ARE YOU SELF CONFIDENT?

Hi all! It has been quite a while since I have posted in this area! I have been
E X T R E M E L Y busy organising my wedding (only 22 days… I’m not counting… HA) and I have not had time to even sit down and take a breath. Today I decided to take some time out of my day and talk about something that has been on my mind lately. It is something that I have caught myself doing quite a bit lately and since it is Summer here in Spain it is beach and pool season and I know many girls are doing exactly the same thing as me. So let’s have a chat!

Many people always tell me that I am extremely confident within myself and also ask me how they can become that confident within their bodies. The truth is that I have worked so very hard mentally (and physically) to get to where I am today and to feel the way I do about my body. Although most days I do wake up and feel extremely confident and show my body some love by picking out areas that I really like about myself, for example:

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“Wow! My eyes are beautiful and big”

 

“Damn my bootay is popping today!”

 

“I am a very kind person. I love to help people in any way I can. What a beautiful trait”

 

 

 

 

I do wake up some days absolutely hating certain areas of my body and I’ll literally sit there pulling and tugging at my tummy thinking “if only I had a flat stomach everyday with a few abs showing through” or “Urgh freaking cellulite you can piss right off!”. Let’s just be real, we ALL have insecurities in terms of our bodies. It is inevitable. No matter how hard you work to fix one part of your body that you feel needs adjusting, when you are happy with that area you will find another area that you are not so happy with and it is just a vicious cycle. Even the most beautiful celebrities have insecurities about themselves, so remember it is not just you!

We are extremely hard on ourselves. We are all different. We are all unique. That part of your body that you are hating on is usually the part of your body that people admire when they look at you. I can almost hear you say “but in school people always tease me about this and about that”. FORGET ABOUT SCHOOL! When you are done with school whatever those bullies have said to you means absolutely nothing! It should mean nothing to you right now! Usually people pick on certain areas of your body because they are insecure about themselves and the body part they choose to bully you about is generally the area that they wish they had. I remember when I was in school I was always told that I had a “fat ass”, in those exact words. Obviously I became a little self-conscious about my buttocks but I now see the girls that used to say that crap to me, at the gym working on getting a BIGGER BUTT! Like seriously, are you going to take in what those people say and lose sleep over it?? I sure as hell wouldn’t because it DOESN’T. MEAN. ANYTHING.

One insecurity about my body is that I feel like my hips are too wide. I honestly look at my body and think “my hips are so big that it makes my body look disproportionate” and other people have told me “I really wish I had your body shape” or “wow your curves are amazing, I wish I had curves like yours!”

WE. ALL. DO. THIS.

We all wish we had something that someone else has! Doing this is not abnormal, it is actually completely normal! JLo does this. Kim K does this. Jennifer Lawrence does this. Everyone does this! In saying that this is normal it does not mean that it is fair to ourselves or our bodies. By doing this, we speak negatively to ourselves. Our minds work like muscle memory. If you are not used to training legs, well it is tough at the beginning and you don’t feel strong at all. However, if you keep training you become stronger and stronger. If one day you are injured or become ill and you have to stop training for a few weeks or months, when you come back to training, although you feel a lot weaker, it will never be as difficult to build up that strength again as it was the first time. Your mind works exactly the same! Repetition strengthens any aspect in life. Just like studying for an exam. You repeat everything to remember answers in your exam and no matter how much you think you have forgotten throughout the years, you will never completely forget anything you have repeated to yourself over and over again.

So why don’t we start being kind to ourselves and more positive and start loving our bodies for what they are. I would like for all of you reading to try and do something for me and most importantly for yourselves. Wake up every morning and look at yourself in the mirror, and this time instead of focusing on the areas that you don’t really fancy, focus on parts of your body that you love as you try and reach your goals of forming abs, or cutting your hair because your don’t particularly like the style. Doing this has made me change the way I feel and the way I treat my body. You should do the same!

In the comments tell me one of your insecurities and two things that you love about yourself 🙂

Have you read my transformation story?

