Monday, October 31, 2016



Naturally Effective Skincare

Cleanse Review!
Griffin + Row Cleanse - $25.00

Cleansing my face in the morning is one of the top 5 things I do as soon as I wake up! 
I am one of the people who are never fully awake or alert until I have splashed my face with water
(I like it as cold as I can get it for a refreshing hit!) and given it a good old cleanse! 

Once I have slashed my face a few times with ice cold water, I then get the water to a little more than
luke warm temperature to get those pores opening back up and I am ready to cleanse the night of 
dead skin cells and dirt build up down the drain.  

Because I am so passionate about beauty and skincare and being a blogger I am regularly trying out 
new products including facial cleaners and at the moment I am using this beautiful product called
'Cleanse' by Griffin + Row. 

Griffin + Row are an Australian, cruelty free and all natural skincare brand who care about the earth,
with all of their packaging being completely recyclable and use only the necessary natural ingredients
needed for each of their products. There are no parabens, harmful chemicals, artificial colouring or

This particular product like I mentioned is all natural, yet still a highly effective cleanser suitable for
all skin types. I have normal skin which is neither sensitive or dry. However does get the occasional 
spot here and there with large pores and fine lines. This product no only works to deeply cleanse your
face leaving it feeling like new again, it is also a wonder worker at removing makeup at the end of the day!

As you can see from the back of my hand below, this cleanser does not lather up into a big white
fluffy ball like some cleansers do and this small pea size amount it all you need to use each time! This is because it does not contain the synthetic ingredients whic are put purely into these other products
 simply to create this effect. A lot of times these can be irritating to the skin and cause a rash or 

This product has the most gorgeous kind of natural scent about it. It is like deeply taking in the scent
of a bunch of bush roses. With ingredients including - Vitamin E, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Bergamont
 Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sweet Orange, Lavender and Pink Grapefruit Oils, it is no wonder this
product has me looking forward to my every cleanse both morning and night! The scent alone will
captivate you!

Griffin + Row products can be purchased directly online from their official website.
They also ship internationally from Australia!

Have you tried this natural Aussie skincare brand?

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*This product has been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Thursday, October 27, 2016



Cream Cleanser 
Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm


Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm 
80ml $38.95
This kind of product is completely new to me! Can you believe this beauty blogger has never before
used a Cleansing Balm?! Needless to say I was very intrigued to try this one out as Trilogy is a brand
I have used quite a bit in the past after winning a huge hamper of their products a few years ago on
Facebook. (Thank you Trilogy!)

This product is unique in a few ways. Firstly you have your very own organic cotton cleansing cloth
 included in the box. The ingredients are all natural and the scent is a mild yet deliciously satisfying
 blend of mango seed butter and coconut oil. This New Zealand, all natural, cruelty free brand is
 middle of the range affordable, gentle on the skin and supports ethical trade practices.

This cleansing makeup remover is a thick, solid oily wax in a jar. To use, I place two clean fingers
onto the balm and as it quickly begins to melt beneath my fingers I dig about a twenty cent size
amount out and divide it between two fingers on my other hand and begin to massage it onto my face.

This really is a wondrous product as it removes even the most heaviest of my makeup wearing days.
As I massage the product into my skin, foundation, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lipstick all
melt away with ease. No need for excessive rubbing and all of this is then wiped away with the
organic cotton cleansing cloth leaving my skin so soft and hydrated. After doing this, I still feel a
small amount of residue on my face, so I follow afterwards with my usual facial cleanser, serum
and night cream, etc! The most impressive and quite surprising part of this routine I would have to
 say would be how easily this balm removes even my waterproof mascara and colour stay 24hr liquid

The cleansing cloth can just be rinsed out with warm soapy water, left to dry and re-used again
and again.

Trilogy Cream Cleanser 
100ml $22.95
To see how these two products would go working together. Whilst testing out the Make-Up Be Gone
Cleansing Balm, I decided I might as well use this cleanser after it and then also use this cleanser in
the mornings before applying any makeup. The results have been really quite good actually!

