Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Hey Everyone,
It has been about 6 months since my last post so, long time no see. 
As you may have guessed by my title I AM MOVING!!! If you didn't know I am from Australia and for the next year I will be living in the Netherlands!

I have mentioned before that some things have been in the planning and this is it. I applied for a few scholarships over the past year to study overseas as an exchange student.
I won a scholarship!!
It has been a dream of mine since I was little and planning since I was about 11.
So I have 7 days until my adventure begins and I am so excitied!!! I am not going with any family or friends and only found out yesterday who with and where in this country I will be staying and it is all so amazing. I cannot find the words to describe my excitement and current feelings. 

One of the reasons I started this blog was to document my journey for myself to look back on in the future, share stories with friends and family of my experiences, give an example of life as an exchange student for those who are planning to go on an exchange or for well, anyone who is interested :) 

So I suppose the next post I make will have been typed in another country... Wow.

Are there any particular things you guys want me to write about?  I'm just curious. I have a few planned so far.Don't forget to follow on Instagram, pinterest and Bloglovin'I hope you have a wonderful day/night..TTFNMads xx

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Little Shopping Spree

Since Christmas there has been heaps happening and plenty of sales everywhere. By now almost all of them have wrapped up, but I thought I would share with you a few products I lashed out on, while the sales were still around. 

I got these products from Mecca Maxima because I love that shop so much; is anyone signed up for Beatyloop through Mecca? If not you should take a look on their website. Unfortunately I don't think I will be getting to level one anytime soon but I love getting updates about new makeup, deals and I would love to get the bonuses on level 3! If only mecca was my own personal makeup collection. Goal set. Can I also mention I ordered this online on a Sunday and recieved it on a Tuesday. Like the Tuesday after, IT TOOK 2 DAYS TO GET TO ME! I was amazed at how quickly Irecieved it and how cute the packahing was. Just look at this cute and stylish, pink box surrounded and filled with tissue paper. Two ticks of approval already.

So from Mecca I got a foundation, foundation pump and a sharpener. Did I mention with any order you get 3 samples of your choice of products. How great! I chose the Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer, Chantecaille Anti Stress Flower Harmonizing Cream ( a fancy moisturizer) and Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

The foundation I decided on was Nars Sheer Glow, I had heard so many good things bout this foundation and I totally agree. I am in love and don't know why I didn't try it earlier! It is so light but has great coverage and is buildable. It is definately my new favourite. Although it didn't have a pump so I had to get one of them, just a personal preference. I got the shade Deauville, light 4 and considering I didn't do any swatches in store because I got it online ( which I do not recommend! You should always test the colour to see if it matches your skin tone) it is a perfect match to my skin tone! I was impressed with my decision and glad I didn't go with my second choice. Pat on the back to me. The pump just makes thing so much more enjoyable too :)

The next thing I have bought since Christmas I got from Priceline; they were on sale!
I got some Real Teachniques brushes which I showed you on my Instagram! I actualy only had a few basic brushes up until now and I just can't explain how soft and lovely they are to use. I got two sets, both coming with the cute 2-in-1 case + Stand. The first being the Your Eyes/ Enhanced Starter Set; this set includes a Base Shadow Brush, Delux Crease Brush, Accent Brush, Fine Liner Brush and Brow brush.  The base shadow brush is definitely my favourite brush in this set, it is so soft, the perfect size, can be used for base shadow, contouring and blending. It is just a pleasure to use. The second set is the Your Base/ Flawless Core Collection. This set includes the Detail Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Buffing Brush and Contour Brush. My favourite of this set is probably the Bffing Brush, this is because it can be used to add foundation ,powder, contour, anything. 

Lastly I had a quick stop at the sale bucket near the ChiChi section in Meyers. I got a new Make up Sponge, a Metalic Blue Eyeliner, a Metallic Eyeshadow Crayon Stick in Silver and the ChiChi Eye Magic Strips in Party Princess. Each item was less than $5. I love using the makeup sponge, it has a useful pointed end and rounded end and is so much cheaper then the original BeautyBlender. I got the Eye Magic Strips becasue my mum and I wanted to see how well they work, we were curious; I still haven't tried them yet though.

