Monday, May 22, 2017

Half Price Makeup Haul!



Oh hey, everyone! This post is all about my Half Price Makeup Haul from the end of last week. Chemist Warehouse hold some amazing sales, and their Big Brand Cosmetics Sale is still on! If you're interested in 50% Off the entire range of Rimmel, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Revlon, Nude By Nature and Sally Hansen, haul arse to Chemist Warehouse by May 25, because that's when the sale ends!

Some ways you can shop the half price sale:

~ use the opportunity to stock up on your staple products
~ use the opportunity to try products you've had your eye on for a while
~ use the opportunity to grab some new release makeup
~ use the opportunity to buy Birthday gifts for your family and friends
~ take the plunge and buy that expensive palette, it's half price after all
~ if you're a Blogger, buy some items for an Instagram or blog Giveaway

Now onto my Haul!



I picked up another Maybelline Masterliner eyeliner (pictured in the top photo), because I go through them quite quickly, and even though I already have a backup, I know I'll need a second backup sooner or later. Another semi-staple product is the Maybelline BabyLips ElectroPop Lip Balm in Berry Bomb. I've just finished one of these and I absolutely love the shade. Despite it looking scary in the tube, it's a sheer balm, so applies as a subtle hint of colour. My only criticism of this product is that since the balm extends high above the tube rim, you have to be careful not to take a chunk out of it when replacing the lid until you get it level with the twist tube. And the last Maybelline product, which I'm pretty excited about, is the BabyLips Balm & Blush in Juicy Rose. It's so cute and I can't wait to try it!

Next I went a little nail polish crazy and picked up four bottles! I've been loving the Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine range lately (I'm currently sporting Port-A-Loo Blue), and when I saw a gorgeous bright orange shade called Orgasm, I had to have it. It kind of makes up for the fact that I don't own the cult NARS Blush in Orgasm, in a round about way! There was a beautiful lavender shade called Lovey Dovey nearby, so I chucked that in my basket as well, because why not?

I've been lusting after the L'Oreal Color Riche Vernis a l'Huile (what a mouthful!) nail lacquer ever since seeing it on Instagram, mainly for the stunning packaging, so I was not passing this opportunity up! My eye was immediately drawn to Fuchsia Palace (330), which is exactly my kind of shade! Then I was excited to spot a gorgeous classic red called Rouge Sauvage (550). I seriously considered all the types of red in the collection, but I've always wanted the perfect iconic red, because it looks stunning with black, and I do tend to wear a lot of black! So happy I got these!

You may be interested in my Oh Deer Sugar Haul!


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Are you picking up any makeup in the Chemist Warehouse Big Brand Sale?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lush Mother's Day Collection*




Hello! I hope you all had a beautiful Mother's Day, and was able to relax and enjoy time with your families. We went all the way to Aldinga Beach for a hotel lunch with my Mother-In-Law and let me just say, it was great to get some proper fresh air. Yes, I'm shading you, big city! Today I'm posting about the Lush Mother's Day collection, which arrived one and a bit business days before Mother's Day, and since I had two long appointments Friday and yesterday, I'm not getting a chance to write this until now. I'd love to be less busy for a hot minute! #justsayin'

I love flowers for Mother's Day, and this year I got a stack of goodies from the school Mother's Day stall and a tripod and accessories for my iPhone - all fantastic presents, but nothing even remotely floral! Along comes Ups-A-Daisy* with its fluro orange petals and bright pink centre, all smelling of a garden in bloom. Ups-A-Daisy is a chunky flower, too, with quite a bit of weight behind it. And it's double-sided, with the flipside bright yellow and blue. A bath bomb full of essential oils like bright orange oil, soft rose and soothing rosewood, perfect for pampering Mama!



Let's talk Pink Custard*, because frankly I haven't had dessert in ages (excluding the Lemon Curd Tart I had at our special Mother's Day lunch yesterday, but who's counting that?!). I generally prefer my Custard laced generously with brandy (is it Christmas yet?) but who can resist a pretty pink concoction that's more fun than the Mother-In-Law asking to see my pussy on Sunday (she obviously meant the photos of my cats, Nutmeg and Pumpkin, in my iPhone). I'm a huge fan of Lush shower jellies, the wibbly wobbly goodness is a bucketload of fun! A shower jelly scented with lavender and tonka, how can you go wrong?

