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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration found from around the web

\\  This DIY denim embroidery is simple but sure makes a statement.  //
\\  How adorable would this DIY basket backpack be during Spring?!  //
\\  How to add a built in bra to clothing is the DIY that I've needed in my life all these years.  //
\\  Edible flower popsicles would make such cute Summer get-together treats.  //
\\  Yes to everything about this sweet bourbon peach lemonade recipe!  //
\\  This blueberry quinoa cookie crisp is a sneaky way to add some superfoods to your day.  //

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

June 2018 Beauty Favourites

Makeup, Skincare and Beauty Favorites of June 2018

This was bought on a whim during a Maybelline clearance because I thought that it would make my morning routine a little easier and it does exactly that! It's basically a stick concealer with an angled tip that makes it so incredibly easy to clean up and sharpen around the brows. Just line, blend out with a concealer brush and you're off. I wouldn't call this a highlighter as the same suggests, though. The Medium shade matches my skin tone perfectly, making it easy to blend out seamlessly and I guess that I could have gotten a lighter shade to highlight but I didn't want a light border around the top of my brows (I guess you could use a lighter one underneath and medium on the top but honestly, who has the time). It's still a wonderfully handy product, regardless.

Two: FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
You may have seen this featured in my "Products I Want to Try in 2018" post. I hauled it as soon as it became available in Australia and I can confidently say that I'm in love. It's perfect on my dry skin - it's thick and nourishing and smells lovely. I'm just getting over a bought of tonsillitis so the skin around my nose and mouth has been super dry and flaky and this has been so soothing on my red raw skin. It's gentle enough not to sting or irritate but thick enough to provide some much needed hydration.

Three: Palmer's Concentrated Cream**
This is the third time I've mentioned this cream in the space of 2.5 weeks (seen here and here). That's how you know it's a good un'. Winter has done horrible, horrible things to my skin this year but this cream has really come to the rescue! It contains a bunch of moisture-rich ingredients and is amazing on sensitive skin. It's also incredibly versatile - my favourite way to use it is over my feet (pop on some socks and wake up to beautifully soft skin come morning time) but I also love using it on the driest parts of my body; knees, elbows, ankles. It has a luxuriously thick consistency that melts in to the skin, leaving it feeling soft, nourished and protected.

Four: Morphe E41 Round Deluxe Powder Brush
Getting this to Australia ended up costing me so much but it was definitely worth it; It's my favourite brush in my collection for sure. It's huge, wonderfully soft and domed, and is the perfect density for diffusing powders evenly around the face (as someone with dry skin, a diffused powder application is essential). I mostly use it for lightly powdering/setting my entire face but it's also a great body bronzing tool as it's so large. The E41 is part of the "Elite" range so it's of higher quality than the non-elite brushes, hence the higher price tag but still an affordable option for sure.

Five: NARS Audacious Lipstick in 'Jane'
This is a favourite for the colour more so than the formula. or a summer makeup look. It is an orangey rose colour, almost a light-nude terracotta, that would be beautiful for Spring/Summer. Never one to stick to season appropriate shades, I've been wearing it all Winter, mostly because the creamy formula does not accentuate my dry lips. It has fantastic pigmentation and smoothly applies in one coat. It does transfer, as is expected of a creamy formula, but it's incredibly comfortable on the lips.


Products marked ** were gifted to me, free of charge. However all comments and opinions expressed are 100% my own. I would never promote anything to my readers that I do not 100% believe in.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

P.R. Mail First Impressions - Testing New Skincare, Haircare and Bodycare Products

Over the past few weeks, I have very kindly been sent a handful products to try. Beyond the fact that I am forever grateful that P.R. companies and brands are interested in hearing what I have to say about their products, I am also so very excited to have the opportunity to trial some new products over the course of the Winter months.

I like to give new products a good month or so of testing before I publish my thoughts, especially when it comes to skincare, but I've been using these products for a few weeks now, so I thought that I'd share my first impressions with you all today. I'll be letting you all know how I get on with the products after continued use. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for full, in-depth reviews in a couple of weeks time - they're on their way.

