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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TRIED & TESTED: C LAB & CO - THE ORIGINAL COFFEE #SCRUBINATUB


There's a new caffeinated beauty trend that promises to wake the senses and invigorate all-over featuring the C Lab & Co Coffee Scrub range.

C Lab & Co is an all natural coffee scrub that incorporates Vitamin E, sea salt active ingredients and other essentials oils, which allows for smoother and more radiant looking skin. The Arabica Coffee Beans are full of much needed antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. As you use the coffee scrub on your skin, what you'll find is that it helps to detoxify and brighten the skin, as well as combat any signs of cellulite, premature ageing and sun spots. One thing is for sure...the scrubs definitely help to boost blood circulation which in effect helps to reduce any swelling, redness and inflammation. 

I tried out the their coffee scrubs which looks to target cellulite, stretch marks and any skin imperfections. The scrub penetrates into the skin where it helps to refine and replenish it from any dehydration or dryness. I would use a body scrub every few days a week just to ensure that my skin stays smoother and healthier for longer. As a coffee scrub, it may get a little messy so the trick is to scrub whilst you're in the shower or even in the bath tub if you don't have a shower. It's simply the perfect rejuvenation product to use on a weekly basis and with continued use, you can look to expect healthy glowing skin. 

As for the scent of the body scrub, it's no surprise that it has an amazing coffee aroma with sweet almond, coconut and citrus oils. I'm a big coffee lover myself so this product is definitely well suited to my tastes and preferences. Just think of body scrubs as great for stimulating collagen production. 

Available for RRP $24.95 at https://core-metrics.com.au and at selected pharmacies. 


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What body scrub are you currently loving and why? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

GET THAT BRONZED HEALTHY GLOW FOR THIS SUMMER FEATURING SUN TANNING OIL BY REEF


These nourishing sun tanning oils by Reef contain a bunch of key vitamins and nutrients for your skin. Did you know that sun tanning oil helps us to achieve a gorgeous glow for our skin? 

Some cool new oils that I've tried out recently by Reef has got to be their Dry Sun Tan Oil (Coconut), SPF 30+ and their Moisturising Sun Tan Oil (Infused with Coconut Oil), SPF 15+. If you're after an alternative to spray tans, then you may be interested in checking out these sun tanning oils which can help you to achieve a natural bronzed glow for this summer. 

What's more is that these tanning oils have a SPF protection to them which means that it helps to protect your skin from harsh UVA and UVB rays to some degree. Their formula is very moisturising and looks to absorb really quickly on the skin. I really enjoyed using these sun tanning oils during summer because it left my skin feeling so hydrated and healthy which is amazing, plus you're left with a beautiful bronzed glow. Prior to using the sun tanning oils, I've never really given them a try, but since I've discovered that they stock products with a SPF factor to them, it's something that I constantly reach for now. 

For more information, you can check them out via their official website here

Otherwise, you can find them available at supermarkets, Priceline and other pharmacies worldwide. 

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Here are my top picks from the Reef sun tanning oil range: 


Moisturising Sun Tan Oil, Reef SPF 15+ 




Dry Sun Tan Oil, Coconut, Reef, SPF30+ 

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What's your favourite sun-tanning oil? 


Sunday, February 18, 2018

ACHIEVE FIRMER & YOUNGER SKIN IN JUST 6 DAYS WITH THE NEW ENDLESS YOUTH RANGE BY MIRENESSE


You can look to achieve firmer and younger skin within 6 days thanks to new Endless Youth range by Mirenesse which contains 100% actives. 

Mirenesse just launched their latest 'Endless Youth' skincare range which contains 100% actives. Their latest 3-in-1 Magic Beads Daily Enzyme Exfoliator looks to cleanse, exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. You'll find that this product comes with loose exfoliants and when activated with water it looks to give you a rich foam which is very intriguing. 

The 4-step Endless Youth System has been formulated to help to brighten your complexion, refine the skin and to reveal a healthy glow. Mirenesse have sourced a rare combination of botanicals with proven clinical ingredients from around the world to give us products that help to leave the skin looking more youthful. 

