23 Things I’ve Learnt in 23 Years.

Hey Guys!

Today is my 23rd birthday, kind of relishing in the fact it’s my 23rd birthday on the 23rd date, oh and you know, I’m also in Barcelona! Well I mean technically I’m on my way from Barcelona to Sevillie but, anyway, I’m in Spain. I wanted to do a special post today, 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years! Here goes!

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes, even huge monumental, life-changing ones! I’ve made so many huge mistakes in my life, but I honestly would not be in the relationship I am, with the life that I have, if I hadn’t made those mistakes!
  2. Don’t take your friendships for granted. I spent the last two years on the other side of the world to all my friends but one and it has been so hard not having those friends close by. Probably the hardest thing about living in London.
  3. No relationship is perfect! Relationships are work, you have to constantly communicate and the moment you stop talking things go wrong.
  4. Travel as much as you can!
  5. Take risks, it’s okay if things don’t work out 100% like you wanted!
  6. Eat what you want and be happy, your self-worth isn’t based on a number on a scale as long as you’re healthy and happy that’s all that matters.
  7. Love wholeheartedly, don’t be scared of getting hurt.
  8. You don’t have to be friends with someone who you don’t want to.
  9. Always stop to appreciate the beauty around you – literally stop to smell the flowers, stare at the sky, enjoy nature it’s beautiful
  10. Drink water, all of the water
  11. A good skincare routine will change your life
  12. Invest in good olive oil, it’ll change your life
  13. Avoid touristy areas when travelling when eating, stick to side streets and away from the centre, the food will be better and cheaper!
  14. Always be nice to the people serving you
  15. Never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy
  16. Set a budget for your travels and then add another couple of thousand, enjoy your holiday and indulge, so you’re left with no regrets – but don’t put it on credit always have the cash in hand!
  17. Appreciate your parents, they worked so hard to give you everything in life.
  18. Always work your hardest, even if you hate your job, you never know when you’re gonna need to ask something of an old boss or colleague!
  19. Alway’s say thank you – manners are so important
  20. Take all the photos, ask for people to take photos of you, take selfies! Memories are everything!
  21. Planning is important, but also life changes unexpectedly – one moment you could be planning to finish uni and apply for medical school and the next minute you’re moving overseas for two years, things change, embrace it!
  22.  If you don’t want to drink on a night out, don’t
  23. Live your life exactly how you want! It’s your life don’t let someone else dictate how you live your own life!

April Monthly Faves

Okay, guys, I think I want to start doing a monthly faves post each month… I’m going to start it this month and I’ll try for May and June, however, I will be travelling Europe so I may not have anything new to share. I’ll be limited to what I take with me as far as makeup and skincare and clothes etc… but I can try with things like new foods, restaurants, places, and wine. Anway lets get started on this month’s faves! I think, especially with the fashion faves I’ll insert a little grid of photos of the items I love so you can see, it’s hard to describe items without showing them (This would be so much easier for a vlogger!)

Skincare

When it comes to skincare, it’s something that I’ve sort of really only started to get into this year. In fact, it was my new year’s resolution, to start taking care of my skin properly! So here is a list of what I’ve found to become my favourites, some I only started using this month but other’s I have been using a little longer but I thought I’d include them since this is my first faves post! (Check out my Skin Care routine post for explanations on why I use and love certain products Skincare Routine!)

  • Boots Ingredients Cleansing and Purifying and the Energising and Revitalising sheet masks! (I tried 4/5 of them but those two were my faves)
  • The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (the green tea one)
  •  Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Wash
  • Dead Sea Spa Magik Rich Moisturiser
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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Makeup

This month I have been trying all new sorts of brands and products, here are some that I just keep reaching for!

  • Cody Airspun Loose Setting Powder in Naturally Neutral
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (Yes I know this old, but I’ve only just bought it)
  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation
  • The Ordinary Serum Foundation
  • The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

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Hair

  • John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner (I love this shampoo and conditioner, when I was blonde it was my lifesaver and now that I have the blonde on the ends of my hair it really just prolongs the colour and stops its changing)

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Health

  • Vitamin D tablets – Last year I went to a doctor about my energy levels and he told me I should start taking vitamin D tablets in fact, he actually said: “Anyone who lives in the U.K really should be taking them”. Anyway I bought them but I’m really bad at taking a pill regularly, I just forget but anyway the last sort of 8 weeks I’ve been continuously taking them and I have really noticed a change in my energy and my mood, I actually want to go out and do things after work instead of coming straight home and sleeping! The other day I found myself willingly walking around the shops browsing after a shift, that is literally something I’ve never done because I’ve always been too exhausted!
  • My Mirena! – I was writing an explanation for this but I felt like it was too long, should I do a separate post as to why I’ve ended up with the Mirena as my contraception choice and why I love it? Let me know in the comments!

Fashion

  • Mom Jeans, I’m probably behind on this bandwagon but I’ve always been a skinny jean person but this past month I can’t get enough of my Mom jeans!
  • My rose gold Adidas Stan Smith Shoes – OBSESSED!
  • My chocolate brown leather Ashwell backpack! (It was expensive but I absolutely love it!

