A gap year after college

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A gap year is quite common for someone who has just finished high school and has not started college however it’s  a taboo when it comes to mid college or post college gap years. Once you’re in the game, you’re expected to become a career focused person without much thought given to what you actually want.  In some societies, taking a gap year in the middle of college is considered a blunder, like you’re going to screw up the rest of your life if that gets on your academic records. I grew up in a society like that.

Taking a gap year in the middle of a course was unimaginable even when I felt overwhelmed or needed to rethink some parts of my life.  A part of me wanted to get over with it but a part of me also wanted to slow down. Although I am happy to have finally finished my undergraduate study this April, I think I’ll give the gap year a chance now.

3 products for an everyday eye makeup ft L.A. Girl Fiber Lash Mascara

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My everyday eye makeup looks fairly simple because I'm more of a skin girl. I'll spend ages doing the base and then usually stick to minimum products on my eyes on most days when I'm in a hurry. 

Ocassionally I'll spend a little bit more time doing a proper eyeshadow look but either way, I'll never leave my house without three products - a Kohl liner, a matte liquid eyeliner and mascara.

Bookmarks for Crappy Days #4

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Welcome! I'm back with another edition of 'Bookmarks' for some instant cheer you up, inspirational pages on the web that I definitely turn to when I'm feeling low or when I'm in a grumpy mood. If you're having a crappy day, this one's for you!

MUA Bronze & Sculpt Contour Kit + Set & Reflect Finishing Kit Review

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With summer in full swing already and the humidity levels rising, I was on the hunt for a new contour powder and I spotted these cute little kits and had to pick them up. To be honest, I only picked up the contour kit first but I loved it so much that I went back and got the finishing kit too a week later!

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Shelf Life : 12M

Quantity : 20G

It's rare for me to even touch the products before I've taken pictures of them for the blog but in this case I couldn't resist, I've already used the contour and setting powder and lightly used the highlighters just so that I don't mess up the beautiful patterns. I must say I am impressed.

The packaging is probably what drew me to them first. They come in gorgeous gold and silver compacts and I believe they have a strobing kit as well which comes in rose gold but couldn't get my hands on that one. They look really cute on my vanity. Each one comes with two layers with two different powders - one matte and one shimmer.

I must point out that the contour kit packaging is a little defective because the lock on it isn't very tight, it opens up pretty easily with a nudge. I guess I received a defective piece because the finshing kit locks up perfectly and is sturdy. 

They've had the contour kit for a while now but only just added the finishing kit so maybe they've improved the packaging and made it sturdier. It's mostly just mine because I haven't heard of anyone else talking about this issue.

Fashion Inspiration from 3 bingeworthy netflix shows

I'm one of those people who falls in love with a show and its fashion. Of course, what makes a show great is it's story and the characters but I can't deny that I'm attracted to shows with some outfits I can appreciate. Even if I don't go into watching a series with fashion in mind, when I fall in love with a character, I often fall for her style too. 

Maybe it all started with Gossip Girl, then there was Pretty Little Liars and the list has grown far longer than I ever imagined. So let's talk about three Netflix shows I recently binged because they were impossible to stop watching.

I have three favourite shows that I will label as 100% binge-worthy but what's more cool is all of them have really interesting female leads which I've only just noticed. They are based on three very different women but powerful in their own ways I guess.

#1 13 Reasons Why

Does this show need an introduction anymore? I think not! It's everywhere and it has received so much appreciation. All of it is so well deserved because of the way this show struck a chord with so many teenagers and adults alike. 

It's crazy how many people could identify with Hannah after watching it, how many people have felt like her and survived. The show ultimately makes you reconsider how you treat people because everyone's going through something that we don't know about.

Well, our lead girl Hannah is my first subject of some fashion inspo because she does the slightly edgy and not overly girly high school girl look so well. To be honest, her look would work on anyone who's willing to be bold and can carry it off.

I've kept her look fairly inexpensive and perfect for someone on a student budget.
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Floral Dress - Forever 21,  Denim Jacket - Forever 21, Cashmere Beanie - Uniqlo, Boho Rings - Forever 21, Camo Phone Case - LA Hearts,  Olive Green Backpack - Mossimo, Thigh High Socks - Modcloth,   Combat Boots - American Rag Faylln

The Affordable Brow-down!

