Thursday, 22 September 2011

Rewards

I need something to look forward to, so that I keep motivated. I was looking at the website for running bare and they have the cutest shorts for the gym ( which I also need, running low on shorts). So at the end of the 5 week period that I set myself, if I have achieved my goals I will get these shorts.


wish me luck!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

music





I'm going through my itunes at the moment, trying to find good workout music. I find that having awesome workout music is really important as I tend to keep in time with the beat and it also keeps me interested and having fun:)



Any suggestions on music that motivates you and  increases your pace at the gym? 


all images from google images or weheartit.com

Thursday, 8 September 2011

quitting sugar

there is a book out at the moment, which i haven't personally read (yet!) but my housemate goes on about it called 'sweet poison: why sugar makes us fat' by David Gillespie. My interest was piqued when I was watching an interview with him where he states that fructose is essentially not recognised by the body and is directly converted to fat, and does not encourage satiation. Suprisingly this makes sense to me and unfortunately I agree with it. I say unfortunately because I am a sugarholic. David Gillespie asserts that sugar is addictive and he likens giving up sugar to giving up smoking. Although I'm sure its even harder as sugar is everywhere, in everything and somethings that it is in would surprise you.
my mission this week is to see if I can borrow his books from my local library and read them this weekend. I'm also going to start making meal plans which include healthy, nutritious food with lots of protein and low sugar content.
David Gillespie's website http://www.howmuchsugar.com/
and another website about an Australian journalist/blogger who is quitting sugar and also conducted an interview with David Gillespie, which sparked my interest http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/category/i-quit-sugar/
hope everyone has a good weekend. I suspect mine will be filled with reading books and cookbooks:) and maybe doing my tax. eep!

ps I would have put a picture of something yummy and filled with sugar to illustrate my point, but I find that those sort of pictures just make me crave the sugar, which isn't really fair is it?

photo

so this is a photo of me when i was overseas, which i absolutely hate because it looks like i have a tire around my belly and what has really encouraged me to give this losing weight thing a go. I really don't like this photo, but I'm going to use it to motivate me to get fitter, healthier and lose some weight.

am going home to my parents place tomorrow, and mum is always trying to eat healthy, and has no yummy food in the house so I should be able to eat healthy for the next three days. I may even take home some of my healthy cookbooks and show her a thing or two:)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

exercise




1. what is your favourite way to stay in shape? 
hiking outdoors. theres a great place not far from where I lived called the 1000 steps, its in the Dandenongs, and is very beautiful

2. what is your least favourite way to stay in shape? 
running, but thats because I get tired really fast and get stitches. But I'm determined to beat it, I'm doing to couch to 5k program.

3. whats your favorite fruit? 
Berries, soo good!

4. whats you favorite veggie? 
probably mashed potatoes, or peas

5. whats your guilty pleasure?  
anything sweet, I'm trying to curb my sweet tooth, but it's really hard

6. Do you prefer working out with someone or alone? 
I mostly work out alone, then I can go at my own pace


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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

catchup

hey, sorry I haven't posted in AGES!! I recently went overseas and had a wonderful time, and am desperate to go back.
I actually have a secret. well its not much of a secret, because as my blog title is 'a lazy girls guide to beauty' you can probably guess that I'm quite lazy when it comes to beauty. I would prefer to prevent problems than wear makeup to cover them. most of the time that works pretty well for me, I hardly ever wear makeup. So for a couple of months I was writing about makeup, lotions and potions, and then I got bored. so i've decided that instead I will use this blog as my weight loss blog instead, which is kind of related as I believe that having a nice figure is part of being pretty. although, i'm going to attempt to not be lazy about it:)
they say that diet makes up 80% of weight loss and exercise makes up 20%. I have the exercise bit down pat, no problems there, but I find it so hard to eat properly, I get cravings that I give into and I have a terrible sweet-tooth.
Studies have also shown that having people hold you accountable is a great weight loss motivator, so I thought I would give this a go. Plus it is spring here and that means Summer is on its way (YAY)!! and I want to look good for summer.
This blog will mainly be about what I am eating and how I have prepared it with photos, and regular (hopefully) updates:)

Thursday, 16 June 2011

the doggy jacket pattern book



I forgot to add these photos to Lily's post. The knitting book that I got the pattern from, and there is also the option to knit a matching cardigan! think I might hold off on that:)



my little (but essential) knitting basket

I think my brother wants to burn this:)

matching!!

