Empties August 2017

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It has been such a long time since I made an empties post. Sadly I don’t have much to show but I am not worried as any progress on my collection is good!

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Products I would Repurchase:
I have finally finished my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and I am a little sad! If I am in need of another brow pencil I would not think twice about getting this. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is something I have used multiple times and go back to it when I am not sure what I want.

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Would not Repurchase:
I was not in love with either of the Essence Mascaras, I found they did not last on my lashes. Lovestruck is a great perfume, its just not a scent that I like to wear anymore. Plus I have so many other perfumes to work through.

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Would Repurchase if I had the $$$$:
I have loved Estee Lauder skin care for a long time and it pains me to be without these two products. My skin changes so much when I stop using them so I cannot wait for the next gift with purchase where I can hopefully get more samples. I enjoyed using the Dior Capture Totale but unless I had some gift cards I can not justify this moisturiser.

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OOTD Bride’s Maids Day

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I have been asked to be a Brides Maid for one of my best friends, so that means many occasions where we go out and look at different things and discus what the Bride wants. Recently we went out as a group to the venue that they have picked. We hadn’t seen it before and the weather was perfect for a venture out to the site.

The lighting was just too perfect and so I asked Caitlan from Sass Social to take photos (she is also the beautiful Bride to be ❤ )

I tend to have a pretty casual style of dress, the ‘Queen of Casual’ as I have been called by my mother (too many times). So today was no exception.

 

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Outfit:
Jacket: Brave Soul Biker Pu Jacket (Purchased on ASOS)
Shirt: Target Mens V-neck Black
Scarf: Princess Highway
Jeans: Jeans West Curve Hugging Skinny Leg Black
Sunglass: Ray Bans Aviators

I only recently got this jacket and I am so in love with it. It was on sale when I purchased it so I am unsure whether or not you will still be able to get this jacket if you are interested in it. Also I could not resist taking a photo in front of a woolie bush! I miss my photo background bush at my parents place!

Of course, this wouldn’t be a post by me without a goofy photo, so queue for a ‘in action’ shot:

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Because I can never take myself seriously while trying to pose.

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Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish*

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For the last 5 months I have been using the Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish as my in shower and only facial exfoliator.

The Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish should be used when your face is damp, which instantly gets brownie points with me as it means I can include it as apart of my shower routine.

I want to say straight away, that if you have sensitive skin, you probably are not going to enjoying using this product. That is only because of the fact that the exfoliator is actually very harsh. I would not use this more than once a week because you would then be damaging your skin. I only tend to use this when I feel like my face is in need of a real deep clean. Which is generally after a hard day of work or I am in the mood to pamper myself. While this is a harsh exfoliator I have never had any issues with my skin from it. My skin did not break out, nor did the texture change after using it for 3+ months.

Another bonus I find with this product is that you do not need a lot of product to cover your face. I generally find with skin products I need to use a little extra then advertised to actually cover my face and get full use of the product. With the Amie Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish I find that less is generally more. The size of a small-ish grape is all I use, and I am glad as it means that the product lasts longer.

One aspect that I did have a little trouble dealing with was the smell, if smell is important to you, or it affects your skin, sadly you probably should stay away from this product. There is a strong fake smell to the product, not bad, at least to me, but it is something to keep in mind. Over time I have noticed it less, but it is still a strong smell and something to keep in mind.

When I first received this product, it was as a PR sample, but during the most recent Priceline Sale I found myself picking up a backup. I know the one in my shower is finally starting to run low and the idea of being without it shocked me.

Overall I really do enjoy this exfoliator, and I am so glad that I tried this and that it has become a part of my weekly pamper session in the shower.

What exfoliator should I try next?

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*Disclaimer, this product was sent to me by the company, but no expectation was on me to write a post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and from my experience using the product. Remember that your experience with the same product can/will be different.

18 before 2018 – Update 2

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It’s been a long while since I updated my progress on my Project Pan. Sadly, I do not have much to report, and that is simply because I have not been wearing makeup, let alone the ones I was targeting.

Recently I have been feeling very flat and that is why I do not have any progress photos. I have made progress on some products though! Through work I have still been working on my lip balm collection and recently finished another Maybelline Baby lips. I have also been working on some of my nude lipsticks as I apply them when I leave for work in the morning.

I honestly feel that at the end of this year, some of these products I am just going to remove from my collection, I don’t use them or need them so why should I have them?

Hopefully as my mental health improves so does my enthusiasm in doing full-face of makeup! I do miss playing with makeup so I think that is a start, which I’m thankful for.

