FEATURED POST

[LOOKBOOK FOR WINTER/SPRING 17' - HOW TO STYLE THE PERFECT LITTLE BLACK DRESS]

Hello everyone,  Finding that perfect little black dress may be challenging...but thankfully I've discovered just the perfect b...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MY MORNING DAILY GRIND FEATURING UPPERCUP: A REUSABLE TEA & COFFEE CUP WITH AN INSULATED DESIGN


Guys...I think I've found my new obsession for the mornings, featuring the Uppercup! 

There's no way better than to start the morning with a fresh cup of hot coffee or tea. I always love to start my morning with a dose of caffeine to simply wake myself up, then go about my day by prioritising my tasks and emails. I've always been using a ceramic mug for my daily dose of caffeine, however, there are times where I'd like to take my coffee on the go. Thankfully, there are options for that but it all comes down to what works for you! 

I've been loving the Uppercup in the 12oz (Large) which is made from the highest quality, BPA Free Eastman Tritan copolyester, meaning that it won't retain smell and is 100% dishwasher safe. This super durable cup is now my favourite go to for all of my hot liquids being coffee and tea.  

It helps my coffee and tea stay warm and my fingers cool thanks to its double wall design. The bottom of the cup is also barista designed i.e. conical made so that you get perfect coffee anytime. As for the overall cup I found it so easy to use and with no issues. For something so small to make such a big impact with my daily routine, truly is a wonderful discovery. Plus, it's 100% reusable which means that it's built to last! 

Here are some other features: 
  • Sustainable - made from recyclable material 
  • Ethically made 
  • 100& Australian designed and made 
  • Dishwasher safe 
  • You can write on the cup and wipe it off
  • There's an easy click on lid 
  • Odour and stain resistant 
  • Glass like appeal 
  • BPA and BPS free 

The Uppercup 12oz (Large) RRP $25.00 AUD and is available here


*****

Did you know the company takes fantastic products from local designers and then tweaks and cultivates them into products that are affordable for consumers? 

I am all for supporting local Australian made and designed companies. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

GET PERFECT SKIN IN A SNAP FEATURING THE ESSENTIAL 5-IN-1 FACE PALETTE BY BOBBI BROWN


Want to learn how you can get the perfect skin in a snap? 

Thanks to the Essential 5-in-1 Face Palette by Bobbi Brown, you can now look to achieve perfect skin within minutes. The all-one-palette basically has everything you need such as the Skin Foundation Stick, Corrector, Creamy Concealer, Sheer Finish Pressed Powder and Bronzer. It's perfect for those on the go because you can simply whip out the palette and touch up as you're travelling. No longer do you need to lug around multiple heavy products when you can just simply pack the 5-in-1 face palette in your luggage - all thanks to Bobbi Brown. 

There are 9 shades available and that's based on the Skin Foundation Stick shade being: 
  • Porcelain 
  • Warm Ivory
  • Sand
  • Beige
  • Warm Beige 
  • Natural
  • Natural Tan
  • Honey
  • Warm Almond 

Features: 
  • Skin Foundation Stick - to achieve a natural and even skin complexion 
  • Corrector - to look to brighten and neutralize under the eyes
  • Creamy Concealer - to lighten and even out the skin tone under the eyes 
  • Sheer Finish Pressed Powder - to set makeup for an all day flawless wear 
  • Bronzer - for a touch of warmth and definition 

Another great feature about this palette is that you can look to pop out the shades, mix or match with your colour preferences. It's the perfect palette for travelling as it has all of the necessary products needed to achieve a flawless and smooth base for your skin. This palette is my favourite face palette so far because it's amazing for covering up any redness or blotchiness on my skin, all thanks to the corrector and creamy concealer. 

A look into my daily makeup routine includes: 
  • Starting with the Corrector, where I look to brighten and neutralise the area under my eyes. This is perfect for those wanting to correct their dark circles, so look to blend at the inner corner of eyes first. 
  • Next, Iook to layer on Creamy Concealer, and gently pat this as you blend the concealer throughout. 
  • Apply the Skin Foundation all over the face by using a brush or beauty blender. 
  • Then, set the face with the Sheer Finish Pressed Powder by gently pressing this all over your makeup. 
  • Lastly to finish the look, sweep the Bronzer onto the high points of your face, cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin. 

The Essential 5-in-1 Face Palette RRP $115 by Bobbi Brown is available at selected Myer & David Jones stores, Bobbi Brown Studio Mosman Mecca Maxima and via their online store here




*****

Have you tried out any Bobbi Brown products before? 


Monday, February 26, 2018

DEEP CLEANSING USING THE MUD THERAPY MISTLETOE & FENNEL EXTRACTS BY USPA


USPA Skincare is formulated with naturally active botanical ingredients and is free from sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colour and fragrances. 


USPA is 100% Australian made and is proudly a cruelty-free brand. I've been using some of the products from the USPA range for several months now, and I'm quite impressed with its formulation and benefits. 

Recently I tried out their latest Deep Cleansing Mud Therapy Mistletoe and Fennel Extracts, which is perfect for a pamper treatment right at home. The mask works by drawing out impurities and cleansing the pores, leaving the skin looking and feeling fresher and radiant. Also, thanks to the Chamomile and Yarrow, it helps to provide a soothing effect on the skin leaving you with a clear complexion. Initially my skin felt super congested and so after popping on the Deep Cleansing Mud Mask, I could really feel a fresher and clearer appearance. My pores were instantly cleansed and my skin felt definitely soothed. 