sweet tips for lips

Its winter in Australia at the moment, and I am absolutely miserable. I hate winter, as previously mentioned in a post, and so do my lips. My lips have cracked the $hits and are chapped and cracked. Last night I thought I'd better do something about it, so I gently massaged my LUSH bubblegum lipscrub into my lips for about a minute. It taste so delicious licking it off, I have a sugar tooth, so any excuse to put sugar in my mouth:) I read on primped that putting honey on your lips for ten minutes would not only delicious but also hydrating (it was also sticky, as I think I put too much on and some of it dripped off my lips and onto my top). I'm not sure if I actually managed to keep it on for ten minutes because all I wanted to do was lick it off, but I got the desired results, my lips were very appreciative of the extra hydration. To finish it off, I put on my trusty nivea hydro care lipbalm. I swear I have about 5 nivea lipbalms just floating around, I love them, they always look after my lips.
And now my lips are very smooth and soft and much nicer:)
Do you like the honey tip?
what is your favourite lipbalm?
did you like Lily's jacket in the previous post?

nice weekend

I was at my parents for the weekend. It was so nice, I spent the whole weekend just relaxing and hanging out with Lily and my family. And I finished off knitting Lily's jacket. 






Wednesday, 8 June 2011

do you lilac it?




I have a thing about purple. if you saw me on the street, you would probably be able to guess that my favourite colour is purple. At any given time I will probably be wearing 3 items that are purple.

my purple beauty stash:

even my toilet paper is purple


my makeup bag


my toes

some sweet purple dreams

my purple lust list
urban decay 'bride'
tweezerman

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

amazing face

can't wait for this book to come out, Zoe Foster is one of my favourite authors and is also the editor at my favourite beauty site, Primped.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

macadamia natural oil



I recently had a hair mask (macadamia healing oil treatment and deep repair masque) which reminded me of 3 things.
  1. I should do a review on this because it is fantastic
  2. I need to order some more online because I’m almost out, and 
  3. I should have hair masks more often because my hair feels amazing afterwards.
My brother was patting my hair the other day because it was so soft, I think he was a bit jealous. I might have to lend him some when we go home to our parents place for the long weekend, so he too can have silky soft hair.
And if I lend it to him, I will also have to let my sister-in-law (SIL) use some too, and then I would definitely run out, so I really should order some more ASAP. I love strawberrynet.com, I was looking at this in the store and it was so much more expensive. God bless free shipping and cheap prices.
Onto the review and away from my random ramblings.
they say: (http://www.macadamiahair.com/)
“Our Deep Repair Masque is a hair reconstructor that will penetrate and rebuild damaged hair for improved shine and elasticity.
  • combines Macadamia & Argan oils with Tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extract
  • deep nourishment & long-lasting conditioning
  • ultra-conditioning hair reconstruction
Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is a revitalizing hair reconstructor for dry, damaged hair. A combination of macadamia oil and argan oil along with tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extracts rejuvenate and rebuild the hair, leaving the hair deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with long-lasting conditioning benefits.
Our Healing Oil Treatment is a therapeutic oil perfect for all hair types and is especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair.
  • intense nourishment for tangle & frizz free hair
  • hair that is ultra-smooth, manageable & shiny
  • natural UV protection extends the life of color treatments
  • reduced drying time by an amazing 40-50%
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment is a therapeutic oil perfect for all hair types and is especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair. The Healing Oil Treatment is instantly absorbed, weightlessly infusing the hair with moisture and nutrients for silky smooth, healthy looking hair while providing natural UV protection from photo and sun damage. Dry, brittle hair is miraculously rejuvenated with increased shine and control.”
I say...”Ditto” that is all. No not really what kind of review would it be if I didn’t add my own thoughts about these two products. They are the bees knees. I used this the other day and ever since I have become so vain about my hair. I’m always playing with it, and tossing it over my shoulder and just in general advertising how nice my hair is. It is less frizzy, is not tangled, it is incredibly soft and manageable. My only complaint is that hair pins fall out, because my hair is so silky, and I have to twist my hair ties around my hair an extra time so that my hair doesn’t fall out. My hair looks and feels so much more healthy, it looks very shiny and lustrous. I’m in love with this stuff.
How I use it: I shampoo my hair first and then towel dry it. I actually use quite a lot in my hair, because I have a lot of it, and I want to make sure that every last strand gets coated with this goodness in a jar. I get a small scoop of the mask, and I pump a single pump of the oil into my hand. I mix it together and then rub that though one section of my hair. I usually divide my hair and do one side, then the other, than put some into the roots of my hair, so I probably use 4 scoops of the stuff. I leave it in overnight to make sure that I am getting the most out of the masque and oil. I pop on my super cool shower cap and have a towel on my pillow so it doesn’t get dirty and get some beauty sleep. In the morning I just shampoo and condition as normal and then put some of the oil through the ends of my hair and use a heat protectant and blow dry it.
This mask is fantastic. It is my favourite go-to hair mask, and it always makes my hair look and feel amazing. I can not recommend this enough. If you live in Australia and have to put up with the crazy prices, buy it online on strawberrynet, they have free shipping and it is so much cheaper. 
what is your favourite hair masks?
have you used the rest of the macadamia natural oil range?
Do you become incredibly vain after using the mask?

