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3 Easy Ways To Be A Better You

Self-improvement tips

Let's just start this post off by saying that how you are right now, right this second is perfecto. Too cheesy? You bet, but I don't want this post to come off like I'm a pushy stranger over the internet giving you unwarranted 'life' tips when I don't really have a clue about you or your life. That's why I only publish these kinds of posts when I genuinely think that what I have to say could positively contribute to someone else's life.

Being a 'better' you is a pretty vague statement, agreed? Everyone has their areas they want to improve on (to be honest I could probably improve in every area so no judgement here) but a lot of the world just ignores or avoids the things they need to improve on. So often people make themselves ridiculously busy, just so that they don't have to deal with or even remember the things that stress them or the changes they want to make in their lives. "Too busy" is a beautiful reason to avoid things.

In 2016 I did a crap load lot of reflection and in 2017 I'm all about evolving into the 2.0 version of myself. So based off certain patterns that I've noticed with myself and those around me, here are 3 (relatively) easy ways to be a better version of you.

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Don't water down your beliefs. 

I'm like a seesaw with this one because sometimes I'm great at expressing my own opinions but then there are other times where I feel like for whatever reason, I have to hide how I really feel about something. Maybe it's because I'm worried I'll offend or insult someone, or maybe I'm just in a group of loud, over-bearing people and I'm too intimated to speak up for fear that they'll overpower me and make me feel small. It happened to me a lot in high school and this is something that as I'm getting older frustrates me more and more.

To be more true to yourself and your believes, respect yourself enough to speak up and contribute your opinions to any given situation or conversation. I'm not saying you should become one of the over-bearing people who shout their opinions from the rooftops like they're gospel, but don't feel intimated or embarrassed to talk about whatever it is you believe- your thoughts are just as valid as the next person's. I have to constantly remind myself of this, but you're not doing yourself or anyone else any favours by not sharing your beliefs and opinions- you're just hiding parts of yourself that make you, you.

So of course be mindful of other people's feelings and all that jazz, but don't ever feel too intimated to speak up.

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Realise that your 'truth' is not someone else's. 

I think being able to share your opinions and beliefs is great. The thing is, even if you think you know what the truth about something is and you wholeheartedly believe it, in the end it's actually only your version of the truth, and someone else may feel completely different.

Have you ever noticed that no two people ever end up telling the exact same version of a story? Or have you ever had someone tell you something shocking or nasty and then follow it up with "...but I'm just giving my opinion!" because I sure as hell have and it's extremely off-putting.

Everyone has their own truth, you have yours but that doesn't make it the only truth and if you remember and accept that then I think everything becomes a whole lot easier. Friendships are easier, relationships are easier, talking to people with completely different beliefs becomes easier. Honestly I think everything becomes easier and you become much more of an open-minded person once you realise that your truth is not necessarily someone else's.

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Be empathetic. 

I'm a sensitive person by nature and I'm not saying this in an 'I'm so great' way but I'm naturally very empathetic as well so it's sometimes hard for me to understand how other people aren't like that. Sensitivity and being sensitive in general are qualities that have gotten dragged through the mud over the years but if you're a crier or someone who feels emotions very deeply- that doesn't make you weak or a 'drama queen', it's an aspect of yourself you should feel proud of. 

It's a simple thing and some people like to call it stepping into someone else's shoes but to be a better you, genuinely try and look at situations from other people's points of views before you react. Try to look past human errors, be empathetic and don't get angry or frustrated at someone because whatever they're doing inconveniences, annoys you or doesn't line up with your plans. Most people are genuinely doing the best they can in any given situation and sometimes all one person needs is a little understanding. 

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Do you have any self improvement tips?


The 2017 Beauty Edit

2017 must have beauty and skincare products

When it comes to beauty, I think I'm an all or nothing kind of person. I don't regularly read beauty blogs but if I feel like reading one I'll read twenty posts in a night. I don't regularly buy new makeup or skincare but if I am going to buy new products I'll blow $200 all at once and give my bank balance a heart attack.

Some people love all things beauty 24/7 and even though I don't tend to be like that, I still know a good product when I see one. Maybe it's come with age or maybe it's just because I've gradually scavenged my way through the 52,8437 crappy makeup products out there, but I can definitely tell the difference between a good product and a great one.

