24 July 2016

LIPSTICK LOOKBOOK / Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine

If you're looking for a lipstick that hydrates your lips and packs a refreshing punch of colour, look no further than Rimmel London's new Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine lipstick collection.

Whether you're really feeling the sheer lip colour look, or you want to go for a hyper-saturated pigment on your lips, there's a lipstick in this collection to suit all your wants and needs. For those who love colour and healthy looking lips, try these for yourself and you won't be disappointed.

  
100 - Woke Up Like This
For the effortlessly chic who are always on the go. A quick application of this shade and you achieve a glossy nude lip. Other products shown: Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip, Bourjois CC Eye Cream, Kylie Cosmetics Lip Liner in Exposed


700 - Better & Brighter
Another day, another nude. With more of a brown undertone in this shade, this is your new go-to everyday lippy. Other products shown: With Love Kirsten Marble Ring, L'oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Transparent, Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara* in 001 Black


600 - Spin All Spring
A subtle coral to keep in your collection. Just so you have it. Other products shown: Rimmel Radiance BB Cream in Medium*, Between Us Fragrance by One Direction, Rings from Gloss


200 - Glow-rious Pink
Other products shown: Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder* in 005 Warm Honey, Models Prefer Radiance Collection Illuminating Powder Palette, Earrings from K-Mart


300 - Pink Rules
One of the best vibrant and moisturising pinks my lips have ever worn, hands down. Other products shown: Essence Blush Up! in 10 Heat Wave, Sally Hansen Complete Care Nail Treatment*, Earrings from K-Mart


500 - Red-y, Set, Go
Your lipstick collection isn't complete without a classic red. When it's super pigmented and moisturising - you can't go wrong. Other products shown: Rimmel Insta Flawless Skin Tint* in 007 Medium Dark, Chanel Infinite Length and Curl Mascara in 10 Deep Black, Bracelet from Lovisa


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9 July 2016

Here's why you should learn how to code.

Over this semester at Uni, I've developed a new found obsession with coding. 

 Generative series, Assignment 1

At the start of the year, I had to pick an elective for the semester that had just passed. I probably spent a good month looking through what seemed like 10 subjects max that I was actually eligible to enrol into. There was this one subject called Introduction to Creative Code which sounded okay. At this point, I was desperate to enrol into any class so, after I skimmed through the subject description very briefly, I enrolled myself into this subject.
I've done HTML & CSS code in the past and I was expecting this first class to be spent going over the basics in HTML but I was so, so wrong.

So I showed up at the first class for this subject and I had absolutely no f*cking idea what was going on.

After that first 3-hour tutorial, I was so unsure of what I was doing that I considered dropping the subject, but 13(ish) weeks later, I can say that staying in that subject was one of the best things I'd ever done.

 A Book That Cannot Be Printed (process), Assignment 3

I feel like now would be an appropriate time to say that if I can do it, then you can too. It definitely isn't an easy thing to learn, but it's definitely rewarding and hella satisfying. If you're not convinced, here are 5 reasons why you should learn how to code.

1. It's like learning a new language
Learning a different language is always cool. It takes time to become fluent, but you'll get there if you put in the effort. The moment when you fully understand how a line of code functions is seriously wonderful.

2. You understand how computers work 
You probably use one every day without knowing how it's actually making things do things. Once you know how to talk to a computer, you'll realise that they're just really dumb machines.

3. It's an interesting skill to have
Not going to lie - it's awesome being able to tell people that you know how to code, and it's not a bad skill to put on a resume. People are always intrigued by good interactive design and even more intrigued by people who make that good interaction happen.


4. You can solve problems
I was at a conference a few weekends ago and a guy mentioned that his mate hacked into his Uni's library to make the books that he borrow never become overdue - all using code. I mean I'm not saying that you should go to these sort of lengths, but using code can definitely make things so much more simple for you in some situations.
 
5. Whether you like it or not, it's the future
The world is turning digital. We're seeing robot surgeons, Starbucks machines and a great new marriage of Pokemon and Augmented Reality. You either get left behind, or adjust to the times and embrace this rapid digital technology boom.

