Saturday, August 30, 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

This product is the first item i've purchased from Urban Decay. Since the brand isn't available in Australia, and as an avid Ebay bidder, Ebay was the place i sought to. I've always been a vary person and avid researcher so i knew how to spot fakes and waited a very long time for this item to become available at an affordable price which would be similar to the RRP.

The product is beautifully pigmented and the slightest touch goes a long way. The texture is very soft, goes on evenly and not powdery at all. There is no fall out with this product and lasts all days on my eyes. You have got to see the colours in real life, as pictures do not do it justice. I can finally see why Urban Decay is such a raved and loved product.

The brush that comes with the palette is amazingly soft and high quality, and so i would think it would retail for quite a price. Quite surprising actually as i never use the brushes that come with makeup palettes as they are usually extremely shit, such as the cheap sponges they always give you. Honestly the whole packaging and what is included is such great quality, which is something i love from a brand, they've taken into account what appeals to people.

Although the palette is girly and pink based, you can do a very neutral every day eye look with it. I've gotten a lot of compliments with this palette and is definitely worth the price.

Creating an Efficient Workplace in Your Home.



Being a student (like me) or having a job that requires you to work at or from home can be difficult when you don’t have a separate room or work space. I used to study all over the place which in turn, distractions would pop up all over the place. You know, the bed, kitchen, floor, the couch, even the bathroom floor at times (don't ask, I'm weird). Its nice to have a small workplace for your inspirations to come alive, so here are some of my tips in creating an efficient, small workplace in your own home.


Separate Your Work From Your Private Life

That is, a separate area away from your living space. For me I have a separate room just for my studies and work, but before that, my desk would be in the corner of an isolated place in the house. Even placing something like a closet as a wedge between your living space and a wall works. Eliminating your distractions is key!

Distractions

Place your technology far far away from you! I personally like turning the wifi off, but if i need to use the internet, i have an app on my Macbook called 'Self Control'. There are similar programs for windows users too. It's free and lets you add websites to a list to block for a set amount of time. Until the timer ends or you restart your computer, you'll be unable to access the sites. This way i won't 'accidentally' end up on Facebook, online shopping, youtube for hours instead

Brightness

If possible, place your home office in front of natural sunlight or at best, work under bright light! This subconsciously creates a more motivating atmosphere believe it or not. Like who loves to work in darkness or under dull lighting! 

Make sure everything you need is at arm's reach

Your textbooks, folders, writing materials, laptops, chargers etc. Have them at the corner of your table or a bookshelf near you. This way you won't be wandering around the house to pick it up and in turn become distracted by something. This way everything is in place and you can get things done faster! 

Tell me, what are your tips for studying or working from home? 





Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peak Hour and Breakfast

Oh breakfast, you’re notorious for being skipped and ironically one of the most important meals. If your a night owl or always running for the train like me, you more than likely skip breakfast quite frequently (don’t lie). Sometimes my first meal starts as my afternoon meal, (i know its bad and damaging to my physical health!) but when your running around on a busy schedule all day its hard to fit in what your body is constantly needing. What i have been doing lately to try to kick this bad habit, is partially preparing breakfast the night before.




Chia seeds are an amazing energy booster and keeps you full for hours! (me at least) So what i’ve been doing the night before is to mix some chia seeds in with almond milk (i think the unsweetened vanilla flavour compliments the best), then place it in the fridge to set over night. The next day its turned into a pudding texture and tastes amazing when mixed with some frozen berries and Greek Yoghurt. Best thing is it only really takes 1 min to mix them all into a portable food container so you can eat it on the train or the car! You will feel light, energised and ready enough to take on your day.

Tips:
  • Take it light and easy! Don’t eat anything that will make you feel bloated or is too heavy, it'll make you too full and sluggish, and you'll end up in a food coma at your desk
  • Simple foods! Nothing that will be fussy because no one has time to be spilling crumbs or dropping bits, especially if you’re usually in a crowded train like me
  • If you feel self conscious while people are surrounding you while eating, opt for foods that don't have a strong smell such as a salad



Don’t let our rushed mornings and busy schedules compromise out health!