So that is all of the products I have bought since Christmas and so far I am loving all of it. 
That is all from me at the moment. You can follow me on InstagramPinterest and Bloglovin' and
 I have some AMAZINGLY EXCITING NEWS COMING SOON, so you might like to!!!
Oh, and yes my backdrop is just a blank page from my art book.
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Mads xx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Revlon Overload

Hey Everyone!
So over the past couple of months my make up collection has grow rather nicely, I have not had much self control...
However this post contains a few Revlon products which I received for Christmas from various family member, for which I am very grateful!

The first thing I received is the Revlon Love Is On Brow Kit. In this kit is the ColourStay Browmaker in #02 Light Brown, the Double Ended Brow Brush, a Brow Shape Stencil and Eyebrow Jewels. The ColourStay Browmaker powder is my go to; there are three shades which means hopefully you match at least one, they can be used to add depth to the brow and the light shade doubles as a brow bone highlighter. I apply with my EcoTools Angled Liner Brush to get the shape I want, sometimes I also  apply a coat of Maybelline Brow Drama just to hold my brows in place :)

The second was a Revlon Bon Bon which contained 2 Lustrous Lipgloss' in the shades 215 Super Natural (Right) and 260 Rosy Future (Left). I adore both of these colours so much. I have especially been loving Super Natural, it can be worn on a casual day, dress it up or whatever!

The last set is the Revlon Love is On Gift Set, containing PhotoReady Prime and Anti Shine Balm, Lash Potion Volume and Length Mascara, ColourStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Palette in Adventurous, ColourStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Iconic 055 and a gorgeous Nail Enamel in 932 Copper Penny.
I a loving the Lash Potion Mascara! I have had zero clumps and lovely coverage. Also the Lipstick is a wonderful shade!

So these are my recent Revlon additions to Mads' Makeup Collection! If you are going to take anything away from this post it is that I totally recommend the Lash Potion Mascara, Super Natural Lustrous Lipgloss and ColourStay Browmaker! They are a few of my favourite products and are not as expensive as some brands. They are available in almost any shop that sells makeup such as: Target, Meyers, Priceline, David Jones, etc. Don't worry, I know what your thinking; no, you don't need to buy the whole set for an individual product. To my knowledge each product is available for individual purchase. Also FYI, I know Meyers was having a huge sale and if you were interested in them get in quick because they were heaps cheaper and limited amounts left!

That is all from me at the moment. You can follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin' and
 I have some AMAZINGLY EXCITING NEWS COMING SOON, so you might like to!!!
Oh, and yes my backdrop is just a blank page my art book.
Are there any particular things you guys want me to write about?  I'm just curious.I have a few planned so far.
Don't forget to follow on Instagram, pinterest and Bloglovin'
I hope you have a wonderful day/night..
Mads xx

Monday, 18 January 2016

Sydney Stay Before Christmas

I said in my last post I would write a separate post for the time I spent in Sydney just so they are shorter to read. So here it is!

While in New South Wales, just before Christmas we went down to Sydney for a few days. It was great :) 
We went down on the train, I don't mind this train ride because you can see such a contrast in landscapes, wind your way through the hills and see some little towns on the way through. We were only in Sydney for two nights because accommodation is so expensive; I think sydney is designed for couples because you can find a room for two easily enough and it can be reasonably priced, but we had the four of us and that made cheap accommodation hard to find. Especially because it is so close to Christmas. Our room was great though, directly across from the bridge into Darling Harbour. It was also about the third level from the top floor, so we had an awesome view.

 Our time in Sydney consisted of showing our friend around Sydney, including Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Paddy's Markets, King Street, Queen Victoria Building and we also went to Sky Zone which is a trampoline and rock climbing place.  We were planning on going to Bondi but unfortunately the weather was bad, it was cold, wet and windy. Unfortunately we arrived a day or two after Little Sea's Concert.

Darling Harbour
The first day we got lunch at Darling Harbour and there was this pesky seagull, like you find at any sea side location that sells food. He had this look in his eye like not getting food was not an option.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
we took a ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular quay, I think it is one of the best was to see the harbour and isn't too expensive.

