Go-To Skincare Goconuts Event

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Last night I attended the Go-To Skincare Goconuts event. Not knowing what to expect my pal Jess and I rocked up to the very glamorous Langham Hotel feeling slightly out of place (as we are use to being poor uni students) but very excited to see what was a head of us for the evening. If you haven’t heard of Go-To Skincare then let me be that friend that you use to have in high school who knew all the latest goss. It’s a brand created by Zoe Foster Blake who was beauty editor for Cosmo Magazine, has written multiple fiction books and even has a beauty book on the market. She has tried and tested a lifetimes worth of products and has created her range to simplify skincare whilst still getting great results. So now that you’re in the loop lets get on to the good stuff! 

When the doors to the Alto room opened we were greet with drinks and the most spectacular view of the CBD you could imagine. As the room began to fill up with other guests, mostly of beautiful girls dressed to the nines, you couldn’t help your eyes from darting around the room and thinking ‘I love those shoes‘ ‘What lipstick is she wearing?‘ ‘How did she get her hair like that?‘.

However when Zoe and her facialist, Brooke took the stage all eyes were on them. Zoe began by introducing the skincare line and then the Q&A was off. Both Brooke and Zoe were so well spoken, relaxed and really funny. It was really enjoyable to watch them speak and better yet it was informative, I almost wish I had taken a pen and paper to take notes. The night ended with peanut butter cupcakes and a photo with Zoe.

On my way out I purchased the Exfoliating Swipies and my goodie bag had the Go-To Lip Balm in it so you can be sure that I will posting a review when I have had a good go at playing with them. Overall it was a really fun night that honestly made me fall in love again with skincare.   

Back on Track

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Well look at who came crawling back! You may have noticed my absences in the pass few months but I’m here to tell you I’m back on track and will be posting more regularly, hopefully two to three times a week.

The past few months I had been feeling rather down and honestly uninspired, every time an idea would come to mind I would shut it down because it wasn’t good enough. I know now that you have to create okay stuff in order to create good stuff and that you have to great good stuff in order to create great stuff.

You may also have noticed my new blog banner and the photo above, I made it myself and it’s the first time I’ve used photo editing software. It’s not perfect but it’s just me attempting to make something okay in hopes that it might one day be great.

See you in the next post!

The University Bag

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So I have made it through the first six weeks of the university semester to the mid-semester break and I thought this would be as good a time as any to post a whats in my university bag post.

To begin with the most important part of a ‘whats in my bag’ post is the bag itself. I splurged on the Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack, I specifically wanted this version of the Herschel backpack because it has an built in laptop sleeve which is probably my favourite feature, along with having a pocket specifically for sunglasses, as they both end up saving you a lot of space. Perviously I have lugged around a leather Fossil tote bag which looked fabulous but was heavy and didn’t fit a lot in it so I’m very satisfied with my decision to go for a tradition backpack.

I try and travel light when I go to university and keep it to the essentials. In the largest section of my back pack there is a laptop sleeve which is where I keep my beloved MacBook Pro. Then in front of the laptop sleeve I keep my notebook from Typo, I like to take only one notebook to university that has four sections. This way I never forget which notebook I have to bring for which class, everything is organised and in the one place.

I also keep a magazine with me, as media junkie I feel like I’m always trying to find time to catch up on my magazine reading so if there is a spear moment between classes I’ll have a flick through. I’m currently reading Frankie which is an Australian mag that comes out every second month. I also keep my American Apparel Beanie in there, even though it is starting to heat up again here in Melbourne the weather can change without a moments notice, also not to mention the my university is pretty much a wind tunnel so it is ace for concealing messy windswept hair.

The final thing I keep in the main compartment is my wallet which is a recent purchase that I am madly in love with. It is made by an Australian brand called Status Anxiety and as soon as I saw it I fell in love, the whole brand in divine. It fits everything I need plus more, it’s not too bulky, it is made out of the nicest leather and is a gorgeous shade of blue that changes colour depending on the light.

