Sterling Silver

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I am a silver girl through and through and there is no jewellery piece I love more than rings. My Tumblr page is littered with instagram snaps of hands adorned in silver, bohemian style rings, and something about these images just spurs my love on even more.

I get attached to my jewellery quickly and want to wear it all the time. I like having 'trademark' pieces that you can always find on my person as well, and it can be really hard to find quality pieces that won't tarnish at a reasonable price. For this reason, I always opt for sterling silver as you can wear them in the shower, to bed and just 24/7 without the quality ever changing.

Stylish sterling silver pieces are also hard to come across, which is why my heart skipped a beat when I saw Lovisa were releasing a sterling silver range. I have had some of these rings for close to a year, and they still look as beautiful and shiny as they were the day I picked them up. I wear these rings 24/7 and only take them off when completely necessary, or when I'm cleaning them.

My favourites are the moon and stars ring, which is my newest addition, and the Hamsa hand with the turquoise stone eye. These are such well made pieces, the stones are so secure I have no worry of them falling off, and they retail for around $20  a piece. I can't say enough good things about Lovisa's sterling silver collection, and I really hope other costume jewellery shops start doing the same.

What is your favourite kind of jewellery to wear?
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Tumblr Inspo #12

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I have had all of these pictures sitting in a folder for the longest time waiting for my next Tumblr Inspo post, so I thought it was about time that I put them all together and give my usual spiel about what's been going on in my life. Largely I was saving this post for the day I did my driving test, because it has been a goal I've shared here multiple times and couldn't wait to update you guys on the progress.

I got my licence! As a 20 year old living in Melbourne, Australia it is (kind of) rare to not have your license by now. This is something I have struggled with since I was 16 and got my learners permit. First I struggled to find time to drive at all, then I struggled with actually getting the hours up as I was only going on minuscule drives and then I wasn't driving at all for a huge two years. In December of 2014 I started driving again and luckily picked it back up quickly. It's now March of 2015 and I have my licence!

I am beyond excited and just wanted to share this snippet of my life with you guys as it was my #1 goal of 2015 and I completed it in the first three months - which feels awesome. How has your week been?
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Perfect Brows

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Brows are a feature that are very important to me, along with most of the blogging community it seems. I'm not someone who trusts other people with my brows as I've heard one too many horror stories. For this reason I have always done my brows myself and am always more than happy with the results, so I thought I would share my tricks with you all!

Shaping
This can be a tricky one depending on what your brows look like naturally, but if you're like me and already have quite a defined shape it's much simpler. If you have a good look at your brows you will see which hairs are the outliers, so to speak, and these are what you want to pluck. Be cautious because one hair too far can make a big difference, but if you take it slow it will be fine. I don't really believe in the "never pluck ___" rules, as I find stray hairs grow both above and below, so do what suits you and your brows.

If your brow shape isn't as defined or you're unsure if you have the right shape down pat, start by filling in your brows as you usually would. Once they're filled in the way you like, it will become clear what hairs need to go and which make up your brow shape.

If you have some hairs that grow above the brow line, those pesky strands that are usually right at the front of the brow, don't be afraid to use scissors (the idea always scared me!). Tiny nail scissors are definitely what will work in your favour,  and this is another thing you really want to take your time with - don't do this as you're needing to rush out the door! Start slow and trim tiny bits a time. It's always better to go slowly than to take off too much at once. 

Filling In
This is my favourite step in my brow routine as it just brings them to life. Everyone prefers a different method when it comes to brows, and I have tried a lot of products, but I always go to back to powder. A powder and wax combination is what I prefer most, as the wax helps the powder adhere to the patches of skin that it usually wouldn't take to. I love powder because it creates a very defined look, but it is also very natural at the same time. 

My method is quite simple. I apply some wax to my brows then go in with a thin angled brush and fill  in my brows. As a rule of thumb, I like to leave the front of the brows quite product free, maybe a light dusting, and tend to go darker the closer to the tail I get. This creates that natural look, as it can look a little blocky if you fill in the front too much. This is my preference, though, and it all depends on what look you're wanting to achieve. Finally, I finish up my work with a brow gel to set and lock in the powder. 

