Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event 2017

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Last weekend (Sunday 5th) was the 2nd Bloggers United Event to be held in Adelaide! I was super excited about it because I knew it would be chance to catch up with fellow bloggers and learn new things. It was also my first time vlogging an event and I found it brought a whole new level of fun to the day.

The way that this event was ran was totally different from last time, which added an air of mystery and excitement that lasted throughout the day. We had three speakers, who set out to teach us how to improve our blog as a brand (something I still struggle to grasp the idea of). It didn’t matter if we only wanted to use our bloggers as hobbies or to build them up into full blown brands. We were taught some amazing tricks and I am so glad that we had those chats.

We were also lucky enough to talk to a talk directly to people from PR companies and ask them questions and learn about what they actually want to see when we give out our media kits. To me this was the most beneficial part of the day as I have always been curious at how, as a blogger, I should talk to companies! Now I just need to build the confidence to actually send out my media kit hehe.

The highlight for me was being taught tricks and tips for making an eye catching flat lay. But more importantly, how to do it easily, as doing flat lays and making them interesting is something I always struggle with. To help all of us put our new skills into practice we were given a flat lay challenge! There were 6 categories and to follow that 6 amazing prizes!

Amazingly I was lucky enough to win one of the prizes and I was so surprised when I did!

If you want to see some behind the scenes of the event, be sure to check out my video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AROBIjrEew&t=178s

We also received lovely gift bags, and I am already using some of the products so be sure to keep an eye out for those reviews in the future!

Overall I had a great day, learning important information for my blog and re-connecting with fellow bloggers.

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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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After all the hype I wanted to give this product a serious go before giving it a review. I have now had this product for over a month and have been using it solidly at work. So here are my thoughts on this raved about product!

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Positives:
There are many positives about this product, for starters that you need very little to cover your lips. Remember that this is an oil product, so it is thicker than your normal lip balm, which I have found that I prefer for work as I am less inclined to bite my lips. While using this I have found that my lips have never really flaked or dried out as they used to.
The scent is not strong and after a few moments I completely forget that this even had a scent to begin with. I have found that there is no shade to this, so wearing this all day everyday isn’t a problem. The packaging on this is amazing, I have dropped it many times on concrete and there isn’t even a ding in it.
The doe foot applicator is soooo soft and thankfully has stayed that way throughout its use. It is a big doe foot, which did take a little bit to get used to, but I think I prefer it this way as its so much easier and quicker to apply.

Negatives:
I have found that I talk and joke around a lot of work, meaning this wears off pretty quickly. Because of this I normally have to re-apply 2-3 times in an 8 hour work day and sometimes I am pushing it out until I feel uncomfortable before reapplying. While there is a lot of product, I feel like I am powering through this pretty well, which is a bit upsetting considering how much these cost.
Thankfully I had a gift card and 10% off when I bought mine and I am really glad that I did that. One problem I had was deciding which one I wanted, I didn’t really want any of the scents that they have available and only really settled for Mint because I knew it would bother me the least. Ideally a bigger shade/ scent range would be available.

Overall I enjoy this product and I am glad that I have it with me while working. I do think how quickly I am going through it does affect my opinion on it a lot as I am unsure if I want to get another one when I finish this one. That being said, that might change when I actually finish it up and see how long it has lasted.

Let me know your experience with the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil!

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Recent Favourites – 1

Hey Everyone,

I’m sorry its been a while since my last post, but I am going to be changing my posting schedule to Sundays! I work a Monday-Friday job and so changing the day of posting hopefully means I will have more time to dedicate to my blog. Rather then trying to get something posted on a Wednesday.

Onto the post! I have found that I am not a huge fan (for myself) to make monthly favourite posts, so instead I am just going to wait until I have a few things I just HAVE to share with you before making a post!

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These are the items that I have been loving recently! A bit if a mix of items which is always refreshing.

Essence I ❤ Extreme
I picked this up because I had been recommended it by a friend! I am not a fan of using this on the top lashes, as I feel it doesn’t do much for my lashes. On my lower lashes though I love it! The brush has short bristles making it easy to get all of my lashes and give them an even coat. I have had no problems with transferring on my lower lashes so its a winner in my books!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
I picked this up as apart of my last Mecca order because I was in serious need of a new toner and I forget how cheap Mario Badescu actually is! So I picked up this bad boy and I have no regrets. I think I am forever converted to this bad boy. At the start I had a little trouble with the spritzer but it seems to have worked itself out and now works perfectly. The spritz gets all of my face and a bit of my neck easily which I am thankful for as it means this product will last me a long time.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
After all the hype from friends I had to get this and I am so glad that I did. I use this at work and my lips are loving it! I am worried I am going through it a little too quickly but either way I am glad that I have this. The doefoot applicator is still in good condition, which is something I was worried about. I have also dropped this many times and it hasn’t smashed so that is also a win. Wearing this oil has also stopped me from biting my lips so much. So overall, a good product and I am so glad that I have it.

