why you should never hit on the waitress

Never hit on the waitressRecently, I had an uncomfortable situation where a man who had spoken to me briefly at the gym took a bit of a fancy to me. He clearly hadn’t realised that, as the front desk girl, I was being paid to be nice to him. I said no, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer and I had to shut him down. But it got me thinking… almost every girl who has ever worked in customer service has stories like these.

So to the dude who’s wondering if he should ask out that cute barista, this one’s for you.

The Performance Review – Nicole

I worked at a shop in an outdoor mall and one of the regular customers asked me out for “a coffee or a drink”. I politely declined as I had a boyfriend. However, after I had finished my shift (at least a few hours later) I left my store and found he was sitting outside waiting for me. I assumed he was gonna try again but instead, he approached me and asked me how he did, like for a bloody performance review on him hitting on me! He was saying things like “I’m not someone who does this often, is there anything I could change? Did I do okay? If you were single, would you have said yes?”

The Leopard Print Body Double – Jaz

I worked in a lingerie store and this guy came in saying he was buying something for his girlfriend. He looked me up and down and said “you look about the same size as her, can you try it on for me?” and he wasn’t even kidding. It was underwear (which we don’t even let people try on!) and a bra and a silky robe, all in matching leopard print. Real classy guy.

The Facebook Stalker– Priya

I used to work on the checkout at a supermarket and this guy who came in pretty regularly had been sending me messages on Facebook, but he never added me as a friend so I didn’t see them. Then when he did add me, I accepted it and immediately saw this huge list of previous messages he had sent me over a period of months telling me how pretty he thought I was when he saw me as he walked past my store. That was super fucking creepy.

Pushing Fifty – Emma

When I was twenty I worked in a book shop. This guy who was easily pushing fifty came in for a subscription and on the way out bought a newspaper from me. Then he says “how about your phone number, love? Then we can get together and I can teach you how to do things”. He was literally old enough to be my father, so gross.

The Worst Bar Patrons – Cat

I worked in a bar and I had a super creepy dude ask me to suck his thumb, part of which was missing. The worst one was when a fat Irish guy offered me five pounds to have sex with him behind a tree and tried the line “don’t worry, it won’t last long!” …this is why I don’t work as a barmaid anymore.

Not Your Good Girl – Elspeth

I work in a shoe shop and I was serving a male customer and he grabbed a shoe horn and told me to “bend over like a good girl”…

Excited To Meet You! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – Charlotte

Okay, so when I first started working as a personal trainer, I was getting ready for my first session with a new client I hadn’t met before. Because I’d been texting him to arrange the session I knew he was a traveller and English wasn’t his first language, which is why I assumed that’s why he said how excited he was to meet me and put like, five smiley faces on each message. When I was at reception waiting for him to arrive, the receptionist told me he was really excited he had a girl trainer. I didn’t think much of it, then I get a big wave from a blonde guy and I sit down he goes “hey! This is for you!” and gives me a whole block of chocolate! I tried to push it back but he insisted and put it inside my folder. Then when we were out on the gym floor, every time I tried to put him on a machine or show him an exercise he’d try to find a way to turn what I was saying into something super hilarious so he’d have to curl over and laugh and touch my arm. Then he tried to ask me to hang out with him on the weekend so I had to cut the session short. He’d thought the session was a date! I felt so angry, he wasn’t taking me seriously as a professional – it was like he was turning my job into a joke.

Sixth Time Lucky – Georgie
There was this one guy who worked at a store near the mall I worked at, who on one particular day wandered slowly through my store to the supermarket and back about six times throughout the day, each time trying to make small talk. Back and forth, back and forth. Eventually, he plucked up the courage to actually ask for my number, to which I had to reply I was in a relationship. It was very awkward and whenever I saw him for months after that day he would immediately look away and shuffle off as fast as he could.

Here We Go Again – Holly

I work in a video game store so it brings a special breed of males at times… due to the nature of the clientele, I suppose. Awkward, and often socially inept. There was this guy who would always come in and talk to me. Eventually, he found me on Facebook and tried to add me. He messaged me a lot, so I told him I had a boyfriend and he went all “woe is me, all the good ones are taken”. Thankfully, after that, he stopped coming in. But then a year or so later I saw him at the shops and I waved and said hello, because I am a nice person, and when I got home he had added me on Facebook again and the flood of messages started all over again.

If you guys have any more funny stories feel free to pop them down in the comment section – the more the merrier!

how to tell if your man is actually a fuckboy

Ah, fuckboys. With their chinos, and their Tinder profiles, and their inability to put a label on your relationship… I tend to treat it quite simply: if it look like a duck, and it quack like a duck, it prolly a duck.

