19 Oct 2014

Review || Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack



Hello lovelies!

Today I thought I would do a product review! The Palmers coconut oil formula deep conditioning protein packs. (quite the mouthful)

Palmers has been around in Australia since 1997 with the arrival of the popular Palmers cocoa butter.
Today, there is a whole range of products for the body, face, hair, bath products and something for mother and baby.

I purchased the protein packs a while back on Catch Of The Day, purely because it was around $10 for a box of 10 and I figured they would smell amazing as I love coconut and I love the smell of their cocoa butter.
I wasn't disappointed.

These little morsels of coconutty yums left my hair SOO soft!

It says on the back of the packet it restores hair that has been severely damaged by sun, styling, colouring or processing.
With pure coconut oil and vitamin E this combo penetrates deeper for when you need a little more from your conditioning treatment.

It also claims that because of the small molecular structure of coconut oil, this treatment will be able to penetrate deeper into the hair and strengthen the follicles to protect hair growth.
It replaces the natural proteins that have been stripped from damaged hair and delivers maximum hydration.

MASSIVE ticks in my book.

I have colour treated hair that very rarely gets covered by a hat and also gets the odd heat treatment around once a week, so this really was screaming at me to try it.

So after shampooing the hair and rinsing, you run this goodness all through your luscious locks and leave for 10-20 minutes.
Now normally I ain't got time for thaaaat, so I make sure hair wash is the first thing I do when I get in the shower so the treatment gets a good 5 minutes in my hair to work its magic, otherwise I wait until I feel like a bath then I will let it soak while I catch up on one of my trashy TV shows on my laptop!

Rinse well and voila! You are done and you now own the worlds most softest hair.



Now for the extra details.

These are 60g packets and I definitely suggest using only half of the packet. I used a whole one first up and found it was just way too much.

I didn't find it weighed down my hair at all or left it greasy and the smell lasts for AGES in your hair which I really loved.

It's recommended you use them once a week with the Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Shampoo and Conditioner which you can find here.

I think after using the protein packs I will give the shampoo and conditioner a try. If they smell the same I'll be super happy!

Now, I'm not sure why but I can't seem to find these in store anywhere, but did find an online stockist. If you're interested in trying these out, click here.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite hair mask is!

Until next time.
Xx


13 Oct 2014

Monday Lust List || Episode 2



It's back for another round. My Monday Lust List. 
So many more bits and pieces that I would love to have in my possession. Maybe one day...

First up is the GAWWJUS rose gold metal queen bed above... What can I say... I am in love with it! This particular one is from the website Cranmore Home and is a touch on the pricey side at $1049AUD (but totally worth it in my eyes) 





Next is the Benefit Cosmetics Candy Coated Countdown advent calendar. Instead of the "straight to the hips" chocolate version, this little number is full of Benefit's makeup goodies!! I missed out on grabbing one last year, so hopefully I will save up the cashola to nab one this year... (but knowing me, will also buy myself a chocolate Freddo calendar... YUM!) This one comes in at $149AUD and is available at your Benefit counters (Myer etc), but I'm not sure for how long!





Of course it wouldn't be one of my Monday Lust Lists without a candle! This is the limited edition Halloween Glasshouse Pumpkin Pie candle. With a glow in the dark box and a set of black stickers to make your own spooky Halloween scene on your jar, this is definitely one to add to my collection. Now these are selling out fast everywhere, although there is one store local to me that I can grab it. I have found one website that still has them in stock but if this candle is tickling your fancy you best run, not walk if you want this festive fun-ness in your home! $39.95AUD






Ohhhh, sunglasses... I am a ridiculous hoarder of sunnies, but normally I pay less than $10 a pair as I wear them to work, push them up onto my head (a big no, no to those sunglass connoisseur's) basically, I treat my sunglasses really badly and they always break. Except for my other pair of black semi cat eye shaped Ray-Bans. Those I have treated with the up most respect, so I think I can now trust myself with the tortoiseshell pair that I have wanted for a very long time! Currently on ASOS for $188.46AUD




Now, before when I said I am a crazy sunglasses hoarder...? I also really like a good watch... Having saved and purchased a gorgeous Michael Kors Stainless steel big, chunky mens style watch, then had to have same said watch in the rose gold version. Is it overkill to have a black watch as well?? I think not!! 
Here is the absolutely STUNNING Karl Largerfeld Black Analogue Watch. In black polished stainless steel, and gorgeous geometric shaping on the face, this watch is my idea of perfection and is the first black watch I have ever liked the sight of. Maybe if I'm super good, Santa will deliver me this one for Christmas... This beauty is from Myer and retails for $399AUD




While I was browsing the Myer website I had a look through the accessories and found this Miss Shop Felt Wool Floppy Hat. Although probably more of a cooler weather hat, I could get away with wearing this for around three quarters of the year in my home town in Victoria. $39.95AUD





Having said that, I also found a more summery version of above hat in the Miss Shop Aztec Paper Trilby. A great beach hat this would become and super handy to keep that hot Aussie sun from searing my pasty English heritage skin to a cinder... $29.95AUD




I also picked out this cool Miss Shop Skull Print Scarf. At $15.00AUD this would jazz up a boring outfit or like me would probably end up using this to put in my hair.






