The year that was 2017…

Hello dear readers,

As the year of 2017 draws to a close, I just wanted to reflect on the year. Personally, I found this year filled with change, challenge and exciting events! This year was much better compared to my previous year.  Anyways, lets start:

I took a secondment at my previous workplace mid-year for 6 weeks in a different setting and honestly, I enjoyed working in the setting. I had my mind set on applying for that role until second week into my secondment, I was offered the role I am currently in a different setting and place as well.  Month four of my current role and content (the hours can be challenging at times) with the job for now until I finish my degree (18 months to go). I will then re-evaluate afterwards. It’s a flow on effect and it worked out well with timing :). Who knows maybe that place may have a vacancy pop up in the future.

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I attended two weddings this year. One in March at their house and one two weeks ago at at golf club. Let’s not go down the road yet for me.. Really nice to catch up with people that I havent seen in a while!

In April this year, I attended the Fitness Expo in Sydney for the first time. I really wanted to go in the past but location was a bit far. Lucky it was in the ICCC in Sydney.  A shame that I attended the Sunday only as I attended a baby shower the day before. I met Commando Steve and participated in a workout. I didn’t meet as many fitness personalities but the ones I met I follow on instagram :). I saw also a bodybuilding show and bumped into people I know from the gym. Anyways, I spent the whole day there, loved every moment of it and will make sure to attend a Saturday session as well.

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Two fun runs this year for the first time. City2Surf in August and Blackmores Run in September. Too many slow people in City2Surf and my group for Blackmores Run. Hppy with 96 mins for City2Surf and 60 mins for Blackmore Run (minus the +20 mins for starting in the slowgorup). I want to do these runs again next year in a better group. Also thinking also doing the Harbour Run (5k) next year too.  For now, running has taken a backset with less kms but not too worried as I am focused on fitness and conditioning.

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In September, I saw Ariana Grande live in concert and she was very good. That time it was second week into my new job and had an early start. Long day but worth it.

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This time, I passed uni (especially this semester) with very good marks! As 2018 hits, I have another 18 months to go and have picked some rather interesting subjects next year (3 core and 1 elective this year). All my core subjects to be completed next year and then it’ 3 more electives to go and I am done!

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I snorkelled the first time back in January this year and glad that I tried it.  At first, I was nervous as I’ve never swum in rough waves and with help with my friends, I was good. Ended up with a fair amount of cuts to my leg.

Also along the lines of challenge, I went paintballing for a mate’s birthday for the first time back in October. A lot of running around and a fair drive from where I live. I had fun but those bruises were terrible for days…

Finally, I took part in a fitness event by a neighbouring fitness first gym called ‘Bond Street fitness games’. Similar to Game of Zones but bigger! These events I participate for fun and not expect to win (nor do i want to be part of the fitness fight off). Later on that day was greeted by an unwelcome tummy bug when I went home. I had the same issue earlier that week the day after the long weekend 😦 . Not fun but anyways, I’m healthy with no tummy issues.

Looking back this year, I must say that I am fulfilled and content this year. Especially getting out of my comfort zone such as fun runs, paintball and snorkelling to gaining new experiences.

Anyways, how was your 2017?

Until the next post,

Lydia

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What’s in my beauty bag? Eyeshadow palettes

Good afternoon everyone and it’s nearly a week until christmas 🙂

Today’s post will be on eyeshadow palettes in my collection. Please note these are my views on the products and are not influenced by other people.

  1. Zoeva Cocoa blend palette

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Picked this beauty from sephora 4 months ago whilst upgrading my makeup collection.  The standout colour is the cool reddish shade (warm notes).  Pure ganache (bottom left first) and delicate actitivty (bottom right hand corner) are favourites too. Very good price as well! All of these shades are cool toned and are very smilar to the other palettes that I am about to mention below:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

2) Zoeva Caramel melange palette

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Wow, just wow! This was my first ever palette from Sephora and immediately fell in love with it.  The colours are beautiful and easy to wear and can be worn day or night. The colours that really stand out are Aftertaste (Middle orange shade first row), 182 degrees (the next shade after), Liquid Centre (first row far right corner) and Almost Sunny (second row second last shade).  The other shades were just as beautiful and easy to create.  Highly recommend this one.