With ingredients including rosehip, which Trilogy are known for using in so many of their products.
Works to hydrate, strengthen and repair the skin. There is also evening primrose seed oil which treats
 dry and damaged skin repairing the cells and looks after the new ones. Carrot is full of powerful
 antioxidants and also works in protecting the skin from everyday elements. This product is suitable
 for all skin types including those highly sensitive.

The cleanser is creamy and milky on the skin. It leaves my skin gently cleansed yet still effectively
 cleansed as well as feeling soft and visibly refreshed and brighter.

The official Trilogy website where you can shop the products directly online offer an easy and
generous rewards program. So if you are interested in stocking up or trying out this brand be sure to
CLICK HERE to sign up and go shopping!

You can also find Trilogy products in store at Priceline, Myer and some pharmacies and health food stores.

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*These products have been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



Eau Thermale

Tolerance Extreme Cream


Avene to me, is one of those skincare brands you seem to hear about and see a lot of, however I have
just never gotten myself around to actually using anything from this hypoallergenic range suitable for
even the most sensitive of skin types. Until now, I have been lucky enough to try their new Avene
Eau Thermale Tolerance Extreme Cream and I am so excited to share my thoughts on this facial

At a modest 50ml, the white cream is on the thicker and richer side when it comes to facial skin 
moisturisers. I found it to have absolutely no scent what so ever, so if you're one of those people
wary of or not keen on scented creams near your nose then this is one you need not worry about!

This rich cream can be used as both a day and/or night cream. As it is so thick and generous, it is
absolutely perfect if you skin is especially dry or irritated. The thermal water, shea butter, safflower
seed oil amongst other ingredients work together in this cream to both soothe, hydrate and soften the

Avene are the first brand I have seen to package their products in a complete sterile manner. This
unique style of tube dispenser (see image below) works to keep the formulation inside completely 
fresh thus eliminating the need to mix any preservatives into their products which can be irritating
and upsetting to a lot of people's skin.

No need to freak out, it is still super simple and easy to use! In fact it isn't complicated at all to 
dispense the product out of the tube. All that happens is the little round circle you see in the middle
of the hole inside the flip top lid just pops out for a second and 'ta-da!' out pops a pea size amount of
cream. Just the right amount to cover your whole face, neck and d├ęcolletage. Easy peasy!

This product is said to work best if first used with the Avene Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion and
 the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray. All of which are available to purchase directly from 
Priceline, Amcal and most other chemists. You can check their official website for exact locations in 
your area.

Do you have dry or sensitive skin?
How do you manage this skincare issue?

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*These products have been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Monday, October 24, 2016



Skincare For Men


When it comes to my husband, our skin types couldn't be any more different! My skin is pretty
tough. It can take pretty much any kind of product, natural, organic or not and I will never break
out, get a rash or itch or anything like that. He on the other hand has quite sensitive, dry and fair
skin. So I don't really blame him for being a bit fussy when it comes to his manly products and he
pretty much just sticks to what he knows and what works for him. Completely fair enough!

That's not to say I don't try to sway him here and there with other products I come across from time to
time like these German manly skincare products by Speick which has specifically perfect for if you
have dry and sensitive skin made with a range of natural ingredients including Speick plant extract!

SPEICK Plant grown high in the Alpine region & Nock Mountains
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Speick Men Active Shampoo
With ingredients like caffeine from guarana in it this product is sure to wake you up in the morning!
Not only that, these products also help to strengthen the hair naturally. Other ingredients also include
fair trade argon oil to give the hair shine. Other plant oils in this product moisturise a dry scalp which
prevents dead skin build up and irritation.

This 150ml tube like all Speick products are made in their home factory in Germany and contain no
synthetic fragrances, colours, silicons, parabens and mineral oil based ingredients.

This is available to purchase directly off the Speick website with international shipping available.

