Christmas GRWM | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I’m laying an old-school get ready with me on you all, as I had my annual family Christmas lunch a bit earlier than normal and so got to wear my Christmas outfit before Christmas day. This works well, because it might serve as inspiration for some of you!

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Earrings (both snowflake studs and baubles) are from Lovisa.

 

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Products Used:
-Sportsgirl Unicorn Drops Primer Serum
-Benefit Porefessional
-Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless, Shade 110
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Powder in Smooth Operator
-NYX Taupe Blush (as contour)
-Hoola Bronzer by Benefit
-Elf Blush
-Smashbox Highlighting Palette
-Sportsgirl Eyeshadow Palette
-ABH Brow Wiz
-Australis Makeup Setting Spray
-Etude House Play 101 Brown Eyeliner
-Benefit Roller Lash & Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

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Dress is from Cotton On, hair curled with GHD.
Lips are Maybelline x Gigi in Lani.

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Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

Zoe x

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Bake With Me | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today we’re baking sugar cookies! I make these every year on my blog so it seemed only fitting to continue the trend.

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Recipe:

1/4 + 1/8 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/4 cups flour (+ extra for rolling and kneading)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Beat the sugar and butter together until creamed, then add the egg and vanilla. Sift in dry ingredients and mix well. Cover mixture in cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake on lined tray for 6 min at 180 C or until light golden.

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With the flash on these cookies look like they belong in the scene of a horror film lmao

 

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Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

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A Cosy Christmas Night In | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I want to share my perfect Christmas night in – there’s no reason you need to just be going out into your local town to feel festive, there’s so much Christmas fun to be had in the comfort of your own home!

Get Cosy
Put on your Christmas PJ’s, put on all the candles and fairy lights. Don’t forget your Christmas Tree!

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Make A Festive Drink
While you’re at it, have a snack too!

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Watch/Read/Listen to Something Festive

My favourite Christmas Movies are:

  • Arthur Christmas
  • Love Actually
  • Elf
  • Die Hard (lol)
  • Barbie in the Nutcracker
  • Anything else nutcracker related
  • The Santa Clauses
  • The Grinch
  • Polar Express
  • The Holiday

The Best Vlogmas Vloggers/Christmas Videos This Year are:

  • Zoella
  • Tanya Burr
  • Alisha Marie
  • Mia Stammer
  • Amanda Rach Lee
  • Kalyn Nicholson

My favourite Christmas Books & Music.

Smother Yourself In Festive Scents

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The best scents are:

  • Bath & Bodyworks Sugar Plum Swirl
  • Bath & Bodyworks Vanilla Bean Noel
  • Bath & Bodyworks Merry Cookie
  • Soap & Glory Body Buttercream

Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

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New Year Goals | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I wanted to throw together a quick post all about the new year and goal setting. I know everyone normally associates new year’s with failed (usually fitness related) resolutions but my type of goals are more about a state of mind than a thing happening! I like to split up my goals so they’re more manageable, and also create a pinterest board with inspiration pictures to solidify what I want visually.

Tasks

-move interstate: I’m doing this anyway in January and so I’m throwing this up here because I think it’s a pretty good achievement to cross off!
-get new job interstate
-solidify new routine

Health

-eat fresher: i.e. go and buy veg from fruit grocers instead of supermarket, keep refined carbs etc to a minimum
-meditate 3x week
-log 8,000 steps a day minimum
-journal in the evenings and do morning pages

Financial

-have $500 in savings for Christmas 2018
-create savings account for 2018 birthday
-create savings account for Korea 2018

Social

-join a martial arts club
-make some new friends interstate
-join writing group

Personal

-work on being more passionate, more compassionate and more open
-discover 5 new artists
-watch 5 movies in cinemas
-read minimum 40 new books
-finish second book for editing
-find publishers
-finish anthology of short stories for editing

I hope this inspired you/reminded you what’s important for the new year! What are your goals?

Check out my most recent posts; Fresh Christmas Makeup & Escaping Christmas Stress!

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Fresh Christmas Makeup | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Today I put together a quick and fresh makeup look for Christmas! This would be perfect for a casual Christmas party or even for Christmas day – heavy on the highlighter, a muted eye and dewy skin. Hope you like it!

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Products used:
Miniso Hydro Light BB Cream
Essence Concealer
Tanya Burr Light Contour Stick
Becca Champagne Pop Cream Highlight
Hourglass Dim Light Powder
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer
The Balm May Loumanizer
Makeup Geek Blush – Bliss
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow – Morocco (all over lid)
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow  – Cocoa Bear (as liner)
Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil
Etude House Play 101 Brown Eyeliner
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Zoella Snow Sparkle Lip Balm

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Shirt is from Target | Wreath earrings were a gift

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Check out my most recent posts; Christmas In Australia & Zoe’s Bookshelf #2!

