September Favourites 2016

Sorry this blog post is late! I’ve been a bit busy with uni work and all, but at least I can still share some favourites with you of the month!

First things first, music.

When I was young, I was literally the biggest Disney fan you’d ever come across. My lunchbox was Hannah Montana, I had Camp Rock duraseal for my school books, my wallet was Hannah Montana, I owned all the Camp Rock, High School Musical and Hannah Montana DVDs… The list was endless. I also use to be all about the mainstream music. However, nowadays, I can’t say I’m the same and I prefer more pop punk music. But when I heard that Nick Jonas released a new album, Last Year Was Complicated, I was literally like what!?!? So I knew I had to check it out, and basically since then, all I’ve been listening to is Nick Jonas, DNCE and Demi Lovato. It’s funny because I’d always loved Demi, but when Confident first came out, let’s just say I wasn’t the biggest fan. However, it’s really grown on me and reminds me of the powerful voice that Demi has!

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 9.13.01 AM.pngThe Body Shop – Strawberry Shower Gel

Now, I’ve always been a Lush person but there doesn’t seem to be that many Lush stores nearby. So when I needed some more shower gel, I turned to The Body Shop. I am a sucker for anything strawberry, so when I saw the strawberry shower gel, I knew I had to get it. And having such a big bottle is so good because I know it will last me ages!! Also, if you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend this because it doesn’t irritate my skin, unlike many other scented products.

 

Colette – Handbag

I’ve had this bag for about a month now and it is actually so good. I love how classy it looks, and it’s big enough to fit Photo on 30-09-16 at 9.20 AM #2.jpgeverything I need for uni, without looking big itself. See, I was looking for a bag which could fit my laptop for ages so that I wouldn’t have to keep using a backpack for uni. However, most bags look giant if they fit a laptop and I didn’t really want that. So when I found this, I knew I had to get it because it doesn’t look THAT big, but it fits my laptop, bottle (now I also have a massive bottle), gym clothes and packed lunch! So if that’s not a decent sized bag, then I don’t know what is!

Sorry this favourites was a bit short, but I hope you’ve had a good insight into what I’ve been loving this month.

 

Love,

Jess

Get Ready With Me – Ball 2016

Round 2 of ball is coming up, so this time, I thought I’d do a ‘Get Ready With Me’ type post!

Make Up:

Powder: Maybelline Fit Me! 235

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Blusher: Covergirl Clean Glow

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Eye Shadow: Maybelline Big Eyes by EyeStudio in Luminous Blue

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Eyeliner: Revlon Luxurious Colour Pencil in Blackened Sapphire

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Mascara: Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies

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Lipgloss: Revlon Glossy Rose

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Rings: Diamante Point Rings by Colette Hayman

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Nails: Revlon Matte Pearl Glaze

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Dress:

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Shoes: Kardashian Kollection Jemma Heels

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I also had my hair half up/half down.

The food was absolutely delicious! We had ravioli for the entree, chicken and veges for the main, and cheesecake (my favourite!!!) for dessert!

The music choice was also really good, we may have used more than our fair share of the photobooth, but it was so much fun!

Love,

Jess

Awkward Encounters

So I’ve spent a good half of the year moving to a new city on my own and settling in. Because so many things are different and new to me, I’ve both experienced and witnessed some very awkward encounters. I thought it’d be funny to share them with you, which will also help to keep my blog light-hearted.

1. My friends and I were getting a smoothie from Boost. As expected, the staff would greet us and ask how we were. Naturally as humans, we want to make a good impression when we first meet someone, and so a way to do this is to plan what you’re going to say in your head (even if they are just asking how you are). However, rather than saying “good, thanks” like most people would, my friend simply said “thanks.” The staff member was obviously thinking, “uhhhh…. what?” but out of politeness, she didn’t say anything. As soon as we finished ordering, we bolted out of the store and bursted out laughing hysterically. As you can guess, my friend will never live it down.

2. These days, it’s extremely common for staff members to ask for your name when you’re ordering food so that they can give you your order once it’s ready. Now, I have a friend whose name is somewhat uncommon, but is extremely simple to pronounce, i.e. she has a Western name, I live in Australia, and her name is basically pronounced the way it is spelt. However, when the staff member wrote her name, I think he may have just scribbled something random down. By the time her order was ready, the staff member shouted something completely different to what my friend’s name was, and despite knowing it was her order, we all questioned him and what he’d actually written as her name…

3. This next awkward encounter happens all the time and I never know how to get around it. Now, I am someone with an exceptionally bad memory. Although I know that I can NEVER remember names, I tend to think that I’m somewhat alright with remembering faces. However, it turns out that my lab partner this week was someone I had a class with last semester. When I introduced myself to him and asked him what his name was, he was basically like, “oh I know, we had a class together last sem”. That was honestly so awkward because he remembered me and I literally had no recognition of who he was…

I’m not gonna lie, I always get myself into awkward situations, but those are the ones that I remember the most vividly. I hope that at least one of these will relate to you, otherwise I’ll just conclude that my friends and I are very awkward people.

Love,

Jess

Cheesecake Recipe

Despite not having a sweet tooth, I am still a lover of desserts. Cheesecake is by far my favourite dessert, and so I thought I’d share with you my cheesecake recipe. It’s simple, easy and very tasty, so do give it a try!

Equipment List: 

  • Food Processor
  • Round cake tin

Ingredients: 

  • 1 packet malt biscuits
  • 85g butter
  • 4 teaspoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 400g can of pineapple (crushed)
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 125ml cream

Method:

Base: 

  1. Mix the biscuits and butter in a food processor until they clump together.
  2. Press the mixture into the cake tin and refrigerate. 20160719_093445

Cake Mixture: 

  1. Pour the hot water into a bowl.
  2. Add the gelatin into the bowl and dissolve it in the water. Let it cool.
  3. In the meantime, drain the juice from the pineapple can, and pour the pineapple into the food processor.
  4. Add the cream cheese, lemon juice and cream to the food processor, then mix them together.
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  5. Add the gelatin to the food processor and mix.
  6. Pour the cake mixture on top of the base.
  7. Refrigerate overnight.
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