Saturday, 4 June 2011

gossip girl!

I was going to do a post on my favourite hair mask and treatment today, but i discovered that the latest 3 episodes of gossip girl are finally available to download from itunes. It took them ages and I have literally been checking itunes everyday for weeks! So I'm going to watch them and do a post about my hair later

Sunday, 29 May 2011

100 things that make me happy part 5

41) cake batter



42) facials



43) cookie cakes



44) you-tube videos of cats doing cute things (seriously adorable)


45) home cooked roast




46) doing a good deed



47) playing practical jokes on my brother




48) going to the theatre



49) sliding down the bannister




50) getting into a bed made with freshly washed sheets


google images

Saturday, 28 May 2011

naturally beautiful

some great beauty tips that you can find in your cupboard
click here
on similiar note I am sitting in bed waiting for the clag glue on my chin to dry so I can peel it off and see if it is a good alternative for the Biore blackhead strips. I never realised how good clag glue smells! no wonder people sniff it. I am also planning on putting egg white on my face and seeing how that works too. Must try and avoid salmonella poisoning though. no licking lips!

EDIT: scrap the glue in chin idea, it didn't work, it just left a sticky mess. Onto the eggwhite idea:)

Friday, 27 May 2011

day off

yipee its my day off today!! I am so blissfully happy. I slept in until about 8 this morning until my housemate woke me up as she was coming home after night shift. She is sleeping at the moment so I have decided that she is the perfect excuse for me to stay in bed today as I don't to wake her up by causing a ruckus with cleaning. I think I am being very considerate actually. So after I write a million blogposts, I think I might catch up on a bit of reading and have a nap and finish knitting the doggy jacket I am making for Lily. Its pretty cute and Lily needs a bit of extra comfort at the moment because it is quite miserable and rainy at the moment.
On a different note, my travel plans have changed. I have decided to scrap the US travel plans in favour of the UK, France and maybe Italy. I have always wanted to go to England and France and to be honest the main reason why I wanted to go to US is for the shopping. Which is a bit shallow, but true. And anyways I'm sure I will be doing a bit of shopping in England anyway. My sister in law (SIL for short) is from the England and I am already compiling a list of things that she wants me to buy for her, and she also has recommended a huge list of things that I should get for myself also. I think I might have to make an OS lust list:) My SIL is a travel agent and has travelled Europe extensively and she was telling me that I should go to Italy as it is so beautiful there so I think if I have the time I will definitely go there.
Better start learning to French and Italian!

what is your OS lust list?

any special places is UK, France and Italy that you would recommend?

the hair that inspires us.

I found this article via hair romance in the sydney morning herald. The article lists the hairstyles and the actors that are influential over our hairstyle choices. Hairstyles such as the 'pob' ( Posh's bob), the pixie cut and oddly enough the buzz cut that was styled by Sinead O'Connor and replicated by Demi Moore in GI Jane and Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta. The article lists Audrey Hepburn's updo in Breakfast at Tiffanys as the main influential hairstyle and Ariel's hairstyle in the Little Mermaid even got a mention. I have to say the most influential style for me when I was younger was 'The Rachel.' I can remember quite clearly asking my hairdresser for the 'Rachel haircut' I thought I was the shiz. Its quite funny because I am watching Friends at the moment and I remember when I got the haircut, thinking I was so cool, and really I'm not sure the haircut really suited my unruly and wavy hair. So now my hair inspiration is more modelled on 'the Kate'. 