Talia ❤

 

 

 

My 2016!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I cannot believe 2016 is over! Just like that. BOOM and another year is gone! Wow, where do I even begin…

Actually, I know exactly where to start!!!! If you cannot tell by the amount of exclamation marks my excitement well let me tell you how excited I am. Yesterday, the 2nd of January 2017, I reached 1,000 subscribers on my Youtube channel!! 😀 Now, I know I have not posted a video in one whole year on my channel as I have been extremely busy and have not had the equipment with me in order to be able to film good quality content, it is still a big milestone that I have reached and it has been a personal goal of mine for quite a while. So when I received the email this morning I was stoked! Ok, now that I have done my happy dance and shared my excitement with you let’s move on to how 2016 treated me.

At the beginning of 2016 I was a little nervous to be honest. I was hoping that things would be a little easier than 2015 because 2015 was a tough one for me. However, in saying that I was nervous I was also extremely excited because towards the end of 2015 I had planned a big trip/change in my life that I will go into a bit more detail soon. One of my goals for 2016 was to spend more quality time with friends and family before my big change. I feel like I had accomplished that goal as I planned many outings with friends and spent a lot of time with my family members, especially my parents and sister which was really nice. I really feel like I have started to really take advantage of the little time we do have free from work to spend good quality time together.

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On the 14th of June 2016 I took a big step and jumped on a plane alone to Europe! I spent four nights in London and then was off on my second Contiki Tour which toured around Europe with my best friend that met us on our first stop, Amsterdam. The tour lasted about three weeks and let me just say it was a wild three weeks! I had so much fun! We went to eleven different places around Europe. We visited:

  • London
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Munich
  • Austria
  • Venice
  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Switzerland
  • Paris

I met and partied hard with some great people on this trip. All the places we went to were beautiful in their own way. I was also amazed by some of the cultures we were surrounded by. I absolutely love travelling and seeing and learning interesting facts about the different places around the world, it literally opens not just your eyes, but your mind too and helps you grow as an individual. Here are some photos of my time on Contiki:

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I had a plan for myself. My plan was that after Contiki I was going to live and work in Spain for one year. So when I completed my Europe trip in Paris I went straight to Spain and was living with my grandparents. I have dual citizenship, meaning I am an Australian and Spanish citizen. In the first month living in Spain I got all my Spanish documents sorted and then got myself a job at an English academy as an English teacher which was an experience and one of my dream jobs since I was in High School. After a month I also met someone amazing. I was really enjoying my time in Spain but apart from family members I didn’t have any friends and the only friend that I did make lived in Madrid and was only down for a few weeks in the Summer. Madrid is about 4.5 hours away from where I live in Spain so it was hard to get together with her. So I found not having friends hard and then when I hit the 6 months mark of living overseas I started to become really homesick and I actually was suffering from really bad migraines and anxiety. My boyfriend took me to the hospital and the neurologist told me I had to stay in the hospital for a week because my migraines were really bad and I had lost strength in the right side of my body and also my anxiety was not good at all. While I was in the hospital my dad surprised me and told me that in a weeks time my mum and sister were coming to Spain to be with me for a bit to see if they could help me feel better which was such a beautiful surprise since I was extremely homesick also.

Flash forward five weeks after my mum and sister arrived in Spain and my boyfriend and I decided to come to Australia with them for a few months to be with my family. I am so grateful to be back here. We spent Christmas and New Year at home and I am very happy. I did not think being away from home was going to be so hard, but it definitely became difficult for me. I now remember speaking to a friend of mine before I left to Europe and she was telling me how when she went to the U.S.A. a couple of years back that she had the same idea as me, to live and work there for a year. However, she told me that when she reached 6 months she became homesick and came back home. I guess I was in the same position as her. At first I felt really sad that I couldn’t go through with my plan, but health comes first and I would rather be home and get better then head back over, than to be there unhealthy and unhappy for another 6 months just to say that I lived overseas for one whole year.

Overall, 2016 was a GREAT year for me (without thinking too much about the negative couple of months leading up to the New Year). I ticked off a few things off my bucket list, like travelling around Europe (although there are still many countries left to see), teach English in Spain, and live in Spain.