Finishing Touches
There are a few little finishing touches that can really make a difference if you have the time. These are things I don't necessarily do everyday, but when I do it does make my brows pop even more. A brow bone highlight is always great and really does lift the brows. Any shade you feel works, I usually change it up between white and champagne tones.

Concealing around the perimeter of the brows is also another big one. This tidies up any edges and also gives that highlighted effect. It can also mask any stray hairs you've missed. This is definitely something I only do when I have a full face on, but it does give a really nice effect.

These are my steps to my perfect brows, and I like to think they are quite simple and foolproof. Is your routine similar and what is something extra you like to do?
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What's In My Makeup Bag?

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I received a comment the other day from a reader saying that they would love to see what was in my pug makeup bag and I realised that I had never done a post like this. This bag is everything I use often and the things I like to have on hand at all times. While I don't wear all of this makeup every day, it's full of all of my favourites and I thought a mini review on each product would make this post a little more interesting!
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Nude Perfection

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Nudes are such a tricky thing, more so than any other lip colour. I avoided them for so long because I could never find a shade that suited my skin tone - they all looked too much like I'd applied foundation to my lips. However, this Maybelline Color Drama velvet lip pencil in 'Nude Perfection' is a shade I feel would suit a lot of skin tones, especially those in that tricky fair-skin area.

It is deeper than the average nude and has a pinky brown tone to it that is flattering on even super fair skin. This is definitely one to try if you're in the same boat as me and struggle when it comes to finding that perfect nude shade, especially since the Maybelline Color Drama formula is one of my all time favourites. They are ultra pigmented, smooth, creamy and just a dream to apply due to the formula and the format. I have also seen a few comparisons of this shade to MAC's coveted Velvet Teddy, but as I don't own this shade I can't say for sure!

What is your favourite nude of all time?
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My Day In Pictures #1

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This is a series I have wanted to start for a really long time, but I've just never had a day full of "photo worthy" moment. Usually they're unglamorous and I look back on what I captured and I just don't feel inspired to share them. Today was different, and I am so excited to share my first 'Day in Pictures' post.

Today was a really relaxed day but a productive one at that. I got up early to study and catch up on some first week of uni admin type stuff and snuck in a lecture or two as well. Because it was a chilly day today, I finally got to wear my oversized ombre sweater. I bought it a week a go and have been pining for the right weather, but it's been too warm up until now.


I spent most of the afternoon working, but a bit later on I went for a drive and looked around a few shops to get out of the house and take a break. I have been really nervy when it comes to driving lately, as I finally got the thumbs up from my instructor to book my test so I'm finding flaws in everything and psyching myself out.

What was your day like today?
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When It's All Too Much

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Sometimes life decides to throw you everything at once, and that is definitely what I feel like at the moment. It can be so hard to disregard what is going on in your personal life for a moment and to just get on with what you need to do, especially if you're someone who can't stop thinking. These are a few things I've learnt to help me get by and stay sane during periods like this.

Keep Busy
This is such an annoying piece of advice to receive, but it is so true. Keeping busy, whether it be immersing yourself in work or hanging out with friends, it is so crucial when it comes to taking your mind off of things. If you are sitting around and your mind is not occupied, it will always drift back to whatever problems you are experiencing. I find that after a busy day when I'm taking some time at night to wind down, I will realise that I didn't think about something all day long, and that is progress.

Don't Let It Consume You
While it is necessary to reflect on what has happened and think about what you can do to fix or change the situation, thinking about it too much can have adverse effects. Give yourself time to wallow or to think, but after that make sure you snap out of it and do something for you. Problems in life really can become all consuming if you let them, and this can create more issues than it fixes.

Put It Into Perspective
While something may seem like the end of the world to you, chatting with a friend can reveal a perspective you've never thought about before. Sometimes things aren't really as bad as we think, and finding this out is such a welcome relief. Definitely try to talk to a trusted friend about your feelings, and maybe the can offer you something you never considered, or reveal to that the situation isn't as bad as you thought. Either way, it sometimes just feels good to let it all out.

Look After Yourself
It can be so easy to skip meals or lose sleep when your stomach is in knots, but you need to put yourself first. Really take this time to look after yourself as you usually would, but also treat yourself a little more than usual. It will make you feel better, trust me.

What do you like to do when things get a bit much?


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