Sea of Lies

We’re sold untruths by a perfect facade
‘You need to fit in,
Wear a mask and they’ll love you’
Let the game begin.

Her heart aches
Heavy with the weight of words
‘You look pretty today’
Is this all she has to say?

Her message to the world is more than her appearance
Passion crying to be heard
They say the mask will set you free
She felt trapped, but now can see.

They all have something to sell
Something to gain
They don’t care about your happiness
They care less about your pain.

When you start to cry, ‘lies!’
They laugh, avert their eyes
Denial is the great escape
But they cannot run from fate.

The mask will fall
All in good time
They will find
There’s nowhere left to hide.

When perfection unravels
The shell is in plain sight
Empty, broken
The concealed truth is spoken.

What they sell is not all it implies
In this game of hide and no seek
Nobody wins
Your spark dies.

Her heart breaks
They only see the mask
‘You look pretty today’
But she is more than what they say.

‘I refuse to play this game of yours’
She throws the mask down
This girl is stronger than they think
Weighted words won’t make her sink.

Heart on fire
She walks away
Their sea of lies
Will no longer douse her flame.

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Top Paddock

Conveniently located outside the building I’m interning at, Top Paddock is my go-to coffee place in Richmond, and so much more.

Firstly (and clearly the most important factor), the coffee is fab. It’s a little pricey, but quite normal for the area, and definitely worth it!

When you first walk in, the cafe has a ‘to-go’ counter from which you can satiate your caffeine cravings. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, grab one of the little treats (vegan options, obvi) to take with you!

The rest of the large space is for dining in, with extra tables outside for sunny days (or those brave enough to face the winter chill). Your mouth will quite literally water when reading the ‘eat in’ menu, but if you don’t want to face the ever-present crowd of Melbournites that flock to the cafe, the take away options are equally amazing!

— Daisy xx

Wild Yam Cafe

With an overwhelming selection of mouth-watering eats to choose from, there’s no way you can leave Wild Yam with anything but a full belly and beaming smile.

What can I say? The service is top notch and the food, oh the food… your taste buds will go to foodie heaven! You’re sure to get a ridic amount of satisfaction for a great price – from salads to warming curries, you’ll be filled with goodness! Now you know I love my veggie burgers and fries as much as the next girl, but when it comes to the nitty gritty, there’s really no substitute for healthy, wholesome food.

If you’re still wondering what sets Wild Yam apart – two words: coconut ice-cream. Y E S. Buy it, love it, thank me later! And of course, they’ve got a bunch of other goodies for sale too… so don’t walk, run, to Wild Yam Cafe in Mordialloc (you won’t regret it).

— Daisy xx

Soul Press

This cute hole-in-the-wall space is one of my new found loves.

The Edithvale health hot spot is the perfect place for your post-yoga brunch with the girls. Not only has it got the most amaze juices, smoothies and acai bowls, it also doubles as a health food store – win! You can nourish on the spot, then stock up on some goodies for later.

You’ll find the fridge packed with raw treats and salads, while the walls are lined with all your faves (think: Pana Chocolate, Loving Earth, Eco Tan, and the popular Beach People roundie towels).

Located on Nepean Highway, it’s super easy to get to by car or train – it’s just across from the station! – so you’ve got no excuses for skipping brekky on your way to work or uni.

— Daisy xx

My Everyday Vegan Hair Products

As someone with hair past my waist (and way too many bad experiences at the hairdressers), I try to treat my long locks as well as I possibly can to reduce the need for a drastic cut. Unfortunately, because I use heat on it almost every day, my hair requires a lot of love!

Of course, everyones hair type is different. Personally, mine is quite fine, but there’s a lot of it. It gets oily at the roots but really dry at the ends.

After trying many different shampoos, treatments and conditioners over the years, I’ve narrowed my favourites down to a select few that work true wonders on my hair.

1. Organic Care Normal Balance Shampoo – leaves my hair feeling clean and light.
2. Hello Hair Hydrating Mask – this mask is incredible! It uses natural oils to deep condition your hair and make it silky smooth. I use this a couple times a week.
3. Organic Care Normal Balance Conditioner – the best daily conditioner I’ve used… it makes the ends of my hair look much healthier and doesn’t weigh it down.

All three of these products are vegan, cruelty free, and budget friendly! If you try them out, I hope you love them as much as I do!

— Daisy xx

Vegan Skincare Favourites

Finding the perfect skincare is like finding a needle in a haystack – it’s going to take a very long time, and you can bet there’ll be a whole lot of trial and error.

I always take into consideration a few things:
budget: how much is it compared to similar products, and is it worth the spend? If I fall in love with it, am I willing to pay this much every time I need to repurchase?
quality: does it have good reviews? Does it work well? How does it make my skin feel?
ingredients: is it full of chemicals or natural ingredients? Is it cruelty free/vegan?

I’ve tried A LOT of products over the years, and these are the ones I’m loving at the moment:

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1. CROP Double Sided Facial Wipes – I’ve tested a few different natural brands of makeup wipes, and these are hands down my favourite. One side is smooth and the other uses micro bead technology to exfoliate. The ingredients are 95% natural, with no animal products or testing.

