Thursday, October 30, 2014


Going a bit glam on a beautiful Spring day, for no reason at all, except that I like to dress up
and dressing up is fun! :)

My sparkly silver sequin 'top' is actually a dress which was purchased years and years ago
and has barely been worn. Over the past year or so I've found myself pulling it out of my
wardrobe more and more and love it more now than I ever did when I bought it.
I think it looks so much nicer as a top!

As I have been going through and clearing out my closet lately I have been looking at each
item and if I see a stain or something not worth repairing then it goes straight to the bin.
Then I have also been looking at such items like a dress that could become a top or a dress
that might make a great skirt! With the weather warming up I've even made three pairs of
'not cool anymore' jeans into some cute looking jean shorts! 

Top/Dress from Jeans West (No longer available think it was around $30)
White Eyelet Skirt from Coles Mix Apparel $29.00 (Current Season Stock)
Pisces in Silver Novo Shoes $79.95 (Currently only available in Black)

What's your Spring style of choice?
Do you ever re-shop/re-vamp your current clothing?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Special Occasion

Fashion Focus

All of us some time or another in our lives no matter how much we love or despise it,
have to track down and try on about a million dresses and then fork out 
a ridiculous amount of money for something we are likely to only ever wear just once,
even only for a few hours! Personally I LOVE any opportunity to get completely dressed
up to the nines. Unfortunately it doesn't happen often enough for me!

I did however fork out $400 for my 'first' wedding dress which I found on sale which I later
changed my mind about and ended up forking out a whooping $2000 for my dream dress
which just happened to be the very first dress I laid my eyes on in a magazine. Oh the drama!

So in explaining all of that, it would have been nice to know that I could've saved myself
thousands of dollars if only I'd known about companies which custom make the dress of dreams
for the fraction of the cost! I could've bought about 10 wedding dresses! Argh!

Take a look at these absolutely STUNNING styles found at Gardenia!
Their styles range from wedding, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses to formal
and special event dresses. You can even choose from a range or different colours
from those shown in the photos below. So if you want a red or a pink wedding dress
instead of the traditional white, no worries, just pick your fav shade available!
They also offer wedding accessories such as veils, tiaras and gloves. 

They create just about any dress you can think of and their size ranges from
petite to plus size, so no need to worry about finding something that is going to fit.
They cater for maternity wear and plus sizes as well which I think is also great!
I know from experience how hard it is to find decent maternity clothing and this site
has a great range of beautiful styles to choose from.
They also have weekly deals and sale items!

They ship just about everywhere worldwide, including Australia and have very affordable
shipping rates using the very well known and trusted DHL service.

You can feel totally safe and secure shopping online with this company as you can use
between paying via PayPal, Mastercard or Visa. 

Have you ever purchased a special occasion dress online without trying it on?
What was your experience like?

Let me know below, I would love to hear about it!

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Monday, October 27, 2014


~ e  m  e  r  g  i  n  C ~
                                         Scientific  Organics! 

Kombucha  Cleanser
This feels refreshing and cool against my skin and as it lathers up quite well
I was able to get quite a few uses out of this little 3ml sachet.

The scent is mild and reminds me of a day spa. I found it didn't strip my skin but still
gave it a clean look and feeling. Removes excess oil, dirt and even makeup!

Full size is 120ml and has a RRP of $35.00

Phytocell Cream
I used this cream over a few days at both day and night and it felt very
pampering, creamy and soft on my skin. It melted right in and I really enjoyed it.
Extremely hydrating and contains concentrated grape stem cells which help
 to brighten the skin and improve it's texture, and tone.

Contains an impressive list of ingredients those of which I found most interesting and appealing
being both green and white tea as well as food grade seaweed!

You can find the full list of ingredients of each product on the emerginC website.
(Link at the bottom of this post!)

Full size is 50ml and has a RRP of $87.50

Similar to the Phytocell Cream, this mask draws out impurities, nourish, soothe,
brighten and improve the skins overall texture and tone.

Recommended to use 1-3 times a week and like a regular mask you just leave it on for
around 10-15 minutes. I experiences a very slight tingling sensation once the mask had
started to settle into my skin and begin drying but it only lasted about a minute and wasn't
anything uncomfortable and it felt more like it was getting down deep into my pores and giving
them a good clean out which I noticed after washing off the mask. My pores were noticeably
clear of any dirt or grime and my skin appeared more toned, even and smooth.