I hope 2016 was good to you all and here’s to a fantastic 2017!

Talia xo

“And in the end,
it’s not the years in
your life that count.

It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln

Change can be a very good thing

I have no idea how to start this post other than saying that so much has changed in my life in the past eight months. There have been changes in relationships, changes in career, and changes in myself.

To say that I have been a little overwhelmed is an understatement. I have been on such a huge emotional roller coaster and it feels like it is never ending! However, thinking about it now, life is one big roller coaster, testing one’s high points and really low points, challenging how you deal with so many different situations. I guess I just had a lot of my challenges thrown at me within a span of 8 months and man let me tell you that it has been exhausting!

I want to open up about my experiences because I know that many people may be going through similar things at the moment or maybe some have been through it and can share some of the things that helped them deal with it all. Honestly, I personally did not know anyone that had been through something like this so I turned to the internet and found blogs full of advice on how to overcome certain situations. This is why I would like to share my experience.

Let’s rewind back to a year ago. I’m just going to put it in simple terms – I was not happy. There you have it; plain and simple. I had not been happy for a very long time but I did not want to admit it to myself so I would try and snap myself out of it and tell myself that there was no reason to be unhappy, that I had everything I had always wanted – a happy family, I was engaged, I had a job that I absolutely loved, and good friends. However, when something in your life is just not quite right and is making you unhappy, all other aspects of your life just become a little bland also. I became really good at hiding how I was really feeling and people therefore thought that I was one of the happiest people. I don’t think I have to go into every specific detail of what had happened but what I am going to say is that if you are in an unhealthy relationship get out of it sooner rather than later. Take it from someone that has been there done that. If you stay in the relationship just because you are scared of hurting the other person, so you continue holding on to something that in reality is not there anymore, you are doing more harm to yourself than good. I am the type of person that puts everyone else’s feelings before my own, and in a way that is a good trait to have, however you are important also so sometimes it is a good thing to be selfish and put yourself first.

Being in a relationship can be a beautiful thing. I loved being in a relationship about two years ago. I always had someone by my side through the good and bad times, I had so much fun experiencing new things with the person I loved. Just because things are so good at one point in your life does not mean that things do not change, because they do! Things in life are forever changing! I never in a million years thought that I would be where I am today. I honestly saw my future in a different light back then. People change which in turn changes how a relationship is. In my case we had both changed. I changed because I started noticing things that I came to realise I did not want in my future, things that made me upset and things that I knew would really hurt me emotionally in the end. I had doubt in my mind for a long time, but like I said I chose not to listen to my heart because I saw my future in a certain way and things were in place for me to reach the goals I had set for myself so therefore I wasn’t going to change anything. If you are feeling this way, please listen to your heart and go with your gut because we feel things for a reason, it’s our body’s way of telling us that something is not right and that there is something better waiting for you.

As I said I was engaged and I was saving for my wedding, a house and a honeymoon. I am going to be very honest, I already had warning bells ringing in my head because I always thought that all this planning was supposed to be super exciting because it was something that I have always wanted to happen. I did not find it exciting at all. I found it extremely stressful and found myself falling back into my depressive states and if any of you have been through depression you know that it is one of the worst feelings. I was not supposed to be feeling this way while planning my own wedding!! But I just kept pushing on and lying to myself and my partner that I was fine, although we were arguing all the time. The relationship was just extremely unhealthy for the both of us.

In September of 2015 I went to Spain with my parents and sister to visit family for a month. I originally was not going to go, I was going to stay home with my partner for a month to try and make it work between us because I thought that a month alone would help us get back on track. I cannot thank my father enough for forcing me to go on the trip with them because a month away from everything can really help clear your mind and be true to yourself. When you do not miss someone that you are supposed to be in love with when you are away from them for a month then that definitely means that things have changed and you need to change things in order to be happy again. Life is too short to be unhappy and the amazing thing is you get to control your own life, so why not take advantage of that?

