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THE DRESS EDIT LOOKBOOK: HOW TO STYLE SPECIAL OCCASION OUTFITS (PRETTYLITTLETHING)

New Year. New Dress, Glam it up girl.  W hen it comes to special occasions...who doesn't love to get their glam and style o...

Thursday, February 28, 2019

#OOTD: INSPIRED BY THE BOHEMIAN FASHION LIFE


OOTD: A touch of boho style. 

I am loving everything about this outfit by Boom Shankar where they offer a collection of bohemian inspired pieces that are comfortable and stylish for women and men. I discovered this brand about a year ago and some of their garments have definitely captured my interest. 

The current piece I'm wearing is 100% cotton and feels incredibly comfortable to wear. This dress comes with a 100% cotton slip dress for underneath and the embroidery is just beautiful. 

This outfit is perfect for a weekend outing, long walks at the beach or even for special events. I wore this dress when it was literally 30 degrees plus and my outfit was super breathable to wear throughout the humidity. 

REBEL EDGE TRIO - DIFFUSE, DEFINE, DEFY - REAL TECHNIQUES BEAUTY BRUSHES

 


Rebel Edge Trio Set, Real Techniques 

For a range of uniquely shaped makeup brushes, say hello to the Rebel Edge Trio Set by Real Techniques. Designed by Sam & Nic Chapman, this trio offers a unique set of brushes which are designed to allow you to define and blend your powders with ease. 

Firstly all three brushes are slanted on an angle so that means you can use this broad, fine or medium cut finish for your face, cheek and eyes. I feel that it actually allows you to apply more of a defined look and finish, especially when it comes to using your powders. It's all about creating that sharp, neat edge look. 

With the cropped heads it allows you to control, define and blend powders the way you want it. In the trip set there are three brushes which includes the Broad Brush (best for bronzer or foundations), Fine Brush (best for eyeshadows) and Medium Brush (best for blushes or highlighters). 

The Rebel Edge Trio Set, RRP $45 and can be purchased online here




Are you excited about the Rebel Edge Trio? 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

100% VEGAN & CRUELTY FREE LIP WHIPS BY MECCA MAX - LOOK TO AIR WHIP YOUR LIPS!


Get ready to air whip your lips. 

These new Lip Whips by Mecca Max, (RRP $25) glides like butter, contains a whole lot of pigment just like a lipstick, and comes with a light whipped cream texture which feels silky smooth on the lips. The finishing touch of the Lip Whips is of a matte look and they're incredibly long-lasting to wear which is perfect for everyday or a special occasion. 

Furthermore, these lippies are a game changer because they apply so easily and feel incredibly light on the lips. The applicator comes in a pillowy pom pom style which makes it easy to apply and blend without any hassles. You can look to use the 'dabbing' motion to create a subtle and soft look for the lips. I love the overall soft and matte look to these lippies, plus they smell just like butter cream on a cupcake. They definitely offer high coverage to the lips which stays matte for all day long. I experienced no dryness or flakiness to using the all new Lip Whips and are now my go to lip products for everyday. 

The Lips Whips by Mecca Max are 100% vegan and are cruelty-free which is amazing. 

See my swatches below.


Shades swatched (From top to bottom): 

Choc Top 

Fairy Floss

Toffee Apple 

Caramel 

Nutmeg 

Image source: Mecca 


Image source: Mecca 


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Are you excited to try the NEW Lip Whips by Mecca Max? 

MY SKINCARE ROUTINE ON HOW TO ACHIEVE BRIGHTER LOOKING SKIN


Want to learn how to detox dull and tired looking skin? 

Once every week I always look to do a skincare detox whenever my skin is feeling dull, dry and in need of rejuvenation. I have been using two amazing products from the Antipodes range featuring the 'Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask' and the 'Aura Manuka Honey Mask'. Both of these products have helped my skin tremendously by hydrating, moisturising as well as detoxifying it. They're super gentle on the skin and my complexion has been looking much brighter and radiant (essential if you're after that healthy glow). So if you are ever in need of skin rejuvenation, simply layer on both masks to achieve the hydration and moisturisation benefits. 

So for a deep detox treatment, I'd look to layer on both masks to achieve intense hydration, exfoliation and a skin-brightening effect.
"For combination skin, apply both Halo and Aura to different parts of the face for the best results, with Aura on the drier areas and Halo on those patches which are only congested and oily..." 
"If you suffer from dry skin, remember to remove the Halo mask before it completely dries to avoid drawing too much moisture from the skin..."  - suggests Antipodes beauty expert, Deborah Sampson. 

