August Favourites | 2017

God this year is flying by! I genuinely am a bit concerned with how quickly it all is passing. To celebrate, here are some things I’ve been loving through August!

GOT S7

Could it really be an August faves without including this?? I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed with the season and am even more mad we have to wait two years for the next, but I am happy Dany & Jon finally got it on, incest and all.

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Aroma Diffuser & Essential Oils

I picked up this diffuser from Kmart for $15 – what a bargain! I’ve been really into filling it with gorgeous scents (as you can see from the photo below, it’s primarily Lavender and Sweet Orange) and letting it light up the room and make it smell beautiful. I also really like watching the steam curl out from the spout, it’s super relaxing.

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Mayer’s Peanut Butter

Random, I know, but I’ve been weirdly obsessed with this Peanut Butter?! Coming from someone who will eat an entire pot of Kraft PB if you’ll let them, this is a much better for you option that tastes almost identical to me. I really dig it.

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Silver Drop Earrings

I have been really into wearing plain silver studs in my second piercings and silver drops in my lower ones this month. I switch between both of these pairs – the wishbones are from Tree of Life and the pearl ones are from a boutique.

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Constellation Myths

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m obsessed with mythology, especially Greek myths. My best friend got me this book for my birthday in June and I’ve been obsessed! I love stars and constellations, and this book explains all of them, how they create famous Greek figures and the myth that accompanies them.

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Ouran High School Host Club

I recently re-watched this anime and I forgot how much I loved it! If you are new to anime I think this is a good place to start, as it’s super funny, meta and pretty off the cuff. I love it!

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Zoe x

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May Favourites 2017

I know it was only a couple of weeks ago that I got around to posting my April favourites, but this month I’m on time, so we’re going to go with it haha.

I’ve actually been loving quite a few things in May and I can’t wait to share them with you. Let me know if you’ve been loving any of the same things!

Elf Face Powder

It can’t be a favourites on this blog without mentioning an Elf product it seems… I got this recently and I really like it! A finely milled powder in nice packaging, and it great with the sponge for touch ups on the go. I really have enjoyed this!

Argan Oil Body Lotion

Kmart in Australia has released this range of Argan, Coconut, Shea and Macadamia oil hair and body products, like hair oils and masks, shampoos, and lotions. I got this for $4 because I love the scent of the hair oil, but wasn’t expecting much from it. Boy, was I wrong! This is one of the best body lotions I’ve ever used, comparable to body shop, Bath & Body Works and Soap and Glory. It sinks in really quickly, is super moisturising and I am surprised at how amazing it is. Definitely check it out if you’re an Aussie!

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The Balm Hot Mama Blush

I grabbed this blush on a whim, and didn’t think I’d like it that much – but WOW. This is a beautiful peachy blush with a golden sheen, very comparable to NARS orgasm but more pigmented in my opinion. It’s very shiny; you don’t need a highlighter with it. But I love how easy it is for that reason – at 6am when I’m doing my makeup for work I can’t be bothered with a heap of products and this just does it all!

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The Handmaid’s Tale

I have been O B S E S S E D with this show and book right now. If you haven’t watched the show and you like dystopian fiction, download the first episode NOW. I’ve been reading the book too, which I’ve also really enjoyed!

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Label.m Oat & Honey Hair Mask

I definitely think this mask has helped my hair out – whenever I use it my hair becomes so soft and silky. This mask smells great and simply works great, what more would you want?

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American Gods

I read Neil Gaiman’s American Gods at some point last year and loved it, but I have to admit I was skeptical when I heard they were making a show, even if it did include some fantastic actors. I stand corrected though, as this show is next level. Bryan Fuller is one of my favourite directors (he directed Hannibal) and he doesn’t disappoint here. Tip: read the book before the show, because it literally will make no sense otherwise, lol.

Nick Murphy

Good old Aussie singer Chet Faker has rebranded himself with his real name Nick Murphy and released an album, and I’ve been obsessed with it! Your Time is on repeat for me right now, it’s so chilled but sexy. Check it out here!

