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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Winter Dry Skincare Must Haves

The weather is getting colder, which means a major change in skin care regime is needed. As my body panics trying to make sense of what is going on with the temperature, my skin tends to get really dry in the winter.

In attempt to combat the winter dryness I have been testing lots of products and have found my saving graces which have permanently joined the battle against my skin.

I always try to be really gentle with my skin whilst its having problems. The last thing you want to do when your skin is freaking out is irritate it more with intense products with lots of chemicals. Especially when its dry, using products with harsh chemicals will strip away the natural oils on your skin which are trying to help with the dryness.

To remove makeup I have been using the Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleaning Water. It is even easier to remove make up with the oil-infused water than the original version, removing water proof and long wearing makeup. It is great for dry and sensitive skin as it contains nourishing oils.

To wash my face, I use my trusty Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
It is really gentle on skin, free of soap which can strip your face of the natural oils, and moisturizes as it cleans, perfect for any skin type.

To moisturise my face I have been using a combination of different moisturisers depending on the time of day and the intensity of moisture I need for my skin.
First thing in the morning I use the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Smooth moisturiser. It is really light and quick at soaking in, which is great for before makeup application, but is probably the least moisturising.
Throughout the day and in the afternoon after taking my makeup off I use the Redwin Vitamin E Cream. I have been using this moisturiser for years and always go back to it because it is really moisturising, light and soaks in quite quickly.
At night I have been using the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion before applying spot cream. It is quite thick and isn't as quick as the others at soaking in which is why I use it at night time but it is a brilliant product for intense moisture.


I think it is also really important to exfoliate your face about twice a week to remove any dried or flaky skin. I have found that quite a few exfoliators can be really drying for your face, so it has taken me a while to find the perfect one. I like to exfoliate my face with an exfoliating face wash in the shower, as your face tends to get dry in the shower anyway with all the steam and you can come out fresh faced and beautiful. I am currently using the Biore Blemish Clearing Scrub.

I have also been suffering with really dry lips. A natural way to solve this is to drink more water as dry lips can be a sign of dehydration. But I also find using a lip balm helps a lot as well. I have experimented with many lip balms but for me the Lanolips 101 ointment multi-balm stood out from all the rest. It is quite a thick and sticky liquid which may put a lot of you off this product but it is amazing for extremely dry lips and in my experience has rehydrated my lips in only 2 days of using it.

I hope this blog post help any of you out there that experience, like me, the dreaded winter dry skin. Please comment below with your tips or favourite products for dry skin.
SweetBlur xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Ultimate Carry On Luggage Guide

I am lucky enough to be going travelling this winter to the UK. Extremely over excited I started organising and putting out things really for the trip a whole month before I leave, and have made numerous lists (one of my all time favourite things in the world to do is make lists) of what I need to bring. I thought I would share my excitement with you by presenting my 'ultimate flight carry on bag guide'!

My travel bag is always equipped with necessities, along with various comfort items to attempt to make long haul flights just that little bit less horrific.

First and foremost, the bag. This trip I am taking my absolutely favourite bag at the moment that I use for EVERYTHING. It's a medium sized, foe leather backpack with gold zips. I bought it from SportsGirl quite a few years ago, so it is very unlikely to still be available. But I have seen similar bags everywhere at the moment, so it shouldn't be too hard to find one.

Laptop and headphones

I am taking my phone and my laptop with me. I always make sure I pack my electrical devices in my carry on to make sure they are with me at all times in case I need them on the flight, and the main luggage tends to get thrown around a lot or could get lost. I also bring my chargers and cases for extra protection.

I am also bringing headphones to watch movies on the plane. The earphones they give you on the plane tend to be second hand so I prefer to take my own. I use the Bose headphone, they come with a protective case and a airplane cord, so their perfect for flights. Even if I don't want to watch a movie, they are noise cancelling, so they will dull down the noise of the airplane and surrounding if I want a bit of piece and quiet. I also find my headphones really comfy as they don't sit on top of your ears like a lot of headphones do, but surround them. I highly recommend them.

Toiletries
The plane is always such a dry atmosphere, so I always make sure to bring a variety of moisturising skin care products.
I always make sure I including a small tub of moisturiser and lip balm.
I also love to use a sheet face mask on plane flights for some intense hydration. Even though I can get some funny looks its great in the long run. Sheet face masks are great for flight as you don't have to wash it off, you just throw it away once you've finished. I will be using the new Garnier Skin Active Hydra Bomb face mask.
Because of how dry the plane is my eyes tend to get extremely dry, so I pack an eye mist. It makes me feel a hundred times better.


