Little Rundle St, Adelaide | The Street Series - Youtube

I've had these clips for a long time, I never got around to fully editing this video. I hope you like it although it is short :)

Victoria xx


Time goes fast we all know that.
We also know that when we are having fun time goes fast and when we want to do something else, time is slow.
Time, what a weird concept.
When you record yourself you think you are talking slow when in actual fact your talking like you can't catch your breath, like you have somewhere important to be.
Time is unpredictable.
A meeting may say that it will finish at 1pm when in actual fact it finishes at 1:20pm. You think you have be reading for 5 minutes when you have been reading for 20.

Time is three things, Past, Present and Future.
Three things which we can either not change, not see or not be in. But we can learnt, understand and create the past, present and future.
The past, a memory.
A memory of either an hour ago or a memory of 3 year old you playing in the garden. The past we cannot change but we can learnt from. Even if you don't understand how to learnt from a memory, you know how to handle the outcome next time. What you felt, why you felt that way and what made you feel like that. All things which we can learn from.
The present, a step before the future.
To step into the future you must first understand your placement in the present. Be in the moment, look, feel, touch, smell, taste the things around you and breathe. Your mind can wonder into the past and the future, but you will still be in the present.
Future, the present's child.
The present creates the future. The future is created and formed by what you do in the present time, all of your actions create the next up and coming action, the future. The future is like an unsolvable maths equation. One foot plus one step equals? tripping or stepping? It equals the future.

The past, present and future. All concepts of time itself, it is what makes time. When the clock's handles move one centimetre to the right from the curved black shape of the number 2. No one know's if that clock will reach the three or four, the clock could stop working before it can move another centimetre. But that is the future. The present is now, you reading each and every single letter on this screen, your brain taking all of these letters and forming them into words to create a sentence. To create a story, to create information. To create the present. The past, well that was three sentences before.

Why I wrote this, I do not know. Why you read this, I also do not know. But what I do know is that we both used our time to read about time and what time is.
Victoria xx

Baklava | Greek Easter

I can't express how much I love any filo pastry dessert so once my mum and I made this, let's just say it did not last long at all. This delicious walnut with filo pastry drizzled with honey on top tastes amazing unless you've got a nut allergy then maybe stay away from this...
What you will need:
1kg of filo dough/sheets
2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
4 cups of walnuts
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 cup of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
3/4 of a cup of water
1/2 a cup of honey
Start off by using a rolling pin and crushing the walnuts into pieces, or you could just blend them.
Lay out the filo pastry.
Put all the butter into a bowl and microwave it until it is liquid.
Make sure to cover up the filo sheets as they dry very quickly and then crack, try to make sure they don't crack.
Start off by dipping a brush into the melted butter and 'paint' the bottom of the tray.
Put the first layer over the butter in the tray and 'paint' the top of the filo sheet with butter. Do this until you have done 10 filo sheets.
Once you have done 10 filo sheets it is time to create the walnut mixture. Pour in a cup of sugar.
Put in a teaspoon of cinnamon and mix them together.
Once you have mixed the walnut mixture together put an even layer of it on top of the first 10 layers of filo sheets (the walnut mixture will be on top of the butter).
Repeat this using the same walnut mixture. The number of layers from the bottom of the tray to the top will be: 
10 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
10 buttered filo sheets and butter on top.
Once you are done cut the pastry all the way down to the bottom of the tray into 1 1/2 wide strips.
Then you are going to want to cut all the way down to the bottom diagonally to create nice diamond shapes.
Place this in the oven on 150 degrees Celsius on fan bake for an hour and 15 minutes.
Whilst it is baking in the oven, grab a sauce pan and combine 1 cup of sugar, half a cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 3/4 of a cup of water. Put on a medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved then put onto a low heat and leave for 4 minutes without staring. After 4 minutes take the syrup completely off the heat and let it sit aside cooling whilst the Baklava is baking.
Once it is out of the oven pour the syrup on top of the now baked pastry all over the top until there is no more syrup in the sauce pan. Once you have done that, you can eat! But I would recommend you wait and let it sit over night or at least for 4 to 6 hours at room temperature.
I hope you liked this and make this even though it takes a bit of a while it tastes amazing! Definitely worth it :) Let me know how your easter went and what you look forward to each easter in the comments below and don't forget to follow this blog by scrolling all the way to the top of this page and clicking that follow button :D
Victoria xx

Eyeshadow Stick's | Are They Worth Buying?

