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Sunday, April 30, 2017

[MOTHER'S DAY PAMPERING PACK INSPO - FEAT. BOOM SHANKAR + UBU (URBAN BEAUTY UNITED) - FASHION AND BEAUTY IDEAS ON WHAT TO GET FOR YOUR MUM!]


Hello everyone, 

I hope you're all excited for another Mother's Day Special! In this post, I'll be featuring some beauty and fashion essentials that may be perfect for your Mother. 

For Mother's Day there are so many ideas on what you can look to gift her but if you're after some beauty or fashion inspiration, this post is perfect for you. By putting a gift pack together for your Mother, I'm sure that she'll really put it to some good use. Sometimes a pampering pack is just what she needs so be creative in what you wish to include. Only you would know your Mother best! 

Here are some Mother's Day inspo below: 

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BEAUTY ESSENTIALS 


  • UBU, Angled Blusher Brush in Berry Blush, RRP $9.00 - #11 Blusher - This is an angled blush and powder brush which is perfect for your blushes, powders and bronzers. This is perfect for creating more definition around your cheekbones due to its angled brush. 

  • UBU, Pedicure Pack, Tippy Toze, RRP $7.00 - This is the perfect pedicure pack for anyone and it's a must have essential. It comes with a nail shaper, nail clipper and toe separators. This is definitely a sweet treat for your feet ladies! As for the price, it's super affordable. 

  • UBU, Wicked Wings Eyelash Curler, RRP $8.00 - Every girl needs a fancy pair of eyelash curlers. With this particular curler, it features soft coloured rubber finger grips, soft silicon rubber pads, plus it comes with bonus 2 extra pads. 

  • UBU, Tweeze Louise Combination Tip Tweezers, RRP $8.00 - Featuring a 100% stainless steel pair of tweezers with handcrafted precision tips, it's a must have essential in your beauty cabinet. It's always good to invest in a good pair of tweezers and these definitely do come within my expectations. 

  • UBU, Foundation Wedges, Wonder Wheel Foundation sponge, RRP $5.50 - These foundation sponge wedges are so adorable. They come in an 8-pack and are premium latex free sponges made using a micro-cell technology which means that you get minimal product wastage and a softer application for your foundation. It's definitely a great and fun way to apply your foundation.

The UBU beauty essentials are available at Kmart or for more information, make sure to visit http://urbanbeautyunited.com/

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FASHION INSPO



  • BOOM SHANKAR Joy tee - RRP $59 - The v-neck tee reads: Choose Joy, (with coloured print) which is a fun way to wear this tee. It's made up of 100% cotton lycra which feels very comfortable to wear all day long. Their shirts are made true to size and come with more of a looser fit so that they aren't too tightly fitted. It's recommended that you prefer the tighter fit, then opt for a size down. The T-shirt can be worn with just any bottoms (shorts, skirts or pants). Also BOOM SHANKAR gives $5 from every t-shirt sold to support their chosen charity, 'Forget Me Not' (www.forgetmenot.org.au)

  • BOOM SHANKAR Sarong in Carnation - RRP $49 - This is such a nicely printed sarong which is perfect for the beach, a casual outfit or whatever you fancy. I love the floral prints which really draws your eyes to the sarong. You can easily create different looks with this printed sarong and it feels so comfortable to wear. Also BOOM SHANKAR gives $5 from every t-shirt sold to support their chosen charity, 'Forget Me Not' (www.forgetmenot.org.au)

The BOOM SHANKAR range is available https://boomshankar.com.au/


I am wearing the Choose Joy v-neck tee and Sarong in Carnation by BOOM SHANKAR 


Source image: BOOM SHANKAR, featuring their Sarong in Carnation. 


Source image: BOOM SHANKAR, featuring their Joy T-shirt.

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What are your thoughts on the above mentioned? 

Cheers,
Livs xx



Thank you to UBU and BOOM Shankar for
 supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

[WINTER TIP: TANNING APPAREL IS IDEAL FOR SELF-TANNING - FEATURING THE 'TANSIE' BY SPRAY TAN WEAR]


Happy weekends all, 


We all know that when we do look to get a spray tan or just self-tan alone, it can become quite messy, ruin clothing or messy the bed sheets. Here's a solution...Spray Tan Wear offers a range of outfits designed to make your life easier. 