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1 July 2016

CURRENT FAVOURITES

Hopefully no one noticed that just a bit of time has passed since my last blog post (oops, it's really been 2 months since my last blog post). I've been drowning in other life things and I don't ever want my blog to feel like a chore.
SO I'm back and I'm sharing my current favourites. It's a diverse list for you to look through - there's some beauty bits in here, some fashion bits and even a book (?!?!?).




L'OREAL Brow Artist Plumper
This is an interesting product. It's a brow tint, brow mascara with brow microfibres and so much more put into one magical tube. I've never tried the Benefit Gimme Brow before, but this is what I imagine it to be like. If you had thick brows, then this product on its own would be perfect but what I like to do is brush this through and then lightly fill in my brows for the full effect. Buy it here!



MAX FACTOR Velvet Volume & MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational
These are the two mascaras that've been on rotation lately. Surprise, surprise - one of them is the Lash Sensational by Maybelline. You've probably read 200 different positive reviews on this mascara, but it honestly is too good. Bravo Maybelline. This Max Factor mascara is pretty great too. It doesn't clump and its' staying power is awesome. I use this on my bottom lashes regularly and it doesn't end up on the skin under my eyes, which is a huge plus. Buy them here and here!

BOURJOIS 123 Perfect CC Eyecream Concealer
After using the Maybelline Wake Me Up concealer every morning religiously, I've rediscovered this gem and coincidentally, I've run out of this product just yesterday - now I have a perfect excuse for a trip to Priceline. This Bourjois concealer smooths the skin and covers my lovely dark circles which I can no doubt thank Uni for. It stays on for the entire day and can even handle a little sweat from a workout. Buy it here!



RIMMEL Kate Sculpting Palette *
My makeup collection is brimming with contour shade choices so I thought I'd mix up my choice of contour shade a little. I picked up this shade in Rimmel's Sculpting Palette and it's quickly become a favourite on my skintone. It's a subtle golden brown that gives you sunkissed, holiday skin - so nice! Buy it here!

ROOM by Emma Donoghue
This is the second book I've read this year which is amazing for me because I'm not a reader. This book had me on the edge of my seat and I felt like I was so compelled by the story and how it was written. I obviously don't want to give anything away here, so I'll just say that it was heartbreakingly epic. Boom go read it and watch the film. Buy it here!


Yeezy inspired shoes
When the real thing will set you back from anywhere between $200 to $1000, it's a sweet victorious feeling when you find good dupes at a fraction of the cost. These are suuuuper comfortable and easy to style. I've gotten plenty of compliments when sporting these shoes, which means that they get the tick of approval.

Catch me up. What are your current faves?


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26 April 2016

The season's changing and so are your skincare products

We're finally feeling that cold breeze against our skin, which means that we're saying goodbye to the iconic hot Australian weather. As the weather cools down, it's important to adjust your skincare routine to get ready for the colder months ahead.

For the frugal beauty blogger in all of us, here are some bang for you buck skincare products that you should definitely be using on your skin in the colder seasons.



NIVEA Pure & Natural Hand Cream
Hand creams are a must this season and this is perfect for dry hands. This product has Argan Oil in and it works super well on the skin. It perfectly protects and nourishes your hands allllll day. Other products shown above: Rings Gold Soul* & With Love Kirsten, Faux Septum Gold Soul*



NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Body Cream
Lather this onto your legs right after a shower and feel the moisture sink into your skin. This is awesome especially if your legs are prone to becoming dry in the colder weather. Other products shown above: Book Chapter One by Daniel Flynn, Scent L'Occitane



NIVEA Moisturing Fluid
Wear this under your usual makeup or use it on your non-makeup days. This product has an SPF15, so your face will feel moisturised and sun protected for the whole day. Other products shown above: Brush Real Techniques, Earrings Op-shop, Sunglasses Gold Soul*



NIVEA Firming Body Lotion
This body lotion nourishes the skin! Its formula helps to support skin renewal and keeps it looking firm and tight. It absorbs into your skin quickly and prevents the skin from drying. Other products shown above: Sculpting Palette Rimmel*, Brush EcoTools, Lipstick BareMinerals, Earrings K-Mart



PONDS Gold Radiance Precious Youth Serum
If you're looking for glowing, hydrated and healthy skin, this is the product that you're looking for. With real gold microparticles, this serum reduces the size of your pores, helps to reduces fine lines and makes your skin appear smoother. It's not drying and it doesn't leave your face looking shiny - perfect for the colder seasons. Other products shown above: Lipstick Kylie Jenner, Rings Gold Soul* & Mimco


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19 April 2016

The clueless student's guide to University

After three years of being saturated with this so-called Uni life, I still don't really know what I'm doing most of the time. 

