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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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.

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18 before 2018 – Update 2

Hey Everyone,

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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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 Rundle Mall

Hey Everyone,

It’s been a week since the new store opened and I was given the chance to go in a night early and have a little look around. I want to start off this post by just saying how thankful I am to being invited to this event. This was my first offical PR event and I was lucky to go with my best friends. So thank you so much LUSH!

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When we first walked into the store, we were greeted by some lovely ladies who gave us a gift card to spend and directed us to this lovely table. This was totally unexpected but appreciated! There were two drinks to pick from, and both were based on the LUSH products,  Shoot for the Starts and Bubbly. I chose the Bubbly drink, as I just enjoyed the look of it more, of course, it was delicious!

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Here is a bit of an over view of the store, as you can see it is SOOOOO much bigger then the last one, which is so refreshing. One of my favourite features is the fact that there is a ramp as well as stairs to the second floor. I have friends who now can enjoy the store where they could not before because of its awkward size. Excellent touch LUSH and I am sure it’ll get a lot of use in the Christmas rush.

Once we had all made our way in, we were given the chance to wonder around the store and catch up with friends. Because my little group was first through the door, we moved straight to the back of the store to make sure that there was enough room for everyone to get in. My little group ended up at the hair care area and it was amazing. After a demo of the products (where my hair was often used because it was down, no complaints) I now know other products that I need in my life. One that I really want is Queen Bee because we put this in my hair and it felt amazing! Plus it has no packaging which is always good.

Next we moved onto one of my favourite parts of the night, well for me anyway. MAKING OUR OWN BATH BOMB. OMG, dream come true! We all got the chance to make our own Shoot For the Stars Bath bomb, and can I just say, they are a lot harder to make then I thought. Trying to get the stars to stay on the outside and looking pretty takes some practice. The ladies in charge of the station were so lovely and explained what the process was, there is a bath bomb at LUSH that takes 4 days to make because of its complexity! It was good to hear too that in the LUSH factory the staff make it a challenge to see how many someone can make in a day.

Once everyone had the chance to settle in and take some initial photos, we were officially greeted and welcomed to the new store! It is crazy to hear that little Adelaide now has the BIGGEST store in Australia, and the first store out of England to have a party area! Adelaide has been recognised as a state that supports LUSH and so it was amazing that we have been granted such a title. One thing I didn’t realise about LUSH was how they farmed their ingredients, growing up in a farming family I understand the importance of keeping the land healthy and happy. LUSH feels the same way, so they go out of their way to make sure the land they get their ingredients from is healthy, and that the towns and people are also looked after.

After this lovely speech, we were given free reign of the store and was allowed to shop to our hearts content! I went around talking to staff asking about products, and of course, talking about the size of the new store. I learnt that the staff size in Adelaide also tripled, so good news all around!

This is the party area I mentioned above, for the night it was taken over by smoothy making booth! You could jump on a bike, pedal away and BOOM you have a delicious drink that you mildly made yourself. There was even chocolate that you could sprinkle over the drink which made it even better (one staff member mentioned how she had been put in charge of cutting the chocolate).

These were the beautiful people I spent most of my night with, and it was so good to catch up with them! Going from left to right, I’ll link everyone in these photos!
Ren Nay
Pastel Sparkles 
ProcrastiCaitlan
How To Girl dot Net
I am so thankful that I can go to events with these beautiful ladies! They always make the night enjoyable and we always just end up taking funny photos and giving each other lists of things that we need in our life.

And one final thank you to Promote SA for being there for us Adelaide Bloggers! Without you we wouldn’t be having these amazing events!

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At the end of the night, these were the items I picked up, I also have a knot scarf, but it is not in this photo. I have always wanted one of the scarfs, so why not! I plan to do reviews on all these products, but if there is something you want to see first, please leave me a comment below. Please note all of these products were bought with the gift card that I was provided with at the start of the night.

R & B
The Experimenter Bath Bomb
AvoBath Bath Bomb
Shoot for the Stars – Made by me
The Magic of Christmas Bubble Bar
Sleepy
American Cream
A French Kiss

Thank You again LUSH for hosting such an amazing night and letting me come along. I know I will visit LUSH more often now with the bigger store which is always exciting! I also now have a wish list of products that I want from LUSH after touching all the different products, so look out for future LUSH hauls!

If there is anything you specifically want me to review, be sure to let me know below!