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Bullet Journalling

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Since the start of the year I decided to try a new style of planning, the Bullet Journal system (link provided will take you to the creators website which provides a run down of the system). Its a very simple system that can be adapted to met individual needs. I have personally found that since changing to this system I am better organised, more productive and even in a better mental state as I have learnt to lean on my journal.

This post is about my progress in learning what does and does not work for me. It is also to show that you don’t have to make an artistic flashy journal like what is common on social media. Or that it even has to be neat, as long as it make sense to you, thats all that matters.

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This spread is how I first stated in my Bujo (Bullet Journal), I wanted it to be minimalistic because to me, if I couldn’t use it at a drop of a hat, it wasn’t worth my time. I didn’t want my Bujo to be something I had to work at with washi, coloured pens and be super arty. I just wanted it to function. I used washi on the side of the page on monthly spreads to make them easier to find. When I started, this was about as colourful as it got.

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One of my favourite pages in my Bujo, this is from when my partner and I were at a shrine in Japan earlier this year. I was doing daily pages and so could fill a whole page just about what we were doing and where we went. I adore this page, because it is something I would normally have lost, but now, its forever in this journal and I will remember how nervous I was about going up to get it written in my book.

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Ahh, trackers, something that works for a lot of people, and at the time, was working for me! I have been struggling with my general state of mind, hence why the tacker on the right and then general health and spending on the left! I have now found that I am just hopeless at tracking and that it doesn’t really affect my habits. Does this bother me? Not in the slightest! All it means is that I don’t have to worry about ruling up these pages in my next monthly spread. You can also see all of my mistakes on the left with trying to seperate weeks. I didn’t realise when looking at my phone that the week started on a Sunday, whereas I mentally start weeks on a Monday. At the time I was angry with myself because I couldn’t get it right, but now it doesn’t mater! This is what makes the Bujo so flexible and easy, it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, because only you see it and it will only bother you if you let it.

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Ahh, colour, stickers and change! I have found that as I have grown more comfortable with relying on my Bujo, I am both taking more pride in it, as well as trying new things, so adding colour to my monthly pages is a no brainer. I set it up once, use colour, and thats that! No need to take 10+ pens with me on the daily because its all done for me. At the end of this post I will link the Etsy stores for the stickers used in case you are interested.

Now, July, and I could not be happier with how much my Bujo is coming along. I am now using themes! Which feels a little crazy, but I am loving it. You will also see that I am now doing a monthly page, J for July, I started this in June and found that it worked well with how I wanted to set out my pages. For the next 3 months my Bujo will follow the theme of Hogwarts houses, July having been Gryffindor for Harry Potters birthday! August will be Slytherin, September Hufflepuff (start of Hogwarts school year and my house) followed by Ravenclaw. Throughout my daily pages I merely write the date in house colour, otherwise everything is still in black pen. Meaning I only need 2 pens max on me if I’m out and travelling.

Recently as apart of one of the many facebook groups I’m apart of, someone suggested a travelling Bullet Journal and I jumped on the idea to be apart of something so cool! I wanted my journal to go international because I really wanted mine to have different languages in it. On the 20th of July the rotation started, but before that we all had to set up our travelling bujo! Below are some of my pages, mostly in-complete because I don’t want sneaky eyes to see the completed look before they receive it! It was interesting for me to see how much effort I put into these pages, and also how I did things differently.

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Overall, I adore this style of planning and I am so glad that I tried it and have committed to it. You can use any book that you feel comfortable for this style of planning, I prefer dotted but a lot of other people preferred lined, squared or even blank pages! I personally use the Leuchtturm 1917 for my Bujo. My first bullet journal was the offical one made by Leuchtturm (which I am still working through), but my next one will just be one of their generic dotted journals.

What journals/ dairy systems have you tried? I would love to know!

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Fox and Cactus – Australian Store
Tamashi Prints – Canadian Store

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1 Year Later…

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After reading Pastel Sparkles post about removing her contraceptive implant I knew I wanted to make an update regardong my two posts, My life with Endometriosis and 6 Week Check-up. Sarah mentions how little information there is on implants and because mine is different, I felt like it was a good time to talk about my own experiences.

1 year later and it has been a bit of a roller coaster. I quickly got used to the idea of not needing a pill everyday to keep me protected from getting pregnant and helping with my pain levels. It DID take me a bit to get used to the idea of feeling a piece of string inside me during intimate moments.  But alas, I am no longer bothered by the Mirenas presence in my life.

