Me Time [Tag]

As seen at countless blogs, specifically Jade Musing, and by various Youtubers lately. Image found on Instagram, please let me know if you know who the original belongs to.

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What do you watch or read during me-time?
Normally I’ll catch up on YouTube vids I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, but sometimes it’ll be whatever TV show I’ve saved a whole season to watch at the time (lately, Suits). Reading is what’s on my bookshelf, from the library (right now, Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas). Looking at it like this, I must have a tonne of me-time times.

What do you wear during me-time?
A big t-shirt and sometimes my big baggy Peter Alexander PJ pants.

What are your me-time beauty products?
This changes a bit due to the beauty junkie habit, but: GlamGlow Thirsty Mud face mask, O&M hair masques, lavender essential oil in the bath, Tanda Modern candle.

Current favourite nail polish?
What I wore to the wedding, OPI Samoan Sand.

What do you eat/drink during me-time?
Last night I devoured Aldi Chocolate Covered Thins (they look like mini plain pringles covered in a thin layer of chocolate) but the downside to having only bought one box of them, is that now I don’t have any more. I love having chicken Twisties, or larb Pretz.

Current favourite candle?
Tanda Modern in Vanilla Hazelnut, or Asian Pear Lily. Although I’m lusting after some of the new Glasshouse candles now after a visit to David Jones recently.

Do you ever have outdoors me-time?
Sometimes I’ll take my book outside to sit under the trees but then there’s green ants and sunburn, so not really. That’s the closest I come to it, I think.

Would you ever go see movies alone?
This used to be my guilty pleasure, so yes. However I haven’t gone in a while as my movie buddy friend and I have really only wanted to see the same movies. I also see most of the other movies with my partner. I may go to the movies solo this week.

Favourite online shops?
Haha, I love Jade’s “imaginary shopping” answer. This is so fun to do. However I am a bit in love with really shopping the Mecca website, and do a bit of online Myer shopping too. Next on my online wishlist is an acrylic lipstick carousel or two, and a pro pack of Beauty Blenders.

Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?
Funnily enough, not really. Normally my proper designated me-time falls on the days when my partner is away and I am on a day off (a few days a month) so I kind of just cram it all in then. Then again, I don’t have kids or a super demanding social life, so me-time can be most of the time! Like right now, blogging is me-time.

Thoughts of the week 17/11

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  1. Only five days of my holidays left and then it’s back into crazy season at work!
  2. Photo above is from my sister’s wedding last weekend. Cannot believe she’s married before me, I’m so proud of her and her new husband – the wedding was amazing.
  3. Samsung S6 is going to be my next phone, I’m holding out for it.
  4. Definitely planning a Sydney trip for February (and my 26th, eek!) to go to Sepia restaurant, see more of my family, and visit the new Sephora Australia. I’m thinking a Mecca Masterclass for my party?
  5. I braved the new Macquarie Shopping Centre wing for Uniqlo, only to discover that the puffy jacket I wanted (it folds into a “tiny little bag, like magic”) is only available in their winter line, and a puffy vest alternative I did not have need for. Damn.
  6. After a while of not going to the cinemas, there’s now quite a few that I want to see: Let’s Be Cops, Love Rosie (cute book!), The Best of Me, This Is Where I Leave You, and then the new Hunger Games Mockingjay movie comes out on Friday too.
  7. I am hoping to start filming Youtube again in the new year. Hoping like Santa is real.
  8. I’m looking for blogs like “Young House Love” if anyone has some recommendations. Home-owning time is coming soon (says the Bear) and I’m getting pinning.
  9. Speaking of pinning, and pinnable things, I think I’ve unofficially locked in decisions for one of those big life events in the next year or so. Hooray Mag landed on my doorstep while I was away, also.
  10. I’m absolutely in love with this arm chair, but is $999 (or even $799.20) too much to pay for a computer chair regardless of cost per use arguments?
  11. My tumblr turned six years old today. Time goes fast when you’re using the “Post to Tumblr” extension haha.
  12. I am thinking a LUSH shower gel order is in order, stat. Summer lovin’.
  13. Now that the wedding is over, I’m keen to chop my hair – not sure if I should keep the blonde at the ends in it or not though?
  14. Mecca order incoming. Level 3 now, oops.
  15. Blahblahblahblahblah. My head is so full. I’m gonna go read a book.
  16. Or maybe I should go unpack and clean my room.
  17. Nah, I’m going to go read.

