REVIEW + BEST TUTORIALS: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE

Late to the party… once again! But hey, better late than never – and in this case it’s so true.

At $75 AUD it’s actually taken me about two months, about 50 YouTube tutorials and some lengthy girly-conversations to convince me whether or not it would be worth purchasing this eyeshadow palette. But yesterday, in a complete flurry of Christmas shopping (evidently unsuccessful) I entered Sephora. Honestly I just feel like SUCH a stereotypical girl every single time I enter that shop. The music gets me all excited, my level of vanity skyrockets and I decide that none of my make-up is good enough – it’s both heinous and exhilarating. I also find it funny that every single surface in the entire store is reflective… go figure.

Aren’t the colours insane!? Instead of doing a full review because I’m not exactly an expert, I’ll give you a few dot-points as a personal overview and then link my favourite YouTube looks (for a variety of occasions) using the palette.

REVIEW…

  • Seriously pigmented
  • Literally every single colour is use-able
  • Orange ‘looks’ really bring out blue eyes.’
  • The fuzzy purple packaging is so cute (but gets dirty too easily)
  • The brush is actually useable (unlike most that are included with palettes)

BEST TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE…

Jenna xx

 

50 Things I Did This Year…

As the year draws to a close I thought it would be nice to reflect on what i’ve done. I know everyone says it, but I really have no idea where the year has gone. I’m so happy and proud of the majority of things I have done this year, and trust me I probably could have made it to 100 (but there’s a few that I probably shouldn’t share publicly). Writing this list makes me feel so full, and satisfied that I do live every single day with a smile on my face and with the most positive attitude I can manage. With 24 days left of the year, I hope I can add to it! 

  1. Moved States from Perth to Sydney
  2. Travelled to Melbourne on holiday
  3. Travelled to Singapore on holiday
  4. Travelled to Sydney on holiday
  5. Had High Tea at the Raffles and a Singapore Sling at the bar
  6. Started my first full-time job
  7. Lived with my best work friend in an awesome apartment in North Perth
  8. Had a break-up
  9. Built an Ikea desk from scratch alone
  10. Re-kindled a friendship with my best friend
  11. Started (and shut down) a YouTube channel
  12. MC’ed a function for more than 100 people
  13. Sang karaoke at least three times
  14. Baked for an audition on the Great Australian Bake Off
  15. Followed an entire AFL and NRL season
  16. Went to multiple music and arts festivals
  17. Graduated university
  18. Got a job hosting quiz nights
  19. Made a show reel
  20. Did a presenting course
  21. Had a car crash
  22. Started regularly blogging
  23. Made a two-tiered cake and used dowels
  24. Went up a dress size
  25. Had dinner at Rockpool
  26. Went on three Tinder dates (all terrible)
  27. Went to the infamous Revolver nightclub for the first time
  28. Purchased four pairs of prescription glasses in a year
  29. Managed to get contacts into my eyes!
  30. Dressed up for Halloween
  31. Did a screen test for an ABC cadetship (alas unsuccessful but worth a shot!)
  32. Partied for the same sex marriage survey result
  33. Kissed an 18 year old – accidentally!
  34. Cut my hair short
  35. Became a newsroom editor in Sydney
  36. Worked with the Nova 93.7 breakfast team
  37. Made breakfast club for the Nova 93.7 breakfast team
  38. Moved house three times
  39. Went to the Hopman cup and saw Roger Federer play
  40. Got taken on a date to my first ever AFL game
  41. Fell out with some of my best friends
  42. Made some friends for life
  43. Started a shift at Nova at 2:45am
  44. Sneaked in to an Adele concert for all of about 5 minutes
  45. Fed a Rhinoceros… (and just learned how to spell it too!)
  46. Got sent flowers twice
  47. Went to my first sports press conferences
  48. Went to my first state Government + police press conferences
  49. Won a t-shirt at a crazy-crab racing night at a local pub.
  50. Drank wine in a fancy eastern Suburbs hotel room

Isn’t it weird to think that next year there will be so many new memories?!

 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

When I was younger, Christmas was a feeling

Throughout the month of December I would feel so ‘Christmassy,’ there was an excitement that built throughout the month, peaking on my sleepless Christmas eves and 6am wake-ups. But now being 23, I find have to MAKE it feel like Christmas – or those 24 days will just fly by so fast that I blink and I’ve already have opened that pair of socks and K-mart bath-and-shower kit, and i’m in a food coma on the couch with a paper Christmas Cracker hat on my head.

