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Life update – where have I been?!

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’ve missed it so much. The last couple of months have been incredibly busy for me, and blogging has fallen by the wayside. During May, I started a new job and moved house within a couple of days. It has been a big upheaval but things have settled down now, so time for a bit of a catch up!

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2016 – a year in review

2016 – what a year! A lot went on, both for me in a personal sense as well as in my blogging capacity. It’s been a wee while since I’ve updated on what’s going on in my life to you all, and I thought with the new year that was a good opportunity to do so. Personal At the start of the year I had to move house which we all know can be very stressful. Compressing my possessions down from a flat’s worth into one bedroom (plus an attic) wasn’t easy, especially for a hoarder like myself. I lived in my old place for 5 years, and everything I own was there. Since my mum lives overseas and my dad is remarried, I don’t have my old room at my parent’s house to store stuff, so EVERYTHING is at my place. For someone with hoarding tendencies this translates to rather a lot of stuff!! It was a good opportunity in down sizing – turns out I don’t need to keep every single birthday card I’ve ever been given, clothes that haven’t fit me in years, and books I haven’t read since high school. My flatmates were strangers I found off Facebook, but I’ve really become part […]

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Life: Taking Stock

Making: Plans to move house! My brother and I have been flatting together for 5 years but we are finally going our separate ways, Cooking: One Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli for dinner tonight. One of my goals for the year was to learn to cook more things. Drinking: Plunger coffee with almond milk. Reading: Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari  Wanting: To buy a new handbag – mine are too big or too small, I need one that’s just right. Looking: Out my bedroom window, hoping for the weather to improve Playing: Zayn Malik’s new song on repeat Deciding: What to wear on a date tonight. Wishing: That I was at the beach. Enjoying: The beautiful summer weather (not today obviously!) Waiting: To hear back from one of the flats I looked at this week – I’d love to move in there. Liking:  My new job. I suppose it’s not that new any more, it’s been almost four months but it feels new to me still. Wondering: Where I’ll be this time next year, what I’ll be doing. Loving: How supportive my parents are. Really means a lot to me. Pondering: how I feel about social influencers and sponsored content, have been having […]

The year that was

I know, it seems to be a bit too early in the year to be reflecting on the year that’s been, but for me, this year really began for me around this time last year. It was late November when I ended a relationship I had been in for six years – my entire adult life! It was a massive decision, but it was totally right for me, and for him. In the year that’s passed, I feel like my life has radically changed in so many good ways. I was reflecting on this last night while having a bath, and wanted to take the chance to get away from the beauty, and be a bit personal with you readers.

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Lena Talks Podcasts – Serious Edition

Last time I blogged about podcasts, they were my favourite comedy or entertainment podcasts. This time, it’s the serious and informative podcasts that I listen to. I like to learn new things, and keep up with the news, and it’s nice to be able to do that while I’m at the gym, or doing a repetitive task that doesn’t require my full focus. So for some serious, yet still entertaining podcasts, keep reading!

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Lena Talks Podcasts

I’ve decided that every now and then I’m going to write about non-beauty related things. I considered setting up a separate blog for that, but really it’s easier to keep it all in one place. Today I’m talking about podcasts! Podcasts seem to have come into a renaissance in the last year or so, partially spurred on by the success of podcasts like Serial – which, incidentally, I didn’t enjoy at all. I’m going to share with you some of the podcasts that  I listen to, the comedy ones in particular, so keep reading to find my recommendations.

Keeping up with the bloggers

Beauty blogging can be a very competitive industry – everyone wants to get the latest and greatest products, and have a post about it up – fast. Whilst I am now fortunate to be receiving products from PR companies and brands, I still find myself wanting to buy makeup ‘for the blog’. I’ve always had champagne tastes, and a beer (or Lindauer!) budget. I love to shop, I love to try new products, and sadly my income and other expenses don’t allow me to do as much of it as I would like. I never really compare myself to celebrities because they’re so far from my reality, I can’t compare myself to people whose incomes have many more zeroes than mine. However, I do compare myself to fellow bloggers, friends, and people on Instagram, and I know from talking to other bloggers that they do so too. I’m going to be totally honest and say that last year/early this year I ended up getting myself into a bit of credit card debt. I was living beyond my means, and wanting to shop, to keep up with the Joneses/the Kardashians/other bloggers. It all came to a head and I realised that I couldn’t continue to keep doing that – I realised I […]

Life, taking stock

Two posts in one day?! I know, this is unusual, but I was reading my friend Laura’s blog – Laura Laura Blog. She did a ‘taking stock’ post, and I wanted to do the same. Making: I’m knitting abeanie for my friend Jordanne’s baby Cooking: Homemade pizza for dinner Drinking: Coke Zero Reading: The Dilemma, by Penny Vincenzi Wanting: To find out who wins Survivor, and who is on Season 31! Looking: At the grey weather outside Playing: Currently I’ve been playing Sam Smith a lot. I went to his concert last month, shortly before he had to end his tour to get surgery on his vocal cords. I’m glad I was able to see him perform because it was incredible.

Get to know me

In response to my reader survey some of you said that you’d like to get to know the person behind the blog. I’ve been writing on here for six months, but most of you probably don’t know a huge amount about me. I live in Auckland, New Zealand and have done for all of my 23 years. I live with my boyfriend of 6 years, Sam, and my 22 year old brother I work in an office, doing customer service and administration work. It’s not exactly my dream job but it’s okay for now. I studied Geography and then Environmental Management at university, so that’s my background of environmentalism and science that comes on on some posts, like when I wrote about microbeads, or petroleum. In my teenage years I wasn’t into a lot of makeup, just some sparkly eye makeup and lip gloss mostly. I was always more interested in doing my nails. That didn’t really change much until I went on a trip to the US with my stepsister when I was 21, and she introduced me to the wonderful world of Sephora and MAC and it was glorious. From there the obsession began! I joined the MakeupAddiction […]