disneyland look

One of the most important things to vain people is how you look when doing fun things. It might seem strange to someone who doesn’t feel the same way, but when I’m doing something enjoyable, I just enjoy it so much more if I know I look amazing. Getting ready before going out is such a great experience as well, and I know I’ve definitely been to parties where I enjoyed my time in the mirror before way more than the actual event! (Not so this time, of course)

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Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Chanel translucent pressed powder, Gorgeous Cosmetics cheek creme in Sweet Cream, Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlight

Eyebrows: Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow, Urban Decay Naked Palette (Tease)

Eyes: Illamasqua cream pigment in Bedaub, Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette (Bouquet Toss), Sugarpill eyeshadow in Mochi, Urban Decay Naked Palette (Blackout), Gorgeous Cosmetics loose shimmer shadow in Aqua, Kardashian Kollektion lashes in Scintillate

Lips: Gorgeous Cosmetics lipstick in Whimsy

This was the first day’s look. Personally, I enjoyed this look more than the second day, partly because I was wearing my new super cute cardi, and partly because I prefer my hair down. Apparently I looked a lot more princess-y the second day, though, because I got heaps more compliments on that one!

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I got these in a Japanese beauty store and I was pretty surprised that they fit my giant-sized white devil hands! Three out of two fingers were pretty perfect, and the two remaining ones were definitely passable. They were just so adorable I couldn’t resist them even when I didn’t know if I was going to be able to wear them or not!

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Face: MAC Skin Base primer, Ben Nye cream stick foundation in Ivory, Chanel translucent pressed powder, Smashbox blusher in Flush, Too Faced Candlelight Glow highlight

Eyebrows: Illamasqua cream pigment in Hollow, Urban Decay Naked Palette (Tease)

Eyes: Gorgeous Cosmetics Dusk Rose and Mocha, Kardashian Kollektion lashes in Flirt stacked with half lashes from Daiso

Lips: Illamasqua medium pencil in Titivate, Illamasqua lipstick in Posture

This was my look for the second day and I was pretty pleased with it! I had several people tell me I looked just like a Disney princess, which is all I ever wanted out of life. Heaps of them also asked to take pictures with me so I definitely got a taste of what Cinderella’s life must be like… fabulous!

DISNEYLAND

One thing I really wanted to do here in Tokyo was go to Disneyland. I went to Euro Disney in Paris when I was five, but it was in November (for my birthday!) and I was tiny so there were a lot of things that either weren’t open or weren’t open to me. So I was pretty excited to get to do everything this time!

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The first thing I wanted to do was meet Mickey! I met him when I was in Paris as well, and my mum wanted to get a picture but our camera was out of film. Pretty naff. But this time I got a picture, and I am so happy! I waited almost exactly twenty-one years for that so there was no way I was gonna miss it even though I had to queue up for over an hour.

The second day, I went to Disney Sea on the recommendation of one of my friends, and I am so happy I did! It was so aces! Such a beautiful park, so many more characters walking around, heaps better rides… if you have a chance to go, but only have one day, definitely do Disney Sea! I think the only thing that was better at Disneyland was that they had the castle.

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I got some pictures with various characters (and Mickey again, of course), and I went on all the rides that said to avoid them if you have high blood pressure. I loved Journey to the Centre of the Earth, so I went on that twice, but my absolute favourite was Indiana Jones! It was probably the most fun ride I’ve been on in my entire life and I just screamed and laughed the whole time – I could barely breathe! It was like a mix of a roller coaster and a haunted house, and though I do hate haunted houses, knowing that we’d be swept away in a second made it all okay. It was the last one I went on and it was absolutely the perfect finish to an amazing day! I’m almost sad I didn’t get a three day pass so I could go again.

japan

I am in Tokyo! I used to be obsessed with Japan when I was younger (yes, even then I was a huge nerd… I loved mangas so much), and I honestly never thought I’d actually gett to visit this country. I’m very happy to be proven wrong! I just told my mum on the phone that if it wasn’t for the fact that I moved to Australia (which I never planned), I probably wouldn’t have gone to Japan either, because the thought of going halfway across the world seemed so huge to me. Now, I’m flying to other countries willy-nilly!

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My first two days I just went shopping in Harajuku and Shibuya, which was nice, but wasn’t as different from back home as I was hoping for. Today, I went to Sensoji temple, and that was really nice – very different from anything you’d get in Europe, and a bit more culturally inclined than running around in stores all day. Probably should have done that the first day, to be honest! But I got to go with a girl I made friends with at my hostel today, so it all worked out for the best.

We also went to the Imperial Gardens, and we got picked up by a group of Japanese people who asked to give us a guided tour in order to improve their English. Pretty random but fun!

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Tomorrow, I am going to DISNEYLAND! I am freaking out quite a lot. I’ve got my false nails on and my outfit and makeup planned! I will be looking absolutely perfect when I meet Mickey, or else.

colour explosion

One thing I’ve been planning on doing for years was add some colour to my scorpion tattoo on my right shoulder, but I just couldn’t think of what I wanted to do until a few months ago, when I noticed a tattoo on a friend of a friend. It was so cool and I’d never seen anything like it – it looked like someone had splashed watercolour on her skin. I asked her who did it, and she directed me to miss Emma Chiuman who, at the time, was living in Melbourne.

