88 days a slave 

If you don’t look into it, you wouldn’t know that all of us backpackers to Australia have to complete a life challenge to be entitled to a second year visa. When I say life challenge, I really mean a challenge! Like the hardest thing you would ever have to do. 

Not only is it hard work but it is just an experience in its self. We have to complete 88 days of agriculture work. Doesn’t sound like a lot right? Trust me it is, although so rewarding once it is completed! 

Unless this is your lifestyle, this really is a shock to the system! I worked doing orange picking, along with a group of random other jobs chucked in as well! Again, I can hear you thinking “orange picking can’t be that hard” well let me tell you now, it honestly is. 

Firstly, I completed this during the winter months in a place called Loxton, which FYI is in the middle of nowhere. Next, it is shit money! But that isn’t the worst of it, because even if it is shit money, you’re in the middle of nowhere so can’t spend it anyway! And then it was cold, backbreaking and exhausting! I think there is a theme to my writing though… the people are amazing. They make it so much easier! I was so lucky to have met such a great group of people whilst completing my farm work I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them! And that is more important than you imagine because you are working and living with these people 24 hours a day! Maybe you get a break from them when you go to the toilet? 

So anyway, farm work. There is a few things you have to think about… 

1. Are you mentally ready? Because it really takes its toll! We would sometimes work 2 weeks in a row then get 1 day off! Routine is good though and just think, you get your days done quicker!               

2. Do you know where you are going? You hear horror stories and to be honest, chances are, you are going to get treated like shit! I’m not saying this is okay at all, but don’t forget this is these people’s livelihood and if you do a bad job it will affect them! (Also most people in this line of work are grumpy old men) AND just count it as day… this isn’t your life career choice so as long as you’re getting your days ticked off it’s good! 

3. Do you have the correct clothing? No point rocking up on a farm with your Levi jeans and new Nike trainers because they will get trashed, I promise! (RIP to my nice trainers)

4. Do you know what your letting yourself in for? Because I sure as hell didn’t! I would not have been able to do my work if it wasn’t for the incredible people I had around me!! Be prepared for a shock to the system when you’re sharing a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom! 

5. Make sure you still have something to look forward to! This helps so much! Farm work is hard! And if you are working day after day.. a party with your friends on a Friday makes the week go by so much quicker! My friend and I also made a little calendar and treated ourselves to something every 11 days! This could be anything from booking tickets to an event when we finished to just buying a nice bottle of wine rather than drinking goon! You Aussie travellers will know how much of a treat this is especially if you are poor! 
So there we have it… 88 days a slave complete and I have now been released from my prison sentence and am back in the real world… a tiny bit overwhelmed but I made it! Let me know if you have any more questions about my time because this really is not even touching the sides! 

Why travelling has saved my life 

Okay, saved my life is a teeny bit dramatic I admit, in reality it has made my life.

Society cements into our minds about what life is meant to be like and how the correct path should go which, for years, I’ve been right on track to success, should I have continued to follow this. But I took the plunge and by far this is the best thing I’ve ever done. 

Small, blonde and pathetic I decided that I was going to step into the world of solo travelling. Some people may say brave, others say stupid but I don’t care either way. Adventure is something I’ve always been into, wether that be exploring or getting into trouble, count me in and as the saying goes, the world is your oyster. 

From hiking the Grand Canyon and watching the sunset to watching new friends making fools of themselves learning how to climb coconut trees, this is what I live for now. I have no place I can call home, although I will still refer to the place my parents live as home, I’m not sure I fit in there any more. Of corse, there have been hard days, days I’ve felt heartbroken and days I’ve missed ‘the norm’ but it’s also hard to imagine living like that on a daily basis again at home when I can live in paradise. I like the having to find somewhere to go next and the meeting new people, my god have I met so many people along the way, people who I would never have spoken to before and that have opened my eyes to a whole different perspective which I now completely cherish. People I have known for 3 days and cried about leaving (yes, that’s true) as well as people I couldn’t wait to leave!

I don’t know what I want to do with my life now, but I know I want to make a difference and I want to see and experience as much as I physically can.  I want to go and live, not just exist. This may not be for everyone which is fine, but this is for me. You cannot be happy in life unless your happy in yourself and I can say, hand on heart, I am the happiest I’ve ever been and I cannot wait for my next adventure to start! 

