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Life has been hectic. Work here, university there and somewhere in between all that I’ve kept my social life going. Unfortunately some things have suffered, like my blog and my tv watching and my book reading. With all of these crazy things happening lately I’ve really appreciated my down time and taken extra time just to allow myself to relax. For example, I’ve found it really hard to keep up with doing my own nails at least once a week and I’ve been hating how they’ve been looking. This weekend I was working all weekend and didn’t even have time to see Alex (a.k.a the partner) !!! So instead of the money I would’ve been spending on doing fun things with him I invested in some “treat yo self” time and boy was it fun.
One of my friends has been going to this nail salon close to me for years and they always look fantastic so I finally decided to go and get them done. I’ve had gel done before but never acrylic, people have always told me that they ruin your nails, but after the damage I experienced through press-on nails and gel, I though how much more damage could they be? Also I’ve heard that if you go to the right place your nails will be fine, so I made sure that I went to a good place.
The night before my appointment I was on Pinterest and Instagram just staring at nail pictures trying to decide what to get. I had NO idea. I felt so silly, and when I got to the salon I was just like, “PINK!”.
Envious Nails and Beauty is the name of the salon and I felt very relaxed and taken care of by the ladies there, it wasn’t scary at all (not that I thought it would be). If you’re in Brisbane, Australia, I would say it is definitely a place to check out. Here’s their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EnviousNailsBeauty?fref=ts.
I can’t wait to rebook and go back, still have no idea what to get but I’m sure I’ll know in the moment.
Some of you may know and some may not, but I have spent the most part of the last month overseas in the states. My family and I left on Christmas morning and preceded to spend the following 35ish hours traveling to Orlando, Florida. During that time we endured LAX on Christmas morning, which was an incredibly frustrating experience, 10/10 would not recommend. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the entire trip because we’d be here forever.
We started at Universal Studios, which is home to Harry Potter World and it was spectacular to say the least, every detail was on point. The weather was crazy with 100% humidity and 30 degree weather in their so called winter. After 3 days of Universal fun including the Simpsons, minions and many more fun themed attractions, we moved over to Walt Disney World for an intense 6 day experience unlike any other. Walking into Magic Kingdom overwhelmed me with so much emotion and I practically cried from happiness. Even though we went during their busiest time of the year, both myself and the rest of my family enjoyed our time there thoroughly.
After conquering a week and half of straight theme parks, we all needed a break so what was the answer? Yes. Shopping was the answer. We hit most of the outlets in Orlando and Ft Lauderdale and boy did I get some deals. I also visited an Ulta and was so goddamn happy I could’ve spent every cent I had in there. (thank god I didn’t) My makeup and skincare collection expanded quite a lot and I can’t wait to try everything out and share it with you guys. We drove from Orlando to Ft Lauderdale which was quite honestly one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever experienced. I mean driving on the opposite side of the road was enough but add on that the others on the road weren’t the greatest of drivers, we were definitely in for quite a thrill. It’s okay though because the rest of our trip was all about resting and recovering.
Above is the only picture I snapped while in Aruba, because I was so damned relaxed I couldn’t fuss around with taking a million pictures. We all got to this beautiful island by hopping onto the Royal Princess and embarking on a 10 day Caribbean adventure. I had so much fun, other than I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail since the drinking age was still 21 on the cruise, but once I got to the islands I enjoyed many a pina colada on the beach. The experience was amazing and I was so relaxed before I had to trek all around the world to get back home.
Heading back to Australia took 40+ hours to get home since we had an 8hr layover at LAX. By the time we all found our way back to our house, we all collapsed and slept for the next day or two. Overall the holiday was amazing and I hope I get the chance to go back there again.
First off, I’m 5’11” and quite awkward when it comes to my height and have been avoiding wearing anything that has even the slightest heel for my entire and recently I decided to defy all notions and wear heels and embrace being incredibly tall.
I sort of went a bit of a binge of shoe buying, which something I was completely new to. The white ones of the right were the first pair that I bought and wearing them in was quite painful but after surviving the feet torture, they are now my go to sandals since they are super comfy. They are by a brand called Mr & Mare which I found at the Universal Store.
The other two pairs were bought together on a shoe buying excursion. The middle pair were from ZU and when I tried them on it the store I was convinced that I was gonna love them, but since I’m still in the “wearing them in” stage, I haven’t decided whether they are comfy enough for daily wear. We’ll see though, they have potential.
I’ve always wanted a pair of huge chunky boots and these were super cheap and classy, not to mention comfy as all hell. I’ve worn them out dancing/dinner twice for 6+ hours and the only thing that hurt was my little pinkie toes but other than that I could easily dance and walk even after all that time!!!!
Just gotta say…I LOVE this makeup, I literally threw it together in 30 minutes and it fared wonderfully for a crazy night of dancing and I was so happy with it, but realized once I was taking it off the next morning that I had only taken one photo of it.
The look wasn’t that hard either!!!! I took a classic white and black cut crease and just added a few things, like some greys and a whole lot of glitter and of course, winged eyeliner.
The glitter was a NYX roll-on one and I took a small brush and dabbed it on all around my inner corner.
I found a cell phone photo that wasn’t that bad so I included it.
It’s been awhile again and I’ll initially apologize then get straight into it, since even though I’ve been swamped with life and planning for my upcoming month abroad, I still want to type up what I’ve been loving (or hating). I’m hoping to schedule a few posts that will come up when I’m overseas 😀
When the big hype of micellar waters came about I was personally a little hesitant since they honestly looked like expensive bottles of water. After humming it over in my head and reading all the fabulous reviews of the Bioderma one, I ventured into Priceline to pick some up and found out that a tiny bottle of the stuff was $30 and since I’d never tried this type of product I needed to try a cheaper alternative. One of the staff members suggested the Garnier one and after reading that it removed makeup and was soothing, I was anxious to try it out myself, the fact that it came in a huge bottle was also a big selling point.
As I’m typing this post I’m on my second bottle of the stuff, and there has never been a skincare product I’ve repurchased!!!! I’m not gonna blurt out that this product is some sort of holy grail since it doesn’t particularly do anything extra for my skin, but as a makeup remover/light facial cleanser it totally takes the prize.
I found that Garnier really found a way to remove makeup in the simplest form, and doesn’t have any weird extras like perfume. For example, I had been previously using an Elizabeth Arden makeup remover I got for Christmas and it was alright but left a slimy residue on my face and the smell was a little too much for me and I would also have to use and excess of 3-4 cotton pads just to get everything off. In regards to the Garnier one, I use one saturated cotton pad per half of my face and occasionally I use one extra all over if I was wearing heavy makeup. Side note; I have extremely sensitive eyes due to an incident in middle school and I found that even when this stuff got in my eye (on rare occasions) there would be no irritation.
Personally I would recommend this to everyone’s sister, mother and brother !!!! The makeup remover is strong but the cleanser part of this product is extremely light, but does a decent job to make me feel refreshed even if I’m not taking any makeup off.