8 Ways To Improve Yourself

You can always do something better than you have before, the key is simply to change your approach. The most successful and happiest people are constantly and consistently finding and implementing ways to improve themselves. If you are truly happy with where you are, 100%, then don’t read. But I’d guess you’re lying. There is always something you can do better.

Do Something New Every Day

In this day and age, there is basically no excuse for you not to be consistently improving yourself. We have so much content out there for us to consume at any point in time. No longer are we constrained to lectures, classes and physical books, but we have YouTube videos, TV shows, eBooks and Podcasts ready for us to watch/read/listen to at any point of the day. Try and aim to experience one new thing per day in order to learn, be it read an article or chapter, listen to a podcast or simply watch a new episode of a TV show. Do something that day you never have before and your brain will relish the new information.

Ask for Feedback

One of the biggest ways people fall short in improving themselves is to not ask for feedback. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes, we’re so often told, as long as we learn from them. So why aren’t we learning all the time? There is nothing stopping you from asking those around you how you could be kinder/smarter/more consistent in the same way you meet KPIs at work. Take a moment to seek feedback from your nearest and dearest and try to meet those new goals.

Edit, Edit, Edit

When it comes to receiving feedback, the next step is to improve based on that feedback. Constantly editing yourself is the only way to do this; do you think a book is written without an edit? You need to apply the same methodology to yourself in order to move forward, and be dedicated to making small but consistent edits in yourself to improve and become who you really want to be.

Listen More Than You Speak

It becomes so easy for us to be lost in our minds, our thoughts, our headphones, our next point to be made, looking the best in any situation. For once, mindfully and actively seek to listen. This doesn’t just mean in conversations, but listen to the world. The sounds around you. People’s conversations with each other. You will be surprised how much inspiration you find and the things you can learn from others and simply opening your ears.

Surround Yourself With People You Aspire To Be Like

A pro tip for becoming more aligned with your dream life is to be surrounded by people who you want to be like. When you are enveloped in their successes, you are inspired to try harder for yourself. This then goes back to the feedback point – if you want to be like these people, seek their feedback and see what they would do differently. Implement those changes that need to be made and find yourself improved.

Read Every Day

Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. I heard that once, and it stuck with me. Just pick up a fucking book. Read it. Reading improves your vocabulary, your knowledge, your ability to visualise, your creativity, your ability to form an argument – the list is endless. Read a paragraph if a chapter is too much for your tired mind at the end of the day. Read a buzzfeed article at lunch. Just. Fucking. Read.

Go To Free Classes

There are a plethora of free classes available at any given time – from yoga, to self-defence, writing, pottery, floristry, you name it. I know I said before that you don’t have to go to a physical class as you can learn most stuff online, and that is absolutely true as well. Physical classes, however, might help you meet some of those people you aspire to be like, and seek their feedback – and so the circle continues around. It’s a balancing act of physical and digital learning, which is all learning nonetheless and impreative to improvement. Google what’s on in your area and just go to something. Meet some new people and enrich yourself. Hey, if it turns out to be a complete waste of time/utter disaster/what the hell was I thinking I can’t do this type of thing, at least you have a good story to tell.

 

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Nighttime Photoshoot

I’ve written so many of these posts before there is basically no need for an introduction – just go and check out my v talented friend who takes beautiful photos in the Sydney area. He will do parties and events too! If you’re reading this, love you Sib 🙂 Check out his Facebook & Instagram!

We did this one in Newtown which is a cool, hipster part of Sydney. We had never done a night shoot before and the whole thing was kind of on a whim, so we’re pretty impressed with how the images turned out!

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Check out our previous photoshoots!
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Clothes worn: grey singlet – Cotton On, Red Jumper – Tommy Hilfiger, Jeans – Topshop Jaime, Jacket – photographers, Shoes – Nike ROches

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July Favourites

July has come and gone in the blink of an eye, but I still managed to love a few things here and there. Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Fix – Face Wash

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This face wash doesn’t look it, but foams up something crazy. I have definitely noticed a difference in the overall texture of my skin since using this. Just be warned – it’s strong and can sting a bit, and a little goes a long way.

Toni & Guy Leave In Conditioner

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I have taken to using a pea size (you REALLY don’t need more than that) amount of this and running it through the ends of my hair just after I’ve washed it. I really love how my hair feels after I use it!

Eau Thermale Eye Cream

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I was on the hunt for a very rich eye cream to attempt to sort out my eye bags, and I reckon this one is up there with one of the best. It’s rich, thick and very moisturising, and I love using this before bed.

Sheridan Towels

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My mum recently spoilt me with two sets of Sheridan bath towels and I adore them. There’s nothing quite like getting out of the shower and wrapping yourself up in a fresh towel that is huge enough to cover your entire body. Love this brand.

Dune – Frank Herbert

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As a sci-fi/fantasy fiend, it’s taken me a stupidly long time to get my hands on this book and read it. I must admit, it took me a while (very Game of Thrones-esque: reads like a history textbook for the most part), but I really loved the story and bizarre nature of this story. I’ll definitely get on to reading the rest of the series, but for now, powering through this monster of a book is enough!