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I'm really into doing my brows at the moment and it is a borderline obsession. I probably get it from my mom, who has never been too much into makeup but would never forget brows even when I was growing up. She loves a good, dark brow and so do I. If there's one thing I won't leave the house without these days, it's them brows! That is the only way I can justify trying so many brow products at once and always being on the prowl for that perfect brow product that does it all. Until then I do need more than one or two products to do my brows, and here's a rundown of my absolute favourites from the drugstores.

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#1  Freedom Makeup Duo Eyebrow Powder in Dark Brown
Shelf Life : 12 M

This is a pretty obvious dupe for Anastasia's brow duo if you're just looking at the packaging and the shade range too. I haven't tried the Anastasia powder but this one is seriously amazing! It is my most reached for product when I'm doing my brows for an everyday look. As you can tell from the slight dent in the lighter "taupe" shade, that's the one I essentially reach for and use the darker shade for filling in sparse areas. The colours are super soft and subtle and definitely gives me that natural yet put together eyebrow look. I use a dual ended eyebrow brush with this product - the flat angled brush side for shading and the spoolie end for blending.

Korean Beauty : Fresh Jeju Lotus Soothing Gel by The Face Shop

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While I've been gone, I've found a new interest in Korean beauty products. I had a look around at what they had to offer one fine day and had a little 'Have I been living under a rock?' moment. I've been hooked onto trying more and more since then. So don't be surprised if you see a few less talked about products or things that may not be easily available in stores on here. They do their job really well so it's a worth a mention on my blog. Anyway when it comes to beauty, I like a challenge. Tracking down a product after some effort makes it so much more satisfying to finally use it. Just me?

So let's talk about this face gel/moisturiser/aftersun mask (?)That's the thing about korean beauty products. A lot of them do more than one thing. They're big on multitasking and that's one of the reasons I was really intrigued about such products. You never know what they'll do for your skin until you try them and the results are usually quite interesting.

Quantity : 285 ml

Shelf Life : 12M

What it claims : Fresh Lotus Gel is made up of clear, glass like beads that contain Lotus Flower Extract from Jeju Island. This multipurpose gel protects against harmful environment aggressors , soothes tired skin and can be used daily or after sun exposure.

Free from: Parabens, Tar colorant, Mineral Oil, Talc & Paraffin.

Price : Around $10 but it can go up to $20 depends on where you're buying it from. 

The first thing I did is google Jeju island because I am a beauty nerd like that. Jeju Island is also known as the 'Island of the Gods' and is well known for it's volcanoes and tropical beaches. I've seen a lot of volcanic beauty products from this range too and now it all makes sense. Probably next up on my list!

A social media sabbatical

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After almost two months into a social media detox, I think I’ve finally reached a point where I can look back and report on how this thing’s been working out. If you didn’t know, I decided to take a little break from my blog + social media on the 3rd of March, 2017. I won’t go into the reasons why I decided upon this but I will say I had a lot going on in my life at the time with very little free time to myself. In those hours of peace, I wanted to be by myself, do things that can help me wind down instead of taking up more pressure than I could handle.

I’m not the one to fake post about how great my life is when it isn’t and nor did I want to be that whiny person complaining everyday – so I thought this would be the best bet. It was a spontaneous decision and one that I will stand by because it has helped me gain some perspective on my blog and how I want to proceed with it.

La girl Pro HD Base Products Review

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A pretty affordable range of base products that I've been continuously impressed with/ willing to try out is the Pro HD line from La Girl. I first purchased the Pro Face powder last year and since then have moved onto buying a lot of things from the range and the brand itself which is cruelty free and at a price I cannot resist. So I'm here to share my thoughts about these today.

Perfectionism and the reasons why I blog

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I’m super close to the 2 year anniversary of my little space on the internet and I’ve never felt the need to write a post talking about what it all means to me until now. You may or may not have noticed my irregular appearances on this blog and this is not a post talking about excuses why I haven’t been churning up content but a heart to heart about what I’ve been feeling. I have always wanted to write ever since I was a child. I would spend hours even as a ten year old conjuring up make believe stories about bears, children, haunted houses and so on. It was my favourite thing to do and a part of who I was and have grown up to be.

