Sunday, February 26, 2017

EL8TE



El8te Rose Skincare

Pure! Natural! Australian!

http://www.el8teaustralia.com.au
I love being an Aussie, but the heat is getting ridiculous! I am so over it, anyone else? I have always
loved winter and the cooler months and this year I am looking forward to it more than ever!

Speaking of being Aussie, today I thought I'd talk about another totally awesome all Australian
made and owned company and a few of their products I have been trying out over the past couple of
months called El8te Skincare.


Moisturising Hand & Body Wash - ($24.95 - 250ml)
This delightful multi-use product smells different to anything else I have tried and is very uplifting
and pretty. The formula is an almost clear and not too running when you pump it out of the dispenser.

I have been using this both in the shower, in the kids bath and as a hand wash in the kids bathroom
which we as a family all use as some point during the day! This product has been well loved and used
by us all and I have heard no complaints! I am really loving it, plus the elegant packaging doesn't hurt
to turn the kids bathroom into more of a grown up space.... at least when you look at where it sits on
the side of the sink and nowhere else! ;)

El8te also offer a range of products in charcoal & spearmint, rosemary & citrus as well as a skincare range just for babies! This particular range of goat's milk and rose is especially formulated for suit even the most sensitive of skin types.

This hand and body wash is very gentle and feels soft and milky on the skin. The scent it deliciously
rose with that slight milky fragrance. All ingredients are 100% natural and Australian which makes me feel good about supporting our Aussie companies!

Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream - ($34.95 - 75g)
I always apply hand cream right before going to sleep. I find this the best way for those richer, thick
creams to really soak in, soften and repair my skin as I sleep. This particular hand cream not only
moisturisers deep within the skin, slowing down the look of your ageing hands. With it's goat's milk
which contains a massive 50 essential nutrients as well as vitamins A, B5, C & E and folic acid it also
softens your cuticles and hardens your nails keeping them healthy on the inside and looking youthful,
smooth and shiny on the outside!

This hand and nail cream isn't your overly super thick kind, however that's not to say it doesn't work
just as well or isn't as rich in ingredients, as the results I have experienced have been really quite
wonderful! Being 33, my hands are beginning to show their age much more than my face! Even with
applying hand cream each night. During the day I am either at work using my hands all day long or at
home looking after two young kids and cleaning all day. All those chemicals and hand washing really
dries them out and I never experienced this until becoming a busy parent. 


El8te Skincare are cruelty free and do not test on animals! 
Their products are also free from synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals & colour additives! 

You can kind and purchase these products and more from their various ranges mentioned above 
directly online from their website. El8te Skincare can also be found in selected stores and some spas
Australia wide. 

Have you tried goats milk in skincare?
Do you actively seek out to purchase Australian brands?


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*This product was kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*My opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Sunday, February 12, 2017

VANILLA BEAN CANDLE


THE TREASURY OF CANDLES!
-
Vanilla Bean Scented 
+
 Jewellery Hidden Inside!

Time to get your romance on - it's Valentine's Day tomorrow!! If you've been following my Instagram
you may have noticed my love theme going on over there giving you a few ideas to get your prepped
and ready for the day of love. 

Today I am just bursting to tell you all about this romantic aromatic glorious soy wax scented candle 
which is packaged like luxury in this sturdy black box presented complete with an organza coloured 
ribbon and  neat little bow on the top. There are 11 different scents to choose from at The Treasury Of
 Candles and each is presented with a different coloured ribbon. 

Scents available are - Vanilla Bean / French Pear / Maple Syrup & Pumpkin Waffle / Lemon Vanilla
Cupcake / Lychee & Black Tea / Spiced Fruits / Blueberry Muffin / Warm Woods & Bonfire Nights /
Clean Cotton & Honeysuckle / Exotic Lychee / Chocolate Orange Truffle.


As I am a bit of a vanilla nut, of course I was drawn to choose the Vanilla Bean scented candle and my
goodness does it smell like a vanilla lovers dream!

Housed in a tall white recyclable glass with shiny gold lid. It really is a beauty! These Treasury candles
 have a super long burn time of up to 80 hours! That's at least 8 bubble baths long! ;)


Now for the fun part! What makes this candle so unique is that there is a hidden treasure inside!
In each candle there is a ring valued from between $25 - $7,500! 