But it can be hard to tell in the beginning of a relationship if your man is a fuckboy because it’s so easy to get swept up in the romance of late night “what would you be doing if I was there” texts (eye roll).

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If you think you might be dealing with a fuckboy, here’s a simple checklist of 10 signs to watch out for.

  1. The ball is always in your court and he makes you come to him. He asks you to hang out but instead of making plans he says “let me know when you’re free”, or he makes plans with you but then doesn’t follow up the day of and when you text him he acts like it’s your idea
  2. You can’t be “boyfriend and girlfriend” because he “doesn’t like labels”
  3. He’s always texting when you’re together and yet it takes him about eight years to reply to you when he’s out with his friends
  4. He never calls your relationship a “secret” but he doesn’t post online about it or do anything public and he doesn’t like it when you do either
  5. He won’t take a photo with you
  6. He doesn’t want you to meet his friends or hang out with them as a group
  7. When you’re out together and you bump into someone he knows, he doesn’t introduce you (or if he does, he doesn’t introduce you as his girlfriend)
  8. He disappears for several days at a time and won’t answer your messages and then slides back in like nothing happened and won’t acknowledge that he ignored you for, like, three whole days
  9. He doesn’t like it when you go out without him but he goes out without you pretty much every weekend
  10. He bitches about his female friends and ex-girlfriends (does “she’s crazy” sound familiar?) to discourage you from making friends with them (probably because he’s seeing them, too)

If you related to some or all of these signs, I’m sorry but your man is probably a fuckboy. It’s up to you now if you want to pursue the relationship, but personally, I have one simple rule when it comes to fuckboys and it’s don’t.

urban decay naked heat review

The Naked Heat palette is the smoky, warm palette of my dreams.

It’s a Naked palette but it’s certainly not a nude palette – it has warm neutrals, but they’re alongside smoky reds and oranges and a sultry deep purple. Heat it promises, and heat it delivers.

Colour pay off is fantastic (would we expect anything less from Urban Decay?), and while there are a couple of shades that have a slightly drier formula the majority are smooth and buttery and blend like a dream. 

At NZ$91, it’s not a cheap palette. But it’s more versatile than you’d expect a red eyeshadow palette to be – you can use this for a warm neutral look or a smouldering smoky eye and just about everything in between. 
If I have to pick something I don’t like about it, it would be the lack of a black shadow. I know we’ve seen black before in Naked palettes but when I think of heat, I think of charcoal black blending out with smoky, sultry reds.

This palette is a huge yes from me and when it launches on the 29th of August, there are worse things you could be buying.
As always, this blog post is entirely my own opinion. I do not represent anyone or anything. I paid full price for this product and everything I have written here I believe to be true.

what to expect at sydney imats 2017

Cozzette imatsIt feels like just yesterday that I was walking back to my hotel from IMATS with my loot bag in tow, feeling exhausted but happy and already excited for the next one – even though it seemed so far away. Surprise, bitch. IMATS Sydney 2017 is this weekend, so I felt like it was time for a refresher course on what to expect if this is your first time.

Read my original complete guide to surviving your first IMATS – Sydney edition here

  1. Wear flat shoes and short sleeves (for swatching) but bring a light jumper because the room is big and drafty
  2. Bring a bag (for all your purchases, holding many shopping bags is less comfortable than it looks in the movies and you want your hands free) and inside that bag, you’ll want your own makeup wipes and tissues
  3. Bring a snack and some water, nobody likes you when you’re hungry, tired and cranky
  4. Bring CASH – lots and lots of cash (I spent just over AU$500 and all of it was cash, nobody takes card)
  5. Get there about half an hour to an hour early if you want to be among the first in line, have your ticket and ID ready
  6. If you are going to go to one of the big ticket booths (like MAC or Nyx that have big lines) pick one and go there immediately. The lines for these stalls were so long, I honestly didn’t even bother.
    IMATS sydney guide
    Click here to see the floor plan and exhibitor list
  7. Watch some of the demonstrations – even if you’re only there for the shopping! You just might learn something.
  8. If you’re going with a friend, make an arrangement to split up if you want to go to different stalls. You don’t wanna miss out on getting what you want because your friend just had to stop and swatch 800 identical lipsticks.

 

I hope that this helps! If you guys have any tips of your own, I’d love to hear them!

flatlays part 5: how I edit my Instagram photos

How to edit photos for Instagram If you’re anything like me, after staging a little selfie or flatlay shoot you end up with about a hundred identical photos.