I also like to pack face wipes to freshen up my face during the flight, deodorant (no body likes to sit next to that person who smells), a toothbrush and small toothpaste to freshen up my breath during the stop off, and some hairbands to tie my hair up to get it out of my face.

Make sure when your bringing liquids onto the plane to check the liquid allowance. And pack your liquid in a see through case so they can be easily checked when going through security.

Comfort
For long flights I always bring a pair of comfy socks and a neck pillow to add some comfort to a quite uncomfortable trip. Although on many long flights they provide you with pillows they tend to be second hand and unwashed, I'd much rather bring my own in my opinion and its so much more comfortable.

Reading material
Reading helps pass the time and relax you a bit more than watching a film if you want to sleep. I love to bring a new book and occasionally a magazine.

Sunglasses
Even if where your coming from is gloomy and dull I always take my sunglasses in my hand luggage just in case when I get to my destination it is sunny.

Mints or gum
I always like to have fresh breath during a flight to make me feel more fresh before I am able to get somewhere to brush my teeth. I love the eclipse mints, they are quite intense and great for freshness.

Tissues
Tissues are always a must just in case or if you need to clean up during the flight.

Purse and valuables
Make sure you keep all your valuables in your carry on bag rather than your luggage to keep them with you at all times in case something happens to your luggage.


Travel journal and stationary
I'm planning on making a travel scrapbook of my trip as a project whilst I'm out there, so I am bringing a journal and a variety of stationary with me.


Please let me know if there is anything I am missing, or other things you like to bring in your carry on travel bag. I hope you enjoyed to post.

Friday, 26 May 2017

University vs School

I am now coming to the end of my first semester of university and can official say I have survived the transition from high school to university. My experience at university so far has been life changing, in a good way of coarse. I have learnt things about myself that I didn't know before and have discovered that I am able to do things on my own.

If you have read my previous blog post 'Long Time No Blog' you will know that I have lacked in the friend department. I previously thought that I was going to make a triumphant effort to find new friends at university, but in reality I failed immensely. I found myself keeping to myself and concentrating on trying to adapt myself to uni life (by the way I'll be referring to university as uni from now on). I did of coarse talk to people, I'm not that much of a hermit crab. Asking for help and collaborating in assignments, etc. But nevertheless I have come out of this semester a more independent, confident and happy person.

Anyway I am getting off topic... I am here to talk about the difference between school and university:

Friends
Let's start with friends since I've already discussed it. It may not be the same for all of you university students out there, but I went into university with no friends, completely alone and have stayed that way. I've found this has helped me in a way to increase my independence, no longer needing a clique of females to follow me everywhere I went, even if I went to the toilets. Now I know that's a common thing but I must admit I don't know why us girls all go to the bathroom together. In my case it just found it irritating to be followed into one of the most private places by a group of 3+ other girls, even if they didn't need the toilet, they'd just hang around where you dry your hands. Absurd.
But I guess we all eventually get to that age when we look back at things we used to do and cringe.

Rules
Schools love there rules don't they, well at least my school did. Uniforms and worn in a particular way (skirts no shorter than your knee), hair ties up if your hair was longer than your collar (yes, even boys), no makeup. I like to relate school to a prison in this respect, having to eat when your told, go to the toilet when your told, drink when your told. Once you step out of those restrictions (holidays) you feel like your somewhat on parole, until your thrown right back in it again.
I wouldn't go so far to say that university doesn't have rules but they're more like social expectations rather than rules, in regards to behaviour and clothing. I mean you would exactly go to the shops in your bra and knickers.
But there is so much more freedom. You can wear what you want (so to speak), turn up when you want, but only if your want. Your education is in your hands. Your not forced to do anything but obviously if you don't you'll fail, simple as that.

Teachers/Lecturers
99.9 per cent of teachers, in my experience, were horrible. They couldn't care less about you, who you were or how much effort you put into school. To them it was just a job that they had to turn up to and just hung around for the rest of the day, miserable. It didn't make our time at school and more fun than what it already was. But everyone once in a blue moon you'd get an amazing teacher. The teachers that were somewhat happy to be there and actually cared about the kids.
At university it seems like all of the lecturers are lovely. They are all happy, and care about you doing well in the coarse.

Lessons & tests
In school everything is arranged for you. They sort out when your classes are and makes sure everything balances out. Your told all the details for tests and assignments and are pretty much spoon fed everything you need.
In uni it's all down to you. It's up to you to turn up, make sure you've signed up and paid for classes and make sure they don't over lap, take notes, complete assignments on time and study for tests. Once again, with university it's all down to you, if you don't put in the work you'll fair.