 

Books

I’ve actually managed to read a fair bit this month, I’m currently swapping between a few books that I am loving!

  • The Girl Online Series by Zoe Sugg! (I finished the 3 books in like a week but they were fun and easy to read, perfect for reading on the tube to work at 6 am when your brain isn’t working yet!)
  • Exhausted to Energised – Dr Libbys Guide to Living Your Life with More Energy! – by Dr Libby Weaver
  • Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell (This one was so good, the ending was so unexpected!)
  • Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (I’m not hugely into poetry but I love this, a girl from work was reading it and I had a flick through and immediately ordered it on Amazon)

Another thing I bought this month and am TOTALLY OBSESSED with it my Simple Modern Stainless Steel drink bottle! Another two of my goals this year was to use less plastic and drink more water and with this bottle I do!
I love that its stainless steel so it keeps my water super cold and fresh (I literally had it sitting in the sun when it was 26 and the outside was hot to touch but the water inside was still ice cold!) and I am using much less plastic than when I was just buying bottled water, I love it!

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Anyway guys, these are all the things I have been obsessing over in April! I hope you guys enjoyed! Let me know what you guys have been obsessing over this month!

Blogging Challenge: Day 25

Day 25: My Biggest Regret

I know everyone says this, that they have no regrets in life but I honestly don’t. Everything that I’ve been through has made me the person I am today, I have made so many mistakes but that has taught me everything that I know, how the world works and how sometimes things aren’t easy. Everything that has happened has gotten me to the point I am now and I have never been happier and I wouldn’t want to go back and change anything and risk not being where I am or who I am right now…

What about you guys, do you have any regrets?

First Self Tan Experience – Sudden Self Confidence Boost

OHHHH right okay, being from Australia I’ve always had just the slightest bit of colour to my skin, the lifestyle, the weather, everything encourages you to go outside and so you build just naturally a little colour. Living in the UK for the last two years, it’s all gone, I am translucent, the lightest shades in BB cream are too dark for me and I have always been afraid of fake tan. You see when they go wrong and I couldn’t handle if I was orange or streaky or anything so I’ve spent the last two years translucent (apart from when I spent two weeks in Greece and got some colour).

Anyway, going back to last weekend I logged on to boots.com just to see my point balance and as it would have it I had point balance of 3850 which is equal to £38.50 so I thought oh why not, lets grab some tan and a tanning mitt and give it ago before I leave for my holiday. So after exfoliating my body I donned the mitt and grabbed the tan and I started. I’m not even gonna lie, it was terrifying and even though I only planned on doing my legs I couldn’t figure out how to end it so it looked nice and smooth and so I just kept going and in the end, I did my whole body… Watching this stuff process and do its thaaaang, again was a scary experience. In fact so scary that I washed it off after like 30 mins, which I think because it was an express tan and I was so pale it was enough time to give me a colour that is making me feel like a beautiful tanned goddess. I have learnt that it’s going to be scary while it’s processing and colouring you but it’s okay it will wash off and it will look all good, it won’t look like what it looks like when its processing and now I know for next time to just relax. I literally feel so good, I just want to be this tanned forever…

I used the Bondi Sands Express One Hour Tan, I do like the tan that it gave me, it’s even, I can’t see any streaks and I’m very happy with the colour. I did have a little trouble with the part where the mousse comes out, I struggled to get it out the thing you press felt stiff and like it didn’t want to move but after a while, it would push out a blob and I could continue tanning. Aside from that, I am very happy with the end result. The only other thing I found was that even though I only put the littlest bit on my face for a very short time, it seems to have made me breakout, so I think next time I’ll leave the face and just use a darker foundation to match my neck…SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

I wish I had a before and after so I could show you my new found bronzeness, however I do not because I did not think ahead and wasn’t really planning on writing about this experience because I expected it to go horribly wrong and I was gonna have to spend hours in the bath scrubbing it off and was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t.

And that was my first experience with self-tanning!

How Much Does My Face Cost

So, I thought this would be a fun little post to do, could also be quite scary to add put but let’s do it! I’ll separate it into skincare and makeup and then add them together!

Skincare

  • Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub – £4.50
  • The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – £4.20
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – £5.00
  • Dead Sea Spa Magik Rich Moisturiser – £7.99
  • The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – £5.80
  • Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash – £8.99
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – £9.00
  • Dr Weil Mega Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender Spf 45 – £28.80

Total: £74.28

Makeup

  • The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer – £3.90
  • YSL All Hours Foundation – £33.50
  • Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – £7.75
  • No.7 Blush – £9.00
  • no.7 Match Made Bronzer – £12.50
  • MAC Mineralise Skin Finish – £25.50
  • L’Oreal Paris Lash Architect – £11.00

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – £24.00

Total: £127.15

Which makes the scary combined total of £201.43…

I mean for in comparison to some people it’s probably not that much but to me, that’s like 3.5 days of work ooooops…

Blogging Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: Current Skin Care Routine

Right guys so, skin care is something I’ve really only sort of just started getting into, in fact, it was my new year’s resolution, to have a proper skincare routine that I followed every morning a night and actually I have been really good at following it, except of course if I’ve had a really big night out! I do however make sure I do remove my make up every night no matter what, which in the past wasn’t something I was very good at and I have really noticed a difference in my skin!

