Saturday, November 28, 2015

Social Edit: My 8 Recommended Instagram Accounts

Social Media constantly finds its way into our lives. 

Whether it's watching snapchats on the toilet, watching the latest make up tutorials whilst brushing our teeth, refreshing our Facebook feed at red lights or Instagram stalking our fave outfits whilst out at the shops, we're surrounded by social media. 

I'm very particular with what and who I fill up my social media feeds with. 

I only follow people on Instagram in particular that I feel bring value to my life and have similar values to me. 

Or they're people who I aspire to be like & who provide me with constant motivation. 

I decided that since Instagram is constantly bombarding our lives, I'd share some Instagram accounts that I highly recommend adding to your stash (in no particular order). 

This Plant Based Life

Created by mum-to-be and beach babe Sheridyn Fisher, this account shares all of Sheridyn's nourishing plant based life through photos. 

I love this account because not only does it have drool worthy photos and some cute bump pics but it also acts as a teaching guide for people who aren't sure about the Vegan lifestyle and want to learn more. 

Sheridyn also includes some delicious recipes that can be made at home and shares some great Vegan resources & groups to support 


Loni Jane 

My obsession with Loni Jane came a few years back during her pregnancy with her first child Rowdy. There was a lot of controversy surrounding her lifestyle choice and it really caught my attention. 

This account is another vegan account (surprise surprise) that includes vibrantly coloured photos of food and Loni's lifestyle as well as some smile worthy photos of her little family. 

Her ebook is fantatic and if you're looking for someone who has a positive & infectious view on life then Loni is definitely one to follow 


Kylie Jenner 

I know a lot of people will question this choice, but I don't mind. I have my own reasons as to why she's in my list. 

I find that when I'm feeling a bit sluggish in terms of posting and working on my career, I find motivation through people who I see as holding some of the things I would like to achieve in life. 

Kylie is definitely one of these people. Her account is filled with photos of beautiful make up, clothes & cars (which is the superficial part of this & not as important) but it's also filled with photos of family and achievements and charity work such as her #iammorethan hashtag where she works to end bullying and shine a light on people who have been through a lot in their lives. 


Ruby Tuesday Matthews 

Since spotting her in an out of this world Sabo Skirt Campaign, I had to follow this girl. 

Not only is Ruby stunning but she's also just become a mum & documented her whole pregnancy. 

Her account is filled with stunning photo shoots, delicious foods, new mumma tips, and plenty of organic food & product recommendations. 

She's also super down to earth 


Kayla Itsines 

The fitness guru, turned the ultimate fitness woman. Kayla is such an inspiration. 

Not only does she have some kick ass guides but she's also a breath of fresh air. 

I find in a world filled with complaining and devastation, you need to surround yourself with people who see the light in the dark things and really try and change the world. 

"Be the change you want to see" - and that's exactly what she does. Everything of her's that pops up in my news feed is motivating 


Sjana Elise Earp 

I can't even begin to sum this account up. 

All I can say is that if you're into seriously stunning photos, jealousy over travelling to places you never knew existed, delicious food photos and some serious body & tan & clothing & bikini goals, then follow this account immediately 

P.S. be warned. Her yoga poses are out of this world and will make you reconsider your career choice (I always wanted to be in the circus) 


Alexis Ren  

I thought I'd place these 2 accounts one after each other for this one particular reason: words cannot describe how visually amazing they are. 

Have you seen the photos circling the internet and magazines with a girl in front of the camera holding her arm back to someone behind her? Yeah? Well Alexis started that. 

Her photos are breathtaking. Her humbleness is breathtaking. Her natural beauty is breathtaking and so is her lifestyle. 

This account is a must follow if you loved Sjana's 


Shani Grimmond 

Shani is the ultimate crack up. I honestly have never been exposed to someone so funny. 

If you don't know Shani, she's a Youtube Make Up Sensation & Guru and she's also I swear a part time comedian. 

I love her account not only because it's filled with stunning make up posts but also because her dog Bindi always finds her way into most photos and she's also such a happy & gorgeous girl. 

I find her personality & mindset extremely intoxicating 


And there you have it. 8 Instagram accounts that must be followed! 


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Shopping Edit: Black Friday Sales!

The day has finally come. 

It's Black Friday! And with this super spooky and some what creepy name, comes a tonne of non creepy & non spooky sales. 

I give you a Black Friday Sales Cheat Sheet. 

Enjoy shopping my lovely little darlings. I know I will!

Too Faced

The Pink Friday sale starts tonight at midnight. Get ready for some super good deals!

Click here tonight at 12am

BH Cosmetics 

You can enjoy up to 75% off this weekend and up to 80% off next Monday! 

This is an added bonus considering the Carli Bybel Palette just came back in stock. 

Click here for Black Friday: 

& this here for Cyber Monday: 

US Customers will also receive Free Shipping on orders of $50 or more

This one's too good to miss 

Mura Boutique 

This site is shopping heaven and this Black Friday you'll be able to get 30% off full priced items up until the 29/11/15 (Terms & Conditions Apply)

Ready to get your shop on? 