Check out the article here

What/who are your hair inspirations?
(photos from google images)

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

tag


I saw this tag on Nicola's blog, and thought it looked fun:

Age: 25
Bed Size: Queen, although most of my bed is taken up with my junk, I’m so messy!
Chore you Hate: Vaccuming, hate dragging around the heavy thing. I want to get a robot vaccuum cleaner
Dogs: Lily!! she lives with my parents, but she is soo cute. I love her. she always is so excited to see me when I come home:)
Essential start of your day: Shower and breakfast
Favourite Colour: Purple. I have so much purple stuff, its crazy
Gold or Silver: Silver.
Height: 5”4. It kind of sucks because I am the shortest in my family.
Instruments I play: None
Job Title:Theatre Nurse
Kids: Yes, a couple, I reckon my dad would make a great grandad
Live: Arctic Melbourne
Mum's name: Mummy
Nickname: Katie, Kate, Smiley, Muffin, How...
Pet Peeve: people who talk incessantly, sniffing, invasion of personal space... I’m sure there are more, but I just can’t think of them
Quote from a movie: Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop. (some like it hot) 
Right or left handed: Right
Siblings: Sister and brother. I never get to see my sister though which is a bummer, but my brother doesn’t live far so I get to see him once a week.
Time you wake up: Far too early, usually about 5.30am
Underwear: definitley.
Vegetables you dislike: Pumpkin, I absolutely hate it, mum used to make me eat it, but since I moved away, I never eat it.
What makes you run late: Getting distracted or sleeping in.
X-rays you've had done: only a couple, but I am quite often in theatre when we xray someone. Those lead gowns are so heavy!!
Yummy food you make: Chocolate cake. I have the most amazing, yummiest recipe, soooo good!
Zoo animal: Lions

Question...does anyone have a robot vacuum cleaner? I want one so badly, but I'm not sure if they are any good. I saw a robot lawnmower a while back, that was soo cool!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

update

sorry i haven't been blogging much lately, I have been soo busy. I keep on doing overtime at work because the are so busy and I just can't say no. And I need the money. I have already done 6 hours overtime this week. I have also started going back to the gym, which I am already feeling the benefits of this. Although my muscles are a bit sore at the moment. I've discovered that going to the gym and then having a shower is good, because I am so warm after the gym that I don't spend ages in the shower, and I don't get cold drying off. So hopefully that will help with the eczema. (do you know how hard it is for me to spell eczema? I have to google it every time). Anyways hopefully my life will settle down a bit soon, so I can get back to blogging, its good to connect with you guys, and I love hearing from you:)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Winter Woes



Its so cold here at the moment, I was absolutely freezing the other da it was so cold I was wearing gloves! The wind was arctic and it has been snowing on the mountains. Due to the days getting shorter and it being colder I’m not going to be getting my vitamin D levels and will probably also get SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
I had SAD last year, I discovered it when I was studying one of my text books (I did a post grad certificate last year), and it had a checklist of questions which were symptoms of SAD. I was really worried at the time because I was feeling bad about stuffing my face all the time, and just feeling very unmotivated and lacking in energy.
Some of the unfortunate symptoms of SAD are overeating (leading to weight gain...eek!), lack of energy, depression and difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. Light therapy, medications and taking melatonin under medical supervision are all recommended but that means going to see a doctor, which means we would have to summon up the energy to make an appointment and go.
When I got it last year, I felt relieved that there was a reason why I was feeling the way I was. I think it is always good to knowledge about what is happening to your body so you can effectively combat it. Last year on occasion when the sun was actually making an appearance and it wasn’t raining I would make the decision to go outside for my lunch when at work, and also on the weekends I would try to sit outside for atleast half and hour, with as much of my skin exposed as possible, even though it was rather cold at the time. It felt really nice being out in the sun. 

I also decided that I should change my eating habits. I decided that if I was going to eat a lot of food, it might as well be packed with nutrients and proteins and that it should be as healthy as possible. I got a lot of healthy cookbooks and started making lots of warming meals that could be frozen so that I could stockpile them. Because it was winter I think that I am more susceptible to the lurgies (germs, colds and flu’s etc) and eating healthy is a good way to improve your immune systems functioning.