An evening with Farfetch

When I get invited to blogging events I will do anything I can to get there so when I got asked if I wanted to attend the latest Farfetch event at the London school of make up I could.not.wait. I mean, this was quite far away from my home and it was on a school night (I say school, I don’t go to school but I think I will forever call a weeknight a school night) anyway, it was so worth the travel!

unspecified-2The reason behind this event I hear you ask? Well Farfetch have recently started selling beauty products on their site and this leads to their first beauty event talking about the latest and upcoming make up trends, featuring looks ranging from the ‘no make up, make up’ to the Watermelon inspired look! YES you heard me correctly, Watermelon! Surprisingly it looks amazing! unspecified

Trying and testing some of the product they sell on Farfetch along with seeing them being used by professionals was something else, my favourite was the no make up make up which I love in the summer and even watching the skin care made me want to fall asleep it looked so relaxing!
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This even was incredible and I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to go to this. If you ever get the chance to go to ANYTHING, don’t turn it down as it is so worth it, meeting the amazing members of the Farfetch team, who I have exchanged numerous emails with or the other inspiring bloggers that I love to get chatting to and get inspired by.
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Why not head over and have a look at Farfetch website and see what they have to offer and keep your eyes peeled for some more blog posts to come with more details about my evening!

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To brow or not to brow?! Ft Benefit

The answer is always, to brow. No doubt about it and if your not on this brow game now, where have you been?

Benefit have just upped the brow game with the launch of their new eyebrow range of products, from brow conditioning primers to highlighters they have it all and my god it is something else.
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Whilst in Mexico (have I mentioned I went to Mexico yet on my blog, oh yes just a few 1000 times) I made a very important stop into the Cancun Sephora and managed to pick myself up a beautiful little tin of brow goodies. This is not actually released in the UK until September so I felt super lucky to have been able to get my hands on this!

IMG_4472.JPGSO, what did I get? Firstly, the eyebrow conditioning primer. This product is something I don’t think the industry has much of yet. This is perfect for people like me who’s brows really aren’t all that without some TLC and this provides just that! Apply it over the brow, needing the smaller bit of product, this helps the brows to be more conditioned and help them to grow. This also helps product to last longer and stay in put meaning your look amazing all day long!

Next, once the primer is dry I can get out my measuring tool, yet you heard me right, measuring tool. This is to make sure your brows are in the right place on your face because no one wants one brow higher than the other or wonky arches so they! Line this up with the base of your nose and your ready to go.
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IMG_4471.JPGThen it contained the goof proof pencil. This is fabulous, it is a pencil and a brush, Benefit have really thought of it all. Smooth out your brow hair in the direction you want it to go and using the measure, make a mark at the edge, arch and centre as a starting mark and then continue to use the pencil to gently fill in the centre of the brow joining the dots together, basically dot to dot on your face? Fun right!

Last but by no means least, the highlighter. This brilliant little pencil of amazingness finishes the brows to a T. Draw a slight line under the brow, on top of the eyelid and then blend in to make the eyebrows look more defined and give your face that little bit of jazz that  it deserves!  After all, if you have gone to this much effort to get the perfect brow you want to highlight your art work right?!
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If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know I am a massive fan of Elizabeth Arden brow palette but this has upped the game massively. Bravo benefit!!

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Cleansing bar by First Aid Beauty

Is is a soap? OHHHH NO it is First Aid Beauties latest cleansing bar which I was lucky enough to get my hands on  in my last trip to Sephora in Mexico! (Yes I know, how sad am I going to Sephora whilst on holiday in such an amazing country but all English girls would be the same and jump at the chance!) Anyway, the cleansing bar.

I have never tried any of First Aid beauty products before and anyone that knows me well knows that I am a teeny tiny bit obsessed with everything skin care, I actually think I would rather spend more on skin care than anything else.

This range was standing all pretty with bright lights around it, screaming at me to come and get it basically, so that is exactly what I did and I am so glad I did.

This bar can sit on the side of the bathroom, ready to be picked up at the easiest convenience. This bar smells quite natural, does that make sense? Quite fresh and clean, earthy but not too earthy? That is exactly what I think of when I see this product. Made with Oatmeal and Shea butter this cleansing bar is not only healthy for you skin but naturally good for it as well, which for me is massive. I am completely head over heals for this bar and I think it is going to last me a long, long time to come which is a massive added bonus!

Want to get your hands on your own? Click HERE and check it out!

