Face Favourites

Now, I’m not one to do ‘Monthly Favourites’, I love reading them, but I just suck at doing them. Which is kinda sad because I love sharing products that I’m currently loving. Today I’m here to share with you some products that I like that go on my face! Surprisingly there are a lot of highlighters in this lot of stuff, I didn’t expect that to happen. But I’m glad it did, I’m really excited to share with you some of my favourite ‘face’ products!

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Unbeknownst to me at the time, but I kind of organised this photo into groups. The first three on the left side are for more of a dewy look, the three on the right side are more matte. The bottom two are liquid/cream products, then the next middle two are ‘primer’-esque products and the top two are liquid foundations. The column through the middle is powder. I honestly just threw it all together for the one photo. I think it worked out alright. It serves its purpose.

Prime:

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Priming my face is something that I’ve recently started to make a beauty habit. Since discovering Kismet Jardin and working with them, using the Hydra Gem under my foundation has become apart of my morning routine. You can read my full review of it here.  It works so well under foundation, for me being of the dry skin type using this product allows me to wear matte finish foundations without it clinging to my dry spots!

The QV Matte finish oil free moisturiser is a new product that was only released in stores April 1st. I didn’t know if it was going to be a good fit for me because I do have dry skin, but using this product on top of the Kismet Jardin Hydra Gem allows me to use super dewy finish foundations. I never knew that priming my face would have such benefits to the look and wear of my entire face of makeup. I now can’t live without these two products!

Foundation:

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I’d been a lover of the L’Oreal True Match in the original formula for quite a while but sadly the finish clings to some of my dry spots, I finally make the decision to purchase the Lumi version of the foundation and it is perfection! I use this on top of the Hydra Gem and Matte moisturiser together and it gives my face the most flawless finish! I love this foundation so much and can see myself repurchasing it over and over!

The Maybelline foundation is something that I’d heard a lot about but had never picked up, but in the 40%off Cosmetics Priceline sale and I’m glad I did. I can wear this on top of the Hydra Gem and not even have to powder on top! It has such a nice natural finish. It lasts a really long time and doesn’t break down or separate which is a winner in anyones book. The shade I have is a little bit pink for me but I can get away with it, which is good because I’ve been using this foundation a lot lately and I don’t want to live without it.

Australis’ fresh and flawless face powder is a cult classic. I’ve been using it for years, and I’m never disappointed. It glides effortlessly over liquid foundation to add some extra coverage and to set. It also works so well on its own when I’m having those rare ‘good skin days’. I own it in a few shades and use them all at once. It is such an affordable product for everyday use!

Highlighters/Illuminators

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There are a few here that are in my daily use rotation. A mix of different formulas and a wide range in brands, I’m really excited to share with you these products. From left to right the brands are: Williams Pro Makeup, Vani-T, Tarte and Face of Australia.

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You can see here that there are different shades and vary in luminosity and glow. I use them all so much and would love for you to try some of these products!

Williams Pro: #SelfieGlo
This beautiful little diamond tub holds a loose pigment like highlighter that can be used all over the body. I’ve used it on the cheeks and cupids bow, as well as a brow highlight even as an eye shadow. It is gorgeous. It has a duo chrome finish to it from a pearly white to a warm pinky red/orange/gold? it sounds strange but it reflects the colours in your skin tone so well to make it look very natural. This product can be layered for more intensity, too. I really like to spray my brush with MAC fix+ and apply this as an eye shadow. It is so pretty!

Vani-T: Mineral Colour Stick – Ivory
I got sent this product by a mix up, but I’m happy to have it in my collection. I fell in love with Vani-T products after the Bloggers United AU Adelaide event and since then I’ve purchased more products, but this colour stick is such a beautiful warm highlight shade. It blends into the skin like butter, it is absolutely gorgeous. Because it is a cream product, you can set it with a powder highlight and it makes everything absolutely pop! I LOVE this product and will probably purchase some more of the colour sticks. They’re universal!

Tarte: Rainforest of the Sea ‘Skin Twinkle’ lighting palette:
I picked this up in the 40% off Tarte sale a little while back and to say I was excited was an understatement! The two shades swatched here are: (L-R) Sunlight (champagne gold) and Moonlight (rosy pearl). These are so pretty and perfect for daily glow but as always, like all highlighters can be layered for intensity. The products are so smooth they look and feel like cream, but they are powder and some of the finest powders I own. The shade in the middle is a matte shade that I use for setting my under eye area. You can see the dent taken out of it, I really do like that powder. (its not swatched though).

Face of Australia: Mineral Therapy Illuminator – Angel Mist
You can mix this in with your foundation for an all over dewy glow, use it as an all over face primer for that ‘back lit’ glow from within look, or tapped on the cheeks bones and other ‘general highlight’ areas. It blends so easy. It is a liquid product so a little goes a long way! Its a pinky / pearl / shell illuminator and it does a great job of bringing out that natural glow.

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And there you have it! These are some of the products that I’ve been really liking so far! If you want an in-depth review on any of the products in this blog, just ask and I’ll get to it!

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Mask of the Month: Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Final Review.

I’ve decided since I have nothing bad to say about this mask, this will be my final review and I’ll have some related posts coming up for the remainder of the month! Exciting – I know.

The lowdown:

  • Price: $19.99 PricelineWoolworths, $15.99 at Chemist Warehouse, $22.00 Coles ($14.00 sale price). Pack contains 5 masks – approx $4.00 per mask.
  • Target/Aim: ‘… to provide long lasting moisture to help skin look hydrated, radiant and glowing’
  • Skin Type: Suited for Dry Skin but aimed at any skin that needs moisture.
  • Smell: The smell is somewhat like cherry medicine scent – like the rest of the Hydro Boost range. It doesn’t linger nor do I find it unpleasant.
  • Texture: Each is a stretchy cloth mask that feels slippery and like gel.
  • Colour: White and the gel is clear.
  • Directions: “To use, remove mask and unfold gently stretching the fabric cloth to cover your entire face, press lightly with finger tips to set in place and relax for 15 minute allowing the essence nourish your skin. Ideal for use at night, once the fabric mask is removed the concentrated formula works beneath the skin to continuously hydrate whilst you sleep.”

What the packaging says:

Use after cleansing, open pack, take out mask and unfold.
Gently stretch the mask leftwards and rightward to cover your entire face.
Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15mins and remove mask. Manage remaining maskhydrating essence on face. There is no need to rinse off the essence. Discard the sheet after use. Ideal for use at night.