Going to the gym for me is such a mood enhancer. Last winter I used to get out of bed every morning at 5.30, quickly have a shower, breakfast and get ready, then jump on a train to work and I would go to the gym for an hour every morning (the gym is one of the perks of working at my hospital, so cheap and convenient). I find that if I’ve had a rough day at work, and I’m tired and cranky, and have to force myself to go to the gym, its usually then that I really need to go to the gym. I find that after a good training session I feel so energised and happy, I will be bouncing off the walls. When we were kids mum always used to tell us to go for a walk or run around, play with the dog if we complained we were cold (or we could start the fire). This is because exercising increases blood flow around the body and also uses energy which warms us up.


I think winter is also a good time to make sure that you pamper yourself. There is nothing that I like better than hopping into a nice warm bath after being out in the  freezing cold. It is the best feeling ever! My skin always reacts badly to winter (dry spots and other spots), and so I try take make sure that I was switch up my routine and start using a nourishing and hydrating heavy moisturiser and I will start using a creamy face wash, as harsh face washes just exacerbate the skin and make it drier. This year I have decided to also make sure that I really pamper my skin and keep on top of my skin routine and have masks and other treatments. A hydrating serum such as blooms rosehip oil (I love this stuff it is my go-to serum) also helps combat the effects of winter. Using brightening moisturiser also makes your skin look less weary from winter’s harsh effects.

I think that in winter it is important to make sure that you make an extra effort to look after yourself and just take extra time for yourself.  Or go on a holiday overseas, somewhere where it is hot and skip winter altogether:)
do you have any good tips for alleviating the winter blues?
pictures from weheartit.com

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

in the market



I've decided that I want to get a curling wand because I am crap at curling my hair with my GHD. Any suggestions? It has to be available in Australia. Will definitely do a before and after and a review on the one I get if you guys want it. I was actually going to curl my hair for my brothers wedding but I didn't have the time or confidence to pull it off.
I also want to get a new facial moisturiser. I recently brought  the palmers night renewal cream, which I have to say I do not like. I read heaps of good reviews, so I'm sure that other people like it, but I just found that it felt more like a gel moisturiser rather than a creamy moisturiser. It made my skin feel sort of tight and sticky. And it smells funny. So I definitely need a new moisturiser, let me know which is your favourite.
My mascara collection is coming up for expiration, and I am still on the hunt for the ultimate mascara. I absolutely love my Rimmels Lash Accelerator, and I will definitely be repurchasing, but that is my daily mascara, I need a special occasion mascara. I love mascara that doesn't clump and lengthens my lashes.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, and I promise I will do reviews on all of them.

trainmakeup



So I’ve recently moved and as a result am taking a 40 minute train ride into work everyday. 
Here are some interesting observations regarding the application of makeup.
  1. Plucking your eyebrows on the train is a perfectly acceptable activity to utilise a 20 minute train ride
  2. Always have a mirror handy, guesswork is a big no-no. Preferably ask the person sitting across from you to hold it so you can be ‘handsfree’
  3. Time your mascara swipes to the jolting of the train or wait until you have pulled in at a station.
  4. Try and have a neat bag or a separate section for all your makeup. Digging through your bag for ten minutes hunting for that pesky concealer is annoying.
  5. Watch out for those crazy faces you pull. eg. mascara face includes mouth hanging open with an intense look of concentration.
  6. Keep your makeup simple unless you are a pro or have a very long train ride
  7. That person who is sitting across from you who may or may not be holding your mirror is finding your impromptu makeup tutorial very educational:)
Do you think that plucking your eyebrows on a train is as disgusting as picking your nose or cutting your fingernails?
Have you ever tried to apply your makeup on a train? I find that writing legibly is difficult enough.

Monday, 16 May 2011

my favourite blogger's giveaway

My favourite blogger of all time Me, my best and I has reached 50 followers!! to celebrate she is having an amazing giveaway that I think everyone would love to get the paws on.