Full size is 50ml and has a RRP of $50.00

Peel Pad
This kind of product is completely new and different to me as I'd never used or applied
any kind of facial peel product to my skin before.
This was interesting because you actually apply this pad directly to your face whilst
completely dry and after 2-5 minutes you remove it with a cool facial washer or you
can just rinse the product away with water. Not a process I am used to, but still a very easy
and simple procedure to follow.  

Like the Detox Mask, I did feel a little tingling similar to 
what I felt when I used the mask, although a little stronger but still not painful or uncomfortable.
Afterwards my skin felt renewed and felt relaxed which I didn't expect from a peel. I was
expecting my face to look and feel quite raw, but the stereotypical of this procedure wasn't like
that at all! The ingredients include - Natural fruit acids, aloe, tea tree, green tea, black willow
bark and apple extracts, just to name a few! 

All of emerginC ingredients are at least 70% organic!

This Peel Pad is sold together with their Clarifying Pads as an at home two step facial peel and
clarifying kit. Each product comes with x60 pads each and retails at a RRP of $90.00

Totally free of any artificial fragrances, colours or parabens!
No animal testing and their products are packaged so beautifully full size
in earth friendly, recyclable packaging. At present, they are even claiming
to plant a tree for each product purchased! How amazing is that? Now that is
something worth supporting! I love the initiative to purchase. Such a lovely idea!

This brand is up there in terms of quality and beauty.
Their products are focused on helping slow down and preventing the evident
ageing progress seen on our skin and uses only the highest quality, most natural
ingredients to do this such as - Vitamin C, Witch Hazel, Green Tea and Aloe.

emerginC products can be purchased from a number of stores online
or from selected spas worldwide.

Check out their official website for further details!

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*These products were kindly sent to me for review
*All photographs and opinions are my own

Sunday, October 26, 2014


~ P  U  R  E  T  O  P  I  A ~                           

   Bioactive Solutions!

Smooth & Renew
Gentle Exfoliating
This product has been a constant favourite of mine for most of the year.
Ever since I first started using it it hasn't let me down.
I love using scrubs in general. Weather it's my face or my whole body, I love
that feeling and how it buffs away all those old dead skin cells to make way for the
new whilst keeping any dirt, pollution and grime from clogging up the pores and
creating skin irritations or acne.
This product leaves my skin feeling so loved and looking renewed and refreshed!
Australian, natural & cruelty free, what's not to love?

Instant Moisture
Skin Quenching & Protecting
I have been using this product daily in my skincare routine over the
past couple of weeks and have really been enjoying it along with these other
products in the range. Being outside with my kids on a daily basis and playing
out in the sun means it is important to me that my skin is protected.
I love that this contains an SPF of 15 so I can relax knowing my face and neck
won't get damaged. The scent is very natural and smells very moisturising.
A bit like a nature walk. (Close your eyes and imagine that for a moment. Ah,
how relaxing!) The formula looks like sunscreen but the texture doesn't have
that thick, greasy feel, thankfully! It is super easy to work into the skin and
leaves your skin soft and ready for makeup application. 

Refresh & Balance
Hydrating & Soothing
I haven't used a whole lot of mist toners before. I use just your normal liquid
toners daily, but the mist ones are pretty new to me. I am so in love with this one
though, I have to say! It is so easy to use with the basic spray nozzle.
Since the weather has quickly been heating up here recently, this has been a
wonderful product to help cool and calm down my hot, flushed skin. The smell is
so uplifting and fresh with the citrus fruits - lime, orange and mandarin.
It does a great job at waking me up in the morning when I use it on a cotton ball to tone all over my
 face and neck. I've yet to use this to ease any sunburn but I'll be for sure
packing this into my beach bag this Summer just in case! 

Other products from Puretopia include - 
Moisture Repair Shampoo, Moisture Repair Conditioner, Wake Up
 Body Wash, 1000 Fragrant Petals Body Wash, Purify & Revive Clay 
Mask, Whisk Away Creamy Face Cleanser, Soft & Clean Hand Wash, 
Pert & Plump Lip Cream, Nourish & Repair Hand Cream, Sleep & 
Renew Night Face Moisturiser, Eye Rescue Massaging Roller, Pure 
Nutrition Essential Facial Serum.
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*All photographs and opinions are my own

Friday, October 24, 2014


~  S U M M E R   S K I N   P R E P ! ~

With Andrea!