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17 Project Pan Before 2017

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As mentioned in this post, I am making a real effort to use my current products, but I want to try and focus on a few products to really monitor my progress. I need to motivate myself to work through what I have and it is always nice to see progress. I have also been really enjoying Pastel Sparkles Project Pan posts, so that is also a motivator to do this. Also strolling through the internet, I saw someone had made a post with a similar title, so why not!

I really want try and have a bit variety, that way I can really work through everything and not feel stuck on one type of product. Also if I use up a product I will replace it with another that is similar, so if I use up a face powder, I’ll put another one in! At the end I will make a total tally which should be exciting.

After going through my collection I have come to the conclusion that I will really be focusing on lip and ‘base’ products, because I am in no way going to put myself through the pain of trying to use up an eyeshadow or blush (I have learnt from you Sarah). This doesn’t bother me though, as there are some items in my collection that really do need to be used up, and now I’m aware of them! So onwards to my 17 items.

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation
I have had this in my collection for a long time and I just don’t love it like I love some of my other foundations. I find that this is just SO watery and I hate that, recently though while collecting my Beauty Loop box, the assistant told me of a different way of applying it, so I shall see how I go! I know at the moment the bottle doesn’t show how much is left, but there is about 2/3 left to go.

Estee Lauder Perfume – Beautiful
I have had this for a while, and I find that it just doesn’t last on me. That doesn’t change how much I love this scent though, I just feel like it is finally time that I finish it and get it out of my collection. There really isn’t much left so fingers crossed I can finish it! I am just going to say now that I am not suddenly going to start wearing this everyday, how I smell is SO important to me for many different reasons. So I will use this but not everyday!

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup – 1N1 ECRU 12
Another product that I have just had for ages, in this photo you can sort of see a dip in the product. I have been using this more recently anyway as I have run out of my loose powders, so I am glad that I am already used to the idea of using this. I don’t think this will be hard to use up, but I will be glad when I am finally finished.

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MAC Viva Glam Lipstick – Miley Cyrus (Amplified)
I bought this when it came out and I just haven’t used it! I miss wearing such bold colours, and seeing as we are coming into Spring I should have a lot of chances to wear this. This is almost brand new, and I could probably sell it, but I want to try and work through it. Lets see how I go!

MAC Lipstick –  Girl About Town (Amplified) 
One of the first MAC lipsticks I ever bought and I really do love it, its just it’s getting old and I should really finish it and get a new one! I am pretty sure I have 6 items for back-to-mac but adding more wont hurt! I will be getting another one of this shade once I’m finished I’m sure of it.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick – Rose Tea (Creme)
This is another lipstick that is pretty much brand new, but it is a nice Spring nude so I am sure I will get a lot of love out of this, I tend to favour my Jeffree Star Lippies or my MAC ones, so I really want to use this! One thing that always annoys me though is how strong of a smell these have. It’s not a bad smell, just really strong, thankfully it doesn’t last on the lips.

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Buxom Lip Gloss – Zoe
I have used this once since I bought this, so I need to use it up. I will not lie, I bought it because it has my name on it.

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Urban Decay Primer Potion – Original
This is obviously not in its original packaging. I got the bigger size because I thought why not, not realising that it had an applicator that I really don’t like. I have had this for a while and simply want to use it up. I did not realise how much was left in this! I think this is going to take longer then I first thought to finish, because of how much is there. Don’t forget to cut open the packaging guys!

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Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Sample Lipstick – Make Your Move
I don’t remember when I got this, I think it was in a previous Beauty Loop box, I have nothing against this lipstick, I just want to use it up! It is so small, I shouldn’t have any problems finishing this. I won’t lie, this is mildly in here just so I can at least 100% pat myself on the back for finishing SOMETHING.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Rikugien
My sister got this when we went to Sephora in America and signed up for the loyalty system. She isn’t a fan on nude shades so I was lucky enough to get it! I really don’t give my lip pencils much love and so I want to try and do that, so I thought starting with a sample would be a good idea.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick – 340 Envious
I bought this around the time these lipsticks were getting lots of hype. I paid $15AUD just for this little guy! Crazy! But I got it because I wanted to try a sample before committing to the full size which was around $55 at the time. This is a beautiful red lipstick so I am sure I will have no problems using it up. I just wanted to give myself a bit more colour choice throughout this project.

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Max Factor Lip Liner – 16 Rose
I don’t know how long I have had this, but it is still good to use and a beautiful colour! I simply don’t give enough love to my lip liners and so I want to change that. I am hoping I will get lots of use out of this and will get into the habit of using lip liners.