Here are the four steps into achieve younger looking skin: 


1. Say goodbye to dull and damaged skin with the Endless Youth Magic Beads (RRP $49): This is a magical water activated exfoliating powder which helps to leave your skin deeply cleansed, hydrated and looking much brighter. Also, you'll find that your skin will feel more refined and any lines on the skin will feel much firmer. This product wasn't too harsh on my skin which is great for my skin type. I use this as part of my weekly skincare regime and it does such an awesome job leaving my skin feeling super smooth and soft. 

2. Rejuvenate the skin with the Endless Youth Ocean Milk Mousse Mask, (RRP $49): I was really fascinated with what this mousse mask could do for my skin. It feels amazing when you have the mask on your face because honestly it feels very cooling almost as if there's extra oxygen and vitality being absorbed onto my skin. My skin has never felt so refined and refreshed before all thanks to this mask. 


3. Renew and Recover with the Endless Youth Amazing Day Botanical Cell Serum, (RRP $99.50): This serum contains 100% actives, meaning that it actively helps to protect your skin from UV-A damage and promotes a faster renewal rate of damaged skin cells. This serum has left my skin looking refreshed and renewed which is ideally the result I aim for when it comes to using serums. The product packaging makes it so easy to use and apply onto the skin. 

4. Powerful Youth Infusion with the Endless Youth Midnight Cell Serum, (RRP $199.00): The night time serum really looks to hydrate the skin should you have any dull or dehydrated patches on the skin. I would only need to use a small amount of this serum as a little sure goes a long way. When applied onto the skin and left overnight, my skin would feel so firm and smooth the very next morning. I was really surprised to see the results after using this serum for approximately 6 days and personally I would recommend this if you're after results and not on a budget. 

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Have you tried any products from Mirenesse before? 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

BOOK OF THE MONTH: HOW TO BE THIN IN A WORLD OF CHOCOLATE BY MICHELE CONNOLLY


For those after a light read, the 'How to Be Thin in a World of Chocolate' by Michele Connolly may be your best bet... 

This is currently my book of the month as it's a fun guide that's full of mindset and nutritional tips, hacks and tricks. I would say it's great for those wanting a fun and casual read, as opposed to a book that looks to torture yourself with a strict diet regime. There are not only cute illustrations throughout the book but I've found this book to be very resourceful and interesting to read. It's definitely easy to read and best enjoyed with a cup of tea on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. 

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book as it's the ideal guide for if you're looking for some strategies on how to improve on your eating habits and lifestyle choices. By looking to use simple and practical strategies, Michele guides you on how to make exercise happen without even have to think about it. 

The book is available in Australia and New Zealand bookstores, or as an audiobook on Audible or iTunes. Otherwise, you can check out more information here if you're curious to learn more. 

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Which book are you currently loving?

Friday, February 16, 2018

WHAT IS MY DAILY BODY SKINCARE REGIME?


My daily body skincare regime consists of products that help to replenish my skin. My go to has to be the Daily Moisturising range by Aveeno Active Naturals..

If you suffer from dull, dehydrated and dry skin, it makes a significant difference to switch over to products that contain colloidal oatmeal. 
Leading Dermatologist Dr Li-Chuen Wong from Sydney Skin Clinic confirms that 'Oats are very moisturising as they're full of healthy, smoothing fats. The proteins in oatmeal also help to maintain the skin's natural barrier function, which keeps the good stuff in, and the bad stuff out. Lastly, oats are filled with natural cleansers (called saponins) that gently remove dirt and oil from pores.' 
I've switched to the Daily Moisturising Lotion and Body Wash by Aveeno, to really see whether it helps to relieve dry and dull looking skin. Within a week of using these products, my skin has definitely felt more hydrated, smoother and nourished. Looking to achieve healthy looking and hydrated skin is now made easier with the knowledge of what works for your skin. 

Here are the products that I've incorporated into my daily skincare regime: 


Daily Moisturising Lotion, Aveeno, 
RRP $12.99 for 354ml 

So this daily moisturising lotion looks to relieve and protects dry and dehydrated looking skin. It contains natural colloidal oatmeal and comes fragrance free, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. When used regularly, the lotion helps to prevent your skin from feeling chapped and dry. For smoother looking skin, I would use this lotion right after I pop out of the shower (AM and PM).