I'm usually the clueless one amongst my peers and the main (and most advisable) thing that I've learnt over these years is to just show up, because that's half the battle. I've put together a few simple tricks that you can incorporate into your days between bringing the wrong textbook to class and being lost on campus.

For us clueless students, it's all about faking it 'til we make it (to graduation)! Best of luck, darlings.



Avoid saying "I don't know" in tutorials
Sooner or later, you'll be sitting in a tutorial and your tutor will call upon you to ask for your opinion on something that you are completely clueless about. Instead of shitting yourself waiting for that to happen then responding with an awkward silence followed by "I don't know", write down a few notes while the discussion is just starting up. You could make a comment on something that was said or start your response with "I think it's interesting how..."

Stay on top of your assignments 
One of the worst things to happen during your time a Uni, is having your workload snowball so much that you can no longer keep up with it all. Being organised and up-to-date with your tasks is one of the best things to get in the habit of.

Do the readings
No one wants to do them. No one. But it's another one of those things that should be done if you want to know what everyone's going on about. Take a few notes while doing the readings so that you can refer back to them in class.

Ask your tutor questions
They're there to help you! Don't be afraid to ask about something that you're unsure of.  If you prefer, take a few minutes after class to have a chat with them.

Make a few friends
Here's the good bit. Meet some like-minded peeps and be clueless together. At the end of the day, there will always be other students walking around campus that have no idea what the f*** they're doing and that's totally okay.



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14 March 2016

Songs I'm Loving At The Moment!


I just upgraded to Spotify Premium at the start of this year and it's probably been the best decision I've made in a while. It has seriously changed the way I listen to music. I don't even remember how I used to listen to music before Spotify came along.

If you're embarrassingly into pop ballads, super into some agile alternative, love lush beats or a bit of folk here and there - follow me on Spotify. Let's be music chums.

For now, here are a list of songs that I just can't stop listening to. For your listening convenience, you can follow this playlist here. Enjoy x

1. Sweat - RY X
2. That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings
3. Steer - Missy Higgins
4. Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) - Alicia Keys ft. Nicki Minaj
5. PILLOWTALK - ZAYN
6. One More Hit - Alison Wonderland
7. The Special Two - Missy Higgins 
8. Me, Myself & I - G-Easy ft. Bebe Rexha 
9. Feels - Kiiara
10. The Way You Are Tonight - Missy Higgins
11. Temporary Fix - One Direction
12. Crying Lightning - Arctic Monkeys 
13. Cool For The Summer - Demi Lovato
14. I Want U - Alison Wonderland 
15. Outlaws - Alessia Cara 
16. Never Be Like You - Flume ft. Kai
17. Oh Canada - Missy Higgins
18. Good For You - Selena Gomez
19. The Hardest Part - Megan Washington
20. Sorry - Justin Bieber 
21. Only Ones Who Know - Arctic Monkeys
22. Hello Bitches - CL 
23. My Mistakes Were Made For You - The Last Shadow Puppets

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9 March 2016

Homemade Matcha Tea Latte!

Here's a serious question that I need answered: how much Matcha is too much?

A few weeks ago, I walked into T2 on a whim and sampled a concoction that had their Matcha Powder in it. I liked it so much that I was about to commit to buy the ingredients for about $30. Each. But I didn't.


I figured I could get more value for my money if I bought Matcha Powder at my local Asian Grocer or a good health food store. So that's what I did. And it ended up costing me under $10 for everything.

It's still reaching hot AF temperatures in Autumn where I live and I still drink one or two cups of these nearly every day. I'm obsessed and hopefully I'm not the only one on the Matcha Tea Latte bandwagon?




