The Autumnal Sun

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The weather had been horrible, raining day after day. Now and then however, the sun wants to come out and play. When it does, it's beautiful. Natures spotlight, to remind us we all special the way we are, to add light and positivity to any negative space surrounding us. The golden lights to warm up a frozen soul, the sun blinding me as I run faster and faster through the fresh air as the fallen autumn leaves crunch beneath my very feet. 

Winter is approaching.

Sally Kaack Photography © All Rights Reserved

Autumn Colours Make Up Look

Friday, 13 May 2016

I feel like it's been forever since I've written a blog post but since I had the day off today I decided to get back into it by showing you an autumnal coloured make up look. Last week, in truly felt like autumn as I bought out my coat and boots. Plus it decided to rain heavily everyday (my favourite weather)! This week strangely, the weather has decided to head back into the 20's with blue clear skies. 

For some reason in my mind, the colour purple fits in with the autumn feel which is why with this look, I stuck to the colours gold, orange and purple. The thing about where I live is that someone decided evergreen trees were a good idea so we don't get to experience the whole seasonal change apart from the cooling of the temperature. Gosh I love complaining about the weather don't I?! 

Products Used
Urban Decay Original Naked Palette
Sleek 3 Form Palette in Light
Revlon Cream Lipstick in Rum Raisin
Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundatoin
Dolly Wink Liquid Liner
Smashbox Brow Tech Palette
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
NYX Stick Blush in Orchid
Purple Eyeshadow

For the eyeshadow, I firstly used Half Baked from the Original Naked Palette and put that all over my lid. Next in socket area, I used Dark Horse to add some depth to my eye. After that I used Hustle on the other thirds of my lid, it wasn't exactly the colour I wanted so I finally grabbed any old random glittery purple eyeshadow and applied that to my outer thirds. I made to blend the colours along the way. On my lower lid I used Side Car going from the centre to the outer edge. I then used Dark Horse again just on the very outer edge. For the inner corner and brow glow, I used the beautiful highlighter from the Sleek 3 Form Palette. I also used the same highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones and cupids bow. 

I've also been really loving the Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara. A definite favourite of mine! If you have straight-ish lashes like myself, I'd highly recommend giving it a try along with a good eyelash curler like the trusty Shu Uemura. Also be sure to get the mascara in waterproof as it'll hold a curl better.  

The Revlon Rum Raisin lipstick colour is a staple of mine that I keep in my bag just incase I suddenly need a quick glam up! I'm always weary of taking luxury products with me on a daily basis but I have no problem with this one. Plus the colour and quality is beautiful and the formula is actually extremely moisturising being cream based. I feel like it just tied up this look as it's quite brown in colour, similar to autumn leaves. The NYX blusher is one I don't use too often but when I do, I often question why it's at the back of my cupboard. It's very easy to apply being a cream formula and it's very beautiful too.

 I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post (Smile You're Beautiful). I was so blown away by the feedback! I'm still getting back to you all, I always try to reply to everyone so please bare with me. Uni assignments have been kicking up a storm!

Are any of the products I used in your favourites?

Smile You're Beautiful

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

For university I decided to do start a little project called Smile You're Beautiful and it's exactly as it sounds. It all started when I had to go around photographing strangers in the City for an actual assignment. To be honest it was terrifying to begin with, I mean the thought of just interacting and having to ask complete strangers to do me a favour was a little daunting. I soon realised a lot of people didn't mind having their photo taken and those who did mind were usually just a little shy and would say something like, 'why me - there's plenty of younger beautiful people'.

Another thing I noticed was that a lot of people weren't very comfortable in front of the camera. It made what should be a warm and relaxed smile look uneasy and unnatural to look at. That's when I decided to tell them one thing I liked about them whether it be their smile, clothing or just a small some small chat to create social interaction. I found that immediately, it relaxed people and often triggered a laugh. Even though everyone's reactions were different and some people were a little more reserved, I ended up really enjoying this project as I took pleasure in seeing people laugh, finding the positivity within people and even learning more about myself along the way.

Here are some of the final pictures! Have you ever tried doing something similar? 

Sally Kaack Photography © All Rights Reserved

The Time I Met My Star! #DearLife

Friday, 29 April 2016

You know when people ask you, who is that one person you'd love to meet? Well my person happened to be Delta Goodrem since I was the age of seven when she released her Innocent Eyes album in 2003. Yesterday happened to be the best day of my life because I finally got a chance to meet her face to face. Sure at first glance you might be thinking, wow she's stunning. Well she is so much more than that, she's got a heart of gold.

Two days ago, Delta dropped a new single called 'Dear Life' and announced she'd be doing a mini performance in Melbourne the next day. I actually had a uni lecture that morning but you won't believe how fast I ran when it was done. I caught the train for about an hour, walked a good twenty minutes and queued for a blooming five hours for this moment. Yes I realised how mental I sound right now but it was worth every minute. Those of us who got there early got to have a quick chat with her which was so lovely, she stayed back to meet first 400 of us and ended up leaving the venue at 11pm. Respect.