I try to write the kinds of posts I would like the read and with beauty I'm always the most interested in finding out what people's all time favourite products are. So if I had to pick my all time favourite beauty products, here are the cream of the crop, the creme de la creme, the pick of the litter...okay I'll stop now.

Hopefully you enjoy!

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (amazing for spots!)
Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturiser

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in 'Moonstone'
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle'
Nars Bronzer in 'Laguna'
Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze and Glow

Burberry Eyeshadow in 'Pale Barley'
LORAC Pro Palette
By Terry 'Bronze Moon' Ombre Blackstar
MAC 'Satin Taupe' Eyeshadow
MAC 'Patina' Eyeshadow
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
The Body Shop Clear Brow Gel

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume Lip Balm
L'Oreal 'Nourishing Nude' Balm
Burberry 'English Rose' Lipstick
MAC 'Patisserie' Lipstick

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Are there any of your favourite beauty products that you think I should pick up?


How To Work Smarter, Not Harder

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You know, for someone who wrote a post all about taking breaks and getting R&R (aka this post), I sure do burn myself out pretty quickly lately. I need to start taking my own advice, I know I know, but it's so much easier to see what you need to change than to actually change it. Take now for example, as I write this post it's currently 12.16am on a Sunday night and all I want to do is crawl into bed but I had some setbacks today (see: most frustrating day ever) and this is the first chance I've had to just sit and write so that's exactly what I'm doing.

Sometimes I feel like I'm a little hamster (bare with me) running on a wheel that never stops spinning and it's like no matter how hard I try I can't actually get an amount of work done that I'm happy with.
It's frustrating to say the least but I know it all comes down to the way I'm working, so I'm making changes.

Working smarter, not harder- that's exactly what I'm doing from now on and here's how:

Make lists and stick to them. 
I'm a flailing fish without my lists. What do I have to do today? Who knows. What time do I have to be at 'x' by? Who knows, so I'll just lay here doing nothing. I'm extremely unproductive when I don't make and stick to a daily list. I literally just make a list of tasks in the 'Notes' app of my phone and I can't tell you how beneficial it is. Lists keep you on track, focused and they streamline your entire day. I'd recommend making your list the night before as well, that way you know what's coming for the day ahead and you'll feel prepared and ready to go.

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Don't overreach. 
If you set yourself 30 tasks to do in the day, you could do what you can and push the rest to the next day but that approach can leave you feeling really deflated. To be more productive, I've found that setting myself a list of just the things that I need to get done in a day works so much better because I can actually finish everything. Doing this makes me feel accomplished and more motivated. Sometimes I'll even start on the next day's tasks and damn, that's a good feeling!

Don't think, just do.
I think I need to make this my life slogan because I could win awards for my procrastination don't think, just do. Don't dwell on how much you don't want to do something or how long it'll take you, just start. Literally just get up right now and go (come back to the post later please) because the faster you start, the faster you're done.

Set time goals.
Go old school and set yourself time goals for achieving tasks (i.e, I'm going to have 'x' done in 1hr), it may sound corny but it does feel pretty satisfying if you beat the clock. It can make you feel a bit like a five year old to 'race against the clock' but hey, I'll take motivation wherever I can find it. Because I'm keeping an eye on the clock I find doing this keeps me from mindlessly wasting time on one task as well.

Don't multi-task. 
Sometimes it seems like a good idea to try and juggle a couple of things at once but if I try and do a few tasks at a time I usually end up half-ass'ing them all and I'll have to re-do them later anyway. It's so much easier to just take things one step at a time and do things properly.

Sort tasks in order of importance. 
There are two kinds of people. The kind who love to get all their smaller tasks out of the way first and then there are those people who just prefer to bite the bullet and tackle the "Oh god no" tasks first and then deal with the little stuff. I switch between both of these but I think it's always smarter to do your most important tasks first because then you don't have to worry about them later.

Limit yourself to one tech at a time. 
I used to do work on my laptop with my phone next to me and then I'd wonder why I wasn't getting anything done. Phones are distraction central and technology in general is addictive. To work smarter, try limiting yourself to using one piece of tech at a time. Less distractions = more productivity.