In the exterior pockets of my backpack I keep little nicknacks that I wouldn’t bee too concerned if they got stolen. I keep my Sportsgirl sunglasses in the sunglasses pocket at the top of the back pack. Everything else can be found in the front pocket for example mints, whatever lipstick I’m wearing that day, my keys and a couple of pens. Handy hint: ‘forgetting to bring a pen to class’ is a great way to make friends when you borrow one off your peers, hence why I don’t carry a pencil case around.

What do you take to uni? Do you prefer the tradition backpack or the more trendy tote bag? Let me know in the comments!

New Ombre Hair, New Ombre Care

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It’s been a number of weeks since my one of my best friends Erin, who is also a hairdresser ombred my hair. On a side note, it’s great having friends in all the right places, mates rates are the bomb!

As I’m getting into the swing of being a blonde, or at least a half blonde there have been some product that have been a life saver when battling the bleached dried ends.

  •  Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo- This purple shampoo keeps away the brassie blonde tones. I use it roughly once a week, sometimes more and sometimes less. It’s so affordable that I don’t think I could ever justify upgrading to a high end purple shampoo.
  • Toni and Guy Dry Shampoo- I have to admit that I was a serial hair washer before I dyed my hair couldn’t go a day without washing it. Now I try and wash it every other day, it can sometimes even go three days without wash! On those days in between I use the Toni and Guy Dry shampoo, it smells lovely, doesn’t leave my roots looking grey and gives me the confidence to run my fingers through my hair.
  • Toni and Guy Reconstruction Mask- When I get the chance, roughly around once as week I like to use this mask, I can’t remember how long they recommend you leave it in your hair but I usually leave it on for twenty minuets to half an hour, I figure its not doing me any harm and I get time to chuck on a face mask as the same time for double pampering. When I rinse the Reconstruction Mask out I feel as if someone should put me in a hair advertisement  because my hair looks and feels like silk, it’s amazing!
  • Toni and Guy Leave in Conditioner- Before I blow dry my hair I put a small blob of leave in conditioner and run it through my ends, I can’t say is a miracle product but it is nice and just gives my hair a little bit more nourishment.
  • Lee Stafford Nourishing Miracle Oil- This hair oil/serum to begin with smells absolutely divine, I wish they made perfume out of this stuff but it gets even better as it makes me hair looks and feel silky and slick without weighing the hair down. The product claims to have argan oil in it that I sure is helping heal my dead ends however I’m not 100% fooled as the first two ingredients listed are silicones. Nevertheless I love the way it feels.
  • VO5 Instant Oomph Powder- This is an amazing styling product, it really gives the hair lift and can completely transform your hair but be warned that it will make you hair incredibly knotty and feel as dirty as not washing it for months. I use this product on night out because it really does the job but the way it makes my hair feel means that it wont be making it into my daily routine. 

What do you think of the ombre hair trend?

P.S. Big thanks to my mumma bear for taking the lovely photos of me, you’re the best!

I Don’t Think You’re Ready For These Jellys

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We’re halfway through Autumn here in Melbourne and every time there’s a sunny, warm day I like to treat it as if it’s the last one we’ll see until spring. It’s a great excuse to pull out my see-through, pink Jellybean sandals. Perhaps you remember shoes like these from your childhood, well they’re back and an awesome way to make summery statement even as the temperature begins to cool down. How could shoes like this not make you smile? I feel like a big (and very trendy) kid when I wear them. Jellys come in a bunch of different colours, they’re Australian owned and are so much fun they make me feel as if I should be skipping down the street instead of walking, what’s not to love?

The Finders Keepers Market – Melbourne

ImageImageImageImageToday I had the absolute pleasure of going to The Finders Keepers Market. As I have mentioned before I love to support local businesses and this is definitely the mother of all independent art and design markets attracting designers from all over Australia.

Camera and Myki in hand, my mum and I caught the train into the city early this morning to arrive at The Royal Melbourne Exhibition Building where the market was held. This beautiful old building is surrounded by the most glorious gardens and on this sunny autumn day it was a real treat to stroll through them before going inside.

