Friday, 29 January 2016

The Weekly Happy List #4

Hiya everyone!

How was your week? I hope all my Aussie sisters & brothers had a great Australia Day on Tuesday, no matter what you were doing. I didn't do anything special - just stayed at home & worked on future blog posts whilst listening to Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown all the way through. The only problem with that was I kept getting distracted by all my fave tunes that made the countdown! Even though I didn't vote this year, I was happy with what ended up in there; although I did get a shock at who won and the fact that Hotline Bling didn't make it into the top 10.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

My Summer Playlist

Sunset off the coast of Raiatea, French Polynesia; taken by yours truly in 2009.

Am I the only one who thinks there are songs that sound like they were tailor made for certain times of the year? I swear there are songs that sound like summer or autumn or winter, but that might just be me & my unique way of thinking.

Whilst the weather in Sydney this week hasn't been summery in the slightest (hello overcast, humid & wet conditions), at least I have this playlist to get me (back) into the mood. Hopefully it will for you too, regardless of which part of the world you live in & what the weather is like for you right now.

Monday, 25 January 2016

10 Reasons Why Sephora Australia Has Been a Total Let Down

I've been sitting on this post since starting TNL, dithering about whether or not I should publish it; but today I say fuck it, let's rock the boat & start a conversation!

Ah Sephora. The cult beauty chain that we Aussies were sooooooooooo excited to see on our shores, only to feel disappointed, disillusioned and, quite frankly, rather pissed off about since it opened its first store in Sydney in late 2014. Now that they've finally pulled their finger out & launched an online store in recent months, taking over what was once Luxola (don’t know why they had to do that, seems a bit dodgy; but I’ll let it slide), they’ve disappointed us all over again.

Friday, 22 January 2016

I wanna make you haaaaappyyyyyy....The Weekly Happy List #3

via QuotesBlog

This week's Weekly Happy List is a Fortnightly Happy List instead. I would've published this last Friday, but Mother Nature had other ideas. In case you cba clicking on the link, parts of Sydney (including my suburb & surrounding suburbs) got hit by a epic storm last Thursday & as a result, there was a fair bit of destruction & power was lost to tens of thousands of homes, including mine. Thankfully power has since been restored (although my main internet source hasn't...that's a whole other story #fuckyouoptus), but the clean-up is ongoing. There were a lot of trees & branches down around my neighbourhood, most of which had yet to be cleared at last sight. Luckily my house didn't sustain any damage, but others weren't so fortunate by the looks of things. Mother Nature is a cruel beast!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Project Polish Summer 2015/16 Edition - Update

We're now over the halfway point of the Project Polish summer edition (if you need to refresh your memory, here's the original post) and....holy shit I've panned a bottle.


Monday, 11 January 2016

Empties Time! (December 2015)

empty beauty products
I've surprised myself with how much I finished up last month. 8 items (ok, technically 7 because one of them isn't quite finished, but who's counting!) is excellent for me, but there's about 2 or 3 or maybe 4 other items that I would've liked to have finished but didn't get around to it. Hopefully they'll be in the next empties post.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Because I'm happyyyyyy...The Weekly Happy List #2

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Hi everyone!

This week's Weekly Happy List is a bit of a mash-up post because I'm combining all the things that made me happy over the Christmas/New Year break along with all the happy things from this week.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

TNL's 2016 Beauty & Blogging Intentions

(Shoutout to Amy for inspiring this post.)

When it comes to setting my aims for the New Year, I don't believe in using the words "resolutions" or "goals". IMO, resolutions get broken all too easily + the word "goals" freaks me out & reminds me of all those goal-mapping thingymabobs out there that I loathe & end up throwing into the all-too-hard basket. Too much pressure! Instead, I use the word "intentions" and have found ever since I started using that word to map out my personal New Year aims, I've achieved a lot more than I would have if I'd used those other "dirty" words.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

These Are a Few of My Favourite....Purchases of 2015

Hi everyone!

Today's post is the last of my 2015 round-up, where you get to be nosy & find out what I purchased & liked over the last 12 months or so. Not all of it is beauty-related, but then again, TNL isn't a strictly beauty-related blog is it?

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

These Are a Few of My Favourite....Songs of 2015

WARNING: This post contains a lot of videos & links. Back away now if your internet can't handle it.

For me, 2015 was a really average year music-wise. I feel like the gems are getting harder & harder to find & I'm really not into a lot of stuff that makes the charts any more because most of it is just....well...shit tbh. That said there are a couple of tunes in here that did make it big in Australia/the world this year, so don't panic dear reader & think that you won't find something you recognise.

Monday, 4 January 2016

The 2015 Annual Happy List

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Hi everyone, I'm baaaaaaaaaack!

How was your festive season? Mine was hectic - far more hectic than normal. Between the 19th December right up to New Year's Day, I spent a grand total of 2 nights in my own bed/at home and didn't have time for much else other than unpacking & re-packing stuff. I wasn't intending on being away this long, but a series of events post-Christmas conspired to prevent me from blogging, so that's why I've been quiet. Thankfully I'm now home & feeling ready to get back into the swing of things.