New Information:

  • Application: I’m getting better at applying it now. I’m not being so delicate with it and I’m really impressed at how it hasn’t ripped.
  • Dry Time: I kept this mask on for 20 – 25 minutes
  • 5 mins in: Still haven’t gotten used to the cold shock of when I apply it. But because I was just relaxing playing xbox and not really moving my mouth etc around much, I didn’t have an issue with the moustache strip becoming loose.
  • 10 mins in: Still nice and stuck to my face!
  • Just before removal: Once I felt like I’d had enough of the mask, I simply peeled it off. Easy Peasy!
  • Removal process: Easy Peasy!
  • Instant results: My skin felt super nice and squidgy, like always.
  • 10 mins after: I wanted to see how well this mask worked with other products so I used the night cream from the Hydro Boost line with this mask. It felt so good!
  • Next morning: I think because I used the night cream as well, my skin was just in hydro heaven.
  • Visible change: Skin is very supple. No dry areas.

 

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I’m becoming desensitised by the freaky-ness of this mask. I really love the Hydro-Boost sheet masks. Used in conjunction with the other products from this line I can see that my skin will just love me for it.

I used the night and day moisturiser this time with the mask and can’t wait to do a review of all the products at once! They’re perfect for people with dry skin or just anyone who needs a moisture boost! With winter coming up I think a moisturising mask once a week can really improve things!

I’ll be doing a full review on the range soon!

Tonight I played some xbox with my partner. We played a few games – it was really fun. One in particular called ‘Cactus’ that I really liked. It reminds me of ‘Hero’s Duty’ from Wreck it Ralf mixed with ‘Sugar Rush’ also from WiR. The characters are all super cute girls with guns and its a basic top down shooter game. I think I might do a review of it. So keep an eye out for that in the future if you’re interested.

Here are a few photos from the game. Its really fun and easy to play for someone who might not be as experienced.

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Kismet Jardin Hydra-Gem Review

Skincare is one of my favourite things to review – I love finding products that are universal for all skin types even if they’re targeted at a certain type. If you’ve been a reader of my posts you’ll know that I review a different face mask each week for a month. I’ve enjoyed making them work for my skin and giving you guys honest feed back on wether or not I think its worth it. Today I’m here to share with you a product I think is worth it and will work with all skin types.

I’ve mentioned Kismet Jardin a few times here on my blog, and if you follow some other Adelaide Bloggers (you should, they’re lovely) then you might have seen them mention this brand and product too. We received a full size of the Hydra-Gem as a gift amongst other things when we spoke to Kismet Jardin at the Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event. Since then I have been using it on and off it wasn’t until I was contacted by them to give a review that I began using it daily. I have been using it daily for a month now and I feel like I’m ready to review it in depth. In case I miss anything, read about it here!!

This is the product here – firstly the packaging. Absolutely gorgeous. The bottle comes with a pump and it disperses the perfect amount of product. The bottle itself is thick glass – and let me tell you from experience, it can take a hit. I knocked it off the vanity onto tiles floor and nothing was broken – so its sturdy. A win in my book.

A little about the company – Kismet Jardin is a South Australian brand based right here in Adelaide so its perfect for those who want to shop local and support SA. Kismet Jardin believe in all natural everything, there is a really cute story about nature in today’s busy concrete life that is really quite lovely to read on their website. The word Kismet means fate or destiny and the word Jardin is French for garden. So when put together it can mean Fate’s Garden or The Garden of Destiny – something along those lines, which is quite a pretty mental image.

This photo looks so photoshopped but I assure you, it isn’t. Its just my awkward self touching my face – the usual.

When I use this product: I use one to two pumps of this in the morning after my usual skincare routine and before makeup and at night once I’ve taken all my makeup off – done my nightly skincare and right before bed.

A few things that I’ve noticed about this product:

  1. How fast it absorbs into the skin. It is almost instant – I don’t have to wait around for it to sink in I can apply makeup almost instantly after.
  2. Texture is lightweight and very smooth. Its quite a runny formula but nothing that gets out of hand. No chunky bits or residue and no oils. Its an oil-free product.
  3. The smell of this is interesting. There is no scents or perfumes added so it won’t irritate your skin. The smell is purely of the all natural, certified organic products used to make up this product. It doesn’t linger and I don’t think it is terrible its just an earthy smell, almost like laying in grass? Grass sweat? is that a thing? I’m making it sound worse than what it is! It doesn’t linger, but keep it in mind.
  4. I’ve noticed that my skin is starting to firm up – nothing like The Thing from Fantastic 4 or anything. But I feel like its smooth and tight – in a good way. I’ve also noticed no reaction from this – I’ve not had any break outs – and my skin isn’t as obnoxiously dry as it used to be. Its supple and plump without being oily. My skin tone has improved and I find myself having more ‘good skin days’.

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What the product boasts:
Hydra-Gem is to support collagen and elastane synthesis and to plump, protect and deeply hydrate skin. I’m not sure what I can say personally for the collagen and elastane part because I do still have ‘young skin’ and haven’t noticed myself lacking in that area – but prevention is the best cause of action right? – or something like that so I hope that I’m gonna be having flawless skin when I’m 75. (Come back in 40 years for a review). I can say however, that my skin feels plump and hydrated. There has been no excess oils or anything coming to my skin so I can imagine how good that would be to those of you who suffer from oily issues. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the ingredients in this which is a big moisture boost to the skin and I can’t get enough of it.

Some more things I’ve noticed:

  1. It works well under makeup. It provides a protective barrier between skin and makeup. Hence why it is a serum-primer. Really, it is a universal product.
  2. It travels well – because I proved to myself accidentally that it can take a hit, I take it with me when I travel. Its the perfect size, the cap is strong and doesn’t flick off to leak everywhere, and because I don’t usually do a full face of makeup to sit in the car for 3+ hours. I put some of this on and my skin doesn’t feel dry or gross from the air con from all the recycled air. I can just imagine how nice this would feel when flying!
  3. Dry skin girls! For those of us who like a matte finish makeup without looking flakey – its a hard one to master. There is usually a lot of prep work that goes into readying our skin. Skin oil, moisturiser, primer, dewy face mist, deal with the devil… The usual. I’ve found with this, I can cut out a lot of those steps and wear a matte finish foundation over top. Hydra-Gem creates the perfect base!
  4. I’ve also found that it works well with other products! For those days that I want a super dewy finish. I use the Hydra-Gem and then a mattifying moisturiser over the top – the Hydra-Gem allows the moisture through without drying my skin, and the matte finish allows the dewy foundation to go on and not slide all over my face! LOVE THAT!

