19 October 2014

Australia Photo Diary

I didn't take my camera out for all of the days I had away in Australia as generally that can be quite a nuisance, but for the days I did, there was usually a beautiful beach to take photos of. A lot of the places we went reminded me of other places I had been, and I realised a lot of the time, New Zealand is quite similar - just less dry and colder. As I have mentioned in a couple posts back, this holiday was all about relaxing and not doing much. It was very low key and the perfect little break before what I'm experiencing now; art board deadlines and upcoming exams.

One of the best places we went was driving up to this little lighthouse, taking loads of photos and exploring on the rocks. Another good memory was having lunch at this little beach town and acting like lunatics on the playground swings. Generally, it was all very fun and beautiful. We rented out a little house which was probably better than a hotel room. It had it's own pool which was surprisingly really cold even though it was in the high 20s and low 30s for most of the time. One of my favourite times was going into Sydney where we shopped until our feet hurt (I lay in bed with what felt like growing pains that night) and having lunch down at Darling Harbour, and also catching the train there and back listening to Ed Sheeran, it all felt like a very movie-like moment. I still have my main haul coming up where I show you the clothes I bought in Sydney. I managed to get this up sooner than expected thanks to an early Sunday morning, so expect the haul sometime next weekend.


18 October 2014

Sydney Haul: Beauty

I was really pleased with what I got in beauty wise in Australia. I didn't get too much, but all of the things I did get I absolutely love. I got a few things from Lush. I was delighted to see a few Lush stores while I was shopping, as they're pretty rare in New Zealand! It's my favourite shop. I got the Twilight Bath Bomb which is lavender scented which I thought I'd try. I used half of it last night and it's super lovely - it makes your skin so soft and the scent is calming. I also got the 'It's Raining Men' shower gel, which is actually the nicest smelling anything I have ever smelt. It smells SO good. I can never stop smelling it. It foams up wonderfully, and I just love smelling like Lush when I step out of the bath/shower. The last item is possibly my favourite, which is the R&B Hair Moisturiser. I think this is severely underrated or something because this stuff is like good hair in a bottle. I LOVE it and have used it everyday since I got it. If your hair shows any sign of frizz, this will get rid of it. Since I have pretty much straight hair with a bit of a wave in it, I use it as a leave in treatment after washing my hair. I also use the tiniest amount on dry hair when my hair needs a little coming to life. You only use a pea sized amount each time you use this, so this will last me absolutely AGES. Can you tell I'm excited?

While we went into Topshop (my first time) in Sydney, I really wanted to try at least something from the make-up range. I'd heard their lip products were good. The make-up section was quite underwhelming and was in a sorry state, with all of it dirty and most of it in a really bad condition! I knew I'd regret it if I didn't pick up something to try while I was there, so I ended up going for a Lip Bullet which to me looks like a lovely red colour, named Joyride. I haven't opened it yet or tried it out but when I have more spare time I will, and will probably get a post up about it. I also got a nail polish which I think is called Disclosed. It's a really pretty blue-green light mint colour which is a lighter, more pastel version of Essie's Mint Candy Apple which I love. I got a couple more items - the Body Shop InstaBlur which is WONDERFUL, having used it for about a week. I don't think I could not use this now. I could of got a ton more from the Body Shop but we have that at home (like we do Lush and some other stores) so I think I'm going to have to go on a bit of a mini spree to pick up some bits from there I've wanted for ages. On the way home at the airport I had $20 Australian left to spend so I bought this body cream from L'occitane, which is a really luxury shop that I never shop in because it's so expensive. But the price for this was good, and I'm glad I got it because it's vanilla scented but smells so fresh, different and just nice. Going shopping in Sydney has certainly filled my need for spending for a little while - I will also have a clothes haul post up at some stage (I'm thinking it's going to be next weekend) as I'm super busy with art boards due. Hope you enjoyed this post!


13 October 2014

Life Lately #8

This has been one of the best couple of weeks in a while, as I finally had a bit of a break and went overseas on holiday to Australia. We stayed in a little house in a little beach town a couple hours outside of Sydney. The temperature reached over 30 degrees celsius one day, so as you can imagine it was nice to have some hot weather for once as opposed to the colder weather New Zealand has been having. My favourite part was just getting a chance to do not much and relax. Past holidays have been going out quite early in the morning every day to go sight seeing and visit many places, trying to cram everything in. While I'm certainly not complaining about that kind of holiday because who wouldn't want to experience new places? It's just wonderful to wake up leisurely, go to beaches, eat nice food and go shopping.

The whole reason for being there was because we were visiting friends who live there, who we see about once a year. We spent quite a lot of time with them, and it was a whole lot of fun. As seen from my instagram feed during this time, and now still, it was mostly full of beautiful pictures of different beaches. Australia is great for photos, that's for sure! On that note, I'll have a photo diary of the trip coming up soon, most likely on the weekend as I'm going to be swamped with school work probably. On the plane trip I felt quite ready to begin my last term of high school ever, although I did have second thoughts waking up this morning at 6:40 am which in Australian time would be 4.40 am. Wonderful. Anyway, I'm going to have some lasting memories from this trip. I love travelling! Especially going on airplanes and visiting airports! I can't be the only one?

This is my anthem of today, absolutely addicted to hearing Ed Sheeran's voice; especially on our train ride in and out of Sydney.


12 October 2014

What I've Been Reading: Holiday Reads

I'm shocked that the last book I read was in the May/June period, as seen in my last What I've Been Reading post. Today I thought I'd do another one of these posts with my brief thoughts on two books I finished over the 10 days I was away. I have a few posts coming up eventually which will involve my holiday, but for now I thought I would tap out a few sentences to do with these books and why I enjoyed them (I did!). These books are very different, one more a dystopian style book called Across the Universe which is set in space and the other which is set in a 'realistic' setting which is more of a love story/romance called Just One Day.

The first, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, kept me alert and reading pretty much the whole time. It's one of those books where you just want to know what happens more and more as it goes on, and there are a few plot twists or unexpected valleys the book goes down. I personally love reading fantasy/science fiction books quite a lot of the time, although I do love something different other times. Even if you aren't a lover of science fiction books and never thought you'd read one, I suggest giving this a go as it's an easy read, where the author keeps you wanting to read it. It's set in space aboard a spaceship, but it's not as boring as it may sound. It's also in the alternating perspectives of Amy, a girl who is a frozen passenger aboard the ship, and then in the perspective of a boy called 'Elder' who is the future leader of the ship. This series is a trilogy, and I will definitely be reading the next book, A Million Suns at some stage.

The other book, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, (you might know the book/film adaption If I Stay which is by this author) is about a girl called Allyson. In Europe, she meets a guy called Willem who pretty much ruins (I'm not sure that's the right word - but at least makes her feel pretty miserable) the whole next year of her life for one reason or another. You'll have to read it to find out as I don't want to spoil it. I loved this book because it was set in Europe, the place I want to travel to most. I found it really quick to read, and even though it kind of dips in the middle, it comes right back up near the end. This book is all about Allyson's self-discovery and I felt it showed that not everything is about finding that other person, but finding yourself. Sounds pretty cheesy but it's a good book. This one also has another after it called Just One Year, which is apparently in Willem's perspective.

I'm reading another at the moment and I should get around to finishing that within the next week or so hopefully (school is starting tomorrow so I don't really have that much free time to read). I have missed reading so much and reading these two books has made me really want to get back into it. I accidentally ordered way too many books from the library to read because my list has been building up over time. But if you have any books you think I must read, put them in the comments!
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