Their spray tanning onesie also know as their 'Tansie®' is so perfect for winter. It has been designed to get you to and from your spray tan appointment. It's made so that it's very easy and convenient to slip into as well. Alternatively, if you are self-tanning at home, this outfit is so perfect to ensure that your tan stays protected as well as your lounge, bed sheets, furniture and more. There have been so many occasions where after I use the self-tanner, I'd be cautious of where I look to sit because I don't want the tan transferring colour to it. However, that isn't the case for me anymore because I have the 'Tansie'  onesie by Spray Tan Wear which I know that it will keep my tan staying fully protected as well as my comfortable lounge. 

The Tansie onesie features a zip up the front with pockets, a leopard printed hoodie and flared pants. There's definitely a lot of room in the Tansie and it feels very comfortable to wear for all day long In fact, it's so comfortable that I actually lounged all day in the outfit just last week. (You can literally sleep in it and wait for the tan to develop overnight if you wish). It keeps you warm and would be so ideal for cooler seasons. 

Spray tan apparel are perfect for if you don't want to ruin your clothes and also to protect your new tan. They look quite stylish and fashionable - which means it would blend in with your everyday clothes. For all of the spray tan lovers out there, I guarantee that this outfit will make your life easier. Simply pop the Tansie on whilst heading to your appointment and when you've finished with your spray tan, simply pop it back on. No messes at all! 

Where to purchase: 


Image source: Spray Tan Wear 


Trying on the Tansie by Spray Tan Wear

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What are your thoughts on the Tansie by Spray Tan Wear

Cheers,
Livs x



Thank you to Spray Tan Wear for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

[REVITALISE + PROTECT YOUR COLOURED HAIR ROOTS WITH TRESemme's COLOUR VIBRANCE HAIRCARE RANGE - TRIED AND TESTED]


Hello beauties, 

Here's something for those who have coloured treated hair. Look to protect the hair from stripping by using the right haircare products. See my thoughts below featuring TRESemme's Colour Revitalise range... 

Ideal for those who have coloured hair, it's all about looking to protect your strands from stripping its colour. It all comes down to the right products that's made suitable for your hair. As you all know I do have coloured hair and what better way to try it out for myself. Featuring TRESemme's Colour Radiance range, it looks to help you to maintain your hair colour for longer. 

Thanks to their advanced 'colour lock technology' it works by looking to retain your coloured hair by cross-linking any damaged hair proteins together. This doesn't allow the dye to leak out of your hair and you can look to expect more manageable and vibrant looking locks for longer. (That's for up to 40 washes where you can expect the colour to last)

I felt that both the shampoo and conditioner lathered quite nicely whilst washing my hair and it helped to prolong my hair colour which is amazing to know. Like all of their products, TRESemme's products smell quite fruity and surprisingly refreshing. A hair care tip in looking to maintain that colour for your hair is to ensure that you choose products that are made specifically for colour treated hair. Plus, I love to use both the shampoo and conditioner to get the fullest benefit of achieving healthier and shinier looking hair. So...don't skip any steps when it comes to maintaining your coloured hair. 

There are no harsh or strong scents which is so ideal when it comes to most of TRESemme's hair products. Their Colour Radiance in particular contain green tea, rosemary and sunflower which is what keeps your locks feeling more nourished and moisturised. It's a lovely hair care product for if you have colour treated hair and wanting it to last longer. Your hair will feel simply replenished, healthier and in good condition. 

Where to purchase: 
  • RRP $6.99 for 390ml each 
  • Can be purchased Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Target, Big W, Priceline and selected pharmacies. 

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What are your thoughts on the Colour Radiance range by TRESemme? 

