Monday, March 2, 2015

I love it when it starts to get cold. Hot chocolate, scarves, wooly cardigans, my birthday... Autumn is the best season. The only thing that bums me out (aside from having to take off a million layers of clothing whenever I go inside, only to have to put it back on again when I go back outside) is how cold weather clothes are always so, well, dull - just because the weather is dreary doesn't mean your clothes have to match! Luckily, the good folks at my favourite store ever have us covered when it comes to cute and cozy threads. I love that Dangerfield are as into dog themed knitwear as I am, no wardrobe is complete without at least one puppy sweater. Long live winter woolies!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Circle Lens Review - Vassen Bambi Queen in Violet

In case you hadn't noticed, circle lenses are my new favourite beauty product. I love how they completely transform my face, and these Vassen lenses kindly sent to me by the good folk at Pinky Paradise me feel almost a little bit otherworldly!

The neat thing about having blue eyes is that they seem to blend very well with different shades of lenses, the only way you can see my natural eye colour is when my pupils shrink in the direct sunlight. The colour of these lenses is SO intense, it took me a little while to adjust to and at first I wasn't sure whether or not they suited me, but after I got used to them I loved the colour! I think it's because I was expecting an Elizabeth Taylor shade of violet eyes, not super bright purple haha.

Top: without lenses
Middle: one lens
Bottom: both lenses
All with no flash, natural light, + no filter
These lenses are 14.5/15 millimetres in diameter so they offer a lot of enlargement. They're also very comfortable! Now that I know what to expect when it comes to wearing contact lenses it only took me one try to get them in, and there was only a little bit of eye watering as I got used to them. Aside from an occasional flash of purple when one of the lenses moved a little bit when I blinked, they were very comfortable to wear. They're obviously not very natural, but they're not so strange that you'd scare small children if you wore them out shopping or something!

You can get your own set of violet eyes here for $23.90, and don't forget to enter the code 'myfriendmunster' at the checkout so that you get a cute lens case to store them in and a mystery gift for free! + Click here to tell the peeps at Pinky Paradise that you like my review!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

5 Under $50

I like dresses, I like bargains, and if there's one thing I really like, it's bargain dresses. Asos is a goldmine of cute super cheap dresses, so here's a few of my favourites for less than fifty bucks!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Self Love, Care, and Coping With Chronic Illness

As I write this, I have a headache that is making me want to both cry and throw up, so what better time to write about how hard it can be to practice self love while living with a chronic illness? I apologise for the graphic nature of that first line, but I was really struggling to think of a good way to start this post so I figured I may as well go with blatant honesty. Living with an illness is hard, and sometimes it's just too much effort to tip toe around things so instead you have to stomp.

Self love is a big thing at the moment. There are whole online communities dedicated to it, and there are more people talking about it than ever - which is an amazing thing that really should have happened years ago. But I'll admit, it can be hard to love your body when it feels like it doesn't love you back. Self care for individuals with a chronic illness is radically different than it is for healthy people, after a quick Google and looking through a few lists of self care activities at least half of them would be borderline impossible for me on a bad day. Go for a walk? Not gonna happen because my legs feel like dead weight. Give yourself a makeover? I haven't washed my hair in three days because I can't lift my arms over my head without wanting to cry. Spend time with a loved one? That sounds great, but I'm feeling very sensitive to noise/light/movement today, and I can't control how quickly another person will move or how loudly they will speak. While all these ideas are great in theory, they're just not effective for someone like me on a particularly difficult day.

So, what are good strategies to practice self care when you feel like a broken down, rusted out, piece of junk? Here's a list of things that might be helpful, and that I like to do when I'm feeling awful:

♡ Keep a lot of soft things on your bed. Pillows, cushions, stuffed animals, and fuzzy blankets are a huge comfort when I feel like I've been hit by a steamroller. When even my clothes feel like needles on my skin, being able to hug a fuzzy friend is a really big help.

♡ Make a freshen up kit to keep by your bed. Put in things like baby wipes/wet ones, dry shampoo, a hairbrush, lip balm, deodorant or a nice perfume, and a clean set of pyjamas/comfortable clothes. Sometimes just freshening yourself up a little bit can make you feel ten times better.

♡ On the subject of kits, putting together a comfort box might really help you if you're prone to feeling anxious.

♡ Make a nice soothing playlist and just lay there and listen. Mine includes a lot of songs by Lullatone, Flume, City & Colour, and Bloc Party.

♡ Try rhythmic breathing or self massage.