For those of you who think her name sounds familiar, she used to be on Neighbours which is how she launched her music career. She played Nina Tucker from 2002 - 2005 but was unfortunately diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) and had to leave the show for treatment. Thankfully she's looking happy, healthy and radiant now.

Anyway, she ended up singing her new single for us as well as a couple of her more recent songs which all sounded amazing. She's one of those artist that actually sound better live, pure talent. Then we got to go up and meet her, I literally couldn't stop smiling and probably looked like an idiot. She's someone I've looked up to for a long time so it was like a dream come true. I even went home and recorded the single! It's released early next month so be sure to check it out! As you can tell, I'm still beaming with happiness, it's incredible how change a small gesture can make. So, so happy!

Sun Protection

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Living in Australia, it's vital to protect your skin from the sun. Unfortunately for me, I haven't exactly been one to do so until very recently when the lady in Boots gave me a warning about UV and the dangers and damaging effects it has on our skin. From that moment on, I started wearing any old suncream on my face but absolutely hated it. It was sticky and greasy, stung a little and just smelt bad. A couple of weeks later, I ended up breaking out all around my nose and forehead and the idea of sun protection was long forgotten.

Subsequently, I did end up doing some more research and realised that there were suncreams made specifically for the face and there were also two different kind of suncreams, chemical and physical. Chemical suncreams work absorbing the suns UV rays, turning it to heat and sending it back into the atmosphere. Physical suncreams work by bouncing the suns UV rays off. It's also noted that physical suncreams tend to be a lot thicker than chemical suncreams. (Is the word suncream starting to sound weird?!)

Then we get to more nerdy stuff, UVA and UVB. We have three main skin layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous. 95% of the suns rays in our atmosphere are UVA which cause the skin to age by effecting the dermis. Also note that UVA is prevalent in our atmosphere even during an overcast day. UVB peaks mid-day and are the rays that cause superficial sunburn on the epidermis. A suncream with SPF 15 can protect you against 93% of the suns rays; SPF 30 will protect you from 97% and a SPF of 50 will protect you from 98%. As you can see there isn't a large jump from SPF 30 to SPF 50 so if your skin is particularly sensitive, it might be worth while sticking to SPF 30 which generally has less chemicals. I've also learnt that you should be using about one teaspoon or 35ml per body party to get the advertised amount of protection stated on the bottle. That means 35ml per arm, leg, stomach, back, face and neck.

Unfortunately the SPF 15 in your make up is not enough to really protect your skin at all as I assume you don't slather on your foundation.

Anyway if you read my previous post, you'll know I'm all about saving money at the moment. Therefore I decided to pick up the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face SPF 50+ after reading through some reviews. It's definitely very lightweight and hasn't broken me out which are two things on my check list. Also it was only around the $10 mark which is ideal for me. As you can see on my swatches below it leaves zero shine or residue and for now, most importantly I haven't been sunburnt yet! It's perfect to wear under make up as well which is what I've been doing, so I'm very happy and trying to become more diligent with my skin.

How aware are you of the effects of UVA/UVB? What is your current sun protection regime? 

Meet Lucy Ann

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Firstly, I wanted to apologies for being so MIA on my blog. I've been so busy with Uni but I'm trying my hardest to get everything done now so I'll have plenty of blog time until my next load of assignments come pouring in! Recently, Lucy from LucyAnnBlog and I decided to do a little collaboration and interview each other. If you're interested in my answers, they'll be on her blog so check it out! She's very lovely!

1. Are you more of a trousers person or a dress person?
Without a doubt trousers. Dresses are pretty, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not a super girly girl and jeans are so practical. 

2. What’s the next travel destination you’re dreaming of visiting?
Iceland has been on my bucket list for far too long but I’m actually going this October with my work. I’m really interested in their culture. 

3. What is a food you’d never get tired of eating?
Probably sweetcorn! Bit of an odd answer but I definitely eat sweetcorn every day, I love it. 

4. Are you more of a tea or coffee drinker? What kind of tea/coffee do you normally order?
I’ve recently been converted! I used to be an avid tea collector, and still am, but it’s all about the Vanilla Latte for me now. I feel like I’m cheating on tea. 

5. As you’re an art technician, you must be a fan of art? What is the favourite artwork you’ve ever created?
Art is definitely my biggest passion. It sounds strange, but it’s actually a piece of work I made when I was 15. It was in response to the death of one of my friends and although obviously it isn’t the best thing I’ve ever made it’s by far the most meaningful for me. 

6. What make up are you currently wearing?
I’m currently wearing Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer, Charlotte Tilbury setting powder, Nars Audacious mascara and lanolips lip balm, a very minimal make up day! 

7. If a genie were to grant you three wishes, what would you wish for?
1, health for my family and friends
2, a cure for cancer
3, to be introduced to Aladdin… he’s hot. 

8. What book are you currently reading?
I’ve JUST started ‘The Versions of Us’, it’s had good reviews but I’ve only read chapter 1! 

9. What do you enjoy baking the most?
Probably cookies! I’ve done the recipe on my blog and I just think they’re really fun, quick and everyone LOVES them. 