Rating: 5 of 5

3) Zoeva Naturally Yours palette

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Again I present to you another Zoeva palette.  I bought this palette to see if it were different to any neutral paltettes on the market. For me this is lovely but it felt like an ordinary everyday neutral palette.  I see resemblences with colours with the above two palettes and will use this as normal.  Pigmentation still very good though and a good starter eyeshadow palette.

Rating 3.5 to 4 of 5

4) Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette

My most recent sephora purchase to add ot the collection. I wanted to try a higher priced eyeshadow palette to see if it was worth the hype. Turns out it’s a keeper for me. I was a little worried about the subculture palette and the bad reviews associated with it espeically with the fallout.  None of the colours were appealing in the subculture palette as well.  Some of the colours in the palette are similar with my  Zoeva palettes but the colours are still gorgeous anyway. The  downside is that you need to use a really good quality brush in order to get really good use out of the shadows. The brush inside the palette is rubbish in my opinion. The pigmentation is nice and buildable though. The higlighter shade is unique but is suprisingly subtle and blends beautifully.

Rating 4 out of 5

5) Samantha Jade for Models Prefer All Over The Eye eyeshadow palette

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This beauty buy at the fraction of the price from priceline is worth the money.  I find that drugstore eyeshadows lack pigmentation but not with this product! The Scarlett shade on the bottom right hand corner is a maroon red that can be worn on its own or blnede with ohter colours.  Downside that it was very hard to find in priceline as it was sold out nearly everywhere I went.

Rating: 5 of 5

6) Nyx The Go To Palette Bon Voyage

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Quite a nice starter palette with a blush highlighter and contour in one. The eyeshdows are subtle and easy to work with. Although I have the other above shadow palettes, I like to reach this out mainly for the highlighter contour blush side.  A good ideal travel shadow.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Ok there’s a snapshot of my views on the palettes in my collection.  Do you prefer budget buys or prefer to splurge on good quality eyeshadow?

Until my next post!

x Lyda

What’s in my beauty collection: Lip products

Hello dear bloggers. I have been MIA from this blog in the past month, but i am back with my views of lip products in my collection. Please note that these will be very short:

  1. Covergirl Colourlicious lipgloss

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A lipgloss that gives a true to colour finish and leave your lips shiny and mositurised. The formula itself is lightweight, silky and without all the stickiness. The scent of this lipgloss is beautiful and applies on smoothly. Even applying this products to dry lips, no problem :).

Rating: 5/5

2) Essence Sheer  To Shine lipstick.

Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick 3.5 g

A sheer lipstick that’s afforable and gives nice colour payoff?  I recommend this lipstick. Moisturising and gives a decent sheer colour. Doesn’t dry out my lips which is a bonus.The formula is good however the smell isn’t too great (overpowering). If you want to try out essence, defintetly recommend this product!

Rating 4/5

3) Nyx high voltage lipstick

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The colour payoff  of this lipstick is very pigmented. The packaging is very lightweight and tiny and can be placed in a handbag, even your purse as well. This lipticks does show though dry lips so recommend using a lipbalm before using this product.

Rating: 4/5

4) Maybelline Coloursenstational lipstick

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick Warm Me Up 4.2G

Moisturising lipstick with a nectar like scent to it. At first, I wasn’t a fan of the scent but overtime I didn’t mind it. Lips don’t feel dry even using this product. A good price.

Rating: 4/5

Sorry about the very short views but this month will be busy with festive season celebrations and will be spending time with those people. Plus I have bought new products that I am testing right now and will review those when I can. Blogging hasn’t been a priority right now and will post when I can.

Until next time

What’s in my beauty collection? Foundations

Hello again dear readers,

I am back with another beauty product comparsions posts. Today’s post will be on foundations in my collection. Pretty much it’s my own view / thoughts of using the products and short. In my opinion, having a good quality foundation is the key to a flawless face. Anyways, let’s get straight into it.

Foundation one: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet.