♡ If you can make it out of bed and you have a bath tub, empty two cups of Epsom Salts and a bath bomb (something lavender scented like A French Kiss or Twilight from Lush work well, add an extra few drops of lavender oil for ultimate relaxation) into a full tub of hot water and soak for a couple of hours. Watch something that makes you happy while you're in there.

♡ Feeling crafty? Why not try making some pom poms for a cute garland  or arm knitting a scarf  while watching a movie in bed. This way, you can feel the satisfaction of making something without wearing yourself out. One of the hardest things I've found about my illness is constantly feeling like I should be doing more and that I'm not achieving anything, sewing and crafting is a really great way to alleviate feelings of uselessness without running yourself into the ground.

♡ Google 'Corgis in costumes'. You won't regret it.

Sometimes it can be really hard to remember that even though it's a constant part of my life, my illness doesn't define me and that in many ways I'm still the same person I was before I developed Fibro. I have to remind myself often that it's okay to take a nap when I feel tired, and it's okay to stay at home, because it's my body's way of telling me that it needs to rest rather than me being lazy and unmotivated. As for self love, even though sometimes my body fails me I'm grateful that it's carried me through the past 21 years. I've done some amazing things, seen some beautiful places, and felt the greatest range of feelings - I'm incredibly lucky. We're not always on the same page, but I promise that I will love my body until it's in the ground being turned into flower food.

I'm still learning the best ways to manage everything and navigate through life as a young person with a health condition, but I hope that I can help others along the way. Please feel free to share any self care methods that you use and that make you feel  better in the comments!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday

I haven't made a wishlist/finds post in a while now, so I thought I'd break the drought and share the things I'm currently pining for with you guys! My birthday is in just over a month and I've been starting to think about what I might like to ask for (except to wake up with perfect health and maybe a unicorn) so here it is:

Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks in Marshmallow, Frosting, and Ruby - I've read so many good things about these lipsticks. All of the colours are to die for and they look like they would be so comfortable to wear, I regret not buying the limited edition Christmas set while I was in Melbourne last November!

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette - I have the original Chocolate Bar palette and I LOVE IT! I seriously have no idea how I did my makeup before I owned it because as well as containing a bunch of perfect neutral eyeshadows, it has a shade that's perfect for filling in my eyebrows and another shade that I like to use as a complexion highlighter. The Semi Sweet palette is a warmer toned version, and I'm itching to get my hands on it (and to sniff it because the original smells like chocolate!)

Smashbox Contour palette - Let me just say, I am by no means a contouring pro. I've watched countless of YouTube tutorials, read so many articles, and tried a bunch of different techniques, but I still can't seem to get the hang of creating the perfect bone structure for my face. I've read some really good reviews for this kit, especially regarding the contouring shade being the perfect cool tone to create a believable shadow.

Lush Goodies - If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you'll know that last year I finally got on the Lush wagon. Well, now I can't get off. I've been lusting after the Vanishing Cream moisturiser for months, but at $39.95 for a 65ml pot it's just not in my budget at the moment so it's been relegated to the wishlist. As for the Cupcake Mask, Tea Tree Toner Water, Spacegirl bath bomb, and Comforter bubble bar, I just think they'd make an excellent gift pack, nudge nudge ;)

YRU Luna flats - I've been a Sailor Moon fan for a very, very long time. When I was little we lived across the road from a video store and I would always hire Sailor Moon videos to watch in the school holidays. So when I saw these flats I swooned so hard I nearly fell off the bed! They also come in an Artemis variation.

Killstar No Sweetheart dress - Candy Hearts are not only delicious, but super cute as well! I love how they've been making appearances in all sorts of places recently, and this Killstar dress is one of my favourites, because when you look closely you'll see that the hearts all say something very sassy. It also comes in a t-shirt, singlet, and sweater version.

Loll3 Brooches - I've been collecting stickers to decorate my Uni binder over the last couple of months and while I was browsing through RedBubble I stumbled across an artist named Loll3. I then discovered that she had an Etsy store filled with all sorts of creepy cuties, including these amazing felt brooches. I love a good brooch and my collection has exploded over the last few months, and I want to give these guys a loving home!

Puppycat & Corgi Squishables - The last thing I need is probably plushies, but look how adorable these guys are! They're both a cushion and a cuddly friend, so really they're a necessity. I can't choose just one though, so I obviously have to have both.

Satsuki Kiryuin Figure - I saw this figure on display at my local anime/gaming store and fell in love a little bit. Satsuki is my favourite character from the last few years, and I plan on starting work on a cosplay of her as soon as I can work out some of the smaller technical details. I'd love to add this figure to my collection, she looks so regal and I love it.