Zoe x

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2016 Favourites

2016 was, for a lot of people, their worst year to date. For me however, it was quite the opposite. As cliche as it sounds, I felt like this was the year I started to figure out who I was and what I wanted my life to look like. I finished my first novel, moved house, travelled overseas twice and graduated university. So, I thought I’d share my favourite things from this year. I hope you enjoy!

Favourite Moment

In 2016, My favourite moment was definitely walking out of my uni for the last time and knowing I’d never have to go back. Despite the pressure of the job hunt now, I am so freaking happy that chapter of my life is over.

Favourite Trip

As you’d know if you keep up with this blog, I’ve had some amazing opportunities in terms of travel this past year, heading to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and bits and pieces around Australia. My favourite out of all of them would probably have to be Hong Kong though, as it was just so much fun jam-packed into a week in an incredible city. HK isn’t the cheapest place to visit, but I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Favourite Makeup Product

As you’ve probably guessed if you’ve seen any of my makeup posts, I was obsessed with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette this year. I would happily ditch all my other eyeshadows for this one palette, as it just has everything and the quality is well worth the money.

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Favourite Perfume

2016 for me was the year of YSL’s Black Opium, which I never thought I’d buy into the hype about. But, when my best friend gave me a bottle of it that she didn’t like on herself, I totally understood the excitement about it. It’s just such a sexy scent, I always feel confident when I wear it.

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Favourite Clothing Item

My Adidas Stans have been my go-to shoe since I got them mid year, and honestly they are part of every outfit I wear. I usually pair them with some Topshop Jaime jeans, which have also been another favourite.

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Favourite Music

2016 had some amazing music, and my favourites were RUFUS, Ari’s album and Zayn.

Favourite Accessories

I received both this necklace (it has the Gemini constellation on it) and this silver ring from my mum, and I never take them off. They were definitely staples of 2016.

Favourite Movie

I loved the movie ‘Nerve’! I really enjoyed the way it was shot and the storyline, and would definitely recommend seeing it if you haven’t.

Favourite TV Show

The Kettering Incident is an Australian sci-fi thriller tv show that premiered in 2016 and it was absolutely incredible. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it, and I can’t wait for Season 2.

I couldn’t pick just one though – Westworld was an absolute masterpiece of TV and I was obsessed with it in 2016.

 

Favourite Book

This book about the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ really inspired me, and I really enjoyed my time reading it in 2016.

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What did you love in 2016? I hope one of your favourites was reading my blog!

Zoe x

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2015 Favourites

2015 was a weird year for me – mainly average, with some really good and really shit thrown in. Here’s to hoping that by leaving 2015 behind, I can kick ass in 2016 🙂 Here are my favourites of the year that was (in no particular order)

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Ecoya Wax Melts

These are really lovely, strongly scented wax melts that I light basically every day. They aren’t very expensive at all, and last for a longggg time. My favourite scents are Sweet Pea & Jasmine and Lotus Flower.

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Dusk burner; $14.95

Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder ‘Smooth Operator’

I absolutely freaking love this setting powder. It sets my face without making it powdery and matte, and it’s super fine. It makes my makeup look great in both normal and flash photography, and it lasts a long time with this on!

Glitterbug – The Wombats

Easily in my top 3 albums of ALL TIME. I freaking love this album, and was lucky enough to see this tour in July. I’m also lucky enough to be going again today! My absolute favourite song from this album is ‘Be Your Shadow’

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Tanya Burr Rosy Flush Cheek Palette

I love this palette – I use all three shades and they really suit my fair skin. Only complain I have is the cardboard packaging, but oh well! The products are very pigmented and blendable. A++

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Mockingjay Part 2

No words. They did a stellar job of this.

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Band T-Shirts

I’m gaining quite a collection of band and festival t-shirts, and I honestly never take them off. I’m always paring them with leggings, jeans, shorts, skirts – the list goes on. I was always comfy in a great conversation starter in 2015.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy

This sweet, fresh scent was always my go-to in 2015, and will continue to be using it throughout the New Year!

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Zoella ‘Wonder Hand’ Hand Cream

Most beautifully scented, moisturising hand cream I use every night before bed, that has really made a difference to the health of my skin and nails. I love it.