If you have not looked back before reading this post (and I don’t blame you) I have Endometriosis and to help delay the symptoms I had the Mirena IUD (US site) implanted during my most recent surgery. I was made aware of a lot of things before going into the surgery, and decided it was the best thing for me at this moment in my life.

How has it affected me?

Overall, for the better, most days I do not feel pain, which is amazing and I am so thankful for that.

Do I still get my period?

Yes, its similar to how it was while on the pill, but the pain is like before the pill. Painful to the point where I feel sick and don’t want to move. I am still coming to terms with the fact that I have to deal with that pain. I am taking pain meds when needed, but otherwise, yea. 

I have since had a check up and have been encouraged to see a specalist, as being in that much pain during a period while on the Merina is not normal. So I shall report back on that when I have had the chance to experiment.

Did I gain any weight?

Maybe, but I also feel like if I did gain weight, it wasn’t much, as all of my clothes still fit. I do look at myself a bit differently in the mirror though.

Mood swings?

Hell. Yes. But as I have been going through a lot on the last few months, so I do not think I can fully place the blame on the Mirena. No one has outright said something to me, but there have been times where I have apologised to my BF for my wild moods.

How is that libido?

So. Much. Better.

Overall?

I am happy that I switched to the Mirena, I do not think the Pill was best for me anymore. While I still think that my body is adapting to the Mierna, I am happy with how I feel in general because of it. I am in less pain, feel better as a person and am enjoying not having to take a pill everyday. Although I really wish my period pain wasn’t so intense.

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Japan Holiday 2017

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Long time no see, recently I went on a holiday to Japan with my partner! Ironically this is both of our first times going to Japan on a holiday, not my first time to Japan in general though. I wanted to show my partner where I lived and have the chance to catch up with some of my friends! I am always looking for a reason to go back to Japan, so I was glad to go back with my partner.

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We were gone a total of 11 days, two being taken up by transit. So naturally, first on the agenda was actually getting to Japan! This was also our first time travelling together, thankfully though we are both seasoned travellers and so the idea of being trapped in a small space for a long period of time wasn’t an issue. Our flight was around 8:30am, hence the crazy expressions.

Day 1 of being in Japan and of course we were eating amazing food! Thankfully through the power of free hotel wi-fi, I had been able to message one of my friends and we caught up and went out for dinner. I always love eating out with him because he always knows the best places to go! The food was both creative and delicious. I don’t remember what the first photo is, but the second is tempura prawns, so delicious, I miss this food.

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Todai-ji is a temple in Nara that has a 15m tall Buddha in it and I really thought Sean would get a kick out of seeing it! Plus I knew this would be a great place for photos and a place to get gifts for family and friends. I felt a little weird being back here without my friends. But this photo with Sean more then makes up for it! Candid selfie for the win!!

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Train selfie time, Sean and I both agree that the public transport system in Japan is amazing, although Sean hates how many stairs there are, which I can’t blame him for. Riding the train was always a fun experience. The first train we got on Sean was already commenting how many people were staring at us! Thankfully we avoided peak hour, so we were never fully sardined into the train, but while in Tokyo we did get on some pretty busy trains. Sean was fine and it don’t think it bothered him at all which I am thankful for.

One of my favourite comments from Sean is when we visited Shibuya, because he wanted to see the crossing that is so popular in movies. He was incredibly underwhelmed by how small the crossing is, and commented ‘they make it look so big in the movies’. Sorry to ruin your dream dear.

Food, so much delicious food, we only had one mild dud throughout the trip, and even then it was only because we liked other food better! Sean had a great time trying new food (while constantly battling to get a fork) and I loved eating my favourite food. Our favourite dessert is 100% Pablo cheesecake, if you are in Japan you need to try Pablo! Even the mini Pablo’s are delicious. The place we returned to 3-4 times was Torikizuko, which is a kabab place, where everything on the menu is 280 yen (302 yen when you include tax), we always ate to our hearts content and didn’t spend a crazy amount of money.

As for personal souvenirs, Sean bought a some One Piece items and a Dragon Ball Z Art book, I on the other hard, bought a LOT of pen refills for my favourite pen, and a decent amount of ユーリー!!! on Ice (Yuri!!! on Ice) stuff. My favourite items being a calendar and  Yuuri Plush ❤

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I already miss Japan and cannot wait to return, it was crazy to think it had been literally 2 years since I had been back. Sean loved it and we both agree that 11 days simply wasn’t enough, so when we return it will be for a lot longer!

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