Impatient as anything I lit my candle and waited for what seemed like forever until I finally saw 
something silver poking up from underneath the melted wax. Ok, so I only wait about an hour until I
saw something, grabbed my tweezers and started tugging and digging to get it out!


Low and behold as you can see in the image below, the ring is securely wrapped inside a snap tight 
clear plastic bag and then wrapped agin in some foil.

The tag on my ring says it is a size 7 which I guess is the average size for most people. However it is a
bit big for me and fits most comfortably on my pointer finger next to my thumb. 

It is a lovely ring with 5 emerald green gems set in silver and according to The Treasuring Of
Candles website is valued at $79!


So if you're interested in treating yourself, a friend or someone you love this Valentine's Day why not 
get them something a little different, unique, smells great creates a romantic atmosphere and well -
Jewellery!

 Each candle is $59.95 each with FREE SHIPPING!

Also available which you can purchase directly from their website is their handy little gold plated 
Candle Snuffer and Wick Trimmer at $24.95 each.

Have you tried these types of candles before?
What are your thoughts on finding a hidden treasure inside?



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*This product was kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*My opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Friday, February 3, 2017

NEW RIMMEL


NEW YEAR
NEW! - RIMMEL LONDON MAKEUP!

Far out, February already? Can you believe it! My daughter started prep this year hence my blog
being a little quiet during January. It has been a busy, emotional and exciting time for us all!

Hang on a tic, February, the month of luuuurve! I just love all the fun lovey dovey products which
jump out at you vying for your attention this time of the year. Even if you're single I personally
would make this time all about myself. Self love and appreciation for all that you are. There are lots
of ways to celebrate love, not just in the boyfriend/girlfriend kinda way.

So stay tuned this month for some fun Valentine's Day themed articles and piccies! Time to get
flat lay love creative, goody goody!

In the meantime if you want some Valentine's Day hair inspiration you can watch a few videos I
made last year HERE and HERE and HERE!

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Now let's get onto some fun new Rimmel London products! I cannot wait to see what else this brand
comes up with this year. Last year was amazing in terms of product releases. There were so many
and many the suit all ages and makeup preferences. I really love Rimmel because they are not only
highly desirably priced, their quality of products are also up there. Such great value!


Fresher Skin Foundation - #102 Light Nude
Rimmel London foundations in general are great for everyday wear if you are wanting a light to
medium coverage which doesn't look of feel as if it's caked on. This new release is the same. Light to
medium in coverage, a dewy finish (I assume from th SPF 15) and a fantastic shade selection to
choose from. (x6 in this case).

This foundation comes in a glass tub with screw top lid which you can apply with a foundation
brush, clean fingers or sponge. The formula can look a little oily in there, so I like to give mine a
bit of a mix with my brush before using it.

It does last pretty much all day with just a powder touch up required on these super stinking hot days
we've been having lately. I like how light if feels on my skin and how natural it looks. Kinda like that
naked skin look.




Magnif'Eyes Eye Contouring Palette - Grunge Glamour
I am beginning to hoard quite a little collection of these kinds of eyeshadow palettes without quite
realising it until now. Thinking about it, it really isn't that hard to figure out the reasons why. Just look
at these gorgeous velvety shades! Ahh I cannot get enough of how smooth and easy to wear they are.

If you have seen, used or own the Urban Decay Naked Smoked eyeshadow palette then you can
pretty much see why I call this my smaller dupe version of that. These shades take you safely from
day all the way to midnight with those vampy daring shimmering dark colours toward the right end
of the palette.

The first four shades are much more subtle and make great brow highlights and neutral bases or for
a natural barely there day time makeup look.

These swatches below are shown when applied with a wet brush which really bring out their
pigmentation and drama. I would recommend applying with a good shadow primer or white cream
base to bring out the most of these if applying dry.




What kind of makeup you do find yourself a collector of?
Have you tried these products?



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*These products were gifted to me for consideration/review
*Some affiliate links used. My opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Sunday, January 29, 2017

JERGENS



HOW TO:

Get Your Summer Fake Bake On Point!

W/Jergens Tanning Range!

Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer
If you love your body scrubs that really get down and dirty giving your skin a that good scrubbing
feeling, then this is a product for you! This Color Primer preps your skin for tanning by really
getting in there and buffing away all that dead skin build up and creating a natural smooth surface
which helps your self tanners and gradual tanning moisturisers glide onto the skin like butter creating
an even and the most natural looking toasty glow, ever!