Travellers Notebook Cover – Harry Potter Style (Created by Paper Flower Design as a custom cover)
I AM SO IN LOVE. I got this custom cover made for my LT 1917 Bullet Journal and it is perfect and just what I wanted. On the back is the Hufflepuff crest because I am a proud Hufflepuff! For those curious, this is also the same size as the Hobonichi Techo Cousin and the cover has been designed the same way that they are. The notebook slips into pockets on either cover meaning that the cover is easily interchangeable with notebooks of the same size. I have wiggle room in this cover which is awesome! So if my next Bujo gets really junkie it wont really matter. If you want to see more of whats inside either my Bujo or more of the cover in the future, check out my planner Instagram: Casually Planning

These are the things that I have been loving recently! Let me know what you have been loving or if there is anything you want a more in-depth review on.

Let me know what you think about the schedule change as well.

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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.

How have you been progressing with your project pans?

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Happy Board

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Recently I have found that I have been in serious need of a constant pick-me-up in my life. Of course, after looking around the internet I stumbled upon the the brilliant idea of a Happy/ Memory board.

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First off, this board is obviously going to be targeted towards me and my needs, so what you need will be different to what I have. Overall, the idea is to put pictures and other things that cheer you up or bring back happy memories. This image just shows some of the things that I will be putting on my board! Pictures, art, post cards and prints! Plus of course, the tacks that I am using on my cork board!

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The board I have is huge, and I love it because some of the pieces I wanted to use are large, plus I want to use lots of photos!

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This was where I had started with my board as I had no idea what I was going to do with the bottom of the board. It was an area that wouldn’t been seen as often as this board lives on top of my tall boy, and in front of this is my perfumes. To try and save the board and to also make my life a little easier, I tucked a fair few of these pieces into the board itself.

For art that I want to keep looking pretty and un-punctured for future use, I washi taped cut up pieces of paper to the back. This both leaves the art undamaged and also stabiles the picture to the board. With nearly all the images I have used this and then hidden them behind other pieces.

Here is a perfect example!

I honestly thought that this project would take me a long time to do, but in reality, it took less than an hour. That time frame also includes me taking many breaks and getting distracted. Something I was constantly worried about was space, but in the end it didn’t matter because I can easily change images whenever I want.

In the end, I made 4 mini sections on my board, a photos section, art section, memory section and an anime section. Neither area has priority over another, they developed as I went along. The biggest area is the photo area, which I love because they are memories of precious people in my life.

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My photo area! All of these photos are from Printiki*, who kindly got into contact with me after seeing my photos of my trip to Japan. They are a printing site that offers many different styles and sizes. I chose the M size and retro style because I love the polaroid picture look. For your own board you can use which ever style of picture, after-all it’ll be your happy board and not mine! I chose pictures from the last 5 years, the earliest photos are from my 18th birthday. The most recent photo on here would be from my trip to Japan this year! All of the people in these photos are important to me, hence why they are on my board.

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The art section! Sadly I cannot say where the Miraculous Ladybug and Toothless print are from as they were a gift. The eyes are from a beautiful artist called Lighanes Clay Art from Etsy. These pieces are in the top right and I put them up here to save on space, these over hang the board while still having enough room to support them so they don’t flop over.

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Anime corner! Ah, I adore this section, even though there isn’t a lot here, it represents some of my favourite manga and anime. Sailor Moon is a huge part of my life, I have watched it since I was little and when in Japan I bought all of the 20th anniversary manga (which are beautiful btw). I knew I needed these reminders on my board, anime and manga shape my life and the messages they share are incredibly important to me. So here is my little nod towards that love.

Memory section, which is the overflow of all things in my life, post cards from friends and etsy shops, the card Caitlan gave me when she asked me to be a brides maid, and purikura from my many trips to Japan, which are the main source of photos of my international friends. Making this area look good was so important to me, as I knew this would be the least organised section of the board. I had a bit of a hard time deciding what exactly I wanted here, so a lot of the things that I had originally thought would be on here didn’t make the cut. Maybe in the future they will be switched out.