Cheers,
Livs x

Thank you to TRESemme for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

[VITAMIN C FEVER - FEATURING RIMMEL LONDON'S HOTTEST DAILY MAKE-UP PRODUCTS FOR AUTUMN - TRIED + TESTED]


Hello beauties, 

Vitamin C helps to protect your skin from anti-ageing. It's a potent antioxidant which looks to neutralise free radicals in the skin. Rimmel London have incorporated an element of Vitamin C in some of their make-up. In this post, I chat about the hottest products from Rimmel London. More below... 

Are we all excited for the hottest releases by Rimmel London? They have looked to incorporate Vitamin C into some of their make-up products which look to protect your skin from anti-ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines. I checked out three make-up products form Rimmel London which have simply helped me to get ready for everyday wear. They're so easy and comfortable to wear on the skin and the product packaging makes it so manageable which makes my life easy! 

Featuring their NEW Wake Me Anti-fatigue foundation and concealer as well as their #Insta Fix & Go 2 In 1 Primer and Setting Spray, all of these products have definitely been super fun to play with. They are made available at your local drugstore, i.e. Priceline, Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Chemist Warehouse and Target (For those living in Australia). 

I tried and tested all of these make-up products by Rimmel London to see whether their formulation, scent and quality worked for my skin. To hear more about my thoughts, then make sure to keep on reading to find out. 

Happy reading! x


Wake Me Up - Anti-Fatigue - Skin Brightening Foundation 
- RRP $19.95 

I tried out this foundation in shade 201 Classic beige which blends in so well for my skin. Before purchasing your foundations, make sure you do a patch test with the testers to get the best colour match for your skin tone. If there are no suitable shades, you can even look to mix one, two or even three shades to create your own personalised foundation...just a tip ladies! I like how this foundation comes with SPF 20  - a hint of UV sun protection which is great for everyday wear as you head outdoors. This protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays which is why I always ensure that my foundation comes with SPF. 

The foundation is marketed as a product that looks to reduce the signs of stress and fatigue which you can expect to receive when applied onto the face. Well one thing is certain - you do look to get that "brightened" effect and your skin just looks so much refreshed. With the added Vitamin C, you can expect to reap skin protection from any sun damage and even premature ageing.

The texture of the foundation feels very soft and it features cushion-like pearls which easily look to cover any imperfections. I felt that it left my skin's surface looking quite smoother and my pores were well covered (without any dry or flaky bits visible) which is ideal. The foundation is very lightweight to wear so that you can feel comfortable with it on for the whole day. Possibly something that you may consider the next time you go foundation shopping? 

The foundation is available in six shades being: 100 Ivory, 013 True Ivory, 200 Soft Beige, 201 Classic Beige, 303 True Nude and 400 Natural Beige. 


#Insta Fix & Go, 2 in 1 Primer and Setting Spray - RRP $13.95

This is a 2-in-1 primer and setting spray that looks to keep your make-up lasting longer. I have been using this product for everyday as it looks to set my make-up in really well. You can choose to use it underneath make-up or over it. It has been said to last for up to eight hours, but having sprayed this onto my make-up, it has lasted me the whole night! I really like how it's very quick drying which is great if you're constantly on the go. It's a quick fix for make-up purposes. I felt that it didn't leave my skin feeling tight or sticky right after you spray it on which is so ideal. I love the cool mist and what better way to set your make-up!

This spray contains cucumber extract which is perfect for leaving your complexion looking fresher and softer. Your skin will look so much dewy right after right after spritzing some of the #Insta Fix & Go spray. 

Overall, it fits nicely into my handbag which is great for travelling or whenever you're on the go. As per usual, the spray comes with a handy lid to protect it from going messy in your bag. 


Wake Me Up, Anti-fatigue, Skin Brightening Concealer - RRP $14.95

This is a creamy based concealer that contains Vitamin C which is so perfect for brightening the area around the eyes. It is designed to hide any tiredness and everyday stress! I can definitely see that this concealer has helped me to conceal my dark circles very well and other imperfections. It's probably my most favourite concealers right now - only because it has high coverage and I love the formulation which includes Vitamin C. It's super blendable, controls any shine and lasts for up to 10 hours! This is definitely my go to concealer and I would highly recommend this product if you're searching for a new concealer. 

