Advice That I Never Take

You know how they say “drink water”. Yeah, well, I’m not very good at that at all. I drink no water, pretty much. It’s awful. I don’t even know how to motivate myself to drink water. I really don’t. Sigh. I’ll be working on this.

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8 Reasons to Drink Water:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Healthy heart
  3. More energy
  4. Headache cure
  5. Healthy skin
  6. Helps fix digestive problems
  7. Cleansing
  8. Better exercise results

The Advice: Drink half your weight (lb) in liquid ounces.

i.e. if you weight 120 lb, drink 60 ounces of water. 🙂

How to Follow This Advice:

  • Set a water routine: one cup when you wake up, one cup with each meal, one cup in between all meals, one cup before bed [if you’re exercising, one cup before exercise and one cup after]: note that you should divide ounces by how many times you’ll drink to figure out your cup [doesn’t have to be exact at all though!]
  • Carry a bottle around with you! Best reminder right?
  • Set yourself reminders either on your phone or on your computer.

I will be reporting back on this mission.

 

What is a piece of advice that you never follow? Tell me below.

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Hey guys. I’ve had this blog for a tiny while now and I’m actually so so so THRILLED by all of the amazing positive feedback that I’ve gotten back from you guys. Thank you so much. So here’s me saying that you’re amazing.

This blog is still in its birth stages and down below in the comments section, feel free to ask anything that you’d like to know about be (obviously it has to be appropriate) and any post requests that you may have for me.

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Hairstyle Question: Straight Fringe/Bangs

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So for the longest time (literally years upon years upon years), I’ve had a side-swept fringe (and for the sake of comprehension, I will be calling them bangs from now on because that’s what they are). But I’ve been considering a hairstyle change inspired by Carly Rae Jepsen.

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So many people are going for these!

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What do you guys think of the straight bang?

Tell me!

 

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Make Up Starter Kit

Hey guys. To continue this whole lineage of “10 wardrobe must haves” and “10 accessory must have” and stuff with a makeup post with the same idea. This is basically a list of the most basic elements needed in a makeup kit for any sort of everyday look. I’m basically making this post for those of us who haven’t used makeup before or are just starting a collection and hopefully this list will help you out. Not every element is “necessary” but these are the basic ones. The ones with (*) next to it are completely optional but are nice to have. 

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When starting off a makeup kit, you might want to go for some more drugstore ones if you just want to try it out yourself but if you’re willing to go and spend some money and hit a good pot the first time round, maybe go to a makeup counter and get the MUA to help you. Personally, I recommend researching the products before getting them. I know how daunting that is but that’s okay. Maybe separate them into chunks to make it less scary.

I know the first time I started my makeup collection was when I got into a performance group that require us to have a whole set of makeup that I needed so I honestly went into the makeup store and bought stuff blindly and to be honest, I was so overwhelmed and so… ignorant of makeup then that whatever the MUA said I was like “yeah okay” but now I realised I probably should have done some research.

Hopefully this will break down the makeup counter for you. And remember, blogs and youtube are you best friend in these situations

Face:

  • Primer (*): this is to keep the makeup on your face. this is more necessary with those of us with rather oily skin (like me) or the makeup might slide right of your face.
  • Foundation: This is for evening out your skin tone and prepare if for whatever goes on top. This is so essential for face makeup however if you have rather flawless skin and you don’t want to go straight for the foundation, try tinted moisturizer.
  • Concealer: this is for covering up blemishes, discoloration and under eye circles. This usually should be well matched to your skin tone.
  • Setting Powder (*): to set your foundation and concealer afterwards.
  • Blush and bronzer: Blush is to add color back to your face and bronzer is what I use to give my face shape (contour) and definition.
  • Translucent Powder (*): powder to help set your makeup throughout the day.