She was due to leave for Hong Kong in like a week, though.

Despair! Horror! Sudden dawning realisation that I was going to travel through Asia on my way back to Europe anyway! So yeah, I emailed her when I knew what date I’d be leaving, and set up an appointment.

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Here it is! I am so pleased with how it turned out. I had a pretty shit time getting to Hong Kong but this definitely made it worth it! I feel like now it matches my personality so much better, and I can wear it with pride.

there’s no place like home

I’m really sad to leave Australia, which I am pretty surprised about considering I’ve been so excited for so long to go back home and see all my friends and family, and to see London again. But now that it’s actually coming up I find myself holding on to every minute that passes, wishing I had still more time in Australia.

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It’s the curse of the traveller, I suppose; wherever you go there’s also somewhere else that holds your heart. I feel like I’ve settled in and taken root, and now that I’m leaving those roots are ripped up yet again. Leaving Sweden was terrifying and I asked myself if I’d made a mistake (spoiler alert: I hadn’t). Leaving London was heart wrenching and as soon as my plane took off I started longing for the day I would set foot on her filthy sidewalks again. And now, leaving Australia, I can’t wait to come back and drink my fill of this country again.

I think you leave part of yourself wherever you make a home, and with the people you find there, and though I still feel whole I feel stretched over a huge distance. I think part of me will always be missing somewhere else, wherever I go. I have had similar feelings since I was a young girl, though at the time I was missing places I had never even seen, and something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it was foreshadowing for how I would feel later on in life.

whitsunday islands

I continued my journey down the coast of Australia with a boat trip out to the Whitsunday Islands. My travel agent insisted I had to go there, and with a few days to spare before I have to leave, I thought why not. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, because I’m not really a beach person, but I thought we might get the opportunity for some more snorkelling, so I was pretty excited!

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The first day we just went for a snorkel and a trip further south to get closer to Whitehaven beach. I really enjoyed it, but I also did think that the snorkelling in Cairns was somewhat better. The water was a lot clearer up there, and they didn’t warn us about any deadly jellyfish, which I definitely appreciated.

The second day, we went to Whitehaven beach. Now, I am not a beach person, but I must say that it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my entire life! The sand was like walking on flour – it is the whitest sand on the planet, and to be honest it looks more like snow than like sand.

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It was like walking around in a postcard! This was such a beautiful experience, and I’m really glad I went.

Now, I’m en route to Sydney for my final four days in Australia!

under the sea

I just went scuba diving in the Great Barrier reef! At first, when I booked my trip, I was absolutely terrified of the thought, and I had intended to just go snorkelling. However, my travel agent strongly encouraged me into trying scuba diving instead, so after a bit of hesitation, I agreed. I’m so happy I finally got to do something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I first got to Australia!

I arrived to Cairns yesterday, after flying overnight which was a terrible decision considering the flight is only about 3.5 hours long and I need heaps more sleep than that. I got to Cairns around 7 and then I couldn’t check into my hostel until later in the afternoon! So basically all I did yesterday was hang around and try not to sleep too much, since I knew I needed to get up early today. I did manage to have a look at the city though and found one of the most beautiful city spots I’ve seen.

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Who ever saw a public infinity pool before?! I didn’t have a swim in it yet but I don’t have anything to do on Saturday so I just might then.

So after a beautiful night’s sleep I woke up at 6.30 this morning and made my way down to the harbour. It took us about two hours to get out to the reef and then we were set loose! I didn’t manage to take any pictures, unfortunately, since I didn’t have an underwater camera, but rest assured it was easily as beautiful as the pictures you’ve already seen. I saw so many different fishes! I could have easily spent several days out there.

I did enjoy the dive, but as someone who’s scared of everything, I must say I preferred the snorkelling since that came with a bit more control of your surroundings. That made it a lot easier to concentrate on what I was seeing, rather than on breathing properly! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who asked, though.

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Let’s play spot the dorky pun!

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Three weeks or so ago I decided that as a reward to myself for being a grownup I would reward myself with a septum piercing! I would do it on my last day in Melbourne as a final hurrah of sorts, and since today was my last day in Melbourne… there it is! I am super pleased. I couldn’t quite decide for a long time but finally I just thought that if I hate it I can always take it out when I go back to London and need to find work, and I won’t even have a visible scar – so in that way, it’s a very low stakes piercing.

I was super nervous before doing it, and it turns out I was right to be. My piercer was lovely and super cute (which, coming from me, is a huge compliment because I find maybe three guys a year cute) and could not have been more professional or reassuring but god damn it that was one of the most intensely painful things I’ve ever done. For reference and full disclosure, I have previously had my nipple pierced, which I think is widely regarded as the second most painful piercing you can do. If that was a three on the pain scale, this was easily an eight. It was over quickly, thankfully, and once it was in there I could barely feel it, but damn. Happy as I am with it, I can tell you that if my tortured wiggling had made it end up crooked and I had to come back and do it again, I don’t think I could have done it.

Ps. the lipstick I’m wearing is Cherry Red by Natural Collection from Boots and even though that is not a brand I would normally go for, I have to say this is the best red lipstick ever. It is the perfect red for someone who wants it just slightly blue toned. And cheap as!