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Bliss Sanctuary Canggu Villa Gazeb Garden

When was the last time you took a holiday? I don’t mean having the day off from work to run errands or even a week off to stay home and organise your wardrobe (although that is essential!). Are you counting school holidays? Forget it, that isn’t relaxing for anyone! I know this because I am also guilty of working too hard for too long and never really stopping to re-energise. I have been lucky to travel to a few of my favourite places over the past few years but I went for work related duties and that means the main objective of a holiday had been removed. This year I am taking a stand and giving myself a holiday, and I am hoping I can inspire you to do the same.

I would say my last real holiday was in August 2010 when I went to New York. Even back then I said it would be an annual thing so I could create a special section on this blog called Beautiful Cities. I failed miserably as I let work take over my life. Then, a few weeks ago I addressed the issue again in my Wellbeing Checklist post. The difference this year as opposed to back in 2010 is that I am now in a completely different mindset and an entirely different body as well. I went to New York depressed, needing some time away and dramatically underweight (but man, I looked hot!). Now, I am healthy on the inside and extremely happy but I know I need a break and I am not happy with how my body looks. I need to exercise and I need some motivation to get moving, and I also need my mind and body to rest so I can continue to work as hard as I do. The answer? A health retreat!  Continue Reading

Getting Personal Wellbeing Checklist

I love to-do lists. Actually, I only love crossing things off them and not so much actually writing things on them. All my to-do lists consist of business related reminders. If something personal does pop on the list it’s usually something along the lines of buying dog food or paying a bill. This has got me thinking that I should possibly have a personal to-do list as well. Something to remind me that I need to take care of myself.

Despite being relatively healthy, there is a lot of things I avoid when it comes to looking after myself. I will only go to the doctor when I am so sick I think I’m  dying. If I am stressed or sore I will book a spa treatment (which is a good thing) but I won’t look further into what may be causing the problem. And I am a natural-born procrastinator, so I haven’t had a dental or eye check-up in I don’t know how long. This is why I have decided I need a Wellbeing Checklist. And you do too!

Writing a checklist is important because the act of writing down what needs to be down has a strange way of implanting itself in your memory, more so than just trying to remember it without writing a note. Placing the checklist in a location you will constantly see it, such as on your fridge or next to your computer, will make you see the reminder and eventually you will do what you need to do just so you can cross it off. Today I am sharing my checklist with you so that you will hopefully feel inspired to create your own. I will also need some help from you on a few of my items, so I hope you will join in. Continue Reading

I loveeeee travel. Even more than travel, I love hotels. Hotels are the best. All my life I have wanted to live in a hotel, and at one stage it was my life long dream to open a global chain of world-class hotels called Madison Hotels. I may have stolen the name from my favourite movie at the time, Billy Madison, but I found out you need a lot of money to do that so I went back to just dreaming about living in one. The point of that is, I love hotels. And while I am no travel writer, I want to start incorporating more of my travel loves and loathes with you. So here from here on in, let us welcome “Travel Time”. The name sucks so I may ditch having a title at all!  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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