How To: Nail A Job Interview

Job interviews are pretty terrifying for almost everyone. We tend to overthink and over analyse every minute detail, usually resulting in us being a basket case of nerves when the time to actually do the interview comes around. I have had a pretty good run with interviews, so I thought I’d share my tips! These apply for ALL jobs – from casual to full-time corporate!

Don’t underestimate the power of a good CV

To have a chance at any job, you need a CV that is easy to read and relevant to the job. Make sure you use the key words from the application/job description in the resume and cover letter. There are a tonne of different ways to write a CV, so you need to do the research to figure out which one will be the best for you. If you are in the interview stage, likely they would have seen your CV already, but make sure you bring some more copies for everyone at the interview.

Dress to Impress

I feel like this is an obvious one, but people still overlook it. Dressing well is CRUCIAL to performing well in an interview. Make sure your clothes have been selected to fit the job, and have been ironed if they need to be. Freshly paint your nails, brush your hair, wear nice jewelry. It isn’t difficult to do and trust me – chipped nail polish comes across worse than you think!

Be happy and confident

People are very receptive to someone who is friendly, sunny and sure of themselves. They will be more likely to like you and go easier on you in the interview if you give them no reason to be otherwise. If you’re nervous, take a deep breath before answering any question. Be polite and keep smiling! If you’re going to inject some humour into the interview (if it’s appropriate) go ahead, just make sure the jokes won’t offend anyone in the room.

Do your research

This is another essential. Don’t just research the job, but research the people who will be interviewing you. What are their strengths? What do they like in a person? Researching this will also make you feel much more confident when you get into the interview, as there will be no curve balls thrown at you.

Be open and accepting

If the interview turns out differently than you’d expected, be open to it and accept it for what it is. By forcing your preconceived notions onto the interview, you won’t be at your best for the position.

Be positive if things don’t turn out your way

If you don’t end up with the job, don’t give up! Thank them politely for their time and consideration, and maybe ask for feedback as to where you went wrong. If it went particularly well and you still didn’t get it, maybe ask the boss if they can recommend anywhere similar for you to apply. Any connections made during the interview should’t be lost!

I hope this was helpful – and good luck if you’re going into a job interview soon!

Zoe x

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March Favourites 2017

This month I have discovered a whole array of new things that I have come to love!

Mario Badesco Drying Lotion

I know everyone harps on about this, but it is completely warranted! I use this stuff to calm down spots, ones that have come up and ones that are brewing, and also to dry out those weird hormonal bumps on my chin. I absolutely can’t get over how much it has cleared up my skin, and it’s definitely worth a try!

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IKEA Bed & Bedside Tables

My new TARVA bed and RAST bedside tables have been an obsession of mine. When I moved into this apartment I didn’t have a bedframe, and having one makes a huge difference to the overall ‘homey’ feel of it. The fairy lights are from kmart, the bedding from IKEA and the cushion was a gift. Stay tuned for more ~aesthetic~ photos in my apartment tour!

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Elf Flawless Finish Foundation

I would consider this $10 foundation comparable to the NARS Sheer Glow. I’m not kidding. Their shade range for pale skin is amazing, with just the right amount of yellow to neutral out the pinkness in my fair complexion. It has great medium coverage, a lovely demi-matte finish and lasts quite well throughout the day. It also comes in a gorgeous glass bottle that makes the product look like NARS as well as perform like it!

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Lip Lab Lipstick

For Christmas, my mum bought me a voucher to go to the Lip Lab in Paddington (Sydney), where you get to create your own lipstick and they make it in front of you. You get to personally create the colour, pick a formula, choose a scent, name it, insert additives like lip plumper and moisturiser – you can basically create your dream lipstick, and that’s exactly what I did. I’m in love with it!

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Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist & Double Creme Lotion

This range has recently become available in Target in Australia and I was super excited about it! I have to say, I still prefer the original scent but this is still a very nice sweet scent. I find it works really well as a base for other perfumes too, complementing them with vanilla and sweet almond. The bottle is also beautiful, making it perfect for display

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Pop Sockets

I have been on the popsocket trend for a while now – so much so that I physically cannot hold my phone without it! If you haven’t tried popsockets, get on board! Phone grips, headphone winder and phone stand? Absolute win. I also recently picked up the phone holder that I have attached to my car dashboard, making my life SO much easier. I get my popsockets online and from Sportsgirl, my phone case is from Kmart.

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Simple Oil Cleanser

My best friend got me onto this and I’m really digging it! It’s a lovely hydrating and gentle way to take your makeup off at the end of the day. I definitely need to cleanse afterwards, and if I’m wearing a particularly heavy face of makeup I tend to swipe a bit of micellar water over my skin too, but for the most part this is just fine at melting down the makeup. Its scent is lovely and it’s a super inexpensive product.

