The One Thing I Wish People Would Understand About Suicide

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

In light of the many recent celebrity deaths by suicide, there have been many opinions circulating on social media relating to depression, and suicide in particular.

I'm of the belief that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, and I like to think of myself as someone with an open mind, and in turn, an open heart.

But there is one particular train of thought on this topic that I can't help but find deeply upsetting.

I have seen countless amounts of comments, posts and articles by people who feel that suicide is a "selfish act" - with no ifs, ands or buts about it!

Each time I read one of these comments, I can't help but feel angry, upset and offended.

I feel angry because people are ignorant. I feel upset because there are people taking there own lives every day out of pure desperation, only to be judged and ridiculed by strangers who never knew them. And I feel offended because I have been suicidal. I have been in that frame of mind where I felt the only way out was to end my life, and I came very close to doing so. So, does that make me selfish too?

When Chester Bennington passed away, I read a comment saying he should go to hell for "doing this to his children". Similar comments were made about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shortly after.

It's these sorts of comments that make my blood boil. The fact that some people really think that these people took there own lives as some sort of vendetta against their loved ones just baffles me!

Depression is not a bad day. It is not feeling sad. It is not having a hard time. Depression is a debilitating disease. It consumes every part of you and can take away your ability to reason or think logically.

These people were not just having a bad day. They were consumed by this disease and convinced that the world would be a better place without them. They were desperate for peace and felt there was no hope of ever finding it.

They didn't take their lives to harm their loved ones, they did it FOR their loved ones! Because they truly believed in that moment that the people they loved the most would be better off without them.

This is the one thing I wish people would understand about suicide. It is a sad, tragic, horrible thing - but it is not a selfish act!

I know some people will disagree with this, and that's okay. But I felt the need to express this today, and so I have.

Please think before making such harsh comments. You never know what someone has been through, is going through or will one day go through.

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Herbs + Heart Face Mud Review

Friday, 18 May 2018

Herbs + Heart Face Mud is one of the most unique, interesting and beautiful products I've tried in a long time!

The 3 main ingredients of Manuka Honey, Orange Peel and Sandalwood all work together to gently exfoliate the skin, whilst drawing out impurities and embedded dirt.

Now, as always, I'm going to be honest - when I first opened the jar, I did wonder why I had been sent this Vegemite-like substance to put on my face! The texture is very thick, and very black! But when it came time for my nightly shower, I figured it was worth a shot, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

I would describe this product as almost a combination between a cleanser and a mask. It cleans so beautifully, but it also leaves the skin feeling so refreshed and bright!

Face Mud also includes the added nourishment of Coconut, Aloe Vera and Apricot - that probably explains the fresh & bright part!

Overall, I love this product! It's become a part of my shower that I look forward to every day - and who doesn't love that?

If you'd like to grab one of these pretty jars for yourself, you can find them over at Herbs + Heart for a RRP of $38.99.

I'd love to know what you think of this beautiful product, so please do leave a comment and let me know! x
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HOLA Rose Replenishing Range Review

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

I'm a big fan of the HOLA Australia skincare range (their seaweed eye cream is to die for!). So I was excited to find out about the recent release of the HOLA Rose range! A whole new range of products featuring Rose Replenishing Water - made using 1,500 pieces of distilled rose petals!

Of course I jumped at the chance to try out some of these beautiful products!

My products of choice were the Replenishing Essence and the Replenishing Moisturiser.

I chose the essence because one of my all time favourite skincare products has always been the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Serum, and I thought this seemed like a similar product.

I was right - the Replenishing Essence by HOLA Rose is every bit as good as the Jurlique serum! This is such a lovely product! The essence is designed to help brighten and replenish the skin using chamomile, trehalose and of course rose. It feels beautiful on the skin and soaks in almost straight away. My skin just drinks it up and loves it!
HOLA Rose Replenishng Essence 30ml RRP $42
The moisturiser is also a beautiful product! The texture is more like a gel than a cream, which personally I love. I sometimes struggle with moisturising creams as I find that they feel heavy on my skin. The Rose Replenishing Moisturiser is completely different. It soaks in quickly, doesn't feel oily on my skin and feels lovely & fresh. It is designed to hydrate, but also lock in the moisture and improve skin texture & appearance.
HOLA Rose Replenishing Moisturiser 55g RRP $33
I can't rave about these products enough, as they are just SO beautiful! They smell amazing and feel so lush and healthy.

The rest of the Rose range includes products like a toner, eye cream, mask and many more which are all available for purchase from Glamourflage.
The HOLA Rose range
Do yourself a favour and check out this stunning range! I would love to hear your thoughts on them also! x
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It's Okay to Frown Sometimes

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Do you ever just feel genuinely let down by your body? I do!

There are so many things I would love to achieve in my life. So many things I'd like to do, or be, or see. But most of the time, my body isn't on board. This is frustrating!

In truth, I feel a lot of guilt writing a post like this, as it is absolutely self indulgent and there are so many others who are far worse off than I am in life. But having said that, this is the only real, true outlet I have where I can vent to the world. We all need that now and again, right?