Face of Australia Lip Definer – Sugar Rose
Well I’m kind of glad I hadn’t used too much of this else I would have no idea what the shade name was! I have used this recently and found I loved pairing this with one of my other lip glosses so that is a win. Another easy shade to wear, I might even repurchase this and other shades if I like the formula.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohn Kajel – 005 Nude
Pretty sure I bought this at one of Priceline’s famous cosmetics sales. I wanted to use it for work and daily life instead of black all the time. I sort of fell off that and so I want to get back into it! I figured this shouldn’t be too hard to use and will let me know if I want to get this again or try a different brand.

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper
A sad story behind  this liner. I never meant to pick it up, I was meant to get the Tattoo Liner, so I want to try and love this for what it is! You might be wondering why it is in this photo, well, its going to be my ‘control’ against the other pencils. Thankfully this wont shrink and so I will be able to see my progress.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette
This is the one product I do not aim to COMPLETELY finish up, I want to try and hit pan on this as much as possible! I am even thinking of doing a ‘Naked November’ series where every makeup look I create in November I have to use this palette. That will both help me use it up and challenge myself to be more creative. I have already hit pan on a couple of shades and close to some others. While the darker shades I have barely touched which is something I want to change. Might have picked a bad time seeing as we are coming into warmer weather, but I will make it work!

Last but not least, Lip Balms
I am going to be broad on this, I will focus on mostly one at a time, but I SERIOUSLY need to cull down my lip balm collection, I have at least 5 hidden away that haven’t even been open and I feel a bit ridiculous because of that. I don’t know at this point how many I want to get down to, as I generally have a few floating around, but having 10+ lip balms is just too much! So I will show which one I am working in my next post and we shall see how we go.

That’s it! My 17 Project Pan before 2017. I am really looking forward to this, finishing up products is always a great experience because it means you actually used the product to the end. I am sure there are some products that I am just going to get frustrated over but oh well! When I do I will decide what to do from there.

If you are doing a Project Pan of any kind I would love to see it!

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Me and My Make-up!

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Today’s post is going to be about how I am slowly changing and realising how I want to do my makeup. I am getting to a stage in my life where I just want to do my makeup in a style that I truly want to be in.

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This is  the first selfie that is in my media file attached to my blog. I can already see things that I do different which is exciting. I used to wear really light eyeshadows, all shimmer, no contour and bold lipsticks. I liked how I looked and I could tell I was learning! I was doing my brows but not really knowing what I was doing (to be honest I still don’t). I was in Japan when I really started to blog which was exciting!

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Gosh this is a throwback, over a year ago I did this look and loved it! I must have just received Jeffree Star Cosmetics Weirdo and wanted to play around with dark makeup. I’m also pretty sure I was having a shitty day so that probably encouraged this look as well. This look was the first time I had played with such dark makeup, but I do think this is where it all began. I scared the crap out of my unit mates and my boyfriend showered me in compliments, I also got such positive feedback from this look, which I was thankful for.

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Brows = check, Bold lips = check, learning how to blend eyeshadow = kinda check? I am still learning how I want my eyeshadow to look, but I am mostly trying to learn how to blend shadows together, still, I am using reasonably light shadows and colours. I don’t know what drew me to them, but I was using neutrals all the time and always wearing bold lips. I think I didn’t want to wear bold on bold.

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To more recent times, I ADORE this makeup look. Blond lips, bold eyes and a wing liner I will probably never be able to recreate. This was the first time I have ever really gone ‘stuff it, I will wear what I want’, I LOVE grunge, not super grunge, but that style in general. So I tried to do what I felt comfortable with, even though I did this look at home and didn’t go out that day, I don’t regret creating it. I need to re-create it and wear it out and about. If you want to see what products I used, I wrote a whole post about it here.

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Not the best quality photo, sorry about that, but this is sort of what my daily style has become and I really enjoy it. I love wearing dark shadows and bold lips. I honestly just like bold colours haha! I clearly still haven’t mastered brows but that is ok, I don’t want perfect brows. I know how I like my contour, blush and highlight which is something. I have noticed a bigger change in my style since I died the underside of my hair purple, which I am happy with.

Remember overall, makeup is personal and it is ok to change! I am so happy with how my makeup looks and there is every chance that in 6 months time my style will change again!

The important point that I want to make out of this post is the freedom to change your look and style whenever you want. Everyone is constantly changing how they do their makeup and that is ok! Just remember that at the time you thought you were smashing it!

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