When I arrived back home I had made my decision and although it was a very hard decision to make, I knew in my heart that it was the right decision for the  both of us. I was super hesitant for a long time to even think about ending the relationship because I was so worried about what everyone would think of me. But really no one knows what goes on behind closed doors, no one else is in the relationship but you and your partner and only you two know exactly what happens.

I’m not going to say that I was instantly happy, that I did not cry because that is FAR from the truth. I cried so much! I went through so many different emotions. I experienced sadness, anger, happiness, confusion, and so much more in such a small amount of time which was extremely overwhelming. When I officially ended things I was very sad. However within the weeks following the break-up I started to find out things that made me 110% positive that I had done the right thing. Many of the things that I was telling myself could not be true throughout the time that I was unhappy I found out were actually true. This is why I’m begging you to go with your gut instinct!

At first I felt like I had wasted years of my life in a relationship that was not working out, but I have come to the realisation that this is not a healthy way of thinking. I have always been a believer in “things happen for a reason”, but let me tell you that I am now one of the BIGGEST believers of this.

In my next post I will speak about where I am at now and how much my life has changed from October 2015 to now 🙂

I’m also thinking of doing a Q&A for anyone that has any questions about my situation or any further advice on things that you may be seeking help for. I am always very happy and willing to answer any questions you may have for me and I will try and help as much as I possibly can 🙂

Talia xo

“The secret of change is to
focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old,
but on building the new”
– Socrates

 

Before & After (2011-2016) – My change to a healthier lifestyle

I know these photos are pretty far apart but I have been on and off with my healthy eating and workout routines the past few years therefore I haven’t had drastic changes in just a few months. I have worked so hard to get to where I am now and I could not be happier. I am in no way saying that I absolutely love the way I look right now and that there is nothing I want to change, I mean I still have a long way to go in terms of loosing a little bit more weight and toning my body, but I am looking and feeling a lot better than I did a few years ago!

When looking at before and after pictures of myself I do not only look at my physical appearance but I also associate the way I look in the photos with how I was feeling both mentally and emotionally at that particular time of my life.

Back in 2011 I was not happy at all with the way I looked. I did not particularly like getting photos taken of me because I felt embarrassed and I forced myself to smile. Although at this time I was not going through a bad situation I just felt down about my weight, my belly, my arms and legs and I just wanted to hide them all the time because I felt extremely uncomfortable! (I’m not playing the woe me card at all, I’m just explaining how I was feeling at the time in order to compare the difference from then to now). I was feeling lethargic all the time and just really weak. I tried to go on a diet and eat less and healthier foods but I was always discouraged because I never saw a difference so I would just give up, get upset, complain and continue not caring about what foods I consumed. When you are feeling this way emotionally it is extremely difficult to change the way you think about eating the right foods and also being patient about noticing results. I always expected results right away. I did not know anything about having a balanced diet back then, I just thought that not eating would help me lose weight. I would not eat much for a few days so I was always really hungry and that is how I became discouraged because when I didn’t see results in two days I would binge eat and what a shock, I wouldn’t lose the weight! I knew that I needed to make a change but now looking back I just didn’t have the confidence and the willpower to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
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In the year of 2013 is where I felt that my life changed for the better in terms of weight loss. At this time I went on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride, I went through a bit of depression and my anxiety was at its peak due to a few things that happened that year. To try and deal with all of this I decided to turn to YouTube and found Blogilates. I would literally sit there on the couch and watch Casey’s workout videos; I wouldn’t just watch five seconds of the video I would watch the entire 10-15 minutes without even doing the workout myself. I saw how happy she looked and sounded while doing the exercises and I also read the comments on her videos and read about how happy people were about the results they were seeing from doing her workouts which in turn made me feel happier so I decided to one day give it a go. I bought myself a cheap yoga mat from Kmart and put on her ‘Pilates for Beginners’ video and started following her instructions. It was damn hard but I got through it and after that workout I was hooked! I guess you could say I turned a little Khloé Kardashian getting really into my workouts (a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean, right?) I could not and did not want to stop working out! I was working out every day doing at least five Blogilates videos a day and then I realised that Casey released a workout calendar every month stating which workouts to do every day so I then began to follow these calenders and added 20 minutes of cardio which was running on the treadmill (I did start off with walking and running until I was able to jog the entire 20 minutes 🙂 ). I felt so good! I loved the pain the days following a good hardcore workout and I just loved feeling the sweat drip from my body! Gross but true.