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What are your thoughts on the hottest products by Rimmel London I've mentioned above? 

Any favourites? 

Cheers,
Livs x


Thank you to Rimmel London for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

[MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL - FEATURING THE BODY SHOP'S LATEST WHITE MUSK L'EAU EAU DE TOILETTE - A FRESH AND MODERN TWIST ON THE WHITE MUSK EDT - FULL REVIEW]


Hello everyone, 

Mother's Day is just around the corner and what better way to gift your Mum (and  perhaps yourself too) of a nicely scented fragrance, featuring White Musk L'Eau Eau De Toilette by The Body Shop. 


The Body Shop welcomed their White Musk, L'Eau (Eau Ee Toilette) which launched on April 16th, 2017 to the their latest fragrance range. It is completely 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Essentially, the White Musk L'Eau is a fresh and modern twist on the iconic White Musk EDT where it was one of the first fragrances to pioneer the use of ethical vegan musk. 

With the updated White Musk, L'Eau Eau De Toilette - we are greeted with a fresh and clean fragrance that is so perfect for Spring coming. It also has a sweet note of pear that gives off a fruity uplifting scent which also blends in well with the iconic floral lily of the valley, jasmine and rose essence. 

Personally, I love a modern and crispy scent that the White Musk L'Eau has to it. It's so much easier to wear and you'll be smelling irresistibly fruity in no time. The White Musk L'Eau is made with Community Trade alcohol which means it has been distilled from sugarcane in Brazil by a socially, environmentally responsible company called Native. The bottle is presented in a gorgeous (100ml) glass bottle that looks very clean, fresh and minimalistic. Alternatively, you can also opt for their smaller sizes being either 60ml or 30ml. 

As Mother's Day is approaching around the corner, this is a gorgeous gift idea for your Mother or even yourself (sometimes you just need to spoil yourself girlfriend!). There are other musk fragrances that can be very strong scented but, this isn't the case with the White Musk L'Eau Eau De Toilette. It's lightly fragranced which smells crisp and pleasant.

With the additional scents of Lily of the Valley, Jasmine and Rose essence, it simply completes it for me as I love the fresh and floral subtle hints which somewhat reminds me of a fresh bouquet of flowers. This is a super light scent which makes it so easy to rock for Spring and Autumn. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed trying out the White Musk L'Eau Eau De Toilette and I am so glad that The Body Shop have released a fragrance that combines all of my favourite floral scents. 

Where to purchase: 
  • RRP $59 for 100ml, 
  • Otherwise RRP $39 for 60ml, $29 for 30ml
  • Available at The Body Shop in-store or online. 

Image source: The Body Shop 


Featuring a Mother's Day Special edition...

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What are your thoughts on the new White Musk L'Eau by The Body Shop? 

Cheers,
Livs xx



Thank you to The Body Shop for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

[LEARN HOW TO FADE DARK SPOTS - FEATURING NUTRIMETICS WHITE AGE SKINCARE RANGE - TRIED + TESTED]


Hello everyone, 

I hope everyone is having an amazing day off with ANZAC Day today (for those is Australia). In this post, I will look to focus on products that have helped to fade my dark spots and brightened up my skin's complexion. More below....

I've featured the Nutrimetics skincare range in my previous blog posts so if you're curious to track them down, make you search for 'Nutrimetics' in my Search Box on the right hand side. Nutrimetics offers their 'White-Age' skincare range which helps you to achieve a more luminous complexion with the latest brightening technology that works to even out your skin tone. This range is made for all skin types to use including those with sensitive skin. The range consists of their Pearl Toning Essence, Pure Cleansing Lotion, Luminous Skin Serum, Day creme SPF15 and their Midnight Radiance Night creme. 

If you wanted to learn more about the range and are curious on how you can look to purchase any of these products as mentioned in this post, you can do so by heading over to https://www.nutrimetics.com.au/

And for the products I have tried and tested out from the White-Age range by Nutrimetics, I will list them below for you. To give you a quick run down of why I have chosen to try these products out is because I wanted to focus on brightening my skin's complexion as well as looking to fade my dark spots and freckles gradually. They won't disappear instantly but with continued use of the White-Age range by Nutrimetics, I can look to expect better results in the longer run. 

