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.   

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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!

DIY 3D Decorations

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The above photo is of my nineteenth birthday party which was themed as a vintage tea party. My very artistically talented aunty taught me how to make these 3D streamer decorations that really helped set the scene. And now I’m going to show you!

ImageFirstly you’ll need some pretty paper of your choice, I decided to go with magazine cut outs. You’ll also need a pair of scissors, some stencils that I printed off from the internet, a texter and a sewing machine.  ImageImageImageStart by tracing the stencil onto the paper, you’ll need even numbers but you can do as many as you want. I did 8 so that meant that there will be 4 shapes on my streamer. The more you have the longer the streamer. And then cut them out.ImageTake the first two of the same shapes and sew them together down the middle so you can fold it down the middle when we’re done.ImageTake another two of the same shape and sew it on to the previous two you sewed together. Continue doing this until you have sewed them all together and it makes one long streamer. ImageFold the shapes in half down the middle so they look 3D and then ‘TADA!’ You have a very quirky, eye catching 3D streamer that will help bring you party, or even just the corner of your bedroom to life!Image

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!

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.