3 Apr 2015

Whats In My MECCA Wishlist





If you're like me and don't have unlimited funds in the bank, but you love to "window shop" online, then you will have all your favourite sites bookmarked with wish lists, hearts, save for laters all neatly filed away waiting patiently for some rainy day spare cashola to come your way.

Today I wanted to share my Mecca wishlist.
SO MANY AMAZING GOODIES!!!



1. Philosophy - Birthday Girl Vanilla Bath Gift Set.
Who says gift sets ACTUALLY have to be gifts!? Vanilla birthday cake scented shower gel AND lipgloss sound like heaven to me and I think it would go peachy with my TIGI Caramel shampoo and conditioner! (Product review on that here)

2. Soap & Glory - Orangeasm Body Wash.
For starters, I love ALL Soap & Glory packaging and this body wash sounds amazing. Scented with fresh green mandarine, lemon and orange, this wash would be a nice pick-me-up in your morning shower.

3. Bobby Brown - Hot Nudes Eye Palette.
Umm... YES PLEASE! I have a thing for nude eyeshadow palettes (or eyeshadow palettes in general) and this one is no exception! There are 8 gorgeous shades that include mattes, metallics and shimmers.

4. Diptyque - Vanille Candle.
"A blend of vanilla orchard, sandalwood, elemi and balsamy bourbon vanilla, this candle delivers a scent that is both warm and comforting"
How dreamy does that sound!?

5. Philosophy - Hope In A Jar Night.
This is an intense night time retexturizing moisturiser which claims to help noticeably smooth the skin, visibly soften lines and restore your rosy glow... Who wouldn't like the sound of that?

6. Mario Badescu - AHA Botanical Body Soap.
This one is currently living in my shower as we speak and I love it! A definite repurchase from Mecca after buying my first bottle from an American site I'm happy I can finally get it in Australia. This was featured in Women's Fitness magazine and claimed to help eliminate those pesky little bumps you get on your upper arms... Well, I can say it works!!

7. NARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella.
I've seen a few bloggers rave about these lip pencils and I'd love to get my hands on this colour in particular. A beautiful rich deep red. This shade would look amazing on anybody!

8. Bumble and Bumble - Thickening Dry Spun Finish.
I will try anything that claims to give hair some volume and lift. This claims to add volume, fullness and texture to the hair... SOLD!

9. Philosophy - Coconut Frosting Shower Gel.
Another yummy sounding sweet shower gel to go with my caramel smelling hair. Bring it on!

10. Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
I'm searching for a new eye cream and this one sounds super hydrating and perfect for putting on before bed. The avocado oil helps restore the skins natural moisture.

11. Urban Decay - Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette.
I'm pretty sure I have saved the most wanted until last. The Naked3 palette is the one I would most like in my hands! The rose gold shades look amazing and I am yet to have one of these palettes in my possession. One day soon Urban Decay. One day soon.

Has anyone tried any of the above or have any other suggestions on things I should try? Leave me a shout out below and let me stalk your wish lists!


Xx

28 Mar 2015

Product Review: Iluka Nourish cream cleanser.




I'm finally starting to realise that I no longer need "blemish control/acne fighting" cleansers or "oil free" moisturisers in my life.
Having now entered the "late 20's" age bracket, my skin is a changin' and I have had to go in search of a new cleanser that didn't strip my face of all its natural oils and leave it feeling tight and dried up.

I made a v-line to my local Priceline for a wander around and stumbled across the new Iluka range by Natalie Imbruglia. It's a gorgeous, all natural skincare line that is 100% Australian made. A big plus in my book. It's also paraben/sulphate free and there is most importantly no testing on animals!

The packaging was definitely eye catching sitting on the shelf, I think it has a high end look.

I wanted to try out a cream cleanser as they are a lot more hydrating on the skin. 
This particular one is beautiful! A nice subtle smell, not at all overwhelming. It was a little different to use than a foaming cleanser. This doesn't foam but it does feel great on the skin. It doesn't sting the eyes and once washed off, it doesn't leave any oily residue and my face still has that lovely washed fresh feeling.

I am yet to use it to see if it is any good at taking off makeup (I love my Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter for makeup removal) but as my morning wake me up... It. Is. Love.

The Iluka range carries everything from day/night/eye creams, cleansers, toners, exfoliators, oils, a primer and a lip care product.

I am definitely keen to try out the day and night cream and the eye serum.
If this one cleanser is anything to go by, they will be making a regular appearance on my bathroom vanity. 

Xx

23 Mar 2015

What's On My TYPO Wishlist...