Chanel PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET Smooth-Effect Makeup SPF 15, Women's, 50

I had a gift card from David Jones and decided to try a high end foundation and came across this little beauty. A water-based foundation that feels like a second skin when you apply this product and the scent is pleasant. The foundation provides light coverage and provides a matte finish. For someone who has normal to dry skin, I found this foundation shows dry spots so to make this work, having a moistuirsed face is important to making this product work. For oily/ combination, this may be suited more to those skin types. As I prefer matte foundations and have good skin, this is a good foundation as I don’t need too much coverage. I prefer to use the fingers for application for a natural look and brushes for heavier coverage.

Rating 4.5/5.

2) Shisedo Synchro skin lasting liquid foundation.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation Neutral 2

Another high end foundation that’s in my collection that I purchsed from Myer. An oil free foundation (like the Chanel foundation above) that has a matte finish. It has a medium coverage that can be built and allows your face to shine through. It feels silky and smooth. Even on my skin type, I didn’t seem to have dry patches to show through. Highly recommended, depsite the high price. In my opinion, applying with fingers works best for this product and brushes for more coverage.

Rating: 5/5

3) Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 30ml (Various Shades) 53 Light Beige

Now onto drugstore foundations. I’ve used bourjois in the past and no problems with this foundations. It has a fruity smell which is refreshing and contains vitamin mix to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.  It’s a medium coverage foundation. The shade range is limited though so if you’re on the extreme side of light or dark, this foundation may not be suitable. I think this foundation suits all skin types. This foundation can be applied with both fingers and brushes.

Rating 4.5/5

4) Nude by Nature Flawless liquid foundation:

Edit: This product is sold in Australia and on the nude by nature website 🙂

I recieved this as part of a beauty heaven team trial and there is mixed reviews of this product. The packaging is very classy for a drug store foundation and it gave me a natural finish. The downside for this foundation is that it can look cakey if your face isn’t moisturised and primed. The foundation gives a matte finish and a medium-full coverage.  I have this in the shade yellow sand and it matches perfectly with my skin colour. The key is to find your matching shade and make sure your face is primed and only use a little product. Using a brush is highly recommended.

Rating: 3.5-4/5

So that ends my post with my experiences with foundations. Of course to make a face product work, a properly moisturised face is essential. I did find a difference with the high end vs the drugstore in terms of application and feeling on the skin. Using the right products for your face also helps.

See you in the next post.

x

What’s in my beauty collection? Mascaras

Hello everyone, today I will be doing a series post on comparisons of make-up products in my collection, in short.

Today will be on 4 different mascaras sitting in my makeup box and my own views on them.

Please note these are my own thoughts and not paid to review them.

-Images are from beautyheaven.com-

Mascara: Bourjois Black balm edition.

Seeing that I quite like the foundations of bourjois, I decided to try a new product, a mascara. This mascara appears sleek with a twisted top. Side one for ‘defining length’ or side two for ‘volume oversize’. The finely toothed comb meant less clumping and easy applicaion. The mascara was easy to apply and game me the volume I needed for my non existent lashlines. However I found that the product transferred to my lower lids as the day went by. A mascara I’ll reach once in a while though, and for the price,  I found there are better out there.

My verdict: 3/5

Mascara two:  Lash Princess sculpted volume mascara by Essence.

Seeing that I’ve used Essence products in the past and enjoyed them, I decided to try  this cute little mascra. This mascara has a tapered brush to give that ‘scuplted, incredible volume and fanned out look’. The packaging appeals to me with the cute purple design. I must say that the mascara did appear a little clumpy when applying there was too much product distributed on the brush. It did give me nice and volumised lashes though and for the price (relatively cheap), does the job. Panda eyes? A little.

My rating: 3.5/5

Mascara three: Covergirl Full Lash Bloom

A pink mascara colour? Not. Just the packaging colour. This mascara accenduates the natural lash lines and curls the shape of the lashes. Seeing that I picked this product during the priceline sales, I think this product is worth the money.  The brush is finely toothed, straight and separated to give the natural look. The product applies smoothly giving it a natural look. Product transfer during the day? Not so much and no more panda eyes. This is one of my go to mascara during the week. I would repurchase this one again.

Verdict: 4.5/5

Mascara four: Nyx Pin-up tease mascara.