The last piece from Myer is something a little out there for me. I've always liked the look of these headchains but didn't think I would be able to pull it off. I think this one is simple enough for me to try out and for $15 it's no great loss if I don't like it... Miss Shop Headchain With Diamond Centre.







Moving onto the homewares section in Target, I found this really cool Lisa T Rock Couture Rose Gold Clock. As you can tell by the bed and in previous blog posts, I've taken quite a liking to anything rose gold. This clock is no exception. $35AUD







My last piece of rose gold I promise! This is the Lisa T Rock Couture Tealight Holder. For only $12AUD this would add a nice little pop of metallic to any room. Plus it's my two fave homewares in one. Rose gold AND candles! This also comes in a black and silver. #obsessed








Are we seeing the trend here peoples? Geometrics and metallics are my thing baby! This would be a sweet fruit bowl or maybe filled with something as a centrepiece on a dining table... The Lisa T Rock Couture Wire Basket. $20AUD







My last item is this Optical Canvas Print. I really like the look of the old skool optometrists signs and this one has a cool slogan in it. A steal for $20AUD.


Well, that is all for this episode of the Monday Lust List. Apologies in advance if I have swayed you to part with any hard earned cash and You're Welcome if I have found you a lovely gem for yourself or you were struggling to figure out a gift idea for somebody... I'd like to think I've helped you out in some way! :)

Let me know in the comments what you thought!

Xx

1 Oct 2014

Lark Wish List

It's a wish list! Probably one of my favourite blog posts to read. This one is from an awesome little website/store called Lark. They have one permanent store in Daylesford, Victoria and they also had a pop up store in Fitzroy over the summertime at the start of this year.

This website just makes my eyes super happy. I would love one of everything but I have picked out my uber faves for you to drool over with me.


The reason I went back onto the Lark website was because I spotted these beautiful books on their Facebook page.
Puffins In Bloom. These old favourite story books of mine have had an amazing makeover by the renowned stationary brand Rifle Paper Company.
I'm so in love with these books, especially the Anne of Green Gables one. These will definitely be in my possession very soon. RRP $19.95 ea.




1. Flamingo Plastic Bag Holder. I think everyone needs somewhere to store their old plastic bags. Why not make it something really cool like a flamingo! $24.95.

2. Tag & Twine Box. I love to make my gifts look pretty. This will help. Just add a roll of brown paper and I'll be set! $22.95.

3. Rambling Rose Cake Tins. I love me some cake tins. End of story. $29.95.

4. Pantry Jam Making Kit With Jars. I'm doing a little bit of thinking ahead with this jam making kit. Soon there shall be a Thermomix sitting on my bench and apparently jam making in a thermy is a piece of cake! A cute way to store my home made goodies. $29.95.

5. Large Porcelain Salad Bowl. One can never have enough food storage. It may also get me to eat more salads. $49.95.




Cookie Cutters. Not your average cookie cutter shapes! Loving these A LOT. Makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake for people. $6.95ea




1. Do What You Love Print. Who doesn't love an inspo print. $30.00.

2. Copper Glass Scented Candle. Ginger and caramel scented candle in a copper coloured glass. Tick, tick and TICK! 29.95.

3. Copper Wire String Lights. I'm loving copper anything as you can see! I purchased a really cute glass jar/terrarium thingy (clearly don't know what to call it) but i want to run these string lights thru it. Idea stolen from the pic on Urban Outfitters site when I got the terrarium glass, that is now on the lark site for the copper lighting. See below. 5 meters $39.95. 10 meters $69.95.


4. Copper Schoolroom Clock. I have the perfect place to put this clock at home. Maybe Santa will deliver the goods this year. $105.

5. Marvellous Marquee Lights 38cm. These just make super happy. I would get a B for Brooke! $250.

6. Grey Hello Doormat. Something to make my front entrance bright and happy. $85.

Which one was your favourite? Let me know below in those comments down there :)


Xx

21 Sep 2014

My Current Night Time Skincare Routine



Today I come to you with my current night time skincare routine.