Oh Typo... You will never bore me... You will forever be one of my favourite stores...

Here is what is sitting in my wish list right now!


1. Hangin' Around Planter. $19.99AUD.
Everybody needs a little bit of greenery inside and this cute little planter would make the perfect holder for it. Herbs in there, hung in the kitchen. A nice weeping plant hung in the lounge. Endless possibilities!

2. Pennant Flag. $24.95AUD
This would look cool hung anywhere around the home. In an entrance, office, living area. I think it adds another element to a room, instead of just framed pictures or posters.

3. Set of 3 Trinket Trays. $19.99AUD
A cute little set of bowls to have on your dressing table for rings and trinkets. Could also be used in the kitchen for nibbles or to rest your cooking spoons.





4. Bowl Jewellery Tree. $14.99AUD
Anything copper in my life, right now!
I love this little jewellery holder. perfect for little bracelets and rings.

5. Such A Mug. $9.99AUD
I have managed to adopt my mothers love of collecting mugs. I love this one with the pastel colours!

6. Industrial Lamp. $39.99AUD
This little guy reminds me of the Pixar lamp! I love mint green and this would make a great addition to a computer desk.




7. Queen Bed Quilt Cover Set. $149.99AUD
Now that the weather is starting to cool down, I think this doona cover would set the perfect tone for Autumn/Winter. I love the detailing on the end of the cover and pillow cases and with crisp white sheets it would just scream luxe!

8. Carried Away Mug. $14.99AUD
Again with the mugs! This one is clearly because I'm a wine drinker and thought it would be a funny one for work.

9. A3 Plan Ahead. $14.99AUD
I'm teaching myself how to become a planner! After just finishing an 8 week I Quit Sugar program, with meals plans and shopping lists all written out for me, I wanted to keep it up! This planner would be super handy to write out what things I needed and what was being cooked on what night etc. I will become organised eventually!

And there you have it... Anyone else as obsessed with Typo as I am?? I'm sure I could go back online right now and find another barrage of things to add to cart... Just a shame I didn't have the bottomless bank account to go with it!

Let me know what you fancy from the list, or let me know if there's something else you think I should know about!

Xx


15 Mar 2015

Product Review || Tigi Bed Head Color Goddess Shampoo & Conditioner



Oh. Em. Gee.

I think I have stumbled across the most scrumptious smelling shampoo and conditioner EVER!!
Enough for them to claim holy grail (always on my repurchase/have back ups in the cupboard list) status.

This is the TIGI Bedhead Color Goddess duo... and it smells like CARAMEL!

I found these little gems on the Feel Unique website. After reading the description and some reviews I was instantly sold.

Full of super nourishing ingredients like sweet almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter and keratin, along with essential B vitamins for keeping your locks super luscious, this is exactly what the doctor ordered for my long colour treated hair.

The shampoo foams up a lot which I love, along with having the amazing caramel aroma wafting through your bathroom is absolute bliss! It left my hair feeling squeaky clean.
The conditioner is more like a nourishing mask. A super thick consistency which instantly injects life back into stressed out hair.

It washes out great and doesn't leave your hair feeling heavy or with any residue.
Just literally dessert smelling hair and a salon quality feel to your tresses after it's dry.

The only downside is the pack that I purchased came with a 400ml shampoo and a 200ml conditioner.
Now I don't know about you, but I always manage to finish my conditioner before I finish my shampoo... They really should upsize a conditioner so you can actually finish both at the same time. Anyone who can actually manage to do that deserves a medal!

If you're a big dessert lover like me, it's totally worth the cash to just sit on the couch and smell these all day long. If they could bottle a scent like it I would probably wear it, but for now I will settle with having the best smelling hair on the planet!

Click here for a link to check them out at Feel Unique.

Do let me know if you have tried this glorious invention before or if you think you have something better for me to try out!

Xx

14 Feb 2015

Quitting Sugar... For Reals?!



Oh Heyyy!

Excuse the hiatus...

Life gets in the way sometimes. January was a hectic one for me. I had a besties birthday weekend in Melbourne, a weekend away with my sister and some friends, then I celebrated my 27th birthday!! Super social!
I am also back at work full time. For those of you that don't know me on a personal level, I am a truck driver! and when I say truck, I mean of the Tonka variety. (the height of a two story house) In an open cut mine.

Random job for someone that loves to write about beauty things in her spare time and really only gets to wear makeup on my days off.
Eh! I love it! But, the whole having to get up at 5am to start at 6.30 then working until 5.30pm doesn't really leave a whole lot of minutes left in my day to sit behind the computer screen.

