Sunday, 20 April 2014

Life & Nonsense Etc. #1

Wahh, so many blogging woes lately! You know, the usual. No sunlight, the paying job ruining my blogging visions etc. What a downer, eh. But, I am back with a few posts up my sleeve, including a new and semi regular (hopefully) post where I thought I would share with you all what's been happening in my riveting life (let's be honest, it's mostly based from the couch, and sometimes my bed).

I actually really enjoy these posts from fellow bloggers - as much as I love reading about hair and beauty and fashion (obsessively, my Bloglovin feed is insane lately, and I'm still not satisfied), sometimes it's so nice to actually learn about the person behind the blog, like their non-beauty interests and life outside the blogging realm. My favourite's to read are of course, the lovely Tenneil and her 'Life Lately' posts, where she always talks about all the amazing movies and TV shows she's watched lately. Also, her insanely good taste in music in on point (plus girlfriend includes a playlist at the end of every post - win!). I also love reading Lily's 'Wear Life Eats' posts, Suzi's 'Sunday Post'sBrittany's 'Sunday Edit's, and From Roses has just started her own 'Life Lately' series which I already know I'm going to enjoy.


Thing's have been a bit up and down the past year (or more like five), and I really need for this year to be different, so I've adapted this new outlook on life, I guess, where I've come to terms with the fact that nothing I choose to do is going to be easy. I wish I could have stuck to my Business degree and gotten myself a big girl job three years ago, but that didn't happen, and now I'm stuck with a Fine Arts degree and still no idea what I want to do with my life. I've gone through lists of possible outlets, all creative and none specifically listed on any job websites - y u so hard, creative industry!

Lately, I've had a few people suggest to me that I should get into the Makeup Industry. I initially laughed because the idea was absurd to me, but the more I think about it, the more it appeals to me. Sometimes when I think of hopping off to 'Beauty School', I think of those girls in high school, and the general stereotypes that are attached to that side of the industry. It's so silly, but I can't help it. I know it's not like that, but I can't shake it off. There's also the part of me that would dread telling everyone I know that 'Hey, I've decided to be a makeup artist!', only because I am the Queen of career changes. The looks of disbelief I would receive are already making me cringe.

But at the end of the day, I shouldn't care what people think. I've not felt this strongly about a potential 'career' before, and every day I get more and more excited about the idea of potentially being able to do something that I love and am so curious about. So I'm going to sit on it for a little while, see if it still appeals to me in a few months before I start to take some serious steps towards it.

But for now, I remain in my awful retail job, devoid of sunlight, intelligent people, and phone reception (don't ask).


I'd been in a bit of a music slump for a while, so I decided to just go for it, and download a bunch of new albums that have just recently been released. Two have been on high rotation lately: the first, and my absolute favourite is the new Band of Skulls titled 'Himalayan'. This album is so damn good. Personal favourites are Himalayan (everytime I get into my car, this is the first song I play), Asleep At The Wheel, and Hoochie Coochie. I'm not even sure how to describe it, but I guess if you're into the likes of The Black Keys or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club then you might enjoy this!

I've also been loving the Pixies first album in almost ten years, 'Indie Cindy'. I love, love the Pixies and this album does not dissapoint. It's technically not out yet (April 28th officially, and starting today selected record shops will be stocking it for Record Store Day) but if you can get your paws on it, I'd highly recommend! Bagboy is so good!

As far as TV goes, like 90% of the world I have been utterly ripped apart by the most recent Game Of Thrones episode. No spoilers, but so many feelings. So many. This TV show completely ruins my life.
In between getting my heart ripped apart by Game Of Thrones, I've started re-watching all of the Skins series - backwards for some reason. I thought maybe I was a bit too old for this show now, but apparently not, because I am hooked all over again! The music, the drama, the life I almost wish I had as a teenager!

My final point for today's post is mostly just to mention that I've recently been re-discovering the fun you can have in Photoshop, and just with photography and video in general. Three years of being a Photomedia major and burning out had put me off Photoshop for a while, but I've slowly gotten myself reacquainted and I'm beginning to remember it all over again! Not only has it inspired me to get creative with my photography again, but I've had a bit of an urge to translate this into my videos as well. Lately, I've been obsessing over Lily's videos and her editing, and I think that I'd love to start experimenting more with my filming techniques and post processing. Obviously, I need to learn how to get the basics down first (God, I'm still learning, so slowly) but it's good motivation to keep practising!

Well, that's it from me! Sorry this got quite long and rambly, I got a bit carried away with my 'life' venting, had to get it off my chest I guess! I'd love to know your thoughts on whether you like these kind of personal posts from bloggers, and if you guys ever have any music can throw them this way ;)

As usual, you guys can always keep up to date with me on my Instagram and my Twitter, but if you have Pinterest you can also follow me there! I have been pinning like a mad woman, lately!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

VIDEO: March Favourites

I'm back again with my March Favourites! A little late, I'm sorry. Things have been a bit crazy this month, I am so looking forward to this long weekend! Basically, I was meant to work maybe 2-3 shifts the past fortnight, and it turned into 10, and counting, so all the blog plans I had flew out the window. I know, ugh, earning money and all that, it's so tiring!