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Panasonic juicing

Last week I was lucky enough to have been sent the new Panasonic MJ-L500 juicer to try out and have a go myself at making some amazing juices they recommend. Being a vegetarian I already have a lot of fruit and vegetables in my diet but juicing is a great way to mix it up a bit and get some flavours together for on the go, along with being super healthy for you.
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The Panasonic juicer is something I have never tried before, I have a blender but the concept of this item, to actually extract the juice from the fruit and vegetables is something I haven’t tried myself at home until now and I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and delicious this really was.

This juicer is also able to create frozen drinks as well as fresh which is amazing especially being summer it is great to be able to mix up a lovely frozen smoothy in the evening.

IMG_4458.JPGThe first juice I thought I would try was a Carrot, Orange, Pineapple mix. I also added some apple juice into this just to add a bit of sweetness. The juicer works really quickly to extract the juice even from the tougher items like the carrot, yet leaving the gorgeous tasting juice ready to drink immediately.

The next juice I tried was a more green juice. I though this would be good for times when I am feeling like I need a bit of a pick me up. I used Pear, Spinach and grapefruit, again adding a splash of orange juice as well. The Spinach really did its thing, making the juice a lovely green colour with the grapefruit adding some extra flavour into the mix.

Lastly I thought it a good idea to give the frozen fruit a try, so for this I mixed Watermelon, Blueberries and Raspberries. This by far has to be my favourite out of the three. The great thing about this juicer is that it doesn’t take away any of the flavour which I have found that blending sometimes does. I am not a fan of eating watermelon although I love the flavour so with this having it squeezed to make it a lovely frozen drink, it tasted delicious. IMG_4456
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I was also sent a lovely book full of different juice ideas so I might do a juice detox in a few weeks and will keep you updated!

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Asos obsession

Asos has forever been a favourite site of mine and I cannot be more grateful to my older cousins for introducing this site to me enough, as this is where my passion or fashion (Bratz dolls quote thrown in there) originally started.

This printed maxi is an absolute favourite of my 2016 summer wardrobe. I find it SO hard got find a maxi dress that fits me, especially as I am super short so this petite dress from Glamorous is perfect for me. Its tea dress style shoulders and plunge neck line makes this dress stand out from the crowd the perfect way.

Paired with a simple clutch and some lace up gladiator style sandals, I find myself falling more and more in love with the print and femininity this dress brings.

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The bomber jacket

Bomber jackets are everywhere at the moment and whether your a high end or high street kind of girl you are going to have seen these creeping into your favourite shops over the last few months without a doubt. These are a few of my favourite jackets have a click on the pictures and check it out!

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Blogger Box

There are now hundreds upon hundreds of monthly subscription boxes these day containing items from things for your time of the month to beauty and fashion products.
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The blogger box is not a monthly subscription, it is a monthly box which you have to request every month and if they have one available you get it, if not you have to wait for the next month! This makes this box pretty exclusive considering they only have 40 and the amount of beauty bloggers there is around this is pretty sought after!

IMG_4371This months blogger box contains 5 products with a range of different things inside. The thing that caught my eye first was the Richard Ward Keratin hair treatment. If you didn’t know already, I am a teeny tiny bit obsessed with having healthy hair. My hair can get SO dry that this is perfect for me. This product smells amazing and it looks and feels like luxury. The packaging is beautifully classy and it leaves my hair feeling super smooth.

IMG_4370My attention then went onto the Puriskin cream. Now this, what do I think about this? Well I think that it’s one of those things that will be great to just have. I don’t think Ill use this often but when I think ‘Oh I wish I had something to sort my skin out’ when I burn it or something along those lines this will be perfect for the job.

A skin oil. I am a lover of healthy, soft, smooth skin but this product I find a but too oily. Silly right, an oil being too oily? I feel this is perfect for summer and perfect for keeping the skins moisture at its peak but for any other time of year this will defiantly be too much. Lucky its summer right?!
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IMG_4368A blonde root cover? Well I have been wanting something like this in my life FOR EVER. Like how amazing is this? Unfortunately, I have literally just had my hair done so I don’t need to test this YET but once my roots come back though I am without a doubt going to be grabbing this and making the most of it as soon as I can!

All in all I love this beauty box but I also don’t think I will be coming back. This is perfect for trying new brands and getting my hands on lots of lovely products! Do you know any subscription boxes that I should try or any that you love? Leave your comments below!

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Swimsuit edition

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Summer holidays are coming up and the range of swimwear in the shops is incredible. From beautiful bandeau to a floaty floral two piece, this seasons swimwear is taking it to another level of fashion by the pool. Pair any of these with some statement sunnies and some wedges and your the talk of the town!