR?
Blue/Green

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
For fun, sometimes.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
I love Grill’d burgers or Greek food.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Scary movies! I’m obsessed.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (for the 234234 time)

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Black and Green

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer! Its just about to start here in Australia!

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Both! Im a sucker for both

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Cake or Ice cream – Im a sweet tooth but I eat healthy so when I do get to treat myself- Im down for the cake with ice cream!

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Both – I like to mix up my training with a range of cardio and strength and perform it in different ways so I don’t get bored!

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? 
Im a fan of both when Im relaxing! I guess id say co0mputer as I can watch Netflix off it so its the best of both worlds!

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
I just finished one, so I haven’t chosen the next one just yet!

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
It’s just one from typo so it’s pretty simple, it’s just like water paint splatters.

41. ANY TATTOOS?
5.

I have one on my pinky that says ‘Promise’ it was a backyard job when I was 15 and CANNOT wait to get it removed.

I have my parents birthdates in roman numerals on the back of my neck

I have a quote on my ribs that says ‘words can’t say what love can do’
I have a geometric wolf on the other side of my ribs

Under my wolf I hasve a mind over matter quote with an arrow.

42. FAVORITE SOUND? 
Crashing waves.


43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?

Rolling Stones.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
America!


45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

Um.. Im double jointed so I can move my arms/hands in really weird positions. I can also be really annoying.. I’m sure that’s a talent too! Haha!

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Sunshine, Melbourne, Australia.


47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?

Maribyrnong in Melbourne, Australia

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Uh, its like a dark brick with Brown.

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
Black.

50. ANY PETS?
2 dogs.

A seven year old lab x boxer which is my Mums

and a one year old German Shep x Mastiff who is Mine. I’m obsessed.

 

Hi All! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are ready for everything that this week throws at you! I thought to start off the week I would post my favorites, low calorie breakfast smoothie that I aim to have 3-4 times a week Post training, or if I’m on the run! I actually use to hate the taste of protein smoothies, and to be honest if its just the protein and milk or water, I still hate it! So I came up with a smoothie blend that is SUPER easy, super affordable and super good!

 

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A Blender– Obviously! To mix up all the yummy ingredients!

X2 scoops of Vanilla Protein powder – I use Protein worlds ‘Slender Blend’ collection. You don’t need to use vanilla, but I personally think for this berry smoothie, it tastes the best with Vanilla! A serving is usually 4 scoops, but because we are using other ingredients, I use 2.

X2 table spoons of Greek style natural yoghurt You can use any brand for this, it doesn’t matter. Yoghurt (Natural) doesn’t go off for over a month, so don’t worry about wasting too much of it, you can keep using it for all your smoothies.

X1 Handful of Ice cubes- The ice gives the smoothie a fuller, colder taste. I love adding ice to my smoothies!

250-300ml of skim milk or nut based milk such as almond– You can use water, but as I have this as a meal (breakfast) I use milk so I am not tempted to snack badly or eat more foods due to hunger. I think the milk thickens the shake nicely also! I also sometimes do half milk/half water if I want to lower the calories even more!

Handful or Strawberries (works out to being around 6)- I always cut in half 6 strawberries, Its weird- but it’s the number I’ve always worked with as the taste is always perfect t with that amount!

Frozen or Fresh Raspberries (handful of frozen OR 10 fresh) I personally think the taste is the same with frozen or fresh, But when my Dad has a shake, he prefers it with fresh- I guess it depends on the person/budget. Frozen is a lot easier!

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:

Tea spoon of ground cinnamon OR nutmeg – I love adding either of these too spices! Cinnamon is great for your metabolism and nutmeg adds such a milk-shakey flavor!

Teaspoon of Chia Seeds- Chia seeds can hold some calories, but they are super good for us! I often just sprinkle teaspoon to the smoothie just before I blend it!

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As you guys can probably guess, it’s a smoothie- there isn’t anything hard about it. The only tips I can give you is the order to add your ingredients to the blender to avoid blockage/spill/mess

  1. Ice
  2. Greek Yoghurt
  3. Fruit- Strawberries and Raspberries
  4. Milk
  5. Protein Powder
  6. Seeds/Cinnamon/Nutmeg is desired.

Blend all ingredients and enjoy! Honestly- It is such a great tasting, healthy shake that will keep you energized and ready to tackle the day!

 

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MY TOP 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT!