Speick Men Rasier Creme (Shaving Cream)
Interesting fact about the Speick plant used in these products. It is said to be both calming and
stimulating at the same time which I think is amazing and a great benefit at the same time. To be
able to relax the body whilst still keeping it alert and revitalised is just amazing to me!

In saying that this shaving cream also contains a soothing boost of lavender which we all know is
known to also be calming and relaxing to the body. This cream has a gorgeous natural scent to it and
appears as a white pearlescent texture which when applied to the skin and rubbed in forms a nice soft
creamy thick layer ready for shaving. I have used this myself on my underarms and legs and found it
to leave my skin beautifully smooth and somehow give a closer shave than usual. I love how I smell
afterwards! Think I may just keep this one on my half of the shower... ;)

Speick Men Active Intensiv Creme (Intensive Cream) 50ml
This intensive cream is a protective daily moisturiser for the face. With ingredients including the
obvious Speick plant as well as Aloe Vera gel, Shea Butter and natural Q10, this cream is also perfect
 to use after shaving to calm and soothe the skin.

The white cream is naturally scented and smells divine! Speick products are both dermatologically
and allergologically tested and completely vegan. The cream is non greasy and keeps your skin
hydrated and free from irritants all day long. No need to re-apply.

Speick products can also be found to purchase online in Australia at &

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*These products have been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Sunday, October 23, 2016



Natural Glow + Firming Daily Moisturiser
BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream


Since Summer if fast approaching and most of my skin has come out of it's winter hyberation I have
been self tanning a whole lot more lately using a variety of different brands and products. However
on lazy days, when I am lacking the time for a full on full body tanning sesh but am still after a nice
natural looking glow to my skin. 

I have been reaching for my Jergens Natural Glow which not only
gradually tans my skin it also firms the skin which is a double yay because my lack of exercise means
my skin, especially my legs can always do with some firming up and the firming within this cream
along with the bronzing shade means my legs, skin and whole body is left looking much leaner and
ready for bikini the weather! Has a lovely smell to it as well. 

Available in both Medium and Medium to Tan for a current RRP $14.99 for 221ml 

In between reaching for the above. I have also been using this BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream like
mad! I just love this product so much! I have only ever used a BB Cream on my face and since now
discovering one for my body there is no turning back!

This 5 in 1 product hydrates. illuminates, evens out skin tone, firms and corrects skin imperfections
like my varicose veins on my legs which you can barely see now that my skin is glowing from
regular daily use of these two products. My skin has completely changed from pasty white to
appearing toned by the change in shade and defined by the illuminating particles.

Available in both Light and Medium to Deep for a current RRP $14.99 for 221ml

All Jergens products be purchased from Priceline both in store and online.

Check out the entire Jergens range of products on their website including an in shower scrub, deep
conditioning moisturiser, body oil and much more!

Have you been tanning or gradual tanning lately?
What products do you use?

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*These products have been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own



Mirror Nail Wraps


Racing season is well and truly upon us and on November 2nd marks the famous annual and much
anticipated Melbourne Cup day in Australia! Even though I won't be attending the event as I live in
Brisbane, you'll be sure I'll be watching the race and getting dressed up where ever I end up and 
having a good time!

Metallics are huge this season and weather it's with your clothing, accessories, makeup or nails, you
can bet you'll be seeing a lot of shiny golds, silver, bronze and rose gold come race day!

I tried out these Jamberry Metallic Mirror Nail adhesives recently and the amount of compliments I
received was crazy! If you want to make a statement, then these are a great place to begin!

I have heard mixed reviews when it comes to these kind of stick on nails, and for me they lasted
more than two weeks before I decided to remove them and change up my nails to something else.
There are some tips and tricks to applying these to getting the most out of them to last and to look
smooth and professional. Below I will share a few with you!

