Hi everyone! I’m super excited to introduce you all to a new brand that I just recently got introduced to. It’s Nvey Eco; which is organic, cruelty-free and natural makeup brand which also has amazing skincare products as well.
Today, I’ll be introducing to the skincare line and a couple of their products. Keep an eye out for the makeup products I’ve gotten to play around with in a later post.
There’s a new product coming out this month from the Kosmea Skincare range that is truly going to set the new standards for anti-ageing skincare.
It’s the NEW Apple of My Eye Cream
Dear LC Loving the cuddles when I’m on the computer and in bed. It reminds me of when you were a kitten and couldn’t get enough of mummy. (Sigh) Those were the days. PS. Please refrain from playing at 2am and choose a more suitable time, thank you.
I am alarmed and perplexed by the amount of feathers you are shedding these days. While I know that you shed your feathers along with the seasons, the amount of feathers you’ve lost this week could cover another naked bird. I’m surprised you still even have feathers. In the meantime, I’m glad you’re not as grumpy as you were last week and every now and then sitting on my shoulder and cuddling.
Dear social life
SLOW DOWN PLEASE! I’m not as young as I used to be. I do enjoy the dice game at the local (roll a double, drinks are on the house) and the view from Kings Cross and Sydney at night.
Stop it. Just… STOP IT!
You have been – by far – my favourite meal of the day this week. So much so, I just might make you favourite next week too. Enjoying far too many soy lattes, porridge and Eggs Benedict. Yum!
(Sigh) You’re all hilarious. Good effort though.
I know who you really are. Everyone in the beauty community knows it was you, too. You made myself and the beauty community have a good ol’ laugh. Props to your effort though.
I have a terrible habit of taking hand-me-downs. Whether they be clothes, (unopened/never been used) beauty products, books or accessories. I love taking pieces off people, especially when you know I’ll get some use out of it.
But with all possessions, they do get old, you do tire of them and eventually you’re trying to get them off your own hands but you just can’t part yourself with it.
This practice then leads to hoarding and over cluttering, which I am very guilty of.
My thought process is this… people have paid good money for something and for whatever reason they’re over it and don’t want it anymore. Why throw it out? Especially if there’s nothing wrong with it.
But when I take ownership over something and it doesn’t really work out, it literally pains me to get rid of it. Again, my mind is telling me, “Someone has worked hard for that… and you’re just going to throw it out?”
A few months ago my mother gave me a cream cleanser she thought would be good for me. It ticked all the boxed. Cruelty-free, check. Organic, check. Australian made and owned, check. But when I gave it go, there was an ingredient in it that made my skin break out. I could never use it again. But for months that followed I held onto it because it was something my mother had bought for me in good faith that I would use it.
When you get to a certain age where you earn your own money, you feel that it’s extremely unnecessary for your parents to buy things for you. I believe the same thing goes with parents; at a certain age they don’t take any value in things you’ve spent money on for them. They would rather you keep your money and the only “spending” you do on them is your time. (Maybe that doesn’t go for everyone, but I know my parents would rather me spend a few hours a week with them rather than my money.) So, when my mother bought me this cleanser I was not only grateful but guilty that she did.
A friend once handed me down a loose powder which she had bought online that was too dark for her. Knowing that my skintone darker, she gave it to me but for whatever reason it didn’t work for me either and I simply never used it. But again, I held onto it because she had spent her money her hard earned money on it and I would feel absolutely awful throwing it out. I did eventually and for months that followed, I feared she’d ask me how the product worked for me and I’d tell her that I threw it out.
Several months later I eventually brought it up with her and confessed that I had thrown it out. Her response was, “What loose powder? …I forgot all about it.”
This mindset stems from the time when my father gave me a David Jones voucher worth a very large sum of money. He had received it from his work for his 20th year anniversary of service and without a second thought he gave it to me.
I couldn’t believe that my father worked for two decades and when receiving such a generous gift simply handed it over to me. While he could have easily spent it on a nice suit for the office, or a couple of nice shirts, ties or casual wear… nope, he decided it was better off in my hands.
When I was given such a gift I made sure that I wasn’t going to spend it on something I didn’t need. Although dad has said to me, “You can use that for your makeup stuff.” I decided that I was going to spend it on something worth while and show him that his twenty years of working didn’t go in vain.
Not only did this prove to me that my dad is the coolest and the most generous dude on earth, I promised that I was going to see the value in everything, especially if it was something I didn’t earn myself.
Hey everyone! I have a small but particularly exciting haul to share.
So, we all know that Urban Decay products are fairly hard to come by in Australia because the company doesn’t directly ship here (which, I should add, really grinds my gears – it should be MANDATORY that all online stores ship worldwide – just sayin’).
Anyway, for months I’ve had these items in my shopping cart and I didn’t buy any of them. But with a recent large pay I decided, stuff it… I’m getting them.
I decided to get three items: the NAKED Basics palette, that everyone in the beauty community raves about. A singular eyeshadow that is a staple in my everyday makeup look and the new NAKED Flushed palette. And YES, there is a general ‘naked’ them to this haul… definitely not on purpose.
PS. If anyone is interested in individual product reviews on this, please let me in the comments below. READ MORE
For those who know me well, you’d know that I have always had a love/hate relationship with my mother. I’m half Filipino and apparently all Filipino daughters are best friends with their mothers and absolutely can’t live without them.
I am not one of those girls and I never will be.
I love my mother and will love her til the grave, but I am definitely the exception.
When I was in my early-twenties I craved to have that idyllic mother/daughter relationship and I was so envious of all my girlfriends who had it. My mother doesn’t even know my bra-size even though I’ve told her on several occasions what it was. She insists my cup-size is smaller and my strap size is bigger.
There aren’t many baby photos of my mother and I. Most of the photos that exist are of my father and I.