Daily Moisturising Lotion, Aveeno, 
RRP $9.95 for 354ml 

This body wash leaves my skin feeling cleansed, moisturised and refreshed after every shower. The formula contains natural colloidal oatmeal so you'll actually feel the benefits of having moisturised and replenished looking skin. The body wash comes with a creamy and light fragrance which smells so blissful. It's soap free and therefore is made suitable to those with sensitive type skin. 

For more information about the products, check it out here.

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What are your thoughts about Aveeno? 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CURRENT FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER I'M LOVING FEATURING POSY BY PALM BEACH COLLECTION, AUSTRALIA


I know that Valentine's Day has just passed...but here's another excuse to accentuate the rose scent for longer, featuring the Palm Beach Collection. 

The fragrance diffuser by Palm Beach Collection in Posy features Floral, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Cyclamen and Rosewood for the heart notes. And for the base it's Musk, Sandalwood and Amber. If you love your floral scents, then you simply can't go wrong with the Posy range. The fragrance diffuser lasts up to 5 months giving you an adequate amount of time to enjoy the new scent in your room. When it comes to diffusers, I personally love to have them around my home as it just makes everything feel very inviting and fresh. 

What you will find about the Palm Beach Collection is that they're a luxury but affordable range of products featuring hand-poured scented candles, reed diffusers and bath products available in an array of inspiring fragrances. 

The fragrance diffuser RRP $39.95 and is available at the official Palm Beach Collection website here


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Have you smelt any of the Palm Beach Collection products before? 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

TRIED & TESTED: NEW SKIN PRODUCTS BY OBAGI FEATURING THEIR C-SKINCARE RANGE (RX SYSTEM)



Here are a selection of products from the Obagi-C RX System that I've integrated into my daily skincare routine... 

When it comes to my skincare products, I'm constantly seeking for what works best for my skin. Recently I incorporated the Obagi-C RX System range into my daily skincare regime featuring the C-Balancing Toner, C-Exfoliating Day Lotion (With Vitamin C) and the C-Cleansing Gel (With Vitamin C).  

I am familiar with the Obagi brand and have been using them for over a year now. They're a medical skincare brand that offers a wide range that looks to target specific skin concerns such as oily to acne prone to dehydrated skin. 


Obagi C-Balancing Toner, RRP $55 

This particular toner is made for those with normal to oily type skin. It has been specifically formulated to help balance the pH of the skin, hence allowing other serums and moisturisers to absorb better. This toner didn't feel too harsh or strong on my skin which definitely worked for me. It really looks to leave your skin feeling balanced and refreshed. 

I have been using the toner twice a day and it has really helped with the absorption of my night time skincare products which is definitely a plus for me. 


Obagi C-Cleansing Gel, RRP $50

With the cleansing gel, it's actually formulated with Vitamin C and it helps to remove any excess makeup, oils and dirt on your skin. This cleansing gel really looks to enhance your skin's clarity and it's my go to for an everyday cleanse. As for the scent, it has a very fruity aroma to it which is quite refreshing. I definitely enjoyed using this cleanser for everyday as it really made my skin feel squeaky clean. 

I would use this cleanser twice a day (AM and PM) and rinse with lukewarm water to reveal a refreshed skin complexion. 


Obagi, C-Exfoliating Day Lotion, RRP $50

Last but not least, the C-Exfoliating Day Lotion is made for an everyday wear. It looks to gently exfoliate whilst hydrating the skin. Essentially, the lotion looks to promote a brightened skin complexion. If you're looking for a lotion that offers skin brightening properties, this is the one. 

All of the products as mentioned above are available here



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Have you tried any products from Obagi before? 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AUSTRALIAN FIRST BEAUTY BLEND TO CONTAIN HEMP AND BE AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC FEATURING VIDA GLOW


This is an Australian-first beauty blend to contain hemp and be Australian Certified Organic! 



If you're looking for a range of hemp proteins and beauty powders that's specifically designed to target troubled areas of your body (from the mind to the skin to sleep and even recovery after a workout), then you definitely need to explore the Vida Glow range out.

Recently I checked out their Beauty Protein, Lean & Toned Hemp Blend in Chocolate, where you can simply add to 1 cup of water, or your choice of beverage. It's super easy to blend up a delicious drink and what better way to stay lean and toned. 

