My Skincare Routine

I have recently changed up my makeup routine a fair bit, and thought I’d share it with you guys! I’ve been having a few issues in regards to not drinking enough water, changing my diet, hormones, etc, so I have tried to listen to my skin more and have built this routine up from there. For example, I loved the Simple cleansing oil, but although it worked really well, smelt great and made my skin feel smooth, I ended up with clogged pores all over my chin and had to stop using it. So, I’ve taken it back to basics, gone with products that I love and am definitely seeing a difference!

My first step is removing my makeup with the Garnier micellar cleansing water, which I obviously don’t have to do in the mornings though I sometimes do just to freshen up a bit. I squirt a bit of this onto a makeup round and soak my face in it till it’s feeling clean.

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My next step it to cleanse, which I do in the morning at the sink and at night in the shower. I use my Vanity Planet ultimate spa system brush for this, with the Simple Face Wash. I tend to opt for the silicone brush head, but occasionally use the exfoliating one or the general one when my skin is feeling sensitive. I like the silicone one as it doesn’t harbor any bacteria. I will also use the St Ives Green Tea Scrub in place of the Simple wash a couple of times a week to give my skin a proper exfoliate every now and then.

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As soon as I get out of the shower, I tone with Witchazel, which I have decanted into spray bottle to make it easier for me to use. I try to do this immediately, as the sooner you tone after cleansing the better. I’ll then use my acne treatment (clindatech), and then when that has sunk in, I’ll go in with the Simple Light Moisturiser. I used to love using the NUXE oil and I still like it, but I feel it’s a bit heavy on my skin these days, so I’ll only use it occasionally.

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If needed, I’ll do some extra things. If my skin feels particularly disgusting, I’ll use a homemade sugar scrub (see the recipe here), and follow up with a face mask or pore strip. Read about my favourite face masks here! I’ve also really been liking this Kmart branded one with charcoal, jojoba and clay in it recently. Tip: always use a makeup brush to apply a facemask – minimizes wastage, is more hygienic and goes on smoother!

If I go with a pore strip, it will usually be a Biore one.

A love of mine recently has been the Mario Badesco drying lotion, which I apply overnight to dry out spots and it really does work! Buy off beautybay though – shopping for Mario Badesco in Sephora or Mecca in Australia is very expensive.

I’m really bad at remembering, but if I do, I like to put eye cream on at night. Literally any one I have at the time will do!

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Is your skincare routine any different to mine?

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Evening Routine

My evenings are the time I take for myself. Of course, my evenings aren’t always the same. Sometimes I come home straight from a long day at work and crash, sometimes I go to my second job as a school tutor. I hang out with friends, go to dinner, hit up Thursday night shopping or go for a walk.

For the most part, however, I like to use my time to reenergize myself for the day to come, and these are the steps I take to make that happen.

The first things I do when I walk in the door are essential for me; I turn on my salt lamp, play some music through my bluetooth speaker, and take my makeup off. If I’m not working out, I’ll immediately put on some comfy clothes too.

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I’ll then set up my clothes for the following day. I do this every night and it honestly takes the stress out of mornings for me! I grab my workout clothes and do a workout after a doing this and a bit of tidying if my flat needs it. I try and tidy for 15-20 mins a day to make sure it’s always beautiful. Tidy house = tidy mind.

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Weights, resistance bands & shorts, Kmart | Sports bra, Forever21 | yoga mat, Cotton On Body

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After I finish a workout, I’ll eat something. I tend to meal prep or food prep, so this takes me 5 minutes to whip up. I’ll also tend to make a bit extra of whatever I’m having so I can take it to work the next day for lunch. Tonight, I had a salad with chicken, rocket, sweet potato, ricotta, pine nuts, parmesan and balsamic glaze. Sometimes I’ll have a protein shake after a workout, and if I do it’s a LUXE Fitness vanilla shake.

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I’ll take my time eating my dinner to chill out, watch some TV or YouTube, and make sure I’m drinking enough water.

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I’ll then pop into the shower before doing my skincare and brushing my hair. I’ll definitely be doing an updated skincare routine sometime soon!

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After this, I’ll turn off all electronics and read something, or write in my bullet journal. A blog post all about my bullet journal is coming super soon 🙂 I’ll also tend to make a cup of calming tea. This night it was chamomile, in this gorgeous one-cup teapot from T2.

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When I’ve properly chilled out, I’ll brush my teeth and go to bed. Some nights I meditate, some nights I stay up till 1am on my phone even though I said I turned off my electronics… life is about balance, haha.

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Sweet dreams!

Zoe x

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What To Do On Your Commute

Before I moved back to Sydney, I spent over 4 hours on the train each day getting to and from work. This is a lot of time to spend sitting down, so I needed to find out how to make the best use of the time. After some experimentation, I discovered the best way to not go insane was to make my brain work. Sure, I’d have a nap every now and then (okay, okay, every morning), but I refused to let myself just do nothing or play repetitive games on my phone. I needed to make this time work for me and not be a complete waste, so that when I got home I could do the things I couldn’t do while commuting (exercising, cooking, etc), and not focusing on things that could have been done in the two hours I spent sitting down.