Holiday Prep

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When going on a holiday, I like to be prepared.

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In six days time I will be down Sydney way in preparation for my little sister’s wedding (teary, she’s grown up so fast!) in the Hunter Valley. Due to the expense just to go for the weekend, my partner and I are slipping in a three night mini-vacation in the Newcastle region after the wedding, before driving back to Sydney for my grandfather’s 80th birthday celebrations and a sort of family reunion at the party. We will also hit up Sydney’s drag racing spot before leaving. Thank goodness I have five days off when I get home to do the relaxing in – I do not know that I’ll get time when actually away haha! I’m so pleased with how this has worked out as it will be my first holiday in over a year and almost 18 months since holidaying with my partner. We are both super excited for Sydney’s food scene… any recommendations for there or Newcastle, folks?

AnywayAnyway. This isn’t about the food. It’s about the lists. 

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A Month of Makeup

Do you have a go to makeup look? Or is every morning play time with whatever strikes your fancy? I have to say, I see the best in both worlds…

The past month or so I’ve really gotten rather lazy, makeup wise. I have some adventurous days but have turned my usual play dates with my eyeshadow drawer lately into a “I must hit pan on all my Urban Decay Basics shades first” rut. It’s a time I’m enjoying. Makeup is easy to do now in the mornings, there’s never any surprise product or accidental stuffing up of a perfectly good base with the application of a super glittery eyeshadow (yes, I do foundation first, pretty much always), and the only big decision I have to make is what highlighter to use (one of the Hourglass Ambient Light powders or The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer) or what blush I feel like putting on (Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop or Clinique Blush in Aglow). It’s a nice change. And I’d like to think I’m getting closer to hitting pan on the brown and black shades in my UD palette… I’m certainly there already on the paler shades and almost there on the sparkly highlight shade! You can see in the following photos as my looks go from varied to basically one total day-in-day-out-same-same-but-different style…

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Thoughts of the week 13/9

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This photo is all yes. Which brings me to…

  1. The 1st of May next year is said to be the release date for the next Avengers movie, I cannot wait!
  2. I feel like no Thoughts of the week post is complete anymore without a reference to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. My recent favourites are Gisele Bundchen Shows Jimmy Planking Exercises and the Adam Levine Musical Impressions one.
  3. My reading slump appears to be over (knock wood) as over Father’s Day weekend I read four books – I finally finished The Oversight – and then since then I’ve read Throne of Glass and am more than halfway through Landline (which I don’t want to put down, what’s next what what what tell meeeee damn you Rainbow Rowell gimme more).
  4. Did anyone like Hilary Duff’s new song All About You? I happened to catch it on some musical reality TV show the other night and didn’t mind it although what is up with the raccoon tail tucked into her pants? Oh and Fall Out Boy’s Centuries goes alright also but thanks to Kimmy’s recent tweet my new fave is: Young Volcanoes.
  5. My Fitbit Flex device is playing up :( so my daily average is down due to it not tracking my steps reliably and going dead every night at half twelve. This is frustrating. I have not heard back from Fitbit yet.
  6. My MUA friend wasn’t able to help with the decluttering so that hasn’t happened yet although I have added two foundations that I’m not loving to the pile and used up a mascara (Another Chanel Le Volume).
  7. No Buy is going well so far bar two $4 organizing trays for makeup.
  8. I tweeted this at the start of the week but I am loving this and had all the feels reading it: The Internet Is Also Real Life.
  9. I “holidayed” three nights of this week at my parents place as my mum is away and it’s just Dad at home right now. It was really perfect timing because I had two 7:30am-6pm shifts due to stock take at work. It was a relief to shower at 11:30pm and not stress.
  10. I saw a Michael Kors bag in person today at work (DJ’s had forgotten to remove a security tag… or it was stolen, either or, whatever) and now I’m all GIMME.
  11. Less than two months until my Sydney trip and sister’s wedding!
  12. The new Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks look DIVINE. Is anyone going to get one?
  13. Perfect ponytail? Ugh, possibly yeah.
  14. Loving Eleanor Pendleton’s interview here.
  15. Epic linkage, as always. Now seriously go listen to Young Volcanoes.
  16. KTHXBYE. <3333 ;-)
  17. PS. Happy Saturday night, hope you all had an amazing week!

