Nail Inspiration [Part 3] ❀

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P e a c h  &  J e w e l s

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G o l d  &  P e a c h

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W h i t e  &  M e t a l l i c

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B l a c k  &  N u d e

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N u d e  G l i t t e r

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I hope you all liked this list, I definitely missed putting inspiration posts together! Let me know which one(s) are your favourites!

Beauty Bares All Tag

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1. Spring, summer, winter, or fall?
Definitely spring for me! I love wearing dresses and I enjoy warm weather that isn’t too humid. =)

2. What does your ideal date notice and compliment you on?
Probably just that I simply look nice to be honest! It shows that they’ve noticed I’ve put in the effort to look good and presentable!

3. Would you rather give up lipstick, hair products, or mascara for an entire year?
Probably hair products! I really rarely use them anyway! If anything, I only use heat protectant on occasion. =P

4. If you could leave just one message for the world to hear, what would that message be?
This is so tough, I’ve never really thought about it before. It would probably be something along the lines of, “always keep pursuing whatever your heart desires no matter what anyone says and no matter the circumstances because no hard work goes unpaid”. I guess it’s a really cliche message but I think it’s really important!

5. A genie appears and offers you a wish. What one beauty task would you never perform again?
Doing my brows! If I could have flawless brows, that would be amazing haha.

6. You have two options: money or happiness? Additionally: infinite wardrobe or flawless face?
Definitely happiness! More money, more problems. =P And to be honest, just being simply and genuinely happy is the best feeling in the world. I don’t know who else would be on the same side of this with me but I would actually probably prefer a flawless face!

7. Are you a tea lover, a coffee hound, or a fan of something stronger?
I’m definitely 100% a tea lover. I love drinking green tea daily, even more so now because it’s getting colder here!

8. Have you had a “perfect day”, and what did it entail?
Wow, this is so tough. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever really had a “perfect day” before. (Sorry for the super disappointing answer!)

9. What do you splurge on the most?
Definitely lip products. I just can’t get enough of them and it’s a problem!

10. I have not lived until I’ve seen _____!
Disneyland. I really need to go there right now!

11. What are you guilty of doing when nobody’s watching?
Dance! LOL I think dancing is really fun but I’m definitely not the best at it and wouldn’t want anyone to see. =O

I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve done a tag, I had a huge phase of posting so many different ones before! =P I missed posting these and I always receive such positive responses from them so I hope you enjoyed this one too! =)

Update: 6 Month Blogging Anniversary & I’m Back!

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I finished my exams yesterday and I am so glad to have my time and freedom back! =) I also realised that during the time I was gone, it was my 6 month blogging anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already, time has flown by so fast in not just in how long I’ve been blogging, but also just how fast the year has gone by already. As always, I really do thank each and every one of you for supporting me throughout this time and also being so incredibly understanding of me having to take time off so I could study for my exams. It really does mean so much to me, words really cannot explain how grateful I am of all of you guys!

Now that I have a lot more free time, I will be posting more often again! I have been slacking off on reviews because if you haven’t read in my previous posts, I did lose my phone a few months ago and now that I’ve been using an older phone, I’m no longer able to take good quality pictures of my face. =( I’m still working around it and as soon as I figure it out, I will be doing more reviews again! I have a lot of products from my last haul that I want to update you guys on and I really want to write about them. Anyway, despite this, I am planning on coming up with more new posts for you guys that I hope you will look forward to and enjoy! I hope you’ve all been well!

How To Stay Awake!

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Hi guys! I’m currently on my study vacation and I have exams starting on the 17th and finishing on the 26th! I can’t wait to finish so I can post a lot more often like I used to! Now that I’m trying to stay up a little later than usual, I was looking for some tips on how to let myself not sleep so early and I came across this list. =) I hope you’ll be able to use them on times where you really need to stay up a little later than usual to do work!

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1. Avoid rooms that are overly heated or warm. Open windows to keep fresh air coming in.