I honestly think this product is a game changed in my morning routine and if you’re someone who loves natural skincare, supporting local brands (don’t worry they ship internationally) and just genuinely good products then I really suggest you look at the Award Winning company – Kismet Jardin.

 

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Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for reviewing purposes. However, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it. Nothing has changed my views.

Mask of the Month: Neutrogena Hydro-boost week 2 review

Back at it again with the white face mask! This time I slept with it on! keep reading to see my results. This is such a fun mask! Such little effort but such good results!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $19.99 PricelineWoolworths, $15.99 at Chemist Warehouse, $22.00 Coles ($14.00 sale price). Pack contains 5 masks – approx $4.00 per mask.
  • Target/Aim: ‘… to provide long lasting moisture to help skin look hydrated, radiant and glowing’
  • Skin Type: Suited for Dry Skin but aimed at any skin that needs moisture.
  • Smell: The smell is somewhat like cherry medicine scent – like the rest of the Hydro Boost range. It doesn’t linger nor do I find it unpleasant.
  • Texture: Each is a stretchy cloth mask that feels slippery and like gel.
  • Colour: White and the gel is clear.
  • Directions: “To use, remove mask and unfold gently stretching the fabric cloth to cover your entire face, press lightly with finger tips to set in place and relax for 15 minute allowing the essence nourish your skin. Ideal for use at night, once the fabric mask is removed the concentrated formula works beneath the skin to continuously hydrate whilst you sleep.”

What the packaging says:

Use after cleansing, open pack, take out mask and unfold.
Gently stretch the mask leftwards and rightward to cover your entire face.
Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15mins and remove mask. Manage remaining maskhydrating essence on face. There is no need to rinse off the essence. Discard the sheet after use. Ideal for use at night.

New Information:

  • Application: This week I didn’t care so much about getting the mask smooth on my face, I didn’t care if it was wrinkled, I just wanted to make sure that there was no air pockets like last time.
  • Dry Time: This time I slept with it on. Which turned out better than I thought.
  • 5 mins in: When you first apply this, its so cold, so that kind of woke me up a bit, but after a few minutes, its room temperature because of your body heat. It feels refreshing.
  • 10 mins in: Because I’m laying down, the strip between my nose and lip wasn’t such a big issue.
  • Just before removal: So I slept with it on for approx 7 hours and it actually went really well, I thought it’d fall off in the night and I’d end up with a soggy pillow, but that wasn’t the case! Because the gel and the fabric work well together it is the right amount of ‘sticky’ and it didn’t slide around my face at all!
  • Removal process: Super easy!
  • Instant results: My skin felt so supple. A good kind of squidgy? I could feel the moisture being sucked in by my dry skin. It was a nice way to wake up with nice fresh skin.
  • 10 mins after: I was running late this morning so I went straight into my skincare and makeup routine. Makeup applied really nicely over the fresh skin.
  • Next morning: N/A
  • Visible change: It seemed to counteract some redness and obviously my dry patches weren’t so bad.

This mask contains 6x more hyaluronic acid (the moisture stuff) than the hydro-boost serum. (which I also own) so I’m pretty keen on getting some supple skin!

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I’d just applied the mask here, and as you can see there are air pockets around the eye area and bridge of the nose. This is something that I wanted to try and stop. So I re arranged it. I also thing it looks better when the eye cut outs are a big bigger. There is something just super creepy about this top image – I think its the lack of brows.. and expression. Just super creepy.

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Here I’ve re-arranged the mask so theres less air pockets. It looks less creepy too. Shout out to my main man Thomas (the seal in the background) for making an appearance in todays blog post!

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Here I am with my trusty cat pillow ready for a good nights sleep! I made sure to leave a little bit extra space around my nose – I was a little worried of suffocating – spoiler alert, I’m alive!

The only down side I can see to sleeping with it on, is I don’t know when to do my night time skin care – usually I do it before bed, but I didn’t want to interrupt the mask. I think next time I’ll just have to take a nap with it on. Ahh, the things I do for the blog!

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Bitchinskin Matcha Body Scrub – Review

I love a good soak in the bath, and one of my new fav products to lather all over me during this relaxing time is the Bitchinskin Matcha Body Scrub – with coconut and peppermint.

One of my favourite things to review is skincare and bath product. So when I found this little lady in a goodie bad from the Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event I put this on the top of the list of things to try!

Bitchinskin has only been around for a few months and I hope they expand their range and get a lot of notice because this scrub is great

Available in Australia and international! So you can have a bitchin’ bath wherever you are world wide!

The Packaging:
Each little bitchin’ scrub is packaged in this slim and sturdy plastic pouch with an industrial strength zip lock closure. However if thats not your thing, go ahead and depot it! I was a little worried that because I keep mine next to the bath it’d go all soggy and gross because of the paper on the outside, however if you look closely you’ll see the paper is like an overlay onto of a reinforced plastic package. So far mine hasn’t fallen apart. WOO!

matcha packagingAll the information is on the sticker, nothing gets lost when you rip the top off to open the package. The info is really easy to read and well set out, the cute images and way its written make it enjoyable to read. I read it when I use it in the bath. I like the colour scheme too. Neat and classic while being fun and fresh. Well done. If the range expanded, I can imagine different colours in place of the green, but in the same muted style, like a pink for a rose scented, purple for lavender, brown for coffee etc. (I’m fully prepared to go into business by the sounds of things!)

The packaging can be a little hard to close when there is product in the way, but its easy to remove. I was worried about the product drying out, but because you need to be damp/wet to use the product, that moisture revives the product anyway. So don’t fret if it dries out.

The Product:
As you can see it is a salt based scrub and its green (matcha is green tea) and quite grainy (perfect for exfoliating). The scent is so wonderfully fresh and pleasant. A lot of the time green tea can be overpowering and sometimes peppermint can smell sickly sweet and almost fake, but this has the most perfect blend of it all.

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You can see on the package what each ingredient is targeted to do.
Coconut: Re-hydrate and moisturise without blocking pores.
Matcha: Target ache, wrinkles, scars and cellulite.
Peppermint: Soothe tired and achy muscles, and reduces irritation.

How I use it:
I use it on my upper body mainly, because I’m usually in the bath when I use it. However, I have used it to exfoliate my legs before shaving.