You should definitely check out Julie's blog, this is my favouritest blogs, I reckon I check it pretty much everyday and I am always lusting after the products she recommends.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

notw (nail of the weekend)

I found an awesome tip for avoiding getting nailpolish all over my cuticles. I was reading Isha's blog about uses for vaseline (click here) and she recommended that you put vaseline around your nails before putting nailpolish on and the after it is dried, gently rub off the excess. Taadaaa!
I know everyone wears dark nailpolish when the months turn cold, but I don't really like dark nailpolish that much. The bright pink nailpolish cheers me up when its cold. Since I'm not allowed to wear nailpolish at work I decided that as a special treat I should give myself a manicure and paint my nails in crazy colours every weekend.

Revlon's Plum Seduction 917

Friday, 13 May 2011

forever young


The funniest thing happened to me today (it was actually last night, but blogspot went down)! I was enthralled in reading my new book on the train, the Carrie diaries summer and the city by Candice Bushnell, and I accidentally missed my stop. Totally didn’t realise it. I thought we were a good 15 minutes from my stop. So I got of the train and walked to the other side so that I could get a train back, which luckily I only had to wait 4 minutes for. 
So I get on the train and notice a total bogan staring at me. Of course he initiated conversation and his second question was to ask me how old I was. “25” I replied he seemed quite surprised so I asked him how old he thought I was. He gave a very diplomatic answer saying that he thought that I looked very young but also acted mature so he wasn’t sure. So I asked him how old he was...17!!!!! I got hit on by a SEVENTEEN year old! a teenager. Someone who is 8 years younger than me. I was 8 when he was born! Since I was taking an interest in his age he decided to try his luck and continued to talk to me, but I pretended that I was sending a message (I was, to my brother telling him a 17 year old had just tried to pick me up). And he was ugly and missing teeth and boganese seemed to be his native language. Plus he was on his way to getting drunk. My last record was 4 years and that was when I was 20, he was 16. I don’t understand why they persist after they realise how old I am. I feel like saying to them, ‘ OK you can stop now KIDDO’.
Anyway on that note I thought I should share with you some of my secrets to staying young
  1. Don’t wear heavy or tarty makeup. Makes you look like an old tart. You will probably get chatted up, but only because they think you are an easy target. 
  2. Don’t smoke. it gives you wrinkles and is an expensive and unattractive habit. My sister told me she would beat me up if she ever caught me smoking. And you will get a ‘cat’s bum’ mouth (if you don’t understand what I mean, next time you see a cat have a look at it’s bum) from pursing your lips.
  3. Don’t drink. Also gives you wrinkles. And loads your body up with unnecessary toxins. Once in a blue moon is OK though. A girls got to have her fun.
  4. Get lots of sleep. ‘It’s not called beauty sleep for nothin’ I love my sleep and nanna naps. Nanna naps are what keeps me young. Ironic, non?
  5. Eat healthy and drink lots of water. People keep on telling me this and I’m sure they are correct. And maybe sometime soon in the future I will actually start eating properly and drink lots of water. Although having my special tumbler from glitzy glam has improved my H2O intake. Because its so cute, I take it everywhere. 
  6. Moisturise and take care of your skin!! My old housemate saw a picture of me and my sister and asked if that was my mum. Sadly I have to agree with her, she is starting to look a bit old, not exactly 31 years older than me, but her skin is neglected. I think she just washes her face with soap, and only moisturises when she can be bothered.
  7. Wear SPF, don’t get sunburnt and don’t tan. One of my old teachers had skin like a leather handbag. Bout the same colour, and definitely the same texture. It prematurely ages you, and can cause other problems like skin cancer. I know I’m a theatre nurse. We excise a lot of skin cancers.

Stylish Blogger Award


Aww I just got awarded the stylish blogger award!! So sweet! I love these awards as it is encouraging to know that people enjoy reading my blog and I love reading about who else was awarded the blog, I have found many new blogs that I enjoy reading which I probably wouldn’t have found if it wasn’t for the awards. 
I love reading your blogs, I could spend hours everyday reading your blogs, they are so interesting and fun to read. I am glad that you guys were awarded the stylish blogger award also, because you are very deserving of it, and I hope it made you feel very encouraged and happy because of it.
Stylish Blogger award rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who sent the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award recently discovered bloggers