Honey Lip Scrub* is self-explanatory, and although I occasionally have honey on my toast, unfortunately I do not like having this scrub on my lips. For some reason, I can't take the smell of this, and it would have to be my least favourite Lush lip scrub. Ones I'd recommend instead of this include Popcorn, Mint Juleps and my personal favourite, Sugar Plum Fairy (unfortunately a Limited Edition release and not currently available). We are all different when it comes to scents, so I imagine bee-lovin' honey fans would love this.



Haha OMG my poor sweet Elsie The Giraffe* arrived with her foot detached and I'm simultaneously amused and horrified. I'm sure she'll adapt to life without her yellow hoof (I had to gently shove it back into place for her photoshoot), and it won't cause her to end up in hot water. Bahahaha, THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE SHE'LL END UP.... SHE'S A BUBBLE BAR! And a reusable one at that! Poor Elsie will be in hot water over and over again! And the bathroom will smell of lemon, lime and grapefruit. Bring on the demise of Elsie!

Your Mother Should Know* is a bubble bar with a very strong scent of grapefruit, rosewood and neroli. I happen to enjoy strong scents as long as they're more citrussy than floral, but some people may find this BOOM fragrance a little much. Your Mother Should Know pearls of wisdom like 'treat others with respect', 'honesty is the best policy' and 'life's too short....'. I was taught these principles as a child and think it's so important to pass these life lessons onto my son, as his Mother, and just from one human being to another.



You may also be  interested in Lush Limited Edition Easter Collection*!


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What did you get up to on Mother's Day? Were you spoiled? What's your favourite 'pearl of wisdom'?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Oh Deer Sugar Haul!




Hello! I mentioned in my Mother's Day Gift Guide that I treated myself to an Oh Deer Sugar haul, and I wanted to show you that today! I saw that they were releasing a Mother's Day collection, checked it out and immediately fell in love with the Ombre Macarons. I love bath and shower products, and these babies were pretty and the scents sounded amazing! At only $15 for three re-usable bubblebath macarons, it was really a no-brainer. Then things kind of snowballed from there.

A little background on Oh Deer Sugar for the uninitiated. Oh Deer Sugar is a four year old South Australian non-edible bakery that makes vegan bath and body products. The products are not tested on animals and all the ingredients are ethically sourced. But most importantly, their products are the shit, you guys. The Shower Moose is something else, with two different varieties making my Monthly Favourites (Oh Peachy Keen Peaches And Cream here and the Oh Passion Rose & Passionfruit here).

Despite my addiction to the deliciously fragrant moussey delight that is Oh Deer Sugar shower moose, I thought it high time that I branch out a little and experience more ODS goodness. So that's enough waffling (and there is a non-edible waffle in this haul!), let's get on with the goodies!


Oh Deer Sugar Haul!
~ Ombre Macarons Bubble Bath (Mother's Day range)
~ Candy Krush Waffle Bath Bomb
~ Lemon, Lime & Bitters Donut Bubble Bath
~ Bubblegum Grape & Blueberry Chocolate Block Soap
~ Confetti Fawn Jellybeans & Popping Candy Chocolate Block Soap

Ombre BubbleBath Macarons from the Mother's Day collection. So pretty!
Candy Krush Waffle Bath Bomb. So waffley!
Lemon, Lime & Bitters Donut Bath Bomb. So orange!
Oh Confetti Fawn and Oh Bubblegum Chocolate Block Soaps. So colourful!


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

April Good Green Box*!




Hello! Today I'll be talking about the April Good Green Box*. Now I was impressed with the March Good Green Box, but the April box is even more amazing, and frankly I'm wondering how long they can continue to improve for? When my April box arrived, it wouldn't even close properly, that's how jam-packed it was with natural goodies! It was freakin' bursting at the seams, which is exactly what you want out of a monthly subscription box; value for money and a crapload of exciting products to try! I unboxed this baby on my Insta Stories, but if you missed that hilarious catastrophe, you can check out what's in the April Good Green Box below!



What's In The Box?
Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser (100ml)
Zuanna Cosmetics Smoothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask (10g)
Keeko Oil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder (15g)
Raw Body Skincare The Original RAW Scrub (mini packet, size unspecified)
MooGoo Cow Lick Lip Balm (5g)
Organyc Feminine Hygiene (1 pad + 1 panty liner)
Amazing Oils Magnesium Sports Recovery Wipe (1 wipe)
Pukka Elderberry & Echinacea Tea (1 teabag)
Pukka Detox Tea (1 teabag)

I'm most excited by the large bottle of Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser, what a generous size! This contains a fruit enzyme complex and claims to have revitalizing and smoothing qualities. This cleanser is made in Denmark with super-fresh ingredients and is worth $50! Each Good Green Box costs $25 if you buy month to month, so the inclusion of this cleanser provides sensational value for money right off the bat.

The Zuanna Cosmetics Smoothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask contains Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and Marshmallow Root and is free from fragrance, preservatives, sulphates and synthetic ingredients. This is an Aussie owned company that I haven't heard much about, so I'm keen to try this multi-tasking skincare product. How cute are the little resealable packets though? I just find them so adorable! Hehe.

I'm going to admit the Keeko Oil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder confuses me! The info card says it's a mouth wash, the packet says it's a facial detox and teeth whitening powder and I've given up and gone back to bed, lol. I gather this is another product with multiple uses, and I've just seen that the back of the packet says you can also use it as a face mask and spot treatment! Well enter this over-achiever in a Decathlon because I think it does everything! Handily housed in a resealable packet again, so you can be sure it will remain fresh as you get multiple uses out of it.

I can't wait to try the Raw Body Skincare The Original RAW Scrub out! I haven't tried anything from this brand before, and I'm loving that the formula is packed full of great quality 100% certified organic and natural ingredients. This particular scrub contains freshly ground organic coffee beans, organic coconut oil, Himalayan Rock Salt and organic coconut sugar. Sounds so refreshing!

The MooGoo Cow Lick Lip Balm is super cool! The packet says 'made from edible ingredients because what goes on the lips gets eaten.' I love that! I've been trying this out and not only is it really moisturising, it also tastes great (when ingested with wear. I don't suggest spreading it on your morning toast). It contains honey and emollient oils to condition and soften the lips, Allantoin to repair minor cuts (so this is a great one to reach for if you have dry, cracked lips) and mandarin essential oils for the flavour. I might pass this on to my son because it's so natural and safe to use!

So the April box includes some feminine hygiene products, namely the Organyc Feminine Hygiene packet, which has one pad and one panty liner in it. These products are certified organic cotton, super breathable, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and chlorine and plastic free. So this is a great way to try out this brand, that I'd never heard of before, and I'll be popping these individual pads into a snap lock Glad Bag and chucking them in my handbag. Hot tip: they fit perfectly into the snack-size snap lock Glad Bags.

In the first example of perfect timing, I have just started exercising daily, so the Amazing Oils Sports Recovery Wipe actually came in handy for me! I haven't exercised in f-o-r-e-v-e-r, so you can imagine how sore I am. The Recovery range is a magnesium product that contains wintergreen and menthol. The claim is that it aids or assists in the prevention of muscular cramps or spasms and supports healthy energy levels. I wiped it on my sore lower back and the menthol was immediately noticeable. I felt a slight tingling and cooling effect and I'm pretty sure the pain decreased, although as the tingling was also verging on numbing, I can't be 100% certain what I was feeling.

And in the second case of perfect timing, for health reasons I have decided to swap coffee for tea, which will come as a huge shock if you follow my caffeine-heavy Instagram account! So the Pukka Elderberry & Echinacea and Detox Teabags couldn't have come at a better time! All I know at this stage is that I like English Breakfast and Earl Grey, hot (purely because of Captain Picard from Star Trek. #nerdalert #trekkie4eva). Today I tried the Pukka Detox and I really enjoyed it! I appreciate the long string, because you can easily wrap it around the mug handle (I haven't advanced to teacups yet, lol) with the bag still reaching deep inside the mug. The organic herbs used are from fair trade, sustainable sources, so you can rest easy when you sip.



If you're interested in joining, head to the Good Green Box website, they have a few different options available. And if you like any of the samples, you can buy the full size in the Good Green Box Shop on their website!




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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WINNER ANNOUNCED: MakeUp Giveaway!




Thanks so much to everyone who entered my MakeUp Giveaway, I really appreciate the support! I had a great response and loved reading all your comments! Sounds like those NYX Butter Lip Glosses appeal to a lot of you, and I don't blame you, they are amazing! The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel pack was another popular choice. Now back to the prize, here's a reminder....





THE PRIZE
~ NYX Intense Butter Gloss 3 Piece Set
~ Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2 x Volume in Tawny Travels + Top Coat
~ Australis Metallix Eyeshadow in Gold Gaga
~ Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer in Medium/Deep (mini size)
~ Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara in Wonder Black
~ Barry M Lipstick in 154
~ Ardell Individual Lashes Starter Kit
~ Glam by Manicare Salon Nails in French Beige
~ PureDerm Botanical Choice Deep Cleansing Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

Rafflecopter has randomly drawn the Winner, then I verified that they followed the rules....


And the lucky WINNER is....

KAYTE BURTON!!

Congratulations Kayte, I hope you enjoy your makeup and beauty goodies!! I'll be contacting the winner via email shortly.




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Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide!




Well hello May! With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd put together my recommendations for lovely presents, in the form of my (hopefully!) helpful Mother's Day Gift Guide! I'm a Mum myself, so I'm well aware some of us have a tendency to put ourselves last. So this Guide will be focussed on gorgeous products that Mums can relax and pamper themselves with. Because if there's any day we should indulge in 'me time' on, it has to be Mother's Day! Read on for some delightful pampering gifts ideas and let me know which is your favourite in the comments!




GUESS 1981 Eau de Toilette Spray*
This fragrance comes in a cute pale pink box and the bottle itself is minimal and stylish, with a round design and a square silver lid. Described as elegant, sophisticated and graceful, the scent is feminine, modern and sexy. Guess 1981 would be perfect for date night, as it's sensual and musky with a strong floral scent. In terms of composition, the top notes are violet and ambrette seed, with a fruity and floral heart of pear, jasmine petals and sandalwood and a base of musk, amber and cedar wood.  Available in 50ml and 100ml eau de toilette bottles, you can either go all out and buy this as Mum's major gift, or get the super-cute smaller size and add it as an extra gift to spoil her!

Available from May. Stockists unavailable at time of posting. Priceline and Chemist Warehouse stock Guess fragrance though, so my best Guess (haha) would be there.




Oh Deer Sugar Ombre Bubblebath Macarons
This three pack of ombre bubblebath macarons are possibly the cutest thing I've ever bought! I fall more in love with Oh Deer Sugar every time I step inside this South Australian non-edible bakery, and I went so far as to treat myself with an online haul the day they released their Mother's Day range! (Look out for that blog post in the future). These smell amazing and are pink, pretty and the perfect Mother's Day gift because everyone loves a fragrant bubblebath, right? The scents are apricot and grapefruit, peaches and cream and peony and nectarine. I talk about Oh Deer Sugar Oh Peachy Keen Shower Moose in my March Favourites and the Oh Passion Rose & Passionfruit Shower Moose in my September Favourites, such is my love for these products.

Available at Oh Deer Sugar in Regent Arcade, Adelaide or at Oh Deer Sugar online.




Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish*
The reason this is 'color therapy' is because the formula contains Argan Oil, so it's supposed to 'care while you wear'. I love multi-tasking products, and this is a nail polish, top coat, cuticle and nail oil in one! I have trialled these polishes and I really love them. I think combining nail colour (which a lot of us enjoy wearing) with a nail treatment is a fantastic idea, because multi-tasking for the win, right guys? I can recommend the shade Pampered in Pink (third from the left in the above photo - check out my Manicure and Review of that here) because it's bright, cheerful, feminine and I love how it looks on my nails. I think a lot of other Mothers would love it, too!

Available at Priceline, Target, Kmart, Chemist Warehouse, Woolworths and Coles.




Urban Rituelle Wellness Cleansing Bars*
If you're looking for something a little bit special this Mother's Day, I can highly recommend these luxurious cleansing bars from Urban Rituelle. They're a bit more expensive than other soaps, but they are high quality, super large in size so they last ages and the fragrances are out of this world! Before I wax lyrical about the scents, these cleansing bars from the new Harvest range are also palm oil free, vegan friendly and Aussie made using 100% naturally derived ingredients. Being a huge citrus lover, I was delighted to trial Grapefruit, Lemon, Pineapple & Celery; Blood Orange, Papaya & Mandarin and lastly Lemon Myrtle, Lemongrass & Muddled Mint. The other fragrances are Guava, Cranberry & Goji Berries; Rose Infused Coconut Water, Cucumber and Aloe and lastly Coconut, Honey, Almond & Chia.

Available at Urban Rituelle online or click here for Stockists in your area.




Weleda Tinted Lip Balm in Rose*
I've really been enjoying my Weleda Tinted Lip Balm in the Rose shade lately and think it would make a great addition to any Mother's Day gift. The formula is creamy and slightly moussey, the product feels beautiful on the lips and the finish is a flattering, shimmery light pink colour. It's like wearing a balm that's hydrating and moisturising your lips, nourishing them and making them softer whilst also giving you a soft wash of colour. This range also comes in Nude, but this is too light for my skin tone, and Berry, which I don't have so I can't comment on that one. The balm smells of rose petals and vanilla, which is an added bonus! Click here to read my probably too cheeky Brand Focus on Weleda.

Available at David Jones, selected health food stores, pharmacies, online stores and Weleda online.




Natura Siberica Active Organics Revitalizing Bath Salts*
I highly recommend these Revitalizing Bath Salts from Natura Siberica; I've used them before and seriously didn't want my tub of goodness to end! They provide an incredibly relaxing bath that would be perfect for Pamper Sunday, or Pamper any-day-of-the-week! The fragrance of these herbal salts is freakin' delightful. Even my nine year old son, who turns his nose up at a lot of smells despite producing questionable ones himself (heh), went "ahhh" when he smelt these. The ingredients include Siberian Ginseng, Rose Hip Oil and Calendula Flower Extract. I've reviewed this lovely product here.

Available at Natura Siberica online or discounted at Chemist Warehouse.




Harvest Garden French Green Clay Facial Masque*
To add to Mum's 'me time' on Mother's Day, you can't go wrong with a lovely face mask. I'm a big believer in Pamper Sunday, which usually involves a relaxing bath, a face mask and a DIY manicure if I get around to it! This Harvest Garden Facial Masque contains French Green Clay, Olive Green Australian Clay, Matcha Green Tea and Aloe Vera extract. The super-fun part is that you mix it yourself and paint it on with a brush; I love this because it brings out the artist in me! The benefits are refined pores, a reduction in irritation and revitalized skin. Clay draws out impurities, clarifies and detoxes the skin. I love Harvest Garden products and you can read my review of more from their range here.

Available at various pharmacies, health food stores, florists, giftware stores and Harvest Garden online.




Rustic Bliss Lemon And Lime Bath Milk*
Have you guessed yet that I have a penchant for bath products? This lemon and lime milk dissolves leaving you with an amazing, zesty, citrus-smelling bath that is super relaxing! I love the sweet candy-like fragrance of this Blissful bath milk that's invigorating and soothing at the same time. Check out my review of this gorgeous Rustic Bliss product here.

Available at Rustic Bliss online.


Linking up with Monday Makeup Madness, Life This Week, Open Slather and Mummy Mondays!

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What are your plans for Mother's Day this year? Do any of these gifts take your fancy?