Here’s to 2016!

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Happy New Year everyone! Just like that, another year done and dusted. Where is the time going?!
There’s been so much talk about how horrible a year 2016 was for everyone, but being a total optimist, I feel as though there’s always some good in the bad. The bad shapes you to be a stronger and wiser person, while the good times keep you moving forward. There’s always a bit of good in the bad, and a little bad in the good *yin yang style*. And as such, while 2016 was a trying year for some, I can’t help but focus on my highlights of the year.  

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Christmas 2016 and Why My Muslim Family Celebrates Xmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I absolutely love Christmas, like a lot of people, it’s my most favourite time of the year! There’s just something about the fairy lights, pretty decorations and joy in the air. Gotta love the Christmas spirit! What’s more, being an Aussie, this is the time of the year in which we have our Summer break. So Christmas to me, means holidays for weeks! Can’t be mad at that!

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Microsoft Surface Book Everyday User Review

Hey Guys!

If you follow me on Instagram (@baneeno) you may have seen that I recently purchased the Microsoft Surface Book. I was in the market for a new laptop for quite some time, and after much research the Surface Book seemed to be the clear choice. I’ve only had it for 2 weeks but I’m so in love with it and figured I’d share my excitement with you guys! The laptop has quite a lot to love, and although I’m no tech genius, I figured there’d be nothing wrong with providing an honest review by an everyday user. So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite features of the Surface Book.

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The Happiest Place on Earth – Magical Disney World

Happy Sunday lovelies!

I watched Aladdin the Broadway musical recently and it was absolutely incredible. (I’m so glad I caught it here in Sydney because I was so keen to watch it when I was in New York but tickets were sold out. Can’t even tell you how devastated I was) It was so fun to see the movie come to life on stage, it actually gave me Disney World withdrawals! I couldn’t help but be teleported back into the world of Disney, and reminisce about the time I was hanging around rides with my fave Disney characters.

I visited America in 2014 and had the pleasure of touring the country with my family. Out of ll the places that we visited, Orlando’s Walt Disney World was easily one of my favourites. It’s been 2.5 years since that trip and to this day my phone lock screen is still a picture I took of Cinderella’s Castle. It really has that effect on you!

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Scintillating Skin Series – GlamGlow Supermud Treatment

Welcome to the third and final part of my Scintillating Skin Series! If you’ve missed it, in Part 1 I spoke about my makeup removal routine, which you can find here, and in Part 2 I spoke about my face cleansing routine which you can find here . Today I’m focusing on my fortnightly face mask routine.

The mask I’ve been using is the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment. I have in the past used the GlamGlow Youthmud mask, which I absolutely loved, but with big pores being my problem area I opted to give the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment a try. There are 6 GlamGlow varieties, each with a different focus. You can read about each of them on their official website here.

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Scintillating Skin Series – Dermalogica Products

Welcome to part 2 of my skin routine series. Last week I went over my makeup removal routine using my Jane Iredale Magic Mitt. (if you aren’t familiar with the Magic Mitt and haven’t read last week’s post you’re missing out) Check it out here!

This week I’m going over my daily cleansing routine. I used to be really lazy with my skin (not a good idea at all) but I quickly turned that around when I realized how dry and dull my skin had become despite the fact that I was moisturizing daily. My beautician recommended that I use a Dermalogica moisturizer, so I switched my previous moisturizer for the Dermalogica Skin Smoothening Cream. It seriously made such a huge difference that I ditched my old products and bought a collection of Dermalogica products to use instead. Here’s a quick breakdown of what a bought and what they do (in the same order that I use them)-

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Scintillating Skin Series – Makeup Removal Mitt

Hey dolls,

Since I’ve started teaching I’ve been wearing makeup a lot more than I used to. I used to be lazy with makeup in my uni days, but now I wear makeup to work every day and had been worried about the effect that it would have on my skin. So I’ve recently started following a strict skin routine and thought I’d share the process with you all through a 3 part series, starting off with makeup removal.

So of course, removing your makeup properly is a very important part of skincare. Correctly clearing off your makeup ensures that your skin is able to breathe, and that your pores don’t get clogged up, leaving your skin clean and silky smooth. In the past I used makeup wipes to remove my makeup, but it always felt like a huge chore, and would leave me feeling like I still have makeup on my face. After hearing about it recently, I bought the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt just to give it a try, and I absolutely fell in LOVE with it! To those of you who aren’t familiar with the product, prepare to be amazed!

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Operation Staycation – Featherdale Wildlife Park

Hola lovelies! I’m back with another staycation location for you guys today, reminding ya’ll that you don’t need to leave your country or city to be a tourist and see new places. Today’s focus is on the popular, but possibly underrated, attraction that is Featherdale Wildlife Park. Located in the western suburbs of Sydney, 40 minutes from the CBD, this wildlife park provides visitors with a unique experience. Not only do you get to see a range of native Australian animals like wombats and echidnas but you’re also able to interact with the animals. Want to pet and feed kangaroos? Want to cuddle a koala? This is the place for you, my friends.

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The Importance of Indigenous Education for Our Teachers

I took Indigenous Studies as an elective when I was in university and it was the best decision I could have made. Since I work in a school with a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the knowledge that I gained from partaking in Indigenous Studies at university has been really handy. While I understand that not every teacher will work with Indigenous students in their career, I still think it’s essential that Indigenous Studies be compulsory for all teachers during their training.

I was covering an English class for an absent teacher one day and had a student ask me what the difference was between an Aboriginal person and an Indigenous person. I was more than happy to answer the student’s question. There was a second teacher in the classroom that day, who was taken aback with my answer. He’d had no idea that there was a difference between the two and was surprised that I was able to provide an answer. Honestly speaking, he’s not the only one at all. Most people don’t seem to know that there is a difference and it’s quite sad how limited our knowledge is on the subject. We’re living on Aboriginal land after all, but we haven’t even educated ourselves about their very basic facts.

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Falling in Love with Queenstown, New Zealand

I’ve booked in my next holiday and you can bet that I’m super excited for it! But since it’s not for another couple months, I figured I’d take the time to post about some of my last holidays, starting off with my very first vacation, to New Zealand! My sister and I spent a week in Queenstown, New Zealand in May 2013 and we had an absolute blast. It was the first international vacay I went on (visiting family totally doesn’t count) and I’ve been hooked to travelling ever since! (Scroll down for photo slideshow)

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