I'm the kind of lazy girl who has never really had a proper routine. I liked the last minute makeup wipe before bed and stayed away from night creams as I thought my skin was oily enough, until my skin went into meltdown and broke out into a crazy array of blackheads, cystic acne and blemishes.
Turns out I just needed some good exfoliators and moisturisers!

So if I have been out with a full face of makeup, I will come home and use The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter to remove all of that, wipe it off with a muslin cloth, then rinse. If it were a makeup free day (normally my work days) I will use the St Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub. I will then follow through with the Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner on a cotton round.

Around every 3 days I will use the GO-TO Exfoliating Swipeys. I am giving full credit to these new gems for helping improve my skins texture. Using a gentle Lactic acid, these little cotton rounds of goodness help clear pores, refine fine lines, remove dead skin cells and also moisturise with the added essential oils. My skin has never felt so soft and supple.

Next is the Trilogy Rosehip Oil. 3 drops onto the palm of my hand and I pat it across my face and decolletage. Following with the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream.

I will then brush my fangs and finish with the Go-To Lips! Super Balm. Great for slapping on before bed time, the grapefruity smelling balm is super hydrating and great for keeping those kissers in good condition while you snooze.

And that folks is the way it goes down before bed!

If anyone can recommend a good eye cream, be sure to let me know in the comments. Maybe something that will try and attempt to dull the dark circles. I am struggling to find anything that ACTUALLY works.

Until next time...

Xx


12 Sep 2014

Body Shop Haul and Review



The Body Shop...

A well known brand around the world and definitely a brand that is all about spreading the love.
They are against animal testing, they support community fair trade, they feel very strongly about keeping our environment clean and green and are 100% committed to speaking out for people or animals without a voice. Numerous campaigns are kicking about helping raise money and well needed awareness.

What other reasons do you need to buy from such a kickass company?

Great products for one and the Body Shop never fails to deliver.

I made an online purchase a couple weeks ago to grab a few things that are being raved about in the blogging and YouTube communities.
I have used all of the products at least once so I thought I would do a bit of a review as well as a haul.

1. Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
The first cleansing oil/butter I have used and I must say. I am converted! This stuff melts your makeup straight from your face!! I love the fact you just swipe some from the jar, rub straight onto your dry skin  and everything just comes right off. Far easier and less messy than gel/foam cleansers. (I'm one of those girls who gets water EVERYWHERE when I have to wash my face over the sink) It doesn't sting the eyes when I rubbed it in there to remove my mascara either. Also, NO OILY RESIDUE!! Perfect for combo/crazy skin like mine. Moisturises the dry patches and cleans up the oily bits. Win win!

2. Muslin Cleansing Cloth
The perfect duo. Once you have melted that butter into your face, rinse your cloth under warm water and wipe the grime away. The coarseness of the muslin gives a nice exfoliation without being too harsh.

3. All in One BB Cream (Shade 01)
I'd heard good things about this BB cream. It comes out of the tube white but once rubbed into the skin, it colour corrects to give you an all over even finish.
Having only used this once so far, I can't give too much of a comment on it. I'm not too sure whether there is enough coverage of redness for me yet, but I will have to use it a few more times to make more of a judgement. It feels great on the skin though, not oily. Sinks straight in, it didn't cause any blemishes to pop up like other BB creams have done in the past and didn't leave me looking orange.

4. Honey Bronzer (Shade 01)
A much loved bronzing powder raved about by Essie Button. I just had to give it a try. I can see the fuss. It's a really lovely bronzer that leaves behind just the right amount of colour. It's not orange, it's not too powdery and there's no crazy disco ball shimmer. Just a super easy to use everyday lovely bronzing powder.

I have to say I am super happy with everything I have purchased and now know The Body Shop have a lot more to offer than just moisturisers, shower goodies and lip balms.
Definitely have yourselves a look see and a tester if you are near a store, you won't be disappointed.

Any other makeup or skincare you can recommend from The Body Shop? Let me know in the comments.

Xx

9 Sep 2014

Top 5 Fitness Apps




Something a little different from me today but I thought this would be a blog post I would click onto to read about.

So I'm going to share with you my top pics for fitness apps!




My Fitness Pal. This one is a great app for tracking your daily calorie intake, recording your workouts and water intake! You can also sign up and share all of your bits and pieces with other people to keep you honest or to help you along your way for some encouragement. For any of you that own a FitBit, you can also sync your workout info to the app. 



Map My Run. This is my go to app to track my distance when I take my dog for a walk. You can add playlists into the app so you can have your favourite music pumping while you tread the pavement. I like how it gives you updates throughout the workout, letting you know once you've completed each km and how fast you are going.
You can then save your workouts once you are done and it will email you a weekly statement of how far you've walked and the calories you have burnt.



