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An ‘Aha!’ Moment

This is going to sound superficial (wow, imagine that from a beauty blog!) but I had a revelation of sorts today as I was leaving for work. I got dressed, had one last look in the mirror and then went to walk out the door. That’s when I realised I wasn’t wearing any makeup and my (most recent) ‘Aha! moment’, as Oprah likes to say, was that I didn’t actually care! This may not seem like a big deal but it’s a little thing that showed me that I’ve come a really long way from where I used to be.

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Here I am in my makeup free glory and I can honestly say, I don’t care!

There were quite a few years of my life that I spent covering myself in makeup because I hated the way I looked without it. I know that most of us feel better with a bit of makeup on but when it gets to a place where you use it because you hate what’s underneath, that is not a healthy place to be. I wish that I could go back with what I know now and talk to my younger self but I can’t so I’ve vowed instead to make this year the year I learn to get OK with me, the way I am.

 

What’s been one of your aha moments? I’d love to know so let me know below if you’d like.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous 2011 and had fun ringing in 2012. I spent my new years with good friends which makes any night a great one.

2011 in retrospect:

2011 for me was a year of many changes, some great and some sad, but all in all it was a good year because it was one which taught me lots of things about myself. You can’t control a lot of what comes your way but you can control how you react to it and this past year showed me that you can surprise even yourself in the way you react to things.

Blogging wise, 2011 saw lots of changes to this blog including me finally deciding to show my face and use my real name. It also saw a change of name and blog address. Removing anonymity from my blog has been more of a positive than a negative but, as with a lot of bloggers who also work in a professional environment, I also worry about the effect having a beauty blog has on the way I’m viewed in a professional setting. This isn’t a big worry for me but it is always there in the back of my mind and I hope that anyone reading out there doesn’t question my ability to do my job because of this blog which is a creative outlet for me.

Posting wise, the year started off strong but you might have noticed that I sort of lost my blogging drive towards the end. There’s many reasons but I think the main one was starting full time work and the way it cut into the time I used to allocate for blogging. Please don’t assume my irregular posting is due to a loss of interest in my blog because it isn’t but I will have to find a routine that works for me. This may take a little while so I hope you stick around.

2012 and beyond:
This coming year feels like it has a lot of potential and is already one I’m looking forward to. I’ll get to see many close friends get married this year to fantastic guys and get to be a bridesmaid for the first time and I’ve got a holiday planned with great friends.

I’ve decided not to make any resolutions this year because they’re almost always destined to fail because of the pressure you put on yourself to completely change the way you live overnight. I do understand the allure of the blank slate a new year presents though and, if making new years resolutions helps you to take a first step towards something you’ve been putting off, you should go for it.

I’ve also decided that I want to be more regular with my posting and I’m hoping that I can come up with some type of schedule or routine that works for me. I also want to start reading blogs again because I miss interacting with all of you and reading all the fantastic posts you write up. I’ve been toying with some changes to this blog but haven’t decided anything for sure but I think change will be coming soon.

I just really wanted to say thank you for stopping by and supporting me this past year and I hope you stick around for the next year. Have a fantastic year!

I’m Embracing the 80’s

A strange thing has been happening to me lately… I start to do my makeup or hair and by the end I’ve unintentionally made myself look like an extra from an 80’s movie. Sometimes it’s too many brights at one time and at other times it’s the really big hair but the end result is the same. Case in point:

Acid green nails, electric blue eyeliner and bright pink lips?? Did I choose these colours in the dark?

Well honestly as  accidental as this look was, I still wore it out and quite proudly might I add because I’ve just decided to own the need my sub conscious has for reliving the era of my birth. I figure at 26, I’ve only got so many more years where I can wear crazy colour combinations or in your face makeup or nails without feeling like mutton dressed as lamb.

I think that as long as you can accept that certain things aren’t totally appropriate in certain settings, you have free license to wear what ever you want the rest of the time so why not just go for it? Some of my looks don’t always work and really just end up being lesson’s in what not to wear but at least they were fun to try!

I’m wondering if there’s a point to this post as I’m sure you are as well but I guess it would just be: don’t be afraid to try something new. Whether it’s something as seemingly insignificant as a makeup look or something as big as moving somewhere new. We’re usually only trapped by a version of ourselves we have stored in our heads so dare yourself to try something you’d never thought you’d do. The results just may be life changing… well probably not if it’s a new lip colour but you get my drift 🙂

How do you feel about the nails by the way? They seem to have divided my friends into love or hate reactions but I’m feeling much better about them after a 7 year old boy told me he liked them 😀

Always a Lady

As some of you are aware, I’m currently in Sri Lanka to see my grandma who has been unwell. She is 95 years old and is nearly completely deaf and blind and can’t remember anything from the last few years but she still surprises me with her vanity!