Jurlique Skin Brightening Essence

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I apply this to my face every morning before my makeup, and I think it makes it last longer and look fresher. I have noticed an overall improvement in the glow and healthy nature of my skin since using it, and it smells so beautiful and calming.

Jurlique Chamomile-Rose Hydrating Essence

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Still on the Jurlique wagon, I have also been really loving this essence. It’s a bit of a gimmick, I won’t lie to you (especially considering the price), but I just love the way this makes my skin feel! All you do is pop a couple of drops into a bowl of hot water and let a flannel or face cloth soak in the mixture for a bit before running it over your face. This opens your pores, smells amazing, and preps the skin for deeper cleaning, meaning it’s the perfect supplement to your exfoliation routine or to use before a face mask.

Kmart Coconut & Almond Treatment Oil – Hair Care

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I love Kmart beauty products, and their hair care is no exception. I was devastated when  I learned they have discontinued their Argan Oil range in some stores as the smell is incredible, but this is a close second. Very warming and wintery, this oil gives your hair a gorgeous scent and also moisturises it for the day. For $4 a bottle, you really can’t go wrong with this stuff!

What did you love in July?

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July Favourites

My Sunglasses Collection

My mum always makes fun of me for having too many pairs of sunglasses. And, as mums usually are, she’s beyond right. I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses, and so I thought I’d take the time to show you my pairs! I had quite a few comments on my June Favourites post about my Quay and LeSpecs sunglasses, so I thought it was only right for you to see the rest of my collection!

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Bottom to Top – Quay, Cotton On, Quay, Le Specs, Dangerfield, Dangerfield, Cotton On, Quay, Forever 21

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These are my more expensive sunglasses (LeSpecs, Quay & Dangerfield), and definitely my most worn. I love these so much, I have a pair for every outfit.

You may have noticed I left off a pair of my Quay sunglasses, and that’s because I’m trying to sell them! If you’d like to be the owner, check them out here 🙂

You can’t really see how nice the sunnies are unless you try them on, so I wanted to show you what they look like on me! Just keep in mind I have a very small face, so they probably won’t drown you guys as much as they drown me haha

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What are your fave pair of my sunnies? I think the blue Quay ones are mine!

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Work Makeup Routine

I get up reasonably early for work, so I have needed to streamline my makeup routine. I can’t sit around, playing with eyeshadows and deciding whether I should wear blush (note to self: ALWAYS wear blush, you want to look alive), so I’ve come up with a fast and easy routine that makes me look fresh and put together, but without being too much for a 9 hour work day in front of a computer (sometimes longer)

One of my top tips is to have it all packed the night before so it’s ready to go in the morning. I switch around the products I use a few times a week, depending on the day, what I’m wearing etc, but will always have an entire face of makeup in my makeup bag for me to use in the morning. I’m telling you – this is a LIFESAVER.

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I start with a clear primer, I’ve been using the ELF Acne fighting primer for a while now and it’s really good. Whatever you choose has to depend on your skin though, and how long you plan to wear the makeup for. My skin holds onto makeup reasonably well, so I can get away with a primer like this.

I then colour correct with NYX Colour Corrector, then use a beauty blender to buff no more than 4 half drops of NYX Total Control foundation on my face. I like to use concealer more than foundation, so I’ll then go under my eyes with something like the Smashbox BB concealer, and then around my nose and on discolourations with Essence Camouflage Concealer.

Cream products last longer, so I take the Be A Bombshell cream blush stick in Southern Belle on my cheeks, then set it all down with ELF HD Setting Powder (ELF needs to sponsor me real bad). Of course, you can always set your face with a setting spray to make it last longer, but I find for a regular day I’m okay with just powder.

To warm up my skin a bit, I use a bronzer like Hoola by Benefit, then highlight my high points with Smashbox Spotlight Highlighting Palette in Turn it On.

To define my face, I’ll run a bit of ABH Brow Wiz through my brows, then tightline my eyes with Chi Chi Eyeliner in Bronze Ambition. For long days, I’ll use a liquid eyeliner and so a small flick – my favorite for this is Kat Von D Tattoo Lockit Liner. I’ll top off with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

I rarely wear lipstick to work as it just comes off, and liquid lipstick is too uncomfortable for the day to day. I’ll run a bit of lip liner around my lips (Rimmel make a great nude one) and just apply lip balm.

This takes me about 5 minutes total and I’m good to go!

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June Favourites 2017

June was my birthday month, so there have been lots of new things I’ve been loving! However, to save double ups (as a VERY belated what I got for my birthday post is coming soon!) I thought I’d focus more on favourites from June that have nothing to do with my birthday. If you want to read about what I did, click here 🙂

Now, without further ado, let’s get into my June faves!

Watching the sun rise & set

I only recently started noticing the sun rising in the morning or setting at night, and have made an effort to take a pause in my day to watch it happen. I find it definitely puts in perspective all my worries and anxieties of the day that was or the day that’s coming, which helps me to be mindful, grateful and happy. When summer comes around, I’ll be sad to miss watching it come up.