The 7 Minute Workout. This is my number one favourite at the moment. The 7 minute workout is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. 30 seconds of 12 different workouts (star jumps, squats, push ups, planks etc) with 10 seconds of rest in between. You go as hard and fast as you can for the time you get for maximum results. You might sit there thinking 7 minutes is nowhere near enough of a workout. But believe me. You will be feeling it afterwards! I have been walking my dog for around 3-4kms beforehand then coming home and doing this workout. I am in a massive sweat afterwards. I'm loving it! I'm also super keen to pull off a proper push up! (this girl has no upper body strength)




Zombies, Run! 5k Training. Let me put it out there straight away. I'm no runner. Like really. I can't run. At all. But I really want to learn. 
This app is SO much fun!! I had downloaded the couch to 5k app a long while ago and they start off with 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking. I couldn't complete it. (told you I was no runner)
For those of you out there that struggle big time with running but want somewhere to start. GET THIS APP! The first day starts with a 10 minute brisk walk then moves onto 60 seconds of walking and 15 seconds of slow running. It really does start off for the zero running experience newbie. I was able to complete the first workout without stopping and completing every run in the workout! Major win for me!! All the while you get a story coming through your headphones about a zombie apocalypse. Those walking dead lovers out there will really enjoy it. You also get your music playlist playing in between so you still get the motivation from the music as well.



Zombies, Run! The follow on to the 5k training. Now I haven't actually finished the training app as yet but I purchased the full running app for when I do! After you have finished the training to become a "runner" (in the zombie apocalypse world, a runner leaves the secure camp to go out and find food and supplies to survive) you are let loose in the real world to help collect critical supplies and you must avoid the zombie hoards! 

The description sets the scene amazingly. "You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You've barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they're everywhere! Zombies. There's only one thing you can do: RUN! 


I hope you have enjoyed a bit of a different blog post from me today. As my blog name suggests, it's going to be an eclectic mash up (or clash) of bits and bobs that I feel passionate about and what I enjoy reading. 
Does anyone else use any of these apps? Any you would recommend?

Xx

6 Sep 2014

August Favourites




I'm not sure I'm ready for September... I can't handle how quickly this year is passing me by. I keep telling everyone I'm going to start celebrating Christmas every 2 years instead because they are coming around far too quickly now a days.

But, before October is knocking on my door I better get on with the August favourites.



First up. The Sunsilk Longer and Stronger Shampoo and Conditioner.
I'm a girl that likes to change up her shampoo and conditioner all the time. When one lot is done I'm on the hunt for something else to try out. This one smells SO GOOD! kind of fruity, leaves hair smelling amazing for days. I find it doesn't weigh down my hair, it gets rid of the frizz and leaves it feeling silky smooth.

Next is the St Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Facial Scrub.
With Salicylic acid to help keep those blemishes at bay and the green tea extract helping dull any redness, this scrub is a real beauty! With super fine sand like particles in it, it gives a great deep down clean feeling and also smells really good.

The Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap is Ah. May. Zing! I had never tried anything from the Mario Badescu range before but was reading a Women's Fitness magazine and seen an article for products that clear up various skin conditions. I have what they call "Keratosis Pilaris" Otherwise known as those annoying red bumpy bits on the tops of the arms...
This soap plus a loofa = a lot less redness. A lot of the bumps gone and much smoother skin! For those who aren't too sure what A.H.A stands for. They are Alpha Hydroxy Acids. They help exfoliate and cleanse the skin. Just remember when using skincare with A.H.A's extra sun care is important! Use that sunscreen yo!





Off to some makeups...

The Chi Chi Glamourous Eyeshadow Palette in NUDE. A Suggested dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, I would say it is a pretty close interpretation for almost a quarter of the price. I really enjoy this palette. Most shadows are shimmer with a few matte shades thrown in for good measure. The picture speaks for itself really.

Bonne Bell Therapy Lip Treatment. My holy grail lip gloss. I will forever and always re purchase this. It's a nice gel like consistency. Not sticky. It's SPF 30+ BONUS! Just an all round great lip product. When some girls are all about Blistex pots. I had these. Also super nice to put over the top of your lippies!

Face Of Australia HD High Definition Brow Kit. Nothing but love for this kit. I normally just use the darker powder but if I'm feeling extra fancy I will use the wax over top for extra staying power.

AAAAND lastly the Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara with Argan Oil. A late entry into the mix but I already know it's going to get a lot more use from me. I'm not going to say a whole lot about it as I have already written a blog post on it. Check that out here.

And that ladies (and maybe some gentlemen) is the conclusion of tonights post! Hope you all enjoyed. Feel free to leave me a comment! Say hello :)

Xx 

19 Oct 2014

Review || Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack



Hello lovelies!