For the sake of full disclosure, all products mentioned in this post have (obviously) been gifted to me, free of charge. This does not in any way affect my opinion. I will always give my true and honest thoughts and would never recommend anything to my readers that I do not 100% believe in, paid for or not. Integrity is something that I value tremendously.

Skincare, Haircare and Bodycare First Impressions

The brand reps for Palmer's kindly sent a tube of Concentrated Cream and a bottle of Body Lotion for me to try. As a dry skinned gal, this package was much appreciated, let me tell you. I've been using both of these for a few weeks now (I very briefly touched on the concentrated cream in my "How I Relax After a Long Day" post) and I'm absolutely loving them both so far! Winter wreaks absolute havoc on my skin, so I've been using the concentrated cream on the driest parts of my body; I especially love applying it to my feet, popping on some socks and waking up to beautifully soft skin come morning time. It works wonders on places like elbows and knees, too. I've been using the body lotion on my arms and legs at night and it's been an absolute delight on my sensitive skin.

First Impressions of Palmers Body Lotion and Concentrated Cream

My package from RY.com.au contained three absolutely gorgeous products. RY has a special place in my heart - my very first ever Beauty Blender came from RY online back when I first started to get serious about make-up so I was thrilled to receive something from them.

I think that my favourite product of the bunch so far has been the ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser. Even if we ignore the fact that the packaging of this stuff is so luxe (LOOK AT IT!), I've really been enjoying this moisturiser! The texture is beautifully thick and rich and it has done absolute wonders to my dehydrated skin. I've had the flu for almost two weeks now, so my nose and mouth area were quite dry, sore and red. THIS DANG MOISTURISER has been the only thing that has given me a good amount of relief. No irritation, just soft, plump skin. I've been using it daily and will continue to do so - I'm loving it so far.

First Impressions of ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser and Smooth and Firm Body Butter

I've also been using ESPA's Smooth and Firm Body Butter (not yet available on RY - stay tuned). I've always been cautious of "firming" products because I think that you have to go in with the right mindset. Many people get stuck in the "this magical cream will remove all of my wrinkles, cellulite and stretch marks" ideal and end up disappointed. This cream claims to smooth and increase elasticity of the skin with regular use and although I do not expect this (or any) product to zap away all of my undesirable areas, I am excited to see if it helps to reduce the appearance of the couple of stretch marks that I have. Of course, I have not been using it long enough to see any crazy differences (I should do a before and after!) but I'm very curious to see how it goes! At the very least, this body butter is incredibly hydrating, skins in quickly and leaves my skin feeling supple. Like the facial moisturiser, it has a thick, rich texture and is not all all waxy or greasy like many body butters tend to be (I'm looking at you, The Body Shop). Lovely to use regardless.

First Impressions of Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum

I think that the most intriguing product of the lot is the Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum. I know that a lot of you would be curious to see if this serum truly works (I'll definitely be doing a results post for you) because the struggles of thin hair are so real. My hair is quite thin and I'm constantly straightening it, so it's definitely on the damaged side of the scale. This claims to stimulate growth and improve hair density and volume, leaving your hair looking thicker and fuller. It has quite the impressive ingredient list, is paraben and sulphate free (tick!) and from what I've tried so far, it's a treat to use. I've been using it for a couple of nights now, on wet hair. I was a little nervous that it would leave my scalp looking oily, but that has not been the case when applying it to wet hair at all! I'll definitely be giving it a whirl on dry hair for comparison too. It's so very lightweight and my hair does feel a whole lot softer after application. I love the scent, too! To me, it smells like sexy men's cologne and I'm obsessed. To say that I'm excited to see how this performs long-term would be a gross understatement.

Mini Reviews of Skincare, Bodycare and Haircare Products recieved from PR Companies

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? I'd love to know!
Would you like to try anything I've mentioned here?