This amino fruit extract blend is a pretty and orange to brown in colour and has a gorgeous
 shimmer through it!

Basically Jergens have extended their product range from not only just your everyday
daily body moisturisers and gradual tanning moisturisers. Now Jergens have cleverly released two
more products for us to really get the most our of our tanning routines.

The 3 steps are. Prime, Moisturiser & Extend. That's where these products come in.

SHOP THIS! $10.99 (162ml)


Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturiser (Medium to Tan)
If you'd like to read up on my review of this product in the 'Fair to Medium' shade, then just
click here! After prepping my skin with the Jergens Color Primer, I cannot express to you enough
just how smooth this gradual tanning moisturiser just glides directly onto the skin!

The formula appears surprisingly quite light in colour considering it is a darker gradual tanner.
However it somehow works it's magic and over about a week I noticed my skin appearing a lovely
shade of summer glow. Looking warm and even all over. I have been really impressed with the
results and the gorgeous smell which is nothing at all like your regular 'fake tan' smell!

SHOP THIS! $10.99 (221ml)

Jergens Natural Glow Tan Extender
Here's a product I find most interesting! Mostly because I have never heard nor have I ever used a
Tan Extender before! This product works to help prolong the life of not only your fake tan but also
any natural tanning you may have already from the sun.

I like to apply this product in the morning before getting dressed for the day and then apply the
Jergens Daily Moisturiser at night. I have been doing this daily for more than a month now and
it seems to be a working combo whilst using the Color Primer once a week in between to keep my
tan fresh and even.

This Tan Extender feels very light and soft on the skin. It soaks in quite fast and doesn't leave any
greasy residue. There is only a very light scent about it and it seems to be keeping my tan from
fading too fast.

SHOP THIS! $12.99 (221ml)

You an check out the full range of Jergens products at your local Priceline store and online.

Do you use Jergens tanning skincare products?
Do you self tan during Summer or all year round?


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*These products were gifted to me for consideration/review
*Some affiliate links used. My opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Monday, January 2, 2017

BOTANICES



BOTANICES 

CLEANSER CREAM

REVIEW + VIDEO!
There are two main components I look for in skincare. Number one and most important is hydration.
Keeping your skin hydrated is key in keeping your skin looking young, supple and healthy. Number
two is anti-ageing ingredients such as Vitamin C & E, Rosehip and Caffeine.

This leads me to the newest addition to BotanicES's skincare range. Their Cleanser Cream. This
is both anti-ageing and extremely hydrating, containing both Vitamin E and Caffeine extract it
doesn't strip your skin from it's natural oils. More so in my experience I have found it to balance out
my skin's moisture levels, hydrating it deep down into the skin as well as firming it over continued
 use over the past few months with the caffeine extract used in the formula.

When used straight up first thing in the morning I have found this cleanser significantly reduces the
appearance of my puffy under eyes and I feel instantly more awake and the random red rash I get
every now and again on my neck calms down a whole lot too!


My favourite way to use this cleanser is just to add a small amount of water and massage it into my
face and remove with a warm face cloth. At the end of the day this also works as a fantastic makeup
remover. Just pump a squirt or two onto an eye makeup remover wipe and gently swipe over your
face and you should find your makeup comes off brilliantly, even tough eye makeup and those long
lasting liquid lipsticks!

For 200ml you can pick up this Cleanser Cream up conveniently from your couch directly from
BotanicES's official website. Alternatively, this brand has also just recently launched in selected
Priceline stores in Brisbane, Terry White Chemist (Indooropilly) & Braidwood Pharmacy and
retails for a current RRP $35.00 (SHOP!)


What do you look for in skincare?
Have you used Caffeine in skincare before?




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*This product was gifted to me for consideration/review
*Some affiliate links used. My opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 ESSENTIALS & TRENDS

Things To Buy In 2017!

5 Trends To Follow!

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A Practical Handbag!
A good practical handbag doesn't necessarily need to be a designer one. As long as you love it, it
has room for everything you need on a day to day basis and is of good quality, then you're onto a
winner. I only own a few handbags now a days and probably have just one I use the most day to day.

However with my birthday coming up this month it got me thinking about what do I really actually
want and need. Since my major decluttering since moving I know for sure I definitely only want
quality over quantity. Quantity is word which just haunts me now!