Today I thought I would do a product review! The Palmers coconut oil formula deep conditioning protein packs. (quite the mouthful)

Palmers has been around in Australia since 1997 with the arrival of the popular Palmers cocoa butter.
Today, there is a whole range of products for the body, face, hair, bath products and something for mother and baby.

I purchased the protein packs a while back on Catch Of The Day, purely because it was around $10 for a box of 10 and I figured they would smell amazing as I love coconut and I love the smell of their cocoa butter.
I wasn't disappointed.

These little morsels of coconutty yums left my hair SOO soft!

It says on the back of the packet it restores hair that has been severely damaged by sun, styling, colouring or processing.
With pure coconut oil and vitamin E this combo penetrates deeper for when you need a little more from your conditioning treatment.

It also claims that because of the small molecular structure of coconut oil, this treatment will be able to penetrate deeper into the hair and strengthen the follicles to protect hair growth.
It replaces the natural proteins that have been stripped from damaged hair and delivers maximum hydration.

MASSIVE ticks in my book.

I have colour treated hair that very rarely gets covered by a hat and also gets the odd heat treatment around once a week, so this really was screaming at me to try it.

So after shampooing the hair and rinsing, you run this goodness all through your luscious locks and leave for 10-20 minutes.
Now normally I ain't got time for thaaaat, so I make sure hair wash is the first thing I do when I get in the shower so the treatment gets a good 5 minutes in my hair to work its magic, otherwise I wait until I feel like a bath then I will let it soak while I catch up on one of my trashy TV shows on my laptop!

Rinse well and voila! You are done and you now own the worlds most softest hair.



Now for the extra details.

These are 60g packets and I definitely suggest using only half of the packet. I used a whole one first up and found it was just way too much.

I didn't find it weighed down my hair at all or left it greasy and the smell lasts for AGES in your hair which I really loved.

It's recommended you use them once a week with the Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Shampoo and Conditioner which you can find here.

I think after using the protein packs I will give the shampoo and conditioner a try. If they smell the same I'll be super happy!

Now, I'm not sure why but I can't seem to find these in store anywhere, but did find an online stockist. If you're interested in trying these out, click here.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite hair mask is!

Until next time.
Xx


13 Oct 2014

Monday Lust List || Episode 2



It's back for another round. My Monday Lust List. 
So many more bits and pieces that I would love to have in my possession. Maybe one day...

First up is the GAWWJUS rose gold metal queen bed above... What can I say... I am in love with it! This particular one is from the website Cranmore Home and is a touch on the pricey side at $1049AUD (but totally worth it in my eyes) 





Next is the Benefit Cosmetics Candy Coated Countdown advent calendar. Instead of the "straight to the hips" chocolate version, this little number is full of Benefit's makeup goodies!! I missed out on grabbing one last year, so hopefully I will save up the cashola to nab one this year... (but knowing me, will also buy myself a chocolate Freddo calendar... YUM!) This one comes in at $149AUD and is available at your Benefit counters (Myer etc), but I'm not sure for how long!





Of course it wouldn't be one of my Monday Lust Lists without a candle! This is the limited edition Halloween Glasshouse Pumpkin Pie candle. With a glow in the dark box and a set of black stickers to make your own spooky Halloween scene on your jar, this is definitely one to add to my collection. Now these are selling out fast everywhere, although there is one store local to me that I can grab it. I have found one website that still has them in stock but if this candle is tickling your fancy you best run, not walk if you want this festive fun-ness in your home! $39.95AUD






Ohhhh, sunglasses... I am a ridiculous hoarder of sunnies, but normally I pay less than $10 a pair as I wear them to work, push them up onto my head (a big no, no to those sunglass connoisseur's) basically, I treat my sunglasses really badly and they always break. Except for my other pair of black semi cat eye shaped Ray-Bans. Those I have treated with the up most respect, so I think I can now trust myself with the tortoiseshell pair that I have wanted for a very long time! Currently on ASOS for $188.46AUD




Now, before when I said I am a crazy sunglasses hoarder...? I also really like a good watch... Having saved and purchased a gorgeous Michael Kors Stainless steel big, chunky mens style watch, then had to have same said watch in the rose gold version. Is it overkill to have a black watch as well?? I think not!! 
Here is the absolutely STUNNING Karl Largerfeld Black Analogue Watch. In black polished stainless steel, and gorgeous geometric shaping on the face, this watch is my idea of perfection and is the first black watch I have ever liked the sight of. Maybe if I'm super good, Santa will deliver me this one for Christmas... This beauty is from Myer and retails for $399AUD




While I was browsing the Myer website I had a look through the accessories and found this Miss Shop Felt Wool Floppy Hat. Although probably more of a cooler weather hat, I could get away with wearing this for around three quarters of the year in my home town in Victoria. $39.95AUD





Having said that, I also found a more summery version of above hat in the Miss Shop Aztec Paper Trilby. A great beach hat this would become and super handy to keep that hot Aussie sun from searing my pasty English heritage skin to a cinder... $29.95AUD




I also picked out this cool Miss Shop Skull Print Scarf. At $15.00AUD this would jazz up a boring outfit or like me would probably end up using this to put in my hair.