What you'll need:
- Boiling water
- 1/2 tsp of Matcha Powder
- 1/2 tsp Honey
- Soy milk

In a mug of your choice, put in the 1/2 tsp of Matcha Powder. Then fill half your mug with boiling water. Stir vigorously to make sure the Matcha dissolves.

While it's still hot, add the Honey and stir.

Froth your milk and fill the rest of your mug with milk. Stir well.

Now take a sip and get ready for your newest guilt free obsession with Matcha Tea Latte's. You're welcome.




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25 February 2016

Things I Learnt at the Westpac O-Weekender

Last week, Westpac put together their first ever O-Weekender event made to inspire Uni students and their motivations, dreams and goals.


As soon as I saw the lineup for this shindig, I called up a gal pal and booked us a pair of complimentary tickets. You can't resist a lineup consisting of Eddie Perfect as MC and inspirational talks from people like Jamie Green, Natalie Tran and Megan Washington.


It just so turned out that I left the event motivated and inspired. Damn those well-spoken and insightful talks.

In case you missed out on this O-Weekender event, here's what stuck out for me. These are the four things that I learnt.


#1 Failures make a good story
If you succeed in something, then you succeed; if you fail at it, then it makes a good story. This little bit of wisdom that Megan Washington spoke of really stuck with me.

#2 Others in the online industry have the same struggles
Natalie Tran spoke about how people who work in the online industry have to be fast in delivering out information. Content needs to be uploaded fast and that can be a lot of pressure. I mean, am I right guys???

#3 I did the 'first year social life' wrong. Both times.
I'll start off with the fact that I never really got into the clubbing scene. Besides getting drunk and having a laugh, there's no appeal for me, and even then I wouldn't want to pay a ridiculous price for a drink. Secondly, anxiety. No matter how hard I'm working on it, it holds me back. And lastly, I came into Uni thinking that I would be there to go to class, do the work, make a few life-long mates and go home. But at the end of the day, I'd have a degree having no experience of that fully enriched Uni life.

#4 Use fear to your advantage
I'm naturally a nervous and anxious person and I've always believed that it disables me to do certain things. Things like speeches, presentations, interviews etc. scare the shit out of me. By listening to the motivational talks, it taught me to use that fearful energy and use it to push myself and enable myself to do things that scare the shit out of me.



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15 February 2016

TROPFEST AUSTRALIA 2015/16: Highlights


February 14th and Valentine's Day saw the return of the world's largest short film festival: Tropfest. After a bit of disappointing news of Tropfest's temporary cancellation in 2015, John Polson worked tirelessly to get it back up and running for its (almost) 24th year. 

Hundreds of Tropfest entries were submitted, but only 16 finalists were given the opportunity to showcase their short film on the iconic big screens in front of an audience of thousands, as well as the rest of Australia who switched on to SBS2 for a delayed broadcast.

Although I couldn't be at Sydney's Centennial Park sitting on a picnic rug with a drink in hand, I tuned in to SBS2 and revisited my favourites on the Tropfest Youtube channel.

If for some crazy reason you missed out on the 2015/16 Tropfest short films, here were the highlights. And I've included my Top 3! What were your favourites?


Piñata Directed by Bill Northcott
 

Short and sweet. A really short film done in about a minute and 15 seconds. Piñata is an unexpected animation with a bit of slapstick comedy and a hint of morbidness. Watch Piñata here.


Postcards To Ulay Directed by Tristan Klein & Nick Baker

Let's start off by saying that this short is about dogs being ejected from Earth. Just from that, you already know that it's going to be all heartfelt. Although its story gets you right in the feels, there are comedic moments and it probably wins best narration this year. Watch Postcards To Ulay here.


Tay Man Directed by Angela McCormack

Shout out to the only female director among the 16 finalists of this year! Filmed in satirical documentary form with big comedy names like Colin Lane and David Collins, this short film was definiely a good laugh. The attention to detail with the T. Swizz props were fantastic, complete with a collage of Tay's squad, which I caught a glimpse of in the background! #squadgoals. Watch Tay Man here.


Angie Directed by Hugh Clark

It's a story that any art/design enthusiast can sympathise with. Angie is all about a woman who conveys her unspoken words through art. It's inspirational, informative and really warms the heart. Focusing on people who are deaf, the cameras really capture each characters' gestures and emotions and sound design is incredibly considered. Watch Angie here.


