May 25, 2015

Veet Wax Strips and EasyWax Review

Disclaimer: These products were provided for my consideration. 
I am not being paid to write this review nor am I being swayed to provide a positive review 
of any products I choose to write about. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Just so you know, this post was supposed to go up much earlier but I thought I would get photos at the beach instead of stock standard in the house ones - please appreciate the fact that I took hair removal products to the beach and my friends laughed at me thinking I was actually going to use them. In the dead of winter, in public, when I wasn't even wearing a bathing suit to begin with. Moving on.

Veet is always going to hold a special place in my heart - it was how I first got all that luscious hair off my legs at the ripe age of...okay, I'm probably not going to get into that detail because it involved an embarrassing encounter with a boy. In gym class. And you know how easily girls are mortified. I look back at it now and just laugh thinking how it all changes when you get older and you just can't be bothered with hair removal half the time anyway. Still, I won't share details of the event that caused me to go home and wail at my mother.

Oh teenage years, they're so heightened.

Thankfully, my mother's best friend had already gone through a similar ordeal with her daughter and so they swapped stories and that's how I ended up getting to use Veet to feel much better about myself in gym class. And let me tell you, Veet products have REALLY come a long way since I first started using them! It's kind of neat, being a part of their progression in a way...not that they were ever aware of my existence. One sided love, another bane of a teenager's existence.

Interestingly enough, all of the products I got sent were all new to me seeing as I'm only familiar with their depilatory creams as that's what I know and what works for me. The concept of the products weren't as I've tried other brands before but at the end of the day I'm quite brand loyal and Veet has always worked for me best - one sided love and all - so I was interested in trying their versions.

And also wondering why it has taken me so long to. In case you're wondering, one word: wax. I'm a bit of a hummingbird when it comes to waxing; I simply flitter away as fast as I can. Seriously, you have to question what kind of state of mind one has to get into in order to go through the process of waxing.

At this point in my post, I have to wonder whether this is even ladylike at all, to discuss ones method of fur removal. Oh well, apparently I'm ladylike and shy in certain aspects of my life and then in others I just broadcast it for the world. In advance, sorry Dad for being too outspoken like Mummy when it comes to "lady matters".

Shall we?

May 20, 2015

Podcast Your Way Through Chores

I don't know about you but when it come to chores, I absolutely love doing them. No, seriously, I actually do! Chores are my way of relieving stress and maintaining control and balance in my life - it's a bit too deep, likening chores to personal growth but for me it works. Now all that said, there definitely are some chores I absolutely cannot, for the life of me, handle. Namely ones that involve too much commitment because I'm a certified commitment-phobe and not ashamed but not exactly proud either to admit it.

So what chores really make me grit my teeth? Laundry. It asks WAY too much. First you have to sort out the dirty clothes; you have to put it into the machine; you have to figure out the softener and powder and water level balancing act; then you have to wait while it washes and goodness forbid if you want to paint your nails while waiting (at your own risk sweetheart); finally you have to lug it out of the machine and lug it all the way to the designated drying area; you have to stretch those sore triceps from the kick arse work out the night before hanging all those clothes up; then you have to wait until it all dries and once again stress your triceps out getting all that washing off the line AND THEN YOU HAVE TO FOLD ALL THAT LAUNDRY, SORT OUT THE HIS AND HERS AND THEN YOU FREAKING HAVE TO PUT ALL THAT LAUNDRY AWAY.

See what I mean? Laundry asks for WAY TOO MUCH commitment. I can't even watch my favorite TV show weekly at its designated time - do you REALLY expect me to handle that much commitment in one day just to attend to laundry?! No. In fact, the laundry generally piles up in mountains all over the house for weeks before I finally sigh to no end and throw angry glares at the man person I live with who obviously hasn't taken it upon himself to free me from the burden (I think he does it on purpose, enjoying the angst laundry causes me) and get around to folding all that laundry. Before leaving them in mountains of foldedness for a few more weeks before I get around to actually putting them away. True story.