ANYWHO!

After the Christmas feast and my January social calendar, of course the healthy eating and exercise had well and truly gone out the window. I felt pretty bloaty and awful.
Which swayed me to try out the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program.
I am a massive cookbook hoarder, so of course I have the 2 I Quit Sugar cookbooks by Sarah Wilson. I had made a couple of things from the books but wasn't entirely convinced.
But after seeing the yummy looking food on the website and reading up on some of the benefits of ditching the sweet stuff, I thought I would give it a go.

So far so good!

I am almost onto my 4th week of being sugar free. It was so much easier than I expected! You are warned about the detox headaches and all of the fun stuff that goes along with cutting out sugar, but I haven't had any horrible side affects as yet...

It has also made me SO organised! I absolutely love having my shopping list and food plan all sorted and emailed to me each Thursday. I can then sit down and organise when I'm going to go and do my food shop, or just hop online and get my groceries delivered to my door! (best invention EVER)

The meals are quick and easy and most of all delicious!
I love how each dinner is the next days lunch, which for me is awesome as I have to take my meals to work every day. I don't have the option of buying meals.




When Sunday rolls around it is time for a teensy bit of prep work to make life easier for you throughout the week. This can range from baking a loaf of bread to whipping up a quick basil pesto. Nothing overly strenuous. Just an hour or so out of your Sunday, which for me would probably be spent sitting on the couch procrastinating or looking at all of the housework that needed to be done. Orrrr trawling the internet and bookmarking all of the lovely things that I would like to have in my possession. #dreamer

So far, I have managed to lose 2.4kgs. I am really happy with those results as I am still a little bit in struggle town with the whole exercising everyday thing.
Included in the program is a 'Movement Plan' which I really actually enjoy doing a lot, when I make myself get up and do it.

My goal from here on in is to get out and walk at least 5 times a week (just 30 minutes) and keep on with the movement plan 3 times a week. I would also like to include a beginners yoga session in there for my flexibility as it is virtually non existent at 27! How am I going to be 60??

I think by far my favourite thing from this program to date is how much my tastebuds have changed! I am tasting more sweetness in vegetables that I have never been able to taste before. Caramelised onions are SO deliciously sweet! As are carrots! Who would have thought??




All in all, I am super impressed with this program and think it is definitely money well spent. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy way to quit sugar. Not even just that, but for someone busy like me that struggles big time with trying to organise life and was so tired of having to think about what to cook for meals. I think being focused on preparing the yummy fresh foods and looking forward to trying the new meals on the menu has really helped with not missing the sugary sweets.

Check it out yourself if you are interested in learning more. You can find the link here.

P.S This is not a sponsored post. I am just genuinely excited by this program and I think it is well worth looking into if it is something you are interested in! :)

Let me know in the comments if you are living sugar free or share with me some of your favourite healthy recipes!

Xx








31 Dec 2014

My year in pictures...





























A little something to welcome in the New Year and to remind me of the one that we are about to leave behind... 2014 has been a whirlwind of a year. So much so, it took me looking back into my Facebook and iPhone photos to remember the majority of it... I'm hoping 2015 is firstly going to pass by a heck of a lot slower and I hope for me, it contains some more overseas travel!

I'm definitely looking forward to see what 2015 has in store and I hope it's a happy and safe one for everybody.

Until next year... Xx


11 Dec 2014

The Christmas Gift Guide Trilogy || Part Three. Luxe Gifts for Him and Her

Sorry about the late arrival of the final part of my Christmas trilogy. But if you're anything like me, you'll only just be starting your Christmas shopping or leaving it until the 24th. (crazy times)

This one is the goodun! The luxe gifts!


1. TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch.  JB HiFi. $199.
For the sporty lady in your life, this is a nifty good looking sports watch. It tracks your heart rate while you run/walk. Counts kilometers. It's waterproof for the swimmers and there are extra bits you can buy for the cyclists to track your riding.

2. Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Kit. Myer. $130.
*Cue the angels singing* This kit is GORGEOUS! A beautiful tortoise shell palette with 4 shimmer and 4 matte shades with a brush thrown in for good measure, along with 8 beautiful lip shades and lip brush. There's something for every makeup lover in this kit. Perfect for travel, this is definitely one luxe gift I'd be very happy to receive.

3. Limited Edition GHD Rose Gold Deluxe Set. Hairhouse Warehouse. $370.
Another gorgeous gift pack for those who love a little luxury. Rose gold is beautiful and what is more luxe than having a matching set of heating tools? Purdy.

4. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon 2014 Christmas Set. Myer. $163.
The ultimate Christmas fragrance gift set in my opinion! I mean, just look at it? For starters the box is super cute and the bottle inside is so pretty! Key note in this fragrance is caramel, surrounded by mandarine, orange and peach. Sounds like a lovely sweet scent, perfect for the summertime.

5. Skullcandy Knockout On-Ear Headphones. JB HiFi. $199.95.
One for the music lovers out there. These headphones are so cool! Made for women they have an awesome floral design on the headphones themselves with a burgundy head strap and cord with gold hardware and a gold volume button on the cord for easy control. I'm more of an earphones wearer myself but I would definitely rock these!

6. Kitchenaid Platinum Collection Stand Mixer. Myer. $849.
I asked my family for money instead of presents for my birthday one year so I could put it towards purchasing one of these mixers. (I opted for the Tiffany blue colour, with stainless bowl) But it is my favourite household item. It sits pride of place on my kitchen bench and I love making yummy sweet treats with it, especially around this time of year.


7. Return to Tiffany Medium Heart Tag Bracelet. Tiffanys. $410.
Pretty sure you would be the best person in the world if you gave any girl a "little blue box"

8. Marc By Marc Jacobs Blade Watch. David Jones. $399.
A beautiful Rose gold watch for someone special.

9. Flutterby Cup & Saucer. T2. $95.
The ultimate for tea lovers. This cup and saucer is absolutely beautiful with hand sketched illustrations and made of fine bone china with a gold covered handle. A limited edition set.

10. Ted Baker Leyah Tote Cross Hatch Shopper. David Jones. $244.
I am LOVING this Ted Baker handbag. Rose gold hardware, baby pink and black bag with a black and grey rose printed lining.


Now for the MEN!



1. Breaking Bad - The Complete Series Blu Ray. JB HiFi. $139.
If you or your boyfriend/husband/partner haven't seen any of Breaking Bad. GET ON IT! It's an awesome series that the two of you can sit and enjoy together after a massive Christmas feast.

2. Anchor Marquee Light. Lark. $100.
Something cool to add to the study/computer/work room to make it look pretty cool! Hang it on your wall or place it in a shelf, it adds a bit of a vintage feel.

3. Marley Liberate XLBT Saddle Over- Ear Headphones. JB HiFi. $249.
A must for a public transport traveler, or overseas goer. Great for any boy with a love of music. Also for the techy guy, these are bluetooth powered! Cool design on the ears too.

4. iPad Air. Apple. $499.
A mad present for anybody! iPad's suit everybody's style. Photographers can edit their pics, DJ's can sample music, you can watch movies on them. Perfect for traveling and taking overseas.

5. The Simpsons LEGO House. Toys'R'Us. $329.99
I think this would make the COOLEST Christmas present for those young at heart men in your life. Die hard Simpsons fans would love it. Also the LEGO guys! WIN WIN! Definitely not just one for the kids.




6. Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. Myer. $249.
A cool gift for the house or perfect to take traveling.

7. GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition. Dick Smith. $398.
For the active man or the daredevil that likes to catch his stunts on camera. The GoPro is the gift to give. With a whole heap of accessories available for it, there are literally a million and one uses for the robust little camera. I've seen it strapped onto helmets, in cars, on the front of bikes, on long selfie sticks to take pics. It's waterproof to 40 meters so surfers can strap it on their surfboards. I've even seen it mounted on the end of a guitar to capture the singer performing.

8. Fossil Mens Watch. Myer. $199.
A classic mens watch that would suit anyone and I think it's a lovely thoughtful gift.

9. HolySmoke Black Turntable 3 Speed USB. Myer. $199.
A cool gift for your dad or someone into collecting old records. You can even transfer the audio to your Mac or PC and import to your portable devices. Nifty!

10. Paco Rabanne One Million Gift Set. Myer. $110.
This scent on a man smells AhhhhMAYzing! The notes are: Frosted grapefruit, blood mandarine, peppermint, rose absolute, musk, cinnamon bark, blonde leather, tonic bean, patchouli, white wood and amber ketal. Sounds good! Definitely go and have yourself a sniff because I could almost guarantee you will love it. Gift pack comes with a 100ml eau de toilette and a 100ml shower gel.

And that concludes my Christmas Gift Trilogy!

I hope you enjoyed reading it and got a little bit of inspiration from it.

Let me know in the comments what is on your wishlist this year!