Queen Vic Building
I adore the Queen Vic Building, the old architecture, the detail, the clock, cafe's and little boutiques. As it was nearly Christmas, it was also decorated with lights and of course the Christmas Tree, this years theme the Swarovski Crystals. It was so beautiful.

Last time we were in sydney my parents wanted to surprise me by visiting Zumbo's cafe in Rozelle, we took a bus out, got off near by and ended up walking for centuries to try and find it, we eventually did...  We found the one in Balmain. We could never figure out what happened and why we walked sooooooooo far, so this time it seemed only right to actually go to the Zumbo Cafe in Rozelle. WE FOUND IT! It turns out last time we must have been a street over and walked straight past it all the was up and down hills o the smaller shop in Balmain... So anyway it was great, we got a hot pie ( which I didn't know was available) when we got there becasue it was cold and raining and we did still have a shortish walk from the bus stop. For dessert we got these tarts to share, aren't they pretty?!? Of course we had to get a macaroon also, so we got two to go.

We had an amazing dinner at Brazza, a Brazilian churrascaria restaurant grill barbecue house. Last time we were in Sydney we went to Churrasco, it was amazing so this time when my brother came to see us while we were there we took him to Brazza, the one at Darling Harbour because it was closer to where we were staying. For those who don't know this place is an all you can eat Brazilian barbecue buffet, where you don't even need to get up! They literally walk around with all of the food, particularly meat, ask you if you want any, if you do they give you how ever much you would like and if not they leave. Amazing. 
There was a difference at this restaurant though, here, later on in the night the atmosphere was good, it was loud, people talking, we were almost full, and then all of a sudden these drums started going off and these Brazilian Drummers and Dancers came out for a while.  
I do warn you if you are vegan or vegetarian, I believe they do have some food options available but it is a barbecue, sooooo... Just a warning. I am obviously neither vegetarian or vegan because I love this place.

On the way home from this restaurant on the last night we were walking through Darling Harbour and came across this play area for kids, it had a playground and this water feature thing, where you can change the way the water goes and block the water paths and thing, the picture below is what I am talking about.

Anyway,  we were like omg, this is so cool, lets go play with it. So we did and it was great at first... Then my mum slipped. Luckily she managed to stay out of the water, which is good because it was cold, but she was trapped on one of the little islands so my dad and I had to help her out of it. My dad thought it was broken. Which my mum refused to believe. In the end he convinced here to go to the hospital to get it checked out, the doctors also thought it was broken because she is really tough but was in so much pain. Turns out she tore some ligaments I think and no brakes. She was on crutches for two to three weeks and when at home doesn't need them so yay :)  Almost completely better.

We got back to Newcastle and stayed the rest of the trip with our family, I talked about a few things we did while there in my last post :)
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Mads xx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A Christmas Holiday to NSW

So much has happened in the past month, Christmas, New Years and... My brother got engaged! Congradulations brother, good on you. All while this has been going on we were in NSW.
 If you follow me on Instagram, you will see I have been away for the past couple of weeks , that is where we have been, and if you don't follow me on Insta you should (you can find the link to my page just under the blog header or here).

Anyway, it all started about a week before Christmas...
The day we headed to the airport, we decided to take a friend to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just outside of brisbane. If you have been here, let me know what you think about it in the comments. If you don know, it is a small koala sanctuary which also houses many other Australian animals such as: the platypus, wombats, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, birds of all kinds, echidnas, snakes and cassowaries... it is a lovely place, all the animals seem well looked after and were really active when we visited. Well, a koala can only be so active. The sanctuary also offers tours and you are able to take a pictures holding a koala. This place is were many celebrities such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have been to hold a koala while in Australia. If you didn't know, you can only hold a koala in the state of Queensland.

Tasmanian Devil, can you spot him?
They must have known I was coming
Do you know what a cassowary is?
They are viscious and I suggest you
avoid one as much as possible.

Hello Mr Koala

After the sanctuary we decided to have lunch/afternoon tea at South bank and while we where there went on The Wheel of Brisbane. Lovely panoramic views, we were only expecting to go around like twice but it just kept going round. In the end I think we went around about 8 times, maybe.

We headed to the airport after this to catch a plane to Newcastle, NSW. In Newcastle we stayed with some family, which was lovely. So While in New South Wales, just before Christmas we went down to Sydney for a few days. It was great :) I have decided to put the Sydney stay in a different post, just to shorten each a little other wise you may get sick of reading. so That is what is happening.