Happy Monday to all you beautiful bloggers and readers! I hope you all had an incredible weekend and are ready for the week ahead. One thing I know, is that over the weekend I certainly eat a lot of foods I am not proud of, or foods that I wish i didnt eat, but its the weekend, and I do like to enjoy myself over the weekend, but never like the fact of putting on weight! I have a massive weight issue that I struggle with- and keeping healthy is very important to me. If you know me personally, then you would know that in the past I did lost 15kg. Im currently on the journey to shed more weight and become happier with my body, but of course, that takes time. I remember when I originally started losing weight how hard I thought it was. I didn’t know what rules to follow, what to eat, when to eat, what to do and when to do it! Fitness and weight loss is so hard to understand as there are so many different specialists saying so many different things- Who knows what to believe! I know its a hard path, trust me I know- I’m still trying to achieve my goals and its been over 5 years! Its easy for some, and very hard for others, and for me, its definitely very difficult! I have written up 10 tips that I used to help me, personally shed my first 15 kilos. I have learnt alot from personal trainers, my industry, my instructers and nutrition and weightloss specialists throughout my journey and these are some tips from all of them that I have gained, and ones that deffinetley work for me! Please remember that we are all individuals and what might work for some, will not work for others. Please also remember it is so important to love yourself first. This is something I struggle with everyday! You need to love your body and look after it- Remember that before you embark on any weightlos journey! Be safe, Be healthy and Be happy!


MY 10 TOP, YET SIMPLE WEIGHT LOSS TIPS:

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  • ADDING LEMON TO YOUR WATER: I absolutely love doing this! Not only does it make the water taste super refreshing but it definitely helps me reduce my bloating and is such a great, natural detox. Al you need to do is squeeze a small triangle into your water and a few slices and you are good to go! Its also great to chuck into your water bottle if you are on the go!

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  • Hidden sugars in foods are the worst! Processed foods are full of sugars that are so bad for our bodies, this is why natural whole foods are foods we should be eating- not processed foods like cakes, pies, frozen foods, fast foods- the list goes on and on! Its important to stay as healthy and natural as possible. Just think about what you are eating and if it will benefit your body.

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  • This is a big one for me- Its definitely what helped me shed at least 6kg! A lot of people do not believe in it though, they believe it is total BS, But I personally swear by it, and think it definitely helped me a lot! All i did was either go for walks, bike rides, or go on the cross trainer, not for long, only 30-45 minutes 3-4 times a week.

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  • This is the tip I struggle with the most. I am definitely a massive stress-er! I stress about everything! Especially my weight.. So I know how hard it can be to not stress. The best tip I have for this is to do things that keep your mind off weight loss and surround yourself with positive, loving people!

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  • Water is so so so good for us! I cannot begin to explain how important it is to keep yourself hydrated! water definitely is such a contributor to weight loss. Carry around a water bottle wherever you go and keep as hydrated as possible!

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  • Soft drink has NO nutritional benefits! There is literally nothing that is good about it! Try and avoid soft drink as much as possible. Yes, I get it, its hard and we all have to live a little, but remember that the less soft drink you have the more the calories can be used on food! .. Healthy food though ha-ha!!

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  • I always here that woman are ‘scared’ to lift weights- but its honestly such an important factor in losing weight and toning up. Weights burn calories, tone and build muscles, even when you finish exercising! They are super important and aren’t as boring as doing Cardio all the time!

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  • This is another really important tip! So many people i know end up starving themselves trying to lose weight quick, and it is SO unhealthy and will only stuff you up in the long run. Your body is like a car, food is our Fuel!

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  • It is crucial to always mix up your workouts! Dont let your body get use to it. If it doesn’t challenge you, it really will not change you! Remember that!

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  • Always keep yourself moving. I work in an office, and as a Beauty Therapist a swell as sit in a classroom when I’m studying! I am always sitting! You need to make the effort to stand up, stretch and go for a small walk around the office or just around a few desks. It will burn calories and it keeps your body warm and active.

There you have it guys! 10 of my most simple, useful weight loss tips! I really hope some of them, or all of them help you guys to achieve your goals as I continue on my journey as well! I am always here if you guys have any questions or need support. Do not Hesitate to message me! Happy Monday!