Antipodes, Aura Manuka Honey Mask 


Antipodes, Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask 

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What's your facial detox routine like? 

MY HEALTHY PROTEIN & PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BALLS + ACAI BOWL RECIPE



I'm constantly snacking which is why I decided to whip up some healthy chocolate balls... 
Get ready to devour some tasty and healthy chocolate balls! I tried out a new protein range called Formulated For You which offers a range of premium meal replacements, supplements, etc. I tried out their products which includes their Cacao, Whey Protein Concentrate and Acai blend of powders. These are super handy to have when you're looking to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. You can choose to blend them into a smoothie or look to whip up some healthy chocolate protein balls. They're great for those who want to consume less sugar and consider a healthier snack option.



Protein & Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls 

You will need: 
Whey Protein Concentrate
Raw Cacao Powder 
Vanilla Essence 
Peanut Butter
Coconut Flakes
Coconut Oil 
Medjool Dates 

What you need to do: 
  1. Mix 1 cup of Whey Protein Concentrate and 1 cup of Raw Cacao powder into a bowl. Add 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 tsp of vanilla essence to the mix. Mix with using a wooden spoon. You should start to see the mixture become sticky, this is the consistency you want (not runny). 
  2. Using a food processor add about 15-20 medjool dates and 2 tbsp of boiling water to it. Blend for about 10 seconds. 
  3. Transfer the blended and crushed medjool dates to your bowl of powder and mix thoroughly. Add the coconut flakes into the mix and stir. If you find that your mix is too runny because of the coconut oil, look to add more cacao powder or coconut flakes to make it a thicker consistency. 
  4. Have your baking paper and tray ready for the balls. Roll up about 1 tbsp of the mixture and make a little hole in the middle. Using a teaspoon, dollop a little amount of peanut butter into the centre. Close the hole by filling in with the rest of the mixture. Lay them neatly onto the tray. 
  5. Place the trays into the freezer and leave for about 30 minutes. 
  6. After 30 minutes, your balls are ready to enjoy. 
  7. Store the chocolate balls into an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

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Bon appetiti! 




A healthy alternative range by Formulated For You. 



Whey Protein Concentrate, F4U


Raw Organic Cacao Powder, F4U 


Acai Berry, F4U, is perfect for creating your healthy acai bowls as it's full of antioxidants and nutritional health benefits. This powder is a great saver especially when you're constantly on the go. We all know how expensive acai bowls can add up when you're eating on the go, so this is perfect for making it right at home.  

Mix the Acai Berry powder into your smoothie or yoghurt, blend away - then add your favourite toppings to a bowl. My favourite toppers are usually apples, raspberries, bananas, coconut flakes and blueberries. You can definitely be creative here! 

Acai bowls or smoothies is the perfect morning booster. 


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What are your favourite vitality snacks? 

Monday, February 25, 2019

PRODUCT REVIEW: EXPLORE & MORE BABY'S VIEW 3-STAGE ACTIVITY CENTRE BY SKIP HOP - AVAILABLE VIA STORKNEST


This activity centre by Skip Hop is perfect for babies and toddlers over 4 months of age. 

If you're looking for a versatile play centre which can provide many developmental activities for your Bub, then I'd definitely recommend this Play Activity Centre by Skip Hop which is available via The Stork Nest. It has been designed in collaboration with a pediatrician and the idea of the activity center is so that supports your baby's play and learning development skills. It's easy to assemble and you can easily position the toys according to your baby's preferences. Plus, it's super easy to clean for bub's next play session.

It's so important for babies to grow and develop everyday skills and so far I've found this Play Activity Center to assist so much in that direction. You can easily remove the Activity Center around the house and know that Bubs will be kept occupied with the included developmental toys. 



What I love about the Activity Centre by Skip Hop is that it converts to a table for toddlers as they grow, making it very multi-functional. Simply add-on some chairs and turn it into a colouring and playing session. 

Some features include: 
  • Suitable for babies and toddlers (4m+) 
  • Three stages of use include: Sit, swivel, bounce & play; Cruise & interact; Play table
  • Includes 25+ developmental activities 
  • Discovery window - allows Bub's to see their feet whilst they're playing 
  • Clip on toys are easily adjustable 
  • Legs detach for easy storage
  • Converts to a play table
  • 360 degree rotating seat 
  • Phthalate free  


Jordan enjoying his new Activity Center by Skip Hop. 

