Monday, January 21, 2013

Love List #4

Love List. Pretty self explanatory I reckon. 

Love ListA new feature on Through Beauty Eyes that will appear every fortnight (or weekly if my life became interesting out of a sudden).

Love List. It will be a list of "stuff" I am lovin at the moment. 

I have been loving: 

Above: Grilled shredded chicken breast, steamed sweet potatoes & garlic and brocollini stir fry
Below: Salmon + Spinach and Rockets
“Eat Clean” and Meal Prep
As can be seen from my recent fitness tweets on @ThruBeautyEyes and my 2013 resolutions, I am aiming to “get shredded” and that comes with eating clean (Trying to eat as natural as possible – cutting down on processed stuff).  

“Failing to prepare, prepare to fail” – Meal prep is very important if you want to keep your “Eat Clean” schedule on track. I usually spend my Sunday night preparing my meals for the week and freeze them. (Been doing this for the past two months and it has been going pretty well so far!)


As mentioned above, 2013 is all about pushing and challenging myself to a new level. I have been upping my weights and resistance training – been loving the results so far!

“TRAIN INSANE OR REMAIN THE SAME” - Now to reduce my body fat percentage to achieve more defined abs and back muscles!

Given my recent passion and interest in health and fitness, I have started a mini fitness related project and it’s still work in progress at the moment. Don’t forget to follow me on my other Twitter account (@EatThisBurnThat) for more random fitness musings and Instagram account (@EatThisBurnThat) for more fitness visuals and fitsporation. Don’t worry, it does not stop there – more exciting stuff to come in the coming months. :P

Clockwise from Top: The BodyShop Baked  To Last Bronzer, Arbonne Bronzer, Illamasqua Powder Blush in Sophie and FOA O' Peachy Blush
“Sunkissed Goddess” Look
Bronzed and tanned plus a hint of coral – my favourite look during the summertime. The products above are the ones that I have been reaching out to religiously pretty much for the past 3 months to achieve the sunkissed look:

-          The BodyShop Baked To Last Bronzer in Golden Bronze – My current to-go-to and favourite cheek colour! Perfect golden bronze colour to give more definition to my almost–non–existent cheekbones! This is a tad too light as a full-faced bronzer but it could work for you if you’re slightly paler!

-          The BodyShop Slanted Kabuki Brush – The bristles of this LE synthetic brush is EXTREMELY SOFT & FLUFFY – in which I used to apply my bronzer daily and sometimes cheeks colour.

-          Illamasqua Powder Blush in Sophie – A coral blush with visible golden shimmer bits. This is worn underneath Golden Bronze on the days that I feel like having a little more colour on my cheeks. Like all Illamasqua Powder Blushes, a little goes a long way!
-          Face of Australia O’ Peachy Blush – A cheaper substitute to Illamasqua Sophie with slightly chunkier golden shimmer bits – which is used intermittently with Illamasqua Blush in Sophie.

-          Arbonne Bronzer – Per featured in my favourite contouring products post, my HG bronzer. Absolute LOVE!

Ocean, the smell of sea water, sun, tan, sounds of the waves…. What is there NOT to love about the beach? I am SO blessed to be living in a city with gorgeous beaches within reach. 

YES I LOVE SUMMER – despite the occasional heatwaves (with Sydney breaking its record temperature last Friday) and gay gloomy weather like today, I STILL LOVE SUMMER! The longer days; the dry crisp air; the eye candies; the activities; the atmosphere; the influx of hot European tourist; the beach; the cider – I love summer. Period.

So, what have you been loving lately?


Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013: A Brand New Start - Goals & Resolutions

17th of January 2013. 

How did half a month fly by – it feels like I was just having a chillaxing time sunbaking by the Sydney beaches yesterday and we are now a week away from Australia Day? 

Happy New Year to all Through Beauty Eyes readers and I hope you all had a lovely break and welcomed 2013 fully recharged and pumped! New Year means new chapter in life; which translates into a brand new page with a spanking clean white space called “Opportunity”, opportunity to get it right, move forward and make the most of 2013. 

If you have been stalking following me on Twitter or Facebook Page, you would have probably gathered that 2012 wasn’t the best. This is why I decided to take a backseat from blogging to reflect and figure out my resolutions and goals for 2013, including the direction of this blog. And actually adhering to it this time. This explains my disappearance on this humble space since my Last Minute Christmas Shopping Guide post approximately a month ago. 

Due to my indecisive and risk adverse nature, I ended 2012 with a little too many "what ifs". I have the tendency to analyse WAY TOO MUCH and never taken any actions for the fear of my hypothetical consequences (which weren't really that much of a deal, really.)


Palm Beach, 2012

That being said, 2013 is going to be different - it’s all about taking actions, executing ideas and chasing my dreams and goals. One of the simplest yet easily overlooked ways to achieve this is making VISIBLE LISTS of my goals, objectives, daily to-do-list! 

I shall start by listing my 2013 "simple" resolutions here! 
(VERY late, I know.)
  1. Forget fear, take risk
  2. Less superficial. 
  3. Be a nicer person. 
  4. Paying off my CC debt and START SAVING.
  5. Start working towards passive income.
  6. Think big.
  7. Read about success, personal developments, inspirations at least 15 minutes a day. 
  8. More gratitude and be thankful to be alive and to be where I am at the moment. 
  9. Focus only on things that make me feel good. 
  10. Be my best everyday. 
  11. Know what a 10/10 looks like and strive for it on every task I take upon. 
  12. Don't compromise quality for anyone.
  13. Listen.
  14. Check Facebook, Twitter, IG only a few times a day. 
  15. Swim in the ocean often.
  16. Focus on the momentum (results will come)
  17. Listen to my gut.
  18. TRAVEL (Be my travel buddy, anyone?)
  19. Start executing any ideas that's worth pursuing, thinking ain't getting me anywhere.
  20. Get shredded. HA. (This is only a goal for Jan and Feb as I wanna see how far am I able to push myself. I am all about healthy lifestyle with the occasional indulgence. I love food way too much to stay shredded 365 days a year!)
  21. Start thinking about a stunning 2013 and it will come. 

As for my blog, I know I haven't been giving much TLC in the past year compared to previous years. My goals for ThroughBeautyEyes are rather simple and straightforward:
  • Revamp this site and make it pretty and pink.
  • Start posting consistently ( I am going to start by creating an editorial calendar for le blog!)
  • More engagements with my readers and other blogger
  • Simply be awesome! 

Now that I have my goals and resolutions in black and white here, available to public, I *kinda* have to stick to it, don't I? We shall see about that but they are going pretty good so far! 

Palm Beach, 2012

A belated toast to a total kick - ass 2013! 

What are your main goals and resolutions of 2013?
(we can all motivate each other to stick with them!:P)