Click here 

Or you may end up regretting it! 


Amazon has been going Black Friday crazy all week. So if you're ready to get your hands on some amazing deals and some amazingly limited deals I'd act quickly. 

Click here to access some one off offers 

Lucky Dip Stores

These stores like to surprise when it comes to Black Friday. If you're in for some surprises and want to test the waters, click on the links below to see if your Black Friday wish has come true 

- Call Me The Breeze (your one stop shop for Camilla & all things amazing) 
- Glassons (glam central) 
- Melissa Ambrosini (if you want to get started on living a healthier life, start here) 
- Showpo (a true show pony's ultimate heaven) 
- The Iconic (A fashionista's version of a supermarket)

And there you have it. A Black Friday cheat sheet to get you kicked started on some major retail therapy. 



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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Make Up Edit: My Current Nude Faves

I feel like as we transition into Summer (for the Southern Hemisphere that is), our make up tends to get brighter. 

However as someone who is fearful of bright lipsticks and eye shadows, I've swayed more towards the nude side of the spectrum. 

For anyone else out there who is obsessed with nudes or prefers a golden shimmery nude summer look over a bright lip and bold eye then I suggest tuning into this post! 

I give you my current nude faves. 

1. Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colour in Bare Pink 

2. NARS Lipstick in Catfight 

3. Chi Chi Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette in Naturals 

4. Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Nude

5. NYX Butter Lipstick in Bit of Honey

6. NARS The Multiple in South Beach

7. Urban Decay Naked Palette 1
8. Too Faced La Créme Lipstick in Taffy


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WCW: 10 Times When Gigi Hadid Killed It


The name says it all. She's exotic. She's a stunner. And she's today's WCW. 

Gigi can do no wrong so I thought I'd point out the 10 times when she absolutely killed it just to prove it to you all. 

I give you ... Gigi Hadid 


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Travel Edit: My Top 10 Holiday Destinations

1 word. 7 letters. 


This word has the ability to make anyone weak at the knees. It also has the ability to make anyone feel like a million tiny ants are having a wild disco party to Snoop Dogg's new song in their stomach. 

Everyone loves a holiday. Especially me. 

Since we're nearing prime Holiday time (aka Christmas Holidays), I've decided to compile a list of my top 10 current Holiday destinations that I want to (and will) travel to. 

So if you're stuck on ideas for where to travel to this festive season, look no further. 

I've got your back girl. 

1. Bora Bora 

How could this not be number 1 for me. I am so so so obsessed with Bora Bora.

Kimmy K and her fam did kick off the obsession for me when they family vacay-ed there a few seasons back however my obsession only grows stronger every day.

Think overwater bungalows. Crystal clear waters. Bath tubs with clear floors that allow you to see the ocean below. Swimming with turtles. Your own private deck with a ladder leading to the ocean. Private island picnics. Cute fish.

The list is endless.

Bora Bora is a must.

2. Africa 

This is number 2 for me because my boyfriend desperately wants to Safari. So I agreed that if we go to Bora Bora I will do Africa.

I've always wanted to ride in a green camouflage car through the natural habitat of some of Africa's most beautiful animals.

I love African animals.

Having lived in Africa whilst I was little, this one comes in at number 2 because I've already been there. However holidaying there with my boyfriend and camping out under the stars amongst the wild animals does sound pretty damn good.

3. USA

By USA I mean all of it. I want to rent a cool American car and drive around everywhere.

I've never been to America however it is a dream for me to go. Especially to New York. On New Years. When it's snowing and everyones so happy.

Plus lets not kid ourselves. I want to shop up an absolute storm. Rodeo Drive here I come.

On top of that I do see myself as some form of undercover FBI agent. And I mean seriously undercover. So stalking celebrities and finding their hiding places is a field of work I do take seriously.

I also want to tie in Hawaii to this trip. Because who doesn't love Hawaii & the Victoria Secret outlet.

4. The Greek Islands

Now the Greek Islands should have been number 2, however because I'm such a caring and sharing soul I don't want to have to tie my boyfriends hands up, tape his mouth and shove him in a suitcase and make him visit every place that only I want to go to.

So I thought "be fair Monique. Keep the list filled with places both of you want to go to and then sneak in some ones that are mainly your obsession".

Lets be serious though. The Greek Islands are amazing. Santorini. Mykonos. I just die and go to Holiday heaven just thinking about their crystal blue waters, blue and white themed villages and delicious food.

Plus I just want to do what the Jenner's did and zoom around the island on a quad bike. Whilst I'm golden brown tanned and loving life.

5. Dubai

I have been obsessed with visiting Dubai for a very long time.

I know it's not a place you go to for weeks on end so I thought I'd slot it in somewhere further down the line after some other great places that you can spend endless weeks in.