She used to be the kind of lady who wouldn’t let you take her picture unless she was dressed nicely and had her hair done. She was also the kind of lady who thought it was not proper for a girl to walk around without earrings and bracelets on. Even now, despite her not knowing what’s going on around her, she will constantly touch her wrists and her ears to make sure that her jewellery is in place. 

Yesterday I leaned over her to give her a hug and she felt that I had my big hoop earrings on and, before I knew what had happened, she managed to pull them off and had them around her wrists! She was so excited to find new ‘bangles’ to wear and it was so heartwarming to see the look of pure joy on her face.

Moments like this and others such as when I see her patting her hair to make sure I’ve tied it properly or watching her arranging her clothes to make sure she’s decent makes me realise that, even though our minds may fail us and our bodies let us down, a lady is always a lady till the very end.

Blogging from another country

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front over the last few days because I was in the process of packing and then travelling to Sri Lanka. I’m here because my grandma’s condition recently deteriorated but now that I’m here it seems like she’s a lot better.

She amazes me with her will to live. She’s 95 years old and, even though she has withered away to nothing but skin and bones and spends her time living in the past, her personality still seeps through in little moments here and there. My great grandma apparently lived until she was 102 so, for my own selfish reasons, I hope she makes it that long even though I know she’s had an amazing life.

I’ve only been in Sri Lanka for about 3 days and this is only the second time I’ve visited Sri Lanka as an adult (the last time was 10 years ago) but I am always surprised by how much I love this country. I’ve never really related to being Sri Lankan while living in Australia but the moment I’m here, it definitely feels like home.

This trip was very last minute so I didn’t have enough time to set up any auto-posts or ask for posts from guest bloggers. This means that posting over the next 3 1/2 weeks that I’ll be away may be quite infrequent but I’m going to make every effort post regularly.

The weather here is extremely hot and humid so I’ve had to give up on thoughts of any makeup for now. I also haven’t brought a lot of eyeshadow’s so I can’t do any EOTD’s. That being said, I haven’t ventured out and explored the cosmetic options here so hopefully I can find some interesting products to show you.

I’ll leave you for now with some pictures that I’ve taken from my trip so far. I’ve had to resize them and make them smaller as the file sizes are too big to upload otherwise.

Let’s get properly introduced + Everyday Smokey EOTD

I’ve remained somewhat anonymous on my blog because… well I’m not too sure why but I thought it was about time we officially met…


So hi, my name’s Ahalya and I’m a 26 year old lawyer from Melbourne who just happens to have a major makeup obsession!

I decided it was about time I showed my full face here because there are just some looks and products I can’t review/show you properly with out it. That being said, there are some days when I’ll still post EOTD’s only because I have yet to master taking full face shots using my DSLR. Anyone have any tips? Please leave them below because I’d definitely appreciate it.

So on to the look. I pretty much never wear the same EOTD 2 days in a row because I love experimenting but sometimes I land on a look that is so easy and flattering that it becomes a bit of a go-to.

This look has definitely become my new go-to look in this last week:


It’s just an everyday slightly smokey eye with some major inner corner highlighting (you’ve probably noticed by now that this is one of my favourite things to do).

I decided to try out a step by step approach to my EOTD’s so let me know whether you prefer this or if I should go back to my old format.

1. I always begin any eye look by prepping my eye with Urban Decay Primer Potion. I know there are lots more primers on the market but this is the only one that really works for me.

2. I used some MAC Cash Flow Paint Pot on my lid just up to the crease and around the tear duct.


3. I picked up some MAC Cork eye shadow on a crease brush and worked it into my crease.


4. I patted some MAC All that Glitters eye shadow all over my lid and around my tear duct.


5. I used a clean blending brush to blend out all the harsh edges and then applied MAC Solar White eye shadow around my tear duct.


6. I picked up some MAC Sketch eye shadow on a tapered blending brush and darkened the crease and outer v. Sorry about the hair in the picture, I didn’t notice it until I started cropping the images.


7. I blended out the edges of the Sketch using MAC Cork eye shadow and then applied MAC Blacktrack Fluidline to my top lashline. I finished up with a coat or two of Rimmel 1,2,3 Looks mascara (review to come).


I don’t like the look of my eyes with any liner on the bottom lashline so I usually skip it but it would look great with this look.



What’s your current go-to EOTD combination?