                                  Dare To Bare!

Why oh why are women of this day and age still born with so much unwanted annoying hair?!
Like seriously! I don't know about you, but I think evolution is a bit behind the eight ball in
this department because I have so much unwanted hair which just keeps insisting on 
growing back, it's enough to keep the hair removal business in full swing until the end of time!

Like seriously, maybe ten million years ago it was great to be covered head to toe in
plenty of body hair to protect our skin from the element, but we live indoors now and
wear things called clothes to protect our bodies, etc. You get the picture, anyway so
thank goodness we're a smart little species to come up with clever little products to make
all of our hair nightmares go away in a strip and a flash!

Gentle Creme BLEACH for the FACE
RRP: $19.95
I naturally have olive skin, but it's pretty white because I don't let my skin naturally tan
in the sun. It isn't sensitive but I do have very dark hair not only growing out of my head,
but just about everywhere else too! >_<

If god forbid you were ever forced to look super up close to my face you'd see plenty of little
imperfections! I have that super embarrassing upper lip hair that because of my naturally dark
hair shade if just left to it's own devices, is super noticeable!

I've gone down the path of waxing my upper lip in the past and wouldn't in a million years
recommend doing it! It's hurts almost as much as a brazilian as the skin in this area is sooo
sensitive and not at all as tough as say your legs which most of us are used to striping wax
on and off of with little or no feeling. This area however feels every single little hair being pulled!
Major ouch!

Needless to say I have been super excited to use this product and it has made me so so happy!
Totally pain free and every hair is barely detectable! Woohoo!

This bleaching pack for your face by Andrea comes with everything you need and is so easy to use!
It works a little like when bleaching your hair - you mix the Gentle Creme Activator and the
Gentle Creme Bleach together into the little mixing tray with the tiny spatchula provided and
it's as simple as that, you're ready to begin applying. All you need to do is leave the formula onto
your desired area for ten minutes and then just rinse off with cool water. You should see results
straight away! I found this also great to use between my eyebrows and onto my mini sideburns!

Brazilian HARD WAX
RRP: $14.95
I have in the past use so many different kinds of waxes before and I have to say this one is
one of my favourites. For starters the large 113g pot of wax won't just last me one waxing job
but several so already I am totally getting my monies worth. When it comes to forking at
upwards of $25+ just to get my legs waxed at a fancy salon, I'd much rather save myself the
shame of walking from my car to the salon with super hairy pins and DIY at home with a
product designed to do just as good a job at a fraction of the price! Besides, I can totally
create my own fancy atmosphere complete with pretty music, candles and relaxing scents! ;)

This particular Andrea Brazilian Hard Wax is just that, hard. So you need to very carefully
pop the tub into the microwave for a very short time, watching it carefully to make sure you
get a nice, creamy consistency which isn't too hot or not melted enough.

The pack comes with two sticks to help you simply and easily apply the wax to your
desired bikini area and also a small bottle which contains pre-epilation oil which you apply
before waxing to help prepare the sensitive area of skin. There are also detailed instructions
included so weather of not you're a cautious first timer or an experienced pro the detailed
step-by-step guide will help you through it all the way from start to finish.

Are you a waxer, shaver or a mix of both?
Have you ever ventured into bleaching or getting a brazilian?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


~ S C U N C I   G I R L ~


How adorable are these cute and colourful little flower hair clips for little girls?
Here I share with you my baby girl modelling them in her plated 'do'. :)

I love these because not only do they match her favourite rainbow dress,
but they are actually super firm at holding all her little baby fly away hairs in place
and they don't snag or scratch at her delicate little scalp as I am putting them in or
taking them out at the end of a busy day.

The variety of colours mean no matter what colour she insists on wearing that day
I am likely to easily be able to find a clip to match.

This 6 pack is only going to set you back a teeny tiny RRP $7.95!

See what else Scunci has to offer over on their website!
(They have plenty of variety for grown ups too!)

More from the Scunci Girl range below!
(Top left to right - bottom left to right listed below!)