As previously mentioned, I was sent these products in exchange for reviews. All comments and opinions expressed are 100% my own. I would never promote anything to my readers that I do not 100% believe in.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration found around the web

\\  How amazing do boozy shaved ice with homemade syrups and coconut cream sound?!  //
\\  I love this gorgeous DIY floral embroidery ring backdrop.  //
\\  I need a slice (or two) of this watermelon cookie cake pronto.  //
\\  This DIY hand necklace would make such a unique statement piece.  //
\\  Rocking this adorable DIY stitched floral purse would be so easy during the warm months.  //
\\  This black raspberry lavender cobbler sounds so fresh!  //

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June Look back and July 2018 Goals

Personal and Fitness Goals for June 2018

A recap of how I went with my June goals
Input all food in to MyFitnessPal
"Rewind a year-or-so ago, I was using MyFitnessPal religiously and guess what?! I saw results. Shocker. I have been inputting my calories on-and-off for a few months now, but I always eventually grow tired of the process and end up not bothering. Queue the weight gain... Re-gain? I'd definitely like to get back in to the habit of inputting my meals and snacks in to MyFitnessPal each and every day. It's tedious, but it works."

Cross: I was so of on and off (mostly off) with my food input. I would religiously record everything for a handful of days and then not record anything at all for another handful. 

Find a portable power bank
"I've been meaning to pick up a power bank for years now. I'm doing much more after work these days. Whether it be going to the gym or attending blogger events, it's imperative that I have my phone charged and ready to go. I'm looking for something of good quality, that isn't going to cost me an arm and a leg at the same time. Preferably in pink.. Because I'm basic."

Tick: The Mophie XL Powerstation, in case you were curious (there was a smaller size and a larger size - I went for the middle option). It has already come in handy!

Have at least 2 date nights
"Jesse and I used to have a date night every Wednesday after work. Since building a house, once a week dates aren't as doable with the funds that we have available but it's no excuse to not have any at all! We haven't had a date night in over 6 months, easily, which is sad because I do love spending quality time with him. Adult life has definitely gotten in the way, but I think that two Wintery date nights this month would be wonderful."

Tick: I booked a torchlight tour of Fremantle Prison (highly recommend) and Jesse actually surprised me with a movie date night himself. What a cutie. It was so good to get out and have some fun again.

Visit a (dog friendly) walking trail
"For as long as I can remember, I was excited to get a dog because it meant that I would have an excuse to explore plenty of hiking trails. Do you think that I've visited even one since getting Milla? No, Sir. It would be a great excuse for a doggy playdate and catch-up with a friend and it's an easy way to get a bunch of steps in! Being Winter, there is likely to be far less people around and the creeks and waterfalls should have at least a little water in them. Lovely."

Tick: My sister took me to a trail that is actually about a 5 minute drive from my house. It was lovely and has got me excited for many more trails to come.

What I want to achieve in July
Fridge and pantry clean out
I love an organised space, so every few months (in this case, 12) I like to completely gut and reorganise the pantry, fridge and freezer. Getting rid of anything old, expired and/or forgotten and putting things back in an orderly fashion brings my OCD-ridden self with such peace.

Buy everything needed for our holiday
September 1 just keeps creeping up! I would confidently say that I'm about 95% prepared for our time away, I just need to buy a few small things: sunscreen, bug repellent.. things you don't really think about during the Winter months. I'd also like to check that my bathers still fit and make a little list of the types of outfits that I'd like to bring, making sure that I don't need a new pair of shoes or shorts (what a shame that would be).

Walk Milla every morning
I'm taking a break from the workout plan that I made for myself to work on completing Jacklyn Waterson's full body program (I'm feeling muscles I've never felt before, oh boy). Since, unlike my old workout plan, Jacklyn doesn't require me to get up early for a before work gym session, I've really been enjoying laying-in, which means that I've been skipping Milla's morning walks - oops (it's also the middle of Winter and freezing in the mornings). I do feel bad, though, so rather than rolling over when the alarm goes off, I'll be getting up and moving! I'll be getting up early again when I complete Jacklyn's program and switch back to my original plan so I may as well stay in the habit.