My biggest piece of advice when it comes to commuting is a tablet. I know not everyone has one, and you can do most of these things with other devices and the like, but having a small, lightweight device that houses everything made the journey so much better for me. I have  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 🙂

Meditate

Meditation isn’t for everyone, but I for one love the challenges of it. Nothing puts you in a better state of mind before work or winds you down after than giving yourself some perspective, gratitude and forcing yourself to be in the moment. I love the app smiling mind for guided meditations; they have a range of meditation activities that are perfect for commuting.

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Blogging

If you’re reading this, you probably have a blog. So get some of it done on your commute! Without internet, you can’t be distracted by “research”, so more time goes into actually writing than perusing pinterest.

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Learn

One of my favourite ways to spend my time – even with my much shorter commute these days – is learning. I use Ted Talks and Podcasts to expand my knowledge and vocabulary, and set myself up in a good head space for the rest of the day.

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Read

A fairly obvious one, but a long commute is a great time to get a chink of reading done. I use the Amazon Kindle bookstore to get my books on my tablet, and occasionally I use audible to listen to audio books in case I’m not feeling reading for whatever reason.

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Watch TV

If all you want to do when you get home from work is veg out to your favourite TV show, why not use your commuting time to get that out of your system? You’re going to be sitting still anyway – make the most of it! I got through a lot of seasons of TWD on my trips – here is a lovely screenshot of when Glenn was still alive #RIP.

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Watch YouTube

In a similar way to TV, I live and breathe chilling out to YouTube videos. So, I got myself YouTube Red so I could save videos offline to watch on the train. Two birds, one stone.

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Get A Start on Your Day

This tends to only apply if you’re a morning commuter, but why not get ahead on your day by starting to sort through your emails while you’ve got time to kill? This obviously is not a relaxing time, but it might help you to feel more organised!

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What are your tips for a successful commute?

 

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Meal Prep With Me: Lentil & Veg Stew

I’m such a big fan of meal prepping – they not only save money and time, but they also give you no option to eat like shit. I’m going to be sharing with you my favourite meal prep recipes! They keep well (I do 5x portions at a time for storage) and taste great in my opinion, whilst also being good for you. Bone app the teeth!

Lentil & Veg Stew

Ingredients (as much or as little of whatever you want!)
-sweet potato
-potato
-onion
-red onion
-leek
-garlic
-lentils
-diced tomatoes
-olive oil
-lemon juice
-cumin
-paprika

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Chop up the potatoes and carrots into chunks and steam them until soft.

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Finely chop the leek, onions and garlic, and sautee with olive oil.

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When those are cooked, add the rinsed lentils, tinned tomatoes, spices and a dash of lemon juice and stir through.

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After that, add the steamed vegies!

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Divide up and store! I heat mine up and serve as is, or with some rocket, parsley or maybe some crumbled up feta.

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Meal Prep With Me: Lentil & Veg Stew

How To: Be Happy

Being happy is a skill and a mindset. It is not something attained easily, and it certainly isn’t something you can purchase at a store. Although I’m not expert and still have my down days, following these eight things has really helped put everything in perspective for me, and allowed me to live a life I don’t dread waking up to every day.

  1. Say ‘fuck you’ to everything that makes you anxious, angry, frustrated, guilty or sad

If a person, job, place or situation makes you feel any of the above – cut it. You might not be able to completely get rid of the thing, but acknowledge in your mind that you are done with it, and actively search for something better. If your job is horrendous, look for another and put in only the work you have to in order to signify the end to yourself. If a person is making you question yourself, dump them completely out of your life. It may be cliché, but life is way too short to be made to feel insignificant by a person. No one or thing should ever have that kind of power over you.

  1. Learn to be grateful for everything

This is a really tough one to master, but once you do, happiness comes naturally. Keeping track of how grateful you are for the food you eat, your internet connection, a sunny day and the clothes on your back really make the thoughts in your head just seem like what they really are – thoughts.

  1. Surround yourself with people – even if you don’t want to

One of the easiest ways to feel unhappy is to fall into the trap of not socialising. I’ve definitely been guilty of this myself – sometimes you just really would rather do anything else. But, humans are social creatures. In order to be really happy, we need human connection. If this is with one person or fifty, or just your mum, that’s fine. Just nourish the relationships you do have, maybe try and form some more, and immediately life becomes that little bit better.

  1. Label your feelings

In a similar way to number two, label what you’re feeling. You’re allowed to feel any emotion, but just name it. If you feel sad, say to yourself ‘I recognise I’m feeling sad’ which will immediately take the sting out of it. Ultimately, the goal is to make these feelings register as thoughts. You have lots of thoughts. Why would you take this one more seriously than the rest?

  1. Think about your insignificance

This might not work for everyone, but the minute I start thinking about all those who came before me, all those who will come after, and the speck my existence will have in history, all the unhappiness swirling round in my head becomes dull.