I like to soak in the bath for approx 5 minutes, then I dampen down my body (that isn’t submerged) and rub the product all over. Focussing on my chest, abdomen, and arms. Sometimes I’ll add a drop or two of water to the handful of product so it makes it a paste, I find I get less ‘fall out’ when I do that.

When using it on my face, I make it into a paste and gently pat it on. Because the salt is such a course exfoliant I’m careful when using it on my face. However, the salt is perfect for any super dry areas like elbows, knees and heels.

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I let it sit for the majority of my bath. It begins to melt down almost and I can feel my skin absorbing the goodness! When it comes to removal. I gently rub the product off, exfoliating my body at the same time. Circular motions are perfect. Its surprising how much dead skin is removed. I love it! When it comes to my face, I wipe most of the product off with wet hands, then gently massage the rest into my cheeks, nose, chin and forehead before going to town on my neck and collarbone. Once I’ve finished exfoliating, I rinse off and pat my face dry with a towel and I instantly feel radiant. The peppermint helps calm down any redness that might have occurred.

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I really do think this helps brighten my complexion. My skin stays smooth for at least two days after using this as an exfoliator. I’ve not had a reaction to it – which is a win in my book!

Info you need to know:

Australia

Price: $14.99 AUD
Shipping:
FREE for Aussie Babes!
Delivery Time: 3 – 10 business days. Priority and express shipping available for low cost.

New Zealand

Price: $14.99 AUD – $16.34 NZD (approx conversion)
Shipping:
$4.50 AUD – $4.91 NZD (approx conversion) if you order 2 or more scrubs shipping is free!
Delivery Time:
5 – 14 business days

International

Bitchinskin likes to travel so she’s available world wide! Prices may vary as to where you are in the world. Approx shipping time is 7 – 21 business days! International shipping costs $6.00 AUD. So rather cheap if you ask me!

You can find out more by checking their FAQ’s page!

I am such a fan of this scrub, I’m a lover of body/bath products and this will definitely get a re-purchase! I love what the company stands for and just everything about it!

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Mother’s Day Gift guide #2

I posted another Mother’s Day gift guide last week, I’m posting another one now because this is a little bit different to the other one. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we can’t go buying flashy gifts for the ones we love. Trust me, I’ve been there. Heck I moved there and became the mayor. Its hard when the one you love deserves a diamond and all you can afford is a rock. So this gift guide is going to be about things you can make or get for cheap that will be sure to make your mumma smile.

PLANTS

For the green thumb mum I think this is a really cute idea. You can get a huge range of potted flowers from Bunnings for under $15.00AUD some even for under $5.00! To snazzy it up a bit and add some personal touch, head over to kmart and pick up one of the many flower pots they have – starting from $2.00! A little bit of elbow grease and some dirty hands will give you the end result of a gorgeous gift that will bring colour and happiness to your mum for a very long time! All you need to do is add a cute label, get a ribbon and you’re done! How beautiful!

TEA/COFFEE

Kmart have some great Tea sets out at the moment in the theme of mothers day!
This one here comes with tea, and sugar cookies with the mug, whilst this one is an all encompassed tea set! There are a few different varieties on offer at Kmart so pick one that suits your mum. These ones here are $6 and $10. Bargain!

PHOTOS

I think it costs approx 25c to get a photo printed these days and thats just for standard sizes. One thing that my brother, sister and I do, is get photos of us, and us and our partners and make a photo collage. If thats not quite your style, or you’re an only child then you can just find some photos of you and your mum. You can get some really cute frames for under $10. I’ll leave you with a pic from at least 10 years ago of me and my mum

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BAKED GOODS

If you’re good in the kitchen then this one might be for you. This is one of the things I’m doing for my mum this Mother’s Day. Its an edible cupcake arrangement. Click here to find out how to do it! It is actually really easy! It was under $15 to make.

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This one here is just a trial run, so its a little rough around the edges. But you get the idea! The tutorial for this post will be up tonight! Two posts in one day? You guys are lucky!

That just about wraps it up for this instalment of the Mother’s Day gift guide for 2016. Just remember, you don’t need to go out and get expensive gifts. Just spend time with your mum, or mother figure. Cherish the time you have and make memories and take photos and just tell your mum how much you love them!

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Top makeup tips for when you’re sick

Obviously no one likes being sick, but unfortunately its going to happen. As my luck would have it, day one of my uni ‘holidays’ started out with me coming down with the most horrid version of the ‘common cold’. Now usually I’d just let it run its course (for me, its a two week minimum of aches, pains and phlegm – beautiful, I know) but I have a heap of stuff to do during this study break including birthdays, events and even a wedding so I had to look better than I felt at the time. I’m here to share with you some basic tips and tricks about how to wear makeup when you’re sick.

For me, the least amount of product on my skin, the better I feel. I try to keep makeup simple and if possible away from the three danger zones of sickness – lips, nose and eyes.

My eyes are a watery mess when I’m sick so a lack of makeup is fantastic, I can’t recommend waterproof liner and mascara enough! If you are going to go with some shadows I suggest a really blown out smokey look (doesn’t have to be black). The more diffused the colour is, the less obvious it will be that you’ve wiped some away with the tears coming from your eyes from coughing so much. (you think I’m kidding?)

The only time my lips get chapped is when I’m sick. I find myself doing a lot of mouth breathing (*cringe) because my sinuses are more congested the peak hour traffic in the city. My lips split, and crack and its just a painful ordeal. I never use a matte lipstick when my lips are bad like this. Its just adding salt to the wound. I tend to go with a balm (chapstick is your friend) or a gloss – the only time I opt for gloss is when I’m sick. Its low maintenance and it helps the lips. YES! If I’m going somewhere that requires lippy, I opt for a cream finish. Rimmel London – Moisture Renew lipstick line is fantastic.

Having a runny nose is annoying at the best of times, but having to wear makeup AND having a runny nose is just adding insult to injury. My tip for this is to blow your nose like theres no tomorrow before doing your makeup – sounds obvious but seriously, do it. Pretend you’ve got the trumpet solo in the jazz band and blow that horn, honey! When you’re ready to apply makeup you’ve got a few options: Just a powder, if you don’t NEED full coverage then don’t bother with it, Liquid foundation – Put it over your face as per usual, but when you get to the nose (nostril area) blend it out so there isn’t much there. If its lightly applied on purpose and it looks fine, it won’t look stupid when you’ve more than most likely rubbed at it with tissues. Instead of looking like Rudolf you look a little rosey, Concealer – if you don’t want foundation, but want coverage, just use concealer, blend it out so it doesn’t look too patchy and go from there – depends on what ‘event’ you’re wearing the makeup for.