2. Splash cold water onto your face.

3. Physical exercise or warm up. You can do a few jumping jacks every 1 hour or so to keep the blood moving in your body.

4. Listen to music. Boring or overly mundane tasks can cause you to tune out. Hence, listening to music can make your brain more active again.

5. Get a laugh. It wakes up your brain. You could do this by watching something funny on YouTube before you start studying.

6. Draw inspiration from somewhere. Sometimes you feel tired because you lack ideas or interests for an activity. As a result, your brain naturally shuts down to prevent you from wasting energy on something non-rewarding.

7. Bright room can make you feel more alert. However for night owls, bright room might decrease your ability to focus. Hence, use a dim room if you are a night owl.

8. Eat nutritious low carbs snacks such as raspberries, apples, oranges or grapefruits. They are great energy boosters and do not take up energy to digest.

9. Obviously ensure that you have had enough sleep. However, don’t sleep too many hours, because too much sleep can cause you to become even more sleepy.

10. Drink coffee but don’t rely overly too much on it as you can develop dependency.

(Source: Neurolove)

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I hope these tips will be able to help you as much as they’ve helped me! Once again, I do have to apologise for not posting very frequently but I definitely will when I find the time again! ♡

Beginner Makeup Series: Cheeks

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Hello everyone! This is the second part of my beginner makeup series and today’s topic is on the cheeks so I’ll be covering blush, bronzer and highlighter! Cheek products are a lot more easier to work with than foundation in my opinion, which was the previous topic of this series and you can check it out here if you haven’t already!

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♡ Blush – There isn’t really a rule when it comes to picking out a blush shade for your skin tone but if a shade is too light or too dark, you can simply just try either layering the product or dipping into the product very lightly to sheer out the pigmentation! However, once again with blush, I personally believe you should choose a shade that you think looks the most flattering on you! For those of you who prefer a very natural look, a good tip that I’ve come across is be to choose the shade closest to the colour of your cheeks after exercise!

♡ Bronzer – It’s really personal preference depending on whether you want a more yellow-toned or red-toned bronzer as to whether you want to add warmth to your face or achieve that holiday glow look to your skin. To be safe, choosing a shade two to three shades darker than your skin tone would be most appropriate because it will look the most natural and you could always add more product as desired!

♡ Highlighter – A general rule of thumb with highlighters is to choose one that has the same undertone as your skin. In other words, if you have warm skin then pick a golden shade and if you have cooler skin then choose a highlighter with a pink undertone. However, this definitely isn’t a rule that can’t be broken but it is just a guide for if you’re unsure about what sort of shades you should start out with!

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♡ If you have oily skin, definitely stick to powder products because they will last a lot longer throughout the day. If you do choose to use cream products, then definitely set them with a powder so that they don’t come off easily! Cream products work best on dry skin and are also great for a more natural look because they look a lot more like skin.

♡ If you have acne prone skin then steer away from any cheek products with shimmer or glitter because they will definitely enhance it! Matte products would be the most suitable for those of you who do have blemishes on your cheeks.

Application

♡ Blush – I’m sure that everyone knows the trick of smiling to find the apples of your cheeks! This is the easier way to find the balls of your cheeks. Don’t bring the blush too close to your nose or it will end up looking odd.

♡ Bronzer – It should be applied in areas your face has natural shadows or depth. Another well-known trick to applying bronzer is to suck in your cheeks to form a ‘fishy-face’ and this will help you find the hollows of your cheeks. Applying it along your jawline, over your temples and across your forehead near your hairline will pull the entire look together.

♡ Highlighter – On all the highest points of your face, most commonly across the top of the cheekbones, along the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow (above the lip) and a small amount on the chin!

I hope you all liked this part as much as the first one! I’m looking forward to posting more to the series and I hope you are just as excited as I am! =)

Love/Hate Tag

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Thank you Joy for nominating me to do this tag! =) This is another great tag to get to know all our fellow bloggers more!