I also slowly started going to the gym which I never wanted to step foot in due to my anxiety of being in a closed space with many people that seemed to know exactly what they were doing. I would literally work up a sweat before I even stepped foot in the gym. But I did it and I can now walk into a gym by myself with no issues 😀 I just suddenly woke up to myself and realised that everyone that goes to the gym is there for the same reasons as me – for results and to live a healthier lifestyle.

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Fast forward to now, February 2016, and I am feeling amazing! I am starting to really like the way I look and I am absolutely loving the way I am feeling. I now know the importance of having a balanced diet! Working out has become a big part of my life and I cannot see myself stopping. Exercising and feeding my body the right foods has made me feel less lethargic, happier and has helped me sleep so good throughout the night! I have also started attending F45 sessions which are INTENSE but absolutely amazing. If you like to SWEAT and feel those muscles shake by the end of a workout I definitely recommend looking into taking up some F45 classes, you will not be disappointed! I now spend my money on workout attire because I have become a bit obsessed with working out… I love it!

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my change throughout the years to a healthier me. I would like to thank one of my best friends Alyssa who has helped me so much this past year with pushing me to do things that are out of my comfort zone in terms of exercising and for always supporting me and helping me get through my “I can’t do this” phases. If you are wanting to make a change toward a healthier you, take the plunge! It took me a few years to get to where I am but if I can do it I am 110% CERTAIN that you can do it as well. Go out and by yourself some cute workout clothes and a good pair of runners (Asics is the way to go) and also watch peoples transformations on YouTube or download the Blogilates app to be a part of the Blogilates community, by doing these things it motivates you to go hard and it will help you realise that you have to work hard and be patient to notice results 🙂

If you would like know more about my workouts and healthy eating let me know in the comments 🙂

“Love yourself enough to
live a healthier lifestyle”

Talia xo

 

5 Tips on Keeping Your Skin Feeling and Looking Healthy

Hi lovelies!

Today I have for you yet another beauty post related to skincare! Can you tell I have been really into my skin lately?

For the past few months I have been paying attention to my skin and how it has been reacting to different things that I do in my day to day life. By doing this I have been able to find what makes my skin look and feel great! Although I am not a skin specialist or beauty therapist, I wanted to share with you all what I found helps my skin look and feel clean and fresh with a radiant glow. So without further adieu here are my five tips on keeping your skin feeling and looking as healthy as possible!

Keep Hydrated

Apart from assisting with brain function and boosting your metabolism, drinking lots of water helps with keeping your skin hydrated as well as giving your skin a radiant glow all day errday! It also helps in avoiding pre-mature aging of the skin and improves skin elasticity. In conjunction with consumption of water, using hydrating moisturisers and exfoliating your face and body provides your skin with extra moisture keeping it young and fresh. This brings me to tip #2 🙂

Skincare Routine

I had never really had a set skincare routine because I could never find products that worked well for me and I was also really lazy when it came to taking my makeup off properly…. I know, soooo bad! However, NOW that I have a set morning and night skincare routine using the same products every time, I have found a massive difference in my skin. Although I still have some acne scarring and the odd pimple here and there, my skin looks much healthier. If you would like to read about my skincare routine and the products that I use, I have posted about it! Here is the link to the post: https://bellafloresa.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/product-review-results-skin-skin-care-routine/

Exercise Makeup Free

Now, we all know that working out is really good for our bodies and makes us look great. As well as this, exercising helps us sweat all the toxins out of our bodies helping with being clean on the inside as well as on the outside. Sweating opens up our pores and unblocks them from all the dry skin and dirt, purifying our skin from all the bacteria and making it look really clean and fresh. Also, I highly recommend working out with no makeup! I used to always workout with makeup on because I used to feel very uncomfortable going to the gym with a bare face, but honestly no one is paying attention to you, they are all focusing on achieving their own body goals. Duh Talia, the world doesn’t revolve around you… geez… Anywho, Since I have been working out without makeup I have honestly have seen a big change in how my skin reacts to all the sweat and crazy blood flow. When I was working out with makeup, after the workout I could literally see all the makeup that was mixed with sweat chilling out in pores and my face wasn’t looking too crash hot. So please take my advice and workout makeup free! I promise that your skin will love you for it.