Until Next Time,

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Hi all! I hope you guys had an amazing weekend and are ready for the long week ahead! This weekend I found out that a movie I had been waiting weeks to see was finally out, so I dragged my Boyfriend Ryan to come and see it with me (He acts like he doesn’t like the movies, but secretly I know he loves it) The movie I had been waiting weeks for, was a Horror film called ‘The Gallows’

The film is based around 3 High school kids who attend their school after hours to destroy the set of a play called ‘The Gallows’ that they don’t want to go ahead for opening night. However, 20 years prior to that night, the 1993 version of ‘The Gallows’ did reach opening night, and a student was accidentally hung in a gallows scene and died on set. The kids destroy the set then turn around to realize someone or something has fixed it again and everything looks ready to go. The kids soon realize that they are not alone and some things are better left untouched.

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The film was made on hand held cameras and I phones so it’s one that takes a particular type of audience to appreciate/enjoy the film. I know that a lot of my friends will refuse to see a film that is filmed like this and prefer the more professional technique, However although I also prefer the professional technique, to tell the story correctly and efficiently it needed to be told through hand held cameras and iphones, It wouldn’t make sense any other way when the story is based around sneaking around after hours at school. The film was not what I expected however. The trailers made it seem a lot more scary and a lot more terrifying then it actually was.  Yes, there were jumpy parts where the hand held camera was moved around a room slowly and things would pop out at you, However there was nothing actually scary involved in the film, In my opinion. There was only one ghost chasing scene and you only get a good look at the ghost one or two times, nothing very scary at all. The suspense and the jumpy scenes were good, however I don’t think enough of the actual Ghost was shown within this film. The trailer shows it to be a truly horrific scary film and I don’t agree with that. I jumped once at a pop out scene and that was it, the look of the ghost wasn’t scary and the movie as a whole was not scary either, however understanding the concept and the story line behind it, the way the film was made via the camera phone and hand held camera as well as the casting was great. The 4 young adults who play the main characters all did such a great job, and their real first names were used in the movie as well, which is different and makes it seem somewhat real. The stand out actor to me was Cassidy Gifford who played her part as the popular high school student perfectly and had the right amount of attitude for the film as well. Reading about the film, I realised it was a real low budget film, and with the amount of money they had to create this film, They did a good job.

There is a plot twist in the film which also has you shocked towards the end of the film, However for all you film lovers who are great with mysteries; you may pick it up throughout the film. If you are a fan of horrors and action within a film, I suggest you do check this out. My personal opinion? I wish I waited until it came out on DVD instead of going to the Cinemas to watch the film, as I think it’s not one you need to see as soon as its out, It’s something that can be waited for. The film has a good story line; however I believe more chasing scenes/more to do with the ghost itself would have been a great idea and would have been a lot more scary/horrific to the horror lovers just like myself. There was such a build-up but in the end such a simple ending. Yes, the ending worked well with the story line, however I believe the build-up of the kids surviving a night in the school the ending completely defeats the purpose of it. For my fellow horror lovers, I hope you all see where I am coming from when watching this film, The concept, and the way it is filmed is clever and appropriate but the amount of scary is just not enough for my liking, especially when the films trailers make it seem like the film is very scary.

Overall, for this film, I am giving it 1.5 Stars out of 5.

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Others may not agree with me, and think I’m being harsh, However being someone who loves getting scared from a good horror film, this film just didn’t do it for me, and the build up for it just wasn’t enough in the end. I hope you guys get a bigger scare out of it then I did.

Until Next Time,

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OPEN MY BELLA BOX WITH ME- JUNE BOX REVIEW.

Hi Beautiful People! Hope the start of your week has been incredible! Today I’m doing a review on my June Bella Box, Yes I know its July but the box for June has only just recently been delivered to my house due to a mishap with my first box which I will explain, so I’m finally doing the review for My June Box!

So, some of you may think I’m crazy and be wondering what the hell a ‘Bella Box’ is. I was the same when I first heard about it. A Bella Box is a small box of beauty products that is mailed to you each month to try for less than $15.00 a month. The boxes are sent out every month to subscribers for you to test, review and then you can even purchase the full size products from the website. I know that in different countries, there are different types of company’s who do these types of subscriptions, but In Australia, Bella Box supplies the products/service. So about a month ago I decided to subscribe to Bella Box, for obvious reasons, I love to try new products and review them, plus I work in the Beauty industry and its my profession so I definitely wanted to keep up with what is hot and what isn’t currently. I paid for my first June Box direct debit from my account and received it after about 1.5 weeks after ordering. I was so excited and I opened the box straight away, but as soon as I opened the box I was very disappointed, their shower gel product had cracked through all of the products, and they were all ruined! I had nothing out of all the products that I could salvage, they all had the shower gel soaked through them and I had to throw the whole thing out. The good news was, I emailed Bella Box and they sent me a new box out free of charge because I sent them photo proof of my damaged products. They were very prompt and quick with their service, I’ll give them that! So, I received my new box last Friday and immediately opened it up because I wanted to check to make sure everything was intact and not broken ha-ha! Thank god, it wasn’t.