Eyes: 

  • Eyeshadow base (*): again to keep makeup on your eyes and may not be 100% necessary for those of us starting off who don’t have oily skin.
  • Basic neutral eye palette: so crucial to any eye look and so easy
  • Black eyeliner: to define the eye
  • Black mascara: to define the lashes
  • Eye lash curler (*): to give your eyes and lashes a lift. this is essential to me but not everyone
  • Eyebrow pencil: to define your eyebrows to frame your face (I’m so naughty with this one)

Lips:

  • Lip balm: moisturize the lips
  • Lip gloss (*): enough said?
  • Lip stick (*): I recommend a neutral pink to nude color to begin with.

That is all for this post. Tell me what your essentials are down below

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Pops Of Color: Yellow Time

I thought I might just start a new series called “Pops of Color” where I style certain colored items. Tell me what you think and give some color requests down below!

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Yellow is a really hard color to pair with, it’s so vibrant and will just scream for attention but no fear, my favorite pair is here: blue and yellow. It is honestly one of my favorite color combinations and you can try the yellow pants and the blue top or the other way around. Complementary colors right? Always trust the color wheel.

Yellow is also so easily paired with brown and tan (analogous colors with yellow). I personally recommend taking these browns and tans into the accessories. Brown leather sandals and wedges, leopard print flats, cute brown leather bracelet are all amazing pairs with your perfect yellow pants. For more fun colors, turquoise can add just that dash of fun into the situation. 

That is all for today’s “Pop’s of Color”. I think I may make this a weekly segment? I don’t know. Tell me what you think.

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Discoveries: Laura Mercier

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Over the years I’ve heard amazing things about Laura Mercier, their foundation, their lipgloss, etc. But I’ve never actually tried it but I’m planning to grab some things soon. Please tell me in the comments what your favorite Laura Mercier products are and what I should get.

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Healthy Diet Tip #3: How to Choose the RIGHT Beverage

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Hey hey hey! It’s been more than a week (I swear) since I last did my Healthy Diet Tip post (oops). Maybe not. It just feels like a really long time. Anyways. This week’s Healthy Diet Tip is about….. Drinks (if you couldn’t see that from the title, lol). Anyways, lets jump into it.

We know that the lovely H2O (water) is the best for us and the recommended intake is 8 cups of water a day (thats about 2 litres or maybe half a gallon, I really don’t know) and we all know how good it is for our skin, and for weight loss and just for better health.

BUT we all know even more how difficult it is to just drink water in the modern say with so many distractions like the SODA/SOFT DRINK/FIZZY DRINK and juices and sport drinks and… I could just go on naming them for the longest time but I won’t because that’s not the main point of this post.

Now I’m not going to be one of those people who just preach the “never drink anything but water” because a) that would be extremely hypocritical and b) totally impractical. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I know one person who can actually do that.

So here we come to the main part of our little post.

The RIGHT Kind Of Beverage

  • To spice up water (if you find it boring, like me): add some lemon pieces, I know it may sound uber cliched but honestly it makes it that little bit better. If you still can’t bring yourself to love it than add some honey. I know what you’re thinking, “but honey is a type of sugar” and it is true that sugar, no matter what sugar, is the same but honey brings that nice taste into your water and will be MILES better than drinking other types of soft drink, juices and other drinks on the market, trust me.
  • Tea. Tea. Tea. Tea. I cannot emphasize ENOUGH how amazing tea is. It is the perfect beverage. You can have it hot or cold (home made iced tea is just divine). Plain tea is so so good for you. Have a cup of green tea AFTER dinner (and lunch if you want) and it has the best detoxing effect. It will help flush out the oils that you have on you digestive tracts. Tea is the wonder drug people, it really is.
  • Homemade coffee: the ones in coffee shops may have too much sugar in them but you could choose to get the expresso or something that contains no syrup.
  • If it wasn’t obvious enough in my first Healthy Diet Tip post, I like my home made smoothies. They’re ridiculously healthy and yummy. Go for that!
  • And finally, a good beverage choice would be vegetable juice and coconut water. They’re very light and you can keep up the vegetable servings with the vegie juice.

