7 Small ways to find your happiness

Posted on Monday, 27 June 2016

You know what I've learnt about life recently? It's hard. Just when you get comfortable and think that you are in control, life throws you off your high horse.  Suddenly you feel lost... you doubt who you are and everything you thought you knew about yourself.

Another thing I've learnt, that I'm slowly coming to terms with, is that it's okay to not have your life all figured out. This doesn't make it any easier of course, and you will have to work to get back on your feet.

The following are little things you can do which will eventually help you once again, find your happiness.

Indulge in routine
Make time every day for the simple things you love. For me this would be enjoying a cup of tea while reflecting on my day, taking my pup for a walk or indulging in my skincare pamper routine... Whatever gives you that satisfied feeling.

Be alone
I don't know about you but as much as I like "me time", I often struggle doing things by myself. As a society we are so self aware, constantly worrying what other people think about us, that we forget that it's completely normal to take time for yourself. Take yourself out to lunch or go on a solo-adventure and learn enjoy your own company.

Let go
Once you've hit rock bottom it means that nothing in your life was working out as it was meant to. Those toxic friendships, the unfulfilling job, your ego... Let go of it all. From this you will gain humility and be able to more clearly navigate your life forward.

Just cry
Sometimes when it all gets too much, it's okay to allow yourself to cry it out.

Do something for someone else
With no expectation, and don't brag about it, just let it be your thing.

Get active
While dragging yourself out of bed each morning and into the gym might be a daunting thought, you will feel so much better after a workout. Get those endorphins pumping!

The 10 commandments of dating a beauty junkie

Posted on Thursday, 23 June 2016

As a self confessed beauty addict I will admit, I have some habits that some might consider strange. The following are 10 things all men should know when dating a girl that is overly obsessed with beauty.
1. Never question why we need “another pink lipstick”.
Unless you want to hear all about the various undertones in lipstick colours and the difference between a matte, cream or liquid formula... Yeah we didn't think so.

2. Accept that all international travel plans will include multiple stops at stores like Sephora, Ulta or French pharmacies.
No, all makeup is not the same. No we can’t get this back home.

3. We won’t give up, so just join our pamper nights.
Whether we want to share our face masks with you or pluck your eyebrows, you will eventually submit to being well groomed (and you'll be better for it!).

4. Travelling with hand luggage only is out of the question!
Most countries have restrictions on the amount of liquids you can carry onto the plane, and there is no way we are going to risk losing our stash at the security gates.

5. Buying a product just because our favourite YouTuber recommended it is totally acceptable.
If Amelia (yes, we are on first name terms) says we need it then we totally do!

6. Similarly, buying a product solely because of its pretty or unique packaging is a necessity.
We’re building a collection here okay...

7. Never comment about our skincare routine being excessive.
If you do, we will lecture you about the importance of double cleansing, exfoliating, serums, oils and the many more steps.

8. Makeup is an art, and we’d appreciate it if you appreciate it!
Want to make us weak at the knees? Just comment on how even our winged liner is!

9. We can easily spend a whole Sunday holed up in bed watching YouTube tutorials and reading beauty blogs.
Don’t judge our browser history!

10. If we ever move in together, you are taking on our beauty collection too.
Just like you don’t want to part with that weird soccer poster, there is no way we are reducing our beauty stash - deal with it.

*This post was originally published on www.fashionweekly.com.au and is written by Frances van Eeden.

The big update: Where have I been?

Posted on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hello beauties! It’s been a while…

That’s a slight understatement. It has been almost a year since my last post here on Oniochalasia. Within that time so much has happened; I have graduated from University and worked as a Digital Editor for a fashion media brand. Now it’s time for a change and I have decided to return to the wonderful world of blogging.

If you’re new to this space, Oniochalasia means shopping as a form of mental relaxation; a fitting name for a creative outlet where I share my latest beauty obsessions and style finds. There’s even more good things to come to Oniochalasia; along with the beauty reviews I will also be sharing more lifestyle and dating ramblings.

Stay tuned for all exciting things to come and let me know in the comments if there are topics you would like me to cover! Bye for now lovely!