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Bath & Bodyworks Candle in Fresh Cut Lilacs

I bought this candle while on holiday for my 21st, as QLD is one of the only places in Australia with a Bath & Bodyworks for some reason. I was tossing up between this one and the honeysuckle candle, but in the end I had to choose this. It smells like a fresh summer garden, and makes me so happy.

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NYX Dark Circle Concealer

On to makeup, I picked up this under eye correcter early in the month and have been using it every day to help correct my dark circles that just come with working full time, while also prepping the base for my concealer to stick to. For such a cheap and cheerful product, I’ve really enjoyed it!

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NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

This foundation is super light and watery, but it covers like a dream. My favourite thing about it is that it actually comes in a colour fair enough for my skin without going pink. What a miracle! I definitely recommend this foundation, as it doesn’t go oily on me and lasts all day.

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Smashbox Spotlight Highlighter Palette

I know everyone is talking about this, but it is absolutely beautiful. When my Becca Moonstone smashed for the 3rd time, I knew I had to find a replacement as there are some breaks that rubbing alcohol just can’t fix (RIP). This has 3 stunning shades in beautiful packaging. I love using the darker two as eyeshadows, so it’s really travel friendly as with this and a bronzer, you wouldn’t need to worry about bringing an eyeshadow palette with you!

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Essence Camouflage Concealer

I bought this on a whim because it was so cheap. I love concealers, but I really didn’t expect it to work properly. But here I am, raving about it in my favourites. I really like it – the coverage isn’t the longest lasting or the fullest coverage, but I really enjoy how light it is and how thick the applicator is. There’s lots of product and it’s a great shade. Definitely recommend.

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Miniso Tea Tree Pore Strips

These are so cheap – and 100% better than the Biore pore strips! They are really great at extracting and comfortable to wear. I also feel like they are better for your skin, but that could just be the placebo of using something green on my skin…

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask

Speaking of green face stuff, this mask has been really nice in June. It definitely extracts and refines pores, but also reduces redness and calms dry skin and spots. It dries nice and tight so you definitely feel it working, which is always a bonus with a face mask.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

I read about ACV as a skincare treatment a while ago, but since I’ve put it to the test, I can (almost) swear by it. I dilute it about 3:1 and pop it in a spray bottle to spritz over my face morning and night. Yeah, it doesn’t smell to great, but I let it dry completely then go on to the rest of my skincare routine, and that tends to mask the scent a bit. It’s definitely made my skin brighter and clearer.

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Quay & LeSpecs Sunglasses

I recently got these Quay sunnies I’ve had my eye on for a long time (horray for TopShop sales in Australia) and these LeSpecs sunnies as a graduation gift from my best friend. I love both pairs! I’m a bit of a sunglasses hoarder, and one day might do a sunglasses collection post, but for now I’ve been rotating between these two and love how they transform any outfit.

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Lavendaire

My YouTube love of the month has been lifestyle design channel Lavendaire. She is so calming, inspiring and beautiful, and has definitely helped me find some more peace in my life. My favourite video of hers is all about gratitude, and I really recommend taking 5 minutes out of your day to watch it.

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Okja

I know, I know, everyone and their mum has been talking about this Netflix film, but it truly is amazing. I won’t give away any of the plot, but it’s incredibly shot, cleverly written and all round a beautiful film. 10/10, deserves all the ratings it’s getting.

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Brave New World – Adolus Huxley

I read this for the first time in June, which is insane considering how much I love a good dystopian fiction novel. I loved it – I loved it even more than 1984 which is one of my favourite books of all time. If you like sci-fi utopia, read this now.

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Graduating University

I finally graduated! Although I finished university at the end of October last year, for some reason my uni waits a veryyyy long time to do the ceremony. So, eight months later, I found myself in a world of strange formalities, a shit load of boring speeches and So. Many. Photos.

I was very lucky – one of my best friends has been in New York on exchange and turned up after the ceremony which completely surprised me! All my friends came and saw me accept that damn expensive piece of paper and I felt very loved by all. Although uni wasn’t the best time of my life, I’m very proud of myself for pushing through the workload, the lack of money – the general existentialism and panic that comes from being at uni, and walked on that stage and took that award. Education is not something ANYONE can take away from you, and now I am proudly part of UNSW Alumni. {cont}

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Sitting in that seat waiting for my turn to go up on stage was long. I found myself getting nervous and I’m still not sure why. I barely knew anyone here. I hadn’t been to the uni in months. I already have a post-graduate job. Still, that familiar feeling of being at uni was overwhelming, and I was acutely reminded of how much I used to worry that I’d never get anywhere, that I’d never finish or succeed. Sitting there, watching name after name being called really taught me just how much I CAN do it, and did. I wasn’t nervous about getting up on stage in front of all those people. I was nervous because I’d surprised myself. {cont}

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If you are currently in university or are thinking of going, take this as my message. You CAN do it. Although you may skip classes, get drunk before work and cry yourself to sleep for at least a couple of nights out of it, no one and nothing can take away the fact that you, are now or will be, the owner of a degree. It is thanks to you and no one else. Head down and keep going like I did, and you will come out the other end a completely different person but oh so much better for the experience.

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