We got back to Newcastle and stayed the rest of the trip with our family. We had a realxed Christmas, nothing too fancy because I already got my Christmas present. Over the rest of the holiday we did many things such as:
Walk along the Anzac Memorial Bridge. This beautiful walk was covered with information about the wars and people from the towm who went to war. It had lovely 360 degree views over the ocean, beaches and town, as seen below.

We went kayaking a few times in some of the many rivers in the area. This was the first time I had ever been kayaking and I think I have found a favourite activity. I also learnt in this time I realy need to do some arm workouts becasue apparently I have zero muscle.
On New years eve we had a barbecue and then went to watch the fireworks, which were beautiful, and had a beach day at Fingal Bay on New Years. The days we were able to o these things, were the only few real summer days we had while we were away. By real summer I mean the sun was out, skies clear and didn't need a light jacket, in other words the best days. After the beach on New years day we went to Nelsons Bay for lucnh and then a gorgeous lookout.

We visited the vineyards, cheese factories and chocolate factories in the Hinter Valley, which was great. I love going out there, even just for the views. I of course bought so much good chocolate from the factories, in particular this dark chocolate bar with bits of home made honeycomb in it. Yum. I think my favourite place was probably the Audrey Wilkinson Winery because it was just so beautiful. It is a the top of a hill, in a gorgeous building surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. It even has a helicopter pad and you can hold weddings there. 

The night before we left my Dad, Cousin, Uncle and I drove into Sydney one last time to watch the Liverpool and Australian legends match, it was lots of fun and Liverpool won, WOOHOO! It was a good game, good night, great atmosphere, bad chips and an overall good time. I love events like this, when everyone gets involved, like concerts or other sporting events. 

So This is mostly what we got up to while away, all lovely ways to enjoy northern NSW. Other than that we went shopping, stayed at home, spent time with the family visited a small small towns, spent time at home in the pool and ate.
Are there any particular things you guys want me to write about?  I'm just curious,I have a few planned so far.
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Mads xx

Friday, 27 November 2015


Today I was baking up a storm in the kitchen and doing a bit of house tidying when I thought, it has been a long time since my last post and I should share with you all how to make Anzac biscuits.
So that is what I am going to do.

Equipment/ Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1 & 1/4 cup of Plain Flour
  • 1 & 1/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 cup of Shredded Coconut
  • 150g of Batter
  • 1 & 1/4 table spoons of Golden Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of Bicarbonate Soda
  • 2 Table Spoons of Boiling Water
  • Large Spoon'
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Saucepan 
  • Measuring cups ad spoons
  • Kettle


  1. Put on some of you favourite music
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Collect equipment and ingredients
  4. Pre heat oven to 140 degrees celsius.
  5. Combine oats, flour sugar and coconut in a large bowl.

6. boil some water in a kettle.
7.Combine butter and golden syrup in a saucepan on low heat until butter is melted.

 8. Mix water and bicarb together then stir into butter and golden syrup.

9. Make a little hole in the centre of the flour, coconut and sugar mix. i.e well. Then pour the butter and golden syrup mixture into the dry ingredients.

10. Mix it together well, make sure you can't see any flour. It may be crumbly.

11. Prepare a tray, cover an oven proof tray with baking paper and if you think you need to lightly grease it with some spray oil or butter.

13. Using your hands, take about a spoon full of the mix, roll it into a ball and then squish it down a little on the tray.

14. Cook in the oven for around 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

15. let them sit for 5 to 10 minutes so they cool and set.


My mum and I often make a mix of these, shortbread and sugar cookies to give to our family. We usually wrap them up in some cellophane with some ribbon tied around the top and wah lah, a cute home made present for those you love that look great and taste even better. 

Can you believe there are only 28 days until Christmas, that's less than a month! Are you all as excited as I am? Let me know if you love Anzac Biscuits as much as my family and I, if you have tried them before or if you are going to give them a go. Don't forget if you try them out to let me know in the comments or tag me in a photo on Instagram, you can find my social media links under the header, or my common username is Bloggermads. 
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I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful day/night.
Mads xx