10. What is something you’re looking forward to this week?
Our school starts up again this week so I’m looking forward to getting back into work. I really enjoying being in the Art Department and helping the students create work. 

11. Do you have any pets/want any pets?
At my parents house my sisters and I each have a cat. I named mine Angel… like any classy 9 year old would. She’s a beautiful chocolate burmese. Now that I live alone in my flat I’d LOVE to get a Dachshund, they are just so sweet and out of proportion. 

12. If you could only wear one make up brand, what would it be?
It has to be Charlotte Tilbury. I would have said Mac back in the day, but I think the colours from Charlotte Tilbury really suit me. 

13. Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
I think I’m an introvert. I really enjoy being alone and having time to myself. 

14. Do you play any musical instruments?
I am not gifted musically and not from lack of trying. I have attempted to play the violin, the piano and the trumpet, which I find slightly hilarious - I clearly don’t give up on things! I really wanted to be musical but it just wasn’t for me. 

15. What is something you’d like to learn in the future? I.e. another language, skill?
I’d like to learn more about Photography. It’s a subject that we teach as a department but I help the girls with the project side of the subject, rather than the technical skill. I’d be interested in learning more about my camera and developing my photoshop skills further to become more efficient at it. I know that sounds a bit boring but I LOVE Photography. I’d also like to dabble into more filming, rather than still Photography. 

Thanks so much to Lucy for collaborating with me! Again, if you're interested in my answers head over to her blog. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and are all doing well!

Ways to Save Money

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Since I've started blogging I've come to the realisation that a lot of people are like myself, college students living on a student budget. Even if you're not in college, it doesn't mean saving money is any easier. Especially in today's society when our expenses are constantly rising. Therefore I have dedicated this blog post to saving money. I wouldn't say I'm particularly good at saving money but I'm not terrible either. My relationship with money usually goes something like this...

'Oh my gosh I just need it, I haven't bought anything naughty for a long time!'
- Makes purchase - 

'Oh my gosh what have I done, I'm never going to spend money again.'
- A few of weeks later -'
Oh my gosh I just need it, I haven't bought anything naughty for a long time!'
- Makes purchase - '
Oh my gosh what have I done, I'm never going to spend money again.'

I think you get the picture. Anyway this year I decided to do something about it so I put myself on a spending ban in fact I'm still on a spending ban right now. What is a spending ban you might ask? It's as simple as it sounds, designated amount of time where you ban yourself from spending unnecessary money. This is not the time to think that another Mac lipstick is a necessity!

I believe for those like myself fortunate enough to live in a first world country, the line between a need and a want is sometimes blurred. Especially as we're so privileged in so many ways. In my spending ban, I limited myself to only buying food, health or skincare necessities such as shampoos and face wash and things required for school like books.

I also thought of a few extra ways to save money because even small things add up. Some of these might be really obvious but it's always the simple things we're most likely to forget and end up kicking ourselves for.

1 | Cancel unused memberships
Are you actually going to the gym or is it just taking money out of your account every fortnight? What about applications that have a monthly charge like certain games or software programs. Are you getting the most out of your magazine or music subscriptions?

| Buy generic brands
I know sometimes quality is questionable but a lot of the time it's actually not and you're just paying for pretty packaging. Before picking up something, browse around to see if there's a dupe for a cheaper price.

| Open a high interest bank account
Some banks don't charge a monthly fee if you're a student so be sure to ask about that. Also it's a good idea to ask if there are any other account types that have a higher interest. You might not be able to withdrawer from those frequently but it's worth having some savings in there.

| Turn the light off
This one might seem obvious but your electricity bill is going up while you have all the house lights on. Remember to turn the light off as you leave a room. During the day, use natural light instead.

| Prepare your lunch the night before
Cook for two during dinner so you can enjoy one serving of what ever you made the next day for lunch. That way you can save yourself quite a bit of money as eating out can be expensive, even if it's fast food. Also it's healthier to eat homemade food!

| Eat less meat
Meat is expensive! If you're worried about protein try eggs, beans, hummus, spinach, broccoli, lentils, nuts and seeds. There's a lot of sources on the internet for high protein recipes that exclude meat.

| Sell, sell, sell
Thanks to websites like eBay, Amazon and Gumtree selling is now easy for everyone. Instead of constantly browsing online stores, looking around and see if there's anything you can sell. I'm 100% sure you'll find something!

| Online shopping
With that being said though, online shopping is a great way to purchase items at a lower price. Just don't over do it as it's convenient. Also if you live in a country like Australia where shipping is generally overpriced, is it actually cheaper?

| Work off physical cash
I think sometimes people think that if they can't physically hold the money, it's not real money. Try withdrawing the about of money you've allowed yourself to use for the week and not use your bank cards while shopping.

10 Unplug the TV
Even when your TV and other electricity devices are not in use, they're still using up electricity. Somethings you should consider unplugging are; computers; televisions; radios; lamps; microwaves and coffeemakers.

Hopefully some of these tips helped. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of these are probably obvious but sometimes you become completely oblivious to them.

Are you more of a spender or a saver?