The 10 steps to a successful Korean skin care routine (and how it changed my life)

The 10 steps to a successful Korean skin care routine (and how it changed my life)

Being lazy and vain is a struggle. In previous years, for someone who would fling her wallet straight into closest Priceline store, I’d often been negligent with my beauty habits (like ‘forgetting’ to wipe my makeup off before bed); thinking hey, I can always cover up any problem spots with makeup. That’s what foundation and concealers were made for, right?

And that’s all good and well, until you start getting grossed out by the dull, sunburned, blemish-ridden skin you’ve got underneath all that fancy face paint. (I wish I had pictures, but I hated taking no-makeup selfies back in the day.) This goes without saying – but being uncomfortable with your natural look can really do a number on your self-esteem.

Why this Lion King remake is a bad idea

Why this Lion King remake is a bad idea

The trailers are still raking in views, entertainment websites continue to release info snippets each month and die-hard fans are ready to secure tickets for their local cinema’s premiere – and I’m about to piss some people off with this upcoming rant on why I already dislike the idea of remaking The Lion King, and the full thing hasn’t even come out yet.

Review: Netflix's YOU (Spoiler-Free)

Review: Netflix's YOU (Spoiler-Free)

If you have that one friend who never seems to know how to password-protect their phone, laptop, or whatever other mobile device (or perhaps that friend is you), get them to see this show.  

Netflix triumphs once again with one of its newest successes: the psychological thriller YOU, based on a Caroline Kepnes novel of the same name. The story starts out in a homely New York bookstore, where manager Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley) is immediately smitten by Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a bubbly, blonde customer who visits the premises. The two click over small talk, sharing a love of a books and a certain scorn for Dan Brown – and for Joe, it’s love at first sight.  

A newbie's guide to the best places in Melbourne

A newbie's guide to the best places in Melbourne

So my boyfriend and I recently ventured into one of Australia’s most popular tourist cities, Melbourne, also known as Sydney’s artsy-fartsy, hippie cousin.

Though having lived in Australia as a citizen for about eight years and counting, I never got the chance to fly off to Melbourne until this year. We were both inspired by the exciting tales of a dynamic city life; complete with buskers at every corner, an absence of nightlife lockout laws, hipster cafes and eye-candy graffiti adorning the streets – and let me tell you, our actual visit ceased to disappoint.

Review: Bird Box (Spoiler-Free)

Review: Bird Box (Spoiler-Free)

Few horror movies manage to truly impress in this day and age, much less those that attempt to take on the ‘scary-monster’ narrative. It’s the reason why I prefer the more psychological tales of terror that deal with more distressing, unstable mental themes, and yet, still manage to (somewhat) base themselves in reality. Think films like An Invitation or Gerald’s Game. These subject matters, at least, have the slight possibility of actually manifesting in the real world. It’s what makes them more terrifying.

The 3 harsh realities of working from home

The 3 harsh realities of working from home

The whole ‘working from home’ lifestyle seems to be most people’s ideal image of a long-term career. And let’s admit it – waking up at 10 AM to no alarm clock, getting nice and snug under a couch blanket while you trawl through your inbox in pyjamas seems like a pretty awesome way to spend your weekdays, every day.

Yet as alluring as the homebody, PJ-clad laptop lifestyle is to many 9-5 corporate workers out there – being home-based isn’t the sparkly land of employment freedom that common misconceptions make it out to be.

Review: The Book of Mormon Sydney

Review: The Book of Mormon Sydney

So after having seen The Book of Mormon in Sydney for the 3rd time (yes, that’s right; I’ve gone three times), I think it’s safe to say that I can provide a pretty sound, detailed review of this entertainment gem bestowed upon us by the South Park gods. I’m talking about Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the brilliant minds behind Cannibal! The Musical, Team America, and of course – everyone’s favorite lewd, crude, satirical cartoon.

What it's like growing up in an international school

What it's like growing up in an international school

Growing up in an international school was weird. In a good way, don't get me wrong - it's the reason I frequently reminisce on the sleep-deprived memories of my early teenage years. This was a totally unique life experience that I was blessed enough to have, and I'd recommend it to anyone; but man, did it come with a dose of reality bites.

The top 5 comedy shows that will make you laugh, till you cry

The top 5 comedy shows that will make you laugh, till you cry

More than just an easily accessible cure for a bad day, sitcoms also provide an escape from the real world with often zany and dysfunctional storylines that usually keep us watching for the entire 20-minute timeframe.

But there’s a (probably not-so) secret ingredient to all successful comedy shows, and it’s more than just having the quick and sharp wit of a budding Tina Fey. No – good comedic shows have something much deeper – they have heart.

How to skip the small talk and start meaningful conversations

How to skip the small talk and start meaningful conversations

Taken straight from the top Google search result, “small talk” is the term used to describe the “polite conversation” you have with someone you barely know, usually on unimportant or uncontroversial matters.

Personally, I think Urban Dictionary describes it best as the “useless and unnecessary conversation attempted to fill the silence in an awkward conversation.” That hits a lot closer to home.