We all know that protein is the foundation of beauty being hair, skin and nails. Keratin, Collagen and Elastic are important in strengthening hair and increasing the skin's elasticity. Also, if you didn't realise, there is a hemp blend throughout the Beauty Protein. Hemp is widely known as a variety of the Cannabis Sativa Plant. Having been recently legal in Australia, the benefits of a Hemp based protein powder has been very popular worldwide. 

Hemp has been recognised as to having the perfect ratio of amino acids, omega 3s and 6s - says co-founder Simon Hill who is currently completing his Masters in Nutrition. 

Since trying out the Beauty Protein, I've noticed a reduction in my food cravings through sweets and most importantly healthier looking skin, hair and nails. Aside from getting healthier looking skin, this product is the perfect recovery post exercise drink as it helps to build lean muscle mass and helps you to maintain your weight. The fact that it can curb my food cravings makes it truly a delicious and nutritious drink after a strenuous workout session. Furthermore, I would have a chocolate breakfast smoothie which includes two scoops of the Beauty Protein by Vida Glow every morning. It helps to kick start my day as it's boosted with pea protein, brown rice protein and digestive enzymes. 

Vida Glow's beauty proteins are 100% gluten-free, vegan friendly, low carb and contain no soy or fillers. They are a source of fibre where it's made with no additional sugars. 

Essentially you can use Vida Glow's protein for: 
  • Youthful looking skin 
  • Strong nails 
  • Healthy hair
  • Assists the skin's ability to retain water
  • Increases antioxidants levels in your diet 
  • Recovery post exercise 
  • Building lean muscle mass
  • Helping maintain a healthy weight 
  • Curbing cravings 

The protein range is available in three flavours being vanilla, chocolate and original. The drink tastes amazing and delicious which is the most important factor of all. You can now purchase online here or in selected retailers across Australia, RRP $59.95 (500g).

Here are some suggested recipes you can look to whip up with the Vida Glow Beauty Protein: 



Source: Vida Glow 

A healthy Acai bowl for breakfast. 


Or keep it simple with a chilled chocolate hemp smoothie which is my favourite. You can even use almond milk with two scoops of the the Vida Glow Beauty Protein. VOILA...you'll have yourself a delicious and nutritious drink. 


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Have you tried any other beauty protein drinks? 

What's your secret into getting lean and toned.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

LOOK TO SET INTENTIONS, NOT RESOLUTIONS!


The moments of reflection typically occur at the end of the year. However little do we know that failing our New Year Resolutions is quite common. 


We realise that our mistake is setting resolutions when instead, we should be setting intentions. Ashley Bellino of Stoned Crystals has created a step-by-step guide on how to set ourselves for success for our 2018 goals and how to get back on track with our goals when they fall. It's a great way to be reminded as it only takes a few minutes of your day to reflect on your goals for the year. 
According to Stoned Crystals, resolutions have negative connotations which doesn’t help us achieve our goals. By focusing our energy on ‘fixing’ the things that are ‘wrong’ with us we may be met with feelings of anxiety, depression and failure. A lot of us have that little inner voice that continually attacks and punishes us. Combine this with a New Year resolution that constantly reminds us of our shortcomings and the mental torment begins. For example, the resolution of losing weight implies that you are currently overweight and triggers a chain of negative thoughts and even visualisations that occur each time you think of the resolution. These constant reminders of what we are lacking only works to charge self-criticism, not positive change. 
I recently checked out the Intention Cards by Stoned Crystals which is essentially a new product that helps to guide and focus our goals in life. So the idea is that when you create and set intentions, we're setting our minds with positive mantras and affirmations towards the goals we set. It's definitely a great reminder to visualise the mantras and affirmations for everyday as I place the acrylic stand on my study desk. 

The Stoned Crystals Intention cards is now available here (RRP $39) and it includes 5 x instructional cards, 25 x intentional cards and 1 x acrylic stand all encased in a box. 




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How do you set your goals for 2018? 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

THE ULTIMATE RECOVERY BIO-CELLULOSE ZINC MASK BY MEDIK8 IS NOW AVAILABLE AS PART OF A HOME SKINCARE REGIME





You can now use the Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Mask as part of your home skincare regime. 