This is the before and after. I wasn’t going anywhere that I needed full coverage – just nipping out to lunch with a gal pal and doing a bit of shopping.

No eye shadow. Waterproof mascara, liquid liner in brown – not black. Defined brows. Glossy lips. Concealer and powder – no liquid foundation.

Something else that I like to do, I like to rub some ‘vaporising ointment’ Vicks VapoRub. just under my nose – only a small amount. Just so it keeps my nose somewhat usable. A small amount shouldn’t be detectable by others – just mask with with perfume!

It is important to put colour back into your skin. You might think blush isn’t needed but you can become quite washed out when you’re sick so adding in a little flush of colour to the cheeks can really help make you look like you’ve got a pulse and not an extra for ‘The Walking Dead’.

As it turns out, I had an event that I had RSVP’d to so I needed to turn that basic makeup into a bit more of a glam situation. I kept to the same rules. Even though I am wearing more makeup than before, its still light on my nose, I’ve primed my lips with balm all day so wearing a ‘matt-er’ lip isn’t such an issue. Adding blush to bring colour back to my cheeks, adding highlighter to bring some ‘natural glow’. With all these little things, I don’t really look sick at all! Despite feeling like I was dying and coughing so loud I sound like a baby seal…

The term ‘fake it, ’till you make it’ applies here. If you pretend you’re well, and smile and try your hardest, it will show through. Even if you sound like a ‘pack-a-day’ smoker. (me).

Don’t forget that wherever you go you always take a mini pack of tissues, lozenges, cold and flu meds and lip balm!

Do you have any makeup tips for when you’re sick? Or just any tips on how to survive sickness I’d love to know! I can’t wait to kick this cold to the curb!

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My Liebster Award

Now, if you’re not sure what the Liebster Award is, its basically an award set up by bloggers for bloggers to share around some blogs that you love! I’ve been nominated in the past by PastelSparkles, but that was ages ago and since then, I’ve changed blogging platforms etc.

This time around I’ve been ever so kindly nominated by Kattoday which was so very nice of her.

A little bit about the award: There are different versions floating around the internet, some which mean you nominate 5 people under 3,000 followers, 11 people under 200 followers, your own amount of people under certain amount of followers etc. I’ve decided that because I was nominated under the category: 11 people under 200 followers that is how I’ll go with my nominations.

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog!
  2. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  3. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers (under 200 followers) to receive this award.
  5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees and let them know you’ve nominated them!

My answers to Kat’s questions:

  • Why did you start blogging?
  • I started a blog because so many people would ask how I did certain things: hair styles, makeup, cooking, baking etc I decided to write it all down in one place so everyone could look at it. I’m a list maker and chronic diary keeper so blogging is just like that for me.
  • What is your most prized possession?
  • I have a locket necklace that was a gift for my 11th-ish? birthday I think, its nothing special but I wore it for 12 years straight (until the chain broke). I’d be so upset if I lost it. Its not worth anything to anyone other than me.
  • Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?
  • The ones that I put a lot of work into, like photography and editing etc. It always goes that the ones you care about the most, are the ones that don’t do so well, though.
  • What do you admire most about yourself?
  • I won’t let anyone give up. I don’t want regrets and I don’t want regrets for those I care about.
  • What does a normal day in your life look like?
  • snooze button 3 times, running late out the door. Uni or work, home and relax. Constantly talking to friends/family.
  • Number one wardrobe essential?
  • Black skater skirt. Absolute MUST!
  • Best mistake you’ve ever made?
  • Moving out when I was 17. Mistake because it wasn’t the right timing and I lost friendships but its good because I got a taste for independence early and I now know that those people in my life weren’t worthy.
  • What is a piece of advise you’d like to share?
  • People are always going to give you advice – Trust your own instincts first.
  • Drink of choice?
  • Non alcoholic: Juice or water. Alcoholic: Anything with vodka?
  • Beauty product you absolutely cannot go without?
  • Mascara/eyeliner
  • What inspires you?
  • I’m inspired constantly by the world that is around me. Inspiration for posts or inspiration for life I love my surroundings and those in it.

11 facts about me:

  1. I learn/teach myself 3 languages other than English: Spanish, Italian and French.
  2. I get called the human jukebox because I’m always singing/humming.
  3.  I always remember my dreams.
  4. When I was younger I thought I could control the wind – like I was a magical wind witch. (I still think I can sometimes) 😉
  5. Potatoes and Juice are two of my most favourite things.
  6. When I was younger I wanted a dragon. I still want one.
  7. I love to travel. Hopefully I’ll be heading back to Italy soon!
  8. I am the most motivated and lazy person all at the same time.
  9. I can open my eyes underwater without anything protecting them.
  10. I’m scared of losing my memory.
  11. When I was younger I would write backwards and in mirror image, the teachers thought there was something wrong with me, but I knew what I was doing – I didn’t want anyone to copy my work.

My questions for my nominees.

  1. Do you think you could survive in a Zombie apocalypse?
  2. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  3. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. Would you rather breathe underwater or be able to fly?
  5. Would you rather have a ‘rewind’ button in life or a ‘pause’ button?
  6. A night in prison or a night in a haunted house?
  7. What is the first thing you reach for when you sit down to do your makeup?
  8. What made you want to start a blog?
  9. Special talent/party trick?
  10. Talk to animals or speak every known language?
  11. Would you rather have no internet for a month? or no phone?

My nominees are:

I’m nominating these people because I genuinely enjoy reading their blog, and I hope you do to. 

Thebeautyandthegeekau
Zoesbeautyescape
Elysianlight
Apairofones
Lilelicia’s corner
Rachelbeautystyle
Juskin
Squeezebeauty
IamRockyB
Ellenleighxoblog
Bellezabyvictoria

And thats all my nominees!

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I hope the nominees all fill our the questions because I look forward to reading their answers!

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Mask of the Month: SWISSE Manuka Honey 1 week review

Finally I can start giving some feedback and actually start reviewing this face mask. There has been so much preparation for it, but now I can start giving my thoughts. I’ve tried to compile a list of judging criteria that should HOPEFULLY prove to be thorough and give some answers.