Eating Clean

Have you ever heard of people saying that your skin is a reflection of what is on the inside? Well it is very true! For a while now I have been trying to eat as healthy as possible. When I say this it doesn’t mean that I refrain myself from having that amazing chocolate covered donut with sprinkles that I saw in the window of my local Coffee Club, it means that I eat healthy foods such as vegetable, fruits, chicken and red meat the majority of the week and then I allow myself to have a cheat day and a cheeky snack every now and then 🙂 Have you ever noticed that after a night out of drinking alcoholic beverages or a day of eating unhealthy greasy food you wake up with a greasy face with a few new spots? Well, every time that I go out for drinks or eat KFC, I wake up with new pimples and my face is an oil machine (as well as my skin I don’t feel too hot to trot either to be honest). Since I have changed to a healthier diet I have noticed that my skin has not been as oily and wake up with a nice fresh glow. It’s great! 🙂

Don’t Stress!

I know, I know. It is easier said than done. However our skin does not react too well to stress. I find that every time I am stressed out, especially when I was going through exams when I was studying, I would break out like crazy! Every day there would be a new pimple. I noticed that the majority of the pimples were situated around my forehead (a nice place for “stress pimples” to attack they say). Also, when I’m stressed I always have a slight frown on my face that I don’t notice I have until I can start to see fine lines on my forehead and then I get scared that I am getting wrinkles at a young age! My skin feels quite amazing when I am stress free and happy 🙂 I love yoga to de-stress, because as well as making me feel relaxed and like a spaghetti after a session, my skin feels relaxed also because 1) I’m not frowning anymore and 2) I have sweated out all the toxins and bacteria so I feel nice and fresh with a beautiful natural highlight.

To sum things up, almost every thing that you do and every thing that you think about in your day to day life affects your skin. So be nice to your skin because having healthy skin will make you feel beautiful and happy.

Thank you so much for reading! I will be posting on bellafloresa every Sunday from now on! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and until next time!

“What is your skin trying to tell you? Often the skin is a metaphor for deeper issues and a way for your body to send up a red flag to warn you that all is not well underneath. When our skin is unhealthy it is usually a reflection of the internal state of our bodies, and is often a sign of poor elimination of toxins and waste products.”
– Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman N.D.

Talia xo

L’ORÉAL Paris Luminosity Code BB Cream | Product Review

I really do prefer wearing BB creams instead of liquid foundations if I am not doing anything special throughout the day, such as running errands or just chilling out. I feel more comfortable as BB creams are pretty light-weight. I see the name ‘BB Cream’ as just a fancier way of saying ‘tinted moisturiser’, as I believe that they are the same thing. The only difference being, in my opinion, is that BB creams help in giving your skin more of a radiant glow.

Today I am going to talk about the *new* L’Oréal Paris Luminosity Code BB Cream. I purchased this product from my local Priceline store (a.k.a my 2nd home 😛 ), in the skin care isle on sale for $12.95 I believe. However, I cannot remember how much the original price is, I want to say somewhere around $20.. but don’t quote me on that. I have been wearing this a lot lately as I have been trying to give my skin a bit of a break from heavy foundations.

First, let’s start with what this product promises, shall we. The packaging states that “This BB Cream combines the benefits of a unifying moisturiser with the benefits of an illuminating foundation”. It promises to keep your skin moisturised for up to 24 hours; regulate skin’s pigmentation; contains mineral pigments that blend on your skin to cover imperfections for a natural look, and your skin is guaranteed to glow 🙂 Also, this BB cream contains sunscreen which is always a plus! In addition to this, this product is meant to conceal imperfections and fade dark spots, leaving your skin with an even and luminous finish. One of its big claims, for me anyway, is that in 2 weeks you should start noticing that the imperfections on your skin are “visibly reduced” leaving your face with an even skin tone. In my opinion, this BB Cream is very similar to the Garnier BB Cream, however I do prefer the L’Oréal one, and I will explain why below.