The moral of this post is that a Happy Board doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to function for what you need. I could have easily left out my anime section for this post, but I would have been lying to myself and to you if it wasn’t on there. My happy board lives in my room, I see it all the time and I love it. Since having it back I have noticed I am lot more comfortable in my room. The board is a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have had these experiences and to know all of these amazing people! A happy board doesn’t have to be this big either, it would simply be an A4 frame that you have filled with a collage, or even a post you have attached pictures to. Make the board to fit your needs!

If you love the look of the Printiki photos I recommend using them! I will be getting more photos from them in the future, the quality of the photos are amazing and they shipped super quickly. The service is reasonably priced and you can pull photos from multiple sources. I grabbed photos from my computer and directly from Facebook! If you are interested in using Printiki, I have a code that gives you FREE shipping, the code is 7HHEZZJJ. I do believe you can get your own code when you sign up as well!

If you have a board like this of your own I would love to see it! Be sure to tag me on social media.

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*Disclaimer = Printiki contacted me about doing a post using their photos. My opinion on the photos and recommendation has not been affected by their contact. 

Shisedo x Sailor Moon

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Before leaving for Japan, I had heard about this collaboration and so made sure to keep an eye out for it. I also just wanted to pick up more Sailor Moon themed makeup in general.

Luckily enough, I found the collection, and even better I got to purchase it duty free! Because I got it duty free though, I have only recently been able to open these up and touch everything.

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First up in the Skin Sensor, now, I will be honest, I’m pretty sure that this is a primer of some kind, I can’t read foundation anywhere on the packaging, and even then the product is very thin and doesn’t provide any coverage. I will be interested to try this out because it felt amazing on the back of my hand. There is a scent but it is subtle and not offensive at all.

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Ah, my favourite piece of the collaboration, I mean look at that beautiful packaging! I cannot begin to describe how thankful I am that I found this collection and picked it up! Inside is a powder that I think will be a little too dark for me (there were only two shades to pick from) but that is ok. Once summer comes around I should be able to use it. You can’t see it in this photo, and I tried photographing it but, on the mirrored section there is pink writing that reminds owners that this indeed a part of the Sailor Moon collection and I am glad they included that. The compact is sturdy and the mirror in the lid is amazing, I am torn between wanting to take it with me everything and leaving it at home so it never gets damaged.

If you get the chance to get this collection and you are a huge Sailor Moon Fan I say do it! I have no regrets and I am so thankful that I was there and had the chance to bring these products home with me.

I will keep you updated when I finally get the chance to try the primer!

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LUSH Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub~*

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A while ago I was lucky enough to attend a Bloggers United x LUSH 2nd birthday bash! While there we got to watch some face scrubs be made, and as always learn more about the fabulous company that is LUSH. At the end of the night we were lucky enough to pick one full size product. I decided on getting the biggest size of Rub Rub Rub because I had used it before and was missing it in my life.

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Rub Rub Rub is a scrub that is advertised to be used both in and out of the shower, so I will talk about both uses separately.

Out of the shower: I found that I did not enjoy using Rub Rub Rub on dry skin, the product obviously does not last as long or go as far on dry skin. Getting the product to move around on my leg was harder then I thought it would be. Sometimes it would cling to drier patches. I felt as well that my skin didn’t feel as nice afterwards, that it had not scrubbed my skin as well as it could have.

In the shower: I LOVE using this in the shower, as it spreads a lot easier on my skin and because I am already wet, the product goes further, which is important considering how expensive LUSH products can get. I also enjoy the fact that Rub Rub Rub can be used by itself as a soap, as the product smells amazing and suds up as soap normally does.

Overall I really enjoying using this scrub as it is not super abrasive. That being said, some of my friends can’t use this because it is still too strong for them, so if you are thinking of trying this maybe still get the smaller size first. I don’t use this all that often, only when I am shaving my legs (which is maybe once a week/ when my partner visits). If you are not a fan of strong smells you might not enjoy this smell, as it does smell strongly of the sea, which is something that I don’t mind. The best thing for me is that I can use a small amount and it moves easily on my skin and I can get everywhere that I want to. Because the product is finer, I find it easier to scrub parts where I am more inclined to get in grown hairs.

My own biggest issue with this is the packaging, which is a jar, because even right now there is product in the seal and I find that it is hard to get out because I don’t want to get the inside of the jar wet.

Otherwise this is one of my favourites and I am so glad that I get to have this huge jar to work through!

What are some of your favourite body scrubs?

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~*Disclaimer: this review was no affected by the fact that this product was given to me for free. All opinions are my own from using the product.