The Beverages to AVOID

  • Carrying on with the juice theme from the end of that last section, juice (especially bottled juice) is something to avoid. There is more sugar in those bottle juices than soft drinks like Coke!!!!! You can see why you’d want to avoid that. In addition, although the recommended dietary intake for fruit is 3 servings a day, a bottle of juice usually has A LOT more than that meaning that you’re exceeding the natural sugar intake that you should be having.
  • Avoid “diet” and “zero” sodas. I know because it has the word “diet” or “zero” plastered across it, people are automatically drawn to it. But don’t be fooled. The chemicals they have in them are not good for you at all. Some companies use chemicals to get rid of the sugar that was in the mixture form the original formular and then add more chemicals to make up for the lack of nice taste in the soda after the anti-sugar agents in it.
  • Normal sodas (or soft drinks) as a whole should be avoided along with sports drinks and energy drinks (ick!).
  • Alcohol! We all know that alcohol is not very good for your liver at all, but not many people know that it’s not good for your scales either. There are so so SO many hidden calories in them. For example, a glass of wine or a pint of beer has around 150 calories in them (!!!) and if you’re having a mixed drink that’s a lot lot more. Research has also shown that alcohol in higher amounts can  contribute to cancers of the breast, esophagus, stomach, and colon. So definitely use judgment and moderation when fitting alcohol into your meal plan.
  • Finally, there is the mixed coffee drinks. I know that this is something that’s so so difficult for me to follow (and will probably be the same for you guys). I love my coffee drinks and my hot chocolates etc from Starbucks and other coffee franchises but Oh My God they’re scary. I will not expand on that because the guilt factor lays on really thick for that one. BUT. I use it as a treat. I won’t have it every single day but if I do, I make sure I have been eating really well.

So that is the end of this healthy diet post. I hope it helped and I hope you liked it. Please tell me what your guilty pleasure drinks are in the comments section below.

So thank you for reading and see you tomorrow.

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HOW TO: Style Mint Jeans

One of the HOTTEST trends right now is the mint jean. I know, how stupid does that sound, one clothing item takes up a WHOLE trend. But it is, and I’ve been getting questions on styling mint (well, pastel colors in general) pants so I thought, well I bet you heaps of people on the outernet are wondering the same thing because it’s something that you don’t expect. So I went onto polyvore and I made a little collage (I went a little crazy) to embody my main tips. 🙂 ENJOY!

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1) PASTEL WITH PASTEL

Now there is nothing trendier than combining trends, right? So why not combine the pastel color trend with color blocking? Mint jeans will look amazing with other pastel tops and shoes. Think pastel pink/corals and pastel yellows. Check out that awesome scarf that has a mixture of pastel colors (that would look awesome on those mint jeans and a white top!). And coral shoes! So pretty. Mixing “prints” is also in so if you have a polka dot mint skirt, maybe wear it with a lacey white top?

2) PASTEL WITH FLORAL

Now pastels look amazing with floral, especially for the spring and summer time. Wear your mint jeans with a floral top. I personally think the best floral top to go with these pants is the navy background shirt with small floral print instead of big flowers. You can also take the floral to the shoes or on a scarf (I just love scarves!)

3) PASTEL WITH “DULL” COLOR

This mint green jean looks amazing this a dull pink shirt or a dull blue sweater. The complementary colors of of pink and green will make your outfit look effortlessly put together. Want to quieten the loud mint green? Pair it with a dull blue sweater. The analogous color will soften the brightness and spread it through the outfit. Want to wear mint jeans in autumn? Pair it with a tan sweater!

Favorite Outfits of this Set:

– White blazer, sheer dull pink shirt, MINT JEANS and the light floral shoes

– Dull blue sweater, MINT JEANS and dull pink cork wedges

– Coral and white striped shirt, MINT JEANS and white cork wedges

Yay! Haha. I hope this post helped. 🙂

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