I was very pleased with the products in the box, they may be small but they do give you the right amount of product to be able to test things and see if you do like them enough to buy a full size. The sign up process was very easy as well. They keep you up to date via email as to where your box is when its being delivered so you know exactly when you are going to receive it. Their website is https://bellabox.com.au the steps will take you through exactly how to sign up and how to custom your box and order. Okay, let’s move away from the boring stuff and move onto what I received in my June Bella Box and what I thought of these products!

JUNE BELLA BOX PRODUCT REVIEW:

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm tube:

RRP: $6.95 also available at burtsbees.com.au

I adore this lip balm! So the one I got in my Bella Box has Vitamin E and peppermint in it, and if you know me you know I love peppermint! Peppermint chocolate, Peppermint Tea, Peppermint candles, Anything! I adore peppermint so I love putting this balm on my lips! Its incredible! The balm is also loaded with coconut and sunflower oils and essential fatty acids and its perfect to keep your lips hydrated and soft. Its obviously very compact too so it fits in your bag or makeup bag so easily and it bright yellow, so its not hard to find when you need it!

PROS:

– Compact

– Easy to find

– 100% Natural

– Very beneficial, I noticed a difference in the health of my lips within 3 days of using this.

– Long lasting

CONS:

  • I believe paying almost $7 for a small stick is a bit steep.
  • The Peppermint can be a bit overpowering, if you aren’t use to it, it will feel like your lips are burning a little.

OVERALL:

I would recommend this product to others for sure, Yes I don’t agree with the price, but it is such a popular product and you do get what you pay for, Burt’s Bees is 100% natural and you can tell that it does exactly what is says it does. My lips felt amazing after just 3 days of using this product. Its long lasting too so you aren’t using tubes and tubes of it all the time. Burt’s Bees balm also comes in different flavors so done worry if you aren’t a peppermint lover like myself. If you are looking at hydrating your lips and bringing back the softness, then this product is definitely for you!

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Universal Beauty Cosmetics Siren Tint Stick:

RRP: $19.99 Available at bellabox.com.au

I’m half and half with this tint stick. On one side, I think it’s a great idea and an awesome way to tint your lips, however on the other side; I feel like the colour option provided is way too bright and fake for the colour to ever look somehow natural or correct. The first time I tried this product, I tried it wearing no makeup, and I looked ridiculous, it obviously just didn’t suit, The second time I tried it was when I was just about to go out with my friends and my makeup was done, and it did look a lot better that time. I personally, don’t use this product too much, But for others who love a tint and pop of colour on their lips that’s lasting for a night out, then this is a product you should definitely try.

PROS:

-Compact stick

-Easy to apply

-Lasting

-Does exactly what it says it’s going to do.

CONS:

-Price. I personally wouldn’t spend $20.00 on this product.

– The colour of the lip tint isn’t personally my first choice, I toned down colour would be a lot better and definitely more natural

-The smell and taste of it when you either accidently lick your lips or smell the stick. Others may love this smell, but I personally didn’t.

OVERALL:

I would suggest this product to a MUA or a Beauty blogger. Someone who is always buying the latest products or someone always experimenting with makeup and loves stand out lips. I would not suggest this product to someone who wears make-up just on the weekends, or has a set way they love their make-up to look or who is not confident in making their lips bolder and more noticeable. I personally won’t buy this product again, unless I can see a colour that I would like as a base.

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Original Source Skin Quench Watermelon and Jojoba Oil.

RRP: $4.99 Available at Coles, Woolworths or Chemist Warehouse.

Okay so when I started this post I wrote about an issue with my first bellabox and needing to get a second one delivered due to a complication, My issue was that my box was not secured properly and this product had snapped and all of its contents had ruined all my products in the box. The team at Bella Box obviously replaced my box thank god, but I could not get the watermelon smell off my floor and kitchen bench for days, It was so funny, Well-Not funny then but funny now. Moving on. I do love this product though, I’ve used it in the shower the last few times, and it smells amazing. Its really soft on the skin as well and when using a sponge or luffa the soap really builds up making it so easy to clean your body. The product is also really moisturizing and leaves my skin feeling nourished right before I place my moisturizer on. The product has Jojoba oil in it and it definitely helps nourish your skin throughout winter which is always dehydrating for my skin.