Here's what I thought about the White-Age range by Nutrimetics....


Midnight Radiance Night creme - 60ml, RRP $66.00 

This night creme smells incredibly luxury and lovely of Peony Flower extract. It is also enriched with Knotgrass which is an active botanical ingredient designed to fight ageing skin. I felt that my skin's complexion looked much brighter after using this night creme for one week. It absolutely leaves my skin feeling feeling so more nourished and assists in fading darks spots and discolourations on the skin. This is definitely a very effective night creme to use if you're wanting to fade any imperfections. It will make your skin appear much brighter and radiant where it will just look much fresher and toned. The night creme comes in a 60ml sleek looking pot with a twist to open lid. It definitely looks very attractive and minimalistic which is great for the bathroom. 


Even Plus Day Creme SPF 15, 60ml, RRP $62.00 

This is a day creme to used on the skin for when you're heading outdoors as it contains SPF15. It has a great spectrum protection so it helps to protect you from harmful UV rays. This creme has a very light texture which feels so nice and comfortable on the skin. It doesn't appear to be oily or greasy at all which is great. The cream also looks to hydrate the skin as well as providing a brighter complexion with continued use. Overall, as a day creme, it felt very nice and light on the skin which is ideal for me. It has the lovely peony flower extract scent to it which definitely is pleasant when it comes to applying it onto the skin. 


Luminous Skin Serum, 30ml,
 RRP $70.00

At first sight this bottle was definitely intriguing to look at because you see the actual pearls contained in the serum. It is designed to boost your skin's luminosity, hydration and firmness. After using this serum on my skin, I definitely saw my skin's texture becoming so much smoother and radiant. My skin looked so much brighter and it felt more hydrating. The actual pearls/beads are crushed when you look to dispense the serum - as it looks to release a blend of active increasing hydration for your skin. This is definitely an interesting way to apply on your serum. 


Pearl Toning Essence, 150ml,
 RRP $29.90 

I know that there's quite a few of you who don't use toners. However, I've been using toners all my life and feel that they add that extra benefit of tightening pores and purifying the skin. As I have been trying out their Pearl Toning Essence, it has definitely left my skin feeling more softer and nourished. This is a gentle toner which helps to hydrate the skin - meaning that it won't leave it feeling irritated or dry. My skin felt so revitalising and refreshing after application. 


Pure Cleansing Lotion, 150ml,
 RRP $29.90

I have been using this cleansing lotion morning and night and so far I have found this to be a very gentle lotion to use on the skin. It really looks to hydrate the skin - leaving it feeling so fresh and comfortable. I felt that this lotion was not even harsh on the skin which is ideal for those with sensitive skin. There's the same Peony flower extract scent which again makes the cleansing lotion smell unbelievably amazing. 

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Have you tried out the White-Age range by Nutrimetics as yet? 

Are you wanting to focus on fading spots and brightening your skin's complexion? 

Let me know on your thoughts below. 

Cheers,
Livs xx


Thank you Nutrimetics for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in.

Monday, April 24, 2017

[LIVIA TRIES OUT THE ORGANIC CHOICE RANGE AVAILABLE AT COLES - FEAT. PURE SOY WAX CANDLES, AIR FRESHENERS, MULTI-PURPOSE SPRAYS AND MUCH MORE]


Hello everyone, 

Organic household and lifestyle products are the way to go as they don't contain any nasties. I looked to try out a whole range of products by Organic Choice and here are my favourites.... 

I am quite excited about a new range of products that is now available at Coles. The Organic Choice range consists of Pure Soy wax candles, Air Fresheners and Linen Sprays, Multi-purpose sprays, Dishwashing liquids as well as Vanity and shower sprays. Most importantly, they all smell freshly scented - guaranteed to make your household smell so pleasant. 