After dropping a gold coin donation in a box we wondered around the stalls in utter awe of the creativity and innovation that surrounded us. There was one of a kind jewellery, records turned into notebooks, vintage suitcases turned into speakers and enough quirky hand made items to redecorate your entire house!

This year being the third year that I’ve attended the event I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes something slightly out of the ordinary. If you missed out this time never fear as The Finders Keepers market is a bi-anual event and will return to Melbourne in October so keep an eye on their website for dates. Until then, let me know who your favourite independent designer is!

Autumn Staples

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It’s almost the end of March and Autumn has well and truly left it’s mark with warm days and cool nights. How is anyone suppose to dress for that?! Well, I’ve definitely embraced a dark smokey eye for the colder months and these boots by Betts are the perfect blend of trendy and comfortable that allow me to trek around my university campus whilst feeling pretty fly, if I do say so myself. What have been your ‘can’t live without’ looks for this season?

Bellabox – March

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I was very excited to receive my first Bellabox, I have always loved the idea of these monthly bundles of joy but never got around to picking one and signing up.

I chose Bellabox because they’re a Melbourne based company, they do however ship nationwide, don’t you worry. I feel very strongly about supporting local companies especially when it’s an industry you dream to work in one day. The service was super speedy, their packaging was delightful and their information card was playful and quirky, I really can’t say one negative comment on my experience with Bellabox so far.

 In my box I received:

  • The Ocean Essence Summer Breeze Shower Gel, which I am yet to try but it looks like it has potential to be great.
  • The Designer Brands Lip Pencil in Nude, I’ve swatched this little guy and the colour looks lovely as does the formulation.
  • The Suigo Ultimate Control Shampoo and Conditioner which I used earlier this afternoon, it smells amazing and I think is something that will help me get out of my hair rut.
  • The Clinique High Impact Lipstick in the shade Extreme Pink. This was very exciting to find in my box as I’m very familiar with Clinique, this will be the first lip product that I’ve had from them and it definitely lives up to expectations especially with SPF 15.
  • And finally the little bonus gift was the Swisse Active Energy Bar, I had the flavour Chocolate and Coconut, unfortunately I’m not crazy about coconut so hopefully my brother will enjoy that one.

I plan on subscribing to Bellabox for a long time not only to support something home grown but because I genuinely had a great experience with them and will be recommending them to all of my girlfriends as positively as I am to you, my readers.

Do subscription beauty boxes excite you as much as me? Let me know in the comments!

Topshop Highlighter

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Topshop highlighter in Crescent Moon, otherwise known as my holly grail has been one of the best beauty buys for me in the last six months.

For years I had lusted after the MAC mineralised skin finishes but could never justify the price when I could get similar results with a shimmery eye shadow. Six months ago I found myself in Topshop swatching the lipsticks when this little beauty caught my eye and there was no way I could leave the store without it, costing only $19 it was meant to be.

I find that the shade Crescent Moon is sublet and you’re not left with chunks of glitter, like a disco ball on your cheeks, just a healthy glow. I will admit that I had to give the packaging a bit of a scrub before taking these pictures as grubby fingers covered in leftover foundation mark like a b*tch. That aside it’s cute and is the ultimate cheek product that I sorely miss when I leave the house without putting it on.

In the above pictures you can see the product taken with flash in the third one and without flash in the fourth. Not a disco ball insight if you ask me. What do you think?

The Birth of an Amateur Photographer

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It’s been nearly a week since received my very first Digital SLR camera. I can’t say there has been any masterpieces just yet but I’m definitely picking up a few skills here and there as I’ve gone a long.

My camera is the Canon EOS 600D and has an 18-55mm lens, all pretty standard really. I justified the splurge by saying ‘it would really benefit my university assignments’ and ‘I’ll need good quality pictures of when I’m overseas’. And so without a second thought and a quick tap of the finger tips against the keyboard I found myself a pretty good deal on eBay.

As of yet I haven’t had much to take photos of hence my kitten Jazz and my dog Lucy were the perfect models to practice on.