PROS:

-Super, Super affordable! $4.99 for a 250ml bottle.

-Lasting. A small amount will clean your entire body

-Smell. The smell of this product is amazing, and It does come in different flavours.

-Super Nourishing on the skin and so easy to use and apply.

CONS:

The container is a cheap plastic and can break very easily (trust me I know) Ha-ha! Just be careful when using it in the shower, you don’t want to drop the Soap. Ha-ha, Get it? Okay ill stop now.

OVERALL:

I would definitely recommend this product. The price is incredible, crazy cheap. The branch offers such a variety of different smells to suit your liking and is super lasting. I love this product and how easy it is to use. It does exactly what the bottle says it does and nourishes and hydrates the skin perfectly, and you smell amazing after using it too! Highly recommend to all!

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Romy Nouveau Moisturising Body Balm.

RRP: 300ml $38.00. Available at romybeauty.com

This Body Balm is used to nourish and hydrate your skin, To test it, I started to use it on my legs after applying the above shower wash. So once I dried off, I would apply this balm to my legs, and I must say It is such a great product! The Product combines eucalyptus and lemon grass as well as super moisturising ingredients to keep your skin hydrated, moisturised and soft. The bottle they give you makes it easy to apple aswell.

PROS:

-Easy to apply

-Natural ingredients

– Not much product is needed to hydrate the skin

– Smells amazing

CONS:

-Price.  All though I love the product, I personally don’t agree with it costing $38.00.

– Website. As stated on the card Bella box gives you with product information, there are similar products available online. It is very hard to find this exact product on their website.

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Model CO Double Sided Facial Wipes:

RRP: $7.99 For 25 Wipes. Available at Priceline and modelcocosmetics.com

These wipes are to remove makeup, exfoliate and cleanse. I felt like for the price of 25 wipes, they should have been a lot better unfortunately. I don’t think the wipes are moist enough, which causes the makeup to not come off as easy. I found that with one wipe, not much makeup was coming off my face, I was actually pretty disappointed with them. One side it used to exfoliate and the other to cleanse, however you can use both sides of many different wipes to do so. I personally believe that the $2.00 facial wipes you can get from Target (Target brand) that come in exfoliation form, sensitive form, combination form, and are only $2. They work a wonder, so I would definitely suggest them over these.

PROS:

-Smell Nice

-Soft on skin.

CONS:

-Cost

-Not as effective as they lead on.

-Don’t take all your makeup off as easy as they lead on.

-Do exactly what cheaper brands do.

So these are the products received in my June Bella Box, Im currently awaiting my July box! I hope this little review was helpful for you all and you took some great information away from this. I hope I save you guys some money on products that aren’t worth buying aswell guys! If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me @teganaudrey.

Until Next time

Tegan Audrey

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Kmart shopping Haul- What I got for under $100.00
Hey guys! Hope your week has been amazing! So I thought I would change up my posts this week and let you guys in on some of my shopping favourites. I’m currently a student so adjusting from earning a full time wage last year to now halving that and having to budget on everything it isn’t only stressful but extremely hard! Being a student, beauty therapist and makeup artist and having to buy equipment/products can often leave you out of pocket- spouse need to know where to shop and what to look out for! Now I’m not saying buying products that are poorly made or beauty products that have nasty ingredients- just products that are affordable and work well! This is my first hall post/affordable product hall and blog post about it but I’ll definitely start to do more depending on where I shop etc.
This post is about my shop to Kmart – for anyone who is into fashion or beauty and makeup stick around- this post is definitely for you! Okay let’s get started!
I only get paid monthly from my job (I know it sucks, it makes it so much harder) so I need to budget and even that can be extremely hard so choosing what products to buy and what I can spend. The other day I went to Kmart and did a complete hall and got so many products for under $100.00 it was insane! Okay so enough of my babbling on I’ll get into the products and items I bought and what I like about them and their cheap prices!


