Wednesday, December 31, 2014


 Today is the last day of 2014 and what a year it was! It was full of ups and downs, self-discovery and life changing events. Most of all I had exceptionally good-looking diary pictured below :)

  • I regained my self-esteem which helped me to find a new job
  • I quit my old job of 6 years that was going nowhere and was ruining me financially as I was forced to take a lot of unpaid leave and reduce my hours. However I miss my old clients a lot.
  • Got a new part-time job to supplement my income and got offered to go full-time 3 months later. 
  • Went from working part-time to working full-time.
  • Went to US for 2 weeks in November.
  • Turned 30.

Looking back my goals were mainly financial such as getting rid of debts and having savings. I had three credit cards and one of them was particularly bad. I did a balance transfer to a 0% for 14 months credit card and paid the other two off. Now I have only 1/3 of the original debt remaining and planning to pay it all off by the end of the offer period. I also started a savings account and planning to use those savings for my next holiday.

One of the ongoing and very common objectives was to eat healthy, exercise and maintain weight. I must say I have been up and down in that department but overall satisfied with my accomplishments. Going full-time meant I have less time to exercise and get more tired overall but I don't drive to work any more and rely on public transport which means more walking. I've lost 3-4 kgs around May-June mainly due to stress and being sick but managed to gain it back after US and party season.

My aspirations for 2015:
  • Practice positive self-talk and be aware of negative thoughts, unjustified assumptions and conclusions. Appreciate what you have and work on aspects you wish to change.
  • Get rid of things you don't need or like.
  • Limit contact with people who bring you down or waste your time. Spend that time instead on quality friends, me-time and family.
  • Continue eating healthy and exercising regularly, aim to make 80% of the meals.
  • Smash credit card debt and work on reducing mortgage, my aim is to pay off our place within 3-5 years. 
  • Explore! Visit new countries, cities or be a tourist in your own back yard.
  • Keep my unit looking nice - get rid of clutter, keep it clean and replace old and ugly bit.
  • Appreciate what you have :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

USA beauty haul part 2

One of the best finds in Sephora was this mascara set which had 9 trial-sized and 1 full size of their top selling mascaras (Urban Decay, YSL, Sephora, Lancome, Kat Von D, Boxom, Benefit, Josie Marant, Shashbox, Clinique plus Sephora eye make-up remover).It was around AUD$50 which is a good value for the amount of product you get. I love that it lets you try all these different products before splurging on the best one. I've only tried Benefit's They are real and didn't like it that much.

My trip wouldn't be complete without EOS lip balms. I've tried strawberry one before and really liked it so I've collected all the flavours I could find - strawberry sorbet, honeysuckle honeydew, sweet mint, pomegranate raspberry, lemon drop and summer fruit.

...and given that nail polishes are about 1/2 price of what we pay here made me come back with few of them. I got OPI in ski slope sweetie which is a sheer white polish with gold glassy shimmer and three Essie in Cocktail and Coconuts (nude beige with silver micro-shimmer), Bikini so Teeny (bright sky blue with silver micro-shimmer) and On a Silver Platter (various sized glitter in gold, blue and prism)

Sunday, December 07, 2014

USA beauty haul...part 1

Two weeks ago I returned from my long-anticipated USA trip. I went there to celebrate my 30th Birthday and really enjoyed my trip. It made me see certain things in different light and learn to appreciate what I already have. Deep and meaningful thoughts aside I managed to bring quite a collection of beauty products that were either unavailable in Australia or are way way cheaper in US which was frequently encountered.

After trying a small sample of Midnight Recovery from Kiehl's I was set on getting a full-size bottle. I managed to nab bigger 50 ml size plus got lots of generous samples as well.
Sephora was full of weird and wonderful beauty tools so I've picked up soft silicone cleansing pad and super soft facial brush. They both do an amazing job at giving my skin an extra cleanse which being very gentle.

Suncare range was equally as impressive, I even saw SPF 100 sunscreen. I am very picky with sunscreen and dislike the majority of sunscreens sold over here. I managed to find Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 sunscreen that not only smells amazing (coconut and cocoa) but also feels like a regular light moisturiser. L'Occitane there has this SPF 15 body oil that felt really good on my skin and smelled amazing, so it came home with me too.

Haircare is often bulky and hard to transport so only got this Bumble and Bumble thickening hairspray and Aussie moisturising treatment. Aussie brand seems to be very popular over there and doesn't cost much, shame we don't have it here.

As a self-proclaimed perfume collector I was expecting to return with a suitcase full of fragrance...but instead only got two gift sets. I am actually quite pleased about it because I've spend under $50 on these two sets.
Kiehl's set has four 10 ml sprays in it, which are perfect for my handbag and travelling. I love that Kiehl's has the actual oils and extracts in their perfume range and they are well-blended and smell quite natural.
Orange Flower & Lychee pretty fruity floral scent with prominent lychee note and just enough sweetness.
Fig Leaf & Sage is a green aromatic unisex scent, it won't get many complements but I find it very calming...I imagine wearing it on lazy Sunday...
Vanilla & Cedarwood I love this one! It reminds me of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. The sweetness of vanilla is nicely balanced by woody notes making it very sophisticated. It has a very good lasting power too.
Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit is an uplifting and inoffensive scent, will be great for hot weather.

I also got this gorgeous L'Artisan set from Sephora for just $20. It has 10 2 ml samples of their most popular scents.
- Batucada
- Caligna
- Fou D'Absinthe
- La Chasse Aux Papillons
- L'eau D'Ambre Extreme
- Mure Et Musc Extreme
- Nuit De Tuberuse
- Premier Figuier
- Seville A L'Aube
- Timbuktu

I might do a detailed review in L'Artisans once i get to sample them properly.

...part 2 is coming soon :)