I'm currently in the midst of an Endometriosis flare, which is bringing a lot of frustration to the forefront. I'm trying a new medication which is making me feel constantly nauseated and disgusting in addition to the pain. And of course my head hasn't eased up either, with migraine after migraine, day in and day out.

When I get like this, I tend to dwell on all the things I desperately want to do - whether it be something as minor as getting up to date with the housework, or something big like travelling. My mind starts to spiral and become overwhelmed with unwanted, negative thoughts.

I don't like myself when I'm like this.

I don't want to be that negative person, always complaining or moping about. I want to be happy and bubbly & excited about life.

Most days, I succeed at painting on a smile and laughing through the pain. But some days, I just don't have the energy. Today is one of those days.

So, I'm allowing myself to frown today. Just for a little while. I don't feel guilty for it and I won't be apologising for my mood.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that when your body betrays you, you're allowed to be pissed off! You're allowed to be sad sometimes and it's perfectly okay! 

Sometimes people say "keep smiling!" in that annoying, chirpy tone (you know the one), and I feel like punching them in the face! Okay, maybe that's a bit extreme, but it's true!

The point of this post? In truth, there isn't really one. I just needed to vent to the big wide world for a while.

But if you're also having one of those days and you're feeling let down, or sad, or frustrated by things you can't control - just remember that it's okay to frown, or cry, or scream! You're not alone and this too shall eventually pass.

Hugs! xo
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Sydney Fragrance 'Scent of Australia' Soy Candle Review

Monday, 20 March 2017


I was given the opportunity recently {lucky me!}, to try out a new range of one of my all-time favourite things – CANDLES!

Sydney Fragrance have recently launched their ‘Scent of Australia’ collection of beautiful, double wicked soy blend candles.

There are ten scents in the range, each one inspired by a unique and special part of Sydney.

For the past week I’ve been burning this beautiful ‘Sunset’ candle, and let me tell you – my house smells amazing! Inspired by a Sydney sunset {of course}, its scent is Coconut, Peach and Sunburnt Sand. 
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Whenever I get a new candle, my first point of judgement is how good the scent throw is. It can be impossible to predict, because you may smell a candle in store and it have an amazing, strong scent, but then you get it home and find it barely smells at all whilst burning. This is all to do with the ratios of ingredients used, as well as the wick size and quality of oils etc.

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Well, I can honestly say this candle didn’t disappoint! As soon as I opened the box, the fragrance was already wafting around the room. And whilst burning, the scent carries beautifully throughout the house, which is what we all want, yes?

Another bonus for me in particular is that although the scent carries well, it is not overpowering. Strong scents can be a major problem for me with my migraines, so I was pleased to find that this one seems to be the right combination of strong, but not too strong, for people like myself.

I would definitely recommend this beautiful collection if you’re anything like me and always on the lookout for a new candle to try. Not only do they smell lovely and burn well, but they look pretty too – beautiful, good quality opaque white jars and pretty boxes.

You can find these candles at Sydney Fragrance, where they retail for $39.95aud for a 360g jar {up to 80 hours burn time}.
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Disclaimer: This product was given to me for the purpose of testing. However, as always, all opinions are my own and I never promote a product and/or company I do not believe in.
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Recipe: Spicy Lentil Stuffed Capsicums

Monday, 22 August 2016

I've been experimenting a little more lately when it comes to cooking. I've always loved to cook, but tend to lean more towards baking than cooking meals in general.

Recently though, I've been keen to try some healthier options when it comes to lunches and dinners. This one has fast become a favourite of mine, so I wanted to share it for you to all to enjoy! I found a similar recipe online and have since tweaked it and made some changes along the way to make it my own.

I have found these to be great for work lunches, as they freeze well and are great to pull out on days that I'm a little under-prepared for lunch.

I hope you will enjoy them too!

You will need:
6 capsicums
Cooking spray oil
3 tsp garlic infused olive oil
1 brown onion, diced
1 stick celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can brown lentils
1 cup cooked rice
½ cup vegetable stock (I like to use Campbell's Real Stock)
1/3 cup fresh parsley
Spices of choice
Sour cream or yoghurt to serve (optional)
Steps: 

1.   Preheat oven to 180c.  Line or spray a baking tray or dish.  Cut the tops off capsicums and scrape out the seeds & membrane.


2.    Add 1 tsp garlic infused oil to fry pan. Add onion and celery, stirring for 3-5 mins or until just browned. Add in garlic and your choice of spices (I used a pinch of Cayenne Pepper, a tsp of Cumin and a little bit of Curry Powder).  Stir & cook for a further 1-2 minutes, adjusting the seasoning as you go.  Add in the lentils, tomatoes, rice and stock.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 mins, stirring until sauce begins to thicken.  Season with salt, pepper and parsley.


3.    Spoon the mixture into the capsicums and place the tops back on.  Drizzle the remaining garlic oil over the capsicums. Bake for 45-50 mins, or until capsicum skin begins to blister and soften.



4.    Plate and serve with sour cream or yoghurt if desired.

 
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