How to edit photos for Instagram The first step is you have to cull the ones that aren’t gonna make the cut. I usually will look at them as thumbnails first, because that’s the size that people are going to see if they’re looking under a hashtag you’ve used or they go onto your page. I choose the ones that are the best looking in that size or the ones that make you wanna click to see them bigger. Then I just pick my favourite out of those ones.

How to edit photos for Instagram I use Snapseed to edit all my pictures – the first step is I add my watermark. This is super important cause some terrible people like to steal your photos and this is the only way to semi-protect yourself from it (I mean, they’ll still do it, but at least you have a way to prove it’s yours).
I take my flatlays on the table (as discussed in my post about backgrounds) with one foot on the table and one foot on a chair so I can get the best angle. So, if I can see the edge of one of my pink fluffy slippers or the edge of my backdrop, I have to crop the image. 

How to edit photos for Instagram Then under “Tune Image”, I tap the magic wand to auto adjust and occasionally correct the white balance if I think the picture needs it. If it doesn’t look significantly better with either of these steps, I skip it. Less is more when it comes to editing.

How to edit photos for Instagram

I finish off in the Instagram editor, I usually go +10 brightness, +10 contrast, +10 highlights and -10 shadows. But this is about the extent of the editing I do. If I get the light right, I don’t need to do anything else.

I never use filters – I think that my feed looks much cleaner and nicer without them.

This concludes my series on flatlays – part 1part 2part 3 and part 4 are here – I hope that you guys have enjoyed it!

flatlays part 4: best props for flatlays

Flatlay props Props are, quite possibly, the most important thing in your flatlay – equally as important as the feature. Props are what give your photo personality and life, they’re what makes the photo yours.
I personally think that props are the difference between an average flatlay and a great flatlay. With props, you have a “styled image” – without, you just have a picture of a thing.

Flatlay props roses

I have three boxes of props and I’m forever putting stuff aside that I think will look nice in a picture – notebooks, jewellery, foil wrapped chocolates, stuff like that. I just pick out whatever I think goes with my theme and away I go.

There are a few staple items that appear in pretty much all of my flatlays – the first is a bunch of fresh flowers. I buy myself flowers every week, the colour gives a sense of continuity to my feed without being too samey and it’s a nice way to treat myself. I won’t use fake flowers or plants unless I can absolutely help it because I just hate how childlike and plastic they look.

Best props for flatlaysAs for my all time favourite/most used props, number one would definitely be my heart-shaped wire fairy lights to add some warmth. Closely followed by my fake reading glasses if there is a book or a magazine in the picture and since I’m usually drinking one while I’m taking photos, I often use black coffee in a plain white mug (although I do often need to refill halfway through taking photos…).

Best props for flatlays I try to make the props that I’m using relevant to the theme of my photos. Like when I got my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette I used real peaches as props.
Props are where you can really let your creativity run wild – have fun with it! And when in doubt, use fairy lights and flowers. With those two, you can’t lose.

Read next: how I edit my instagram photos

Part 1: flatlay inspiration

Part 2: best light for Instagram photos

Part 3: best backgrounds for flatlays

flatlays part 3: best backgrounds for flatlays

best flatlay background

One of the most important things in constructing a killer flatlay is the background. You need a good, clean background. A grubby counter top doesn’t work and neither does carpet (for some reason, carpet is just super not pleasing).

I tend to stick to the same three backgrounds. My favourite, the hexagonal marble tiles, is actually gift wrapping paper from Whitcoulls. I keep it on the roll and when I go to take a photo, I just unroll enough for what I’m doing and then when I’m done I roll it back up. It’s cheap, and it’s lasted me a really long time.

best marble flatlay background

I also have a roll of marble contact paper which is from Kmart. You can stick your contact paper onto a board or something but I like how easy it is to store when it’s rolled up. The only drawback to keeping it on the roll is it occasionally has ripples when laid out flat.

If I’m using either my wrapping paper or my contact paper, I drag my kitchen table up to the window (for the light) and lay them out flat.

best background for flatlayOtherwise, I’ll go into my bedroom and use my white bedsheets or taupe linen duvet cover. I like the way the folds in the fabric cast shadows. It also looks a bit more natural for outfit flatlays – because you could believe that I’d laid my clothes on the bed before getting dressed. You don’t often wander out to the kitchen and lay your clothes out on the counter, so I try to stay away from marble for outfit posts.

The only trick with choosing a background is to make it look natural. I don’t want it to look like wrapping paper, even though it is. 

Read next: how I edit my instagram photos

Part 1: flatlay inspiration

Part 2: best light for Instagram photos

Part 4: best props for flatlays

Part 5: how I edit my instagram photos