Kmart Woman’s Boots: $29.00

I adore these! They are super cute, super girly and so stylish! They go so well with black jeans or white jeans too! They’re high and surprisingly easy to walk in! The reason I purchased these is because I am a major boot buyer! They are my favourite shoe to wear! I am not a big high heel fan so when I go out I usually wear a nice pair of boots and these are perfect! They have a massive range so I suggest checking them all out, they’re are so many different styles. And they were only $29.00!!!

 

 

Scrap book album: $11.00

X2 Paper stacks for scrap booking: $1.50 each.

So as you guys may know I am majorly into arts and crafts and folio work- I have just started a new project where I’m creating folio looks and makeup looks to go with them from inspiration! That’s a Whole other project that I am so excited to shows you guys but for now let’s continue. The album has over 1000 pieces to use and the 2 books that were only $1.50 each with many pages of cute designs are perfect for my new folio creation! Earlier that day I checked out spotlight and art riots and they were so overpriced for anything to do with scrap booking! To get all of these for under $15.00 is incredible! (Pictured above)
Leopard print canvas shoes: $10.00

I cannot get enough of these cute little canvas shoes! I have different colours but have always had my eye on getting a leopard print canvas shoe but was not paying $100 for them like I saw them for at my local shops! Hell no. I’d rather spend that on makeup.. That isn’t much better… But it’s true haha!!! Honestly though for $10.00 could you really go wrong? They are super cute, super comfortable and go with so many of my clothes! They’re on sale from $20.00 so get your little butts to Kmart!! (Pictured above)
Baked eyeshadow quad: $8.00

I can not get enough of this palette! It is super super cute and super affordable! The colours are so pretty and pearlescent, in the photo I’ve added the colours do not look very visible but once they are on the eyes they do stand out! I highly recommend this quad to any makeup lovers out there- and for $8.00 you can’t go wrong.


Elf Concealer: $8.00

This cute little 4 coloured palette is my go too for cream contouring. I use the darker colours to emphasise my cheeks and the lighter colours to highlight under my eye area and cheek bones! It’s such a handy little kit and so easy to store! It’s nice and compact and the product is easy to apply! When I bought this kit I was worried about the quality and how it would stay on after powder and I was so happy that it stayed on and worked well! Elf has such a great product range and is super cheap and affordable!


Elf eye primer and liner sealer: $8.00

Okay so this was one product I bought and was amazed by it! It is super cool and fun to use! Okay so this stick is double sided- one side is an eye primer which you place on your lids before applying eye shadow and the other side is a brush that you can dip into any eye shadow you want.. And turn it into a liner! It absolutely amazes me- I love this and think it is so smart! Now you can have a glittered liner so easily! I always say how I wish some of my eyeshadow colours come in eyeliners and now that wish has come true- most Elf products are only $8.00 so you really can’t go wrong!


Eyelash curler: $3.00

Yes you read right- $3.00! This Curler is super cute! Smaller then my other ones yet works very effectively and well it comes with a spare liner too which is effective and helpful!


Mint cork board and whiteboard: $3.00

I’m obsessed with this! I am super into organising myself and knowing what I have planned for the week- this cute little half cork board half whiteboard is perfect for that! And $3.00 come on! What an absolute bargain! I’ve never seen one of these boards so cheap! It even comes with 2 magnets for your whiteboard!


X3 OXX eyeshadows (2 quads and 1 duo) : $2.00 each, $6.00 all together.

These are so cute! The two quad eyeshadows supply glittered colours that you can use all 4 for one look. I bought the brown neutral quad and the blue/purple quad. The colours a super stand out and look great on the eyes- I’m a massive fan of eyeshadow quads so these really hit the spot- and they were only $2.00 each so the choice to buy them was a simple one! I also bought x1 duo glittered kit whichever was also only $2.00 – this is a dark purple/black duo and I’m obsessed. The colours work so well for a smokey eye and again, for only $2.00 you can’t go wrong.


Not very important, but I also bought some glue and glitter- but they are average and prices were the same so it’s not something I’m going to bother talking about haha!
All together I paid $92.75 for everything and I was very impressed with all my products and purchases! Super affordable and products that last and are quality products!
I have some exciting news to share about adding videos to my blog by starting up a YouTube Chanel! I hate recording videos with me talking to a camera and I’m absolutely horrible at editing but I want to be able to show you guys products properly and explain myself better so I’ll be doing that very very soon!

until next time guys

Tegan Audrey

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KEEPING YOUR TAN NATURAL, FRESH AND LONGER LASTING!