I don't think there's any surprises in this video. I've only raved about some of these products three, five, ten times over. Who's counting? I was going to include my beloved Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in the video too, but it rolled off the couch at some point and I forgot about it, and then found it under the couch after the video (along with a dollar coin, yesss) and my spirit died a little. I found the entire pencil had broken off, rendering the entire thing basically unusable. I nearly cried. Not just because it was so damn good, but also because cripes, it cost a lot! I can't bear to toss the packaging either so I'm basically messing around with a stub of pencil every morning because goddmnit, I am not throwing away $34 worth of beautiful, effortless pencil (weep...).

Enjoy my lovelies, like and subscribe if you please, you know the drill!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

USA '14 Trip Photos - Las Vegas & Los Angeles

Ahh, Las Vegas. The city of extravagance. This was my second visit to Las Vegas, however this time round was a lot stepping in front of a hairdryer and more...moderate temperatures (note: do NOT visit Las Vegas in Summer). We only had two nights and one day in Vegas, so I had to ask my friend Ruth to choose between visiting the Grand Canyon, or seeing a show. Luckily for me, she chose to see a show (I had been to the Grand Canyon on my last trip) and we ended up having all day to wonder around the city!

Our taxi driver told us we should visit Downtown Las Vegas, aka Old Las Vegas, and walk down Fremont St. So we got the bus down and checked it out.

I wasn't sure what exactly we were meant to see when we were there, but it was kind of funny walking around and seeing crazy street performers and the usual Las Vegas faff. We visited The Golden Nugget where a giant chunk of gold was stored which was actually dug up in Australia! I also walked past a casino that advertised 99c Deep Fried Twinkies and I dragged Ruth in with disbelief written right across my face until it was there, in my hand, oozing with oil and coated in a thick layer of powdered sugar (as if it needed it?). It actually exists, and I impressed myself by lasting a two whole mouthfuls before it went straight in the bin. Oh dear, I still can't believe that was a real thing on a real menu.

So we decided to go see 'O' by Cirque De Soleil in the Bellagio Theatre and wow, I have never been so blown away by something in my life. There was so many things happening on that stage I didn't know where to look half the time, and everything about it was just 'O', for real. Never have I gasped so much in one sitting. I would go see that show again in a heartbeat if I could! Afterwards, I decided Ruth needed to go see the infamous lobby ceiling in the Bellagio, which is a heap of blown glass flowers clustered together, and it is AMAZING. So beautiful. We also wondered through the rest of the lobby to discover a whole section further down where they had created a garden with a mixture of real and fake flowers, a real greenhouse with actual butterflies inside, huge caterpillar sculptures (and lady bugs!) and even a 'painting' that was actually created with real life flowers and plants. Just, simply amazing. Like I said, extravagance.

We also took a walk through The Venetian's shops, which are all indoors. It's themed to look like Venice, and can I just someone who has been to Venice in Italy, they have done a damn good job at replicating it. Just, wow! Can I say extravagance again? I just did.

Our last stop of the trip was Los Angeles, we had a day and a half before we left for home, so like the total tourists we are, we stumbled across Madame Tussauds and thought we'd kill some time in there as neither of us had ever been inside one before. I thought it was great, it was scary how life like some of the people were! This is me directing with my all time favourite, Quentin Tarantino. No biggie.

I was pretty much sold on Madame Tussauds when I found out Leo aka Love Of My Life was inside, so I had my moment of course. Oh, Leo. I was also quite chuffed to 'meet' Will Smith, who doesn't love Will Smith? We capped off our holiday by trekking out to Venice Beach and having lunch there, and then boarded our looong plane ride home.

This will have been my fourth visit to the United States, and I have loved it each and every time! It's not just the shopping I love, although that helps, it's just everything! I feel pretty well travelled now, I feel like I could safely advise anyone who was travelling there on where to go (lol) and what to see. What a know-it-all, haha!

I hope you guys have enjoyed my photos, I'm sorry they were so pic heavy, but I had so much I wanted to share with you! I'm getting back into the habit of blogging though, and I have a few beauty related posts coming up shortly, plus I've been tinkering with video making lately as well, and whilst it's somewhat frustrating and so foreign to me, it's exciting having a new avenue to explore and more room for creativity!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

VIDEO: Quick and Easy Subtle Smokey Eye Tutorial

My lovelies, I relented and purchased the Canon 600D purely so I could start playing around with videos. I know, I'm pathetic! But I'm really enjoying it so far, and I can't wait to start getting more practise so I can deliver more for you!

In saying that, the making of this video was awful from the very beginning. I'm still getting the hang of things. Someone remind me next time that my face being in full view would probably be helpful for viewers. And also, my iMovie HATES me. It refused to let me export my video after HOURS of editing, and I still don't know exactly what the problem was. I Googled and have come up with either the fact that iMovie did not like me having clips less than 5 seconds in length (which I later removed), or it did not like me adding any extras to clips such as text or music. OK YOU WIN IMOVIE.

Let's not even get started on the fact I seem to have the slowest upload speed in the world. Australia has the 92nd slowest upload speeds in the world, fun fact! #firstworldproblems

Anyway, I still had fun doing this, and think I might head down a similar path with my next few videos. I did plan on doing a March favourites video also, but I feel like that time has come and gone. Hello, April. You have come quite suddenly, and I was not prepared!

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any requests I would gladly consider them!

As always, please give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed, and make sure to subscribe to know when I post new videos!