Take breaks. 
Note to self: it's a myth that you need to work 24/7 and run yourself into the ground to accomplish the things you want in life. Even though I forget this sometimes, I don't accomplish anything when I'm exhausted and everyone is probably the same. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a break to refresh. Sometimes a 10 minute break will do it and sometimes if you're really burnt out take a day to refresh (if you can). Going around in circles while you're exhausted doesn't get you anywhere and chances are that after your break you'll be a hell of a lot more productive.

Do you have any tips for working smarter?


All The Clothes You Need For 2017

the 2017 fashion edit
Oh how I want some of my favourite fashion bloggers to write a post like this...

With each changing season I feel like I never know what to wear. I mean there are clothes in my wardrobe don't get me wrong, but I'll look at them all and just think "meh" and I hate wearing clothes I don't feel comfortable in. Sadly unless I fancy going around naked all day long (which I imagine would be both freeing and chilly...) then I have to just pick an outfit and wear it regardless, even if
I really don't want to.

This is the guide to stop those moments from happening, or at least I hope it is!

So for each season in the year, I've created a little fashion edit that'll give you a run down of all of the staple clothes that I think will easily get you through those "What the hell do I wear?" moments. Obviously everyone's style is different but in my eyes, these are all timeless pieces that can stay in your wardrobe for years to come as well, pieces you can wear again and again. I can almost hear my wallet running away while I type this but... here we go:

(PS, Excuse me while I shop my own blog post)

style pieces for 2017

Camel coat
Turtleneck jumper
Black jeans

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Duster coats
Sweater dresses
Lighter jumpers
Lighter scarves 
Over the knee boots

fashion pieces for 2017
Off the shoulder tops
Light shirts
Denim shorts

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Light trench coat
Light shirts
Blue jeans
Black jeans

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Are there any essentials you'd add to this list?


5 Huge Drawcards To Get Your Blog Noticed

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Do you ever read a lot of different blogs within a day and then realise that they've all sort of meshed together in your mind and you can't really remember each one individually anymore? Not to diss anyone because not everyone's blog is to everyone's taste, but I'm pretty sure when that happens that means you've been reading a lot of unmemorable blogs, and I'm pretty sure bring referred to as 'unmemorable' is a blogger's I right?

The polar opposite of that is when you land on a blog and something just feels right. You start scrolling through their old posts, their photos inspire you and suddenly it's been two hours and you realise you haven't moved from your spot. That feeling is what inspired this post.

I started thinking, what separates an unmemorable blog from a memorable one? What's the difference between a good blog and a great one?

Excellent photography draws people in, it just does, and it's the blogs with brilliant photos that people seem to keep gravitating toward and coming back to. In my humble opinion, captivating photography doesn't mean you have to own an expensive camera or that your photos are 100% crisp or perfectly lit, it just means that your photographs are the kind that either draw people in, show them something different, inspire them or make them genuinely feel something. Interesting photos of a reasonable size that are the best quality you can reach is always a huge drawcard, but different photos in my opinion will really set apart your blog. Anyone can use stock photos and there's nothing wrong with that, but if you want to make your blog memorable, try and push yourself to create photos that are unique and will really grab people and make them stop and want to read your blog.

With great photography comes great responsibility....just kidding, but be mindful of the size of the shots on your blog as well because I think when it comes to blog photos size does matter. No one wants to squint to see the detail in a photo but you also don't really want a picture of someone's forearm take up the entirety of your laptop screen either.

You want people to go to your blog and feel like they could sit there for hours reading your posts. With your layout, your graphics and the size of your images play a huge role but so does your colour scheme, font and font size- in the end it's all about finding something that will draw people in (and looks aesthetically pleasing!). Think about what turns you off from reading someone's blog and try to do the opposite of that. With me for example, I really don't like reading blogs with tiny text and I hate it when I'm reading a post and in the 'ads' section on someone's sidebar there's several ris-kay websites being advertised...

This sort of goes along with having a strong layout, but don't make it hard for people to love your site. The best blog's are easy to read, easy to navigate, nice to look at, exciting to explore, not annoying and all around just user friendly. When I click on a blog for the first time for example, a huge turn off for me is if an obnoxious 'subscribe to my blog/Instagram/email list' ad pops up before I've even had a change to read a single post. Again, do things to your taste but don't make it hard for people to love your site!

I get that some people feel like clickbait titles are the best way to draw people in, but I think they're misleading and a cheap tactic. Clickbait titles annoy most people and turn them off, and there's no way that the best blogs out there are getting their page views by using constant clickbait. Try to create interesting titles that'll still draw people in, but be practical and honest with your titles depending on what you're content is like.