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Have you checked out The Stork Nest for all of your baby needs? 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

SUPPORT BREAST CANCER RESEARCH & AWARENESS WITH WRINKLES SCHMINKLES X PINK HOPE


Silicone pads are ideal for those wanting a smoother chest and recovering from radiation/treatment.

"Pink Hope is excited to partner with Wrinkles Schminkles and to provide our community with real products to help them during times when their skin is at its most vulnerable. We wanted to provide women in our community with products that will help them heal and rejuvenate their skin after surgery and cancer treatments." Krystal Barter, Founder of Pink Hope. 

The Chest Revival Kits by Wrinkles Schminkles are a special collaboration with Pink Hope. Basically it's a limited edition kit which contains 1 x Chest Silicone Pad, 1 x Morning After Glow Serum and a 1 x Cleaning Solution. 100% of all profit of the Chest Revival Kit will be donated to Pink Hope which is such an amazing cause. 

All of the these products are completely safe to use for women in recovery and it's the perfect option for some post-treatment or surgery. The pads are 100% Medical Grade Silicone and has been scientifically proven to stimulate collagen, prevent and correct wrinkles. Additionally, the silicone pads are effective for those who have lines that are caused by side sleeping or sun exposure. 

The Limited Edition Kit is designed for regular users of the Chest pads, who can for the month of March, purchase their favourite products at a discounted bundle prices with all proceeds going to Pink Hope.

The Chest Revival Kit, RRP $99.95 and is currently now available via wrinklesschminkles.com or adorebeauty.com.au

“It’s a pleasure and honor to be a part of such a network that supports women. As a Dermatologist, I know that breast cancer and radiation therapy has a significant impact on the skin, leading to sensitivity, irritation and degradation of the breast and chest tissue. Medical grade silicone can assist in protecting, improving the texture and reducing sensitivity that these women suffer from. 
At Darlinghurst Dermatology we specialize in treating the chest area with combination laser therapy to combat these issues. We now routinely use these TGA approved medical grade silicone sheets as ongoing care for the d├ęcolletage skin.” - Dermatologist, Dr. Natasha Cook 




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Have you tried out the silicone medical grade pads by Wrinkles Schminkles before? 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

JUST NEWLY ARRIVED: LIMITED EDITION DESERT QUEEN EYE & FACE PALETTE - AVAILABLE AT MECCA MAXIMA


Marble and metallic sunset vibes, that's my sort of palette...

That pretty much sums up everything about the Desert Queen, Eye and Face palette (RRP $38) for a limited only by Mecca Max. Are you guys digging this new beautiful palette? 

The palette consists of 15 incredible matte and shimmery shades which are incredibly pigmented. I was surprised by how blendable and pigmented the shades are and for the price point, it really is a palette worth picking up. The shimmery shades are very buildable where you can look to mix and match onto your cheeks, eyes and face. (It's so versatile and perfect for a multipurpose palette). 

Also, it's easy to complement the shades in this palette because no matter which shade you pick they will blend easily. I use my fingers to apply on the eyeshadows as I feel that it packs on more colour onto the eyelids better and then just buffed it out by using a blending eyeshadow brush. 

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how aesthetically pleasing this palette looks? I'm fully drawn to the copper, red and marble inspired shades which are so fun to play with especially with Autumn coming. And....let's talk about the full size mirror that comes with this palette, it makes it so convenient for me especially when I need to do my makeup on the go. It's perfect for taking with you whenever you're travelling. Just be sure to remember to pack your brushes with you too! 

"My best beauty tip in looking to apply on these stunning shades, is to spray your application brush or beauty sponge with a makeup setting spray. This will bring out the vibrant and stunning shades more on your eyes & face."

For a subtle glow on the cheeks - Simply opt for the peachy/coral shimmery tones 

For a contoured and bronzed glow - Use the warmer brown tones

Overall, the multi-purpose face and eyeshadow palette is absolutely a THUMBS UP for me. Knowing that it's a limited edition product, it's definitely a useful versatile palette to pick up. The shades aren't too dramatic looking which is perfect for creating subtle day and natural looks for all season round. 


Image courtesy of MECCA


Up close and personal with the Desert Queen Eye and Face palette. 


Are YOU loving this right now? 

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The finished look 



To create this eye look, I used the Desert Queen Eye and Face Palette by MECCA MAX by focusing on the warm tones - red, nude and sand. 

Image courtesy of MECCA

How gorgeous are these professional swatches (thanks to MECCA). 

