Treat Myself | Luxury Haul

After successfully finishing my first full-time semester at uni I decided I would pick up a few luxury items I’d had my eye on for a little while. I feel like I have a never-ending wish list full of beauty, skincare and other bits and pieces I’ve been wanting to pick up, so it was nice to be able to cross a few goodies off my list after sweating out the uni semester! And of course, I thought I’d share it here with a good old fashion beauty haul!

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Let’s Chat | What comes after the Gap Year?

Aah, the gap year. Travel the world, get a job (or two or three), live it up – time is yours to do with as you please. If you’re anything like me, you got accustomed to living the high life of money and leisure as you took up plenty of hours of casual work and had no pressing deadlines or looming exams in sight. Plenty of people get out of school and take a gap year (although still not enough, in my opinion), but what happens after the gap year comes to a close? This is when you’ll likely start feeling as though you need to make a decision about where you’re going to live your life, as you can only tell people ‘I’m on a gap year‘ for so long! While there are so many different pathways through life now, today I’ll be chatting about my experience in finishing a gap year and carving a new route for myself by going back to uni around 8 months ago. Now, two tri-mesters (semesters, tri-semesters, whichever you’d prefer!) into my degree, and one semester of full-time study down, I thought it would be a great time to sit back, reflect and follow up my most viewed post of all time, The Beauty of an Unplanned, Open-Ended, Gap Year. So, without further ado, let’s chat about life after the gap year!

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Ciaté London x Chloe Morello Palette | Review + Swatch

Well, well, well, look who’s back! It’s the Ciaté London x Chloe Morello Pretty, Fun + Fearless eyeshadow palette! This limited edition collaboration palette came as part of the Chloe Morello set that was released by Ciaté late last year, and much to the disappointment of many Aussie beauty junkies, it sold out at Mecca (the only retailer that  made the set available to Aussies) with lightning speed. It was months before it was restocked (at the request of Chloe Morello herself!), during which time I picked up a set, before it was sold out again. Now, the eyeshadow palette is back for its solo debut! With that in mind, I thought I’d put together a full review + swatch for anyone who’s thinking about purchasing this lovely little palette!

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My Mid-Year Break Reading List

With mid-year break quickly approaching here in Australia, and other parts of the world settling into summer holidays, I thought, what better time to pull together my holiday reading list!? Keen to be done with exams and assignments, I pulled together some of my favourite novels of all time, stories I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading lately, and of course some that are still on my to-read list! So without further ado, let’s jump into the list!

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How to Stay Motivated for Exam Season

Exam season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’re caught somewhere in between a feeling of intense dread and one of tossing up your hands in surrender. We’re all tired and fed up as we near the end of the semester, so exams are one more (usually incredibly high) hurdle to get over, and finding the energy and power of will to continue studying in order to make that last jump feels nearly impossible. Sound familiar? If so, read on to discover all of my top tips for staying motivated for your exams!

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May Favourites

With every month that passes, 2017 seems to gain momentum – and May was no exception! No sooner had the month begun and I was submitting my first assignments for the trimester, than May had come to a close (and assignments with it!). This month brought the slowly cooling weather and saw me rediscover old favourite beauty products, as well as add a new wintery staple to my wardrobe! One of my favourite TV shows has been at its best, I’ve been getting into a variety of new music, made what was for me, a fun and monumental post here on my blog, and am on the home stretch to the end of the trimester! So without further ado, let’s get into my May Favourites!

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My First Tattoo Experience

At some point in their life everyone’s thought about it – to tattoo or not to tattoo? You might have seen some wicked ink on a passerby, stumbled across something cute on Pinterest, or thought about marking a momentous occasion with a permanent stamp on your body. Tattoos have become immensely popular among the younger generation, and with the skill and modern technology tattoo artists have these days, the sky is pretty much the limit! I’d been wanting a tattoo since around the age of fifteen or sixteen, and always had a fairly central idea in my mind of what I’d get done, but for me actually getting the tattoo was always a ‘one day’ kind of thing. While I’d thought about going in guns a-blazing hot off my 18th birthday, I couldn’t quite work up the courage. It wasn’t until a few months later come mid February when I started thinking about it yet again and realised that I didn’t have to just think about it. The time was now! It’s been another few months since I actually had my first little homage etched into my skin, so I thought I’d tell you all about my first tattoo experience, and hopefully answer any of those niggling questions you may have!

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ABH Modern Renaissance Palette | Review + Swatch

My new eyeshadow palette of the moment, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is a cult-favourite, warm-toned, beauty junkie must have. Yet so many makeup lovers I talk to are still wondering if the palette is really worth it – and with Sephora Australia’s $75 AUD price tag, I can see why. On the other hand, MR is perhaps one of the most raved-about eyeshadow palettes on the market, up there with the Urban Decay Naked palettes and NARS eyeshadows. So, as promised, I will be providing a full review + swatch to help you to decide of Anastasia’s Modern Renaissance is for you!

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10 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

Recently I’ve been finding myself in quite a strict routine when it comes to my makeup – in peak study season I’m not actually wearing makeup much at all, and when I do I’m not usually being too creative! So I found myself relying on a few staple products, which got me thinking – what products in my beauty collection could I simply not live without? From drugstore to high end, I’ve compiled my ten must-have beauty products for your viewing pleasure!

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A Comprehensive Guide to Liquid Lipstick

These days, liquid lipstick dominates the beauty market with many brands specialising in perfecting the liquid lip formula. Highly pigmented and available in a range of finishes from matte, to velvet, and metallic, just about every high-end, drugstore, and in-between brand has a version of the liquid lipstick, but like always, not all are made equal. Some can be over-drying, streaky, flaky, or just downright uncomfortable to wear; they can be as cheap as $4 or as pricey as $30; and don’t get me started on trying to find an ethical brand that ticks all the appropriate boxes to buy from. So, I present to you today, a comprehensive guide to liquid lipstick, assessing everything from wearability, to price, and branding. It’s going to be quite a lengthy post, so let’s jump into it!

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