Thanks to Organic Choice, my house is sorted with these products where I have been using them on a regular basis to ensure that my place stays squeaky clean and beautifully scented. Their soy candles smell so amazing and I am an avid fan of their Multi-purpose spray (which is safe to be used on granites, stone and marble). Since trying out the range now for a few weeks, I have to admit that the fumes are now less harsh as opposed to what I was originally using. By incorporating organic based products into my household cleaning means that it's a healthier alternative to your cleansing products. 

You can easily find the Organic Choice products stocked at your local Coles. As for the price point of these products, they are quite reasonable and super affordable. You don't have to break your budget when it comes to purchasing organic based cleansing products. The Air Fresheners range about $5 AUD, Dishwashing Liquids $5 AUD, Soy Candles are $15 AUD, Multi-purpose cleansers $5.50 AUD, Fridge and Dishwashing cleaner $5.50 AUD and their Vanity & Shower cleansers are $5.50 AUD. 

Overall, the products are very environmentally friendly and have not been tested on animals. Also, they are palm oil free which makes them totally safe for use in the household. All of their products have a minimalistic look to them which is modern and chic. For a supermarket product, these are definitely affordable and a fantastic range to invest in. 

Here are my favourites from the Organic Choice range that I've recently tried out... 


Organic Choice, West Indian Lime and Coconut - Pure Soy Wax with Essential oils - RRP $15 AUD

I simply love this candle as it smells of a zingy lime and coconut, balanced with a vanilla coconut base. They have proudly been handcrafted in Australia and blended with certified organic essential oils, fragrance oils and pure soy wax (with a lead free wick). It definitely has a distinctive scent where I can keep on smelling it all day long. I have been burning this candle every few days and it really helps me to relax at times. It's a really nice candle to have in your lounge room as it leaves a lovely sweet note all around. 


Organic Choice, Multi-purpose spray - 
RRP $5.50 

This spray contains lemongrass and Australian myrtle which literally makes everything smell so fresh, as well as ensuring that it cleanses and sanitises well. This spray uses a high technology which looks to remove tough oil, fat and grease with ease. I love how this spray does not leave any streak marks on the benches which is so ideal. 


Organic Choice, Air Freshener & Linen Spray - RRP $5.00 (Lemongrass & Cedarwood) 

This particular spray contains essential oils from lemongrass and cedarwood. When sprayed all around the room. It helps to eliminate odours - creating a fresher atmosphere for your household. It even looks to calm you when you're feeling a tad relaxed which is definitely ideal for me. Alternatively, you can also look to spray this in your car as it will just create more of an uplifting fragrance. 


Organic Choice, Air Freshener & Linen Spray - RRP $5.00 (Grapefruit & Pomegranate) 

Just like the Lemongrass & Cedarwood version, this air freshener comes in Grapefruit & Pomegranate which smells just as amazing. As it contains organic essential oils, it's definitely a lovely spray to use all around the home if you're wanting to eliminate any nasty odours. 



The Organic Choice candles are available in four scents - from left to right: Sweet Pea & Jasmine, Lemongrass & Cedarwood, French Pear & Cinnamon Bark. 


Featuring the Organic Choice Vanity & Shower spray and Dishwashing Liquids. 


The Organic Choice range made available at Coles. 
A super and affordable household cleansing range. 

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Have you tried out the Organic Choice range? 

Let me know on your thoughts, 

Cheers,
Livs x


Thank you Organic Choice for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

[LIVIA TRIES WOTNOT'S NATURAL ORGANIC FACIAL WIPES FOR SENSITIVE SKIN FEAT. AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS]


Hello beauties, 

Facial wipes are handy for travelling and ideal if you're looking to achieve cleansed and hydrated skin on the go. WOTNOT facial wipes are the perfect wipes if you have normal to sensitive skin as it's totally vegan and features certified organic ingredients. 

The WOTNOT facial wipes are suitable for those with normal to sensitive skin. The facial wipes includes Australian certified organic aloe vera, rosehip and sweet almond oils which all look to leave you with the softest feeling skin ever. Furthermore, you get a really nice cleansed feel which is so important if you're on the go and wanting a quick fix in removing excess oil, impurities and dirt off your skin.

