August 29, 2014

PRODUCTS WORTH THE MONEY | SKINCARE



I have always dabbled in my skincare routine - never to be someone that stuck to the same products, I would be constantly switching brands on the look for ones that responded best with my skin. In all honesty sometimes I would go for months at a time just using hand soap on my face because it seemed to do the job. It was actually the morning after having washed my face with soap that my skin decided to take a stand. My face (which usually isn't sensitive) stung, it felt dry and no amount of moisturiser would make it feel any better, it was horrible. I went to my local Mecca Cosmetica and the assistant handed me this Malin + Goetz cleanser and moisturiser with the words “Trust me, you’ll never go back to anything else”. Big call  - but he was right. 

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser: 
This really is nothing fancy, but it works better than anything I’ve tried. It is a clear gel formula that lathers perfectly in the shower to give your skin a really deep clean. It isn’t drying, it’s suitable for all skin types and it has antibacterial grapefruit agent which helps to prevent breakouts. Its that easy! 

 Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturiser
I apply a small amount of this (and you really only need a small amount) over my face once I am out of the shower. It hydrates the skin without blocking pores and has chamomile along with absorbent fatty acids that reduce any irritation or dryness. I find it a slightly cheaper version of the This Works: Perfect Look Skin Miracle but both work well on my skin. 


Whats your skincare story? 

Let me know! 

August 18, 2014

MY MONDAY FACE


It's currently Monday, and that means that I grudgingly roll myself out of bed, somehow find the strength to stand up and get myself in the shower to get ready for the day. I don’t know about you, but  my Monday makeup is more of a ‘let’s put on the first couple of products I pick up and see if we can make it look presentable’ than a Lisa Eldridge tutorial. To my surprise, as I walked in the office I had several people compliment me how ‘refreshed’ I was looking and let me assure you, after the weekend I just had I was anything but refreshed. Without further ado here are my top products to make life on a Monday that much easier.

Revlon Colourstay Foundation: I used to use this foundation religiously when I was at the end of high school, in fact it was my ‘special occasion’ foundation (oh I was so cool) but as my collection grew this got lost and recently made its way back in my life. I won’t lie, it is relatively thick but it lasts all day and stays matte so you don’t need to worry about any bits of shine sneaking through. I really love it,  and I find it is so similar to Macs Studio Fix Fluid foundation (and half the price!) - Bargain! 

Rimmel Scandel Eyes Mascara: The brush on this mascara is giant which means full, fast coverage which is exactly what I look for when I need to be out the door in a hurry. I wouldn’t say its my favourite in terms of length but it is easy and quick and lasts on my eyelashes all day. Win! 

Mac ‘Peaches’ Blush: Honestly I put of buying this for the longest time, until I had one of those days which were going terribly wrong and could only be fixed by a bit of retail therapy. You know you do it too, its okay! This bad boy is really really flattering on my pale skin tone but it looks very natural at the same time, oh I wish I could slap it on your face right now and you could fall in love with it like me but for now you’ll just have to take my word. Its wonderful.

Stila ‘In The Light’ Palette: I had heard so much about this but the eyeshadow in this palette really do live up to the high expectations. Really well pigmented, really lovely neutrals, really wearable for both day and night time. My only criticism is that I wish there was a couple more matte eyeshadows in the palette but beggars cant be choosers - and maybe I just need to start being a little bit more creative. 

Whats your favourite products at the moment? 

let me know! 

August 12, 2014

RECIPE: BANANA & CHOC-CHIP MUFFINS




  


There is only one thing positive that comes out of having overly ripe bananas in the house. Yep! You guessed it, Banana bread. Honestly what is better than the smell of banana bread right out of the oven? nothing, thats what!  The recipe is so easy, so delicious and so… well I wish I could write healthy but I think thats probably going too far. Oh well, you deserve a treat! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup plain flour 
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 125g melted butter 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas 
  • 250g dark chocolate chips 
Now… 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease your cupcake trays (this makes roughly 12 large sized muffins).
  2. Combine all the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Then combine the melted butter eggs and banana and mix well. 
  3. Spoon the mixture into the baking tray and leave in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  4. Once cooked, set on a wireless rack to cool briefly and serve warm 

These are honestly the tastiest muffins I have ever baked! 
What are your favourite muffins to bake? 

Enjoy! 

August 9, 2014

SUNDAY SMILES #13


This past week (like many before it) seemed to be full of early mornings, busy filled work days, meetings, traffic on the way home and cooking dinners (yes Mum, look at me all grown up) and amidst it all there are so many things to make you happy, keep you smiling and feel like its all worth it. Here are mine for the week: 

1. Waking up and realising it’s the weekend and you don’t need to be anywhere in a hurry. 
2. Catching Dan smiling at me sweetly for no reason.
3. Finding money in my jeans pocket I had forgotten about.
4. Turning on my car engine and my favourite song starts playing on the radio (One Republic- I Lived).
5. Dressing perfectly for temperamental Sydney weather 
6. Going to a giant bake sale in the city on Saturday morning (worth waking up early for!) 
7. Waking up to breakfast in bed - lucky me! 
8. The satisfaction of a really good session at the gym (and I am still doing Hot Yoga for all you ladies asking about it a couple of weeks ago- It is wonderful!) 

Have a beautiful week everyone! 




What kept you happy this week? 

August 8, 2014

FRIDAYS FACE: LETTER TO MY LUSH BB SEAWEED FACE MASK



Dear You, 

I recently went out with a group of friends and amid our conversation of life, love and 'The Bachelor' (seriously, that show gets me every time!) you popped up in conversation. I know, I wasn’t expecting you either, but your presence couldn’t be ignored as one of my friends exclaimed her glowing skin was the result of you. Yes, you. I left that catchup with a belly full of cake (banana if you must know, you cheeky thing) and a mind that couldn’t shake the thought of you - so naturally, I brought you home with me that evening. 

Honestly you’re difficult, I won’t sugar-coat it. The bits of seaweed and oatmeal make your consistency less than desirable to smother over my face (as you can see by the picture) and washing you off is difficult but the result? I like you. I really like you. 

I was suffering from redness and my skin had 'that time of the month pimples coming up and the mask seemed to calm it down and make my skin really soft again. Was my friend right? Considering we have different skin types, surprisingly yes! Would I use it again? Sure, why not. The thing I like most about the mask is that it isn’t overly expensive (cough.. Glamglow mask anyone?) but it does make a difference.







Have you tried any other face mask? 

Whats your favourite?