Dusty pink & a bold, burgundy lip!

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Hello there, I hope you’re having a good day!
I thought I’ll pop in and share a little makeup look I recreated/ put my own spin on yesterday. As you can probably tell, this has been inspired by the lovely Lily Collins & her makeup in this year’s Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago. 

By now, we all know about it and have gasped, oooh’d and aaah’d over her soft yet striking look on social media.This look was however a spur of the moment kind of idea as it started off with me testing out a new foundation, which I plan to write a long post about (stay tuned!) and ended in this makeup look which I was quite pleased with.

My Favourite Nude Lipsticks

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I haven't talked about lipstick in so long on the blog and that it almost seems alien to me because I live for lipstick and collect too many shades that I don't necessary wear enough. However, this post is about all the holy grail shades that make my lips look flawless and pretty much go with every thing I choose to wear. When I was initially picking out my most worn lipsticks, I didn't expect them to be 7! Let's assume one for each day of the week then shall we? These are the shades I can pull out of my bag and put on any day or time and know that they'll save the day when my lips are looking not so classy. I've had two of these shades for 1-2 years now while others are more recent additions to the collection but they sum up my lip colour aesthetic at the moment pretty well.

#1 Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick - Treat
I've owned this one for more than a year now, this is the perfect pinky nude that is really creamy and moisturizing. I can apply this on the go and not be afraid of messing up. I would wear this constantly in the summer while I walked around in the sun and this colour would stay on for quite a long time, basically until I ate something. You know it's a good one when it passes the 'hot summer days' test! 

#2 MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Laquer - Dash
This is one of my first attempts to venture into the wonderful world of liquid lipsticks. They had me at  'You don't have to touch up your lipstick every 2 hours' claim and I was buying these formulas left and right. MUA does some really amazing liquid lipsticks and this shade in particular is packed with pigment and caught my attention because it's so unique. It looks different in different kinds of lighting, skintones and the no of layers you put on. This is the least nude of all my picks and tends a little more towards mauve/ reddish tones but it looks fab when it's on and fairly neutral! The only issue is it does come off towards the centre of my lip after a while which I have to touch up eventually.

Case App Custom Phone Case Review & Giveaway (Open Internationally)

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This is the first post of the new year so I thought why not begin it with a giveaway? Just as phones continue to become important parts of our lives, phone cases are not far behind. They have gone from being a random piece of plastic for protecting your phone to representing what you stand for and showing off your personality. So here's an opportunity for you to start the new year with a new case. If that sounds good to you, keep on reading my review before I go into the giveaway details. 

'Caseapp' is a website that offers custom iPhone cases and Laptop skins where you get the full freedom to design your own on their website. Think marble, rose gold, copper, pretty much anything trendy you've spotted on social media and can't get your hands on, you can customize it and make it for yourself here!Even if you're not feeling particularly creative, there are literally 100s of fabulous premade designs to choose from and I found them really cute and unique! I spent days looking through all the designs and there wasn't one that I had seen before on Amazon or any other website. I chose the Matching Mix* phone case which was premade because I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I was customizing a marble one myself anyway so that worked out just fine.

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017 - A Blog Recap!

It is the 31st of December, 2016. I woke up and pinched myself. I couldn’t believe that this is the last day of 2016. This has been a crucial year for me because it’s the last year of my college/uni. I graduate in a couple of months and I have to be grown up and serious and figure my life out. I have to gather my dreams and ambitions and make sure I actually work towards them and not away from them.

It has been a phenomenal year for blogging too. I had my first post go viral (I doubt I can call it that haha but for the lack of a better word, let’s call it that). My ‘DIY Chokers for Spring/Summer: Six Designs’ post has over 34,000 views now which is so incredible compared to any other post I’ve written so far. I realized that if you put work into something, it always pays off! That one post took over 12 hours to make and I’m glad I did it.

On the flip side, my blogging has seen some lows too. Inconsistency, life getting in the way and my pending thesis has really stopped me from doing so much that I put down in my ‘blog’ notebook almost every single day. I hope 2017 will be the year I can finally devote a lot more time to blogging and give it a proper shot! What got me through some of these low days? Lots and lots of wonderful internet discoveries which I’ve documented in the ‘Bookmarks for Crappy Days’ Series this year.