Xx

3 Apr 2015

Whats In My MECCA Wishlist





If you're like me and don't have unlimited funds in the bank, but you love to "window shop" online, then you will have all your favourite sites bookmarked with wish lists, hearts, save for laters all neatly filed away waiting patiently for some rainy day spare cashola to come your way.

Today I wanted to share my Mecca wishlist.
SO MANY AMAZING GOODIES!!!



1. Philosophy - Birthday Girl Vanilla Bath Gift Set.
Who says gift sets ACTUALLY have to be gifts!? Vanilla birthday cake scented shower gel AND lipgloss sound like heaven to me and I think it would go peachy with my TIGI Caramel shampoo and conditioner! (Product review on that here)

2. Soap & Glory - Orangeasm Body Wash.
For starters, I love ALL Soap & Glory packaging and this body wash sounds amazing. Scented with fresh green mandarine, lemon and orange, this wash would be a nice pick-me-up in your morning shower.

3. Bobby Brown - Hot Nudes Eye Palette.
Umm... YES PLEASE! I have a thing for nude eyeshadow palettes (or eyeshadow palettes in general) and this one is no exception! There are 8 gorgeous shades that include mattes, metallics and shimmers.

4. Diptyque - Vanille Candle.
"A blend of vanilla orchard, sandalwood, elemi and balsamy bourbon vanilla, this candle delivers a scent that is both warm and comforting"
How dreamy does that sound!?

5. Philosophy - Hope In A Jar Night.
This is an intense night time retexturizing moisturiser which claims to help noticeably smooth the skin, visibly soften lines and restore your rosy glow... Who wouldn't like the sound of that?

6. Mario Badescu - AHA Botanical Body Soap.
This one is currently living in my shower as we speak and I love it! A definite repurchase from Mecca after buying my first bottle from an American site I'm happy I can finally get it in Australia. This was featured in Women's Fitness magazine and claimed to help eliminate those pesky little bumps you get on your upper arms... Well, I can say it works!!

7. NARS - Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella.
I've seen a few bloggers rave about these lip pencils and I'd love to get my hands on this colour in particular. A beautiful rich deep red. This shade would look amazing on anybody!

8. Bumble and Bumble - Thickening Dry Spun Finish.
I will try anything that claims to give hair some volume and lift. This claims to add volume, fullness and texture to the hair... SOLD!

9. Philosophy - Coconut Frosting Shower Gel.
Another yummy sounding sweet shower gel to go with my caramel smelling hair. Bring it on!

10. Kiehl's - Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
I'm searching for a new eye cream and this one sounds super hydrating and perfect for putting on before bed. The avocado oil helps restore the skins natural moisture.

11. Urban Decay - Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette.
I'm pretty sure I have saved the most wanted until last. The Naked3 palette is the one I would most like in my hands! The rose gold shades look amazing and I am yet to have one of these palettes in my possession. One day soon Urban Decay. One day soon.

Has anyone tried any of the above or have any other suggestions on things I should try? Leave me a shout out below and let me stalk your wish lists!


Xx

28 Mar 2015

Product Review: Iluka Nourish cream cleanser.




I'm finally starting to realise that I no longer need "blemish control/acne fighting" cleansers or "oil free" moisturisers in my life.
Having now entered the "late 20's" age bracket, my skin is a changin' and I have had to go in search of a new cleanser that didn't strip my face of all its natural oils and leave it feeling tight and dried up.

I made a v-line to my local Priceline for a wander around and stumbled across the new Iluka range by Natalie Imbruglia. It's a gorgeous, all natural skincare line that is 100% Australian made. A big plus in my book. It's also paraben/sulphate free and there is most importantly no testing on animals!

The packaging was definitely eye catching sitting on the shelf, I think it has a high end look.

I wanted to try out a cream cleanser as they are a lot more hydrating on the skin. 
This particular one is beautiful! A nice subtle smell, not at all overwhelming. It was a little different to use than a foaming cleanser. This doesn't foam but it does feel great on the skin. It doesn't sting the eyes and once washed off, it doesn't leave any oily residue and my face still has that lovely washed fresh feeling.

I am yet to use it to see if it is any good at taking off makeup (I love my Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter for makeup removal) but as my morning wake me up... It. Is. Love.

The Iluka range carries everything from day/night/eye creams, cleansers, toners, exfoliators, oils, a primer and a lip care product.

I am definitely keen to try out the day and night cream and the eye serum.
If this one cleanser is anything to go by, they will be making a regular appearance on my bathroom vanity. 

Xx

23 Mar 2015

What's On My TYPO Wishlist...