2. Frank Body Coconut & Grapeseed Coffee Scrub – I’ve already written a review of the Original Frank scrub, so I’ll keep it short… this scrub is a holy grail product for me! I highly recommend it to keep your bod silky smooth.

3. Eco Tan Winter Skin – this gradual tanner uses organic and natural ingredients to achieve a build able and even tan. It moisturises the skin beautifully and has a pleasant scent.

4. essano Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser – one of my most loved products! Containing organic rosehip oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, it keep your skin smooth without feeling greasy.

5. coconut oil – arguably the best natural skincare solution you can buy! Melt it in your hands and use as a full body moisturiser before bed. It also works wonders as a deep conditioner!

6. Simple Eye Make-up Remover – easily my favourite make-up remover! It takes off regular and waterproof mascara, using natural and gentle ingredients.

7. Australian Pure Beauty Sensitive Face Wash – I’ve used many face cleansers that are harsh and drying on the skin, and some that don’t seem to work at all. This one is effective and soothing, containing 98% natural and plant based ingredients. The bottle itself is even 100% plant derived and recyclable!

If you’re looking for a natural, budget friendly and good quality skincare alternative, I hope this has given you a good place to start!
What are your favourite skincare products? Are there any that I should try? Let me know!

— Daisy xx

Arbonne Skincare and Cosmetics

Finding the right foundation is always a challenge.

You have to find the right colour, the right formula for your skin type, and with makeup prices as high as they are in Australia, you don’t want to try something new only to hate it.

I’ve been wearing Revlon foundation for years – they have great colour options for women with fair skin, and the formulas are always great. But something I’ve become more aware of is animal testing within the cosmetic industry, and there’s not a lot of quality options out there that are cruelty free. Those that advertise as vegan or cruelty free are often sold in China, where brands are legally required to have their products tested on animals by a third party.

As a transitioning vegan, I’m eating all vegan food, and slowly making vegan choices in other areas of my life. So as I found myself running out of my Revlon foundation, I started looking into a vegan alternative, and found Arbonne. The all-natural and high quality brand is a dream come true.

After speaking to a consultant over Facebook, I attended an Arbonne party in my area (for free!), where I was colour matched and got to try a bunch of products. The skincare lines are to die for, and the makeup is stunning – and all the best quality. It’s a little pricey, but SO worth it.

I bought the Makeup Primer ($51) and the Perfecting Liquid Foundation in ‘Fair’ ($56).

The primer gives you a super smooth base to work with, containing ingredients such as hyaluronic filling spheres, green tea leaf extract and grape seed extract. The foundation gives the most flawless yet natural finish I’ve ever seen, with SPF 15 and a multitude of colours to choose from.

Needless to say, I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a new makeup base that I can rely on and feel truly good about!

— Daisy xx

Taking chances…

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I’d rather live a life of “oh wells” than a life of “what ifs”.


Many of us, if not all, know how it feels to hold ourselves back.

To fall victim to self-doubt.

To convince ourselves that we’re content with the norm, the routine, and the mundane, when what we really crave is the extraordinary.

We fill our mind with the lie that what feels safe is good enough, because we know that to strive for anything more could potentially lead to failure and disappointment.

Perhaps we fear that it would confirm our self-doubt… and then what?

So we float along through life, ignoring opportunity and refusing to take risks, thinking that we can’t fail if we never really try.

But where does this leave us? Drifting aimlessly with the hope that one day, something will change – that we’ll encounter something wondrous without taking any risks of our own?

I am so guilty of this mentality, and while I’ve acknowledged it before, I’m learning more and more that true magic is more likely to occur when I’m going against the current.

So here’s to a life of risk-taking.

Here’s to a life of pushing the limits, creating my own future, and discovering the beauty of the uncertain.

After all, is there really such a thing as failure? I’d like to think that every experience could be learned from.

And in the end, I’d rather live a life of “oh wells” than a life of “what ifs”.

— Daisy xx

LUSH Cosmetics

There’s nothing more satisfying to me after a long day, a big workout or a stressful week than taking a long hot bath with some Epsom salts and one of my favourite products from LUSH Cosmetics.

If you’ve never heard of LUSH before, they are a conscious company that sells handmade beauty products. Their range includes everything from skincare, bath, shower, hair, perfume and makeup, and all are created with a difference. All products are 100% vegetarian (a lot are vegan as well) and ethically sourced, 46% are free of packaging (and any wrappings are recyclable), many of the ingredients are organic, and they use absolutely no animal testing. To add to this, the company supports various campaigns and charities. I love that LUSH is a brand you can feel good about purchasing.

Now I understand that sometimes ethical and natural beauty products can just be plain bad, whether it’s the smell, texture, or the fact that they don’t actually work! But LUSH is different. Of course, everyone has different preferences when it comes to the scent of a product, but the variety is so large that there is bound to be something to satisfy your senses and mood. As for quality – in my experience, almost everything I’ve tried has worked for me, and those that didn’t have received rave reviews from people with a different skin type. When you walk into a LUSH store, you can try almost every product, and the employees are on-hand to help you with any questions and offer advice. But I honestly think it’s hard to go wrong, regardless of what you buy!