The last piece from Myer is something a little out there for me. I've always liked the look of these headchains but didn't think I would be able to pull it off. I think this one is simple enough for me to try out and for $15 it's no great loss if I don't like it... Miss Shop Headchain With Diamond Centre.







Moving onto the homewares section in Target, I found this really cool Lisa T Rock Couture Rose Gold Clock. As you can tell by the bed and in previous blog posts, I've taken quite a liking to anything rose gold. This clock is no exception. $35AUD







My last piece of rose gold I promise! This is the Lisa T Rock Couture Tealight Holder. For only $12AUD this would add a nice little pop of metallic to any room. Plus it's my two fave homewares in one. Rose gold AND candles! This also comes in a black and silver. #obsessed








Are we seeing the trend here peoples? Geometrics and metallics are my thing baby! This would be a sweet fruit bowl or maybe filled with something as a centrepiece on a dining table... The Lisa T Rock Couture Wire Basket. $20AUD







My last item is this Optical Canvas Print. I really like the look of the old skool optometrists signs and this one has a cool slogan in it. A steal for $20AUD.


Well, that is all for this episode of the Monday Lust List. Apologies in advance if I have swayed you to part with any hard earned cash and You're Welcome if I have found you a lovely gem for yourself or you were struggling to figure out a gift idea for somebody... I'd like to think I've helped you out in some way! :)

Let me know in the comments what you thought!

Xx

1 Oct 2014

Lark Wish List

It's a wish list! Probably one of my favourite blog posts to read. This one is from an awesome little website/store called Lark. They have one permanent store in Daylesford, Victoria and they also had a pop up store in Fitzroy over the summertime at the start of this year.

This website just makes my eyes super happy. I would love one of everything but I have picked out my uber faves for you to drool over with me.


The reason I went back onto the Lark website was because I spotted these beautiful books on their Facebook page.
Puffins In Bloom. These old favourite story books of mine have had an amazing makeover by the renowned stationary brand Rifle Paper Company.
I'm so in love with these books, especially the Anne of Green Gables one. These will definitely be in my possession very soon. RRP $19.95 ea.




1. Flamingo Plastic Bag Holder. I think everyone needs somewhere to store their old plastic bags. Why not make it something really cool like a flamingo! $24.95.

2. Tag & Twine Box. I love to make my gifts look pretty. This will help. Just add a roll of brown paper and I'll be set! $22.95.

3. Rambling Rose Cake Tins. I love me some cake tins. End of story. $29.95.

4. Pantry Jam Making Kit With Jars. I'm doing a little bit of thinking ahead with this jam making kit. Soon there shall be a Thermomix sitting on my bench and apparently jam making in a thermy is a piece of cake! A cute way to store my home made goodies. $29.95.

5. Large Porcelain Salad Bowl. One can never have enough food storage. It may also get me to eat more salads. $49.95.




Cookie Cutters. Not your average cookie cutter shapes! Loving these A LOT. Makes me want to get in the kitchen and bake for people. $6.95ea




1. Do What You Love Print. Who doesn't love an inspo print. $30.00.

2. Copper Glass Scented Candle. Ginger and caramel scented candle in a copper coloured glass. Tick, tick and TICK! 29.95.

3. Copper Wire String Lights. I'm loving copper anything as you can see! I purchased a really cute glass jar/terrarium thingy (clearly don't know what to call it) but i want to run these string lights thru it. Idea stolen from the pic on Urban Outfitters site when I got the terrarium glass, that is now on the lark site for the copper lighting. See below. 5 meters $39.95. 10 meters $69.95.


4. Copper Schoolroom Clock. I have the perfect place to put this clock at home. Maybe Santa will deliver the goods this year. $105.

5. Marvellous Marquee Lights 38cm. These just make super happy. I would get a B for Brooke! $250.

6. Grey Hello Doormat. Something to make my front entrance bright and happy. $85.

Which one was your favourite? Let me know below in those comments down there :)


Xx

21 Sep 2014

My Current Night Time Skincare Routine



Today I come to you with my current night time skincare routine.