Essentially I use the same products both morning and night, except I swap out cleansers and moisturisers…

So my morning routine includes these following items, I’ll list them in the order that I use them!

  1. Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub
  2. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (Salicylic Acid is really good for cleaning out your pores!)
  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (Helps fight blemishes)
  4. Dead Sea Spa Magik Rich Moisturiser (I like this because it feels quite rich and moisturising but you only need the tiniest amount and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin!)
  5. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (This is for your eyes and reduces both puffiness and pigmentation)

And my night time routine includes the following:

  1. Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash (I really like this, it leaves my skin feeling so clean and you only need the smallest amount!)
  2. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  4. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
  5. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rose Hip Seed Oil is really good for balancing pigmentation and skin texture!)

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And yeah they’re essentially the products I’ve settled on and use every day, I tried a few brands (both high end and cheaper) and different methods at the beginning of the year trying to find what worked for me and in the end, I have settled with this little routine! I think one of my favourite things is the price of the items I use, the most expensive item is the Rose Hip Oil at just under £10, all products range between £5-10!

I’ve sort of become obsessed with The Ordinary! I use one of their silicone based primers which I absolutely love, and today I’m trying their serum foundation for the first time so we’ll see how that goes, so far I am liking it!

Blogging Challenge: Day 15

Half way through this challenge and I’m really loving it!

Day 15: Where will I Be In 5 Years?

Todays question has got me thinking to be honest, I feel like these days my life is pretty stable and I’m happy and I feel like Lachy and I have a pretty set sort of 10 year plan and goals we want to work towards..

So I think I’ll start buy sort of going through the plan for the next 5, which essentially is just me finishing uni and getting a proper teaching job, paying as much off of the mortgage as possible and getting a puppy! I think I’d probably like to be married or at least engaged (Lachlan that ones on you!) so I guess yeah in 5 years I’d like to have a real job, be making solid progress on the mortgage and have a puppy! Hahah

However, as I said this post really got me thinking, and if you’d asked me 5 years ago where I’d be today, I definitely would not have said that I’d be on the tube on the way to work in London! So really who knows where I’ll be in 5 years, as long as I have Lachy by my side I’ll be happy!

Blogging Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: 3 Healthy Habits

So my 3 healthy habits are

  1. I drink at least 2L of water a day
  2. I try to make sure I do at least 10000 steps a day
  3. I don’t cook a meal without at least 3 veggies in it

Hahah so this one is a little short and sweet today! But there’s day 14, two weeks in nearly half way there!

Blogging Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: Whats Inside My Fridge

I actually cleaned or half of the fridge out yesterday when my groceries for the week were delivered, but since we obviously houseshare and we share a fridge, it’s not as organised as I would like my fridge to be but yeah! Anyway here’s what’s in my fridge!

Right so I think the best way would to just take a photo of each shelf and describe from there hahah

So on my first shelf, I have pretty much just cheese and dips:
– Black Olive Tapenade dip
– Harrisa Houmous dip
– Mature Cheddar Slices
– Halloumi
– Feta
– Sour Cream

On my second shelf, I have some desserts and some more cheese:
– A Lemon Tart from Paul
– A Vanilla and Chocolate Cheesecake
– Parmigiano Reggiano
– Brie

My next shelf, which is the bottom shelf is essentially just all my meat products:
–  GBK Burger Patties
– Smoked Bacon Rashers
– A Tapas Platter with chorizo, cheese and olives
– Chorizo Ring
– Siracha Hot Sauce (Probably my fave thing in the fridge)
– Minced Garlic
– Minced Ginger
– Tomato Paste

And now last is my veg drawer!
– A packet of Superfood Salad mix
– Mixed Peppers
– Tenderstem Broccoli
– Celery Sticks
– Fresh Chillis
– Carrots

And the only drinking item I have is a bottle of white wine chilling, that Lachy and I bought after a wine tasting on Friday night!

So I actually have a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t normally stock in my fridge, like all the dips and tapas and cheese items as well as the dessert stuff but Lachy and I are having a picnic on Wednesday since the weather is nice, so I got all the stuff for that! The rest is just what I needed for dinners this week, however, we’re really only home for dinner Monday and Tuesday this week so it’s not much!

 

 

 

 

Blogging Challenge: Day 11

Today’s challenge is a hard one, I have so many favourite foods I am actually struggling…

Day 11: 10 Favourite Foods

  1. My Granny’s Lasagne (it’s literally the best)
  2. Antipasti (olives, cheeses, cured meats, bread)
  3. A Roast Dinner
  4. Chips and Gravy
  5. Creme Brulee
  6. Lavander Panacotta
  7. Steamed Dumplings
  8. This chorizo and halloumi rice thing I make
  9. Anything with truffle (especially pasta or mashed potato)
  10. Pizza

I know I cheated by putting antipasti as one thing but my list would’ve been so loong if I listed them individually..