Wow. I REALLY needed to get that all off my chest, whew. Okay, now that I've set the scene for you, lets dive into the REAL point of this post and the nicer stuff.

How have I learned to deal with my phobia of committing to laundry? It sounds weird - and if you haven't gathered already from the title - it's actually through podcasts! Here are some of my favorites that I definitely recommend you check out:

May 9, 2015

Bob Job - Helping Animals a Unicorn at a Time

You really HAVE to watch the promo video for this game, I love it!

I had a totally different post intended for today but I thought this post deserved to be prioritized (namely because I'm so in love with it and wanted to write about it immediately instead of adding it to the queue of topics I have to write about - and recreate my excitement and reread/remember all that I want to say about them).

If you haven't gathered already from the title, it's about Sia's (she's a singer by the way) new app called Bob Job. Yeah, I know, when I heard the name on the radio (thank you Nova 919, by the way, this post is possible because of you) I was half asleep and wondering what that annoying sound was (it was the radio host saying the name repeatedly, in case you were curious). Name aside, I thought I would check it out because it was mentioned that the app - or rather, the game, which is what Bob Job is - helps Best Friends, an animal welfare society.

If you didn't know (I certainly didn't - P.S. I know, I have way too many brackets in this post already but I can't seem to stop), Best Friends helped pioneer the no-kill movement, something I am familiar with as the main backing behind the no-kill movement is the spay/neuter process which helps reduce the number of animals entering shelters. This is something Embark, an animal welfare society in Sri Lanka that I volunteered with for a while, focused on doing with stray dogs and I have to say it has made a huge difference! Obviously there is a lot more involved such as educating the public and encouraging adoption, changing legislation to prevent animal cruelty and over breeding, etc. but that's a whole other post (or not, because I get way too emotional and incoherent).

 Now you can see where I'm at currently...

ANYWAY. This game is apparently similar to Candy Crush (I wouldn't know, I never played it or was overly interested in the hype) but apparently better because obviously it has unicorns and puppies and Sia's iconic bob wig in it. AND Sia's music playing in the background while you play. I love it for the unicorns mainly, obviously.

It isn't that smooth in terms of game play, I feel like sometimes it takes two tries to move an icon but it isn't that terribly noticeable. It is borderline too cute for my taste but because it's for a good cause it has a permanent place on my phone - provided the option to purchase Sia's songs (which is how you support Best Friends, playing the game isn't enough!) becomes available soon because currently it doesn't load up and just shows a blank page. Definitely recommend checking this game out as it is pretty addictive (no, I still refuse to check out Candy Crush and anyway why would I need to now? It will NEVER be as cool or animal loving as Bob Job) and is perfect for discovering new songs by Sia.

I liked Sia before Bob Job, I wasn't overly crazy about her as the rest of the world was, but now she definitely belongs in my little pocket close to my heart alongside other animal lovers such as the likes of Ian Somerhalder and Cliff Simon.

You can get Bob Job on both Android and iPhone devices HERE

If you want a preview of the game, definitely check out the following video:

April 26, 2015

Positivity 101: Consistency

This is a real time photo of me writing this post (only, not really because obviously 
I'm taking a selfie but you get the drift) and hoping you are having a good day or night. 
Creepy stare and all. And ignore those brows, I'm growing them out, they are a mess.

The fact that I am managing about a post a month is disheartening because I don't know how it came to this or how I let myself become so lax with writing or why I've even lost the drive to sit at my laptop and pitter-patter away on the keyboard. I used to love that, sitting and writing for hours on end while listening to Maksim.

I guess we all change and somewhere along the line I stopped writing as much as I used to and I also stopped listening to Maksim as much. Now when I do write I listen to Parov Stelar, in case you were curious. I bet at this point you're wondering whether I meant to title this post "Inconsistency" instead - or maybe you've already left but for those of you still here, keep reading, I promise it makes sense.