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Elf Acne Fighting Primer

I picked this up at the same time as I got the Elf foundation, and I really like it! I can’t wait to grab their illuminating one. I don’t think it does a heap for my skin in terms of ‘blemish control’, but it’s a light, fresh and moisturising primer that definitely keeps my makeup looking nicer for longer. For the price, you really can’t go wrong. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the step up in Elf packaging?!

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Morphe M504 Blending Brush

This blending brush I ordered off Beauty Bay and I’m obsessed with it. I’ve never used anything Morphe before, but the quality for the price is incredible. It picks up colour so well, blends it out nicely and doesn’t disrupt the pigmentation. I love it!

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Zoe x

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March Favourites 2017

Life Update

I feel like I have been away from here FOREVER.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I posted, but my life has changed so much in that time that I could swear it’s been at least 6 months. I miss blogging! I just haven’t had much of a chance recently, as about 3 weeks ago I moved back to Sydney to live on my own, and have been adjusting to my routine with my full-time job, my part-time job, exercising, catching up with mates and just having some time to breathe here and there. I also only got my internet connected about a week ago, so that didn’t help.

But, now I’ve (sorta) got my routine sorted, I’m back on here, and just in time too! I’m at 299 followers (eek!), and am not only incredibly grateful and somewhat confused that so many people love my stuff, but also a bit guilty that I haven’t been updating so many of your inboxes with new content. Alas, such is life. BUT I’M BACK, BITCHES.

I have some amazing posts coming in the near future, so get ready! If you have anything that you want me to post about hit me up πŸ™‚

My job is in PR, so if anyone is interested in my job itself or how we work with bloggers and influencers from our end, feel free to ask!

 

 

Love you guys so much,

Zoe x

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How To: Get Up Earlier

For my job, I have to commute two hours each way. And do you know what that means? My alarm is set at 5.25am. I have never been an early riser, and I have to admit, when I got the job I was worried. Now? It’s fine. I have my initial freakout when my alarm goes off but as soon as I’m up, it’s all good. So, from one girl who used to get up at 10am on a good day to another, let me help you get up earlier.

This first tip is all about the alarm. We’ve all heard the trick of putting your phone on the other side of the room – but that does not work at all for me. I tend not to use my phone just before bed (more on that later), but it charges next to my bed. So, I got told about this ad – Alarmy – and it is the only reason that getting up at five am is possible. You can customise how to turn off the alarm – doing maths problems or shaking it, but mine is set of taking a picture of a cereal box in my kitchen. So, as soon as it goes off, I roll out of bed, grab my phone and go into the kitchen to take my photo. By the time that’s done, 30 seconds later, I’m completely awake and think “now I’m here, I may as well put the kettle on”. And so, my morning starts, and it’s as easy as that.

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Another thing I do is wind down. Every night, about half an hour before bed, I put my phone on charge and face down. Then, I wind myself down. Have some chammomile tea, brush my teeth, moisturise my body, write in my bullet journal and have a read. Soon enough, I’m sleepy and relaxed, so I’ll do a meditation session and drift off into a good quality sleep (this is very important if you’re getting up early, trust me!).

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I also tend to set everything out for myself in the morning. I mean EVERYTHING. All my skincare, makeup, clothes and food (I meal prep for the week and pack my snacks the night before). In the morning, this is a lifesaver.

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A way I kickstart my day is to skull a heap of water. I try and get down a half litre before I eat anything, to get a load of my water intake out of the way, to help my metabolism and to help me stay hydrated and therefore keep my energy.

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I also love having a good breakfast to look forward too. It makes it a hell of a lot easier to get on with your morning if one of your tasks is to prepare and eat something delicious. I love avocado toast with feta and mint, with a cup of english breakfast tea.

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NB: If I don’t finish my tea, I tip what’s left into my takeaway cup and carry on.

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I hope this helped someone out there! Getting up early isn’t easy, but just remember WHY you’re doing it, and the rest seems to fall into place πŸ™‚

Zoe x

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How To: Get Up Earlier

Three Christmas Hairstyles β€’ Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

Today I am sharing my three favourite hairstyles for the holiday season, to wear to Christmas parties, out with friends on Christmas Eve, to church or family events, or on Christmas Day. One of my favourite ways to wear my hair is simply curled with a Santa hat on, but here are some other ideas to make your outfit and makeup pop!

