A few months ago I spent a long weekend down at Blairgowrie, a beautiful quiet beach town in the southern area of Victoria. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as warm as we had hoped so we spent most of the time indoors hiding from the cold! However it was the first trip we’d ever taken with Lottie which honestly made the trip all that more fun and entertaining 😀
Welcome to Part 2 of my Project 100 Pan journey 🙂 If you missed Part 1 you can find it right here. I’m currently up to number 59! I decided to give myself a “cheat ticket” when I went to Europe (I’ll be uploading my haul soon!) and picked up a few items, but I’m back on Project 100 Pan now 😀 I’ve got one more trip left for the year, so I’m hoping I make it before I leave else I may need to give myself another “cheat” ticket 😀
Products mentioned in this video are listed below:
29. Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
30. Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara
31. Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara Mini
32. MAC Zoom Lash Mascara
33. Lancome Virtuose Mascara
34. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
35. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
36. Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara
37. Majolica Majolica Lash Bone Black Fiber
38. Majolica Majolica Lash Enamel Glamour Volume
39. Blinc Mascara
40. Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
41. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel – Granite
42. theBalm Put a Lid on it Eyelid Primer
43. Makeup Forever Lip Pencil 3C
44. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink
45. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
46. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
47. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
48. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel
49. The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream
50. Bioderma Atoderm PO Zinc Creme
51. Bioderma Crealine H2O
52. Biore Cleansing Oil
53. Boscia Cool Cleansing Oil
54. Darphin Refreshing Cleansing Milk
55. Lanolips Banana Balm
56. Fekkai Glossing Shampoo
57. Fekkai Glossing Conditioner
58. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo
59. Garnier Fructis Fortifying Conditioner
Those of us who are online and have been invested into beauty for a while have all been there. We’ve seen the subscription boxes come out, been intrigued and some of us have even pulled the trigger and subscribed. How could we not? The potential goodies advertised seemed so amazing. The first delivery is usually so exciting! The euphoria of receiving beauty mail that could contain anything from Chanel to Maybelline to Tarte~ The possibilities seemed endless!
But after awhile, and I knew this was the case for me, some months were okay, other months were bad. The brands and products in these boxes were rarely high end nor exciting to me. In fact, often it felt like the brands who took part were more unknown and willing to give out samples just to get their name out there. I can tell you I never once saw Chanel even L’Oreal in my boxes!
And after you’ve sat on these subscriptions for a few months, the sparkle fads, it almost becomes standard to get a bunch of new products that end up living at the bottom of your drawers. And that was me until I went through my expenses and realized I was spending an incredible amount collectively on these sample boxes but getting very little out of them!
I realised I just wasn’t fully utilising all the products that were sent out to me. Sure there were a few in there I thought “Oh, I might give that go, that seems interesting”, but I can promise you I wouldn’t have felt like I missed anything had I not received those items. But I’d be richer (and likely happier) and I’d have a lot less clutter in my room had I not subscribed.
I’m at a point where I’d much rather spend the money on a few full sized high quality products I know I’ll love and use. And I certainly won’t miss the clutter at all!
That isn’t to say subscription boxes aren’t right for others, they just didn’t end up working out for me 🙁
What is your opinion of subscription boxes? Love them? Are you subscribed to any?
I’ve been pretty MIA when it comes to my main Youtube channel and I’m only now slowly catching up with a lot of older footage I’ve been meaning to post! A few months ago I attended a friend’s wedding located in Pennyroyal. A beautiful rural town in Victoria, but a good 1.5hr drive away out of Melbourne.
Unfortunately on the way to the wedding I got into a minor car accident that left me rather shaken 🙁 Thankfully I was unharmed and my insurance company covered everything since it wasn’t my fault 😀
The following day, Violet and Jimmy decide to take over my vlog and weirdness ensues….
Hello! It’s been a while~ I didn’t expect there to be such a gap between my last post and now! But I’m going to do the best I can, and make no promises 🙂
Thanks to Project Pan 100 (though you’ll see soon that I cheated just a bit and let myself break it whilst in Europe), my makeup adventures have been rather dull. At least, that’s what I’ve thought. But I figured that wasn’t a good enough excuse neglect my most beloved blog and so I figured I could blog about my journey thus far and rave about some of my current everyday makeup staples!
I’ve spent the year essentially shopping my stash and I have to admit it’s given me a much deeper appreciation for what I currently have, instead of always trying to buy the next best thing!
First and foremost, my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has been a true staple. I wear this everyday and a single pump is perfect for giving my skin some nice natural coverage without being too heavy. Especially great for covering any imperfections or dark circles that can result from long hours at work!