This year, chasing that Christmas feeling has never been so true. It’s the first Christmas I’ll be spending away from my family – as I have to work. Yep thats right, on Christmas Day. But i’ve kinda come to terms with it now. So anyway, I’ve been trying to engage in as many Christmas activities as I can and listen to carols and eat advent chocolates (don’t really have to try with this one) and anything else that is remotely reminiscent of the festive seeeaaaason.

SO yesterday we did Christmas baking! We made [FROM SCRATCH] gingerbread people, and Christmas tree brownies! I don’t think either of us actually expected them to turn out as well as they did. But we absolutely aced it, and it was such a fun day.

Recipe for Gingerbread people

NB: We used black treacle instead of Molasses (because where the f**k do you find molasses at your local IGA). Also our icing was literally icing sugar and a tiny bit of milk.

Recipe for Christmas tree brownies

NB: This brownie recipe is next level.

Tell me what you think!!

Jenna xx

Defining Home

“Home” for me has never been the traditional sense of the word.

I have lived in 15+ houses, in three cities on two continents. I can’t exactly say that the back of my bedroom door has my height measured on it, or the cement pavement outside has an imprint of my hand, or that my childhood pet is buried in the yard. But one thing’s for sure, i’ve always had a knack at adapting, at making myself feel ‘at home‘ wherever I may be. Whether that means spreading my clothes out on your floor, or laying on your couch with my shoes only just hanging off the edge like Mum’s about to tell me to ‘GET YOUR BLOODY SHOES OFF THE FURNITURE’. Anyway, I’m pretty freakin good at making myself feel welcome whether that’s a good or a bad thing – who knows. I’ve realised there’s only three things I need to feel at home in a city; my own bedroom, one very close friend, and a job. These things may not be the same for everyone – and I’m not entirely sure why it is that trio in particular for me – but it just is.

My bedroom. A space that is mine; an area where I have personally selected every item that goes in it, and made my own mess, on my own terms. I think this one has something to do with moving out of home at such a young age. My room became my home – seeing as every other space is communal (and TRUST ME in some of my first share-homes you wouldn’t want to be caught dead in any of the communal areas – yes I’m talking to you guys with the duck in the bathtub). My room is like my little sanctuary. And if I let you in it – you must be pretty cool!

A close friend. Now look, I’m well aware people have said I switch friends a bit. But I will certainly contest that. I think my ability to connect with people and create close, deep friendships is actually a gift. So what if we drift? if i move houses, areas, jobs? I do not believe that friendship needs to be obsessive, or that if you don’t talk every day, week or even month that a friendship will fade. If I take my precious time to get to genuinely know you, to share my secrets, dreams and fears with you – you have a really special place in my heart. So what I’m saying is that to feel truly at home I like to have at least one (but one is all I actually need) close close friend, that I can 100% rely on.

A job. Anyone who knows me knows that ever since my first job at Cold Rock Ice-Creamery at Perth’s Hillary’s Boat Harbour, my job has always played a major role in my friendship, schedule and sanity. A raft of my best friends have come from my job. I love to make work a place that I can feel happy, loved and successful. I’ve lived with two of my work friends and travelled the world with another two. We’ve had sleepovers, drunken nights out, and too many laughing fits to count. I find that having a job just pushes you into making friends. I’ve never really judged a person on their social standing, how many ‘cool’ people they know or what they’re into. So I find it pretty easy to bond with down to earth, ambitious and fun individuals.

So to quote a blog-post I read by alexandrakirsch

“I’m not sure that “home” is defined by a physical place on a map, so much as it is a place where you feel something between content and safe.”

Where I am right now, sitting under my doona (that the cover has come off while I was sleeping) and my pink fluffy K-mart blanket, drinking a coffee with two teddy bear biscuits and an advent calendar chocolate, in my double bed, in my house in Sydney… This feels like home.

Jenna xx

REVIEW: 3INA – Concealer and Mascara

So my friend Caitlin and I recently took a little trip to Melbourne. Granted we probably spent more time in the bars and clubs than we did in the shopping centres. But my budget didn’t exactly warrant both so we had to make an educated choice 😉 Anyway, one day we did go shopping because in Melbourne – how can you bloody resist!? I was having one of ‘those days’ come on girls, you know the ones. Where every single thing you try on looks crap, you’re 20kg heavier in the mirror than you are in real life – and no colours seem to suit you (even though last week you felt like a Victoria Secret model).