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Hi Guys! I hope you have all been well! In the last few months I have been so busy with school and work and extra study, I am finally happy to announce that I became qualified to provide Spray Tans recently! I decided to do this blog post because one of the most common questions I have been getting is ‘Tegan, How do I prepare for a spray tan?’ or ‘How do I keep the tan for as long as possible’ For one, Whenever you get a spray tan done your Beauty Therapist should be giving you Pre-Tan advise/directions and Post-Tan Care- However if you are into the whole DIY thing and love to give yourself a tan with commercial products but don’t know how to prepare or maintain your Tan, I am here to give you those instructions/tips to do so!

A spray tan is a great way to have a natural, professional tan for a limited amount of time. I highly recommend spray tans if you have events on such as weddings, parties, weekends away, festivals etc or simply just to keep naturally bronzed, the healthy way. Getting a Tan is easy, Its preparing for the tan and maintaining it which can be the hard part! Follow these simple tips to ensure your tan looks natural, smooth and is long lasting!

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PREPARATION – SKIN, NAILS AND HAIR:

NAILS: From my experience and from my knowledge, it is better  if you have nail polish on before your tan. This doesn’t mean you have to go and give yourself a full manicure- even if its just a simple clear coat. This just protects your nails and avoids staining them. It is perfectly fine to have acrylic nails or gel nails. DO NOT freak out! A spray tan will not stain/ruin your nails. Just simply wipe the tan off them after you have been sprayed.
EXFOLIATING: This is very very important! If you do not exfoliate before your spray tan it will not last long at all, as your dead skin falls off the top layer, so will your spray tan. Ensure that you exfoliate the night before your tan. I even suggest exfoliating x2 nights in a row, before you recieve your spray tan. Every time I have done this my tan has come out looking better then only exfoliating once. Exfoliate with a non-oil based, gritty scrub or exfoliant prior to your tan.  You want to remove all dead skin so your tan looks as even as possible and lasts as long as possible.
WAXING: Ensure that you wax before your spray tan. Do not get waxed after your spray tan and before your innitial shower. Not only will it ruin the tan but you will look patchy and uneven. Ensure that you get your hair removal done prior to your  spray tan appointment.
 
 SHAVING: Ensure that just like waxing, shaving is done before your spray tan. Do not leave any hair removal to be done after your spray tan. As stated above, this will ruin your tan and provide you with an uneven, patchy tan- trust me. A unrealistic, patchy tan is NOT  a good look.
 
PREPARATIONS: LOTION AND MAKE-UP:
 
 
•Please remember that you can not show up to your spray tan appointment wearing moisturiser, lotion, make-up,sunscreen, oil or deodorants.  These products create a barrier which stop the tan from hitting your skin. As soon as the lotion/make up etc is removed, the tan will also be removed. Please ensure you show up to your appointment with a clean, clear face and body.
 
• It is perfectly fine to wear Chapsticks and lip balms as well as glosses and lipstick to a spray tan appointment. I haven’t had an issue with any of my clients wearing mascara either. These products are okay to have on.
SPRAY TANNING- WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT/BRING?
 
​• LOOSE CLOTHING: It is crucial that once you receive your spray tan you put loose clothing back on. If you came to your appointment wearing a bra, I suggest not putting it back on just to be sure, as it could rub on your skin and cause the tan to be uneven and blotchy. You will be dried with the spray tan gun hose however you will still feel slightly sticky- this is normal and is the reason why loose fit clothing is essential.
NO TOUCHING YOUR SKIN: Try not to touch your skin if you do feel sticky. The spray tan solution does feel this way as the tan develops and before your first shower – it is normal. If you touch your skin and do not wash the insides of your hands, your palms may end up becoming stained because palms are not supposed to come in contact with the spray tan solution. If you do accidentally touch your skin wash the insides of your hands as directed by your spray tan specialist! Lotion/moisturiser should be offered to you at the beginning of your spray tan  as a barrier for your palms.When needed, wash only the insides of your hands while the spray tan is developing. The most effective way to do this is with hand sanitizer or an antibacterial wipe. If you do not have these available, you can also use a paper towel or towel with soap.
KNOW THE FORECAST:If it is raining or snowing the day of your appointment, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella and/or wear protective clothing – such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt just so the tan does not drip.
• KEEP IN MIND: The bronzer may get on the inside of your clothes or on your sheets. It shouldnt stain, If this happens ensure you wash your sheets and clothes etc straight away. Dark coloured clothing is recommended and wearing long sleeves and long pants to bed can prevent the bronzer from coming off on your sheets.


