Bring Back the Romance!

Sharing this because the world is in dire need of romance again, not lust or insta-emotions. Start, one at a time, through books.

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Love Tree

Lately, I’ve been looking for good, old fashioned romance. Stuff where you go “Aww” and when you’re done, you feel lighter, and like the world isn’t such a bad place after all. Like Meg Ryan films.


But instead, everywhere I look is sex, sex, insta-lust, and sex.

I’m a huge believer that love is more than butterflies and head spining excitement. Sometimes love is boring, and gross, and downright hard. But true love, the kind that endures, is made of those crappy moments and how people overcome them.

When reading books, I read to escape the crapy-ness of life. I want a romance that’s realistic, but ends with a promise of happily forever after. Not issues. Not abuse. Not sex. Real romance, real love, is about dignity, respect, loyalty, integrity, selflessness, and forgiveness. But it’s like everyone has forgotten that because “sex sells.” Bah! No wonder kids today are…

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For the Love of Libraries

In which libraries are awesome and gorgeous, and one must always love them, whatever their shape or size.

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To celebrate V-Day, here at Aussie Owned, we’re dedicating the month to love. And how can we talk about things we love without giving libraries a mention?

Most book worms can track their love of reading (or writing!) back to these houses of art. Growing up, Heather used to BEG to go to the library, so her Mum caught on pretty quick and this became her good-behaviour treat.

Heather’s local library was a standard, small space, with mostly donated books and little government funding. The shelves were a definite safety hazard, the books were falling apart, and the whole place had that funky kind of smell that hangs around a constantly damp place.

And she loved it anyway.

Rebecca grew up with much the same in way of her local library, but she never had to beg to go there. Her mother was quite happy to take her and her two sisters…

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So, What is Up With My Phone?

I used  to think following a blog schedule was the most accessible way for me to keep blogging, but lately it has been a hindrance rather than a help, as the mind strays not only to uni and essay style posts. Not to mention the absence of inspiration for posts to share, or anything more than ordinary in my work.

Or an adequate camera for my plans.

Alas, this is becoming a regular occurrence for me. My phone is getting up to its fouth year of life now, and the life-force it demands is more than what is worth it for me to maintain. Furthermore, if the camera of the camera-phone was a highly pixelled device in the first place, it no longer is. Because technology advances so swiftly nowadays, what was a good camera is no longer satisfactory in my mind.

Basically, my phone is feeling its age, which, coupled with a problematic sim in the first place, has impeded the way I have worked with it; and it is becoming something with which I am less keen now to work. For instance, all photo quality aside, I’ve also had trouble actually taking the photos when my phone memory – despite my settings being geared towards save on the external SD card – is getting filled up From what I have experienced, there is no way to rid myself of this. My temporary data will not be removed, and that leaves me with space that is rapidly filling, no matter what I remove from my SD card.

So, no photos. Little data when I have the wifi. And barely any access to my own phone-dependent messages. My phone…has reached its little limit to its life.

To be honest, I won’t shed a tear when I don’t have to use it again. It will always be good to have a change before finding myself in a new normal.

So, for now I’ll keep pootling along, but I cannot guarantee a photo of the week like I used to. It’s no fun when the quality is not there.

Photo of the Week: Sappy

So, because of the faults with my Instagram app, lucky y’all get photos that would otherwise have been first given there.

Including this sappy collection (well, two) of cards I’m beginning to accumulate on my mantelpiece, featuring a me in the background. Yay, for mirrors! (Sarcasm) Clearly not the best of shots, but sometimes one has to make do with the bone one is thrown.


Review of Limecrime’s ‘Dope’

I am an avid fan of liquid lipsticks, so I was overjoyed to get a Christmas gift voucher from a friend for Limecrime makeup, just enough to try a Diamond Crusher liquid lipstick/lip topper that I’ve wanted to try since they came out last year.


Look 5/5

Dope dazzles. I’d say ‘crushed diamonds’ is not quite the correct description of the visuals, but this lip topper certainly has a host of facets in the colours it projects. Pinks, blues, green. The main colour is a rose gold – Limecrime describes Dope as ‘cotton candy champagne’ (they also have Lit, which is ‘rose gold on acid’, but I think the two are very different in their warmth of hue). I’ve seen Dope look goldy in swatches, but on me it’s more of a pinkish glow, akin to Nivea’s Pearly Shine.

It’s a bit more, of course. Flecks of glittery colour. Difficult to really pinpoint the best way of describing the effect.

Formula 3/5

It’s a cross between lip gloss and liquid lipstick formula, a bit streaky, but with a decent setting time and the scent of strawberry candies. I imagine that this would sit better with a lip liner on the cupid’s bow.

For the same price as a Velvetine, you get a larger tube of Diamond Crusher, which suggests that you need more to get a smooth, pigmented application on the lips and/or it’s a formula that you’ll get through quicker.


As if you need more photos of my face…

Comfort 4/5

Dope is comfortable to wear for hours at a time. My lips don’t get that dry with lipstick on, though, so it might be a relative factor. Despite not being glossy in the sticky sense, it is a bit gummy even after drying and it has that roughness that lipglosses with crystal bits in tend to have.

It doesn’t crumble, however, and it feels smooth to the tactile touch.

Long lastingness 2/5.

Limecrime liquid lipsticks aren’t the best when it comes to long-lasting wearability we all acknowledge, but Dope is the worst Limecrime lipstick I have in terms of lasting. It comes off quickly during eating and drinking It is transfer-proof when completely dry, but I found my hands getting sparkly if i wiped them across lips not with a little moisture. Even with a liquid lipstick underneath, the glitter topper and the colour underneath (I used Limecrime’s vampy purple Jinx), both came off on my first bite of Dim Sum.


Overall: 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

A pleasant colour and texture, but I am a bit disappointed about the lack of staying power my Dope has. Yeah, these are meant to be toppers to the other colours, but I expected something more from their ability to stay.


A compliment-worthy colour that is muted enough for me to wear daily with a formula that needs tweaking. Not sure it’s worth the money, but if you love the feel of a liquid lipstick with the shine of a gloss, Diamond Crushers are worth considering.