Top tip – when you are having one of ‘those days‘ but still need to join in on the retail therapy – MAKE-UP is the way to go. First off we went to Sephora – forgetting it was Black Friday. Everything store-wide was 15% off. Trust me when I say I have NEVER seen a longer line to a cash register as long as i’ve lived. All Caitlin wanted was a lip liner?! So we kept walking.

Sorry sorry, I’ll get to the crux of this post now. While we were strolling, somewhat disheartened through Melbourne Central, we spotted a really cool looking make-up shop.

At first I thought it was called ‘MINA’ but upon further research I realised it’s actually called 3INA – BUT is pronounced Mina…. Con-FUUUUS-ing! It’s all paraben-free (not sure what that is but it sounds bad), cruelty free, and made in Italy. Oh and the prices are so affordable.

Despite the insane array of colour gradation and beautiful shades calling my weak retail-therapy-driven mind I did manage to whittle my basket down to two items that I actually did need.

  1. The Definition Mascara ($13.95 AUD) – buy here
  2. The Liquid Concealer 101 ($12.95 AUD) – buy here
  1. This mascara is awesome! I find that you can’t often tell the difference between good mascaras – but you always know a bad one! If this mascara was $30 more expensive and disguised as a high-end product it would most certainly pass. 100% will buy again.
  2. The concealer is ALRIGHT. It blends well, has alright coverage – for the price it’s great. But i’m still on the look-out for the BEST affordable concealer. My Kat Von D one is AMAZING but it lasted all of about 2 weeks and for the price – it’s not worth it.

Anyway – haven’t done a make-up review in ages – hope it was some-what informative. Definitely head into 3INA if you ever see it – it’s a real experience (and the staff are bloody lovely!)

https://au.3ina.com/au_en/

Jenna xx

OPINION: Teens Quitting School to do YouTube

Recently I’ve seen a raft of videos floating around my YouTube home screen about young people quitting high-school to focus on their YouTube careers.

See here for the YouTube search results

The top hit as of today (2/12/2017) is Millie T. A lovely, British, spritely YouTuber with around 900, 000 subscribers. A mean feat if you ask me, I never even managed to crack the 150 point. In Millie’s video she explains how she watched a raft of travel YouTube videos – and started to feel conflicted between pressure by society to attend university and wanting to travel. She also explains that one day she got a trending video – and realised it could be a career option. She talks about consulting her Mum, about realising her passion for YouTube (not to mention the money) and about how she has make her closest friends and fondest memories through the site.

But quitting school. at 16. to ‘do YouTube’ I just can’t express how much of a bad idea I think this is – and how much I hate that more than a quarter of a million little (lets be honest YouTube lovers are generally young) eyes have set their sites on this clip – let alone the other top hits.

From listening to the way she speaks about school it sounds like she sees it solely as a pathway to a career – which sure, when I was 16 I did too. But looking back I can see the process of school, friendships, groups, schoolies, balls, university, real-world jobs just make you a more worldly person. From what i’ve picked up from the world of YouTube. They’re all friends with each other, all they talk about, think about, live and breathe is YouTube. Everything is for views, thumbnails, likes, subs… the list really does go on.

Another problem I have is – as I said before – all the little ears these words fall on. I understand the YouTuber’s premise of ‘sharing your life online’ But even as a 23 year old educated woman – I felt almost inferior to this girl. I have 7 years of life on this lovely little lady – and I certainly have a LOT more learning to do. I mean theres only so much learning making brainless content, editing videos, uploading videos and being a Z-list celebrity can encourage. You cannot ASPIRE to be a YouTuber. Aspire to be something else – and weave your channel into your passions, hobbies and beliefs.

University, year 12, and general life experience in those years allow you to explore your passions. She speaks about people ‘knowing what they want to do so good on them for going to Uni’. But that’s just completely false. Coming from a girl who changed career directions 3 times and still could change again. You can’t pick your future at 16. You just can’t – and little miss Millie T – you aren’t the only one struggling. Quitting school for YouTube doesn’t seem brave – it seems like the easy way out.

I don’t know. I may be wrong. But I truly don’t think I am. I university isn’t for everyone. But finish your bloody schooling. Oh and never-ever stop learning. In this day and age there is absolutely no excuse (see my favourite Earl Nightingale Quotes post )

Jenna xxx