It's the freedom, independence that I love about uni. Give me uni over school any day.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Happiness Is...

Happiness is one of the best human emotions possible to feel. We all wish we could be happy all the time but sadly it is impossible. But without the other emotions we wouldn't be able to learn and develop as individuals. Happiness is created by lots of different things for different people. Here is a list of some of the most amazing things in life that make me so happy. I hope you agree with some of the things I have listen and they stimulate a bit of happiness inside of you whilst reading.
  • Sunsets
  • Weeping willow trees
  • Watching your favourite movie
  • Hearing someone's heartbeat
  • Feeling welcome
  • Flowers

          









  • Wearing a new outfit
  • Travelling to a different country
  • Sleeping in new sheets
  • Being cosy and warm inside on a cold, rainy day
  • Petting a puppy
  • Seeing stars in a clear sky
  • Beautiful photos of the landscape

          

  • Feeling loved
  • Listening to your favourite song
  • Reminiscing about a really happy time
  • Getting your back scratched
  • Hugging someone you've missed
  • Warming yourself in front of a fire

          












  • Bubble baths
  • Having a clean room
  • Family 
  • Butterflies

          












  • Light shining through trees
  • Reading a good book
  • Drinking hot chocolate on a cold day
  • Drinking lemonade on a warm day
  • Leaving bad things in the past (having a weight lifted off your shoulders)
  • Holidays
  • Super soft blankets

         












  • Laying down after a long day
  • Getting an A on a hard test
  • Deep conversations
  • Laughing so hard your stomach hurts
  • Eating your favourite food
  • The smell of freshly mowed grass

Monday, 17 April 2017

My Bucket List

I must admit I am an avid list maker. I make lists for shopping, lists for jobs, lists of things I should do in a day, and the list goes on. But my bucket list is my most cherished list of all, it even has its very own special notebook, separate from everything else.

 I once unfortunately spilt a whole mug of hot chocolate on my 'old' bucket list book and a had full blown tantrum before immediately going out and buying a new notebook to write it all out again.

Writing out my bucket list is one of the most blissful times. It seems to removes me from all my worries and allows me to imagine myself doing all these wonderful and amazing things.

In my bucket list notebook at the very back I also keep a list of all the amazing things that I've already experienced. You don't often think back to appreciate everything you've done before and tend to take a lot of things for granted but writing it all down makes you really appreciate all the things you have been lucky enough to do. It certainly shocked me how much I have managed to fit into my life already and the thought of how many more amazing things I will be able to do truly excited me.

When I ask people about their bucket list I've found many people tend to scowl at the idea as they think of it as a list of things they 'have' to do before they die, turning  it into a very morbid thing indeed. I disagree to this misunderstanding of what a bucket list means. It can mean very different things to different people, but to me it is a list of desires and experiences that I would be privileged to do and complete one day, but if I don't it's not anything to worry about.

I am still, and will forever be, working on my bucket list and it would mean an awful lot if you would share your favourite thing on your bucket list with me and enjoy comparing my list to your.

> = complete

TRAVEL

> Travel to Paris
     > Go up to Eiffel Tower
     > See Mona Lisa in the Louvre
     > Attend a Moulin Rouge show
     > Go up the Arc de Triomph
Travel to Rome
Travel to Greece
> Travel to Spain
> Travel to England
     > Go to Disneyland
     > Go to the Harry Potter Studios
     > Go on the London-Eye
     > See Big Ben
     > Visit Trafalgar Square
     > See the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
Travel to Africa
Travel to New Zealand
Travel to Ireland
> Travel to Bali
> Travel to Hong Kong
Travel to America
Fly first class
> Travel around Australia
Visit Pompeii
Visit every continent
> Go on a road trip
> Go camping


CAREER

> Graduate high school
Graduate university
> Get my first job
> Loose my job
Love my job
Go to film school


LIFE

> Play netball
> Play soccer
> Play softball
> Learn gymnastics
> Take dance classes
> Play badminton
> Enter a photography competition
> Start a blog
> Learn French
> Learn to play guitar
> Play in a concert
Go clubbing
Go wine tasting
Go to a music festival
> Watch a musical in the theatre
> Go to the school ball
> Go to schoolies
> Attend a music concert
> Get my drivers license
> Get my first car
> Move countries
Own a dog
Buy a car
>Be a bridesmaid
Get married
Have children