Rules: 

  1. Share 10 things you love and 10 you hate
  2. Nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same

T h i n g s  I  L o v e

  1. My family and friends (of course), everyone that has given me strength and courage, and has continually pushed me to be the best that I can be
  2. Meeting new people and completely clicking with them straightaway like as if I’ve known them your whole life!
  3. Perfect weather – when it isn’t too hot and humid but it’s also not too cold! I just feel super happy and motivated when the weather is nice
  4. Feeling accomplished after completing something that I’m proud of =)
  5. Exercise – it still boggles my mind that a few years ago, working out would have never crossed my mind as being something I would look forward to doing but it has truly become such a huge part of my life now!
  6. Meeting up with friends spontaneously with no particular plan(s) in mind but having the day or night pull through and having it become one of the most fun and memorable times
  7. Drinking a huge glass of water after being so thirsty for too long! It’s so satisfying LOL
  8. Crawling into bed and snuggling up in warm blankets after a long, tiring day
  9. Music – it just really helps me to destress and relax!
  10. Everyone that I have met through WordPress and blogging in general – you all are just the sweetest bunch of people

T h i n g s  I  H a t e

  1. People that literally only talk to me when they need something!
  2. When I realise that a particular item of clothing I want to wear for the day is in the wash! =P
  3. That one incident, whether it be minor or major, that just completely ruins my day or even the entire week =(
  4. Accidentally smudging nail polish after I’ve just painted them
  5. When I’ve met someone and have greeted them so many times but somehow I’ve forgotten their name and it’s too late to ask at that point LOL
  6. Being an over-thinker! It’s seriously the worst, every small scenario just becomes so much bigger than it needs to be
  7. How I’m so incredibly embarrassed to leave a room or a conference etc when I need to use the restroom really badly LOL
  8. Doing talks or public speaking in front of a group of people – I am a lot better at this now than I used to be but I still despise it and I wouldn’t do it if I had the choice
  9. Just negative, rude or mean people in general. They truly bring my own personal mood down so I would prefer to stay away from them if I can!
  10. Waiting for a TV show to be back from break or for the new season to start! I’m so impatient and I’m just always dying to know what’s next!

I know the rule of this tag requires people to tag 10 other bloggers but I want to tag everyone that wants to do this! I think this is a really fun tag to do so if you want to, post up 10 things you love and 10 things you hate! You can just say that I tagged you to do it if you want to! =) Have a spectacular day!

Review: Beauteque Mask Maven (May)

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I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have been able to review this May’s bag! My opinions about the overall service still holds and I have only positive things to say about it. I will include all the necessary information from last month in this post so I apologise if it’s repetitive to you since you would’ve already read about it! However, for those of you who are unaware of this service then you will definitely find it extremely useful! =)

Beauteque offers a monthly subscription service, where you can try out 9 to 11 masks every month at an affordable price. The bags do not only contain sheet masks but also hand and feet, hair, wash-off masks and many more. As I have mentioned before, this service is the perfect way to test out a wide selection of masks on the market for a very affordable price!

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The packaging is the same as last month except it is in a hot pink fabric bag this time! This month also has 9 amazing different masks for you to test out!

If you wish to try out the service, there are a range of options for you to choose from:

  1. Month to month at $16 per month
  2. 3 months at $16 per month
  3. 6 months at $15 per month
  4. 12 months at $14 per month

If you do decide to subscribe, keep in mind that billing occurs on the 20th of every month if you choose the first option. If you subscribe after the 10th of the month, you will receive next month’s bag! Bags get shipped out on the 20th of each month.

⟪ Click here to start your monthly subscription! ⟫

I know that I mentioned that I would be reviewing the masks but unfortunately I currently have issues with taking portrait pictures after losing my phone near the start of the month. My current phone is an old hand me down so the quality is just not on par and I am not content about uploading poor quality pictures! I will try to work out a way to post more reviews because I have been slacking in that department but I hope you still enjoy the other posts that I publish!