Beautiful photos are great but I think we all know that nothing can cover for crappy or passion-less content. Even though it feels like every idea has already been done a million times, if you give your own voice or opinion to an issue and write about things you actually like and are passionate about then that alone will make your content memorable and set you apart from the pack. Another key factor that great blogs have is they produce posts that have value, as in they help or benefit someone else in some way. Those are the kinds of posts that people save, bookmark, re-read and remember. If you produce enough of those posts, your blog will definitely be memorable.

What do you look for in a blog?


Cleansing Devices- Worth The Hype?

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I think when it comes to skincare we're all after the next best thing. Nothing every really seems to be good enough because let's face it, if we were completely satisfied with our skincare routines then why would we always be on the lookout for new products to try? Well actually, it is pretty fun just in general to try out new products but still, for me personally I always want to find whatever I can that's going to help my skin to look better than it does now.

Cue the cleansing devices. Clarisonics, Sonic systems, Luna devices, Facial brushes- the hype around these kinds of products has always interested me because I had to wonder whether a product would be better at washing my face than I am...

In comes the *FOREO Luna 2, the first cleansing device I'd ever used that showed me a whole new realm of cleansing. So for everyone out there who's a little iffy on the whole 'cleansing devices' trend, here's a breakdown to figure out whether or not these would work for you.

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FOREO Luna 2 review

What is it?
It's a palm-sized pulsating facial brush made from silicone that's used to give your skin a deeper clean than your hands or a muslin cloth are able to.

What does it do?
It removes 99.5% of dirt/oil build up and makeup residue from your face. 99.5% people, that's pretty impressive in my books. Few things make me cringe as much as the thought of perpetually leaving little makeup and dirt remnants on my face (ew) so this really impressed me.

How do you use it?
Well first off, make sure it's charged. Luckily the device comes fully charged which was great for me because I am la-zy and one full charge lasts for months (can I get a hell yes?!). So assuming it's charged, you apply your cleanser, click the centre button once to activate, run it under some water and then in circular motions gently rotate the device around your face to cleanse. A small light flashes at the bottom of the device every 15 seconds to tell you to move it around your face (to prevent over cleansing) but personally I don't spend exactly 15 seconds on one section of my face, I just do what comes natural. There are also 12 different intensities for the pulsations but I just use the intensity that the Luna device was set to when it arrived because it seems to work well for my skin!

PS, it's also 100% waterproof (so you can use it in the shower and you don't have to worry like I did about accidentally electrocuting yourself before I found this out...)

Why should I bother with a cleansing device?
Up straight, I'm a bit of a germaphobe so the thing I love the most about the Luna device is that it's made of silicone. Silicone resists bacteria build up so hygiene-wise this is pretty foolproof. When I found out that the device resists bacteria build up I was thrilled because personally that's always been a worry of mine when it came to using cleansing brushes. I don't want to use a facial cleansing brush that's going to build up bacteria and break me out in future, that seems so counter productive...

Will this work for me?
I was worried this would irritate my skin so I went for the sensitive (lavender) version of the FOREO Luna 2 device and for me, this is quite gentle on my skin. The only time this has slightly irritated my skin is when I've had large active breakouts, so if you deal with regular painful acne breakouts or if you have very sensitive, rash-prone skin then I would be wary. If you don't have any issues with sensitivity then I'd definitely recommend this. There are also variations of the Luna 2 for skin that's combination, normal or oily and there's one for men too. So if you don't think this would work for you, I'd actually really recommend it as a gift for any men in your life because we all know they're probably not washing their faces very I right?

facial devices- worth the hype?Are cleansing devices worth the hype?
Yes and No. If you're happy with your current skincare routine and the state of your skin then buying one of these isn't going to revolutionise your life anytime soon. Saying that, after doing my research and speaking from experience, because this is made from silicone the Luna 2 is one of the most gentle and hygienic cleansing devices on the market so if you're looking to really deep clean your skin and you don't have a lot of issues with sensitivity, definitely try this out.

Where can I buy it?
Click here.

What are your thoughts on cleansing devices?

*The Luna 2 device was sent to me by for review purposes, all opinions are my own and they always will be! There are ZERO affiliate links in this post.

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