How To!
- You want to make these stick and stay stuck, so make sure your nail is completely clean, free from
any polish and wiped over with either a Jamberry prep wipe or you can also just use any rubbing
alcohol which will ensure there is no natural oils on the nails which can make the adhesive not want
to stick well.

- Next you want to prep your nail sticker. Rather than just sticking them straight onto the nail. Peel
the first adhesive off the plastic sheet you want to use, grab your hair dryer and get some warmth
onto it. This softens the sticker making it more pliable and will apply smoother and stick better to
your nail. Use a cuticle pusher to smooth over and stick down the design and set again onto the nail
with your hair dryer again.

- Trim off the excess adhesive on the end of your nail with some small nail scissors, then file until
smooth and even. No need to finished with a top coat. Nails will look all shiny and new! Slay!

Jamberry Nails come in a wide variety of colours and designs (More than 300! So you're sure to find
 something you like!) and also include nail lacquer, gel enamel system, bottles of mixed metal 
embellishments and next on my list are some absolute cute as ever Mum & Me designs!

Will you be attending this years Melbourne Cup?
What colour/design are your nails right now?

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*This product has been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Thursday, October 20, 2016


A novel by - Tala Raassi


I feel like I am naturally conservative and casual when it comes to my fashion style these days. As a
stay at home mum, much of my days are spent either at home, the in laws house or at the supermarket
oh how exciting my life has become! I do absolute love being a mum, don't get me wrong and getting
dressed up and playing with fashion trends and makeup is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. Gone
are the days pre-motherhood when my husband and I would regularly go out most nights and go on
various adventures where there were plenty of opportunities to wear more formal and fun
(and sometimes uncomfortable) clothing! Don't feel sorry for me yet. I am just grateful to be able to
wear what I like everyday and not be conformed to try to make a uniform to look good on me! I feel
for those people. I used to be one of them, for many years!

In saying all of that, I have always had a passion for fashion and design, often drawing up sketches
during math class at school. Doodles of my art often replaced any actual work I was meant to be
doing. I think I may still have some stashed away somewhere, so I will see if I can dig one up and
place it below...

It is no wonder I am useless when it comes to math, I am sure my teacher must have hated me...

Getting on with telling you about his absolute eye opening and inspiring read by Tala Raassi. This
novel is so good, even if you're not into fashion I would recommend picking it up and giving it a
chance. Yes, it is a story about fashion, freedom, women and so much more! This is the kind of
novel I love to read because it is real, teaches me so many things about the world we live in and
encourages me to aim higher, believe stronger and keep on persisting my goals.

In short - This is a true story, Tala's story. She grew up in Iran where the world as we know it here in
Australia is so very different! At just 16 years old she wore a mini shirt. What's the big deal right?
Wrong! In Iran this is considered breaking the law for women and she was sentenced to 5 days in jail
which included a whopping 40 lashes! Like seriously, WTF? This in my mind is completely crazy
and OTT on behalf of the Iran religious police! Absolutely ludicrous in my mind when there are soo
many more important issues and other serious crimes which should be attended to and save the cells
for the murderers and rapists, not a young innocent women simply expressing her love of fashion!

Fashion Is Freedom is available now for purchase from for RRP: $29.99

I am so happy for Tala for being brave and moving to the US after her ordeal to not only escape the
chains of her country but to then become incredibly successful in pursuing her passion and creativity
eventually creating her label "Dar Be Dar" which was even the sponsor of the Miss Universe pageant
in the Swimwear category back in 2010!

Tala's swimwear designs are for every women to feel comfortable and proud in her own skin.
She has collections of both one and two piece sets which consist of a rainbow of trendy colours,
patterns, cut outs, frills and features.

If you're on the market for a statement option for the up coming Summer months then you are sure
to find something to love from her designs. Her prices are also very affordable with each piece RRP
around the $100 mark which is very conservative for designer swimwear!

You can check out her current collections here!
Let me know which piece catches your eye!
My favourites are her Hipster Glow in Black & Fiesta also in Black!