September & October Goals

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  • #NoBuy rough guidelines: OK to buy deodorant (don’t want to smell) when required, and also will probably run out of toner (use softener instead unless you REALLY cannot get on board, then pick up some more toner or cleansing water), but do not need to buy pretty much anything else for this entire time. AT ALL. Except MAYBE serum… depends on skin and what I’ve got in samples, deluxe travel sized items etc. SEPHORA IN SYDNEY OPENING SOON. This should be incentive enough for me not to shop.

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Coming up roses (Thoughts of the week)

 

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1. I went and saw Begin Again last night based on Natalie’s review. Definitely a feel good earworm-filled movie that I’m going to watch again when it comes out on DVD. So many scenes that I keep remembering throughout the day that just make me want to duck into the cinema again.

2. I’m going to give tanning another go (fake, of course) due to an upcoming night out that require supper arm action.

3. Four items I’m going to repurchase next opportunity from my empties this month: Clinique Take the Day off Makeup  remover for lids, lashes and lips, Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation, Murad Clarifying Wipes for blemish-prone skin, and Skin79 Super Blemish Balm (Triple Function, Whitening, UV Protection SPF25 PA++, Wrinkle Improvement) BB cream.

4. I am unexpectedly going to be attending an awards night for work in Brisbane this coming Tuesday night, flying down in the morning and coming back Wednesday evening. Work is flying us down and as there was nothing planned for activities during the day, Adam is coming along also and we’re going to have a nice little 48 hour trip. Is there anywhere new and must-see in the Queen Street mall area?

5. I have the opportunity to Back2Mac my stash – perfect timing as the maximum they’ll do at any one time is 18 (and I’d jusst depotted my 19th item!) which equals three free lipsticks from their top 20 best sellers. I haven’t got Angel, Blankety, Creme Cup, Girl About Town, Hug Me, Lady Danger, Myth, Pretty Please, Ravishing, Snob, St Germain, Rebel, Russian Red, and Twig. I already own Creme d’nude, Morange, Syrup, Ruby Woo, Shy Girl and Vegas Volt, which are also in the top 20. So I now have to make choices. Any recommendations?

6. Chicken Twisties lately have been the bomb dot com. Have they changed the taste so they’re even better than usual?

7. Despite my online shopping extravaganza this past week (I shop when sad/lonely, which has basically been the last few days whilst Adam’s away sadface) at Netaporter, Sussan, Myer, Go To Skincare; I am now looking at ordering this Lemon Goats Milk Brush Cleanser, has anyone tried it? I disliked the solid Beauty Blender soap cleanser though…

8. This ad featuring Arnie made me giggle.

9. Having not had my brows tended to by anyone other than myself since September 2013, I’m quite excited to visit the Benefit Brow Bar in Brisbane City this coming Tuesday – I’ll be getting the full face wax since PCOS leaves me with an abundance of hairy friends, and they ain’t small.

10. I’ve been really into giving myself manicure-pedicures ever since using the Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat.