The Anti-Cool Girl – Rosie Waterland

This book is hilarious, terrifying, disgusting and so honest. It was a fantastic read that I highly recommend to ANYONE. This writer does Bachelor/Bachelorette recaps here in Australia that are my absolute favourite thing, and this book just proves her insane talent. Amazing book.

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Hannibal

By far, Hannibal was my show of 2015. This is an incredible, intelligent, scary and beautifully constructed show that I can’t get enough of. It’s so good, and I’m very sad that it has ended and I don’t get to fangirl over Mads.

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Shaaanxo

The ultimate youtuber who deserves the world, and who began to daily vlog in 2015, is my youtube favourite. She was uploading 10 times a week during most of 2015, and this, combined with her excellent content, ranks her my number one youtuber (and I watch a shit-load of youtube) of the year.

Of course, though, my favourite thing ever about 2015 is you guys – the ones who, for some reason, read this blog. I truly appreciate every single one of you that take the time to like, comment, follow, or simply just read this shit I’m putting out there. I am ever grateful to you guys.

The header photo was taken by a very talented photographer of mine, who you can find on facebook  or on his instagram. Please check him out, he is fantastic!

Thanks so much for reading! Love you guys always,

Zoe x

My Top 10 TV Shows

Hey guys! I’m a massive TV show person, and if anyone is looking for a new show to get into, have a gander at this list!

10. Avatar the Last Airbender

I loved this show when I was a kid and I still freaking do! For those of you who don’t know, Avatar is a Nickelodeon cartoon that basically kicks ass. If you haven’t seen it, go ahead and do that right now, and be prepared to fall in love with Zuko…

9. Bob’s Burgers

Nothing needs to be said about this show other than the sounds of my crying laughter. It’s hilarious, period.

8. Orange Is The New Black

I was first introduced to this show last year, and, although the first season is by far my favourite, it is totally filled with great drama and characters. Definitely not for the faint hearted though.

7. How I Met Your Mother

Everything about this series is perfect. Except the ending. No one talk about the ending *sobs*

6. Sherlock

Okay I know a lot of people who think this show is boring, but I have no idea what they’re talking about? Basically, Martin Freeman slays as Watson and Benadryl Cucumberpatch is just gorgeous. I know the episodes are an hour and a half long but there are only three per season so that makes it okay? Right?

5. Hannibal

I watched the entirety of this in legitimately two weeks. IT IS AMAZING. Super gory though, so if you aren’t into freaky murder mysteries and some seriously disturbing (albeit creative) ways of dying then probably give it a miss.

4. DeathNote

This anime is my favourite – honestly nothing beats it! It’s about a young man who finds a notebook that if you write someone’s name in it, they will die… the implications are enormous. Even if you aren’t an anime person, give it a try.

3. Game of Thrones

Daenerys. That’s all. #targaryen4lyf

(Can we talk about how that tried to autocorrect to dysentery? Get it together, WordPress)

2. Vikings

HOLY FATHER ABOVE THIS SHOW IS AMAZING. This is a period drama about, you guessed it, Vikings. And my goodness it absolutely is insane. It deals with death, famine, disease, depression, breakups, power, politics, religion, cheating – I could go on. If you have any interest in history, watch it right now. It’s got a similar vibe to Game of Thrones, so if you like that, give this a try.

  1. The 100

I’m not one for American TV shows like this usually, but this is my favourite of all time. It follows a group of 100 teens that have come to Earth from their space station almost 100 years after a nuclear war destroyed everything on the planet, because their station is dying. They soon find out that they aren’t alone… (can someone give me a blurb writing job yet?). This show is clever as shit and deals with so much amazing stuff. The characters are badass as hell, the plot is action packed and definitely full of really mature concepts. If you are any age, you would love it. It will always be my number one show, and #bellarke

Thanks so much for reading! Love you all so much ❤

I’m pretty damn excited for the Shadowhunters TV show to come out as well! Let me know what you love to watch and give me suggestions so I can procrastinate my life even more.

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