Fruit Snaps $6.95
x500 Pastel Polybands $6.95
x6 Pack of Baubles $7.95
Parrot Elastics $7.95
Enamel Snaps with Glitter Finish $6.95
Mini Toweling Ponys $5.95
Ponytailer Pack $8.95
Beaded Star Snap Clips $6.95
Gird Butterfly Mini Jaw Clips $5.95

Check out some of the other colourful, fun Scunci Girl goodies available!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


~ P O L I S H E D   L O N D O N ~


Blighty Brunette!

You know what I just love about dry shampoos?
Not only do they absorb any excess oil from my roots on second or third day old un washed hair,
add loads of much needed volume and texture on certain days, BUT they also make my hair
smell so fresh, clean and amazing, even on days when it secretly isn't!

What's in particularly clever about this specific Polished London dry shampoo, 
is that it is designed specifically for brunette hair, so NO WHITE RESIDUE!

Omg thank you! Yay!

The formula itself is actually brown, so it doesn't make my hair appear grey.
Such a smart little can of goodness!

You could almost use it as a back up wash off spray tan if you were absolutely desperate!
I sprayed a little spot on my leg to see what it was like before I put it through my hair,
and it left a brown spot, so you never know! It dries almost instantly but does rub off
easily as well, so probably not the greatest idea as it would probably ruin your couch or 
whatever your skin touched. Buy hey, who knows, let me know if you try it!
Even if it was just for a photo of something so you didn't look ghostly pale.

Anyhow, at least I can confidently say it does a perfect job at being itself - a dry shampoo!
As with all dry shampoos, you need to hold the can about 30cm away from your head
and then start spraying to get the best results. I would recommend popping a towel around your
shoulders whilst doing so so you don't get any off spray on your clothes.

If you're a novice dry shampoo user or just don't like the thought of it getting on your
clothes or anywhere else, then you can always just spray a bit onto your hair brush and
distribute it through that way. Works just as well and gives you a little more control.

RRP: $4.99

For more info please visit!

Also available in -
 Bristol Bloom (Pink Can)
 Bonny Blonde (Yellow Can)
 Cornwell Coconut (Blue Can)
(Each one has it's own unique scent!)

What are your tips on how to use dry shampoo?
Do you use one for your specific hair type?

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Monday, October 20, 2014


~ M Y   D E - C L U T T E R   T I P S ! ~
                             Love your space!

1.) Do I really LOVE this? Not just like but love!
If the answer is honestly no, take a deep breath, don't think twice about it.
Dump it straight out into the wheelie bin where you can't be tempted
to dig it back out again!
(image credit: ecvv)
2.) Does it serve a purpose? If it's just collecting dust, bin it - NOW!
Seriously, stop reading this, get up, go get it and chuck it outside into the bin!
Then make sure you come back and get all comfy again and finish reading this,
so (hopefully!) you'll be all motivated & inspired by the end. :)

3.) Think about a colour scheme for your house or for each room if you
can't narrow it down enough.
For example- My daughters room is primarily pink and my son's is blue.
Then the rest of the house is black, white & grey with a splash of baby light pink
here and there for an extra feminine touch.
Now take a look around. Pick the random stuff out that doesn't match or fit in.
If you absolutely need it or it has mega sentimental value to you.
Ok, fair game. Store the must have, like the crazy purple vacuum away.
(No one wants to see your cleaning products- boring!)
And that precious painting your great, great grandfather did you inherited-
find a frame to suit your decor and give it a special place to honour his memory.
(image credit: Printed Bags)
4.) Shop your home. Do this room by room.
Pretend when you walk into a room that you're entering a shop.
Take a look around. What would you actually pick up, put into your trolley
and pay money for? If they're worthless to you, pick up your washing basket, 
fill it up and dump it out into the wheelie bin or straight into the boot of your car to
donate. Don't you DARE open that boot back up until you're at the place you're
dropping your unwanted stuff off to and even then, close your eyes if you have to,
if you think you might be tempted to buckle and keep this or that- just in case!
Don't pay any attention to the stuff you're donating, just do it quickly and get back
in the car and drive away!!
(image credit: Motaen)
5.) Be strict!
Replace the old with the new. DO NOT buy additional items!
If you have to purchase a new decor peice or clothing item.
Go through and get rid of something before you hit the shops!
You'll feel much better when you come home with those shopping bags
knowing there is space for all your new purchases!
Bonus Tip!
Aim to completely fill both wheelie bins (normal & recycle)
by each bin day. I know I've done a good job of de-cluttering
if this happens!  :)

What is your de-clutter method or tips?
Would you like to see my progress? Maybe I could do some posts as I go?
Let me know if you'd be interested!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


~  E V E R Y D A Y    M A K E U P !  ~

Face Of The Day!

Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream
L'Oreal Base Magique Primer
Maybelline Better Skin Foundation in Light Beige
Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer in Ivory

Estee Lauder Eyeshadow in Iridescent Violet & Lilac Whimsy
Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner
Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Mascara
Bloom Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown

Benefit Benetint

Maybelline Babylips Balm in Mango Pie
Arbonne Lipstick in Candy Friandise

What's on your face today?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


~ R E D   P A W P A W ~

October 2014


Enter to win a box!!!

Red PawPaw is a monthly subscription box filled with a range of different
grocery items delivered to your door each month for the simple small change of just
 $5 if you're willing to give a bit of feedback on your box each month.
Or if you don't have time for that, it's just $10 + delivery.
(Delivery fees vary depending on your location!)

When it comes to our busy lives getting busier and busier, it's no surprise
a lot of people are turning to the internet to shop online to save time,
even if it means the cost increases slightly for the convenience factor.

As much as I love to actually go to the shops and browse around to my
hearts content. I just don't have the time and when I do I always have 2
nagging, screaming, impatient, bored kids along with me, so it's never possible
to really enjoy it. It's pretty much get in and get out as fast as possible!

Needless to say, I LOVE the invention of online shopping and I'm sure a lot of
other people and mums can agree, once I received that very first delivery, I quickly
caught the bug and now can't stop and do just about all of my shopping online!

One of the things I love most about online shopping and treating myself and my family
are subscription boxes! I've received quite a few from different companies and they are
so much fun as the anticipation to see what's inside is the highlight of the whole experience
and you always get so much more value in your box than what you pay or
what you'd normally fork out for the same products in the stores.

So this month I am very excited to share with you what is inside the October Red PawPaw box!


 Redpawpaw has offered me another box to give away to one of you lucky followers of mine!!! 
(Contents of the box you win may vary slightly to mine as there are 2 different boxes this month!)


First, let's peek inside the box!

Vetta High Fibre Corkscrew Pasta 500g
x18 Pack Finish Quantum Powerball Power & Pure 327g
Kellogg's All Bran High Fibre Muesli "Summer Fruits" 450g
Masterfoods Perfect for Chicken with "Lemon, Roast Garlic & Oregano" 20g
Dolmio Pasta Bake "Tuna Bake" Sauce 495g
Schweppes Dry "Wild Raspberry" Sparkling Water 330ml
x10 Pack Lipton Yellow Label Tea "Classic" 22g
x4 Pack Be Natural Four "Coconut, Apricot, Oats & Chia" Bars 152g
x20 Pack Lipton "Passion Raspberry" Black Tea 32g

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*All photographs and opinions are my own

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


~ O u t f i t  O f  T h e  D a y ! ~

I love fashion, style and watching each trend evolve into the next.
So since I haven't written a fashion post in quite a while, 
here's an OOTD and as usual it's very budget friendly!

To get started, I'm just chilling out at home with the kids today,
so not much makeup. I just threw on a few coats of ModelCo
Fat Lash Volumising black mascara and coated my lips in 

These shots were taken in my backyard in front of the floral arch pretty
much in the exact same place where my husband and I got married.
It looks so beautiful now, covered in jasmine and the smell is just divine!
It only flowers like mad like this for about 2 weeks at the start of Spring
each year then the flowers all fall off. Such a shame the jasmine were just
tiny little plants when we got married 4 years ago, it would have looked
awesome in the wedding pix!

Anyway, on with the outfit! :)

Purchased from K-Mart
Black Singlet Top - Came in pack of 2 with a white one as well for ($5)
Black & White Polka Dot Skirt with Pockets - ($15)
White Encrusted Gem Sandals - I fit into kids size 5 ($15)

I love shopping for clothes at places like K-Mart because you can
buy all the latest trends without paying the ridiculous prices.
When the trend ends you don't have to worry about a shirt or a dress
you only wore a few times because you only spent about $20 on it, 
as opposed to purchasing something similar for triple the price.
Plus they sell tones of kids clothes cheaper than buying second hand
a lot of the time which is great since they grow so fast!

A close up of the shoes!

Where do you like to shop for the latest trends?
Do you ever shop the kids section for yourself? 

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