11. In addition to back2Mac, I’ll be trading in five LUSH black pots to get a free fresh face mask. Cupcake, here I come!

12. I finally cleaned out my wardrobe and funnily enough have only thrown out five or maybe six items. I don’t think I was harsh enough maybe as I still have approximately twenty pairs of pajama pants. I picked up a black hanging shelf as per Vivianna Does Makeup’s #wardrobeweek videos to store my work skirts (folded due to frequently using) and pajamas.

13. I hate how the media has grabbed onto #icebucketchallenge. Do people realise they can donate money anytime without getting ice water thrown onto them? Sorry people, I just hate the media how it does this.

 

Thoughts of the week 18/7

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1. July goals are really not my main focus, but the above is just my main goal.
2. Bacon and eggs for breakfast is just aces.
3. I absolutely love this endzone dancing as demonstrated by Jimmy and Justin. I saw it first over on Young House Love‘s grouting post (which I found really interesting actually haha). I saw this cute laundry hamper there too.
4. Just a little bit of house envy over at the Jones Design Company.
5. After reading a review on Meg Biram’s blog of the book Astonish Me, by Maggie Shipstead, I have just got to read it. This quote got me:

Harry (the son, dancer) asks Jacob (his father): 

Harry — “How do you know if you’re in love?”

Jacob — “I think it’s different for different people, but the conventional wisdom is that when you’re around the person you’re in love with, you feel happy, more than happy—euphoric. And you want to be around that person all the time. You don’t notice the person’s faults. Some people say their hearts beat faster. They feel jittery. I think you know it when you feel it.”

6. Not obsessed, I swear.
7. I’m thinking of upgrading my Canon IXUS 130 to this vlogging camera that Anna & Jesse use… has anyone else had much experience with a camera that has wifi upload built in to it? Photo backup is my absolute necessity and I like that it can work with Android phones as I have a Samsung S4 4G.
8. NSFW, maybe? NSF people who don’t like reading same sex fiction about Marvel characters… anyway Stony makes me laugh out loud in an “awww-they’re so cute” way.
9. I have it on a good authority that Australia is getting the Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks. Is anyone else excited about the fact that for so long now there hasn’t been INDIFREAKINGVIDUAL eyeshadows able to be purchased and all of a sudden we will?
10. I tried googling “heyclaire filming setup and editing behind the scenes” to no avail. I may buy the microphone she uses just to make myself feel that’ll get me editing like her.
11. My mum gets back tomorrow night from Sydney/SE Queensland, my dad is MEANT to get back on Sunday or Tuesday from Papua New Guinea, my brother has just boarded his place today to go to the States (I only found out yesterday, we’re so close knit guyz), and my sister is in Sydney. I’m going to Sydney, Hunter Valley, and Newcastle in November for two weeks with Adam… but getting a bit of travel envy, I wonder why? *sarcasm*


12. I’m so excited for Avengers 2. To the front left next to Captain America is THOR in civilian clothes! Hawkeye isn’t a mindless zombie under Loki’s command! #fangirl
13. I wish everything online was “sign in with Google” so much easier when my dreaded quarterly password change comes about.
14. I’m feeling a bit excited for the movie Lucy, but feel it echoes that movie that came out with Bradley Cooper in it a while back? As in at first I thought it was a sequel.
15. I signed up for Hop Shop Go this past week and already I’m a lot happier than I was with Ship It To.
16. My two days off are now up, tomorrow starts the six days on portion of my fortnightly roster.
17. Has anyone got any Soundcloud recommendations?

Winter bedside essentials

Come six-degree temps in the kitchen, and three-degrees Celsius in the air outside the bedcovers, is Winter and his merry friends – the heater, the head coverings and the hot water tap!

Aside from avoiding leaky hot water bottles and impulse buying Tanda candles by the bucketload, I turn to more than just a hairy boyfriend to keep me happy at night. Here’s what’s been keeping me hydrated, cosy and snug in bed this cold season…

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