March 7, 2015

Travel Essentials For a Short Trip

Disclaimer: Some products mentioned in this post were  provided for my consideration. 
I am not being paid to write this review nor am I being swayed to provide a positive review 
of any products I choose to write about. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Talk about a busy February! I know I promised more frequent posts but literally last month was a whirlwind and I can't believe we are already in March. I hope everyone is having a good start to their third month of the year and I look forward to posting more now that my schedule is less hectic!

Speaking of hectic, as you read this dear Reader I am...either watching the Halo Championship Series or sleeping or getting ready for my trip. Yes, trip. Hence the point of this post! I wanted to share with you some of my essentials (obviously not all) that I am taking with me for a quick trip to Sydney. I will be watching the cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia on Sunday so most of my essentials are based around being outdoors.

Curious to see what I'm taking with me? Then jump the jump!

February 16, 2015

O.P.I Fifty Shades of Grey Collection Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: This collection was provided for my consideration. 
I am not being paid to write this review nor am I being swayed to provide a positive review 
of any products I choose to write about. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
In addition, I would like to state that in no way do I support BDSM or violence against
women or dominant/submissive romanticizing, etc. I don't want to get into the subject nor do 
I want it being discussed - this post is about nail polish, not the novels.

Happy Valentines Day lovelies (see EDIT below)! I hope you all have a happy day regardless of the commercialization and overhyped-ness of this particular day and regardless of your relationship status which, lets admit, should always be "committed" because you should be having the most wonderful love story with YOURSELF. Yes, cheesy as it freaking is, your greatest love should be yourself because otherwise how else do you love someone else entirely?

Okay. I'm going to stop right there because my brain is hurting and that's not the point of this post.

We have all heard about it and whether you went the extra mile of reading the books or indulging in the resulting merchandise or patiently waited for the announcement of who got cast, you have taken part in the craziness that is Fifty Shades of Grey. Personally, I read the books because I wanted to know about it thoroughly so I could develop an informed opinion about it. I don't like developing a negative opinion about something unless I know all about it (unless it's hardcore drugs: I wouldn't try them in order to stand by my conviction that they're a terrible choice). And in all seriousness, there isn't anything remotely sexy about Fifty Shades of Grey. It's actually pretty cringe worthy. And don't even get me started on the creative technicalities surrounding the writing and originality.

Okay. I'm going to stop right there because my brain is hurting and that's not the point of this post.

Deja vu?

This post IS about O.P.I's Fifty Shades of Grey collection which I was really excited about mainly for the nail polish shades. Not because of the surrounding hype. So without further ado, lets get into the swatches shall we?

January 26, 2015

Huzzah! It's 2015!

Random fireworks in Adelaide the week before I left for Sri Lanka - it was one of those amazing
moments where my friend and I just sat down on a patch of grass and had to watch the fireworks
and ignore everything else. Including several missed calls and messages from worried family members!
Happy New Year my loves!

It's still January so it's still totally acceptable to wish you for the New Year! I'm still getting over the fact that two weeks ago I was in Sri Lanka and now I'm back in Adelaide and trying to settle back into life here.

Looking back at 2014 I can't believe how:
1. It went by so damn quickly that I barely had time to process one thing before the next thing hit me
2. It was THE year of changes and those changes ended up being not minor at all but life changing
3. I didn't achieve anything I wanted to achieve...and that's fine

I'm glad 2014 was the year that it was though. Personally, I needed that kick up my arse in a lot of aspects of my life in order to get into the mindset necessary for 2015. I'm also grateful that I'm getting a second chance this year to achieve everything I wanted to achieve last year and the opportunities and experiences are just rolling in steadily.

 Where my soul was most content - in the middle of the ocean in Mirissa, Sri Lanka while whale watching

I'm glad I got to start my year off in Sri Lanka and I'm looking forward to all that 2015 brings - good and bad! I hope for you as well, dear Reader, that you have an amazing year ahead with wonderful opportunities and experiences. Thank you for supporting my blog throughout 2014 and I hope to be able to bring better content - more frequent content! - your way throughout 2015.

Love you all!