Life // Organization Tips

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When life throws more and more responsibilities at you, it is easy to lose track of everything. Your brain isn’t the most reliable when it comes to paying that car insurance bill, or reminding you that you have a meeting at too early in the morning.

1. Take photos of important documents and upload them on a cloud based service, like dropbox and google drive. Just in case you’re stuck in a foreign country, and your passport got stolen, you still have a copy of your documents online that you can access. I recently caved and paid for a yearly subscription of dropbox. My phone is connected to dropbox, so it backs up all my photos as well. I also back up my camera photos.

2. Write down to do lists in the order of importance. This is important because it is easy to forget things when there is just so much to be done.

3. Keep separate files for separate bills. The last thing you want when trying to find a specific piece of paper, is to be digging through a pile of bills that is in no order whatsoever. When you have paid off the bill, note that down and file it away.

4. Organize your phone contacts by categories. Eg, Family, friends, coworkers, restaurants, Family in HK etc. As you get older and accumulate more contacts, a name like ‘Bill’ doesn’t exactly describe who that person is.

5. Keep a folder of all your receipts, warranties and guides for your electrical devices. Sometimes it is annoying to keep all the boxes around, so keep the contents of the boxes filed away for the day your phone decides to stop working.

 

 

Recipe // Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 170g unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups white standard flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • 140g milk choc chip
  • 140g white choc chip
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups (optional)

Baking is one of those activities that I like to do when the weather is really bad outside. During the weekend, it wouldn’t stop raining so I decided that I will bring out the KitchenAid Mixed and bake some cookies.

Stir the butter in the mixer until soft. Add in the brown and white sugar, and beat until combined. Then add in the egg and vanilla essence, and mix until everything is combined fully.

Add the flour, cornflour, baking soda and salt into the mixture and mix at medium speed until all the ingredients have been combined.

Add the chocolate chips and mix slowly for a few seconds.

Wrap up the mixture and put it in the fridge for a few hours.

Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes

Take mixture out of fridge and wait till it becomes room temp.

Crush peanut butter cups into chunks.

Roll the cookie dough into golf ball size. Press some peanut butter chunks / extra chocolate chips onto the top of the cookie dough.

Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are golden, then take the cookies out of the oven and wait until it sets fully before moving the cookies onto a cooling rack.

Eat one while it is still warm and gooey, and leave the rest to cool before storing it in an air tight contained at room temp.

Then enjoy.

Review // Lorac Pro Palette

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One of my favorite palettes ever is the lorac pro palette. It comes with 16 shades and 8.8g (.32 Oz) of eyeshadow. It also comes with a 5.5g (.19 Oz) mini eyeshadow primer. It is 42USD I believe, and I got it from beauty.com, since Sephora no longer stock Lorac. I used YouShop to ship it to New Zealand.

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The quality of the eyeshadows are amazing. I know everyone uses buttery to describe the naked palettes, but the Lorac Pro palette, especially the bottom row, is the definition of buttery. The matte shades can be quite chalky, especially the lighter shades, but it is the shimmery shades that really shine in this palette.

swatches

Top row: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso and Black

Bottom row: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Light Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple and Slate.

Favourite shades: Espresso, champagne, gold, pewter and garnet

Least favourite shades: Light pink, white

A few of the lighter shades don’t seem to show up in the swatches. Perhaps it was because of my phone camera.

Overall I prefer this palette over the naked palette. Both palettes are amazing, but I think this one is just a bit better, especially since it comes with more matte shades. However, this palette comes with less product, despite having more shades, so if you use this everyday you’ll probably hit pan really quickly.

Work Wear Essentials

A huge part of the transition between university and work life is the change in your wardrobe. In a world where hoodies and jeans are not considered appropriate in the corporate workplace, it is hard to imagine how to even begin building your professional wardrobe. With items being quite expensive and a budget straight out of college, it isn’t easy.

 

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The items I have chosen are items that you should invest in if you have the money. Most of the items I have chosen is black, because it is a versatile colour that can be worn with anything so it is good as a base to build your professional wardrobe on.

 

Tops

 

A white blouse is an essential for a work wardrobe, because it can be worn with a pencil skirt and heels to be dressed up, or tucked into black pants and ankle boots for a more business casual look. I prefer blouses with a softer silky fabric, instead of the more structured shirts. A few patterned blouses are also nice to have.

Peplum tops or structured tops is not an office essential, but is something nice to have in your wardrobe. It can also be easily worn outside of work.

 

Bottoms

 

Pencil skirt and straight leg black pants are office essentials. These will never go out of style, and can be worn with blouses, knit jumpers or even a casual t-shirt tucked in.

 

outer

 

A nice winter coat will last you years as long as you take good care of it. Dry cleaning is essential for outerwear, and outerwear is where I like to spend my money on. A black blazer is a must for any young professional. Wear it with the typical blouse and pencil skirt for a classic put together look, or with a white t-shirt and jeans for a dressed down, but still chic look.

 

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I have chosen three different type of shoes. Ankle boots are good for days when it is cold and raining. Flats are nice for everyday wear, and you can never go wrong with a black closed toe pump.

A nice structured bag is a lot more professional looking than a slouchy one in my opinion. A bag is also something you should be willing to spend on. I am not saying go drop a few thousand on a Prada bag, but if you can, invest in a good quality leather bag.

MAC lipstick collection

I have been collecting MAC lipsticks since 2012 or so. My first lipstick was Angel, which turned out to be pretty terrible looking on me. Now I have 10 MAC lipsticks.

Most of my lipsticks are creamsheen or amplified formulas. MAC has a tonne of different formulas and lipsticks, but these are just the ones that I own and like (mostly).

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swatches
Impassioned, VG Miley, Girl about Town, Lickable, Pink Pearl Pop, Sunny Seoul, Costa Chic, VG Rihanna, Angel, Syrup

Impassioned (Amplified) – A bright pink with orange undertones. I love wearing this during the warmer months. The formula lasts a good few hours, but it is slightly drying after a while.

Viva Glam Miley (Amplified) – Another bright pink with more of a blue undertone. It is a bit darker than impassioned.

Girl about town (Amplified) – A bright pink that leans towards magenta. It has cool undertones, and is also long lasting like the other amplified lipsticks.

Lickable (Creamsheen) – A shade similar to Girl About Town, however it is more moisturizing since it is a creamsheen formula.

Pink pearl pop (Creamsheen) – Somewhere in-between barbie pink and hot pink. Came in the same permanent collection with Sunny Seoul.

Sunny Seoul (Creamsheen) – A coral pink shade that is perfect for spring. I use to wear this a lot during the day.

Costa Chic (Frost) – A coral colour that would look great with a tan. This shade slightly washes out my complexion, and it is something that I can only get away with wearing during summer or when I apply a lot of bronzer.

Viva Glam Rihanna (Frost) – A darker red shade perfect for a night out. Comes in a red velvet-y packaging.

Angel (Frost) – Light baby pink that does no suit my skintone. It doesn’t have that frosty finish that a lot of the other frost shades have. It also washes me out, unfortunately.

Syrup (Lustre) – A light mauve shade perfect for autumn and for work.

All these shades are permanent.

Favourites: Impassioned, Syrup, VG Rihanna

Not so favourites: Angel, Costa Chic