The new Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Zinc Mask by Medik8 is essentially a deep soothing and nourishing sheet mask which can now be used at home. Initially, it was designed for professional use only but thanks to its special design, the benefits can be experienced right at home. The Bio-cellulose masks are enriched with zinc and hyaluronic acid which help to restore, cool and deeply hydrate the skin. They're also free from alcohol and fragrances making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. 

As soon as I tried on the mask, it instantly made my skin feel so refreshed and rejuvenated. This is ideal for if you're wanting to calm the skin or speed up the regenerating process. I love to use this mask for hydrating purposes because it does an effective job in looking to re-hydrate the skin with its much needed ingredients (zinc and hyaluronic acid). It's perfect for hot and humid conditions such as summer. The box comes with 6 single use masks and it's ideal for travelling. You can simply pop on a mask whilst you're in the plane or relaxing at a resort. It takes only 15 minutes for optimum results and all you need to do is relax! 

Essentially, for those who undergo chemical peels or laser procedures, the mask is the perfect product for instant relief or simply as a restoration treatment. 

The Ultimate Recovery Bio-Cellulose Zinc mask is available here and RRP $89. 

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Have you checked out any products by Medik8 before? 

Friday, February 9, 2018

VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM



With Valentine's Day being just around the corner, don't forget about your other half...

Here are some Valentine's Day Gift ideas for your significant other...because let's be honest, it would also be thoughtful to show them how much we care too (sort of)...


Cufflinks, 211, RRP $49 by Buckle 1922

The nickel cufflinks are supplied in a white gift box and would make the perfect modern gift idea. Should your significant other love to accessorise when it comes to cufflinks and shirts, there's a wide range to choose from Buckle 1922. 


Fabric Lapel, RRP $29, Buckle 1922 

Every man needs a lapel in their lives as it's a fun accessory for black tie ballroom events, etc. To help with the modern man look, this fabric spotted lapel is such an attractive piece, so make sure you pick one up for him while you're at it!  


Tie & Pocket Square Set, Plain Navy, 
RRP $39, Buckle 1922

Look to complete his look with a Tie and Pocket Square Set. There are so many styles to choose from their website, so be sure to have a little browse here. You can never go wrong with a tie and pocket square because it's all about 'suiting up' when it comes to the modern business man.  


"Casablanca", 35mm, Men's Leather Belt, RRP $59 

The construction of this belt is Club Leather for the top and Cow Leather for the back. This belt is perfect for the modern man as it's sophisticated looking and completely wearable for any occasion. 


"Sierra" 35mm, Full Grain Buffalo Leather Belt, RRP $59 

This belt features genuine leather that's made in Australia. For a sturdy, matte belt, you may opt for this particular style. It goes with practically anything (such as white shirts/tops) and is ideal for everyday wear. 



After Shave Serum, Milkman, RRP $40 

If your significant other likes to shave or maintain a beard, then it may be worth checking out the After Shave Serum (Summer Waves) by Milkman. We all know that the biggest problem that shavers complain of is sensitive skin, therefore there's now a product that's made alcohol free and relieve those who do shave. 

The After Shave Serum contains witch hazel which looks to tone the skin, Allantoin, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which all help to soothe and help the skin to recover. That's right...this 2 in 1 serum looks to soothe and tone the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and replenished. It doesn't have the drying effects of alcohol which is why your man be needing a bottle of this! For more information, check out their official website here


Otter Box Phone Case, RRP $49.95

Look to give the gift of protection for a significant other for this Valentine's Day. Most importantly, everyone owns a phone and if they don't have protection for it, you know there's an excuse to get them a phone cover by Otter Box. The Otter Box Commuter Series such as the one pictured offers a sleek and cool design and would be perfect for all of the tech lovers out there. 

The phone case protects the phone against any bumps, shocks, debris and scratches which is essential for everyday. Also it includes a screen protection as well as a 2 layer protection which is an added bonus. 


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Otherwise here's more inspiration...


You cannot go wrong with DIY


For those who are on long distance.... 


Or just by being honest will surely make them smile... 


For those who love to drink...

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What are your plans for this Valentine's Day?