I'm the kind of lazy girl who has never really had a proper routine. I liked the last minute makeup wipe before bed and stayed away from night creams as I thought my skin was oily enough, until my skin went into meltdown and broke out into a crazy array of blackheads, cystic acne and blemishes.
Turns out I just needed some good exfoliators and moisturisers!

So if I have been out with a full face of makeup, I will come home and use The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter to remove all of that, wipe it off with a muslin cloth, then rinse. If it were a makeup free day (normally my work days) I will use the St Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub. I will then follow through with the Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner on a cotton round.

Around every 3 days I will use the GO-TO Exfoliating Swipeys. I am giving full credit to these new gems for helping improve my skins texture. Using a gentle Lactic acid, these little cotton rounds of goodness help clear pores, refine fine lines, remove dead skin cells and also moisturise with the added essential oils. My skin has never felt so soft and supple.

Next is the Trilogy Rosehip Oil. 3 drops onto the palm of my hand and I pat it across my face and decolletage. Following with the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream.

I will then brush my fangs and finish with the Go-To Lips! Super Balm. Great for slapping on before bed time, the grapefruity smelling balm is super hydrating and great for keeping those kissers in good condition while you snooze.

And that folks is the way it goes down before bed!

If anyone can recommend a good eye cream, be sure to let me know in the comments. Maybe something that will try and attempt to dull the dark circles. I am struggling to find anything that ACTUALLY works.

Until next time...

Xx


12 Sep 2014

Body Shop Haul and Review



The Body Shop...

A well known brand around the world and definitely a brand that is all about spreading the love.
They are against animal testing, they support community fair trade, they feel very strongly about keeping our environment clean and green and are 100% committed to speaking out for people or animals without a voice. Numerous campaigns are kicking about helping raise money and well needed awareness.

What other reasons do you need to buy from such a kickass company?

Great products for one and the Body Shop never fails to deliver.

I made an online purchase a couple weeks ago to grab a few things that are being raved about in the blogging and YouTube communities.
I have used all of the products at least once so I thought I would do a bit of a review as well as a haul.

1. Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
The first cleansing oil/butter I have used and I must say. I am converted! This stuff melts your makeup straight from your face!! I love the fact you just swipe some from the jar, rub straight onto your dry skin  and everything just comes right off. Far easier and less messy than gel/foam cleansers. (I'm one of those girls who gets water EVERYWHERE when I have to wash my face over the sink) It doesn't sting the eyes when I rubbed it in there to remove my mascara either. Also, NO OILY RESIDUE!! Perfect for combo/crazy skin like mine. Moisturises the dry patches and cleans up the oily bits. Win win!

2. Muslin Cleansing Cloth
The perfect duo. Once you have melted that butter into your face, rinse your cloth under warm water and wipe the grime away. The coarseness of the muslin gives a nice exfoliation without being too harsh.

3. All in One BB Cream (Shade 01)
I'd heard good things about this BB cream. It comes out of the tube white but once rubbed into the skin, it colour corrects to give you an all over even finish.
Having only used this once so far, I can't give too much of a comment on it. I'm not too sure whether there is enough coverage of redness for me yet, but I will have to use it a few more times to make more of a judgement. It feels great on the skin though, not oily. Sinks straight in, it didn't cause any blemishes to pop up like other BB creams have done in the past and didn't leave me looking orange.

4. Honey Bronzer (Shade 01)
A much loved bronzing powder raved about by Essie Button. I just had to give it a try. I can see the fuss. It's a really lovely bronzer that leaves behind just the right amount of colour. It's not orange, it's not too powdery and there's no crazy disco ball shimmer. Just a super easy to use everyday lovely bronzing powder.

I have to say I am super happy with everything I have purchased and now know The Body Shop have a lot more to offer than just moisturisers, shower goodies and lip balms.
Definitely have yourselves a look see and a tester if you are near a store, you won't be disappointed.

Any other makeup or skincare you can recommend from The Body Shop? Let me know in the comments.

Xx

9 Sep 2014

Top 5 Fitness Apps




Something a little different from me today but I thought this would be a blog post I would click onto to read about.

So I'm going to share with you my top pics for fitness apps!




My Fitness Pal. This one is a great app for tracking your daily calorie intake, recording your workouts and water intake! You can also sign up and share all of your bits and pieces with other people to keep you honest or to help you along your way for some encouragement. For any of you that own a FitBit, you can also sync your workout info to the app. 



Map My Run. This is my go to app to track my distance when I take my dog for a walk. You can add playlists into the app so you can have your favourite music pumping while you tread the pavement. I like how it gives you updates throughout the workout, letting you know once you've completed each km and how fast you are going.
You can then save your workouts once you are done and it will email you a weekly statement of how far you've walked and the calories you have burnt.