The most interesting thing about the WOTNOT facial wipes is that the cloth is 100% natural and it does not contain any synthetic materials or nasties which may be too harmful for your skin. 

Removing make-up is now made easier with the WOTNOT facial wipes as it's very gentle to be used on your skin. I felt that by using these facial wipes that they made my skin feel more moisturised and balanced. It did not dry out my skin which was amazing and most importantly, it can help you to remove waterproof mascara quite effectively. (It didn't irritate my eyes which was perfect). Your skin will look more supple and nourished after using the WOTNOT facial wipes. It's also interesting to note that they are a vegan, gluten free, 100% biodegradable and compostable and they haven't been tested on animals. 

Overall, I am so glad that I have stumbled across these facial wipes as carrying them around in my make-up bag is a must. They don't irritate my skin which is so important when it comes to facial wipes and most importantly, they leave my skin feeling so nourished and calming too. They are free from harsh drying chemicals which is what makes them the most gentle and organic facial wipes I have used to date.  

Where to purchase: 

  • RRP $8.99 (For a soft pack of 25) 
  • Available at Priceline stores nationally, 


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Have you guys tried out the WOTNOT facial wipes yet? 

What did you think of them? 

Cheers,
Livs x


Thank you wotnot for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

[MAKE YOUR MORNINGS A RITUAL - RESEARCH BY GUEST BLOGGER AUSSIE-MADE WHOLEFOOD POWDERS, ACTIVATED NUTRIENTS + PERSONAL TIPS BY LIVIA + GET 20% OFF]


Make Your Mornings a Ritual (Science-Backed Research and Personal Tips)

Co-written with guest blogger Activated Nutrients, Aussie-made wholefood powders that help bridge the nutritional gap for the 93% of Australians that aren’t getting enough nutrients in their daily diet.

You don’t have to look hard to find a scientist singing the praises of a consistent morning ritual. There are countless studies on the subject, conducted all over the world by institutions of all sorts.

Together, Activated Nutrients and Livia are looking at some of the benefits of a morning ritual, the most common ways to implement one and even the psychology behind the positive impact these practices can have.

Activated Nutrients are wholefood daily superfood supplements made entirely from raw plants (over 50 raw plants, actually – all hand-picked to make up a nutritionally complete powder). So, naturally, the Activated Nutrients team was keen to look into the role of food in morning rituals.

A lot of the research around morning rituals suggests that food plays an important role in not only establishing the rituals, but laying a foundation for the day ahead as well. In one study published by The Obesity Society’s scientific journal, researchers looked at data from nearly 2,000 randomly chosen people to figure out if the rhythm of their biological clock had an impact on what they ate and when they ate it. The findings? That early-risers were making more healthy food choices than late-sleepers, not just at breakfast time but throughout the day.

And as a bonus, research also suggests that having a ritual around eating actually makes the food more enjoyable! Results of a study published in Psychological Science showed that “rituals enhance the enjoyment of consumption because of the greater involvement in the experience that they prompt.”

Beethoven, for instance, hand-counted 60 coffee beans every morning because he believed that 60 was the magic number for a perfect cuppa. And presumably, he had an attachment to the ritual of counting the beans, one-by-one.

So, if you spend extra time preparing food just how you like it and consuming it in a methodical way that appeals to you, you’ve basically bonded with the food! It seems that this bond may make the experience of eating it more meaningful. This theory was applied and proved to three very different foods: chocolate, carrots and lemonade.

Another study, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, sums up its findings with, “Morning people are more proactive than evening types.” They go into more detail, but that’s the conclusion put simply. This study, and others like it, suggest that the time you wake up and how you wake up are also important.

Activated Nutrients has written about tips for optimal sleeping conditions and wake-up habits, many of which were sourced from Activated Nutrients Chief Science Officer, Dr. JB. The two tips that can be most helpfully applied to morning rituals are the conditions in your room and the alarm you use. Natural light is key because sunlight has a powerful effect on your circadian rhythm which, as we’ve discussed, could impact your food choices throughout the day. As for the alarm, find a gentle sound or even a nice song that’ll ease you into the day instead of shocking you awake.