Curls and Crown Braid

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This look is probably the simplest of the three. Start by curling your hair with a wide barrelled curler (I use NUME’s second largest wand from their 5-barrel Lustrum Set) in three layers so that there are more curls that last longer. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant before you start! After you have finished curling, grab some hair from the front, whatever frames your face the best, and section into three parts. Use a simple plait or braid that hair to the back of your head. Repeat the process on the other side, and secure with pins. Pull some of the hair out of the braids to make the plaits sit more flat, finish off with some hair oil to make the curls shine.Β You’re done!

 

Fishtail Braid

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A fishtail braid is a classic hairstyle that looks really chic and intricate. However, it is quite simple. Start by pinning your hair to one side, then dividing into two sections. Starting from the back of the right section, bring a small piece over top to the left section. Repeat the process with the left, then the right again, continuing to the bottom. Make sure the pieces of hair you are bringing from one side to the other are always from the back, and brought over to lay on the top. Secure the braid when done, then pull out the edges to make it more relaxed. I also curled my hair that was left out to make it look more boho.

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Braided Bun

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A classic braided bun is a perfect festive look. Start with textured hair, either achieved by curls, dry shampoo or texturizing spray. Braid or plait your hair as the crown braid part, then pull all your hair into a ponytail, tucking half up into a bun. Then, go to town on bobby pins to pin down the bun the way you like it, and twisting the excess hair around it and pinning in place. This stays all night! Pull out some hair at the front and you’re done! This would look extra cute with a Santa hat I think!

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I hope this gave you some hair inspiration! Which look was your favourite?

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How To: Get Festive β€’ Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

Getting into the festive spirit is not something that requires a lot of energy or money, despite what YouTube vloggers’ house tours and Pinterest recipes will have you know. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and I have compiled a list of things that help get me in the mood without spending a heap of money. I hope you enjoy!

Wallpapers

Adding a Christmassy wallpaper to your phone or computer is probably the easiest way to help amp up your festive feeling. Try it out, there are literally millions to choose from!

 

PJs

I have such a thing for Christmas PJ’s. Mine here are from Target, and the red nightie from Cotton On Body. Remember, Christmas is summer here in Australia, hence why I don’t have long pants or jumpers!

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Music

If you saw my first blogmas on the best Christmas music and how to best enjoy it, you’ll know how much I live for Christmas music. Check out my Spotify Christmas playlist and I guarantee you will be feeling festive in no time.

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Books

I bought this book for just over $3AU in Thailand and I haven’t been able to put it down! It’s full of charming Christmassy stories, fairytales and poems, which always make you remember the true meaning of giving and gratitude at Christmas.

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Candles

Last year, I did a post on my favourite Christmas candles, and not much has changed. Probably the main thing is that while in Asia I got my hands on the big Merry Cookie candle from Bath & Bodyworks and I think I have an addiction to it. Lighting this candle at any time of the day really amps me up and gets me excited for the holidays!

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Movies

Popping on a great Christmas film is a sure-fire way to get Christmassy!

My favourites are:
-Love Actually
-The Holiday
-Arthur Christmas
-Elf
-Home Alone 1 & 2
-Harry Potter 1
-Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother & Friends Christmas Episodes

Starbucks

Visiting Starbucks and grabbing a Christmas cup is just so festive. If that makes me basic, I don’t care. It’s worth it.

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Vlogmas

I can’t be the only one who wakes up to about 500 vlogmas and Christmas videos to watch on YouTube! I absolutely am loving Zoella, Tanya Burr, Gabriella (velvetghost) and AlishaMarie!

Christmas-Themed Everything

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This is something I have no trouble with. Aside from decorations, I go to town with Christmas mugs, pillows, stationary – you name it. It’s the tiny little touches that really bring your mood from 0 – Christmas explosion.

Above All, Be Grateful

If you are reading this post, you have free time to read it and some device to read it on. Be grateful for what you do have, rather than wishing for the things you don’t. Embrace the giving of the season and remember that you are lucky.

 

Tomorrow’s post is something a bit more beauty related, so get excited! Also, please give my previous posts some love!

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My Christmas Treeβ€’ Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

Today I am sharing with you my Christmas tree for inspiration and just to show you how pretty it is! I bought this tree and its decorations last year, and I just am so in love with it. Now that I have moved, it lives in my bedroom instead of my living room (we have the bigger, family Christmas tree out there) and it’s just so nice to see the lights twinkling at night!

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I have both cool and warm toned lights on my tree, which look actually really nice when lit up together, but also means I can choose the mood I want to set by opting for one set over another.

My tree is from Big W, and most of my decorations are from Kmart or Target. A few of the more special ones are from Bed, Bath & Table. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Do you have a theme for your Christmas tree like I do?

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My Christmas Treeβ€’ Blogmas