Take body measurements
I'm lifting a lot more weights and doing a lot more muscle work throughout this program than usual, so the scales are only really going to tell me so much. For a true gauge of my progress, I need to be taking body measurements (buying a measuring tape may be a good start) and taking photos from every angle - something that I've been purposely putting off.

Get to a Winter Fest
Perth has some pretty cool Winter activities (in the city and in Fremantle) that I'd love to make a date out of. Considering I've never seen snow, the fake snow in Fremantle is going to be as close as I'll get and sounds absolutely magical. Sipping on mulled wine and watching Jesse attempt to ice skate sounds like a perfect way to spend an evening to me.

What are you hoping to achieve this month?

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Friday Finds

Here are a few of my internet finds (and loves) from over the past week:

Weekly snippets of inspiration found around the web

\\  This DIY glitter zip pouch is bringing back all of my 90's memories.  //
\\  I'll have four spicy watermelon sangrias, please.  //
\\  These DIY dried floral bath salts sound heavenly.  //
\\  A simle, yet chic DIY lace scrunchie, anyone?  //
\\  Aren't these DIY embroidered jean shorts fun?
\\  How gorgeous is this blackberry lavender naked cake?!  //

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Beauty Empties #9

I rarely used to completely finish a product off before I moved on to the next, or brought another brand to try, but I've really been making the effort to use up what I have before buying more.
If that isn't motivation to get through the old stuff at a good pace, I don't know what is.
You know your girl is all about treating herself.

Here are my thoughts on the make-up, skincare and beauty products that I've used up recently:

Mini reviews on all of my empty beauty products

I loved using this on wet hair! It's basically a multi-tasking leave-in treatment that does everything from priming, to protecting, to perfecting the hair. It really did leave my locks looking and feeling smooth and soft and improved the condition of my split ends drastically. It does state that it's more for colour-treated hair (which I do not have), but my naturally light blonde locks really loved this stuff. It has a pleasant smell, is non-greasy, waxy, or heavy and really worked to fix my dry, damaged hair.

Repurchase? Yes!

Benefit It's Potent! Dark Circle Eye Cream*
I've tried a bunch of eye creams in my lifetime, but nothing comes close to my love for this little pot of moisture! My lids and brow bone have the tendency to become dry and flaky if they're not moisturised liberally enough (gross), which is my main concern at the ripe old age of 25. With repeated use, the few small, fine lines that I do have underneath my eyes are visibly reduced as well, which is not something that I've noticed with any other eye creams that I've tried. It's also a damn strong formula, so a little goes a long way.

Repurchase? Already have, and will continue to do so until the day I die.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5*
I've rambled on about this dang product enough times on the blog, so I'll keep it short and sweet: The hype is real! I use it before my usual moisturiser, basically how you would use a serum and it just leaves my face feeling soft, moisturised and plump. This has honestly been a saviour to my dry, flaky skin and I really do notice its absence if I don't use it.

Repurchase? Always

Rimmel Match Perfect Foundation in "True Ivory"
This has been one my favourite foundations for years now (it's on par with Maybelline's Matte & Poreless*). It provides the perfect amount of coverage and I love the matte, but not dry, finish it gives the skin. I have dry skin and this does not leave me looking flakey or cakey, no matter how long I wear it. It blends out wonderfully, covering any blemishes, dark spots and uneven skin tone with ease whilst still looking natural. I can't believe that this formula is drugstore, but I sure am happy about it.

Repurchase? For sure

I mentioned a different bottle from this trio in my last empties post and I am pleased to announce that I've used up another bottle since then (I'm trying to use up a bunch perfumes - I have too many). All three of these smell more or less the same, and I have no idea whether I used up Lovely, Sexy or Spicy but that's more than okay by me because I absolutely love the scent!