I have mixed thoughts about this mascara.  The brush is curve shaped to curl and separate individual lashes. I had no problems with appyling the mascara. The product feels wet when using the product and need to give it time to dry Throughout the day, I didn’t see much product transfer to the lower lashes. Again, like the lash princess mascara, I found way too much product on the brush and felt like the need to clean the brush before using the mascara to reduce clumps. It does give a nice lift though. One my of second go to mascaras. At the end of the day, it did take ages to remove this mascara. Not sure if I want to repurchase this one again, considering the price of NYX in Australia.

Rating: 3.5-4/5

So here ends my thoughts of each of mascara and as I said, theses are only thoughts on the products and whatever works for me might not work for you :).

The next products that I will compare in this series: foundations and powders, lipsticks, blushes / contouring palettes, concealers / bases, eye products and brushes.

Stay tuned.

Where I stand.

I’m officially on uni holidays now. Everything is now submitted, now I await my results. I’ve aleady enrolled in my classes for next year. Need to submit my leave forms for classes in the new year 🙂

What’s on the rest of the year? Nothing planned in November but in December, a wedding to xmas social gatherings.

My new job has been ok so far despite having a rather crazy week. Adjusting to early this week hasnt been easy but i’m slowly getting there. More sleep on the weekend though. At times, I question myself in my current role but I tell myself I need to give it time to learn this role. I would like to get back into into a health screening program setting though, just like my previous secondment though. For now it ok with uni, learn new skills and ability to take days off in between uni days. Once I am finished with my studies (hopefuly in 2 years time), I’ll reassess and seek opportunities closely related to my degree and what I want to get into, maybe get back into normal hours, I don’t know.

I like to blog because I can write it all down here and share my thoughts. Since i’m on uni break now, more time to write in this blog.

Anyways thats where I stand for now 🙂

Checking in October!

Just me again. It’s been a month since I last posted as work, university and life has taken up my spare time.

The long weekend passed and it was a rather chilled one as I spent time doing an assessment the whole of one Sunday which I turned in today and getting back into gaming! Of course catching up with sleep too. I am thinking about getting an xbox at the end of the year…

I have recently started doing the later start and this is my last week and then back to early starts for a month. My roster rotates fortnightly and will do another round of late starts. Sometimes I wish I was doing normal hours but then I think about the upsides more i.e quiet gym in morning and afternoons, whole afternoon off, sleep in and not having to deal with the traffic and peak hour gym times.  Maybe after my degree i’ll re-assess who knows…. for now this will do 🙂 . Only downsides is getting to bed and waking early.

I did have a fitness event (inhouse) called “Unleash The Beast” last Saturday run by one of the neighbouring city gyms. Similar concept to Game of Zones inhouse event.  It’s nice to get a community feel in these sort of events. After that was lunch but then afterthat i became ill :(.  The next one that I can attend to will have to be next year.

Unfortunately I was sick last week with a stomach upset / bug that’s been around. My family had it and so did my neighbouring cousins and their families and it was time off work.

My  final univeristy class for the year was last Thursday and it was nice having to take a day off to study and I’ve learned a lot in that subject as some bits relate to my current job. This university year has been good as I’ve made at least one study buddy (who will finish next year) throughout my degree and kept in contact througout this year.

I also submitted my last assignments today and glad to say that I am done for the year! I need to re-enroll later this month for next year.

This past weekend was celebrating family birthdays. My second cousin turned 4 yesterday and her birthday was held in a community centre. Weatherwise was horrible but I had a good day running around and playing with the kids plus catching up with 2 of my primary school mates. Today was my brother’s birthday and it was yum-cha lunchtime and then a little housework and games throughout the rest of the day.

That’s pretty much whats been happening this past month and see you in my next post! Now onto the last two months of the year and it will be busy before christmas! Plus I have a couple more events to attend to, one at the end of the month and December 🙂

Until next time!

xLydia

Blackmores Bridge Run

Sorry not sorry for another post. On a fitness note, I participated in the Sydney Running festival, specifically the Bridge Run today. All the way from Milsons Point to the Sydney Opera House!

