Hello 2015

31 December 2014

I was looking back at my "Hello 2014" blog post, and something that really struck me was how much I have changed since then. Exactly a year ago, I was writing about bidding farewell to 2013, and now another year has passed. This year has been the best year in my 19 years of existence. You know why? Because I told myself that I will grasp every opportunity and live to the fullest. I won't shy away from events, and things that scare me like I did before. Because of that, life has rewarded me through 2014.

2014 was the year I met my extended family after 8 years, it was the year I traveled to 3 different countries, the year I was nominated for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Awards, it was the year this blog grew to something I would have never imagined. It was also the year I transferred universities, the year where I met some amazing people, including all of you (we may have never met, but I consider all of you to be family). Let's just say, 2014, you were pretty freaking awesome.

I don't want to make this sound too corny, but I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for going through this journey with me. For being patient when I don't exactly blog on time. This blog is like my own child, and to see it grow and evolve in the way it has really makes me appreciate all the opportunities that have been presented to me. From 1000 views last year, to over a 100,000 views. From 10 followers last year, to now nearly a 100! You all are amazing.
I don't have any resolutions for 2015, except probably getting my red P's (I know, so embarrassing), but I'm going to continue the mind set that I had in 2014. Grasp every opportunity, and work hard because life will reward you.

I'm spending this NYE by having a party at my place surrounded by all of those who have made this year so special. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Years Eve, and I shall see you in 2015 with even more blog posts, and some awesome content.

Thank you for reading, and let's end this year with a bang!

Why I'm Not a Fan of Sephora AU

19 December 2014

This post is a little different as you can tell from the title. No beauty review, no "Top 5 Mascaras" (though I do have something of the sort coming very soon!). You see, today I'm angry. Actually, I've been angry ever since the launch of Sephora Australia, which has been the very reason that as a Sydney-sider and a beauty lover, I still haven't visited the beauty mecca. Now, before I start this rant, I'm not saying that I won't ever go to Sephora, or that you shouldn't go to Sephora, because let's get real, this is just my opinion on the matter, and I most likely will go and check out their range sooner or later.

Christmas Gift Guide: Tech Geeks

16 December 2014

Another day, another gift guide. Since we're currently in the 21st Century, it's inevitable that you most likely have a friend who loves technology. Whether they're an Apple fan or a Samsung, there's something out there for all the tech geeks. Since tech geeks aren't the cheapest people to shop for, I decided to compile a list of "accessories" for gadgets they may already have. Or accessories that will help them in life, so every time they use it, they'll remember you!

Christmas Gift Guide: Organiser/Book Lover

15 December 2014

Yesterday we talked about gifts for the beauty enthusiast, and today we're talking about my personal favourite, the organiser/book lover. I'm a huge book fan, give me a good book and I will sit all day and all night until I finish it. There is just something about books that make me excited, perhaps it's the fact that you can escape from your own world temporarily, and live as your favourite character a little while. Not only do I love reading, but I also love organising, diaries, planners, clean rooms, etc. I'm the Monica Geller or the real world, just not that crazy. These gifts are perfect for the readers, the writers, the busy mums or the stressed school/university kids. They're also perfect for yourself! So keep reading to see what I picked out.

10 Piece Jessup Brushes - Sigma Dupe?

Sigma. You either love em' or you hate em', I'm not really sure what to think of them. I won't say I hate them, I'm just not a fan of the whole "let's give these to every beauty guru on the planet so they can rave about them". Don't get me wrong, they're not bad brushes, they're just overexposed. Anyway, Thanks to the lovely Nalini at The Made Up Maiden (you should check her out, her blog is a great read!), I discovered Jessup Brushes as she posted a photo of them. As soon as I laid eyes on them I knew I had to check them out and review them, so now that I've had them for a while, I thought I'd let you know what I think of them.

Christmas Gift Guide: Beauty Enthusiast

14 December 2014

Christmas is upon us, and I would have to say that this is my favourite time of the year. My family doesn't celebrate Christmas, but it's the feeling of festivity and excitement that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside — of course, the Australian heat could be contributing to that feeling, but I'm sure you all know exactly what I'm talking about. With only about a week left for last minute Christmas shopping, I thought it would be a good idea to create a gift guide compiled with ideas that are readily available and you don't have to purchase online and worry about it coming on time. Today is for all my beauty enthusiasts, and if you're like me and don't celebrate Christmas, maybe you can buy it for yourself!

Hair Styling Essentials

8 December 2014

Do you have a hair crush? Someone who's hair you envy and every time you style your own, you're always hopeful that it would end up looking somewhat like theirs? I know I do. I actually have a couple, which include Nina Dobrev, Victoria Justice, Sofia Vergara, Mila Kunis, and I could probably go on forever. While we do need to take into account that they have hair stylists at their beck and call, it is possible to achieve similar results from your bedroom if you have the right products.

Favourite Revlon Products

4 December 2014

If someone asked me "if you could only purchase one brand from the drugstore, which would it be?" then without a doubt, I would say Revlon. I'm sure many people will agree with me when I say that some of their products are on par with high end, luxury brands. If I look back on my life, then I remember my Mum using Revlon years ago, and still using it today, so that says something. While Revlon isn't the most affordable brand of makeup out there, which does irk me believe it or not, I love how they have a wide range of products, and huge array of lipstick shades. So to make your life a little bit easier, here are my favourite Revlon products in no particular order.