Repurchase? I wouldn't buy it myself, but I wouldn't be mad if I received another as a gift.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer* in "Fair Clair"
I've mentioned this damn concealer about ninety-zillion times on the blog, but I do use it every single day so it's only natural. I tend to use this as a combo with Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Concealer*. It provides nice coverage of dark circles, but I love to use it as an under eye brightener more than I do as a concealer on it's own as the shade is amazing for brightening and highlighting. It's easy to apply and its creamy formula allows it to spread and blend beautifully, leaving a slightly dewy finish.

Repurchase? Always

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
I love, love, LOVE the Water Gel moisturizer! It has got such a clever formula that continuously releases moisture throughout the day without going too far and leaving the skin looking oily. It has such a refreshingly light and non-sticky texture that my skin slurps right up. My dry patches have been getting the nourishment they need and my skin looks supple. The scent reminds me of jellybeans, too, which is an added bonus. A daily (and nightly) use product for sure.

This is such a refreshing spray! I used it every day after my lunch break during the warmer months to refresh and hydrate my skin after being out in the sun. It really does work to brighten the complexion (Vitamin C is bomb) and doesn't leave any greasy residue behind. The spray was very fine so it didn't leave my face wet and the pleasant orange smell was so uplifting!

Repurchase? Yes

Australis Make-up Finishing Spritz
I use this as more of a "fixer" rather than an actual setting spray as I don't feel as though it prolongs the wear of my make-up by all that much, if at all. I'll definitely use something along the lines of Urban Decay's setting spray over the very top of to actually set my make-up. I use this during my make-up routine, after applying my face products to fix any powdery looking areas and melt everything together for a much nicer finish. It feels quite refreshing and hydrating, with a pleasant rose scent to it. At the very least, it's a cheap alternative to using Fix+ on your brush to make your highlight pop.

Repurchase? Yes

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer* in "Fair"
As mentioned above, I like to use this in conjunction with Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer*. The formula is thick enough to cover the under eye area and fill fine lines without creasing, but is also smooth enough to blend out nicely. It does a nice job of disguising the purple undertones of my under eyes, too. The applicator, however... On one hand, I love that it's a wind-up but on the other, I'm not a huge fan of the sponge nib component. Although I've gotten used to it now, it's still impossible to clean and is quite large. The coverage and formula, however, I cannot fault.

Repurchase? Always.

AVON Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Lightweight Facial Oil
I love using facial oils on my dry skin - especially over the Winter months. I used this every day until it was all gone, massaging it in to my face focusing on the front of my cheeks, the sides of my nose and my chin (my drier spots). It left my skin feeling deeply moisturised and I genuinely noticed a brighter, healthier-looking complexion over time. It has a non-greasy, non-heavy finish but admittedly did take a while to absorb. I found that my foundation and concealers applied beautifully over it - I really felt as though it smoothed out my entire face.

Repurchase? AVON is no longer available in Australia or New Zealand. Otherwise, yes. :(

AVON Skin So Soft Radiant Moisture Shower Gel
If you ask me: a shower gel is a shower gel. This one is lovely - it has more of a creamy consistency but still lathers up nicely. It's super moisturising, leaving my skin feeling incredibly soft and it smells lovely, even if I do prefer a more fruity scent to a floral one.

Repurchase? Again with the AVON.

Makeup, Skincare and Beauty Products That I've Completely Used Up

I feel as though I'm getting better at getting around to these empties posts before I accumulate 10+ tonnes of pots, tubes and bottles.

What products have you loved and used up lately?
Is there anything here that you'd like to try?

See also: Beauty Empties 1-8

As always, this post has not been sponsored in any way, meaning that none of the items mentioned have been sent to me, endorsed or paid for by anyone other than me, myself and I. This post does, however, contain affiliate links. I will always disclose such information with an asterisk (*) for full disclosure to my readers.

Feel free to find and purchase these products elsewhere if you don't get down like that. :)

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