  • Price: $17.99 at Priceline  $14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
  • Target/Aim: To detoxify and purify skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated
  • Skin type: Combination Skin – Well suited for congested and blemish prone skin
  • Smell: It has a cherry/medicin scent like a faint smell of red starburst
  • Texture: Smooth can feel a little gritty once it starts to dry
  • Colour: Dark grey
  • Directions: “Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the mask feels firm and dry, then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favourite Swisse natural oil and moisturiser. Recommended for use once to twice per week”.
  • Application: I apply it with my fingers, if you wanted you could probably use a brush or some kind of spatula but you might end up wasting product. I applied it so it was opaque but I think it might be a bit thick. We’ll see how it goes when it sets. I leave the area around my hairline and eyes mask free and also my top lip.
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 10 – 25 minutes**
  • 5 mins in: The thinner areas of mask have already set and I can feel it getting tight. No tingling sensation or burning.
  • 10 mins in: Majority of mask is set. Whole face is feeling tight, can’t open my mouth or smile.
  • Just before removal: Everything is dry and hard like there is a shell on my face. When I open my mouth it begins to crack and fray. Trying to frown proves to be difficult.
  • Removal process: The directions say to rinse off with warm water however this is damn near impossible without getting drenched. The water definitely re-hydrates the mask to its liquid form but it doesn’t simply wash away. I was wiping and rinsing my face for five minutes and there was still residue around the edges. I’ll have to experiment with different methods of removal.
  • Instant results: Face feels smooth and fresh.
  • 10 mins after: No redness or reaction. (WIN) Face feels smooth and fresh still, pores are clear no difference in size though. (the mask isn’t meant to minimise pores so thats ok)
  • Next morning: My face doesn’t feel dry or tight which is nice.
  • Visible change: I do have a few spots that are starting to come through, however I’m not worried because the mask is detoxifying – I assume it has to draw out impurities first. (the spots didn’t flair up and only lasted a few days)

** Dry time: I put my mask on and then had a nice hot bath. The mask was drying well; but at the 12ish minute mark because there was a lot of steam the mask started to ‘melt’ back to its original state making it impossible to dry so I had to cut my bath time short and sit in front of the air con to make it set. This mask might be good to do first THEN have a bath or just nice to sit around watch a few eps of your favourite TV show and then wash it off.

I’ve used it twice this week as per the directions and the second time I used it the results were the same (still haven’t figured out a decent removal method – maybe the shower?) The second time using it, I still had a few ‘breakouts’ like a spot here or there but nothing too severe which to me is a good sign. If I had inflammation and breakouts everywhere I’d assume I’m having a reaction to it. So far so good after week 1!

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Just after full face application.
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5-10 minutes in and you can see the change in colour.
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The mask is fully set. The dark areas I’m assuming is the mask pulling forward all the oils and imperfections from my pores.
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Here, after 5 minutes of rinsing there was still product on my face. It is quite hard to get it all from around the edges and still keep the rest of me dry!

 

Thats it for week one review. There are still a few weeks to go with reviewing this product. Hopefully I can come up with some tips and tricks to make the removal process better!

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Bloggers United AU: Adelaide Event

Before you start reading, go and grab a cuppa, we’ll be here for a while I can tell. Its ok, I’ll wait. No, really! Treat yourself I’ll still be here. (:

Alright, are you ready for this? Lets begin! On Sunday the 28th of February I woke with excitement in my heart and nerves the size of bowling balls in my stomach. Today was the Bloggers United Adelaide Event! As I sit here and write this post chomping down on some Cobs Natural Popcorn: Lightly Salted, Lightly Sweet that I found in one of the goodie bags, I’m trying to think of where to start!

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Location: Glenelg, Seawall Apartments. Time: 12:15pm. Weather: Perfection👌🏻.

Excitement was in the air as a group of fellow bloggers and I walked to the event. We arrived to welcome drinks and I’m glad I had one (three) because it took the edge off. I am such a shy person until I get to drinking talking. The deck was filled with so many beautiful people I thought they were all reps of businesses – nope. Turns out they’re fellow Adelaide Bloggers!

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We were welcomed by the founders of Bloggers United AU, Jasmine and Nikita and then again by our Adelaide reps Nici and Kate. We were briefed on how the day would go and then we all huddled together for a group shot by the roving photographer of the day Heidi from Heidi Who Photography (she kindly let attendees use her photos; wherever you see a watermark the photos are hers). We mingled for a little while more and then picked up our first goodie bag and we were off to the first of our stops: A photography master class with Heidi herself! She was such a good person to start the day off with, offering us tips to make our photos better and told us some valuable info about lighting and flatlays! After the talk we then had our own unique map that we had to follow randomly putting us into groups of three. It was now that we started our speed date like talks with the brands!

The little treasure map type itinerary I had put me in a group with Esther from @alittledainty and Sarah from @heARTinsightart / heartinsightart blog.

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Photo credit: Bloggers United AU

Our day went like this:

1: Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez

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If you want to see someone passionate about what they do, you must meet Mark McCarthy from Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez or simply: ‘Shanghai Lil’. The creator of all natural soaps, lip balms, and perfumes (please make candles, please make candles). From the moment he started to talk to us about what he does you could see that this is someone who is genuine – something that is a huge selling point for me. I can honestly say I’d never heard of this brand before, but when I found out it was South Australian I got so happy! Someone local I can support! His talk about all natural scents hit me on a personal level (which sounds lame and sales-y). I am someone who loves the smell of dirt after a good rain and the smell of bitumen in the summer I associate so many memories with scent and we had  a good little chat about the perfect scent for the perfect occasion. You can find his products online and at the store Have you met charlie? in Adelaide CBD. They also have an online store you can find Shanghai Lil in the ‘designers’ drop down menu or by simply searching Shanghai Lil. $5AUD flat rate shipping Australia wide, Free shipping when you spend over $100AUD and $15AUD for international shipping! If you’re outside of Aus and want some delicious scents of my homeland, don’t hesitate to click and ship! You won’t regret it!

The day was off to a great start!

2: Runway Room – Adelaide

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I fell in love with this brand the first time I came into contact with them back in September 2015 when I saw them at the Adelaide Hair and Makeup Show 2015. Kara from Runway Room Adelaide is such a good rep for the business! (and she remembered me from the hair and makeup show so she’s just an all around good egg) The minute I could say something I just started gushing about how much I loved their lipsticks. In no way was I asked to say anything at all. I just had to let her know they’re some of my all time favourite lipsticks! Runway Room itself is a relatively new brand in Australia, founded by Alex Fevola with the motto of ‘Affordable Luxury” and I think that is absolutely correct! Kara gave us a great rundown of the products and everyone went home with a little free lip product and a voucher for a free makeup application. Um, YES PLEASE! I have no idea when I’m going to use it but by golly I will! If you’re looking for some great lipsticks (and great makeup in general) definitely check out Runway Room – I have the shades, Entrepreneur, C.E.O and Gypsy. You won’t be disappointed!