ADVENTURE

Climb a volcano
Explore a rainforest
> Play hide & seek in IKEA
Go to a wax museum
> Go hiking
> Abseil into a cave
> Go snowboarding
> Go rock climbing
> Go white-water rafting
Go water skiing
> Learn to surf
> Learn to sail
> Learn archery
Ride a helicopter
> Go body boarding
> Go snorkelling
> Go kayaking
> Go canoeing
> Go caving
Go paragliding
> Go iceskating
> Go rollerskating
Go paint-balling
> Go go-karting
> Attend a bonfire
> Feed a pelican
> Feed an elephant
> Ride a horse
> Ride a camel
> Ride an elephant
> Ride a unicycle
> Hold a snake
> Hold a koala
> Hold a wombat
> Hold a monkey
> Hold an Orangutan
Swim with dolphins
> Milk a cow
> Get a fish pedicure
> Go fishing
> Catch a fish
> Make a snowman
Have a snowball fight
> Do archery
> Go to a trampoline house
> Go to the drive-in movies
> Go to a theme park
> Go to a water park
> Climb a lighthouse
> Go on a safari
> Complete a high ropes coarse
> Pan for gold
> Find gold
> Visit a butterfly sanctuary
> Do a colour run
> Find a four leaved clover
Go to an A-League football game

FOOD

Eat snails
> Eat crocodile
> Eat emu
> Eat kangaroo



Saturday, 8 April 2017

My Love for YouTube


As I currently don’t have any people in my life that I classify as friends I have taken to YouTube even more than I used to. Not that I watch more than I used to but YouTube has a bigger meaning to me and is a larger more important part of my life now. The YouTubers I watch are like my virtual friends that keep me updated every day or once every week to what they are up to and I can just sit and listen, not having to lie to them about how I’m feeling about my life right now.

I have always been more of a listener. I find other people’s stories and experiences fascinating but find it hard to talk about my own life because who would want to hear about that? It’s an escape where I can imagine everything is cheery and happy and full of sunshine and rainbows which is the complete opposite to how I’m actually feeling.

I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my YouTube family and friends, even though they have no idea who I am. They don’t judge me, even though I’m watching them in my pyjamas, in bed, in the middle of the day sometimes. To them I’m just another number on their subscription page but I don’t mind that at all because I am so grateful for what they give to me.

Some of these incredible people I’d like to share with you, although you probably know who they all are already, if not, please go and check them out!
  • Zoella – Zoe Sugg
  • Pointless blog – Alfie Deyes
  • The Sacconejolys – Jonathan, Anna, Emilia, Eduardo and their newest edition to the family Alessia
  • ThatcherJoe- Joe Sugg
  • How To Cake It – Yolanda Gampp and team
  • Mark Ferris
  • The Michalaks – Stef, Hannah and the adorable Grayson
  • Tanya Burr
  • Gabriella – Gabriella Lindley


They give me a gift I would never be able to repay them for.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Long Time No Blog

Hello from a new me!
I have debated for a while whether its worth keeping this blog or not, but I thought I might as well keep it for a bit longer and TRY to be more frequent with my posts, which I apologise as thus far I haven't, and see how it goes. Please let me know your opinions on this.

Lately A LOT has changed in my life:

  • I became a much more social person until drama and now I'm back in my little shell.
  • I've lost my job,
  • Finished school,
  • Lost a lot of friendships, many of those which were poisonous and feel much better without them,
  • But because of this have become a lot closer to my family.
  • Started university - it's been a slow start, but I'm sure it'll be a worth while experience.
  • I have become a lot more accepting of the person I am, which has taken a LONG TIME.
I have gone through a lot of stressful and bad times but I have survived.


Having lost a lot of people in my life at a particular time were I have needed as much support as I possibly can I've found myself to become a much stronger, resilient and independent person and would certainly never take any of it back.

I have known for quite some time that my previous friendship weren't good for me as they were very judgmental, put me down, didn't care about my feelings, beliefs, opinions and I didn't feel like I was being heard. Being an extremely caring and empathetic person I did feel I was being wrongly treated but put up with it as I didn't want to hurt their feeling like they had hurt me. For a long time I felt like I was trapped in these friendships, especially during school being attached to one particular friend group and no one else being very welcoming. However, now school has come to an end for me I have found a lot has changed. I have drifted away from people, and although for now I may not have many, if any friends, I know people will come. In the mean time I am focusing on trying to find myself again and stripping away all the negative parts and influences that previous friends have created for me to become completely the self I am happy with and by doing this I have had a huge weight lifted off my shoulder.

I wish to be:
  • kind,
  • empathetic,
  • caring,
  • confident,
  • positive,
  • and most importantly happy!
I believe by being a happy  person you radiate positive vibes and in tern make others around you happy.

If you have any suggestions for future blog posts or life advise please comment below or message me on twitter, I'd love you to reach out.

Until next time,
SweetBlur x