Furthermore, the Mud Mask contains a herbal complex which helps to maintain balance and rapid healing of the skin. Also included in the mask is Bentonite Clay, which works by absorbing any toxins and releasing all of the good minerals into the skin. 

The Deep Cleansing Mud Mask Therapy Mistletoe and Fennel Extracts is available via www.uspa.com.au or RRP $50. 

*****

Have you tried any of the products from the USPA range before? 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

NEW LONG-LASTING MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICKS FEATURING THE SUPERSTAY MATTE INKS BY MAYBELLINE - TRIED AND TESTED REVIEW


Beauties...get excited for the new long-lasting matte liquid lipsticks by Maybelline, featuring the SuperStay Matte Ink... 

They're incredibly super creamy and pigmented...get ready to ink your lips in up to 16 hour saturated liquid matte. The new SuperStay Matte Ink features a unique arrow applicator so that you get the most precise application. Furthermore, there are 10 super saturated shades on. As pictured above, I tried out two contrasting shades from their range being 25 Heroine (a gorgeous poppy orange shade) and 15 Lover (a beautiful and romantic shade)

The packaging comes in a simple and sleek design. I just love how the wand comes with a precise arrow applicator as I found that it gives good control. 

For application you would only need to apply the lip product once as it's very pigmented and dries fairly quickly. If you try adding on a second layer, it may turn a little sticky which is why one layer is all you ever need. 

As for the long-lasting benefit of these liquid lipsticks, they definitely hold up very well. It's perfect for an all day wear as it won't come off that easily after about 9 hours. When it comes to removing the liquid lipstick, I used a cleansing oil or alternatively you can also use coconut oil. I didn't find it too difficult to remove with the cleansing oil. Should you use just soap and water, it may be a little tricky. 

Overall, it's a very light and comfortable product to wear on the lips for all day long. I am overly impressed with its formula and extensive colour range that it has to offer for this season. 

Maybelline New YorkMaybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, $19.95, is available from supermarkets, pharmacies, variety and independent stores. Available now.

*****

SWATCHES 


As pictured above I've swatched the new SuperStay Matte Ink by Maybelline. 

From top to bottom: 

15 - Lover: Featuring such a gorgeous, subtle and sultry looking shade for an everyday look. It's not too vibrant which is great for a casual or special occasion wear. 

25 - Heroine: Featuring a vibrant and bright poppy orange shade that's suited for both light and dark skin tones. It's definitely eye catching and I would see myself wearing this for special events/parties. 




Featuring more colours from the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink range. 


****

Who is excited to try the new SuperStay Matte Ink by Maybelline? 



Friday, February 23, 2018

RELAX, REWIND AND DE-STRESS WITH THE PALM BEACH CANDLE COLLECTION


If you're looking to relax and rewind right at home, then you need to try out the candles from Palm Beach Collection. 

For all of candle lovers, there's now an excuse to keep on shopping for a favourite candle. Look to relax and rewind with your favourite scented candle, accompanied by a glass of wine and a fresh cheese platter. After all..the weekends is finally here! 

Some tips on how to de-stress include:
  1. Drink Green Tea
  2. Eat Mood-Boosting Foods
  3. Create a Relaxation Room by lighting your favourite candle
  4. Listen to Music
  5. Get a Massage
  6. Have a Hot Bath
  7. Exercise Daily

The Palm Beach Collection is a luxury but affordable range of products featuring hand-poured scented candles, reed diffusers and bath products available in an array of inspiring fragrances. 

Here are some picks from The Palm Beach Collection: 


White Rose & Jasmine Scented Soy Candle, RRP $16.95

If you love Jasmine and Rose scents combined, then you'll fall in love with the White Rose and Jasmine Scented Soy candle. It helps to calm and relax your mind which is perfect for those who are faced with constant stress. Simply light a candle, soak in a bath or even read a book. 

Top: Bergamot, Leafy Green 
Heart: Floral, Jasmine, Rose, Violet, Rosewood 
Base: Musk, Cedarwood and Wood 



Clove & Sandalwood Scented Soy Candle, RRP $39.95

With the heart notes being Jasmine, Cyclamen and Rosewood, this soy candle is perfect for your home should you like cedarwood and musky types of scent. Position the candle either in the bathroom or living room for the ultimate aroma. 
Heart: Jasmine, Cyclamen, Rosewood
Base: Cedarwood, Musk, Wood, Sandalwood


****

Where to purchase: 
  • The Palm Beach Collection is available here

*****

How do you look to de-stress? 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

EXPERIENCE AN ORIENTAL AND BOTANICAL FRAGRANCE FEATURING AURA MUGLER, EAU DE PARFUM


AURA MUGLER...
embodies the spirit of women who love life. 

For those ready to explore their desires and travel the path to self-discovery, you may be interested in Aura Mugler. 

Aura Mugler by Mugler is essentially a woody aromatic fragrance for women, which is currently now available at David Jones and Myer stores. The fragrance was proposed by Thierry Mugler and sculpted by an artist before being produced industrially. What makes this bottle very intriguing is that it has the mark of a work of art.

The fragrance features rhubarb leaf, tiger liana, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla and woldwood notes 

30ml.......99 AUD
50ml.......139 AUD
90ml.......179AUD




*****

Have you tried the new fragrance by Aura Mugler? 


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. 


****

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. 

******

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+ 

****

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. 

****

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. 

*****

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.

****

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


*****

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



****

Have you tried any products from Obagi before?