The day started of sunny, cold and not so windy, as I woke ap at 6am to be out of the house by 6.50am.  Breakfast was three rice cakes with a small amount of tuna and avocado with some veggies and a coffee, with a bit of fruit. After that, it was a lift to the station. I had to be at the venue before the 8am start for bridge run.Took the train there and hopped off Milson’s point with fellow runners. The loo lines were taking a long time but lucky I waited in my line and then it was straight to thte start area. The area was moving but since I picked the slow group C, I waited in that group before the group start, costing me my official time where it took me 61 minutes to run chip time….lesson learnt. Shame I missed out this time (again) to get into green group for city2surf next year but will pick the faster group in blackmores and aim to run better next year.

The course itself was flat, beautiful and good to run with and despite being in the slowest group, I ran the whole course with minimal rest. Seeing the Opera house in sight at the end was the best motivation after running 10KM!

After that I went to collect my medal and headed to the recovery village for a recovery burrito (kale, egg, ham or bacon) and a rather sweet black coffee. Since I was a little hungry, I got myself a shake from Thrive and bought a new jacket because I was shivering!

Training wise? After city2surf, I focused mainly on shorter speedier runs twice a week. This helped me speed wise in this race.

Happy that I ran it just over an hour but not glad with my official time :(. Running season is offically over for me..

Would I do it again? For a better time, yes! Next year perhaps…..maybe a half marathon in the future, will see…

I’ve set myself new running goals to work towards for next running season. For now, it’s focus on speed work.

Anyways, that’s my thoughts in a nutshell and see you when I next post.

x Lydia

What’s in my make-up collection?

Hello everyone,

I am back with a post despite taking a so called ‘litte hiatus’. For those who may have read the last post, I decided to slightly change my direction with this blog. Today’s post will be on something that I have not blogged here before: beauty products!

6-7 years ago, I went through a phase of blogging about makeup products and my reviews on the products I used and my readers found them useful. I also came across a beauty website under the name of beautyheaven, which I check in time to time again. During that time, I wrote a whole bunch of product reviews etc but now since I am working /studying, I can only visit there time to time again. Halfway through my working life, I shifted my focus to fitness and health and began less focused makeup. As of recent times, I decided that my makeup collection needed an update. Several priceline trips during the biggest sale times, David Jones / Myer and Sephora has landed me with a brand new collection of makeup. I find that a new change in life means a new overhaul of products.

I went from minimal products to a whole new range of high end to drugstore products. Here’s what is sitting in my make-up collection:

Eyes:

-Zoeva Caramel, Neutral and Cocoa palettes. The pigment is very good that I reach for these a lot

-Maybelline Eye shadow tattoo in leather and black. Again, perfect to wear on it’s on and with the black one, can be used as an eyeliner.

-Nyx go-to palette in Bon Voyage. 6 eyeshadows, bronzer, highlighter and blush. Good pigmentation and colours

-Nyx eyshadow base. An ok product but eyeshadow doesn’t last long on the eyelids.

-Zoeva eyeshadow primer. Used this a handful of times so far. A good primer so far.

-Covergirl Invisible concealer. A good concealer to cover dark spots and as an eyeshadow base.

-Maybelline studio eyeliner in black. My holy grail product as you can make the eyeliner thick or thin.

-Nyx Glam liner (Aqua). A fun blue liner that holds well during the day.

-Mascaras: Covergirl Full lash, Essence Lash princess, Nyx pin-up mascara and Bourjois Black balm twist 2 in 1 mascara. Have recently bought mimiso waterproof and essence waterproof mascara that have yet to be opened.

Face:

-Foundations: Chanel Perfection lumiere velvet, Shisedo Synchro-skin foundation, Boujois healthy mix foundation (tad too dark).

-Australis match maker. Good mixer but other parts of the product can be improved as it’s messy to use.

-Powders: Natio translucent setting powder, Nyx Mineral set it dont fret it powder and bourjois healthy balance powder.

-Covergirl Outlast all day primer. A good primer.

Cheeks:

-Revlon Oh baby pink blusher.

-Savvy Mineral baked blush.

-Nude my nature bronzer

Lips:

-Nyx High voltage lipstick (coral colour)

-Nyx extra creamy lipstick (chloe)

-Nyx soft liquid matte lipstick

-Covergirl lipglosses (pink and nude)

-Essence  sheer lipstick

So that’s my updated collection of makeup. I may get around to doing product reviews of these when I can get around to it (possibly in between hiatus) or looks, whatever floats the boat.

Anyways, that’s all for now.

See you in the next post.

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