26 June 2014

Cosmo Cosmetics haul

Yesterday my best friend and I made our way into the city to catch up and hang out. We were walking along George Street in Sydney when we noticed a shop called Cosmo Cosmetics. I didn't think much of it because I've never previously heard of it and it just looked like a generic beauty store with no name brands. We decided to walk in and we straight away took note of the $4.95 Revlon nail varnishes. I walked further into the store and saw that they stocked brands like Revlon, Almay, Jordana, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, even MAC, Nars and Bobbi Brown! So at this point, we were both overwhelmed because everything that was available to us and at such cheap, cheap prices!

I honestly could have spent hundreds of dollars in that one store and I could've spent hours and hours swatching different products and squealing over different things, but I stayed calm and here's what I ended up buying...


Zebra in a Basket Lip Gloss $3.95

When I picked this up I think I was too excited about the packaging that I didn't look at the actual gloss itself, so when I got home and opened it up, I was pretty disappointed that the product had glitter in. It's a really, really cute pot for a lip product, so I might be emptying the product that's inside and fill it with some Lucas Paw Paw Ointment.


Brow/Eye Powder in Auburn by Jordana $1.25

I've been wanting some Jordana products for the longest time now, so when I saw these little brow/eye shadow pots at such a low price, I had to get one! At the store this also came in a blue, yellow and pink, but as I don't usually wear eyeshadow, I thought this was a nice neutral colour to start off with. I've swatched this on my hand for your visual pleasure :)



Photo Finish Lipstick in Magnetic by Smashbox $7.95

I've heard so much about this brand Smashbox lately and so I wanted to see what all the hype is all about. I decided to pick up a Smashbox lipstick and I've already worn it out and I love it! The shade that I picked up is a perfect nude with a little bit of shimmer and it glides onto your lips perfectly. It makes your lips look extremely moisturised and it lasts for hours when paired with a good lip liner!



The Fab Pore Facial Peel by Soap & Glory $14.95

My trusty Papaya Face Peeling Gel has just run out and it's extremely difficult to get my hands on another bottle of it at a reasonable price while in Australia, so I decided to go on a hunt for a good face scrub. While in Cosmo Cosmetics, I found this and quickly grabbed it because I'm a sucker for anything Soap & Glory. I've already used it once and it doesn't exfoliate the way I wanted it to, but it does feel refreshing on the skin and I'm excited to see how I get on with it!

That's all I got from the amazing Cosmo Cosmetics, although I'll definitely be back to go crazier. If any of you are able to make your way into Sydney, pay Cosmo Cosmetics a visit - it's on George Street and just around the corner of Topshop. Thanks for reading my words!



14 June 2014

Year 12 survival tips you'll actually need!

It's June and I know from past experience that the Year 12 exam hustle bustle is in full swing. I'm positive that there are thousands of students each year procrastinating right here on the internet, eagerly typing into their search bar 'how to survive year 12' so I wanted to deliver some fresh, understandable and realistic advice on how to conquer your final year of high school.
* I'm not an expert on this topic and I didn't get the highest of marks - I'm just sharing some of my thoughts.

1. Your teachers are your mentors
Put aside the fact that you've despised all teachers for the past 12 years - your senior years are the days where you must actually befriend them. The old accusation of teachers playing favourites in the classroom basically applies and they'll say something along the lines of "I'll only help those who approach me - don't ask for help a week before an exam." If you're unsure of anything at all, speak up and ask for help! Teachers love to see positive progression and I bet you'll love seeing improvement!

2. Focus
If you've stuck around until Year 12, then you've automatically set yourself a goal to complete these final exams. Always stay motivated and constantly tell yourself that you can do it! Know what your priorities are and probably one of the most important things I need to emphasise - DO NOT worry about things that don't matter. That might sound dumb, but you don't need to be maintaining a certain amount of subscribers on Youtube or chase after that boy/girl that you've been crushing on - that kind of stuff can wait! Focus!

3. You are in control of your subjects
Your senior years are when you're given the opportunity to make your own decisions. Choosing your subjects are a big deal and it's so important that you actually enjoy the course content and not just choose it because your best friend is. A lot of students aren't aware of the control that they actually have within their subjects - with many subjects you get to study topics or texts that you can integrate into academic study. For example, pick your favourite song lyrics and relate it back to your area of study for English, or choose a company that you have a genuine interest for for your Business Studies case studies. 

4. Think of the future
Teachers will bombard you with information about what's available to you after you leave high school, but instead of letting them feed you with the same information over and over again, educate yourself with what's out there. Research colleges, short courses, gap years, full-time jobs etc. and know that you call the shots!

5. Be very extremely organised
Keeping up with your academic timetable can be extremely stressful if you don't manage your time well. Be aware of when things are happening and keep a planner or a calendar and set yourself small goals like getting your study notes done or a section of an essay done by a certain date. This helps immensely with your future use of time management skills, which is a must in the workplace!

