Live a life for yourself, as yourself

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From time to time, we’ve all been guilty of putting on public persona of strength and integrity, an edited version of ourselves closer aligned with what we consider to be socially acceptable. From subduing elation when experiencing personal achievement to holding back tears in a moment of despair, bottling up our emotions is fighting against our most natural human instincts. How depressing a thought it is that we could be filtering our responses during the times in life that provide us with the fondest memories in years to come.

For example, I can distinctly recall my final day of secondary education after spending what seemed like an eternity of learning, growing and bonding with my fellow classmates. Dubbed ‘Muck-up Day’ in Australia due to the rebellious (within reason) behaviour permitted for the matriculation year, this day is a rollercoaster of emotions for all. However unlike my classmates, I refused to allow myself to shed a single tear and become emotional. As such, I failed to truly immerse myself in this rite-of-passage and missed out on experiencing the glorious joy and sorrow that this day rightfully deserved.

This is but one example of how we can allow ego to dictate how we inwardly and outwardly experience all that life has to offer. Life is simply too short to waste on an unfulfilling fabrication of the self – an entirely counterproductive practice when taking in to consideration that it is our humanness which enables us to develop closer, more meaningful bonds with others. Why waste another minute then – there is no better time than right now to choose to live a life for yourself, as yourself.

Enhance your natural beauty with these 3 make-up tips

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Make-up should always be about enhancing our natural beauty, not hiding behind a ghastly mask of unflattering colours and harsh shapes. As a result of working in the beauty industry as an international model for over a decade, I have had the pleasure of working closely with some of the top make-up artists around the world. As such, I have accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding such matters, and I would love nothing more than to share with you the three key make-up tricks that are guaranteed to provide you with stunning results with some simple changes.

Make-Up Tip #1

Blend, blend and blend some more. Oftentimes, the reason for looking ‘overdone’ is due to the creation of harsh unnatural lines on the face – the biggest culprits typically being eyeshadow and bronzer. The general rule of thumb is that if you can see a relatively distinct area where one colour ends and another begins, it’s time to get blending. A good tip is to invest in a good-quality natural fibre brush kit so that you can achieve the best results, such as these gorgeous rose gold accented brushes available from Sephora.

Make-Up Tip #2

Great skin is the foundation of your work. If you take good care of your skin, less coverage is required and you can omit the need for pore-blocking and congestion-inducing primer. With an effective skincare regime, you can say bye-bye to cakey foundation and simply use a BB Cream or mineral powder for everyday wear, as with the correct skincare, you can achieve improved tone and a natural glow.

Make-Up Tip #3

Don’t hide behind a mask. If you suspect that the first thing that people notice about your face is your make-up – not your features – then you’re likely doing it wrong. Make-up should be used to accentuate your natural beauty and subtly conceal the troublesome areas. The exception to this rule is of course reserved for special occasions where, for example, a bold lip or winged eyeliner serves to compliment a glamorous ensemble demanding a little more zing.

10 scoops of truth learnt in your 20’s

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1. Being too lazy to learn someone’s name after meeting them for a second time makes you appear rude, inconsiderate and disrespectful. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

2. You are guaranteed to regret oversharing personal information while inebriated. No, you’re not being insightful and witty – that fourth Jagerbomb is lying to you.

3. Wasting energy on jealousy is a pointless and ultimately soul-destroying exercise. Focusing your energies into being the best version of you is much healthier than obsessing over others successes.

4. Wearing clothes designed to expose as much skin as possible does not translate in to interest from the opposite gender. Well, not the genuine and meaningful interest that you’re seeking.

5. Not continuing a course of antibiotics for the required amount of time is irresponsible and a waste of time. Just because you feel better, doesn’t mean that you are. Your doctor is the professional, not you.

6. Unless your BMI is in the unhealthy range for your age, you do not need to lose any weight. You look fabulous, just as you are. Stop counting calories and instead indulge in life’s pleasures.

7. Parking illegally isn’t worth the potential fine just because you failed to allow adequate time to reach your destination. Plan ahead.

8. What seemed like a great idea at the time, that tattoo will become dated. Alternatively, opt for a less permanent variety of self-expression such as a bright hair colour or a piercing.

9. Posting a picture on social media of what might’ve seemed like a funny or risqué moment of debauchery is a mistake. Once an image is on the internet, it can stay there, forever.

10. Worrying out about who you are, what you want to be and your place in the world is inevitable, however you’ll look back on these years as some of the best years of your life. Enjoy them.