You can see that the bottom swatches really stand out and make lovely shades for Summer, Spring and Autumn. 


Image courtesy of MECCA

Up close and personal with the Desert Queen Eye and Face palette. 

Are YOU loving this right now? 


Just beautiful... 

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Have you checked out this palette yet? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

PROTECT & ENERGISE THE SKIN WITH THE DAILY RADIANCE VITAMIN C CREAM (+SUN PROTECTION) BY MEDIK8


What if there was a product out there that contain vitamin C as well as your much needed sun protection? 

Take the Daily Radiance Vitamin C by Medik8, RRP $109 for instance, it's essentially an antioxidant cream which provides the added sun protection for your skin. It literally gives you glowing and radiant skin, as well as protecting it from the harsh UVA and UVB sun rays. The Daily Radiance Vitamin C draws moisture deep into the skin keeping it locked. This in effect gives you a much brighter complexion as well as preventing skin ageing. 

Recently I've been giving this daily cream a go on my skin and so far I'm loving the results. My skin definitely looks much brighter and feels healthier (which is due to the Vitamin C ingredient) and I can easily wear it outside especially when the sun's rays are harsh. Also, it has a silky and creamy texture which feels nice on the skin. It absorbs easily and is very lightweight making it perfect for an everyday wear. 

The Daily Radiance Vitamin C by Medik8, RRP $109 is available via www.medik8.com.au


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Have you tried out the Medik8 skin brand before? 

Monday, February 18, 2019

SUNSETS IN CAPRI: WHITE PEACH & SEA BREEZE - GLASSHOUSE FRAGRANCES


SUNSETS IN CAPRI TRIPLE SCENTED CANDLE 

I am loving everything about the Sunsets in Capri, Triple Scented Candle by Glasshouse Fragrances. Featuring a gorgeous dreamy pink and sunset-inspired candle, the notes consists of Marine, Peach and Jasmine which is perfect for winding down and enjoying a strong cup of coffee. The candle itself already looks magical and what better way to enjoy the strong feminine scent at the comfort of your own home. This candle is ideal for those who appreciate and enjoy the sweet scents just like myself. As for its overall packaging, it's definitely beautiful looking which would make a superb gift idea for your friends or family.  

TOP: Cassis Bud, Mandarin, Ginger, Peach 
MIDDLE: Jasmine, Lily, Peach 
BASE: Amber, Musk, Marine 

All of the Glasshouse fragrances are handmade in Australia and is now currently available here, (RRP $46.95) for 350g. 


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Have you tried out the NEW Sunsets in Capri by Glasshouse Fragrances? 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

LOOK TO LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN: MY SPA PAMPERING ESSENTIALS


Get the latest skincare newbies for a pampering session right at home. These are the newest spa products from Crabtree & Evelyn and what better way to soak in the bath/shower with these beautiful scented essentials. 

Here are some of my favourites below: 


Citron & Coriander, Energising Body Sorbet, (RRP $40) by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

This energising body cream is super moisturising and feels silky soft. It helps to leave your skin feeling well quenched and hydrated. 

Available here


Citron & Coriander, Energising Body Wash, (RRP $29) by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

For a zingy and energising body wash you can't go wrong with the Citron & Coriander selection. If you're into citrus and fresh fruity scents, then you may enjoy this particular body wash. 

Available here

Lavender & Espresso Calming Body Lotion, (RRP $32) by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

Infuse your skin with a lovely combination of botanicals which consists of lavender. This body lotion always puts me into a relaxing mood. 

Available here


Lavender & Espresso Calming Soap, (RRP $15) by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

This soap bar consists of calming lavender and shea butter which leaves your skin feeling very moisturised and hydrated. 

Available here


Lavender & Espresso Calming Body Scrub, (RRP $40) by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

Buff away the flaky dead skin cells with this rich body scrub by Crabtree & Evelyn. It's made with fine grain sugar which doesn't feel rough on the skin, and gives you a calming and spa experience. 

Available here


Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Body Scrub, (RRP $40) 
by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

Remove your skin impurities by trying this lovely body scrub from the Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn range. Right after using this scrub, your skin will feel super soft and nourished. 

Available here


Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Body Wash, (RRP $29) 
by Crabtree & Evelyn. 

I love anything rose-scented so this body wash was definitely a hit for me. It has a sweet and subtle scent of rose which gives you an invigorating shower experience. 

Available here


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Have you tried any of these by Crabtree & Evelyn?