I wanted to be able to call my mother up and ask her to join me for coffee in Paddington or be able to talk about work, relationships and have cups of tea together. Dare to dream. It’s just one of those things that no matter how hard you try to out a square through a round window, you just couldn’t make it fit.
It took me years to realise this and although it made me extremely upset that I would never be on the same wavelength as my own mother, let alone have anything in common I had to except that this was the way it’s going to be forever. It was never going to mature with age, or change when one of us (most likely, me) changed or even if we went to family counselling. This was the relationship I had with my mother; estranged.
But even though my relationship with my mother isn’t perfect, I have to say I really do admire her a lot. I remember when I was a little girl, my mother would cut and squeeze fresh orange juice for me. I always had a thing about watching her do things with her hands and how she did things so effortlessly and elegantly. Even now, I still love watching her cook, garden, paint, comb here hair and write – so beautiful and feminine.
My mother is a real artist at heart. She studied interior design before she fell pregnant with me and so when it came to anything home related she made everything feel safe, comforting and tranquil.
She’s grows a beautiful little garden on her fourth floor apartment and it’s always luscious, bright, colourful and even during the night, she’s makes sure it’s well-lit with tea lights so everything sparkles. Again, my mother just has a thing about her home that is just so beautiful.
I’m grateful that I have a mother who has always tried her best and although we’re not the perfect mother/daughter duo, we’re not the worst. I’m thankful for the relationship we do have.
Thank you mumma, for being mine. I love you.
Love, your biological first born
Mum & I (aged 18 months), Centennial Park.
Life is has been crazy busy lately and I’m very slowly burning out.
This busy life schedule is intentional. I’m trying to get myself out there as a Beauty Blogger, I’m trying to be social with people at work and spend as much time with my pets and family as possibly in between.
So you can imagine, life in the fast lane is taking it’s toll on me. Gone are the days when sleeping in on a weekend is something to look forward to because I’ve always made plans to meet friends of breakfast down Five Ways or catching up over High Tea. Which then follows with a catch up with family (usually with my dad and grandparents because they’re amazing!), which then leaves me with a late evening that I take up meeting the kids from work for a few ciders or glasses of red, sit on a balcony somewhere in the Eastern Suburbs under some nanna blankets, talking about the things that happen at work.
During a conversation with my best friend Zoe recently, she asked me what I had planned for the weekend. I had then punched out one event after another to which she said, “I don’t know how you do it!”
Well… neither do I.
The lack of sleep I’ve been getting is getting to me and I miss sleep so much and almost forgot what it feels like.
So! I’m now on a mission to catch up on sleep and to do some relaxing activities instead. I’m thinking things like, sitting in a book shop for a couple of hours – reading. A one hour relaxing massage. Walking around the Art Gallery for a day.
As far as everything else goes… health and eating is good. Could be a little better but I hardly have any food remorse anymore.
Til next month…
How do you like to rewind and relax when things in your life gets hectic?
Dear social life
Wow, you’re really taking off the last couple of weeks and it’s making me burn out. While I do enjoy a glass of red wine or a vodka sunrise every now and then, but three nights in a row – two of them during a school night – I haven’t done since I was twenty-one. I love that I’m making new friends… I love my sleep more.
Dear 3-day hangovers
I admit, I kept you around because I continuously drank. My bad. Just know, you and I will never be friends.
Miss Needy Megee. I don’t know what it is this week that you find the need to be at my feet or on my lap at every chance you get. Like, really?!
Also, you need to leave Andre alone. You don’t like it when she gets angry with you, so why provoke her? Animals huh.
You’re a little better this week and not as grumpy with me (for no reason, I might add). You just need to stop thinking that my food is your food. I’m not too sure if that pigeon syndrome because you are from the same breed, but it needs to stop or you’ll make yourself sick. Human food isn’t always Andre food. I wasn’t particularly impressed that you ruined my first Filipino dish in sixteen years, but it’s funnier now than it was when it happened.
You made me cry for the first time in a decade and that’s a huge deal! Don’t tell anyone I did, please. Not only will it ruin my reputation but I just don’t it to be repeated again.
Dear Seth MacFarlane
You are one HILARIOUS dude! Thank you for giving us TV shows like American Dad! and Family Guy. After a long day’s work, I love coming home and putting on an episode or two and just let myself laugh myself stupid! I’ve just finished American Dad! season 8 and getting through season 11 (it would be season 12 in Australia).
…As if this doesn’t look funny?
I know I’m really late with this post, so I apologise. Also, there are a few products I’ve finished that you’ve probably seen in previous Empties posts.
Should I include them in these posts every month or should I skip them? Please let me know in the comments.
Just when you think you are not strong enough, you are. Just when you think you’re not stubborn, you prove to be. Just when you think you’re not good enough for someone, someone else shows you that you are. Be good to yourself. You are far more stellar than you think.
You’ve been lovely this week. Lots of cuddles and affection. I think it’s mostly due to the weather getting colder, but I don’t mind. Repeat again next week.
You grumpy angry little bird. I’ve let you have your freedom this week, spoiled you rotten with food and affection… and what do you do? Always attack me. Well then.
Dear Five Ways
Although we’re heading into Winter I love that you’re still shining on, not only with the weather but with coffee, Eggs Benedict and atmosphere.
Dear beauty blogging
I’m really enjoying this little “hobby” of mine. I am truly blessed and thankful for all the opportunities that are coming each day. Thank you everyone!
I really miss you. I miss you more than I have ever missed anything before!
Thank you for sending me that video of the lady in Ireland who couldn’t for the life of her parallel park. It was hiliarious, but what are you trying to say…? Also, thanks for the dad jokes during my weekly visit and during The Voice. They were epic!
I really dig the colder weather, so could you kindly switch it on more?