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*This product has been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own

Wednesday, October 19, 2016



Highlight & Define

Face & Eyes!

Rimmel London Good To Glow Highlighter 
Creating that dewy fresh and youthful glow seems to be a makeup trend explosion which has errupted
only over the past few years and boy are companies cashing in! Ok I'll admit, I too have fallen for
this makeup trend. How could you not want to look all shiny, sparkly and just a little bit like a fairy?

Honestly, unless you're walking the runway, posing for an illuminating campaign or re-creating the
highlighting challenge, then at 25ml tube such as this will really go a long long way! For everyday
use, when it comes to highlighting your face, less is definitely more.

This illuminator gives your skin a subtle shimmering glow whilst looking dewy at the same time
without actually being wet or greasy feeling on the skin. The formula actually dries very fast!

The shade is a very light bronze gold and would show up more on tanned or darker skin tones.

Also available in 'Notting Hill Glow'.

Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil
This equaling as pretty little pencil has been something I have been keeping handy in my purse lately
as I have found it to be a surprisingly great little companion to have on me on days when I don't have
time to do my makeup and when the hubby is driving with the kids in the back and I whip it out along
with my favourite gloss and quickly give my key face points some life.

Not only does this work great for the brow bone, it can also be used at the cheek bones sparingly,
cupids bow and the inner corner of the eyes for that wide awake illusion when I am anything but!

The shade is a few times lighter than the Good To Glow liquid illuminator above and can be worked
onto the skin a little more and you can take your time as it doesn't dry or set.

Exclusive to ASOS online you can purchase this Rimmel London Pack which includes this very
good looking Magnif'Eyes shadow palette!! Very excited to see if this becomes available in stores soon! What an absolute bargain for $29! What do you think?

Rimmel London Rimmel Asos Exclusive Eye & Brow Set • $29

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Rimmel London Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara
When it comes to mascaras, honestly these kind of budget buys which Rimmel London seem to 
release quite regularly really are my favourite ones to use daily. I just don't get spending upwards of
$50 on a mascara which is only good to use for a max 3 three months and then you should be 
replacing it. Pick up one of these babies for a mere RRP $17.95 from Priceline (often found even
cheaper when their regular sales, deals & offers are on if you keep your eyes pealed) and you can keep the extra cash for spend on more important things, like more makeup! ;)

What I love particularly about this newbie is it's fat brush and ease of use. The formula just coats my
lashes lifting, thickening and lengthening all in just a few coats. I love how this mascara defines my
eyes and makes them look larger. Wearing it along with the highlighting products above and the
new Scandaleyes eyeliners, all of these products just work together so perfectly to create a 
beautifully defined eye area which really pops, looks awake and at the end of the day removes
really easily with a few dabs of Micellar Water.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Black Liquid Eyeliner
Rimmel has come out with some great liquid eyeliners over the past few years which I have used a lot
recommend and have found to be great staple makeup items. This new one in particular is quite
interesting because you can create both a thick or thin line with it. The end is an unusual shape and
depending on how you tilt it will determine the thickness of your black line. 

If you haven't yet tried any of Rimmel London's liquid eyeliners, then I highly recommend you do.
For a small investment of just RRP $12.95 each right now at Priceline, you can pick up one of these
and they will last you at least a few months without drying out so long as you keep the click on cap
securely clicked on when you're not using it!

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Black Precision Micro Liquid Eyeliner
This liquid liner looks almost identical to the Thick & Thin Scandaleyes version however true to it's name, this Micro liner has a super fine, thin tip which if you choose to can achieve the most on
point neat and precise line to your eyes, completely defining them on both the top and bottom.

Depending on your preference, this eyeliner can be a great choice for a simple understated everyday
look. I like this because it gives me the flexibility to be creative with patterns and a super sharp wing!

These and all Rimmel London products can be purchased both online and in store Australia wide at
Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Target and Chemist Warehouse.

*These products have been kindly gifted to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own