Oh Typo... You will never bore me... You will forever be one of my favourite stores...

Here is what is sitting in my wish list right now!


1. Hangin' Around Planter. $19.99AUD.
Everybody needs a little bit of greenery inside and this cute little planter would make the perfect holder for it. Herbs in there, hung in the kitchen. A nice weeping plant hung in the lounge. Endless possibilities!

2. Pennant Flag. $24.95AUD
This would look cool hung anywhere around the home. In an entrance, office, living area. I think it adds another element to a room, instead of just framed pictures or posters.

3. Set of 3 Trinket Trays. $19.99AUD
A cute little set of bowls to have on your dressing table for rings and trinkets. Could also be used in the kitchen for nibbles or to rest your cooking spoons.





4. Bowl Jewellery Tree. $14.99AUD
Anything copper in my life, right now!
I love this little jewellery holder. perfect for little bracelets and rings.

5. Such A Mug. $9.99AUD
I have managed to adopt my mothers love of collecting mugs. I love this one with the pastel colours!

6. Industrial Lamp. $39.99AUD
This little guy reminds me of the Pixar lamp! I love mint green and this would make a great addition to a computer desk.




7. Queen Bed Quilt Cover Set. $149.99AUD
Now that the weather is starting to cool down, I think this doona cover would set the perfect tone for Autumn/Winter. I love the detailing on the end of the cover and pillow cases and with crisp white sheets it would just scream luxe!

8. Carried Away Mug. $14.99AUD
Again with the mugs! This one is clearly because I'm a wine drinker and thought it would be a funny one for work.

9. A3 Plan Ahead. $14.99AUD
I'm teaching myself how to become a planner! After just finishing an 8 week I Quit Sugar program, with meals plans and shopping lists all written out for me, I wanted to keep it up! This planner would be super handy to write out what things I needed and what was being cooked on what night etc. I will become organised eventually!

And there you have it... Anyone else as obsessed with Typo as I am?? I'm sure I could go back online right now and find another barrage of things to add to cart... Just a shame I didn't have the bottomless bank account to go with it!

Let me know what you fancy from the list, or let me know if there's something else you think I should know about!

Xx


15 Mar 2015

Product Review || Tigi Bed Head Color Goddess Shampoo & Conditioner



Oh. Em. Gee.

I think I have stumbled across the most scrumptious smelling shampoo and conditioner EVER!!
Enough for them to claim holy grail (always on my repurchase/have back ups in the cupboard list) status.

This is the TIGI Bedhead Color Goddess duo... and it smells like CARAMEL!

I found these little gems on the Feel Unique website. After reading the description and some reviews I was instantly sold.

Full of super nourishing ingredients like sweet almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter and keratin, along with essential B vitamins for keeping your locks super luscious, this is exactly what the doctor ordered for my long colour treated hair.

The shampoo foams up a lot which I love, along with having the amazing caramel aroma wafting through your bathroom is absolute bliss! It left my hair feeling squeaky clean.
The conditioner is more like a nourishing mask. A super thick consistency which instantly injects life back into stressed out hair.

It washes out great and doesn't leave your hair feeling heavy or with any residue.
Just literally dessert smelling hair and a salon quality feel to your tresses after it's dry.

The only downside is the pack that I purchased came with a 400ml shampoo and a 200ml conditioner.
Now I don't know about you, but I always manage to finish my conditioner before I finish my shampoo... They really should upsize a conditioner so you can actually finish both at the same time. Anyone who can actually manage to do that deserves a medal!

If you're a big dessert lover like me, it's totally worth the cash to just sit on the couch and smell these all day long. If they could bottle a scent like it I would probably wear it, but for now I will settle with having the best smelling hair on the planet!

Click here for a link to check them out at Feel Unique.

Do let me know if you have tried this glorious invention before or if you think you have something better for me to try out!

Xx

14 Feb 2015

Quitting Sugar... For Reals?!



Oh Heyyy!

Excuse the hiatus...

Life gets in the way sometimes. January was a hectic one for me. I had a besties birthday weekend in Melbourne, a weekend away with my sister and some friends, then I celebrated my 27th birthday!! Super social!
I am also back at work full time. For those of you that don't know me on a personal level, I am a truck driver! and when I say truck, I mean of the Tonka variety. (the height of a two story house) In an open cut mine.

Random job for someone that loves to write about beauty things in her spare time and really only gets to wear makeup on my days off.
Eh! I love it! But, the whole having to get up at 5am to start at 6.30 then working until 5.30pm doesn't really leave a whole lot of minutes left in my day to sit behind the computer screen.

