Thursday, 1 September 2016

Focused on Fitness


Recently, I haven't felt happy with my body image and overall health. 
When it comes to fitness I sometimes have trouble pushing myself
when I am not in a group environment or under direction of a trainer. 
After setting my personal fitness goals I looked into starting classes at
a local Crossfit gym. Yes, crossfit. Most of you will think of those insane 

Youtube videos of super-fit guys trying to jump onto stacks of high boxes
and sometimes failing at it hard. Since I've never tried it before, I didn't
know exactly what to expect.   


After my first couple classes, it has been one of the most intense
and hardest workouts I've ever had. My coach is the most no-nonsense
guy you will ever meet, and reminds me of an American drill sergeant.
If you're looking for a full body workout that will leave you starfished on
the floor crossfit is perfect for you. I am still working out what hairstyle 

will be best for these varying exercises I will be doing. 

An example of what type of exercises
you will be doing as a beginner:


  • 15 Burpees
  • 15 Cleans
  • 15 Air-Squats
  • 15 Sit-ups
  • 15 Cleans
  • 15 Burpees

Let's say you have 8 minutes to do all of this, and if you finish you start
the list 
over again and do the proper movements as fast as you can without
getting 
dizzy. If you are unfamiliar with these specific exercises, I've posts
examples below.


Burpees



Cleans

Air-Squats


Sit-ups

Friday, 26 August 2016

Review: Coastal Scents 120 Palette

The first time I came across the brand Coastal Scents was when I was 
subscribed to BellaBox ages ago. They sent me a single eyeshadow pan
matte dark brown/
burgundy colour called 'Deep Roast'.  It was a colour I 
probably wouldn't have chosen if I had the full range of colours in front 
of me to choose from. After a month of eyeing it in my makeup collection
finally tried it and fell in love with how pigmented it is. It became my 
main everyday eye shadow. A little goes a long way, and I enjoyed the
overall quality of this product.

Img Crd: Coastalscents.com











 














My husband knew how much I liked Coastal Scents and surprised me 
with the 120 Palette. It was exactly the direction I wanted to go next with
my makeup collection.They have so many great matte and shimmery shades
I have 
tested only about a dozen so far.Their products are cruelty free and
they also offer ingredients to make your own cosmetics. 
If you are thinking
of trying this palette 
or this brand in general I highly recommend their products.



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Taking A Stand Against Online Hate


I consider the freedom in writing to be a privilege for those brave enough
to try it. Sometimes we have similar thoughts or ideas and this leads to 
a similar end result. Most rational people would contact the other person 
for an explanation (or to receive credit), and some just let it go. 

A few weeks ago I asked someone who created a hate page for Dani mansutti
 on instagram (which turned out to be Sparkle on Guru Gossiper) why she puts
so much effort into hating Dani Mansutti. And that if she was so concerned to do
something about it or stop this hatred/drama from spilling onto instagram. I
mentioned being a writer and that most of the time you can't stop people from
 copying or reusing your work. Especially, if you have thousands upon thousands
of people who follow your work. It happens.





So, after we spoke on instagram she used my twitter name in my bio, and
went to my twitter only to get my Youtube channel and Blog urls. She went onto
reposting a biased side of the story using screen shots of our conversation on

instagram as well as linking all my social media accounts that she could dig up.
 



Sparkle went on to call me a fraud defending a fraud, and summed up all my
account stats (incorrectly I may add) to make me look bad I suppose. She never
asked to see my writing or say these nasty things directly to me, which makes
me 
think she loves twisting stories. I am glad to share my side of the story.


I have been a writer for over 10 years (copyrighted), and when I refer to
'my writing' I do not mean this particular blog which was only started
one year and one month ago.  I will post a screenshot of the statistics
from 
my writing below. Three of these are still in-progress, and I have had
 many more online that I have since taken down or published elsewhere.
 


















 Bambi seems just as if not more involved than Sparkle with her attitude and assumptions. As I said I am a writer, and no I do not have a Tumblr account. 
Your icon speaks volumes on how little you actually know about lighting. 
Who the hell cares if she uses a bit of contrast? Who cares if it's white or
yellow 
lighting? Bottom line, it's her choice to do whatever she pleases with
her media. 






UPDATE: Someone under an anonymous named contacted me via twitter to 
inform me that Sparkle is not whom I was speaking to on Instagram. Although,
there are many girls associated with her throughout social media creating accounts
purely for the purpose of 'informing' Dani's followers how awful they believe her to be. That still doesn't change my stance against targeting people who challenge their 
little hate campaigns. 




This blog is important to me, and I am well aware that I am no where near 
the following I hope to have one day. I know I am not perfect, and I never 
claim to be. You may have your opinions about me, but at the end of the day
that won't affect my goals and happiness. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

DIY Galaxy Highlighter




Last week I was online looking at several DIY's to learn how to make my own highlighter.
There were heaps of rainbow highlighter tutorials, but I saw that very few bloggers/vloggers (two that I found) had actually done a thorough Galaxy Highlighter Tutorial. I decided, based on several different methods, to combine them into this process. Here is my version of a DIY Galaxy Highlighter.



What you will need
  • Rubbing Alcohol/Methylated Spirits 
  • White or very light coloured powder highlighter
  • 4-5 colours (using eye shadows that match the colours you want)
  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Q-tips (one for each colour)
  • Toothpick 
  • 1 empty compact pan

I started by picking a photo of what galaxy I wanted to mimic and choose the colours that stuck out the most. I used a very pigmented white mineral highlighter for to add to each colour (I would recommend 20% highlighter & 80% colour). If you add too much highlighter, the colour will be washed out and not as vibrant. Use a tooth pick to gently scrape the eyeshadow you will use for each colour (you can use more than one eye shadow to create your intended colour). In my case I used some eye shadows that were shimmery to begin with. 