Blog Tour Award

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Thank you Janice and The Beautified Blogger for nominating me for this award! For those of you who haven’t checked out either of them, you are truly missing out on so much! You will love them as much as I do, there’s no doubt about it! =)

The rules:

  1. Pass the tour on up to four other bloggers.
  2. Give your nominees the rules and a specific Monday to post.
  3. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
    • How does my work differ from others in my genre?
    • How does my writing/creative process work?
    • Why do I write or create what I do?
    • What I’m working on at the moment?
  4. Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator).

I got given 25th of May as the one-time post day!

My answers:

1. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
This is a really tough question to answer because I drew inspiration for my blog from other bloggers! I guess my blog doesn’t differ that much in terms of content but I feel as though I’ve created a layout and theme that has made it more ‘me’. When I was first starting to think about what I wanted my blog to look like, making it personal and also making it a true representation of myself were things that I considered as being extremely important. I guess that’s what makes my blog different – just the fact that it’s a part of me, a part of my personality and interests as a person that makes it truly unique!

2. How does my writing/creative process work?
I don’t really have a particular set process. What I decide to post is usually very spontaneous because I get ideas as they randomly come by. I normally have a few posts prepared in advance that I can publish when my schedule allows, and I honestly just choose the one that feels right to me at the time. I just space them out so that I don’t upload two similar posts back to back! There’s really no set layout or guideline that I follow, I just use my gut feeling! It’s the same when it comes to writing my posts. Of course, if it’s a PR post then I will definitely plan it because I will have to make sure I include all the information needed but if it’s a regular post then I just go with the flow. I guess a review post is closest to me having a mental guideline because I normally start off with an introduction into what the product is and it’s claims, then work my way through to the packaging, all the way to how well the product actually works and finishing off with my signature advantages and disadvantages, and product rating.

3. Why do I write or create what I do?
For me, blogging was a way for me to just simply share my interest in makeup but that’s no longer the main reason why I blog. Now, it’s all about creating a positive and happy environment while still expressing my passion in beauty! I started my blog while I was on my end of year break from uni and I was feeling really unfulfilled, like I wasn’t do anything productive in my life. It was starting to bother me quite a bit so I decided to finally start a blog. I think I’ve said this a few times before but YouTube was initially what I wanted to start off with but being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to invest in a better camera and lighting setup. After much thought, I realised that the investment was too much so I decided to give blogging a try instead and I’m really so so happy that I made that decision. I now write because I truly have fallen in love with it and most of all, being able to interact with all of you is just so special to me! =)

4. What I’m working on at the moment?
I haven’t been working on anything major for my blog at the moment unfortunately! =( If anything, I’m working on a schedule to follow once I finish my finals! I will have a lot more time to blog starting from the final week of June when I’ll be completely done with the first uni semester of the year!

My nominees:

Karen
Katie
Stephie
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The date I’m going to set is two weeks from now, which will be the 8th of June! =) I look forward to seeing your answers to these questions! It’s always fascinating to read about how everyone’s creative mind is so different from each other and these questions are perfect to learn more about them!

How To Improve Your Self-Esteem! ♡

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Hi everyone! Today I bring to you another lifestyle related post to help boost up your self-esteem and help you feel more comfortable in your own skin! This was a list I came across via onlinecounsellingcollege so I have to give the credit to them! I always love sharing tips I stumble upon online because I personally relate to them and always feel a lot more reassured when I read them, so I want to pass it along to all of you guys! =)

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1. It starts with a decision to be your own person. Don’t live your life to please or to impress someone else.

2. Try and grasp the fact that we’re different and have different goals and values, and don’t be swayed by other people who criticise your dreams.

3. Don’t compare your path or journey to someone else’s journey as we start from different places and face different challenges.

4. Be kind, understanding and patient with yourself. Accept that failures and mistakes are a part of everybody’s life. Also, choose to frame mistakes as learning opportunities.