This product does have a slight sunscreen scent to it, however it is not overwhelming. I apply this BB Cream with my fingers, as I find that the warmth from my fingertips assists in melting the product onto my skin, making my skin look fresh and natural with no streaks. At times, depending on how I’m feeling on the day, I do apply a primer to my face to help the cream adhere to my face, especially if it is hot out, because I do find that when I wear this on a hot day, it melts off my face easily. So by applying a primer (I have been using the INIKA True Organic Pure Primer), it helps the cream remain on my face for a longer period of time. When you use this product, ensure that you allow it to set on your face, because when I first used this I was a bit worried as I found that the cream had a reddish undertone and I thought to myself “I want this to even out my skin tone and reduce the redness on my face, not make it more red!” But I promise that when it sets on your skin it looks really nice 🙂

Because I have combination skin, with the most oily part of my face being my T-zone, I do apply a thin layer of translucent powder to help control the oils. You may be sitting there thinking that by applying powder on my face it is defeating the purpose of the Luminosity Code BB Cream, but I feel that because I am only applying a thin layer of this powder, my skin still looks fresh and luminous; this just helps in controlling the oils in my T-zone 🙂 If I am wanting more coverage on a certain day, I will use my all time favourite Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, to cover up my blemishes.

CLICK HERE to be taken to my most recent video on my channel and see how I apply this BB Cream 😀

Back To School Makeup Look

One of the negatives about this product is that it does not stay on for 24 hours. In my eyes, depending on what you are doing on the day that you wear this BB cream and the condition of your skin that day, the duration of its lasting power differs every time.

Keeping with the positives, this cream is extremely light-weight that almost every time I wear it I forget that I actually have it on. When you apply it to your face it feels so fresh and hydrating on the skin and you can instantly notice its illuminating effect and how it evens out the skin tone. Along with my new skin care products (post on skin care coming soon!), I have noticed a difference in my skin, which I am very happy about 🙂 I have noticed that my dark spots have been fading and are hardly noticeable, which was a big issue of mine!

Overall, I LOVE this BB Cream! It looks so nice on the skin, and leaves my skin with a fresh glow!

I give this product: 8.5/10!!

Talia xo

Wonder’Full Mascara with Argan Oil | Product Review

About a month ago Rimmel London AU sent me the Wonder’Full Mascara with Argan Oil to try out. This mascara claims to be a “Clump-free Volume & Definition Mascara”. I had heard many negative comments from various people about this mascara (my sister being one of these people). Everyone is different and some products may work on one person but not on the other, therefore I like to try things out for myself. So when I received this product in the mail I tried it the next day and I actually didn’t mind it at all.

Photo credit: au.rimmellondon.com

Photo credit: au.rimmellondon.com

This product promises: “Full, perfectly smooth, clump-free lashes”. It also claims to have an “ultra-flexy” wand that is meant to hug the lashes “defining them from the root to the tip”.

In my honest opinion this mascara does most of these things, excluding the volume part! When I apply this mascara it makes my lashes look natural with no clumps and each lash is defined, giving it a natural wispy look 🙂 In terms of volume, I do not feel like this mascara gives my lashes extra volume. This mascara is not heavy on the eyes at all and is comfortable for everyday, minimal makeup kind of days.

One of the workers at Priceline have told me that this mascara is meant to help in growing your eyelashes and making them longer due to the oil, however I have not noticed this with my own lashes.

Ok, so for those of you who are looking for a lengthening mascara, this mascara is definitely not for you! I feel like this mascara is best for making your lashes look nice and natural for an everyday application.

Overall, I do not dislike this mascara, I actually quite like it! It is nice for a change if you wear heavy mascara often. I give this product a 7/10 🙂

Where you can get this product: http://au.rimmellondon.com/

THANK YOU RIMMEL & COTY AUSTRALIA!

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Talia xo