I recently bought four eyeshadow sticks, I decided to buy one a different brand to make sure that I am giving a fair review for drug store eyeshadow sticks. So I got a metallic bright purple from L'oreal and a dark metallic purple, a bronze and a champagne colour from Rimmel London. I chose these colours because they all correlate together and can be paired up and worn together.
This is shade 006 Paranoid Purple. It says that it is 24H/Waterproof. As you can see from the photo it is a very deep purple with a metallic look to the stick.
This is the shade 003 Bad Girl Bronze and states that it is 25H/Waterproof. Just like the dark purple it is metallic but this one seems to have an over-matalic coating which I think is a downer for the product. Although it could have just had a metallic top coating and then not be metallic at all.
This is the shade 002 Bulletproof Beige. It is 24H/Waterproof. This does not look like it has a metallic top coat which is a very good thing, it means that there will be the same on going pigment throughout the stick.

Unlike the rimmel ones this stick does not have a shade name on the packaging although it is a very obvious and unique colour to the L'oreal collection. I was a bit disappointed at this stick as the first layer did give the impression that this was going to be a metallic purple, but once I swiped that first layer off it was no longer metallic and was just a matte purple.

I swatched each shade to show you what each colour would look like.

Light Purple
Now as you can see the purple is very pigmented for a light purple which I definitely appreciate, it also has a bit of a holographic shimmer in it although it is not noticeable on camera.

002 Bulletproof Beige
It is definitely the most metallic of the four which is a great thing. This is probably the best quality shade that I picked up.

003 Bad Girl Bronze
It certainly does have a red undertone and a slight shimmer although it is not noticeable until you look at it close up. I would recommend this being a crease colour, it is very pigmented and you only need to swipe the stick once and you have a lot of product.

006 Paranoid Purple
I was probably the most disappointed with this shade as it looks more of a black shade than of a purple shade, I would have liked for it to be a bit lighter to give a more natural eye look as I personally don't go for very dark eye looks. There is a hint of blue holographic shimmer when I moved my hand.

The smudge and wipe test
The light purple shade did not blend very well, the product kind of just moved and didn't fade nicely. Shade 002 blended a bit better and did not loose it's shimmer when blended.
The shade 003 would take a bit of a while to blend properly because it is a dark colour, but it does blend better then the light purple.
Shat 006 probably blends the best, as you can see from the picture above.
In the image above it shows how well the eyeshadows wipe off, I used micellar water which does not wipe off waterproof makeup. Although it says that 002 is water proof, just like the L'oreal one comes off very easily. Although the two darker shades which say that they are waterproof, are mostly waterproof. To get the colours off of my hand I had to use a waterproof makeup remover.

The Blend test
I used the light purple from L'oreal as a base colour and the 006 as a crease colour.
The light purple did loose a bit of pigment from the blending but it is still visible, the 006 shade did blend very well into the colour and mixed well with the lighter purple. You would need a small crease blending brush to have more control as the 006 does blend well but it also moves around quite a bit.
The image above is using the shade 002 as the base and 003 for the crease, the 003 shade did not blend very well as it mainly just moved. I am not sure if this is only because the base is shimmery but it moved a bit to much and did not blend very well at all.

Overall I think that the dark purple is the worst, then the other three colours do have their strengths and weaknesses but overall I think that eyeshadow sticks are a good alternative to eyeshadow pallet. They are quick and easy to apply if you are rushed for time. Tell me if you have Eyeshadow sticks/crayons and if you like them or not :)
Victoria xx

An Autumn Day | Get Ready With Me

This past week I have really felt the transition from summer to autumn. In the mornings it is getting a little harder to wake up and get out of my warm bed and into the cold frozen air. When you have to change your sheets into wooly blankets or quilts you know that summer is officially over. I decided to show you how I get ready for an autumn day in Australia.
I have recently purchased this from Lush I love this because it has little shimmer bits in it. I am not so fond on the smell but it doesn't smell bad I just prefer sweeter scents. It is a lovely consistency and makes you skin look glowing.

I am trying to get my split ends under control before I go cut my hair. I want my hair to be as long as it can be before I go to get my hair cut because I want to get blonde in the tips of my hair (aka ombre). I know that bleach is not good for your hair so I am trying to combat my split ends. I recommend the total repair mask, you get a lot of product in it and it really works. I usually use it every time I wash my hair so 2 to 3 times a week as it doesn't say that it is a weekly mask, I use it after I condition my hair and I leave it in for 3 minutes then rinse it out.
I used my trusty origins moisturiser which is sadly nearly empty, at least that shows how much I love it. It sinks into the skin really well and fast, makes you look glowing and rejuvenated.

I recently bought the Nars sheer glow foundation (I know I'm really late on that trend) but I am so glad that I finally got it, it is by far the best foundation I have ever gotten. It is quite pricey but after I got a sample I was already in love and had to get it. If you are not sure about this foundation you can go into your local mecca and ask one of the employees to match you and give you a sample, it's free!