I was already so pleased with the day!

3: Enbacci

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We were greeted by Yong-Li from Enbacci a family started business from Australia (yay more Aus companies) sporting some high class skincare! I love the idea behind Embacci: Made for the family. I can totally relate to that. As a child we went on a lot of family holidays and having something as important as skincare to cater for the entire family instead of everyone lugging around their own is such a great idea! We sampled some of their products and the demonstrations by Yong-Li were so professional, and also friendly. She was genuinely excited and dedicated to her families business which was so nice to see. We went home with samples and I can’t wait to try them. The one product that is on my list to purchase is the ‘Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Scrub‘ my skin felt so nice after that. Good lordy!

At this point I could tell we would be carrying a lot of bags so I stored my handbag in the closet (because I forgot to do that first – rookie mistake). Let ‘arm day’ begin!

4: Weleda

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A brand I’d heard of but not known much about! Its a company that has been around since the 1920’s – so they’ve had time to build a reputation and get their stuff together when it comes to quality products! I’m sure people know the name Weleda but if you don’t you should! The woman giving the talk to us who’s name I didn’t catch which really irritates me because she was a grade A human being! Was a blast! She was candid and passionate and she and I got on immediately! Our personalities just clicked! She told us so much about the company but also gave us handouts about what products we’d be taking home and more about the company because she said that it was all just an ‘information dump’ and its ok if we forget things! So nice to know that PR’s understand that we’re not going to be able to remember it all. We went home with a full sized ‘Skin Food‘ A very iconic product of Weleda (coming up to its 90year birthday) and our choice of body wash (which was super nice to be able to pick something that is more suited for your skin)

After that talk I was so pumped and excited to keep learning more about businesses!

5: Kismet Jardin

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I’d never heard of this brand which makes me sad because it is a South Australian brand! When we walked into the room we were hit with an array of natural smelling everything and a quite professional look to the room, there were a neat stack of Kismet Jardin boxes that looked so precious! I have mixed feelings about the Kismet Jardin room. It is nothing wrong with the brand itself (I’ll get to that in a bit) but more the room they were in. Because we were in apartments the rooms could be quite small and I think for this brand in particular there wasn’t enough air flow and the scents of the products overpowered the small room they were in. At the time I was a little displeased with K.J but after coming home and being able to smell the products individually and explore them in my own time, I’ve become quite curious with the brand and the fact that they’re South Australian peaks my interest even more. The presentation was professional and well done, you can see the true passion the company has when they were talking about their products. There is quite a nice story on their website about the natural world making a comeback from the concrete jungle and pollution of today which is quite cute and I suggest you read it. It brings a lot into perspective. We were given some goodies from K.J, too! I’ve started to use some and will be doing a full review.

We were given so much skincare I want to spend the time to trial everything individually, I don’t want to sit here and say that I love it all when I haven’t tried it. I’d prefer to try it love it or not and THEN tell you.

6: Davroe

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Davr-oh my gosh, YES! Another brand I sampled at the Adelaide Hair and Makeup Show and INSTANTLY fell in love with it. The talk was super chilled out and we were all chatting, one of the girls did a little demo on Sarah’s hair. She was fully prepared to do some hair demos she came armed with a brush belt and hot tools! If my hair wasn’t so ‘My hair’ I’d have loved her to do some stuff to it! I have a soft spot for Davroe, its a South Australian brand (yay) and also a girl I know is one of the models. (seriously one of the most beautiful people on the planet) We had a relaxed talk and each of us told them what we wanted from a hair product and what hair type we have and the lovely ladies suggested some products to try out. I thought we’d get to choose a product or two like we did at Weleda but oh no no no, they gave us a sample box of their ENTIRE RANGE! PLUS a full size of their Murray River Sea Salt Spray – I’ve used it, it’s lovely and smells heavenly. I love the companies philosophy and I suggest you give it a read. They’re vegan and cruelty free which I know is a plus in a lot of peoples books!

I was so overwhelmed by the generosity and the candidness the businesses had. I was so humbled by it all. At this point though too, I was also a wee (kinda ravenous) bit hungry which was good, because it was lunch time!

LUNCH

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Mixed feelings thy name is Lunch. First off I want to say the lunch provided was delicious a little out of left field in some regard but it was still pretty dang good. However, I have some issues (probably one of the only negative about the day – in my opinion). Lunch was provided by Oporto which is a fast food place. I have issues about that but kinda the least of my problems, I don’t like sounding bitchy or ungrateful but I just think it was a poor choice for a lunch. We’re all bloggers and when we get the chance to take a food pic, by golly we jump on it, but you just can’t take a good pic of fast food. The options for food were limited, and the choice for people who didn’t have any food stipulations (vegetarian/vegan etc) only had the option of a burrito. Was it delicious? Yes. Was it hard to eat? Oh heck yes. The majority of people were beauty bloggers and lets be real here, there is no graceful way to ease your moth around a burrito without having lipstick down your chin (get that mental image in ya). It was also surprisingly spicy, in the sneak peaks I don’t think I saw anything about spicy there – I wasn’t prepared for it. It was also windy (not anyones fault) so hair was blowing around, there wasn’t really enough seating (we went down and sat with some nice beach views it was lovely) so whilst the picnic-esque lunch was cute, it wasn’t ideal. So that’s all I’ll say about it. It was a good lunch with some disappointing aspects.

With lunch over and lipstick reapplied, we were ready for round two of speed dating!

7: Dr. Hauschka

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Another pretty well known brand! I’d heard of Dr. Hauschka but I’d never purchased anything. The room they were in was stunning, a small bedroom with a gorgeous spa bathroom! Beautiful views of the ocean and such a gorgeous place to showcase their products. White clean lines, crisp colours. mmm perfection! The philosophy behind the brand really interested me in the fact that they don’t believe in night creams and they believe that the skin needs this time to do its thing and sort itself out which I could really intriguing. The rep was pretty straight forward about products and if they’re suitable for your skin, and if you like them you’ll purchase them if your skin is ready for it. I found her honesty refreshing. I’d like to look into the products to see if I can find something suitable for me. We received a goodie bag though, so I’m keen to try that out!

More goodie bags – I should have hired a sherpa! 1800-AdelaideSherpas?