I just want to visit the huge hotels & cool shaped buildings and run amuck amongst the glorious fountains and ride a camel. That would be so cool. Camels are the coolest.

And I want to get a really glamorous photo in the desert wearing an amazing flowing dress that blows in the wind with an amazing headpiece that makes me look like I came straight out of a Sex & The City movie.

They're indoor snow field sounds amazing too. Plus apparently you can buy Gold so cheap over there (hint hint).

6. Langkawi 

Langkawi is an island in Malaysia and if you're into Bora Bora then you'll be into this.

Think more tropical rainforest meets beach. This place is amazing (and when I say this I mean I know it's amazing from the google images on it).

This is the ultimate place to do long rainforest walks, scuba dive with animals and just plain old chill out and relax and have an amazing time.

7. Paris

I know the city is in turmoil right now (thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected) however I've always wanted to go to the land of the French.

I want to eat baguettes and croissants all day and double my current weight in just french food. I want to stand under the Eiffel Tower and pop a bottle of champagne (and hopefully not get arrested for drinking in public).

I want to ride carousels and shop and visit cool art museums.

This is a travel destination I want to go to with my Mum. Only because she's been dying to go for so long so I thought why not take her with me.

8. Italy

Ah the land of my people. Well half my people. Really they're my Dad's people however I like to think of myself as Italian royalty.

In all seriousness though I would love to visit Italy just to get a taste of my culture and where I come from.

I'd also like to visit some long lost Italian relatives of mine and great great family friends.

I would also like to romantically drift along in one of those Italian boats whilst sharing Spaghetti (meat free of course) like they do in the Lady & the Tramp. I'm such a romantic.

9. India

I love Indian cuisine and I also love parts of their culture and beliefs and I think it would be amazing to visit such a rich cultured place.

I've also seen some great TV shows and documentaries about the dog and animal rescue organisations over there that I would love to assist.

India looks like such a beautiful place. Filled with great food, lots of colour and amazing people.

10. Alaska (Let's forget it's part of the USA for this post)

I'm not 100% sure of this one however I thought why not throw in a place that's freezing cold and filled with ice and snow.

I love polar bears too and cute little seals so maybe whilst I'm there I can go sightseeing and exploring and find some (safely of course. maybe in a Zoo).

And there you have it. My top 10 current holiday destinations. Hopefully this gave some of you some inspiration for your next trip. I say bring on 2016 - the year of travelling & making amazing memories. 

Remember. If you want to go somewhere make it your priority. See yourself there and make it happen. The world is your oyster. You have so much more power than you realise. 


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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Ultimate Make Up Gifts For This Christmas: Part 1

Oh Christmas. It's the best time of the year.

It's the only time of the year that we have an excuse to spend outrageously and stock up on all of the limited edition holiday releases.

Mecca released their Holiday collection online a few weeks ago and I was definitely too eager because I was ready before the site even was.

I grabbed a few things as I wanted to wait to see if more exciting ones came out before I bought too many.

So I give you part one of the ultimate make up gifts guide for this Christmas.

As per usual I went Too Faced Crazy. I also managed to purchase a gift "For Him". 

So if you're looking for a stocking stuffer for your brother, dad, boyfriend, husband, cousin or pet dog then there's a little something in here for them too.

1. Too Faced Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks Set

This holiday gift is the perfect stocking stuffer. When you first receive it, it's in a big box but when you look closer you realise that it's broken up into 3 smaller boxes. You have a nude melted lipstick & blush set, a pink melted lipstick & blush set and a purple melted lipstick & blush set all in their own individual perfectly packaged boxes.

So if you wanted to get a gift that can be given to multiple people, this is the way to go. Or you can just buy it and keep them all for yourself.

(click here to buy from
2. Too Faced La Petit Trésor

I have absolutely no idea what the name means but this set is absolutely gorgeous! It's probably one of my favourite Too Faced Holiday releases so far.

This gift features 3 of the La Creme Lipsticks with a sparkle twist. You get a sparkly nude shade, pink shade and purple-y shade.

And to top it off  they come in a super sparkly make up bag with an Eiffel Tower charm on the zipper to tie in with their Paris Christmas theme.

Love, Love, Love!

(click here to buy from
3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Deluxe

This packaging is honestly so clever. I've never seen something as clever as this. In all honesty I only bought it because of the packaging.

Ladies & gentlemen I give you a Too Faced Better Than Sex Christmas Tree ornament!

Isn't it the cutest thing ever? This one is probably not going on my tree as I intend to use it straight away but I may buy another one for my Mum just so we have one to hang.

Bravo Too Faced. You definitely killed it with this.

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4. Korres Mens Kit

I am so in love with Korres. This brand is my ultimate fave! So when I saw a Holiday Set for men I had to have it.

If you're in desperate need of a male gift and also need an excuse to shop from Mecca, then this one is perfecto!

It's got everything a man needs and more. Such a good stocking filler.

Stay tuned for a second post on some more ultimate make up gifts!


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