6. Don't compare yourself to others
I want to really emphasise this point because I've seen a lot of this happening lately, especially with Year 12 students. I'm not 100% sure how other states examine Year 12 students, but in NSW there's the HSC and it is not a competition, in fact, it's more beneficial if everyone in the class worked together to result in a higher mark. This being said, I'm not implying that everyone should exchange answers for everything, but assist others who might be struggling and maybe share study notes. When you get results back from an assignment and everyone starts sharing marks, don't feel like you need to hide - that number or percentage won't even matter in a few months time. Every person has a specialty; sure, you're not the best at Geography, but you might conquer in Maths!

7. Balance
It's okay to have a social life during your final high school year! This is the year where your mates will be turning 18, so join them and party! Balancing your schedule takes focus and planning, especially when you've got a lot on your plate. Some students have jobs (sometimes multiple), sport/hobbies, a girl/boyfriend, family commitments and more to balance, as well as studying on top of that. Again, know your priorities and plan your time to have a healthy balance of education and a social life!

8. Stay healthy
Everyone says it, but just think - you're spending so much time sitting down and looking at a computer screen or a textbook. Simple exercises will be beneficial, like eye exercises, hand and wrist exercises, go for a 20 minute walk around your neighbourhood and maybe even try out swapping your chair for an exercise ball. On top of this, eat healthy, sleep well, meditate, have a bottle of water by your side while you study and take 2-3 Fish Oil tablets a day.

9. Make the most of your final year in high school
As high school comes to an end, you'll share a lot of 'lasts' with your year group. These will be memories that you'll cherish for a long time. You're only going to do Year 12 once, so enjoy the freedom and have fun, whether it be at your last school photo, last assembly, last sport carnival, last excursion or your last class. Take lots of photos because you'll want to revisit the memories!

10. Exam marks do not define you
So when you've studied, done all your exams/major works/performances, you wait for some numbers to be texted and delivered to you and then it's all over. If you do extremely well - awesome, and you if don't go as well as you hoped - that's cool too. There are SO many other things that you can do without a high grade, so please don't let a few numbers get you down. 

These were 10 things that I wish I knew when I was in Year 12 and I hope this helped some of you :) I'm going to end this post with this video that was circulating while I was in Year 12 and it changed the way I think... please watch/listen!






8 June 2014

OOTD | Black and Silver


Here's a little Outfit of the day from yesterday - I went out for shopping and a Pho lunch with my family and then dinner back at mine to celebrate a few things with some cousins. It's quite relaxed and casual, edgy but also feminine and very monochrome. Hope you like it x








Top / AM Sydney Tour
Bottoms / Ivory Disco Pants from Boohoo
Jumper / Mesh Knit from Valleygirl
Shoes / from Betts
Necklace / from Sportsgirl
Lip colour / Pillarbox by Boe Beauty
Nail colour / 155 by Bio Sculpture Gel



5 June 2014

GIVEAWAY TIME (CLOSED)

Hello everyone! I'm so extremely excited to be writing this blog post today because it involves giving something away to one of you guys! 

So without any further ado, here's exactly what's up - recently I partnered up with a gorgeous up and coming Australian fashion retailer called Luxe Style, founded by the lovely Emma. Luxe Style sells very up to date and inexpensive fashion, from playsuits to cut-out boots, and new styles are added all the time! The best bit is - they offer free standard shipping within Australia so you cannot go wrong! I strongly recommend that you check out their Instagram and shoot them an email if you're interested in purchasing any of their items. 

If you have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of heels, then look no more. One of you lucky people will be introduced to these dashing platform wedge shoes* AND everyone who enters will receive 10% your next order from Luxe Style.
*These shoes are in a Size 7 AU






Here's all you need to do:
1. Follow Luxe Style and Words By Femme on Instagram
2. Repost the image found on either of our Instagrams with the hashtag #iwantluxestyle and tag both our accounts

And a couple of rules:
- Open to Australian residents ONLY
- Giveaway ends on June 20th and winner will be announced shortly after
- Regram the image as many times as you want

Good luck everyone xx







1 June 2014

MONTHLY PLAYLIST | May

I feel like I haven't posted on here in forever because I've been doing non-stop major works for uni. Bear with me though because I have quite an exciting giveaway planned with an up and coming company! 
In the meantime as always, here is my playlist for the month of May. May was a pretty exciting month for music... for me anyway. I got to see my ALL TIME FAVOURITE artist/band/group of people once again for the second time in 3 years - none other than the Arctic Monkeys. It was extraordinary and I don't think any words that I put together would be any good content for this blog. But if you want to know how I felt the first time I saw them back in 2012, you can find a very, very loud text post in this tag.
Other than that, I discovered a new found love for some slow(ish) rap/hip-hop as you can see in the playlist AND just recently I managed to easily get tickets for One Direction's On The Road Again Tour in 2015. Who else is going?

  1. Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A
  2. What You Need - The Weeknd
  3. Fancy - Iggy Azalea
  4. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
  5. Sentimental Education - Washington
  6. Our Time - Lily Allen
  7. Ultraviolet - Stiff Dylans
  8. 108 - Sky Ferreira
  9. I Wanna Be Yours - Arctic Monkeys
  10. Clique - Kanye West, Jay Z, Big Sean 
  11. The Morning - The Weeknd
  12. Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? - Arctic Monkeys
  13. Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake
  14. Traces - Sky Ferreira
  15. You & I (Radio Edit) - One Direction
  16. Space Oddity - David Bowie