Hello! I'm Annelise, a 24 year old girl who has a little obsession with peonies and seeing the beauty around me

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THE REVIEW: Oil Cleansing Method

I am by no means an expert when it comes to skincare. I haven’t read all the dermatology journals, and to be honest my understanding of skincare is minimal at best. Nevertheless I love to try different things and experiment, and when anything promises to leave me with clear glowing skin, I find it hard to resist – even if my critical mind is flashing warning signals at me.

Oil cleanse Method

The oil cleansing method gained a bit of hype over the last couple of years – I think a lot of the attention is a byproduct of peaked interest in more natural health and beauty routines. Long story short, the oil cleanse is exactly what it sounds like: you replace your typical cleanser with plant oils and hot water. The premise is that like-dissolves-like, and that typical cleansers are highly fragranced, irritating, and stripping. The oil cleanse proposes that by using oils you balance the skin and will actually “unplug the pores”.

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THE EDIT: Why did you?

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Recently I had the opportunity to be a part of Vegans of the World – a book organised by the lovely  Emily (username: vegan_emily) who I met through Instagram. Basically, people around the world answer the same set of questions that are then collated into one book. Coming from a social psychology background I love this idea – and I am excited to be a part of it. So I thought that I would share with you some of the questions and my answers

Why did you go vegan?

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Choosing Happiness


I love quotes. There’s something about how the words entangle together that I find really beautiful; so raw in their simplicity with the ability to give such meaning to each person.

On my wall I have countless pictures, some of places I’ve been, places I want to go, images filled with wonder and beauty. Call it a vision board, or an inspiration board or anything you like. To me, it’s like I’ve taken my favourite parts of the thoughts that fill my mind, and put them in a place where I see them every day. Because sometimes they are overlooked, and you forget among your stressful and busy life, the beautiful wanderings of your mind that make up who you are.

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The other day I went on a little adventure to my favourite shop – Lush! Many of you know that I am a huge lushie. I really respect their ethos, I think their products are reasonably priced compared to a lot out there, and most importantly – the products work.

I needed to repurchase some old favourites, and I wanted to purchase some I’ve never tried before.

Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser: This was first on my list and is my favourite cleanser of all time – seriously people this product is AH-mazing. Since using Angels my skin has cleared completely and is noticeably softer and smoother. With an all natural ingredient list that includes chamomile, rose and lavender, what’s not to love? Scoop out a pea sized amount and mix it with warm water to get a paste-like consistency. As this contains ground almonds, this cleanses and exfoliates the skin. This cleanser is suited to all skin types.


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THE REVIEW + SWATCH: NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palettes

I’ve always been a pretty big fan of NYX, and when they recently started popping up in Australian Target stores I wasted no time picking up a few eyeshadow palettes to try. To be honest, nothing can compete with my endless love affair with the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, but these shadows by NYX are a good little product for someone on a budget.

There are 22 different palettes in the Love in Rio collection, retailing at $9.95AUS – each with 3 shadows. As someone who loves a good nude (oops.. cheeky) I decided to purchase the shades Bikini Bottom and Barefoot in the Sand.

Bikini Bottom:


NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette in LIR19 Bikini Bottom

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