Wish You Here Directed by Benjamin O'Donnell

First of all, can I get the contact details of the SFX makeup artist who worked on this film, because this short has some of the best zombie makeup I've seen. Subtle, yet gorey enough. The special effects is noteworthy too - they turned Australia into a desolate and dystopian world! Watch Wish You Here here.


STELLA Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner

I'm a sucker for scenes that are a one shotter. Yep, this 6 minute and 50 second short film is all one take. Director Roache-Turner admitted that it took them seven tries to get the perfect take! Watch STELLA here.



MY TOP 3

Drawcard
Directed by Antonio Oreña-Barlin

Drawcard takes 3rd place for me. This short is incredibly witty and tells a story about an office worker whose day just keeps going downhill. It's written well with lines that just make you want to hug the main character. It's cock and balls turned into something sentimental! Watch Drawcard here.


SHINY 
Directed by Spencer Susser & Daniel 'Cloud' Campos
 

A well deserved 1st place winner this year at Tropfest! The production and attention to detail of this short film is absolutely crazy. You may have seen stop motion done before, but this is stop motion on steroids. Sound design was crucial too and nonetheless well effing done. There were laughs, a bit of gore, 'aww' moments and above all - had the entertaining factor. Watch SHINY here.


The ATM
Directed by Rick Donald


At first glance, it's a serious, dark, criminal-fueled short film but don't be fooled. Really, it's just two super Aussie wannabe criminals whose sloppy plan backfires in hilarious fashion. I couldn't get enough of the Australian references: Scotch fingers, K-mart knives and the overuse of the word 'pussy'. Let's all thank actor, director AND writer Rick Donald because everything about this short is spot on. Watch The ATM here.


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22 January 2016

What's on my face at the moment?


It's been a while since we've chatted about beauty products and, as a result, I've grown my makeup collection, changed my makeup routine and found new beauty loves!

You'll find both drugstore and high-end makeup on my face at the moment. You really do feel a sense of empowerment and luxury when you wear anything high-end, but drugstore brands are really stepping up their game in terms of quality and price, which really is music to anyone's ears.

All in all, you should definitely look into these products if you're looking for new makeup for your own lovely face xo


Maybelline Baby Skin
I haven't bought a Primer in years. That being said - I haven't used a Primer in years. That might seem a little weird for any beauty buffs, but I feel as if I haven't found any reason to use one. I was watching one of Bianca's videos and she convinced me to buy this product. It wasn't long until I started reading up on reviews and soon enough I found myself at the Chemist Warehouse counter paying for a this Primer. The first Primer I've bought in years. Buy it here!



Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in 'Soft Beige'
On my lazy makeup days, you'll usually find me with some Concealer under my eyes, powder brushed on my face, brows done and a bit of Mascara. This Concealer really does the job - it covers my excessive dark circles (which I really need to sort out) and gives the illusion that I've really woken up. Buy it here!


Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation in 'Bisque Medium'
I was convinced by someone (I've forgotten now!) on Snapchat that I needed to buy this. You only need the tiniest pump of this product for good coverage. The gel formula absorbs really well into the skin giving you that airbrush look. It's fab, hands down. Buy it here!


Maybelline Lash Sensational
Just like the millions of other people who rave about this Mascara, I'm obsessed. I usually don't venture out to try new Mascara's, but I felt obliged after seeing and reading so many positive reviews of this product. It's everything I want and need in a Mascara - it lifts, volumises, lengthens, doesn't smudge and it's easy to wash off. Buy it here!


Rimmel Lip Liner in 'Cappuccino'
If you're looking for an affordable dupe for MAC's 'Whirl', then this is it. It's the perfect shade of brown and lasts pretty well. I've always talked up Rimmel Lip Liners, so to find one in my favourite MAC shade was such a treat. Buy it here!


The Balm Powder Blush in 'Pinstripe'
The best thing about this shade is that it's brown enough to contour your face a little, and it has that deep purple shade that I've been on the endless hunt for. Yes, it's intended to be worn in the 'Fall' season, but it's such a nice colour to wear even in the Australian summer! Buy it here!


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