Every purchase comes with a Fresh Matters magazine, which is a catalogue of products combined with articles relating to the LUSH values, such as fair trade, environmental issues, and animal cruelty.

Here are a few of the products I picked up on my last visit to LUSH:

From left to right, starting at the top…

The Fizzbanger Bath Ballistic smells as bright as it looks. It’s described as a toffee apple for your bath! It contains citric acid, which gives it quite a tangy scent, but the cinnamon leaf oil adds a subtle warmth. The addition of popping candy in the centre makes your bath experience rejuvenating! It retails for $5.95, which I think is a really reasonable price, and one of the reasons bath bombs are a personal LUSH favourite.

The Creamy Candy Bubble Bar is a deliciously sweet and feminine combination of vanilla, almond oil and cocoa butter that softens the skin and takes relaxation to a whole new level. The mounds of bubbles that come from this little piece of happiness will make you smile (plus, how cute is the little flower?!). Retailing at $8.50 it’s a little pricey for the size, but for the feeling of taking a bath in a frothy vanilla hot chocolate with pink marshmallows, it’s totally worth it.

The Comforter Bubble Bar is hands down my favourite LUSH product – and that’s a big statement! From the first time I tried it, I fell utterly in love, and I now buy it whenever I go in store. True to its name, this bubble bar feels like a warm hug from a loved one, a cosy bed on a cold night, a hot cup of tea, and that moment of pure relaxation you experience right before falling asleep. The rich scent of blackcurrant immerses you in a moment of bliss as you’re surrounded by a ridiculous amount of bubbles. Although it retails for $10.50, you can break chunks off and get at least five baths out of it, if not more! Trust me – if you’re going to try one thing from LUSH, make it The Comforter.

The Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon is another personal favourite. The Bubbleroons are a cute little bubble bar in the shape of a macaroon, and soften your skin with a number of oils. This one smells bright, happy and refreshing – perfect if you need a bit of a pick-me-up. It may look small, but you can break it into two and get double the use out of it, and as with all the bubble bars, it makes more bubbles than you expect! The Yuzu retails for $6.50.

The Twilight Bath Ballistic is the ultimate source of relaxation. With the scents of lavender, ylang ylang and ovaltine, it gives your bath a gentle warmth that will help you on your way to the land of nod. The combination of swirling colours and glitter recreates the essence of twilight, when the sun begins to set and the sky is painted in vibrant colours, giving you a feeling pure bliss. The combination of oils softens and moisturises your skin – all for a very reasonable $5.95. Purchase this one in store, as it frequently sells out online!

I hope you do try some products from LUSH or even give something as a gift – it tends to give people feelings of happiness and warmth! And if you do purchase something, you can do so knowing that you’re contributing to a more conscious world!

— Daisy xx

Pana Chocolate Shop

Pana Chocolate. Noun.
1. A food in the form of a solid block, handmade with raw and organic ingredients; predominantly raw cacao. 2. A place, state, experience, and tangible source of supreme bliss.
Synonyms. Confectionary, dessert, heaven, joy, ecstasy, delight, cloud nine, perfection.

You get the idea! In case you missed my review of the Pana Chocolate bars, Pana is a healthy and conscious brand of chocolate that satisfies all of my sweet cravings. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that they had opened a dessert shop.

In Melbourne.

Somewhere I can actually travel to by train; only 15 minutes from my university (woo hoo!).

Walking into Pana Chocolate for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the stunning simplicity of the place. White walls and light colours give a positive vibe, and the space is small in a way that makes it feel cozy and personal. The intimate setting is reinforced by the small bench parallel to the street-facing window – with only a few bar stools, it’s a far cry from the typical over-crowded café.

As for the treats… there’s a small cabinet full of delicious chocolate creations to choose from, hot cacao with almond milk in a glass urn, and walls lined with beautiful ingredients available for purchase (to name a few). The selection in the cabinet has a few staples, but the raw cheesecakes are always changing – in case you need another reason to return!

Prices range from around $3 for the smaller truffles, up to about $8 for the cheesecakes. They’re kind of pricey for the size, but in my opinion definitely worth it for the taste and quality. All of the yummy desserts can be packed up into a little take-away box for you to enjoy later on (or on the train home, if you’re anything like me!).

They also make celebration cakes to order… you can choose from their set range, or request a new combination. Small cakes (four serves) are $29, medium cakes (8-10 serves) are $50, and large cakes (16-20 serves) are $95. Again, while this sounds expensive, I think it’s reasonable given the quality of the ingredients and cake itself.

Visit the dessert shop at 491 Church Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121. For more mouth-watering visuals of what they have to offer, check out their Instagram page!

— Daisy xx

 

A Vespa Wheel (raw wagon wheel), Mango Ganache, Raw Brownie & Raw Lamington.

Mint Chocolate, Pear and Goji Ganache, Raw Snickers, Hazelnut Truffle (raw Ferrero Rocher), Vespa Wheel & Mini Cheesecake Pop.

Small cakes – Chocolate & White Choc and Raspberry.