The Easy Gift Guide: For Her

Christmas Gift guide

 

1. Benefit Cosmetics Gift Packs

I love this idea as a gift for the make up lover in your life (or maybe a cheeky gift for yourself?) No, but seriously, this pack is awesome because to buy the mini mascara on it’s own is about $23. Which means for an extra $7 you get two extra products and I just think that’s awesome

2. OPI Mini 12 Pack

If you’re trying to find a gift for your nail polish loving friend, you should seriously consider this. For $49.95 you get a pack of 12 different shades of really good quality nail polish. To make it even cooler they also come in themed packs, like Grease or The Nutcracker

3. Scented Candles

I’m pretty sure everyone loves a good scented candle and, through experience, I love Dusk. I think they’re scents and quality of candles are really good and I would personally love to be gifted one

4. A Candle Care Kit 

This is a kind of ‘I do need one but I don’t want to buy it myself’ kind of gift. If you’re into candles you kind of need a care kit, just to make your life a tad bit easier. So if you know a candle lover you should really consider this

5. Mimco Passport Cover

The perfect gift for the traveller in your life. I love this Mimco design but there’s a lot of others you can choose from as well. Some you can even personalise or getting matching luggage tags for.

6. Morphe 6-piece Eye Brush Set

I haven’t personally tried these brushes, but for $27 I think these would make a great gift (or another cheeky treat yo’self gift)

7. Lonely Planet Travel Book

This is another gift for the traveller in your life. Not only is it full of cool trip ideas but it would make a pretty cool coffee table book as well

8. Body Shop Lip Balm

Body shop lip balm is the cheapest item on the list at $6 a tub but they’re awesome. They’re cruelty free, come in a range of different scents and I’ve never heard a bad word against them. I 100% recommend them

 

I hope this guide helps a bit guys, let me know what you think!

What is Christmas in Australia?

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Similar to my ‘What is Halloween in Australia?’ post this is all about the best time of the year. Christmas! (Sing Christmas). Obviously, unlike Halloween Australia celebrates Christmas but during summer. So it’s hot and different to the carols. Like, you know the carol about it being cold outside? In Australia it’d be about getting heat stroke. So, because of that I thought it would be kind of interesting to do a post with what I think is a bit different about Christmas and Australia

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  1. The Beach

Some families in Australia opt to have Christmas lunch or dinner as a BBQ by the beach. Of course, it’s normally quite hot so some people will just head to down for a swim and have lunch in the comfort of their air conditioned homes as well.

2. The Food

A big part of Christmas is the food, right?  In Australia most families will still have the roast meat and roast vegetables but will include cooler foods as well. This includes a salad option and there’s almost always some kind of sea food on the table. Usually prawns, here’s a link to a recipe I’ve found online

3. No Christmas Sweaters

As mentioned before during December it’s hot. So of course there’s no ugly Christmas sweater tradition, just funny Christmas shirts. Or in the last few years there’s been the new Christmas rashie’s, affectionately named ‘The Ugly Xmas Rashie’ (a rashie is a swimming shirt you use to protect yourself from getting sunburnt). As you can see, the design is unmistakably Australian (I love it).

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You can get one here

4 . Christmas Decorations

Another one of my favourite things to see at Christmas time is the beachy/Australian vibe Christmas decorations have taken on. Santa can be seen with a sleigh pulled by kangaroos, surfing or chilling out with his board shorts and hawaiian shirt on underneath a palm tree

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One of my own decorations

So, that’s what I think kind of stands out to make an ‘Australian Christmas’. What do you guys think? Or are you from another country and have your own Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments

Why I Took a Week Off Work

I’ll begin this post by saying I work in retail. Full time.

Retail is not mentally challenging but it is mentally exhausting. Not only can it be incredibly boring during quiet times but the whole standing up for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week gets old real quick. However, it’s the nasty customers who come in and think they can treat you like dirt that’s probably the icing on the cake. Now with that beautifully coloured picture I just painted for you, you can imagine why I took this week off. You can also imagine how badly I needed the week off.