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Escaping Christmas Stress | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

There is no doubt about it – Christmas can be an incredibly stressful time! From all the expenses to the travel, the cooking, baking, parties and everything in between, 24 days to fit in everything you need to do will definitely cause a bit of stress. So, I’ve put together a little list of things you can do which will help you minimise and escape that festive stress!

Set a Budget
Expenses are such a big deal around this time of year that I dedicated an entire post to saving money over Christmas. Check it out here, and learn how to set your budget so money isn’t something you’re worried about.

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Write Lists
It will be no surprise to any of you that I suggest writing a list, but taking some time out to physically put down everything it is you need to do/buy/make/whatever will get all those random thoughts out of your head and help you put plans into action. I have a list for gifts, money, what to do, what to watch, what to bake, the places I need to go and the people I need to see, as well as what I will wear to every Christmas event. Excessive? Sure. But am I stressed? Not at all.

Take Time For Yourself
Again, this one may seem a little arbitrary, but taking a bit of time out for yourself, to put a candle on, chuck a face mask on and watch a Christmas film will definitely help get your priorities in order. Whatever you’re stressing about will fade into the background for at least a moment, and help you get set to tackle it all again.

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Practice Gratitude
Christmas, although a stressful time, is also when you need to be practicing gratitude the most. So many people out there are celebrating Christmas in poverty, hunger or war, and we need to remember our blessings over this time. Although your family may be annoying you, travel may be tiresome and you might not get the exact present you want, remember that everyone is just doing their best and they are all deserving of your love. Tis the season, after all!

Check out my most recent posts; Christmas In AustraliaZoe’s Bookshelf #2!

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Christmas in Australia | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

Australia has always gotten a fair bit of shit for our Christmasses not being “Christmassy” enough because we live in a hot country over December. I’m sure the same goes for NZ and all the other Southern Hemisphere countries! To be fair, I get where y’all are coming from – Christmas traditions are pretty solidly based around wintertime and snow, and I’ve always wanted to experience a cold Christmas (I have been in NYC during Christmastime, just not actually on the day!). However, just because it isn’t cold down under doesn’t mean we don’t do Christmas well! I’ve always found it interesting to know how other countries do Christmas so I thought I would share what it’s like here! Please let me know in the comments what Christmas is like where you are, I’d love to hear it 🙂

Just a reminder that Australia is a hugely diverse and multicultural country and not many people do Christmas the same way! I also have a split family, so I bounce from Christmas to Christmas, and everyone has different traditions. Bear in mind I’m only speaking from my personal experience!

It’s Fucking Hot

One thing I can attest to is that Aus is extremely hot this time of year. I’m talking minimum 30C every day lol. Our summers are pretty intense and because of this heat a lot of our traditions differ from the North. For one, real Christmas trees aren’t a super big deal (although people do get them) because if you get them near the start of December they die before Christmas Day. A lot of our Christmas celebrations also happen outdoors, because they can! We also tend to eat a lot of seafood on Christmas. Yeah, we still have roast pork etc, but we usually start our Christmas lunches with seafood, and it’s not uncommon for seafood selling trucks to start appearing in the week before Christmas.

Due to the heat, we really don’t do hot cocoa, mulled wine, etc or even Christmas jumpers! I have a cute set of Christmas PJ’s but they’re shorts and boxers – sleeping in a onesie (or even wearing a Christmas hat on Christmas day tbh) just sounds like the worst idea ever haha

 

Festivity

This is the point that a lot of people think we do poorly, but I actually think we are quite festive in our own, chilled way. A lot of houses in the suburbs will go to town with the Christmas lights, and it’s quite nice to go on a warm summer’s evening drive to check out all the lights. We also excel at Christmas markets and have a heap of public Christmas carol nights to celebrate with family and kids.

Christmas Day

As I said before, we tend to spend a lot of Christmas Days outside, and I know my family plays games like boche and todem tennis and darts, drinking rose and beers till the early hours of the morning. It’s also an effort to eat such a filling meal in the heat, so we like to make our lunches last as long as we can!

Boxing Day

The day after Christmas is huge for sales and also for cricket and hangovers. Although I don’t really follow cricket, you’ll probably find me on boxing day completely hungover, under a fan, eating leftovers and absent-mindedly watching the cricket lol.

We Get More Holidays Than You

We start our school year at the end of January and finish in December, so we get long holidays over Christmas and the summer! This means we get a heap of end of year Christmas parties which are double the fun!

Presents

I think this differs from family to family, but we don’t really do the stockings on the fireplace thing. I know for one that my family has always done a Santa sack that you leave at the end of your bed which Santa fills overnight, and then in the morning we do a family breakfast around the tree where we open presents from each other. I always really liked this, as you get presents from your family as well as from Santa, which taught me gratitude as a kid!

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I hope you found this interesting! Let me know all about your Christmasses 🙂

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