Thursday, 19 October 2017

#beautyheaventurns10


When one of your favourite websites in the world decides to throw a big birthday bash to celebrate a milestone, you just know you have to attend, despite being a social hermit....and it was with that frame of mind that I attended beautyheaven's 10th birthday party at Sydney's The Ivy Sunroom last Saturday.

For those of you who have never heard of beautyheaven (BH for short) before, beautyheaven is Australia's #1 go-to site for all things beauty-related, whether you're there for the articles, to write your own personal reviews on products you've tried, or to simply join in the forums & chat with like-minded beauty lovers. It's a community I've been a part of for just over 4 years now & one I can't imagine leaving at any stage. If I'm tossing up over whether or not to buy a product, I will scroll through the member-written reviews to get an honest opinion on it. BH members are responsible for me falling in love with some of my favourite products (and discovering a couple of duds too, sadly), so it's all their fault!

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Lust List #5 (Spring 2017 Edition)


Hola mi amigas & welcome to another Lust List!

As regulars would know, my Lust Lists are like the sister to my Shopping Cart posts, except they're full of stuff I want but haven't bought yet. Pretty straightforward huh?

This edition of The Lust List will be largely fashion-based so if this isn't what you come for, then you might either want to click away now or hold on tight until the last part of this post.

Let's get crackin':

Friday, 13 October 2017

9 Tunes With Mental Health Themes

WARNING: This post contains songs with themes that could be a trigger for some people. If you're feeling particularly sensitive right now, then do not read this post.

As regular readers will know, music is one of my greatest loves. It's something that uplifts me when I'm happy & something I tune into when I'm in another one of my mental health shit spirals. Occasionally I just have to listen to a song that I feel will speak to me in order to get whatever's bugging me out of my system.

Little do we realise that creative types such as musicians also do the same thing, except they put their feelings, emotions & troubles into song for all of us to hear. I read somewhere recently that creatives are more prone to mental health issues either by way of their profession or their own issues drawing them to the profession in the first place & I can't say I'm surprised to read that, just judging by the list I've created for you today & the amount of musicians who have unfortunately taken their own lives or had their addictions & demons fuelled by their profession.

Stock photo credit: Frank Septillion on Unsplash
Before I get into this post, bear in mind that some of these songs are my own interpretations and (possibly) that of my music-loving friends (I asked them for help with this & they've delivered). I will mark those particular songs with an *.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

13 Things That Make Me Anxious


WARNING: This post contains things that could be triggers for some people. If you're feeling particularly sensitive right now, please do not read this post.

I know I spoke a while ago about my battle with social anxiety (and again, I'd like to thank those of you who took the time to comment & to offer support & chats etc), but I never mentioned the specifics of what makes me anxious. Today you're going to get that insight at long last because not only is it World Mental Health Day today, it's also Australia's National Mental Health Week & I'd like to continue the conversation I started back in February. Bear in mind that not all of these things are symptomatic of social anxiety or anxiety in general; they're merely what can induce anxiety in me.

So without further ado, here's all the things that make me want to curl up in a ball & hide, in no particular order (although the strongest situations are higher up this list):

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Monthly Happy List (September)

monthly happy list stock photo
Stock photo - this isn't me!
September was a pretty good month overall, despite a couple of down moments. I don't know about you, but I really look forward to this time of year in Australia. It's a new season, the sun starts shining just that bit brighter, I start shelving all my winter clothes & begin getting my arms & legs out....I've made no secret of my love for warmer weather & Spring is no different for me. I do wish the weather gods would give Sydney some rain though; it's so dry here atm!

Weather issues aside, let's have a look at what made me happy during September: