Thursday, November 14, 2019

Priceline Skincare Gift Bag!



Hi guys! I caved and got the Priceline Skincare Gift Bag deal again. I honestly cannot resist this every time it comes around, even though I don't need any of the skincare inside the bag lol! This time you qualified by spending at least $69 in-store or online on skincare, suncare or tanning across participating brands and in return you could pick up the free skincare bag valued at over $170. This offer was valid between the 25th of October and the 6th of November, so it's already over but I wanted to let you guys know what was inside anyway, so you get a good idea of contents for when Priceline do the next Skincare Gift Bag Gift With Purchase.

The participating brands included a lot of my favourites which really helped, including Dr LeWinns, La Roche-Posay, Skin Republic, Skin Physics, Antipodes and Olay.





First up is my qualifying spend, and anyone would think I have an eye mask fetish? I decided to go bat shit cray cray on the eye masks and get one of everything pretty much! I also used the opportunity to buy a back up of my favourite Antipodes serum, which was discounted. The good thing about these deals is that the participating brands are usually all on sale, so you're saving money and getting your freebie! I got.....

Qualifying Spend
~ Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin Plumping Serum
~ A'kin Rose Mist Toner
~ 2 x Skin Republic 24K Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patch
~ Skin Republic Brightening Eye Mask
~ Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch
~ Skin Republic Fast Fix 5 Minute Under Eye Mask
~ Skin Republic Retinol Hydrogel Under Eye Patch




Now onto the actual bag contents. Sometimes I'm a bit disappointed when I look through the contents, but every time I reached in and pulled out a product, I was like 'YES, I can use that'! I'm really impressed with this selection of skincare goodies and am so happy I got the bag. Here's what was inside....

Bag Contents
~ Swisse Micellar Makeup Remover (300ml)
~ Sukin Blemish Control Clearing Facial Wash (125ml)
~ La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Sensitive Skin (50ml)
~ Andalou Naturals Coconut Milk Youth Firm Night Cream (50g)
~ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Dry Touch Sunscreen Lotion (88ml)
~ Blessed By Nature Purifying Cleansing Wipes (25 wipes)
~ Olay Total Effects Whip Active Moisturiser (10g)
~ The Jojoba Company Australian Jojoba For Face (15ml)
~ Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream (15ml)
~ Skin Republic Purifying Charcoal + Green Tea Panda Face Mask Sheet (21ml)
~ Dr LeWinns Eternal Youth Charcoal & Black Pearl Detoxifying Face Mask (20ml)
~ Skin Physics Oxygen-C Hydrating Velvet Mask (40g)
~ A'kin Australian Tea Tree Oil Detoxifying Face Sheet Mask (20ml)
~ Priceline Everyday Sunscreen Lotion (15ml)
~ Derma-E Vitamin Concentrated Serum (7ml)
~ Avene Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (5ml)
~ Bondi Sands Coconut Beach Sunscreen Lotion (35ml)
~ Burts Bees Coconut & Pear Moisturizing Lip Balm (4.25g)



Overall this is a great bag in my opinion, especially with the weather warming up! Plenty of sunscreen, a lip balm, wipes and micellar water which I constantly use plus some interesting face masks and various creams. Well done, Priceline!

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sunday Sessions at The Holdy!




The Holdy
83 Brighton Road
Glenelg SA

Hi guys! Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Launch of the Sunday Sessions at The Holdy, an iconic pub in the Bay (Glenelg in South Australia for the non-locals), and it was such a chilled-out, fun filled afternoon. Held in the hotel's delightful Beer Garden, the Sunday Sessions are nautical-themed, so the area was decorated with anchors, ring buoys and absolutely no pirates! Being so close to the beach, this is the perfect theme, especially with the weather heating up and the fresh sea air to take in.




The Sessions start from 2pm every Sunday and run right through 'til the end of February, and they boast some amazing drink specials, including $6 Two Suns pints, $7 Grey Goose and $8 Spritz! I tried the Pink Gin, Grand Fizz and Aperol Spritz and all three drinks were refreshing and delicious. I'm sure The Holdy will be adding more Summer cocktails in coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye on their Instagram, as you don't want to miss out on their Specials!






The food was absolutely on point too. I'm not the biggest fan of seafood, so the fact that I was in heaven over the melt-in-your-mouth salt and pepper squid is a testament to how well it was cooked. We also sampled crispy spring rolls, yummy mini pizza slices and of course the amazing grazing table (which was just for the launch). I enjoyed lunch at The Holdy with my family a few months ago, though, and the meals were fantastic. I remember thinking the kids meal sizes were generous and the garlic bread was super tasty!





The live music added to the chilled out feel for me, which was perfect. I'm sure some people were buzzing with energy, especially watching the talented Simmsy on drums, but I was super content just to catch up with bloggers, chat with friends and enjoy delicious food and cocktails. Speaking music, upcoming guests include Senor Sanchez on November 17, Audioporn on the decks and Simmsy on the drums on December 1, and DJ Souli on November 24 and December 15.





So now you know where your new Summer hang out spot is, Adelaide! Be sure to grab your friends and hit up Sundays Sessions at The Holdy, where you can get your good vibes on and get a little bit Nauti!



Many thanks to Girl About Town for the invitation.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Priceline Pink Diamond Gift Box!



Hi guys! In super exciting news, I was rewarded with my first ever Priceline Pink Diamond gift box recently! In terrible beauty blogger news, I'd actually never heard of it, so got the surprise of my life when I received an email telling me I was eligible and to go in-store to pick one up!

A quick look at the Priceline website informed me Sister Club members are eligible for the Pink Diamond box when they earn at least 400 points per quarter. Now what we are all waiting for.... let's look at what I got in my box!




Contents
Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo (100ml)
Hask Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner (100ml)
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Show Stopper
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+ (3ml)
Aus Medic Co Phyto-Nutrient Face Mask (10g)
Calvin Klein Women fragrance sample (1.2ml)
Aussie Bodies Lo Carb Whip'd Protein Bar in Chocolate (60g)


I think this is a great box! First of all, the contents are substantial in size and generous. I love Hask hair oils, so I'm excited to try the repairing shampoo and conditioner and love that they are a good size, as I'll get quite a few uses out of them. Some Pink Diamond boxes contained the Monoi Coconut products instead of the Repairing ones. Although matte isn't my first choice for lipstick formula, the fact that Priceline included a full size Revlon lipstick must be commended. It's a beautiful classic red shade, too.

The little sunscreen from La Roche-Posay (a brand I love) will certainly come in handy now that the weather is heating up. I'm keen to try the Aus Medic Co face mask, although this is the first time I've heard of the brand! It contains papaya enzymes and algae extract to help soften and break down the skin's outer layer for a deep pore cleanse. Interesting!

The Calvin Klein 'Women' fragrance is really lovely (and incidentally the first thing I tried when I opened the box). The scent is composed of orange flower petals and fresh eucalyptus acorns. Some Pink Diamond boxes contained a Juicy Couture sample in place of this. At the counter I was asked if I'd like a chocolate or choc mint protein bar. I opted for chocolate. This is the only proper choice you get to make, the other ones it's just the luck of the draw as to what options you get in your box!

Like the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes, there's also a little info card inside, detailing the products selected for the box. Overall, I'm really happy with the Pink Diamond Box. Thanks Priceline!


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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Adelaide Event: Marion Hotel Launch!




Marion Hotel
849 Marion Road
Mitchell Park
SA 5043

Hi guys! Last week saw the official Launch of the The Marion Hotel in Adelaide. Yes, the Marion Hotel has been around for years, but they've recently undergone a massive $20 million renovation, and I must say, the results are stylish, modern and very impressive. The outdoor garden area, expansive dining area and entertainment areas have all been redesigned and upgraded, in the Hotel's first refurbishment in twenty years. They also have brand new super stylish hotel rooms, so this really is a venue to check out if you're in the area!








I was lucky enough to enjoy a lovely array of delicious wines at the event, along with a stunningly beautiful dessert grazing table that was filled with mini cakes, macarons, nuts, fruits, cheese and doughnut towers! Seriously, I couldn't stop looking at it! I also tried a delicious gin and tonic from the garden bar, and sampled tempura vegetables, chicken crostini and mouth-wateringly good lamb chops that came out as finger food. One day I will try the sushi, but I couldn't muster the courage on this occasion, despite it looking delicious! After enjoying live entertainment from the Pedro Brothers, we witnessed the official opening of The Marion Hotel by the Hon Steven Marshall MP, the Premier of South Australia.








Afterwards, my friend and I ventured into the Lovin' Livin' Locale gig near the bar and enjoyed some really yummy Give Me S'More cocktails, whilst listening to some great local acts, including Heaps Good Friends, Stellie and Void. All up, this was a fantastic night showcasing a gorgeous venue, and I was so honoured to be invited!





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Friday, August 9, 2019

Netflix Recommendation: Dead To Me





Hi guys! I've just finished watching Dead To Me on Netflix, and I was really impressed with it. This dark comedy really struck a chord with my warped sense of humour and I'd certainly recommend you give it a go if you have Netflix (is there anyone left who doesn't at this point?).


~~ NO SPOILERS~~

Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden
Genre: Dark Comedy
Seasons: 1 (10 episodes), renewed for a second season
Country: United States


This series is essentially about the friendship between two women. They meet at a therapy group and form a strong bond whilst grieving for their respective partners, who have recently passed away. Jen (Christina Applegate) is having a very tough time dealing with the death of her husband in a hit and run accident (as you would!), meanwhile Judy (Linda Cardellini) has a much more positive outlook following the death of her fiance.


Dead To Me follows their journey as they support each other and grow closer. However all is not as it seems, and we begin to learn Judy holds a pretty fucking big secret! There's a couple of great plot twists, and watching Jen discover the truth and uncover the mystery is half the fun of this engrossing series. The two female leads are magnificent in this, and carry the whole show with aplomb. The subject matter seems depressing, and although it is dark, the comedy provides relief, and again, the acting is superb. Christina Applegate is required to run the absolute gamut of emotions in this, and she is so watchable, excelling in dramatic, moving moments whilst still displaying the impeccable comic timing we know her for (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, TV's Married With Children) in other scenes.

I was a little bit 'WTF?' at the how the last episode ended, but honestly it just makes me excited to see where they will take this in Season Two. Go add this to your watch list now and thank me later!




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Friday, August 2, 2019

Mani Monday: Multi-Colour Autumn/Winter Nails!




Hi guys! I haven't done anything remotely interesting with my nails in such a long time, so when I saw the below photo in CityMag, I was inspired to put together an Autumn/Winter Mani! I thought this look was amazing and really wanted to re-create it. So I went through my nail polish collection looking for suitable shades, and this is what I came up with. It's slightly different but has the same vibe. I hope you enjoy!

Inspiration......

Photo Credit: Jessica Clark

I saw this photo in this CityMag article about the stylish looks found on Moonta Street in Adelaide. These gorgeous nails belong to Sia Tam, who is currently studying business. I am in love with this look!


My Re-Creation....



The Polishes I Used.....

~ The Body Shop Colour Crush in Red My Mind
~ Furless Lacquer in Freak*
~ Essie mini in Cocktail Bling
~ Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Unwine'd*
~ OPI Lacquer mini (shade not on bottle)
~ Essie mini in Good To Go (Top Coat)




I used Red My Mind from The Body Shop on my thumb nails. This polish is beautiful! To me this appears more orange than red. I'm crushing on the shade and the deliciously smooth and easy to apply formula. I even asked The Body Shop about it but they haven't made nail polishes in years! I remember I picked this up in a discount bin for around $2!

On my pointer fingers is Freak* by Furless. I love this shade. A few years ago I was kindly sent a bunch of polishes from their grunge-themed line. They're edgy and cool, and I'm yet to get sick of them! I don't think they sell nail polish anymore but you should check out the Furless Instagram page for make-up looks that are out of this world!

On my middle fingers is Cocktail Bling by Essie. This impressed me with its lovely formula. I'm so glad I picked this because I'm not usually into grey, so it forced me to try something different. I really like it!

~ I applied two coats of every polish, followed by the top coat, by the way! ~




I used one of my all-time favourite shades, Unwine'd* from the Sally Hansen Color Therapy range on my ring fingernails. Hooley Dooley, is this a gorgeous colour! Absolutely perfect for Winter, too. I was originally sent this as a press sample but I've bought at least one, if not two, bottles since. I wrote about it in my May/June Beauty Faves and you can read more about the Color Therapy range in my blog post here. Highly recommended!

I used the little yellow mini from OPI on my pinky fingers, and although there's no shade name on the bottle I feel like this was from a discontinued Shrek Forever After mini pack I won (released 2010, thanks Google). Ugh this is so bad and lets down the whole look in my opinion. The formula is thin, uneven and streaky AF. Maybe because it's 9 years old? Oh well, they can't all be winners!

As a top coat I used Essie Good To Go. It produced a super shiny finish, but has the tendency to 'pull off' the colour on the nail, so I had to be very careful when applying to just do the bare minimum amount of strokes to get it on there.






What do you think of this look? Are you a fan?




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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hola! Condesa Torrensville Bar and Restaurant Opening!


Condesa Torrensville
180 Henley Beach Rd
Torrensville SA




Hi guys! Last week I attended the opening of Adelaide's newest Mexican bar and restaurant, Condesa Torrensville, located inside the Hotel Royal on Henley Beach Road. Condesa offers a new take on traditional Mexican food, encapsulating the essence and flavour of the Mexican streets. This is a vibrant, funky, modern restaurant offering delicious Mexican fare and tempting cocktails you simply must try!

'La Condesa is a beautiful bohemian district within Mexico City. The streets are lined with trees, stunning Art Deco buildings and a bounty of hip and arty boutiques, restaurants and cafes. From cosy and charming bookshops during the day to dancing in the streets at night, you will fall in love with the place.'


Eggplant Frito

Foodies will be delighted with the gourmet options available, each dish bursting with authentic Mexican flavours. Head Chef Ashley Nguyen, formerly of Mexican Society, has put together an impressive menu, elevating each dish and adding an inspired modern twist. His philosophy is 'food is everything' and this certainly shows on the plate! Some of these yummy temptations include; 16-Hour Beef Cheek Fajitas, Roasted Chicken Mole and Chargrilled Ancho Chile Octopus. If you're intimidated by octopus there's Loco Fries, Vegetarian or Pork Canitas Nachos and four types of Tacos, so there really is something for everyone! The menu is versatile, so although it's designed with sharing in mind, you can definitely eat alone (or just simply not share, haha). There's even a Kid's Menu consisting of 'safe' options such as nuggets, fish or half schnitzel and chips (my 11 year old is super fussy, so I'm always relieved when safe options are available) and tacos, nachos and burritos for the more adventurous kids! And yes the kids meals include an Ice Cream Sundae! HOLA!

Chicken Flautas
Chargrilled Ancho Chile Octopus + Classic Margarita
Cauliflower Frito Taco
Wild Mushroom Tostada
Smoked Chargrilled Elote
Chicken Tinga Taco

Condesa looks gorgeous with cute little cactus pots decorating the bar and tables and a bold, colourful Mexican wall mural expertly painted by The Walking Creative. This is the ideal background for selfies, and Insta-worthy food and drink pics. There's also a roaring open fireplace, perfect to warm you up this Winter!

Sparkling White Sangria FTW!

Classic Margarita
Roasted Chicken Mole
So. Many. Nachos!
Hibiscus Kingfish Ceviche

Condesa really love Tequila, so it was perfect that the official launch took place on the 24th of July, World Tequila Day! On the night I enjoyed their Classic Margaritas and Sparkling White Sangria, but they have an extensive Drinks Menu, so it would be remiss not to mention a few more options. There's Mojitos, Caipirinhas, Lychee Martinis, Gin Berrys and Cherry Sours, as well as a wide range of wines and a lovely range of SA gins, each paired with a unique selection of delicious garnishes and Fever-Tree tonics. For a non-alcoholic option I would highly recommend the Guava Jarritos; I tried hubby's and it was delicious!

And because we all love a great deal, here are Condesa's Current Specials!

~ $20 Sangria jugs, all day, every day!
~ Hola Friday! (5-7pm every Friday!) $10 Margaritas ~ 2 for 1 Tacos ~ $10 Loco Fries ~ $7 selected Mexican Beers! 


Oh! My tray of Sangria has arrived! lol


You can check out Condesa's menu at their website here and keep up to date with their specials on their Facebook page.





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