5. You need to root for yourself and seek to be your own best friend. Don’t denigrate yourself in public or when you’re alone.

6. Remind yourself that a weakness can become a strength in time. It takes patience and effort but eventually things change!

7. Make a list of what you’re good at and keep adding to the list. Also, note the strengths that others see and comment on as well.

8. Treat yourself with respect and praise the things that you do well. Don’t write them off as “nothing” or as being “no big deal”.

9. Find ways to dissipate and channel negative emotions. Don’t allow them to dictate the way you start to see yourself.

10. Spend time with those who like you and can see your worth and value, and ignore those who attack you and would like to see you fail.

11. Choose to stand up for yourself and value being more assertive. Also, decide to start to set and then enforce appropriate, healthy boundaries.

12. Admit your mistakes – then learn to laugh at yourself. It helps remove the pressure and the stress of “being perfect”!

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I really hope that you’ll be able to take these on board with you and make you feel better if you’re struggling with self-esteem or confidence issues, or maybe you’re having a rough day and need a few pick me ups! Either way, let me know if these were useful and I can’t wait to share more tips in my future posts! =) ♡

Beginner Makeup Series: Foundation

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Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever series on my blog! =) I thought it would be a great idea to do a series on beginner makeup to help those of you who are maybe new to makeup or are just looking for more tips and tricks. Today I’ll be starting off with foundation as the first instalment of face makeup and then I’ll be working my way through cheeks, eyes and lips!

Foundation is definitely something that most people do not get right at the very beginning without the help of someone else, myself included, so I thought it would the best to begin with! There are so many different factors to take into consideration when picking out a foundation so I’ll be sharing different pieces of advice on how to pick the perfect one for you.

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This is the first thing that people will look for when selecting a foundation because it’s so important to pick one that is the right shade for you. Everyone’s skin tone varies throughout the body so it can be quite difficult to work out what shade will work best for you especially when you are under artificial lighting, which can change the look of your natural tone!

♡ Work out your underlying skin tone. A good way to test this is to look at your veins on your wrist! If they have a blue hue to them, your skin has a cool undertone so it will be more on the pinker side. If they are green, then you have a warm undertone and you will have more yellow or olive pigments in your skin. If it is in between then you have a neutral undertone, where you don’t lean more on one side but you’re just in the middle. It’s not enough to get the right darkness in a foundation but to pick up one with the right undertone so that it will match you perfectly!

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Another important factor to look into is your skin type! Do you have dry, oily or combination skin? Do you prefer a matte or dewy finish? Do you have acne or breakouts? Do you have aging skin? All of these questions are really important to take note of when picking out a new foundation.

♡ If you have oily skin, go for a foundation that has a more matte finish to it so that it will keep oil and sebum at bay throughout the day. If you have drier skin, go for a more dewy or moisturising foundation so that it will not pick up any dry spots on your face!

♡ If you have acne prone skin then you would definitely be eyeing a foundation with fuller coverage. If your skin is more on the clear side, opt for something that has light to medium coverage. However, also remember that foundations are buildable so even if you do have acne prone skin, there is always concealer that you can use to cover up any blemishes that your foundation doesn’t!

Application

♡ Always use a tester or sample! Most of the time, your hands are not the same colour as your face so definitely test out a foundation on your jawline to find the perfect match. A sample would be the most ideal because you will not be in contact with any germs or bacteria build up in a tester bottle, and you will also be able to take a proper look at the foundation under natural lighting at home.

♡ Sometimes a foundation works well with a particular brush and doesn’t work well with another so definitely give different application techniques a try before you completely mark one off your list.

I hope you all liked the first part of my new series! I will be progressively uploading these as my schedule allows so I hope you look forward to them. I’d love to know your feedback and whether you agree with the tips I’ve shared too! If you have anything to add, I’d love to know and I’ll definitely update my post to give you credit! I think it would be amazing to expand these posts so that they will be helpful for everyone. =)