8: R.E.B Cosmetics

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Yet another South Australian brand. (Mighty South Aussies, yeah!) The talk and product demonstration was given by the creator and founder of R.E.B (her initials if you’d like to know) Cosmetics. A cruelty free, vegan, mineral makeup brand! It is aimed to please very sensitive skin as this is something very important to her. We got to choose an eyeshadow to take home and I’m super keen to try it! There was a really great ‘make your own’ custom palette for just $19.95 that holds four eyeshadows which are just $6.95 for the refills! Definitely something to look into! There is such a wide range of products on offer by R.E.B. There are Adelaide store stockists that you can find on their website and you can also buy online too!

Affordable and pretty – this could be dangerous!

9: L’Oréal Professionnel

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Probably the biggest brand that was present. L’Oréal Professionnel is the hair product side of the company with daughter companies such as: Redken, Pureology, Matrix and Kérastase and a heap more! The rep Nikita was so lovely, like genuinely lovely and he had massive respect for what bloggers do which was so nice! He mentioned how they’ve selected bloggers to be key in advertising certain products and also gave some pretty ace advice about photography. He was super up front about the products and I spritzed some in my hair and hot-damn they actually work. We were given full sized products to try out (one of them the product in which I tried) and I can’t wait to start using it when I have my ‘review’ cap on. It’s people like Nikita that respect what bloggers do that make this so much more fun for me. He’s already been sending emails and is obviously great at what he does, he’s 100% a people person. He is someone I’d love to stay in contact with and I hope that through events like this I meet more genuine people. Hats off to you guys!

Also more love for Nikita and L’Oréal – we got our goodie bags at the end of the day so we didn’t have to lug it all around. Sweet, sweet relief!

10: Vani-T

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During lunch we talked about some of the places we had each been and there was chatty gossip of ‘have you seen the products at the tanning place – they’re so pretty!’ I obviously hadn’t seen them so I was keen and wondering what brand it was! Enter Vani-T ding ding ding we have a winner! Firstly, its not just tanning products they do, there is also an extensive makeup range that has my heart. The packaging is STUNNING with a capital ohmygod! Girly, and blingy without being gaudy. These are products you want to pull out in public and use because they’re so dang pretty! We were absolutely spoiled by them in our goodie bag, getting to take home full sized products – lipstick, eye pigment and a lip glaze as well as two full size tanning products and a tanning mitt! I had a great chat to the women there about makeup and learned that their products are really universal a lot of multi use products – always a winner! Their eye pigments called “colour crystals” are some next level beauty and I’ve got my eyes on the shade “Ivory Lace”. The Australian brand has  the motto of Eco-Glamour which I think is awesome! They’ve had some big name celebs use their products and I think you’d fall in love with it if you tried it! Which I think you should!

Seriously though it was lust at first swatch (hehe) for me with these products!

11: Natralus

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Boom, another South Aussie company AND a family owned! I’d heard of Natralus before but didn’t know they were from SA. I’ve used their products such as the hand sanitisers and hand shield (awesome, you must try it) before and LOVED them! So I was pretty keen on seeing this brand and finding out some more about them. The woman giving us the run through was so chilled and really lovely to talk to. She showed us her favourite products and was genuinely excited when we said we knew the brand! We were absolutely spoiled again when it came to goodies. We got some of their NEW range of flavoured paw paw lip butters! I love me some paw paw ointment. To me its like windex in ‘my big fat greek wedding’ cracked lips, dry elbows, squeeky door, bad relationship the list is endless! Now I’ve got one for my bag, purse, desk and office! WINNING!

By this point we were all waddling through the corridors of the apartments with our bags, seriously where is my dang sherpa?

12: Yo-Get-It

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Time for an afternoon fro-yo snack? I think YES! We had a demo and taste of some of the açai (ah-sah-hee) bowls on offer at the Yo-Get-It stores and it makes me wish there was one on my end of town! We had a great chat to the rep whilst he made our bowls for us. We talked about the range and products on offer such as gluten free, dairy free other kinds of food adjustments etc and he was just really chill about it. The açai bowl itself was deeeeeeelicious! A fantastic treat to have after lugging all this loot around! It was our last stop so we could sit and enjoy and have some great chats while scoffing down this yummy dessert like treat! He hooked us up with some $$ off coupons which I’m pretty keen to use!

That was the last stop of the brands/reps speed dating and its safe to say I’ve picked the roses I’m going to hand out! (bachelor reference – don’t hate me)

It was time for us to gather in one of the sitting rooms to listen to some inspirational women talk! First up was Jenny from Styling Curvy. Just like her blog says she gave an inspiring and empowering speech about self love and how blogging is hard work and bloggers deserve recognition for what we do. It is hard work and we should be rewarded for what we do. She shared some personal stories that had a few of us tearing up. I’ve been a reader of her blog for a while so to listen to her speak was lovely. I hope there are more Adelaide Blogger catch ups wherein we can all inspire and empower each other.

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Next up was a candid and equally as empowering talk from the ladies of Adelady ; Hayley and Lauren. They shared stories about their previous work and stories from the heart and basically just told us to be the kickass women we are and do what we do for us! It was great to get some advice from other Adeladies.

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After that it was time to wrap up the day! A final word from our Adelaide reps Kate and Nici. We then made our way out to receive even MORE gift bags and hobble to the car!

I want to say thank you to everyone who was involved in anyway. Anyone from Bloggers United AU, the SA reps, brands and businesses who were there, or even who weren’t there and donated gift bags. I’m so taken back by it all. Thank you to Adelaide for homing such wonderful people. This event was such a great ice-breaker and I hope to be involved in more catch ups in the future!


Just a look into SOME of the bags we went home with. I don’t even know where to start with trying these products! So be prepared for some review posts coming up!


The last thing I’m going to add to this are my final thoughts. All in all it was a flawless day – if anything wasn’t going to plan no one knew about it, so Kate and Nici well done! You did a fantastic job!

The only things that I have to comment “negatively” on would be the lunch situation (which I’ve already mentioned) and a little to do with the rooms. The location was such a beautiful and ‘instagram-worthy’ place I wish I took more photos! However, due to the fact that the lay out was so random in the sense of room sizes it was a little awkward at times. Davroe were in the kitchen area which was nice and spread out, but people were constantly walking through (to get to the fully stocked fridge to at our disposal – awesome idea ladies). The room Kismet Jardin was in didn’t have enough air flow and became quite overpowering, which is kind of a let down because the company is quite a good one! I think that is really the only criticisms I have. The day was perfect and I hope this happens more in the future!


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