A lot of people advocate for incorporating some form of meditation into your morning ritual. A 2014 study looked at the brain’s response to mindfulness and meditation. The researchers reported that according to their results, mindfulness impacts the function of the medial cortex, default mode network, insula, amygdala, lateral frontal regions and basal ganglia. That’s a lot of brain stimulation! And guess what – it’s similar to the brain stimulation usually associated with exercise.

To sum up, there’s a lot of evidence suggesting that morning rituals can improve physical and mental health. But we want to stress that a ritual doesn’t have to be time-consuming. It can be as simple as making the same smoothie every morning and drinking it from your favourite cup. Or you can listen to a short playlist while you take a walk around the block. It might be spending five minutes setting three simple goals or intentions for the day before you get out of bed.

We wanted to share the research with you but the specifics of a ritual are a very personal thing. Do whatever feels right, stick to it and keep an eye out for the positive changes that may flow on.


So here's LIVIA's take on her morning rituals for a typical morning:
  • Time to wake up - Getting out of bed can sometimes be challenging (especially when it's cold). I always look to rely on my trusty iPhone alarm. (It never lets me down) 
  • Cleanse the face - By using a gentle cleanser, I'd apply this onto my face and rinse off using lukewarm water. My face now feels fresh and awake!
  • Stretching is a must - A five minute stretch is key to waking up my muscles and getting them ready for the day. 
  • Followed by a quick session of yoga - Next, I'll look to include a quick session of yoga by the window (that way I get enough sunlight). By allowing your body to fulfil a session of yoga every morning, this leads to increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone as well as improved energy and vitality. It helps me to feel more balanced which is essential. 
  • Whipping up a healthy smoothie - After yoga, I'll head over to the kitchen where I'll look to mix up a delicious superfood drink such as the Activated Nutrients Daily Superfood for Women - that's full of natural wholefoods, plants and herbal supplement nutrients. Every morning, after having one glass a day, it personally leaves me feeling healthier and more energised. It's such a healthy and nutritious drink that contains all of the multivitamins, reds and green powders. Also, it helps to support the immune system, mental performance, reduces tiredness and even boosts collagen production (great for the skin and hair). 

Looking good and feeling great is so important for me to stay on top of things. All of that being said, following a simple morning ritual allows me to stay active, less tired and more energised.

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My 'Wake-me up' Smoothie
  • 2 teaspoons of the Activated Nutrients Daily Superfood for Women
  • 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
  • 1 whole orange diced
  • 2 cups (250ml) of coconut juice
  • 1 squeezed whole lemon
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 1 handful of raspberries
  • 1 handful of strawberries
  • 1 dollop of honey
  • 1 cup of ice-cubes
  • 1 banana
Mix it all into a blender and voila… you’ll have yourself a nice smoothie to enjoy for the morning!

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References

Vohs, K.D, Wang, Y., Gino, F., Norton, M.I. (2013). Rituals Enhance Consumption. Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797613478949

Mirkka Maukonen, Noora Kanerva, Timo Partonen, Erkki Kronholm, Heli Tapanainen, Jukka Kontto, Satu Männistö. Chronotype differences in timing of energy and macronutrient intakes: A population-based study in adults. Obesity, 2017; 25 (3): 608 DOI: 10.1002/oby.21747

Randler, Christoph. (2009). Proactive People Are Morning People. Journal of Applied Social
Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2009.00549.x

Pearson, Taylor. The Perfect Morning Routine (Backed by Science).

William R Marchand, Mental Health Service, George E Wahlen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT 84148, United States. Neural mechanisms of mindfulness and meditation: Evidence from neuroimaging studies. World J Radiol. 2014 Jul 28;6(7):471-9. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v6.i7.471



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What's your morning ritual like? 

Let me know on your thoughts by commenting below, 

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Cheers,
Livs x


Thank you to Activated Nutrients for supporting me for this review. My reviews are based on my own experiences and I only recommend products that I truly believe in.