  1. Be mindful

I have reminders set four times a day for being mindful. This doesn’t mean a full out meditation (although I do highly recommend that), but all I do when I see that alarm is just notice what I’m doing. Am I working? Am I out? What’s happening? What can I smell, see, hear, taste, touch? I simply be in the moment, four times a day at least, which pauses my mind and helps me see clearer.

  1. Do things for accomplishment

Accomplishment is such a rewarding feeling that can outweigh almost anything. That’s why I’m a firm believer in setting realistic, achievable goals, and recording them. Even something as simple as having a to-do list with ‘eat breakfast’ on it can make you feel good when you tick it off after some cereal. Find out what accomplishment looks like for you, and do what you can to feel it often. Immediately your happiness will rise.

  1. Find your purpose

This for me is the most acute reason for my unhappiness. I have the thought ‘well, what’s the point?’ and things slide quickly down from there. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Using methods like ‘Ikigao’ and writing down what values are important to you in the fields of relationships, career, living, etc can help you figure out what is at the core of who you are and what you can do to satisfy yourself. When you’ve established that, things can only get better.

I hope this helped someone out there! Let me know what you thought about my tips on being happy.

Zoe x

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How To: Be Happy

Room Tour 2017

As you would know if you’ve been reading since last year, I recently moved back in with my mum. Now, I’ve just started my first real-life, ‘adult’ job and so (hopefully) in the next couple of months I’ll be relocating back to Sydney (the commute to work is an hour and a half each way). I have set my room up down here so nicely though – it would be a shame not to share it with you! I love reading house/apartment/room tour posts, so I thought there was no better way to showcase just how calming it is. Enjoy!

{Although I’m now working full time, I’ll still be getting posts up for you guys! They just might not be as frequent/may not include as many photos as those take time to set up and photograph. I’m sure you guys understand!}

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My bedding is from Big W and the cushions are from boutique homeware shops. The fairylights are from Kmart.

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Lamp is from the reject shop, dishes are from markets, frame was made by me. Bedside table is from kmart.

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I use this magazine rack under my bedside table to keep the book I’m currently reading before bed, my tablet and my journal. I’ll also put my phone in there when it’s charging overnight.

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I have this area set up for my work clothes. Considering I get up at 5.15am for work, I need to have everything planned the night before. These hooks make it super easy to choose an outfit and have it ready to go in the morning (this is my poodle Ruby).

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I keep my extra beauty stuff that doesn’t fit in my wardrobe in a plastic basket under my bed.

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This little area is for my sunglasses, Bluetooth speaker and my salt lamp. I have this lamp on most of the time, as it gives the most relaxing atmosphere to the room. I can also use this table as somewhere to put my computer if I’m watching something in bed. I’m trying not to do that these days though!

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I just love the view from my window. This amazing frangipani tree smells like heaven and is such a nice thing to fall asleep and wake up to.

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This area is a weird one. I had proper drawers for my makeup in my old place, but not so much here. The shelves in my wardrobe are used for other stuff, so I had to come up with a solution. Having this skinny bookshelf means I get to house a few of my favourite books (I have five boxes of books in storage), as well as have my makeup, nail polish and jewellery (that’s the orange box at the bottom) ready for me to select from every day.

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My dogs follow me everywhere and are literally always here!

I’m lucky enough to have my desk in another room now, so all of my workout equipment, candles, and desk and work stuff is in another room. If you want to see an ‘office’ tour, I’m more than happy to write that up for you!

Hope you liked this post,

Zoe x

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Room Tour 2017

Christmas Makeup Look #3 • Blogmas

This is my last Blogmas! For everyone who has been following, commenting, liking and reading all 24 posts – I can’t thank you enough! It’s been a challenge doing a post every day, but I’ve absolutely loved it and I’m so pleased that all of you seemed to have as well!

For my last post, here is my final Christmas makeup look, which is a super glowy, champagne-based look that I think is perfect for any Christmas occasion! I hope you love it!

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To achieve glowy skin, I began with Stila One Step Correct Primer, and then put a light layer of NARS Sheer glow over my skin to even out my skin tone. For concealer, I used Collection Lasting Perfection. I added some Becca Creme Highlighter in Champagne Pop, before setting my face with Hourglass Dim Light.

For my cheeks, I went for Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, with a touch of NYX Taupe for contour. I layered on the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone, and finished with some NARS Orgasm blush. I set all of this down with NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray.

After filling in my eyebrows with BH Cosmetics micro pencil, I used Milk Chocolate from the Too Faced Chocolate Palette on my outer v, then heaped on the shade Marzipan. . After tightlining and waterlining with my Bronze Ambition liner from Chi Chi, I coated my lashes in Benefit Roller Lash.

For my lips, I wanted them nude and glossy, so I began with NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick, and then topped off with Bath & Body Works Lipgloss in Vanilla Bean Noel.

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Thank you for keeping up with me this Blogmas, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Christmas Makeup Look #3 • Blogmas