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award
 In keeping with the guidelines...
  1. I’m am a very messy person, my room is a mess (not to be confused with dirty) but the funny thing is the rest of the house is spotless and I spend a lot of time ensuring that it is kept that way.
  2. I love sliding down bannisters. I used to always slide down the bannister at spotlight when I was a kid and whenever I go back there with my mum I usually revert to childhood and giggle while sliding down the bannister. I’m always paranoid that I’m going to shoot off the end and fall on my bum.
  3. I have only ever had one operation, and that was before I became a nurse. I can't remember a thing;)
  4. I have several empty photo frames around my room which are just waiting for the perfect photo.
  5. I am always dropping my phone, leaving it at home, or letting it get flat and not realising until it has run out. And I always take ages to reply to a text and hardly ever get to my phone before it goes to message bank
  6. I used to be an ace speller when I was a kid and even won a spelling bee in highschool.
  7. I have 5 ear piercings but I hardly ever wear earrings. And my brother is a jeweler but I don’t often wear jewelry (due to my occupation)
These are my favourite blogs of note.

Monday, 9 May 2011

kiss and makeup



my brother and his wife came home from their honeymoon today so I thought I should do my last section in the preparation for wedding ‘series’.  See previous posts on preparation nails, hair and  teeth whitening.
I got a new makeup bag from glitzy-glam. Will do a glitzy-glam haul soon

I actually got ready at the venue, I ‘borrowed’ the bridesmaids bathroom. I had to get there early because I got roped into helping my parents drive the flowers to the location. It was really scary because I didn’t want to damage the flowers by driving too fast or hitting any potholes, so I was driving very slowly (which I never do) and stressing because the last 20 minutes of driving was on a dirt road. But the flowers arrived intact and they were beautiful. I actually ‘caught’ the bouquet and the bridesmaid gave me her flowers as she was going to Tasmania (another state) the next day.
It was quite fun getting ready, because my mum was doing her makeup at the same time. I remember when I was a little girl watching mum put on her makeup and trying on her blush, and ending up looking like a red-faced clown. She ended up borrowing my some of my makeup and I borrowed her primer that she got the other day. 
So the first thing I did was put on the afore mentioned primer, which is covergirl and olay simply ageless serum primer. This left my skin feeling so soft and smooth, it was lovely. It mskes a great base for the rest of the makeup and helps it stay for longer as the silicone in the primer gives the makeup something to ‘grip’ to. 
I don’t know if this is weird but I prefer to put concealers on under foundation, as the concealer is usually a different colour to my foundation. I used Revlon’s age defying concealer (which I originally brought for my mum but ended up keeping it) just on my nose and chinand I used the Garnier roll on undereye concealer that I got it my garnier goodie bag, which concealed my dark circles nicely, but wasn’t a perfect match for my skin tone, so I went over it with my foundation. I applied the Revlon’s photoready foundation in 002 vanilla (for those who are wondering just how pale I am, this is a perfect match for my skin:) This foundation as it states in the name is great for photos. It has complete coverage and states that it gives an ‘airbrushed finish’. I loved how it looked in the photo’s my skin looked perfect and very natural and dewy. When I first got this foundation I actually tried some on in the store first and the went to work afterwards and asked my friends what they thought of the foundation. The all agreed that it looked really nice and natural, so on the way home that night I went back and brought it. It gives a radiance to the skin and makes it look very fresh and natural. 
It was a long day so I decided to put Revlon’s colourstay powder on to give my face some staying power. After that I applied my Maybelline mineral powder blush which is a gorgeous light candy pink/peachy colour, which looks lovely with my complexion, and then set to work on my eyes. Since my dress was lavender I wanted my eyes to match a little so I picked up these eyeshadows the friday before (I seem to leave everything to the last minute, I got the dress a fortnight before the wedding and my shoes 2 days before). The eyeshadow I used was the Maybelline eyestudio in LEGENDARY LILAC! I think I partly brought the eyeshadow set due to its awesome name:) It has a very informative picture of how to apply the colours and where, on the back of the container, which was very helpful as I don’t often wear eye shadows. It was all quite experimental, and I’m just glad it turned out all right. I did have a bit of a panic moment as I was putting on the mascara which was the last step, because I accidently blinked and mascara went everywhere. But I was able to salvage the situation using a cotton bud and a bit more foundation. I used the Loreal Telescopic mascara, which to be honest I’m not sure I actually like. I find that half of it ends up under my eyes and my eyelashes sort of clump together. So I think I might stick to my Rimmel lash accelerator in the future. I then put on some lip gloss in a deep berry colour. 
Heres a photo of  Lily having a good sniff of the wedding cake (it was covered incase any one was wondering:)