This bag by Michael Kors is great because it is quality, a timeless colour and a great size, plus
comes with matching purse. Seriously contemplating this, even if I need to save up to buy it myself!

Michael Kors Gift Set | CLICK TO SHOP! (Currently Out Of Stock!) Boo! :(
Available to purchase individually HERE and HERE!

A Pair Of Designer Heels (Or 2!)
Now, there was a time when I had a hard time throwing away my shoes! I must have owned at least
thirty pairs and none of which where of any kind of decent quality. Since becoming a mum and
realising how your possessions triple with all of their stuff I knew my mindset needed to change!

After doing some research on how to de-clutter and watching videos on Youtube about minimalism,
it really helped me during the whole process. Now I only own about ten pairs and even that seems
like too many since I probably only wear 2-3 of them regularly!

In saying that I am still a bit of a fashionista and like to own nice things and that does include a
nice pair of classic designer heels. I figure if I can half my shoe collection either by donating,
selling or chucking the bad ones away then I can justify purchasing perhaps just one or two pairs of
like the ones below. Since both black and nude are classic must have colours and since I don't own
any other shoes in this style, then these are worth saving up my dollar coins for in the long run!

Left - Christian Louboutin So Kate Black Pumps $590 | CLICK TO SHOP!
Right - Valentino Rockstud Leather Pumps $1280 | CLICK TO SHOP!




Bedroom Storage!
You can never have too much storage space and with Christmas just gone, with all of the extra
possessions we have accumulated during this holiday season a nice grey practical ottoman to match
the couch and dining chairs sounds like a great idea to me!

Our couch and dining chairs are already this same grey shade with the black legs so I am seriously
contemplating getting this for our lounge room area! Not only does it provide storage space for all
the kids toys which have somehow ventured from the hidden caves of their rooms into the lounge
room, therefore turning it into an instant playroom. This storage ottoman can hide all the toys away
at the end of the day and TA-DA! My lounge room is all of a sudden turned magically back into an
adult relaxation space!

Jacobson Grey Storage Ottoman $94.45 | CLICK TO SHOP!


Grown Up Luggage!
Admittedly, I haven't gone away anywhere on holiday in years, however I am optimistic 2017 might
be my year! I LOVE to travel and the hubster and I regularly dream of doing it more. So being
prepared doesn't seem like a bad thing to do, right?

The only luggage I currently own is an oversized handbag and not much else. I love the look of this
Samsonite luggage because it's rose gold (my favourite obsession at the moment), it's a decent,
generous size without being difficult to handle, had a combination lock and most importantly it has a
hard outer shell to keep everything protected and dry on the inside!

Also currently on sale from $849 down to $509! | CLICK TO SHOP!


Haha! How could I resist leaving this off my list? It's just too funny not too! Whoever thought of
naming this product of glittery sparkly goo completely nailed it! Unicorn Snot? Oh yes, that sounds
exactly like something I want to lather all over my body and face! lol

Because deep down we all really want to be unicorns....
Unicorn Snot Glitter Gel available also in Pink! Currently 25% off at $10.36 | CLICK TO SHOP!



My Top 5 Fashion & Beauty Tend Predictions!

(Click an image to shop these trends!)

1.) Off the shoulder fashion. Be it one shoulder or two. Baring some skin up top is going
to be huge this Summer!


2.) Ruffles and bows are back! Think girlie layers on a fitted cotton shirt tied at the side with a
statement bow. Tone down this busy trend by pairing with some classic jeans, black pants or one
coloured maxi skirt, some cut off shorts or a plain top for bows and busy bits on the bottom half!


3.) Rose gold is here to stay, as is marble, turquoise, crystal, stone and boho style jewellery,
clothing, fashion and home decor items.







4.) Eco friendly, natural skincare & makeup, vegan products, etc. These kinds of demands by
consumers is only going to grow! Here are some of my favourite brands and products that fit this
description below.


5.) Cosmetic tattooing. Forget tattooing on eyebrows, lip colour and eyeliner. That is so 2016!
The next big thing is cosmetic tattooing by reducing the appearance of stretch marks by tattooing
over them to even out the skin tone in the area and disguising their appearance! Clever!



























Which beauty/fashion essential or trends will you be following in 2017?



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*Some of these products may have been gifted to me for consideration/review
*Some affiliate links used. My opinions are all 100% honest & all my own