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Immediate After Care
  • SHOWERING: Ensure that you do not shower 10-12 hours after your spray tan if you use an original solution and 2-6 hours if you use an express solution. However, keep in mind these times can vary. Depending on what spray tan you get ask your beauty therapist to give you an appropriate time. I find it easier to receive a tan late in the afternoon and not shower until the following morning just to be sure. Showering before the 10-12/2-6 hour time frame may lighten up your colour and impact the results of the spray tan.
  • SWEATING/WATER: No sweating, swimming, getting wet or exercising until your first shower after your spray tan. Doing so may cause streaks and these make your tan look fake and blotchy.
  • FACIAL WASHING: DO NOT wash your face before your first shower. This also goes for not washing any makeup off your face before you go to bed.  Sleep with your makeup on! Putting makeup on after your spray tan is okay, however you CANNOT wash your face until your initial shower. I would suggest after your spray tan not putting makeup on though, its just more of a hastle and sleeping with makeup on is NOT good.
  • IMPORTANT: Go easy around water the day you get sprayed – this includes everything from doing dishes to brushing your teeth. While you can still do these things, it is recommended that you use caution when you are near water to ensure you do not mess up your spray tan.
  • WORKING OUT: Shower before working out or sweating.  Working out with the bronzer on may cause your tan to streak.  I recommend rinsing the bronzer off, then working out and then taking a full shower – just so you do not have to take two full showers back-to-back. I suggest to be sure though, don’t work out before your event/reason you are receiving your spray tan.
  • REMEMBER: There is a bronzer in the solution, which means that you will have some color immediately after you are sprayed.  The color will continue to darken as the solution develops.  Your color will lighten after you shower off the bronzer.  You will see colour coming off in your first shower. This is normal.  Your spray tan is not washing off, it is just bronzer. Bronzer can make you look fake to begin with but DON’T freak out, as I said- after your first shower this bronzer will come off and you will be left with the developing tan.
  • SLEEPING: If you are wearing your spray tan to bed, I do recommend placing a towel down underneath you and wearing long sleeves and long pants or covering your hands with socks while you sleep.  This will prevent the spray tan from transferring to your hands while you’re sleeping and making them extra dark!  This step is extremely important. Your hands can become dark while you sleep and you do not want this.
  • TIMES: If you are coming later in the day/night and you can put on the clothes that you are wearing to bed, this is useful!

LONG TERM AFTER CARE:

  • AFTER YOUR FIRST SHOWER: Pat dry after your shower.  Vigorous rubbing will exfoliate your skin and your tan will not last as long.This can also cause blotching and discoloration in your tan.
  •  MOISTURISING: I recommend moisturising your skin x2 daily after your first shower. This will act as a barrier for your spray tan and help it stay on longer. I really believe this tip is so important!! Moisturizing helps extend the life of your tan and it helps your tan to fade more evenly. I recommend using a hydrating, non-scented/fragrance-free lotion!
  • EXFOLIATION: DO NOT exfoliate with loufas, body scrubs, body washes or soaps with exfoliating beads until your tan starts to fade away.  If you do this while your tan is still fresh – you will ruin it.
  • OILS/BODY WASHES: DO NOT use scented body washes.  Non-scented/fragrance-free body washes and soaps are RECOMMENDED.
  • SHAVING: Limit the shaving of your legs, as this is also a form of exfoliating. If your tan is still fresh shaving will only ruin this. I suggest not shaving until you are ready to remove the tan. Avoid hair removal creams also.
  • REMEMBER: The tan is not going to just disappear, you are going to notice it fading.  You can start exfoliating when you notice it is starting to fade and/or in preparation for your next tan.
  • TAN TIMES: Spray tans typically last 4-8 days, however they can last longer or shorter than this.  The more you moisturize, the longer the tan can last. You can also apply your sunscreen – especially after prolonged exposure to the sun, being in the ocean or being in the pool.  This will help extend the life of your spray tan.
  • FOR ALL YOU WATER BABIES: Wait at least one day before going in the ocean or a pool after your tan.  Chlorine may make your tan fade faster, however it is not going to remove the tan immediately.

I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and you learnt something about how to maintain a tan and keep it looking natural and real! If you guys want any further information please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Until Next Time

Tegan Audrey X