I used the Real Techniques buffing brush to apply my foundation. Also just incase your like where is her hair? I have it in a bun to get my wet hair out of my face :)

 I use the Too Faced born this way concealer in the shade very fair which is a pink toned concealer which is the wrong tone, I am yellow toned but as it is a light shade it seems to look ok. I am not all keen on the feel of this concealer, although it is good to cover blemishes I wish it felt a bit more light weight as it feels a bit heavy especially under the eyes.
(Don't mind the weird face) I do three dots under my eyes, a couple on my blemishes and a dot on my forehead, chin and the tip of my nose.
To blend that in I use the Real Techniques contour brush and lightly blend my concealer in.
To set my foundation and concealer I use the Rimmel match perfection in translucent, this is a loose powder. I bake under my eyes to make sure there is no creasing. If you do not like the smell of baby powder, this smells a bit like that. I probably wouldn't recommend this, but I can stand the smell so I don't mine it is still a good and affordable product. I used my beauty blender to apply the powder to my face.
Whilst the powder is still under my eyes I apply the hoola bronzer from Benefit underneath my cheekbones, on my jawline, on the sides of my nose and on both sides of my forehead.
I use my amazing Morphe E16 pro sculpting brush. It is so good and cheap, I would highly recommend it, it gives out contour a flawless finish and is very precise and great for powder and cream products.

For blush I used the Too Faced sparkling bellini. I always go back to this as it gives me such a natural blush a glow, it is perfect for daytime and looks amazing in the summer time.

 I used my favourite highlighter, Jeffree star skin frost in the shade Ice cold. I used it on top of my cheek bones to my temples, on my brow bone, on my cupids bow, on the bridge of my nose and a little bit on my chin.
I use the Morphe M532, the bristles on this brush are perfect for highlighting, they aren't too thin or to dense, perfect for highlighting.
I use my trusty Urban decay eyeshadow primer potion to, you guessed it prime my eyelids!
I used sugar cookie as a base colour and my absolute favourite crease shade EVER chestnut for my transition/crease shade.

I used both Real Techniques brushes, the base shadow brush for my base colour and the deluxe crease crush for the transition/crease shade. If you can't already tell I love the Real Technique brushes, although I wish I had more eyeshadow blending brushes as I think Real Technique brushes are really good quality.
 I used my most recent purchase, a rose gold metallic liquid eyeshadow from sports girl. I can't tell you enough how much I love this, two of my friends have it as well I think we are obsessed. I must say these last and go on a lot better if you only have a primer underneath it, as I put on a eyeshadow base before I applied this it did not last long and have it's full effect but it still looks amazing and it blends really nicely although as it is liquid you have to work quite fast when blending as it sets pretty quickly.
I have been doing this exact eye look for three days now I think this is my favourite combo at the moment (I'm obsessed!).
I used the model co power lash black mascara for my bottom and top lashes.

I used my amazing Tanya burr cosmetics perfect brows pallet, I always go for the darkest shade hot cocoa. It is almost a perfect match for my brows, if it was a bit more grey toned instead of red toned
then it would be perfect.
To set my brows I used the Anastasia beverly hills clear brow gel.

I recently got my hands on a new Kylie velvet lip kit in the shade harmony. As it is so expensive to ship to Australia I made sure I bought a shade I knew I would be very wearable for me. So I went for harmony, a nice dark orange toned pink. All though it is orange tone it somehow doesn't make my teeth look yellow which is a massive bonus. I am not really bit fan of her original lip kits as I don't like how drying they are and personally I like Jeffree star's matte liquid lips better as it feels like there is nothing on you lips whereas Kylie's is a bit heavier although it does last a very long time I don't like how heavy it feels. Whereas her velvet liquid lipsticks are AMAZING, I love the formula it feels amazing and smooth. Although they aren't as long lasting as her matte liquid lipsticks this is 100% a winner for me and would definitely purchase more.

I took out my dam hair so I can blow dry my hair, I usually like to let my hair air dry because as I said before I am trying to repair my split ends and that means not using heat very often on my hair.
I don't know if any of you would be interested in this but I use the Parlux 3800 hairdryer to dry my hair. All I can say is that it get's the job done.
Before I dried my hair I sprayed this all over my hair as this is a heat protectant and volumes spray.
Once I have finished drying my hair I spray organ oil to my ends and rub it in to make my ends look healthy and not look like straw.

 I chose to wear black ballet flats with gold spikes on the tips with a black top underneath a Guess trench coat with a black belt around the waist. If it was really cold today I would have worn some stockings underneath but it wasn't too bad today.
I hope you liked this weeks blog post, I have wanted to do a get ready with me for a long time but have not had the chance. I want to know what your most recent beauty product purchase is, I am always looking for new products to test out :)
Victoria xx
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