The 7 Minute Workout. This is my number one favourite at the moment. The 7 minute workout is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. 30 seconds of 12 different workouts (star jumps, squats, push ups, planks etc) with 10 seconds of rest in between. You go as hard and fast as you can for the time you get for maximum results. You might sit there thinking 7 minutes is nowhere near enough of a workout. But believe me. You will be feeling it afterwards! I have been walking my dog for around 3-4kms beforehand then coming home and doing this workout. I am in a massive sweat afterwards. I'm loving it! I'm also super keen to pull off a proper push up! (this girl has no upper body strength)




Zombies, Run! 5k Training. Let me put it out there straight away. I'm no runner. Like really. I can't run. At all. But I really want to learn. 
This app is SO much fun!! I had downloaded the couch to 5k app a long while ago and they start off with 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking. I couldn't complete it. (told you I was no runner)
For those of you out there that struggle big time with running but want somewhere to start. GET THIS APP! The first day starts with a 10 minute brisk walk then moves onto 60 seconds of walking and 15 seconds of slow running. It really does start off for the zero running experience newbie. I was able to complete the first workout without stopping and completing every run in the workout! Major win for me!! All the while you get a story coming through your headphones about a zombie apocalypse. Those walking dead lovers out there will really enjoy it. You also get your music playlist playing in between so you still get the motivation from the music as well.



Zombies, Run! The follow on to the 5k training. Now I haven't actually finished the training app as yet but I purchased the full running app for when I do! After you have finished the training to become a "runner" (in the zombie apocalypse world, a runner leaves the secure camp to go out and find food and supplies to survive) you are let loose in the real world to help collect critical supplies and you must avoid the zombie hoards! 

The description sets the scene amazingly. "You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You've barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they're everywhere! Zombies. There's only one thing you can do: RUN! 


I hope you have enjoyed a bit of a different blog post from me today. As my blog name suggests, it's going to be an eclectic mash up (or clash) of bits and bobs that I feel passionate about and what I enjoy reading. 
Does anyone else use any of these apps? Any you would recommend?

Xx

6 Sep 2014

August Favourites




I'm not sure I'm ready for September... I can't handle how quickly this year is passing me by. I keep telling everyone I'm going to start celebrating Christmas every 2 years instead because they are coming around far too quickly now a days.

But, before October is knocking on my door I better get on with the August favourites.



First up. The Sunsilk Longer and Stronger Shampoo and Conditioner.
I'm a girl that likes to change up her shampoo and conditioner all the time. When one lot is done I'm on the hunt for something else to try out. This one smells SO GOOD! kind of fruity, leaves hair smelling amazing for days. I find it doesn't weigh down my hair, it gets rid of the frizz and leaves it feeling silky smooth.

Next is the St Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Facial Scrub.
With Salicylic acid to help keep those blemishes at bay and the green tea extract helping dull any redness, this scrub is a real beauty! With super fine sand like particles in it, it gives a great deep down clean feeling and also smells really good.

The Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap is Ah. May. Zing! I had never tried anything from the Mario Badescu range before but was reading a Women's Fitness magazine and seen an article for products that clear up various skin conditions. I have what they call "Keratosis Pilaris" Otherwise known as those annoying red bumpy bits on the tops of the arms...
This soap plus a loofa = a lot less redness. A lot of the bumps gone and much smoother skin! For those who aren't too sure what A.H.A stands for. They are Alpha Hydroxy Acids. They help exfoliate and cleanse the skin. Just remember when using skincare with A.H.A's extra sun care is important! Use that sunscreen yo!





Off to some makeups...

The Chi Chi Glamourous Eyeshadow Palette in NUDE. A Suggested dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, I would say it is a pretty close interpretation for almost a quarter of the price. I really enjoy this palette. Most shadows are shimmer with a few matte shades thrown in for good measure. The picture speaks for itself really.

Bonne Bell Therapy Lip Treatment. My holy grail lip gloss. I will forever and always re purchase this. It's a nice gel like consistency. Not sticky. It's SPF 30+ BONUS! Just an all round great lip product. When some girls are all about Blistex pots. I had these. Also super nice to put over the top of your lippies!

Face Of Australia HD High Definition Brow Kit. Nothing but love for this kit. I normally just use the darker powder but if I'm feeling extra fancy I will use the wax over top for extra staying power.

AAAAND lastly the Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara with Argan Oil. A late entry into the mix but I already know it's going to get a lot more use from me. I'm not going to say a whole lot about it as I have already written a blog post on it. Check that out here.

And that ladies (and maybe some gentlemen) is the conclusion of tonights post! Hope you all enjoyed. Feel free to leave me a comment! Say hello :)

Xx 

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