I would say that for the longest time I was all over the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner! It is leaps and bounds better than MAC Fluidline which dried up after a few months. Bobbi Brown on the other hand remained creamy for the entire 2 years it took me to finish it up! (I don’t follow makeup expiry dates; I just use what still looks good to me).
So when I hit pan, I knew I had to find something else in my collection rather than repurchasing and that’s when I discovered Jill Stuart’s Lasting Gel Liner in Black Cat in my collection, and man was I blown away!
It is creamy, lasted all day, deep pigmentation and very easy to work with. Dare I say, it’s –better- than Bobbi Brown, mostly because it’s just that tiny bit thicker so the pigmentation is leaps and bounds richer and so my application is nice and quick. I can’t see ever being without it and am hoping I finish Project Pan 100 before I hit pan on this one!
And you know a makeup staples post by me wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Lancôme and mascaras in the same sentence. I’ve been around the block and I still come back to Lancôme. My favourite being my true and trusted Hypnose Mascara, but right now I’m working my way through a tube of Oscillation Mscara and have zero complaints. When it comes to mascara, Lancôme are the masters.
I could honestly waffle on about all the other staples I desperately need (that’s a thing) but I can clearly see this blog post is long enough so I’ll save those for another post!
What are your must have makeup staples?
I’m not even sure how to start this post because wow, was I gone for half a minute or what? So this post is way way way overdue, more like I should have posted this back in Feburary and for some reason it just crept away from me as my focus was set on stickers and work! Well, the beauty bug has come back into my life and really the urge to start posting about beauty, lifestyle and travel has started re-emerging itself and just the need to do blog and make videos (other than planner related videos) has really hit me! So I’m hoping to actually film Part 2 of this Project 100 Pan series tomorrow (and then get it up in a few weeks time, after a few vlogs) and it didn’t seem right to do that without atleast posting this blog post which has sat in Draft for the last 5 months!
So without further ado, the video is above and the products mentioned are down below 🙂 I’m hoping this is the reboot I need to come back~
1. Makeup Forever Pro Finish – Multi-Use Powder Foundation 117
2. NARS Powder Foundation – Light 3 Deaville
3. MAC Select Sheer Loose – NC15
4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
5. Dior Addict It-Lash
6. Gucci Mascara Iconic Black
7. Dior Diorshow New Look Black
8. Lancome Grandiose
9. Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner
10. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner – Midnight Black
11. OPI Ridge Filler
12 & 13. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
14. Bobbi Brown Brightening Advanced Serum
15. Lancome Visionnaire
16. Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser
17. Biore Marshmellow Cleanser
18. The Face Shop Collagen Water Moisture Toner
19. Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox Hydrating Anti-Aging Toner
20. SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener
21. SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream
22. La Roche-Posay Redermic Eyes
23. Australis Makeup Finishing Spritz
24. Kiehl’s Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream
25. Goldwell Sleek Perfection
26 & 27. Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil – Shampoo & Conditioner
28. MAC Brush Cleanser
That’s 28 products all up! 😀 Already a 1/4 of my way to my goal 😀
Wow! I’m honestly surprised that’s it has been a solid month and a bit since I last updated this blog! Not to say I haven’t been active at all, in fact I thought I’d use this blog post to explain where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing before I get back into “regular” posting. (Or till I figure out what that means!) Because we all like to know what’s going on 🙂
A few months ago I opened a store on Etsy called HappyCloudInc where I sell stickers for planners, mostly for the Erin Condren Life Planner but also aimed at other planners in general. It’s been an amazing journey and a true love affair! But out of all the hobbies I’ve taken on outside of work, this has been the biggest one. A lot goes into essentially running a side business, extremely time consuming but I wouldn’t change a single thing 🙂
On top of that I’ve been actively uploading Planner related videos on my planner / stationery specific youtube channel called A Beautiful Fable. It’s my pride and joy and I just love discussing all things planner related! 🙂
Finally, and I’m guessing this is something more of you will know about, but my main channel is back to being pretty active now. I’ve decided to merge my vlogging and main channel together to create a channel that more accurately reflect me and my varies passions. I’m currently filming Once Upon a December, but instead of filming and releasing daily vlogs, I’m filming everyday and combining them all into a single weekly vlog 🙂 So far going well, but I’m keen to know what everyone else thinks! 😀
And besides work, that’s essentially what I’ve been up to 🙂 I’ll be heading off next week for a trip overseas so if you’re keen to see what I get up to then please do follow me on Instagram or Youtube 😀 Hoping the trip will give me some head space (as my store will be closed) to work through a schedule for my blog 😀
Hope you guys have been doing well if you haven’t been following me on my other platforms 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.