For a while now, I’ve been feeling my mental health slipping. With questions like ‘when will I figure out what I want to do?’ ‘When will I be able to leave this place?’ And to top it, the same bloody routine every bloody week. Anybody’s mental health would start slipping, honestly. During my week off though I threw routine out the window. I woke up when I wanted, went to the beach nearly every day and watched videos on unsolved mysteries. (Check out Bella Fiori on youtube). Best of all though, I can feel myself being more positive.

Basically, I’m writing this post because I want to remind you guys it’s okay to take time off. In fact, not only is it okay but it can be a necessity. So without thinking about it too much book in your leave!

 

What is Halloween in Australia?

I just want to start this post by saying, I feel ripped off. Ripped off because I never got to experience Halloweespooky-halloween-background-with-pumpkins-in-a-cemetery_1048-3055n as a kid.  As a 20 something year old Australian born in the 90’s halloween was a weird holiday for me. Well, actually it just didn’t exist outside of Disney and Nickelodeon. Being raised watching American tv shows and halloween re-runs during October left me, and many other kids, wishing Halloween was an Australian holiday.

However, because us kids have grown up we’ve almost brought Halloween into Australia. Of course, being Australian, that basically means we use it as an excuse to dress up and get drunk. But I thought I’d still write a small list of what it’s like if you’re an Australian who likes Halloween (and really wants it to be a thing).

 

  • Only seeing one or two Halloween decorations in town and getting overly excited
  • Constantly having people ask you what day Halloween actually is
  • Always listening to the older generation talk about how stupid Halloween is and remind you it’s not Australian
  • Being jealous of all the kids that get to go trick or treating now
  • Trying to convince your friends to do something for Halloween
  • Seriously considering buying the overpriced Halloween pumpkins from Coles
  • Watching youtuber vlogs (Zoe Sugg especially) about Halloween and being extremely jealous

 

And, there we have it. Let me know what you think and if you have anything to add or tell me what Halloween is like in your country!

MY FOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Hi friends,

I’ve been reading everyone’s resolutions for the new year and I’ve decided that I want to share mine too. Not only so I remember them but to hold myself accountable as well.

P.S. I know I’m a week late but I promise I wrote these at 12:01am on the 1st of the 1st.

  • Travel more- This is an obvious one for me and is on my list every year.
  • Live more- This really just means pushing my fears aside and saying yes more.
  • Work towards a career- Honestly, I don’t even know what that career’s going to be. But, as long as I’m working towards something I want to do, I’ll be happy.
  • Build a better home- This one’s a bit different and honestly, I don’t even know how to explain it.

 

So, there we have it folks. Tune in 358 days from now to see how I go.

15 Fun Facts About Me

 

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I really love ‘Facts about me” posts, they’re interesting and I think they’re a great way to get to know who’s blog you’re reading. So let me know what you think about my facts, we might have abit in common…

1. I have 7 pets. 3 rats, 2 dogs and 2 cats

2. I have travelled to Bali and New Zealand

3. I hardly watch movies. Majority of the time someone asks me if I’ve seen a movie the answer is no

 

4. Currently wondering if I should go see Harry Styles live next year…

5. I’ve been wanting to move to London since I was 17 years old

6. Even though I don’t really believe in horoscopes, I still read my horoscope and horoscope personality descriptions and kinda wish they were real… I’m a scorpio

7. When I was younger I thought it snowed continuously during christmas in the northern hemisphere

8. I’m a very big book worm

9. I enjoy baking cakes but I’m not too fussed on eating cakes

10. I watched too much ‘River Monsters’ and now I’m scared of swimming anywhere but a pool

11. I did AllStar cheerleading throughout high school

12. I was a girl scout when I was a kid

13. I’d rather be hot than cold

14. I love documentaries, especially on serial killers…

15. My favourite food is hot chips (french fries for non Australians)