ANYWHO!

After the Christmas feast and my January social calendar, of course the healthy eating and exercise had well and truly gone out the window. I felt pretty bloaty and awful.
Which swayed me to try out the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program.
I am a massive cookbook hoarder, so of course I have the 2 I Quit Sugar cookbooks by Sarah Wilson. I had made a couple of things from the books but wasn't entirely convinced.
But after seeing the yummy looking food on the website and reading up on some of the benefits of ditching the sweet stuff, I thought I would give it a go.

So far so good!

I am almost onto my 4th week of being sugar free. It was so much easier than I expected! You are warned about the detox headaches and all of the fun stuff that goes along with cutting out sugar, but I haven't had any horrible side affects as yet...

It has also made me SO organised! I absolutely love having my shopping list and food plan all sorted and emailed to me each Thursday. I can then sit down and organise when I'm going to go and do my food shop, or just hop online and get my groceries delivered to my door! (best invention EVER)

The meals are quick and easy and most of all delicious!
I love how each dinner is the next days lunch, which for me is awesome as I have to take my meals to work every day. I don't have the option of buying meals.




When Sunday rolls around it is time for a teensy bit of prep work to make life easier for you throughout the week. This can range from baking a loaf of bread to whipping up a quick basil pesto. Nothing overly strenuous. Just an hour or so out of your Sunday, which for me would probably be spent sitting on the couch procrastinating or looking at all of the housework that needed to be done. Orrrr trawling the internet and bookmarking all of the lovely things that I would like to have in my possession. #dreamer

So far, I have managed to lose 2.4kgs. I am really happy with those results as I am still a little bit in struggle town with the whole exercising everyday thing.
Included in the program is a 'Movement Plan' which I really actually enjoy doing a lot, when I make myself get up and do it.

My goal from here on in is to get out and walk at least 5 times a week (just 30 minutes) and keep on with the movement plan 3 times a week. I would also like to include a beginners yoga session in there for my flexibility as it is virtually non existent at 27! How am I going to be 60??

I think by far my favourite thing from this program to date is how much my tastebuds have changed! I am tasting more sweetness in vegetables that I have never been able to taste before. Caramelised onions are SO deliciously sweet! As are carrots! Who would have thought??




All in all, I am super impressed with this program and think it is definitely money well spent. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy way to quit sugar. Not even just that, but for someone busy like me that struggles big time with trying to organise life and was so tired of having to think about what to cook for meals. I think being focused on preparing the yummy fresh foods and looking forward to trying the new meals on the menu has really helped with not missing the sugary sweets.

Check it out yourself if you are interested in learning more. You can find the link here.

P.S This is not a sponsored post. I am just genuinely excited by this program and I think it is well worth looking into if it is something you are interested in! :)

Let me know in the comments if you are living sugar free or share with me some of your favourite healthy recipes!

Xx








31 Dec 2014

My year in pictures...





























A little something to welcome in the New Year and to remind me of the one that we are about to leave behind... 2014 has been a whirlwind of a year. So much so, it took me looking back into my Facebook and iPhone photos to remember the majority of it... I'm hoping 2015 is firstly going to pass by a heck of a lot slower and I hope for me, it contains some more overseas travel!

I'm definitely looking forward to see what 2015 has in store and I hope it's a happy and safe one for everybody.

Until next year... Xx


11 Dec 2014

The Christmas Gift Guide Trilogy || Part Three. Luxe Gifts for Him and Her

Sorry about the late arrival of the final part of my Christmas trilogy. But if you're anything like me, you'll only just be starting your Christmas shopping or leaving it until the 24th. (crazy times)

This one is the goodun! The luxe gifts!


1. TomTom Multi-Sport GPS Watch.  JB HiFi. $199.
For the sporty lady in your life, this is a nifty good looking sports watch. It tracks your heart rate while you run/walk. Counts kilometers. It's waterproof for the swimmers and there are extra bits you can buy for the cyclists to track your riding.

2. Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Kit. Myer. $130.
*Cue the angels singing* This kit is GORGEOUS! A beautiful tortoise shell palette with 4 shimmer and 4 matte shades with a brush thrown in for good measure, along with 8 beautiful lip shades and lip brush. There's something for every makeup lover in this kit. Perfect for travel, this is definitely one luxe gift I'd be very happy to receive.

3. Limited Edition GHD Rose Gold Deluxe Set. Hairhouse Warehouse. $370.
Another gorgeous gift pack for those who love a little luxury. Rose gold is beautiful and what is more luxe than having a matching set of heating tools? Purdy.

4. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon 2014 Christmas Set. Myer. $163.
The ultimate Christmas fragrance gift set in my opinion! I mean, just look at it? For starters the box is super cute and the bottle inside is so pretty! Key note in this fragrance is caramel, surrounded by mandarine, orange and peach. Sounds like a lovely sweet scent, perfect for the summertime.

5. Skullcandy Knockout On-Ear Headphones. JB HiFi. $199.95.
One for the music lovers out there. These headphones are so cool! Made for women they have an awesome floral design on the headphones themselves with a burgundy head strap and cord with gold hardware and a gold volume button on the cord for easy control. I'm more of an earphones wearer myself but I would definitely rock these!

6. Kitchenaid Platinum Collection Stand Mixer. Myer. $849.
I asked my family for money instead of presents for my birthday one year so I could put it towards purchasing one of these mixers. (I opted for the Tiffany blue colour, with stainless bowl) But it is my favourite household item. It sits pride of place on my kitchen bench and I love making yummy sweet treats with it, especially around this time of year.


7. Return to Tiffany Medium Heart Tag Bracelet. Tiffanys. $410.
Pretty sure you would be the best person in the world if you gave any girl a "little blue box"

8. Marc By Marc Jacobs Blade Watch. David Jones. $399.
A beautiful Rose gold watch for someone special.

9. Flutterby Cup & Saucer. T2. $95.
The ultimate for tea lovers. This cup and saucer is absolutely beautiful with hand sketched illustrations and made of fine bone china with a gold covered handle. A limited edition set.

10. Ted Baker Leyah Tote Cross Hatch Shopper. David Jones. $244.
I am LOVING this Ted Baker handbag. Rose gold hardware, baby pink and black bag with a black and grey rose printed lining.


Now for the MEN!



1. Breaking Bad - The Complete Series Blu Ray. JB HiFi. $139.
If you or your boyfriend/husband/partner haven't seen any of Breaking Bad. GET ON IT! It's an awesome series that the two of you can sit and enjoy together after a massive Christmas feast.

2. Anchor Marquee Light. Lark. $100.
Something cool to add to the study/computer/work room to make it look pretty cool! Hang it on your wall or place it in a shelf, it adds a bit of a vintage feel.

3. Marley Liberate XLBT Saddle Over- Ear Headphones. JB HiFi. $249.
A must for a public transport traveler, or overseas goer. Great for any boy with a love of music. Also for the techy guy, these are bluetooth powered! Cool design on the ears too.

4. iPad Air. Apple. $499.
A mad present for anybody! iPad's suit everybody's style. Photographers can edit their pics, DJ's can sample music, you can watch movies on them. Perfect for traveling and taking overseas.

5. The Simpsons LEGO House. Toys'R'Us. $329.99
I think this would make the COOLEST Christmas present for those young at heart men in your life. Die hard Simpsons fans would love it. Also the LEGO guys! WIN WIN! Definitely not just one for the kids.




6. Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. Myer. $249.
A cool gift for the house or perfect to take traveling.

7. GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition. Dick Smith. $398.
For the active man or the daredevil that likes to catch his stunts on camera. The GoPro is the gift to give. With a whole heap of accessories available for it, there are literally a million and one uses for the robust little camera. I've seen it strapped onto helmets, in cars, on the front of bikes, on long selfie sticks to take pics. It's waterproof to 40 meters so surfers can strap it on their surfboards. I've even seen it mounted on the end of a guitar to capture the singer performing.

8. Fossil Mens Watch. Myer. $199.
A classic mens watch that would suit anyone and I think it's a lovely thoughtful gift.

9. HolySmoke Black Turntable 3 Speed USB. Myer. $199.
A cool gift for your dad or someone into collecting old records. You can even transfer the audio to your Mac or PC and import to your portable devices. Nifty!

10. Paco Rabanne One Million Gift Set. Myer. $110.
This scent on a man smells AhhhhMAYzing! The notes are: Frosted grapefruit, blood mandarine, peppermint, rose absolute, musk, cinnamon bark, blonde leather, tonic bean, patchouli, white wood and amber ketal. Sounds good! Definitely go and have yourself a sniff because I could almost guarantee you will love it. Gift pack comes with a 100ml eau de toilette and a 100ml shower gel.

And that concludes my Christmas Gift Trilogy!

I hope you enjoyed reading it and got a little bit of inspiration from it.

Let me know in the comments what is on your wishlist this year!

Xx

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