When adding the alcohol (or methylated spirits) slowly add drops into each colour while mixing it with the Q-tip until it becomes a watery paste. Mix well! As you can see below the Light Purple mix had too much Alcohol, and Pale Pink had the perfect amount of alcohol added. 



When finished mixing each colour quickly pick up your colours by order of your 
design and apply them to your empty compact makeup pan. If some of these mixes get dry while you are busy with other colours you can add a few drops of alcohol to get it ready again.



I spent heaps of time doing my design, and it isn't as easy as you would think. 
I used the Q-tip mostly, and a tooth pick for the stars at the end.



At this moment I was in awe of what I had made so far, and so excited 
to see the final product. Don't forget to clean up the edges of whatever 
compact or pan you use.



Using a paper towel fold it in half and use something with a flat even 
surface to press the highlighter into the pan. Do this until most of the 
alcohol is removed and the powder is pressed evenly. Put your highlighter 
into the refrigerator overnight (or 8 hours).



Here it is!





I am very pleased with the results, and now that I have worked
out a few kinks making it easier for the next time I attempt any
highlighter.


However, the colours are amazing, and using a brush I think this would
work for several occasionals. I hope this inspires someone to do their own version of this highlighter; and I'd love to see your final result photos if you 
attempt it as well. 


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

First time I bought NARS lip gloss #Paris Follies

NARS ( or Narcissist) have always been a brand I was curious about trying. 
They are known for their amazing matte lip sticks, bronzers, blushes and 
nail polishes. I consider them a mid-to-high brand cosmetics brand. When I 
ordered this product Larger than life lip gloss in the shade Paris Follies, 
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of both the packaging and product 
itself. The applicator tip was a nice surprise in being that it is practically made
for precise application. There is no furry cold wet brush that you would find
on drug store brand lip glosses such as Rimmel and Maybelline. 


















I love the staying power this lip gloss has, and you can tell right away that it is
high quality lip gloss. I applied it twice today and my lips feel a bit more moisturised 
than they usually are (normally dry). It is listed for around $40 AUD full price, but
you can find it on ebay or other sites on sale for between $20-$34AUD. Overall,
a good product and it makes me want to buy heaps of NARS lip products.



High Contrast Filter used 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

My Day @ The Arnold Classic Expo In Mel


A couple of weekend's ago, I attended the Arnold Classic Expo that our
BJJ team was competing in. I was excited as I usually am for any fitness 
expo. This one was slightly different because of the vendors that would be 
participating as well as another important fact. Arnold Schwarzenegger 
would be attending (wasn't exactly sure when). In the past I've met so 
many amazing athletes at fitness-related events here in Melbourne Australia. 
The first time I went to one years ago, I was inspired to get fit and maintain 
a semi-healthy lifestyle. 

Before heading to the even I woke up early,  took my time to flat iron my 
hair using my beloved GHD. I don't flat iron it every day, and because of that
I get asked at times if I have had a hair cut. This is because when you flat iron 
your hair it removes heaps of moisture after-which your hair seems longer. 

When that was finished I put on a medium amount of makeup which consisted
of Rimmel Primer, BB Cream, Rimmel Concealer, Covergirl finishing powder,
Rimmel Bronzer, Coastal Scents Eyeshadow in Deep Roast, and lastly Maybelline
in Bit of Berry. 

After watching the BJJ matches, I tried to get through the crowd to grab a coffee,
and got stuck in a crowd after Arnold :) It was next to impossible to get a great
view, but I managed to get a few blurry pictures and clips (blurry). 

There were heaps of friendly people at this expo but it was incredibly packed,
and I don't really like strangers rubbing up against all sides of me just to get to
the next event I was attending. Unfortunately, that is a part of it! 

I had heaps of fun, and met so many awesome people :)
Below are some pics with different vendors and my haul at the days end. 
( Please excuse the terrible lighting in these photos, I did adjust the colour 
and contrast in some to improve the quality, unfortunately fluorescent 
lighting is standard at these events)


Josh Sinclair @ MP an awesome brand


Animalism Clothing has some unique fitness wear,
people were so nice (bought item below from them)

Bought this Animalism Snow Leopard Sports Bra <33 ADORE IT



Rob and I watching BJJ Comps

Lee Stam @ Team ON


Can you spot Arnold? Look closely...

Haul from expo


Best Protein Shaker I'ved used in ages! Nice Design. 

Friday, 11 March 2016

Do I have to use foundation everyday?

"Do I have to use foundation everyday?"


This is a question that has been sitting with me for the past few years.
When I was in school, I always thought wearing foundation clogged
your pores and aged your face quicker. Fortunately for me, I didn't
have acne and didn't fake tan either. My skin for the most part has 
been clear for 90% of my life, and the only time I really get acne is 
when I use certain beauty products. 




Over the past couple of years I had been using different types of foundations to help with the paleness I developed on my face. I don't find I need to use it every day, and by putting it in my makeup tutorials I would be a bit of a hypocrite. I've done a couple tutorial's where I show exactly how I apply my foundation, concealer, and illuminator (highlighting). Instead of showing my viewers the long drawn out process of applying foundation/concealer, I'd rather skip to the contouring/blush/bronzer part of my makeup 
tutorials. 







Some Beauty Guru's who claim other Youtubers need to do foundation and concealer steps in each makeup tutorial videos or they won't be watched. Does your routine really differ so much from just changing the brand of the products that you have to do this? I don't think so. I aim to make my content as real and genuine as possible. Each channel is unique, just as each one of our styles is as well. So I will have some looks that have barely any foundation to begin with, to looks that are completely glam and thoroughly 
explained.